Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Manila Hotel Café Ilang-Ilang offers halal-certified food for Takeout and Delivery

 


Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the fasting period of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast this May 12, 2021. It is celebrated through prayer, gifts, and lavish feast. While the country is predominantly Catholic, Islam is the second-largest religion in the country. No wonder, Filipinos have become fond of Halal foods. 


Halal food is prepared following a set of Islamic dietary laws and regulations that determine what is permissible, lawful, and clean. Any dish can be halal, as long as the meat used is religiously slaughtered and no pork or alcohol is involved. 


The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang-Ilang has a Halal kitchen certified by the Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board. This kitchen dedicated to Halal food preparation serves Indian and Middle Eastern-inspired halal dishes that will whet your appetite and pay homage to its traditional roots. 

Designed for proper breaking of the fast, The Manila Hotel’s Ramadan Special Halal Home Buffet set comes with dried dates and juice, chickpeas hummus, Fatoush mixed salad, roti and naan bread, vegetable biryani, tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh, vegetable samosa, and baklava. The set is just one of the three choices for the Halal Certified Home Buffet. 

“Our Lamb Rogan Josh is a must-try. It’s imported from Australia and it has the spices and sharpness that will surely be enjoyed by everyone. We can also customize the food according to our customer’s requests. Say you don’t like chili, we can make it milder. We can tweak a dish to please your palate while still being true to its authentic taste,” says Chef Kiran Singh, the hotel’s Halal-trained chef.  

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr by ordering any of The Manila Hotel’s Halal Home Buffet sets or dishes, available for Takeout and delivery. Visit https://www.manila-hotel.com.ph/takeout/ for the full menu, or call 8527-0011 or 0998-9501912. 



Three Ways to Avoid Paying ATM Fees

Ever felt that you know you have this balance in your bank, but upon checking it's less than what you have in mind? You know that all you did was balance inquiry using another bank's ATM.

When I was an employee, I need to check if my salary got credited because I need to buy milk and diaper for my kids. It just so happens that my bank's one and only ATM is offline. So I went on to the next ATM which is owned by another bank. I checked my balance, took the amount I need and went on to buy at the grocery. You know how we moms have this list of expenses, every centavo we spend is listed. And we know when the amount on our list does not match what's in the bank. I am missing almost P200(!!!), and that's a big issue for moms like us. Only to find out while talking to a coworker that she also lost the same amount of money, and we did the same thing, we used another bank's ATM. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Recently, I read an advisory from Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), that starting April 7, automated teller machines (ATMs) will adopt the "acquirer-based ATM fee-charging (ABFC) model.

What is ABFC?

It is a market-based pricing model that lets the ATM-owner-- who invests in the machines and infrastructure to service cardholders--set the fees for transactions. Currently, ATM owners (usually banks) are only given a fixed share in fees collected.

Under the ABFC, usage of ATMs of a cardholder's own bank shall remain free of charge. However, using ATMs of different banks shall include fees that would vary depending on the owner's business model, deployment strategy, pricing scheme, etc. Cardholders will be empowered to chose an ATM terminal that charges the lowest fees and provides more reliable service. 

It's great that I have an account with BDO. And as a cardholder, I have nothing to worry about the ABCF implementation. I can continue to withdraw and check my account balances FREE OF CHARGE from any BDO and BDO Network Bank ATM because they have more than 4,000 ATMs combined, strategically located all over the country, and accessible 24/7. 

Truth is that all banks have that fee because it is a necessary fee. If you think they charge too much, there are ways to avoid paying ATM fees:

1. Open an account with a bank with a wide ATM network like BDO (Just like what I did!) It's easy to open an account with BDO. Click HERE.

2. Withdraw from your own bank's ATM - Under the ABFC, transactions in ATM terminals of the cardholder's own bank shall remain free of charge. 

3. Go digital! - Especially now that we have to lessen going out during this pandemic. Use alternative payment solutions such as debit/prepaid cards, QR codes, or fund transfers via PESONet and Instapay. These are quick, safe, and convenient payment options available to consumers anytime, anywhere. 


I can say that I'm happy and safe because we are more into digital when buying necessities for our home and family. If we need to go out, every corner in our area we have BDO ATM so that's FREE withdrawals. 😉

Now let me share with you a few reminders when doing online transactions.

📌 Anti-scam safety tips: 

- Never ever share your bank account numbers (both Debit/Credit), PINs, and CVV

- Never share your online bank account details (username, password, and OTP)

- Your bank will NEVER ask for you to verify your account or your bank account details to verify your transactions.

Let us all be vigilant. Even fraudsters now are digitally inclined. Be cautious and careful, be knowledgeable, because it pays to know.

Monday, May 10, 2021

EU WHIZ ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF COMPETITION DEADLINE TO REACH MORE FILIPINO STUDENTS

 



The EU Whiz is the flagship inter-collegiate competition of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines. Since 2006, the EU Whiz has been a fun and exciting way for Filipino students to showcase their knowledge and appreciation of the EU and EU-Philippines Relations. This year also marks the first time that all events will be held virtually because of the pandemic.

Submission of applications and entries to the EU Whiz Online Trivia, Digital Art and Video Competitions has been extended to 31 May 2021.

Students ages 18 to 25 currently enrolled in Philippine schools, universities, colleges, or vocational schools are now welcome to join the expanded “Green ECO I See” Digital Art competition and “My Space, My Rights” Video competition. Submission of entries may be individual, by pair, or a maximum of three members. Participants in the expanded Digital Art and Video competitions need not come from the same schools.

The EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture has three competitions; an Online Trivia Competition, “My Space, My Rights” video competition, and the “Green ECO I See” digital art competition. Cool gadgets such as tablets, smart watches, power banks, and exclusive EU Whiz items await the winning teams. 

The competition will culminate in a virtual awarding ceremony to be live-streamed on the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Facebook page on 26  June 2021

Full mechanics and details for all three competitions are available at https://europa.eu/!BF68NN or https://euwhizfyf2021.engage.eu/. Competition updates will also be posted on the official social media pages of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines (Facebook: @EUDelegationToThePhilippines, Twitter: @EUinthePH, and Instagram: @euinthephilippines).

A surprise raffle draw will also be conducted for early birds, students, and teams who will manage to submit their entries on or before 20 May 2021. Winners will be announced on the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines’ Facebook page:  EUDelegationToThePhilippines. 

Saturday, May 8, 2021

A Mother’s Life Well-Lived, a Priceless Legacy

 

Mother's day is different after your mother dies. Even if you have a family of your own, it can be difficult to fully engage with the day when someone important in your life is missing.

Like Edwin Aquino, a retired bank executive, longing for his mother who passed away last 2019. I am familiar with his pain because my mom passed away last December 2018.  No matter how long it's been since you lost your mom, you can wake up on that day and feel the same hurt all over again.

I love how Edwin remembers his mom and their family's happy moments during Mother's day. From his childhood, how she guided them when they were growing up, the values they learned from her, to where they are now, his mom had a big part in all of those. Because of his mom, Edwin and his siblings are all achievers, through her guidance and discipline. By the way, his mom was a teacher at Torres High School in Tondo, Manila. She gave up her career to take care of them. Just like my mommy, she used to be a grade school teacher at St. Cyr Academy (now known as Lycee D' Regis Marie in Parañaque), she also gave up her career to focus on me and my siblings. Mothers are truly selfless. They worked hard to earn their diplomas and chase their dream careers but in the end, they choose their children and family.

Edwin also shares how his mother taught them the importance of learning how to save. They were taught to work hard not to just keep asking their parents for stuff and money. Edwin even collected empty bottles from the campus to bring back to their canteen in exchange for 5 to 10 centavos when he was in elementary. I remember my sisters sold chocolates in school to earn extra money and I washed my sister's socks for a few coins. Hehehe. Every centavo earned from hard work. Thanks to our mommy.

Edwin looks back and says his mother's greatest legacy is really how well she raised him and his siblings, helping them grow not only as successful persons in good standing but more importantly, shaping their values so that they know the importance of hard work, spending and saving wisely, and being kind to one another.

Before the community quarantines due to the pandemic, Edwin and his siblings and their respective families would go to Heritage Park in Taguig to celebrate their parents' lives and legacy. It's their opportunity to bond as a family and share precious family memories.

When his father passed away, they visited Heritage Park every weekend to spend time with their Daddy. But their visits diminished over time. When his mother passed away, the whole family would visit both their Daddy and Mommy in Heritage Park during their birthdays and death anniversaries.

This Mother's Day, the pandemic and existing travel restrictions will be keeping Edwin, his siblings, and their families apart. However, they draw strength and love from the memories they shared during their visits to their parents in The Heritage Park and this helps them keep hoping that one day, they'll have another sweet reunion as a family at Heritage Park once again.

No wonder why they feel happy when they are at The Heritage Memorial Park. Through my research, I learned how spacious and beautiful the place is. I dream of transferring my Mommy to The Heritage Memorial Park someday because she deserves the best even when she's no longer with us because of the life and legacy she gave us.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Locally sends more immune-boosting natural juices to frontliners


In keeping with the Filipino Bayanihan spirit, NutriAsia has sent even more cans and tetra packs of Locally Blended Juice Drink to 23 hospitals and medical centers around Metro Manila.

Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center

Healthcare workers from Chinese General Hospital, East Avenue Medical Center, FEU Hospital, Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, Manila Doctors Hospital, Manila Medical Center, Marikina Doctors Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Ospital ng Maynila, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Pasig City General Hospital, Pasig Doctors Medical Center, Philippine General Hospital, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, Philippine Heart Center, QC General Hospital, Rizal Medical Center, San Juan Medical Center, San Lazaro Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center, UERM, and United Doctors Medical Center all enjoyed Locally’s immune-boosting Pomelo, Mango, and Tamarind natural juices, which are sourced locally from Filipino farmers.

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This follows Locally’s earlier donation of drinks to The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig earlier this month.

“We continue our commitment to making sure even more of our brave and dedicated frontliners are fully protected against COVID-19 through delicious Locally juice drinks that also boost their immunity and natural defenses with Vitamin C,” said Gretchen King, Category Manager for Beverages at NutriAsia.

The fight against the Covid-19 virus isn’t over. With the invisible enemy still out there, it is still best to arm ourselves with the immunity boost that vitamin C provides. Since the start of the pandemic in 2020, Locally has handed out immuno-boosting juices to various frontliners like medical personnel, local government units, mobile markets, military staff, mobile kitchens, and many more. Together, we can all help each other out in healing and rebuilding our nation.

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

NutriAsia and Del Monte team up to donate upcycled school chairs under the Share-A-Chair initiative


Keeping with its advocacies of helping Filipino communities in need and minimizing the impact of plastic waste, NutriAsia, Inc. and Del Monte Philippines, Inc. partnered together to donate upcycled plastic school chairs to several public elementary schools.

Jose Bastida Elementary School in Brgy.  1


This was done through the Share-a-Chair initiative, a program started by NutriAsia and Del Monte in which the companies collect single-use plastic waste from their different offices and plant sites to turn them into school chairs and other needed furniture for the underprivileged public schools and communities. It is the culmination of the two companies’ partnership forged to help the Department of Education address the perennial shortage of school chairs.

Share a Chair and Table 


NutriAsia and Del Monte collected 19.3 metric tons of plastic waste from their offices and plants for six months. Part of this collection went to the Share-a-Chair donation of 600 school chairs and teachers’ tables distributed to 12 different partner schools in Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, and Davao that NutriAsia and Del Monte have chosen for the program.

Puerto Elementary, Cagayan de Oro City 1


NutriAsia and Del Monte then partnered with Envirotech Waste Recycling, Inc., a local company with ground-breaking technology to upcycle the collected plastic waste into the furnishings. Upcycling is the process of transforming waste and discarded materials into useable items which are Envirotech’s field of expertise.

Through the Share-a-Chair program and their spirit of resourcefulness, NutriAsia and Del Monte aim to continue upcycling plastic waste and creating more school chairs to be donated to various partner schools across the country. This way, the companies can fulfill their goals of assisting underprivileged Filipino communities and reducing the negative environmental impact of plastic.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Make the best become better.


As most of us know, choosing the right complementary food can help children meet their nutritional needs, enhance growth and development, and can contribute to the prevention of acquiring diseases.

And what better complementary food to introduce to your children than Blemil Kids 4, a product borne out of the partnership between NurtureMed, a subsidiary of Dyna Drug, and Laboratorios Ordesa, a maker of nutritional products for infants and children, two companies that share the same passion in nurturing the health of Filipino families.

Blemil Kids 4 is ideal milk for growing kids three (3) years old and up. It adapts to the digestive and renal capacities of children starting at 3 years old, while ensuring the correct amount of nutrients provided to the body to improve their physical and intellectual growth.

Blemil Kids 4 has prebiotic FOS (fructooligosaccharides) that promote the growth of “microbiota,” including bacteria, in the gut area. A microbiota rich in bifidobacteria and lactobacilli may contribute in building up kids’ natural defenses against sickness and at the same time promote better intestinal flow for better digestion and absorption of nutrients.

It is also enriched with linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid to help kids concerning their visual and cognitive development,        plus L-carnitine and taurine to help support and maintain a generally healthy state among kids.

Blemil Kids 4 is also a good source of iron, vitamin, D, and calcium to help prevent micronutrient deficiencies and contribute to good bone mineralization.

Blemil is distributed in the Philippines by Nurturemed Pharma Inc., a subsidiary of Dynadrug Corporation, and is available at goodwill.market 


*Blemil is not a breastmilk substitute.

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Coffee That's Good For You: Glorious, Isn't It?



For decades, coffee had received a bad reputation. Besides allegedly triggering high blood pressure, insomnia, and hyperacidity, the Filipino habit of adding lots of sugar and cream to one’s cup has been said to aggravate diabetes.

While there’s no denying the Pinoy coffee fan his morning cup, there is concern over the amount of sugar present in commercial 3-in-1 coffee mixes. The leading brand has 14.6 grams of sugar in one 20-gram sachet alone. Imagine how much sugar you’re taking in if you drink an average of three cups of coffee a day.

What About Sugar-Free Coffee?

For health-conscious individuals, especially diabetics, turning to sugar-free coffee mixes seems to be the only option. This meant enduring tasteless cups of coffee to satisfy their caffeine fix —until Stevia came along.

Stevia is a low-calorie, zero-sugar sweetener that tastes so much better than artificial sweeteners. 

Stevia is an herb with a sweet-tasting extract that comes from the leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant. It has been enjoyed since pre-Columbian South America, where indigenous people used the herb to sweeten their tea and other drinks. 

The plant's taste stems from steviol glycosides, 250–300 times sweeter than regular sugar.  

It became popular among health-conscious individuals because stevia has a shallow caloric content. This makes it perfect for dieters and people who are trying to lose weight. 

Moreover, Stevia makes coffee and tea taste so much better without adding any calories. 

Aside from beverages, Stevia is also used as an alternative sweetener when cooking or baking.

The Health Advantages of Stevia

Stevia is a safe, healthy sugar substitute that can sweeten up food without the adverse health effects of refined sugar. It’s also associated with several impressive benefits such as reduced calorie intake, managed blood sugar levels, and minimized risk of cavities.

Additionally, while other sugar substitutes like Aspartame have been linked with cancer, there's no evidence linking stevia to cancer since it is a natural ingredient.

This means you can add stevia to dishes and drinks without fear that you’re taking too much sugar or that you’ll get sick a few years down the road.

For coffee lovers, it’s also good to note that locally-made Glorious Blend coffees and instant beverages have Stevia as its natural sweetener. The blend of natural and healthful ingredients makes the drink not only refreshing and safe but also good for one’s overall health.

The Glorious Blend boasts a full line of healthy drinks, including a 7-in-1 healthy coffee mix. This unique blend is made with proven medicinal ingredients like Malunggay, Mangosteen, Calcium, Gotu Kola, and sweetened with Sweet & Fit Stevia. What’s even better is that the Glorious Blend 7in1 Coffee is non-acidic and promotes regular bowel movement. 

The Glorious line-up also includes the 3-in-1 coffee mix with Stevia; 7-in-1 choco mix; 4-in-1 coffee with Malunggay; 5-in-1 coffee mix with Brown Rice; and the MaxiTrim coffee. 

All Glorious Blend beverages use Stevia, which has no calories, no carbohydrates, and zero glycemic indexes. All of their instant drinks will keep you alert and energized throughout the day. 

Also, Glorious Blend products are locally sourced and manufactured. Their company supports local farmers, stevia growers, and other agricultural communities.

So if you’ve been cutting back on drinking coffee because of health problems like diabetes or hyperacidity, Glorious Blend coffee mixes are here to help. You can enjoy all the aroma and flavor of freshly made coffee all day —without the guilt!

Now, you can drink coffee for better health! Glorious, isn’t it?

For more information about Glorious Blend coffee mixes, check out https://www.facebook.com/gloriousblend.



Monday, March 29, 2021

Teaching kids the importance of saving for the future


It is a fact that education is the best legacy parents can leave their children. This doesn’t only mean sending them to the best schools, enrolling them in workshops to hone their God-given talents, but also teaching them the necessary life skills to survive.

Teaching kids the importance of saving for the future

We always remind our kids that they need to learn how to be innovative. Not in the sense of being smart like learned in school. The kind of savvy that will keep you one step ahead in real life. They have to become street smart, be resourceful, know how to put on the moves, learn how to play the game. The truth is we, their parents, won't be around forever. But while we are still here, we need to guide them, make sure they'll make it. How?

Here are some learning tips that both parents and children can do together.

Thinking abundantly. 

Instead of saying you can’t afford something your child wants, sit together and discuss ways to earn the money needed to make the purchase. This creates a mindset of abundance -- instead of being defeated by scarcity, show how hard work and smarts can get us what we want. Money is always there; we just have to figure out a way to earn it.

Business and investment. 

It’s so easy nowadays for young people, even children, to start a business. Many people are now selling food, products, and services online. Take the time to Google ideas for a business that your child can put up. As for investing, there are online resources that can help you teach the basics to your child.

Spend on needs before wants. 

When it comes to their allowance, spending on food, school supplies, and school requirements should take priority over toys, accessories, and other non-essential wants. This basic principle is the foundation for teaching your kids how to create a proper budget.

Savings for your child’s future. 

Explain to your kids the basic reasons for saving regularly and consistently: we save in order to anticipate emergency situations and we save to prepare for a future, essential expense. Give examples that your child can relate to.

Teaching your child the habit of saving money is so much easier when you work with your bank. BDO, for example, has a Junior Savers Account specially designed for kids. With an affordable initial deposit and a low maintaining balance, the Junior Savers Account is easy to open and maintain at any BDO branch. 

Once your kids already have a BDO Junior Savers account, help them grow their funds by scheduling regular deposits using your BDO Digital Banking account. Setting the amount and date of transfer can easily build their savings and teach them more money lessons.

Teaching kids the importance of saving for the future


Learning to save money is the primary step for anyone, even a child, to learn proper money management and, eventually, start building wealth. By taking these first steps with your child, you’ve already given them true riches.

If you’re a parent, making saving a regular part of your child’s routine can lay the foundation for a bright financial future. 

Give your kids a financial head start.

SPREAD ‘EASTER JOY!’ WITH THE MANILA HOTEL’S MYSTERY EGG

 



This is the second year we would celebrate Easter without events featuring fun and games for kids or even their much-awaited Easter egg hunt. While we are all advised to stay at home and keep safe, parents can still bring joy into their homes with their kids' simple activity.  Putting a spin on the popular Mystery Boxes that are being sold online, The Manila Hotel offers the “Easter Joy! Mystery Egg,”—a giant egg hand-made from Belgian chocolates that kids and adults alike can enjoy cracking open to discover what’s inside. The Mystery Egg is the highlight of The Manila Hotel’s “Easter Joy! Raffle,” held on April 5, 2021, at 2 pm via Facebook Live (@TheManilaHotel). 

Every purchase of the Mystery Egg for only P2,500 nett from now to April 4, 2021, gives guests a stub for the raffle, wherein they can win the major prize of a Chromebook laptop—a perfect gadget for online classes and workshops kids can enjoy. They can also win one set of The Manila Hotel Gelatos and The Manila Hotel’s Willy The Bear.

The Manila Hotel also partnered with several groups to help make the Easter celebration a little more special for kids. Mystery Egg buyers also get the chance to win passes to online kiddie workshops from Make Believe Productions, like Superhero Art, Groovebeats Dance Workshop, Imaginart: Drawing and Painting for Kids, and Make Believe N’ Yoga for Kids; Activity Kits for kids from Kits For Kids by RC Lab like My Body Care Lab Kit, 25-in-1 Science Bear Experiment Kit, and Fizzy Easter Activity Kits; and also Introductory Visit to The Little Gym online classes.  The Easter Joy! Mystery Egg is available from now until April 4 (Easter Sunday), 6 pm and may be ordered for pick-up or delivery by calling 85270011 or 0998-9501912. Bulk orders must be done in advance. The Manila Hotel’s Deli sells various Easter-related chocolates and goodies that can be ordered for pickup or delivery. 
 


Friday, March 26, 2021

Your Fave Celebs and Influencers Are Living the Presko Period Life — and We Want In


Do you ever see another girl’s feed and wonder how they can pull off looking fresh and confident as if they don’t experience discomfort during that time of the month? Even your fave K-pop female idols, big-time Hollywood actresses, and all-time hit singer-songwriters go through periods. And with their jam-packed scheds that most likely involve visits to the waxing salon, derma, fittings, and travels, have you ever wondered how they’re able to do all of these tasks and still look fresh and confident on their red days?

We asked some of the hottest trending social media stars that you’re most likely up to date with, and they spilled the tea on just how much they prep when that time of the month comes. And as it turns out, it involves a lot of planning. They’ve scheduled every second of their time up to the T whenever they’re on their periods to avoid sweaty and stuffy napkin mishaps.

And it’s not as easy as they seem to make it. But their recent discovery of the New Whisper Breathable — their new holy grail pad — helped them take a breather, unlike their previous napkins. This Whisper cotton pad variant has thousands of airflow vents that let air pass-through for a light and airy feeling. And if you’re wondering how they’re able to move freely even on their period, the Whisper Breathable has new super soft wings that can help reduce thigh irritation. They even can go through their days without checking for leaks with the new and improved top-sheet with deep anti-tagos channels.

 


Andrea Brillantes shared how a sweat and stuffy napkin hinders her from moving freely on shoots or when she does physical activity. “That's why shoutout to all the girls out there dahil we now have Whisper’s NEW revolutionary pad! Nakakaexcite to share this with you all kasi the NEW Whisper Breathable has thousands of presko air vents that let you breathe down there. Kaya no more sweaty and stuffy feeling!”

Kyline Alcantara gave the New Whisper Breathable pads a try, and least to say that she loved the presko feeling. I get so kilig talaga every time I receive packages. But now, I’m more excited because I just got Whisper’s NEWEST Breathable Cotton Presko kit! I've seen it all over social media —and girls, I finally understand why you all love it!!”

 


And it’s not just them who’ve shared their love for the presko with Whisper experience. Thousands of Filipina girls have switched to the new Whisper Breathables and swore never to go back to their old, stuffy, sweaty napkin. From this day forward, all they want are presko days with Whisper. 

Don’t miss out and give yourself the breather your body deserves when on your period. For a presko period, try the new Whisper Breathable with thousands of airflow vents, available at all leading online stores, drugstores, and supermarkets. Share how the new Whisper Breathable lets you #HingaLangGirl by posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok with the hashtag. Visit the Whisper Facebook page for more updates.

 


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Now more than ever, make bonding moments more sweet-sarap with Jolly Spaghetti

 

Jollibee’s new ad shows how parents can make bonding time with kids more fun!


Even though the pandemic means kids must stay home to be safe, it doesn’t mean that they can’t have any fun! Now that parents are spending more time with their kids, it’s best to make the most out of the situation and foster a joyful and exciting atmosphere at home. 

One great way to keep kids happy despite the current situation is to create new family activities that will make quality time together more memorable!  You can learn how to bake, expand their creativity through DIY arts and crafts or even explore the latest video games or social media trends—then complete your child’s day with a plate of the meatiest, cheesiest, and sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti. 

Watch the video here

The latest commercial from Jollibee encourages exactly this, showing that parents can do a lot of at-home activities for their bonding time. From interactive storytelling through role-playing, teaming up on building giant lego castles, and jamming to the new dance crazes and games together, there is always a way to make your children happy. 

To top it all, the meatiest, cheesiest and sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti is always guaranteed to make these daily bonding moments memorable and sweet-sarap na walang katulad, while being affordable, and easy and convenient to order. 

“Keeping your children happy by spending quality time with them is truly important during these challenging times. We’re glad to contribute to making family bonding moments with the kids sweeter and more fun with their all-time favorite Jolly Spaghetti.” said Jollibee Marketing AVP for Bestsellers Cathleen Capati.

The Jolly Spaghetti is available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for only Php 50 solo, and P200 as a Family Pan good for four to five people. Have it safely delivered to you via the Jollibee Delivery App, JollibeeDelivery.com, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda! Also available in Drive-Thru and Take Out.

For more info and updates on Jollibee products, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Be healthier in 2021 with 100% plant-based meat

  


Aim to live a healthier lifestyle this 2021, and begin with healthy, more sustainable plant-based options


Are you aiming to be healthier this 2021? Your food choices are an excellent place to start! According to studies, what you eat daily has a significant influence on your health and how you feel, look, move, and work. Moreover, with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, eating healthy has become even more vital to boost immunity and fight off diseases. 


So if you’re planning to switch to a healthier and cleaner lifestyle, shifting to plant-based meat is a viable option to consider. Just recently, Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF) has unveiled its newest brand, unMEAT, a 100% plant-based meat that looks, feels, and tastes like real meat.


unMEAT is packed with simple ingredients that you can generally find in culinary kitchens, making it affordable, with a price similar to meat price. It is also a good source of fiber and protein. It is cholesterol-free, trans-fat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free. 


Because of its natural and nutritious ingredients, consumers can enjoy their food while taking suitable health measures to lower heart disease risk, diabetes, and cancer. Growing evidence also shows that following a balanced plant-based diet may even manage chronic health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.   


“unMEAT is ideal for flexitarians and consumers who are looking for healthier, more sustainable meat alternatives that look, feel and taste like real meat,” says CNPF EVP and COO Greg Banzon. “unMEAT is also our answer to the growing demand for more affordable nutrition that is tasty and accessible for all.” 


Century Pacific has received several requests from potential retailers and foodservice customers since its intro a few weeks back. As such, UnMEAT has now become available via online shopping platforms and increasingly in supermarkets and specialty stores nationwide. It will also be offered to customers across a network of 80 countries such as the USA, Singapore, China and the Middle East giving consumers in many parts of the world easy access to tasty, healthy, and affordable 100% plant-based meat alternative. 


Aim to live a healthier lifestyle this 2021, and begin with healthy, more sustainable plant-based options like unMEAT. Experience the goodness of unMEAT with our 100% plant-based burger patties, sausages, nuggets, and giniling. It’s unBELIEVABLY Meat-free & unDENIABLY tasty! #MeetunMEAT! 

 

You may avail of unMEAT via Swift Meat E-Tindahan m.me/swiftfoods and through these links: bit.ly/unmeatshopee bit.ly/unmeatlazmall

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Philippine universities get ready to face off at first-ever virtual EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the fEUture

 



Colleges and universities across the Philippines are set to gear up for the much-anticipated EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the FEUture—an annual inter-collegiate competition spearheaded by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to the Philippines

Since 2006, the EU Whiz has been a fun and exciting way for Filipino students to showcase their knowledge and understanding of the EU and EU-Philippine relations. 

The EU and the Philippines have enjoyed a strong and mutually beneficial partnership for many years now,” said EU Ambassador to the Philippines Luc Véron. “The EU Whiz is a fun and exciting way for a new generation of Filipino youth to rediscover the ties and common history that bind our people together. It also introduces them to the EU, its institutions, and our partnership with the Philippines.”

Apart from the quiz, the EU Whiz: Filipino Youth of the fEUture has been expanded to include two more events—the “My Space, My Rights” video competition, and the “Green ECO I See” digital art competition. This year also marks the first time that all events will be held online as a result of the pandemic.

“The EU has always been passionate about celebrating the inherent talent and creativity of young Filipinos,” said Ambassador Véron. “Given the current restrictions, we have decided to bring the competition to the virtual stage in the hopes of engaging even more students and universities across the country.”

All three competitions are open to bonafide Filipino students currently enrolled in Philippine universities for Academic Year 2021. Interested students must form a group of three members to participate. Cool gadgets and exclusive EU Whiz items await the winning teams. 

Online submission of applications will run from March 17 to May 1, 2021. The competition will culminate in a virtual awarding ceremony to be live-streamed on the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Facebook page on June 26, 2021. Full mechanics and details for all three competitions are available at https://eeas.europa.eu/philippines or https://euwhizfyf2021.engage.eu/. Competition updates will also be posted on the official social media pages of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines (Facebook: @EUDelegationToThePhilippines, Twitter: @EUinthePH, and Instagram: @euinthephilippines).

As part of the activities, the general public will also be enjoined to participate in The MorEU Know—a weekly social media trivia on general EU facts. 

Starting April 2021, a Question of the Week will be posted on the official Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Facebook page. Audiences can comment on the posts with the correct responses for a chance to win cool gadgets and accessories courtesy of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

#IntelligentPR gets Comm&Sense nominated for Agency of the Year at Ph Quills

Jaeger L. Tanco, Comm&Sense founder and president


Comm&Sense’s big bet on data-driven communications - or simply, “Intelligent PR” - appears to be a step in the right direction as the agency was nominated for the Agency of the Year award for the second time in a row on the back of its record haul of 15 Philippine Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators - Philippines.

Leading the 15 recognitions is the collaboration between Comm&Sense and leading health maintenance organization (HMO) PhilCare which produced the PhilCare Community Quarantine (CQ) Wellness Index, a study on the state of well-being of Filipinos as they faced the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rolled out in the summer of 2020, the PhilCare CQ Wellness Index looked into the actual state of well-being of Filipinos while in quarantine. The study also examined how various sectors of society across the country responded to the effects of the lockdowns and the pandemic as a whole. 

The PhilCare CQ Wellness Index received two top division award nominations: One for Excellence in Communications Research and the other for COVID Communications, a special division in this year’s Quills dedicated to business communication efforts in response to the pandemic. 

Apart from these, Comm&Sense and its affiliates received awards for its collaborations with clients in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry, financial services, and healthcare services. 

A full-service digital PR agency established in 2005, Comm&Sense has since then always believed and practiced #IntelligentPR, which is rooted in data, whether from clients or from research. Data and actionable insights are crucial in each communication plan the agency makes for campaigns to have impact on their respective target audiences.

The data-driven content is then followed by creative execution and smart amplification. Together, the three elements are what clients need to build credibility with their respective customers. 

The relevant insights gathered by PhilCare CQ Wellness Index were then amplified through both traditional and online media and would serve as a springboard for the HMO to come up with the appropriate action given the continuing pandemic.

This win at the Quill Awards just goes to show that our brand of #IntelligentPR just makes sense. For the last 15 years, we at Comm&Sense have made sure that each campaign and communication plan we come up with answers clients’ communication needs and responds well to the needs of their respective audiences. We are truly honored to have pushed the bounds of PR with this feat,” said Comm&Sense founder and president Jaeger L. Tanco.

He added that the agency was honored to be part of the successes of its clients and thankful that they were able to help especially during the pandemic.

Comm&Sense Director Eusebio H. Tanco, for his part, said that the agency’s awards were a validation of its move towards data-driven communications.

Through data, we were able to understand the public more. People want hard proof, especially when making important decisions, whether they be personal or for business. We were able to communicate with them the way they wanted even before this new normal. It has definitely helped Comm&Sense create successful campaigns and we’re proud of that,” EHT said. 

Friday, March 5, 2021

Calling all #Mamazing Moms! Share your special recipes on TV through the I Love Ajinomoto contest



Top entries will be featured on Ajinomoto’s cooking show “Eat Well, Live Well. Stay Well” on GMA-7


Moms are certainly #mamazing and most even possess undeniable skills like kitchen wizardry. They are known for making special, healthy, and delicious meals for the family, no matter the budget. Their cooking is so well-loved that many kids grow up comparing dishes to the ones their mothers made.

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) is supporting moms everywhere to make more amazing meals with the Eat Well, Live Well. Stay Well cooking show. Hosted by #mamazing celebrity mom Iya Villania and chef Jose Sarasola, the 10-minute cooking show airs every Friday, at 11:20 am on GMA-7, with episodes also uploaded on the Ajinomoto Cookmunity® Facebook page.

With our newest cooking show, we want to help moms and even any member of the household discover and make better choices for their family through simple yet delicious recipes that anyone can do at home. Through the help of Iya and Chef Jose, our #mamazing moms and homecooks can easily whip up their own nutritious and delicious dishes perfect for the family just by using the AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning or AJI-GINISA® Flavor Seasoning Mix, says Roann Co, APC General Manager Marketing and Public Relations.

The “Eat Well, Live Well. Stay Well” cooking show treats viewers into 13 exciting episodes, which feature different recipes fit for every meal and occasion in the household. With every episode, #mamazing moms and homecooks can learn more ways on how to use the versatility of AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning and  AJI-GINISA® in making healthy, delicious, and even low-sodium dishes. 

Meanwhile, APC also launched the “I Love Ajinomoto” microsite, a virtual cookbook where moms and homecooks can share their recipes and get inspiration from their fellow kitchen wizards. To encourage them to contribute, APC rolled-out the I Love Ajinomoto contest with exciting prizes up for grabs.

To join, interested participants just need to visit iloveajinomoto.ph and share a recipe using AJI-NO-MOTO® Umami Seasoning or the AJI-GINISA®. Apart from moms, anyone in the family who is at least 18 years old can join in too. Submissions just need to include the complete recipe, a photo of the final product, and a picture of the family doing the heart gesture with the dish. Participants can even submit more than one recipe.

Each week, up to top five recipes will be featured on the Eat Well, Live Well. Stay Well cooking show on GMA-7Senders whose recipes were shared will also receive a gift certificate and a selection of Ajinomoto products.

We are excited for our #mamazing moms and homecooks to share their recipes and even have it featured on our Eat Well, Live Well. Stay Well cooking show. We hope that this initiative can inspire Filipino families to serve more delicious and healthy dishes for more enjoyable meal times,” adds Co.

The I Love Ajinomoto contest and Eat Well, Live Well. Stay Well cooking show are both part of APC’s Eat Well, Live Well promise, which aims to create quality products and services for good food and better health among Filipinos.

Do you have a #mamazing recipe to share? Simply visit iloveajinomoto.ph and your dish might be the next star to be featured on the Eat Well, Live Well. Stay Well cooking show! 

Meanwhile, visit www.ajinomoto.com.ph and follow @mamazingmoms on Instagram for more information.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

How to support a loved one diagnosed with cancer

 

Showing support for people with cancer can make a big difference in their quality of life. 


Learning that your loved one has cancer is difficult news to hear. Suddenly, you have so many questions not just about cancer, but on what to say to comfort your loved one, how to act around him/her, and what you can do to make the situation more bearable. Your loved one may be feeling anxious and overwhelmed, but there are ways to provide help and support to somehow ease the burden of the illness. 

As a partner in helping people through difficulties in life, AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, offers ways to help families prepare if a loved one is diagnosed with cancer:

Get facts about the cancer diagnosis. Sometimes fear and worry come from uncertainty. During this time, try to obtain as much information about the cancer diagnosis, so you can help your loved one through the decision-making process. Some basic questions you might want to consider are: What is the type and stage of the cancer? What are the treatment options? How will the treatment help him/her? What are the effects of the treatment?

For eligible policyholders, AXA Philippines also offers Preferred Consultation and Care, a value-added service to help patients make informed decisions in case of diagnosis of cancer or heart disease with the expert advice of top U.S. specialists. This service also comes with a Personal Care manager who can help you navigate your treatment journey so you can focus on your recovery. 

Offer practical help. Getting a cancer diagnosis may have drastic physical changes on the person. He/she may lose weight and appetite, experience hair loss, and feel weak or fatigued. Try to anticipate these changes, and do what you can to help, such as running errands, cooking meals, and driving to the hospital, among other things. And if you offer to help, just make sure you’re also ready to follow through for your relative. 

Be the emotional support. Showing support for people with cancer can make a big difference in their quality of life. Let them know that you’re there for them when they need to talk to about their fears and worries regarding their condition. Share a joke or laugh with them, if it seems appropriate, and try to keep your relationship as normal as possible or the way it was before the diagnosis. At the same time, respect them and their boundaries if they ask for privacy and independence.

Being diagnosed with cancer can have a drastic effect on the patient and his/her loved ones. As such, it’s important to stay informed and find support, be it physical, emotional, or financial help. With Preferred Consultation and Care, AXA Philippines can be your partner in this. For more information, talk to an AXA agent via the landline +632 8 5815-292.

Monday, March 1, 2021

unMEAT Nuggets and Kamote Fries


unMEAT Nuggets and Kamote Fries
unMEAT Nuggets and Kamote Fries


INGREDIENTS

4- 6 pcs unMeat Nuggets, fully thawed out 

1 pc medium-sized sweet potato, peeled and cut into long strips like a French fry 

1/2- 1 cup oil (optional, may use other methods to cook the kamote fries)  

Optional: dipping of your choice  

PROCEDURES

1. Heat oil in a medium-sized saute pan. Use medium heat.  

2. When the oil is hot enough, carefully drop the nuggets in them to cook for 4-5 minutes. The color should be nice and golden. Fish them out and drain on paper towels. 

3. In the same pan, caref:ully drop your sweet potato fries and cook until the fries are golden brown. Should take no longer than 8-10 minutes (depending on how thinly you have cut your fries). Drain on paper towels, and season with salt and pepper. 

4. Serve the nuggets with cooked fries with an optional dipping sauce on the side. 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

unMEAT Sausage and Pepper

unMEAT Sausage and Pepper
unMEAT Sausage and Pepper 


Ingredients

4 pcs unMEAT Sausages, sliced diagonally

1 tbsp olive oil

1 pc white onion, sliced

2-3 pcs garlic cloves, minced

1 tsp dried Italian seasoning

1 pc red bell pepper/capsicum, deseeded and sliced lengthwise

1 pc green bell pepper/capsicum, deseeded and sliced lengthwise

1 pc yellow/orange bell pepper/capsicum, deseeded and sliced lengthwise


To taste: salt and pepper

Optional: cooked baby potatoes tossed in olive oil, dried Italian seasoning, salt and pepper


Procedures

1. In a pan, heat olive oil.

2. Add sliced onion and minced garlic to the hot pan, do not let the garlic burn

3. Add the dried Italian seasoning and let it toast a bit.

4. Add the sliced unMEAT Sausages and cook until they have partially browned.

5. Add the sliced bell peppers and saute until the peppers have softened.

6. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

7. Serve with baby potatoes tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Try the AXA Life Wellness Quiz and win P200 worth of Lazada vouchers


Evaluate your health and lifestyle using the AXA Life Wellness Quiz.


Do you know your health risk score? Simply put, it’s the probability of your getting sick. Now, it’s easy to find out with the AXA Life Wellness Quiz, a fun and engaging quiz that evaluates your health and lifestyle using your interest in food and fitness.

“The AXA Life Wellness Quiz gives people a fun and unique experience in determining their needs in terms of health based on their current lifestyle. This helps them as they try to adhere to our resolutions that we made for the new year,” said Rahul Hora, AXA Philippines president, and chief executive officer. 

Try the quiz and be one of the first 500 quiz-takers to take home Php200 worth of Lazada vouchers. To avail, answer the AXA Life Wellness Quiz via  www.axa.com.ph/lifewellness

Be sure to input your correct contact information. After the quiz, if you qualify, check your phone for an SMS with the e-gift, along with specific instructions on how to redeem the voucher. Promo will run until the e-gifts last.

To know more, visit www.axa.com.ph and follow AXA Philippines’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/AXA.Philippines and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/axa.philippines/.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

unMeat : 100 % plant-based meat


Goodbye guilt, hello unMEAT!

It’s a generally accepted notion that eating healthy means skipping great-tasting food.  


Here’s the newest meat alternative that looks, tastes, and is priced like real meat.

Not anymore. Now it’s completely possible to enjoy the best of both worlds as Century Pacific Food Inc. (CNPF), one of the largest branded food companies in the Philippines, unveils its newest brand: unMEAT, a 100% plant-based meat, made tasty from simple ingredients. 




One of the biggest concerns about plant-based foods is that they are not delicious or as pleasing to the palate as real meat,” notes Nikki Dizon, a Senior Executive at CNPF. “But our Nutrition Science team took that as a challenge, and completely delivered by coming up with a meat alternative that unbelievably and undeniably looks, feels, and tastes like meat. Moreover, they made unMEAT using simple ingredients and extracted the nutrients from real food rather than synthetic compounds so it’s healthier and more affordable



The launch of unMEAT was driven by growing consumer demand to incorporate healthier food options into their diet, especially given the ongoing pandemic. This is evident in the shift of food trends on social media. Whereas in the past, food aficionados across the globe constantly debated on the best burgers, social media is now filled with discussions on which plant-based burger looks, tastes, smells, and even bleeds like real meat.  


With unMEAT, the taste is never compromised! It is as delicious as a regular meat patty, with a similar mouth-feel, making it the best meat alternative for those who are planning to make the switch to a healthier, more sustainable diet. Even better, unMEAT is packed with simple but nutritious ingredients. It is a good source of fiber and protein. It’s also cholesterol-free, trans-fat-free, egg-free, and dairy-free. 




During the launch, Michelin star chef Sau del Rosario who was among the first to sample unMEAT described it as “the taste is like you got it from the oven. It’s tasty, it’s clean, and it’s very delicious. I would put this in my menu!”




It comes in four variants:  Nuggets, Hungarian Sausages, Minced Meat and Burger Patty. CNPF aims to market the range as close to the price of real meat counterparts in keeping with its goal of providing affordable nutrition. 




In the Philippines, unMEAT was first introduced through Shakey’s Pizza’s newest offering, the Goood Burger. It has since attracted a small cult following in the few weeks it has top-billed Shakey’s Pizza chain’s foray to burgers.  


Now, as the plant-based food mania continues to sweep the world over, Century Pacific Food Inc. is giving consumers easy access to healthy and tasty 100% plant-based food options as unMEAT is now available via online shopping platforms, and increasingly in supermarkets and specialty stores nationwide. 


Following unMEAT’s successful initial rollout as Shakey’s Goood Burger, CNFP will also be partnering with more restaurants in the country. Additionally, the company’s Global Brands Team has started offering the product to customers across a network of 80 countries such as the USA, Singapore, China, and the Middle East giving consumers in many parts of the world easy access to tasty, healthy, and affordable 100% plant-based meat alternative. 


This newest addition to our product portfolio further strengthens our company’s mission to provide affordable nutrition for all. UnMEAT is both very affordable and delicious!” added Dizon.


Now it’s possible to be healthy while enjoying what you eat with the 100% plant-based unMEAT. 


To know more, follow on Facebook (facebook.com/UnMeatPH) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/unMeat.ph/).


Sausage and Pepper

Sausage and Pepper recipe here


Nuggets and Kamote Fries recipe here

Nuggets and Kamote Fries



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