#GerifiedPH: Unboxing Tiny Buds Baby

Tiny hands and tiny feet will surely make your life complete.

Jer sons received a box from Tiny Buds Baby! Kulayot and Dabibot helped mommy unboxed the gift! Check out what we got in the video below.

What’s apparently the source of your happiness, sunshine and rainbow, needs significant care to the tiniest details! That is why Tiny Buds Natural Baby was created –  to help parents care for their precious babies by providing natural baby products without harsh chemicals, artificial preservatives and unnecessary additives.

For instance, talc powder for baby is now a no-no, check out my three experiments on Tiny Buds Rice Baby Powder and see the verdict here.

Tiny Buds Baby is Essential for both Breastfed and Formula-fed Babies

I used to pump for Kulayot when we were still in Baguio. I’m skeptical when it comes to cleaning the bottle, specially bottles with spoiled milk inside. We washed it, boiled it, sterilized and washed it again but the icky smell of the milk is unfortunately still inside the nipple. That’s the exact reason why I gave up on bottle and breastfed exclusively without the pump – and that’s a lot of hard work. There were times when he is still adjusting to solid food that I’ve been seen in the construction site breastfeeding my toddler (inside our vehicle), just to make sure he’s not hungry.

Did you know? Dishwashing liquid is one of the leading causes of poisoning to children under 6 years old.

Good thing now there’s Tiny Buds Natural Baby Bottle Washes plus Silicone Bottle Brush are the perfect combination for cleaning bottles and utensils safely, even for breastfeeding equipment and accessories.


Tiny Buds Baby for Toys


Aside from breastfeeding equipment, baby bottles and utensils, Tiny Buds Baby Bottle & Utensil Wash and it’s partner, Tiny Buds Silicone Bottle Brushes – silicone brush, nipple cleaner and sponge brush is also the perfect combo for cleaning toys! Toys that baby loves to bite and put inside the mouth also calls for what we like to call Toy Bath!

Tiny Buds loves bums and Moms, too!


Tiny Buds change the diaper changing game as it sets the level higher with it’s Tiny Buds Mommy’s Hand Sanitizer and Tiny Buds Natural Baby Wipes! What I noticed the first time I tried this hand sanitizer is the sweet and mild calming fragrance! No nose-cringing moment too as this hand sanitizer is also alcohol-free and non-drying! Same goes to Tiny Buds Baby Wipes, formulated with European standard Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to clean and moisturize baby’s skin, Tiny Buds Baby Wipes is also Alcohol free and Paraben free. Made from food grade ingredients, Hypo-allergenic, Extra thick and silky soft.

Tiny Buds Care not just for your little one, but for the future

What’s more to love about Tiny Buds?

Tiny Buds has a monthly donation to WWF Philippines! This is the company’s way of giving back to the nature where they get they natural ingredients!

Want to help? Purchase any Tiny Buds items and you will help in Tiny Buds advocacy to support the environmental conservation programs of WWF Philippines!

Moms Love Tiny Buds!

A baby is like a tiny bud, you have to nurture it to grow properly, happy and healthy! This mother’s instinct is what makes mom search for the right products, but the wide variety of choices makes the decision harder.

Natural • Safe • Gentle Baby Products Made with Love

Know more about Tiny Buds Natural Baby here:

Official Website: http://tinybudsbaby.com/

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/tinybuds/


LG InstaView Door-in-DoorTM Refrigerator

Next-level Design Driven by Innovation and Sustainability

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Global technology innovator LG Electronics introduces its latest state-of-the-art InstaView Door-in-DoorTM Refrigerator to the Philippine market.  The newest addition to the company’s line of user-centric, innovative, and eco-friendly home appliances, the LG InstaView Door-in-DoorTM is sure to transform the way users interact with refrigerators.

While conventional refrigerators often sport ordinary doors with ice dispensers, LG’s InstaView Door-in-DoorTM (DID) stands out for its 33-inch sleek black glass panel and its revolutionary knock-on feature which illuminates the panel when knocked on twice.  This allows users to see inside the easy-access compartment without having to open the door and waste cold air.  This distinct feature of the InstaView DID reduces cold air loss by up to 41 percent and hence keeps food and drinks fresher for longer.

Apart from the knock-on feature, the  InstaView DID features a spacious compartment that allows users to easily store and access frequently consumed snacks and beverages.

The InstaView DID can be easily installed anywhere in the home with LG’s high-grade non-plumbing water and metallic ice dispensing system. The streamlined large capacity water tank is located in the refrigerator’s main compartment, making it easy for users to place water directly in the tank.

The unit also employs the door-mounted SpaceplusTM Ice System that produce ready-to-use ice, a Full Wine Rack, and a Utility Box which keeps small food items such as cheese, deli, and other products fresh.

Inside, the InstaView Door-in-DoorTM is equipped with Hygiene Fresh+TM that eliminates potentially contaminated air, unpleasant odors and 99.999 percent of bacteria.  In the fresh food compartment, the Moist Balance CrisperTM maintains peak moisture levels while the innovative FRESH BalancerTM optimizes humidity by sealing the vegetable box.  Users are guaranteed with clean and fresh fruits and vegetables with the simple click of a switch.

The unit is fully compatible with LG’s SmartThinQTM that lets you set the refrigerator temperature, control Express Freeze and Hygiene Fresh+TM operations, and diagnose your unit – all through the use of your smart phone – even when you’re far from home.

The InstaView Door-in-DoorTM is powered by the unique Inverter Linear Compressor, an efficient engineering mechanism that provides up to 32 percent lower energy consumption and  25 percent less noise, all while providing greater reliability and durability.  It can operate without complications for up to 20 years as reviewed by the German institute, VDE, making the InstaView Door-in-DoorTM a truly future-proof product.

Behind LG Electronics’ drive for innovation is its persistent and continued commitment to sustainability as a core value.  With its Inverter Linear Compressor, Door-in-Door feature, Moist Balance CrisperTM and Fresh BalancerTM, the InstaView Door-in-DoorTM is undeniably an admirable addition to LG Electronics’ line of home appliances that save energy, reduce ecological footprints, and consequently deliver a positive environmental impact.

“With the InstaView refrigerator now in the market, Filipinos can enjoy style, innovation, efficiency and convenience in a central household appliance,”  LG Philippines Home Appliance VP Wooyoung Jeon said.  “Our newest device exemplifies LG’s meticulous attention to detail in maximizing consumer benefits – energy efficiency, smart organization, and lasting freshness.”

Truly, the InstaView Door-in-DoorTM  not only transforms the way we interact with refrigerators – it stands proof of LG Electronics’ corporate reputation in pursuing earth environment preservation, with sustainability at the heart of its operations.

The LG InstaView Door-in-DoorTM refrigerator is currently in the market for Php 149,995, backed by a 10-year LG warranty.  For more details, visit lg.com/ph, like LG Philippines’ official Facebook page or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.



About LG Electronics, Inc.

LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 82,000 people working in 119 locations around the world. With 2013 global sales of USD 53.10 billion (KRW 58.14 trillion), LG comprises four business units ― Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance & Air Solution and Vehicle Components ― and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit: http://www.LGnewsroom.com.

#GerifiedPH: Safeguard Your Family this Flu Season

Rain, Rain – go away,
Come again another day.
ALL THE FAMILY wants to play.
Rain, rain – go away.

Rainy Season

The summer is already gone. We are now, unbelievably approaching the Ber months.  *gasps* Rainy season is finally here—and along with it, the flu season is marching on. I remember two years ago, it was the third week of the month of December, all of us are down with the flu including the kids. The only hyper (with cold but without the fever) is Kulayot because he’s the only one with a flu vaccine.

Some, including first time parents (me, back then) tend to think that maybe flu is just a passing sickness of the season. But lo and behold, flu season can struck down weak immunity to the bed or with serious, even life-threatening respiratory diseases along side gastro-digestive illnesses.

We’ve been unlucky for we have come down – the entire family with it, so aside from the religious annual flu vaccine, complete monthly check up and vacc  we safeguard ourselves with right knowledge to keep our family’s best defense system up and running against sickness like influenza and diarrhea.

Surprisingly, these deadly diseases and annoying nuisances like allergies and acne can be prevented and avoided just by proper washing of hands!

Flu Season

I love watching the rain pour down and I embrace the cooler weather with a hot cup of brew in my palm every stormy afternoon – and a movie or a book in mind. But let’s face it, living in the tropics means ushering in more fickle weather, tirik na init ng araw mula umaga hanggang tanghali (scorching heat from the sun from morning to noon) and malakas na buhos ng ulan sa hapon hanggang gabi (heavy downfall from noon to night). This is the perfect combination we need to create weak immunity and a ground for spreading common flu viruses and germs that we don’t usually know we’re sharing with our loves one with – especially the more vulnerable members to get sick – the kids and the seniors.

Ottoke? (What to do?)

Due to the uncontrollable weather outside, most people tend to stay inside their houses in the hopes of being safe, dry and protected from the season’s threats – especially those with toddlers in tow. We even sing “Rain, Rain Go Away!” whenever the kids are up for it.

However, staying indoors doesn’t necessarily mean that you are safe from all the germs and the illnesses that go with it. Did you know that many objects inside our home are actually germ infested? What’s worse, some germs find humid weather an ideal environment to grow even faster!

Did you know? Germs can cause flu and long-term nuisances like bacne and allergies.

DSC_9369.JPG#Dabibot ready than ever to debunk germ myths and handshake his lab partners!

Safeguard Philippines invited mommy bloggers and their chikitings for a fun science adventure at Ascott Hotel in BGC.

DSC_9404 gerifiedph#Kulayot armed and ready for a fun-filled afternoon of learning the science behind proper hand washing and bathing with Safeguard!

We wore laboratory gowns and safety googles before we enter the premises of live germs and bacteria. We were first introduce by having a presentation of Safeguard’s 50 years of history in the Philippines including its active socio-community programs to help people especially children to learn the habit and the benefits of proper frequent hand washing in partnership with different local government units and associations like – PAMET.

Dapat Itama Ang Maling Akala

PAMET Community Program includes reinforcement of the importance of handwashing with Safeguard through their community based POME program.

Maling Akala to debunk: It looks clean, therefore, it is clean.

Experiment Number 1: Quantifying an actively growing microorganisms through detection of Adenosine Triphothate or ATP, a universal energy molecule found on all living things. Using an ATP Measuring Device. Microbiologist and Researcher, Mr. Gabriel of PAMET swabbed the table top of the House of Safeguard and place the cotton bud upside down inside the device.

Basically, the higher the number in the ATP Device, the higher the contamination is present.

The Result: 130,000 on the table tops and 200,000 on the T&B door knob.

The Verdict: They looked clean but they have contamination. These is where we touch germs, and spread them. We need Safeguard!


Maling Akala: Mild soap is gentler than Safeguard.

Experiment Number 2: Gemologist, Ms. Ong test two clear marbles and washed one with Safeguard body wash and the other with “milder” Brand X.

The result? When rinsed, Safeguard marbles are clearer than Brand X.

The Verdict: Safeguard is effective in cleaning dirt but is more easily washed with water and hence will not linger in the skin – no to allergy and dry flaky skin! Safeguard wins!


Maling Akala: Safeguard is rough on germs and skin.

Experiment Number 3: Kulayot and I picked two petal roses and tore it to three pieces. Then we covered it with Safeguard, the other petal with Brand X.

The result? Few moments later, the edges of the Safeguard soaked petals are still white while the edges of the “gentle” Brand X darkened.

The Verdict: Safeguard is tough on germs but gentle on the skin. Safeguard wins!

Did you know? People susceptible to common diseases are:

Pregnant women.
Adults age 65 and older.
Children under 5, especially children under 2 years of age.
Residents of long term care facilities like foster homes, rehabilitation centers, and nursing
People who have pre-existing health conditions that are considered chronic i.e. asthma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, COPD, and others.

The first and one of the most important steps you can take to prevent the flu is for you, your family, and friends to get a yearly flu shot (vaccination). I’ve been a living testimony for this as mentioned above.

According to HealthNetwork.com, some additional precautions you can take to prevent getting or spreading the flu:

  1. Avoid contact with people who’re sick and if you’re sick try to keep your distance from others to avoid spreading your germs to them.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home from work or school if you’re sick with the flu to prevent spreading it to others.
  4. Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes because your hands may contain flu germs you’ve picked up from touching surfaces in your home or in public that are contaminated with flu germs.
  5. Disinfect frequently touched areas and commonly used items in your home, school and workspace, in particular if someone is ill with flu or cold symptoms.
  6. Get proper rest and exercise.
  7. Eat a healthy balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.
  8. Try to minimize your stress level, especially if the flu is making its rounds in your home, school, or workplace.
  9. If you’re sick with the flu it’s not too late to get a flu shot, it may lessen the flu symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness.
  10. Wash your hands frequently with soap, water, and friction when rubbing them together while washing.

Wash Regularly with Safeguard

Rainy season always comes with germs because there’s flooding, hello fatal leptospirosis! Rain washes everything and carry along with it acid from the evaporated chemicals and smogs and lots of germs as well, hence, this can also means cough, colds and flu right on your footsteps, and door handles and table tops!

Did you know? 9 out of 10 Filipinos use Safeguard at least once every year.

Safeguard started in the US in 1966 and since then offers different variants bars, body wash, liquid hand soap, foaming hand soap in all kinds of scents and for 50 years, it became a Filipino family’s favorite shield against germs and infections.

These wrong assumptions or “maling akala” that you have may cause your family diseases that may worsen if not taken seriously. Your best bet is to make your family’s health a top priority during these months. So what’s your game plan to keep everyone protected from it?

  1. Be brave and get those flu shots

While it won’t be a hundred percent effective at blocking the flu virus, it can help boost your protection from it significantly. Studies have shown that it has helped lower hospitalization rates among children. Be sure to consult your physician to make sure that you don’t have any existing allergies to the shot before taking it.

  1. Say to NO to junk!

The rainy season takes a major toll on the body’s immune system. Load up on fruits and vegetables that are known for their ability to boost the immune system is essential. Adding more citrus and greens to your diet can help and is a simple, preventive measure that helps you maintain a stronger immune system.

  1. Catch more Zzz’s

Another culprit known for bringing your immune system down? Lack of sleep. Try to get at least 6 hours every night. Not only will your immune system thank you for it, you’ll also feel more energized.

  1. Make it a habit to keep those hands clean

“Typhoons and heavy rains may cause flooding which, in turn, can potentially increase the transmission of water-borne diseases, or diseases transmitted through water contaminated with human or animal waste. These include typhoid fever, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A.” mentioned by Department of Health in a recent statement. These diseases may be obtained by having close contact with person who is infected or being in a contaminated environment.  These illnesses may even be deadly but can be prevented with proper handwashing using the right antibacterial soap.

To lower your risk of infection, the solution is simple: wash your hands. Use warm water whenever possible, and use an antibacterial soap known for its ability to provide advanced and long lasting protection against germs, like Safeguard. Safeguard is equipped with GermShield+ technology which Fights against 3 types of germs-Gram+ bacteria, Gram- bacteria, and fungi and prevents microbial regrowth for up to 24 hours.

Scrub and lather well, washing the top and bottom of your hands, between fingers and even under your nails. Avoid drying your hands using a shared hand-towel. Instead, use paper towels or a hand dryer.



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

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

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

Safeguard Germ Defense Lab on Wheels includes a TV for TVC Showing. A UV Light Box that shows microscopic germs and reminds that germs are everywhere. They can be a threat to your family but that you can fight back and win just by incorporating a good habit of washing your hands with Safeguard. The Safeguard Mobile Lab also has a handwashing sink. And a board that explains why only Safeguard, as the word itself, can safeguard you to his disease inducing germs, bacteria and viruses. Bakit nga ba?


Hugas hugas ating kamay. ‘Pag may Safeguard, germs bye bye!

#GerifiedPH: Pampers’ World-Class Care for Babies!

21016003_1501050886604833_4089161122887195411_o.jpg행복한 아기는 밤에 숙면 사람들이다. #아기#기저귀
#dabibot is in lalaland! 🎈#gerilenmbf 

Cranky mommies on the other hand was a result of a cranky sleepless baby due to irritation (from overexposure to wet pee, rough and saggy leaky diapers!)

Pampers Premium Care, Pamper’s Best in the World, guarantee babies superior skin protection to ensure restful sleep and happier mornings!
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Unfortunately, some moms I know actually thinks that you should sleep like a daddy if you want a good night sleep. Their connotation is apparently based on their actual experiences -daddy sleeps in the entire night unbothered by the unearthly hurls of their irritated baby.


Dabibot’s Bum

Filipino moms want to give nothing less than world-class care to their babies. That’s why I only use Pampers for Dabibot’s sensitive skin.

What I noticed from using Pampers, compared to other brands is that I don’t need to use bum creams and anti-rash creams to protect him from irritants – even at times when I forgot to change him on time (he had to remove it and show me as if saying “Mom, it’s too heavy I can’t walk around without it falling.”), or whenever he gave us a surprise (poop on the road, and he had to wait a little longer so we can safely stop over and change his nappy), because Pampers Diaper is efficient when it comes to absorbing wet – pee and runny poop.

Pampers Premium Care: Cutting-Edge Japan Technology for World-Class Carel

Pampers, the best diaper in the world, makes the standard even higher by stepping it up a notch with Pampers’ Best in the World, Pampers Premium Care!

It is deliberately designed with babies’ healthy and happy development in mind. Its innovations have been added to enhance comfort and dryness providing the 5-star skin care every baby deserves.

“The skin plays an essential role in baby’s emotional, cognitive, and brain development, as they learn many things first through touch.” begins Nina Gerodias, Assistant Brand Manager,Pampers Philippines. “Giving the best care for babies means providing them with superior skin care protection and comfort that embody their mother’s unconditional love.”

Born from Pampers’ commitment to be moms’ partner in giving world-class care for her baby, the Pampers Premium Care line features diaper innovations that provide 5-star skin protection. Quality materials and breakthrough technology made in Japan ensure softness, dryness, and comfort for babies’ sound sleep and happy mornings.

Made in Japan

Did you know? Pampers Premium Care is developed and enhanced by Japanese craftsmen at Proctor and Gamble Akashi Plant.

“Japanese craftsmanship is regarded as the most exquisit and masterful in the world. Pampers Premium Care made in Japan embodies our comimitment to providing the best in the world for every baby. Our relentless devotion to perfection and excellence drives us to constantly improve and enhance our products. Our products are a constantly evolving piece of art and an object of pride for our craftsmen at the P&G Akashi plant,” says Nina Gerodias, Assistant Brand Manager, Pampers Philippines.

Magic Gel Channels

Now available in the Philippines, moms can say goodbye to wet and saggy diapers that wake a sleeping baby during the night. The Magic Gel Channels, unique to the Pampers Premium Care line, allows even and fast absorption that will prevent sagging and discomfort.

What’s more? Unlike other brands, the entire Pampers diaper is sulit because all the areas (front and back) holds pee without the leak. No more guilt – when you throw away half-full (front full for boys, back full for girls) diaper because sayang the dry parts (the baby only used half of what you pay for) nor when you go against your instinct and decided to change the baby a little later to make sulit of the dry parts (wear it in reverse or wait for another pee until ma-distribute sa dry area) but makes the baby prone to irritant like rashes and the bulky uncomfortable feel.

Did you know? You can use soiled (pee only) diapers for longer water retention, as soil expander and as fertilizer for your house plant.

Skin Protection Lotion

We are living in the tropics, and as much as I would want to splatter and marinate their skin to au natural organic lotions, the baby can only take so much – in fact, their bodies are hotter than adults. Hence, at times, when it’s too hot, I only apply pea size on all four limbs and concentrate on the rough parts like siko (elbows), tuhod (knees) and sakong (ankles).

How about the covered parts of the body? A pea size of lotion if the room is cool enough, or skip it altogether and only trust Pampers features – breathable cloth-like diaper and a layer of Skin Protection Lotion. Yes, Pampers Premium Care has also upgraded diapers with Skin Protection Lotion to wrap babies in silky softness that is gentle on skin.

Absorb Away Liner and S-Flex Feature

Pampers Premium Care has also imparted innovations especialy designed according to babies’ lifestage. For newborns, the NB and S sizes come with a specially designed top sheet called the Absorb Away Liner. This quickly absorbs runny messes, and helps reduce the risk of skin irritation.

For babies who transition to Pants variants, a unique S-Flex technology protects the skin from friction, moving with the baby so he can crawl and walk comfortably. The pants variant also allows ease when changing so babies’ movement is uninterupted.

Only the Best!   

For more than 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers to care for their babies. Pampers is a part of The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) and is the #1-selling diaper worldwide. Every day, more than 25 million babies in 100 countries around the world wear Pampers. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage of baby’s development.

With Pampers diaper innovations made with the cutting-edge Japan craftsmanship, it’s no surprise that the Pampers Premium Care is the most preferred newborn diaper by Manila’s top hospitals. In addition, Smart Parenting—the parenting authority in the Philippines—has given Pampers its seal of approval as the diaper “Best for Newborn Skin.”

Did you know? Pampers also has a line for Preemie Babies! Although not yet available for public, Pampers Premium Care for Preemie Babies are exclusively distributed to selected hospitals nationwide.

The brand is also recognized as the No. 1 Recommended Brand for Newborn Skin by the Mother and Child Nursing Association of the Philippines (MCNAP), a duly-recognized specialty professional nursing organization with solid national presence.

“As the No. 1 Diaper Brand in the World, Pampers is committed to delivering on the needs of both moms and health care professionals. The various expert recognitions given to the new Pampers Premium Care line reinforce the brand’s capability to be Filipino mom’s partner in giving world-class care to their babies,” concludes Nina Gerodias, Assistant Brand Manager, Pampers Philippines.



ありがとうございました (^-^) Pampers Japan for creating the best #Pampers line up, the Pampers Premium Care! And ありがとうございました (Arigatogozaimashita) #PampersPh for sending over#PampersPremiumCare!

Visit http://www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, and find ideas and information to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.

Stay tuned as we’ll about to put this Japanese made craft to the test! Can’t wait for our demo? Buy it online atwww.lazada.com.ph/pampers-official-store

Make Gift Giving Hassle-Free with GC Regalo!

We decided to go traditional when it comes to our wedding gifts…

We regretted it.

We had two rice cookers a cream one and a green leprechaun one, six sets of fancy drinking glasses, three sets of fancy drinking glasses with fancy looking pitcher, another three sets of fancy looking bowls, two power blenders, three power juicers and several bed covers – the worse part, of different sizes – King size, queen size and a double.

The Receiver’s Dead End

I don’t want to sound like an old brat hag, we did appreciate that receiving gift is a privilege. We knew for a fact that these items are well-thought of, but having several of these all at once for all these years, we’re in our 6th year of marriage and there are still some gifts fancy wrapped, hidden behind cupboards and closets and nooks around the house.

Honestly though, it did felt more like a burden than a blessing when you’re out of space for new stuff (gifts or purchased) coming in (Hoarding 101: You can’t give away something that someone gave, it has a sentimental value.) or when you had to get through all the jungle of stuff to get that particular item hidden behind.

The number of things you possess but don’t need is equally proportional to your stress.

That’s one of the downside of receiving unsolicited advises and in this particular topic, gifts.

But alas, giving and receiving gifts is one of the Filipino traits of showing generosity that it makes the celebration more special and exciting! Opening of gifts is usually the highlight of the event for the celebrants. The delightful and warm feeling of giving gift even just because is what makes life full of fun surprises and memorably kilig – the fancy wrapping and the process of unboxing aka solving the mystery of what’s to unravel. Things escalate (when the gift is presented) and rise steady from there or it can deescalate very fast – in my case, peaking through enough to see it’s the seventh set of another fancy drinking glasses.

The Agony of Giving

Take it from me, gift giving is a challenge. It can be exhausting – it may actually make a weakling nauseous and out of breath.

Now let’s get our perspective straight on the giver’s end.  It’s better to give than to receive. And I solemnly believe on this virtue. One Japanese man volunteered to evacuation sites after the tsunami hits and took away his livelihood along with his entire family. The act of giving his self to others made him strong enough to move forward.

But giving an actual gift is another story, for it can actually be a pain to endure as well.

After troubling yourself in the budget section, you move forward to what to buy and how to buy it, and from there you’ll learn that:

Delivery charges are costly especially when it’s either light but bulky or small but heavy. Charges also depends on where you will actually send your gift. Will it be catapulted in the middle of nowhere? Is your receiver living under a rock on top of the mountainous forest in the middle of Bermuda Triangle or in one of the anemones passed the Australian east current?

It doesn’t matter, you’ll have to pay a good chunk of money so even if you get a steal deal, it’ll be stolen back to you. Or worst, the package would pass the scrutiny of a corrupted agency giving you extra charges, extra hours or months of waiting whether it already arrived, received or worse, missing! #beentheredonethat

You can also squeeze the creative juice in you if your up for it (that usually happens after your daily dose of caffeine) and do a more personal touch to your gift, but that’s a 50-50 chance for it can only be either extremely artistic or extremely ugly. Plus, aside from money, you need a lot of time, effort and stress-free brain cells. #truthhurts

Come to think of it, we really aren’t sure what’s out there – the slimy thingy that touched your toe when you submerged in the water, whether his complement is sarcastic or truthful, and the mystery if the gift is a handy blessing just in the nick of time or an unbearable curse they will passed on to their next generation. Unless you get it from their wish list or they plainly blurt it out when you asked them – which kills the surprise factor.

A person can have panic attack triggered at times when the due (event or celebration) is nearing and still you don’t have time to think about what to get and time to actually shop or browse to get it.

There is also an underlying stress in handling your gifts as you can’t travel all gifts as easily like the others. Cold gifts will melt on the way, hot gifts will cool down on the way. Fragile might break, heavy might make you sweat a bucket, some may spoil and some may pull on one of your legs in the process.

Aside from the fact that some private commute services are still suspended. You can’t carry it carefully and marathon your way to the MRT, fight your way for a seat in the bus, and sleep your way inside the jeepney without the risk of waking up empty handed. The worst, the remote parking area is ten blocks away from the fancy shabby place.

GC Regalo: Philippine’s Number 1 Online Gift Certificate Shop by Sodexo & SM

These challenges are so familiar that Sodexo and SM came up with GC Regalo, Ang Gift Certificate ng Bayan!

GC Regalo is basically an online gift certificate store made by the largest retailer in the Philippines, SM and the largest gift voucher company Sodexo in the Philippines. It offers hassle-free solution in sending gifts to family, loved ones, even business partners all through out the Philippines via gift certificates that caters more than 9,000 establishments nationwide!

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You can buy SM Gift Certificates online and send it directly without the hassle. Now, even Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) can skip the delivery charge, extra taxes and long waiting for only a minimum worth of Php 2,000.00 gift certificate which entitles the gift giver a free delivery charge!

What’s more? Since GC Regalo is directly producing the gift certificates of SM and Sodexo in the Philippines, when compared to other online platforms, GC Regalo has the lowest price offer. This is definitely the real deal!

You will never find it difficult to choose or buy a gift, no worries whether they’ll like it or not; with GC Regalo, your beloved recipients now have the freedom to choose the gift they want. GC Regalo’s online platform surely fires up the way of making the Filipino habit of giving gifts a happy occasion on both the giver and receiver. #WinWin

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Parents Flock to the 1st Smart Parenting Convention

“It takes a village to raise a child.” – This African proverbs is so very true, even non-first timer moms would appreciate all the help they could get out there in rearing and raising the future.

Trusted parenting authority Smart Parenting (SP) held its first ever Smart Parenting Convention last July 29, 2017 at the Megatrade Hall in Megamall.


Despite the fact that you can Google anything these days, SP moms (and dads!) still flock to the website and its events, ready to listen, learn, and ask questions. And each time it concludes one workshop, Smart Parenting get messages asking when is the next one.

So this year the website decided to supersize its baby showers and workshops in one huge event: its first ever “Smart Parenting Convention”, presented by major sponsors Belo Baby, Calpol, Insular Life and powered by PLDT Fibr.

There were 12 talks divided into topics to help moms settle further on their role, whether she’s preparing for a baby, juggling a career and a toddler. or raising a preschooler.

At the pregnancy block, Chiqui Brosas, a certified doula (a woman trained to assist another woman during childbirth) and an in-demand childbirth educator who conducts classes all year round, talked about the early stages of pregnancy. With her was Dr. Aurora Tajan who debunked a number of pregnancy myths.

During the Baby block, Brosas shared tips on taking care of a newborn especially when it comes to his skin. Another speaker, Sharon Agoncillo-Galang, an Independent Certified Instructor (ICI) of the baby Signs® Program and a passionate speaker with 21 years of hands-on experience on the different fields of Early Education, talked about baby sign language as an alternative and effective way of communicating with babies.

At the Preschool block, Michelle Lichauco-Tambunting, co-founder and directress of Young Creative Minds Preschool who holds a Master Education from Harvard, offered advice to discipline your kids and manage and tame tantrums. She also shared insights on the challenges and the pros and cons of raising kids in the digital age.

Lastly, at the Family block, Aya Alaraya, a certified securities and investment company representative, and an investment advocate with 25 years of finance and investment experience, discussed how saving money and understanding where tonpit it best important are crucialbfpr your family’s future.

Get access to vital parenting information and relevant content 24/7, visit www.smartparenting.com.ph, and follow Smart Parenting in Favebook via /smartparenting.ph, and @_smartparenting on Twitter, and @smartparenting on Instagram.

Foster Creativity and Enhanced Learning with Canon’s PIXMA E Series Printers



Moms find the perfect printer for the family in the latest Canon PIXMA printer series

Cooking, painting, and scrapbook-making are just few of the many activities moms let their kids do to further their holistic development. It can be said that kids nowadays are busier and moms play a more challenging role to be highly creative, making every experience a learning platform for their kids. With the right technology, now, moms (and anyone in the family who has a creative streak!) are more empowered than ever, especially with the right printer that helps foster creativity and enhanced learning for the family – the Canon PIXMA E Series printers.

“Technology plays a vital role in the development of children. As a company that aims to bring delight to everyone, we make sure that our products are part of every delightful moment,” shares Benny Yu, Consumer Group Director of Canon Marketing Philippines, Inc. “Family moments are delightful moments worth having memories of. Through the newly-launched series of Canon PIXMA E printers, we wish to make these moments count – from using our printers to produce work that will help enhance the creativity and learning of kids, to documenting these moments via photos.”  Through the Canon PIXMA E series printers, print quality is never compromised by its cost efficiency – making unending delightful moments happen.

There are many ways by which the Canon PIXMA E Series printers can help every family moment memorable: The Canon PIXMA E410 is perfect for moms who help put together her children’s numerous drafts of artworks, sketches and projects with its ability to print up to 400 black and white documents, and 180 colored pages. The design savvy student will enjoy the PIXMA E470’s built-in Wi-Fi features that can help print from anywhere to meet that deadline when paired with the Google Cloud Print*1 service. Teens in the family can immortalize their best photos on Facebook through the PIXMA MG3070s with its PIXMA Cloud Link application for remote printing of Facebook albums and online contents with mobile devices. While the compact PIXMA E480 model is best suited for aspiring entrepreneurs in the family with its on-the-go faxing and scanning features.

Watch out for the upcoming Canon #PIXMom series of events in the malls nearest you in July. Families can visit Canon’s interactive booths: a back-to-school booth where kids can select icons of what they want to be when they grow up; a kitchen booth where guests can design their cupcakes; the creatives in the family can print their own coloring sheets and scrapbook in the arts and crafts booth; plus dads and kids can test the speed of taking sharp photos using select Canon cameras at the basketball booth.

Guests are assured that every Canon purchase they make counts. “We also prioritize rewarding and giving importance to our avid Canon customers. By simply downloading the Canon Red App available in Apple Store and Google Play, exciting freebies and rewards from over 150 partner merchants awaits our customers when they earn points,” shares Canon Philippines Marketing Manager Tin Dacanay. Registered users can enjoy discounts, prioritized service and product loans, free workshops, camera cleaning, extended warranty up to two years, special after sales services, plus up to Php10,000 worth of credits with every purchase of participating Canon products.

Don’t miss out on an exciting, artsy, and fun-filled weekend of activities and promotions by Canon. For more information, visit www.canon.com.ph and http://www.shopcanon.ph.


About Canon in the Philippines

Canon is a multibillion dollar company with one of the most extensive products lines of digital imaging devices.

2017 marks the company’s 31st consecutive year it has been ranked among the top five U.S. patent holders and the 12th consecutive year it has been ranked first among Japanese companies for the number of U.S. patents granted. It continues to enrich lives through technological innovation.

Guided by its commitment to its Kyosei philosophy of living and working together for the common good, Canon provides total imaging solutions to improve personal and professional lives. The brand ranks 8th in the region and 7thin the Philippines according to a 2016 study conducted by Asia-Campaign Specific and Nielsen thanks to its strong reputation on performance and good corporate citizenship.

Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc. has offices spread across the Philippine archipelago supported by its vast network of authorized service centers. Recognitions and awards received include the Corporate Award and Gold Bagwis Seal of Excellence for providing distinctive service to customers.

In the Philippines, it is a strong leader in the camera, inkjet printer, laser printer, and copier product categories.

More information and images are available at the Press Center section at http://www.canon.com.ph/news-pressroom.