WATCH: Everyday parent-child moments that will make your heart swell with big love

Jolly Spaghetti’s newest video captures parent-child bonding na walang kasing-sarap

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 Alongside unconditional, parental love, nothing compares to the joy-filled smiles of children who are showered by their parents with love and affection.

 

In a new video that’s sure to melt your heart, Jollibee presents the small, tender moments shared by parents and their children everyday. Filled with slices of daily life that many modern Filipino parents can relate to, this new video’s sweet-sarap moments are complemented by a classic favorite that has captured the hearts of Pinoy kids of different generations: Jolly Spaghetti.

moments that will definitely make your heart feel full. It shows parents making the most of the time they spend with their children by making everyday activities such as playtime, snack time, bath time, and bedtime more fun and memorable.

 

“The latest Jolly Spaghetti video is our tribute to Filipino parents who tirelessly find ways to connect and bond with their children,even in the smallest ways like sharing their favorite sweet-sarap treat,” said Cathleen Capati, Jollibee AVP for Marketing – Flagship Category. “Childhood always goes by so fast and for parents, it’s important to enjoy and cherish every moment with our children.”

 

For decades, Jolly Spaghetti has always been a delight for Pinoy kids of all ages. A pioneering fast-food offering that perfectly captures the Filipino palate, Jolly Spaghetti boasts of a unique sweet-sarap sauce, meaty hotdog slices, and a generous sprinkling of grated cheese on top of freshly prepared noodles

 

“We at Jollibee hope that this video inspires parents to make even the simplest day-to-day activities, such as enjoying a common favorite like Jolly Spaghetti, a means to connect with their kids for that bonding na walang kasing-sarap,” concluded Capati.

 

 

Make each bonding moment sweet-sarap with the Jolly Spaghetti Family Pan for P199 only, good for sharing with the family! The Jolly Spaghetti Family Pan is available for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, and delivery transactions in Jollibee stores nationwide. For more heartwarming stories and information on the Philippines’ number one fast-food brand, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

The Nutrition Hero: Mondelēz International Holds Volunteer Activities for Adopted Schools

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Snacking Company Mondelēz International in the Philippines recently held simultaneous employee volunteer activities for its adopted public elementary schools in the Metro. Aided by its colorful mascot M Hero and supported by interactive lessons and games for students and parents alike, the aim of the event was to promote good nutrition in school and at home. Activities were held in currently adopted Joy Schools Rogelio Gatchalian Elementary School and Camp Claudio Elementary School both in Paranaque, and Holy Spirit Elementary School in Quezon City, and involved 150 Mondelēz International employee volunteers.

 

Southeast Asia’s M Hero Saves the Day!

The Joy Schools program is Mondelēz International’s signature community program in its Southeast Asia (SEA) area. It aims to empower young children to take positive steps towards their overall well-being, focusing on nutrition education, physical activity and access to nutrient fresh foods. Across SEA the Company has invested close to US$ 1 million since 2013 in community partnerships to promote healthy lifestyles in five countries under its Joy Schools program. The Joy Schools program is being implemented by Mondelēz International sites in the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

 

Leveraging on the strength of one goal, in the five countries where the Joy Schools is implemented, students benefit from enjoyable and educational activities led by Mondelēz International employee volunteers. The Joy Schools’ official mascot M Hero, encourages the students in learning about how to take care of their health. In the Philippines, hundreds of students took part in storytelling, video showing and slogan-making contests which imparted important values such as having breakfast for energy and well-being, and eating the proper food to ensure complete nutrition.

 

Parents of the adopted Joy Schools were also invited for a day of learning about how to serve nutritious and delicious food in their homes. Cooking demonstrations, recipe samples and games were held to show that cooking delicious and nutritious food need not be time-consuming or expensive. In fact, recipes shared featured meals which could be prepared for P200.00 or less.

 

In schools the Joy Schools program has its own interventions to ensure students have access to fresh food. This year, in the three adopted Joy Schools in Metro Manila, 300 undernourished students are part of a 9-month daily feeding program to help improve their nutrition. These students receive everyday a hearty meal of rice, a viand with meat and vegetables and seasonal fruits.

The feeding program has proven effective in helping improve the nutrition of its beneficiaries. In school year 2017-2018, 88% of 400 students who benefitted from the Joy Schools’ 9-month feeding program gained weight, while 80% saw an increase in height.

 

“We support the communities in which we operate and are focused on making a real difference to children through nutrition education and promoting their social and healthy development through play under our Joy Schools program,” explains Shanahan Chua, Head of Corporate and Government Affairs of Mondelēz International in the Philippines. “It is our hope that children receive good nutrition at home and in school. In school, we have our feeding program and supplementary nutrition education lessons for the students. We likewise engage and dialogue with parents to help empower them to do the same at home. With this, children can benefit from the increased energy for learning and overall development which we know good nutrition can bring.”

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About Mondelēz International

Mondelēz International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDLZ) empowers people to snack right in approximately 160 countries around the world. With 2017 net revenues of approximately $26 billion, MDLZ is leading the future of snacking with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Mondelēz International is a proud member of the Standard and Poor’s 500, Nasdaq 100 and Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Visit www.mondelezinternational.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDLZ.

 

About Mondelez Philippines, Inc.

Mondelez Philippines has been creating more moments of joy by providing consumers with delicious snack products since 1963. Its product portfolio includes: Tang powdered beverages, Eden cheese, mayonnaise, and sandwich spread, Cheez Whiz spread, Oreo cookies, Tiger biscuits, belVita breakfast biscuits, as well as Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolates. The company employs about 450 people in the Philippines, with a manufacturing facility in Parañaque City.

Local Mental Health non-profit strongly recommends opening the conversation on Mental Health in the workplace to achieve better productivity

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World Mental Health Day is recognized across many countries, including the Philippines, on an annual basis to raise awareness of the growing concern over Mental Health issues that continue to rise amidst changing times. In the Philippines, the entire Mental Health Workforce is only composed of 2 people per 100,000 people in the Philippines. The latest report from Department of Health stated that 1 in 5 Filipinos suffer from a form of mental illness.  More than 300 million employees according to the study by World Health Organization (WHO) suffer from it.

 

According to WHO, the workplace is one of the key environments that affect our well-being and health.  Globally, only 9% of mental health promotion and prevention programs are focused in the Workplace.

 

“We spend at least 9 hours a day at our workplaces. If it’s not a healthy environment for your mind, body, and soul, your output and morale will definitely suffer,” states Philippa Keys, ex-officio of InTouch Philippines. This non-stock, non-profit organization has been providing Mental Health Services in the Philippines since the 80’s.

 

“A recent study conducted by the World Health Organization revealed that the global economy loses up to 1 trillion US dollars annually due to lost productivity caused by Mental Health Issues such as depression and anxiety,” Keys shares. “There’s still a stigma that prevents people from talking about their Mental Health issues. The ever-increasing demand to deliver more in the workplace in shorter timeframes is still prevalent across different industries. And it’s time for companies to play their part by providing an environment that opens the conversation on Mental Health.”

 

In Touch Philippines has extended help to hundreds of struggling employees along the way through its Employee Well-being Program or EWP.

 

Among those who have availed of EWP from In Touch Philippines is Havas Ortega. As an organization that belongs to the highly competitive and evolving marketing and communications industry, achieving work-life balance is a difficult task to contend with. Havas Ortega partnered with In Touch Philippines to help its employee address the day-to-day challenges that affect employees’ Mental Health as they do agency work. Through its partnership with In Touch, the organization was able to create its TALK program which provides every employee a dedicated 24/7 Employee Hotline as well as subsidized private counseling sessions. Adding to these benefits, resource speakers from In Touch Philippine’s pool of professional experts has enabled Havas Ortega to conduct monthly In-house Skill Builder Sessions to educate and empower the workforce on a range of topics such as “Mental Health Awareness and First Aid”, “Stress Management” and “Finding Grit”.

 

Jos Ortega, CEO of Havas Ortega enthusiastically shares why upper management has given its full support behind this initiative, “Employees are the most important asset in the company. Here at Havas Ortega, we want to make sure that we look after their health with a holistic approach – and that includes putting a premium on mental well-being. At the end of the day, we want to keep them inspired and motivated. We want to ensure them that there is a solid support system to help them keep going.” The first of its kind in the local advertising industry, Havas Ortega’s internal mental health program became possible based on its cohesive partnership with In Touch Philippines.

 

For more information on In Touch Philippines’ Employee Well-being program, you can call 893 1893 or email intouch@in-touch.org.  In Touch Philippines also hosts a 24/7 crisis line, offers face to face counselling, and leads training sessions to build skills for healthier mental and emotional wellbeing for individuals and their loved ones.

 

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Prominent Asian implant surgeons in convention

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Top implant surgeons from Asia: James I-Sheng Huang from Taiwan, Sok Chenh Chhean from Cambodia and Gary Brillo from Manila were recently featured as key speakers at the 27th PhilippineAcademyofImplantDentistry(PAID) Annual Convention and Induction Ceremony at the Okada Hotel Manila. Convention theme was “Honing Skills towards a Wider Horizon.” The implant experts share their knowledge and expertise on dental implantology and the latest developments in the field. Also at the convention was PAID
president Dr. Levy Louie Villaruel (seated at the center).The convention was co-resented by Straumann, the world’s leader in implant, restorative and regenerative dentistry, exclusively distributed by GT Industries in the Philippines.

Filipino kids get a better shot at college education with Troo’s college savings plan

Filipino parents work hard to set up their child for the future. And they know that a good college education is key to ensuring their child’s success. But with tuition fees increasing yearly at a rate of about 10 percent, sending their child to the college of their choice might just be a dream for many.

Life insurance firm Troo recognizes this need and is helping give future changemakers a chance at a better future. That is, through its latest financial solutions offering – Troo Graduate, a traditional life insurance policy that insures the child as well as acts as a college savings plan.

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“In creating solutions, we always have our customer’s needs in mind. And to most Filipinos, a college education is the most important stepping stone to a better life. We designed Troo Graduate to be affordable to the average Filipino so that more Filipino children can get the college education they deserve.  With Troo Graduate, we believe that the next generation of Filipinos will have the opportunity to change their world for the better,”  Troo President & CEO Hans Loozekoot said.

Troo Graduate is designed to be K-12 compliant and offers parents a way to cope with rising college fees with the guaranteed five (5) annual payouts. The annual payouts increase every year while the child is in college, while the premium payments remain the same for the entire term of the policy. And for a minimum cover of ₱250,000, parents can pay as low as ₱11,094 annually.

With Troo Graduate, parents can start planning their children’s college education as soon as their child is 30 days old until age 11. It’s always better to start planning as early as possible. This gives the parent more time to save up for college. It also means lower premiums.

“Education is a priority for Filipinos, and for many, a college education is a sure step to a better future. We have a deep sense of responsibility to see our children get to college and realize their dreams.  We want an assurance of a better future for them,” Milot Valencia, Chief Bancassurance Officer of Troo, said.

On its third year of operations, Troo continues to create financial solutions to help Filipinos plan for tomorrow so they can live their best life today. The life insurance company is a joint venture between Ageas, a listed international insurance group with a heritage spanning over 190 years and EastWest, one of the fastest-growing banks in the Philippines.

Education Trailblazers collaborate at Inaugural Philippines Canvas LMS User Group

Recently, Canvas held its first community user group in the Philippines at the De La Salle University Henry Sy, Sr. Hall. The meeting connected the first Canvas customers in the Philippines to discuss their use of education technology to transform education provision in their institutions. Principals and senior leadership from Baliuag University, University of the East, Jose Rizal University, De La Salle Lipa, Centro Escolar University and other schools were present, such as the host College of Computer Studies department at De La Salle University and EdTech leadership from Far Eastern University.

Technology has allowed other industries to compete globally and education is no different, with each institution sharing their strategic visions of how they can and will use education technology to enhance teaching and learning as well as compete for students in the region.  Through their use of the Learning Management System Canvas, each of these Philippine institutions are deepening their adoption of the latest innovations in teaching and learning, such as blended and flipped classrooms, which allows for greater focus on student engagement and personalized learning.

Roselle Basa, Program Coordinator for ICT at UE, was among the attendees who were new to Canvas. UE faculty have been training with the LMS since March, and the system will be deployed in full this year. “Canvas allows us to develop courses that are geared to student-centered strategies. It pushes the envelope of teaching strategies development and helps us avoid being confined to the classroom in a very enjoyable and engaging manner,” Basa said.

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Canvas from Instructure was created in response to poor user experience of legacy LMS software by its founders as graduate students. They wanted a more flexible and personalized learning experience, one that was mobile and easy to use and extend with a wide variety of learning resources.

As an open, mobile and native cloud-based platform, Canvas allows students to easily access learning materials, take online tests, collaborate on the move, and drive their own learning journey. Teachers are able to deliver more personalized learning, choose from a wealth of learning resources to deliver a richer learning experience, grade tests more quickly, as well as use data in real time to give feedback on student progress.   This approach puts teachers and students at the center of the learning environment rather than the technology.

Regional Director Julian Yballe also took to the podium to explain Canvas’ view on openness and equity of experience. Instructure envisioned Canvas as endlessly extendable open APIs and the ability to add apps via the LTI standard.  This allows teachers to use the vast global resources that exist, exposing students to a huge variety of learning materials in a simple and easy way.

Along with this growing partner ecosystem, the Canvas community of global institutions, helps educators from around the world share ideas and experiences both online and at community events such as this user group session.  These leading institutions in the Philippines are now contributing to the community with their founding of the first user group in South East Asia.

Yballe underlined this specific focus on student-centeredness. “The feedback for Canvas from every stakeholder in this teacher and learning environment has been positive. And a lot of it is a combination of timing and how student-centered learning is becoming more of a focus due to two reasons, workforce preparedness, so graduates can contribute immediately, and a more competitive environment for a limited number of students, both locally and globally,” Yballe said.

What’s next on the roadmap for Canvas? APAC VP Troy Martin spoke of the company’s expansion plans in a post-conference interview. “We’re excited with the customers that have emerged over the last two years in the Philippines, particularly here in Manila, but we are excited to welcome some new institutions from Cebu City and we look forward to hearing from new institutions contacting Instructure about working with Canvas.”