Asia’s songbird shares her three best-kept secrets for modern parents!

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Ariel brand ambassador Regine Velasquez-Alcasid talks about her parenting journey

Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, may have so many awards and recognitions to her name, but that doesn’t spare her from the challenges that ordinary parents face.

As a first-time mom, Regine’s toughest challenge is something that many mothers can relate to – balancing work and taking care of the family. “The toughest challenge I faced as a first-time mom is being able to balance my time between my work and taking care of Nate. I literally had to reduce my workload so I could give my full attention to our child and in keeping our household intact in terms of day to day errands, doing chores, laundry, and more! I’m sure most parents would relate to this” she shares.

By far, it’s been a learning journey for Regine, who was recently named as Ariel Philippines’ brand ambassadress, but the challenges have enriched her life both as a mother and as a professional. She discovered that parenting is one of life’s greatest joys, providing wonderful moments to be savored.

Regine shares three insights for other moms who know the joys and challenges of having a career while raising a family at the same time.

Learning through experience

For Regine, nothing can make you more knowledgeable about parenting than being there for your child. “Reading books and listening to the advice of mothers are important but learning through experience would be best too. Listening to your child as he/she grows develops that intimacy that you can nurture,” she says.

Regine even shared a personal experience she encountered, “In my case, Nate loves to play outdoors. Sometimes he comes back inside the house full of sweat and dirt. I used to find this as a challenge, but I learned the hard way not to stop him and just let him experience the joys of childhood. That’s why I’m happy to have Ariel as my partner in this. Bye amoy pawis at kahit anong dumi!”

Inject fun and excitement into daily activities

Laughter makes everything light, so find ways to bring in some fun moments into routine activities so that these could become opportunities for bonding. Even daily chores like doing the laundry can have fun components that involve all family members. “I remember this one time where I wanted Nate to learn about the importance of doing household chores at an early age, so I started creating games out of doing the laundry! It came to a point that if I tell him it’s time for laundry, he automatically runs to pick up our laundry detergent — Ariel, of course!”

Find smart solutions for everyday problems

Let’s face it, everyday problems can bog us down. The best way to deal with these is to go for smart solutions specific to your concerns.

For instance, Regine finds stinky and dirty clothes a real dampener, not only for herself, but most especially for little Nate. For clothes that reek of malodor or kulob, she turns to Ariel. With its innovative and superior cleaning power, Ariel effectively fights off tough stains and malodor on clothes in just one wash.

“Out of all household chores, doing the laundry used to be the most time-consuming, especially with multiple washes whenever there were tough stains. With so much time spent on chores, I had less hours in the day with Nate. But now with Ariel, I am confident that my family’s clothes will be clean and fresh with minimal effort, so I can spend more quality time with my boys.”

As a powerhouse mom, Regine turns to Ariel, a powerhouse brand, to ensure that she can be the best that she can be – whether at home or at work.

Check out Regine’s newest commercial with Ariel Philippines at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5qUBFcR_uU .

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PH volleyball teams grateful for support that took them to the 2019 SEA Games

Despite challenges in the beginning, crucial support for the men’s and women’s volleyball teams came through

 

For the Philippine volleyball teams, their drought of medals at the SEA Games for over a decade is a huge challenge to overcome—especially after a long, storied history of victory and domination in the regional tournament back in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

 

While the mission was always to get Philippine volleyball back to its winning ways, the road to accomplishing that was not always easy. For various reasons, the sport was plagued by a lack of tangible support. If previous national teams were able to win, they had to do so in spite of all of these circumstances.

 

In 2019, however, things changed for both the Philippine indoor and beach volleyball teams. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc., the organization that helped form the Philippine volleyball teams, reached out to companies such as Rebisco for a partnership, allowing them to step up and provide everything the country’s volleyball delegates need in order to train and perform even better not only at this year’s SEA Games, but also in other tournaments around the world.

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The PH men and women’s volleyball team for the 30th SEA Games

“Rebisco showed interest in helping the national team and initiated everything. With their help, as well as contributions from different organizations, we were able to train for the games earlier,” said men’s indoor volleyball team captain John Vic de Guzman. “We also received income and allowances every time we trained, as well as better training facilities and equipment such as the Arellano University gym which we were able to use thanks to Mr. Pete Cayco, and the Ronac Fitness Center, which we were able to use thanks to Ms. Peachy and Dindo Medina from Uratex.”

 

“Before, only 12 to 14 players could train, but with the support of different organizations and Rebisco, around 20 players can now join, allowing for bigger tune-ups and scrimmages,” said women’s indoor volleyball team captain Aby Maraño. “We also got more local exposure after featuring us on social media and commercials, as well as international exposure as they helped us participate in more tournaments and training camps outside the country.”

 

“Each athlete dreams of representing their country, there’s no better feeling. Now we’re more prepared because more corporations like Rebisco are helping our team,” said women’s beach volleyball representative Sisi Rondina.

 

With the crucial support Rebisco is giving the Philippine volleyball teams, the country’s delegates stand a stronger and better chance to win big at the 2019 SEA Games and reclaim the glory of years past. There’s still time to support all teams as the SEA Games indoor and beach volleyball tournaments are currently running at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig and the Subic Tennis Center, respectively, until December 10.

 

Aside from backing the Philippine volleyball teams, Rebisco also continues to do its part in advancing the local volleyball scene in the country. The company hosts the Rebisco Volleyball League, a grassroots tournament that showcases the Philippines’ up-and-coming players, and the Rebisco Beach Volleyball International Open with 20 teams from around the world; the company also fields two teams in the professional Premiere Volleyball League in the Creamline Cool Smashers and the Choco Mucho Flying Titans.

 

For more info and updates on the Philippine volleyball teams, follow Rebisco Pilipinas on Facebook (facebook.com/RebiscoSambansa/), and on Twitter and Instagram at @RebiscoSambansa. For updates on beach volleyball, follow @PHBeachVolley on Twitter.

10 years of running for children’s literacy: Stripes Run 2019 is back to bring families together to run for reading!

McDonald’s Stripes Run is back on its 10th year! This December 1, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds, join McDonald’s run for reading at Stripes Run 2019!

For the past 10 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in the Philippines has been the beneficiary of McDonald’s Stripes Run. Proceeds of the annual fun run go to the Ronald McDonald Read to Learn – a beginning reading program for Grade 1 and 2 public elementary school students. In partnership with DepEd, it aims to eradicate illiteracy among Filipino children. To date, the Ronald McDonald Read To Learn program has reached over 12 million students, trained over 28 thousand educators, and distributed more than 367 thousand books.

This year, McDonald’s once again invites families and friends to pledge their support for children’s literacy at Stripes Run 2019! Registration is quick and easy, with three possible options to choose from:

  1. Register and pay online at mcdostripesrun.com.ph.
  2. Download the form on mcdostripesrun.com.ph and pay for the registration fee at select McDonald’s stores.
  3. Register and pay at select McDonald’s stores (View list of stores at https://mcdostripesrun.com.ph/how-to-join)

At an affordable price, you get a race kit with a Stripes Run shirt, 1 pair of Stripes Socks, 1 Race Bib, 1 McDonald’s Longgadesal, and 1 Race Map. Exciting game booths and activities also await the entire family and barkada during the run!

Kids and adults alike are welcome to run for reading with the various running categories to choose from:

Kiddie stripes (1K) – 8 years old and below

Young stripes (3K) – 8-15 years old

3K stripes – 16 years old and up

Family stripes (3K) – 2 kids (15 years old and below) and 2 adults (16 years old and up)

5K stripes – 16 years old and up

Squad stripes (5K) – 4 adults (16 years old and up)

10K stripes – 16 years old and up

Get your family and friends to run with you at Stripes Run 2019! Share your experience by using the hashtag #McDoStripesRun and tagging @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram. For more information on Stripes Run 2019, visit mcdostripesrun.com.ph or follow McDonald’s Philippines on Facebook.

Chefs from Visayas secure wins at Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition

Two chefs from Visayas are now qualified for the nationals of the Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition, a nationwide cooking competition which aims to recognize a new generation of local talented chefs, after they won their respective regional competitions. Chef Mario Sembalante from Cebu City bested nine other contestants in the seventh regional leg of the said culinary competition with his winning dish, Cebu Surf and Turf — malunggay crusted Visayan deep-sea cod fish with a millet risotto crust and local ingredients such as Mango Wine from Argao and homemade fish chicharon with Cebu chorizo foam. On the other hand, Chef Jimmy Boy Basa was hailed as the winner of the Eastern Visayas leg thanks to his pickled turnips and beef strips with authentic coconut wine/Bahalina tuba. Both of them will compete with other regional winners in the national competition round with P100,000 cash and a culinary trip to Japan at stake. Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition is sponsored by Midea, Jolly, Jolly Heartmate Canola Oil, Dona Elena Olive Oil, Dona Elena Al Dente Pasta, Masflex Cookware, Ajinomoto, King Sue, Anvil Publishing, Philtranco, Fastcat, and Chef Plus.

4th Regional Travel Fair pushes for domestic tourism

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Spearheaded by the revitalized Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the 4th Regional Travel Fair in Clark, Pampanga recently concluded with a wide range of activities such as business-to-business sessions, a two-day business-to-consumer exhibit, forums and pre-event tours to further increase nationwide domestic tourist arrivals while promoting sustainable tourism in private-public initiatives and programs. The four-day travel fair highlighted two main events: business-to-consumer exposition attended by hundreds of travel enthusiasts, and participated in by the biggest tour operators and local tourism officers in the country to market their special travel deals and promos; and the business-to-business travel exchange that enabled participating buyers and sellers to network and discuss investment opportunities to generate leads and sales. Present during the opening ceremony were (L-R) DOT Region 10 director Marie Elaine Unchuan, TPB Domestic Department OIC Nerissa Juan, Philippine Airlines Luzon Station area head Christopher Lebumfacil, TPB Corporate Affairs Sector acting deputy chief operating officer Joselito Gregorio, Cebu Pacific sales director Agnes Gupalor, and TPB Domestic Promotions – Sales Division OIC Cesar Villanueva.

Unique Pinoy specialties highlighted in Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition #SolaneKitchenHero

Solane, the leading LPG solutions brand, launches its grandest culinary competition yet. Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition is the first-ever cooking competition that aims to discover the next big name in the culinary world. This regional-to-national cooking tilt will go from north to south, and across 16 regional stops in the country to recognize a new generation of talented chefs.

“We believe that the Philippines has some of the best and most talented chefs in the world,” says Isla LPG Corp. CEO Ruben Domingo. “Through the Solane Kitchen Hero competition, we aim to recognize these chefs who are vital in bringing Filipino cuisine to the world stage. At the same time, we are on a quest to explore and highlight Filipino specialties that are unique to our provinces.”

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For this one-of-a-kind cook-off, participants must be Filipino professional chefs with at least three (3) years of kitchen experience gained locally or abroad. They must be currently employed as a professional chef in a hotel, restaurant, or any food service establishment.

The competition will comprise of two (2) rounds. Round one will be the regional competition where contestants from the different provinces per region will compete to determine who a¬¬-mong them will represent their region in the national competition. Round two will be the semi-finals and grand finals where all regional champions will cook-off to find out who among them will be hailed the champion of Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition.

The culinary creations will be judged by renowned chef and Solane Kitchen Hero ambassador Chef Sau del Rosario and bestselling author and Solane Kitchen Hero competition director Nancy Reyes-Lumen. It will be based on the following criteria: 50% featured ingredients and 50% originality and creativity. The competition will conclude on September 7, 2019 at Eastwood City, Metro Manila.

The winner of Solane Kitchen Hero Chefs’ Edition will take home P100,000 and will embark on a culinary trip to Japan with customized stops at different food and drink destinations. This exciting cooking contest is made possible with the support of dynamic organizations and brands championing the same passion for cookery in the country. STI serves as their official school partner while Midea is a co-presenter. Major sponsors are Masflex, Jolly, Jolly Heartmate Canola Oil, Dona Elena, and Dona Elena Al Dente. Minor sponsors are King Sue, Ajinomoto, Philtranco, Fastcat, Chef’s Garb, and National Bookstore.

To know more about Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition, visit Solane’s website www.solane.com.ph and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/solane.ph/

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For more information, please contact Fuentes Manila:
Kimberly Tsao 0998 987 8362
Jennylyn Prieto 0998 840 5580

“WATCH: Fun, laughter, and play for families this summer ”

Psychologist and family expert Dr. Michele Alignay gives us tips on practicing real play
this summer through the #WeHaveEachOther video series
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WATCH: Fun, laughter, and play for families this summer learn how to build better and stronger relationships through fun, laughter, and play with SM’s #WeHaveEachOther campaign, a weekly video series that centers on the importance of social play in the family, featuring psychologist and family expert Dr. Michele Alignay.
“The videos aim to encourage parents to go out and play with their kids especially this summer and remind them about the value of time they spend with their families,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls SVP for marketing.
Join Dr. Alignay as she walks us through the how to’s of bringing fun and laughter into play this summer through the #WeHaveEachOther snackable video series released every week from April until May on SM Supermalls’ Facebook page. The videos tackle a range of topics that help foster the kids’ social skills through playing, learning, exploring, and a lot more.
As a plus point, post a photo of yourself doing the challenge in the comments section using the hashtags #WeHaveEachOther, #SummerPlayDaysAtSM, and #FAMomentsAtSM for a chance to win SM gift certificates!
Had enough of the heat? Cool down with families and friends this summer as SM Supermalls offers an exciting line up of activities and deals for families to enjoy such as bazaars, costume contests, pampering and dining deals, digital activations, and art & crafts workshops!
For more information and event schedule, visit www.smsupermalls.com. Laugh and play
with kids this summer and let them know that #WeHaveEachOther!