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January 13, 2018

Lola Deling's Traditions, a must-share on every family's dining table

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Achara is one of the most famous side dishes in the Philippines. It is a pickle made from grated unripe papaya seasoned with bell peppers, carrots, ginger, onions, garlic, and raisins. Some Achara makers made variations using the ubod, labong and ampalaya as the main ingredient instead of papaya. But whatever the ingredient Achara is made of, it surely enhances the taste buds of every foodie.


This dish from an Indian cuisine is widely popular in the Philippines during fiestas and other regular celebrations such as Christmas and the New Year.

I personally love Achara because my mother used to always prepare it for us, from breakfast to lunch and dinner. It is not only used as "appetizer" but also to remove any aftertaste of the food we eat, to clear the taste buds.

Growing up, I have always wanted to do what my mother did with her homemade Achara but because of the very busy schedule, I always end up buying from a restaurant or from the supermarket. Those being sold in the market somehow, ease my craving for my late Inay's Achara, but they don't really satisfy my very delicate palate. 


Not until I discovered, Lola Deling's Traditions Atchara. My first reason for loving this Atchara is because it really tastes like the homemade dish of my late Inay. It has the right blend of sweet-sour taste with a twist of pineapple. Every ingredient tastes fresh and natural and this is the only Achara I have tried that uses organic coconut vinegar. 

The coconut vinegar reminds me of my early days in our province when we use to make our own coconut vinegar from fresh coconut juice which we use for adobo, paksiw and any dish that require the use of vinegar. The advantage of using coconut vinegar is that it is less acidic and it contains more minerals and amino acids that the regular ones on the market today. This vinegar which is similar to apple cider and balsamic, also has a low glycemic index which makes it appropriate for diabetic patients. 


I love to partner Lola Deling's Atchara to anything fried - tinapang bangus, daing na bangus, lechon kawali, fried pork chop, fried chicken and more. Also, I use it as "panghimagas" or dessert especially when I ate too much meat and also to remove the aftertaste of beef and seafoods. It adds a distinct taste to every dishes at home even to veggies especially those cooked with coconut milk or gata.





From now on, Lola Deling's Atchara will always be part of our everyday meal. With the taste of this Achara which is similar to the one my Inay prepared for us back then, it will always let me feel that my Inay is with us sharing in our every meal of the day. For every time there's Lola Deling's Traditions Atchara on my plate, it will always let me feel the love and care my Inay used to share with us... 
January 13, 2018

UBP Thanksgiving Party - a celebration of three kinds of families as ONE

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United Bloggers Philippines is one of the many blogger's groups online that I have joined in. I love this group because the members are a mixture of different personalities sharing the same goal of uniting bloggers thru their passion in writing.

Last January 7, 2018, UBP's thanksgiving party was held in Romulo Cafe' Makati, our venue sponsor. It was one lavish and extravagant celebration as every member prepared their best to comply with the Gatsby theme. The venue which depicts sophistication in every corner, was also perfect for this year's theme as it is adorned with memorabilia printed in black and white from the early 1900s.


La Familia Sofisticada de Unidos Bloggers Filipinas
Family Portrait

This was the first time I attended UBP's party and it was really a memorable one because I witnessed three different kinds of families graced the said event.

The first kind of family that surprised me was a "REAL family," - a family by blood. The Ang family, Mr. Sherwin Ang, Mrs. Adae Ang, the founder of UBP and the head organizer of the event and their lovely daughter, Abby has shown all-out support to the event. They warmly welcomed the guests; gamely photographed us and raffled off and gave away prizes.


Mother & Son tandem, Rissa and Justin (top-left)
Team "Ang-babait Ninyo" Sherwin, Adae & daughter Abby (top-right)
Mother & Daughter Look-a-like, Millete & Daniela (bottom-left)
Berlin Domingo of momberlin.com, and her baby (bottom-right)

I was also happy to see Mommy blogger Berlin Domingo, with her cute son who is only 5 months old. I was right of my first impression to her as a very hands-on Mom. I admire Berlin for showing such dedication to her passion for blogging and her passion for parenting. Rizza "Summer" Reyes was also present with her son Justin. They look like they are only siblings. Emiliana "Milette" Sison, author of millete.sison.me blog and daughter Daniela also came in an "almost" twinning OOTD.

The second kind of family that made me really grateful for was a "GENEROUS family" of entrepreneurs. They were the blogger's partners who further fuel up the things bloggers love doing. They are the ones giving us projects, events, and first-hand experiences.

Some of this year's partners and sponsors, thank you and hoping for more fruitful collaborations ahead!

Lola Deling's Tradition gave each guest a jar of their special Achara which is distinct for its use of the natural ingredient. The owners of Shakedown St Cafeteria, the two beautiful ladies; were also present to hand us a sweet treat. Ralph Huertas of Trendspotting, took time to pitch in to the event despite his busy schedule so he could give some surprises, special thanks to his wifey, Michelle who is as supportive. Ms. Charmaine Pahate of Eggshell, did not forget to visit and join us to give out some token. Other sponsors who willingly supported to make the event a success were Restaurant Depot, Tanduay, Allianz, Adae's Kitchen and HerbaLife.

The last kind of family that really marked my memories of the day was the "ONE big happy family," celebrating friendship, sportsmanship, gratefulness, and unity in their own simple way - and that is everyone who went to the party physically and spiritually. I see the UBP group together with its partners as a family who appreciates each and everyone's contribution, whether big or small.

The United Bloggers Group with its partners/sponsors

As our group starts a new year full of hopes and big dreams, I wish everyone the best of everything. I hope we continue to enjoy and savor each and everyone's company. Let's keep on inspiring, liberating and uplifting the life of each member so no one of us gets left behind and so that our next thanksgiving would be a bigger, brighter and more meaningful celebration.

Cheers to us all!!
January 13, 2018

Smart ways to shaping your child’s gift

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Kids already display natural abilities at an early age, especially when they go through their daily activities. Some children have a knack for drawing or music, while others show physical strength or a unique capacity to learn things fast.

According to Dr. Leticia Ho, president and founder of the Philippine Center for Gifted Education, these abilities can turn into special talents and gifts when we nurture and encourage their development.


As parents, our role is to help our children develop their gifts to reach their full potential,” Dr. Ho pointed out during the recent PROMIL® Four’s “Shaping the Gift of Tomorrow’s Greats” learning workshop, which gathered celebrity and blogger parents. “It is important to discover and nurture them early so that they will not be left untapped and undiscovered.”

To help you shape your child’s gift, here is a list of some advice as well as other smart ways as shared by PROMIL® Four’s Key Opinion Leaders, composed of experts in the field of Developmental Pediatrics, Clinical Psychology, Obstetrics, Health & Wellness and Nutrition.

Build a strong foundation for learning abilities

The future of your child lies on the foundation of his or her learning abilities. Dr. Christina Padolina, an Ob-Gyne and associate professor at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay, underlined that the best period to set up a strong groundwork for learning should start from the crucial first 1,000 days of the child, starting from the mother’s pregnancy.

This period is critical since it is at this stage when the child exhibits adaptability and responsiveness to interventions. Thus, external interventions, such as health and nutrition and other activities, during this time build a strong groundwork for your child’s ability to grow, learn, and gain a productive future.

Advance your child’s multi-dimensional development

According to Tippy Tanchanco, a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, your child’s growth results from an on-going, reiterating, and cumulative external factors. So, it is important to expose your child to activities that support multi-dimensional or overall development.

There are three building blocks to advancing multi-dimensional development. These areas include physical, mental, and socio-emotional development. As a parent, you can engage your child in different activities to nurture his or her gift to its full potential.

For instance, drawing or painting can help your child develop his or her mental growth as it encourages recognition and memory. You may also engage your child in Yoga to stimulate body movement and sensory experiences. As a meditation activity, it also encourages balance and coordination, focus and concentration, mind and body connection, as well as self-awareness and mindfulness. Other imaginative and group games, however, can also promote strong leadership qualities in children through imagination, communication, and collaboration.

Ensure that your child gets proper nutrition

Aside from these activities, you must also make sure that your child gets the proper nutrition that they need. Without the right nutrients during the younger years, it may result in irreversible physical and cognitive impairments that prevent children from achieving their full potential.

PROMIL® Four has long been known for nurturing the young Filipino’s gift. It is specially formulated for children above three years old and is the only brand that has NUTRISSENTIALS—the combination of the unique and important nutrients. These can support mental and physical development to help Nurture the Gift, together with balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

To know more about PROMIL® and its other variants, visit its website at www.wyeth.com.ph.
January 12, 2018

DTI - Design Center of the Philippines and NDGT Program shape the next design leaders

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Fifteen young designers are having an exhibit of their showpieces at the DTI - Design Center of the Philippines CCP Complex Pasay City, Philippines. This is in compliance with their training as graduates, as they move on to the next phase of the New Design Graduates Training (NDGT) Program; a track under the Design Center Competency Program which is developed by Design Center of the Philippines, an agency attached to the Department of Trade and Industry.

The exhibit dubbed as "EDIT : Objects Redesigned" features reimagined designs of handpicked bestsellers brewed from the fresh minds of the 15 newly graduates from different colleges and universities in the country. The exhibit is a synthesis of the training undergone and the learning acquired during the first phase of the 3-part training program. The exhibit is made possible in collaboration with the partner manufacturers - Calfurn Manufacturing Phils. Inc., CSM Philippines Inc., Industria Edition, MZE Manufacturing Co., Inc., and P&B Valises ET Compagnie Inc.

The NDGT is a year and four months-long program that serves as an avenue where emerging and practicing professionals can enhance their individual competencies through intensive training by an industry recognized Design Mentor and Program Advisors. It also aims to improve the quality, competitiveness, and branding of Filipino products in the global market.


The NDGT has three phases with the first phase being – The Incubation, which specifically focuses on strengthening the participants’ philosophy and orientation towards design fundamentals to build their own voice. Activities in the incubation phase include Design Talks to gain further knowledge on creative thinking, design management and design business from several resource persons including the Design Mentor and Program Advisors; Learning Crafts to acquire or increase knowledge of participants on six crafts like pottery, metalworks, handmade paper-making, embroidery, sculpting, molding & casting, and carpentry; Anatomy of Product Design to further understand the design practice and process by dissecting and restructuring the product to learn its materials, processes, labor and skills requirement and price point.

The second phase is Apprenticeship, which is geared towards a deeper appreciation of craftsmanship, cultural sensitivity, and application of studies from the incubation phase. Still under the guidance of the design mentors, participants will apprentice with select companies in the Philippines, with whom they will provide design assistance to as they also learn about the trade and business. At the same time, designers will also be exposed to various international exhibitions and trade fairs where they can understand and gain insight into the needs of the global market.


The final phase is Atelier where participants will undergo actual design practice in a design firm, applying everything they have learned without the guidance of the Design Mentors. Each phase will have a performance assessment to determine who will proceed with the program.
“The Design Center aims to cultivate a culture that thrives on creativity, value creation and innovation,” says Design Center of the Philippines executive director Rhea Matute. “At the heart of this program is a design and creative mindset, honing craftsmanship and bringing design back to making things and making them well.”

With the intensive training, the participants were given the opportunity to be closely guided by experienced Design Mentors, Program Advisors and Resource Persons who are highly influential in the international and local design and sourcing communities. Leading the roster are Tony Gonzales and Josef Crisanto, who serve as the Design Mentors of the NDGT. Crisanto is a production designer whose clients include, DTI’s Center for International Trade, Expositions and Missions (CITEM), Dedon, Swarovski, and APY Cane to name a few. He has trained extensively in Europe where he also earned a French Master’s Degree in Design under the mentorship of world-renowned industrial designer Tom Dixon. His work products have been featured in several international exhibits alongside other international designers notably at the “Worldwide” exhibit curated by the French designer Christophe Pillet at the Salon du Meuble and the Swarovski showroom in Paris.


Meanwhile, Gonzales is an internationally-renowned designer who has been one of the preferred merchandising consultants of CITEM for its most major trade exhibit, Manila FAME. He is also the founder of A Greeting Card Company where several European investors were captured by his cutting-edge card concepts and calendars, thus tapping him to do commissioned works for product design as well as running international design workshops. Since the 90’s, he has consistently won the KATHA Award, an award given to designers and companies who show excellence in arts and design achievements.

For his part, Crisanto says of the graduates, “We are extremely proud to see our first batch of young designers move on to the next phase of the NDGT. Our mission is to groom emerging designers to become the future influencers of the Philippine design industry and we are confident that this will be good bearers of our mission.”



And among the list of NDGT Participants are Rey Mark Aragon, Julyn Astillero, Gerbert Balaoro, Todd Wyatt Paul Benedicto, Pauline Kimberly Co, Adam Dominiq Domingo, Mark Joecil Escame, Joseph Raphael Espinosa, Louisa Veronica Ilustre, Alexandra Daphne Legaspi, Angel Kris Mayor, Clark Adrian Mendoza, Razel Mari Sta. Rita, Hannah Grace Tusi, and Joseph Yap. The DCDP is also made possible with the support of its partners who have been vital in making the program an immersive experience for the participants.

“The Philippines has plenty of young talented designers who have the power to share the country’s beautiful culture to the world,” says Department of Trade Industry Assistant Secretary Rosario Gaetos. “By producing globally competitive products, they are not only promoting our rich cultural heritage but also helping us achieve sustainable economic growth.”


Without a doubt, the Design Center Competency Program is proof that the Philippines can elevate the quality, competitiveness, and branding of Filipino products in the global market by giving young designers an avenue to enhance their skills and inspire them to showcase their talents locally and internationally.

The Design Center of the Philippines was established in 1970 by founding Executive Director and National Artist for Visual Arts Arturo Luz. Its main mission is to promote the use and appreciation of good design by strengthening the Philippine design industry and improving the range, quality, and thus the competitiveness of Philippine services and products. For more information, visit Design Center of the Philippines website https://designcenter.ph/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/DTI.DesignCenterPH/

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