Monday, May 31, 2021

Ajinomoto launches new kitchen must-have for only ₱8!

It is always a challenge for moms and home cooks to cook perfectly delicious dishes that their family will love. Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is helping solve that with the new Sarsaya® Liquid Seasoning, an affordable, easy-to-use, and tasty kitchen partner that is sure to hit the bullseye in cooking perfect dishes every time! This new pantry staple is available in a sachet format, which makes it affordable at ₱8 only. 

“The new Sarsaya® Liquid Seasoning is made to upgrade ordinary dishes into special meals that families will love. Now that everyone takes almost all of their meals at home, we were encouraged to introduce a new product that can make each dining experience more special but still within the budget,” says Roann Co, APC Marketing and Public Relations General Manager.

Sarsaya® Liquid Seasoning balances the overall taste of any dish with a flavorful savoriness and an appetizing aroma. As compared to soy sauce, the liquid seasoning gives a mouthwatering and well-rounded profile that blends notes of saltiness, sweetness, and savoriness. It can be enjoyed in many ways, either as a tabletop seasoning for fried dishes or an ingredient when marinating or cooking. 

The new liquid seasoning comes in 250 ml PET bottles and 25 ml sachets. The ₱8-sachet provides home cooks a more affordable and easy-to-use option. Each pack has been designed for one-time use to enhance a dish made for family serving. Busy moms and beginners in the kitchen can simply open the sachet and pour the liquid seasoning directly as they cook, no need to stress estimating quantities. 


As the new product aims to help more moms in the kitchen, Ajinomoto welcomes their new celebrity endorser, Gladys Reyes. As a celebrity, entrepreneur, and mother of four children, Gladys is no stranger when it comes to cooking but like any busy mom, she also needs a reliable partner in the kitchen. 

She uses the product to create a delicious and savory taste when cooking, especially with bangus steak and pancit bihon. Just one sachet is enough to make mealtimes more special.

“Producing quality and thoughtful products such as Sarsaya® Liquid Seasoning is part of our Eat Well, Live Well promise. We hope that through our new product, we can empower moms and home cooks to bring deliciousness and happiness to their dining tables,” shares Co.

To know more about Sarsaya® Liquid Seasoning and learn more recipes, visit ajinomoto.com.ph/.

It’s Never Too Late to Prevent HPV-Related Cancers and Diseases

As the importance of vaccination takes center stage, MSD in the Philippines is doubling down against vaccine-preventable diseases through its Guard Against HPV campaign. The focus is on human papillomavirus or HPV—a very common virus that affects up to 85 percent of sexually active men and women at one point in their lives, that may cause genital warts and severe HPV-related diseases such as genital and anal cancers. Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself from these HPV-related diseases.

“HPV infection can easily go unnoticed. Infections that cause genital warts or, worse, cancer, may stay hidden for several years before symptoms start to appear. By that time, it may already be too late,” said Dr. Mary Ann Galang-Escalona, Country Medical Lead of MSD in the Philippines. “That’s why for HPV-related diseases, prevention is far better than cure. Families, as well as people seeking relationships, must take every opportunity to keep safe from HPV to avoid its more serious health implications.”

Preventive steps

The Department of Health (DOH) says that HPV vaccines should be part of a comprehensive and coordinated strategy to address cervical cancer and other HPV-related diseases among Filipinos. The DOH notes that HPV accounts for a majority of cervical cancer cases, and many young adults also suffer from genital warts.

In a 2019 report by the HPV Information Centre, cervical cancer ranks second among the leading types of female cancers in the Philippines and third among the most common cancer deaths affecting Filipino women.

Alongside vaccination, sexually active women must still undergo regular pap smears to check for precancerous lesions caused by HPV, according to the DOH. These lesions may progress to cancer if not detected and treated early.

Based on DOH guidelines as per the recommendation of the World Health Organization, HPV vaccination can protect children ages 9 to 13 before being exposed to the virus through sexual activity.

To ensure that adolescents receive protection against HPV and HPV-related diseases in later life, the DOH has included HPV vaccination in its school-based immunization program. Through the program, Grade 4 female learners in public schools may get the vaccine as long as they have parental consent.

“Taking steps to protect yourself isn’t only about personal safety. It’s also about protecting others, the people we care about,” Galang-Escalona said. “Vaccination reduces the number of circulating viruses in the community. This benefits everyone—especially those who are vulnerable—by lowering the risk for infections and developing serious illnesses that could have otherwise been prevented. By staying safe, we keep each other safe.”

Learn more about how to protect yourself from HPV by following MSD’s Guard Against HPV page on Facebook and Instagram.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Katsu in just 8 minutes?

Torn between preparing a nice meal for the family but not enough time to start from scratch? Don’t worry! You can now spend more time with the family and less time in the kitchen with new ready-to-heat Pork Katsu, Chicken Katsu, and Spicy Chicken Nuggets from Purefoods!

How does “tonkatsu meal for the family in just 8 minutes” sound like? Now, you can enjoy the crispness and juiciness of Pork and Chicken Katsu and experience Japanese cuisine right in the convenience of your home! Just pop is frozen in the oven for 8 minutes or fry for 2-3 minutes. 

Level up the katsu experience resto-style with these Eats-so-easy ideas!


One, serve katsu with some thinly shredded cabbage and sesame dressing, crushed toasted sesame seeds mixed with the free packet of katsu sauce. and a lemon slice to garnish. 

Two, whip up an easy curry sauce with Japanese curry paste, coconut milk, diced potatoes, and carrots and drizzle on katsu.

And third, go All American-inspired and serve katsu with BBQ seasoned French fries and ketchup or sour cream-bleu cheese sauce.


For more recipes, you can visit homefoodie.com and its social media platforms @HomeFoodiePH

Purefoods Pork Katsu, Chicken Katsu, and Spicy Chicken Nuggets are available in leading supermarkets nationwide.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Getting creative in the kitchen

Unleashing one’s creativity in the kitchen is highly recommended as this enables one to experiment on what works and how to transform everyday dishes into interesting and extraordinary ones.

Food personality and well-known chef Niño Logarta encouraged mothers and wannabe cooks to play with their recipes and to not be scared in experimenting in the kitchen when preparing dishes for their loved ones.

During the #FoodieMama webinar mounted by Malayan Insurance Co., Inc. through its We Women Program last May 14, Logarta taught attendee’s dishes that are easy to prepare and rehash to excite family members when eating together.

Logarta created Mediterranean and Mexican dishes during the webinar such as Beef Kofta, Birrias tacos with beef, Tomato Consommé, and Chicken Kebabs.

“Be creative,” he repeatedly coaxed the audience to create recipes that will suit their families’ palettes.  

The webinar event was witnessed by more than a thousand participants from Zoom and streaming live on the WeWomen Facebook page, and is the fifth webinar conducted by the WeWomen Program of Malayan Insurance since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“That’s the most fun part of being a chef, playing around with your recipe. Make it your own. We can’t go out but it doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy proper food in the comforts of our own homes,” Logarta said.

It was also pointed out that kitchen accidents can also happen either at work or at home, which is why it is important for mothers or foodies to be equipped with protection such as an insurance policy.

Kitchen fires from leaky butane tanks as well as cuts and burns while cooking can happen at any time be it in a place of business or in our very own homes.

The women present during the event were shown the benefits of Malayan Insurance’s Simply The Easiest Live Assistant (Stela) Solutions roster which provides protection for oneself, a family, or even a woman’s business.

For instance, Stela Home offers comprehensive home damage protection, Stela Family offers comprehensive personal accident insurance as well as hospital benefits, among others, while the Stela Biz products offer help to one’s business by ensuring the physical store as well as employees.

For the full roster of Stela Solutions products, just visit the https://wewomen-malayan.com/stela-solutions-2/.

Malayan Insurance is a member of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC).

UnionBank Holds Virtual Groundbreaking for First-in-Industry Innovation Campus

Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) successfully held the virtual groundbreaking ceremony last May 26, for its Innovation Campus, a real property development that will support its innovation initiatives. The event marked a very important milestone in UnionBank's digital transformation journey, which began half a decade ago.

The first-in-industry facility, which is being built on a one-hectare property in San Pedro, Laguna, will act as a hub for research and development that will further boost the Bank’s digital capabilities. In addition, the campus will house various centers of innovation within UnionBank, including its institutes on Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, its digital bank EON, as well as the recently-launched Asian Institute of Digital Transformation (AIDT), which is in partnership with Global Learning Solutions Singapore.

In a special message during the event, UnionBank President and CEO Edwin Baustista called the Campus "a dream come true and a testament to the commitment of Management and the Board to innovation as a major strategic thrust" of the Bank and its parent conglomerate, the Aboitiz Group.

"This is a major step for us and it is also an affirmation that even during these crisis times, there are companies who continue to invest in the future of the Philippines. The Philippine government, or one of the Secretaries, said that the Philippines can be a major hub for AI, maybe in Asia. We can certainly make this little corner in San Pedro, Laguna, the epicenter of AI, Blockchain and all those wonderful technologies that this Bank is harnessing in order to create the future of banking," Bautista said.

Yngen Holdings President Eugenio Ynion was also among the key figures who joined the event. A long-time collaborator of UnionBank, Yngen Holdings has helped co-create many solutions that utilize the Bank's expertise in digital banking. During his message, Ynion said that the Campus is proof of UnionBank's digital leadership and unwavering commitment to supporting Filipino talent.

"We celebrate another milestone because the UnionBank Innovation Campus is also the first out of many more establishments that will be part of The San Antonio Digital Hub. Soon to rise is a structure that will not only be a testament to UnionBank’s great leadership, but likewise to its commitment in making a difference to the Filipino community," Ynion said.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno and Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez congratulated UnionBank and expressed their confidence in the Bank's capability to nurture new talent and create solutions amid the pandemic through the Campus.

"Indeed, this initiative is both timely and remarkable; timely because we need to harness our talents and skills to build back better and rise from adversity, and remarkable because of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic," said Gov. Diokno.

"This facility will be a breeding ground for cultivating new talent, evolving new products, and developing new ways to be competitive in the new economy. It is a landmark for the Philippines' relentless push towards comprehensive digitization," Sec. Dominguez said. “UnionBank has earned a well-deserved reputation for cutting edge innovation. The Bank has also been a reliable partner of the Social Security System and the Bureau of Treasury that enabled Filipinos all over the world to participate in the government’s bond offerings despite the pandemic. The Bank has been instrumental in helping us achieve President Duterte's goal of financial inclusion and comfortable life for all Filipinos," he added.

Set as the peak of its digital transformation, the Campus provides a digital native environment that will allow research and discovery of digital initiatives.

In his closing speech on behalf of the Board of Directors, UnionBank Vice Chairman Dr. Justo A. Ortiz expressed his gratitude to all those who birthed the UnionBank Innovation Campus, “a project we can all be proud of as one more step towards attaining UnionBank’s greater purpose of co-creating, with partners, customers, and communities, a better Philippines through innovation.” He thanked Jun Ynion whose vision provides a space where the best Filipino talents can congregate in a fully-supported ecosystem for innovation. “Special thanks as well to Gov. Ben Diokno and Sec. Sonny Dominguez for creating the enabling environment, the impetus, and the drive to make innovation a centerpiece for inclusive prosperity.  Together, let us Tech Up Pilipinas! Maraming Salamat,” Ortiz ended 

Friday, May 28, 2021

My Sinovac Story

Yesterday, I finally got vaccinated against COVID-19. I was so happy. Seriously. 

I know that so many people are reluctant and have questions or reservations but I was all for it. In my opinion, dying from COVID is far scarier than the side effects of the COVID vaccine. Truth be told, I didn't even ask what vaccine we were getting. I just want to be vaccinated. 

When I was told it was Sinovac, I was okay. If they had told me it was AstraZeneca, I would still be okay. If it was Pfizer or any other, I would still be okay. 


It was a very smooth process. We filled out some forms then waited. When it was our turn, they checked our blood pressure, asked a few questions about our health, and were sent to the vaccination area. 

Inside it was very cold. They also had beds available for those who may feel dizzy or needed to rest after. Thankfully, I did not experience that. 

The nurse who vaccinated me had light hands and I barely felt the injection. A day after and I don't have sore muscles. The only side effect that I experienced from Sinovac was sleepiness. In fact, I slept from 3pm to 10pm yesterday and then from 2am to 4am again. 

I feel much better now and no longer sleepy. 

I hope that everyone will get vaccinated and not be choosy on the vaccine that they will get. Sinovac or not, as mentioned many times, the best vaccine is the one that is readily available. 

Pour Yourself a Cup of Tea and Enjoy Justine Luzares' Funny TikToks

I've been on Tiktok a lot lately and one of the funniest people that I've been following is Justine Luzares. 

TikTok has turned out to be the perfect platform for funny guy Justine Luzares to express himself creatively. He always knew that he wanted to write funny skits, but didn't consider becoming a comedian himself, until he started using TikTok. "I realized I can actually act the part," Justine shares. "We're on TikTok to have fun and be entertained. Putting smiles on people's faces is the easiest way to sell your content to people."

Apart from showing off his funny side, his videos also give him the chance to showcase his ability to put on different accents, a talent he learned from watching movies. He first tried it out after seeing the 2004 movie, Troy, which starred Brad Pitt and Eric Bana. He says, "It was a long process. I started learning it when I was still in 7th grade. It didn't happen overnight. It took quite a lot of movies just to somehow master it." Mimicking speech patterns of characters from the popular TV series, Game of Thrones, particularly Viserys Targaryen, also helped Justine refine his accent. Since then, he has learned how to do Indian and Australian accents as well. 

Justine responds to a fan's request to do an Indian accent here. 

https://www.tiktok.com/@justine_luzares/video/6917620407021374722

Here's a sample of his Australian accent.

https://www.tiktok.com/@justine_luzares/video/6817701963682123009

Born and raised in Leyte, Justine actually has a degree in Agribusiness from Visayas State University, where he graduated Cum Laude. Currently based in Alabang, he works as a process trainer in the BPO industry and does TikTok for fun. Among his videos, his Marites series has become his most popular, even reaching viral status on the platform. "I have received overwhelming support every time I post a Marites video, especially the ones you can duet," Justine says. "I guess people just found an excuse to showcase or just try a British accent through my videos."


Watch Justine's Chismosang Marites ala Pride and Prejudice, gossiping like a stereotypical Filipino neighbor, but with a British accent.

This is what Chismosang Marites would be like as a Game of Thrones character.  

Discover all the hilarious comedy creators that you can follow on TikTok. Download the app on your iOS and Android devices today to get started.

 

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Hang out with the Smart Barkada LIVE on Facebook and Kumu on May 27

Here’s your chance to interact with your favorite Barkada at the ‘Smart Barkada Hangout’ live on Kumu and Smart’s official Facebook account on May 27, Thursday at 8 p.m.

Catch Donny and Hannah Pangilinan, Jayda Avanzado, Michael Pacquiao, AC Bonifacio, and Inigo Pascual as they share their passions and stories on how they cultivate their love for music, dance, and inspire others to do the same. The Hangout will also feature collab performances that you shouldn't miss!

Join in the fun of The Hangout by engaging with the Smart Barkada live - send in your questions, comments, and share your experiences in real-time.


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Smart’s Double GIGA offers are also available for GIGA Video, GIGA Games, GIGA Work, and GIGA Study - covering all your passions and pursuits in life.

Register to Smart Double GIGA Stories on the GigaLife App, which is downloadable on Google Play Store,  Apple App Store, and Huawei Mobile Services. You can also register to Double GIGA Stories by dialing *123# and choosing Double GIGA.

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Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the second half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 24.99, with average speeds of 20.08 Mbps for download, and 7.42 Mbps for upload, based on 3,915,679 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®.  Ookla has also cited Smart as the country's fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now. 

On the other hand, Smart has scored a rare sweep in the April 2021 Philippines Mobile Network Experience Awards by independent analytics firm Opensignal, beating the competition across all metrics in three essential aspects of service: Coverage (4G Coverage Experience, 4G Availability), Speed (Download and Upload Speed) and Experience (Games, Video and Voice App).

Smart also enables subscribers to enjoy their favorite content seamlessly with Smart 5G, the fastest 5G network in the Philippines by Ookla. Based on consumer-initiated tests taken using Speedtest® by Ookla, Smart has consistently posted the fastest 5G speeds for Q1 2021, with median download speeds of 190 Mbps – more than double the competition's speeds for the same period. 

For updates on Smart's products and services, follow Smart’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Wil to Play to be launched under Perya Perya gaming platform

Mobile gaming in the Philippines will grow even more significantly in the coming years. In recent Statista.com reports, Philippine mobile gaming revenues will reach US$1,032m in 2021 and push to US$1,522m by 2025. Those gains are fueled by more than 70 million mobile phone users, and 80% of those users play mobile games regularly. 

The Philippines is now one of the emerging Southeast Asian markets ripe for new game launches and expansion of new mobile game platforms. It's one of the reasons Big Crunch Digital Pte. Limited (Big Crunch Digital) is at the forefront of developing local games to further drive the mobile gaming market through its gaming platform - Perya Perya (from the Filipino term amusement park). 

Under Perya Perya, Big Crunch Digital has been busy developing mobile games for Wil to Play, a soon-to-be-launched mobile game for Android. The TV show, where the app draws inspiration from, is hosted and created by famous local celebrity Willie Revillame. What sets Wil to Play from other games is its tight integration with its TV game show counterpart and the ability to win real-world prizes. 

While most mobile games let you win prestige and bragging rights, Wil to Play’s hyper-casual mobile games give users a chance to bring home digital gadgets, food items, and more, anytime and anywhere. Since there are still limits to the sizes of local events and gatherings in the country, Wil to Play may well be the first game show that allows its online fans to win prizes even if they don't get to be in the TV studio. 

Jackie Chua, Managing Director for Big Crunch Digital, said that the company has always aimed to develop a highly disruptive mass-market mobile entertainment offering for southeast Asia. The company has vast experience in content, anime, and game production and development, working with big gaming studios such as Microsoft's first-party studio The Coalition and Synergy 88 Digital Inc

As the Philippines' average revenue per user (ARPU) is at US$33.69 and is expected to increase, Chua sees more opportunities. As such, Big Digital Crunch is looking for developers to expand to the Philippine market and partner with the company. 


"With Wil to Play and other currently-developing mobile gaming platforms, we've achieved distribution to more than 10 million users within the 2021 calendar year alone. We expect those numbers to increase exponentially in the coming years."

Wil To Play is set to have its open beta release this June 2021.

For more information on Wil to Play, please visit wiltoplay.com or wiltoplay.ph 

‘ALPAS’ Digital Concert

Get ready for a night of soaring anthems and classic sing-alongs as Kumu live and GNN holds a virtual concert featuring some of the finest Filipino singer-songwriters of all time.

Dubbed ALPAS, the digital show not only aims to bring live performances for the streaming public but also promises music fans to experience a semblance of ‘concert’ normalcy in an intimate, stripped-down setting. 

Renowned alternative/pop-rock/folk icons Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, Kitchie Nadal, Ebe Dancel, Johnoy Danao, and Bullet Dumas mark their first time to co-headline a show together, performing as both solo artists and collaborators. The six music acts are also set to perform as a group in a special medley number arranged and produced by award-winning musical director, Ronaldo Tomas. 


With new security and health protocols in place, the virtual showcase will be shot at the outdoor area of Conspiracy Garden Café, an iconic music venue that is home to several music greats and independent bands, and in Madrid, Spain where Kitchie Nadal is currently based. 

As expected, Nadal is excited to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime collaboration and has all the great words to say about the upcoming online show. “I’m excited to work with the artists that I admire in the music industry. It’s an opportunity that I wouldn’t want to miss.” Barbie Almalbis explains that this is as close to playing for a live audience and that performing in Conspiracy again makes her feel nostalgic. “I’m more than happy to share the stage with the artists that I look up to, and hopefully, the energy and enthusiasm would resonate with the music fans once they see it on the virtual screen. It’s something that we’ve worked hard for.”

Aia, Barbie, and Kitchie (ABK) have staged sold-out, collaborative concerts at the Music Museum in 2016 and 2017, and held a benefit online show in 2020 to raise funds for the employees of indie music venues in Metro Manila. Ebe, Johnoy, and Bullet (3D) on the other hand, have performed as 3D, and went on to headline three, sold-out concerts: twice at the Music Museum in 2015 and 2016, and at the Kia Theatre in 2018. These concerts were organized and produced by GNN. 

Bullet Dumas admits that he missed performing and that ALPAS came at the right time when everyone needs a source of entertainment to keep them going while public life is on lockdown. “I haven't performed in an actual show since early pandemic,” the young music virtuoso shares in a statement. “People in the live events industry are barely surviving, so this opportunity from KUMU and GNN means a lot to me. And I know how a simple show can move people especially in this crazy era of our lives.” 

Johnoy Danao admits that this is the very first time since 2020 that 3D will be reunited together, and he wouldn’t want to miss it for the world. He’s also looking forward to working with Aia, Barbie, and Kitchie on this special project. “It’ll be the first time that all of us are performing together, so I think that’s something to look forward to.”

When asked about what makes ALPAS worth watching despite the lack of an actual “live” audience, Aia De Leon takes pride in what the virtual concert stands for especially in the time of the pandemic. “ALPAS is your connection to something real. When the songs hit home, this is your connection to the memory as well as the future promise of the live gig experience.” 

Ebe Dancel echoes Aia’s sentiments, stressing the importance of music in forging a sense of community amidst the most challenging of times. “People, in my opinion, will always need music. As much as we miss the live audience, this will have to do for now. Someday, somehow, we will all see each other again.”

ALPAS: A Digital Concert is set to premiere on June 5, 2021, from 6pm onwards. Tickets to ALPAS are now available for purchase via Kumu, with a price of P499 for general admission. For details on how to buy tickets, go to this site: www.kumu.live 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

First Attempt to Cook Tamagoyaki

My husband loves egg dishes. He can eat eggs every day and because of this, my first attempt in learning to cook for him involved the Japanese egg roll more famously known as Tamagoyaki. 

This is how it looks like when done professionally. 

Last Sunday, I went straight to the kitchen instead of heading to bed and started on with my attempt. Here are my ingredients. 


I had 4 eggs, seaweed, Danes Cheese, butter, and hotdogs. I wanted to use spam but we ran out of it so I replaced it with hotdog. I also added cheese because the husband loves cheese. 

I prepped the pan and made sure that it was heated well. I spread some butter and poured the egg. You need to remember to make sure that you put only a thin layer of egg because you will roll this over again and again. 

Every time that you roll it over, don't forget to do it gently to not break the layer, add the cheese, and spread some butter on the pan to prevent the newly poured egg from sticking to the pan because you will repeat the process again and again. 

If you are able to do this properly, this is what it will look like. 


It's not perfect but it looks good right? Most important, the husband and B loved it. B even said that he was genuinely surprised because it was really good. Hahaha. 

I'm hoping that I'll be able to do more of these attempts and that we all survive my cooking hahaha. 



 

Monday, May 24, 2021

Medical City Expert Reveals How to Protect Your Baby from Diaper Rash

As a sigurista parent, fulfilling different roles can be a challenge when you run multiple tasks, yet so little time and energy left to do it all. This can sometimes leave you to wonder, “Am I choosing the right products for my baby?”. Although it’s only natural to worry when your baby’s health, hygiene, and comfort are threatened when the products you thought were good enough to help protect them.

In order to prevent and alleviate discomfort, it is important to identify common infant health problems such as colds, coughs, fevers, and vomiting. Your baby might also experience common concerns like diaper dermatitis, also known as diaper rash.

Opting for diapers that aren’t able to provide baby’s needs not only puts their skin at risk of babad and kulob but it also leaves your pockets dry — spending more in the long run in search of the right diaper. This begs the questions, what is diaper rash and how do you prevent it?

What is Diaper rash?

Diaper rash is an inflammatory skin condition that affects the most sensitive part of your baby’s body. It is often caused by prolonged exposure of the skin to wetness and moisture.

According to Dr. Krissy Dim-Jamora, a board-certified dermatologist, Deputy Director of Aesthetics by The Medical City and Head of the Skin Cancer Unit of Medical City, baby’s skin is thinner, and at risk of babad compared to adult skin. Dr. Krissy mentioned, “When [your] baby’s skin is left to soak in a moist, wet environment for a long time, the skin can break down. This results in redness, pain, and swelling.”

With temperatures that can get as hot as 42 degrees Celsius in a tropical country like here in the Philippines, diaper rashes can also happen more often during the dry season. “The moist environment of the urine and feces creates a nasty environment for baby’s thin, gentle skin.”, as described by Dr. Krissy. If your baby’s skin is unable to breathe due to trapped heat, a diaper that does not allow air to flow can leave them feeling kulob.

When unattended, a chronic diaper rash can result in thickening of the skin, pigmentation problems and worst of all, a chronic wound that may lead to an infection. Dr. Krissy also adds, “Keeping baby’s skin healthy will save parents money from doctor’s visits and dermatology creams.” Diaper rashes don’t only cost parents’ additional expenses, but it also costs baby’s skin health, comfort, and sleep development.

To protect your baby from babad and kulob, it’s best to practice measures and use quality diaperswith the proper technology to prevent diaper rash from happening.

Protect Baby’s Skin with Pampers with 2-in-1 Rash Shield Endorsed by The Skin Health Alliance, Pampers Pants — now with NEW 2-in-1 Rash Shield that keeps baby protected from the two main causes of rashes: babad and kulob. Even when your baby wears Pampers Pants for a long time, you’re less likely to worry about baby’s skin health.

Pampers Pants are made with a super absorbent kontra-babad core that not only absorbs up to 30x their weight in urine, but also provides up to 99.9% vs. wetness.* With kontra-kulob features that release heat and humidity for less stuffiness, Pampers Pants allows baby’s delicate skin to breathe.

According to Dr. Krissy, a quality diaper should be able to keep moisture away from baby’s delicate skin and allow good ventilation in the private area. “The diaper should draw the moisture from urine away from the baby’s skin so that the baby does not sit in the moist environment. The diaper should be able to last the whole night of peeing without the urine spilling onto the bed. This will allow the parents to have a good night’s sleep.” No wonder Smart Parenting moms nationwide vouch for Pampers. It passed their standards and evaluation making Pampers Pants

#SPSmartMomApproved!

It is crucial to pay extra attention to products that baby often uses to prevent diaper rashes from happening. Pampers knows that sigurista parents are always on the lookout for products that can help protect baby to ease their worries of baby’s well-being. That’s why Pampers diapers continuously innovate to provide your little one’s sensitive skin with comfort and protection from babad and kulob. saving you from hidden costs on unexpected treatments.

Siguradong protektado si baby from diaper rash, and less worries for sigurista parents with Pampers new 2-in1 Rash Shield. Stock up on Pampers products during the Pampers x Shopee Mommy & Me Playdate Sale and get up to 40% worth of discounts from May 31-June 2. Visit the official Pampers page at Shopee and add to cart now!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Sinangag Express

The first time I tried Sinangag Express, it was in 2007. I was working for a call center in Alabang and some of my coworkers introduced it to me. I remember thinking that it was okay. It was something that can fill the tummy and I loved their tocilog. 

It was straightforward breakfast food. 


Luckily, a brand opened inside our village and after dropping off our cats to be neutered, we decided to have breakfast there. Thankfully, there were no people yet because it was just 730am.

Their prices have gone up but not too much which is a good sign. I ordered the Ilocos Bagnet, M ordered the Chicksilog, and Chef ordered the Liemsilog. 


The chicksilog was okay. It was comfort food. Nothing outstanding but if you want fried chicken early in the morning or late at night, you can go to this place for some cheap eats. 

The Ilocos Bagnet and the Liemsilog were sad in my opinion. It was fried too much and it was tiny. It's like the little piece of meat that everyone forgot at the last minute and then tried to salvage but it was just sad. 


I had a great breakfast still, mainly because of the people I was with. I wish that Sinangag Express would put a bit more care and effort into what they serve. Eventhough it's fairly cheap food, it shouldn't be cheaply cooked and done. 

I used to love Sinangag Express but with my recent experience, I think I'm better off cooking my own breakfast at home. 

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Review of the Portable Vacuum Cleaner for Laptops

I have a bad habit of eating while working. Since I do this, it's fair to say that there are food crumbs that get stuck on my laptop keyboard.  This is the same for when I journal, do my arts, or even diamond paint. The little things that fall off can be a hassle to pick up. 

I first saw this on Shopee. I thought to myself, "does it really work? Can it really pick up the small pieces? Will this be worth my money?" 

After thinking it over, I decided to give it a go. 

Today, my son decided to tore an egg apart. He ate it and spat it out and proceeded to tear it into tiny little pieces and flung the parts on his crib. This would have been a nightmare to clean up but I remembered that I had this portable vacuum cleaner so I gave it a try. 


It was perfect. It sucked up all the really tiny crumbs and I had an easy time cleaning up the crib. 

I can't believe that it managed to get all of these small bits which would have been a nightmare if I had to pick it up with my hands. As you can see, it can also suck up even eraser bits and fallen hair. 

I am so so happy with this purchase. It's definitely worth every peso spent. 

You can buy your own here

Friday, May 21, 2021

Review of Lola Nena's Triple Cheese Donut

I've been hearing so much about Lola Nena's donuts that when the husband craved some donuts, I immediately suggested ordering Lola Nena's via GrabFood even though I knew that the price would be exorbitant. 

I was that curious. 


I paid Php260 for a box of 8 donuts. To be fair, the donuts were heavy and bigger than usual. One piece costs Php32.50 which is not bad for a triple cheese donut. 


The donuts came with an instruction. Heat it for 15 seconds and consume immediately. 


Of course I had to see why you needed to heat it before eating so what I did was I ate one without heating and ate one more that was heated first. It also served as a good excuse to eat two donuts. 


Without being heated: The donuts were just so-so. It was okay and filling but nothing memorable or exciting. 

When heated: The donut tasted so much better. It's softer and with the melted cheese, oh so good. You want to finish it asap because the combination of the warm bread and melted cheese is really, really satisfying. 

Would I order again? Definitely but I'll wait until they have the pichi pichi and pansit so that the delivery fee will be worth it. 

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Maxime Celebrates First Birthday

Celebrations are one of the most important and fun activities we remember in our life. Any celebration automatically gives us this feeling of joy, love, and memories to keep forever. We recognize milestones, achievements, anniversaries, and birthdays to remember the good things that happened for us, with us, and with the people, we want to be with. 

A doggo’s birthday is just as special, and many of us fur parents enjoy spoiling them with extra treats and attention. If you'd like to know the human age of your furbabies, use this calculator from Dogs Corner that I found online which gives you an accurate dog to human years conversion. After all, it's important to celebrate each birthday with the right number. 

Joyous occasions and heartwarming moments like these are the events that we should cherish as a way of thanking our dogs for the unconditional love and joy they bring to our lives.

For its first birthday, Maxime is giving a special treat for doggos and their owners who live their best moments everyday. Pet parents can enjoy up to 25% off on all Maxime products when they purchase during Lazada and Shopee’s sales this month, shoppers can also redeem store and shipping vouchers worth P50 with a minimum spend of P500:

May 20

Shopee Groceries Sale: 15% off

May 25

Shopee Groceries & Pet Care Fair: 15% off

May 28

Lazada Payday x Clearance Sale: 15% off until May 30

Shopee’s Pilmico Store Anniversary Brand Feature: 25% off

Maxime’s line of premium dog food contains essential ingredients such as pre and probiotics, DHA, and Omega 3 and 6 that give doggos the best care possible. 

Maxime comes in four variants for puppers and doggos:

Maxime Standard Adult Prime Dog Diet is made with the best ingredients to form a complete and balanced diet. Probiotics are added to give adult doggos a stronger immune system, and DHA for a sharper mind. Maxime Standard Puppy Prime Dog Diet is boosted with prebiotics to improve a pupper’s nutrient absorption; strengthen their heart, bones, and teeth; and help build a healthier tummy.

Maxime Elite Adult Prime Dog Diet is enhanced with high levels of prebiotics, antioxidants, and optimized omega 3 and 6. These improve nutrient absorption for the immune system and give them a shinier fur and coat. Other choice ingredients include yucca extract to control stool odor and multi-animal proteins to reduce possible food allergies. Maxime Elite Puppy Prime Dog Diet has added DHA to accelerate brain development and to provide a strong immune system, healthy skin, and a shiny coat.

Maxime’s mix of essential ingredients ensures better health and a sharper mind. Aside from showering them with love and affection on their birthday, giving them the proper vitamins and nutrients, they need every day is key to living the best life, together.

To purchase Maxime products, visit Pilmico’s official store on Lazada and Shopee. For more information about Maxime, visit @MaximePhilippines on Facebook. 

Reflections about Life while Putting Together a Computer Chair

I have never built anything with my hands. when I say this, I mean that I have never put together anything like a bookshelf, table, or chair. When I buy something and it needs to be put together, I always ask someone else to do it. 

However, I've come to realize that I need to learn how to do this on my own especially since there are so many furniture shops that don't deliver items already assembled. So I decided that I would put together this computer chair on my own and while doing so, I realized a lot of things about it that responds well to life. 


1. As with anything, there are manuals and instructions. You need to follow them. I initially followed the manual then thought that I knew already what to do so I discarded it. 

This is something that we also do in life. When we think that we already know better, we stop following the rules and do things our way. More often than not, this is what leads to mistakes that turn your world upside down. 

2. There is an order to things. You need to put things in the order they need to be so that everything will fit. When you miss a step, things will unravel and fall apart. 

3. Don't hold on to things too tightly. Sometimes, you need to loosen up a few things so that everything can find its place and fit. This is what I realized when I immediately tightened some screws and the other screws wouldn't latch on anymore. 

I realized that I needed to loosen a few screws so that everything can fall in place. In life, we sometimes need to give way to achieve a higher goal. If we are too hung up on everything, it will be harder to get everything to work together.

4. Seeking help is not a bad thing. I had a hard time seeing the little holes where the screw went and the husband suggested using a flashlight. When I accepted his suggestion and used one, it became easier for me to finish my task. 

Sometimes, we don't ask for help because we don't want to appear weak but the reality is, knowing when to ask for help is a sign of maturity and wisdom. Wouldn't it be sillier to continue having a hard time when you know that someone can help you out? 

5. Pause. When things become too overwhelming, it's okay to pause. You don't need to fully stop or give up but pause, take a breath and reevaluate things. 

I did this in the middle of putting the chair because I realized that I was doing something wrong but couldn't identify what it was. After I took a  moment to calm myself and take a breath, I went back to working and finally finished the chair. 

Sometimes, you just need to regroup and take a momentary pause to get everything together. 

So those are my life reflections while I was putting together a computer chair. Thanks to my crazy husband who was apparently taking random photos of me while I was struggling through the whole process. 


The computer chair was meant for my son. So glad that he liked it. 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Filipino visual artist’s sculpture captures Kojie.san’s 15-year story

The latest striking artwork at one of BEVi Group’s manufacturing plants in Alaminos, Laguna is the massive, multi-piece metal sculpture mounted on the wall of its main lobby. Created by modern Filipino visual artist Jinggoy Buensuceso for the 15th anniversary of Kojie.san, the artwork is very much a representation of the boldness and commanding way this beauty brand has made an impact on the industry, starting with a bar of soap and a then-unfamiliar main ingredient. 


Providing a stark contrast to the serene white space that it occupies, Jinggoy’s sculpture Okurimono, features dramatic distortions reminiscent of crumpled pieces of paper in arresting shades of black and red. A single and striking large red circle sits alone on the opposite wall. Lovingly named Red Moon by the artist, the piece is a silent and steady witness to the dynamism of Okurimono. 

The work is a testament to the artist’s skill and mastery of the medium, able to manipulate it exactly as he envisioned. It also fittingly reflects the remarkable brand that served as his muse, Kojie.san, and how it forged its own success by creating and commanding its own path.

Game changer. Kojie.san started in 2006 as a pioneer of soap with kojic acid as its active ingredient. It’s highly recommended by dermatologists for its efficacy in evening out the skin, gently erasing age spots, scars, and sun damage. However, the brand came at a time when the market was already saturated with over 40 whitening brands vying to be the best in the category. Despite this, Kojie.san was undaunted, challenging the norms then, and faced the competition head-on. This was the audacity and originality that drew fans in. 

Through the dedication of its founder and CEO Jazz Burila and its loyal following, the brand survived and thrived, eventually reaching 15 years of growth and success. The beauty brand’s milestone is the reason behind Jinggoy’s creation that captured Kojie.san journey of carving a path of its own.

Commanding beauty. Okurimono is not just a reflection of Kojie.san’s journey to success, but also of its brand philosophy on beauty and what it stands for. Proudly proclaiming this, Kojie.san officially launched Command Beauty in 2019, to encourage women to create their own definition of beauty instead of letting society set the standards for them.

For many years, women have been limited to what others tell them about what being beautiful is, but today, beauty can mean many things – beauty means diversity and democracy. It can mean what you want it to mean. You can define it based on your own understanding, inhibitions and experiences—just like art. 

 “Art speaks to your inner self, you define it based on your own understanding, inhibitions and experiences. There’s no single way of appreciating an art piece, in the same way that Kojie.san believes that there is no single way to be beautiful. In fact, you should create your own definition,” says Jazz. “This is why I feel Jinggoy’s work is the best representation of Kojie.san.” 

If Okurimono is the brand, Red Moon is the Kojie.san woman. One who commands beauty, who takes control, and who is steadfast in defining her own worth – exactly as Kojie.san the brand has done 15 years ago and will continue to do so. 

Get exciting updates and information at @KojiesanPH on Facebook and Instagram and www.kojiesan.com. Kojiesan is available at all leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide, as well as Kojiesan’s official LazMall on Lazada and Beauty MNL.

Louie Sangalang’s team defeats MMA superstar Demetrious Johnson’s team

Louie Sangalang wildest dreams never included he’d ever cross paths with MMA superstar Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, let alone face off against him.

Jiu-jitsu purple belt Sangalang was just a fan who witnessed Johnson's ascent as one of the best fighters the world has ever seen.

In Episode 9 of The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition, the 43-year-old procurement consultant from the Philippines got the chance to face the MMA legend – not in the Circle, but in a trampoline arena where the seven remaining candidates played trampoline dodgeball with DJ.

Lucky for Louie, he had played dodgeball growing up and was confident of his game. Sangalang’s shining moment came when he eliminated Johnson in the clincher which led to his teammate Monica Millington delivering Team Valor’s game-winning hit on Irina Chadsey.

"Getting to hit a world champion, that's going to be something for the books in my life," Sangalang commented as he flashed a winning smile and did backflips on the trampoline.

Staying with the youthful vibe of the episode, the candidates next created a campaign promoting Alpha Bravo e-sports Pro, TUMI's first gaming bag collection, in the boardroom challenge.

Still riding high from the physical task victory, Sangalang was quick to vouch for Millington to take the lead for Team Valor -- a strategic move as he wanted to see the 30-year-old fashion entrepreneur from the United States rise to the occasion. "I have very high regard for Monica's capabilities when it comes to competencies in these fields.

Team Valor came up with its "Journey of a Champion" campaign, a tournament of champions that would launch the ultimate sling bag for e-sports athletes, which was praised by ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, with a few tweaks here and here.

"I thought your execution plan was believable, but you just chose everyday heroes. I think that's an almost impossible concept," the executive pointed out. "But if you choose someone who's on the cusp of being professional, it'll get a lot of credibility in the gaming community. A little bit of a tweak and this concept can be explosive," said Chatri.

It wasn't long before Chatri gave Team Valor the victory, a testament to the cohesiveness Louie, Monica, and Paulina have fostered. Germany’s Kexin Ye and Nazee Sajedi of the United States were eliminated in this episode.

Now only five candidates remain – with just Sangalang and Indonesia’s Paulina Purnomowati at the only Asians in the competition for the prize of a US$250,000 job offer as Sityodtong's protégé, chief of staff, and head of a business development unit at the ONE Championship Global Headquarters in Singapore.

The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition is showing across Asia on AXN, the show’s official Asian broadcast partner, with markets to include Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

The first season of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition” consists of 13 episodes and will be seen in the Philippines on Thursdays, 8:50 pm on AXN cable network and on Mondays at 9 p.m. on One Sport.