How I put my skin care woes to rest with DermClinic

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Let me tell you something about myself: I am deathly afraid of anyone poking my face – because of this, I avoided going to dermatologists, never even tried a facial treatment, more so use any local skin care brand, sticking to my tried and tested brands The Faceshop, Innisfree and Laneige.

To take care of my skin, I tried variations of the 10-step Korean Skin Care Routine, and I haven’t had any break outs since.

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So, I was a both scared and excited when I was chosen by Dermclinic, one of the country’s top skin care and dermatological centers, to try out their 3Face, a moisturizing and anti-aging treatment which combines Microdermabrasion, Collagen Renewal and Skin Tightening leading to full on pampering.

We were also given a full set of the Nuderm Intensive Whitening Package (more on this later), to further achieve that fair, young-looking skin.

Let’s talk about 3Face facial treatment first.

On the day of the visit, I literally asked a few of my friends what to expect during a facial treatment. I was a having a bad case of jitters and I really wanted to have a better understanding on how it will help me take care of my skin. I also had the mistake of watching too many “pimple-popping” videos on the net, further adding to my agitation on having my face screened and prodded for the first time.

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The process is easy and very straightforward. Upon arrival, new patients are asked to fill a patient information sheet before being lead to thoroughly clean the face prior to the treatment, then finally to the treatment room assigned to you.

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I love the fact that the 3Face treatment begins with a facial. Assigned to me was the kind nurse Jane who patiently answered all my questions, starting from – if the pricking will hurt, to asking her to explain the process she’s doing to my face. I love how my skin was gently cleansed all the way through; steamed to open up the pores and then slathered with a cooling facial mask, said to tighten and encourage smoother skin. I loved the facial massage in between, which was just what I needed, considering the full load that I have at work.

I asked Jane if she will be the one to do the treatment for me, but she explained that at Dermclinic, only doctors are allowed to do procedures/treatments on patients. As a first-time visitor to a dermatological center, this gives me the assurance that I needed.

From the longest time–and because I really don’t have pimples or zits, save for some lone stragglers during a specific time of the month–I’ve always believed that I have a “passable” healthy skin. But apparently, my 10-step process is not working out as much as I would have loved.

Jane and the lovely Dr. Tiu pointed out quite a smattering of white heads on my forehead and then a few black head spots on my chin, then promptly took them out. Contrary to my foremost fears, the pricking wasn’t too bad.

3FACE is composed of three procedures which results to younger-looking, smoother skin. The process begins with the Microdermabrasion, to exfoliate and rid the skin of dead skin cells; Collagen Renewal, where a special liquid-based emulsion was applied to the face to regain elasticity and firmness of skin; and then finally, Skin Tightening, through a small suction/vacuum type tool with the aim of restoring skin’s radiance.

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The procedure lasted a good two hours, with waiting in and prep included. I loved the fact that Dr. Tiu and Jane moved quickly without sacrificing the quality of their work. They are also conscious of the pain tolerance and comfort of their patients, with Dra. Tiu asking me in-between procedures if I am feeling any pain at all (FYI, there was none).

To achieve the fairer skin, we were given full sets of Nuderm Intensive Whitening Package, composed of the following products:

Intensive Whitening Soap with Micropeal – which helps rid pigmentation and hot spots; Intensive Whitening Toner with Micropeel, intended to refresh skin and inhibit its melanin-production; then finally, the Intensive Whitening Cream with Micropeel, which lightens, removes discoloration and promotes regeneration of healthier skin.

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I’ve been using the product for almost a week now, and I love how squeaky clean my face gets after a very long day at work or on field work. The toner doesn’t sting while the whitening cream smells fresh and clean. On the third day, I noticed a slight peeling near my jaw already, which was manageable and was expected. I am curious to see (and share!) if there will be noticeable changes in my skin following daily use of Nuderm.

I am grateful to Dermclinic for tapping me to be one of the lucky few to experience this 46th Anniversary treat. While taking care of your skin through serums and creams are always commendable, it’ still different when you rely on the expect care of a doctor – in my case, it helped me understand that there are minor skin concerns that I needed to address soonest. And yes, sleeping with make-up (no matter how tired you are) is always a bad idea.

To maintain good results, it’s a good idea to have 3Face at least once every two months. This is something I now seriously consider adding to my “Me Time” routine, especially since looking presentable is a must when it comes to my job in PR.

For more info about  Dermclinic, click the link to head to their website.

 

ABOUT DERMCLINIC

One of the pioneers in the industry, Dermclinic opened its doors more than 46 years ago, providing medically-vetted, safe and effective skin care consultations and procedures to many Filipinos.

Known for being accessible due to its high presence in malls, Dermclinic offers a wide range of services, ranging from simple facials to more complicated procedures.

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Get ready for affordable pre-need as Cosmopolitan Climbs enters the market

In a country like the Philippines where less than 10% of the total population has access to an easily available microinsurance plan, two of the biggest names in the Visayas and Mindanao region joined forces to ensure that the larger part of the population will continue to be protected, especially during times of need through its own brand of pre-need products.

Dubbed Cosmopolitan CLIMBS, the new company is a product of two forces joining together for one common goals — to make sure that every Filipino, particularly those in the marginalized sector, will have access to affordable pre-need plans.

Cosmopolitan Memorial, the largest memorial company in the Vis/Min region, with over 60 years in the business, has become the go-to company for OFWs, expats and the VisMin region for their funeral needs; and CLIMBS, started in 1970 to protect a number of VisMin cooperatives but has since evolved into a dynamic financial consortium in the VIsMin region with the following businesses under its portfolio: life and assurance, real estate, investment, among others.

 

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During the press conference which was personally graced by Commissioner Dennis Funa of the Insurance Commission (IC), the IC head has expressed his support on the founding of Cosmopolitan Climbs  and congratulated the company’s heads, headed by Mr. Renato Dychangco, Jr who is currently serving as chairman, and Mr. Noel D. Raboy, in his capacity as president.

Funa shared that with the establishment of Cosmopolitan Climbs, Filipinos will have more options in choosing a pre-need plan that works best for their budget and their needs, which answers the goal of the government to have more than 20 million Filipinos insured by the year 2020.

As someone who is also exposed in microinsurance, and who considers personal finance and financial literacy as an advocacy; I believe that its about time that more pre-need products are made available by making it more affordable to a larger number of Filipinos. The lack of financial literacy among Filipinos also serves as a stumbling block in selling products like micro insurance and pre-needs. It also doesn’t help hearing largely-negative experiences from those who availed of pre-need plans from big companies who has since then folded.

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Cosmopolitan Climbs president Raboy is bullish and optimistic about their latest offering: “Our main market are cooperatives and associations, particularly based on the provinces; whose large base of members, serves as a good market for Cosmopolitan Climbs,” he explained during the press briefing held recently at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City. By targeting cooperatives, the company is taking advantage of the large pool of potential plan holders, while also tapping the expertise and the machinery of a cooperative to sell and promote pre-need among members. By working with cooperatives, Cosmopolitan Climbs lessens the chances of abandoned plans due to financial constraints as there are available and pre-set funds per member.

It also helps that the new pre-need company to hit the local market is backed by a solid alliance of trusted brands, nationwide. Climbs prides itself of a solid financial footing, as manifested by the number of claims they were able to process and release during the Typhoon Haiyan which laid waste to the livelihood of our many kababayans in the Visayas region. Cosmopolitan Memorial meanwhile, has already extended its presence beyond the Southern Region and in fact is now solidying their presence in Luzon and even in Metro Manila.

The group is set to formally get the IC approval on their line-up of pre-need products, but hopes to sell a plan for as low as five hundred pesos a month.

 

 

 

 

Easy Grocery: Here’s what happened when I let someone else do the grocery shopping for me

Like most people my age, I am terribly busy – with work and with life responsibilities. I dream of attaining work-life balance, a goal which remains as a work in progress for me.

But I am taking steps: I have applied all my existing bills to automatic debit on my bank account, including payments for the house and my two insurance premiums; and are now finding ways to optimize my post-paid usage to the point I can also predict my monthly use. In my mind, there’s nothing wrong with taking the easy option — especially when your hands are always full.

But what about other chores, like feeding the cats, cleaning the house and buying the groceries? These are tasks that looked mundane but can actually eat up a lot of your time. Take buying groceries, for example — while I consider browsing through shelves as a form of therapy, it’s the Manila traffic and the maddening crowd during weekends that usually gets to me.

That’s why I immediately said yes when I was invited to try out a new revolutionary start-up app called Easy Grocery:

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The premise behind Easy Grocery is simple: the EasyGrocery app allows you to have  someone do the grocery shopping for you. The goodies will be delivered to your home (at a time of your choosing and convenience), and paid through either through credit card, debit card or cash on delivery. It’s that simple.

While there are other grocery shopping app out there, the difference with EasyGrocery is that you will be in contact with their “runner” the whole time. The goodies you will pay for will be according to your liking — and there will be no errant or missing goodies in your shopping bag upon delivery.

 

Eugene Leoncio, president and developer of Easy Grocery explained that the concept of Easy Grocery is heavily based on the Filipino trait of “pakisuyo” where you will ask someone to do a light chore for you. Easy Grocery employs runners and motorcycled-delivery drivers who will scour groceries for your needs and deftly deliver your items within a 60-minute guaranteed time. As the app is currently in its infancy, it is currently available for Makati and BGC addresses (with access to groceries located in these areas).

 

So how’s my Easy Grocery shopping you ask? 

My Easy Grocery shopping experience started when I downloaded their app (available in iOS and Android). The opening screen will ask you the input your location (Makati for me), which will then show the grocery stores available for your specific location. In my case, I chose Rustan’s Glorietta 4 (where I actually do my groceries IRL).

From there, you will see the items available for the particular store, classified according to their SKUs – like Babies, Canned Goods, Dairies/Frozen Food, etc.

The photo below shows the summary of the things I ordered, including the order number which was the numbers at the top-center of the screen, and the status and price of the items and the total amount of my groceries:

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The diapers and milk is for my niece, Penny while the rest is for our weekly food stash.

As a shopper, you will be able to see if your items are In Process, In Basket, For Pick-up or In-Transit. In process means that the runner is still looking for your items, in basket means they already found the item and are now in your grocery cart; while For Pick-up means that the items have been bagged and paid for and now are waiting for the delivery guy or rider to arrive. Finally, in transit means the grocery items are now on their way to your specified delivery address.

For cases where your specified item is out of stock, Easy Grocery’s runner will call you or message you (similar to Grab or Uber) to let you know, and will give you options for a replacement.

As soon as the items are marked “In Transit,” you can track the rider and see if he is already near your location:

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Because the app is still new — it can’t be helped that there are still areas for improvement. In my case, the app still showed “In Process” on top, but the status of my groceries are already “In Transit.” For cases like these, the rider will contact you and make sure you are informed on the status of your groceries. Similar to ride-sharing apps, you can give stars to the riders to rate their performance.

Here’s how the Easy Grocery rider looks like:

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The rider is outfitted with the Easy Grocery shirt and carries a huge (and heavy) customized bag which is heavily padded to protect your grocery items.

The bags are also insulated to protect frozen foods, and as you can see, there are divisions inside to make sure that all items will fit nicely and snugly. The rider will then arrange your items, double check content and then place them to the Easy Grocery bag ecobag before handing them over to you.

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For all that convenience, Easy Grocery only charges PHP100 for the “runner” and PHP100 for the “rider;” a total of PHP200, which is small change really compared to the hassle of getting a cab or a Grab/Uber, falling in line, getting hungry and eating out (another expense on top of your grocery budget) and most especially, finding the time out of your busy schedule. The PHP200 fee will be included in your total bill, so there are no surprises or hidden charges at all.

 

So, what’s the verdict? 

I like Easy Grocery for the convenience it affords people. Imagine if you just need to buy cat food or kitty litter, or just missing a few ingredients for your dinner party. Instead of taking precious time away from you, you can easily have these items bought for you just by using Easy Grocery.

The app’s commitment to customer service and delivering a good experience for its user is also commendable. I love how its runners and riders can communicate with the shopper, thus lessening the ease of not having control to the shopping experience.

BUT, of course — it still has areas for improvement:

  • Increase reach to other localities and more groceries – more areas and shops covered, which will bring the experience to other people living outside the pilot areas of Makati and BGC
  • More items on the shelves please! I was looking forward to buying rice, coffee, sugar, fruit juice, cat food and kitty litter. These six actually constitute my life’s basic necessities.
  • Fix bugs on the system to ensure customer convenience and peace of mind

The developers has assured us that they are now working double time to address these concerns. To their credit, I saw how they were  personally handling queries from us who were encountering problems during the ordering process.

During our conversation, Leoncio also expressed his hopes to expand the app’s capability and graciously listened and welcomed suggestions from our end. After all, Easy Grocery is a labor of love by Leoncio, who first thought of the app for his wife who was also busy juggling work and household chores.

 

Will I try it again?

Definitely, and in a heartbeat! I am looking forward to using Easy Grocery as soon as the busy Christmas season rears its ugly head. I look forward to enjoying preparing our Christmas and New Year dinner without having to go through a harrowing experience at the grocers, where everyone seemed out for blood just to have the last piece of queso de bola and jamon serrano.

I love how, in spite being heavily-centric on technology, the app still takes great care to please and communicate with its customers.

I think Easy Grocery is on the right track, and given the right push and improvements, it’s set to revolutionize our grocery shopping experience.

SM Home dishes out on the Art of Tasteful Condo Living

Almost a year ago, I finally embarked on the biggest decision my perpetually-broke heart can make – I invested in my own condo unit, a place that I would eventually call my own after three decades of living with my parents.

For someone who considers homeownership as the ultimate barometer of success, I consider this decision as the best I have made. Since I bought on pre-selling terms, my unit wouldn’t be ready in two years. But this early, I have already collected pictures and pictures of design pegs, and have already expertly curated the looks I want via my Pinterest page.

Before, if you wanted a tastefully decorated unit, you had to get the services of an interior designer. However, the changing times and the availability of resources online has led to a change in perspective among Pinoy homeowners in decorating their homes.

SM Home is changing the way Filipinos approach interior design, starting with the launch of their “Essentials in Condo Living” design series. The program puts the spotlight on very small living spaces optimized and styled up by up and coming professional designers, highlighting how is it possible to turn even a small living space into a perfect home.

“In recent years, we’ve seen condo sixes shrink. And as they do, homeowners have to learn how to maximize spaces, to live comfortably without feeling cooped up,” notes SM Home assistant Vice President for Marketing Tom Castaneda during the media presentation of new condo set ups at the ground concourse of SM Makati.

He adds, “Since small condos demand creativity when it comes to optimizing space, SM Home has turned to design experts to help highlight ways to do that through a series of condo-like setups, as well as expert talks. There’s no shortage of furniture, accessories and small appliances that are designed specifically for condo living. SM Home is filled with compact yet stylish and multifunctional pieces that are condo perfect!”

Here are the tastefully and brilliantly designed setups as unveiled during the launch:

Tapped to lend their design prowess to the project are for up and coming designers who showcased their personal taste using many of the pieces from SM Home.

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The living room, which takes inspiration from travel buffs is courtesy of Ivy Crisostomo. As a travel buff, I immediately fell in love with the design aesthetic and the brilliant use of elements. I am not too sold on the wall color (“African Herbsman from Boysen) but I see myself copying the design and applying it on my home.

Complementing the living room is the bedroom, a masterpiece created by James Razo, the managing director of his design firm The Gold Team Design Hub.

Cozy and inviting, the bedroom uses clever play on mixed-use pieces, while also making sure that the personality of the home owner shines through the pieces displayed in the room.

In charge of the charming dining room set up is Erika Uichanco, who was named on Real Living magazine’s “Creatives to Watch 2015.”

What I loved most abot Erika’s work is that she was able to make a small space very charming and functional at the same time. Admittedly, there were too many accessories and pieces crammed in such a small space — yet surprisingly, it works. I actually see myself living and using the dining area she designed!

Lastly, the kitchen was the brainchild of Maya Franco. Like the dining room, the kitchen contained a lot of elements and pieces that somehow blended well together, making for a very charming space.

Staying far too long in Pinterest has cultivated my love for quaint kitchen islands that do double duty and I saw that with Maya’s designs.

All design setups were heavily influenced by the popular Scandi-chic style with touches of rustic-luxe.

Personally, I am in awe of the brilliant use of pieces, color and inspiration in spite the limited space. I can’t wait to try them soon!

Octopus Sisig anyone? Unique take on Pinoy favorite takes top plum in Funlasang Pinoy

Chef Danilo Puga II, who presented an original Octopus Sisig recipe as his best-tasting Pinoy dish with a twist, was recognized as the first-ever Funlasang Pinoy Twist Fest Champion. He brought home the P100,000 cash prize from UFS and exclusive publicity features.

Puga emerged victorious out of the top nine chefs who passed through the rigorous selection amongst 160 mouthwatering recipes of Filipino during the recently concluded Funlasang Pinoy Twist Fest competition by Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) Philippines.

The finalist chefs were challenged to deliver the best tasting and most innovative take on the classic Pinoy dishes with fun twists that will surely fuel the love of Pinoys for Filipino cuisine.

“We were very excited to witness our talented Pinoy chefs showcase their ingenuity in making a classic Filipino dish stand out like we’ve never seen nor tasted before,” said James Benedict Carreon, UFS Philippines Managing Director. “This competition was created to provide an avenue for our chefs and cooks to showcase their talents and creativity to reignite everyone’s love for Filipino food.”

Among the classic Pinoy dishes that the finalists needed to innovate with a twist were sinigang, kaldereta, pansit, sisig and tapa, using Knorr® products and Lady’s Choice® Real Mayonnaise. The dishes were closely scrutinized and judged by esteemed culinary experts Executive Chef Fernando Aracama of Aracama Filipino Cuisine, UFS Senior Sous Chef Brando Santos, and UFS Senior Sous Chef Paulo Sia based on the creativity of the twist, food taste and presentation, and the use of UFS products.

“Food innovation is not about changing the original recipe of a dish. It is about staying faithful to the original concept of the dish but adding creativity to improve the taste and overall experience of your diners as they eat it,” shared Chef Fernando Aracama. “We chefs need to remember this to cater to the ever-changing palate of diners who continue to seek a different kind of dining experience, and to stand out from the clutter of food choices available these days.”

“The talent and creativity of Pinoy chefs are definitely something to be proud of. As a team of chefs who understand the needs of the culinary industry, we at Unilever Food Solutions are always finding ways to provide them avenues to gain more inspiration, knowledge, and access to the right products that will complement that and help them improve the dining experience of their loyal diners,” added Carreon.

To know more about UFS and Funlasang Pinoy, visit www.ufs.com.

Coke Studio Ep 4: The best of OPM is on display with BP Valenzuela and Sandwich

Coke Studio is the new stage for OPM artists, where legends perform with rising stars and musical genres are blurred. There is no better example for this than the collaboration of BP Valenzuela and Sandwich – the fusion of smooth and hypnotic techno sounds with edgy rock music make for an unexpected yet exciting performance.

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“We’re gearheads!” exclaimed BP Valenzuela, finding common ground despite coming from two seemingly opposite ends of the music spectrum. During the collaboration, this fondness continued, proving that differences in genre never hinder mutual respect between artists.

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Members of Sandwich even shared their admiration for BP and her music. “She is the future. And it’s so exciting, I am so happy that we get to do this. We really like to see the young artists and from the first time we saw her, we knew,” said Myrene Academia, the band’s bassist.

Prior to the collaboration, two of the band’s members, RaymundMarasigan and Diego Castillo had written letters of recommendation for BP’s application to the music program of the College of St. Benilde.

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“I wrote that if I were still working with a recording label, that I would sign her up in a heartbeat,” added Diego Castillo, lead guitarist and former recording executive. In response to the band’s words, BP admitted that the recommendation letters made her cry.

The relationship between the pairing shows a side of the OPM industry where veterans uplift and support upcoming artists and by doing so, elevating the entirety of the local music scene. With this good natured relationship already established, the studio session came along easily.

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According to Sandwich drummer, Mike Dizon, “We’re chill but it’s about getting it done, while still being chill.” BP continued by describing the outcome of their efforts saying, “There’s a story to it, a narrative, and it’s got more layers.” The collaboration brought about the possibility of a full album to which Raymund replied, “That’s not just a could, or a would, but a should.”

Watch these icons of the past and the present come together to bring the music of the future at Coke Studio. Catch it on August 19, Saturday at 7 p.m. on TV5 or on www.youtube.com/CokeStudioPH

 

 

 

 

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PR: Happy 100th Birthday, Nikon!

One of my goals this year is to invest in a good camera. As you know, as manifested by photos on this blog, I really have to level up my game when it comes to taking photos.

Being a fan of the visual medium, it is only fair that I appreciate a really good picture. Often times, a great visual masterpiece is brought to life courtesy of Nikon, the global leader in digital imaging and optics.

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As it celebrates it’s hundreth birthday, Nikon has relentlessly pursued the infinite possibilities of light, harnessing the power of lenses to contribute to the advancement of imaging culture and sciences.

Since its establishment in 1917 as Nippon Kogaku K.K., Nikon has been at the very heart of innovation and development. Starting out as a manufacturer of optical glass and optical instruments.  The optical lens business started in 1946 with the sale of the Pointal lens. Nikon has since then been a leading innovator in the field of ophthalmic optics with breakthrough innovations in material, design, and coatings.  In 1983, Nikon introduces a high performance anti-glare coating with true, built-in scratch resistance. This technology becomes immediately popular in Japan, where nearly all of lenses now feature this type of coating.

This iconic brand has also contributed to the development of the optical industry, creating breakthrough technologies and high-quality, award-winning products in the process. It introduced the anti-glare coating, Hard Clear Coat (HCC), with true, built-in scratch resistance as early as 1983; the first ultra-high index lens, Index 1.74, in 2000; the first Single Vision lens, custom made according to frame shape – SeeMax – in 2002; and the first eye strain relief lens – Relaxsee – in 2005. Today, all Nikon Single Vision lenses feature its trademark Advanced Aspheric Design for sharp clear vision with limited peripheral distortion. Besides designing new digital lenses, it also continues to produce coatings that protect lenses against dust, water, abrasions and scratches, in addition to eliminating reflections and enhancing visual clarity.

In its pursuit of the endless possibilities of light, Nikon has gained extensive expertise ranging from optics and materials to image-processing and simulations such as ultra-thin ophthalmic lenses and digital cameras, to name a few. In fact, the quality of its products has earned praise among consumers around the world while setting the very standards recognized and adopted by eye care specialists themselves.

The brand “Nikon” inspires visionaries who share its belief that “some great things are not visible with the naked eyes, but perfect sight will allow you to see what it takes to achieve them.”

Experience Nikon’s 100-year journey in pursuit of the possibilities of light by visiting www.nikon.com/100th. Watch past, present and future innovations from the brand come to life through a powerful commemorative video presentation at www.nikon.com/100th/anniversarymovie.

 

Nikon Spectacle Lenses are currently available in the Philippines through all optical shops and licensed eye care professionals nationwide. To learn more about Nikon Spectacle Lenses, visit http://nikon-lenswear.com and www.essilor.com.ph.

 

Gear up for the cutest run on October 21 with Hello Kitty!

Are you looking for fun ways to get fit? Well, I know I am!

Five months after starting on my new job and in the process of trying to catch up and fit, I have managed to let go of any of my fitness and health habits.

That’s why I became so excited when I heard about the upcoming Hello Kitty Run Manila, happening on October 21, 2017!

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Set at the SM By the Bay, SM MOA Complex, this leg of the Hello Kitty Run is the first in the Philippines, following stints in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

With a theme of  “Link Love Together! everybody’s favorite cat will inspire love and share happiness with everyone in the 5km fun run, which features an exclusive edition Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 race kit consisting of themed race tee and race bib, with lots of special gifts from sponsors, all in a very cute exclusive Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 drawstring bag! Everyone who will cross the finish line will also receive a very cute special edition Hello Kitty Run finisher’s medal for their effort!

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Hello Kitty herself will meet-and-greet friends and fans at a special stage program during the event! There will also be lots of activities and booths where you can get exclusive and limited edition souvenirs and merchandise.

Early bird tickets has been selling from July 1 until August 15; Standard tickets from August 16 to September 15; and Last minute tickets from September 16 to October 15. Register now at www.hellokittyrunph.com !

Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 is organized by Tokyo Gets Ltd and Ten:22 Business Solutions in partnership with CHERIFER Syrup, along with its official venue partner, SM By the Bay, official media partners; ETC and 2nd Avenue, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Business Mirror and Otaku Asia, major partners Pocari Sweat and Crystal Clear, Toy Kingdom, Skin White, Rizal Park Hotel, Golden Phoenix Hotel, Pascual Creamy Delight, Skechers, Devant, and marketing partners Salonpas, Acer, Banana Peel, Fujifilm Instax, Softex and Healthy Innovations. This event is supported by JLOP (Japan’s Ministry of Economy and Industry, Contents Division).

Let’s LINK LOVE TOGETHER at HELLO KITTY RUN MANILA 2017!

Conzace signs multi-faceted actor Ian Veneracion as new brand ambassador

We all had our various definition of the ideal guy. Usually, the definition covers the following: tall and extremely handsome. If he happens to be talented, hardworking and dedicated family man, then he is often touted as "the complete package."
 
Such is the case for United Laboratories, Inc. (UNILAB)'s latest brand ambassador Ian Veneracion, the the multifaceted celebrity recently went onboard as the multivitamin brand's latest brand ambassador.

Veneracion, who currently stars as the male lead in ABS-CBN’s primetime show ‘A Love to Last,’ has been chosen to advocate for Conzace, the number one prescribed brand for multivitamin plus minerals by general practitioners and dermatologists in the country.
 
“It is an honor and privilege to be part of the UNILAB family for its multivitamin brand, Conzace,” proclaims Veneracion while adding, “I am grateful for this opportunity, and I strongly believe that the product can be beneficial to millions of Filipinos as it has been beneficial to me.”
 
For Conzace assistant product manager Mike Jimenez, Veneracion is a perfect match for the brand. “Ian is the epitome of superior immunity and good looks.”
 
Conzace's clinically-proven ZACE formulation, an acronym for Zinc, Vitamins A, C, and E, makes the brand the number one multivitamin and minerals product prescribed by General Practitioners and Dermatologists in the country today.

From being an adorable and talented child star known in TV programs, like the memorable1 982 sitcom ‘Joey and Son,’ Veneracion has again endeared himself to today’s generation as Engineer Antonio “Anton” Noble IV, the dashing, separated with three kids guy who falls in love with another broken soul. Who can also forget his comeback role as Eduardo Buenavista in the 2015 remake of ‘Pangako Sa Yo,’ which regained Veneracion’s fame and his career to leading man stature.
 
But what makes Ian truly unique and therefore, a real gem are the multiple facets of his personality: he is also a talented and acclaimed painter, an athlete, a pilot, a chef, and a dedicated family man and loving husband to his wife of many years —the last being his favorite role to play.
 
But to be all that, Veneracion needs a multivitamin and minerals that will help him cope, not just with his busy schedule, but with the different roles that he has to play in life. “I need strong immunity as well as healthy skin and hair, I cannot afford to get sick, and look stressed—I am glad I have Conzace to give me all that and more.”
 
 

 
Compared to other multivitamins, Conzace has the highest levels of ZACE combined. All these elements play different roles in one’s well-being. This unique formulation in Conzace creates a synergistic effect that is clinically proven to help boost immunity, promote healthy skin and hair, and assist in wound healing as it speeds up skin regeneration.
 
Veneracion, speaking from experience, explains it better: “It’s the little things that we don’t normally notice, like for example, stronger resistance against colds and flu, better and clearer skin, shinier and healthier hair. It will do amazing things; you can do more and be more for yourself, for your family, for your work without being disrupted.
 
“I believe that if you are healthy inside, it just comes out. It reflects physically—in your hair and in your skin. And in the line of job that I am in, it is quite important that I don't just don’t look good but really be healthy,” Veneracion concludes.

Current Obsession: Claying My Way to beautiful skin with L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks

If there's one thing that I cannot get enough of – it's beauty products. I love taking care of my skin, and I pride on the fact that it hasn't been touched by a dermatologist.

Actually, my skin care habits are pretty basic: in the evening, before I sleep – I wash my face, I follow it up with a toner and that's basically it. When the mood strikes, I extend it up by either putting on a face mask (my personal favorite) as part of my de-stressing routine and then close it all up by applying a emulsion to hydrate.

In the morning, I wash my face and then apply face cream; I have dark eye bags so I apply a serum to the skin around the eye and then I finish it all off with a face lotion and emulsion.

I am not too picky when it comes to brands, but very partial to Korean and Japanese skin care products. Right now, I am using products from Innisfree, Face Shop and Laneige.

Thanks to Lazada, I am including L'Oreal Paris on my go-to skin care list.

I am loving these new L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Masks and is currently abusing the Anti-Pores variant.

Comprising of four types, the Pure Clay Mask is a potent in-jar mask formulation that addresses different skin problems. Each variant is made with natural pure clay with botanical extracts leading to a more revitalized and nourished skin.

  • L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Illuminating – made with British Kaolin Cl-y, the face is gently cleansed to achieve soft, radiant skin and with lemon grass extract and exfoliating beads.
  • L'Oreal Clay Mask Anti-Pores – With Moroccan Lava Clay, skin is softened and dead cells are eliminated with obstructs pores and regulates sebum secretion. Infused with rosemary extract.
  • L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Hydration – with mineral-rich bentonite clay, infused with lemon balm, essential oil and hydrating essence. Removed dirt and hydrates.

You can actually use all three at the same time! Called Multi-masking, the anti-pores variant work best for the T-zone (covering forehead and nose), while illuminating and hydration works wonders for the cheeks.

Verdict:

Because I really wanted for finer-looking pores (an offshoot of watching too many Korean dramas), I immediately tried the anti-pore variant and immediately got hooked!

The first thing you will notice,upon opening the jar is the smell. It smelled really good – it smelled really good and natural, and without any hint of the usual "clay" or chemical smell

The product applies very well to the skin and doesn't feel suffocating at all. It dries really fast: within 10 minutes following application, you will feel it tightening a bit, adhering to your skin and hopefully sucking out all blackheads and impurities along the way. You can easily wash these with water once you're done.

What's noticeable immediately after is the clean feeling, like your face is devoid of any all or dirt ah all. My cheeks felt soft, smooth and supple.

I apply the mask before I sleep, as part of my usual bed time ritual, so it comes as a nice surprise that upon waking up, my skin doesn't feel oily at all.

Suffice to say, I am instantly hooked!

If you want to try these out, head over to Lazada. They are exclusively available for only P399 per jar.