Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Ditch Cigarettes Completely: Here’s why

For those who are trying to quit smoking, remember that the habit does nothing well. Health concerns are just the peak of the problem. Smoking also leads to fires and damages. Be free from the influence of tobacco and follow a healthier life today by making conscious decisions.

To back up positive choices, the World Health Organization (WHO) says that smoking is a leading factor in cardiovascular disease and lung cancer. It claims more than people’s lives. Smoking destroys careers and important relationships, bringing individuals to smoke more.[i]

This is the ugly truth that the WHO has been pushing to address through its World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) celebration, a global effort that seeks to increase the level of awareness about cigarette smoking by explaining its damaging effects to the public.[ii]

To help in promoting this advocacy, Sante Philippines, provider of premier organic health and wellness products and services, lists the main harmful effects of continuous cigarette smoking:

Smoking Causes Health Risks

Cigarette and tobacco smoking are the main reasons for major diseases in the world. It is linked with a wide variety of cancers, commonly affecting the heart and lungs. The habit makes smokers vulnerable to diseases because of particles that lower the immune system.[iii]

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a condition where mucus in the lungs causes difficult breathing, is a result of long-term smoking, usually found in people who have started cigarettes at an early age. Inhaling cigarette smoke also worsens asthma and tuberculosis.[iv]

Second-hand Smoking Destroys Lives

Smoking also affects nearby people. When smokers light cigarettes inside their houses, they endanger the health of family members, especially infants and children.[v]

Animals, also, are not immune to the harmful effects of cigarette smoke. Dogs and cats, among other furry companions, are also victims. Felines, particularly, are prone to developing a type of cancer called, malignant lymphoma, if they are exposed to cigarette smoke for long.[vi]

Smoking Affects the Environment

The production of cigarettes and tobacco also set major harm to the environment, with tobacco plantations destroying the land. Areas of dense forests that have been cut down to cultivate tobacco result in soil erosion. Not only that, tobacco production uses trees to create fire for drying tobacco leaves and for rolling and packing cigarettes. If not monitored, cigarettes start forest fires, damaging the ozone layer further and destroying the homes of both animals and people.

Additionally, the procedures in making tobacco release toxic gases. These air pollutants, such as methane and carbon dioxide, negatively affect the ozone layer. [vii]

There will always be a link that connects smoking to damages, be it nature or human life. Once people place cigarette butts on their lips, they not only gamble their lives but risk the lives of others. Encourage people around you to stop smoking by vocalizing your concern. They might dislike the attention at first but showing consistent compassion will let them know that you mean the best for them.

Santé offers products that improve the quality of life of Filipinos and people around the world. The company has been providing premier organic health and wellness products and services with Santé Barley at its core. Barley grass is an effective antioxidant, rich with vitamins and minerals that not only detoxifies the body but also, aids in digestive health.

To know more about Santé, and its product offerings, and other upcoming events, visit their official FB Page at or their website 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 certified* organic barley grass – grown and harvested in New Zealand. (More recently, Santé has become the Philippines’ first company to be certified organic by BioGro). 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.

3 fantastic breakfast ideas to make your mornings better

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day– but also the one we often skip due to the early morning rush to prepare ourselves for work and the kids for school. But with a little inspiration and help from The Maya Kitchen, you can certainly put together a hot and healthier breakfast on the fly. So, wake up to a great morning and never miss a proper meal again with these three easy, good-for-you recipes. 

Quick, simple and delicious, this Champorado with Whole Rolled Oatmeal recipe only requires four ingredients — MAYA Champorado Mix, whole rolled oatmeal, sugar, and water. A bowl of this flavorful champorado will surely warm your belly and keep it full well until lunch time!

If you have picky eaters who don’t like fruits, the Healthy Breakfast Hotcakes with Fresh Fruits might help change their stubborn mind – plus, it’s so easy to make with the MAYA Original Hotcake Mix that you can even get the kids to join in. Prep the batter and pour it into a slightly greased pan or flat skillet. Just wait for the top to turn bubbly, then flip over. Finish by topping with fresh fruit and maple syrup or honey. 

Serve a hearty Beef Pastrami Benedict in less than 30 minutes. Take a piece of ciabatta bread and pile slices of pastrami, tomatoes and arugula leaves. Place one poached egg on top, then drizzle with hollandaise sauce. You can make your own hollandaise at home to use for a variety of meals. Here’s how: Beat egg yolks in a pot of simmering water, remove the bowl from heat, and then pour butter lemon juice, salt and white pepper. Continue mixing until it smoothens, and you’ve got the sauce ready to go. 

Start your day right, gather the kids around and make yourselves a hearty, healthy breakfast! If you want to learn how to prepare more easy and impressive meals, check out The Maya Kitchen’s basic cooking and baking classes or log on to for more awesome menu ideas.
Like and follow The Maya Kitchen on Facebook and Instagram @TheMayaKitchen1 and follow us on Twitter @TheMayaKitchen.

Learn great recipes at If you want to take your baking and cooking skills up a notch check out Maya Kitchen’s course offerings at the website, e-mail,or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City or call 8921185 or 892-5011 local 108 or +63929 679 6102.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Goldilocks: Happy Amazing 53 Years of Sweet and Delightful Moments

It is well established that Filipinos have a unique relationship with food, and that food is often used to demonstrate love and affection towards others. If there is one company that has foremost insight on this tendency, it is Goldilocks.

For fifty three years, the country’s number one bakeshop has come to represent simple expressions of love that carry tremendous meaning: A pasalubong (homecoming treat) to the family, a padala (send-out gift) to a loved one far away, or a child’s baon (packed meal) carefully prepared by a mother. Moreover, a noticeable trait among Filipinos is that they seldom attend an occasion or gathering empty handed. Whether they come with a cake, a box of mamon or ensaymada, the underlying basis for this is still rooted in love: by bringing something good that can be shared by many, we show how much we value and treasure the people around us.

As Goldilocks celebrates 53 amazing years of being the country’s number one bakeshop, its fairytale story still evokes delight and sweetness. From a small but exceptional start up way back in 1966, it grew to become a Strong Global Brand through pure determination, ingenuity, and an unwavering passion for quality and customer service. 

Beyond this, however, Goldilocks continues to embody everything that is unique, delicious, and delightful about the Filipino people.  This is experienced by its customers every time they enter a Goldilocks store or enjoy their favorite Goldilocks product. 

Celebrate with Goldilocks! For more promo updates follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Lock and Load as ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ Hits SM Cinema Theaters

Keanu Reeves, my favorite action star from Hollywood is back!  Now, it’s time to gear up as legendary hitman John Wick returns with more action at SM Cinema!

The third installment of the John Wick film series picks right up after the events of John Wick: Chapter 2. After killing Santino D'Antonio on Continental grounds, John Wick is declared excommunicado and goes on the run with a $14 million global contract for his death. With a horde of the world’s top assassins on his tail, John Wick must find his way around the city of New York and try to make it out alive.

Can’t get enough of that John Wick action? SM Cinema has prepared a little something for the fans as they launch the John Wick III Experience. Transform into the infamous hitman as you shoot targets at the Shoot Like John Wick shooting range and get a chance to win John Wick merchandise. You can also cool down afterwards by browsing through an artwork exhibit of John Wick himself and other cast members.  SM Cinema also hosted an action-packed Lazer Tag Tournament at SM Megamall, where teams competed to win exclusive and limited-edition John Wick merchandise and tickets to the movie premiere

Be sure to check out all these exciting happenings at the SM Megamall Cinema Lobby from May 11 to May 19 for tons of fun brought to you by SM Cinema!

Get even more out of your John Wick experience when you watch at SM Cinema as they offer two (2) Lazer Arena passes when you buy at least two (2) John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum movie tickets and two (2) Php99 combo meals from SnackTime. The promo is applicable from May 15 to May 19 for all movie schedules before 1PM.

Catch John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum starting May 15 at SM Cinema branches nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Beko PH celebrates Mothers Day with a special treat to Filipino Moms through “Mother’s Day Out”

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Beko, the Official Partner of the Everyday, honors the hard work, compassion, and dedication of mothers towards their families through fun activities during its “Mother’s Day Out” event at the Activity Center of Robinsons Magnolia in Quezon City, from May 10 to 12.

Mothers joining the three-day program would experience free make-up sessions and tutorials, cooking demos, food tasting, coffee and pastries, as well as special prizes for participating in a contest, which would ask them to take a video of themselves explaining the value of having longer “me” time.

To promote the importance of personal time, the program also showcases Beko home appliances’ advanced technologies designed to assist mothers by optimizing time spent on house duties. By cutting the hours spent on dealing with everyday challenges, moms can focus on more important things, like having time for themselves or spending more quality bonding time with their family and loved ones.

Beko’s innovative features, carried by their washers, refrigerators, and ovens, not only offer solutions that boost productivity and efficiency but also, pays tribute to the incomparable qualities of mothers.


Some mothers prefer hand washing their clothes than rely on washers during laundry days – which most often fall on weekends. However, the hours spent on individual treatment of clothes cost too much time and energy.

This is the reason why Beko innovated technologies in their washers that can closely match a mother’s perseverance and dedication to tackle a large pile of laundries quickly, while still providing comfort.

Mothers can diminish the time it takes to finish a week’s worth of dirty clothes by properly sorting it and washing it with Beko Frontload Washers. It has “Xpress Super Short” a 14-minute cycle that is suitable for lightly soiled small load of laundry up to 2kg. With a full load of laundry, “Daily Express” will finish the job in just 28 minutes cycle at 30C; while the “GentleCare 20” copies the tender hands of a mother to lightly yet effectively wash delicate clothes; all of this special wash programs and more in just one machine.


Meanwhile, the technologies of Beko refrigerators manage the right conditions to maintain the qualities of fresh food for longer period, similar to how a mother upholds the sanctuary of her household.

Beko’s “Everfresh+®” in their refrigerators’ special crisper compartment preserves the storage life of fruits and vegetables by controlling the precise humidity, reducing condensation and minimizing temperature variations inside so fruit and vegetables stay crisp and fresher up to 30days; while “Active Fresh Blue Light technologies protects the Vitamin C intensity keeping its natural flavor and nutrition intact.  It is almost like having a greenhouse inside the fridge which continues the process of photosynthesis on fruit and vegetables which preserves it 30% better compared to a standard crisper.   

The refrigerator also has the benefit of “NeoFrost Dual Cooling System” that ensures even cooling inside the fridge compartment and no air transfers between fridge and freezer compartments, thus prevents cross contamination of food causing spoilage and foul odor.

Increasing the storage time of fresh produce giving them the freedom to store more to lessens the frequency of their travel to fresh market.  This also releases them from pressure of immediately using all the available ingredients for dishes. This way, mothers can enjoy using their natural culinary creativity to spin new versions of favorite dishes.


Mothers can look forward to an exciting cooking appliance that Beko would soon be launching in the Philippines in the coming months.  This will help save their time spent in cooking and give them more “me” time.

With its technology, “Split and Cook,” the ovens mimic the multitasking capabilities of mothers by providing more spaces to cook two different meals with different temperature needs and durations at the same time in one single cavity oven. This Free Standing Cooker’s top stove uses gas while the bottom oven is electric, with two fans at the back to provide accurate cooking results.

While multiple dishes are being cooked at the same time, moms can find time to chat with other family members about daily matters. Once their signature recipes are done and about to be served, the conversations can continue into the right atmosphere for family dialogue - the kitchen table.

Beko acknowledges the different roles mothers provide to their families, acting as the light of Filipino home, the gentle manager, the provider of healthy and delicious meals, and the director of proper compartmentalizing. As the Official Partner of The Everyday, Beko has installed features to partner with mothers to complete everyday household responsibilities, so that they may have longer meaningful time for themselves and their loved ones.

Gurhan Gunal Regional Sales Director of Beko Asia Pacific is set to grace the event and will address the audience with his opening remarks. Also present are Dyeun Zapanta, Assistant General Manager together with Cecil Placia, Marketing Manager of Beko Philippines.

“Filipino moms deserve a day out and we at Beko, aim to deliver that. Aside from the fun activities of the program, we would also be introducing our technologies to mothers so that they may have the better option of owning intelligent appliances in washing, cooking, and storing,” said Dyeun. “We believe that missing out on valuable family moments to tackle everyday challenges at home is to waste away precious memories. That is why we developed these features to assist them in managing personal time and chores.”

“This is also the perfect time to buy a special gift for mom as a Special Mother’s Day promotion can be availed from May 10 to 12, 2019.  Hurry and visit your nearest Robinsons Appliances branch and inquire about this limited offer,” Cecil added.

To learn more about Beko and the technologies in their appliances, visit their website at or follow them on their Facebook page:

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Women Take Over in the SM Cinema Exclusives ‘Dumplin’ and ‘The Hustle’

Who run the world? If you know the answer, shout it out and celebrate girl power with SM Cinema as they bring us two new exclusive women-centered films, Dumplin’ and The Hustle!

Put your high heels on for Dumplin, a charming and uplifting coming-of-age story.  Dumplin' (Danielle Macdonald) is the plus-size, teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Jennifer Aniston), who signs up for her mom's pageant as a protest against the prejudices in her small Texan town. The situation escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and the way women in their town think about beauty.


Feel like the badass woman you are with the comedy film, The Hustle. Rebel Wilson plays a low-rent scammer who meets a high-class con artist, played by Anne Hathaway, who teaches her the ways of high-class society living and scheming. Together, they team up to exact revenge to the men who have wronged them in the past.

Catch Dumplin’ and The Hustle starting May 8 only at SM Cinema branches nationwide.  Book your tickets through the website, or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!

3 fantastic ways to celebrate Mom’s Day at Shangri-La Plaza

Looking for ways to mark this special day for mom? Well, Shangri-La Plaza has lined up exciting events and activities designed to show moms the love and appreciation they truly deserve.

1. Thank You, Mom! There’s nothing like a special gift to make this Mother’s Day unforgettable. Share any photo or video with a heartwarming message for mom on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with the hashtags #ThankYouMom and #MomsDayAtShang, and tag @Shangri-La Plaza from now until May 10.

Five promotion winners get to give their moms a pair of peach pearl earrings from Misaki Monaco and a skincare set from Adore!

2. Isang Pasasalamat, a Mother’s Day tribute. Catch all the major performances dedicated to her at the Shang. Be serenaded by the Consortium of Voices as they go around the mall at 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM. At 7:00 PM, make sure to head over to the Grand Atrium to enjoy the renowned ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, led by musical director Gerald Salonga, and the Philippine Madrigal Singers with choirmaster Mark Anthony Carpio.

3. Shop with mom! Discover unique local finds and shop together at Mommy’s Day Out Shopping Exhibit at the East Atrium this May 10-12.

Sweet treats are in order for all the moms – indulge in delicious cookies from Tochi Desserts, free from Shangri-La Plaza on May 12 from 12:30-3:30 PM and 5:00-8:00 PM. Cap off a memorable day with a wonderful keepsake. Take a souvenir photo to remember the moment at the special Mother’s Day photo booth at the 2/3 Level, East Wing. 

Say #ThankYouMom in the best ways possible. Celebrate #MomsDayAtShang and show mom just how much she means to the family.

For inquiries, call 370-2597 or 98 or visit Follow the Shang on Instagram: @shangrilaplazaofficial.

Ways Moms Keep us Healthy

Mothers only want the best for their children. They want them to be able to navigate through the ups and downs of life happily and healthily. This is why they enforce wellness routines and habits that seem annoying at first, but actually have benefits in the long run.

Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz got the chance to interact with some people who cherish the reminders their moms gave them when they were younger, and still carry those healthy habits to this day.

Eating healthy

It’s a struggle to get kids to eat their vegetables, even though it’s good for them. College student Missy (not her real name), grew up with a lot of vegetables in her diet. “Sometimes they tasted a little bland,” she recounts, “but I can hardly tell, growing up eating them. It was never a bother. Her meals are wonderful and irreplaceable.” For one working girl who wishes to remain anonymous, this routine of eating healthy food made her aware of its many benefits: “When I was younger, I was rarely sick and had no digestive problems.” she shares.

Drinking a lot of water

Aside from eating your greens, it is also important to drink at least 8-10 glasses of water each day. A habit that Lisa Navidad - who is now a mother herself - picked up from her own mom. “It’s hard to get my kids to drink water now because they prefer soft drinks or juice, which I can understand because I’ve been there,” she adds. Still, she stresses the importance of staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water. 

Playing sports and exercising

Keeping active through sports and exercise was a routine that was very beneficial to LJ Dominguez, a former student athlete. Which was why he didn’t mind doing it. “I grew taller. [Now] I do it on my own. It became a habit.” he adds. Mikhaila Ilano, a freelance artist, shares this sentiment. “It helps me become comfortable with physical activity,” she says. She also shares that it was a habit that promotes good discipline: “Even though she [my mom] did not have time to care for me… she tried her best to raise me with discipline from different activities.”

Maintaining proper hygiene

Maintaining proper hygiene is always a good habit to have. The mother of Anne Jordan, a college student, encouraged her to diligently and routinely brush her teeth. While she admits that she was annoyed about it at first, she agreed that it paid off well as she grew older. “I now have a healthy set of teeth [and] I don’t have any dental complications,” she says proudly. The mom of an anonymous high school student makes her and her sister wash their hair with head lice shampoo: “They were kind of tedious to do, but whenever my mom would take the time to patiently brush the nits in my hair, I realized I couldn’t complain.” She realizes that eventually she will have to keep track of her own health, so she is grateful that her mom is still there to give her reminders.

There are many things we should thank our moms for this Mother’s Day. But most of all, we should be thankful for the healthy routines that they made us do. It showed how much they care for us, and how it shapes our health and lifestyle today.

To all the mothers out there, Licealiz wishes you a Happy Mother’s Day!

To know more about Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, visit

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Treat Your Mom Like A Queen At KING CHEF Seafood Restaurant

Mother's may have a special standard date, which is the 2nd Sunday of May. But at KING CHEF, it's a whole month of May celebration! 

Give momma a kitchen break and treat the Queen for a Royal meal with a royal ambiance.

This is our second year, having the opportunity to have a sneak peek of the Mother's Day Set Menus. So timely for my Chinese food craving some few days ago. Of course, craving satisfied! And #TheANGfoodiefamily together with the #KTG family had a super gastronomic afternoon!

Two words to best describe our mothers... amazing and awesome! At this year's King Chef's Mother's Day Set Menus these beautiful words were used to name our mom's choices.

Here are the dishes from the set menus.  


I find it truly awesome, from the soup to dessert, a complete Chinese meal good for the family of three to six members. Well, if you'll get the two sets, it can cover for a family of ten or more. 

Wait, there's more! Order 1 set menu and get FREE mouth-watering Steamed Pompano in Chili Toasi Sauce.

FREE Gelatin for Mom's dessert! We love flowers, what more if we can eat it?

I honestly loved everything from the two menus. But of course, I still have my personal choice from this set, the Suahe with Salted Egg.  From the first time I've tried this dish from King Chef, like two years ago, I always look forward to having one for every visit.

The King's Special Crabroe Soup is the soup of my choice. While from the 4 Kinds Cold Cuts Platter, I really enjoy the seaweeds.

King's Special Crabroe Soup

4 Kinds Cold Cuts Platter

Sizzling 5 Spice Beef

Suahe with Salted Egg

Mapo Tofu in Hotpot

Yang Chow Fried Rice


Our young foodie definitely have her own personal choice. Abi's all-time favorite soup from King Chef is none other than the Seafood with Spinach Soup. The thick creamy spinach soup can make her tummy full. And with this menu, she got her new favorite, the Crispy Chicken in Mango Sauce, actually, it was everyone's favorite! The sauce added real flavor to the golden fried crispy chicken. They're perfect together.

The Boneless Pata Tim with Steamed Buns is a sure winner for meat lovers like Mr. Ang. While the fresh steamed buns for me and Abi, we love the buns! 

Seafood with Spinach Soup

Boneless Pata Tim with Steamed Buns

Beef with Broccoli
Sauteed Squid in X.O. Sauce

Crispy Chicken in Mango Sauce

What's New At King Chef Seafood Restaurant?

I super loved this soup. A combination of three ginseng in one bowl of healthy soup. Another interesting part of this soup was its tender spareribs. Meat falls off the bones! It was boiled twice! 

Double Boiled Spareribs with 3 kinds of Ginseng Soup

Sauteed Seafood & Apple in X.O. Sauce

This may look intimidating as it says Braised Chilli Fish Head. No, it's not literally spicy. It's so delectable! I can have all the patience to finish the challenging head fish just to find the flavorful meat. 
Braised Chilli Fish Head

Hunan Tofu Hotpot

Well, all the dishes served made me and my family happy. Well-prepared, well-seasoned, well-done and everything! From the two Mother's Day Set Menus plus the New Menus, will surely make a come back.

Remember to show your love to your mom as you can invite her for an intimate dinner or family lunch. This month of May, King Chef came up with a special menu for the mothers and the family to enjoy. See from the photo above the two sets of Mother's Day Special Set Menu. This will be offered from the 1st of May 1 till the 31st. While the New dishes will be available until the end June 2019

#TheANGfoodiefamily got another toothsome Day To Remember!

King Chef Seafood Restaurant:
2/F Lucky Chinatown Mall, Reina Regente St., Binondo, Manila
         Call us: 742.5464 / 742.2433 / 0932.3231871
987-989 Banawe St., Brgy. Manresa, Quezon City
  Call us: 352.7534 / 410.4919 / 0933.0295709
                   282.5464 / 288.2433
King Chef Dimsum Kitchen: 
2/F 238 Banawe Centre, Panalturan St., Quezon City
     Call us: 361.1332 / 361.0571 / 0942.2973071
The Food Circuit, The Block, Ground Floor, SM City North Edsa 
                        Call us: 0933.0099855