Monday, October 15, 2018

Sarap na TUNAy with Mega Barkada Vloggers

Authenticity for Filipinos is always important which brings people together like the new Mega BarkadaDeegee Razon, Ronan Domingo, Melissa Gohing, and Baninay Bautista. Like any other barkada, they love exploring new things and learning from each other. The Mega Barkada are the newest brand ambassadors of Mega Tuna, the country's most exciting tuna brand. 

Mega Tuna is made of 100% pure tuna, which contains no extenders, that offers the delicious taste of tuna that Filipinos love. I also speak for me and my family, who love the natural taste and different authentic flavors. 
  • Mega Tuna Flakes in Oil
  • Mega Tuna Hot and Spicy
  • Mega Tuna Spanish Style
  • Mega Tuna Sweet and Spicy
What's special about Mega Tuna is the rich flavor and different kind of taste that we love! Like the Hot and Spicy, it comes with a big chili for those who would like to add spiciness to their food. Then, our next favorite is the Sweet and Spicy that has a balance taste that has corn kernels that my children love!

The Mega Barkada launched two webisodes especially made to delight audiences across and beyond the country, to bring their brand of fun and authenticity to more Filipinos.

First Webisode
An advice vlog which answers the question "Ă„nong Bes Mega Moves Mo kapag nandyan si crush?" In this vlog, the four pals help each other in catching the attention of their respective crushes, making use of gimmicks and ninja moves to help each other get close to the object of their attention.

Second Webisode
A cook-off challenge vlog that pits the MegaBarkada members as they come up with the best tuna meal using pre-selected ingredients. Since Mega Tuna uses premium ingredients without extenders, the MegaBarkada easily whips up flavorful dishes.

The MegaBarkada in partnership with Mega Global, says they have become better consumers. Speaking for the group, Baninay says: "Mega has taught us what being authentic is all about. Our togetherness has made us appreciate each other, at parati kaming tunay sa isa't isa. Ganun din pagdating sa Mega Tuna. I know that pag pure ang ingredients at walang halong fake, you won't go wrong with its quality and taste."

Indeed, with Mega Tuna, you can live life fully without worrying about what you eat. And with 100% tuna, you'll be sure to only have 100% pure experiences. 

For more information, please visit the website and Facebook page Srap ng TUNAy webisodes will also be available on the Facebook for sharing!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Market Perspective in 2019 and Bright Offerings

Last October 2, Sun Life Asset Management, Inc. (SLAMCI), held the 2019 Market Outlook and Bright Offerings presented by Mr. Michael D. Enriquez, Chief Investments Officer, Sun Life financial - Philippines, which opened our minds into possibilities and how the local market works. It cleared some questions in our minds that most of us are confused what is going on in our economy.

Inflation as we all are aware is the main concern in our country since the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Law was implemented last December 2017. Many of us are not in favor of TRAIN Law that is affecting the lives of many. At first, many of us, tax payers, were happy that the they will get a higher monthly income, but later on inflation spiked that became our number one concern.               

Higher rice price affected us especially the poor because rice is our main staple food. The government is taking action now, and  once the rice tariffication bill is passed, it can definitely lower the inflation rate in the market, and definitely that contributes a big part of the corp inflation basket.

Oil is something that is beyond the control of the government, because it is being deflated by geopolitical uncertainties in the world market at the moment. The recent rally of oil hovering about $60 per barrel, now to about $82 per barrel. Previously, we have been banking on shale oil that is being produced in the west, and the price in the world market is still above $50 per barrel. It was brought about by the U.S. sanctions on Iran that is more geopolitical than anything else. The problem is the U.S. could not transport shale oil and they don't have much investments yet on pipelines to transport. Unlike in the Middle East and Europe where the pipelines are already established. Here, they are still building pipelines on how to transport the shale oil.  It will still be more dictated by tensions in Iran, and hopefully the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) can agree to increase their productions which is the only way to bring down oil prices. We would expect oil price hike to continue in the next remaining months to continue, especially as the demands starts picking-up towards the Christmas season. 

Transport and Wage Hikes
The forecast of inflation is to move higher will show the wage will continue to lobby for higher ranges and the transport sector will start to lobby for higher transport fares. That will start adding more to prices of the basic goods and services in the next coming months.

The Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) would continue to be very aggressive in terms of how they will curve inflation and working closely with the government on how they can normalize price of rice, in order for that perception of forward look inflation to taper. If they can be successful in doing so, we can see lesser concern on higher wage and transport prices. 

The Philippine Peso is expected to weaken against the US Dollar as the inflation increases. But by November, we would expect in flow of dollars to come in and that will definitely strengthen the Peso together with the seasonality where OFW remittances will be hightened towards the last two months of the year.We will be expecting the Peso to strengthen from where it is at the moment.

On the brighter side, there are other ways that we can do to combat the economic challenges that we're all facing now. Let us start saving and learn other ways to earn. We could not just rely on what we are earning from our jobs. For sure, many of us are thinking of either putting up a business or other investments.

"History and experience have taught us over that such pressures alone shouldn't always be our gauge whenever we need to make financial decisions. There are opportunities that we can take advantage of even when the scenario doesn't seem so favorable as of the moment, so long as we know how to leverage on them properly," said Valerie N. Pama, President, sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc.

Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI) has been firm in its effort to educate investors and offer them ways conveniently and ready into their lifestyle, and recently lowered the investment amount in select Peso-Denominated Sun Life Prosperity Funds. 

For only Php1,000, you can start investing in the government securities, bond, balance, Philippine Stock Index, and Philippine Equity Funds. Forms are available at Sun Life Client Service Centers and via For additional investments for Peso-Denominated funds throuogh Sun Life partners payment chanels:
  • Online Banking
  • Mobile Banking
  • Over-the-Counter
SLAMCI was aarded as the Best Asset Management Company in the Philippines for 2018 by Euromoney through the magazine's Private Banking and Wealth Management Survey.

Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. (SLOCPI), Sun Life Grepa Financial, Inc. (SLGFI), Sun Life Asset Management Corp. (GAMC) make no representation as to the accuracy or completeness of the information in this presentation. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice and should not be considered as a recommendation to hold, purchase, or sell shares, securities or other instruments. Important information about Sun Life Financial products may be obtained from sun Life Financial Advisors or Sun Life Mutual Fund Distributors. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. Invest wisely.


Friday, September 28, 2018

International Coastal Cleanup Environmental Summit 2018: Youth Empowerment

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC), a global movement celebrated yearly on the 3rd day of September, with more than 100 countries participating worldwide including the Philippines, as they bring together the community towards a common objective of collecting and documenting the trash littering the coastline. Due to a growing need to address this issue of marine litter and beach cleanup alone is not enough, they also have  the ICC Environmental Summit, a supplement to the annual beach cleanup that took place from September 27 to September 28 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC). 

The Philippines ranked #1 in 2017 with the highest number of volunteers and sad to say, the country is ranked #3 as the biggest dumper of plastics in the ocean. Plastic debris remains a budding concern in the marine environment, according to the Ocean Trash Index, the world's largest item-by-item, location-by-location database of trash found in the near-shore environments as a result of the data submitted by all the volunteers of ICC.

Top 5 Most Commonly Collected Items:
  • Cigarette butts
  • Food wrappers
  • Plastic beverage bottles
  • Plastic bottle caps
  • Plastic grocery bags

We are worried about the trash, but unfortunately only few are doing some actions. It saddens me that seeing a lot of trash means that a lot of people either are not educated on how to segregate or are not really concerned about our environment. It is time for each and every one of us to be aware of how these trashes affects the whole world and how we could help from our own household—separate your food waste from dry materials, then from there you may segregate which of the dry wastes are still recyclable. Let us start from our home, and the rest will follow.

The Youth Empowerment Symposium #YES18), launched this year focusing in empowering our youth by tapping into the best practices of top Filipinos and global organizations, inspiring our next generation of leaders to follow-suite and provide the tools that they will need to continue our quest towards a more sustainable future. Together, they can come up with viable solutions for pressing environmental matters and approach new, peaceful and constructive ways of problem-solving.

"Change Heroes" is this year's theme of the 4th summit, a challenge for the youth – millennial, the most powerful force of our future – to be an instrument for change, to spark social consciousness formation towards social change, changing the way we view the world, unleashing our inner heroes, and become better builders of our nation. 

The symposium was attended by youths, mainly the newly elected SK officials from Olongapo, Zambales and Bataan together with experienced executives and organization leaders that focused on finding more efficient solutions that the cleanliness of our beaches will continue far beyond the cleanup activity.

This event is organized by:
Lighthouse Marina Resort Legacy Foundation • Make a Difference (MAD) Travel • Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary 

Co-presented by:
Coca-Cola Philippines • Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority • The Lighthouse Marina Resort • Globe Telecoms 

In cooperation with:
Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability • Subic Bay Freeport Chamber of Commerce • International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians • Miss Scuba Philippines • UP Marine Biological Society • Dakila • Seed4com • Oceana Philippines

Supported by:
Provincial Government of Zambales • Municipal of Olongapo • Provincial Government of Bataan • Department of Environment and Natural Resources • National Coach Watch Council • Department of Tourism • Philippine Coastguard • PNP Maritime Group • Department of Inetrior and Local Government • National Youth Commission

Sponsored by
Ayala Harbor Point Mall • Anvaya Cove • PLDT Subictel • Think + Talk Creative Communications • VitalStrats Creative Solutions • Standard Insurance • Nanofixit

Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) Manila: The Extra Extra Ordinary

The Extra Extra Ordinary presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design (MCAD) in partnership with the Taipei Contemporary Art Center (TCAC), curated by Joselina Cruz and Esther Lu, is an extra ordinary work of art that I have never seen before. At a first glace, it is a mystery that will make you think what kind of concept it is—mind-boggling and interesting.

The printer and lights for example, is puzzling and brought curiosity to all of us. The printers set on a wall and at the other side, you'll see different kinds of lamp that are blinking from one set to another and I was wondering why these lights are not simultaneous, like it's following a pattern.

The printer and lights is a computer language and that's what makes them trigger the lights. They built a software to filter certain hashtags in Twitter. It prints a software into the space that collect future data based on specific hashtag that they set. Once it's working,the set the hashtag (ex: kinship). Every time the software is activated, the software will go to the Twiiter databank and collect all the people's tweets (#kinship). The software will break it into a binary code, then transfer the binary code into the blinking lights. What we experience here is the somebody's usage. #Kinship was chosen for the project for 24 hours and can be manipulated into any word. 

Everyone who use the chosen hashtag will be collected, the complete sentence, but you don't see the persons who tweeted, you only see the tags. There is a 7 day delay when there are so many tweetes, but if there's few it can be in real time like about 2 minutes waiting only for printing.

The Extra Extra Ordinary proposes a new sensory processor to attend out contemporary everyday life with add-on movements and sensitivities. The title suggests an abstraction of affects shared among the human and the non-human; their correlation and disjoints as informed by contemporary objects, technology and culture. It goes exterior and interior, like how our culture involves and how our city involves altogether. 

The growing tension to unlearn ethics between human and non-human worlds is one of the burning issues of our time. We question the world we've inherited in the face of accumulated ecological catastrophes, of wars and the continuously increasing debts that are passed on to the coming generations. The Extra Extra Ordinary shares such concerns specific to our modern material conditions, and seeks to offer an alternative space time for us to exercise and explore how we can relate ourselves among things seen and unseen. 

By creating a simulation of such a worldling process with works presented by artists. The Extra Extra Ordinary conceives many unparalleled sensibilities to operate the essence of life in detail, inter exchanges and connections among matter, energy and life. 

The show is generously supported by Edouard Malingue Gallery and the National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF). The exhibit is from September 20 to November 18, 2018 at the G/F De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), School of Design and Arts (SDA) Building, Domingo St., Malate, Manila. Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-6pm and Sunday10am-2pm.


Chou Yu-Cheng (b. 1976 - Taipei) lives and works in Taipei. He works across a wide range of media including installations, sculpture, digital media, painting.

Gary Ross Pastrana (b. 1977 - Philippines) lives and works in Manila, Philippines. Pastrana explores the wholeness of thing-ness of an object through the process of dismantling and re-working of parts.

Tromarama (Indonesia) is an artist's collective founded in 2006 by Ferbie Babyrose 9b. 1985), Herbert Hans (b. 1984) and Ruddy Hatumena (b. 1984). "Tramorama" refers to the trauma of the labor-intensive work they did for the music video for the Indonesian rock band Seringai.


Esther Lu is a curator and writer currently based in Paris and Taipei. Lu worked as the director of Taipei Contemporary Art Center from 2015 to 2017, embarking on a series of institutional transformation to shape discursive dialogues among production forms, program contents and the space. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

SunPIOLOgy on its 10th Year Brings a TR10 of Events

Bike, Run + Play, Give Back to Live Higher Lives

Many of us especially the sports, health and fitness buffs have grown with SunPIOLOgy and never noticed that this sporting event from Sun Life Philippines and its ambassador Piolo Pascual is turning a decade, which started from art auctions to obstacle courses. On its 10th year, a TR10 of events will thrill its fans to raise funds for education, diabetes awareness, and help more Filipinos live healthier lives. 

Labeled as "PHYSIOLOGY TR10", there are three ways to be parts of this milestone:
  • SUN CYCLE PH - November 17, 2018 at  Bonifacio Global City
  • SUN LIFE RESOLUTION RUN - January 26, 2019 at Camp Aguinaldo
  • SUN vs STARS with Star Magic - January 26, 2019 at Camp Aguinaldo

"Wellness has been one of our key initiatives for the past years. Now, we are strengthening our message by inspiring more people to 'live healthier lives'. With our line of new-generation Health and Accident products, Go Well community events, and partnerships such as SUNPIOLOGY, we want to show Filipinos how health and wealth shine brighter together,"explains Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Ms. Mylene Lopa.

"We could trust of giving good education, giving a lot of children a chance to have a brighter life. SunPIOLOgy is more than an exhibit or a sporting event. It turned out to be a tradition of giving back. Ten years ago having the idea of giving back to the community, we're still growing as a community, we've become a wellness brand. We have Enchong Dee as another ambassador," said Piolo. ""Our 10th year, it's time to reflect on how we could help kids,"added Piolo.

With the growing interest in biking and its health benefits, SUN LIFE CYCLE PH once again takes riders around the four cities (Taguig, Makati, Manila, and Pasay) in routes fit for beinner and seasoned bikers. Celebrity cycling enthusiasts like Sun Life ambassadors Matteo Guidicelli and Piolo Pascual will be leading the race. 

Organized by Sunrise Events, SUN LIFE CYCLE PH categories include:
  • Family Ride (30mins dur.)
  • Tricycle Ride (100m and 500m)
  • Short Ride (20km)
  • Long Ride (40km)
For registration, log on to

Part of SunPIOLOgy TR10 is the SUN LIFE RESOLUTION RUN. It has evolved to a regional spectacle with counterparts in different Sun Life Asia Territories. Aside from the Philippines, a Resolution Run to kick diabetes and live healthier lives will also happen in:
  • Malaysia (January 13)
  • Indonesia (January 20)
  • Hong Kong (January 27)
  • Vietnam (January 27)
Here in the Philippines, the charity run will retain its charm of a gun start by sunset as the country's biggest stars race for beneficiaries: 
  • Hebreo Foundation - founded by Piolo and his family, it supports the education of its beneficiary communities. SunPIOLOgy has been helping Hebreo send more poor but deserving scholars to school.
  • Institute for Studies on diabetes Foundation - known as ISDFI, it is an organization that promotes diabetes awareness to the public and the latest medical trends to practitioners. Through the funds raised, the Sun Life Nutrition Lounge is now open as a venue for research and events that support our shared cause of kicking diabetes to oblivion.
  • Noordhoff Foundation - with the motto'Love makes whole', Noordhoff and SunPIOLOgy have been raising funds in order "to establish sustainable craniofacial centers in the Philippines"and "provide world-class craniofacial services to Filipinos especially the indigents."
  • Star Magic scholars. 

Registration is now open at

Join with your family and friends, and together let's make it a TR10 to remember! See you in November and let's start the year healthy and fit in January.

Lady Barista Won the 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup at the AsiaFood Expo 2018

This is the first time that I watched barista competition and I am amazed with the talents of Filipinos. This year's winner is Michelle Anne Rivera from Toby's Estate Coffee Maker. She is the only female in the competition and her first time to compete. Rivera created a fusion of coffee and tea which are both popular drinks.

The Grand Barista Cup 2018 was held last September 14 at the AsiaFood Expo (AFEX) 2018, held at the World Trade Center Manila.

ASIAFOOD EXPO (AFEX) 2018, the International Expo on Food Processing, Packaging, and Handling Machinery, Equipment and Technology; in conjunction with Foodserv Asia and Bakery Asia 2018; now on its 27th year, showcased the most comprehensive line of food machineries and equipment for the food and beverage industry, with the assortment of foreign and local exhibitors, showcased the latest and top-of-of-the-line products and services.

Raw materials, flavors and fragrances, products, services and business solution provider exhibitors are also in AFEX 2018; an encounter with them will surely be of great value for potential and current entrepreneurs in discovering new suppliers and acquiring technology transfer in to making their food enterprises to be at par with the global market.

In cooperation with partner exhibitors, AFEX supports the coffee and flair industries through specialized competitions which bring out the best in their line. The 5th Latte Art Throwdown (September 13, Thursday) and the 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup (September 14, Friday), in partnership with Allegro Beverage Corporation, supports the coffee industry through this barista competitions, by discovering the best coffee artist and barista in the trade, and creating their unique coffee designs and concoctions which will be served in cafes in and around the country. While, Blu Coffee Distributors hosted the second Flair and Cocktail Championships Finals (September 15, Saturday), having their preliminaries in Food & Drinks Asia 2018, both events is part of this one-of-a-kind flair and cocktails competition, in support to the mixology and flair tending industries.Technical product presentations, business seminars, and product demos are open for AFEX 2018 visitors'free-of-charge, to help them gather the latest information on food packaging, processing, and product handling updates, new applications and trends.

For more details and inquiries, visit

Monday, September 24, 2018

Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairytale

I've always been fascinated with the colorful world of fairy tales since childhood, and it's my dream to be a princess with a very beautiful long, shiny hair like Rapunzel. She is one of my favorites and I am so glad that  REP's Theater for Young Audiences brings to life  the colorful story of Princess Rapunzel like you've never seen before. Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale started last September 15, 2018 and ends on January 27, 2019 at the OnStage Theater, Greenbelt 1, Makati City.

My two girls and I were so excited to see the musical retelling of the childhood classic that has new characters with their own mysterious stories – the evil would-be queen, a handsome prince, a determined hairstylist, a lovable dragon, and the princess with a famous head of hair – intersecting at just the right comical—and heartwarming—moments, directed by Joy Virata.

Cara Barredo as Rapunzel

Hans Eckstein as Sir Roderick

The beautiful, extremely long-haired Princess Rapunzel (Cara Barredo, Mikkie Bradshaw, Justine Narciso and Alyssa Rosa) is introduced at the start of the story, as she's kidnapped and trapped inside a tower by the evil Lady Za Za (Carla Guevara-Laforteza and Christine Flores) in an attempt to take over the throne.

Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Lady Za Za

Meanwhile, Sir Roderick (Hans Eckstein and Andres Borromeo) and his friend Edgar (Steven Hotchkiss, Chino Veguillas, and Kenny Isidoro), who chose beauty school instead of knight training, are on a quest to find the perfect head of hair when they stumble upon the tower. Together with a strange Gypsy woman (Bituin Escalante and Naths Everett) looking for a powerful piece of jewelry that was stolen from her, and witty, old dragon Socrates (Arnel Carrion, Raymond Concepcion and Jamie Wilson), they band together to try to rescue Rapunzel and defeat the scheming Za Za.

Based on the story, music, and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman, this is one unexpected adventure you definitely shouldn't miss!

For available show dates and tickets, call REP at 843-3570 ot Ticketworld at 891-9999, or log on to

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