Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sun Life boosts health and wellness thrust with SunPIOLOgy Xone

Sun Life Philippines and its long-time ambassador Piolo Pascual are once again joining hands for SunPIOLOgy, a sporting event that aims to encourage more Filipinos to live healthier lives.

Now on its 11th year, the event carries the theme “SunPIOLOgy Xone” and will feature the following highlights: Sun Life Virtual Run, Sun Life Cycle PH, and Sun Life Resolution Run.

A new event this year, the Sun Life Virtual Run is a long-distance race that participants may complete anytime, anywhere. Participants from different parts of the country may challenge themselves to complete an accumulated distance of 50 or 125 kilometers which can be spread over 30 days. This way, runners can pace themselves and freely strategize in accomplishing their target distance within the prescribed period. Progress is tracked using a GPS watch, a fitness band, a running app on a smartphone, or by taking a photo of the progress on the treadmill and submitting it via

Registration for Sun Life Virtual Run is ongoing at and will be open until October 14, 2019. The run period will be from October 15 to November 15, 2019.

Nurturing the Filipinos’ growing love for cycling, Sun Life Cycle PH is back to take cyclists on fun and exciting routes that will run from Bonifacio Global City to Pasay City. Participants of all fitness levels are welcome to join. Categories for the Sun Life Cycle PH are: Tricycle Ride (100 or 500 meters) designed for children ages two to five; Kids Ride (30-minute Solo or Family Ride) for children between the ages six to 15; Short Ride (20 kilometers) for participants 10 years old and above; and Long Ride (40 kilometers) for participants 14 years old and above. With partially closed roads and kid-friendly biking paths, the event can be a chance to bond with the entire family.  It may also serve as an introduction to races for cycling enthusiasts.

Sun Life Cycle PH will take place on November 23, 2019. Registration is ongoing at and will be open until November 22, 2019.

An exciting and energizing way to kick off Sun Life Philippines’ 125th anniversary in 2020, the Sun Life Resolution Run is a race that aims to get everyone into a healthy mindset as the year starts. Also hosted by Sun Life in select Asian countries, increasing awareness in diabetes prevention and management is one of the company’s advocacies that is especially crucial in the Philippines, as the disease has been declared as an epidemic in the country.

The Resolution Run will feature the “125 Xone,” where runners will pass through “xones” aligned with the diabetes prevention theme. Moreover, 125 lucky runners will also get to win electronic gift cards worth P1,250, which they can redeem in various partner stores.

Attended by some of the country’s brightest stars, the run will double as a charity event that will benefit the Hebreo Foundation, Noordhoff Foundation, and Star Magic scholars.

Sun Life Resolution Run will take place on January 18, 2020, at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Registration will begin on November 15, 2019, at and select Toby’s Sports Stores until race kit supplies last. Race categories and further details will be released soon.

Race freebies await participants in the SunPIOLOgy Xone events.

“What sets SunPIOLOgy apart is the community it has built through the years,” Pascual said. “Each event is fun and exciting, and now, we are bringing the SunPIOLOgy brand of wellness to the virtual world so that we can motivate even more people. With this, I’m sure more Filipinos will experience what it means to live healthier and brighter under the sun.”

For more about Sun Life's health and wellness initiatives, follow @SunLifePH and @GoWellPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Stay with the Yass Queens with this Exclusive Giveaway by ZEN Rooms!

Always wanted to stay with the beauty queens? Well, now you can! ZEN Rooms, the official hotel partner of Miss Asia Pacific International is running an Ultimate Giveaway for all you fun people and what that means is that one lucky winner will get to stay with the top contestants at ZEN Premium Selah Garden for 3D 2N and also see them take the crown with his/her free two tickets to the Grand Coronation Night. But that is not it,  a total of 10 winners will also get an invite each to the Exclusive Pool Party with the contestants.

Ready to witness the Glam life you always wanted! Jump in because it's about to get real! ZENxMAPI2019 is here!

How to Participate? It's easy. Go Facebook!

Audience can easily join the Giveaway contest by participating in this ongoing giveaway post. All they need to do is:

Like ZEN Rooms PH and Miss Asia Pacific International on Facebook!
Share this post with the hashtag #ZENxMAPI2019
Tag 5 of your best friends who would love this!

Promo duration: September 23 to October 04, 2019 (For Ultimate Giveaway)
Announcement of Ultimate Giveaway Prize Winner: October 05, 2019

"The partnership between ZEN Rooms and Miss Asia Pacific International is special. We are the #1 hotel chain in the Philippines and they are the industry leaders when it comes to beauty pageants, so it was natural for both of us to join hands. Coming to this giveaway, we believe, it will be an amazing experience for the contest winners to witness the thrilling life of the top contestants in an up close and personal manner. From the pool party to stay at ZEN Premium Selah Garden and finally, the grand coronation night, everything would be special for them and I am sure they would love it just like they love ZEN." said by, Amit Shukla, ZEN Rooms Philippines’ Regional Marketing Director.

Check out  Facebook Contest Post:

Friday, September 27, 2019

Discover what’s standing between you and your success in preventing hair loss

There comes a time in your life that you have to stand up and say, “Enough is enough.” And that’s the day when you decide to change your life for the better. Who doesn’t want to become accomplished? Even the “gifted” and brilliant ones have to pay the price so as to realize their goals in life.

When we fail to eat on time, get enough exercise or sleep between seven to nine hours a day, we’re compromising our health and wellness as we reduce the maximum extent that our body must function. Consequently, the effects in our body may extend and manifest as early warning signs of hair loss.

Take it from celebrity beauty and salon expert Fanny “TF” Serrano, who once personally experienced such an ordeal.  For him, avoiding harsh synthetic solutions and choosing to use the right products with natural ingredients is a must and still the best way to deal with mane problems like losing or thinning of the hair.

With this in mind, embracing natural healthy lifestyle is so important to achieve optimal health, best physical condition and healthy full head of hair. Health products made out of natural ingredients are way effective for better healing and maintaining our body’s lifelong function than those of synthetic ones. Rather than investing in those branded shampoos or other hair treatments, there’s a natural way to help arrest hair loss and help remedy its four early symptoms, namely, excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hair line, and bald patches. This is none other than NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss.

Great news! Here’s a special promo exclusive at all participating Watsons stores nationwide. For every purchase of NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack at P5,280, you’ll get one 200ml. bottle of NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo worth P1,100 for FREE! That’s 21% savings! The suggested retail price of NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack is P5,280.
Checkout the promo at
For more information, visit

Thursday, September 26, 2019

This year, Nailaholics’ biggest annual event takes a stronger stand on environmental awareness.

Do you know that Water is the world’s biggest natural resource? Our oceans cover more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface and with that much, it is unmistakable how vital these marine environments are to the planet, and how much there still is to be explored.

Our seas hold not only that matchless natural beauty that make life more scenic and interesting, it also holds life. Yes, in the seas lie abundant life – millions of species that live and thrive in the depths of our oceans. It is in this enormous body that we acquire nourishment and natural resources that help us produce so many things we use in our everyday lives. Furthermore, it provides us that significant ecological balance so that even living things at land can prosper. It gives us not only a source of living but a more balanced quality of life as it can also provide leisure and wellness. Needless to say, it is a resource we evidently cannot live without and for that reason must be protected by all means possible.
Though large and seemingly endless, the sea and its resources are finite.

Nailaholics, the country’s pioneer in bringing specialized nail salons and spa outlets, again conducts its annual National Pampering Day. The brand’s very own original creation is now on its 4th year, and this day of pampering is turned into an ecologically saving act tied up with self-care.

This October 17, 2019, from 10:00am to 1:00pm, all Nailaholics branches nationwide will be generously giving FREE SERVICES to its customers who would make a Php50 donation to its cause. Participants may avail of a FREE Manicure, Foot spa, or Foot massage with every donation, where all the proceeds will go to its partner beneficiary, Save Philippine Seas Organization.

As the world’s second largest archipelago, the Philippines has over 7,100 islands. Unsurprisingly, we Filipinos depend on the sea for livelihood, tourism, economy, and basically most of our lives. Thus, it is only essential for us to practice environmental conservation diligently – in many ways we can.

Indeed, employing kindness to oneself should translate into caring for our planet and vice versa. By choosing the right sustainable lifestyle changes, we can all empower each other to make a change. That is the advocacy Nailaholics wants to impart.

The advocasea does not end there. In aiming to create a holistic approach, Nailaholics will literally dive into action. A special raffle promo awaits the participants of the National Pampering Day wherein one lucky donor will win an all-expense paid trip to Siargao. Siargao Island is named the best island in the world and it practices respectable eco-tourism.

In this special promo, one lucky winner and a companion will not only appreciate the marine life and splendour of our own Philippine seas, but also be able to join a beach clean-up program led by S.E.A. Movement, and volunteer at the Siargao Art Recycling Studio. This is really the complete environmental awareness package that will immerse a willing participant.

Now it’s up to you, nailaholic! We all can take active part in this movement of caring for ourselves while caring for Mother Earth. We only have one planet, we only have one home. There is no planet B so love your own.

When you choose yourself, you choose right. Choose self-care that saves.
It’s time to make your wave, one sea at a time!

Go Tick Your Travel Goals with the #GetGoingToWhere Challenge Powered by TikTok and Cebu Pacific GetGo

TikTok, the world’s leading short video platform, has partnered with the rewards platform of Cebu Pacific, GetGo, to help Pinoy travelers #FlyForFree and achieve their travel bucket lists with their barkada through the #GetGoingToWhere interactive in-app challenge.

The #GetGoingToWhere in-app challenge, which runs from September 16 - October 16, 2019, offers lucky TikTok users with the most creative travel videos a chance to win a free flight with their barkada to surf the waves of Siargao, or enjoy the rehabilitated pristine waters and white sands of Boracay, or earn GetGo points! The challenge also aims to promote local destinations and share the natural wonders of the Philippines to the global community that’s already featured on TikTok.

Just download TikTok (available for iOS and Android), upload travel-centric creative videos, and share using the hashtag #GetGoingToWhere. Get creative with your travel videos with the help of TikTok’s easy-to-use tools, including stickers and filters to get you excited for your next trip!

Winners will be selected based on originality, creativity and relevance to the theme and stand to get the following prizes:

2nd week major prize - 1 winner of trip for 4 to Siargao inclusive of in-flight meal and luggage allowance
2nd week consolation prize - 10 winners of 1,500 GetGo points
4th week major prize - 1 winner of trip for 4 to Boracay inclusive of in-flight meal and luggage allowance
4th week consolation prize - 10 winners of 1,500 GetGo points

So, what are you waiting for? Get going with creating your wanderlust-worthy travel video with the #GetGoingToWhere TikTok challenge. Check out the mechanics here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

#CheckThisOut Make Up Studio by J is now open!!!

Are you passionate about makeup but feel like you're lacking knowledge and skill? Are you looking for the perfect glam team that will rediscover your own beauty? Check out MakeUp Studio by J to find countless Beauty 101 tips and lessons.

Meet Janet and Junna of MakeUp Studio by J

Last Sunday, Janet and Junna formally open their makeup Studio at BF Homes. This will be the perfect venue to all of you who are ready to hold your makeup brushes and vanity mirror.

MakeUp Studio by J offers

✔️Studio Rental - Rent the studio for photo shoots, product launch, meetings, workshops, bachelorette party and small gatherings.
(7am-7pm / 15pax)

✔️Glam Team - Hire their team to provide hair and makeup services to your debut, wedding, fashion show, company party or just any occasion.

They offer wide choices to choose from make-up services. Be it regular, high-definition (HD) and airbrush makeup.

✔️Workshops - Join the personal and professional makeup workshops whether you’re a makeup enthusiast or an aspiring makeup artist.

They conduct workshop not just focusing on Hair and makeup but also teaching the right attitude when it comes to actual events or dealing with the clients.

They are also open for some collaborations with makeup brands like Ravs.

So what are you waiting for? Check out MakeUp Studio by J at 3rd floor Unit 305 Aurora Bldng. Presidents Ave. bF Homes Paranaque city. (3 minute walk from SM BF Homes) And for more updates like and follow @makeupstudiobyJ on facebook and Instagram.


Grab up this season with Zilingo’s latest clubhouse cool and preppy looks!

This September, leading online fashion platform Zilingo, released their latest trends selection. Doused in plaid and preppy looks, the collection boasts different cuts and arresting foray of silhouettes.

The brand marries chic styles and clubhouse cool collection, featuring preppy threads in Khaki, Cream and Beige accentuated by season’s colors of chartreuse and turquoise and red. Fashion fans will also be thrilled with the platform’s take on layers and cardigans and playful pleats in White, Black and Brown matched with modern looks and textured sheets.

Zilingo will provide customers with coveted pieces suitable for all occasions. “We are ecstatic about this season’s trends that combine style and comfort, and the best part is that these fashion essentials are available at the click of a button,” says Ryza Dipatuan-Razo, Marketing Director, Zilingo Philippines.

Recognizing the continuous growth and potential of the online retail market, and the need to constantly provide its customers with new and exciting options, Zilingo aims to showcase a unique shopping experience to its customers and enable brands to expand their reach to fashion enthusiasts across the region.

Fashionistas across the country can purchase the collection anytime and anywhere via Zilingo’s website and app, and have them delivered to their doorstep at no extra charge, with multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery.

Monday, September 23, 2019

GCash powers biggest mobile app summit in PH

GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, sponsors the biggest and most anticipated mobile app summit and expo in the country—the SIGN UP! SUMMIT 2019 on September 23 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

As sponsor of the SIGN UP! SUMMIT 2019, leading mobile wallet GCash took part in educating more than 12,000 entrepreneurs on how to grow businesses online. From left: SIGN UP! 2019 program chair Josephine Romero, Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion, GCash president and chief executive officer Anthony Thomas, and GCash chief corporate affairs officer Ney Villaseñor.

SIGN UP! SUMMIT 2019 aims to support aspiring online businessowners in establishing their own companies and enterprises. It targets to educate around 12,000 micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) about the essential elements in growing and expanding an e-business.

“By far, SIGN UP! is the biggest gathering of mobile platforms and mobile applications in the Philippines. We want to empower more Filipinos to go digital and help them improve their livelihood,” said Ney Villaseñor, chief corporate affairs officer of GCash.

As the biggest digital alliance in the country today, SIGN UP! attendees can expect to familiarize themselves with various mobile applications, platforms and solutions, as well as be inspired by success stories of other e-preneneurs who are going to be featured at the event.

“GCash is known by many for buying mobile load, paying bills, remitting money and the like, but GCash is more than just these financial services that it offers,” explained Villaseñor. “You can actually do more with your business by expanding it through the app. There’s so much opportunity for GCash when it comes to growing your online shop. Because with GCash, what can’t you do?”

The SIGN UP! SUMMIT is open to anyone, from students to stay-at-home parents. In addition, GCash has prepared a lot of surprises that the attendees can look forward to.

Interested participants can sign up for free and be part of the biggest mobile app summit and expo in the Philippines at

Friday, September 20, 2019

World Vision, in partnership with DepEd, strives to address the literacy gap in the Philippines with “Brigada Pagbasa” project

In celebration of the National Literacy Month this September and in preparation for November’s National Reading Month, World Vision Development Foundation in partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) launches Brigada Pagbasa, a movement that seeks to enhance the reading skills of the Filipino children.

The project, an extension of the Brigada Eskwela campaign that promotes community participation in time for school opening, will bring together experts, change makers, policy-makers, and other stakeholders across all sectors from international and local agencies, as well as public and private organizations to spread reading literacy among Filipino children.

To make this happen, World Vision, together with DepEd, is partnering with the National Library of the Philippines, National Book Development Board, and E Net Philippines, and have also tapped TV and radio personality Joyce Pring to be the Ambassador for Brigada Pagbasa.

“Literacy, most especially amongst the children and youth, is one of the key factors that determines how well a country progresses in this rapidly-changing world. We have an unfortunate reality where some Filipinos, both young and old, are still struggling with their literacy skills,” said Mr. Rommel Fuerte, Executive Director of World Vision in the Philippines.

Based on a report by United Nations, the Philippines has the highest literacy rate at 97.95 percent among Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore, Brunei, and Indonesia. The literacy rate is 98.9 percent among females and 97 percent among males aged 15-24.

While the literacy rate showed the country’s improvement from the past years, there is still a staggering number of children in the country who face literacy challenges. The remaining gap reflected in the study above shows that more work must be done to address this pressing issue.

“To become literate is an important component in the development of children, especially at this fast-paced, technology-driven age. Brigada Pagbasa aims to unleash the potential in every child,” said Mr. Rommel Fuerte, Executive Director of World Vision Philippines.

Brigada Pagbasa will fully commence this November at several communities across the Philippines to educate everyone the value of reading.

“This campaign is a life-long commitment for all of us, perhaps, until every child receives an opportunity to be educated and to develop his or her full potential,” Mr. Fuerte added.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Let's be part of Global Climate Strike

MILLION OF PEOPLE around the world will join mobilization on September 20 to 27 in response the climate emergency.

The week-long mobilization are inspired by the School Strike for Climate that started in Europe and have spread to other countries — with hundreds of thousands of young people walking out of their classrooms to call attention to the climate emergency and demand actions from those responsible.

Climate change is one of the greatest challenges humanity is facing today.  Climate change is a consequence of the unnatural warming of the surface of our planet since the start industrialization. The warming is being caused by the dominant energy and economic systems that are resulting in excessive concentration of greenhouse gases in the earth's atmosphere. This warming is causing the destabilization of the earth's climate system's.

Filipino knows first-hand the destructive impacts of climate change — from our experiences with super-typhoons, rising sea levels, unprecedented droughts, scarcity of freshwater. The super-typhoons alone have caused thousands of deaths the loss of homes and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands families, the dislocation of millions of people, the devastation of thousands of hectares of agricultural lands that will take years to recover.

Climate change has already reached the level of a planet-wide emergency - with devastating consequences for people and all living things. And it is quickly becoming much worse.

According to scientists, in order to stop the increase of the earth's temperature at the safest level still possible — below 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — the rich industrialized countries have to reach near zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2030 and all order countries have to reach near zero emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.

We have only a small window of time to prevent the situation from reaching greater catastrophic levels, and this window is closing rapidly. Thus far, government pledges, policies and actions are very short of what is required, and most corporations are refusing to stop their massive pollution of the atmosphere with their greenhouse gas emissions and the damage they are causing to the environment and the earth's natural carbon sinks.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

#CheckThisOut 10th Hotel Suppliers Show opens at SMX in MOA

Leaders and executives in the hospitality industry will gather tomorrow at the SMX Convention Center for the opening of this year’s Hotel Suppliers Show (September 19 to 21).

Hotel Suppliers Show has served as a gateway for global brands and manufacturers to connect with professionals in a comprehensive sourcing event. The event is set to occupy a bigger floor area and showcases more trusted exhibitors from the different sectors of the hospitality industry — from front desk to the back of the house, from the kitchen to housekeeping, and from construction materials to furniture. It serves as a comprehensive showcase for food and beverage, design and decor, and furniture, fixture and equipment, as well as hospitality technology and suppliers.

This year’s opening will be graced by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, chairman of the Senate Committee on Trade, Commerce and Entrepreneurship, who will deliver the keynote speech. Distinguished guests include officials from the Department of Trade and Industry, Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Philippine Association for Building Administration Inc., Philippine Institute of Architects, Philippine Green Building Council, Philippine Institute of Interior Designers, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Cosmetics Industry of the Philippines, Sound Technology Institute of the Philippines, Japan External Trade Organization, and the Italian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines.

In the past nine years, the growth of Hotel Suppliers Show indicates its unique role in the local hospitality industry. Apart from serving as a sourcing event, a number of technical seminars and learning sessions are must-attends for industry professionals. This year, featured are the National Building and Property Management Summit by PABA, Hospitality Management Essentials Seminar, and Building Green Hospitality Forum partnered with the Philippine Green Building Council.

In fact, the success of the Hotel Suppliers Show has led to the event’s expansion into a bigger expo starting next year. Patrick Lawrence Tan, Global-Link chief executive officer, announced that they are launching the Philippine Hospitality Essentials Week, which will put the Hotel Suppliers Show together with five complementary events all under one roof.

The Philippine Hospitality Essentials Week next year will feature the Hotel Suppliers Show; Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Philippines; Hospitality Tech Suppliers Show; Food & Beverages Suppliers Show; Events Tech & Suppliers Expo; and Corporate Gifts & Premiums Expo. It will be held from September 24 to 26, 2020 at the SMX Convention Center Manila.

The Hotel Suppliers Show is being presented in partnership with Global-Link MP Events International Inc. and the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines, Inc., the premier association of furniture designers and manufacturers here in the country.

Hotel Suppliers Show 2019 will be held from September 19 to 21, 2019 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City. It will be a grand showcase of over 500 exhibitors occupying 15,000 sq. meters of exhibition space, over 10,000 products to choose from and an expected 15,000 trade buyers from all over the country. For details about the show, visit the official Facebook and Instagram pages @Hotel Suppliers Show Philippines. Visit the event website at

Monday, September 16, 2019

Light up the holiday season at SM Supermalls

The echoing sound of Jose Mari Chan's "Christmas in Our Hearts" Only means one thing: 'ber' months have finally arrived! This September 16, SM Supermalls begins to light up the holiday season as it kicks off the country's much-awaited Christmas countdown!

"This Christmas season, friends and families can look forward to bigger and brother events, installations,  and activities at SM, the 'Home of the Family Reunion', as we continue to light up everyone's lives in SM malls nationwide, " Said SM Supermalls COO Steven Tan.

Here's what to expect at SM starting this September to get you into the holiday spirit:

1. Christmas Gift Ideas. Now is the perfect time for an early Christmas gift shopping! Starting September 15, shoppers may get their holiday Christmas baskets starting at PhP350 from SM Markets or an awesome selection of gift with Watsons Gift Sets for as low as PhP99 starring October 1.

2. Holiday Deals. Get up to 50% off in children's wear, shoes, accessories, and toys with the Barbies & Kids' Sale at The SM Store from October 1 to 31. Haven't stopped for your Christmas party outfits yet? Mallgoers can also score great deals with up to 70% off at SM's Pre-Holiday Sale from October 5 to November 3!

3. #DearSMSanta. Send your Christmas wishes to SM Santa and get a chance to be one of the 60 lucky winners who will have their wishes granted with the #DearSMSanta promo. To see the full mechanics, visit

4. Spotify Holiday Tunes. It is time to put your holiday tunes on the queue! Set the mood by listening to SM Supermalls' Christmas-curated Spotify playlist featuring your favorite holiday jams including SM's Christmas Jingle, "SM Mallidays"!

5. Spirit of Giving. Christmas is also about sharing love and happiness with the less fortunate. For only PhP200, you can buy two SM Bears of Joy — one bear to keep, while the other to be donated to the mall's chosen charity.

Light up the Christmas spirit and may your SM Mallidays sparkle at SM Supermalls! For more information visit

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Redefining Cardiovascular Management through Connections that Matter

Finding the right connection can be the key in preventing and predicting devastating health events like a heart attack. Through its partnership with Zuellig Pharma Corporation, Amgen Philippines Inc aims to help improve awareness of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) woth educational initiatives to achive the goal of changing the way the disease is managed and prevented.

Family support and connection are key to helping patients impacted by health challenges. When equipped with more information about cardiovascular diseases such as hyperlipudemia, family members can help patients take action to prevent health risk and overcome their condition better.

In the philippines, there over 130,000 deaths related to Cardiovascular diseases in 2016. CVD is a complex dieases with many risk factors that affects how it develops. One such risk is dyslipidemia, which occurs when one has abnormal levels of lipids in the blood. Lipids, or fats, are essential in providing energy to the cells while cholesterol is vital in the production of hormones and bile acids for healthy digestion.

There are two kinds of cholesterol in the body: "Bad" cholesterol and "good" cholesterol. Elevated bad cholesterol, also knwon as low-density lipoprotein (LDC-C), in the blood increases a person's risk of developing atherosclerotic plaque depositQs which can block the arteries and lead to a heart attack or stroke. Lowering LDL-C also lowers a person's chances of developing CVD.

The standard treatment for lowering LDL-C are statins, but there are cases when statins are not enough. Having acces to new and innovative treatments in the management of dyslipidemia can make a difference for patients who are not able to achive their lipid goals with statin alone.

With the patient at the heart of what we do, Amgen Philippines Inc. and Zuellig Pharma Corporation are commited to improving the lives of patients struggling with dyslipidemia by helping them and their families to take the necessary action to prevent and manage their health risks.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

1st PH National Barista Assembly Up this September 20!

The first-ever Assembly of Baristas in the Philippines is happening this September!

Henry & Sons, in partnership with the Department of Tourism, call on the country’s baristas, coffee enthusiasts and similarly interested individuals, to register at the 1st National Barista Assembly happening on September 20, 2019, at the SMX Convention Center Aura, in Taguig City.

This event aims to unite Filipino Baristas and bring back the Philippines on the global coffee spotlight through a sustainable coffee economy. Coffee enthusiasts, restaurateurs, hoteliers, media personalities, influencers along with other walk-in attendees of the assembly, will also be present during the event.

The Assembly features  various competitions happening simultaneously, to provide a platform for coffee professionals, enthusiasts, and baristas to showcase their skills. The competitions aims to encourage Baristas to bring out their potentials, creativity, and skills in coffee crafting and related art. Moreover, it is also about inspiring everyone to elevate their skills and aim for excellence in their service and presentation to meet world-class standards.

Henry & Sons is a holistic coffee solutions company. They offer premium roasted coffee, top-of-the-line coffee machines, and accessories, coffee solutions, as well as training to suit various challenging demands.

They are committed in promoting the local coffee scene through events and programs that support the sustainability of the Filipino coffee industry.  The company’s President and CEO, Michael Harris Conlin, is a champion of a sustainable coffee economy. After his successful participation in the World Coffee Championships as the 2019 Philippine National Barista Champion, Conlin is eager to create more exceptional initiatives and pursue his passion for excellence.

Henry & Sons also owns The Giving Cafe (TGC). This coffee shop provides support to the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence (FSCE), which helps coffee Filipino coffee farmers in Itogon, Benguet. The TGC works as an income-generating program for the foundation. Thus, they do not rely on other agencies and companies for support.

The FSCE supports farmers by providing training so that they will have technical awareness on how to grow better quality coffee. The foundation works to help the farmers in their medical needs and for the educational needs of their children. The FSCE aims to develop a generation that appreciates the coffee culture of their family and continue to this journey instead of exploring other jobs or migrating.

Henry & Sons also run the Institute of Coffee Excellence. This institute is where they train future barista champions, hoteliers, restaurateurs, and other coffee enthusiasts. The training will help elevate their level and for them to become at par with the global coffee industry.

Additionally, the Manila Coffee Gear showcases the company’s coffee-related machines and equipment. They also provide technical support and training for the use of these coffee machines. They also have coffee grinders, coffee accessories, and the Henry Ready-to-Mix powders.

For more information regarding the first National Barista Assembly, visit or contact Tony Dy at 0917.153.1188.

Meralco, PLDT, Smart, Pag-IBIG and other bills? Don't pay cash, PayMaya!

Paying for your bills now gets more convenient and ultra rewarding when you use PayMaya. Instead of spending time to line up at a payments center, just use your PayMaya app and get up to P300 cashback plus a chance to have PayMaya cover your bills next month!  

Worried about how to pay for your Meralco, PLDT, Smart and other utility bills as well as your payments for government services? PayMaya has your back with its convenient Bills Pay feature. To make it even better, pay for your bills via PayMaya every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of September and get a P100 cashback on your first three transactions. Don’t forget that your bills worth a minimum of P1,000 each should be paid in full and on time.  

And if you pay at least three unique bills within the month worth P5,000 and above until September 30, you also get the chance to win your next month’s worth of bill payments! One hundred (100) lucky raffle winners will take home P10,000 each, which they can use to pay for the next bill or for other purposes.  

The best part of all this? You can enjoy all these deals and rewards, by simply paying for your bill within the comforts of your own home! All you will ever need is your PayMaya app in your smartphone.  

Paying bills is a breeze with PayMaya!  

To start paying for your bills, just follow these simple steps: 

  1. Open the PayMaya app and select Pay Bills.  
  2. Choose your desired biller.  
  3. Enter the account number from your bill.  
  4. Enter the amount of your payment.  
  5. Confirm your payment.  
  6. You will be notified in-app and via SMS that your payment was successful!  

It's that easy to pay for your bills with PayMaya. Instead of wasting time on long lines and hours of traffic, now you can spend more time working on your passion project or doing the things you love with your family and friends.  

Don't have a PayMaya account yet? Download the app now for your Android or iOS phone and register to pay for your bills, shop online, send money, and even buy prepaid load, in the most convenient way.  
 PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, is the only FinTech company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device.    

To know more how you can maximize your PayMaya account, visit 

Friday, September 13, 2019

FamilyMart has your caffeine fix covered with new ‘Coffee Creations’

Heads up, coffee junkies! A new set of beverages just made FamilyMart your new favorite destination for a satisfying yet affordable caffeine fix. Blended exclusively by renowned Japanese coffee company UCC for FamilyMart, this new line of drinks called “Coffee Creations” is yours to enjoy starting September 16.

Whether you’re looking for a morning kick, or in need of a treat for a chill night, Coffee Creations has your caffeine craving covered at any time of the day. And whether you take your coffee hot or iced, black or otherwise, Coffee Creations is expertly and lovingly brewed in variants that best suit your preference or mood.

The unique experience of Coffee Creations begins with the vision of the marbling as milk is poured and beautifully blends with the brewed coffee, followed by a whiff of its signature nutty aroma. Once you start sipping, the flavor hits the spot, balancing between sweetness and bitterness. To achieve this trademark taste, FamilyMart collaborated with UCC to use a mix of medium roast arabica and robusta beans, perfecting a blend that suits the discerning Filipino palate.

Coffee Creations’ hot brewed coffee comes in two serving sizes—12 oz (P55) and 16 oz (P65). Every order comes with two sachets of either brown or white sugar, as well as two sachets of creamer. Meanwhile the iced variation is available in a 16 oz serving size, which is served black (P60), sweetened (P60) or with milk (P65). Whichever way you like it, no matter what time of the day, each cup offers great value for your money.

Coffee Creations is great enough to enjoy on its own, but a cup also goes best with your favorite FamilyMart breakfast meals, snacks, and pastries. It’s just one of the exciting new ways that FamilyMart makes sure you’ve got your daily needs covered—making you truly feel it when they say, “#WeGotchuFam”!

Visit a FamilyMart branch near you today to find out more about what’s brewing with Coffee Creations.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tanglawan Gallery now open at SM San Jose Del Monte

As part of 19th Cityhood Anniversary and 4th Tanglawan Festival, SM San Jose del Monte together with congresswoman Florida and mayor Arthur Robes formally open the Art Gallery.

Tanglawan Gallery is located at Basement 2, SM San Jose del Monte. It's feature artworks from new generation of local artists that was made on the spot last September at the mall atrium. The theme was "Kanlungan ng Bagong Pag-asa".

Mayor Arthur is very thankful that his wife initiates these kind of projects that will help their city boost as the rising city. He also announced that next year they plan to put up the Culture and Arts Building that aims to help and support their young artist for a brighter future in the city.

City government headed by Congresswoman Florida believe that these kind of project will play a big part in the vision of San Jose del Monte as the Rising city. Culture and Arts project will help San Josenos hone their talents.

Congresswoman Florida is also proud and thankful that his partner/husband share the same passion and love for the city. They have different projects and I can't wait to witness the opening of the first Milk Bank that will benefit all the mothers and children of San Jose del Monte.

Indeed Tanglawan Festival and Cityhood Anniversary 2019 is a very successful activity of the city. Congratulations to San Jose del Monte especially to their leaders that continue to guide and light their city.

Sweet truth be told: honey as a kitchen staple in Filipino households

Honey is a good alternative to satisfy one’s sweet tooth cravings sans the guilt. This ancient golden medicine, which has withstood the test of time, is not only considered as the perfect alternative to sugar but has also evolved its role in every household because of its natural health benefits.

If there is one thing that sets honey apart when it comes to the sweetener category – it is the product’s versatility. Honey is widely known for its medicinal properties; and its various uses not just as a sweetener for drinks and desserts, but also for cooking. In fact, September is celebrated as a National Honey Month in the US.

Here in the Philippines, there are many honey products that are now available in the market. The viscous liquid – which is a byproduct of bees using the nectar from flowers – has high levels of monosaccharides, fructose, and glucose that give it its sweetness and richness in terms of flavor. It also has vitamins, enzymes, and minerals that could help in addressing some health issues. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends honey as a natural cough remedy. Using honey as a staple ingredient in the kitchen, whether for food or drinks, has been a common practice nowadays. In its pure and untreated state, it packs in a lot of nutrients good for the throat and the stomach; it can also help lower cholesterol levels; and is said to facilitate better memory and better sleep.

Emie San Beda, Senior Product Manager of Fly Ace Corporation – the Distributor of German product, Langnese Honey, in the Philippines – says that “the booming honey industry in the Philippines and globally has made people realize the importance of honey for one’s health and wellness. Honey can also enhance one’s mood. That is why choosing a good quality of honey is important if one wants to maximize its benefits.” An important thing that consumers have to look for when choosing honey, she adds, is to know the process of how it was made – i.e., a good honey should be 100% pure, raw, unfiltered, and unheated, among others.

“Langnese is one of the few brands in the market that is all-natural, which meets the highest quality standards, especially as it follows strict regulations of the European Union,” San Beda concluded.

Additionally, some people have discovered the healing and antibacterial properties of honey that have also been found to help achieve a healthier and clearer skin, especially among women. Whether used alone or mixed with other ingredients, honey is now a star ingredient to use for DIY face masks that can be used to combat acne and deeply moisturize the skin.

Whether it be for culinary use and as an alternative sweetener/natural medicine or as a beauty product, honey is absolutely the sweetest thing that has happened to mankind.

Monday, September 9, 2019

What to expect at the 15th Philippine Feng Shui Convention on November 20, Novotel Manila

What’s in store for me in 2020?
Where will my career or business go? How will I succeed?
Will I finally settle all my debts? Will I finally be able to save and make investments?
Will I stay single or will I find the one for me? Is it time to get married or have a baby?

Feng shui master Marites Allen will answer all these questions and more at the 15th Philippine Feng Shui Convention happening on November 24 at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center.

2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat, signalling the start of a new 12-year cycle; the perfect time to start what your heart has been longing for all these years in all aspects of your life. How will you make it work for you? How will you enhance your luck? How will you protect yourself from bad energies? How will you apply all these in your daily life?

Know the answers to all these plus forecasts and practical tips straight from Ms Allen. Meet real-life success stories and testimonials in this not-to-be-missed fengshui event.

For only P3,980 investment, you gain:
Insights on lucky/unlucky prospects for your personal/professional life
Updates on energy types and directions that may work for or against you
General forecasts for important life areas (wealth, health, love, career)
First dibs at the latest luck enhancers and cures for the Year of the Metal Rat
Convention brochure filled with useful takeaway points
Engaging presentations, excellent food, auspicious company
Chance to win raffle gifts and lots of other surprises

Get your tickets at Eventbrite ( or call the following numbers: 0920-9509390 / 8188858/ 7360512 / 4707661.

This is your year to get lucky. Grab your tickets now!

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Online bullying remains prevalent in the Philippines, other countries

One in three young people in 30 countries said they have been a victim of online bullying, with one in five saying they skipped school due to cyberbullying and violence, according to a new poll released today by UNICEF, the United Nations organization working for children’s rights.
In the Philippines, latest national data show that cyberviolence affects almost half of children aged 13-17. The prevalence of cyberviolence for males (44 per cent) is almost the same for females (43 per cent).
One-third of cyberviolence experienced by Filipino children are in the form of verbal abuse over the internet or cellphone, while a fourth are through sexual messages. More females received messages of sexual nature or content than males. However, twice as many males than females reported having their nude body or sexual activities, whether real or falsified, shown on the internet or cellphone.

Violence against children, in all forms including online bullying or cyberbullying, has devastating effects on the physical and emotional wellbeing of young people. This can create lasting emotional and psychological scars, even physical harm. It is particularly challenging to address since children are vulnerable and have easy access to the internet, making them easy targets of online violence.

In the UNICEF U-Report poll conducted in June 2019, almost three-quarters of young people from 30 countries said that social networks including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter are the most common platforms for online bullying. Being connected online means that school no longer ends once a student leaves class, and neither does bullying.

The U-Report further revealed that 32 per cent believe that the government is mainly responsible in addressing online bullying, 31 per cent said that young people are responsible, while 29 per cent said internet companies. These show that opinions are equally divided on who should be responsible for ending online bullying – highlighting the need to involve children and young people in the shared responsibility.

UNICEF is calling for urgent action to implement policies that will protect children and young people from bullying – both online and offline. Addressing the problem requires action from all of us.
Establishing and equipping national helplines to support children and young people in reporting violence is a concrete step. Training teachers and parents to respond to and prevent bullying will ensure the safety of children and young people, particularly the most vulnerable ones.
Gathering better data about the online behavior of children and young people, and how criminals are using the internet, will guide policies and action plans.

UNICEF is also urging social media and social networking service companies to improve ethical standards and practices in collecting and managing information of children.

5 TikTok songs and filters to spread an early Christmas cheer this September

Do you hear the bells ringing and jingling? We know you’re excited to sing ♫♪Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays♪♫ because September is the Philippines’ widely accepted but unofficial beginning of the Christmas season.

Be part of the joy to the world by creating videos with these TikTok sound bites that would remind everyone of that good Paskong Pinoy feeling.

We listed 5 iconic songs that you can use to bring the Christmas spirits on your next TikTok videos:
1.      “Christmas in Our Hearts.“ Jose Mari Chan has become the undisputable Filipino Christmas icon because of this 90s hit. The song is a reflection of the traditional Christmas in the country with children selling lanterns on the street and the community attending church services; all in remembrance and celebration of the birth of Christ. This explains the reason why this song tugs every Pinoy at the heartstrings.

2.      “All I Want for Christmas is You.” This chart-topper cemented Mariah Carey’s Christmas diva status. Why not create a video and tag @mariahcarey on TikTok? The Songbird Supreme loves a good engagement with her fans as she also joined the trending #Obsessed challenge.

3.      “O Holy Night.” Bring out your inner Yuletide diva while lip synching to another Carey Christmas classic. Belting this song will also be a sure hit as the TikTok community supports great talents!

4.     “Last Christmas.”  From the 80’s pop duo Wham!, “Last Christmas made it to the list because in spite of the song’s betrayal angle, it also conveys a hopeful message of finding a more deserving love. Through the years, a lot of artists covered the song including Carly Rae Jepsen,  Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift. The world’s waiting for your own 15-second version.

5.      Mano Po, Ninong.” Popularized the backbending songstress, Pilita Corrales, this Christmas classic featured a beautiful Filipino gesture, pagmamano. From the word mano (hand), the person giving the greeting bows toward the hand of the elder and presses their forehead on the back of the elder's hand. It is an act of respect to elders as elders give their blessing in return. It is a Christmas custom to bring the godchildren to their ninong (godfather) and ninang (godmother) and receive aguinaldo (gifts). Parokya ni Edgar has a tweaked version of this song in the point-of-view of an adult godchild.

To match these songs are the top Christmas filters on TikTok: 

Christmas Snow. Yes, living in a tropical country, Pinoys are deprived of Christmas snow but not on TikTok. Live your White Christmas fantasy with this cool filter. For alternatives, you can also use the effects ShakeSnow or SnowflakeMask.

Cat & Owner Santa. The app is very inclusive that it created a filter that’s purr-fect for you and your lovely pet.

Reindeer Makeup. A whole new level of beauty awaits when you apply this reindeer inspired makeup filter. Also a good alternative is the Christmas makeup filter.

Christmas Lens. Life is as colorful as it can get on Christmastime. Record and preview your -BER moments in Christmas colors. 

Big Nose Santa. If comedy is your forte, here’s the perfect Christmas filter that will give your audience a hearty laugh!

How to use the Effects QR? Tap Discover and click on the scan button located at the top right area of your screen. Scan and record!

All songs and filters can be searched on TikTok, the world’s leading short-form video sharing app. Available for iOS and Android.