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Prepare your Kids for Distance Learning with TANG.

By on August 10, 2020

TANG, in partnership with Edukasyon.ph, aims to help moms make distance learning a more fun experience for their kids.

The new school year is about to start soon. And with the setup of distance learning being a new experience, many parents are looking for guidance on how to make the best out of their children’s learning experience at home.

Learning from home is an entirely new experience from the traditional classroom setup. Apart from missing the opportunities to learn from social interactions, more distractions can be found at home such as computers, TVs, and many other external factors that may disrupt the learning process. To help moms bridge the gaps of distance learning and turn the home into a conducive learning environment, TANG, in partnership with Edukasyon.ph, launches Prepared with TANG: Get Ready for Distance Learning.

Prepared with TANG: Get Ready for Distance Learning is a free online learning platform where moms can get insights about distance learning and how they can play a more active role in their child’s education. The platform will provide moms with useful tips and simple steps to enhance their child’s learning experience at home, such as:

● Providing motivation when child feels bored or tired during lessons;
● Setting up a comfortable study space;
● Getting creative with new educational activities; and most important,
● Ensuring proper nutrition and fortification including the importance of Vitamin C

Enriching advice and tips will come from the expertise and real-life experiences of fellow moms and experts such as homeschooling advocate Tina Rodriguez, mom and daughter Mikaela Martinez-Lagdameo and Noelle, and LEGO senior concept artist, Ian Sta Maria.

“It has always been TANG’s mission to be every Filipino mom’s partner in preparing their children for a bright future. And this partnership is even more important as moms face the new normal of distance learning.” says Miguel Reyes, Brand Manager of TANG Philippines. “With TANG, moms can ensure that their children will have refreshing breaks that help make for a better learning experience. This is just the first step of many as we at TANG continue to be every mom’s partner in guiding their children towards what lies ahead.”

Join us over a fun and enriching merienda break with your kids on August 8, 2020, 3PM at the TANG PH Facebook page as we launch the free platform through a Facebook Live session. Follow us on www.facebook.com/TANGPhilippines/ to learn more.

Get your kids ready for a brighter future, prepared with TANG.

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BPI employees and clients raise P12.7M for disaster, pandemic facility

By on July 1, 2020

Photo shows (from left): BPI Head of Sales and Service Channels Angelie King, BPI Head of Corporate Affairs and BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen L. Cammayo, BPI President and CEO Cezar P. Consing, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) President Rene “Butch” Meily, BPI Southern Metro Manila Division Head Olga Ang, and PDRF Executive Director Veronica Gabaldon.

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), through BPI Foundation recently turned over P12.7 million to the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) for the construction of a two-storey 506 square-meter safe shelter for people burdened by disasters and pandemics.
The funds came from the collaborative efforts of BPI employees, clients, and the BPI Foundation through the Bank’s fundraising initiative called #TaaLove: Sa Puso Magmumula ang Kanilang Pagbangon.

“As an institution, we are committed to continue playing a constructive and meaningful role in nation-building. We are grateful for the generosity of our dear clients and employees who took part in this initiative to help our fellow Filipinos in need,” BPI President and CEO Cezar Consing said.
Early this year, BPI called on its employees to heed the call for help by people affected by the Taal Volcano eruption. After initially raising P2.7 million from employees and a matching amount by the BPI Foundation, the program was eventually opened to the general public through the BPI branches from February 14 to March 13, 2020. An additional P10 million was raised from clients.

The multi-purpose facility was initially intended to support those severely affected by the Taal Volcano eruption and to prepare for future disasters. In light of the ongoing pandemic, the design will be modified so that it can also function as an alternative health care facility.
The facility will be built to withstand hazards in the locality and will accommodate approximately 300 people. Livelihood activities will also be held there when there are no disasters and pandemics to deal with. The construction will start in August once the ideal location is identified and the new design is approved.
To know more about BPI’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, visit:
http://www.bpifoundation.org.

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Fangirl Diaries: From a closet fan to a proud A’Tin

By on June 18, 2020

Last 2016 po kasi… Haha charot

My journey with SB19 began when I first saw their Go Up music video on my recommended in Youtube some time in January this year (2020).
I already knew about the group since they’ve been making noise through their recent achievements in music charts but only then did I voluntarily decide to watch them. Since that day of allowing my curiosity get through me, I also unconsciously allowed SB19 to my system. I honestly liked their music and couldn’t deny that they perform so well yet I never considered myself a fan. Maybe because I’ve seen so many Filipino performers attempt to venture on a KPop-isnpired genre but in my liking, failed big time. Yet Go Up would play on my head for days and I’d sing it every so randomly.

That’s when I knew, SB19 impact on me never left.

Photo credits: ShowBT Entertainment

Due to KPop fan stereotypes though, I remained a closet fan for months. Until Ms. Corona’s reign befell the nation carrying all the inconveniences under her wings. And boom, we were all LOCKED DOWN. With the pending work responsibilities at the back of my head, my family’s health in danger, stress piled up in an instant. That’s when Youtube and Mobile Legends became my therapy. And surprise, surprise! Youtube recommended Go Up again. I remember scrollilng past through it so many times when I can just choose “Not interested” or “Don’t recommend this channel.” But I didn’t…

That time we all have time to do the things we can’t when work and school were top priorities than our health and sanity… I gave in.
I watched Go Up first, as if trying to confirm if I actually am stanning a Filipino boygroup after all the denial and the non-existent cringe. And again, I didn’t hate it. In fact, I started watching their other MV and vlogs as well.

Screencap from SB19 Official Youtube channel

I must say, SB19 vlogs really helped in showcasing what these talented boys have more. Their varying personalities is what I loved most. While TALENT is already written in their forheads, their personalities offstage radiate that combination of jolliness and intellect that successful Filipino entertainers possess. They will keep one entertained simply by struggling to guess a single-word titled song or playing a Lie-detector game and accusing the device itself of lying. Their humor is never forced nor scripted, add to it the awesome output by the video editors. Kudos, SB19 Team!!!!
I can go on and on from here but I suggest you see it for yourself by visiting their Youtube channel.

And so… with their charm and wit that I couldn’t resist, I finally admitted to myself… the SB19 fever finally hit me. The only fever I’d openly accept this quarantine, though. I’d like to say it wasn’t fatal until I came accross Ken’s Location cover and from then on I considered myself as an A’Tin in Ken’s poultry. 🖤

I hope to meet more A’Tin, too! Let’s fangirl together. ^^,

Took me months of LSS-ing on Go Up but yep, proud A’TIn here! Love Goes is now a fave.

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Stay home, stay safe, and add a splash of color to your life

By on May 27, 2020

While we stay at home to help flatten the curve of this pandemic, we suddenly find ourselves with lots of time in our hands to do the things we could only dream of- or used to take for granted. As we wait for the air to clear, we make use of the time we have to learn a new recipe, to work out, to pamper ourselves, or to simply change up our looks. But if you’re too afraid of cutting your hair, why not add a splash of color instead?

Simple acts of care especially during quarantine can make anyone feel better. Why not show your mom or your sister how much they mean to you by spending an afternoon at home giving each other a refreshing new hair color? Give them a whole new look that shows off their unique personalities through Kolours.

Kolours has been the go-to brand of many Filipinas- and for good reason. Infused with Color Retention Technology, Kolours gives vibrant precision color that lasts for up to three months. It’s also packed with Vitamins E and B5 to condition the hair while coloring, along with a post-treatment conditioner enriched with Natural Coco Essence to help nourish the hair by keeping it hydrated and moisturized.
The best part is with amazing quality, it’s affordable and retails for only P250 SRP.
Kolours comes in 12 variants, and has recently added a line with celebrity Solenn Heussaff! These newest products offer trendy colors and are all infused with Meadowfoam Seed Oil- delivering the Best Ever Damage Defense System. Meadowfoam Seed Oil repairs the hair making it stronger and also locks in moisture to make hair softer and smoother. With the new shade range, there’s definitely something for everyone!

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Lifestyle diary: ‘New Normal’ by Hotel Sogo

By on May 16, 2020

Hotel Sogo gives a preview to its version of ‘new normal’ operations, in a playbook video released by the company. The video is its way of assuring its guests that their safety and security is Hotel Sogo’s top priority.

The video highlighted the initiatives it is doing to make sure to provide guests with So Clean, So Good, So Safe experience, while staying at the hotel. Hotel Sogo made sure to lessen guest’s direct contact.

Check out Hotel Sogo’s ‘new normal’ playbook video to know more.

https://www.facebook.com/HotelSogoOfficialPage/videos/585211665435201/
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Anime Movie Review: Her Blue Sky

By on May 5, 2020

This is a long overdue post. A topic that i have jotted down on my planner multiple times since February. I want to apologize already for the months-late review, but I still want to share this with everyone.

Valentine’s Day came early this year for anime fans in the Philippines as cinemas showed yet another anime movie last February.

Special premier: February 7, 2020 (SM Megamall)
General screening: February 12, 2020

Her Blue Sky or originally, Sora no Aosa wo Shiru hito yo

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Review on the characters:
As always, I am a huge fan of the unconventional and this movie have a lot of them. The main male character, Shinnosuke Kanamuro’s appearance actually give a grown band member aura which is special, I think, for an anime to ressonate.
The sisters are your typical best girl older sister and stubborn (but soft inside) younger sister. I love the older sister more. 😂
Sister: Akane Aioi
Younger: Aoi Aioi
*One thing I noticed about the sisters names is that they are colors in Japanese. Aka or akai means red and Aoi means blue. “Ne” is also a way to call a sister from the word ane which means my sister or oneesan, someone’s sister.

The supporting characters are well thought of too and I love each and everyone’s character development. From the ex-band members having their own families after pursuing different paths to their reunion and interactions since then.

Review on the plot:
The trailer gave off a time travel vibe which made me wonder who is who. Who grew up to be whom? However, it became clear upon watching the movie. And that the mystery is not on the who but on the why. Timeline travel or something like different dimension existence: a very much common theme in anime.
But like I’ve said, the very well put character development gave justice to the fantasy side of the story. Another thing that made it special is its strong family ties vibes. While most anime stories seem to revolve around the main characters lives only, Her Blue Sky showed lives of people with actual families and how they value each other. Something relatable. Something touching.
The romance part is not so overwhelming but sweet and cute. After all what happened a light feel on relationship is a good conclusion.

Although overall it is a good anime movie, let me just say that there are several loopholes in it. There are times when circumstances obviosly side with the main character even though it is very unlikely to happen even when considering that it is a work of fiction. Talk about main character benefits, e?

I’d also like to think that there are symbolism in the story which they want us to imagine ourselves. Like how the time travel happens, is it really someone time travelling or a mere representation of the past?

And since it’s title has a “sky” on it, I will have to look past the floating/flying up in the sky moment despite of it being an overused scene. Haha!

I think I will have to stop there before I give out more hints. 😉
I know this movie isn’t showing on cinemas anymore but let’s just hope they’d bring it on TV or any other ways we can watch it again legally. Support artists y’all.

I was actually surprised that only a few people watched considering the sudden rise in popularity of Japanese anime movies in the Philippines after Kimi no Nawa. Or maybe most fans watched on the special premier. That, I have no information about, I am sorry…again.

Plus points!!! Japanese singer Aimyon sang the OST with the same title, Sora no aosa wo shiru hito yo. Please check out her music. She’s one of the bests!!

We got free stickers by the way. Thank you, SM Megamall Cinema. And to the person who drew them.

Rating: 7/10
If it weren’t for the loopholes, really.

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Diary entry: Influence

By on May 1, 2020

I was on my third year in highschool when I joined the campus’ Journalism Club. Being a bookworm with no money to buy the books, my membership introduced me to a lot of people who had.

Writing for the school paper did not only allow me to borrow the books that I wanted to read, it also brought me to places where my school will compete for school press conferences.

Together with our Journalism Club mentor, we would join competitions in different schools and win sometimes.

My area was Feature writing.

During the competitions, there were topics that I loved that I already know I’d get the prize and topics that I had no connection at all giving my braincells a hard time delivering the right words. Both were challenging and nonetheless, worthwhile.

There’s a certain topic that I will never forget in my entire life because it was both, and not. I loved it because I had a wide range of answers for it but I knew I won’t win with any of those because of the lack of connection. Something I had to write for the sake of having an entry. It’s quite frustrating thinking about it now, but I was a young teen back then. And maybe being a first-timer at the Nationals clouded my thoughts. Or maybe these are just excuses and that I actually simply write poorly.

I said I wouldn’t forget it. But verbatim, I already did.
It went somehow like:
“The most influential person for you, not including your relatives.”

I was really challenged by this topic as I never encountered anything similar during training. I won’t tell my answer anymore though as it sounded more a diary entry than a feature on a paper.

Abe what is this all about if you won’t share the answer, then? Because I may have found a new one now. And this time, no prize is included but I want to write about it. Somehow giving closure to my teenage self too who let her emotions reach the National Press Conference judges. Lol

Today is May 1st. On normal days, I should be excited because, “Yay! Holiday!” but the past few days aren’t too normal at all for most of us have been on forced holiday for two almost two months now. An unseen predator is currently devastating the country as well making things far from coming back to normal. But while I am here, in the comforts of our own home, there they are, the so-called frontliners of this pandemic. It is May 1st and also happens to be a celebration of Labor Day in thr Philippines. But a holiday is non-existent to a virus that only knows to spread and kill. Hence, our frontliners also have to battle it at this time. Holiday, normal day, their own birthday, whenever that is. They are selflessly working; fighting for us.

A view from some laundry room in Tokyo. Shot by Abegail Layosa
A view from some laundry room in Tokyo.
Shot by Abegail Layosa

I may be at home now, doing nothing heroic. But I can say that these people highly influenced me to be productive in ways I can. To be a spring of positivity. To have their discipline. To be more appreciative of my job. I am inspired by how they stand firm to do theirs. In this post, I honor every working Filipino all over the world.

Thank you for doing your best.
For our health. Thank you, medical workers.
For our food supply. Thank you, delivery service providers and essential supplies companies.
For our economy. Thank you, OFWs, BPO and everyone working at home.
For our beloved near or far from us. Thank you, LGUs.
For the cleanliness. Thank you, maintenance workers, street sweepers, garbage collectors.
For safety. Thank you, military officers, security guards and peace and order volunteers.
For our awareness on the situation. Thank you broadcast reporters.

On a special note, I would like to give appreciation to my colleagues in Japan who continue the workforce and serve as our company’s frontliners while we can’t work here yet. Please know that all of your efforts are greatly appreciated.
As well as the leaders for all the hardwork in assuring every members on updates and for keeping us free from worry. To our ever understanding bosses, only the sincerest gratitude and a promise to perform even better whenever we can go back to work again. 🍀

And that is it. My new answer. Happy Labor Day!

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Home Foodie Live Series

By on April 24, 2020

With the community quarantine being extended yet again, wouldn’t it be great to let the kids learn cooking simple dishes? Let the Little Miss or Mister Mastechef in your kids shine with Home Foodie.

Let your little Home Foodie master chefs enjoy a hands-on Facebook cooking & baking session. Resident Home Foodie chefs will do a live learning session of 5 scrumptious, kid-friendly recipes.

Home Foodie will post a collage of all participants who joined, so don’t forget to take a selfie while cooking!

Click going in the Home Foodie FB event page to confirm your attendance and be updated on this online event on April 28, 2:00 PM (GMT+8): bit.ly/HFKKC!

Don’t forget to read the guidelines, waiver, and recipes!

https://www.facebook.com/homefoodieph/posts/1145044502500884

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Sunrise and the hope it brings

By on March 27, 2020

Yesterday was Kathryn Bernardo’s birthday. Today is mine.

11am. I am lying on my bed (still) , wide awake but with no intent to get up anytime soon. This community lockdown indeed is taking its toll on me. It’s my birthday and I can’t go out to celebrate. Nor people can come and be with me today. HAPPY? BIRTHDAY, HUH, CORONA.

My mom is cooking downstairs. I assume its for me. I smell onions being sautéed and I heard there’s ice cream on the fridge. My sister is in the supermarket now, too. I knew since she just sent a message telling that the line to the store is already long. Hmm.. I wonder what she’ll get.

My niece and nephew are watching the Tagalized SpongeBob SquarePants in the living room. And now, I wanted to go down and play with them.

I can’t seem to find the words to connect these thoughts that I have but sincerely, I was just sad last night and this morning, I realized it is not that bad.

And thinking about it, it is not so 28 year oldish to be upset with having to celebrate your birthday at home.

Home. The only place which toilet seat I trust. The place where my most beloved reside. And this time, we are together the whole day. I wish there’d be cake but I’m 28 now so I’ll try my best to go along without it.

Besides, most families in our country now struggle to have anything on their plates. Who am I to ask for more? How selfish of me to question what I have while most people can only wish for a shelter in these trying times.

If there is anything I can wish now, it’s for the fast recovery of COVID-19 patients and COVID-19’s cure to be discovered as well.

For the frontliners to have more strength in battling this invicible enemy. For the elderly to feel secure and cared for. For the families in the streets to meet their comfort. I wish for the whole world to live a normal life again.

Every new day is a new beginning for everyone. Just as the sun rises after every night, hope soars with its every ray.

Yesterday I was sad. Today, I am hopeful.

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The unseen heroes: Garbage collectors

By on March 17, 2020

As of this writing, the Philippines is under state of calamity due to the ongoing outbreak of corona virus.

Metro Manila is under community quarantine while other neighboring cities also take precautions in minimizing the spread of the disease.

Classes are suspended for a month and some business establishments declare temporary closure. Private workers are encouraged to stay at home as well. Some are granted work from home, while others are on forced leave.

But there are workers who just can not take a leave because their job directly involves treating the infected. They are the frontline health workers to whom we are very grateful.

During the beginning of the quarantine, many problems arised such as shortage in surgical masks, disinfectant hoarding etc. Making it hard for the frontliners to fulfill their job properly as well. But thanks to the Filipinos bayanihan, support for our hardworking healthworkers are pouring.

Now that our hardworking frontline health workers are receiving the support that they deserve, can we also turn our attention to another group of heroes who brave the very thing that we all fear most in this pandemic.
The unseen heroes not just during this time but actually every single day of our lives.

Garbage collectors risk their lives being exposed to can be free of it.
They work under the heat of the sun traveling with the trash that we discarded useless, even dangerous. Without PPE. 😢

Also under the possibilty of acquiring COVID-19 due to improperly disposed used surgical masks and many more other diseases.
All this for a below minimum salary.

I hope we can spare whatever we can to help those who might be needing it more.

They need hygiene kits too.
They need food too.
In this trying times, they need our support too.

In our current state however, where actions are limited during this community quarantine, let us help them by simply disposing our masks properly.

Designate a paper bag in your household to which you will dispose all your used face masks.
Put labels on it so our garbage collectors would know and could take more precaution in disposing it.
Cut the strings to make sure it can’t be used anymore.

I hope this post reaches those who can extend help to our ever hardworking garbage collectors, street sweeper, garbage truck mechanics and everyone who works for the maintaining of cleanliness in our country.

Kudos to everyone!

Mabuhay ang bayanihan.

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