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March 31, 2016

Guiltless Chicken Soup

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We, Filipinos enjoy any kind of soup whether under hot or cold conditions. In our family, we cook chicken soup for our breakfast, 3 or 4 times a week. It is our family's staple food. I make sure our family eats heavy breakfast, so everytime I would cook chicken sopas for breakfast, I loaded it up with vegetables to help them be fueled with the right vitamins and minerals they need throughout the day.

Preparing for chicken stock can be a bit tiring and time consuming, so instead of using chicken I used Sexy Chix chicken chunks in guiltless broth. It has the same taste and tenderness as that of cooked chicken but it has less fat.

So here are the ingredients of my guiltless chicken soup:

1 can Sexy Chix in guiltless broth
1 cup elbow macaroni
1 large carrot
1 head broccolli
1 bell pepper
Wandah all-around creamy mix
1 pc chicken broth cube
3 cups water
salt & pepper to taste








Here's how:

1. In a medium-sized casserole, boil water. 
2. While waiting for water to boil, slice the vegetable into bite sizes.
3. When the water is already boiling, add in chicken broth, elbow macaroni & Sexy Chix (including the broth) and parsley. 
4. After 5 minutes, add carrots, bell pepper, pepper and salt, to taste. Simmer for 3 minutes.
5. Add brocolli then simmer again for 5 minutes. 
6. Add Wandah mix and stir until creamy, simmer for 5 minutes more.


Why Sexy Chix instead of chicken? I want to save time cooking. Sexy Chix is tender and tasty plus it is healthy as it is fat-free, MSG-fee and has less sodium content. I also loved using Wandah instead of the usual evaporated milk because I can achieve the right creaminess for my soup. Unlike milk it does not create lumps when left boiling for 5 minutes or more. This dish is really Masarap, Masustansya at Kayang-kaya!





March 30, 2016

There's a secret inside Victoria Court

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Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Victoria Court… What do these three have in common? If you get it, then you get them!


Victoria Court is a chain of hotels in the heart of Metro Manila. From the moment guests arrive, they are immediately immersed in an extra sensory environment that is tailor-fit to each uniquely themed room. Want to be Batman for a day? We can do that for you. Is being a princess more your thing? Not a problem. No fantasy is too small for their group of intrepid employees who stop at nothing to make sure that the guests are happy from the time they check-in to the time they checkout. Victoria Court's state-of-the-art themed suites whisk the guests away to wherever their heart desires. Their talented chefs make sure that each taste bud is tickled with every bite of our award winning dishes.


Joining the team ensures that, like our rooms, no two days will be alike. You will be working with passionate, fun-loving, and extremely creative individuals whose main goal is to make our guests forget the humdrum of everyday life, even if just for a few hours.

With fantastic benefits ensuring the growth of the employees, working with Victoria means that you'll be working with a smile, day in and day out.

Need more proof? Our former employees are so good that others in our industry hire them no questions asked.

Join us. Feel the distinction.

What secretly goes on behind Victoria Court's doors? Take a peek... 


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March 28, 2016

Chicken Arrabiata Pizza

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Thinking of a new dish to serve my family for snacks has always been a struggle for me because as a stay-at-home-Mom (SAHM), I would always want to give the best for the whole family. For me snacking is also an important meal of the day as it fuels us up after the tiring routines from morning till noon. So whenever I would prepare something for snacks, I would always think of something "Masarap, Masustansya at Kayang-kaya."

Everybody loves pizza, kids and even kids-at-heart enjoy it, but I don't think the usual pizza toppings like hotdogs, sausages and ham, are nutritious enough. So I looked up for something delicious and nutritious in the pantry, that I can incorporate to my new pizza recipe. This Sexy Chix in Arrabiata sauce caught my attention. Arrabiata in Italian is a spicy sauce for pasta made from garlic, tomatoes and red chili peppers cooked in olive oil. Perfetto! This Sexy Chix in Arrabiata sauce is indeed perfect for my pizza!

Let's start preparing the ingredients for my Chicken Arrabiata pizza:



 

1 can Sexy Chix shredded chicken Arrabiata
4 pcs small pizza crust
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 large red tomatoes
2 large bell peppers, 1 green and 1 red
1 large white onion
1 small can mushrooms
1 small can pineapple tidbits
1 box Magnolia Cheezee

Optional:
              dried oregano - if you want to add more Italian taste to the pizza

Here's how:

1. Slice tomatoes, bell peppers and onions as desired. Set aside.


2. In a pizza crust, spread 1 tablespoon tomato paste and 2 tablespoons Sexy Chix ( you may add more tomato paste & Sexy Chix if you want), top with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, pineapple, dried oregano (optional) and grated Cheezee. Why I used Magnolia Cheezee instead of easy-to-melt cheese? It's a lot cheaper but it melts nicely.



pizza with dried oregano


3. Pre-heat oven to 210 degrees Celsius. Bake pizza for 10 minutes. If you have bigger oven, cook them simultaneously, to save time and effort.


4. Serve while hot. 



 

This dish is very easy to prepare and cook. In just 30 mins, you already have a delicious and nutritious snacks for the whole family. I spent P200.00 for all the ingredients, but I didn't used up everything. Only 1/3 of the cheese was used; 1/2 can of mushroom and 1 cup of tomato paste, were left. 

Pizza is very enjoyable to cook. It is effortless, you don't have to have the right amount of ingredients to make a delicious one. You can always DIY a pizza, personalize it according to your preferences.

We've had 16 slices of pizzas, good for 5 to 7 persons. Approximately you'll spend P25.00 for each person.
And guess, who is the most excited to try my new dish? It's my loving Bunso...


Would you like to know how nutritious my pizza is? Here are the nutrition facts:

Mushroom - low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin C, Folate, Iron, Zinc and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin D, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Selenium.

Bell Pepper - low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Thiamin, Niacin, Folate, Magnesium and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium and Manganese.

Pineapple - very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamin, Vitamin B6 and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin C and Manganese.

Tomatoes - low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and Manganese.

Onion - very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese, and a very good source of Vitamin C.

Oregano - very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Vitamin B6, Potassium and Copper, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese.

What do I love about Sexy Chix?
It's quick and convenient yet healthy. I can easily whip it with anything inside my kitchen. It is a good source of protein, without the hassle of cooking. I believe it is not only good for losing weight but it is best in keeping the whole family fit. It is best for kids because it is 98% fat-free, no msg and no preservatives. As much as possible I want my kids to enjoy foods that are natural.

Moms, I encourage you to try out my recipe. I guarantee you, the whole family will be delighted with this new pizza recipe!

                                      


March 25, 2016

Good Friday Shopping + P400.00 off & FREE shipping on all orders

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This Good Friday, we belong to the #TeamBahay. Me and my kids did not even bother to go to church for the Seven Last Words because of the heat. I don't wanna risk my kids', especially my baby's health to the harm the weather and the crowd might cause; so we just watched mass via the television.

After the mass, I just browse the web, and I happen to see Takatack's ad on Facebook, saying "P400.00 off on all orders." I checked on the site, found some good stuff and yes! I really got big savings! I only paid P593.86 for the 20 kilos of Farmboy long grain rice, wow! that's less than P30.00 per kilo.

 Interesting right? Sign up or login to Takatack now! Upon check out enter the promo code HELLOSUMMER to get P400.00 off on P1000.00 minimum order. No worries, orders P1000.00 and beyond is free shipping nationwide. Hurry because the offer lasts only until today, March 25, 2016!



March 23, 2016

Holy Ship! GlamourBox offers FREE shipping for the Holy Week

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Holy Week is the best time to unwind, to meditate, to soul-search before heading back again to our daily routines. Most of us are going to take our vacation to our hometown or provinces and make memorable adventures during the long break. Let's not forget to include our vacation must-haves to keep us looking beautiful despite the hot weather. Why not shop online for the best beauty products before taking a break? You might want to explore GlamourBoxPh for the best beauty trends to include in your vanity bag. Save on shopping with GlamourBox as they offer FREE shipping on all orders from March 24 - 27, 2016.



Here are some product suggestions to keep you all glammed up even under the heat of the sun:

1. Snoe Here Comes The Sunblock SPF45 Instant White Sun Lotion, Php699.00

Keep your skin protected from the harmful sun rays and heat. It moisturizes and whitens the skin. It has damage protection and antioxdiants, and it is non-greasy and paraben-free. It contains Bengkoang which is rich in vitamin C, Flavanoids and Saponins which are natural sunscreens to prevent skin damage brought about by free radicals. This lotion will immediately transform your skin with whiter complexion that comes with anti-aging effects.


2. Belo Beauty and the Beach Glamourbox, Php595.00

Have fun under the sun without the worries! Belo team and their line of expert skin and suncare products got you covered whether at the beach or just beating the summer heat!

Products in the box:
  • Belo Sun Expert Face Cover SPF40 PA+++
  • Belo SunExpert Ultragentle Sheer Spray SPF50 PA+++
  • Belo Intensive Whitening Face and Neck Cream
  • Belo Essentials Underarm Whitening Cream
  • Belo Essentials Deo Spray New Shower Fresh Scent
  • Belo Intensive Whitening Body Cream
*Products are full sized
Total SRP Value of Box contents is P1,853.50

3. Aloe Derma Healthy Hair Set, Php775.00

The hair will be heavily damaged for sure after long exposure to the heat of the sun. To rejuvenate your crowning glory and make it look healthy again, this hair set is all you need. Keep hair healthy with Organic Pure Aloe Vera Gel from Aloe Derma.
  • Natural Shampoo
Enjoy the benefits of aloe vera in an all-natural, easy to use, and fresh-smelling shampoo. It's rich in amino acids which deep cleanses the scalp for thicker, glossier and softer hair. It's proudly SLS-free, detoxifies and heals scalp, plus it uses 63% Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf extract certified by ECOCERT.
  • Aloe Nourishing Hair Conditioner
Moisturizes and revitalizes dry, damaged hair. Provides rich nourishment to strengthen hair and keep it smooth, elastic and lustrous.
Contains 86% organic Aloe Vera Juice
  • Aloe Hair Tonic
Made with 99.8% organic Aloe Vera juice that promotes hair growth and increase hair thickness.
 

Head over to http://www.glamourbox.ph/ and start subscribing. Use the code - GBHOLYSHIP upon check out to avail of FREE SHIPPING on all orders. Every purchase will earn you Glampoints which can be converted to shopping vouchers! Being glamorous is now easy and affordable with GlamourBoxPh!
March 22, 2016

Abby Asistio : Meeting Mark Zuckerberg and My Facebook Friends Day Experience

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Last January 31, 2016, Fellow Filipino Abby Asistio flew to San Francisco and had the wonderful opportunity of being chosen as one of the eighteen invited by Facebook on their 12th Anniversary Friends Day celebration with California-based Alopecia awareness advocate, Rachel Regal.  Alopecia is an autoimmune condition which results in partial or total head and body hair loss.  Abby Asistiohave had it since she was four while Rachel just developed it sometime in 2012, the same year she discovered that her 10-year-old daughter, Eliana, had it, too.  Six inspiring stories were picked by Facebook among its 1.64 billion users and Abby’s friends were all amazed when theye’ve found out that Abby’s Alopecia story was one of them.  Imagine that!




Abby and Rachel met each other through the double A hand sign campaign that Aby started in 2012, and They've been "connected" since then.  Last year, Facebook Stories featured how these two were able to build a friendship, as well as campaign for disease awareness through Facebook!  And last February 1st, Abby and Rachel had the chance to tour FB headquarters in Menlo Park, San Francisco, meet and chat with the people behind Facebook (Founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg, CPO Chris Cox, and a whole lot of awesome people), get crazy cool gadgets and have one of the best experiences of their lives.


Abby recounted that it was such a surreal feeling to be in the same room as the creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Mark Z was wearing his trademark look (jeans, sneakers, shirt and a big smile on his face), and had such a friendly, approachable aura and demeanor about him.  Not at all intimidating!  He shared stories about how the company started, its mission-vision, the ups and downs that come along, and their future plans.  Those invited also had the chance to ask him questions. When Mark Z was asked about achieving success and life’s “impossibilities”.  He said, “There’s a difference between impossible and things taking a really long time. Even if you’re not going to be able to do something in a short time period, if you care about something,you want to see the world to move into that direction… So the best thing to do is just get started and not be discouraged.  It’s tough because this stuff is hard, or else people would’ve already done it.”

 
Abby Asistio got the chance to ask a question to one of the world’s 50 most powerful, successful women in business, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.  Aside from Alopecia awareness, Abby is also an active Real Beauty advocate with girls and women struggling with various insecurities, being so consumed by the world’s unrealistic and sometimes superficial standards of beauty. So Abby asked Sheryl about her perception of it. Sheryl said that beauty is just like success and that no one could really define it for you.  We are all unique.  We have different stories, dreams and desires. We should explore our own inner and outer beauty, believe and embrace that we are beautiful, and never allow anyone to tell us otherwise.


Mark capped off his talk by sharing their company philosophy with everyone present. Though already having over 1 billion subscribers, there are still 7 billion people all over the world without access to all the meaningful connections and information that Facebook brings. One thing that the company stands by is that “things are always 1% completed”. It keeps them grounded, reminding them that there is always so much work, growth and progress to be done, and so many people to reach out to and help.
Everything about the Facebook trip was overwhelming and inspiring according to Abby.  More than anything, it reminded her about “responsibility”.  We are all given our own platforms, in this case “accounts and connections”, to make a dent in this world. It is up to us to become complacent and take these vehicles for granted, or maximize the opportunities and use them to make a positive impact in this generation. Abby is grateful that Facebook has become a medium for her to communicate disease awareness and touch people beyond the confines of her tiny room and her country. Abby is also glad that she and Rachel are two out of millions of people choosing to recognize the importance of social media in contributing to making this world a better place, and actually doing something about it.

Truly, God plans the best adventures and creates the most beautiful surprises.  Abby knows that she wouldn't have been handpicked for this if it weren't for Him, as well as the countless individuals who have cared and showed support for my advocacy.Abby would like to leave a positive thought to everyone that we should really take the time to search for and identify our “purpose” – that one unique, very specific calling that is the result of our talents, dreams, desires, passions and experiences.  Once you find it, be faithful to it no matter how long or difficult the journey towards its fulfillment may be. You’ll never know where it could lead to, how far it could go and how large it could grow. Abby is also thankful that her campaign continues to spread and reach new heights and she is particularly grateful to Facebook for giving her this opportunity and to Novuhair,Nature's Answer to Hair Loss (www.novuhair.com), for always being so supportive of her advocacy and endeavors. Abby is proud and honored to have represented the Philippines and the Alopecia community in this once-in-a-lifetime, international event.

Let's also support Abby's Friends' Day song on youTube



·         #FriendsDay #AbbyAsistioforNovuhair #AlopeciaAwareness


March 19, 2016

#Homecoming that touches the heart

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When we heard of someone special coming home, we get too excited. Too excited that we wanted to do the best welcome party or homecoming celebration for them. We even tend to renovate the house, buy new furnishings; we make sure the whole place where they are going to stay will be at its best and that will make them most comfortable with. We prepare and cook their favorite food and drinks for their #homecoming . We make it at a point where everything would seem like a fiesta when they arrive.


That's the best trait of us, Filipinos - we are number one when it comes to hospitality and we would always want something grand for our loved ones who's coming back home.

Here's a heartwarming video of a homecoming that will surely touch our hearts. Let's find out how surprising the homecoming was for Lolo and Lola...

March 18, 2016

Sour-Savory Goodness of the new AJI-SINIGANG® Cube, reinvents Pinoy Sinigang

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Sinigang Soup is a ‘must’ in most Pinoy households’ weekly menu. In our family, we cook sinigang twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays. Those are the days that our family is complete. We simply love sinigang because we can customize it the way we want. We love a sinigang that has lots and lots of vegetables like kangkong, gabi (taro), radish, okra, eggplant and stringbeans. Sinigang makes our meal time perfect as everyone in the family enjoys this bowl of warm and refreshing dish in hot or cold weather conditions.

It has been observed though that most people using sinigang mixes available in the market would need to add other savory and meaty seasonings i.e. pork cube and all-in-one seasonings to achieve the ideal sinigang taste, which is not just about sourness but savory taste as well.


The new Ajinomoto® Sinigang Cube is all that you will ever need to cook Sinigang with the preferred blend of sour-savory (asim-linamnam) taste. It is perfect in providing the balanced rich, savory deliciousness and appetizing sourness to any sinigang dish. Each cube is “ZoopSiksik™” because it is packed with the right level of tamarind sourness and savory taste from meaty extracts. However you cook your sinigang, Ajinomoto® Sinigang Cube will surely give it the taste you've been wanting for. Kids and kids-at-heart will surely be surprised how this cube reinvented the taste of Pinoy Sinigang.

Here is an easy sinigang recipe for your family to enjoy...

ASIM-LINAMLINAM PORK SINIGANG


Ingredients:

2 pieces AJI-SINIGANG® Cube
½ kilo Pork liempo, Sinigang cut
90 grams Tomato, quartered
30 grams Onion, quartered
1 ½ liter Water
90 grams Gabi
80 grams Labanos, sliced diagonally
45 grams String beans, cut into 1 ½”
90 grams Kangkong
1 piece Green chili

Here's how:

1. BOIL pork in water for 40-50 minutes until tender.

2. SIMMER. Add gabi and simmer for 6 minutes.

3. SEASON AND SIMMER. Add AJI-SINIGANG® Cubes and other vegetables. Simmer for 5 minutes until cooked. Makes 4-6 servings.

AJI-SINIGANG® Cube is available in single 13g pillow pack cube for P5.00 and 8 pieces of 13g packed in re-sealable stand-up pouch for P38.00.

About Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation




Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is an affiliate of Tokyo-based Ajinomoto Co., Inc. Established in 1958, APC lives by its promise to provide consumers products that will always give the delicious taste to healthy and nutritious meals as embodied in APC’s slogan Ajinomoto® “Eat Well, Live Well.®” APC’s complete line of quality food and seasoning products are produced by international affiliates and local toll manufacturers using Ajinomoto’s license, quality standards and technological expertise. APC’s products include AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning, Ajinomoto® Brand Ginisa Flavor Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Chicken Powder, PORKSAVOR® All-in-One Seasoning Mix, CRISPY FRY® Breading Mix, CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs®, TASTY BOY® All Purpose Breading Mix, AJI-SHIO® Seasoning Mix, Ajinomoto® Brand Sinigang Cube and “amino Fres-C” Instant Drink Mix.
 








March 16, 2016

Get ready for the FatOut’s The Royal Treatment Fans Day!

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One of the today's brightest stars came from humble beginnings, from a teenage girl who dreamed of being a celebrity, finally blossomed into one of the brightest stars in the industry of showbiz. Kim Chiu has proven that a simple girl from Cebu can achieve superstar status. It’s almost too easy for her to captivate anyone with her style of acting and her bubbly personality and thanks for her wide support of her fans, she is now dubbed as the Chinita Princess.





It’s time to give back to the millions and millions of fans who have supported Chinita Princess, Kim Chui throughout her bright career. FatOut’s The Royal Treatment Fans Day is a day for you, by ATC Healthcare and Kim Chiu. So unroll your sleeves, loosen up and give yourself a kind of relaxation fit for a royalty. FatOut’s The Royal Treatment Fans Day will be a day filled with royal relaxation and a royal performance from, none other than, Chinita Princess herself, Kim Chiu! What else are you waiting for? Grab your tiaras and join this awaited FatOut’s The Royal Treatment Fans Day.

Have you been waiting for your Fairy God Mother? Then wait no more! FatOut is giving you the Ultimate Royal Treatment with The Chinita Princess, Kim Chiu! Get ready to be pampered and meet your Idol, FatOut’s newest endorser Kim Chiu! What are you waiting for? Go hit the nearest Drugstore and buy FatOut now! Don’t forget to keep the receipt so you can register online to make your entry and tickets valid! Register on this link : http://bit.ly/FatoutFansDay
March 11, 2016

Be part of the 3rd Summer Reading Camp!

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Reading is fundamental to the development of our children. It exercises the human brain - it strengthens connections and builds new connections. It also improves concentration, develops child's imagination and helps develop empathy. And do you know that countless research shows the links between good reading skills from an early age and future success in life?

Get ready to see Filipino stories come alive and take home a part of them with you thru art as the doors for the 3rd Summer Reading Camp opens this April 17, Sunday, from 10am to 4pm!



It will be a whole day of reading, storytelling and art activities for kids aged 3-12!


There will be teepees setup "camping in the city style" and three corners for them to explore namely:

READING CORNER – where they can borrow and read all the books they want from our Book Mobile Phils mobile library on site.

ART CORNER – where they can unleash their inner artist by engaging in art activities related to stories read to them

STORYTELLING CORNER – where thay will listen and watch as children’s stories come alive via The Storytelling Project team and Ms. Isa Mijares.

ADVOCACY CORNER - where our partner NGO Black Pencil Project will be hosting a Paint-a-Pencil activity where blank pencils will be designed by kids and parents, and will be donated to BPP's partner schools nationwide.

Aside from participating in these events, Adarna House will also be selling books on site at affordable rates.
An exciting surprise awaits the first 20 early birds (to arrive on the day) from our partner La Pomme Home.
Plus you can bring home a souvenir photo from our photobooth.

This event aims to rekindle and encourage a genuine love for reading in Filipino children, by spending one whole day doing reading related activities, ALL FOR FREE.

To register your child, please fill up this form http://goo.gl/forms/mQiPVXbpQb

The event is in partnership with Black Pencil Project, The Storytelling Project, La Pomme Home, Canon Philippines and McDonalds.

Activities are as follows:
8-9am Registration
9-10am Launch of Book Mobile Phils, Signup for the Book Mobile Phils Readers Club
10am-11am Storytelling sessions by The Storytelling Project
11am-12noon Art activities
12noon-1pm Paint a Pencil with Black Pencil Project
1-2pm Storytelling by The Storytelling Project
2-3pm Art Activities
3-4pm Closing/ Certificates for participants who completed the whole day event

For contact re this press release:
Lia Mañalac del Castillo
bookmobilephils@gmail.com
March 11, 2016

Shed Light - Safer cities and public spaces for all women

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Women have now more freedom than before especially in democratic countries like ours. But while we enjoy our freedom, are we also sure that we are safe to roam around the place we live in?

According to a new research, three out of five women have experienced a form of sexual harassment while commuting in Metro Manila. It was conducted by “Baseline Study on How safe are women in our city streets” commissioned by Quezon City local government and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women).

To shed “light” on the issue the LGU and UN Women held back-to-back events: (1) A press conference at the QCX Museum, which saw the launch of the research, also revealed Glaiza de Castro as the new celebrity supporter of UN Women Safe Cities; and (2) A grand assembly of 1000 supporters who released sky lanterns to light up the Quezon City skyline and called for safe cities where women are free from fear and free from all forms of street harassment and sexual violence. Both events were to commemorate International Women’s Day (#IWD2016) as well as to kick-off the celebrations in March as the National Women’s Month.


Whether due to shame or fear, women traditionally ignore and keep silent about catcalls, wolf-whistling, stalking, repeated harassment for their numbers, male public exposure, rubbing or groping (panghihipo) inside the MRT/ jeepneys, even bearing indecent language being yelled at them by men as they walk by.Women experience all these forms of sexual harassment as they move about in the city, using public transport, terminals, markets/malls, and even just walking home in their own neighborhoods. Glaiza de Castro, sharing why she supports UN Women Safe Cities

During the press conference discussing the problem of the frequent street harassment of women, De Castro observed, "We know about it, we are offended by it, but we don't know how to prevent it."The research reported that eighty-eight percent (88%)of women aged 18-24 years, have experienced some form of sexual harassment in their lives, but more than half do not report or do anything about it.


This is why the LGU partnered with UN Women to implement the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative. QC is the first city in Metro Manila to be one of over 24 cities around the world in the programme to stop street harassment and sexual violence against women and girls (SVAWG) in public spaces with funding from Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID).

The evening’s grand assembly was a visual spectacle where supporters of women’s right to safety in the city banded together to celebrate the spirit of community fighting to stop street harassment of women. Hosted by PTV4’s Good Morning Boss talents, Jules Guiang and Karla Paderna, the event was graced by musical performances from Cooky Chua and Bayang Barrios.


Guiang expressed, “This is such an important issue and we are grateful that for the first time we have a programme on women’s safety in public spaces and educating everyone that sexual harassment of women in any form is not acceptable.”

The Quezon City Local Government just passed amendments to the Gender and Development Code increasing penalties for sexual harassment and sexual violence against women in public spaces to a range of one to five thousand pesos (Php1,000 to Php5,000) for the varying severity of offenses.
March 09, 2016

Safeguard Pure White Liquid Soap - a refreshing handwashing experience

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I remember bringing a small piece of bar soap to school which I used for hand washing before and after eating or when the hands gets dirty. The same thing I did, whenever I attend encampments in school during elementary and high school days. The downside of having a bar soap for hand washing is the mess it brings. When you are in a hurry, you just can't put it inside the bag after using, else, you will have all your things messed up for being wet.

When I became a Mom, I still do the same for the kids. I let them bring a small bar soap for grooming, but my kids usually complain that their soap gets dirty because it spills off their hands and drops on the floor. When that happens, it's no longer hygienic, so I let them use alcogel instead, but handwashing with soap and running water is very much different as it is more effective in removing germs and bacteria.

Then, Procter and Gamble released this Safeguard Pure White Liquid Soap in their site EverydayMe. I was able to received free samples from them and I am so happy with the new product.


This liquid soap has an easy-to-pump bottle, which excited my kids to give it a try. It is a lot more convenient than soap. You just have to squeeze a little amount on the palm and wash with water. I immediately replaced the bar soap that my kids are using in school with it.

Its packaging encourages the kids more to wash their hands as often as they should. You know children want to always try something new and different. With the pump bottle, they wouldn't feel like they are doing a task, they would feel like they are only playing. This is what I have observed from my kids since we used the product. Now, hand washing is a lot more exciting and enjoyable for the kids.

About Safeguard Pure White Liquid Soap

 
Safeguard Pure White Liquid Soap is a classic, with a lovely clean fragrance you will love. Its rich and soft effective white lather indulges you in a refreshing washing experience! Safeguard Pure White Antibacterial liquid hand soap that is 100% recommended by global health experts helps protect your family and removes up to 99% of germs!
March 08, 2016

Your ticket to fame - Inquirer Libre LakBAE host

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Do you have what it takes to be the next INQUIRER LIBRE LakBAE (Biyahe. Adventure. Eats) host?


If you are 18 to 25 years old; talented, confident and smart; adventurous and go-getter and can host an online show, then this is your chance to be famous!

Online Audition Mechanics:

1. Online audition is open to all Filipinos, 18-25 years old currently residing in Metro Manila.
2. Video your audition using a smartphone, computer or videocam.
3. You may choose from these theme or topics:
· Biyahe (travel or commuting)
· Adventure (fun and exciting activity)
· Eats (places or best food to eat)
4. Video introduction should include your name, age and where you are from.
5. Length of video should NOT be more than 2 minutes. Video could be in Filipino, English or Taglish.
6. Criteria for judging: creativity, confidence, wit, diction and impact.
7. Submission is from February 19 to March 18, 2016.
8. Strictly one video entry per person. Those who will send multiple videos will be disqualified.
For the full mechanics, visit Inquirer Libre FB page
March 04, 2016

Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2016 welcomes the President of the Yupangco Group of Companies

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Behind the opulent success of the Yupangco Group of Companies that caters to different industries such as Electronics, Travel and Leisure, Industrial Products, Transportation, Real Estate and Restaurants is the man named Robert L. Yupangco. He will grace the biggest gathering of digital innovators at the upcoming Asia Digital Marketing Expo 2016 happening on May 28,2016 at SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Taguig City.


What keeps his ventures on top of the game? Robert Yupangco believes that it is through his effective time management and his employees’ persistent passion that keeps them winning, despite the remarkably performing businesses all over the Philippines and abroad,

Beside, with his expertise and his faith with his driven staff, Mr. Yupangco also believes that digital marketing has a vital role in growing his business empire. Nevertheless, he’s making a point that his ventures were all keeping up with the online marketing trend.

Have the chance to meet Mr. Robert Yupangco and learn how he cleverly integrated digital marketing in managing his business conglomerates on May 28,2016 at SMX SM Aura Taguig.

Alongside with Mr. Yupangco are top executives from different industries that will share their great digital sagacity.

Below is the complete list of speakers;
  • Thierry Tea- Managing Director, Philjets Group
  • Mannix Pabalan- Founder, Hashtag Digital
  • Janette Toral- Founder, Digital Filipino Club, Book Author and dubbed as the E- Commerce Guru of the Philippines
  • Lars Jeppessen- Managing Director, Tech One Global
  • Robert Yupangco- CEO,Yupangco Group of Companies
  • Jojy Azurin- Co-founder, Horsepower.ph
  • Spanky Enriquez- TV Host & Writer (Philippine Star)
  • Art Samaniego Jr.- Tech Editor,Manila Bulletin
  • Mike Grogan- Founder, Best of You Consultancy
  • Charlie Agatep- Chairman, GrupoAgatep
  • Ana Kim- President,Onnet Global
  • Avelino Zapanta- CEO, SeaAir
For more information about the event and for partnership and sponsorship, please call or text 09166299381 or send inquiries to grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph

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