Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Light Show Grand Launch at Filinvest City

Its Christmas time once again and there’s nowhere else to celebrate and be merry. It is here at Filinvest City where “Everything is Christmas”.

Last Sunday, December 1, 2014, Filinvest City launched its month-long musical light show celebration. Friends and guests flocked to the newly-opened River Park at Festival Supermall to witness this very festive event. 

Christmas Light Show Grand Launch at Filinvest City
The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra and the very talented Ms. Bituin Escalante serenaded everyone with their beautiful renditions of some classic music and Christmas songs.
The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra performs at Filinvest City 

Ms. Bituin Escalante wows the crowd at Filinvest Vity

There was also a merry production number performed by Christmas characters like Mr. and Mrs. Claus, the Elf, little Drummer Boy, among others that really delighted the kids, especially my son Ivan. 

Had this photo opp with no one else but Santa Claus, what an early treat.
Filinvest City, with this season’s campaign, “Everything is Christmas”, aimed to keep everyone inspired this holiday. Also with their goal to be the “Christmas Capital of the South’, they have lined-up a series of activities that will bring excitement and spirit of Christmas to those living in the South and to everyone else who can come to visit.

Now on its second year, the Musical Light Show will run daily for the whole month of December from 6 to 9 pm. There will also be fireworks display at 9pm every Sunday night.

Over 5,000 christmas lights were installed at the River Park, Festival Supermall which also offers a great dining outlets like Market Basket, Chef’s Barrel, Asikawa Ramen Bangaichi, Mati’s Meats and Bread, and Starbucks.

Schedule of Events and Performances:
December 5 – Ateneo Chorale
December 6 – UP Chorale
December 7 – Paolo Santos
December 12 – DLSU Chorale
December 13 – DLSZ Chorale
December 14 – Barbie Almalbis
December 19 – UST Chorale
December 20 – Ballet Philippines & Kundirana
December 21 – Jimmy Bondoc
December 28 – MYMP

For more information on Filinvest City events call (+632)846-0278. You may also like and follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts.

About Filinvest City:
Inspiring Possibilities! A leisurely 15-minute drive away from Makati, Filinvest City is a prime development of Filinvest, a leader in Philippines’ property development for over fifty years. Guided by the Gotianun family’s tradition of integrity, quality and service, it forgesahead with renewed dynamism.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Unboxing the Kahone Arts and Crafts Box

Got this very intriguing box from Play Date Soon event.

While still riding the bus on our way back, my little boy Ivan would like to readily open it but I requested him to wait until we got home which he agreed.

So upon reaching home, while I am still busy settling all out things, he got himself busy with the Kahone box and he was so surprised getting all of these.

Inside the box were various activity crafts sealed individually in plastic cases. What we got was the October box and accordingly the month’s theme is “Around the World”. There were descriptions and step-by-step instructions for each activity.

Ivan was so excited and he seems had difficulty deciding which one to do first. He even told me if he can do all of them tonight, LOL! So I had to explain that each craft should be done one at a time daily so that he can fully understand and enjoy himself doing it.

So his very first project was the necklace made out of macaroni noodles. He had the noodles painted individually with the provided poster color. Afterwards, he stringed each one of them. And voila! A very colorful necklace for MommyGiay.

What is a Kahone? Kahone is a monthly subscription themed activity box that was created out of passion for some hands-on fun that promotes learning as well. Each box contains all the materials and instructions for 3 – 4 activities revolving about one theme that a parent and a child can do together.

Ivan's finished project from October Kahone Box
What’s great about it? A Kahone box is delivered to your doorstep monthly. It will save you time and effort going to the craft store and finding those interactive projects.
Want to give Kahone a try? Subscribe one now! You may begin with a single box purchase or sign up at the subscription options.

Visit their website for more details. You may also like and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Super Enjoy Afternoon at Play Date Soon Event

Last Sunday had been an exciting and wonderful day for me and my little boy Ivan. We headed to the Metro and spent the whole afternoon at Babyland Spaces. I was luckily invited to the Play Date Soon event organized by celebrity mom LJ Reyes and the very beautiful Tiffany Tuazon.

We are the very first guest who arrived and according to Ms. LJ, they are still setting-up. Anyway, Ivan immediately comforted himself at the play area. They got a very nice spot for the kids because the flooring is rubberized, and there are mini-houses and mini-slides and some toys that really amazed the kids. Soon the venue was filled with others guests, moms and kids, and set-up by the different sponsors.

Moms and kids participated in some yoga exercises spearheaded by Urban Ashram. And there were these two little babies who kept on giggling seeing their moms move about, to everyone’s delight.

Teacher Mariel of The Learning Basket did some story-telling with the moms. Miss Chriselle of MollyManners conducted an interactive activity for the grown-up kids. My little boy Ivan had so much fun looking for those golden chocolate coins and participated in some games and craft activities.

Snacks and sweet treats were provided by Rufo’s, Serenitiea, Sweet Nest, Gypsy Girl and Mommy Treats. I really had to control my little boy’s sweet tooth cravings (mine as well ha!ha!) because these assortment of goodies are really delectable and tempting.

Some guests including me won in the raffle. There were lots of giveaway prizes from JoomaJam, Momas & Papas, K’Tan Baby Carrier, GCs from Reluxe Spa. We won the very intriguing Kahone Art Box, read our unboxing HERE.

Everyone went home much happier with a bag of gifts.

Also spotted at the event were local celebrities daddy Marco Alcaraz and mommy Bettina Carlos, with their own kids.

Again, my heartful thanks to Ms. LJ and Ms. Tiffany for inviting us. We really had a blast and full of enjoyable moments. Looking forward to more playdates.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Secret to Taking The Plunge? Confidence

Living the life you’ve always dreamed of begins with confidence. If you feel that it’s the one thing you’re missing, here are a few steps that will help you gain self-assurance.

Know your strengths and weaknesses. Confidence comes from knowing who you are, which means being able to determine both your strengths and weaknesses. By being in touch with both, you can make better life choices. This is also a good gauge on things you need to improve on and work hard at, helping you create a better version of yourself which you can be proud of.

Expect your success. Pessimism is not just draining: it also undermines your performance. Expecting the worst possible outcome can dampen your spirits and make you more worrisome rather than hopeful. Choosing to think that the outcome will be positive and successful helps in building your confidence.

Take risks. Ironically, taking risks helps develop us into becoming better people. There’s no confidence found in doing the same things over and over again. We develop who we are by doing things that we don’t naturally do. By overcoming things that used to scare us, we develop a stronger sense of self, something needed in becoming more confident.

Confidence also comes from having a strong support system, liike your friends and family. A longtime partner of risk-takers everywhere who like taking the plunge is Nestea in a Bottle. Nestea’s convenient, easy-to-bring bottle makes it easy to go from one adventure to another without any hassle. Coming in three exciting flavors of Apple, Lemon Ice, and Lemon, there’s one for all kinds of risk-taking adventures.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Media Forum: Results of ADVANCE-ON Study on Intensive Glucose-Lowering Treatment (World Diabetes Day 2014)

Diabetes is a disease condition characterized by elevated blood sugar levels. This is due to deficiency or lack of insulin which is needed to utilize blood sugar.

In the Philippines, diabetes is considered one of the leading cause of death among Filipinos. Ranked at #8, in 2004-2008 data showed there 22 Filipinos died of diabetes and its complications for every 100,000 population. In 2009, it rose to 24 and possibly rising due to major risk factors such as lifestyle, diet, sedentary habits, excessive smoking and consumption of alcohol and hereditary predispositions, among others.

Complications of diabetes are: cerebrovascular diseases, retinopathy, heart disease, nephropathy, neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease in the lower limbs, ulceration and amputation for diabetic foot.

Diabetes, however, is a controllable and preventable disease through lifestyle modifications and the correct medications.

In a media forum (in observance of the World Diabetes Day 2014) held last November 12, 2014 at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel, presented to the public was the result of this worldwide long-term study which aimed to assess the effects of intensive glucose and blood pressure control of major vascular outcomes in a broad cross-section of patients with type 2 diabetes through the ADVANCE and ADVANCE-ON.

What is ADVANCEAction in Diabetes and Vascular Disease PreterAx and DiamicroN MR Controlled Evaluation, was one the largest morbidity-mortality trials conducted in type 2 diabetes. ADVANCE is an investigator-initiated trial designed, conducted, analyzed, and interpreted independently of sponsors. Median duration of follow-up was 5 years.

The Philippines, with four (4) accredited testing centers was among the 20 countries where the study was conducted for more than 10 years period and covered 11,140 patients aged 55y old and above. The four centers are: Philippine General Hospital led by Dr. Mary Anne Lim-Abraham; East Avenue Medical Center – Dr. Maria Teresa Plata-Que; Makati Medical Center – Dr. Augusto Litonjua; and at the Institute for Studies on diabetes Foundation – Dr. Araceli Panelo.

What is ADVANCE-ONAction in Diabetes and Vascular Disease PreterAx and DiamicroN MR Controlled Evaluation – Post Trial ObservatioNal Study. A post trial follow-up study involving all surviving patients from the ADVANCE trial for another 5.9 years (median).

Results proved that long-term intensive glucose control based on a gliclazide-modified release strategy among diabetes patients may create a major impact on the reduction of kidney failure. According to leading researchers of the ADVANCE-ON Post-trial Observational Study, an intensive glucose-lowering treatment is likely to produce major long-term benefits for the kidneys.

With this strategy, diabetes patients may have lower risk of renal failure that requires dialysis or transplantation. Researchers also note that patients did not experience any increase or decrease in the risks of death as well as any cardiovascular disease.

The findings highlight the importance of active and effective blood glucose management for renal protection in patients with type 2 diabetes. According to the study director and first author Associate Professor Sophia Zoungas, of the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney, among patients with long standing type 2 diabetes, blood pressure-lowering treatment with perindopril-indapamide for an average of 4.5 years resulted in attenuated but significant long-term benefits with respect to death from any cause and from cardiovascular causes, whereas intensive glucose control for an average of 5 years did not provide any long term benefits with respect to death or major vascular events. (Zoungas, S. Follow-up of Blood-Pressure Lowering and Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes, The New England Journal of Medicine, Sept 2014).

The ADVANCE-ON research was funded by National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes UK, and Servier International