Friday, March 22, 2019

How to Fall in Love with Your Kitchen... Again?

A kitchen is a place of reinvention, imagination, and experimentation. It welcomes trial and error. Every spill and stain on each surface sticks in your memory. Here, you stumble, yet, you pursue good decisions for an active and healthy lifestyle. You shave off a little from your monthly food budget so that your shelves are well-stocked. You remember good times—delicious times.

However, the kitchen is one of the hardest parts of the house to maintain. Not only is it difficult to organize cooks wares, but it can also be tasking, especially when you see that things are not in good condition or properly stored.

To savor only good memories, Beko Philippines, empowering new generations to live healthier, in line with its Eat Like a Pro advocacy, listed fun activities to make your kitchen an ideal setting for healthy meal preps. Make this area of your house into something that resembles your proper lifestyle choices.


Remember the day you promised to take better care of yourself by eating healthy?  Why not start by reorganizing the pantry and put careful thought in each produce you place inside.

Check around and discard anything that went beyond its expiration date, as well as disposing rusted utensils. A clean slate would allow a brighter vision for food preparation and goal-setting. Your kitchen wall is your new springboard for future activities involving a ton of fun, healthy activities.


You know how boring it is to stay with a plan, especially at the beginning. You can avoid this slump by adding a few changes to your culinary setting. Tap into your creativity and add a few patterns to your walls or floors. Investing in a few kitchen products cements the idea that you plan to take this lifestyle with you as you grow in the coming years.


Group fruits in a basket. Place basic cooking essentials like salt, pepper, and eggs on a counter within arm’s reach. Make sure to only group groceries that are only beneficial to you. Instead of a sugar station, swap it with stevia or honey. Store herbs and other seasonings, not cookies, in jars. For a feeling of warmth, hook garlic on walls. Label things in the pantry if necessary. This tasteful arrangement appeals to your eyes and sets a commitment to pursue dietary ambitions. 


Now that you know where things are, it’s time to prepare dishes with your new kitchen items. Blend smoothies using recipes you’ve been craving to try out. Add energizing scents like citrus or cinnamon in the air as a cue for creative creations. Invite someone over to witness all the hard work you’ve put into the place and talk about how you’ll carry this discipline and creativity into your activities.

Give yourself a pat on the back now that you’ve organized the pantry, restocked all the basics, and cleaned the walls and the floors. But, don’t stop there. Consider getting another home solution that fits in with the new kitchen look.

To ensure that fruits and vegetables stay fresh, consider using RDNT360E20VZWB, a 12.7cuft, Top Mount No Frost, Dual Cooling Inverter Refrigerator by Beko Philippines.

The refrigerator provides a decent space in its special crisper compartment for storing snacks and has an EverFresh+® technology, which regulates and controls humidity to allow produces to stay fresh for up to 30 days.

Along with giving a handy space for your snacks, the refrigerator also has Beko Active Fresh Blue Light™ technology that continues the photosynthesizing process of your fruits.

The RDNT360E20VZWB comes with IonGuard®, a technology that removes odors in your fridge by circulating negative ions that remove bacteria and other odor-causing particles, as well as NeoFrost™ dual cooling technology that keeps products in the freezer fresh while avoiding excess ice.

Finally, RDNT360E20VZWB offers its Beko ProSmart™ Inverter Compressor Motor. This technology enhances the cooling efficiency of the refrigerator maintaining an even temperature inside which keep produces fresher longer without consuming much energy, and electricity, while the compressor remains silently running. 

I am #KilayReady because of The Aesthetic Studio By Kristine Lucas

How true is the statement “Kilay is Life”?  

To me, it is so true. Seeing me without eyebrows (kilay) is a turn-off. I literally look like a new born baby. That’s how my friends or colleagues used to tease me. That is why, before leaving the house, I got to make it sure that I was able to draw my eyebrows. Nowadays, a woman could be judge by some as unprofessional, sloppy or no fashion sense. Anyways, I don't really care that much how others would judge me with my eyebrows. In my case, it is my own choice. "Kilay is life" to me because I feel more confident whenever I wear my brows. I can definitely look good on photos specially when I am out for an event or just out for a walk. #KilayReady is of course #KodakReady life.

I conquered my fear.

Today marks one week of one of the Best Big decisions that I made in my life. To finally have a professional touch my eyebrows.

I have a fear of needles. Of which I was not able to avoid during giving birth to my daughter. But other than that, I do not have needle encounters aside from pricking my finger to check my blood sugar from time to time. And it’s just quick and that’s it.

Last Friday, honestly, I dragged myself to face my fear. Was even about to back-out after hearing someone’s experience the same time I was about to have my schedule.

My Permanent Makeup Academy Ph experience.

To my surprise, it was a pleasant experience to remember. All the while I thought, having my eyebrows make-over will cause me so much pain and suffering. I stand corrected. Thanks to Ms. Kristine Lucas for having a long stretch of patience even before the final session schedule. And I thank God for the word anesthesia. It can make our life less painful.

The bubbly personality of Ms. Kristine Lucas really helped during my Ombre Powder Brows session. I can say, anesthesia + Kristine Lucas = wonderful experience! It took less than an hour and tadahhhh, I finally got my KILAY (eyebrows)!

How my eyebrows was done?

1st Step
Anesthesia application

2nd Step
Drawing of eyebrows pattern

3rd Step
The JOB!

See, I can still even smile while having my needle session. My first time to have my brows manage by the Master Artist, Kristine Lucas. This is one of the best decision I've ever made in my life. Also with great encouragement from my college BFF  and UBP co-founder, Bette Medina. 

Here's my first 3 days with my Ombre Powder Brows.

Really loving my #KilayReady life. I can save 20-30 minutes of my time doing my eyebrows manually. I can also save from eyebrow pencil and powder for the next 3 years. This is a wise investment that you can give yourself ladies.

Imagine waking up with your eyebrows ready! I can now spend my other 30 minutes to something else than to make my not so perfect eyebrows.

Know more about Ms. Kristine Lucas

Photo from Kristine's Facebook Profile Picture

“I am a professional makeup artist, hairstylist, permanent make-up / microblading artist from the south of Metro Manila, Philippines. I teach all this craft as well and conduct monthly trainings. ”
I have professional training on beauty, avant garde, & airbrush make-up. I am also a hairstylist, Eyebrow Embroidery & Permanent Makeup Artist. I am a trusted trainer in make-up hairstyling & permanent makeup / microblading. I went to the top beauty schools in the country and as well as Singapore & Bangkok. Aside from trainings, I have been in this business for 9 years already, making me a specialist in terms of experience in analyzing facial features and skin tones. 
Ms. Tin Lucas gave up a promising career in the IT world to do what she loves most, make people more beautiful. She believes "Everyone is Beautiful.”  And her passion is to enhance that beauty and bring it to the next level"  She trained from well-known Makeup and Aesthetics Training Centers here and abroad, in the US, Singapore, Korea, and Thailand . Today, In less than 2 years time, Permanent Makeup Academy PH (PMUAPH) is the most sought after training center for aspiring makeup artists for permanent makeup,eyebrow embroidery and aesthetics training here in Manila and elsewhere in the Philippines. Kristine has long been teaching permanent and traditional makeup. Her passion for teaching became her mission and paved the way to The AestheticsStudio by Kristine Lucas She was trained from well-known Aesthetic Centers here and abroad by the likes of Aesthetics International Academy, Kryolan, Biotouch and Yumi Lashes.
The Aesthetics Studio by Kristine Lucas is a beauty hub specializing on Eyebrow Embroidery, permanent makeup, yumi & velvet lashes, facial, ipl, waxing, rf/cavi & nail spa.  
At present, Permanent Makeup Academy PH is the authorized reseller of high quality permanent makeup products such as Biotouch USA, Dolly Lashes, and Doreme/Physiolab. It has branches in Makati, Alabang and Las Pinas.Permanent Makeup Academy PH dedicated to educate quality permanent makeup artist with the latest trends and techniques in the industry. Every graduates are equipped with combined techniques from Europe, US, Thailand, etc. 
PMUAPH has grown tremendously and has produced hundreds of new artists, freelancers and leaders in permanent makeup, eyebrow embroidery and aesthetics. More and more aspiring artists and students trust not only the pioneers but also the best in quality aesthetic training -The Permanent Makeup Academy PH.
Eyebrow Embroidery with Senior Artist was 10k before promo now is only P8,000! Ms. Kristine (Master Artist) 12k.
Lip Tint by our Senior Artist is 8k now only P6,000!
Eyeliner by our Senior Artist Top 4k  now only  P3,000!
Top & Bottom 6k now only P4,000!
LASH LIFT from 3,700  now only P2,200!
VELVET LASH EXTENSIONS Natural look P950 volume is 1,400   !
Semi Permanent Blush from 6,000 now only P4,000!
Agas Whitening Facial or Underarm 5k for 6 session!
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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Philippine-inspired Ikebana Exhibit at Shangri-La Plaza

The Japanese art of flower arranging is experiencing a renaissance-and just In time for the lkebana International Manila Chapter 108's 52" danniversary celebration. Shangri-La Plaza hosts the lkebana exhibition from March 22 to 21. at the Grand Atrium.

Following founder Sofu Teshigara's words “lkebana Art has no national or ethnic boundaries,” this year's theme is Philippine-inspired and showcases the floral arrangements created by members from the Embassy of Japan and lkebana Philippine Chapters from Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao, with the special participation of Laiique and Rustan's Department Store.

With Women's Month still in full swing at Shangri-La Plaza, the exhibit not only includes floral arrangements by women, it also reminds everyone of the role of women in preserving and developing the ancient art of lkebana.

With origins that can be traced back to 6th century, the Japanese art of flower arrangement was initially done by Buddhist monks and samurais. It was only in the late 18005 that women were allowed to learn and practice lkebana. And each time they did, women saw to it that their floral arrangements followed the art’s seven principles, while reflecting the life and thinking of their time.

Free demonstrations by certified lkebana teachers on Saturday, March 23, from 3:005:00PM, and Sunday, March 24 from 3:00-6:00PM give mall guests the opportunity to learn more about the intricacies of the art from considerations of color, line, form and function, to symbolism and seasonality.
Capturing the spirit of the art as a lifelong path of learning, the lkebana lkenobo exhibit places this traditionally Japanese art form into a relevant Filipino context to help cultivate a deeper appreciation of it during these modern times. 

A few photos taken at the launch of Ikebana exhibit.

#FeelTheShangVibe at the lkebana exhibition on March 22 to 24 at Shangri-La Plaza.

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

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. 

Learn more about Avon and its products at