Friday, August 16, 2019

Quick and Healthy Back-to-school Baon Ideas Your Kids Will Love


School season is here! Going back-to-school means excitement for kids but can be stressful for busy moms as meal planning comes into play. Preparing baon for your kids can be a struggle considering both their picky tastes and the nutritional content they need to grow strong and healthy. That is why Swedish appliance brand Electrolux is here with a few tricks up their sleeve to help moms prepare yummy dishes with vegetables that kids will love.

Check out these recipes from the Electrolux Life App to help spark ideas for healthy and delicious baon for your kids.

Cheese it up!



Since a lot of kids are not fond of eating vegetables, this Kid-Friendly Chicken & Broccoli Quesadilla recipe is a great way to add veggies in a way kids will enjoy. Start by placing Flour Tortillas on a plate, top it with cheddar cheese, add chicken and broccoli florets. Top it with another layer of Flour Tortillas then place it in a toaster oven at 350ºF and cook for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cut the quesadilla using a pizza cutter, wait for it to cool and it’s ready to be packed!


Potatoes are usually a crowd pleaser so why not make the most of your leftover mashed potatoes by making Spinach and Cheddar Potato Cakes.

Simply mix together the egg, frozen spinach, seasoned salt, onion powder and ground black pepper in a medium bowl. Add the mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, breadcrumbs, and fresh chives. Mix it well until breadcrumbs have been absorbed. Form a scoop of the potato mixture into patties and fry the patties in a non-stick frying pan until golden brown. For the sauce, stir together sour cream and fresh dill and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve the dip alongside the cakes!

Turning Japanese



Bring a Japanese flavor to your kid’s lunch with Teriyaki Pork Rolls with strips of green beans and carrots. In a pot of salted water, bring to a boil the thin strips of green beans, sliced carrot, and bell pepper for 2 mins. Once cooked, strain and dry with paper towel then set aside.

To make the sauce, mix soy sauce, white granulated sugar, and water in a small bowl and set aside. Take one of the thin pork cutlets and dust it with all-purpose flour on both sides. Add three of each of the green beans, carrot slices, and red bell pepper slices on the cutlet, season it with salt and pepper to taste. Then roll the pork and close it with toothpicks. Fry the pork until golden brown and remove toothpicks. Add the sauce, continue cooking for another 1-2 minutes until sauce thickened and all sides of the pork are coated.

Healthy Sides




Put a new and healthier spin on your kid’s snack time with this recipe of Baked Zucchini Fries!

First, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Cut zucchini into fries-like size, no need to peel them. In a medium bowl, combine panko, parmesan, salt, paprika, and pepper. Place whisked eggs in a separate medium bowl, and the flour in a third medium bowl. Dip zucchini pieces into the flour, then the egg, then the panko. Dip zucchini pieces into the flour, then egg, then the panko. Once all zucchini are breaded, bake it for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden and crispy. For the sauce, just combine the yogurt, cheese, mayonnaise, and chives to a food processor and blitz until smooth.

Preparing your kids’ healthy and tasty baon is easy with Electrolux kitchen appliances, like the Electrolux NutriFresh™ Inverter Refrigerators, which come with new features to keep produce fresh for longer. The new Electrolux NutriFresh™ Inverter French Door Refrigerator (EHE6879A-BPH) allows you to go from chilling the food to cooking them in minutes. With its special UltraChill -2ºC feature, it preserves the texture and nutrients of meat and fish for longer without having to defrost it.

Different food types require unique storage conditions to stay fresh and the new NutriFresh™ refrigerator comes with a FlexFresh drawer, an optimal storage compartment with five temperature settings (-23°C to +7°C). This enables you to store all types of food - from cheese and wine, meat and seafood, to cold drinks and frozen items – at the temperature they need to remain fresh.

To help retain the juiciness of produce, the NutriFresh™  Inverter French Door Refrigerator also comes with a TasteLock Crisper with AutoHumidity Control which automatically adjusts humidity levels depending on the contents of the drawer. The AutoHumidity Control releases excess moisture from the compartment to help keep fruits and vegetables fresh for up to 7 days. It also has a TwinTech Cooling System that cools the fridge and freezer compartments separately, so food stays fresher and odors don't mix. 



If you are looking for a cooking range, check out the Electrolux Cooking Range with Induction Cooktop & Electric Oven (EKI64500OX). It not only comes with a spacious layout to help you prepare multiple dishes at once, but also has powerful induction zones for speedy cooking and precision heat control that allows you to accurately set your desired flame for perfectly cooked dishes.  

To get the full recipes of these dishes, download the Electrolux Life app on the App Store or Google Play store and click the ‘Recipe Finder Powered by SideChef’ within the app to access thousands of global recipes from SideChef’s database.

For more information on Electrolux and its products, please visit www.electrolux.com.ph and follow @ElectroluxPhilippines on Facebook and Instagram.



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Friday, August 9, 2019

POPCOM launches the biography of Mr. Rafael M. Salas, the first Executive Director of UNFPA from 1969

UNFPA Country Representative Iori Kato, POPCOM Undersecretary and Executive Director Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III, NEDA Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Dr. Ernesto Pernia, Ambassador Carmelita Salas, with Book Authors Jose Dalisay and Menchu Sarmiento and DFA Undersecretary Ernesto Abella at the turnover of the book “A Millennial Man for Others: The Life & Times of Rafael M. Salas”.



The Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM), in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), launches the biography of Mr. Rafael M. Salas. “Mr. Population” – as he was affectionately known - was one of the first Filipino advocates who made the crucial links between population and development and sexual and reproductive health and rights, globally and in the Philippines.

“Parents have a basic human right to determine freely and responsibly the number and the spacing of their children,” he said in 1968 - a truly novel statement for the time. Entitled “A Millennial Man for Others: The Life and Times of Rafael M. Salas”, the book chronicles his life from his childhood days, and his achievements until his untimely death in 1987.

Had Mr. Salas been alive today, it would have warmed his heart to see that the fruits of his efforts have finally become more evident with the passage of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act and the commitment of the present administration to reproductive health and family planning as evidenced by the revamped National Program on Population and Family Planning and the President’s Executive Order to end unmet need for family planning.

Undersecretary and  Executive Director of the Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) said that “POPCOM has been constantly bringing into the consciousness of the Local Government Units (LGUs) and the Filipino people alike the seeds of development work that Mr. Salas  planted when he drafted the Executive Order (EO) that would create POPCOM in 1969.  In step with the new millennium, POPCOM will soon launch the “Kaunlarang Pantao” Award, using Paeng Salas’ inspiration of development for the people. “

Mr. Salas was also the first Executive Director of UNFPA. He oversaw the birth of the organization in 1969, nurtured it with care, and imbued it with his foresight and vision. Under his leadership, the agency grew from a relatively small body to the world’s largest provider of multilateral development assistance on population dynamics through the prism of sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality. As UNFPA Executive Director, Mr. Salas carried the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, the highest UN office accorded to a Filipino even up to today.

“It is an honor for us to carry on Rafael Salas’ legacy at UNFPA in this historic 50th anniversary year of UNFPA and the 25th anniversary year of the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), where Mr. Salas’ vision became a global consensus when 179 governments including the Philippines agreed on a call for all people to have access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including voluntary family planning, and safe pregnancy and childbirth services,” said UNFPA Representative in the Philippines, Iori Kato.

Mr. Salas’ legacy continues to this day. Later this year in November, the Governments of Kenya, Denmark and UNFPA are convening a global summit in Nairobi to mark the 25th anniversary of the ICPD, for Member States to express their renewed political and financial commitments towards the promises that they had made in Cairo 25 years ago to support women empowerment through three transformative results: ending unmet need for family planning, ending preventable maternal deaths and ending gender-based violence.

The book launch marks the 91st birth year anniversary of Mr. Salas and is a venue to continue his legacy as national influential figures in Philippine government, business and civil society gather and take the opportunity to articulate the country’s commitment to Nairobi.

The event will also feature a photo exhibit at the Department of Foreign Affairs, with Dr. Ernesto M. Pernia, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary, of the NEDA, giving the opening statement, followed by a panel discussion on the life of Mr. Salas with Dr. Mercedes Concepcion, and the authors of the book: Mr. Jose Dalisay and Ms. Menchu Sarmiento. Sec. Ernesto Pernia will turn over the book to Mrs. Carmelita Rodriguez Salas who will give a statement.  



Thursday, August 8, 2019

GOLDILOCKS : Meet The Cutest Heroes

Nothing melts a heart faster than the face of a child, something about their pure innocence and amazement in all the new experiences that they go through helps our minds be at rest, sort of like how we feel when we see our favorite superheroes!

With the thought of bringing continuous joy to their customers in mind, Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop recently concluded their Super Mamon Squad competition, a promo which showcased the cute and creative ideas of younger Goldilocks members!

Running on its second year, The Goldilocks Super MamonSquad, which was previously known as the Mamon Face Challenge, aimed to discover children that embodied the Goldilocks brand and were ambassadors of both fun and energy. The winners received a cash prize of over 10,000 pesos and a chance to star in their very own “Super Mamon Squad” music video!


With thousands of submissions sent to the Goldilocks Super Mamon HQ microsite, 20 lucky winners were chosen and presented on the Goldilocks Facebook page for all to see. 

The lucky winners are the following:

1. Kate                                          11. Axxel
2. Dianne                                      12. JK
3. Andrei                                       13. Dale
4. Kei                                            14. Klea
5. Allison                                       15. Peiang
6. Matteo                                      16. Liam
7. Ella                                           17. Xandrea
8. Cassie                                       18. Joaquin
9. Boomie                                     19. Nissi
10. Ethan                                      20. Marcuz



As with the successful conclusion of the Goldilocks Super Mamon Squad promo, we are reminded that sometimes, the best superheroes come in the cutest packaging. 

For more information, you may also follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph



Wednesday, August 7, 2019

California Pizza Kitchen : Have a taste of the 4 NEW Exciting Pizza flavors at the 8th National Pizza Day



California Pizza Kitchen (CPK), the undisputed authority in innovative & adventurous California style pizzas always sewed with a distinct California vibe, ls celebrating National Pizza Days this August 13, 14, & 15, 2019 (Tuesday, Wednesday, 8: Thursday) now on its 8th year run! On these days, guests who visit any of CPK's four (4) locations in Metro Manila can avail of their BUY 1, GET 1 Free Pizza Promotion: choosing among an exclusive selection of five NEW Premium pizzas that embody the spirit of California Cool & Creativity that the brand is synonymous for.
For the 2019 edition of National Pizza Days, CPK is introducing five NEW artisanal pizzas you can choose from that will leave you California dreaming : Beef Chipotle Salsa Pizza, Garlic Chips + Basil Pizza, Thai Chicken Curry Pizza, Italian Sausage & Sundried Tomato Pizza, and their Quorn Alfredo Pizza. As is the hallmark of all CPK Pizza creations, they will all be served with fresh, premium quality Ingredients in season and hearth-baked on top of CPK’s proprietary recipe hand-tossed dough.




You’ll have Michael Pena movies running through your head with their Mexican-inspired Beef Chipotle Salsa Pizza with beef, Mozzarella & Velveeta, lime crema, & chipotle salsa topped with a ranchito sauce, crispy blue corn tortilla strips, & fresh cilantro. 



Say ‘Buon Giomol” with their Italian Sausage & Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza with crumbled Italian Sausage, Mozzarella & Parmesan, & Sun-Dried Tomatoes on a Bolognese Sauce bed topped with a fresh herb mixture. 



East will definitely meet West with their Asian-inspired Thai Chicken Curry Pizza with grilled chicken, Mozzarella, red onions, carrots, & bell peppers on a creamy Thai curry sauce base topped with roasted peanuts and fresh cilantro. 



Unique & fresh flavors collide with their Garlic Chips + Basil Pizza with garlic olive oil, fresh Mozzarella & Parmesan, caramelized onions, & red bell peppers topped with toasted garlic chips and a sweet basil chiffonade. 


And they will "Teach You How to Veggie” pretty much like Dougie did with their Quorn Alfredo Pizza with Quorn chunks, broccoli florets, tomatoes, Mozzarella & Romano on a creamy Alfredo Sauce bed. 


‘CPK popularized California-style pizza and has been at the forefront of unique & innovative pizza creations highlighted by fresh & seasonal premium ingredients. So much so that there are now 3 distinct styles of pizza making that occupy the Pizza hierarchy in the United States: New York Style Pizza, Chicago Style Pizza, and California Style pizza. Just like the iconic Original BBQ Chicken Pizza CPK invented in 1985 that started it all, these NEW pizzas that will take centerstage for our National Pizza Days 2019 celebration are the perfect embodiment of California creativity & culinary innovation." stated Bob Vallar, Marketing Manager of Pi Company, Inc., owners & proprietors of CPK Philippines which, incidentally, is the first lnternational Franchise location for California Pizza Kitchen outside of the United States of America. ”We would like to invite everyone to join us for this awesome 3-day pizza flavor explosion celebration. We derive our greatest pleasure in surprising our guests with unique flavor combinations that may seem uncanny at first but actually work remarkably well as perfect synergies of flavor 8: texture. Incidentally, our National Pizza Days 2019 will kick-off a series of milestones for CPK Philippines from NEW branch openings to a California Forward NEW Menu launch aligned with CPK U.S.A. so watch out for more surprises coming your way over the next several months."

For more Information, visit www.cgk.com.gh, follow them on Facebook & lnstagram and check out their You Tube channel @cpkphilippines

Visit any of their following branches: 
2nd level Alabang Town Center
Ground Level W Global Center, BGC
Basement Level Century City Mall
Mid-Level Shangri-La Plaza Mall East Wing


About California Pizza Kitchen

In 1985, California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) opened its first restaurant in Beverly Hills and introduced diners to innovative California-style pizza. Since then, CPK has launched what has become a global brand known for creative California cuisine. Today, CPK is approaching 300 restaurants In 16 countries around the world. Dedicated to a unique dining experience, CPK is now introducing its Next Chapter featuring reimagined menus, open kitchens, and unique renovations in all restaurants across the country. For more information on California Pizza Kitchen, visit www.cpk.com





Thursday, August 1, 2019

World Vision and Procter & Gamble in partnership with Department of Education Malabon Division Office launch “Pag-asa sa Basura” Campaign


World Vision and Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines together with Department of Education Malabon Division Office launched the “Pag-asa sa Basura” campaign, a sustainable waste collection and recycling system targeting several schools in Metro Manila. The project will be done in 25 chosen schools in Malabon and Quezon City.


The participating schools will be outfitted with school-based materials recovery facilities (MRF) for various solid waste materials including sachet packaging. The students who will be participating in the campaign are encouraged to bring sachets to receive incentives such as school supplies. Furthermore, the profits that will be collected from the MRF will be used for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) programs like improvements in their handwashing facilities and WaSH education. 


This initiative will not only be benefiting the children but also saving the environment with the goal of preventing at least one million pieces of sachets going to the ocean. Educators, students, and parents will also be trained on the principles of solid waste management specifically recycling.


Official representatives who joined the event were Cynthia Ayles, Schools Division Superintendent/ OIC of DepEd Malabon, Eliseo Raymundo, Head for School Governance and Operations Division, Anna Legarda, Head of Communications of Procter & Gamble, Jun Godornes, Resource Development Director of World Vision Philippines, and Principals from the 20 participating schools in Malabon.


“World Vision Philippines is so blessed with the success of all of our initiatives with our partners and on behalf of our organization, I would like to thank them for their unwavering support to our advocacy. Let’s continue to work together for the Filipino children,” said World Vision Philippines Executive Director Rommel Fuerte.


To know more and support World Vision Philippines activities, visit www.worldvision.org.ph. You may also follow /worldvisionph on Facebook and @worldvisionphl on Instagram for updates.


About World Vision
World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

10 Healthy Snacks for Kids to Enjoy in the Summer


Kids tend to be more active in the summertime than they are during the school year. With increased activity, they may need more frequent snacks to keep their energy levels up and to prevent them from getting overly hungry, which can lead to cravings for less healthy foods.
To avoid that, provide your kids with healthy snacks.
Here are 10 ideas for healthy snacking:
  • 1. Watery Fruits such as melon and berries with string cheese
  • 2. A carton of yogurt
  • 3. Turkey jerky (a good source of protein and helps replace sodium losses that occur through sweating) plus fruit
  • 4. Protein bars made with nuts, fruits, seeds, and little added sugar
  • 5. Half a turkey sandwich on whole-grain bread
  • 6. Hummus with baby carrots
  • 7. Mixed nuts
  • 8. Apple slices with peanut butter
  • 9. Celery sticks
  • 10. Air-popped popcorn
Don’t forget to keep your kids well hydrated too! Plain water is great, but a small amount of flavor may actually encourage your kids to drink more. Sports drinks may be appropriate for active kids, or you can add some pieces of fresh fruit to a water bottle to infuse it with flavor.
You can make popsicles with diluted fruit juice or sports drinks, too. And don’t forget watery fruits like melon: they’re more than 90% water and can really help to replace fluid losses as well as potassium which is lost in sweat.
Food Safety Considerations 
Exercising outdoors with your kids is fun and motivating, but how to make sure the food or healthy snacks you take with you are safe to eat?


To protect your family from foodborne illness during warm-weather months, safe food handling when eating outdoors is critical. Follow these simple food safety guidelines, recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Take a cooler with you
Cold food should be stored at 40 °F or below to prevent bacterial growth. Once outdoors, limit the number of times the cooler is opened as much as you can. This helps to keep the contents cold longer.
Don’t cross-contaminate
If you’re taking raw meat, poultry, or seafood with you, keep it securely wrapped. This keeps their juices from contaminating foods that will be eaten raw, such as fruits and vegetables.
Clean your produce
Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables under running tap water before packing them in the cooler — including those with skins and rinds that are not eaten.
When it comes to leftovers, an easy way to remember food storage guidelines is simple: two hours, two inches, four days – the numbers make up the “2-2-4 rule:”
  • Two hours is how long foods can safely stay at room temperature after you’ve taken them out of the oven or off the grill – or, in the case of cold foods, how long they can safely stay out of the refrigerator or insulated cooler.
  • The two-inch rule means that you should store leftover foods in shallow containers no more than two inches thick, so they can cool evenly and quickly. If containers are too deep, it takes too long for the food in the middle to cool down.
  • The last rule says that you should use your refrigerated leftovers within four days; otherwise, you should toss them out. But many leftovers are pretty tasty, so chances are they’ll be long gone before then.

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