Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Coca-Cola and Eco Rangers improving communities with Blastik Project

The Philippines’ plastic recycling rate stands at only 28% according to a 2018 report by the National Solid Waste Management Commission. Of the 2.7 million tons of waste generated annually, a staggering 9,000 tons end up in landfills or at sea due to a lack of recycling facilities and improper disposal of waste. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to use disposables and rely more on e-commerce to get their essentials, the use of plastic became even more prevalent. To mitigate an impending waste crisis, improved collection and recycling of plastic have become even more critical. 

Reducing the amount of plastic that reaches the landfills and the oceans is a key priority for Coca-Cola Philippines as aligned with its World Without Waste vision, where they aim to collect and recycle the equivalent of every bottle they sell by 2030. 

The Blastik Project began as a component of a project launched in 2019 by the Philippines-based NGO Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI). The project piloted a village-scale plastic recycling center funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation, the international philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, with the aim of boosting environmental awareness, providing livelihoods and financial assistance, and recycling more plastic. 

After the project’s successful pilot run, Coca-Cola Philippines – through its social investment arm Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines – took over the financing of the partnership with a grant that runs from 2020 until 2023 with PeacePond – an organization that advocates solid waste management, organic and natural farming, education, culture and the arts, livelihood opportunities, and women and child empowerment, taking the lead in sustaining and expanding the project. The continuation of the Blastik Project hopes to unlock and share this value with more people both in cities and in the countryside.  

A Vehicle for Change 

The PeacePond Farmers Association (PFA) in Binalbagan, Negros Occidental, is the main proponent of the Blastik Project in communities. These farmers, or as they call themselves, the Blastik Eco Rangers, main responsibility is to educate and empower the community about proper waste segregation, recycling, and livelihoods through community workshops/webinars and ensure the proper implementation of the project. PeacePond, through the Blastik Project, aims to educate and empower the communities on proper waste segregation, recycling, and livelihood.

Among the beneficiaries of the project are Jo Guanco, a 53-year-old solid waste management advocate and the secretary of the PeacePond Farmers Association, and Junjun Gantes, a 54-year-old PeacePond farmer. 

Jo and Junjun have been part of the Blastik Project since 2019. The initiative helped them understand the value of collecting and recycling used and clean plastic bottles. As Blastik Eco Rangers, they look at these used recyclable plastic bottles not as trash but as materials that can be used over and over again. Recyclable plastic bottles, as they have seen in the past years working on the Blastik Project, are seen as a versatile, lightweight material and, therefore, can be collected, recycled, and used repeatedly. With this new way of looking at used collected plastic bottles as a valuable resource material, Blastik Project was able to open more livelihood opportunities for the people in their community – ultimately, giving them another source of income and way of putting food on their tables. 

“Sa Blastik Project po, itinuturo namin ang importansya ng segregation at recycling sa aming mga kapitbahay at kalapit na mga barangay. Kami po ang naka-assign na mangolekta at nakipag coordinate sa mga barangay para sa schedule ng pagkolekta at kung minsan ang mga offices na ng barangay ang kumukontak sa amin para kunin ang plastic bottles dahil alam na po nila ang tungkol sa Blastik Project,” shares Blastik Eco Ranger, Jo Guanco. 

(With the Blastik Project, we’re able to impart our knowledge and educate our neighbors and people from nearby barangays on the importance of waste segregation and recycling. As a Blastik Eco Ranger, I manage and assign the schedule of recyclable collection per area. There are also instances where the barangay proactively contacts us to schedule the pick-up in their area.)

Through the Blastik Project, plastic bottles and caps are collected and upcycled into wall tiles, desks, chairs, kitchen cabinets, bowls, plant pots, home d├ęcor, and more. Some PET bottles, mixed with sachets and plastic bags, are turned into pavers for footwalks and garden footpaths. Other PET bottles were transformed into free-standing walls for six structures in PeacePond while some are used for bottle gardens in the organic farm. Plastic labels are turned into handcrafted wallets, purses, bags, gadget pouches, laptop sleeves, and even face mask cases. 

“Malaking tulong rin po ang Blastik Project (at Coca-Cola) sa aking pamilya, lalo sa pang araw-araw naming pamumuhay. Dahil dun sa organic garden, nakakakuha kami ng gulay na maaaring ipakain sa aming mga pamilya at binabahagi rin namin ito sa aming mga kapitbahay at kapwa Eco Rangers.” shares Blastik Eco Ranger and PeacePond farmer, Junjun Gantes. 

(The Blastik Project [and Coca-Cola] greatly helped my family, especially in supporting our daily needs. Through the organic garden in our backyard, we’re able to get fresh produce that we can cook for our family, and we also share the excess vegetables with our neighbors and other Eco Rangers like us.)

The Blastik Project is rapidly expanding because the program is effective and easy to replicate. In fact, the initiative is being replicated in several communities including, but not limited to, over 600 beneficiaries from Bakyas Community in Oringao, Kabankalan, Ellite Ads Corp. Paranaque, and Ellite Ads Corp. Carmona. The Blastik Project also has active partnerships with Seda Hotel in Bacolod City and Southland College in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.  

A Promising Future  

Even with the challenges presented by the pandemic, the Blastik Project has collected, processed, and recycled approximately 15,422 kilos (or a little more than 17 tons) of mixed bottles, bottle caps, sachets, and plastic labels. 

Coca-Cola is a company known for its innovation, whether in product development, brand building, or facilitating positive change in the community. As the world evolves and modernizes, opportunities for environmental protection and innovation also arise. With projects like the Blastik Project and over 40 more zero-waste communities supported by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, communities are increasingly seeing the value of plastic waste segregation and recycling. 

 “We are happy and excited about the Blastik Project’s initial success,” shares Cecile Alcantara, president of Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines. “The Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines will continue to partner with like-minded organizations and communities, supporting initiatives towards a world without waste.”  

Read more about the World Without Waste vision of Coca-Cola and their initiatives here and watch the Coca-Cola and Blastik Project partnership HERE. To get updated on what Coca-Cola is doing in the Philippines, follow the Facebook official page.


Lenovo Unveils the Yoga Slim 7 Pro with OLED Display and Lenovo Go Accessories

Working from home requires top-of-the-line equipment to get the job done. Recently, connectivity and smarter technology have become more prevalent than ever in our daily lives, and multitasking has increasingly become the norm. With innovations driven by direct customer feedback, Lenovo continues to push boundaries and build a smarter future. 

Designed to deliver an enhanced user experience with the latest in bold innovation, refined craftsmanship, smarter technology and to empower users in a new hybrid working world, Lenovo unveils the new Yoga Slim 7 Pro with OLED Display—the first laptop to bring you the powerful next-gen Windows 10 operating system (OS) which makes creativity and productivity easier. Lenovo Go Accessories, a new sub-brand uniting a range of purpose-built PC accessories are also launched to help improve efficiency and overall workspace experience.

Designed for multi-taskers and content creators who want high performance, immersive visuals brought to life with OLED display technology, great connectivity, and long-lasting battery life to not feel anchored to an outlet, the Yoga Slim 7 Pro is the ideal companion.

The laptop has a 91% active area ratio in 16:10 proportions for a new mode of viewing that reveals more vertical content when browsing the web or working with text documents. It has a 14-inch display powered by the latest Samsung E4 OLED technology designed for superior image reproduction. With a 90 Hz refresh rate at 1 ms response time, animations and transitions are buttery smooth. The OLED display emits less than 6.5% blue light for greater eye care.

The OLED display is also Dolby® Vision® HDR certified and capable of showing a wider color contrast and scene-by-scene color and brightness optimization for true-to-life realism with compatible content. The 2x 2W Dolby Atmos® certified stereo speakers produce a sound that moves around you in three-dimensional space for an immersive audio experience with greater clarity and deeper bass response.

The Yoga Slim 7 Pro guarantees ultra-productivity for its users. Configurable up to the AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HS Mobile Processor,, it delivers exhilarating performance previously only seen in gaming laptops at an incredible speed with its 8-core design, allowing users to confidently open multiple apps and run heavy tasks seamlessly. It is capable of up to 50W thermal design power when paired with NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450. With its redesigned cooling solution that ensures excellent thermal dissipation, keeping the laptop cool and quiet even with a gaming-class processor is easy.

True to the Yoga brand, the Yoga Slim 7 Pro is crafted from premium sandblasted anodized metal for a refined finish. With its sleek professional design, the ultra-thin and light laptop is exclusively available in Slate Grey, starting at PHP 64,995.00

The Yoga Slim 7 Pro will include the best in class 3-year premium care. With this front-of-the-queue and straight-to-the-experts customer support service, Lenovo has you covered to provide peace of mind and ensure your satisfaction and success with faster solutions. Lenovo Premium Care’s on-site support comes especially handy during the current quarantine restrictions since you won’t have to line up in service centers.

Lenovo Go Accessories

To enable dynamic work environments with ergonomic designs, Lenovo takes a big step forward into building a strong ecosystem of smart technology that will reshape customer experiences with smarter productivity, smarter entertainment, and smarter living. The Lenovo Go Accessories help users achieve their full potential in any line of work. Oftentimes, managing personalized settings can often be a chore, especially if it requires opening multiple applications to adjust different criteria but the Lenovo Go Central software, it helps users manage and control compatible accessories from a single application. 

Users always on the go can now store their essential accessories in the sleekly designed Lenovo Go Tech Accessories Organizer that protects their devices with compression-molded compartments and splash-proof zippers. With dedicated sections for mouse, power bank, earbuds, and power cable, the organizer also includes space for a smartphone and pens, so everything has an easy-to-reach place. 

All items will be available in all Lenovo Exclusive Stores and authorized resellers, and in the Lenovo Yoga Flagship Store in Lazada. For more information, follow Lenovo Philippines’s official Facebook page or visit 

Pru Life UK culminates silver anniversary and welcomes its 26th year with a grand raffle celebration

Pru Life UK, the country’s leading life insurer, recently culminated its 25th year anniversary with a grand raffle draw and also its Give Back campaign for customers as part of the celebration.

Wrapping up a milestone year with a bang, Pru Life UK’s We DO Health & Wealth: 25th Anniversary Celebration promo ran from March to September through Pulse, its all-in-one AI-powered health app. From the start of the 25-week long bonanza up to the grand draw, the leading life insurer gave out Php 2.5 million pesos, 25 iPhone 12 mini (64GB), and over 600 electronic gift certificates worth P2,500 each.

As Pru Life UK enters another year, it is offering a free PRUMedCare product for Select Infectious Diseases to its loyal customers by availing of the free voucher in Pulse, as a way of giving back. The PRUMedCare – Select Infectious Diseases is the first and only product that provides coverage on the four infectious diseases such as Dengue, Typhoid, Measles, and Malaria.

“Our silver anniversary year has been spectacular for all the right reasons. Guided by our We DO Commitment, we made sure to give back to our loyal customers and to the Filipino people for all the support that they’ve shown us all these years. We would like to congratulate all the winners and we are committed to meet the health and wealth protection needs of our customers by continuing to provide innovative products and services as we enter our 26th year,” says Pru Life UK SVP and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

Customers can also look forward to the launch of the Pru Life UK credit card powered by Robinsons Bank. The company will also introduce more features and services through its Pulse app.

Pru Life UK’s 25th year celebration is highlighted by its number one ranking in terms of New Business Annual Premium (NBAPE) for 2020by the Insurance Commission. It is also the only company among the top five insurers who registered positive growth in the category, compared to the previous year. The insurer also proved its status as a premiere company as it won the Insurer of the Year award in the Philippines from the prestigious Insurance Asia Awards 2021.

“As Pru Life UK is driven to become every Filipino’s partner to improve their lives with its We DO campaign, we continue to innovate our products and programs that will help them do more as they get rewards and enjoyment along the way. We will continue our dedication in listening, understanding, and delivering to serve them best,” adds Tumbaga. 

Kim Chiu as Shopee Brand Ambassador to Kick Off the 10.10 Brands Festival

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, introduces its newest brand ambassador, Kim Chiu, alongside the launch of the 10.10 Brands Festival, its biggest brands sale of the year. The famous actress, dubbed the Princess of Philippine Movies and TV, will feature in Shopee’s new TV commercial and many exciting in-app activities. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee Philippines is happy to welcome one of the country's top entertainers into the Shopee family, Kim Chiu. Kim's bubbly, charming personality and love for online shopping both resonate with millions of Filipinos who find joy and excitement in Shopee. This 10.10 Brands Festival, we hope to bring the best brand deals and so much more with our valued and trusted brand partners.”

Users can look forward to these from Shopee brand ambassador Kim Chiu:

Kim Chiu’s new Shopee TV commercial: Kim Chiu gives the viral “Proof of Delivery” trend her own spin. Fans can look out for the TV commercial on local TV networks and on Shopee’s official Facebook and YouTube accounts.

Kim Chiu for Shopee Prizes: Users can find Kim Chiu on in-app games such as Spin & Win and Guess It Right, which they can play to win rewards such as coins and vouchers. 

Mini-games and contests with Kim Chiu: This October, users can join the #10BrandFaves contest featuring Kim Chiu for a chance to win 1,000 Shopee coins.

Fans can look forward to more Kim Chiu content such as behind-the-scenes videos on Shopee’s official YouTube and TikTok channels, and Kim Chiu-themed Instagram stickers. Users can also interact with the actress herself during her Twitter takeover on Shopee's official Twitter account this October 9.

Shopee 10.10 Brands Festival

Until October 10, shoppers can enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, big brand giveaways, and up to ₱1,000 off brand vouchers at Shopee’s 10.10 Brands Festival. 

Lucky shoppers can win ₱430,000 worth of prizes, such as vouchers, bundles, newly launched items, and even a lifetime supply of products, from over 30 participating brands. 

Leading up to 10.10, shoppers can also look forward to Nestle, Deerma, GoMO!, Lactum, Colgate Palmolive, Shigetsu, P&G Beauty, Garnier, and Belo Brand Days on Shopee Mall, where they can get discounts up to 80% off, branded items as low as ₱179, and a free gift with every purchase.

Starting October 1, shoppers can check out different themed sales on Shopee including the Groceries Fair on October 1, Fashion Fair on October 2-3, Mom & Baby Fair on October 4, Work From Home Fair on October 5, Gadgets and Gizmo Fair on October 6-7, and Beauty and Wellness Fair on October 8-9.

At the 10.10 Brands Festival, shoppers can use ShopeePay to buy load, pay bills, and scan to pay. They can activate their ShopeePay wallet and top up through online banking, debit card, and over-the-counter partners to get up to 50% discount on load from Globe, Smart, Sun, and TNT; 50% cashback from Maynilad, PLDT, and a growing list of partner billers; and ShopeePay ₱1 Deals from Puregold, Ultramega Supermarket, Potato Corner, and other partner merchants.

For more information, visit

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

Monday, September 27, 2021

Y.O.U Beauty is having a Super Brand Day on September 29

On September 29, Y.O.U Beauty is having its Super Brand Day as a big thank you to everyone who supported the brand’s recent launch in the Philippines last August. That’s right, that means Y.O.U will be offering great deals once again on their official online stores on Lazada and Shopee!

Y.O.U Beauty is dedicated to helping its customers embrace their individuality and glow perfectly in their own skin. Every product in the brand’s portfolio is made with the latest beauty technology from world-class suppliers, offering healthy results to the skin to help you bloom into long-lasting beauty.

“I love this brand because Y.O.U Beauty supports every individual to love themselves, be confident in discovering their greatest potentials, and present the best version of themselves.” — Michelle Vit

The brand will have limited promos on its top-tier collection of makeup and skincare products. Here are the featured products for the 9.29 Super Brand Day that you’ll definitely love!

Rouge Velvet Matte Lip Cream

Available in 19 lush shades with velvety matte finishes, Y.O.U Beauty’s top Rouge Velvet Matte Lip Cream collection is long-lasting and smudge-proof, without the side effects of dryness and flakiness.

The lip cream is made with coconut oil and vitamin E, keeping the lips moisturized and soft for long periods of time. This formula leaves the lips feeling comfortable all day, so you won’t have to worry about any smudges, fading tints, or fine lines around the mouth. 

Celebrity Ciara Sotto is absolutely in love with this lippie! “There is a new lip cream in town!” she said. “I am so happy to have the new Y.O.U Beauty Rouge Velvet Matte Lip Cream! It’s so smooth, lightweight, and has an excellent hydrating formula!”

If you can’t decide on what shade to choose from among the 19 diverse options, you can take a look at the lip cream’s five key shades – Kelly, Naked, Latte, Honey, and Fearless – which perfectly match any skin tone.

The Radiance White Nourishing + Serum

While other brands will encourage you to buy multiple types of serums to nourish your skin, the Radiance White Nourishing + Serum achieves the same (and even better) results in just one bottle!

It is formulated with snow mushroom extract to boost hydration, vitamin C for its antioxidizing effects, and Niacinamide to lighten the skin tone, reduce dark spots, and refine skin texture for a moist and luminous complexion — all in one serum.

One of Y.O.U’s happy customers from the brand’s Shopee store commented, “Naglilighten mga pimple scars ko. I like it so much. Ang smooth sa face. (My pimple scars lightened. I like it so much. It feels really smooth on the face.)”

Containing 9 brightening actives, the Radiance White Nourishing + Serum improves the skin barrier and provides fine skin nourishment for a healthy, radiant face — giving your skin a natural glow within 28 days of regular use.

Colorland Wander Nature Eyeshadow Palette

Looking fresh and trendy even with your mask on has never been easier with the Colorland Series’ signature eyeshadow palette. Every shade is velvety-smooth, extremely easy to blend and layer, and perfect for all-day-long wear. Staying put with minimal fallout, the highly pigmented mix of finishes is perfect for any skin tone, keeping your eyes looking stunning for hours on end.

Celebrity Kaila Estrada tried out this eyeshadow palette, blending shades of brown, green, and gold to give her an elegant earthy glam look. “It looks amazing,” she said. “So far, I really like [it].”

The all-in-one Wander Nature palette contains 15 unique shades for every possible eye look – from matte, shimmer, to glitter – delivering a natural outdoor beauty that brings more style to your masked look.

Y.O.U Beauty’s selection of beauty and skincare products are dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic, and suitable for sensitive skin. With Y.O.U Beauty’s upcoming Super Brand Day, you can get these classy products at the price of one and enjoy a handful of freebies!

So don’t miss your chance to grab these bestsellers. Add these must-tries to your Shopee and Lazada cart and remember to check out on 9.29!

Stay updated with the brand’s new products by checking out their website at, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube. 

Gratitude # 14

First, we just survived a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. This happened over an hour ago and it was so shocking because before the actual quake happened, there was this strong pull that literally almost unseat me from where I was seated.

It was unnerving, to say the least. Seeing your walls and floor move is something that just triggers major anxiety in you. Still, I am grateful that no one was hurt. 

I'm also grateful for moments that happened last week. I had coffee at a cafe with the husband and brother. Baby K was also able to "go out" via drive thru. 

We had coffee at Wild Heart Flower Shop and they had pretty decent cafe au lait. What really drew me to the place though were the hundreds of dried flowers. 

There was also a Bibingkinitan beside them so that was a welcome treat. 

I also had my first haircut in two years. 

And I think that I finally had my attic the way I wanted it. It's not the Pinterest worthy attic that I wanted but it has everything that we wanted to keep. If I could find a way to get rid of all the megaboxes, then I think I'd be a happy person. 

Lastly, I also finished the Belle diamond painting that I started 5 weeks ago. 

Overall, it has been a great week. I even made a cheesy nori ramen for the husband as well as some nori cheesy eggs for breakfast. 

How was your week?

Friday, September 24, 2021

XTREME Appliances continues to soar with 148% increase in 2021 sales

XTREME Appliances, the country’s leading one-stop-shop appliance brand, continues to strengthen its standing in the local appliance market. Despite the economic challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the brand managed to increase its overall sales to 148% — the growth was driven by the solid demand for their hero products including TVs, gas ranges, aircon, washing machines, and refrigerators.

According to XTREME Appliances Vice President for Marketing, Stephen Cheng, the exponential growth of sales was fueled by the increasing demand for home improvement and the desire for household upgrades. 

“Some Filipinos are looking for ways to make their quarantine bearable and worthwhile. The surge in home improvements including appliances upgrades has been really impactful to the local appliance market, most especially to our brand. The fact of the matter is, these home projects and lifestyle upgrades cater to the lifestyle changes in this new normal world.”

Since the first quarter of 2021, the growth of sales in XTREME televisions, most specifically Android TVs, has reached 52% growth in sales compared to 2020 and it is expected to continue in the last quarter to support the overall sales at the end of the year. Meanwhile, XTREME Cool products including air conditioning units, refrigerators, and washing machines showed a high demand with an average of 30% increase. The brand also noted that a good number of Filipino households have been investing in premium quality kitchen products hence the rapid increase of sales of the gas range, and other kitchen appliances in both offline and online platforms. This year’s impressive sales performance of hero products solidified XTREME Appliances’ growing market share in the local appliance landscape.

True to its commitment to bringing premium quality yet affordable appliances to the Filipino market, XTREME Appliances launched new products that are designed to help every Filipino adapt to the new normal setting. These products include portable aircon, electric oven, large-capacity air fryer, twin tub washing machines, inverter double-door refrigerator, deep fryer, and a variety of gas stoves. Collectively, these new additions to the ever-growing product lines have contributed to an immense increase in sales — clear evidence that the brand’s effective product pipeline has been focused on adapting to the lifestyle and economic changes.

On the other hand, XTREME Appliances continues to expand its reach across the country through its 40 concept stores as of September 2021. A total of concept stores are expected to be launched by the end of the year. Aside from Lazada and Shopee, the brand has been partnering with various online platforms including Ayala Malls Zing, Linkshop, MetroMart, Nest Genie, and GLife-Gcash. Earlier this year, the brand established partnerships with most trusted retail stores like Abenson, Ansons, SNR, All Homes, and Puregold.

As part of the brand’s efforts in maintaining its standing as the leading one-stop-shop appliance brand, XTREME Appliances just launched its newest endorser, actress, and fashion icon Heart Evangelista-Escudero. According to Mr. Cheng, the brand is gearing up for a new chapter as it is now ready to leverage its brand visibility through aggressive marketing efforts.

“XTREME Appliances is a brand for Filipinos. We always make sure to cater to every Filipino’s needs and preferences. That's why we are continuously developing new product lines, and building better relationships with our customers, dealers, media, and everyone in between. We are 101% ready!”

To keep updated on the latest news and happenings of XTREME Appliances, like and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok accounts and join their official online community on Facebook, XTREME Fam. For the full list of products and exclusive discounts, please visit XTREME on Website, Lazada, and Shopee e-commerce.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

An Icon named PEDRO

16 years after its launch, PEDRO is rolling the theater drapes to reveal a new pathway set to embrace individuality and differences. Enter PEDRO Icon, a symbolic, effortless representation of the brand to rediscover one distinct persona encapsulated through styling and the flare of fashion.

This season, PEDRO Icon focuses on effortless key essentials that feature pieces to punctuate one’s style.  For women, Icon hardware appears on the curation of footwear and bags that transition seamlessly between casualwear and office wear.

Made from genuine cow leather, ladies will definitely appreciate the beauty of PEDRO Icon’s boxy leather bags that come with a logo and chain-link detailing to help you amp up your fashion game,  It also features its own tiny pouch for all your little extras.

Chic and sophisticated yet bold and a statement piece, the ladies can never go wrong with the Icon’s calf leather classic heels with logo detailing and a slingback strap for added comfort and security.

Modernized by the PEDRO Icon hardware, Men’s classic footwear like the Penny Loafers and the Moccasins are created to add sophistication to any outfit without sacrificing the style and its overall look.

In the Men’s accessories section, PEDRO Icon delivered a gentleman vibe with modern sensibilities with its embossed calf leather wallet that comes with a money clip, and the Icon long leather wallet that comes with multiple cards and note slots, as well as a coin compartment.

The collection campaign is fronted by Nicole Wong and Glenn Goh who both personify the significance of Icon and what the new brand symbol means to PEDRO. Nicole Wong is the multifaceted creative director of the cutting-edge content agency, nplusc. Most notably known for her progressive digital projects, Nicole is inspired by VR (Virtual Reality), the unknown, the way humans envision the future, and the studies of existentialism. Glenn Goh, on the other hand, is a veteran stylist and a trailblazer in the local fashion scene. Glenn has myriad sources of inspiration, from objects to buildings and the people in his life. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

1000 Delivery Riders Receive #WelcomeHomeSafe Experience from New Ariel Hygiene Pro

With the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Filipinos continue to battle the threat of staying outdoors and the risks that come with it. Frontliners have gone above and beyond with their public service, making sure that our lives continue, despite the lack of movement outside our homes. 

Edison Awa, a 31-year-old J&T delivery rider continues to work outside for his family, despite the risks that he might encounter. “Ako ay kumakayod para sa aking pamilya. Kahit mahirap ang buhay, lalo na ngayon na may banta ng COVID-19 sa ating kapaligiran, pilit ako lumalaban para sa aking pamilya. Sila ang inspirasyon ko para mabuhay at sila din ang aking sandigan. Kaya naman itong pagsisikap ko ay inaalay ko sa kanila.”

#WelcomeHomeSafe Deliveries

As one of the biggest courier services in the country, serving thousands of Filipino homes, Ariel partnered with J&T Express to provide one thousand riders with #WelcomeHomeSafe packages containing the new Ariel Hygiene Pro. 

"Despite the challenges that delivery riders faced during this COVID-19 crisis, they have shown resilience and dedication to fulfil their job without any hesitation. Thus, they truly deserve to be protected and safeguarded from viruses especially as they get home from work,” shared Zoe Chi, Vice President of J&T Express.

Since the start of lockdown, J&T rider, Edison washes his daily uniform with Ariel, 3-4 times a week to protect himself and his family. He shared, “Ngayon na mayroon silang bagong produkto na handog, ang Ariel Hygiene Pro, masasabi ko na kampante ako sa linis na bigay nito dahil sa subok na magaling sa pagtanggal ng dumi at germs ang Ariel. Masaya ako sa partnership na ito dahil kami ay nabigyan ng libreng produkto ng Ariel. Ito ay lubos na makakatulong sa aking pamilya hindi lang sa paglalaba, pati na din sa pagiging malinis at protektado.”

With Ariel Hygiene Pro’s triple deep clean technology, every rider's uniform gets the ultimate clean experience delivered via Antibac Booster Formula that removes tough stains, 99.9% of germs and viruses.

Zoe Chi expressed, “We are grateful that J&T Express is a part of this collaboration with Ariel Philippines in recognizing the hard work of our delivery riders.”

Celebrating Everyday Heroes with a #WelcomeHomeSafe Treat

And just like our hardworking J&T Express riders, there are thousands more everyday heroes that Ariel wants to give the #WelcomeHomeSafe experience to. Ariel celebrates these warriors and advocates for #WelcomeHomeSafe for them and their families.

Atom Araullo, Ariel’s newest brand ambassador, recently celebrated and gave recognition to a hundred essential workers who shared their heartwarming stories in a Facebook livestream, in line with the #WelcomeHomeSafe campaign. 

Joemari Bayaua Molina is a TNVS driver who puts himself at risk to germs and viruses, so he could provide for his family. “Maliban po doon sa gamit niyang [Joemari] alcohol sa loob ng sasakyan, bago po siya pumasok ng bahay, kailangan po siya maghugas. So, alcohol po talaga. Tapos bago po siya pumasok, may plangana at Ariel na,” shared Joemari’s wife when asked about how their current #WelcomeHomeSafe routine.

Rowena Estacio expresses her support towards the many delivery riders who put themselves at risk every day. “Bumagyo man o tindi ng init ng araw tuloy pa din ang kanilang serbisyo! Hindi alintana ang ulan, init, pagud, gutom at risk sa kalsada maihatid lang ang inyong pangangailangan sa tamang oras.” 

Melvin Oroceo, works an 8-5 shift as a delivery rider, sending two hundred and more packages in a week. “As a father who always work for our family who's always on the road, because he is a micro finance collector, we are aware that he is prone to many floating molds, bacteria and viruses specially handling money from different clients.” Realyn Quiozon, Melvin’s wife shared her concern regarding her husband’s job.

“We make sure that before he enter[s] our home he completely, did sanitation by hand washing, sanitizing, soaking his clothes with Ariel because we have kids that [we] need to protect and it would be my best auxiliary before going inside our home.” Realyn shared in her #WelcomeHomeSafe post.


A House Fit for Disney’s Winnie the Pooh in the Original Hundred Acre Wood bookable on Airbnb

Love Winnie the Pooh? This one's for you!

Animated films and TV shows are a big part of Filipino childhood. It is every child's dream to set foot in these cartoon characters’ worlds — full of colors, adventures, and joy —  just like The Hundred Acre Wood where Winnie the Pooh and his friends live.

Airbnb’s latest listing now allows adults and children alike to turn their dreams into reality and live in the home of the world’s most famous bear! A Winnie the Pooh-inspired house in the Hundred Acre Wood is available to book on Airbnb as part of Disney’s 95th Anniversary celebrations of the loveable children’s character.

The Bearbnb is situated in Ashdown Forest just south of London, and is inspired by A.A. Milne’s original tales in the Hundred Acre Wood. With two separate stays available, the Bearbnb sleeps up to four guests at a time, giving Winnie the Pooh fans the opportunity to immerse themselves in the iconic world of Pooh and Friends. 

Hosting the Airbnb stay is Disney-appointed Winnie the Pooh illustrator, Kim Raymond, who curated the Bearbnb and has been drawing the iconic bear for over 30 years. Kim brought Pooh’s house to life taking inspiration from the original decorations of E.H. Shepard and he notes: “I have been illustrating Winnie the Pooh for thirty years and I continue to be inspired by the classic decorations of E.H. Shepard and the more recent Disney stories. The ‘Bearbnb’ is a unique experience that brings the charm of Pooh to life for fans, whilst honoring the original adventures that have been so important to many people for 95 years.”

The custom-built ‘Bearbnb’ and entire stay, bookable only on Airbnb, is fit for Pooh and his adventures with Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, and friends:

The house is built with exposed tree branches wrapped around the doorway with ‘Mr. Sanders’ inscribed above

Bespoke wallpaper designed by host Kim Raymond

Alongside the charming references to the original Pooh tales, the house is fully kitted out for guests to enjoy a relaxing family stay, including a double bed on the ground floor, and a mezzanine area with two comfortable single beds. The lounge space comes fully equipped with a cosy seating and dining area for guests to appreciate a “smackerel” or two. During each stay, guests will be taken on a guided tour through the original Hundred Acre Wood, play Poohsticks on the iconic Poohsticks Bridge and enjoy locally sourced hunny-inspired meals.

The ‘Bearbnb’ will also be stocked with a host of wellness products to encourage guests to embrace their natural surroundings and live more like Pooh, who is famous for going at his own pace. The products include yoga mats, journals, and throws. And for those not quick enough to book one of the stays, they can recreate their own tranquil retreat at home with help from the new Winnie the Pooh range available on

Catherine Powell, Airbnb Global Head of Hosting said: “Winnie the Pooh is a childhood jewel beloved by families the world over. This year, the original books celebrate their 95th anniversary. What better way to commemorate A.A. Milne’s classic work than with these two once-in-a-lifetime stays in the original Hundred Acre Wood. A perfect place to do nothing. As Pooh said, “doing ‘Nothing’ often leads to the very best Something”.

Tasia Filippatos, SVP, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing at The Walt Disney Company said: “For over 95 years, Winnie the Pooh has inspired generations with his memorable words, experiences, and adventures.  These timeless tales explore life’s simple pleasures and in that spirit, we hope guests are able to sit back and relax in the ‘Bearbnb’, and ‘be more Pooh’ for the day.”

House Rules:

Strictly no heffalumps inside the house

Hands are to be kept out of the honey pots

A snack of “a little something” encouraged at 11 o’clock in the morning

Poohsticks is mandatory

Multiple naps are permitted

No pets (other than Roos, Tiggers, Eeyores and Piglets and Pooh Bears)

Maximum four guests per stay; up to three children

No smoking, you’ll upset the bees

For safety reasons, it’s recommended that only guests aged 6+ sleep in the single beds on the mezzanine level. A cot or camp bed can be provided on the ground floor for younger guests.

Booking details:

To view the ‘Bearbnb’ home on Airbnb, visit

The Bearbnb is located in Ashdown Forest in East Sussex and Kim will host two separate stays on the 24 and 25 September for just £95 per night*. The purpose-built Bearbnb sleeps a family of four. Airbnb reviews will be taken into consideration.

Airbnb anticipates a very high level of interest and available booking dates will go live at 2PM BST on Monday 20 September. Interested guests should note that the booking shall be conducted in strict adherence to local COVID-19 guidelines; i.e. only current UK residents will be eligible to book.

If guests take a peek inside kitchen cupboards, they’ll find shelves stocked full of ‘hunny’ pots

Lenovo Legion Takes Gaming PCs to Higher Levels with Intel

It is no surprise that gaming is all the rage. With video games as the ultimate source of social interaction, people are searching for devices that can deliver high-performance and immersive gaming experiences.

Today, Lenovo Legion introduces the latest generation of new-battle-ready lineup devices with the hottest gaming features, cooler thermals, and artificial intelligence (AI) to auto-enable seamless gaming. In addition, customers can count on integrated machine learning to elevate gameplay settings and framerates to pro levels. 

No matter where you’re at on your gaming journey, you’ll love the stylish on the outside and savage on the inside performance of the new Legion X60 Intel Lineup: The IdeaPad Gaming 3i, Lenovo Legion 5i and 5i Pro, and Lenovo Legion 7i.

These new laptops are equipped with smarter class gear with Lenovo’s unique blend of uncompromised engineering and industrial design. With the addition of intelligent Lenovo Legion Coldfront 3.0 thermals for an increased airflow of up to 18 percent gen-to-gen improvement to better manage the heat and noise. Multiple sensors are placed on the CPU, GPU, rear and side thermal vents, as well as on the SSD storage and palm rest to fire off information every nanosecond to predict the system’s thermal curve for hours of gaming with zero throttling. To further dissipate heat, Lenovo Legion expanded the copper heat sink system for up to 82 percent more thermal fin area gen-to-gen and drilled copious holes into the laptop’s bottom cover and even under the keyboard to keep things cooler.

Gamers can also perform at their best with this year’s even faster millisecond input speeds, plus anti-ghosting, soft-landing switches, and the more mechanical key feel of Lenovo Legion TrueStrike — the specialized gaming keyboard with RGB backlit optional feature, and now color-matched for a more cohesive look.

New Additions to Look Forward To

Lenovo Q-Control

It takes gaming-specific features and cutting-edge software to keep up with the fast-moving action of triple-A games. With the new AI-driven software contained within Lenovo Vantage’s Legion Edge feature, gamers with Lenovo Legion devices can now take their framerates through the roof and reduce in-game lag with new one-click overclock support for both the CPU and GPU. Part of Lenovo Q-Control, the new auto-optimization Intelligent Mode setting is just one of the ways this software tool helps to custom-tune your gaming performance. 

Lenovo Legion AI Engine

Introducing a Lenovo gaming exclusive, the new Lenovo Legion AI Engine is a smarter combination of best-in-class hardware, software, firmware, and driver support that all work together to help overclock your PC’s performance by sharing Thermal Design Power (TDP) between the CPU and GPU to better manage any heavy-duty gaming requirement.


Take image realism to new heights with the stunning graphics effects of the new Ray Tracing 2.0 with next-level NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ GPUs. Streamers will delight in the broadcasting capabilities that can turn the Lenovo Legion laptop into a virtual home studio. NVIDIA uses AI-powered voice and video effects that can keep you automatically framed up in the live shot.

11th Generation Intel Core H-Series Processors 

Lenovo Legion’s new 2021 laptops are amongst the first to feature the latest 11th Generation Intel Core H-Series Processors for remarkable performance. It offers the pinnacle of mobile performance, together with advanced overclocking and tuning controls, immersive graphics, and unmatched connectivity. Whether for gaming, streaming, content creating or multi-tasking across work applications, the 11th Gen Intel Core brings the powerful performance required to get the job done. 

The 11th Generation Intel Core H-Series Processors in laptops are designed for gamers to experience the rich and immersive graphics one can expect from PC Gaming, paired with discrete graphics and support for high-end GPUs.

Lenovo Vantage

Lenovo Vantage is also bringing speed for Lenovo Legion users, allowing you to quickly optimize settings and personalize your experience so you can instantly get back into the game. Via new progressive web app caching, Lenovo Vantage will load in mere seconds no matter where you are in the world. Also available is the recently launched Vantage Smart Performance Services. This new Lenovo self-diagnostic service has the ability to reduce PC downtime by scanning, detecting, and removing spyware, malware, and adware, as well as fix network and access issues and automatically tune up the PC, resulting in better internet connectivity and all-around faster PC processes. 

Carmi Martin advocates healthy living with Yamang Bukid’s Insulin Plant Tea

YAMANG Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI) opens the final quarter of the year with a major celebration as it formally welcomes veteran actress Carmi Martin into the family as the official brand ambassador of Insulin Plant Tea – the company’s latest healthy product.

Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc (YBHPI) is the company behind the country's No. 1 turmeric tea brand, the Yamang Bukid Turmeric 10-in-1.

Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea is made from the leaves of authentic insulin plants (Costus igneus) grown in pristine farming conditions in Palawan. The all-natural wellness drink has no other ingredients aside from dried insulin leaves, so consumers are assured that it’s safe and is of nature’s best. 

Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea is the first of its kind to be given a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product has undergone revaluation and certification from FDA and passed various tests so the quality and safety of the product are guaranteed. 

Aside from lowering glucose levels, insulin plant (Costus igneus) is also naturally rich in phytochemicals that function as antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. Insulin plant has long been consumed in various countries such as India, due to its anti-diabetic properties as it is also found beneficial to people with obesity, and other metabolic disorders.

After much deliberation, the top executives of the brand unanimously agreed that Martin is the best personality to represent the product to the Philippine market as she is widely known and respected in the industry not only for her impressive body of work as one of the most respected and versatile film and television actresses but also her dynamic, healthy lifestyle. 

For almost five decades, Carmi has been one of the enduring actresses in the landscape of Philippine entertainment as she is widely recognized as the First Lady Of Philippine Comedy after starring in the most iconic and legendary television series like Chicks-To-Chicks and Abangan Ang Susunod Na Kabanata as well as her recent online hit series GVBoys.    

“I have been a long-time user of the Yamang Bukid’s Turmeric 10-in-1 Tea and I am happy that the company has another healthy product that I could use in Insulin Plant Tea. I am very grateful for the trust of Yamang Bukid and I am honored to be the official brand ambassador of Insulin Plant Tea,” says Martin. 

Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea is a great development for many Filipinos, like diabetes and other health problems caused by high blood sugar continue to be among the top causes of death in the country as health experts have raised concerns over this health problem, calling diabetes a silent epidemic. In 2020 for instance, diabetes-linked complications killed 37,265 Filipinos, up from 32,991 on annual average between 2015-2019, data from Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed.

Today, millions have a chance at improving their health with Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea. Consumers may consult their doctor prior to taking any health and wellness supplements.

Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea is available in Yamang Bukid stores and distributors, and in shopping malls nationwide. 

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Gratitude # 13


The past week has been amazing. 

I've recently been dabbling in the kitchen and learning a few things here and there. I looked up online how to do some egg recipes because my husband and firstborn both love eggs. Sadly, the youngest hates it but we forgive him because he's cute and is just 19 months old. 

This is a Korean steamed egg and I was so happy to see that there was a recipe where I didn't need to use the Korean earthenware bowl.

I ended up with fluffy Korean steamed eggs which my husband and son really loved. They actually asked for seconds. 

I also tried making an Egg Pan Toast and though I wasn't able to really achieve how they did it in this video, I was able to make a version that had decent eggs and melted milk which my son devoured.

I have also perfected how to make tamagoyaki which I'm really proud of.  

Next on my list is the Omurice which I know is a little harder but I'm excited. Hopefully, I'll be able to try something more than eggs. 

I finally got back some of my confidence enough to post a whole-body photo again. For the last 2 years, I know that I have ballooned, and looking at my photos, I felt insecure and ugly. Thankfully, my husband loves me the way I am, flaws and all but we've decided that we both need to be healthier and slimmer for our kids. 

I also got to revamp our dining chairs with a pop of color. 

I'm also going back to reviewing makeup and I'm actually excited about it. I don't know but I feel like it's time for me to really own up to my promise of looking better now that I have a husband. 

I also finally got to organize my desk the way I want it to look which is a combination of my makeup and work combined. Kind of like boss babe vibes. Haha.

I'm just grateful that we're all healthy, alive, safe, and still able to earn a living. These days, this is all we could hope for honestly. 

How was your week?

Thursday, September 16, 2021

100 Days to Go until a Perfect Shopee Christmas with Jose Mari Chan

Once the -ber months set in, we all await the official start of the holiday season with the comeback of a Christmas icon—aside from Santa Claus, that is— Jose Mari Chan! The Filipino artist has been a holiday fixture for years, and this coming Christmas season, you can expect to see more of long-time Shopee Christmas ambassador Jose Mari Chan as he joins the exciting year-end shopping festivities along with the latest Shopee superstar, Jackie Chan.

Whatever your idea of a perfect Christmas may look like, you’ll definitely enjoy Shopee’s lineup of Jose Mari Chan-themed games, activities, and giveaways during the holidays:

ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko

This December, Jose Mari Chan and several other celebrities and influencers will give away pamasko via ShopeePay. Look for ShopeePay Celebrity Pamasko on your homepage and play the game to receive ShopeePay credits. You can also use ShopeePay to send pamasko to all your pamangkins and loved ones, with a variety of holiday-themed virtual cards to spread the love. Don’t forget to activate your ShopeePay wallet by clicking on the ShopeePay wallet bar, entering your personal information and OTP, and creating and confirming your ShopeePay PIN. 

Christmas in our Carts holiday gift guides

Let Shopee’s Christmas in our Carts gift guides inspire you as you shop for all your loved ones. Start your holiday shopping on a festive note with discounts up to 90% off on Shopee Mall and exclusive gift bundles with the latest gaming consoles, holy grail beauty items, skincare must-haves, and more. Remember to check out Christmas in our Carts until Christmas for exciting new deals. 

Jose Mari Chan-themed in-app games

From September to December, catch Jose Mari Chan on holiday-themed in-app games such as Shopee Catch and Shopee Collectibles. Catch and collect aguinaldos and Christmas decors exclusively in-app for a chance to win exciting prizes such as coins, discount & cashback vouchers, product giveaways, and ShopeePay credits.

#MyShopeeWish Christmas contest

This season of giving, Shopee will grant 10 lucky users’ wishes. From November to December, submit a letter via the comments section on Shopee’s official Facebook page for a chance to make your Christmas wish come true. 

Christmas countdown on Shopee Live

Can’t wait for Christmas? Tune in to the Merry-Galo Countdown for the 100-day, 60-day, and 30-day countdowns to Christmas this September 16, October 26, and November 25, all at 7:30 PM. Drum up some holiday excitement with mini-games, exclusive discounts for Christmas deals, and special vouchers. 

Jose Mari Chan’s special Christmas party

Nothing says Christmas quite like a serenade from Jose Mari Chan himself. Enjoy some tunes from the artist by tuning in to the Merry-Galo Party on Shopee Live this December. Get a chance to have Jose Mari Chan grant one item from your wishlist during the show by entering Shopee’s #DearNinong contest this November. During the live stream, Jose Mari Chan will also welcome viewers to his home and host a Q&A. 

Start the 100-day countdown to Christmas with more holiday deals alongside other exciting sales at Enjoy the Christmas festivities with Jose Mari Chan and watch his latest Shopee video via Facebook at or YouTube at 

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