I attended The Villar Group Convention (The ViCon) last June 24 & 25. There, I saw and heard a lot of people share their success stories with Lumina Homes. It was truly inspiring.

The Villar Group of Companies gathered Vista Land and Golden MV’s strong property brands—Lumina Homes, Bria, Lessandra, Camella, Crown Asia, Brittany, Camella Manors, and Vista Residences; as well as Golden Haven and Vistamalls—in its first-ever virtual expo dubbed, The ViCon.

Lumina Homes, the affordable housing arm of Vista Land demonstrated its unrivaled efforts and accomplishments over the last eight years.

Lumina Homes has already become a household name in less than a decade, having generously sponsored house and lot awards for over 40 series on various television networks.

Engr. Joemi Tan, Division Head of Lumina Homes, expressed his gratitude to everyone especially the partner sales network: “We in Lumina are very grateful for the active support of our partner sales network, which adjusted to the changing landscape of real estate selling with us. Our strengthened partnership will undoubtedly lead to achieving our goals in the shared mission of providing affordable homes.”

Lumina was a game-changer in digital advancements in real estate sales even before the epidemic, which has only become more important in this difficult period. The country’s first mass housing company introduced an online reservation system, which currently incorporates an interactive project map.

Lumina was also the first developer to open stores on major online shopping sites, selling affordable house and lot and frequently discounted reservation vouchers.

Aside from Lumina’s wide presence in social media sites and messaging apps, it takes pride in its best tech practices, including: (1) text automation for faster billing and contact info update; (2) creation of Juan Support, the virtual assistant for all Lumina Homes queries; (3) a separate chatbot named Juan ZoBot for housing inquiries on the Lumina website; (4) Lumina Online Appointment System; and (5) the downloadable Lumina e-Services app.

Lumina Homes has been diligent in conducting online events for its residents, future purchasers, salespeople, and staff, adapting to new-normal ways and embracing the benefits of virtual events. It has completed its annual awards, Gawad Lumina, as well as the Lumina-wide DigiCon, Kumustahan sa Bayan ni Juan Admin & Pag-ibig Summit, and Admin & Bank Summit in the last year.

These initiatives have resulted in spectacular development in the brand’s reservation sales and network, as well as many awards from organizations such as Pag-IBIG Fund and BestStartUp.Asia.

Outside of the digital sphere, Lumina continues to develop safe homes across the country to provide Filipinos with more affordable housing options. Lumina Homes is expanding its geographic reach, with over 100 projects in over 50 key cities and municipalities across the country.

Aside building houses and lots, the company recently introduced its first integrated vertical community, Prima Tanza, in Cavite. Lumina Homes generously raffled off some fantastic prizes during The ViCon, as promised!

The ViCon Lumina Cool Deals Raffle awarded prizes to several purchasers who reserved a Prima Tanza condo unit and Lumina house and lot during the event.

Mary Rose Dela Cruz, the grand prize winner, received a P30,000 reduction on her downpayment.

AllDay Supermarket gave each of the five lucky winners a P2,000 shopping gift:
1. Reynaldo Dumaual
2. Bernard Sigue
3. Alexter Martinez Guatiz
4. Jaymart Dela Cruz Alonzo
5. Ritchie Dalisay Espital

All attendees who just came to The ViCon and watched Lumina Homes’ The Own Your Home Series also had the chance to win exciting prizes.

Php500 worth of AllEasy Load winners:
• Ana May Factuar • LA Guasis • Marco Cortez • Mark De Guzman • Ma. Lourdes Baez

Php500 worth of AllDay Grocery winners:
• Junel Jumagbas • Gracelyn Soliva • Joan Domingo • Danilo Factoran • Florie May Valle

Winners of Cash worth Php 1,500:
• Joyce Ann Esguerra • Michael Bala • Lalaine Tobias

The ViCon was definitely crowned victorious, and it is well worth repeating every year. Lumina Homes is committed to bringing more pleasure and excitement online among the many Juans looking for a beautiful house and lot to call their own till that time comes.

For more information about Lumina Homes and Prima Tanza, visit www.lumina.com.ph.

I received an email welcoming me to their gorgeous family, HALI Angels. It was unexpected but I’m glad I was chosen to be one of the HALI Angels.

Few of the responsibilities of being a brand ambassador is to test their products, give a feedback and share the experience. So, here are my thoughts about HALI Cosmetics Lip Blurs. NO FILTERS.

The Lip Blur Tints are lip creams with a matte finish. These lip blurs kept my lips moisturized, all thanks to the well thought contents – with vitamin E and aloe Vera extract.

HALI Cosmetics have 8 shades that are different hues of red, pink and orange as shown above. My personal favorite is Skylar because of its muted pink shade that’s very close to a nude brown-pink color.

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I love the fact that HALI Cosmetics isn’t doing false advertisement.

The Lip Blurs really do have a gorgeous pigment, creamy texture, lovely scent and non-dehydrating.

It is also true that the lip blurs last long. I had a hard time removing the tints on my skin while doing the swatch test as you can see on my video.

I tried to use water and soap to remove it but nothing happened. So, I tried to use an alcohol, and a little bit of tint came off. Next, I used an oil-based makeup remover but it’s still there. Lastly, I tried mixing alcohol and makeup remover (I do not recommend this step for people who have sensitive skin) but as you can see, there’s still a good amount of stain left.

If you want buy their product, visit Mandy Mae Co. and use my code HALIAnglesVinna to get a 10% off for every 300 PHP worth of purchase. Incase you purchased some, don’t forget to tag HALI Cosmetics on Facebook and/or Instagram. They also sell their product on Shopee.


About the Product:
HALI Cosmetics Lip Blur Tints were cruelty-free made by a local FDA approved manufacturer. For now, they have different hues of red, pink and orange – that will definitely match any skin color.


According to the CEO, she carefully picked and examined as to which shade will match the names of the people who was there with her when she was at her lowest in the year 2019-2020. According to her, those people gave her the courage to continue life and manifest positivity.

The ingredients used to make their Lip Blurs include Rose Water, Vitamin E, Flavorant, Premium Colorant, Talcum, Kaolin and Food Preservative.


About Hali Cosmetics
Hali Cosmetics is a new Cosmetics Brand with an FDA approved manufacturer. The products were dedicated to Rayrose, the CEO’s friends/family that stuck with her when she was at her lowest in the year 2019-2020.

The word HALI came from the CEO’s kids name, Harvey (HA) and Liam (LI). She Wanted to make this brand so close to her heart. With that in her thought, her goal is to bring out the genuine beauty of people that uses the HALI Cosmetics.

Coffee is like my maintenance. I can’t live without it. How about you? Do you love coffee too?

I cannot afford buying coffee outside and I will definitely not risk my life just to go out to get myself an ice cold brewed coffee… I think. Haha

So, what’s a better way to fulfill your coffee craving than to make it on your own, at home. Yaaaasss!! Brew at home!

Amidst this crazy situation we’re in, an awesome brand decided to re-launch their Social Media sites, Facebook, and Instagram. You wanna know which brand it is? It’s Allegro.

Allegro Beverage Corporation (ABC) is the exclusive distributor of the finest espresso machines, brewers, coffee beans, syrups, sauces, and teas from around the world. Our customers are hotels, casinos, chain accounts, restaurants, cafes, and offices.

They are the one of the trusted companies you can buy your coffee essentials from.

Allegro is known for touching base with the B2B market for the past 20 years, and as time progressed, they decided to expand their reach and capture the B2C market (the home brewers) as well to cover a larger market share.

Allegro’s top three goals are:

  • to reach the consumers and introduce their products and equipment to household home brewers
  • For everyone to enjoy high graded coffee beans at reasonable prices
  • Brand awareness

As they aim to have their brand be recognized with boundless limits, they made Allegro available and make it connected to reach the multitude of people across various social media platforms; to make us feel Allegro’s presence, and the need to avail of the products would be as easy as tapping a button on our Facebook or Instagram account.

And because I got so interested with theor brand, I joined their webinar held last week, September 2, 2020. It was a fun and informative session, and I loved it!

They tackled about important reminders related to marketing, what should and should not be done.

These notes impacted my mindset deeply as an online seller myself and a social media marketing manager. I’m glad I joined the webinar because most of my questions regarding digital marketing were answered by people with great minds.

I hope next time I get to join another webinar hosted by them. While waiting for a new searies of their webinar, I’ll be at home brewing and drinking coffee.

Stay safe at home and stay caffeinated!

Cleaning my body is one of my ways to calm myself and I make sure I use trusted products to cleanse my face and body.

Have you heard about Coco Cider Soap? Unique, huh? Well, it might be the next essential item that you need to include in your bathing essentials.

Coco Cider Soap from Bakku2Basik’s is the first of its kind in terms of combining Coco cider with Activated Bamboo Charcoal and Kojic Acid.

The Bakku2Basik’s Coco Cider Soap is also organic. If that’s not enough reason for you to use it, here are 3 more reasons.

1. Coco Cider Soap produces intense whitening. In a country obsessed with whitening, this is a benefit that is most welcomed by a lot of people.  

2. It is designed for all skin types. Dry skin, oily skin, and even combination skin can benefit from Coco Cider Soap

3. It’s safe for children 3 years old and above. If it’s safe for kid, you know that it’s made of the most gentle ingredients to ever touch your face. 

The Bakku2Basik’s Coco Cider Soap is made of natural, raw, and unfiltered Coco Cider Vinegar infused with Activated Bamboo Charcoal. Coco Cider helps in moisturizing the skin, preventing skin cancer, treating oily skin, and has antioxidants that slow down the aging process to provide a youthful skin.

The Activated Bamboo Charcoal fights acne, reduces pore size, tightens the skin, clears blemishes, and even treats psoriasis. Together, these two ingredients, contribute to the overall wellness of the skin which is the goal of anyone who is on the constant lookout for something to help them have clear, beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. 

You can buy Bakku2Basic’s Coco Cider Soap from A Happier Life with Jen.

Have you tried the first ever trending pandemic-meal? Yeah. I called it pandemic-meal since people went coo-coo for it during the lockdown.

Since the Baked Sushi went viral everyone wanted to try one, or two… or more! And I am one of those people. I go gaga over any delicious sushi snack. Thank goodness it’s here to stay!

In addition to that exciting news, I want to intriduce to you the Queen of Baked Sushi, Salmon HQ.

Salmon HQ used to be known for their trays of big, fresh, juicy salmon but now, they have made a name for themselves when it comes to Baked Sushi. 

Salmon HQ has three types of baked sushi, the Crunchy California Sushi Bake, the Aburi Salmon Scallops Ebi Sushi Bake, and the Uni Scallops Aburi Sushi Bake. 

The Crunchy California Sushi Bake is the most glorious California Maki that you will ever have. It is a bigger version of the usual California Maki but made 100x better because it’s baked and it’s filled to the brim of all the trimmings that come with maki but is normally served in small doses. 

The Aburi Salmon Scallops Ebi Sushi Bake, on the other hand, is the creamiest and most savory baked sushi that you will get your mouth on. It’s filled to the brim with so much goodness that you won’t be able to finish even a small pan in one sitting. Overflowing with sumptuous goodness is a usual description.

The Uni Scallops Aburi Sushi Bake is filled with sweet and briny uni, premium kani, uni cream sauce, seasoned rice, and topped with  scallops, uni, crunch & ebiko then torched to bring out the sweet smoky aroma and umami flavors.  Eat it with seaweeds or on its own!

If there’s a reason to celebrate or you just need to feel good, you need to order Salmon HQ’s Baked Sushi NOW because this is the kind of baked sushi that you deserve and you need in your life. Heck, I think I’ll order one. Writing about it made me hungry.

Sizes and Prices

Small – P800 |1-3 pax |6 3/4”x 5 3/4”|comes with 1 seaweed pack

Medium – P1,600 |4-6 pax | 8” x 8” | comes with 2 seaweed pack

Large – P1,800 |6-8 pax |8 x 10 | comes with 3 seaweed packs

Also, note that the brand of seaweeds varies depending on the availability. Add’l pack of seaweeds is Php 50.

To order, message them through Salmon HQ. Have an awesome Burp Day!

The Perfect Plant Protein: Soy

By Dr. David Heber, M.D., PhD, FACP, FASN,Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute

We all know that one of the best ways to live a healthy life is maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, another is consulting the experts.

We have learned a lot about this healthy lifestyle from the Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute, Dr. David Heber, M.D., PhD, FACP, FASN. Dr. Heber is a medical doctor who is also an advocate of balanced diet that includes healthy plant-based foods.

Obesity is linked to many potentially lethal health conditions including, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. As the founding director of UCLA’s Center for Human Nutrition, Dr. Heber spent decades researching the impact of plant-based proteins – such as soy – on his patients vs. a meat-based protein diet.

Substituting soy protein and other plant proteins for high-fat animal meats can result in better weight control and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, although changing one’s diet is not a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment for these conditions. Reducing extra calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol from meats and substituting soy protein in shakes and foods can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, which will also support healthy immune function. 

How to choose the source of protein that’s best for you?

With consumers seeking more plant-based proteins and many choices, including rice, beans, quinoa, pea, soy, and others, it can be tough for consumers to know which plant-based proteins are best for them. The truth is, not all plant-based proteins are created equal. Unlike the other plant-based proteins, soy is the only one considered a complete protein. Soy contains all 21 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids that the body cannot make. The essential amino acids can come from the foods we eat.

Soybeans are also a good source of fiber, minerals, and complex carbs. Soy protein contains phytonutrients called soy isoflavones, which act as antioxidants, and they feed healthy gut bacteria, making them “prebiotics.” Soy may also benefit the heart.  Some studies have shown that 25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease, although the total scientific evidence is not conclusive.

With so many health benefits, why does soy sometimes receive a bad rap? 

Several years ago, there were reports that soy had a link to breast cancer. However, scientific research has debunked this premise, and there is no evidence linking soy consumption to breast cancer. Based on several studies, the American Cancer Society concludes there is no harm from eating soy protein or soy foods, and there is mounting evidence that nutrients in soy foods may lower the risk of breast cancer. Research has also negated the myth that soy consumption could cause enlarged breasts in men. In fact, the study showed that soy had no significant effects on men, including any impact on total testosterone levels, another myth about soy.

Now that you understand the joy of soy, there are many ways to add soy to your diet. Foods rich in soy include edamame (whole soybeans), tofu, tempeh, and a convenient, on the go option, a soy protein meal replacement shake. Soy is indeed the perfect protein and an essential addition to a healthy diet. As the medical community continues to study how people can best protect themselves against any viral infections now or in the future, in addition to frequent hand-washing, face masks, and social distancing, a balanced diet, and lifestyle that includes healthy proteins like soy and regular exercise can help our bodies stay fit and strong.

Since the pandemic happened, a lot of people have lost their jobs and now struggling to find a way to get through each day without a stable income, and I am one of them. Days after loosing my clients, I’ve decided to learn new skills using what I already have at our house, which was the stove and oven toaster. I’m now teaching myself how to bake and sell it online.

Food business is now booming and many people have entered the same field, may it be online of offline.

As I have observed, many Filipinos have already started putting up their own little ventures by offering something that we all love—food. Ube pandesal and Baked sushi are two trending in the online food business since the month of June 2020 started. One of the trending snacks I’ve tried was the Palitaw with a Twist by Palitaw Queen.

Full of creative minds and determined souls have shown their resiliency and inventiveness through these food ventures.

If you are interested to start a home business of your own, here are some helpful tips from homemaker, Cherish Ong-Chua, Vice President, Finance and Marketing, at Hanabishi.

  1. Think about a product that you want to offer.
    Are you or someone in your family good in baking or cooking? Capitalize on your skill and passion in determining the product you want to offer.
  2. Know your target market.
    Ask yourself if the product you’d like to put out there has a market. Food, for one, can have an immediate market—your family, colleagues, and friends.
  3. Quality over quantity.
    Make your product worth your customers’ money. Of course it goes without saying that you have to ensure that the items you sell should satisfy your customers. Offer products that they will like so that they can tell their other friends and relatives about it. This way, more people will be interested in your products.
  4. Invest in good equipment.
    If you’re going to pursue a business in food, make sure that you have quality equipment. At Hanabishi, They have a range of products that can help you with your cooking and baking needs, such as broilers, grillers, fryers, and electric cookers. For those who are into baking, they have mixers, food processors, ovens, and more.
  5. Make purchasing convenient.
    Make it more convenient for customers to purchase your products. For example, most businesses have gone online these days and customers can easily buy the product of their choice and have it delivered safely and securely to their home.

    Make the customers easily place an order with just a few clicks and taps on their computers and mobile devices. Offer the option to have your products delivered or picked up from your house.
  6. Create a social media account.
    Most Filipinos are social media users and being on FB and IG makes you more visible to them. In fact, according to a recent Nielsen Homepanel Tack-on survey, 49 percent of Filipinos who shop groceries online prefer Facebook.

    In making your goods available through these social media apps, make sure that you take good photos. Food, most especially, need to look delicious and enticing to attract customers.
  7. Think and plan ahead.
    Expect challenges to come your way and make sure you keep up with consumers’ changing behavior. It’s not easy, but with hard work and foresight, success will come your way.

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.