Friday, July 31, 2015

A perfect place for book lovers

Putting together two of your favorite past times, reading and enjoying a cup of coffee, in just one place, newly-opened Book and Borders Cafe is set to become one of the metro’s more popular hangouts. 

Brand ambassadors Karylle and Benjamin Alves
during the ribbon cutting ceremony

Charming and inviting, Book and Borders is the latest themed café to open in Quezon City, catering to customers who have an appreciation for good books and equally good food and coffee. 

Located at 281 Tomas Morato, Quezon City, Book and Borders, unlike other crowded cafes where people are more engaged in chit chat, has purposely turned their space into something that is more relaxed and quiet.

This is because the café encourages customers to go through their extensive selection of books, and take their time to hangout or read. In fact, the café also makes book stands available for its customers, to make reading their chosen book, much easier.
Book lover  Karylle Padilla Tatlonghari-Yuzon

Complementing the nice ambiance and the library aspect of the café are delicious light fare and refreshing drinks. 

Aside from delicious muffins, breads, cupcakes, pies, tarts, squares, doughnuts, and cakes (Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake), Book and Borders also serves more filling menu options like pasta (Truffle Mushroom Pasta, Tuyo Pasta), sandwiches (Beef Pastrami Panini), even salad and breakfast options. For drinks, there’s coffee of course, in a variety of options, as well as refreshing smoothies for hot days. 

The café’s brand ambassadors, Karylle and Benjamin Alves are both book lovers, and represents what the café wants to promote very well; which is to encourage the habit of reading as well as indulging in one’s love for coffee. The two self-confessed book lovers were present at the café’s grand opening last July 28, wherein guests were treated to the café’s bestsellers and were given the chance to enjoy the selection of books that are available.
Book lover Benjamin Alves

Carrying the tagline, Read. Sip. Dine. Book & Borders is definitely a must-try not just for book lovers and coffee lovers but anyone who is looking for a nice place to hang out in the busy metro. 

To learn more about Book & Borders, follow them on Instagram (@bookandborderscafe) and Twitter  (@bookandborders). You may also call them on (0932) 871 7856.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pizza Hut Kia Theater is now open

Pizza Hut expands its original concept of pizza restaurant into an exceptional venue, last July 23 2015 and named as Pizza Hut in Kia Theater. It is located in the former New Frontier theater now renamed KIA Theater beside Gateway Mall Araneta Center.

It is a new concept with their world famous pizza crusts and toppings and wider array of new menu items like appetizers, grills, salads, pastas, signature dishes and dessert.
Experience great new entrees such as rib eye steak, baby back ribs with sides, the monster burger, beer battered fish, and pork steak barbecue.

This Pizza Hut also introduce wine and beverage pairing with a selection of wines, cocktails and mocktails.

This new concept store have several food items that is only available at the Pizza Hut Kia Theater.
Aside from the new food items, there is an open bar, more comfortable seats, and an open style kitchen where you can see your food being prepared.

The ambiance is totally different from other store.
With my blogger friend Mimi and daughter Bea
It has a wide flooring, comfortable sofa, bar lounge, two spacious floors, very large seating capacity, plenty of lighting, lively murals, and of course, the warm, sincere, and friendly service that only Pizza Hut can provided.

If your asking for the price. This branch has price friendly platters that are designed for sharing such as Mexican Platter, Surf and Turf with Fries, American Platter, Tex-Mex Platter and Combo Platter. The price is the same with the other Pizza Hut store but the servings is 10% more.

This store also serves affordable breakfast meals such as tapa, tongganisa, ham and egg, pancake, corned beef, or chicken, all served with rice and your choice of ice tea, coffee, or softdrink.
Ambiance at the second floor

The store opens at 7am and it operates throughout the day for lunch and dinner or until 11pm, Perfect match for the busy cubao crowd, call center agents and office people in the vicinity.
The bar counter
Also perfect for people watching activities and big events in the Araneta Coliseum,

So come on over and visit Pizza Hut in Kia Theater. It is a place where you can unwind with friends and family, make small talks or simply have a good time.
Pizza Hut Kia Theater kitchen staff

Follow Pizza Hut on social media, @pizzahutphils and don't forget to use hashtag #PizzaHutKiaTheater and #MakeltGreat. For updates visit
Beautiful cashiers

A grand welcome for Fil-Ams

World-renowned Filipino hospitality greeted the Filipino-American delegates of the 10th Ambassador, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) gala dinner held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.
TPB Chief Operating Officer
Domingo Ramon Enerio III
Hosted by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the event served as a formal welcome for the delegates who came from different parts of the United States of America (USA) to reconnect with their Filipino roots and experience the best of the Philippines.

An annual excursion program for Filipino-Americans, ACGTDT organizes a special tour to popular Philippine destinations that would allow the participants to savor the foods, see the beautiful sites, learn more about the history, and experience the hospitality that Filipinos are famous for. This year, the delegates will be travelling to Cebu and their itinerary includes visits to Cebu City, Carcar, Argao, Sibonga, and Mactan Islands. 
L-R: DFA Usec. Evan P. Garcia,
Ambassador Jose L. Cruisia and
Generoso D.G. Calogne

Welcoming the excited guests were TPB COO Domingo Ramon Enerio III, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia, Jr. and Department of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Evan Garcia. “We are pleased to welcome you back to the Philippines. You’re the best ambassadors in promoting the country’s tourism abroad. May this event not only deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Philippines, but also inspire your foreign friends and loved ones to come and visit the country,” says Enerio.

Amidst refreshing cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and sumptuous dinner, the delegates were treated to a live jazz entertainment led by renowned Filipino saxophonist Vince Lahorra and world-class performances by Asia’s Got Talent finalists Gerphil Flores, Gwyneth Dorado and Junior New System.
L-R: TIEZA Business Development Manager Bing Francisco,
TIEZA Asst. COO Jetro Nicolas Lozada and Nanding Mendez
With warm vibe and friendly faces around, it was so easy for the delegates to feel at home, even for the first-timers. “I just want to see the Philippines. I think it’s a beautiful country,” says Jon Paul Puno, a US-born rising classical crossover singer. For those who have been on the tour many times, meanwhile, it’s an experience worth reliving. “We’re excited to be back,” says Rose Marie Knaus who came with her husband, James. “We’re blown away by the execution of this event. Aside from visiting beautiful places, we’re also planning to sell properties. We believe the country is rich in potential.” 
L-R: Lyle Cummings, Marie Cummings,
Sen. Michael San Nicolas and Lynn Baker

Welcoming as it was meant to be, the gala dinner was only the start of Philippine rediscovery for the Fil-Am delegates. Their journey will continue in Cebu, where they will experience more of the country’s grandeur and the innate warmth of the Filipinos.

The ACGTDT is a featured event of the Visit the Philippines 2015 campaign. Catch more fun and exciting events happening this year at

A Villa del Conte treat meant for sharing

Chocolates are sweeter when shared with people close to your heart. With the Villa del Conte 500g chocolate bars, you can now share the delightful goodness of premium artisanal chocolates and spread the happiness. Choose between the cioccolato al latte finissimo, a perfect combination of fine milk chocolate and hazelnut chips, and the cioccolato extra fodente made from 50% dark chocolate, combined with the exquisite flavors of crunchy toffee and sea salt. 

To get a Villa del Conte chocolate bar, visit Villa Del Conte at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinson’s Magnolia. 
For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101. 

Go to to know more about Villa del Conte, or follow them on 

Watch out for this year’s Best Mommy Cuisinera

This year, leading cooking gas brand Solane looks for the best kusinera mom, as it holds the Cuisinera Challenge: 2015 Mommy Edition! 

Happening this July 31 at the Center for Culinary Arts, Manila, Cuisinera Challenge is a cook-off where contestants are tasked to prepare their rendition of an original recipe that can be prepared in 30 minutes. 

Through this contest, Solane hopes to show that great Filipino family food is not only those prepared by chefs in restaurants, but also by loving moms at home. Serving as the program adviser is Filipino food promoter, culinary researcher and food journalist Nancy Reyes-Lumen.

At the cook-off, dishes will be judged according to taste (40 points), plating and presentation (30 points), ease of preparation (20 points), and originality and creativity (10 points). Five (5) bonus points may also be given by the judge, and another five (5) for safety and sanitary practice.

Three Cuisinera Challenge winners will be selected based on the total scores, to be announced right after the cook-off. The grand winner will take home P30,000, a one-year supply of Solane LPG and eight 11-kg Solane refill gift certificates. The second and third place winner will be awarded P10,000 and P5,000 respectively. The remaining final participants will receive a Solane gift pack: Solane USBs, branded aprons and collectible mugs.

The Cuisinera Challenge is open to Filipina moms aged 22-50 years old who live in Metro Manila and Greater Manila Area: Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, and Pampanga. Contestants should hold no professional cooking credentials or chef duties in any establishment. 

The 20 contestants for the cook-off round are chosen based on earlier submissions of an original 30-minute recipe with the name of the dish, ingredients, procedure, photos of the dish, a short description, and a history of the recipe.

The Cuisinera Challenge: 2015 Mommy Edition is organized by Solane LPG with event sponsors Ramesh Trading Corporation, Monde M.Y. San and Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation.

To learn more about the Cuisinera Challenge, visit

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

New My Passport Drives Now Feature Up to 3TB Capacity

WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and world leader in storage solutions, today introduced the new, redesigned My Passport® Ultra portable hard drives and My Passport for Mac drives. With the My Passport line now in its 7th generation, the My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable hard drives are now available in capacities up to 3 TB  and in four stylish colors  - Classic Black, Brilliant White, Wild Berry and Noble Blue.

“With more photos being taken than ever before, it’s critical to have a high capacity, reliable external storage solution that you can carry everywhere,” said Tony Tate, general manager and vice president of Content Storage Solutions at WD. “The latest generation My Passport drives deliver an easier automatic back-up experience, hardware-based encryption for security and higher capacities than ever before.”
My Passport Ultra portable drives come in 3 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and 500 GB capacities and feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption  – delivering a high level of security with no impact to write-speed or CPU activity. If your My Passport Ultra falls into the wrong hands, the 256-bit AES hardware encryption protects users’ files, folders, photos, videos and music with a password known only to them. USB 3.0 compatibility provides fast data transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second, while being backwardly compatible with USB 2.0. My Passport for Mac portable drives are available in capacities of 3 TB, 2 TB, 1 TB and also feature 256-bit AES hardware encryption with USB 3.0 connectivity.
My Passport Ultra’s built-in WD Backup software is a simple-to-use application with focus on reducing frustration when setting up a backup plan to preserve data. Since 31% of devices have had malware at some point, having your data safely backed up onto a secondary device like a My Passport drive is critical to preserving precious data.

Pricing and Availability
My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac portable drives will be available in August through selected retailers and resellers and are distributed by Iontech, Inc. and EA Global Supply Chains Solutions, Inc. MSRP for both My Passport Ultra and My Passport for Mac is Php 2,999 for 500 GB, Php 3, 890 for 1 TB, Php 6, 490 for 2 TB, while the newest My Passport Ultra 3 TB is at Php 8, 990 for the latest 3 TB offering.

MSRP for My Passport Ultra 500 GB is Php 2,990.  Both products will offer a 3-year limited warranty.  Terms and conditions of WD’s limited warranty may be found at  and it has three (3) years warranty each.

The WD My Cloud mobile app currently is available for download for free from the App StoreSM and Google PlayTM.

About WD 
WD, a Western Digital company, is a long-time innovator and storage industry leader. As a storage technology pacesetter, the company produces reliable, high-performance hard disk drives and solid state drives. These drives are deployed by OEMs and integrators in desktop and mobile computers, enterprise computing systems, embedded systems and consumer electronics applications, as well as by the company in providing its own storage products. WD’s leading storage devices and systems, networking products, media players and software solutions empower people around the world to easily save, store, protect, share and experience their content on multiple devices. WD was established in 1970 and is headquartered in Irvine, California. For more information, please visit the company’s website at

Western Digital Corp. (NASDAQ: WDC), Irvine, Calif., is a global provider of products and services that empower people to create, manage, experience and preserve digital content. Its companies design and manufacture storage devices, networking equipment and home entertainment products under the WD, HGST and G-Technology brands. Visit the Investor section of the company's website ( to access a variety of financial and investor information.

Photo credits to: WD product photos:

Söfft Launches in the Philippines, Redefines Comfort and Style for Every Filipina

Who says comfort can’t look good? Söfft officially marks its entry to the Philippines today during a media launch at A Space Manila. American in heritage, Söfft gives every woman the best of both worlds – optimum comfort and chic style, all the while making each pair of shoes fit for different personalities. 
Söfft shoes include heels, sandals and flats that one can easily wear from day to night, redefining comfort and style for every stylish Filipina. 
Strut your way to success with Söfft’s stylish Solana Croco in black,
which is best paired with an equally fierce outfit to elevate your look. 

Söfft’s long-standing history in the art of shoe making dates back nearly 100 years, with its roots in a manufacturing company in the heart of Pennsylvania. In a tight-knit community where service to Cove Shoe Factory is a family tradition for many, each Söfft shoe is crafted with the skill, precision and pride that come from decades of experience. Over the years, Söfft has grown to become a prevalent brand across the world when it comes to comfort and style with stores in countries like the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, and even around Asia.

Comfort without sacrificing style
Exclusively distributed by ELRO Retail Corporation in the Philippines, Söfft’s chic and stylish designs are crafted only from premium leathers and high-quality materials, while their distinctive attention to detail and beautiful finishing touches give their styles a timeless femininity.

“We are very happy to introduce Söfft, our newest brand in the country. The modern Filipina woman is strong and stylish. She can balance her work life, family life, and social life—all while still managing to look good; and that’s exactly what Söfft shoes stand for,” said Cecille Loretizo, Marketing Head, ELRO Retail Corporation.

Today, Söfft is at the forefront of fashion innovation with the brand’s main goal of redefining the concept of ‘built for comfort and style’. Söfft takes pride in the state-of-the-art comfort technology that goes into every pair of Söfft shoe- latex footbeds, arch cookies, and extra foam padding on impact points—ensuring finest comfort.

Made for every Filipina
From kitten heels to high heels and sandals to wedges, Söfft Shoes offer a wide selection of trendy options perfect for any and every occasion and various personalities. 

 “We are very much excited to be bringing this new brand to the Philippines. Comfortable yet stylish, Söfft shoes were made especially for the empowered lives Filipinas lead,” said Loretizo.

Exclusively distributed by ELRO Retail Corporation, Söfft is available in the following SM Department stores: SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Makati, SM Lanang in Davao, SM Mandurriao, and SM Cebu. To know more about Söfft’s newest collection, visit their official Facebook account at 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Latest Innovation From Healthway

99% of Filipinos suffer from food intolerance
Healthway Medical introduces FIT, a test to detect food intolerance

Reactions to certain foods are quite common.  However, some reactions go unnoticed until certain abnormal manifestations occur – internally (physiological) or externally (physical, i.e. on skin).Where food ALLERGY has almost an immediate reaction, food INTOLERANCE, on the other hand, does not immediately manifest. Sometimes, it takes as much several months or as short as days for symptoms to be obvious.

According to Nutrition and Lifestyle Counselor Ginny Sinense-Marksl, RND, food intolerance often occurs in people who eat normal or even very common food substance (rice, egg, dairy, wheat) that they are highly sensitive to. These foods cause inflammations in their body that could manifest as allergy-like reactions such as diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramps and at times, skin rashes that almost never seem to subside.Also, it could be one of the major reasons why it is difficult to manage any weight problem.

Food intolerance may involve some or all the same symptoms as food allergies. “While food allergies are acute reactions to a particular food substance and can cause life-threatening symptoms, food intolerance is chronic and less severe but, nevertheless aggravating to optimum health,” said Marksl.

A number of reactions surface when a person is found to be intolerant on a specific food item. However, some people could still eat small amounts of food they are “intolerant” to without any immediate physiological or physical reaction.
Though minimum to no immediate reaction occurs, chronic exposure to a food substance a person is intolerant to can be potentially hazardous to health due to constant presence of inflammation in the body as Marksl further explained.
Food Intolerance is a type III food item that occurs when the body produces Immunoglobulin (IgG) as a reaction to allergenic food. 
Immunoglobulin are a class of proteins that function as antibodies produced by the immune system in response to foreign bodies that enter the body. Various studies reveal that if food with high IgG levels are eliminated from the diet, symptoms can be reduced. 
“Not knowing where you’re intolerant to could lead to chronic diseases such as abdominal bloating and fluid retention, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, and asthma,” said Carmie De Leon, vice president for sales and marketing of Healthway Medical. “This makes a Food Intolerance Test all the more important.”

Healthway Medical, the most trusted and preferred mall-based clinics in the Philippines, recommends every children and adult alike to undergo a Food Intolerance Test (FIT) or Food Print Test to identify which food groups are safe to eat.

FIT is the most advanced and comprehensive laboratory service that detects the presence of igG-food specific antibodies to a wide range of food people consume every day.

Healthway’s FIT is inclusive of a consultation with nutritionist to guide you through the FIT service and to explain the findings of the test.

“Not having your test now can be potentially dangerous since some people have high IgG levels but do not experience the symptoms,” De Leon said. “There are others who even feel better short after they eat food at which they are intolerant to, but continuing to take these food groups may re-grow the symptoms to much worse cases. Still, once symptoms occur, it is recommended to avoid all other members of that food group unless tested negatively.”

De Leon concluded, “Early detection of food intolerance will go a long way in ensuring one’s optimum health. If you want to achieve a quality life, make sure to add sleep, right food intake, exercise, and de-stressing as part of your daily routine. When you start living a healthy life, everything else will follow.”

If you think you have the symptoms of food intolerance, visit Healthway Medical Clinics at the Alabang Town Center, Edsa Shangri-la, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Healthway Manila, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5. 

For more details, please contact (02) 751-4929 or visit

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Mayo Clinic
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Health Scope Pathology

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sensational Gutierrez family is back on E!

The sensational Gutierrez family is back for a brand new season of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez. Promising more fights, flirtations and family drama, the hit reality series’ third season returns in July 27 2015 - first on E!, NBCUniversal International Networks’ pop culture powerhouse.
Ruffa Gutierrez with her daughters Lorin and Vence, with
parents Annabelle and Eddie Gutierrez. 

“We are excited to launch the third season of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez in July, first on E! The first two seasons were a hit among viewers in not only the Philippines, but across the region as well – gaining momentum in countries like Malaysia,” said Scott Mackenzie, Vice President, Channels, Asia. “We look forward to working with the Gutierrez family on the show’s third season to continue this spectacular success.”
My husband and I with Sarah Lahbati
and Richard Gutierrez

The 10-episode season three delves further into the lives of former beauty queen Ruffa; entertainment personality Raymond; heartthrob actor Richard; and their parents Eddie and Annabelle, along with their extended family – loving couple Elvis and Alexa, as well as Richard’s belle and baby Sarah Lahbati and Zion Gutierrez.

Some of the exciting highlights to look forward to in this season include the family’s trips to the United States and Bali, Indonesia; Ruffa launching her new line of kids’ clothing; a potential new love interest for one of the Gutierrez men and a surprise marriage proposal… though not necessarily in that order!
With Raymond Gutierrez
during It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez private party 

Don’t miss the all-new season of It Takes Gutz To Be A Gutierrez coming on July 27, Monday 9PM first on E!  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

6M kids to benefit from MILO, DepEd Project

Nestlé Philippines, in collaboration with the Department of Education (DepEd), has launched the MILO Champ Moves, a nationwide school-based program that aims to encourage six (6) million elementary children in 10,000 schools to live an active and healthy lifestyle. 
Kiefer Ravena, with blogger friends
Armi Paz Pineda and Lariza Garcia dance MILO
Champ Moves during it's launch at Highway
Hills Integrated School, Brgy. Highway Hills
Mandaluyong City. 

Designed by fitness experts from the DepEd, the MILO Champ Moves program seeks to foster among Filipino school children aged 7-12 years old the importance of physical activities and good nutrition as part of an active and healthy lifestyle. From July until year-end, the program will teach students a three-minute exercise emulating sports movements, which they will do every morning in school, after the Flag Ceremony, to energize their body and alert their minds for the school day ahead.  

Champ Moves will also equip teachers with nutrition modules that highlight, among others, the importance of a healthy breakfast to help fuel school children’s performance in school and in doing physical activities.

Department of Education Assistant Secretary for Legal and Legislative Affairs Atty. Tonisito Umali said the DepEd is very proud and excited about this partnership. “We believe that children should engage in regular physical exercise so they can stay fit and healthy. We are thankful that we have partners like MILO to help us in this mission. Together, we will give the students a better chance to practice a more active and healthier lifestyle.”

In line with MILO’s mission to nourish champions every day, the MILO Champ Moves encourages school children to learn how to play like a Champ and think like a Champ.

“Through this program, we aim to reach out to more schools and students, enabling them to start living an active and healthy lifestyle whether on or off the court. By adding an element of fun through these sports-themed dance steps, we aim for students to see Champ Moves as something to look forward to. Our continued partnership with the Department of Education demonstrates our commitment to provide nutritional education and exercise to children across the country,” said Sherilla Bayona, Business Executive Manager of Nestlé Philippines.  

The Champ Moves program is under the One Child, One Sport (OCOS) campaign, which was launched by MILO last year in collaboration with the DepEd to encourage school children to engage in more physical activities.

Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Suresh Narayanan said the MILO Champ Moves program seeks to excite, engage and inspire both the youth and educators through sports and proper nutrition. “We hope that, through this MILO advocacy, we shall be able to continue to make a difference in the lives of our Filipino school children, who are the country’s hope for the future,” Mr. Narayanan said.  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

My Dad the Joker

By Kurt Reed Luis True

A lot of people say I'm like my Dad. I don't look like him, of course, but we share a lot of things in common. One of them is humor. 
Me and my dad having a good time.

My Dad is a humorous person. He loves jokes and he always sees a funny side in almost everything. He probably inherited that from his late father and got his sense of humor from reading and collecting Mad and other humor magazines and books.

The people who don't know Dad misunderstand him for being funny. They think Dad is rude for cracking jokes or making humorous side comments. The truth is, it's his way of connecting with people. Everyone loves a clown and Dad's funny side often endears him to others and shows that he is good natured and approachable.

Humor has helped Dad in many ways. It has helped him cope with problems at home and in the office. It has helped him survive numerous crises and battle his personal demons. More importantly, Dad's sense of humor has brought us together.
My 53 years old dad

If laughter is the best medicine, my Dad must be the cure. His humor has taught me not to take things seriously and to face life with a smile, even at the hands of defeat and misfortune.  My Dad also doesn’t look as old as his other friends or former classmates. 

Compared to other people his age, he still has a full set of hair. That, of course, may be due to his genes, but I’d like to think his happy mood contributed a lot to his youthful features. They say it takes less effort to smile than to frown. In Dad’s case, this is certainly true which explains why he has a lot of laugh lines on his face. Smiling has made Dad age more slowly and he considers this his fountain of youth. 

My Dad doesn’t take any vitamins or pills to stay healthy or beat stress. He relies on his sense humor to keep him going and hurdle difficult times. But if there ever was a fountain of youth, I guess the closest thing to this would be HyC150. As a kid, I haven’t tried it myself nor has my Dad who only heard about it recently.
The family that laughs together
stay young Forever

This is a collagen drink that the Japanese love and it’s believed to be the reason for their longevity and beauty. That probably explains its popularity there as well as in other Asian countries like China and South Korea.  

Premium HyC 150 is a product of FINE Japan Co. Ltd., and was recently launched in the Philippines. Distributed by Bright Ray Enterprises, this unique drink is said to be the only one with the right combination of active anti-aging ingredients like hyaluronic acid, collagen, and ubiquinol.

To make the most of collagen, hydrate the skin, and fight wrinkles, they say the body needs hyaluronic acid which is also present in the skin. HyC 150 has 150 milligrams of hyaluronic acid to ensure that the skin has enough of this essential nutrient. Researchers say this lubricates the joints, ligaments and connective tissues. Taking HyC150 apparently helps other people stay healthy and have beautiful skin. 
Wacky me with my younger brother Karl

Knowing my Dad, he would probably smile at these claims. But that’s okay since that’s his nature and we love him for that. We may not be rich. We sure don't have everything in life. But thanks to my Dad, I've learned that a smile can open doors and get you anywhere, and laughter during trying times can be music to the ears. Thanks for sharing your laughter with us, Dad! You have made us happy! 

This article was written by my 12-year-old son who smiles a lot like his Dad.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Monsanto holds storytelling sessions for kids

Monsanto Philippines holds storytelling sessions on the only Filipino children’s book on biotech corn seeds titled Lina’s Town Rises Again.

Lina’s Town Rises Again was written for elementary school children to develop a basic understanding of the impact of agriculture products, specifically Dekalb corn seeds in social, economic and environmental terms. It touches on the themes of sustainability, collaboration and safety by narrating the true and inspiring story of how agricultural biotechnology seeds positively transformed a woman farmer’s life, and enabled her farming community to recover economically in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon.

Farmer Consolacion Reyes’ life turned upside down when Typhoon Pablo not only destroyed her house and crops but also her community – homes, farms, and livelihoods. She and her neighbors were forced to take shelter at an evacuation center when the entire municipality of Lambayong went under water. Upon returning to the village, they saw that the super typhoon had destroyed anything

Seeing her difficulty, a good samaritan lent her money which she used to buy a bag of Dekalb corn biotech seeds. Her harvest was abundant, so after some time, she was able to get back on her feet. A few harvests later and she started to earn consistently higher income. Now, she is among the more prosperous farmers in her town.

The story is authored by Chat Ocampo, Corporate Engagement Lead – Philippines, who has previously authored two children’s books. The illustration-rich book is written in an informative writing style, keeps the interest of young readers while conveying some highly technical information on seeds, to deliver the messages of sustainability and safety.

By writing this book, Ocampo feels she is able to do her share in “keeping the younger generations interested in matters related to agriculture while reaching out to equally important societal audiences such as young parents and teachers.”

Meantime, two learning hubs for elementary school children maintained by the Department of Education in Davao City continue to hold storytelling sessions with the book. The ages of students attending these sessions range from 5 to 10 years old.

So far, Monsanto Philippines has conducted storytelling sessions in 3 cities including Davao City which is the most influential city in Mindanao, Philippines. These sessions have reached more than 7,000 students from 36 schools (30 schools in Davao City, five in Tuguegarao City and one science elementary school in Quezon City). The Biotech Coalition of the Philippines has also distributed copies of the book to key government offices and public libraries.

About Monsanto
Monsanto is committed to bringing a broad range of solutions to help nourish our growing world. We produce seeds for fruits, vegetables and key crops – such as corn, soybeans, sorghum, canola, and cotton – that help farmers have better harvests while using water and other important resources more efficiently. We work to find sustainable solutions for soil health, help farmers use data to improve farming practices and conserve natural resources, and provide crop protection products to minimize damage from pests and disease. Through programs and partnerships, we collaborate with farmers, researchers, nonprofit organizations, universities and others to help tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges. For more details about Monsanto visit

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Be safe with Wilkins

Water is essential to everyone, more so to a growing child. It helps maintain the balance of body fluids, which in turn improves digestion, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. It also helps energize muscles and replaces fluids kids lose when sweating. This is why it’s very critical that moms use only clean and safe water for their little ones.
Photo credit to Wilkins FB page

Last June 25, Wilkins gathered selected mommy bloggers and media friends to share why drinking water should be safe for babies. 

Guest speaker and renowned pediatrician Dr. Sally Gatchalian said that “Eighty percent of all illness in the developing world is water related. 

For instance, unsafe drinking water, combined with lack of sanitation and poor hygiene, risks your child to diarrheal diseases. That’s nearly 1.7 billion cases recorded globally every year, making it the leading cause of malnutrition among children under 5 years old.”

She also added that a significant proportion of diarrheal diseases can be easily prevented through safe drinking water. Wilkins Distilled Water, Mom’s Most Trusted Water Brand and prescribed by pediatricians, is a vital part of Mom’s Circle of Trust. Owned by The Coca-Cola Company, Wilkins follows an international quality control system and uses only state-of-the-art equipment in packing and sealing its products to ensure clean and safe quality water.

Arnel Cabungcal, ASEAN Quality, Environment & Safety Director of The Coca-Cola Company, says distillation involves boiling water until it becomes vapor before condensing it back into water. This ensures that what you get is 100% clean and pure water.
Photo credit to Wilkins FB page

“But unlike other distilled water processes, Wilkins Distilled undergoes an extra purifying step called reverse osmosis. This takes Wilkins Distilled water to another level of safety and quality. Reverse osmosis dissolves inorganic solids, like salts, and removes impurities and contaminates from the water,” he adds.

Wilkins understands that safe drinking water is only one of the many challenges and uncertainties moms face in raising a child in today’s unsafe world.

“In this world where everyone claims to be trustworthy, moms may have a difficult time knowing who she can truly trust. That’s why Wilkins is providing mothers everywhere with trusted concern through expert information, relevant advice & tips, and real-life experiences, which they can learn and share through the Wilkins Circle of Trust,” says Criselle Pascual, Stills Category Group Brand Manager of Coca-Cola Philippines.

Keeping children hydrated is not a one-woman job. Moms would need a lot of hands for this task. Good thing they have a Circle of Trust – moms’ most trusted support group that ensures the safety and health of their little ones, even when mom is not around. That includes making sure that the kids are getting enough to drink. Moms get that assurance from grandparents, siblings, the best friend, yaya, pediatricians, OB/GYNS, teachers, and even trusted products.

Let your Circle of Trust grow along with your child’s future. Like the Wilkins Distilled Facebook Wilkins-Distilled-Drinking-Water TODAY! 

Health Frontiers & More: Effective herbal remedy for osteoarthritis

Health Frontiers & More: Effective herbal remedy for osteoarthritis: Here’s the painful truth — we’re all at risk of suffering from joint pains due to osteoarthritis, a debilitating disease that occurs when t...

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Effective herbal remedy for osteoarthritis

Here’s the painful truth — we’re all at risk of suffering from joint pains due to osteoarthritis, a debilitating disease that occurs when the protective cartilage of the ends of bones wears thin as we age. Getting proper relief from this painful disease is often a complicated issue because people in their golden years often also have to deal with other health complications.
People in their golden years are
at risk of suffering from
joint pains due to osteoarthritis,
a debilitating disease that occurs
 when the protective cartilage
 of the ends of bones wears thin as we age.

Mother Nature has its ways of healing us. What seemed to be a source of relentless pain can now be remedied by Arthrite, a breakthrough phyto-medicine consisting of 14 herbal components that work synergistically to reduce pain caused by osteoarthritis. Arthrite also has the added benefit of reducing joint inflammation and improving joint mobility. Arthrite is the first traditional herbal medicine approved by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for joint pain.

A clinical study published in the Indian Journal of Clinical Practice in 2010, showed Arthrite to have significant reduction in pain associated with osteoarthritis, such as, pain while walking (71% pain reduction), pain during squatting (63.2% pain reduction), pain while sitting cross legged (66.1% pain reduction) and pain while climbing (42.1% pain reduction). Arthrite restores the normal day-to-day activities and improves the quality of life of people suffering from osteoarthritis.  

In the same clinical study, patients taking Arthrite reduced their use of Diclofenac by 57%. With all the harm caused by long-term usage of NSAIDs (gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, bloating, heart problems, and sometimes kidney and liver failure) for osteoarthritis, people can now turn to Arthrite - a proven safe and effective herbal medication.
Arthrite, a breakthrough phyto-medicine
consisting of 14 herbal components
 that work synergistically to reduce
 pain caused by osteoarthritis.

What differentiates Arthrite from other osteoarthritis medications is that Arthrite does not only aid in pain management and relieving inflammation but also prevents degeneration of cartilage. Arthrite does this in shorter timeframe than other non-synthetic drugs with lesser dosage requirements. A minimum period of four to 12 weeks is recommended with a daily dosage of two soft gel capsules each day for Arthrite’s onset of action to reach its peak level of providing relief.

One of the key aspects of Arthrite poly-herbal formulation is its safety and efficacy for long-term use. A combination of both moderate to mild-acting herbs gives Arthrite potency with no toxicity. This was proven not just by years of traditional use but by modern scientific methods, hence, the FDA classification of traditional herbal medicine with therapeutic claims. One of its most active ingredients is Commiphora mukul which is responsible for its anti – inflammatory action. Pain management is achieved because of Vitex negundo and Trigonella foecum – graecum. With long – term usage, cartilage support is achieved because of Withania somnifera.

An amalgam of medical science and tradition, Arthrite provides a holistic approach in treating osteoarthritis, giving more reasons for people in their golden years to experience joy in life. 

For more information about Arthrite, please visit

Monday, July 20, 2015

Stay healthy with Premium HyC150

While most men may not be conscious of their looks, they do strive for good health and wellness, especially as they get older. Aside from keeping a regular fitness routine and following a healthy diet, the use of supplements keeps their energy and stamina at an optimum as they go through the demands of the day.
The number of health supplements available in the market might make choosing the right one difficult. While most multivitamins offer all-in-one coverage, there are some that focus specifically on the specific demands of men.
Dr. Rodolfo Apostol

Dr. Rodolfo Apostol, an expert on aesthetics science and skin medicine, says men should take advantage of Premium HyC150, which has been described as the modern-day “fountain of youth,” and is considered to be a woman’s secret weapon to looking young, staying physically fit, and feeling good about herself. 

“Premium HyC150 is not solely for women and vanity,” says Dr. Apostol, who is the vice president for business affairs of the International Academy for Aesthetic Sciences and a specialist at the Manila Eye Surgical Center.

“Actually Premium HyC150 is a very good supplement for mature people 30 years old and above for it prevents and slows down the aging process, which ultimately makes one look young and healthy. It contains ingredients that are continuously depleted as we age, and there is no way for our body to replenish them but from external sources,” he says.

Premium HyC150 combines three youth-inducing ingredients in one supplement drink: collagen, hyaluronic acid and ubiquinol. Other active ingredients, like vitamin C, biotin, and pearl coix, complement these elements.

“The reason why it is called Premium HyC150 is because it contains 150 milligrams of hyaluronic acid, which is considered to be a natural moisturizer, especially for the skin. It is the reason why the skin looks full and supple, because it eliminates the formation of fine lines, giving younger looking skin,” he explains. “It also gives benefits to those patients who are suffering from arthritis for it replenishes the hyaluronic acid inside the joints, giving more flexibility in movement.”

On the other hand, collagen is major component of the body’s connective tissues, providing structural support where it is found, such as in the skin, muscle, ligaments, tendon, cartilage and bone.

“Premium HyC150 comes with 6,000 milligrams of collagen. Collagen is a very important component in our body, and its depletion from one's body manifest in the form of early aging. A desirable therapeutic effect of collagen is its blood thinning effect, thereby improving blood circulation that eventually leads to a better and healthier look. Patients who have undergone a coronary bypass, as well as post-stroke and hypertensive patients, would benefit much from this key component,” explains the health expert.

The other components of Premium HyC150 work in tandem to bring about good health and improved well-being to its users.

Ubiquinol is an enzyme co-factor that helps strengthen a patient’s skeletal system and cardiac muscles, which are weakened by excessive amounts of anti-lipedemic drugs to counter bad cholesterol. This substance also helps deliver more energy at the intracellular level of the muscle, so as not to weaken it.

Pearl coix has a very popular whitening and anti-cancer effect, especially in China, Korea and Japan. It is a breakfast staple for centuries, and is one of the main secrets for attaining beautiful complexion. Biotin is the only vitamin that maintains the integrity of hair and nails. Lastly, vitamin C contributes potent antioxidant effect, plus extra whitening property.

Based on clinical studies done in Japan, North America, and Europe, about 93 percent of Premium HyC150 users reported improved hair, nails, and skin with continued use. Although results can vary per individual, it only takes one to two weeks to see the positive changes.

Premium HyC150 is manufactured by Fine Japan Co. Ltd, one of the finest and multi-awarded companies in Japan. “It is the only company in the world that produces products in nano form that render their products readily absorbed by the body and showing its effect in a short period of time after its intake,” adds Dr. Apostol. “With all the components mentioned above, it’s just like forming a dream team of health and beauty secret regimen.”

For more information, visit; like its Facebook page at; follow on Twitter #HyC150 or Instagram @HyC150, or call (02)5467297 or 09177750779. It is available at selected Watsons stores nationwide.

Tropical vacation home in the heart of Quezon City

Hacienda Balai is a comfortable, private condominium development inspired by the relaxing hues of a tropical vacation home. Located in North Quezon City and providing easy access to major roads and commercial centers. It will let you experience a new and convenient way of urban living, where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a well-earned rest without leaving the city.

It is also designed to be your personal tropical retreat, with exclusive amenities and features that will give you a worry-free stay in your comfortable city residence. Relax in the vast open spaces of a sprawling community, where pocket gardens, specially-designed walkways and jogging paths, and children's playgrounds will give you a soothing, serene environment. Enjoy the various amenities such as the adult and children's swimming pools, spacious function halls, and the Resident's Lounge, perfectly suited for a rewarding home vacation.

Choose among our spacious unit offers, from 30 sqm units to 60 sqm combined units. All of Hacienda Balai's units are ideally spaced for a truly relaxing low-density community. Roving security ensures the safety of you and your family, while dedicated property management services will ensure the future of your new investment, long after turnover.

PHINMA Properties developments have been designed to incorporate the ideal combination of affordability and quality, aptly branded as Affordabest condos. As an Affordabest condo, Hacienda Balai features long-term payment plans that allow clients to buy their units faster and easier, with an affordable price range of 1,110,000-1,368,000 for standard studio units. 

With Affordabest condos, getting your dream homes is easier than ever before and you will never worry about high monthly amortization costs, giving you more of the comforts of city living for less.