Friday, March 22, 2019

Women, love yourselves more!

Renowned psychoneurologist and happiness doctor Lia Bernardo enumerates five easy tips on how women can live a happier, unapologetic life.

You can’t love others if you don’t truly love yourself. This is something we've heard since we were little. But loving one's self doesn’t happen overnight.

Renowned psychoneurologist and happiness doctor Lia Bernardo says that self-love is a daily process of accepting yourself completely by living a genuine, unapologetic life. Here are some tips from Dr. Bernardo on how women can love themselves even more:

1. Break the cycle by starting within. You can’t tell people how to act but you can control how you think or feel about situations. It is better to see the bright side or to let go. Don’t give anyone the power over you – this is what true empowerment is.

2. Know that you are beautiful. See yourself as whole – complete. All you need to do is face the camera inwards and like who you are. For days when you need a confidence booster, check out SM's beauty section to get special deals on skincare and beauty bundles.

3. Be proactive. If you are sad, always remember that everything, including happiness, is your choice. Discover what makes you happy and take steps to incorporate them in your daily routine. Happiness is more about the journey, not the destination.

4. Take care of yourself. It is important to practice self-care in all aspects of your life -- physically, mentally, and emotionally. Indulge in self-care with the Women’s Special at SM this March and avail of beauty and wellness deals from select spas and salons.

5. Accept yourself. Once you’ve learned to accept and acknowledge who you really, are, all that self-doubt goes out the window. Take the time to get to know your individuality because whatever you think, you believe. Whatever you believe becomes your behavior. Revisit your belief, so you can improve your life today. 

Ladies, celebrate self-love this Women’s Month at SM! Get fabulous finds such as fashion, accessories, make-up and skin care up to 70% off during SM’s Women’s Wednesday Sale the entire month of March.

“With a little bit of self love, anyone can change their life. At SM, we want women to make themselves a priority by letting them indulge in various pampering activities so they can be the best version of themselves,” said SM Supermalls senior vice president Jonjon San Agustin.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Rebisco’s Topps Sarap is looking for the next batch of Toppstars

Is your child the next big TV star?

This is your kids’ chance to star in their own TV show

Topps Sarap, a favorite cupcake brand from Rebisco, is once again looking for a new breed of talented Filipino kids via the Topps Sarap Toppstar talent search. 

Started in 2016, Topps Sarap Toppstar was created as a platform to discover young Filipino talents and celebrate the “topps” factor in each kid. Parents are encouraged to showcase their kids’ talents in singing, dancing, or acting by having them join the nationwide talent search.

Winners of the talent search receive the ultimate prize—a chance to audition for TOPPSTAR TV. 

Airing weekends on GMA 7 and GMA News TV, each half-an-hour episode features performances from the kids, interviews with celebrity guests, unboxing videos, comedic bits, Pinoy games, and product reviews. Viewers also get a chance to join in on the fun through interactive activity bumpers. 

Journey to stardom

The talent contest is open to all kids from anywhere in the Philippines, aged four to 10 years old. To join, parents or guardians must create a maximum 30-second video showing their child’s chosen talent. Videos must be uploaded on the entrant’s Facebook account and must tag or mention Topps Sarap. 

Once video has been posted, the link of the post must be copied and included in the entry form, which can be downloaded here:

Participants can submit another entry 24 hours after the first submission. The last submission received will be considered the final entry to be judged. A confirmation e-mail will be sent within two to three days of submission. Entries will be accepted until 11:59PM on March 31, 2019. 

From all the valid entries, the top 50 will be chosen based on talent and performance (50%); star quality (45%); and online votes (5%). 

An online voting will be held from April 5 to 7, 2019, 11:00 AM. A special award will be given to four entries with the highest number of votes, with one each from Luzon, Greater Manila Area, Visayas, and Mindanao. 

The top 50 will undergo a talent workshop-audition which will determine the top 25 who will advance to the final stage. The top 25 will compete in the Grand Finals on May 5, 2019. The final 10 Topps Sarap Toppstar winners will be announced on this event. 

Each winner will receive P50,000 in cash and will be featured in the Topps Sarap Facebook page. They will also participate in talent workshops and a chance to audition for TOPPSTAR TV’s next season.

For detailed mechanics, rules and more information, visit

Sarap of Topps Sarap 

Topps Sarap cupcakes are soft, mouth-watering cakes with rich, creamy filling, and thick frostin. Experience the ‘sarap from bottom to top’ goodness of Topp Sarap in 4 flavors—Choco, Cookie Monster, Yema, and Choco Peanut.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Maxicare first-ever Veggie Fest 2019

Nutrition is important for everyone. When combined with being physically active and maintaining a healthy weight, eating well is an excellent way to help your body stay strong and healthy.

You prolly know that the food you eat not only affects your body but your mood and mental health as well. Many studies have shown the connection between your food choices and your overall health. Eating a nutritious diet helps you keep a healthy body weight and a healthy heart. It also helps reduce your risk of developing some chronic diseases. 

Recently, Maxicare Healthcare Corporation. the country's leading healthcare provider, arranged its first-ever outdoor festival dubbed Maxicare Veggie Fest 2019 at Legaspi Active Park in Makati,  a project in support of the company's Chairman of the Board Mr. Roberto “Bobby" Macasaet Jr's personal advocacy for healthier lifestyies. 

In its mission to improve others’ quality of life. Maxicare encourages members and nonmembers alike to incorporate a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and starches, good fats, and lean proteins into their diet so they can live longer and feel stronger by inspiring others to fight disease and eat healthy. 

Aside from plantbased advocates that offered handpicked products for health-conscious consumers. The activities included film showing on plant-based lifestyle and a talk on “Holistic Healing for Wholesome Living” presented by Yoga instructor Donna FranciscoGuilt Free and Gluten Free Dessert” by Jertie Abergas of Jerties Kitchen, "Skin Food Understanding the Right Food for Beautiful Skin by Dr. Kathy Amurao-Herrera, Aging Gracefully" by May Manahan-Lagdameo and Dr. Willie Lagdameo of Health & Wellness Coaches Philippines, Inc., "Lifestyle Medicine” by Dr. Johann Manez, and a “Local Native Plant-Based Eating with Mesa ni Misis” by Juana Manahan- Yupangco

Jertie Abergas,Jertie's Kitchen

Healthy eating means eating a variety of food that gives you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals. 

Live your best by boosting not only your physical health, but also your mental. It’s about time to eat healthy. live healthy. and take control of your health. What you eat can affect your immune system, your mood, and your energy level. And one of the easiest ways to start your journey to living a healthy life is by eating a plantbased diet. 

Obligatory solo photo 😘 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Jolly University Year 5 Grand Winner announced

Jolly University (JU) is a program organized by Fly Ace Corporation which began in 2013. It encourages diversity as well as collaboration across and beyond academic borders while effectively transferring key skills to talented young students. Serving as a springboard to prepare aspirants in their future careers, the highly successful campus-wide competition nurtures cooperative relationships among students and institutions in promoting culinary excellence and food business innovation in the Philippines. 

JU indeed has grown to become a long running program that is greatly supported by the academic communities as well as partners from various industries. It has also grown to become a prestigious campus-wide cooking competition that's deeply committed in harnessing young students' talents in cooking, pushing their creative boundaries as they come up with a prize-winning do entry. 

The Top 20 finalists of Jolly University Year 5

The top 20 finalists presented their innovative modern renditions of Filipino classics and fusion recipes yesterday ,March 15 held at St. Scholastica's College. The culinary competition among the top 20 elite finalists focused on elevating one's culinary passion and recreating everyday dishes with this year's theme Innovate. Create. Share. "

The top 20 finalists are: Richmond Suntay (University of Sto. Tomas), Jericho Pareja (Lyceum of the Philippines University-Manila), Jenald Pascual (NCBA Fairview), Phoebe Punzalan (CEU-Makati), Zire Oliver Romero ( Lyceum of the Philippines University - Manila), Andrea Marie Saclao (Lyceum of the Philippines-Manila), John Phillip Brocoy (Emilio Aguinaldo College), Moeko Shinshi (San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation Inc. College), Jesch Bodano (Far Eastern University-Manila), Tyrone Lemuel Ty (University of Sto. Tomas), Rafael Imalay (NCBA Fairview), Camille Dizon (Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts, Sciences, & Technology), Ma. Trixia Joyce Sevilla (St. Scholastica's College Manila), Patricia Ong (Chiang Kai Shek College), Dustin Ryan Agoncillo (Metropolitan Medical Center College of Arts, Sciences, & Technology), Ria Daniel Arugay (San Sebastian College Recoletos), Daryanne Chanel Yongco (University of Sto. Tomas), Eduard Vargas (EARIST), Pauline Galang ( Manila Tytana Colleges) and Janzel Dayag (St. Joseph College Quezon City) 

For JU year 5, greater social media engagement was achieved via a Golden Ticket mechanics wherein two of the chosen top 20 finalists can advance immediately to the final round during the Cook-Off. The two contestants who automatically earned the final slots are Richmond Sunday of UST for whose dish photo garnered the Most Likes and Shares on Facebook and Ria Arugay of San Sebastian Recoletos for the Most Jolly Canned Vegetable Product Labels Collected.

JU year 5 Grand Winner, Tyrone Lemuel Ty of UST with Fly Ace Corporation Executives

Hainanese Chicken Binakol Noodle Soup, Tyrone Lemuel Ty , UST

Grand Winner
- Tyrone Lemuel Ty of UST 

Richmond Suntay, UST
1st Runner Up- Richmond Suntay of UST

Patricia Ong, Chiang Kai Shek College
2nd Runner Up - Patricia Ong of Chiang Kai Shek College

This year's sole grand champion took home fifty thousand pesos (P50, 000) worth of cash and prizes. 

Jolly University Year 5 Grand Cook-Off wouldn't be a success without the support of event sponsors : St. Scholastica's College, Masflex, Fujidenzo, Whirlpool, Technogas, UCPB, Jolly Cow, Lotus Biscoff, Dona Elena, May Sparkling Grape Juice, and Good Life. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The 7-Eleven Tour road cycling event is back and registration starts now!

Fresh from the successful staging of 7-Eleven Trail 2019, the premiere mountain biking event in the country, 7-Eleven is now embarking on another road cycling event with 7-Eleven Tour 2019.  

After seven years, 7-Eleven is following up the successful Tour 700 with the 7-Eleven Tour 2019. The event, which takes place on April 7 at Clark Global City in Mabalacat, Pampanga, promises to gather professional and weekend road bike enthusiasts for a grueling road race challenge!

The Tour 700: Bayani ng Barangay debuted on May 2012 not just to celebrate the opening of 7-Eleven’s 700th store but also to create a sporting event that will bring the best riders together in a single day race, while also providing a challenging opportunity for newbie cyclists. Held at the Clark Field Parade Grounds, it attracted close to 3,500 participants, competing in either the 40km or the 100km categories.

This year, 7-Eleven Tour 2019 will be comprised of two categories, 48KM and 106KM. The courses will start at Clark Global City and will take the participants to SCTEX heading to Subic and back. Prizes await winners in the various age group categories for both the 106KM and 48KM races.

Over 5,000 cyclists from various backgrounds and age groups are expected to join so make sure to register early as slots are not guaranteed to stay available for long! Log on to the event’s official website at and register now because the period for signing up is only until March 24, 2019, so hurry! 

Jollibee celebrates Jolly Breakfast Day with free Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches

The Jollibee crew was stationed outside to assist the customers and give claiming stubs for Jolly Breakfast Day.

Kwentong Jollibee Valentine Series 2019: Choice cast members Vince Vandorpe, Karl Gabriel, and Reese Tuazon were present to celebrate Jolly Breakfast Day.

YouTuber Benedict Cua joined the festivities and helped give away Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches.

YouTuber Riva Quenery and commercial model Rollo Espinos graced the Jolly Breakfast Day!

Students dropped by Jollibee to get their free Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Landlite Philippines Corporation reveals lighting design trends for 2019 and newest ambassador

Landlite Lighting Designs and Trends for 2019

Are you looking for a good quality lighting fixtures that is eco-friendly, multifunctional and sustainable? Look no further as Landlite Philippines Corporation (LPC), a leading distributor of lighting fixtures and solutions in the country disclosed the key lighting design trends to look forward to this 2019 as it gathered members of the media, industry partners, and their top clients at the sleek LuxDecor showroom in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Landlite Lighting Designs and Trends for 2019

During the event, LPC also presented its new brand ambassador top host and celebrity Marc Nelson who will appear in the company’s marketing campaigns and share news about LPC products and industry insights. 

Below are the key lighting trends for 2019: 

 ✔ Eco-lighting
As the world becomes more conscious about the environment particularly in the reduction of waste and the promotion of recycling, lighting products are also responding to this call. 

The Hook - Landlite Lighting Designs and Trends for 2019

The Hook portable eco-lamp for one, designed by OiKo Design Office for Faro Barcelona, has been optimized for all stages of their life cycle, reducing the environmental impact between 30 percent and 70 percent. Free of harmful PVC, a harmful material present in most wires and plugs, the housings of The Hook portable eco-lamp are also made entirely of recycled plastic.

✔ Human-centric
Another lighting trend that is fast gaining traction is human-centric design. Proponents of this movement say that CCT shifting, which refers to the correlated color temperature of LED bulbs, can help regulate circadian rhythms, moods, visual acuity and one’s performance. 

Towards this end, Bohman&Folenius created the Inviting Light for home lighting, whose main characteristic is how the light moves to accompany you according to your different needs and moods. The head of the lamp adjusts both in its horizontal and vertical axis, while regulating light intensity, changes in color temperature, and also has a dimmable feature.

Its various versions—table, wall or clip—allow for multiple  locations, such as shelving units, headboards, study and work desks, as well as in the kitchen.

✔ Multi-functional
Consumers of today now also seek out lighting solutions that can replace multiple pieces of equipment, in their desire for value for money as well as space-saving needs especially for those who reside in condominium units. 

NIKO by Nahtrang - Landlite Lighting Designs
and Trends for 2019

Thus, the stylish NIKO by Nahtrang—a homage to scientist and inventor Nikolai Tesla—was borne, which is actually two objects in one: a lamp and mobile charger, with a surface on which we can charge our smartphone without cables getting in the way. With its Nordic design with dual functionality, NIKO is perfect for illuminating bedrooms and living rooms, and is a good choice for hotels.

✔ Mobility
Another interesting trend coming to the fore is mobility in lighting products, which is a response to those who are more outdoorsy in nature. The Take-Away lamp designed by Nahtrang addresses this need, taking inspiration from lanterns coupled with the versatility of Japanese ceramic bowls: small, light, cable-free, and nomadic—allowing it to be placed anywhere.

Landlite Lighting Designs and Trends for 2019

Landlite Lighting Designs and Trends for 2019

Landlite Lighting Designs and Trends for 2019

Landlite took the opportunity as well to present its other range of lighting solutions: the Le Vita by Nahtrang, delicate and simple in design; the MOY by Nahtrang, a modern round light that provides a uniform illumination ideal for living rooms or busy areas; the Cometa which allows for uniform and high-quality illumination with anti-glare technology; and designer lamps inspired by different world cultures such as the Akane by Pepe Llaudet and the Aladino.

Landlite Lighting Solutions summed up in 3 words: Professionalism. Honesty. Passion 

My winning pose and post. I won The Hook portable eco-lamp ❤

Saturday, March 9, 2019

FREE Bacon, Egg & Cheese Sandwiches on March 11 at Jollibee

Wake up to a joyful morning with Jollibee’s Jolly Breakfast Day celebration

The early birds get free delicious Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches on March 11

Monday mornings can be the most difficult since it’s the start of another challenging week. But on March 11, 2019, get ready to start your week on an exciting note as Jollibee spreads more joy with Jolly Breakfast Day!

To bring more joy to customers on March 11, the country’s number one fast-food brand will be celebrating “Jolly Breakfast Day”, where free Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches will be given to customers seeking a delicious and satisfying way to start their Monday. 

From 8:00 to 9:00 AM, head to the nearest Metro Manila Jollibee Breakfast store and get a chance to get your hands on the new Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwich!

“Breakfast is perhaps the most important meal of the day, and a flavor-packed, satisfying meal in the morning can spell the difference between a great day and an ordinary one,” said Mari Aldecoa, Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Category.  “Jollibee’s New Breakfast Sandwiches offer breakfast favorites in a meal that’s easy to enjoy even when you’re on the way to a long, busy day at work or at school!”

The Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwich brings together classic breakfast favorites in one easy-to-eat, affordable sandwich. Imagine your favorite Bacon, Egg, and Cheese sandwiched between two soft buns lathered with a butter and maple syrup spread for that extra hint of deliciousness. It’s a sandwich that truly delivers the joy needed to kickstart the day ahead. The Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwich is available at P50 (solo). Jollibee also offers an Egg & Cheese Sandwich available for P39 (solo).

For more information on Jollibee’s Jolly Breakfast Day Celebration and other events, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Cartoon Network Celebrates The Powerpuff Girls' 20th Anniversary with EMPOWERPUFF

The kids’ channel casts a well-deserved spotlight on inspirational individuals from the Philippines and around the world!

Today, on International Women’s Day, Cartoon Network officially celebrates the birthday of The Powerpuff Girls in Asia with Empowerpuff. The campaign is a movement that embraces empowerment and puts the spotlight on driven girls, young ladies and women who are the game changers in their communities, businesses and the world. 

Can you believe that it has been 20 years since super-cute/super-fierce trio first used their awesome powers to save the world before bedtime? Time flies as fast as these wide-eyed superheroes, and now Cartoon Network is celebrating the ultimate girl-power ambassadors in ways that would make even Princess Morbucks happy. 

Over the next few months, Cartoon Network will premiere a series of content on its social and digital platforms featuring Filipina celebrities and influencers. They all have made a name for themselves for their Social Responsibility and Bravery, Art and Creativity, and Health and Fitness.

Each of them will conduct a workshop where they will share inspiring stories to motivate young Pinays to be the heroes of their own communities. So, watch out for who will be the chosen Filipina trailblazers and tune in to Cartoon Network for other exciting activities lined up for the year.

The two-time Emmy Award winning series, The Powerpuff Girls, first burst on to Cartoon Network 20 years ago and has captured hearts since then. From the biggest names in fashion and apparel, this iconic trio continues to showcase its reach through collaborations with the likes of Peter Alexander, Supre, Katie Eary, Lingua Franca, LEGO, and Havaianas. Most recently, deals were struck with Champion and cutting-edge womenswear designer Christian Cowan.

For latest updates on The Powerpuff Girls’ 20th anniversary, follow Cartoon Network Asia on Facebook or visit the Cartoon Network website. Catch The Powerpuff Girls on weekdays at 8:15 am and Sundays at 1:45 pm only on Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network is available on SKYCable Channel 43, SKYCable HD Channel 178, Cignal Channel 35, Cignal HD Channel 110, Destiny Cable (Digital) Channel 43, Destiny Cable (Analog) Channel 51, Cable Link Channel 26, Dream Satellite Channel 15, and through the Cartoon Network Watch and Play app. 

Monday, March 4, 2019

Autism Spectrum Disorder FAQs

FAQs on Autism 

💚 What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an atypical neural development of the brain, and starts from early infancy. It is not a psychological condition. 

ASD is a lifelong developmental condition that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It is also characterized by repetitive motor movements, inflexible adherence to routines, ritualized patterns of behavior, fixations, hyper-or hypo-reactivity to sensory input. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colors. 

Since the rbain processes what is seen, heard, touched, tasted, smelled differently, the person with ASD perceives and reacts to his environment in a manner unique to neurotypical people. ASD may occur with other conditions such as attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), Down 
Syndrome, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, among others. 

ASD is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their autism will affect them in different ways. Many people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying challenges that require a lifetime of specialist support. 

💚 How can we detect or prevent autism? 

The cause of autism is still unknown; but scientific research suggests it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors. 

Autism is not detected at birth and as yet, no physical test will detect ASD. A child can be diagnosed with autism before the age of 3 years, by observing their behavior. 

💚 How can people tell when a person has autism? 

Licensed developmental pediatricians, neurologists and clinical psychologists may be consulted to assess whether a person has autism. An individual with autism manifests the dyad of impairments -- impairment in social interaction and communication, and repetitive and stereotypic behavior. 

💚 What do persons with autism look like? 

Individuals with autism do not share any physical characteristics, inasmuch as they do not share the same developmental or behavioral patterns. The condition is also widely distributed across race and other demographic areas, making physical generalizations baseless. 

💚 How can individuals with autism be “cured”? 

Autism IS NOT A DISEASE. With the right intervention, many individuals with autism live rich, fulfilled lives.