Friday, August 28, 2015

The Work-at-Hope Expo 2015 and the WAHMderful Life Community invites you to The Work at Home Expo 2015! The WAH Expo is an annual one-day expo of talks and mini- workshops geared towards the encouragement and empowerment of Filipinos who are working from home or would like to be work from home professionals. This event are for people who are currently working from home as entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, and for those who are planning to work from home in the near future. This event will provide attendees knowledge and tips about working from home. It will also be a great event where people can network and meet other people that they can collaborate or work with or for in the future.

Our very first workshop in 2012 resulted in a sold-out event, with over forty work at home professionals and freelancers in attendance, all of whom benefited from a wealth of insights and knowledge from authentic and experienced work from home professionals. We have since held 12 subsequent workshops, and two annual expos, all in-line with “helping individuals find their bliss working from home while making a home.” The Work at Home Expo last year had around 290 participants with almost 50 booths from different players in the industry and from the small business owners, as well.


Hall B (Main Hall)
Registration will start at 9:00 AM. We will have the booth exhibitors in this area where we can all participate in a booth stamping game! For those who will stay at the main hall to listen to the talks, we will have limited number of chairs in front of the stage so be there early so you can get good seats!
Morning Schedule:
9:30AM – 9:50AM     Welcome remarks and overview of the day; 
                    Opening of the WAHM Support Central section.
9:50AM – 10:10AM    It’s a WAH-nderful Life Video
10:10AM – 10:40AM   Panel of Work at Home Moms
10:40AM – 11:00AM   Raffle Draw
11:00AM – 11:40AM   Panel of Work at Home Singles
11:40AM – 11:45AM   Raffle Draw
11:45AM – 1:00 PM   Lunch Break/Booth Stamping game/
                    Play Video of Sponsors

Afternoon Schedule:
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM   Keynote Speaker
1:25 PM – 1:50 PM   Talk: Balancing Business, Home and Heart 
                          (Marilen Montenegro)
1:50 PM – 2:00 PM   Q&A
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM   Break / Sponsor’s Slot
2:25 PM – 2:30 PM   Introduction of next speaker
2:30 PM – 2:50 PM   Social Entrepreneurship and Foundations
2:50 PM – 3:00 PM   Q&A
3:00 PM – 3:25 PM   Break / Sponsor’s Slot
3:25 PM – 3:30 PM   Introduction of next speaker
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM   Time Management for the Work at Home Parent 
                     (Teresa Dumadag)
3:50 PM – 4:00 PM   Q&A
4:00 PM – 4:05 PM   Introduction of next speaker
4:05 PM – 4:25 PM   Fitness Factors for Work at Homies 
                      (Monica Manzano)
4:25 PM – 4:45 PM   Q&A and Raffle
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM   Closing

*Only starts in the afternoon!

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM   Set Yourself Up for Work at Home Wealth 
                    (Lianne Laroya)
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM   Sponsor’s Slot
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM   WAHM Collaboration: 
                    Where it Begins, How to Earn from It 
                    (Martine, Frances, & Ginger)
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM   Raffle and Afternoon break
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM   Best Practices of a Work-at-Homie
                    by Lyle of
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM   Sponsor’s Slot
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM   How to Go Global with Your Expertise 
                    by Anthony and Tippy Pelayo-Go of Googly Gooeys
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM   Q&A and Raffle Draw
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM   Closing

Event Location
Venue: Bayanihan Center
Venue Phone: (02) 858-1979, (02) 858-1985 to 86
Address:8008 Pioneer St., Kapitolyo, Pasig City, Metro Manila


It’s time to go head over heels for DIVA’s How Do I Look? Asia –the highly anticipated Asian re-imagination of the hit fashion makeover series. Billed as “Asia’s ultimate fashion fix,” How Do I Look? Asia will make its debut on Monday, 31 August at 8PM (SIN/MAL) on DIVA, NBC Universal International Networks’ leading entertainment channel for women in Asia.

The NBC Universal International format, produced by NBC Universal’s Matchbox Asia, follows Malaysian celebrity and style icon Sazzy Falak as she guides eight fashion victims to the path of fashion enlightenment. Jeannie Mai, host of the original U.S. version, and a familiar face to Asian viewers, features in each episode, setting up the fashion challenges each week.

The fashion-challenged victims include onesie-addict/ blogger Apple Allison of Sole Searching Soul (Philippines); indie rock guitarist Ariana (Malaysia); mismatch, mishap/ watercolor artist Choc (Taiwan); sales executive, and literally “plain” Jane (Philippines/Australia); overachieving, yet outdated, Lavinya (Malaysia); rebel teacher Lianni (Philippines); romantically-insecure Maisarah (Singapore); and the uninspiringly-dressed motivational speaker Yessinta (Indonesia).

To achieve a professional look that can be replicated for the everyday, Sazzy will be joined by a guest stylist in each episode: Liz Uy (Filipina celebrity stylist); Zac Wu (Taiwanese celebrity stylist); Andrea Wong(former editor of Elle Malaysia); and Anindita Saryuf (fashion director of Elle Indonesia).

In each episode, Sazzy and an accomplice – a concerned family member, friend or colleague – will help transform the lucky fashion victim into a beacon of style. After having their wardrobe raided, the individual will have their current fashion choices face the “Eww Tube”, one of the iconic features of the original format. The “Eww Tube” is a vacuum cleaner-like machine that literally sucks offending outfits up and away after they have been eliminated by the panel of fashion experts and accomplices.The transformations featured on the series transcend fashion and style.Viewers will also get to witness the complex and emotional backstories of the victims, whose glamorous new looks, and freshly developed sense of style, act as a catalyst for them to adopt a more positive and confident outlook on life.

“How Do I Look? Asia is a testament to DIVA’s position as the leading women’s entertainment channel in Asia. We are confident that this ground-breaking local production,like its original franchise, will strongly resonate with our core female audiences across the region,” said Christine Fellowes, Managing Director, Asia Pacific,NBC Universal International Networks. “Using the insights from various in-depth research initiatives on Asian women that NBC Universal has conducted and developed over the recent years, How Do I Look? Asia features many of the elements that we found women loved: fabulous and fun makeovers, the hottest fashion trends tailored to Asian sensibilities,inspiring and heart-warming personal stories, and a positive underlying message that encourages every woman to be her best self.” 

Jeannie and Sazzy will be making live appearances as they tour Singapore,Malaysia and Vietnam later this month on the following dates: Singapore: 20-22 August
                                                                Kuala Lumpur: 23-25 August
                                                                Ho Chi Minh City: 26-27 August

How Do I Look? Asia Season One is presented by regional sponsor Zalora. Tito Costa, Managing Director of ZALORA Group, said, “We’re excited to be working with How Do I Look? Asia’s very first season of fashion makeover series and we’re proud to contribute to the life-changing makeovers featured throughout the show. ZALORA supports Asia's diverse forms of beauty and seeks to empower women through fashion by giving them the confidence to own whatever moment they find themselves in and to encourage them to be the best version of themselves. The show’s goal is aligned with ZALORA’s commitment to provide a carefully-curated range of fashion options as the right tools to create confidence-boosting looks. This is perfectly echoed in the weekly fashion transformations featured throughout the show."

In Malaysia, the series is also presented by Marigold Yogurt Drink and Panasonic Beauty Clozette is the Official Fashion Social Network of the series, which is filmed at an NBC Universal International studio set built in Solaire Resort & Casino, Manila.

For more information on How Do I Look? Asia, including exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, fashion tips, quizzes and personality profiles, visit Be part of the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #HDILasia

How Do I Look? Asia premieres on 31 August, Mondays at 8PM (SIN/MAL).

About NBC Universal International Networks

NBC Universal International Networks is one of the world’s premier entertainment portfolios, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 176 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The channel brands in the portfolio include Universal Channel, Syfy, E! Entertainment Television, 13th Street, DIVA, Studio Universal, Telemundo, The Style Network and Golf Channel. These unique brands deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe; the portfolio also includes Movies 24 in the UK. Further, NBC Universal News Group, one of the most influential and respected portfolios of on-air and digital news properties in the world, operate CNBC and NBC News internationally.

NBC Universal International Networks is a division of NBC Universal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBC Universal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

About Matchbox Asia

Matchbox Asia is an extension of Matchbox Pictures, synonymous with international shows such as "The Slap", "Nowhere Boys" and "The Real Housewives of Melbourne". Based in Singapore, Matchbox Asia will develop and produce scripted and non-scripted programs for audiences throughout the Asian region. With a focus on creating original content that compliments its Australian output and can be distributed throughout the world by NBCUniversal.

About Zalora Group

ZALORA Group is Asia Pacific’s leading group of online fashion destinations. Founded in 2012, the company has a presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia & Brunei, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Taiwan where it operates as ZALORA and in Australia and New Zealand where it operates as THE ICONIC. ZALORA Group’s localised sites offer an extensive collection of top international and local brands and products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering up to 100-day free returns, speedy deliveries as fast as 3 hours in some markets, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA Group is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities.

About Marigold

Malaysia Milk Sendirian Berhad (MMSB) was incorporated in 1969, and began its own manufacturing operations in Petaling Jaya in 1977. The company markets and distributes brands including MARIGOLD and VITAGEN under its Trading Arm Company, Cotra Enterprises Sdn Bhd. MARIGOLD’s two flagship brands, MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH and MARIGOLD HL Milk, hold the honours of being the No. 1 Pasteurised Fruit Juice and the No.1 Pasteurised Milk brands in Malaysia respectively.

MARIGOLD has set the benchmark for impeccable quality and standard with its pasteurisation process to retain nutritional value and freshness. Other products under the MARIGOLD brand includes: MARIGOLD HL Low Fat Milk, MARIGOLD PEEL FRESH, MARIGOLD Cup Yogurt, MARIGOLD Yogurt Drink, MARIGOLD UHT Asian Drink, MARIGOLD UHT Milk, MARIGOLD UHT Fruit Drink, MARIGOLD 100% Juice, MARIGOLD Sweetened Condensed Filled Milk, MARIGOLD Sweetened Creamer and MARIGOLD Evaporated Milk.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Dance in Fight Against HIV: DOH Asec Eric Tayag and Bernardo Buddies tandem

He never lose his charisma, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag surprised everyone at an art exhibit last Saturday with a dance performance to support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Joined by Seb Castro of “Bubble Pop” fame and Quezon City’s HIV testing advocates, the Bernardo Buddies, Tayag swayed to Chris Brown’s “Five More Hours.”

The exhibit was the culminating activity of the “You’re Sexy When You Know It” campaign, which was launched on World AIDS Day last year. Jointly organized by the DOH and the Quezon City Government, the campaign makes innovative use of digital tools (social media, blogs, Grindr,Youtube) to encourage males-who-have-sex-with-males MSMs) to sign-up online and set an appointment at Klinika Bernardo, a health facility in Quezon City that provides free HIV counseling,testing, and therapy. 

Disrupting the stigma related to HIV testing, especially among most-at-risk populations, is crucial in the face of the steady increase of HIV incidence in the country. In his opening speech, Tayag talked about the gravity of the current trend, saying: “As of June 2015, there were 772 new HIV Ab sero-positive individuals. This was 56% higher compared to the same period last year. This means that every month we’re getting the highest numbers of reported cases since 1984.” 

Aside from awareness campaigns, the government has also been investing in facilities that would help curb the incidence of HIV in the country. Quezon City Councilor Eufemio C. Lagumbay talked about the importance of innovation and underscored Quezon City’s commitment to addressing HIV/AIDS,proudly announcing that “Quezon City has two more social hygiene clinics, aside from Klinika Bernardo, that will help encourage testing and therapy among our MSMs.” Hosted by TV host and socialite Divine Lee, also known as “Mother Beki,” the exhibit featured works by Niccolo Cosme, Angelo Magno, Jason Moss, and Datu Jainal. Proceeds will be donated to Klinika Bernardo.

Monday, August 10, 2015

DOST recognizes 236 scholar graduates

In a bid to celebrate the brilliance of the brightest stars of the science community, the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) honored 236 outstanding science scholars who graduated with honors for the school year 2014-2015.

A DOST scholar-graduate in the graduate scholarship program pose for a photo with DOST Usec. Rowena Cristina Guevara, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo and SEI Director Josette Biyo
Overall, three summa cum laude, 44 magna cum laude, 134 cum laude, an honorable mention, and four academic distinctions were awarded—both in the undergraduate and graduate levels—during the ceremony. One scholar-graduate was also recognized for completing her degree earlier than the prescribed period.

Ninety six (96) honorees from the national capital region and Region 4A attended the ceremony.

For the undergraduate scholarships, 65 honor graduates under the DOST-SEI Merit Scholarship—the agency’s pioneer scholarship program for undergraduates—were recognized which listed three summa cum laude, 16 magna cum laude, 45 cum laude, one honorable mention, and one early-graduate.

Likewise, the Republic Act 7687 or the Science and Technology Scholarship Act of 1994 produced 107 scholar graduates with honors headlined by 25 magna cum laude, 78 cum laude, and four with academic distinction.

As for the graduate scholarships, a total of eight Masters and 38 Doctoral students—with three magna cum laude and 11 cum laude—graduated under the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP). This Program is a unified and innovative human resource development strategy aimed at hastening the production of highly trained scientists by awarding MS and PhD scholarship grants to eligible individuals who will fill in the gaps of identified areas of science and technology. Under the program, nine scholars finished cum laude, and one as an academic excellence awardee.

On the other hand, the Engineering Research and Development for Technology (ERDT) program—a graduate scholarship program in priority engineering courses and related field—recorded 10 PhD graduates.

One PhD scholar also graduated under the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARRD) Scholarship Program.

At the In Touch with Excellence Awarding Ceremony, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo applauded the scholar-graduates for achieving excellence in their respective S&T programs and referred to them as welcome additions to the growing community of scientists, engineers, and innovators whom the country expect to contribute in national development.

“DOST is seeing the gains of supporting the education of deserving and gifted students in S&T that is why we commit to strengthen the impact of the scholarship program by expanding its coverage in the next years,” Montejo remarked.

He later invited the scholar-graduates to be part of the workforce that will “propel the country to greater heights” through science and technology.

SEI Director Dr. Josette Biyo also urged the honorees to continue learning and promoted the Institute’s graduate scholarships available in highly specialized fields in the sciences and engineering.

“The world of work would be harder, for sure, but as DOST scholar-graduates you are primed to maintain the excellence you’ve shown for most of your student life. Don’t be scared in going after big things. After all, that’s where DOST scholars are known for,” she added.

In closing, Ernest Nathan Nogales, a BS Chemistry summa cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines Diliman urged his co-honorees to embody the phrase “serve the people” in its fullest sense.

“If we think we will serve for just 5 years and (say) “that’s it, I’m free from the bond” (then) we’re completely missing the point,” said Nogales. “Don’t think about the 5 years. Don’t even think about the bond.”

“Let us serve the people, not out of duty, but out of love,” he furthered.

Friday, July 24, 2015

A Great Morning Breakfast with McDonald's all-new Cheesy Eggdesal

What's good about mornings? Coffee and a full hearty breakfast.

 For Filipinos, nothing beats waking up to a good breakfast that is not only delicious and filling, but one that also brings a sense of comfort and familiarity. 

Starting July 24, Pinoys are in for a breakfast solution that will bring customers the familiar feeling of home, allowing them to enjoy relaxed and worry-free mornings. The all-new Cheesy Eggdesal is the perfect combination of fluffy folded egg and melted cheese in between warm pandesal buns. This new McDonald’s offering is sure to make mornings extra awesome, while giving the energy that one needs to face the day’s challenges.

For only P39, the Cheesy Eggdesal is an affordable and convenient breakfast option for working individuals who are always rushing to go to work and complete their tasks. Not only does it give them a delicious home-style breakfast, it does so without having to empty their pockets. 

Along with the Cheesy Eggdesal, customers can also enjoy their mornings with their Hamdesal favorites – Hamdesal Plain, Hamdesal with Cheese, and Hamdesal with Egg, now made with softer and tastier buns.

Whether you’re an early riser or a ‘savor-every-minute-of-sleep’ kind of person, McDonald’s gives you reasons to look forward to every waking moment with its affordable, filling, and delicious breakfast options.

Enjoy the all-new Cheesy Eggdesal and any of your favorite Breakfast Everyday McSavers from 4:00 AM to 10:30 AM in McDonald’s stores nationwide through Dine-In, Take-out, Drive-Thru, and via McDelivery.

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Philippines now ranks #36 in International Math Olympiad

Two silvers, two bronzes, an honourable mention, and a piece of national history.

This, as the Philippine delegation capped the 56th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), the hardest and most prestigious math competition in the world, with its best performance since it started competing in 1988.

Adrian Reginald Sy of St. Jude Catholic School and Clyde Wesley Ang of Chiang Kai Shek College scored 21 and 19 points, respectively, to nab two silver medals to lead the winningest team that the country has fielded in the competition. The 56th IMO was held from 4-16 July 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Sy, who netted the country’s third silver medal in the competition last year, is now a two-time IMO silver medalist. Ang, meanwhile, a first-timer in the prestigious competition but a veteran in other international math competitions, won the Philippines’ fifth silver medal in its 27-year participation.

Farrell Eldrian Wu of MGC New Life Christian Academy fell just two points shy of the silver medal cutoff of 19 points to win his second bronze medal in a row. Albert John Patupat of Holy Rosary College likewise scored 15 points to secure a bronze medal. Meanwhile, Kyle Patrick Dulay of Philippine Science High School – Main Campus scored 12 to earn an Honourable Mention.

Team Leader Dr. Jose Ernie Lope and Deputy Team Leader Louie John Vallejo, both of the Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP), guided the national contingent that also fielded Raymond Joseph Fadri of Makati Science High School. The team was selected from the 20 National Finalists of the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad that underwent training in April and May through the Math Olympiad Summer Camp organized by the MSP.

With the victory, the Philippine Team got a total score of 87 and ranked 36 among 104 participating countries. Lope reported that the performance brought the country closer to Southeast Asian powerhouses like Hong Kong (rank 28) and Indonesia (rank 29), and higher than top-mainstays such as Belarus (rank 39) and the Netherlands (rank 43).

The IMO is composed of six problems that the participants solve in two days. Questions come from four subject areas namely geometry, algebra, number theory and combinatorics. Each problem is worth seven points.

“The six problems appearing at the IMO are certainly very difficult that even the easiest of these is several times harder than the math problems that are usually encountered by high school students,” described Lope, who served as the Team Leader of the national team in the past three years.

Department of Science and Technology - Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Director Dr. Josette Biyo said the historic accomplishment did not come as a shock and was simply “a fair testament to what young Filipino math wizards are capable of achieving internationally.”

“I am not surprised that we won given the credentials of the members of our Philippine team. They’re all proven winners and we’re very happy that they brought home a historic feat for the nation,” said Biyo.

Biyo also commended the MSP for the marked improvements seen in recent years and expressed optimism that winning the first gold medal is “not farfetched.”

“We are getting there and hence the government will continue its support to these types of programs to ensure that we not only produce winners in the competitions but also in the real world where we need more scientists and engineers,” said Biyo.

The Philippine participation to the IMO was made possible with the partnership of the DOST-SEI and MSP together with the Foundation for the Upgrading of Secondary Education, Metrobank Foundation, Inc., University of the Philippines Diliman - Institute of Mathematics, Ateneo de Manila University - Department of Mathematics, Social Security System, Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines, United Coconut Planters Life Assurance Corporation, and Holy Rosary College.