Wednesday, December 15, 2021

ANTI-STAT RAPE BILL HURDLES BICAM

Atty. Cheryl P. Deloso-Montalla
Congressman, 18th Congress
2nd District, Zambales

PRESS RELEASE
December 14, 2021
Reference: Earl L. Sitaca
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REP. DELOSO-MONTALLA: ANTI-STAT RAPE BILL HURDLES BICAM

Rep. Cheryl P. Deloso-Montalla, Chairman of the House Committee on Revision of 
Laws, hails the ratification today by the House of Representatives of the bicameral 
conference committee report on the disagreeing provisions of Senate Bill No. 2332 and 
House Bill No. 7836 on increasing the age in determining statutory rape. 

“In the report, we determined that the age of statutory rape be set to under 16 
years of age in view of the global standard on statutory rape age,” Rep. Deloso-Montalla 
explained. “We also aligned with this bill the age of consent in other crimes under the 
criminal code and other anti-child abuse and exploitation laws like the R.A. No. 7610,”
she added.

The Representative of the 2nd District of Zambales also said that the Committee “… 
also provided a “close-in relationship” or “sweetheart clause” to recognize the legitimate 
relationship between 2 teenagers... that is in consonance with the age of criminal liability 
under RA 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and 
Discrimination Act and the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act or RA No. 9344, as amended by 
RA No. 10630. Most importantly, rape and other acts of sexual exploitation, under this 
bill, is now applicable to a man, woman, or child.”

“The enactment of this bill is long overdue as the data scream loudly and clearly
speak that the crime of rape remains rampant in the country. What we know are the 
reported cases but the true statistics may be higher considering that there are a lot of 
unreported and unaccounted cases of rape and other forms of sexual abuse and 
exploitation that are happening,” Rep. Deloso-Montalla further said.

“Now that we have ratified the Bi-Cam report on the anti-stat rape bill, it is now a 
step closer to becoming a law! We will always endure to ascertain that our children are 
given optimum protection under our laws and within the bounds of the democratic society 
that we have,” she averred.

Initially, 9 bills were referred to the Committee on Revision of Laws relating to the 
amendments to Anti-Rape Law with specific provisions on increasing the age of consent 
on statutory rape. There were similar bills that were referred to the Committee on Welfare 
of Children Chaired by Rep. Yedda K. Romualdez. The 2 committees jointly heard and 
deliberated exhaustively on the proposed measures and came up with a substitute bill -
HB 7836 or An Act Providing for Stronger Protection Against Rape and Sexual Exploitation 
and Abuse, Including Increasing the Age for Determining the Commission of Statutory 
Rape.

The bill was approved on Third Reading by the House of Representatives on December 1, 2020.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Nitrile Gloves For Your Total Health Protection

For the past 10 years, infections have risen that are harmful to hospital workers throughout the world. The usage of medical gloves has increased, with the purpose to protect the health care workers, as well as a way to protect patients in a hospital setting. With the frequent consumption of gloves, medical care workers started to experience problems using latex gloves. Prolonged usage and exposure to Latex Gloves led to an increase in allergic reactions, such as dermatitis and latex allergies. These problems caused an increase in worker's compensation claims, to find a better protective glove for workers as well as their patients and avoid skin problems. Medical professionals soon will use nitrile gloves as an effective way to control this problem.

Manufacturers have lowered the cost of these gloves, which makes them an effective replacement that is not too expensive. These gloves provide a far superior level of protection from punctures as well as protection from chemicals. Testing was done by LabConsumer in order to assess the maneuverability and comfort of the gloves, as this would be an important factor, especially in hospital settings. One of the most important results of this study was that participants actually preferred nitrile gloves rather than latex gloves. Institutions now have a glove that is more effective than latex, prevents workers and patients from getting dermatitis and allergies. 



In recent years, the automotive industry has also turned to use nitrile gloves as a way to protect their workers from harmful chemicals. Workers in this industry come in contact with many different harmful chemicals and the gloves provide outstanding protection. It also helps to prevent workers from burns and cuts that are common in this industry. The most important protections workers receive in the automotive industry, are the reduction of vibrations that can eventually lead to carpal tunnel syndrome, protection from toxic chemicals, solvents, and cleaners. All of these can lead to compensation claims, therefore owners in the automotive industry need a reduction in force due to cost-cutting.

People in the dental profession also use gloves more than any other health care provider. It was found that due to prolonged use of latex gloves they suffered a higher incidence of allergies as well as allergic skin reactions. Dentists and dental assistants now prefer to use Nitrile Disposable Gloves for protection, but also they are more resistant to punctures and tears than the old-style latex gloves. The dexterity of these gloves was found to be just as good as latex but provided the best protection for them as well as for their patients.

As more industries become concerned with protecting their workers, these gloves are now being used in all industrial settings. Any industry where workers are exposed to caustic chemicals has now turned to use gloves that will provide maximum protection to their workers, thereby reducing claims for injuries. Police forces worldwide also use them to protect officers from being exposed to blood or other pathogens they come in contact with. The same also holds true for ambulance workers, who are exposed more often than police officers. The gloves have become so popular that even people who work in the garden are now using them for protection as well as providing a comfortable environment for their hands when working. Nitrile gloves are now the protection of choice in many different areas. The more they become the standard and production rates rise, the more cost savings will be passed on to the consumer.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

REX Education and PEAC Launch Edukampyon Iskolar Para Sa Kinabukasan—A Scholarship Program to Champion, Strengthen, and Uplift Teacher Education

“Teaching is the profession that teaches all other professions.” Teachers are living vessels of knowledge and of dreams and aspirations of children whose voices fill teachers’ hearts and minds. As such, we recognize that lifelong learners need lifelong teachers—both championing education toward a better future for all.



With the desire to fuel hope and inspire action among Edukampyons, REX Education and the Private Education Assistance Committee (PEAC) launched the PEAC–REX Edukampyon Iskolar Para Sa Kinabukasan, a scholarship program that aims to champion, strengthen, and advance teacher education by encouraging the best and brightest learners to pursue the teaching profession.

Addressing the Challenges Faced by the Education Sector
According to the 2018 OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) results, Filipino students ranked the lowest among 79 countries in mathematics, science, and reading, with over 80% of students not reaching the minimum level of proficiency in reading. In a 2019research conducted by the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMMS), scores of Filipino students decreased by 61 points in mathematics and by 83 points in science from 2003 to 2019. The Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) also found that in 2019, at least 83% of Grade 5 students scored below reading and mathematics standards expected for end of primary schooling.

According to the World Bank Philippines Report 2021: “Improving teacher quality in schools will mean attracting and selecting the best candidates into the teaching profession. To strengthen teacher quality, [we] should begin from selecting the right people into the profession. Policies in teacher recruitment and hiring should be aimed at increasing the attractiveness of the career, such as incentivizing high achievers to pursue teacher training and eventually enter into the profession.”

Edukampyon Iskolar Para Sa Kinabukasan
The Edukampyon Iskolar Para Sa Kinabukasan scholarship program rings true to REX Education’s Edukampyon advocacy: to rally every Filipino to champion education so that every learner is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged, and values-oriented. As Edukampyons, we are duty-bound to uplift the Filipino learners today and in the future—and help make them whole. The time to act is now.
By encouraging the best and the brightest to pursue the teaching profession, we are investing in our learners and in the future of Philippine education. By being partners, we are working together to build and strengthen the path toward a brighter tomorrow for all of us, for our nation. By supporting the program, we are giving back to the teaching profession the highest honor and prestige it deserves.

“Teaching is a profession that has the power and influence to inspire the grooming of the greatest artists, doctors, and innovators. So, it is essential as Edukampyons to look into how we can advance and strengthen the quality of teachers and instructors… from basic education to the tertiary level. We seek for the best and the brightest to work with us, commit to the profession, and start creating a rippled effect as we enhance teachers’ quality today. This small act that we are doing in the present can have a great impact on all of our futures,” said Don Timothy Buhain, chief executive officer of REX Education during the launch of the program on October 5, 2021.

What’s Next?
REX Education and PEAC are here for you. Students can apply for the program through their respective schools; while schools can nominate their top students for the scholarship, to encourage good-standing students to pursue Teacher Education for their tertiary education. 
REX Education and PEAC will also partner with teacher education centers of excellence (COEs) and centers of development (CODs) across the country to grant the scholarships, ensuring quality education and training for future teachers. 

By school year 2022–2023, 50 of the best and brightest freshmen will be selected across four basic education specializations: Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Those admitted to the program will not only enjoy living and technology-support allowances; they will also receive the best training from partner COEs and CODs across the country and bear the pride and responsibility to give back and advance the community.

Edukampyon Iskolar Para Sa Kinabukasan was launched through a virtual event that gathered educators and representatives from PEAC, REX Education, Philippine Business of Education, ASEAN Teacher Education Network, the Department of Education, and the Commission on Higher Education. Apart from launching the initiative, it was also a celebration of teachers across the country in time for World Teachers’ Month.
Those who missed the event can still watch it via REX Education Facebook page.
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Media contact: Jerome Samson- 09178961568

Monday, December 6, 2021

Kembot Nation: How to Join the Largest Baby Dance Group in the Philippines

Whenever we’re faced with unfamiliar situations, fear and anxiousness can take over us. Much like adults, babies experience feelings of uncertainty too. To build confidence and avoid timidity, we want to encourage Power Parents to let babies try new experiences that can positively impact their developmental growth. Studies have shown that dancing along to music has long-lasting benefits for babies, especially during the most critical period of their development. 

One factor that can affect your baby’s health is diaper rashes. This condition not only affects their skin but also leaves them uncomfortable, keeping them from developmental milestones. But not to worry, Power Parents!

Pampers is dedicated to help Power Parents provide their babies a comfortable, healthy development. The NEW Pampers Rash Shield with Lotion with Aloe helps babies maintain good skin and overall health, so they can be their most active and be comfortable to kembot as much as they please. Pampers Pants provide an all-around protection from rashes because of the elevated skin health proposition, Rash Shield with ALOE ingredient, improved leg leak guard, skin protection cues & wider diaper perception, and new fresh aloe scent. 

With the protection of the new Pampers Rash Shield with Lotion with Aloe, babies have adorably showcased how they kembot the rashes away with Pampers’ newest Kembot Nation jingle. Now, you and your babies can join in on the fun of the largest baby dance group!



We want to see how adorably cute your babies can kembot the rashes away. Simply go to the official Pampers Philippines TikTok page and record your baby’s kembot using the audio of the latest video. Don’t forget to use the hashtags #PampersPH and tag @PampersPH on TikTok.

Check out some of these amazing kembot moves from babies all over the nation!

 

With the added improved leg leak guard & skin protection cues of Pampers Rash Shield with Lotion with Aloe babies can’t help but to move and groove to the beat of the Kembot Nation jingle. You too can kembot along!

Protect your baby from the threats of rashes with each kembot to Lazada and Shopee! Purchase the NEW Pampers Pants with Rash Shield and Lotion with Aloe and be part of #PampersKembotNation!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

San Juan City’s BJMP showcased their craftsmanship in their Parol-Making Project, the chosen beneficiary of Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA)

Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA) CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) program, “Kind Heart Gives Campaign” has chosen San Juan City’s Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) as one their beneficiary for this year.


Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) of San Juan City’s BJMP showcased their craftsmanship in their parol-making project, which also serves as an opportunity for them to support themselves and their families financially. The “parol,” which is one of the most iconic symbols of Filipino Christmas, is a staple decoration in most houses.


“The parol is a great expression of the Filipinos’ faith and hope, We’d like to take this opportunity to extend our support to the PDL’s of San Juan City as we move towards a brighter Christmas celebration in these challenging times”— Cecilio San Pedro, SBA’s President, and CEO.




In photo (L-R): Raquel Bumbay, VP-Marketing; Arlene Siongco, VP-Compensation and Benefits, Ethel Peralta, VP-Management Support Services; JO2 Karl Julius C. Leano, BJMP representative; and Dan Guevara, VP-Center for Learning



During the announcement of the activity, Sterling Bank of Asia employees also ordered their own parols to bring home and hang in their homes. “It is inspiring to see how our fellow employees happily bought their own parols as a way of helping these persons deprived of liberty, from a company-led initiative, our fellow employees voluntarily involved themselves in the project,” said Dulce Edillor, SBA’s Human Resources Group Head.

To know more about Sterling Bank of Asia, visit http://www.sterlingbankasia.com.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Wishcovery Originals grand winner Peniel Roxas wins Lumina House and Lot

Singer-songwriter Peniel Roxas has finally made her dreams come true. As the grand champion of Wishcovery Originals, she just won P1 million cash, a recording contract, a brand-new car, and a house and lot from Lumina Homes.

Wishcovery Originals is a Wish 107.5-produced competition for talented Filipino singer-songwriters. 



"I just want to thank my family, my friends, and everyone who found my music, listened to my music, or found something special in me because most of the time, I don't think I deserve it. Thank you, thank you so much for seeing me and seeing my music," Roxas said in her speech. 


Roxas, along with her fellow finalists, showed off their singing and songwriting chops in front of 800 people at the LausGroup Event Center in Pampanga. 


Strict health and safety protocols were implemented throughout the show. Prior to the grand finals, the contestants, staff guest performers, including Juan Karlos Labajo, Oh, Flamingo!, and Mayonnaise, and the audience members tested negative for COVID-19.


The live performances of the finalists composed 80% of their final score, while the remaining 20% came from the total number of views in their Wishclusive videos. The power-viewing period took place from October 25 to November 5.


The panel of judges was comprised of Mayonnaise's Monty Macalino, Jungee Marcelo, and Jay R, who kept in touch with the contestants through a virtual setup. 


Since the lockdowns started, the Wishcovery Grand Finals marks the first time performers and a sizeable audience gathered for an in-person musical event in the country.


A peek into Peniel's Lumina house and lot

Roxas is set to move into her new home at the Aimee home. One of Lumina's best-selling rowhouses, Aimee features a 22-square-meter floor area on a 36-square-meter lot.


It includes a living area, dining and kitchen, one bedroom provision, one toilet and bath, and a service area. 


Roxas also has a chance to choose a location from any of Lumina Homes' available locations nationwide! Lumina has over 50 developments in key locations across the country: Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, Iloilo, Capiz, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Agusan del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and South Cotabato.


For more information and announcements, follow @luminahomesofficial on Facebook or visit Lumina Homes’ official website at www.lumina.com.ph.





Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Powering up essential workers with Sting Energy Drink

The pandemic clearly showed us that not all heroes wear capes. We have our economic frontliners who make our lives easier and safer. They are the delivery riders, construction workers, and market vendors, among others.





As the most festive season of the year nears, essential workers prepare for busier days ahead. They expect larger volumes of delivery, more traffic in grocery stores, and higher demand for their services. To get them going through their day, they need a little boost from energy drinks.


Sting is one of the energy drinks known and well-loved among Filipino essential workers.

It is a product of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI), the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country.


Sting helps build stamina needed to last a long and tough day. It sharpens the mind and body to endure taxing situations. 


As we enter the last quarter of the year, we hope to power up our economic frontliners through Sting. Their commitment to their jobs, despite the threat of the pandemic, is commendable. PCPPI, for its part, continues to produce beverages that are not only refreshing, but energizing as well, said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong. 


Sting is a refreshing energy drink that gives one a positive kick. It comes in strawberry flavor in 300ml and 330ml bottles. It is available in supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, and sari-sari stores nationwide. 


PCPPI is also the exclusive manufacturer of well-known beverage brands in the Philippines including Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Mug, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina.



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About Pepsi Philippines

 

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages & snacks in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 70 years. PCPPI is a listed company in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: PIP) with Lotte Corporation which is a holding company of Lotte Chilsung Beverage, one of the biggest beverage .

Friday, September 24, 2021

Newsreels – The next TikTok, But for News Watch top news videos, curated for you!

The app development powerhouse behind Newsreels has done it again. Revolutionizing the traditional has always been part of their DNA. And this time, they took the notoriously rigid and conventional news format to the next level by creating an app that delivers 100% accurate news, up to 20 times faster.






With its two trailblazing news formats – reels and bullets – everyone can get to know more updates, in no time at all.


This is the future of news. Welcome to Newsreels.


While a conventional news app shows its collection of headlines with full articles, Newsreels introduces a game-changer in the news industry through its bullet summarization engine. Readers get to save precious minutes by getting just the important bullet points from the news they want.


To make things a whole lot better, modern readers get to enjoy informative news content in trendy reels format. Now, users can simply swipe across an endless stream of news reels. Living with its moniker, Newsreels has jazzed up the interface with a video-upload feed for the users, much like Instagram or TikTok. This is another unique feature that cashes in on the younger generation and offers them digestible, up-to-the-minute news.


On top of that, Newsreels covers a wider spectrum of publishers - right from the regional/local level to the global news houses. Truly, nothing comes close when it comes to the sheer volume of their partner publications.


The app goes further by giving content creators the option to collab with the app, letting them use it as a publishing platform to reach more audiences. For an app born out of the innovation surge during the 2020 pandemic, Newsreels is the much needed power-up of both emerging and established news outlets.


"It is our answer to the growing need of the public to have a one-stop news portal to get all the relevant information they need, be it for COVID-related topics or absolutely anything they want, without having to jump between apps and news sources," says RJ David, the team’s Product Innovation Officer.


Gone are the glory days of the plain vanilla newsreader apps. The readers today are smart: we want more; we want better, quicker. And we want it how we like it. Newsreels has quashed the "same-old, same-old" monotony of current affairs through its contemporary, made-to-order, openly inclusive news aggregation platform. The era of engaging, on-point, choice news is in.


You are cordially invited to experience the future of news. And the future is now.


Welcome to Newsreels.


To know more about Newsreels or to download the app, please click here. You can also follow the company on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. For partnerships related queries, you can contact them at partnership@newsreels.app.

Friday, September 17, 2021

What Makes a Sweatshirt Essential in Your Life?

There are many people who like to keep up with the current fashion trend and they buy a stylish clothing items like a sweatshirt to look good and feel comfortable. 
The sweatshirt is a very popular piece of clothing that a lot of people are wearing in order to keep warm. It is in fact one of the most popular apparel items that people from all over the world are wearing. They come in different styles, colors, and sizes. Although the name implies some sort of physical activity, sweatshirts can actually be worn on any occasion due to the fact that they can be very stylish and simple.

Check out these hbcu sweatshirts that offer hbcu hoodies, collegiate hoodies, college sweatshirts, sweatshirts, university sweatshirts and so much more. HBCU means Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were established to serve the educational needs of black Americans. ... As a result, HBCUs became the principal means for providing postsecondary education to black Americans but they ensure that qualified applicants of any color are accepted and most top institutions actively recruit minority students.




HBCU clothing isn't just a statement. It's a testament, a vibrant ideal, and an expression of respect as well as hope. So, find a crew, a hoodie, a jacket, shirts and dresses, sweatpants, and more to represent the three pillars of the culture while giving back to the colleges that shaped you.

It is a common notion that sweatshirts are worn during cold seasons. However, when some trends keep dominating the market and fashion, sweatshirts can now be worn even on regular days to enhance one's fashion sense. Yes, a sweatshirt is now being used to improve one's appearance when he or she goes out in public.

You may also consider these factors when buying sweatshirts.
The material, choose light materials and which are not harmful to sensitive skins. 
The size, don't buy sweatshirts that are too large for you. They will make you look heavy and fat. Your curves won't be emphasized and you will end up being uncomfortable in wearing your sweatshirt.
The design, If you are not convinced with the designs in your local retail outlet, better go online and visit some sites that design sweatshirts for customers. They are great when it comes to giving a vibrant and customized look to your sweatshirt.

Sweatshirts are a very common piece of clothing nowadays, enjoy, be fashionable and it makes you look cooler.  

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A Checklist To Basic Home Repair Toolkit

Owning a house comes with plenty of repair needs too! After some time, your home will need repairs, especially for roofing, plumbing, and electrical. If you only need some simple repairs, don’t call for a specialist yet and try to do it yourself. 


To accomplish simple house repairs, it’s important to have the right tools! From pliers to hammers, here’s a short checklist to have your own basic home repair toolkit.


This isn’t a complete and one-size-fits-all list. Some larger and newer houses may need more because the installed systems are more complex.


  • Hammers and wrenches

  • Different sizes of nails

  • A set of screwdrivers (both flathead and Phillips)

  • Different sizes of screws

  • Tape measure

  • Hand saw

  • Rulers and levels

  • A set of pliers (Long nose, cutting, wire stripper, etc)

  • Small ladder


What are simple repairs that you can do yourself?




With these tools at your home, there are plenty of easy repairs you can do! From tightening loose screws to changing light bulbs, here are simple house repairs that you can do yourself.


Squeaking doors


While this may not be a big nuisance, a squeaking door can get to your nerves. If they’re a bit loose, use the appropriate screw-head to tighten them. If they start to build up rust, change the screws one by one so you don’t have to loosen the door at once.


Loose knobs


Cabinets, cupboards, dressers, or any kind of knobs can loosen from constant opening and closing. Before they loosen completely, tighten the bolts. Simply use the appropriate screwdriver to make sure knobs are bolted properly.


Changing light bulbs


Changing busted light bulbs is easy. However, it can be if you stand on an unsteady base. Use a small ladder and make sure you lay it out properly. While you can change the bulb even if the switch is on, it’s advisable to turn it off — just to be sure!


Get a home with quality fixtures with BellaVita


It’s a hassle to fix furniture, fixtures, and cabinetries as soon as you move in. That’s why it’s important to purchase a home that promises quality craftsmanship — from noticeable things like the color of the paint, tile work, and the quality of design to small things like knobs, light bulbs, faucets, and cabinetries.


With BellaVita, you can guarantee the quality of your home. BellaVita Sakto Gusto mo, Sakto Sa’yo! For more inquiries about BellaVita homes and locations, visit BellaVita, or send a message through Facebook.



Monday, June 28, 2021

Flaunt Your Pride with Pantene

The freedom to fully express one's identity without fear of judgement is the fruit of years of fighting for equal rights and representation, and every June, we celebrate how far we've come with LGBTQIA+ Pride month.  

It takes courage to embrace your truth and tell your story to the world. That's why it's important to put the spotlight on those who have already found the courage and confidence to flaunt their pride, so that they can inspire others to do the same —  just like these strong women.  

Mela’s journey to womanhood began with her hair. After years of wearing synthetic wigs or putting a bath towel over her head, she finally let her hair grow long. “At first, I tried to joke about it, “Ma, pagbigyan mo na ako! Rocker na ako ngayon!” She shared on her Instagram post. As time went by, she realized that having straight, smooth, and jet black hair felt right. “I was meant to rock my hair with confidence.”

She found pride in her crowning glory and made sure to give it the proper care it needed. “… Everytime people complimented my hair, my honest, consistent, and confident reply has always been, “Alagang Pantene yan!”, Mela proudly shared in her Instagram post. “I have always flaunted my hair with pride because [it] reflects my journey to being the free and authentic Mela that I am today. As a proud trans woman with feminine expression, my hair has been my source of power. And that’s definitely Salontastic!”


“As a member and supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, I, too have my own journey in raising my voice for my happiness and myself.” Chezka shared on her Instagram. 

Chezka, like many others, was afraid of how her family and friends would react to her identity. So, she joined predominantly female activities like modelling and beauty pageants as she tried to figure out how she wanted to present herself. Later on she realized that she wanted to express herself physically as a woman, “…and that’s why I started growing my long straight hair with Pantene. Because Pantene has always been there in helping me feel stronger and Salontastic! Flaunt your #Pride with Pantene. I’m truly thankful for my community in helping me understand them and myself. Know that you are not alone and that we are heard.”


Allies also play a role in helping make the LGBTQIA+ community a safe space by fostering a culture of acceptance and respect, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

Gabbi, an ally, shows her full support for the LGBTQIA+ community in her Instagram post. “I’ve always been a proud supporter ever since I was young. I believe that everyone should be treated with love and respect. There is definitely no room for hate in this world! Everyone can be Salontastic regardless of gender!”

Let your hair take pride and flaunt it with Pantene Miracle Conditioners. With Pantene Keratin Straight Miracle Conditioner you can help reduce frizz for that sleek, straight look. While with Pantene Collagen Miracle Conditioner, you can turn dry, frizzy hair into shiny, Salontastic hair.*

Both conditioners are formulated with a blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, with special ingredients like Miracle Serum, real Collagen, and Keratin straighteners that moisturize hair and help strengthen hair against damage* to give you everyday #Salontastic results. 

Take pride in your hair and get that #SalontasticTransformation with Pantene. Explore more from Pantene’s wide range of haircare products through the P&G Shopee Mall store.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

PCPPI bolsters food safety standards, eyes to complete FSSC for all plants

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—aims to secure Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) from Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), one of the world’s leading audit and certification companies. 


PCPPI bagged FSSC for its Muntinlupa, Santo Tomas, Rosario, Davao and Bacolod plants. It is working towards certifying its other six plants in Cebu City, Naga City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo City, and Tanauan within the year.


“It is imperative to strengthen our food safety practices and standards which we have always valued in PCCPI. We always aim to produce quality products that do not just comply with regulatory requirements but exceed customer expectations, as well,” said PCPPI President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Ong. 


The company’s certification aligns with World Health Organization’s goals as it marks this month’s World Food Safety Day. This year’s theme is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow.” 


The company follows stringent measures on food safety and quality. Its policy requires high food safety targets, regular process reviews, and strong food safety culture across all levels in the organization.  


To further ensure quality production, PCPPI aligns with PepsiCo global practices. These include random trade sampling to verify food safety compliance and increasing food hygiene awareness among stakeholders. 


Owing to its strict food safety practices, PCPPI’s Zamboanga plant was recently given the PepsiCo Caleb Bradham Award. The distinction is presented to Pepsi manufacturing plants which exhibit exemplary food safety and quality assurance practices. 


“PCPPI believes that a strong food safety culture helps us promote food hygiene outside our operations. Our consumers will remain confident in our brands and in our ability to refresh them with clean and safe drinks,” Ong added.




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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Discover the Advanced Way to Relieve Cough in Just 3 Days!

 


With the threat of the pandemic still very much present in the country, a simple cough is enough to cause heightened anxiety these days because it is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Unlike before where this matter was usually taken lightly by most, the current situation has people rushing to find a solution when the first signs of a cough arise.

 

Coughs are our bodies’ natural response to expel unwanted organisms from our lungs caused by allergies, irritants, asthma, and the most common of all, viruses. Although coughs caused by common viruses go away in time, it's better to treat them as soon as possible and equip our bodies with added immunity for faster recovery.

 

In the Philippines, only one cough medicine combines the trusted formulation of Solmux with an essential mineral for faster recovery: Solmux Advance, the only one with Zinc! This unique and powerful combination of Carbocisteine and Zinc is proven effective to reduce cough bouts in as fast as 3 days, compared to the usual 10 to 14 days of recovery. The addition of Zinc to Carbocisteine not only liquifies sticky phlegm, but also improves the body’s immunity for faster recovery from cough.

 

Carbocisteine is scientifically proven to treat cough with phlegm and other respiratory tract disorders, and have properties that inhibit viruses and bacteria, making it more difficult for microorganisms to cause infections. The right levels of Zinc, on the other hand, can help speed up recovery from infections like the common cold through its action on immunity. It also activates white blood cells to help the body fight off viruses including coronaviruses.

 

Given the continued increase in COVID-19 cases every day plus the occurrence of other viral respiratory infections, Filipinos can protect themselves and their loved ones with a more advanced 2-in-1 solution for faster cough relief.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Spa day at home? Here’s how you can make it extra special with Speaks G

 

                                        

Spa and wellness treatments might not be a part of your necessities at the moment, but we could all use a relaxing escape from the stress of pandemic. Now, more than ever, it is essential for us to indulge in pampering ourselves on a regular basis. Not only it is pleasurable, but it is also extremely beneficial to your well-being especially now that we spend most of our time indoors.


It may be an impression that spa is a type of luxury and that it may be expensive to squeeze in your weekly budget, but trust us, you don’t need to splash out a large amount of cash to treat yourself into a fancy self-care time—and you can totally DIY within the comforts of your own home!

As a skincare brand that makes every user experience the power of healthy and flawless skin, Speaks G is the perfect partner to recreate an at-home spa day session you long deserve to have.

Here’s how you can have a simple, stress-relieving spa day at home with Speaks G:

Jump in the shower and give yourself a good rejuvenating scrub. Dead cells can sometimes accumulate on the surface of your skin and lead to dull and dry skin. That’s why regular exfoliation is important to nourish the skin. Speaks G’s Whipp Relief Soap helps in eliminating dead cells and deeply cleanses the skin. You will feel instantly refreshed and lighter after scrubbing away those skin impurities.

Remove breakouts with a face peel Acne can be caused by many factors including stress, lifestyle, the food you eat and having dry skin. Treat breakouts with facial peels that slough off the top layers of your skin, leaving the surface smooth and clear. Speaks G’s Ultra Peel Soap revives your skin’s elasticity and can take off dark spots, whiteheads, blackheads, and other facial blemishes. Face peels will surely tighten your pores while keeping them soft and supple.

Let your nails breathe with moisturizing gel Manicure is not the only spa treatment you can have for your nails, give them extra TLC by keeping your cuticles healthy and hydrated for good nail growth. Speaks G’s Aloe Vera Gel is a versatile product that can be used not only on your hair, face, and body; it also has moisturizing and nourishing properties to strengthen your nails, prevent brittleness, and helps in the regeneration of damaged nails. Just apply a proper amount of gel to your hands, gently massaging your fingers and nails until the gel is completely absorbed.

Level up your skincare routine with a gentle cream. Keep dry skin and acne growth at bay by applying lotion or cream right after your shower routine. Speaks G’s Opulent Tawas Cream is an all-in-one cream that whitens dark spots, eliminates body odor, and minimizes pores—great with quick body massage and an easy way to add gentle care to your skin. Aside from its beneficial nutrients, it is also an antioxidant that protects your skin and calms skin inflammations. Creams can condition your skin and will surely give you a moist and bouncy look.

Try new beauty products and find the best one for your skin.

There are so many products available in the market and often times we lean on products that are popular or those that you already tried. But as the world around us keeps on changing, so our skincare should, too. Speaks G’s newly launched product, the Sunflower Beauty Oil, can be considered as a beauty breakthrough and a holy grail for skincare that you deserve to try. This beauty oil can intensely moisturize your skin and address every skin problem with a single drop. With a gentle application of Speaks G Sunflower Beauty Oil, it can soften and soothe dry and irritated skin. Include it in your routine and experience youthful and glowing skin!

And there you have it, an easy spa day at home tips we hope you’d try! Give yourself some ‘me’ time to be refreshed, recharged, and revitalized. To order Speaks G products, send them a message through their Facebook page www.facebook.com/speaksg.main or you may reach them at 0917 118 5363.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Manila Hotel Café Ilang-Ilang offers halal-certified food for Takeout and Delivery

Muslims around the world celebrate the end of the fasting period of Ramadan with Eid al-Fitr, the Festival of Breaking the Fast this May 12, 2021. It is celebrated through prayer, gifts, and lavish feast. While the country is predominantly Catholic, Islam is the second largest religion in the country. No wonder, Filipinos have become fond of Halal foods. 

Halal food is prepared following a set of Islamic dietary laws and regulations that determine what is permissible, lawful and clean. Any dish can be halal, as long as the meat used is religiously slaughtered and no pork or alcohol is involved. 

The Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang Ilang has a Halal kitchen certified by the Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board. This kitchen dedicated to Halal food preparation serves Indian and Middle Eastern-inspired halal dishes will whet your appetite and pay homage to its traditional roots. 

Designed for proper breaking of the fast, The Manila Hotel’s Ramadan Special Halal Home Buffet set comes with dried dates and juice, chickpeas hummus, Fatoush mixed salad, roti and naan bread, vegetable biryani, tandoori chicken, lamb rogan josh, vegetable samosa, and baklava. The set is just one of the three choices for the Halal Certified Home Buffet. 




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“Our Lamb Rogan Josh is a must-try. It’s imported from Australia and it has the spices and sharpness that will surely be enjoyed by everyone. We can also customize the food according to our customer’s request. Say you don’t like chili, we can make it milder. We can tweak a dish to please your palate while still being true to its authentic taste,” says Chef Kiran Singh, the hotel’s Halal trained chef.  

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr by ordering any of The Manila Hotel’s Halal Home Buffet sets or dishes, available for Takeout and delivery. Visit https://www.manila-hotel.com.ph/takeout/ for the full menu; or call 8527-0011 or 0998-9501912. 

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Women Make it Happen in Airspeed

 

There is no better time than National Women’s Month to highlight the ever-increasing role of women in shaping Philippine society in general, and the business world in particular.


In the Philippines’ male dominated corporate world, a woman named Rosemarie P. Rafael has been breaking stereotypes and challenging the big boys since the 1980s. In 1985, Mrs. Rafael founded Airspeed, one of the leading logistics solutions and express courier companies in the country. Airspeed is a company that reflects Ms. Rafael’s values and beliefs as a woman, a mother, and a leader. Being Airspeed’s Chairman and President and a true advocate of women, Ms. Rafael chose to empower women at Airspeed because she believes women are naturally nurturing and she knows that when people are supported and enabled, they can do great and impossible things. 


These three women executives of Airspeed – together with the management team, envisioned to help propel the company to greater heights and, in the process, make the company better and reach success.  


Anna Lyn Discaya is the new Chief Administrative Officer under Airspeed Group of Companies Holding Corp. In her new role, Ann will be in charge of managing and overseeing the company’s Administrative Group which comprises the Human Resources Team, Procurement Team, Security Group, Legal and Compliance Team, and Administrative Maintenance.


Claudette ‘Claude’ Lucasan-Canta is the new Chief Supply Chain Officer, and will oversee the supply chain solutions design, warehouse operational processes, distribution, procedures, and work process flow of all companies under the holdings group. She is tasked to align with different business unit heads on the requirements of prospects and accounts, as well as the review of onboarding processes of each account. Claude will also help define the goals and programs for each of the businesses operation units and review financial projections per cost modules for new and existing business.


Liza Fallar-Marquez, the Chief Information Technology Officer, leads the Management Information System Department. Liza has been with Airspeed for 23 years, and has made sure to establish and direct strategic long-term goals, policies and procedures for their information technology department. She leads the implementation of new IT Systems by adapting new technology platforms to improve the client experience, as well as monitor changes in the technology sector to discover ways the company can improve and develop its IT Infrastructure.


In closing off National Women’s Month, Airspeed is committed to pay tribute to females by entrusting them extraordinary roles as trailblazers and forerunners of change. In shining the spotlight on women, Airspeed is confident it can attain greater success for many more years to come.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance arm strengthens Fire Prevention call, mounts webinar with BFP

 The damage of getting your house razed by fire is insurmountable; fires at home can break out anytime and anywhere and can damage livelihood, household appliances and more. In 2018, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recorded a total of 14,316 incidents of fire from January until December. 


This is why every March is Fire Prevention Month in the Philippines, and BFP’s campaign for this month is safety consciousness among our people every day of the year as a positive preventive approach to a problem that can be solved by more caution, vigilance, sobriety, exercise of common sense and respect for the law.” It is a campaign that focuses on exercising vigilance at home and keeping oneself knowledgeable on the best way to protect your home and family from destruction brought about by fire. 


“Cebuana Lhuillier has always committed to be of help to the Filipinos at all times, and our call for Fire Prevention is a reflection of that, our insurance products that aims to keep our clients protected at all times is a complementary effort to our advocacy for this month.” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, President and CEO of Cebuana Lhuillier.
PJ Lhuillier’s insurance arm, the Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Brokers, Inc (CLIB), has also expressed its support for BFP’s campaign through the years. It has been a staunch advocate of having Filipinos insured, posting almost a 35% contribution to the total number of insured Filipinos through microinsurance. CLIB has also worked together closely with the Insurance Commission in promoting microinsurance in the country, they have settled over more than 5,300 million claims worth over Php 500 million  they have serviced  over 16,500 claimants. Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Brokers’, Inc. is also the first and only ISO-certified insurance broker in the Philippines.


Also launched this month in conjunction with the celebration of the Fire Prevention Month is a promo dubbed “Panalo ka sa ProtectMax” where clients of the ProtectMax product of CLIB get a chance to win Php 25,000. The promo is open to all clients who will purchase 5 ProtectMax COCs; these 5 COCs are equal to e-raffle entry. For the promo, 20 lucky raffle winners will be selected and will win Php 25,000. 



“This Fire Prevention month, it is very important to drumbeat awareness on fire safety and prevention, and the importance of being protected. CLIB believes that an information and education drive is very important to ensure that everyone is well-informed against conflagration.” said Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Brokers’ Inc., Jonathan Batangan.


For clients who are interested to keep themselves protected without having to go to Cebuana Lhuillier’s more than 2,500 branches, they may purchase Home Insurance via the ProtectNow app or website, just log on to protectnow.com to see CLIB’s full range of products online.


They’ve also mounted the #SunogFreeWorryFree: ProtectMax Kontra Sunog webinar which aims to highlight the importance of being ready for untoward situations especially fire, and the importance of having protection whenever there are threats of conflagration.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

View Top 5 Women Shapewear for Tummy and Waist


You've tried everything: cosmetics, aesthetic treatments, and even gym classes. But, even after so much effort, is the famous volume in the abdominal region still “hard and strong”? So, friend, we’ll tell you a little secret - the solution may be in clothes with a belly compress function!

Gone are the days when modern women needed to pull their hair out to achieve the perfect look. Today, there are several accessible and extremely efficient tricks, making the vainest audience manage to highlight their curves, keep their proportions balanced, and, even so, love themselves the way they are.


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A good example of this is the shapewear, which has countless differentials, ranging from the “butt lift” effect to their power to disguise the “chubby”, thigh trimmer and help to raise their self-esteem at any time. Want to know more about tummy and waist? We explain everything to you!


The advantages of clothes with effect compresses belly

If you are looking for a dress that is comfortable and, at the same time, able to make you look beautiful, we have an excellent tip: the clothes with effect compresses belly! Produced from highly resistant fabrics and with great compression power, these pieces are able to benefit the female audience in countless ways. Below, we show the main advantages of this alternative. So, don't miss it!

  • Decreases measurements

After a long period of wearing low-waist trousers, vain women began to go out in search of their own models to enhance their silhouettes in the best possible way. And just then, the high-waist versions started to appear on the streets.

Practical, versatile, and beyond comfortable, these options are able to cover the entire abdomen area, compressing the region and automatically reducing the measurements of the female body. In other words, it is an excellent choice for anyone who has tried all other methods and yet has not managed to achieve balanced proportions.

  • Does not mark

Because they are made from thick and resistant fabrics, the clothes with the function of compressing the belly do not mark on the body. Therefore, when wearing them, you will not have to worry about whether the lingerie will be evident or if, even, your cellulite will gain prominence.

And more: if the idea is to use pants, shirts, shorts, or panties, your silhouette will be so harmonious, that it will be possible to invest in elongated blouses or dresses to be worn over, thus guaranteeing an impeccable look on several occasions.

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  • Camouflage the belly

Speak the truth: at some point, you have already stopped wearing pants or a blouse because of the belly in evidence. Whether to be present at an event with friends or to attend a business meeting, in this way, the clothing effectively compresses the belly and can help you keep the look flawless.

With it, the lines of your abdominal region will always be aligned, without presenting unpleasant volumes and responsible for impairing your well-being. Also according to the chosen model, it will be possible to camouflage the breeches and make your waist thinner. It's worth testing!


Choosing the best clothes with effect compresses belly

Loved the idea, but do not know how to choose the clothes with an effect that compresses the ideal belly? No problems! Because here there are alternatives for all tastes, both for bold and urban women, as well as for classic and discreet ones or even full body shaper. The ideal is to always consider some fundamental points, such as:

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  • The size: always buy pieces with the exact measurements of your body;


  • The style: analyze the pattern of your clothes and then buy a suit that speaks well with them;


  • The effect: bet on modeling able to highlight the best you have. That way, it is possible to find options with anti-cellulite power to flatten the butt, compress the belly, and so on.


The 5 most successful models of women shapewear for tummy and waist

Now that you know everything about clothes with a belly compress effect, it's time to get to know the models that are successful with Sculptshe reviews

Most interestingly, there are numerous items capable of fulfilling this function: shapewear, waist trainers, modeling belts, and even special panties. Come on!

1 - Sculptshe High Compression Full Body Shaper with Side Zipper

Available in black and beige colors, the ultra-technological Sculptshe High Compression Full Body Shaper with Side Zipper is the right choice to accompany you throughout the week. Gathering the latest innovations in the market, these pieces present modeling with a perfect fit, valuing the curves of all types of bodies. All this, thanks to its fabric, composed of a high concentration of elastane and excellent to provide maximum comfort and freedom in each movement.

Sculptshe High Compression Full Body Shaper with Side Zipper


Still, want more? There are other features that you will only find in this product:

  • Incredible modeling power;

  • Technology that compresses the belly;

  • Butt-prancing effect;

  • Extreme comfort;

  • Premium touch;

  • Fabric developed from sustainable processes.



2 - Sculptshe Shaper Shorts with Bra

In summer, there is nothing else: shorts are an essential part of our productions. Therefore, they released fantastic versions and prepared to satisfy the female audience. One of them is the Sculptshe Shaper Shorts with Bra, which has an effect on the butt and compresses the belly. 

Another option is Sculptshe Seamless Mesh Tummy Control Butt Lifter Shorts, made up of the same specifications. Both products were developed from the same material and feature the best technologies in the industry:


Sculptshe Shaper Shorts with Bra


Sculptshe Seamless Mesh Tummy Control Butt Lifter Shorts


  • Excellent fit;

  • Fabric with high elastane content;

  • Medium waistband;

  • “Flat Belly” effect.


3 - Sculptshe 2 in 1 Posture Corrector Shapewear Bra

It is not just the bottom pieces that are used to reduce the measurements of the abdominal region - some intimate pieces can also fulfill this task. Among our darlings, there is the Sculptshe 2 in 1 Posture Corrector Shapewear Bra, the best-selling and perfect product for shaping the body with total comfort and softness. Its differentials are: 

Sculptshe 2 in 1 Posture Corrector Shapewear Bra

  • Ability to reduce centimeters from the waist and belly;

  • Posture correction function;

  • Flawless fit;

  • Tight modeling;

  • High compression and soft fabric, guaranteeing extreme comfort.


4 - Sculptshe 2 in 1 Adjustable Waist Trainer Legging

The Sculptshe 2 in 1 Adjustable Waist Trainer Legging has a high waist and anatomical waistband that will shape your body without squeezing or disturbing, ensuring a slimmer waist and a more symmetrical and beautiful body, in addition to offering maximum comfort and freedom in all your movements.

Sculptshe 2 in 1 Adjustable Waist Trainer Legging


5 - Sculptshe Slimming Belly Seamless Brief Panty

Finally, be sure to check out the Sculptshe Slimming Belly Seamless Brief Panty. Created using exclusive techniques to offer good abdominal compression, this underwear garment helps to reduce waist measurements, disguise small imperfections and significantly compress the belly.

Sculptshe Slimming Belly Seamless Brief Panty

The positive point is that the piece does not mark on the body, facilitating its use with dresses, skirts, and, even, wider pants. You can still use it quietly on a daily basis since the model has antibacterial fabric, mega comfortable, and resistant. Let's try?