Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Shakey’s Unveils New Supercard Perks

FYI, foodies! Get a FREE Basket of Mojos for every new SuperCard availed for the month of December! 

Press Release:

Shakey’s celebrates its 40th year of good times and great memories as a favorite in the food industry for serving consistently delicious and memorable dishes, every time. With a longstanding and ever dependable menu, Shakey’s Guests continue returning to their home away from home to spend time with loved ones over their ultimate comfort food.


This festive month of December, Shakey’s Guests have more reason to celebrate the holiday season with friends and family with the new Shakey’s Supercard SuperPerks Promo. Guests who avail a brand new SuperCard from December 1 to 31, 2015 get a full Basket of Mojos added to their first transaction absolutely FREE.

The Shakey’s SuperCard SuperPerks Promo is offered nationwide - available for dine-in, carry out, or delivery. Don’t waste any time! Visit a Shakey’s branch near you or call 77-777 and avail of the Shakey’s Supercard SuperPerks Promo and get that free entire Basket of Mojos added to your meal today.

For more information on the Shakey's SuperCard SuperPerks Promo, LIKE Shakey’s Pizza on Facebook and FOLLOW @shakeysph on Instagram.


Tuesday, December 29, 2015

7-Eleven RUN 2016 to Happen on January 17th

During last year's race, I only ran 5k around Filinvest City. Read that story, here. Now, I am very excited to run on the Skyway for the first time! Join us! :)

Press Release:

It's that time of year again that we can get excited for RUN 2016!

After the successful Run 800 in 2013, Run 1000 in 2014 and Run 1500 in 2015, 7-Eleven will be holding Run 2016 this coming January 17, 2016. 


Run 2016 once again will bring a massive and exciting marathon to everyone of all ages, featuring the same categories as last year’s race. 7-Eleven is once again partnering with Skyway and Filinvest City as its official event venue.

Get ready for a full blast marathon!

Race categories will include 42KM, 21KM, 10KM, 16KM, 10KM, 10KM Buddy, 5KM, 3KM and 500 Meter (Kids’ run).

Runners joining the 10KM, 16KM, 21KM, 42KM categories and 10KM Buddy Run will enjoy the course set along the Skyway. Those joining the 500M, 3KM and 5KM categories can look forward to an organized race course along Filinvest City. 

Run 2016 is made possible with 7-Eleven’s unique system of SELF-SELECTED WAVE STARTS. This enables the participants to choose their wave start and run with people with the same skill or speed (or with friends!). 


Top 3 per category will receive cash prizes and medals. Top 3 Filipino males and females in the 21KM and 42KM categories will be sponsored by 7-Eleven to join an international marathon in Asia. And to encourage more participants for this run, Top 3 groups (schools and companies or organizations) with the highest number of registrants will also receive a special trophy. 

Registration is now open! You may register online at www.run711.com until December 30, 2015. Race Kits can be claimed on the date indicated on the receipt, and from the same store where payment has been made. 

Register with your family and friends now! See poster for the complete details of the run.

This event is held in partnership with Skyway, and Filinvest City. Also brought to you by Safeguard, Selecta, Pocari Sweat, Del Monte, Nature's Spring, Gatorade, Powerade, and Summit Water. And our media partners, Solar Sports, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Summit Media, Hinge Inquirer Publishing, and ABS-CBN Publishing.


Sunday, December 27, 2015

10 ways to Do More With Less this Holiday Season

Mommies, these tips are not only useful only during the holidays. Make sure to also keep many of them in mind throughout the year!

Press Release:

‘Tis the season to be a supermom! In between your kids’ Christmas parties in school, reunions with family and friends, plus, the most awaited Noche Buena - hack your way through the holidays with these 10 practical, energy-and-time saving tips from Electrolux. 

1. Plan and prepare your meals and trips to the grocery.
Nothing beats careful planning to ensure that you have everything that you need, when you need it. It saves you from unnecessary trips to and from the supermarket when you forget an ingredient or two. Set your budget - make an inventory, organize your recipes, create your menus, and schedule your shopping.


2. Wine things up!
Planning a party at home? Surprise your guests with richer wines by freezing some grapes and popping them in glasses to keep the wine cold without watering it down. Store your wine in the Electrolux Vino Wine Cooler and ensure you serve your wine perfectly all the time. You can also freeze leftover wines in ice-cube trays for reuse when preparing meat dishes and spaghetti sauces. 

3. Freeze your meals. 
There’s no need to throw away leftovers.  Minimize food wastage by storing them in a tight lid container, putting a label, and freezing them. Properly frozen meals in your Electrolux NutriFresh™ Refrigerator and it can last up to 2 months without losing their taste and texture. 


4. Maximize your rice cooker.
Believe it or not, the humble rice cooker can actually go beyond its initial purpose. Electrolux rice cookers are designed with a 4-in-1 cooking feature that keeps dishes warm, cooks soups and porridge, and steams dishes. If you don’t have the space for a full stove or a large kitchen in your living space, it might be just what you need for your next potluck weekend. 

5. Maintain the quality of your carpets with a vacuum cleaner.
While spills on your carpet are unavoidable with kids running around, the abrasive rubbing of stains will only cause the fiber to mat. Instead, use a wet-dry vacuum cleaner such as the Electrolux Wet and Dry Z931 vacuum cleaner to remove the dirt around the stain. Then try soaking up the stain with a wet towel pressed repeatedly onto it, repeat the process with a dry towel to ensure all the liquid has been absorbed.


6. Steam your clothes for a wrinkle-free finish.
Leaving your un-ironed shirt hanging in the bathroom while you take a hot shower will practically get all the wrinkles out. Or better yet, treat yourself this Christmas to an Electrolux UltraMix™ Front Load Washing Machine with a Refresh Cycle program that removes creases and folds and naturally de-wrinkles your clothes. Less time for laundry, more time for the family.

7. Use the floss.
Besides using it to clean your teeth, unwaxed dental floss can also be your trusty kitchen helper. It can be used to slice cakes and soft cheeses, as well as to tie-up poultry and rolled meats.

source: instructables.com
8. Run no more.
Glamming up for your office Christmas party has never been easier with this little trick. Make your stockings last longer by spritzing a little hairspray to avoid getting runs in them. The sticky residue will hold the fabric together, and stressful moments will be the last thing on your mind.  

9. Upcycle!
Turn ordinary moments into fun bonding sessions with the kids through upcycling. Gather used Christmas wrappers for decorations in scrapbooks and school projects; make handmade dolls from old materials like socks, buttons and hairpins; or upcycle an old dress into a pretty apron. Be creative and resourceful, the possibilities are endless!

source: www.honeyandbirch.com
10. Clean your refrigerator with salt.
Now is the perfect time to clear the unnecessary clutter in your refrigerator for the upcoming rush of hams, fruitcakes, wines, and all the goodies you need for Noche Buena. Clean your fridge by mixing a handful of salt with about 3 liters of warm water. The mixture is chemical free and gentle on sensitive surfaces.

With Electrolux appliances, you can simply Do More With Less at home this holiday season. Create a meaningful Christmas by having more time for the family and less time for the chores, more savings with less expenses, more wellness with less stress, and more care with less worry.

To know more about Electrolux, visit www.electrolux.com.ph or follow @ElectroluxPH on Twitter and Instagram and www.facebook.com/thelittlewhitebook on Facebook.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Join the Electrolux Do More With Less this Holiday Season Blog Writing Contest!

Do you blog? Get those creative juices flowing and join this blogging contest! Your entry might just win you an air-conditioner or a vacuum cleaner!

Press Release:

Parties, reunions, vacations, bonuses and presents – the Holiday season is indeed a great time to be merry!  But with blessings and gifts coming in, it doesn’t mean we should now be in a spending spree!  We can always celebrate sans the excessive spending and unnecessary wastage on food, clothes and other items.  


Earlier this year, Electrolux embarked on the Do More With Less campaign to spread awareness about simplifying your life at home so you can have more time and resources for things that matter most. 

Doing More With Less never stops most especially this Holiday Season so let’s continue to be home smart and earth friendly!  

In this light, Electrolux is inviting all bloggers to join the Do More With Less this Holiday Season Blog Writing Contest.  

Here are the contest mechanics:
1. Blog about your Do More With Less experience, learnings and tips for the holiday season.  You can publish your blog post between December 17 to 31 2015.  
2. Share your blog post entry on your Facebook and Twitter accounts and use the hashtags #ElectroluxPH and #DoMoreWithLess.  Make sure your Facebook and Twitter accounts are in public setting from December 2015 to January 2016.  
3. Register your entry by e-mailing ferdinand.bondoy@fleishman.com your full name, e-mail address, contact number, birth date and the title and URL of your blog entry. Deadline of publishing of blog post and submission of entries is on December 31, 2015, 11:59 pm.  
4. Announcement of winners is on January 8, 2015.  
5. Criteria for judging:
a. 70% Creativity / Writing
b. 30% Use of Media (Photos, Videos, Artworks, Sound etc.)
6. The prizes will be:
a. Winner (1) & White-Westinghouse Window type Air-Conditioner
b. Runners-up (2) & Electrolux Ultra Silencer Vacuum Cleaner
7. This contest is open to all Filipino bloggers age 18 years old and above who reside in the Philippines.  Their blogs should be in existence for at least one year and have a minimum of 20 blog posts.
8. Winners will be notified on the claiming of prizes.  

With Electrolux appliances, you can simply Do More With Less at home this holiday season. Create a meaningful Christmas by having more time for the family and less time for the chores, more savings with less expenses, more wellness with less stress, and more care with less worry.

To know more about Electrolux, visit www.electrolux.com.ph or follow @ElectroluxPH on Twitter and Instagram and www.facebook.com/thelittlewhitebook on Facebook.


Friday, December 18, 2015

Mondelēz International Celebrates the Season of Giving by Offering Delicious Gifts Within Reach

Need to find gifts, quick? Here are several yummy items that don't even need to be wrapped because they are ready to be given away!

Press Release:

These days, it seems harder to get around to complete shopping for Christmas gifts. Luckily, the world’s leading snacking company, Mondelēz International, has reinvented classic favorites and turned them into the perfect Christmas gifts for family and friends. 

Limited Edition Oreo Selection
Enjoy four Oreo flavors - Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate and Ice Cream Blueberry in one special golden tin can! 


Limited Edition Toblerone 100g Bars
The classic Toblerone reinvented to give short yet catchy Christmas messages. You can personalize them too with the name of your loved one! Choose among four flavors of Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate, and Crunchy Almond. 


Limited Edition Toblerone Boombox
Jingle Bell will rock with these chocolate sleeves that turn into a Toblerone Boombox! Just put a music-playing phone in the slot and it’s an instant party. Can be personalized too! 


Toblerone Holiday Gift Boxes
Ideal for whole families, these holiday gift boxes contain individually wrapped tiny versions of Toblerone Milk Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, and White Chocolate. 


Limited Edition Cadbury Dairy Milk
For millennials, the limited edition Cadbury Dairy Milk comes with witty messages like “I can’t think of anything else to give you,” perfectly describing the struggles of a Christmas shopper. 


Limited Edition Eden Christmas Pack 
The perfect ingredient for Mom’s creamy Christmas recipes like Buko Salad. Comes with a Star cut-out too that you can use as a parol! Mom would be so proud of your creativity and sweetness.  


These special Christmas offerings from Mondelēz come in elegant and entertaining packaging. You don’t even have to wrap them! Just head to the nearest supermarket or convenience store, grab some for gifts and rush to your party. 


Thursday, December 10, 2015

“My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” Starring Vic, Ai-Ai, and Aldub: Guaranteed to Break Records at the 2015 MMFF

Read about other juicy details about Aldub as told by Alden Richards and Direk Joey Reyes in my other blog post, here.

Press Release:

What happens when the country’s comedy giants - the undisputed Philippine box-office king of comedy Vic Sotto and box-office queen Ai-Ai delas Alas, join forces with the newest record-breaking, phenomenal loveteam Aldub in one groundbreaking movie during the holiday season?


No doubt, “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!,” starring Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai Delas Alas and the phenomenal loveteam Aldub of Alden Richards and Maine “Yayadub” Mendoza, is going to make a killing at the box-office and set higher heights in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) history.

Expect waves of high-spirited excitement, heartwarming romance, wholesome fun, and excellent Filipino values, to take the holiday season’s finest film festival by storm. Vic and Ai-Ai spearhead the fun topsy-turvy of characters as they are featured side by side Alden and Maine in the movie written by Jose Javier Reyes and Bibeth Orteza and directed by Jose Javier Reyes.


This early, festival observers are already predicting a surefire box-office reign for “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” which is jointly-offered by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Television Productions, Inc., APT Entertainment, GMA Films, and Meda Production. While the country is being swept away by the record-breaking loveteam of Alden Richards and Maine “Yayadub” Mendoza, MMFF is poised to be another territory for conquest by the Aldub phenomenon. This is the duo’s most exciting film debut.

“My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” also features Joey de Leon, the “Eat Bulaga” lolas Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo, and Wally Bayola, and Ryzza Mae Dizon, in special appearances.

Vic Sotto plays the role of Vito who finds himself at odds and in a bitter professional rivalry with Cora, played by Ai-Ai. The two are both in the business of mounting special events and productions and have both made a successful name in the same profession. The conflict happens when their respective wards – Anna (played by Maine) daughter of Vito, gets romantically entangled with Cora’s beloved nephew Dondi (played by Alden). As expected, the “parents” actively reject the budding romantic involvement between the star-crossed lovers and willingly struck an unexpected truce to prevent this romance from happening.


The plot thickens when the unexpected alliance of Vito and Cora starts blooming into something else. Now, it’s the turn of the youngsters to feel disconcerted with the idea of having their folks enter into a different relationship zone and Dondi and Anna have to react to the situation. They did not like the idea of his auntie and her father falling in love with each other thus, the younger generation vehemently reacted to this new romance.

So where will all this end? What are the possible solutions and resolutions to bring closure and new beginnings to these young, exciting lovers? Catch the excitement, the love, the fun and romance when “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” starts showing on Christmas Day at the MMFF! 


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Ju.D’s 40th Fruitcake Season

I love Ju.D's fruitcakes! You can read my review of her products here :) 

Press Release:

It was in 1975 when Ju.D Lao started selling fruitcakes. A two-pound loaf of fruitcake at the time was P50. The Philippine population was at 35 million. The average salary was maybe a bit more than a hundred pesos a day. Through the years, Ju.D’s business has endured the scarcity of imported ingredients, rotating brownouts, devaluation of the peso and all sorts of calamities. 


Her classic recipe, which took six months to develop was inspired by a trip to Switzerland where she was introduced to fruitcake that she enjoyed. “I never attended cooking classes, but I love to read cook books. I do a lot of experimentations on recipes that catch my fancy. And since I’m from a big family, we’re never short of guinea pigs or should I say, brave and curious souls,” explains Ju.D who has authored two Vegetarian cookbooks for the Tzu Chi Foundation which are available in the different Tzu Chi chapters all over the world. 


In the 1980s, Ju.D came out with fruitcake cookies which she has called the “Chewy Chewkies”. The kids of her customers loved them because they tasted like fruitcakes but without the brandy. In the 90s, Ju.D started becoming playful and worked on different flavors of fruitcakes giving birth to Ju.D Gold - which is a honey-based fruitcake; Ju.D Blue - Blue Mountain Coffee fruitcakes; Ginger Cranberries and Ginger Apricot Fruitcakes and even a Coffee flavored Prune Fruitcake.  Her box of mini fruitcakes offers a sampling of the different flavors. In 2009, she came out with assorted premium nougat in cookies and cream, espresso, cranberry-almond and cheese.

For orders and inquiries, you may call (02) 633-1188 or (02) 633-0260.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Say Bonjour! to a Friendlier, Improved Look for TOTAL Bonjour Stores

FYI, convenience store, TOTAL's Bonjour, has a chic new look that seamlessly combines French sophistication and Filipino warmth, designed especially for its customers …

Press Release:

Bonjour, which is French for “hello,” is TOTAL’s way of welcoming customers to total convenience, a wide variety of high-quality local and imported items, and warm, friendly service in TOTAL Service Stations all over the country. With over forty stores in different corners of the Philippines, Bonjour is and has always been a place to prepare, rest, and replenish for an unforgettable road trip. This year, Bonjour is saying hello to a new look!

TOTAL Sucat Cafe Bonjour 
Happy Sud, Happy Customers

The newly renovated stores—found in TOTAL Service Stations in Sucat, Newport City, and Alabang—feature a sophisticated combination of bright, warm colors, clean lines, and a young, fresh, and friendly vibe. At the Bonjour stores, un service de qualité pour des clients heureux – good quality service for happy customers – is the philosophy guiding TOTAL in its quest toward excellence and consistent customer satisfaction. 

Cafe Bonjour in Sucat
Bonjour is a place where road-weary drivers can replenish their affordable supplies and energy, for road-trip enthusiasts to equip themselves for a long journey ahead, for families and friends to gear up for their adventures and/or simply just to have enough while braving the traffic. In our new stores, we can offer warm, friendly service in a well-designed, colorful environment. It’s in this spirit of warmth and friendliness that the new Bonjour Store design came about. Inspired by French South Coast, the chic new look of Bonjour embodies the wonderful combination of culture in TOTAL Philippines: laidback French sophistication and the trademark warmth of Filipino hospitality. This design makeover is dubbed as Happy Sud.

Cafe Bonjour at night
The fresh Happy Sud look is another step toward bringing our total commitment to excellence closer to our customers, as well as their ever-changing needs and tastes. Our modern yet inviting Bonjour stores still offer an impressive assortment of retail products, car accessories, ATM terminals, and deliciously filling bites that can be enjoyed on the go. 

TOTAL Alabang
Café Bonjour, Soon at BGC!

Café Bonjour, on the other hand, is a French-styled café committed to providing value and freshness since 1998. With a scrumptious range of pastries, cakes, and signature sandwiches, customers can have their little slice of France while enjoying the café’s quaint ambiance or as they drive to their destination. Café Bonjour also boasts of espresso blended coffee, smoothies, and unique coffee beverages made with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, KitKat, and Speculoos Cookie Butter

TOTAL Newport
Soon, Café Bonjour is opening a standalone location at the ground floor of the 11th Corporate Center, 11th Avenue corner Triangle Drive, Bonifacio Global City. This new location is the first Café Bonjour outside a TOTAL Service Station, and aims to reach loyal customers—and generate new fans of its affordable, delicious offerings—in one of the biggest business districts in the country.

Visit our new Bonjour Stores in Sucat, Newport City, West Service Road, SLT, and Alabang Service Stations to experience the fresher, friendlier Bonjour. 

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About TOTAL 
TOTAL is the fourth largest integrated oil and gas company in the world, with activities in more than 130 countries. Its close to 100,000 employees put their expertise to work in every part of the industry – exploration and production of oil and natural gas, refining and marketing, new energies particularly solar industry, trading, and chemicals. With more than 15,500 Service Stations in 65 countries, over four million TOTAL customers are served every day all over the world. TOTAL is working to help satisfy the global demand for energy, both today and tomorrow. 
Website: www.total.com 

About TOTAL in the Philippines
In the Philippines, TOTAL has built a strong presence since it entered the market in 1997. It is engaged in the importation, distribution and marketing of refined petroleum products – fuels, LPG and lubricants – and special fluids. The company owns and operates two oil terminals, and a fast-growing network of service stations. It also has investments in satellite fuel depots in strategic locations in the country and is a co-owner of SunPower, the second largest solar power company in the world.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

From Digital Friend to Frenemy: 29% Takes a Device into the Bathroom, Despite the Risk of Being Hacked and Spied On

How confident are you that the sensitive data in your smartphone is safe? This is an eye-opening read!

Press Release:

Research by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International shows that the relationship between users and their digital devices is often closer than between best friends, with 29% taking them into the bathroom and 25% sharing secrets with their device that they don’t want anyone else to know. 

However, this trust could be leaving users at risk as devices can be hacked and private information exposed to the world.


The study found that the overwhelming majority of people (87%) store important, confidential and sometimes irreplaceable information on their smartphones, including passwords, messages, photos, contacts, files and more. 

One in four says their device carries sensitive information they wouldn’t want anyone else to see. Further, these devices are carried and used everywhere, including at work (52%), in a car (41%), on public transport (39%), in bed (58%) and even in the bathroom (29%).

Outside the home, these devices face potential risks that include damage, loss and theft, but also hacking by cyber-criminals intent on stealing data or even spying on the user. Devices that are used on open Wi-Fi networks are particularly vulnerable to attack. 

However, few people take action to reduce their risk. Our study found that just 26% of users adapt their online activity when on an insecure public Wi-Fi network, despite the fact that hackers can easily intercept data and passwords. 

Only around half (47 %) takes advantage of the security features that come with the device, such as remote blocks or find-my-device capability.

The impact of not protecting the devices we carry with us can be far-reaching. According to the study, a quarter of those whose device had been lost or stolen discovered that personal or secret information had been leaked.

But it doesn’t follow that users are automatically more secure once at home. Here, they face different and sometimes greater risks, particularly in sensitive places such as bedrooms and bathrooms, when a hacked device could easily turn the webcam on the user.


“The bond of trust between users and their devices can lead them to forget about security. It’s hard to imagine that something we carry close to us at all times and turn to for everything, could ever become a threat. But it can, and does happen. A digital friend can become a digital frenemy,” said Victor Yablokov, Head of Mobile Product Line at Kaspersky Lab.

“A failure to appreciate the potential risks and to protect our devices and information accordingly could mean the loss of confidential information, money and even our identities. The device camera that we use to look out onto the world can be hacked and used to look into our world instead. Security is simply not an optional extra,” he warned.

To ensure a digital friend doesn’t transform into a digital frenemy, Kaspersky Lab recommends that people always set strong passwords for devices and for their online accounts, install a trusted security software and take care when accessing websites and downloading apps, particularly over insecure Wi-Fi networks.

To check if your online behavior is safe, follow https://blog.kaspersky.com/cyber-savvy-quiz. To get more tips on how to be protected, check https://blog.kaspersky.com/tag/cybersavvy.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bento and Baking Items are Available in Daiso Japan at Affordable Prices!

Sale alert for moms who love  to do bento-making and baking! Read my other posts about Daiso Japan here and check out my personal shopping finds!

Press Release:

Ever wondered how the Japanese make those elaborate charaben (character bento) or those fancy cookies that are too cute to eat? Stop wondering and get cooking because Daiso Japan is having a “3 for P188” crazy combo on most baking and bento tools so you can get started with your new hobby. 

The popular price point store, home of all things kawaii, offers a complete array of colorful, cute and unique implements to help you bake like a pro and make your own beautiful bento. Also, every item in the store is very affordable which only means more reasons to engage in these stress-busting pastimes. 


You don’t need a lot of equipment to create a variety of baked products. Some basic tools such as cookie cutters, silicone cups and baking molds – plus a good splash of creativity – could go a long way in the kitchen. If you’re making cupcakes, don’t forget to put pastry bags in your cart for the icing on your cupcake!


With Daiso Japan’s “3 for P188” crazy combo, you can save P25 per item as you build your collection of bento and baking tools. That’s a great deal, even lower than P88 per item for which Daiso Japan is known for! 


Daiso Japan is one of the retail formats operated by Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc., which holds the exclusive sub-license to sell authentic Daiso merchandise from Japan and operates the legitimate Daiso Japan store concept in the Philippines. It offers a wide assortment of unique products - from home and kitchen ornaments, office knick-knacks, and beauty essentials to curious merchandise that are both practical and collectible.   

Visit Daiso Japan for more ideas on how you can take your hobby to the next level. 


Sunday, November 8, 2015

ASUS Launches ZenLooks: A Regional Case Design Challenge Open for All Aspiring Artists and Creative Enthusiasts

Calling all creative Filipinos! ASUS calls on the country’s most skilled designers to create a new ZenFone 2 Case, with the chance of collaborating with the ASUS team to have your very own design manufactured!

Press Release:

Manila, Philippines (5 November, 2015)ASUS today announced the launch of ZenLooks, a regional online design competition that invites all aspiring, creative designers and artists to test their skills and have a hand at  creating their own ultimate gadget accessory – a new case for the stylish ZenFone 2


The ZenLooks competition, which runs from November 9 – December 6, is inspired by ASUS’ recent Incredible Catwalk collaboration with Filipina fashion icon Kim Jones, wherein ASUS and Kim created Southeast Asia’s ultimate fashion story across seven different countries. Kim modelled a selection of ZenFone 2 cases in the Incredible Catwalk campaign, including the case designed exclusively for ASUS by popular Italian beauty and fashion vlogger, and international YouTube personality, CutiePieMarzia.

“The ZenFone 2 is this season’s most versatile accessory and it looks right at home next to Kim in our Incredible Catwalk fashion story. And now, we are proudly launching our ZenLooks campaign, inviting aspiring accessory designers all over the Philippines to showcase their creativity, and design their very own ZenFone 2 case. The Philippines’ most talented accessory designers are set to join the ranks of global YouTube icon CutiePieMarzia who has already created her own ZenFone 2 case.” shares Jamie Zaldivar, ASUS Philippines Marketing Manager. 

Zen Case design by CutiePieMarza

Interested participants are encouraged to enter using the recently launched Incredible Catwalk fashion story as their inspiration, images and videos of which are already available at  http://www.facebook.com/ASUSph. Ultimately, each submitted ZenFone 2 case design should be inspired by the Philippines’ unique and unmatched heritage, aesthetic identity, diverse culture, striking landscape, and iconic elements. 

How the ZenLooks design challenge works:
1. Visit the ASUS Philippines Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ASUSph.
2. Click on the ZenLooks app.
3. Follow the steps to create your ZenFone 2 case design by uploading your own original photo that captures the Philippines’ iconic elements. Likewise, you may use the Incredible Catwalk image of Kim Jones in the Philippines as the inspiration for your own design. 
4. Submit and share your case design, and hashtag with #ZenLooks on your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to check out the other designs from the Philippines. 


Your Chance to Win

From 9 November to the 6 December 2015, one (1) winner will be announced every week, totaling four winners at the end of the design challenge.

Weekly Prizes: Each weekly winner will take home their very own ZenFone 2 Deluxe (worth PHP 17,995.00) and the limited edition ZenFone 2 case designed by CutiePieMarzia. 

Grand Prize: Out of the four weekly winners, a Grand Prize winner will be selected to collaborate with the design team at ASUS to have their winning case design manufactured. 


Friday, November 6, 2015

Global Toilet Sanitation Problem Leads to 443 Million Missed School Days

With all the modern conveniences we enjoy today, there are still so many children who fall sick because of lack of sanitation :( Let's help spread the word on the advocacy of proper toilet sanitation to everyone ... 

Press Release:

According to a study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO), children around the world miss an estimated 443 million school days each year because of diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets. Simply put, this number of sick days is equivalent to all grade school and high school classrooms in the Philippines being empty for one month. This sanitation-related concern hinders the children’s learning and significantly reduces their quality of life.


Illnesses due to poor toilet sanitation include diarrheal disease and parasitic worm infections which can lead to nutritional deficiencies, physical and mental stunting, and death. Every day, millions of children in rural communities and urban households nationwide are exposed to these health problems by using dirty toilets populated by disease-carrying germs.

According to Dr. Luisa Efren of the Philippine Public Health Association (PPHA), the simple act of proper toilet sanitation can help prevent the spread of these germs. However, children continue to be at risk from these deadly diseases because many households still use ordinary laundry bleach to clean their toilet bowls, which is not enough to kill all toilet germs.


“A toilet that looks clean to the naked eye may not necessarily be free from germs and bacteria. So, it is very important to properly sanitize all surfaces using a germ-kill expert with proven efficacy in eliminating bacteria, and not just any ordinary laundry bleach,” Dr. Efren warned.

For the past three years, Unilever Philippines through its germ-kill expert brand Domex, has been working with UNICEF and PPHA to champion the One Million Clean Toilets Movement. This advocacy program aims to educate Filipinos on proper toilet hygiene and the need for sanitized household toilets to keep their families safe against disease-causing germs.


On November 13, World Toilet Day, join the One Million Clean Toilets Movement in the fight against disease causing germs to save lives, one clean toilet at a time. To learn more about Domex and how you can stay safe from disease with a germ-free home, visit Domex Philippines on Facebook

You can also help the 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement fight against disease by spreading awareness on the sanitation issue caused unsanitary toilets. Watch and share the “Sick Days” video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypMNHyUwQOQ) to help keep your family and friends germ-free.

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Celebrate Northern Cuisine at MarQuee Mall’s Big Bite!

Foodies! Head up north this weekend and join this exciting event!

Press Release:


Food fans gear up for MarQuee Mall’s Big Bite! The Northern Food Festival on October 16, 17 and 18.


In partnership with Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, Angeles City Tourism Office, North Luzon Expressway, and Lifestyle Network, Big Bite delights festival goers with food markets, "Sisig Festival", cooking demos, culinary cook-offs and live entertainment.

Now on its third year, the gastronomic feast will feature over 100 food merchants from Region I,II, III and the Cordillera Administrative Region with regional delights from condiments, spices to coffee and jams to local favorites such as the Ilocos empanada, bagnet, pastillas and longganisa.

Big Bite's main event highlight is the “Sisig Festival”. Sisig is the quintessential Kapampangan dish, traditionally made of pork parts, mixed with spices, served on a sizzling plate with a side of calamansi and chili peppers. Northern regions take part in the celebration by cooking their own version of sisig such as the bangus sisig from Pangasinan and dinakdakan from Ilocos. The “Sisig Festival” is a culinary spectacle of regional cuisine at its best.


Boosting tourism in the North, Big Bite reinforces the city’s growing reputation as the culinary capital of the Philippines and is part of Angeles City’s Fiestang Kuliat, a month-long fiesta celebration in the city.

Visitors will also see culinary masters Chef Sau del Rosario, Lifestyle Network’s “Chef Next Door” Jonas Ng and Center for Asian Culinary Studies founder Chef Gene Gonzales whip up northern favorites in the live cooking demonstrations.

Competition heats up in the three-day cook-off among top culinary schools from the region.

So come and celebrate the biggest gastronomical festival in MarQuee Mall’s Big Bite: The Northern Food Festival on October 16-18, 2015.


For more information, contact (045) 304-0110 to 11. Like and follow MarQuee Mall’s social networking sites, Facebook: facebook.com/MarQueeMall, Twitter: @MarQueetweets and Instagram: @iloveMarQueemall


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Defying the Odds: Asthmatics Prove Resilience Against Asthma

I announced this contest back in February in another blog post and I'm happy to share who were chosen as winners :) 

Press Release:

After months of deliberation and almost 2,000 entries nationwide, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) today announces the winners of its Search for the Winners Against Asthma (SWAA)

event host Christine Jacob-Sandejas
Launched in February 2015, the Search for Winners Against Asthma is a nationwide search for young asthmatic achievers aged 30 years and younger who are outstanding in their respective fields despite having asthma and inspire asthma sufferers that they, too, can win against the condition.

“We decided to target this particular age group because asthma is a common chronic disease of childhood leading to reduced activity, school absences, ER visits and hospitalizations, says Dr. Gio Barangan, GSK Medical Director. 

“It is also during this stage that young people are in the process of developing the necessary knowledge and skills that will enable them to achieve their goals in life, and as such we want to let them know that asthma should not deter them from realizing their full potential,” Barangan added. 

Dr. Barangan
In the youth category of 19 years old and below, Christian Lacza, a student from Navotas City was judged as the grand prize winner.  

Christian is one of the 2014 Kabayan Ten Outstanding Public School Students, and 2014 Ten Outstanding Youth Leaders of Navotas City. He was also an awardee of the 2010 Gawad Huwarang Kabataan of the Antolin Oreta Sr. Foundation and Gawad Modelong Kabataan: Galing at Dangal ng Malabon of the Arnold Vicencio Foundation. He is also the youngest recipient of the Orator of the Year Award in Navotas National High School

“When I was young, my asthma attacks were so severe that my mother would have to bring me to the hospital almost weekly. This made me realize that if I cannot excel in physical activities, I have to discover and focus on my other strengths,” says Christian.

“Going to my pediatrician was a constant necessity, and she made sure I get the proper medication and treatment, but more than that she never failed to cheer me up and would always give me words of encouragement whenever I visited her.” 

“Instead of letting asthma stop me I stopped asthma from interfering with my life as I pushed myself as a holistic learner-- excelling in academics, student leadership and in various competitions.” 

Christian Lacza (far left, seated) with fellow winners
The runner up winners in the youth category are 15-year old student and dancer Christina Chua; taekwondo twins Andre Rafael and Anton Joachim Montero; consistent student scholar Kenneth Angelo Bagay and Dave Andre Labaton who is also a taekwondo medalist.

In the adult category, incoming third year medical student Teesha Banta was judged as the winner.  The 23-year old student from St. Luke’s College of Medicine, was a full scholar in her first two years of med school and graduated Cum Laude from University of the Philippines Los Banos with the degree of BS Biology Major in Wildlife Biology. 

She is a lifetime member in two international honor societies but besides her academic achievements, she is also actively involved in community service. As an active Girl Scout, Teesha received two of the highest awards given by the organization-- the Chief Girl Scout Medal and is one the 75 GSP National Young Awardees. She had represented the country in national and international events, specifically as an advocate and a National Peer Educator on Adolescent Female Health

“Asthma runs in our family but symptoms of severe asthma began when I was in college, which, unfortunately, was also the time when I was so involved in my schoolwork and scouting. My mother, who is a doctor and is also an asthmatic, helped me through most of my journey by taking care of me and reminding me to take my medicines. Actually, because of my asthma, I had to temporarily stop med school because bed rest was advised. But it did not stop me from taking a part-time job as a high school Science teacher. Besides being a doctor, teaching was my second dream job,” Teesha narrates.

Teesha Banta (middle, wearing a red and white coat) with fellow winners
“Every time I have my asthma attacks, the only thing on my mind is to get well so I could go back to studying and become a doctor to prove that asthma should not stop you from pursuing your dreams.” Teesha said she plans to become an OB-GYN or specialize in Pediatric Pulmonology so she could treat asthmatic children. 

Her message to other asthmatics? “During our many asthma attacks, we may feel powerless and helpless. We do not have the strength that non-asthmatics have and it may feel like it is the end of our dreams, I had that feeling when I had to temporarily stop med school because of my asthma. Well, these are all lies. Our condition is but another challenge that adds more meaning to each of our achievements, an opportunity to push harder, aim higher, and be better persons and citizens of our country.  Perhaps we were given this condition because we have the ability to turn these "setbacks" into “set-ups” of better things to come. We can defeat asthma and we can conquer our dreams!”

The other winners in the adult category are UP student Ianna Engaño an athlete, musician, artist and social activist; Yasmin Versoza a firefighter and member of the Marikina City Fire Truck crew; Christianne de Vera a triathlete; and Yliah Nina Bosch a registered nurse who is working as an Emergency Nurse Responder at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Criteria for Winners 

The SWAA is open to all Filipino citizens or foreigners with a permanent Philippine address that have been diagnosed as asthmatic by a qualified physician.

The winners were divided into two categories: Category A (Youth Category) for 19 years old and below and Category B (Adult Category) for 20 years old and above.

Applicants can choose to share how they have won against asthma. These may be in various fields including Arts, Academics, Career, and Sports. 

Applicants were also required to answer the question: How did you Win Against Asthma? The screening committee then used the following criteria for each entry
Excellence in their Field or Category    50%
Evidence of winning over asthma         30%
Online Votes       20%

Part of the judging committee are Dr. Eileen Aniceto from Philippine College of Chest Physicians; Dr. Therese Leopando from Philippine Academy of Pediatric Pulmonologists; and Dr. Carmela Kasala from Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Inc. 

Arnel Pineda
The winners received the following prizes:  Huawei P7 Smart Phone; Five Thousand (PhP5,000) worth of GCs from Folded & Hung and Twenty Five Thousand (PhP25,000) worth of Sodexo gift certificates.

“A lot of asthma patients have accepted lifestyle restrictions resulting from uncontrolled asthma as the norm, assuming that frequent symptoms, exacerbations and lifestyle limitations are an inevitable consequence of having asthma. With the Search for Winners Against Asthma campaign, we hope to encourage and inspire more young people to live their lives to the fullest and not let asthma prevent them from doing the things they love.” Dr. Barangan also credits actress Kim Chiu, International Rock superstar Arnel Pineda, and Filipino Olympic Figure Skater Michael Christian Martinez for helping them spread awareness of this campaign. 

“Kim, Arnel and Michael are asthmatics who have proven not only to themselves but to the entire world that they can take control of their condition and never let their asthma stop them from following their dreams and achieving success in their very competitive careers,” Barangan added.

For more information about the Search for Winners Against Asthma campaign, visit www.facebook.com/WinAgainstAsthma


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Wingstop’s UAAP Sports Snack Bundles Invade the Arenas

My family and I are regular Wingstop customers. The flavors are really awesome and having so many choices makes it an ideal place to bring friends and loved ones to because there's something there for everyone! Enjoy these bundles while watching your favorite UAAP teams this 78th Season! 

Press Release:

As the go-to grub for sports events and celebrations, Wingstop’s flavorful chicken wings are a no-brainer companion for the upcoming 78th UAAP Season. Famous for a wide selection of flavored wings, Wingstop injects excitement and soul into anything it becomes a part of. It just can’t help it, because Wingstop is all about hustling, keeping it real, and having a good time. And when it comes to sports, the call to flavor is the same: Let’s Get At It

UAAP Sports Snack Bundle #1
For many sports enthusiasts, the UAAP season is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Calendars are marked in advance, and tickets are lined up for weeks before the games. Weeks prior, the teams are studied, the players are scrutinized, and the predictions are made. Social media turns into a battlefield among the fans and alumni who wear their colors with so much pride, they’ve been rumored to bleed them. In fact, the extent of the preparations for the UAAP season and the festivities that follow convince many that that the games are as much of a social event as they are a sports event.

And who would argue? With the lively music blaring from the speakers, cheers and chants echoing from one end of the arena to the other, and fans of all ages clad in their school colors creating an infectious energy that is as competitive as it is celebratory. The way the fans cheer, one would almost think their team had already won. It's not about the about the trophy. It's about the spirit of the game. 
And that’s exactly the way Wingstop plays it.

This coming UAAP Season 78, Wingstop is offering wing bundles that are made exactly for sharing while watching your favorite sports teams battle it out. What could be more fun than enjoying bites out of your favorite wings between quarters and sets, rivals and friends? 

UAAP Sports Snack Bundle #2
Choose among Wingstop's 10 savory, sweet and spicy flavors to match your school spirit, and appetite. Hold on to your Atomics for those close calls,  enjoy your Garlic Parmesans and Louisiana Rubs between breaks, and load up on your Mango Habaneros to warm up your taste buds before the victory party feast. For P 1999 only, UAAP fans can enjoy either a 25 pcs Wings and 25 pcs Boneless Chicken Bites package or a 25 pcs Wings and 12 pcs Chicken Tenders  package, both of which come with Texas Style Fries, Onion RingsChiptole Rice., and 1.75L Coke.

This UAAP Season 78, don’t miss out on the fun and make ordering the Wingstop bundles a part of your pre-game essentials. For more information LIKE Wingstop Philippines on Facebook and FOLLOW @wingstopph on Instagram. The bundles are also available at the BGC Stopover, Alabang Town Center (opening soon), UP Town Center, Glorietta 2, Greenhills Promenade, Estancia, Fairview Terraces, Eastwood CityWalk, and TriNoma


Thursday, September 17, 2015

Be The Next Big Online Singing Superstar ℅ Taiwan Excellence

Love to sing? Get recognized and win prizes by joining this contest!

Press Release:

Show off your singing ability, broadcast your musical talent, and wow audiences all over the world in the Made to Enjoy Singing Contest, a new and innovative contest brought to you by Taiwan Excellence, with so many exciting prizes to be awarded. Made to Enjoy Singing will surely captivate the Philippines by discovering your hidden musical talents.


The Taiwan Excellence - Made to Enjoy Singing Contest aims to showcase the musical genius of Filipinos. Adding to the fun, it allows the public to vote for the best musical video submissions, which will then be judged by a panel of experts. The winners will take home superb Taiwan Excellence products, as well as cash prizes.

Taiwan Excellence lined up some of these innovative products, which are among the 78 brands it aims to bring to the Philippines, as prizes for the winners.

The August winners brought home a Transcend Drive Pro 200 and a Tatung Rice Cooker 100 plus 10,000.00 pesos cash prize, they also sang with Sam Concepcion last September 05, 2015 at the 2nd Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone in SM City North EDSA The Block Atrium.

The September winners can take home an Acer Liquid Jade Z or a Kingcom Sigma Evo smartphone; while the October winners will be the proud owners of Asus Zenfone 2 or an Acer Iconia Tab. In addition, each finalist will get P10,000. 

The grand winners will be gifted with a KYMCO Agility 125cc motorcycle and a cash prize of P50,000.00. The grand winner will receive the prize from Taiwan Excellence endorser Maja Salvador.


“We have always been amazed at the musicality of Filipinos, and we hope to give them a fun platform to showcase their talents, while at the same time giving the best ones an opportunity to win Taiwan Excellence products,”’ said Yu-Wei Hsiao, Deputy Executive Director of TAITRA. “The high quality of our products is reflected in the high quality of Filipino singers.’’

Whether you’re just starting out as a singer or you’ve been performing for your friends for a long time, the Made to Enjoy Singing contest is a perfect opportunity for you and all aspiring singers to show their excellence in their field, just like the brands under Taiwan Excellence, which are noted all over the world for their great and innovative designs and workmanship. Aspiring singers will discover that this is a good opportunity to let the world know about their talents, and to connect with other music lovers. 

This may even be a way for your talents to be discovered! Most of all, the contest is guaranteed to be a fun and memorable experience for you and your loved ones, with great prizes that you will definitely enjoy.

To join, register at the Taiwan Excellence Made to Enjoy Singing official website at http://www.madetoenjoysinging.ph.  

The qualifying legs will be held on August, September and October while the finals leg will be held on November 2015. For more information on the contest, visit madetoenjoysinging.ph/index.php/page/view/taiwan-excellence-made-to-enjoy-singing


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