Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It is always enlightening and inspiring everytime we see big companies or organizations recognize the work and advocacies of small groups to help the local communities. In the Philippines where more or less 20 million people or 20% are below the poverty line, groups' initiative to raise awareness about financial literacy can make a big difference.

Sun Life Financial - Philippines Foundation, Inc. (Sun Life Foundation) is one of those big names in the industry which constantly helps alleviate or reduce poverty among the Filipino people. In partnership with The Spark Project, Sun Life Foundation recently announced the winners of its Brighter World Builder Challenge. The program was launched to search for, fund, and accelerate financial literacy initiatives, in celebration of Sun Life Foundation’s 10th anniversary.

Out of a total of 49 applications, 20 entries were chosen to undergo a Social Impact Boot Camp spearheaded by The Spark Project where applicants were given pointers on how to prepare for their final pitch, which they presented to a distinguished panel of judges.

From the final pitch, 10 lucky entries were selected:

Bin Stalk – A program designed by Domyson Dulay Abuan for the community of Malaban that combines learnings on financial literacy and waste management;

Budget Squad Manila – A social enterprise focused on teaching good money management skills and financial literacy through creatively designed personal finance tools;

EmpoWomen PH – A non-profit organization that aims to help displaced women and families in Marawi City through sustainable sources of income;

FLOW Inc. – Stands for Financial and Life Opportunities for Women and focuses on giving practical education in finance for marginalized and average social class women;

Kids Who Save (KHuSA) – Game-based learning designed to simplify the concept of financial literacy for young kids; 

Young Savers: Experiential Learning to Financial Literacy – At the Mano Amiga Academy, children from the lower end of the socio economic ladder are taught the value of financial responsibility through project-based learning;

Change for a Life – A campaign created to help lower income families manage their finances to fit their expenses and save money;

Children of Sugar Cane Farmers in Bacolod – A program designed to teach children of sugar cane farmers about the opportunities open to them to uplift their family’s lives;

COINscious JUAN – A savings app created to promote the importance of being conscious of one’s spending habits, and;

Pitaka ko:’ A Learning & Savings Journal for Kids – An interactive and creative learning and savings journal for kids ages eight to 15 designed by Roxanne Navarro.

The top 10 winners will receive a Php 100,000 grant they can use in the implementation of their projects and programs as well as crowdfunding support from The Spark Project.

“One of the core pillars of Sun Life Foundation is education, and the Brighter World Builder Challenge was launched because we wanted to give recognition to individuals and groups who have programs in place that teach Filipinos about the importance of financial literacy,” said Alex Narciso, President of Sun Life Foundation.

“Our 10 winners have indeed shown that is through creativity and innovation that we are able to encourage Filipinos to be more financially savvy and to become more financially secure,” he added.

About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial Inc. is a leading international financial services organization providing insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individual and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in a number of markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of March 31, 2018, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of $979 billion. For more information, please visit

Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
Picture this: you have been married for less than five years, then find out your husband has another family. Would you stay in a loveless marriage for the sake of your kids or ask for a divorce? Most women stay in such relationships with the fear of raising children alone. Some do not have the financial capability of supporting their children since the husband may be the breadwinner. Some wonder what people say will thus choose to stay unhappy for the rest of their lives.

Studies have shown that most marriages only exist because of the existence of children. This is what causes enmity between parents who argue about the smallest of issues. Staying or leaving depends on an individual and the circumstances surrounding one. If you choose to start over and file for divorce, here are some tips to help you recover from a painful divorce so that you can heal and move on.
Accept the situation
Sometimes, it is okay not be okay. Your dreams may have been shuttered opening you into a world of uncertainty and distress. The first step is to accept that you cannot continue living in such conditions. Give yourself time to grief the loss of love and recognize the turn of events. Know that what you are feeling now is only temporary and your wounds will heal with time. Get rid of the anger and sadness if it means crying them off so that you can have the strength to carry on.
Take a break
Take some time off work and let a caregiver take care of your children. Ask for leave at work if it is necessary so that you can gradually heal. You can decide to take a vacation alone in a place that you love to relax and think about your next step. Feelings caused by divorce can be hard to handle if you don't accept and take time off your daily routine. You don't want to mix personal feelings with work right? Avoid making major decisions when you are still emotionally unstable.
Confide in a friend
This is the stage when you need your best friend the most. It can also be a sister or a close cousin that makes you feel more comfortable. Let them be there for you to listen to your marital problems because a problem shared is a problem half solved. Talk to someone who knows the pain of a divorce so that you can learn that some things from them.
You can also take up a support group that gives you more information about how to handle a divorce. Look for a marriage counselor to talk to during your divorce. Avoid staying alone or isolation so that you don't overthink or start reflecting back on the good and bad times of your marriage.
Create new ties
This does not mean that you start dating immediately. It merely implies that you get more social with people so that you can interact with others. You can do this by joining an exciting club or taking dance classes with new people. Engaging more prevents you from getting depressed and helps you fight the sadness by connecting with others.
Avoid unhealthy habits to relieve pain
Not used to staying alone can make you look for comfort in alcohol and drugs. Most people who go through this phase spend hours in bars trying to end their grief with countless bottles of liquor. Break alcohol tolerance by visiting drug and alcohol near Canon City and find better ways to relieve the loneliness and pain. Those that seek solace in food end up gaining unnecessary weight which can be avoided. Cope with what you are feeling inside by doing exercises rather than drinking or shopping uncontrollably.

Nurture yourself
This is the time to treat yourself better and appreciate yourself more. Do not let the man define your worth. Develop self-love by nurturing yourself in better ways so that you can gain back your esteem. Spend more time enjoying your favorite music or getting a massage from a spa to relieve yourself from stress. You can meditate or follow a favorite series that you have not watched in years.
You may have been married young, not taking time to discover what you like. Use this time to find your passions for you to work on your talent. Spend more time not feeling lonely but discovering aspects of your life that you did not know existed. You can also explore new paths as you engage in new activities that make you happy. Instead of feeling self-pity, find new things that elevate your moods so that you can move forward.
Avoid arguing with your spouse
If you have decided on divorce, do not try to seek more clarification from a cheating husband. Walk away from any arguments that may cause more harm than good. Do not confront them in front of your kids or try to make excuses for their behavior. Though painful, learning not to fight anymore is what is best for you and your children. Let your lawyer handle any problems during the divorce proceedings as you seek better ways to cope.
Make a routine
It may be hard to do things on your own when you always did them as a couple. Use strategies that do not keep on reminding you of him. A routine also keeps you more involved in different activities to prevent your mind from staying idle. Stick to the routine and include fun as you follow it.
Stay positive
Know that an end to a marriage does not mean an end to future relationships. Stay optimistic that one day someone who truly deserves you will come your way. Doing things that make you happy will help you build new goals and dreams. Fill your life with positivity for all is not lost. Continue with family traditions so that your kids may adapt well to the change.
Final thoughts
Separation and divorce should be a personal decision that should not be influenced by external factors. Do what feels right for you and your family because, in the end, the happiness of your children should come before your own. For those who have taken the bold step of saying no to loveless unions, use the tips discussed above to start over. All the best!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Do you know that a pregnant woman needs to consume about 300 more calories per day for the next nine months? After all, a pregnant woman is going through big changes and will need a full dose of nutrients to help with her baby’s growth and development.

However, when it comes to this topic, most, if not all, still have this question: do I need carbs to keep me and my baby healthy?

As one of the most delicate time in your life, you can’t just eat everything you want. But studies shows that carbohydrates should remain in your diet. Despite gaining a bad reputation, thanks to the popularity of low-carb diets in recent years, this nutrient remains a big source of energy.

Starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, pasta, and bread are good sources of vitamins and fiber, which can help provide you the energy to support your baby during pregnancy. Many of such foods also provide other important nutrients for his or her development, including calcium, iron, and B vitamins.

But of course, eating carbs is not enough. According Ms. Mary Jude “Jong” Icasiano, a Wyeth nutritionist, you should also follow some good eating habits so that your baby gets the best start in life.

Ms. Icasiano noted three of these habits below:

Get yourself some good fats. When you are pregnant, having too many fatty foods is a big no. But, your body still needs a certain amount of fat (just make sure that it is the good kind). Fats play important role in providing energy and nutrient absorption. This is since many vitamins are “fat-soluble”, which means that your body needs fat to use them. Vitamins such as A, D, E, and K are all fat soluble and are vital to fetal development.

Try cutting down on saturated fats like butter, cheese, cakes, and sweets, and instead, start including monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, avocados, plant-based oils, and types of fish like salmon and tuna.

Polyunsaturated fats are rich in omega-3s to help develop and sustain the health of your baby's heart, immune system, brain, eyes and more, while monounsaturated fats are a good source of folic acid, which helps protect your baby against birth defects.

Eat fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are nutrient-dense foods and key sources of a number of essential nutrients, such as potassium, magnesium, dietary fiber, folate, and vitamins A and C, which all play a huge role for you and your baby’s health.

Eating fresh produce during pregnancy is also an excellent way to manage your weight and reduce the risks of health complications and diseases.

Avoid coffee. If you are a coffee drinker, then you may have to start avoiding it for the meantime. According to a study conducted by Jongeun Rhee, et al., high caffeine intake during pregnancy is associated with a significant increase in the risk of low birth weight, and this risk appears to increase linearly as caffeine intake increases.

While small servings shouldn’t have an impact on an unborn baby, it is still best to limit your coffee intake during pregnancy. Instead, you can opt for a decaf coffee or non-caffeinated drinks such as milk, fruit juices, and chocolate drink, among other things.

A diet that lacks key nutrients may negatively affect the baby’s development. That is why it is important to pick the right foods during pregnancy to supplement your baby’s needs. In addition to a healthy diet, you also need a milk that will supplement you and your baby with essential nutrients.

Consider drinking ProMama®, a delicious tasting nutritional milk drink, specially formulated with key nutrients designed to support you during preconception, pregnancy, and lactation. It is rich in DHA, Folic Acid, Choline, Iron and Iodine, to help support your baby’s brain growth and development.

Good nutrition plays a pivotal role in the health of you and your baby. As a pregnant woman, your body needs higher nutrients than you did before conception. That is why it is essential to start making better food choices for your baby’s bright tomorrow.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A lot of people, particularly women are putting much effort into their hair to look great every day. But this fast pace world is at times, causes struggle for women to do their hair. This led to women using wigs, hair extensions, and the likes so they can easily modify and style their hair according to the occasion or event for the day.

One of the most preferred types of wigs or extensions is the Brazilian hair. Let's all admit the fact that this type of hair has a very sophisticated effect to any woman. Whether they are straight, curly or kinky, they look lovely anyway.

One of the looks that most women want to achieve using the Brazilian hair is the kinky hairdo or the Afro looks. The kinky hair is not just nice to look at, but it signifies freedom and being natural. It's a good thing nowadays, that there are e-commerce sites for wigs that are offering this type of wig or extension like Real Beauty. 

Real Beauty doesn't offer just wigs or extensions but they offer a lot of choices for their products like hair weft and hair closure length, hair color and hair grade. You always have a lot of options when it comes to the hair wigs or hair extensions that you want.

The website is packed with a lot of essential information about their product so you wouldn't be left clueless of whats, hows, and whys about your order. They are also offering coupons so you get savings for your purchases plus freebies. 

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Sixteen teams, finalists from the previous Qualifiers (Manila A, Manila B, Last Chance), went head-to-head at the Red Bull Reign Finals at Taft Food by the Court in Pasay City, last Saturday, June 30, 2018. Phenom emerged as the tournament winners and earned the chance to represent the Philippines at the Red Bull Reign World Finals.

Red Bull Reign is a high-endurance, offense-driven 3x3 basketball tournament that gathers the world’s top ballers to battle it out for the chance to compete at the World Finals in Washington, DC, USA. The rules are simple: the team that scores the most overall points in each round will advance until only one team remains.
The final sixteen teams consisted of:
  • LGU
  • Kervy
  • LA
  • Team Kate
  • Better Basketball PH
  • VVEstrada
  • Sy Men
  • HumKins
  • Phenom
  • King of Hoops
  • Evogen
  • Tough Gear C
  • Tough Gear A
  • 7 Eleven
The event kicked off with the Last Chance Qualifier that enabled Phenom to advance to the Finals later that afternoon. Over the course of the day, each team collided in a series of round-robin style matches, intensified by familiar players like former NCAA player from Lyceum of the Philippines – Seraj Elmejrab of team PACITA, former UAAP player from UST Growling Tigers – John Jordan Sta. Ana of team Phenom, and Senior Board Member of Ilocos Norte – Matthew Marcos Manotoc of LGU.

“It’s super robust. Everywhere, you have people playing basketball – old to young, good to not very good, it’s always been a very healthy basketball scene,” says Manotoc. “Probably one of the most vibrant in the world, very proud of the basketball scene, and Red Bull Reign is just a testament to that.”

Red Bull Reign progressed into the semi-finals, which saw three rounds of competitive back-to-back contests between Phenom, Souldier, and LGU.

Despite delays due to the weather throughout the day, Phenom and LGU later advanced to the finals with a score of 46-to-50. Both teams collided on the court but Phenom would emerge as the Philippine Champions, at a score of 10-to-06. The winning team included team captain, Carl Kenneth Sumalacan, Jarrold Flores, John Rom Alvarado, and John Jordan Sta. Ana.

“Today was extremely difficult, it was as if we went through the eye of a needle. They were all skilled and hungry to win,” shares Sumalacan. “We are happy and at the same time, excited. We were constantly worn out, but it was all worth it.”

For the second year in a row, PBA legend Vince Hizon oversaw Red Bull Reign as tournament director.

“We’re really trying to get bigger and better every year. And I think we’re definitely doing that,” says Hizon. “Red Bull truly made a big presence here and what’s nice is the homegrown presence. So hopefully, Phenom represents us well in Washington D.C., and we’re praying for the best.”

According to sports consultant, Al Delos Reyes, “What’s good about Red Bull Reign is that it opens another door for amateurs who, even though haven’t been part of any basketball professional leagues, get the chance to represent the Philippines against 60+ countries. And it’s on, Phenom is flying to Washington, D.C. later this year!”

Following their hard fought victory at the second annual Red Bull Reign, Phenom will represent the Philippines at the World Finals in Washington DC, USA, later this year.

For more information, please visit:

About Red Bull Philippines
The premium Energy Drink known all around the world – Red Bull (Blue & Silver can) – was launched in the Philippines last May 2012. Thanks to its unique formula, Red Bull Energy Drink gives you wings by vitalizing body and mind. For more information on Red Bull, visit our website at and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: | |

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is the first e-commerce platform in the Philippines to onboard a series of official celebrities on the platform with the launch of the Shopee Celebrity Club. The Shopee Celebrity Club features a series of celebrity stores by famed Filipino personalities including Shopee’s brand ambassador Anne Curtis, Avel Bacudio, Matteo Guidicelli, Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, and more.

With this, Shopee users can now easily access a curated collection of products by their favorite celebrities on Shopee, including brand ambassador Anne Curtis, Avel Bacudio, Matteo Guidicelli, Vice Ganda, Kris Aquino, and more.

To mark the launch of Shopee Celebrity Squad, Shopee will be offering exclusive deals and discounts across all celebrity stores from July 4 to 7. As a special treat, Shopee in collaboration with Grab Express, will also offer same-day delivery to all celebrity stores for free!

Jane Lim, Director of Shopee Philippines, said, “Our users form the core of all our strategies, and the launch of Shopee Celebrity Club represents our commitment to always find new ways to reach out to and engage them. We know Filipinos adore their homegrown celebrities, and we began to notice a rising demand for their products. Hence, we decided to introduce a dedicated in-app space featuring a variety of celebrity brands to allow shoppers to easily access products sold by their favourite celebrities. We are proud to be the first e-commerce to officially launch such an initiative in the Philippines and look forward to even more exciting celebrity collaborations to come.”

The grand launch of Shopee Celebrity Club will feature exclusive offers, including a 20% storewide discount on selected celebrity shops from July 4 to 7. Celebrities featured in the debut of Shopee Celebrity Club include:

Shopee Philippines’ first-ever brand ambassador Anne Curtis, with her cosmetics line, BLK Cosmetics

Comedian and TV host, Vice Ganda, with his brand Vice Cosmetics

Actress, producer, and host, Kris Aquino, with her famous collaboration Kris x Ever Bilena featuring lipsticks and brow products

Filipino broadcast journalist, Korina Sanchez, with her skincare line K Everyday Beauty

Much-loved actress, Karel Marquez, who will be releasing her first cosmetics line, Kspark Beauty Cosmetics, exclusively on Shopee

Best-selling authors Charo Santos, Alex Gonzaga, Ramon Bautista, Richard Poon, and Maricar Reyes from ABS-CBN Publishing, each with their own novels 

To add to the excitement, the kick off of Shopee Celebrity Club will also feature the launch of the highly anticipated apparel label Avel x Matteo by Filipino designer Avel Bacudio and actor Matteo Guidicelli. The denim brand will be exclusively available on Shopee from July 4.

“Avel x Matteo’s concept is about quality of life and finding a good balance between work and friends. I am excited to be part of the Shopee Celebrity Club, and also, to be working with the leading e-commerce platform in the Philippines. After a year of planning and creating, I’m finally able to share these ripped, stretch and lightweight jeans with everyone. This is my first time venturing into the fashion industry- collaborating with Avel and launching exclusively in Shopee make it extra special for me, ” said Matteo Guidicelli.

“We are so thrilled to debut Avel x Matteo, a collection of limited edition ripped jeans exclusively on Shopee. Our goal was to make designer jeans accessible to a broader market. We are able to do that with our partnership with Shopee. It enables us to reach a wide network of customers in the Philippines,” said Avel Bacudio.

Beyond providing users with access to products by their favourite celebrities, users can also look forward to exclusive campaigns and events presented in collaboration with these celebrities, including giveaways and celebrity appearances on Shopee’s Facebook live sessions. Stay tuned on Shopee’s Facebook page for a one-on-one Facebook live session with Korina Sanchez, Matteo Guidicelli and Enchong Dee for more details on their products.

Celebrities such as Vhong Navarro who came early at the One Canvas; Dra. Vicki Belo and Dr. Hayden Kho; teen stars Jerome Ponce, Elmo Magalona and Donnie Pangilinan; beauty queen MJ Lastimosa; heartthrobs Alden Richards and JC de Vera and Ria Atayde showed their full support to AvelxMatteo launch. Of course, Sarah Geronimo was present, too.

Don’t miss the chance to shop from your favourite celebrities on Shopee. For more information about Shopee Celebrity Club, visit

Download the Shopee app for free on App Store or Google Play Store.

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