Friday, March 16, 2018

Getting a better ZZZ’s Is What’s Cool (and Healthy)

Do you know that "Sleep" is a very important part of our lifestyles? Did you know that an adult should be getting about seven to eight hours of sleep every day to properly recharge? Getting an appropriate amount of rest has a number of benefits including improved memory function, a stronger immune system, better concentration, and even weight loss. On the other hand, losing an hour of sleep from the recommended number of hours significantly reduces an individual’s ability to function at their maximum capacity.

Humans generally spend 1/3 of their lives sleeping. Moreover, it is an activity considered to be just as important as following a healthy diet and exercise. On the other hand, trivia shows that humans are also the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.

True enough, getting proper zzz’s is something most of us often take for granted. A shocking worldwide statistic has ranked the Philippines as the fifth country with the worst sleepers, with individuals getting an average of only six hours and 22 minutes of sleep. Sleep deprivation in the country affects about 50 million Filipinos, making the problem a national issue.

Regular loss of proper sleep can lead to circadian rhythm disorders. The circadian rhythm is a term that refers to a person’s internal body clock that regulates the 24-hour cycle of biological processes. It’s the body’s very own timer that triggers the body’s natural sleep and wake cycle. For adults, a dip in energy commonly occurs in the middle of the night and after lunch time. Noticeable big dips on this routine commonly means that an individual is sleep-deprived and is not getting enough rest.

Circadian rhythm disorders happen when there is a mismatch on the internal body clock due to the continuous disruption of sleep patterns. One of the most common disorder falling in this category is delayed sleep, which causes a person to feel tired at a later time than the usual. Individuals with this kind of disorder are the night owls, or those who feel more productive, alert, and creative late at night.

The opposite of this is advanced sleep phase disorder which is characterized by regular early bedtimes (6PM to 9PM), a habit that is very common among the elderly. In the Philippines, however, one very common sleep problem is shift work disorder caused by irregular sleeping patterns from night shifts. Common among business processing outsource (call center) employees, the disorder arises when the circadian rhythm cannot properly adjust to changing sleep patterns. Shift work disorder can often lead to problems like excessive sleepiness and insomnia.

But what makes a good sleep? According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine, there are a number of ways one can do to improve their sleeping patterns. The following are tips you can follow:

1. Refraining from using your bed for regular activities (e.g. eating, working, etc.)
2. Avoiding intake of caffeine six hours before bedtime.
3. Eating a light meal for dinner.
4. Limiting naps to not more than 45 minutes.
5. Creating a comfortable sleeping environment (using the right mattress and bedding, keeping the room dark and well-ventilated).

With sleep deprivation being a real concern in the country, several big names in the industry have jumped into action to help solve the problem. Among the leaders in the pack are The Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine (PSSM) comprised of physicians and sleep doctors, and the World Sleep Society, an association of sleep specialists focused on advancing sleep health worldwide by encouraging education and promoting sleep-focused research. Partnering with them is Uratex, The Sleep Specialist, the leading manufacturer of innovative sleep solutions. The company has been focused in creating quality sleep innovations like specialized mattresses and pillows that can help improve an individual’s rest.

These names have been proactive in furthering sleep education and awareness in the country. This month, they are coming together once more for World Sleep Day, an annual event that celebrates sleep importance and tackles issues like better sleep education. Organized by the World Sleep Day Committee, the event will be held on March 16 (today) and will feature talks on better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Sleep deprivation should be considered a major national issue that should be swiftly addressed. With proper education and the support of thought leaders and action takers in the industry, the country is taking a progressive step towards achieving proper zzz’s.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Get FREE McDonald's Longgadesal on March 19 for National Breakfast Day!

Every day is a new beginning and a chance to do great things and amaze yourself. On March 19, McDonald’s once again invites its customers to start their day right with a free Longgadesal as it holds the much-awaited National Breakfast Day!

Now on its sixth year, National Breakfast Day lets Filipinos all over the country enjoy the goodness of a McDonald’s breakfast to jumpstart  their day on a positive note.

This 2018, McDonald's is giving away its newest breakfast offering, the Longgadesal, from 7AM to 8AM in close to 500 breakfast stores nationwide.

The new McDonald’s Longgadesal is a delicious take on the traditional freshly-baked pandesal combined with another Filipino breakfast staple, longganisa. Experience a savory, beefy, longganisa patty, topped with a sweet, creamy sauce, sandwiched between a soft pandesal bun enjoyed with or without an egg. The Longgadesal is perfect for when you need something delicious to grab and go and is definitely a great way to start a new day. To complete your breakfast, the Longgadesal is best paired with McCafé Premium Roast Coffee, made with 100% Arabica Beans.

Celebrities are also eagerly looking forward to taking part in the National Breakfast Day celebration. Catch McDonald’s endorsers Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Tony Labrusca, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, and many more, who will personally hand-out free Longgadesal in select McDonald’s stores.

Celebrate National Breakfast Day and experience a great start to your day by heading to participating McDonald’s stores nationwide on March 19 from 7am to 8am.

Share your National Breakfast Day experience and tag @McDo_PH on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #NationalBreakfastDay. For more details, please visit

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Mott's 100% Apple Juice ties up with Peter Rabbit for an exciting giveaway!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a well-loved childrens' story about a naughty little bunny. In the novel written by Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit goes into Mr. McGregor's garden, despite his mother's warning, just to have his fill of delicious vegetables. As he is chased by Mr. McGregor, Peter teaches young readers valuable life lessons. 

This 2018, he makes the leap to the big screen in a 3D live-action animated comedy! Mott's 100% Apple Juice partners with Peter Rabbit as he starts strong on his latest escapades. Whether you're meeting Peter Rabbit through the pages of a book or in the movies, his (mis)adventures are tales of obedience to elders, persevering to get your dream, and yes, eating lots if vegetables. Peter Rabbit is a dreamer, more than willing to test then boundaries of the world. And as we watch his playful antics, it's obvious he knows all too well that his mom knows best!

You'll surely fall in love with Peter Rabbit! And with Spot and Count To Win Mott's Peter Rabbit Contest, you have a chance to bring home exclusive Peter Rabbit prizes like carrot, umbrellas, carrot pens, notebooks, rabbit towels, gardening sets, grow-your-plant sets, and Mott's products.

It's fun and easy to join. All you need to do is head on to count all the Mott's products in the photo below. You and your kids will surely have a blast.

Make Peter Rabbit's movie a family affair. Then continue the bonding over a glass of Mott's 100% Apple Juice and games of Spot & Count! You're sure to stay sharp with every gulp. Mott's has 2 servings of fruit per 8oz glass, added Vitamin C, and real fruit goodness. With its simple, natural ingredients, you'll be quick and smart, just like Peter Rabbit.

Promo period is from February 1 to March 31, 2018. All participants are entitled to one (1) entry during the promo period. Winners will be chosen from those who have submitted the correct answer. Draw date of winners will be on April 2, 2018 at 4pm via electronic draw.

For more information about Peter Rabbit and the #1 branded apple juice in the US, visit 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Have a White Glo experience!

Are you ready for the new brushing revolution for the whitest, brightest and healthiest oral care? The world's most advanced teeth whitening range is now available in the Philippines. Brushing our teeth is an essential part of our beauty routine. Here's the different White Glo products that will suit your dental needs. 

Diamond Series Whitening System, makes the teeth white

White Glo White Accelerator, Dentist Blue Light Technology

     This whitening system incorporated advanced technology used by dentists around the world to deliver their patients with the best teeth whitening results. The Blue Light Technology light spectrum is able to help activate ingredients in the White Glo teeth whitening gel. Together the whitening gel and blue light spectrum is able to penetrate the areas on the tooth enamel with stains or discoloration by lifting and converting these into colories oxygen particles. After the treatment your teeth will appear whiter.


One 100ml White Glo Whitening gel
One Mouth tray
One Blue light Unit
Shade Guide
Battery safety sticky seal
Instruction manual
Warning statement

White Glo Diamond Series Professional Teeth Whitening System

     It guaranteed to provide the best teeth whitening results possible. The revolutionary, fast and effective whitening formula provides not only amazing white teeth but also longer lasting results. It's formulated with the same ingredients dentists use in clinics to achieve fast effective result for a smile that shines bright like a diamond. Developed to provide fast and convenient results with treatment times from just 5 minutes. Each pack comes with a FREE full sixe White Glo Professional Choice Toothpaste.


One 50ml Diamond Series Teeth Whitening System Gel
One Mouth Tray
One 150g / 100ml e/5.2oz Professional Whitening Toothpaste
Instruction manual

White Glo Diamond Series Whitening Pen

     Whiter Teeth improves confidence and makes you look younger and more attractive. Over time teeth become stained from smoking, coffee, red wine and simply from the natural aging process. The whitening pen allows you to whiten your teeth whenever and wherever you want.


One 2.5ml Whitening pen
Seven Whitening Strips
Instruction manual

White Glo Diamond White Toothpaste plus Plaque Seeker Tablet

     This exclusive Diamond Series teeth whitening product contains two products: Diamond White Whitening Toothpaste and the FREE Smart Plaque seeker tablet. Combined, this is a new brushing revolution for the whitest, brightest and healthiest oral care. Beyond whitening only, Diamond White Toothpaste systematically removes and prevents plaque and cavities. This revolutionary toothpaste will provide the best in appearance and health for your smile. The FREE chewable plaque seeker tablet will identify all areas on your teeth that hold hidden plaque and stains. It allows you to brush better in those areas to reveal an even better smile.


One 150g/100ml e/5.2oz Diamond White Toothpaste
One Smart Plaque Seeker Tablet

White Glo Bright Nights
      These dissolving whitening films are the simplest way to whiten your teeth, giving your smile an instant whitening "top-up" bu up to a shade or more. They have been exclusively designed and formulated to be used when you need a whitening boost such as prior to arriving at a party, work function or social event.


Six Bright Nights Dissolving Whitening Film

White Glo Diamond Series Whitening Mouthwash

     The White Glo Whitening and Enamel Protection Mouthwash help to reduce bacteria that causes bad breath, and promotes beautiful teeth and healthy gums. Use daily for a fresher breath and whiter teeth. Fluoride enriched to strengthen teeth enamel. Prevents stains from forming. Kill germs that caused bad breath. Alcohol free formula. Keeps breath fresher. Dentist clean feeling. Reduce plaque.


One 500ml Diamond Whitening Mouthwash

Whitening Toothpaste

White Glo Professional Choice Whitening Toothpaste
  • Fluoride protection against cavities
  • Low abrasion (safe for daily use)
  • Effective whitening formula
White Glo 2 in 1 Whitening Toothpaste with Mouthwash
  • Exclusive processing toothpaste with built-in mouthwash
  • Reduces bacterial that causes bad breath
  • Extra strong whitening formula
White Glo Charcoal Deep Stain Remover toothpaste

  • Includes new White Glo Flosser Tips Toothbrush
  • Activated Charcoal + Flosser Tips of toothbrush clean deeper
  • Stains, discoloration and bacteria are attracted to the highly absorbent charcoal particles.
Coffee and Tea drinkers formula whitening toothpaste
  • Removes stains caused by coffee and tea consumption over time.
  • Micro-wax Protective Shield to help prevent stains from forming on tooth enamel
  • Fluoride protection, suitable for daily use.
White Glo Smokers Formula Whitening Toothpaste
  • Micro Polishing Particles to remove discoloration and yellowing on tooth enamel
  • Low abrasion formula is safe to use daily
  • Suitable for use with electric toothbrush
White Glo Whitening Toothpaste with Natural Herbs
  • No Fluoride
  • No Soda
  • No Sugar
  • No Peroxide
White Glo Pure & natural
  • Comes with new eco-friendly Bamboo Toothbrush
  • Hypoallergenic natural whitening toothpaste
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • No Fluoride
  • No Triclosan
  • No Parabens
  • No Peroxide
  • No Bleaches
  • No Sugar
  • No Artificial Color
  • No Preservatives
  • No Sulphates
  • No Harmful Dyes
  • No harmful Chemicals
  • Vegan, Gluten free, Organic ingredients
White Glo Traveller's Pack
  • Handy travel size product
  • Air plane and travel friendly
  • Don't travel without White Glo 
Australia's rated no. 1 whitening products are now available at Watsons (MOA), Landmark, Royal Duty Free, Puregold Duty Free and Anchorway.  

Monday, March 5, 2018

Be a Shopwise Home Wise Mom!

When you're a busy mom, a trip to the grocery is not a chore, it's a getaway! Mommies like me enjoy walking through neatly-stacked aisles, thinking of what new dishes we can serve our families. That's why when you find that matches all your needs, from Papa Alfredo Olive Oil, Southdale Farm Butter, Sun Harvest Jam, Veneto Italian Water, Brewtime Tea, and Red Peak Australian wine and even Aquabliss, BacAttack and Vitapet at the sweetest deals, you know you've stuck gold.

This March, Shopwise and Mommy Mundo have partnered for our best grocery trip yet. Last Saturday (March 3), Shopwise HomeWise Moms' first leg happened at Shopwise Alabang. The event featured a cooking demo with Sabrina Go, author of and an empowering mom talks with Ms. Minnie Jumaquio, the mompreneur behind Snug-a-Hug. 

Sabrina Go shared new recipes; Adobo Sushi and Ube, Mango and Cheese Crepes.

Sabrina Go,

Adobo Sushi

For Japanese rice
     Rinse the Japanese rice and drain. Repeat until water runs clear.
     Cook in the rice cooker.

For Sushi Rice
     While Japanese rice is warm from the rice cooker, mix the cooked rice, sugar      and rice wine vinegar until rice cools.

For Sushi rolls
     Lay a nori wrapper on top of your bamboo mat. Get some rice and start patting it down gently on the nori wrapper, covering more than half of the wrapper, leaving a bit of space on the top part (away from you).
     Spoon some of the adobo creating a horizontal line an inch from the bottom of the rice layer.
     Take your bamboo mat from the bottom and roll like a cigar, making sure that the adobo is tucked in nice and neatly. Try to roll as tight as you can. Dampen the top sheet of your nori wrapper to seal your roll. Repeat
     Slice 1-inch thick pieces and top with garlic bits. serve with adobo sauce for dipping.

Ube, Mango and Cheese Crepes

     In a blender, combine flour, sugar, salt, milk, eggs and butter
     Puree until mixture is smooth and bubbles form on top, about 30 seconds. Let batter sit at least 15 minutes at room temperature (or refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 1 day; whisk before using).
     Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium. Lightly coat with butter. Add 1/3 cup batter and swirl to completely cover bottom of skillet. Cook until underside of crepe is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
     Loosen edge of crepe with a rubber spatula, then with your fingertips, quickly flip. Cook 1 minute more. Slide crepe out of skillet and repeat with remaining batter. (Coat pan with butter as needed)

For Ube-Mango filling
     Whip the cold cream cheese until loosened. Add the powdered sugar and ube extract, whipping until incorporated and smooth.
     Add the heavy cream and ube jam until light and fluffy.
     Carefully fold in small cubes of cheese and diced dried mangoes. Set aside and chill.
     Place Ube-mango filling in crepes, fold,top with fresh mangoes, dust with powdered sugar and serve.

Ms. Minnie Jumaquio shared her experience juggling career and motherhood with the help of some mom-hacks she's picked up along the way.

Mark your calendar for another leg on March 10 in Shopwise Araneta Center, Chef Golda Liamzon is set to help guests level up their wise-mom skills in the kitchen, with Rochelle Rivera sharing mom-hacks that has helped her through difficult times. Prizes, raffle draws and exciting giveaways are also on the agenda. Participants just need to sit back, relax and enjoy learning together with their fellow moms. 

Where better to gain new tricks up their sleeves than in Shopwise? Many moms have made Shopwise their shopping destination of choice as it offers a wide selection of fresh goods, groceries, clothes, toys, and home accessories in a comfortable setting. Shopwise offers freshness and budget-friendly variety, the stuff wise moms are made of. And of course, no wise moms is complete without Shopwise' Loyalty card. Just head on over to the customer service to apply and get your Wise card now to enjoy amazing deals and perks! Check out their website to see more details on what exciting perks await when you become a Wise Card holder.


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Make Heads Turn With Auto-Gard!

Put your best foot forward—on the pedal. Make a lasting impression with your car without spending the big bucks! Your car is like your home. Whether it’s brand new or older, you’ll always want to make sure it’s well taken care of: working, looking, and smelling at its very best! Take a ride into the bustling Metro Manila streets and beyond with your great-looking car cleaned, protected, and brilliantly finished with Auto-Gard premium car care products.

Auto-Gard is your perfect partner when it comes to your car, and your family will love you more for it! Show off its sleek, shiny surface—from bumper to rear—that’s guaranteed to make heads turn any time of the day, and throughout the night.

The premium, water-repellent Auto-Gard Protector Wax (SRP: PHP219.75) not only gives your car a deep shine, but also protects the paintwork from harsh UV rays and moisture. The bonus is it doesn’t have a strong odor, and in fact has a gentle smell, which makes it easy to wash off your hands.

Polish, protect, and shine your car further to add that long-lasting, extra protection for your car’s finish with the Auto-Gard Carnauba Wax (SRP: PHP169.75 for 250ml; PHP289.75 for 500ml), and apply it using the highly absorbent (up to 7x its weight) Auto-Gard Microfiber Suede Polishing Cloth (SRP: PHP179.75), the best companion for buffing all types of wax fast and easy, and removes dirt, dust, oil, and grease without leaving a dent, thanks to its high-quality microfiber technology. The combination ensures top-notch surface protection and maintenance for your car, making it look like it just rolled out from a showroom.

Don’t forget to spray your car interior with the Auto-Gard Odor Eliminator, formulated with E15 Odor Eradicator that’s guaranteed to trap and completely get rid off any foul odor inside your car, and not just cover them up.

Auto-Gard products are non-toxic and made with environment-friendly formula. Make heads turn with your car and buy your complete set now. Auto-Gard also offers carpet and upholstery, all-purpose protectant, window cleaner, waterless car wash, quick detailer, tire shine and protector, and all-purpose cleaning products, which are available at Ace Hardware, Ace Builders, Ace Express branches, SM Supermarket, Handyman, True Value, Landers Superstore, Wilcon Depot, S&R, All Home, Gaisano Malls, Landmark, and Shopwise, and online at, and

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

SMDC Run 2018!

Calling all runners!

This coming February 25, 2018, SM Development Corporation will be holding the SMDC Run at SM Mall of Asia. Featuring a 5k (Php600), 10k (Php700) and 21k (Php950) event distance.

You may also register in-store at the following Chris Sports Outlets:

- Megamall

- North Edsa

- Market Market

- SM BF Sucat

- SM Mall if Asia

- Glorietta

Race kits are available upon registration.

Register now before slots run out!