#GerifiedPH: The Making of the Greatest Filipino Generation, Raising Zentennials

They’re early starters. They’re entrepreneurial. They’re digital natives to the bone. They’re the children of Generation Z!

Last Saturday, September 9, 2017, Mommy Mundo & Our Awesome Planet brought to the Philippines the first ever conference that taught educators, marketers and parents the fundamental knowledge about dealing with the Zentennials more commonly known as the Gen Zs.

“The internet is not just platform – it’s a gateway to all possibilities and opportunities Gen Z kids would want to claim for themselves. They may get lost within it, but it is a place where they can inspire. It’s a place where they can grow and make a living out of it.” ~ Geia Lopez, Industry Analyst, Google Philippines talking about the Generation Z

Co-presented by PLDT Home Fibr, this very first conference of its kind was held at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura Taguig wherein the country’s top experts, advocates and influencers from the digital, academe, business, and parenting spheres gathered up to share deeper understanding of Generation Z but also have the proper knowledge and skills to become successful content producers.

Nurturing Generation Z: Going Beyond Stereotypes and Misconceptions

Zentennials are children born year 2000 and up, so if your child is 17 and below, he/she belongs to the Generation Z.

21751615_1520972267946028_9003436679976207211_n.jpgDidi Manahan, Head and Co-Founder of Keys School Manila Inc. debunked the misconceptions when it comes to Zentennials. In her field of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, she distinguished the difference of Gen Z to other older generations, and the potential is high.

We are preparing our children for future we don’t know of.

Being the millennial mom that I am, I get the chance to know the world before the internet and I can tell you, it’s much easier back then. Playing meant sunburn skin, skinned knees and when you get super-hyper and missed a calculation, it’s a dip in a nearby open canal for sure.

Today, I’m raising two kids with eyes opened to the latest technology – the apps, the virtual world, the games. If you missed a calculation, it’s game over.

What characterizes Generation Z?

  • They use technology as a tool
  • Connectivity greatly impacts relationships
  • Self-education via online tutorials

Zentennials approach gadgets with ease, they are also known as the citizens of the world because internet makes the world much smaller and closer to each other. They are known for multi-tasking as you can see for several apps running all at the same time.

GENERATION Z or Zentennials  are the new generation, different even from millennials, baby boomers and Generation X. If millennials are into experiences, zentennials are creators – filming  from a phone, watching videos up to uploading Youtube contents.

The Gen Z Profiler: Understanding their Psyche, Building their Character and Connecting with the Zs

Chelet Tanjuatco, Senior Consultant, Acumen Brand Strategy

21752373_1520972277946027_731540743751715681_n.jpg#Kulayot, my very own Zentennial!

I just nod my head whenever the speaker give a fun fact about the Zentennials. For one, my toddler is opinionated, they really are growing older faster and younger because of the open information they get in the world wide web. But in between the reality and cyberworld, we need to teach our children the power of prayer. Let’s teach them to pray, to be humble and hence, will give them security and peace of mind.

More wisdom nuggets from the conference and photos here. 

One of the realization I had after this conference is that, despite of the technology that sometimes seems to divide a family being busy in their own cyber world, family for Zentennials are one of the most important things to them. We are living in a difficult time, and with instant news flooding the internet about what is out there, including the bad – war, famine, etc,. Hence, it is a must to detox from time to time from the internet and gadgets to ponder on what’s really important – quality time with the family.

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Reshape the future today at THE FUTURE CITY: An Interactive Digital Park

An extraordinary learning experience awaits young and the young-at-heart at the Future City. Put your seatbelts on as we take off to the future and explore how we can help reshape your child’s future today through one-of-a-kind interactive installations that will put your eyes and minds in awe.

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Open for just one weekend, The Future Park together with NESTLÉ NANKID OPTIPRO FOUR,—a milk designed specifically for your child’s growth and development that helps secure your child’s healthy future through the power of Optimized Protein, launches FUTURE CITY: An Interactive Digital Park.

From September 9-10, this pioneering digital park opens its doors to guests as a way to educate and empower children and their parents about how their decisions today, can affect their future.

Future City uses technologies from all over the globe. The park contains 6 unique and engaging stations that will give guests the chance to participate in one-of-a-kind experiences that will surely nurture the minds of the kids and kids at heart.

The Future City visually illustrates how science has become the blueprint for brighter, safer future for our children. Guests can begin their exploration and discovery at the Future Dome where they will be given a glimpse of the technological advances that will soon define future cities—from towering smart skyscrapers, solar powered walls, interactive cityscapes, and autonomous vehicles.

Visitors of Future City will be given access to several stations that will surely broaden the mind. A Sketch Village where the patterns you color come to life, a Checkpoint where you can assess your future health, and interactive walls and floors featuring digital games.

After the guests go through these stations, seeing what the future can be and how it can be affected with the choices and lifestyle we make, from there, they will be ushered into a room that highlights an interactive wall demonstrating the evolution of science for nutrition and development, and how scientific advances have helped secure a child’s healthy future.

A big point of apprehension about the future, especially for parents, is their child’s health. Family history plays a big part in determining what diseases and conditions will be inherited by their kids and educating yourself about what can be done to prevent these from being passed on is the key to ensuring your child’s better future health. To that end, the Family Health Screener can help parents assess these possibilities, which will also be unveiled at the pop-up interactive digital park.

All in all, the Future City is a fitting fusion of interactive material and abstract concepts demonstrated in a visual and engaging way for kids and the kids at heart to appreciate and enjoy.

The interactive nature of The Future City is central to the entire exhibit’s message, not just in terms of technology and infrastructure, but for bigger and far more essential choices for your child’s health and development. Exploring the science behind the different elements that drive our lives—the environment we move in, the things we eat, the activities we do—it helps us understand just how relevant all these our to securing a brighter, safer, healthier future for generations to come.

Never settle for anything less especially when it comes to your child. Give your child optimum nutrition and reshape their future today.

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Future City: An Interactive Digital Park is an event by The Future Park, sponsored by Nestlé NANKID Optipro. Future City: An Interactive Digital Park will be open to public on September 9-10, 2017 (Saturday to Sunday), 10:00 am to 9:00 pm at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City.

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NANKID OPTIPRO FOUR is not a breastmilk substitute. It is a powdered milk drink suitable for healthy children above 3 years of age.

 

#GerifiedPH: The Mind Museum’s Dinosaurs Around the World

Tyrannosaurus rexDabibot’s favorite dinosaur: Tyrannosaurus Rex!

T-Rex!

Tyrannosaurus Rex!
I’m the best hunter!
Tyrannosaurus Rex!
What’s gonna be my prey?
Look at my mighty teeth,
look at my mighty jaws.
Nothing can run away from me!
Roar!

Tyrannosaurus Rex!
I’m the best hunter!
Tyrannosaurus Rex!
What’s gonna be my prey?
Look at my keen eyes,
look at my keen nose.
Nothing can hide from me!
Roar!

T stands for Toothy?
T-Rex!
T stands for Tall?
T-Rex!
T stands for Terrible?
T-Rex!

The boys and I became Mesozoic Journalists for a day and we traveled back to the land before time where dinosaurs still roam the Earth. We documented this special trip in the hope that the general public of the future will be informed about fascinating facts about these amazing but terrifying animals. Included in our journey were different location sites. Read on the see our Paleo Photography and Documentation of these fossil reptiles. Continue reading “#GerifiedPH: The Mind Museum’s Dinosaurs Around the World”

#GerifiedPH: All about Acne, The Science of Gentle and 7 Days with Cetaphil

The expert in moisture, Cetaphil held a week’s session of fun learning about keeping our skin healthy and moisturized. Yours truly was honored to be part of this campaign against skin irritations and diseases and we welcome Dra. Peachy on the third day as she impart with us the Advanced Skin Care for Acne-Prone Skin.

Dra. Peachy is also Chair of Department of Dermatology, Section Head of DermLaser and Phototherapy Center in Makati Medical Center and Vice-President to Philippine Dermatological Society Acne is defined as the most common cutaneous disorder of the pilosebaceous units affecting adolescents and young adults. It is a near universal cutaneous inflammatory diseas affecting more than 85% of adolescents worldwide.

Did you know? 5.4 Million Filipino teens and young adults are affected by acne.

Acne Vulgaris is the psychological effects of embarrassment and anxiety can impact the social lives and employment of affected individuals overall affecting the quality of life.

Did you know? Eating chocolate will not induce acne.

However, eating chocolate when you already have acne will worsen it. Milk consumption of more than 3 portions per week and ingestion of highly glycemic loads could potentially induce acne. Hence, decreasing milk and high glydemic diet loads like pizza, burger and other oily western food reduces acne lesion counts.

Did you know? Stress can make you pop a zit.

And patients with acne are under increased cutaneous and systemic oxidative stress which led to higher levels of serum malondialdehyde. What’s more? Increasing BMI also means increasing risk of acne especially in females. Even if you happen to be a chocolate hater (which is a rare, almost non-existent in this world) and you hate pizza (which is also rare, almost non-existent in this world) and you also happen to have no stress (which is I’m sure non-existent in this world), you still had a chance of having acne due to your ancestors; hereditary factor also contributes to the inhibition of metalloproteinase genotype that could (starting adolescence) trigger and increase tendency to develop acne.

Did you know? Most employers hire non-acne applicants over their acne-prone counterparts.

Acne Vulgaris is the psychological effects of embarrassment and anxiety that can impact the social lives and employment of individuals overall affecting the quality of life.

Did you know? At age 16-17, 95-100% of adolescent boys and 83-85% of adolescent girls are affected by acne.

It continues to be one of the most common skin disease treated in routine dermatologic care.

Did you know? In the Philippines, 5.4 million Filipinos, teens and young adults are affected by acne.

What’s more is that it remains one of the top 10 leading causes for visiting dermatologists in the country and among PDS dermatologists, 50% of weekly dermatologic consultations are acne related.

There are actually four central factors involved to make a person acne-prone.

1 Follicular hyperkeratinization

2 Increased sebum production

3 Propionibacterium acne within the follicle

4 Inflammation

These acne and acne-probe patients usually tends to adhere to recommendations very poorly, other than lack of improvement, previous systematic therapy and lack of knowledge about the treatment, most common reason is the presence of side effects like peeling, dryness and photosensitivity. Basically, it’s skin irritation at the start of the treatment, lag time to effect and complex treatment regimens.

Good thing there is Cetaphil!

One of the most effective way in promoting adherence to dermatologist’s recommendations is by use of skin care and cosmetics such as Cetaphil moisturizer and Cetaphil cleanser as it minimizes the side effects of acne medications! Cetaphil products are effective in hydrating and repairing the skin barrier hence helping in reducing dryness and irritation. Now with Cetaphil sunscreen, Cetaphil line is now complete in protecting skin every day from environmental damages including harmful ultraviolet rays.

Cetaphil is non-comedogenic – Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which has a comedogenicity rating of 5/5 and Propylene Glycol with a rating of 4/5, although Propylene Glycol is not really comodogenic as it is often called as vehicle or carrier in comedogenicity tests, so how can Cetaphil be noncomedogenic? Grades 1-2 are non to mildly comedogenic, but 3 to 5 are significantly comedogenic. Cetaphil has an incredibly low concentration of Sdium Lauryl Sulfate hence the lack of foaming.  In short, it won’t clog your pores.

Cetaphil is non-irritating – Cetaphil with all its mild ingredients will not cause inflammation and painful reaction to the skin.

Cetaphil is non-acnegenic – Cetaphil is a skin care line for sensitive or dry skin. It is non-acnegenic in a sense that it is formulated to be less likely to cause acne or make the condition even worse. Non-acnegenic products like Cetaphil do not contain oils, fragrance-free with no harsh ingredients that will irritate skin.

Cetaphil is hypoallergenic – Designed to lessen or minimize the possibility of an allergic response, Cetaphil’s mild ingredients has a relatively few or no potentially irritating factors.

cetaphil #gerifiedph(L-R) Jade Silva-Netto Panoc, Galderma Business Unit Head-Consumer; Catherine Palma-Dilanco, Senior Brand Manager; Dr. Peachy Lau, Speaker and Jasper Poblete, Brand Manager

Cetaphil is gentler than water with its 5.5pH level, hence, its no wonder that it is the most prescribed brand by Dermatologists and Pediatricians! Try Cetaphil and see the wonder behind the science of gentle!

You Can’t Miss This Pop-Up Interactive Digital Park in Manila!

Prepare to take off and see what the future beholds at the Future City – open for one weekend only!

The uncertainty of the future can be an overwhelming prospect—especially for parents concerned about their child’s future.

For one weekend only, discover and explore how you can reshape the future today, at the Future City: An Interactive Digital Park. Primed to offer an experiential and immersive way of giving you a glimpse of the future with the latest creative media technologies and innovative artistic experiences from all over the globe!

To be held at the SMX Convention Center on September 9-10, 2017, this pioneering interactive educational experience offers enriching sights and activities that gives kids and kids-at-heart a glimpse of the world of tomorrow with its spectacular 7 unique and engaging stations— from a dome that will take you to the far future in an instant, a sketch village that will make your visions come to life, to interactive games, 3D wall art installations and so much more— all are dedicated to promote self-directed learning and explorations that will surely open the mind.

Witness and experience the future now and catch it before it’s gone.

Future City: An Interactive Digital Park is an event by The Future Park, sponsored by Nestlé NANKID Optipro. Future City: An Interactive Digital Park will be open to public on September 9-10, 2017 (Saturday to Sunday), 10:00 am to 9:00 pm at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City. To learn more about this exciting pop-up interactive park visit www.facebook.com/NANKIDOPTIPRO. Limited slots available so hurry and pre-register online at FUTURE CITY PRE-REGISTRATION WEBSITE..

 

Solane community service initiatives

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Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, recently held its first basketball cup tournament at the Balabag basketball court in Boracay aptly named the Solane Boracay Cup. The event aimed to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship in a competitive and friendly game while encouraging a healthy lifestyle among its employees. The basketball tournament is also part of Solane’s corporate social responsibility program which seeks to help provide educational materials and school equipment to public schools. Winners in the tournament donated their prizes (which included audio visual equipment, school supplies package, and tables and chairs package) to schools within the community. Present during the event were (from left) Isla LPG Corporation or ILC account manager Kyle Yulo, ILC general manager for sales Tonito Gonzalez, Marianing and Sons president Marlon Julius Lao, ILC CEO Ruben Domingo, Marianing and Sons operations manager Jose Joaquin Mayor, ILC marketing manager Valeri Villano, and ILC regional sales manager for Visayas and Mindanao Rene Gamba.

AXA launches new insurance product for today’s ambitious market

Dream – contemplating the possibility of doing or being something

I don’t want to ride cars, I want to fly an airbus.

Curves are a hidden passion, I want to doodle and probably be a stenographer inside a court.

To be a biologist and a professional diver and name a unique deep sea creature would be more than a lifetime achievement.

Sign Language is a form or art and I want to share this passion by teach deaf and mute children. Be a gynecologist and a pediatrician, too.

What’s more, if you read my about me section you’ll know how desperate I am to travel to the moon, around the sun and check if Pluto is still there holding on to its orbit and if it really is a planet or just a huge asteroid as they claim. Mind you that’s 12 years from the shortest distance.

If I had all the time in the world, I would still travel, but this time to the controversial planet-or-not Pluto that is roughly 4.67 billion miles if it was on the opposite sides from the sun, which will take 9-12 years using the latest technology.

And lastly, ride a unicorn over a rainbow to end up lying on pots of shimmering gold.

In short, hindi man din ako kaliwete, ambisyosa ako. (I may not be ambidextrous, but oh boy, I’m ambitious.)

Reality – the state of things as they actually exist.

But alas! Humans only live once, life is not merely a measurement of time, and the ratio of one’s dreams is invertly proportional to his reality hence when you’re a big dreamer, you have to wake up at some point to make it a reality or snooze away eating clouds, drinking sunshine unless you want to ride unicorns until you rot on your debt if not death bed. #harshtruth

Today’s young professionals are ambitious and often on-the-go. They work hard and at the same time want to pursue their own passions. As they focus on their careers, they want to maintain a work-life balance, and ensure that they are also preparing for their ultimate ambitions.  Some would want to travel around the world, have their own business, or pursue a pricey hobby like golf or scuba diving.

Recognizing the need for investment and protection of today’s discerning consumers, AXA has launched MyAmbition, an affordable investment and life insurance plan that you can avail of online.  Designed with your busy lifestyle in mind, the convenience of availing of an investment product with just a few clicks gives you an attractive option to help fulfill your ambitions in life.

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MyAmbition can be availed of with a one-time investment that starts at only P50,000, a great opportunity to put that 13th month bonus or extra savings to better use.  You can also invest up to a maximum of P125,000.  The funds are professionally-managed by the AXA group to give you security and peace of mind.

MyAmbition gives you a range of options to suit your risk profile and financial goals.  There’s an investment fund for conservative investors, a balanced fund for those who have a moderate appetite for risk, and an aggressive growth fund for those who want to maximize the potential of their investments.

“Our innovative digital solutions address the unique demands of digital natives.  You can avail of MyAmbition through our e-commerce site.  You can also download MyAXA, the mobile app that allows our clients to access policy information anytime, anywhere.” says Rahul Hora, President and CEO of AXA Philippines.

On top of these benefits and conveniences, MyAmbition gives you life insurance coverage of 125% of the single premium or the Account Value, whichever is higher.  Should you choose to keep your funds longer, you can receive a Loyalty Bonus of 5% of the average account value to be paid on the 10th and 20th year.

“We understand the needs of today’s professionals. MyAmbition takes their lifestyle needs into consideration – it is affordable, available online, easy to purchase, can meet various investment considerations, and is payable via a credit card. MyAmbition’s combined offering of affordability, convenience, and flexibility will definitely help young and mature Filipino professionals achieve their financial goals and fulfill their ambitions,” adds AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer Amor Balagtas.

Application is easy. Just visit www.axa.com.ph, and click on MyAmbition.  You can assess your investment profile, pick an investment portfolio, and pay for the policy with your credit card. Debit card and other online payment options are also available.

I may not ride unicorns and sleep on pots of gold, but with AXA MyAmbition yuppies (young professionals) can have affordability, convenience, and flexibility will definitely help young and mature Filipino professionals achieve their financial goals and fulfill their ambitions