Wednesday, August 24, 2016


MANILA, Philippines, 24 August 2016AVEENO®, the no. 1 body lotion formula in the US, recently announced its official arrival in the Philippines, giving more Filipino women the opportunity to experience the naturally beautiful skin that only AVEENO® can give.

More than the largest organ in the body, the skin is also the best storyteller of a woman’s journey: what she’s been through, where she’s been, how well she takes care of herself, and what she keeps close to her heart. With AVEENO®'s Active Naturals® ingredients, they can have the confidence to bare their #naturallybeautiful skin stories.

For more than seventy years, AVEENO® has been harnessing the power of all-natural and organic ingredients such as colloidal oats and combining them with breakthrough sciences to deliver skincare solutions that effectively cleanses, moisturizes, and protects all skin types while being gentle enough for everyday use.

Colloidal oatmeal is a rich mixture of skin transforming components found in whole oat grains, which has long been known for its beautifying effects. It contains five vital nutrients that benefit the skin: proteins, anti-oxidant, vitamins, polysaccharides and lipids that relieve the skin from dryness and provide overall protection from itch and irritation. 

AVEENO®’s Daily Moisturizing Lotion and Body Wash leave skin looking and feeling healthy and nourished, providing up to 24 hours of long-lasting moisture with one single application for both products. In just two weeks of continuous usage, it is clinically proven that your skin will have stronger resistance from dryness, scaling, and roughness. Dermatologists highly recommend fragrance-free and hypoallergenic skin care products like AVEENO® to remedy such skin conditions.

“AVEENO is backed by years of research to ensure that we deliver on our promise of providing deeply satisfying skin wellness solutions,” said Johnson & Johnson Philippines Senior Brand Manager for AVEENO®, Paul Dizon. “By combining nature and science, we are able to help women restore their skin’s health and reveal the most beautiful versions of themselves.”

For its official launch in the Philippines, Johnson & Johnson invited proud AVEENO® users Nikki Gil-Albert, Christine Jacob-Sandejas, and Jaymie Pizarro to join the celebration and share their own naturally beautiful skin stories.

“I grew up with very sensitive skin and even went through an acne phase, so you can only imagine how difficult that was for me growing up,” shared actress-singer and TV host Nikki Gil-Albert. “It also didn’t help that entering showbiz at a young age meant exposing my skin to thick makeup, sleepless nights, exposure to heavy lights and a lot of traveling, which all eventually caused my skin to dry up.”

Being in an industry that puts a great deal on physical appearance, the TV personality shared that having dry skin made her feel insecure and less confident about herself. That is why Nikki goes through great lengths to make sure her skin is well taken care of.

“I’m admittedly a big skin care junkie. I like trying out many different products but AVEENO has always been a staple in my counter. I’ve always known that natural ingredients can do wonders to the skin but not in the same way AVEENO’s Active Natural ingredients can. With AVEENO, I am confident that I can keep on pursuing my passions and inspire other people to do the same without having to worry about dry skin ever again,” she added.

“Four of my 5 kids were delivered via c-section so I have a scar that I know won’t go away anymore. I also have a lot of freckles on my shoulders and a few sunspots due to the amount of time I was under the sun while swimming. They honestly don’t bother me at all. My scar is a reminder of how blessed I am to have such wonderful kids and the freckles and sunspots are proof of my hard work and dedication as an athlete. I have been using AVEENO even before it came to the Philippines and I truly appreciate how naturally beautiful my skin looks at the age of 49 thanks to it,” said hands-on mom, TV host and champion swimmer Christine Jacob-Sandejas.

As a competitive runner, you can easily tell from my skin if I’m training for another race. Believe me, the signs are not hard to miss: dark tan, chafing, heat rash, sunburn, you name it,” shared triathlete and The Bull Runner founder Jaymie Pizzaro.  

Aside from common skin problems that come with being an athlete, Jaymie also experienced permanent skin damage while preparing for one of her competitions. “I crashed on my bike one month before my second Ironman 70.3 and scraped the skin off the right side of my body as I slid on concrete road. Despite the difficulties of training with open wounds, I pushed forward and eventually completed the race. Today, I look at my battle scars with pride knowing they represent how strong I can be in the face of obstacles.”

“And after everything my skin has been through, it’s really amazing how healthy and naturally beautiful it still is thanks to AVEENO,” ended Jaymie. 

Every woman has her own skin story to tell, just take it from these three naturally beautiful ladies. See the AVEENO® Active Naturals® difference and make your own story #naturallybeautiful.

AVEENO® is available in all leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide. For more information, visit or go to

AVEENO® is the only brand that offers comprehensive skin care solutions featuring Active Naturals oatmeal that can meet everyday skin care needs to reveal healthy-looking skin.

About Johnson & Johnson Philippines

Johnson & Johnson (Philippines), Inc. develops consumer health care products, as well as pharmaceutical and professional health care products. The company was founded in 1956 and is based in Paranaque, Philippines. It operates as a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, which is the world’s largest and most diversified manufacturer of health care products, committed to care for the world one person at a time. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Hotel Jen Manila Launches Windows by the Bay

Hotel Jen Manila is delighted to announce the launch of Windows By The Bay, which brings yet another relaxing venue to the hotel. Located on the 19th floor, this chill-out lounge offers breathtaking night views of Manila Bay and Roxas Boulevard, making it the best observation post in Bay area. Opens at 730 pm.
Guest experience starts when the concierge tam valet-parks the guest’s car and lounge representatives escort them to express lift.  They will be warmly welcomed by a welcome complimentary platter which may paired with some wines Carefully selected from around the world for pleasure.  Those who prefer cocktails are still covered.  They can just let the bartender know the drink that can complete their night.
There's a corner for two if you want some serious, intimate conversation and moments with someone..,provided with candle light.
Entertainment will also be available every Thursday. A guitarist playing classic acoustic songs will definitely soothe the guests’ soul with its music and they will eventually find themselves experiencing “That Jen Feeling.”
All they have to do is to sit back, have some wine, mingle over some signature platters and enjoy the view, a super simple formula that will give diners that showcase, the beauty of past and the thrill of the future.

The hotel prides itself in having just around the corner some of Philippines’ famous landmarks, where Filipino bravery and heroism were witnessed, such as Rizal Shrine, Intramuros, the only city of Fort Santiago and, at the heart of these places, Manila Cathedral, a basilica dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Patroness of the Philippines reflecting how Filipinos value their religion as Roman Catholics.
Hotel Jen Manila continues to cater the next ‘Jeneration’ travelerwith its easy fuss-free efficiency suppoted by a cutting-edge technology throughout the hotel, fast free WIFI available everywhere, always, mobile charging stations placed conveniently throughout the hotel to keep their devices on the go and the newly renovated operating 24 hours.

This place is also family friendly. There is a corner where kids or kids at heart can watch on the big screen staying on the comfy sofa around. You can use the binoculars found on the center table to give you a farther sight od the views by the window. This a a cool place hang out with family and friends if you happened to stay here at Jen Hotel. Also a walking distance to SM and Harizon Plaza Mall. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hit makeover series How Do I Look? Asia Season Two

                                    Debuts Monday, 29 August at 8PM, only on DIVA

Series Host Jeannie Mai is joined by Guest Stylists Marion Caunter (Malaysia), 
Andrea Chong (Singapore), Pam Quinones (Philippines) and Diaz Diaz (Indonesia)

SINGAPORE, 2 August – How Do I Look? Asia is introducing a brand new Glam Squad when the series returns for its second season on Monday, 29 August at 8PM on DIVA. Joining Series Host and Executive Producer Jeannie Mai are four fabulous new Guest Stylists: Malaysian TV personality Marion Caunter, Singapore social media influencer Andrea Chong, L’Officiel Manila editor-in-chief Pam Quinones and Indonesian creative director/fashion academic Diaz Diaz. Each Guest Stylist will appear in two of the eight hour-long episodes.
Based on the hit U.S. format, How Do I Look? Asia (Season Two) features women from all across Asia as they embark on a brave journey of ultimate transformation through glamourous makeovers. While they put their trust in Jeannie and the episode’s Guest Stylist to help them with their fresh new look, they pick up vital tips that help them gain a brighter outlook on life.
The women featured in this season are: fashionably guilty lawyer Meghana (Malaysia); budding vlogger Des (Philippines); frequently friendzoned Melati (Indonesia); never-been-kissed Jocelyn (Malaysia); weight loss wonder Amy Law (Singapore); 32-going-on-13 Doctor Beep (Philippines); staunch environmentalist Wiggie (Singapore); and mummy’s girl Amy Yu (Taiwan).
How Do I Look? Asia Season Two is presented by online fashion retailer Zalora (Official Wardrobe Partner) and AirAsia (Official Airline Partner). In Malaysia, the series is also presented by returning sponsor Marigold Yogurt Drink.

How Do I Look? Asia (Season Two) premieres Monday, 29 August at 8PM on DIVA

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It is a rehearsal for HANSEL AND GRETEL at Active Fun in BGC. Six boys and Four girls ages 10-13 are sitting on the floor in one corner of the rehearsal hall watching and waiting to take their turn. They are the stars of the show and they are raring to go.

There are six sets of boys and girls who will play the titular siblings. There has to be given the rigorous schedule of performances ahead of them.  A Repertory Theater for Young Audiences (RTYA) run usually spans five months with over 120 shows sometimes at rate of two to three shows per day. So it is going to be a bumpy ride for these children – most of them fledglings who are performing professionally for the very first time.

But these kids are not just ready and willing to do what needs be done for the love of theater. They are already doing what needs be done.

Many of them shuttle between home and school and rehearsals every day to prove that love.

Take the 12-year old twins Tory and Rayne Cortez who play Hansel and Gretel respectively. They start their days early in the morning, travel from their home in Pasig to Manila Waldorf School in San Mateo, Laguna for classes and then rehearsals at Bonifacio Global City.

And they are not the only ones. Ashlee Factor, one of the Gretels, lives in Binagonan, Rizal and some of the boys who play Hansel also live outside the Greater Manila Area -- Mari Yapjoco is from General Trias City in Cavite, Allen Orolfo from Biñan, Laguna and Joshua Nubla from Caloocan.

Given the crazy Metro Manila traffic, we all know how much time that entails… and how much passion and dedication, discipline and hard work is needed to be willing to do that every single day.

And they come. This is, after all, a dream come true for them.

Most of them want to eventually become professional actors. Some already are.

Though this is his first professional theater gig, 11-year old Joshua Nubla has already appeared in indie films and teleseryes and has a major movie coming up. Ashlee has played a key role in Rep’s SCROOGE, the lead in THE SECRET GARDEN as well one of the dwarves in RTYA’s SNOW WHITE. Ella Gonzalez was also a dwarf in RTYA’s SNOW WHITE while Mari has acted in Resorts World’s Full House Theatre Company productions of SOUTH PACIFIC, NOLI ME TANGERE THE OPERA and THE KING AND I.

Newbie or not, all, but one, have been preparing themselves for a life in theatre.

For Joshua, theatre is a move to broaden his horizons and hone his chosen craft. HANSEL AND GRETEL is his on-the-job training, so to speak.

The other nine have been taking workshops with established theater companies for years. Ella Gonzalez, Allen and Nathan Flores trained under Luigi Nacario of Kids Acts Philippines; Mari studied at Nine Works; Andre Ruelo spent 5 summers with TRUMPETS Playshop; Michelle Cornejo, Tory and Rayne started with TRUMPETS then tried out the Rep Summer Workshop; and, Ashlee is also a Rep Summer Workshop graduate.

It is clear that all these children have been bitten by the theatre bug but aim to do more… be more!

Ashlee wants to follow the career path of her inspiration, Lea Salonga, but would rather portray Elphaba in WICKED than Kim.  Tory – who just tagged along because his sister Rayne wanted to take acting lessons – is now hooked himself and wants to play the title role in PIPPIN someday. Rayne would really rather take on the “evil roles since they are so much more interesting,” she says. Meanwhile, she is determined to continue taking acting, singing and dance lessons. 

Joshua would like to have a career in both film and theater - one for its popular appeal and the other for the soul. Michelle sees playing the roles of Little Red Riding Hood or the Baker’s Wife or the Witch in INTO THE WOODS, Sandy in GREASE, Miss Hannigan in ANNIE and Eliza Hamilton in HAMILTON in her future.

Mari considers the theater as his home and looks forward to owning the role of the Engineer in MISS SAIGON -- although for now he is content to be Oliver.

Nathan, who started acting when he was 3, loves it because “you get to be someone else.” He wants to be that someone whose name is up in lights on Broadway one day.

Allen, Andre and Ella are aiming for the more adult roles (i.e., the leads) in RTYA’s productions – Aladdin or Peter Pan for Allen, the Tin Man in THE WIZARD OF OZ or the Mad Hatter in ALICE IN WONDERLAND for Andre, and Snow White for Ella. That’s just for starters though. They are hoping these roles will open doors to other roles with other companies in other countries.

All – bar none – dream of becoming professional theatre actors when they grow up!

I remember a different set of children many years ago who had similar dreams. They too showed the same passion and dedication for theatre that these children have. They, too, were disciplined and worked hard.

They were the Wilson children – Trixie, Monique, Gina and Jamie – who started doing ensemble roles from a very early age. There were no workshops then but they learned on-the-job and at the feet of and alongside some of the biggest names in Philippine theatre. They went on to not always bigger but certainly more mature roles in the years that followed.

Monique “graduated” to playing lead roles while still in her tweens and made it all the way to the West End as Kim in MISS SAIGON by the time she was 18. Trixie would be a mainstay in the ensemble while Gina would be a standout in any role assigned to her – big or small – until she was cast in MISS SAIGON Germany. Jamie started at 7 years old as Theo in Rep’s production of PIPPIN and, in his teens, became lead in the Rep productions of BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS and BROADWAY BOUND.  

Trixie is now a banker in Connecticut. After MISS SAIGON, Gina married, now lives in Germany and is a mother of 11-year old twins. Monique – after her stint in London, founded the New Voice Company here, taught acting in Singapore and London and is currently Director of One Billion Rising, a worldwide campaign to end violence against women.

It is Jamie who has become totally immersed in theatre. He is not only an actor, but is also an assistant director, a technical director – a veritable general-jack-of-all-trades for some of the biggest theater companies in the Philippines – Actors Actors Inc, World Theatre Project, New Voice Company, Atlantis and, of course, Repertory Philippines.

Though the siblings’ paths have diverged and some now live a life totally removed from theatre, they still profess a love for it and acknowledge how much they have learned and grown from their experiences. 

Who knows if the children of HANSEL AND GRETEL get to realize their dream? If Ella will opt to be a doctor or an actress? Or if Nathan will make it all the way to Broadway? Whatever the future holds, one thing is sure -- they will learn valuable life lessons in theatre and from theatre just as the Wilson children did… that passion and dedication, discipline and hard work will take them far no matter what career they eventually choose.

Being a part of HANSEL AND GRETEL has opened a door to endless possibilities for these children. It is a beginning. And what a beginning it is!

(Brought to you by Hansel Sandwich and the City of Makati, in cooperation with Greenbelt, Ayala Malls, BusinessWorld, Lane Moving & Storage, Art+ Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, TicketWorld, and What’s, with TeamAsia as its media partner, “Hansel and Gretel” will open on August 13 and will run until December 15 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City. For tickets and reservations call Repertory Philippines at 843-3570 or TicketWorld at 891-9999. For more information log on to or visit Rep’s Facebook page.)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Launch of Podee® Baby Bottle here in Manila, Philippines

AUGUST 6, 2015, Manila - The launch of Podee® Baby Bottle happened Saturday at Dusit Thani, Makati City. It was graced by the presence of VIP's, media, bloggers and guests. It was an afternoon of informative sights from Dr. Chao-Tiao Yumul. Question and answer portion took place after the presentation. So happy to learn from the speaker that making the baby burp after feeding can also help in avoiding ingestion. 

When some real life stories happened...a mother waking up with a lifeless baby only to find out that it's the bottle feeding that caused the death of our little ones, can be so devastating. A baby suddenly diagnosed with pneumonia, well in fact it was because of wrong bottle feeding that makes some milk go straight to their little heart breaking. We parents specially first time parents can prevent such horrible event in our child's life. And discovering this amazing hands-free bottle can save us from unpleasant parenting experience.
A good news for us parents, the Podee® Baby Bottle is a welcome solution to today's busy, on-the-go parents.  When it comes up feeding your baby, there is no better hands-free option.

The Podee® Baby Bottle is a complete is a complete system that includes an 8-ounce BPA-Free baby bottle and all the necessary parts. It ends dropped bottles and allows for upright feeding to help reduce ear infections and colic.  Parents have found it to be very reliable in feeding with challenges as well.  Our parents love to use Podee® baby bottle in strollers, car seats and bouncies or whenever they need ans extra hand.

The unique, adaptive flow system allows the baby to manage the pacing and amount of flow with ease, making feeding time with the Podee, always a pleasure.

During the launch of Podee® a simple and short demonstration of how to use the hands-free bottle by the mom's themselves who experienced using  Podee®.
Even Oprah had immediate success with Podee bottle when she helped a mother of 4-month old quadruplets during feeding time on her show.

The Podee® Baby Bottle is the original hands-free feeding system. We have over 20 successful years on the market.
A very good reason to switch to Podee®, it's the best bottle simply because it's hands-free!

Six Benefits of usingPodee®
  1. Helps prevent colic and gas build up
  2. Helps prevent ear infection
  3. Helps prevent reflux
  4. Feeds hands-free and upright
  5. Great feeding system for travelling
  6. Great item for feeding twins and multiple babies.
What are the benefits for the Parents
  1. Whether working or stay-home, parents cant always monitor if their baby is drinking the right amount of milk.
  2. With Podee, drinking milk has been easier for the babyt, giving parents peace of mind that the baby is getting the milk that he needs  without them always checking on him.


The Podee Hands-Free Baby Bottle is the smart solution for anyone on the go and wanting to help prevent gas and colic.


All of the Podee Baby Bottle products are manufactured to be BPA and lead free to keep your baby safe.


The Podee Baby Bottle product line has kits to convert your existing baby bottles into a hands-free bottle.

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Sharon Cuneta Opens Up About Sensible Investing in Latest InLife Dreamweaver Stories Vlog

Philippine entertainment icon Sharon Cuneta has made sensible investment choices throughout her life and shares the lessons she  learned in ...