Thursday, July 20, 2017

CALLED TO RESCUE: Stop Human Trafficking

Losing someone you love is a terrifying situation that no one would ever want to experience. This is the sad reality our society is facing today as every one minute, a child or a woman, becomes a victim of human trafficking.  That's 500,000 head counts in 2016 alone.

Human trafficking is a serious problem in the country and will remain one unless everyone is called to rescue these children.

Take action with Called to Rescue, a non-profit, worldwide organization dedicated to the rescuing of minor children from sex trafficking, violence, and abuse. Founded in 1988 by Dr. Cyndi Romine, who is one of the leading authorities in the fight against children injustices, Called to Rescue is dedicated towards combating child trafficking in three ways: prevention through education and training of youth of all ages and their parents, dedication to the child until he/she has experienced healing, and continuation in every aspect of child trafficking awareness. Called to Rescue Philippines was officially registered as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in 2009, with Mr. Anthony Pangilinan as its Officer-in-Charge.

Child trafficking cannot be tackled alone. That is why it is only through collaborative partnerships with individuals and organizations can this inhumane crime be stopped. Several advocates and social media supporters have recently gathered for an immersion program so that they can also inform and educate their network about the situation and how each one can help.
The activity was organized by Called to Rescue supporters Stephanie Henares, communications agency ComCo Southeast Asia and Boutique Burger Kitchen (BBK), a family-oriented diner from Chef Carlo Miguel of Draft Gastropub that serves retro-style gourmet American burgers in the Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City.  

Defend the defenseless; save the children from being exploited for the gain of traffickers. A child lost to trafficking is the lost child of a devastated and helpless parent. Don’t let that happen to anyone else.

Report trafficking, abuse, and cases of missing children with the Called to Rescue’s local
Hotline at 0917-541-0287
Facebook page or website at

Top 3 Reasons Why I Go For Online Car Registration

Do you know that around 6,000 car registrations happen in a day here in our country?  Looking at the consistent traffic flow on the road, do you still have the energy to spend for renewing your car registration and grace the enormous traffic in the metro?  If your answer is Yes!, then, you continue reading my thoughts.
How long does it take to process a car registration renewal?  Unfortunately, it can consume your entire day just to finish it.  Here in Philippines, we are all becoming so busy with our lives.  A working mom or a stay-at-home mom like me can still be seen on the road driving and attending to so many needs.  As a mom, I work on the side while my family is my first priority.  And going to government offices for me is not my favorite thing, and I guess not anyone’s cup of tea as well.

If we have been modernized or let’s say have been westernized in so many ways, why can’t we do this simple and efficient process that they have been doing? 
Here’s my Top 3 Reasons why I would rather do online car registration:
1.       SAVES TIME
a.       No need to leave the comfort of my home instead of joining the traffic jam.
b.      I can do other things at work/home than go out.  I have tons of work to do at home that never ends. I need TIME.
a.       No need to give suhol or bride to government workers who will entice you to rely on their ability to do the Superman work for you.  So sad that LTO was identified one of the most corrupt government agencies in our country.
b.      No chances of spending for snacks, snacks, snacks because of the long waiting hours…
a.       I can spend my left energy from work to my family or friends at times.
b.      I can still have the energy to do more for myself too.

My top 3 reasons why I go for online car registration may sound so petty to others.  But my time, energy and resourceful can’t simply be replenished.  It takes blood and sweat! 
But hey, Senator JV Ejercito is already working on this.  Last May of this year, Senator Ejercito filed a resolution urging Department of Transportation through the Land Transportation Office to conduct a study for the establishment and implementation of motor vehicles with the end in view of providing effective and efficient public service for a progressive land transportation sector.

Yes! We are gearing towards online registrations!  We can soon avoid the traffic, the fixers, the modus operandis, etc.

And Yes to integrity, accountability, proper management of public property! Yes to prevention of graft and corruption in Philippine government.

Looking forward to a better and brighter future of our beloved country, Philippines.


Friday, July 14, 2017

VIRLANIE FOUNDATION : Give2achieve Campaign

Give2Achieve is one of Virlanie’s signature fundraising campaign that aims to engage people and encourage them to help make long-term investment to empower our street children beneficiaries to reach self-actualization, self-reliance, and self sustainability. Campaign begins from July - August 2017 Campaign Target amount: Php 2.25M

Virlanie Foundation is strengthening its position in advocating for street children and poverty alleviation as it reaches its 25th Year milestone.
This year, we are happy to introduce our Signature Campaigns, a set of annual campaigns that will focus on themes and values that embody our Vision of protecting and empowering children for a brighter future.
Give to Achieve is the first Signature Campaign of Virlanie for 2017. The narrative of the campaign is highlighting the theme and value of “Child Empowerment”, an area that we strongly believe is essential to a sustainable practice of development, especially towards our marginalized communities in the Philippines.
The campaign aims to reach Php 2.25M to help sustain Virlanie Foundation’s Educational Support Program for its beneficiaries. Some of these programs are the Magellan Learning Center for tutorial, Alternative Learning System to help the street children achieve regular schooling at their own pace and capacity, SiBuHi to help children learn new skills and capabilities in sports, craftsmanship, and performance arts, and lastly, iLead to help our Young Adults learn livelihood activities like baking and sewing.
Donations from your company will greatly impact our cause and the services we provide to our children. For example, every Php 13,000.00 that you donate guarantees one year’s worth of a child’s tutorial services.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Yassi Pressman, The New Brand Ambassador of Silka Papaya

Yassi Pressman has been ranked among the country's most sought-after leading ladies of this generation.  In fact, her latest television project lists her as the main characters lady love, a role that propelled the 22-year-old actress into ultimate stardom. However, many people do not realize that Yassi has been in the showbiz industry for more than a decade, and that her path to success hasn't always been a walk through the park.
The Filipino-British beauty says, "Marami akong naging pagsubok sa showbiz. Hang beses na din akong hindi natanggap sa mga audition, pero tuloy tang ang laban. Sabi ko nga sa sarili ko, don't try to rush things that need time to grow. With hard work, dadating ang para sa iyo sa tamang panahon kasi kapag minamadali, nagkakamali."
Silka Papaya Soap, the number one beauty soap in the Philippines. Packed with papaya enzymes for exfoliation and Vitamin E for moisturizing, Silka Papaya Soap gives Yassi naturally beautiful skin. The TRUE SECRET to her glow!
"Yassi's career demands her to be always at her best and to maintain a healthy, glowing skin. With Silka Papaya Soap, we make sure to take care of Yassi's skin in an everyday basis. There are no instant solutions because beauty is an everyday regimen. This is paralleled with the success story of Yassi and that's what makes her an inspiration to all the women who aspire to be like her," says Jane Co, Silka's Marketing Manager.

Beautiful, Smart and Talented
As we all can see, Yassi is now at the peak of her acting career, Yassi spends an average of 8 hours in a shoot and sits in the hair and make-up chair for around 3 hours. With barely enough time to sleep and rest, Yassi is able to maintain a healthy, bright and beautiful skin. Only with SILKA!
In the age of everything Instant.'' Yassi is truly an example of grace, beauty and diligence. She knows that natural beauty is not rushed and more importantly, success is not something to be achieved overnight. And at the rate Yassi is going, it seems like this go-getter is not stopping anytime soon.

What is your Silka "Nagmadali Nagkamali" story?
Share it!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Great Finds : Let's Chow! Rice & Noodle Haus

I usually go to Makati Cinema Square for best finds like, mobile phone casing, gadgets accessories and more. This time, I got a new discovery, Let's Chow! An interesting Asian Fusion restaurant located at the heart of Makati, just right in the front area of Makati Cinema Square facing Chino Roces. 
Let’s Chow serves Chinese, Korean, Japanese and some Thai foods.  To my surprise, the prices are surely wallet friendly.  It’s like a one –stop Asian restaurant under one roof.  The brilliant idea to put my favorite cuisines together is the answer to my unpredictable cravings at times. The best part, it’s nearby our place!

Let me show you around!

Upon entering Let’s Chow, you have to visit first the counter, check the menu and place your order. It's a Pay As You Order style.  After completing your order and your payment, you will be given a circle thingy that vibrates when it’s about for you to pick up your order from the Pick-up Station. 

Here's the Pick up station where you can of course pick up your food. But if you do not feel like taking a walk from your comfortable seat, you may ask the friendly crew to serve the food to your table.

See the large space of  Let's Chow!  You can bring your big family or bunch of friends and spend some quality bonding time while having meals here. The wide selection from the menu can definitely accommodate anyone's cravings.  Let's admit it! We all have different tastes and preferences.  And going to a restaurant serving different variants of food can help satisfy everyone's choices.

I now have my three favorites that I’ll surely come back for.

No. 1
Chicken Feet Dimsum

I’m a number 1 fan of this exotic choice. And I’ve been in the look-out for the best chicken feet in the metro and finally the search is over.  Thanks to Let’s Chow for serving me these beautiful feet that taste so perfect. So tender and flavorful!


No. 2
Pad Thai
This one is another winner! The clear noodles cooked with chicken bits, tofu, shrimp, grated peanut, spring onion, beans sprout and sprinkled with seven spices can waken up your sleeping appetite.  Once you tried it, you’ll definitely finish it to your satisfaction.

No. 3
Fried Chicken

I must agree, this savory chicken is truly the ultimate favorite. I love how the chicken was fried, not oily at all yet still tasty even without the sauce. An order of this goes with fried sweet potato.

Take a look at their choices of Dimsum

Other finds in the Menu!


After a sumptuous meal, there's always a room for desserts! Let's Chow offers Bingsu, Korean shaved ice dessert, their version of our Halo-halo. It comes in three variants Mango and Caramel Syrup , Strawberry Sundae, Ube-Macapuno. Lastly, the big servings of Halo halo.


The FOODIE meets The CHEFS
Behind Let's Chow's kitchen are the amazingly talented chefs! Head Chef Edgar Gamus from the upper right, Executive Sous Chef Albert Flores from the upper left and Executive Chef Shinsaku Hosono. They also have Chef Boy Logro as their celebrity chef consultant.

Let's Chow Rice and Noodle Haus
GF, Makati Cinema Square, Legazpi Village, Makati City
4th Floor, Food Court Area, NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City  

Accepts: Functions, Events, Reservations and Delivery
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Ditto's Friday Paella Night

Yes! Thank God it’s Friday! Gimmick night, Paella Night for the foodie bloggers of United Bloggers Philippines.  It was a night well-spent with like-minded people.  Those precious moments that I always love to see, the foodie bloggers come together sharing sumptuous meal and catching up with some stories to share.

Despite the heavy traffic on Friday nights, I really appreciated the effort of my fellow bloggers to make it to their commitment with my super short notice invitation. Good thing, Chef Ditto prepared his best two kinds of Paella for our time of feasting.

Paella Valenciana is the common Paella that we usually see and order in the restaurants. To me, this is my number one favorite.  Aside from the beautiful and colorful look, the flavored rice topped with fresh prawns, squids, chorizo, green peas and bell pepper makes a perfect combination of an effortless meal. You can have paella as stand-alone meal for a quick party and simple gatherings too. 
While the Paella Negra is for more of the adventurous foodies who would not mind having black (squid) ink while eating this one. Though I also love this because there are generous toppings of white tender squids.

Paella is actually one of my favorite Spanish dishes.  It’s my special complete meal on the plate. Why? It has everything I wanted, the flavored sticky rice, squid, prawns, chicken, pork, chorizo, green peas, and many more.  
Before we started pigging out with Paella, we got to learn a short story behind Ditto’s Paella Valenciana & Paella Negro.  It’s a family heirloom dish that was passed down to many generations.  With sensitive taste buds and unmet expectations from the wannabe Paella restos, Ditto made a decision and a big step to follow his grandfather’s Paella recipe.  That has soon become a craze after sharing to his friends.  He then opened his kitchen, rather his Paella to the public for special orders.
Ditto also shared how he made his Paella different from the others.  He personally goes out early in the morning to the market to get his fresh ingredients, especially the meat and the sea foods. That is why he only accepts at least a day notice prior to delivery date.  He sees to it that he serves the best Paella in town.
The Paella Night Happened!

Special meals are best shared with the people you love.  I definitely love this bunch of crazy foodies.  Cheers to more foodie adventures UBP!

 Good food + Good Company = Happiness!

Have a taste of the Authentic Spanish Paella, a traditionally slow-cooked, without shortcuts, over a glowing hot charcoal fire. A recipe handed down for three generations, overflowing with the freshest premium seafood.

Ditto's Paella Valenciana and Paella Negra are available at the same prices:

Small feeds 10 (P6,000)...
Medium feeds 20 (P8,000)
Large feeds 40 (P10,000)

Call 0918.96.DITTO (34886)

or 0917.5191.777

Ditto’s deliver!

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Have a Mosquito-Free Environment

This month, Discovery will use its global reach to focus the world’s attention on the single greatest agent of death in modern human history:  the mosquito. The global crisis is highlighted in the worldwide premiere of the upcoming Discovery Impact film MOSQUITO, Thursday, July 6th at 9:50pm, on Discovery Channel and Discovery Networks around the world. 

In the Philippines, the rainy season has officially started and as much as we enjoy the cold weather, the wet season poses a potential threat in the form of dengue, a mosquito-borne disease which is usually seen during the rainy season. What could be seen as a minor bite from this tiny creature can be more fatal than we think.

Recent news coverage around the globe has highlighted individual outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, Malaria, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, Chikungunya, and Dengue. But there are still some safety measures we can take to stay healthy and make our homes clean, safe and mosquito-free:

·        Dispose water regularly

Mosquitoes breed in standing water so find time to clean up your area and eliminate stagnant water inside and around the house. Clean containers that could possibly be a breeding nest for mosquitoes such as vases, pots, and basins.

·        Apply mosquito repellent

Always remember that the most effective mosquito repellents are those applied to the skin other than the arm bands, necklace and strips you can attach to the body. Be protected by wearing good mosquito repellents especially when you go out of the house.


·        Wear proper clothing

Protect yourself from mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants especially when travelling or going out of town. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes as disease-carrying mosquitoes are able to bite through this type of clothing.

·        Watch your scent

Mosquitoes are attracted to old sweat, and not the fresh and odorless one that our body produces after exercising. Sweat begins to smell when mixed with bacteria, which creates some chemical compounds that entices mosquitoes.

·        Keep yourself away from dirty water

Avoid getting near clogged gutters and flooded areas as these are commonly present during the rainy season.

·        Plant mosquito-repellent herbs in your garden

Best to place plants like basil, citronella, lemon balm, and garlic in your garden. It will not just beautify your home but also keep the family away from mosquitoes as these plants drive mosquitoes away because of their smell.


·        Spray good insecticides

Keep the neighborhood mosquito-free by spraying insecticides in the dark corners of the house. As much as possible try to spray insect repellent during daytime and use water-based sprays which are safe to humans and toxic-free.


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Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) satisfies curiosity and captivates superfans around the globe with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids content brands including Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet, Science and Turbo/Velocity, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. Available in more than 220 countries and territories, Discovery's programming reaches 3 billion cumulative viewers, who together consume 54 billion hours of Discovery content each year. Discovery’s offering extends beyond traditional TV to all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio and Discovery Kids Play; over-the-top streaming services such as Eurosport Player; digital-first and social video from Group Nine Media; and virtual reality storytelling through Discovery VR. For more information, please visit