Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Let's Get Into The Fruitas Habit!

We already heard the saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away."  But for the people behind Fruitas, the popular kiosk offering healthy fruit juices, it is an opportunity to lead the community into living a healthier lifestyle.

In our home, I also observe healthy eating.  My son and I love eating vegetables.  My son's favorite fruit is tomato.  He would eat tomatoes as if they're apples and can consume five tomatoes in one sitting.  It's not difficult to feed him anything, because I taught him to eat whatever is on the table.

However, on the study conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), fruit consumption in Filipino households has decreased by as much as 50% since 1978.  This means that families are partaking less of the health benefits that fruits can bring.

To bridge the gap, Fruitas Holdings Inc. launched the "Fruitas Habit"-- a nutrition program which aims to improve the health of Filipinos, especially the children, by educating them on the benefits of daily fruit consumption, and the numerous ways to enjoy eating fruits.  Doing so, the company is poised to get Filipinos into the habit to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

The Fruitas Habit kicked-off with the awarding ceremony and exhibit of the Kids Fresh Art competition which took place earlier this year.

Kids Fresh Art is a nationwide inter-school art competition.  Fruitas invited Filipino students to creatively illustrate images of how proper fruit consumption can improve the balanced diet of Filipino families.  The awarding ceremony for the winners was held last November 26th, 2017 at Fisher Mall, Quezon City.  

Keveen Kence Wong SySuan of Chiang Kai Shek College bagged the first prize for the 7-12 age category and Harold Kevin Evardone Abrigon of Ramon Magsaysay High School for the 13-16 age category.  Their artworks will be featured in the 22 oz. Fruitas cups.  They both won Php5,000 worth of art supplies, Php3,000 worth of cash, Php1,000 worth of Fruitas Gift Cards, and free art classes.

See the different entries below:

Apart from the exhibit, Fruitas Holdings Inc. invited several speakers to share the benefits of proper fruit consumption to the audience.  Armi Montano, RND shared her knowledge about the health benefits of fruits and the right amount of food groups that should be present in a meal.  Bobby and Robby Morris of MoCa Family Farm Learning Center shared their insights on fruit and vegetable consumption among children.  Blogger Kaye of Bento Mommas taught participants how to prepare a healthy bento snack for everyone.

Check out the other photos from the event:

Once again, Fruitas encourages everyone to get into the habit of eating fruits everyday.  Surely, by adding a serving of fruit into one's daily diet, amazing health benefits, improved well being, and a healthier lifestyle can be achieved.

For more information on the Fruitas Habit and Kids Fresh Art contest, you may follow Fruitas on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Get that #InstantPampaRelax Feeling from Efficascent Relaxing Oil!

There are not-so perfect days and we need something to save the day.

I would sometimes shout out on social media how stressed I am due to some mishaps at work and at home.  When this happens, next thing that I would feel is a terrible headache. I would just lie on the bed  and take a nap.  I cannot do anything because of this feeling.  There are times that I feel so tired towards the end of the day that I wanted to have an uninterrupted sleep and I need something to help me to have a sound sleep.

Yes, I am a member of #TitasOfManila, hahaha.

Now, I already have different kinds of medical and herbal concoctions beside my bed to help me feel relaxed and relieved from bodily pain and stress.  I consider them as my bedside BFFs, lol.  I have tried different brands but the latest product in the market is the best that I have ever tried so far.

The freshest innovation in instant relief of common physical discomfort has arrived!  The Philippines' leading trusted household brand, Efficascent Oil, has formally introduced its latest offering--the Efficascent Relaxing Oil--as Filipinos' newest and natural partner for "instant pampa-relax".

Efficascent Relaxing Oil is a powerful combination of essential oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint that help calm the body's stressed nerves.  Eucalyptus oil contains expectorant and stimulant properties that allows the head to be cleared of mental exhaustion, while it also increases focus and concentration.  The other active ingredient, peppermint oil, contains cooling effect, pain relieving, and stimulating properties.  It stimulates the mind to eradicate mental fatigue.

When these two ingredients are mixed together in one bottle of Efficascent Relaxing Oil, it gives instant relaxation to the body.  More than the physical benefit, Efficascent Relaxing Oil also cools down rabid emotions, which allows the mind to get into its 'breathing space'.  Thus, making it a perfect partner for 'instant relaxation'.

How to use it?  The Efficascent Relaxing Oil can be applied topically on the temples, and on the wrists, or by inhaling it from the bottle.  It is available in 3ml and 6ml pocket-sized bottles with a roll-on applicator that slides easily on the skin.  It has a spill-proof packaging, making it perfect for daily commuters and constant travelers.

My testimony

After I was given a sample bottle of Efficascent Oil, I immediately put the bottle on my bag for the on-the-go instant relief.  I also have one on my bedside table so that I will feel relaxed whenever I need to do something on my computer and to also help me sleep.  I brought a bottle of Efficascent Oil during our trip in Thailand and the product really helped me in having a good sleep after a long day of going around.  It also helped me to mask the smell of trash and pungent toilets too. This small bottle is really true to its promise on giving 'instant pampa-relax'!

So, head on to your nearest drugstore and supermarkets and stash a bottle of Efficascent Relaxing Oil on your bag or bedside table!  You will also love the product just like I do!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Holiday Preparation Ideas for Mommies

It's that time of the year once again that we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  

They say that Filipinos celebrate Christmas the longest because we already start preparing for this season as early as September.  While there are other holidays before Christmas, we already start having that Christmas vibe as soon as the -ber months start.  We already start to think of gifts to buy for our loved ones, inaanaks, officemates, and friends.  We already start to plan on what to do during the Christmas school break.  We already start plotting the Christmas party schedules on our calendars.  We even start planning for the menu that we will prepare for the Noche Buena and Media Noche.  There are so many things on our holiday to-do list that most of the time, we get overwhelmed by all the things that we need to accomplish so that we will be able to have the most wonderful holiday experience with our family and friends.

Now that we are living in a fast-paced world, there are cases that we do things on the last minute.  I must admit that by just thinking about this coming holidays, I get already get tired, haha.  This year, Christmas is a bit different because my mom is here, weee!  I have already plotted activities for us to also enjoy her short visit and to spend quality time together.

I was able to come up with some hacks that you can also try as you prepare for the coming holidays.  I have been doing this since I became a mom and truly, it made my relationship with my son more special.

1.  Have a Christmas project.  My son and I always wrap gifts together.  He is the one in charge of writing on the gift tags.  In addition to that, my son and I also decorate the house together.  Ever since our Christmas tree broke down years ago, I am 'forced' to think of creative ideas to have that Christmas mood in our home.  This year, I've used old CDs to make a Christmas tree.

Kib painting on gift wrappers

Kib writing on gift tags

2.  Go to Christmas-themed places.  When I was young, my parents would always bring us to Cubao to watch the COD Christmas display and go to theme parks like Star City or Boom na Boom.  I also like to maintain that tradition with my son, so we go to different places around the metro to see different Christmas-themed installations, like the one in Ayala Triangle and Greenhills Shopping Center (however, I just learned that the one in Greenhills Shopping Center is not present this year).  There are still lots of places to see like the Policarpio St. in Mandaluyong City and the Christmas House in Fillinvest, Antipolo.  Going to these places during the holiday season will keep the Christmas spirit alive because you know that you can only see them during Christmas season.

Christmas House in Filinvest East Homes in Cainta

3.  Give gifts to your child's ninongs and ninangs.  Let us teach our children that ninongs and ninangs are like their parents, so it's only appropriate to also give them gifts during Christmas too.  It doesn't need to be expensive; a small token is enough.  Gift-giving should not be a one-way street.

4.  Plan your menu in advance.  Food can be costly during the holidays, so it's better to prepare ahead to time so that you will know what food you can buy in advance.  It'll also save you money for buying these in advance and you will save time queueing for long hours during the holiday season.  You can stock up on food that has longer shelf life on your pantry so that you will also have something to prepare for your guests without rushing to the grocery to buy the ingredients.   

5.  Avoid going on an out-of-town trip.  Yes, you read it right.  While Christmas season is the best time to spend some quality time with your loved ones, other people also think the same thing too!  Local tourist spots can be soooo crowded and the traffic on highways are terrible.  There is also a possibility that your flight schedule will be also delayed.  Hotel rates during this season can also be high.  

Flight delays in Kalibo from our New Year vacation in 2012

Going back to my Tip Number One, apart from having a Christmas project, it's a tradition by most families to decorate their houses for the holidays to really set up the mood.  We put up Christmas trees, Christmas lights, parols, and even play Christmas songs every now and then so that we would really feel the importance of this holiday season in our lives.  Some families even put up a Christmas village if they have enough space at home.  Not only that, some families really dress up their house for Christmas!  Curtains, throw pillows, table cloth, table napkins, plates, etc. all have themes they really spend so much for the Christmas decors.

Our previous Christmas decoration

Speaking of themes, you can use a Christmas-themed kitchen towels to spruce up the holiday feels in your kitchen!

Sanicare, the premier brand in providing hygienic care, always comes up with special Christmas-themed kitchen towels yearly.  In addition, they will also release specially-designed Christmas boxes called Liwanag Christmas Boxes this year.  The boxes were designed by Alex Eduque, the founder of MovEd.  The boxes' designs were centered on the parols and stars because for Alex, the parols are symbolic representation that evoke a notion of promise and unification. It also transcends social classes and lights up all Filipino
homes.  On the other hand, the stars in the boxes' design are a constant reminder that we share the same sky and despite the stark differences and circumstances in all corners of the world, that each one of us has a star shining brightly within.

What makes Sanicare different from other kitchen towel brands is because of its moisture locking technology.  It doesn't easily break when wet and it can absorb excess oil from fried food.  We use Sanicare at home and I can really attest to its absorbency, toughness, and softness.  It is also budget-friendly, you will get your money's worth by not spending so much on hygienic care in your home.

I have good news for you!  Want to win four (4) all-day Dreamplay tickets and lunch buffet at The Cafe at the Hyatt in City of Dreams Manila for your family?  Check out Sanicare's Starry Bright Promo!  Check the mechanics below:

1.  Contestants need to post a creative photo on their respective Facebook accounts featuring the Sanicare Facial Tissue Liwanag Series Box.  

2.  Photo must include a caption that starts with the phrase, “My Christmas is extra bright this year because ____!” and must tag 3 other friends.  Use the hashtags
#SanicareLiwanagSeries #Sanicare #SCPA on their post.  Make sure that the post is set to Public.

3.  Once posted, the contestant must go to the Sanicare PH Facebook promo post and click the link provided in order to submit the entry.

4.  The promo will run from November 22 to January 01, 2018.  Deadline of submission is on January 01 at 6pm.

5.  Winners will be announced on January 15, 2018 on the Sanicare PH Facebook Page.  The grand prize winner will be given four (4) all day passes to Dream Play and Lunch buffet for four (4) at The Café at the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila.  Ten (10) consolation prize winners will also be chosen to each receive a 2,000 peso Sodexo Gift Certificate from Sanicare.

To know more about the promo, please visit the Sanicare PH Facebook Page and Instagram (@sanicare_ph). 

There are still lots of ways to celebrate the holidays!  I just shared with you what I do and it really helped me to have a wonderful holiday with my unico hijo.  What about you, what Christmas traditions do you have with your family?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Gawang Kamay's DIY Pop-Up Fair at Ayala Marikina and Ayala Feliz This December

Christmas is only few weeks away!  Who's excited for this much-awaited holiday?

There are lots of activities that we can do for this holiday season, and one of the activities that we can do together with our family is....SHOPPING!  In Metro East, two new Ayala malls are opening just in time for the holidays: Ayala Marikina and Ayala Feliz.  Ayala Marikina is located near St. Scholastica Academy and Ayala Feliz is along Marcos Highway in Pasig City.  

One of the activities that these malls will have on the grand opening is to have a pop-up fair which will be spearheaded by Gawang Kamay.

Gawang Kamay is a community collective brand established to support and showcase local artists, crafters, and creative entrepreneurs through events, collaborations, and more.  Gawang Kamay's advocacy is to gather local individuals in different parts of the Philippines to showcase their innate talents through their masterpieces.  It is Gawang Kamay's passion to help these creatives and business owners to grow their market by creating events that will highlight their products and services.

Gawang Kamay has been organizing pop-up fairs and workshops for several months now, and has helped small business and entrepreneurs in making their products known.

DIY Christmas: Holiday Pop-up Fair will showcase hand-made products which can be given as a gift this holiday season.  During the event, there will be live performances by local artists, live art by WeeWillDoodle, exhibit and art installations from different artists and individuals, DIY stations, workshops, handmakers' booths, talks for aspiring and emerging creative entrepreneurs and more!  Truly this event can be a family bonding activity as it'll make your time going to the mall worthwhile.

And oh, if you want to become part of this event by becoming an exhibitor, there are still slots!  You may email or visit their Facebook page for more info.

See you there!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

My Career As An Online ESL Teacher

I guess most people wish to have a homebased job, especially right now that the traffic is getting worse.

I have been working from home for the past ten years.  The decision to work from home is because my father's illness in 2007 (see my blog here).  I have to resign from my day job because I have to do the logistics at home while my father is in the hospital.  I do not want my mother to be stressed in thinking about running the household; I just wanted her to focus on taking care of my father.  In addition, my mom doesn't have the energy to take care of my son anymore and I do not like to hire a nanny for Kib (I've heard a lot of horror stories about nannies).

I'm a licensed teacher by profession.  I've taught in a regular school before doing a homebased job.  Teaching English to foreigners is not new to me; it was my last office job before I decided to work from home.  

To teach English effectively and efficiently, you must have a good running computer, stable internet connection at home, quiet home office environment, and a good working headset with noise cancellation function.  Yes, before you start working from home, you have to invest on the gadgets that you needed to work.  Apart from that, you must have at least six months' equivalent of emergency fund while you are looking for an online job.  

To be an ESL teacher, you must have a good command of English language.  While ESL approach is more direct than teaching English in a classroom, the teacher should be able to explain the use of a particular word or grammar concept to the student.  Being an ESL teacher also requires that the tutor can speak English fluently and with correct pronunciation.  In ESL, the teacher is expected to check the four aspects of English language learning from the student: listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

To apply for a job as an ESL teacher, you must prepare your resume.  Some companies would look for your credentials if you are qualified for the position (teaching experience, teaching license, educational attainment, TESOL certification, etc.).  If you don't have any teaching experience yet, there are some companies who would still accommodate your application to assess if you have a potential to become an ESL teacher.  You will undergo the application process (interview, grammar test, teaching demo).  Once you have passed the application process, the company will already give you an offer.

ESL teaching in a home setting can have various set-ups.  Some companies will require you to have fixed working hours and there are some companies which will give you flexible working hours.  However, some companies expect you to open your schedule at nighttime.  There will be some companies who would also encourage you to open schedules at daytime, but there will be only few students because most of the students are either in school or at work.  You can start teaching as early as 5AM.  Since you will be teaching foreigners, your working hours will be based on the country of origin of the students.  For example, if you will teach Japanese or Koreans, their time zone is one hour ahead of the Philippines.

ESL companies have their lesson materials, but teachers are also expected to do online research as a supplemental material during class.  The teachers are also expected to give constructive criticisms to encourage the student to improve their English skills.  The teachers are also encouraged to show enthusiasm during the class and be also open to listen to the students if they have any special requests.  

Apart from the above-mentioned expectations, the ESL company also implements other rules.  It is expected from a teacher that he/she will be loyal to the company and not to have conflict of interest.  The teacher should also be professional in dealing with students.  While this job offers you a possibility of meeting a prospective girlfriend/boyfriend, the teacher must control himself/herself on not entertaining the idea.

It's fun meeting people from different nationalities and learning their culture.  Students love it when teachers ask them about their way of life because it shows your interest too.

Do you like to teach?  This can be a career for you!  

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mommy Bloggers Send Help to the Kids in Marawi Through Blog Campaign

Blogging is all about sharing what's new in the market on a first-person perspective.  Blogging is also a way to inform people about certain issues and what must people do about it.  Blogging is a way to tell life stories to inspire people.

I started my blog in 2012, primarily to document our homeschooling journey.  Eventually, blogger-friends encouraged me to write more and eventually write other stuff aside from homeschooling (see my post here).  Since 2014, I've been actively blogging and enjoying every single moment of it.

Blogging can also be a way to send help to people, and I'm so glad to be part of this campaign led by Mommy Bloggers Philippines.

In the effort to help families in war-stricken village in Marawi City, 100 mommy bloggers collaborated to bring boxes of Nutri10 Plus syrup, DayCee Vitamin C syrup, and several toys, to 100 kids in Marawi City.  The donation was made possible by SinagTala Foundation, a non-profit organization headed by Ms. Kaye Koo.  SinagTala has been sending help to villages in Marawi City since the war erupted by providing shelters to children in a playroom which also served as a mini-school.

Wert Philippines gave out these goodies to 100 children in Marawi City together with some toys for them to play with

Ms. Kathy Koo of SinagTala Foundation and Lany Lyutz of Mommy Bloggers Philippines during the turnover of goodies to be sent to Marawi City 

My son had tried Nutri10 Plus before (see my review here) and I'm glad to know that they are willing to provide supplements to these children because Nutri10 Plus can really help in boosting energy and appetite of the children.  On the other hand, DayCee can supplement the daily Vitamin C requirement of the children.  

Through the Nutri10 Plus syrup, DayCee vitamins and toys, Mommy Bloggers Philippines extended their help to uplift the children's spirits and restore their health as they start on moving on with their lives after the war.

Soldiers help out in distributing the goodies from Mommy Bloggers Philippines

Here are the 100 mommy bloggers who helped in this campaign:

Thank you, Wert, SinagTala, and to everyone who helped in extending our help!

To learn more about the benefits of Nutri10 Plus syrup, you may visit their Facebook page.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Be Proactive! Prevent the Spread of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

One of the responsibilities of a mother is to make sure that their child is in top health condition.  When her child gets sick, the mother is the number 1 solution-finder.  On the other hand, to prevent her child from getting sick, the mother is the one finding ways to prevent it from happening.

Vaccination has been a very controversial topic among forums because a lot of people blame vaccines for getting sick.  In addition, vaccines are costly, thus not all people can afford to have one.

It's good to know that Mommy Mundo has come up with a series of talks called "Mom Protect".  This is in partnership with Philippine Foundation for Vaccination to help address the concerns on keeping the family healthy and to educate mothers on proactive family prevention.

Mom Protect: A talk with moms, by moms, and for moms

"Mom Protect" highlights the importance of awareness and access to new and better health prevention methods as family and well-being is any mom's top priority.

Dr. Cecilia Montalban, President of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination said that a lot of parents are misinformed about vaccinations.  Not all doctors are also knowledgeable about vaccines, it's a specialty called vaccinology.  Through "Mom Protect", Dr. Montalban hopes to correct any misinformation about vaccines, "By leading moms to helpful, effective, and efficient solutions against vaccine-preventable diseases, we'll be empowering them to live worry-free through proactive protection and prevention," Dr. Montalban stressed.

Dr. Cecilia Montalban giving a primer on vaccination

During the talk, Dr. Montalban strongly urged all attendees to take a proactive approach when it comes to family.  "Prevention is always better than cure, especially if the cure is not always available.  Advances in medical science have given us highly effective ways to avoid the pain and costs of diseases through vaccination," Dr. Montalban added.

Proactive prevention constitutes a three-pronged strategy: Awareness, Diligent practice, and Sharing.

  • Moms are encouraged to become actively aware and alert by reaching out to their doctors to know more about prevention methods they can do or apply at home.  This is also to ensure that they are thoroughly updated on new medical developments that might be of help in the future.
  • Diligent practice of learnings received--even when children are past toddler-age--is recommended as consistency is key in building and fortifying family health and resiliency.
  • Passing accurate information forward to other mothers is important.  Moms are encouraged to join communities online to connect with people who share the same experience and those who have successfully combatted these illnesses.

Through "Mom Protect", Mommy Mundo and PFV aspire to give Filipino families peace of mind amid public health concerns by thorough preparation together.

Dr. Cecilia Montalban, Ms. Lyn Ching-Pascual (host), and Ms. Janice Villanueva of Mommy Mundo

Never be afraid to ask questions about vaccines to your doctor before getting one. 

Bottomline is, whether you take vaccines or not, mothers should make sure that their families will be far from getting ill and be wise enough on which action to take.

Stay healthy everyone!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

BIC Gives Brighter Future to Filipino Children

As parents, we always dream of a bright future for our children.  As much as possible, we try to give the best to them, working hard so much to support our child's aspirations in life.  We also teach our children values that will help them to succeed in life so that they will value life more as they grow old.

But, what if the family belongs to the poverty line?  How do you think the children can have a bright future?  

I'm so glad to know that there are non-government organizations (NGOs) and corporations which support the dreams of these kids.  They have this genuine desire to create a bright future for them and to also instill good values to these children that they would pass on the kindness they have receive.  

Last October 26, 2017, BIC Product (Asia) Pte Ltd., in cooperation with its distributor partner in Philippines--Filstar Distributors Corporation--, is set to kick off their biggest social campaign in Asia, #BICBrightFutures.  As Champions of Education, BIC believes that a bright future is for everyone.  As such, BIC will be giving half a million of stationery products to Children's Hour, Yellow Boat of Hope, and Kariton Klasrum to help kids as they pursue their dreams.  To date, this is the biggest donation BIC has ever made in Asia.

Ready to have fun and mingle with kids from Children's Hour and Kariton Klasrum

BIC executives handing out the 500,000 stationery and school supplies to Children's Hour, Kariton Klasrum, and Yellow Boat of Hope together with the iconic BIC mascot

Apart from the donation of school supplies, BIC has also treated around 200 children from Children's Hour and Kariton Klasrum at Kidzania Manila for a one day of fun and excitement as they determine what kind of job would they like to have in the future.  Children got to explore adult world by choosing in over 100 role-playing activities in Kidzania Manila.  Each of the children were also given a BIC Bright Futures workbook where they wrote down their goals and dreams.  

Frederic Dumon, Deputy General Manager of BIC Product (Asia) Pte Ltd. emphasized the importance of writing in achieving our dreams and goals in life.  "We have always believed that bright futures are written by hand.  As adults, many of us have become what we are today because we put pen to paper and wrote down our ambitions.  That act of writing down our aspirations makes the dream seem real.  Today, we want to inspire less-fortunate children to dream and work for their futures, because after all, everyone deserves a bright future, Mr. Dumon said.  

Mr. Dumon also mentioned that even if we are already living in the world where technology is given much emphasis, he reminded everyone that we must always go back to the basics of writing down everything first before immersing oneself in technology.  "It is true that we are living in a changing world and while handwriting might seem trivial for some, let us not forget that handwriting is still essential to a child's development.  The act of handwriting alone helps develop a child's cognitive and motor skills, helps boost memory and creativity as well as promotes self-confidence and interpersonal skills," Mr. Dumon emphasized during the event.

Mr. Frederic Dumon, Deputy General Manager of BIC Product (Asia) Pte Ltd.

During the event, Efren Penaflorida, 2009 CNN Hero of the Year awardee, education advocate, teacher, social worker, and founder of Kariton Klasrum, inspired everyone by telling the story of Kesz Valdez, one of the former students of Kariton Klasrum and now a volunteer.  For young people to achieve their dreams in life, Mr. Penaflorida gave a powerful lesson in Kesz' life:

  • Believe that you can have a brighter future.  Do not let poverty be a hindrance for you to change your future.  Strive hard and always bear in mind that you can reach your dreams no matter what.
  • Excel in every work.  Education is a very powerful tool in fighting poverty.  In everything you do, do things excellently.  Practice doesn't make something perfect, but it makes progress.
  • Stand firm on what is true and noble.  Cheating is not an option to succeed in life.
  • Think of ways to improve yourself.  When growth stops, decay begins.  Decisions that you will make today will impact your future.
Mr. Efren Penaflorida of Kariton Klasrum

BIC feels strongly about giving back to communities where the Group is present in the form of product or financial donations and volunteering.  As part of its strong societal commitment, the BIC Corporate Foundation for Education was launched in 2016 focusing on fighting for universal access of education as a basic human right.  Through this foundation, BIC is engaged in the fight against school drop-outs, access to education for girls and women and environmental education.  In the same year, the global company has made 112 donations to promote education giving more than 6 million pens to children in need.

The whole event truly gave these less-fortunate children a brighter hope and a brighter future!  You can see in their eyes how happy are they to have that kind of experience, which will be kept in their memory bank forever.

Children from Children's Hour and Kariton Klasrum having the time of their lives at Kidzania Manila

Cheers to BIC for brighter future!

BIC is a family-owned company listed in the Paris Stock Exchange and a world leader in stationery, lighters, and shavers.  For more than 60 years, BIC has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, simple, inventive, and reliable choices for everyone, everywhere, every time.  A world leader in the consumer goods, 30.9 million BIC products are purchased every day worldwide (18.9 million stationery products, 4.2 million lighters, 7.1 million shavers, and 0.7 million promotional products).

Filstar Distributors Corporation prides itself as having been the exclusive licensee of Hallmark in the Philippines since 1974 and the exclusive distributor of BIC Stationery products since 2001.  Since then, Filstar has evolved to be a distributor of not just these two distinguished brands but of other world class brands that supplement and enhance the self-expression industry.  In 2013, Filstar expanded its partnership with BIC to cover BIC Lighters and Shavers categories.

For more information about BIC, you may visit their website at  You may also follow them on their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram).

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Run Like A Superhero at Justice League Fun Run 2017!

Joining fun runs has become a regular activity for some people who would like to maintain their stamina and good health, and recently, I have joined the bandwagon.

I had my first 5-km fun run recently (read my blog here), and this November, I was once again invited to join another fun run, and this time, I will run together with my son, weee!

For Justice League fans out there, there's a fun run specifically designed for you!  It'll be held on November 25, 2017 at SM By The Bay grounds.  There's also a Cebu leg of this event which will be held a week earlier than the Manila event.  

This event is in line with the showing of Justice League The Movie on Philippine cinemas on November 16, 2017.

Why would you like to join this?  Here are 3 reasons to join me and my son and the rest of the Justice Leaguers out there:

1.  Registration fee is so affordable!  Choose among 3K, 5K, and 10K categories and you only have to pay Php800, Php1,100, and Php1,300 respectively.

2.  Race kit is so cool!  Choose among the six available singlets (Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Superman, Batman, Cyborg, The Flash) with second costume to complete it.  Just a trivia, the singlets' designs were sent to Warner Bros. before it was mass produced, to make sure that the event organizers were able to capture look of the real ones.  One more thing, all run categories will receive the same set of race kit!  The race kit includes race bib with timing chip, singlet with the character of your choice, second costume that comes along with your singlet, drawstring bag, race manual, and finisher's medal.

Here are the second costumes for each character:

Aquaman--arm sleeves
The Flash--mask
Cyborg--baller ID
Wonder Woman--cuff

The finisher's medal does not look like your regular medal.  It looks like a dog tag but a cooler one.

3.  It's easy to register!  There are two ways to register for this event:

a.  online registration--go to to register
b.  walk-in registration--register at Chris Sports (SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA Annex), Silverworks (SM Marikina, Glorietta, SM North EDSA Main), 7-Eleven stores, and CLIQQ Shops.  

Isn't that amazing?  I do hope that you and your family will join this event!  Let's make running a fun and healthy way to stay fit!

For more information, you may visit the event's Facebook page (Justice League Run PH) and Instagram account (@justiceleaguerunph)