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October 19, 2017

Merci Buco: CocoNUTS about Health!

Are you nuts about health and wellness? Do you feel ill or cranky when you miss a good sweat at the gym? Do you have a calorie diary? Are you into a healthy lifestyle? Would you rather eat kale than chips? Then you will definitely love coconut water (if you’re not already crazy for it!). In fact, coconut water is so loved by health buffs that it has been tagged as nature’s sports drink. It’s like Mother Nature created a sports drink minus the added sugar and calories. But of course lugging around a coconut shell and hacking it with a machete to replace lost fluids in your body after Zumba is so not sexy, and well, a tad bit crazy. So we packed all the natural goodness of coconut water and made it gym friendly. 


Locally’s Merci Buco coco water is the perfect drink for hydration. In fact, it has an average of only 40 to 50 calories across all variants and only 10 grams of sugar (for flavored variants) and making Locally Merci Buco Organic Coconut Water variant even safe for diabetics! Locally Merci Buco is likewise free from fat, cholesterol, gluten, and GMO.

Snow Crystal White Tomato: The Only Natural Sunscreen Protection You Need This Travel Season

Aside from Holidays, -ber months are also considered as the Season of Joyous Travels. With this, I bet a lot of you are preparing for your escapades in different parts of the world. Preparing different outfits, buying different gadgets, and probably even controlling your diet to look good on photographs. However, I’m sure that some of us are also making sure that we are protected in different ways, such as having our reliable maps with us with detailed itinerary, having an updated insurance, complete travel documents, down to having a reliable kikay kit and to-go medicine kit.

Hong Kong Trip

Unknown to many, I’m kinda particular about my “kits.” Even though I’m staying in hotels with complete amenities, delicious food and luxurious products, I still use the toiletries that I brought from home and make sure that I have that familiar medicine, vitamins and food supplement with me - mainly because I’m not that type of person who likes to try different stuff when I go out.


Macau Trip

For this coming Travel Season, aside from my favorite fashion pieces, I’m making sure that I’m well equipped with products that will not just make me look good, but also will make me feel great. Aside from the usual soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cologne, Vitamin Cs and  other energy-booster tablets, I’m bringing with me the Snow Crystal White Tomato.

October 18, 2017

Philippine hotels vie for coveted Condé Nast Johansens Awards 2018

The Discovery Leisure Company is thrilled to announce that its two signature hotels, Discovery Shores Boracay and Discovery Primea Makati, made it to the shortlist of the Condé Nast Johansens 2018 Awards for Excellence. Fans of the two well-loved hotels have one last chance to vote until Thursday, 19 October 2017. 


The world-renowned Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence was created to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across their recommended hotels and resorts, and is a trusted mark of quality recognized by travelers and hospitality professionals alike.


“We are deeply honored to be part of the shortlist of Condé Nast Johansens 2018 Awards for Excellence,” said Jun Parreño, Chief Operating Officer of The Discovery Leisure Company. “This is not just a milestone for our Group, but for the country as well as we make waves in the tourism industry. We humbly ask for your votes. Together, let’s make the Philippines proud.”

October 16, 2017

King Sue and Kamuning Bakery Celebrates “World Pandesal Day” Today!

Bread is a staple on dining tables all around the world. In the Philippines, the classic "pugon" or wood fire oven baked pandesal traditionally graces each breakfast, merienda, and Noche Buena tables for generations. 


A staple in every household, what makes freshly baked hot pandesal so special is the way it creates warm loving memories of family bonding and maternal nurturing. The addition of a delicious assortment of "palaman", literally translated in English as fillings, makes these breads delectably mouth watering which preps and energizes people for the day ahead.

October 13, 2017

The Converse x Engineered Garments Collaboration

Converse and Engineered Garments have come together to introduce a new collaborative line of One Star sneakers. Engineered Garments Creative Director and Founder, Daiki Suzuki issues a collection that reflects his personal journey and relationship with Converse and plays on his affinity to reinvent and reengineer, while keeping with the shoe’s iconic look. 


The Converse x Engineered Garments One Star collection is available in four iterations of the classic One Star logo including the Star Chevron, Stars & Bars, and two variations for the customary star. Suzuki recalls a specific era for each style all representing silhouettes of his personal favorites from Converse. The collection is available in four premium leather colorways including Olive, Navy, White, and Black. Aligned with Suzuki’s ethos of conceptual design through experience, the collection provides a lense on Converse’s daring versatility through the years.

The Birth and the of Future of Global Sikaran Federation

In the agricultural town of Baras, Rizal, girls and boys get their kicks by training for Sikaran. This marital art traces its roots to their fondness for displays of agility during their town celebrations for a successful harvest. According to Grandmaster Hari Osias Banaag, founder of the Global Sikaran Federation, the sport originated when their ancestors started mimicking the natural and instinctual defense of farm animals A Side Thrust Kick, for example, copies the kick of a cow. The Back Kick is inspired by the powerful backwards punt of a horse, while the Jumping Front Kick copies a steed as it rears. The most widely-used or “signature” kick is the Biyakid or Biyak Patagilid which engages the power of the whole body and channels it to the waist, leg, and feet, making it the most effective one in the combatant’s arsenal. 

Sikaran Grandmaster Hari Osias Banaag and his team during the Sikaran Awarding, Mass Training and Seminar at Baras, Rizal

This Biyakid is said to be the only martial art move in the world of its kind. Banaag says that it gives MMA fighters a winning edge over other disciplines. “The power of a straight kick or side kick lessens as the opponent moves away. With a Biyakid, there is no escape and no lessening of the impact. Whether your opponent is near or farther away, you can cause damage.” This damage, he says, has caused a few calls to 911 in the US. “This does not mean that we at Global Sikaran advocate its use towards bodily harm. We teach discipline and respect in our gyms. Sikaran is a tool for self defense and sport.”

October 12, 2017

Check Off Your Christmas Shopping Lists with Shopee

The “-ber” months are here; which means that Christmas is right around the corner. With an approximately 90% Christian population, 80% of whom are Catholic, it is no wonder that Christmas in the Philippines is one of the most important and widely celebrated occasions. It is also probably the world’s longest Christmas season, with festivities starting as early as September -- one sees massive displays of parols and Christmas decor, hears Christmas songs playing non-stop in malls, and smells bibingka and puto bumbong being sold from sidewalk stalls.


Christmas shopping for friends and loved ones is a must-do for the season, but malls start to experience increased traffic as the holiday rush sets in. However, Shopee provides a convenient alternative to Christmas shopping. As the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, it lets you shop effortlessly with its easy-to-use platform that is accessible from wherever and whenever. With approximately 2 million active listings for sale, there is something for everyone on Shopee - from kids’ toys and cosmetics to mobile gadgets and more. There is now no need to jostle among malls’ crowds, or to lug multiple shopping bags home. With Shopee, you can get all your Christmas shopping done in just a few taps and have them delivered straight to your doorstep. 

October 09, 2017

Ariel Men Push for Gender Equality with #JuanWash

In Filipino households, doing the laundry is traditionally seen as a woman’s sole responsibility. Thanks to the shift in people’s mindsets, aided by Ariel’s progressive #JuanWash campaign, that backwards thinking will soon be a thing of the past.


Recognizing that chores can be done by anyone, Ariel rolled out the #JuanWash campaign which is targeted towards men. Its goal is straightforward and goes right into the heart of the matter – to get men to do their share of laundry duties, one wash at a time. For Ariel men, this goes beyond simply doing the laundry, as it also shows their support to their wives, and molds their children into understanding the equal role of men and women in doing the household chores.


As the first detergent to invite men to do their part of the housework, Ariel assembled several celebrity #JuanWash ambassadors. Among them is professional basketball player JC Intal, supported by his wife Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, as well as actor John Prats, supported by his wife Isabel Oli-Prats

 “The new Ariel Man is more confident and more responsible when it comes to raising his family”, explains JC Intal. More and more Juan Washers all over the country are rising up to do their share of the laundry duties, and it’s a call to arms that expresses what it means to be the modern man of the house. “Ang Ariel Man ay makabago at progresibo. Ang totoong macho ay tumutulong sa mga gawaing bahay to serve as good male role models for the kids,” adds John Prats. 


Local personalities Kean Cipriano, James Deakin, Ali Khatibi, Marco Alcaraz, Sam Ajdani, and Anton Del Rosario are also active #JuanWash supporters. These Juan Washers use Ariel Power Gel which makes superior cleaning effortless so they can easily help out at home.


Launched online last September 1, 2017, the #JuanWash campaign not only celebrated those men who have done their part of laundry duties, but also dedicated Fridays as #JuanWash days. Considering that most Filipino households do their laundry twice a week, getting men to do the laundry once a week means doing their equal share of the load. By getting men to do the laundry at least once a week, Ariel hopes to transform them into laundry experts with the help from Ariel Power Gel that’s especially formulated for better stain removal with just one wash.


In partnership with Eat Bulaga, Ariel also scoured through many different barangays in Metro Manila to find Juan Washers every Friday. This put the spotlight on individual Juan Washers, and showcased how valuable their role is in further pushing gender equality in the family and in the community. In so doing, Ariel Men all over the Philippines were able to collect 10,000 laundry hours in just one month, which represents the number of hours freed up for the women in their lives.

To celebrate this feat, Ariel handed over the 10,000 laundry hours to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), represented by their Chief of Corporate Affairs and Information Resource Management Division, Ms. Honey Castro, as a symbolic gift to women, while emphasizing Ariel’s support for gender equality in the household. This aims to inspire and encourage more men to do their share of the load.

“The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), the lead agency that champions gender equality and women's empowerment, welcomes this initiative of Ariel Philippines in breaking the gender stereotype that housework is only women's work,” shares PCW Executive Director Emmeline L. Verzosa. She adds, “We are glad that the private sector and advertising agencies have now joined the campaign in promoting the value of shared household and parenting responsibilities among female and male family members. Through such male role models, companies are able to educate the public about more positive masculinities. Gender equality should begin at home.”

Ariel’s #JuanWash campaign comes at a crucial time for Filipino families, whose lifestyles continue to evolve, especially with the rise in dual-income homes and an increasingly progressive cultural landscape that puts equal value in the time of women and men. According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), formerly known as the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), Filipino men are getting more involved in household work, with men allotting an average of 5 hours working on chores in the year 2000 compared to the average of 1.87 hours in 1979. The trend is expected to continue to increase as traditional gender roles shift.

"More than providing superior clean and better stain removal with our innovative liquid detergent, Ariel is a brand that prides itself in being a part of the progressive Filipino home. With Ariel #JuanWash, we want to shed light on the importance of gender equality in and out of home, as we all work together towards a more progressive country and a more equal world”, shares Louie Morante, Regional Brand Communications for P&G ASEAN Fabric and Home Care.

The #JuanWash campaign supports P&G’s #WeSeeEqual global advocacy, and forms part of Ariel Philippines’ #AhonPinay movement which continues to push the boundaries on gender equality and women empowerment. To date, Ariel has an ongoing partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to provide women with training in commonly male-dominated fields. These training are envisioned to give these women more equal job opportunities in these fields.

A lot is in store for Ariel’s #JuanWash initiative, and we hope you can also take part in spreading the word for this nationwide movement. Go ahead and be a part of the change by contributing to your share of the household chores with #JuanWash – one wash at a time.

In gratitude to the modern Juans, Ariel is also offering a unique promotion for men who would be availing of select services from various Metropole Laundromat branches. Every time men commit to the cause in this way, they’ll earn points for freebies granted by Ariel and Metropole as a gift to the efforts shared in supporting #JuanWash Fridays.

To learn more, visit Ariel’s website, Facebook, and Youtube page.



October 06, 2017

International Hit ‘Bad Genius’ Comes to PH This October!

Asia’s biggest international movie hit Bad Genius is coming to the Philippines this October 18. The movie, directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya, stars the phenomenal Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying in her acting debut as Lynn, a straight-A student who devises an exams-cheating scheme which eventually rises to international levels.


The movie is an exciting, fun thriller based on real-life news of school cheating, and features themes of class inequality, and relateable teen social issues.


Hailed as #1 highest-grossing Asian film in Cambodia, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, Bad Genius has received critical and commercial success during their screenings at different film festivals around the globe.

Dreaming of their Paintings, Painting their Dreams

It all started with 195 young artists/students and a single dream. They dreamed of winning the plum prizes at the recently concluded Global Art Philippines National Art Competition. Working around this year’s theme “My Dream City,” these budding artists drew and painted their ideal city or place. 


Seven of them were adjudged grand champions and will represent the Philippines at the Global Art International Level Competition to be held in Kuala Lumpur in December this year.

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