Saturday, January 30, 2021


Tune in to GMA’s Tutok to Win this February 2 to win plenty of cash giveaways, score flash deals, and catch your favorite celebs!

MANILA, JANUARY 29, 2021 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces its 2.2 Shopee Milyonaryo TV Special on GMA’s Tutok to Win this February 2, 5:30-6:30 PM. Viewers can look forward to one hour full of non-stop giveaways such as up to ₱1,000,000 in cash, ₱10,000 ShopeePay credits, and other big cash prizes. Shoppers can also enjoy flash deals from top brands.

Beauty queens Michele Gumabao and Ariella Arida are set to co-host alongside Tutok to Win’s Willie Revillame. There will also be performances by Wowowin’s official dancers.

Key highlights of Shopee’s 2.2 Shopee Milyonaryo TV Special:

Viewers can win up to ₱1,000,000 in cash, watch exciting performances, and enjoy flash deals from the best brands this February 2. Key highlights are as follows:

  • Tutok to Win: Six Watch and Win contestants can win ₱50,000 in cash and an additional ₱10,000 worth of ShopeePay credits each.

  • Shopee Shake: Two Shopee Shake players get a chance to win ₱100,000 each. Tune in to Tutok to Win at 5:45 PM and 6:15 PM to play.

  • Shopee Milyonaryo Spin-a-Wil: Want to win up to ₱1,000,000 in cash? Enter Shopee Milyonaryo Spin-a-Wil by claiming a raffle code from the Shopee app from February 1, 6:30 PM until February 2, 4:00 PM. Only one contestant with the winning raffle code gets to play. A consolation prize of ₱50,000 will be awarded if the wheel lands on bokya.

  • Flash deals: Watch Tutok to Win to avail of flash deals from top brands on Shopee Mall. Get up to 76% off on Tigernu, up to 52% off on Alaska, and discounts and vouchers for Lactum, all available during the TV special!

Shopee 2.2 Cashback Sale

Shopee 2.2 Cashback Sale runs until February 2, 2021. Users can get up to 20% coins cashback on the best brands such as Nestle, P&G Beauty, Abbott, Enfagrow, L’Oreal Group, Unilever, Infinix, Mikana, and Shigetsu.

Users can earn more Shopee coins by using a coins cashback voucher, shopping through shops on Shopee Mall, clicking the Daily Check-In button on the Coins Rewards page, playing Shopee Games, referring a new user to Shopee, and leaving product reviews.

For more information on the Shopee 2.2 Cashback Sale, visit

For more deals, don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay! Top up your ShopeePay wallet with at least 300 from February 4 to 10 for a chance to win 10,000. Learn more here:

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

GOMO blazes into 2021 with the launch of their special streetwear collaboration with fashion-forward Filipino brand Don’t Blame the Kids Apparel Co. or DBTK. The capsule collection, available on January 30, was inspired by GOMO and DBTK’s shared message of inspiring the youth to pursue their passions and chase their dreams.

“The partnership between GOMO and DBTK is a perfect fit,” said Eric Tanbauco, Head of GOMO. “Our brands cater to the tech-savvy digital youth who are passionate and purposeful. We share the vision of inspiring and empowering them to pursue their dreams and do what they love. The stylish collection created by DBTK encompasses this message with the perfect combination of art and fashion.”

#WeDontStop Collaborating

GOMO, the fully digital game-changing telco brand, launched in 2020 with the powerful message of unstopping everything holding you back from doing what you love. Following a series of unique and innovative virtual events, the brand is doubling down on their #WeDontStop movement in 2021 with a fresh new creative collaboration with a well-loved local streetwear label.

DBTK is a lifestyle and clothing brand that started as a passion project for brothers Vince and Emil Javier in 2012. Since its launch, the label has gained a large following with its unique designs and the positive and goal-oriented messages of encouragement embedded in every collection. Their message is simple – don’t blame the kids for following their passions and being true to themselves. The brand wants to be a guidepost to constantly remind the kids to “dream big, start small”; and to enjoy the process of trial and error until the desired outcome is achieved.

Together GOMO and DBTK collaborated on a capsule tee-shirt collection featuring stylish and youthful designs highlighting their shared message of youth empowerment.

#WeDontStop Creating

The GOMO x DBTK collection CHARGE FORWARD was conceptualized with the powerful message that no challenge or setback is too big to overcome. The collection features three brand new tee-shirt designs, the “Script Skid Tee”, “Charge Tee”, and “Powerhouse Tee”. A sticker pack was also created featuring the unique designs of the collection.
GOMOXDBTK charge tee

"We love GOMO's message of breaking free and not stopping no matter how big the challenges are," said Vince Javier, co-founder and creative director, DBTK. "It fits perfectly with the DBTK mantra of pursuing your dreams and making them come true. This collection features bright and vibrant colors and strong design elements to highlight the importance of being passionate and boldly charging ahead in the pursuit of what we love."

GOMOXDBTK powerhouse tee

The exclusive GOMO x DBTK collection will be available on the website, the label’s flagship store in Project 8 Quezon City, and their satellite store at the Ronac Art Center in San Juan.

Charging Forward in 2021

GOMOXDBTK skid script tee
“We’re very excited to be partnering with DBTK in the creation of this awesome collection,” Tanbauco added. “2020 was a challenging year but we found ways to continue doing what we love. In 2021, we want to go even further and we encourage everyone to charge forward and pursue your passions.”

GOMO is the gamechanger in the telco landscape creating a fully digital experience to make things simpler for users so they can do more awesome things, access the internet, and enjoy GOMO events, experiences, and collaborations.

GOMO is available for P299 and includes a 5G-ready GOMO sim and 25GB of No Expiry data. To learn more about GOMO and purchase your 5G GOMO sim, For information, check out their website at

Friday, January 29, 2021

Xiaomi Philippines launched last January 27, their newest addition to their entry-level smartphone: Redmi 9T. Redmi 9T was designed to deliver the exceptional performance and multi-day battery life that users crave without compromising on photography capabilities and overall design.

The fun launch event played with Redmi 9T’s tagline, #PowerUp. In addition to leveled up games and promos that highlighted the phone’s noteworthy features, the evening also featured a powerful performance from Filipino parkour athletes.

Redmi 9T

Develop cinematic photos, spend less time editing Redmi 9T is a photography powerhouse with its 48MP AI quad rear-camera. The device’s 8MP ultra-wide angle camera accommodates large group photos and wide landscape shots without cropping, while its 2MP macro lens and 2MP depth sensor enable stunning close-up shots with professional-level bokeh.

Redmi 9T is also equipped with a new movie frame feature that gives photos a more cinematic look and feel without editing. It also sports a new time-lapse feature which offers various speed and duration values for shooting so users can capture creative time-lapse photos without tapping a DSLR or other professional camera.

Performance shines through with powerful chipset and high-capacity battery

Despite its lightweight design, Redmi 9T packs a punch with its 6,000mAh (typ) battery and Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 662 chipset. Combined with its 11nm energy-efficient processor, Redmi 9T delivers higher performance with less heat production and lower power consumption than previous generations.

Moreover, MIUI battery saving mode and reverse wired charging capabilities help maximize all-day, and even multi-day usage. The Redmi 9T comes with 18W fast charging and an in-box 22.5W charger.

Durability and comfort join forces for a superior smartphone experience

Redmi 9T features a modern and minimalistic design with its rounded corners and an anti-fingerprint textured back. Its 6.53” FHD+ Dot Drop display with Corning®

Gorilla® Glass 3 offers a crisp and clear viewing experience and strong protection against cracks and scratches.

Redmi 9T also comes with Widevine L1 and TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certifications for a more enjoyable viewing experience. The device is available in four delightful color variants: Carbon Gray, Twilight Blue, Sunrise Orange, and Ocean Green.

More to love with expandable storage

Complete with Dual SIM and microSD expandable storage, Redmi 9T offers expandable storage of up to 512GB so users can keep their favorite apps, games, photos and videos all on one device. Infrared blaster support would come in handy on your Redmi 9T.

Price and Availability

Redmi 9T will be available in 4GB + 64GB at a price of PHP 6,990.00. Meanwhile, the 6GB + 128GB version will be available at PHP 7,990.00. Both of Redmi 9T’s versions will be on sale at the Xiaomi Philippines Flagship Store on on Lazada and Shopee on January 29, 2021. 

There will be a special offering of PHP500 off for the 4+64GB variant for 24 hours. The new Redmi 9T will also be available with exclusive freebies at Authorized Mi Stores and resellers only during the official sale.

For product images please refer to Redmi 9T.

Redmi 9T quick specs:

* No reverse wired charging cable included in the box
** Connectivity varies in different markets

For more information on Xiaomi Philippines, please visit Xiaomi’s official website and
information portal at, or follow their official Facebook or
Instagram for other exciting updates.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Global smart device brand OPPO is set to launch the much- awaited OPPO Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G this February 10, 2021 at 7PM via livestream on the OPPO Philippines’ official Facebook page. The newest addition to its Reno Series will enable users to #PictureLifeTogether with family and loved one's.

To introduce the ultimate smartphone videography powerhouse to the country, OPPO’s Livestream Launch will feature Reno headliners, the country’s top celebrities and real life best friends Nadine Lustre and Yassi Pressman. 

Make sure to tune in as there are a lot of other exciting performances, games and prizes that await viewers. Vlogger Mikael Daez will also join the party, as he breaks down OPPO Reno5’s best features demonstrating how to #PictureLifeTogether in his vlog content using the amazing camera features of OPPO Reno5.

Content creators David Guison and Angelique Manto will also give us an exclusive tour around the OPPO Box, a fun-filled activity area which potential customers can visit from February 10-14 at the Glorietta Activity Center to pre-order their own OPPO Reno5 unit.

Double the fun at the Reno5 Virtual Afterparty

It’s not a launch without an afterparty, and everyone’s invited! Viewers are in for electrifying performances from Nadine and Yassi and other surprise group performers, and a DJ set featuring Nix Damn P and Motherbasss.

Lucky viewers will also get a chance to take home exclusive prizes from OPPO, as well as a first look at the new Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G with content creator Issa Pressman and photographer Magic Liwanag. The full live experience is set to bring you on a journey where possibilities to create and share moments together are endless. 

#PictureLifeTogether with Friends with the OPPO Reno5

Available in the Philippines starting February 2021, the Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G boast of the OPPO FDF Portrait Video System which guarantees clear images in any scenario, whether that be day, night, in strong backlight, while in motion or while standing still.

OPPO’s original, industry-leading AI Highlight Video now uses new generation technology which is capable of detecting light levels in a scene, and intelligently and optimally adjusts brightness, color and clarity in videos resulting in smooth video from frame to frame, vibrant colors, and reduces noise.

This is the first time OPPO has united Ultra Night Video and Live HDR under one feature, which is available on both the front and rear cameras of both devices. OPPO has also included a host of features, such as AI Color Portrait, AI Mixed Portrait (both only available on Reno5 4G), Monochrome Video and more, giving users the power to create content with deeper and more creative stories.

The phone’s FDF Portrait Video System also includes the Portrait Perception Engine to let users shoot in their style. Other camera features include the Scene Design Manager which analyzes different scenarios to give the user high quality images wherever they are and Portrait Recognition which instantly recognizes the portrait subject in the image and separates them from the image background. 

In addition to facial recognition, it can also detect and track moving human bodies within a video and extract these portrait subjects with precision from even the most complex backgrounds so you can still be the highlight of a shot even if you’re in a busy environment.

From beginning to end, the Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G are the new additions to OPPO’s powerful technology to simplify the complicated task of video capture, editing, and sharing off of users’ hands, leaving them with a simple-yet-professional means to record and create their own stories.

Catch the OPPO Reno5 Livestream Launch at 7pm, followed by the Reno5 Virtual Afterparty at 8pm on February 10, 2021 via OPPO Philippines’ official Facebook page.

The OPPO Reno5 will be available for pre-order starting February 10 until February 19, 2021. For more information about the latest OPPO Reno5 4G, Reno5 5G, and all of OPPO’s exclusive deals, visit the official website at or via the official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

Japanese fast fashion brand Miniso celebrates love and life this Valentine’s Day with adorable finds that make perfect gifts in this season of love.

There are pastel colored heart shape pillows with embossed sweet Valentine’s messages to hug and to hold. Express your love and care through the power of words with Miniso’s Valentine’s inspired notebooks and pens. Keep your loved ones cool and hydrated with We Bear Bears water tumblers and Cookie Monster water bottles.

Spread the love to your special someone as well as family and friends with these heartwarming gifts from Miniso. All these and more are available in Miniso stores located in most SM Supermalls nationwide.

Conveniently shop your Valentines’ gifts now at Miniso stores in SM City San Jose del Monte, SM City Baliwag, and SM City Marilao. And for even more convenient shopping experience, you can check out these Miniso items at Shopee, Lazada and Miniso Philippines’ Official Website - .

For further updates you can also follow @MinisoPhilippines at Facebook and Instagram.

Lastly, for additional mall updates, visit SM Bulacan Malls’s Official Facebook pages, , , and

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

It’s more fun to eat as SM City Baliwag introduces their newest extended dining space conveniently located at the Mall Expansion.

Adapting to the “new normal”, SM City Baliwag creates an extended dining to provide additional space to accommodate diners. Minimum health protocols are maintained for the safety of customers that includes wearing of face mask and face shield, diagonal or solo seating to observe safe distancing, and avoiding using seats as well as tables with markers. Customers are also encourage to fill out a health checklist provided at the entrances of the Mall establishments.

The new dining area lets shoppers enjoy their meal while creating memories by its interiors designed with royal red accents, surrounded by nostalgic toy soldiers that transports shoppers’ imagination to London’s iconic landmarks. The attraction not only provides space for eating, but also serves as a perfect spot for taking instagrammable photos.

More than its captivating features, customers may scan here QR code conveniently found at the tables that leads to menu guide of all SM City Baliwag restaurants, for a seamless food navigation.

Before hopping in at the extended dining, shoppers may also check on SM City Baliwag’s newest specialty stores such as Japanese food Oishi Maki and Ramen Kuroda and Korea’s Ssamjang Korean Grill Restaurant. There is SALO Filipino food concept and Turks recently opened at the Food court, plus other food tenants that are worth a try.

The designated extended dining areas are part of SM’s continuing effort to promote health and safety and bring back the fun in dining out through its #SafeMallingAtSM campaign. While it is fun to eat, customers are advised to select food choices and stay for a quick bite for added safety. Stay updated as SM City

Baliwag gears up towards new era of level up customer service with many options for easy, safe andefficient shopping. For more information, follow SM City Baliwag on Facebook and Instagram.

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Filigree Showsuites features a three-bedroom unit of Botanika Nature Residences, one of the brand’s luxury condominiums

Premier real estate brand Filigree recently opened its doors to its newest Showsuites. The newest headquarters provides a first glimpse of the impeccable quality and attention to detail that the Filigree brand is known for.

“We have had dedicated showrooms for each of our projects, but with the growth of our brand it was only fitting that we took this step. We want our clients to experience what it’s like to live in a Filigree home with just one visit. This Showsuites is the embodiment of everything Filigree stands for and we made sure that this would be evident in the design and customer experience,” says Filigree deputy head Daphne Sanchez.

Design firm Periquet Galicia was commissioned to take on the work of realizing Filigree’s vision. Principal designer Tina Periquet shared insights on her experience of working on the project.

“It’s always a pleasure to work with a company whose values are closely aligned with ours. I feel the brand name Filigree is apt, as it speaks of refinement, luxury and meticulous craft. Translating this in the language of design and architecture, we worked together to create an environment that satisfies both the mind and the eye, harmoniously proportioned and thoughtfully detailed to induce a sense of calm and delight,” she notes

The 2,500-square meter property boasts of stately contoured spaces. A visit will take you through well-designed expanses that comprise the personalized tours carried out by skilled account specialists.

Reflecting the high aesthetic quality of the planned spaces is a symmetrical and perfect-in-form lobby that sets the tone for the overall experience. Each area, whether it be the lounge or the AV room, were intended to echo the design principles of Filigree.

Towering ceiling heights, floor to ceiling glass walls, spacious hallways, and well thought-out color schemes represent the signature aesthetics of a Filigree project. Undoubtedly, the pieces de resistance are the two model units, designed by Periquet Galicia, to demonstrate the potentials of selected units of Botanika Nature Residence’s Tower 2.

“We spent many months developing the space plans of every single condo unit in the building. Each square inch was pored over to ensure that the ideal distribution of space was achieved, while seeing to it that the rooms were well-shaped, so that standard furniture from stores could fit neatly. It’s surprising how many times you end up seeing a bed edge jutting out in front of a doorway, or a sofa blocking an operable window, because of a poor space plan,” adds Periquet.

The challenge was to resolve upfront all the complexities stemming from the curved shape of the building, so that the unit owners need not have to deal with any awkward corners or odd elements, and can just furnish and move in with minimal customizing.

The two model units were deliberately designed in contrasting styles—a pared-down,edgy treatment with sculpted forms and a cool neutral palette, and a more formal, transitional setting rendered in ivory, cream, and black—to show how different personalities can happily settle down in perfect harmony at Botanika Nature Residences.

Since its launch, Filigree has constantly emphasized its focus on enhanced living experiences that is achieved through proper and smart integration of location, space, design, and nature. Get a better sense of this and more at Filigree’s newly opened Showsuites.

To visit, please schedule an appointment through Filigree Showsuites is located on Corporate Avenue, Filinvest City, Alabang, across Bristol at Parkway Place and is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm.

Friday, January 22, 2021

During the initial stages of pandemic, people tend to order food through online delivery, drive thru, and take out. And when indoor dining was once again became an option, restaurant owners use wood or plastic barriers and markings to maintain the minimum health standards as precautionary measure against the spread of virus.

To make dining as safe and as relaxing as possible, SM City San Jose del Monte recently introduced the ‘Green Patio by the Lagoon’ where shoppers can have a fresh and safer dining experience while enjoying the outdoors, located at the mall’s view deck and lagoon area.

The rear of the mall overlooks a vibrant landscape. Shoppers can enjoy eating while looking the view of the entire garden, the three level al fresco, the distinctive overlooking bridge, and the clear blue sky above. This area in the mall can really give a relaxing vibe to all the visitors.

Aside from the Green Patio by the Lagoon, there are also other designated dining areas inside the mall where mall goers can eat their take-out food to avoid flock of diners inside enclose spaces - the Greek-inspired designated dining located at the second level of the mall, and inside the Green Hub located at the mall atrium in the lower ground floor where diners are surrounded by ornamental plant bazaar.

With both convenience and safety in mind, SM City San Jose del Monte and its partner stores are strictly implementing the minimum health protocols such as wearing of face mask and face shields, observe physical distancing, and even encouraging their customers to bring their own handy alcohol or sanitizers.

For more mall updates, like and follow SM City San Jose del Monte’s official Facebook page Facebook at and on Instagram at

OPPO is set to launch the much awaited ultimate smartphone videography powerhouse, the OPPO Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G this February 2021.OPPO Reno5’s latest camera technologies will allow you to picture life together better with your family and loved ones.

“We are thrilled to officially introduce the new OPPO Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G in February. With the steady growth of 5G in the country and our cutting-edge camera technologies, we promise to equip young Filipinos with a Reno smartphone that can inspire them more to creatively #PictureLifeTogether with friends and family in this highly digital-driven lifestyle,” said Raymond Xia, OPPO Philippines Marketing Director.

A phone that adapts to your ever-changing lifestyle

In facing the new demands brought by the 5G era, and in keeping with the Reno series’ long-standing pursuit of providing a superior video and photo experience, OPPO has developed a more advanced and more comprehensive imaging system on the new Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G– the OPPO Full Dimension Fusion (FDF) Portrait Video System. Based on top-end imaging hardware, innovative image processing algorithms, and user-centric software, the OPPO FDF

Portrait Video System caters to the diverse video creation needs of users in almost any situation, empowering them to capture the joy of life in every moment with easy-to-create professional-quality video content.

Picture Life Together with Friends

OPPO’s consumer research has shown that the core need for consumers is the ability to capture clear videos in any situation, and in a way that expresses their own unique style. At the same time, they want this process to be simple and easy to use.

OPPO believes the best way to solve this consumer need is through the perfect integration of imaging hardware and software. The all-new OPPO Full Dimension Fusion Portrait Video System works on the basis of top-end imaging hardware in tandem with flexible, intelligent software, together with OPPO’s extensive expertise in portrait scene detection and portrait feature design.

The result is a world-class portrait video experience for users on the new OPPO Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G.

A camera perfect for every moment

The Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G boasts the OPPO FDF Portrait Video System which guarantees clear images in any scenario, whether that be day, night, in strong backlight, while in motion or while standing still. It also ensures the portrait subjects and the background are clearly and naturally defined.

OPPO’s original, industry-leading AI Highlight Video now uses new generation technology which is capable of detecting light levels in a scene, and intelligently and optimally adjusts brightness, color and clarity in videos resulting in smooth video from frame to frame, vibrant colors, and reduces noise. This is the first time OPPO has united Ultra Night Video and Live HDR under one feature, which is available on both the front and rear cameras of both devices.

OPPO has also included a host of features such as AI Color Portrait (except Reno5 5G), Monochrome Video, AI Mixed Portrait (only available on Reno5 4G) and more which gives users the power to create content with deeper and more creative stories. The phone’s FDF Portrait Video System also includes the Portrait Perception Engine to let users shoot in their style.

Other camera features include the Scene Design Manager which analyzes different scenarios to give the user high quality images wherever they are and Portrait Recognition which instantly recognizes the portrait subject in the image and separates them from the image background.

In addition to facial recognition, it can also detect and track moving human bodies within a video and extract these portrait subjects with precision from even the most complex backgrounds so you can still be the highlight of a shot even if you’re in a busy environment.

From beginning to end, the Reno5 4G and Reno5 5G are the new additions to OPPO’s powerful technology to simplify the complicated task of video capture, editing, and sharing off of users’ hands, leaving them with a simple-yet-professional means to record and create their own stories.

For more information about the latest OPPO Reno5 4G, Reno5 5G, and all of OPPO’s exclusive deals, visit the official website at or via the official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

Thursday, January 21, 2021


 Before pandemic, our homes used to be a place for “part of our lives”. Much of our days were spent at workplace or school. Often, we’d have plans before, after and in between work or school that makes our abode just a place to sleep in and unwind.

Today, our definition of home has changed. The role of our home has evolved as we do everything in our abode.

Home is no longer a sacred space where one simply relaxes. It is now a space that works in a multifunctional way, allowing our whole life to take place within its four walls from working, schooling, socializing, and exercising to even taking vacations. And as we continue to adjust the way we live, we might also want to adjust the spaces we live in.

While the new normal is expected to continue in 2021, SM Bulacan Malls in Marilao, San Jose Del Monte, Baliwag and Pulilan launched an inspirational guide to spark joy in one’s abode with Home Edit Fair. 

Shoppers can look forward to a wide selection of quality furniture created by local artisans and a Home Upgrade Sale with exclusive deals from participating stores like Our Home, SM Home and Office Warehouse. 

SM’s Home Edit Fair also rounded up some practical home accessories, furnishing essentials, and functional décor that can help manage work and virtual learning from home.

Bringing fun and excitement in Home Edit Fair, shoppers can also get a chance to win exciting prizes from SM through its Design Your Space Challenge. Joining the challenge is easy, shoppers simply need to visit Home Edit Fair and take photos of the furniture pieces you like.

 Check out SM Supermall’s Facebook page for the “Room of the Day” and take a screenshot of the Room Template from the post. 

Unleash your creativity by designing the room with furniture images you took at the Home Edit Fair of your favorite mall. Comment the photo of your design on the designated post with #HomeEditFairatSM and get a chance to win gift certificates.

So whatever happiness and wellness look like for you this year, SM Bulacan Malls in Marilao, San Jose Del Monte, Baliwag and Pulilan are here to help you get started in 2021. SM got it all for you to start the New Year right!

Home Edit Fair will run until January 30 with one extra day on 31 st at SM City San Jose Del Monte.

Don’t forget to visit SM Bulacan Malls official Facebook Pages for more updates - SM City San Jose del Monte, SM City Marilao, SM

Center Pulilan and SM City Baliwag

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Several members of the Health and Dietary Supplement Association of the Philippines (HADSAP) turned over boxes of food, beverages, health supplements, personal care items, and monetary support to frontliners in Novaliches District Hospital. The group also donate supplements and assorted used clothing and toys to Caritas Manila in support of the latter’ Segunda Mana initiative.

“HADSAP wishes to support the health community, especially frontliners who are continuing to risk their lives and safety to help our fellow citizens,” says Shirley Te, head of the HADSAP CSR Committee. “Our donations were carefully selected in order for [the frontliners] to cope with the stress of battling against the spread of COVID-19.”

The association includes some of the top health brands in the country such as Amway Philippines, 4life, Bargn, Synnovate, Unicity, GNC, DXN, and Avail Beauty.

“As part of the health and wellness industry, HADSAP recognizes food supplements as one of the many ways to maintain a healthy and well-balanced diet,” says Leni Olmedo, Country Manager of long-time member Amway Philippines. “Good health is everyone’s best defense in a fight like this and we hope to equip them well.”

Representatives from the Novaliches hospital received the boxes of HADSAP donations last November 10. “Sa ngayon, marami pa rin kaming pasyenteng ina-accommodate. Mga nurses namin patuloy parin lumalaban sa panahon ng pandemyang ‘to,” expressed Gina Mallari, Chief Nurse. “[Kaya] malaking bagay ‘to para sa mga nurses namin, midwives, doctors, and attendants.”

(To this day, we’re still tending to countless patients, and our nurses are continuing the fight against this pandemic. So this donation will truly be of much help to our nurses, midwives, doctors, and attendants.)

“We’re doing everything we can to help our frontliners back,” Olmedo shares “They need the right fuel to keep them healthy and empowered – and that’s exactly what we at HADSAP can give them.”

In the Philippines, around 4.2 million people suffer from osteoarthritis,  a condition characterized by joint pain which can limit daily activities like walking. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic disease that primarily affects the cartilage, structures that protect the ends of bones within the joints.

Joint pain and osteoarthritis affect more people, and in more ways, that we might realize. As more and more Filipinos are finding it difficult to seek medical advice during this time of uncertainty, it’s important to educate the public about joint pain and osteoarthritis, as well as the potential consequences of delayed treatment.

Filipinos suffering from joint pain have an average age of 61 years, and 1 out of 4 experience joint pain often, at least once a week, sometimes even daily, especially in the hands and knees. There are different attitudes towards the disease based on age. The elderly who are over 65 seem more resigned and indifferent, while younger sufferers at 50-65 years old are more aware and reactive.

42% of elderly respondents consider joint pain a minor or nonexistent health problem. In contrast, around 6 out of 10 sufferers aged 50 to 64 years old are aware that the condition of their cartilages may worsen with age and believe that joint pain is more than a health problem.

These are the main findings from a national survey conducted in Philippines by IQVIA for Mylan, a Viatris company, to investigate the experiences, perceptions and needs of people with joint pain and osteoarthritis. 

The analysis was conducted on 100 patients, men and women, aged 50 years and over, all of whom had to have knee pain. The study provided a clear picture of the condition’s negative impact on quality of life and how treatments can provide relief, allowing them to live healthier with less pain.


In general, about half of the respondents have problems managing the disease emotionally and physically. Sufferers aged 50-65 years old, especially men, feel the emotional burden of the disease more, with almost 4 out of 10 expressing not just feelings of sadness, but also frustration and anxiety. Elderly patients seem to feel the emotional effects of the disease less, with only 2 out of 10 of them
expressing sadness.


The survey clearly shows that a large proportion of Filipino respondents never consult a doctor for joint pain. Overall, around 30% of sufferers - 42% among those aged 50-65 years old – say that they have never received a medical diagnosis for their joint related symptoms. In addition, among those who have received a diagnosis, only 1 out of 2 were examined by a specialist, the rest consulted a general practitioner or a pharmacist. 

This lack of a relationship with healthcare professionals (HCPs) is also reflected in the types of treatments these patients are undergoing. Over 4 out of 10 of respondents aged 50-65 use therapies that have been recommended to them by a friend or a relative and only 2 out of 10 follow the advice of the family doctor. Most people with joint pain take food/ dietary supplements, especially women and those aged 50-65.


Filipinos lack awareness on osteoarthritis disease and available treatments. Almost 7 out of 10 respondents declare that they wish to know more about it, especially those aged 50-65.

In order to get more information about OA, half of Filipino patients rely on family and friends or on internet, a trend that is growing more and more among the 50 to 65-year-olds - the category most reluctant to see HCPs. in fact, 77% of them uses online search engines as their primary source.

“At Viatris, we find the results of this research to be both insightful and useful. We are committed to providing support to Filipino doctors and other health care professionals in order to find, together, a way not only to better manage osteoarticular disease, but to also spread health information with the goal of
improving the public’s awareness. 

A need clearly shown in the data presented. We hope that more Filipinos will consult with their HCPs the moment they first feel any symptoms so that they can receive the right treatment early” – declares Viatris Country Manager, Ester C. Tacanay.

Studies have shown that prescription of crystalline glucosamine sulfate has the triple effect of reducing joint pain, improving physical function and delay the progression of osteoarthritis.

The skin of the lips is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your body, which is why everyone – even the dashing gentlemen out there – needs to start paying attention to lip care. Let's face it, dry and hot, chapped lips can easily decrease your pogi points.

Lucky for you, Blackwater, Ever Bilena Cosmetic's personal grooming line, is offering a quick fix that can keep your lips safe. Yes, lip balm for men exists!

The new Blackwater Lip Balm for Men protects, deeply moisturizes, and smoothens the appearance of the lips. With its safe and effective ingredients, there's no need to worry about peeling, cracking, and itchiness. And since frequent exposure to the sun can have damaging effect to the lips, Blackwater Lip Balm for Men has SPF 20 for added protection from the outside environment.

Needleless to say, it works wonders! Apply a single layer of the lip balm with one swipe and the clear formula will instantly give you moisturized lips without the shine, color, and fragrance.

You can get it for Php 120 at all leading supermarkets, department stores, and drugstores nationwide. You can also shop online via Shopee and Lazada.

Make sure to follow @blackwaterphofficial on Facebook to get all the latest news and updates.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Another bestseller is on its way to excite Pinoy food lovers! After launching the US Spicy Chicken Sandwich that sold out just hours after its release, it looks like Popeyes is all set to release another trending food item in its menu.

It’s savory, spicy, crispy, and oh-so-delicious – Popeyes is letting you taste all that lip- smacking Southern goodness in one bite with its latest must-try offering! Give in to your cravings because Popeyes’ new Cajun Rings is finally here to complete your meal and tickle your taste buds.

Every bite of these perfectly crispy fried breaded onion rings with a hint of Cajun spice will leave you wanting more – surely, the perfect add-on to any meal. You can have it ala carte or as a side to your favorite Popeyes signature meals – Popeyes Chicken, Chicken Tenders, and Burgers.

If you want to give it a try, Popeyes is offering a FREE upgrade of Cajun Fries to Cajun Rings when you buy any Popeyes meal! So, hurry up and get first dibs on this special promo.

But it doesn't stop there. With the inclusion of the Cajun Rings in Popeyes’ menu, there are some things that you have yet to discover. Intrigued? Try saying "Put A Ring On It!" when you order dine-in or takeout for your Popeyes’ burger – U.S. Spicy Chicken Sandwich, the Chicken French Quarter, Fish Burger, Shrimp Burger, and Chicken Burger and you’ll be in for a delightful surprise.

So, what are you waiting for? The new Cajun Rings is now available at Popeyes Arcovia City, Alabang Town Center, NU Mall of Asia, SM San Lazaro, SM Manila, Kroma Tower, SM Southmall, Ali Mall, Eastwood, Robinsons Place Galleria Ortigas, Robinsons Place Manila, Eton Centris, and SM Mall of Asia.

You can also enjoy this special treat at home when you order Cajun Rings for delivery or pick up via and GrabFood. You can also get exclusive deals on your Popeyes favorites when you download the Central Delivery and GrabFood app via the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

For more information, visit or follow @popeyesph on Facebook and Instagram.

Friday, January 15, 2021


As we welcome the new year—2021, it might do well for us to look back, to take stock of the positive lessons that we can extract from what was an unprecedented year. For sure, numerous take-aways can be gained as we move forward and anticipate a more “mobile” next normal—especially since vaccine trials by leading pharmaceutical companies have been yielding encouraging results.


With that, here are 5 lessons we should remember as we begin again:


Always wash your hands


Perhaps the most frequent reminder worth noting is how the power of proper handwashing has been in full display. It has been proven effective in killing 99.9% of germs and should always be considered a first line of defense against sicknesses and diseases.


Do not take sicknesses lightly


The previous year that was also demonstrated how a virus can easily and quickly transmit from one person to another. With this, one should learn to treat regular coughs, colds, and flu like a very harmful and contagious virus. That means that even if the pandemic eventually ends, it would be wise to isolate one’s self when they feel flu-like symptoms or anything of the sort.


Take care of yourself


But more than the physical and physiological, we also learned to focus on ourselves and safeguard our mental health, a practice which we should continue doing even as we start physically interacting with others—carefully—and as we slowly get back into our fast-paced lives.


Cherish each moment


At some point during the lockdown, there must have been a point where we all realized that we had taken some activities, events, and physical hangouts for granted. So, in heading out again with care, cherish and make the most out of every outdoor moment and create memories that can last lifetimes.


Always be prepared


But in our excitement to resume our normal lifestyle, hang out, and even hook up, it’s important to remember that health safety should always be a priority for us to continue to enjoy the best things life can offer, for a long time.

So always be prepared and bring quality PPEs like alcohol, hand sanitizers, wipes, and even condoms—such as Durex—especially for those who have been craving for intimacy.

To learn more about the best PPEs to use in the next normal and how to stay safe and protected both up there and down there, Durex has launched a series of insightful videos with Boys Night Out which you can catch on Facebook and YouTube.


“I don’t think anyone is prepared for the life that comes with going viral in the internet.”

 It’s been 14 years since Mikey Bustos first posted a video on YouTube. It was a video of him performing as a front act for a Pussycat Dolls concert in Manila. And while initially renowned for his career as a singer and performer, it was really the relatable content he has been masterfully crafting and posting online that has captured the hearts and laughs of many.


“It’s been such a learning curve,” said Mikey about his career, despite years of creating countless viral videos such as “Adobo” - a parody of the song Let It Go from Frozen - and “Balikbayan Box” - a parody of the Miley Cyrus Hit “Wrecking Ball”. “You just have to navigate through,” he added.


While having to constantly think of new ideas is already a challenge in itself, having an audience that can directly interact with you via a comments section is another. “Having to deal with bashers is something you never get used to,” he remarked.


Other challenges Mikey mentioned that he has encountered in his career was having to fight through insecurities, second guessing himself, and managing his schedule.

There was even a time when Mikey was juggling multiple YouTube channels all while traveling, performing, and managing his ant business. And while it was a challenge for him to do all these simultaneously, all these “trades” brought about plenty of opportunities.

With these opportunities, however, come crucial choices he needed to make.


On taking risks


“For me, to be successful, you need to take calculated risks,” said Bustos who mentioned that one of the biggest risks he made in his life was moving to the Philippines from Canada.

But this was just one among many risks Mikey had to take in order for his career to flourish further.

“Signing contracts, teaming up with brands, expanding a team, collaborating with other content creators—these are all risks and choices you have to calculate and think about. You can’t just throw all your chips in and wish for the best” he stressed.


On the art of de-stressing


With all these decisions and challenges, not to mention having to sustain his career and business, there is no doubt that stress and risk of burnout frequent Mikey’s life.

To combat these, he turns to exercise and meditation.


“I always try to incorporate exercise into my routine. I go to the gym a few times a week, and now I’ve taken a love for running—making sure I go 10km every day. In terms of mentally staying in shape, I do a lot of meditation and prayer.”


To lessen the risk of burnout, Mikey also makes sure to explore his hobbies, which is sometimes a blurred line for him as his work involves making the most of his interests and sharing it online. He solves this dilemma by exploring his hobbies without feeling the need to bring a camera with him.


On the importance of trust

 Another way Mikey reduces the stress brought about by his career and ventures is working with people that he trusts, which for him, is crucial to success.

In the time of the pandemic, Mikey also shared that bringing “trusty” items with him wherever he goes is key to having an extra “peace of mind”.


“Lately, I always bring all sorts of protective gear—masks, alcohol, face shields, and the like. I also make sure to bring a lipbalm because ‘you never know when you’ll be on camera,’” he remarked.


“I also make sure that I bring Diatabs with me wherever I go, especially when I’m running. It helps because I’ve been having ‘banyo-phobia’—When I’m far from the house and I really have to go, it’s hard for me to go use the public toilet because of the fear of acquiring the coronavirus. That’s why it’s always good to have Diatabs around,” he shared.

Diatabs is a product of Unilab, a trusted anti-diarrheal brand in the country, that can easily take care of your upset stomach and give you the peace of mind you need when it comes to bowel trouble. It is available in leading drugstores and pharmacies nationwide. To learn more, visit


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