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I stayed in Homey Hostel while in Taipei – and it ticked off all my hostel must-haves

In the last five years, I have been travelling more and more frequently – often times, going out the country two times a year – depending on the funds available, or the level of stress and misery that I am in.

For 2018 alone, I went to Japan twice, starting the year in Nagoya and Sapporo; celebrated my mom’s birthday in Tokyo last October; before finally ending the frenzied jaunt across the ocean in Taipei, Taiwan in mid-November.

One of the things I learned during all my budget trips is that it’s not necessary to stay in hotels. Of course, if you have the money to burn and living in a lap of luxury is more of your thing – by all means, enjoy.

But if you are a budget traveler like me, staying in hostels is a sure fire way of landing prime accommodation, while meeting fellow travelers on the road and with more bang for your buck. So far, I never had any disappointments at all – with most hitting the mark (especially the hostels in Japan which sets the bar really high) and yes, even the one in Singapore who almost wowed me but missed the mark on cleanliness.

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That is why I am pleasantly surprised to know about Homey Hostel, a hostel that lives up to its name with its homey, cozy, chill vibe yet over delivers when it comes to function, service and style. Located in a busy neighborhood two blocks away from Taipei Main Station, this charming budget accommodation ticks a lot of my must-haves when it comes to slumming it out on a budget:

 Location, Location, Location – this should be a cardinal rule. Even if you have the most charming, most Instagrammable place in the world but if it’s far from where the action is, or the transportation source, then you are wasting time and money. Homey Hostel is about a ten minute walk to the Taipei Main Station and the Taipei Bus Station. You are centrally located, with many places in Taiwan only a bus or train ride away.

There’s also plenty of food options: fast food favorites like KFC and McDonald’s (open 24 hours), a 7-11, a mom and pop stores selling dumplings, sticky noodles and stinky tofu and a milk tea shop. So you will not be starved. You get a taste of your burgers and still have a chance of sampling local cuisine – so it’s a definite win-win

 

Cozy and comfortable sleeping spaces – Given that you will be tired and spent the whole day, you should be comfortable and safe where you sleep. Our dorm room had four bunk beds, plenty of room to man oeuvre, plenty of sunlight plus a locker room where each traveler can safely store their valuables. In spite the fact that it’s a dorm room, and there are three other guys who’s not part of our group, we never felt uncomfortable at all. After all, we barely get to see our roommates, as we had different schedules and they’re often out of their beds by the time we wake up in the morning.

Each bed is equipped with its own night light, your very own charging station, a pillow, two sheets and a comforter plus its own curtain to give a semblance of privacy. If you’re a light sleeper, Homey has ear plugs available on the reception which you can take free of charge. Towels are for rent at TWD40 while hygiene kits are for sale.

 

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Amazing facilities: inviting and functional common areas + clean yet efficient communal bathrooms – This is where Homey hits the mark high for me. I am in love with their communal space – which housed the reception, a game area (a game of fooseball anyone?), a work area, a dining hall and the super efficient kitchen. This is something I haven’t even seen in Japan so I really love this space and regrets that I didn’t maximize hanging out here.

There are long wooden tables where you can eat together with other fellow travelers. Or if lounging, reading or hanging out is more your thing, Homey has designed numerous nooks where you can curl up with a good book, or play one of the many board games that’s also available within the area.

I am really particular with bathrooms so, it’s a nice surprise that Homey has those electronic toilets common in Japan. There’s never a wait in any of the shower rooms which was also shared coed. Shower cubicles were designed with its own mini “dry area” where you can store your clothes, towel and toiletries before stepping inside the shower area. Bathrooms are kept clean and while it can get busy, you will never have to line up should you need a quick bath or use the loo.

 

Fun and FREE activities – The availability of fun activities that will expose to the local culture, landscape and scene is something that is inherent with majority of hostels. In Japan, I enjoyed the takoyaki and film showing nights. Homey Hostel offers a range of activities every Friday, including walking tours. During our stay, we joined a trek up Elephant Mountain to take in Taipei’s sights at night. We were joined by guests from Europe, HK and China and it was a treat exchanging stories — and discovering common interests and passion. I had a nice chat about conquering the 47 prefectures of Japan with Andy, a guest from Germany.  Homey offers these activities for FREE and even taps the help of knowledgeable and efficient guides from various Taipei tour groups.

 

Intuitive Customer Service – personal, warm yet professional. The reception counter of Homey Hostel promptly closes around 10:30PM and opens around 8:30AM the next day for service. Given we arrived really late, 4AM, our key cards were left in the counter with our names and a note to just approach reception in the morning for check in. In the morning, the hostel serves a simple breakfast of bread, a choice of spreads (chocolate, coconut butter, garlic butter and peanut butter, coffee, tea, juices, hot congee and an array of side dishes).

The check in process is quick and efficient, and you will be asked to pay for your stay and a TWD100 deposit for the key card which is refundable, should you manage not to lose it. The reception also doubles as a small “business center” where you can arrange for tours, ask for directions, buy postcards and send them (I did) and even pay for the snacks and the craft beer that’s available in Homey.

The team, led by the affable Jeffrey, is young, charming and English-proficient, always ready to give directions and insider tips. In our case, it was recommended we take the express train going back to the airport, which saved us 30 minutes in travel time. Jeffrey, meanwhile, recommends that the next time we are in Taipei and arriving late, we take the Kuo Kang Bus No.1819 which runs late nights from Taipei Taoyuan Airport to the city.

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Would I recommend Homey Hostel for the Taipei-bound. Absolutely! My first two trips in Taipei, I kept raving about a hotel (that will remain unnamed) due to its top-notch service; now that I experienced Homey Hostel, I have found a better choice which offers the same level of service that I expect, coupled with a fun, laidback atmosphere and most of all, can’t beat prices. How low? You can get a bed for as low as TWD600 a night!

Book now at Homey Hostel – they’re responsive on Facebook! And don’t forget to check out their website!

 

 

 

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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 stakeholders with Insurance Commission comissioner Dennis B. Funa (third from right)

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.

 

 

 

 

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!

Discovering what it means to be truly healthy with LifeScience

I don’t need much to know that at my current state: I am beyond unhealthy. It’s not even the excess 25 kilograms that I can’t seem to shake off – it’s the long nights awake, the stressful situations, the fact that I don’t eat right and almost have zero exercise.

For the longest time, I have been trying to understand what’s wrong with my body and what I can do to fix this health mess that I am in. There are days when I feel helpless with what’s happening with my body, especially since I am getting older and my metabolism has been out of whack for about 10 years already. To say that I am in bad shape is a gross understatement, but I wanted to know how and why.

One of the things that I have been looking with much interest is Functional Medicine, a science-based approach to health, which turns the disease-centered focus of the traditional medical practice on its head by focusing on the whole person, his lifestyle habits, work and environment, and not the symptoms alone. Functional Medicine first started in the States but has started to pick steam here in the Philippines.

Practitioners of Functional Medicine spend time getting to know the patient’s history, and looking into the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can affect their long-term health. By incorporating the latest developments in genetic science, the relationships between body organs, and analyzing the patient’s lifestyle and environment, Functional Medicine gives solutions to the individual’s health issues tailor-made just for them. This data and knowledge not only enables physicians and other health professionals to practice proactive, predictive, and personalized medicine, but it also empowers patient to have an active role in their own health.

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The foremost practitioner of Functional Medicine in the Philippines is LifeScience Center for Health and Wellness (LSC) in Bonifacio Global City, which is staffed with health care practitioners who specialize in Functional Medicine for many years already. They are all about finding ways to optimize health and prevent diseases by customizing programs specific to you, the individual. There are no one-size-fits-all treatment programs here.

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The relaxing deck at the LifeScience Center facility

I was recently invited to their top-of-the-line facility to know more about the service they offer and also to meet the men behind LifeScience, Group CEO Michael Genato and Senior Medical Consultant Dr. Roland Aquino Balburias.

LifeScience Center is the place for people from all over the world who don’t want to get sick, and for patients with multiple health issues who have tried conventional medicine but have yet to feel whole and better. To fully understand and know your needs, every LSC program begins with an in-depth consultation with you — the patient — about your health, medical history, and lifestyle.

From this conversation, the doctors get an idea what kind of diagnostic tests you can consider taking in order to understand your body better and to see what imbalances in body that need to be addressed. LSC partners with the best laboratories around the world so it can give its patients access to cutting-edge diagnostic tests, including gene tests. From there, LSC designs programs that are tailor made for your health goals, using the exact type of nutrition, movement, and medical treatments suited for your body. This way, you and the doctor work together using these information and programs towards the goal of optimized health and wellness just for you.

During the event at LifeScience, we were given a preliminary study of our health. My results did not came really as a surprise, but only validated the many things that I worry about my health. Dr. Balburias shared that all of our health concerns actually begin with our food intake, as they affect the performance of our body’s cell. This means that from the get-go, it’s important that we watch what we eat and we put inside our body. Exercise, proper sleep and steering away from the sedentary lifestyle also helps.

 

For more information about LifeScience Center for Wellness and Preventive Medicine, visit http://www.lifescience.ph. The center is located at the 8/F AccraLaw Tower, 2nd Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City.

 

The Fitness Diaries: Day One of Boxing – where I hardly floated, but looked like a bee

The Greatest of All Time, Muhammad Ali once said, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee…”

In my case, “it was floated pathetically like a bee…” THIS. BEE. 

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The most famous bee in history – Photo not my property – credit to owner

Seriously speaking, I always knew that starting to get healthy is not a walk in the park. I have wasted a lot of years reveling in my sedentary lifestyle – too stressed, too busy and too broke to start a fitness regimen.

However, the bitter pill of being overweight is not something that can be ignored. Especially when I suffer from PolyCystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which was one of the off-shoots of being overweight. Other health issues are also mounting: Breathing became hard when doing physical activities, I easily get tired and my knees are killing me. I tended to dread Annual Physical Examinations because I always hear the same thing from my doctors – the blood sugar is elevated, there’s too many carbs in my body and yes, I need to lose weight if I wanted the PCOS to go away.

Further adding to misery is the hassle of buying clothes. My friends know that I can be really picky when it comes to the things I wear. I am all for style, but I also can’t resist a good bargain. Thing is, local brands tend to carry small sizes, you’re lucky if you can find an XL that fitted really well. Since my ass can rival that of the Kardashians’ – looking for jeans can be a hassle.

Let’s not even get started on the style. Even before, I noticed how local plus sized clothing can be frustrating for those who wanted a bit of style in their clothes. If it’s not the God-forsaken color-blocking pattern which can make anyone look like a glorified chess board, it’s a whole lot of animal patterns (cheetah, tiger, zebra, you name it!) I always end up buying from Marks & Spencer, Forever 21 and H&M who carries European sizes. For someone who doesn’t have a secret stash of unlimited cash somewhere, this is a big hassle and a pain in the pocket.

Lastly, being overweight, especially in the Philippines, is not exactly good to your self-esteem. People can be really cruel and insensitive. Classmates and colleagues from ten years back will not greet you hello, but the standard, “ay bakit ang taba mo na?! (why have you gotten fat?)”To some, to laugh about your expanding girth is not considered offensive but just “part of the joke,” a means to toy with you or simply part of the conversation.  If you’re heavier than the usual, you have to have guts of steel – not to digest the food you eat,  but basically to keep yourself sane from people who seemed to find offense in being heavy. You have to have a good comeback, a witty, sarcastic personality or be really funny to survive.

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At the end of the day, it wasn’t the off-center jokes, the usually shopping bill that got to me. It was the need to get healthy. I became tired of being lazy – heavily dependent on the laptop and the smart phone, while Chromecasting my way to early death. I knew that if I wanted to see positive change in myself, I needed to start on the physical.

So, I enrolled into a boxing gym, started eating healthy (eschewing cake and pastries which was like death to me)  and started guzzling massive amounts of water.

First day at the boxing gym was tough. While I never entertained notions of going all “Girlfight” on my first day, I also didn’t anticipate that I’ll be the lamest person in attendance. I go to Empire Boxing Gym in Makati where they have good trainers and coaches, and maintained a “no-bully, no-judgement environment” but being around people who box like a long-lost Pacquiao sparring partner can be jarring. Especially if you’re that someone who looks like a munchkin armed with a borrowed boxing gloves.

However, what I lack in physical strength, I more than make up for in determination. I might be taking a long time finishing my reps, but I tell you – I will finish it. I may take a long time doing burpees – but I will finish it. I may look like I was punching on nothing but air – but I will throw my best straights and lefts, so help me God. Given that I was on my first day, I went home with all parts of my body screaming for mercy. And you know what? I cannot wait to go back.

I am also thankful for people who had my best interest at heart. A good doctor friend reached out to me and – via Facebook messenger – gave me tips on how I can lead a healthier lifestyle and do physical activities even when I am not going to the gym:

  • Keep hydrated and drink 8 glasses of water
  • Always eat a good, sizable breakfast but stay away from carbs during dinner
  • Choose fruits and vegetables as much as you can
  • As much as possible, and if you can, walk. Aim for 10,000 steps everyday
  • Don’t sit the whole day. If you are working, try to designate times when you are standing. I recently started doing this. After lunch, I work standing — I propped my laptop on an old box so my posture won’t suffer. Fidget as much as you can.

I know it’s tempting to revert to the old lifestyle – and honestly, I allow myself to be lazy during weekends. But at the end of the day, my determination and my will to live a longer life, a healthier life so I could enjoy the fruits of my labor secedes any lingering pangs of “wanting to just be lazy.”

I will never have the body I had when I was 23, but I can always have the better version of me.

Wish me luck on my wellness journey 🙂 I really needed it.

 

Blogger Christmas gathering set; receives overwhelming support from brand sponsors

The Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active bloggers group in the country, will hold its annual Christmas Get-Together at St. Nicholas Catering and Restaurant in Mandaluyong City on December 28, 2016.
FBN currently has more than 1,800 blogger members and continue to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers to interact with other members from different part of the Philippines. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from different brands for the group are co-admins Divine RC and Richard Mamuyac.

This year, joining the get-together are the blogger-members of Metrobuzz organized by Lariza Garcia.

Filipino Bloggers Network and Metrobuzz would like to thank the following generous sponsors:

St. Nicholas Catering & Restaurant – Mandaluyong’s newest food craze. Experience quality but affordable dining experience at Bgy Plainview. Open from Tuesday to Sunday at 11am to 12am. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/st.nicholasresto/

Acer PH – Founded in 1976 with a mission to break the barriers between people and technology by offering innovative and leading technology products, empowering people to achieve their goals. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AcerPH/.

Aster DM Healthcare, part of the largest growing network across the Middle East and India, is now in the Philippines. Ready to welcome you 24/7 and spread its mission of treating patients well, Aster’s Clinic located in St. Francis Square in Mandaluyong and will soon to open new clinics this 2017.

UNO Premier – A dynamic marketing company that derived its innovative business model from a very long history and foundation of leadership, management and entrepreneurial vision. UNO Premier’s mother company, UNO, started rising 10 years ago and blossomed throughout the network marketing industry like rapid fire. It became a network marketing sensation and has created over a thousand Philippine millionaires in less than a decade’s time and has expanded in over 100 offices across the country. From the foundation of UNO comes the birth of UNO Premier. UNO Premier is specifically designed to engage the International Market and the like-minded middle class professionals as well as business owners in the micro, small and medium scale enterprises. These are the passionate individuals who are constantly exploring means and opportunities to increase their sources of income. UNO Premier is poised as the next big International giant to create the next wave of millionaires. For more information, visit the website at http://www.unopremier.com. Like/follow their social media accounts: Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/UNOPremierOfficialSite/; Instagram: @unopremierofficial and on Twitter: @UNOPremier_PH
Dearberry Philippines – The brand essence of dearberry is “affordable high quality cosmetics made with ingredients from nature ”. Dearberry believes the simple truth, “healthy skin is most beautiful” and sticks to the basics, “firstly keep skin healthy, then optimally solve target issues”. Their products are manufactured by such top-tier factories like COSMAX and WINNOVA to achieve the high quality standards of our products. COSMAX is the main & most important manufacturer of L’OREAL group and other world famous branded cosmetics. WINNOVA is the main & most important manufacturer of Korean branded cosmetics like TONYMOLY & THEFACESHOP. Follow DearberryPH on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dearberry.ph/ or visit their website – http://www.dearberryphilippines.com/ for updates and promos.
JJEMM Transient House – A fully furnished apartment unit located in Balanga City, Bataan. If you’re planning on visiting the beautiful province of Bataan to enjoy scenic views and awesome tourist spots, JJEMM Transient House is here to welcome and provide accommodation for your stay. This is best for couples, backpackers, budget travellers, families and group travellers. Situated in a subdivision in Balanga City,Bataan and 5-7 minutes away from public market. Learn more by following them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/jjemmtransienthouse/. Contact them at email address: jjemmtransienthouse@gmail.com and mobile number: 0998-882-8300.

Mondelez – Maker of some of the best-known snacks brands around the globe. Their 15 global Power Brands in biscuits, chocolate and gum & candy are expected to drive 70 percent of company’s growth going forward:

Biscuits: Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, TUC, belVita, Club Social and Barni.

Chocolate: Milka, Lacta, Toblerone and Cadbury Dairy Milk.

Gum & Candy: Trident, Chiclets, Halls, Stride and Cadbury Dairy Milk Eclairs.

Follow Mondelez on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mondelezinternational/ for updates.

Oppo Philippines – A global electronics and technology service provider that provides customers with the latest and most exquisite electronic devices and mobile internet service in over 20 countries such as the United States, China, Australia and many other countries in Europe, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/ for promos and updates.




Other BRAND SPONSORS:

Novuhair – Like the common factors that spawn hair loss, finding the right solution to your hair woes is one confusing process that could only worsen the trouble. Before, most of the products available in the market offer empty promises, temporary and even expensive solutions to address the problem of hair loss. Now, nature has provided a safe and effective solution, NOVUHAIR® – NATURE’S ANSWER TO HAIR LOSS! Like Novuhair on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NovuhairOfficial/.
Unilab – The biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, with a market share of more than 20 percent which it has consistently maintained for more than three decades. Its portfolio includes some of the biggest prescription, consumer healthcare and personal care brands in the country. Follow Unilab on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Unilab/
Havas PR – The first full-service media agency providing end-to-end solutions in the Philippines. It does not only offer the most complete and cohesive set of media services in the Philippines, it also aspires to provide clients work that is best in class in all the media channels on offer. Follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HavasMediaOrtega/ for inquiries.
M2Comms – As a PR agency, M2.0 understands that perfection doesn’t exist – but greatness does. Their team won’t waste your time by coming up with perfect plans that will be easily derailed by circumstance. For them, It’s better to execute now with a good plan and get immediate feedback. If the results are not good, they’re ready to own up to our mistakes and revise the plan. And if the results are good, they’ll improve the plan until the clients achieve greatness. Visit their website – http://www.m2comms.com/ for inquiries.
Happy Clinique – https://www.facebook.com/happycliniquePH/

E-Prime Skincare – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010909299776

Skin Station – https://www.facebook.com/skinstationph/

Gluta/Regroe – https://www.facebook.com/MinoxidilRegroe/
Vistaland – http://www.vistaland.com.ph/index.php

Manang’s Chicken – https://www.facebook.com/manangschicken/

Mplify – https://www.facebook.com/mplifyph/

Dermcare – https://www.facebook.com/i.like.dermcare/

Sunlife – https://www.facebook.com/sunlifefinancialadvisorphilippines/

Philcare – https://www.facebook.com/philcareph/

Quims Cake – https://www.facebook.com/quimscakebakeshopcafe/

iACADEMY – https://www.facebook.com/iACADEMY/

Bemac – http://www.bemac-beet.com/en/

Strategic Works, Inc. – https://www.facebook.com/StratWorks/

EON -https://www.facebook.com/theEONgroup/

Perceptions, Inc. – https://www.facebook.com/Perceptions.Inc/?fref=ts

CID Communication – https://www.facebook.com/CIDCommunication/

TrendSpotting Ads Consultation Agency – https://www.facebook.com/TrendspottingConsultancy/

Dazzling Celebrations PR & Events Management – https://www.facebook.com/dazzlingcelebrations/

DDB/ Ripple 8 – https://www.facebook.com/DDBGroupPhilippines/

Comm & Sense – https://www.facebook.com/CommAndSense/

OCI Group – https://www.facebook.com/ocigroupph/

PRC.Inc – https://www.facebook.com/PRCinc/

BrandSpeak Asia Inc. – https://www.facebook.com/brandspeakasia/

AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc. (AMPR) – A full service public relations and marketing services company that caters to various industries and companies of diverse sizes. For more information about AMPR Publicity and Communications, Inc.’s expertise and services, follow them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AMPRInc or contact them through (02) 706-1971 and via email at ampr.consultancy@gmail.com.
Goodah!!! – The first ever, all-native food chain in the country and is famous for introducing the now ubiquitous “Tapsilog” to the Filipino vocabulary. Contact (02) 9667582 for orders and inquiries or visit their website at http://www.goodah.com.ph.
Gardenia – Offers a wide array of superior bakery products including white, wheat and health breads, flavored loaves, pandesal and snack items like snack cakes, muffins and toasts. Gardenia breads are known for their good taste, freshness, softness, oven-baked aroma and nutritive value. Follow them on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/gardeniaph/.
IMComms Mavens is a full service marketing communications agency that integrates traditional and current marketing strategies to be able to provide Clients a strategic communications plan. We take pride in being able to combine the learnings from the past and strengthen them with the new ideas of today to create a campaign that works and resonates to the Client’s public.

15 Silkamazing Years of Making Filipinas Beautiful

 

The amazing story of Silka’s success began 15 years ago when the then-fledging brand launched Silka Papaya lotion which immediately caught the fancy of beauty-conscious Filipinas. Affordable and effective at the same time, Silka Papaya lotion established itself as one of the best-selling skin whitening and moisturizing lotion in the country.

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To celebrate its 15th year, Silka is launching two new lotion and soap variants that bring skin whitening and moisturizing to the next level.

A brand that has become synonymous to effective and affordable whitening with its successful line of soaps and lotions, Silka is stepping up their game with the introduction of the new Silka Premium Moisturizing Lotion with SPF23 and Silka Moisturizing Soap with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk Protein as well as the Silka Whitening Soap with Shea Butter, which joins and complemented the Silka Whitening Lotion SPF23 with Shea Butter introduced in 2013.

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Silka Premium Moisturizing Lotion with SPF23 and Silka Moisturizing Soap with Avocado Oil and Almond Milk Protein is especially-formulated with avocado oil and almond milk guaranteed to whiten skin in seven (7) days. Aside from providing smoother, fairer skin, both lotion and soap comes with SPF23 to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. The lotion is available in three sizes, 50ml, 100ml and 200ml, while the soap comes is available in 65g, 90g and 135g.

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Intended as the perfect complement to the widely-successful Silka Whitening Lotion SPF23 with Shea Butter, the new Silka Whitening Soap with Shea Butter nourishes and moisturizes the skin, with the added protection of SPF23. Guaranteed to whiten the skin in 14 days, the rich, creamy lather of this new soap variant comes in a luscious mild butter scent.

I’ve already tried the Moisturizing lotion with Almond Milk and Avocado Oil and I am already loving it. More than the refreshing scent, I love how this product doesn’t feel too heavy or cloying on skin. It does the job just right – after every use my skin feels soft and velvety. And while I am already happy with the skin tone I have, the moisturing effect is well appreciated because it diminishes the dull, tired look usually common when you are exposed to the harsh elements everyday.

To mark 15 amazing years, Silka treated members of the media and the public to a showcase of its time and tested products, with its new products. To spruce up the showcase, numerous fun games and activities were prepared for the press.

 

Silka’s latest variants are now available in all of major supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.