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August 31, 2017

Books Galore For Your Passion In Reading Plus Great Deals Online

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Books are a great way to relax and unwind. It is one of the best forms of learning. Books will take you to places farther than you imagined. Books give you an experience of a lifetime. The joy and fulfillment you get from reading a book is incomparable, indeed.



I simply love reading books, it's part of my daily life; which is why I am always on the look for great books that will take me to other sides of the world. One of my sources for unique and nice read is AbeBooks, an online marketplace for books. AbeBooks Inc. is a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. AbeBooks, an online bookselling pioneer, was acquired in December 2008 and remains a stand-alone operation with headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and a European office in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Millions of brand new books, used books, rare books, and out-of-print books are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of booksellers around the world.  Readers can find bestsellers, collectors can find rare books, students can find new and used textbooks, and treasure hunters can find long-lost books.



Abebooks has a very user-friendly platform where I can easily find the books I'm looking for through filtering option. You can browse their book collection by subject and genre. They also have suggestions for rare books and cheap and new textbooks. You can also search by keyword, title, author, ISBN, publisher or by collection. So many ways to search for the book that will match with your passion for reading.

That's not all, Abebooks has partnered with Groupon, for great deals online. There are currently 38 coupons available from Groupon that can be used before checking out a book from Abebooks. There's the $3 off from textbooks plus free shipping, 50 - 90% off from textbooks International Edition and up to 50% off Labor Day sale. This is the perfect timing to buy great books of great prices.



I am just so excited to see what Groupon and Abebooks has in store for me. It's starting to feel like Christmas and I can't wait to look for books that I usually give as presents to people that matters to me.

What are you waiting for? Start shopping now! I am pretty sure everyone will be delighted upon receiving a book from anyone as present. The best gift this holiday season is the gift of learning and it should start with great book.
August 31, 2017

Colgate-Palmolive Philippines continues to provide innovative personal care products to every Filipino household

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Colgate Palmolive's personal care products are one of the most trusted by the Filipino household. Just like in our home, we always buy on a regular basis Colgate toothpaste, Palmolive shampoo and conditioner and Palmolive bath soaps - both in the bar and in liquid form.

Here are some of the products that we regularly shop for. We trust these products because we have proven them to be effective and they help us in maintaining our health and wellness goals everyday.


1. Palmolive Naturals Body Wash WHITE + Milk and Palmolive soap white + milk & w/ 100% natural milk protection

These products are one of my favorite because I personally love anything with milk since milk is proven to provide a lot of benefits to the skin. Palmolive Naturals White + Milk is infused with the goodness of 100% natural milk protein extract. 



Its rich formula contains mild cleansers and natural whiteners helps moisturize and leaves skin looking radiant. Experience naturally fair skin that's irresistibly softer and smoother after showering with Palmolive Naturals Body Wash or Soap. Its long-lasting fragrance gives you a pleasurable bathing experience.


2.  Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture Shampoo (dry coarse hair) and Palmolive Naturals Healthy & Smooth Shampoo (normal hair)

Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture Shampoo's specialized formula with Coco Cream and Milk Protein extracts, instantly adds essential hydration to your hair for long-lasting* softness. Enjoy a wonderful and luscious fragrance that lasts throughout the day.


Palmolive Naturals Healthy & Smooth Shampoo's nourishing formula with Aloe Vera and Vitamin extracts instantly smoothens hair for effortless finger-combing throughout the day. Feel confident with its long-lasting and uplifting fragrance.

3. Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture Cream Conditioner (dry coarse hair) and Palmolive Naturals Healthy & Smooth Cream Conditioner (normal hair)

Palmolive Naturals Intensive Moisture Cream Conditioner moisture-rich formula, infused with extracts of Coco Cream and Milk Protein, instantly adds essential hydration to your hair for long-lasting softness. Enjoy a wonderful and luscious fragrance that lasts throughout the day.


Palmolive Naturals Healthy & Smooth Cream Conditioner moisture-rich formula, infused with extracts of Aloe Vera and Fruit Vitamins, instantly smoothens hair for effortless finger-combing throughout the day. Feel confident with its long-lasting and uplifting fragrance.


4. Colgate Active Salt Toothpaste

This is perhaps, one of Colgate's most innovative products in the market today. It has a powerful formula of salt and is proven to help fight germs as you brush for healthy gums and strong teeth. It has a refreshing mint taste. Salt is proven beneficial for oral health. Salt inhibits dental bacteria and has healing properties. 




To get the best deals for Colgate-Palmolive products, please log in to Lazada.com. A lot of discounts and codes await so you can save bigger on personal care products.

For updates, please follow 

https://www.facebook.com/PalmoliveNaturals/

https://www.facebook.com/ColgatePhilippines/
August 30, 2017

Experience no dandruff, no dryness with Palmolive Men

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Modern men are not only concerned with how they look or smell. Men nowadays, don't just invest in fashion - clothing, footwear, accessories, and fragrance - but also on wellness especially on the essential things they use every day such as bath soaps, facial cleansers and creams, shampoo and the likes.

Colgate-Palmolive understands the need of today's modern men that is why they created a shampoo specially formulated for them so their hair stays natural and healthy throughout the day. The new Palmolive shampoo for men comes in two variants:



1. Palmolive Men Anti-Dandruff + Scalp Cooling Shampoo with Eucalyptus  

This Palmolive Men shampoo and conditioner variant is an exclusive advanced formula made specifically for men which combines 100% natural Eucalyptus extract with CLZ that is clinically proven to effectively combat and remove 100%* dandruff.


Its specialized formula made with Eucalyptus extract refreshingly cools the scalp and comes with an invigorating fragrance to make you feel cool and confident.


2. Palmolive Men Anti-Dandruff + Deep Clean Shampoo with Charcoal

This variant contains CLZ, a clinically-proven anti-dandruff agent so that Palmolive Men removes 100% of visible dandruff flakes and dryness with regular use. It also contains 100% natural charcoal powder which effectively cleanses the scalp and it comes with invigorating fragrance for men.


Want to get the best deal today for Palmolive Men shampoo? Head over to Lazada, and use PALMOLIVEMEN10 code before check out to save 10% on your order.

For more details and product updates and promos, follow:

https://www.facebook.com/PalmoliveMenPH/





August 30, 2017

The modern Juan paves the way for gender equality at home with Ariel’s #JuanWash

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Perhaps no era has prompted a more dramatic shift in gender norms than this one; and these changes are most evident in one of the most basic facets of daily life — chores.

Where household tasks were once viewed as “women’s work” decades prior, nowadays, a more equal division of tasks for cooking, cleaning, laundry duties, and the like in the new millennium is far from unusual.

According to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Filipino men are getting more and more involved in household work. In fact, statistics show that a significant increase was seen in the beginning of 2000s, with employed men allotting an average of 5 hours working on chores. This is a big jump, compared to the average of 1.87 hours from the numbers gathered on employed men from 1979.


With these findings, it’s exciting to see how this would continue to take off to new heights. A contemporary and fresh perspective on equality always starts from the core of the community, the family, and this is precisely why Ariel wants to keep the conversation going for every Juan.

As an homage to the men who show their support with the simple yet powerful act of contributing to housework, Ariel’s #JuanWash campaign seeks to inspire men to embrace one of the crucial roles in making a house a home by simply chipping in on the laundry. On September 1, 2017, Ariel will be launching the campaign online as a thank you to the Juan Washers, or the men who confidently help with the laundry thanks to Ariel Power Gel that makes washing clothes easily done in no time at all.

“For a long time, it has been common for women to have a bigger share in terms of household chores. With the rise of double-income homes and a more open-minded cultural landscape, men are now much more accepting of the idea of contributing to the housework,” explains a representative from Ariel.


Many homes have their laundry washed twice a week. If the men of the household were to set aside one day for laundry, this can mean a world of difference for the family as a whole. As a convenient reminder of how each week gives men an opportune moment to show their support, Ariel is looking to dedicate Fridays as #JuanWash days. With this slight addition to their weekly routine, the men of the household can be a New Man as an expert in laundry, all thanks to Ariel Power Gel that makes superior clean effortless. Especially formulated for better stain removal, anyone can now reach the new standard of laundry with Ariel #JuanWash.

By celebrating the men who take a stand for equality through #JuanWash, Ariel continues to break barriers after coming from the successful launch of #AhonPinay – a project in partnership with TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) that sought to provide women with more work opportunities by training them in commonly male-dominated jobs. Through #JuanWash, Ariel further emphasizes the advocacy of empowering Filipinos by showcasing the modern Juan’s role in laundry chores as a critical step towards welcoming the change to lead. Because someone who is man enough to do laundry, is someone who cares enough to let the women in their lives have the same opportunity to progress even more.

In partnership with Eat Bulaga, Ariel will be scouring through many different barangays in Metro Manila to find Juan Washers every Friday, starting on September 1. Not only is this meant to put the spotlight on individual Juan Washers, but it’s a way to show everyone how valuable their role is in further pushing equality in the family and in the community.


A lot is in store for Ariel’s #JuanWash initiative, and we hope you can also take part in spreading the word for this nationwide movement! Go ahead and be a part of the change by contributing to your share of the household chores with #JuanWash – one wash at a time.

To learn more, visit Ariel’s website, Facebook, and Youtube page.


Procter & Gamble
P&G is the world’s largest and most profitable consumer products company, and takes pride in bringing many well-loved Brands to the Filipino consumer including Tide, Safeguard, Pampers, Whisper, Head & Shoulders, Ariel, Downy, and a lot more.  Proud to be the continuous source of strong leadership talent for P&G businesses across the globe with many Filipino P&Gers holding our flag high and leading critical businesses around the world.

Ariel
Ariel is a brand of laundry detergents – liquid and powder – made by P&G. It is the flagship brand in P&G’s European, Mexican, Japanese, Brazilian, Peruvian, Turkish, Filipino, Pakistani, Colombian, Chilean, Indian, and Venezuelan portfolios. In some U.S stores, Mexican Ariel is available.

August 27, 2017

Child-proofing the area with Soft Surfaces

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When I was young our playground was used to be the sands, the ground itself or the dried hay in the rice fields. It didn't matter to us however it felt - hard, itchy, sticky - as long as we could play in it.

In school, during the Physical Education, we used to play indoor games in an area or covered court with cemented hard surfaces. Of course, trouble or accidents happens and since the surface is hard we end up with some minor injuries like bruises.


When I became a mom, I realize that I can no longer let my kids play in the same way we did when we were young. I should always think of safety, cleanliness and comfort of the place they play, study or do their day-to-day activities.

Because I want to give the best for my kids, I searched for ways on how to child-proof the places they roam around especially when they were still babies. I found out that there are products that could help me with my concern by installing rubber surfaces in their play are like the nursery wetpour playground that we built for the kids. The soft surfaces will keep them safe and comfortable at all times. I don't have to worry of them getting bumps and bruises because of the hard surfaces.


I have also discovered that Soft Sufaces is not just about playground safety but it can also be used in sports surfacing, school safety or garden DIY. Their products include rubber mulch, artificial grass, and many other types of flooring that can be used for outdoor playgrounds, pavements, and courts - almost everywhere that needs safety. Their products come in different colors which make it perfect for a nursery or any place that needs bright colors to be more noticeable and attractive.

Soft Surfaces make it easy for parents to give a better and safer place for kids where they play and learn. It also helps institutions provide better comfort for people that uses their facility. Soft Surfaces encourages learning, development and active life to everyone minus the trouble. Now I can let my kids play actively without being worried at all times.
August 27, 2017

How to get ahead through online education?

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The internet nowadays is just so powerful that people depend on it for so many reasons - business, education, as a source of information, communication, to name a few. In the field of education and information, the worldwide web comes in handy at anytime and anywhere. This made online tutorial prevalent nowadays.

What is an online tutorial? An online tutorial is the process of tutoring in an online, virtual environment or networked environment in which teachers and learners are separated by time and space. Online tutoring, as a reflection of the diversity of the wider Internet, is practiced using many different approaches and is addressed to distinct sets of users. The distinctions are in online content and interface, as well as in tutoring and tutor-training methodologies.


Now, what are the benefits of the online tutorial?
Most people nowadays still prefer the traditional way of study or education wherein you go to the school or university and you interact with a professor or a teacher daily. They say that going to and fro the school brings a lot of practical life's experiences and even trains a person to be more sociable and improve one's ability on how to deal with people from different races properly.

But the new way of acquiring education, such as the online tutorial and review center has its own benefits or advantages, too.

In contemporary education, you need to go away from home or live in a completely unknown city or place and struggle in an extremely competitive learning environment. But with an online tutorial, you get to learn from the comfort of your home. No need to wake up too early in the morning then dress up and brave the heavy traffic along the way to attend classes. Forget about sitting in an uncomfortable chair for hours and suffer back pains at the end of the day. Remember that in education, comfort is a strong advantage.

Aside from the comfortable way of studying, an online tutorial is way cheaper than the traditional campus setting which makes online education being preferred by most parents and students. It also gets you to save time, effort and of course money as you don't need to spend more for travel, food and other daily expenses or buy books and school or office supplies.

This is why when my cousin who's living with me, needed a tutorial for her upcoming college entrance examination, I recommended her to try the online tutorial. So we started searching over the web for the best online review centers in the Philippines and Ahead Review and Tutorial Center is one of those that we find one of the best. Ahead is one of the best for us because of its more than 20 years of excellent service. An institution will not survive that long if it is not trusted and tested by the customers.

Their branches from the following locations are easily accessible - Katipunan, ISO, Robinsons Galleria, Alabang, Antipolo, Makati, Baguio and Tuguegarao. They also offer various programs to choose from, just like in many universities or colleges. You'll always find the right program for you at Ahead.


We already inquired about Ahead services and packages and found out that everything is affordable. We have great hopes that this review center will help my cousin achieve her dreams and get ahead not only in education but at life, as well.
August 25, 2017

Featured event - The 1st National Swap Meet: For Collectors, By Collectors

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The 1st National Swap Meet: For Collectors, By Collectors holds the biggest gathering of collectors of all kinds in the country on August 25-27, 2017 at Function Halls 1-3, SMX Aura, City of Taguig.



The event sets a vast display of various collectibles like toys, action figures, antiques, vintage items, books, prints, and unique curiosities await serious collectors and hobbyists for purchase, swap or auction.  An exciting program of activities provides entertainment, fun and games, while various talks and workshops provide gainful information and new ideas in the world of collecting as a hobby. The venue becomes an ideal rendezvous for collectors meeting other collectors of similar interests.

The 1st National Swap Meet exercises social responsibility through Toys For Marawi, an initiative of the Philippine Toy Groups Association that will donate toys for the children of Marawi. This activity aims to address the pressing need for mental stimulation and psychological healing for the children traumatized by the ongoing conflict in Marawi.

Toys For Marawi donation boxes will be placed around the event area so that visitors get the opportunity to bring toys they once loved and give it new life by sharing to others. The event organizers urge everyone to help and support this cause, as even the smallest act of charity creates a ripple that impacts the greater good.

The 1st National Swap Meet is produced and organized by ArtisteSpace in collaboration with Philippine Toy Groups Association and the invaluable support of its partners – The Dark Knight PH, Toy Collector’s Lounge, SHFiguarts Philippines, Southside Transformers, Robot Pilipinas, The Mighty CollecTHORS PH, Red Toys, P.D.O.S., Digimon PH Collectors Club, TS 118, PH Star Wars Empire, Playmobil Collectors Philippines, Southern Dollies, Doll Collectors Swap & Sell, Dollvisoria, Barbie Filipino Friends, From Famous to Forgotten Super Robot, Vintage Voltes V DX Collection, Monogatari Series Philippines, MUSICars, PinoyLUG, Toy Collectors of Cavite United, Macross PH, KeithG Bricks, Voltes V Int’l Fan Page, SICness PH, DC Collectors Philippines, Pinoy Batman Kolektors, Gunpla Chuva, POSK & Juansix+  Let’s Volt In Group, DCPH, Comic Artists, Robot Collectors Haven, 3A Manila, Pinoy MInimates and sponsors – GSM, San Jose Builders, Taters and Chimara.

For more information on ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, visit the website at https://www.facebook.com/nationalswapmeetday/.
August 21, 2017

Safeguard Against Germs— Your Ultimate Flu Season Survival Guide

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Rainy season is finally here—and along with it, colds and flu.


As much as people welcome the cooler climate, living in the tropics also means ushering in more fickle weather, and the spread of common flu viruses and germs that the wet season brings. This makes people more vulnerable to getting sick—especially kids.

Due to the uncontrollable weather outside, most people tend to stay inside their houses in the hopes of being safe and protected from the season’s threats. However, staying indoors doesn’t necessarily mean that you are safe from all the germs and the illnesses that go with it. Did you know that many objects inside your home are actually germ infested? What’s worse, some germs find humid weather an ideal environment to grow even faster!


These wrong assumptions or “maling akala” that you have may cause your family diseases that may worsen if not taken seriously. Your best bet is to make your family’s health a top priority during these months. So what’s your game plan to keep everyone protected from it?

1. Be brave and get those flu shots

While it won’t be a hundred percent effective at blocking the flu virus, it can help boost your protection from it significantly. Studies have shown that it has helped lower hospitalization rates among children. Be sure to consult your physician to make sure that you don’t have any existing allergies to the shot before taking it.

2. Say to NO to junk!

The rainy season takes a major toll on the body’s immune system. Load up on fruits and vegetables that are known for their ability to boost the immune system is essential. Adding more citrus and greens to your diet can help and is a simple, preventive measure that helps you maintain a stronger immune system.

3. Catch more Zzz’s

Another culprit known for bringing your immune system down? Lack of sleep. Try to get at least 6 hours every night. Not only will your immune system thank you for it, you’ll also feel more energized.

4. Make it a habit to keep those hands clean

“Typhoons and heavy rains may cause flooding which, in turn, can potentially increase the transmission of water-borne diseases, or diseases transmitted through water contaminated with human or animal waste. These include typhoid fever, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A.” mentioned by Department of Health in a recent statement. These diseases may be obtained by having close contact with person who is infected or being in a contaminated environment.  These illnesses may even be deadly but can be prevented with proper handwashing using the right antibacterial soap.


To lower your risk of infection, the solution is simple: wash your hands. Use warm water whenever possible, and use an antibacterial soap known for its ability to provide advanced and long lasting protection against germs, like Safeguard. Safeguard is equipped with GermShield+ technology which Fights against 3 types of germs-Gram+ bacteria, Gram- bacteria, and fungi and prevents microbial regrowth for up to 24 hours.

Scrub and lather well, washing the top and bottom of your hands, between fingers and even under your nails. Avoid drying your hands using a shared hand-towel. Instead, use paper towels or a hand dryer.

Remember, kids are the most vulnerable to germs and viruses during flu season. So be sure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather, get them vaccinated against the flu, teach them the importance of eating healthy, focus on maintaining good hygiene, especially through frequent hand washing using a soap that gets the job done right.


Safeguard Pure White Body Wash is available in 720ml (PhP 219), 400ml (PhP 145) and 200ml (PhP 85)

Safeguard Pure White Bar Soap is available in 90g (P 25.75), 135g (P 38), and 180 ml (P 48.00)

Safeguard Pure White Liquid Hand Soap is available in 225ml (P 80.00)

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About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves nearly five billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit http://www.pg.com for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.
August 20, 2017

Sweet Escape - dealing diabetes with a healthy and active lifestyle

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Diabetes is among the most prevalent diseases around the world for many years now. It is an autoimmune disorder that causes an elevation in a person’s blood glucose level and it was the disease responsible for an estimated 1.6 million deaths in 2015. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global statistics of diabetes among adults over 18 increased from 4.7 percent in 1980 to 8.5 percent in 2014.

In the Philippines, about 7.3 million Filipinos are recorded to have diabetes, with 3.5 million confirmed diagnoses. Last year, the country was marked as ‘diabetes hotspot,’ ranking among countries with towering diabetes rates. At this moment, the alarming figures are continuously rising, and every day, more and more people are becoming at risk of acquiring the condition.

Sweet Escape 2017


Friendly Alliances and Media Expressions (FAME) Inc., publisher of DiabetEASE magazine, brought Sweet Escape, a yearly advocacy event for the public about diabetes awareness;  on August 18, 10am at Starmall Activity Center, Alabang.

Top endocrinologists Dr. Augusto D. Litonjua, Father of Philippine Endocrinology and Dr. Joy Arabelle C. Fontanilla, head of Center for Weight Intervention and Nutrition Services (WINS) at St. Luke's Medical Center - Global City and DiabetEASE Magazine Editor-in-Chief shed light on the prevalence of diabetes in the country. With them is Dr. Pepito dela Peña, President of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM).

The experts also tackled the importance of having a balanced diet while maintaining a healthy lifestyle to prevent risks that may trigger the metabolic disease.

Meanwhile, event partners Diabetes Store, represented by its General Manager Mr. Ramon Felix and PhilHealth’s Public Affairs Unit head Mr. Raymond P. Acoba, also talked about their respective campaigns relating to the metabolic disease.


Hataw Na: Hataw Galaw Sayaw sa Kalusugan

In line with Sweet Escape’s call to have an active and healthier lifestyle, it also held the second Hataw Na: Hataw Galaw Sayaw sa Kalusugan Intercollegiate Dance Competition.

The urban dance competition aims to encourage people of all ages to turn their back on a sedentary lifestyle and embrace being healthy and fit through physical activities such as dancing.

Being physically active is an effective practice to avoid diabetes and its complications. By encouraging the youth to prevent the disease in such a fun activity, Sweet Escape believes that more and more people will be informed and take part in the fight against the disease.

Sweet Escape gathered the following colleges and universities as they showcase their talents:

Asiatech Static Dancers (Asiatech College)
Ace Prime Dancers (Polytechnic University of the Philippines)
Dr. Yanga's Dance Alliance (Dr. Yanga's Colleges Inc.)
IAS Dance Company (Far Eastern University-Manila)
Malayan Dance Crew (Malayan Colleges of Laguna)
Saliw Indayog (Sumulong Colleges of Arts and Sciences)
Sibol Dance Crew (ICCT Cainta)
AMA Makati Dance Crew (AMA Computer College Makati)
CEU Street Squad (Centro Escolar University), 2016 Hataw Galaw’s titleholder

The event also featured a Zumba party, product highlights, lay forums, raffles, and booth exhibition.


The Sweet Escape 2017 is made possible in cooperation with the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation (PCDEF) Inc., and Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism (PSEDM).

The event is also made possible with Starmall Alabang, City Government of Muntinlupa, PhilHealth, Diabetes Store, HealthFirst Clinic, Corbridge, Herbalife Nutrition, Omizu (Beautifying Natural Spring Water), Lightwater and Musli Biscuits under Suncoast Brands, Monea Salon Professional Series, Philippine Karate-do League Inc., Creative Baker, Enchanted Kingdom, Café France, C-Lium Fibre, Cocoline Naturals, and Coco Natura. Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company has also supported the said event by giving away special merchandise items to the winners in the raffle segment.



About FAME Inc.
FAME INC. is the publisher of Health and Lifestyle, DiabetEASE, ZEN Health, and Travel Plus magazines. It aims to promote good health, healthy lifestyle, sound Christian values, and professional excellence among doctors, healthcare professionals, legislators, and the laymen.

About DiabetEASE Magazine
The DiabetEASE magazine is dedicated to bringing to Filipino people a life lived well even with diabetes. It consists of the latest news and discoveries on diabetes, inspiring diabetes stories from real life patients, food tips and recipes, dos and don’ts, and just about everything you need to know for a diabetes-friendly lifestyle.


August 19, 2017

Great Escapes Travel Fair 2017 - a collaboration of must-haves for your next travel

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Do you need ideas for your next much-needed vacation or your next dream travel adventure? Have a lot of destinations on your bucket-list but don't know how, when and where to start? In this case, let Great Escapes Travel Fair help you and guide you to everything you need about travel.

Glorietta together with District 54 Marketing Co. relaunches the GREAT ESCAPES TRAVEL FAIR on August 18-20, 2017 at the Glorietta Activity Center Palm Drive.



Deals and discounts are offered by various resorts, hotels, travel destinations and travel essentials. Participating travel groups including Tripkada headed by April Cuenca, MAD Travel headed by Tom Graham, LAOT by the Manila Surfers Association were able to share their different projects to strengthen tourism in the Philippines. Games and different raffle prizes will be away to event participants throughout the event.

The event is presented by Glorietta, District 54 Marketing Company with 2nd Avenue as the Official TV Partner and Inquirer Mobile, Manilascope, Travel Life Magazine and Manila Standard as the Official Media Partners.



Here are some of the highlights of the event.

Some of the participating hotels:

Golden Phoenix Hotel



Golden Phoenix Hotel - Manila in Pasay City offers modern and elegant accommodation with free WiFi access throughout the property.

The hotel is conveniently 2,400 feet from Mall of Asia Arena and 0.8 miles from the famous SM Mall of Asia. Cultural Centre of the Philippines is 1.9 miles away, while Ninoy Aquino International Airport can be reached within a 3.7 miles drive.

Offering city views, air-conditioned rooms come with a wardrobe, iPod dock, a personal safe and a flat-screen TV with cable/satellite channels. Electric kettle and minibar are also included. The en suite bathroom has bathtub or shower, hairdryer, bathrobes and free toiletries.
Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel



Camayan Beach Resort and Hotel in Subic Bay is your escape destination where the forest meets the lovely sandy shores. You may relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and natural environment within the place, or swim, snorkel, paddle or peddle your way through a wide array of beach and forest activities. Next door, discover a world of wonder at Ocean Adventure, the only open water marine park in Southeast Asia.

Hotel 1925



Hotel 1925 in Lipa City, Batangas is from the family who brought the public Casa Marikit Ristorante Italiano, the very first dining Italian restaurant in the Lipa City, Batangas. The hotel is an untold story of hard work and perseverance of Rufino “PINONG” M. Mojares. Working from a very young age, he bought and sold anything and everything under the sun to make ends meet. From trading second-hand tires to selling appliances, manufacturing jeepneys, selling motorcycles and feed milling, he started making his mark in the world of business.

The hotel is a tribute to a boy who didn’t have enough to replace his worn out slippers. A homage to the man who was built an empire.

Some of the participating food ventures:

When you get tired of roaming around, there's a sumptuous food offering at the fair such as pizza, pasta, fresh fruit juices, tacos and even healthy coffee.







There are booths too for fashion, tech and gadgets and accessories to keep you in style while traveling and help you secure and organize your package for that hassle-free journey.







For more information visit Facebook.com/greatescapesph or Instagram: @greatescapesphils.
August 18, 2017

Philippines and FC Barcelona Kick Off 4-year Partnership to Build Future Champions

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In a country, like the Philippines; where football is not a popular sport, what are the chances for those kids dreaming to be big names in the football scene in the future? Good news, MILO Philippines, the world's leading chocolate malt beverage trusted by parents and kids alike and FC Barcelona, the 118-year old football club and one of the most famous and prestigious football clubs in the world; tie-up to raise awareness of the sports and train young kids to be the future champions in football.



Two global sports icons, MILO and FC Barcelona, embark on a four-year partnership aimed at enhancing the quality of life of children through a more healthy and active lifestyle. The purpose-driven partnership brings together MILO and FC Barcelona's shares belief of youth development through sports and the values learned from them. This year, MILO Philippines launches the Road to Barcelona - a selection camp that will scout for the next football champions and give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience training in Camp Nou, the home stadium of GC Barcelona. 

By linking with FC Barcelona, MILO Philippines looks to help build the dreams of kids by providing them access to world-class coaching and venues and inspiring them to be physically active and healthy through sports. The global partnership was first announced in November 2016 and MILO has since become the official cocoa malt beverage of FC Barcelona. With the integration of FC Barcelona, MILO Philippines will continue to grow and support its grassroots sports programs while leveraging on the culture and values unique to the club.



"We are proud and honored to have one of the biggest football clubs in the world share our commitments to build champions through sports. It is our hope that this values-driven partnership helps build kids' dream and realize them through the Road to Barcelona program. We're inviting the passionate local sports community to be part of this four-year journey with FC Barcelona," said Willy de Ocampo, Business Unit Manager of MILO Philippines.

This year, MILO Philippines will be sending a team of 10 kids to participate in an international training camp to be held in Camp Nou, FC Barcelona's home stadium. More than the skill level, the players will also be chosen according to the MILO and FC Barcelona values they exemplify. The selection criteria put importance on the right mix of values (60%) and skill (40%) exhibited by these young athletes through the sport. FC Barcelona prides itself with five principle values that are aligned with the spirit of MILO's brand essence of nourishing ambitions - humility, effort, ambition, respect, and teamwork. 



During the local selection camp happening on September 2 - 3 at the McKinley Hill Stadium in Taguig City, a pool of invited participants from different football communities in and out around Metro Manila will undergo extensive training to be included in the official shortlist. Two deserving members of the team will be granted an all-expense paid trip in recognition of the skills and values they espouse. WHile MILO and FC Barcelona will be grating the two kids an opportunity they would otherwise never have imagined - to train with international pros for one of the world's most prestigious sports organizations, the remaining 8 will be chosen based on the local camp ranking system.

An expert panel composed of executives and officials from MILO Philippines, the Philippine Football Federation, IGNITE Sports Group, and the visiting FC Barcelona Spanish coaches will deliberate on the most deserving young footballers in the invitational camp. The selected group will be representing the country during the MILO-FCB camp in Barcelona happening in October. The four-day program in Camp Nou is highlighted by the Escola football clinic, Camp Nou classroom sessions and museum visit, city tour, and interactions with the FC Barcelona coaches and teams from participating MILO countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Colombia, among others.



Over the next four years, there will be key initiatives from the brand and football club to energize kids both locally and globally. Tournaments, special training s, merchandising efforts are among the many plans in store for the different MILO markets worldwide.

"Milo believes that so many children in the country can greatly benefit from getting into sports. It's time for Filipino talent to take on the world stage. We want this to be a meaningful endeavor - one that builds dreams, makes them a reality and shares the journey to the next generation of champions on and off the pitch," said Robbie de Vera, Sports Marketing Executive of MILO Philippines.
August 17, 2017

From being an actor to being a familyman, Ian Veneracion takes on new role as advocate of a multivitamin brand

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The multi-talented actor, Ian Veneracion who currently stars as the male lead in ABS-CBN’s primetime show ‘A Love to Last,’recently signed up to advocate for Conzace, the number one prescribed brand for multivitamin plus minerals by general practitioners and dermatologists in the country.



Ian, the  multifaceted celebrity, is the newest addition to the United Laboratories, Inc. (UNILAB) roster of brand ambassadors.

“It is an honor and privilege to be part of the UNILAB family for its multivitamin brand, Conzace,” proclaims Veneracion while adding, “I am grateful for this opportunity, and I strongly believe that the product can be beneficial to millions of Filipinos as it has been beneficial to me.”

According to Conzace assistant product manager Mike Jimenez, the addition of Veneracion is a perfect match for the brand. “Ian is the epitome of superior immunity and good looks,” he says.

Jimenez elaborates on the actor and the product’s connection. “Conzace’s clinically-proven ZACE formulation, an acronym for Zinc, Vitamins A, C, and E, makes it the number one multivitamin and minerals product prescribed by General Practitioners and Dermatologists. The same can be said about our brand ambassador, Ian, whose credibility allows him to ace his craft with one successful teleserye and movie after another.”


THE FACE OF CONZACE

People born in the late ‘70s would remember Veneracion as the cute and charming Jeffrey Laperal, the son of Joey de Leon in the 1982 sitcom ‘Joey and Son.’ From then on, he went to appear in more television projects while simultaneously making films that range from comedy to drama to action. Among his most recent work is the internationally acclaimed psychological thriller, ‘Bliss,’ and a Filipino independent supernatural horror film, ‘Ilawod.’


 Now at 42, Veneracion has again endeared himself to today’s generation as Engineer Antonio “Anton” Noble IV, the dashing, separated with three kids guy who falls in love with another broken soul. And of course before, as Eduardo Buenavista in the 2015 remake of ‘Pangako Sa Yo,’ the role that regained Veneracion’s fame and his career to leading man stature.

And then there’s that totally different side of Veneracion that is separate from showbusiness. Apart from being an actor, he is also a painter, an athlete, a pilot, a chef, and a family man—the last being his favorite role to play.

But to be all that, Veneracion needs a multivitamin and minerals that will help him cope, not just with his busy schedule, but with the different roles that he has to play in life. “I need strong immunity as well as healthy skin and hair, I cannot afford to get sick, and look stressed—I am glad I have Conzace to give me all that and more.”


THE ZACE EFFECT

Compared to other multivitamins, Conzace has the highest levels of ZACE combined. All these elements play different roles in one’s well-being.  “This unique formulation in Conzace creates a synergistic effect that is clinically proven to help boost immunity, promote healthy skin and hair, and assist in wound healing as it speeds up skin regeneration,” says Jimenez.

Veneracion, speaking from experience, explains it better: “It’s the little things that we don’t normally notice, like for example, stronger resistance against colds and flu, better and clearer skin, shinier and healthier hair. It will do amazing things; you can do more and be more for yourself, for your family, for your work without being disrupted.

“I believe that if you are healthy inside, it just comes out. It reflects physically—in your hair and in your skin. And in the line of job that I am in, it is quite important that I don't just don’t look good but really be healthy,” Veneracion concludes.
August 15, 2017

Coke Studio Ph's interactive truck entertains the Kapampangans

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Coca-cola Philippines in cooperation with SM Supermalls, brought the new sounds of OPM to the "Culinary Capital" of the Philippines. Last August 12, 2017 Coke Studio Philippines first roadshow event was held at the SM City San Fernando Amphitheater. It was one hot day for the Kapampangans but they dared the heat just to see some of their favorite stars perform live at the event such as Jensen and the Flips and Moonstar 88.


Gates and registration were opened as early as 2pm. There were overflowing supply of Coca-cola Coke free for everyone. There were also booths to entertain the audience such as the booth where you can personalize a bottle of Coke called Coke Studio Jukebox and the photo booth where you can print out a souvenir picture of the musical show called Studioshots.




This roadshow is just one of the many surprises that Coca-cola will bring to the Pinoys who are fans of OPM. The interactive Coke Studio truck is set to roam around the country to join festivities and celebrations to give every Pinoy the opportunity to see and hear Pinoy artists collaborate with a new sound of Pinoy music. For those who will not be able to catch their live performances, fret not because Coke Studio Ph airs at TV5 every Saturday at 7pm for a fresh new episode each week.
August 14, 2017

Sun Life Aquathlon to Kick off on September 17, 2017

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Eager to support the growing interest in multisport competitions and in its bid to promote health and wellness among Filipinos, Sun Life Financial Philippines, the number one life insurance company in the country, is hosting the first-ever Sun Life Aquathlon on September 17, 2017.



“Our mission is to help Filipinos achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives. While we believe that one of the keys to a brighter life is financial security, we also know that one can enjoy his life better if he is in the best of health. This is why Sun Life has committed itself to helping them lead healthier lives as well,” Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa said. "Through the Sun Life Aquathlon, we can help budding athletes boost their fitness journey, and also inspire others to discover the physical activity that works best for them.”

The Sun Life Aquathlon is designed to be the perfect race for the newbie who wishes to get his/her feet wet in multisport, while it gives the race-honed triathlete a variation in his/her training program. There will be two categories: the “Aqua Full,” which features a 400-meter swim and a 5-km run; and the “Aqua Lite,” which consists of a 200-meter swim and a 3-km run.

The race will kick off at the Makati Aqua Sports Arena (MASA), where aquathletes will start with the swim in the 50-meter long MASA pool, before heading to the transition area to don their running gear. After crossing the overpass that links MASA to the University of Makati (UMak), they will then complete the run in UMak’s track, before finally making their way to the finish line.

Registration for the Sun Life Aquathlon opened only last June 1 and will last until August 15 or until slots last. Organized by one of the country’s trusted and leading multisport event organizers, Bike King Philippines, the Sun Life Aquathlon also gives participants in the “Aqua Full” category the chance to earn points for Bike King’s annual campaign dubbed “Multisport Athlete of the Year,” a series of awards given to men and women who have excelled in Bike King’s different multisport events.

The Sun Life Aquathlon is also supported by Speedo, Gatorade, Timex and Gardenia. To find out more about the event, visit http://bit.ly/SunLifeAquathlon

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