Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Pioneer Adhesives Foundation, Inc. conducted a beach cleanup event at Villa Beach in Arevalo, Iloilo City. Over 100 volunteers participated in the event, which concluded with over 300 kilograms of trash being collected from the beach and properly disposed of. 

The event was spearheaded by Pioneer Adhesives Foundation’s Executive Director Martina Spakowski, in fulfillment of the organization’s advocacy of education, disaster relief, and environmental protection.

“The Philippines is home to the most abundant and diverse marine ecosystems on the planet and it is terribly under threat due to several factors, one of which being that we are the third largest contributor of ocean trash in the world. This threat can be eliminated and we believe that by involving individuals in activities like this they will begin to realize the environmental impacts of our daily habits and this hopefully leads to smarter purchase decisions to reduce our trash output.”

The beach cleanup represented both a drive for awareness and a concrete action to help protect our environment. It was a timely gesture that reflects the values of World Environment Day, which took place just recently on June 5 and in which more than 143 countries are a part of every year. This year’s theme was “Beat Plastic Pollution” and Pioneer’s beach cleanup support this thrust by preventing over 300kgs of trash from entering the ocean and posing a threat to marine life.

In a time when trash is beginning to fill our oceans and marine life is being threatened, the call to action has never been louder for us to do our part and make more conscious decisions to help preserve the life of our oceans. 

It is through The Foundation that Pioneer Adhesives, Inc. spreads its commitment as a responsible Filipino company. 

Monday, June 18, 2018

I contradict myself. I love to sleep but I stay wide awake until the wee hours. It's not that I want to. I just can't get my eyes to shut down when I am lying in bed. The worst I've been through was being awake until 6 in the morning then sleeping the whole day. Very unproductive indeed. 

Too many times I was tempted to pop a sleeping pill. But I am afraid of the potential harmful side effects. And so my search for natural remedy continues.

Avoid caffeinated drinks before bedtime

Caffeine never did me good. Drinking coffee even in the morning only keeps me awake until the next day. If you think caffeine is one of the reasons of your disrupted sleeping schedule, it's about time you give it up. Also, alcohol intake, spicy food, and heavy meal before bedtime can affect your ability to fall asleep easily.

Make your bedroom conducive for sleeping

I recently had a bedroom makeover. My work desk used to be at one corner of the bedroom and seeing my laptop urges me to get out of bed to work even if I don't have to. I used the spare room in the house and converted it to a home office instead. Then I bought new bed sheets (I'm now fascinated with sheets made of bamboo fiber), made sure the temperature is comfortable, and the lighting is relaxing. In the morning, I let the sun light in. If you are into bold prints, try using plain, basic colors.

Limit your afternoon nap time

Nap should only be a short period of sleep. I am guilty of having 2-3 hours sleep in the afternoon and thus making it difficult for me to find sleep in the evening. Ideally, you should only have 30 minutes to an hour if you feel the need to rest in the afternoon.

Another thing that helped me solve my sleeping problem is NapEase. I checked the components of this food supplements and the main ingredients are Valerian Root Extract and Chamomile Extract. No harmful chemicals that I should be worried of.

Valerian is an herb widely grown in Europe and some parts of Asia. The medicine is made from the root and is known to aid sleeping disorders. It is also used to reduce anxiety and psychological stress.

On the other hand, chamomile is one of the most commonly known medicinal herbs. People usually take chamomile tea for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Chamomile also helps promote sleep and treats insomnia.

I've been taking NapEase for a week already after dinner and I noticed that by 9 in the evening I am already sleepy. I could only stay awake late until 11. My usual 8 or 9 am waking time has also improved. I get up as early as 630 am and feel well-rested.

To know more about NapEase, visit  https://www.facebook.com/NapEasePH/

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Whether I am alone or with company, I love eating at SM Foodcourt. If you ask me the question "Nakakain ka na ba sa SM City North Edsa Foodcourt?", the answer is "Yes, but it's a long time ago when I was still in college." I graduated from UST in 1997. So yeah, decades ago.

I was invited to rediscover my favorites and satisfy my cravings last June 15 and it was worth braving the bad weather. The SM City North Edsa Foodcourt underwent a facelift and was relaunched with new and improved food stalls, structure, and interior. More than sixty food concepts will redefine and bring more flavors, colors, and fun to the local food scene.

Lydia's Lechon

When I hear the word lechon, the first thing that comes to mind is Lydia's Lechon. Their best-tasting special lechon is a must-order whenever I eat at the food court with my dad. How can you resist the crispy skin? I'm more fond of the lechon paksiw though because I love viands with sauce.

A personal favorite of mine that goes with steamed rice is the beef caldereta. For merienda, the fresh lumpia is a delightful treat for me.

Sisig Hooray!

Sisig Hooray! I believe is heaven sent. The Sisig Full-Belly meals (whether you want pork, chicken, squid, bangus, or smoky steak) that comes with fried egg, atcharang papaya, sesame pipino salad, and ensaladang talong are very filling and yet affordable.

An instant favorite of mine is the Open-faced Talong on Sisig. I was not aware that they serve this. It's a twist of tortang talong, made yummier with sisig. 

Chef Ala Eh

Rainy weather makes us crave for bulalo. You don't have to travel as far as Tagaytay to experience this traditional Filipino dish from Batangas. Chef Ala Eh brings the taste of heaven with their Bulalo Espesyal and Sizzling Bulalo Steak prepared with tender beef and rich bone marrow.

Chica's Chicharronia

The best-selling crispy bagnet served with chicharon bulaklak and spicy vinegar dip is a must try at Chica's Chicharronia. You can enjoy snacking on this or pair it with a cup (or two) of rice.

How about a hearty bowl of Special Lugaw served with egg and topped with Chica's signature tokwa't bulaklak? 


Chizmozza is the first mozzarella sticks food stand that will make you keep coming back for more of their Mozzarella Bites and Sticks coated with Italian-seasoned breading served with your choice of dip.

Panda Shabu-Shabu

I saved this for last because Panda Shabu-Shabu is my current comfort food. No matter how long the line gets, I patiently wait for my turn.

Are you into Japanese food? Opening soon is Hachiboru, a food concept that will surely capture the taste buds of the mall-goers.

The SM City North Edsa Foodcourt can accommodate over 1,400 diners, making it a perfect place for you, your family and friends to simply eat or celebrate special occasions. 

For latest promos, follow SM Foodcourt on Facebook and Instagram @smfoodcourt

Friday, June 15, 2018


LG collaborated with Korean boy group BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys as the perfect ambassadors of its newest flagship phone, the LG G7 ThinQ. The phone was officially launched in the Philippines last June 14, 2018 at Yes Please in BGC. 

LG G7 ThinQ Specifications:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-Core Processor (2.8GHz)
6.1" QHD+ FullVision Display (3120 x 1440)
16MP F1.6 + 16MP F1.9 Crystal Clear Lens Rear Camera
8MP F1.9 Front Camera
3000 mAh Battery

Listen to your favorite BTS songs like they are singing live with the LG G7 ThinQ Boombox Speaker that delivers premium, loud, and room-filling realistic audio experience. The built-in 32-bit QUAD DAC also gives crisp sound and you don't need to buy expensive headphones to enjoy great sound. The DTS X 3D 7.1 Channel Surround Sound delivers cinematic audio on the go.

Do you love taking photos? Capture the perfect shot with the AI Cam that is so clever it can detect exactly what you are shooting and automatically suggest the best filter and angle. The Super Bright Camera is great at taking photos on low light condition.

Super Far Field Voice Recognition

The LG G7 ThinQ is is AI-Assisted and you can get help even if your phone is far from you. The AI Assistant will respond with real-time support from anywhere in the room.

Built for the unexpected

Enjoy life's greatest adventure and capture unforgettable moments without worrying about your phone. LG G7 ThinQ passed 14 military-standard 810G tests and was designed to endure even the toughest condition. It also has an IP68 rating and sealed against dust and water resistant up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

The LG G7 ThinQ is priced at P42,000 and comes in two colors: New Aurora Black and New Moroccan Blue.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Tanduay is all about the triumph of the Filipino spirit. Established in 1854, it reflects the true characteristics of the Filipino people: the spirit of honor and tradition, the spirit of bravery, resilience, and dedication.

The first ever Tanduay Executive Report was held last June 13, 2018 at the Park Ballroom of the Century Hotel in Pasay City to share the good news to the media. Attended by Tanduay Distillers, Inc. President Lucio "Bong" K. Tan, Jr and other Tanduay executives, Mr. Tan announced that Tanduay is now world's number one. 

 It's the first time that a Philippine-made liquor brand has been ranked the top-selling rum by global spirits think tank Drinks International. Tanduay has taken over the number one spot from a list of international rum brands that has been dominated by Bacardi for years.

Receiving awards is nothing new for Tanduay. It is actually one of the most awarded rums with over two hundred international awards that include 100 golds, 7 Monde Selection International High Quality Trophies and a Monde Selection Crystal Award.  Tanduay's entry to the premium category has won gold medals from the Madrid International Rum Conference, Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, and superior ratings from the International Taste and Quality Institute in Belgium with its Tanduay Rum Gold and Silver.

Tanduay as also been awarded Brand of the Year for three consecutive years by the prestigious World Branding Forum, a registered global non-profit organization based in London.

A  Triumph of the Filipino Spirit

Lucio "Bong" Tan Jr., who actively took the helm the as chief operating officer of the company in 2014, has been credited for the disruptive changes within the company that led to explorations of new markets abroad and new market approaches locally to bring the brand closer to younger product consumers. 

“Only a visionary like my father, Dr. Lucio Tan, saw this when he acquired Tanduay from the Elizaldes in 1988. At a time considered very volatile for any business investment in the country, my father held on to the belief that someday the world will know Tanduay,” added Tan Jr. 

Since the acquisition of the Tanduay brand by the Lucio Tan group 30 years ago, plant modernization and expansion projects tremendously increased the distillery’s production capacity. Today, Tanduay has an unmatched aging capability harvesting only the world’s finest from its aged rum reserve. All facilities operate based on ISO standards ensuring consumers of quality, efficiency, and food safety. Recently, its Cabuyao plant has completed its ISO-9001: 2015 certification. 

Privileged to have a photo taken with Tanduay President Mr. Lucio "Bong" Tan

Through the hands-on leadership of Tan Jr., the company made a historic expansion in the world arena. Tanduay made a strategic alliance with companies in the United States to expand its distribution capacity. 

According to Paul Lim, chief marketing officer of Tanduay, the company embarked on a brand refresh since the younger Tan took over. 

“We were the first to implement a nationwide music marketing campaign that brought Tanduay to a younger market. We were also the first local liquor brand to sponsor an NBA Team the Golden State Warriors. We continue to push further as we ride along an ever changing market landscape now dominated by health-conscious, athleisure-loving millennials with the launch of Tanduay Athletics and a sponsorship of the Century Tuna Superbods. Both projects contributing a premium to Tanduay’s brand equity,” he related, citing some of the marketing innovations that led to Tanduay becoming the world’s number one rum. 

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