Thursday, March 30, 2023

It’s a Fun Easter at Rizal Park Hotel

 Prepare for a fun-filled easter as Rizal Park Hotel once again opens its ballroom doors on April 09 to celebrate a Feaster: A Fun Easter at Rizal Park Hotel. For only P800, kids and kids at heart can enjoy a day of exciting activities other than the usual easter egg hunt. The ticket covers 1 kid ages 0-12 and 1 adult companion, inclusive of a lootbag and access to the program, which starts at 2 PM until 6 PM. Expect an array of easter-themed games, a magic show, bubble show, ventriloquism, face painting, a photobooth, and child-safe inflatables. 


Of course, it would not be an easter event without the easter egg hunt and to make it more fun, attendees are given a chance to win an overnight stay with breakfast by joining the ‘Golden Easter Egg Hunt’.

In addition to the Feaster event, Rizal Park Hotel is also offering a hard to resist room promo. From April 06 to 10 and for only PHP 8,000, enjoy an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room (Queen, King, or Twin) with buffet breakfast for (2) two and a choice of buffet lunch or dinner for (2) two at Café Rizal plus one (1) pass to the Feaster event.



Rizal Park Hotel’s rooms and suites feature turn-of-the-century interior decors with modern amenities. Each room is colored in neutral tones of gray, beige, and off-white, with shades of yellow that give off warm feelings of home. Machuca tiles, classic woodwork, and crystal chandeliers provide a taste of style during the Army Navy Club’s heydays. 

Rooms and suites are available in both the Main and Club wings of the hotel, providing exceptional views of the city, the park, or the famed Manila Bay. The suites feature its own living areas and extensive bathroom amenities, including a bathtub. 

For Feaster tickets, text or call +639276687839 / +639091431591.

For hotel inquiries and reservations, text or call (+63) 9177013817 / (+63) 9176571334 or email at reservations@rizalparkhotel.com. Follow https://www.facebook.com/RizalParkHotel and https://www.instagram.com/rizalparkhotel1911/

10 Mga Pagkain Para sa mga Nagbubuntis: Mga Tips and Tricks

Mahalagang maingat ang mga buntis sa kanilang pagkain upang mapanatili ang kalusugan ng kanilang sarili at ng kanilang dinadala.

Nararapat na nalamin ang mga sintomas na ikaw ay buntis. Ang mga sintomas na ito ay nag-iiba sa bawat babae, maaari kang magpakonsulta sa iyong doktor upang makumpirma kung buntis ka o hindi.

Narito ang ilan sa mga sintomas na maaaring maranasan ng mga buntis:

  • Pagkahilo
  • Pagsusuka
  • Pagkapagod
  • Pagsusumpong ng pagkain
  • Pananakit ng ulo
  • Pagbabago sa mood
  • Pagtaas ng timbang
  • Pagduduwal

Kung nakakaranas ka ng isa o higit pa sa mga sintomas na ito, magpakonsulta kaagad sa doktor upang malaman kung buntis ka o hindi.

Ang pagbubuntis ay isa sa pinakamagandang yugto sa buhay ng isang babae, ngunit ito rin ay may kasamang mga pagbabago sa katawan at kadalasan ay mayroong mga sintomas tulad ng morning sickness, pagkahilo, at pagkapagod.

Mahalagang kumain ang mga buntis ng masusustansiyang pagkain upang mapanatili ang kanilang kalusugan at kalusugan ng kanilang dinadalang sanggol.

Hindi sapat na malaman lamang kung ano ang mga pagkain na dapat kainin ng mga buntis. Dapat na nasisiguro na nakukuha ng katawan ang lahat ng mga sustansiya na kailangan para sa kalusugan ng sanggol sa sinapupunan at ng buntis.

Nararapat lamang na kumain ang mga buntis ng regular na pagkain sa buong araw. Hindi dapat nagpapalipas ng oras nang hindi kumakain dahil ito ay makakapagdulot ng pagkahilo at pagkapagod.

Mahalagang kumain ng tatlong malalaking bahagi ng pagkain sa isang araw kasama ng mga maliliit na pagkain sa pagitan ng mga ito. Ang mga pagkain na ito ay dapat mayaman sa mga sustansiya tulad ng protina, iron, calcium, at folic acid.

Mahalagang bumili ng mga produktong may sapat na kalidad at kailangang malinis at nararapat na laging sariwa lalo na’t pagdating sa mga isda at gulay. Dapat iniluluto ito sa tamang paraan upang mapanatili ang kanilang sustansiya.

Ang mga gulay ay dapat lutuin ng kaunting oras lamang at huwag hahayaang malanta upang mapanatili ang mga sustansiya. Mahalagang iwasan din ang mga pagkain na mayroong preservatives at additives tulad ng mga colorants at iba pa.

Ang pagkain ng mga buntis ay dapat may pagkakaayos ng tamang dami ng mga sustansiya na kailangan ng katawan. Kailangang magkaroon ng sapat na protina, iron, at folate sa pagkain ng mga buntis.

Nararapat na kumain ng mga pagkain na mayaman sa calcium, vitamin C, vitamin A, at iba pang mahalagang sustansiya.

Bukod sa mga pagkain, maaari din magdagdag ng mga supplement sa pagkain ng mga buntis. Kailangang magkaroon ng sapat na folic acid sa katawan ng mga buntis.

Kung hindi nakakain ng pagkain na mayaman sa folic acid, maaaring magdagdag ng supplement upang mapanatili ang kalusugan ng sanggol sa loob ng sinapupunan.

Maaaring magdagdag ng crackers, prutas, at iba pang light snacks na kakainin tuwing umaga upang maiwasan ang pagkahilo.

Kung mayroon kang iron deficiency, maaaring kailangan mong kumain ng mga pagkain na mayaman sa iron tulad ng spinach, red meat, at beans. Ang mga pagkain na mayaman sa iron ay mahalaga upang maiwasan ang anemia sa pagbubuntis.

Ang mga pagkain na mayaman sa calcium ay mahalaga rin sa pagbubuntis. Ito ay nakakatulong sa pagbuo ng buto at ngipin ng dinadalang sanggol sa sinapupunan.

Maaaring kumain ng mga pagkain na mayaman sa calcium tulad ng gatas, yogurt, at iba pang mga pagkain na mayaman sa lactose.

Ang mga buntis ay kailangan din ng sapat na protina sa kanilang katawan upang mapanatili ang kalusugan habang nabubuo ang sanggol sa kanilang sinapupunan.

Maaaring kumain ng mga pagkain na mayaman sa protina tulad ng karne, isda, itlog, at mga legumes tulad ng beans at lentils.

Kung mayroon kang mga sintomas na ikaw ay buntis tulad ng pagkakaroon ng acid reflux, maaaring kailangan mong iwasan ang mga pagkain na maasim, maanghang, at mayroong masyadong mataba.

Mahalagang kumain ng mga light at masusustansiyang pagkain upang maiwasan ang pagka-acidic ng iyong tiyan.

Mga Priority Foods na Dapat Kainin ng mga Nagbubuntis


Itlog

Ang itlog ay mayaman sa protina, bitamina D, at choline na mahalaga para sa pagpapalakas ng kalamnan at buto ng sanggol sa loob ng sinapupunan. Kung gusto mong mapabuti ang iyong kalusugan at ng iyong dinadala, kumain ng 2-3 itlog sa isang araw.

Prutas

Ang prutas ay mayaman sa bitamina C at folate na mahalaga sa pagpapalakas ng kalusugan ng sanggol sa sinapupunan. Ang mga prutas tulad ng kahel, saging, at strawberry ay mayaman sa bitamina C, habang ang mga prutas tulad ng avocado, banana, at berries ay mayaman sa folate.

Gulay

Ang mga gulay tulad ng spinach, broccoli, at asparagus ay mayaman sa iron at folate na mahalaga para sa produksyon ng dugo at pagpapalakas ng kalusugan ng sanggol sa sinapupunan.

Karne ng Baboy

Ang karne ng baboy ay mayaman sa protina at iron na mahalaga para sa kalusugan ng sanggol sa sinapupunan. Ngunit, dapat mag-ingat sa pagkain ng masyadong maraming karne dahil ito ay mayroong mataas na kolesterol.

Isda

Ang isda ay mayaman sa omega-3 fatty acids na mahalaga para sa pagpapalakas ng kaisipan ng sanggol sa sinapupunan. Kung hindi ka mahilig sa pagkain ng isda, maaari ka ring kumain ng iba pang mga pagkain na mayaman sa omega-3 fatty acids tulad ng chia seeds at flax seeds.

Gatas at Milk Products

Ang gatas at mga produktong gatas tulad ng yogurt at cheese ay mayaman sa calcium at protina na mahalaga para sa kalusugan ng sanggol sa sinapupunan.

Ang mga produktong gatas tulad ng kefir at yogurt ay mayaman din sa probiotics na makakatulong sa pagpapalakas ng immune system ng sanggol sa loob ng sinapupunan.

Nuts at Legumes

Ang mga nuts tulad ng almonds, cashews, at walnuts ay mayaman sa protina, iron, at folate na mahalaga para sa kalusugan ng sanggol sa sinapupunan.

Ang mga butil tulad ng quinoa, barley, at oatmeal ay mayaman sa fiber at iba pang mga mahalagang sustansiya.

Oranges

Ang kahel ay mayaman sa bitamina C at calcium na mahalaga para sa kalusugan ng sanggol sa sinapupunan. Bukod dito, mayroon din itong anti-inflammatory properties na makakatulong sa pag-iwas sa mga impeksyon sa loob ng katawan.

Saging

Ang saging ay mayaman sa potassium, fiber, at vitamin B6 na mahalaga para sa kalusugan ng sanggol sa sinapupunan. Bukod dito, mayroon din itong mga sustansiya na makakatulong sa pagpapalakas ng immune system ng sanggol sa loob ng sinapupunan.

Karot

Ang karot ay mayaman sa beta-carotene at vitamin A na mahalaga para sa kalusugan ng mata ng sanggol sa loob ng sinapupunan. Bukod dito, mayroon din itong mga sustansiya na makakatulong sa pag-iwas sa mga impeksyon sa loob ng katawan.

Mahalagang maingat sa pagkain ang mga buntis upang mapanatili ang kalusugan ng kanilang sarili at ng kanilang dinadalang sanggol. Sa pamamagitan ng pagkain ng masusustansiya at mayaman sa mga sustansiya na mahalaga para sa kalusugan ng sanggol sa loob ng sinapupunan.

Honest Review of Villa Parmigiano in Alabang West

I saw an influx of reviews and features about Villa Parmigiano on my newsfeed for the last two weeks and so like any other consumer, my interest was piqued. 

It was a standalone restaurant in the middle of Alabang West. It was spacious, looked inviting, and it had pizza and pasta, two things that our family loves. 

I said to myself, "We need to try this place." 

Earlier today, I decided that my family and I would here for dinner. I had visions of great food, wonderful ambiance, and lots of laughter in between dishes. 

Sadly, this was not the case. 

I wanted to like the place. I wanted to recommend it to people but there were just too many oversights that didn't sit well with me. 

Now don't come for me because I am talking based on what I experienced. It may not be the same for you (I truly hope it's not) but for us, it was a comedy of errors. 

I made reservations which was a good thing because the restaurant was almost full on the first floor. We were given a good spot to sit though it was a bit tight. This was a little bit of an issue because I specifically requested a spot where we can comfortably put my son's high chair. 

My son is big for his age and doesn't fit in a normal restaurant high chair so we bring our own. The spot we were given wasn't spacious but we made do. I didn't make a fuss about it. 

We didn't receive our complimentary bread basket and had to ask twice for it. This matters because it speaks of their service and because the cooking time is 25-35 minutes. The complimentary bread basket would have helped lessen the impact of the cooking time. 

I ordered their cheese board but when our starter arrived, it came in a plate and it did not look appetizing at all. Now some may say, it's just a plate. However, with a place like this, with a price point like this, the experience also matters. The overall impression matters. 

I would understand if they had run out of boards but we could clearly see the boards piled up on the counter. When we asked the staff, she couldn't answer why they didn't use the boards that they were supposed to. 

The one thing that truly irked me was how they would serve the hot food. For some reason, they would always pass the food in front of my toddler. We all know how toddlers have no complete control of their actions right? 

It was an accident waiting to happen. The first and second times they did this, I was nice and redirected them to pass it to the other side. The third and fourth times, I was really near snapping but managed to not say anything mean. I did let them know that I was not pleased about it because they could potentially burn my son's skin or my son could end up breaking things if he flails his arms all of a sudden out of excitement. 

Another thing that I noticed was the fact that all servers looked unhappy or mad. I don't know what it was but they just didn't look happy. They didn't give off a welcoming vibe. Maybe they were tired but it was just off. 

You also need to be extra patient because every single time we had to call a server, we'd need to do so at least 3x before someone would notice us. Mind you, I'm not a slender gal. I'm very easy to spot coz there's a lot of me to spot. 

If they can fix all of these mishaps, that would be great. 

As for the food, most of it was great! 

My husband loved the Rigatoni which was cooked on a cheese wheel by the in-house Italian Chef that they flew over all the way from Italy. 


It doesn't look appealing but thankfully, my partner who is a cheese lover loved every single bite. My kids loved the pesto pasta and the authentic carbonara. Apparently, carbonara with cream is not authentic carbonara.  


The pesto that was for sharing was only this big. I felt like it's good for 1-2 persons at most or maybe, we're just voracious eaters hahahaha. 


This was the other dish that got my attention. The buratta pizza was pretty good but for me, it was so-so. I had a better one from another pizza joint near Crimson Hotel. 


Now this, this was the real winner for me. First, I love arugula and this was one of the freshest I've ever had. The flatbread was also baked / cooked to perfection. It was overall heaven in a bite. 


Overall, it was a good dinner in terms of food but not so good in terms of service. 

Would I go back? I'd say for now, it's a no for me. There are better Italian places with really good food and great service. I hope they improve because price point is not that budget friendly so there's an expectation that needs to be met. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

ASUS Bolsters Support to Filipino Artisans, Culminates Zarah Juan Collaboration

The collaboration and celebration of Filipino craftsmanship culminated as the ASUS x Zarah Juan partnership held a laptop turnover and specialized training for Filipino artisans behind the limited-edition Zen Tote.

ASUS put Filipino craftsmanship at the forefront during the recently ended Incredible Transformation: Future-ready Business Management Workshop for Filipino Artisans. After a widely successful ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED launch last year, the ASUS and Zarah Juan collaboration culminated through specialized digital literacy training and laptop donation turnover to seven Filipino artisan communities from different parts of the Philippines. Artisans from Lake Sebu, Davao City, Isabela Province, Paete, Bulacan, and Marikina City gathered in Ortigas Center, Pasig City, on March 9, 2023. Each community received an ASUS laptop to support them in their business transformation and digitize their day-to-day business transactions.

In September 2022, ASUS partnered with Filipino social entrepreneur and fashion accessory designer Zarah Juan to design and create a limited edition sustainable locally-made bag to launch the world's lightest 13.3-inch 2.8K OLED laptop ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED. The Zarah Juan Zen Tote materializes ASUS' thrust towards human-centric design thinking. Made by artisan communities in the country and of locally available materials, the Zen Tote depicts the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality — the perfect accessory with the Zenbook S 13 OLED.

The Zarah Juan brand is the designer's solution for single-use bags. Her journey as a designer and an entrepreneur led her to strengthen the livelihood of Filipino artisans. It has now evolved into a brand known for its #ProudLocal pieces made by Filipinos from different parts of the country. Aside from environmental sustainability, Zarah Juan pushes for social sustainability and upholds cultural continuity by showcasing Filipino heritage. 

ASUS Philippines Country Manager George Su shared, "Our philosophy has always been innovation that enhances users' way of life. We hope the ASUS Vivobook 13 Slate OLED laptops our Filipino artisans received will empower them to work toward incredible success and gear them up for the international export stage. We believe they are vital in preserving and expanding the vibrant Filipino culture."

"The ASUS and Zarah Juan partnership is one of a kind because there is an aligned vision to dig deeper into how we can work together in empowering our artisans. We are thankful to ASUS for providing them the right tools they need to be more competitive and ready to face the global market", Zarah Juan Creative Director Zarah Juan also added.

Filipino artisans participated in a whole-day workshop to learn how technology can make their livelihood more efficient, faster, and all-in-all. They got to familiarize themselves with creating data sheets and encoding business information such as product costing, materials inventory, and admin forms, to name a few. They were also taught how to take proper care of their laptops to ensure they can maximize their usage and benefits for future generations.

ASUS is committed to providing a meaningful and sustainable way of living, not just in the innovative products they make but also through activities that nourish the Filipino society and environment. The ASUS x Zarah Juan collaboration proved to be a holistic campaign that raises product awareness and highlights cultural continuity by providing livelihood to Filipino artisans and equipping them with digital know-how to fulfill the digital demands of their existing and future clients. As ASUS takes one small step toward cultural and social sustainability, it hopes to inspire Filipinos to join the movement and make a change in their respective communities. 

SM Scholar-Alumna Takes the Road Less Travelled

Teaching surpasses the realms of jobs or professions–it encompasses service, vocation, and life mission. 

Proving this day and night are millions of Filipino teachers who stand as second mothers to students. One of them is Rosalie Macaspac, an SM scholar alumna who chose to pursue a career in Special Education (SPED).

Choosing to teach, especially pursue SPED, is a path less traveled. Out of over 800,000 public school teachers, only about 4,000 are in SPED, and Rosalie is one of the few who took the path. For 21 years now, the SM scholar alumna has dedicated her life to teaching SPED students. She wanted to empower and give special children a voice by advocating the welfare of deaf learners.

Rosalie Macaspac (left) interprets the contents of the program for her students

With much dedication and determination to have the right skills for her students, she pursued graduate studies in special education and Filipino sign language at the Philippine National University and De La Salle College of Saint Benilde, respectively. 

She currently teaches at the Philippine School for the Deaf in Pasay, the only government-owned institution for the deaf in the country. Here, she spearheaded the numeracy skills training program for deaf learners.

Embedding grit, greatness

Her journey to becoming an educator was not easy. Her parents separated when she was three years old, and her mother became the breadwinner. 

“In the early years of my life as a three-year-old, awareness of how hard life is becoming a part of my growing up. I grew up with a mindset that whatever happens, I will not abandon my studies. Sensing my determination, my mother earned a living by washing and ironing the clothes of our neighbors. I came to realize my mom had to wash and press thousands and thousands of clothes so I could finish my studies. But I did not pity myself. Instead, I kept a strong determination to battle on and promised my mother that she will not grow old and die as a laundry woman,” she said.

The weight on their shoulder became heavier when her mother became bedridden for half a year. Instead of slowing her down, it did the opposite. She continued her studies with much determination. With the help of her uncle, the Missionaries of Charity, and the puto bigas she sold, they could get by. 

She finished primary school with good grades and was a consistent honor student in high school, despite having one centavo allowance and rice and coffee as meals. With good standing, she had her mind set on her next goal: going to college.

“Giving up or surrendering wasn’t in my vocabulary. The strong heart of my mother was passed on to me as she was my inspiration to strive to get us out of the predicament we were in,” she stressed.

“When I was in fourth-year high school, I was deep in thought of what to do to support my college education.  Then, God in all His goodness stepped in again. The Guidance Office in our school announced that the SM Foundation was offering scholarships for qualified students. I knew at that very moment that He was with me. All I had to do is to apply for the scholarship,” she recalled.

Rosalie (fifth from left) and her fellow scholar alumni take a photo with SMIC Executive Director Harley Sy (third from left)

She vividly remembers sending her SM College Scholarship program application at the Customer Service of the SM in Quiapo and how she learned on May 9, 1995, that she would be interviewed for the scholarship in room 214 of the MSE Bldg. The three-digit number has since become unforgettable for her. By June 1995, Macaspac was among the SM scholars who had started their college education under the scholarship program.

According to her, the scholarship helped her become a well-rounded individual. It was the key to the realization of her dreams and paved the way to success. The activities provided by SM Foundation, such as the scholars’ assembly, orientation, leadership training, sports fest, and annual retreat, were very memorable for her.

“Looking back, the retreats, monthly meetings, and being able to work in SM as an employee, followed up by our project director boosted my self-esteem and opened my world to service,” she said.

Before teaching, she first worked as a Merchandise and Planning Control-Clerk at the SM Head Office, which was then located in Calle Echague, Manila. She was hired immediately after college.

Working in DepEd has always been her dream, and she is proud of where she is today: “Since day one of my college days, I aimed to be a public-school teacher. I am happy with my work now as a High School Teacher for Deaf learners. I am so privileged that I am in this community and my heart is entwined with my students.”  

“I am not ashamed to tell my colleagues that I had a humble beginning and I thank SM Foundation for putting me where I am now. I owe these blessings to SM, Henry “Tatang” Sy, SM Foundation, Ma’am Nilda Bernaldez, and my fellow SM-Scholars, most especially, my mother. They are all the instruments to why I chose to give back to a special community and dedicate my life to being an effective SPED teacher.” 

Daughter of Former Flower Farmers Lives a Vibrant Life through the SM Scholarship Grant

Stability is the foundation of a well-lived life. With basic needs fulfilled, people have the opportunity to develop themselves, explore various facets of life, and contribute to the welfare of the community.

When aspiring youth, especially those from low-income households, are given the chance to stand on solid ground, they readily take the chance. They utilize it as a seedbed where they can cultivate their dreams and aspirations.

One testament to this is SM scholar alumna Jonnah Jane Sacamay, who grew up in a family where stability seemed like uncharted territory. Years back, Jonnah’s family’s main source of living was flower farming. This made them walk on a thin line as the demand for flowers was seasonal, and they were also often affected by unpredictable weather disturbances. 

But while they had journeyed through life with uncertainty, they had always planted in her mind the power of education.

“Given that the nature of farming is very seasonal, our income is not stable. Aside from augmenting our daily needs, we also had to ensure that my education is secured,” Jonnah recalled. 

Holding on to the power of education

And so, to help her family, she studied hard in grade school as soon as she learned about others who had the opportunity to pursue college through the SM College Scholarship Program. With her whole heart dedicated to learning and her eyes set on the SM scholarship, she finished high school as the class valedictorian. Once the forms were available, she immediately processed her application at the SM Store in Cebu.

“I was informed that I got accepted as an SM Scholar. From then on, a huge weight was lifted off my parents' shoulders. I could pursue my chosen degree in my chosen university,” she added.

Through the scholarship offered by the SM group through SM Foundation, she was able to focus on the development of her skills and knowledge not only in accountancy but especially in life. She became a Magna Cum Laude graduate of BS Accountancy at the University of San Carlos.

Jonnah (center) with her parents during her graduation

“The SM Scholarship helped me reach my dream of becoming a CPA, and this opened doors for me, enabling me to land a job that empowered me to help my family,” she said. 

“My experience in retail has given me wide knowledge in different areas. With this, I always make sure that my family makes informed decisions in all aspects of life. One thing that has become a tradition among SM Cebu scholars during my time was to have an outreach program. In our own way, we were able to pay forward the help that we received from SM. It was a fulfilling experience that we could share our blessings in our own little way,” she added.

Jonnah currently serves as a Senior Accounting Manager at the SM Store, in Cebu. Aside from financial security, she currently takes care of her parents’ medical expenses and lets them enjoy vibrant life experiences after retiring as flower farmers.

Jonnah Sacamay serves as a Senior Accounting Manager at the SM Store in Cebu.

“Having a degree enabled me and my family to experience more in life. It paved the way for me to secure a stable job, which allowed me to travel, treat my family to a nice meal, take them shopping on special occasions, and most importantly, support my parents and their medical expenses. Aside from providing me with a scholarship grant, working in SM has provided a sense of security for me and my family,” she shared.

Opening doors to more

SM Foundation made it its goal to help create an environment where low-income families can thrive and achieve stability, just like how the SM College Scholarship Program paved way for Jonnah and her family.

For the school year 2023-2024, the application period is open from February 1-March 31, 2023. The selected scholars may specialize in accounting, information technology, engineering, and education with full tuition and monthly allowance, including enrichment programs and activities. 

For more information about the SM College Scholarship program, visit https://www.sm-foundation.org/what_we_do/college-scholarship-program.  

SM Supermalls, SM Cares to join Earth Hour 2023

SM Supermalls, together with its corporate social responsibility arm SM Cares, is joining the rest of the world in observing Earth Hour this coming March 25 as the company renews its commitment to environmental stewardship.

This year's Earth Hour is all about "creating the Biggest Hour for Earth," and those who want to participate in the global activity are encouraged to spend 60 minutes doing something positive for the planet, in addition to switching off their lights.

SM Supermalls has been supporting Earth Hour and the WWF since the initiative was first held in the Philippines in 2008. This year, customers, tenants and employees at SM malls nationwide are once again encouraged to “Give an Hour for Earth” as SM Supermalls joins the annual Global Lights Switch Off from 8:30 PM to 9:30PM on March 25. 

This day also marks the start of the World Wildlife Fund’s Virtual Earth Hour Run, a self-paced run supported by SM Cares, to be held from March 25 to April 30, 2023. The run aligns with SM Supermalls’ bid to make “Earth Hour, Any Hour” as participants are encouraged to adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle by running and win prizes along the way. Joiners may register here and tag SM Cares and WWF as they post their stopovers at SM malls with hashtags #BiggestHourForEarth and #EarthHourVirtualRun.

Aside from these, SM Supermalls has been pushing to minimize its carbon footprint in support of the global green movement through various programs ranging from responsible energy consumption to investing in renewable energy.

For instance, more than 50 percent of the energy consumed by SM malls all over the country now comes from renewable sources. In terms of solar energy usage, SM now has 12 malls equipped with energized solar panels, with SM Mall of Asia as the latest mall to receive a solar panel installation, which has a capacity of 2.003 MWp.

SM has also been recognized for exceeding compliance with RA7920 or the New Electrical Engineering Law, which regulates the practice, licensing, and registration of electrical engineers and electricians. This is proof that SM is operated and maintained only by highly qualified engineers.

SM Cares' sustainability initiatives include the Trash-To-Cash Market and the Plastic Waste Collection program, which encourage responsible solid waste disposal among Filipinos; the annual Green Film Festival which promotes environmental awareness among students and the youth; and the International Coastal Cleanup which encourages stakeholders to do their part in keeping our seas and oceans clean.

SM Cares is the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Supermalls, the country’s biggest chain of malls built by one of Southeast Asia’s leading real estate developers, SM Prime Holdings. It is responsible for initiatives that promote sustainability and the development of the community, including programs on Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Persons with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, and Children and Youth, as well as the Bike-Friendly SM initiative, in addition to its Programs on the Environment.

To learn more, visit www.smsupermalls.com/smcares

SM Foundation Aids Quake-hit Türkiye, Syria

In solidarity with earthquake-hit countries Türkiye and Syria, SM Foundation Inc. (SMFI) sent aid through the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) last Feb. 27, 2023.

Represented by SM Foundation Health and Medical Programs Executive Director Connie Angeles, SMFI handed 200 units of gasoline generators to PRC to provide power to the quake-stricken Türkiye and Syria.

Additionally, the social good arm of SM also donated Php5 million to help address the needs of earthquake victims.

SMFI’s Connie Angeles (second from left) hands the donation to PRC chairperson Dick Gordon (third from left). Joining the turnover are  PRC Governor Ernesto Isla and PRC Secretary General Dr. Gwen Pang (first and fourth from left, respectively).

Photo from PRC.


The aid comes after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit southeast Türkiye and northwest Syria. The disaster was followed by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake, hitting southern Turkiye, which led to additional casualties and damages.

To learn more about SM Foundation’s social good programs, visit www.sm-foundation.org or follow its social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube): @SMFoundationInc.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Chevron Sponsors AmCham Foundation ScholaRun

To help send disadvantaged youths to school, Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, together with its shared services center, Chevron Holdings Inc., sponsored the recent 9th AmCham Eat and Run ScholaRUN at the Liwasang Ulalim, CCP Complex, Pasay City.

The run-for-a-cause is an annual event by the American Chamber Foundation  Philippines, Inc. (ACFPI) to help raise funds for its scholarship program. ACFPI supports underprivileged youth through various development and education initiatives.

The scholarship enables students in high school, college, and vocational courses to fund their tuition fees and school supplies and provides allowance and guidance all to way to their on-the-job training. At least 2,000 former AmCham scholars were able to finish their studies since the program started which Chevron has always supported.

About 175 employees from CHI and CPI joined the run in support of the AmCham Foundation's cause. The event registered over 3,000 runners.

“We have been a long-time partner of AmCham and its initiatives and programs. Through this activity, we were able to further strengthen our relationship and commitment to the foundation as well as our support to their scholars. We trust that through our collective efforts, students get a chance to have a better life and more opportunities to succeed,” shared Chevron Human Resources Regional Manager Mark Quebral.

 “It’s a great feeling knowing that your mere presence and participation are already helping underprivileged students in their studies. As an added bonus, you also get to do something good for yourself through exercising and staying active. Chevron believes in AmCham’s cause of contributing to the community and helping people in need, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with them and supporting their other events and activities,” CHI General Manager Ethan Flowers shared.

At the awards ceremony after the run, CHI Corporate Affairs Manager Arlita Narag accepted a plaque of appreciation as AmCham’s co-presenter of the 9th ScholaRUN. Hammering on its unique eat-and-run concept, participants got to taste American favorites such as pizza, burgers, and donuts upon reaching the pit stop. The 9th Eat and Run ScholaRUN featured categories in 200M, 3K, 5K, 10K, and 21K.

“We are very happy with the turnout and the general mood of the run. We are, after all, doing this for students and youth in need, so we are beyond grateful to all who participated. Currently, we have 50 scholars studying vocational technology at Don Bosco Makati. All the proceeds from our fundraising events, including the ScholaRUN - Eat & Run, go to our scholarship programs. So as always, we appreciate our sponsors, partners and participants who made this event possible,” said Edwin Feist, President of ACFPI. 

Enjoy Worry-free Travels this Summer with Graco

Now that travel is back on everyone’s to-do list, families are more than excited to break out the unused strollers and treat the kids to an action-packed and fun-filled summer. Whether a theme park adventure or a trip to the local zoo, you and your kids are surely buzzing for the next family getaway. 

With the prospect of road trips and day-long visits to attractions taking over this summer, the safety and security of your kids are definitely at the forefront of your mind. The journey is just as important as the destination after all, and leading baby gear company Graco is ready to be your ultimate companion to get you and your kids safely through this summer --and many more summer adventures to come.  

Enjoy hassle-free and secure travels with the Graco 4Ever DLX SnugLock Grow 4-in-1 Car Seat

Truly a bang for your every buck, the 4Ever DLX SnugLock Grow 4-in-1 Car Seat will be there for your child every step of the way. Enjoy up to ten years of quality security all with just one car seat. The 4-in-1 car seat grows with your child as it transforms from a rear-facing harness (4-40 lb) to forward-facing harness (22-65 lb), highback belt-positioning booster (40-100 lb), to backless booster (40-120 lb). On top of this, Graco’s Grow Technology also allows the backrest to widen as the headrest rises, for your child’s complete comfort at every stage of their childhood.

Loading the car up for a trip is no problem thanks to its SnugLock technology that allows for a hassle-free installation done in less than one minute. Enjoy more time with your family, and less time worrying about all the logistics of the trip as this car seat is designed not just for your baby’s safety but for your convenience and peace of mind too.

Get the Graco 4Ever DLX SnugLock Grow 4-in-1 Car Seat today for only ₱29,999.

Make the most out of your baby’s day out with the Graco Modes Nest Travel System with Slide2Me Seat

The ultimate travel companion for you and your child, enjoy hassle-free portability and long-lasting security with the Graco Modes Nest Travel System with Slide2Me Seat. 

Designed to be ultra-portable and ultra-flexible, the Modes Nest Travel System can be transformed from a Toddler Stroller to an Infant Pramette and even an Infant Car Seat Carrier. The travel system is ready to accommodate all your needs no matter the kind of trip and comes in a lightweight and compact body, packed and ready to transport with its one-step fold.

On top of its flexibility as a Toddler Stroller that can go from parent-facing to forward-facing, the Modes Nest Travel System’s Slide2Me seat also offers parents the ability to adjust height positions to bring their baby closer when in Pramette mode. It also features an expandable storage basket perfect for storing all your baby’s essentials, ensuring you’re all set whatever the weather.

For road trips and out-of-town escapades, the travel system also transforms into the Graco SnugRide 35 Lite Elite Infant Car Seat. Built to protect infants up to 35 lbs and 32”, the car seat is durable yet lightweight making the transfer of your baby from car to stroller a breeze.

Looking for a lightweight stroller without a car seat? The Graco NimbleLite Stroller is another option that weighs less than 15 lbs, perfect for all kinds of adventures on the go!

Invest in your child’s safety with the Graco Modes Nest Travel System with Slide2Me Seat available at ₱45,999, and the Graco NimbleLite Stroller at ₱9,999.  

Grab a seat --or two, with the Graco DuoDiner DLX 6-in-1

Beyond growing with your child, the Graco DuoDiner DLX 6-in-1 high chair grows with your family too. The high chair is designed to accommodate 6 growing stages, from infant to toddler, and can even transform to seat two kids at once. 

It features infant body support with three recline positions for your child’s comfort and can also be adjusted to five height positions to match the dining table height wherever you go. With its self-standing fold feature, the high chair can also be packed up and stored away without having to break a sweat. 

Go as your family grows and get an infant high chair and toddler booster for the price of one with the Graco DuoDiner DLX 6-in-1 available at ₱11,999.

Play anywhere, anytime with the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Anywhere Dreamer

There’s no need to worry about spending on multiple baby essentials with the Pack ‘n Play Playard Anywhere Dreamer. An all-in-one playard designed for your baby to sleep, dream, and play anywhere in, the Pack ‘n Play Playard includes a diaper changer, a lift-out bassinet, storage for essentials, wheels for portability, and Graco’s top-of-the-line push-button fold feature. 

The bassinet seamlessly transforms into a tummy-time play mat with a built-in toy bar or into a playpen for your little ones as they grow older. Despite its quality and durability, the playard remains to be lightweight and can be packed and transported with its carrying bag stress-free. 

From trips to grandparents’ houses to travel destinations farther out, your child is sure to feel at home wherever they go with the Graco Pack ‘n Play Playard Anywhere Dreamer available at ₱12,999.

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to invest in your child’s safety and your baby gear’s durability. Aside from the usual travel preparations for accommodations and itineraries, long-haul trips with kids definitely call for much more careful consideration. Invest in your family’s safety not only for this summer but for many more to come with Graco as your ultra-portable, ever-dependable, number-one travel companion. 

Purchase your new travel companion in-store today at SM Baby Company, Rustan's, and LandMark or online at Shopee or EdaMama. 

3 Kitchen Subscriptions You Need

If you’re an on-the-go yuppie, a hands-on parent, or someone with too much on their plate, you’ve surely searched far and wide for life hacks that will shorten your to-do list. Lots of busy people hope to avoid not just the physical work of getting things done but also the mental load of having to answer questions as trivial as “What do we eat tonight?”

Thankfully, to help you manage your kitchen needs, there are services you can conveniently book online, giving you one less thing to worry about on top of your daily cooking and cleaning chores. While shopping cute yet functional kitchenware ‘budols’ has been on-trend, you’d be surprised to know that scoring cheap everyday kitchen items are not the only thing you can do online.

Here are handy online services that will make sure your kitchen is in tip-top shape:

Bread subscription

Rice may be the most staple food in every Filipino home, but bread makes an ever-reliable snack and meal alternative. Whether you prefer loaf bread, dinner rolls, pan de sal or even artisanal breads, a subscription will make sure you always have your fill of bread. You simply order and pay once, and you’re all set to receive your chosen kind of bread once or twice a week right to your doorstep.

Customized meal kits


Foreseeing a particularly busy work week, leaving you with less time to cook? If you still want the overall experience of cooking while cutting down on prep time, meal kits allow you to cook delicious dishes without having to worry about going on grocery runs. Some meal kit subscriptions can also be customized based on serving size, budget, number of dishes, and food or diet preferences.

LPG Refill

Doing groceries can now be done online, but do you know that you can also purchase your essential LPG tank and refills through your phone or laptop? With lots of fake LPG in the market, trusting only authorized LPG distributors is important so you could get quality kitchen fuel that lasts long, while also protecting your household from damaged and dilapidated tanks that are prone to leakage and are at risk of explosion.

Making sure that you get genuine and trusted LPG doesn’t have to be difficult as Solane LPG, one of the leading LPG brands in the country, has many ways of delivering straight to your doorstep so you no longer have to bring your LPG tank to the nearest LPG distributor.

Simply download the Solane LPG app, available on the App Store or Google Play, or visit the Solane Web Ordering platform (order.solane.com.ph) and be connected to the nearest authorized distributor or showroom in your chosen area. The next time you’re almost out of LPG, you can simply order ahead with just a few taps on your phone.

Metro Manila customers may also call the Solane Hatid-Bahay hotline at +632 8887-5555 from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily or text at 0918-8875555 or 0917-8977555. Customers in select cities outside Metro Manila may also call their nearest authorized distributor or showroom through additional Solane nationwide hotline numbers listed on Solane’s official Facebook page.

For customers who prefer to transact through Facebook Messenger, ordering through chat is also possible from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Visit http://m.me/solane.ph, or visit Solane’s Facebook page and click ‘Message.’  

Home Credit Set to Empower 10 million Filipinos

Home Credit Philippines (HCPH), the country’s leading consumer finance company, kicks off its 10th-anniversary celebration with the goals of providing more Filipinos access to credit and reaching 10 million customers within 2023.\

As the company celebrates its decade-long service in the country this October, Home Credit continues to progressively expand its operations and provide customers with a complete ecosystem of products and service offerings suited to their individual needs and lifestyles.

In 2022, Home Credit ended the year strong with a customer base of 9.3 million. The expansion of its services to different lifestyle segments and categories played a big part in enabling Filipinos to afford a more rewarding life.

“Our goal of a financially empowered Philippines comes true every year, one customer at a time. In our 10 years of service in the country, we aim to empower 10 million customers by the end of 2023 and continue to serve more Filipinos in the years to come. More than delivering innovative and accessible financial services, we celebrate the relationships we have built with our stakeholders and customers over the past decade, and this we choose to continue above and beyond,” shares Home Credit Philippines’ Chief Executive Officer, David Minol.

Anything, anytime, anywhere

As a leading consumer finance provider, pioneering buy now, pay later (BNPL) services in the country, Home Credit has grown its local roots in the past decade and developed a much deeper understanding of the local market. The company has seen the need to expand its lifestyle offerings and finance solutions to better support the ever-evolving needs and demands of Filipinos in this new generation. 

Over the years, Home Credit has expanded to a robust 15,000 partner stores across 75 provinces in the country and has aggressively grown its online presence through the My Home Credit App. The company has also forged partnerships with the country’s biggest brands and retailers, building a wide selection of 300+ lifestyle commodities ranging from gadgets and smartphones, appliances and furniture, to bicycles and motorcycle accessories, sports equipment, and many more.

From once to always

Since entering the country in 2013, Home Credit has empowered millions of Filipinos to access more financial solutions through its expanded range of product options.

Aside from product loans, the company also offers existing customers with good payment histories the opportunity to avail themselves of Cash Loan, which helps them to be more financially capable. To date, Home Credit has disbursed over 1.8 million Cash Loans to its customers, in which 90% of the contracts were signed digitally and 20% of the applications were processed through the My Home Credit App.

Home Credit boasts of having the fastest cash loan approval and disbursement in 1 minute – the best in the market. Customers can enjoy the flexibility of the Cash Loan offers ranging from Php 3,000 to Php 150,000 and repayment terms from six to 48 months. 

Nurturing relationships, building protection

Home Credit believes that availing of its financing products is not the end of the customers’ journey but only the start of it. The company wants to further build meaningful relationships with its customers and be their ally in advocating proactive measures to keep themselves and their families safe and protected.

With this, Home Credit also offers solutions to give the best protection to its customers. They have the option to purchase a range of protection packages: Device Protection which can be upgraded with an extended warranty for accidental damage protection; Extra Care for flexibility in managing payments; Home Content to protect and cover home belongings from any unfortunate incidents; and an innovative Personal Payment Protection that offers unlimited telemedicine service, death and accident coverage, and medical reimbursement.

Serving customers, valuing communities

As the lifestyle partner of every Filipino, Home Credit remains steadfast in its mission of empowering Filipinos, Para sa Life. The company has focused on advocating financial literacy, which aligns with Home Credit’s thrust of championing environmental, social, and governance (ESG).

Last year, Home Credit’s flagship financial literacy program Wais sa Home reached more than 20 million Filipinos across the country and has driven onsite financial literacy programs in various provinces, particularly in the communities of Pampanga, Iloilo, Guimaras, Capiz, Antique, and Aklan. 

The company also commits to a greener earth with 30 million sheets of paper saved in overall transactions, an equivalent of 2,000 trees conserved due to its digitalization initiative. Aside from that, Home Credit also promotes equity by providing more substantial purchasing power for women who comprise 52% of its customer base.

Home Credit, as the market leader in the consumer finance sector, not only finds strength in numbers but in the strong connections it has made among stakeholders and consumers alike. In its 10th year in the Philippines, the company seeks to become a standard in the consumer finance industry with its commitment to innovation, customer satisfaction, and financial inclusion.

Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).  To know more about the latest updates from the company, visit its official website www.homecredit.ph. You may also follow its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Marketplace. 

Lenovo Teams up with AMD

With the new hybrid work environment to stay in, organizations, as well as employees, are undergoing the Intelligent Transformation wave to maximize productivity and collaboration. As a global technology powerhouse, Lenovo has been working with the semiconductor company, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), in the past years to deliver the best and right tools for consumers to ride the transformation. Today, Lenovo is launching its innovative breakthroughs, including ThinkPad P16s Gen 1, ThinkPad Z16, and Z13 Gen 1, as well as Think Book 15 Gen 5 to audiences in the Philippines. These mobile workstations are not only powerful but also enhance the engagement and satisfaction of consumers.

“Innovation is in Lenovo’s DNA from design and development to engineering and supply chain. Lenovo will continue to push the boundaries, make changes, and work with close partners like AMD to deliver innovative and more secure products that are designed to exceed the needs of customers, current and future,” shares Ferdie Fetros, Product Lead for ThinkPad and ThinkBook, Lenovo Philippines.

Real power meets real liberty

The ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 offers a mix of power and performance for professional users on the go. Built with the AMD Ryzen™ Pro processor, the workstation is ISV-certified and ideally suited to power applications such as AutoCAD®, Revit®, SolidWorks®, and more. It also ensures reliability and durability with the ThinkShield security suite and MIL-SPEC testing that highly mobile power users need. The machine offers improved usability features including a fingerprint reader, full numeric keyboard, wider touchpad, and all-day battery capacity, redefining a portable powerhouse that delivers the highest level of on-the-go performance. Get this for SRP 57,999.

New striking designs reflecting impacts on the environment

The all-new ThinkPad Z13 and Z16 feature more sustainable materials such as recycled aluminum, or recycled black vegan leather. Sustainability extends to the packaging which is made from 100% recyclable and compostable bamboo and sugarcane, and the AC power adapter uses 90% Post-Consumer Content (PCC). Furthermore, Lenovo and AMD have collaborated to deliver cutting-edge platform design, streamlining all aspects of the system from silicon to hardware and software.

Elevated experience, Extraordinary Power

As the workplace continues to evolve, the ThinkPad Z16 Gen 1 is designed for a different content-creating business user audience, featuring sustainable materials and the latest AMD technology. ThinkPad Z16 can be configured with the new AMD Radeon™ RX 6500M discrete graphics with AMD smart technologies boosting productivity, enabling advanced content creation, and casual gaming. With an SRP of 105,999, consumers can already get their hands on this powerhouse. Furthermore, this workstation offers a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end services to support and protect consumers’ investments, allowing users to focus on the task at hand rather than IT. Not to mention, this laptop comes with groundbreaking security features powered by AMD to safeguard files.

Multitask to the consumers’ heart’s content

When combined with the responsiveness of up to Windows 11 Pro, the ThinkPad Z13 Gen 1 which starts at SRP 74,999, breezes through tasks. Coupled with the AMD Ryzen™ 7 PRO 6860Z processor, the laptop delivers a supreme collaboration experience. The processor is optimized to deliver seamless audio and video performance, maximize responsiveness, and deliver incredible battery life in applications like Teams and Zoom. So don't be concerned about checking email while streaming music, switching apps, or having a bazillion tabs open. The new ThinkPad Z13 embarks on a contemporary design philosophy targeting a different highly mobile business user audience, featuring sustainable materials and the latest AMD technology. 

Take a video call like a pro

With AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Graphics, the ThinkBook 15 Gen 5 lets users work on demanding applications with ease. The laptop's AI features help keep teleconferences quiet and focused by reducing ambient noise. Several options allow consumers to tailor the conference audio to their specific needs. The optional Versa Bay drawer within the laptop chassis contains and charges a pair of earbuds. For only SRP 30,999, it can handle all computing needs.

Lenovo’s goal is to delight end users with a distinctive look and feel using recycled materials and delivering on its promise for an exceptional experience; and reassure IT departments with enterprise-class performance, security, reliability, and manageability. Through collaboration with AMD, Lenovo brings the best workstations that help users augment their productivity and engagement with peace of mind from the sophisticated attacks of today and tomorrow. To find out more, visit https://www.lenovo.com/ph/en/

P&G Reinforces its Foothold on the Premium Baby Care Export Market in Asia

Trusted multinational consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines recently expanded its baby care export to Asia’s biggest players, Korea and Vietnam, as follow-through on the company’s Php 864 million investment in the Philippines. 


“As our country moves on to economic recovery with the new leadership and administration, P&G is supporting this with our investments that promote superior manufacturing of products for export, job upskilling, and economic growth,” says P&G Philippines President and General Manager Raffy Fajardo. 

The new Pampers export line will produce premium quality Pampers Pull Up Diaper Pants for export to Korea and Vietnam.  


For DTI Secretary Fred Pascual, the manufacturing line can also be used as a stepping stone to further globalize the Philippine export industry citing the recently formalized participation of the Philippines in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). 


“As a Philippine-based manufacturer, P&G Philippines can leverage RCEP to enhance its access to the Asia-Pacific regional market, as well as its linkages to the global value chain. RCEP will make some production inputs more accessible, our exports more competitive, and manufacturing in the country less expensive. But as it stands, the new line will link the Philippines to the global value chain for manufacturing and distributing diapers across Asia,” says Pascual. 

To date, P&G Philippines is exporting its superior hygiene, feminine care, baby care, and laundry detergents to nine countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand on the roster. 

The main machinery and equipment used for the new Pampers line is among the most advanced Pampers pants line in P&G across the globe. With this, P&G and DTI are anticipating not only creation of direct and indirect jobs but also the upskilling and re-skilling of workers with the technological skills and know-how required to work on the line. 

DTI also mentioned that the new Pampers line supports their mission to facilitate a healthy business environment that enables trade and businesses to thrive.

“P&G Philippines’ investment is a testament to our country’s strong macroeconomic fundamentals and shows that our structural reforms are well-crafted and working toward facilitating investments. These pandemic shock absorbers (so to speak) caused the Philippine economy last year, 2022, to grow at the high rate of 7.6% GDP, the highest rate in over four decades,” says Pascual. 

For over 87 years, and most especially during times of need, P&G has always been a Force for Growth and a Force for Good in the Philippines – serving the country through its superior trusted products that promote health and hygiene, and investments that help boost the economy and create jobs. In this new era of economic growth, P&G again demonstrated its commitment to be a nation-building partner that the country can count on. 

Mommyki Launches One-Stop Mobile App for Pet Shops and Services

Pet owners now have an easier and more convenient way to buy all their pet needs from birth to rebirth through Mommyki The Super Pet App, the Philippines’ first-ever one-stop mobile application for everything about pets for their entire life cycle. It held its soft launch during the AnimalCon 2023 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, last February 10 to 12, 2023.

The app is a virtual pet mall that allows buyers to avail of products and services from different merchants, suppliers, and service providers located in Metro Manila.

Currently, the platform, which caters to all pets in the animal kingdom, features pet shops but soon it will include pet grooming, breeders, sitters, trainers, funeral services, boutiques, parties, hotels, veterinarians, insurance and rescue organizations, among others.

It also has an in-app digital baby book for pets to help pet parents in storing information about their pets, and monitor vaccination and health check-up schedules.

The minimum viable product (MVP) or initial version of Mommyki® The Super Pet App can be downloaded from Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Mommyki® The Super Pet App is a passion project of co-founders and couple Geoffrey Ogang, a finance director in a tech company, and Pebbles Sanchez-Ogang, a non-profit executive. The mobile app is named after Mommyki, the 14-year-old Yorkshire Terrier (Yorkie) dog of the co-founders’ family. The difficulty in finding products and services for Mommyki, especially when she departed in the middle of the pandemic, sparked the idea.

The co-founders are also open to partnership opportunities and investors.