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.

During the moving up ceremony where Kaye Koo of SinagTala Foundation helped in disseminating the Nutri10Plus and DayCee vitamin pouches to the kidsFigure 1During the moving up ceremony where Kaye Koo of SinagTala Foundation helped in disseminating the Nutri10Plus and DayCee vitamin pouches to the kids

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.


#GerifiedPH: Faber Castell’s Bloggers Day

In the City. 🏙🌆My watercolor artwork technique on a flatlay for last week’s @nuffnangph’s @googlygooeys x @fabercastellphils #fabercastellbloggersday was inspired by the hardhat I brought with me in the event itself, and the unique prop I used for my very own flatlay design. Albeit the noobity, the artist was pleased.

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Others believed that unlike the artistic architects, technical engineers are stiff and is stucked with the basic rigid frames. At this age and time, I could attest the you could actually blend art with engineering. It only have to take something that is highly functional yet adds aesthetic component to it – making it pleasurable to the senses and ticklish to the imagination.

One perfect example of this is the warehouse aesthetic design that encompasses simplicity and minimalism with firepro mechanical tubes sticking out but blending well in all its dark red paint glory to dull orange bricks painted in pristine white.


Architects may design various structures but without the bone, it’ll never stand…

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Just like Arch. Buensalido’s Terraza de Barako in Lipa, Batangas. Among many others, the engineer here bend to the architect’s art, incorporated and maneuvered it to become aesthetically beautiful without compromising it’s structural safeness.

The structural designer was my dad.

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As for me, you see, in the field of numbers and dusts (Engineering and Construction), my left brain is tiring for logic, analysis, design, and the girly girl in me can only take so much.

Constant in analytical thinking – moment of inertia, torsional bend and seismic loads, and the latest in my self-review section, the brosler method that I need to master for a current column investigation, plus the fact that I can’t wear stilettos on site inspections and I need a sturdy backpack, not a ru-bu-tan, or an er-mez. What I wear? Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for my highly hazardous work environment – the construction site. A shirt with caution vest, denim pants with hardhat and steeltoe to protect myself

Covering yourself for protection is good but inspecting the site under the scorching heat of the sun is not so good – at least for the reputation of the girly girl in me. I don’t feel very feminine with hair sticking on the sides of my face and shirt wet from sweat and accumulating stain from either mud because its raining or dust because its hot.


I basically can’t dress to impress, and no matter what primer and setting spray there is to rectify the foundation on my face – it’ll just melt away after an hour or two of soaking under the sun.

Where thou shall passion for art be released?

From thy words I form to articles in my blog,

to poetry that rhymes,

to doodles and scribbles that are therapeutic and relaxing.

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From my cutesy planner backdrops,

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Math indeed, is a beautiful, organized, exact science. But I also want liberty, chaos, randomness, because there is also beauty in things tangled, rusted and broken. #gerilenmbf


Last Saturday, October 28, Nuffnang Philippines invited art enthusiast bloggers for a fun afternoon of Googly Gooeys’ art workshop as a celebration to Faber Castell Bloggers Day! Hosted by Ms. Magenta of Faber Castell and Nuffnang’s very own Mr. Jan Rae, bloggers from different niche feasted on Instagrammable buffet while learning the basic in having a creative flatlay and the basics of watercoloring techniques.


Googly Gooeys

Ms. Tippy Pelayo-Go graced the event and showered us with tips and tricks in mixing colors and making our flatlays as posh and curated as her award-winning  webcomic-turned-design blog that talks about anything fun & colorful, the

Our weapons in this battle of colors, the Faber Castell Philippines’ art materials – the Classic Colour Sketch Set with 16 pigment rich colours, a graphite pencil grip 2001 2B and a pencil sharpener locked on a zip tin pencil case, and the coveted Connector Paint Box with 12 bright colours, a tube of Chinese white and Clic&Go paintbrush.

Mixing Colors

The first thing I learned in mixing colors is that you don’t have to have every color in the palette to have dynamic range of hues. Sometimes, all you need is a little courage to smudge your newly acquired paint and experiment with the three basic colors – red, yellow and blue.

The colors will intensify and becomes darker when mixed with purple or brown.

Add white to lighten any pigment; red for instance could be a fuchsia but will turn to a carnation pink after adding white.

Yellow and blue makes green; dilute it with water and it’ll turn to a pastel green.

Dab a hint of blue to a green pigment and you’ll make the boring hue a lively teal.

Gray and Black is from a mixture of red, yellow and blue.

Brown on the other hand is  also a concoction of red and yellow with a lesser portion of blue.

Watercolor Washes

Flat wash Technique – Only know you love her when you let her go. Just like Flat wash, it  is a basic but an essential part in making a master piece. It is the technique of diluting the desired color in water and applying it uniformly to the whole sheet of paper as background or on part of the composition as back drop for the main characters of your art. You might not think of it much until you need to paint a blue sky.

Dry Brush Technique – If you are draining yourself to sustain others, then you are this. Dry brush technique is using a relatively-dry-but-still-holding-paint brush. It is applied on paper or canvass with scratchy look that lacks smooth appearance. It will give everything until it literally dried out. The only bittersweet reminisce you’ll have is the fact that


Wet in Wet Technique – Sometimes, you simply have to let it go and let fate takes the wheel. Wet paint applied on wet paint produces a soft, diffused look as the two colors mix. The extent of mixture of two colors combined is highly dependent on how wet the first layer is and how diluted the second color is. From soft-edged to widely spread pattern, you should let go and let the paint on water run wild.

Graded Wash/Gradient Technique – When two becomes one, this is where 1 + 1 = 1 is true. A fusion of evil and good, dark to light, or for those hopeless romantics, two lovers united as one – depending on the artist’s point of view, gradient technique is a gradual change in the value of the color as the wash progresses.

If one color is used, the intensity could change from dense to light, but for two colors meeting halfway, the key is to compromise…


The event was held at the Coworking Space in Paseo that also held location for kid’s art station and displays of the latest Faber Castell art material offerings including:

Neo Slim

Stylishly Slim & Finely Crafted, Neo Slim is the newest addition to Faber-Castell’s series of fine writing instruments. NEO Slim has a distinctive slim structure that leaves a lasting visual and tactile impression. The minimalistic design of the NEO Slim marks the first slim series for the brand and is fast becoming a striking statement.

There are four different writing modes to suit every individual’s preference:
– Ball Pen with ‘stylus’ function
– Gel Roller
– Roller Ball
– Fountain Pen (EF, F, M & B)


Available soon at major National Book Store branches: SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta 1, SM Megamall Bldg. A, Robinsons Ermita, Quezon Avenue, Trinoma, SM North EDSA Main Bldg., Noteworthy Greenbelt, &Scribe Writing Essential branches!

Neo Slim Stylus Ivory Rose Gold – Ball Pen – 2,050.00
Neo Slim Ivory Rose Gold – Roller Ball – 2,700.00
Neo Slim Ivory Rose Gold – FP M – 3,000.00
Neo Slim Ivory Rose Gold – FP F – 3,000.00


Karl Lagerfeld Limited Edition

Multifaceted artist, fashion and accessories stylist, designer, photographer and publisher, Karl Lagerfeld is also known for his artistic skills. Artistic skills which, in a few lines, give life to characters, looks, landscapes, snapshots of life put down on white paper.

The pencil that he uses are extensions of himself; colours, crayons and pencils decorate his various living and work spaces. And they are all inevitably labelled Faber-Castell. This Karl Lagerfeld Artist Box is limited to 2,500 KarlBoxes only worldwide and is sold for Php150,000 pesos in the Philippines.


More about Faber Castell Bloggers Day photos here.

Creative Flatlay

The internet’s chicest trend ever is the oomph that comes along with having a curated flatlay. The pizzazz could raise your personal branding game to a higher level and Ms. Tippy’s tips took us through the unbelievably simple steps in creating the perfect flat lay designs.

I learned to never cease to take risk in exploring and creating art.

From saving the shavings of your newly sharpened pencils,

to using white cartolina as light reflectors,

to partnering faber castell materials to items with same hues,

to even making your current moisturizer tube a backdrop stand!

Anything is possible, you just have to let your imagination run naked and wild.

Thank you so much Nuffnang Philippines and Faber Castell Philippines for having me on this fun-filled event. I may not rock a perfectly winged eyeliner but I’ll definitely swirl colors and add vibrancy in my digital space with newly acquired knowledge & tricks and Faber Castell art materials!


Looking closer, I found that most intriguing examples of art and engineering fused together engaged both sides of the brain – the analytical left and the creative right. Wearing my PPE is a standard protocol in the field of my choosing, but I have more appreciation of my profession now. I help in civilizing humanity, I volunteered in designing public maternity facilities and charities catering small kids and women, I’m in the middle of conceptualizing a sphere house – which will float when it floods and will roll during earthquake. Thinking about it, I may have had to add textures and dab colors to that blob of floating-rolling house.

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#GerifiedPH: Chocolate for Vitamins?

Seeing me getting a spoon and the bottles of multivitamins, both Dabibot and Kulayot will run as fast as they can to get away. They will hide in the nooks and crannies of the house, and usually end up hiding their faces behind their dad – which is a very wrong move.

With arms and legs trapped by dad, mom will push the syrup down their throats. The trick is you have to slowly remove the spoon so they will not have time to spit it out, and will instead gulp down faster to not make the weird taste linger in their mouths longer. Albeit their sour faces, our daily mission is a struggle that could break a (parent’s) sweat and (child’s) tear but always complete – to drink multivitamins.


Even a little rubbing of candy wrapper creases could make the sleepy toddlers and children alert like pack of wolves. The rustling sound of a crumpled candy wrapper could make a can’t-hear-my-name toddler’s eyes wide; it’s a proven head-turner!

And believe me, they could hunt down the treats just by the motivating image of finally adoring the surprise of colourful packaging and themselves finally munching the sweets. The delightful whiff of sweetness and the mouth-watering reward when they lastly find it could tear their cheeks from smiling while chewing. Always make sure to have water around as this could also lead to anticipated choking.


See the difference?

How many children love to drink vitamins? Hardly…

How many children love chocolates? A lot!

How ironic for children to take vitamins daily and avoid chocolates as much as possible! (Of course very dark bitter chocolates are healthy but how many kids actually love it?) And every parents primary concern is the total health of his/her children, physical, mental, socio-emotional and even spiritual health Good thing, some genius bloke from Iberica-Verheilen Pharmaceuticals Group, a German company, thought of turning chocolate into a multivitamins to solve the dilemma of both parents – on how to make kids drink multivitamins without the risk of spilling the precious fluid and children – on how to eat chocolate as often as possible. It’s like these lads are the fairy godmother turning chocolates into an elixir of health.

Introducing ChocoVit Syrup Multivitamins with Zinc.

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The delicious benefits of ChocoVit includes:

B-Complex – One of the ChocoVit’s strongest suit is its B-Complex formulation. ChocoVit’s unique formulation contribute to a wide range of crucial functions which include among others:

•a healthy nervous system

•proper focus

•supports memory

•emotional calmness and sleep

•promotes growth and strong bones

•strong heart for growing children

•increase oxygen uptake and production of red blood cells

•supports of the immune system

•maintaining healthy skin

Zinc – is one of the most important trace elements our body needs. It supports a healthy immune system and hence prevents colds among others. Even when one has colds it helps shorten the period and increases recovery time. Zinc is also given during diarrhea and aids in creating a healthy digestive environment.

Fatigue? Recovery? Zinc plays a critical role on both. Of course it goes without saying that zinc is an important antioxidant. In fact, there are studies that suggests zinc can help prevent cancer.

Vitamin D3 – also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”, Vitamin D is for overall good health including a robust immune system, anti-oxidant, strong heart, strong bones, balance hormones, nerve health, strong muscles and supportive growth for teenage kids.

Truly, growing children need a supplement of Vitamin D3 even those living in the tropical countries like the Philippines!

Vitamin A – Healthy eyes, strong lungs, immune support and lovely skin, these are the key phrases and imagery Vitamin A conjures. Indeed, Vitamin A is one of the truly important Vitamins one can have. Unless your child loves to eat half a cup of carrots which is the best source of Vitamin A, better supplement him with ChocoVit!

15626219_1503985906281431_3404314513249935418_oDabibot, the carrot baby.

Vitamin E – A powerful anti-oxidant, Vitamin E is touted to fight free-radicals in a very potent manner. It is good for the heart, skin, hair, immune system, brain and even lowers cancer risks.

Last week, October 27, ChocoVit Philippines invited mommy bloggers and kids to a fun-filled afternoon of exciting games and scrumptious meals at the La Marapili Restaurant at the Ayala 30th Mall. Inside there were areas for coloring their favorite anime characters and a face painting booth, too!

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This was our first time to try ChocoVit and Kulayot’s first reaction… “I want more!”

Mary Poppins flew down from London to give a live performance, and ChocoVit’s very own Teddy Bear gave children fun selfie time! While hosts Mr. KG Magtoto and Ms. Jen introduced us to ChocoVit, its Philippine Manager, Mr. Edward Isaac and held several giveway raffles and on-the-spot contests to the audience.

More photos of the event here.”

The best time to give ChocoVit is before bedtime to make the goodness of ChocoVit work inside the body, replenishing and repairing while at sleep. It is also best to incorporate ChocoVit during sickness like flu and fever. What’s more? You could use ChocoVit as a chaser for bitter-tasting medicines like antibiotics!

There is no overdosing in ChocoVit, so aside from giving it before brush time at night, you could also turn ChocoVit into syrup on their pancakes! ChocoVit will not stain your toddler’s teeth, so why not make it as a reward for a job well done be it on school or after helping in the household chores!

You can let them adore the yummy packaging of ChocoVit without the worry of breaking the bottle because ChocoVit is in a child-proof PET bottle!

The chocolate flavour in ChocoVit is hypoallergenic hence doesn’t cause coughing and is generally safe for children with allergies and kids with G6PD.

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Ending this post with a cute video on how ChocoVit is the best chocolate:

For more details and amazing ChocoVit Syrup promos, visit their Official Facebook page:

Pampering for a Cause Nailaholics celebrated the 2nd National Pampering Day in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society, and Save Philippine Seas

Some Filipinos perceive pampering to be a very self-indulgent activity. This is not surprising at all because it is in our culture to think of others’ welfare before our own and that is why sometimes the thought of relaxation and pampering gives us unnecessary guilt.

What we need to understand is that we all deserve real relaxation and pampering once in a while. It is more than just a time out of your busy day; it can actually prevent, delay and reduce most health problems including mental health issues. Self-care without the guilt is what the number one nail salon in the country promoted during its recently concluded national event.

Thousands of stressed-out Filipinos across the Philippines went in for a free pampering service of their choice (a soothing manicure, a calming foot spa, or a relaxing foot massage) last October 17, 2017 at all Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branches nationwide during the celebration of its 2nd National Pampering Day, in partnership with the most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, OPI.

More than just experiencing real pampering, everyone who participated in the National Pampering Day knew they are going to feel good inside and out. Each guest was asked which partner organization of Nailaholics they would like to support prior to getting pampered.

Those who chose World Vision supported the rehabilitation of Marawi City. Some were able to help protect our country’s rich but threatened marine and coastal resources by supporting Save Philippine Seas and others supported The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in preventing animal cruelty and promoting the adoption of stray dogs and cats.

“We are very happy to share that this year, we were able to de-stress more Filipinos –double of last year’s count. We have been very sincere in our efforts to promote real pampering to the rest of the Filipinos and this year, it is made special as we were able to support the causes of our partner organizations” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

“The celebration of National Pampering Day is also our way of thanking our loyal customers for all their support and patronage throughout the years. We are excited to welcome more Filipinos into our yearly pampering treat next year” added Amaro.


Visit to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, Twitter @_nailaholics and Instagram @_nailaholics.

#GerifiedPH: Alay Sining’s Art with a Heart

2008 was the start of my second life. I was diagnosed with PDA, in layman’s term, a literal broken heart. With a hole in my heart, doctors said I have only three months to live. I need an immediate open heart surgery.

With a three-month deadline, my dad danced day and night to complete my operation fund. This is also the time where I learned that what goes around, comes around. My cardiologist learned that he’s the structural engineer who volunteered to design a public school in his local province. His charity work of designing structurally sound school buildings for the youth came back with the group of doctors waiving their professional fees on my surgery. Now, albeit my six-inch scar across my back, I am a professional engineer, and the cherries on top of my cake, my two kids. I  am blessed.

But not all may encounter luck on their way after stumbling upon the fact that their loved ones, or they themselves have congenital heart diseases.

According to Wiki, A congenital heart defect (CHD), also known as a congenital heart anomaly or congenital heart disease, is a problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth. Signs and symptoms depend on the specific type of problem. Symptoms can vary from none to life-threatening.

Last week, October 26, after an early round of site inspection, I went straight to the media launch of this year’s Alay Sining event and in an instant I am happy to learn that humanity still have hope – through united effort of RCMW (Rotary Club of Makati West), Gift of Life and philanthropies in the form of artists sharing their talents and skills to help raise fund in saving kids from the deadly anomaly of the heart.

One living sample of how Alay Sining works is Mr. Christian Juluis Manabat who was just nine years old when he became an RCMW ward. He underwent Tetralogy of Fallot Correction; a surgical procedure to repair a complex heart defect that occurs in five out of every 10,000 babies, on June 6, 2006, at the Philippine Heart Center.

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Now a 20 year old, Christian eraned his Business Economics degree at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in April 2017 and now works full-time as bank associate.

Asked why he left the need to join the workforce immediately upon graduating from college, Christian’s mother, Cely, quoted his son as saying, “it was time to pay back,” referring to the protective shelter his family provided him through the years as an enfeebled young dependant. Just like Christian, I also want to payback and hence, continued my studies three months after my heart surgery. This is also a validation to our benefactors that the kindness that allowed our recovery and numerous other children’s – is worth their effort, the RCMW for him, and my doctors for me.

Gift of Life

It was in New York, the year was 1975 when Gift of Life was made by operating a child from Uganda. More than 30,000 children and 13 years ago, one heart surgery has been made in the Philippines. Today, Gift of Life is present at 79 countries worldwide to help CHD patients.

10 years ago, 2007 the first launch of art sculptures were launch and sold to support the cause. As in years past, Alay Sining will be themed “Art with A Heart”, alluding to how a majority of the charity it raises goes directly to fund heart surgeries. RC Makati West adopted this advocacy after being introduced to US-based Gift of Life International (GOL), an organization that promotes awareness of the disease in 80 countries and works tirelessly to connect needy children with CHD with organizations that can provide free medical treatment.

Did you know? A CHD operation can cost around PHP750,000.00 to a million.

About 5.5 million children around the world are born with congenital heart defects each year. Sadly, 94 percent come from families who can least afford necessary medical treatment.

In the Philippines, GOL charities are spearheaded by the RC Makati West and is affiliated with four of the countries major hospitals – Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), National Children’s Hospital (NCH) and National Heart Center (NHC) Philippines.

The Alay Sining provides money for the congenital heart anomaly operation for childrens and teens 18 years old and below. Talented artists make pieces for auction or sale and will hence circulate for the provision of surgery fund and maintenance thereafter under the program Guardian Angel Support.

Guardian Angel Support

After the surgery, the financial support still continue as every child is entitled to have a guardian angel support to finance their post-surgery check ups and maintenance including medicines and routine tests. The Guardian Angel Support can be from a rotary, clubs or personalities who wants to join in to fund.

It’s basically sales from fantastic artists and donations from several clubs, rotaries and individuals that will provide the necessary fund for a child’s Congenital Heart Disease operation. Previous number of kids operated before were 50 children yearly. This year, they are aiming to help at least 250 children! As of July this year, there had been 100 children with a successful CHD operations hence the aim for the end of this year is very attainable.

Did you know? There are 17,000 children in the Philippines with CHD (Congenital Heart Disease)

Club President David Caldwell acknowledges the success of the Gift of Life Program. The 10th anniversary of the exhibit-sale will feature paintings and sculptures from renowned names like Glenn Cagandahan, Sam Penaso, Jaime Nepomuceno, Jojit Nagamos, Adel Agubang, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Kenneth Cobunpue, and many more.

More photos of the event here.

“As of today, 557 Filipino children have received free, life-saving heart surgeries due to the dedication of many Makati West Rotarians, the strength of the Alay Sining fundraising and contributions from Rotarians around the world,” Caldwell said. “We acknowledge the support of the many talented doctors and nurses of our local medical partners: Philippine General Hospital, National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Children’s Medical Center and National Heart Center.”

The Alay Sining 10 exhibit will be held on November 9-12, 2017, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5, Makati City.

The charity perfectly dovetails for the children who gravely depend on CHD medical procedures, as well as the artists who likewise naturally need to support themselves.

“We hope to go at a faster pace and provide operations and post-surgery care and support for 250 children during this rotary year. These children need our help. Your purchase will make a difference,” said Caldwell.

Constant programs and awareness for Heart Surgery and procedures can improve chances of children’s lives to be saved and survive. Truly, an art with a heart, supporting Alay Sining is a very good way of giving back to the community, saving lives, and giving hope for the future.

Come buy art and multiply them to save children’s lives!


For inquiries and donations, please call RCMW at 753-3098 and look for Kai or email

#GerifiedPH: Go #BICtoSchool for #BICBrightFutures


Bright Futures are Written by Hand – this is what BIC Product Asia launched as its back-to-school campaign in the Philippines in partnership with their exclusive distributor in the country, the Filstar Distributors Corporation.

You might ask why is BIC still emphasizing on handwriting given the proliferation of technology. Indeed, we are living in a changing world and while handwriting might seem trivial for some, it is passion for some – and that includes me. My smartphone, laptop and tablet may have calendar, but I personally like writing down my ideas and schedules in my planner, I even do manual computation with a pencil and eraser to check if my Structural Analysis Program output is more or less correct, realistic and feasibly economical.

Let us also not forget that handwriting is still essential and vital to a child’s development. The act of handwriting alone helps develop a child’s cognitive and motor skills, helps boost memory and creativity as well as promotes self-confidence and interpersonal skills.

Bright ideas came from hand-writing.


Ready to be #BICtoSchool! #Kulayot and #Dabibot is ready to discover the #kidzaniamanila world and have #BICBrightFutures!

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Today, BIC wants children to love handwriting again. Via Filstar Distributors Corporation, BIC Product Asia kicked off its biggest social campaign in Asia, the #BICBrightFutures! As Champions of Education, BIC believes that a bright future is not limited for the fortunate, but is for everyone. It is a right to be educated and education is a great tool for the equalization of the social status of the community, and in the long run, the world.

Filstar Distributors Corporation prides itself as having been the exclusive licensee of Hallmark in the Philippines since 1974 and the exclusive distributor of BIC Stationery products since 2001. Since then, Filstar has evolved to be a distributor of not just these two distinguished brands but of other world class brands that supplement and enhance the self-expression industry. In 2013, Filstar expanded its partnership with BIC to over BIC lighters and shavers categories.

 Hand-writing is in the DNA of the BIC Company.

Last October 26, BIC Product Asia celebrated the importance of handwriting and education; with friends from the media and bloggers, BIC culminated Kidzania Manila in BGC as a ground for a fun day of learning and playing with the company’s 200 children beneficiaries from Children’s Hour, Kariton Klasrum and Yellow Boat of Hope.

BIC wants to Inspire people to express themselves.

When I was a child, I remember writing down telephone numbers inside my fancy notebook – I remember Mr. Brown, Atty. Marmalade and Lily from the red London Bus. That fancy notebook was placed beside my curly rotary phone, and I jot down letters, doodle patterns and curves, and sketched houses and buildings as I give them a ring. I even fold manila papers into squares pretending they are my blueprints. True enough, those pretend games and the handwriting subconsciously solidified my ambitions and now, I am a licensed engineer, signing real blueprints and building structures.

This is exactly what BIC wants to revive. BIC through their employees and subsidiaries worldwide has now been marking significant impact in the lives of thousand of students, all whom know that BIC supports them in their quest for a brighter future.

Write it on the paper and make it real.

Hosted by Ms. Issa Litton, #BICBrigthFutures event showcase masters of education and selfless philanthropies with a burning passion to help the hopes of our future – the children.

Kariton Klasrum’s Mr. Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year 2009, a social worker and a teacher who was greeted with salute has shared with the BEST valuable lesson in life.

B if for Believe That You Can – Never stop believing in yourself. Who first should believe in your dreams and hopes but yourself. Stop comparing yourself to others, but instead focus on what you got, and from create small stepping stones that will eventually lead you to your success.


Practice doesn’t make someone perfect but it brings progress.

E is for Excel in Every Work – Enough is not good enough. Don’t settle for anything but the best. Adults need to support children. Criticize but do not belittle them. Push them, protect them, understand them.

S is for Stand firm to what is true and noble – Value education and fight ignorance and poverty but remember,


Cheating is not an option to succeed in life.

Do the right things at all circumstances whether someone is watching or not, that is what we call Integrity.

T is for Think of ways to improve yourself – “Self-improvement is universal to the human experience; we all have things we’d like to change about ourselves. Perhaps you want to lose weight, improve your skills in a certain area, be more comfortable socially, be happier, or more productive. Whatever the ultimate improvement desired, in order to achieve it you may benefit from identifying your specific goals, enacting change, and coping with setbacks.” – from Wiki.

Know what you want, set your game plan and execute!

“Our main focus, since Kariton Klasrum’s inception, has always been about bringing education to less-fortunate children. Through this event, we will be able to show them that a bright future is possible for them as they plan for it and persevere to achieve it,” said Efren Penaflorida, founder of Kariton Klastum.

Do you want to memorize faster? Write it down.

For one day, the children from Kariton Klasrum and Children’s Hour are encouraged to have fun while exploring the adult world by immersing themselves in over 100 role-playing activities in the play city. Using BIC pens, they also plot their goals and dreams in a special BIC Bright Futures workbook.

Ms. Net Garcia, Children Hour Executive Director said that “Many children are in great need of encouragement from the adults in their lives in order to push themselves to work hard for a better future. We are happy that our kids will walk away with a sneak peak at what their own futures can hold, as well as a new hope.”

Education serves a platform to secure a brighter future.

We jumped on our seats – that is how Mr. Jay Jaboneta of Yellow Boat of Hope started his talk. Jay always let the audience jump first as it initialized the audience jump on the yellow school boat. Welcome aboard! Yellow Boat of Hope’s main mission is to make sure that kids go to school safely and they started off with a single yellow boat that crosses children from the riverbank.

“We have always believed that bright futures are written by hand. As adults, many of us have become what we are today because we put pen to paper and wrote down our ambitions. That act of writing down our aspirations makes the dream seem real. Today, we want to inspire less-fortunate children to dream and work for their futures, because after all, everyone deserves a bright furute. ” said Frederic Dumon, BIC Asia Deputy General Manager.

More photos of the event here.

No one is superior by size but by purpose.

The big sun can never do what the small sun (moon) can, and that is to give light at night, hence, BIC feels strongly about giving back to communities where the group is present in the form of product or financial donations and volunteering. As part of its strong societal commitment, the BIC Corporate Foundation for Education was launched in 2016 focusing on fighting for universal access of education as a basic human right. Through this foundation, BIC is engaged in the fight against school drop-outs, access to education for girls and women and environmental education. In the same year, the global company has made 112 donations to promote education giving more than 6 million pens to children in need.

The highlight of the event, BIC’s half a million of stationery product donation to Children’s Hour, Yellow Boat of Hope and Kariton Klasrum to help kids as they pursue their dreams. The turn over ceremony promoted access to education with 1.7 Million Dollars donation last year and this year, is the biggest donation so far with 500,000 stationery products with an average of 2 pens and 2 pencils per kid!

BIC is a family-owned company listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and a world leader in stationery, lighters and shavers. For more than 60 years, BIC has honored the tradition of providing high-quality, simple, inventive and reliable choices for everyone, everywhere, every day worldwide with 18.9 million stationery products, 4.2 million lighters, 7.1 million savers and 0.7 million promotional products.

One of the things I noticed on the latest BIC TVC is that the pens are sturdier and break-resistant and found out that those are actually called Evolution Pencils which are wood free and no splinter type. Aside from that smart innovation, BIC products are toxic-free and complies with United Kingdom’s EN 71 making the products environment-friendly. What’s more? There are improvement on BIC’s industrial design of materials like preventing the children from chocking by making the ballpen’s cap open with a hole.

Toxic-free crayons, splinter-free pencils and holes on pen’s cap are a few of the industrial innovations that makes BIC child-friendly.

BIC encourages out-of-school youths to go BIC to school to because it pays off to work hard. There’s no graduation in learning and that’s a good thing because it only means that you can still shape your future starting by handwriting it down using BIC stationery materials.

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Have you ever experienced a day wherein nothing seems to go well, that no matter how you try to choose the right path, you keep making the wrong turn? Just like having a bad hair day, no matter how many times you comb your hair, it just would not budge.

Life can be challenging at times but there will always be a way to resolve these challenges and come out victorious. Having this in mind will be easy to keep your patience and continue to move forward.

Just like losing strands of your hair due to factors beyond your control, you too can do something.

  • Eat healthy – Eating the right food can alter your mood. Having low-level of folic acid in your body can cause anxiety, hence, food such as asparagus, avocado, salmon, and almond are recommended to fight stress hormones.
  • Stay calm – Listen to comforting music and reading feel-good stories can help switch you to a calm mood.
  • Exercise – Exercise releases endorphins that can relieve you from stress and anxiety.
  • Supplement –Taking in Vitamins such as B-complex can alter mood swings.

Don’t let your stress factors contribute to your hair loss. Letting yourself succumb to anxiety will definitely show up to your follicles and this can lead to more hair loss.

Hectic schedules and pressure from work, not to mention the pollution and filth outside easily make you feel unease and, at times, irritable. Slow down a bit, have fun and relax. There’s no better way to begin with your mane.

Tip 1:  The stroke of a comb can give you a soothing feeling while, at the same time, help unleash the natural oil of your hair.

Tip 2:  Stay away from getting pigtails, hair weaves, braids and tight hair rollers, which can pull and stress your hair.

Tip 3: Avoid perming, straightening or coloring because they contain toxic chemicals that could cause damage to your locks.

Tip 4: Choose natural. Use NOVUHAIR topical solution. Apply liberal amount on to your scalp and hair. Massage it gently for -10 minutes to help permeate deeply from root to tip. NOVUHAIR is packed with 19 natural ingredients that help promote growth, nourishment and rejuvenation of your tress.

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