Sunday, July 29, 2018

Lily's Peanut Butter: Every Mom's Ally in Creating Fabulous Meals and Memories

Yeah! That's me and #PrincessY with Rockstarmomma and her kids dancing on stage.  For the love of Lily's peanut butter. 😍

An expression of love through food is not demonstrated through the quantity on your plate, but the care with which it is prepared. And knowing what could satiate your appetite, and comfort you at the same time, is an art itself. I remember the time when I was going through a very bad day at school when I was young, my mom would prepare my favorite snack. Simple yet therapeutic : freshly-baked pandesal from a nearby bakery, slathered with Lily's peanut butter with strawberry jam. Mmmm… Sweet drooling memories. And at night, she would cook Kare-Kare, when I ate that meal, it was the most comforting feeling. Though my mommy understood the pressure I was going through, she couldn’t really help me. So, she did what she knows best — prepare my favorite food with love.

That's why I also want my kids to feel the same. That they are loved and cared for all the time with the food that I prepare for them. Thankful for Lily's Peanut Butter for being my ally in creating healthy recipes and fabulous memories. When I prepare their morning and afternoon snacks, pancakes and a peanut butter spread plus maple syrup to be specific- they would always go nuts!

Lily's peanut butter is more than just a comfort food. Its distinct sweet creamy taste brings awesome childhood memories and memorable experiences. We've tried different peanut butter brands both local and imported, but we always find ourselves going back to Lily's home-grown taste. 

Did you know research shows that peanut butter contains brain-boosting vitamins and minerals to keep one's memory sharp? It also contains protein, dietary fiber, potassium and iron, which makes for a healthy go-to food for the whole family. 
Our "ideal" Spread-uler (weekly planner of Lily's Peanut Butter recipes and mom duties)
L-R Berlin Domingo of, Chloe and Lhyzie Bongon of, Made It Through Mum, and Ms. Nina Corpuz - Rodriguez

Winners of Bento Box making contest

During the Lily's Peanut Butter Media Launch held last July 21, we found out that Lily's is no longer just the sweet peanut spread that we've come to love but a versatile kitchen staple that can transform ordinary food into dishes that are exciting, delicious, and nutritious. Attendees rediscovered the product, seeing it as more than a snack and breakfast option but also as a healthy food ideal for making cookies, savory dishes, peanut-based dips, homemade ice cream, smoothies, and weight-loss snacks. 

Made from carefully selected premium peanuts, Lily's Crunchy Peanut Butter is 100% natural and free from harmful additives. In fact, the oil that pools on top of a newly-opened jar of Lily's is evidence that the product is free from chemicals, emulsifiers or stabilizers. Only natural sugar and iodized salt are added to the main ingredient to create that wonderfully creamy and sweet peanut spread that Filipinos love. 

Lily has spawned an array of variants to cater to the evolving tastes of its consumers.

Here are the different variants/ products of Lily's: 
Photo credit Lily's Peanut Butter FB page
1. Classic Peanut Butter - its rich flavor feels like home and it brings us back to our childhood memories. My #kapanahunan

Photo credit Lily's Peanut Butter FB page
2. Chocolate Peanut Butter- The sweet and rich flavors of fresh high-quality peanuts, natural sugar, and cocoa powder were combined to produce this all new premium spread. It's a winner for both adults and youngsters alike. 

Photo credit Lily's Peanut Butter FB page
3. Crunchy Peanut Butter- crunchy peanut butter is loaded with real peanut bits and still possesses the sweetest and creamiest taste of peanut butter where Lily's products are known for. This variant made spreading even more exciting because you're actually chewing real peanut bits. My personal favorite.

Photo credit Lily's Peanut Butter FB page
4. Lite Peanut Spread- now you can indulge with peanut butter without feeling guilty about cheating on your diet. Sweetened with all-natural, zero-calorie Stevia extract. Satisfy your sweet tooth with Lily's peanut spread - Lite with Stevia extract and enjoy the sweet goodness of Lily's peanut butter sans the guilt. 

Photo credit Lily's Peanut Butter FB page
5. Coco Jam- slow-cooked the traditional way. Lily's Coco Jam is an honest-to-goodness Filipino treat. This thick coconut-based delicacy is mainly used as a delectable topping for delicious native rice-cakes, bread filling or simply straight-from-the-jar snacking. 

Indeed Lily's brand has come a long way. Yet it remains true to its heritage as a healthy, natural peanut butter brand that serves as the modern Mom's ally in creating fabulous meals and memories for Filipino families. 

The sight, taste and aroma of food can ingrain in our memory some wonderful moments, be it with our friends, family or significant other. There can never be a more delicious expression of love than food, good food.

Personalized Gift Box ❤

Such a thoughtful gesture. A well-tought-out gift box - personalized Lily's Peanut Butter gift box with 4 of Lily's scrumptious variants, customized sandwich tray with my name engraved on it, spoon, and specially-embroidered table napkins with my initials. 😍 Thank you so much Lily's!

What's your favorite variant of Lily's and  share your unforgettable memories with it? 

Vivo X21: an eyecatcher at the Mobile Fest 2018

Global smartphone brand Vivo has made a good impression on tech enthusiasts at the SM Cyberzone’s Mobile Fest 2018. 

To explain all the goods on Vivo’s latest flagship smartphone—the X21, the brand tapped respected tech experts Mark Macanas of TechPinas and Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu. 

The experts discussed Vivo X21’s unlocking technologies, dual rear camera, AI Selfie Camera, AI Game Mode, Hi-Fi, performance, and design. 

Alora Uy Guerrero of Revu and Mark Macanas of TechPinas had nothing but praises for Vivo X21. 

Macanas and Guerrero mentioned that there are two ways to unlock the Vivo X21, through the Face ID Access with Infrared that accurately identifies a user’s facial features even in nighttime and the In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology that replaces the rear fingerprint sensor. Vivo is the industry pioneer of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. 

Aside from pioneering features, the pair also talked about Vivo X21’s photography-related specs. The 12 megapixel+5MP dual rear camera and the 12MP front camera with Dual Pixel Sensor. These impressive hardware specs are even boosted by the X21’s AI features like the AI Face Beauty and AI HDR. 

In terms of performance, the Vivo X21 proved to be a hard worker, said Macanas and Guerrero. After all, the X21 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE chip that can process complex AI and neural computing. It has a 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM to improve the speed of launching, loading, and switching including large and complex mobile games. 

To complement all these, Vivo X21 has a 6.28-inch 19:9 FHD+ FullView™ Display with a 90.3% screen-to-body ratio for every user’s viewing pleasure. 

Moreover, Guerrero, a music-lover, even praised Vivo for continuing its Hi-Fi legacy in the X21. The smartphone is equipped with Deep Field technology, which was developed by Vivo to provide panoramic surround, mega bass, clear voice effects and various environmental audio effects, allowing users to customize their audio experience. 

The Vivo booth at the Mobile Fest 2018. 

Vivo is one of the key brands that participated in the Mobile Fest 2018. 

The Vivo booth will be at the Mobile Fest until July 29 in SM City North EDSA.

Friday, July 27, 2018

How to Raise Well-Rounded Kids

How do parents make sure that our children grow up ready to face whatever the future brings?

The key to raising a well-rounded child is to establish a solid support system at home so that she grows up satisfied with her achievements and ambitions.

Consider the fact that today's fast-paced lifestyles are demanding more time from parents at work. School environments are also being driven by technological shifts that young kids have to keep up with. This leads children to lifestyles with little focus on physical activity and exercise. All things considered, nutrition has also been compromised in lieu of food that's easy and convenient. As a result, many children grow up facing issues such as obesity, social difficulties, attention problems, and learning deficiencies.

These new challenges that parents have to contend with can be overwhelming. That's not to say , however, that you can't do anything about it. With consistency, dedication, patience, and a little guidance and support from fellow parents, experts and Parentology+, powered by NANKID, it's entirely possible for parents to ensure that their kids are future ready.

The Future Starts at Home

As parents try to navigate the new challenges presented by changing lifestyles and technological advancements, Parentology+ powered by NANKID, is making sure that parents are empowered with the tips that will help reshape their children's future.

Launched earlier this year, Parentology+ is anchored on three pillars--- proper nutrition, active lifestyle, and high social quotient. "The success of Parentology+, gave parents an opportunity to address challenges presented by modern parenting. We would like to go deeper into these issues and really flesh out the importance of these three pillars, as well as give parents the tools to establish this at home," exclaimed Jean Espino, Vice President for Marketing-Premium Milks of Nestle Philippines.

Understanding that parents seek guidance and tips from people they trust, Parentology+ sought the help of various experts to weigh in and give advice for the three pillars, partnered with the NANKID ambassadors.

Cat Arambulo-Antonio is skilled at juggling relationships in different situations, and with clinical psychologist, Dr. Cely Magpantay, the two believe that in order to help your child socialize, it's important to put your child in new situations where they can learn and listen to others. To better encourage kids to socialize with others, Dr. Cely says, "Warm up, be present at first, then be invisible during playtime. Join them during the start of the activity, and eventually let them be. Be a role model to them."

In the event, they have also prepared an activity that lets moms and kids do work together to see what traits their child already possess and how they can further build on them to make them more socially competent.

Nutrition can be challenging for parents, especially when kids need around 3,000 calories a day. However, Joy Sotti and Ms. Aleli Magtibay, Nestle's own Nutritionist, say that it can be done with moderation, balance, and variety of food options. Ms. Aleli further advises parents, "Follow portions by making sure to give a combination of go, grom, and glow foods in every meal, and practice variety, in terms of flavor, texture, color, and food preparation"

For Parentology+, a kitchen set-up was created for kids to be able to select different food in the pantry to create a balanced meal which then be verified by an interactive nutrition guide and scanner.

Playtime may seem like a regular activity for children, but benefits on the child's physical health is hard to ignore. Anton del Rosario and Dr. Edgar Eufemio, an orthopedist specializing in sports medicine, want parents and kids to realize that some activities are better than others. Through a fun goal kicking challenge, kids learned the different traits that are beneficial to their physical development and lifestyle.

When asked how to encourage kids to be more active, Dr. Edgar says, "Give them a taste of success by giving words of encouragement. Be supportive of your kids' activities, so they would just continue doing what they love to do. Also, play with them. if you expect them to be disciplined and grow up a certain way, do it with them."

Parents are encouraged to be a role model for their children, and participate in their various activities, may it be socializing, eating healthier and staying active. Through learning the style of modern parenting, Parentology+, can help parents create a customized model that can help reshape their child's future. These three pillars are essential to the development of a healthy, well-rounded child that's ready to take on the challenges the future holds.

The ambassadors and experts all encourage everyone to drop by Parentology+ to learn more about the three pillars, and how they can make their own home, a home of the future. With the different activities that await participants, exciting prizes such as digital instant cameras, premium tumblers, and other exclusive NANKID items can be won when they post their experience at Parentology+ on social media using the hashtags #NANKID, #PARENTOLOGY, and #ReShapeTheFuture.

Parentology+, powered by NANKID, will also be coming to SM Cebu on August 11-12 and Abreeza Davao on August 25-26.

For more details, visit their Facebook page at

Nankid Optipro Four and Optipro HW Four are not breastmilk subsitutes. These products are for healthy children above 3 years of age.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

10 Tips for a Happier Home for Kids

Here are the essential takeaways from Nestokid Grow Happy Nation event and lessons I imbibed from Ms. Rizason G.T. Ng, Psychologist of Ateneo Bulatao Center.

To be able for your child to grow happy:

1. Validate - validate the uniqeness of each child. Because when we validate their uniqueness, we give them a sense of significance. It develops their sense of self and makes them feel that they matter and that they are important. 

For example:
Child: Mama, I hate my classmate, I hate my teacher.

Tayong mga mommies sinasabi natin agad "Uy, mali yan. Don't say that masama yan. " Pero kasi when we say that, it makes the child feel and think "Ay, mali ba ako? Mali ba ang sinabi ko? Bad ba ako? 

Instead, we should practice Reflective Listening. We ask them : Why are you angry? What did your classmate say?

We accept what they are saying without judgement that what they did was bad or selfish. Allow children think their thoughts and feel their feelings through and mirror it back to them. 

2. Encourage- sometimes we are quick to tell them what is the wrong thing that they did and say "Mali yan, dapat ganito..." sometimes we forget to teach them what is the right way to do it. Focus on the abilities, not just their failures and their mistakes. Because if we are able to encourage them, we help them build their sense of competency. The belief that " I can do it pala. I'm not bobo. I'm not tanga. Marunong din pala ako." This instills a sense of hope in them. In the long run kapag mayroong challenges and struggles they can say " Nahihirapan ako ngayon, pero kakayanin ko 'to." It begins when we encourage them. Be also mindful of their developmental stages kasi iba-iba naman depende sa age. Baka nag e-expect tayo masyado sa 5- year old na bata na pang 12 years old na gawain. Always see the gifts of our children and not just their failures. Let's focus not on their failures but also on the things that they are doing right. Be mindful of the words we say to our children. 

3. Interact. Let's not forget that we need to interact even at the end of the day. We eat together. When we interact with them, we help them build social skills. When we interact, it helps build intimate family relationships. When we interact remember to still validate and encourage. 

4. Be involved. Allow our children to be involved in our family planning, decision making, food preparation. When we get the children involved, we convey TRUST. It makes them feel that they matter in the family. It help the children develop a sense of productivity and fulfillment. It also teaches children to be independent kasi nabibigyan ng little tasks at home. It also gives them a sense of competency and confidence. Part of being involved is to COLLABORATE. Bring the children into the table and get them to talk about issues, conflicts, plans of the family and who knows you might find out na maganda din pala ang idea ng anak mo. Collaborate , they pick up your language, they pick up on how the family communicates, minsan even sa pag discipline. Discipline- kapag may ginawang hindi maganda collaborate with them kung paano ico-correct. Sa kanila mangagaling ang gagawin kaya magiging committed sila gawin ang tama. 2- way communication. 

In playing, they develop cognitive skill. Maiisip nila na kapag ito ang nangyari, ano ang magiging effect and consequences? It helps their cognitive skills of planning, decision making. It also gives them sense of affiliation. Para iwas na rin affiliation sa iba na maaring maging masamang influence sa kanila. Let's get the children involved at home.

5. Rituals. Constant family practices that is very predictable, regular, something that children can come to expect. It helps children to observe limitations and rules and alam ang priorities. Kami, kapag weekends mostly Saturdays, alam na ng mga bata aalis kasi magsisimba at magm-mall. So, kapag may magyaya sa kanila kapag "Family day" namin. Hindi pwede πŸ˜‰

6. Organization. Not just a place for everything and everything in its place. When we say organization, it gives them a settled feeling with when activities, things, people are where they should be. Guilty ako dito... ang gulo ng bahay namin dahil sa mga tokens na inuuwi ko from events at mga pinapadala ng brands. Kaya maglilinis na ako talaga at is-share ang iba. And ang oras ng tulog ng mga bata sa gabi naiiba dahil naapektuhan ng work schedule ni MITD. Ito ang dapat kong ayusin din. When we are organized, it gives the children a sense of security and stability at home and eventually  independence. Magiging independent sila na even if wala ng rules sa bahay, they can self regulate. 

7. Express. Allow children to express their thoughts and feelings. Again in tandem with #1- validate. Kung may gusto i-express tanggapin natin na minsan may good minsan may bad. Also know their language of love when they express.
5 languages of love : service, affirmation, touch, gifts, time. 

Let's provide children with a sense of affection and security that their thoughts and behaviors are accepted. Let's be careful that when we allow our children to communicate hindi tayo quick to react. Let's have language : LISTEN first. Hindi yung magsasalita pa lang "ano ba yan? Ano ba yan?" (In an irritated voice). Listen muna. This I have to practice.😬 sorry kids. Guilty na naman this mum. Mahal ko kayo 😘

8. Perspective-taking. Let's not be limited in our Point of View (POV). Sometimes we need to know what does it looks like from a child's POV? We look at the situation. Short-term/ long- term. Subjectively/objectively.

Ms. Ng shared the story about the Thai boys who were trapped in a cave, whatever happened kaya the night before na pinagalitan ng nanay ang bata, the next day hindi na nakauwi kasi may nangyari na hindi maganda. In the long run maiisip mo na, importante pa ba na pinagalitan mo siya the night before or mas importante buhay ang anak natin, alerto, malusog at kasama natin? Sometimes there are things that is not important to fight about, there are some things that is more essential. When we practice perspective-taking, we become more harmonious in the family, because we become less angry. We focus on what are the things that truly matter for us.

9. Presence. Be present to our children. It begins with our body language. Kapag tumabi na sa atin ang ating mga anak kahit gaano tayo kapagod sa buong araw, put everything down especially our phones!!! and talk to our child. Eye contact, language and ang kamay sana wala ang telepono. Guilty? Ikr. Marami akong kilalang ganito. Be present to our children.

10. Self-care. Sometimes we aspire to be the "perfect mom". There's no such thing as "perfect". It's okay to be a good- enough mom. We can never be the perfect mom. Accept it. Believe in what you are doing as a mom. Let's all practice self-care by being kind to ourselves. When you are good-enough mom to yourself, you will convey that feeling to your child because you will be kind to your children. Sometimes, if you want to be the perfect mom, you translate it to your children. If I'm a perfect mom, I have to have a perfect child. But if I'm a good enough mom, I can have good enough children. That's being realistic. 

Self-care is essential because you can not serve from an empty vessel. Kahit a short vacay, a 15-minute chicka with your friends or coffee dates (pwede na din 3-in-1 coffee kung #petsadepeligro, face mask sa bathroom for 10 minutes, 30-min walk outside makapag suot man lang ng bra sa labas masaya na sa pakiramdam yun di ba? Have a short "me-time" because,  c'mon, YOU DESERVE IT, mum! Try it. 

Remember: Happy home, Happy Children or mas maganda kung Happy Mom+Happy Children = Happy Home ❤

Monday, July 23, 2018

Press Release: The new Jollibee Bistek Burger Steak is a flavorful, savory-sour hit!

Jollibee’s latest rice meal variant is sure to be your newest go-to!

Craving for the distinctly savory flavors of the Pinoy favorite Bistek Tagalog? Jollibee, the country’s number one fast-food brand, has you covered with its latest offering: the all-new Bistek Burger Steak!

This savory-sour twist to a classic Jollibee favorite evokes all the deliciousness of Bistek Tagalog with the 100% pure beefy goodness of a Burger Steak patty, a generous serving of sauce with just the right sourness, and fried onion toppings. Indulge in the Bistek Burger Steak with a serving of steamed white rice and you’ve got a delightful, Bistek-Sarap, Beefy-Linamnam Ulam that will hit all the right spots.

“Introducing this distinctly Pinoy twist to a classic favorite like Burger Steak is proof of Jollibee’s commitment to continuous product innovations and delivering new flavor profiles aligned with the Filipino palate,” said Mari Aldecoa, Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Products. “Our development team has worked tirelessly to ensure that this new offering packs all the goodness of Bistek, from the 100% beefy-linamnam patty to the savory-sour sauce and onion toppings.”

The Bistek Burger Steak will be available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide starting July 23, 2018 for only PHP 55.00* for the one-piece Solo meal. 

For more information on Jollibee’s latest products and promos, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook and follow @Jollibee on Instagram and Twitter.

*Prices may vary across different locations; delivery charge not included.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

How to grow a happy and healthy child?

NESTOKID FOUR Grow Happy Nation

There’s tons of info on raising smart kids and successful kids, but how do you raise happy and healthy kids?

Sometimes it’s hard to balance what’s best for children with what makes them happy — but NESTOKID FOUR Grow Happy Nation event made them easy.
Midtown Atrium Ribinsons Place Manila

NESTOKID FOUR Grow Happy Nation event held last July 14 at the Midtown Atrium of Robinsons Place Manila made happy and healthy come together . Both parents and kids had fun with the exciting activities at the same time learning opportunities while bonding. That's what NESTOKID FOUR advocates - the importance of providing children not only with the right nutrition needed to support their crucial development years, but also a happy environment where they can grow, flourish, and enjoy with the family.

What it means to grow happy and healthy

All moms and dads want to see their kids grow happy and healthy, which is why they go to great lengths just to give their children the best, regardless of life circumstances.

NESTOKID® FOUR believes that raising happy and healthy children can start with something as simple as with choosing the right milk, as nutrition is vital for good health and well-being. NESTOKID® FOUR is specially formulated with L. Comfortis, a probiotic that helps strengthen tummies to provide better digestion and help in absorption of nutrients, making sure that kids get the nutrition they need during their growing-up years. It is also packed with Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, and DHA for overall growth and development.

NESTOKID FOUR, however, acknowledges that milk is just one of the key components to raising a happy and healthy child, and therefore encourages parents to complement proper nutrition with providing their children a nurturing environment where they can play, imagine, and bond with loved ones.

The brand’s newest endorser and proud mommy of two, Melai Cantiveros-Francisco agrees saying, “I learned from my experience with Amelia that proper nutrition should go hand-in-hand with a happy home talaga. I really think it makes all the difference, lalo na ngayon na nakikita ko kung gaano siya ka-confident sa school at kung gaano kadali sa kanya makipagkaibiganDaig pa ako sa pagiging Ms. Congeniality!”

You too can join the Grow Happy movement. Just head on to SM DasmariΓ±as Activity Center on July 21-22 for NESTOKID FOUR next leg.  You and your kids may enter the activity area and learn more about how they can Grow Happy through four major stations and get a chance to win a 1-year supply of NESTOKID FOUR when you post photos from inside the Grow Happy Nation activity area.

Four Major Stations: 

1. Laro (Play) - allows kids to be physically active through a friendly game of ring toss.

2. Likha ( Art) - gives participants the freedom to express themselves through lines and colors

3. Musika (Music) - teaches kids different fruits and vegetables as piano keyboard 😊

4. Nutrisyon (Nutrition) - the final station, where parents are reminded about the importance of raising happy, healthy kids with a storytelling video.

For more details, visit 

Remember:  Happier kids are more likely to turn into successful, accomplished adults.

BARANGAY 143” : First Filipino Anime Series to air in GMA 7

Synergy88 Entertainment Media Inc. has announced that their upcoming TV Series will go on air on GMA 7 starting this October. The announcement was made recently by Jyotirmoy Saha, CEO of August Media Holdings; Jackeline Chua,Managing Director and Co-Founder of Synergy88 Entertainment Media Inc. and Takahiro Kishimoto, Head of Animation, International Business Department of TV Asahi.

Barangay 143 – as the series is known is the first-ever Filipino Anime series. Co-produced between Synergy88, TV Asahi (Japan) and August Media Holdings (Singapore), Barangay 143 will feature a glittering celebrity cast including Cherie Gil, Alice Dixon and John Arcilla and millennial heartthrobs, Julie Anne San Jose, Kelley Day, Migo Adacer, and Ruru Madrid.

Barangay 143 is a feel-good coming of age story of a young Korean boy whose search for his father brings him to the Philippines. Lost and desperate for answers, is here in this foreign land that he finds an unlikely family in a team of misfits whose only ambition is to bring glory to their hometown. It's a story about love and family set against the action-packed world of street basketball, where the stakes are always high and life the biggest game you can win.

“Philippines has a vibrant TV and film industry with a rich culture of storytelling. Right from the onset we were determined develop the show right here so that it captures the essence of life in Manila. I am immensely proud of what we have finally created in Barangay 143”, said Jyotirmoy Saha, CEO, August Media Holdings Fans can enjoy Barangay 143 not just as a TV Series but digitally, in print and as consumer products. The Barangay 143 Street League mobile game is already available on the Google Play Store for Android and the iOS App Store. The narrative story within the mobile game leads to the suspense and drama that drives the story for the upcoming TV Series. “Within the series, the comic strip and even the game we have tried to capture the real-life experiences of the Philippines through the art and the sounds.,” said Jackeline Chua, Managing Director and Co-Founder of Synergy88 Digital. “With Barangay 143 Street League we also created a unique experience
that helps players compete with friends in cyberspace but get their wins rewarded in the real world.”

Set against the backdrop of gritty Tondo, the series also features original music from a whole host of celebrity Filipino singers and musicians. The series is painstakingly designed and produced here in Manila with the help crew from across Japan, South Korea, USA, Malaysia and Singapore.

“When we first came across Barangay 143 during its development phase, it seemed like a natural choice for us to be a part of. We hope that Japanese creativity will bring light into the Filipino story and characters to life.”, said Takahiro Kishimoto, Head of Animation at International Business Department of TV Asahi.

Leading up to the start of the broadcast, fans will be treated to a series on Barangay 143 themed concerts featuring music stars like Gloc-9, Shanti Dope, Julie Ann San Jose and more. We expect to also treat our audiences with many other “GMA has always been known to support anything that champions Filipino talent and promotes our culture. We are immensely proud to be the network carrying the first Filipino anime drama series,” said Joey Abacan, First Vice President, Program Management at GMA.

Executive Producers of the TV Series have mentioned that they are committed to develop the property further and are already contemplating more content surrounding Barangay 143 the brand.

The Synergy88 Group of Companies is one of the leading content creators in the Philippines. In recent times the
group has become the leader in creating content for the youth audiences. The company is widely known worldwide for its children’s animated content with its shows on air in more than 100 countries. Its children’s content portfolio includes popular shows like George of the Jungle, The Kids of Seagull Street, Tilda Appleseed and more. Synergy88 has also lent its name and talent to cutting-edge platform games like Gears of War 4 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Games. The group has already cemented its place as the leading mobile games developer in the Philippines and is soon to announce a host of live-action TV and film projects – all of which target the millennial audiences.

August Media Holdings creates and manages high quality intellectual properties for Kid and Youth audiences.

Together with its rights management arm – August Rights, the company has built itself a library of some global iconic brands. Some of the brands in the August Media kitty include George of the Jungle, Ella Bella Bingo, Tilda Appleseed, The Kids from Seagull Street and others that are now on worldwide.

In recent years the company has also diversified along the media vertical to now include among others - a joint venture with Synergy88 (Philippines) - ASI Studios in Manila for animation production, the company is poised to grow into an integrated media house that takes its properties across platforms including Television, Publishing, Mobile and Interactive for a complete 360° leverage.

TV Asahi Corporation, the main company of TV Asahi Holdings Corporation, is a leading media and content powerhouse headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. It operates the top-rating terrestrial channel as well as cooperates with the three satellites channels owned and operated by its group companies. Besides top-rated drama and unique and compelling variety shows, TV Asahi delivers top-rated animation series including “Doraemon” and “Shin chan”. Through Shin-ei Animation, its wholly-owned animation arm, TV Asahi continues to strengthen and develop fresh and innovative animation shows for Japan and the world.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Emergency Preparedness Forum for Children and Youth with Disabilities #SMEmergencyForum2018

Where were you last July 16,1990 when an estimated magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the Philippines specifically Central Luzon? 

My mom who was pregnant then with our youngest, my sister and I were in our room on the second floor of the house when the shaking happened. We were shocked. 

I held on to our cabinet where our TV was para alalayan ang TV and the figurines not to fall πŸ˜‚ Funny how I think of the appliance and decors first rather than my safety. Nakakatawa siya isipin ngayon pero sobrang nakakatakot iyon. Me as an individual who is capable of saving my self sana wasn't able to think straight that time how much more the people with disabilities? 

Attendees (L-R) Ms. Agnes Negre and son Jan Zander Negre, John Leonard Tapay and mom Noneets Tapay

Persons with Disabilities  (PWD), especially the young ones are seen to be more disadvantaged due to their limitations on mobility and awareness. I know coz I have 1of 68. My son is in the spectrum. That's why I was priviledged to attend the Emergency Preparedness Forum for Children And Youth with Disabilities by SM Cares, the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime last July 9 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. 

The forum provided substantial information about the reality of potential earthquake scenario in Metro Manila. What to do and how to prepare for disasters and calamities. The attendees were people who are blind, deag, with physical/ orthopedic impaurments, with Down syndrome, Austism, and those with rare disorders. 

Dr.Renato Solidum Jr.
Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Officer-in-Charge  of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Dr. Renato Solidum Jr., helped us understand the movement of West Valley Fault, what and how to prepare for "The Big One". Will write/share a different article about this.

Dr. Ted Esguerra , Operational Medicine Instructor  of the International Disaster Response Network

Dr. Ted Esguerra, Operational Medicine Instructor  of the International Disaster Response Network discussed preparing for and surviving and earthquake. 

Ms. Lotta Sylwander, Country Representative, UNICEF Philippines Photo credit: SM Cares

Ms. Lotta Sylwander, Country Representative, UNICEF Philippines was also one of the guests in the forum. 

Earthquake Simulation Drills were conducted by dr. Ted Esguerra.

Some PWDs were able to try the simulation drill towards the end of the forum.

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