Thursday, October 19, 2017

All About Eggs--Bounty Fresh Celebrates World Egg Day

Eggs are a staple in our household.  I always buy a dozen of eggs monthly and cook it in variety of ways--scrambled, sunny-side up, hard-boiled.  I also put eggs as an ingredient in the dishes that I cook for me and my son.  Up until this time, we only eat eggs in moderation.

From the recent event that I attended, the celebration of World Egg Day spearheaded by Bounty Fresh Eggs, I have learned a lot about eggs and debunked some myths that I know about eating eggs.

All About Eggs

Eggs are a very good source of inexpensive, high quality protein.  More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk.  The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12, and minerals such as zinc, iron, and copper.

We can benefit so much from eating eggs on a regular basis, as attested by Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) under the Department of Science and Technology. 

  1. Strong muscles--the protein within eggs helps keep muscles working well while slowing the rate at which they are lost
  2. Brain health--eggs contain vitamins and minerals that are needed for the regular functioning of cells, including the brain, nervous system, memory, and metabolism
  3. Good energy production--eggs contain all the daily vitamins and minerals that are needed to produce energy in all the cells of the body
  4. A healthy immune system--vitamin A, vitamin B12, and selenium are key to keeping the immune system healthy
  5. Lower risk of heart disease--choline plays an important part in breaking down the amino and homocysteine, which is associated with the development of heart disease
  6. Healthful pregnancy--nutrients within eggs help to prevent congenital disabilities, such as spina bifida
  7. Eyesight--lutein and zeaxanthin help to prevent macular degeneration, the leading cause of age-related blindness.  Other vitamins also promote good vision
  8. Weight loss and maintenance--the high quality of protein within eggs might help keep people energized and feeling fuller for longer period of time.  Feeling full prevents snacking, which reduces overall calorie intake
  9. Skin benefits--some vitamins and minerals within eggs help promote healthy skin and prevent the breakdown of body tissues.  A strong immune system also contributes to a healthy overall look

An egg has 187mg of cholesterol, and the recommended limit is 300 mg per day--or only 200mg if you have diabetes or risk factors for heart disease.  Table eggs may cause mild increases in Total and LDL cholesterol levels, however, this should not be the cause of concern of the people.  On the contrary, eggs consistently raise HDL (good) cholesterol levels.  Study shows that one person can consume up to 3 whole eggs a day and is perfectly safe for those who are trying to stay healthy.  You may also check Philippine Egg Board's website to learn more about eggs and its benefits. 

Sadly, among the countries in Southeast Asia, Philippines have the lowest egg consumption.  This is due to the adhering belief that egg is bad for the health due to its cholesterol levels.  Medical doctors also believe that too much egg consumption is bad for one's health.  While Philippines is rich in eggs, fish is also abundant in the country, thus, giving Filipinos an alternative protein source.

World Egg Day 2017

For the first time in the Philippines, World Egg Day was celebrated at the atrium of Eastwood Mall last October 12, 2017.  World Egg Day is usually held every second Friday of October and is celebrated in other countries like Australia, USA, UK, France, Brazil, Austria, Vietnam, and Indonesia.  The Philippine celebration was led by Bounty Fresh Eggs, the country's top egg producer.  This year's celebration is the onset of the annual celebration of World Egg Day in the country.  

Bounty Fresh World Egg Day celebration happened at the Atrium of Eastwood Mall

World Egg Day celebration was full of activities, contests, talks, cooking demo, and live entertainment.  Check out the photos of the event below:

Find the Golden Egg

Shoot the egg in the basket

Wheel of Eggtune

Bounty Fresh Egg Masters contestants

One of the contestants of the Egg Master challenge.  Contestants should sing while cooking omelet

The winners of the Egg Master challenge

Ms. Ailyn Kuan-del Rio, RND, MSCN giving a talk about the health benefits of egg

Ms. Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi doing a live cooking demo of her own version of omelet

Everyone was given an opportunity to taste the omelet prepared by Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi

Audience were serenaded by Nathan Bautista, one of the contestants of The Voice Kids Edition

The audience were captivated by the dance moves of Nhizky Calma

Bounty Fresh has become the Gold Standard in the Philippines when we talk about egg quality.  Bounty Fresh has a state-of-the-art facilities and is using healthy feeds on layer hens to ensure high quality eggs.  The people behind Bounty Fresh wishes that more and more Filipinos would add eggs in their regular meals because of its affordability and availability in the market.  

You wonder how Bounty Fresh produce high quality eggs.  It starts with giving its layer hens the best care and comfort by housing them in environmentally controlled and fully automated houses that are tunnel ventilated.  These hens are also given complete vaccination against diseases and are subject to a medication program designed to boost their immune system.

The layer hens are also given the best nutrition formulated by the company's nutritionist to ensure that it meets the nutrient requirements for body maintenance and optimum production; that is, they can lay the number of eggs expected during its life span.  With this, consumers are ensured that the eggs from Bounty Fresh are in its optimum size and is covered with high quality egg shells to prevent the entry of bacteria and contaminants.  The albumen (egg white) and yolk are of excellent quality containing the finest nutrition so we can be assured that the eggs from Bounty Fresh are full of vitamins and minerals that people need in their daily life.

Now, once the eggs are produced, they are brought to storage facilities using a fully automated conveyor.  From the chicken house straight to the egg rooms, the eggs are fully secured to make sure that they don't get in contact with contaminants and bacteria.  This procedure will ensure that eggs are fresh and clean, making them safe for human consumption.

Once at the egg storage facilities, the eggs are then selected and graded by fully automated computer-programmed grading machines.  This process is done to make sure that: a.) dirty eggs and eggs with cracks or "hairline" cracks that are not visible to the eye are removed when they pass through the so-called "candling area" section of the conveyor, and b.) eggs are sorted by the machine and not by human hands to prevent contact with contaminants.

After the eggs have been sorted, the are stored in optimum temperature to maintain freshness and quality of the albumen and yolk.  A quality assurance team randomly inspects the eggs to confirm if the harvested eggs meet the quality standards that the company has set.

Bounty Fresh aims that with the celebration of World Egg Day, Filipinos would consume egg on a daily basis.

Bounty Fresh executives together with the event host, Ms. Bettina Carlos

Happy World Egg Day everyone!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Safeguard Celebrates 2017 Global Handwashing Day with Alden Richards

Handwashing should be a habit that everyone should practice.

While most people would immediately claim that they practice regular handwashing, the recent survey conducted to know the handwashing habits of the Filipinos says otherwise.  The first Philippines Handwashing Index done by the country's leading soap brand Safeguard revealed:

  • 7 out of 10 Filipinos CLAIM to wash their hands after using the toilet but--ONLY 2 out of 10 really do
  • A shocking 64% of Filipinos DO NOT wash their hands at all after using a mall toilet
  • ONLY 40% of children wash their hands--and they don't use soap either
  • Half of Filipinos DO NOT wash their hands after using their mobile phones--known to be one of the dirtiest surfaces
  • Filipinos touch MORE THAN 23 other people, averaging 90 unique 'touches' per day.  However, they wash our hands ONLY 5 times per day
  • 60% of females washed their hands with water ONLY before cooking
  • 40% washed their hands with water ONLY before feeding the kids
  • 80% of Filipinos DO NOT wash their hands after shaking hands with another person
  • 40% of Filipinos DO NOT wash their hands before touching young children
  • Half of Filipinos DO NOT wash their hands after traveling on public transportation

Sounds gross, isn't it?  I was also shocked to know the results of this study.  However, let's keep in mind that one of the fastest ways to spread germs and diseases is by human contact and ingesting contaminated food.  It is very clear that Filipinos haven't nurtured the habit of proper handwashing and the results of this study revealed that a great number do not really care about the importance of handwashing before and after doing any activity.  With this, there is a great opportunity to educate our fellow Filipinos that washing hands with soap can effectively remove disease-causing germs and is the most basic way to prevent oneself from getting sick.

And oh, did you know that 1.5 million children around the world die every year due to diarrhea?  Diarrhea is the second most common cause of death among children in the world and pneumonia is number one.  Based on UNICEF's statistics, pneumonia takes the lives of 1.8 children all over the world annually.  In the Philippines, in the study done by Department of Health (DOH), pneumonia also takes the lives of children ages 1-14 years old and is the number 1 cause of death in the country.  We know that there are still lots of countries all over the world that do not have potable drinking water, and in the Philippines, there are still remote places that do not have access to clean water as well.  By simple habit of proper handwashing with an anti-bacterial soap, we can reduce the number of deaths caused by human transfer.

Global Handwashing Day 2017

This year's Global Handwashing Day was held at Baseco Compound in Manila last October 12, 2017.  This year's theme was, "Bawat Hugas, Dapat Safeguard Hugas" and was joined by Pambasang Bae Alden Richards.  In this event, the newest Safeguard handwashing song was introduced to the public and is sung by Alden Richards.  Check it out below:

The lyrics of the song is timely for the holiday season as we have the longest celebration of Christmas all over the world.  The song is a call for every Filipino to do their part in promoting handwashing to keep everyone healthy and protected from germs throughout the season.  Make it a habit to wash your hands with Safeguard in these five (5) "hugas non-negotiables": before "mano", after using the toilet, before eating, after playing and before bonding.

During the celebration, a talk on how much germs we can get from touching and holding and how much germs were removed after washing with different kinds of soaps. 

Station where it was explained how we get germs and how much we get every time we touch something

Kib attentively listens to David Khoo, Safeguard Science Expert, to the explanation as to how we get germs on our hands

I volunteered my car keys for germ test, they're swabbing it and the swab will be put on the germ meter

The germ meter.  My car keys has more than 800 germs registered on this device

This is how different types of soaps clean our hands.  Sadly, beauty soaps do not remove as much germs on our hands.  In addition, not all soaps which claim to have anti-bacterial properties can remove germs.  Guess which soap was able to really clean our hands and remove most of the germs.

Station 2 shows what kinds of germs we can contract on different situations and what possible illnesses these germs can give us

It was indeed a fun and educational event for everyone during the celebration of Global Handwashing Day!

Pambansang Bae Alden Richards greets everyone during the Global Handwashing Day celebration

Handwashing stations ready to be used by the students of Baseco Elementary School

Alden Richards teaching a child on how to wash hands properly

Students of Baseco Elementary School showing off their clean hands to the media

For the holiday season, Safeguard introduced their Christmas gift sets, which contains Safeguard Pure White Body Wash (400 ml), Pure White Liquid Hand Soap (225 ml), and a free loofah.  These limited edition pack will be available for Php199 at all leading supermarkets nationwide.

Let us make handwashing a part of our daily activities so we can fight diseases and maintain good hygiene.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Rebirth of Nokia--Launching Nokia 8 in the Philippine Market

Nokia was my first mobile phone way back 1999.  My first Nokia phone was 3310.  I also had the smaller model, the one that glows in the dark.  I had several other Nokia phones and I used it until 2011 when I switched on using smartphones.  The Nokia phones that we owned are still here with us.  It had a sentimental value that we don't want to part with them.

Nokia also joined the smartphone bandwagon, but since they used Windows OS, there were only few things that you can do with it.  Because of this, Nokia shut down its operations in 2016, leaving thousands of workers unemployed.  

I got excited when Nokia relaunched this year, and this time they are coming back with a vengeance.  

They first released the smartphone version of Nokia 3310, followed by Nokia 3, 5, and 6.

Last Friday, September 29th, the latest Nokia smartphone was launched in the market, Nokia 8 by HMD Global, the new home of Nokia phones.    

Nokia 8 on my's lightweight and has aluminum casing

Nokia 8's entry into the Philippine market reflects Nokia's vision of growing its smartphone business in the country, which is considered the fastest-growing smartphone market in the Southeast Asia region.  

Shannon Mead, Country Manager of HMD Global, is very positive on how Filipinos will respond to the comeback of Nokia in the market.  "The Philippines has always been a strong market for Nokia, especially for those in the provinces.  We want to continue broadening and deepening our reach in the country, especially in the untapped provinces that need high-quality mobile communication technologies," he said.

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HMD Global is looking to position Nokia as the go-to smartphone for Filipinos across the different market segments.  "Nokia will continue to leverage quality and innovation to serve the thriving smartphone market." Mead added.

Nokia 8's unique features

Nokia 8 brings mobile communication technology to a new level and marks three world firsts for Android smartphones.

  • Dual Sight Camera--Nokia 8 features the first-ever Dual Sight camera, which allows the users to capture or livestream moments in both first- and second-person perspective.  The 13MP front and rear cameras, co-developed by Zeiss, can run simultaneously and show images in split-screen mode, inspiring everyone to "be less selfie, be more bothie".

        This special feature is perfect for those people who like taking photos and videos, but 
        having a hard time switching from one camera to another.  It's also ideal for doing
        Facebook live, because while the person is speaking, he/she can also show what is 
        happening around him/her.

You can do bothie in either landscape or portrait orientations

  • OZO Audio--the use of OZO audio to deliver immersive 360-degree spatial surround sound is perfect for movie watching using Nokia 8.  It can also capture good audio quality when recording videos as well.  This high-fidelity playback complements 4K videos and brings Hollywood technology in mobile technology.
Powerful sound coming out of this light and thin mobile phone

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835--Nokia 8 is powered by this powerful processor.  It features a seamless unibody with a full-length graphite shielded copper cooling pipe for better heat dissipation, especially when running demanding applications.  It runs on Android Nugget 7.1.1 and comes in single- and dual-SIM variants.
The power of Nokia 8 due to Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Mead shows his enthusiasm about the new features of Nokia 8. "Nokia's latest innovation reflects its commitment to connect people with technology that breaks new ground while reinforcing old foundations.  The Nokia 8 combines premium design and powerful performance to enable smartphone users to create and share experiences in many new ways.  We are excited about the positive feedback about Nokia smartphones and look forward to engaging the country's robust mobile phone market even more in the coming days," he added.

Here are the other features of Nokia 8:

  • CPU: Octa core
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Dimensions; 142x71.8x8.9mm
  • Weight: 160g
  • Colors: Tempered Blue and Polished Blue
  • Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 5.3-inch screen
  • Audio: Nokia OZO Speakers, 3.5mm jack
  • Card slot: microSB up to 256GB (sim slot 2)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM -- 6GB RAM / 64GB -- 128GB
  • 4G Network: LTE FDD 800/1800/2100/2600 MHz
  • SIM slots: single- and dual-SIM variants
  • Bluetooth: BT 5.0
  • Rear: 13MP LED flash
  • Front: 13MP fixed-focus
  • Radio: Yes
  • GPS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Battery Type: non-removable 3090mAh Li-ion battery

Nokia 8's SRP is Php29,990.

With these features, the money that you will spent on Nokia 8 is worth every centavo.  

Head on to your favorite mobile phone store and get the latest Nokia smartphone!

To know more about Nokia, you may visit their website at  You may also follow their Facebook account for updates. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Travel Worry-Free With Your Family!

We all wanted a hassle-free vacation.  However, there are situations during our travels that are beyond our control and because of this, we feel that our planned vacation is ruined.

I have written in the past (see my blog here) that I also had an unpleasant experience during our travels.  I have experienced delayed flight, missing cargo (it was loaded on a later flight), stolen digicam on our vacation, among others.  While I felt bad about the situation, I just looked for other things to be thankful for.  When my digicam was stolen during our Ilocos vacation, I thanked God it's not my wallet nor my mobile phone that was stolen.

My son and I love traveling.  Homeschooling gave us an opportunity to travel anytime of the year.  We usually travel during our birthdays and for this year, we had our first international travel (see blog here).  We will have another international vacation before the year ends and hopefully, we would be able to go to Japan next year (fingers crossed!).  

While there are unavoidable circumstances during our travels, one of the options that we can get is to get a travel insurance.  Now that my son and I are already exploring traveling outside the country, I am also thinking of getting a travel insurance so that if there are unavoidable circumstances that will happen while we're having a vacation in another country, we will still be secured that there is someone who can assist us should these things happen.  It's scary to experience some trouble in an unfamiliar territory, add to that the language barrier that you will encounter in communicating your needs.

I've come across Malayan Insurance.  Malayan Insurance offers non-life insurance like motor insurance, fire insurance, personal accident insurance, and travel insurance.  They also offer business insurance and other special insurance based on your needs as long as they are categorized as non-life insurance.  Malayan Insurance is one of the top non-life insurance providers in the Philippines and is one of the companies under Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC).  Malayan Insurance has been providing non-life insurance to Filipinos for more than 80 years now.

I am checking their Travel Master comprehensive travel insurance and I'm so surprised to know that travel insurance is not that costly!  The cost of the insurance depends on your destination (local or international).  For that small amount that you will pay, you can be insured for as much as Php1,000,000!  Not bad right?!  In addition to that, you can select multiple countries or destinations when you're buying travel insurance especially if you are transferring from one destination to another for the duration of your trip.

Here are the major features of Malayan Insurance Travel Master:

  • Personal accident--Remember the tsunami incident in 2005?  A lot of tourists died during that time.  We do not know if these people have travel insurance so imagine the stress of the family in bringing home the remains of their loved ones from the accident.  Good news!  Travel Master provides indemnity for accidental death, dismemberment, or disablement as well as accidental burial benefit.  There is no need to worry about the expenses should these kinds of incident happens during our travels. 
  • Emergency Medical Treatment--a friend of mine had a terrible asthma attack when they were celebrating their victory in Boracay.  She thought that it was the end of her life because she had to be transported back to the main island because there is no hospital in Boracay.  Being treated for medical reasons in an unfamiliar place can be very expensive.  Due to the suddenness of the situation, travelers often do not have immediate access to resources to pay for the appropriate treatment right away.  When this happens, Travel Master can provide the coverage for the emergency medical treatment you might need.  Should further attention is required, the Travel Master travel insurance coverage extends to follow-up care, as well as the daily incidental expenses involved in hospital confinement.
  • Personal Liability--It is unavoidable to cause injury or damaging someone else's property during your travel.  No need to worry, Travel Master shoulders these risks so you can continue to enjoy your trip.
  • Recovery of Travel Expenses--Due to unavoidable circumstances, sometimes we need to cut short our travel, and because of this, we incur financial loss because we have already paid our hotel in advance.  Travel Master's Emergency Trip Termination feature reimburses the unused portion of the travel and non-refundable accommodation expenses that have been paid in advance.  If the trip has been cancelled within 30 days prior to the scheduled departure, the Emergency Trip Cancellation feature shall reimburse the non-refundable portion of travel and accommodation expenses.
         In any case, the termination or cancellation of the trip must result from death or life-
         threatening sickness or injury of the insured, or from a member of the immediate
         family requiring immediate medical attention.

  • Travel Inconvenience Benefits--It's a hassle whenever we experience problems during our travels like loss of travel documents, loss of baggage, baggage delay, and flight delay as a result of severe weather, mechanical trouble, strikes, and even skyjacking.  Worry not because Travel Master also covers these inconveniences too.
  • Travel Assistance Benefits--Apart from what are mentioned above, Travel Master also provides these additional emergency and medical travel benefits in partnership with Assist America, a world-class travel assistance provider:
    • medically supervised repatriation
    • emergency evacuation
    • return of mortal remains
    • care for unattended minors
    • compassionate leave
    • hospital admission guarantee
    • critical care monitoring
    • prescription assistance
    • legal and interpreter referrals
    • emergency medical transmission
         These benefits may be availed with just one simple call to Assist America.  Assist
         America will then connect you to their extensive global network of medical providers,
         operation centers, and air and ground ambulance service providers.

But wait, there's more....

On top of all these insurance and assistance benefits, Travel Master provides free insurance coverage for damage to rented cars, as well as medical treatment and assistance services for accidents resulting from sports activities.

For a small amount that you will pay and you will get all of these benefits when you're on travel!  For a hassle-free travel, be covered with travel insurance by Malayan Insurance!

For more information about Travel Master, you may visit  To know more about Malayan Insurance and their other products, you may visit  You may inquire with them from Monday to Friday, 8AM-5PM by calling (02) 628-8-628.  They can also be reached by email at ecommerce(at)  Follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts for exciting updates about their products.