Be a #GenYesMom with Nido 3+/5+ Milk!

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NIDO® 3+ and 5+ empowers parents to say YES and LET GO of their kids, letting them explore, learn, and appreciate the real world through fun, educational, role-playing activities. Just in time for National Children’s Month, NIDO® 3+ and 5+ in partnership with KidZania Manila presents theNIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge.

“We really took into consideration the various learning aspects that growing kids need for their age bracket,” says Missy Ayson, Vice President and Lead Consumer Marketing Manager for NIDO® Growing-Up Milks. “And with the NIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge, we are giving parents the opportunity to develop their children’s social skills, analytical comprehension, adaptability, and more while allowing them to bond together in the process.“


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The NIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge features a series of strategically-designed activities that aim to help parents guide their growing-up kids in performing basic to difficult tasks. The KidZania activities include the Bookstore, Window Washing, Acting Academy, Police Station and CSI, and Farm House. Each of these challenges come with three levels depending on who’s performing the task: parent and kid for Beginners, individual mom or dad and kid for Intermediate, and kid only for Expert. By going through each level, parents become more confident and accepting in letting go of their little ones, for them to slowly learn how to manage on their own, giving way for their self-help and adaptive skills to improve. A corresponding number of stamps is earned after successfully completing each level, and exciting prizes await those who can collect a total of ten stamps.

Activities within the NIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge highlight specific learning processes important to kids in their crucial growing-up years, while giving parents the unique opportunity to be a part of it through their guidance. Socio-emotional development, for one, is promoted through challenges where parents and kids team up together, establishing good working relationships while teaching kids to manage their emotions.


Language skills are also promoted as parents and kids would need to effectively communicate with each other to complete the challenges, while cognitive skills are further enhanced through tasks the require problem solving, reasoning, memory, and decision making.

In addition, parents will also be able to aid their kids in exercising their motor skills with the various movements involved in the challenges, which range from dancing and carrying or delivering of goods, to fine motor movements such as writing.

The NIDO® 3+/5+ City Challenge will run from November to December 2018 at KidZania Manila, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.


Confidence to say YES and LET GO

NIDO® 3+ and 5+ are the only growing-up milk brands developed with Lactobacillus PROTECTUS®, featuring L. Rhamnosus which is an advanced probiotic strain that helps protect children’s tummies and helps build their upper respiratory tract defense against germs that bring about common coughs and colds. Each glass ofNIDO® 3+ and 5+ contains millions of this good bacteria, so parents are assured that their children receives the protection from within that they deserve and need.

To further boost their immune system, both NIDO® 3+ and 5+ contain Iron, Zinc, Selenium, and Vitamin C, as well as Vitamin A, B, D, Calcium, and Protein to promote proper growth and development. Not to mention DHA, a building block for the brain.


NIDO® 3+ and 5+ are tailored fit to meet the nutritional needs of kids in their crucial growing up years, packed with all the essential nutrients and more, giving parents the confidence to say yes and let go. Choose the #1 milk, choose NIDO® 3+ and 5+. For more information, visit

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  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.










Rediscover the joy of eating with hands through Safeguard’s latest film

Feasting with our bare hands is probably one of the most loved of Filipino traditions. And for most Filipinos, eating with hands evokes positive thoughts, brings back great childhood memories, and even makes food taste better.

But if you are like most Filipinos, you probably have not eaten using your hands in a long time. With the convenience of utensils and hygiene concerns, most people opt not to eat with their hands anytime, anywhere. The embarrassment and self-consciousness of being caught eating with one’s hands have prevented many of us from enjoying that way of eating as often as we want.

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To let people rediscover the joy of eating with hands, Safeguard Philippines released a new film titled The Dinner. Starring Boy Abunda, AiAi delas Alas, Bianca Gonzalez, Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Neri Miranda, James Deakin, LA Tenorio, Drew Arellano and Chef JP Anglo, the film revolved around these showbiz personalities enjoying a full course meal of Filipino dishes with a twist— they all had to eat with their hands—as they bond over a shared heritage and reminisce how going kamayan is something that all Filipinos should be proud of.

Shot without a script and in just one take, the film captured the celebrities’ real and natural reactions to the experience of eating using their hands. The reactions ranged from pure shock to perplexion when the waiters took away their utensils.

James Deakin says, “This is the oddest thing I think I’ve ever done”, while LA Tenorio wonders, “what’s going to happen here?”.

But over the course of the dinner, as conversations break out and guests start enjoying their meal kamayan-style, the uneasiness gave way to meaningful talks and bonding.

The celebrities delved into deeper conversations and talked more about the barriers that come in the way of Filipinos eating with hands more often. Boy Abunda asked, “Ano ba mga stigmas ‘pag nagkakamay?”. Neri Miranda answered, ““Nakakahiya naman diba. Kasi grabe naman – nagugutuman? Parang ganoon.

Despite the reasons that hinder Filipinos from going kamayan, one cannot deny the fact that there is really something special when you eat with your bare hands. “The taste of food changes when you eat with your hands. Everything is about the senses, right? You have the sense of smell, taste and touch when you eat with your hands. So, the whole experience is improved” shared James Deakin.

LA Tenorio adds “Kahit after practice nagkakamayan kami. May ibang lasa eh.” This depicts how eating with your hands is a way to bond and have fun with family and friends– which was very evident when the celebrities engaged in conversations and freely ate with their hands, finishing off even licking their fingers.

Boy Abunda then told to the group, “Earlier, when we were starting, we were all so stiff. Ngayon, wala na. Hahaha!”

Apart from showing how using your hands to eat food can bring about comfort toward the people around us and make the food taste better, the film showed how clean hands enable richer experiences.

“Clean hands as a result of proper handwashing is Safeguard’s pabaon to the nation. Through our latest film, Safeguard not only recognizes the health benefits of handwashing but it also wants to remind people of the joys that eating kamayan-style can bring. It is a celebration of the Filipino heritage that is made even more worthwhile with clean hands and allows us to create richer experiences with our loved ones.” said says Alex Vogler, Associate Director, Digital Transformation & Brand Communications for Procter & Gamble’s Beauty Division in Asia Pacific.

At the end of the video, the awkward moments among the celebrities gives way to genuine camaraderie. This shows how eating using one’s bare hands can bring about a sense of goodwill and bonding over meals which makes the food taste better, and the experience more satisfying.

Join the conversation and share with us your favorite moments eating with hands online with the hashtag #GoKamayan and #Safeguard. Watch “The Dinner” on Safeguard’s  Facebook and YouTube!

Learn more about #GoKamayan on Safeguard’s official website.

#GerifiedPH: Share Love, Not Germs with Safeguard

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Did you know? There are different kinds of love. For one, there is Eros. Eros is the most famed kind of love, it is passion and desire. Eros is what comes in between two couples.

But what about other kinds of love? Love of different kinds also exists and should be celebrated everyday.

Philia – this kind of love rooted for deep friendship, best friends forever. This love is for someone we could really count on.

Agape – This is love for everyone. If you see someone who needs help, and you help out, you are showing Agape.

There are more kinds of love with different kind of perspective. With that said, it only follows that love isn’t just about your typical romantic antics! It’s time to change the notion that love is for couples only. This time, why not share the love to as much people as possible? Family, friends, and even to strangers and animals, too.

Philippine’s no.1 soap for family skin germ protection, Safeguard, shares tips you wish you’ve done before. Who said that the season of love is exclusive to romantic couples? Let’s change the game this year. After all, we learned how to love at home with family and friends. There’s no better way to celebrate love than to give love to people close to our hearts and even to strangers. Spread positive vibes in ways you’ve never tried before! Here are simple yet meaningful ideas to share the love all day er’day!

! 1. Bake cupcakes for bae instead of buying flowers and chocolates Dark chocolates and red roses are so overrated. This time, be different and bake cupcakes for your loved one. Don’t know how? No problem. The Internet has tons of baking recipes for first-timers. Believe us, whether you perfect it or not, your bae would be so ‘kilig’ with those cupcakes you baked from your heart.

2. Treat mom and dad to a relaxing massage and salon service The ultimate superheroes in your life deserve a break from all the headaches you may give them. Give mom a new haircut and treat dad to a foot spa. Spoil them further with a relaxing full body massage to cap it off.

3. Call the nearest charity institution to ask how you can help` Love grows in the family, so it makes sense to share it as one. Join outreach programs with the whole family (or even your friends!) to extend the love at home to those who need it the most. It’s a different yet meaningful kind of bonding experience. In the same way, donate your excess essentials to less fortunate individuals. This is a perfect way to give back and share the love this season, even to strangers!

4. Create new memories with a spontaneous trip It’s a fact– the most hard-to-forget memories are created on the spur of the moment. So skip planning and pack your bags! It’s time to unleash the adventurous spirit in you! Take a random trip with bae, friends or family. Drive to a place you have always wanted to explore. Or, book a flight to the destination you have never been. Celebrate love with adventure.

5. Practice proper hygiene habits (aka. don’t cause the spread of germs!) Yes, you’ve read it right. Spreading love can be also lead to spreading germs. Avoid this by simply practicing proper hygiene and washing your hands regularly. Love is in the air, and so are germs! When you touch, hug or kiss your loved ones, there’s a big chance that you are spreading germs that could cause sickness.

Here’s an alarming fact from the first Philippines Handwashing Index (PHI); 7 out of 10 Filipinos say that they wash their hands after using the toilet but in reality, only 2 out of 10 really do. PHI is a breakthrough study recently commissioned by Safeguard. Keeping your loved ones safe from germs is a healthy way of showing how much you care.


When you express your affection, be sure that you are spreading love and not germs. Wash your hands with Safeguard and water to keep it clean. Your first line of defense against sickness-causing germs, Safeguard is clinically proven to provide up to 24 hours of germ protection.

Safeguard Pure White Body Wash is available in 720ml (PhP 219), 400ml (PhP 145) and 200ml (PhP 85)

Safeguard Pure White Bar Soap is available in 90g (P 25.75), 135g (P 38), and 180g (P 48.00)

Safeguard Pure White Liquid Hand Soap is available in 225ml (P 80.00)


International football super star Cristiano Ronaldo, an Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored athlete since 2013, was recently named “The Best FIFA Men’s Player” for the second consecutive year.

The award was determined through a combined voting process that included the votes of team captains and managers from national teams all around the globe, an online public ballot of football fans, and votes by a select group of global media representatives.

“Cristiano proves once again that his dedication on the field and commitment to nutrition has elevated him to the top of his game, earning him one of FIFA’s top honors, The Best Men’s Player Award,” said Rich Goudis, CEO of Herbalife Nutrition.

Ronaldo, named the most famous athlete in the world by ESPN, adds to other major awards and accomplishments in 2017. He won the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the year for the second consecutive year, after once again leading Real Madrid to the UEFA Champions League title and finishing as the top goal scorer, as well as helping his team win the Spanish La Liga cup. In 2017, he also became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA Champions League and European competitions.  He currently holds four Ballon d’ Or titles, the annual football award presented by France Football, and is in the running this year for his fifth.

Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored athletes use Herbalife® products before, during and after training and games. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving sports nutrition and performance, Herbalife Nutrition launched Herbalife24® CR7 Drive in collaboration with Cristiano Ronaldo, a sports drink designed specifically to meet the nutritional needs of the global soccer legend and benefit athletes of all levels.

Herbalife Nutrition supports more than 190 athletes worldwide. To learn more about Herbalife Nutrition sponsored athletes, visit To receive the latest company updates from Herbalife Nutrition, follow @HerbalifeNews.

About Herbalife:

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. We have been on a mission for nutrition – changing people’s lives with great nutrition products & programs – since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors, we are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, skyrocketing public healthcare costs and a rise in entrepreneurs of all ages. We offer high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent distributor, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Our targeted nutrition, weight management, energy, fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Nutrition distributors in more than 90 countries. Through our corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and our Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We are also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy, and numerous Olympic teams.

Herbalife Nutrition has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately $4.5 billion in 2016. To learn more, visit or Financial information is available on

#gerilenmbf: Different Trimesters of Pregnancy

Congratulations! You just found out you are pregnant! You are about to embark on one interesting journey. Expect to experience joys, as well as challenges, and discomfort throughout your pregnancy. The pregnancy journey is divided into three distinct trimesters.  Each one represents different joys and challenges. LIsted below are the three trimesters of pregnancy, and the descriptions of what to expect with your own body, and the development of the fetus in each one.

The First Trimester

The first trimester spans weeks 1-12, and is the shortest of the three trimesters of pregnancy. In fact during weeks 1 and 2, a woman is not technically pregnant. Week 1 starts the day of the woman’s last menstrual period. Around day 14 of the cycle, or later depending on the woman’s cycle, fertilization happens when the sperm meets the egg. And then the fertilized egg ends up finding its place in the uterus, and implants itself in the lining. Sometimes light bleeding can happen as a result, and at times women may mistaken this kind of light bleeding as a mild and short period.

During this time, the fertilized egg has split into a ball of cells called the blastocyst. The blastocyst splits into 3 sections that later on becomes the mesoderm, ectoderm, and endoderm. The mesoderm creates the  connective tissues, skeletal system, and blood system. The ectoderm will be forming the nervous system, the skin, and your baby’s hair. The endoderm will become the liver, kidneys, thyroid, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract as well as other organs. The placenta is being created as well which will be at work making maternal blood to feed the baby.

The fact of the matter is, a woman usually has no clue that she is pregnant until at least she is 4 weeks along. If she suspects it, she may buy a home pregnancy test from the drugstore which can find the pregnancy hormone in urine.That is what gives the test a positive. What may make her suspect that she is pregnant is the symptoms that are already starting. These symptoms are fatigue, dizziness, nausea and vomiting which is referred to as “morning sickness” (but the sickness can last through the day), and either no period or an incredibly light one.

She may also be experiencing painful and tender breasts which are worse than experiencing sore breasts during PMS. Another common first trimester symptom is increase in urination which will pretty much last throughout the pregnancy.

At this point, the baby is an embryo and it is approximately 1/16th of an inch long. It cannot be seen well by the naked eye, and the spinal cord and heart have started to develop at this point.

However, by week 6, the baby’s heart starts beating and you can have a vaginal ultrasound done at this point to confirm at heartbeat, but most doctors don’t feel it is necessary for pregnant women to go for an ultrasound this soon. That is unless the baby was conceived via IVF or you have had a history of miscarriages. The size of the embryo is ½ of an inch at this point, and is also growing little nubs where the arms and limbs will develop later on. The digestive system also develops at this point, as well as facial features, and the brain and bloodstream do as well. The creation is at its peak right now.

Symptoms are going to be experienced by the mother a lot more. The fatigue may be severe, as well as the nausea and vomiting. If that is out of control, then she must report the severity of her sickness to her doctor. She may require hospitalization if she can’t hold even water down. The reason these symptoms may be worse right now is because the pregnancy hormone levels are extremely high.

As the first trimester comes to an end, after 9 weeks, the baby’s facial features are quite present as the nose and ears form. Nail and teeth buds have started to form. The baby is moving even though it can’t be felt this early, and he or she is swallowing amniotic fluid. All internal organs start to form by the end of the 12th week which marks the end of the 1st trimester.

The Second Trimester

The second trimester which starts from week 13 and ends at week 27. For the majority of women, this trimester is referred to as “the honeymoon phase”, because the dreadful first trimester symptoms such as nausea and fatigue begin to ease off by now. Unfortunately some women still experience these symptoms if they are extreme. But the reason that symptoms die down for the majority of women is because the hormones have leveled off.

By week 13,  your baby has developed the vocal chords. The organs are functioning, and the baby’s bone marrow is developing red blood cells, and even the hair is starting to grow. The uterus is about the size of a grapefruit and will continue to grow. Your breasts will develop colostrum as well, and our areolas begin to darken, and you will experience other skin changes. Beware that blood pressure will increase, and sometimes varicose veins can form.

Your baby’s heartbeat can be heard on the Doppler device, but between 17 and 20 weeks, the heartbeat can be detected by a stethoscope, and the baby will be sucking his or her thumb a lot now. Other changes that are happening is that movements are stronger and are felt, finger and toe-nails are forming, the hair keeps growing and the baby responds to light and noise, heartbeat can be heard with a stethoscope.

Your OBGYN will want to arrange an ultrasound to be done at this time too to make sure the baby is developing well, and you can also find out the sex if you choose.

By 21-24 weeks, the baby’s eyes are open, a creamy substance covers the skin called vernix, and skin is wrinkled making the fetus appear very thin, because he or she is!

Your appetite may be high at this point, but be careful to eat within limits, as you could end up developing complications such as gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia if you gain too much weight. You will either way be getting large and uncomfortable as you near the third trimester, the last one before you meet your baby!

The Third Trimester

The third trimester starts from week 28 until week 40 (or birth as many babies are born before 40 weeks) and this is a hard period. The baby at this point is really bulking up, as a result you are as well. So getting around may become a challenge. Sleeping is hard because you are constantly being interrupted by having to urinate. You will experience more backache, heartburn, shortness of breath and leg cramps. And around this time you may have false contractions called The Braxton-Hicks contractions, which are light but they prepare you for the real thing.

The fetus will keep getting fatter in the meantimes, the body stores iron and the bones are no longer cartilage.

This is the time to have a baby shower, if you choose, start getting the nursery ready and you will be feeling a mix of excitement and worry as the time to meet your new little one comes closer. You may be taking lamaze classes to help you prepare for labor and delivery.

You will be so uncomfortable at this point that you will feel like this pregnancy will go on forever. Especially if you are having twins, then all of the above symptoms will be felt ten-fold. However, there is one promise and guarantee. The pregnancy never lasts forever! Once it ends, you will meet your new baby (or babies) for the first time, and then a whole new journey of parenthood begins!

Mommy Bloggers Shared The Love To Kids In Marawi Through Nutri10Plus Syrup Vitamin Blog Campaign

One of the outstanding qualities of mothers is their devotion to providing quality nutrition to their children. This is primarily done by preparing healthy foods and giving effective supplements to sustain and nourish their growing family needs. Nutri10Plus Syrup, a multivitamins packed with Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), Taurine, Lysine, Zinc and Vitamins C, A, D3 B1 and more, had been assisting mothers all around the Philippines in developing children with strong bodies, active brains and healthy appetite.

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In the effort to help our co-mommies and their children in the war-stricken village in Marawi, 100 Mommy bloggers from Mommy Bloggers Philippines community had collaborated to bring boxes of Nutri10Plus Syrup,  DayCee Vitamin C Syrup and several toys, to a hundred kids in Marawi through SinagTala, a non-profit organization headed by Ms. Kaye Koo. SinagTala had been sending help to villages in Marawi since the war erupted and it had sheltered hundreds of children inside the Playroom which served as the mini-school and play area of the children.

Through the Nutri10Plus Syrup, DAYZINC vitamins and toys, we wish to help uplift the children’s spirits and restore their health as they start on picking up the pieces of their lives as families.

Each pouch contains 2 bottles of Nutri10PlusSyrup, 2 bottles of DayCee Vitamin C and Daycee chewables.JPGEach pouch contains 2 bottles of Nutri10PlusSyrup, 2 bottles of DayCee Vitamin C and Daycee chewables

 We all thank WERT for this campaign, Kaye Koo of SinagTala and all the staff who have helped in sending the vitamins to Marawi.

More photos of the event here.

To learn more about the benefits of Nutri10Plus Syrup, check through their Facebook page

 We are grateful to the mommy bloggers who participated in campaign using their blogs to bring hundreds of pouches of Nutri10Plus Vitamins full of nutrition for the children in Marawi. Find out more about our lovely mommy bloggers and their experiences as they document their life journeys in their mommy blogs.