September 17, 2018

To All The Boys Loved Before

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is a 2014 young adult romance novel by American author Jenny Han, first published by Simon & Schuster and released on April 15, 2014. Han was inspired to write the book based on her own habit of writing long letters to boys she had crushes on as a teenager. 

Netflix turned the novel into Netflix original movie. My daughter recommended I watch it. What can I say? I like it! Even at 45, this movie is enjoyable. It brings back memories of my own crushes. Lol!


September 16, 2018

Mitch Franco

It was a fun night as John and I celebrated our 25th Year Anniversary watching Kevyn Lettau.  We truly enjoyed the night even more with the performance of Contemporary Pop, NU-Jazz, Big Band, Soul, R&B, Rock, Singer/Songwriter Mitch Franco. 




September 15, 2018

Doc May's Pet Wellness Center

Last year, all Grade 9 students of Mandaluyong Science were given tasks to do research in which topics are the students choice.  Students were given the option to choose their group mates (three for each group). Among all the students, only four were  assigned an individual research. They are RJ of Gamma and  Alex, Mona and Julia from Alpha.

As a continuation from last year, the research is to be submitted first week of October this year. We utilized the long weekend and supported Julia when we went at Doc May's Pet Wellness Center to consult with Dr. May Rulibeth L. Javier.

Doc May's Pet Wellness Center is located at A-15 Visayas Avenue, Brgy. VASRA, Quezon City. They're open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Sunday from 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM


Although this is a daunting task for my daughter, I was really happy to have spent the day with the whole family as we all cheered for Jules.

The day was made more joyful with the  presence of Mommy Vangie and Alex.


About Doc May:

Dr. May Rulibeth L. Javier is a Veterinarian for Small Animals in Vasra, Quezon City and has an experience of 27 years in this field. Dr. May Rulibeth L. Javier practices at Pet Lovers Animal Clinic and Emergency Services / Doc May Pet Wellness Center in Vasra, Quezon City. She completed Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Central Luzon State of University in 1990. She is a member of Philippine Animal Hospital Association, Inc.,Veterinary Practitioners Association of the Philippines and Diplomate of Philippine College of K9 Practitioner. Service provided by the doctor is: Laboratory Animals.

September 14, 2018

Moymoy Lulumboy Book 5 - Ang Lihim Ng Libro

Moymoy Lulumboy, the young adult series, which received great reviews from readers and book critics, has recently launched its Moymoy Lulumboy Book 5 - Ang Lihim Ng Libro at the  Meeting Room 4 & 5, 2nd floor, SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex.

Present at the event are media, sponsors, PETA director and performers,  Jomike Tejido (MoyMoy Lulumboy Illustrator)  and the author himself, Mr. Segundo Matias, Jr.

With the growing public interest of this enchanting book, ABS-CBN acquired this Lampara Book's epic fantasy series with the plans of making it into television series, film, digital piece, merchandise and more.

Moymoy Lulumboy Book 5 - Ang Lihim Ng Libro is now available on Precious Pages outlets and other major bookstores.


Prior to the book launch, a short moving staged play was performed by PETA actors to tell the synopsis of the book. The latest installment continues with the journey of Moymoy Lulumboy as he struggles to cope up with the death of his mother Liliw and contend with his legacy as the hero that will save Gabun from evil forces. Moymoy Lulumboy, whose shape-shifting powers resemble that of an aswang, is slowly transfroming into a character with a little darkness and aggression in his soul, but whose kindness and compassion remain throughout the coming-of-age conquest.



About the Author:



Segundo Matias Jr. is a recipient of numerous literary award giving bodies, which include three Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, the Philippine’s most prestigious—known as the “Pulitzer Prize” of the Philippines—and longest running awards program. Mr. Matias has also written screenplays for major movie outfits, as well as teleplays for various TV shows before entering the world of children’s literature. He is also a publisher and has published over 1,500 books for children and young adults. He is currently taking Masters in Creative Writing at the University of the Philippines—Diliman.

About the Illustrator

Jomike Tejido is a Filipino architect, author, illustrator, and painter of his signature work, acrylic on hand-woven mats or banig in Tagalog. The unique fusion of fine art on an unconventional ground has led to six solo exhibitions in the Philippines and Singapore, among other group shows in Paris, Japan, and USA. His Latest show, Gentle Giants (Dec. 2010), is a collection of whalesharks in dreamy seascapes. 

September 13, 2018

Daniel Padilla

While lining for the buffet table at the recently concluded VIVO V11 launch, co-blogger friend Reylen of Made It Through Mum told me, "Dali na Ms. Joy andun si Daniel Padilla on the left Ipakuha ka na while he's not yet busy. I hesitated for a second whether to do what Reylen told me because it was almost my turn to the buffet table. But then again I thought of Via.  Via is my daughter's friend and classmate since Grade 7 Phoenix.

Although all Batang MandSci friends and classmates of my kids are special to me, Via and Kevin holds a very special part in my heart. They were the very first Batang MandSci who came to have groupings in our home.

A sudden flashback! I remember Julia told me that Via likes Daniel Padilla a lot! I snapped from thinking and immediately headed to where Daniel Padilla was seating.

I now understand why this young man is so popular, not only because he is a Padillla, more so because Daniel has a genuine love and gratitude for his fans. He never hesitated to greet Via when I requested him to. Bukod sa napaka gwapo, magalang din sya. Salamat din sa kangyang mag handlers at di masusungit.

Dear Daniel, thank you for making Via Happy! 




So sweet and thoughtful of Via for giving me a cake. Super happy kasi sya. Love you, V!

“If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. 
The world needs more of that. ”
- Unknown

September 12, 2018

Vivo V11 Grand Launch

Vivo V11 held a grand launch yesterday at Shangri-La Fort Hotel. Present at the launch are Vivo's executives, dealers, partners, media and celebrity endorsers. Headlining Vivo's Ambassadirs are Daniel Padilla, Barbie Forteza, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Kz Tandingan, Julie Ann San Jose and many more.


One of the two hosts was Inigo Pascual. Kz Tandingan and Julie Ann San Jose performed live for the guests.



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September 11, 2018

25 Things To Do to Have a Long Lasting Happy Married Life

Today, September 11, 2018, John and I are celebrating our 25th Year Anniversary. 18 years as husband and wife and 7 years as boyfriend-girlfriend. Same date, except the year of course, lol!


Here are the 25 Things To Do to Have a Long Lasting Happy Married Life:

1. Smile. Give your spouse a big smile instead of a frown. Always greet him or her good morning to make the day light.

2. Let Your Spouse Be Right. Sometimes, spouses can be competitive with each other. This will result to anger and resentment. Nobody wants to lose but believe me it feels good to let your spouse be right.

3. Agree to Disagree. Instead of trying to win a petty argument regarding a certain topic that you have different opinions,  choose to agree to disagree and just respect each other's opinion.

4. Enjoy Eacsh Other Differences.  Let's face it, no two persons are exactly alike. Even identical twins are different in so many ways. Remember that differences addflavor and spice into relationship.

5.  Don't Take It Personally. If your spouse can't say yes to your request, don't be upset. Instead listen carefully for the reason.  He or she may have a lot of going on in the office or business. his or her head. 

6, Love Unconditionally. I used to nag John about his dirty clothes lying near the hamper. I get irritated that he can't put those clothes where it belong. I've learned to reverse my negative feeling. Each time I pick up his clothes, I say thank you that I am doing something for my husband. Just like how John embraced the blogging world because he loves me unconditionally.

7. Have Faith in Your Spouse. There will be time when people make mistake. Have faith that your spouse will recover from that mistake. Back in 2010 up to 2012, I was very to belong to a group of blogger friend. We'd go to events almost every day, sometimes 3 to 5 events in a day. I was too happy enjoying my time outside that John nearly throw me out (wink, wink!). Instead of him getting mad, he chose to have faith in me. I am now a changed wife. We go to events together and enjoy each others company. 

8. Be Dependable. If you promise to do something, make every effort to do it because dependability is a a virtue that will result to being trustworthy.

9. Take Advice Seriously. If your spouse is good at a certain topic or area, take his or her advice seriously.  I have no sense of fashion but John has a keen eye for what looks good and not. When I was still working in the corporate world, my colleagues would compliment my ensemble. Thanks to my husband I'd reply back then.

10. Exercise Together. Find that one exercise that you both love. John and I love biking and walking so we enjoy going to our friends house by bike and we love walking inside the malls for hours!

11. Be Spontaneous. Life is too short and precious to plan and play it safe all the time. Our most memorable trips are those unplanned. So go ahead, just drive and let the moment take you somewhere romantic

12. Give Sincere Compliments. I used to cry when John would comment truthfully about the food I cooked. One time I cooked adobo and John said, this asado tastes so good. Because he was giving me sincere compliments on "that asado" I have mastered the best asado in town. I still can't cook adobo though.

13. Have a Good Conversation.  John and I always have a good conversation when we're stuck in traffic instead of getting irritated, we make use of our time wisely by talking about happy moments, planning trips and talking about our children.

14. Work Together. By working together, it isn't literal. You can work together on a special project. John and I works hand-in hand on an outreach activity every February 20. 

15. Don't Force Forgiveness. There's an old saying in the Philippines, "wag matutulog ng magkagalit". I used to think this is to be followed so I wanted John to forgive my mistakes before going to sleep, or I'd force myself to forgive even if I wasn't ready. The outcome, we resent each other more. So don't force forgiveness because it will happen when your spouse is ready to forgive.

16. Listen To Your Spouse Instincts.  There are many instances in the past that John would tell me if someone is just using me to get favors. I didn't listen. More often than not, I get in trouble for not listening to his instincts.

17. We Are Willing To Change To Make One Another Happy.  John used to hate going to events. He only likes going to ToyCon, Comicon and Lazada. But since he wants to make me happy, he is now more than willing to be there for me. (He said, I had no choice, lol)

18. Put Yourself in Your Spouse Shoes. To understand your spouse bad mood, put yourself in his or her shoes. She might have had a rough time in the office or was too tired to drive home so don't be mad when your spouse looks cranky.

19. Make Each Moment Count. John had an attack 2 years ago. We just found out he had cardiomyopathy. Although we already live life to the fullest even prior to the attack, we are more appreciative of each other, counting every little joy we receive each day.

20. Ask for Forgiveness.

21.  Learn from your mistakes.

22.  Work Together on A Project. Every February 20, John and I have are actively doing an outreach activity for 8 years now.

23.  Be Strong for Each Other.

24.  Be Each Others Cheerleader

25.  Honor Your Wedding Vows.

September 10, 2018

Museum Cafe and Kabila Supports Restaurants Against Hunger

Museum Cafe and Kabila Supports Restaurants Against Hunger. Restaurants Against Hunger campaign is through the initiative of global humanitarian organization, Action Against Hunger, restaurants have come together to fight child malnutrition. 

Be part of this yearly event starting  October 1 to December 1, 2018. During this period,  participating restaurants will be donating a portion of the sale of specially marked dishes on their menu to projects that aims to combat child malnutrition in the Philippines.

For Museum Cafe, their featured item is Fried Enoki Mushroom Hay and Fresh Lumpia for Kabila.


Diners can be a part of the movement to help provide food to the most disadvantaged children and their families in the country by patronizing the participating restaurants and ordering the featured dish/es labelled as “dishes that feed more”.  

So far, participants this year are Alba Restaurante Español, Aracama, Azuthai, Café Mediterranean, Calderon, Chef Laudico OK Café, Chelsea Kitchen, Chotto Matte / Izakaya Sensu, Corner Tree Café, Cyma, Friends & Family / Coconut Club, Green Pastures, Grilla, Ikomai, Ilustrado, Kabila, Museum Café, Providore, Saboten, Sangkap, Simple Lang, Sobremesa, Terraz Bistro & Meetings, Terry’s Bistro, The Old Spaghetti House, The Shrimp Shack, Wild Ginger, and The Bistro Group. 

“We hope to sign up more before the program kicks off on October 1,” said Action Against Hunger Fundraising and Resource Development Manager Dale Nelson Divinagracia. Restaurants that wish to join can simply register at www.restaurantsagainsthungerphilippines.org.  

This program is very easy to implement, inexpensive, and unites the restaurant staff and customers for a life-saving cause. This was attested during the launch by Chiqui Mabanta, owner and general manager of Corner Tree Café which has been supporting “Restaurants Against Hunger” since year one.

The campaign started on World Food Day in France in 1998 and has been implemented in Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, and the USA.  In the Philippines, “Restaurants Against Hunger” is on its third year has helped make it possible for Action Against Hunger to implement several programs.

The most recent was their response to the Marawi conflict where a total of 206,613 individuals benefitted from the nutrition screening and distribution of emergency food aid and hygiene kits. The organization also provided access to safe water and sanitation facilities in the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. Through their Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects in the areas of Masbate, North Cotabato and Maguindanao they have provided rural barangays access to clean water, created tap stands and toilets, and conducted hygiene promotion sessions to fight the spread of diseases that will lead to malnutrition.  A total of 180 Barangays were declared as Zero Open Defecation Communities, positively affecting 738,566 individuals. To maintain the culture of cleanliness, 730 Barangay Health Workers were trained to continue the work started. “Restaurants Against Hunger” has also funded  nutrition and food security, and livelihood projects in Zamboanga City for the internally displaced people that were forced to evacuate their homes during the 2013 siege.  

Based on the latest survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, more than 3.8 million or 33.4% of Filipino children are stunted.  This number is up from 30.1% in 2015. Stunting, also called Chronic Malnutrition refers to a child who is too short for his or her age.  It is the result of poor nutrition during early childhood.  Children suffering from stunting may never attain their full possible height and their brains may never develop to their full cognitive potential. The effects are irreversible and can last a lifetime. These children face learning difficulties in school, get sick more often, and earn less as adults. The same survey also identified 800,000 or 7.1 percent of Filipino children to be suffering from wasting. Wasting, also called Acute Malnutrition refers to a child who is too thin for his or her height.  It is the result of rapid weight loss or the failure to gain weight due to poor nutrient intake or disease. Children suffering from wasting have weakened immunity, are vulnerable to long term developmental delays, and face an increased risk of death.  

 “In 2016, Action Against Hunger and the Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques (IRIS), an international think tank that focuses on geopolitical and strategic issues, released a study entitled  "Socio-economy of Chronic Malnutrition in the Philippines: A preliminary key trends analysis by 2030” to support strategic action in fighting malnutrition in the Philippines. According to the study, the Philippines ranked 9th among countries with the highest number of stunted children,” revealed Action Against Hunger Country Director, Guy Halsey. “It’s imperative that we take steps to stop the upward trajectory of malnutrition in the country.  Restaurants Against Hunger is a start and everybody can participate. We can all channel our passion for food into life-saving impact against hunger and child malnutrition,” he added. 

Restaurants Against Hunger is co-presented by McCormick Culinary.  Sponsors are Foodpanda, Marca Leon, and Mida Food. Supporting the campaign are the LTB Chefs Association Philippines and The Spanish Chamber of Commerce. Collaborators are Acceler8, Digital Out-of-Home Philippines, Nyxsys Philippines, Pitchworks Incorporated, and Summit Outdoor Media.  

To know more about the campaign, visit www.restaurantsagainsthungerphilippines.org or follow these social media accounts @RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH and @ActionAgainstHungerPH on Facebook, @RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH on Instagram and #EndHungerPH on Twitter. #RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH

September 9, 2018

Kevyn Lettau

Kevyn Lettau is a Brazilian jazz vocalist, competent on keyboards and saxophone. She scored success in the United States in the early 1990s with her albums Kevyn Lettau and Simple Life. Kevyn's song, Sunlight, played a big role in my love life with John, who was then my boyfriend. Sunlight was a big hit during that time when John and I started dating. I like that song because it basically tells my feeling for John.

Thanks much to Cherry Burwell of The Big Difference for this advance 25th Year Anniversary Concert Tickets!


Watch the world go by in silence
Deep in the night in silence
Time going by so slow
I think about the morning
And it warns my heart
Because tonight I'm going back to the one I love
And by tomorrow with the dawn I'll be there
And he'll be beside me
Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Bring me the love I'll need to guide me
Shining deep inside of me
Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Show me the way
I look at the stars and I pray for morning 
Counting the hours till morning
Thinking about his smile
His sweet smile
I'm standing on a promise of a brand new day
I couldn't face another night staying home alone
I know he needs me just as much as I need him
So, baby, I'm coming home
Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Bring me the love I'll need to guide me
Shining deep inside of me
Sunlight, oh, sunlight
Show…




September 8, 2018

CMSHS Boy Scouts Investiture

The investiture ceremony is the time when a Scout, by means of the words of the Scout Promise, publicly announces their commitment to the Scout Law. At the ceremony, the Scout makes the Promise to the Scouts and Scouters of their troop and to all the Scouts of the world.

I am happy to be there as Juancho recites one of the Boy Scouts promise 
for CMSHS Boy Scouts Investiture


September 7, 2018

Ka Tunying's Cafe

I've been wanting to eat at Ka Tunying's Cafe since day one of its opening but to no avail. Finally after three years wish granted all because we frequent Visayas Avenue every day for my daughter's Science Research.

For the first try I had Baked Bangus with Salted Egg on the side. I really liked it! John had Longanisa Breakfast Meal. We also bought their bestselling Kalabasa Ensaymada.



88 Visayas Ave., Quezon City
Open 7AM - Closes 10PM
Phone: (02) 366 1342

September 6, 2018

Omron Healthcare and The Philippine Society of Hypertension #BPrecise Campaign

Hypertension represents a major burden in Asia and in many parts of the world. This disease comes with a high prevalence rate and, unfortunately, poor levels of awareness and control in many countries. Hypertension is also the leading preventable cause of premature deaths worldwide, afflicting an estimated 1.4 billion people in 2010, and contributing to 10.5 million deaths each year.  By 2030, it is estimated that almost 23.6 million will die from cardiovascular diseases.

In the Philippines, a 2013 study shows that while 75% of patients received treatment for hypertension, only 27% of those achieve adequate BP control. Disparities in hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control rates have increasingly been more evident, with significant rises in hypertension prevalence during the past 30 years.

The Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH), a 2000 plus-strong association of health providers from various disciplines committed to the diagnosis, management, treatment and prevention of hypertension, has recently partnered with Omron Healthcare in an effort for better guided hypertension treatment. Bannering the important message of keeping a constant tab on one’s blood pressure, this ‘BPrecise’ partnership, is centered on the pursuit of accuracy in home blood pressure monitoring – a complementary tool to clinic BP measurements and ambulatory BP monitoring.  It can help identify masked hypertension and improve treatment adherence by allowing patients with hypertension and their family members a more active role in the management of the disease.

An organization that is fully dedicated to help realize healthy and comfortable lives for people around the world, Omron Healthcare provides a wide range of health and medical care products for households and professionals. It boasts of creative technologies and equipment that serve as the perfect partner of medical care providers. It has likewise led the way in allowing people to make conscious effort and take necessary measures in preventing heart disease and strokes.

Omron monitoring gadgets are the only clinically validated instruments that are as accurate and reliable measures of blood pressure by the Philippine Society of Hypertension, serving as relevant

guides in hypertension treatment. Their automated BP monitoring devices provide an easier and more convenient way for patients to do their self-measurement compared to the standard mercury sphygmomanometer. And with self-measurement and home monitoring of blood pressure now recommended by most guidelines for BP management, digital BP monitoring devices have become the practical and less-prone-to-error option.

Among these precision instruments is the Omron Blood Pressure HEM-7120, a portable, easy-to-use home BP monitor that comes with many helpful and unique features. It detects irregular heartbeat and records previous measurement. Highly recommended by doctors for providing accurate results, it is compact and fully automatic which works on the oscillometric principle to measure blood pressure and pulse rate without fuss. The device comes with an extra-large LCD screen that displays stable and clear numbers, making it easy to read. It uses an advanced IntelliSense technology for comfortable and controlled inflation without the need of pressure pre-setting or re-inflation.

Omron’s other popular Blood Pressure Monitor HEM-7130 model is capable of storing 60 sets of readings with their corresponding date and time. It can also provide an average of the last 3 readings taken within the last 10 minutes. It is likewise powered by the Enhanced Intellisense Technology and employs a Body Movement Detector. This feature prompts the user to retake measurement when an error is detected due to the movement of the body during measurement.

Championing the growing acknowledgment from the health and medical industry for the role of home blood pressure monitoring (HBMP) in the management of hypertension, the BPrecise partnership aims to achieve "Zero Events," that is, reducing the incidence of life-threatening diseases such as strokes and heart attacks to zero. This is fully aligned with PHS and Omron Healthcare’s mission to considerably improve hypertension outcomes all over the world.



For more information on the BPrecise partnership of PSH and Omron Healthcare
Please like -https://www.facebook.com/OMRONHealthcarePH/ on FB
You may also visit http://www.omronhealthcare.com.ph/.

September 5, 2018

Restaurants Against Hunger

My whole family is supporting Restaurants Against Hunger which is happening from October 1 to December 1, 2018. During this period,  participating restaurants will be donating a portion of the sale of specially marked dishes on their menu to projects combating child malnutrition in the Philippines. 

This  campaign is through the initiative of global humanitarian organization, Action Against Hunger, restaurants have come together to fight child malnutrition. 


Diners can be a part of the movement to help provide food to the most disadvantaged children and their families in the country by patronizing the participating restaurants and ordering the featured dish/es labelled as “dishes that feed more”.  

So far, participants this year are Alba Restaurante Español, Aracama, Azuthai, Café Mediterranean, Calderon, Chef Laudico OK Café, Chelsea Kitchen, Chotto Matte / Izakaya Sensu, Corner Tree Café, Cyma, Friends & Family / Coconut Club, Green Pastures, Grilla, Ikomai, Ilustrado, Kabila, Museum Café, Providore, Saboten, Sangkap, Simple Lang, Sobremesa, Terraz Bistro & Meetings, Terry’s Bistro, The Old Spaghetti House, The Shrimp Shack, Wild Ginger, and The Bistro Group. 

“We hope to sign up more before the program kicks off on October 1,” said Action Against Hunger Fundraising and Resource Development Manager Dale Nelson Divinagracia. Restaurants that wish to join can simply register at www.restaurantsagainsthungerphilippines.org.  

This program is very easy to implement, inexpensive, and unites the restaurant staff and customers for a life-saving cause. This was attested during the launch by Chiqui Mabanta, owner and general manager of Corner Tree Café which has been supporting “Restaurants Against Hunger” since year one.

The campaign started on World Food Day in France in 1998 and has been implemented in Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Guatemala, India, Italy, Peru, Spain, United Kingdom, and the USA.  In the Philippines, “Restaurants Against Hunger” is on its third year has helped make it possible for Action Against Hunger to implement several programs.

The most recent was their response to the Marawi conflict where a total of 206,613 individuals benefitted from the nutrition screening and distribution of emergency food aid and hygiene kits. The organization also provided access to safe water and sanitation facilities in the provinces of Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte. Through their Water, Sanitation and Hygiene projects in the areas of Masbate, North Cotabato and Maguindanao they have provided rural barangays access to clean water, created tap stands and toilets, and conducted hygiene promotion sessions to fight the spread of diseases that will lead to malnutrition.  A total of 180 Barangays were declared as Zero Open Defecation Communities, positively affecting 738,566 individuals. To maintain the culture of cleanliness, 730 Barangay Health Workers were trained to continue the work started. “Restaurants Against Hunger” has also funded  nutrition and food security, and livelihood projects in Zamboanga City for the internally displaced people that were forced to evacuate their homes during the 2013 siege.  

Based on the latest survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology, more than 3.8 million or 33.4% of Filipino children are stunted.  This number is up from 30.1% in 2015. Stunting, also called Chronic Malnutrition refers to a child who is too short for his or her age.  It is the result of poor nutrition during early childhood.  Children suffering from stunting may never attain their full possible height and their brains may never develop to their full cognitive potential. The effects are irreversible and can last a lifetime. These children face learning difficulties in school, get sick more often, and earn less as adults. The same survey also identified 800,000 or 7.1 percent of Filipino children to be suffering from wasting. Wasting, also called Acute Malnutrition refers to a child who is too thin for his or her height.  It is the result of rapid weight loss or the failure to gain weight due to poor nutrient intake or disease. Children suffering from wasting have weakened immunity, are vulnerable to long term developmental delays, and face an increased risk of death.  

 “In 2016, Action Against Hunger and the Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques (IRIS), an international think tank that focuses on geopolitical and strategic issues, released a study entitled  "Socio-economy of Chronic Malnutrition in the Philippines: A preliminary key trends analysis by 2030” to support strategic action in fighting malnutrition in the Philippines. According to the study, the Philippines ranked 9th among countries with the highest number of stunted children,” revealed Action Against Hunger Country Director, Guy Halsey. “It’s imperative that we take steps to stop the upward trajectory of malnutrition in the country.  Restaurants Against Hunger is a start and everybody can participate. We can all channel our passion for food into life-saving impact against hunger and child malnutrition,” he added. 

Restaurants Against Hunger is co-presented by McCormick Culinary.  Sponsors are Foodpanda, Marca Leon, and Mida Food. Supporting the campaign are the LTB Chefs Association Philippines and The Spanish Chamber of Commerce. Collaborators are Acceler8, Digital Out-of-Home Philippines, Nyxsys Philippines, Pitchworks Incorporated, and Summit Outdoor Media.  

To know more about the campaign, visit www.restaurantsagainsthungerphilippines.org or follow these social media accounts @RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH and @ActionAgainstHungerPH on Facebook, @RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH on Instagram and #EndHungerPH on Twitter. #RestaurantsAgainstHungerPH

September 4, 2018

Maya Hotcake Art Contest

You know that song with the line, "never be enough, never be enough"? That's what I feel every time I go to The Maya Kitchen because at Maya ideas are limitless.  

Today was particularly a fun day as bloggers and vloggers enjoyed an afternoon of Maya Hotcake Art with Chef Carla Asence of Carla Kusinera.


Having fun with your hotcakes? Join the #MayaHotcakeArt contest to show off your work! All you need to do is follow Maya Hotcakes and More on Facebook and Instagram and post a photo of your Hotcake Art with the hashtag #MayaHotcakeArt. Don’t forget to make sure that the post is public! 

You can send in your entries from September 1 to October 31, 2018. The September winner will be announced on October 7, while the October winner will be revealed on November 7. Submissions will be judged based on creativity, visual appeal, and social media engagement. 2 very lucky winners will score P20,000 worth of Maya products and a free pass to one of Maya Kitchen’s lifestyle classes!
Follow and like MayaHotcakesandMore on Facebook, and @MayaHotcakesandMore on Instagram and Twitter.

For more information on this, log on to  www.themayakitchen.com , e-mail  contactus@themayakitchen.com , or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City. You may also call us at 8921185, 892-5011 local 108, or +63929 679 6102.

September 3, 2018

The Equalizer 2 Review

The 2014 film The Equalizer is about the mysterious and elusive Robert McCall who delivered vigilante justice that was a huge success so many have waited for its sequel, including my husband and I. 

The Equalizer 2 is again directed by Antoine Fuqua and reunited with the main actor, Denzel Washington.  The sequel started interesting as McCall is able to hit the ground running by saving a girl being kidnapped by his own father and a few other scenes where McCall saves innocent people.

The movie though slows down in the middle when the story capitalized on the thin back story of Robert's past life and the mysterious death of his friend, Susan. The movie tried its best to have a surprising twist on who the villains are.  Unfortunately, the result is unsatisfying. 

Altogether, the  twist, story and fight scenes aren't enough to meet our expectations and excitement. The Equalizer 2 failed big time.  My husband fell asleep in the middle of the movie. John never, as in never sleeps, in the movie house. This is the first time. If it weren't for Denzel Washington, we'd give The Equalizer 2 a rating of 1 out of 5, instead we're giving it 2  out of 5.


September 2, 2018

Crazy Rich Asians

I've waited for months to watch Crazy Rich Asians. I wanted to watch this movie with my daughter because watching romatic films is our bonding. Unfortunately, Julia is busy with her research project that needs to be submitted on the first week of October.

My husband and my eldest son does not like watching films like this. Luckily, my youngest son, volunteered to go with me provided I feed him on a fancy restaurant (lol!). Juan even suggested this will count as our mom and son date.



With a runtime of 120 minutes, Crazy Rich Asians is a story about New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country's wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors.

I'm giving this film  4 💙💙  out of 5 because it's a feel good movie with many funny punch lines delivered smoothly by actors. I forgot why I was sad for past few days because of this movie.  It felt like I was watching Pretty Woman, rich boy-poor girl. The only difference is Rachel graduated from college, and the fact that an all-Asian cast.

I love the production design, costumes and the location shoot. It reminded me of our family vacation in Singapore last year

September 1, 2018

Bistro Ravioli

How would you know if you're eating at an authentic Italian restaurant? First, they've got to have fresh pasta. Fresh pasta would strictly mean freshly-made from scratch and using only the finest ingredients. Second, brick ovens are used to bake pizza because Italians have been using brick ovens to cook pizza since ancient times. Third, they use fresh tomatoes that is boiled to perfection to achieve a delectable fusion of all the ingredients.

At Bistro Ravioli, you get all the three requirements of a good old pasta experience - freshly-made pasta, pizza cooked in brick-ovens and boiled fresh tomatoes. 

If you haven't been to any Bistro Ravioli you're missing an excellent Italian meal that's easy on the pocket. My husband who's not much into Italian food enjoyed the pasta, chicken, desserts and coffee. 

When you finally decide to try this place, don't forget to order their Spinach Ravioli, which is my personal favorite, and Tiramisu, Choco Lava and Panna Cotta with Strawberry.  Their desserts were included in Phil. Daily Inquirer's Best Desserts Book 2.


 Bistro Ravioli Branches:

2nd Floor, Phase 1, U.P. Town Center
Katipunan Ave., QC
+63 949 8982013

Ground floor, North Arcade, SM Mall of Asia
+63 947 879 7325 and +632 804 0577
Opens Monday – Sunday 10:00AM – 10:00PM (MOA)
Sunday-Thurs    10:00AM – 9:00PM

2nd Floor, Glorietta 3, Ayala Center, Makati City
+63 999 101 8948 

Ground Floor, Greenbelt 1, Ayala Center, Makati
+63 949 7000668
Fri-Sat    10:00PM –10:00PM​

August 31, 2018

LazMall

The most popular and biggest Shopping app Lazada, recently launched the biggest "shopping mall," targeting shoppers looking and buying for all original products in the online marketplace.

LazMall will open on Sept. 9 with discounts of up to 90 percent. While virtual, it is Southeast Asia's largest mall with 70 million product listings.

According to Lazada Philippines CEO Ray Alimurung, "Items sold on LazMall are 100 percent guaranteed authentic and can be accessed from within the main Lazada app. We're not just working with any seller. The seller has to be recommended by the brand. The company that is 83-percent owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is very serious about offering only authentic products. Allegations of counterfeit are investigated immediately.  LazMall offers a longer 15-day hassle-free return policy and the next day delivery".


Official merchants include Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, JBL, Philipps, Mac, L'Oreal, 
Dove, Olay and Levi's. 

August 30, 2018

Dyson Supersonic



Some women cannot go out of the house without make-up. I'm not one of them. As a lifestyle vlogger who attend events almost every day, hair styling is one problem I need to address having a dry-heavily-hair color treated hair meant.

Earlier today at Dyson Greenbelt 5 Branch, I got to try Dyson Supersonic.


Reasons to like Dyson Supersonic:

1.  Dry and style at the same time.

2.  Help protect natural shine.

3.  The Dyson Smoothing nozzle dries hair gently using smooth, wide air. Watch it in action.

4. Airflow precisely where you need  it

5. The Dyson diffuser disperses air evenly around your curls, helping to reduce frizz and improve definition.

6.  Magnetic attachments.

7. Cool to touch. With Heat Shield technology, the surfaces of the attachments stay cool. Even during close‑up styling.

8. Four (4) precise heat settings - 100°C Fast drying and styling, 80°C Regular drying, 60°C Gentle drying and 28°C Constant cold.

9.  Three (3) precise speed settings - Fast drying, Regular drying and Styling.

10 . Easy to clean - Simply twist and release to clean the filter

Specifications:  Power is 1600 Watts;  Airflow is 41 litre per second; Weight is 659 g; Dimensions
245 x 78 x 97 mm (H x W x D); Cable length is 2.7 m; Negative ions help reduce static.

August 29, 2018

Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping

John and I just got back home from a very Happy Shopee event at The Fort Shangri-La Hotel for Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping kicks off. 

After last year’s successful 9.9 event which saw a three-fold uplift in orders and a five-time increase in traffic, Shopee is upping the ante this year with a 11-day mega shopping event from 30 August to 9 September. With over 500,000 sellers, around 800 brands and more than 60 partners onboard, users can expect up to 99% off from the largest collection of deals and massive giveaways worth over ₱15 Million.


Get super savings on super themed days starting August 30, users can participate in a 11-day shopping marathon, featuring different back-to-back themed days every 24 hours in the lead up to the peak of Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day on 9 September. Users can also look forward to free shipping with lowered minimum spend every day during this period. Key highlights include Super Flash Sale Day on August 30 featuring flash deals as low as ₱99 happening nine times over the course of the day; and Super Vouchers Day on 3 September with a total of over ₱900,000 worth of vouchers to be redeemed.

On 5 September, Shopee will also be teaming up with hundreds of leading brands including giants P&G, Maybelline, Samsung, Colgate - Palmolive, Oppo, Asus, and more to launch the first-ever Super Brand Festival, comprising the largest collection of deals from major brands on Shopee Mall. Users will get first-hand access to thousands of products sold by their favourite brands across all product categories including Electronics, Mobile and Gadgets, and Health and Beauty.

Shopee Shake, the highly popular in-app game that has since clocked over 70 million plays by users across the region, is making a comeback, this time with a new group mode where users can invite others to play at the same time to earn bonus coins, and a supersized coins pool of over 9 million Shopee Coins up for grabs. On Super Shopee Shake Day and Super Shopping Day on 8 and 9 September respectively, users can play up to 18 times in 48 hours for a chance to win Shopee coins, vouchers and prizes.

In line with Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping day, Shopee will also be launching a nationwide Shopee Dance competition called Shopee Dance to Win with prizes including an Ace 50” TV and up to ₱100,000 in cash to be won. The dance is featured in Shopee’s second television commercial starring Shopee Philippines’ brand ambassador, Anne Curtis.

To qualify, users will need to post a video of themselves doing the Shopee Dance on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ShopeeDancePH. The competition will run from 31 August till the end of Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Winners will be announced on Shopee’s social media pages on 9 September.

This year’s Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day is supported by more than 60 partners, including Grab, Cebu Pacific, BPI, SM Advantage, ABS-CBN Publishing, and ABS-CBN Store. Joining Shopee in its biggest sale of the year, Grab will be giving ₱9,000 worth of Grab rides each to 99 Shopee users; while Cebu Pacific will be giving round trip tickets to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, and Siem Reap.
 Visit https://shopee.ph/99 from August 30 to September 9.

For more information on Shopee Dance competition, check out Shopee’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ShopeePH/.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

August 28, 2018

Wanna One

Wanna One is a South Korean boy band formed by CJ E&M through the 2017 survival competition Produce 101 Season 2.

Below is the the experience my daughter Julia and I endured just to see this group perform in Manila. A mom has got to do whatever it takes to make this brainy girl happy.


August 27, 2018

Absolute Thai at Medini Mall

In case you're thinking where to eat in Legoland, Malaysia, I suggest you visit Absolute Thai at Medini Mall. Medini Mall is just a few minutes walking distance to Legoland, Malaysia. 


August 26, 2018

Reduce Oil Splatter Mess

Frying is my number one enemy in the kitchen. I find the act tiring and messy as well. The only time I can't say no to frying is when my kids request for french fries, potato chips and fried chicken.

One of the hardest to clean is oil splatter so I've learned to make newspaper my ally in this matter. I cover neighboring areas, like burners, glass stove top, vegetable baskets and the  floor! I even use the same newspaper to wipe the stove after frying.


August 25, 2018

Eggplant Parmigiana

I love Eggplant Parmigiana! My favorite is from Sbarros. Like in most things, I don't  plan on what to cook. I just play on the ingredients  I can see in the kitchen.

Today, in the basket are 6 pieces of long eggplants, onions, garlic and 1 piece tomato. In the cupboard, canned chopped tomatoes and basil. In the ref, mozzarella and parmesan cheese.

And this is what I cooked, more like baked, today, Eggplant Parmigiana...


August 24, 2018

Homemade Compost

In 2016, my husband was diagsnose with cardiomyopathy. Since then I have been faithfully juicing different kinds of fruits and vegetables.  After juicing I'd go to my mini garden and compost all that is left of those veggies and fruits. 

Prior to composting, I've accepted the fact long before that I do not have green thumb. Almost all the plants I bought would die as soon as I get hold of it. I stopped buying plants. One day, different kinds of fruits and veggies like tomatoes, melon, and mango, magically appeared in my garden!

I'm happy to announce that the key to growing plants is not about having green thumb. The secret is having a healthy-fertilized soil by making homemade compost. 


Composting is the process by which organic material is decomposed in order to provide nutrients and fuel to enrich soil. Food waste decomposing is actually very helpful to the environment because the process is essential for it reduces the amount of food you throw in the trash. Homemade compost will fertilize your soil and help with any gardening you do, just like mine!

Take note that meat, dairy or oils cannot be compost this way. You can use fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds, eggshells, nutshells and tea bags. You can add the food scraps to cardboard, newspaper, vegetation and other organic materials in your compost pile. Mix it in with soil and dirt so the food can be broken down.

Turn the pile with a garden fork  before addig a new materialto let fresh oxygen in to help with the composting process. 

August 23, 2018

Ace Water Spa Buffet

John and I are not fans of buffet but we had no choice but try Ace Water Spa Buffet because it is part of the VIP Card we bought.

What can we say? Masarap. Sulit ito para sa mga malalakas kumain. 



ACE Hotel and Suites / ACE Water Spa
(02) 628.1888 (Pasig Branch)
(02) 367.8040 (QC Branch)
inquiries@acewaterspa.com.ph
inquiries@acehotelsuites.com
http://www.acehotelsuites.com/
http://www.acewaterspa.com.ph/

August 22, 2018

Waste Management

Waste management or waste disposal is a serious activity that must start from home. If we do not do our share in keeping the environment clean we live in will be a big pool of trash in the future. Well, it's actually happening now, every time it rains.

This is how I manage waste, milk and juice packs at home. 


August 21, 2018

The Freelancer Fair 2018

Manila Workshops, with the support of the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT) and Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines (DCAP), will be holding the 3rd Freelancer Fair on August 25,2018 starting at 9am, to be held at the Metrotent, Metrowalk commercial complex, Meralco Ave. Ortigas, Pasig City. 


The theme for this year’s full-day event is UP YOUR GAME.  As its the third year of the Freelancer Fair, we believe the Filipino freelancers are prepared to elevate their skills and be ready to compete in a global scale.  "Visibility creates opportunity. The day you accept this and take action will be the day EVERYTHING changes for you." -Nix Eniego, Social Media Academy  We challenge you to come to the event and expose your brand.  Position yourself with positive, amazing people who have raised their game to the highest potential. Want to know how to get on your A-game, then purchase your ticket now.   

Helping Freelancers Up Their Game  What exactly does it mean to be a freelancer? What does an aspiring freelancer do? Is it for me? How would you scale and brand your business?  These questions are major roadblocks for many who want to become a freelancer.  

"My #1 tip for freelancers is to NETWORK!" -Marvin de Leon.  We strive to build a community of support and networking who can guide you through your road to becoming a freelancer.  Well, you're in luck! The Freelancer Fair is here to give you tips of the trade to make sure you UP YOUR GAME this 2018. Who knows you can meet your future business partner or long-term friend here too.   

The Freelancer Fair is here to shorten the learning curve of becoming a freelancer and ultimately give you the guide to achieve FREEDOM as a freelancer. Freelancers have the flexibility of creating their own schedule, removing the boring '9-5' corporate job, and increasing potential to become a top earner in your field.  Freelancers are their own boss, which can be a pro or a huge con.  You have a major responsibility to yourself to always grow your brand.   

The topics to be covered this year ● The evolution of a freelancer: From Newbie to top earner ● Maximizing online tools for freelancing, ie Social Media ● Design excellence ● Achieving success and happiness in freelancing ● Time management  ● How to manage and juggle time on a being a mom, a wife, and a freelancer  

For tickets, visit http://thefreelancerfair.com.  Don't forget if you bring a friend or group you will receive a deep discount. Online tickets will be available until Thursday. Walk-in attendees will be accepted (only regular ticket rates will be available for purchase).  There will be a play area for entertainment for the kids sponsored by Kara Mia.  organizations who want to support the Philippines’ freelancing industry.      

August 20, 2018

Eggplant

There's no denying that I gained so much weight from last years travel, food feature and review. With that said, right now I'm into food that will help me lose those  stubborn 7 lbs!

According to research, eggplant is one of the food that is great to help one lose weight because it is a low-carb, nutrient-dense, calorie-poor food. One cup of eggplant contains only eight grams of carbohydrates, two of those coming from fiber. It is known as a vegetable but botanically speaking it is a fruit. Eggplant is native to India but is now grown in many parts of the world. Being a good source of number vitamins,minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibers and other compounds, they are very beneficial for us and provides a lot of health and beauty benefits. However, there are also some side effects of eating too many eggplants and in this article, we will know about these side effects in detail.

At dahil mahilig naman ako sa talong, I am happily incorporating it in my daily diet. At dahil sobrang saya ko, I crazily made this eggplant joke with the special participation of my Kumareng Riza.


Let's face it, not everyone can eat talong. There something called eggplant allergy, and its symptoms are hives, itchy or tingly lips, tongue, or throat, coughing, stomach pain or cramping, vomiting and diarrhea. Other studies say eggplant can stimulate menstruation that's why pregnant women are advised  not to consume it on a regular basis because it may lead to abortion.  

August 19, 2018

Proud Parents of Batang MandSci

Riz and I have been friends since our respective daughters became friends in Dominican College. Lorie and I met more than 10 years in parenting events. Then we met again 3 years ago when her daughter and my twin kids enrolled in City of Mandaluyong Science High School. Obviously, we three have a common denominator  we're all Proud Parents of Batang MandSci.

Sometimes the best reunions are those unplanned.

August 19, 2015

August 19, 2015


August 18, 2018

Discovery Kids Officially Launched Today in the Phillippines

Discovery Kids Officially Launched Today in the Phillippines at The Manila Private House Club. This mobile subscription service for kid is in partnership with Smart and PLDT. 

Sighted at the event are mom celebrities, namely Denise Laurel with her son, and Sherilyn Reyes with her daughter. Dr. Vicky Belo, Hayden Kho and Scarlet Snow Belo.


Discovery Kids is a mobile subscription service, designed especially for kids and promises an enriching watch-play-learn experience. The service features favorite characters that kids already know and love, such as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Transformer Rescue Bots, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom, Insectibles, Oddbods, and Angry Birds Toons. Games like Wild Kratts: Monkey Mayhem, Nature Cat: Park Builder; and Peg + Cat: Chicken Blast Off. Original games Terra Formers, Ultimate Animal Races, and Rocket Escape. Digital books such as Scaredy Squirrel and Goodnight Gorilla. Shows from Discovery’s content library such as Cupcake Wars: Kids, Meet the Penguins, How Do They Do It: Kids Edition and Guess What They’re Making!


Kids can jump seamlessly between watching and playing in a safe environment that kids will love and parents can trust.

Discovery Kids combines the best of science, nature and the wonders of the real world with beloved characters and unforgettable entertainment. The app’s user interface and experience are designed and optimized for kids, With Intuitive kid-first navigation that makes it easy for kids to use while having fun exploring and learning.

Under the partnership, PLDT Home will soon unveil a limited edition Telpad custom-built for Discovery Kids with a monthly subscription included. Additionally, Smart customers will be able to conveniendy charge their Discovery Kids app subscn‘ption worth P129 per month to their prepaid load or postpaid bill. Smart will also dish out exclusive offers to customers soon, including special subscn’ption rates and freebies to enjoy the Discovery Kids app on their mobile devices. The Discovery Kids app is available for download now and offers a free 30-day trial with a subscription rate of P129 per month after the trial period.

The app is a core part of Discovery’s strategy of evolving from one of the global leaders in television to a digital content company, with an evolving suite of multi-screen products such as Eurosport Player and Motor Trend, for super fans and passionate enthusiast communities.

August 17, 2018

Globe myBusiness BazaArtista

Globe myBusiness, in partnership with Summit Media's Phil. Entertainment Portal (PEP), gathered celebrity entrepreneurs for Star Bazaar or BazaArtista today from 10am to 10pm at SM Megamall . 

It was fun to meet celebrities like Candy Pangilinan, Janice de Belen, Almira Mulach and RR Enriquez, and buy some of their products.


For more detail on how to start your business,
visit https://mybusiness.globe.com.ph

August 16, 2018

Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me Liquid Matte Lippie

Being remembered on my birthday is such a joyful event. It's been over a month now but last week I received a gift from Mela Sison-Laxamana. Mela is the lovely and fashionable Marketing Manager of The Raintree Restaurants.

The pack contains Happy Skin Nail Polish and Shut Up and Kiss Me Lippie. I don't actually buy make-up, I rely on my siblings presents on Christmas time. Since I haven't seen my sibs for almost a year now and my last lipstick just went off, Mela's gift is very much appreciated.


What to I like about Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me Liquid Matte Lippie:

1. It delivers a pigmented pout with an ultra-matte finish, giving me that confidence of having an Angelina Jolie lips (winking my chicky eyes!)
2. It glides on with high impact and color that suit my skin tone.
3. It is long-wearing and stays in place.
4. It is mpressively hydrating.
5. My husband and kids like it because the color isn't loud. 

What to  not to like about Happy Skin Shut Up and Kiss Me Liquid Matte Lippie:

None. I loveeet because it's gift given by one of the sweetest and genuinely nice person I know. 

August 15, 2018

Allianz PNB Life

I'm quite familiar with insurance, whether life or investments, because I have several accounts with different companies.

Though Allianz PNB Life is among the major life insurers in the Philippines, which began its operations in 2001, it is actually my first time to learn about Allianz PNB Life, thru Adae of Adae To Remember invite, that happened today at Rockwell Glasshouse.

The event was lively despite an early morning call time because the host, Janeena Chan,  was super fun! The insights I gained, both in business and life as a whole, from the guests (Couple Mark and Precious Martin, Kevin Lapena, Rob Afzelius, and Erica Wong) were helpful and informative.

They are a leading provider of Variable Life products, complemented by a full line of Life protection offerings for individuals and institutions. All their products and services are designed to meet the lifetime financial planning, wealth accumulation, and well-being aspirations of every Filipino Family.

Allianz PNB Life’s main headquarters is in Makati City, the country’s main business district, with eleven business centres strategically located in key cities across the archipelago. It has the support of over 150 employees and 400 financial advisors to serve our dear policyholders and deliver great customer service experiences.

The exclusive distribution partnership between Allianz and the Philippine National Bank with the bank’s over 600 nationwide branch network provides immense bancassurance opportunities to reach a broader base of Filipino Families whenever, wherever.

The Allianz Group is a global financial services provider with services predominantly in the insurance and asset management business. 85 million retail and corporate clients in more than 70 countries rely on our knowledge, global presence, financial strength and solidity. In fiscal year 2015 over 142,000 employees worldwide achieved total revenues of 125.2 billion euros and an operating profit of 10.7 billion euros. Allianz SE, the parent company, is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

The Philippine National Bank celebrated its centennial in the Philippine banking industry in 2016. As the country’s 4th largest private commercial bank, PNB has always been the bank that customers can lean on. It offers a heritage and unique brand of Filipino service, backed by a century of stability and excellence. PNB looks forward to yet another hundred years of serving You First.

The Allianz Group is a global financial services provider with services predominantly in the insurance and asset management business that has 125-years history. Allianz has transformed the global financial community with cutting-edge insurance solutions and a commitment to superior customer experience.

For this event, the speakers focused on Allianz Azpire.  Allianz Azpire is ALLIANZ PNB Life product designed for millennials to cater towards the needs of younger generations.

PNB Chief Finance Officer Efren C. Caringal, stated, “We’re making sure we have exciting propositions for millennials so it is attuned to their needs. When we design our products, we really talk to them. We do focus group discussions. We make sure that we’re developing products that are suitable for their needs. What we’ve done in this variant of unit-linked [insurance] is we made the premium charges really low so that you can accumulate funds faster. Coverage can be as low as P30,000 a year as clients can choose to pay premiums annually, semi-annually, quarterly and monthly. As premiums go higher, charges and fees will be reduced for clients to get more of their investment. Loyalty bonuses will be given at the end of 10 and 20 years.  The insurance product was mainly designed for millennials as they are becoming increasingly inclined to save and invest for the future. We’re positioning it for millennials because we’ve learned that they actually have the desire to save and invest so we’re giving them the platform to do it. Aside from this, Allianz PNB is making its customer experience better for millennials. We’re making sure that they get the best customer experience because we know millennials are a bit impatient. They demand only the best,” said 



If you're a millennial or know one, who has an entrepreneurial spirit,
you or they may join Allianz Start - The Search for Young Entrepreneurs.



Learn more about Allianz PNB Life at https://www.allianzpnblife.ph