Monday, July 15, 2019

23rd Philippine Academic Book Fair




The only book fair in the country that gives sole focus to the education market, the Philippine Academic Book Fair – organized by the Academic Booksellers Association of the Philippines (ABAP) and co-organized by Primetrade Asia Inc.– will gather school officials, librarians, teachers, professionals, reviewers, tutors, and book enthusiasts on July 24 to 26 at the Megatrade Hall 1 of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City

Exhibitors include Academic Book Sales, Inc.; Alexan Commercial; Aquarian Books and Novelties; Ateneo de Manila University Press; Book Trends Enterprises; C & E Publishing, Inc.; Catholic Book Center; CD Books International, Inc.; Cengage Learning; Creative Mind Books Center; CRW Marketing Services for Publishers, Inc.; Curriculum Planning and Development; F & J de Jesus, Inc.; Fastbooks Educational Supply, Inc.; Felnor Citibank; Metrobank & Union Bank; and Forefront Book Co., Inc.

Tons of items are up for sale from this year’s exhibitors, including a mix of books, magazines, journals, and other learning materials. The fair will also feature other forms of media such as e-books and audiobooks .

Also joining the book fair are Golden Books Services, Inc.; IBC Book Consolidators, Inc.; Linar Educational Materials, Inc.; Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation; Megatexts Phil., Inc.; Mind Mover Publishing House, Inc.; Paulines; Phoenix Educational Systems, Inc.; Reader's Knowledge Bookstore; Rex Book Store, Inc.; University of the Philippines Press; and YFE Worldwide Logistics, Inc.


The 23rd Philippine Academic Book Fair will also host two seminars by the Philippine Association of Academic and Research Librarians.

On July 24, Janice PeΓ±aflor and Juan Martin Guasch will discuss “Building 21st Century Collections: Approaches and Practices” while “Financial Literacy for Librarians” will be the highlight on July 25.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Your favorite Bible animation is back on ABS- CBN


Gizmo, #SuperbookIsSuperBack
Calling all Superbook lovers! The long wait is finally over . Did you miss Chris, Joy, and Gizmo, and their exciting time-travel adventures with Superbook? Well, here's some exciting news for you! Superbook is back on TV with all-new episodes kids and kids-at-heart wil surely love! 


Every Sunday, beginning July 14, 2019, Superbook and Kapamilya fans can once again enjoy watching Superbook on ABS-CBN. With new, action-packed episodes, inspiring characters, fun-filled adventures, and valuable life lessons, Superbook Season 4 is definitely something to look forwatd to. 

To continue its fourth season, Superbook has added six new episodes in addition to the first seven episodes which premiered worldwide last year. These new episodes are inspired by the life of Jesus and other Bible characters like Paul, Barnabas, and Jeremiah. 

Each episode is in-line with this season's theme- "Superbook SuperStar " and aims to instill good moral values that will encourage the next generation to shine God's light like stars in the sky for everyone to see! Spread the good news! Tell your family and friends that #SuperbooklsSuperBack

Every Sunday, 9:15a.m. on ABS- CBN. Beginning July 14, 2019 



Watch !!! 


Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Shop Anytime, Anywhere and Any Way You Like Online at ShopSM


Do you shop online because you're stuck at home? Like me, I'm bound to my home, got kids to look after, a house to run, if I do get out, it would be with the entire fam bam. That would totally be chaotic. πŸ˜‚

Ever got scammed via online shopping? You bought an item but when you got it, it's either fake or not like the one you saw on the site? Ever bought clothes or shoes online and had a hard time getting the item(s) changed when it didn't fit you or cause it's damaged? I did. Once or twice.



Well I got good news to you all, my online shopping friends!!! Our trusted department store has an online shop now! You read that right, you can now buy your favorite brands from the SM Store at the comfort of your home. Anytime. Anywhere. Any way you like -ShopSMThe SM Store’s very own online shopping platform. 

Just go to www.shopsm.com
1. Register, create an account
2. Shop
3. Check-out  

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

It's a hassle-free experience! Minimum of P500 spend to get free shipping

✔ You can still earn points with your SM Advantage Card 
✔ COD, DEBIT, Credit Card accepted
✔ accomodating Customer Care specialists


I got my orders in just two (2) days! I needed to change some of the sizes, their customer service took care of everything! Easy! And legit! 

Look what I got with just P1000 spent.

#SaanAabot ang P1000? Well, I got 4 items!!! 


ShopSM online

1. PH Basic By Kultura Ladies Chambray Long-Sleeved Shirt Dress (orig price P800) - 50% off 

2. Kicks Ladies Foxy Rubber Shoes in White and Black - 50% off



3. Kicks Ladies Felix Rubber Shoes in Maroon - 50 % off 



4. SM Home Nylon Kitchen Tool Set - P100

Amazeballs!

So, what do you think? Go ahead and check out the ShopSM online!

See anything you like with these goodies I hauled from the SM Online Store? Comment down below, and you might get lucky! πŸ˜‰


Saturday, June 29, 2019

SM holds Emergency Preparedness Forum series for PWD, elderly


File photo from the Emergency Preparedness Forum 2018. Leading the inspection of emergency equipment are (middle of the photo, left to right) DOST Undersecretary Dr. Renato Solidum Jr., SM Cares program director for senior citizens Danilo Chavez, and SM Cares program director for PWDs, Bien Mateo.





SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., will be conducting the 5th Emergency Preparedness Forum, in its continuing thrust to make persons with disabilities (PWDs) and senior citizens more resilient and better prepared in times of disasters. From what was an annual event held in a single venue, SM Cares now brings the forum across five SM malls nationwide from June 21 to July 12, 2019, in observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month.

Participating malls include SM City Clark (June 21), SM City Marikina (July 2), SM City DasmariΓ±as (July 5), SM City Batangas (July 9), and SM Center Muntinlupa (July 12), all happening from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

Facilitating the forum are DOST Undersecretary, PHIVOLCS director, and leading expert in geology and seismology, Dr. Renato Solidum Jr., joined by Dr. Ted Esguerra, who is an active member of numerous emergency preparedness and disaster response units around the globe. Both highly-regarded experts will impart knowledge about natural disasters and how to properly respond to them.

“We believe that there is a strong need to reach out to the communities that include persons with disabilities. They may either be out of reach from proper information, or they may have misconceptions on how to react to emergencies. And we are very fortunate to have Dr. Solidum and Dr. Esguerra, to help us understand and develop a more disaster-resilient way of living for PWDs,” said Bien Mateo, SM Cares program director for persons with disabilities.

“For our elderly, we have our undeniable limitations such as mobility and sensory capacities. They may know that there is an emergency, but are unable to act upon it. We want to enlighten them that there are responses that they can do that best fits their situation. This is one way we want to strengthen the communities of our senior citizens,” added Danilo Chavez, SM Cares program director for senior citizens.

The project is in line with the United Nations Sustainable Goal No. 11: to make cities and human settlements sustainable. It is projected that by 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in cities, making sustainability a critical priority. SM, together with national government agencies and community members, are collectively engaged in pursuing objectives to make cities safer, resource-efficient, resilient and inclusive.

SM continues to promote a barrier-free and disability-inclusive environment to ensure that SM becomes a place for all, and where everyone is cared for. More than these sectors of the community, this series of events also encourages everyone to make emergency preparedness more than just a vital piece of knowledge, but a way of life.

SM Cares is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Its advocacies include Environment Sustainability, Programs on Persons with Disabilities, Children and Youth, Women and Breastfeeding Mothers, Senior Citizens, and Overseas Filipino Workers (SM Global Pinoy).

As a responsible member of the community, SM Supermalls, through the CSR programs of SM Cares, aims to serves as a catalyst for positive change in society. To know more about SM Cares, you may visit www.smacares.com.ph, www.facebook.com/OfficialSMCares or email smcares@smsupermalls.com.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Every Wonder Wo-mom’s must-haves in preventing the common cold and flu-like illnesses from getting worse


Stomp the sniffles. Stop the common cold in its tracks! 


With the rainy season fast approaching, the risk of catching a cold or the flu is not far behind.

As much as you want your kids to experience the happiness of playing in the rain, your motherly instinct kicks in and keeps you worried that they might catch the flu or a cold. Studies show that an adult can get (2) two to (4) four episodes of the common cold annually while kids can get (6) six to (12) twelve episodes, but you can prevent that from happening! As every wonder wo-mom knows, a little prevention goes a long way. We've got you covered with seven items you need to have to help stomp out the sniffles.

 ✔ A bottle full of water
Drinking lots of water will help decongest airways and keep the throat moist. Keeping your family hydrated is one of the best things you can do for their bodies while their immune system is gearing up for a fight against the cold.

✔ A pack of immunity-boosting snacks
Consuming immunity-boosting food items on a regular basis will help prevent many illnesses including the cold and flu. If you are keen on living a healthy life, chow down on fresh fruits, yoghurt, and other healthy snacks. Doing so can save you and your kids from an unnecessary visit to the doctor.

✔ A handy-dandy hand sanitizer
Here’s another thing that can keep the entire family healthy: hand sanitizers! Bacteria and viruses are everywhere so it’s better for your kids to always have a bottle of hand sanitizer or even a good ole’ bottle of isopropyl alcohol in the bag. Keeping their hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illnesses.


✔ A lot of tissue paper
When the cold and flu season hits, you’re going to need more tissue paper than you think. Always have a box of tissue paper because “lots” is never enough for a family. Just always remember to dispose of them properly and clean your hands after blowing your nose. By following this you and your family can help effectively stop the spread of viruses.

✔ A stylish scarf
Of course, you’d want your family to be protected from allergens and viruses outside your home. Give them something to cover themselves with! May it be a nice handkerchief, a stylish scarf, or a sterile face mask, you should always be prepared most especially when the fambam is going to a crowded place.

A ton of patience, love, and understanding
Being a mom to sick kids can really be a test of patience. They all have their own quirks and nursing them can really wear you down so it’s always good to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the battle. Remember to ask for help, pray for love and patience, and most importantly, keep yourself healthy.

✔  A trusted cold defense nasal spray
Aside from having tons of patience and understanding, you need to have a trusted companion in keeping your family healthy. Hold the cold off before it worsens by using one of the leading and most trusted antiseptic brand in the country that is BETADINE®4,5,6. It has a whole line of upper respiratory care products that are proven to be safe and effective including BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray.



By using BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray at the onset of sickness, you can shorten the duration of cold symptoms by up to two (2) days and keep the viruses from spreading further and the colds from worsening. Its formulation includes Carragelose®, a natural active ingredient that has antiviral effects and is clinically proven to eliminate 99% of the common cold and flu viruses such as rhinovirus, coronavirus, and influenza A virus which are common causes of respiratory infections. BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray is recommended for children 1 year old and above. Plus, it is natural, steroid free, drug free, and has contamination-proof nozzle.

Don’t let common cold and flu hinder your family from creating many wonderful memories together. Always remember to stock up on BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray for Kids and Adults and stop cold and flu-like illnesses from the get-go.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Start Strong Kids



Child’s play is getting more challenging- kids nowadays are more active than ever, taking on challenges in the classroom, at home and beyond. Kids need all the nourishment they can get to fuel them not only for their day, but for also for a stronger future. 

A great day starts with a great breakfast. It's the most important meal of the day for a reason: kids need the right vitamins and nutrients to do their best in school, have the most fun at playtime and be productive even at home. 

Cheez Whiz is your kid's breakfast partner to prepare for anything! 

As parents, we can help our children stay strong throughout the day, most especially through the food that we set on the breakfast table. For over 50 years, Cheez Whiz has been kids’ breakfast and merienda favorite. With its strength building nutrients such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Calcium and Phosphorus, Cheez Whiz is not only delicious but its nutrients can help prepare kids for the moments where they will need strength. 

Spread Cheez Whiz on just about anything your kids want to eat for the first meal of the day, no matter what activities they have to face. A grueling P.E. class? A mind-bending quiz bee? An action-packed field trip? Cheez Whiz can definitely help kids Start Strong. Now, your child can be ready for anything. 

Last June 5, members of the media and their kids were gathered to experience the first-ever Cheez Strength Builders Camp with its newest ambassador’s celebrity mom Chesca Garcia and kids Scarlett and Gavin Kramer. Children were ab|e to enjoy fun physical activities that showcased their strength, powered by a Cheez Whiz breakfast. The Strength Builders Camp featured four (4) interactive zones and five (5) active zones where they get to complete exciting physical activities. 

We can help our children to stay strong throughout the day, most especially through the food that we set on the breakfast table. Cheez Whiz can definitely help kids Start Strong. Give them a delicious and more importantly, nutritious breakfast powered by Strength Builders. So, now, your child can be ready for anything. Not only is Cheez Whiz delicious but its nutrients can help prepare kids for moments where they will need strength,” said Hanz Lao, Cheez Whiz’ Brand Manager. 

A good breakfast is important to me and my family. We all lead an active lifestyle from having an athlete husband to children who are student athletes. That is why a good and balanced diet is followed in our home. The kids need Strength Builders such as vitamins, minerals and nutrients to get them through their day, keeping them healthy, strong and focused. I love it when I see that my kids still have the energy to do other things that are just as important like reading a book, doing arts and crafts. It's a good combination and balance for their physical and mental development,” Chesca Garcia Kramer shared. 

Available at all groceries and supermarkets, Cheez Whiz comes in different variants, Or\g\na\, Pimiento, and Mild, and in different sizes and prices: 450g Jar (P156), 220g Jar (P7925), SUP 220g (P72), SUP 115g (P3925), SUP 62g (P25) and 24g Sachet (P10). 

To know more, like CHEEZ WHIZ on Facebook and Instagram at @CheeZWhizPH. 




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Friday, June 21, 2019

Spending time in forests can be healthy for us


PWPA encourages Filipinos to do “forest bathing”



  • Everywhere we look, there seems to be a reason for us to be stressed. Whether we’re dealing with looming deadlines at work, drama at home, or even just finding a date, there are things that weigh us down. Sometimes, all we need is to escape the hassles of everyday life.


Being a tropical country, it’s a good thing that we can always find solace in the lush greenery offered by our forests. But did you know that taking refuge, even for a short while, under the canopy can improve your life and bring plenty of benefits?

Forest bathing, or what is known in Japanese as shinrin-yoku, is a cornerstone of preventive healthcare and healing in Japanese medicine. The concept was first established in Japan in the 1980s, and since then it has been backed by multiple South Korean and Japanese studies. The studies have found direct correlation between numerous health benefits and the exposure to a living forest. 

Some of the most significant health benefits that a person can get from exposure to forests are: a boost to our immune system, lower blood pressure, lower stress levels, improved mood, increased focus, and better sleep. But aside from these, it can also help us increase creativity, allows us to relax, and increases our happiness. 

This is the reason why the Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) is advocating for more people to experience forest bathing. 

“We all know what our forests do for our environment,” Charlie Liu, Chairman of PWPA said. “Forest bathing goes beyond that and shows what a healthy forest can do for individuals. It is heartening that more and more Filipinos are choosing to discover the health benefits of our forests through forest bathing.”

Aside from encouraging more Filipinos to visit their forests, PWPA is campaigning for the protection of our forests and the practice of sustainable forest management to promote the well-being of the local forestry industry. The organization continuously promotes wood, which when harnessed sustainably, can be an important driver of growth and development for many communities in the Philippines and its economy as a whole.

In line with its goal to increase the sustainable use of wood, PWPA is holding the Philippine Wood Expo 2019 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza this October 21 to 22. The event promises to be a great opportunity for suppliers and manufacturers of wood products as well as wood enthusiasts to showcase their products and innovative technologies to attendees coming from various countries. The Philippine Wood Expo 2019 aims to expand the reach of businesses in the wood sector by providing them with the opportunity to interface with other industry players.

To learn more about PWPA or to learn how you can take part in the Philippine Wood Expo 2019, visit their website at http://www.pwpa.org.ph and join their fight for a better tomorrow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pwpa.philwood.

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About PWPA
The Philippine Wood Producers Association (PWPA) is the national association of companies, corporations, partnerships, and individuals involved in forest management. It aims to promote the sustainable management of natural and plantation forests that will increase their capacity to supply the wood requirement and enhance their capacity to provide ecological balance for the country. It strives to serve and protect the market of the wood industry against unfair trade practices. By executing events such as the annual Philippine Wood Expo, participating in timber conferences, workshops, and environmental advocacies, it attains the public’s appreciation for its role in the social, economic, and environmental development of the country.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Why every parent should invest in a home security tool




Security is a crucial aspect of any happy home, a space where families grow together and nurture each other. It is a haven where one can play freely and rest comfortably. A home is a nest where family members should feel safe and secured. 

However, the reality is different. In 2018, a Q1 survey  revealed that more than 500,000 families reported break-in in their own homes. Despite this figure representing a decline compared to the previous year, break-in among other crimes is still a major cause of concern to many Filipino families.

While it is impossible to predict what might happen, a home security tool can certainly provide parents and homeowners an extra layer of security and added peace of mind.

Advance home monitoring device 

To address the home security need of every Filipino family, leading digital services provider, PLDT brings the Advanced Fam Cam — a home monitoring tool with improved features in visual coverage, motion and sound detection and high-definition (HD) quality images.
The product is a 180-degree wireless HD camera with a speaker and microphone that allows parents to visually check on their kids and communicate with them.
Advanced Fam Cam is designed for on-the-go and working parents who wish to check their children even when they are away from home. The device can be linked to smartphones through the MyDlink application. This gives every parent the ability to access and monitor their children real time. You can also use this security tool if you simply want to monitor your home.
For only an additional P399 per month, this advanced home monitoring tool is exclusively available to existing PLDT Home Fibr subscribers with Plans 1299 and up.
Keep your family close and get an added peace of mind wherever you are.

Visit pldthome.com/famcam for more information.


Saturday, June 15, 2019

Father's day 2019

Life is too short to hide your feelings. Don't be afraid to say what you feel. 

This is my Daddy. So him!
πŸ“Έ ctto


June is special because it is #PrincessY's , my dad's (+) and my birthmonth. Here in the Philippines, we also celebrate Father's day every 3rd Sunday of June. This year, Father's day will fall on June 16 (yes, tomorrow na yun). A day before my birthday. πŸ’›

Most of us are "maka-nanay" that we sometimes forget to give thanks to our father. Or baka nahihiya sa tatay mag express since most Tatays naman are not that expressive din.

I have a challenge for you, yes you! post a photo of your father or husband (wait for my post sa FB page) and answer what makes you proud of your dad/husband? And yung song na dine-dedicate mo sa kanya? Do shout it to the world loud and clear because TIME is GOLD! 

Please do comment here (sa blog) as well, your message to your father /husband, your name and location and win a Love Hope Faith 4.0 watch! πŸ’› 

Happy Father's day! Enjoy! 😍

#MITMxFathersDay2019

Road safety tips for a fun and unforgettable trip


Rain or shine. No matter the weather. Practice road safety before and while you are behind the wheel for a hassle-free and ejoyable road trips. Remember, safety first always! 

Here are some road safety tips from AXA Philippines, one of the leading insurance companies in the country:

Have your car checked. Take your car to your trusted mechanic and have the battery, lights, oil, water, brakes, air, and gas (B.L.O.W.B.A.G.) checked, as well as your air conditioner. Always have a tool kit and a usable spare tire ready, in case of a flat tire. 

Get a good rest before you hit the road. Driving long distances with very little sleep is dangerous as it can affect your alertness and your overall driving skills. Having coffee or a caffeinated drink may not be enough. So get that proper shut-eye — at least six to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep — before that trip.

Plan your route. When going somewhere far for the first time, it’s best to do research first on the surrounding areas, the best routes to take, and the general road conditions there. Download a navigation app on your smartphone so you don’t get lost or get stuck in heavy traffic.

Buckle up, even if you’re a rear seat passenger. It’s important to wear your seatbelt — for the driver as well as front and rear seat passengers. This safety restraint system can protect you in times of collisions and prevent you from hitting the dashboard, the windshield, the seat in front of you, or worse.

Keep your distance. Be conscious of braking distances and leave a safe space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you, so in case of an abrupt stop, a potential collision can be avoided.

Insure your vehicle. Having car insurance, like the comprehensive insurance coverage offered by AXA Philippines, can protect you against losses and liabilities arising from road mishaps. AXA Car Insurance is available for purchase online. Its policy holders can also avail of 24/7 emergency roadside assistance coverage across the country. This insurance product also offers the AXA Assist app, which presents a first-of-its-kind emergency red button. In case of emergencies, the application sends a distress message and location of the policy holder to emergency contact person/s, and AXA Assistance’s command center. What this brings is added peace of mind and security, so you can enjoy your drive and your trip!

To get a quote now, visit www.axa.com.ph


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

GAOC attends prestigious 2019 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration

As part of its thrust towards the continuous training and development of its expert dental team, the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), one of the best dental clinics in Southeast Asia, attended the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) held last March 13 to 19 in Washington DC. With its theme ‘Current Factors in Clinical Excellence,’ world-renowned international speakers, specialists, leading general practitioners, lab technicians and dental hygienists enjoyed seven productive and fruitful days of knowledge sharing and learning, picking-up the latest information on the expanding field of osseointegration 


Photo shows (L-R) Dr. Daisy Jane Cabatit, Dr. Ana Beatriz Robles, Dr. Marc Quirynen, Dr. Maria Abbigail Asis, Dr. Janice Florian German, and Dr. Rowena Sanz.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sarah G to independent ladies: Learn how to cook for yourself


The Popstar Royalty shares why cooking gives her a sense of freedom


What is an independent Filipina? Is she someone who likes to do things on her own, learn new experiences as she moves through life, or someone who knows how to take care of herself? For many women, being independent means more than living on their own. It also means experiencing life in her own terms and being able to follow one’s passion without restriction.

Take it from Popstar Royalty Sarah Geronimo who is starting to claim and enjoy her own independence—free to chase her passion and discover new ones. “Para po sa’kin, being an independent person means kaya mong gawin ‘yung mga bagay na gusto mong gawin. As an independent woman, gustung-gusto ko pong mag-explore ng mga bagay na di ko pa nagagawa, and also learn more about myself in the process.”

One passion she decided to pursue is cooking. “Ang sarap po kasi ng pakiramdam na kaya mong ipagluto yung sarili mo. Whenever I cook, I get that sense of freedom in my own kitchen. I’m free to experiment, try new dishes, or recreate my Mom’s recipes,” she adds. “Kaya to all independent women out there, I advise that you learn how to cook. It’s very empowering to rely on yourself, and a good start will be in the kitchen.”

As testament to her new-found independence in pursuing her passion, Sarah even shared some easy-to-cook recipes. Her favorites are found in the cookbook that comes with every purchase of the all-new Phoenix Super LPG at select super hubs.

Whether you’re living alone or just simply someone who loves to do things on their own, these Sarah G-approved dishes will make you rediscover the joys of cooking (and eating!).


Sunday, June 9, 2019

Join Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang at SM Cinema’s Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 Adventure Land


Did you miss the gang? It’s been years since Woody, Buzz, and the gang said their goodbyes to their human, Andy, which left all of us crying our eyes out at the cinema – and we’re honestly still not over it. But after almost a decade, these toys from our childhood are returning for another fun-filled adventure with new characters for us to love with the upcoming release of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4.

SM Cinema welcomes everyone to the Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 Adventure Land exhibit at SM North EDSA The Block Atrium from June 6 to 21.

SM Cinema is celebrating this much-awaited comeback by bringing the magic from the movies to real life with the Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 Adventure Land, a land full of classic carnival games sure to bring out the kid in all of us! 

Take a trip down memory lane and test your accuracy with a game of ring toss and hit target alien spaceships using plastic balls. Feel like a real life Bo Peep and try to guide your sheep from one pen to the other. And finally, let your creativity flow by creating your very own Forky on the velcro wall – and be sure to take a photo and share it with all your friends!

Create your own Forky in this Velcro wall at the Toy Story Adventure Land at SM North EDSA The Block.

In Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, when Bonnie takes the toys on her family’s road trip, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep, whose adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. Woody and Bo are worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, and they soon realize that’s the least of their worries.

You and your family can visit the Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 Adventure Land at the SM North EDSA The Block Atrium from June 6 to 21. Everyone is welcome, especially kids at heart who have grown up with Woody, Buzz and the beloved Toy Story gang. Invite all your loved ones and keep the magic of childhood alive at SM Cinema.
Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”) and Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”) Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to cinemas on June 20, 2019. Catch it at SM Cinema’s 64 branches, or at IMAX and Director’s Club Cinemas nationwide. 

Test your targeting skills as you try to hit the alien spaceships in this fun activity at the Toy Story Adventure Land exhibit at SM North EDSA The Block.

Book your tickets through www.smcinema.com or via the SM Cinema mobile app. You can also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates. 

Satisfy your cravings at Snack Time, the official food concessionaire of SM Cinema, which offers a wide array of snacks like popcorn, hotdogs and burgers to complement your movie watching experience. Follow /SnackTimeOfficial on Facebook for more information.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Havas Group Reimagines PR Group with Launch of Red Havas


In line with its global rebranding, Havas PR Philippines becomes part of the Merged Media micro-network.

The passionate and incredible REDsters of Red Havas Philippines (L-R): Marion Esquillo, Havas Group Associate Creative Director; Marco Grajo, Account Manager; Charisse Vilchez, Business Unit Director; Jookie Radoc, Media Relations Manager; Janessa Tek-ing, Senior Account Manager and Cid Santillan, Account Director

As creative and media agencies face a near-daily redefinition of their identities and scopes of work in the modern media landscape, public relations agencies in particular are being completely reconstructed. How can PR companies adopt at the pace of today’s lighting-speed multimedia landscape?

Havas Group, with its shared Merged Media strategy, announced that it has rebranded a number of its award-winning PR and social agencies including its Manila office under a new name, Red Havas. Through Merged Media, the micro-network reimagines the way it does PR and drives its agencies to new heights by blending traditional and digital publishing, content, social media, and data in a way that defines the future of PR as a category.

Red Havas’ office in Manila, Philippines is part of leading fully-integrated media and creative agency, Havas Ortega (HVO). Under the tutelage of Business Director Charisse Vilchez, Havas PR Manila will now be Red Havas Philippines, along with other Asia Pacific-based Red Agency networks in Australia, Singapore and Havas PR North America with offices in New York City, New England, Phoenix and Pittsburgh. In addition, Red Havas has rebranded its Havas PR offices in Vietnam and Jakarta, Manchester, Edinburgh and opened a new office in London. The new brand has expansion plans to Japan and South America within 18-24 months. 

“Havas Ortega welcomes the rebranding of our PR team to Red Havas. The current team is more than ready to take on the challenge and bring PR to the next level. Red Havas Philippines, together with its passionate and incredible REDsters, will help create our clients’ brand stories through Merged Media,” said HVO Chief Executive Officer Jos Ortega. “I am confident that with Char’s experience working in two strong online brands OLX and Agoda and her training at Red Havas in Australia, we will be able to live up to our ambition of owning Merged Media in the local scene.”

The rebranding coincides with global-led investments into data, content and bespoke insight tools, which will include listening and predictive analytics platforms that will layer in a foretelling media capability not seen before within the industry.

“The guiding light of PR has always been to integrate brands or organizations stories into the daily conversations of the media ecosystem,” said James Wright, global chairman of the Havas PR Collective and global CEO of Red Havas. “PR is one of the most powerful tools that brands can use to connect to audiences, but it’s essential that it integrates seamlessly across content types and sources and operates at the pace, and in the ways, of today’s consumer. With content, social and predictive data at the core, we’ve built a model that merges all of the various media sources and essentially redefines the PR capability entirely.”

Commenting on the global rebranding, Yannick Bollore, CEO and chairman of Havas Group, said: “Red Havas is a new, transformational and unmatched micro agency network that will help redefine PR and its value to clients. Along with the power of Havas Group and the world-class entertainment capabilities we have within Vivendi, the proposition of merged media becomes very interesting. We have big ambitions to develop and invest in this further.”

Red Havas is part of the Havas PR Global Collective, the PR and communications arm of the Havas Group that comprises approximately 40 agencies around the world and more than 1,300 employees. At this stage, there are no plans to rebrand other Havas-owned PR agencies.


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About Red Havas

Red Havas is part of the Global Havas PR Global Collective and has offices in Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney), Philippines (Manila), Singapore, United Kingdom (London and Manchester) and the United States (Pittsburgh, Phoenix, New England and New York City).  
For further information, please visit: www.redhavas.com.   



About Havas Group

Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Founded in 1835 in Paris, the Group employs 20,000 people in more than 100 countries. Havas Group is committed to being the world’s best company at creating meaningful differences between people and brands through creativity, media and innovation. Based on a client-centric model across media and creative, Havas Group is the most integrated company in its sector. They operate with three business units (creative, media and healthcare & wellness) within the  Havas Villages all over the world where teams share the same premises, ensuring agility and a seamless experience for clients. #makingbrandsmeaningful

Further information about Havas Group is available on the company’s website: havasgroup.com


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Promil Four's i-Shine 7 Celebrate the Gift Recital

#Promil4iShine7 i-shiner graduates



Last May 10, over 270 Promil Four i-Shine 7 talent camp i-Shiner graduates took the stage to shine bright, wowing the  audience with amazing creations and inspiring performances during Promil Four's i-Shine 7 Celebrate the Gift Recital at SMX Aura.

Ever-supportive parents, relatives, mentors, and other kids filled the SMX Aura Convention Center with cheers and applause as they witnessed future artists, dancers, musicians, ballerinas, and actors conquer the stage. 

Seasoned actress Dimples Romana, who has been hosting Promil Four's i-Shine ever since its beginning in 2009, once again had the honor of hosting the recital.

Members and mentors of Art Camp

To begin the celebration, members of the Art Camp, under the mentorship of Teacher Robert Alejandro of Papermelroti and Teacher Kara of Masterpiece Movement, cultivated the value of Imagination through creative exploration and self-expression as they showcased a lovely mural & tunnel that they worked on during their workshop.

Dance Camp participants

Next, participants of the Dance Camp, mentored by G-Force choreographers and guided by Teacher Georcelle Dapat-Sy, brought the house down with both beginner and intermediate hip-hop moves. Through sequences of steps, rhythmic patterns, thumping beats, and awesome formations, each Promil Four i-Shiner explored and found a passion for dance. The value of Teamwork was incorporated as an important part of their learning during their workshops, allowing them to work together while also expressing individuality in their performance.

Ballerinas with Ballet Manila
Meanwhile, the little ballerinas melted the audience's hearts because of their frilly tutus and satin ballet shoes. Personally taught and led by Prima Ballerina Lisa Macuja-Elizalde of Ballet Manila, the little ballerinas demonstrated poise and grace with their smooth and delicate movements. With the help of Promil Four i-Shine 7 Ballet Camp, the little girls learned the value of discipline that they will take with them beyond the workshop. 

Theatre Camp

Theatre Camp i-Shiners with mentor Audi Gemora

Next, the Theatre Camp i-Shiners showed off their confident, gregarious, and versatile selves on stage. One of the Promil Four Theatre camp i-Shiners' performances was the popular fable "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," directed by Coaches from Trumpets Playshop. Through imagination and creativity, as well as embracing the arts in all its forms, the Theatre Camp took a step closer towards creating well-rounded, confident, and versatile kids. 

Music Camp i-Shiners

Members of the Music Camp showcased their gift through a lively performance of voices and instruments in perfect harmony, guided by National Artist, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab.  While the kids learned new musical lessons, they were also imparted with improved skills, confidence, and an increased awareness of the learning and leadership needed to thrive in life.

Promil Four's i-Shine 7 Camps ran from April to May 2019. This year's camp locations expanded beyond Metro Manila with the addition of Batangas, Cebu, and Davao. Promil Four, as part of its commitment, continues to encourage parents to nurture their children's gifts, not only with expert guidance, but also with proper nutrition. The New Promil Four's Nutrissentials are now made even better with Oligofructose, to help support proper growth and mental development. For more information, visit https://www.promilnurturethegift.com.ph/promil-four-nutrissentials 

Promil Four is committed to its mission of nurturing the gift in every Filipino child. In partnership with experts, Promil Four's i-Shine Talent Camp 7 helped instill in the participant's values such as imagination, teamwork, versatility, discipline, and harmony to help them shine not just on stage, but in real life as well.