9th Likhang Habi Market Fair: Threads We Love, Threads that Bind Us

In terms of textile production, Philippines is one of the first in the Asean region, and I believe that our textile is one of the best in the world.  It's just sad to know that as years pass by, local weavers are decreasing and synthetic textiles are getting popular. With regard to quality and design, I know that our textiles are excellently done. I'm happy that one group, HABI the Philippine Textile Council, was formed to preserve and promote Philippine textiles.

I'm so amazed with these people sharing their time to help our textile industry and help individuals in provinces to learn how to weave that is to help them earn for a living and promote our the local textile as well. Filipinos are known to be creative and hardworking, which is a big factor in preserving and promoting this industry.

HABI: The Philippine Textile Council will be having their annual Likhang Habi Market celebrating its 9th yer. You're all invited to come on October 11 t 13 at the Glorietta 3 Activity in Makati City.

With the theme The Highlights of our HABI Journey, this year's edtion of the pioneer in artisan market fairs and textile advocacy promises to be an immerse experience. 

3-day Fair will feature:
  • HABI Craft Corner - visitors can learn the basics of weaving using pure Philippine cloth and other natural local fibers, and create their own woven products.
  • Community Craft Loom - HABI goers can participate and learn modern weaving using different materials, textures, colors, and weaving techniques. 
  • Workshops on macramé, the art of knotting.

In keeping with its goals of promoting Filipino culture and heritage, the Likhang HABI Market Fair will also have a Baybayin wotkshop with lessons on writing and understanding the pre-colonial ancient writing script of the Philippines. Cultural dance performances, traditional Filipino music from different regions of the country, and Filipino art installations will also be part of the fair. 
"We encourage Likhang HABI fairgoers to immerse themselves in the beautiful weaving communities and traditional textiles of our country," says HABI Chair Maribel Ongpin. "We still have participating weavers from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao so the opportunity to learn at the fair is endless."

With 52 participating merchants from all over the Philippines, the 9th Likhang HABI Market Fair will showcase sustainable and ethical fashion and other lifestyle products using traditional textiles such as habol negrense from Negros Occidental, yakal from Basilan, inaul from Maguindanao, binubudan from Ifugao, binakol and abel from Ilocos, `tepina from Palawan, and many more. 

Several merchants will also present contemporary Filipino fabrics such as cotton, ikat and cotton abaca, a result of combining pure Philippine cotton with other indigenous fabrics. Promoting the use of pure Philippine cotton is one of the long-term commitments of HABI. 
"There is an abundance of beautiful fabrics in the Philippines and we want to show that these fabrics from different corners of the Philippines can be part of our modern lifestyle," says HABI President Adelaida Lim.
Another highlight of the fair is the awarding of the 2nd Lourdes Montinola Piña Prize, which recognizes exceptional craftsmanship and mastery of the delicate process of the turning pineapple threads into works of art. 

Likhang HABI Market Fair 2019 will also feature a talk on  sustainable shoemaking and why it is important to support the local shoemaking industry. 

Since 2009, HABI has been providing traditional weavers and local weaving communities a platform to further enhance their skills in creative design and modern marketing and exchanging ideas with consumers, designers, and traders. The Likhang HABI Market Fair allows them to innovate and to level up to modern trends.

For more information, please visit www.habitextilecouncil.ph or follow www.facebook.com/HabiThePhilTextileCouncil and Instagram @habifair.

Success of The 13th Philippine Grand Barista Cup 2019

If you're a coffee lover, barista or just curious about preparing coffee, here's an update about the Philippine Barista Cup on its 13th year now. The competition was held last September 13, 2019 at The World Trade Center. It's my second year to watch the challenging competition and I witnessed how competitive these young baristas are. Some may think that it's just a simple thing to do—grind, brew, add creamer, but what can be surprising is how being a barista can be a real test on being a real barista. It may look simple to do, but it's not.

Once again, Allegro Beverage Corporation gathered the best of the best baristas from different coffee shops, restaurants, schools, and hotels to battle as the 13th Philippine Grand Barista Champion. The competition showed how creative and persevering these baristas when it comes to their love and passion. It is not surprising to see even college students are excellent with the mix and match of flavors with coffee.

Preceding the main Barista Cup event, a Milk Lab Challenge was held involving the six Grand Barista Finalist. Three drinks were created for the judges, and one winner was awarded Php3,000 for his exceptional creativity and skills.

The panel of judges who are experts and champions in the coffee industry came all the way from different countries – Mr. Marco Poidamani, Mr. Fabian Fredriksson, Mr. Tristan Destura and Mr. Fernando Menendez. Our local experts Mr. Sherwin Halasan and Mr. Ernie Mesina were the Technical judges.

The finalists were asked to make 3 beverages – espresso, cappuccino, and their own concoction. The judges came to a decision and announced the top 3 coffee makers:

2nd Runner-up: Karl Zouriel Lat (Independent Competitor from Makati)
1st Runner-up:  John Richard Co (Chapter Coffee Roastery and Café)
Grand Winner:  JC Landicho (Magnus Opus)


Allegro Beverage Corporation, the most preferred coffee solution, finalized the The 13th Philippine Grand Barista Cup 2019 with the awarding ceremony and fun photo opportunity.

The 13th PGBC was made possible by the following sponsors:
Exposer Espresso Machine • Mahlkonig Grinder • Franke Coffee System • Moan Italian Coffee • Allegro Gourmet Syrup • Milk Lab • UCC Philippines • UCC Coffee Academy • BDO • Lotus Bischoff • Far Eastern University

Congratulations to all the winners and participants! 

Why choose Perfume Dessert London?

First of all, I get picky when it comes to choosing perfume that I use regularly. I don't look at the price. As long as it fits my personality and doesn't smell like alcohol, I will definitely grab it! 

I recently received a package from Perfume Dessert Ph and I was so excited to try them! The packaging looks so presentable and elegant, and protects the glass bottle of breakage. Because it looks classy you wouldn't believe how affordable it is. Definitely an ideal gift or giveaway suggestion for men and women!

So, the next thing to do is test the fragrance and how long it would last.

Cotton Candy Unicorn
Me and my girls love the sweet scent that is mild that you can use everyday, whether you go to school, work or feel young and sweet.

Black Raspberry Vanilla Ice Cream
This smells like wine which is a little bit strong for me. I recommend this to those who like a scent of raspberry for evening events. For strong personality, this one's for you!

Peach Bourbon Popsicles
If you like the scent of peach, this is perfect for you! I like wearing this scent on simple get together with fam and friends. 

Raspberry Smoothie
This is the other version of raspberry scent that is mild and sweet.

Piña Colada
This scent is for men. My son like the simple masculine scent. Even women who likes men's perfume will love this scent. I love this scent, but my son claimed that it's for him. so, what else can I do? It's yours son!

Why choose Perfume Dessert London?
  1. Eau de parfum fragrances from London at a very low price. Eau de parfum (also referred to as EDP) offers a 20-30% percent concentration of oils. These tend to have plenty of 'waft'; staying power of anywhere from  four to eight hours is a reasonable expectation. Because, it can still be quite strong, apply lightly for a day – and more generously when you're dressing up. 
  2. The perfume is guaranteed 100% from the UK! No fakes! You can check it by the first 3 digits of the bar code, they do indicate the country in which the company is based, or the manufacturing company is headquartered, Perfume Dessert's first 3 digit is 506, and U.K.'s barcode is from  500-509.
  3. It's cheap for its quality and appearance, because it imported directly and in large quantities. Perfume Dessert Ph don't buy it from trading companies, or international distributor, unlike the other perfume brands, they can't buy it directly from a legit distributor or trading company.
  4. Perfume Dessert comes with 30 ml and crimped bottle, that retains the freshness of the perfume, will not diffuse or avoid leakage. Because air, humidity, and temperature changes can affect perfume, it should be kept with its cap on and sealed in it protective bottle as much as possible. Bottle designs that CANNOT be opened and can only be sprayed, is the SAFEST for PRESERVING the fragrance's best quality. And the design of the bottle is so simple and handy, no complicated bottle design or luxurious cap, that's why it's cheap, but the oil is 100% high quality.
  5. Perfume Dessert's elegant packaging is great not only for personal use but also for giveaways or gift for loved ones. It's really an effortless, no need for extra wrapping or packaging.
  6. Perfume Dessert serves as a natural aphrodisiac, because of its gourmand notes, and it contains pheromones, which really have aphrodisiac properties. It explains why your get attracted to someone because of these kinds of perfume. And everyone wants to be attractive.
  7. Comes with a whopping price of Php 280.00 per bottle.
This is an additional collection that I can bring anywhere when I go to events, meetings, mall, etc. It has a wide variety of scents for men and women that you can wear depending on your mood. I personally love the scents and even my family love them, and ask me to share with them. 

Check out Perfume Dessert London on Facebook and Instagram for updates. You may also send them a message on how to become a distributor or reseller.

How to Prevent and Manage Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is in our genes—my dad was 60 when he died after suffering from stroke and bed ridden for three years, my mom had two mild strokes and luckily she survived, my brother and I are both hypertensive. This disease really scares me, but with proper knowledge on cardiovascular management, I know, many lives can be saved.

I believe that in order to find the key to prevent and predict devastating health events like a heart attack, we need to find the right connection. It is with great happiness to know that Zuellig Pharma Corporation and Amgen Phililippines Inc. united to help improve awareness of cardiovascular diseases (CVD), to educate people on how to manage and prevent the disease. 

According to Dr. Lourdes Ella Santos, Adult Cardiologist and Clinical Lipidologist, Dyslipidemia is an abnormality in cholesterol. Cholesterol is made up of components. When you get your blood test, and you see in the lipid profile total cholesterol, understand that total cholesterol is made up of three components: 
  • HDL Cholesterol (Good cholesterol), it protects you from heart attack or stroke. The higher your HDL is, the higher your good cholesterol is, the lesser the chance that you will develop a stroke or heart attack. We get good cholesterol from fatty fish like salmon and milkfish belly fat, and nuts like almonds & walnuts.
  • Triglycerides, get converted to sugar that we don't really like. We get it from carbohydrates (e.g. white rice, white bread, white pasta, white potato; dessert, ice cream, iced tea, coffee, soda). We don't like it to get elevated, because the higher the triglycerides, the greater the risk that you will become insulin resistant or diabetic.
  • LDL-C (Bad Cholesterol), which Dr. Santos wants us and her fellows during training to remember bad cholesterol as "Lechon de Leche" (roasted suckling pig). This is the fats that we get from animal supplements—beef, pork, and processed oil (fried foods). If LDL elevates it may block our veins. If there's a blockage of the flow of blood to our heart it is a heart attack, if it's arterial blockage in our brain that may lead stroke, and if it's blood flow in our limbs it's called Peripheral Arterial Disease (experiencing leg cramps or leg pains with just short walks). But the underlying reason of heart attack and stroke is just the same—blockage of the arteries caused by LDL Cholesterol. 
Remember, if any of the components elevates, your total cholesterol elevates as well. We do not treat Total Cholesterol, because we need good cholesterol, we only treat high LDL and high triglycerides. When we talk about Dyslipidemia, it means elevated Total cholesterol, LDL Triglyceride, or low HDL. So, if you're a patient with low HDL, even if your Total Choleterol is not elevated, you're Dyslipidimic. If you have dyslipidemia, it is identified as a high risk factor to a heart attack or stroke. If these risk factors are treated, there's a lower chance of a heart attack or stroke.

When we talk about Cardiovascular Disease we know that  its still the leading global cause of death. It claims more lives than any form of cancer combined. It's so important for us to know the cause of Cardiovascular Disease, and Dyslipidemia is one of them. 

Per year, 17.3 million deaths are seen globally attributed to Cardiovascular Disease. And, it comes for more deaths not just in our part of the world, but all over. According to a study in Southeast Asia, Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) and Ischemic Stroke has a high percentage which contributes mostly to what contributes Cardiovascular Disease in our part of the world. Ischemic means blockage in arteries (bara sa ugat), if in brain it's called stroke, if blockage of arteries in the heart it's called Coronary Heart Disease or Coronary Artery Disease. All these because of one of the risk factors, Dyslipidemia. It affects all parts of the world where Ischemic Heart Disease and Ischemic Stroke has become more prevalent all over the world because one of the risk factors is Dyslipidemia

If you already had a heart attack, Myocardial Infection, every year that passes you see an increase in risk for a recurrent event (can be a Stroke, Peripheral Arterial Disease, or another Heart Attack). Just because that you had a heart attack means that your risk is higher than anyone else who hasn't had a heart attack. 

Is eating 3 whole eggs a day good to replace meals?
"I want you to understand that in medicine now, we practice evidence based medicine. It means that there's a fact behind it. The only clinical trial that has been done on eggs was in New York. If you're going to ask me if eggs are healthy, if you live in New York and the eggs you eat are from New York, I will tell you what was said in New York. Because we don't have clinical ttial evidence, we only eggs whites are healthy. In fact, in cancer patients delibitated, we recommend 6 to 8 eggs a day. Depending how you want it cooked—boiled, raw, mixed with oatmeal, no problem. But, it is the egg yolks that causes problems. When we talk about health benefits of eggs, we know feom history that egg yolks may actually increase LDL-C. Again, not founded on exact science. Egg yolk is also healthy. It has a lot of vitamins, so because of it, it can also be taken. As, as rule of thumb, patients ask me, three eggs a week is probobly not harmful," answered Dr. Santos.

In the Philippines, there are over 130,000 deaths related to Cardiovascular disease in 2016. CVD is a complex disease with many risk factors that affects how it develops. Family support and connections are key to helping patients impacted by health challenges. When equipped with more information about cardiovascular disease such as hyperlipidemia, family members can help patients take action to prevent health risks and overcome their conditions better.

The standard treatment for lowering LDL-C are statins, but there are cases when statins are not enough. Having access to new and innovative treatments in the management of dyslipidemia can make a difference for patients who are not able to achieve their lipid goals with statin alone. 

With the patient at the heart of what we do, Amgen Philippines Inc. and Zuellig Pharma Corporation are committed to improving the lives of patients struggling with dyslipidemia by helping them and their families to take the necessary action to prevent and manage their health risks.

Allegro Beverage Presented the 13th Philippine Grand Barista Cup

Coffee has been around for centuries all over the world and it's one of the oldest beverages that people love. Today, there are so many ways to make coffee that many are so fond of doing. I've attended last year's Barista Cup and I can see that there's a big number of coffee enthusiasts who came to witness the big event.

This year, Allegro Beverage Corporation once again held the grand competition joined in by professional baristas from different regions in the Philippines. It's been their annual tournament to acknowledge the best and the brightest local coffee makers by exhibiting their outstanding skills and large-scale ability in the art of coffee mixology and creative art.

The international panel of judges for this year are Marco Poidemani (2019 Italian Barista Competition), Fabian Fredricksson (Marketing Manager of Crem, APAC), Tristan Destura (1883 Maison ROUTIN Brand Ambassador), and Fernando Mendez (Franke Coffee Systems Asia Sales Director), Local connoisseur were also, of course, tapped to join the panel, including Ernie Mesina, Joe Marie Lichangco, Kevin Israel, Errol Martin, Robert Ian Paguiligan, Vanessa Caceres, Rezeneil Bernardo and Paul Vincent Asuncion and Sherwin Halasan.

Participants of this year's PGBC competition includes baristas from different cafes like Karl Zouriel, John Richard Go, JC Landicho, Kenneth Prado, Essamuel Casablanca Jr. and Clark Daniel Bernales.

Winning participants will be taking home tons of prices including a PGBC trophy, a P100,000-worth Franke fully automatic espresso/cappuccino machine, Expobar Barista kit worth P15,000, plus a coffee class at the UCC Coffee Academy and Local Coffee Appreciation and Farm tour in Atok Benguet by Beviamo Coffee and Beverages. Grand Champion will also take home Milklab products, buffet vouchers from Mariott Manila and other exciting prizes from other sponsors. 

Allegro Beverage aims to have the barista profession  be recognized in the country. The country has honed some expert baristas who already made it to the top places at the word Barista Championship, but none of specialty coffee, especially the Philippine Arabica beans, be appreciated. 
ABC partnered with renowned brands this year like Expobar Onyx Espresso Machines, Franke Coffee System, Mahlkonig Coffee Grinder, Caffe Moak, and 1883 Syrups. The event was sponsored by popular brands, too, like Milklab by Grand Nourriture, UCC Philippines, UCC Coffee Academy, Blizzard Refrigeration, BDO, Lotus Biscoff, and Far Eastern University. 

The grand championship on the 6th Grand Latte Art Throwdown will go down on September 12-13, while the 13th Philippine Brand Barista Cup championship will happen on September 13. Both competitions will be held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. 

Apart from these contests, Allegro is also geared up to launch the Allegro Gourmet Syrups featuring 10 delicious syrup flavors for your coffee. Five of which are described to compliment any hot or cold coffee including Vanilla, Caramel, Hazelnut, Almond, and Chocolate. The other 5 syrups flavors are said to go with any tea, cocktail, or mocktail including Strawberry, Peach, Lychee, Mint, and Green Apple. 

Coke Studio PH: "Feel the Rhythm, Hear my Feelings"

`Today's TeenGen is a lot more vocal and expressive with what they're going through or what's on their minds. Whether it be a kilig moment with crush, heartbreak, getting recognized in school, or a cause they strongly support, teens of these days can teach us a thing or two about having no holds barred. 

It has been a year since our Homecoming to Teen Love, this year, Coke Studio bring us its 3rd Season: MyFeels. Indeed, no one does it better than Coke when it comes to launches with the Coke Studio Music Festival that commenced the Coke Studio Season 3: MyFeels last August 23 at the Circuit Makati with our hosts from the Summer Concert Ylona Garcia and Justin Quirino. 

Headlined by Coke Studio Season 3 artists, we welcomed the rainy season with rush of water and stream of feelings ranging from love, freedom, independence, and moving forward. We moved to the groove with Iñigo Pascual, Ron Henly, Al James, Lola Amour, This Band, and Miss Sarah Geronimo while Janine Teñoso, Clara Benin, Bea Lorenzo, Silent Sanctuary, Brisom, St. Wolf, Just Hush, UDD, and Morisette serenaded us with their solo performances. Also giving us surprise numbers were Coke Studio Seasons 1 and 2 alums Ben & Ben, December Avenue, and IV of Spades.

We used to be shy about sharing what we feel, no matter what its is, to people around us even the ones we trust. Coke Studio: MyFeels is here to turn the tables, its time to celebrate our feels and make it known that no one can dictate the validity of our feelings.

Just when we thought 2019 is going too fast and time is running out for us, Coke Studio came to the rescue with its 3rd Season and made us realize to celebrate every single thing no matter how little they are, look out for the possibilities that learning from triumphs and slumps can give us, and keep in touch with the feels of people around us and ourselves.

Catch them every Saturday starting September 14, at 10am on ABS-CBN. `

#EyeCAN - JOIN myREDvolution 2019 Campaign

Eye care is something that we shouldn't ignore that we might regret if not cured at an early stage whether for just a redness to a condition that we never know exists. It's always better to be aware of good ways to take care of our precious eyes.

Last August 22, National Eye Care Awareness Month (NECAM) had a media conference to encourage Filipinos to #EyeCAN - Join myREDvolution campaign to advocate for meaningful change in the society.

Eye Mo, the leading eye drop brand in the country, initiated the #EyeCAN - JOIN myREDvolution that encourage Filipino millennial to take up their social responsibilities by way of a series of activities anchored on four pillars: education and health, environment, community and the arts, and charity. These activities complement Eye Mo's advocacy for proper eye education and eye care, which are crucial to a person's overall health.
#EyeCAN or I can "Change A Nation" is part of its flagship campaign "Eys Mo, Care Mo," which is now running on its third year. "We launched the first eye care awareness campaign in 2017 to educate people on the importance of healthy eyesight. Every year, we want to build on what we have achieved, so that we can reach out to more people and educate them on proper eye care. This year, we are spreading the advocacy further by taking it communities, through a series of CSR initiatives that can help push the message forward and inspire millennials to promote social awareness and positive change," said Earl Jayona, Head of Marketing for Eye Mo Philippines.
(L-R) Ms. Liza Po, Senior Manager for Finance; Mr. Edwin Palacios, General Manager of IMS Asia Philippines; Mr. Earl Jayona, Marketing Manager for OTC, Personal Care and Helath Care, IMS Philippines
The #EyeCAN -  Join myREDvolution campaign builds on the success of the 2018 campaign called #REDvolution, which focused on the millennials and which encourages them to pay it forward through their active participation in community activities. The campaign kicks off this month and willrun until the end of 2019.

To spread greater awareness on the importance of eye health, a series of eye care lectures will be held, and free hygiene kits will be distributed. There will also be free eye checks. The nationwide campaign highlights Eye Mo's strong commitment to spreading eye care awareness by combating the five signs of eye irritation, namely, sore, itchy, red, watery, and dry eyes. It also continues to advocate for proper eye education and eye care.

Eye Mo launches NECAM through school and university invasion

Recognizing the importance of proper eye care among the youth, NECAM will visit schools and universities via concert tours, latching onto the power of eye health, bringing it to thousands of students across  the Philippines. As part of the NECAM campaign, a short documentary film will be launched featuring five outstanding millennials who have contributed positively to society. The short documentary film aims to open people's eye on what they can do so that they can contribute to changing the nation for the better.

CSR Activities: #EyeCAN movement go into higher gear

On top of giving out free Eye Mo products and free eye check-ups, the #EyeCAN - Join myREDvolution campaign also aims to address eyesores in the community by working with youth-groups in cleaning these up. These will be done through tree planning and clean-up drives at the Baseco Compund with the support of government and non-government organizations. It is also partnering with TV5's Alagang Kapatid Foundation to hold a feeding program.

Eye Mo has also tied up with numerous communities in Metro Manila to affect visible change in the environment. As part of this, volunteers from school organizations and SK groups will also be tapped to do wall mural paintings to beautify the communities.

The EyeCAN - Join myREDvolution movement is a call out for millennials and Filipinos alike to learn and embrace their social responsibilities and bring visible change to their communities.

For more information, please visit www.eyemoph.com or check out @EyeMoPH on Facebook.

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9th Likhang Habi Market Fair: Threads We Love, Threads that Bind Us

In terms of textile production, Philippines is one of the first in the Asean region, and I believe that our textile is one of the bes...