Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Nature's Spring celebrates Empowered Moms

Despite of heavy rains last Sunday, Nature's Spring Distilled Water launched its campaign in support of today's Empowered Moms who personify modern parenting with the best interests of their families as the top priority.

Nature's Spring Distilled Water honored these empowered moms with a special day out, where they got to spend time bonding with their kids through fun activities and listen in on informative talks from parenting experts. Topics that were discussed at the open-air venue of the SM By The Bay Central Park included Mother's Rights, Raising Successful Kids without over-parenting, Career Confidence to Mindfulness and Time Management, Planning and Organization. The moms were also able to bring home goodies from different booths and the raffles that were held during the course of the program.

Celebrity mom, Toni Gonzaga also graced the event together with her baby Seve. She also shared her hands-on parenting experiences. Toni chooses to give Seve only Nature's Spring Distilled Drinking Water that is quality, safe and affordable distilled water that is bottled with a #SpringOfLove

Aside from making themselves fully informed about the latest parenting hacks, Empowered Moms look for the best products when it comes to safety standards and quality. We don't compromise on the products that we choose for our family, including our choice of distilled drinking water. During her talk at the #EmpoweredMoms event, Toni shared her own views on motherhood and why it is important to choose safe products for baby and for the rest of the family.

Toni and Seve were also on hand to honor the four Empowered moms who were chosen for the latest Nature's Spring Distilled Water campaign: Maggie Villasencio, Cevil Singlao Bue, Rina Siongco, Eloise Teng. These four mothers are said to embody what it means to be modern Filipina moms in a time of information and choices as to what is best for the family.

To make sure that the Filipino Community will have access to proven safe drinking water at home, Nature's Spring Distilled Drinking water is available in supermarkets, grocery stores and drugstores near us. For more info about the #EmpoweredMoms campaign and on other Nature's Spting products, visit www.naturespring.com.ph

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Mich & Myl Nails has arrived in BGC

The new nail spa in town specializes in trendy gel nails, with application techniques direct from Japan-- a world leader in gel nails, sculptured nails, acrylic nail extension, and 3D nail art has finally arrived in BGC.

Last May 5, 2019, Mich & Myl Nails officially opened its doors to BGC community. Metro’s top beauty and lifestyle bloggers, celebrity and beauty icons like Miss World Philippines 2012 Queenie Rehman graced the grand opening.

My daughter tried the Gel Nail Art, the brand takes pride in its licensed and professionally trained technicians, schooled on the latest nail techniques direct from Japan. Their trained technicians only use the finest nail products such as OPI, OPI Infinite Shine, Essie, TINS, Orly, Ezflow, Bella Forma, Cuccio, Morgan Taylor, Leafgel Premium, Can I, T Gel, Miss Mirage, Ice and Gel, and Premdoll

Mich & Myl Nails is set to change your idea of what a nail spa experience should be. From this, clients can expect quality service, matched by the finest nail and body products from around the world. Mich & Myl Nails services range from your go-to simple manicure-pedicure, to more advanced and organic hand & foot spas, paraffin treatments, to its gel nail specialty, including sculptured nails, acrylic nail extensions, and 3D nail art. Mich & Myl Nails also provides other pampering services such as threading, waxing, and massage – with complimentary drinks of your choice. It is definitely your one-stop shop for all things nails and body, right in the heart of BGC.

I love the ambiance and the luxury design of the place it feels so relaxing and pampered.

Mich & Myl Nails stands by its quality products and services. Their goal is to satisfy its trendy clients, because they believe clients deserve the best. 

Kids also can enjoy the handspa, footspa, manicure and pedicure.

Kiddie services include a warm hand-foot soak with bubbles hat kids loves, cuticle grooming followed by a gentle massage and polish.
What are you waiting for? Set your pampering date or even sparty with Mich & Myl Nails BGC today and change your idea of what a nail spa experience should be. You may contact (02) 971 0252 or (+63) 917 716 7955. Open daily, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Mich & Myl Nails BGC is located in Avida Towers 34th Street Ground Floor (Retail 13 & 14) Avida Towers 34th Street corner 11th Avenue Lane T, Fort Bonifacio, BGC, Taguig

Stay updated! Like Mich & Myl Nails BGC on Facebook and Follow on Instagram. 
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Thursday, May 23, 2019


This year, RCBC and RCBC Savings Bank’s Deposit and Drive promo will give away 8 more brand new cars to lucky corporate and personal account holders. This promo encourages accountholders to deposit on their RCBC and RSB accounts for a chance to win a brand new Honda Civic sedan or an Isuzu mu-X SUV. New and existing accountholders can still join until May 31, 2019.

“Maging masinop ka lang pagdating sa pera, kahit gaano man kalaki or kaliit ang sahod mo, kapag may goal ka makakapagipon ka,” said Antesa Paraon, one of the four lucky winners of a Honda Civic Sedan under RCBC and RCBC Savings Bank’s (RSB) Deposit and Drive promo” said Antesa Paraon, winner of a Honda Civic Sedan under RCBC and RCBC Savings Bank’s (RSB) Deposit and Drive promo.

Paraon has been an RCBC depositor for five years under payroll and is an advocate of saving for the future. She said whenever her pay gets credited, she withdraws enough to sustain her for the week and rest is left in her savings account. She also deposits to her bank account every time she gets her share from the company’s “employee fund”. An employee fund is pooling system that she and fellow workers have put together to help each other save some of their hard-earned money.

“Gusto ko po mabigyan ng magandang buhay yung pamilya ko. Itong kotse po, makakatulong po ito sa hanapbuhay namin,” she said.

Born and raised in Surigao City, Paraon had a tough life growing up. She went to Manila when she was 20 years old to look for jobs. It was not until 2013 when she found a company that gave her tenure and regularized her employment.

Paraon was a machine operator in one of the facilities in Laguna Technopark for three years and was promoted to technician two years ago.

According to Paraon, this was when she started saving funds for herself, her future, and her family.

“Nag-iipon po ako kasi naniniwala ako na dun ako pwede magsimula na maghanda para sa kinabukasan ko at ng pamilya ko,” Paraon added.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Get a chance to win up to P100,000 when you receive your Western Union remittances via PayMaya

Receiving money from your family and friends from anywhere in the country or around the world is now made more convenient and rewarding with PayMaya. Now you can easily receive your Western Union remittance straight to your PayMaya account and even get a chance to win up to P100,000!  

Now, going cashless with PayMaya is not only convenient, but all the more rewarding as qualified users can get a chance to win up to P100,000 on the PayMaya and Western Union raffle promo which runs until May 31.    
All you have to do is claim your Western Union remittance via PayMaya and complete the following actions using your PayMaya account, to earn raffle entries:   

  • Pay your bills in full and on time (minimum of P100) to earn five raffle entries  
  • Pay for your in-store purchases by PayMaya QR to earn one raffle entry per P100 spend  
  • Buy digital goods (load, gaming pins, cable TV subscription) in the PayMaya in-app shop to get one raffle entry per purchase  
  • Send a minimum of P10 to your friends and family via the PayMaya app or FB Messenger to earn one raffle entry per day  
  • Shop online and in-store using your virtual or physical card to earn one raffle entry for every P100 spend (example: Customer spends P300 at X merchant: 3 raffle entries)  

By the end of the promo period, five lucky PayMaya users will win P10,000 PayMaya credits while two winners will take home P50,000 and P100,000 PayMaya credits, each. Tune in to PayMaya’s Facebook page (@PayMayaOfficial) for the list of the winners for this promo!   

Friday, May 17, 2019

Ditch Cigarettes Completely: Here’s why

For those who are trying to quit smoking, remember that the habit does nothing well. Health concerns are just the peak of the problem. Smoking also leads to fires and damages. Be free from the influence of tobacco and follow a healthier life today by making conscious decisions.

To back up positive choices, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that smoking is a leading factor in cardiovascular disease and lung cancer. It claims more than people’s lives. Smoking destroys careers and important relationships, bringing individuals to smoke more.

This is the ugly truth that the WHO has been pushing to address through its World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) celebration, a global effort that seeks to increase the level of awareness about cigarette smoking by explaining its damaging effects to the public.

To help in promoting this advocacy, Sante Philippines, provider of premier organic health and wellness products and services, lists the main harmful effects of continuous cigarette smoking:

Smoking Causes Health Risks
Cigarette and tobacco smoking are the main reasons for major diseases in the world. It is linked with a wide variety of cancers, commonly affecting the heart and lungs. The habit makes smokers vulnerable to diseases because of particles that lower the immune system.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a condition where mucus in the lungs causes difficult breathing, is a result of long-term smoking, usually found in people who have started cigarettes at an early age. Inhaling cigarette smoke also worsens asthma and tuberculosis.

Second-hand Smoking Destroys Lives
Smoking also affects nearby people. When smokers light cigarettes inside their houses, they endanger the health of family members, especially infants and children.

Animals, also, are not immune to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke. Dogs and cats, among other furry companions, are also victims. Felines, particularly, are prone to developing a type of cancer called, malignant lymphoma, if they are exposed to cigarette smoke for long.

Smoking Affects the Environment
The production of cigarettes and tobacco also set major harm to the environment, with tobacco plantations destroying the land. Areas of dense forests that have been cut down to cultivate tobacco result in soil erosion. Not only that, tobacco production uses trees to create fire for drying tobacco leaves and for rolling and packing cigarettes. If not monitored, cigarettes start forest fires, damaging the ozone layer further and destroying the homes of both animals and people.

Additionally, the procedures in making tobacco release toxic gases. These air pollutants, such as methane and carbon dioxide, negatively affect the ozone layer.

There will always be a link that connects smoking to damages, be it nature or human life. Once people place cigarette butts on their lips, they not only gamble their lives but risk the lives of others. Encourage people around you to stop smoking by vocalizing your concern. They might dislike the attention at first but showing consistent compassion will let them know that you mean the best for them.

Santé offers products that improve the quality of life of Filipinos and people around the world. The company has been providing premier organic health and wellness products and services with Santé Barley at its core. Barley grass is an effective antioxidant, rich with vitamins and minerals that not only detoxifies the body but also, aids in digestive health.

To know more about Santé, and its product offerings, and other upcoming events, visit their official FB Page at www.facebook.com/pg/santeofficial.ph or their website at www.santebarley.com/ph.


Meralco announced that power rates decreased by Php 0.27 per kilowatthour (kWh) this month for a typical household. For residential customers consuming 200 kWh per month, Meralco customers will enjoy a reduction of Php 55 in their electricity bills.

Meralco Public Information Office Head Joe Zaldarriaga (in photo) explained that the overall rate decrease can be attributed to lower cost of power from Power Supply Agreements (PSAs) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs) due to strengthening of the Philippine Peso against US dollar and lower fuel prices. These factors offset higher Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) prices which increased due to tight power supply conditions. For helpful energy efficiency tips, customers may visit Meralco’s website at www.meralco.com.ph or its social media accounts, Twitter @meralco and Facebook at www.facebook.com/meralco.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

#SummerVacay Style at Surplus

As the temperature continues to rise, its time to grab your favorite sunscreens and welcome summertime in style. And wherever you plan your #SummerVacay  a beach getaway, camping in the great outdoors, a lakeside adventure, or simply enjoying summer in the city, Surplus is your go-to shop for fun and trendy fashion.

Dont forget to check out Surplus summer essentials to complete your travel needs. From cute slippers and shoes, pretty scarves, statement making hats to colorful towels, water tumblers, portable fans, functional flashlight, and solar lights.
Get beyond excited with the trendy and fun summer fashion collection and other versatile items at Surplus located in most SM Supermalls. Items may vary per branch.

Get to know more about the fashion picks of Surplus latest ambassadors Paulo Angeles, Charlie Dizon, Kyle Echarri and AC Bonifacio and stay updated as Surplus goes interactive. Like them on Facebook and Twitter at SurplusPH and enjoy great fashion deals on Instagram at Surplus_ph.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A must-try adventure for coffee junkies

For those who can’t live without their caffeine fix, the search is always on for a good cup of joe. Next-level coffee junkies, however, take their caffeine obsession to a different level. They visit coffee plantations, pick cherries, learn how to roast, and join coffee cupping activities. In fact, the taste of coffee in the places they visit are some of the most defining moments of their experiences.

If you are a traveler seeking this kind of experience overseas, Thailand is one of the closest coffee-growing countries you can visit. Though Thailand is not often linked to world-famous coffee, it is home to many plantations where your coffee dreams can come true. Aside from giving you a taste of Thailand’s unique coffee origins, this country’s farm tours have fascinating stories to tell.

From bean to cup: a glimpse and taste of history

Thailand’s burgeoning coffee industry scene had a unique role to play in the Southeast Kingdom’s history and development. For many years, the highlands where Arabica coffee was grown used to be bleak and barren.

This is because the tribal communities who lived there survived from slash-and-burn agriculture, which resulted in massive deforestation and the depletion of food sources. Poverty drove them to opium cultivation, drug trafficking, and heroin production. It took interventions from Thailand’s royal family to turn the tribespeople from opium to coffee, which now provides a source of livelihood for these communities.

One such coffee plantation is Suan Lahu located north of Chiang Mai, where you can have a short four-hour visit, a day tour, or even an overnight stay with a host from the Lahu tribe, giving you the opportunity to immerse in the tribe’s way of life. Here you can go on a guided hike with the locals, pick coffee cherries, observe coffee processing, and even roast your own Arabica. From January to December, you can even enjoy traditional campfires.

Doi Tung in Chiang Rai Province is another of these opium farms turned coffee plantations. This community located at 1,389 meters above sea level is home to more than 3.5 million trees, a source of livelihood for almost 900 families. Doi Tung’s farm to cup experience immerses you in different aspects of coffee production, from cherry picking to roasting and tasting. Aside from its coffee farms and facilities, Doi Tung is also home to the Mae Fah Luang Arboretum where you can find thousands of unique temperate plants.

Another possible destination in Chiang Rai is the village of Doi Chang, which is situated in an altitude of up to 1,700 meters above sea level. At the village’s coffee shop, you can take a sip of the organic, single origin coffee while enjoying the fresh mountain breeze. The nearby museum called Academy of Coffee lets you learn more about the region’s produce. Outside the museum, you can look at the coffee trees filling hills and plots owned by local families. Finally, there’s the coffee processing plant, which you can see at work during the main coffee season.

Many of Thailand’s coffee farm tours immerse you in a journey from bean to cup.

Thailand’s coffee farms don’t only give you a glimpse of the coffee’s journey from bean to cup. They also produce some of the world’s best coffee.

Doi Chang, for example, is home to free-range, stress-free civets that eat only the ripest, sweetest cherries. These undigested beans are infused with the flavors of the civet’s diet and the enzymes in the its stomach. When roasted, these beans have the flavor profile of citrus-toned acidity, cedary dark chocolate, and raisiny fruit.

The social enterprise Akha Ama Coffee in Chiang Mai, which also hosts a three-day Coffee Journey with the local Akha tribe, has also produced award-winning coffee. Known for its distinct citrus notes and acidity, Akha Ama’s coffee was selected for the World Cup Tasters Championship in 2010 and 2011.

While visiting these coffee farms let you enjoy delicious coffee, it also lets you support local communities who are making a living and preserving their heritage. This makes your #THAImazing story both memorable and meaningful.

To know more about Thailand’s coffee farm tours, visit www.tourismthailand.org, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TATPhilippines.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Jollibee showcases power of a mother’s nurturing love in inspiring Mother’s Day video

From the moment mothers feel a heartbeat inside their womb, to the first time they see and hold their newborn, they have made a promise to remain strong and shower their children with eternal love and support throughout their life.  

This May, Jollibee and creative agency McCann World Group Philippines honor all loving moms as they release a special Kwentong Jollibee Mother’s Day special that will remind everyone of the power of a mother’s unwavering affection and nurturing love.

Directed by Sheron Dayoc, ‘Schoolboy’ follows the story of a young boy as he overcomes his insecurities in his new school and achieves his dream with the help of his mother’s care and encouraging words that gave him the confidence he needed.

“There are many types of love in this world - one we share with friends, relatives, and significant others. But we know that it is the love that we receive from our mothers that make us feel more confident to embrace ourselves,” said Francis Flores, Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer and PH Marketing Head.

For a child, there is no greater gift in life than having a mother who is there by their side and cheer them on as they grow up. “This Mother’s Day, we want to showcase the unique bond that a mother and child have and how this encourages the child to love themselves and live their life with a purpose no matter their personal condition,” adds Flores.

As the guiding light of every Filipino household, mothers play an inspiring figure in the life of each member of the family. Last year, Jollibee touched the hearts of netizens with its successful Mother’s Day trilogy - Amor”, “Tess”, and “Helen” - which reached over 27 million views in Facebook and YouTube and touched hearts of over 65.8 million netizens, Jollibee once again celebrates the red-letter day with a new heartwarming Kwentong Jollibee Mother’s Day special.

This year, Jollibee aims to once again shine the spotlight on moms as a fitting tribute to the person who never fails to provide encouragement and support every step of the way. Watch the ‘Schoolboy’ Kwentong Jollibee Mother’s Day special on Jollibee’s official Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines/videos/2382580938502113/ and YouTube channel: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UNDpEUCBYkk&feature=youtu.be.

In time for this year’s Mother’s Day celebration, everyone is invited to bring their beloved mother and the whole family for a langhap-sarap feast at Jollibee. From May 10 to 12, customers who purchase a 6-pc Chickenjoy Bucket will get a free sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti as a treat for the special day. Meanwhile, every purchase of an 8-pc Chickenjoy Bucket comes with two free Jolly Spaghetti. Promo is also available for take-out, drive-thru, and delivery.