The Ups and Downs of Motherhood

Monday, May 13, 2024

     In this motherhood journey, I learned and still learning the ups and downs every single day. When I discovered that I was pregnant with my only child, fears, worries, and questions kept swirling on my mind. Growing up in a big family, I said to myself that despite the challenges and hardships that will come along the way, I have my mother and my family who will always be there to support me. 

     Lo and behold, when I gave birth to Kenzo, the first person that guided me on what and what not to do was my mother. She gave instructions, reminders, and advises on minor mishaps and how to handle them. My sister-in-law was also there to check me from time to time. It's a very challenging role for first time mothers to do all the tasks by herself. From staying up late in the wee hours of night to check if  it's time to change the diaper, to feed a crying baby, and to find ways on how to tame a colic-y one. But all these sacrifices are worth it seeing the baby smile and feel loved through the gestures of this precious one. A decade and a half has passed and I'm still experiencing the ups and downs of motherhood but I'm loving the journey. Indeed,  “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” —Jill Churchill. Sharing more why there are no “on/of” and “pause” mode on motherhood after the jump.

The Ups and Downs of Motherhood 

Feeling the Motherhood Pressure? Watch this Heartfelt Mother’s Day Video

Thursday, May 09, 2024

     Motherhood is definitely one of the hardest endeavors a woman can take in her life — there’s no manual or guide that can properly prepare you for raising children well. That’s why it’s important that mothers find the support that they can truly rely on. This is the message that PLDT Home gives moms in its new Mother’s Day video.

     The video highlights the concept of “backstage moms,” or moms who support other mothers as they navigate their responsibilities, challenges, and learnings through motherhood.

Feeling the Motherhood Pressure? Watch this Heartfelt Mother’s Day Video

Discovering the Perfect Cake for Every Type of Mom this Mother’s Day

     Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we want to give something special for all the mothers and mother figures in our lives. Why not celebrate this special day with a cake that best fits her unique personality? With Red Ribbon’s Specialty Cakes, you have a wonderful selection of cakes that will surely match Mom’s taste.

     Each cake offers flavors that moms love, from classic and indulgent, to something sweetly different. Whichever you choose, you can find the perfect cake to celebrate with your own mom. Find out your mom’s unique personality and discover the cake that best fits her!

Discovering the Perfect Cake for Every Type of Mom this Mother’s Day

The Secret Ingredient to Cool Summer Desserts: Discover Mr. Hat Gulaman

Tuesday, May 07, 2024

     Summer is a time for celebration, relaxation, and lots of fun under the sun, but as the temperatures continue to rise and the summer heat intensifies, so does the search for the perfect refreshing treat. What better way to enhance these moments than with a cool, colorful treat that everyone can enjoy? Whether you are craving for some Halo-Halo, Sago’t Gulaman, or fruit coolers, one ingredient stands out for its versatility—Mr. Hat Gulaman!

     Mr. Hat Gulaman makes it easy to prepare vibrant desserts that are not only delicious but also visually appealing. From family picnics to beach parties, the array of flavors like orange, lychee, and strawberry ensures that there is a Mr. Hat Gulaman to match every occasion.

The Secret Ingredient to Cool Summer Desserts: Discover Mr. Hat Gulaman

Love, Bonito to Open First Store at Greenbelt 3 Makati City

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

     Leading Southeast Asian womenswear brand, Love, Bonito, officially announced the opening of its first brick and mortar store in the Philippines. Launching in the third quarter of the year at Greenbelt 3, Makati City, the inaugural store will feature the brand’s newly unveiled identity and revamped assortment strategy following its recent rebranding. “After five years of shipping to the Philippines, we’re thrilled to announce the opening of our very first permanent store here," shares Rachel Lim, Co-founder of Love, Bonito. "Throughout these years, we've cherished every connection made through events and collaborations, feeling deeply inspired by the warmth and support of the community. With our upcoming physical store, our Filipina customers can now experience our collections firsthand, join workshops, styling sessions, and be part of our vibrant community events." 

     “The Philippines remains one of our fastest growing markets, with a constant double digit year-on-year growth since 2019,” says Dione Song, Chief Executive Officer of Love, Bonito. “Unlike traditional retailers, Love, Bonito started out as a digitally-native brand, but over the years have grown to understand the importance of being physically present where our community is. The pop-ups and showrooms we’ve done locally gave us much insight into our local customer base as well as the mall culture. With this, we’re thrilled to open our first store in a few months!”

Love, Bonito Opens First Store at Greenbelt 3 Makati City
The much-anticipated first physical store in Manila will provide a space to hold community events, and include innovative features such as the electronic queueing system, the first within the fashion industry in the Philippines.

PLDT and Cignal TV support Philippine Hosting of 2025 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship

Monday, April 29, 2024

     The Philippines’ world-first solo hosting of the 2025 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship has gotten a boost as PLDT Inc. (PLDT) and Cignal TV announced their support for the prestigious volleyball tournament taking place on September 12-28, 2025.

     The country’s largest telco network PLDT will be the official broadband partner of the 2025 FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship. Cignal TV, the pay TV arm of the MediaQuest Group, will be the event’s official broadcaster.

PLDT and Cignal TV support Philippine Hosting of  2025 FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championship

Win a Shopping Spree Worth up to P100,000 from PLDT Home

Thursday, April 25, 2024

     Summer is the perfect time to upgrade your home, shop for school or work essentials, or simply stock up your pantry. This summer, PLDT Home gives you more reasons to make the most out of your upgrade or purchase with a chance to win a P100,000 shopping spree.

     PLDT Home’s Shopping Spree Upgrade promo gives you a chance to win a shopping spree experience at SM Store Megamall, with SM gift passes worth up to P100,000 to one lucky winner; P50,000 SM Gift Passes to two winners; and P25,000 SM Gift Passes to four winners.

Win a Shopping Spree Worth up to P100,000 from PLDT Home
Reward Yourself with an Upgrade and Shopping Spree

     There are many ways PLDT Home subscribers can earn raffle entries for the chance to win this experience of a lifetime. First, you can upgrade your current PLDT Home Fiber plan to enjoy a leveled-up digital experience at home—from streaming their favorite movies and series, playing games with friends, to getting office and schoolwork done in a jiffy and more.

     Enjoying your fiber fast speeds? You can still earn an entry when you get at least two (2) units of a WiFi Mesh System. You can choose between the latest TP-Link X55 WiFi6 mesh if you and your family are into heavy bandwidth activities like simultaneous streaming and gaming, or TP-Link Deco M4 WiFi5 Mesh if you have simpler WiFi needs like boosting WiFi in all corners of yourhome.

     Finally, if you’relooking for ways to enjoy unli-entertainment, you can also earn raffle entries by subscribing to a CignalTV Postpaid Plan, upgrading an existing CignalTV Plan, or availing of the newly launched PLDT Home StreamTV Android TV Box– a smart speaker that can also turn a regular TV into a smart TV.

     Seven (7) winners will be selected by an electronic raffle draw on May 6 and will have the shopping spree experience in SM Store Megamall on June 4, 2024. The SM Gift Passes can be used in all SM Store affiliates like theSM Store, SM Supermarket, SM Hypermarket, Uniqlo, Bata, Savemore Market, Under Armour, Forever21, Waltermart, Levi’s Surplus, Brownies, Watsons, Our Home, Ace Hardware, Crate & Barrel, The Body Shop, Innisfree, Miniso, Pet Express, Kultura, Sports Central, Baby Company, Crocs, and Toy Kingdom. Winners may also opt to use the SM Gift pass winnings to book stays at Pico Sands Hotel, Conrad Manila, Taal Vista, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel, and Radisson Blue Hotel.

     Be one of the lucky seven winners and shop for everything you want and need this summer, all courtesy of PLDT Home! PLDT Home’s Shopping Spree Upgrade promo runs until April 30, 2024. To learn more, visit https://pldthome.com/shopping-spree-promo.

UNNIE SKIN Pimple Patches: Your Solution for Glowing Skin

Sunday, March 24, 2024

     Are you tired of battling pesky pimples that just won't budge? Say goodbye to stubborn acne and pimples with UNNIE SKIN Pimple Patches. Designed with cutting-edge technology and infused with powerful ingredients, these patches offer a revolutionary solution to banish breakouts effectively. In this review, let’s delve into the key features and benefits of UNNIE SKIN Pimple Patches, shedding light on why they're a must-have in your skincare arsenal.

UNNIE SKIN Pimple Patches: Your Solution for Glowing Skin

Embracing Individuality in Education

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

     The age-old debate of nature versus nurture has long puzzled educators. But despite the arguments on both sides, it's generally agreed upon that a child's environment significantly shapes the development of their inherent abilities and talents. Among these environments, schools emerge as a major variable in a student's path towards success.

     Gillian Lynne, a celebrated choreographer renowned for her work on "Cats" and "Phantom of the Opera", provides a compelling example for the premise of nurture. In her youth, her teachers often labeled her as a troublemaker, being unable to sit still during class discussion.

Embracing Individuality in Education

Love Bonito Signatures Collection: Ready-to-Live, Not Just Ready-to-Wear

Saturday, March 16, 2024

     Leading Southeast Asian womenswear brand, Love, Bonito, is redefining womenswear for the Asian woman with a new brand identity and a revamped assortment strategy. The change signifies the brand’s commitment towards its long-term vision of becoming the ultimate go-to destination for Asian women. Fronting the campaign is a powerhouse line-up of Asian and Asian-American women, specifically chosen for their personal stories and outlook that strays from what a stereotypical Asian woman should be or look like.

     “This milestone represents a heartfelt tribute to our Asian women community,” says Rachel Lim, Co-founder of Love, Bonito. “Through our rebrand, we honour our rich Asian heritage and challenge stereotypes surrounding Asian women. This evolution extends to our apparel design, where we prioritise not only perfecting the Asian fit but also ensuring each piece is meticulously crafted for functionality, confidence, and versatility. From school drop-offs to the boardroom and date nights, our designs empower women to embrace every aspect of their lives with style and grace.”

Love Bonito Signatures Collection: Ready-to-Live, Not Just Ready-to-Wear 
From Left to Right: Featuring a powerhouse line-up Arden Cho,
mother-daughter duo Gym Tan & Mya Miller, Yuna and Chanel Miller

Gawad Madiskarte Returns with Stronger Focus on Sustainability for 2024 Awards

Friday, March 08, 2024

     Madiskarte Moms PH (MMPH)’s Gawad Madiskarte powered by PLDT Home, the awards that pay tribute to mompreneurs, is back! This year, MMPH is putting the spotlight not only on hardworking and successful moms, but also on businesses that champion sustainability.

     In a time when the Philippines is facing environmental and economic challenges, Gawad Madiskarte is looking for mompreneurs that are leading by example, demonstrating that sustainable business practices are not only possible but also profitable. By supporting and celebrating these visionary women, Gawad Madiskarte hopes to inspire other entrepreneurs and businesses to create a brighter, more sustainable future for all.

Gawad Madiskarte Returns with Stronger Focus on Sustainability for 2024 Awards

‘Golda’: The Untold Story of Israel's Iron Lady, Exclusively on Lionsgate Play

Monday, March 04, 2024

     The story of Israel’s first and only female prime minister has been the subject of much debate and fascination, which is why Golda is likely to be one of the most talked-about titles on Lionsgate Play. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guy Nattiv, the film is set against the backdrop of the Yom Kippur War — also known as the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. Golda chronicles the high-stakes, real-life political decisions that Prime Minister Golda Meir (played masterfully by Helen Mirren) had to make during this tumultuous time. Facing insurmountable challenges, Meir's leadership and decision-making faced intense scrutiny as she handled the threat looming over Israel — the narrative journeys with her through daunting political decisions that changed the course of history.

     Talking about Helen Mirren's performance as Golda Meir, director Guy Nattiv says, "For me, as an Israeli, and as Jewish, it doesn't matter if you're not Jewish, you're one of the best actresses of our time and you are Golda to me. When I saw her on the first day on set with all the prosthetics I was blown away. My jaw dropped and I was like, this IS Golda. She really depicted every nuance and every move. I am very grateful for working with a legend."

‘Golda’: The Untold Story of Israel's Iron Lady, Exclusively on Lionsgate Play

MVPs, more standouts boost PLDT High Speed Hitters for ‘strongest’ PVL lineup yet

Monday, February 19, 2024

     With three former MVPs on board, a Filipino-Canadian scoring machine as a sophomore, and a pool of reliable standouts as holdovers, expect a far more powerful PLDT High Speed Hitters team at the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) All-Filipino Conference. Ahead of the league’s opening on February 20, all eyes are on the volleyball team supported by PLDT Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, as it faces 11 other participants, kicking off the biggest Philippine volleyball action this 2024.

     Headlining the team are the terrific trio of Kianna Dy (UAAP Season 78 Finals MVP, 2021 PNVF Champions League MVP and Best Opposite Hitter), Majoy Baron (UAAP Season 79 MVP, 2023 PVL Invitational Conference 1st Best Middle Blocker), and Kim Fajardo (3-time UAAP Best Setter, UAAP Beach Volleyball MVP, 6-time Philippine Super Liga Best Setter).

MVPs, more standouts boost PLDT High Speed Hitters for ‘strongest’ PVL lineup yet

What Filipinos Need to Know About BAFTAs 2024 - UK’s Biggest Entertainment Awards that will LIVE stream on Lionsgate Play in the Philippines

Thursday, February 15, 2024

     If the U.S. has the Academy Awards and The Golden Globes, then the UK has the British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs. This prestigious awards ceremony celebrates and recognizes the best in British and international film talent, and this year, Filipino film enthusiasts will be able to experience the excitement live, as Lionsgate Play will be bringing the 2024 BAFTAs straight to their screens in real time. Understanding the passion of Filipino fans for globally recognized film events, Lionsgate Play aims to make this glamorous night one to remember by delivering the show directly to local screens. Earlier this year, the platform streamed the 75th Primetime Emmy Awards and the 81st Golden Globe Awards.

     The 2024 BAFTAs will be held on Sunday, February 18, 2024, at 7 PM GMT. Filipino audiences can join in the festivities in real time by tuning into Lionsgate Play on Monday, February 19, 3 AM. The entire program will also be available for streaming on-demand, so everyone has the chance to watch the highlights whenever they want!

What Filipinos Need to Know About BAFTAs 2024 -  UK’s Biggest Entertainment Awards that will LIVE stream on Lionsgate Play in the Philippines

Plan Epic Watch Parties This February With These New Titles from Lionsgate Play

Sunday, February 11, 2024

     Mark your calendars as Lionsgate Play unveils must-watch titles hitting their platform this month – from suspenseful thrillers and gripping true crime docu-series to heartwarming comedies and everything in between. It’s an entertainment-packed February, perfect for planning that barkada binge or organizing an indoor date night with that special someone. Check out what’s new on Lionsgate Play this month.

Plan Epic Watch Parties This February With These New Titles from Lionsgate Play

Watsons Health and Wellness Expo 2024

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

     Watsons, the leading health, wellness, and beauty retailer, made waves with its first and biggest health and wellness expo in the country, the Watsons Health and Wellness Expo 2024 held at SM Megamall Megatrade Halls 1-3 from February 1 to 4, 2024.

      The Watsons Health and Wellness Expo 2024 highlighted the range of health and beauty products available at Watsons. Over 52 different brand booths buzzed with interactive activities offering visitors a chance to explore the different products and learn from experts. Aside from that, the expo also offered free health consultations, informative and educational talks, raffle draws and prizes, wellness sessions, and pharmacy services under "Click & Collect Express.”

Watsons Health and Wellness Expo 2024

PLDT Introduces the Next Generation of Fiber, Starts Roll Out of Ultra-Fast Gigabit Fiber Plans

Saturday, February 03, 2024

     PLDT Home is again breaking new ground in Philippine broadband with the launch of its ultra-fast Gigabit Fiber Plans which will provide Filipinos with the fastest, most reliable internet available today. Prior to this, PLDT Home was also the first to introduce the then-unprecedented speeds of up to 1 Gbps, giving Filipinos a glimpse of the wonders of the Gigabit Era of the internet. With the new Gigabit Fiber Plans, Filipinos will now have access to internet speeds of up to an astounding 10 Gbps.

     “We are proud to usher the Filipino into the Gigabit Era,” said Jeremiah de la Cruz, Senior Vice-President and Head of Consumer Business Home. “Our commitment is to be at the forefront of digital innovations, blazing the trail to give our countrymen the technologies which will open doors to meaningful opportunities that will make their lives better. We exemplify that today by pioneering the next generation of Fiber which allows PLDT Home to deliver Gigabit-speeds straight to the Home.”

PLDT Introduces the Next Generation of Fiber, Starts Roll Out of Ultra-Fast Gigabit Fiber Plans
PLDT SVP and Head of Consumer Business Jeremiah de la Cruz reaffirms the company’s commitment
to making Filipinos’ lives better as the leading telco ushers the country into the Gigabit Era.

Feature: ML Kwarta Padala

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

     Living in a fast-paced world, we want to do things in an instant. It saves time and energy for us, especially if we are always in the "so little time, so much to do" mantra. For a busy self-employed and small business owner like me, time is essential. I have a daily routine that is systematically based on time. I follow a strict schedule from day until night. I value time so much that's why I cannot afford to waste a single minute, especially on work or business-related matters.

     One of the things that I like about the word "instant" is how it helps things or services get done fast! These things or services make life convenient mostly for small business owners like me. I'm the one who is in charge of the back-office tasks. That's why buying stocks and sending money to suppliers is a must. I'm also the one who is assigned to pay monthly utility bills and I'm happy to say that M Lhuillier’s Kwarta Padala is one of my partners in facilitating business transactions. ML Kwarta Padala demonstrates M Lhuillier’s brand promise of efficiency and reliability. More details about ML Kwarta Padala after the jump!

Feature: ML Kwarta Padala

Men's Sneakers: The Iconic Models to Have in Your Wardrobe

Monday, January 29, 2024

     Sneakers are one of the most beloved and popular shoe styles in the world: they are used by all sportsmen and women because they are versatile and super lightweight, loved by businessmen and managers to complete business looks, they drive fashion addicts crazy who pair them with casual and original outfits, and, in their couture version, they are also conquering the haute couture scene, with the world's leading designers constantly bringing them to the runway season after season.

     Today there are mens sneakers in every style, shape, color, and material, as well as limited editions, rare and exclusive collections, revisitations of the past, and novel and eccentric proposals. In this article we try to provide a guide to men's sneakers useful for moving among timeless collections, new arrivals that will set trends during 2024, and iconic models that are present (or should be) in everyone's wardrobes.

Men's Sneakers: The Iconic Models to Have in Your Wardrobe

Love, Bonito’s Lunar New Year Collection and a new Philippines website

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

     This Lunar New Year, Love, Bonito seeks to honour all kinds of modern reunions in an era where family gatherings look vastly different for everyone. Whether through long-distance virtual calls or intimate gatherings, the Year of the Dragon will be celebrated by paying homage to our Asian heritage through Eastern-inspired silhouettes, twinning looks and coordinated family ensembles. Plus, customers can now enjoy shopping with the brand via its new Philippines website (lovebonito.com/ph) where they can view pricing in Pesos, enjoy new and convenient payment options like GCash, and redeem specially curated gifts, including the Fortune Red Packets, Scarlet Tissue Box Holder and Gratitude Chopsticks.

Love, Bonito’s Lunar New Year Collection and a new Philippines website
From Left to Right: Ila Satin Bias Cut Midi Dress in Opulent Florals (Dusty Pink),
Kalani Satin Column Midi Dress in Opulent Florals (Slate Blue)

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