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How Filipinos Can Remain Healthy in the Age of Social Media

Friday, January 24, 2020
Herbalife Nutrition Philippines Marketing Manager Marie Segismundo with Herbalife Nutrition Director for Sports Performance and Education Dr. Dana Ryan during a Facebook live chat.
Staying online for more than 10 hours, the average time that most Filipinos are connected to the internet, may lead to a number of health risks. This is according to leading sports nutritionist Dr. Dana Ryan, the director for Sports Performance and Education of Herbalife Nutrition.
Herbalife Nutrition Philippines Senior Director and Sub-region Head to the Philippines Sridhar Rajagopalan giving the opening remarks at the Herbalife Nutrition media conference that talked about How to Remain Healthy in the Age of Social Media.

“Unless you’re doing a physical activity while you’re online, it’s not healthy to stay inactive for long periods of time. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide. It increases the chances of serious diseases, such as cancer and diabetes,” Dr. Ryan said.

According to the WHO, more than 80% of the world’s adolescent population is “insufficiently physically active” with 1 in 4 adults “not active enough.” “Not all of us may afford a gym membership, but that doesn’t excuse us from not being physically active on our own,” noted Dr. Ryan. “Take up some physical activity that you love. That way, you won’t see it as a chore, so can do it regularly.”
Leading sports nutritionist Dr. Dana Ryan is also the Director for Sports Performance and Education of Herbalife Nutrition. She was recently in the Philippines to discuss how people can remain healthy during the age of social media.

She added that having a workout buddy would also be helpful as you’ll get to motivate each other. “Find a class or program that you can attend together. It also helps to set a goal for yourself. This way, you’ll stay motivated,” she suggested.

Walking to work, setting reminders to stand up every 30 minutes, standing during breaks, getting up during TV commercials, and using the stairs instead of taking the elevator are also some of the ways one can have a physical activity in a day.A member of the Herbalife Nutrition Scientific Leadership, which is comprised of leading experts from around the world in nutrition, science, and health, Dr. Ryan likewise advised against cutting certain macronutrients from one’s diet.
Director for Sports Performance and Education of Herbalife Nutrition Dr. Dana Ryan talked about the importance of balanced nutrition as a way to remain healthy in the age of social media at a recent media conference held at Shangri-La Makati.

“For example, some people believe that they only need protein and cut out carbs from their diet. This is not true. When it comes to keeping healthy, just always remember balance, as the body needs a complex blend of nutrients to remain healthy,” she said.

“Indeed, Herbalife Nutrition Philosophy recommends that you get about 40% of your calories in the form of beneficial carbohydrates – whole grains, beans, vegetables and fruits; along with 30% from proteins, and no more than 30% from fats. At the same time, Dr. Ryan pointed out the importance of balancing what you eat and what you burn. “Balance the calories that you take in and what you burn, and your weight would remain stable,” she said.

Dr. Ryan added that staying online is not bad in itself; it’s just that people should remember to be active at times, rather than becoming too absorbed in the online world that they don't move for hours.

“Also, try to look up helpful tips on how to remain fit from reliable organizations. Look at the celebrity or influencer you admire as an inspiration, but don’t stress yourself into achieving what he or she has. The important thing is to remain active and healthy,” Dr. Ryan concluded.

Discover Merienda Sarap Savers at Mang Inasal

People best know Mang Inasal to be the home of the leading branded grilled chicken, but did you know that apart from its best-selling Chicken Inasal, they also have other flavorsome items in their menu at value-for-money prices?

For one, Mang Inasal has recently launched its Merienda Sarap Savers to cater to customers who want filling yet affordable meals best to enjoy during snack time.

Comprising the Mang Inasal Merienda Sarap Savers menu are the Palabok which sells at P59, Pinoy Halo-Halo at P55, Lumpiang Togue at P49, and Molo Soup at P45 -- all of which are ala carte.

These food items also go well as add-ons to other Mang Inasal Paborito Meals like the best-selling Chicken Inasal, Spicy Paa, Pecho, Pork Sisig and Bangus Sisig.

For the convenience of Metro Manila customers, they may place their orders at #7-3333 or through Grab Food or Foodpanda.

Eric Chou captures the Filipino audience with “Room For You”

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Over the past few years, Taiwanese superstar Eric Chou has achieved mainstream success in major Mandopop markets in the region.

With a string of multi-platinum albums and hit singles that consistently topped streaming charts, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter has been anointed by the Taiwanese media as the “king of lovelorn people”—a title bestowed to the renowned balladeer for his masterful interpretation of emotionally affecting songs.

Despite his popularity as a ballad singer, Chou has recently experimented with EDM and urban music to diversify his catalog. Songs like “Nobody But Me,” “Shutter in Love,” and “Let It Go” showcase a more eclectic foray into pop, R&B and electronic music. These songs were written in English, aimed to capture a new audience outside of Mandopop.

Philippine breakthrough

His latest single “Room For You” has recently entered Spotify Philippines Viral 50 charts at #21. Seamlessly blending his knack for sentimental music with EDM elements and lush production, the Taiwanese pop star’s newest song is another glorious attempt to branch out into other genres and explore fresh contemporary sounds with international appeal.

The laid-back, soulful jam is part of his fourth full-length studio album, Freedom, which was released in December 24, 2019. The album, a mix of upbeat English tunes and mellow Mandopop ballads, contains songs such as “Old Days,” “Something About LA,” “Nobody But Me,” and more.

Chou’s newest song also ranks on top of the Chinese New Year Spotify playlist curated by Filtr Taiwan, joining the likes of Mandopop heavyweights such as G.E.M., Jolin Tsai, and Joanna Wang.

Eric Chou’s latest single “Room For You” is now available on Spotify and other music streaming/download platforms worldwide.

Gear up for the biggest Mobile Legends: Bang Bang gathering in Smart Siklab Saya Manila

Following successful regional runs in Bacolod, Olongapo, Metro Manila, and Tuguegarao, Smart Communications Inc. has set up the stage for the NCR runs of Siklab Saya, the country’s largest Mobile Legends: Bang Bang gathering at the SM Megamall’s Megatrade Hall on January 25 and 26 and at SM City North EDSA’s Skydome on February 1 and 2.

An open tournament, Siklab Saya Manila is expected to engage hundreds of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang players, all vying for over Php 20 million worth of total prizes. This year’s Siklab Saya Manila champions will take home Php 1 million cash prize while second and third runners-up will get Php 500,000 and Php 200,000, respectively.

Staunch supporter of PH esports

With initiatives such as Siklab Saya, Smart continues to be at the forefront of supporting the local esports scene. Recognizing Filipinos innate passion for competitive online gaming, Smart has constantly pushed for opportunities to be available for emerging Filipino esports athletes while promoting responsible gaming achieved through training, hard work, and discipline.

Throughout the past decade, the evolution of esports has become its own competitive online battle arena. From being a hobby for most gamers, esports has now reached international competition and continues to speak to a growing audience and fandom. With tournaments like Siklab Saya, gamers now have more platforms where they can showcase their skills, earn rewards and learn from their peers and opponents.

“Filipinos are one of the biggest supporters of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang in the world. It did not surprise us that we have events like Smart’s Siklab Saya to recognize and celebrate esports athletes in the Philippines”. Rick Tian, Marketing Manager of Moonton, the developer of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang.

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Vivo S1 Pro: Smooth moves to flaunt your style

As the old saying goes, “the only constant thing in life is change.” These inevitable changes are most visible at the dawn of a new year—well, plans and predictions of these changes are at least. Incoming trends and styles call for a means to get ahead of the style game.

Here are smooth moves and changes you can make to help you flaunt your style.

Read up online

With the digital age looming over humanity, the word “research” is no longer purely associated with Science, technology, and “unreasonable” college professors. Research is also key in maximizing your lifestyle. What goes with what, which fabric is best for what season, and which clothes are harmful for the environment, are some questions worth asking before purchasing new items for your closet.

Follow celebrities and influencers on social media

Speaking of following the latest trends, a way to get a quick fix of what’s hip and hot is following top celebrities and influencers on social media. These “fashion icons” work with top brands and designers so you would truly be updated on-the-dot through their beautiful pages.

Try out upcycled accessories

Perhaps a prominent set of movements that swept (and aims to sweep—literally) the world were initiatives geared towards saving and protecting the environment. Amp up your OOTDs and complement your wardrobe with recycled accessories. Not only will these waste-savers be eye catchers and conversation starters, it can be a small step which inspires a giant leap in protecting mother nature.

Bank on the colour of the year

Having trouble deciding what color to choose when purchasing new duds? Go for the color of the year, classic blue. This year’s pantone color wouldn’t be difficult to mix and match. What’s more is that this year’s featured color elicits a feeling of calm and serenity—emotions sought for given today’s noisy environment.

Lose the wired earphones

With a seemingly endless churning of wireless earphones products that started early last year, why would you still want dangling wires getting in the way of your style? Exude a fabulous lifestyle by walking as if you were in a music video without ugly wires drawing away the attention that your stupendous ensemble deserves.

Get a phone that emphasizes your look

After all the research and purchasing, all that’s left to do is to turn the world into a stage and flaunt your style. But what use would all the “ramping” be without a phone that not only matches your style, but also helps you capture all of you with flare.

The Vivo S1 Pro is the perfect gadget to flaunt and explore your style. Its lavish colorway options, Knight Black and Fancy sky, go with any and every outfit. To top off its eye-popping exterior, the S1 Pro also sports a magnificent diamond-shaped rear quad camera set-up consisting of a 48MP main, 8MP secondary, 2MPwide-angle, and 2MP macro camera that perfectly capture “OOTD” shots. Its unparalleled 32MP front camera on the other hand, will help you take the perfect selfie thanks to its stunning quality and its AI posemaster (a built-in app which guides users into taking stunning selfie shots).

Manufactured by the leading global technology company, the S1 Pro also brings about maximum ease-of-use with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor and 8GBRAM/128ROM enjoyed through a 6.38-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display.

7 Positive Lifestyle Habits for Healthy Aging

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Asia Pacic is the fastest aging region in the world1. By 2050, older persons aged 60 and above will make up 24 percent of the population in Asia ,outnumbering adolescents and youths between the ages of 10 to 24 by 2.1 billion to 2.0 billion, and this includes many of you in your 30s today.

While growing older is inevitable, the increased discomfort that comes with aging is not. With advancements in science and nutrition, more people have come to realize that the reductions in
bodily functions and mobility experienced by some can be prevented or delayed by making positive changes to your lifestyle earlier on in life. According to Herbalife Nutrition’s 2018 Asia Pacic Healthy Aging Survey, 81 percent of the respondents believe they can age healthily by making
better nutrition choices, and 75 percent said this can be achieved through regular
physical activity.

So kickstart your healthy aging journey today with The Ultimate Guide: Look and Feel Your Best at Every Age. Featuring 7 positive lifestyle habits to help you make the most of your lives in your 30s, 40s and beyond, we strongly encourage you to try them out, and share these positive habits with your friends and family so that more can benet from healthy living further into their golden years.

1.Take Good Care Of Your Bones

Our body’s bone mass peaks in our 30s and 40s, before we start to lose calcium and other minerals naturally. This is especially true for women after menopause, who will experience a rapid decline in bone loss in their latter years.
According to the Herbalife Nutrition’s 2017 Asia Pacic Healthy Aging Survey,53 percent of Asia Pacic consumers are concerned about bone-related issues as they age.

2.Preserve Your Joints

While age-related factors may contribute to degenerative changes in our joints, taking active steps to preserve our joints can go a long way to help maintain our mobility functions and joint comfort as we age.
According to the Herbalife Nutrition’s 2017 Asia Pacic Healthy Aging Survey , 53 percent of Asia Pacic consumers are concerned about joint-related issues as they age.

3.Protect Your Eyesight

One of the rst signs of aging is the reduced ability to see things clearly up close – a condition called presbyopia. Taking charge of your eye health early can play a key role to supporting a healthy vision as you age.
According to the Herbalife Nutrition’s 2017 Asia Pacic Healthy Aging Survey4,46 percent of Asia Pacic consumers are concerned about eye-related issues as they age.

4.Prioritize Your Heart Health

Our heart is at the center of everything that gives our body life. From the transportation of oxygen to the success of the immune system, maintaining a healthy heart is vital for our overall well-being as we age.
According to the Herbalife Nutrition’s 2017 Asia Pacic Healthy Aging Survey, 45 percent of Asia Pacic consumers are concerned about heart-related issues as they age.

5.Keep Your Digestive System Healthy

Our digestive tract contributes to our well-being by absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste. Unfortunately, many people suffer from abdominal discomfort and other digestive issues, and that may increase as we age.
According to the Herbalife Nutrition’s 2017 Asia Pacic Healthy Aging Survey,29 percent of Asia Pacic consumers are concerned about their digestive health as they age.

6.Keep Your Mind Active

Beyond preserving our physical health, maintaining our mental health is also vital in keeping dementia at bay while enabling a more fullling life as we age.
According to the Herbalife Nutrition’s 2017 Asia Pacic Healthy Aging Survey , 44 percent of Asia Pacic consumers are concerned about brain-related issues as they age.

7.Exercise Regularly

As metabolism slows with age, maintaining a healthy weight becomes a persistent challenge. By exercising regularly, this will help to increase metabolism and build muscle mass, burning more calories to maintain a healthy weight.
According to the Herbalife Nutrition’s 2017 Asia Pacic Healthy Aging Survey , 28 percent of Asia Pacic consumers are concerned about age-related weight gain. By exercising regularly, this will help to increase metabolism.


The home of original glazed donuts makes a big reveal at SM City Baliwag. Visit them now at the ground level of SM City Baliwag. 

New Year brings a lot to look forward to in SM City Baliwag. As a kick off, the mall introduces some new stores for a level up shopping this 2020.

First in line is Singapore’s homegrown brand BREADTALK. The long wait is finally over as the premier bakeshop finally lands in SM City Baliwag offering prime bread and pastry selection. BreadTalk exhibits a not-so-typical ambience with spacious interiors, modern look and an open kitchen to provide customers a delightful bakery experience like no other.

Prepare your taste buds and drool over BreadTalk’s bestseller treats loved by everyone around Asia.
Some of their must tries are Floss bun, Earthquake Cheese, Mr. Beans, Crouching Tiger, and Hidden Bacon. Apart from delectable breads, BreadTalk also serves artisanal pastries and cakes.
Get your prime bread and pastry selection at BreadTalk now open at SM City Baliwag. 

Make a sweet story with KRISPY KREME, home of the classic glazed donuts. Spend time with family and friends or just simply loosen up at Krispy Kreme’s cozy side. There is no way but to try their classic top sellers such as ube kreme crumble, original glazed donuts also available in bite size, and choco hazelnut glaze.

Meanwhile, GREENFRESH is finally here to quench your thirst with their signature calamansi juice for a refreshing treat. Say goodbye to common cold, flu and fever as Greenfresh’s calamansi juice is a good source of minerals especially vitamin c enough to build immunity.
Have your daily daily dose of vitamin C good for immunity at Greenfresh in SM City Baliwag. 

Beauty and wellness come first as SM City Baliwag welcome ORIGANI and SEA OF SPA this New Year.

Sea of Spa combines the miraculous elements of nature and wonders of technology with their wide range of cosmetics straight from the Dead Sea. A product of thorough research, Sea of Spa products contains minerals known to nourish skin, ease rheumatic discomfort, activate the circulatory system and relax the nerves.

Origani raise the bar high in providing beauty as they introduce cosmetics that are safe and environment friendly. Not to mention that these are natural, certified organic and vegan. Indulge at their highly acclaimed best sellers for a beautiful start- Erda Manuka Honey Peel, Erda Daily Glow Toning Cleanser, Ageless by Nature Green Caviar, and Erda Luxury Facial Collection.
Origani, the environment friendly beauty products that are natural, certified organic and vegan are now available in SM City Baliwag. 

Origani provides fountain of beauty to almost 100 locations all over the globe including Asia, Europe, New Zealand, Australia and Philippines.

Cyberzone at SM City Baliwag caters some of the latest stores for gaming and all things tech such as MOBILE EXTRA, OPPO, VIVO, CELLBOY, MEMOXPRESS, GAMEXTREME, TIMELINE and HALO.
Experience the goodness nature at Sea of Spa. This wide range of cosmetics straight from the Dead Sea is known to nourish skin, ease rheumatic discomfort, activate the circulatory system and relax the nerves. Visit them now at the ground level of SM City Baliwag. 

Moreover, tea and coffee lovers may rejoice as D’CREAM will soon arrive at SM City Baliwag. Be ready for a cup of heaven and try their all-time favorite coffee flavors and tea selection such as Assam Original, Assam flavored available in taro, strawberry, chocolate and blueberry. The store also offers specialty drinks in Seasalt and Cream variants.

Have a great start this 2020 and visit these new stores only at SM City Baliwag. For more updates and exciting happenings, follow SM City Baliwag at Facebook and Instagram.


Monday, January 20, 2020

Live ice carving session, perfectly carved ice monuments and rare snow encounter transport shoppers imagination into a once in a lifetime winter experience at the recent Glittering Ice Fest, a one-day attraction held in SM City Baliwag. 

SM City Baliwag continue to dazzle Bulacan as the mall recently transformed into a marvelous ice gallery for a day. Dubbed as the Glittering Ice Fest, the event is a first and only ice attraction in the province consisting of indoor live ice carving show, unique exhibit of ice sculptures as tall as 5-feet and experiential snow activities and installations to bring families a white Christmas to remember.

Glittering Ice Fest brings into show the exceptional talents of local ice carvers extraordinaire from Paete, Laguna, as the event displayed live ice carving demonstrations, while snow as added element gave spectators a thrill of excitement, making them feel a lot like Christmas in winter wonderland.

Shoppers young and old are stunned as blocks of ice were turned into magnificent works of art to form classic symbols of Christmas such as Santa Clause, reindeer, snowman and other spectacular monuments only seen in movies and winter carnivals abroad.

Children are stunned gazing at life-size snowflakes ice sculpture, one of the attractions at Glittering Ice Fest in SM City Baliwag. Other works of art found at the one-day event are snowman, elf, reindeers and other symbols of Christmas. 

Hues of light bring life to ice sculptures, making them glitter in frost, while giving emphasis to their unique patterns and intricate details.

White Christmas came true for little ones at Glittering Ice Fest where kids fulfilled their dream of building a snowman during the snow art workshop.

Local ice carvers extraordinaire of Paete Laguna brilliantly crafted an intricate 5 ft. Christmas tree made from ice witnessed by throng of shoppers and spectators at the Glittering Ice Fest held in SM City Baliwag. Other ice creations presented during the event are Santa Claus, snowman, elf, and other symbols of Christmas. 

It feels like a few steps away from any other country’s winter festival as experiential ice sculptures as tall as 4-feet like eskimo, reindeer face and angel wings are installed for fun photo ops great for capturing rare snow encounter. The unique installations allowed shoppers to step-into-the-scene for a memorable experience.

Wings made from ice is perfect for angels and little kids too! This and other ice installations were found at the Glittering Ice Fest, a one-day attraction held in SM City Baliwag.

The Glittering Ice Fest is among the unique attractions aligned for welcoming Christmas in SM City Baliwag. The next few days will be magical as the mall continue to gear up for the Holidays with special performances, activities and lights shows to illuminate the sky on the last few days of December.


(Visit Cre8 Salon at the second level of SM City San Jose del Monte)

A full-service salon dedicated in providing high-end self-pampering services at reasonable prices, Cre8 Salon recently opened at SM City San Jose del Monte!

Cre8 Salon in SM City San Jose del Monte is its 36th branch and first in the province of Bulacan since its business operation in 2013. Their edge among other beauty and wellness spa is innovation in products and services. Stylists and staff are professionally trained, and enjoy partnerships with L’Oreal and ORLY.

Their signature “Cre8-ive” haircut starts at Php150. They also offer hair and make-up services that starts at Php1,000, nail services, hands and feet pampering, and brow services.
Hair is every person’s crowning glory regardless of its length and color, and has a great impact on overall physical looks, but happiness from within makes every person glow, that is why Cre8 Salon SM City San Jose del Monte currently offers hair color for only Php498 of any length as part of its opening promo.

Also part of its opening treat, customers could save up to 70% off on Keratin blowout treatment, Organic Hair Rebond, and Xtenso Oleoshape Rebond, and can also create their own pampering package by choosing two (2) services from Hair Reborn, Hand Spa, Foot Spa, Hand Reflex, Foot Reflex, Hair Up, Manicure and Pedicure, Hand Paraffin, Foot Paraffin, and Cre8-ive Haircut for only Php350.
Create your own happiness and visit Cre8 Salon at the second level of SM City San Jose del Monte or contact 0916-635-7321 for appointment and/or other inquiries.

Get an Extra Bottle of Novuhair For Free!

Sunday, January 19, 2020
“Experience nature’s special makeover treatment and feel like a VIP – Very Important Person.”

In line with NOVUHAIR’s 10th year of fervent commitment to consumer health awareness on hair loss prevention and maintenance, coupled by a decade of partnership with Mercury Drug Corporation, ADP Pharma Corporation has launched the NOVUHAIR VIP KIT.

Perfect time to stock up guys! Find out more at

This exclusive promo is packed with the regular NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion 200ml. plus an extra 120ml. bottle valued at PhP 1,990. That’s 64% savings for a natural hair loss remedy good for 6 months!

The NOVUHAIR VIP KIT serves as a token of the company’s appreciation and gratitude to all its loyal users for continuously making NOVUHAIR the leading hair loss treatment in the country.

For more information, you may also contact our NOVUHAIR hotline at +(63) 917.549.0575, find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram @NovuhairOfficial.

Jollibee does it again with a catchy new Burger Steak commercial

Friday, January 17, 2020

Get ready to LSS to their new jingle!

Beefy na, saucy pa! Jollibee’s Burger Steak commercials have always been catchy, and the latest ad for the beefy-saucy linamnam ulam rice meal is no different!

Popular Filipina actress, host, and singer Anne Curtis returns in this new video to promote Jollibee Burger Steak—but this time, she is joined by none other than the Popstar Royalty herself, Sarah Geronimo, to sing the new jingle, based on the latter’s 2014 hit “Kilometro”!

The LSS-worthy jingle, as always, perfectly captures and illustrates the beefy and saucy goodness of Jollibee Burger Steak made with 100% pure beef patty and flavorful mushroom sauce.

“After previous Burger Steak commercials with catchy jingles succeeded in making their mark in local pop culture and making Filipinos crave for its beefy-saucy linamnam-ulam goodness, we knew we had to do it again, but bigger this time,” said Mari Aldecoa, Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Products. “We know this new jingle will definitely keep Jollibee fans coming back for more of their favorite Jollibee Burger Steak.”

Watch the new Jollibee Burger Steak commercial here: 

When you hear the new song and the craving hits, have the beefy-saucy linamnam ulam Jollibee Burger Steak! It’s available in all Jollibee stores nationwide for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru for only PHP 50.00 for 1-pc. Burger Steak Solo. For more updates on Jollibee products, don’t forget to Like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Shopee Kicks Off 2020 with Shopee New Year Cashback Sale

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Shop on January 15 and get 20% Cashback and sitewide Free Shipping with ₱0 minimum spend

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, ushers in the new year with greater saving options at the Shopee New Year Cashback Sale. With a day left to enjoy additional savings, shoppers can look forward to up to 20% cashback from their purchases and free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend on January 15.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing, Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee had a successful year last 2019 and we are very thrilled to kickstart the decade with a smarter way to shop. We invite all our users to join in the Shopee New Year Cashback Sale to enjoy up to 20% cashback on their purchased items.”

Highlights of the Shopee New Year Cashback sale on January 15:

  • 20% Cashback Daily - Users can earn Shopee coins up to 20% of their spend across different categories by using upsized cashback vouchers. In addition, Shopee offers thousands of sitewide cashback vouchers including category cashback, and limited quantity 50% and 100% cashback vouchers.

  • Free Shipping - There will also be sitewide free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend

Find out more about Shopee New Year Cashback Sale at

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Joshua Garcia shows off brave lunch moves in new JolliSavers ad

Jollibee’s affordable and delicious options give you more confidence to eat out

MANILA, January 14, 2019 – It's a new decade, and there’s no better time like the present to bring more courage and confidence in whatever you do. Being brave can be as simple as having lunch out with your friends despite having a tight budget—especially when there are delicious, convenient, and affordable options found in Jollibee’s JolliSavers!

To showcase these ‘brave lunch moves’, Jollibee introduces a new officemate in the newest JolliSavers commercial: television actor Joshua Garcia. The star comes to save the day for the work mates of Happy Calendar House, the fictional publishing company in which Jollibee’s comedic, relatable web series “14/29 Petsa de Peligro JolliSerye” is centered.

With delicious options such as the langhap-sarap Yumburger for only PHP 35.00; the meatiest, cheesiest, sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti for only PHP 50.00; the beefy-saucy linamnam-ulam Burger Steak for only PHP 50.00; and todo toppings, todo sarap Jolly Hotdog for only PHP 50.00, Garcia shows that anyone can sport brave lunch moves like him, too!

“Dining out continues to be something many Filipinos avoid. Jollibee is proud to have a range of delicious, convenient, and affordable meal options with JolliSavers. And we’re equally excited to have Joshua Garcia onboard to showcase brave lunch moves through JolliSavers,” said Joseph Aruta, Jollibee Senior Marketing Manager for Value Platforms Category.

Show off your #BraveLunchMoves and eat out for lunch at Jollibee! Take your pick of your favorite JolliSavers, available through dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide. Like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Try Shopee’s Cashback This New Year To Enjoy Extra Savings While Shopping

Friday, January 10, 2020

Enjoy 20% cashback daily until January 15 at the New Year Cashback Sale

MANILA, JANUARY 10, 2020 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, rings in the new year with upsized cashback at New Year Cashback Sale. Cashback is a type of reward that returns a percentage of the amount users have paid for an item. Users can enjoy up to 20% cashback daily when they shop on Shopee until January 15.

Read on to learn how to use Shopee’s cashback feature:

  1. Claim cashback vouchers

Redeem cashback vouchers by clicking on the cashback icon on the homepage. Users can also claim additional cashback vouchers at campaigns, in-app games and Shopee Live.

  1. Use cashback vouchers to earn extra Shopee coins

Apply cashback voucher upon check out. A percentage of the amount paid will return to the user’s account in the form of Shopee coins.

  1. Claim Shopee coins

Claim Shopee coins once order has been received. The amount will then be automatically placed in the user’s coins wallet.

  1. Use the Shopee coins

Shopee coins can be used to get discounts on the future purchases as well as to redeem more chances to play in-app games. More offers await users when they click the coins rewards icon in the homepage.

Using cashback is easy! Get exciting deals and promotions at Shopee New Year Cashback Sale up until its finale sale on January 15.

Look out for the following exciting promotions and activities:

  • 20% Cashback Daily: Earn 20% cashback by redeeming daily cashback vouchers with no cap and no minimum spend.
  • Shopee Live: Get cashback vouchers and Shopee coins during an upsized 3-hour livestream on January 10, from 6 to 9 PM.
  • Free Shipping: Look out for free shipping with no minimum spend throughout the campaign.
  • 50% Off Deals: Check out deals up to 50% off on Saturday, January 11.

Find out more about Shopee New Year Cashback Sale at

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Kids embark on a royal adventure with Jollitown Castle kiddie meal toys

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Jollibee is opening the year with an exciting royal offering for kids with the newest set of Jolly Kiddie Meal toys, the Jollitown Castle!

With the latest collectible toys from the country’s number one fast-food chain, little ones can make their fairytale dreams come true and enjoy hours of playtime building a wondrous Jollitown fortress with five new and exciting connectible pieces.

Jolly Kids can let a caped Jollibee rule the Jollitown Castle by moving a knob to let him raise his scepter for everyone in the kingdom to see. Little queens can let Hetty shine as they place her inside the castle’s turret and watch her gown light up in changing colors with a push of a button. Junior knights can also embark on an adventure with Yum, as they move his arm and shield with a push of a lever behind his back.

Little princesses can prepare Twirlie for a magical royal ball by illuminating her gown, while princes-in-training can join Popo in guarding the castle as they make him wield his sword by moving a knob.

Collect and connect all the Jollitown Castle toys to build your royal fortress with every purchase of a Yumburger (P80), Yumburger Meal with Drink (P100), Jolly Spaghetti (P95), Jolly Spaghetti Meal with Drink (P105), 1-piece Burger Steak (P95), 1-piece Burger Steak Meal with Drink (P105), 1-piece Chickenjoy with rice (P122), or 1-piece Chickenjoy Meal with Drink (P137), each with its own Jolly Joy Box.

The Jollitown Castle is available until January 31 only in all Jollibee stores. Visit your nearest Jollibee branch to collect all five toys!

Converge ICT Donates to Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital

(L-R): Reden Alterado (Regional Sales Head South Luzon), Michael Maquiran (National Consumer Sales Head), Governor Humerlito “Bons” A. Dolor. Extreme right is Vice Governor Antonio S. Perez Jr.

Converge ICT Solutions Inc, the country’s premiere provider of pure end-to-end fiber connectivity, has always been committed to empowering the Filipino nation to “Experience Better.”

In line with the advocacy to uplift people’s quality of life via upgrading their online experience, the company has been upscaling their efforts to contribute in nation-building from more than just the digital aspect. As part of its corporate social responsibility efforts, the company adopted a Surgical Ward with the intention to uplift the healthcare services of the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital in Calapan City. With this donation, the hospital can procure needed equipment to aid in the improvement of their operations.

Private sector-initiated efforts like this enables public institutions like the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Hospital to improve surgical healthcare service and take better care of their patients.

As Converge ICT expands its services south of the country, its efforts to upgrade experiences, both online and offline will surely be felt by more Filipinos.

New ecosystem business and commerce building.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Dioceldo Sy, president and CEO of Ever Bilena Cosmetics, has ventured into real estate development with Bamberton Center, a new ecosystem business and commerce building project in FTI, Taguig. Strategically situated along the north-eastern ridge at Arca South’s Corporate Center, the 12-storey Bamberton Center is an ideal location for offices and business establishments as it features 12 commercial units at the ground floor.

It is easily accessible via SLEX, General Espino Avenue and C5. The area serves as a gateway to the South, straddling Parañaque and Bicutan, Fort Bonifacio, and C5. Present during the project’s groundbreaking were (L-R): Sabrina Sy, Ever Bilena corporate lawyer Atty. Leah Lumaniog-Sy, Ever Bilena chief operations officer Silliman Sy, Matthew Sy, Bamberton chief operating officer Jacob Muñez, Ever Bilena sales and marketing director Denice Sy-Muñez, Gerry Sy, Bamberton CEO and president Dioceldo Sy, JLL senior manager Christine Codrington, Demiee Grace Sy, and Bamberton Business Development Manager Donway Sy.

It’s time to relive your childhood with Jollibee’s iconic ‘Isa pa, Isa pang Chickenjoy’!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Find out why this classic chant for the crispylicious, juicylicious Chickenjoy is so iconic to Jollibee

For generations, Filipino families—have had only one thing on their mind when dining out: the goodness of the Jollibee Chickenjoy, and having as much of it as they want.

And over the years, there’s been many ways to express the desire for some wonderful and satisfying Chickenjoy—and wanting even more of it after having it—but there’s only one way that’s simple, direct, and even legendary. If you were already thinking of it, you’re right: Jollibee’s latest video ad brings back the iconic and catchy “isa pa, isa pa, isa pang Chickenjoy!” chant first heard in commercials featuring actors Aga Muhlach and Serena Dalrymple back in the ‘90s. This short video highlights Chickenjoy by showing young Filipinos doing the chant, along with their family.

The ad underscores how the chant still has a place in the hearts of the current younger generation of Filipinos, because after all these years, who could resist having one more of the crispylicious, juicylicious, and best-tasting Chickenjoy?

“Jollibee Chickenjoy is so beloved among generations of Filipinos that reviving ‘isa pa, isa pang Chickenjoy’ still resonates so much with everyone after all this time,” says Cathleen Capati, Jollibee Marketing AVP for the Bestsellers Category. “There’s still no better fried chicken in the country, and certainly no other chicken that’ll make you want to have one more piece.”

Check out Jollibee’s new video here:

Have Chickenjoy anytime with your family at your favorite Jollibee store! It’s available for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide. Like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Sarmiento offers solution to EDSA traffic

Friday, January 3, 2020
House Transportation Committee Chair and Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento unveiled Friday the blueprint of his proposed centralized and synchronized bus dispatch system which would turn the EDSA's rowdy and chaotic city buses into a fast, efficient and predictable mass transport system.
Sarmiento, a civil engineer,  disclosed the full details of his proposal  after announcing that his panel is closely working with the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to craft a roadmap which would solve EDSA's traffic problem.
In his proposal, Sarmiento said that the innermost lane of EDSA will serve as an "express bus lane" which can be accessed through stations used by the MRT. Like a carousel, the "express bus lane" will just circle around EDSA, duplicating the route of the MRT.
"People who use the MRT can now have the option to ride the bus which will be also operated like carousel. The buses will only load and unload passengers in a synchronized manner at the MRT stations so they are basically an extension of the MRT. Walang magiging traffic dyan because the entire inner lane from Taft Avenue to North Avenue and vice-versa will be enclosed and exclusive to the express bus lane ," Sarmiento said.
Sarmiento said that the three lanes in the middle of  EDSA will be dedicated for all types of private vehicles subject to the existing vehicle reduction programs like the number coding scheme. Private cars will be only allowed to use the outer lane when turning into an intersection.
The outer lane of EDSA or the yellow lane will be used as a dedicated city bus lane which will also adopt a centralized and synchronized dispatch system. Dedicated bus stops will be established one kilometer apart. Loading and unloading of passengers will be strictly implemented on these bus stops.
Sarmiento said that while the express bus lane will cater to passengers who also use the MRT, the city bus lane operation will extend up to the Parañaque Integrated Bus Terminal (PITX)  in the south and the Valenzuela Integrated Bus Terminal (VIBT) in the north and vice-versa.
" City buses will now be using the outermost lane in EDSA or the yellow lane. They will be traversing EDSA in a carousel-type system until they reach the proposed north terminal which is the Valenzuela Integrated Bus Terminal. From there, the city buses will now traverse to the south still using the outermost lane until it reaches the proposed south terminal which is the Paranaque Integrated Bus Terminal," Sarmiento said.
"We propose this to eradicate the kanya-kanya system of the buses wherein they compete with each other creating chaos through overtaking, overspeeding, and overstaying. Puno man o hindi, lalarga po ang mga city buses dahil may schedule na po ang biyahe nila at hindi na sila makikipag-agawan ng pasahero dahil hindi na commission-based ang kita kundi sahod na ang matatanggap ng mga drivers at konduktors," Sarmiento added.
Sarmiento said that also part of the proposal is to modernize the fare system using tap or beep card.
"Once everything has been set in theory and generated through computer by the MMDA, it will be presented to the public through a dry run, which will be implemented on a day with the least number of vehicles in the road. We are going to have a computer-generated simulation of this proposal to be led by the MMDA," Sarmiento said to dispel fears that this could end up just like the other failed "experiments" of the MMDA.
Sarmiento clarified however that his proposal can still be subject to improvements and adjustments by the DoTr and the MMDA which is will the frontline implementing agencies.
"Lastly, this proposal is a work in progress. Details will be discussed by the Executives. Ang inyong lingkod, bilang Chairman ng House Committee on Transportation ay willing na magbigay ng suporta sa DOTr kung may mga kailangang polisiya upang maipatupad natin kaagad ang mga planong ito," Sarmiento said.
Sarmiento said that if and when the plan is set into motion, the private vehicles that continue to clog EDSA middle lanes would be reduced eventually "because people would now start riding the bus rather than drive their car in what is described as one of the world's biggest parking lot."
"With this system, if the trains and buses will be fully operational, and the commuting public is now effectively and efficiently being moved, that’s the time that we can reduce the volume of private vehicles in EDSA and the major thoroughfares in Metro Manila," Sarmiento said.

" Once the volume of vehicles were reduced, that’s the time that we can introduce major infrastructures in EDSA and other major thoroughfares," he added. END

Welcoming 2020 with Fresh Start and Full of Positivity

Another chapter in our lives unfolds in the beginning of each year. 2020 is extra special since it is also the start of a new decade.

We all await exciting opportunities for a fresh start and new beginnings in our personal lives and of course in our blogging community. No matter what your goals are in 2020 or how many new year’s resolutions you plan on making this year, we should always find time to celebrate and reminisce all of your experiences from 2019, whether good or bad; and welcome the new year ahead with hope and positivity.

For eight consecutive years, the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN) hold its annual get together and this year it will be a fun pan pizza party in Quezon City.

It will surely be an afternoon of great fun, awesome giveaways, delicious food and a great opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old friends they have not seen for a while. Representatives of different sponsors, PR groups and brands are also expected to grace the event and personally thank bloggers and social media influencers who have supported them in the past years, or should we say at least in the last decade.

FBN currently has a membership of more than 2,000 and continues to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers, vloggers, and online writers and influencers to interact with other members and partner brands from different parts of the Philippines. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from different sponsors for the group are co-admins Divine RC, Richard Mamuyac and Lariza Garcia, the annual event has become even bigger on its 8th run.

This year’s celebration would not have been possible without the support of the following generous sponsors and partners:

Century Park Hotel Manila

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FuentesManila is one of the few full-service PR agencies in the Philippines. While publicity remains its core service, FuentesManila provides the following services to its clients: Publicity; Special Events; Online Publicity; Advertising; Media Monitoring; Creatives & Graphic Design; and Digital PR. Follow Fuentes Manila on Facebook for news and updates > (What’s New Out There) (What’s New Out There) is an online guide of all new items and products that is introduced in the market or even a product that is to be launched in the industry. WNOT was established in August 2011 to give our consumers an idea of every new product to be purchased. WNOT provides a user-friendly search engine that allows keyword searching, company promotion, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This site also acts as a directory for article submission which offers more exposure across the net. Follow (What’s New Out There) on Facebook for news and updates >

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Dobol B Bantay Balita sa Kamara is a radio-television program aired simultaneously in Super Radyo DZBB 594 khz and GMA News TV Channel 27 every Sunday, 10am to 11am. Hosted by DZBB’s House of Representatives reporter, Divine Reyes, the program discusses current events, news and issues in the country. Follow Dobol B Bantay Balita on Facebook for news and updates >

CID Communication

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Havas Media Ortega

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LeapOut Digital

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Ripple8 is the full-service PR arm of DDB Group Philippines. With a clientele comprising top brands in diverse fields, they provide expert traditional and digital PR services, combining creativity and effective communication to create ripples of positive change. Follow Ripple8 on Facebook for news and updates >

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Buensalido Public Relations

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Dominguez Marketing Communications Inc.

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doTERRA Essential Oils Philippines

dōTERRA® produces and distributes exceptionally high quality CPTG® essential oils through more than three million independent distributors, also known as Wellness Advocates, around the world. In addition to a premium line of essential oils used by individuals and health-care professionals alike, dōTERRA® also offers products that are naturally safe, purely effective, and infused with CPTG® essential oils, including personal care and spa products, nutritional supplements, and healthy living products. Follow doTERRA Essential Oils Philippines on Facebook for news and updates >


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