Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The minions are back at McDonald's

Whaaaattt?! The yellow creatures are back?! Oh yes. The lovable and mischievous yellow creatures and characters from the Despicable ME movie franchise are back at McDonald's.

Last May 29, I was able to attend the launching of Despicable ME 3-themed Happy Meal and menu Items at McDonald's Eton Centris.I was one of the first lucky few to enjoy the menu. Yum! I got the complete set of toys,too! Yay! Thanks to McDonald's! Unboxing soon on my channel.

Watch the snippet of the yellow carpet launch :

The quest for all 10 adorable toys starts on May 31. Don't be left out, be among the first to have first dibs on them toys. Plus enjoy the Despicable ME 3-themed menu items that are in an  Instagram-worthy packaging

Despicable Me Trio

The NEW Cheesy Burger McDo - beefy Burger McDo topped with a slice of creamy American cheese. The Honey Banana McFloat - a sweet Honey Banana flavored Sprite McFloat
and McDonald's World Famous Fries

Other Minions-approved menu items are also available:

Honey Banana McFloat N' Fries Combos

Banana Pie ala Mode- sweet Banana Pie topped with vanilla soft serve, drizzled with luscious caramel topping; and the BananaMcDip - creamy vanilla soft serve covered in a crunchy banana-flavored dip on a blue wafer  cone (available in Dessert Centers and select stores only)

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to McDonald's now, say "Bello!" to all 10 Despicable Me 3 Happy Meal toys and grab these limited time offer treats before they run out.

Share your love for the minions at McDonald's through Facebook ( or by tagging @McDo_PH to your sweet and funny McDo moments in Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #MinionsAtMcDo.

***10 new designs available in every Happy Meal purchase in-store and via Drive-Thru, Take-Out and McDelivery. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Each toy has its own unique personality and feature. Collect them all!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Survive the summer heat with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water

Summer is the best time to bask under the glorious rays of the sun and have fun-sunbathe at the beach, engage in outdoor sports, or just simply enjoy the balmy weather without the fear of rain disrupting our activities.

It is also the time of the year which brings along its own set of health issues which are common, yet difficult to deal. With temperatures soaring during these sweltering summer months, we all need to be aware when our bodies are trying to tell us we need a good dose of rehydration. Water comprises 70% of our bodies, and once this level decreases by even a small percentage, we become dehydrated. Here are some of the most common symptoms of dehydration to watch out for:

1. Increased thirst

Thirst is the body’s most automatic indicator of dehydration.  It is the first reminder that we need to restore fluid balance for our bodies to function properly

2. Headaches and dizziness

When we are dehydrated, the water content in our body drops and results in a decreased flow of oxygen to the brain. This triggers the pain receptors surrounding our brains, inducing nagging migraines and feelings of dizziness.

3. Decreased urination

Maintaining a healthy fluid balance is imperative in keeping our biological functions running smoothly. When we are dehydrated, the kidneys try to conserve water by concentrating urine, so when urine is appears in a darker yellow shade, it means that the body’s fluid balance has been compromised.

4. Dry skin

Our skin’s appearance and elasticity is very much affected by our fluid balance. When we are dehydrated, fluids pull away from our skin and redirect to other major organs in the body to preserve proper biological functions.

5. Sluggishness and fatigue

Dehydration can definitely affect your body’s endurance levels throughout the day, causing feelings of tiredness and decreased alertness. This can impair concentration and cause a disruption with daily and work activities.

The most effective way to revert the effects of dehydration and heat exhaustion is by increasing fluid intake, and water is definitely the most effective key to restoring our body’s all-important fluid balance. Our bodies also lose important nutrients when we are dehydrated, so drinking water high in natural minerals and nutrients is also important in keeping our biological functions running in tiptop condition.

Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water is complete with a high mineral profile to slake your thirst and provide your body with the nutrients it needs while giving you a deep sense of well-being apparent from your first sip. Whether at work, after sport or simply in between – Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water is the perfect companion to survive the scorching heat.

Originating from the depths of Germany’s Volcanic Eifel region, Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water has a unique nutritional balance of calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate, which cannot be found in regular drinking water. It provides the body with valuable minerals and trace elements that the body cannot generate on its own.  One liter of Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water satisfies 1/3 of the daily calcium requirement and more than a quarter of the magnesium requirement thatsupports your energy metabolism and can help to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

Its refreshing taste profile is amped up by its delightful fizzy mouthfeel, quenching your thirst deeply from the first sip to the last. Gerolsteiner’s natural sparkling fizz comes from its concentration of bicarbonates and is not artificially carbonated like soda. This aids the body’s digestive functions without the added calories, sugar and chemicals.

This summer, have a fizzy pick-me-up thirst quencher. Keep yourself safe from dehydration and maintain your body’s vitality—refresh and rejuvenate with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water!

WIN your dream family vacation with Clean Less, Live More with Mr Muscle Family Fly Away Promo

You wanna know what's my favorite part of our house?! It's our bathroom! :-) Yes. It is my haven.

The bathroom can be really an eeewwwy place. For this reason it is important to find a good quality cleaner that does not only cleans but disinfects too. I'm happy that MITD always make sure we have a squeaky clean one with the help of Mr Muscle.

Great news! Our trusted cleaner for years is having an online promo for its loyal consumers :-) Yay!

WIN your dream family vacay and spend quality time with your loved ones.


Trip for four(4) to
Universal Studios Singapore

Two (2) winners can each take a companion
 with them to Boracay

21 winners will get Sodexo gift certificates
WorthI 500 every week


To join click the ink:

Promo Duration: April 28 2017 to July 7 2017

Brief Description: This online promo is open to all Metro Manila residents who use Mr Muscle products. In partnership with ABS-CBN, Mr Muscle will reward those who choose to clean less in order to do more in life.

There will be a total of two hundred ten (210) weekly and three (3) grand prize winners for the whole campaign duration.
Products Covered:

a.    Mr Muscle All Purpose Cleaner Lavender 1000ml
b.    Mr Muscle Mold & Mildew 500ml
c.    Mr Muscle Power Toilet Cleaner 500ml
d.    Mr Muscle Glass & Multi Surface Fresh Cleaner 500ml

Purchase Amount Required: At least Eighty Three pesos (Php 83.00)

Who Can Join:
a.    The promo is open to all male and female Filipino citizens, at least eighteen (18) years old, residing in Metro Manila, Philippines.
b.    Upon redemption, participants must be able to show the actual product that was used in the photo and the receipt as proof of their purchase.
a.    Participants must purchase any of the following variants with a minimum spend of Eighty Three pesos (Php 83.00) to qualify:
i.        Mr Muscle All Purpose Cleaner Lavender 1000ml
ii.        Mr Muscle Mold & Mildew 500ml
iii.        Mr Muscle Power Toilet Cleaner 500ml
iv.        Mr Muscle Glass & Multi Surface Fresh Cleaner 500ml

How to Join:

a.    Participants must visit the official promo microsite to read the full mechanics and terms and conditions.

b.    Using any device, they can participate in an online raffle for a chance to get more out of life by winning any of the declared prizes. (Please see “Prizes with Specifications” for complete details).

c.    Participants must register first by visiting and clicking the “join” tab. He/she will be directed to a registration page.

d.    In the registration page, participant must fill in the following registration fields:
i.        Full Name
ii.        Gender
iii.        Date of Birth
iv.        Cellphone Number
v.        E-mail address
vi.        Complete Home Address

e.    Participants will also be required to read the terms and conditions

i.        They will be required to tick the “I have read and agree with the terms and conditions” box as part of the registration.

f.     Participants should upload the two (2) images within, housed within to qualify for the daily raffle and grand judging.

i.        Photo of themselves and/or their family members with a Mr Muscle product
ii.        Receipt as proof of purchase
iii.        A caption with the hashtag #CleanLessLiveMore to accompany their photo that should not exceed 160 characters (not including the hashtag).
iv.        Photo entries should be in compliance with the product’s safety guidelines and should not show the product being used by children or around pets
g.    Images will be housed in a gallery within

*Image format – jpg or png / photo size – 800 x 600

Deadline of Entries:

Selection of Weekly Prize Winners

a.     Entries received from Friday 12:01 am to Thursday 11:59pm are qualified for the weekly selection.

b.    Selection of winners will be held every Tuesday 10:00AM at the 9F Digital Media Division Office, ABS-CBN Corporation, Quezon City

c.    The winner of the weekly selection shall be announced every Tuesday at 2:00pm of the following week. via, Mr Muscle FB Page and ABS-CBN FB Page.
d.    Winners will be judged and announced on the following dates.

i.        May 09, 2017 (21 winners – week 1)
ii.        May 16, 2017 (21 winners – week 2)
iii.        May 23, 2017 (21 winners – week 3)
iv.        May 30, 2017 (21 winners – week 4)
v.        June 06, 2017 (21 winners – week 5)
vi.        June 13, 2017 (21 winners – week 6)
vii.        June 20, 2017 (21 winners – week 7)
viii.        June 27, 2017 (21 winners – week 8)
ix.        July 4, 2017 (21 winners –week 9)
x.        July 11, 2017 (21 winners for week 10 & 3 grand winners)

Selection of Grand Prize Winners
a.    All entries from entire promo duration are qualified for the Selection of Grand Prize Winners.


a.    The following images entries shall be disqualified:
a.    abusive, defamatory, or obscene, (b) fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading, (c) in violation of a copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of another or (d) violates any law or regulation or (e) offensive or otherwise unacceptable to ABS-CBN Corporation, SC Johnson and its media agencies at their sole discretion.

b.    Entries, which have vague or unrecognizable images

c.    Entries that don’t have both images uploaded

d.    Participants who were not able to present the actual receipt and product that were used as promo entries to serve as proof of their purchase

e.   Tampered entries, or those that were proven to have used external applications
f.     Employees of SC Johnson and its subsidiaries, ABS-CBN Corporation, its media and creative agencies, and their relatives up to the second degree of consanguinity are disqualified from submitting character entries.

Determination of Winners:

Weekly Prize Winners
a.    Daily winners are chosen through manual selection from the entries received during the promo period.
b.    An ABS-CBN, SC Johnson or PhD representative, in the presence of a DTI representative will be conducting the selection
c.    Participants can only win once in the weekly selection.

Grand Winners
a.    Grand winners are chosen from a short list compiled on a daily basis based on the chosen criteria from the submitted photo entries.
b.    All entries from entire promo duration are qualified for the grand draw.
c.    Any selection will be witnessed by a DTI Representative.

1.    Criteria for Judging of Entries (Weekly and Grand)
a.    All participants are required to submit the following:
i.        Creative Photo with themselves and/or their family members with a Mr Muscle Product that captures the essence of the Clean Less, Live More Promo.
ii.        A caption with the hashtag #CleanLessLiveMore to accompany their photo that should not exceed 160 characters (not including the hashtag).
iii.        Photo of the actual receipt
b.    From all the valid entries, the promo organizers will choose the top 3 entries as the winners, based on the following criteria:
i.        Creativity of Photo – 40%
ii.        Creativity of Caption – 40%
iii.        Relevance to the theme – 20%

c.    A representative from DTI will be invited to witness the judging of winners (weekly and grand).

d.    Judges

i.        Paula Grace Monzon – Client Service Manager, PHD Media Network
ii.        Gian Carlo Maglaque – Client Service Manager, PHD Media Network
iii.        Rachel Guanco – Senior Client Service Manager, PHD Media Network
iv.        Geraldine Rivera – Digital Account Executive, ABS-CBN
v.        Khristofferson Yusi – Digital Account Officer, ABS-CBN
vi.        Rona Dayao – Production Assistant, ABS-CBN

Prizes with Specifications:
Weekly Prize Winners:
o    Twenty one (21) weekly chosen winners
·         GCs worth Five Hundred Pesos (Php 500.00)

Grand Prize Winners:

o    Three (3) chosen grand winners
- Two (2) sets of roundtrip tickets from Manila to Boracay and vice-versa with hotel accommodations (standard room) for three (3) days and two (2) nights at Henan Garden Resort Boracay plus free breakfast and P20,000.00 pocket money.

- One (1) set of roundtrip tickets from Manila to Singapore and vice-versa with hotel accommodation (standard room) for three (3) days and two (2) nights at Bay Hotel Singapore with free breakfast and P50, 000.00 pocket money. Plus one (1) set of one-day tickets to Universal Studios Singapore.

Notification of Winners:

Winners from the weekly selection/judging will be notified through the following mechanisms:
o    The names of weekly winners will be announced every Tuesday at 2:00pm of the following the following week via, Mr Muscle FB Page and ABS-CBN FB Page.
o    He/she will also be notified through registered mail, e-mail and phone call on the day of the announcement.
o    The Chosen Grand Prize Winner will be notified through the following mechanisms:
·         Names of grand winner will be announced on the official promo microsite and ABS-CBN Facebook Page.
·         He/she will also be notified through registered mail, e-mail and phone call.

o    Grand prizes may be claimed at the ABS-CBN Sales and Marketing office, 10F Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center, Mother Ignacia South Triangle, Quezon City.

o    Weekly prizes will be shipped to the addresses of the weekly winners as indicated in the microsite as part of the requirements of their entry.

·         ABS-CBN Corporation, SC Johnson, their media & creative partners and subsidiaries, shall be free from responsibility in the case of negligence including but not limited to non-delivery of the prizes by the courier, late delivery of the prizes by the courier, non-delivery of the prizes due to typographical errors in the address, non-delivery of prizes due to mis-declaration of the winner’s address, injury, accident or death by the bearer of prizes

o    The Winners (weekly and grand) must present the following requirements to an authorized ABS-CBN Corporation representative or authorized courier upon claiming their prize:

·         One (1) valid ID with complete real name, age, picture and correct address. Images/photocopies of any of the following documents (i.e. birth certificate, marriage contract, SSS ID, driver’s license, school ID and/or passport).

·         Actual receipt and Mr Muscle Product that was in the photo uploaded on the micro site as promo entries.
·         Print out of the notification letter.
o    In instance that the actual winner cannot claim the prize, the following must be presented to an authorized ABS-CBN Corporation representative when claiming the prize:
·         One (1) valid ID with complete real name, age, picture and correct address. Images copies of any of the documents (i.e. birth certificate, marriage contract, SSS ID, driver’s license, school ID and/or passport) of the actual winner.
·         Actual receipt and Mr Muscle Product that was in the photo uploaded on the micro site as promo entries.
·         Printout of the notification letter.
·         Authorization Letter from the winner.
o    Deadline for the claiming of prizes

·         Claiming of prizes for the chosen winners is 60 days upon receipt of notification. Otherwise, the prize will be forfeited in favor of ABS-CBN and SC Johnson with prior DTI approval.

·         All prizes exceeding Ten Thousand Pesos (PhP10, 000.00) shall be subject to twenty percent (20%) prize tax, which shall be shouldered by SC Johnson
·         Other expenses and documentations related to the trip shall be shouldered by SC Johnson
o    All expenses related to the claiming, availing or enjoying of the prizes not provided for herein are the sole responsibility of the winner, including, but not limited to, the processing of travel documents.

o    All prizes are non-convertible to cash but transferrable.
o    The winner and his/her companions must be available to travel. For international, valid six (6) months from date of issuance of travel certificate, for domestic, valid 1 year from date of issuance of travel certificate. The chosen flight schedules of the chosen winners should not fall under the following dates:
·         National Regular or Special Non-Working Holidays as specified by the Department of Labor and Employment
·         Eid’l Fitr – July 29, 2017
·         Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21, 2017 (Monday)
·         National Heroes Day – August 29, 2017 (Tuesday)
·         Eidul Adha – September 11, 2017
·         Additional special (non-working) day – October 31, 2017 (Tuesday)
·         All Saints Day – November 1, 2017 (Wednesday)
·         Bonifacio Day – November 30, 2017 (Thursday)
·         Christmas Day – December 25, 2017 (Monday)
·         Rizal Day – December 30, 2017 (Saturday)
·         Last Day of the Year – December 31, 2017 (Sunday)
                Peak Season
·         Semester Break - October 24 – November 2
·         Christmas Break – December 22 – December 31

a.    A DTI Representative shall check the computer system for receiving entries, sending acknowledgment receipt and verification of registration details.
b.    A list of the properties of the computer program (system description) shall be printed and given to the DTI Representative after verification.
c.    The presence of an authorized DTI representative shall be required for the weekly deliberations to be held on specific dates at the ABS-CBN Sales and Marketing office, 10F Eugenio Lopez Jr. Communications Center, Mother Ignacia South Triangle, Quezon City.
d.    All information sent by the participants to the registration page shall automatically go to the system database upon clicking the submit button.
e.    The database shall contain the following information:
f.     User Information
a.    Full Name
b.    Date of Birth
c.    Cellphone number
d.    E-mail address
e.    Complete Home Address
f.     Gender
g.    Two (2) photos to be uploaded as official raffle entries for both the Selection of Daily Winners and Selection of Grand Prize Winners
·         Creative photo of themselves and/or their family with the Mr Muscle product.
·         Receipt as proof of purchase
a.    Those that do not comply with the required elements will be removed from the database.
b.    There will be one administrative (“Admin”) person from the ABS-CBN Corporation who will monitor the promo microsite. After compiling the entries sent during the day, the Admin shall send the URL of the webpage summary of entries to the agency partner, PhD for updates.

a.    Participants represent and warrant that they have read, understood and agreed to abide by the complete rules and regulations.
b.    ABS-CBN Corporation, SC Johnson and their media and creative partners shall have the exclusive right to reproduce and circulate the entries submitted, and to use, copy, publish, and distribute the entries submitted for commercial and non-commercial purposes, without having to consult the participant or to provide any compensation therefore, within April 7 to June 24, 2017. Users agree to receive marketing communication from SCJ
c.    ABS-CBN Corporation, SC Johnson and their media and creative partners, reserve the right to block, remove, or disqualify communications or materials that it determines to be (a) abusive, defamatory, or obscene, (b) fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading, (c) in violation of a copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of another or (d) violates any law or regulation or (e) offensive or otherwise unacceptable to ABS-CBN Corporation and its subsidiaries at their sole discretion.
d.    ABS-CBN Corporation, SC Johnson and their media and creative partners disclaims any liability for failure to receive or acknowledge entries arising from force majeure, including acts of God, fires, floods, wars or other disturbances, labor unrest, or other causes beyond its control.
e.    ABS-CBN Corporation, SC Johnson, their media and creative partners and subsidiaries, shall be free from responsibility in case of negligence including but not limited to missed flights, lost luggage, lost gift certificates, among others., injury, accident or death by bearer of the prizes.
f.     ABS-CBN Corporation, SC Johnson, their media and creative partners, reserve the right to amend the rules and revise the mechanics, subject to DTI’s approval and proper publication, as required by the Implementing Rules & Regulations of the Consumer Act.
Per DTI-FTEB permit number 5146 series of 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017


11 Things You Need To Know

1- What is RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act? RA 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act is a new law that prohibits motorists from using communication devices and other electronic entertainment and computing gadgets while vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped on a traffic light or an intersection. A motorist, as defined under this law, is a person who is driving a motor vehicle. 

2- What vehicles are covered by this Act? This act covers both public and private vehicles. It also covers wheeled agricultural machineries, construction equipment, and other forms of conveyances such as bicycles, pedicabs, trolleys, “habal-habal”, “kuligligs”, wagons, carriages, and carts that may either be human-powered or pulled by an animal as long as the same are operated or driven in public thoroughfares, highways or streets.

3- What does this law prohibit? Prohibited acts made while driving include but not limited to: making or receiving calls, writing, sending or reading text-based communications, playing games, watching movies, performing calculations, reading e-books, composing messages, and surfing or browsing the internet. 

4- What are the actions exempted from this law?Motorists are allowed to use their devices to make or take emergency calls to authorities in cases of a crime, accidents, bomb or terrorist threat, fire or explosion, instances needing immediate medical attention, or when personal safety and security is compromised.

5- Can we use hands-free devices like microphones and earphones? Yes. Motorists can use the aid of hands-free function and applications as long as these do not interfere with the driver’s line of sight. This means that no communication or electronic gadget should be affixed on the car’s dashboard and steering wheel. In addition, drivers are only allowed to wear earphones when making or receiving calls. Using earphones to listen to music falls under “similar acts” in Section 4B of the law, in addition to reckless driving violation penalized under other relevant laws.

6- Can we still use traffic and navigational apps like Waze and Google Maps while driving? Yes. Although motorists are being advised to set their preferred destination on these applications prior to their departure. Gadgets with these applications may be installed in areas that will not obstruct the driver’s view. In cases when motorists need to find alternate routes while in traffic, they are advised to first pull their vehicles aside. 

7- Who are authorized to apprehend violating motorists? The DOTr - Land Transportation Office (LTO) is the lead implementing agency of the Act. The LTO also has the authority to deputize members of the PNP, MMDA, and LGUs to carry out enforcement functions and duties.

8- How will we know if drivers of private vehicles with heavily-tinted windshields are violating the law? Aside from high-definition cameras that can monitor lights from devices inside heavily-tinted vehicles, the law will also be strictly enforced by enforcers on the ground who were well-trained to determine from the movement of the vehicle whether or not a driver commits distracted driving. A Memorandum Circular setting specifications on the regulation of tints shall be released by LTO soon, upon consultation with tint manufacturers.

9- What are the penalties? Violators will be penalized with a fine of five thousand pesos (Php5,000) for the first offense, ten thousand pesos (Php10,000) for the second offense, and fifteen thousand pesos (Php15,000) for the third offense with a three-month suspension of driver’s license. Violations incurred beyond the third offense shall be penalized with the revocation of driver’s license and a fine of twenty thousand pesos (Php20,000).

10- Are operators of Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) also liable for violations made by drivers? Yes. Operators and owners of Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) and other commercial vehicles shall both be held liable for the violations committed by their drivers.  

11- When will this be implemented? The Anti Distracted Driving Act shall be implemented nationwide starting May 18.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

5th Edition of the PHILIPPINE INSURANCE CODE ANNOTATED now available

Author Lohel A. Martinez with his youngest daughter Hazel M. Garcia who is also working in the insurance industry

The 5th Edition of the Philippine Insurance Code Annotated by underwriting consultant Lohel A. Martirez is now available! 

The work is based on the Philippine Insurance Code (Presidential Decree No. 612) which was extensively amended by Republic Act no. 10607--- and includes universally accepted insurance principles in Life & Non-Life, leading decided cases, and good customs of the industry.

Carefully selected reference materials from various sources both here and abroad were studied and explained, in a manner and style understood on first reading.

Martirez has served the insurance industry for more than five decades in various capacities both in the home offices and the field, as Executive Vice President/ Chief Operating Officer and other previous managerial positions. He was also Annotator of the Supreme Court Reports Annotated (SCRA); Court of Appeals Reports Annotated (CARA); Philippine Reports Annotated (PRA); and as Editorial Staff Member of the Supreme Court Decided Cases Quick Index Digest. All his works are published and distributed by Central Book Supply, Inc. nationwide. 

To order a copy, you may contact Central Books at tel. no. (02) 372-3550 loc. 31 or email

Monday, May 15, 2017

REGISTRATION EXTENDED for Plantronics Backbeat Run

GOOD NEWS! For those who still want to join the Ultimate Summer Run Party happening on May 28, 2017 at SM Mall of Asia Complex.

REGISTRATION EXTENDED until MAY 21, 2017 at selected participating registration partner. In-Store Registration starts from 12:00nn - 8:00pm


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Express your Love for Real: Create the most sincere connection this Mother’s Day

PLDT Home encourages all to #ConnectForReal with their moms

It’s no question that moms are a constant figure in our lives, giving us unconditional love and support for everything we do. Because of this, some tend to neglect the need to express their love and appreciation for their moms, as they assume that it goes without saying. But what everyone should be reminded of is that love unexpressed is love unfelt.

On Mother’s Day, the day which asks the world to look past their busy schedules and honor their mothers, PLDT Home spearheads #ConnectForReal, a movement that encourages everyone to truly express their love even beyond the usual sweet Facebook greetings. Real connections can come from the simplest of conversations, gestures, bonding moments and traditions. Some may rely on social media posts and messages to develop interactions and nurture relationships, but nothing beats those #ConnectForReal moments with mom, proving that the strongest connections are truly at home.

For more details on the #ConnectForReal movement, like PLDT Home’s Facebook page, follow @pldthome on Twitter and Instagram

 and watch this video

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cagayan de Oro opens the Newest Pampering Place : Nailaholics SM CDO Premier

You’re stuck in the office—amid the flourescent lights, meetings, deadlines and the humdrum of corporate life. Sometimes, all you really need to get back in the groove is to get away for a bit.

When the mood strikes, get up and head over to our newest nail salon – Nailaholics SM CDO Premiere, where you can get ushered away from the tedium of everyday life and into the relaxing world of pampering.

Set amid beautiful Hampton’s themed interiors, the destination is designed to whisk you off to sandy shores and sun-drenched landscapes with a seaside breeze. Best of all, you’ll be left under the care of Nailaholics’ expert technicians where you can expect to be pampered until your worries melt away.

You may visit us to experience the sincere pampering and nail grooming expertise of our Friendly Technicians. Located at 4th Level, Nailaholics SM CDO Premiere is NOW OPEN.

Book your appointments today: 0933-8581475

Hey Sugar! : Waxing salon in Ayala Marquee Mall

Living in the Northern part of the Philippines can have its ups and downs. On one hand, year-round sun and fun; on the other, maintaining your body for year-round sunning and funning can be exhausting.

When you have the option to slip into your shorts and head to the beach or pool any time of the year, the goal is to maintain skin that’s smooth, no matter what season, which can certainly be sorted out by an appointment to your nearest waxing salon. But for Hey Sugar! Waxing Salon, it’s as much about giving clients what they need while making sure that they allow them to feel fabulous about themselves as well.

Hey Sugar makes all-natural and 100 % Sugar grooming options accessible to clients of all shapes and sizes. They use 100% naturally hypoallergenic sugar wax that minimizes side effects such as allergic reactions and chemical irritations caused by traditional wax—a gentler but no less effective way to keep your skin smooth and hair-free.

Hey Sugar!’s interiors are renowned for being warm, inviting and discreet. Clients can walk in and expect a clean and sterilized environment ideal for the sensitive beauty routines that they are about to undergo, while still feel like they are about to get pampered and taken care of.

And best of all, they can rest easy knowing they are in the hands of expert aestheticians who were trained to deliver only the best results. For newbies, this means you can easily ask your aesthetician any question about the process and advantages of sugar waxing and get a clear answer; for veterans, you know you will walk out of your appointment knowing there’s no other destination that can give you the same results using all-organic hair-removal methods.

We strive to bring reliable and fast services, but also connect with our customers—it’s a very personal grooming procedure, after all, and we are dedicated to making customers happy and comfortable. Clients expect quality service, superior treatments and affordable prices but not at the expense of a warm and comfortable environment—and that’s exactly what we have waiting for them here,” explains Arvin A. Amaro, Hey Sugar’s Marketing Head.

At the end of the day, everyone deserves some sugar…and there’s no better place to get it than by heading to Hey Sugar! Ayala Marquee Mall, Pampanga.

Hey Sugar! Waxing Salon currently has 25 locations nationwide, including in UP Town Center, Festival Supermall, SM Bicutan, SM Sta. Rosa, SM Bacolod, SM Calamba, Unimart Greenhills and our newest branch Hey Sugar Ayala Marquee Mall. 

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Give your kids a #PrimeSummer experience with easy peasy to prepare refreshments

Looking for a wonderful bonding moment with your family and a great way to have a cool summer especially with your kids?

Im proud and happy to say that I grew up in a family who loves corn. Buttered corn on the cob, Inihaw (grilled) corn on the cob, white corn, japanese corn, whole kernels. Everything basta corn!

Back then we only knew that corn can be an ingredient in Halo-halo or Mais con Yelo. That's why I'm elated when I discovered 2 easy-to-do refreshments I can serve to my family. 

Im happy that MITD and our kids are corn monsters as well. Yay! And because it's as easy as ABC, my kids helped me prepare which makes it an instant bonding na rin. :-) 

Summer has always been the perfect season for the ultimate family bonding experience, especially since the kids are on vacation. While you may plan and do a lot of summer activities, there are some activities at home, which can let you have a #PrimeSummer experience. It doesn't have to be expensive.

My kids love it when I let them help me when I cook. I know they will enjoy as well if I let them help in preparing some fun and exciting refreshments. It will allow them to learn new stuff whilst satisfying our family's craving for cool drinks and snacks, as a way to beat the summer heat. I'm pretty sure you mommies, daddies and your kids will enjoy it too.

Since we are corn suckers, my kids and I prepared two must-try goodies using #MegaPrime whole Kernel Corn and Cream Style Corn : Mega Prime Corn Ice Pops and Mega Prime Sweet Corn smoothies.

Mega Prime Corn Ice Pops
 If there is one thing that kids and the kids-at-heart will truly enjoy this summer, it's the delectable corn ice-pops. These refreshments are easy to make, especially with the easy-to-open Mega Prime Cream Style Corn.

Ingredients :

1/4 cup water
1 pack plain gelatin
1/2 cup condensed milk
1/2 cup coconut cream
1 can 425g Cream Style Corn

Procedures :

1. In a pot, pour 1/4 cup of water and 1 pack plain gelatin. Mix well until gelatin granules are dissolved.

2. Heat dissolved gelatin mixture and pour in the rest of the ingredients : 1/2 cup condensed milk, 1/2 cup coconut cream and 1 can 425g Mega Prime Cream Style Corn.

3. Mix well and let it simmer.

4. Remove pot from the stove and let it cool.

5. Pour mixture into ice pop maker and chill overnight.

Mega Prime Sweet Corn Smoothie
  Summer and smoothies are a match made in heaven. These smooth blends not only quench our thirst, they are also comfort food for some people. So, if you want to treat your family with an easy-to-prepare and satisfying homemade smoothy, with an exciting twist of corn kernels, here's how to prepare:


1 can Mega Prime Cream Style Corn
1 can Mega Prime Whole Kernel Corn
1/2 cup fresh milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsps. Sugar
2 tbsps honey
3 cups crushed ice


1. In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

2. Pour into a glass or tumbler and sprinkle Mega Prime Corn Kernel on top.

3. Serve immediately.

These exciting summer coolers are made one-step easier with Mega Prime Whole Kernel and Cream-style Corn, in 425kg easy-open cans. It is an ideal partner for moms to create refreshing recipes and still have enough bonding time with their loved ones this vacation season, so that families can enjoy a #PrimeSummer!

Mega Prime is a complete array of high quality products that are bursting with freshness. Aside from canned corn, Mega Prime also gas canned peas and mushrooms that can turn the simplest of recipes to hearty, delicious and delectable meals for the entire family.

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Jollibee's Jolly Spaghetti : Classic sweet- sarap goodness

New Jollibee TVC captures the tamis-linamnam deliciousness of a classic favorite

Laking Jolly Spaghetti ka ba? Me?... yes! And my kids as well. :-) 

Jollibee, the Philippines’ number one fast-food brand, has always been the dining destination of choice among Filipino kids and kids-at-heart.

The latest TV commercial for the best-selling Jolly Spaghetti, which began airing on March 26, 2017, features the British-Filipino child star Xia Vigor enjoying the product and how its timelessly appealing tamis-linamnam flavor will always bring out the jolly kid in everyone.

Last April 22, 2017 , Xia, the latest celebrity endorser to join the ever-growing Jollibee family was given an official welcome in a media media event held at Jollibee Biopolis Macapagal. Invited attendees were given a jolly treat with passes to DreamPlay, a DreamWorks-themed activity center at the City of Dreams ParaƱaque.

Host Lisa Litton and Luis Berba,Jollibee Brand Manager

Since its launch nearly four decades ago, the Jolly Spaghetti has remained a favorite among Filipino children from different generations and walks of life,” said Luis Berba, Jollibee Brand Manager. “Our newest TVC illustrates that unforgettable sweet-sarap feeling that Pinoys get whenever they eat Jolly Spaghetti. It’s like being a jolly  kid again, when every moment is filled with fun, good food, and the company of our loved ones.”

Lisa Litton can't contain her fondness towards the adorable and jolly kid,Xia

"Xia's genuine love for Jolly Spaghetti and her cheerful and articulate personality are why we believe she's the best choice as kid endorsers of our product." added Berba.

Despite the recent national and global attention the young child actress has been getting through a slew of succesful TV shows and viral videos, Xia remains to be like any other Pinoy child. She loves spending time with her family and, of course, eating at Jollibee.

Xia with the G-force

“I like swimming and watching movies with my Mommy and kuya,” the child actress said. “Even when I wasn’t in showbiz yet, Jollibee has always been my favorite place to eat Jolly Spaghetti with my Mommy, kuya, and cousins.”

When asked why she loves the Jolly Spaghetti, the adorable Xia gamely answered. “I love it because sweet-saraptamis-linamnam siya talaga and it has a lot of hotdogs and cheese. Sana more kids like me will keep eating and enjoy  Jolly Spaghetti!”

The Pinoy spaghetti

Jollibee pioneered the introduction of the sweet-style spaghetti in the Philippines. The brand took all the basic elements of a spaghetti dish and elevated it into a treat that Pinoys will definitely love. The rich tomato sauce is carefully seasoned to achieve peak tamis-linamnamgoodness. Generous amounts of beefy and juicy hotdog slices are added in for a filling meal. Finally, creamy shreds of cheese are sprinkled on top to complete the one-of-a-kind Jolly Spaghetti taste.

The Jolly Spaghetti is the Pinoy spaghetti,” added Berba. “Our recipe is tailored to fit the Pinoy palate, which leans toward the sweeter side. It also has that well-rounded flavor that delights the taste buds. Jolly Spaghetti has become a comfort food for many Pinoys and it evokes all those wonderful memories of childhood.”

Enjoy the best-tasting, sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti for only P50.00 Solo and P55.00 for the value meal with drink.. This sweet-sarap treat is available in all Jollibee stores nationwide and through #87000 Jollibee Delivery.

WATCH Jollibee executives as they groove with nakaka LSS sweet-sarap jingle. :-)


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Celebrate Mother's Day at Dusit Thani Manila : An Ultimate treat for the woman who deserves no less than the best.

May is here, and you guys know what that means. Yas, Mother’s Day is almost here. I know, like me, you are thinking of how to spoil your mom this Mother's Day. 

Your mom is awesome, and you should totally do something cool for her. Flowers, cards, and boxed chocolates are nice, but don’t you think that the woman who spent hours in labor with you deserves something with a little more thought? 

Fret not! Dusit Thani Manila has got you covered. Dusit Thani Manila offers an ultimate treat for the woman who deserves no less than the best. 

Give back the well-deserved love and appreciation to mom by delighting her to a grand fair experience in A Mother's Day Celebration on May 14, 2017 at Mayuree 1. Treat her to the biggest mother event of the year filled with freebies, raffle prizes, informative parenting talks and exciting mom activities she never want to miss! All mothers deserve the best, that's why Dusit Thani partnered with prestige brands to lavish moms such as Aveeno Baby, Mighty Baby, Mega-Malunggay, David's Salon, Belo Essentials, The SM Store, SM Accessories, Babyliss, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Escada, Gucci and many more

Moms will never go home empty handed as we will be giving away loot bags from our generous sponsors. Canapes and drinks to be served during the program. 

What better way to spoil the most important woman in your life on her special day than a sumptuous Sunday Crossover Brunch. Enjoy the finest gastronomic varieties at The Pantry and savor authentic Japanese cuisines from UMU for PHP2,500 net inclusive of non-alcoholic beverages and PHP2,950 net inclusive of select alcoholic beverages. Moms dining in on May 14, 2017 get a 1 complimentary ticket to our special Mother's Day Celebration. Or have the option to take your mother out for exquisite dining treat at Benjarong and make her feel the royal treatment with special Thai set menu for 4 persons for PHP4,800 net. 

It's time to give mom her much needed break by booking a relaxing staycation in one of the well-appointed rooms at Dusit Thani Manila.  Room rate starts at PHP6,000 net in a Deluxe room inclusive of complimentary breakfast for 2, complimentary massage, late check-out and David's Salon gift certificate valid from May 13-21,2017. Suite guests are entitled to a 60-minute Devarana Signature Asian Blend Massage per stay. Moms checked-in on May 14, 2017 get a 1 complimentary ticket to our special Mother's Day Celebration.

Don’t let Mother’s Day catch you without an excellent gift for your mom. Don't just celebrate moms, pamper them with the best treats she will never forget at Dusit Thani Manila.  

Per DTI FTEB Permit No. 5292, Series of 2017

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Enjoy Optimized Printing Advantages with Brother’s Refill Tank System

The Refill Tank System highlights four innovative models that lets you maximize efficiency and minimize costs with its advanced technology and multifunction attributes. Paired with Brother’s Genuine Ink Refill, it lets users print up to 6,000 pages with the blank ink and up to 5,000 pages with the colored inks with quality printouts every time. Selected models also feature an Automatic Document Feeder that takes up to 20 sheets so you can do more with your time as you wait for your printouts.

Maximize Printing with Genuine Brother Ink Technology

For the best printing experience, a reliable printer and good quality ink are essential. Make printing worry-free and a breeze all the time by using only genuine Brother Refill Ink. Budget-friendly and cost-efficient at only P390, it is specially designed to work hand-in-hand with Brother printing equipment for excellent output. It also lessens risks of machine damage thus, lessening the need for frequent repairs that are usually caused by using non-genuine or generic inks.

Fuss-free Steps to Refilling Ink

Refilling is as easy as one, two, three, with the Refill Tank System – users just have to follow three simple steps:
 open the cover, refill the ink tanks, and close the cover.

Brother also introduced several smart innovations to the system’s design, including a translucent cover that allows users to monitor ink usage at a glance, as well as a tank that can be refilled just by tilting the bottle at a 45-degree angle. At this angle, refilling is quick and mess-free; users will never spill and waste a single drop of ink. The ink goes straight into the tanks, and not on fingers, furniture, clothes, and important documents.

High-volume print users are also assured of a fast ink calibration time with genuine ink. With the Refill 
Tank System, the proper alignment of print nozzles and heads takes place within seven minutes to guarantee uniform-looking printouts. 

With Brother, printing can be as stress-free as a fun day of health and fitness. You can focus your efforts on major goals and be guaranteed of quality results, increased productivity, and cost-efficient overall benefits all the time.