Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Enjoy happy holiday shopping with Citi Credit Cards’ PayLite PayLater



Give love to your family and friends beyond Christmas Day by shopping for presents through Citi Credit Card’s PayLite PayLater promotion.



Choose from a variety of bags and travel gear from Bratpack, Columbia, Tumi and Travel Club. You can also shop for clothes and accessories from Zara and Store Specialists brand boutiques. Or, just fill your shopping bags with a plethora of items from Metro Department Store, Rustan’s and SM Store!

You can take advantage of 0% Citi PayLite for 3 months and what’s more – you will start paying only 3 months later thanks to your Citi Card!  This irresistible deal runs until January 15, 2017 only.

You can also grab this deal from Robinson’s Department Store, but only until December 31.

So spread the love and do your holiday gift-giving today.

For more information about Citi’s PayLite PayLater promotion and other unforgettable privileges only available to Citi cardholders, log on to www.citibank.com.ph or call the 24-hour CitiPhone at 995 9999

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

NOVUHAIR CELEBRATES HOLIDAY AROUND THE GLOBE


It’s officially a few more days before we celebrate Christmas and New year. Around the globe, most people are trying to look their best, new clothes, new gadgets, and new shoes, but can these make up for looking best at what’s on top of our head, our hair!



Taking care of our mane should be on top of our list just as we go to spa to pamper our body, our hair needs pampering as well. Novuhair, Nature’s answer to hair loss has got you covered. 

As we bid adieu to 2016, throw away your difficulties on hair loss and scalp problems with Novuhair’s 19 natural ingredients. Made of herbal ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint, Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching.

The brand has helped thousands of satisfied users here in the Philippines, thus merits its fifth consecutive year of being awarded by Watson’s as the leading Medicated Hair Care Brand in the country.

Good news to our kababayans abroad and their friends, with the brand’s aim to help assuage hair problems across the globe, Novuhair products are available in Kuwait, distributed by Bee Organic Import & Export Establishment, Kuwait.  

For orders, you may contact landlines +96524343885 and +96524343866 or mobile numbers +96550380380, +96565559935 and +96560755122.  

Bee Organic’s showroom is located at Arabia Mall, First Floor Showroom # 15 Egaila Area, Kuwait. 

Novuhair can also be purchased online through our service partner: www.regaloservice.com. Servicing USA, Canada, UAE , KSA and other Asian countries. 

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


Sleep your way to good health


Sleep is the most underestimated activity. Most of us see sleep only as a means to rest and would easily give up sleep in order to stretch our day.  In fact sleep is vital in achieving good health. 

Understanding the importance of sleep, LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness introduces its signature Sleep Analysis and Consultation. The analysis and consultation is geared towards helping individuals sleep their way to good health. 

"Most of us take sleep for granted and don't fully realize how sleep impacts our well-being," says Dr. Denise Lavilles of LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness. "Beyond getting our body to rest and regain physical strength, quality sleep supports mental and physical health, and affects quality of life. How we feel and perform throughout the day is affected by how well we slept. It is during sleep when our body is working to support vital functions of the brain and organs. Sleep also helps our cells regenerate," added Lavilles.
Sleep deprivation affects us physically and mentally. Lack of quality sleep makes us feel constantly tired, less productive, moody, react slower, making us prone to mistakes and accidents. Mentally, it affects our cognitive function, making us unable to properly focus and retain information. Our risk for chronic disease also increases with chronic sleep deprivation.
"Because of being constantly sleep deprived, having a restful sleep eventually becomes a challenge and may lead to unhealthy habits and dependency on sleeping pills. But sleep issues can be addressed." says Lavilles. 
The LifeScience Sleep Analysis and Consultation tackles sleep issues through a multi-disciplinary, scientific and proactive approach. “It is vital to recognize the basic underlying factors affecting and causing sleep problems, in order to determine the appropriate steps needed to sleep better. We cannot simply just keep treating the symptoms. Sleeping pills, for example, may help for a brief period of time and under a doctor’s supervision. However, insomnia cannot be cured with sleeping pills alone. They can actually make insomnia worse in the long run. Sleep is such a dynamic and relational process – it has to be understood in relation to everything else.”
"As unique individuals, sleep issues can be caused by so many things, such as occupational and lifestyle factors, as well as physiologic and biologic alterations, like hormone changes and nutrient deficiencies. Because of the varying influences and types of sleep disorders, a personalized and comprehensive approach is key in addressing sleep issues down to root cause," stressed Lavilles.
The first step is to find out more about the individual during and beyond his sleep through traditional and advanced methods such as comprehensive history taking, actigraphy, heart rate variability, 24-hour salivary cortisol/melatonin, nutrient and metabolic profiling. Once this information is available, your Physician will map-out a treatment plan that lets you fully understand what issues affect your sleep. A more thorough understanding of how your body works empowers you to be more involved in getting your restful sleep back. 
For more information on the Sleep Analysis and Consultation or to book an appointment for Sleep consult, visit lifescience.ph or call 848-LIFE (5433). 
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About LifeScience:
The LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness is an integrative facility that is committed to advancing and optimizing your health. We are a program-based center that practices a science-based approach called Functional Medicine. By creating programs based on your specific health goals, we are able to directly address your concerns with the exact type of nutrition, movement, and medically advanced treatments and testing suited to the needs of your body.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

PRESS RELEASE : Wonderful performances this Christmas at Filinvest City

HALE


Filinvest City, the bustling Central Business Distict south of Metro Manila, is welcoming the holidays with a series of spectacular entertainment for the whole family to enjoy this Christmas season.

The festive holiday begins with the much-anticipated dazzling Christmas Light Show which will run until December 31 from 6 to 9 PM and will feature performances from artists including JayR on December 18 and Hale on December 25 at the River Park, Festival Mall.    

People of all ages can also watch Repertory Philippines’ production of Hansel and Gretel – an adaptation of the opera re-written by Joy Virata for the Children’s Theatre at the Festival Mall. The show will run on 17 at 4PM, respectively. 

Enjoy live performances from The Voice of the South, a Christmas choral competition on December 16 at 6pm; and Ballet Philippines’ Pas Des Deux from December 17 to 18 at 7PM, all happening at Westgate, Filinvest City’s upscale outdoor lifestyle destination. 

Feel the spirit of Christmas as you bond and make new memories with the whole family through the dazzling display of lights and live world-class entertainment this holiday season at Filinvest City. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Mekeni: 30 Years of Uplifting Filipino Lives



“A person’s measurement of success is not by how much money he has but by how much the same success affects other people. You cannot only look at your own success but also see that others around you succeed too.  Then you can say that you have succeeded in life.”  These are the words of Tatay Felix Garcia, founder of Mekeni Food Corporation.



For those who have seen the havoc wreaked upon by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 it was devastatingly clear how Porac, Pampanga was almost wiped off the Philippine map. So creating jobs in the lahar-stricken town seemed like a crazy idea to most people.  But Tatay Felix and Imang Meding Garcia weren’t most people. They believed in sharing hope and creating a spark in the darkest moment of their lives. That spark ignited a light for the people of barrio Balubad, and transformed what was then an ashen ghost town into the thriving community that it is today. What they started 30 years ago is now being continued by their children and grandchildren.


More than producing world-class quality food products that continues to bring honor to the country, Mekeni Food Corporation is remembered and recognized as a Filipino family-oriented company that offered employment opportunities to the lesser privileged which contributed in building a happy, committed and productive community despite the major calamity.

Mekeni lives up to its name of always being open and welcoming. Through the years, they have gladly welcomed both challenges and opportunities, relying on their faith in their people and an even stronger faith in God. So whenever awards and recognitions are accorded to Mekeni, it is not only the company that takes pride in its own achievements but also the whole community shares in the joy and honor given. Because Mekeni believes that their best asset are the people who stick with them through thick and thin.


Now celebrating their 30th Year with the theme “30 Years of Uplifting Filipino Lives”, Mekeni continues its mission to provide employment opportunities and contribute to the improvement of life within and beyond the community.

In their recent thanksgiving celebration, Mekeni did not only celebrate their milestones, but also celebrated their employees' achievements. Promoting the value of the 5Rs in their people (Relationship, Respect, Result, Rewards and Recognition), they gave their outstanding employees awards and recognition for their excellent service to the company. Amazingly, some even beyond the call of duty! Group awards and recognition were given for the Best Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Best 5S Practitioners, HACCP/Food Safety Management System Team, Internal Audit Team, Safety & Health Committee, HR Point persons Team, Emergency Preparedness & Response team, 5S team, Mekeni Dancers, MFC Chorale, Best Delivery Team National Category, and Outstanding Factory Outlet Team. Individual awards and recognition were also given to the Most Outstanding Admin Personnel, Best Account Analyst, Perfect Attendance, Outstanding CSLM Support Personnel, Best Delivery Crew/Helper, Best Lead Delivery Crew/Helper, Best Delivery Driver, Best Cash & Goods Model, Service Excellence, and Loyalty Award for those who have been with the company for 10 years or more.

This is what makes Mekeni successful, they value their people and their contributions; showing them that they and their family are always part of Mekeni. In the same way, this is why the employees are happy to stay on, because they are all treated as valuable assets of the company.

In keeping with their thanksgiving party tradition, Mekeni did not let any of their employees to go home empty-handed. Everyone took home a sack of rice, assorted grocery items, and a pack of their Picnic Super Jumbo hotdog, all courtesy of the management. After many decades, Mekeni is still grateful for all the blessings that let the company continue this practice.

Lastly, Mekeni thanks all their valued customers in the Philippines and throughout the world where every Filipino have been served their delicious world-class quality products. It is through them that Mekeni continues to grow not only as a company but also as a community builder that will continue to provide opportunities and uplift poverty in the community that they serve. Truly, Mekeni is committed to be a partner of growth not only in the province where they built their reputable company, but also in the entire country where they have been happily and productively working with their dealers and distributors nationwide.

With their commitment to build people, Mekeni hopes and prays that they would sustain their passion, commitment, loyalty and pride in both triumph and challenges. It is their faith in their people and most of all their faith in God that makes them what they are now, 30 years of world-class quality food products and dedicated people.

Kaspersky Lab Stats Show : 1 in 4 Wi-Fi Hotspots Just Waiting to Be Hacked


After analyzing information on more than 31 million Wi-Fi hotspots around the world, Kaspersky Lab has found that every fourth (28%) is unsecured and poses a risk to users' personal data. That means all the traffic transmitted over those networks, including personal messages, passwords, documents and much more, can be easily intercepted and used by attackers.

According to Kaspersky Security Network , 25% of the world’s Wi-Fi networks have no encryption or password protection of any kind. In other words, the information they transmit is completely open and can be read by third parties. 

Another 3% of hotspots use WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) to encrypt data. This unreliable protocol can be "cracked" within minutes using tools that are freely available on the Internet. 

The rest of the nearly three-quarters of Wi-Fi hotspots use a more reliable form of encryption based on the family of Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) protocols. 
The effort required to hack these networks depends on the settings, including the strength of the password. For instance, if it’s a weak or publicly accessible password (e.g., on display in a cafe), a criminal will also be able to decrypt any transmitted traffic.

It’s worth noting that the top 20 countries with the highest percentage of non-encrypted Wi-Fi hotspots includes many popular tourist destinations – Thailand, France, Israel, the US and so on. Travelers are among the most vulnerable because the nearest available Wi-Fi hotspot is often the only way for them to stay connected. 
At the same time, another study suggests only 57% of Internet users are concerned about their data being intercepted during a Wi-Fi session.

“We advise all users to remain vigilant when connecting to Wi-Fi. Don’t use hotspots without passwords and don’t use public hotspots to perform high-risk activities such as online banking or shopping, logging on to sites or for transferring confidential information. If that sort of traffic is intercepted by a third party, it could result in serious losses, including financial losses. And of course, we strongly recommend using additional measures to protect traffic, such as VPN (Virtual Private Network)technology,” explains Denis Legezo, Antivirus Expert at Kaspersky Lab.

The flagship solutions Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security now integrate the new Secure Connection feature that encrypts all data sent and received over a communication channel. 
Depending on the user settings, Secure Connection can be run automatically when attempting to connect to an unsecured network, or when performing potentially vulnerable operations online.

About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

Alcatel and PLDT Delivers Kids watch through PLDT Telpad Promo

Ever wish you could know where your child is all the time? 



Parents can now keep track of their kiddos through the Alcatel MOVETIME Track & Talk Watch for an additional P199 per month in Telpad Promo


We are always concerned with the safety and security of our children, especially when we are not with them. We never fail to think of them; wondering of their activities during the day, contemplating if their journey back home is safe and sound. If only we could be with them every minute and could guard them under our watchful eyes every second, it would definitely be worth a peace of our minds.

With breakthroughs in technology, nothing can be impossible nowadays, including the opportunity to track your children when you are not with them. Alcatel, a mobile device brand of TCL communication has developed its newest product that saves you from worry of your kid’s safety and protection


Alcatel MOVETIME Track & Talk Watch is an innovative security tool that children can wear. Download the MOVETIME Track & Talk app to connect your smartphone to your kid’s watch. The app enables you to track your kids through their smartwatch anytime and anywhere you are. You can also pre-set the safe zones for your little one. 

PLDT, the leading telco and digital services provider in the country, is offering this to their subscribers through its PLDT HOME unit. For an additional P199 per month on top your Telpad plan, you can already have the Alcatel MOVETIME Track & Talk Watch and have your kids wear your peace of mind. 

The MOVETIME Track & Talk Watch has the following features that add security and safety to your child’s well-being:

Geo-location- Using a blend of GPS, GSM, and Wi-Fi, you can easily locate your kids within 90 seconds. It is fast, reliable and simple. With this feature, you are assured of their safety by getting to know every place they go. You can even track their pace, activities and get statistics. By knowing where they run and go, you are saved from worry and anxiety.

Set a safe place- This feature warns you immediately when your kids enter or leave a pre-set safe zone. By setting a safe place, you are assured that they are within the bounds of their comfort zone, thus become protected from unwanted areas that may pose risk to their protection. 

Alert Notifications- With alert notifications, you get instant notices on your smartphone. You don’t need to check on your phone minute by minute, the notifications will alert you of your kids’ activities. In this way, you can attend to matters in the office or at home without the hassle of checking on your phone every now and then.
Send voice message- This feature allows you and your assigned family members to call your kids to check on them and remind them of stuff to do or things to remember. You can also send voice messages if they cannot answer your call. And enjoy conversations with them anytime of the day and feel more connected to them. And in turn, your child can call up to 10 assigned numbers. 

The MOVETIME Track & Talk Watch also have other impressive features that you will surely love. It comes with a touch button that your kids can easily operate. It has a contact list that can save all family contact numbers, so that you kid can easily scroll and call if they need to. 

The watch also comes in cool and funky colors, blue and orange that your kids will adore. Its battery life can go as long as four days on stand-by time. It comes with a flexible and durable structure, and is water and dust proof. 

But on top of all these amazing features is the assurance that you stay connected with your kids and secure their safety. The MOVETIME Track & Talk Watch helps connect and secure families with the help of digital innovations.

The upgraded Telpad plan comes with PLDT Smart Call All Sim with the inclusion of 60 mins call to Smart, Sun, and Talk N’ Text and 60 mobile data. Telpad plan starts at P1849 and comes with the landline, Home DSL, and Telpad unit. 

Get the Alcatel MOVETIME Track & Talk Watch for your kids now and safeguard their protection today visit http://pldthome.com/telpad/smartwatch. For more information about MOVETIME Track & Talk Watch, go to Alcatel Philippines Facebook page
(www.facebook.com/alcatelmobilephilippines).

Thursday, December 8, 2016

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! DANCES ITS WAY TO DIVA SAME DAY AS U.S. ON THURSDAY, 8 DECEMBER AT 9:25PM


The highly-anticipated television musical event will feature a brand new original duet performed by stars Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson.

 


Get ready for a one-of-a-kind television experience as Hairspray Live! dances its way to DIVA- Same Day as the U.S. on Thursday, 8 December at 9:25pm. Featuring a stellar cast of Hollywood A-listers (Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson), Tony Award winners (Kirstin Chenoweth, Martin Short and Harvey Fierstein) and up-and-coming Disney alumni/millennial favorites (Garrett Clayton and Dove Cameron), the latest stage-to-screen production will see Broadway's finest creatives team up to breathe new life into the beloved Tony Award-winning musical. 

Filmed at the sprawling backlots of Universal Studios Hollywood, Hairspray Live!marks the first time the musical is being adapted for a television audience, culminating with a special duet by stars Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson. The two powerhouse vocalists will take on "Come So Far (Got So Far To Go)", originally sung by Queen Latifah in the 2007 Hairspray film.


Hairspray Live! stars exciting newcomer Maddie Baillio as the iconic Tracy Turnblad, alongside Dove Cameron (Amber Von Tussle), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Garrett Clayton (Link Larkin), Harvey Fierstein (Edna Turnblad), Ariana Grande (Penny Pingleton), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Ephraim Sykes (Seaweed) and Shahadi Wright Joseph (Inez). Additionally, the musical will feature special appearances by Billy Eichner, Sean Hayes, Andrea Martin and Rosie O'Donnell.





Not only was an open casting call held for the lead role of Tracy Turnblad - which was eventually won by accomplished singer and dancer from League City, Texas, Maddie Bailio - residents of Baltimore in the U.S. were also given the opportunity to audition for a dance role filmed in Los Angeles during the live telecast.

In Hairspray Live!, teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on "The Corny Collins Show," a local TV program. When against all odds Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colourful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link (Garrett Clayton); the ambitious mean girl, Amber (Dove Cameron); an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed (Ephraim Sykes); and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle (Jennifer Hudson), the owner of a local record store. Tracy's mother is the indomitable Edna (Harvey Fierstein), and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white "Corny Collins Show."

Acclaimed live television director Alex Rudzinski ("Dancing with the Stars") will join Tony-winning director Kenny Leon ("The Wiz Live!"). Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Oscar-winning "Chicago," "The Wiz Live!" and the upcoming "A Few Good Men Live!") serve as executive producers of "Hairspray Live!" Harvey Fierstein will also provide a new teleplay and Tony winner Jerry Mitchell ("Kinky Boots," "On Your Feet") will serve as choreographer for the live production with music and lyrics by Tony winners Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman ("Smash," the upcoming feature "Mary Poppins Returns" and the Broadway-bound "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory").

Get ready your dancing shoes for Hairspray Live!premiering on 8 December, Thursday at 9:25pm on DIVA- Same Day as the U.S.

About NBCUniversal International Networks 
NBCUniversal International Networks is one of the world's premier entertainment portfolios, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 167 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The channel brands in the portfolio include Universal Channel, Syfy, E! Entertainment Television, 13th Street, DIVA, Studio Universal, Telemundo, Bravo, The Style Network and Golf Channel. These unique brands deliver a full range of entertainment experiences to local audiences across the globe; the portfolio also includes Movies 24 in the UK. Further, NBCUniversal News Group, one of the most influential and respected portfolios of on-air and digital news properties in the world, operate CNBC and NBC News internationally.

NBCUniversal International Networks is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH THIS SEASON WITH BEWELL-C



In our haste to come up with the best Christmas gift this season, we tend to forget that every person’s well-being will always be on top of the list, thus, a gift of wellness is something that will be well-received.
Around the globe, holidays means parties everywhere which also equates to frequent sleep deprivation not to mention increased alcohol intake for some and the bad effects of second hand smoke for others. All these factors contribute to lower immune system and this might not be a good match for the holidays.

Bewell-C has got your back covered as it contains all the vitamin C your body needs minus the acidity.  Bewell-C is a non-acidic vitamin C supplement that boosts the immune system to fight against various health conditions. 

Great for kids
Bewell-C is made of encapsulated powder which can be extracted and mixed with juices. Most parents nowadays do this, especially in the event that their kids are suffering from weak immune system.
Sodium ascorbate is effective in alleviating coughs and colds in children and can be given 3x a day as opposed to the acidity of a regular vitamin C.

Excellent for adults 
Sodium Ascorbate promotes healthy cell development which helps active individuals in terms of sports related injuries as it plays a major role in collagen synthesis and help form bonds between strands of collagen fibers. It is also helpful for those recovering from surgery.



For those who follow a beauty regimen, Sodium Ascorbate helps firm the skin tissues and works well in enhancing the efficiency of anti-aging supplements.
Sodium Ascorbate helps fight cancer as it produces a cytotoxic effect in malignant cell lines including melanoma cells, hence its anti-cancer property. Vitamin C in Sodium Ascorbate also help in lowering the risk of heart diseases and early death.

For those who requires a low-sodium diet, Bewell-C Plus Calcium is recommended. 
Bewell-C and Bewell-C Plus Calcium is available in all leading drugstores nationwide. For more updates, Follow their FB: @bewellcsodiumascorbate

Bewell-C and Bewell-C Plus Calcium is available in all leading drugstores nationwide and on Lazada Online Shopping: http://www.lazada.com.ph/bewell-nutraceuticals-corporation/.

For more updates, Follow their FB: https://www.facebook.com/bewellcsodiumascorbate




Friday, December 2, 2016

Be ready to #EnterTheScienceCircus!





Science Circus: Step Right Up! is the 5th traveling exhibition of The Mind Museum,  supported in part by Mastercard, Limkaco Industries, Uratex, and Thompson Hardware and Lighting Center.

The Science Circus: Step Right Up! showcases the amusing, the peculiar, and the extraordinary in our everyday experiences, in the form of interactive exhibits that deceive the senses and boggle the mind.

While the nearly 250-year history of the circus abounds with awe-inspiring demonstrations of physical skill – such as high-flying aerial artists, to death-defying daredevils – the Science Circus challenges our traditional notions of a circus by focusing on the mind’s “acrobatic” perceptual tricks

As the guests enter the exhibition, they are welcomed by a festive, colorful façade which sets the tone for the sights and sounds they are about to experience. These interactive exhibits are displayed simultaneously in three adjacent Rings. Guests can go in any of the Rings in the order they please.


Ring One, or Deception Perception is a menagerie of exhibits that will prompt you to question whether to see is to believe. Can you always trust your senses? Is what you see as real as it seems? Can your brain produce motion where there is none? Your first venture into the Circus will unveil the “blindness” of your mind’s eye.

Ring Two highlights Pieces of Incredible Engineering, where guests can engage their minds in puzzles and relish how math and art come together. This central area is animated by simple machines, and engages guests in activities that evoke their inner engineer.

Last but not least, Ring Three is Encounters with the Masters, where guests can interact with and learn the secrets of the Masters of Illusion. They can take on the challenges posed by each Master, and discover how our brains can be ensnared by smoke and mirrors.


Visit the Science Circus: Step Right Up! exhibition right now for another wonderful ride through the world of Science! To make it even more enticing, a special treat awaits!

The Science Circus: Step Right Up! exhibition vividly illustrates how our everyday experiences are full of delightful secrets that we can uncover, to discover more about ourselves and the world around us.  Let’s all have fun together! See you there!


#EnterTheScienceCircus

#TheMindMuseum


*The Mind Museum’s traveling exhibition Science Circus will be on display in the Museum for a limited run, until January 31, 2017 only. The exhibition aims to travel to cities and provinces around the country as part of The Mind Museum’s mission to bring science closer to the general public.



Entrance Fees:

Science Circus* only

P200 / head    Adults or Child                          


The Mind Museum (3-hour tour) + Science Circus

P750                               Adults

P650                               Child/Student (up to college)  


Kids below two feet are Free.


*Enjoy Science Circus exhibition for 90 minutes choosing from these timeslots:

9am-1030am  |  1030am-12nn  |  12nn-130pm  |  130pm-3pm  |  3pm-430pm  |  430pm-6pm

Limited capacity. Guests are welcomed on a first come, first served basis.


Limited Offer:



Together with Mastercard, The Mind Museum offers something enticing for visitors! Use your Mastercard and avail of a 3+1 treat to any admission ticket to the Museum or its special exhibitions. See posters for full details. Until December 30, 2016 only.


The Mind Museum Operating Hours

9:00am – 6:00pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.

CLOSED on Mondays.


For more information or for interested parties who would want to host this exhibition, please contact:




Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram: themindmuseum

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bimmerfest XIII : The longest running all BMW car show in the Philippines now on its 13th year


The BMW Car Club of the Philippines - 2016 International BMW Club of the Year Awardee.


The only official BMW Car Club in the country recognized and a member of the International Council of BMW Clubs AG, an umbrella group under BMW Clubs Asia will hold its 13th annual car show and shine event dubbed as Bimmerfest XIII on December 10, 2016 at Capitol Commons in Pasig City. 

This whole-day event provides the opportunity for club members to display their pride and passion for the appreciation not only by fellow club members, but the general public as well. 

This event will showcase the rich automotive heritage of BMW as it features models from the earliest and current range of BMW series to the special M cars.

Show Categories are as follows:

1. Best in Interior 
2. Best in Exterior 
3. Best in Modern Display 
4. Best in Special Display 
5. Best in Heritage 
6. Best in Show 
7. People's Choice Award
8. Hall of Fame
9. Best Guest Display 
10. Best Newbie Display 
11. Bimmerfest Fanatic Award 

The 13th edition of "Bimmerfest" is brought to you by the BMW Car Club of the Philippines, Shell V Power Nitro, Shell Helix Ultra, Bilstein, H&R, Standard Insurance, Dynalab and Hillsborough Car Spa.

Co-Presented by Ortigas & Company / Capitol Commons.


Our Event Partners : Michelin Philippines, Citibank, Johann's Cuisine, The Village Sports Club, Motolite, Aguila Glass, Eurovision Car Accessories and Decals, Philgraphics, Philippine Red Cross, Shinagawa Lasik and Aesthetics, Meguiars, Aqua Best and I Flick Photo Booth.

Our Media Partners : Philippine Star, Business Mirror, Motion Cars, WhenInManila.Com, AutoIndustriya, Carmudi.com.ph, 97.9 Home Radio, Kinse Trenta Radyo, DWDD Katropa Radyo, Creative Voices, Page One, Astig.PH, World Executives Digest, My Space Radio Show, Executive Chronicles, Voice Master, Psst.PH, Nego Sentro, Explore, Larawan at Kape, Aksyon Sports, Auto Review, Motortech.ph and Travel Life Magazine.



Special Thanks To : Linea Fiori Events, PMCM Events Management, The Big Difference Communications, Index and LFI Photoworks.

This event is open to the public.

Please register for a chance to win in the hourly raffle.

For further inquiries, please call the numbers below.

PMCM Events - 0917 834 4978 Linea Fiori Events - 0949 759 7216

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Look and feel good while embracing aging without fear with Marula


This holiday season, reward yourself and your loved ones with the perfect gift that can virtually turn back time: Marula by John Paul Selects.



With Marula Oil, look and feel good while embracing aging without fear. Containing 50% more antioxidants and increased fatty acid content, it slows down and reverses signs of aging - reducing fine lines and wrinkles - with its potent hydration, protection, and rejuvenation properties. Its light and fresh essential oil scent allows for a most luxurious application with lightning fast absorption.  

Formulated specially for the face, neck, and décolleté, Marula's secret lies in the intrinsic and clinically proven benefits of 99.2% pure Marula Oil, nature's best-kept secret from South Africa that is sustainably harvested by hand from the high-quality Marula nut. 

As a product developed for multiple purposes, you can use it as a potent anti-aging moisturizer or as a make-up primer. Apply it on your skin for healing hydration and an elasticity boost. You may also mix it with your foundation for added moisture. The result is skin that is smooth, supple, and fresh like never before.

You owe it to yourself - and to your friends and loved ones - to look and feel beautiful with the transformative benefits of Marula Oil by John Paul Selects - the gift of beauty in a bottle.

Give the gift of beauty with Marula

Marula is available at the beauty section of the SM Stores in SM Aura, SM Makati, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA and SM Mall of Asia. Visit  www.fastbeautyph.com  and follow Fast Beauty on Facebook and Instagram at @fastbeautyph.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas is just around the corner!


Do you ever get excited for Christmas whenever you hear Christmas jingles once the "ber" months kick in? If you just answered yes to that, you're in luck because SM Home is just as excited as you are and they are here to help you decorate your place just the way you like it!



Bond with your families as you set up and decorate your own Christmas trees and homes! If you want something different this Christmas, try going for a White Christmas theme and choose from our Railey Tree, Grand Tree and Roman Tree! But if you feel that sticking to the tradition will bring your families closer, you can always choose from our Yana Tree, Richie Tree, Yam Tree and Gab Tree! Either way, you can never go wrong with these options!


  
For the kids and the young-at-heart, the Santa and Snowmen plushies collection are all the rage. Pile up on these Christmas buddies and see your family's faces light up and bring back memories of a good old childhood memory. 

If you're going for a classier set this year, look at all the glass and metallic Christmas Tree decors that the SM Home Store carries. 


Whatever mood you're trying to have at home this year, visit any SM Home Store for their Christmas 2016 Collections and for other home pieces that are suitable for you. With SM Home, you will always be ready for the holiday season!

Shop at your favorite SM Home store.

 Visit our website,  www.smhome.com.ph . Follow us on Instagram @smhome, Twitter, @SMHome_ph and Snapchat, sm_home and like us on Facebook .

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Give Yourself the Gift of a Happy and Healthy Skin with Nailaholics Great Argan Sale 2016


The cold season is here again.  The colder the season, the drier the skin. For people with normally dry skin, the cold weather could also mean itchy and inflamed skin. Tis the season when our skin needs more attention.

Living in a tropical country during the most unpredictable season of the year, where the weather swings from sunny and humid to cold and wet in minutes, on top of all the sugar, alcohol and greasy holiday treats, can really wreak havoc on your skin.

Of course, eating healthy (a lot of greens, water, and fiber), getting enough sleep and a lot of exercise helps. Unfortunately, the season to be merry, jolly, and bright is just around the corner, and it will prove nearly impossible to say no to all the revelry. So here’s an insider tip: argan oil.


Drawn from trees that grow in the southern region of Morocco, argan oil is a rich blend of antioxidants, vitamin A and E, polyunsaturated fat, and essential fatty acid. It’s literally food for hair and skin, eases inflammation, and gives it a boost of moisture from within that lends itself to an inner glow—the hallmark of healthy skin.

The great news is that you can get all the benefits of argan oil can from just mixing a few drops of argan oil into your trusty, go-to beauty products or by directly applying it onto your skin. This makes it a very versatile addition to your beauty routine.

That said, here’s an even better insider tip: just in time for the upcoming holidays, you can buy one bottle of Argan Oil from Nailaholics and get one free at any Nailaholics branch.

You better hurry though—this exclusive promotion runs only from November 21 to 30. The 50ml bottle is available at P790.00 and the 100ml bottle is selling for P1390.

It’s a small price to pay for a product that can serve as your night time moisturizer, a skin toner, makeup remover, whole body moiturizer, leave-in hair conditioner and can also be a cure for acne, stretchmarks and razor bumps and burns.

“It’s important to note though that you get the real deal. So be sure to get it from somewhere that has a longstanding reputation of reliability and quality. It’s the concentration of argan oil that allows you to receive all its benefits, so make sure you’re getting it from a brand that can be trusted when they say that they are giving you a bottle with no artificial preservatives,” ends Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head.

Friday, November 18, 2016

NOVUHAIR HEAD BAGS AGORA AWARD


President and CEO Wins in the Individual Category of the 37th Agora Awards  


Quezon City, Philippines – Nutramedica, Inc. President and CEO Sheila Mae Velilla bagged the Outstanding Achievement in Entrepreneurship – Medium Scale at the recently concluded 37th Agora Awards. Nutramedica is a homegrown 100% wholly-owned Filipino enterprise that manufactures and distributes Novuhair, an acclaimed line of products that addresses hair loss.

Held last October 26 at PICC, CCP Complex, the Agora Awards recognizes individuals and organizations for exceptional marketing skills and strategies. It is touted to be the premier marketing awards body in the country and sets the high standards of excellence in the industry.

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO BIG WINNER

Moving in an industry dominated by giant multinational pharmaceutical companies, Nutramedica’s tenacious rise from its humble beginnings as a microenterprise is one for the books. Thanks largely to its creativity and innovation, it has become a major player with a well- established niche in the industry.

Founded in 2004 by Velilla, Nutramedica develops beauty and healthcare products out of natural and mostly indigenous ingredients. It is one of the pioneers in the commercialization of virgin coconut oil (VCO) and gained wide success with its slogan “healthiest oil on earth,” which led to its acquisition by a big company.

It continued to create more VCO-based skin care products and hit the jackpot with its latest, and now banner, product – Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss. This breakthrough solution is made of 19 herbal ingredients and comes in topical scalp lotion, herbal shampoo, and herbal conditioner that effectively battles the effects of hair loss and helps enhance and restore one’s crowning glory.

Launched in 2009, Novuhair enjoys tremendous success until today. It is widely accepted not only here in the Philippines, but also in other countries. It is set to enter the international market, starting with the United States (US), in December of this year. Such bold, yet timely, move of the company to export Novuhair to the US and eventually the Middle East also opens the opportunity for proudly-made local products to penetrate the global arena.

Novuhair’s popularity and market leadership may be attributed to the company’s initial market study coupled with the right timing, as well as smart use of resources by coming up with an effective tri-media campaign best described as low-budget yet high-impact marketing.

Leveraging on its organic growth from a microenterprise to medium scale with over 30 employees in a span of 12 years, Nutramedica continues to further develop, market and distribute high-quality goods that could bring honor to the country.

The firm raises the bar in entrepreneurship with its faithful adherence to best business practices, such as provision of high quality products and excellent services, adaptability to market trends, constant innovation, diversification of trade, and giving back to society.



“Great things in business are never done by one person, they are done by a team of people”, Velilla quotes Steve Jobs when asked what’s her secret to success in this competitive business of beauty and healthcare.

“We at Nutramedica also adhere to our core values of integrity, trust, fairness, discipline, humility, leadership, teamwork and faith in God. That’s our winning formula,” Velilla further adds.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide.

For more information visit  www.novuhair.com

Like the brand’s official Facebook Page at  Novuhair Official 

Follow it on Twitter at  @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram  @novuhairofficial

You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and Order Online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.

From Carcass to Table: Lowdown of Meat Industry’s Delivery System


RDF Feed, Livestock & Foods, Inc. (RDFFLFI) Unique Cold Chain Process
Producing safe food should be the ultimate goal of any agri-food system enterprise. By the time the meat reaches the consumer’s kitchen, they should be assured of the many safety measures taken by these companies to deliver fresh and quality meat. Big brand names are not enough to guarantee the viability of the meat we purchase.
The problem lies with the company’s delivery system. Most companies contract third parties to deliver freshly slaughtered meat with no proper monitoring systems on the trucks' temperature and travel time. It is common knowledge that some of these contractors turn off the truck’s refrigeration system during travel to lessen fuel costs. Proper handling of products during delivery also plays a key role in maintaining quality. Dropping of products directly to the floor, or carrying carcasses on the bare backs of handlers are common practices, which compromise the product.

The meat supplier’s delivery system is usually where it falls short. Meat producers may have the best plants with state of the art facilities but if they have a poor delivery system, the whole process to keep the quality of the meat is compromised.

A local producer that has gained the growing trust of Filipino meat consumers is RDFFeed, Livestock & Foods, Inc. (RDFFLFI) has introduced a unique cold chain process to ensure the quality of meat they sell. From the slaughterhouse or dressing plants to dispatching to the delivery of animal protein, RDF guarantees its freshness.
Livestock and poultry are prepared differently at the start of the cold chain process.

For pork, the cold chain process starts in the slaughterhouse where carcasses are placed in a refrigerated 10-wheeler truck that transfers carcass to the central depot. This process cools down the internal temperature of hot carcasses. At the central depot, the internal temperature of the carcasses reaches 36 to 39 degree Celsius. It will then be stored in the holding room with the room temperature of -10 to -15 degrees Celsius to cool down the carcass internal temperature to 7 degrees Celsius below before cutting.

PRE-COOLED HOLDING ROOM

The holding room is precooled an hour prior to the arrival of the carcasses. After pre-washing and sanitizing using chlorinated water at 0 to 3 degree Celsius, carcasses are transferred to the pre-cooled holding room and stored for 14 to 16 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of less than 7 degree Celsius. The carcasses are then sent to the fabrication area, cooled at 10 to 15 degree Celsius, for primal cutting.

DRESSING PLANT

For chicken, the cold chain process starts in the dressing plant. Dressed chickens are passed through two chilling vat washers to sanitize the carcasses and cool the chicken internal temperature down to 4 degrees Celsius. The first chilling vat has chlorinated chilled water with a temperature of 8 to 12 degrees Celsius. The second vat has chlorinated water cooled to 0 to 3 degrees Celsius. Chilled dressed chicken will then be placed in crates lined with plastic and filled with crushed ice.

For beef, the holding room is pro-cooled an hour before the arrival of the carcasses. After pre-washing and sanitizing with chlorinated water at 0 to 3 degrees Celsius, the carcasses are transferred to the pre-cooled holding room.

After the initial process, all items are then stored in a freezer. Warehousemen will then prepare the orders from each store, all done under a room temperature of 10 degrees. Ordered items will then be stored in the anteroom, cooled to 10 degrees Celsius. An assigned personnel regularly monitors the temperature of all products in the storage area. Proper storing of products in crates and proper spacing per crate is strictly monitored to ensure that there is a balanced cool airflow inside the room.

DISPATCHING

During the dispatching process, items are checked by the dispatcher, drivers and crew to make sure that items declared on the document have the same weight as that of the actual product. This process happens in a temperature-controlled room, pre-cooled prior to the actual dispatch.

Prior to loading, trucks are pre-cooled up to 4 degree Celsius. Products are then carefully transferred to the trucks. During the trip, the temperature of the truck’s refrigeration is monitored through a GPS system with random checks by the staff during the entire trip.

When the products reach the retail outlets, stocks are placed in a 6-door storage chiller freezer, while items for selling are displayed in 3-door freezers to maintain the cold chain process.

RDF facilities from production to delivery and retail outlets are all owned and operated by the company. Customers can be assured that RDF has control in every part of the cold chain process. RDF has also Quality Assurance field representatives to regularly check the products sold in the stores.

The cold chain process is very important for consumers to ensure their safety when buying meat products. Perishable goods are temperature sensitive, any interruption in the process will greatly affect the quality of the product. The cold chain process reaffirms RDF’s commitment to the consumers of bringing safe and quality food to their tables.

Berkeley, ISBB win SBP-Passerelle Luzon finals


Berkeley School and International School for Better Beginnings (ISBB) bagged the championship title for the Luzon finals of SBP (Small Basketeers of the Philippines) – Passerelle, the largest twin tournament in the country, held at the Easter College Gym in Baguio City.


Berkeley School of Baguio easily won the SBP tournament against Wonderland School of Dagupan and earned their 4th consecutive regional championship title, 69-36.  3rd place went to Sacred Heart University after winning the battle against St. Scholastica’s Academy, 56-50

Meanwhile, it was a hard feat for ISBB to beat St. Louis University during the Passerelle tournament until they finally took the lead halfway through the last quarter, ending the intense battle with 67-64 score. Holy Angel University came in 3rd in a match against Urdaneta City National High School, 50-47. 

ISBB also received the much-coveted Sportsmanship award for the Passerelle tournament while for the SBP tournament, the award was given to St. Scholastica’s Academy. Organized by the multi-awarded school for basketball and volleyball, BEST Center, sponsored by Milo, and supported by Chris Sports and Rain or Shine, SBP-Passerelle emphasizes the importance of fair play not just among players but also among coaches and parents. BEST center does not only aim to build future basketball champions, but also helps athletes develop values and discipline and team work and sportsmanship.

The last to host its regional finals is the Visayas, to be held in Roxas City on November 19-20, 2016. Other representatives for each region are La Salle Greenhills for SBP and Adamson University for Passerelle from NCR; and Xavier University for SBP and Holy Child of Davao for Passerelle from Mindanao, 

Winners for each regional finals will battle it out on the national championship to be held in Bacolod City.

Now on its 31st year, SBP-Passarelle is the longest running and most prestigious interschool basketball competition for children where students ages 9-11 compete in the SBP tournament, while students ages 12-14 compete in the Passarelle tournament. 

For more information about BEST Center’s classes and tournaments,

call the hotlines 411-6260, 3723066 and 372-3065,

email bestcentersports@gmail.com or follow its official Facebook page .

Monday, August 29, 2016

NABH International Accredits Cabrini Medical Center as its first in Southeast Asia


The National Accreditation Board for Hospital International (NABH International) continues to support the Philippines in gaining international accreditation in the field of healthcare. The latest accreditation was awarded to St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center.
St. Frances Cabrini officials led by Dr. John Alonzo and Dr. Florentino Afable (7th and 10th from R-L) were awarded by NABH International CEO Dr. K K Kalra and Director Dr. BK Rana (6th and 8th from R-L) as witnessed by HealthCORE executive director Joyce Socao-Alumno 

A non-profit organization, NABH International is recognized by International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua). One of the organization’s main objective is to redefine healthcare quality in the developing worlds but at the same time, providing accreditation with an affordable cost.

The organization has seen their main objective being imbibed by this world-class provincial medical center. St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center, located in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, has always held on to their mission statement which is to passionately strive in providing healthcare needs and deliver high quality healthcare service to improve lives.

The hospital has aimed to provide excellent service to the entire Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) region. They have achieved various milestones one of which is to be one of the only four hospitals in Southern Tagalog accredited as a Center of Excellence by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

It has also been the chosen venue for international medical missions targeting indigent people of Region IV and V that do not have access to proper medical care. These missions support the hospital’s advocacy and that is to ensure that they extend the same quality of service to everyone who goes inside their hospital doors who is in need of medical care.
St. Frances Cabrini celebrates momentous achievement

“St. Frances Cabrini has complied with all the standards of NABH International. This ranks them at par with the best hospitals in the world in terms of patient care and patient safety.” NABH Director Dr. BK Rana stated who was also one of the assessors.
St. Frances Cabrini is the only hospital who is a participant in the United Nations Global Compact Initiative. An organization that is anchored in the practice of human rights, fair labor practice, and protection against corrupt practices.

"Although our hospital had all the universal equipment and qualified specialists all these years, the hospital achieved NABH accreditation only when it thoroughly started following all the NABH norms of documentation, patient safety and patient education. The NABH accreditation is actually more for the interest of the patients’ care and safety as it ensures best treatment for patient," said Dr. John Cresencio F. Alonzo, SFCMC President/COO.
Joyce Socao-Alumno, NABH Philippines Representative and Country Head of Aster DM Healthcare says, “Accreditation is beyond licensing which is the basic requirement for hospitals and even more than ISO certification. Accreditation is a tool that is meant to assist hospitals achieve excellence by benchmarking with the best of the best. A hospital cannot claim it is world-class if there is no third party expert to say that what they are indeed of global standard. NABH International, just like JCI, is recognized by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQUA) as an accredited agency that audits hospitals against the global standards of patient care and patient safety. These assessors were trained and licensed to do the audit. The NABH International assessment is more than lip service. It involves audit of the entire organization of the hospital from the CEO down to the lowest ranking staff, and every nook and corner of the facility.”

Having an international accreditation also gives the Philippines the opportunity to explore the medical tourism industry that is currently on an uptrend. St. Frances Cabrini is the first to be proclaimed as a Medical Tourism Special Economic Zone. Another achievement under the hospital’s long list of distinctions.

The NABH International plans to continue extending their international accreditation to the Middle East and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.

The process may be tedious but once the organization completed and passed the assessments, they will be accredited for three years.

“This accreditation does not only target city hospitals. NABH International also provides accreditation to small health care organizations, wellness centers and blood banks to name a few. Each category has a set of standards that they need to comply with. These organizations may apply under the relevant accreditation program that depends on the services that they offer. Hopefully, more hospitals and wellness centers in the Philippines will achieve international accreditation in order for the Philippines to gain global acceptance in the field of healthcare,” Alumno added.