Monday, September 26, 2016

51Talk Teacher Nisha: Empowered Through Teaching English Online

51Talk teacher Nisha is a 36-year old Physics and Mathematics public school teacher from Nueva Ecija. She believes that teaching is a true calling. Considered the most noble among the professions, teaching allows teachers to play an important role not just in the academic achievements of their students, but also in bringing out their potential.

Nisha has considered working abroad to make ends meet but she could not sacrifice being separated with her husband and child. Good thing, 51Talk has opened up an opportunity for her to earn more. 51Talk is the fastest growing online English Language Teaching (ELT) platform in China and the Philippines. Since it began operating in the Philippines in 2012, 51Talk has created thousands of opportunities for home-based teachers, employing more than 7,000 part-time and full-time English online teachers working in the comfort of their homes.

"51Talk has definitely helped me in many ways. I have gotten this far in my master's degree because of the additional earnings I get as an online English teacher. With the training that 51Talk provides, I have become a more well-rounded teacher," shared Nisha. At first, her main goal was to earn more but her passion and dedication to teaching has made her enjoy and fall in love with her work.

Teachers like Nisha now have the opportunity to be empowered and reach economic stability through the partnership between 51Talk and PLDT-Smart Foundation Gabay Guro advocacy. 51Talk has been recognized as the best and largest professional online English school in the world since its establishment in 2011. The company was recently listed at the NYSE.

51Talk and Gabay Guro officially signed the partnership agreement last September 22, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. 51Talk will offer digital livelihood to qualified teacher members of Gabay Guro.

Gabay Guro will endorse qualified teachers who will immediately undergo 51Talk's stringent selection process. Chosen teachers will be given free training on English proficiency, online English teaching skills, and will have access of 51Talk's platform and educational materials.


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Novuhair Supports Alopecia Areata Awareness in Celebrating Inner Strength

September marks the month-long commemoration of Alopecia Areata awareness worldwide. Alopecia areata is a condition when hair loss occur due to faults in the immune system attacking the hair follicles which results in partial or total loss of hair on the head and other parts of the body.

Leading this year’s celebration in the country is Alopecia Philippines, a group founded by singer and songwriter Abby Asistio in 2012. She has been championing the cause of empowering citizens with this condition.

Abby is no stranger to alopecia, having been diagnosed with alopecia areata since she was four years old. Abby’s decision to come out in public with her condition was a major turning point in her life. 

On September 2012, Abby decided to start an online campaign in time with Alopecia Awareness Month by inviting family and friends to pose with the double “A” (inverted “V”) sign using their fingers on the photo sharing site, Instagram. It quickly caught on and Abby was overwhelmed by the response from netizens, with over a thousand photo contributions to date.

This paved the way for the beginnings of Alopecia Philippines. It aims to raise awareness about alopecia and correct common misconceptions and perceptions about it, provide encouragement to people afflicted with it, and create an online support community for them. 

Inspired by Abby’s honesty and courage, men and women, kids and teens from different walks of life began sharing their own stories and struggles living with alopecia. What started out as a group of ten is now more than 300 members strong and its Facebook page – Alopecia Areata Awareness, draws followers from all over the world.

Novuhair has been supporting the cause for Alopecia Philippines through Abby Asistio. Abby have been using the brand continuously since March 2013 and she has only praises to share using the product.

Nature has provided a safe and effective answer to hair loss and scalp disorders. Novuhair is the only topical scalp lotion in the market that has the highest concentration of natural ingredients, FDA-certified and ACD-compliant. Novuhair is a homegrown, proudly Philippine-made product that is globally competitive.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, Instagram: @NovuhairOfficial and follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and


Active Life Chicago Physical Therapy Clinic

I was diagnosed with S-curve scoliosis in 2005. I was closely monitored since then and I regularly undergo physical rehabilitation whenever I feel pain. I have 6-12 sessions with my physical therapist or until the pain goes away.

Most Filipinos ignore the pain they feel. Some would seek the help of the traditional manghihilot. My mom used to bring me to a manghihilot whenever I have sinat and she feels like I have pilay. Although these manghihilot prove to be effective, they cannot address all of the problems. It is advisable to seek professional medical help.

Ronald Samaniego, an experienced physical therapist with extensive specialized training in orthopedic rehabilitation and musculoskeletal disorder and a doctorate degree, returned to the Philippines and put up Active Life Chicago Physical Therapy Clinics.  

Pain should never slow you down or make you inactive. Active Life Chicago PT focuses mainly on physical rehabilitation and enables the patients to resume an active lifestyle. 


Hands Free Ultrasound and Stim Combo 

This ultrasound is much more focused than the ones you've probably encountered. With a frequency of up to 10k hertz for the stim, the pain relief lasts longer than a typical Bambang style equipment.


Breaks down scar tissue and relieves muscle spasms. Together with ActiveLife style of PT, shockwave becomes a very powerful tool in our arsenal.


Part of Active Life Chicago PT basic treatment that helps relieve pain, spasm and tenderness. It can be used like Guasha, Graston or Aystm.

Dry needling/acupuncture

Dry needling is similar to acupuncture but they put the needles on the painful spots instead of putting them on acupuncture points.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy pain specialist. Active Life Chicago PT specialize in treating Frozen shoulder, knee pain, back/sciatica, plantar fasciitis, arthritic conditions, sports injuries, carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, neck and shoulder pain, disc bulge, scoliosis, joint and muscle pains.

Free Consult at New Clinics

Avail of the FREE consultation at Pasay, Fairview, Nuvali, BInondo, Makati, Caloocan, BGC and Antipolo branches. Call (02) 997-5704 to schedule or inquire about the walk-in hours.


415 Cityland Shaw Tower
Mandaluyong City
(02) 997-5704 or (0977) 292 2215

Unit 805 1472-1476 Pacific Century Tower,
Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Near Crossings Mall/National Bookstore
(0977) 290 0650

12 Concepcion Condo Unit 212 & 214
General Concepcion, Bagong Barrio Caloocan City
0995-840-7772 Globe
0950-634-7925 Smart

Gymboree Building Brain Train center Unit 108
Sta. Rosa Business Park, Greenfield, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
(0995)844 1166 Globe
(0950) 6347938 Talk N Text

Please be advised that the Physical Therapist usually do the consult.

For more information, 


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Gatorade Run Manila 2016: My #FitAtForty First Run

“You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.” - CS Lewis

I have always wanted to participate in a running event but I doubt if I am fit enough to finish. I turned 40 last September 18 and I felt like it's about time to start writing off the things from my bucketlist. I've started my #FitAtForty challenge last May. I joined the Adidas FitSquad and I'm into healthy eating. I don't starve myself. I still indulge every now and then. 

I signed up for the 11K category of the Gatorade Run Manila 2016 happening on November 27, 2016 at the SM Mall of Area in Pasay City. For a first timer, 11K is really ambitious. I googled to have an idea how far is 11K and it's like walking from Masinag where I live to Our Lady of Peace Church in Antipolo. Hmm.. manageable. People do the Alay Lakad every Good Friday to the church and they pass by our community gate.

Interested in the Gatorade Run 11•22?

Online registration for the Gatorade Run 11K and 22K categories for credit card payment is on September 12 to November 13, 2016 while the Prepaid Card selling is from October 19 to November 13, 2016. You can purchase the prepaid card at the following Adidas Stores:

  • Adidas Solenad 3
  • Adidas BGC
  • Adidas Trinoma
  • Adidas Greenbelt 2
  • Adidas Eastwood

Race Kit for 11K is P1,100 and P1,700 for 22K. Inclusion are race bib, singlet and D-tag. 

11K and 22K finishers will receive a finishers shirt. Only the 22K will receive a finisher medal.

Thank you Gatorade and Adidas for these running essentials. I'm gonna buy an Adidas running shoes soon!! I've got two months to prepare for the Gatorade Run Manila 2016. I hope you sign up too! Click the link below to register :)


Monday, September 19, 2016

Jolly Hotdog in Cheesy Classic and NEW Chili Cheese

Jollibee, the country’s largest fast food chain, has beefed up one of its well-loved product lines, the Jolly Hotdog, with the New Chili Cheese variant, an exciting addition to its Cheesy Classic variant.

Always served fresh, the Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog offers over-the-top beefy goodness with its beef hotdog in a warm bun, topped with a slightly tangy special dressing and livened up with grated cheese and tomato catsup.

Just like the Cheesy Classic variant, the New Chili Cheese Jolly Hotdog is a beef hotdog in a delicious bun, but this time topped with a generous serving of mouth-watering meaty chili and cheese sauce.

At the Jolly Hotdog’s core is a beefy, juicy hotdog that makes for a perfect treat you want to savor every bite of. This certified delish snack is packed with over-the-top flavors and textures you’ll never find in plain and boring hotdog sandwiches.

According to Francis E. Flores, Jollibee Chief Global Marketing Officer and Jollibee Philippines Head of Marketing, the New Chili Cheese Jolly Hotdog came at the right time when consumers are more attuned to variety and adventure.

“The more thrilling Chili Cheese variant is for today’s fast food fans who are always looking to explore new flavors. The new tasty topping definitely adds zest and adventure to Jolly Hotdog,” he said. Launched in 1990, Jolly Hotdog has always been an all-time favorite among barkadas, teens, kids and kids at heart as a way to satisfy their hunger with a delicious and reasonably priced snack, or as a comfort food to relish either for dine-in, takeout, drive-thru or delivery.

Come and enjoy Jolly Hotdog in Cheesy Classic and New Chili Cheese variants with your friends, either ala carte or in a combo meal with regular fries and drink. Price starts at P50.


The Philippine International Convention Center at 40: A National Gem Shines Brighter

The Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Asia’s first international convention center, turned 40 last September 5 with a grand celebration at its Reception Hall.

Four decades after its formal inauguration on September 5, 1976, the PICC has stood the test of time to establish itself as one of the premier event venues in Southeast Asia. Witnessing the greatest moments of the past generations and hosting the most important events in Philippine history, the PICC has become more than just a national landmark, but a shining gem for arts, culture, history and entertainment.

Its biggest events include the 1976 IMF-World Bank Meeting, the 3rd Informal Summit of the ASEAN (1999), the 112thInter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (2005), the 40th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting, Post Ministerial Conference and ASEAN Regional Forum (2007), 45th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (2012), and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Meetings in 1996 and 2015. Other significant events held at the PICC include the 1992 World Chess Olympiad and the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant, and concerts by various renowned international artists which include Luciano Pavarotti, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Janet Jackson, and our very own Lea Salonga. Religious icons have also graced the halls of the center such as Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Saint John Paul II.

The celebration looked back at the grandest moments of the PICC. An exhibit displayed photos from select events, the highlight of which was the handwritten message to PICC by Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who was canonized as a Saint by Pope Francis a day before the PICC anniversary celebration.

Denise Laurel and Christian Bautista
Over dinner, guests were treated to an entertainment spectacle hosted by the talented Denise Laurel, with performances from Ballet Manila and top balladeer Christian Bautista. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor and Chairman of the PICC Board of Directors Amando M. Tetangco, Jr. spoke about the PICC’s legacy as well as the Center’s plans for the future.

PICC’s top clients and loyal partners from the private and government sector were recognized for their valuable support for the Center over the years, and PICC employees who have worked at the Center for at least twenty years were honored with Service Recognition awards for their hard work, dedication, selfless service, and enduring loyalty.

PICC General Manager, Renato B. Padilla; Leah Salonga; BSP Governor, Amando M. Tetangco Jr.
A special award, the PICC Gem, was given to acclaimed singer-actress Lea Salonga, for embodying PICC’s ideals of world-class excellence and global reach, and for showcasing the PICC to the world as the country’s premier event venue. She is the first-ever recipient of the award.

Governor Tetangco, Monetary Board Member Armando L. Suratos, and members of the PICC Board of Directors Pacita Rosalinda Y. Aguirre, Gabriel L. Cruz, Raquel D. Garcia, Cristina M. Sarino and Susan S. Villar and PICC General Manager Renato B. Padilla handed out the awards to the honorees. The night ended on a high note, with a toast to the PICC’s next “40 years and forward”.

With the PICC continuing to evolve, the national gem only shines brighter as it combines its rich heritage with a clear mandate and vision of the future.

For more information about PICC, you may visit their website at You may also like and follow them on Facebook at


Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why Are Pinoys So Jolly And Joyful?

There’s no doubt that Filipinos are among the jolliest people on the planet. Wherever one might go in this country, he or she will most definitely be met with a smile, a warm greeting, or a hearty laugh. Foreigners often wonder how an entire nation of over 100 million can extend kindness and good cheer even to complete strangers.

In the Gallup 2015 Positive Experience Index, the country ranked fifth in the list of happiest citizens in the world, despite the many socio-economic issues they face every day. However, these survey figures do not completely explain why many Filipinos consistently choose joy over negative emotions.

What’s the real secret behind the trademark Pinoy cheerfulness?

This is a question that Jollibee, the country’s number one fast food brand, answered in an online campaign released last September 10, 2016.

“Jollibee, as a homegrown Filipino brand, is happy to answer why Pinoys are among the happiest people in the world,” said Francis E. Flores, Jollibee Global Chief of Marketing and Philippine Marketing Head. “Throughout Jollibee’s nearly four decades of serving the Filipino people all over the country and the world, we’ve discovered many reasons behind our innate joy, which we’re proud to showcase in the latest Chickenjoy Nation video.”

The Jollibee team went around the country to observe the lives of ordinary Filipinos and seemingly simple reasons behind their day-to-day happiness. The “stars” of the video cited sense of humor, appreciation for music, an easy-going spirit, and good food (including Jollibee’s crispylicious and juicylicious Chickenjoy) as some of the core ingredients of Pinoy joy.

The video, however, implies something more profound about the Pinoy psyche: even in the most dismal of situations, the Filipino heart is filled with hope and optimism. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects of their lives and the circumstances they find themselves in, they smile, laugh the bad vibes away, they are always to sing and dance, and share their favorite meals with the people they value the most. For them, joy is something that can be discovered in even the most mundane of things they encounter every day.

“Through our best-tasting Chickenjoy, we serve the perfect complement to our customers’ most joyful moments,” added Flores. “We’ve made it our mission to unite Filipinos under one joy, one nation—a Chickenjoy Nation.”

To find out more about Chickenjoy Nation, like Jollibee’s official Facebook page ( Philippines), follow @BestFriendJollibee on Instagram and @Jollibee on Twitter and Snapchat.


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Gabay Guro: Building The Nation One Teacher At A Time

I am a proud daughter of an elementary public school teacher. I have witnessed my mom's dedication in her profession for two decades. She never expected recognition. She knows that teaching is not about what she receives. I have met some of her students who are already successful in their chosen fields. They visit the school years after to thank my mom. 

I was at the media launch of PLDT Smart Foundation Gabay Guro last September 13, 2016 and I was so thankful to the PLDT executives who started this advocacy for teachers nine years ago. What transpired after that fateful day revolutionized education-based advocacy efforts in so many levels giving birth to a holistic approach that was anchored on the now famous Gabay Guro pillars - Scholarships, Trainings, Housing and Educational Facilities, Livelihood Programs, Broadbanding and Computerization, and Teachers’ Tribute.

PLDT Gabay Guro executive volunteers Gary Dujali and Chaye Cabal-Revilla
talk about the upcoming activities which will help build the nation one teacher at a time.
The pinnacle of Gabay Guro’s celebration is embodied in the tribute event held every year at the MOA Arena. Year after year, the organizers leave no stone unturned ensuring that it is in Gabay Guro where teachers get to be treated like royalty. Generosity at its finest, raffle prizes have grown to be the staggering house and lot and vehicle showcases and livelihood opportunities that they are today in every Gabay Guro tribute event.

The Gabay Guro’s 9th Teacher’s Tribute this year, the biggest gathering of the country’s celebrities, will not disappoint on Sept. 25 at the MOA Arena. Stellar names set to give the teachers the time of their lives on this day are Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Gary Valenciano, Pops Fernandez, James Reid, Nadine Lustre, Jona Viray, Michael Pangilinan, Ms. Lea Salonga and Mega star Ms. Sharon Cuneta and more surprise guests on the big day.

Singer Jonalyn Viray gives a preview of the world-class performances to expect
in the grand gathering with her smashing rendition of “Hero”.
This is the day where our teachers get to let their hair loose, meet the biggest celebrities, be treated to a whole day of entertainment and huge raffle prizes beginning with house and lot and vehicles., anything to remind them of their invaluable presence in our lives.

This year’s event is made possible through the help of the ff. sponsors: Perry’s Group of Companies (for the house and lot), Foton for the (Gratour Van), Intel, Devant, Motorlandia (for the Honda and Suzuki motorcyles), Ropali, Penshoppe, National Bookstore, Enchanted Kingdom, Splash, Tempra, Flanax, Bonamine, Vivalyte, Mundipharma, Gardenia, Bic, Art Attack, Microsoft, Smart Bro, Ultera, Talk N Text and 51 Talk.

The PLDT Gabay Guro grand tribute event is exclusive for teachers only. Admission is free. Follow Gabay Guro on Facebook, twitter and Instagram at @PLDTGabayGuro or visit the Gabay Guro official website for more details.


Monday, September 12, 2016

Hassle-Free Bills Payment With Bayad Center

As technology and innovations continue to make our lives easier, we become more aware of different life-hacks – things that help make our daily activities less complicated, giving us time to do more important things. I get too busy sometimes juggling my time attending events, updating my blog, writing articles for PSST.Ph and managing the household that I forget paying my bills on time.

Paying multiple bills, as you will agree, continues to be a daunting task for us adults as we have to transfer from one place to another, switch from one website to another, just to beat the clock so to speak. Do you know that Bayad Center has transformed itself to a multi-channel facility to help us in whichever situation we’re in? Talk about ultimate convenience.


We know this -- BAYAD CENTER has over 5,000 payment locations nationwide, accepting more than 200 types of bills in its roster.

Take for instance our area in Antipolo, we see a lot of Bayad Center branches carrying that “bahay-kubo” icon and the Meralco seal on their signages. These branches are strategically located in commercial centers and other convergence areas to cater to your payment needs, as well as other services like Prepaid Loading, Airline Ticketing, and Remittance Payout. 

If you’re the one who prefers paying their bills while doing shopping or groceries, Bayad Center powers the bills payment facility of Robinsons Malls & Supermarkets, Savemore, Waltermart, Alfamart, Isetann, Landmark, Sta. Lucia Mall, San Roque Supermarkets, and the Gaisano Malls, so you get the same seal of service and integrity in your payments.

Aside from these establishments, Bayad Center also runs the payment system of LBC, Philpost, 2Go, Cebuana Lhuillier, M. Lhuillier, Tambunting, Villarica, BHF Pawnshop, CVM Pawnshop, Raquel Pawnshop, Palawan Pawnshop, as well as major Western union agents like USSC, eBiz, Pera Hub, and DA5. There’s Luzon Development Bank and Citystate Savings Bank as well. 

Overseas Over-The-Counter, Mobile Application & Web-based Facility 

Understanding the needs of our Kababayans overseas, Bayad Center has partnered with Saudi Call, for those who are in Saudi Arabia & Ventaja which branches are present worldwide. With these partnerships OFW’s process of sending money to pay for the family’s bills are easily shortened. If you are an OFW who prefers a mobile application, there is - miLine which caters if you are in the countries of Singapore, Japan, Honkong & UAE. You can simply download the app for an easy way of paying bills back home. miLine’s bills payment system is powered by Bayad Center. On the other hand, Partnership with PLDT Global allows overseas Filipinos to conveniently manage their payables back home through an easy to use web- based payment facility - simply log on to Through the Bayad Center International Bills Pay, overseas workers can already settle their household bills over-the-counter through these accredited partners of Bayad Center in the different countries abroad.

Automated Payment Machine

ATM’s? Well Bayad Center now has APM’s or Automated Payment Machines (APM). Bayad Center’s Touchpay Machines are self-service kiosks whose primary use is to help reduce payors’ waiting time in different payment convergence zones. These APM’s are strategically installed in buildings such as the biller’s business offices, government offices, BPOs, factories, malls, and convenience stores nationwide. 

Aside from Bills Payment, the TOUCHPAY MACHINE also offers other services namely, Prepaid Loading, Top-up, E-money, and many more. It’s an easy-to-use machine operating 24/7 so you can pay bills whenever your schedule permits.

Retail Machine

Want to pay your bills but don’t have enough time to go to commercial areas? Bayad Center’s Retail Machine is the answer to your problem. The Retail Machines can be installed in Small & Medium Enterprises such as your ever reliable sari-sari stores, neighborhood pet shops & carwash centers, cooperative offices and even PUV terminals, offering services such as bills payment, remittance & E-Loading. 

Soon customers can even pay through their credit card, debit card, or Beep card.

Bayad Center Online

If you’re one of those who prefer doing everything online like me, Bayad Center Online can cater your payment needs thru Paying bills is now made easier at the comfort of your home. And since this is a web-based facility, you can also view and do the transactions on your mobile phone wherever, whenever.

With Bayad Center, every Filipino, wherever they may be, can always be assured of #TatakSigurado! This is a testament of millions of Filipinos using the service. Now with a multi-channel facility, paying bills has never been easier with Bayad Center.

For more information about Bayad Center, visit Follow them on Facebook: @BayadCenterOfficial

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Alcatel Announces PIXI Promo and Price Drop on Select Devices

Alcatel, a mobile device brand of TCL Communication, is saying hello to good buys as it offers great value deals for its select products.

The PIXI FIRST smartphone is now made more affordable with price cut from P3,299 to its dropped price of P2,699. Making it more enticing, there’s a magic promo period in which the PIXI FIRST is up for grabs for only P2,199. The magic promo runs until September 18 only.

The PIXI First is an ideal basic entry-level smart phone. It’s a dual sim smartphone supported by a quad core processor, the PIXI First is a smart choice for those looking for stylish yet packed with functionality devices. It also comes with 8MP back and 5MP front camera.

The PIXI 4 (5) is now available with a slashed price of P3,599 from its original price of P4,299. Get this powerful phone that comes with an enhanced camera, battery, and great audio experience at the most affordable deal.

The PIXI 4 (6) can now be yours at a super reduced price of only P4,999, a great offer from its original price of P5,499. This phone comes with a 13+8 MP camera and an 8GB memory in a slim and stylish hardware.

Another great offering from Alcatel is its PIXI 4 (7), a tablet powered by Quad Processor for a bigger screen experience. Now at P3,799, it is indeed a great slash treat from its original price of P4,499.

Included in the price drop is the Pop3 5.5” 3G Android which now sells at P4,399 from P6,299, Go Watch now at P3,449 from P4,799, and the GoPlay which is available at P6,149 from previous price of P8,999.

Hurry, grab your favorite PIXI product now and enjoy the perks of affordable and quality smartphones and tablets from Alcatel! This promo is per DTI-FTEB permit no. 8584 Series of 2016.


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