Monday, May 29, 2023

Rediscover the Taste of Comfort with Max's Sarap-to-the-Bones® Fried Chicken

Filipinos love to eat with friends and family, and one of the best places to do that is Max’s Restaurant – a Pinoy favorite since 1945. It serves classic Filipino dishes including its famous Sarap-to-the-Bones® Fried Chicken!

Max’s Fried Chicken is flavorful from the first bite to the last, and that’s where it gets its famous Sarap-to-the-Bones® reputation. It’s the classic, no-frills kind of chicken sure to satisfy your cravings. It’s not just about the gold-popping skin — the meat is flavorful and juicy too. From the initial aroma of the chicken, you start to salivate. Don’t forget to dip it in its trademark accompaniment of banana ketchup, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Before you know it, you’ve devoured the whole thing.

Good service and sumptuous chicken, that has always been what Max’s is about. The story of Max’s Restaurant started right after World War II. A Stanford-educated teacher named Maximo Gimenez opened a restaurant to feed soldiers. His niece, Ruby, came up with a unique recipe for fried chicken. News about it spread and people came. Little by little, Max’s Restaurant grew. 

Over the years, Max’s has built an empire around its one-of-a-kind fried chicken made from a 78-year-old recipe. Its distinctive flavor keeps customers coming back for more. Max’s Fried Chicken doesn’t just taste good, it tastes like summer afternoons with family, it tastes like long discussions over drumsticks, and “5 more minutes” with friends.

No wonder Max’s Restaurant has been a Pinoy family favorite for decades and its signature Fried Chicken will surely continue to be loved by many in the years to come. Come visit the store and re-discover the taste of Max’s Fried Chicken. Orders can also be made through or 888-79000 (Metro Manila).  

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Philippine Sports Expo at Okada Manila

The stage is set for the most anticipated event of the year—the biggest sports gathering in the country — the Philippine Sports Expo, happening on June 30–July 2, 2023, at the iconic Crystal Pavilion. It is a grand celebration of athleticism, perseverance, and prowess, where sports stakeholders and enthusiasts from all corners of the country will gather to witness the spectacle of talents, teams, associations and federations, and sports brands.

The Philippine Sports Expo is an annual gathering of our country's sports athletes and stakeholders and a celebration of their significant contributions to our sports industry. The 3-day event will draw in over 20 associations and federations, teams, icons, and celebrities and will showcase extensive collections of notable sports brands, from apparel, shoes, wearables, gadgets, and equipment to sports nutrition, clinics, medicine, supplements, and the latest advancements in fitness and sports science and technology.

The expo was set to take place at the sprawling Crystal Corridor Okada Manila, which had been transformed into a vibrant sports paradise. The venue was adorned with colorful banners, showcasing the various sports disciplines that would be featured during the event. Inside, there are multiple brands and booths of sports associations and federations, each dedicated to a specific sport.

As the day of the expo arrived, the doors swung open, and a wave of energy swept through the crowd. Athletes, coaches, sports enthusiasts, and families will flood into the Crystal Corridor, ready to experience the thrilling world of sports.

In one section, basketball courts were set up with hoops of different heights. Budding young basketball players dribbled and shot, emulating their favorite Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) stars. Coaches from renowned basketball academies offered tips and guidance to aspiring players, nurturing the next generation of Filipino basketball talent.

Across the way is a stage where our official national sports and martial arts of the Philippines, also known as "Kali" or "Eskrima," are situated to create buzz and intensity in the venue. Children of all ages are welcome to join the demo and learn about sports from renowned coaches and players from the Philippine national team. Special appearances by gold medalists in the sports are also planned to inspire young players as well as aspirants and enthusiasts.

In another hall, martial arts took center stage. The air crackled with anticipation as spectators gathered around the elevated platform where local and international martial artists displayed their mastery of different disciplines. From the lightning-fast strikes of Arnis to the powerful kicks of Taekwondo, the crowd witnessed a mesmerizing showcase of the Philippines' rich martial arts heritage.

The expo wasn't just about traditional sports; it will also present emerging sports and recreational activities. In one hall, a rock-climbing wall towered over the crowd. Climbing enthusiasts, both young and old, will test their skills and conquer new heights.

Amidst all the action, there are booths that will promote health and wellness and showcase the importance of proper nutrition, fitness routines, and sports-related products. Display the latest sports equipment, clothing, and technology, enticing visitors with their innovative offerings.

Throughout the expo, there will be interactive sessions where attendees can participate in workshops and try their hand at different sports. From billiards to table tennis, volleyball to badminton, the expo provided a platform for people to discover new passions and explore their sporting potential. 

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Greenwich Introduces Pizzawrap with Spam Hawaiian and More

A wrap that’s masarap? Greenwich–the number one pizza chain in the country—is launching a delicious, savory snack that is both hearty and handy, and definitely awesome for solo munching! Presenting: Pizzawrap!

Taste its Spam Hawaiian for only P99. This new pizza creation features a great-tasting savory Spam-filled filling in a freshly baked crust that will surely satisfy your pizza craving in a new way.

“Our Pizzawrap offers the same delicious goodness as our overloaded pizza offerings. This innovative handheld snack is perfect for individuals who like to savor their me-time and enjoy their solo moments over good food!” said Ali De Torres, Greenwich’s head of marketing. 

The new Greenwich Pizzawrap is also available in Ham & Cheese (P59), which is a classic Greenwich flavor with loads of ham and cheese for that meaty, ooey-gooey experience. It also comes in Chorizo Pepperoni (P99) flavor—a blend of pepperoni and smoky chorizo, and two types of cheese, which is perfect to complete your exciting solo adventure! 

All Pizzawrap flavors will be available in all Greenwich stores in Luzon and Metro Manila starting this May 26. This will also be available on, GrabFood, and Foodpanda. Order now, kabarkadas!

For more information, visit Greenwich’s official Facebook page, Greenwich Barkada, or message Greenwich Barkada on Facebook Messenger. 

Friday, May 26, 2023

3 Best OGAWA Products for Father's Day Gift Guide: Treat Dad to the Ultimate Massage Experience

Father's Day is a special occasion celebrated all over the world, including in the Philippines. It is a day to honor and appreciate fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and other father figures in our lives. One of the best ways to show our love and appreciation is by giving them thoughtful gifts. And when it comes to gifts for dads, OGAWA products are the perfect choice.

OGAWA is a leading brand in the health and wellness industry, offering high-quality massage chairs, foot massagers, and other wellness products. Their products are known for their innovative features, stylish designs, and excellent performance. In this article, we will discuss the top 3 OGAWA products that are perfect for gifting this Father's Day.

OGAWA Master Drive AI Genuine Leather 

The OGAWA Master Drive AI Genuine Leather is the epitome of luxury and relaxation. It is equipped with advanced artificial intelligence technology that can detect the user's body shape and adjust the massage accordingly. The chair has a total of 12 auto-massage programs, including deep tissue massage, Thai massage, and stretching, to provide a customized massage experience.

The Master Drive AI also features Zero Gravity, which elevates the user's legs to the same level as the heart, reducing pressure on the spine and improving circulation. The chair also has an airbag massage system that targets specific areas such as the shoulders, arms, and feet.

The sleek and modern design of the Master Drive AI makes it a perfect addition to any home or office. It comes in 2 classic colors: black and oyster grey. If you want to give your dad the ultimate relaxation experience, the OGAWA Master Drive AI Massage Chair is the perfect gift. 

Master Drive AI Black Genuine Leather will be priced at Php 430,000 (SRP: Php 549,000) and is available for a 36 monthly installment at 0% interest rate for only Php 11,944/month when purchased using major credit cards like HSBC, Metrobank, and Citibank, Union Bank, Bank of Commerce, BPI, and RCBC. 

OGAWA Master Drive Black Genuine Leather

The OGAWA Master Drive massage chair in Black Genuine Leather is a luxurious relaxation device that offers a range of advanced features to provide an unparalleled massage experience.

One of the standout features of this chair is the Master Drive system, which uses advanced sensors to scan the user's body and adjust the massage settings accordingly. The chair's 4D massage roller system mimics the movements of human hands, providing a lifelike massage experience that can be customized to the user's preferences. The chair features a heating system that can warm up the back and foot areas, providing additional relaxation and comfort. It is upholstered in high-quality, genuine leather, providing a luxurious and durable finish that will complement any decor. Additionally, the chair is equipped with a Bluetooth audio system, allowing users to connect their devices and listen to music or other audio while enjoying their massage.

The unit will be priced at Php 390,000 (SRP: 499,000) and is available for a 36-month installment at 0% interest rate for only Php 10,833/month.

Master Drive AI Oyster Grey

The OGAWA Master Drive AI massage chair in Oyster Grey is a state-of-the-art relaxation device that offers a wide range of advanced features to provide a superior massage experience.

One of the key features of this massage chair is the Master Drive AI, an intelligent system that uses sensors to scan the body and adjust the massage settings to provide a customized massage experience. The system can detect the user's height, weight, and body shape, and can adjust the massage intensity and position accordingly.

The chair also features a 4D massage roller system that can move up and down, left and right, and in and out, providing a more comprehensive massage experience. The rollers are designed to mimic the movements of human hands, offering a lifelike massage experience.

The OGAWA Master Drive AI Oyster Grey is also equipped with a Bluetooth audio system, allowing users to connect their devices and listen to music or other audio while enjoying their massage. The chair is upholstered in high-quality, durable material and comes in an attractive Oyster Grey color that will complement any decor.

Overall, the OGAWA Master Drive AI Oyster Grey is a top-of-the-line massage chair that offers a wide range of advanced features to provide a customized and immersive massage experience. The unit will be priced at Php 360,000 (SRP: Php 499,000) and is available for a 36 monthly installment at a 0% interest rate for only Php 10,000/month.

ASUS Business Unveils the Newest 11-inch Chromebook Series

ASUS Philippines continues to expand its reach towards the Education segment with the addition of the new 11.6-inch clamshell and convertible laptops, the ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Chromebook Flip CR1.

The new education-focused ASUS Chromebook CR1 Series is built to military-grade reliability, tested with industry-leading MIL-STD-810H durability standards to survive the hustle and bustle of everyday life at home, outside, and in the classroom, with clever protective features including an all-round rubber bumper and a spill-resistant keyboard.

The ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 boast an all-day long 12-hour battery life with fast charging support, ensuring there’s sufficient battery life to handle a full day’s learning and beyond. In addition, the convertible ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 benefits from an optional garaged stylus and a world-facing camera for innovative learning opportunities and maximum flexibility.

Educational Reliability: Ruggedized Laptop Design

ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 laptops are built to withstand everyday knocks, bumps, drops, and spills without damage. These two Chromebook laptops went through rigorous testing and passed the U.S. military-grade MIL-STD-810H durability standards. From a 120cm Drop Test to a Panel Pressure Test, the ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 guarantees students and educators quality of reliability to keep on going. The display hinge and I/O ports are also exhaustively tested to endure the stresses and strains of everyday use.

ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1’s four exterior edges and corners are also protected by a sturdy rubber bummer, which reduces the impact of all physical shocks, ensuring all critical laptop components are always unharmed. These models also feature a rubber safety grip on the base. This provides sturdy support for the laptop and makes it easier to grip when carrying, reducing the risk of fumbles and slips.

But the protection does not end there. These Chromebook laptops are built-in with a spill-resistant keyboard for any accidental spilling, which can repel 330cc without harm — so minor splashes are easily drained, cleaned, and dried. The keyboard is also designed to resist tampering, with a minimal gap between the edges of the keycaps and the keyboard surround to prevent the keys from being pried out. The laptops even have a tough, micro-dimpled finish that can brush off fingerprints and minor scuffs and scratches.

To ensure reliability, ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 also include a 3-year on-site warranty that secures students and teachers from any worry. These two Chromebooks are also covered with ASUS Platinum Protection, which covers accidental damage such as drops, liquid damage, and other acts of nature. This program is designed to offer additional protection beyond the standard warranty.

Essential Learning Features: New Ways to Learn

The possibilities are limitless with ASUS Chromebook CR1 series. The versatile and flippable ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 features a garaged stylus that enables quick, precise movements for creativity and productivity tasks. This ensures students can easily take notes, sketch, or jot ideas down. The stylus also quickly and automatically charges when garaged, keeping it ready for use and providing a safe place to store it.

For further learning experiences, ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 also includes an 8MP world-facing camera positioned just above the keyboard. This empowers students to explore and learn in totally new ways, allowing them to capture photos and videos in tablet mode.

The ASUS Chromebook CR1 Series can also last up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge with its 47Wh battery. ASUS Chromebook CR1 and ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 are able to last for a full day of classes and more — empowering students to enjoy both uninterrupted learning and entertainment.

Safety first: Antibacterial protection and low blue-light emissions

To secure and protect Educators, ASUS treated these laptops with the ASUS Antibacterial Guard, which is applied to the keyboard area of ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1. This has been scientifically shown to prevent the growth of bacteria by over 99% over a 24-hour period, keeping the laptop surfaces clean and sanitary.

Additional features to promote user well-being include screens certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue-light emissions, potentially helping to protect students’ eyes from damage during prolonged study sessions. For further enhancing eye care, ASUS Chromebook CR1 Series features an anti-glare display that reduces reflections to provide comfortable viewing in any lighting.

Less Downtime, More Learning Time: Easier Maintenance

To keep maintenance costs to a minimum for schools, parents, and students, ASUS Chromebook CR1 and ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 are designed for easy servicing and reduced downtime. Both benefit from a modular construction that allows key components — such as the keyboard, touchpad, and panel — to be replaced in minutes using simple tools.

As a final easy-maintenance touch, the underside is securely attached using captive screws, eliminating worries about losing these little parts during repairs.

The Best of Google for Education

To further empower education, ASUS Chromebook CR1 series laptops unlock the best of Google for Education, including access to Google Play. Chrome OS, paired with the full power of Google Workspace for Education, including productivity apps such as Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet, and more, allows users to collaborate quickly and seamlessly and stay in sync with their favorite apps. This also allows users to easily access school-related files from anywhere with an internet connection. Plus, the Google Admin console allows school IT staff to remotely manage a wide range of policies and settings. 

Automatic updates and built-in virus protection seamlessly keep ASUS Chromebook CR1 series laptops safe, secure, and always up to date. The laptops are also built around the rock-solid security of a personal Google account, so all private documents, emails, photos, and confidential data are kept safe at all times.


The ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 are the perfect tools for Blended Learning. These Chromebooks shine bright for Young Educators. The ruggedized construction endures the stresses and strains of everyday use in the classroom or outdoors. You can Talk to our Experts here to know more about these new ASUS Chromebook series laptops. 

Team Kramer joins Richeese Wafer Sarap Every Moment Campaign

As the saying goes, family is everything, and this is true for Team Kramer who lives by the proverb, family will always come first.

Team Kramer, popular amongst their fans for having a tight-knit familial relationship, is now representing Richeese Wafer's new campaign, Sarap Every Moment.

The family’s light and fun interactions make them the perfect representation of what Richeese Wafer wants to communicate to the world— to enjoy every occasion, every experience, and every moment with your family.

Sarap Every Moment campaign aims to spark memories of the fun bonding moments each family has experienced together – even in the simplest of forms. Richeese wants to take you to a special memory with your loved ones, making you reminisce about a fond event in your life spent with them in every bite.

According to the country manager of Nabati—makers of Richeese Wafers, Dr. Jessie Singson, Jr., “This campaign is centered on forging deeper connections through family quality time fueled by indulging in the delicious array of Richeese Wafer snacks together.”

And for Team Kramer, accepting the offer as Richeese’s ambassador came easy as they “Love and support the campaign’s goals of Richeese in bringing families closer even especially nowadays that everyone’s time is mostly spent on ‘screens’.”

“One of the Filipino values that is known all over the world is our close family ties and Richeese wants to enliven this Filipino trait through its new campaign Sarap Every Moment. We are one with them in creating sarap moments with Filipino families while enjoying the goodness of Richeese Wafers,” Cheska shared.

Having humbly started in Indonesia, Richeese Wafer has now spread to other countries including the Philippines. They provide healthy and good quality food, earning them the title of being the Number 1 Bestselling Wafer in the World. Filipinos can now enjoy the seven different flavors of Richeese Wafers ranging from Richeese, Richoco, Richoco Milk Vanilla, Pink Lava, Richnuts, Coco Lava, and Richoco Cookies & Cream.

Local Farmers in Calabarzon to Receive Training on Modern Farming Techniques

SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI) has taken another step in its mission to enhance the agriculture and entrepreneurial skills of farmers. The organization recently launched the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan on Sustainable Agriculture Program (KSK-SAP) across various locations in Calabarzon. 

Beginning with its launch in Padre Garcia, Batangas on April 13, 2023, the program has since been extended to Silang, Cavite, Batangas City, San Pablo, Laguna, and Calamba City. SMFI is also set to provide free agri-skills training to local farmers in other parts of the region to help other beneficiaries uplift their families and communities.

Empowering local farmers 

The local farmer-beneficiaries will undergo a two-phased program, spearheaded by its partner school Moca Family Farm RLearning Center, Inc.  

The said program kicked off with an immersive 14-week training program, designed to equip participants with essential skills and knowledge in agriculture. The modular training curriculum covers topics on the latest agri-technology updates, capacity building, financial literacy, product development, and market opportunities. Through these comprehensive modules, KSK-SAP aims to empower and enhance farmers’ agricultural practices and explore avenues for sustainable growth. 

As a highlight of the program's first phase, KSK-SAP farmers will join the SM Sunday Market, a collaborative initiative between SM Foundation and SM Supermalls. This platform offers trainees a valuable opportunity to showcase their agricultural produce and gain firsthand experience in institutional selling. Through this market opportunity, participants can not only generate income but also cultivate their expertise and experience in the sales and marketing aspects of their agri-businesses.

KSK Trainees at Tabangao Ambulong, Batangas City, Batangas

To prepare for the second phase of the program, SMFI will also assist the farmers in formalizing their respective groups. To boost their earning capacity and contribution to economic growth, the foundation will support them in creating a sustainable and profitable farming community through the assistance of its partner agencies. 

KSK-SAP originated from the vision of SMFI’s founder Henry "Tatang" Sy Sr. to establish a sustainable initiative that would uplift the farming skills, food security, and livelihood know-how of low-income Filipino farmers. Over the years, the program has evolved into a comprehensive training program that generates opportunities for skills development, employment, and livelihood.

Since its inception in 2007, KSK-SAP has helped more than 28,000 marginalized farmers from rural and urban areas across the country, fueling their entrepreneurial and farming capabilities. As a result, some of the program's graduates have turned into seasonal suppliers for the SM group and other local markets.

SM Foundation’s KSK-SAP is conducted in partnership with SM Supermalls, TESDA, DA, DSWD, DOST, DTI, DOT, and partner farm schools.  

SM Prime’s Second Annual Integrated Report Receives Multiple Recognition from International Organization

SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading integrated property developers in Southeast Asia, has been recognized by three international award-giving bodies for excellence in transparent Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting for its 2021 Annual Integrated Report entitled "Together, We Rise".

SM published its sustainability reports in 2013 even before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) mandated sustainability reporting in the Philippines. SM Prime further promotes transparency and accountability by informing investors and stakeholders of its ESG performance and impacts, decision-making processes, and competitive positioning value in the sector.

“We are honored to receive these awards as a recognition of our commitment to provide transparent reporting in our sustainable practices. We value all our stakeholders, and we strive to enrich the quality of life of the Filipino people,” SM Prime President Mr. Jeffrey Lim said.

At the summit of international recognitions, SM Prime bagged accolades from the biggest and most coveted awards competition in the business world called Stevie® Awards. The Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognizes business innovation across the entire Asia-Pacific region, whereas IBAs is one of the first and most highly anticipated awards programs of the Stevie Awards that features a wide variety of categories relevant to every facet of the workplace that is open to all kinds and sizes of organizations globally. SM Prime was awarded the Bronze Stevie® Winner at the 2023 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards program and Silver Stevie® Winner in the 2022 International Business Awards (IBAs).

Also, in the regional scene, the company won a Silver Rank in the Asia Sustainability Reporting Rating (ASRRAT) 2022, a sustainability report ranking by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting (NCSR). ASRRAT’s rating system employs criteria based on GRI Standards compliance, GHG disclosures transparency, and alignment with and support of the UN SDGs, among other factors. 

The international recognitions are a testament to SM Prime’s active role in championing sustainability across its operations as it continues to be a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities, thereby enriching the quality of life of millions of people.  

Thursday, May 25, 2023




Ang sarap pakinggan.

Parang walang katapusan.


Ikaw at ako. 

Walang kahalo. 


Ang sarap ipaglaban.

Parang walang kayang humadlang. 


Natapos tayo. 

Ang sakit pala sa pakiramdam.

Akala ko wala tayong katapusan

Bakit mo tinuldukan?


Wala ng tayo.

Hindi mo ko pinaglaban.

Ikaw pala ang hahadlang. 


Matapos tayo. 

Wala ng tayo.

Babangon ako.

Magmamahal muli ako 

Pero sayo 


Wala ng magmamahal na tulad ko.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Jollibee Group-owned The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Malaysia opens 150th café

The Jollibee Group hits another global milestone as The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Malaysia opens its 150th café in its latest location in Sierra Fresco, Puchong, Malaysia. Located in the prime economic hub of Selangor, Malaysia, the Jollibee Group-owned brand is going full steam ahead on its commitment to bringing the best of coffee and tea from around the world. 

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Malaysia launched its first café in Kuala Lumpur’s KL Plaza in 1997 and has steadily expanded its presence in the country since. The brand’s success underscores its steadfast focus on serving authentic, diverse flavors of coffees and teas from different parts of the globe–using only ingredients of the highest quality–and elevating the customer experience through constant innovation.

Ernesto Tanmantiong, President and CEO of Jollibee Group, said this is a milestone moment for the brand and is a testament to the brand’s commitment to innovation and growth: 

“The opening of our 150th café in Malaysia, which adds to the brand’s expanding footprint of over 1000 cafés across 20+ countries globally, signifies Jollibee Group’s commitment to the accelerated growth of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® brand,” shared Tanmantiong. “Malaysia is home to the brand’s third-largest café network in Asia, and with the support of its people, customers, and the Malaysian community, we hope to bring the authentic coffee and tea experience to even more places in the country.

John in de Braekt, CEO of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Brand added: “This is an exciting time in our growth story as we build on our strong legacy to become a modern global coffee & tea house that allows people to see the world in new ways through new flavors and experiences. Asia remains a focus for our expansion where we continue to see strong demand for specialty coffee and tea.”

The new café features a spacious floor area of 2,800 square feet which houses a large seating area, including a community table for eight, that can accommodate up to 110 customers and visitors. The café’s contemporary interiors boast an open space concept, with arches featured prominently. A nod to the brand’s roots, South Californian motifs adorn the new café, while sunshine-like lighting evokes a warm and inviting ambiance. 

While innovation remains a key focus for the brand, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Malaysia plans to further enhance customer accessibility by expanding its drive-thru services. Through this, the brand aims to provide a better on-the-go experience for more customers.

Mohamed Amar Shah, Managing Director of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Malaysia shared: “Ever since we made Malaysia our home with its first The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® café back in 1997, we have continued to uphold our commitment to delivering a unique experience in every cup or on every plate. In turn, we are grateful to have our passion reciprocated by Malaysians, who continue to support us in making our cafés a space of community.”

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Brand’s expansion forms part of the Jollibee Group’s vision to be one of the top five restaurant companies in the world. To learn more about The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® Malaysia, visit To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit

A Boost in Delivering Quality Healthcare

In 1971, the Philippines launched the Community Health Organization Program to classify health services into primary, secondary, and tertiary levels. As part of this initiative, barangay health stations were created to ensure that primary healthcare improves the overall health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. 

Since then, these local health centers have played a crucial role in improving the health outcomes of Filipinos. They have not only provided general healthcare services but also served as agents during the COVID-19 pandemic and helped with the vaccination rollout. Additionally, they continue to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent diseases, particularly among vulnerable populations.

Adequate facilities for improved healthcare

SM Foundation (SMFI) has made it its mission to provide adequate facilities and upgraded equipment to boost health centers as they fulfill their mandate of delivering quality health care, even amid the pandemic.

Pursuing its mission, SMFI and UNIQLO Philippines traveled to the cities of Tuguegarao and Cauayan in Cagayan Valley and upgraded two health facilities serving thousands of Filipinos. Beyond the new infrastructure, health workers see it as a chance to put forth the services they have always drawn from the heart.

In Brgy. District 1, Cauayan, Midwife Tarita Ann Ballasteros has tended to patients from low-income households, who barely have money to spare for the fare going to the facility and to buy medicine. She would then give the best care she can offer to compensate for the limitations of their center.

A resident of Cauayan City, Isabela undergoes a routine checkup in Brgy. District 1 Health Center

“Nakikita ko ang sitwasyon nila na ultimo pamasahe, wala sila. Iniisip ko, wala man lang akong maibigay na gamot sa kanila. Para sa akin, hindi ko man sila lubos na mapagaling, lalabas sila sa facility na magaan ang pakiram dahil sa tinatawag nating TLC (tender loving care),” she said.

Before, they had to use curtains as improvised medical partitions or lock the health center’s door to provide comfort to women seeking reproductive health care or pregnant mothers coming in for prenatal checkups.

“It takes time to prepare and attend to the next patient. Kailangan pa namin takpan ng kumot o ilock ang pinto ng center para magkaroon ng privacy ang mga pasyente. Dahil dito, isa lang ang naaaccommodate namin. Minsan, hindi sila komportable dahil nakikita ng iba yung procedure na ginagawa namin sa kanila,” she said.

Through the upgrade, the Brgy. District 1 Health Center had its own room for maternal and child health services, equipped with necessary medical tools. It was also fitted with a breastfeeding area and a designated space for immunization.

Health workers of Brgy. District 1 Health Center provides free prenatal checkups in the newly renovated health center

The upgrade served as the boost they needed to complement the TLC they have always given their community.

“Malaki ang connection ng renovation ng center sa pagsasaayos ng kalusugan ng aming komunidad. Kaming mga health workers ay mas eager na sa pag-pasok sa trabaho at mas marami na kaming pasyenteng mabibigyan ng serbisyo at matutulungan,” she said.

Through the newly renovated health center, residents of Brgy. District 1 health center enjoy free medical checkups.

“Dahil maganda na at maaliwalas, nakakatulong ito para gumaan ang pakiramdam ng pasyente bago pa man sila gamutin,” she added.

A change for the better

Sharing the same passion for health care service is Corazon Tanguilan, a Barangay Health Worker from Brgy. Cataggaman Pardo Health Center in Tuguegarao City. 

“As a healthcare provider, hindi po namin gaano iniisip ang kalakihan ng aming health center. Ang importante po ay taos pusong pagbibigay ng serbisyo sa patients namin. Nasa kalooban po namin kung paano namin gagawing maayos pagpapatakbo ng aming operasyon,” she said.

Through their dedication, they strived to accommodate the healthcare needs of their patients despite unfortunate working conditions–from broken tiles, cracked wall paint, and damaged cabinets to limited electric fans for ventilation.

“Sira po ang aming mga tiles. Mahirap po ito dahil baka madulas o mapaano ang aming mga pasyente na kadalasan ay buntis at mga bata. Kaya nilagyan na lang po namin ito ng masking tape para makaiwas sa aksidente,” she recalled.

Due to the center’s layout and space limitations, it became even more difficult for them during the pandemic. With sick children, pregnant women, and TB-DOTs patients, it felt like a weight was pressed against their chests as they hoped to safely accommodate all patients while implementing social distancing.

“During immunization days, may mga pregnant mothers na darating for prenatal check-up. Ine-entertain namin sila dahil hindi namin puwedeng pauwiin ulit at pabalikin pa. Mahalaga po ang sapat na espasyo para maisagawa ang infection prevention and control measures. Kaya mainam po ang ginawa ng SM Foundation na pagpapalawak ng health center namin para sa kaligtasan ng patients namin,” she explained.

As their center was rebuilt from the ground up, they felt relief and gained renewed optimism to improve their operations.

In addition to the installation of new equipment and facilities, complemented by cosmetic improvements such as fresh paint and tiles, the upgraded health centers now include designated rooms for maternal care, medical check-ups, and TB-DOTs treatment. The spacious and well-ventilated lobby provides a warm welcome to the people of Tuguegaraonos, encouraging them to pursue healthy living and become valuable contributors to the growth of their city. 

“27 years na po ako sa serbisyo at bihira po ang health center na naka-aircon at well-ventilated. Kaya ngayon pong naisaayos na po ito, tiyak po ako na mas maeengganyo ang constituents ng  namin na pumunta sa aming Center,” she said.

SM Group to Build New School Buildings in Laguna, Batangas

Continuing its commitment to helping elevate the country's education system, SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI), in partnership with SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI) and the Department of Education (DepEd), have recently collaborated to construct two new school buildings in Laguna and Batangas.

Upon the completion of the joint initiative, two two-story four-classroom school buildings will be donated to the Laguna Resettlement Community School in San Pedro City, Laguna, and the San Antonio Elementary School in Sto. Tomas City, Batangas.

Each of the school buildings is set to be equipped with learning materials, armchairs, handwashing facilities, emergency equipment, and PWD-friendly facilities to ensure that students, especially from low-income communities, gain access to modern, safe, and conducive learning facilities.

Formalizing the partnership, representatives from the SMFI, DepEd, and the local government units of said provinces attended the memorandum of agreement signing last April 28, 2023, at the National Educators Academy of the Philippines (NEAP) in Malvar, Batangas.

SM Foundation, through its School Building Program, is an active partner of DepEd in various educational programs. This social good initiative aims to promote quality public education by building classrooms nationwide. To date, it has turned over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities. 

Monday, May 22, 2023

Prayers for my Family's Future

I remember praying for Mr. Right. I remember someone telling me that I needed to be specific when I prayed so that God would know what I want. Since I have been floating a bit here and there for the last two weeks and I've said more than twice that I don't know why I can't seem to get things in order, I realized that I need to tell God exactly what I need so that he knows precisely how to help me. 


I want to learn how to save money, invest it, and handle the blessings coming our way in the best way possible. 

I want a high-paying, stable work-from-home job that will pay me monthly for years to come. I want it to have 15 VLs and 13th-month pay. I want this job to utilize my skills and at the same time, value my contributions. I want this job to have enough flexibility so that I can still take care of my son at night should he need me. 

I want more paid content creator projects. I want to be paid what I'm truly worth. I realize that people who started after I did get paid more for doing the same things that I do simply because I didn't know the right value of my content creation. 

I want to be able to save more than enough money so that we can pay for B and K's school, have at least 100k set aside in their respective banks, have 500k in our emergency fund, and another 1M in our joint account. 

I want to be able to purchase a house and pay 50%  right off the bat so that the monthly won't be as bad and it can be paid off in 10 years. I don't want a big house. I want something cozy, preferably a bungalow with a small garden, 2 car garage, a big kitchen, spacious rooms, a really nice bathroom, and a balcony where we can sit and relax from time to time. 

I want to be able to purchase an SUV so that we can all fit comfortably when we travel. 

I want to be able to have twice a year family vacations that will create great memories for my kids. I want more good family moments with my husband and kids, something that I didn't have when I was growing up. 

I want us to be financially stable. I'm not aiming for rich but stable enough that we can provide for the needs of everyone in our family be it for school, vacations, things we'd need, and God forbid, medical. 


I pray that my teenage son will be strong enough to face the world. I pray that he will not be easily swayed by people who do not have his best interest at heart. I pray that when he commits a mistake, he learns from it, and then picks himself up again. 

I pray that through this whole journey from teenage years to being an adult, B will never forget that he has his Dad and me no matter what.  

I pray that my toddler will never stop learning and having a thirst for new things. I pray that he will be curious but at the same time, grow up with respect for others, and kindness in his heart. 

I pray that my husband will always remember that his commitment is to God first, me second, and our family third. I pray that he will always be at my side when we face trials so that we can surpass anything. Lastly, I pray that he will never be tempted to cheat on our marriage. 

Most of all, I pray for protection for my family and me from any kind of harm, be it accidental, medical, or people who don't have good intentions for us. 


I am so thankful for the life that I have right now. I have a husband who loves me, a teenager who is responsible, and a toddler with a zest for life. I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and opportunities coming in left and right. 

I know that the financial hardships we are facing are on us. We didn't know how to handle it and so, we ended up spending too much. 

Now that I have truly learned my lesson, I'll be more mindful of how I handle things. Hopefully, this super-specific prayer will help keep things on track. 

This I pray in Jesus' name. 

Friday, May 19, 2023

Visa, Tanghalang Pilipino Launch New Web Series to Help Boost Financial Literacy

Visa, a world leader in digital payments, and Tanghalang Pilipino, the award-winning and resident theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), are proud to announce the launch of their all-new web series, "Dami Mong Alam!" This new series aims to promote the importance of financial literacy among Filipinos and build upon the success of previous collaborations between Visa and Tanghalang Pilipino.

"Dami Mong Alam!" follows the story of the Dimasinop siblings as they navigate challenges in managing their finances and learn important lessons in financial management. The five-episode web series, written by acclaimed playwright Eljay Castro Deldoc and directed by Antonette Go, covers various financial management topics, such as budgeting, debt freedom, saving habits, delayed gratification, diversified income, and setting financial goals.

"Visa is dedicated to promoting financial literacy among Filipinos as we recognize that it is a key factor in our nation's economic stability and inclusive growth. We are proud to partner with Tanghalang Pilipino once again, and we are thrilled to launch the all-new web series 'Dami Mong Alam!' to further promote stronger basic financial management," Visa Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam Jeff Navarro shared.

The main characters of the web series are the Dimasinop siblings (Rupee, Euro, Franc, and Ringgit), who learn valuable financial management skills with the guidance of their Tyong Dong and other characters. In addition, financial expert and entrepreneur Ameena Rey-Franc will provide insights and tips in after-show interviews to help viewers better understand financial literacy concepts.

"Dami Mong Alam!" is set to make its debut on May 21, 2023, through DZRH’s youth-oriented program called Tara, Peeps. It will also stream for free via Tanghalang Pilipino’s social media platforms.

This is the third collaboration between Visa and Tanghalang Pilipino. In 2017, they toured several schools in the country with the interactive theater play "Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog." In 2021, the play became a five-episode web series called "Lukot-Lukot, Bilog-Bilog Pa More," reaching even more Filipinos despite the pandemic's restrictions.

"It is our honor to partner with Visa again to promote financial literacy through 'Dami Mong Alam!' Our collaboration harnesses the power of arts and theater to impart valuable financial lessons and enable Filipinos to make informed decisions regarding their finances," Tanghalang Pilipino Company Manager Carmela Millado-Manuel said.

To watch the financial literacy web series, viewers can tune in to DZRH TV every Sunday at 3:30pm or visit Tanghalang Pilipino’s Facebook page and Youtube channel. “Dami Mong Alam!” will run from May 21 until June 18. 

Rex Education Leads Parents Webinars on Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education (ECE) signifies a crucial window of opportunity for children's cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development. It covers the period when children rely highly on those around them and their surroundings. As they learn, discover, and explore the world, they need guidance from parents and educators who are well-equipped in early childhood development interventions or programs. 

To reinforce this, Rex Education launched its latest brand, Little Explorers. This is part of REX's initiative to draw attention to and increase understanding of the value of ECE. This project also gives educational institutions, parents, and learning partners a platform to hold insightful conversations and benefit from learning solutions suitable for early or young learners. 

As part of this endeavor, REX is leading a webinar series titled "Nurturing Our Little Explorers: Understanding the Essential Domains in Early Childhood Education." This series is an interactive virtual panel discussion for parents and learning companions at home to address early childhood care challenges. The series is divided into five –episodes, each with three parts: an introduction, a lecture, and a panel discussion with parents. Every episode features child experts and influencer parents who will lead the conversation on different ECE-related topics.

The webinar's first episode focuses on ECE's fundamentals and significance. As the title suggests, parents should not miss this window. The topics covered include the 0–4-year-old brain development window and the difference between early childhood care and development (ECCD) and early childhood education (ECE). The discussion also highlights how all six developmental domains of early childhood interconnect for a child's holistic development. 

The second episode, "Let's Get Moving and Thinking," delves deeper into a child's physical, motor, cognitive, and intellectual development. The talk focuses on the two domains, physical well-being, and intellectual development, how they are developed and enhanced at different phases, and how they are connected. Furthermore, the third installment of the series, "Say it, Feel it," focuses on a child's socio-emotional and language development. This segment tackles children's abilities to know themselves and the use of language to express and understand their feelings and relate with others.

The fourth episode emphasizes creativity and character development. A child must be nourished from an early age to think creatively, behave well, and be a person of high morals, and how the people around them are instrumental in guiding and helping them nurture their creativity and character.

The fifth and final episode, "Nurture Our Little Explorers!" summarizes everything discussed in the first four sessions. This episode also serves as a workshop for parents and learning partners on activities they can do at home to practice what they have learned.

Guiding children at an early age is not easy, yet its rewards are priceless. Supporting ECE programs is championing the future of children as successful lifelong learners. Through this webinar series, broadcasted and accessible on REX's YouTube channel at, REX embraces ECE and supports parents and learning partners as they fully navigate ECE.

The Little Explorers is a testament to REX's commitment to early childhood education.  The moment children learn to explore the world, the adventure of their lifelong learning begins. And every step of the journey, Rex Education offers quality learning solutions and materials.  To know more about Little Explorers and other REX solutions and services, visit  

5 Reasons Why Moms Should Buy the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED

As a mom, I know how important it is to have a laptop that can keep up with my busy lifestyle. I need a laptop that is powerful enough to handle my work, but also portable enough to take with me on the go. I also need a laptop that has a long battery life, so I don't have to worry about it running out of juice in the middle of the day.

With the recent launch of ASUS Incredibly Slim laptops, one caught my eye which is the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED. 

It's the perfect laptop for moms who are always on the go. It's thin and light, so it's easy to carry around with me. It has a long battery life, so I can use it all day without having to worry about it running out of juice. And it's powerful enough to handle anything I throw at it, from work to entertainment.

Here are five reasons why moms should buy the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED:

  1. It's thin and light. The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is only 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 2.8 pounds. That makes it incredibly portable, so you can easily take it with you wherever you go.
  2. It has a long battery life. The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED has a battery life of up to 10 hours. That means you can use it all day without having to worry about it running out of juice.
  3. It's powerful. The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. That means it can handle anything you throw at it, from work to entertainment.
  4. It has a stunning OLED display. The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED has a 13.3-inch OLED display with a resolution of 3.5K (3456 x 2160). The OLED display offers incredible contrast and color, so you'll enjoy watching movies, editing photos, or working on projects.
  5. It's durable. The ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is made with a durable aluminum alloy chassis. That means it can withstand everyday wear and tear, so you don't have to worry about it breaking if you drop it.

Here are some additional benefits of the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED that moms will love:

  • It has a fingerprint reader for easy and secure login.
  • It has a backlit keyboard for easy typing in low-light conditions.
  • It has a webcam with a privacy shutter for added security.
  • It has a variety of ports, including USB-C, USB-A, and HDMI, so you can connect it to a variety of devices.
  • It comes with a one-year warranty, so you can be sure that it's protected.

If you're looking for a powerful, portable, and stylish laptop that is perfect for moms, the ASUS Zenbook S 13 OLED is the perfect choice for you. 

Thursday, May 18, 2023

ASUS launches the Incredibly Slim ASUS Zenbook OLED

ASUS introduced three new ultra-thin and light Zenbook laptops, Zenbook S 13 OLED (UX5304), Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP3404), and Zenbook Pro 14 OLED (UX6404), during the Zenbook OLED Series: Incredibly Slim and More event on May 18, 2023. 

This new Zenbook lineup is redefining the meaning of ultraportable, a new chapter in Zenbook’s heritage that boasts ultra-thin and light features, powerful and uncompromised performance with the industry-leading 13th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor with Intel® Evo™ verification, vibrant ASUS Lumina OLED display, durable Military Grade Standard,  and a leap to the next generation of eco-friendly and sustainable technological advancements. 

“The new 2023 Zenbook series offers incredible and uncompromised performance designed to empower every Filipino individual to help them achieve their goals. We are confident that the 2023 Zenbook series can provide more with less harm to our environment, adhering to the Zenbook heritage and taking ASUS to a brand new milestone, says ASUS Philippines Country Manager George Su”. 

Incredibly Slim and Vibrant Lumina OLED for all

The new 2023 Zenbook series features the new ASUS Lumina OLED Display. It promises a more accurate, adaptive, and reliable laptop experience while giving a visual marvel experience. In addition, users can activate the ASUS OLED Care screensaver to prevent OLED screen aging using the MyASUS app. 

ASUS Lumina OLED technology is available and exclusive across the new ASUS Zenbook series. It lets you enjoy an incredible viewing experience with a high contrast ratio, deeper blacks, fast response time, and a 70% less blue light reduction that protects users from eye strain. To know more about the benefits of this technology, check it here Why ASUS Lumina OLED.

Incredibly Slim for every new gen of Filipino individual

Perfect for on-the-go professionals, the ultra-thin and light Zenbook S 13 OLED (UX5304) is the world’s slimmest OLED ultraportable laptop weighing only 1 kilogram with a 1-centimeter thin body. 
With the growing trend for work and life balance, this new Zenbook was designed to have a sophisticated ceramic-coated look and feel, ideal for people needing a reliable, attractive, and timeless device anywhere and any time of the day. Slim as a pen, the new Zenbook S 13 OLED is 30% slimmer with more features to give the best user experience, using fewer materials as compared to the previous models. 

Adhering to ASUS’ philosophy of responsible innovation, ASUS is also joining the movement and leaping to produce sustainable devices in the long run. The all-new Zenbook S 13 OLED uses recycled materials in its design, including post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics, post-industrial recycled (PIR) aluminum, and PIR magnesium alloy.

This device is the most eco-friendly Zenbook ever made, reducing its carbon footprint by 50%. To complement its longer product life cycle, the packaging of this new Zenbook is 100% recyclable with reusable and compostable materials. 

As a commitment to do more with less through the Zenbook series, ASUS is joining forces with CORA Philippines, a non-profit organization founded by celebrity and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Antoinette Taus. CORA is dedicated to creating sustainable programs that help solve issues centered on poverty, hunger, inequality, and climate change that directly affects underprivileged Filipinos. With this partnership, ASUS and CORA aim to promote the importance of creating sustainable programs to conserve the environment and the lives of future Filipinos through a series of activities. 

The Zenbook S 13 OLED (UX5304) comes in an eco-friendly Basalt Gray color with a starting price of PHP 79,995.00. It will be available with up to Intel® Core™ i7 processor,16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage. 

Incredibly Slim for every multi-talented individual

Truly a unique laptop that could give a versatile performance, the new Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP3404) would suit you, whether you’re masculine or feminine, because of its convertible and stylish design. 

This new Zenbook is the most versatile and incredibly slim with its thin and light form factor. It is capable of a 360° hinge that allows the device in four different modes: Laptop, Tent, Stand, or Tablet, which offers users a wide range of options to work or relax anytime. 

Content sharing will now be easier and faster with the Tablet Mode, keeping up with the demands of the digital world can be faster using the Stand Mode, convenience is within your fingertips because of the Laptop Mode, and relaxing after a long day is now possible because of the Tent Mode. 

The Zenbook 14 Flip OLED also features a touchscreen ASUS Lumina OLED display. making this device a truly reliable work partner. Upon purchase, the Zenbook 14 Flip OLED will also come with an ASUS Pen 2.0 to replicate the natural feeling of having a real-life pen.

The ASUS 2.0 produces the finest lines and the broadest brush strokes on sketches, and it will also be easier and faster to work or present at anytime time of the day. 

The Zenbook 14 Flip OLED (UP3404) comes in a premium Ponder Blue color, and it will be available with a starting price of PHP 74,995.00. It will be available with up to an Intel® Core™ i7 processor,16 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage. 

Incredibly Slim and compact for every creative digital nomad 

One of the winning products during the 2023 Red Dot Product design, the new Zenbook Pro 14 OLED (UX6404) is a compact, thin, and light creator laptop packed with features a creative professional needs. 

This new creator Zenbook boasts the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX™ 4060 GPU with NVIDIA Studio Drivers for content creators, making it a reliable tool for faster rendering, photo or video editing, and a more efficient multitasking experience.

For a seamless and precise editing experience for creative professionals, this new Zenbook Pro has the ASUS DialPad technology customized for Adobe Creative software, now also compatible with other applications. It also features ASUS IceCool Pro thermal technology to ensure the device stays cool and efficient during heavy-duty applications.

As an additional feature, this new Zenbook Pro Creator laptop will have a dedicated MUX Switch to reduce the latency and increase the response time for 3D applications, and perfect for casual gaming on the side.

The Zenbook Pro 14 OLED (UX6404) comes in a premium Tech Black color for PHP 139,995.00. It will be available with an Intel® Core™ i9 processor, 32 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage. 

Incredibly Slim, powerful, and durable

For an ultimate and powerful laptop experience, these three new Incredibly Slim Zenbook laptops boast an industry-leading 13th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor and Intel® Evo™ Certification. With this Intel technology, users are assured that they will not experience any hiccups at any time of the day. 

The 2023 Zenbook series is ultra-durable. For 2023, ASUS doubled the Military Grade Standard testing, which means these new Zenbook series have a longer lifespan as compared to the previous models. It underwent 26 rigorous and ultra-demanding procedures and 12 testing methods to ensure that the device will survive every environmental condition that you face every day.

Lastly, these new Zenbook laptops will have two years of ASUS Global Warranty, as well as an additional ASUS Platinum Protection warranty for one year starting from the date of purchase, making it perfect for users traveling abroad with their new Zenbooks. ASUS also has 69 service centers nationwide if you ever run into any problems with your new Zenbook. 

Availability & Pricing in the Philippines

The all-new 2023 Zenbook series will have a starting price of PHP 74,995.00 and will be available through Home Credit with up to 18 months of flexible payment terms with 0% interest in-store for ASUS Fans. Learn more about these Incredible Slim laptops, you may check the official page of Where to buy: ASUS OLED Laptops, or you may follow the official social media pages of ASUS