Posted in Events, Launch

Smile Train Partners with Glad®️ Philippines to Host “Glad®️ To Give Smiles” Family Fair to Raise Awareness and for Children with Clefts

The world’s leading cleft charity, Smile Train, and food storage and cooking solutions provider Glad® Philippines recently held the Glad®-To-Give Smiles Family Fair to help spread smiles to Filipinos this Christmas season.

“As part of the Glad®-to-Give Smiles program, we held this family fair to help raise awareness and funds for Smile Train and babies born with clefts,” said Mr. Paulo Lao, Sales and Marketing Director for Southeast Asia of The Clorox Company, which owns Glad®.

“This program is the product of our long-standing relationship with Smile Train, as well as the company’s commitment to helping more consumers, including children and their families. Glad thrives on feasts and celebrations, especially during the Holiday and what better way to reinforce this message by bringing back the smiles of children affected with cleft lip and palate so they too can have happier mealtimes this Christmas,” Lao added.

The Glad®-To-Give campaign is Glad®’s global corporate social responsibility platform. This year, the Glad®-To-Give Smiles Family Fair was filled with fun activities, delicious food stations and a cooking demonstration prepared by Glad®’s Ambassador, Chef Happy Ongpauco-Tiu. “I am very proud to be a part of this meaningful campaign this holiday. It is an honor for me to help raise funds and awareness about Smile Train’s work in the Philippines,” said Chef Happy Ongpauco-Tiu.

The program was hosted by Ms. Suzi Abrera. Other supporters include The Medical City, Alveo Land, Beyond® Yoga, Swell Sweets Cake Lab, and Ms. Natalia Santamaria Escano, who performed with Smile Train beneficiaries during the program. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Smile Train’s cleft programs in the Philippines.

“As we celebrate our 20th year in the Philippines, we are grateful to our partners like Glad® Philippines who have been enabling us to fulfill our vision to raise awareness and create a better future for children with clefts,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Smile Train’s Area Director for South East Asia. “We also thank the families for giving their time for the Glad®-to-Give Smiles Family Fair. With their help, we are able to raise funding for more cleft surgeries this holiday season.”

Approximately 5,000 new babies with clefts are born every year in the Philippines. Without access to proper cleft treatment, these babies often have difficulty eating, breathing, speaking, and ultimately thriving. Smile Train’s sustainable model empowers local medical professionals with training and resources to provide 100 percent-free, quality, comprehensive, and safe cleft care to children in need in their own communities.

For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. To learn more about Smile Train’s programs in the Philippines, follow Smile Train on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like them on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.

Posted in PROMO

Petron Partners with Jollibee in ‘Drive For Joy’ Promo

Two leading Filipino brands, Petron and Jollibee, have partnered to make journeys more rewarding with their ‘Drive For Joy’ promo. Running from November 15, 2019 to January 31, 2020, the promo is offered at more than 300 Jollibee drive thru stores and more than 700 Petron service stations nationwide.

At participating Petron stations nationwide, for a minimum Php 200 single receipt purchase of any Petron fuel—Xtra Advance, XCS, Blaze 100 Euro 6, Diesel Max, and Turbo Diesel—or any Petron Engine Oil, the customer will receive a coupon that can be used to redeem the following at participating Jollibee branches:

(a) Free Regular Jollibee Crispy Fries; (b) Free G0 Large Iced Tea; or (c) Php 20 discount on all Petron Engine Oils.

Meanwhile, at participating Jollibee drive-thru stores, a minimum Php 150 single receipt purchase will entitle the customer to a coupon with the following redemption options:

(a) Free Regular Jollibee Crispy Fries; (b) Free Go Large Iced Tea; (c) Php 30 discount on any Petron Fuel; or (d) Php 20 discount on all Petron Engine Oils.

Just look for the promo streamer at participating outlets to enjoy Petron and Jollibee’s ‘Drive For Joy’ promo.

Posted in Home & Living, SALE

BLIMS WAREHOUSE SALE: Nov. 22 – 24, 2019, Up to 70% OFF on selected BLIMS items

BLIMS is the furniture store that define lifestyles and shops the world for the latest and most elegant collections of furniture. Holiday is just around the corner and the much-awaited BLIMS WAREHOUSE SALE is now here plus a FREE PARKING to everyone!
Enjoy great savings up to 70% OFF on selected BLIMS items form November 22 to 24, 2019. They also offer 6 mos. 0% interest and Buy now pay 2020 on selected major credit cards.

BLIMS is the furniture store that offers choice to customers. Each BLIMS store houses some of the best collections in the country. BLIMS offers a complete variety of furniture, which are categorized as follows:

Living Space – take your pick from an wide collection of sofas and dining sets.
Sleepshop – BLIMS is equipped with a wide array of bed frames and mattresses that will give you quiet serenity and peaceful slumber,
Recliners & Loungers – indulge yourself and bring home a seat you can just sink into.
Office World – find the items that allow you to take charge.


To see more furniture pieces perfect for your home, visit their website BLIMS Fine Furniture (https://blimsfurniture.com.ph/), check their Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/blimsfurniture/) or simply drop by on one of their 19 showrooms nationwide.


Have a happy furniture shopping day ahead!

Posted in Beauty, SALE

Achieve that Glowing and Even Skin Tone You’ve Always Wanted!

Glowing and even skin tone used to be the trademark of actors and actresses or those who can afford to visit the dermatologist regularly. This is understandable because to have even skin tone, one has to spend thousands of pesos for regular skin maintenance procedures. But with new technologies, there are now options for regular people who aspire the same glowing and even skin at a more reasonable cost!

Introducing GlutaMAX Lightening Soap with Glutathione! For only 175 pesos, GlutaMAX soap is the first and only soap in the Philippines to harness the power of NanoWhite Technology, a safe, effective and very powerful innovation in skin lightening for faster absorption of lightening ingredients and maximum effect to help you finally achieve that evened out skin tone you’ve always dreamed of!
The effectiveness of GlutaMAX soap is also due to its ingredients, including Premium Glutathione (helps lighten and even out skin tone), Superox-C (helps you achieve healthier looking skin), and BeeTox (helps remove wrinkles and age spots)!
From November 1 to 30, 2019 only, get 25% off with every purchase of GlutaMAX soap at any Watsons branch by downloading the e-coupon from glutamax.com.ph and presenting it to the Watsons cashier to get a discount!
A 25% off e-coupon is also available for GlutaMAX Reduced Glutathione Capsules Blister Pack 10s.
Per DOH-FDA CFRR Permit No.: 1449 s. 2019

Posted in Beauty, Launch

All-Natural Korean Skincare brand “So Natural” Launched in the Philippines

The beauty industry is thriving this year, most especially in the Philippines. With so many beauty brands coming into the market this year, more and more consumers want something natural and effective. Customers are more specific on what they want and are more knowledgeable about how to maintain their skin. With that, Korean Beauty, more widely known as K-Beauty is very popular in the Philippines as it focuses more on a healthier skin regimen using only ingredients derived from nature.

And this is why natural Korean skincare brand “So Natural” is launching in the Philippines. So Natural was founded in 2007, a beauty company that sells their products exclusively online. So Natural focuses on intensive research and product development as well as providing great and effective products for their customers.

So Natural believes in strengthening the natural properties of our skin, inspired by nature and formulated carefully. So Natural believes in the philosophy of a healthy, beautiful skin is best achieved through using products that is gentle to our skin.

So Natural features 4 beauty lines that everyone should look out for:

● So’natural – Highly functional, dermatological based line
● the pure – The purest line in naturalism
● powder 4 room – creative and unique make-up line

As So Natural launches in the Philippines, here are the best-selling products that’s definitely recommended for you.

FACIAL DESIGN PINK MUD MASK
Out with the toxins and in with the baby smooth skin finish. Create a fresh and youthful skin with this mud mask. Take out sebum, dirt and toxins in one go. It includes activated volcanic ash and a blend of plant extracts. It detoxifies and cleanses the skin as well as providing hydration and a nutrient boost for a clear and radiant skin.

CENTELLA ASIATICA OINTMENT
It is the highest level of Centella Asiatica 1% that effectively soothes and calms the skin. It also help rejuvenate wounded skin and also serves as powerful micro-thin defense membrane on the skin surface to protect it from external stressors and diminish scars.

ALL KILL BLACKHEAD NOSE STICK
Stop pricking and start swiping away those blackheads with the All Kill Blackhead Nose Stick. It contains charcoal powder and yellow cleansing grains containing silica and vitamins that reduces blackheads and whitehead while making your skin smooth and clear.

ALL DAY TIGHT MAKEUP SETTING FIXER
Stay fresh all day with smooth and smear-free make-up with the All Day Tight Makeup Setting Fixer. It helps makeup stay put on skin and has perfect coverage using a fine mist. It’s also enriched with lemon, tea tree, centella asiatica extract that will help make your makeup look more refreshing and hydrated.

With these exciting products coming into the Philippines this year, Filipino customers can get to experience the difference of switching to all natural products and the best of Korean Beauty all in one site. All of these best-selling products and a huge range of So Natural products and more can be found on the official website of Seoul Unni (www.seoulunni.com). It houses some of the biggest natural skincare brands including So Natural in its website.

Follow Seoul Unni on the following social media sites for more information and details about So Natural Products.

Instagram: @seoulunni_official
Facebook: Seoulunni Philippines

Posted in Home & Living, SALE

BLIMS HOLIDAY SALE (Nov. 8 – Dec. 31): Up to 50% OFF on Selected Items

BLIMS is the furniture store that defines lifestyles and shops the world for the latest and most elegant collections of furniture. Holiday is just around the corner and your home needs to be holiday ready. BLIMS is having a Holiday Sale and enjoy up to 50% off on selected items from November 8 to December 31. They also offer 6 mos. 0% interest and Buy now pay 2020 on selected major credit cards.

BLIMS is the furniture store that offers choice to customers. Each BLIMS store houses some of the best collections in the country. BLIMS offers a complete variety of furniture, which are categorized as follows:

Living Space – take your pick from an wide collection of sofas and dining sets.
Sleepshop – BLIMS is equipped with a wide array of bed frames and mattresses that will give you quiet serenity and peaceful slumber,
Recliners & Loungers – indulge yourself and bring home a seat you can just sink into.
Office World – find the items that allow you to take charge.


To see more furniture pieces perfect for your home, visit their website: BLIMS Fine Furniture (https://blimsfurniture.com.ph/blims-holiday-sale-2019.html)

Check their Facebook Page: Blims Fine Furniture (https://www.facebook.com/blimsfurniture/)

or simply drop by on one of their 19 showrooms nationwide.

Have a happy furniture shopping day ahead! 😉


Posted in SALE

Shopee Unveils New Christmas Jingle with Jose Mari Chan on Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, kickstarts the festive season with star studded performances by Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza and Jose Mari Chan on the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas TV Special aired on GMA and Shopee Live. During the TV Show, Shopee brand ambassador Jose Mari Chan amazed viewers with an exclusive live performance of the newest Shopee Christmas jingle. Shoppers can look forward to the official launch of the Christmas jingle on all online channels on November 12.

The newest Shopee Christmas jingle is a fun rendition of Jose Mari Chan’s highly popular original “A Wish on Christmas Night”, and was specially composed to welcome Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing, Shopee Philippines, said, “We’re very happy to once again work with the Father of Philippine Christmas Music, Jose Mari Chan, for our new Christmas jingle. Last year, our Christmas jingle with Jose Mari Chan received great success, garnering over 19 million views online. This year, we are bringing him back with a new jingle to bring more fun and joy for our shoppers as we usher in the year-end celebration. Together with Jose Mari Chan, we look forward to celebrating the festive season and invite everyone to lookout for our upcoming Christmas sales.”

Jose Mari Chan, said, “I am excited to be working with Shopee again to bring joy and laughter to Filipinos during this festive season. Christmas is one of the biggest celebrations in the Philippines and I am thrilled to be given an opportunity to work with Shopee to release a new jingle. I always have an enjoyable time with Shopee and hope my fans will look forward to what we have in store throughout the holiday season.”

Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale with discounts up to 95% off

Shopee 11.11 BIG Christmas Sale happens today, November 11, 2019

On November 11, Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale will offer consumers unbeatable deals including all-day sitewide free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend. There will be up to 95% off from leading brands including Pampers, Silverworks, Bosch, Unilever, Maybelline, Olay, Pantene, Globe, Anker, Safeguard, Watsons, Huawei, and more. Viewers of Shopee Live can also tune in to a 12-hour livestream session with non-stop prizes including vouchers and iPhone 11 giveaways.

Catch these crazy deals during Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale on November 11:

● Silverworks: Users can score up to 80% off on all Silverworks products including necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.
● Maybelline: Users can enjoy up to 60% off Maybelline best-sellers such as Maybelline Sensational Liquid Lipstick, Superstay Full Coverage Foundation, and Hypercurl Waterproof Mascara.
● Unilever: Users can get up to 50% off popular products such as Dove Intense Repair Shampoo, Ponds Cleansing Balm and Surf Detergent Powder at Unilever Official Store.
● Huawei: Users can anticipate exciting discounts and special bundles on Huawei products such as Huawei Band 4, Huawei Mate 30 Pro, and more at Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale.
● Bosch: Users can look forward to up to 55% off on Bosch power tools and accessories such as cordless drills, hammers, and more.
● P&G: Users can watch out for discounts of up to 50% on favorite P&G brands like Pampers, Olay, and Safeguard.

Find out more about Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale at https://shopee.ph/11-11.

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

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Southeast Asia. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

Posted in Mommy Hacks

Grocery Shopping Tips

Grocery shopping is part of a mom’s life and I’m obsessed with it. It’s my “me” time. I bet you’ve also seen mom memes talking about grocery shopping as freedom to some mothers or how long mothers would take when they go shop for stocks at home- this is me. 😂

I’ve been grocery shopping regularly for almost 6 years now. This regular shopping begun when we started living on our own as a family. I experienced ending up buying what we don’t need, buying a lot of items that are soon expiring and a whole lot more. With that, of course, I learned a routine of what works for us!

So if you’re a mom who’s still trying to figure out how to grocery shop, this one’s for you! 😉

Grocery Shopping Tips:

1. Make a list. Get those planners or white boards (if you have one) at home working. List the item that needs to be replenished before you go to bed.

2. Set your budget. Stop overspending by setting a budget for all your purchases. Make sure your list fits your budget. How do you do this? List first what you need. As what others would also say, Needs first before wants.

3. Be familiar with you favorite brands’ price. So you’ll know what will fit in your budget. I keep some of the old receipts so I can check the pricing of what we have bought before.

4. Bring a calculator or use your phone’s calculator. If you’re not familiar with the pricing, this is a great help while you’re shopping. Avoid surprises while checking out at the counter.

4. Never go grocery shopping HUNGRY. When you go shopping hungry, I can guarantee you that you’ll end up buying more. All the food on the shelf definitely looks delicious when you’re hungry.

5. Shop dry items first and ALWAYS check expiration date. Avoid spoilage and expired/soon-to-be expired items. You don’t know how long you’ll be shopping especially during payday. Frozen food, meat and fish should be the last on your list. Get a seperate basket for the wet items.

6. Segregate the items in your cart. Food and non-food should be put in your cart seperately. What I do is get 1 big cart and 2 baskets. Basket #1 goes under the cart for non-food items. Basket #2 inside the cart for frozen food, meat, vegetables and fruits.

7. Buy items in bulk and watch out for a SALE. If you compare prices of items in small sachet versus big packs, do the math and you’ll save a lot more. It’s also indicated sometimes on the packaging the amount of savings you’ll get if you buy the big pack. Some grocery stores put on sale those soon-to-be expired items, you can still buy it but keep in mind the expiration date of course.

8. Stick to your budget. Setting a budget goes to waste if you don’t stick to it. That’s why it’s really a big help that you bring a calculator when you go shopping so you’ll know if you still have extra funds for that chocolate you’ve been craving for or that new pasta recipe you want to try! 😉

9. Bring your own eco-bag. Some grocery stores are still using plastic bags for your groceries. Start helping Mother Nature by bringing your own container for your meat and fish, an eco-bag for all your goods or ask the bagger to put your purchases in a used box.

10. Keep track of your purchases on the cash register’s screen. Mistakes happen sometimes- quantity of the item doubled or price on the shelf not the same as on the cash register. Watch as your purchases are recorded on the screen.

So there you go mommies! That’s my top 10 grocery shopping tips made just for you. 😉 Is there any tip that you would like to share, too? Write down on the comment box so others can also read it. ❤

Posted in Events, Support Local

2019 National Arts and Crafts Fair Receives Excellent Reviews

Tagged as the “Philippine Artisans Show,” the 2019 National Arts and Crafts Fair (NACF) was held from October 24 to 27 at the Megatrade Halls of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. The four-day event lived up to its objective to promote our rich cultural traditions and national heritage, while at the same time expanding the market presence of MSMEs engaged in the creative industries.

This celebration of authentic Filipino artistry and ingenuity showcasing the best collection of high-quality indigenous materials, heritage crafts, and artistic mastery attracted close to 30,000 visitors, and garnered excellent reviews with 94% expressing satisfaction. Preliminary reports peg total sales at PhP 33.6-million.

During the formal opening of the 2019 National Arts and Crafts Fair. (L-R): Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) deputy executive director Annray Rivera; HABI Philippine Textile Council founder and chairperson Maribel Ongpin; DTI-Trade Promotions Group undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman; DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion director Marievic Bonoan: and When in Manila chief operations officer and NACF event ambassador Sky Gavin.

During the formal opening held last October 24, Undersecretary Abdulgani Macatoman of the Trade Promotions Group delivered the inspirational message. The keynote address of Deputy Speaker and Antique Congresswoman Loren Legarda was delivered by her representative Ms. Maribel Ongpin, Chairperson and Founder of HABI The Philippine Textile Council.

In addition to 269 exhibitors from all of the country’s 17 regions, there were special settings and pavilions by the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority (PhilFIDA) featuring natural fibers and fabrics; the Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) focusing on Philippine tropical fabrics; and the Philippine Forest Honey Network showcasing forest honey varieties from different parts of the country.

From the province of Antique, the thriving artisan communities and their traditional patadyong, hablon weaves, bariw handicrafts, and other specialties were highlighted with the participation of 27 exhibitors from all of the province’s 18 municipalities. A special section was also devoted to the Bangon Marawi initiative, with their brassware, gongs and bells, woodcraft and textile products. Selected beneficiaries of the DTI’s Shared Service Facilities (SSF) program were also among the exhibitors.

The ubiquitous KAPEtirya offered choice local coffee blends from the regions, with a selection of native delicacies. There was also the usual leathercrafts workshop manned by the differently-abled workers of Handcrafted by Harl’s, while Baybayin experts rendered text in the traditional Tagalog script, and craft artists conducted brush calligraphy and mixed media art workshops.

Following the formal opening on Thursday, October 24, there was a daily program of activities focusing on business talks on Friday, October 25; arts and crafts activities on Saturday, October 26; and the performing arts on Sunday, October 27. A special focus of the daily program were the cultural presentations and live demonstrations of the arts, crafts, and practices that are being transmitted by cultural masters to the next generation through community managed learning programs of the Schools of Living Traditions (SLT) under the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

The 2019 NACF was organized by the Department of Trade and Industry – Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP) headed by Director Marievic M. Bonoan in cooperation with the Regional Operations Group, with support from the Office of Deputy Speaker Legarda.