Tuesday, June 19, 2018

When Norman King made history by becoming the first Aeta to graduate from a premier state university in the Philippines, he was the talk of the town in an instant. His story was an inspiration to many. But what could be his secret to success? 

Safeguard Philippines reveals the story behind Norman King's success and how he became ready to face the big world in a recent video launched. The "Safeguard: Pabaon sa Buhay” film revolves around the life lessons his mom, Warlita King, imparted to him from his younger years until his coming of age. These life lessons or "Pabaon sa Buhay" set Norman ready for the independent life.

Also known as provisions for life, “Pabaon sa Buhay” is derived from the term "baon," which refers to the money, food or any provision that a person takes from home to set one ready for school, work, or any journey. “Baon” however does not only pertain to material things. It can be the words of wisdom, life lessons, and family values parents teach their kids at home to protect them from the uncertainties of the outside world.

For Norman, his mom's “Pabaon sa Buhay” became his protection and guide in life to keep focused on his goals despite the struggles of leading an independent life as shown in the short film.

The film begins with Norman who’s about to enter a university auditorium. He is seen wearing a bahag (a native loincloth) as he slowly walks his way through the crowd. All eyes are on him, but Norman remains undisturbed and determined. As he walks, memories of the past keep flashing back. These are moments when his mom taught him valuable lessons or her “Pabaon sa Buhay.”

When he first questioned his ethnicity and color, his mom told him that a clean heart has more value than physical appearance. He was also taught to never be ashamed of their status. In his teenage years, his mom reminded him to be proud of his race. These lessons and more are the things Norman carried with him as he took his own journey away from home.

“There is a universal challenge parents face in bringing up their children, having to balance the desire to keep them close and protected with letting them go explore the world to learn by themselves. At Safeguard, we strive to help parents overcome this tension by fostering a healthy independence between parents and children. Essential to this are the ‘pabaon’ parents give their children —be it an everyday lunchbox, the life saving habit of hand washing or life lessons—which will help protect them as they explore the world on their own,” says Alex Vogler, Associate Director, Digital Transformation & Brand Communications for Procter & Gamble’s Beauty Division in Asia Pacific.

“By sharing the touching story of Norman King and the life lessons he received from his mother, we are hoping to inspire parents all around the Philippines to impart their personal ‘pabaon’ to help protect their children in life,” concludes Vogler.

Be sure that your children are always protected even outside the home. Give them the protection that lasts with your own “Pabaon sa Buhay.”

Watch the heart-warming story of Norman King and his mother Warlita on Safeguard’s Facebook and YouTube. Join the conversation and share with us your own “Pabaon sa Buhay” stories online with the hashtags #PabaonSaBuhay and #Safeguard.

Monday, June 18, 2018

If you have recently noticed that your child tends to stutter when speaking, don’t be alarmed. Most often this is a temporary condition which improves naturally with age. Typically, children between the ages of two and five may have a short period of time when they seem to stammer or stutter, but it is usually short-lived because they are simply ‘killing time’ vocally while looking for the right word. Remember, this is the time when kids begin to develop their language skills. If you feel that this is more than a temporary situation and are looking for way to help your child overcome stuttering, here are three ways you can help.

1. Don’t Be Alarmed

The one thing you should do is not be alarmed if you notice your child stammering. It helps to know that more than three million Americans stutter, some mildly and some severely. However, for the most part, kids will outgrow this phase in language development and few will carry stuttering forward into adulthood. It is also important to understand that stress is one of the leading causes of stuttering in adults, so if you are alarmed and your child picks up on it, you could be stressing them to the point of exacerbating the situation. Be calm and patient and only ask them to repeat what they were trying to say if you really can’t understand them. Yes, you can work with them to slow down their speaking patterns but stressing them is never good.

2. Utilize Tools to Help Them Stutter Less

Since we are living in the age of the computer and the Information Highway (Web), why not look for an app that makes you stutter less? Of course, this is not something you would use with younger, pre-school children, but it is a handy tool to use with older kids. For younger kids, try singing with them. Speech therapists often start by singing with kids and then working down to a monotone. Music is controlled in the right hemisphere of the brain and so the brain can learn to reroute speech to new areas, which enable the stutterer to speak almost stutter-free. This type of therapy is usually utilized when there is neurological damage to the left hemisphere, only scientists really don’t know how or why this is.

3. Contact a Speech Therapist If Necessary

As your child grows older and the stuttering doesn’t improve, you may want to consider consulting with a speech therapist. These professionals have been trained in working with kids who stutter and are best able to use proven techniques that help. From working with right-brain activities to helping them focus on what they want to say before opening their mouth to speak, therapists can often accomplish what parents are ill-equipped to deal with.

Remember, above all stay calm! Children pick up on their parents’ emotions and that can trigger a heightened stuttering event. They want to please you and quickly sense your frustration, which can have devastating events on both stuttering and their ability to recover. Most often stuttering in children is temporary, so take heart in this and go slowly when working with your child. As the old adage goes, “Easy does it.”

Saturday, June 16, 2018

A few decades ago, Father's Day celebration in the country has never been this liberated. As each year passes by, more and more people realize the need to appreciate the role of a father to the family and the society. Indeed, a lot of better and more interesting activities are set each year by institutions and companies to raise awareness and to honor Dads - a son's first hero, a daughter's first love.

Father and Daughter - Ogie and Leila Alcasid grace June 2018's  issue of SM Shopmag, right in time for Father's Day 2018

This month of June marks another exciting season for the whole family as SM Supermalls invites everyone to have a fun DAD-ventures on Dad's Day with a host of awesome and fun-filled activities, deals, and treats in 70 SM malls nationwide.

Kids and Moms can give Dad the coolest gift by the experience of spending Dad's Day at SM. Adventures include Dad-licious Dining deals, such as upsized meals, dining promos, and meal combo on June 13 to 24 at participating restaurant . Dad's passions for speed and motorbikes is indulged at Extreme Wheels, an exhibit of pimped-up cars and bikes on June 13 to 18 or June 19 to 24.

#DadsDayatSM2018 Digital media Launch in Gringo restaurant MAAX

Tech for Dads teaches interested fathers how to pilot a drone or remote-controlled gadgets at the drone demo or RC exhibition on June 15 to 17 of June 22 to 24 in select SM malls.

Dads and their families are welcome to shop at SM's weekend of fun deals and discounts from June 22 to 24 for the #AweSM men's fashion finds, as SM celebrates 60 #AweSM years in its malls accross the country with exciting promos that laud the number 60, such as pay 60% off, pay only P60, pay P60 less, or pay only 60%.

Meanwhile digital fans of SM can get a chance to win exciting prizes by simply joining the #IdolDADS Photo App promo via www.smsupermalls.com.

Do check out #SMSupermalls social media pages on FB and IG for more updates!

Friday, June 15, 2018

These days there has been an increase in the numbers of motorcycles on the road. Even though riding a motorcycle is riskier than driving a car, many prefer riding a motorcycle because it is one of the cheapest modes of transportation and due to the convenience that comes with it. If you are just beginning to ride a motorcycle, you should strongly consider about getting the proper motorcycle clothing if you haven’t purchased any yet.

You need not have to have an entire wardrobe of them, but at least you should have a good quality motorcycle riding jacket for a start. Choosing a high quality motorcycle jacket that is durable is of utmost importance for your safety when out riding your motorcycle. It doesn’t matter how long or short the distance, or in what weather condition, wearing a safety jacket will help protect you in case of a crash or accident.

There are many types of motorcycle jackets; both women’s and men’s motorcycle jackets available in the market today. A good quality motorcycle jacket is able to offer the rider protection from the extreme weather condition and from any injury in the event of a fall or crash. Some jackets are equipped with padding in areas such as back, shoulder, elbows, chest, etc. The padding should be able to help protect from abrasions or burns that are commonly experienced by motorcycle riders who have not worn their safety jacket.

Standard motorcycle jackets usually have reflective panels that offer additional safety features for the riders when riding at night or when the vision is low due to weather condition. Wearing an all weather motorcycle jacket also keep the rider comfortable by protecting the rider from cold wind, harsh sun, heat, and even from bugs and dust while out riding on their motorcycle.

Motorcycle jackets come in many different styles, colours, and are made in different materials. The common materials used are leather, synthetic fabrics, or a combination of both leather and synthetic materials. Choosing a motorcycle jacket will depends on the type of rides and the weather condition. Besides choosing for safety reasons, riders can also choose jacket to suit their styles.

These days, manufacturers of motorcycle jackets are releasing safety jackets that are more fashionable and trendy to attract even the non motorcycle riders. There are jackets suitable to be worn while riding your bike, as well as when off your bike as fashion piece, comfort and as well as for safety.

Jeep has been around for a long time and even today, it has been used as a multi-purpose vehicle. It has played a major role in many wars, serving the US Army. After the war, Jeep has been used by farmers, industrial workers, as a recreational vehicle, and many others. The Jeep is still being used to accomplish a whole lot of tough tasks and jobs such as:

  • Moving of heavy equipment
  • Mowing grass in large areas
  • Ploughing of agricultural fields
  • Sowing of seeds over large fields
  • Digging of trenches
  • Fighting fires
  • Drilling all kinds of well e.g. oil wells
  • Smoothing and paving of roads
  • Recreational vehicles

The Jeep is a much sought after vehicle due to its many advantages. It is perfect for off road uses. Jeeps are convertibles and are great for all weather driving. Jeeps are great for those who wants to customize their jeep to meet their needs, style and preferences, and they can add as many parts and accessories as they want.

One of the most noticeable parts of a Jeep is the tires. Tires play a major role for Jeepers, enabling the Jeep to carry out the type of jobs it needs to accomplish. There are many types of Jeep tires, each type specially designed and construction for specific purpose. Jeep tires come in different sizes, different tread designs and patterns. When choosing the right Jeep wheels and tires for your Jeep, you will have to take into consideration the type of terrains and the weather conditions, such as mud, slush, snow, rain, freezing weather.

Since Jeeps are mostly put to heavy tasks and moving across all kinds of off roads condition, the parts that take the most beating are the absorbers. Choosing and installing Bilstein 4600 shocks absorbers and struts that are designed for your Jeep will enable your Jeep to perform in its top performance and providing comfort for the driver. Vehicles installed with these absorbers equipped have better control compared to other alternatives, allowing the vehicle to glide over all types of road surfaces, and at the same time keeping your cargo, kids, and equipment secure.

These absorbers are easy to install onto your Jeep and no modification is required. They are great for improving control, stability, precise handling, great performance and ensuring comfortable rides. Bilstein 4600 series shock absorbers are design to dissipate heat rapidly to increase their durability and extending their life span.
Okay, so yesterday the "nation" yes the Filipino nation went gaga over the news that 100,000 slots for passport application will be opened for June 14, 2018 only. The Department of Foreign affairs started to open slots by 12noon for the first 50,000 and another 50,000 slots at around 9pm.

I was lucky to have booked an appointment at the DFA ASEANA this June. But many Pinoys, got frustrated because they weren't able to find any. 

But do you know there's Courtesy Lane Facility wherein the applicant need not book an appointment online?

If you fall on any of these categories, you may avail the Courtesy Lane Facility at any time without the need for an online appointment. Applicants have the option to choose regular or expedited processing of their passport application. 

Those who are eligible to avail such facility are as follows:

  1. Senior citizens (60 years and over) plus one (1) travel companion (family member)
  2. Minors seven (7) years old and below (with their parents and minor siblings)
  3. People with disabilities (PWDs) with PWD ID or visible disability plus one (1) travel companion (family member)
  4. Parents (with Solo Parent ID) and their minor children
  5. Visibly pregnant women or with a medical certificate
  6. OFW with sufficient proof of status such as iDOLE Card, valid employment contract, work visa.

Additional information:

All Courtesy Lane applications and facilities including through accommodation or referrals will be treated as expedited applications and should pay the expedited fee of Php 1,200.00. 
Please be reminded that all applications filed on a Saturday should be charged with expedited fees.
Senior citizens have the option to choose regular process priced at PHP 950.00.
Courtesy Lane facilities are available in all Consular Offices nationwide.
Please share this to our fellow Pinoys, this will be a big help for those qualified.

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