Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Gratitude # 20

The past two weeks have been filling, literally. We stuffed ourselves silly and I can feel the weight gain. Ugh.

I finally have almost all of the stuff that I have been dreaming about for a year now. Yes, it took me a year to go ahead and buy them because I really wanted to make sure that I wasn't doing an impulse buy.

I finally got Christmas themed pillow cases. I figured that since we celebrate Christmas here from November to January, it'll be put to good use 3 months a year. 

I also bought these green cookware set, green water heater, and pink thermos to match what I already had at home. These bring me so much joy when I look at it. 

For the first time in 40 years, I finally have an authentic COACH bag. This was a gift from my in laws and it felt so nice to have one. I know that I could never make myself buy one because it's too expensive but it's nice to actually have one.

This mirror was one of my dream mirrors for the longest time.Now, I finally have it and it looks as pretty as I imagined it to be.

This candle warmer and essential oil stands have been on my list for the longest time. It used to be so expensive so when it finally went on sale, I made sure that I caught it. Trust me when I say that it brings me so much joy.

I was also able to have all my 6 cats and 1 dog have the anti-rabies vaccine and they were also all given anti-flea medicines to make sure that they will all be healthy.   

My son also had his second dose of the COVID vaccine. I feel a little bit more secure now. 

I also wanna say thank you to the different brands that have sent over products to be reviewed over the past two weeks. Your trust means a lot. 

Rebisco, Organic Wipes, Attipas, Lunguard, Venus Rose, Harmony and Wellness Soaps, Hansel Osaka Style Pink Vanilla, House of Rendang, CDO, Shopee, FWD, Tiny Buds, and Ohayo Blends. 

My heart  is so full. 

I also learned that I am top 24 in MOMMY BLOGS. I am absolutely floored!

I've also been able to dispatch two batches of diamond painting to Gabriela and to a school shelter in Lepanto. It felt so nice to be able to do this. This was me sorting with one of my angels. 

I was also given the chance to share my experiences and learnings to a group of Momfluencers. I'd like to think that they learned something based on feedback that I received. 

I also got to cook a really savory dish for the first time. Even I found it really good and I am my own worst critic. My husband loved it so much he made sure that we set aside something for him to bring to work. 

And ending this with a photo of my youngest who managed to nail my RBF. Hahahaha.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Brands that are Khali Approved Part 2

Over a year ago, I made the first Brands that are Khali Approved Post.  Since then, there has been so many changes, discoveries, failures, and wins when it comes to products that Khali uses. 

A lot of people have asked what we used on our baby so I decided to make a new post of brands that are Khali approved.

1. Cetaphil Baby 

Khali has found a new love. Swinging. All-day, he does nothing but swing, run, and swing. This means that he ends up sweating a lot which can sometimes trigger his hives. We sometimes have to bathe him at least 5x in a day. Thankfully, Cetaphil Baby products can be used for frequent washing without drying out the skin. In fact, it keeps skin moist and hydrated.

I use Cetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath & Wash to wash him and make sure all dirt is removed. Afterward, I follow it up with Cetaphil Baby Advanced Protection Cream. I make sure that I cover all his exposed skin because these are most prone to hives and really dry patches.

Combined, these 2 products work hand in hand in providing more moisturization and soothing ingredients to address the dry, irritated skin of babies so Khali can safely play all day.

I really love the fact that it's so gentle on Khali's skin because of its 5-fold protection. It checks all the boxes – gentle, soothing, hypoallergenic, helps seal in moisture, and protects baby’s skin barrier.

Cetaphil Baby Moisturising Bath & Wash contains aloe vera and almond oil to moisturize and soothe dry, irritated skin. Cetaphil Baby Advance Protection Cream, on the other hand, contains organic calendula and shea butter to reduce discomfort from dry, chaffed skin.

2. Tempra 

Every single time my son gets sick, I make sure that I have my medicine kit with me, and inside I have Paracetamol Tempra.

Buti na lang ngayon meron na ring Tempra Cool Touch. It has 10 hours cooling effect that helps manage fever. Super important ito kasi reliable partner ito for us mommies sa pagmamanage ng fever ni baby.

3. Bio-Fit Plus

Since Khali was 6 months old, we have only used one vitamin for him and that is Bio-Fit Plus Vitamins and Minerals. Now that he's almost 2 years old, I still use it because it's really good for him. 

He eats a lot, rarely gets sick, sleeps a lot, and is strong as a bull. Bio-Fit Plus has Folic Acid, Vitamin C, and Zinc. This is also approved by his pediatrician which makes me trust it more. 

So if you want your baby to be as healthy, tall, and strong as my baby, start using BioFit Plus.

4. Organic Baby Wipes

My son has really sensitive skin. He would erupt in hives or have really bad spots if I use wipes that have chemicals on them so even with the wipes that I use on his skin, I am careful.

Good thing there's Organic Baby Wipes which is the 1st organic baby wipes in the Philippines. Organic baby wipes are infused with organic aloe vera, known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, to prevent nappy rash. 

What’s more, because they are organic, these baby wipes contain NO HARSH CHEMICALS and are hypoallergenic. NO PARABEN, NO ALCOHOL, NO CHLORINE, and NO HARSH CHEMICALS. It is also 100% biodegradable. The material of the wipes is plant-based so it's good even for Mother Earth.

These are the brands that we use on a daily basis with Khali. I hope that it helps another Mom out there who may be on the lookout for brands recommended by Mom and kids. 

Remember though to always consult with your pediatrician.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Sing your heart out this Christmas with TM’s Kantahang FunPasko

Whether it’s Yuletide carols playing on loop, a live band playing the year’s chart-toppers, or everyone’s favorite uncle singing the night away on the karaoke mic he’s been hogging for the past five songs, there’s nothing like having music at a Pinoy Christmas get together to double everyone’s good vibes or GV. And while pandemic restrictions may have dampened our musical merry-making during the holidays, there are new ways to keep old traditions alive—one of which is through TM's Kantahang FunPasko.

“Because we are now in our second year in a pandemic, we at TM wanted to give Filipinos the doble-dobleng GV that they deserve,” says Darius Delgado, TM Vice President for Consumer Mobile Business.

TM's Kantahang FunPasko started off with a musical bonanza with the recent release of TM's Playlist on Spotify with songs that ka-TMs love.

Playlist tracks include the TM FunPasko song “Dobleng GV sa FunPasko (Noon, Ngayon, Palagi),” an anthem about raising Filipinos’ Christmas spirit amid the pandemic; “Push ang Pusuan”; “Fun Pasko 2020”; and “TM Doble Dekada,” a song that celebrates 20 years of TM and all of its subscribers, who are carrying on with the Samahang Pina-Easy spirit.

Last November 26, TM launches the official music video of “Dobleng GV sa FunPasko (Noon, Ngayon, Palagi)”. It features ka-TMs The Juans, SB19, Matthaios, Silent Sanctuary, Donnalyn Bartolome, Seth Fedelin, Andrea Brillantes, Alden Richards and our stans from TM Mad Rush To Your Crush—showing us that everyone is welcome sa TM samahan.

“With TM, there’s no stopping the doble-dobleng GV that Kantahang FunPasko will bring to this year’s Christmas celebrations,” says Delgado. “This musical experience allows our customers to find solace in these special songs and become part of something bigger than themselves.”

Visit this link to listen to TM’s newest song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tndMSpVVIVo  

PCPPI delivers on environment stewardship commitments

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—reaffirms its focus on sustainable business practices as it announced its recent wins on environmental protection and stewardship. 

Recognizing the role of private sectors in minimizing plastic wastes that end up in the environment, PCPPI continues to practice light-weighting to reduce their virgin plastic content in plastic packaging. The company said it had already reduced about 118 metric tons of plastic resin as of September 2021. This equates to almost six million single-serve Pepsi polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. PCPPI has also saved 36,000 kilograms of cartons as secondary packaging through the light-weighting initiative.

“PCPPI has fervently elevated our business practices to benefit the environment and the people. It’s still a long journey towards achieving plastic neutrality, but we are happy to see that we are making remarkable progress and a positive impact on the environment,” said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.

In 2020, PCPPI was able to save 76 metric tons or about 3.8 million single-serve PET bottles.

Clean-up Drives

PCPPI is also bolstering its water stewardship initiatives through its participation in various localized coastal clean-up activities. The company’s regional offices in Batangas, La Union, Cagayan De Oro, and Davao partnered with local government units and Environment and Natural Resources offices to collect wastes along coastal areas and bodies of water. 

The company also supported the community clean-up drives and waste management activities by providing segregation bins in Sto. Tomas, Batangas and Rosario, La Union. 

For their part, PCPPI Cagayan De Oro volunteered to participate in the Limpyo Dagat Program of Cagayan De Oro City to clean the stretch of Cagayan de Oro coast. Since 2019, PCPPI is the only private organization participating in the said program. 

As part of its water stewardship program, PCPPI has adopted six water-bodies to create and implement sustained and long-term protection projects, together with partner local government units.

 “The company respects water as its main resource and as everyone’s fundamental right. Through these activities, we are allowing our business to thrive sustainably, while benefitting the lives of the communities around us,” said Ong.

PCPPI is the exclusive manufacturer of well-known beverage brands in the Philippines: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina.


Tin Can Art: Give the Gift That Gives This Christmas

Tin Can Beginnings

Did you know that the practice of packaging biscuits and cookies in tin cans has been around since the 16th century?

European voyagers packed biscuits as snacks for long trips and placed them in cans. Several hundred years later airtight cans, meant to store biscuits so they would not crumble and stay oven-fresh, were invented. Since then, tin cans have been the best containers for biscuits and cookies, evolving into pretty things that people kept, collected, and reused.

This year, Rebisco is keeping the biscuits-in-tin cans tradition alive with its Special Edition Designer Cans. First introduced in 2018, each designer can is a mini version of the big, iconic Rebisco tin cans that have been favorite Pinoy pasalubongs for generations.

Tin Can Art Today

Look. The works of artists, both contemporary and budding talents -- Dominic Rubio, Aljo Pingol, plus three young artists from Regional Lead School of the Arts in Angono (RLSAA), Julia Baluyot, Dave Dauz, and Lyra Lacanaria -- are immortalized on the sides of the special edition tin cans.

Familiar Filipino scenes, traditions, local heritage, and everyday life are celebrated in bold, playful, dramatic, and whimsical styles using striking, soothing, and exciting colors. The artworks are original and unique to the designer cans.

This Christmas, if you’re looking for a gift that’s beautiful, meaningful, filled with goodies to the brim, and literally a work of art, Rebisco’s Special Edition Designer Cans would make perfect presents.

Why You Should Buy Rebisco Designer Tin Cans

These junior-sized cans are not just lovingly packed with premium Rebisco biscuits, cookies, crackers, and wafers, they are meant to be decorative pieces to be collected and displayed. They can be multifunctional containers too.

But the tin cans are not just all about aesthetic values. Each can is called “the gift that gives” because every can sold helps support the young student artists of the School of the Arts in Angono and the Calbayog Arts and Design School of Eastern Visayas (CADSEV) in Calbayog, Samar. Rebisco is providing the schools with art essentials, equipment, and other resources that will help young art scholars pursue their creative dreams in various art forms.

The contents of the designer tin cans are delightful as well. Only premium Rebisco products – Rebisco Sandwich Choco, Rebisco Sandwich Cream, Rebisco Cracker Plain, Rebisco Cracker Honey Butter, Wafertime Choco, Choco Mucho Cookies Choco, Choco Mucho Cookies White Choco, Hansel Crackers, and Hansel Mocha – are in each can.

Hygienically packaged and sealed, each designer tin can is a safe and thoughtful Holiday gift. Very affordable at P195 each, they are available at the Rebisco Flagship Stores on Shopee and Lazada.  

The Jollibee Chick’nwich is going to be your new favorite chicken sandwich

There’s absolutely no question that there are a number of chicken sandwiches Filipinos can get here. It’s also no question that there hasn’t really been a clear winner when it comes to the best chicken sandwich in town, too.

All that is about to change as Jollibee enters the game and offers its own take on a meal everybody loves with the brand-new Jollibee Chick’nwich, dropping in selected stores this month. You can view my Tiktok video of it here.

The Jollibee Chick’nwich brings chicken sandwiches to a new level. It is twice the size of your average chicken sandwich, made with a 100% whole juicy chicken fillet, double hand-breaded to give you double the crunch, sandwiched in a buttery brioche bun, and packed with a special mayo dressing and dill pickles. With all of that goodness coming together, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if the Chick’nwich becomes your new favorite chicken sandwich.

“Both our Jollibee fans and chicken sandwich fans are in for a great treat as we take chicken sandwiches to an exciting new level with the Chick’nwich. We can’t wait for everyone to satisfy their cravings and try Jollibee’s take on this kind of food that people just love,” said Mari Aldecoa, Assistant Vice President, Marketing.

The Jollibee Chick’nwich will be available at all Mega Manila stores on November 23 for PHP 130.00 solo, and PHP 175.00 with fries and drink. Have it safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, or #87000. 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. 

Ben&Ben push the mental health discussion forward with “Lunod” music video

It doesn’t always have to be sink or swim when it comes to mental health. 

Ben&Ben chronicle the experience of drowning in torrential distress and anxiety on the music video of their new single “Lunod.” Directed by award-winning filmmaker Jerrold Tarog (Heneral Luna, Sana Dati), the visual narrative pushes the discussion forward with its metaphorical depiction of individuals trying to keep their heads above water and find their way out of a dark, harrowing tunnel.

“The music video is a deeply introspective and symbolic interpretation of the song, which is all tied in together from the concept and writing, down to the location,” lead vocalist, guitarist, and Lunod chief songwriter Paolo Benjamin explain. “In the video, the song is narrated as the band, with Zild and juan karlos, move deeper and deeper into the tunnel slowly—losing breath, then in the latter half taking powerful strides to move out of it. This signals a ‘rebirth’ into a new, more mature version of the self.”

The cinematic visuals were shot at the El Deposito water reservoir, an underground location is known for its historical significance to the events that lead to the Philippine Revolution, Philippine-American War, and World War II.

“Lunod” serves as the band’s reunion project with Jerrold Tarog, who helmed the music video for their 2018 track “Susi,” off the historical epic drama, Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral. “We love collaborating with visionaries in their fields, and so it was a dream working with him,” the acclaimed folk-pop group reveals.

Ahead of the music video release, the nine-piece collective dropped a live acoustic performance of “Lunod” last month. The version, which features collaborators Zild and juan karlos, strips down the bluesy, classic rock arrangements of the original for a more subdued take. The intimate interpretation of the song is part of an exclusive EP release featuring multiple iterations of “Lunod” in various formats, including an extended version of the track.

“The multiple versions for ‘Lunod’ were intended to bring a full listening experience to our listeners; for them to hear what more could be brought out of the song,” Ben&Ben shares in a statement. “We decided to release for streaming the acoustic jam of ‘Lunod,’ the extended version in the music video.”

Aside from the EP, ‘Lunod’ received a remix treatment from hip-hop artist Zelijah, who channeled his struggles with mental health on the production level, and even added a rap verse to convey the mental strains that he went through during the pandemic, and after being diagnosed as bipolar. The “Bipolar remix” of the track gives Zelijah the opportunity to put his own character into the song, and reinterpret it with ethereal sonic elements that blend trap, hip-hop, modern electronica, and rock music genres.

Apart from the ‘Lunod’ EP, Ben&Ben and its label, Sony Music Philippines, recently opened a Lunod-themed café at Latitude Bean+Bar in Malate, Manila as part of Ben&Ben’s Kuwaderno Pop-Up Café activities, which will run from November 25-27. The pop-up café includes a Lunod art installation inspired by Zelijah’s Bipolar Remix, as well as other art activities related to mental health.

The Kuwaderno Pop-Up Café features several exclusive activities for Liwanag and ordinary folks to immerse themselves into Ben&Ben’s critically acclaimed album and upcoming digital concert. The two other exclusive pop-ups are located at Jess + Pat’s in Maginhawa, QC, and Kale Café in Fairview, QC.

Music fans can also purchase tickets to Kuwaderno: A Ben&Ben Online Concert directly at the three pop-up locations in Metro Manila. Set to redefine the concert-going experience with the biggest headline concert of their career, Ben&Ben’s upcoming digital concert will be integrating live music performance with multiple creative disciplines such as theatre, dance, orchestra, and technology to create an audio-visual spectacle like no other. 

Ben&Ben’s “Lunod,” featuring Zild and juan karlos, is out now on all streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines. Watch the music video here

“Lunod” collaborators Zild and juan karlos are also set to join Ben&Ben on Kuwaderno: A Ben&Ben Online Concert, happening on December 05, 2021 (Sun) from 8pm to 11pm. Get your tickets here.


Shopee Wraps Up 2021 and Introduces its Newest Brand Ambassadors, Dingdong and Zia Dantes, at the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, closes the year with its annual 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, the most joyful year-end celebration in the region. 12.12 is set to bring a smile to users as they shop from the widest variety of products to reward themselves and their loved ones during the happiest time of the year. Through the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, shoppers can also spread the holiday cheer to their favorite local businesses, with 2 times more items sold by local businesses this year.

Users can look forward to a delightful celebration throughout the festive season. In the past year, Shopee has brought fun to users with exciting giveaways and exclusive content, recording over 13 billion engagements and views across its social media channels. This 12.12, users can expect even more entertainment and engagement with a brand-new commercial featuring international superstar Jackie Chan and performances by popular K-Pop group Tomorrow X Together. To get into the Pinoy family spirit of the holidays, Shopee also welcomes first-ever celebrity father-and-daughter brand ambassadors, Dingdong and Zia Dantes. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Every 12.12, Shopee comes together with our users to celebrate the milestones and achievements over the past year. This year, we would like to show our appreciation to all our users for letting us be part of their daily lives. Many more users are now using digital services, and local businesses are increasingly embracing the shift online. We are glad to have been able to adapt to their evolving needs this past year and we will continue to help more people benefit from the digital economy as we head into a new year. We look forward to celebrating the year-end with all our users as we bring smiles to one another this holiday season.”

1. Celebrating the happiest time of the year with the best deals

As shoppers hunt for the best gifts,  Shopee is thrilled to bring users the most exciting deals this 12.12. These include: The best promotions: Shoppers can enjoy the best deals for all their gifting needs with deals such as free shipping with no minimum spend, ₱1 Deals, and 10% off daily.

Big discounts: They can also get discounts up to 90% off on the biggest Shopee Mall brands: 

2. Celebrating the holidays with entertainment for the whole family

Users can also expect non-stop entertainment from today until the big finale on December 12. Highlights include: Fun-filled 12.12 TV Special: Filipinos can tune in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live this  December 12, 10:30pm, to catch Tomorrow X Together, Korea’s hottest rising boy group, grace the stage with a very special performance. Celebrities such as Michael V, Ysabel Ortega, Kate Valdez, Rayver Cruz, Julie Ann Jose, and Andrea Torres will also join host Willie Revillame for a fun and star-studded evening. 

Entertaining content from Shopee’s newest brand ambassadors: Fans can catch Dingdong and Zia’s festive new TV commercial, which features the beloved Pinoy Christmas tradition bunutan ng pera, on local TV networks and on Shopee’s official Facebook and YouTube accounts. Users can also check out Shopee’s YouTube and Tiktok accounts for heartwarming videos featuring Dingdong and Zia, wherein they recreate social media challenges, go shopping on Shopee, and more.

Exciting games and contests: Users can win voucher giveaways by joining Dingdong- and Zia-themed games and contests on Shopee’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. From December 1-12, users can win a total of ₱12,000,000 in prizes from their favorite local celebrities, including Dingdong and Zia, by playing Shopee Celebrity Pamasko on the app. Users simply have to tap on the angpao to win a prize from the celebrity of the day.

3. Celebrating local businesses and culture

Local businesses represent a significant part of local culture and as the need for digitalization increases, Shopee is committed to supporting these sellers and helping them thrive:

Shopee Celebrates Local: Shopee launches ‘Shopee Celebrates Local,’ a special contest to share and promote beloved local sellers. Users can read their stories on the #TatakPinoy page and on Shopee’s social media channels, and vote for their favorites until December 5. Winning sellers stand to win prizes they can use for their businesses, while users stand to win Shopee vouchers. Through the Tatak Pinoy page, users can also enjoy exclusive deals when supporting these sellers. 

4. Celebrating wider communities 

Through 12.12, Shopee will continue to uplift local communities through its platform. In the spirit of Christmas, Shopee launches the Frontliner Holiday Package to show gratitude for local heroes. Starting December 10, frontliners can avail of this package, which includes vouchers they can use for their holiday celebrations. 

For more information about Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, visit https://shopee.ph/m/christmas-sale.

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

Foster your child’s curiosity with this simple at-home experiment

The world around us is surrounded by the thrilling wonders of science. Growing up, be it we are swinging on a monkey bar, mixing colors for an art project, or even talking to our best friends using paper cup phones attached to a string, it is a science that explains how these ‘magical’ moments are possible.    

Since children do not know what they don’t know, it is up to us parents, guardians, and educators, to intentionally explain the science behind each of these little joys and fill their minds with knowledge. This also helps to preserve their sense of wonder as they pursue big questions about the world, even if they are stuck at home due to the pandemic. 

Today, we are seeing more young people value science and STEM subjects. Findings from this year’s 3M State of Science Index (SOSI), an annual, third-party study commissioned by global science company 3M, echoed this sentiment. In the Asia Pacific region, 73% agree that young people are more engaged in science and science-related issues than ever before (vs. 69% globally). Amongst those who believe corporations should be involved in supporting STEM education, the top action they wanted corporates to prioritize include creating resources for kids to get involved in science at an early age (46% vs. 44% globally).

To ensure that the appreciation of science remains high, we need to continue fostering curiosity and encouraging our young ones to unleash their inner scientists. Through this easy and engaging at-home experiment, you can help contribute to the growth of STEM by stimulating your child’s mind and having fun in the process. 

Be sure to test out the experiment yourselves before trying it with your little scientists as the activity listed below would require parental supervision

Blast off with a paper rocket 

Preparing our children for different stages of life may seem like rocket science but let’s take a step back and enjoy the time we have together with some paper rocket science. 

Materials needed: 2 pieces of paper, scissors, drinking straw and tape 

In science, we learn that variables may affect the outcome of an experiment. Let’s explore how different designs can change the way your rocket propels:

  • Fold a piece of paper into four and cut them into smaller rectangles. 
  • Take one of the small rectangles and roll it around the straw to make a tube (not too tight). Tape the tube you have made so it stays rolled up.  
  • Next, pinch and tape one end of the tube to make the nose of the rocket.
  • With a different piece of small rectangle paper, cut some right-angled triangles to make fins before taping them onto the tube. 
  • Repeat steps to make a few rockets with different tube lengths and/or different numbers of fins.
  • Place the rocket on the straw and blow for blast off. When you are experimenting, you may realize that some changes make a bigger difference than others. Once you have an idea of what changes are the most important, try designing a rocket that can go the farthest, or fly the most accurately. 

Learn more about this experiment at the 3M Science at Home website.

Find out what other experiments 3M scientists are sharing by watching the videos at the Science at Home webpage. Hopefully, these experiments can help inspire your child and ignite their passion for science and learning.  

Switch to RCBC in Minutes

If you – or anyone you know – still puts up with out-of-date and inefficient banking services just because it seems too difficult to open a new account, then switch to a bank that makes it easy for you to go digital right away. No need to go to a branch for all the paperwork or do zoom interviews. RCBC Digital will help you through the process, right here, right now.

It takes just a few minutes. All you need is a secure internet connection, one valid ID, and the gadget you’re using right now to read this article. Not only will you be able to open your own RCBC Digital account, but you can also upgrade with an ATM debit card, a virtual prepaid card or e-wallet, and a checkbook without needing to submit any other document. 

RCBC has truly gone out of its way to make online banking accessible to everyone and, dare we say, simple and easy enough for the technologically challenged. Imagine, with a few taps or clicks on your gadget, you instantly get to save, transfer local or international funds, pay your bills, buy load, invest, convert your money to foreign currency, and all other bank transactions you can imagine. 

You can even withdraw money from any RCBC ATM without your physical card – just your RCBC Digital app! If you want to deposit a check to your account, just take a photo of it and send the image through the app. For other transactions like requests for bank certificates, ATM card replacement, checkbook reorder and the like, the app has a digital concierge to help you out.

All these for zero maintaining balance! There is an ongoing promo until November 30, 2021, which involves cash gifts under the following conditions: 

P100 cash gift for P1,000 -P3,000 initial deposit

P300 cash gift for P3,001 -P5,000 initial deposit

P500 cash gift for P5,001 and up the initial deposit

The best thing about RCBC’s digital banking service is that it has been recognized by various local and international bodies as one of the country’s best digital banks. That should mean it is considered to have best-in-class digital features and services. 

What else is there to think about when you can do an easy, secure, and complete way to do digital banking? All it takes is a few minutes of your time with RCBC Digital.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Lampara Books hopes to promote spiritual formation and values education through its Guiding Light imprint

Lampara Books has recently launched Guiding Light, a new Philippine imprint that hopes to encourage parents and families to be a good influence on their children’s journey to life. 

The family-oriented and faith-based imprint aims to promote the spiritual formation, values education, emotional growth, and community development through highly entertaining but transformative books written and designed by some of the world’s most promising and award-winning writers, illustrators, and personalities.

“It has always been our goal to inspire adult readers, most especially parents, to engage with their children on stories of inspiration, joy, and life lessons within a framework of Christ-centered beliefs and teachings,” says Segundo D. Matias Jr., the Chief Publisher of Lampara Books. “Our activity books create bonding moments between mom and dad with their kids through storytelling that put good values at the forefront of its principles while inspiring everyone to become a better human being.”

For its premiere offering, Guiding Light has recently released its ‘Little Life Lessons on’ series—a collection of fun activity books that parents and their children can color, play around with, and use as a medium for purpose-driven instruction. Written in both English and Filipino, the series is made for childhood care providers and parents to help their kids learn important values in life. The ‘Little Life Lessons on’ catalog contains inspirational stories that depict kindness, obedience, respect, and love, among many others.

The motivational imprint also takes pride in its Family Bible Illustrated edition, which has 365 pages of bible stories, meditations, and prayers for the whole family to reflect on together, and The Comic Book Bible, which offers a treasury of stories, known and loved by generations of readers.

For readers who are looking for a refreshing spin to the familiar narrative, there is Classic Bible Stories, illustrated for pictures-and-words format by talented young artist Tommaso d' Incalei. Bringing stories to life for a new generation of readers, this timeless collection will inspire people to discover the meaning behind the teachings of God in an exciting and easy-to-read way. Another significant title under its banner is The Classic Children’s Bible, which is beautifully illustrated and presented to cater to a younger readership.

Other titles that are currently available at the Guiding Light website are Rhona Davies’ The Life Of Christ, strikingly illustrated to chronicle the important life events that Jesus Christ went through from his days in Galilee to joining God in heaven, and Angela M. Burrin’s Welcome To The Mass, a beautifully illustrated book that ‘explains the Mass by linking the liturgy to scenes from the Gospels.’  

The classic and new titles are available at the Guiding Light official website, https://www.guidinglight.com.ph.

Sterling Bank of Asia supports San Juan’s BJMP Livelihood Program

Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA) has selected San Juan City’s Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) as one of this year’s beneficiaries of their annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, the Kind Heart Gives Campaign.

Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) of San Juan City’s BJMP showcased their craftsmanship in their parol-making project, which also serves as an opportunity for them to support themselves and their families financially. The “parol,” which is one of the most iconic symbols of Filipino Christmas, is a staple decoration in most houses.

“The parol is a great expression of the Filipinos’ faith and hope,” said Cecilio San Pedro, SBA’s President, and CEO. “We’d like to take this opportunity to extend our support to the PDL’s of San Juan City as we move towards a brighter Christmas celebration in these challenging times,” San Pedro added.

During the announcement of the activity, Sterling Bank of Asia employees also ordered their own parols to bring home and hang in their homes. “It is inspiring to see how our fellow employees happily bought their own parols as a way of helping these persons deprived of liberty,” said Dulce Edillor, SBA’s Human Resources Group Head. “From a company-led initiative, our fellow employees voluntarily involved themselves in the project,” exclaimed Edillor.

To know more about Sterling Bank of Asia, visit www.sterlingbankasia.com. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Hansel Premium spreads Holiday cheer with Osaka-Style Pink Vanilla limited edition biscuits

Hansel Premium by Rebisco is spreading early holiday cheer with its new limited edition biscuits that will transport you to a deluxe world where premium taste rules.

The latest in its limited series of premium biscuits, Hansel Premium Osaka-style Pink Vanilla are golden, soft-crunchy biscuits filled with luscious, premium vanilla cream. Its sakura aroma brings to mind a cool, magical experience in Japan amidst the beauty and fragrance of cherry blossoms.

Available only from November 2021 to January 2022, this newest treat from Hansel Premium introduces a new flavorful experience that lets biscuit lovers enjoy world-class flavors right in their own homes. Only the third of their Limited Edition Hansel Premium offerings, (the first two are Hansel Premium Matcha Green Tea and Hansel Premium Black Sesame), this much-loved flavor is all about warmth, affection, and good times for everyone – perfect for Christmas and the New Year!

Other Hansel Premium products like Hansel Premium Virginia-style Peanut Butter Sandwich, Hansel Premium Hokkaido-Style White Cheese, and Hansel Premium New York-Style Cheddar Cheese bring the flavors of the world to the taste buds with every delicious snack.

“With their sweet goodness and sakura kick, our newest limited-edition flavor of Hansel Premium biscuits is a delicious treat to enjoy with a hot or cold drink this season or even as dessert. Inspired by the goodness and popularity of Japanese sweet treats and the beauty of cherry blossoms, this special treat is only available for the holiday months and makes the perfect gift. So make sure to catch them before they’re gone!" says Republic Biscuit Corporation vice president for operations Noric Terence Ng.

Hansel Premium Osaka-Style Pink Vanilla is available at online shopping sites, supermarkets, and convenience stores. Like the rest of the Hansel Premium range, it is indulgent and exquisite but priced very reasonably at P49 per 16-piece pack.