Monday, August 30, 2021

Hidilyn Diaz raises the bar and makes the Smart move 

The Philippines' first Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz joins Team Smart as its newest ambassador, a collaboration aligned with the thrust of the country’s leading mobile services provider to empower and inspire Filipino athletes and its millions of subscribers.     

Much like Hidilyn, the love of sports has always been deeply ingrained in the Smart DNA. The telco has been doing its share of heavy lifting to provide support for our athletes both at home and on the international stage. In fact, Smart has been a part of Hidilyn's journey since 2016.  

Moreover, the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) has always been in Hidilyn’s corner, giving constant support from then until now. This partnership with Hidilyn came as no surprise because Smart and Hidilyn are coming from years of shared passion in heeding the call for a stronger nation.   



 Uplifting the nation in her winning moment     

“Hidilyn has given us something priceless amidst the challenges we all face. In her winning moment, she uplifted all of us and reminded the whole nation what triumph feels like,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.      

“Hidilyn’s historic success is every Filipino’s success story. She is committed more than ever to keep on inspiring Filipinos, and we want to work with her in telling new stories of hope, inspiration, and excellence. We look forward to a fruitful partnership with another world-class Filipino athlete in Hidilyn,” she added.       

Hidilyn is joining Smart's value brand TNT to be the latest Katropa championing Filipino values among the youth — simple at totoo, mapangarap, madiskarte, positibo, and makatropa. TNT aims to support local talents and help give them the platform to showcase their talent to the world, and the brand is also proud to have Hidilyn be a part of their family to spread positivity and inspire the Filipino youth in chasing and achieving their dreams.      

“Andito ako lumalaban para sa Pilipinas,” said Hidilyn. “I don’t want to give up for myself and for you because young athletes deserve a role model who doesn’t give up on her dreams. This is one of the reasons why I decided to partner with Smart and TNT, so we may continue to inspire others. Smart is also like home to me. It’s a brand that has always been there for me from way back.”       

“At TNT, we’ve seen how Hidilyn displayed resilience in the face of challenges and how she overcame these and achieved her dreams. She is indeed a role model that the Kabataang Pinoys can truly identify with and take inspiration from and we look forward to her being our newest KaTropa” said Miriam Z. Choa, Smart FVP and Head of Prepaid Business.   

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Ben&Ben surpasses expectations on sophomore album, Pebble House Vol. 1 - Kuwaderno

Multi-platinum certified and critically acclaimed Filipino band Ben&Ben have finally released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Pebble House, Vol. 1: Kuwaderno via Sony Music. 

Expanding their sound with rewarding experiments and thematically bolder songwriting, the 13-track album marks an important chapter in Ben&Ben’s history as it captures the songs, stories, messages, experiences, learnings, and insights that accompanied them through their self-reflecting but fulfilling journey.

“Each song, much like an entry in one's personal journal, encapsulates something uniquely special to represent something in a certain point in time,” the nine-piece collective shares in a statement. “We felt it would be important for our second album to be a work that brings us closer to our listeners and introduces them more to the wide spectrum of what we are capable of and of who we are as people.”

Pebble House, Vol. 1: Kuwaderno surpasses expectations in terms of musicality and production, giving way to an exquisite piece of pop songcraft that feels more like a natural progression from their equally compelling debut album, Limasawa Street rather than a retread of the comfortably familiar. Since working on Kuwaderno, Ben&Ben have been more open to collaborations that venture beyond the confines of their early work. 

On their second album, they have teamed up with the biggest names in the Philippine music industry on six of the songs, including “Swimming Pool” (Feat. Chito Miranda of Parokya Ni Edgar), “Pasalubong” (Feat. Moira Dela Torre), “Lunod” (Feat. Zild and juan karlos), “Sabel” (Feat. KZ Tandingan), “Kapangyarihan” (Feat. SB19), and “Sugat” (Feat. Munimuni). 

“We've always wanted to collaborate with these artists, but we were also always a bit too shy to ask,” says lead vocalist and guitarist Paolo Benjamin. “When working on the second album however, our songs and the arrangements gave us confidence to reach out in hopes that these collaborators would likewise believe in our music enough to work with us. Thankfully, they did, and we are immensely grateful for their generosity in sharing their hard work and talent with us.”



Pre-production for the album began in the latter part of April 2021 when Ben&Ben recorded their first two songs “Upuan” and “Magpahinga.” The former will have a music video featuring He’s Into Her stars Donny Pangilinan and Belle Mariano to be released on August 29, 6pm (Sunday) via Ben&Ben’s official YouTube channel. Directed by Niq Ablao, the visuals take us into a simple yet timeless story about prom, and the jitters that come with finding the courage to ask someone out.

The production phase continued with Ben&Ben recording with some of their artist collaborators towards the end of May, and wrapped up with other songs in the album in mid-June. These tracks include “Kuwaderno,” which sets the mood and tone of the record; “Kasayaw,” a metaphor that alludes to the difficult question of whether two people are in the same groove or not; “Elyu,” a classic sounding song about wanting to free oneself from something; Ilang Tulog Na lang,” a paean to long distance relationships; and “Kayumanggi,” an anthem that embraces the beauty and richness of Filipino identity. 

Pebble House, Vol. 1: Kuwaderno is written, arranged, and produced by Ben&Ben, with Jean Paul Verona and Sam Marquez (One Click Straight) involved in co-producing, mixing, and co-engineering duties. Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer Leon Zervos, who has worked with the likes of Maroon 5, Pink, and Rihanna, heads the overall mastering of the tracks.

Pebble House, Vol. 1: Kuwaderno is out now via Sony Music on all digital music platforms worldwide including Spotify. And fans can also look forward to exclusive content only on Spotify.  

Friday, August 27, 2021

Accredited & Safe: RedDoorz offers Filipinos’ Essential Know-Hows when booking hotels

The local travel industry is slowly getting back into full swing and options are now available for us to plan our next essential stay. However, with the different quarantine scenarios being implemented across the country, it can get confusing and stressful at times to know what exactly is needed before making a reservation. RedDoorz, Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing technology-driven hotel management brand, offers some essential know-how for travelers to help make our bookings even more convenient and safer.   

1. Ensure your hotel is fully accredited 

Before clicking that confirmation button, it is important to know if your hotel has made all the necessary requirements guaranteeing you a safe and quality stay. Luckily, all RedDoorz properties follow a set of operational standards and are accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT). Plus, with over 260 hotels nationwide, a RedDoorz property is readily accessible for your essential stays. 

2. Ask about your hotel’s safety precautions  

Proper hygiene and sanitation are of the utmost priority, especially for hotel staff who are monitored daily, evaluated on implementing sanitation protocols, and trained to respond to COVID-19 critical situations. Most hotels even hire medical doctors and public health consultants to provide hotel staff guidance. 

In response to the pandemic and to help speed up the travel industry’s recovery, RedDoorz launched HygienePass - a certification program that provides a standardized and rigorous health and safety protocol for all hoteliers to follow. The HygienePass initiative is a hallmark of good hygiene and sanitation that always ensures guests a safe and clean stay with its enhanced measures that are implemented across all approved hotels. 

3. Take advantage of online booking discounts and perks from your phone 

When scheduling your next stay, try using the hotel’s mobile app and open the door to exclusive discounts. Remember, the more times you use it - the more perks and rewards you can get. With the RedDoorz mobile app, you can avail of their “Best Price Promise” that guarantees the price of your stay is the lowest in the market or on any other booking platform. Other exclusive offers include room upgrades, add-on meals, extended hours stay, and airport pick-ups. 

RedDoorz also offers flexible stay options for those needing to rebook or postpone, and customers even have more convenient ways to settle their bills with multiple payment options via credit/debit card, PayMaya, GCash, or on location. Then, if you leave a hotel review, you can earn freebies on your next stay. As of today, the RedDoorz app has registered over 800,000 downloads. 

4. Check if you’re a part of a loyalty program 

Hotels offer a lot of freebies for loyal customers who rebook. They also value those who take the time to give feedback and comments, refer a friend, or even just interact with them online. These open the door to more rewards and a chance to upgrade or improve your stay every time. 

For only Php 400, you can join RedDoorz’s RedClub program where members can enjoy 24/7 customer support for all essential stays - whatever problem or need, a RedDoorz representative will be one call away. Other perks also include unlocking more hotel rooms discounts and getting RedCash rebates that can be used to book future stays.

A special RedDoorz treat for essential workers 

Since the start of the pandemic, RedDoorz has routinely made efforts to help those most affected and improved service guarantee offers to make their stay more accommodating. In 2020, RedDoorz opened its doors to frontline health workers and provided them with temporary homes. This year, the hotel management brand extended its service to welcome home modern heroes in essential industries such as call center agents, seafarers, security personnel, and bankers.  

In honor of the National Heroes Day, RedDoorz is offering all essential workers a free night stay upon booking a minimum of 6 nights on August 30-31, 2021 or they can simply submit their complete booking ID with vaccination proof to Safe Stays to avail exclusive discounts on their next stay. 

Have your #SafeStaysWithinReach with RedDoorz by visiting the official RedDoorz website or download the RedDoorz: Hotel Booking App from the App Store or Play Store.  

Drew and Iya Arellano share their lives amid the quarantine and how they protect their kids against sickness

Drew Arellano and Iya Villania are role models for Filipino families. They are especially popular on social media, where millions of followers watch as they raise three adorable children: Primo, Leon, and Alana. 

Despite being a celebrity family, they have an aura of approachability that makes them relatable. This became more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic when they were affected by the quarantine restrictions just like everyone else.

“We've been staying home. Each day, it's the same routine. We wake up, have breakfast, work out and the kids play. I'm just waiting for them to say ‘so when do we mix it up? When do we go outside?’ So far they're still okay. They have each other and that's an important thing,” Drew says.

Iya adds, “We're fortunate to be able to say that we're doing well. More than anything, it's the company and because we keep each other happy, no matter where we are.”

To adjust, Drew and Iya allowed their children to decide what they will do for the day. The parents ask if they want to cook, read, or work with numbers. Screen time is also welcome since it provides an opportunity for learning. According to Drew, “when you're trying to teach your kids, we have to go with the flow. We just have to regulate it and try as much as possible to inject it with learning.”

Iya agrees, saying, “You have to give them options because it gives them a sense of power. It's only natural for every human to want to feel that way. Drew and I are aware of how we felt when we were going to school and we don't want to have to enforce that on our kids.”

This unstructured method for learning has proven to be effective. Allowing their children to go at their own pace, when they’re ready to understand and absorb information, making learning faster. Soon, they were surprised when Primo began adding double digits.

Naturally, the Arellanos are considering a combination of homeschooling and unschooling. Unschooling is a form of education where students learn at their own pace, in a supportive setting that encourages curiosity.

The parents are just as decisive about their children’s health. Their approach is a mix of affection and medicine.

“One of my tips would be to give your kids a lot of hugs and kisses. When it needs to be taken to the next level, then that's when you get to something that’s no-fail and that would have to be Calpol for Kids,” says Iya. “Especially kung kaunting fever lang, oh my goodness. Nakakakaba.”

The couple tells a story when Primo, their eldest, had his first sickness. The couple shares, “as first time parents, raising a kid was kind of like walking on eggshells. We weren't sure what to do. It was a good thing we had their grandparents to guide us.”

The parents became more experienced as Primo grew older, which became helpful when Leon and Alana were born. Fortunately, the children are generally healthy. 

The family trusts Paracetamol Calpol for Kids, which helps with fever and pain due to toothaches, headaches, migraine, muscle ache, sore throat and musculoskeletal discomfort.

Iya shares, “doctors always ask ‘May fever ba?’ I feel like it boils down to a fever, so it's nice that we have Paracetamol Calpol for Kids that we can rely on. That will definitely make them feel good after a dose because it's so fast-acting.”

The Arellanos advise parents to always have paracetamol fever and pain relievers at home. Iya says “you don't know when you might need that. You don't want to have to worry and wait until magbukas ‘yung mga stores before you can act on it and get medicine.”

Drew agrees, sharing, “You'll have peace of mind knowing that when you have Paracetamol Calpol for Kids, chances are, bababa fever ng anak mo. It's so painful as a parent to see your kids na nanghihina. Sana ako na lang.”

Saving lives with vaccines

For World Immunization Month this August, the Arellanos are reminding parents to get their children vaccinated. When they are inoculated, they build antibodies that protect them from diseases, even if they develop them as adults. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that routine vaccinations during childhood help stop 14 illnesses.

One of the common side effects of getting vaccinated is fever. Paracetamol Calpol for Kids can help. It can relieve fever in just 15 minutes while still being gentle on your kids’ tummies. The medicine comes in orange and strawberry flavors, making it easier for parents to give children their doses.

The couple says, “trust the science and your pediatrician. They know what's best for your kids.”

To know more about Paracetamol Calpol for Kids, visit calpol.com.ph or facebook.com/CalpolPH.

You can also purchase Paracetamol Calpol from the GSK Lazada and GSK Shopee pages. 

NutriAsia wins big at the 2021 Stevie Awards

NutriAsia, the Philippines’ leading manufacturer and distributor of condiments and sauces, won big at the 18th International Business Awards, raking in three Stevie Awards for exemplary initiatives. 

The company won two Gold Stevie Awards and one Bronze Stevie Award, which will be given in a virtual ceremony to be held on December 8 later this year. NutriAsia’s Gold Stevie Awards haul was for its Bring Your Own Bote (BYOB) initiative and Locally Superfruits.


BYOB won the Gold Stevie Award for Environmental Campaign of the Year for allowing consumers to participate and contribute to a sustainable zero-waste system. BYOB allows consumers to purchase or refill their favorite NutriAsia products with reusable containers in various stores located around Metro Manila, minimizing the amount of single-use plastic waste.  Judges lauded the promotion of refilling of condiments. rather than using sachets. 


Locally Superfruits won the Gold Stevie Award for Marketing Campaign of the Year by providing Filipino consumers with locally sourced nutrient-dense and vitamin-filled fruit juices to address their health needs in the time of the pandemic. The campaign not only provided consumers natural health benefits through its juice products, but it also provided an outlet for Filipinos to support the livelihoods of local fruit farmers and communities, which are both important especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The judges noted how the brand was able to identify the market gap and came up with a convenient and nutritious product.


Meanwhile, NutriAsia’s HomeSchool initiative won the Bronze Stevie Award for Corporate Responsibility Campaign of the Year. Through HomeSchool, NutriAsia provided edutainment resources for Filipino students on various subjects such as science, health, nutrition, and local fruits. HomeSchool was cited by judges as a valuable education initiative during the pandemic, and how the brand brought value to the community through the campaign. 


“We are extremely grateful to the International Business Awards for their recognition of our efforts and initiatives to enrich the lives of our consumers. We assure Filipinos that we will continue to serve up more of the Masarap, Masaya moments they have come to expect from us,” said James Lim, NutriAsia’s Head of Corporate Marketing and Communications. 

The Stevie Awards are among the business world’s most coveted prizes, given to organizations, corporations, and individuals in more than 60 countries by judging committees comprised of international luminaries in various fields. NutriAsia’s achievements are a testament to the company’s commitment to always giving its consumers Masarap, Masaya moments, through groundbreaking campaigns that resonate with the Filipino market and beyond.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Y.O.U Beauty Launches in the Philippines

Y.O.U Beauty, an international brand of HEBE Beauty Group, officially unveils its product portfolio of makeup, skincare, body care, and cosmetic accessories that will be available at its grand launch in the Philippines on August 29, 2021. 

Y.O.U Beauty, which stands for “Youthful. Outstanding. Unique.”, is committed to providing accessible self-care and beauty products that help women achieve lasting beauty and be the best version of themselves. 

According to PR Manager, Claire Miguel, Y.O.U Beauty is a brand created for today's modern woman and her diverse lifestyle. "Beauty customers today are more selective when it comes to the products they buy and use, and we have made it our mission to understand who we are creating these products for and what their needs are," she explains. 

Y.O.U Beauty was first launched in Indonesia in 2018 and has since received international recognition for its ability to localize its product offering and break the boundaries of traditional stereotypes to empower women to proudly embrace their diversity.

"Our customers come from all walks of life and we believe that no matter who they are, they should have access to products that inspire them to take care of themselves so they can bloom in long-lasting beauty," she expounds. "Y.O.U Beauty is for everyone. We want to help women glow their brightest, no matter what they do or where they come from."

The star products from Y.O.U Beauty 

With the launch of Y.O.U Beauty comes an exciting range of products made with the latest beauty technology from world-class suppliers. The brand's star collection for skincare, The Radiance White series, includes 5 products that clarify, refresh, nourish and protect an all-day glow:

The Radiance White Purifying Facial Foam helps with impurities and makeup residue for skin that looks clean and radiant 

The Radiance White Essential Toner, which soothes, hydrates, and promotes skin regeneration 

The Radiance White Nourishing+ Serum is packed with 9 brightening actives that improve the skin barrier 

The Radiance White Advanced Day Cream helps achieve a healthy, radiant complexion and protects against UV rays 

The Radiance White Active Night Gel moisturizes and revitalizes skin overnight with a relaxing lavender scent 

"The Radiance White Series is ideal for all skin types and helps brighten skin by eliminating dullness and hyperpigmentation and reducing the appearance of warts," shares Jaclyn Cayetano, spokesperson for HEBE Beauty. 

The brand's second-star product comes from its makeup collection. The Rouge Velvet Matte Lip Cream contains coconut oil, which moisturizes the lips, and vitamin E, which preserves moisture and keeps the texture of the lips soft throughout the day. There are 19 shades in the product line which are launching in the Philippines. 

"When choosing a lip cream, women look for something that's not too bright or too dull. They want something that's just right, so we decided to launch 5 key shades, namely Kelly, Naked, Latte, Honey, and Fearless, for women to start their beauty journey through makeup with Y.O.U Beauty," Jaclyn adds. 

All products from Y.O.U Beauty are dermatologically-tested and hypoallergenic, suitable for sensitive skin. 

Exclusive 9.9 grand launch celebration  

As part of the grand launch celebration, Y.O.U Beauty is holding a massive sale starting September 9, 2021, at their official stores on Lazada and Shopee. Free shipping promos, gift vouchers, and flash sales on the Radiance White Series and Rouge Velvet Matte Lip Cream will be available throughout the sale, so don’t forget to add to the cart and checkout by midnight! 

The launch event will also stream live on Y.O.U Beauty's official social media pages on August 29, 2021 (Sunday) at 3pm, with a giveaway every 3 minutes! 

All the Y.O.U Beauty products will be available online through the brand's official stores on Shopee and Lazada and soon in retail stores nationwide including Watsons, SM Department Store, Robinsons Dept Store. 

Catch all the latest updates from Y.O.U Beauty by following their social media accounts:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/youbeautyph/ 

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/youbeauty_ph/

YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC7zO2XZxRuMSTTsM2L7DZA

TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@youbeauty_ph?lang=en 

 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Download BDO Apps only from official App Stores

BDO Unibank is advising its clients to download its mobile apps only from official app store platforms to ensure the security of data. 


The Bank’s mobile apps, namely, BDO Digital Banking, BDO Pay, BDO Deals, BDO Securities Mobile App, BDO Checkout, BDO Merchant, and BDO Unibank SG, can be downloaded for free from:

Google Play Store 

Apple App Store

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Meanwhile, clients who are unable to download mobile apps are encouraged to use the web version. 

BDO advises against downloading its mobile apps from unofficial app stores and other websites, which may offer outdated versions of these apps or worse, including malicious software or malware. 

Scammers use malware to gather confidential information that may be saved in mobile devices, such as online banking username and password, debit or credit card information, and other personal data. 

Panda Express® offers free delivery as it launches new online store

Even while at home or at work, getting your hands on the world-famous Orange® Chicken is now made easier! This August 18, 2021, Panda Express, the world’s largest American Chinese dining concept, is launching its new online store to be accessed at order.pandaexpress.com.ph. 

As a treat to its guests, Panda Express is offering free delivery for all orders placed from August 18 to September 30, 2021.

The new online store features a more convenient and accessible ordering process. With an option for delivery or pick-up, guests will get to enjoy exclusive promos, perks, and discounts.  

The online store also offers long distance delivery covering select areas in Mandaluyong, Pasig, Quezon City, Manila, Makati, Taguig, Valenzuela, Caloocan, Navotas, Marikina, Malabon, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Pasay, and Bacoor.

“This new online store will allow us to engage our guests in a safe, convenient, and more sustainable manner. Its features will enable our guests to track and customize orders, choose options for pick-up and delivery, and enjoy their Panda Express favorites with just a few clicks, add to that our exclusive discounts and offers,” said Bianca May Rufo, Trade Marketing Officer of Panda Express Philippines.

The Panda Express menu includes a variety of classic and must-try entrees—from its bestselling Orange® Chicken, Broccoli Beef, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Mongolian Pork, Beijing Beef, Savory Shrimp, Eggplant Tofu, to the newly launched Black Pepper Steak.

Craving for Panda Express favorites? No better way to enjoy it than through their new online store by going to order.pandaexpress.com.ph

To know more about Panda Express, you may visit www.facebook.com/PandaExpressPH/ (Facebook) and @PandaExpressPH (Instagram).

What to Know About MSP Security Tips for Improving Workplace

Every small and medium-sized enterprise, government agency, and even non-profit organization needs MSPs. Since the pandemic struck, most businesses have been forced to learn new approaches and management practices to help them protect their businesses and keep delivering services to their customers.

The enforced lockdown affected businesses negatively, highlighting the importance of improving overall efficiency and optimizing workflow in times of crisis. This is even more important for firms under managed services providers, which may likely manage various customers' systems and assets. 

If a managed service provider fails to protect their efficiency and productivity to customers, especially during times of crisis, there may be disastrous consequences. Customers should feel secure and safe in the knowledge that their service providers are capable of managing crises. This page has suggestions for retaining customers. 

The Concept of Managed Service Provision

A managed service provider, also called MSP, is a company (mostly third-party) that manages the end-user and information and data technology infrastructure systems of clients remotely. MSPs handle management services daily so that client organizations can turn their attention toward improving the services they provide without the worry or fear of service interruptions and frequent system downtimes.

While some of these MSPs specialize in defined segments of IT, such as storage of data, others are more focused on defined vertical markets, which may include financial, healthcare, legal, or manufacturing services. The great thing is most of these tasks can be done remotely.

The evolution of MSPs started in the early 90s when application service providers surfaced, offering a higher level of service for the hosting of remote applications. These providers helped create a path for cloud computing and other organizations that provide remote support for clients who need support with IT infrastructure. 

MSPs focused on remote management and monitoring of networks and servers in the beginning. However, over time, it has expanded to differ from the services other providers give. Nowadays, the terms managed service providers and cloud service providers are used interchangeably as long as the services are delivered remotely and are supported by service level agreements (SLA).

What are the Uses of MSPs?

One thing is sure; MSPs can help smoothen the operations of any organization. Many smaller organizations have restricted IT capabilities, so they can always see MSPs as a way to get expert support. Larger organizations can also work with them. MSPs can handle complex, repetitive, and consuming work in managing end-user systems and IT infrastructure. MSPs typically carry out the following;
  • Offer staff technical support.
  • Handle IT infrastructure management.
  • Integrate cybersecurity to IT software.
  • Handle management of contracts.
  • Provide services in payroll.
  • Offer risk and compliance management.
  • Access the account of user access.
How does MSP Function?

When managed service providers are requested to satisfy the aim of businesses or organizations, they are expected to fill in the role of IT staff or systems. This would mean that communication between the organization and MSP begins with an assessment to determine the organization's current environment. 

This assessment may pinpoint room for improvement and how to support the goals of the business properly. This link has suggestions for improving business operations. 

What are Those Things One Should Consider when Selecting an MSP?


There are a lot of these providers in the world today, and providers differ from others. Some adhere to different practices and standards, giving rise to varying levels of attention and quality. Others seek only to solve IT-related issues as they see fit. 

Others even go as far as suggesting recommendations for positive changes. Here are some of the tips one should consider when choosing the right managed service providers;

Do They Go Beyond Fixing the Problem? 

Issues are bound to occur, and this is why businesses should choose a provider to help out. However, most of them focus solely on resolving technical problems, neglecting anything other than that. It should not be so.

Do They Tackle Problems as They Arise and Practice the Right Standards?

Given what is happening in the world today, we can agree that IT infrastructures are exposed to many risks. Are these providers able to tackle these problems as they come, or do they have the ability to identify and tackle these problems? 

They need to have cybersecurity expertise and standards to suit the needs of the clients. When they do have these, client confidence is being boosted.

Do They Have an Innovation Team or Customer Success?

Every MSP blog with quality information can teach you all the tricks to deliver quality services to customers. However, the quality of services differs among these providers. Some providers will want to understand and work towards the goals and needs of clients, and that is what you need. They also need to be well-equipped to work confidently and solve technical issues.

Take Away

The best MSP practices may include prioritizing time management, centralization, and consolidation of MSP management tools, allocation of resources to support different requests, preparation for a shift towards remote environments, and an increase in email security. 

Armed with the knowledge of all these, we believe that you will do better when handling anything about managed service providers.

Monday, August 23, 2021

Charlize Theron to headline PH Digicon 2021

The Philippine Digital Convention (PH Digicon) 2021 will feature Oscar-winning actress, producer, and entrepreneur Charlize Theron. As the celebrity headline speaker, Ms. Theron will speak about her personal experiences in different facets of life, including relevant issues in the business industry such as women’s empowerment.

This October, PLDT—through its B2B arm PLDT Enterprise—will hold the most prestigious thought leadership event in the country. With the theme “REVOLUTION,” the event seeks to encourage businesses to embrace revolutionary change and explore possibilities to stay ahead in the dynamic business landscape.

In its seventh iteration, the annual convention will feature Ms. Theron, her thoughts on empowering women entrepreneurs and executives in male-dominated industries, and fostering gender equality and economic empowerment, among others. 

The award-winning actress founded Denver and Delilah Productions in 2003, a film/tv production company that co-produced films including The Addams Family, Atomic Blonde, and Monster; and hit Netflix crime drama Mindhunter and reality television series Hyperdrive.

Likewise, she is known as one of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, captivating audiences with her portrayal of a range of characters. She has been recognized by various award-giving bodies, receiving several awards and nominations for her exemplary performances.

Theron received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Critics Choice Award, and an Independent Spirit Award for her role as real-life serial killer Eileen Wuornos in the critically acclaimed movie Monster. 

Moreover, she portrayed Megyn Kelly in Lionsgate’s Bombshell, for which she received nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics Choice Award, among others, for her remarkable performance.

The actress-producer also appeared in numerous films including North Country, The Devil’s Advocate, The Cider House Rules, Hancock, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Snow White and the Huntsman, and A Million Ways to Die in the West.

In 2020, Theron was seen in the Netflix adaptation of the comic book series The Old Guard, by Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández, which was also produced by Denver and Delilah Productions. 

Most recently, the actress reprised her role as “Cipher” in the 9th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise that hit theaters this year.

In addition to Theron’s acting success and principal involvement with her production company, she also serves as a United Nations Messenger of Peace and founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP). 

CTAOP’s mission is “to invest in African youth and their ability to keep themselves and their peers safe from HIV/AIDS” through its support of community-based, African organizations that “use community-specific programming to effectively engage young people and provide critical tools that support adolescents and address their unique challenges.”

In 2020, Theron and CTAOP launched ‘Together for Her,’ a campaign to help fight gender-based violence during COVID-19, together with CARE and Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF).

The Philippine Digital Convention: REVOLUTION is set to be a fully virtual event, wherein global industry mavens, thought leaders, and pioneers in technology and business will come together to help drive technological enablement among local and global enterprises especially in this ever-changing landscape. 

PH Digicon 2021 will happen on October 6 to 8. Join the revolution and register now for free at: phdigicon2021.com

For more information, visit pldtenterprise.com/phdigicon2021 

4 Best Parenting Hacks You Should Try

Whether we’re ready for it or not, parenting definitely changed during the pandemic. As everyone has to work or take classes at home for their health and safety, the needs of a parent have evolved.

If you’ve been struggling a little to match the demands of parenting in the new normal, worry not—here are a few tips to help you adapt to these times.

Set a schedule

Make a plan for yourself and help your kids plan their day. First, organize your day so you can focus better on your necessary tasks. Then, help your kids organize their day so that the important things during their online classes are prioritized. This will allow them to look forward to relaxing and unwinding after all the schoolwork is done. When kids know they have some rest and recreation time to look forward to, they’ll be able to participate better in their remote learning.

Encourage healthy routines in the household

Maintaining a proper and healthy lifestyle is considered to be one of the most important things you can do to achieve good physical, mental, and social well-being — especially in the new normal. A fun activity you can do with your kids is exercising regularly. To make it more interesting, instead of the usual exercises, try exploring games that’ll make them break a sweat such as DIY obstacle courses, treasure hunts, and many more. Be creative!

Take a midday shower

One good way to refresh your kids and keep them going is to have them take a quick shower in the middle of the day, preferably after lunch. You can do it too! It gets rid of the midday fatigue that’s built up from staring at a screen all morning, and it will energize them (and you) for the rest of the day.

Bond over activities and food

There are many moments in this pandemic where your kids will need you to be there for them. You need to set aside time in the day to give them your complete and undivided attention. Try playing fun activities and games with your kids and see how much stress can be lifted every day. Bond over mealtimes with food that will make them happy, such as Jollibee’s Jolly Spaghetti! The meatiest, cheesiest, and sweet-sarap na walang katulad taste of Jolly Spaghetti will make these moments truly memorable! It’s always better to put a smile on their face with their favorite food while spending time at home.

Get the Jolly Spaghetti from your nearest Jollibee store for only PHP 50.00 solo, and PHP 200.00 for a Family Pan! Have them safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda! Also available in Drive-Thru and Take Out!

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

Adopt A Community Pantry Project

The community food banks that sprouted and spread in April to feed hungry communities are ready to go to the next level.

A group of individuals from notable social institutions are in the process of institutionalizing the community pantries to address the unmitigated hunger brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Former Education secretary Bro. Armin Luistro, former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, former Cultural Center of the Philippines Chair Emily Abrera, Fr. Tony Labiao, Executive Director of the National Secretariat for Social Action of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines; Rey Laguda, Philippine Business for Social Progress president; Bobby Calingo, Executive Director of the Peace and Equity Foundation; Mario Deriquito, President of BDO Foundation; Dan Songco, president, and CEO of PinoyME Foundation and Yvonne Palomar Castro, organizer of the North Commonwealth Community Pantry have launched the Adopt A Community Pantry Project (ACPP) to ensure that the community pantries continue and expand throughout the country.

Philanthropic individuals, families, groups, civic clubs, and other social and business institutions will be tapped to commit their support in cash or kind, short term or long term, to any of the over 1,300 CPs that provide food and basic necessities to families in hungry communities.

The ACPP has created a financial platform that will connect sponsors to the community pantries and ensure smooth and transparent transactions. The Tanging Yaman Foundation of the Jesuit Province and the De La Salle Brothers, Inc. of the La Salle Brothers will receive the funds while the Community Pantry PH, a support group, will select the beneficiary CPS, coordinate the activities and provide the logistical and technical support. Sponsors may also be connected to their beneficiary CPs to foster greater solidarity.

“The very encouraging show of support for community pantries shows that the inherent qualities of caring, sharing and the Bayanihan spirit are very much alive. They need to be harnessed to neutralize the prevailing negativity and political division among citizens. The CPs are already doing excellent work in performing a much-needed social intervention at this time. They are also generating remarkable support from within their community and from many others outside who believe in this cause. This needs to expand and spread throughout the country. It is an inspiring social phenomenon that must be institutionalized because it is what defines us as Filipinos,” said Brother Armin Luistro.

Yvonne Palomar Castro said sustaining the community pantry in North Commonwealth is a daily challenge. “We go to sleep every night thinking if we will have enough food to give to the 200 people we have committed to assist daily. Many of them we would see patiently falling in line every day, almost depending on us for their daily subsistence. It makes me wonder where they would get food for their family if we stop operating. The thought that we can alleviate the hunger of a few among the million hungry souls keeps us going.”

The group coordinates directly with Community Pantry PH through Jenny Non, sister of Community Panty Maginhawa organizer Patricia Ana Non. 

K-Pop Girl Group TWICE at Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites all Filipinos to enjoy the start of the year-end shopping season and the best entertainment at the action-packed 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special. This September 9, 9:30 PM, viewers can tune in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live to catch exclusive performances from K-Pop girl group TWICE! 

TWICE is one of South Korea’s most successful K-Pop acts today, with hits such as Alcohol-Free, Feel Special, and What is Love. Members of ONCE, the official TWICE fandom, can look forward to seeing their favorite idols’ stunning visuals. Even non-fans will enjoy the group’s perfectly choreographed performances. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines said, “We’re thrilled to have the popular K-Pop group TWICE on board as our headline performer at the Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special. We’ve prepared a truly action-packed program, so we invite all Filipinos to look forward with joy and excitement as TWICE joins Shopee in celebrating the start of the year-end shopping season. We also encourage users to add to cart while watching, so they don’t miss out on all the great deals.”

Aside from much-anticipated song and dance numbers from the group, here are a couple of exciting teasers on what to expect during the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special: 

Shopee Brand Ambassador Kris Aquino returns to host Shopee Quiz 

After her stint as the game master of Shopee Quiz during the 8.8 Mega Flash Sale TV Special, Shopee brand ambassador Kris Aquino returns for another thrilling round of the game with fans. 

Millions worth of prizes and other giveaways 

Users can tune in for several chances to win millions worth of cash prizes and giveaways. Two lucky viewers each get to win a house and a lot. 

Viewers should stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks. Find out more about 9.9 Super Shopping Day here: https://shopee.ph/m/99.

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

BDO and Partner Schools: Living and Learning through the Pandemic

It’s not only entrepreneurs who have been struggling through the pandemic—schools have also been doing their best to survive and continue operations for the sake of students and teachers. One example of how a school has heroically met the challenge of the pandemic is Manuel S. Enverga University (MSEUF) in Lucena, Quezon Province. 

Founded in 1947, the university has provided many generations the hope of learning and a brighter future. When the pandemic struck, the university had to adjust its administrative operations in order to assure the safety of its teachers and students while continuing to provide quality education. 

MSEUF had to shift to a combination of online learning and asynchronous modular learning for their students, as the community quarantine prohibited face-to-face classes.

The school also had to adjust its administrative processes to allow most staff to work from home. This meant shifting to an online platform to process vital transactions such as disbursement and collection of payments, including tuition. For this, the university sought help from its bank, BDO. 

One big solution BDO provided is their SME Online Banking facility. Before, we had to manually check with parents the name of the student and the amount paid for us to be able to monitor their payments. We had to update passbooks every day to make sure we monitored the payments properly,” said Carl Rodriguez, head of the university’s Treasury Office. 

“Furthermore, BDO SME Online Banking gave parents more options for payments.  They could pay through BDO online channels, Mobile Banking or Online Banking, simply by transferring money from their BDO account to our BDO account. They also have the option to pay at any BDO branch in Lucena or other areas. All of these made operations easier for us despite the pandemic. It also proved to be the most efficient as many parents are also BDO account holders” 

Apart from the collection of tuition fees, the university also processes its employee payroll with the help of BDO. “BDO was processing our payroll even during the lockdown when it was so hard to go from place to place because of travel restrictions. They found ways to keep our payroll process running smoothly without disruptions,” Rodriguez said. 

MSEUF is able to operate despite the challenges of the pandemic through the dedication and strategic thinking of its university officials, and with the help of its banking partner as well.  For more information on BDO’s Cash Management System, call (632) 88407500; email cms-sme@bdo.com.ph; or visit www.bdo.com.ph. 

Sunday, August 22, 2021

BDO Foundation finds ways for Filipinos affected by Typhoon Fabian

In line with its disaster response advocacy, BDO Foundation recently assisted communities hit by heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Fabian and the southwest monsoon.

Supported by the St. John the Baptist Parish Church and St. Michael Parish Church, the foundation provided aid for more than 5,000 families in nine barangays in Calumpit, Bulacan, and Masantol, Pampanga. Local officials and volunteers led by parish priests Fr. Ventura Galman and Fr. Roland Moraleja distributed the relief packs containing food, rice, and drinking water to disaster-stricken beneficiaries.

The corporate citizenship initiative was also backed by BDO branches. BDO Waltermart-Malolos branch head Emelita Crisostomo and BDO Pampanga San Fernando-MacArthur Highway branch head Rowena Evaristo helped the foundation coordinate the delivery of the relief goods.

BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, mounts relief operations for Filipinos affected by natural disasters or armed conflict. As a follow-up to its relief efforts, the foundation pursues long-term rehabilitation and reconstruction programs in disaster-hit areas.

The sixth typhoon to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this year, Fabian enhanced the southwest monsoon or habagat, bringing continuous rainfall and widespread flooding in parts of Luzon and the Visayas. Floods forced many residents in affected areas to evacuate

Finding ways for Filipinos. Backed by the BDO Unibank community and church volunteers, BDO Foundation found ways to support thousands of families in Bulacan and Pampanga affected by Typhoon Fabian and the southwest monsoon. 

Shopee Kicks off 9.9 Super Shopping Day with Jackie Chan

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the most exciting year-end shopping season starting with its signature 9.9 Super Shopping Day. As part of its biggest and most action-packed shopping season, Shopee also welcomes international superstar Jackie Chan, who will be featured in a range of activities across Shopee’s end-of-year shopping festivals.

Jackie Chan said, “I enjoy putting a smile on people’s faces. It’s exciting to partner with Shopee to celebrate the action-packed year-end festival and bring more joy to my fans and Shopee users. I had a lot of fun working with Shopee and I think people of all ages will enjoy the activities and content that we have prepared together. I hope everyone can join us to make the year-end shopping season a memorable one.” 

Shopee pioneered the first 9.9 Super Shopping Day in 2016. Each year, it marks the start of a highly anticipated year-end shopping season across the region. A survey conducted by Shopee revealed that over 90% of users across the region proactively seek out information to make better purchase decisions during the campaigns. The mega shopping season also tends to attract new online shoppers, with 43% of shoppers making their first-ever online purchase during the year-end campaigns. 

From now till September 9, Shopee has lined up the best deals and activities. Shoppers can satisfy all their shopping needs, win exciting rewards from their favorite games on Shopee Prizes, and enjoy non-stop entertainment with special appearances by their favorite celebrities.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “The pandemic continues to affect both individuals and businesses. As communities continue to live, work, shop, and play from home, we have stepped up our efforts to ensure users have access to their daily essentials through our shopping campaigns. We are also committed to supporting local MSMEs and have launched a series of support initiatives as well as Support Local campaigns to generate greater visibility and enable users to easily identify and support local businesses. We look forward to bringing some joy to our local communities during this year-end season.”

1. Find the biggest deals, all in one place

On this 9.9 Super Shopping Day, shoppers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, 20% cashback, and Daily ₱1 Deals, on top of these amazing perks: 

Lowest price deals - Users can find the hottest products with the biggest discounts all in one place at Shopee’s special ‘Daily ₱1 Deals’ microsite, which they can easily locate from Shopee’s home page.

Mega Midnight Sale - Following its success during the inaugural 4.4 Mega Shopping Day, Shopee brings back the 2-hour Midnight Mega Sale. Shoppers can grab unbeatable deals on thousands of products, including those from Shopee Mall, from 12AM to 2AM on September 9.

Greater rewards with ShopeePay - As part of Shopee’s commitment to providing a convenient, secure, and rewarding shopping experience, users can enjoy exclusive promotions and deals by using Shopee’s in-app e-wallet, ShopeePay. All users have to do is to use ShopeePay to pay for their purchases, both online and offline, at thousands of branches from participating merchants nationwide. Until September 8, shoppers can Buy Load and get ₱5 mobile data for only ₱1; Pay Bills to enjoy up to 50% cashback when they pay for Meralco, Maynilad, and more; and Scan to Pay to score ShopeePay ₱1 Deals from Puregold, Seaoil, Potato Corner, and more.

2. Satisfy all shopping needs 

From daily essentials to premium items, Shopee offers a wide assortment of products. With millions of brands and sellers, as well as a wide network of online and offline partners, there is something for everyone at Shopee. 

Shopee Mall Big Brand Discounts - In addition to everyday products, users can expect great deals from their favorite brands on Shopee’s dedicated in-app portal for authentic brands. 91% of shoppers say the mega shopping campaigns enabled them to discover and buy brands they never tried before, while 75% indicated they were more likely to continue using these new brands rather than switching back to their usual ones. At the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, shoppers can expect up to 30% off brand vouchers and up to 90% off on leading brands such as Abbott, Havaianas, Maybelline, Nestlé, Colgate-Palmolive, Breyleemall.ph, Del Monte, Unilever Beauty, Adidas, P&G Beauty, Enfagrow, Huawei, Vivo, Pampers, Realme, and Xiaomi. 

Support Local - Local businesses have been greatly impacted by the pandemic. This shopping season, users can give these local sellers the boost they need to recover and grow. Through the Pili Pinoy campaign, users can help preserve local culture and play their part in supporting the local economy by patronizing shops such as Abubot PH, Joy Marcelo RTW Clothing, Via Christi, Tazanna, and Tala by Kyla. 

3. Experience non-stop entertainment with your favorite celebrities, exciting games, and attractive rewards 

Shopee’s in-app engagement features continue to entertain and delight users. In the first half of 2021, Shopee recorded over 200% uplift in time spent on Shopee Live year-on-year. This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee will deliver upsized excitement through a line-up of the biggest superstars, exciting games, and attractive rewards. 

Jackie Chan to thrill and entertain shoppers - This year, Shopee brings on international superstar Jackie Chan to be a part of its year-end shopping season, sparking tremendous excitement across the region. Users can catch him in exclusive content on Shopee Live and in-app games such as Shopee Spin & Win, Shopee Shake, and the latest Shopee Collectibles

Big giveaways and performances during the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special - Viewers can tune in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live this September 9 for a chance to win millions worth of cash prizes and giveaways, including two house and lot packages. Fans can also expect performances from a leading K-Pop group. 

Exciting rewards from games on Shopee Prizes - Users can look forward to earning rewards from their favorite games on Shopee Prizes.

A key highlight this year will be Shopee Collectibles, where users stand a chance to win super-sized prizes by collecting a full set of in-game items. 

Users can collect items by playing popular games such as Shopee Farm and Shopee Candy, or trading items with their friends.

Find out more about 9.9 Super Shopping Day here: https://shopee.ph/m/99

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

Boost Your Immune System With These Fruits and Veggies and Win Up To P2.5M from Pru Life UK

Prepare the jackets, umbrellas, and vitamins—it’s the rainy season again! For some, this means hot meals and bed weather but for others, this requires taking additional precautions to avoid the flu.

With COVID-19 still looming in the country and stricter quarantine protocols being implemented, it remains important to do more to prevent one’s self from getting sick— even with just minor colds. This is why it’s important to consume the right food to help boost the immune system. While sometimes challenging, it can be made easier and gratifying with Pulse, the all-in-one AI-powered health and wellness app from leading life insurer Pru Life UK.

“With health being a top priority for all, Pru Life UK through the Pulse app, wants to be their customers’ partner in effectively monitoring their nutrition to help prevent any diseases especially this rainy season,” shares Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK SVP & Chief Customer Marketing Officer. “We at Pru Life UK want to help as many Filipinos as possible maintain optimal health, and instill this habit through our health management app.”

Some of Pulse’s features include Healthcheck, a comprehensive AI-driven health assessment tool that checks your medical and family history, lifestyle, nutrition, and mental health. It also has a Call-a-Dietician feature which offers unlimited chat access and a one-hour video call consultation with a licensed dietitian who can help address a user’s dietary concerns.

Through the Pulse Gold subscription, the app also has a Food Journal feature that allows users to upload a photo of their food and monitor their daily food intake to achieve a balanced diet. Some of the most nutritious fruits and vegetables that users upload as part of their meals are:

Oranges

High levels of flavonoids and vitamin C are present in citrus fruits which include oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. Vitamin C helps decrease inflammation, which is useful in fighting a fever. It’s better to enjoy these fruits raw since Vitamin C is heat sensitive and may be reduced when cooked. They also contain Quercetin, a specific flavonoid, which is helpful when treating rhinovirus infections that usually cause common colds.

Papaya

Aside from a substantial amount of Vitamin C, papaya contains papain, a digestive enzyme that has anti-inflammatory effects. This means that it is not only capable of protecting a body from viruses, but also of treating it. It also has fibers located by the bowels, allowing for better and more regular digestion. Lastly, papayas can be enjoyed raw, making them an easy treat.

Broccoli

Broccoli is an example of a cruciferous vegetable that is proven to boost immunity. It contains sulforaphane, which neutralizes toxins and in turn, prevents them from turning into viruses. These can be activated by consuming it raw or steaming it for one to three minutes below 140˚C.

Spinach

Spinach contains Vitamin C and antioxidants like digestion-regulating fiber, which aid in the excretion of unwanted toxins in the body. Similar to broccoli, spinach can be best enjoyed with minimal to no cooking to ensure that its nutrients stay.

Asparagus

Asparagus contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant that strengthens your immune system by widening blood vessels and preventing clot formation. Cooking it with a little olive oil increases its effect since vitamin E is absorbed better if eaten with a little healthy fat.

Red Bell Pepper

Vitamin C is three times as present in bell peppers as they are in citrus fruits. It is also rich in beta-carotene which can reduce inflammation and boost immune functions by increasing disease-fighting cells in the body. It can be cooked and baked in multiple ways.

Ginger

Ginger contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties such as gingerol, which can help strengthen the immunity system. Not only does it help prevent flu-like illnesses, but it can also ease the feeling of flu and common colds for those who have them. Ginger can be incorporated into multiple meals and drinks, such as Indian cuisine and tea.

Using the Pulse app by completing activities and challenges, such as uploading photos of one’s meal, will give users raffle entries for a  chance to win amazing prizes in Pru Life UK’s ongoing We DO Health and Wealth: 25th Anniversary Free Raffle Celebration. Participants can win gift certificates worth 2,500 pesos or iPhone 12 mini 64GB weekly. Meanwhile, one lucky winner will get the grand prize of 2.5 million pesos to be announced in the grand draw in September as Pru Life UK culminates its 25th year in the Philippines.

“Through our raffle celebration and the various offerings that users can access on Pulse app, we hope to contribute to the wellbeing of the Filipinos and encourage everyone to continue being mindful of their health,” adds Tumbaga. For more information about the raffle draw, visit Pru Life UK's site.  

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Review of Dessert Bowls From Nine Fresh

There's always room for dessert. This is something that I would often hear and something that I wholeheartedly agree with. After all, dessert is the best way to end a wonderful meal or the best way to make up for a disastrous one. 

You just can't go wrong with desserts and when you have something like Nine Fresh, you really can't possibly go wrong no matter which way you look at things. 


My first encounter with Nine Fresh was when I was in Singapore and I loved them. They were different and they were definitely something worth trying. 

Nine Fresh is a popular Singapore dessert chain that offers Jiufen-inspired dessert bowls that will not only satisfy your sweet tooth but will also leave you fresh and full!  Nine Fresh came to the Philippines in February of last year (2020) and is currently operating in 5 locations (SM Manila, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, SM San Lazaro, and SM North). 


Nine Fresh is famous for its signature bases — bean curd made from freshly-grounded 
soya bean is almost similar to our version of taho, grass jelly, a different rendition to the familiar local gulaman, and refreshing ai-yu jelly made from the seeds of fig fruits that are lightly sweetened with black sugar-laden. Aside from that, Nine Fresh is also known for its colorful and tasty taro balls that come in four flavors — sweet potato, purple yam, matcha, and ube. These taro balls are produced daily to make sure that they’re always fresh and savory. 

The best part is that there are a variety of toppings that can add taste and color to any of your dessert bowls. Choices include black pearls, soft or roasted peanuts, lotus nuts, barley, red beans, green beans, pinto beans, eight treasure beans, sweet potatoes, yams, konjac jellies, black sugar jellies, aloe very pearl jellies, mango pearl jellies, lychee pearl jellies, passionfruit pearly jellies, grape pearly jellies and many more. 


Nine Fresh also has something for adventurous dessert lovers! If you want to create your own unique combination of flavors and textures, then the Create-Your-Own option is best for you! Just choose a dessert base then top it off with your choice of toppings. 

On top of all the dessert options, Nine Fresh also has fruit teas and milk teas on their menu and everything is pretty much less than a hundred! I have to say that the Earl Grey Milk Tea is a welcome change from all the wintermelon milk tea we've had in the past. 


Overall, I love that Nine Fresh PH is almost the same as the one in Singapore. I love that it offers new alternatives to the common dessert that Filipinos know and love. I love that you can make your own dessert bowl and that you can personalize it and have it catered to what you really want in a dessert bowl. 

This is definitely something that I would recommend that Filipinos should try because it's refreshing, different, and something that's good for the tummy, heart, and soul. 

Check out their website and follow them on Instagram and Facebook for news and ongoing promos.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Experience a Brand-New Attitude with Y.O.U Beauty

Y.O.U Beauty is proud to make its debut in the Philippine market with a line of products that seeks to empower Filipina women to bloom in absolute radiance. Launched in 2018, Y.O.U Beauty understands the needs of its consumers and provides them with a variety of products that include makeup, skincare, body care, and beauty tools. The brand is committed to providing women throughout Southeast Asia with access to luxurious beauty products made with advanced technology and trendy design.

Y.O.U Beauty has garnered several international accolades such as the Best Newcomer Brand award by Guardian Indonesia in 2019. Just last year, Y.O.U Beauty was ranked 4th in Shopee’s Beauty and Skincare category.

Y.O.U BEAUTY’S TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATIONS

Driven by a desire to provide consumers with state-of-the-art beauty products at competitive prices, Y.O.U Beauty continuously researches the needs of different markets throughout Southeast Asia. Our products are developed using Open Lab R&D systems that allow us to produce innovative formulations with world-class suppliers.

This is evident in the brand's best-seller Radiance White Series, which consists of a unique blend of natural ingredients such as Snow Mushroom, 5% Niacinamide, 50 times more Vitamin C, and probiotics compared to other skincare formulations on the market.

Y.O.U Beauty's Radiance White Series includes five (5) distinct products:

●        The Radiance White Facial Foam

●        The Radiance White Essential Toner

●        The Radiance White Nourishing+ Serum

●        The Radiance White Advanced Day Cream

●        The Radiance White Active Night Gel

When used as a part of a person's daily skincare routine, these products work together to brighten skin and balance texture.

In Y.O.U's hero product, the Radiance White Nourshing+ Serum, these three products work together to strengthen the skin barrier for a healthy glow. Each ingredient plays a distinct role in benefiting the skin.

●        Vitamin C

Vitamin C inhibits melanin production, which causes dark spots, sun spots, and hyperpigmentation. Over time, it helps fade these spots and, with regular use, builds a protective wall in the skin that prevents them from reappearing in the future.

●        Niacinamide

Niacinamide promotes cell turnover on the surface of the skin to improve the appearance of uneven skin tone and reduce dark spots. Niacinamide also complements the brightening effects of Vitamin C to improve skin radiance with regular use.

●        Snow Mushroom

Snow Mushroom improves hyaluronic acid levels in the body and helps to hydrate and improve the texture of the skin. It has antioxidant properties that neutralize the harmful effects of free radicals and promote healthy cell renewal in the skin. 

Tested under top international third-party institutions SGS and Skinproof, Y.O.U Beauty ensures quality that meets various FDA standards. This provides exceptional products for consumers. To date, Y.O.U Beauty has developed over 300 beauty products for Southeast Asian women with varying skin tones. As a result, Y.O.U Beauty enriches women to cultivate a renewed sense of self-confidence by providing them with products that are created with the best technology in the industry today.



DEVELOPING A Y.O.U ATTITUDE

Y.O.U Beauty takes its inspiration from the latest trends in fashion and the arts. This allows Y.O.U Beauty to develop products that reflect the style and personality of modern women in Southeast Asia. With its fingers constantly on the pulse of what’s going on, Y.O.U Beauty products are highly recommended by editors from the leading fashion and lifestyle magazines across Southeast Asian markets.

As the Philippine market is gradually recovering from the effects of the pandemic, Y.O.U Beauty strives to create products and experiences that exceed expectations, empowering women to bring out their inner beauty and be the best version of themselves. Because of this, Y.O.U Beauty encourages this generation of women to break through the boundaries of traditional stereotypes to explore their inherent diversity with ease.

This August, allow yourself to experience a beautiful, natural glow with an exciting collection of makeup and skincare products from Y.O.U Beauty. Specifically designed for the diverse spectrum of Southeast Asian skin, Y.O.U Beauty empowers Filipino women to feel beautiful in their own way.

Y.O.U Beauty products are sold online at Shopee and Lazada, and soon in all major retail stores nationwide. 

Afternoon Delight at Home with Mary Grace

If you're like me, the one thing that you miss most is being able to have your favorite coffee fix outside the house. There's just something different when you go to a cafe, sit down at one of their tables, and order a cup of coffee with your favorite cheese rolls. It feels decadent, like you're indulging yourself especially if you are a Mom like me and need the occasional me time to maintain some sanity. 

Well, fret no more because Mary Grace can now deliver straight to your home. I just recently found out about this and being the true blue Tita that I am, I had some pastries delivered to my home because this Tita needs to survive Monday Madness. 


I had the Chocolate Cake, brownie bars, and some mamon for my baby. For me, this is the perfect merienda for us to enjoy. 

My son and husband love the Chocolate Cake and they would always request this whenever we go to Mary Grace. Today, I surprised my son with a slice of the cake and some fresh milk for his merienda. His smile was all the thanks that I needed. 


My baby on the other hand could eat at least 2 of this mamon. This is not an exaggeration. He really loves the mamon and could finish 2 in one sitting. 

I prefer it with coffee. There's just something about the fluffiness of the mamon that's perfect when paired with a cup of coffee. 


As for the brownie bar, we are reserving them for after dinner. We're that family that needs something sweet after a hearty meal and the brownie bars will be perfect for that. My husband will surely have a couple with a cup of coffee as well. 


I'm really happy that we can now have Mary Grace delivered to our doorsteps. Since we can't go out for the meantime, we'll just have to bring Mary Grace to our home. Thankfully, we have a coffee corner that will give me that feeling of being inside a Mary Grace Cafe. 

Next on my list to order would be their ensaymada, cheese rolls, and sansrival. I can't wait! 

The Tita in me is blissfully happy. 

Lalamove joins Clorox PH Safer Today Program

With delivery couriers becoming the unsung heroes amid today’s global health crisis, the top same-day delivery platform, Lalamove joined the Clorox Safer Today Program to provide its courier riders with their sanitary and livelihood needs. 

Through this initiative, Clorox Philippines, one of the country’s leading providers of cleaning and disinfecting products, helped Lalamove provide 15,000 care packages, consisting of road essentials from sanitation like Clorox Disinfecting Wipe, to road safety products such as Prestone Brake Fluid Dot3, and Prestone Coolant for its partner drivers across the country.  

Lalamove’s collaboration with Clorox Safer Today Program is also in line with Lalamove’s Panalomove Program. Through the initiative, its partner drivers are extended exclusive driver benefits, including discounts and freebies on maintenance services, healthcare, financial support, and insurance, among others, to help improve their livelihood and further support their families. 

“Lalamove Partner Drivers are heroes who dedicate their days to supporting Filipino communities and stay safe by taking care of all their delivery needs. We are grateful to have Panalomove partners like Clorox PH that generously show their appreciation to our champions on the road. Through this partnership, we will be able to provide the additional protection our Partner Drivers need as they brave the roads in this pandemic,” said Dannah Majarocon, Managing Director of Lalamove. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clorox Philippines created the Safer Today Program to foster collaborative efforts dedicated to enhancing the public’s safety amid the current global health crisis. 

“Amid the lockdowns and quarantines, Lalamove partner drivers answered our cry for help every time we need them to deliver goods or get ahold of essentials. It was only a matter of time for us to give back to these unsung heroes and repay all their hard work and sacrifices through this collaboration with Lalamove,” said Paulo Lao, Sales and Marketing Director of Clorox Southeast Asia.  

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Saturday, August 14, 2021

Review of Chicken Deli in NOMO

Before the 3rd ECQ happened, we were able to visit NOMO located here in Cavite. We had to buy a few things for our new place and as always, we ended up eating outside. This time, I chanced upon Chicken Deli and since we haven't tried this place, I wanted to give it a go. 

I loved the feel of the place. It reminded me of how fast foods are in Malaysia. Spacious, lively, and just have this overall good vibes. 

They had an online menu and you can just order what you want from there. I loved it. Contactless and safe! 

This also saves a lot of time because you just need to go to the cashier to pay after this. It would have been nice if we could have paid via Gcash or anything contactless but maybe, in the future, this could be incorporated as well.

The food looked appetizing and quite instagrammable but that's where it ends. It was okay but it was definitely not worth the money I paid for. Mang Inasal could definitely kick this chicken out any time of any day. 

I'm sorry but this is the way more expensive version of Mang Inasal and I felt duper. The only awesome thing about this was the atsara. It was sad. 

The halo halo was just so-so as well. There was nothing outstanding about it.

The sisig on the other hand was pretty good but if your restaurant's name is Chicken Deli, I think that it should be the chicken that's the star, not the pork. Am I right? 

Here we are. We still finished the food because we didn't want to waste it but I don't think any of us will be coming back to this place again anytime soon.