International Thyroid Awareness Week 2016 Event + FAQ on Thyroid

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     It's alarming that millions of Filipinos are affected by thyroid disorders, yet very few are aware of them. Here's a short story why I know some important facts on thyroid disorder. Exactly six years ago, a small ball-like mass was seen by my sister-in-law moving up and down while I was drinking water. She's so shocked that day and asked me to swallow even if there's nothing to swallow. She told me that the mass was not obvious until that day where she noticed something moving in the center of my neck. I'm calm after hearing those words but so worried that I've inherited something from my mother- goiter. I did not waste my time and went for a check-up. Went to an ENT specialist (Ears, Nose, Throat) for the first check-up to be exact.

     After the lab results, I consulted a specialist for thyroid disorder- endocrinologist and found out that I have elevated result in one of my thyroid function test. He gave me a medicine named Tapazole. Took it for a month and the lump subsided. But I did not return to my doctor for a follow up check-up. I'm still clueless and wondering if the lump is there inside my neck, just hiding, no one knows unless I'll schedule another appointment to the doctor. Prevention is always better than cure so does having a regular check-up. More information on International Thyroid Awareness Week Event Launch + Important FAQS on Thyroid below :)
International Thyroid Awareness Week 2016 Event + FAQ on Thyroid
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     A study by the Philippine Society for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism in 2012 showed that one in 11 Filipino adults has goiter, and around one in 12 Filipino adults suffers from some form of thyroid disease. Around 8 in every 1000 children worldwide are affected by thyroid disease but only a handful get properly diagnosed and treated. So it's not only alarming for adults but also for the little ones.

     Merck Inc. and ETC 2nd Avenue collaborated for the International Thyroid Awareness Week Celebration by hosting a culminating event called “Catching Butterflies: Spotting the Symptoms of Thyroid Disorders in Children.” It was held at Fisher Mall Event Center last May 28, 2016 in order to increase the awareness of the thyroid and the disorders that can affect children and adults. The butterfly theme was chosen to represent the thyroid, which is a butterfly shaped organ found at the base of our necks. 
International Thyroid Awareness Week 2016 Event + FAQ on Thyroid
A panel of experts from the Philippines Society for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, the Philippine Thyroid Association, and the Iodine Global Network conducted a talk on how to recognize and treat thyroid disorders.

  • It was an educational and fun-filled event. 
  • A panel of experts from the Philippines Society for Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, the Philippine Thyroid Association, and the Iodine Global Network conducted a talk on how to recognize and treat thyroid disorders.
  • The awareness campaign showed that thyroid disorders are treatable with early screening and proper treatment.
  • Parents and their children enjoyed different activities in each both. Showing with you the booths below:


Spot Art Competition
Butterfly Face Painting and Butterfly Clay Art 
Dance Performances
International Thyroid Awareness Week 2016 Event + FAQ on Thyroid
     Parents need to be aware on thyroid problem and disorders. The very reason for this lies on the problem that if thyroid hormone imbalances are left undiagnosed and untreated, they can have harmful effect on a child’s brain development, growth and physical maturity. 
International Thyroid Awareness Week 2016 Event + FAQ on Thyroid
     There are a lot of people who may have thyroid disorders, but aren’t even aware until it is too late. It is important to have one’s thyroid checked as early as possible, especially if there is family history of the disease, or during pregnancy. Prevention, proper information and early detection will always be better than cure that comes too late. 

All about Thyroid, here are the important FAQ:

1. What is thyroid? Why it is important? 

     The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located at the base of the neck. The thyroid produces and stores thyroid hormones, which are essential to the normal development of the body, as well as its normal metabolism and function. Thyroid hormones affect practically all systems of the body, from the brain, to the heart, to the stomach, the reproductive system, etc.

2. What are the symptoms of  hypothyroidism? What is the difference between hyperthyroidism?

     Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone. Thus, metabolism is slowed. Patients typically complain of weight gain (even without increasing appetite), cold intolerance, chronic fatigue, sadness/depression, slowed speech patterns, slow heart rate, dry/brittle hair, constipation, and menstrual irregularities.

     Hyperthyroidism is when there is too much thyroid hormone, and Symptoms are typically opposite that of hypothyroidism. Patients will note weight loss, sweating, insomnia and irritability, fast heart rate and palpitations, hair loss, diarrhea, and menstrual irregularities.

3. How do we diagnose thyroid disorders?

     Diagnosis is made by a physician based on the results of blood tests- TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) and thyroid hormone levels in the blood.

4. How to self- check your thyroid?

     Facing a mirror, lift your chin up and inspect your neck. Swallow, and if you see a mass at the base of the neck moving up and down, you may need to consult your doctor for goiter. Also be aware of the symptoms of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, so you can consult a doctor when you note you have them.

5. What are the treatments for hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism?

     Hypothyroidism is treated with thyroid hormone replacement therapy.

     Hyperthyroidism is treated with anti-thyroid drugs, which lower the level of thyroid hormones in the body.

6. Do children need to be screened for thyroid problems?

     Parents should be aware of the symptoms of thyroid disorders so they can bring their child to the doctor. If they notice mood and behavior changes, difficulty learning, and other signs, consult a doctor.

7. Do pregnant women need to undergo thyroid problem screening?

     It is recommended that women get screened for thyroid disorders if:

  • previous history of thyroid disorders 
  • thyroid surgery
  • above 30 years old
  • amily history of thyroid disorders
  • previous history of pregnancy loss or difficulty getting pregnant
  • living in iodine deficiency areas

8. How will thyroid disorders affect pregnant women and the baby inside their womb?

     Thyroid disorders, if untreated, can lead to negative outcomes for the mother and child. Conditions like eclampsia and placenta previa can occur. Furthermore, the child might have developmental abnormalities, especially with mental and cognitive abilities. Children with mothers who are iodine deficient or hypothyroid can have lower IQs. Ask your doctor about thyroid screening if you are pregnant.

9. What are the foods that should be avoided if you have thyroid problem? What are the foods that must be included in the diet because it's good for the thyroid glads?

     People are encouraged to take iodized salt, to avoid iodine deficiency, the most common cause of goiter.

10. Are thyroid disorders hereditary?

     There is a hereditary component to thyroid problems. If you have a relative who has thyroid disorders, you should regularly have yourself checked.

     So there you go,  hope you find this blog post informative and go ahead spread this information to your family, relatives, and friends so that those who are unaware will be aware and armed with knowledge about thyroid problems and disorders. Early screening will help especially if there is an existing disorder. Thyroid problems and disorders can be treated so don't be afraid. Remember that #thyroidawareness only means #wearebraver and ready to defeat the disorder!

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Product Review: Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex

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     Hello dearies! Did you miss my glutathione reviews? Anyhoo, here's another brand that is becoming popular nowadays because I've heard that it's being endorsed by a famous female dance group- EB BABES! Another fun fact: my cousin is one of the members of EB Babes from the first batch to be exact. She's EB Babe Angel :) By the time that she was still in the group, her group mate Hopia takes Relumins everyday.

     Does the word Relumins rings a bell? I'm sure that you've heard and see this brand of glutathione way way back but only a few have actually tried it. Some find it expensive because a bottle costs around 2,000 php. I will just make my introduction short because I'm excited to show my photo and share my thoughts on Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex that was sent to me by cheskas store for a review. Full review details below :)
Product Review: Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex
     I will not go into full details about glutathione as I believe that once the word glutathione comes to mind, it's a no brainer that the word is all about whitening. Again, I'm already fair to begin with and the thoughts that I will expressed here are my honest opinion about the product during the time I'm taking it. Sharing with you some benefits of Relumins as what is written on the bottle.
Product Review: Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex
Benefits of NEW Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex -Oral Whitening Formula Capsules with 6X Boosters: 

  • 60 Vegetarian Capsules. 
  • 900 mg L-Glutathione for maximum skin whitening.
  • Halal & cGMP Certified.
  • Proven safe and effective in numerous clinical studies
  • Relumins is 5X more effective than Ivory Caps & more than twice as effective as Gluta-C oral whitening formula.
  • L-Glutathione booster, 225 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid which has been shown to naturally support high levels of glutathione in the body 
  • Relumins L-Glutathione complex is the most advanced oral glutathione formula available. 
  • It is the most effective oral skin whitener available and has numerous other health benefits.

Other health benefits:
  • Has been used clinically to treat degenerative brain & liver diseases including Parkinsons.
  • Cellular protective effects in the eyes, and cardio-vascular system.
  • Allergies. 
  • Glutathione, especially cysteine, improves the body’s non-specific immune responses, producing more T4 white blood cells. They also help to protect the lungs.
  • Can increase endurance & well being.

     At first I was not convinced that this brand will pass my standards in glutathione review department because the brand became popular after being endorsed by an EB Babe member. I was like "yah, it will sell like hotcakes because it's being endorsed by EB Babes", well after taking this for a month, I was proven wrong! Reading the ingredients, I saw potent glutathione boosters included in every capsule like ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid, NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine), Vitamin E, and Selenomethonine.
Product Review: Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex
Serving Size 3 Veggie capsules
Servings per container- 20

Active Ingredients:

L-Glutathione 900 mg
N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine 300 mg
Alpha Lipoic Acid 225 mg
L-Methionine 150 mg
Vitamin E (Acetate) 150 IU
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 7.5 mg
Selenomethionine 300 mcg
Product Review: Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex
Each capsule is clear/transparent
size: 60 capsules/bottle good for 20 days to 1 month use

price: 2,060 php (Around $43.65+)

place bought: Free 

instruction for use: Take 2-3 capsules per day or as directed by your physician. Take it with Vitamin C for added absorption.

other ingredients: Vegetable Cellulose (capsules), Magnesium Stearate, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Silicon Dioxide
Product Review: Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex
Photo taken last June 12, 2009
What I like:

  • The packaging- It is tightly sealed once you purchase a bottle so no need to worry about contamination. There's also a seal on top of the bottle opening.
  • Stinky rotten egg odor is present once you open the bottle. 
  • Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex also contains ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid), NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine), Vitamin E, and Selenomethionine known as potent boosters to speed up the whitening process of the skin.
  • No allergic reactions vomiting, headache, nausea, breakouts, or whatsoever.
  • It made my skin glowing the next day even if I only have 4 hours of sleep every night.
  • I did not breakout before and after my menstrual period.
  • The color of my freckles lightened a bit.
  • After taking this religiously for a month, I can say that it lightened some of the insect bites in my legs. 
  • It evened out my skin tone. 
  • I'm already fair to begin with but Relumins gave a creamy and almost translucent white color to my pale and dull skin. 
  • Batch, manufacturing and expiry date printed on the package. 

What I don't like:

  • The price is a bit steep for budget conscious individuals.
  • This has issues before on FDA and I'm not sure if it's already FDA approved as of this writing.
  • Not easily accessible, you have to purchase it online.
  • There are individuals who are allergic to ALA (Alpha Lipoic Acid).
  • To be really honest, I have a hard time swallowing the capsule. It hurts my throat. For the first two weeks of taking Relumins, I feel like I have a sore throat after swallowing it.

Will I purchase? It's in the realm of possibility.

Recommendation:
     I give this a 4.25/5 rating. I like the effects of Relumins on my skin but I'm having a hard time swallowing it. Maybe it's just me that's why I always tell those who want to try this kind of whitening supplements to take at their own risk. The effects that I experienced will be different from what they'll experience because we have different body composition. 

     I'm satisfied with the results that I saw after taking Relumins Advance White Active Glutathione Complex after one month but hate the feeling while taking it. If you have the budget, you can try this. 

For orders and other inquiries on Cheska's Online Store, you may reach them through,
email: cheskasstore@yahoo.com
mobile numbers: 0915-3463000, 0922-5458124 and 0928-3997789
Like them on Facebook: Cheska's Store
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DISCLAIMER: This product was sent to me by Cheska's Online Store for review. The views expressed here are my honest opinion about the product. What works for me may not work for you or vice versa. I don't take glutathione on a regular basis. My review is based on my experience during the time and period I'm taking it.
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Watsons Switch Test Launch

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     A wise shopper knows what to pick between quality and savings, right? If asked, quality or savings? I noticed that most of the consumers now will choose savings over quality because of high prices of products in the market. They will scrimp and sacrifice quality because they think the money they have can only take them so far. But here’s the thing- neither one is actually right, now that Watsons has a better answer. Switch & Save with Watsons.

     I've said this before, I'm a loyal Watsons shopper and I've made a switch long time ago. For several years now Watsons has been running its Switch & Save campaign where customers can save up to 80% less if they switch from the leading brand to Watsons label and still get excellent quality personal care products. Just recently, they set up unbranded booths in their store to make an experiment named Watsons Switch Test. More details about the #switchtest and highlights of the launch below :)
Watsons Switch Test Launch
Tessa Prieto Valdez, Christian Bautista, Patty Laurel, and Iya Villania
     This campaign of Watsons has met a massive success after convincing tons of people from everyday shoppers to high-profile endorsers like Iya Villania, Christian Bautista, Tessa Prieto Valdez, and Patty Laurel to make the change. Even with such unbelievably great savings, some skeptics remained unconvinced that Watsons products could be as good as the leading brand. To settle the question once and for all, the Watsons team decided to put it to the test- The Switch Test.
Watsons Switch Test Launch
L to R Jared De Guzman, Ines Bernardo, Karen Fabres, Tessa Valdez, Krisel Macatangay, Christian Bautista, Janelle De Leon and Helen Capunong
The Switch Test works like this:

  • Setting up unbranded booths in major cities around the country.
  • Watsons put its products up against the best of the best- the category leaders. 
  • Without showing or telling them what brands were involved, the Switch Test mediator had each customer try out two products- Watsons and the leader. 
  • They were asked to hold them, examine them, test and compare them, and eventually to choose the one they would buy. 

The Switch Test results:
“Brand A lotion smells good, and is softer on the skin, compared to Brand B,” said one shopper who was surprised to learn that Brand A was actually Watsons. She was even more surprised when she found out Watsons costs 80% less.
     During the Watsons Switch Test launch held at Makati Shangrila, Watsons team selected a couple of media guests and bloggers to participate in the switch test. Beauty blogger Kaycee Enerva of Kikay Si Kat came up on stage with Miss Tessa Prieto Valdes to do the test. There are two bottle of lotions labeled A and B. Kaycee slathered lotion A and B on her arm. Made an observation on both lotions' texture and scent. 
Watsons Switch Test Launch
Ms. Tessa Prieto Valdes with blogger Kaycee Enerva doin the switch test
      The team tested lotion, toothbrushes, body scrubs, tissue, even hair irons, and, in the end, less than 20% of shoppers chose the leading brand over Watsons quality. But when informed of the sizeable savings afterward, even they were easily swayed to switch. 
Watsons Switch Test Launch
Valerie Tan test Watsons product with Host Ines Bernardo
     Indeed, with the Switch Test done, the results are clear- 8 out of 10 shoppers prefer Watsons quality, not to mention the Watsons price. And as for that age-old question about quality or savings- it finally has an answer it looks like everyone can agree upon. Take both. Switch to Watsons and save!  One in particular summed it up perfectly, “Up to 80 percent savings on body lotion, 60 percent on body scrub, and 55 percent on hair iron, what’s there to think about?” So with Watsons Label products, you get quality and savings in every product you buy. My faves? Watsons Body Scrub and Watsons Body Lotion.

Have you made the switch to Watsons Label? What's your favorite personal care products from Watsons?

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Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod

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     Here's another fun fact: I collect perfumes but I have a problem bringing them when I travel. Aside from lipsticks, a bottle of perfume is my waterloo. When I was in college, I really save my allowance just to buy a bottle of my favorite scent. It's not just a small bottle because I make sure to buy the big one usually 100 ml so that it will last a long time. Can you imagine how big and bulky that bottle is? 

     A 100 ml bottle is heavy especially if you only bring small shoulder bags or handbags every time you travel. A bulky perfume bottle is a no-no especially travelling abroad because it's prone to spillage and breakage. The dilemmas of perfume and fragrance lovers will come to an end with these genius products that I recently received- Travalo and Perfume Pod. Intrigued how these products actually work? Read more and watch the video below :)
Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod
     Travalo originated from the United Kingdom and was launched in October 2009. The brand has won six international awards that include a Red Dot Design Award and a Beauty Challenger Award. Not only has it been raved by bloggers and Youtubers or featured in various publications such as Elle, Cosmopolitan and Style, but it also has won the favor of over 10 million users around the world. 

Travalo Classic (999.75 php)

1. The Travalo Classic is the perfect solution to travel light because of its innovative design. The new atomizer is a life saver, it's one of those containers that a perfume lover must have in their bag. I just revealed above that I'm a perfume collector and having a Travalo Classic in my life makes it easy peasy for me to bring my favorite perfume anytime, anywhere!
Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod
Travalo Classic
2. Each comes with a patented Genie-S system that allows users to easily “pump to refill” their favorite scents when they’ve used up its contents. This unique system refills the atomizer in seconds without any spillage or exposure to air. 

     This fragrance spray refill container is easy to use and super reliable. It only takes a few minutes for me to transfer my favorite scent to the Travalo Classic atomizer. It's reliable too- no spillage experience while transferring :)
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Refilling this Travalo Classic with one of my fave scent- 
Ralph Lauren 'Ralph' Women's
3. The design of the atomizer was carefully thought out to make sure that perfume lovers aren’t burdened by the weight of their purses or embarrassed by their bulky perfume bottle because you can go from one place to another in style. It is made from aircraft grade aluminum. It is so lightweight that it barely weighs anything. 

     What I also like is that it looks like a lipstick tube as the rounded casing is three inches in length and can hold up to 5 ml of product. Despite of the small size, it can spray between 65 to 80 times before needing a refill. 
Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod
It's easy to use, look the photo above how I refill my Travalo Classic with my fave perfume
5. There are nine colors to choose from which is a plus for me. Since I'll be carrying this genius atomizer in my bag or purse, of course I want to see it in bold and pretty colors. I can designate one perfume to a specific color for ease of identification. I can also mix and match it with my dress of my or my bag.
Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod
Tada!!! My fave scent inside this sexy red Travalo Classic atomizer
Perfume Pod (349.75 php)

     For the budget conscious perfume lover, there's Perfume Pod! It's one of those beauty must-have for perfume lovers who want to travel light and still be able to carry their favorite scent inside their purse or bag.
Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod
Perfume Pod
1. Each pod which has a sleek minimalistic design comes with a patented Genie-S refill system that makes the product unique and easy to use. Its “pump to refill” system allows users to directly transfer perfume from the original glass bottle without any mess and evaporation of its contents into the air.
Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod
My Perfume Pod with gold cap
2. An atomizer which has a sleek minimalistic design that is around three-inches in length and weighs 14g just on its own, Perfume Pod comes in a small clear tube that can be easily slipped in your purse, clutches and pockets. 

     Perfume Pod tube holds 5 ml of perfume but can spray up to 65 times or even 85 sprays in small mists. A travel-friendly product that is fashionable because of the trendy colors of the caps. Since it is small, it's convenient and compact to use. 
Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod
Refilling my Perfume Pod with another fave scent that's for men- Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
     Maybe you're wondering why Perfume Pod's bottle is transparent? Well, that's another feature that I like because I can see how much perfume left inside the bottle. The tube is durable, scratch-resistant and shatterproof. 

3. Perfume Pod is very affordable. This is perfect for budget conscious individuals. It is made from high quality materials. No need to worry about breaking or spilling your favorite perfume bottles because this atomizer is convenient to use. 

    I also like that the caps are in an array of trendy colors that you can choose from such as Black, Blue, Gold, Pink, Purple, Hot Pink, Silver and Red. Look at my Perfume Pod's cap, the color is so gorg! 
Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod
Look at the Perfume Pod transparent bottle, you can really see how much product left inside. In this case, it's already empty. Refill time, baby!
     I presume that you're wondering how to use it. Watch the video here:
     Travalo Classic and Perfume Pod are genius products that perfume lovers must have! Bringing heavy perfume bottle is a thing of the past. Avoid spillage or breakage of your favorite perfumes with these perfume atomizers. I highly recommend this to perfume lovers out there, no need to bring bulky perfume bottles while travelling. 
Feature: Travalo and Perfume Pod
     If you have more than one perfume to bring on your vacation, you can now bring them all with Travalo Classic and Perfume Pod. My tip: get all the colors so that you can mix and match your favorite scents with your bag or dress or for perfume identification :) Isn't it fun and convenient?! Yes, indeed with Travalo and Perfume Pod :)

Travalo Classic and Perfume Pod are available at the 2F of Travalo SM North Edsa,  4L of SM Aura and Lazada Philippines.

For more information on Travalo and Perfume Pod,
Like them on Facebook: Travalo Philippines 
Follow them on Instagram: @travaloph
#TravaloPH
#PerfumePodPH

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The Search is On for the 6th Jollibee Family Values Awardees

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     Family is the basic unit of society. Our character and values are molded inside our family. We also learn how to care for the community because of the traits that our parents taught us. It's always a good vibes to see and hear families think not only the welfare of the members but other families as well. 

     Are you familiar with Jollibee Family Values Awards? I presume that some of you have heard their stories and why they received such award from Jollibee. Sharing with you a short story of the families who won awards in the 5th Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA) plus the criteria for the 
Jollibee Family Values Award year six below.
The Search is On for the 6th Jollibee Family Values Awardees
     A family in Opol, Misamis Oriental is showing there is hope for peace in Mindanao. Through their advocacy of non-violent communication among Muslim and Christian faiths, the Mambuay family has been spreading peace and awareness nationwide, most especially in war-torn areas. Currently, they are conducting various peace seminars, particularly in Cebu and Bacolod, as well as teaching and nurturing less fortunate children.

     The Mambuay family is only one of more than 35 families who have been recognized by Jollibee, over the years, for their generosity, compassion, and a genuine concern for their fellowmen through its annual Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA). Now on its 6th year, the campaign continues its search for Filipino families who have made it their mission to help others with their advocacies. These families come from diverse backgrounds and social classes, and no matter how simple or ordinary, they serve as everyday heroes to uplift the lives of others. 

     Another JFVA awardee is the Capilos family of Quezon City. Winning a Special Citation for Education award in the 5th JFVA has given the family a much-needed publicity boost that has enabled them to gain more awareness for their advocacy as well as the trust of educators, in holding free trainings for public school teachers and students. These days, the family is determined to continue their advocacy to include other localities nationwide. They also strive to put more focus on the gains of the public school teachers. “We want to concentrate on the public schools in our vicinity so we can monitor the improvements in the teachers' skills and leadership,” said Jelson Capilos.

     “The extraordinary life stories of all the JFVA awardees in the last five years have never failed to inspire us, and we look forward to honoring more families who serve as everyday heroes for others. We hope to bring these triumphant tales of generosity, hope, kindness, love, and selflessness to the consciousness of more people, not just here but around the world,” said Jollibee Global Chief Marketing Officer Francis Flores. “Through their mission of improving the lives of others, these Filipino families truly make us proud to be Pinoy.”

Honoring a new batch of exemplary families

  • Interested parties who wish to nominate model families—including their own—must accomplish a nomination form (available for free in all Jollibee branches nationwide or for download at www.jollibee.com.ph/familyvaluesawards), and answer the questionnaire on the nominees’ suitability and eligibility. 
  • Entries may be sent via mail to the 6thJollibee Family Values Awards, Stratworks, Inc., 2/F Zaragoza Building, 102 Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, Makati City; or thru personal delivery to any Jollibee store nationwide.
  • The deadline of submission of nomination forms is on or before July 31, 2016.

Exemplary Filipino families may be nominated on the merit of the following criteria: 

     The magnitude of the contribution ofthe family’s advocacy, its relevance and impact on addressing the pressing needs of the community or its beneficiaries, the sustainability of the advocacy’s efforts, the degree of involvement of the family members in the cause, and their ability to surpass challenges and special circumstances on upholding their goals.

     The 6th Jollibee Family Values Awards will honor six winners from across the Philippines, including one OFW family. For the five local winners, a cash prize worth P300,000, a trophy designed by renowned sculptor Michael Cacnio, and P10,000 worth of Jollibee gift certificates will be awarded.

     Jollibee will also present special citation awards to equally exceptional families who promote the following advocacies: Environment, Education, Children, Persons with Disabilities, and Minority Groups. Recipients of these special citations—to be chosen from the 15 shortlisted national finalists—will bring home P50,000 in cash, a plaque of recognition, and Jollibee gift certificates.

To know more about the 6th Jollibee Family Values Awards and its different activities, visit www.jollibee.com.ph/familyvaluesawards.
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Harringtons Lifestyle Auction

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     Do you have a penchant for unique furniture? I presume that if you love unique art pieces, you will be delighted to have a piece or two displayed in your abode. Have you heard of Harringtons? It's my first time to hear the word but after googling it I found out that it is one of the best kept secrets in the South for unique furniture and art lovers who simply cannot resist a good hunt for pre-loved furnishings, one of a kind collectibles and antiques. 

     A little over two years since its inception, Harrington’s has risen to become one of the most trusted premier Lifestyle Showroom and Auction House in the Philippines. Continuing the tradition of HMR Auction Services, a pioneer of the Philippine auctioneering industry for over two decades, a group of elite auctioneers from Melbourne Australia, collaborated to create the Harringtons Lifestyle Auction and Showroom.  Excited to know more about Harringtons? Read this now to know more about the details of the upcoming auction below :)
Harrington Lifestyle Auction
     Discerning buyers and bidders—who are usually avid collectors searching for beautiful and rare purchases—are treated to an auction with a relaxed welcoming vibe in a 650-sqm gallery and showroom maintained by a team devoted to giving quality and value for money for both the home enthusiast and avid collector. 

     Harringtons next highly anticipated auction of exquisite European furniture will take place in July 09, 2016 at 2:00 o’clock pm Preview and Registration is ongoing. What’s even more exciting is that you don’t have to wait until then to get your hands on rare pieces to add to your home because Harringtons is currently selling beautiful and unique European furniture, timepieces, accessories, and paintings at reasonable prices. 

     Appreciating their buyers’ discerning taste, Harringtons distinguishes itself by providing quality, authentic, and well-curated paintings, furniture, antiques, sculptures, photographs, historical pieces, memorabilia, jewellery, watches, and vehicles—both classic and collectible pieces. 

     Harringtons Lifestyle Auction and Showroom is the place to visit for unique vintage furnishings in the Philippines. Seek out this best kept secret place in the South rare pieces with in your reach. 

     I'm so excited to tell this news to my relatives who love collecting unique pieces for their home. I'm sure that art and lifestyle aficionados will score different pieces at reasonable prices from Harringtons.

     Harringtons Lifestyle Showroom - HMR Compound (KM 21 East Service Road South Super Highway, Sucat Muntinlupa City, 1780 Muntinlupa City). 

The Showroom and Auction house is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. for direct sales. For more details you may call 548-6986 or 0916-4674321
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Opt to be active with your dad this Father’s Day

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     Our dads will always hold a special place in our hearts. He is the superhero who fought the bad guys so we could sleep at night, the coach who patiently taught us how to fly a kite and ride a bike, and the best friend who always made us feel special even after a long day at work.

     Fast forward today, age is taking its toll on them. Our dads are slowly approaching their twilight years. As adults, we are often so immersed with our own lives that we overlook the fact that our once strong and active dads are ageing. It is now our turn to take care of our fathers and assess if their health and nutrients are still optimized. It's our responsibility to look after their health and wellness as they grow older and weaker because when we are younger, they do everything to protect us and ensure that we are always in the pink of health. 
Opt to be active with your dad this Father’s Day
Keeping up with grandkids

     Every dad dreams of seeing his children have kids of their own. They long for the day when they could give their grandkids piggyback rides, take them to the park, and teach them the things they taught their sons and daughters when they were young. 

     Although enjoying quality time with their grandchildren is a welcomed activity, tasks like running around and picking up after the kids could be both challenging and physically exhausting. Like in the case of my father who is a dialysis patient, he can no longer run because he get fatigue easily. He's not allowed to  carry heavy things or his grandkids because the fistula inside his arm will suffer.
Opt to be active with your dad this Father’s Day
My father who recently celebrated his 55th birthday with my siblings and the kiddos
     The mere idea of health problems is something most of us prefer not to entertain. In the Department of Health's list of leading causes for mortality in the Philippines, six of the 10 are non-communicable diseases, which includes cardio vascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes.

     DOH defines non-communicable diseases as lifestyle-related diseases that are linked with smoking, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and stress.

Are your dad’s nutrients optimized?

      If you'll ask me my answer to this is NO. I regret that I was not able to pro-long his chronic kidney disease. But it's not to late because I can still do so many things to make him feel stronger and better each day. As we honor our dads this coming Father's Day, let us remember the importance that nutrition plays in the quality of his life.

     Helping our dads commit to simple lifestyle changes like choosing healthier options and optimizing nutrient intake can be their body’s best defenses against ageing and lifestyle-related diseases. 
“Ageing is an everyday occurrence. As early as now, we need to remind our parents to start thinking about their health and how it affects their loved ones,” said Dr. Bautista. “It is important to incorporate a nutritionally optimized oral supplement into their diets to help enhance immune defenses and regain strength.”
     For oral nutritional supplements to be optimized, they should contain high quality whey protein, a heart-friendly fat blend, and moderate levels of carbohydrates, prebiotic fibers, probiotics and high amounts of key micronutrients.

      By making proactive choices such as embracing an active lifestyle, keeping a positive outlook, and regularly taking a nutritionally optimized oral supplement, Filipino dads can fully enjoy fatherhood, be their family’s bedrock, and watch their children and grandchildren achieve their dreams.

To know more about Nestlé Health Science’s nutritional therapy and healthy ageing solutions, visit www.nestlehealthscience.com
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Robinsons Department Store Shop in the City Promo

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     Do you love to shop? Raise your hands if you do! Shopping is always fun and exciting but now it is also rewarding. Starting this July, shopping at Robinsons Department Store becomes an even more rewarding experience as tons of prizes will be given away to lucky shoppers.

     Last June 14, I was one of the few who got the first dibs to this exciting promo of Robinsons Department store at Discovery Primea, Makati. The prizes at stake will really make you shop until you drop!  An all-expense-paid trip to the Big Apple, New York City-anyone?! Highlights of the event and promo mechanics below :)
Robinsons Department Store Shop in the City Promo
     Robinsons Department Store tie up with MasterCard and Philippine Airlines to announce their special “Shop in the City” promo that will give shopping a new thrill. The go-to place for the best fashion and lifestyle finds, partners with the global leader in financial services, MasterCard, to give customers a shopping experience like no other. 
Robinsons Department Store Shop in the City Promo
     Imagine yourself walking in the streets of New York carrying shopping bags from big brands, that's totally a shoppers dream come true! So this coming July, all you have to do is shop and shop at Robinsons Department Store using your MasterCard’s credit, debit or prepaid cards to earn 1 raffle coupon.

Robinsons Department Store "Shop in the City" promo mechanics:

  • Every P3,000 single-receipt purchase at any participating Robinsons Department Store nationwide using MasterCard’s credit, debit or prepaid cards, whether for straight or installment transaction for credit card usage, earns one (1) raffle coupon entry. 
  • PNB Mabuhay Miles MasterCard credit cardholders will get 2x the raffle coupon entries while Robinsons Rewards Card Members get 1 additional raffle coupon entry with every purchase.
  • The “Shop in the City” raffle promo will run from July 1 to September 30, 2016.
  • The winners to be drawn on October 14, 2016.
Robinsons Department Store Shop in the City Promo
Here's a toast fromPhilippine Airlines, Robinsons, and MasterCard after the unveiling of 
Robinsons Department Store Shop in the City Promo
Robinsons Department Store "Shop in the City" prizes:

  • One lucky shopper can win an all-expense-paid trip for four to NYC, inclusive of roundtrip airfare via Philippine Airlines, a 4D/3N hotel accommodation, and a wardrobe makeover worth P100,000, courtesy of a celebrity fashion stylist. 
  • 10 lucky winners will receive P50,000 worth of shopping spree at Robinsons Department Store.

     So if you you're a shopaholic, don't miss this opportunity to see the Big Apple for free. All you have to do is use your MasterCard cards (debit, credit, prepaid) in all your shopping sesh at Robinsons Department Store and earn raffle entries! Good luck :) Happy shopping!

For more details on Robinsons Department Store "Shop in the City" promo
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Feature: Pure Marula Oil by John Paul Selects

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     I've tried different beauty oils in the past. They're not the common 'oil' that we use during our childhood days. I call them beauty oils because of the beautifying benefits they give. I presume you've heard a type or two. Beauty oils come in many forms- it can be pure liquid, solid (inside a capsule), mixed with solid skin care products like soap and scrub or with another liquid products like shampoos, conditioners, and lotions.

     Beauty oils have different functions and the common denominator- they are widely use in the skin care department. Have you tried beauty oils before? I use beauty oil/s to moisturize dry skin, to treat and tame frizzy hair, or to make my skin glowing. Now, there's another use that I've recently discovered- it can also be used as sunscreen! Wanna know what beauty oil is this? Presenting... Pure Marula Oil! Know more about Marula Oil by John Paul Selects below and discover the benefits that you'll surely like :)
Feature: Pure Marula Oil by John Paul Selects
     Want to protect your skin from sun damage without worrying about the toxicity of commercial sunscreens? Now, you can with the new Pure Marula Oil! Unlike other sunscreen products that may contain toxic substances that are harmful for your skin, Pure Marula Oil is completely free of preservatives, synthetics and parabens. It is made from 99% marula oil that provides superior and longer lasting hydration for your skin and 1% blend of natural essential oils that give a light and natural scent. 
Feature: Pure Marula Oil by John Paul Selects
     Will I be saying good bye to my favorites- Argan and Macadamia Oils? After reading the benefits, I can say that I'm impressed not only in the sun protection department but also in minimizing fine lines. Oh, it's also an anti-aging oil, so I'll say hooray for now! 

Pure Marula Oil benefits:

  • This oil is ideal for skin hydration and restoration.
  • Pure Marula Oil has 60% more antioxidants than Argan Oil and is more powerful in fighting free radicals that cause pre-mature skin aging. 
  • Its high content of fatty acids like Omega 6 & 9 also makes for a superior anti-aging treatment that plump up skin to help reduce the appearance of fine lines.
  • Pure Marula Oil is also best for treating sunburn and soothing skin redness, swelling and irritation. Packed with healing and reparative ingredients, it penetrates quickly into your skin without leaving residue.
  • Ideal for all skin types, works well even if you have very oily skin. 
  • It is non-comedogenic and does not result in clogged and enlarged pores, minimizing the greasy look and after-feel especially in the sweltering heat.
  • With its high antioxidant level, lightning-fast absorption, satin finish, and delicate essential oil scent, Pure Marula Oil is your ultimate, all-natural multi-benefit age-defyer and sun protection essential. 
  • Did I say it's also an anti-aging oil? Yes, it is! It hydrates, firms, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. (I can't wait to add this to my skin care regimen)
Feature: Pure Marula Oil by John Paul Selects
size: 30 ml 

price: 2, 980 php (Around $64.22+)

place bought: Free
Available at the beauty section of the SM Stores in SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa and SM Mall of Asia 

instructions for use: Use Pure Marula Oil as part of your daily sun protection and rehydration treatment for your face and body. For best results, apply it every day and night or frequently as needed. It can also be used as product booster. Simply add 2-3 drops of Pure Marula Oil to your cleanser, beauty mask and foundation to boost their skincare benefits. The satiny, matte finish of Pure Marula Oil also makes for a great make-up primer.
Feature: Pure Marula Oil by John Paul Selects
     I'm still using another kind of beauty oil when my skin needs an extra boost. But for now, I'll try this Pure Marula Oil by John Paul Selects not only as sunscreen but as my daily moisturizer. I will update you dearies after three to four weeks. Stay tuned and crossing-fingers that it will work like magic. I also heard that it's a fave among celebrities like Lucy Torres-Gomez and Liz Uy. 

Have you tried Marula Oil before? 

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Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch

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     I always stay at home when I don't have events. It's my ultimate comfort zone where I feel secure, at ease and without stress. Even though there are bunch of things to do like household chores or taking good care of my son, I always feel relax at home. If you'll ask me how many times I travel or go on a vacation or staycation a year, prolly my answer will range from 0-1. I travel only when we need to go to our province to attend a special occasion. Most of what my so-called 'travels' are only by land. 

     For some this 'travel' of mine is a common thing, a day-to-day happening and the real T.R.A.V.E.L. requires more. I consider travelling abroad for a vacation luxury. Think of buying a plane ticket, booking for a hotel room, planning the itineraries, and of course the pocket money that you'll bring to enjoy your vacation. Two weeks ago, I was invited by Unionbank, GetGo, and Cebu Pacific for an overnight staycation at Ascott BGC. It's my first staycation and this event is for the books. Sharing with you some highlights of the event below and why having a Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank to #FlyFasterForFree is highly recommended for the frequent and first-time travellers :)
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
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     Sharing with you what happened during our staycation at Ascott BGC courtesy of UnionBank last May 30-31, 2016. It was a day full of surprises- everyone was so excited to meet the new fleet of cards that will make everyone #FlyFasterForFree but bigger surprises came along that day. I was so happy, it's my first staycation with my family and they made it extra special.
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
Our room at Ascott BGC
     Upon our arrival at Ascott, the team from Cebu Pacific GetGo and UnionBank prepared a special game for us. They handed us our very own Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit Card that day and told us to shop so we can experience how to use it.
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
L-R: Kaye, Rochelle, Kath, and Jenny
     This card is ideal for everyday and online purchases, the Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit Card by UnionBank is the first and only debit card in the market that earns GetGo Points. Cardholders enjoy 1 GetGo point for every P88 spent using their card, and these points are automatically transferred to their enrolled GetGo account. Plus, they also enjoy no maintaining balance requirement on the account. 
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit Card by UnionBank
     Mission that afternoon was to shop for travel essentials that we'll be bringing on our next travel destination. We headed over to R.O.X BGC to shop for things that we will bring on our trip, may it be within the country or abroad. There's a time limit so I need to think and shop fast. No need to worry about the money to spend because they've loaded our debit cards with 8,800 php to be exact. 
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
Travel essentials haul from R.O.X
     Whoa! That's a lot and what's more surprising is that for every swipe using the Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit Card by UnionBank, I'll be earning GetGo points that I can use to book for my next travel. Time pressured for 10 minutes but I still managed to shop for travel essentials not only for myself but for my husband and my son.
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
     After the challenging game, it's time to chill out to fly. This time, we were in for a night of fun and games at Unit 27 Bar + Cafe. UnionBank and Cebu Pacific team through its lifestyle rewards program, GetGo, and in conjunction with Visa, launched the newest fleet of cards that night. 
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
L-R: Kaye F, Moi, Rochelle, and Jenny
Thank you Kaye for this lovely photo
     They revealed to us why these cards will let you #FlyForFreeFaster and earn GetGo points that you can use to book for your flights or use to shop.
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank 

  • These are the only cards that directly earn GetGo points from everyday spend. 
  • These points are automatically credited to the cardholder’s GetGo account, making it the easiest and most convenient way to earn points and fly for free to Cebu Pacific destinations. 
  • All cardholders get to enjoy exclusive Cebu Pacific benefits, including early alerts to Cebu Pacific seat sales, exclusive promos on seats and GetGo points sales.
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
     I was amazed that one card can do it all. Before, I veered away from credit cards. Actually this is only my second credit card to date. The fist one is still sitting in my emergency fund box so that I will not be tempted to use it and only in case of emergency. 

     But after learning that Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Credit and Platinum Credit Cards have different benefits in store for frequent travellers and shoppers, I was convinced that I need a credit card in my life. More than the emergency fund, having these cards will benefit me by earning points that I can actually use to #FlyForFreeFaster! Earning GetGo Points will take me to destinations that I've never been before.
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Platinum
Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Platinum perks and benefits:

  • GetGo points at one of the best earn rates in the market. Every P30 spent using their card will earn them 1 GetGo point. These points are automatically credited to your GetGo account.
  • Exclusive benefits such as priority check-in at select airport terminals.
  • Additional 5kg baggage allowance.
  • Complimentary airport lounge access to the Skyview Lounge at NAIA Terminal 3 and the MIASCOR Lounge at the Davao international Airport, plus free travel insurance.
  • Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Platinum cardholders’ benefits extend to Visa Platinum rewards and privileges. 
  • These include Visa Concierge, 24-hour services which range from flight reservations to restaurant recommendations; Global Customer Assistance, in the event of card loss, account can be blocked and a replacement card will be sent along with emergency cash; as well as a plethora of discounts, from hotel booking to car rental to dining. 
  • All Visa cardholders also benefit from extensive global acceptance and access to ATM cash withdrawal.

Cebu Pacific GetGo Visa Debit and Credit Cards by UnionBank #FlyForFreeFaster Launch
     For cardholders, you are automatically enrolled to the GetGo program wherein you can enjoy earning additional points from their Cebu Pacific flights and other merchant partners. I'm already enrolled in the program and upon checking my account, I already have points from the shopping spree that we did during the event. These cards definitely enables customers to get points faster, so they can go places sooner.

     I will highly recommend you to get one of these cards because if you love travelling, you'll be rewarded and #FlyFasterForFree! If you love shopping, earn GetGo points and reward yourself with a free plane ticket by converting your points. Having a credit card now especially these credit cards by UnionBank will make purchasing truly rewarding! 

Start earning GetGo points and #FlyForFreeFaster!
Visit getgo.unionbankph.com to apply for a Cebu Pacific GetGo Debit or Credit Cards by UnionBank. Apply HERE
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