Monday, February 9

Pantene 3-Minute Miracle

I always have my hair rebonded twice a year. I have fine, wavy hair and rebonding saves me hours of styling. The downside of this, though, is hair damage. And though I try to have a hair treatment monthly, the ends of my precious crowning glory just get to so dry and brittle.


How I wish I had fabulous hair like Bea Alonzo, haha! So, when P&G Beauty sent me a sample bottle of their new hair conditioner, Pantene 3-Minute Miracle, I was more than happy. Pantene 3-Minute Miracle promises frizz-free, shinier hair in just 3 minutes.


Pantene 3-Minute Miracle's improved conditioning agent, the catatonic polymer, is positively-charged that neutralizes the negatively-charged damage portions of hair. It coats hair strands in a protective layer making it tangle-free. I did notice the improvement when I combed my hair with my fingers after showering. I normally buy the Pantene Total Damage Care 10 conditioner which is already alright for my hair but Pantene 3-Minute Miracle's effect is better. I already felt my hair frizz-free even during rinsing it.


Pantene 3-Minute Miracle in Total Damage Care and Hair Fall Control is sold at Php 159 for the 180ml bottle and Php 259 for the 340ml bottle. The best news of all is that Pantene 3-Minute Miracle is now on sale at Zalora.com.ph. Only this February, you will be able to buy Pantene 3-Minute Miracle at 50% off. Time to hoard, ladies, and don't forget to share your #PanteneMiracle experience!



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Sunday, January 25

SALE ALERT: Lazada.com.ph 2015 Chinese New Year Kick-Off Sale

Get ready for another crazy, jaw-dropping sale event from Lazada!

Fresh from the success of its Online Revolution Month culminating last December 12, 2014, Lazada.com.ph is poised to stage yet again another show-stopping shopping event happening this January 27 as a kick-off to the forthcoming Chinese New Year. Expect price cuts of as much as 88% off on select best-selling items, flash sales, and surprise items. All you'll ever have to do is have your eyes set on www.lazada.com.ph/chinese-new-year/ starting 12:01 AM of January 27 until 11:59 PM of the same day!


Here's what to expect:



  • For the shopaholic nightowls, Lazada.com.ph will be holding night Sales Promotion from 12:00 AM – 8:00 AM of January 27, with many night vouchers up for grabs to give you the best additional discounts on top of discounted best selling items!
  • For those who seek adventure and shopping thrill, there will be 16 Hourly Flash Sales from 8:00 AM until 11:59 PM!
  • For the competitive shoppers, there will be hourly contests and special prizes on www.lazada.com.ph and on the Lazada Facebook Page www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines;
  • For the Deal Hunters to get more out of their hard-earned bucks, Lazada.com.ph will be unveiling killer deals on best-selling tech and lifestyle items with discounts of as much as 88%!!!
  • For those who seek shopping discounts, exclusive discount vouchers can be availed from our partners such as Smart Bro, Citibank, BPI, BDO and Maybank




Happy shopping everyone!


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Tuesday, January 6

20th Century Fox's 2015 Movie Lineup

20th Century Fox, avant-garde studio behind breakthrough concepts in filmmaking such as the immersive 3D technology in “Avatar,” the better-than-ever sequels of franchise films such as “Ice Age” and superheroes such as “X-Men” films, non-stop heart-pounding action flicks and phenomenal book-to-film adaptations of “The Fault In Our Stars,” “Life of Pi” and “Maze Runner” welcomes 2015 with unforgettable and highly-entertaining movies poised to set new box-office records. Sharing with you their movie lineup for the year.


Ben Stiller and the his magical friends and new ones are back in the third and final instalment of “Night at the Museum” franchise, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” The adventure begins when Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) discovers that the iconic historical heroes, seems to be out of control – fighting, brandishing guns and causing chaos at the Museum of Natural History, where Larry runs the extraordinary ‘Night Program’ and must find a way to keep the magic alive.


“Taken 3” will prove that Brian Mills is up to the task and better than anyone there will ever be in protecting his family with his particular set of skills as ex-covert agent in this third instalment of the hugely successful action franchise. In the movie, the game has changed and the stakes at its highest, Mills is a fugitive on the run, after being framed for a murder and is hell-bent to uncover the group behind the killing.


Michael Keaton puts on his winning cape in the highly-acclaimed “Birdman” (or “The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance”) along with an ensemble of an impressive cast including Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Ryan, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough and Emma Stone. Keaton plays Riggan Thomas, a washed up actor who refused an offer to play the fourth time to reprise his role in the highly successful “Birdman” movies. Instead, he tries to reinvent himself by writing and directing a stage play that would push him further as an actor.


Academy-Award winner Reese Witherspoon stars in “Wild,” an adaptation of the biographical book (of the same title) by Cheryl Strayed that reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller List. The book likewise was the first featured reading material in Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 where Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed who decided to take on a journey to self-discovery by trekking a 1,100 mile lone hike to put her life back together again.


Taking the audience into the depths of thrills in the espionage game, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduces a team of newly-trained spy recruits who battle a twisted genius, based upon the acclaimed comic book by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons starring Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Caine, Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson and Taron Egerton.

While in “Spy,” the world’s most covert of spies have been injured and exposed where the only remaining choice to save the world is an unassuming unsung desk analyst within the undercover organization directed by Paul Feig starring Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, Jason Statham, Allison Janney and Rose Byrne.


A supernatural team in “B.O.O. (Bureau of Otherworldly Operations)” comes to the rescue dedicated to protect humans from evil hauntings, the agents of B.O.O. have a secret weapon: they are ghosts themselves! When newbie agents Jackson Moss and his odd-ball partner Watts uncover a plot to destroy B.O.O. by the agency's Most Wanted Haunter, they must use every trick in their arsenal to defeat his powerful ghost army and save Earth from a ghostly fate.

Vince Vaughn, Dave Franco and Tm Wilkinson work hard to play hard in “Unfinished Business,” – where the three travel to Europe for the deal of their lives and keep on getting tangled in a series of unfortunate hilarious events that will make or break their budding business venture.


2012’s box-office surprise hit “Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’s” sequel “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” is about to charm the second time around where Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel reprise their roles. Joining the sequel is Richard Gere where we see the famed hotel is now expanding into a chain.


Four-time Emmy-winner Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”), Rianna and Jennifer Lopez lend vocal star power in DreamWorks Animation’s delightful family film “Home.” Parsons star as the voice of a purple alien called Oh and meets Tip (Rianna) on his attempt to hide from the rest of his species. Lopez stars as Tip’s mother, Lucy. Both on the run, Oh and Tip embark on a thrilling road trip to save the earth.


Based on Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel, “The Longest Ride” tracks a 91-year-old man trapped in a car crash who reflects on his life with his deceased wife as a young couple fall in love a few miles away. In his first major leading role, Scott Eastwood will play Luke Collins, whose love affair with college senior Sophia Danko plays out as the youthful half of the romantic saga.


Based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel of the same title, “Far From the Madding Crowd” stars Carey Mulligan as Bathsheba Everdene – an independent, beautiful and single-minded woman who attracts three distinct suitors. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explore the nature of relationships and love in the midst of hardships.

The most horrifying horror movie of the 80’s is back for another haunting in the reimagining and contemporizing of “Poltergeist” in 3D. Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan team up to bring the horror classic about a family whose home is invaded by very angry evil spirits. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and take the youngest daughter, the family must come together to rescue her.

“The Fantastic Four” reboot is the contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team. The movie is about four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

At the heels of the highly successful adaptation of John Green’s “The Fault In Our Stars,” Green’s “Paper Towns” has also been adapted to film starring Nat Wolff about a geeky high school senior’s search for the most popular girl who disappeared on the eve of their graduation.


“Hitman: Agent 47” is based on the top-selling and award-winning videogame franchise "Agent 47”. An all-new motion picture about an elite and genetically engineered assassin, known only by the last two digits – 47 – of a barcode tattooed on the back of his neck. His latest target is a young woman on the run from powerful and clandestine forces. The mission brings startling revelations about the lethal agent and his prey, hurtling them on a collision course with their pasts. And this time, his number may be up.


The second book of “The Maze Runner” series by James Dashner, “The Scorch Trials” has also been adapted on the big screen following the successful release of the first movie and will continue where the first one left off. This time, after the Gladers have escaped the Maze, they now face a new set of games out in the world ravaged by flares and diseases.

Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in “Victor Frankenstein,” based on Igor’s (hunchback assistant of Dr. Frankenstein) perspective – of his dark origins, his redemptive friendship with young medical student Victor Von Frankenstein and how Frankenstein, the legend we know today came to be.


Snoopy, the world’s most lovable beagle – and flying ace – embarks upon his greatest mission as he takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis The Red Baron, while his best pal, Charlie Brown, begins his own epic quest in “Peanuts Movie” (3D).


Andy Weir’s phenomenal self-published book, “The Martian” also leaps from pages to screen. Directed by Ridley Scott, the movie is about an outer space adventure starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Kristen Wiig that follows the story of astronaut Mark Watney, one of the first people on Mars. He is left behind by his crewmates after a dust storm tears through the area and has to find a way to survive being stranded on the Red Planet.

I'm sure you're as excited as we are! See you at the movies!

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Wednesday, December 10

Our Five Core Filipino Values and Krem-Top's Change for the Better Pilipinas Campaign

And we're down to the last few weeks of 2014! I'm sure most of you are preparing your New Year's resolutions already. These past years, "dieting" and "more excercise time" have been the suki New Year's resolutions in my list. Sounds familiar? LOL!

So how about we change those to include the traits that we Filipinos are truly known for so we can contribute in the betterment of our nation? This is what Alaska Krem-Top's latest "Change for the Better" campaign for is all about.


Started in 2012, the "Change for the Better" campaign is a call to action for people to commit and sustain the change to become better individuals, not just during the turn of the year but all throughout the year and beyond. The campaign has grown from being a personal call to change to being nationalistic as the mission is not just on one’s self anymore but on the entire nation as the Filipino spirit has been put into tests with the onslaught of recent calamities in the recent past.

At the recent "Change for the Better" Bloggers Conference, Dr. Mina Ramirez of the Asian Social Institute identified 5 Filipino Core Values that make Filipinos stand out from the rest. Definitely, when practiced daily, these values can make our country better.

Based on Dr. Ramirez’s study “The Filipino Worldview and Values” and her insights from decades of practice as a phenomenological sociologist, here are the Five Core Filipino Values based on the Basic Aspirations of a Filipino:
  1. Mapagpasalamat - Filipinos are naturally positive and we were smiles on our faces even in the most depressing situations. We always say, "Salamat sa Diyos (Thank God)" and we also do not forget to return the favor to people who have done good deeds to us.
  2. Matatag - Filipinos have this innate strength and firmness even in the midst of hardships. We are able to fight and endure obstacles for the sake of our loved ones.
  3. Masigasig - Again, for our families and loved ones, we strive hard to achieve abundance. A perfect example of this trait would be the Overseas Filipino Workers who work hard abroad so their families can have a better life.
  4. Mapagmalasakit - Filipinos do not only care for their family but also for their friends, neighbors, and communities. We are naturally compassionate and we keep the bayanihan spirit alive especially in times of calamities.
  5. Magalang - We are known to give respect to our elders with the words po and opo and through pagmamano (kissing of the hand). Our language itself is also respectful because it does not have any gender bias. Examples would be the words kapatid (brother / sister) or asawa (husband / wife) or biyenan (father-in-law / mother-in-law) or anak (son / daughter) which do not manifest differences in gender.
“Filipinos may be hard pressed at times, but in general, we are rich. We are rich in natural resources; we are rich in our people. If we can just get to know more ourselves clearly and use our values to our advantage, we will become a better nation. It’s time to change for the better,” said Dr. Ramirez.


Alaska Milk Corporation’s Vice President for Marketing and Krem-Top Change for the Better campaign lead, Blen Fernando, is optimistic that this project will help create awareness about the need to keep or enrich or restore these core values of Filipinos. “We hope that Krem-Top’s Change for the Better campaign will inspire us to be the better version of ourselves for the benefit of our families and our country. The public can count on our continued support to champion the Filipino spirit that will help make us a better and stronger nation.”

For more information about Krem-Top Change for the Better campaign, visit www.facebook.com/AlaskaKremTop or follow @kremtopPH on Twitter.


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Thursday, November 27

Destination: Chastity (How To Teach Your Teens Chastity at Home)

In the recently concluded Kerygma Conference 2014 in Manila, one of the Life Classes I signed up for is Jason Evert's chastity talk for parents entitled, Destination: Chastity. I did not let the opportunity pass because my boy is now fourteen and it's the perfect time for me to learn how to influence him to be pure and chaste.


Now, before you continue reading, know that the purpose of this write-up is not to condemn people who have given up their virginity or those who are not abstaining from sex before marriage. I, myself, am a failure in this respect. We were already 5 months pregnant with Ralph when my husband and I got married. But as I grew more in my Catholic faith, I understood that our God is a God of second chances and this is my second chance to make things right.


Jason Evert (@jasonevert) is a Catholic author and chastity speaker. He and his wife, Crystalina, are the ones behind ChastityProject.com and he travels across America and different countries to speak to parents and young audiences. During his talk, Jason explained that teenage boys and girls have different understanding of love and lust. For the girls, it's for the sake of being loved. Meanwhile, hormones are to blame for the urge that teenage boys have towards sex. Just the same, if our children are well-loved and guided at home, modesty, purity, and chastity are values that can be passed on to them easily.

Here are some ways that we, as parents, can do at home to teach our teens chastity:

  1. Live an ulterior life of prayer. We should be the ones to always intercede for our children. And although it sometimes takes time, God answers the deepest desires of our hearts.
  2. Teach your children sacrifice and be confident that they can do it.  Abstinence from sex until marriage will require a lot of sacrifice. Saying that it's alright to have sex as long as it's safe tells our children that we expect them to fail in this abstinence thing.
  3. Be a parent more than a buddy. Form boundaries even when your kids hate you for doing so.  The "thank you" will come later on when they're older and more mature.
  4. Teach your teen to take dating seriously. The ultimate purpose of dating is to find a life-time partner. Teens should understand that they can take their time and date only when they are ready.
  5. Maintain a parenting network. Make friends with good parents with kids the same age as yours. With a support group backing you up, you can pick up good strategies in raising your teen and also get to check whether you're out of bounds or not.
  6. Be updated on the latest internet and media safety tools. Install useful apps/software to check your teen's computer browsing or chat history. Know how to configure your WiFi router so obscene sites are blacklisted. Most importantly, get rid of all access points to pornography at home (even the sexy magazines, please).
  7. Talk to your kids. Let them feel that you can still be a friend even with the rules you set for them. Ask the right questions; never be too demanding.
  8. Don't just give them "the talk" but give them lots of talk. The usual mom-to-daughter or dad-to-son talk about the birds and the bees happen at this stage.  Jason recommends that even the moms can do "the talk" to their sons or the dads to their daughters. It could be very awkward but he maintains that awkwardness is part of authenticity. Mom and Dad can take turns or both can do "the talk" at the same time. Anyway, it's never a one time affair.
  9. Get over your own insecurities. Your authority in teaching chastity to your teen doesn't come from your own history but from God. Before this point was raised, I was actually thinking about asking Mr. Evert how I can teach my son chastity when I wasn't even able to do it. But Jason said, if you already repented for your sin, you are still credible to teach chastity to your children. Also, both parents should teach chastity and not only the mom. The dad must also speak because children always follow the footsteps of their father.
  10. Chastity should be taught as a virtue. Teach your teen to regard sex as God's plan for their marriage. When a newly wedded couple makes love for the first time on their wedding night, they're renewing their vows again but, this time, with their bodies. Also, parents should also practice chastity. No pornography at home because it would also be like committing adultery, although not physically but, with the heart. Make your teen understand that abstinence is also an expression of love. 

The points I shared here are only from the notes I took that day. I'm sure I missed out on some points so I recommend that you visit www.chastityproject.com for additional resources. Have your kids browse the site, too! Be blessed!

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