Thursday, October 28, 2021

How to Get an Hourglass Figure the Easiest Way


Sexy body figure

Most women want a model-thin body as it is the ideal body shape found in fashion magazines. But for some, an hourglass figure is still the shape of choice. Hourglass figures rose to fame back during the 40s and 50s when popular actresses like Marilyn Monroe flaunted their curves.  Even beauty icons like Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez come to mind when you think about this body shape. They have chiseled shoulders, shapely curves, and a whittled waist. According to some research, less than 10 percent of women come by the shape naturally. The most common shapes are apple and pear. 

In today’s age, super-slim, less curvaceous physique still dominates the fashion world but the hourglass figure is making a huge comeback. So how to achieve an hourglass figure? To achieve an hourglass figure, one needs to have a fairly large bust, wide hips, and a tiny waist. The narrow waist emphasizes the breasts and hips. This particular body shape is all about the breast to the waist, and hip to waist ratios.  For a true hourglass figure, one’s breasts and hips must be almost equal in circumference. The perfect measurement is often said to be 36-24-36. 

Lycra Backless Bodysuit

The good news is, even if you are not born or you don’t have this body figure, as long as you’ve found the best body shapewear for women, you can still achieve an hourglass figure. These undergarments help to pull in the waist, they actually make your waists look tinier than they actually are because they have a built-in girdle that creates some silhouette creating an illusion of a slimmer body and waist. 

AirSlim Postpartum Surgery Tummy Control shape

Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream introduces new exciting flavors


Guest celebrities during the Magnolia Gold Label Big Reveal online party include entrepreneur Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, actor and restaurateur Marvin Agustin and Miss World 2013 Megan Young with host, Bianca Valerio

Who doesn't scream for ice cream? I guess we all do. Ice cream brings so many childhood memories. If you're a child of the 80's like me, the sound of the bell from Mamang Sorbetero may stir enough excitement for you. And during the Christmas season, my family and I would troop towards the old Magnolia Ice Cream factory along Aurora Boulevard in New Manila to get our ice cream fix and be able to play at their play area for free. I used to look forward to my birthday because of my favorite Magnolia Ice Cream. I remember how I love their Magnolia Chocolate Pinipig. This is why I am glad to know their Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream introduces new flavors to choose from. Magnolia had always been creating and experimenting on new flavors and playing with combinations with a variety of ingredients other than the usual and classic chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry flavors. 

I was fortunate to witness its online launch called The Magnolia Gold Big Reveal via FB Live. It had model Bianca Valerio as host with special guests restaurateur and actor Marvin Agustin, 2021 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist Hidelyn Diaz, entrepreneur and restaurateur Happy Ongpauco-Tiu, 2013 Miss World Megan Young, and multimedia actor and endorser Alden Richards.

Guest celebrities gamely shared their favorite Magnolia Gold Label ice cream flavors

This velvety smooth and naturally rich ice cream is now within your reach. Celebrating its arrival, the country's exceptional talents came together to celebrate  The Golden Moment: The Magnolia Gold Label Reveal Party last October 26. The reveal introduced the NEW Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream, now made with fresh carabao's milk which makes it creamy and is Certified pure with no artificial flavors. 

Since 1925, Magnolia has always been a well-loved and world-class brand that holds a  huge part of our culture. Reinventing its way to reach their gold standard, they're taking ice cream to the next level. Get ready to taste not just the classic flavors, but the ones that'll spark your curiosity and satisfaction. Take Wintermelon Milk Tea and Table Yema for example!

Getting to finally enjoy these blissfully decadent and creamier treats is truly a golden moment for us to celebrate. They also came up with these 2 unique new flavors that are delightful as the sound of their names suggests—Choco Peanut Butter made with the beloved and authentic Skippy Peanut Butter and the S’mores made with premium vanilla ice cream blended with graham bits and toasted marshmallows swirled with dark chocolate fudge that will bring you to an indulgent campfire experience! 

For Marvin, it was quality, consistency, &  pure hard work, saying, "It has always been my dream to run a restaurant and food  business kahit nung nag-aartista palang ako. I knew kailangan kong paghirapan yung  pangarap ko para maging reality". Happy, coming from a family of restaurateurs,  mentioned that it's indeed longevity. "To be the gold standard, you need to reinvent without sacrificing quality and service", she says. They both agreed that their restaurants are just like the new Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream, a product of hard work and tradition.  It's based on a rich history, giving us deliciously creamy ice cream that's proudly Pinoy with world-class flavors that suit every taste. Among the flavors, Marvin’s favorites are Double Dutch and Rocky Road, which is the staple flavors in their family celebrations. But recently, he has been fond of the indulgent Quadruple Chocolate and the new Choco Peanut Butter made with authentic Skippy peanut butter!

For Megan, she enjoys this luscious comfort food with her hubby in their favorite flavors: classic and rich Vanilla which she described as the vanilla of vanillas, mellow yet premium Ube, and Pinoy with a creamy twist, Taro White Cheese. "The flavors are unique and perfect for celebrating different milestones", she shares. With its elevated taste without artificial flavors, she reveals that the new Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream is worthy of her life’s golden moments and that it truly lives up to her standards. 

2021 Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz's favorite is the Mango Dark Chocolate

For Hidilyn her favorite flavors are the luscious Mango Dark  Chocolate (which she also revealed that she sometimes loves to enjoy all to herself!) and the very Pinoy flavor Kesong Puti. It's her reward after a long day of training, especially when she just wants to chill. "Once a week, may cheat day ako so dun ako kumakain ng  ice cream kasi mahilig kasi ako sa ice cream talaga. So pag medyo pagod sa training,  dun ko nilalabas—kumakain ako ng ice cream” she adds. This world-class Filipina deserves only the best and truly the one that levels with her accolades just like the new Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream. As she was parting the interview, she also invited the  viewers to try it “Deserve natin lahat mag-ice cream. Masarap talaga itong bagong  Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream. Walang halong biro. Try niyo na!". 

During the said event, the guests were able to share the flavors that they enjoyed the most among Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream options. Hidilyn Diaz loves the Mango Dark Chocolate, Alden Richards is partial to Smores, Marvin Agustin is a huge fan of Peanut Butter hence, he is biased with Choco Peanut Butter flavor. Megan Young who considers herself a purist loves the Avocado Macchiato while host Bianca Valerio likes the Wintermelon Milk tea flavor. 

Multimedia actor Alden Richards with host Bianca Valerio

Alden Richards also joined the said event. He'a self-confessed Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream fan, that’s why  when he discovered that it’s now made creamier, he got excited to try all the flavors! Now  that he’s also reinventing himself from being a host, singer, actor, gaming content creator,  and now a restaurateur, he relates this to the new Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream being  very courageous in introducing new flavors that’s unique yet caters to the standard of  Filipino taste. A few from his must-try list is his ever favorite, the fusion that is Avocado 

Check out the other exciting new flavors from Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream: 

S'Mores-Premium Vanilla ice cream blended with graham cracker bits and toasted marshmallows swirled with dark chocolate fudge

Avocado Macchiato-Avocado ice cream blended with ground tablea bits swirled with coffee ripple

Taro White Cheese -Dual base of taro and white cheese ice cream blended with creamy white cheese bits

Tablea Yema -Dark chocolate ice cream swirled with yema fudge and ripple

Mango Dark Chocolate-Mango ice cream blended with dark chocolate stracciatella swirled with dark chocolate fudge

Ube Keso-Baguio's famous Good Shepherd ube ice cream with cheese bits and cheese ripple

Turon Dulce De Leche-Langka ice cream blended with banana chips, waffle bits and swirled with dulce de leche fudge

Cookies and Cream-Premium Vanilla ice cream blended with chocolate cookie bits

Double Dutch-Premium Vanilla ice cream with chocolate stracciatella, marshmallows, cashews, and chocolate ripple

Rocky Road -Premium Chocolate ice cream mixed with roasted peanuts and marshmallows

Wintermelon Milk Tea-Wintermelon milk tea ice cream blended with brown sugar jellies swirled with caramelized brown sugar fudge 

Quadruple Chocolate-Dark chocolate ice cream mixed with cocoa nibs, blended with white chocolate ice cream, swirled with pink chocolate fudge

Latte Choco Brownie-Creamy coffee ice cream made with the finest roasted Arabica coffee beans and blended with brownies and chocolate chips

Choco Peanut Butter-Premium Chocolate ice cream blended with Skippy peanut butter with chocolate chips and peanuts

Of course, there are the classic flavors we've always loved:

Vanilla-Premium Vanilla Ice Cream

Chocolate-Premium Chocolate Ice Cream

Ube -Premium Ube Ice Cream 

Mango-Premium Mango Ice Cream 

Avocado-Premium Avocado Ice cream

Kesong Puti-Premium Kesong Puti Ice cream

Smores is one of Magnolia Gold Label ice cream new flavors

Magnolia Gold Label introduces its ice cream in Choco Peanut Butter Flavor made from Skippys.

Just like them, your golden moments, too, deserve to be enjoyed with delightfully  rich and heavenly ice cream. Now we can all get to try the premium new Magnolia Gold  Label Ice Cream since they have a Christmas promo just in time to make our holiday  celebrations GOLDEN! Get a 1.3L tub of the new Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream for only  P295 starting this November 1 until December 31, 2021! 

Experience this next-level creaminess in the new Magnolia Gold Label Ice Cream, a  world-class taste made for golden moments. Every tub is a golden treat! Go ahead and  indulge — after all, nothing beats the gold label. 

Shop Magnolia Gold Ice Cream at supermarkets and grocery stores, or online via San Miguel Frozen & Chilled on Shopee and Lazada, The SMC Hub and other online partners. Follow Magnolia Ice Cream Philippines on Facebook for updates.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

LifeFood introduces natural food supplements for specific health needs

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

For almost two years now, most of us have been stuck at home all day, while coping with added stress has caused several bad habits to resurface. Some of the downstream effects of these behaviors aren’t benign, though, and can harm our mental health, and immune function as well, which is the exact opposite of what we’re trying to be mindful of. 

During times of high stress, it’s common for us to return to our comfort foods. These are foods from our childhood, family, or other emotionally soothing time in our lives. They make us feel good by releasing neurotransmitters in the brain which interact with our mood and sense of well-being.

And since more time is spent at home, we’ve become successfully re-immersed in our devices. Creating digital discipline is something we’ve been working on as a community since learning that clicking and scrolling interact with brain chemistry in a way that mirrors addiction.

While some of us may be relishing this at-home time, others are listlessly going about their days in limbo feeling lost and unproductive.  A total departure from our scheduled routines can disrupt sleep, cause us to miss meals (or the opposite: snack all day), neglect to take medications or supplements, and generally harm our well-being.


There are also those who are starting to feel low energy and even lower motivation. It is during these times that we need to shift our priorities and maybe be able to make new self-discoveries. I’ve heard of people who didn’t know a thing or two about cooking but are now experts in the kitchen. Those who have picked up the hobby of taking care of plants who are now considered certified plantitos and plantitas. And those who were able to turn their hobbies into amazing businesses.

During the webinar via Zoom and LifeFood launch

I recently attended Life Talks hosted by Boy Abunda with the topic “Paano Magiging Buhay na Buhay ang Buhay?” which had featured personalities such as actress and mom of 5 Ina Raymundo who has managed to balance between caring for herself while being busy with her responsibilities as mom and wife. Now based in Vancouver Canada, Ina shared that despite being able to maintain her body figure with her healthy lifestyle, she is also suffering from arthritis just like everyone else. 

Actress Ina Raymundo

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Healthy and delicious made easy with Maya ThinkHeart


Maya ThinkHeart Product Line

Never before have we been more focused on our health, and that includes being mindful of what we eat. Eating healthier doesn’t have to be difficult, boring, or tasteless. Maya is giving your breakfasts and baked treats a healthier twist! The Maya ThinkHeart line is the tasty and easy way to be healthy, with the goodness of oats, whole wheat, and muscovado sugar.

Oatmeal Pancakes

Enjoy the nutritious and delicious benefits of the Maya ThinkHeart line with these offerings: the all-new Maya ThinkHeart Oatmeal Pancake Mix and the tried and tested Maya ThinkHeart Whole Wheat Pancake Mix and Maya ThinkHeart Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Mix. The newest Maya ThinkHeart Oatmeal Pancake Mix combines the beloved flavor of the classic Maya hotcake mixes with all the benefits of another breakfast favorite: oats! These oatmeal pancakes may have the same Maya hotcake taste the entire family enjoys, but they’re now thicker and chewier because they contain real oats.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Petron supports 2021 Highway Run

Mad Dog Philippines, advocate of Motorcycle Freedom on Philippine Highways

Oil industry leader Petron Corporation was among the organizers of the 2021 Highway Run held on October 2 to celebrate 14 years of big bikes with engine displacements of at least 400cc being allowed on expressways.

The commemorative event was initiated by the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club, which spearheaded the advocacy to open up the Philippine toll roads to large displacement motorcycles. The petition was granted on September 28, 2007, by the Toll RegulatoryBoard with the Department of Transportation and Communication. Between 6AM and 10AM on Saturday, October 2, motorcycle clubs gathered at two venues — at Petron San Pedro Laguna on the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), and at Petron Pura Tarlac along the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX). Over 500 riders convened at the designated Petron SLEX station, while around 100 riders dropped in at the TPLEX venue. All participants received commemorative Limited Edition Highway Run stickers.

Mad Dog Club President Dustin Andaya with fellow participants

Monday, October 18, 2021

DepEd Teachers and Employees can loan up to 1 Million with Malayan Bank Teachers' Aid


Lowest loan interest rate for teachers. Malayan Bank launches Teachers’ Aid, a loan product created for Teachers. The 7% interest rate per year applies to all loan terms and is the lowest in the market today. Teachers’ Aid is open to all teaching and non-teaching personnel, employed by the Department of Education. Loan applicants can expect Malayan Bank’s customer-centric service with vehicles to be deployed to conveniently bring teachers from their homes to Malayan Bank branches to apply.

Malayan Bank launches Teachers’ Aid, a loan product created for Teachers. The 7% interest rate per year applies to all loan terms and is the lowest in the market today. Teachers’ Aid is open to all teaching and non-teaching personnel, employed by the Department of Education. Loan applicants can expect Malayan Bank’s customer-centric service with vehicles to be deployed to conveniently bring teachers from their homes to Malayan Bank branches to apply.

A new loan product for teachers launches with Malayan Bank’s Teachers’ Aid, which offers the lowest interest rate in the market today. With only a 7% interest rate per year, across all terms, educators in the country can now loan between P5,000 to P1 million pesos to support their financial needs.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

AJ Raval is the endorser for Queen White


fast-rising actress AJ Raval endorses Queen White

Queen White, a Filipina-owned skincare brand, introduced a new face to their Queendom: up-and-coming Filipina actress AJ Raval.

Queen White’s CEO Ms. Sarah Vidi P. Mercado says she wants people to feel empowered, “Ang ganda ko, ang sexy ko, ang confident ko.”  While there are so many young stars in the industry, AJ perfectly encapsulates the message Queen White wants to share.

The fast-rising actress shows how multi-talented she is with her variety of content. From movies, TV shows, and vlogs, there’s nothing this girl can’t do! She chooses to be daring and doesn’t limit herself with the roles she can take, showing off her beauty, grace, and maturity. AJ embodies body positivity and expresses herself with radiating confidence that every Filipina Queen can look up to. 

AJ Raval was confirmed to be Queen White’s endorser by June 17, 2021, even before controversies about the young star emerged. The CEO Ms. Sarah Vidi P. Mercado has courageously stood by AJ’s side and shares, “We should not judge AJ because we do not know the whole story. What’s truly important is that everybody is ready to continue rising and progressing forward because that’s what life is all about. Sana rin mas maging mabait po tayo sa isa’t isa during these hard times.” 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

World Heart Day: Ways to stay healthy from the expert cardiologists of The Philippine Heart Association


World Heart Day is celebrated every year on September 29. It is a significant day for people committed to reducing global mortality from non-communicable diseases such as the people behind The Philippine Heart Association. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is accountable for nearly half of all non-communicable disease deaths making it the world's number one killer. World Heart Day is the perfect day where people can unite in the fight against CVD and reduce the global disease burden. 

Did you know that heart disease and stroke, is the world's leading cause of death claiming 18.6 million lives each year? 

Sunday, October 3, 2021



When it comes to matters of the heart, I am a staunch advocate of anything that prevents heart disease. If you've been a regular reader of this blog, you know I usually attend online Zoom webinars organized by the Philippine Heart Association and we always emphasize taking good care of your hearts. From someone with hypertension and diabetes, I know exactly what I'm talking about. September 29 is a significant day because it is World Heart's Day. More than just a celebration, World Heart Day was established in the hopes that it could reach more people and be able to spread awareness about the perils of heart diseases and stroke.

Sanofi recognizes that this is a unique time to be worried about heart health and learn more about the steps that should be taken to ensure risk-free living, especially under a cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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