Boost Optimism via FREE 20-days Facebook Live Workout with NOVUHAIR®

Want to stay fit at home? Check out what the leading natural hair loss treatment in the Philippines, NOVUHAIR® have prepared for us. NOVUHAIR® collaborated with The Fit Filipino (FITFIL) Movement lead by the brand’s VIP Fitness Coaches, Jim & Toni Saret. They are going to do a FREE 20-day Facebook Live workout. The goal of this partnership is to improve our wellness quotient goals through a “Bulletproof Immune System Activity Booster”.

This exciting workout program is designed to help beginners and complement the workout of those with active exercise routines.

You can still join the program which started just this May 18. It will end on May 29, 2020. They will be live on Facebook everyday from Monday to Friday at 4pm.

Optimism Adds Resilience

Optimism is a crucial factor on how we choose to navigate our journey to success. Businesses, institutions and various groups have a significant role to play in fostering this especially in times of crisis.

From the start of this pandemic, profuse optimism, coupled with genuine concern among key stakeholders in weathering the storm, is evident in the support and proactive measures of Pascual Total Health Incorporated, the holding company of Bionutra Innovations Inc., the company subsidiary marketing the leading natural hair loss treatment in the Philippines, NOVUHAIR® – nature’s answer to hair loss.

A Preview Of Hotel Sogo’s ‘NEW NORMAL’ Playbook

Do you miss going out with your friends and family? Are you planning on going on a vacation soon after ECQ and GCQ has been lifted but with precautions? I heard a good news today. It’s about the leading hotel chain in the Philippines, Hotel Sogo. During lockdown the management really used their time to plan for the post-COVID-19 crisis.

Hotel Sogo management came up with a program called ‘Sogo Safe Program’ where they take part in the ‘new normal’ with a new campaign, ‘So Clean, So Good, So Safe’ campaign that aims to secure the safety of its employees and guests.

Watch their campaign ad below.

Now, here is the list of their New Normal Playbook.

Hotel Sogo is proud to continuously implement precautionary measures such as temperature checking upon entering the hotel, placement of alcohol and hand sanitizers in common areas and information dissemination on COVID-19 since December 2019.
– Enhanced cleaning and sanitation are also been applied in all its branches.

Corporate Social Responsibility (Sogo Cares Program)
– Hotel Sogo is the first to provide free room accommodations that served as temporary shelter to healthcare workers and frontliners.
– A total of P80-million worth of donation or more than 800 room accommodations were given to healthcare workers, OFWs, and seafarers repatriates for free.
– This is in coordination with 10 city mayors and 31 hospitals in the country.

  1. New Normal Features
    a. At The Hotel
    – Uniforms of hotel staff are redesigned to incorporate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
    – Temperature screening and disinfection mats upon entering the hotel.
    – Social distancing in front desk.
    – Installation of protective acrylic glass panel in front desk.
    – Social distancing with markers and limit of persons in elevators.
    – Hand Sanitizers in common areas.
    – Contactless hotel features (doors and elevators).
    – UVC light treatment is also modified in elevator consoles,  door handles,  keycard cases, cash register and food preparation.
    – Use of UVC disinfection light array cart in cleaning and disinfection of rooms and bathrooms.
    – Studies show that the use of UVC, with wavelengths between 200 and 270 nanometre (nm), can kill microbes, germs, bacteria and viruses. This has been adopted since use of UVC is done in recent years and is also used in disinfecting hospitals as UVC kills pathogens and microorganisms.
    – Constant disinfection in all amenities is also implemented.
    – No-contact facilities from lobby doors to toilet fixtures thru installing foot door opener and foot-controlled dispenser.
    – Hotel Sogo has created newly designed giveaways for the guests such as no contact keys and sanitizers. No-contact key serves as a tool in touching common objects like door handles, elevator buttons, and ATMs.
    – Hotel Sogo Mobile app is also up for contact tracing.

    b. At The Corporate Office
    – Temperature checks upon entering the office.
    – Hand sanitizers in common areas.
    – Limit to number of people using the elevator.
    – Social distancing in workplace and in crowded areas like canteen.
    – Provision of multivitamins to employees.

As you can see, they are well prepared. This definitely shows how much they care about the employees and future guests.

Visit their social media handles to stay updated and to check out more photos and videos related to their new program.

Oh, wait there’s more! You’ll get these nice giveaways from them too. Get one for me? JK.

VP Choice Awards 2019: Sharp PH bags Home Appliance Brand of the Year

Village Pipol is becoming HUGE! The first-ever VP Choice Awards just launched and it has been trending since. At the event, which was held last January 23, almost 200 guests attended. Brand executives, online personalities and celebrities experienced a one-of-a-kind red carpet awarding ceremony. Held at Casino Filipino Manila Bay, VP Choice Awards accommodated guests at the main ballroom.

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Jin Macapagal, ABS-CBN’s Ultimate Bidaman winner together with GMA Network’s IT-girl Ashley Ortega hosted the first-ever VP Choice Awards. The event was presented as a star-studded gathering with millennial artists Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Darren Espanto, Mimiyuuuh and even the famous SB19 gracing the event. Of course, the awards night featured a tight competition among all nominees three major categories: Travel, Lifestyle and Entertainment. 

Sharp PH wins Home Appliance Brand of the Year

For the lifestyle category, Sharp Philippines is one of the big winners, bagging the Home Appliance Brand of the Year award. Other nominees include Fujidenzo, LG, TCL, Whirlpool, and Samsung.

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Sharp Philippines Senior Manager for New Business Development Peter Villanueva accepted the award. “Thank you Village Pipol magazine for this award. Throughout these years, I believe Sharp has been a part of Filipino lives. We will continue to be with you as you also grow up as future parents,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Sharp Philippines has been continuously producing quality home appliance products that made Filipino lives easier and more comfortable.

All winners has been chosen based Online Votes (50%), Editorial Team Deliberation (30%), and Panel of Judges (20%).

Congratulations, Sharp Philippines. A well-deserved win!

“Room For You” a new single that will melt your heart away.

Eric Chou captures the Filipino audience with “Room For You”

Eric Chou, The King of Lovelorn People is at it again! Over the years, Taiwanese superstar has achieved mainstream success in major Mandopop markets in the region.

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With a history of multi-platinum albums and hit singles that has a lot of people fell in love with and topped streaming charts, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter, Eric Chou has a title bestowed to the renowned balladeer for his masterful interpretation of emotionally affecting songs – “The King of Lovelorn People”.

 

Chou didn’t stick with ballad, he has recently experimented with EDM and urban music to diversify his catalog. Songs like “Nobody But Me,” “Shutter in Love,” and “Let It Go” showcase a more eclectic foray into pop, R&B and electronic music. These songs were written in English, aimed to capture a new audience outside of Mandopop.

Philippine breakthrough

His latest single “Room For You” has recently entered Spotify Philippines Viral 50 charts at #21. Seamlessly blending his knack for sentimental music with EDM elements and lush production, the Taiwanese pop star’s newest song is another glorious attempt to branch out into other genres and explore fresh contemporary sounds with international appeal.

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The laid-back, soulful jam is part of his fourth full-length studio album, Freedom, which was released in December 24, 2019. The album, a mix of upbeat English tunes and mellow Mandopop ballads, contains songs such as “Old Days,” “Something About LA,” “Nobody But Me,” and more.  

Chou’s newest song also ranks on top of the Chinese New Year Spotify playlist curated by Filtr Taiwan, joining the likes of Mandopop heavyweights such as G.E.M., Jolin Tsai, and Joanna Wang. 

Eric Chou’s latest single “Room For You” is now available on Spotify and other music streaming/download platforms worldwide.

Kawit Celebrates Christmas with a Historical Touch

This years wonderful time of the year is coming and Filipinos are here to join yet another celebration of this festive season. Despite the hassle and the rush around the busy and traffic streets and establishments, everyone is checking their Christmas list not just twice but three times!

There are a few sights and sounds where we can feel the true spirit of a Filipino Christmas especially with our loved ones.

Christmas plays a huge part in the Filipino tradition and culture. Make the holidays better by visiting some of the most historic sites in the country with your friends and loved ones. Kawit in Cavite is one of the most sought-after historical sites in the country today and it is one that you should visit this Christmas Season.

Kawit, Cavite is home to some of the most historic sites in the Philippines. This is where the Aguinaldo Shrine is situated wherein the Philippine flag that we know of today was first waved publicly announcing our Independence by none other than the first Filipino President Emilio Aguinaldo. There’s also a lot to learn about our first president and how he has lived his life and times during the revolution era. Beyond the Shrine also are other sights to see including the “Museo ni Baldomero Aguinaldo” hailed towards the cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo and grandfather of Cesar Virata who as a prime minister in the 1980s.

Kawit also boasts rich crafts and delicacies including the Pandayan or the local blacksmithing shop. Blacksmithing is an endangered craft that needs to be promoted and preserved. The local Pandayan is still active and you can still buy handcrafted knives and bolos made the same way during the Revolutionary era. The Christmas specialty – Puto Bumbong or rice cake with shaved coconut and muscovado sugar is a staple food trip stop that shouldn’t be missed when visiting Kawit.

Kawit celebrates the Christmas season through a spectacular display of lights at the Aguinaldo Shrine and Freedom Park. The Christmas lighting event was held last December 14, 2019 and a number of distinguished guests and celebrities joined in celebration of the event. A fireworks display and lighting of the Christmas lights at the Freedom park was also held.

Make sure to visit Kawit Cavite this Christmas Season and enjoy the season filled with pride of our own heritage and historical sites in Kawit. The Municipality of Kawit welcomes everyone who wishes to visit Kawit during the Christmas season.

Have a mush-delicious “ulam” with these recipes mixed with Jolly Mushroom

Mushrooms are generally used for a limited number of dishes reserved only for special occasions. Want to spice up your ulam? Just read this article and you’ll know the country’s leading mushroom brand’s kitchen hack that can come in handy for meal preparation daily.


Jolly Mushroom gave moms’ favorite recipes a more flavorful twist, transforming them into ‘mush-delicious’ home-cooked meals. With Jolly Mushroom, moms can now incorporate mushrooms in their everyday cooking.

Moms can now ease into making more mushroom-based dishes and discover how mushrooms can shake up their culinary repertoire. By simply adding a 1 can (400g) of Jolly Whole Mushroom, moms can make any dish extra special and “mush-masarap” – making them “mush-madiskarte” in the kitchen.

Fly Ace Corporation group product manager for Jolly Food Line, Marilou Acuña, talks about this interesting kitchen discovery that can elevate any dish. “Jolly Mushroom can add depth and flavor to one’s cooking. It can be a hearty addition to your favorite ‘ulam,’ giving it an exciting twist for the whole family to enjoy.”

Jolly Mushroom is also making the transition easier by sharing new takes on recipes for Filipino classics like pork adobo, chicken afritada, and burger steak. More recipes that integrate mushrooms, such as pork giniling and chicken teriyaki, will be added to the brand’s YouTube channel in the coming months.

Jolly Mushroom cans (whole mushrooms, and pieces and stems) are available in leading supermarkets nationwide. For more information about the brand, visit Jolly Eats on Facebook and YouTube, and get access to tips and ideas on how to use Jolly Mushroom in your everyday cooking.

About Fly Ace Corporation

Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corporation’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. Learn more at www.flyacecorp.com.

For further information, please contact John Eric Ho of Campaigns and Grey at eric.ho@grey.com or 09478904505.

Daily “ulam” recipes with Jolly Mushroom

MUSH CHICKEN AFRITADA

Ingredients

1 can (400g) JOLLY Whole Mushrooms 400g, drained

1 tablespoon oil

½ kilogram chicken, cut into 8 pieces

1 piece onion, chopped

4-5 gloves garlic, minced

2-3 pieces bay leaves

1 piece carrots, cut into cubes

1 piece green bell pepper – sliced diagonally

1 cup tomato sauce

1 cup water

1 teaspoon ground pepper

1 teaspoon fish sauce

2 teaspoons Jolly Tomato Paste

Procedure

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Pan-fry chicken for 10-15 minutes or until brown. Remove excess oil.

  2. Add onion, garlic and bay leaves. Sauté until fragrant.

  3. Add JOLLY WHOLE MUSHROOMS, carrots, green bell pepper, tomato paste, tomato sauce, water, ground pepper and fish sauce. Stir well.

  4. Let it simmer for about 15-20 minutes or until chicken is tender. Add water if the sauce becomes too thick.

Number of servings: 7-8 servings

MUSH PORK ADOBO

Ingredients

1 can (400g) JOLLY Whole Mushrooms, drained

½ kilogram pork belly, adobo cut (about 2 inches thick)

2-3 tablespoons oil

1 piece onion, chopped

1 head garlic, minced

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup vinegar

1 cup water

1 teaspoon peppercorns

2 pieces bay leaf or laurel leaf

Procedure

  1. Heat oil in a pan. Pan-fry pork for 10-15 minutes or until pork is light brown on all sides. Remove excess oil.

  2. Add onion and garlic, sauté until fragrant.

  3. Add JOLLY WHOLE MUSHROOMS, soy sauce, vinegar, water, peppercorns and bay leaves; let it simmer for 30-45 minutes. Add water if it becomes too dry.

  4. Add. Continue simmering until pork is tender and sauce is reduced. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Number of servings: 6-8 servings

Top 7 Important Steps to do to Age Healthily and Young Looking

Dr. Zhen-Yu Chen, one of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board Members shared the steps we need to take and ways we need to do to achieve a healthy mind and body as we age.

More often than not, aging is a topic that we would rather avoid rather than discuss head-on, as our latter years are often associated with the loss of independence, sickness, loneliness and social isolation. With Asia Pacific being one of the fastest aging regions in the world today, it’s only a matter of time that we, as individuals, have to look at aging in the eye, and consider with care, what we can do to live a longer and more fulfilling life into our golden years.

By 2050, older persons aged 60 and above will make up 24 percent of the population in Asia. At the same time, the Korea population is aging faster than the rest of the world, and the country is on track to become the world’s most aged society by 2067. This means that many of those in their 20s and 30s today would also have moved into the ranks of the elderly by then as life expectancy continues to improve with better quality care.

Taking an advance reality check, how could we then put ourselves on the path towards healthy aging earlier on in life? According to Herbalife Nutrition’s 2018 Asia Pacific Healthy Aging Survey, 97 percent of Koreans believe that active steps can be taken to help them age healthily. 81 percent believe that by this can be achieved by making better nutrition choices, while 74 percent believe that this can be achieved by engaging in more regular physical activity.

While many of you may be still enjoying life in the pink of health now, it is never too early to take steps towards healthy aging as your actions have cumulative effects in the long run. To help you along, here are seven positive lifestyle habits to kickstart your healthy aging journey.

1. Keep a Healthy Digestive System

Our digestive tract contributes to our well-being by absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste. . Unfortunately, many people suffer from abdominal discomfort and other digestive issues, and that may increase as we age.

To maintain a healthy digestive system, be conscious of what you eat. Supporting your digestive health with a variety of different kinds of dietary fiber can help. It also helps to take regular meals and probiotics to aid digestion. Probiotics have been shown to benefit the intestinal microbiota, which recent science has shown to be important in digestive and overall health. Exercising and drink plenty of water can help lower your risk too.

2. Prioritize Your Heart Health

Our heart is at the center of everything that gives our body life – from the transportation of oxygen to the success of the immune system, maintaining a healthy heart is vital for our well-being as we age.

Be good to your heart by eating a healthy diet, performing regular physical activity by engaging in cardio exercises at least three times a week, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoid smoking. It is important to keep your cardiovascular system in good shape as we age, and there is no better time than the present to start heart healthy practices including staying active and supporting a healthy diet with supplements that are beneficial to your heart.

3. Take Good Care of Your Bones

Our bone mass peaks in our 30s and 40s, before we start to lose calcium and other minerals. This is especially true for women after menopause, who will experience a rapid decline in bone mass in their later years.

Maintain healthy bones early by incorporating strength-training or weight-bearing exercises into your routine. You should also up your calcium intake by consuming high-calcium foods such as milk or soybeans, or a calcium supplement daily.

4. Preserve Your Joints

While age-related factors contribute to degenerative changes in our joints, taking active steps to preserve our joints can help maintain our mobility functions and joint comfort as we age.

Maintain healthy joints by incorporating flexibility and stretching exercises into your daily routine in the morning. You can also consume a glucosamine supplement for added joint support.

5. Protect Your Eyesight

One of the first signs of aging is the reduced ability to see things clearly up close – a condition called presbyopia. You may also find it difficult adjusting to glare or distinguishing some colors as you age.

One of the key nutrients responsible for healthy vision is lutein, which helps eye cells filter harmful ultraviolet (UV) light. Consume more lutein by incorporating foods such as spinach, kale, carrots or a lutein supplement into your diet. Protect your eyes from UV by wearing sunglasses and practice good eye habits by taking a break from your devices every 30 minutes.

6. Exercise Regularly

As metabolism slows with age, maintaining a healthy weight becomes a persistent challenge. Regular exercise can help to increase our body’s metabolism, build muscle mass and burn more calories.

Build a regular exercise plan with at least 30 minutes of moderate-intense physical activity each day. Incorporate exercises that you enjoy and reward yourself when you achieve your fitness goals to keep you motivated. For the time-strapped individuals, try sneaking in short walks throughout your day, park further away from the office or use a standing workstation to avoid being seated all day.

7. Keep Your Mind Active

Beyond preserving our physical health, maintaining our mental health is also vital in keeping dementia at bay while enabling a fulfilling life into our golden years.

Maintain an active mind by engaging in activities that you enjoy – spend time in nature, pursue a new hobby or take up music classes. It is also important to get enough sleep to improve focus, concentration and reduce stress.

No matter how young or old you are, it pays to start taking steps towards healthy aging now. By making simple changes to your lifestyle early with the goal of improving your long-term health, this will put you on the right track towards living a long, healthy and fulfilling life.

Casino Filipino supports RED Sports’ Shake, Rattle & Run: Engkan2

RED Sports by RED Entertainment did it again! They held a new series of Run4UrLife Halloween fun run event and night party last October 26 at the CCP Complex, Pasay City – Shake, Rattle & RunEngkan2. The event gathered more than 2,000 runners, making it the most-attended Halloween event in the country.

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Casino Filipino supported Shake, Rattle & Run: Engkan2 as the official presenter alongside RED Sports by RED Entertainment.

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Mr. Hector Melencio, PAGCOR’s Assistant Vice President for Marketing thanked all the runners who chose to spend their Halloween celebration at Shake, Rattle & Run: Engkan2. “In behalf of Casino Filipino, our partners from RED Entertainment, Red Sports, and to all event partners, thank you for spending this night with us,” he said.

Activities and Giveaways from Casino Filipino

Runners were able to interact with Filipino mythological monsters such as the manananggal, kapre, “duwende,” white lady, black lady, diwata, vampires, and other famous movie horror characters.

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This year, aside from product giveaways from other event sponsors, participants also received Php500 game coupons that they can use in any Casino Filipino outlets. 

Moreover, RED Sports and Casino Filipino held a costume competition which participants happily took part in. A creepy Valak went in third place while Mr. Bean ignited childhood nostalgia, placing in second. A realistic Annabelle doll sat on her rocking chair, winning first place.

To make the Halloween experience more fun for kids and kids-at-heart, they went trick or treating in every booth, gaining candies, chocolates, and lollies along the way!

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At the latter part of the event, actress-TV host Regine Tolentino led the Zombie Zumbathon, cooling down the runners and participants. As the concluding part of the event, DJ Carlo Granadil definitely rocked the stage as participants and organizers alike partied the night away.

Fun Run for Dialysis PH

As part of RED Sports’ advocacy, part of the proceeds will go to Dialysis PH, a support group for Chronic Kidney Disease patients. This means that all runners had the opportunity to help people in need while getting fit and enjoying the creeps of the said Halloween event.  

RUN4UrLife Series of RED Sports by RED Entertainment advocates fun in fitness through concept-centric fun run events. In its first year, RED Sports has produced Singles Run, SongkRUN, Festival Run, and Sharp Run For Every Juan under the RUN4UrLife series making it the fast-rising sporting event company in the Philippines, 

For more details, you can visit RED Sports website and their social media pages.