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Launch of Called To Rescue Philippines’ short film, ‘Graduation’

October 11 – Called to Rescue Philippines (CTR PH) launched a short film yesterday at the KMC Armstrong Cafe. The short film stars popular young celebrities Donny Pangilinan and Nourijune Hooshmand that aims to raise awareness on the recovery and reintegration of human trafficking survivors to the society.

Written and directed by international filmmaker Dean Colin Marcial, the film ‘GRADUATION’ is about a young woman played by Nourijune, who fell into depression after surviving human trafficking. Through the support of her brother, played by Donny, she was able to slowly get back on her feet.

Beyond Rescuing

GRADUATION was the brainchild of Marcial, CTR PH Advocacy Head Abby Anciano, and CTR PH President Anthony Pangilinan. The three, advocates and active volunteers of CTR PH, found the need to bring emphasis not only to a survivor’s rescue, but to their reintegration to society as well.

Bakit hanggang rescue nalang? Yung after-rescue rin kailangan. [This project] was out of frustration for me, and is one of the reasons I decided to do this,” Anthony explained.

“Our main focus [was on a] survivor’s reintegration into society. It’s something that I drew on, something Donny and Nourijune drew on as well,” Dean expressed. 

From there, the two gathered a team of volunteers to bring the short film to life. With help from family, friends, clients, and donors, Graduation was set out to be one purpose-driven production.

Heeding The Call

The short film centers Cinemalaya actress Nourijune Hooshmand and Star Cinema actor Donny Pangilinan. Donny is a long-time anti-human trafficking advocate, while both are currently active CTR PH volunteers. Director Dean Marcial, script-writer and director of the film, handpicked the two for the starring roles.

When asked about participating in the project, Nourijune and Donny expressed no hesitation whatsoever.

“When Dean accepted to go through this project, alongside Nour, it’s not something I had to think twice about,”  said Donny, “I specifically chose to do this. I really believe this is something we needed to do.”

“This [advocacy] is really important work. I’m very thankful that I had this opportunity. I’m really happy to be a part of this,” Nourijune shared.

Everyone Is Called To Rescue

Doctor Cyndi Romine, international director of Called To Rescue, noted: “The film is for everybody because we all know somebody. To assume we don’t know somebody would be an error on our part.” 

Though people might wonder who this film is truly for, whether it’s for those rescued or those taking care of the rescued, Graduation is a film made to touch all audiences who view it. It sheds light on the significance of aftercare work and a loving community — a part of healing that is more often than not, overlooked. 

“Once a person is rescued, you need to meet a lot of people and still go through the journey with the help of people who love you,” Donny noted. 

“The bond of family is different, and knowing someone is there for you can really help what you’re healing from,” Nourijune adds. 

Through the 5-minute film, CTR PH hopes to draw attention to the post-rescue challenges of trafficking survivors and promote the collective role of community (especially family members) in addressing their needs, supporting their rehabilitation process, and cultivating a safe space for their ongoing journey of healing. 

“It takes a village to raise a child: It takes a village to heal a child,” Anthony shared. Everyone is called to rescue. 

GRADUATION was made possible with the generous donors: Magic Crackers, Jollibee, Grab Philippines, KMC Solutions, Cabalen, MediCard Philippines, and LabX Corporation. 

Contact person : Abby Anciano, CTR Advocacy Head | 09692931953

Glazy over Doughnuts

Doughnuts have been a popular sweet indulgence of Pinoys since these were introduced about 4 decades ago. And from then on, doughnuts have evolved, even trended, into exciting formats and flavors.

Doughnut you know that you can now whip up consistent, #Madalicious, premium quality yet affordable doughnuts to satisfy you and your family’s cravings or start up a sweet profitable business venture? San Miguel Mills Inc (SMMI) added recently to its line of baking premixes

Mix ‘n Fry Yeast Raised Doughnut Mix. You doughnut need to make doughnuts from scratch, which will incur a lot of your precious time. Instead, just add yeast, water, and oil to the premix and be ready to churn out 2 dozens delicious, soft doughnuts! Get glazy with these doughnuts.

#BakingMadeEasy  #UnleashThatMasterbakerInYou

Make your very own glazed donuts by following the recipe below:

A. DONUT

1. Combine all ingredients and mix at low speed for 1 minute. Scrape sides.

2. Shift to high speed and mix until dough is fully developed.Rest dough for 30 minutes

3. Roll out dough (‘’sheet’’) to about 10mm thickness and rest for 30 minutes.

4. Cut out using doughnut cutter and arrange on

cheesecloth-lined trays. Proof for about an hour or until double in size.

6. Preheat fryer to 180°C. Fry for 40 seconds on each side. Drain excess oil on paper towels and cool.

9. Coat sugar or apply sugar glaze.

B. SUGAR GLAZE

1. Combine powdered sugar and gelatin and mix while gradually adding hot water.

2. Add light corn syrup and mix until smooth and thin.

Keep warm.

It’s raining affordable jewelry with Cebuana Lhuillier’s “Rainy Day Gold Rush Sale”

Buying and collecting gold jewelry go beyond aesthetics nowadays. With the value of gold continuously on an upswing and even expected to outweighs inflation risks (source), now is the best time to buy jewelry. It’s an investment that you can use for your personal enjoyment, as well as a dependable source of cash in times of emergency.

Cebuana Lhuillier is giving its loyal clients and general public another taste of its widely-anticipated jewelry sales with the announcement of its “Rainy Day Gold Rush Sale,” set to take place from July 13 to 19.

The country’s most trusted micro financial services company is offering discounts
of 10% off plus up to 50% off for selected jewelry available in more than 3,000 branches nationwide. Meanwhile, clients can enjoy discounts up to 25% off when they purchase in any of Cebuana Lhuillier Jewelry Premium (CLJP) and Just Jewel branches nationwide.

Jean Henri Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier president & CEO, has always encouraged the public to take advantage of gold sales in order to build a sizable investment that can serve as back-up during times of emergency. “Unlike high-end gadgets, gold jewelry will never lose its value over time. Instead, it will serve as a good source of emergency fund during times of need. Buying jewelry will always serve as a wise purchase,” he adds.

Contrary to the usual, pawnshops are also good source of jewelry. Buyers are assured on the quality and authenticity of the items purchased, especially since all the items offered have been thoroughly appraised.  

Discounts can also be enjoyed in any of CLJP’s online presence: through the official website of Cebuanalhuillierjewelry.com and any e-commerce platforms such as Shopee, Lazada, and Zalora, where all items available at a 10% discount.


For more information, go to www.cebuanalhuillier.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/cebuanalhuillierpawnshop.

Sterling Bank of Asia signs agreement with Anti-Money Laundering Council

L-R: Atty. Mel Georgie B. Racela – Executive Director, AMLC Secretariat; Atty. Rodel U. Buenaventura – Acting Director of the Commitments and Policy Group, AMLC Secretariat; Cecilio D. San Pedro – SBA President & CEO; Luisito S. Mayor – SBA Sr. Vice President & Operations Group Head

Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA) signs an Information Sharing Protocol (ISP) Agreement with the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to support government measures to combat financial crimes in the country. The ISP framework aims to effectively control, detect, and investigate money laundering (ML), terrorism, and financing of terrorism (FT) in the country. It will also cover information exchange and capacity-building measures to enhance the ability to address ML, terrorism, and FT concerns. Further, the ISP aims to institutionalize an adequate documentation mechanism to perform targeted suspicious transaction monitoring and reporting, as well as develop valuable/breakthrough investigative leads.

“This is in line with the Bank’s efforts in promoting a strong and good corporate governance culture,” said Cecilio San Pedro, SBA’s President and CEO. SBA recognizes the importance of the collaboration between the public and the private sector in upholding a framework that will deliver a more efficient and effective identification and detection of financial crime patterns and trends. “Sterling Bank will extend its full cooperation in the exchange of information and financial intelligence and full support in the capacity-building measure of AMLC,” said San Pedro.

For more information and updates about Sterling Bank of Asia, visit www.sterlingbankasia.com and download the Sterling Bank Online App to experience secure and convenient banking.

Jollibee Opens First Store in Downtown Los Angeles

Keeps up growth momentum in North America

Homegrown restaurant chain Jollibee opens its first branch in bustling metropolitan Downtown Los Angeles, California and the brand’s 57th store in the US.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA. 25 May 2022 – Jollibee in Downtown (DTLA) recently opened its doors this May to customers who are excited to savor their Jollibee favorites. The DTLA is at a prime location at 729 7th Street in the heart of the city’s Financial District, on the corner of 7th & Flower Street across from the Bloc, a prominent shopping destination for residents, office workers, and visitors.

“We are thrilled to be opening our doors at one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse metropolitan hubs whose people have a strong sense of community,” said Maribeth Dela Cruz, Business Group Head, Jollibee North America.

Available to Downtown LA diners are Jollibee’s must-try menu items bannered by the world-famous Chickenjoy fried chicken and Chicken Sandwich, each with its own spicy variant, as well as the Jolly Spaghetti and the refreshing Peach Mango Pie.

Loyal customer Nikolai Garcia, who was at the location before 8:00 AM, was the first one to enter the store on opening day. A Jollibee fan, Garcia proudly brought along a Jollibee keychain that he has had since 2013.

Growth momentum in the US

The DTLA adds an element of excitement and a sign of revitalization for an area actively recovering from the pandemic. It is the first in Downtown Los Angeles and marks the brand’s 57th store in the U.S, joining the brand’s two other restaurants in the Metro Los Angeles area on Beverly Blvd. (East Hollywood) and Colorado Blvd. (Eagle Rock).

“Southern California has been and will continue to be a key growth area for the brand,” Dela Cruz said.

The Jollibee Group sustains its growth momentum overseas as it continues to hit its aggressive global expansion targets in North America with more store openings scheduled in 2022.

It is set to open a second location in West Covina, California, by second semester of the year. West Covina is also home to the brand’s North American headquarters. California is also home to Jollibee’s first U.S. location, which opened in Daly City in 1998 and has since remained one of its best performing Jollibee locations in the US.

E-diary: It’s my birthday month!

Two months to the new year but it feels like so much has happened already. And suddenly, it’s March — my birthday month! TMI but yeah, I have always been excited for my birthday, not necessarily about receiving gifts but the simple thought of feeling special on a particular day makes me look forward to it.

Going back to “so much has happened already,” don’t you feel like it too? I know I’m not alone with this. Especially now that our world is so fast-phased, with the current technology and the hustle culture, even the pandemic seem to have just decided to take a step back and let us go on our way. Hopefully, the pandemic actually finally ends.

Enchanted Kingdom Ferris wheel photographed by Abegail Layosa

Sharing this photo that I took days before March, hehe~ Went to Enchanted Kingdom when they reopened last February 25th. Will post more about it soon!

That’s it. I really just wanted to post something here to welcome this month. Will share some travel adventures and new ventures. Hoping to be able to write more frequently on the coming days!

Oh, before you go, would you like to leave a birthday greeting for me? (。◕‿◕。) Thanks!

Home-cooked Goodness Made Easywith Magnolia Chicken Timplados

Sarap ng home-style goodness with Magnolia Chicken Ready-to-Cook Timplados.

・Selyado Sigurado – Packed at Magnolia chicken plants to ensure safety and quality.

・High in Protein – To help boost immunity.

・Pre-marinated and Ready-to-Cook in less than 30 minutes – Pre-marinated and packed at its peak of freshness, for a delicious and healthy meal in less than 30 minutes.

・Delicious Homestyle Goodness – Delicious ready-to-cook homestyle meals that your family will surely enjoy.

Cooking instructions

Thaw chicken in the lowest part of the refrigerator overnight. Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. When oil is hot enough, coat chicken with breading and deep-fry for 12 to 15 minutes or until cooked through. Drain excess oil on rack or on paper towels.

Let Love Sparkle with Cebuana Lhuillier Jewelry’s Special Valentine Sale

Celebrate your love with Cebuana Lhuillier and its high-end jewelry line as it offer nationwide jewelry sale.

Valentine’s Day is considered to be one of the most romantic days of the year. It is an extra special time to express your love and affection to your special someone!

For many of us, giving gifts during the Valentine’s season is one of many ways to show how special someone is in our lives. The season of hearts can be nerve-racking for someone who really spends time thinking about a perfect gift for the perfect someone. Others might want to give a more unique present or would opt to do away with the usual heart-shaped chocolates and flowers.

If you are looking for ways on how to express your feelings for someone dear or you want to gift it for yourself as a way of loving and spoiling yourself, choose jewelry. It is something one can use and wear everyday and treasure for many years. They are considered to be powerful allies to win hearts, celebrate important events, or reward achievements.

“Jewelry is one of the most unique and special presents one can buy, regardless of age and sex. You can gift it to your special someone, to your friend or even to your parents. It’s that kind of a gift that captures the essence of making someone feel important, precious, and valued.”, CEO and President Jean Henri Lhuillier said.

Aside from these jewelry pieces being the perfect gifts for the season of love, this can also be a good investment throughout the years. Compared with the other presents you can give this February 14, jewelry can be meaningful and also practical.

This Valentine’s Day up to February 19, Cebuana Lhuillier, Cebuana Lhuillier Premium, and Just Jewels are holding a six-day Valentine’s Gold Rush Sale nationwide. Shop in over 2,500 Cebuana Lhuillier branches nationwide and avail discounts on all items. You can also shop online through Cebuana Lhuillier, Just Jewels, or Cebuana Lhuillier Jewelry Premium Facebook pages.

Get 10% off on all on all items and up to 50% off on selected jewelry items nationwide. Visit Cebuana Lhuillier, Just Jewels, or Cebuana Lhuillier Jewelry Premium branches nationwide or shop online via Cebuana FB Live Selling or cebuanalhuillierjewelry.com.

To know more about Cebuana Lhuillier’s Valentine’s Day Gold Rush Sale, go to the nearest Cebuana Lhuillier near you or just log on to Cebuana Lhuillier’s official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cebuanalhuillierpawnshop or cebuanalhuillierjewelry.com.

New Year, New Food Discoveries

Meal preparation may seemingly be a daunting task year on year, but have no fear. There’s always room for new food discoveries and hacks. Foodies and homemakers alike are always on the lookout for something different yet easy to prepare and definitely, palate and tummy pleasers. A great break from having delivered meals! Make part of your New Year’s resolution to try out these new, life-easing products in the market by San Miguel Foods.

Go Veega. For vegans, try familiar comforts such as Veega’s meat-free Tapa and Tocino, which are fully cooked and completely free of animal meat and by-products. For flexitarians, there are Korean-inspired faves such as Meat-free and ready-to-eat Bulgogi and Spicy Soy Garlic Balls. You’ll never miss out on flavor with these meat-free wonders. 

Breakfast thy will be done.  Rethink about skipping breakfast with perfect breakfast mates, Purefoods Deli Breakfast Sausage and Purefoods Beef Bacon. They are so good, you”ll truly want more. And beyond breakfast, these delicious products can also be served in a lot of ways.

Create “chicken’’ na chicken meals. Make meal preparation a breeze in 2022 with freshly marinated and ready-to-cook Chicken Timplados. Prepping meals can be done in minutes with any of these easy chicken sarap variants- Magnolia Ready-to-Cook Fried Chicken, BBQ, Tocino, Teriyaki, Spicy Fried Chicken, Oriental Wings, Spicy Wings, Inasal and Roasters (marinated whole chicken) in Lemon Herb and Smoked Pepper. The menu will never be boring with the selection of variants cooked as is or leveled up with some twists.

Develop a Pasta-stic Habit. Have pasta anytime with Purefoods Spaghetti Sauce. Just reheat and toss in cooked noodles or level up with addition of some ingredients. Either way, you’ll get consistent, satisfying pasta sauce each time.

Make meal preparation and dining with the family an enjoyable food adventure, even allowing enough me time in-between with these new discoveries.

Also, check out www.homefoodie.com for recipe ideas with these products!

Let’s go digital, ngayon na!

Hindi lang ang buhay ng mga tao ang nagbago makaraang tumama ang COVID-19 na pandemya sa buong mundo noong nakaraang taon. Maraming namatay, nawalan ng negosyo at dahil walang negosyo, marami din ang nawalan ng trabaho. Marami din ang natigil sa pag-aaral at pagtuturo dahil nagsara ang mga paaralan.

Gayunpaman, nakasira man sa maraming aspeto ng buhay ang sakit na ito, mayroon din namang kung tawagin ni Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray na nagsilbing “silver lining” sa kabila ng mga masaklap na mga pangyayari. Napilitan mag-isip ang marami kung paano mabubuhay, ang mga negosyante nag-isip din dahil marami sa kanila sa negosyo din umaasa ng ikabubuhay ng kanilang pamilya.

Mabuti at marami ang nag “adapt” sa takbo ng sitwasyon, naging “innovative.” Dahil bawal lumabas, marami ang sumabak sa “e-commerce” kung saan ang negosyo ay lahat online. Marami man sa mga batikang negosyante at yung mga nagsisimula pa lamang ay natutong gawin ang negosyo online. Medyo mahirap sa umpisa ngunit noong lumaon ay nakasanayan din. At marami sa kanila naging matagumpay. Kaakibat ng “convenience” ng online business ay hindi pa din mawawala dapat ang sipag at tiyaga.

Iyong mga nawalan ng trabaho, sumabak naman sa online delivery. May mga online delivery platforms, partikular pagdating sa pagdeliver ng pagkain at iba pang bagay, ang nakapagbigay trabaho sa mga unemployed. Basta may motorsiklo o kahit bisikleta man, pwede na sa online delivery. Maraming nagtiyaga kahit mahirap kaya marami din ang nakinabang at kumita ng maayos para sa ikabubuhay ng pamilya.

Naapektuhan din ang sektor ng edukasyon dahil natigil ang “face-to-face” classes. Mabuti na lang din at nauso ang “online classes” para sa mga may internet at kung wala man, ginawan ng paraan ng Department of Education (DepEd) na matuloy ang pag-aaral sa pamamagitan ng “blended learning” o paggamit ng “modules” kung sakaling walang internet sa bahay. Maraming naging pagsubok, pero hindi nagpadaig ang mga Pilipino sa hamon, guro man or mag-aaral, kaya tuloy ang pag-aaral. At kamakailan ay nagsimula na din ang “limited face-to-face classes” sa kung tawagin ay “low-risk areas” o yaong kakaunti ang kaso ng Covid-19.

Madami pang mga naging pagbabago sa buhay ng tao bunsod ng pandemya. Mabuti din at napilitan ang mga Pilipino na maging malikhain. Dati-rati, ang pagsabak sa “online” gamit ang “digital technology” ay hindi gaanong pinapansin at lahat ay puro “manual” na pamamaraan pa din. Mabuti at namulat ang mata ng karamihan sa mga pakinabang gamit ang internet, ang pagnenegosyo o pag-aaral online. Dahil sa pandemya, napabilis ang “adoption” o ang pagyakap ng tao sa digital technology at kung paano nito mapapagaan ang buhay.

Subalit sabi nga ng isang superhero, “with great power comes great responsibility.” May kapangyarihan na ang tao gamit ang “digital technology” subalit may kaakibat itong mga responsibilidad. Dapat ang mga aktibidad online ay naaayon din sa batas. Sa pagbugso ng paggamit ng internet at digital technology, napapanahon na pagukulan ng pansin ang mas masidhing paggamit nito at may kaakibat na mga batas na magbibigay proteksiyon sa mga gumagamit nito para sa kabuhayan at iba pang aktibidad, at karampatang parusa din para naman sa mga aabuso nito.

Isa sa mga layunin ng “CLICK” o ang “Computer Literacy, Innovation, Connectivity and Knowledge” ay ang mabigyang-proteksiyon ang maraming sektor sa lipunan, yaong mga nagne-negosyo online, mga guro at mag-aaral para sa online classes, at pati na din ang mga konsyumer na bumibili online. Sa pamamagitan ng batas, maisusulong na ang abot-kayang internet para sa lahat kahit saan man lugar nakatira, lalo na sa may gustong pumasok sa “e-commerce,” makipag-“network” sa iba pang negosyante na may karanasan na dito, o yung may gustong mag-aral online at kahit sa mga empleyado na nais ipagpatuloy ang “work from home setup.”

Marami pang dapat pag-usapan tungkol sa mga gawain “online,” lalo na sa aspeto ng “online privacy” at
“data security.” Subalit sa pamamagitan ng mga panukalang batas, unti-unti ay maisasaayos lahat ng ito upang mas lalong mapabilis at maging “convenient” ang buhay, at magamit ng tao ang digital technology at gawin itong kapaki-pakinabang sa mamamayang Pilipino, ngayon at sa mga susunod pang mga henerasyon.

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