Celebrating life and rebirth for the Love of Leyte

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In celebration of the rebirth of Leyte five years the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda, Eastern Visayas recently witnessed For the Love of Leyte, a non-profit, benefit arts and music festival that gathered together local artists and artisans to create empowerment and change through music and arts. Organized by the Philippine Foundation, in partnership with the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), One Love Festival UK and Tabo-an Ha Ginsiyaman, the two-day festival featured a one-of-a-kind musical experience featuring local and foreign artists as well as trade fairs, and a series of cultural workshops. For the Love of Leyte event also aimed to champion sustainable tourism and development, as well as reintroduce tourists to post-Yolanda Leyte. Photo shows Waray band Kulahig.




In today’s world where parenting styles evolve with the changing times, one thing holds true: parents only want the best for their children. No matter what kind of parenting a mom or dad espouses, no one can question that at the heart of it all is putting their child’s well-being first, especially during their crucial growing-up years.
The same can be said about TV personality and newest NIDO® 3+ endorser, Marian Rivera-Dantes who has confidently embraced three-year old daughter Zia’s entry into toddlerhood thanks to her chosen partner for age-appropriate nutrition, NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+.
The toddler years are fundamental in shaping the young lives of children, and it is during this stage of their development when going on adventures, exploring the  outdoors, and meeting new people become vital. While it is normal for parents to say “no” to their kids out of concern for their health and safety, it must be considered that it is by saying “yes” to these activities that important strides in their cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical development are met.
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“Kids ages 3 to 5 years old can be difficult to manage at times but accompanying them as they go through this life stage can be precious and exciting,” said Child Development and Education Specialist, Lexie Estacio. “It is during this stage that they start to learn things on their own, develop relationships outside the family unit, and discover for themselves who they are as their own person, so they need their parent’s full support now more than ever,” added Dr. Josephine Yuson-Sunga, Pediatrician and Medical Director of NESTLÉ Infant Nutrition Philippines.
“Hindi madali pero naniniwala ako na by letting Zia do things on her own, mas marami siyang matututunan, not just about the world around her but also about herself,” said the celebrity womom. “Kaya nag-hanap talaga ako ng pre-school milk na kayang sabayan si Zia at pinili ko ang no. 1 pre-school milk, ang NIDO® 3+. Ngayon, mas kampante na ako na hayaan siyang lumabas at makipaglaro sa ibang mga bata dahil alam kong she is protected while getting the other important nutrients she needs for her age.
NIDO® ADVANCED PROTECTUS® 3+ is the only pre-school milk brand in the market developed with Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, featuring L. Rhamnosus which is an advanced probiotic strain that helps protect children’s tummies and helps strengthen their upper respiratory tract defense against pathogens that bring about common coughs
and colds. “Each glass of NIDO® 3+ contains millions of these good bacteria, so parents are assured that their children are getting the protection from within that they deserve and need to make the most of their childhood,” shared by Missy Ayson, Vice President and Lead Consumer Marketing Manager for NIDO® GUM.
To further boost their immune system, NIDO® 3+ contains Iron, Zinc, Selenium, and Vitamin C, as well as Vitamin A, B, D, Calcium, and Protein that promote proper growth and development.
Not to mention DHA, a building block for the brain. Choose the #1 pre-school milk for kids 3 to 5 years old, choose NIDO® 3+. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/NidoAdvancedProtectus3/

Landers Superstore offers early membership renewal promo

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. Landers Superstore, a leading membership shopping establishment in the country, welcomes the new year with an exciting offer. Members with cards expiring from January 1 to December 31, 2019 can renew their membership as early as now to get 50 percent off of the renewal fee. The Php400 renewal fee is applicable to walk-in members only. Promo runs until January 31, 2019. Members can renew at any Landers Superstore branch in Landers Alabang West – Daang Hari Road, Almanza Dos, Las Piñas City; Landers ArcoVia City – 99 Eulogio Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Pasig City; Landers Balintawak – 1240 EDSA Balintawak, Apolonio Samson, Quezon City; Landers Otis – 1890 Paz Guazon St., Paco, Manila; or Landers Cebu – 23 Minore Park, Cardinal Rosales Ave. cor. Pope John Paul II Ave., Cebu. For more information, visit http://landers.ph/.

MICECON 2018, a success!

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 MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions/Events) Conference, the largest gathering of local and international MICE industry experts and practitioners, was successfully mounted this year in Bacolod. Organized by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), MICECON 2018 featured educational talks from world-class experts. TPB uses MICECON to strengthen the country’s reputation as the preferred MICE destination in Asia. The four-day conference was spearheaded by (center) TPB chief operating officer Marie Venus Tan and Bacolod City mayor Evelio Leonardia. Others in photo are (L-R) Bacolod City councilor Em Ang, DOT regional director Helen Catalbas, Bacolod City administrator John Orola, DOT assistant secretary Robert Alabado III and DOT Policy Formulation and International Cooperation division chief Alex Macatuno.

Triathletes of all ages dominate MediCard Sprint Tri 2018

Beginner and seasoned triathletes prevailed over the first-ever MediCard Sprint
Triathlon at Fontana Leisure Park in Clark, Pampanga with teenager Adrian Thomas
Dionisio (male category aged 15-17) clinching the top spot at 1:07:46 and Julie Somoso
(female category aged 50 and above) leading her age group at 1:59:28.
The triathlon included a 600-m swim, 20-km bike, and 5-km run course. Athletes took
several laps in the Olympic-sized pool and went on to a one-loop bike course around
the Clark grounds, and to a single-loop run on the resort. It also featured a relay
category for family, friends, or teammates.
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(far left) Medicard president Dr. Nicky Montoya and (far right) COO Atty. Jon
Montoya with winners of male category aged 30-34, Paul Henry Tambasen in
first place, Rolando Alquero in second place, and PJ Tan in third place
“This is one of the best ways to encourage everyone from little kids to adults, even the
more senior ones – to exercise and move,” said MediCard president Nicky Montoya.
Ian Banzon of Sante Barley (F, 30-34) reached the finish line at 1:19:53 while
Gianmarco Anton Sibayan (M, 25-29) clocked in at 1:11:38, followed by Pierce Tan (M,
18-24) at 1:11:49. Ma. Lourdes Cabero (F, 35-39) finished the course to claim second-
fastest female spot at 1:29:51, whereas Alfie Yu (F, 40-44) finished third
Among the top 10 male finish times were the performances of older age group
champions Levy Ang (45-49), clocking in at 1:15:31, and Rune Stroem (55-59) with
Other age-group female champions in the MediCard Sprint Tri were Therese Malapad
(15-17), Isabel Parco (18-24), Alessandra Castaneda (25-29), and Ymelle Reyes (45
49). Male champions include Angelo Leaño (35-39), Brett Petrillo (40-44), Jerry Santos
(50-54), and Chicho Mantaring (60 and above).
Champions in the relay category were Team Fuego (all-female), Team Pukers (all-male,
mixed), and Team ActiveHealth (family).
MediCard is a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) in the country dedicated
to providing accessible healthcare to Filipinos. Visit www.medicardphils.com or call (02)
884-9999 for your healthcare needs.

Charlene Gonzales-Muhlach reveals how she gives her best for her life’s greatest joys

In a touching new Jollibee ad, the Muhlachs give us another heartwarming glimpse of their family life.

Being a celebrity comes with a multitude of “rewards,” including fame, fortune, and countless public milestones. But for celebrity parents Aga and Charlene Muhlach, there’s no greater joy than being able to give their best for the twins, Atasha and Andres.

In a heartwarming new commercial for Jollibee, former beauty queen and renowned actress-host Charlene professes that her “greatest joy” in life are her twin children, who had grown up relatively away from the limelight.




The ad begins with Charlene getting up very early to get her twins ready for their various extra-curricular activities, and continue on with glimpses into her family’s life. She reads a heartfelt message for her children, expressing how she had dreamed of having them in her life and how she and husband Aga have always strived to give them the best.

“I can’t believe how time has just passed so fast, and totoo pala ‘yung sabi nila, that no matter how old you get, you’ll forever be babies in my eyes. I want you to know that we tried every day to give you the best at hindi kami magsasawang alagaan at mahalin kayo,”  —a sentiment that many parents can truly relate to.

The message that Charlene addresses to her children in this newest Jollibee ad is almost verbatim of her Instagram post on the twin’s birthday, which, as of the commercial’s release, garnered over 50,000 likes. As it was written straight from a thoughtful and well-spoken mother’s heart, the message became an instant hit among Filipino netizens who related to the emotions in Charlene’s post.





Aga, well-loved member of the Jollibee family, caps off the ad with another heartwarming sentiment—that we only want to give only the best for the best. The best people in our lives, our families, deserve only the best-tasting crispylicious, juicylicious Chickenjoy. The beloved Jollibee favorite that has captured the hearts and taste buds of Filipinos for generations.

“As the country’s biggest fast-food brand and a proudly homegrown Pinoy company, we at Jollibee have always strived at being the best in every way possible especially for our products,” said Cathleen Capati, Jollibee AVP for Flagship Category. “Chickenjoy and the role it plays in bringing Filipino families together, like the Muhlachs having meaningful family bonding moments during mealtimes, has been one of Jollibee’s greatest joys.”

Just Like the Muhlachs, ring in 2019 with renewed love for family—with only the best-tasting crispylicious, juicylicious Chickenjoy on the table.

For more information on Jollibee’s products and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Apolinario Mabini Awards for SM Group

SM wins 15 awards from the 29th Apolinario Mabini Awards, held at the Kalayaan Hall of Club Filipino in San Juan. The awards were conferred by the Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD). The Apolinario Mabini Awards are given to professionals and organizations that have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of endeavor, or have rendered outstanding services to people with disabilities.

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(L-R): SM Supermalls senior vice president and SM Cares Program on Persons with Disability program director Bien Mateo receiving the Mabini Presidential Recognition Award on behalf of SM Prime Holdings chairman of the executive committee Hans Sy; Philippine Foundation for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled (PFRD) director Arch. Jaime Silva; 2017 Apolinario Mabini Awards Committee chairperson Lourdes Dela Llana Pimentel; Department of Social Welfare and Development undersecretary Aimee Torrefranca-Neri and PFRD president Noli Agcaoili


SM’s awards include: Silver for SM Seaside Cebu, Bronze for: SM City Cabanatuan, SM City Clark, SM City Cauayan, SM City BF Paranaque; SM Stores in Sucat, Cabanatuan, San Jose Del Monte, East Ortigas, Trece Martires and SM Supermarket in SM Seaside Cebu. Special awards were also given to SM City San Lazaro, SM City Rosario and SM Store in Makati.


Hans Sy, chairman of the executive committee of SM Prime Holdings, was also given the Mabini Presidential Recognition Award for his dedication and passion in promoting awareness and inclusion for persons with disabilities in the SM malls.



SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, leads SM’s program for persons with disabilities. It was conferred with the Apolinario Mabini Hall of Fame Award last 2015, for its exemplary program of promoting awareness, acceptance, accessibility and inclusion of persons with disabilities.