INGARDEN PHILIPPINES: A Place to Shop for Your Holiday Decors

INGARDEN PHILIPPINES: A Place to Shop for Your Holiday Decors

Ingarden Philippines has all the decors and Christmas Trees that you will need to set up a holiday mode for your establishments and homes.

When you talk about the holidays, the Christmas tree is one of the decors that a home can’t live without. If you have not set up yet your Christmas tree, here’s an establishment where you can buy your Christmas Tree and a lot of other accessories that goes with it.

 Beautiful flowers that looks so real.

 The owners of Ingarden.

Location: Unit B&C No. 6 11th Jamboree Street Corner Scout Fuentebella Ext., 1103 Quezon City, Philippines. 

Telephone No. (02) 416 6375.

We are ONE: A Seminar for the Benefit of Yolanda Survivors.

We are ONE: A Seminar for the Benefit of Yolanda Survivors.

Are you looking for ways on how to improve yourself and at the same time help the Yolanda victims? 
Good news! The Country’s Best Speakers come together to give a Series of Benefit Seminars to raise funds for Yolanda Survivors. 
Hit two birds with one stone! Be empowered in both your personal and professional life while helping our countrymen in the Visayas.

In this age and time when almost everyone owns a camera phone or tablet, you could see a lot of people online with their “selfie” shots. Indeed, one should learn how to express your “selfie.”

Janette Toral will be sharing tips on your Selfie Journey .
In her session “Selfie Journey – Connecting And Engaging Online,” Ms. Janette will share tips in expressing your “selfie,” building trust, creating a differentiation, attracting the crowd you like (and vice versa), owning a category, using the “rebel” in you, and defining a framework to sustain.

Janette Toral is a recognized, multi-awarded e-commerce and e-learning specialist in the Philippines. She is the author of Digital Filipino: An E-Commerce Guide for the Filipino, Digital Filipino E-Commerce Workshop, Philippine INernet Review and Blogging from Home.

You are welcome to attend We Are One Kick Off Event– A Day of Empowering The Self (through Life and Skills-Building Talks and Workshops) this December 7, 2013 (Saturday) — at the Vista Center, UG/F Worldwide Corporate Center (along Shaw Blvd. across Star Mall), facilitated by our country’s bevy of esteemed empowerment coaches and speakers. You may call Vonj Tingson via 0917 311 8005 or +622-5477 for more details.

We Are One. Minimum Donation is P1,000 per head. You can register online at http://trainings.ph/weareone

Secretary General of Philippine Red Cross Gwen Pang will be one of the guests.

Participating speakers are the following:

  • Ricky de Vera
  • Boris Joaquin
  • Randy Esguerra
  • Janette C. Toral
  • Jc Libiran
  • Pido Aguilar
  • Raju Mandhyan
  • Warren Domantay
  • Polo Ablazo
  • Al Ian Barcelona
  • Boom San Agustin
  • Joey P.Reyes
  • Ivy Villanueva 
  • Lloyd Luna 
  • Pocholo Gonzales and several others.
Note: This is not a paid post. I just want to help the group of my mentor Janette Torral to gather funds for the Typhoon Yolanda victims.

MISS PHILIPPINES-EARTH 2013: Needs Your Facebook Vote

MISS PHILIPPINES-EARTH 2013: Needs Your Facebook Vote         

Angelee Claudette de los Reyes, 25 years old from Olongapo City, the representative of the Philippines to the 2013 Miss Earth Beauty Pageant, wants to ask for your help on her quest of the crown.

M E C H A N I C S:

  1. Kindly look for the Miss Earth Pageant Official page on Facebook.

 2. Like the official page of Miss Earth Pageant on Facebook.

3. Double click the Miss Photogenic Online Voting sign. Yes, the one with the Camera Icon. Then look up and vote for Miss Philippines from among the lists.

3.  Double click Miss Eco-Beauty Online Voting (the one with the video icon). Make sure to look up and vote for Miss Philippines. 

I met our representative to the Miss Earth 2013 Beauty Pageant earlier this week and she would like to ask for your votes. So please share this link and vote for Miss Philippines. Thank You in advance.

The Angel Locsin look-alike is counting on each Filipino’s help. Her closest rival is Miss India (who got so many votes because of her kababayans).

Patatalo ba tayong Pinoy? Please vote for our very own Miss Philippines because she is currently ranked #2 right now and she’s hoping to win the crown by winning the Miss Photogenic and Miss Eco-Tourism Beauty awards.

The Miss Earth 2013 coronation night will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Versailles Palace in Versailles Alabang along Daang Hari, Las Pinas City (across Ayala Alabang Village).

Note: This is not a paid post, I just want to help our kababayan Miss Philippines to have more votes.

EMPIRE SALON: For All Things Hair

EMPIRE SALON: For All Things Hair

A fantastic haircut and color are worth every penny. You see I just had my hair styled and cut by Miss Cristy of EMPIRE SALON located inside Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City.

Empire Salon hair color treatment for Cha Sy

Ms. Cristy Dizon is a London-trained stylist and the style director of Empire Salon. She’s now added to my list of favorite hair stylists, probably next to my super favorite Louis Phillip Kee (LPK).

I had a great experience at Empire Salon. Ms. Cristy did an amazing layered cut to my mane. It’s now more feminine, soft, and flowing.

In choosing your hair-stylist, so many factors come into play like, for example, the ones that you’ll find on my checklist:

  • skill
  • reliability
  • price
  • experience
  • customer service
  • rapport

I also had a permanent hair color at Empire Salon. Rick Ablan, a salon technician, is responsible for my new hair color.

My hair was always the wash-and-wear type. I rarely go to a salon for my hair color. I usually do it myself. It turned out that my choice of color to cover my grey hair is a big no no! That’s why the staff of Empire Salon had to do a strand test and a color correction. Rick, the one who took care of my hair color, was ably assisted by an amiable staff of Empire Salon. Please remember that the best hair color must be oil-based so that there would be minimal damage to your hair. 

The Place: I think the salon is small compared to LPK but it has adjacent exclusive private rooms available for people who value their privacy.

And you know what the best part is? The private rooms are free to use if you avail of their services from Five Thousand Pesos (Php5K) up. 
Each private room is equipped with iPod and tablet for the client’s exclusive use.
You could also opt to use one of the private rooms for an additional 10% if you’re availing of hair cut only. Imagine the privacy and exclusivity. You won’t see anyone gawking on your hair. Everyone at Empire Salon is pleasing and friendly.

Service: Service is great and professional. My hair stylist Ms. Cristy certainly knows what she was doing during the 5-6 hours for my hair color alone. By the way, they also serve unlimited iced tea.

Price: Php600-1,300 for Hair Cut

Empire Salon is clean. The front office staff is nice and courteous. The Salon carries good hair products I love. Ms. Cristy and Mr. Rick kept me informed on what they were doing to my hair and why they were doing it. All of them, especially Ms. Suki, Ms. Cristy and Mr. Rick, gave me tips on hair care and hair styling products.

Final verdict: After the customary mirror check,  I can say I am happy with my new hair style and color.  

                          

The results are fantastic! I love how awesome my hair stylist Ms. Cristy add body to my hair just by cutting it in layers. I can see the difference in styling from ordinary salons. And my hair color is now absolutely a far cry from my pitch black hair. My new mane is a little washed-out brown with classy highlights. 

Empire Salon will give you a 20% discount if you mention that you heard about them from www.travelonshoestring.com or www.pinaymanila.com.

ST. NAILS: Pampering Treat

ST. NAILS: Pampering Treat

We live in a very stressful world. And sometimes, it pays to listen to your body. 
I admit that I was so stressed out the past few days that I really really wanted some pampering treat. Thank God for angels on earth like my friend Vanna and Carol who gifted me with a pampering treat at St. Nails in Ayala corner Dasmarinas Village Makati City. 
Note: St. Nails Gift certificate is a perfect gift for your family and friends this holiday season. I think they have Gc’s as low as Php 400 pesos up. Maybe you could give them a call and inquire about it.

I was so impressed with the homey feel of St. Nails. Noticeable are the dimmed lights, comfortable chairs and friendly staff.  The staff even served me with a glass of hot tea. I even saw one of the staff put a herbal pillow on the back of another customer. She forgot to ask me if I also want one for my tired back. Well, maybe you should request for one if you try out their service. I tell you I had a very sound sleep. Their place is perfect for relaxation.

After I chose my preferred color for my gel manicure and pedicure, the process began. The Nail technician submerged my hands and feet in a warm water solution.

Then she began cleaning my nails. Tired and stressed out,  I dozed off to dreamlandia after that. Ha ha ha! 

I love the end result.

Look at my Gel nail polish color. It made my skin looks fairer.

I chose blue gel nail polish because this color works well with outfits containing various colors.

Remember, no matter what length of nails you have, the key to a nice nail is proper filing, so take the time to make your nails shapely and clean.

Thanks to the St. Nails staff for making my visit a relaxing one.

St. Nails provides free parking and free wi-fi connectivity for their customers. Awesomeness! That is so high tech!

Saint Nails also offers party packages where you can reserve the entire place. I am so thrilled when I learned about this information because I would love a spa party for myself and my whole barkada soon.

I wish that this coming Christmas, which is just around the corner, an angel will once again treat me to a pampering treat at St. Nails. Ha ha ha! #wish #ChristmasGift

What are you waiting for? Pamper Yourself From Head to Toe and visit St. Nails at the Ground Floor of NFB Building (Petron Gas Station/ UCC Cafe), EDSA corner Arnaiz Avenue, Barangay Dasmarinas, 1221 Makati (02) 586 0985 / (0917) 86 NAILS [62457]

This is located within the Petron Gas Station along EDSA Makati just across Dusit Thani Hotel.

Operation Hours are from Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Free Parking if you avail of their services. 

LUCY TORRES-GOMEZ BARES THE HIDDEN TRUTH

LUCY TORRES-GOMEZ BARES THE HIDDEN TRUTH

“Umalis ka dyan sa pila, hindi kita bibigyan, iba ang payong mo, hindi yan kay Mayor”
Sa panahon ng sakuna at sa pagbangon kailangan pa ba na pare pareho tayo ng balahibo?
Hindi ko maintindihan bakit hinahaluan ng politika ang pagresponde sa mga nasalanta. 
Hindi kasalanan ng National Government ang mga pangyayaring ito dahil gusto lamang nila na magkaroon ng sistema ang distribution ng mga relief goods. Ang mga mapagsamantalang namumulitikang local government at Baranggay Captain, Brgy. Kagawad ang dapat ipatawag at papanagutin sa kanilang mga ginawang kabalbalan.

MANNY PACQUIAO: Wins WBO International Welterweight Title

MANNY PACQUIAO: Wins WBO International Welterweight Title

Manny Pacquiao proves once again that he is a true blue champion!

Manny Pacquiao weighs at 150 pounds, while his opponent in the ring, Brandon Rios weighs at 159 pounds. Rios is also taller and has longer reach than Manny Pacquiao.

Their fight was labelled as “Clash in Cotai” that was held today, Sunday, November 24, 2013, in Cotai Arena in Macao.
David Beckham Cotai Arena Macao
David Beckham visited Manny Pacquiao in his dressing room before the start of the fight.
Macao Cotai Arena Manny Pacquiao vs. Brandon Rios WBO International Welterweight Title
Apl de Ap of Black Eyed Peas, Paris Hilton, Miguel Cotto were also present. So as my good friend Lane, Andrea and Dr. Jansen who watched the fight live in Cotai, Arena, Macao.

Jessica Sanchez sang the National Anthem United States US Philippines PH

Jessica Sanchez, two in one performance. She gets to sing the national anthem for both the United Stated and the Philippines.

Brandon Ruis at Cotai Arena Macao

Handsome Rios before the fight.

Manny Pacquiao Hunger for the belt WBO International Welterweight Title

Manny Pacquiao is fierce. Hungry for the World Title Belt!

They are about to start round 1….

Manny is ready to fight.

Round 1 Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is wearing his advertisement filled blue shorts and Brandon Rios is wearing a cement bag look a like white shorts. Manny approaches Rios with a jab. It seems they were trying to gauge one another. Rios did not try to land a punch on Manny. The first punch to really connect is a left jab to the head by Pacman. The crowd cheered for Manny. Manny Pacquiao’s speed seems to bother Brandon Rios. Then Rios went down on his backside. The referee rules it as a slip and Rios gets some good shots in when the pair grapple. And just before the final bell Pacquiao lands a strong left to Rios’ head.

Round 2 Brandon Rios finally had the balls to go forward towards Manny Pacquiao at the opening of the second round, landing some seemingly strong body shots. Pacquiao was forced to dance a little more than usual. After 90 seconds of Rios looking the aggressor, Pacquiao finally counters with a flurry of combinations. In the final ten seconds Pacquiao again lands a series of headshots.

Round 3 It seems as if Pacquiao is at his best with strong shots and athleticism in the ring. Rios made a brief rally early in the round when he trapped Pacquiao in a corner. But Pacquiao responded with some strong counterpunching in the middle of the ring to likely win the round. But it was Rios’ best round.

Round 4 Pacquiao seems to be in complete control of the fight. His left jabs seem to have confounded Rios. While neither fighter seems to be in distress, Pacquiao is running a clinic on how to win a fight. It’s now a question of how long Rios wants to put up with this

Round 5 Pacquiao opened the round with a strong left to the head of Rios and then followed with a good left-right combination later in the round. Observers are starting to wonder how longer Rios can last in this fight. Any doubt that Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez was going to define the end of his career were sadly mistaken. It’s now his fight to finish


Round 6 Manny Pacquiao started the round with a strong left-right combination but he seems to have settled down a bit. But as the round progressed Pacquiao got stronger with combinations and even drew a little blood around Rios’ right eye. The question now seems as if Rios can win a single round or be shutout.

Round 7 Anyone who doubted Manny Pacquiao needs to reconsider the future of the 34-year-old boxer. He looks young and fresh, and his left jabs seems sharp as ever. This round crosses over that Rios would need a knockout to win the fight. Pacquiao holds a 172-88 advantage in punches landed. The crowd was chanting Manny’s name.

Round 8 They’re not fighting in some instance. Their arms are locked. Manny is not as active in this round. If there was a round that Rios could win, this was it. Pacquiao looked a little unsettled and Rios even landed a left shot that connected with his face. But a late flurry by Pacquaio brought the round back to him as Rios looked distressed around the eyes and nose.

Round 9 More of the same as it becomes apparent that Pacquiao’s only remaining goal is to pitch a shutout. Rios showed a late flurry but it was answered by strong, sharp connections by Pacquiao. Rios isn’t hurt but he is surely beaten. Both eyes are swollen. Rios could not catch Manny. Manny is too fast for Brandon Rios. Rios is still standing up but the round once again belongs to Manny Pacquiao.

Round 10 Pacquiao continued to dominate his overmatched opponent, scoring easily with punches that seem to sting but not hurt. Rios is hoping just to make the 12-round finish with no chance of winning the fight. Only a miracle can give Rios the win. Rios was given another warning by the referee. Rios got in. But it is nothing seious. Manny Pacquiao is very careful.

Round 11 An early flurry by Pacquiao got the crowd excited but Rios seemed determined to finish the fight. Pacquiao’s left continues to connect with modest damage against a fighter that only has a puncher’s chance to win. The pace of the fight seems to have slowed but Pacquiao’s dominance has not. Brandon was left with a cut on his cheeks and left eye. Brandon Rios even lift Manny Pacquiao to stop him from beating him. Manny is aggressive in this round. Manny is doing a lot of foot work. Brandon Rios has taken a beating from Manny Pacquiao.

Round 12 The final round started with Rios realizing he had only one chance and that was knockout, but it was clear that the Manny Pacquiao that captivated the world was still around. He jabbed and hit at will. The fact that he didn’t drop Rios will not be remembered as a fight that Pacquiao did not close but more that he is as dominant as he ever was. Both men are still standing at the end of round 12. Brandon Rios got a boxing lesson from Manny Pacquiao. He looks like a beaten boxer at the end of round 12.


Manny Pacquaio wins by unanimous decision! He is back! #MannyPacquiao #DominantVictory #BackOnTrack.

The judges are Michael Pernick (Florida), Lisa Giampa (Las Vegas) and Manfred Kuchler (Germany).

Official Scorecards: 120-108, 119-109, 118-110


Congrats Manny!

DEAF AWARENESS WEEK: Time For Us to Listen

DEAF AWARENESS WEEK: Time For Us to Listen



Hear ye! Hear ye!

November 10 to 16 of every year is declared as Deaf Awareness Week (DAW) thru Proclamation No. 829 last November 8, 1991 by the late President Corazon Aquino to focus awareness on deafness, its prevention and rehabilitation. This year’s theme is “Ano Daw Nga?” 

Deaf Awareness Week Logo November 2013

Speaking of deaf awareness, there is this one interesting story that you need to “hear.”

My mother side of the family is from Libmanan, Camarines Sur in Bicol region.  Our little town is known as the town of the “bungog” (deaf). According to legend, an affluent family with five children who have hearing disorder were the first ones who were able to study in the city. They are said to be saying “ha?” whenever people talk to them. Thus, the first impression they made were etched in history up until today. Everybody in Libmanan got labeled as “bungog.” 

Libmaneños have a habit of re-confirming words. No wonder, the label was transferred from generation to generation. But not everyone in Libmanan are hearing impaired. 

But what really is Hearing Impairment? Is it Birth-acquired ? Or is it acquired during old age? As an adult are you still at risk of losing your hearing? One or two of these questions come rushing on your mind, right?

In the Philippines, twenty-eight percent (28%) of the population is suffering from hearing loss. That is almost a third of the population! I bet that like me you were also shocked by the large percentage of Filipinos suffering from hearing impairment. This chunk of our population is just part of the 287 million individuals, reported by the World Health Organization, who have hearing problems.

“We want to pick up hearing loss at an early stage so that we can rehabilitate as early as possible,” according to Dr. Gretchen Navarro Locsin, a pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat specialist at St. Luke’s Medical Center, as she spoke at the launch of Deaf Awareness Week, which is sponsored by the Metro Manila Federation of Agencies for the Deaf in cooperation with Glaxo Smith Kline and other institutions.

By age one, six out of ten infants would have had more than one episode of an ear infection. By age three, 4 out of 5 children would have experienced at least one ear infection. By age seven, at least one of three children would have had at least six ear defects. These children would add to the number of people suffering from hearing disabilities. 

 Acquired Hearing loss can be attributed to many causes: 

  • Increase in age
  • sickness like rubella
  • meningitis
  • measles
  • mumps
  • prolonged bouts of high fever
  • ear infection
  • hole in the eardrum
  • buildup of wax in the ear canal
  • foreign object stuck in the ear canal
  • skull fracture
  • trauma from explosions
  • gunfire, and the like
  • use of certain medicines
  • and working around loud noises daily ( such as in construction site)

In order to avoid the loss of hearing, one should be observant of cleanliness and protection against colds, wearing hearing protection such as silicone plugs; avoiding noisy places and activities, and avoid medications that can damage hearing.

Although it is an alarming phenomenon hearing loss is potentially preventable. Deafness or hearing impairment can be present at birth or develop later in life. Some of the common causes of hearing loss are accumulated earwax, intake of certain medications,excessive noise exposure, old age and ear infection or in some rare occurrence Otitis Media.

Acute Otitis Media (Latin) is inflammation of the middle ear, or a middle ear infection. It occurs in the area between the tympanic membrane and the inner ear, including a duct known as the eustachian tube. It is one of the two categories of ear inflammation that can underlie what is commonly called an earache, the other being otitis externa. Diseases other than ear infections can also cause ear pain, including cancers of any structure that shares nerve supply with the ear and shingles which can lead to herpes zoster oticus. Though painful, Otitis media is not threatening and usually heals on its own within 2–6 weeks.

Immediate and appropriate management of ear problems or diseases is also important to prevent hearing loss.

“The mother would tell us there is no problem, but that does not mean the patient is alright, that just means that maybe the mom does not see anything. That does not mean that the wound would heal itself. The child or the adult would still go into complication,” says Locsin.

What she advises is to have a check-up.

Another way to prevent hearing loss is by avoiding loud noises.

“How would you know if the volume on your MP3 or IPod is too loud?” asked Locsin.

“If the person beside you could already hear it, that is too loud,” she says. “You are the only one who is supposed to hear the music especially if you are using insert earphones. If you are exposed to long and abnormally loud sounds, in a long period of time, it causes hearing loss.”

For some, silence might be golden, but for others it is a burden as they live in a world without sound.

Today with the help of technology and medical research, protection against Acute Otitis Media (AOM) can be achieved through vaccination. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has developed a vaccine against Acute Otitis Media (AOM.) 

“A large number of deafness is preventable. Glaxo Smith Kline is interested in educating people to avail vaccinations. Vaccination is a good way to prevent the disease, including those diseases which can cause deafness,” says Sim.

“Among those vaccines offered by GSK is the pneumococcal vaccine (for pneumonia) which can help prevent infections that could lead to hearing loss. We also have the Rubella vaccine (German Measles). Rubella can cause deafness in the unborn babies if pregnant women are sick with it. We also manufacture flu vaccines. Influenza, unknown to some, could also cause ear infections,” shares Derrick Sim, vice president of Glaxo Smith Kline for Commercial Vaccines. 


“Some vaccines only require one shot, while others require two or three shots. The vaccines stimulate the body to produce antibodies to fight the infection so that the body can protect itself.”

As part of GSK’s advocacy on deafness, GSK gave out 300 pneumococcal vaccines to Better Hearing Philippines to help in its commitment to protect Filipino children and prevent potential hearing loss.

During Deaf Awareness Week, activities such as seminars, dance competitions and ear check-up are offered at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center and the University of Santo Tomas.

For more information on Deaf Awareness Week, please contact Better Hearing Philippines at (02) 406-1611. Studies reveal that generally one to three individuals in every 1,000 births suffer from some form of hearing impairment. I can’t imagine the sad truth about hearing impairment such as the following:

  • I learned that 90 percent of deaf children are born into families where both parents have hearing impairment
  • Men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women
  • There is a strong relationship between age and hearing loss.

In celebrating Deaf Awareness Week this year, let us pay tribute to countless individuals who, despite their hearing and other impairments, endeavor to have access to education to improve their lot. Let us support every effort to bring them into the mainstream, where they too have a rightful place, and help them to gain access to opportunities to become productive members of their community and country. Private special schools with programs for the deaf, and Special Education (SpEd) Centers are also urged to undertake activities in support of the celebration.

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Jobsdb and Unlad Kabuhayan, to help 80,000 Filipinos Find Good Career Opportunities

Jobsdb and Unlad Kabuhayan, to help 80,000 Filipinos Find Good Career Opportunities 

Good news to all job hunters! I got invited to the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Jobsdb and Unlad Kabuhayan yesterday, November 21, 2013, held at Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.  


Jobsdb and Unlad Kabuhayan will organize a job fair dubbed “Unlad Kabuhayan” scheduled on January 24 to 26, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Grounds, Pasay City.

The Unlad Kabuhayan Job Fair will feature more than 200 exhibitors representing companies belonging to different sectors, and the event is expected to be attended by more than 80,000 participants. The program will also include a career convention that will feature notable speakers and career-guide experts who will be announced later on.

Please mark your calendar(s) and be sure to attend the Unlad Kabuhayan Job Fair.

NOTE: The above logos belong to jobsdb.com and unladkabuhayan.com, respectively.