Friday, December 29, 2023

Magnolia Chicken Timplados All Around Giniling and Pangsahog

Magnolia Chicken Timplados All Around Giniling and Pangsahog products are ready to cook and perfectly marinated, making them versatile for various dish applications. 

Other benefits include: 

  • Sulit & easy-to-prepare delicious Pinoy staples for only P49 per tub
  • Real chicken goodness- made with real Magnolia Chicken
  • High in protein which boosts immunity
  • Packed in “Selyado Sigurado” tub packaging
  • Versatile dish applications
  • Giniling – can be used as stuffing for lumpiang shanghai, chicken siomai or formed into chicken ball or patty Pangsahog – can be used as pangsahog in pancit, soupy and vegetable dishes.

With Magnolia Chicken Timplados All Around Giniling and Pangsahog, Sarap na pang all-around, Abot kaya na! 


Ingredients & Preparation

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 can (340 g) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 pc cabbage, sliced
  • 1 pc carrots, small sized, diced
  • 1-1/2 cup elbow macaroni
  • 6-8 cups water
  • 3-4 pc hotdog, sliced
  • 2-3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1-2 cubes chicken bouillon
  • 1 pc (100 g) chicken liver (optional)


  • In a wok/casserole, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté the Magnolia All-Around Pangsahog, hotdog & chicken liver* for 4-5 minutes until the meat becomes brown.
  • Add the carrots, celery & cabbage and continue to sauté for 2-3minutes.
  • Pour the water and let it boil. Then put the macaroni & cook for 9-10 minutes (depending on the cooking guide).
  • Pour the evaporated milk while stirring. Cover and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste. Serve hot and enjoy.

Serving size: 6-8 pax

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Thursday, December 28, 2023

Effortless Cooking with Magnolia Chicken Timplados All-Around Giniling

Do you get overwhelmed by complicated recipes with so much ingredients on it's list? 😭Worry no more! With Magnolia Chicken Timplados All Around Giniling, every dish would be effortlessly yummy because it is ready to cook and perfectly marinated which makes it versatile for various dishes. BUT, that is not all, it is also high in protein which boosts immunity! 

This will be your new go-to ingredient for any dish may it be lumpia, siomai, chicken meatballs or patty! Make your life hassle-free and save time on preparing your holiday staples. Say goodbye to tasteless meals, and hello to Magnolia Chicken Timplados All-Around Giniling!

Start your first journey with Magnolia Chicken Timplados All-Around Giniling with  #Madalicious Lumpiang Shanghai recipe that your family will surely love. From a newbie cook to a seasoned chef level! We got you!


Ingredients & Preparation

  • 10pc lumpia/ spring roll wrappers (6-inch)
  • 2 cups cooking oil


  • Place 25 g of Chicken Giniling on lumpia wrappers.
  • Brush edges with water. Fold sides then roll to seal completely.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry lumpia for 3 - 5 minutes until golden brown & cooked through.
  • Drain Excess oil on paper towels.
  • Makes 2 servings.
  • (Yield: 10 pc, 5pc per serving)

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Pioneering World-Class Health & Wellness Event in January ‘24 Set to Lead the Philippines Globally

A pioneering event promoting the Philippines as a world-class health and wellness destination will have a rerun on January 26-28, 2024, at the SMX Convention Center at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City. 

Dubbed the Health & Wellness CONFEX 2024, the three-day event will gather under one roof the stakeholders of the multi-trillion-dollar health and wellness industry – from award-winning wellness resorts to globally accredited hospitals that provide medical tourism packages, all the way to organic farms and specialty shops that offer a wide array of innovative, sustainable and eco-friendly health and wellness products and services. 

With the theme “Go & Get Better,” the event highlights the promotion of regenerative tourism, which, in essence, is a strong call for making the places we visit better than we found them and pursuing economic growth while managing the social and environmental impacts of our visit. The event is, in fact, the centerpiece of a global multi-media campaign that aims to showcase the country’s many health and wellness destinations and will feature an exhibit, a conference, business matching sessions, and various experiential activities. It is the only trade fair in the Philippines promoting health and wellness tourism, products, and services. 

The ConFex will also launch its innovative television travel show-vlog that will allow viewers to explore the fascinating world of health and wellness amid the breathtaking natural wonders of the Philippines. Called OTW, the acronym for “On Travel & Wellness,” it will take viewers on a virtual trip to the country’s many tourist spots while highlighting, at the same time, the importance of wellbeing, of keeping healthy and safe while leading an active lifestyle. The 13-episode show will provide stunning views of the sun-kissed beaches, magnificent dive sites, towering mountains, and verdant woodlands that the Philippines is famous for, and it will also provide an in-depth look at the country’s diverse wellness practices – including traditional healing arts – through compelling anecdotes and discussions with regional experts. OTW will air on GMA 7’s GTV. 

On its third day, the event will likewise hold a Wellness Festival called Masigabo with various programs and activities that pay tribute to the industry and sacrifices of the migrant workers, better known as overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). On-hand activities are designed to make them feel better, relaxed, and loved. Health and wellness experts will also deliver talks about financial health, physical wellness, beauty, sustainability, environmental protection, government regulations, and more.

Health & Wellness CONFEX 2024 is co-presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT), in partnership with the Department of Health DOH), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Duty Free Philippines (DFP), and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB). 

The event is likewise supported by the following: 

  • Sponsors: Lifecore Bio Integrative Inc., Dean and Deluca Philippines, The Zen Institute, Enjoy Health, Aba Padres Hydroponics, Conrad Manila; 
  • Event Partners: Philip Dizon, Ark of Dreams, Market Social, Tourism Congress of the Philippines, Wellness Tourism Association of the Philippines, Philippine Green Building Initiative, SMX Convention Center, IQ Capture Printing Corporation, and DigitalCircles; 
  • Media Partners: GMA Network, ABS-CBN Corporation, GMA 7 GTV, Aliw Channel 23, Business Mirror, and DOOH PH 

The Health & Wellness CONFEX is spearheaded by a team of seasoned event organizers, wellness advocates, travel & tours agencies, and marketing & communication professionals, as headed by the country’s wellness guru, Cory Quirino, its Executive Director. 

For any inquiries or to participate at Health & Wellness CONFEX 2024, you can reach its Secretariat by email at or by phone at 09277227670 (attention: Sarah Timonera). 

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Coca-Cola Philippines Accelerates Efforts to Achieve Circular Economy on Plastic Packaging

Coca-Cola Philippines concludes 2023 with significant progress in its commitment to environmental sustainability and enters 2024 with an increased resolve to accelerate its efforts. This year, the company continued to strengthen its initiatives to meet its World Without Waste targets and launched “May Ikabobote Pa”, a brand-led initiative aiming to inspire behavior change among consumers regarding recycling. This includes expanding partnerships with organizations sharing a commitment to advancing a circular economy for plastic packaging.

The Coca-Cola Company also unveiled its 2030 Water Security Strategy, which aims to achieve 100% circular water use across 175 facilities globally. Additionally, the company plans to partner with like-minded organizations to enhance the health of 60 critical watersheds and return a cumulative total of 2 trillion liters of water to nature and communities between 2021 and 2030.

“We are grateful for all our projects this year, which demonstrate our dedication to conducting our business more sustainably and empowering the communities where we operate and serve,” said Tony del Rosario, President of Coca-Cola Philippines. “We recognize our responsibility to continue making a positive impact in communities and the environment and acknowledge that we still have a long way to go and that we cannot do this alone. We encourage everyone to join us in these efforts.”

Advancing a circular economy on plastic packaging

Coca-Cola Philippines took another significant step toward a circular economy for plastic packaging by introducing more bottles made from 100% recycled PET plastic (rPET), excluding caps and labels. In September this year, the company introduced rPET packaging for Coca-Cola Original in 190ml and 390ml and Wilkins Pure in 500ml, in addition to Sprite 500ml, which was introduced in 2019.

The announcement came on top of the launch of “May Ikabobote Pa,” the company’s new consumer engagement initiative aiming to inform and engage consumers about the actions they can take to recycle their empty plastic bottles. 

"May Ikabobote Pa" is brought to life by new rPET labels featuring a call to action, ‘Recycle Me Again,’ and a QR code that directs users to the Coca-Cola Sustainability Hub. This hub provides information about the company's recycling program, including a map displaying the locations of over 2,800 recycling drop-off points across the country, in collaboration with more than 60 partners. The hub also provides relevant updates on the company's waste management initiatives. Moreover, "May Ikabobote Pa" offers enhanced consumer recycling experiences, digital-led communications, and partnerships within selected 7-Eleven and Shel outlets.

Leveraging partnerships for effective waste collection and capacity building

Since the launch of The Coca-Cola Company’s World Without Waste global strategy in 2018, Coca-Cola Philippines has formed strategic alliances with the government, non-governmental organizations, and civil society to help establish a circular economy for plastic packaging in the country.

One of the company’s goals is to make recycling easier and more accessible for consumers by expanding its over 2,800 recycling drop-off points across the country through increased partnerships with like-minded organizations and institutions. This includes enabling the participation of micro-entrepreneurs, particularly carinderias and sari-sari stores, through the Tapon to Ipon and Tindahan Extra Mile Balik PET Bottle programs. Both programs help create a community-backed circular economy for plastic packaging while promoting economic empowerment among micro-retailers. 

For 2024, the company aims to expand the number of its partner carinderias and sari-sari stores to 2,400 in Metro Manila and nearby areas. Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Philippines' bottling arm, Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines (CCBPI), has inaugurated over 700 Tapon to Ipon store hubs in 170 cities and municipalities across the country. CCBPI has also partnered with the provincial governments of Iloilo, Davao del Sur, and Camiguin for the large-scale collection of recyclable plastic bottles.

Coca-Cola Philippines also helps improve the welfare of informal waste sector workers by supporting the work of social entrepreneur Plastic Bank. Since 2021, the partnership has so far activated 38 waste collection locations and 651 collection community members in the South Luzon area which has resulted in the collection of 546,000 kilograms of post-consumer bottles for recycling.

Helping preserve and improve water resources

In the Philippines and around the world, people are experiencing the impact of a warming planet through changes in water—from floods to droughts to rising temperatures in oceans. These changes adversely affect farming communities, create challenges in food production, and make it difficult for hundreds of communities to access safe and clean water for drinking and sanitation.

With a presence in more than 200 countries and territories, The Coca-Cola Company recognizes its responsibility to protect local water resources and help people who live in places that face water scarcity. Coca-Cola gives priority to communities near its facilities, urban hubs where its products are sold, and rural farming areas where it sources and grows its ingredients.

In the Philippines, Coca-Cola champions water security through efficient water use in manufacturing, improving watershed health and helping communities access safe and clean water. 

Bottling partner CCBPI has improved its national water use efficiency across 18 manufacturing plants throughout the country through stringent water-saving initiatives. From 2015 to 2022, CCBPI saved approximately 11 million cubic meters of water, equivalent to about 4,400 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Meanwhile, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines prioritizes nature-based solutions as a way to conserve watersheds using natural processes such as reforestation, wetland restoration, and the promotion of sustainable agriculture.

Through the Foundation, Coca-Cola Philippines collaborates with more than 25 partners nationwide to return the same amount of water used in producing finished products to nature and communities. This collaboration aims to enhance access to water for drinking and sanitation in the most impacted communities.

"The Coca-Cola Company has been in the Philippines for the past 111 years. We stay true to our company’s purpose of refreshing the world while making a difference through loved brands, done sustainably, for a better-shared future," said del Rosario. "As we look ahead, we are dedicated to serving Filipino consumers their favorite beverage brands and building a thriving and sustainable business that will endure for many more years."

Know more about Coca-Cola Philippines and its programs at or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. 

lyf Cebu City: Paving the Way for Co-Living in the Visayas Mindanao Region

Following the launch of the first lyf property in Malate, Manila, The Ascott Limited is thrilled to announce its expansion into the Visayas and Mindanao (VisMin) region with the opening of lyf Cebu City, the first international co-living serviced residence in the city. The latest property sets the tone for lyf’s continued growth and commitment to providing the new generation of travelers with a unique and vibrant co-living experience.

lyf Cebu City aims to bring its unique and distinct brand of co-living spaces and community-centric service to the Queen City of the South. Last December 16, 2023, lyf Cebu City extended an invitation to local media and influencers from Visayas, treating them to an unforgettable experience at "lyf of the City." The event offered an exclusive sneak peek into the property through fun activities, live entertainment, an interactive tour, and a delicious spread of food and drinks. 

Among the key personalities present were Rey Vergel Mulat, lyf Cebu City’s POP Champion, and Eunice Lodripas, the Director of Communications at The Ascott Limited, who shared insights into the brand's vision.

Mathias Bergundthal, the Cebu Landmasters Director of Hotels and Assets, was also in attendance along with Denise Olegario, the Director of Sales and Distribution at The Ascott Limited. Their presence highlighted lyf’s commitment to delivering an exceptional co-living experience in Cebu City.

Strategically located in the heart of Cebu, lyf Cebu City adds to the spirited atmosphere that the city made its name out of. The property will be located at Tower 3, Baseline Center, Cebu and is only a car drive away from Cebu CBD. It’s well-connected in terms of transport infrastructure and roads, making it a prime spot for both residents and businesses.

Moreover, being at Tower 3, Baseline Center, Cebu means guests are likely surrounded by the vibrant energy of the city. This area offers a mix of commercial, residential, and recreational spaces, creating a dynamic environment, which can be attractive for individuals seeking a balance between work and lifestyle. Such strategic locations also often witness ongoing urban development, adding to the value of the property over time. It's not just about the present amenities but also the potential for future growth and expansion.

Stepping inside the interior of the property, lyf Cebu City presents a wide range of amenities designed to foster a sense of community and offer an incomparable level of living experience. Guests can choose from a selection of One of a Kind (Studio), Side by Side (Twin), and All Together (Two-bedroom and Four-bedroom) apartment units to suit their preferences. The Connect (Coworking Space and Communal Lounge) provides an inspiring environment for collaboration, networking, and a sense of community, while Nook (Private Working Spaces) offers a peaceful and quiet sanctuary ideal for focused work.

In addition, lyf Cebu City’s Bond (Social Kitchen) is an amazing area where guests can unleash and let out their culinary creativity and build connections with fellow professionals that extend beyond work. The Wash and Hang (Social Launderette) ensures convenience and cleanliness, while the property’s pool offers a space to relax and share stories while taking in breathtaking views of the city. Health enthusiasts can also stay on track with their fitness goals without leaving the premises of the lyf with the Burn (Social Gym), a 24-hour fully equipped fitness center.

Complementing the vibrant environment of lyf Cebu City, the lyf Crew is the missing piece to complete every guest’s experience. Comprising of the lyf Champion (Residence Manager), lyf Guards (Multitaskers), and Ambassadors of Buzz (Community Manager), the lyf Crew are all dedicated to providing every guest with an exceptional experience throughout their stay. The crew is readily available to give local insider information, assist with inquiries, facilitate community-building activities, and foster a sense of belongingness and camaraderie among the guests.

“The expansion of our lyf property into Cebu marks an exciting milestone not only for lyf but also for The Ascott Limited as a whole. lyf Cebu City is only the beginning as we are determined to bring our innovative and community-focused properties to new locations,” said lyf Champion (Residence Manager) Rey Vergel Mulat.

lyf Cebu City is set to open its doors soon, and the opening will be the beginning of The Ascott Limited’s expansion plans into the VisMin region. 

Explore the advantages of becoming a member of the Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) program, where guests can unlock a world of exclusive benefits, rewards, and the most competitive rates. To learn more about the Ascott Star Rewards program, please visit this link

Mang Inasal Stores in Zamboanga Start Using Solar Panels

Mang Inasal, the Philippines’ Grill Expert, kicks off its commitment to greater environmental sustainability with some of its stores installing solar panel-mounted rooftops.

“In support of Jollibee Group’s efforts to shift to renewable energy, Mang Inasal is taking initial steps towards environmental sustainability,” said Mang Inasal President Mike V. Castro. “And being a highly franchised brand, we are thankful that our franchisees back us up in this endeavor.”

As of December 2023, Mang Inasal has launched the use of solar panels in its Sindangan and Molave stores in Zamboanga.

Mang Inasal Sindangan franchisee Hanzel Uy said the focus on being environmentally responsible makes running the business more meaningful as it not only gives them a more cost-effective option for energy consumption but also helps ensure a better world for future generations.

“Apart from the long-term savings on utility costs, we feel good knowing that we can contribute to a cleaner environment by tapping renewable sources of energy,” Uy shared. 

With the installation of solar panel-mounted rooftops, Mang Inasal Sindangan and Molave generated a total estimated annual savings of 48,000 kilowatt hours and reduced carbon dioxide emission of 34,000 kg. 

NutriAsia reopens the world’s only Banana Catsup Museum in Laguna

NutriAsia, one of the leading manufacturers of food products found in every Filipino household, has reopened the doors to The Catsup Museum - the world's first and only banana catsup museum. After a three-year hiatus from the pandemic, the museum is ready to welcome back organized tours to this one-of-a-kind attraction that is seen as a celebration and preservation of Filipino food culture.

The Catsup Museum is located at the NutriAsia Cabuyao Plant in Light Industry Science Park in Cabuyao, Laguna, and was first launched in 2017 to immortalize the story of the well-loved banana catsup. Inside, guests can learn more about the country’s culinary heritage and NutriAsia’s catsup brand history through rich visuals and impressive displays highlighting this favorite and iconic condiment that can be found in every Filipino household.

Its main exhibits include the History of Banana Hall where you can learn more about the story of banana catsup, as well as a Banquet Hall that displays the different kinds of foods best paired or eaten with it. The museum was also set up to promote Filipino virtues of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and hard work which all go into each bottle of banana catsup. The Maria Orosa Hall offers a special tribute to the Filipina Pharmaceutical Chemist, Humanitarian, and War Heroine credited as the inventor of banana catsup. Then, the Manufacturing Hall takes visitors through what goes on inside the plant and the process of how banana catsup is made from harvesting to bottling and labeling. It also features the equipment used by NutriAsia to create their signature banana catsup brands: UFC, Papa, Jufran, and Mafran.

“As the first and only museum of its kind in the world, The Catsup Museum stands as a symbol of NutriAsia's commitment to preserving and celebrating Filipino heritage. This newly renovated museum, now ready to welcome visitors again, embodies the spirit of innovation and resilience that define our company and our nation,” said Angie Flaminiano, NutriAsia President and COO. 

The Catsup Museum is now open for visitors. For inquiries and reservations, please contact The Catsup Museum at 

Interested parties can also follow The Catsup Museum’s Facebook page at 

Make Green Choices When Spreading Holiday Cheer with Sustainable Gift-giving Tips

Gift-giving makes the holiday season even more magical and festive. But the truth is: that many people deal with pre-holiday jitters from the pressure of finding the perfect gift to delight family and friends. 

This should not dampen the holiday cheer. Gifts are not required to be new or expensive, and there are so many amazing gift items that are not just thoughtful and economical, but also eco-friendly. 

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. highly supports sustainable practices during the holiday season. As part of its Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) commitment, PCPPI encourages Filipinos to practice a green lifestyle during the most wonderful time of the year.

With less than a month to go until Christmas, PCPPI shared some sustainable gift ideas worth considering this season:

Upcycled clothing

Instead of going to the mall to buy gifts, you might want to turn to your closet first. Your old clothes can go a long way with a little creativity. By upcycling clothes, you can help reduce clothing waste.

Transform old jeans into shorts or create a trendy top from a pre-loved shirt. This low-cost gift idea will surely convey your thoughtfulness, appreciation, and care for the receiver. 

Making food with love 

The options for oven-baked recipes are endless! Cookies, classic baked chicken, lasagna—You can never go wrong with these delightful eats. 

Make sure to buy ingredients from stores that offer local, fresh, and healthy options. Learn more about farmers and fishermen who can bring their goods directly to your neighborhood. Spread happiness this season through scrumptious and nutritious food.

Digital gifts

No gift list, no problem. Digital presents or e-gifts are great gift ideas that will surely save holiday shoppers from the stress of searching for tangible presents. Ideas may range from online shopping vouchers, access to streaming platforms, or even greeting cards. 

With limitless options online, these gifts are also easier to send to your long-distance friends and loved ones.

Reusable items

Influence your family and friends to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle by gifting them reusable items. 

Some of the best items available include stainless straws or utensils, reusable glass containers, and tumblers. Using these items will help reduce plastic disposable waste.

PCPPI is the country’s exclusive manufacturer and distributor of well-known beverage brands such as Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier Purified Water, Milkis, and Chum Churum Soonhari. For more information, please visit  

Mas Pinalamig na Paskong Pinoy Handog ni Sangkap Claus and BGYO

Sangkap Claus has come to town bearing a special gift for all: Chowking’s SuperSangkap Halo-Halo, ang #SuperSangkapNgPasko! Made with 13 unique halo-halo ingredients, this super sangkap dessert is the all-you-need palamig para sa mainit na Paskong Pinoy!

Chowking and Sangkap Claus set-up a special Christmas tree at NAIA terminal 3 with special QR codes to redeem a SuperSangkap Halo-Halo at any Chowking branch via or the Chowking App, perfect for balikbayans who are back home for the holidays. The tree will be up beyond the holidays, so anyone traveling could get their halo-halo fix no matter the season! Sangkap Claus will also be visiting select Chowking nationwide dala ang #SuperSangkapNgPasko, so watch out!

And that’s not all! PPop sensation BGYO also teamed up with Sangkap Claus to release their new Christmas jingle. ACEs all over the country could now bop it out to ‘Halo-Halong Saya’ while feasting on their idol’s favorite SuperSangkap Halo-Halo.

Make your different holiday moments even sweeter and cooler with the Chowking SuperSangkap Halo-Halo, a treat na bagay na bagay sa halo-halong kulay ng mga Pinoy celebrations any time of the year. Available in all Chowking stores nationwide, all-year-round. #SuperSangkapNgPasko 

How to achieve a great hair day? It’s not luck, it’s Pantene!

In a world where every day brings its own unique challenges, there's one thing you shouldn't have to worry about—your hair. With Pantene Hair Fall Control, you can now achieve a great hair day every day with 10x less hair fall—because when it comes to your hair, it's not luck, it's Pantene!

Pantene understands that having beautiful, smooth, and strong hair is more than just a physical attribute; it's a lifestyle. Your hair is an expression of your identity and plays a crucial role in your overall confidence and well-being. That's why Pantene is committed to helping you achieve and maintain the hair of your dreams with its Hair Fall Control shampoo, which contains real pro-vitamins that strengthen hair, resulting in ten times less hair fall.

Unlock Beautiful Hair by Letting Go of What Holds You Back

Life is a journey filled with choices. Often, we feel like fate is against us, but when it comes to your hair, you have the power to choose the right path toward greatness. We take control of things that make us confident by not settling for less.

Pantene Hair Fall Control empowers you to make the right choice for your hair by providing an advanced formula that nourishes and strengthens hair, reducing hair fall and promoting healthier, fuller locks.

As we journey through life, we also learn the importance of letting go of things that no longer serve us. Just as we let go of negativity and embrace positivity in our lives, it's time to bid farewell to bad hair days and welcome the confidence that comes with Pantene Hair Fall Control. Take control of your hair and choose a product that uplifts you and makes you stronger.

Inspire Confidence in Every Strand

Pantene Hair Fall Control isn't just about hair; it's about confidence. It's about waking up every morning and feeling empowered. It's about knowing that you have the strength and resilience to face whatever challenges come your way, just like your hair.

Pantene is committed to delivering exceptional hair care solutions that fit seamlessly into your lifestyle. Whether you're a busy professional, a stay-at-home parent, or a student juggling multiple responsibilities, Pantene Hair Fall Control is designed to make your life easier by ensuring your hair always looks its best, allowing you to take control of your life and make choices that bring out the best in you.

At the helm of this commitment is Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, the company behind Pantene, which shares the vision of delivering exceptional products that enhance the lives of Filipinos. Pantene Hair Fall Control is a testament to this commitment, offering a solution that fits seamlessly into the lives of Filipinos, ensuring their hair always looks its best.

Do not accept anything less; prioritize your hair and make great hair days more predictable. Use Pantene Hair Fall Control Shampoo for 10x less hair fall – because it's not luck, it's Pantene! 

Monday, December 25, 2023

Canon Philippines’ fifth Image Square opens at new Greenhills Mall

Canon Marketing Philippines, in partnership with Henry’s Cameras, opens its fifth Image Square at the new Greenhills Mall, just in time for the holiday season. This collaboration marks Henry’s Cameras' first stand-alone Canon Image Square and their second one in the Philippines. 

Canon Image Square is not a typical camera store; it’s a touch-and-try concept store designed to delight customers and enhance the overall customer experience. The store showcases a wide range of Canon products, from basic point-and-shoot cameras to DSLRs, camcorders, lenses, printers, and solutions bespoke to meet the evolving demands of consumers. 

Canon Marketing Philippines President and CEO Anuj Aggarwal expresses, “This new Canon Image Square reflects our commitment to tailor-fit outstanding products to the diverse needs of customers. We’re eager to provide a memorable shopping experience here at the new Greenhills Mall.” 

Visitors at the Canon Image Square can immerse themselves in the world of cutting-edge Canon products, including the innovative vlogging camera Canon PowerShot V10 and the EOS R8, Canon’s lightest full-frame mirrorless camera to date. 

Henry’s Cameras President Nicolson Ong states, “The Canon brand is synonymous with innovation, and together, we hope to make innovative lifestyle gadgets accessible to our customers.” 

During the opening, a Canon workshop on Food Photography led by professional photographer Michaelangelo Gramatica, added a creative touch, showcasing the practical benefits of Canon’s EOS R8 and RP. 

The Canon Image Square at Greenhills Mall invites photo enthusiasts, aspiring content creators, and pros, to experience, engage and educate themselves on the vast possibilities through Canon products. This initiative aligns with Canon’s vision of making the art of photography accessible to everyone.  

Filipinos can do More with Natural Energy-Boosters

Every moment counts in the pulsing beat of the city, where the dreams of Gen Zs and Millennials soar high. These ambitious go-getters—be they students burning the midnight oil, young professionals mastering their craft, or creators diving into passion projects—have a story. And it's one of juggling, striving, and pushing boundaries.

For the modern Filipino youth who wears multiple hats and is ever eager to excel, slowing down isn't in the playbook. A survey by Deloitte paints the picture: with 71% of Filipino millennials and 65% of Gen Zs taking on extra jobs to make ends meet. Their days aren't just filled; they're bursting at the seams.

However, the challenges of balancing work, studies, personal pursuits, and a buzzing social life — all the while trying to stay on top in this fast-paced world — can be draining. That’s why it’s important to tap into energy that keeps you productive and going throughout the day.

“Ensuring consistent and sustainable energy means keeping the momentum, staying sharp during a brainstorm, acing that presentation, or even managing back-to-back meetings without faltering,” Christopher Michael Del Rosario, Enature’s Director, shared.

As modern consumers take charge of their futures, Enature, a brand new energy drink, is at the forefront of providing a better way to fuel up for the day. A naturally-caffeinated energy drink thanks to guarana and Vitamin B12, Enature empowers the daily grinders to embrace each day with renewed energy and sustained functionality.

Sourced from the Brazilian guarana seed, guarana offers a steadier, more sustained release of energy. Combine that with vitamin B12. Known for its ability to contribute to the body's natural energy-generating processes, vitamin B12 synergizes with guarana to allow individuals to conquer their day with a renewed focus.

“By harnessing the power of natural nutrients, options with naturally-sourced ingredients like Enature can encourage people to achieve their goals with more sustained energy,” Del Rosario added. 

Hong Kong Disneyland teams up with Make-A-Wish, treats critically ill kids to 'Summer Snow Day' at new World of Frozen

For the first time in forever, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL) teamed up with Make-A-Wish® to grant life-changing wishes at the all-new themed land World of Frozen.

Eleven  children living with critical illnesses and their families from around the world traveled to Hong Kong to visit the World of Frozen and have their wishes granted. They are among approximately 130 guests traveling from local Make-A-Wish affiliates including the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan to join the Summer Snow Day Wishes Celebration.

“Making wishes come true is some of the most important work we do at Disney,” said Jill Estorino, President and Managing Director of Disney Parks International. “In fact, Disney is the largest wish-granter in the world for Make-A-Wish. Hong Kong Disneyland joined that journey when it opened in 2005, and has been bringing Disney magic to the local community and beyond ever since.”

The entire event was inspired by one child’s wish to meet the Imagineers involved with the all-new World of Frozen.

Dominic, a wish child from Singapore, was diagnosed with hemophilia seven days after birth. Despite facing an incurable condition that requires a lifetime of treatment, he remains steadfast in his pursuit of knowledge, fueled by a passion for mathematics, science, engineering, and space.

After watching the documentary “The Imagineering Story” on Disney+ during the pandemic, Dominic was deeply inspired by the Imagineers’ creativity and innovative use of technology to build Disney parks and attractions.

“While many Disneyland guests may only see what is presented, I am drawn to explore the rationale behind the scenes,” he said. “The work of Imagineers combines robotic techniques, architecture, engineering, and other disciplines, turning imagination into reality through numerous trials and experiments. I am thrilled to meet them to learn more about their work.”

Jo Phoa, Director of Creative Development of Walt Disney Imagineering Hong Kong, and Angus Chan, Principal Ride Control System Engineer of Walt Disney Imagineering Hong Kong, were touched by Dominic’s thirst for knowledge and excitement about Imagineering. They designed a special exploratory tour for Dominic, guiding him through the new attraction Frozen Ever After, which utilizes state-of-the-art Audio-Animatronics technology.

Additionally, Dominic learned about the electric motion simulator system of Iron Man Experience – the first at any Disney park and had the unique opportunity to witness the design process.

Dominic, who visited a Disney park for the first time, expressed his thrill at exploring the new World of Frozen and learning about its technology and operations. His conversations with Phoa and Chan reaffirmed his passion for science, inspiring him to become an Imagineer.

Rhianne, a wish child from the Philippines, had her wish captured by the end of 2019. She was ready to travel in early 2020 but then the pandemic hit. During the wait for travel to be safe, Make-A-Wish Philippines continued to engage with her for over three years through Disney-themed care packages, a surprise birthday party, and a special invitation to the first Wish Ball to give a testimonial. Throughout the last three years, Rhianne has been bravely going through her medical treatment while patiently waiting for her wish to come true.

“This is my first visit to Hong Kong Disneyland and also my first trip abroad, which is so exciting. I can’t wait to visit World of Frozen and experience Wandering Oaken’s Sliding Sleighs,” Rhianne said.

“This is a remarkable day for Make-A-Wish. For the first time ever, we are granting wishes from the Southeast Asia region at Hong Kong Disneyland,” said Dr Kevin Lau, Board Director of Make-A-Wish International. “I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Hong Kong Disneyland for inviting us to this special event celebrating the power of wishes at the kingdom of Arendelle and joining hands with Make-A-Wish in bringing hope to children from all around the world.”

To commemorate the opening of World of Frozen and the 25th anniversary of Make-A-Wish Hong Kong, the resort will donate HK$10 for every transaction made at Tick Tock Toys & Collectibles in the kingdom of Arendelle to Make-A-Wish Hong Kong from today until Jan 10, 2024. Combined with the proceeds from the recent “Wish Upon A Chocolate Cake” charity sales at the resort, HKDL plans to contribute a total of HK$600,000 to support the development of Make-A-Wish Hong Kong.

For over 40 years, Disney and Make-A-Wish have together fulfilled more than 150,000 Disney-inspired wishes around the world. The bravery, tenacity, and optimism displayed by the wish children are an inspiration for all cast members at HKDL, and the resort will continue to work with Make-A-Wish Hong Kong and other Make-A-Wish International affiliates to support the wishes of wish children living with critical illnesses and their families, creating magical memories that last a lifetime. 

Saturday, December 23, 2023

6 Imaginative Ways to Give Old Furniture New Life

Bringing home new furniture or decorative pieces can help liven up a space and make it more functional. However, not everyone has the budget to purchase a new piece or two. In this situation, repurposing an old piece of furniture might be considered. When you’re doing a furniture makeover, it can involve reupholstering, refinishing, or repainting the piece. The objective can be purely aesthetic, but in some instances, the result can be a complete functional transformation.

Aside from being a cost-efficient solution, transforming old furniture helps breathe new life into them. It adds a personal touch that store-bought items often lack. This kind of DIY project is also an eco-friendly alternative compared to throwing out the old piece and replacing it with a new one. 

If you’re looking into sprucing up old furniture, consider these creative ideas as inspiration.

But First, Assess Your Furniture Pieces

Before you rejuvenate an old piece, take a moment to assess your furniture's condition and style. Is it a sturdy piece with good bones, or does it need a bit of repair? It’s also a good idea to consider the piece’s design elements and let those influence the direction of your creative endeavor. 

At times, some furniture may have reached the end of their lifespans, and there’s no longer any practical means to repurpose them. In such a case, the next best thing to do is to find somewhere you can sell old furniture. Some online marketplaces also allow people to buy and sell pieces like bedroom furniture. There, someone who has more advanced skills might find interest in your old pieces which they might be able to repurpose or upcycle. Consequently, you can earn from the transaction and use the money to fund your other home improvement projects. 

1. Try Creative Painting Techniques

One of the simplest and most impactful ways to revive old furniture is through the transformative power of paint. Ombre, distressing, and stenciling are just a few techniques that can breathe new life into a tired, old piece. You can take that old wooden chair with peeling paint and give it a fresh coat of vibrant color using an ombre effect. This involves starting with a deep shade at the bottom and gradually fading to a lighter tone at the top. The result is a visually stunning, modernized chair that can become among the focal points of any room.

2. Explore Decoupage and Fabric Magic

For a touch of whimsy and personality, consider decoupage to give your furniture a new life. It involves decorating surfaces with paper cutouts and applying layers of adhesive. This technique works best on even surfaces like an old coffee table. Instead of discarding the furniture, revitalize the tabletop with a decoupage collage of vintage maps or magazine clippings. Then, apply a clear sealant for a glossy finish or varnish for a worn charm. Either way, the sealant protects the decoupage from wear and tear.

Another idea is to use fabric or wallpaper instead of paper cutouts. This helps add texture and visual interest to the piece. In the case of a simple wooden dresser, you can give it a chic makeover by covering the drawer fronts with a bold geometric-patterned wallpaper. This adds depth and style, transforming the dresser into a statement piece.

3. Create Functional Transformations

As mentioned previously, repurposing furniture isn't just about aesthetics. It can also be about functionality. For example, you can convert an old dresser into a charming kitchen island. Remove a few drawers and add a countertop. Then, apply a fresh coat of paint with a color that suits your kitchen design. This kind of furniture transformation not only enhances your kitchen but also provides additional storage and workspace.

Another creative idea is turning a discarded door into a unique headboard. This project requires sanding and painting the door to match your bedroom decor. Once you’re satisfied with its new look, mount the door behind your bed for a striking focal point.

4. Revive Furniture Upholstery 

If you have a chair or sofa with good bones but worn-out fabric, consider re-upholstering it. Simply choose fabrics that align with your current style. For instance, you can take a vintage armchair with faded upholstery and reupholster it in a vibrant, patterned fabric. Then, finish the upcycling process by adding a contrasting throw pillow for an extra pop of color. This decorative technique updates a beloved piece, so you can appreciate it even more.

5. Incorporate Personal Touches

One of the best things about repurposing old furniture is that you can infuse it with personal touches. Some ideas you can try include adding family photos to the back of a bookshelf or the inside panels of a cabinet. You can also incorporate your favorite quotes by stenciling them onto a repainted tabletop or chair seat. Adding these details makes the piece uniquely yours. At the same time, it contributes a sense of nostalgia and warmth to your home.

While it may take some time and creativity, repurposing old furniture allows you to turn them into cherished elements of your home. They also bring a fresh take to your interiors without costing too much. So, the next time you’re thinking of discarding furniture, consider repurposing it and trying out any of the ideas mentioned here. You might just be able to transform outdated pieces into something new, vibrant, and unique.   

Fans share stories behind their favorite Chickenjoy in new Jollibee ad

Jollibee’s new campaign shows why Chickenjoy remains the country’s best choice for fried chicken—it’s not only delicious, but it’s also a cultural icon that has fostered joyful connections among millions throughout the years.

The campaign goes beyond the crispy, juicy goodness of Chickenjoy and unveils the stories and sentiments that make every Chickenjoy lover a part of a massive community—the proud Chickenjoyers.

For Chickenjoyers, Chickenjoy is not just a meal; it's an experience that’s enjoyed by individuals and families alike for its crispy and flavorful skin, juicy and tender meat, and signature gravy. As a tried-and-tested classic, Chickenjoy has stood the test of time and has been part of many memorable moments or life events of customers, earning its place as a frontrunner in the industry.

“You know you’re a Chickenjoyer when you not only love the taste but also have a deep connection to it—whether it’s through sweet childhood memories or unmatched moments of satisfaction,” said Mari Aldecoa, Jollibee Philippines Assistant Vice President for Masterbrand and Chicken. “Every time one bites into Chickenjoy, they are reminded of why it’s their favorite. Jollibee loves Chickenjoyers just as much and aims to give back the same kind of joy to its valued customers.”

Jollibee’s new ad brings to life what it truly means to be a Chickenjoyer, showcasing the diverse emotions and memories associated with this iconic dish.

The Crispylicious, Juicylicious, best-tasting Jollibee Chickenjoy is available nationwide for PHP 82.00 (1-pc. solo meal). Drop by your nearest Jollibee branch and indulge in its crispy, juicy goodness via dine-in, take-out, or drive-thru. You can also have it delivered via the Jollibee App,, #87000, GrabFood, and Foodpanda.

For all the latest updates, like Jollibee on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. 

McDonald's gifts customers this Christmas with an unexpected yet iconic collaboration and a spectacular Lights Show

Get yourself in the holiday spirit as McDonald’s has more in store for its customers as its Christmas Lights Show, dubbed the Christmas Lights Magic, is back and their new Christmas film features a surprising collaboration between unkabogable icon Vice Ganda and ‘Drag Race Philippines’ host, Paolo Ballesteros. 

McDonald’s new Christmas film centers around the spirit of sharing featuring the Chicken McDo McShare as a symbol of unity, capturing the essence of sharing the love no matter how different we are.

And what better way to share the love than a shared experience with the gang? Grab your family and friends to experience the magic of the Christmas Lights Show in select McDonald’s stores! As the pioneer in mounting spectacular and memorable store light shows in the country, McDonald’s continues to inspire other quick service restaurants to make their restaurants a space that brings happiness to more Filipinos. 

In partnership with Coca-Cola, McDonald’s mounts 3 magical installations in three flagship stores across the metro. “McDonald’s has partnered again with Coca-Cola Philippines to spread holiday cheer through our dazzling Christmas light shows at select McDonald's stores. This marks the second year of our collaboration with Coca-Cola. Our brands share a commitment to bringing Filipino families and friends together over great food and beverages.” said, Oliver Rabatan, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of McDonald’s Philippines

We invite everyone to gather their families and friends, enjoy their McDonald's favorites, and savor the refreshing taste of Coca-Cola. Together, let's fill this season with happiness, laughter, and moments of real magic.” said, Pablo Medina Noriega, Franchise Operations Director of Coca‑Cola Philippines

Be sure to visit any of the three McDonald’s branches to experience the magic nightly from 6pm to 12mn.

McDonald’s McKinley, Taguig: No snow? No worries! The Icy Wonderland comes to life with the McDonald’s McKinley store’s facade and Drive-Thru lit up in a grand display of lights. Don’t miss out on their bright and vibrant floor-to-ceiling decorations!

McDonald’s Southwoods, Laguna: Take a trip down memory lane and be surrounded by all things classic as McDonald’s brings a unique Paskong Pinoy down south.

McDonald’s Capital Town, Pampanga: Happiness is the place to be as McDonald’s creates Happyland within this store’s Drive-Thru, sure to bring smiles to all who drive by!

The meaningful experiences, new festive flavors, and fun-filled experiences with friends and family showcase that there is so much more to love at McDonald's this Christmas. For further updates and details, follow McDonald’s on Facebook and Instagram. 

Beating the holiday rush: Here’s how 3 business owners winged it this season with these “delivery hacks”

Christmas is upon us, and you know what that means: traffic, crowded malls, with everyone rushing to buy gifts and prepare for parties. For business owners, this season is great news, but the heightened demand for products and services can be a double-edged sword.

But three business owners are ready to face the holiday rush. Here’s how Aguirre Office Furniture,, and Etiquetta PH are powering through this season:

Aguirre Office Furniture

The orders and inquiries started pouring in as early as October for Aguirre Office Furniture, a national provider of office furniture, services, and office solutions. 

According to their Chief Financial Officer Ken Arocena, the holiday season has given them a 50 percent increase in orders. 

However, Arocena shared that their operations require additional resources to manage the increased demand.  “Given this, we have to deal with potential shipping delays and managing customer expectations,” he added.

The solution, according to Arocena: Lalamove. He remarked that Lalamove’s wide array of services, especially affordable rates, helped Aguirre Office Furniture keep up and deliver what they promise to their clients, which is the ease of how they do business.

Arocen also noted that their “secret hack” is using Lalamove’s multiple booking feature. He explained, “It’s how we minimize logistics costs and send our orders to multiple locations in one go.”

For, one of the most trusted flower shops in Manila, the demand is quite high, especially for their fresh mini pine trees, wreaths, and Christmas centerpieces. According to their Chief Executive Officer Abigail Ang-Santander, their event styling business is very robust as well, as this season is a time for a lot of celebrations.

Since part of their business is making sure every special occasion is perfect for their clients, the CEO explains, “We prepare and send out orders very early or after rush hour if the client is amenable to accepting late deliveries. But we make sure we’re on top of our inventory and don’t have to do lots of rush orders for suppliers.”

This peak season, Abigail also heavily relies on Lalamove. She remarked, “With Lalamove, I can book multiple drops and multiple vehicles, especially for our time-sensitive products to reach our clients on time.”

When asked about her favorite feature of the on-demand delivery app, she shared, “We can always rely on trusted partner drivers. This is crucial because we always need to make sure the items are carefully delivered, plus the partner drivers are courteous not only to us but to the recipients – our clients – especially, despite being stuck in traffic the whole day.”

Etiquetta PH

Every year, Etiquetta PH, a souvenir shop, always urges its customers to book in advance to beat the holiday season. “We offer early bird promos as early as August, as well as scheduled pickups of set date of releasing orders, so by the third week of November, we’re already dispatching the items,” shared Etiquetta PH Chief Executive Officer Ria San Juan-Gumaru.

This mompreneur explained that this is their process in anticipation of the major challenges for their business. These include logistics issues, whether it’s delays in the delivery of raw materials or shipping of orders to their customers due to the heavy traffic.

When the peak season ushers in paired with increased demand for logistics, Lalamove always comes to the rescue for Etiquetta PH. According to Ria, “Lalamove’s user-friendly app makes booking seamless and efficient. It’s easy to schedule deliveries, and you don’t have to fill in a ton of information.”

Her favorite, though, proven to help with their business, is Lalamove’s vast fleet of delivery vehicles. “I can choose the most suitable option according to my needs. This flexibility ensures we can adapt to the ever-changing demands of the peak season,” she adds.

“Supporting the needs of the micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) is always a priority for Lalamove, especially during this time of year. Our platform is here to make the holiday season easier for our business owners, one delivery at a time,” remarked Lalamove Philippines Managing Director Djon Nacario.

No need to worry about the high demand during the holiday season. Learn from these business owners and go for their logistics tactics with Lalamove, your trusted delivery partner in Luzon and Cebu.

Visit for more information.  

Friday, December 22, 2023

Ariel Power Liquids Unleashes a New Era of Cleanliness and Freshness

Ariel Power Liquids, the premier liquid detergent brand in the Philippines, is thrilled to introduce a revolutionary approach to laundry care with its latest innovation. Designed to be your wardrobe's ultimate ally, Ariel Power Liquids is set to transform the way you experience cleanliness and freshness in every wash.

No more tedious pretreating, scrubbing, or soaking – Ariel Power Liquids is here to take the reins, allowing you to reclaim your time and simplify your laundry routine. Embrace a new era of convenience as you effortlessly load your clothes into the washing machine, letting the advanced formula of Ariel Power Liquids do the heavy lifting.

With a commitment to excellence, Ariel Power Liquids seamlessly tackles deep-seated dirt, ensuring your garments emerge spotless and stain-free. Beyond mere cleanliness, experience a burst of long-lasting freshness that lingers, providing a delightful aroma to your newly washed clothes.

Experience the transformation of your wardrobe with Ariel Power Liquids’ advanced formula, enriched with 10x cleaning enzymes that effortlessly remove even the toughest stains and redefine the essence of stress-free laundry. Say goodbye to the hassle of pre-treating, scrubbing, and soaking. Ariel delivers powerful, effective cleaning in just one wash, saving you time and effort. The result? Flawless cleanliness not only simplifies your life but also elevates the look of your wardrobe

Ensures All-Day Freshness: Deep Clean with Long-Lasting Fragrance by Ariel

Step out in style with the confidence that comes from the long-lasting fragrance of Ariel Power Liquids. Discover how Ariel cleans deep-seated dirt that might cause malodor on clothes, making each outfit a symbol of freshness and style. Inspired by Downy's perfume technology, experience your clothes with a freshness that endures throughout the day. Not only will you wow them with clean clothes, but you all also leave a long-lasting fresh impression!

Effectively Tough on Stains, but Gentle on Machines: Ariel Power Liquids for Appliance Longevity

Beyond clean clothes, Ariel Power Liquids is also a champion for the health and longevity of your home appliance. Designed to prevent the build-up of molds and germs, this liquid detergent ensures that your washing machine stays as hygienic as your freshly laundered clothes. With its superior formula, Ariel Power Liquids dissolves completely in water, leaving no residue that could harm your machine — keeping it in top condition and contributing to a more effective and seamless laundry process. 

Ariel Power Liquids is a product of Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, the multinational FMCG company known for its innovative and high-quality products in the consumer goods industry. P&G Philippines is committed to innovative home care solutions, creating products, like Ariel, that improve the lives of consumers by delivering products that combine quality and advanced technology to meet and exceed the evolving needs of its customers. 

Transform the way you do your laundry and elevate your lifestyle with Ariel Power Liquids. Embrace unparalleled cleanliness, long-lasting freshness, and everlasting newness with each wash. Step confidently into a future where clean clothes and enduring freshness become your signature style, all thanks to Ariel Power Liquids. To learn more, visit their Facebook and Instagram pages. 

Thursday, December 21, 2023

UN: Gender-responsive migration policies and governance essential for safe and fair opportunities for women and OFWs

Facing challenges such as discrimination, violence, labour exploitation, lack of access to decent work, and major social and economic disruptions in the country and globally, Filipino women and migrant workers are finding stronger partners and strategic opportunities through the Safe and Fair (SAF) programme’s initiatives aimed at creating gender-responsive migration policies, governance and safer labor migration conditions from recruitment, to working abroad and until return and reintegration.

The SAF programme is a regional initiative under the multi-year European Union-United Nations Spotlight Initiative which has invested EUR 500 million in projects throughout the globe to eliminate violence against women and girls. It is implemented through the joint efforts of the International Labour Organization (ILO), UN Women, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) – dedicated to enhancing the labor migration experience for Filipino women. 

“Throughout its 5-year implementation, ‘Safe and Fair’ embodies a commitment to transforming the migration journey into a safer, more dignified, and empowering experience for Filipino women," said Rex Varona, National Project Coordinator of the Safe and Fair Programme. 

Christoph Wagner, Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to the Philippines added, “The EU is proud to have joined forces with the UN in a pioneer effort to combat violence against women and girls globally through the Spotlight Initiative. Women OFWs are particularly vulnerable to a series of risks and the EU-UN Safe and Fair programme was designed to address many of those risks.”

The programme conducted legal and policy reforms, capacity building, and awareness-raising to respond to the critical issues faced by migrant women such as violence and discrimination, inefficient migration governance, and inaccessible services. Varona added that “by placing women’s voice, choice, and agency at the heart of our strategies, activities, and services, we are setting a new standard for labour migration.”

For instance, the programme contributed inputs to at least 16 key policy instruments to enhance the gender-responsiveness of labour migration governance in the Philippines, particularly the crafting of the law as well as the implementing rules of Republic Act (RA) No. 11641 in 2021 that created the Department of Migrant Workers, and RA No. 11299 of 2019 which created the office of the social welfare attaches. It also supported unions and relevant stakeholders in enacting ordinances in various LGUs to create or strengthen migrant worker resource centers (MRCs) and migration programmes or committees at the local level, and reviewing various laws including RA No. 10361 ("Batas Kasambahay"), expanded anti-trafficking law, expansion of mandatory insurance for OFWs, among others.

According to Lenlen Mesina, Country Coordinator of UN Women, the 5-year programme has been supporting and promoting women migrant’s safe and fair migration in the context of transitions facing and recovering from the pandemic, administration leadership, and the disasters on a constant basis. “UN Women is very pleased to see how policies at global to national level have been adapted and localized, but the completion of this project is something we also hope to sustain when it comes to key actions and promoting consistent implementation of policies and provision of important services needed by women anywhere, they are,” she added.

Since 2019, SAF worked in partnership with the Technical Working Group on C190, as well as the key government departments and tripartite partners in advocating for the ratification of ILO Convention 190, the first international treaty to recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment. The Senate recently concurred with the ratification of C190 after President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.’s endorsement– making the Philippines the first country in Asia to ratify C190. “This is an important milestone for women and Filipino migrant workers. The C190’s policies will cover any physical, social, emotional, verbal, and even online harassment, and as long as it constitutes any form of violence in the workplace, regardless of your worker status,” Varona shared.

A total of 2,540 women from 4,330 duty bearers improved their delivery of psychosocial, legal, health, or social services, skills development, and reintegration support, among other gender-responsive initiatives, which benefitted 6,403 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their families, 4,388 of whom were women. Almost a thousand OFWs including those displaced by the COVID-19 pandemic or their family members (almost 800 are women), have been assisted with technical-vocational scholarships enabling them to earn national skills certification from TESDA. 

The migrant resource centers in Negros Occidental and Tabaco City also provided safe migration services to 1,443 women migrant workers. In addition, the Quezon City MRC has assisted more than 1,043 cases up to November 2023.

Carina Cordero, a former migrant worker in Dubai who experienced sexual assault, attested to the responsive and quality services the program could provide when she won a case against her assailant. Upon returning to the Philippines, she dedicated her time to supporting women who experienced violence as an active member of the Center for Migrant Advocacy.  

Filipino migrant workers and their families shared their stories in a culmination event in Novotel, Quezon City, where SAF also shared the lessons learned from its implementation with partners from the public and private sectors. The event closed with a cultural show entitled: “Tayo ang Tagahabi ng Buhay Natin”  (We are the Weavers of our Lives) with performances from SENTRO Youth, Talisay City OFW federations, Kabaitan Bautista, Women of Theater, Cooky Chua, and the PETA Choir.  

The UN continues to work with different sectors to ensure that women’s needs, whether they are working overseas or in the country, are addressed based on their rights.  

Noche Buena Gets Creamier and More Memorable with Eden Cheese

Core memories are made during Noche Buena! Your family deserves delectable dishes that will turn into family traditions!

Christmas in the Philippines is like no other, especially for children. Memories of twinkling festive lights, decor around the house, gifts under the tree, and delicious Noche Buena—all these make for memories they will remember, and what’s Noche Buena without that time-honored tradition of Spaghetti with Eden Cheese? A Filipino party staple. Enjoy this delicious dish and make it a tradition for years to come!

Christmas Spaghetti is not complete without the creamy goodness of Eden Cheese. It is Mom's tried and tested partner when creating spaghetti that will be remembered for years to come, turning the dish into the one to look forward to during every Noche Buena! Go beyond the usual spaghetti topping and mix it into the sauce, making it much creamier and malinamnam para kumpleto ang sarap!

What makes it even better is that families can enjoy the same delicious taste now with added Milk Vitamin D and Zinc and a firmer block. We heard moms around the Philippines and have improved our product to make it easier to grate while retaining that distinctly delicious Eden creamy goodness!

Where else can you use Eden cheese? The versatility of Eden makes it suitable for various dishes – whether as a bread filling or a cooking ingredient for any mealtime occasion. For a collection of mouthwatering recipes, visit

This Christmas, don't settle for an ordinary Noche Buena. Make your celebrations as memorable as you would want with the creamy and delicious dishes, made special with #EdenCheese. #KumpletuhinAngSarapNgPasko and create a holiday season filled with joy, flavor, and the warmth of family traditions. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Power Mac Center brings ‘Infinite Smiles’ this Christmas

Apple Premium Reseller Power Mac Center (PMC) is celebrating the festive holiday season by bringing customers, not just one but three Christmas surprises.

“It has been an incredible year full of milestones and memorable moments for us, and we really want to extend the same joy to everyone else. This holiday season, we’re holding a special donation drive, a digital art contest, and exclusive shopping promos. Power Mac Center hopes to see your infinite smiles as we partake in these activities so that together, we can carry them into a new beginning in the coming year,” said Joey Alvarez, PMC Director for Marketing and Product Management.


To make the celebration more meaningful, Power Mac Center is holding a fundraiser for the benefit of underprivileged children with cancer and other chronic illnesses.

Loyal PMC customers with 1 Infinite membership are invited to donate their points and help raise funds in their own little way for these special programs and beneficiaries. 1 Infinite is PMC’s loyalty program that allows customers to earn points for every purchase.

To participate, 1 Infinite members can approach any Power Mac Center or The Loop store and donate a minimum of 100 points, no purchase required.

As a token of appreciation, each donation made entitles the member to a raffle entry for a chance to win an AirPods Max valued at P33,990. The donation drive runs from December 8 to 31, 2023.

Christmas memory digital art contest

The end of the year is a wonderful time to reminisce memories of the past, and if you’re visually creative, this contest is perfect for you.

To join, create your best digital artwork rendition of your most memorable Christmas story and post it publicly on Instagram, with the hashtags #PMCChristmasStories and #Pixelworx. Don’t forget to tag PMC’s official account @PowerMacCenter.

Only one entry is allowed per participant, and artwork must strictly be high-resolution files in either JPEG or PNG formats. To help evaluate the submissions, you also have to prepare a short video (under one minute) showing the creation of the digital artwork.

A total of three (3) winners will get to take home a curated set of Power Mac Center premium accessories worth P25,000. The contest period is from December 2 to 31, 2023. For the full details, follow Power Mac Center on Facebook.

Big discounts to complete your gift-shopping

Gifting to others or gifting to self? Definitely do both! Check out Power Mac Center’s holiday catalog, where you can enjoy up to 80% off on select Apple accessories and Beats by Dr. Dre products when paid via non-installment payment methods.

Also get up to 20% off on select premium accessories from participating brands, including Anker, Logitech, Energea, WHOOSH!, Twelve South, SwitchEasy, Microsoft, and Transcend.

Don’t miss out as Mobile Care—PMC’s official service arm—is giving a 15% discount on diagnostic and software services for all Apple devices. Meanwhile, Basecamp—PMC’s official training arm—has a holiday offer of 25% off on Basecamp’s iPad coding training course for kids.

Terms and conditions apply. All promos/offers are valid until December 31, 2023 only.

Join the “Infinite Smiles” Holiday 2023 campaign at any Power Mac Center and The Loop stores nationwide or online at <>, Lazada, Shopee, SM Malls Online, and the Viber Store. To be updated on news and promotions, follow Power Mac Center on Facebook, Instagram, X (Twitter), TikTok, Viber, and YouTube