Monday, September 29, 2014

Cate and Chloe VIP Jewelry Giveaway!


Cate and Chloe VIP Jewelry Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Cate & Chloe

Hosted by:  Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: Swanky POV

Cate and Chloe VIP Box Giveaway September 28 - October 13

Krista over at Savory Savings LOVES beautiful jewelry – make it affordable and she loves it even more!  Some time ago, she had the chance the check out the jewelry subscription box from Cate & Chloe and shared her thoughts in a review.  You can get over $200 of designer jewelry for less than $40 a month!
How would you like to win a VIP box from Cate & Chloe that will have two amazing pieces of jewelry valued at $200?  If you would like a chance to win, enter with the Giveaway Tool below.  If you have won a Cate & Chloe giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway.  The giveaway will run from September 29 through October 13, 2014 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  Entries will be verified.  Winners will be notified via email (consider adding gloriouslygreengal@gmail.com to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected.
Good Luck!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Filipino Investors Optimistic on Pensions - ManuLife Survey

The majority of Filipino investors are satisfied with  their government pension – but that sentiment is based on specific assumptions and a cash-dominant approach to retirement working out, according to the latest Manulife Investor Sentiment Index.*



Two-thirds of respondents said that they are confident that their government pension  would be enough to meet their needs upon retirement – the highest level of all surveyed markets. In contrast, across all surveyed markets the proportion of confident investors was less than 40 percent, and as low as one-in-ten in some markets.

While such optimism seems positive, the survey shows it is based on some risky assumptions. First, investors expect their retirement income to be relatively high, at 92% of their current income – the highest estimate among all surveyed markets (Asia average 69%). Second, they expect their retirement expenses to be relatively low, at just 61 percent of their current income, at the lower end of surveyed markets (Asia average 66%). Third, nearly all (95%) said that in retirement they expect to rely on private healthcare – by contrast, in every other market only a minority expected to rely on private healthcare (Asia average 38%).

“Filipino investors have high estimates of their retirement income. Even if these turn out to be right, they may not be enough to cover their actual costs,” said Ryan Charland, CEO of Manulife Philippines. “Today, people generally expect their retirement to be active, and that means expenses will likely be much higher than what many realize. In addition, healthcare tends to cost a lot more than people expect. In Asia healthcare costs have risen about twice the rate of inflation over the past 10 years. Of course, it’s even more expensive if you go private.”

The survey highlights that Filipino investors have a high degree of reliance on their government pension, with only one in five owning an additional, private pension plan. Instead, many expect to fall back on other, less assured, largely cash-forms of income, notably savings (which they expect to make up 37% of their retirement income) and inheritance (12% of their retirement income) – in both cases the highest reliance of any surveyed markets. This cash-dominant approach to retirement is reinforced by the finding that, on receiving their pension, Philippine investors plan to deposit nearly half into the bank, the second-highest level of all markets (Asia average 35%). 

“We know that Filipino investors like to hold cash and are among the most cash-heavy investors in Asia. The latest survey shows us they also plan to be Asia’s most cash-reliant investors when retired,” said Mr. Charland. “Keeping cash in the bank provides minimal returns, which may not even keep up with inflation. Their retirement optimism would have a sounder basis with a more balanced portfolio, especially given that retirement today can last 30 years or more.”

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*About Manulife Investor Sentiment Index in Asia
Manulife’s Investor Sentiment Index in Asia is a quarterly, proprietary survey measuring and tracking investors’ views across eight markets in the region on their attitudes towards key asset classes and related issues. The Index is calculated as a net score (% of “Very good time” and “Good time” minus % of “Bad time” and “Very bad time”) for each asset class. The overall index is calculated as an average of the index figures of asset classes. A positive number means a positive sentiment, zero means a neutral sentiment, and a negative number means negative sentiment.
The Manulife ISI is based on 500 online interviews in each market of Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore; in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines it is conducted face-to-face. Respondents are middle class to affluent investors, aged 25 years and above who are the primary decision maker of financial matters in the household and currently have investment products. 
The Manulife ISI is a long-established research series in North America. The Manulife ISI has been measuring investor sentiment in Canada for the past 15 years, and extended this to its John Hancock operation in the U.S. in 2011. Asset classes taken into Manulife ISI Asia calculations are stocks/equities, real estate (primary residence and other investment properties), mutual funds/unit trusts, fixed income investment and cash.

About Manulife 
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$637 billion (US$597 billion) as at June 30, 2014. We operate as John Hancock in the U.S. and as Manulife in other parts of the world.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Can You Do the Selfie Dance?!



SOCIALFLY is a social media marketing and PR agency. They took Fancy, Iggy Azalea's "song of the summer," capitalized on the pop cultural "selfie craze," busted out a few dance moves to the musical stylings of Pants Velour and lip synched our way through Greg Cartin's lyrical genius to turn out Socialfly's very first single and music video: #DoTheSelfie. It's been a whirlwind collaboration that started with an idea and transformed into a video that will make you laugh, but don't take our word for it...watch for yourself! And, please, when you love it (because we know you will), like, share and #DoTheSelfie with everyone you know on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Mike Tupas in Disneyland

Mike Tupas


Festival of the Lion King is one of the theater attraction of Disneyland in Hongkong, It features the famous cartoon movie of Disney thru music and dance, and added attraction is the come on pleaser done by some performers for the audience while waiting for the real show to start. 

As i visit the famous theme park recently, i was able to witness the prowess talent of my kababayan in entertaining the crowd, and i am talking about the multi-talented musician, artist and painter Mike Tupas and Jason Canoy, both from Mitus Tribe, a famous reggae ethnic band in Palawan.  As we all know Mike is with Disney already since it open way back 2005, and joining him this time is his band member Jason. They have a band in Palawan that plays reggae music (I bet they've used something like fruity loops 10 when creating their music.. )
 

To watch Mike and Jason during the pre-program of the lion king here is the link of their video,



Jason Canoy doing the warm up for the crowd.

Jason in directing the audience how to react on their drums.

The marvelous revolving set of Lion King.





Mike also appear in the TVC of Disneyland HK only this year, here is the link of the video. 







Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Blood Donors Month Held at the Provincial Capitol

One hundred fifty-two (152) units of blood was collected by the Palawan Blood Council at the Bloodletting Event held at the Provincial Capitol last September 19th, 2014 at the Telesforo Paredes Memorial Pavilion

The said Bloodletting event was held in connection to the Blood Donors Month with the theme of: "Safe blood for Saving Mothers".


According to the Provincial Health Officer Dr. Eduardo Cruz and Vice Chairman of  Palawan Blood Council in his openning remarks, the purpose od Blood Donors Month is to raise public awarenes about the blood letting/donating for those mothers who needed blood having complications while giving birth.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Social Networking and Kids

Photo Credits: http://www.qustodio.com

Social networking and social media site are becoming increasingly popular. The Facebook and Myspace trend was originally targeted towards high school and college aged kids. Then parents and grandparents started creating accounts. Social networking is an excellent way to stay in contact with friends and keep updated about events. Users are able to speak about themselves by updating their own status and share memories by posting pictures and videos. Now users are becoming increasingly younger. The issue is how young is too young to use social media.

Facebook and Twitter both have age restrictions on their websites. Kids have to become at least 13 before they can create an account. The problem with this is that it is simple to create an account under a fake age. Many parents are not alright with their young children to use social networking and others want social networking sites to remove the age restrictions.

The problem with young kids on social networking web pages is that their profiles can expose excessive information about them. There is inappropriate content and pictures on the web and online predators are generally notorious for using web 2.0 sites. Kids should not put where they live or posts statuses that give away where they will be or if they will be alone.

In the end, it is up to the parents to determine if social media is right for their kids. There are social networking webistes that are targeted towards young kids. Social networks that are like a Facebook site for kids have kid-friendly content and tend to be centered on entertaining young children. The safest social networking site for kids must be constantly monitored by monitors to find inappropriate content and conversations. Some even allow adults to monitor the website.

Just because sites like Facebook or MySpace my not be appropriate for children does not mean that children should not be allowed to use social networking sites. Kids social network sites are an ideal way for kids to talk with their peers. They are able to post statuses or upload photographs and video clips. These sites may give a positive and constructive place for children to learn.

Parents should research some sites before allowing their kids to create an account that way they can decide which websites are requently monitored. They also may want to have a chat with their kids to let them know what is ok to post and things they should not post. If kids are approached by a stranger online then they should be able to let their parent know about it.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tips On Creating A Safe And Cozy House For Children

Every child should grow in a place that's safe and comfortable. If you're a parent hoping to give your kids a house that possesses the said characteristics, listed below are a number of simple ways on how to make this happen.

Photo Credit: www.decoradvisor.net 

In terms of safety, one of the most popular advice experts give parents, especially those with young ones, is to keep their home less cramped. This is because children are expected to move a lot even when told not to. 

Basically, by doing away with fragile home decors or furnishings, you minimize the chances of your kids bumping into them and consequently, hurting themselves. It's also best if you purchase pieces of furniture with round edges or put corner or edge bumpers if you wish to keep those with sharp edges. 

As for your windows and stairs, place safety gates and window guards to avoid serious falls. Ensure that you also lock rooms or cabinets which contain medicines, cleaning products and other dangerous items. 

When it comes to making your residence cozy and comfortable for your kids, an important step you must do is to keep your place, particularly areas which your children frequent like the play or study room, well ventilated. Keep in mind, kids easily become distracted and uneasy when it's hot. 

So, aside from placing windows, have an electric fan or air conditioner in these so-called "kid zones". Ensuring that your house is tidy and pest-free is another step which can make your house more comfy and even healthier for the kids. 

While maintaining a spic and span abode can be extra tough with children in the house, it is not impossible especially if you have taken this fact into consideration when you designed your home. As for preventing pests from infesting your home, there are various DIY pest control measures you can employ. 

However, to completely eradicate these unwanted creatures, getting the help of a reputable service provider of pest control in Singapore remains to be the best option. Lastly, to truly make your kids have fun and love being home, never fail to create areas for them to play, study and engage in entertaining activities like watching TV. 

While the common practice is to create rooms for these activities, other design experts recommend designating spots in common areas so children and adults can do their individual activities together. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tandikan Grand Parade: Street Dancing Competition

This is an event in celebration of the World Tourism Day of UN World Tourism Org. Theme: Kaunlaran ng Kumunidad atTurismo..

A Day for the community specially the tourism sector. This showcases the attractions that we have in Puerto Princesa and unique way of caring for our guests.

Also, this is a culmination of the celebration of our Tourism Month. September 27, 2014 assembling at Fernandez Street, to Mendoza Park; closing the street of Rizal Avenue at 3PM! :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Urban Food Collective Weekend Market


The Urban Food Collective (TUFC) understands that food brings people together, that food is at the center of some of life’s best moments. Its vision is to be the premiere food community in the country.
Current, informative, and educational, TUFC aims to be the food hub where people can share their passion for gastronomy.  TUFC’s online community will feature everything food – articles and recipes, exciting deals featuring the country’s best culinary fare, and “The Urban Food Collective Marketplace” which will retail unique food items and implements. To bring the online community even closer together, TUFC will champion various food lifestyle events, where foodies can meet and indulge in their passion for unique flavors and gustatory delights.

What’s love for food when you have no one to share it with? Let The Urban Food Collective be your community for food. Stay hungry for the good things in life.


The Urban Food Collective Weekend Market:
The Urban Food Collective Weekend Market is a carefully curated collection of purveyors. Located in CommerCenter, Alabang’s newest lifestyle mall, it is a place where people can comfortably gather, browse, and shop. It will be a venue for patrons to find a bevy of treasures from gourmet, specialty foods to local, artisanal arts and crafts. The Weekend Market’s activities and pocket events will give them the opportunity to learn new things or simply engage with the community.

For purveyors, it will be an opportunity to showcase their goods to a truly discerning crowd, while providing them with a gateway to other business opportunities with The Urban Food Collective.  Also recognizing its responsibility to society, The Urban Food Collective will donate a portion of the proceeds from the Weekend Market to the Taguyod Bayan foundation, helping rebuild communities affected by typhoon Haiyan in Sara Iloilo.

To all our dear friends in the South, THE URBAN FOOD COLLECTIVE Weekend Market is opening soon near you! The market would showcase well-curated selections of both food and non-food purveyors.

To join as a purveyor, please visit www.theurbanfoodcollective.com.

If your products fall under any of these categories, you may submit your application:

Gourmet

Artisanal

Organic

Natural

Eco-friendly

Philippine-made

Handmade

Unique finds

Bespoke

Arts & Crafts / Handicrafts

Pop-up shops

Premier


See you at the market! Where you can find good food, good things, and goodwill.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Two Palawena Beauties try to vie crowns this October in Manila.

Ranielah Marie Oval and Cindy Maduma. (Photos from Jory Rivera/Yahoo for Oval, and Sonny Espiritu/MST for Maduma)
TWO Of the promising beauty titlist in Palawan are now trying their very best to get prestigous crown in Manila this coming October , in representing the frontier province and the City of Puerto Princesa.

First is Cindy Maduma, the 26 year old Nurse is a veteran in all local pageant in the province ranging from Mutya ng Palawan to memorable Bikini contest in different Municipality, but this time she will prove that she have what it takes to be the first ever Ms. Global Philippines. A new pageant that aims to embrace cultures with tourism. Coronation night is slated on Oct 11, 2014 at the New Port Performing Theater of Resorts World in Pasay City. it will be telecast on GMA-7 on Oct 19.

Here is Maduma's past title.
Mutya ng Pilipinas 2010 top 10,
Miss Puerto Princesa 2009- 2nd Run up,
Mutya ng Palawan 2008, 1st run up,
Mutya ng Bancao-Bancao 2005,
Miss Palawan State University 2006, 2nd Run up.
Miss PSU-College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 2005-2006

The second charmer is Ranielah Marie Oval, a Puerto Princesans whos enigmatic confidence and beauty is already a name in some national pageants in the past. She was Ms. Cagayancillo last June 2014 during Mutya ng Palawan and bagged fourth place.  Oval luckily made it as one of the candidates for this year's Miss World Philippines and hopefully follow the Miss World Meagan Young, the reigning Ms.WP.

Prior to to that, Oval is an official candidates of Miss Casino Filipino in 2011, she together with another Palawan's pride Janicel Lubina are in the same batch of  Slimmers World Ms. Bikini Philippines in 2013, in which Lubina take home the title. Lubina after Ms.Bikini join  MWP and became the first runner up of Meagan.

Will Oval surpass what Lubina achieve last year?, let's cross our fingers and watch her during the coronation of the MW2014 on Oct 12, 2014 at SM Mall of Asia.

Oval's past title.
Mutya ng Palawan 2010, 3rd Run up,
Miss Palawan State University 2010
Miss Casino Filipino 2012 candidate
Miss Bikini Phils 2013, Top 12.
Miss Puerto Princesa City 2013, 1st run up.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meassles/Polio Vaccine for September

This year Department of Health’s (DOH) nationwide measles immunization campaign that targets an estimated 11 million children, from newborns to below 5 years old to be immunized against measles and rubella.


They also have the oral polio vaccine too. 

Last Monday, it was the scheduled date in our Barangay Health Center. Went there at around 2 in the afternoon. My little one was pretty much ready for the shot.



So proud of my LO, she didn't cry when the needle was injected. She just irked and look at the syringe and then just that.. No wailing, nor crying.. Brave little girl!


Philippines gears up for ASEAN SME gathering this year


For the past years, the Philippines have emerged as one of the fastest growing economies in the world, impressively rivaling the growth rates of fellow Asian countries. From being referred to as the “sick man of Asia” in headlines, it has turned around to being referred to now as the “new breakout nation”.

Integral to the economic development and growth of the Philippines are the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as they largely outnumber large enterprises in both quantity of establishments and share of the labor force they employ. To provide industry market intelligence to boost the business of SMEs, MEDIACOM Solution Inc. is staging the 2nd Philippine Small & Medium Enterprise Business Expo 2014 (PhilSME) with the tagline “Boost Your Business”. PhilSME 2014 is the largest trade show dedicated to the ASEAN SME Community in the Philippines with 238 exhibiting businesses from 18 business sectors and 20,000 expected visitors. This is set to be the focal point in the business community this year as it happens in November 21-23, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center Manila, Pasay City, Philippines.

“We aim to put together under one roof SME business owners, senior level executives, professionals, government agencies, trade associations from the Philippines and the ASEAN region to synergize their efforts in order to boost their businesses and the Philippine economy at large. The ASEAN economic community will become the 7th largest economy in the world with a combined consumer market of over 600 million people,” said David Abrenilla, Founder and Managing Director of PhilSME 2014 and CEO of MEDIACOM Solutions, Inc.

Philippine Trade Undersecretary for Regional Operations Group Zenaida C. Maglaya recognized the pivotal role SMEs play in fuelling the economy as they account for 99.6 percent of total registered enterprises, according to recent trade department data.

In response to this, Abrenilla added, “We would like to provide the gateway for this new market brought about by the ASEAN integration. The PhilSME 2014 will be their one-stop shop for all their business needs from seeking advice from qualified experts to networking with key decision makers to gathering market intelligence.”

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) President Alfredo M. Yao, in his speech at a recent event listed factors challenging the private sector’s readiness and competitiveness under the economic integration in 2015 and cited the need for initiatives, such as workshops, to prepare SMEs for the upcoming ASEAN integration.

Yao listed the challenges such as: high cost of power and logistics, inadequate transport infrastructure and access of SMEs to financing and technology.

With PhilSME 2014, the agenda is to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to be competitive with large corporations, especially with the rising global competition. It shall be the venue for small and medium sized businesses from the Philippines and the ASEAN region to build new relationships, help network with local and international decision makers, business owners, senior level executives and do business amongst SMEs and its supporters.


To BOOST YOUR BUSINESS towards success in an economically integrated world register at www.philsme.com or call +63.509.4792. Stay connected to the PhilSME community via Facebook:  www.facebook.com/PhilippineSMEBusinessExpo and twitter: www.twitter.com/PhilSMEexpo.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

First Indigenous People's Mandatory Representative Summit in Palawan

First time ever that happened here in the province of Palawan that the Indigenous People's Mandatory Summit was held last September 9, 2014 at VJR Hall of the Provincial Capitol. 100 representatives from the different group of indigents attended the said event.


The summit aimed to talk about the rights of the indigenous people in Palawan and all the programs of the provincial government through the National Commission on the Indigenous People (NCIP).

One of the speaker at the said event is the Provincial Director Mario Daquer of the Department of Interior and Local Government-Palawan and NCIP-IVB Regional Director Ruben Bastero.

In his message, RD Bastero encouraged all the Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative from barangay up to the provincial level to create laws that will protect their culture. According to him, if these culture be forgotten, the indigents will be forgotten also. 

He also acknowledge the presence of all the IPMRs from the different municipalities of the provice, that according to him it was the first summit with a numerous numbers of Indigenous Representative participants. RD Bastero hoped that this won't be the first and the last of this kind of event.

On the other hand, Provincial Director Daaquer emphasized the laws that protects the rights of the indigents, particularly RA 8731, or the Indigenous People's Rights Act. Where the rights of the IPs over the ancestral domains. That according to him, those leaders should know this law and their rights for the protection of their community.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Because ‘NATURAL’ is the way to ‘NOURISH’

Have you ever experienced having dry skin because your soap or body wash was just too strong for your skin? Or have you ever felt icky and sticky after putting on lotion just to get your skin moisturized?
Having too much chemicals on your skin may not be the right way to take care of it. Being the most visible organ of the body, you need to take extra care of it. So, whether you have skin that is as tough as leather, or as sensitive as a baby’s, the proper care on your skin is important since it is always exposed to harmful elements that may damage and spell illness to your skin.

Bath soaps and body washes are essential to clean your skin from all the dirt and grime you get from your daily activities. However, some soaps and body washes can actually strip off essential oils from the skin that could lead to dryness. One way to address this dilemma is to go natural! This is the perfect way to have your skin clean and nourished for that healthy aura people will notice.
Filipinos are not new to cleansing using natural ingredients. Among others, oats and salts are used for exfoliation, honey for skin rejuvenation, milk for moisture, jasmine for its soothing properties, and flower petals for fragrance and indulgence. What could be new to Filipinos, however, is the use of coconut water in caring for the skin.

For many years, coconuts have been used in so many ways, be it for nutrition, in the household, or in other commercial industries. It is only now that coconut water is being used as an ingredient for body care. One of America’s most trusted body care brands, Dial, came up with the innovative idea of infusing coconut water into our daily body care products like soap and body wash.

The Dial Coconut Water line of body care products is the first of its kind in the market, having coconut water as its primary ingredient in cleansing and caring for the skin. With coconut water found in young green coconuts, complemented by bamboo leaf extract, the Dial Coconut Water soap and body wash are rich in anti-oxidants, which get rid of harmful free-radicals that make skin look old and unhealthy, while the electrolytes in it keep the skin ultra-hydrated and rejuvenated. To top it all off, Dial’s crisp, indulging scent leaves you feeling fresh all day long.

Dial understands that the only way to make your skin refreshed and revitalized from all the stress it takes from the modern lifestyle and environment is to go natural for better nourishment. Your skin is the most noticeable part of your body wherever you go, thus your skin health should be in its tiptop shape all the time.
It only takes one shower using Dial Coconut Water soap and body wash to have that much needed skin care – for a healthier aura people will notice.

Dial Coconut Water is available at all leading supermarkets and department stores in Metro Manila. To know more about Dial, visitwww.dialsoap.com.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Palawan, a top destination in this year’s Philippine Travel Mart.


The Jungle Trail inspired Booth of Puerto Princesa City Tourism Office.

Every Island An Adventure. Palawan Provincial Tourism Booth.
THE Last Frontier Province of Palawan is still the top destination and the bestselling product in the recently concluded Philippine Travel Mart last Sept 5 to 7 at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. The 3 days exhibit who now turn 25 years old have a total of 245 exhibitors from all over the region in the country mostly tourism related products and establishment.  Thirty percent of it comes from Coron, El Nido and Puerto Princesa City mostly tour agencies, island resorts, hotels and local Tourism office.

Palawan delegates mostly offers cheap and lower tour packages and accommodations to the guests and buyers of this annual travel trade exposition, even Manila base Travel agencies offers exciting tour packages for Palawan.

Department of Tourism Regional Director for Region 4A & 4B Rebecca Labit said that Palawan still hold the title as the Jewel of the region because of its iconic destinations such as the underground river. Labit also announce that while having the travel mart her Marketing team is in Palawan with buyers from Europe, Australia, Thailand Vietnam and Canada.

She also emphasize that she is using photos of Underground river in all marketing campaigns they are doing here and abroad, most likely it will be a front runner for the upcoming ASEAN summit next year and for next year department campaign the “Visit Philippines 2015”. 

Labit’s region is the featured destination in this year’s Travel Mart which is organizes by Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA).
 
DoT RD 4A & 4B. Becky Labit
Feud with Mayor Bayron.
Labit also clarify the issue with City Mayor LuciloBayron regarding the remarks she made about the tourist arrival in the City that figures tip down. She stand by it and saying she only doing her job, and as for her its non-issue anymore since its ages ago, however she admit that she is not in speaking terms with the Mayor due to her busy schedules as a Regional Directress. “I don’t blame them for feeding the Mayor the wrong information, but if they blame me nasinisiraankoang Puerto Princesa, I think I’m not that person to do that, anglakingpagodkosa Tourism ng City, close nasa akin yan, I’m just doing my job.”Labit said.

She also express support for Gov.Jose Alvarez statement declaring Balabac as the next Maldives, she said that truly it has a beautiful sea and its part of the super region of the past administration, but she suggest to improve more on the infrastructure in many destinations in the province to achieve such goals.

For nine months now after she assume the post in the Region, Labit said that she focuses on straightening the relationship between the Public and the private sector , continuous development of product and professionalizing standards and services in all Tourism establishment.  She is appealing to all Palawan base tourism product to accredit them with DOT so they can be updated with the latest and current trends in tourism industry.

Puerto Princesa goes Vibrant with Agriculture and Tourism.
CTO Aileen Amurao
Aileen Amurao, the City Tourism Officer claim that Puerto Princesa’s Tourism industry is so vibrant now a days, this is due to the lines of Cruise ship that visiting port of the City in the past and will be boom again this coming November up to 2015.

Amurao said that Bayron’s leadership is gearing up for Agri-Tourism that give chance to other Baranggay in the City that don’t offer any tourist spot, they will convert them as suppliers of foods for tourists that visits the City, organic farming is the one they encourage the most.

Amurao also reveal plans of his office to boost Tourism in the City in the coming months, this are putting  up floating cottages in Puerto Bay that offers a lot of activity, they are also reviving the sports tourism plans, and reviving heritage parks such as Eulalia Park, Rizal Park and the Plaza Cuartel.

On her nine months as well in the said office, Amurao said that she is working double time focusing on the follow ups for many infrastructure projects that need to be accomplish with in the year since majority of this is for the benefits of existing tourism destinations of the City.

In terms of tourist arrival, Amurao stress that under her leadership they don’t rely to it so much since its only figures, “I don’t really bump on tourist arrival, puedesyanggamitin for planning purposes , and mostly galling yansamga accommodation and hindinamanyanlahat tourist”,Amurao said.

 The City Tourism office along with Provincial Tourism Office of Palawan is an active exhibitor of Travel mart way back then, the booth of the City this year features the jungle trail experience going to the famous underground river, it made it as a finalist this year in booth design contest.


PHILTOA is the organizer of Travel Mart is a non-stock and nonprofit organization of DOT accredited tour operators and allied members actively involved in the advocacy of responsible tourism.  Membership includes tour operators, hotel, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores and other tourism  oriented establishment and associations. 







Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Uratex My Home event with the Team Kramer.

Team Kramer.
Uratex, Philippines leading foam manufacturer, designer and producer of premium mattresses recently lunch Team Kramer as their new product ambassador, held at Atrium of SM Megamall last Sept 4, 2014.  Uratex Corporate Sales Director Dindo Medina open the event with the emphasize that they mean the business of sleeping, and they aim to give a good sleep for all because it’s one key of maintaining good health and ensuring energy, mental sharpness and emotional calm the next day.

Uratex Sales Director Dindo Medina.

Dra. Deborah Bermudez, Head of Comprehensive Sleep Disorder Center of St.Lukes Hospital also discusses the importance of healthy sleep in each member of the family.

But the most important testimony in the launching is from the Team Kramer, headed by Basketball player Doug and his wife, Actress/TV Host Cheska along with their children Kendra, Scarlett and Gavin.  Doug said that Uratex is really good for family especially them who loves playing with their kids before bed time, he admit it has a therapeutic miracle for him since he is an athlete, and he also see how lovely his kids upon sleeping and energize the next day.

Uratex for 46 years has always kept the family’s welfare in mind, one of its success is due to its research and development who sees that all its clients receive the excellent foam that they deserve and enjoy quality sleep that they need. One of its innovations is the “Quali-5 Cellular Technology” that ensure the foam they manufacture is high and world class quality.  This is done through their ISO-9001 certified facilities with world class equipment, superior formulation and process engineering technology; and usage of best raw materials.
Dra.Deborah Bermudez

Uratex line of products are; Big King Size bed that is ideal for family, Airlite for those who want a cooler sleeping environment, Hamptons Collection for couple that has a trademark of plush comfort that encourages a more leisurely demeanor and help create romantic mood in private. This collections comes in five models; Royale, Prestige, Mystique, Premiere and Elite.

Pillows of Uratex come in different sizes and functions that will suit your need and preferences to achieve a great sleep.  The hyper soft mattresses enhancer adds also extra comfort to every bed. 


Uratex is sensitive to the needs of its customers, this is one of the reason why it has been winning the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands award in the past six consecutive years. It is chosen based on their trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of customer needs, innovations and corporate social responsibility. 



Dj Delamar host the event.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Bbibons: 2-in-1 Baby Food!

Got some package from Rebisco yesterday. I was actually wondering why they would send me something for free. But I recall that I signed up for a product review sometime July. 



I actually got intrigued with this product, that I joined the review opps. I was thinking that I should give this one a try, for my little one is not into pre-made baby food (like some cereals of pureed products on the market). She preferred eating rice with veggies, of which for me is very ideal and best over those pre-made, high with preservative foods bought in the market. 

Having the fact that she also loves munching on biscuits, so i told myself why not give this a try if ever given the chance to do the review. 



I picked the package at the courier branch, (though it was supposed to be delivered at home, but I was out of town).

Bibibons (fyi) is the first local product for babies, that is biscuit and cereal-in-one specially formulated for babies who are starting to eat solid food. 

What is good about Bibibons is that it can be enjoyed in two ways: as a finger food, and as an instant cereal. By just adding water or milk, mash the biscuits into a consistency that you like, and you have an instant meal for baby.

Bibibons has the nutrients important for baby's growth and development. 


 When I arrived home and my little one saw me with some package at hand, she look at me and asked for some "pasalubong" as I always do when I get home from shoots.

As we opened the package, she's that eager to open the box and want to have some. Along with my eldest daughter(8yo), they opened the box and both have one pack each for themselves. 

My little one's initial reaction was to eat and munch on the biscuits, was waiting for the verdict if she'll gonna like it or not. But luckily, she loved the taste of it. Finished eating 2 packs actually, while her big sister finished a pack. 

The box comes with 6packs and comes with 6pcs of biscuits. 
Surprisingly, my husband also liked the taste of it, though I find it bland for me. Oh yeah, this one is for babies.. LOL


According to the package, it contains DHA, Taurine, Vitamin A, Iron and Calcium that supports body development, Panthothenic Acid and Vitamin C that supports a healthy immune system, and other essential nutrients for baby's proper health and development.

This product is also affordable and can be included in your weekly's budget with the price of Php36.00/box (Box of 6packs). 


Friday, September 5, 2014

Manila Sound: Then and Now.



Solaire presents 'Manila Sound: Then and Now' on September 6 (8PM) at Solaire Grand Ballroom. 

Watch notable hitmakers of the 70's - Sampaguita, VST & Co. vocalist Male Rigor, Hagibis member Sonny Parsons, Gary & Bob from Boyfriends and Mark Mabasa & Friends as they perform their greatest OPM hits that will surely bring the house down using their classic rock guitar!

Tickets are available at Solaire Concierge, TicketWorld (www.ticketworld.com.ph), and SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com).

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

[Press Release] Basic Sketching Workshop (Oct. 11, 2014)

Learn Lights and Shadow Techniques and Sketch like a PRO!
Manila Workshops, together with Young Advocates, will be holding a Basic Sketching Workshop on October 11, 2014 at Mothercare Podium Branch, Mothercare Podium Branch, 3/L The Podium Mall, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City.
Basic Sketching Poster V3

Basic Sketching is a skill that can be taught to anyone for as long as the right techniques are taught. And right now, Manila Workshops is holding a Basic Sketching workshop that would teach kids specifically the light and shadow techniques. With the knowledge of these techniques, anyone would be able to know ow to capture real life objects and interpret it unto paper.
Workshop fees are as follows:
• Early Bird Rate: PHP 900 (paid by October 3, 2014)
• Regular Rate: PHP 1,000 (starting October 4, 2014)
• Group Rate: PHP 800 per participant (group of 3 or more participants)
*Fees include all of the materials for the workshop, food and drinks!
For the guardians and companions who wish to stay during the workshop, there will be additional PHP 100 fee for food and drinks.
To register, please fill out the form found at the Memory Crafters Website:http://memorycrafters.com.ph/basic-sketching-workshop-october-11-2014/
About Manila Workshops
Manila Workshops has been in the industry for almost two years already under the company name GPA Events Management Services. It was founded by mompreneur, Ginger Palma-Arboleda, who thought of a brand that could help people achieve their personal and professional goals in life. Since 2012, Manila Workshops has been actively creating lifestyle workshops and has been partnering with Corporate clients and home-based businesses with the same goal.
For several years, we have been providing quality lifestyle workshops for individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals in life. We are continuously creating workshops that would help enhance knowledge in these different areas: creativity, business, and personal development.
Our team also provides support in terms of marketing and logistics for those “teachers” and “speakers” who are experts in their craft. We believe in sharing one’s talents and we will do the best we can to help an individual achieve this goal.
About Memory Crafters Workshop Series
Memory Crafters is Workshop Series of Manila Workshops (GPA Events Management Services). It is a set of fun and creative workshops offering arts and crafts workshops for both the young and the old. Whether an old-timer or a beginner in DIY (do-it-yourself) projects, we believe that there is a creative side in each one of us. We carefully and lovingly pick the workshop courses that we would offer to provide an opportunity for each individual to explore the wonderful world of creativity.
So far, the workshops that we have successfully ran are the Loom Band Afternoon Party and the Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Stuffed Bear Workshop. All of these workshops aimed to develop the creative side of each attendee.
About the Teacher
Jennifer Villanueva is the founder of Young Advocates a non-profit environmental arts organization incorporated in the year 2000, and successfully conducted a series of art workshops and camp for kids five years and up. She is also a member of Bahaghari ng Malolos, and Lakn Sining, both an arts groups based in Bulacan. In the past she has worked as an Assistant Editor of Parents Magazine, under Belgosa Publishing and as a News Writer for RPN 9 News Watch & News Cap. She is currently working as a freelance copy writer and artist for corporate clients, while she takes care of her baby, Cassey Hunter.
Contact
To learn more about this workshop, please contact: rikka@manilaworkshops.com