Saturday, September 13, 2014

Get a Langhap-Sarap Treat in Breeze’s Sige sa Mantsa, Sige sa Libre Meal Promo

Sige Moms and their families are in for a treat as Breeze with ActivBleach and Surf 5-in-1 give away free Jollibee favorites in the Sige sa Mantsa, Sige sa Libre Meal promo. The country’s leading detergent brands are encouraging moms to say “yes” to life experiences and allow their kids to enjoy their favorite Jolly Spaghetti, without worrying about stained clothes.

There are many ways to easily get free Jollibee treats from Breeze. To get one order of Jolly Spaghetti, consumers must cut out and present the coupon at the back of a Breeze 700g pouch.

Families can also enjoy two orders of Jolly Spaghetti for free, just by cutting out and presenting the promo coupon found at the back of a 1450g pack. Similarly, they can also take home one free Jollibee Chickenjoy with rice in exchange for a coupon found in the back of any Surf 5-in-1 2200g pack.  Variants include Surf Tawas, Kalamansi, Antibacterial, Blossom Fresh and Sun Fresh.

Consumers must make sure that their promo coupons are clean and free of powder, before they present these at any participating Jollibee store to redeem their favorite langhap-sarap treats. They can redeem up to three Jollibee items per visit per day.

Boasting of a revolutionary formulation, it empowers mommies everywhere to take on their endless tasks, removing even the toughest of stains in just one wash. Safe for both white and colored clothes, Breeze has a four-enzyme technology that removes more types of stains and a patented whitening technology that delivers visible whiteness in just one wash.

It is also the first and only detergent brand with melamine perfume encapsulation technology that blooms in wash and bursts in wear, making sure that clothes keep smelling clean and fresh even when worn. It even has a unique active system for better foam profile and quicker lather, plus percarbonate TAED bleach that takes out bleachable stains without harming the environment.

Remove even the toughest of stains in just one wash and enjoy your Jollibee favorites in the Sige sa Mantsa, Sige sa Libre Meal promo. This special treat runs until October 15, 2014. Jollibee meals may be redeemed until December 15, 2014. Per DOH-FOA-CCRR Permit No. 403 Series of 2014.

For the latest promos and updates, like the official Breeze Philippines Facebook page at


Celebrate International Chocolate Day with Villa del Conte Premium Chocolates

Guess what? Today is International Chocolate Day! And while I can surely tempt you with one of my favorite sweets, I'm going for the balanced diet today with chocolate in both hands as I type! :)

Celebrate International Chocolate Day, and other special events like birthdays with Villa del Conte premium chocolates. Make someone’s birthday sweeter with premium artisanal chocolates from Padova, Italy. Villa del Conte offers the all-new birthday box especially designed to make your loved one happy on his special day.

Never underestimate the power of chocolates! This is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some yummy chocolates! Happy International Chocolate Day!

Visit Villa Del Conte at Greenbelt 5, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinson’s Magnolia. For bulk orders of Villa del Conte chocolates, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101.

Tell me, are you celebrating?


GSK Launches FreeInMySkin Movement to Fully Participate in Life with Physiogel

To be free is the right of every modern woman. The freedom to make her own decisions and pursue her dreams and passion.

But that freedom should begin from within, from loving oneself and liberating it from insecurities. Being free is being comfortable in one’s own skin. Unfortunately dry, sensitive skin may cause emotional struggles and self-doubt, making them miss out on life’s many opportunities each day.

Physiogel®, the number-one most prescribed moisturizer by dermatologists, empowers everyFilipina to fully participate in life with the launch of the FreeInMySkin Movement.

The FreeInMySkin Movement embodied by model, TV host and entrepreneur Patti Grandidge, seeks to bring together and honor womenwho overcame their insecurities and became the best version of themselves.

Patti, one of the country’s freshest and most beautiful faces, admitted that she used to be like one of every two Filipinas who suffered from dry and sensitive skin.

“We used to travel a lot when I was younger and getting exposed to different climates took a toll on my skin, making it sensitive, itchy, red and dry. This made me quite insecure, and in the business I am in, it is always about first impressions,” she said.

Patti knew that if she wanted to be in control of her life and achieve her goals, she had to overcome her insecurities, starting with her skin.

“Unlike ordinary moisturizers I used before, it made my skin less sensitive and dry. My skin became so much softer, smoother and definitely healthier.”

Patti said she understands how insecurities can be restraining and wants every Filipina to be free from dry, sensitive skin and to confidently reveal their true selves. Just like she did.

“It’s amazing how one simple change in my skincare has renewed my confidence,” she enthused.  “One of the best feelings is when you feel confident, and have control of your life, like I can do anything! I am Free In My skin to do just about anything.”

Patti was able to free herself from skin worries such as dryness and irritation, so she can fulfill the demands of her multi-hyphenated career of being a TV host, model, entrepreneur and loving wife all with equal zest and success.

“With Physiogel, I became free from dry and sensitive skin – to get going, to get out there and just be who I really am. So, now I truly believe in the power of having good skin. It gave me the power to feel empowered, to feel free. I became free in my skin. And this is why I have been rallying for this movement to reach out to so many women out there,” declares the FreeinMySkin embodiment.

What is Free in My Skin Movement?

The Free in My Skin Movement aims to empower women to fully embrace and participate in life by freeing them from dry and sensitive skin, because having dry and sensitive skin can serve as a hindrance for women to fully function to their best abilities. This movement also aims to honor smart, strong, sensitive women who have faced their insecurities (physically and emotionally) and are now embracing and living life to the fullest.

From L-R: Patty Laurel-Filart, Karima Tengco-Castro,_Patti Grandidge , Mica TuaƱo-Fuentes, Dr. Bernadette Arcilla (GSK Medical Dir), Jeoffrey Yulo 
“The Free inMySkin movement is not just about creating a nurturing community of  smart, strong and sensitive women, but is also as a way of honoring these women who didn’t let their dry-skin insecurities prevent them from being the best versions of themselves,” says General Manager of GSK Consumer Healthcare, Mr. JeoffreyYulo.

As Patti Grandidge says, “As the embodiment of this movement, I am encouraging women to join me in honoring the smart, strong and sensitive women our lives who have all been a source of inspiration. Think of three smart, strong & sensitive women you know and you are proud of and tag them on your Facebook post as how you can see mine on screen:

I honor these women who have inspired me to be #FreeInMySkin: @kpams808 @macheremachere @bebettes. Cheers to these three smart, strong & sensitive women in my life! Who are yours?  #NowPayItForward #PhysiogelPH

Now all my three honorees have to do is to pay it forward by honoring three women in their lives and so forth. We want every woman in our lives to be part of this movement. And I really think this is one of the many things we can do to reach out to more women who already are and who want to be free in their skin.”

Physiogel® is the only skincare product that has the patented advanced PhysiogelBioMimic Technology® that works naturally with your skin to make it less sensitive and dry. Like a jigsaw puzzle, your skin's natural lipidlayers form a matrix, helping to lock the moisture within. This repairs dehydrated skin, rehydrate the essential barriers and also revitalize the skin―keeping it healthy from within. It is free from perfumes, preservatives or colorants.

For skin that is less sensitive and dry, experience the difference of the most recommended moisturizer brand by dermatologists in the Philippines.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“It’s Showtime” Goes to Canada this September

 It may have been back to school for students and the September or autumnal equinox of North America is just around the corner, but don’t count out summer completely just yet in the country.

The heat from ABS-CBN TFC’s summer event series continues to sizzle with back-to-back live presentations of “It’s Showtime” on September 20 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto and September 21 at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton.

The most watched noontime show in the Philippines and globally on TFC, which brought to worldwide consciousness the hilarious, wackiest, undeniably entertaining and distinctly Filipino-flavored contests like Kalokalike, Mini Me, I Am Pogay,That’s My Tomboy, and PINASikat, is bringing the party team to fans in Canada for a guaranteed laugh-a-minute and variety extravaganza.

Coming to Canada to entertain the “madlang people” are the immensely popular Anne Curtis, Vice Ganda, Karylle, Vhong Navarro, Billy Crawford, Kuya Kim Atienza, Teddy Corpuz, Jugs Jugueta, Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang, Coleen Garcia and Eric Tai.

The tightly knit cast of “It’s Showtime” before and behind cameras has become beloved to millions of followers.  What began as a search for the country’s most entertaining acts a few years ago turned out to be a hit variety program that launched a thousand trends for Filipinos here and abroad.

The show has, in its own way, established itself as its own brand of entertainment thriving on spontaneity and animated conversations. It is more fun in “It’s Showtime” as it keeps churning out popular catchphrases and gimmicks, draws people and barangays or townsfolk together to showcase their talents, and finds thrill and joy in the most mundane situations.

The September 20 show is brought to Toronto in partnership with Great Smile Denture Clinic while the September 21 show is brought to Edmonton in partnership with 3J Event Services. TFC and Philippine Airlines are presenting sponsors of both shows in association with Megaworld and Belo Medical Group.
As the show’s theme song goes, “This is your show, this is your time, Magpasikat na, It’s Showtime.”  For ticket information, please call @ Toronto: 416-4319444
@ Edmonton: 780-9387373 or visit

Philippines Investors Remain Most Optimistic in Asia -Manulife Survey

Investors in the Philippines are among Asia's most optimistic and most outward-looking, given their willingness to invest outside the Philippines to gain returns, according to the latest Manulife Investor Sentiment Index* covering the second quarter of 2014.

When asked which region they think is best to invest in, Philippines investors point to developed Asia, Australasia and North America over emerging markets, including emerging Asia and the Middle East and North Africa.

Philippines investors favor developed economies over emerging Asia and show least home-market bias of any investors in Asia
Personal networks, bricks and mortar dominate approach to investing
Philippines investors remain most optimistic in Asia

Philippines investors seem less affected by home-market bias than any other investors in the survey. Given a selection of single markets, they show most enthusiasm for Canada (76 points) and Japan (73) above the Philippines itself (51), and show least for China (44), which most other Asia investors rank relatively higher.

When it comes to growth, Philippines investors are also most optimistic about Japan and Canada, with 19 percent believing that Japan’s economy will be the fastest growing in the next two years, followed by Canada, China and Australia. This contrasts markedly with the average Asia investor, 27 percent of whom expect China’s economy to grow fastest, followed by much lower expectations for Japan Australia and Canada.

"Our research suggests that Philippines investors’ preference for Japan is likely related to Japan’s first quarter GDP growth which came in at 6.7 percent on strong consumer demand ahead of the implementation of a new goods and services tax," said Aira Gaspar, CFA, Chief Investment Officer of Manulife Philippines. 

“It's also interesting that Philippines investors seem so keen on Canada. We think there is a sound basis for this given that Canadian equities outperformed their developed market peers in the first quarter." 

Philippines investors rely on friendly advice, ‘bricks and mortar’ approach to portfolios 
Despite their international outlook, Philippines investors place their faith closer to home when it comes to making investment decisions, with 88 percent relying on or referring to family, friends or colleagues as a source of advice – the highest level in the region and well above the regional average of 58 percent. They are less dependent on industry staff, mass media or online sources of investment advice. 

Philippines investors also have a very ‘bricks and mortar’ approach to portfolio composition, with 61 percent saying they own investment property (against the Asian average of 19 percent) and 75 percent owning their own home (against an Asian average of 50 percent). Cash and property together make up the bulk of their portfolios. Conversely, they have much lower ownership of stocks (15 percent versus the Asian average of 48 percent) and mutual funds (6 percent versus 23 percent) – even though their sentiment towards equities is the highest in Asia. 

“Philippines investors rely largely on their own networks for their investment decisions" said Ryan Charland, CEO of Manulife Philippines. "While it is comforting to speak with family and friends for investment advice, investors would benefit from consulting investment professionals, who could help them build a sound and diversified portfolio that meets their medium to long-term financial goals.”
Philippines investors are Asia's most optimistic.

In addition to their positive views about investing overseas, Philippines investors remain optimistic about investing at home with the sentiment index for domestic investment at 59, the highest in Asia. This optimism was spread across all asset classes in the survey, which all saw increases except cash. Fixed income saw the biggest increase, up 5 points to 50; followed by stocks, up 4 to 45. Mutual funds rose 1 point to 36. Property has taken the lead as the most favored asset class, with home property highest at 75, up 1 in the quarter, while investment property rose by 4 points to 74. Cash was the only asset class to see a decline, down 9 to 73, but still remains high.

”Filipino respondents were generally upbeat, despite weaker-than-expected first quarter 2014 GDP growth and uninspiring corporate earnings for the same period,” confirmed Ms. Gaspar. “We believe sentiment was boosted by a credit rating upgrade from Standard & Poor’s and an increase in government spending on much-needed infrastructure projects. The country’s resilient private consumption, rising investment cycle, recovering manufacturing industry and favorable consumer and business confidence bode well for economic activity and a positive earnings growth story. However, investors’ sentiment could turn sour if policy reforms aimed at addressing infrastructure deficiencies and fostering inclusive economic growth stall.”

For more findings and related information from the Manulife Investor Sentiment Index in Asia, please visit


Sharp’s Air Conditioning Technologies Make Cool Air Safe and cCean

If you get allergies when you are in an air-conditioned environment or need an upgrade with your air-conditioning unit, go for a model that not only cools the air but also gets rid of harmful bacteria.

A lot of airborne—and potentially dangerous—viruses, allergens, and bacteria are present in our environment today, making necessary protection from the health risks they bring, especially to our kids.

Today, Sharp (Phils.) Corporation has air conditioners bring not only cool but also clean air to homes, offices, and any type of establishment on any given day and weather. Its impressive line of air conditioning products offers enhanced and “healthier” cooling efficiency compared to other brands in the market today.

What sets Sharp air conditioners apart from other brands today is the air purification system called Plasmacluster Ion (PCI) technology, a technologically advanced airflow filtration system that helps free the air from dangerous airborne threats. This helps produce cleaner and fresher air that’s 99 percent free from airborne threats – clean and safe air, inspired by nature, indeed.

The PCI technology involves the generation of an electrical discharge that helps make and releases positive and negative ions into the air. These positively and negatively charged ions, similar to the ones found in nature, go after airborne bacteria and viruses, attach themselves to them to form highly oxidizing radicals, then finally draw out hydrogen, effectively breaking down the protein’s membrane to make them inactive. These hydrogen and oxygen radicals then combine with hydrogen and return to the atmosphere as water.

Dust, pollen, and other forms of air contaminants are also some of Sharp air conditioners’ targets. The charged ions neutralize static electricity to help prevent these contaminants—even odors—from sticking to walls and fabrics for easy collection and filtering. Because PCI technology mimics how nature cleanses the air around, it allows us to breathe fresh and clean air that is safe and chemical-free. This makes PCI air conditioning units ahead of others in the market.

A lot of people, especially in enclosed, air-conditioned rooms, will be happy to note that Sharp air conditioners are effective in protecting the home and the family, the workplace, and other establishments like airports, museums, and other public places, from unhealthy air.

Besides PCI technology, Sharp air conditioners are also equipped with Powerful Jet Stream Technology which makes everyone in the room feel cool, regardless of where they are located.

The Powerful Jet Stream Technology has a strong and direct airflow that instantly cools the body and the room 30 percent faster than the conventional split-type air conditioners. The Coanda Technology, on the other hand, throws cool air through a soft, indirect airflow from far distances to provide soothing coolness to the room, which works best for babies and sometimes the elderly. Finally, the Inverter Technology enables faster and quicker cooling, reduces start-up time, and promises effective energy operation by avoiding the cycling of compressor. The process also helps you avoid power surges, thereby saving you energy and more money.

All these technologies designed to make the customer’s life more comfortable are available in each Sharp Deluxe Split-Type Air Conditioner, as part of the company’s “Our Brand, Our Pride” philosophy; this is a commitment to uplift the quality of life of Filipinos by providing them with exceptional home appliance products – no frills, no fuss, just simple engineering marvels for you and your family.

To find out more about Sharp’s outstanding line of air conditioners and other home appliances, visit


Monday, September 8, 2014

How to Get to Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle, Entrance Fee, What to Do and More

We finally got to visit Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle as it opened its doors to the media last August 23. It is a private zoo and theme park devoted to endangered species and friendly animals, tucked away inside the famous Manila Zoo. It's an especially worthy destination when you have a few little kids in tow.

Located at the left side after entering the the main entrance of Manila Zoo, it has a separate entrance fee and different attractions.  With a whole day pass, you get to roam around the compounds and interact with tamed animals.

The press con highlighted two of its famous residents, the 50 year old "Mr. T" (Sulcata Tortoise) and the Hyacinth Macaw.

Mr. T. is a land dwelling turtle. The Sulcata tortoise will live over 100 years old and its shell will grow to over 1 meter in length and weigh over 40 kilos. Unlike turtles, these tortoises are not shy and actually likes being with humans. You can feed a sulcata in Kinder Zoo and you can watch how he easily breaks a carrot in two. Just be careful of his sharp beak but don't worry, because he won't bite on purpose.

Now here's the tiny yet adorable baby of Mr. T. that is around 4 months old, hatched within Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle grounds.

Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle's advocacy is to breed these endangered animals, which explains this.. tortoises caught in the act of copulating and the caretaker said it usually lasts for at least 6 hours. *wink*

They're also proud to conserve 7 Hyacinth Macaw which are the largest Macaw or largest flying parrot in the world. These are considered endangered species and are known as the clowns of the parrot family due to its yellow skin skin that looks like they are constantly smiling and for being inquisitive and playful.

You can also experience feeding these wonderful creatures. Again, just be careful of the beak. They're so powerful with a crushing strength of 3000 lbs. per inch. Your finger will be like a matchstick to them.

It's always a treat to see get a glimpse of famous animals such as Gibi the Gibbon, Boojie the Potbellied Pig, and Janet the Blue and Gold Macau at the zoo.

Other highlights are the Burmese python and Burmese crocodile or feed their gorgeous birds, roaming freely on the grounds.

For those with more excited appetites with regards to wildlife, Kinder Zoo also lets you pet reptiles like the Cayman Crocodile and Burmese Python.

On these designated pathways, you'll come face to face with our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, as well as colorful birds on the tree-top walk.

True to its name, the zoo offers a variety of different animals that every kids and kids at heart will surely love. It is a place where kids and adults can touch, learn and understand our friendly animals up close and personal. You can also get all your photos printed in a flash at the Photo Souvenir area.

Zoo-goers who fancy a closer look at friendly fauna can experience the varying hues of Kinder Zoo’s diverse Birdlife, the playful pelt of the baby Gibbon and the adorable Pot Belly Pigs.

After facing their fears with the crocs and snakes, children may relax their muscles by sitting on a Horse.  Zoo-attendees may also Wall Climb as much as they want; getting the Spider Man tendencies out of their system.

Or take a dip in the Kinder Zoo swimming pool near the zoo's exit, where kids can blow off the last of their steam. After swimming, they can dry their hair with an adrenaline-inducing Zip Line Ride.

If you haven't gotten your fill of animals and the outdoors at the Kinder zoo, head about a few steps and check out Manila Zoo. Will definitely impress your nephew who lives to see crocs, elephants, and tigers.

What We Like About the Kinder Zoo:
  • The animals here are totally adorbs and a real delight. Try to plan your visit to their habitat at their feeding times .
  • Easy walking route around the habitats (wheelchair- and stroller-accessible). A walking path wraps around the habitats, making the zoo easy to navigate and traverse.
  • Nice place to take a stroll over the hanging bridge, through the beautiful aviary, or around the natural habitats.
  • Most of the exotic animals can be fed or held, which is a rewarding experience where kids can go home with a greater appreciation for endangered animals.
  • Easy to reach by public transportation. There's a huge parking space with minimal fee.
  • There's a small Party Area where kids can celebrate his/her birthday. I don’t know how much it costs to rent the space for occasions. For more deets, check out the contact details at the end of this post.

What to Do at the Kinder Zoo: You can try the following activities at Kinder Zoo such as;
  • Zip Line
  • Wall Climbing
  • Swimming at the Kiddie Pool
  • Sideway Climbing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hanging Bridge Crossing
  • Close encounter w/ live animals
  • Catch, Wish, and Release encounter at the Butterfly Garden
  • Petting and Picture Taking with Animals Butterfly Garden 
  • Fish feeding, bird feeding, 
What to Do After the Visit to Kinder Zoo:

You can combine a visit to the Kinder zoo and Manila Zoo with a stop at the Museum or Luneta Park nearby.  It's a visual treat: gawk at the whole city laid out as a giant diorama. Or shop at Harrison Plaza which is next to the Manila Zoo.

If you're more ambitious, the Manila Ocean Park is a close ride for another exciting adventure with the whole fam bam.

There are lots of parking spaces, with a fixed rate of Php30.00 for the parking fee.

Entrance Fee: 

Visitors will have to enter Manila Zoo to be able to purchase an entrance ticket to  Kinder Zoo Adventure Jungle.
Adult: Php100.00
Kinder Zoo Entrance + petting the animals, taking photos, climbing the walls, swimming pool and zip line - Php 250.00
Manila Zoo Adult and Child (above 4 ft): P100.00 (Non Manilan's)
Children (Below 4 ft) - P60
Fifty percent discount for Manila residents with valid IDs.

Directions to the Kinder Zoo/ How to get there:

From Makati (or those coming from South) you can drive down to Osmena Highway, left to Quirino Avenue, and then lft to Adriatico Street.

From Quezon City, Caloocan or Malabon, take the road via Radial Road, delpan Bridge then Roxas Blvd., left to Quirino Aven then right to Adriatico.

Via LRT 1, the nearest station is Quirino Avenue then walk towards Baywalk. You can also take a jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off Manila Zoo, or you can ride a Pedicab which might be a bit costly than the jeepney fare.
Via MRT, the nearest station is MRT Taft Aveue Station.
Via LRT 2, transfer to LRT 1 at Recto Station then LRT Doroteo Jose Station.

So if you're  looking for a new kind of thrill or want to change up your weekend routine, Kinder Zoo Jungle Adventure indulges kids of all ages.

Branch Location: Manila Zoo Compound M. Adriatico St. Malate, Manila.
It operates daily, even on holidays from 9:00am – 6:00pm.
Phone no.: (02) 522-6179 or (02) 4755775