Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Breeze ActivBleach calls on moms to join 1Laba Day

There's a special treat for all moms like me.

Breeze ActivBleach is treating mommies across the country to a day off from their laundry chores with the simultaneous nationwide event 1Laba Day happening on August 28. Moms in barangays throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are invited to head to 1Laba Day venues and let Breeze’s revolutionary ActivBleach take care of their stained clothes while they take part in exciting activities Breeze has in store for them to celebrate every mother’s hard work and love for her family.

Breeze ActivBleach, which removes even the toughest of stains in just one wash. Participating moms can enjoy their ultimate laundry day-off as Breeze treats them to various entertainment activities, while the Breeze Laba Ladies and Laba Machines, sponsored by campaign partners Electrolux, White Westinghouse, Whirpool and LG, will take care of washing their clothes.

Simultaneous 1Laba Day events will happen in Metro Manila (Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Pasay), North Luzon (Tarlac, Pangasinan), South Luzon (Laguna), Visayas (Cebu), and Mindanao (Davao).

Breeze with ActivBleach is the first and only detergent brand with 4-enzyme technology to remove more types of stains with less effort and time. 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.

With 1 Laba Day, Breeze aims to wash 1 million stains using 

Be a part of the Breeze 1 Laba Day event and see for yourself how Breeze with ActivBleach removes 1 million stains in just one wash. Like the official Breeze Facebook page (@BreezePhilippines) and join the online promos to get the chance to win washing machines from partner brands. Consumers can also get free Breeze gift packs for every purchase of an Electrolux, Whirlpool and LG washing machine.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Cavities and Mommy Woes: Addressing the Dental Habits and Needs of the Family

The latest report by the Philippine Dental Association states that 97% of children under six years of age, in the Philippines have some form of cavities. This statistic is especially worrisome for busy moms who not only have to take care of the dental needs of the children in the family, but also those of the adults as well. With complications ranging from improper nutrition to heart ailments, it’s important that good dental habits are formed from infancy and retained throughout adulthood. Here are mommy-approved tips on making sure everyone in the family gets the chance to have that cavity-free smile worth framing.

Pre- teeth. While infants below six months old have no teeth yet, it’s important to clean their gums especially after they drink milk, since this can be breeding ground for bacteria. Use sterilized, moist gauze pads or wash cloths to wipe the area regularly between feedings to keep the gums healthy even before the first baby teeth erupt. Even this early, it’s important that good dental habits are established, ensuring that teeth have healthy gums once they break out.

Baby teeth. Brushing teeth should be introduced as soon as tooth erupts in the mouth which can begin as early as six months. Caring for baby teeth is important because they affect the health of permanent teeth.

Since toddlers are introduced to soft food such as pureed fruits and vegetables at this time, it is important that they begin to understand that brushing comes right after eating meals. Toddler teeth should be brushed twice a day using a minimal amount of toothpaste. Not only does this introduce a good dental habit early on, it also helps protect their first teeth from early onset of decay.

As soon as they have the appropriate motor skills, encourage brushing by making it fun. Use the right-sized brush for their hands, topped with a pea-sized amount of special kid-friendly toothpaste. To get kids to brush for two full minutes, sing the happy birthday song or other nursery rhymes to establish good memories with brushing their teeth.

Wean toddlers out of bottles and sippy cups early as well, as liquids tend to stay in the mouth longer, which may encourage plaque to grow. Not only will it help make toddlers feel like they are big boys and girls, it will also protect their teeth in the long run.

Permanent teeth. The tooth fairy should be an optional visitor when permanent teeth start growing, usually from age six to thirteen. What’s not optional is a regular dental habit that everyone in the family should practice. Make it a habit to brush and floss at least twice daily. Visit the dentist at twice least twice a year as a family to ensure a positive association with the dental chair.

Good oral habits also extend to mommy-approved meals suitable for caring for teeth. Beyond the usual sweets and candy, limit the intake of high-processed, starchy foods such as rice and white bread. Even fruits and vegetables can contribute to cavities, especially when they are taken as juices. This is because the natural fibers that protect teeth are removed, leaving only sugar. Lastly, avoid soda and encourage drinking water instead.

Permanent teeth cannot be replaced, and once damaged by cavities, require costly repair and maintenance. Poor oral health can also result in difficulty eating and sleeping, which can impair school and work performance. In addition, cavities affect self-esteem because of the effect on outward appearances.

By creating dental habits shared by the entire family, mommies can scratch one more thing off their list of worries – cavities. Picture perfect smiles are a lifetime work in progress, with habits ingrained from childhood carried through adulthood long after they leave home and in turn, start their own families. Make your legacy one that lasts beyond the pictures. Help make generations of a cavity-free family a reality.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Lopez Holdings Corporation Stronger as Ever

Formerly the Benpres Holding Corporation, the Lopez Holdings Corporation is the flagship company of the Lopez Group of Companies. The company is currently engaged in the public service and utilities sector in the Philippines. Established by Mr. Eugenio Lopez Sr., it is now being run by his son Mr. Eugenio Lopez Jr.

Among their businesses in the media and telecommunications sector are the ABS-CBN Corporation, one of the largest radio and TV network; the Sky Cable Corporation, with its recent acquisition of Destiny Cable Corporation they are now the leader in cable TV programming; and Bayan Telecommunications. The most recent is their venture in mobile services with the launch of ABS-CBN mobile through a network sharing agreement with Globe Telecom. The latter being one of the major mobile service provider in the country.

Other company ventures are in power generation; power distribution, being part-owner of Meralco, the biggest in electric distribution in most part of the Philippines. They are also engaged in real estate and infrastructure development and in manufacturing, as well as in services such as the Bayad Center and the Asian eye Institute.

The Lopez Holdings received a total of P942 in cash dividends from its investees in 2013: P179 million from ABS-CBN and P763 million from FPH. This compares with P865 million in cash dividends received in 2012: P357 million from ABS-CBN and P508 million from FPH; and P1.446 billion in cash dividends received in 2011: P938 million from ABS-CBN and P508 million from FPH.

The year 2013 marked its 20 years in investing in the Filipinos and the whole nation as well. Experiencing many challenges, ups and downs; however the company remained resilient. As highlighted in its 2013 Annual Report, it sways just like a bamboo and just come out stronger throughout the years.

A full information about the Lopez Holdings and its subsidiaries is available in its Definitive Information Statement, Annual Report 17A, and Annual Corporate Governance Report.

The company recently had its annual stockholders meeting, it will be interesting to know what the shareholders has agreed upon, to make the company stronger as ever and remain to be as it is.

Di Kana N'ya Love? Ayos Lang 'Yan

Season change. Stuvvs happen, ayos lang yan.

Back with a new web-series, Ramon Bautista stars in Tales of the Friend Zone X (#TFTFx) to share the bittersweet love story of Arvin Jimenez (Ramon Bautista) and Teacher Ines (Nikki Veron Cruz). Set as a love story filled with pwetty sunsets and “Love is only real when baduy” moments, #TFTFZx will make any love bird tweet feelings to the max.

Also starring TV personality, Nikki Veron, and the boys of Boy’s Night Out, Sam YG, Tony Toni, and Slick Rick; TFTFZx is the ayos way of welcoming the cold rainy days of June.

But it’s not all weepy feelings for TFTFZx. To reward the fans of TFTFZx and the 2013 release of Tales from the Friend Zone series (, is giving away fabulous prizes perfect for mending broken hearts. Starting on June 11 until June 30, you can be one of the lucky winners of Gshock watches, Gshock couple watches and GoPro Hero 3+ Black Edition cameras.

To join, you just have to share why you love for buying great deals or selling your pre-loved items. It’s that easy! So if you think you’re not very lucky in love, here in, you have all the chance you want to go home a winner!, a leading and trusted online buying and selling website in the Philippines, knows how instinct tells you to hold on to things, especially the more sentimental ones. However, there are new stories waiting to be made only if you let go of things and accept that “Stuvvs happen, ayoslangyan.”

By letting go of pre-loved items on, you get the closure you need to move on; while also getting the chance to earn a little extra for other exciting things to try. Even more, you get the chance to win exclusive prizes too!

Ayos ‘di ba?

For more info, visit

Monday, May 19, 2014 signs deal with M Lhuillier Financial Services, Inc. as Cash Payment Acceptance Partner

(In Photo) L to R:  Mr. Patrick Tan, COO of SEAIR International, Ms. Delza Gochoco, President and General Manager of Triplestar Travel and Tours, Mr. Charles L. Lhuillier, MLFSI Executive Vice President and Ms. Clairene C. Umali, MLFSI Insurance & Special Products Division Manager. announces its partnership with M Lhuillier Financial Services, Inc. (MLFSI) to accept cash payments for air ticket issuances., a division of Triplestar Travel and Tours Inc, is an online budget travel portal that provides airfare comparison and real time ticketing for all airlines to all domestic and international destinations. 

With this partnership, clients can now enjoy expert travel advice online from’s website or through its pool of Travel Specialists through its reservations hotline at 849-0100, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Mondays to Fridays and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturdays and Sundays and the convenience of paying their booked air tickets through any of the 1,600 M.Lhuillier locations nationwide with almost 160 locations operating 24/7.

To find out more about the new and exciting services, you may visit, any of Triplestar’s ticketing offices nationwide and M.Lhuillier’s website at
www.facebook/ and /mlhuillierkwartapadala

Teens Strongly Advised to Continue Drinking Milk

Milk is not just for babies and small kids only.

Calcium makes bones and teeth dense and strong. lt also plays a role in blood clotting, muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Ninety-nine percent of the calcium in the body is found in the bones and teeth. Calcium is not only important to infants but also to adolescents and adults, as well. During adolescence the need for calcium is high because 45% of their bone mass is formed during puberty.

Sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables, small fishes with bones that can be eaten, and milk and milk products. Milk is the most important source because it contains highly absorbable calcium. It is usually consumed by infants, toddlers and younger children, but it is not a popular drink among the teenagers.

The 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research lnstitute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in 2008 revealed that there is a low consumption of milk among the adolescents, only 15% of males and 29% of females are drinking milk. This low milk consumption is accompanied by a high intake of caffeine rich beverages such as coffee and softdrinks.

The 7th NNS listed the top 30 most commonly consumed food items of adolescents aged 13 to 19 years old, were coffee and softdrinks landed in the 6th and 7th spots, respectively. Consumption of milk and milk products, however were not even in the list. Caffeine can lower calcium absorption in the body and as a result, an adolescent can have lower calcium in the body because of low calcium intake and high caffeine intake.

Based on the 7th NNS, calcium is the least consumed nutrient by adolescents with only 0.33% meeting the 80% of the dietary requirements for calcium. It is important for adolescents to continue drinking milk because at this stage, the body is continually undergoing bone building until about the age of 30 years.

What are the consequences of not getting enough calcium by this age?

As people age, bone loss exceeds bone-building. Thus, older people are more at risk to osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become brittle and more prone to fractures. Milk should be a part of the daily diet from childhood to old age to prevent weak bones and frequent fractures later in life.

Milk drinking should also be vigorously promoted among teenagers because it is during this time that they learn to drink other beverages such as softdrinks and coffee, which often replaces milk in their diet.

If milk drinking is not practiced, it is equally important to consume calcium-rich foods as advocated by the 2012 Nutrition Guidelines for Filipinos (NGF).

Let us follow message number five of the NGF which states: "Consume milk, milk products and other calcium-rich foods, such as small fish and shellfish, everyday for healthy bones and teeth."

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: 
Dr. Mario V. Capanzana
Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute
Department of Science and Technology
General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City
Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164
Telephone No.:8372071 local 2296

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jollibee Family Bee Day at Nuvali

It had been a great day. The sun was set up high as me and my little boy headed to Nuvali grounds in Sta. Rosa, Laguna to celebrate with other families for the Jollibee Family Bee Day Grand Picnic.

Same with us, thousands of others converged in five different venues across the country and enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon.

This event was held simultaneously at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila; Bayanihan Park in Pampanga; Plaza Independencia in Cebu; Crocodile Park in Davao and here at Nuvali Fooball Grounds in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

“We are very excited to mount an event of this magnitude that celebrates the Filipinos’ love for bonding over good food. We are very happy with the turn-out and pleased to see everyone enjoying the company of other people whom they treat like family. Talagang dito sa Jollibee, ang sarap maging pamilya,” said Jollibee Vice-President for Marketing Harvey Ong.

Famous celebrity Ms. Marian dela Riva thrilled the crowd with her giggling song and dance performance. Pop prince Erik Santos and Moonstar88 band also crazed everyone.

Stilt walkers, jugglers and a musical band paraded around the grounds along with the different Jollibee mascots that was a sure delight especially for the kids. My little boy Ivan had a real grand time queueing up several times at the giant inflatable slide and at the basketball shoot out. Each kid was given a special toy treat if he got that shoot correctly. There was also a giant picnic basket and a special photo frame installations to capture those wonderful moments.

By turning an ordinary summer afternoon into a fun-filled celebration with exciting entertainment from some of the country’s leading celebrities and bands, outdoor fun and games and great-tasting food, the country’s number one family fast-food chain truly enabled thousands of families to celebrate the grandest picnic ever.

Thank you again Jollibee for making us part of this truly memorable event.