September 28, 2018

Mga Batang Poz Book Launch

Acclaimed and best-selling author Segundo Matias Jr. launched earlier today his new book under Lampara Publishing House. The book, Mga Batang Poz, at  Precious Pages Events Center, 16 Sto. Domingo Ave., Quezon City.


Mga Batang Poz is the first Filipino Young Adult novel about HIV-AIDS in the Philippines. Sir Jun Matias wrote this book as part of his thesis in UP Diliman, which captured good reviews from by award-winning screenwriter Ricky Lee and Filmmaker and TV director Chris Martinez. Lee said, “Bawat pahina ng Batang Poz ay patalim na humihiwa sa ating kamalayan, ginigising tayo sa katotohanan na sa tuwing may kabataang nagkakaroon ng HIV o namamatay, kasangkot tayo. According to  Martinez  “Hindi ko mabitawan. Tinapos ko sa isang upuan. Masakit na masarap basahin ang nobelang ito. BRAVO!”

Mga Batang Poz is available on Precious Pages outlets, National Bookstore and other  leading bookstores. For more details email lamparapublishinghouse@gmail.com

September 26, 2018

Mickey Mouse Celebrates 90 Years of Magic in the Phils at Share-A-Smile Fair in SM

Celebrating 90 years of Mickey being The True Original and 60 #AweSM years of retail innovation, The Walt Disney Company Philippines and SM Supermalls and SM Retail team up for a spectacular Mickey Mouse experience with ‘Share-A-Smile’ – a retail campaign with SM celebrating Mickey’s 90th anniversary in the Philippines. With Mickey-inspired merchandise – from shirts, toys, bags, and so much more – fans of the beloved Mickey Mouse can definitely kick-off Mickey’s birthday celebrations in the Philippines starting this September. Until October 31, SM mall-goers are in for an immersive retail experience across 10 SM supermalls in Metro Manila.


‘Share-A-Smile’ Retail Program

Until October 31, wear the iconic Mickey by choosing from 60-exclusively designed Mickey-inspired shirts from SM Youth. The 60 Tees for 60 Years shirts tell the story of the iconic Mickey Mouse and how he remains to be the icon of style icons through the years.

As part of the celebration, Disney and SM are releasing special-edition Mickey and Minnie plush toys marking the milestones of both companies, which will be available on Toy Kingdom nationwide.

More so, celebrating Mickey’s anniversary comes with a bonus! For a minimum spend of Php1,000 for any Mickey ‘Share-A-Smile’ / SM 60th merchandise or Mickey Classic products, shoppers are entitled to a limited edition Mickey Tote Bag for free! Shoppers can choose from four designs.

These and more Mickey True Original merchandise, such as toys, shirts, bags, stationery, home accessories, are available in SM malls nationwide! 

‘Share-A-Smile’ Roving Caravan

Want to stay in the Disney radar? Fully experience the festivities around Mickey’s 90th anniversary by visiting the ‘Share-A-Smile’ mall caravan in the following SM malls: North EDSA, Megamall, Mall of Asia, Aura, Southmall, Fairview, Manila, San Lazaro, East Ortigas, and Marikina!

Share smiles with friends and the whole family and visit Disney’s ‘Share-A-Smile’ caravan in participating SM Metro Manila malls. For more information, visit www.smsupermalls.com. Share your experience using the hashtag #MickeyTrueOriginal.

For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

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
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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​