The First-Ever National Sardines Day in the Philippines with Mega Global




We love sardines! This Filipino staple food is not just delicious and affordable, but also full of health benefits that is a great additional to our daily food serving. Sardines is easy to find – in supermarkets, sari-sari stores or even convenience stores. I love sardines not just as a viand, but also as bread filling! Sardines is really one of the favored foods all over the country. That's the reason behind the birth of the first-ever National Sardines Day brought to us by Mega Global held last November 24, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall.

The National Sardines Day was headed by no less than Mega Sardines ambassador Mr. Piolo Pascual with special guests Dimples Romana and Mike Enriquez, to share good nutrition from sardines, how they love serving Mega Sardines, and it is manufactured.

As a sardines eating nation, Mega SardiNation highlights sardines as a well-loved Filipino staple and is also an avenue for Mega Global to further their commitment to improving the lives of Filipino communities, particularly in the health and nutrition sector. With its signature 12-hour Catching-to-Canning process, Mega Global assures that its sardines are of the highest quality to give consumers the needed health benefits in each can.


The National Sardines Day brought families and friends together in a fun-packed and interactive event with free health and nutrition consultations, taste tests, a fun claw grabber game, and other activities for the guests to enjoy. With a push to Filipinos to make healthier choices through proper meal planning, the event also featured a discussion on health and nutrition facilitated by Mike Enriquez together with the Nutrition Center of the Philippines. The panelists highlighted how sardines are nutritious addition to any meal and the different factors that affect the health and nutrition of Filipino families.


Adding some high-tech fun to the event, guests enjoyed a virtual reality experience of Mega Global's trademark 12-hour Catching-to-Canning process onboard its Mega Barko. Using VR, guests experienced the renowned process that Mega Global observes to ensure that the fish they catch using sustainable methods are kept fresh and canned within 12 hours to bring consumers only the freshest and tastiest sardines.


Attendees were also delighted and entertained by the presence of Mega Sardines' brand ambassador Piolo Pascual as he talked about the meticulous 12-hour catching to canning process and his personal experiences with Mega Sardines making it his brand of choice. Special guest Dimples Romana shared personal insights on how she appreciates the nutritional benefits and quality found in each can of Mega Sardines making it an ideal meal for the whole family.

The event was capped off with a speech from the man behind Mega Global Corporation, Mr. William Tiu Lim, President and CEO, thanking the attendees and special guests for making the first-ever National Sardines Day a success.

To further highlight their commitment to improving Filipino lives and communities, Mega Global partnered with the Nutrition Center of the Philippines (NCP) and the local government of Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City for a community  health and nutrition program. A 40-day feeding program for undernourished children aged 3 to 6 years old received 2 full well-curated meals from NCP, with one meal using sardines. This initiative with conclude on November 30, 2019.


"Filipinos love sardines. As the top sardines brand in the country, we decided to hold the first National Sardines Day celebrations to showcase not only Mega Global's various initiatives but to also make everyone aware of the myriad health benefits of sardines," said Mr. Marvin Tiu Lim, VP for Sales and Marketing of Mega Global. "Our CSR program with the NCP also helped us push for increase awareness of the importance of nutrition in every Filipino's diet. We believe that with initiatives like this, we can truly make an impact and create sustainable change in the health and nutrition sector," he added.

The Nutritional Sardines Day truly showed how this well-loved Filipno staple can improve the lives of families and communities through each can. Through this event, Mega Global hopes that each family can make better choices in meal planning and continue to provide their family with the right nutrients they need through Mega Sardines.


Yuletide Feast 'PASKONG SARANGANI" in every Pinoy's Home




As a Filipino, I love preparing for the yuletide season like other Pinoys who's so excited in preparing for one of the most awaited festive in the country. We plan what to cook and of course since it's a big celebration, also in the list and a must is to make it healthy and delicious! 

Like any other moms, I want something that will make everyone happy and enjoy the day with the family. Creating a menu can sometimes be a challenge. I want to cook something new, yet appetizing and sumptuous, that my husband, children and the rest the family will surely love.

A local brand in the Philippines that produces all kind of bangus-related delicacies and is available in leading groceries and markets is encouraging every Filipino home to make their Yuletide feast more enriching with a "Paskong Sarangani Bay" as theme. Packed with delicious goodness and rich in vitamins, protein and minerals, Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus is sure to be savored, especially during the holidays, where most of the foods can be unhealthy.

Chef Gigi Angkaw

Sarangani Bay's Chef Gigi Angkaw in a recent Paskong Sarangani Bay get-together/appreciation gathering with Blogger partners shared some delicious holiday recipe ideas using Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus products. Among theme were Bangus Sisig, Holiday Crostini with Smoked Fish Pate, and Spicy Sardines Pasta using MIO (Milkfish in Oil). These recipes give a healthier take to any noche buena celebration.

Bangus Sisig

Pasta with MIO (Milkfish in Oil)

Sarangani Bay also showcases its #LoveLokal campaign through its Facebook page Kusina Sarangani, wherein they proudly show their food products, provide authentic Filipino recipes and encourage every Filipino to patronize our own.

Sarangani Bay Prime Bangus originated its name from the place itself, Sarangani Bay, a southern part of Mindanao which is home to a rich seafood experience – that is, where the company also get its fish supply. The brand is proud to say that is the Philippine's largest processor and exporter of seafood. Sarangani Bay has a variety of food products – whether it be unseasoned, cooked, bottled, marinated, which is sure to bring delight to any family's dining table.

Holiday Crostinis with Spanish Sardines Pâté
Holiday Crostinis with Spanish Sardines Pâté
Ingredients:
1  -  312 g. Sarangani Bay Milkfish in Oil, regular, remove bones
¼  cup cream cheese
¼  cup mayonnaise
1  tablespoon lemon juice
2  teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1  teaspoon hot sauce
1  loaf French Bread, sliced into 20 pieces
Toppings:
10  Quail eggs, hard cooked, and chopped chives
red, green, and yellow peppers, small diced
sliced black olives and basil leaves
chopped tomatoes and baby arugula
Sliced cucumber and dill

Procedure:
  • Process all 6 ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Chill.
  • Lightly toast sliced bread in a hot oven. Set aside to cool.
  • Spread sardine pâté on toast. Top each piece with suggested toppings.
  • Serve.
  • Makes 20 pieces.
Sarangani is available in selected S&R, Shopwise, SM Supermarket, Waltermart, Rustans and Robinsons outlets nationwide. For more of Sarangani bay and their other meal recipes, follow them on facebook.com/KusinaSarangani or check their website www.saranganibay.com.ph.

Happy Holidays!

Bioessence at 25




Bioessence is one of the oldest skin and body wellness centers in the Philippines that marked its 25th year in the industry with more than 30 branches nationwide, providing complete non-invasive services and products that rejuvenate the skin, the body and the mind. Dr. Emma Beleno-Guerrero, the Founding President of Bioessence is a proud native of Davao that reflects in the interiors of every branch that speaks of the rich Mindanao heritage. 


The 25th anniversary celebration was held last November 20 in Cities Events Place, Quezon City. The gathering was graced by celebrities, branch owners, close friends and media. 


Bioessence is proudly Filipino brand true to its philosophy of Caring Beyond Beauty – a special brand of incomparable personal care that can make you beyond beautiful. The skin treatments are scientifically proven and have gone through rigorous research and studies to customize procedures with the unique Filipina skin. 


For body wellness, Bioessence takes pampering to a higher level with scientific methods of testing before every massage and body wellness takes on a different meaning – one that truly nourishes and detoxifies. 

Bioessence has a line of products from beauty to relaxation – skin cleanser, serum, soap, aromatherapy, to name a few – making Bioessence's total wellness treatments more than just experience, but a lifestyle.


To know more about Bioessnce products and services, promos and branches, follow @BioessencePh on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or log on to www.bioessence.ph.

Congratulations, Bioessence!

BrainLight Singapore Math Building Independent Thinkers




Not everyone loves Math and I know how kids and parents struggle when it comes to numbers, especially in problem solving. It may be easy for me since it's my favorite subject, however not all my kids like numbers. Teaching math to my 3 homeschool kids is really giving me a headache, because even though I like math, teaching is a different thing. It's such a challenge for me since they have different level of understanding.

Last Saturday, November 16, I was invited to BrainLight Learning Center in BGC to attend the Parent's Session. It is an after-school center offering Maths Enrichment Programme wherein the students will be introduced to Singapore Math method. 

In Singapore Maths, the understanding of fractions is based on the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) model, where children use hands on manipulative to learn the link between the concrete concept and the abstract numbers.

What is Singapore Math?
  • World-renowned Mathematics Curriculum set by the Ministry of Education of Singapore (MOE).
  • The program focuses in Problem Solving Skills.
  • Develops Number Sense, Visualization and Metacognition.
  • Enhances Critical Thinking and Application Skills.
Program:
  • Focuses on developing problem-solving skills providing students with well-thought opportunities through conceptual understanding of math principles.
  • Visualization using various strategies such as bar models, variation in activities for in-depth understanding.
  • A spiral approach of topics from kindergarten to primary level.
  • It is designed not only for struggling or average students, but also to further challenge the advanced learners through application of concepts enabling students of different abilities to progressively master concepts and rousing their interest to learn and develop lifelong positive attitude towards mathematics.

The use of math manipulative is one of the teaching strategy used to strengthen understanding of math concepts. This hands-on experience allows kids to learn math in a fun way.

Benefits of Singapore Math method:
  • Kids won't need our help anymore. Once the program and foundation is well-built, they become independent.
  • Children are exposed to various learning experiences to have a more conceptual understanding of math facts.
  • Program is open for as young as 3 year old for them not to struggle with math when they become adults.

 
Rewards Corner

The learning center is spacious and a parent-child friendly environment that even us moms would love to stay longer. And to make it more fun, students get rewards through stamps they earn from each activity they finish. They get to choose which reward they want. 

BrainLight Learning Center accepts children as early as 3 years old up to the 10th grade level. The child will be assessed first and will customize a program after the assessment. Program rate starts at ₱6,000 for a 10-hour package and discounts are offered, too! Parents can choose the schedule and duration per day.


BrainLight Learning Center also offer the English Language Program that is designed to help students develop grammar skills and build theme-based vocabulary. This program targets to enrich these essential skills of language, which are vital for the acquisition and the application of the other macro language skills like writing, speaking, and other areas.

For details and appointment, like and follow @BrainLightSingaporeMaths on Facebook or send an email to blc.singaporemaths@gmail.com. You may also contact the (0917)122-9978 or (02) 7211-9624.


A Bigger and Brighter Christmas with LG & Netflix


Giving back this holiday season is the most wonderful thing that we can do this Christmas. A selfless act to bring smiles to children is such a joy!

A Bigger & Brighter Christmas for all!

LG Philippines with its goal to give a Bigger & Brighter Christmas for all, combined Filipinos' love for the holidays with the brand's mission of always giving back to the community. In a recent media launch held in One Canvas Events Place in Pasong Tamo, Makati City, LG gave a summary of the various drives they have arranged for the holiday season.

LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Inkwun Heo, LGEPH VP for Home Entertainment Mr. Sunho Choi, and Netflix Partner Marketing for Ph and Th Ms. Mimi Lee together with the Shelter of Hope Founder and Executive Director Pastor Junie Antiñero and the kids
The event started off with LGEPH Product Marketing Manager Angelica Dumlao discussing the Evolution of Picture Quality and how LG has taken great strides in pushing for technological innovation.
"We can see the advancement and the evolutionary journey of how TV resolution and picture quality have improved in the last 20 years. The evolution from analog to digital television technology was a slow process, and it wasn't even until the mid-1990s that HDTV broadcasting began. At the time, most HDTVs were plasma TVs, which were expensive , so HDTV adoption was slow. By the mid-2000s however, affordable 40-inch LCDs atarted to be sold. By the end of the decade, LCDs were outselling traditional (CRT)  TVs as well as plasma TVs. Post HDTVs, companies started looking for newer technologies that could be offered to consumers. The last few years saw the arrival of curved screens, High Dynamic Range (HDR), smart TVs, OLED TVs, and 4K. Now with the hyper realistic detail and picture quality of 8K available to consumers." She goes on to add, "For us in LG, Life's about more than having hte latest technology. It's about the experiences technology creates. We are a pacesetter in the industry and we will continue to deliver consumer electronics that let you embrace life and prepare you for its greatest moments."
Pushing forward with a holiday theme, the first gift that LG has for the community comes in the form of its partnership with Netflix. During the event. Netflix unveiled the streaming service's film headliner, Klaus. The trailer for the destined Christmas classic, together with its behind the scenes footage, were all screened with the use of LG's award-winning OLED TVs, the purchase of which comes with an accompanying gift of 6 months of Netflix.


Klaus, the headliner for Netflix's holiday lineup, is an entirely 2D animated movie, a Netflix first, that harkens to the old Christmas shows we've come to know and love. Legendary actor J. K. Simmons provides the voice for the titular Klaus, a carpenter whom Jasper discovers living alone in a cabin, where he makes his own handmade toys. Like the movies of yore, Netflix hopes that Klaus becomes a Christmas tradition that's destined to be replayed every holiday season for the years to come. LG also invited the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) to share their thoughts on the use of 2D animation in Klaus, how LG OLED TV's are the best platform to view it on, as well as to discuss the state of the local animation industry as a whole.
L-R: ACPI Admin and Program Coordinator Ms. Micah Ronquillo, ACPI Project Coordinator Ms. Shannon Balangue, LGEPH Vice President for Home Entertainment Mr. Sunho Choi, LGEPH Managing Director Mr. Inkwun Heo, ACPI Vice President Ms. Marlyn Montano, ACPI Animation Director Mr. Dani Montano

As an early Christmas present for the organization, LG Philippines donated LG TV. Inkwun Heo, LG Philippines' Managing Diretor, recognized the importance of the ACPI's role in the local industry and how their influence shapes the evolution of picture quality.
"With LG, we guarantee an unparalleled, memorable cinematic viewing experience. Through non-stop innovation, LG has been able to offer the best that technology has to offer, be it through our NanoCell or OLED TV's, or with the use of our ThinQ Artificial Intelligence. We want content creators such as ACP to have access to this technology so that they can pay it forward and share it with the community through their art," said Mr. Heo.
Marilyn Montano, Vice President of the ACPI, graciously accepted the TV donation from LG. "Working in the animation industry, innovations in technology are important to us. To be able to compete with other animators from around the world, we need to be at the top. LG's AI-optimized picture quality that boasts leading clarity, sharpness, detail, and brightness is as advanced as you can get. This really helps us in harnessing the best of our abilities."
The kids from the Shelter of Hope sharing their exquisite performance


Another gift that LG has for the community during the holidays is the #ShareTheGoodLifeWithLG campaign. As a way of giving back to the community, LG Philippines has dedicated a portion of each sale of an LG product to go towards furnishing the children of Shelter of Hope. More than that, LG has committed to donate entertainment system and home appliances worth more than Php 1Million. Shelter of Hope is currently building a new home for their resident children who are cancer patients and these gifts will provide much needed Christmas cheer. During the event, LG Netflix, and the members of the media, in the spirit of Klaus, also brought gifts and toys to give to the children of Shelter of Hope. Just like what Klaus says, "A true selfless act, always sparks another."

Towards the end of the event, long-time LG Brand Ambassador James Deakin, enumerated the eight reasons why one should buy the award-winning OLED TVs, either as a holiday gift or even for oneself.

8 Reasons to buy LG TV
1.  World's best selling OLED brand for 6 consecutive years
     Global sales and shipments prove that LG is, once again, the world's best-selling brand for OLED TVs.
2.  LG ThinQ AI: The TV that understands you.
    LG ThinQ technology represents the evolution of TVs. AI-optimized picture quality that boasts leading clarity, sharpness, detail and brightness is delivered to viewers via comprehensive content and ambient light analysis.
3.  AI Picture, AI Sound, AI Smart
     Uses the most powerful 4K processor to optimize clarity, sharpness, sound. The second generation a7 Intelligent Processor recognizes the quality of the original content and optimizes the quality and sharpness. The light sensor detects ambient light and the AI automatically optimizes brightness in the image to keep a bright and sharp picture regardless of illuminance. With AI Sound, get the best sound no matter how you have arranged your room and where you are sitting. With the technology recognizing your watching spot, you can fully enjoy the optimized sound. 
4.  IPS Panel for wide viewing angle
    Wherever you sit, the IPS 4K panel's wide viewing angle keeps you enthralled with spectacular realism—displaying almost 100% color accuracy, even from a 60-degree angle.
5.  Dolby Atmos for 360-Degree Surround Sound
6.  2-Year Warranty which safeguards your investment.
7.  Magic Remote for Easy and Convenient TV Navigation
8.  Emergency Warning Broadcast System for nationwide alerts


Want to have a Bigger & Better Christmas with LG? Aside from aforementioned proceeds going the Shelter of Hope, OLED and NanoCell TV purchases from today until December 15th come with a raffle ticket. Join the raffle and get a chance to win 1 of 10 LG TVs or Soundbars. And for the Grand Prize, you'll have a chance to take home 65" OLED TV. The raffle draw will be on December 16. So, watch out and follow our social media accounts @LGPhilippines for updates and announcements of winners.

JOHNSON'SⓇ and Mercury Drug Foundation, Inc. partnered in support of the well-being of mothers and babies at Dr. Fabella Memorial Hospital




JOHNSON'SⓇ has been in my home since childhood and now as a mom of five. I trust JOHNSON'SⓇ because of its commitment in providing only the gentlest care for babies and kids. That's why a lot of moms like me trust JOHNSON'SⓇ for the family.

In a move to #ChooseGentle and extend gentleness to mothers and newborn babies in critical need, JOHNSON'SⓇ launched a partnership with Mercury Drug Foundation, Inc. to provide 3,600 maternity kits to mothers and babies in partner hospitals and birthing centers in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

With the support of everyone who purchased JOHNSON'SⓇ products from Mercury Drug stores nationwide, JOHNSON'SⓇ and Mercury Drug Foundation formally turned over 1,500 maternity kits to Dr. Fabella Memorial Hospital on November 19.


"2019 marks an important milestone for JOHNSON'SⓇ as we've re-launched our gentlest range of products for babies and kids. As we celebrate this milestone, we also remember the bigger reason behind our advocacy," shared JOHNSON'SⓇ Baby South East Asia Marketing Director Maimai Punzalan. "In today's world where babies and kids are becoming more exposed to harshness, JOHNSON'SⓇ 'Choose Gentle'  advocacy stems from the need to help build a better, gentler world every child can thrive."


With the shared vision of helping improve the lives of Filipino families nationwide, the 'Choose Gentle' advocacvy marks JOHNSON'SⓇ first-ever partnership with Mercury Drug foundation, Inc. the corporate social responsibility arm of Mercury Drug Corporation.
"Since Mercury Drug foundation's inception in 1983, our organization has been committed to promoting and advancing the health and well-being of Filipino families in the most vulnerable communities. The 'Choose Gentle' advocacy upholds this very commitment and we are pleased to work with JOHNSON'SⓇ towards helping build a healthy nation," said Mercury Drug Foundation, Inc. Executive Director Annie Fuentes.
Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital is among the 6 beneficiary hospitals and birthing centers nationwide to receive maternity kits that aim to help newborns and their mothers nationwide within the critical first few weeks. The kits contain toiletry items, garments, and the all-new JOHNSON'SⓇ CottonTouch™ . Clinically proven mild and safe from the first day of life, CottonTouch™ is JOHNSON'SⓇ best hypoallergenic care especially designed for newborn sensitive skin.

John Pratts, Actor and TV Host, was also present to support the move to #ChooseGentle. He talked about being a husband, the time when he witnessed the hardship of his wife in labor and how he love his wife more. And as a father, he choose to be gentle to his kids and talk to them in a gentle way.



Visit Facebook.com/JohnsonsBabyPhilippines to know more about how you can #ChooseGentle.


Mega Prime brings Unforgettable Christmas for Moms




Christmas is the most special holiday of the year that we all love celebrating. It's a wonderful season where in we decorate with colorful ornaments, plan what to serve on Christmas, buy gifts and spread love. Each year we plan to make it memorable and food has to be flavorful for everyone to enjoy the special occasion.

For sure, moms are always in charge of everything from decorations to food preparation. this is always an exciting task that all moms love to do with the family. That's why Mega Prime Quality also prepared something for moms to organize an unforgettable Christmas celebration.

In the spirit of empowering moms to be the best home-makers, Mega Prime Quality hosted a holiday workshop last November 16 at SM The Block North Atrium, open exclusively to Prime Mom Club members, bloggers, and members of the media.


It's a great bonding moment with my daughter Rain and media friends. We had a photo with Santa at Santa's corner. Had a taste of Mega Prime buffet and kids had fun at the arts and craft station wherein they created exciting holiday cards.

The holiday workshop captured Mega Prime Quality's commitment to help moms improve their skills as homemakers. Moms were given an opportunity to learn how they can elevate the traditional Christmas feast with Mega Prime's exclusive programs. Celebrity Chef Rosebud Benitez showcased a full spread of holiday treats, from drinks to savory dishes that will be a guaranteed hit for family and friends this Christmas. She also shared with guests how to whip up a new holiday recipe called Vegetable Pasta with Mega Prime Pieces and Stems Mushroom and Mega Prime Green Peas. To highlight Mega Prime's full holiday product line, the guests had a mocktail mixing session where they were taught how to make Peach and Mango Mocktail using Mega Prime Peach Halves; and Creamy Fruit  and Nata de Coco Dessert made of Mega Prime Tropical Fruit Cocktail and Mega Prime Nata de Coco.


Guest celebrity mom Say Alonzo made the celebration even more memorable by hosting an exclusive Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Winter Wonderland Terrarium making class—where moms and kids enjoyed holiday-themed bonding  time by creating  their own Winter Wonderland terrariums filled with fake snow, small Christmas themed figurines and tiny Christmas trees.

And to make sure all the moms' hard work is preserved for posterity, Instagram-ready photo ops were available at the event's sampling area where Christmas favorites from mega Prime have been styled.


Honorary Prime Mom Club member Marian  Rivera-Dantes rounded up the day's events by giving a short but sweet message to fellow Prime Mom Club members, and expressed how happy she is to be part of the community.
There is so much to look forward to during the holidays that we tend to forget how much time and effort it takes on the part of our moms to make all this happen for us. Through workshops like this, we aim to help take the stress out of the holiday preparations so families can truly enjoy the spirit of Christmas - staying true to the Prime Mom Club's objective of empowering moms to be the best homemakers," says Mega Prime Brand Manager, Raymund Alegre.
Among the sponsors of the holiday edition workshop are Masflex, the official  cookware partner of Mega Prime and COOK Magazine, who provided exciting raffle items to delight the participants.

Committed to turning moms into savvy cooks especially this holiday season, Mega Prime Quality provides a complete line-up of fresh, premium and affordable canned fruits and vegetables that are perfect for every mom's holiday recipes.


The prime Mom Club workshop is known for giving moms the opportunity to improve their skills as homemakers within and beyond the kitchen. Combining information and education with interactive and engaging events, Prime Moms are given exclusive access to events featuring experts and celebrities to guide them and privileges.

Be sure to sign up for the prime Mom Club at www.primemomclub.com to join the growing community of modern home-makers and receive exclusive information on future events and perks. For more information, be sure to follow @megaprimequality on Facebook and Instagram.

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The First-Ever National Sardines Day in the Philippines with Mega Global

We love sardines! This Filipino staple food is not just delicious and affordable, but also full of health benefits that is a great ...