Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Five Things You Can Do with ShopeePay

Nowadays, there are mobile apps for just about everything, even for activities like shopping or making financial transactions that we previously could not do online. With thousands of apps available for our use, it's best to choose one with different features so you don’t have to constantly switch between apps. Are you looking for versatility and convenience? Then ShopeePay is for you. To get started, simply download the Shopee app, and activate and verify your ShopeePay Wallet. From paying for items on Shopee to sending money, there’s a lot you can accomplish with Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet.

Here’s a quick rundown of the things you can do with ShopeePay so you won’t miss out:

1. Avoid bank fees when you cash in via InstaPay or link your bank account

There is plenty of ShopeePay cash in channels to choose from like payment centers, e-wallets, online banking, debit cards, and more. Aside from these convenient options, did you know that you can also avoid admin fees and cash in for free? One way is to link your BPI or UnionBank account to cash in for free. For those with a different bank, cashing in is also free when you use InstaPay on your bank’s online app—get up to P25 cashback on your first two InstaPay transactions per month. 

To make the experience even more rewarding, you can join the ‘Cash In and Win with InstaPay’ promo and stand a chance to win P100,000 worth of prizes when you cash in at least P1,000 via InstaPay from June 27 to 30. Cash in as many times as you can to earn more raffle entries.

2. Send money to any bank, e-wallet, or Shopee user for free

Need to send money to your friends or family? No need to worry about paying additional fees. The best thing about sending money with ShopeePay is that it’s free, with no hidden fees. Choose from different ways to instantly send money— to bank account, e-wallet, scan to send via QR, or try the new Ang Pao feature. You can use ShopeePay Ang Pao to surprise your friends and family during special occasions or to send money to multiple people at the same time without incurring additional charges. 

On top of zero fees, you can also earn money when you participate in ShopeePay’s send money promos until June 30. 

ShopeePay Mission - From June 23 to 30, send at least P50 to any ShopeePay user or bank/e-wallet account, and earn raffle entries for every transaction. Eligible users can get a chance to win up to P1,000,000. 

Double Ang Pao promo - Get double the amount you sent when you send at least P50 to 40 friends from June 27 to 29 (capped at P200) and to 100 friends on June 30 (capped at P500). 

3. Buy discounted load and data for your mobile phone

We’re used to purchasing prepaid loads from reloading stations that usually add extra costs on top of the load. Why pay full price or more when you can call, text, and surf the net with discounted load and data promos from ShopeePay? Get up to 10% discount for mobile load and data from the country’s major networks when you top up your prepaid SIM. Tip: Check out ShopeePay’s flash deals and payday discounts for more offers.

4. Get cashback when you pay your bills 

Whether you need to pay for daily utilities like electricity, water, and internet or personal expenses like loans, insurance, or government contributions, ShopeePay is a one-stop shop for your bill payment needs. Get the most out of your monthly budget with cashback vouchers when you use ShopeePay to pay over 60 partner billers—new users can get up to 100% bills cashback (minimum spend P180, capped at 180 coins). 

5. Access amazing deals in-store and online shopping perks

Check out ‘ShopeePay Near Me’ on the Shopee app to discover deals for as low as P1 from popular food & beverage outlets, retail brands, and more. Avid online shoppers can get more value for money when you pay Shopee purchases with ShopeePay’s exclusive shipping discounts and cashback vouchers. This June 30 Payday Sale, enjoy even more rewards such as sitewide shipping discount vouchers w/ P0 min. spend, up to P1000 off on bills and 10% off vouchers when shopping.

Activate ShopeePay now and start enjoying its benefits. To learn more about ShopeePay, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-pay. Follow ShopeePay’s Instagram and Facebook pages to be updated with the latest promos.  

Enjoy comfort and clarity with the newest Nokia accessories exclusive on Shopee

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announces its new line-up of accessories – the Nokia Comfort Earbuds Pro, Nokia Clarity Earbuds +, Nokia Wired- and Wireless Headphones and Nokia Go Earbuds 2 Pro now available exclusively on Shopee.  Fans can also purchase the Nokia T20 tablet bundled with Nokia wired headphones for a limited time offer.

Nokia accessories – every device’s perfect match


Perfect gifts for every occasion; the new line of Nokia accessories can be used universally across your favorite gadgets whether it’s a Nokia smartphone or tablet, or another brand. The new accessories are now available on Shopee starting today:

For everyday use, the Nokia Comfort Earbuds Pro promotes in-ear comfort and noise cancellation with ANC noise cancellation technology. These earbuds provide up to seven hours of noise-canceled playback time on one charge and thanks to their natural ergonomic design and unique comfort ring, the Nokia Comfort Earbuds Pro lets users enjoy superbly balanced sound reproduction with ease. It also features dual-mic Environmental Noise Cancellation for clear calls.

The perfect partner for intense workouts or work days, the Nokia Clarity Earbuds  + offers quality sound, longer playback, and zero interruptions. These earbuds come with dual mic Environmental Noise Cancellation technology and an Active Noise Cancellation mode to keep background sound to a minimum. They also have a 13mm device driver that delivers superior balanced sound quality. Users can use up to 20 hours of playback as they enjoy its super-light design built for comfort.

Fans can ride on that sleek and stylish headphones trend in prime comfort with both the Nokia Wired- and Wireless Headphones. The accessories sport big bass with a comfortable fit with their lightweight foldable design and comfortable cushions that lets users enjoy the powerful sound with ease. The Nokia Wireless Headphones can deliver up to 60 hours of playback, the best companions for listening while on the move.

A gift of durability and precision, the Nokia Go Earbuds 2 Pro are built with balanced 10 mm drivers to let users get the most out of their music as they produce rich bass and balanced sound. The earbuds offer an environmental noise-canceling feature that keeps the user’s voice clear and heard more clearly on calls. Moreover, the accessories have a low latency mode that lets users stay in the zone in games and videos with less audio lag, where they can keep going all day with up to 24 hours of charge case battery power. And with durability that can withstand rainy days and active workouts, users can enjoy the earbuds’ sweat and splash-resistant build and a secure design for maximized comfort.

All Nokia accessories can be purchased exclusively at Shopee until July 11 starting at Php 890. The accessories will be available soon in all Nokia mobile official stores and authorized resellers online, and physical stores nationwide on June 27.

Nokia T20: A premium quality that’s built to last

Featuring the award-winning qualities of Nokia phones now in the tablet space, the Nokia T20 has versatile features for all occasions – including long-lasting battery life, a crisp 2K screen, and immersive OZO Audio and OZO Playback. Users can work, learn and play for longer thanks to its premium Nordic quality and two years of OS upgrades for signature reliability.

Starting July 1, customers can purchase the Nokia T20 tablet in Ocean Blue color variant and 4 GB/64 GB configuration for only Php 10,990 from its original price of Php 12,990, bundled with the new Nokia wired headphones. Check out this limited-time offer on Shopee.

UnionBank holds Selyado Wednesdays e-learning series for MSMEs

In celebration of Privacy Awareness Week, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) continued its Selyado 4.0 series of weekly e-learning sessions. These were conducted to educate micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and highlight the importance of data privacy in the digital age.

“Data Proficiency for Beginners” was the first topic had for its main speaker Edwin Concepcion, ASEAN of Straits Interactive Pte. Ltd., Head of Data Protection as a Service (DPaaS). He gave an introduction on data proficiency -- what it is, how it can be done, and why organizations should prioritize it. Concepcion defined data proficiency as one's capacity to utilize data to positively impact an organization. For MSMEs, he noted that its benefits included improved operational efficiency that in turn, lowers operational costs; as well as creates better experiences for customers.

“Cybersecurity for MSMEs” was ably discussed by no less than UnionBank’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Joey Rufo. For this second leg, the focus was on cybersecurity as a must for MSMEs, especially amidst the steadily growing digital economy. It remains one of the major issues individuals and organizations face today as we continue to shift to the digital space.  

Rufo emphasized that cybersecurity applies especially to the MSMEs since many shops and firms have set up e-commerce sites or have shifted their businesses online. This setup exposes them and their customers to the threat of cyber attacks (like malware, phishing, etc.) which is why they also need to prioritize cybersecurity. Rufo reminded the business owners that consumers will only transact their information and money with establishments they can trust.

“Updates on DP Regulations and Data Privacy Trends,” the third forum, had National Privacy Commission (NPC) Deputy Commissioner Leandro Aguirre as the presenter. Atty. Aguirre touched on the various government initiatives in ensuring that organizations are able to play their part in protecting the data of Filipinos. He also discussed trends that are seen to dominate data privacy in the next few months. Atty. Aguirre underscored the importance of the private and public sectors working together to advance the promotion of data privacy in the country.

Attendees who were able to complete each session were given certificates of participation. UnionBank likewise held raffle draws giving away special prizes to make the sessions more exciting.

The Bank also made it possible for those who missed the #SelyadoWednesday e-learning live streams to have access to the recording of all the sessions on-demand and get certificates upon completion. They can visit the UBPXcellerator website https://ubpxcellerator.apptitude.xyz/) and register for a free account 

ERC enables UP and Meralco’s pilot implementation of retail aggregation

The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has enabled the pilot implementation of retail aggregation with the timely promulgation of the rules governing the said mechanism.

The regulator, along with Meralco and UP Diliman, on June 24 signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will allow the academic institution to choose its preferred supplier of electricity for the combined power requirements of the Diliman campus.

This came right after the ERC issued the rules on the retail aggregation that will allow two or more electricity end-users within a contiguous area to pool their demand and become Contestable Customers, thereby enabling them to participate in Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA).

RCOA allows electricity end-users classified by the ERC as Contestable Customers to directly negotiate their power rates and enter into a retail electricity supply contract with their preferred supplier.

(L-R) Meralco Vice President and Head of Corporate Business Group Engr. Ma. Cecilia M. Domingo, UP Vice President for Development Elvira A. Zamora, UP President Atty. Danilo L. Concepcion, ERC Chairperson and CEO Atty. Agnes VST Devanadera, ERC Commissioner Atty. Alexis M. Lumbatan, and Meralco First Vice President and Head of Regulatory Management Office Atty. Jose Ronald V. Valles.

"We have just promulgated the Rules for the Electric Retail Aggregation Program which is another means of empowering consumers to exercise their freedom of choice. The Rules on Retail Aggregation was released today as we celebrate the launch of the Pilot Implementation of Retail Aggregation," ERC Chairperson and CEO Agnes VST Devanadera said.

The pilot implementation will involve UP Diliman’s 149 customer accounts within the campus, which have an aggregate demand of 4.27 MW.

For Devanadera, retail aggregation gives more consumers still another alternative means to manage power costs, especially now with external factors such as surges in global fuel prices leading to the volatility of power rates.

"The ERC would like to thank UP and Meralco for their initiative in making possible this pilot implementation. With their partnership, we hope that the electricity consumers will be more enlightened about the benefits of retail aggregation which ultimately is for the consumers to have the power to choose from among the electricity suppliers that offer better rates and better services," the chief regulator said.

UP Diliman intends to practice its contestability under the RCOA to comply with the directive of the Inter-Agency Efficiency and Conservation Committee (IAECC) under the Government Energy Management Program (GEMP), to reduce the government’s monthly electricity consumption.

“As I wrote to ERC Chairperson Devanadera last May, this pilot scheme is borne from a series of meetings between the UP System Committee on Energy Efficiency and Conservation Program and MERALCO. The aim was to identify the best strategies to achieve energy efficiency and conservation in the University,” UP President Danilo L. Concepcion said.

“I warmly thank the UP System EECP Committee members and their MERALCO counterparts for the hard work and creative thinking they put into this planned pilot implementation of retail aggregation for UP Diliman. Thank you to the Energy Regulatory Commission headed by Chairperson Devanadera for supporting this pilot retail aggregation scheme for UP Diliman,” he added.

Meralco, for its part, expressed its full support to the pilot implementation and pledged its continuous participation in exploring ways of expanding customer choice through retail aggregation.

“We would like to recognize the ERC for its instrumental role in this partnership, particularly by the promulgation of the necessary rules and regulations governing retail aggregation. Their guidance and oversight have shaped both this pilot implementation and retail aggregation for the rest of the country. Beyond retail aggregation, we are hopeful that this project will be the first of many initiatives where Meralco can work with the ERC and University of the Philippines to bring innovation and customer empowerment to our kababayans,” said Meralco FVP and Head of Regulatory Management Atty. Jose Ronald Valles.

The ERC said the Retail Aggregation program will encourage competition among Retail Electricity Suppliers and will result in better rates and better services for customers. 

The ABCs to Healthy Skin for You and Your Child

As parents, we spend our days making sure we have the right tools and partners so our children can grow up healthy, and enjoy all the joys of life, big and small. From the vitamins they drink to keep them strong, to the lotions and creams that keep their skin smooth and healthy, their well-being is at the top of the priority list.


Young moms and dads who have experienced eczema, or who are now seeing eczema symptoms in their kids often feel anxious and worried when their little ones experience redness or skin irritation. Also known as atopic dermatitis or skin asthma, eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin disease that leads to dryness, itchiness, and redness in the skin, and these symptoms appear over time in varying degrees. From spotting the first signs of redness and flaking, itchy skin, to reaching the peak of severe cracks and bleeding, worsened by scratching, eczema may come and go but mostly remains dormant in the skin. 

While eczema is not life-threatening, parents worry over this because it may have a significant impact on their child’s life, limiting the clothes they wear, the activities they do outdoors and under the sun, and even the food they eat so they don’t further irritate their skin. When a flare-up happens, you as the parent want to help your child not only relieve the itch and prevent skin from bleeding, but more importantly, space out the next flare-up for as long as possible and get their life back to normal.


Because eczema occurs as a succession of inflammatory flare-ups which appear over time, Bayer Consumer Health introduces its ABC Eczema Care System. Bayer aims to help parents and their kids reactively treat eczema flare-ups, while also proactively repairing and moisturizing skin to mitigate future flares-ups. With their products, managing eczema and controlling flare-ups is as easy as ABC.

A is for Anti-inflammatory
The peak of eczema symptoms is flare-ups that often come with redness and swelling of the skin. For fast relief of these symptoms, Mometasone furoate (Elica®), is an OTC topical steroid that helps control and calms down the inflammation, with visible results in just 24 hours. Available in cream for wet wounds and ointment for dry, thick areas, Mometasone furoate (Elica®) relieves itching, swelling, and inflammation. 


B is for Barrier Restoration
Once major symptoms have subsided, your skin needs to heal from scratching and dryness. Bepanthen Itch Relief Cream not only calms itchiness within 30 minutes but also helps heal the impaired system barrier in eczema-prone areas. A steroid-free cream, it can be applied as needed when itchiness occurs, so you don’t need to worry about potential harm to your babies and children. As it helps prevent the loss of water in your skin, using Bepanthen Itch Relief Cream is proactive measure parents can take to lessen itchiness, redness, and irritation. 


C is for Basic Care
Eczema management is not just a one-time occurrence. To help space out the next flare-up for as long as possible, the skin needs to be cleansed and moisturized on a regular basis. Bepanthen SensiDaily Moisturizer is clinically tested to help keep skin flare-free for at least three months. Formulated with prebiotics to help keep extra sensitive, eczema-prone skin healthy, it provides deep and long-lasting* hydration for your whole body. 


Beating eczema should not be a case of hit or miss. With Bayer’s ABC Eczema Care System, managing it is as easy as ABC! 

If symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.

Elica and Bepanthen are available via Bayer Official Stores on Shopee and Lazada. To learn more about Elica and Bepanthen, visit their official websites at https://www.elica.com.ph/ and https://www.bepanthen.com.ph/. 

*For up to three months, with regular use

ASC Ref. No. B214P052622BS

TOYCON PH 2022 – THE BIG SHOW RETURNS FOR A GRAND HOMECOMING!

For long-time TOYCON fans, it’s no secret that Voltes V holds a special place in this convention’s heart. This iconic robot has never missed a spot among the collage of colorful characters on our poster since the very start, and on special milestone years, it has even become the central symbol of our show, with the huge Voltes V statue in 2016 when we first moved the convention to the SMX in Pasay, the fleet of Voltes V ships gracing our 2017 merchandise, and TOYCON’s launch of the Tamashii Nations Super Electromagnetic Machine VOLTES V, Bandai Spirits DLX Soul of Chogokin in 2020. 

It’s been too long since the community of pop culture fans and collectors has come together since the pandemic struck. For many, this long drought without any gathering to celebrate our common love for all things creative, innovative, and collectible has gone on way too long. And so with the effects of CoVid winding down, we just cannot wait to see you all, our fans and loyal community, finally come home. 

And this year, our 19th year of putting on an onsite convention, Voltes V takes center stage again as part of a promise made by our event partner, Quiccs, back in 2019 to launch his trademark TEQ-63 in unmistakable Voltes V style only at TOYCON! And this year, in partnership with TOEI Co. Ltd. Telesuccess, we’re all set to finally launch it! At the heart of the Voltes V story is a tale of a family divided, of struggles suffered and surpassed, but ultimately a reunion of love. Which is really what TOYCON is about too, isn’t it?  It is a yearly reunion, and for this year, a homecoming, as we return to the place where it all started.


BACK TO BASICS

TOYCON was started as a gathering of people of like minds, and this year as it has been every year, it is a collaboration of many to put together the biggest pop culture event in the country and in South East Asia. It is an alliance, which this year, goes back to its roots, as we put on a TOYCON which feels familiar but still is the cutting-edge show it has been which other shows have imitated but never duplicated. 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

The biggest Voltes V Licensing and merchandise exhibit in collaboration with Telesuccess Productions Inc.

Surprise Celebrity appearances (to be announced soon!)  

Funko Funatics Philippines release of exclusives and celebrity signings

Top toy studios and designers from the region on exhibit 

TOYCON Creator’s Alley – co-organized by the Bulletpunk Network where the top Filipino toy creators meet the up-and-coming young upstart creators

Artist Alley – co-organized by Komiket with some of the Philippines' top comic book artist/s assembled for signing and sketching

The TOYCON Collectors Gallery c/o the Philippine Toy Groups Association

Toy Art and Toy Customizing competition

ToyClick and Cosclick Photography contest

The TOYCON Cosplay Competition and the World Cosplay Summit

Collectors and Customizers Panel discussions  

The Pinoy Pop Culture Icon Awards

And the Biggest collectibles retail floor of more than 250 booths

WHAT'S NEW FOR THIS YEAR’S CONVENTION?

Online selling seminars, live auctions, and live streams brought to us by Lazada

VIP access, NFT workshops, and Bulletpunk BitWars art brought to us by Smart Signature

Come home to a very familiar, yet still, a whole new playground as the TOYCON PH 2022 happens on July 8 to 10, 2022 at Megatrade Halls, 5/F of the SM Megamall Building B. The event is organized by VLAC Event Management Inc and co-presented by Lazada and Smart Signature.

Sponsored by Telesuccess Productions, MaxiCollector, Great Toys Online, Legendary Beasts Studios, EC Collectibles, Filbars, Toy Empire, Bully Boy Collectibles, and DHL.

In cooperation with

Vans, Yori, Funko Funatic Philippines, Warner Brothers, and The Linden Suites 

With media partners, ABS-CBN, 106.7 Energy FM, and FPS PH.

And event partners Anime Alliance, Ex-Link Events, Komiket, PICOF,  and the Philippine Toy Group Association.  

For event details go to: www.toyconph.com or Like ToyConPh on Facebook and Twitter

Tickets are available online at SMTickets.com and the TOYCON 2022 store on Lazada.     

Monday, June 27, 2022

Dae Nong Mart in BFRV, Las Pinas is the Best Korean Store

When I say that I have been to my fair share of Korean Marts, trust me on this. Every single time I pass by one, I make sure to stop and check it out. Most of the time, I am okay with the choices but sometimes, I feel let down, especially after I started watching Korean vlogs.

I found out that I have a love for Korean food and cooking, thus, the search for the most complete KMart has started. Thankfully, I saw Dae Nong Mart. 

Dae Nong Mart

This is located right beside BPI Family Bank which is along BF Resort Drive. It's not that big but trust me, it's almost complete with the basics to cook a wonderful Korean dish.

They have all of these mushrooms. They have 5 different kinds and I love them since I love dishes with mushrooms and a lot of the Korean dishes that I want to learn involve mushrooms in one way or another. 

They also had the small sausages that are perfect for budae jjigae which I love serving in our home since it's so easy to make.


Dae Nong Mart

They have premium Korean beef which I use for beef enoki mushrooms, soup, and stir fry beef veggies. They also have Kimchi which I use for Kimchi rice. 



They had fish cake, the big togue, and hotpot ingredients. 


They even have really affordable bokchoy which is one of my go-to veggies. 

And this! Singapore Fish Ball is the best when it comes to noodles and ramen. ACK! So so good and bouncy fish ball. GAH! 

I also tried their gimbap ham and it's definitely something that I will be adding to my menu now. Their japchae is also so so great because a big serving is only 120 pesos and it's good for at least 3-4 meals. It's so easy to cook too coz you just need to pour hot water and leave it for 30 minutes to one hour. 


Here's the latest dish that I cooked at home. It's not perfect but I know that I am getting better with every attempt. 


I even bought a ttukbaegi for making Korean steamed eggs. I also have Mirin. The other dish is a veggie stir fry with gimbap ham and baby eggplant that I harvested from our tiny garden.

My version of jajamyeon.


Next time, I'll try the gimbap. I am so so excited. 

Kathy Balmores


Saturday, June 25, 2022

K-Beautrition for Angelic Radiance

You are what you eat. Diet and health have always been interlinked, and the K-Beauty industry is resurfacing this age-old wisdom through beautrition, the latest craze to achieving and maintaining your glow goals. 

Long before they made us obsessed with the 10-step routine and glass skin, Koreans have been practicing the harmony of beauty + nutrition. Take for example their fondness for kimchi and other fermented foods, which are known to promote a healthy gut, more luminous complexion, and overall fitness. 


Now the K-Beauty industry takes beautrition to a new level with edible or ingestible beauty---supplements that are usually in the form of drinks, capsules, candies, gels, powders and the like.

Greater than the Glow

More than the desired effect of radiant skin, beautrition products emphasize holistic health starting from within. When our insides are in tip-top shape, it shows on the outside, too. 

Beautrition products provide the energy our body needs to function properly, plus it helps improve blood circulation, which in turn enhances nutrient absorption and delivery to nails, hair, and skin.   

What sets apart beautrition products from other supplements? Aside from satisfying recommended nutritional values, beautrition products come with specific actives or combinations of particular ingredients that target special concerns. 

K-Beautrition with Cheonsa

Cheonsa is the newest name you can trust for beauty nutrition. Cheonsa uses premium-grade ingredients from Korea to ensure high-quality results. These include hyaluronic acid, glutathione, vitamin C, zinc, collagen, and biotin. 

While other health and wellness brands also use these valued ingredients in their products, Cheonsa invests in sourcing them from Korea where more meticulous production standards are followed and maintained.  

Kylie Padilla for Cheonsa

Kylie Padilla is the newest endorser of Cheonsa. Way before it became super popular, the Kapuso actress has been practicing the ways of beautrition. “I love trying out new skin care products and trending regimens, but throughout the years, what worked for me is being very conscious of what I eat as I know it will eventually affect the state of my skin.” 

Kylie adds, “That’s why I feel honored to be chosen as the face of Cheonsa as I am advocating total fitness to be your prettiest. I’m really impressed with Cheonsa’s high-quality ingredients from Korea. Aside from helping me achieve glowing angelic skin, it makes me feel energized and healthy everyday.  

Kylie’s favorite drinks these days include Cheonsa’s Collagen powder boosted with hyaluronic acid and glutathione. They come in two flavors: Creamy Cappuccino and Strawberry Smoothie. Whether with ice or taken piping hot, these collagen drinks help Kylie have that supple-looking, hydrated, and brighter complexion. 

On busier days with longer taping hours, Kylie gets beauty reinforcement from    Cheonsa’s supplement capsules: Glutathione with Vitamin C and Zinc, and Collagen with Biotin. Taking them is part of her daily self-care routine to combat the adverse effects of such a hectic lifestyle. 

Get that angelic Korean glow and be vibrantly healthy like Kylie! Nourish your skin, only with Cheonsa. 

Cheonsa is exclusively available at Watsons and other leading online stores nationwide. 

Let the kiddies experience Pizza Hut’s pizza-making process via Little Pizza Chef XP!

Moms and dads, it’s time to bring the kiddies over to the nearest Pizza Hut branch for a fun activity that allows kids to get a glimpse into the process of creating a pizza, Pizza Hut style!  

Pizza Hut’s Little Pizza Chef XP (LCP XP) is a pizza-making activity prepared just for kids! Through this exciting offer, participants will get to experience what it’s like to prepare pizza from scratch the Pizza Hut way, using the freshest ingredients to create the fun and bold flavors that we’ve come to know and love! 

At the start of the activity, the kids will first have to wash and sanitize their hands as part of the safety procedure, before being given their own Little Pizza Chef Hat and kiddie apron together with their own raw pizza dough and toppings. After putting on their chef attire, they will then begin the process of assembling their pizza. Once assembled, the duty manager or a staff member will then place the raw pizza into the oven.

While waiting for the pizza to cook, a Pizza Hut staff member will give the kids a placemat that comes printed with fun activities that they can do. Once cooking is done, the kids will receive the pizza that they prepared themselves, as well as their own Little Pizza Chef certificate for participating in the activity. They’ll also get the chance to pose with their own creation and their certificate for some snazzy snapshots!

To participate in this fun activity, which is open to children below 12 years old, customers must order Pizza Hut’s “LPC XP Package” or the “LPC Meal,” available exclusively for dine-in orders. The LPC Meal comes with one Personal Hawaiian Pan Pizza, a single serving of Crispy Fries, and an ice-cold glass of either Iced Tea or Lemonade, available for just P199.

What are you waiting for? Visit your nearest participating Pizza Hut branch together with the kids so they can enjoy making their own Pizza Hut creations! For a complete list of participating stores, visit https://bit.ly/PizzaHutLPCStores

Don't miss out on the latest news, updates, and deals from Pizza Hut by giving the brand a like and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! 

Green Run at Vermosa Encourages Outdoor Activity,

After two years of quiet and confinement, it’s time to celebrate the green outdoors and have fun in the sun. 

Vermosa, an Ayala Land Estate in Imus Cavite, is front running the event. It is a modern, suburban community that promotes healthy and active living. On July 3, Sunday, everyone is invited to lace up and run for a greener tomorrow with the staging of Green Run. It will be a one-day, multi-level run within its 750-hectare property that is fast gaining fame as the new sports and fitness hub down south.


Consisting of 21K, 10K, 5K, and 3K distance categories, the Green Run is targeting elite athletes, fun runners, fitness enthusiasts, athletes in training, weekend athletes, families, barkada, and just about anyone who is eager to run.  Various running routes winding through wide-open spaces and abundant greenery punctuated with wide pedestrian walkways, bicycle, and jogging lanes, and enhanced greenways will make this Run a truly pleasant experience.

Vermosa’s famous Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub, a state-of-the-art professionally–managed sports facility that has already hosted various national and international sports events will be the center of activities for registration and information. Featuring a FINA-standard Olympic-size swimming pool, a warm-up pool, an IAAF standard 400m track oval, a field with natural tiff grass, an Athletes Lounge, and a gym operated by Sante Fitness Lab, a premier training ground for amateur and professional athletes.

Vermosa has partnered with Pinoy Fitness, the running, fitness, and multisport event organizer, to conduct the Run. A beautiful medal created by artist Cynthia Bauzon-Arre of Forest Foundation Philippines, will be among the perks that runners will get for their participation. Proceeds of the Run will go to Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-a-Seedling Program, to build a greener tomorrow.

Vermosa Estate Head Jay Teodoro, a sports and fitness enthusiast himself, says “As more places begin to reopen, we can now enjoy the outdoors with more activities to engage in. I personally advocate sports and spending time outdoors as it helps boost physical and mental health. Physical activities, like running, provide a change of scenery and help reduce stress. This is why we organized the Vermosa Green Run. We want people to rediscover their surroundings, appreciate nature, enjoy the fresh air and boost their health. With an abundance of wide-open spaces and the state-of-the-art sports facilities at Vermosa Sports Hub, Vermosa provides one of the best venues to engage in physical activities.”

Those interested to join Green Run may go to ayalaland.myruntime.com to register. 

P&G and Philippine Red Cross' COVID-19 Bakuna Buses partnership vaccinates over 52,000 people

Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines has helped Philippine Red Cross vaccinate over 52,000 vulnerable individuals  - more than three times its initial target of 15,000 individuals in the CALABARZON area. 


In September 2021, P&G donated over 5 million pesos to fund PRC’s COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Clinics, popularly known as “Bakuna Buses”. The initiative prioritizes reaching highly vulnerable Filipinos who find it difficult to go to LGU vaccination sites, which includes senior citizens, persons with disabilities, bed-ridden patients, and persons with special needs.  P&G’s support was able to deploy three mobile vaccination mobile clinics to at least 150 barangays in the CALABARZON area and has helped inoculate 52,427 individuals—a total of 123,224 COVID-19 doses.


To further boost PRC’s ongoing vaccination efforts, P&G Philippines also partnered with Robinsons Supermarket through the Victory Over Virus donation drive program.  With every selected P&G hygiene product such as Safeguard, Head & Shoulders, and Oral B purchased in participating Robinsons Supermarket and Robinsons Easymart stores, P15.00 was donated to the cause. After 2 months, P&G and Robinsons raised a total of Php 1,691,880.00 and will help vaccinate over 2,000 senior citizens in rural areas in Region IV-A. The donation drive ran from November 15, 2021, until January 14, 2022.



“I would like to express my gratitude to Procter and Gamble (P&G) for its generous support of the PRC’s vaccination program. P&G is one of our significant partners in delivering efficient and effective vaccination services. With their help, PRC was able to administer 123,224 COVID-19 vaccine doses, fully vaccinating 52,427 individuals,” said Sen. Richard J. Gordon, Chairman of PRC.

PRC will continue to support the government efforts on COVID-19 vaccination for the next two years until the end of 2023. In fact, the organization has already brought its Bakuna Buses to Mindanao, targeting to vaccinate 50,000 more people across the Philippines by the end of the year. The Bakuna Buses in the Mindanao region are currently being supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

Panda Express® Adds Store in the South in Muntinlupa

The south area of the metro is attracting some good fortune. Panda Express®—the world’s largest American Chinese dining concept—is set to open another store in the south on July 1, with its Shell SLT branch, the first location in Muntinlupa, and along the South Luzon expressway. 


The new branch will be the 10th Panda Express branch in Metro Manila since it set foot in the country in 2019.

“These back-to-back store openings in the south are all attributable to the heartwarming support that Panda Express has received from Filipino customers since 2019. Guests from Muntinlupa and nearby areas, as well as city travelers heading south, can now stop over at our new location to satisfy their craving for savory, wok-cooked American Chinese dishes,” said Ned Bandojo, Business Development Head of Jollibee Group Foreign Franchised Brands.

The Panda Express menu includes a variety of entrĂ©es with regional Chinese influences—from its bestselling The Original Orange Chicken®, a wok-tossed crispy chicken coated in sweet tangy sauce to other must-try entrees like Broccoli Beef, Savory Shrimp, and Black Pepper Steak.

Guests can grab their Panda Express favorites through dine-in, takeout, and Park, Order, and go channels. To get more information about Panda Express, visit www.facebook.com/PandaExpressPH/ (Facebook) and @PandaExpressPH (Instagram). 

AstraZeneca Philippines and Medasia Team Up for Early Detection of Chronic Kidney Disease

In commemoration of National Kidney Month, AstraZeneca Philippines and Medasia Medical Products Corporation have signed an agreement with the aim of broadening the country's access to machine testing that can help in the early detection of chronic kidney disease (CKD). 

In 2017, CKD was seen as the 4th leading cause of premature death in the Philippines with Impaired Kidney Disease as the 9th leading cause of death and disability. In 2021, hemodialysis procedure topped the procedural cases reimbursed through Philhealth.

Dr. Nickson Austria said: “As the burden of CKD weighs heavier on patients’ shoulders, it is essential to have these patient-centric initiatives. We cannot do this alone. It is a collective effort among the medical community, patients, government, and private sectors to be able to improve the overall quality of life for Filipinos and save more patients.”

“By working in partnership throughout the entire patient care pathway, I hope we can tangibly improve CKD patient outcomes and support our healthcare systems for many years to come,” says Jo Feng, Senior Vice President of AstraZeneca Asia Area. 

Addressing the unmet need among CKD patients through the AstraZeneca and Medasia partnership

The partnership between AstraZeneca Philippines and Medasia will enable more Filipino patients to gain access to urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (uACR) machines, which detect how much a small protein called albumin is present in the urine -- one of the earliest indicators of kidney disease. The testing may be done in doctors’ offices, hospitals or diagnostic clinics.  

Depending on the patient’s background and existing health conditions, the uACR is a simple urine test that may be taken once a year. Only a small amount of urine is needed (about two tablespoons) to do the test, which will then be checked through the uACR machine. A normal amount of albumin in urine is less than 30 mg/g. Anything above 30 mg/g may be an indication of CKD.

“CKD is highly underdiagnosed. Now that our uACR machines are more accessible to patients, we are committed to helping AstraZeneca Philippines and the medical community in addressing the root of the problem,” remarks MedAsia general manager Mr. Oliver Lim.


“In AstraZeneca, we recognize the urgency of early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic kidney disease.  We stand in unanimity with our partners to improve the healthcare ecosystem and enable solutions including disease education and broad access to diagnostics through our advocacy programs such as the Kidney Patrol which aims to Care, Know and Detect CKD. We are committed to helping improve outcomes, delay progression, and prolong dialysis-free survival for more Filipino patients,” says Lotis Ramin, AstraZeneca Philippines country president.

Recognizing the burden CKD poses on Filipino patients, AstraZeneca Philippines in November 2021 shared its commitment to address the condition through the launch of Kidney Patrol. It is an online advocacy campaign that seeks to educate patients on kidney health, including prevention of disease progression, to dialysis and its complications. The social media-based campaign also encourages Filipinos to self-screen for risk factors and consult their physicians to recognize and detect CKD early. 

Through AstraZeneca Philippines' Kidney Patrol campaign and improved uACR access through the company's partnership with Medasia, more Filipinos will be encouraged to fight the dreaded Chronic Kidney Disease with the right CKD--Care, Know, and Detect. 

Weekend Hotpot at F1 Hotel Manila's The Canary

What's a good thing to do on a weekend? HOTPOT BUFFET at F1 Hotel Manila!

F1 Hotel Manila

Earlier today, my family and I headed to BGC because we heard that there was something called a laksa hotpot buffet happening at F1 Hotel. Ever since my visit to Singapore five years ago, I have fallen in love with Laksa. 

I just love it and my husband also loves it. Since we both hate being late, we ended up arriving earlier than 6pm and had time to catch the golden hour. 

F1 Hotel Manila

After, we trooped inside and got ready to feast. I loved that there wasn't an overwhelming choice of things. They kept it simple but filling.  

You can start with Kimchi Rice, Japchae, a fish dish, and Korean chicken. I had one serving of each and loved the Kimchi Rice. The Japchae was okay but I think the one I cooked a week ago was actually better. Teehee. I felt that this lacked a few more soy sauce and sesame oil. 

The fish was good and the chicken was very tasty. It was a good meal opener so to speak. Now off to the hotpot part. 

The fish tofu (lower left) will always be a winner and the crab sticks as well. I wished that the odeng (upper left) wasn't cut so small. Odeng is best experienced in large doses, not tiny strips. 

They had 4 kinds of noodles and 5 kinds of meat. I had tons of shrimp and beef. My son had pork overload and had fun flipping it and cooking it wrapped in the chopsticks. I chose the Pad Thai noodle and the rest got Egg Noodle.

My late grandfather would have been so proud of me. I actually got a lot of the bell pepper and ate it. I also got mushrooms and a little bit of the togue. 

My family and I ended up going home with a full stomach. The laksa was just thick enough and tasty enough with a hint of spice. It was perfect for me. 

I wish I could recreate this at home. I'm sure that it'll be special but if I can't, the good news is that the Weekend HotPot Buffet at F1 Hotel Manila will run until the end of August. Right now, they have an ongoing promotion too so head on here.