October 17, 2017

Looping - Squizz 2.0 Stroller

Having three kids, I'm familiar with most of the strollers available in the country. I bought some of the most popular brands but I sold them right when the twins turned 6 months. Why? I just find strollers too heavy and bulky to bring to places.

Earlier at The Manila House in BGC, I was introduced to Looping, a brand from France, launched Looping- Squizz 2.0 Stroller.

This stroller makes travelling with your baby so easy. Its slimline and ultra compact size fits everywhere.  It can be carried using the shoulder strap or wheeled around  like a suitcase. SQUIZZ is suitable from birth to toddler. So easy to adjust the lie-flat seat recline for peaceful naps to a sit up position by simply and gently pulling the buckle behind the seat. An added bonus :  The footrest adjusts to a complete horizontal position.  Fully recline the backrest and baby is comfortably and snugly installed.

Looping - Squizz 2.0 Stroller is available in major baby shops and mall in the Philippines.

October 16, 2017

Ms. Philippine Islands

Ms. Philippine Islands had its inaugural last Saturday, October 14, at Tanghalang Pasigueno in Pasig City. I was invited to cover this event by my idol, Ms. Nina Taduran.

The winner of the first ever Ms. Philippine Islands is Ms. Tarlac, Joy Barcoma (whom I rooted for the whole night). Joy also won Best in Long Gown and Best in Swimsuit. Congrats tukayo!

October 14, 2017

Drs. Drip Lounge and Infusion Bar 4th Year Anniversary

Drs. Drip Lounge and Infusion Bar celebrated their 4th Year Anniversary today at  its main branch, located at32 Timog Avenue, Ground Floor Newgrange Condotel, Quezon City.

Present at the event are the owners, Dr. Ma and Mr and Mrs. Dennis and Tess Lumahan. Nicole Hyala, Ms. Nina Taduran, PBA Basketball Players, April 'Congratulations' and Ryza Cenon with her boyfriend (Cholo Barreto).

32 Timog Avenue, Ground Floor Newgrange Condotel, Quezon City
(02) 373 4685

October 13, 2017

PATAK - A Benefit Show to Launch the Patrick Donald Teng Foundation

If you're available this Saturday,  October 21, I hope you can support PATAK, a benefit show to launch the Patrick Donald Teng Foundation is happening  at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater, Ateneo de Manila University at 6:00PM.

Patrick Donald Teng had an amazing vision in life. He dreamt of becoming a neuro surgeon and took up medicine at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health. Not known to his own family, he supported charities while attending college and at the same time, offered much of his time doing volunteer work for different organizations and one of them was Hearts at Play.

Patrick was also an active member of The Company of Ateneo Dancers and was President of the Ateneo Medicine Dance Group. He brought joy to a lot of children through dance and even encouraged many of his group members to offer their time to make these children happy.

Unfortunately, all his amazing efforts had to take a side step when diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme, a rare type of brain cancer, which ended his dream of being a doctor. Despite his condition, his contagious positive outlook in life remained and Patrick continued his volunteer work even while in a wheelchair. He bravely fought for his recovery, but sadly, time dictated that he had to leave everything behind to join our Creator – gone too soon at the age of 25.

But as they say, everything has a season and a reason. Patrick’s parents were devastated and thought it best to continue what their loving son has started. In May 2017, the Patrick Donald Teng Foundation was founded in memory of their beloved son.

PATAK represents how a single drop in the water can create ripples in the ocean. It is a force, much like Patrick was. The concert will introduce the foundation by showing Patrick’s life and struggle with brain cancer, the lives he has touched, sharings by his doctors, and dance performances by various groups – all with the end goal of continuing what Patrick has started.

For more information on tickets for PATAK, and to support the Patrick Donald Teng Foundation, please like Patrick Donald Teng Foundation on Facebook or call 0917 8390200.

October 12, 2017

True Value’s Private Sale at Shangri-la Plaza

It was an afternoon of pure joy as I attended the preview of True Value’s Private Sale at Shangri-la Plaza on October 13, from 10am to 10pm.

It was awesome to meet Kelly and Bianca of Baby Barangay  We all had fun shopping the whole day!

 I scored amazing discounts of up to 90%! Isn't that wonderful?

True Value’s Private Sale is October 13 at Shangri-la Plaza, Level 6, Main Wing.  
Get a load of great treats, gifts and more surprises.
See you tomorrow!

October 11, 2017

Teachers' Day at MandSci

Teaching is a very noble profession that helps shape the character, caliber and future of an individual kaya naman I have a high respect for teachers. Being a mom of three hirap akong mag turo, imagine hundreds of kids that the teachers handle, isama pa ang mga ilang pasaway na mga magulang (ha!ha!ha!).

Kaya naman ang General Parents and Teachers Association of Mandaluyong Science High School ay naghanda ng munting GPTA Spa para sa mga minamahal naming mga guro.

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, 
and instill a love of learning." 
- Brad Henry

October 10, 2017

Mr. Eugene Agulto

I spent 1st and 2nd year high school in Phil. College of Technological Resources but due to traffic and other circumstances I transferred in St Francis in Novaliches. 

I felt so lost during my third year high because I didn't know anyone  unlike in PCTR where I knew people because my elder sisters and brother were from the same school.

I was lucky enough to have a very kind adviser, Mr. Eugene Agulto, who just came out from the seminary and decided to teach. It was his first year to be a teacher, and we were his guinea pigs (lol). He may have been young and soft-spoken at that time but he sure knew how to discipline his students in a caring way. Unlike other teachers, Mr. Agulto didn't show favoritism among his students so I felt secured knowing that I have a chance of making it to the top. I was fortunate to have been under the advisory class of Mr. Agulto because I ranked number in my section so in fourth year high I was placed in section 1.

Though happy being in the top section, I felt sad because Sir Eugene didn't renew his contract with the school.

Fast forward to 2017, 28 years to be exact, a classmate found Sir Eugene in Facebook. I added him and had a mini reunion with my former classmate Jennifer Salen. 

Ngayon para na lang kaming magkaka-edad. It was great reminiscing our high school days, as well as sharing our respective views and opinions about life, pains, struggles and love.

"A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, 
and instill a love of learning." 
- Brad Henry

October 9, 2017

Pilipinas Shell Deed of Donation Signing at Ayala Museum

As part of the 50-year legacy of Pilipinas Shell, they have donated to the Ayala Foundation Inc. more than 200 winning art works of the Shell National Students Art Competition held at the Ayala Museum. Artworks included such as those made by Jose Joya, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Ang Kiukok, and BenCab. Not all the paintings will not be on display all at the same time. Ayala Museum will just curate shows out of the 200 paintings.

The Pilipinas Shell Deed of Donation Signing at Ayala Museum was signed between Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. represented by CEO and President Cesar Romero and Ayala Foundation Inc. represented by Ruel Maranan, the Foundation president.

Also present during the deed of donation signing were Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Foundation Inc. Senior Director Mariles Gustilo, and Ayala Museum Senior Curator and Head of Conservation Kenneth Esguerra.

Seated from right:Ayala Foundation Inc. president. Ruel Maranan, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. CEO and President Cesar Romero. Standing from right: Ayala Museum Senior Curator and Head of Conservation Kenneth Esguerra, Ayala Foundation Inc. Senior Dire

October 8, 2017

Tiny Love

Tiny Love is brand that manufactures soft developmental toys and developmental activity gyms for infants and children that helps develop a childs intelligence as early as newborn. As a mom of three, I am highly recommending Tiny Love because Julia, Rafael and Juan had some of their stimulating baby toys and baby gear when they were babies. 

I used to buy Tiny Love soft books and just leave it like a pillow for the twins to enjoy. With the help of these toy books, the twins learned how to read at 3 years old. They are also both scholars now at Mandaluyong Science High School

Tiny Love had an event at Concourse in SM Makati that was attended by parents who wants the best for their babies.

Tiny Love is avaailable in all Baby Company Stores

October 7, 2017

Britesparks International School (BIS)

I grew up studying in a traditional school, commonly known as pen and paper, where students have to follow the conventional education or customary education. Although I was able to finish school with honors, I know I would have learned more if I enrolled in a progressive school.

You might wonder why I'm advocating progressive school considering I went to traditional school. Well, for one, in progressive education, schooling isn’t seen as being about just academics, it's  not just about getting high grades in subjects like Science and Mathematics. Progessive schools are characterized isn’t confined to the classroom, instead students are helped and offered not only to learn but also to put every single lesson into action, thus giving the students the chance to be more committed and confident.

In Britesparks International School (BIS), one of the pioneer progressive schools in the country, “progressive” is more than just giving up traditional practices for the sake of novelty: it is the recognition that education must adapt to the times, must evolve alongside the society it is preparing children to enter in the future. “A traditional setup will not digest that some children may be naturally gifted in some aspects, and not as gifted in others. But there has to be a place that can see that potential in children, and that is Britesparks,” said Veronica Co, School President of BIS.

When BIS opened back in 2000, it was not yet the complete institution it is today. The institution began as a preschool for gifted children, the first of its kind with the drive to accommodate and include students with special needs in their usual classes.

Through the years, the school expanded its range of programs, eventually taking on elementary and high school students as well, while still keeping this advocacy of inclusiveness. The move to its current location in 2013 in Metropoli Drive, Bagumbayan was fairly recent, but such was a significant one which coincided with its increased capabilities.

Today, BIS accepts preschool to senior high school students, with its subject curricula complying with various local and international education standards: its Math and English are consistent with Common Core, a set of teaching standards used in over forty states in the US; its Science, ICT, Art and Music, and even French curricula are consistent with various other international school standards; and its Social Studies and Filipino methods fully comply with DepEd standards.

True to its progressive nature, however, BIS does not simply stop there: the institution recognizes the immense value of a child’s social development, which must occur alongside his academic development. The focus of the school’s methods is on the child, not the teacher: children learn through experience, collaborating through a wide range of constantly updated activities and projects which may cover multiple subjects at a time, consistent with the interconnectedness with which we process information around us today; a group project about cooking food can be an English, a Science, and a History lesson, all at the same time, as well as a subtler nudge toward the benefits of working together for something much more difficult to achieve by one’s lonesome.

When taken in the context of the school’s inclusive policy, it is no wonder that BIS students grow to be more tolerant and less discriminatory of those around them. “I’m proud of the fact that our students do not discriminate or bully those who are special. It’s really different; the children are so well-rounded and enlightened at times, you’ll be surprised,” said Co.

“Progressive” might sound vague, but go back to its roots—just like BIS, in all its approaches, has always anchored itself on its long-standing policies of inclusiveness and experiential learning—and we find a more concrete term, one that every parent wants in their child: progress. This is something BIS aims to deliver in all aspects, to ensure that the children of today grow into individuals fully prepared to face the challenges of the present and the future.

Britesparks International School classes start on August 1. For more information, visit www.britesparks.edu.ph or contact (02) 966-8120.

October 6, 2017


Summer is long over but there is no stopping kids from going outside to play even during the typhoon season, as playing under the rain is as much fun and exciting to them as being outdoors during a sunny day. This, however, is a concern for parents as sudden weather changes signal possible susceptibility to common coughs and colds, especially when one is not prepared.

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This latest promo is exclusive to 1.6kg packs of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ and 1.2kg packs of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+. Available in leading supermarkets nationwide until supplies last. Each bundled pack comes with one (1) raincoat only.

NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ and NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+ are the only growing-up milk brands developed with Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, featuring the new L. Rhamnosus, an advanced probiotic strain that helps protects children’s tummies and helps build their upper respiratory tract defense against pathogens that bring about common coughs and colds. With every 45g serving or 4 tablespoons of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ and NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 5+, there are at least 1 billion colony forming unit (cfu) of L.Rhamnosus present.  

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When your little ones are nurtured, you can be more confident to let them go and explore more of what the world has to offer. With each glass of NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ or 5+, you can encourage them to pursue their passions and interests so they can make the most of their childhood.  NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+, Love That Protects

October 5, 2017

Manila Water Foundation Month-long Celebration of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD)

As part of the international call to raise awareness on the importance of proper handwashing in preventing the spread of communicable diseases, Manila Water Foundation will once again lead a month-long celebration of the Global Handwashing Day (GHD). 

MWF will visit schools, communities, and malls to teach about the seven steps of proper handwashing and the key moments when it should be practiced. To adhere to this year’s theme, “Our Hands, Our Future”, the series of events also aims to educate Filipinos about the role that it plays in keeping one’s health and in attaining a great future.

This year’s celebration was launched at The Mind Museum where actor and mother, Bettinna Carlos, shared why she supports proper handwashing as this year’s celebrity advocate.  “I support this advocacy because it’s actually the small and simple things that many people do not know that have big effects, such as proper handwashing. This can actually prevent children from having diarrhea and other diseases. As a parent, I am very intentional in teaching this small habit to my child because it will really affect her future,” she shared.

At the kick-off event, MWF also invited children being supported by the Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing educational assistance to elementary school pupils from less privileged families. 

During the whole day of the exhibit, close to 1,000 schoolchildren who came from various schools in Metro Manila and nearby provinces along with their teachers and companions learned about the seven steps of proper handwashing, participated in interactive learning sessions, games, and experiments. These activities were concluded through actual washing of hands and by showing their support to the advocacy by signing their names on the pledge wall.

Aside from the event at The Mind Museum, MWF will be bringing the celebration to key locations in Luzon and Visayas. It will be followed by an event in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Clark, Pampanga, Quezon City, San Mateo Rizal, Enchanted Kingdom, Malay, Aklan, and Market! Market!. 

To further this advocacy, MWF also aims to activate an online campaign through Facebook and a public chat via Viber. MWF also launched an educational AVP at key locations in EDSA through MMDA’s electronic billboard which will be played until October 31.  

This year’s celebration is MWF’s fifth year to implement the campaign in the country. During the event, MWF President Geodino Carpio expounded on why MWF continues to support proper handwashing through GHD.  “Manila Water Foundation’s focus is on WASH or Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene. We implement that focus through a lot of information and education campaigns on the proper use of water, and part of that is promoting proper handwashing. Studies show that 272 million schooldays are lost every year because students are absent from school mainly because of diarrhea and other related diseases which are transmitted by having dirty hands. With us promoting regular and proper handwashing, we hopefully will one day cut that number down to zero and have much productive, happier, healthier, and more educated kids that will lead to a healthier world,” he shared. 

He also shared that throughout the years, GHD was made possible by forging partnerships. Among those who shared their support to MWF’s 2017 Global Handwashing Day celebration are Green Cross, Pilot, and Philusa Corporation, with the special participation of Nescafe and Toy Kingdom. Venue partners include The Mind Museum, Enchanted Kingdom, and Market! Market! while helping promote the month-long activities and events are Rappler, Eagle Broadcasting Company, Viber, Business World, and Manila Standard.

For more details, follow MWF’s Facebook page and Viber public account, Manila Water Foundation GHD 2017.

October 4, 2017

Things I learned as an HR Practioner

Last year I was invited at Jesus Reigns Christian College, located at 811 J. Nakpil, Malate, Manila, to give a talk to graduating Psychology students about Human Resources.

I was told there's another speaker I didn't talk about the legalities and corporate structure instead shared the things I learned as an HR Practioner.

October 3, 2017

Homemade Popsicle Sticks

When mom's not around, kids gets busy in the kitchen. Juan and Julia made their own video on Homemade Popsicle Sticks. I guess, I'll soon be retiring from vlogging and Juancho will take my place.

Their ingredients, chocolate powdered milk, milk, ice and water.

October 2, 2017

TELUS International Philippines

TELUS International Philippines (TIP) was established in the Philippines in 2005, and has since set itself apart from other BPO companies – distinguishing itself through a caring company culture that puts its team members first. TIP has made its mark, not just in the business processing outsource (BPO) industry, but on its team members as well through engaging programs, events and activities that give them a change of pace from the corporate setting. These include corporate social responsibility events like TELUS Days of Giving, sports and wellness activities like the TELUS Healthy Living Cup, and a slew of parties and social events like the much awaited Town Hall.

Beyond these engagement efforts, TIP continues to prove that theirs is indeed a culture that cares by providing a working environment that captures and inspires the imagination. In its newest office at McKinley West, the global BPO offers a whole new set of work spaces designed specifically to delight their team members. “Unlike most BPO offices which were created for pure function and basic comfort, our workplace is designed to be an experience that will make your day better. As our team members‟ second home, we want to make sure that the 8 to 9 hours they spend at work is spent surrounded by things that matter to them. For us, it‟s all about the experience. Everything from the engagements and events that we celebrate, corporate social responsibility initiatives that we champion, the inspiring workplaces that we create, and the connections that we develop with our team members -- they all come together to shape the work experience that we want our team members to look forward to everyday." said Warren  Tait, TIP's Vice President for Brand, Marketing and Culture.

TELUS House McKinley West exudes a fun and laid-back vibe that is probably most evident in its array of themed meeting rooms, colorful hallways, and vibrant common areas. Once the elevator doors open in each floor, team members are immediately welcomed by halls reminiscent of a high school (but better!) --- vivid and multi-colored lockers embellished with cool and amusing keychains, chatty groups of people roaming the halls, friends in twos or threes making their way to the pantry. TELUS International takes meeting rooms very seriously. In fact, there are no two themed meeting rooms that are alike across any TELUS International site worldwide. And TELUS McKinley West houses a couple of standout ones.

The Board Game Room, lets team members actually carry out the phrase "work and play" literally, with a huge black-and-white chess board on the ceiling, a life-sized playable tic-tac-toe on one wall. A full-length meeting table made out of legos, and chairs in the shape of puzzle pieces.  Not only do these areas provide team members a source of inspiration, their picturesque features make for the perfect Instagram backdrop for selfies and groufies.
Container Truck Room

Gym is located just beside the pantry, where personal fitness coaches are always available to give workout tips, and where team members can exercise on state-of-the-art gym equipment while overlooking a lush and green park through floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Jeepney Room's stainless steel exterior, complete with wheels and many hood ornaments, resembles a larger-than-life version of the country‟s most popular mode of transportation. Its ice cream-colored interiors look like that of a regular jeepney but cleaner and much more spacious.

Ocean Park Room, transports team members in an underwater enclosure with cool blue interiors and sea life imagery.

The pantry has a food park concept that allows Team members to choose between the many tables and chairs in the middle of the room, dining areas on one side that are designed to look like shipping containers, or simply lounge at the spacious wooden terraces on the other corner of the room.
Talent Acquisition Area

To share a glimpse of what it‟s like to work inside the colorful and inspiring workspaces at TIP, the company held a mobile photography workshop for a select group of lifestyle bloggers at TELUS House McKinley West last September 28, 2017 with veteran and award-winning photographer, Paul Quiambao.

To know more about TELUS International Philippines, visit telusinternational.com.ph or follow them on social media, Facebook.com/TELUSPh, @TELUS_Ph on Twitter, and @telus_phil on Instagram.

October 1, 2017

SM Super Kids Day

I grew up in Novaliches but I was already married when SM Fairview was built. I don't get to go at this particular SM branch because I live nearer SM Megamall. Mich invite for SM Super Kids Day was a perfect timing to bond with my siblings as we met over lunch at Mesa before covering this event.

SM Super Kids Day was a huge success as parents and children trooped to The Atrium as early as 10am.  In celebration of #SMKidsMonth2017 this October, future astronauts enjoyed shooting Ben 10’s Omnitrix with NURF guns at the Space Ranger booth; while little girls were treated to a Princess Make-over. They will also enjoyed the rare chance to showcase their new look in the runway of the Space Princess Booth, and also surely enjoyed crafting their own space art masterpieces in the Artbit Booth!

Top kiddie TV stars Baby Baste, Xia Vigor, Lei Navarro, JR Hashtag and SM Little Stars led by 2017 Girl Grand Winner Gaea Salipot joined in the fun with special performances. Surprise Meet and Greet with some of their favorite character mascots. 

The event was hosted by Show Suzuki and Sam Shoaf, a talented child host and performer who is also a finalist of Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.

I'm happy to see co-bloggers Berlin, Sol and Reylen and 
most specially Mommy Berlin's super gwapo baby Sumosam!

To know more about SM Super Kids Day, 
visit www.smsupermalls.com