May 31, 2014


Here’s the solution for those who want to buy a lot of books on a tight budget. OMF Lit Bookshop brings back THE INCREDI-BULK SALE! For as low as P500, customers can already take home 5 books! Other bulk deals include 10 books for Php 800, 20 books for Php 1500 and 50 books for Php 3000.

THE INCREDI-BULK SALE will run from June 1-15, 2014 at all branches of OMF Lit Bookshop and Passages nationwide. A first crack on the sale awaits Kaibigan Card and Pastors’ Exclusives members on May 30-June 1, 2014. To find the nearest OMF Lit Bookshop or Passages branch, check

May 30, 2014

LIFESTIVAL: A Rare Night of Worship Celebration

Get ready for a night of insightful stories and inspiring songs as international and local musicians and artists join together in a rare opportunity to lead in worship celebration, namely (1) Dove Awardee and international contemporary Christian group The Katinas, (2) Philippines’ pop rock princess Yeng Constantino, (3) singer-turned-minister Ray An Fuentes (4) hip-hop and R&B singer Quest, and (5) new praise and worship team Firebrand. 

Happening on June 14, 2014, Saturday, 7:00PM, at the Mall of Asia Arena, LIFESTIVAL Word and Worship Celebration is a free thanksgiving offering from Life Oil® in celebration of its fifth anniversary.  

Everyone who is interested to avail of free Lifestival ticket will only have to like the official Facebook page of Lifestival and send a private message that include the following: complete name, address, mobile number, and the message LIFE IS GOOD! I WANT A FREE TICKET TO LIFESTIVAL WORD AND WORSHIP CELEBRATION! A confirmation message will later be sent individually to all those who will qualify for free tickets, with details on how to claim their free tickets. 

About 10,000 people are expected to grace the event, including those from various organizations, companies, and churches, headed by the massive network of G12 member-churches.  G12 Coordinator for the Philippines and Doulos for Christ World Harvest Ministry’s founder and senior pastor, Bishop Oriel Ballano, will also share the Word of God.

May 29, 2014

5 Simple Ways to Conserve Water

It took us almost 12 years to finally have the house that we can call our own so John and I were meticulous with how we wanted it done. When John asked me for the design I want, I just told him to give me a nice bathroom with a bidet for I long to say goodbye to timba at tabo (pail and dipper).

John gave me what I wanted, both bathrooms (second floor for the guests and ours) have their respective bidets.

John wanted bath tub so he designed to have one for the family bathroom.

The bath tub is originally made for  that important "husband and wife time" (wink, wink), but it's our youngest son who regularly uses it. It takes about 35 gallons of water to fill the tub so every after Juancho's bath, I make sure to put the water in good use. 

This is where timba and tabo comes back into my life. I thought I said goodbye to them for good but I can't take wasting water for I was born in the 70s when clean water was scarce. Imagine lining up for  long hours everyday to fetch clean water for the whole family, that's why I'm strict when it comes to conserving water.

According to United Nations, 3.4 billion people will be living in countries defined as water-scarce by 2025. I'm afraid that when water is scarce, we will be forced to consume dirty or contaminated water. There is so much that we as individuals can do to help conserve water. Remember, small adjustments can have a big impact not only by reducing monthly water bills, but will go a long way towards alleviating the growing water crisis. Here are 5 simple ways to conserve water:

1. Don’t leave the tap running. 
2. Stop that leaky toilet. I remember a few years back, our water bill shoot up from P150 to P800+ because of a leak left unfixed.
3. Repair dripping faucets immediately.
4. Use glass when brushing teeth.
5. Since it's already rainy season, collect rain water that you can use to clean and water your garden.

For car owners, you might want to try WASHBOI WATERLESS CARWASH, you'll surely help conserve tons of water every year. 

Imagine what I'll clean after Juancho uses the inflatable pool!

"Water is the driver of nature."
- Leonardo da Vinci

May 28, 2014

Myra Vitaglow BB Cream for Instant Glowing Skin

I grew up seeing my late mother take Myra E so I'm quite familiar with the brand.  Yesterday, a special packaged arrived and inside is a personalized make-up kit, with Myra VitaGlow BB Cream.

As a hands-on-mom of three, I've to divide my time to do a lot of errands.  When going to events there's always the need to look gorgeous in a flash. It's great to know that Myra VitaGlow BB Cream is packed with multi-benefits that allow you to combine the prettifying power of skincare and makeup. The tinted formula comes in two shades: Ivory and Beige,

Why use Myra Vitaglow BB Cream?

It’s moisturizing. This lightweight cream hydrates your skin to keep it soft and supple.
It contains Vitamin E. This helps nourish your skin even more, so your complexion appears younger-looking and healthy.
It doubles as foundation to help you even out your skintone perfectly and hide pigmentations.
It contains skin-enhancing minerals, with light-reflecting shimmers in this cream will make you look like you’ve got a lit-from-within glow. 
You can use it as concealer. Just pat an extra layer of Myra VitaGlow BB Cream to camouflage dark spots and blemishes.
It has SPF15 to protect you from harmful UV rays that causes premature aging. 
It’s hypoallergenic. Girls with sensitive skin don’t need to worry about breakouts, because this dermatologist-tested cream is proven safe for daily use.
It's affordable,  for only P99 a tube! 

Here's a step by step guide on how to apply Myra VitaGlow BB Cream by Ana Victorino, local YouTube sensation and beauty video blogger. 

For more beauty tips from Ana and to see a step-by-step guide on how to apply Myra VitaGlow BB Cream, visit

My Great Food 15-Second Cooking Challenge

My husband is a certified chocolate and coffee addict.  Plus, banana is one of his few favorite fruits. To quench his thirst this summer, he concocted Bananocha Smoothie for My Great Food 15-Second Cooking Challenge.

Watch how Tatay John prepares his Bananocha Smoothie using Magnolia Chocolait, San Mig Original coffee, banana and ice, by clicking the highlighted title or click this link:

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May 26, 2014

My Great Food 15-Second Cooking Challenge

Juancho likes hotdogs a lot so to make a healthier version John and I make sure to saute Purefood's Classic Hotdog and Purefoods Chick and Cheese hotdogs with plenty of tomato, garlic and onion. For taste, add  oyster sauce.

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Takbo na! 24-Hour Renewal Run

Last May 16, at Planas Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle, Takbo na! 24 Hour Renewal Run had its soft launch. Attended by its two proponents, Fr. Robert Reyes - The Running Priest and Cesar Guarin - Global Runner, and all the volunteer members.  

The program started at 6am with performances by Edru Abraham/Kontra-gapi and Heber Bartolome, and talk by Health & Wellness Expert Dr. Marissa Guinto-Adviento). 

Takbo Na! 24-Hour Renewal happens every weekend, Saturday 5pm to Sunday 5pm, from May 17-18 to December 27-28, 2014. No registration fee, but you will fill out a registration form. The run is actually a relay run, and you can RUN or WALK at your own pace, as long as you are able. You don't need to run the entire 24 hours. What is more important is your long-term commitment to personal and social renewal. 

Run with Cesar Guarin, Global Runner and Fr. Robert Reyes, Running Priest and start the process of personal and social renewal through running and walking for 24 hours. Running as any transformative activity develops commitment, regularity, and consistency. 

From May 16, 2014 to May 9, 2016 (National Elections) we call on all Filipinos to create a KAPAaTIRAN, a running, walking, transformative community which will begin the process of change within oneself and society. As Cesar Guarin would say, “Ang pagbabago ng pamilya, pamayanan at lipunan ay nagsisimula sa sarili. Takbo Na.” 

Cynicism and despair over our corrupt and inept political system and culture can only be overcome through positive, creative and sustained action. Fr. Robert Reyes invites all, “Gawin ang nararapat at mabuti ngayon. Piliin, kausapin, patakbuhin na ang mga malilinis, may konsensiya at may kakayahan. Takbo Na!”

As the run and walk unfolds, artists like Heber Bartolome and Edru Abraham through music and percussion will appeal to the Filipino soul and awaken its love for the Mother Land and her people.

As we run or walk, let every stride or step be an unspoken prayer for change. Let the run stir up and spread the spirit of service and sacrifice in everyone. One day, as we complete yet another 24-hour run, we may at last smile and celebrate as runners and athletes would the completion of a life-changing and most memorable race.

They have the same SAUCONY shoes

For inquries, please contact:
Dino Manrique 09215482622
Carol Clavecilla 09179922528
Fr. Robert Reyes 09989816288
Cesar Guarin 09175915798

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May 24, 2014

Jasmine on TV5

Jasmine Curtis-Smith is definitely one of the most sought-after young actress and brand endorser today. She is also TV5's Princess as she makes one project to another. On her next project, Jasmine will portray a fictional character of herself, billed simply as ‘JasMINE’.  

JasMINE - Suspense Drama Series  revolves around an actress who will have a conflict with a stalker called "Maskara." Maskara stalks Jasmine, sends her gifts, flowers and love letters sent to her location shoots. To make the plot more interesting Jasmine must find out who Maskara really is.

Jasmine is directed by Director Mark Meily, and is co-produced by Unitel and Ace Saatchi & Saatchi. The other actors are Matt Padilla (older brother of Daniel Padilla), Carlo Orosa,  Alwyn Uytingco,Gerard Sison, Nicole Estrada, Cai Cortez, Marvelous Alejo, and many more.

The pilot episode will be shown on June 1, 9:15PM.

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May 23, 2014

Rediscovering Quezon Memorial Circle

I used to be a resident of Quezon City.  I also worked for Quezon City hall for 2 years. For twenty plus years living there, I probably visited The Quezon Memorial Circle for just a couple of times. Most of those visits was just to eat at Max's.

Rafael and Julia recently learned how to bike. So last Thursday, John decided to have them tested for a longer road biking. Off we went  at Quezon Memorial Circle.  Quezon Memorial Circle is a national park and a national shrine located in  Elliptical Rd, Quezon.

I was amazed at the big improvement of the place! They now have meeting, conference and sports venues,  covered courts and stage, and tropical and meditation gardens.

This park is a fitting place for families to bike together, play badminton, have picnic, exercise or plainly to relax.  The dense presence of trees make the humid weather tolerable even in the afternoon.  

Spending a day here is so affordable. Parking fee is just P15. If you wish to really save money, bring pack lunch or go at Ces Garden Cuisine for an eat all you can breakfast during weekends, for only P129 (adult) and P99 (kids).

Ample parking at P15, flat rate

Or you can choose to dine in at Max's Restaurant

Because we enjoyed our first day, we went back the next day. I found that there were more to this place than trees. I met some people and interviewed them.

Red and his mom, Rio, visits this park for that special bonding on the playground

Ms. Nel Villoria of Caloocan, exercises at Quezon Memorial Park twice a week.

Join Zumba from 6AM TO 8AM, Monday to Sunday, for P20 only.

If you don't want to shell out P20, you can still join the Zumba outside the garden

Jog, run, walk, brisk walk for free

Learn Muay Thai under Instructor Boyet Luna for only P200 for unlimited time/day

Eat dirty ice cream for as low as P10 for three scoops

For the third straight day, went back again last Saturday, now with Nora, Maizi and Jill. 

On an ordinary day, when there are no special events there, there weren't too many people at the park. On a weekend, there are tiangges and more food booths.

We played badminton

and had ice cream.

What's great about rediscovering Quezon Memorial Circle? It's always Christmas here (wink!).