Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Elevate fitness and get in the zone with Samsung and REBEL’s 5-part workout series

It’s halfway through the year, which is the perfect time to look back on the New Year’s resolutions we made before the start of 2021. For those of us who promised ourselves to lead a healthier life, Samsung is making it easier for all of us to get in the zone with a co-created 5-part workout series. Called “In the Zone,” the workout series is a mix of yoga meditation, cardio, and strength training and can be accessed through the Rebel app

Below are the workouts from the series led by coaches and #TeamGalaxy members, Carla Piscoso and Eduardo Lara, and are all powered with the help of the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro:

1. Full Body LIT. This workout is a low-impact exercise that even beginners can enjoy. The 20-minute routine consists of 10 moves guaranteed to make anyone stronger. The moves include reverse lunges to deadlifts, modified burpees, bicycle crunches, and more. Carla immerses herself into the workout with the Galaxy Buds Pro’s 360 Audio feature, which pumps her up thanks to the surround sound experience it delivers to match all her dynamic movements.

2. Upper Body HIIT. HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, mixes short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest or gentler routines. Eduardo’s 16-minute workout focuses on the chest, back, shoulders, and arms. Get in the zone with side raises, shoulder raises, tricep extensions, and more. The intensity of the workout means Eduardo has to be focused. He’s thankful that the Galaxy Buds Pro comes with superior sound quality which makes his sweat sessions more enjoyable with heart-pumping music. 

3. Jump Rope Workout. Jumping rope may sound repetitive and one-note, but Carla takes this up a notch with variations such as butt kicks, high knees, and double unders. This workout is sure to get hearts racing and endorphins pumping while conditioning the whole body. Carla doesn’t worry about her Galaxy Buds Pro falling off thanks to its comfortable and secure fit, which stays in place no matter how vigorous the workout is

4. Basics of Running. This workout is the perfect introduction to an active lifestyle. Eduardo guides viewers on proper form, skip drills, and warmups that are designed to condition the body for longer runs and playing sports. He shares that the Galaxy Buds Pro’s intelligent Active Noise Cancellation helps him tune out background noise effectively, especially for outdoor running and sports.

5. Vinyasa Yoga. A round of yoga is the perfect way to end a tiring day or week. Carla leads a Vinyasa sequence, which flows from one pose to the next. This practice is meant to improve energy levels, promote relaxation, and lower stress. Similar to Eduardo, Carla finds the Galaxy Buds Pro’s intelligent Active Noise Cancellation helpful in keeping her focused and in the moment during meditation.

Members of the Rebel community can get an exclusive 20% discount voucher when they buy the Galaxy Buds Pro until July 31, 2021. Non-members who wish to get this limited-time voucher can download the Rebel app on Google Play or App Store and sign up for an account to get the promo code on “In the Zone” series’ description. The promo code can be used to purchase the device via Samsung Online Store. 

Samsung is also holding an online contest for Samsung Members and Rebel community. Five lucky winners can get a chance to take home a Galaxy Buds Pro and one month FREE Rebel+ subscription, and 25 winners of one month FREE Rebel+ subscription. Stay tuned for the announcement of winners soon!

For more information on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, visit 

ASUS VivoBook Series Collaborates with Don’t Blame The Kids Apparel

The Future of Gen Z is here! We are very thrilled to announce the collaboration of ASUS VivoBook series with Don’t Blame The Kids Apparel Co. featuring the limited-edition DBTK® merchandise bundle with ASUS Vivobook laptops that are designed and created for the youth.

Starting today until July 15, 2021, every customer who will purchase select ASUS Vivobook laptops including ASUS Vivobook Flip, ASUS VivoBook S, ASUS Vivobook and ASUS Vivobook Gaming will get free limited edition DBTK® merchandise worth PHP 3,00  which includes a T-Shirt, Laptop Mat, Laptop Sleeve, Facemask and sticker packed in an exclusive ASUS DBTK Box.

ASUS VivoBook series chose to work in partnership with Don’t Blame the Kids Apparel Co. (DBTK®) with one main goal to resonate the parallel message of empowering the future of today’s youth to #WowTheWorld.

#WowTheWorld being the official tagline of the ASUS Vivobook Series is a challenge for the youth today to freely express themselves and push their limits in pursuing their passion while discovering themselves along the journey.

ASUS Vivobook will also be collaborating with Riva Queenery as the official Vivobook ambassadress to help spread the message to the youth. 

Drawing inspiration from themes that reflect the ideas and attitudes of today’s youth, a.k.a.  the Gen  Z, energetic, vivid, creative, true to be themselves, and thinks out of the box. These are some of the personalities that perfectly vibes with the ASUS VivoBook Series. It is created to express yourself and dare to be different, Free yourself and break the mold and finally discover yourself and find the best in you. 

Whether you are a student, aspiring content creator, budding entrepreneur, or a fresh graduate we have an ASUS Vivobook laptop just for you that can match your personality, style, and requirements.

The ASUS Vivobook Flip, is a convertible laptop with 360 degrees Ergolift hinge that lets you transform your laptop into tent mode or tablet mode. This series also comes with an ASUS Pen that lets you unleash your creativity.

The ASUS Vivobook S, on the other hand, is available in different colors that can make you stand out more without compromising it’s the performance that you need with its top-notch processors and SSD storage. You can also get 40% better CPU performance with ASUS Intelligent Performance technology if you get the model with Intel 11th Generation Processors.

If you are looking for a more affordable option we also have the ASUS Vivobook Series with also a variety of color options for basic computing requirements perfect for online class use and entertainment. And lastly, the ASUS Vivobook Gaming for those who want a laptop that they can use for classes and light gaming.

Don’t Blame the Kids Apparel Co. (DBTK®) is a lifestyle & clothing brand that thoughtfully creates crafted quality goods that embody functionality and exhibits exceptional artistry which expresses stories, messages, and experiences about culture and the youth of people from all walks of life.  DBTK® draws inspiration from those who think differently targeting curious teens or today’s Gen Zs who seek to pursue their passion and make their goals a reality. Kids who put in the effort to learn and explore the endless possibilities before them. 

5 Back to School Items every Mom Needs to Make Life Easier

Summer has come and gone so now, it's time for back to school. This year, we started out later than usual because of all the changes which should have given all Moms more than enough time to prepare. However, I do know that there are a lot of Moms that are still playing catch up so to help other Moms, I have come up with a list of 5 back to school items that you need for this incoming school year to make your life easier. 

1. A study table for your kids

Let's accept the fact that this year, it will still be non face to face interaction which means that kids will still need a space at home so they can study. If last year you didn't get a study table for them, this year, you should. 

It has been proven that having a space of their own can increase a child's energy in studying. When they have their own space, it gives them the feeling of being in class even when they aren't. This foldable study table is a space saver since you can just tuck it away when it's not in use. 

2. A sturdy printer like the Canon Pixma G3020 

Since there are still a lot of modules that need to be printed as well as reading material, this is a good investment to have. It also lessens outside exposure because there's no need to go to a print shop or to go to school to pick up modules. 

This printer is a space saver because it is compact and since it has a quiet mode, it won't be disruptive when it prints. Added bonus: You can print your photos on this printer as well and have a gallery at home to showcase the activities of your kids and family. Inspirational right? 

3. A desk organizer 

We all know that kids can be messy with their materials so having a ready desk organizer can help them keep things tidy and easy to spot. 

4. A desk lamp to protect your kids' eyes 

A lot of kids spend time on their mobile phones and then when they do their homework or school activity, their area may not be well lit. Having a desk lamp like this can help ease the strain on their eyes and keep their eyes healthier in the long run. 

5. Ergonomic chair

I've always seen my son slouching when he works. The chair he uses is just a random chair we had at home so I decided to get him one of these. Now, I see him lounging while studying, visibly more relaxes. This is definitely a good piece of investment to also protect their neck, shoulders, and back. 

I hope that you liked the list that I came up with. For me, these are the true essentials that our kids would need for the incoming school year. Have something to add? Leave a comment below!

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

For Goodness Cake: The Story of Sweet Resilience As Told By Conti’s Employees

Cake has always been a signature of Filipino celebrations—a symbol of gratitude for the life of others. It serves as a gift and a reminder that one’s existence is special; cake is a universal item of love and appreciation.

When the pandemic struck, many of us were restricted within our homes, and getting together is not as easy as before. But distance did not stop us from celebrating our loved ones through a round cake at the center of the dining table.

Thanks to the “pasabuy” effort that is born from the spirit of bayanihan and resiliency among Filipinos, buying did not have to be risky and difficult. Not only does it support small-time businesses, it also opened an earning opportunity for people who lost their jobs amidst the crisis.  

Indeed, many businesses were affected by the quarantine. Conti’s is no different. The popular Bakeshop & Restaurant had to reassess the situation to gain back their footing. This was when they found out about the pasabuy diskarte that people started employing.

The idea inspired Conti’s to continue bringing delight to Filipinos. They wanted to do something for the growing community of pasabuyers who have been making a living out of doing all these shared deliveries. 

That is how Conti’s brought the Delight Shoppers Program to a start. By training pasabuyers in the proper handling and proper delivery of their cake products, they not only opened a working opportunity for many Filipinos, but they also found a solution on how to reach more far-flung areas that they weren’t able to reach before.

The pasabuyers, now called the Delight Shoppers, continue to provide innovative service and delight to more Filipinos.

“This is a program we are truly proud of, it is a testament to Conti’s commitment to helping the community. We are here really to delight customers, and be able to share those memorable experiences with everyone,” quips Joey Reyes, President and CEO of Conti’s Bakeshop and Restaurant. 

To date, Conti’s Delight shoppers number to about 75, and because of them, the cake goodness of Conti’s now reach the areas of Tacloban, La Union, and Quezon. 

Conti’s released a video about the campaign’s beginnings, documenting the human stories behind the wonderful initiative.

Watch the video here:

Monday, June 28, 2021

Jericho Rosales shares how he’s dealing with stress amid the pandemic

Jericho Rosales sure is one busy guy. Apart from a steady stream of blockbuster movies and much-awaited teleseryes, the actor is a surfer, biker, and businessman. Right before COVID-19, he just finished a big project that took almost two years. He was looking forward to taking a break, which involves going to the beach or taking his bike out, but the pandemic hit and he was forced to stay indoors. 

“It sucks not to be on set. And obviously hearing people dying left and right. Not being able to even hug your family sucks,” Rosales says.

In fact, the reality of the pandemic didn’t hit him right away. He adds, “Parang delayed reaction ‘yung sakin. It struck me in June or July. Noong March, it was okay pa but June, July, doon ako medyo tinamaan ng konti.”

During the early days of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), he busied himself with relief operations and fundraising events such as Ulysses Relief Fund which was spearheaded by his wife Kim Jones. While the entertainment industry took a break, he tried to create online shows but most of his early ideas were location-based. Eventually, he found a hit with Gabi na Naman with Jericho Rosales, an online show with celebrity guests.

He also hit his stride in his personal life. Today, he is based in La Union with his entire family. He says, “We've all settled and relaxed, and we've kind of embraced reality na this could be it for us.”

These days, Rosales is keeping busy with domestic duties such as cleaning, walking the dog, going to the garden, and executing do-it-yourself projects. He’s had his film camera fixed, allowing him to experiment with photography.

He’s also staying healthy by watching the food he eats. Rosales stays active by swimming, surfing, running, walking, and calisthenics. Rosales says, “moving to the province, mas healthy ka.”

The quarantine has made his life goals more defined. It taught him to focus on the importance of a balanced life and the things that make him happy. More importantly, he learned to be more hopeful and to think positive.

“There are times when you're restless. You just try to be creative and at the same time not pressure yourself. At the end of the day, it's all about safety and staying healthy. It's all about staying healthy [mentally] also,” he shares.

With all the things that he’s handling now, it’s expected that something’s got to give. He says, “I always get headaches because of working out and because of stress. My work is super high-stress. So I just normally retreat, take a break, take some Advil, and then go back to work.”

Rosales counts on Advil to help him cope with the demands of his career. The actor reveals that he has Advil everywhere, from his RV to his car and his “little kikay kit.”

Advil Liqui-Gel is stronger than paracetamol. It offers fast-acting relief for that ‘pabigat’ feeling that stops people from being their best selves. Advil is designed to treat headaches, backaches, muscle aches, migranes, toothaches, menstrual pain, minor arthritis and other joint pain. It can also provide temporary relief from fever.

The Advil Liqui-Gel variant is also absorbed two times faster than ordinary ibuprofen tablets, meaning you can feel pain relief faster with one capsule of Advil.

Rosales can count on Advil as he shares that he’s about to shoot a film in Los Angeles. Right now, he’s waiting to be vaccinated before flying to the U.S.A. He says, “I'm very excited because we're going to be shooting in L.A., and I'll be working with a Fil-Am director who's based there.”

“I just can't announce anything but I've gotten the names of the people I'm gonna be working with and it's medyo scary ng konti but it’s fun,” he adds.

While waiting for the next steps for his upcoming film, Rosales shares some advice for those still coping with the pandemic. He shares, “If you have enough to get by or at least to survive, that's enough for now. It's not the year to get rich. We have to embrace what the world is telling us. Just pause for a bit and look around, see what kind of life you’re living.”

Follow the Advil PH on Facebook to learn more about pain management. Join the Advil activities this July-Sep 2021 to get free Advil samples. 

Scan and Donate to Different Charity Organizations via ShopeePay

ShopeePay, Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, partners with more than 30 foundations to offer users an easier, safer, and more convenient way to donate to their beneficiaries of choice. Over the last three months, there was a steady increase in foundations adopting digital payment options like ShopeePay. These newly onboarded foundations are AHA Learning, Animal Kingdom, For Our Farmers, Green Space, Hope, LovedVolunteers, Silid Aralam, Save Philippine Seas, TV Maria, and Waves for Water.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “As an e-commerce platform that is close to the community, we are happy to partner with these charity organizations to make donating more convenient and safe. We want to make ShopeePay more than just a platform for online purchases and bills payments, but also a channel that helps facilitate donations for the underprivileged. As more Filipinos start to adopt digital payments in their daily lives, ShopeePay will continue to enhance its products and services further to support businesses, foundations, and the local community.”

ShopeePay offers not only a safe and contactless payment method, but also a convenient way to transfer and withdraw funds, buy load, top-up your e-wallet, pay utility and telecom bills, and donate to foundations. 

There are two ways to donate via ShopeePay:

Scan the QR Code 

Go to the ShopeePay homepage and select “Scan.”

Scan the organization’s QR code found either on the microsite ( or on the organization’s social media page or website

Input the donation amount. Users can also use their Shopee coins to offset the amount.

Enter your 6-digit ShopeePay pin

Receive confirmation of your donation

Take a screenshot and upload the QR code

Go to the ShopeePay homepage and select “Scan.”

Select the image icon found on the top right side of the screen

Select the image of the organization’s QR code from your phone’s gallery

Input the donation amount. Users can also use their Shopee coins to offset the amount.

Enter your 6-digit ShopeePay pin

Receive confirmation of your donation

For as low as ₱1, your donation can go a long way. Here are the foundations you can give back to via ShopeePay: 2KK Tulong sa Kapwa Kapatid Foundation, AHA Learning, Animal Kingdom Foundation, Caritas Manila, CRIBS Foundation, For Our Farmers PH, FundLife, Gawad Kalinga, GMA Kapuso Foundation, Good Neighbors, Green Space PH, Habitat for Humanity, Hope, Kaya Natin Movement, Kythe, LovedVolunteers, Project Pearls, Red Cross Philippines, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Save Philippine Seas, Save The Children, Silid Aralan, SOS Philippines, Teach for the PH, TV Maria, UNICEF, Virlanie Foundation, Waves for Water PH, World Vision, and Young Focus.  

Sunday, June 27, 2021

ASUS Partners with Microsoft for Windows 11 Upgrade

ASUS today announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to ensure users of new and existing ASUS PCs are primed for the launch of Windows 11 after it is available.

As an internationally-respected and trusted manufacturer of Windows PCs, ASUS is proud to be a leading proponent of Windows 11 — the forthcoming latest version of the world’s most popular operating system. In preparation for this exciting launch, ASUS is readying a raft of new and existing devices for a free upgrade to Windows 11.

From today, all newly-purchased ASUS Windows 10 devices that are featured on our upgrade list, along with many existing eligible ASUS Windows 10 devices, will qualify for an upgrade after Windows 11 is released. As an example, both existing users and new purchasers of Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582), Zenbook Duo 14 (UX482), Zenbook Flip 13 OLED (UX363) and Zenbook 13 OLED (UX325) models will all be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 11 — so prospective buyers can buy today safe in the knowledge that a free upgrade is just around the corner.

Hundreds of other ASUS models that shipped with Windows 10 will also qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 11, including ProArt Studiobook, Zenbook and Vivobook laptops, ROG Strix, ROG Zephyrus and ROG Flow gaming laptops and TUF Gaming laptops and desktops. Many ExpertBook laptops and ExpertCenter desktops will also be eligible, along with many Zen AiO and Vivo AiO models and ASUS Mini PCs. For full details of qualifying models, please visit the ASUS Windows 11 microsite, at 

Windows 11: Get a fresh perspective

With the upcoming launch of Windows 11, Microsoft is set to introduce a new Windows experience that will bring users closer to the people and things they love. For more information on Windows 11, go to the Windows blog.

Prepare to upgrade: Simple steps to ready ASUS PCs for the new operating system

Windows 11 isn’t here yet, but it will be coming later this year. We know that users of ASUS devices will be excited by this prospect, and would wish to prepare for its arrival. There are a number of things owners can do in order to get ready.

See if a PC can upgrade

Use the PC Health Check app to see if an existing PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11. If so, it is possible to get a free upgrade after it starts to roll out. Please visit:

Shop for a new PC

Need a new PC now? Great! ASUS has an extensive range of Windows 10 PCs that can upgrade for free after Windows 11 rolls out. For the full range of ASUS PCs, please visit

Perform a PC backup

It’s so much easier to transfer to a new PC when files and photos from a current PC are backed up to OneDrive.

Please note that the upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022.  Specific timing will vary by device.


Saturday, June 26, 2021

Why Charlene Muhlach is always grateful for the gift of family

With the pandemic and the uncertainties happening in the world around us, it’s challenging to always stay calm and be positive. Sometimes it can feel hopeless even when you’re trying hard. But one thing stays unchanged: that our families will always be here to guide us, keep us sane and make us feel loved.

That’s why Jollibee ambassador Charlene Muhlach expresses a lot of gratitude for her family. Everyone does their part and share to spread good vibes and happiness at home, and she’s especially thankful whenever her family manages to spend time together and bond despite their busy schedules.

“I’m really just a family-oriented person,” Charlene says. “I’m grateful for their love and support for one another, spending time with them and being there for everyone is something I really value,” Charlene says.

One simple way to thank our families for everything that they’ve done is through a hearty family meal. Bonding over delicious food together is always a great idea, as it’s a quick but reliable way to have a feel-good moment with everyone, as tried and tested by the Muhlachs.

The favorite go-to meal their family constantly enjoys is Jollibee’s crispylicious, juicylicious Chickenjoy. “When we want something that will surely be delicious and comforting for a mealtime, of course, the best pa rin ang Jollibee Chickenjoy!” Charlene shares. “Everyone looks for that crispylicious and juicylicious fried chicken talaga! We order a bucket and everyone gets excited, because we’re always thankful to bond over Chickenjoy!”

Like the Muhlachs, you too can thank your family at home with a bucket of everyone’s favorite Jollibee Chickenjoy. Have it safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App,, #87000, GrabFood and foodpanda! Also available in Drive-Thru and Take Out.

For more info and updates on Jollibee products, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram. 

Friday, June 25, 2021

Got Vaccinated? Get These Well-Deserved Treats From Max’s Group For Doing Your Part

Max’s Group, the largest casual dining group in the Philippines, is supporting the local restaurant industry’s effort to help the country reach herd immunity through the Smart Bakuna Benefits program. Fully vaccinated customers can enjoy exclusive offers like free dishes, drink upsizes, discounts, or “buy one, get one” deals from well-loved brands such as Max’s Restaurant, Yellow Cab Pizza Co., Pancake House, Krispy Kreme, Teriyaki Boy, Sizzlin’ Steak, Dencio’s, and Jamba Juice. It’s a win-win situation and a smart move for everyone—get the protection you and your loved ones need against COVID-19 and enjoy a treat from Max’s Group for doing your part in helping expedite the country’s vaccination program. 

Cool down with Max’s classic Halo-Halo 

For a minimum purchase of P500, get a FREE solo Halo-Halo to cap off your delicious Sarap-to-the-Bones® meal at Max’s. This timeless house special dessert is the perfect Pinoy Cooler for anyone needing a relaxing break from the heat. The promo is valid for dine-in transactions only and is available from June 15 to December 31, 2021 in all Max’s Restaurant branches nationwide. Not valid in conjunction with any other promos and discounts. For more information, please visit: 

Take a bite of Yellow Cab’s new thin crust pizzas 

Enjoy a FREE 9" Classic NY-Style Thin Crust Pizza when you present your vaccination card (1st dose or 2nd dose) with your P750 purchase of ala carte products at Yellow Cab. Yellow Cab is making staying safe even better with your choice of the iconic Pepperoni or local favorite Hawaiian in its newest NY-Style Thin Crust. Get vaccinated now and score a double win for yourself with Yellow Cab! This promo is available in selected branches for dine-in transactions only from June 1 to November 30, 2021. For more information, please visit:  

Choose to feel extra good at Pancake House 

For protecting the house, you can enjoy a Buy 1, Get 1 offer for every 2-piece order of Classic Pancakes with whipped butter or the crispy delicious Golden Brown Waffle. This offer is valid for dine in, single-receipt transactions only in all stores from June 15 to December 31, 2021. Prices are inclusive of 12% VAT and subject to 8% service charge. Not valid with ongoing promos and discounts. For more information, please visit: 

Happiness comes in a free Krispy Kreme doughnut 

Treat yourself to a FREE Original Glazed® doughnut when you buy any 12oz. Krispy Kreme Beverage (Hot/Iced/Chillers). Choose from a variety of original and signature flavors to help you find the perfect drink to pair with the sweetest, mouth-watering treat in town. The offer is valid for in-store purchase only at select stores and is available from June 15 to December 31, 2021. For more details, please visit: 

Level up your Japanese cravings with Teriyaki Boy 

Get that dose of Japanese cuisine that you’ve been craving for and take it to a whole new level when you avail of a FREE 5-piece Gyoza for a minimum single-receipt purchase of P900. This offer is only available in the following branches: Burgos, Cash n' Carry, MOA, SM Trece, Shell Mamplasan, SM Lipa, Nuciti Batangas. Valid for dine-in only until August 31, 2021. For more information, please visit: 

Fill yourself up at Sizzlin’ Steak 

The treats keep on comin’ and sizzlin’. For a minimum single-receipt purchase of P900, enjoy a FREE fillin’ plate of Chicken Strips. Indulge your taste buds with every flavor-bursting bite that also comes with a side of rice and veggies. This offer is only available in the following branches: SM Trece, Shell Mamplasan, SM Lipa, Nuciti Batangas. Valid for dine-in only until August 31, 2021. For more information, please visit: 

Have a delicious feast with Dencio’s 

Since you got vaccinated, reward yourself with FREE three sticks of Pork BBQ when you make a minimum purchase of P1,000. These, and more classic Filipino meals you can enjoy any time of the day, await you at Dencio’s whether you're dining solo, with family, or with your barkada. This offer is valid for dine-in transactions only until August 31, 2021. For more information on the participating branches, please visit: 

Give your immunity a Jamba Juice boost 

For being a good citizen, you deserve a #RealGood smoothie. Enjoy a FREE upsize (from 16oz to 22oz) for Strawberries Wild, Banana Berry, or Chocolate Moo'd drink orders. This offer is valid for in-store purchases only at select participating branches. Available from June 15 to December 31, 2021. For more details, please visit  

To check stores that are open near your area, its operating hours, or to call directly, visit

Smart Bakuna Benefits is part of the vaccine education efforts under the Ingat Angat Bakuna Lahat advocacy supported by the Department of Trade & Industry. These exclusive offers aim to provide additional incentives for Filipinos to get themselves vaccinated. 

Offers are available during the operational hours of participating stores from June 1 to August 31, 2021, unless stated otherwise by the brand partner. Vaccinated customers only need to show their vaccination cards and a valid ID to avail of the promos. For the full list of participating restaurants and terms & conditions of the Smart Bakuna Benefits promo, visit .   

Thursday, June 24, 2021

PCPPI bolsters food safety standards, eyes to complete FSSC for all plants

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—aims to secure Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) from Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), one of the world’s leading audit and certification companies. 

PCPPI bagged FSSC for its Muntinlupa, Santo Tomas, Rosario, Davao and Bacolod plants. It is working towards certifying its other six plants in Cebu City, Naga City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo City, and Tanauan within the year.

“It is imperative to strengthen our food safety practices and standards which we have always valued in PCCPI. We always aim to produce quality products that do not just comply with regulatory requirements but exceed customer expectations, as well,” said PCPPI President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Ong. 

The company’s certification aligns with World Health Organization’s goals as it marks this month’s World Food Safety Day. This year’s theme is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow.” 

The company follows stringent measures on food safety and quality. Its policy requires high food safety targets, regular process reviews, and strong food safety culture across all levels in the organization.  

To further ensure quality production, PCPPI aligns with PepsiCo global practices. These include random trade sampling to verify food safety compliance and increasing food hygiene awareness among stakeholders. 

Owing to its strict food safety practices, PCPPI’s Zamboanga plant was recently given the PepsiCo Caleb Bradham Award. The distinction is presented to Pepsi manufacturing plants which exhibit exemplary food safety and quality assurance practices. 

“PCPPI believes that a strong food safety culture helps us promote food hygiene outside our operations. Our consumers will remain confident in our brands and in our ability to refresh them with clean and safe drinks,” Ong added. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Hello Glow Products on Shopee

As a Mom to two boys who have a big age gap, I always find myself struggling when it comes to buying items online. You see, I prefer buying from the same store if only to save on shipping cost so I was very happy when I learned that Hello Glow on Shopee had a Citronelle Lotion which is perfect for my one-year-old baby who loves to frolic in the garden, and an Acne Defense Set perfect for teenage boys. 

June is Dengue Awareness month! This means it's time to get that natural care and protection for YOU and YOUR FAMILY! 

I'm one of those who get easily bitten by mosquitoes whenever I go out of the house. It can be truly irritating which is why I am always on the lookout for a really good Citronella lotion. 

This 4-in-1 Citronella Body Lotion can moisturize the skin, reverse visible signs of aging, and provide a cooling yet gentle effect on the skin! 

This is perfect for those who want to achieve that soft, glowing skin while helping your fight those annoying mosquitos. I highly recommend this product, safe for all skin types, and can bring it anytime and anywhere for that extra protection! 

This is available for only Php250. 

For my teenage son, it's important that he has a good acne defense set so that he won't have breakouts anymore. For my husband, it's all about the maskne which is why I got the Hello Glow Acne Defense Set

It contains the two best ingredients to shoo those pimples away, Salicylic Acid and Tea Tree acid to deep cleans your skin and calm those inflamed pimples. Clear skin in just 3-easy steps!  

Perfect for those with oily and acne-prone skin. Now available in Shopee for only P360! 

This is definitely going to be part of my monthly purchases because it works and is friendly on the budget. What's your latest Shopee find? 

Shopee reveals 4 types of Filipino online shoppers

A survey conducted by Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, revealed four types of online shoppers in the Philippines and their motivations for shopping online.

Shopee surveyed more than 3,000 Filipinos and found that value is the most important factor for online shoppers, with 42% of respondents stating that they are driven by the best deals and prices. 71% of them are females, ranging from 18 to 34 years of age.

There is also an emerging segment of consumers who prioritize shopping from their favored brands online. More than half of these brand lovers are around 25 years old, showing how brand loyalty is becoming key to the online shopping experience for younger demographics.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “The mid-year shopping season is an exciting time for Shopee. As more Filipinos go online to fulfill their shopping needs, we are also seeing more diverse preferences and shopping habits emerge. This is why we consistently listen to our users’ feedback and improve our features, services, and products to serve their needs. Our 7.7 Mid-Year Sale is no different and comes packed with highlights such as the Payday Sale, ShopeePay Day, and other exciting promotions to deliver more value, variety, and fun to all shoppers.”

The four key types of Filipino online shoppers are:

1) The Sulit Shopper - Decisive shoppers who hunt for the best deals

42% of respondents are Sulit Shoppers. They prioritize finding the best deals and prices before making an online purchase. These shoppers are patient and take the time to research products, but act quickly when they discover deals they like. 

Key characteristics: 

Decisive buying: 66% browse a maximum of just five items before making a purchase

Deals seeking: 62% don’t typically plan purchases in advance—they shop whenever they see big discounts on products they’re eyeing

Regular shopping: Half of them buy something online at least twice a month

Sulit Shoppers can rejoice at the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale, which offers non-stop deals and discounts. They can save money on shipping, get discounts, and claim cashback at the Vouchers Sale on July 6. During the 7.7 period, they can also tap on the Vouchers button on the Shopee homepage for one-stop access to the best deals.

2) The Shop-and-Go Consumer - Shoppers who enjoy the convenience of delivery to their doorstep

For a lot of Filipinos, online shopping’s main draw is convenience. 17% of shoppers surveyed turn to online shopping for its ease and safety. More than half of the shoppers in this community are 30 years old. They know what they want to buy and do not necessarily spend extra time on the app, but will often make impulse purchases if they stumble upon good deals.

Key characteristics:

Quick decision-making: 64% browse through a maximum of five listings before they find what they're looking for 

Proactive shopping: Almost one in two do their own research on products by either searching online or chatting with sellers

Frequent shopping: 45% shop online twice a month on average, making them one of the most frequent purchasers

Shop-and-Go Consumers can take advantage of Free Shipping on Shopee’s home page. They’ll also love the convenience of ShopeePay, Shopee’s built-in e-wallet. On ShopeePay Day this July 1, they can enjoy ShopeePay-exclusive rewards, such as free shipping, cashback, and ₱1 deals. 

3) The Budol Shopper - Window shoppers who can also be spontaneous buyers

Making up 14% of respondents, the Budol Shopper refers to window shoppers who value variety and choice of products. Compared to the Sulit Shopper, the Budol Shopper browses more items on average, and are also more likely to spontaneously check out a product that catches their eye.

Key characteristics:

Impulsive buying: 63% will buy an item because they felt like doing so at the moment

Frequent browsing: 27% of window shoppers usually browse up to 15 items before each purchase

This 7.7, Budol Shoppers can window shop to their hearts’ content across Shopee’s themed days such as Home Tech Sale on June 24, Home & Outdoors Sale on June 25, Kids & Babies Sale on June 26, and Apparel & Shoes Sale on June 27. Each sale offers a huge selection of discounted products from popular categories. 

4) The Suki Buyer - Shoppers who have a good eye for brands

Suki Buyers make up 12% of respondents, and they shop online because they can find their favorite brands easily. Unlike Sulit Shoppers, shoppers who prioritize finding the best value, brand fans are less price-sensitive. Instead, they value having a large variety of brands to choose from, as well as accessing perks and loyalty points from brands they follow.

Key characteristics:

Regular shopping from brands: 62% of them purchase from their favorite brands as frequently as twice a month

Brand familiarity: About 1 in 4 follow their favorite brands on social media in order to stay informed of latest product launches

Suki Buyers will enjoy the RB Super Brand Day until June 23, Vivo Super Brand Day from June 27-28, and Olay Super Brand Day from June 28-30, which all offer exclusive deals from well-loved brands on Shopee Mall. Suki Buyers can also get exclusive perks from their favorite brands, such as 30% off vouchers, at the Shopee Mall Sale this June 29.

#KapitLangAngSmile in the face of life’s challenges with Polident

The pandemic has drastically changed our everyday lives. For a lot of Filipinos, it created difficult situations and challenges that we never prepared for. However, throughout the lockdowns, the quarantines, and the uncertainty; Filipinos have this uncanny ability to smile even in the most difficult of situations. The truest testament of Filipino resilience is the inspiring power of a simple smile because it’s an uplifting beacon that tells other people “we can get through this together” that no matter how hard or daunting things may be #KapitLangAngSmile. 

This is true as well for denture-wearers. This month, Polident celebrates Pustiso Care Month, highlighting denture-wearers who do their best to stay positive amid the challenges of the pandemic. Its line of products is designed to help them keep their smile on, no matter what, such as the Polident Denture Cleanser and the Polident Denture Adhesive.

To keep flashing that smile, Polident is reminding denture-wearers that it is important to wear your dentures every day as your teeth run the risk of shifting, causing your dentures to no longer fit. Other problems of prolonged lack of use include, dentures drying out and deforming if they are not properly soaked. 

Caring for dentures with Polident

There is a range of products to keep dentures in place. Polident is the leading denture care brand and has all the necessary products to care for and maintain false teeth. 

One of its key products is the Polident Denture Adhesive, a cream that holds dentures (pustiso) in place. It can secure dentures for up to 12 hours, giving wearers confidence to face the day. Polident Adhesive also helps seal out food so it doesn’t get stuck in between teeth while chewing. The Fresh Mint variant gives that clean feeling, while Flavor Free is perfect for those who don’t want it to interfere with the taste of food.

It is also important to clean dentures the right way to prolong their life. Dentures are softer than real teeth so they require special care. Brushing with toothpaste may scratch the surface, leading to bacteria growth. A daily cleaning routine is essential since food particles and plaque stick to dentures the same way they do to teeth. There are numerous cleaning products available in the market, including soaking solutions, creams, and cleansers.

The Polident Denture Cleanser is a soak that cleans dentures, retainers, and mouth guards. It contains four powerful ingredients that kill 99.9% of bacteria and remove plaques and stains. The Polident Cleanser kills 10 times more bacteria than regular toothpaste, so wearers can feel and smell fresh all day. This comes in two variants: a three-minute cleanser for those on the go, and a whitening solution for that dazzling smile.

Soaking keeps dentures clean, especially when a mild denture cleaning solution is added to the water. This also removes particles in between teeth that bristles cannot reach.

Life may continue to present its challenges but they are easier to face with a smile. For pustiso-wearers, Polident helps them stay smiling. 

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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Sekaya gives 5,190 endemic tree seedlings to the Cordillera reforestation efforts

Filipino plant-based brand Sekaya is giving 5,190 Philippine endemic tree seedlings to support the reforestation efforts of the Cordillera Conservation Trust, through the sale of its limited-edition Prescribing Nature Gift Packs offered in time for the holiday season in 2020.

The project is a major part of the brand’s nature conservation advocacy given the natural ingredients it sources and its emphasis on sustainability in the way that it develops products. 

Sekaya committed to matching the number of gift packs sold, and thanks to everyone who purchased for participating in the successful initiative that will result in the planting of Benguet Pine, Dipterocarp, and Mangrove seedlings in the Cordillera region. As one of North Luzon’s major watersheds, the Cordillera hosts nine major rivers that provide water for irrigation and energy for the entire area and beyond.

Because of the overwhelming number of tree seedlings, Sekaya was able to secure, the Cordillera Conservation Trust will be able to plant Benguet Pine, Dipterocarp and Mangrove in Talinguroy, Longlong in La Trinidad targeted in July, and in Uhaj, a small rice-farming village in Ifugao, scheduled in August. 

Each gift pack contained a curated selection of the brand’s natural, science-backed products aligned with the brand’s Prescribing Nature campaign that support one’s health goals and daily wellness. Even more meaningful, the gift boxes featured the Philippine endemic trees to be planted, as illustrated by botanical artist and conservation advocate Cynthia Bauzon-Arre. 

The Benguet Pine, Dipterocarp, and Mangrove seedlings will contribute to the Cordillera Conservation Trust’s mission of preserving and protecting the mountain region and its unique ecological and cultural characteristics. 

"The Cordillera Conservation Trust is happy to partner with Sekaya for this partnership because we believe it is important to connect consumers not just to natural products but with nature itself,” says founder JP Alipio. “Through this program, they are co-stakeholders in the forests that we plant and build. They are active participants in the enhancement and protection of nature through their purchase of Sekaya's natural products. Helping to heal ourselves and our earth home, together." 

Monday, June 21, 2021

BPI-Philam encourages protection for OFWs against the global rise of COVID-19 variants

Bancassurance leader BPI-Philam urges Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) to protect their hard-earned savings from unexpected expenses amid the pandemic. With the still-rising number of infections of COVID-19 variants worldwide, it has become even more urgent to have the life insurance protection that would safeguard OFWs and their families.

As COVID-19 variants continue to evolve and spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) had begun to assign labels as to Variants of Interest or Variants of Concern. Just last month, the government reported that three close contacts of an OFW infected with the COVID-19 variant first detected in India, known as Delta or B.1.617.2, also tested positive.

“OFWs sacrifice so much to save for their families and for their futures, but the sad reality is that it’s possible to lose everything in one unfortunate incident. The hospitalization of a family member due to severe COVID-19 infection alone could wipe out years’ worth of their savings. We’ve heard the same thing happen many times, and we want to help change it so we’ve made it our mission at BPI-Philam to assist OFWs through difficulties to enable them and their families to live healthier, longer, and better lives wherever they are,” said Surendra Menon, BPI-Philam Chief Executive Officer.

Just recently, BPI-Philam extended its free Php 200,000 COVID-19 insurance for qualified BPI and BPI-Philam customers to help Filipinos stay secure during these uncertain times. This free insurance coverage can be supplemented with other insurance plans like BPI-Philam’s Critical Care 100, which has health coverage that provides financial protection from setbacks caused by medical emergencies.

Many OFWs’ employment requires them to travel to and fro, increasing their chances of exposure to the virus. Having life insurance can serve as financial protection from tapping into their savings for medical bills and similar expenses.

OFWs are also encouraged to think for the long term and be prepared for the worst. Life insurance can help them achieve their goal of having financial freedom upon retirement. For those who want to start saving and even invest, there are life insurance products that have an investment part that may help grow their funds. These allot a portion of their premiums to the policyholder’s life insurance coverage, while the remaining portion goes into an investment fund, which may continue to grow even after the full payment of the policy.

For OFWs, having the right life insurance plan gives their families back home peace of mind knowing that they are protected. They can live worry-free life, letting them focus on accomplishing their goals. BPI-Philam helps by offering the right life insurance products that allow them to protect what they have built over the years and reach their ultimate goal of coming home sooner.

More information about BPI-Philam is available at its website,  Facebook page via the virtual assistant Bessie (on Messenger), or through a Bancassurance Sales Executive at BPI and BPI Family Savings Bank branches nationwide. 

The Big Bad Wolf is Back!

Nothing can stop the wolf from coming back! In just a week, the Big Bad Wolf 2021 is going to open its virtual doors at exactly 12:01 am on June 30. 

There's no stopping the Big Bad Wolf Books as it swiftly adapts to the new norm and pivots Online by offering three times more selection of books via its NEW e-commerce site @  Starting from June 30th to July 7th, 2021, the Big Bad Wolf Online Book Sale Philippines 2021 will open its virtual doors and showcase 60,000 book titles for book enthusiasts to browse and purchase at amazingly low prices!

Filipinos nationwide will now be able to enjoy an affordable book hunting experience from the safety and comfort of their own homes with just a click of the button. The 8-day Online Book Sale will be offering discounts of up to 99% off the recommended retail price and a host of exciting promotions that are bound to thrill everyone no matter where they live in the Philippines.  

In addition to Online Book Sale, Big Bad Wolf Books will also be running an exciting social media contest - “The Grand Wolfie Contest” that will commence from 21st June to July 6th, 2021! The contest details and mechanics will be posted on Big Bad Wolf Book’s official Facebook page @ Participants will stand a chance to win e-Gift Cards as well as electronic gadgets with the main two prizes of an Apple iPhone 12 and an Apple MacBook Air.

Staying True to its Mission…

"During our first virtual launch in 2020, we were delighted to receive an overwhelmingly positive response from customers who were able to buy a whole lot of books they love without burning a hole in their pocket while also enjoying the convenience of having their purchases delivered safely to their homes," shares Andrew Yap, Co-Founder of Big Bad Wolf Books. "Although we faced many challenges due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we remain persistent in catering to our fans in the Philippines by offering a bigger selection of our ever-growing inventory of book titles and genres that will be easily accessible nationwide through our e-commerce website."

"We've always been warmly welcomed in the Philippines, and we're thrilled to be able to come back virtually," adds Jaqueline Ng, Co-Founder of Big Bad Wolf Books. "The current global situation has led us to commit to creating the best Online Book Sale shopping experience for everyone so that we may continue to pursue our core mission of spreading the joy and inculcate the habit of reading. In the future, once the pandemic dissipates and the world re-opens its borders, we certainly look forward to hosting more physical Book Sale in the Philippines.”

Offering Books for Every Passion…

The Big Bad Wolf Online Book Sale Philippines 2021 has a variety of books with discounted prices up to 99% off recommended retail price for every age and stage, ranging from bestselling novels, science fiction, romance, literature, and graphic novels to business books, self-help, architecture books, cookbooks and much more. In addition, the Book Sale also offers a wide selection of children's books, including picture books, activity books, coloring books, and interactive books, to name a few.

The Online Experience…

After a simple registration process where users will have to create an account [email address & password] on the Big Bad Wolf Online Book Sale Philippines 2021 website @, they can easily browse for books by genre or search by keyword(s), title, author, or ISBN number. Book enthusiasts can instantly add their favorite selections to either the wish list or shopping cart and check out by paying via several payment options, no matter what time of day it is. Users can also browse for recommendations that include book titles or categories based on their interests.

Fans of Big Bad Wolf Books may anticipate the following promotions:  

PHP 10 Book Deals

For a minimum purchase of PHP 1,800, buy an additional book for only PHP 10 from a selection of featured book titles.

5% Off Discount Coupon

For a minimum purchase of PHP 1,200, apply coupon code “BBWPH5%” upon checkout to get 5% off the total purchase.

10% Off Discount Coupon

For a minimum purchase of PHP 5,000, apply coupon code “BBWPH10%” upon checkout to get 10% off the total purchase.

Little Hippo Books Promotion

Buy any two (2) Little Hippo books or puzzles for PHP 180. [valid only for Little Hippo collection, excluding Disney titles]

Goosebumps Books Promotion

Buy any three (3) books from the Goosebumps Books collections for PHP 320. [valid for selected Goosebumps book title collection only]

Horrible Histories Books Promotion

Buy any three (3) books from the Horrible Histories Books collection for PHP 320. [valid for selected Horrible Histories book title collection only]

Rick Riordan Books Promotion

Buy any three (3) books from the Rick Riordan collection for PHP 460. [pay for two books and get the third book for free, which if of the lower price value]

Free Shipping

Get free shipping with a minimum net spend of PHP 2,900 throughout the sale period applicable for deliveries within the Philippines only. [free shipping will be automatically applied during checkout]


To help raise awareness on the importance of reading, Big Bad Wolf Books is proud to partner with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) for the Big Bad Wolf Online Book Sale Philippines 2021 in a joint effort to continue to promote and inculcate a love for reading. Big Bad Wolf Books’ association with IPOPHL will help to underscore the commitment to uphold the value and integrity that is an integral aspect of copyright and intellectual property within the publishing industry. The partnership is also indicative of the recognition of the principles surrounding copyright laws and needs to safeguard the authors and content creators.

Dragonpay and eGHL will also be on board as part of the Online Book Sale Payment Gateway to ensure a smooth Online payment process.

For more information about BIG BAD WOLF Books, please visit:




Hashtag: #BigBadWolfBooks #TheBiggestOnlineBookSale #BBWPHOnlineSale

Sunday, June 20, 2021

4 na Paraan para Masiguro ang Kinabukasan ng Iyong Pamilya

Marami tayong pagsubok na hinarap nung nagsimula ang COVID-19 pandemic. Aminin nating napangunahan tayo ng takot dahil sa bagong virus at kung paano natin mapoprotektahan ang ating pamilya. Ganun kahalaga ang pamilya para sa ating mga Pinoy.

Araw-araw pumapasok na sa isip natin: “Paano kung magkasakit ang anak ko o ang mga mahal ko sa buhay?” Sa sobrang pag-aalala natin sa kanila, minsan napapabayaan na rin natin ang sarili natin. Kaya naman araw-araw nating pinagdarasal na sana’y walang magkasakit sa ating pamilya dahil mas mahal ang magkasakit ngayon, lalo na kung wala tayong naitatagong pera para dito. 

Nung nagkaroon naman ng surge o pagsipa muli ang mga COVID-19 cases at bumalik ang mahigpit na lockdown sa Metro Manila, bumalik nanaman ang takot. At dahil sa sunod-sunod na krisis, minsan ‘di na natin malaman kung paano tayo makakaahon mula dito. 

Pero hindi ‘to dahilan para mawalan tayo ng pag-asa. Bilang isang magulang, kailangan nating magpakatatag para sa mga anak natin. Kailangan natin mas maging maingat ‘di lang sa kalusugan pero pati na rin sa paggastos o pagbubudget lalo na kung may biglang pagkakagastusan. 

Ngayong new normal, kailangan natin magkaroon ng mga panibagong priorities at maghanda sa future ng pamilya natin. Dahil kung hindi tayo handa, hindi tayo makakampante na malusog at safe sila palagi. Kaya narito ang ilan sa aking mga simpleng tips:

Bumili lang ng mga kinakailangang bagay

Isang ebidensya ng isang bagsak na ekonomiya ay kung marami ang walang trabaho, na lalong dumami dahil sa pandemya. At kung walang trabaho, walang sweldo. Bawas-trabaho, bawas-sweldo. Kaya naman maiging bawasan muna natin ang pagbili ng mga unnecessary items. Unahin muna ang mga bagay tulad ng pagkain, simpleng damit, at mga bayarin tulad ng kuryente at tubig.

Mag-set ng financial goals 

May krisis man o wala, maiging mag-set tayo ng ating financial goals. Ano ba ang kailangan mong pag-ipunan? Anu-ano ang mga gusto mong bilhin o magkaroon, lalo na pagkatapos ng pandemya?

Mabuti na ring alam natin ang ating financial priorities dahil ito ang gagabay sa atin sa kung anong klaseng lifestyle ang meron tayo ngayon at sa hinaharap.

Libre ang mangarap. Pero kailangan din nating matututong magtipid at gumastos nang tama kung gusto nating marating ang mga ito.

Mag-ipon para sa emergency fund

Hindi natin alam kung kailan mangyayari ang mga emergency tulad ng matinding aksidente o malalang sakit. Malaking gastusan ang pinag-uusapan natin dito. Kaya naman mabuting maglaan ng pera para sa mga ito.

Halimbawa, sa sahod mo sa isang buwan, magtago ng 10-20% para sa emergency fund at ‘wag itong galawin kung ‘di naman kailangan. Pwede ka ring mag-set isa pang account para sa emergency fund para maayos itong nakahiwalay sa every budget mo.

Kumuha ng insurance para sa future ng pamilya mo

Kung hirap naman kayo sa pag-ipon para sa mga emergency, dito pumapasok ang halaga ng insurance. At hindi kailangan nitong maging mahal.

Halimbawa, may insurance ang PhilLife na pwede mong gamitin kung maaksidente ang miyembro ng iyong pamilya. Malaki nga ang gastos sa pagpapagamot at pagpapalibing (kung saka-sakali), na maaaring umabot ng libu-libo. Pero kung nakabili ka ng Family Accident Secure ng PhilLife na Php400 ang pinakamura, baka ‘di mo na kailangang galawin ang savings mo.

Isa pa, Hunyo na ngayon. Umpisa na ng dengue season. Madalas nagsisimula nang dumami ang mga kaso ng sakit sa panahong ito. At kailangan pa rin itong bantayan sa gitna ng pandemya. Kaya naman mabuti nang meron din kayong insurance para sa dengue.

Karaniwang mahal ang pagpapagamot para sa dengue, na gaya ng sa aksidente ay aabot din ng libo. Pero kung meron kang insurance gaya ng sa PhilLife na P1,200 na covered na ang apat na miyembro ng pamilya, sagot na nito ang hanggang Php30,000 na gamutan sa bawat tao. Sulit din, diba?

Ang maganda pa sa PhilLife, meron itong online shop na pwedeng ma-access via mobile phones or laptop. Importante din ito ngayon dahil ‘di mo na kailangan lumabas ng bahay at magbuwis-buhay para lang makakuha ng insurance plan para sa pamilya. Kung may gusto pa kayong ibang malaman tungkol sa mga insurance products ng PhilLife, bisitahin lang ang

Simple lang naman ang hiling natin sa buhay. Gusto lang natin mapanatag ang loob natin na ma-ensure at protektado ang future ng ating pamilya. Kaya isang malaking realization ang pagkakaroon ng pandemic. Isa ‘tong senyales para sa ating lahat na mas maging matatag at handa para maiwasan ang higit na pag-aalala para sa ating mga mahal sa buhay.


Saturday, June 19, 2021

Ajinomoto launches Virtual Experience: Be More

Going on field trips or educational tours is one of the most exciting ways to learn. Before the pandemic, food factory tours were widely used as an avenue for interactive learning for students aspiring to be part of the industry. To replicate this activity, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) brings its factory tour online with the launch of The Ajinomoto Virtual Experience: Be More, this time not only targeting students but homemakers as well. Aside from a detailed tour around Ajinomoto’s factory, the virtual space is also packed with kitchen tips and games that everybody will enjoy.

“Meeting eager participants on factory tours is one of the things we miss during these times. More than sharing what we do, the tour has been an avenue for us to educate about food safety and proper nutrition, as well as to share our advocacy on environmental sustainability,” says Roann Co, APC’s General Manager of Marketing and Public Relations. “Now that we’re bringing it online, we are excited that we can reach not only those from NCR but students and homemakers nationwide empowering them to be more knowledgeable and responsible members of the community.” 

A trip down the grocery lane

The Supermarket is the first virtual station of the online tour. This is where visitors can learn more about Ajinomoto’s products and learn about the company’s brief history.

From farm to kitchen

After the informational and nostalgic trip, the next stop is the Factory which shows how APC’s products are made. Since this is an online tour with no physical logistical restrictions, participants can also view the farm where raw materials are harvested. From there, visitors are bound to a detailed tour of the factory where aspiring food innovators can learn about topnotch methods and technologies that keep food safe and of quality.

Finishing the Factory tour leads guests to a choice between the Office or the Cooking Plaza. For students, a 360° tour of the Ajinomoto Office will allow them to learn the 5S organization method—Sort, Shine, Set, Standardize, and Sustain—which is widely implemented within the company. On the other hand, the Cooking Plaza features an interactive kitchen where homemakers can learn about the 5Ms of a great meal—Malinis, Masustansya, Masarap, Matipid, at Madaling Gawin—and apply them by virtually cooking dishes, playing games, and answering quizzes.

Towards a more sustainable future

The Ajinomoto Virtual Experience: Be More ends with a message for the future. The last station, Community, features Ajinomoto’s environment education campaign that aims to aid consumers to slowly incorporate sustainable practices into their daily lives.

“At Ajinomoto, our commitment towards a more sustainable future is embedded in our Ajinomoto Group Creating Shared Value (ASV) which represents our unchanging mission of helping resolve society’s issues such as global sustainability, food resources, and healthy living. Through the best practices we shared at The Ajinomoto Virtual Experience: Be More, we hope to inspire Filipinos to lead a healthier and eco-friendlier lifestyle,” says Co.

To try the fun and educational tour, visit

Friday, June 18, 2021

Chupa Chups Brings MLBB and UniPin Philippines in New Product Collaboration for Gamers

The Chupa Chups Jellies Back to School Fun Packs just made playing your favorite mobile game more fun. Chupa Chups targets gamers together with the popular mobile game, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) and leading digital entertainment enabler, UniPin. The Back to School Fun Pack includes PHP 10 UniPin Voucher to be used for 11 Mobile Legends Diamonds.   

The Back to School Fun Pack will introduce the 2 new special packs, the packs will include a scratch card that can be redeemed on the UniPin website. The first Chupa Chups Jellies Fun Pack contains 4 packs of Chupa Chups Sour Bites 20g, 2 Chupa Chups Cool Cola, 2 Chupa Chups Panda Bears, 2 Chupa Chups Pinkis, and a Free UniPin Voucher code worth 11 Mobile Legends Diamonds. The first Jellies Fun Pack is available at Shopee starting June 15th. The second Chupa Chups Jellies Fun Pack contains 4 packs of Chupa Chups Sour Bites 20g, 2 Chupa Chups Cool Cola, 2 Chupa Chups Panda Bears, 4 Chupa Chups Strawberry Belts, and a Free UniPin Voucher code worth 11 Mobile Legends Diamonds. The second Jellies Fun Pack will be available at Shopee, Lazada, and various grocery shops starting July 1st. 

The collaboration is specifically released during the back-to-school season for students who are still unable to meet their friends during the pandemic. UniPin Philippines mentions the collaboration will be an exciting chance to share and deliver joy to all gamers, especially students throughout the nation. 

“We are very excited to be able to work hand-in-hand with Chupa Chups and Mobile Legends on this. We believe the Back to School Fun Packs will bring happiness to students and will help to ease the dullness and frustration of not being able to have a face-to-face interaction by utilizing the entertainment that online games can bring,” adds Cynthia David, UniPin Philippines Country Manager. 

“The collaboration will be the opportunity to explore different ways to engage with children nowadays, Chupa Chups, a brand that stands for forever fun, acknowledges the evolving interests of kids and teens. Gaming incidence has dramatically increased amidst the pandemic with Mobile Legends being one of the most popular mobile games. This is seen as not only a break time but also as a means to connect with friends given that school is mostly done online. This collaboration with Mobile Legends and UniPin aims to bridge that gap, and reinforce the forever fun proposition,” said Leanne Jacinto-Ledesma, Perfetti Van Melle Philippines Marketing Director. 

To learn more about this collaboration, please visit  

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Experts bare various ways to reduce stress and limit WFH tension

To touch on the growing cases of common headaches, research-oriented pharmaceutical company, HI-Eisai Pharmaceutical Inc., gathered medical experts to tackle the bits and pieces of the matter in a free-for-all webinar titled “Madalas na Sakit ng Ulo? Huwag Balewalain, Pag-Usapan Natin!” hosted by celebrity mom and television host, Suzi Entrata-Abrera. 

This is a sequel to a previous webinar on back pains caused by work from home setup, also initiated by the pharmaceutical company two weeks ago. Medical experts were once again consulted for their expertise on the growing concern on headaches among people, especially during the lockdown. Other than back pains, this time at home has also led people to experience more headaches.

To open the discussion, medical experts talked about how anyone can suffer from different types of headaches such as tension-type or migraine headaches regardless of age. 

“90-95% of headaches experienced are primary headaches. The headache is the disease itself. They are not caused by other medical conditions. However, there are secondary headaches. These headaches are just symptoms of underlying medical conditions like infections, brain tumor, brain hemorrhages, etc.” Dr. Godfrey Robeniol, a neurologist, said. 

A tension-type headache is caused by excessive muscle contractions in the head, neck, and shoulder area that can cause pain and tightness on both sides of the head. Triggers include stress, improper body posture, dehydration, and squinting of the eyes. This is most common in a work-from-home setup, with a decrease in mobility.

Meanwhile, a migraine is usually felt on one side of the head and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. It is a neurological disorder characterized by recurrent attacks of severe headaches that are usually throbbing and can last for a few hours to a whole day.  Migraine triggers can be different for each person, but the most common factors are stress, lack of sleep, intense exhaustion, skipping of meals, food items (e.g. cheese, processed meat), and hormonal changes for women. 

Working from home in a pandemic has amplified these types of headaches – looking down on our phones, sitting or lying down for long hours, straining the eyes in front of a TV or a laptop, and other unnatural body positions may cause muscle spasms that can result in tension headaches.

“There’s what we call the 'Deconditioning Syndrome'. Not just in the neck but our whole body. We lack movement so we’re more prone to having these kinds of ailments in the musculature and especially in the head, neck, and shoulder area. It all boils down to having a bad posture and a deconditioned state of the musculature.” Dr. Jerico de la Cruz, a rehabilitation medicine expert, explained.

Deconditioning Syndrome occurs as a result of prolonged bed rest and loss of muscle strength and movement. The rehab medical expert suggests stretching or exercising for at least 20 minutes a day to manage tension headaches. To manage stress and reduce the body’s pain receptors, people can also try meditation, mind-body technique biofeedback, and massage or acupuncture. It is also important to feed and clear the mind by talking to friends or experts, like psychologists.

“Rest and sleep are good prevention as well as proper body mechanics (the way you stand, the way you pick up things, carry stuff), and proper posture (shoulders relaxed, gaze straight ahead, upright posture, neutral pelvis, gluteal muscles engaged, abdomen pulled up, shoulders, hips, and ankles inline). Managing stress well is also proven and tested. Hence, exercise, in itself, is always helpful, so make it a habit,” Dr. Dela Cruz added. 

It is easy for experts to spot the various reasons for headaches to be out of control for so many people. Simple symptoms can grow to high-risk conditions if not addressed immediately. Seek medical attention if you are experiencing any of these red flags: 1) sudden change in headache frequency 2) increase in severity of the pain 3) neurological signs like imbalance, doubling of vision, paralysis, and increase in sleeping time 4) headaches that wake you up from sleep and 5) history of trauma.

“It’s okay to self-medicate with OTC drugs, but in three to five days and it’s still there, seek medical help. From there we can provide the right prescription for pain relievers, muscle relaxants, antidepressants, and anxiolytics if necessary,” Dr. Robeniol said. 

HI-Eisai, with its mission and vision to provide help for all, encourages making robust choices in daily life as well as consulting with a professional for longer and healthier life. At the end of the day, personal lifestyle is an important factor and has a significant influence on one’s physical and mental health. 

For more information, the full webinar can be accessed through this link:

Jollibee Group offers 10% discount to vaccinated customers

To support the country’s vaccination program, the Jollibee Group has joined Ingat Angat’s Smart Bakuna Benefits program where more than 150 restaurants in NCR Plus are offering discounts to all vaccinated cardholders from June 1 to August 31, 2021.  

The Jollibee Group is offering a 10% discount for vaccinated customers of Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Burger King, Panda Express, and PHO24. Through this discount promo, the Jollibee Group hopes to encourage its customers and the public to get vaccinated and help the country achieve herd immunity as soon as possible. 

Vaccinated customers only need to show their vaccine card and valid ID to enjoy the incentive as many times as they want when they dine in from June to August 2021. Single-dose vaccinees are also eligible to enjoy the discount.

“This discount promo is our way to thank our customers for getting vaccinated. The vaccine is the solution that we have been waiting for to protect ourselves and our loved ones, as well as help revive our economy and livelihoods. So let us all get vaccinated,” said Pepot Miñana, Jollibee Group Chief Sustainability and Public Affairs Officer.  “We remain optimistic and hopeful that when we work together to achieve herd immunity, we can all have a better Christmas this year.”  

Jollibee has started its promo last June 1, while other Jollibee Group brands Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Burger King, Panda Express, and PHO24 will start their promos on June 15. Customers can check the brands’ Facebook pages for the specific terms and conditions of each discount promo. Customers can also check to see the full list of participating brands. 


Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Discover the Advanced Way to Relieve Cough in Just 3 Days!

It's the rainy season which means it's ubo season once more. 

With the threat of the pandemic still very much present in the country, a simple cough is enough to cause heightened anxiety these days because it is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Unlike before where this matter was usually taken lightly by most, the current situation has people rushing to find a solution when the first signs of a cough arise.

Coughs are our bodies’ natural response to expel unwanted organisms from our lungs caused by allergies, irritants, asthma, and the most common of all, viruses. Although coughs caused by common viruses go away in time, it's better to treat them as soon as possible and equip our bodies with added immunity for faster recovery.

In the Philippines, only one cough medicine combines the trusted formulation of Solmux with an essential mineral for faster recovery: Solmux Advance, the only one with Zinc! This unique and powerful combination of Carbocisteine and Zinc is proven effective to reduce cough bouts in as fast as 3 days, compared to the usual 10 to 14 days of recovery. The addition of Zinc to Carbocisteine not only liquifies sticky phlegm but also improves the body’s immunity for faster recovery from cough.

Carbocisteine is scientifically proven to treat a cough with phlegm and other respiratory tract disorders and has properties that inhibit viruses and bacteria, making it more difficult for microorganisms to cause infections. The right levels of Zinc, on the other hand, can help speed up recovery from infections like the common cold through its action on immunity. It also activates white blood cells to help the body fight off viruses including coronaviruses.

Given the continued increase in COVID-19 cases every day plus the occurrence of other viral respiratory infections, Filipinos can protect themselves and their loved ones with a more advanced 2-in-1 solution for faster cough relief. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Are you the next Magazine Cover Model for IKEA?

Are you as excited as I am about the opening of IKEA? If you are, then this news would be even more exciting for you because you will get the chance to win Php30,000 worth of IKEA GCs. ACCCCKKKK!!

In preparation for the opening of the first store in Pasay City, IKEA Philippines is producing a magazine to share the brand’s milestones and inspiration to the Filipinos. IKEA will feature Filipino families or individuals on the cover and search for a magazine cover model.

The invitation to be on the cover of IKEA Philippines magazine is open to all Filipinos. Five families or friends or individuals will be selected to be on the printed and/or digital cover of the magazine. Selected participants will also receive P30,000 worth of IKEA shopping vouchers. 

Entries to the search will be collected from 15 – 30 June 2021. Winners will be announced via IKEA Philippines Facebook page.

How to join the search

Interested individuals may visit this page and submit a photo taken inside their homes. Photo entries may include their friends, partners, or other members of their family.  For more information and to see full contest mechanics, visit the IKEA Philippines website,