March 22, 2019

First Metro Management Inc.

As mother of three, I have been an advocate of protecting the future of my kids - mentally, emotionally, physically and financially. As early as 2001, I already have an insurance that will take care of the twins.  When the twins were born in 2002, I made sure to get them an insurance with investment.  That's just how far my knowledge in saving money for my family.

Thanks to Marcie for introducing me to First Metro Management, Inc. (FAMI), the fund management subsidiary of First Metro Investment Corporation, for an afternoon of animated discussion about finance. 

I usually get bored listening or attending financial literacy seminars but not this event, entitled Smart Women Invest, a financial and investment literacy workshop specifically catered to help Filipinas transform from savers into investors. They have made sure the workshop is engaging with two women who are knowledgeable in handling money and investments.  

Leading the workshop is FAMI’s first-ever female president Karen Roa, a 25-year expert in the field of finance. With a career that spans both domestic and international banking operations, she has a wealth of experience that fuels her financial skills. She has worked with some of the most renowned global companies in banking and asset management, such as Chase Manhattan Bank, SunGard Asia Pacific, trust banking groups of Philam Bank, and Citibank NA. She also served as President and CEO of Philam Asset Management, Inc. (PAMI). Roa was also a lecturer at the country’s top universities, Ateneo de Manila and UP, teaching business courses on strategy, investment management, and financial services.


FAMI’s first-ever female president Karen Roa

Ms. Rose Fres Fausto on the other hand, is known as FQ Mom. She was an investment banker turned full-time homemaker and now a writer, speaker, and resource person on money and family. Her career draws its roots in banking as an analyst at Far East Bank and later on as assistant vice president for Corporate Finance at one of the country’s leading investment houses. She also had a consultancy stint for a USAID renewable energy project. Today she discusses money, parenting, women issues, and the use of Behavioral Economics principles in different aspects of life in her books, columns, online shows, talks, and workshops.

Ms. Rose Fres Fausto

One of the highlights of the workshop was the online FQ Test, which determines the participants’ standing in terms of Financial Intelligence Quotient (FQ). Fausto said: “In order to have a high FQ, women must first understand their relationship with money. She also added that those who didn’t fare well in the test need not worry because their FQ scores are not cast in stone. They can be improved by tweaking some of their money habits and unleashing the female characteristics that are actually good for investing, allowing them to go beyond saving.”

The best part about a healthy FQ is that its concepts can be learned and, in turn, shared with the family. Fausto said, “Women are large influencers in their community so a woman with high FQ can be a driver in raising children with smarter money sense, build a career and investment life that is fruitful and lucrative, and even lead a household and home that is sufficient and stable. Again, with fortified FQ—women have proven once again that they’re on top of their game.”

Securing a Financial Future

As a member of the Metrobank Group, FAMI holds a veritable reputation in asset management. FAMI’s mutual fund business is adept at promoting savings mobilization and advocates investment literacy, making it the perfect partner for women to learn, live and start loving finance.  Besides the women-centric learning in finance and investment, the attendees also received a free investment in First Metro Consumer Fund. Roa said, “This is our way of thanking the women who attended our workshop. The First Metro Consumer Fund is invested in industries that benefit from the Philippine family consumption and expenditure pattern. These are industries supported by women and mothers in our country. This is a great way to start their investment journey.

About First Metro Asset Management, Inc.

A partnership between First Metro Investment Corporation, the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines, and the Marist Brothers Foundation, First Metro Asset Management, Inc. (FAMI) engages in the mutual fund business, promotes savings mobilization, and advocates investment literacy among Filipinos. Today, FAMI manages six mutual funds, with more products in the pipeline. Various securities houses with online platforms have asked to make FAMI funds available on their platforms.  For more information, visit www.fami.com.ph.

About First Metro Investment Corporation

First Metro Investment Corporation is the investment banking arm of the Metrobank Group, one of the largest financial conglomerates in the country. First Metro is the biggest investment bank in the Philippines with assets of P53.6 billion and stockholders’ equity of P14.1 billion as of end-2017. Backed by over 50 years of experience in developing the country’s capital markets, our key strengths lie in origination, structuring, and execution. They offer a wide range of services – from debt and equity underwriting, loan syndication, project finance, and financial advisory, to investment advisory, government securities and corporate debt trading, equity brokering, online trading, asset management, and research. In 2017, First Metro participated in 68% of the total publicly listed capital transactions in the domestic market, raising P493.33 billion for the public and private sectors. We accounted for 86% of total bond issues for the year, proof of our solid leadership, innovation, and service excellence. A concrete testament to our industry dominance are the string of awards and recognitions we received from international publications. For the third consecutive year, we were named the Philippines’ Best Investment Bank - by Euromoney in 2015, by Global Finance in 2016 and in 2017 by Alpha Southeast Asia as Best Investment Bank and M&A House. In a survey of The Asset Benchmark Research, First Metro ranked second in the Top Investment Houses in Asian Local Currency Bonds, and third in Local Currency Bonds, and third in Top Bank in Government Bonds categories. First Metro was also recognized as the Best Advisory House by the Investment House Association of the Philippines. For more information, visit www.firstmetro.com.ph

March 21, 2019

Sarah Geronimo as Phoenix Super LPG Ambassadress

Just got home from The Tent in Acacia Estates in Taguig where Sarah Geronimo  was presented as Phoenix Super LPG Ambassadress.

Before Sarah arrived, Chef JM Sunglao taught guests and media simple, five-minute, easy-to-prepare meals using cooking Phoenix Super LPG.

Aside from singing and acting, Sarah Geronimo found new joy in cooking. Although it took her a while, Sarah said it is important to learn how to cook to be able to nourish the people you love.

When asked who her role model is, Sarah immediately said mother, “Kasi po si mama ko ay Kapampangan. Hindi po sa biased ako pero the best po talaga magluto ang nanay ko sa kahit anong restaurant na natikman ko na Filipino dish. Ang tatay ko po ay masarap din po magluto. Punong puno ng pagmamahal 'yung inihahain sa lamesa namin”.

When asked what dishes she likes, Sarah said,  "kare-kare and sweet chili prawns po ng nanay ko at ang pininyahang adobong manok po ng tatay ko". She also added that Matteo Guidicelli  is also her inspiration since his family also owns a restaurant.



To order Phoenix Super LPG, you may call #SUPER (#78737) for nationwide delivery.
Visit phoenix.ph/LPG

March 19, 2019

Lazada's 7th Birthday Party

Lazada's 7th Birthday Party is an event that gathered the media in all forms (print, television, radio and bloggers) to give a preview of what to expect with their upcoming biggest Birthday sale, entitled It's Our Birthday, It's Your Party!



Lazada is celebrating its 7th  birthday on March 27 and it’s  one  birthday party you  don’t  want   to miss! Customers have plenty of reasons to shop on Lazada as they will be offering jaw dropping discounts up to90% off. 

Shop and come join the party! Don’t miss out on the amazing deals from our brand partners up for grabs. Some must-haves in the lineupare:

 Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Un-Nude Liquid Lipstick at Php 193.
 Abbott Ensure Gold Vanilla 1200g (Bundle of 6) at Php 9,702.
 Kamiliant Waikiki 3P Set - Raspberry Red at Php 8,299.
 Honor Play Smartphone at Php 13,290.
 Pampers Baby Dry New Born Taped Diapers 40 pcs x 4 pack (160pcs) at Php 594.

Aside from the millions of items on sale, major partners are also joining the shopping party. Below aresome exciting offers for you: Shop with your BDO Visa card and get up to Php 5,000 off on LazMall gadgets. Pay with GCash and PayMaya for instant discounts on quick purchases.

 Be the first in the country to purchase real estate online! Revolution Precrafted and Robinsons Landwill be giving their reservation fees at 50% off on March 27 only.

Get a chance to win travel packages care of Sunlife.

 Win yourself a discount voucher when you play Lazada’s very own Facebook game called OverEasy: Laz Edition.
 Get a free Shakey’s pizza when you shop on March 27.
 Don’t forget to download the Lazada 7th Birthday Sticker pack on Viber.Partygoers’ kind of shoppertainment Lazada is also blending shopping and entertainment, ushering in  a new  era of ‘shoppertainment’.  

TheLazada app will introduce new experiences for customers! Get additional discounts and attractive voucherswhen you play LazGame, pop as many balloons as you can with Popping Balloons, blast all the cakes andfun gifts with Birthday Blast, and slash your way to the top with Fruit Slash! Earn cupcake points with everygame and exchange these for your favorite brand vouchers.Tune in as well on March 26 and witness the in-app livestreaming of the “Super Party” concert as Grammyand Brit Awards winner and British popstar Dua Lipa shares the stage with  some of  Southeast Asia’sbrightest stars, including the Philippines' “Multi-Media Princess” Nadine Lustre, “Absolute Performer” SamConcepcion and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach.

With all these celebration and perks, it’s really going to feel like it’s your birthday instead! Watch out for all the products that will go on sale during Lazada’s 7th Birthday happening on March 27 by visiting official Facebook   and   Instagram   pages,   or   by   simply  logging  on   to  www.lazada.com.ph    or   downloading   theLazada Mobile app via App Store or Google Play for free. 

About Lazada Group:

Launched in 2012, Lazada is the number-one online shopping and selling destination in Southeast Asia – present in Indonesia, Malaysia, the  Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and  Vietnam. With  300 million SKUs available, Lazada offers the widest range of products in categories from beauty, fashion, and consumer electronics to household goods,toys,   sports  equipment   and  groceries.  

The   expanded  grocery   business  also  adds  more   than   160,000  products,ranging   from  high-quality  fresh  fruits  and   vegetables,   frozen   and   chilled  meats   and   seafood,  premium  specialty products, baby food and toys, and daily necessities such as toiletries, home, and pet care. Lazada Group is majority owned Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE: BABA)

To know more about this Birthday Sale,
Visit: https://www.lazada.com.ph/lazada-anniversary

March 17, 2019

Fine Image Salon with Gay

I met Gay like ten years ago in an art class. She is a bubbly girl that we instantly hit. We added in Facebook but never got the chance to meet again in person.

Until one day Gay messaged in Facebook asking about my red hair. To cut the long story short, we found a way to meet again. Thanks to my red hair by Fine Image Salon!


Fine Image Salon and Barbers
M. Roxas St..  Manila
Tel 7389127

Main Branch: 
#100 Avenida Rizal St. Bahayang Pag asa Molino Bacoor Cavite, 4102 Bacoor, Cavite

Oregano

It was my late Lola Ebeng who introduced me to this wonder plant when I was just a three year old little girl, forty-two years ago to be exact. Lola made sure my siblings and I take a spoonful of freshly squeezed Oregano whenever we have cough and colds. I hated that experience but it was actually very effective. Since Lola and Mama have long been gone and the passing of time created a fast-paced life, it led us to rely mostly on pharmacy-bought medicines.

Thanks to that Lysol Event who gifted Mommy Bloggers with Oregano in a small pot which has now flourished beautifully in my garden.

It does not only serve its purpose of curing my cough and colds but it actually is great at repelling insects. Aside from that, when I have visitors I don't buy flowers anymore to make my home beautiful, I use Oregano as an accent.


According to The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, Oregano is a species of Origanum, belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae). Its name comes from the Greek words oros (mountain) and ganos (joy). Oregano typically grows 50 cm tall and has purple leaves around 2 to 3 centimeters in length. The chemicals that give the herb its unique and pleasant smell are thymol, pinene, limonene, carvacrol, ocimene, and caryophyllene. It is also used for the following illnesses and conditions Muscle pain, Acne, Dandruff,  Bronchitis, Toothache,  Bloating, Headaches, Heart Conditions, Allergies, Intestinal parasites, Earache, Fatigue and  Menstrual cramps. However, it's important to note that further high quality study results are necessary to confirm these claims