Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Aquabest the country’s leading water franchise is pleased to announce the awarding of its new batch of scholars under its Corporate Shared Values (CSV) program.

 Under its CSV program the company offers scholarships to the children of its deserving employees. The company has always placed an emphasis in the welfare of its employees and their families. This is driven by the company's realization that its people are its prime assets and as part of its Christian values. 
  Every year the company sets aside funds to help with the education of its employees in good schools that offer quality education. With the scholarship grants, the children of its employees get to realize their dreams and reach their full potential. 
 Since its inception the scholarship program has assisted dozens of children in getting the good education needed to succeed in their life. This year's scholars are: Aletheia Arellano, Grade 3 at Greenfield Academy, Danica Marie Boton, Grade 10 at Fortunato Halili National Agricultural School, Jianne Rhed Catapia, Grade 4 at PBTS Academy, Mabhe Dimple Esguerra, Grade 3 at Saint Jude Academy of Quezon City, Samantha Siervo, 2nd year at Mary the Queen College, and Scarleth Jane Cayetano, Grade 3 at Merry Mount Preparatory School of Quezon City.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

TPB and Color Manila Run celebrate fun with Blacklight Run

An enthusiastic crowd of 700 gathered to participate in the first ever black light edition of Color Manila Run held at the SM Lanang grounds in Davao City. Co-organized by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) and the Department of Tourism (DOT), Color Manila Run is part of the Visit the Philippines Again (VPA) 2016 campaign as one of several activities lined up throughout the year to entice travellers to come to the country and participate in their favorite sports while enjoying the breath-taking natural wonders found throughout the archipelago.

The event started with a rousing Zumba to warm up the runners. To help them navigate through the race routes, LED headlamps were distributed to the participants along with Color Manila Run’s signature color powder packs. Davao favorites Tribu K’ Mindanawan and DJ Torch Gacuma pumped up the crowd by providing riveting entertainment, which culminated in a lively dance party with the runners glowing with different splashes of color.

“Color Manila Run offers tourists a chance to experience how a unique athletic activity can be more fun and memorable with the help of Filipino creativity”, shared TPB’s Chief Operating Officer, Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III. “The Tourism Promotions Board is happy and proud to support these kinds of events as they highlight both our people’s innate love to share happiness and our goal of creating the Philippines as a top choice for sporting and wellness events,” he added.

Southern Mindanao Regional Director of the DOT Roberto P. Alabado III welcomed the runners by saying, “Color Manila Run is important for us in Davao because we need to be reminded of the region’s rich biodiversity. DOT and TPB invite you to plan trips to experience the wealth of natural wonders our country has to offer.”

For the rest of 2016, health buffs can look forward to more local and international adrenaline-filled activities happening in the Philippines such as Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, MAYON 360 Albay Ultramarathon 2016, and Sky-athon 2016 Boracay Beach Run among several others.

To know more on upcoming sports-related events, visit www.tpb.gov.ph and www.itsmorefuninthephilippines.com.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wheels rolls through Girod’Luca 2016

PhilStar TV’s motoring team, (clockwise) Matteo Guidicelli, Kap Maceda-Aguila,

Ulysses Ang and Angel Rivero, tries out different sets of wheels to top the summer.

In the final episode of the third season of Wheels, PhilStar TV’s motoring team tries different sets of wheels to top the summer. Join hosts Matteo Guidicelli, Kap Maceda-Aguila, Ulysses Ang and Angel Rivero and as they cap their show’s third season!

On the first segment, Matteo flies to Bohol with his bicycle for the fourth Girod’Luca, a non-competitive cycling event founded by his father, Gianluca Guidicelli. He’ll whiz through the island’s breathtaking landscapes and winding roads to show you what its like to tour the island on a bike. He’ll also show you how Ford Philippines supports Girod’Luca and the Ford Forza triathlon team as they train for upcoming triathlons.

Meanwhile, Ulysses gets his hands on the perfect crossover for millennials, the Chevrolet Trax. Find out why this agile and spacious compact SUV is the ideal for millennial urbanites that roam the metro.

Kap is back to driving with celebrities and other well-known personalities. This time, he shuttles the University of the Philippines’ Volleyball Team in the new Honda Pilot. The team fits in this spacious family car with still ample of legroom and storage space left. Learn more about these volley-“belles” as Kap drives them around town.

And finally, Angel experiences Japanese luxury with the new Honda Legend. She explored the different high-end features of the nifty mid-sized luxury sedan that corporate executives and high society figures will definitely love.
It’s all these in final episode of the third season of Wheels, your guide to life on the fast lane. Catch it every Thursdays, 10:30 p.m., on ABS-CBN Sports + Action Channel. For firsthand info on the latest happenings in motoring, like and follow Wheels on facebook.com/PhilStarWheels, @PhilStar_Wheels on Twitter and @PhilStarTV_Wheels on Instagram.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Caltex Lubricants introduces new Delo® Sports with ISOSYN® Technology

 In answer to the increasing popularity of diesel-powered sports utility vehicles in the Philippines and the continued changes in Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) engine designs, Caltex Lubricants introduces the latest member of its Diesel Engine Oil product family, Delo® Sports with ISOSYN® Technology. Delo Sports is specifically designed for SUVs and pick-up trucks. Delo Sports provides enhanced engine protection and power even under the most challenging of driving conditions.

With its renowned ISOSYN® technology, the combination of premium base oil and high performance additives that provides superb parts protection, Delo Sports has high oxidation stability, excellent dispersancy and anti-wear characteristics thus extending engine life. It provides excellent deposit control which is a must for turbocharged diesel engines that encounters very high temperatures during on or off-road driving conditions.
“Caltex Lubricants is very responsive to the market needs and this is why we have released Delo Sports in the country. With Delo Sports, motorists can now experience the full power and performance of their diesel engines in their everyday drive,” said Joe Bronfman, Chevron Philippines, Inc. (CPI) Area Business Manager for Lubricants, Philippines, and Vietnam.
Delo Sports Fully Synthetic SAE 5W-40 is designed to provide ultimate protection for diesel-powered sport utility and sport activity recreational vehicles that require heavy-duty type engine oils with the highest performance rating of API CJ-4. Delo Sports Synthetic Blend SAE 10W-30 meanwhile is especially designed for the latest models of sports utility vehicles fitted with common rail fuel injection systems where API CI-4 performance is required. 

Facebook joins Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2016

On May 27, 2016 at SMX Convention Center, Taguig, Philippines from 8AM to 6PM, Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2016 #AdMe2016 will happen and this time with Lianne Dehaye who manages the Southeast Asia Small & Medium Business team, focusing on Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. She has been with Facebook for three years and is currently leading the Account Management program within Asia-Pacific. She has been working in the online advertising industry for almost 10 years and has in-depth knowledge of search marketing, brand solutions and web analytics.
Topic: “Facebook for Business: Beyond Likes, Comments & Shares”: Founded in 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. People use Facebook to stay connected with friends and family, to discover what’s going on in the world, and to share and express what matters to them. Discover how Facebook’s marketing solutions can help Filipino businesses stay connected with their customers and drive real business results."
Line up of speakers
-Lianne Dehaye, Manager, Facebook (Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore)
-Emmanuel Mendoza, Director for Application Services Global Delivery Philippines & South Pacific, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
-Grace Bondad Nicolas, COO, TAG Media & Public Relations
-Janette Toral- Founder, Digital Filipino Club, Book Author and dubbed as the E- Commerce Guru of the Philippines -Robert Yupangco, President, Yupangco Group of Companies (Yamaha Music, Zoobic Safari, Manila Express, Misono Restaurant and more)
-Thierry Tea- Managing Director (Philjets Group, GrabHeli Partner)
-Ole Oldhoj, CEO (Boolex)
-Lars Jeppessen- Managing Director (Tech One Global)
-Mannix Pabalan- Founder (Hashtag Digital)
-Jojy Azurin, Co Founder (Horsepower PH)
-Spanky Enriquez- TV Host & Writer (Philippine Star)
-Art Samaniego Jr- Tech Editor (Manila Bulletin)
-Erick Kalugdan- President/CEO (Gimeme Unlimited Inc.)
-Avelino Zapanta- Former CEO (Philippine Airlines and SeaAir)
-Charlie Agatep- Chairman (Grupo Agatep)
-Ana Kim- President, Onnet Global
-Luuk Rietvelt- Finance Head, Finacore
-Paolo Bediones- Founder, TekDeviant Inc
-Mark Vernon- Founder, Tag Cash
Reserve your slot now. Limited seats are available as of today. Registration fee is Php 4,000.00 with elegant lunch and snacks.
Deposit your fee to TAG Media and Public Relations, BPI Account # 1680 0010 29.
For inquiries and registration E: www.asiadigitalmarketing.ph M: 09166299381 Presented by TAG Media and Public Relations to promote the ASEAN region as a premier business destination.
The conference serves as a hub for networking and spreading of ideas that help top management overseeing enterprises across the Asia Pacific region. Speakers are experts and leaders in their industries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance to the ASEAN region. Attendees are senior leaders, high-ranking government officials and journalists covering the event.

Friday, May 20, 2016

X-Men fans experience the Power of X with Caltex

Caltex, through its partnership with 20th Century Fox for the latest installment of the most-anticipated blockbuster movie X-Men: Apocalypse, gave X-Men fans the chance to experience the Power of Xat the SM Mall of Asia Atrium.

The venue was transformed into the X-Men School for Gifted Youngsters where mall-goers can enjoy fun, enjoyable and exciting activities, plus a chance to win exclusive X-Men gift bags.

Participants brought out the mutants in them in the Race to The Power of X arcade challenge. They also released their strength in the Release the Power of X hammer game and tested their minds in the Match the Power of X challenge. They also had their selfies with your favorite X-Men characters taken at the photo booth.

The event also served as the launch pad for Delo® Sports with ISOSYN® Technology where motorists learned how to protect and maximize the power of their car engines at the Caltex Delo Sports product demo area.

“At Caltex, our customers are the cornerstone of our business. Every bottle of Caltex Havoline and Delo engine oil is imbued with the power to protect their engines and deliver optimized performance. To help our customers ‘Enjoy the Journey’ even more, we’ve tailored exclusive offers and activities to make every journey with Caltex an exciting one,” says Joseph Bronfman, CPI Area Business Manager for Lubricants, Philippines and Vietnam. “This is also a very opportune event as we introduce Delo Sports, the latest from the Caltex diesel engine oil product family, which will allow motorists to experience the full power and performance of their diesel engines in their everyday drive.”
It was indeed an exciting, power-packed event with no less than the Caltex and X-Men releasing the Power of X for everyone to experience. 


About Chevron Philippines Inc.

Chevron Philippines Inc. has been operating in the country for more than 90 years. Caltex™, its retail brand, offers high quality products and services. There are close to 700 service stations strategically scattered throughout the Philippine archipelago and employees working in several areas of business such as Marketing, Lubricants and Terminal operations. The Chevron products that are available in the Philippines include Caltex with Techron® fuel and Caltex Diesel with Techron®D, Havoline® and Delo® oils. More information on Chevron Philippines Inc. is available at www.caltex.com/ph.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

#1 Amazon Bestselling Author Publishes New Children’s Book, MOMMY LOVES YOU JUST THE SAME

#1 Amazon bestselling Author and Inspirational Speaker Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag launched her first children’s book Mommy Loves You Just the Same last May 19, 2016. The author’s two older children inspired her to write the book while she was pregnant with her third child. It tells the heartwarming story of how an expectant mother assured her son of her unchanging love — during her pregnancy and after she gave birth to her new baby. It also shows how this mother’s assuring love inspired and enabled the little boy to become a loving and responsible big brother.

“As a mom of three kids, I love how this book reassures the older kids that we love them just as much as before as well as helping to foster and nurture love for their new sibling. Children can be quite anxious about the arrival of a new baby and this book does well to put those insecurities to rest,” says Author of Project Mom, Celebrity and Blogger Amanda Griffin-Jacob.
“A definite must-have for any family who is about to add a new member to the family,” adds Jacob.

“Mommy Loves You Just the Same is a pleasure to read with its melodious text and clean illustrations. The story is sweet and relatable: it will be a great source of comfort for the new older brother or sister who might feel a bit threatened by the newest member of the family,” says Mariel Uyquiengco, a homeschooling mom of three, editor and speaker at the Learning Basket, a U.S. licensed Kindermusik educator and a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator.

Martine De Luna, another mom who is also a Content Creation & Social Media Consultant, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Make it Blissful and owner of MJ De Luna Events says this about the book, “As a mom of two, I could very much relate with Mommy Loves You Just the Same. Teresa has done a wonderful job of marrying the joys of motherhood with the challenges of parenting, resulting in a balanced storyline that partners and children can relate with easily. I also appreciate how the coloring pages can be incorporated into my children's homeschooling, as a purposeful yet practical activity for them to enjoy.”


Mommy Loves You Just the Same can be purchased online for only Php 150.00  through Hands-OnParentwhileEarning.com’s online shop, via email at teresa@fulllifecube.com or through the following Facebook Pages: Full Life Cube, Hands-On Parent while Earning or BREASTFEEDING: A Journey Worth Taking.

Book Review Giveaway

All book buyers of Mommy Loves You Just the Same are invited to join the ongoing giveaway. Just write a book review and giving a rating in the website for a chance to win one (1) year membership from Gymboree Philippines and P500 gift certificates from Halo Philippines and Mom and Milly Educational Toys respectively.


Mommy Star has always lived up to her name. As a hands-on single parent, the working mom loves to share her mommy stories on Facebook. Through her kwela videos about the most random life hacks and helpful tips and tricks, fans and followers alike have grown fond of Mommy Star’s antics. Mommy Star loves to entertain her daughter during her downtime by singing her heart out and when she dances, it’s like no one’s watching! Mommy Star is truly a show of her own!

With a huge social media following, Mommy Star has attracted the attention of fellow social media stars who have collaborated with her in an episode for their respective channels. Mommy Star has also been guesting in several TV shows, proof that this ordinary mom is now a star in her own right. Truly, more and more mommies on social media get hooked on Mommy Star’s helpful parenting advices and mommy hacks.

One of the most obvious favorite topics that Mommy Star likes to share on her page and through her vlogs is cooking and making sure that meal times are more fun and creative for her daughter. As a regular working mom who is hooked on social media, Mommy Star knows the importance of keeping food exciting so kids will always look forward to mealtimes and eat plenty. 

"My daughter is a not picky eater but napansin ko na (I noticed that) she does not eat as much when I serve her food that she has eaten many times before," shared Mommy Star.

“There was a time I was just watching TV and I came across the recipe sharing commercial of Eden. Doon ko natuklasan yung Cheesy Tilapia at talagang na-curious ako nang bongga! Eh di ayun, ginawa ko at sobrang nagustuhan ng anak ko. Nakakatuwa talaga kasi madali lang siyang gawin, pero special talaga.” (I discovered the Cheesy Tilapia recipe while watching TV and I got curious. I tried making it and I was so happy that my daughter loved it. I especially like it because while it’s easy to make, it’s also a special recipe.)

Here to help moms take ordinary, everyday dishes to the next level is Mommy Star. Discovered by Eden Cheese through social media, Mommy Star embodies the brand with her fun and cheerful character, love for cooking, and knack for coming up with cheesy delights. 

"We're happy we found Mommy and hope that she will be an inspiration for other mothers to be their own kitchen superstar. We're very excited about this project and look forward to seeing mommies everywhere share their own Eden Cheese recipes," shared Nikki Paras, Assistant Brand Manager for Eden Cheese Philippines.

A product of Mondelez Philippines, Eden Cheese can turn any ordinary dish into an extraordinary meal --- cheesier and healthier. Whether it's a classic Filipino staple like pritong tilapia or a party must-have like sweet spaghetti, add Eden Cheese and these everyday dishes can become instant hits again.

So mommies, take it from Mommy Star and make meal times extra yummy, extra cheesy, extraordinary for the whole family with Eden Cheese. 

For more cheesy goodness, visit www.facebook.com/EdenCheesePH. You may also visit http://cheeseanything.com/ for more Eden Cheese recipes.

Get to know Mommy Star by visiting her here:

80 Years and Counting: Lotus Biscoff's Sweet History

Before Lotus Biscoff biscuits traveled the world and became a favorite in-flight treat, it first made its rounds door to door in the Belgian town of Lembeke on a signature red truck. The Boone brothers, founders of the Lotus Bakeries, opened their first shop in 1932 and came up with a recipe that gives biscuits a unique caramelized flavor and crunchy texture. More than eight decades later, this recipe - which uses only the highest-quality ingredients - remains the same.
In the 1950's, Lotus popularized the pairing of their biscuits with a fresh cup of coffee (hence, "Biscoff", from the combination of the words BIScuit and COFFee). What used to be a hometown specialty soon became the national coffee break tradition. The pairing became a part of the everyday Belgian's routine and was served even in various coffee shops, restaurants, and hostel all across the country.
Lotus Biscoff's caramel flavor and crunchy texture goes so well with coffee that it didn't take long for its popularity to spread to Belgium's neighboring countries. By the 1960's, cafes throughout Europe have also started serving the biscuits with their coffee, and Lotus Biscoff has earned the reputation of being "Europe's Favorite Cookie with Coffee."
In 1985, the United States first got a taste of Lotus Biscoff through in-flight samples. Whether they were flying out for business or coming home from a vacation, exhausted on a long trip or rushing through multiple connections, travelers have found an added comfort and sweetness in their flight in Lotus Biscoff. Europe's favorite biscuit with coffee became America's favorite biscuit with air travel, and three decades later, it is still being served on a majority of domestic airlines in and outside of the US.
The demand and excitement of Lotus Biscoff became worldwide, so it was made available to its fans of Europe, first through catalogues and mail orders in 1990 and then a decade later through Biscoff.com's online store. In the succeeding years, Lotus Biscoff's distribution continued to expand to major retailers across the world.
Lotus Biscoff's product line also evolved to include the Lotus Biscoff Spread-an irresistible alternative to nut butters and chocolate spreads made with original Lotus Biscoff Biscoff biscuits-that first appeared on Belgian television show " De Bedenkers (The Inventors)." Culinary enthusiast Els Scheppers created a recipe that transformed Lotus Biscoff biscuits into a sweet, creamy spread, which earned her a spot in the show's finals, besting 2,000 other Bedenkers. The Boone family contacted and worked with Els to perfect her deliciously innovative creation. Lotus Biscoff Spread ( or Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter) sold out within three hours of its initial release in Belgium and worldwide culinary phenomenon was born.
Today, Lotus Biscoff continues its mission of bringing a touch of delectable comfort to those enjoying their coffee break, flying miles and miles in the air, and savoring their Lotus Biscoff-infused snack. From its humble beginnings in Lembeke to 80 years and counting of crunchy, caramel magic in every bite, Lotus Biscoff is still making sweet, sweet history.
Lotus Biscoff is exclusively distributed in the Philippines by Fly Ace Corporation and is available in all leading supermarkets. The biscuits are available in 125 g, 124 g, 156 g, and 250 g packets, while the spreads are available in Crunchy and Smooth variants.
Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corporation's portfolio of food and beverage products includes strong house brands, such as Jolly, Dona Elena, Goodlife, Al Dente Vermicelli, and Goodlife and leading global brands such as Happy Day, Old Orchard, Welch's, May, Motts's, Cocio, Gerolsteiner, Franzia Wines and, Concha Y Toro Wines. . Learn more at www.flyacecorp.com.
To know more about Lotus Biscoff, visit www.biscoff.com or join their Facebook community at www.facebook.com/LotusBiscoffPH.

Monday, May 16, 2016


Topical scalp lotion boasts of 19 natural ingredients Say goodbye to hair loss and scalp problems with the newly-enhanced formulation of Novuhair. With 19 natural ingredients, the leading medicated topical scalp lotion is now almost 100% natural. “The Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion used to only have 12 natural ingredients. Its improved formulation has a much better fragrance and a cool and minty feel. It also has anti-dandruff properties, as well as nourishing and moisturizing effects on the hair and scalp,” said Sheila Mae Velilla, CEO of Nutramedica, developer and distributor of Aside from producing a more effective solution for hair growth, the changes were necessary to make the product 100% compliant to the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive (ACD).
“Nature has provided a safe and effective answer to hair loss and scalp disorders with Novuhair. It is the only topical scalp lotion in the market that has the highest concentration of natural ingredients, FDA-certified and ACD-compliant. Novuhair is a homegrown, proudly Philippine-made product that is globally competitive. ” added. Made of herbal ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint, Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. 
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Nutramedica is going global and will start shipping Novuhair to the USA, Middle East, Europe and Asia. The first batch of shipment to the USA will be available in California by second quarter of 2016. The company has obtained partnership with a distributor in Kuwait, and is currently facilitating product registration in Denmark. Novuhair has been awarded by Watsons Philippines as the Most Successful New Brand of the Year in 2012 and has been recognized as the leading Medicated Hair Care Brand from 2012 to 2015. Just recently, they introduced Filipino music icon Gary Valenciano as their latest endorser.
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Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, and follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.

ROTAVIRUS – A Serious Virus You NEED to Know About

“You have no idea how upsetting it can be when your child does suffer and looks at you as if you need to fix this right away. It was very difficult.” – Tracy, a mom in the United States

An estimated 10 Filipino children die each day from rotavirus gastroenteritis.
What is Rotavirus?
Rotavirus is a common stomach virus that’s very easy to get. Symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting, fever. These can lead to dehydration, loss of body water and electrolytes.
Rotavirus can be caught very easily through simple, everyday contact. It can strike without warning. 527,000 children less than 5 years of age were estimated to die of rotavirus disease each year. In the Philippines alone, rotavirus infection accounts for up to 65.7% of acute diarrhea in infants under 2 years of age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,698 Filipino infants die of rotavirus gastroenteritis every year.
Rotavirus infection may present as an ordinary upset of the stomach but it may progress to severe vomiting and diarrhea more than 20 times a day. Symptoms may last up to 9 consecutive days.
Babies with severe rotavirus infection may need to be hospitalized for proper monitoring. At the onset, doctors may not be able to predict how severe the rotavirus infection can progress.
How to protect our babies? Keep a clean home and frequent handwashing will help prevent but are not enough to protect our babies from rotavirus infection.
Hand soaps and other cleaning products cannot kill the virus. Rotavirus infection easily spreads and can survive for weeks in toys and household surfaces.
What can you do? Ask your doctor about oral vaccination that targets 5 of the most common types of rotavirus that cause 95% of rotavirus infections worldwide.
It is recommended that your baby get the first dose before 3 months of age. It’s important not to put it off.
Don’t wait. Reach out and help protect your baby. Now.


 Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, debuts its Summer 2016 collection and campaign globally featuring rising model-musician-sister duo, Pyper Smith and Daisy Clementine of The Atomics.

The campaign pays homage to the iconic fashion era of the 90's, and Pyper Smith and Daisy Clementine trigger nostalgia through their carefree spirit and playful attitude. The collection provides a chic modern twist on the decade that is synonymous with grunge-punk trends offering tattoo choker necklaces, cropped cuts, tie-dye, daisy and sunflower prints, acid wash denim, and overalls.
The women's collection features colorful and neutral prints and patterns for free-spirited girls who like to have fun with dresses that have attitude; lightweight knits tops that can be dressed up or down; and denim in mini skirts, cut-offs shorts, button-up shirts, and jeans. the focal point of the outfit with basic tees, marled gray hoodies and distressed denim jackets, jeans, shirts, and shorts. The Forever 21 Summer 2016 collection will inspire you to throw on your favorite outfit and head to a beach getaway, summer concert, or outdoor party. The Forever 21 Summer Collection is already available in all Forever 21 stores nationwide.
In the Philippines, Forever 21 is located at Megamall, SM Makati, SM City Cebu, The Block North Edsa, Mall Of Asia, Lanang Premiere, Aura Premier, SM Fairview, SM Clark, southmall, and Seaside City Cebu.

Mommy Mundo Expo Find: Caltrate Plus (Calcium + Vitamin D3 + Minerals)

One of the things I liked about attending the Mommy Mundo Expo aside from the talks, were the free consultations. And in this blogpost, I’ll be sharing to you one of my latest finds, the Caltrate Plus from Pfizer.

I don’t hate milk, but I’m not a fan. And guess what? I recently was diagnosed with Thoracic Levoscoliosis and now, through Mommy Mundo Expo Mom, I learned that I have Osteopenia! Add that to my lifetime mild Beta Thalassemia, post Patent Doctus Arteriosis surgery syndrome and the fact that I got an emergency Caesarian operation because Dave’s heartbeat turned to 60 beats a minute. What a life full of pizzazz! Moving on…

Bone Screening Program

Caltrate Plus offered free bone screening in their booth. Bone Screening uses axial transmission technology that measures the speed of sound waves propagating along the bone’s maximal strength axis. For this purpose, bone mineral desity (BMD) will be measured in the wrist to screen for bone changes that can assess and/or predict osteoporosis. The test is considered safe and will be completed in a few minutes with no radiation exposure.

Measurement Report

As explained by Ms. Jane of Caltrate Plus, the operator will put a jelly before screening my distal radius (the side of my left wrist) using ultrasound.

SOS (Speed of Sound) used was 4039[m/sec]
T-Score is the number of standard deviations from the mean of healthy young adults
Z-Score is the number of standard deviations from the mean of age matched population

The green region is the normal range (-1.0 and up). My result? -1.30, which falls under the yellow region, the Osteopenia. The difference of that -0.3 made me closer to Osteoporosis. Good thing, I’m already taking calcium for quite awhile now (from my own initiative because like I said, I don’t hate milk, but I’m not a fan) before having this exam.

The Good Stuff

Caltrate Plus contains Calcium to strengthen bones, Vitamin D3 to help calcium absorption, magnesium necessary for strong teeth and bones, and Zinc, Copper, Manganese for skeletal development. Caltrate Plus can be taken with other multivitamins and is shaped for easier swallowing.

Pfizer Caltrate Plus has no sugar, lactose, salt and preservatives. It’s a combination of calcium, Vitamin D3 and minerals.
Calcium (Calcium Carbonate) 600mg (1499mg), Cholecalciferal (Vitamin D3) 200IU, Copper (Cupric Oxide) 1mg (1.25mg), Magnesium (Magnesium Oxide) 50mg (82.89mg), Manganese (Manganese  Sulfate Monohydrate) 1.8mg (5.54mg) and Zinc (Zinc Oxide) 7.5mg (9.34mg).

Caltrate Plus is for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. This can be taken twice a day with food or as prescribed. I personally take this once a day as I’m taking other multivitamins and maintenance for my pizzazz. What made me positive about this is that, I won a box of Caltrate Plus from the event! Mom can now carry a toddler on her back with a baby on her arms! #mommymundostrongmom

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Don’t let Mr Dengue run the Party

We are counting down the last few days of summer, which means we are welcoming the rain again. As much as I love the rain – soothing, calming – we all hate Dengue! What is Dengue?
Dengue is a common virus that can be painful and harmful, according to Dengue Guidelines for Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention, and Control, published in 2009. It is spread by infected mosquitoes and could affect you and your family and friends – basically anyone of age and health. WHO Dengue and Severe Dengue Factsheet make known that an infected mosquito only has to bite you once to pass on the infection. If someone is infected, there is also a chance that a different mosquito could bite them, pick up the virus, and spread dengue to another person. This can happen even if the infected person does not show any symptoms of the disease.
Who is at Risk of Dengue? According to Dengue Surveillance Report of DOH, National Epidemiology Center, Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Division, Dengue is the fastest growing disease carried by mosquitoes in the world and is mainly found in cities and towns, rather than in rural areas. In the Philippines alone, over 113,485 people were suspected to have dengue in 2014.
What is the Impact of Dengue?
Dengue can cause fever, aches, pain, nausea, sickness and/or swollen glands and a rash, said the CDC Traveler’s health June 2015 issue. Infection could also lead to time off work, unexpected healthcare costs and hospitalization. In some cases, dengue can develop into severe dengue, which can be life-threatening: on top of the other symptoms, fluid can build around the lungs, making it difficult to breathe, and severe bleeding and organ damage can happen. Although children and people who have had dengue before are at a higher risk of developing severe dengue, everyone is potentially at risk and you can even get severe dengue at the first infection.
How can we protect ourselves?
There are ways to help reduce the risks of getting infected every day, wherever you are. Inside, sleep underneath mosquito nets, use insecticide and mosquito coils. Outside, wear clothing that covers the skin, and use insect repellants containing DEET or icaridin. You can also help stop mosquitoes breeding outside your home by clearing standing water, covering water storage containers, and managing waste that may collect water. If you hear about people in your area with dengue and you notice any symptoms in yourself or someone else, speak to your doctor immediately.
Ask your doctor for more information on how to protect yourself and your family against dengue or visit www.dengue.com.ph.

Bringing MUNI to NUVALI on May 21

What to expect from the one-and-only MUNI Market for 2016

When we first started MUNI Market, our goal was to keep growing the community, and continue bringing our message of mindful living to more people around the metro, the country, and the world. And so, this coming May 21, we're conducting a happy experiment with the first ever MUNI Market in Nuvali!

We are bringing our existing community of conscious, purpose-driven merchants and supporters to a new and vibrant location in the South of the Metro, while also discovering and welcoming new folks from the south into our community as well.

Now on its 5th run, the only MUNI Market in 2016 will be popping up at Solenad 3 in Nuvali with our merry band of mindful merchants selling healthy, local and eco-friendly products from food, home to fashion items, some educational workshops and demos, and some musician friends setting the vibe for a fun and relaxed atmosphere, true to MUNI Market fashion.

What To Expect from MUNI Market 2016

Some of the folks from our tribe of cause-driven entrepreneurs include: Bayani Brew, Down to Earth PH, Food Source PH, Gouache Bags, Gugu, Holy Carabao, Jertie's Kitchen, Katch PH, Kuwero, Lemontastic, Nipa Foods/Nipa Brew, Picole, Pizza Morena, Risque Designs, Silly Monkey Clothing, The Green House Project, The Superfood Grocer, Theo & Philo, Thirsty Turtle, Tinker Knot, Treehugger World, V&M Naturals, and Yadu.

The MUNI Market program for that day includes:
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  • Coloring & Storytelling activities for kids c/o katch PH & Treehugger World at 11AM, 2PM and 4PM
  • Healthy food demos c/o Holy Carabao & Jertie's Kitchen at 2:30PM
  • Yoga c/o Life Yoga at 4:30PM
  • Live music performances by Toni B, Gentle Universe, Paola Mauricio, Mellow Submarine starting at 5PM
All throughout the day, we will also be introducing you to our merchants through interviews to share their stories and their products.
A Technology-enhanced MUNI Market Experience
We will also be introducing a payment system that will give eventgoers a unique user experience through an easy one-time payment designated cash-in points that allows you to navigate from merchant to merchant with a quick and easy swipe of a card. Read more about it here.
What to expect from the one-and-only MUNI Market for 2016
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