Monday, March 18, 2019

Blackbeard’s Seafood’s Multi-Sport Café opens at Vermosa Sports Hub

Santé Fitness Lab announces today its partnership with Blackbeard’s Seafood Island, conceptualized to serve athletes and fitness enthusiasts of Vermosa Sports Hub with healthy and delicious food options. The Vermosa Sports Hub is located in Imus, Cavite.

Founded in 2004, Blackbeard’s Seafood Island is the leading seafood destination of the Philippine islands and currently operates 40 stores nationwide. The company then went on to open an auxiliary store called the ’Biker’s Café,” which caters to a community of bikers and fitness enthusiasts.

“We’re happy to partner with Santé Fitness Lab and put up something for the Vermosa community. For us, this is not just about doing business but most importantly, our multi-sports café is about building goodwill with our customers, especially when it comes to health and wellness,” said Raymund Magdaluyo, president of The Blackbeard's Seafood Island Group.

Santé’s CEO Joey Marcelo said that he and Magdaluyo belong to the same community. He explained that they first met through triathlon and that they’ve always wanted a foot inside the food business.

“Our niche is health and wellness and, I wanted to focus on that once I venture into the food business. I was adamant about doing it with Raymund since it’s his area of expertise. So, we’re pleased that we now have the opportunity since Vermosa Sports Hub asked us for a possibility of setting up a restaurant that will not only serve the community in Vermosa but the sports hub, as well,” said Marcelo.

To know more about Santé Fitness Lab and other upcoming events, visit their official Facebook page at

About Santé

Founded in 2007, Santé promotes, produces and distributes premier natural health and wellness products; as well as services, designed to help people live better lives. With Santé Barley as its flagship brand, Santé has dominated the local market with its barley grass – grown and harvested in New Zealand – which is certified organic by BioGro, New Zealand’s largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and products. With the proven health benefits of Santé Barley, Santé has developed a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. Today, Santé has expanded its offerings to include a fitness and rehabilitation center with its Santé Fitness Lab; and an array of natural products that are true to the company's thrust in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Headquartered in the Philippines, Santé has offices worldwide such as New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, Qatar, Nigeria, and Cyprus.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Goldilocks' Artful Cake Battle : Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge 2019

Goldilocks once again gave creative culinary arts students center stage to turn their cakes into masterful works of art in their Cake Battle, the inter-collegiate cake decorating challenge. This year’s theme is “Dance” masterpiece for Novice category, while “Musical”, “ Wedding” and Over All for Advance category.

Intercollegiate Cake Decorating Challenge

This year, a total of ten teams split into two categories - Novice and Advanced - all vying for the title of champion cake decorators. The winners of the competition would also get P250,000.00 worth of baking showcase plus P20,000.00 worth of Goldilocks Gift Certificates for the Advance Category and P100,000.00 worth of baking showcase plus P10,000.00 worth of Goldilocks Gift Certificates for Novice category as prizes for the competition.

“Goldilocks really values the young talent we get to see every year we have our Cake Battle,” says Goldilocks Marketing Director, Cherry Caluya. “For this year’s Cake Battle, we wanted to focus on the creativity and talent of young Filipinos when they create beautiful masterpieces. We believe that cake decorating puts the art of baking to the next level, and the talent we have as Filipinos is endless.”

As the country's number one bakeshop, Goldilocks has been hosting their inter-collegiate cake decorating competition for over a decade now. Together with Gourdo’s and Avoset, Goldilocks was able to set the stage for the Goldilocks Cake Battle 2019 as they provided the materials and ingredients for each team to use in the competition. Many teams from Culinary schools, universities and college all over the Philippines show off their skill in decorating cakes, ranging from elegant to out of this world. With so much talent participating this year, the competition was definitely fierce.

Who participated the IDC?

Over 100 Culinary and Hospitality Management schools sent teams to compete in this year's Cake Battle, that began early this year. Only ten teams were chosen to compete in two categories, split between their cake battle experience. Teams from Bulacan State University - San Jose Del Monte, Gabriel Taborin College of Davao Foundation, Inc., Lyceum of the Philippines - Laguna, University of Cebu, and the Western Institute of Technology competed in finals for the Novice Category. Bulacan State University - Malolos, Holy Cross of Davao College, Lyceum of the Philippines - Laguna, St. Anne College of Lucena, and the Western Institute of Technology made up the teams who competed in the Advanced Category finals.

The finalists and audience of this year’s Cake Battle finals had the chance to rub elbows with and meet Goldilocks’ celebrity endorser, Liza Soberano. The country’s top cake decorators, Heny Sison, Jackie Ang Po, and Penk Ching, all had a hard time judging the competition because of the high-level skill and artistry displayed during the competition, but ultimately Lyceum of the Philippines University Laguna and Western Institute of Technology bagged the championship.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Avon Philippines renews promise to help end gender-based violence

Violence continues to affect millions of women around the world we have witnessed it, and some of us may even have experienced it. In the Philippines, harassment cases continue to rise alarmingly, and are not at all limited to the physical kind of abuse. 

Take a look at these numbers: 1 out of 4 married Filipinas have experienced abuse from their partners; 3 in 5 Filipinas have been sexually harassed in their lifetime; while online harassment has victimized mostly women aged 15 to 35. 

With the international community celebrating Women’s Month, Avon Philippines, a company that has long supported women’s causes, renews its Promise to Help End Wolence Against Women and Girls, as part of the company’s recently launched global plan Stand4Her, which aims to improve the lives of 100 million women by advancing their earning potential, freedom of expression, and ability to live a safe and healthy life. 

Ruffa Gutierrez and her daughters Lorin and Venice Gutierrez are serving as celebrity ambassadors for the campaign, helping shine a light on the different forms of abuse, and encouraging everyone to join the crusade against violence through their own stories. 

In a series of online videos by Avon Philippines, Ruffa and her daughters share their personal experiences and insights on catcalling, online harassment, and abusive relationships encouraging women to stand up for each other and to never tolerate such behavior. 

As part of the Promise to Help End Violence Against Women and Girls, Avon has also created the limited edition Free as a Butterfly jewelry set to help fund partner NGOs that empower abused victims and survivors through support, guidance, and inspiration with promds of the collection sales. 

Available starting March through an Avon representative or online at htt :// for P299. This purchase for a purpose gives P50 from each sale to the programs of partner organizations, which positively impact the lives of hundreds of Filipino women. 

If you’re experiencing abuse or suspect someone who is, contact any of Avon Philippines’ partner NGOs: Luna Legal Resource Center for Women and Children in Davao at (082) 306-5761, Gender Watch Against Violence and Exploitation (GWAVE) in Dumaguete at (035) 422-8405 or 0915 259 3029, Women’s Care Center, Inc. (WCCI) in Manila at (02) 5144104 or 0999 577 963. and lng Makababaying Aksyon (IMA) in Pampanga at (045) 323-4750.

Keep the promise to end violence against women and girls and speak up to support the cause. Learn more about Avon’s promise to end violence against women and girls, and join us as we make a stand for women today by checking out this video:

Don’t have an Avon Representative? Visit or like and check out Avon Philippines on Facebook to find out how you can shop your favorite Avon products!

About Avon
For 130 years Avon has stood for women: providing innovative, quality beauty products which are primarily sold to women, through women. Millions of independent Representatives across the wodd sell iconic Avon brands such as Avon True Color and ANE W through their social networks, building their own beauty businesses on a fullor part-time basisAvon supports women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and wellbeing and has donated over $1billion to women’s causes through Avon and the Avon Foundation. 

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Behavior Change Strategies + Social Support: A Scientific Approach to Weight Management

By: David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.N. – Chairman, Herbalife Nutrition Institute

Breaking bad nutrition and fitness habits can be complicated. Through constant repetition, they become part of our lives. Furthermore, when you add pleasure to those unhealthy habits –like how good pizza tastes– the pleasure centers of the brain will create the craving to repeat that stimulus.

Following a brief, scientifically referenced discussion of the widely accepted psychological principles of behavior change, several published studies from third-parties and independent from Herbalife Nutrition underpin social support in weight management. These studies were held over varying time periods and with various groups but all suggest that when it comes to weight management, the combination of two approaches is most likely to work for substituting bad habits with healthy ones: behavior change strategies reinforced by social support.

Habits are, essentially, patterns of behavior, so by tackling a pattern, you are working on breaking the habit itself. Scientific literature stresses three specific behavior modifications techniques that work when trying to manage weight:

1. Self-monitoring

It’s not about accuracy, but about being aware of what you eat and how much you exercise. Research has consistently demonstrated that self-monitoring is associated with improved treatment outcomes, and patients report that it is one of the most helpful tools in weight management.

2. Stimulus control

Identifying and modifying cues associated with overeating and inactivity can make it easier to maintain healthy habits. Controlling cues associated with overeating or a sedentary lifestyle can be helpful for long-term weight maintenance because exposure to these triggers may cause weight regain.

3. Stress management

Stress is a primary trigger for overeating, Deep breathing, muscle relaxation and meditation are proven stress reduction techniques and can reduce distraction from stressful events which can interfere with the adoption and maintenance of new behaviors.

Social support can make a difference when trying to lead a healthier and happier life. We know that good habits are tough to establish, so having a community around you for support, guidance and encouragement can be critical.

Several independent studies show that higher levels of social support are associated with greater success in achieving and maintaining weight loss. A key finding is that groups do not need to be primarily oriented toward weight management. Peer support can help people to become more self-accepting, develop interpersonal skills or new ways to manage stressful situations, all of which, in turn, might help with weight management objectives as a secondary positive consequence.

It’s also important to note that nowadays, social support comes in different shapes and sizes. It can be exercising with a friend, joining a supervised attendance program, engaging on weekly e-mails with tailored feedback and lessons, or even posting regularly on social media. High online activity, positive votes or likes received per post and engagement in discussions that might provide social support are associated with greater weight loss.

While more research is needed in this area, these initial findings are promising. Whatever the motivation to be in better shape may be, engaging in a weight management journey entails many positive outcomes, such as having more energy to be with your loved ones, better overall health and getting to know like-minded people. That is why this important decision should be undertaken with discipline, joy and any tool for behavior change that can be helpful. Remember: no effort is too small or dismissible.

About Herbalife Nutrition Foundation

Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) is a U.S. 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation devoted to providing good nutrition and nutrition education to help make the world healthier and happier. HNF currently supports over 130 programs worldwide, promoting children’s healthy growth and development, helping ensure children are provided with good nutrition for a brighter future. In addition to helping children, the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation supports organizations focused on general wellness of communities, such as the American Cancer Society, Save The Children and the American Red Cross. For more information about HNF, and how you can support our programs, visit 

About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier.  The Company has been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products and programs - since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent members, we are committed to providing solutions to global trends of poor nutrition and obesity, a population that wants to age in a healthier manner, skyrocketing public healthcare costs as well as providing an opportunity to meet the needs of the rising number of entrepreneurs. Herbalife Nutrition offers high quality, science-backed products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent member, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. The Company’s direct sales model provides individuals with an entrepreneurial business opportunity to be their own boss and work either full or part-time.

Herbalife Nutrition’s targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through its independent members in more than 90 countries. 

Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) and its more than 130 community-based Casa Herbalife Nutrition programs around the globe that help bring good nutrition to children.  The Company and HNF also provide aide to organizations focused on the general wellness of communities such as the American Cancer Society, Save The Children and the American Red Cross.

Herbalife Nutrition is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe.

Herbalife Nutrition has approximately 8,300 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately US$4.4 billion in 2017. To learn more, visit or

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Keep your home safe from dust and allergens with the Electrolux 2-in-1 Allergy Ergorapido Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner

The new Electrolux Allergy Ergorapido ZB3314AK vacuum cleaner is here to make your home allergen and dust free with an upgraded allergy filter, improved dust-pick up and increased battery performance. 

The Ergorapido Cordless Stick vacuum cleaner by Electrolux, a Swedish brand that has pioneered vacuum cleaner innovations globally, continues to impress as it receives updates that help make homes allergen and dust free.  

Among its most exciting features is its upgraded allergy filter, which can capture 99.99% micro-dust particles and allergens, and a new nozzle sealing system for better pick-up of fine dust, pet allergens and bacteria.

You can also clean for longer with the new Ergorapido. It comes with an improved high-performance lithium turbopowered battery for a longer running time of up to 50 minutes and a self-standing and charging stand. Simply grab it from the charging station and get started. When you put it back in the station, it automatically starts to charge so you always have it ready for action.   

The Ergorapido’s ergonomic design also makes cleaning easy. It has great maneuverability with its 180° Easysteer function that lets you swivel around corners or under tables. Its cordless and lightweight design also makes it easy to reach nooks and crannies and to vacuum walls and curtains. 

It also comes with a detachable hand-held unit allowing you to keep shelves and tables dust free, plus a motorized power brush with a wide nozzle great for picking up large crumbs and optimized for generating strong suction. DustSpotter LED Lights make sure you don’t miss a speck of dust in dark corners.
Stubborn hair and fibers that always get stuck on your vacuum brush can now also be removed with no sweat - the BrushRollClean feature gets rid of them with a push of a button.

The Ergorapido vacuum cleaner also comes with a variety of attachments tailor fitted to your every cleaning need, making it truly multifunctional.

Treat your cushions to a deep clean with the BedPro™ Mini attachment for effortless mattress cleaning and the Upholstery nozzle for sofas and car seats.

If you need reach, there’s the flexi hose and the long crevice nozzle which cleans the tightest nooks.

For people with allergies, pets or even just those with sensitive noses, the new generation Electrolux Allergy 2-in-1 Ergorapido ZB3314AK can turn your home into the dust-free paradise of your dreams. This affordable vacuum cleaner costs only P11,995.00 (SRP) and is available in leading appliance stores nationwide.

For more information on Electrolux and its products, visit and follow @ElectroluxPhilippines on Facebook and Instagram..

Electrolux shapes living for the better by reinventing taste, care and wellbeing experiences, making life more enjoyable and sustainable for millions of people. As a leading global appliance company, we place the consumer at the heart of everything we do. Through our brands, including Electrolux, AEG and Frigidaire, we sell more than 60 million household and professional products in more than 150 markets every year. In 2018, Electrolux had sales of SEK 124 billion and employed 54,000 people around the world. For more information go to

Monday, March 4, 2019

HAPEE KIDDIE TOOTHPASTE : Prep Up Your Kiddie’s Bag!

Hey mom and dad, are you too busy to prepare your kids school bag? Having a preschooler or a toddler in tow while at leisure ceases to be a challenge when you have lifesaver items in your bag. Whether it is for daily school routine, class fieldtrip, or play dates with friends, it is important to have your kid’s bag filled with essentials.

Hapee Kiddie toothpaste talked to mothers, preschool teachers, and other child-rearing experts, including celebrity mom and oral healthcare advocate Chesca Kramer, to find out what they think are a kid’s bag must-haves for hassle-free kiddie adventures.

Mobility Feature. The kiddie bag must be a lifesaver itself, especially for school. Lift the burden off your kid’s shoulders by using a stroller bag instead of a backpack. This would help keep their posture straight and back pain-free from all the heavy books and school materials they have. “Get one with their favorite characters so that they would be encouraged to go to school and study,” shares Ms. Celine Dy Buenaventura, former pre-school teacher and now proud mother of five. She recommends an upright stroller bag over the horizontal one for easier maneuvering, especially during dismissal time when fetchers flock the gates.

Snacks and Water. Toddlers’ appetite knows no limits; they tend to get hungry every now and then. “I make sure I have something available that is on-the-go and not messy to keep up my son’s energy and good mood. I also make sure he is always well hydrated,” shares mompreneur Christine Li of Make sure that they have a spill-proof jug so that they can drink without worrying about spillage.

First Aid. Kids will always be kids and part of their growing up years is to have bumps, booboos, and wounds. “My staple first aid is a travel-sized ointment for multipurpose use in case of situations like rashes, dryness, itchiness, or insect bites,” mompreneur Christine Li also shared. The first aid kit should also contain band aids for quick fix on wounds they get from all that playing, as well as a card with the contact details of parents in case of emergency.

Playtime Kit. With all the playtime they get and the polluted environment that they may face, it is important for the kids to look and feel at their best. “To get rid of dirty pollutants, my kids’ bags always have a hand sanitizer or alcohol. Bringing an extra shirt in case play time gets intense and sweaty will be useful, along with powder and a roll of tissue for messy moments, so that their bodies can cool down and stay fresh,” says blogger mom, Lanie Lluch of Mommy Bloggers Philippines.

Oral Care Kit. Chesca Kramer, oral healthcare advocate for Hapee Kiddie, shares that she makes sure her three kids, Gavin, Scarlett, and Kendra, have their oral care kits in their kiddie bags wherever they go. This contains a colorful toothbrush and a tube of their favorite Hapee Kiddie anti-cavity toothpaste. “When all the kids were still in traditional school, I made sure they bring an oral care kit with them always. By doing this, we teach them the importance of taking care of their teeth so that they can smile and interact confidently,” shares Chesca. Hapee Kiddie toothpaste not only contains kid-safe levels of fluoride which can help fight off dental cavities, but also comes in different fruity flavors that kids love. 

Once they have their kiddie bag with all these essentials, kids are now ready for adventure and the many experiences and fun that come with it. At the same time, moms can be worry-free having all these must-haves in one bag.  

To get more mommy hacks and oral care tips, visit

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Mythbusters Jr. : Five Easy-to-do Science Experiments At Home

Summer is just around the corner and kids will soon be starting their breaks from school. Making plans for thrilling summer adventures is certainly a must, but the blazing heat can sometimes get in the way. To make this season more enjoyable, here are five science experiments you can do at home with kids:

       1.   Dancing raisins

What you need: Raisins, Clear soda, and Clear glass

To make raisins come to life, fill the glass with warm and clear soda and drop the raisins in the glass. Raisins are denser than the soda which makes it possible for them to sink, but science explains that the soda’s air bubbles formed on the raisins’ bodies allow the fruit to float. When the bubbles disappear, the raisins will sink from the glass, as if they are dancing in the disco!

2. Hidden message

What you need: Lemon, Water, Paper, Cotton buds, Bowl, and Light bulb

Want to send a secret message? Mix lemon extract with droplets of water, dip a cotton bud in the mix that will serve as ink, and start writing your message in a clear white paper. When the juice dries up, the writing will become invisible like a hidden letter, and will only appear when heated above a light bulb. Due to its organic nature, lemon juice oxidizes and becomes brown when heated. Mixing it with water transforms it into an almost invisible substance and will only get revealed when put in high temperature.

3. Bouncing egg

What you need: Raw egg, White vinegar, and Bowl

Along with sports, science can similarly make an object bounce. When an egg gets soaked in vinegar for 72 hours, it can actually bounce from up to 20 cm above ground when the shell is removed. Since vinegar is a weak acid, it can peel off the shell without damaging insides of the egg. Eggs are made of calcium carbonate that reacts when exposed to acids like vinegar, turning the egg intact and rubbery enough to make it bounce.

4. Water cycle in a bottle

What you need: Plastic bottle, Plastic cup, Ice cubes, and Food coloring

The water cycle, where water evaporates and comes back as rain, can be bottled up in one science experiment. Mix a drop of food coloring inside the plastic bottle, fill up 1/3 of it with water, and close the cap. Turn the bottle upside down inside a cup, place a few ice cubes on top of the bottle, and place under a sunny location. After an hour, there will be water droplets in the upper part of the bottle, which resembles how the water cycle works on Earth.

5.   Static electricity

What you need: Balloon

You might be getting a new temporary hairstyle in this scientific experiment. Try it by rubbing a balloon against your hair for a few seconds, and your hair will follow as you pull the balloon away afterwards. This happens because of static electricity, where negatively charged particles interact with positively charged particles.

This roster of easy experiments can make up for an exciting summer vacation, where young discoverers can experience the fun and magic of science. Further explore the fascinating world of science and tune in to Mythbusters Jr. on March 6, 9 PM on Discovery Channel. Witness Adam Savage along with six youthful myth busters as they test popular myths and legends using modern science.


About Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, a division of the leading global entertainment provider Discovery Communications, is dedicated to satisfying curiosity, engaging and entertaining viewers with high-quality content. From survival to natural history, wonders of science to extreme jobs, motoring to travel and lifestyle, and the latest engineering marvels to live sporting events, each channel offers distinct must-watch programming to engage viewers across the region. The network’s 16brands reach 723 million cumulative subscribers in 37 countries and territories with programming customised in 14 languages and dialects.