Monday, November 30, 2020

‘Be Still’ Gospel Album now streaming on YouTube, Spotify and Soundcloud

A song that was created for someone who was going through a difficult time in life has now evolved into something that anyone who has been through tough times can relate to. Whenever we encounter problems or hardships, the tendency is to either fight or fly. This song however tells us to do the opposite: Be Still.


Be Still is a praise album created by Maria Chew along with some of her closest friends. It differs from other praise albums in the sense that each song has its own story to tell and is aged through time.

The Creation

The sound of each song is an expression of how unique God’s creativity flows through every individual. Some chords are unpredictable, some will surprise you, and the creators mostly used 7th & 9 chords in their music. Paired with the unique arrangements by Eric Pablo, this resulted in ensuring that every song is a different experience.

Creating this album for Maria has been a lifelong dream but as with anything worth doing, there were hardships and challenges, the main one being that of scheduling. In God’s perfect time, despite the fact that the creator, singers, and arranger live in different countries, things started to fall into place and in one day, the singers, the recording studio, the sound engineer and everyone’s schedule all matched. 


The Singers

The singer for “Be Still” which is the song cover is Jenny Pagalilauan. Maria and Jenny used to be bandmates but lost track of each other and then reunited with the help of Facebook. Jenny was the perfect choice because she has a strong solid mature voice, especially when reaching high notes. She sings 3 more songs in the album: “Fullness of Joy,” “Wonderful Savior”, and “Lord of My Life”.

Faith Purificacion sings “Touch My Heart” which is a creation of Pastor Eric as well as “He Restores My Soul” which is a collaboration between Maria and her eldest daughter.

The only male singer in this album is Zaldy Reblora. He is from the music ministry of the church that Maria used to attend to and his voice is perfect for duets as well as “I Pray in Jesus’ Name” which is a song that was composed 20 years ago.

The Cover Song

“Be Still,” is very applicable in today’s predicament, and in any situation, people may have. When we are stressed, when we have no peace, when we don’t know what to do, just be still, and seek God. He will give us peace that passes all understanding. Trust in Him because He cares for you. And even when we are happy, be still and meditate on the goodness of God in your life.

This is why the song was chosen. In this day and age where everyone is in a hurry to post, like, share, comment, and just get on with things, it is important to remember that we need to be still and stay still. This is the only way we can communicate with God and hear His message for us. Be still.

Listen to the song “Be Still” through SoundCloud, YouTube, Amazon Music, Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify, and also on other digital stores worldwide.

To listen to the song, click the link here:

Be Still (Track #5 of the album "Be Still") - YouTube 

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

SAFE AND FAIR PHILIPPINES CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ENDING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Babaeng Biya(hero), the  national campaign of “Safe and Fair: Realizing women migrant workers’ rights and opportunities in the ASEAN region”. marks its third year of implementation, continuing its commitment to providing more Filipina migrant workers with information and assistance that will support them in achieving a safe and fair migration experience.  

Babaeng Biya(hero), a play on the words “biyahe” (Filipino for journey) and hero, aims to increase Filipina migrant workers’ and their families’ access to important information and essential services throughout the different phases of migration: pre-departure, in transit, on-site/abroad and upon their return. 

Today, in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the campaign seeks to further amplify its cause as it launches Maine Mendoza as the Babaeng Biya(hero) Celebrity Champion.

The actress and social media maven is set to be launched in the campaign’s event, Together Tayo Babaeng Biya(hero), #SafeSaanMan—a Facebook live session hosted by Suzi Entrata-Abrera which seeks to widen the public’s awareness on the current state of Filipina migrant workers amid the pandemic. 

Likewise, the program presents updates on the Babaeng Biya(hero) initiative that can help out more Filipina migrant workers—such as the Babaeng Biya(hero) website, mobile app, helpline, and the upcoming “May I Help You?”  information kiosk in major airports to be launched next month. 

This initiative also kickstarts the global campaign, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, from November 25 to December 10 (Human Rights Day). The Philippine version of the campaign is the 18 Days Campaign to End Violence against Women which is extended until Dec 12, when the Philippine government signed in 2000 the United Nations Optional Protocols against human trafficking and smuggling.

Lending her time and talent as Babaeng Biya(hero)’s new Celebrity Champion, Mendoza has proven herself to be a staunch ally of workers here and abroad through her personal endeavors and roles portrayed in TV and film projects. She espouses Safe and Fair Philippines’ values of an empowered force who has the capacity to inspire her fellow women, especially during these unprecedented times. 

“For decades, Filipina migrant workers have faced, but have also stood up and campaigned against abuses, violence and labor exploitation. The violations continue, and have been worsened by the COVID pandemic,” shares ILO National Project Coordinator Rex Varona. “So we want to support the continued organizing, campaigns, and advocacies of the women OFWs. We greatly appreciate Maine’s support and participation in our Babaeng BiyaHero campaign, since this will greatly boost the advocacy efforts of the women OFWs. Her involvement will help inspire more women OFWs to join the Babaeng BiyaHero journey towards ending violence against women, and in making labor migration safe and fair especially for women.”

“The current health crisis has clearly intensified the risk of gender-based violence due to isolation, restricted mobility, and the lack of attention to,” adds UN Women National Project Coordinator Charisse Jordan. "With the lockdown, women migrant workers, including those who remained in destination countries or were forced to return home, are trapped with abusive family members, employers, and perpetrators of sexual and gender-based violence. Mobility restrictions have further reduced the ability of women migrant workers to seek assistance and access essential services such as psychosocial support, financial aid, or alternative shelter. Women migrant workers are inherently empowered, and with Maine’s support, we hope to further extend this message to the whole community - it is time we give back to our babaeng biyaheros - who have given so much for their families and our country.”

“I’ll always salute our Filipina migrant workers,” notes Babaeng Biya(hero) Celebrity Champion Maine Mendoza. “I feel grateful to be a part of this initiative since it’s something close to my heart, especially after being exposed to a lot of opportunities that helped me understand their situation. I look forward to bringing awareness and educating more people about how we can create a culture of safety and security for our women here and abroad.”

Safe and Fair is part of the European Union and United Nations’ Spotlight Initiative to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls. In the Philippines, the program is co-implemented by UN Women and the International Labour Organization.

Visit and follow the Safe and Fair Philippines Facebook page for more information and the latest updates on “Together Tayo Babaeng Biya(hero), #SafeSaanMan”. Go to the Babaeng Biya(hero) website for more information about the situation of Filipina migrant workers, or if you need to contact or report any incidents. 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Review of Cabanatuan Premium Longganisa

Anyone who knows me knows that I love longganisa. It is one of the staple Pinoy food that I enjoy eating. I'm okay having it for breakfast, merienda, lunch, or dinner. It's literally one of the food that I can have at any time of the day. 

However, deep-frying the longganisa all the time can take a toll. It becomes too oily, it's not healthy, and it's the same thing over and over again.  


I decided it was time to think of a way to enjoy my all time favorite in a new manner. My brother who is a chef recommended turning it into a healthier meal, the Cabanatuan Premium Longganisa Fresh Spring Roll. 


We stir-fried the Cabanatuan Premium Longganisa. We combined the spicy variant with the hamonado for that added kick and to complement the freshness of the meal. 

Then we wrapped everything up and ended up with this delicious, filling, yet healthy meal.


I love how we were able to turn things around for this all time classic. Instead of simply deep frying, it has now become something truly healthy yet delicious. I know that I can eat this every single day and not get sick of it. It's that good and with Cabanatuan Premium Longganisa, it just got better. 


They have four variants of Cabanatuan Skinless Longganisa:

- Garlic

- Sweet Garlic

- Hamonado

- Spicy

Sarisari.ph is a whole new marketplace of premium products from different provinces and regions. Sarisari.ph sources all of their products straight from it's place of origin.. They use only the highest quality ingredients. No preservatives, and no fillers or extenders. More meat than fat.

Sarisari.ph also offers budding entrepreneurs to be part of their growing family which can be done in two ways:  become a Dealer or a Reseller.

Dealers' Price is at P7000 with product inclusions of your choice (depending on the availability). You will be provided with a tarp that can help boost your business. While a reseller, for only P4000 will also be given products of your choice, and together with the Dealer will be given free deliveries of your goods upon ordering and replenishments of your supplies. The lowest price Sarisari.ph can offer resellers is for P1500. 

To know more about the products or how to be a reseller/dealer, contact:

📱 09985310559 

📱 09161621608

https://www.facebook.com/CPLParanaque

Instagram: @sarisariph.premium 

ONE Championship Announces Two December Events

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The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), today announced ONE: BIG BANG on 4 December and ONE: COLLISION COURSE on 18 December. The two events will be broadcast live from Singapore Indoor Stadium. 

Both events continue ONE Championship’s partnership with the Singapore government to pilot the return of live international sports productions, and will continue to offer 250 special in-person “Superfan” ticket packages priced at $188 SGD each, which come with premium socially distanced seating and exclusive ONE merchandise worth over $80 SGD (total value at more than $268 SGD). Patrons are required to undergo the Antigen Rapid Test (ART) on event day and produce a valid negative ART certificate to qualify for admission. This exclusive limited offering can be purchased now until tickets sell out at Ticketmaster.sg.

Full cards for the two live events feature the following bouts: 

Reigning ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Champion Roman Kryklia of the Ukraine defends his World Title against Murat “The Butcher” Aygun of Turkey and the Netherlands.

#3-ranked featherweight contender Koyomi Matsushima of Japan takes on undefeated #5-ranked featherweight contender Garry “The Lion Killer” Tonon of the United States.

Armenian-Belgian kickboxer Marat Grigorian and Russia’s Ivan Kondratev make their ONE Super Series debuts in a featherweight kickboxing bout.

#3-ranked flyweight contender and former ONE World Champion Kairat “The Kazakh” Akhmetov of Kazakhstan locks horns with #2-ranked flyweight contender Danny “The King” Kingad of the Philippines.

Iranian heavyweight Amir Aliakbari makes his highly-anticipated ONE debut against undefeated Russian Islam Abasov.

Rising star Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat returns to action against the Philippines’ Jomary “The Zamboanginian Fighter” Torres

Reigning ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai World Champion and a legend of Thailand, Nong-O Gaiyanghadao, takes on #2-ranked contender and ONE Bantamweight Muay Thai Tournament winner Rodlek PK.Saenchai Muaythaigym, also of Thailand.

Former ONE Featherweight World Champion Marat “Cobra” Gafurov of Russia welcomes undefeated lightweight Lowen Tynanes of the United States back to the ONE Circle.

Veteran Yusup “Maestro” Saadulaev of Russia squares off with rising star Troy Worthen of the United States.

Former ONE World Title challenger Amir Khan of Singapore returns to face ONE Warrior Series contract winner "Crazy Dog" Dae Sung Park of South Korea.

Kun Khmer striking stylist Chan Rothana of Cambodia locks horns with Xie Wei of China.

Combat Sambo World Champion Raimond Magomedaliev of Russia battles with undefeated Edson “Panico” Marques of Brazil.

Microsoft Launches Surface Laptop 3

Microsoft today announced that Surface Pro 7 for Business and Surface Laptop 3 for Business are now available in the Philippines for enterprise and education institution customers via Surface Authorized Commercial Resellers Phil-Data Business Systems, Inc., Nexus Technologies Inc., Accent Micro Technologies Inc., Advance Solutions Inc., and ePLDT Inc. at a starting price of Php72,990.00 (VAT ex).

Microsoft Surface for Business products is specially designed to fit into the modern workplace. From light and agile devices that presents users the ability to work independently almost anywhere, to devices that can help the most of virtual meetings, Surface has a solution designed for every worker’s needs.  Designed with mobile productivity at its core, the latest Surface for Business line-up will feature products that are more versatile, more adaptable, and more personal. 

“Created for the modern worker in mind, the new line-up of Surface devices offers unparalleled versatility, greater performance, and multi-tasking capabilities that empower you to work from anywhere, anytime. We are pleased to share that the new Surface for Business devices are available in the Philippines especially for our enterprise and education customers,” said Microsoft Philippines Country General Manager, Andres Ortola.

Surface Laptop 3 for Business: Perfect Balance of Power and Elegance

The all-new Surface Laptop 3 for Business retains its iconic slim, sleek and lightweight design but is now twice as fast as previous generations, with faster multitasking and improved graphics. 

Available in 13.5 inch Matte Black, the Surface Laptop 3 for Business features the latest 10th Generation Intel® Core™ Processor for improved speed and performance. It is slim and lightweight -- weighs just 1,288G and comes with a durable rich, warm Alcantara® material keyboard.

With industry-leading typing comfort and all-day battery life1, Surface Laptop 3 is an ideal laptop that will keep your day running smoothly. With Fast Charging, it can be charged up to 80% in about one hour2. It is meticulously crafted with a 20% larger trackpad to make navigation easier and seamless. 

Created for the modern worker, Surface Laptop 3 features Instant On, USB-C™ and USB-A ports and dual far-field Studio Mics for great Microsoft Teams calls and dictation in Microsoft Office. You can exercise more control over your sensitive information with a removable hard drive for data retention3. 

Surface Pro 7 for Business: Same Versatility, Greater Performance

Redesigned from the inside out, Surface Pro 7 for Business is more powerful than ever with the latest quad-core, 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processor, making it 2.3 times faster than previous generations. With its greater performance, users can work and play their way virtually anywhere. Surface Pro 7 for Business comes in Platinum color.  With Fast Charging, all-day battery life4 and Instant On, Surface Pro 7 for Business offers high power, laptop-to-tablet versatility, and brilliant high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display while remaining ultra-slim and light at just 775g.  


Surface Pro 7 for Business offers more options for connecting to displays, docking stations or charging accessories with an updated port selection of USB-A, USB-C™ and Surface Connect.

Transforming from laptop to tablet with the innovative, built-in kickstand and removable Surface Signature Type Cover5, users can jot down ideas in a more natural way and take their ideas to the next level. 

Surface Pro 7 for Business is the perfect companion for everyday work life. Take a break from work and chill out with an HD movie or your favorite music on Spotify6, while experiencing the crisp, clear audio with Dolby® Audio™ Premium sound.

Surface for Business Accessories 

Complete your experience on Surface Pro 7 for Business with the new and improved Signature Type Cover (Black color), Arc Mouse (Platinum color), and Pen (Black color) that complement your style. The Surface Dock 2 transforms your Surface device into a desktop PC with a 199W power supply to charge Surface devices, plus USB-C® ports that support dual 4K monitors at 60Hz. 

Surface for Business 

Surface for Business devices provides specific experiences and features built especially for commercial customers including enterprise-grade security, and leading modern management with Autopilot, Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM), and Microsoft Intune. Windows 10 Pro comes standard on Surface for Business devices, offering additional built-in security and management features that let our customers focus on running their business. In addition to the standard hardware warranty,

Surface for Business customers gets free Advanced Exchange - a warranty service with expedited device replacement, at no additional cost.

Availability and Pricing

Surface Pro 7 for Business and Surface Laptop 3 for Business are generally available from [1st November 2020] via Surface Authorized Commercial Resellers Phil-Data Business Systems, Inc. Nexus Technologies Inc., Accent Micro Technologies Inc., Advance Solutions Inc., and ePLDT, Inc.  

 

Diwatang Maria soars high this 2020 amid Covid-19 pandemic

Diwatang Maria Corporation, the maker of premium organic soap Diwatang Maria, in a bid to inspire startup companies and even the small to medium entrepreneurs, in a virtual press conference held on Nov. 20 announced the company’s milestones that were achieved during the past months, overcoming the challenges brought by the pandemic.

Diwatang Maria president and CEO Ma. Concepcion ‘Macon’ Macalintal shared with the members of the press and bloggers the little triumphs of the company over the past months that she see will eventually help Diwatang Maria realize its goals for the brand.

Macalintal, who is a passionate supporter of Filipino products and Filipino culture aims to encourage more Filipino consumers to patronize locally-made products, especially during this global economic crisis.

Small victories

According to Macalintal, Diwatang Maria started to push the brand to the market only a couple of weeks before the lockdown, which became the biggest hurdle for Diwatang Maria to move and market the products. 

“No one was prepared for the lockdown and who would have thought that we will witness a global pandemic and economic crisis that we are facing now. But we are blessed to experience little successes amid all these trials that everyone is facing,” she stressed.

Macalintal said that she risked a lot of things when she started building the brand. “I have so much faith in the ingenuity of Filipinos and I love our culture of Diwatas so I named the products after the three Filipina Diwatas.  I quit my career because I know in my heart I have good products to offer and I want to reach out to many people who are depressing over their skin conditions, which I was in the same position before. I was dreaming big –  to sell products that are also environment friendly but very good for the skin.”

One of the risks she took was to ‘label’ her products as organic and eco-friendly but should still be affordable. “I believe that one of our successes is being able to offer premium organic soaps and at the same time package them in environment-friendly materials and sell at a reasonable price.”

In the past months, Diwatang Maria relied on its online platforms to push its products until resellers coming from different parts of the country began offering the soaps. “On our 2nd anniversary last September, we launched our Bayanihan Program, which was aimed at getting at least 200 resellers by offering them a reseller kit that only cost P1632, inclusive of 15 soaps and sample soaps.”

Macalintal stressed that the Bayanihan Program was to help those who are looking for livelihood while in quarantine. “My heartfelt gratitude to all our resellers who play a big part in the growth of our company. Through the Bayanihan Program, we reached our goal to grow the community of our resellers all over the county.”

Pushing the product a little bit more, those who have tried the soaps from other countries also started to partner with Diwatang Maria. Believing in the ability and knowledge of Macalintal, former colleagues who are living in other countries also shared her passion to promote Filipino products. “This year, Diwatang Maria reached the shores of the Bahamas, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. And we are very pleased with the outpour of support of our kababayans in these countries. We also have ordered from other continents but we will accommodate them next year since our goal for 2020 is to penetrate the Philippine market better this last quarter of 2020.

In the face of the pandemic, Diwatang Maria is also thankful for another milestone, which she knows will open more doors for the brand. “A couple of months ago, one of the best news we received this year was when All Day Supermarket accepted Diwatang Maria. We are grateful for their trust and for giving us the chance to be in their shelves,:” Macalintal noted.

To make the year even better Diwatang Maria is once again rejoicing for another great feat – SM Kultura and Sesou will now offer Diwatang Maria soaps in their stores.

“Last April, I was struggling to do everything on my own since I can’t let my staff risk their health in delivering the orders. I drove and delivered all the orders even if they are just two or three orders, or sometimes just one soap. I braved all the checkpoints and curfews, and looking back at the past months, I feel really blessed and thankful for all these little wins,” she added.

Diwatang Maria looks forward to a better 2021

Currently, Diwatang Maria premium organic soaps are available in Shopee, Lazada, All Day Supermarket, SM Kultura, Sesou, and other online stores and social media platforms; however, the company is looking at bigger distribution channels since the demands from consumers nationwide are also getting bigger.

Aside from this, Diwatang Maria will also be launching a new product line that is also organic and eco-friendly and will surely follow the same branding – carrying Filipino names.

“We have several projects in the pipeline that will push the brand to the market and of course to continue support our small entrepreneurs to earn while at home. While we are still navigating and learning the curves of the new normal, Diwatang Maria next year will be offering new products that will benefit many people who have sensitive skin concerns,” Macalintal said.

More so, the young CEO also stressed that with all the achievements of the brand this year, she hopes to inspire other entrepreneurs not to give up and to persevere more. “I know it is hard, actually really hard to see if whatever we are doing will eventually lead us to success, there will be days that we want to give up and there will be days that things look okay…we just need to focus on our goal, and that is to succeed,” she quipped.

To know more about Diwatang Maria visit www.diwatangmaria.com or like FB/IG: diwatangmariaph. 

Review of Lola Remedios

Truth be told, I am one of the few who has never ever tried Lola Remedios. I kept hearing about them from people around as well as radio commercials but I have never tried one. I did have a good impression about it because people seem to always mention it on a good note. 

Thankfully, I finally got the chance to try it out myself. 


Lola Remedios is an all-natural, ready-to-drink food supplement. Ideally, you should only have 1-3 sachets a day and this can be taken with or without food. Just be sure that you are not allergic to menthol flavors because this packs a lot of menthols. 

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, don't drink this unless approved by your OB-GYN. 

Made with mint, honey, ginger, clove, fennel, peppermint oil, Indian screw, palm sugar, sucrose, and water, the drink has gained popularity in recent years for being a supposed cure-all for everything from coughs and fever to colds. 

A product originally from Indonesia, Lola Remedios is also supposed to "increase energy levels, reduce fatigue, relieve body pains and aches in the mouth, ease allergies, improve digestion, and relieve stomach discomforts." This is why so many people think of it as some kind of miracle cure.

I've tried this out for some back pain and I have to say that the taste is great though I may be biased since I love menthol. It didn't have an immediate effect on me but I did feel relaxed after an hour or so. 

I'm definitely making Lola Remedios a part of our household from now on. I may not have known about them before but I'm definitely keeping them in my life from now on. 

Pre-order your Huawei GT2 Pro on Shopee from November 20-27

If you're still looking for the perfect gift for yourself or a special love one, look no further than the  HUAWEI WATCH GT 2 Pro which you can buy from their official Huawei Store on Shopee


The Huawei comes in a box with 1 watch, 1 charging cable, and 1 charging cradle. Made of premium materials (Sapphire surface, Titanium body, Ceramic rear case), this smartwatch is perfect for 
professional outdoor workouts (Skiing, Golf, Route back, Sunrise & sunset, Tide times, Moon phase, Bad weather alerts) as well as health monitoring (SpO2 ,TruSleepTM/Stress Test, Activity record.)

What makes this smartwatch even better is that it has a 2-week battery life, it's waterproof, 4GB ROM, 32MB RAM, has Bluetooth, and it even has 100+ workout modes. 


If you buy this via Shopee, it even comes with FREE SHIPPING. 

Make sure to download the Shopee App via Google Play or Play Store so that you can catch this awesome deal and reward yourself or someone you love. 

TECNO Spark 6 Series - A smartphone for the masses

Recognizing the evolving need for high-performing, multi-tasking, and affordable smartphones during these challenging times, global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile has launched its latest innovation, the TECNO Spark 6 Series.

The TECNO Spark 6 Series is smartly designed for work and play and is competitively priced to give locals the best value for their hard-earned money. Price ranges from PhP3,990 to PhP6,490. The Spark 6 Series is packed with six upgraded features - a unique camera system designed to elevate photographic immersion to the next level, a bigger screen, more generous memory and storage, boosted processing speed, enhanced video call experience, and a fun Bluetooth audio share feature.

The Spark 6 Series comes in three (3) amazing variants – Spark 6 4GB RAM+128GB, and Spark 6 Go in 4GB RAM +64GB and 2GB RAM+32GB. These all have a high performing, impressive battery life, and a sleek, simple yet bold design. The Spark 6 Go variant was the first to be released this November and is available in all TECNO Mobile partner retail stores.

Here are some of the features packed into the powerful Spark 6 Series that everyone can enjoy:

Spark 6 Go

A 13-megapixel AI Dual camera and 8MP front camera, AI lens with 18 different scene detection, up to 95% recognition rate, and upgraded algorithms. The 13-megapixel primary lens supports 4x digital zoom with an F-1.8 big aperture that captures more light at night and processes image details more finely.

Various shooting modes for the AI Dual camera, including Bokeh, AI Beauty, and AI HDR, among others. Full picture details and quality are greatly improved, plus a dual rear flash fills light in dark environments to ensure better photos.

A Bluetooth Audio Share feature that can connect to multiple wireless Bluetooth headsets at the same time, enabling users to listen and watch with friends. 

A 6.52 inches dot display screen with a 20:9 screen aspect ratio and 720 x 1600 resolution for a wider, clearer, immersive display effect, rich color contrast, and great visual experience.

A 5,000 mAh battery that stays charged longer, ideal for photography, gaming, browsing, video streaming, and music. 

HiOS for a more intelligent and convenient user experience, with a brand new dark theme feature that uses less phone battery and causes less eye strain.

Spark 6

A 16-megapixel AI quad-camera with a depth lens. This 16MP primary lens can work as a macro lens and an AI lens with AI Scene Detection that can recognize 18 different scenes with a 95% recognition rate.

The quad lens provides high definition portraits, macro photos, and immersive AI video experiences with features like ‘Video Beautify’, ‘AI Beauty’, ‘AI Body Shaping’, and ‘AR Interaction’.

Android Q with a G70 processor, and 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network connectivity for improved performance, and allowing for a wide range of user customization. The operating system is also equipped with utility applications that allow users to free up memory, freeze applications, limit data accessibility for specific applications, and other useful features. 

A Bluetooth Audio Share feature that can connect to multiple wireless Bluetooth headsets at the same time to enable users to listen and watch with friends. 

A 6.8-inch high-definition (HD) dot in display screen that gives a perfect screen ratio for an extremely sharp display and much broader viewing experience. 

A 5,000 mAh battery that ensures top conditions for photography, gaming, browsing, video streaming, and music with every full charge. 

The Spark 6 Series is available at TECNO Mobile partner retail stores and comes in three models – Spark 6 4GB RAM+128GB priced at PhP6,490, Spark 6 Go 4GB RAM+64GB at PhP5,490, and Spark 6 Go 2GB RAM+32GB for only PhP3,990. For a complete list of stores, visit http://bit.ly/TecnoStoresPH

To stay updated on products and the latest offering from TECNO Mobile, visit www.tecno-mobile.com/ph and follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Philippine Craft Kings, JuggiesPH put local craft beer on centerstage

Filipinos are among the best beer drinkers in the world. Not only do they consume a whole lot of the amber brew, but they are also beer connoisseurs and adventure-seekers when it comes to what fills up their beer mugs.

Underneath the world of flowing commercial beer is a sub-universe of very impressive, locally brewed craft beer. Small, usually independent craft breweries aim both for variety and quality, tickling the fancy of young-and-slightly-older discerning drinkers at bars, parties, hotels, and watering holes. Philippine Craft Kings (PCK) started bringing craft beers into the mainstream in 2013, penetrating the Philippine beer scene with just one brand, then growing to more than 20 partner breweries serving more than 100 beer variants at present.

From non-alcoholic drinks like ginger ale, butterbeer, and soon, club soda, PCK and JuggiesPH have the works: light and sweet beers, lager, pilsner, pale ale, dark beer, stout, wheat beers, and lagers, from 4.8% to 10.5% alcohol content.

Now that most bars are closed and social interaction is limited, Philippine Craft Kings lets its market still enjoy the beers like before in Juggies -- insulated, tap-equipped containers with a freshness valve and comes with a key to unlock the easy-pour function. Juggies come in 2-liter and 5-liter options and can keep the drinks ice cold and fresh for up to three days.



PCK/JuggiesPH CEO Jazel Justiniani Paraiso said they have responded to the limitations and challenges imposed by existing protocols by creating party packages and out of town packages made up of beer choices and their best pica pairs. “People can place their orders online and we deliver the Juggies along with the party packages. That way families and small groups can enjoy drinking beer and munching on tapas, snacks, cheeses, and other food pairings in the privacy and safety of home.”

“Beers and drinks served in a Juggy are freshly brewed and kegged the same day they are ordered. They arrive cold and the Juggies -- which are reusable and recyclable -- are easy to use,” Paraiso added.

PCK/JuggiesPH meets and works together with the brewers and listen to the unique stories behind the beers. “Filipino beer brewers are amazing because they are adventurous, creative and true masters of their craft. Every time there’s a new beer we let our customers know so they get the chance to taste new and limited releases. We bring the story of the beers and the brewers out to the market. And that’s how we help support the local craft beer industry,” Paraiso said.

In October, PCK/JuggiesPH opened up a Juggies Filling Station at Brick and Mortar in BGC and one in Quezon City so beer drinkers can have their fill and continue to enjoy good times at home.

The craft beer industry is growing not just in the Philippines but in Southeast Asia. Currently valued at $134 million, it is projected to grow to $400 million by end 2021.

For more information and to have a Juggies experience, visit juggies.ph or contact JuggiesPH through info@juggie.ph or 0917 514 8118.

 

Shopee Partners with KonsultaMD to Offer Filipinos Online Medical Consultations

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with KonsultaMD, a subscription-based telehealth service, to provide Filipinos affordable healthcare subscriptions and a safer way to consult with licensed doctors online. 

Martin Yu, Associate Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is excited to partner with KonsultaMD to give Filipinos access to affordable healthcare consultations. We understand that some are still hesitant to visit a hospital because of the ongoing global pandemic. With this, Shopee will continue to collaborate with different organizations like KonsultaMD to provide reliable and quality healthcare products and services such as medical assessments, advice on basic healthcare, and proper medication, in a more convenient and timely manner.”

Each KonsultaMD membership comes with the following: 

Cholo Tagaysay, Chief Operating Officer at KonsultaMD, said, “We’re excited to partner with Shopee to provide everyone easy access to medical consultations anywhere, anytime. What makes KonsultaMD unique is that our doctors are available 24/7. Need to consult a medical doctor at 3 am? Our doctors are always online. You don’t need to make an appointment, and it’s unlimited.”

KonsultaMD will officially launch its store on Shopee this December 1, 2020, and offers three membership plans. 

On December 12, users can enjoy a special promotion.  For KonsultaMD’s Personal60 subscription, users can avail of the plan for only ₱12. It includes the following perks for each member: 

One (1) month membership

Unlimited voice consult 

One (1) video consult 

E-prescription, e-laboratory request, and e-medical certificate 

Access to partner benefits

Find out more about KonsultaMD here: https://www.konsulta.md/

Download the Shopee app for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

15,000 Participants in Avon's Events for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Avon's activities for this year's Breast Cancer Awareness month were a huge success. 2020's campaign, BOOBwatch, was all about educating about the importance of early detection. With all the three fundraising events mounted online, Avon was able to reach more people and generate awareness at a grander scale which benefitted the Philippine Cancer Society. 

First up was BOOB Talk, a breast care catch-up with Dr. Gia Sison, Dr. Rachel Rosario of the Philippine Cancer Society, Avon Ambassador Daniel Matsunaga, TV Host and News Anchor Dianne Medina, and host Myrza Sison. 

The second event is Shaped for More with Morrisette: The BOOBwatch Fundraising Concert headlined by Morisetta Amon which was streamed via Facebook. It had more than 5,700 viewers tuning in. 

The final event is called #JointheBoobment Manouvres Fitness Dance-a-thon which was also streamed via Facebook Live. They did a simple dance tutorial that showed how fast and easy it was to do a breast check all by yourself. 

AVON also released a special collection to help raise funds. For every sale of the Empower Bra, the Breast Cancer Promise Umbrella and Tote Bag Set, as well as the Evita Watch, Php50 will be donated to the PCS. 

Rani-C Limited edition Rani-C defense kit available now

One can never be too safe, too clean, or too healthy during this pandemic.

Since January this year, the Department of Health (DOH) continuously appealed to the public to frequently wash hands, observe proper hygiene, hydrate, eat nutritious food, and wear protective gears like face masks and face shields as preventive part of measures against COVID-19. 

With La Niña well on its way, creating erratic and extreme weather patterns, many Filipinos are now even more susceptible to various infections that may weaken one’s immune system. And as the threat of the coronavirus continues to loom, any form of additional protection has never been as crucial.

This is usually in the form of vitamin supplements, especially Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that can decrease inflammation, boost one’s immune system, and promote wound healing. While Vitamin C can easily be found in many fruits including oranges, melons, and vegetables like bell peppers and broccoli, some people might not be getting the recommended dosage of the vitamin. 

In comes Sodium Ascorbate Rani-C, a non-acidic Vitamin C supplement specifically manufactured to provide Filipinos the added daily dosage they need at an affordable price and without the discomfort many get when they take the acidic counterparts available in the market.  

At only ₱4.00 per capsule, Rani-C is one of the most affordable supplements available in the market. This ensures that Filipinos can safeguard their and their family’s immune health without hurting their wallets, especially during the pandemic. 

To further assist Filipinos’ from the threats of the virus and other infections, Rani-C is offering a limited edition Rani-C Defense kit. 

Available until supplies last, you may now get the Rani-C Defense Kit, which includes one Rani-C box with 100 capsules and a free 500ml Sure-Guard 75% Ethyl Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Gel for only ₱400.00. 

Head out to any Watsons and Mercury Drug nationwide, or check out Watsons Online, and give your family the added protection they need with Rani-C. 

To know more about Rani-C, follow https://www.facebook.com/watch/RaniC.SodiumAscorbate/ on Facebook.

 

IKEA set to hire 496 Filipinos!

Now time for a bit of good news!

The world’s largest home furnishing retailer is looking to hire another 496 co-workers for its first Philippine store in Pasay City. IKEA Pasay City will be the largest IKEA store in the world, with a Call Centre operation and a supersized warehouse to support eCommerce fulfillment. The online store will open before the store in Q2 2021.  


“The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for many people. Creating meaningful, stable jobs and great workplaces is just one way that we fulfill this vision – more important than ever during these challenging times,” said Christian Rojkjaer, the Managing Director IKEA Southeast Asia & Mexico, owner of IKEA stores in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, and Mexico. 

The company is looking to fill a wide range of vacancies—including Sales Associates, Recovery Associates, Food Assistants, Customer Service Associates, and more. There are also many open posts for part-timers.

Georg Platzer, Market Development Manager and Store Manager of IKEA Philippines, noted that the IKEA culture and values make it different from other retailers. At IKEA, co-workers at all levels are encouraged to lead, ask questions, share ideas, and drive the business. There are endless possibilities to grow and develop as co-workers take charge of their own learning journey and move across functions.  Part-timers are treated like full-time members of the family, with all the same benefits as full-timers on a prorated basis – including health insurance, annual leave, subsidized meals, and IKEA discounts. 

When asked what IKEA is looking for, Platzer was quick to answer: “The right attitude.” He added, “At IKEA, it’s all about putting we before me, empowering people to make decisions, and challenging the status quo.”

Bringing Filipinos home

The newcomers will join a team of 73 people already working for IKEA in its Makati office as well as a project office at the Pasay construction site.  As part of its recruitment drive, IKEA will be bringing home 20 OFWs from IKEA stores abroad — primarily from the Middle East.

“Family is very important to us, and we’re glad that we’re able to reunite some of our Filipino co-workers with their families in the Philippines,” said Mr. Platzer. 

Throughout the pandemic, IKEA’s Southeast Asia and Mexico has retained all its co-workers, despite closures of up to 73 days. The company will continue filling local positions into June 2021. 

For more information about IKEA recruitment and how to apply, visit the IKEA Philippines website, WWW.IKEA.PH

 

Real Relief from ReLeaf Aromatherapy

It has been over a year since I was first officially introduced to the world of essential oils.  Since then, I have turned to essential oils for healing whenever I would have a headache, indigestion, muscle pains, and the like. 

From someone who used to rely on medicine heavily, I have stopped taking medicines about 95% now. In fact, when I do take pain meds, I feel like I'm betraying my body. Weird switch huh? 

Sometimes though, you have not time to diffuse or blend oils yourself and so you just want something easy. This is where essential oil rolls come in and recently, I had the wonderful opportunity of trying out ReLeaf Aromatherapy. 

Releaf Aromatherapy is made up of aromatic and therapeutic, premium grade essential oils, and massage balms that soothe and relax wherever you go. This is also proudly Philippine-made which I super love. 

I got the 4 essential oil roll-ons named Restore, Relax, Revive, and Remedy. 


Restore/Peppermint is made of menthol, pili sap and elimi. Relax/Lavender is composed of menthol and elimi. Revive/Orange/Citrus is also made up of menthol and pili sap. Remedy/Lemongrass is a combination of peppermint with menthol, pili sap and elimi. All these roll-ons soothe and relaxes wherever you go!

My personal favorites are Restore and Relax. Peppermint and Lavander have always been my go-to oils. One makes me feel alive while the other makes me sleepy, it's the perfect balance for me. 


Releaf Restore

Peppermint essential oil vitalizes, energizes, and restores the senses. It has been used for therapeutic purposes since ancient times and aids in the relief of headaches, nausea, proper digestion, and pain. 

Due to its constituents, peppermint oil aids in respiratory disorders such as cough and sinus congestion. It is also effective in relieving sore muscles, promoting alertness, and beating fatigue. Mosquitoes and other insects are repelled by their scent.

Emotionally, peppermint essential oil helps clear and release emotions of pain, restriction, and fear. Moreover, it increases optimism, clarity, and provides a sense of renewal.

ReLeaf Relax

Lavender essential oil upholds the spirit by bringing a sense of deep relaxation. It is beneficial for restful sleep and calming one’s mind and body after a long day.

It is helpful for skincare, alleviating scars, and is a natural remedy for soothing burns, treating wounds, skin allergies, and acne. It also aids in headaches, nausea, and sores, among others. A valuable household essential, Lavender deodorizes, helps repel insects, and freshens laundry.

For emotional wellness, Lavender essential oil opens communication and increases expressiveness. It gives relief to and clears issues of abandonment, fear of self-disclosure, and rejection.


VERDICT

I am definitely bringing this everywhere I go from now on. It easily fits my small purse and it definitely soothes and relaxes me so it's a must-have everywhere I go now. Make sure to order from their Facebook Page. Trust me, it'll add to your sanity. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Review of Monster Clarity 101 Earbuds

I've been using the Monster Clarity 101 Earbuds for over a week now and here's what I think of it. 


First of all, the packaging for the Monster Clarity 101 is SUPERB. This is the cutest packaging that I have ever seen for earbuds. It looks sturdy and it can't be easily lost. 

I've seen some earbuds that come in pods and the pods are so small, you can easily lose track of it. The packaging for Monster Clarity, on the other hand, definitely stands out. 


It actually took me a minute to figure out how to open this but when I did, I was extremely pleased. 


It's aesthetically pleasing. It lights up intuitively when opened. 


The earbuds look sturdy which is important to someone like me since I have a baby that wreaks havoc with so many things and if this can survive a baby, then you know that it's durable. 


These earbuds are also not painful on the ears. Initially, there will be discomfort but it soon fades away, and then it starts to feel like it's part of your ears. You may actually forget that it's there. 

I also love the fact that when I plugged it in, the noise around me was instantly reduced. If I want to just drown out everything and immerse myself in the music or whatever it is I am listening to, Monster Clarity 101 is definitely the way to go. 

Sound quality is also more than enough. If all you want is clear audio, good bass, and connectivity that won't be easily disrupted, then this baby is what you need. It easily connects to Bluetooth so much so that even the least tech-savvy person can use it in less than a minute. 

I even had my teenage son try this on and he loved it! He said that it did not hurt his ear, it looked cool, and the packaging was the bomb. Teen approved! Mommy approved! 


If you still don't know what to get someone this Christmas, this Monster Clarity 101 Earbuds is absolutely perfect. It is IPX5 waterproof, can play music for 24 hours, and is less than Php4,000. 

You can buy them from Rapha's Gear on Shopee to make sure that what you are buying is legitimate and authentic.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Starbucks launches Mobile Order & Pay in the Philippines starting November 17, 2020

Starting every day with coffee is more than a routine. Perhaps now more than ever, it opens a fresher day and is a link to the familiar.

As Starbucks Philippines navigates through the new normal, the company announced the nationwide availability of Mobile Order and Pay on iOS and Android devices, a new feature of their popular mobile app that allows customers to place and pay for their order in advance and pick it up at any Starbucks store. Following the successful launch of the new Starbucks Rewards program, mobile ordering is the company’s latest digital innovation providing Starbucks Rewards members a contactless alternative for getting their favorite beverage. 

“The app is the easiest place to find a store, order ahead, and make a payment using your Starbucks Rewards account. Bringing Mobile Order & Pay to customers is about meeting their needs for convenience and safety, while still providing an exceptional store experience,” said Keith Cole, head of Marketing, Starbucks Philippines.

To make the experience even more enjoyable, Starbucks Rewards members can redeem rewards and collect Stars through Mobile Order & Pay. 




Earn E-Stickers

Starbucks Rewards members who log in to their account and join the Starbucks Christmas Traditions promotion will earn e-stickers on eligible mobile orders. E-stickers will be credited to their Starbucks Rewards account, which they can use to redeem the 2021 Starbucks Planners & Organizers.

Order ahead

After opening the app and logging in to their Starbucks Rewards account, customers must simply tap on “Order”, choose and customize their beverage, select the stores nearest them and pay using their Starbucks Rewards account. The app estimates wait time. When their order is ready, the customer can breeze in at the pickup area and ask a barista for their freshly made beverage.  

Enjoy the fastest, most fun, and rewarding way to order at Starbucks with the new Starbucks Rewards Mobile Order & Pay. Download the Starbucks PH app (via App Store™ or Google Play) and sign up for Rewards to order on-the-go.  

Xiaomi Mi10TPro as a Tool for the Truth

Pictures are supposed to tell a thousand words. When you use your camera to capture photos, it should tell a story. When you use your mobile phone to capture a moment, it should be something that is more fleeting than a selfie or a food shot. 

It should tell a story, one that shouldn't be easy to forget. 

Here are some photos that were taken at Kasiglahan Village in Rodriguez, Rizal using the #Mi10TPro. Look and feel the devastation, heartache, and loss these images convey. 







The Philippines is not new to the devastation caused by the typhoons that hit the country year on year but with everything that has happened, this is truly another blow. Hopefully, these images will serve as a reminder to all to be more vigilant, to vote better, to educate themselves more, to educate others more, and to never give up. 

These images may be heartbreaking but if you look closely, it also speaks of hope and this is something that the Mi10TPro was able to capture and for me, that makes the Mi10TPro a phone worthy of the times.