Sunday, November 29, 2015

Two Years After Yolanda: PRC’s Haiyan Recovery Program

Philippine Red Cross is more than just providing blood to those who are in need. They play a big role in disaster, relief and operation. A couple of weeks ago, we remembered the tragic brought about by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in the Philippines. We recognize individuals, NGO and government agencies' efforts to help the provinces hit by typhoon Haiyan, one of them is Philippine Red Cross.

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Giveway To Celebrate #WorldToiletDay #1MCleanToilets

#WorldToiletDay, a campaign that fight against germs and diseases caused by unsanitary toilets was celebrated today around the globe. Unilever Philippines through its brand Domex, the campaign against #1MCleanToilets kicked-off this morning with a clean-up drive held at East Avenue Medical Center.

Mommy Manila supports the World Toilet Day. With that, we are giving away 2 months worth of Domex cleaning products to ten (10) lucky followers/readers. Joining is easy, read more and find out how to win Domex

Contest Mechanics:

1. Post your answer to the question on Facebook and Twitter with your photo showing a CHECK hand-gesture of the left hand.

Question: "Who do you protect from disease causing germs? Who inspires you to keep your toilet at home clean and germ-free?"

Sample Answer: "I love my family so I make sure they are free from disease-causing germs in the toilet so I makes sure our home toilet is clean and germ-free!"

2. Follow @LivingMarjorney on Instagram ( and TAG the "MommyManila" Facebook Page with your answer. 

Include these 3 hashtags in your post caption:

3. Contest is open until 6pm of November 16, 2015. The 10 best winning entries that shows support for the 1 Million Clean Toilets movement will be announced on this blog on November 17, 2015.

Ten (10) Readers from Mommy Manila will win 2-months supply of Domex from Domex Philippines and Unilever Philippines. Winners must CLAIM the prize until December 15, 2015 at 2F Zaragoza Bldg., 102 Gamboa St., Legaspi Village, Makati City 1229 Philippines.

Show us your CHECK hand-gesture and support the #1MCleanToilets campaign. We can do it, one at a time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Join Domex #1MCleanToilets Movement

Every year, Domex aims to educate 1 Million Filipinos on Proper Toilet Sanitation, to help fight against diseases. This coming November 13, 2015, Unilever Philippines through its germ-killing brand, Domex is all set to kick off the One Million Clean Toilets Movement in the fight against disease causing germs. This nationwide campaign aims to save lives, one clean toilet at a time.

#1MCleanToiltes with Domex

World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that children around the world miss an estimated 443 million school days each year because of diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets. There were hundreds of problems related to poor sanitation and lack of sanitary toilets. Children got sick and missed a lot at school. Not to mention that their lives at risk due diseases caused by unhygienic practices. Illnesses due to poor toilet sanitation include diarrheal disease and parasitic worm infections which can lead to nutritional deficiencies, physical and mental stunting, and death. Every day, millions of children in rural communities and urban households nationwide are exposed to these health problems by using dirty toilets populated by disease-carrying germs.

Domex "Sick Days" Video

According to Dr. Luisa Efren of the Philippine Public Health Association (PPHA), the simple act of proper toilet sanitation can help prevent the spread of these germs. 

“A toilet that looks clean to the naked eye may not necessarily be free from germs and bacteria. So, it is very important to properly sanitize all surfaces using a germ-kill expert with proven efficacy in eliminating bacteria, and not just any ordinary laundry bleach,” Dr. Efren warned.

On its third year, Unilever Philippines in partnership with UNICEF and PPHA are all set to champion the One Million Clean Toilets Movement. This advocacy program aims to educate Filipinos on proper toilet hygiene and the need for sanitized household toilets to keep their families safe against disease-causing germs.

Mommies, I invite you to join the movement, #1MCleanToilets the fight against disease by spreading awareness on the sanitation issue caused unsanitary toilets. Watch and share the “Sick Days” video to help keep your family and friends germ-free.

Let's support the fight against disease, one clean toilet at a time.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Goldilocks Polvoron Now In Bite Sizes

I remmber how much I love candies when I was a little. Imagine for 25 centavo, I can buy my favorite candy in the sari-sari store. But now that I am not young anymore, I would indulge for candies and chocolates once in a while. I personally like soft candies but nothing comes quite close to the inimitable goodness of polvoron. Of course, when Filipinos think of polvoron, they immediately associate it with Goldilocks.

Now that the original Goldilocks polvoron lovers are all grown up and have children of their own, they can pass on the experience to their own kids – albeit in a new and more convenient package via the new Goldilocks Polvoron Bites.

This new generation of polvoron may seem smaller than most of us remember, but what it lacks in size, it still makes up for in taste and convenience. These bite-sized pieces are easier to store and share with friends and loved ones. They also come in two flavors, namely the Signature (and best-loved) Classic polvoron and the new Choco-covered variant.
Grab the Polvoron Bites from your nearest Goldilocks branch. For more details, follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldiclocksPH; or visit the Goldilocks Facebook page, and at the official Goldilocks website at 

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Money Matters: Save With TOTAL Excellium Diesel

Mommies, how much do you allot on transportation every month? Mine doubled this month of October but I don't complain because I ride in comfort and usually arrived home on time. Anyway, here's something that will probably make you smile amidst your monthly expenses.

TOTAL, a global energy leader, has introduced its flagship fuel product to the Philippine market, TOTAL Excellium. This product is developed in TOTAL’s European laboratories, where meticulous research and development has led to the combination of three essential advantages in one efficient formula.

TOTAL Excellium Diesel is fast becoming the favorite fuel of practical, environment-conscious Filipino drivers.  TOTAL Excellium Diesel is a premium fuel product developed under European Union specifications and infused with proprietary additives that deliver the Total Ecosolutions Advantage. Each drop of TOTAL Excellium ensures a clean, efficient engine, fuel economy, and less harmful CO2 emissions for an unforgettable driving experience.

Started last October 12 until November 22, 2015, every P1,200 single-receipt purchase of TOTAL EXCELLIUM Diesel in participating Service Stations entitles the customer to a P100 TOTAL EXCELLIUM cash coupon. This is a great opportunity for diesel customers to experiment with the amazing benefits of a premium product at a lower cost.

Have you tried TOTAL Excellium Diesel? Do you have money saving tips? Share with us and we would love to hear. Check out the Benefits of Total Excellium on #WomanInDigital

Sunday, October 25, 2015

A #CherryChristmas For OFWs

Christmas is the most exciting part of the year, a time most cherished by Filipinos. More than the Noche Buena and the gift giving, we look forward to bonding moments with our families and loved ones.

To some, it may be bittersweet, especially for our hardworking OFWs living away from their families. While they brim with pride, sending their families Balikbayan boxes full of gifts and goodies, they are unable to see firsthand the joy and smiles that they bring. Many OFWs would prefer to be with their loved ones this holiday, however, distance and circumstance prohibit them.

This year though Cherry Mobile fulfills the deepest wishes of several of our OFWs and reunites them with their loved ones this Christmas through the #CherryChristmas promo. Christmas comes early as Cherry Mobile flies these lucky winners home for free, just in time for the holidays.
“For our OFWs, the happiest time of the year is also sometimes the loneliest. I saw firsthand while I travel abroad how much Filipinos yearn for their home and families. There really is no place like home. For those who live in the Philippines, we are happy to give and receive gifts, but deep inside, there’s no greater joy than being with family. I’m proud to be part of a brand that supports, connects, and encourages the Filipino family to be together,” shares brand ambassador Piolo Pascual

Maynard Ngu, president of Cherry Mobile, adds, “One thing holds true to every OFW out there, if they all had a choice, they would never leave their families. I know that they would do everything just to enjoy Noche Buena with their loved ones, to open gifts with their kids, to celebrate Mass with their family and friends, and to revel in the other Christmas traditions. So we would like to gift them with this opportunity. ”

Connecting families and helping bridge distances since 2009, Cherry Mobile has always put to heart the needs of the Filipino, especially OFWs - whether it’s designing quality mobile products or creating programs that uplift the lives of their consumers.

This season, through the #CherryChristmas promo, Cherry Mobile rewards the hard work and sacrifices of our unsung heroes, our OFWs.

How To Join The #CherryChristmas Promo

The #CherryChristmas promo invites participants to share why they would like to have their loved ones home for Christmas. They can share their answers through a short video, which will be uploaded through the #CherryChristmas app on the official Cherry Mobile Facebook page. The promo is open to all Filipino active Facebook users who have a family member working abroad. Cherry Mobile opens the doors and gives the opportunity for families to be together during the most special holiday season.
“Cherry Mobile, the leading mobile phone brand in the country that values your lifestyle, has always put the Filipino first, and so it is with great pride and pleasure that we bring together the Filipino family on the most important day of the year,” ends Kat Arceo-Ocampo, Cherry Mobile Marketing Head. “Please do join and spread the joy of Christmas!”

Cherry Mobile gives you more reason to be thankful. Happy holidays and cheers to a #CherryChristmas!

For the complete mechanics of the #CherryChristmas promo, visit and

Friday, October 23, 2015

Traditional and Digital Retail Trends Discussed in SM’s First Partnership Summit ​

With the market’s adaptation to digital shopping, traditional retail businesses find it important to keep with the consumer’s growing needs and demands for shopping experience beyond the brick-and-mortar concept. SM Supermalls used this big idea for its first Partnership Summit titled “Bricks Click: Creating the New Marketplace” to create a venue for deeper discussion among retailers and business partners. The summit was held at the SMX Convention Center of the Mall of Asia Complex.

SM Supermalls President Annie Garcia and Senior Vice-President for Operations Steven Tan together with panelists (second from left) Margot Torres, Executive Vice President, McDonald’s Philippines; Hiebert Dimagiba, Head of Mobile & IT Business, Samsung Philippines; Aitor Gomez Maguregui, Head of New Business Sales, Google Philippines; and Mark Gamboa, Director of Marketing, Max’s Group.

The summit aimed to inspire and motivate players in the retail industry, local and regional, through knowledge sharing and market updates from distinguished experts in the field. During the summit, discussions centered around the impact of social media on businesses; ways to elevate customer experience, and strengthening customer satisfaction.

Esteemed guest speakers included entrepreneur and inspirational speaker Francis Kong, Disney Institute Regional Business Development Manager Wing-Hoe Tan, and Samsung Electronics Vice-President for Online David Kang. Panel discussions further elaborated the topics, with executives and veterans of known companies such as Samsung, Max’s, McDonald’s and Google contributing their insights and business experiences.

In his presentation, Kong explained that a business should learn to utilize social media and technology not to compete with the traditional way of retail, but to enhance and further develop its reach. Technology, according to Kong, is not the competitor of traditional retail, but its complement.

Entrepreneur and inspirational speaker Francis Kong talked about creating new and meaningful experiences for the customer with the cohesive use of social media with traditional retail.

“Co-existence between analog and click technology can never replace human involvement,” Kong added.

Tan stressed in his speech that positive results and customer delight root from company culture, from how they treat their customers to how they treat their own employees.

A playful moment from Disney Institute’s Wing-Hoe Tan, his session discussing about ensuring delightful service and maintaining good company culture.

“An organization must cultivate the same internal customer service within their employees, gauged with the same intentionality as how they do with their external ones. It is not written on any handbook; rather, it is already imbibed in the employees’ hearts and minds to provide exceptional service,” Tan said.

Kang ended the sessions with his emphasis on how technology heavily influences consumers’ decisions, but in the end, the brick-and-mortar shops are still their preferred way of shopping for their desired products.

Samsung Electronics Vice-President for Online David Kang delves deeper into his talk about the cohesive existence of technology and traditional retail to bring another level to the customer’s shopping experience.

There were 1,000 participants who attended the summit, hailing from businesses in the Philippines and abroad, all pioneers and heads of SM’s valued tenant companies. The partnership summit is one of SM’s projects in line with celebrating its 30th year in the retail industry. SM currently has 55 malls nationwide.​

Friday, October 16, 2015

Benzac Helps Break The Cycle of Skin Breakout

Are you experiencing recurrent skin breakout? It might be due to stubborn dirt and oil that stays even after thorough cleansing. According to the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), acne is the most prevalent skin disease among Filipinos, with an affliction rate of approximately 17% among teens from 10 to 18 years of age. This makes acne a serious skin condition, which persists unless treated straight at the source.

The most common problem with acne breakouts is that it recurs despite a rigorous skincare regimen. Against common knowledge, cleansing alone does not get rid of acne. This is because cleansers only work on the skin’s surface dirt and oil, making them insufficient in addressing the root problem of breakouts.

To effectively treat acne, there must be an understanding on how acne really develops in the skin. Acne is a recurring cycle that isn’t caused by dirt, but by bacteria. When excess oil and dead skin cells clog the pores, whiteheads or blackheads appear. Bacteria then infect the pore clog which worsens into red and inflamed bumps more commonly known as pimples. The acne cycle repeats, often triggered by stress or hormones.

But dermatologists have proven and tested that acne can be managed, and acne cycles can be stopped.

Benzac, a global expert in acne treatment, brings you Benzac AC Gel spot treatment that contains the active ingredient, Benzoyl Peroxide. This key ingredient has been clinically proven to kill more than 94% of acne-causing bacteria in 48 hours to significantly reduce redness and inflammation of pimples, and loosen whiteheads and blackheads.

Benzac is known and recommended by dermatologists worldwide. It promises to stop stubborn breakouts by addressing the cause of the acne cycle – bacteria. Benzac comes in a full skincare solution for acne-prone skin with its daily facial cleansers, facial scrub, and its potent antibacterial spot treatment, Benzac AC Gel.

To learn more about the acne cycle and how Benzac can help you break the cycle, visit or like Benzac Philippines on Facebook.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Montessori De San Juan School Offers Student-Centered Education

Back in the 80s, I wanted to study in Montessori school but my parents couldn't afford. I was sent in a public school for elementary education and then moved to a private Catholic school for secondary school. Coming from two different schools, I saw the big difference. With that I salute my parents for all the efforts they did to give us a better education. I also salute our great and skilled teachers in public schools. They are also resourceful trying to meet the needs of their students. 

Traditional methods of education have naturally produced some of the brightest minds in the history of man. However, just as every field needs to be upgraded and modernized to suit the demands of future generations, so too does our technique of instruction. The challenge of tomorrow’s students calls for invention, innovation, imagination, and decision. The pioneers of this new frontier will certainly rely less and less on rote memorization and the mere storage of facts and information.
From the 1800s until today, countless hours are still spent on silent (book-based) learning and repetitive drills. While it certainly served its purpose at a time when standardization was the goal, numerous international experts on child psychology, education, human development, and sociology agree that it has become quite outdated.

Montessori De San Juan School Offers Student-Centered Education

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Becoming Financially Stable

I've heard a lot of stories about OFWs and their financial difficulties when they come back to their families in the country. I did not work abroad to know how it feels and it really bothers me when a relative shares their stories. I am not an expert in money matters either but I am glad to have a husband who knows how to. But let me share the story of an OFW name, Christopher.

Christopher Cervantes was only twenty one years when he left his family to travel the world and work on an oil and chemical tanker ship. Later on after marrying and having kids with the woman of his dreams, he hoped to pay for the education of his children, and help his family live a comfortable life. He rose through the ship ranks, and soon became captain of the ship. As his salary began to increase, however, he noticed that the money he was sending home was not.

“I feel that OFWs, with most of us coming from a difficult financial background, aren’t used to handling large sums of cash. We’re overwhelmed by the sudden inflow of money,” Cervantes observed. “This is why we tend to buy the latest gadgets, go on  outrageous shopping sprees, and splurge on leisure and recreation as if there were no tomorrow,” he further mused.

Eventually, Cervantes realized he had to take a more long-term and responsible approach to his finances. He began to read finance books such as “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, and started to talk to his crewmates about wealth management. In the midst of this newfound perspective, he arrived at one crucial realization: given the rising costs of education and living expenses, a high salary does not guarantee future security.

Despite all the studying Cervantes did on the ship, however, he still had no practical knowledge of how and where to begin investing. He was particularly interested in the stock market, but found it daunting. “At the time, I thought the stock market was only for wealthy businessmen in well-tailored suits. I was hesitant about investing my family’s money on a system I didn’t know much about,” he explained.

It seemed like divine intervention when Cervantes ran into a Philam Life financial advisor at a local fast food restaurant. The financial advisor then convinced the ship captain about the wisdom of life insurance and long-term financial planning, and soon Cervantes was passing on the same knowledge to his crewmates.

“I organized a regular group on the ship every Sunday,” Cervantes narrated. “My goal was to remind them of their original intentions for going abroad in the first place – to provide for their family. And I want to help them realize that the best way to do this is to think long-term, invest in stocks, equity funds, and life insurance plans to secure their family’s financial freedom,” he added.

Cervantes took this dedication for financial education even further by becoming a Registered Financial Planner. He noticed that although the majority of OFWs plan to retire by the age of 45, a good number end up working overseas even after becoming senior citizens, mainly due to poor financial planning. Chris on the other hand was able to retire at the age of 39.  

“It really is my passion to teach people financial literacy. I believe that it is something we should all have, and to eliminate the misconceptions that only the rich can invest and be wise about their money.”

Nowadays, Cervantes holds regular financial literacy programs at his office in Philam Life Cubao. He is also the author of “Financial Planning in the Fast Changing World,”  

“The Seed Money,” and the runner-up in Angat Pilipinas’s OFW Advocate of the Year award.

“My life would be very different if I were still on that boat,” said Cervantes. “Philam Life gave me such a big opportunity to turn my financial mind-set upside down, and it has changed my family’s life for the better.  I encourage all my clients to do the same: invest in stocks, bonds and life insurance plans now.” he concluded.

To find out more about Philam Life’s Balikbayani Program, contact a Philam Life Kabalikat Financial Advisor or call 528-2000 or visit