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Project Ugnayan beneficiaries reach over 7.6 million people in Greater Metro Manila poor communities

Project Ugnayan, the fund-raising initiative led by top business groups in cooperation with the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), reached over 7.6 million people in the vulnerable communities of Greater Metro Manila. “As we close, we wish to reiterate our wholehearted thanks to all our generous donors for making this project possible. By coming together in a Bayanihan spirit so quickly, we were able to create a program of this scale and importance. This unprecedented assembly of so many of the country’s corporations and business families coming to the assistance of the most vulnerable in our society illustrates and speaks of the heart and generosity of the business community. Our special thanks go to the 10 Bishops of the Dioceses in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, and Laguna, as well as to Caritas Manila under the leadership of Father Anton Pascual, and the network of Parish Priests, Volunteers, and Barangay Captains who distributed the gift certificates door-to-door in the lowest-income communities of Greater Metro Manila.

We appreciate the swiftness and efficiency of their work under very difficult conditions and over very long hours each day,” said Project Ugnayan Lead, Fernando Zobel de Ayala. “We are grateful for this opportunity to be part of this business community effort to help people in a time of crisis. This is a movement we should nurture as we prepare to let people return to work and to re-start our economy in the post-quarantine period.” said PDRF Co-Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala. “The unity in diversity demonstrated by Project Ugnayan reveals the private sector’s serious commitment to help our country recover from the lost economic momentum because of the pandemic. We are proud to be part of this extraordinary collaboration of industries which will prove most valuable in getting the economy back on track,” PDRF Co-Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said. According to Father Anton CT Pascual, Executive Director of Caritas Manila, the initiative earned praises from Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo, San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura Famadico and other Prelates of the Suffragan Dioceses of Manila. The Prelates thanked the businessmen and private organizations who collectively help to make Project Ugnayan possible.

“The true spirit of Easter is about hope and has special significance in these difficult times. We thank all the generous benefactors of Project Ugnayan for this opportunity to fulfill a great mission of compassion for our vulnerable brothers and sisters. Your gifts have warmed their hearts and uplifted their spirits,” Father Pascual said. Caritas Manila’s Project Damayan, the project’s main distributor of emergency cash through P1,000 supermarket gift certificates has so far reached 1,070,854 families or 5,354,270 people. It is on target to deliver gift certificates to 1,366,495 families or 6,832,475 people by Wednesday, April 15 (the original end-date of the Enhanced Community Quarantine). ABS-CBN’s Pantawid ng Pagibig has reached 238,854 families or 1,194,270 people through food packs delivered through Local Government Units. They will reach a total of 631,921 families or 3,151,605 people by the end of their program. ADB and the Government’s Bayan, Bayanihan has delivered food packages to 13,370 families or 66,850 people through the Philippine Army and DSWD. ADB has provided funding to reach 80,000 families or a total of 400,000 people. Jollibee’s FoodAID program delivers ready-to-cook chicken to low-income families from its commissary through a network composed of Don Bosco, Caritas Manila, and the Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Pamilya ng Pantawid (SNPP). So far, they have delivered to 199,491 families or 977,455 people. They are targeting to reach 500,000 families or 2,500,000 people by end-April. “In sum, Project Ugnayan and its Partners have reached 1,522,569 families or 7,612,845 people in just over three weeks. This number will rise as all deliveries have already been programmed by the partners,” said Fernando Zobel de Ayala. The donors of Project Ugnayan are (in alphabetical order): Aboitiz Group, ABSCBN/First Gen, Alaska Milk Corporation, Alliance Global Group & Megaworld, AY Foundation & RCBC, Ayala Corporation. Bench/Suyen Corp, Bonifacio West Devt Corp. Carmelray Group, Cathay Land, Inc, Cebuana Lhullier, Century Pacific, Coca Cola Philippines, Concepcion Industrial, Consuelo “Chito” Madrigal Foundation, Inc., Daiichi Properties, DMCI Group of Companies, Dowell Container and Packaging Corporation, Far Eastern University, First Life Financial Company, Focus Global, Inc., Global Food Group, Glorious Commercial Exports, Inc., Gokongwei Group of Companies/Robinsons Retail Holdings, ICTSI, JAKA Group 1, Jollibee, J.P. Morgan, Kawit Prime Holdings, Inc., Leonio Group, Mercury Drug Corporation, Metrobank, Mumuso Group, National Grid Corp of the Philippines, New World Hotel, Nutri-Asia, Oishi/Liwayway Marketing Group, One Meralco Foundation, Penshoppe, People R People, PepsiCo/PepsiCo Foundation, Philippine Racing Club, Inc, PLDT/Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, Puregold, Ramon S. Ang & Family, RRK/Lee Jeans, Shang Properties Inc, SM/BDO, Sta. Elena Construction, Sugar Junction Inc., Sunlife of Canada, Super Prime Holdings, Inc, Supreme Steel Pipe Corp, The Alpha Suites Inc., Unilab, and Wilcon Depot.

The SM Store Online Shop: Review

I have tried all the online shopping apps available here in the Philippines. Especially when I was still pregnant with Chuck because of the convenience that it brings me. Let’s admit it, the traffic situation alone here in the Philippines is like a nightmare!

Plus, I like online shopping because I get to see how much money I will spend before I even pay for it.

I was so excited when I found out that the Legendary retailer, The SM Store now offers online shopping! I have waited for this because I get most of my essentials from Watson’s. It’s very tempting to go to a Watson’s shop because you get to see a lot of items that will surely catch you eyes! You know, stuff that you don’t really need but are good for the skin, hair, etc. HAHA!

Not only that, we all know that SM has everything that we need! From baby essentials to cooking. You’re probably thinking about my first ever Shop SM haul.

But before we get to that exciting part, allow me to share my shopping experience. I didn’t use their app because I am running out of phone memory (don’t judge, I am a new mom so… expect countless photos and videos of my son stored on my phone).

Their website is okay – I didn’t experience any lag. Signing up is as easy as 1 2 3. Also, you can earn points on your SM Advantage card when you shop online. You just have to key in your card number (sadly, my SM advantage card is already expired :/ ).

They have 7 categories that you can explore: Women, Men, Kids, Home, Beauty, Sale and New. You know where to go when you want to buy your favorite moisturizer or maybe a new pair of shoes.

You can use your debit/credit card for payment or you may opt for cash. They have three delivery options that you can choose from: Ship to address, Pick-up at The SM Store and Cash-on-delivery.

Choose, whatever works for you!

So, back to my haul. Haha! Of course, I immediately checked the SM Health and Beauty for my skin care and I also got some stuff for Migs from SM Men’s.

I received an e-mail confirmation upon check-out. A day after, I received an SMS from 2Go too. They gave me a 2Go tracking number which unfortunately is not working. It maybe because of the Holidays why 2Go was not able to fulfill the expected day of delivery.

My package came in a small box and non of the items were damaged because each item were carefully packed by SM – but I do hope they find an alternative instead of using bubble wraps.

All in all, the experience was good except for the delivery part which is not SM’s fault. Will I consider shopping again? Absolutely!

Today is the best time to shop because there is an ongoing Big Clearance Sale (Up to 50% off on Selected items)! Check out this link for more information.

Happy Shopping!

Sarmiento offers solution to EDSA traffic

House Transportation Committee Chair and Samar 1st District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento unveiled Friday the blueprint of his proposed centralized and synchronized bus dispatch system which would turn the EDSA’s rowdy and chaotic city buses into a fast, efficient and predictable mass transport system.

Sarmiento, a civil engineer,  disclosed the full details of his proposal  after announcing that his panel is closely working with the Department of Transportation (DoTr) to craft a roadmap which would solve EDSA’s traffic problem.

In his proposal, Sarmiento said that the innermost lane of EDSA will serve as an “express bus lane” which can be accessed through stations used by the MRT. Like a carousel, the “express bus lane” will just circle around EDSA, duplicating the route of the MRT.

“People who use the MRT can now have the option to ride the bus which will be also operated like carousel. The buses will only load and unload passengers in a synchronized manner at the MRT stations so they are basically an extension of the MRT. Walang magiging traffic dyan because the entire inner lane from Taft Avenue to North Avenue and vice-versa will be enclosed and exclusive to the express bus lane ,” Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento said that the three lanes in the middle of  EDSA will be dedicated for all types of private vehicles subject to the existing vehicle reduction programs like the number coding scheme. Private cars will be only allowed to use the outer lane when turning into an intersection.

The outer lane of EDSA or the yellow lane will be used as a dedicated city bus lane which will also adopt a centralized and synchronized dispatch system. Dedicated bus stops will be established one kilometer apart. Loading and unloading of passengers will be strictly implemented on these bus stops.

Sarmiento said that while the express bus lane will cater to passengers who also use the MRT, the city bus lane operation will extend up to the Parañaque Integrated Bus Terminal (PITX)  in the south and the Valenzuela Integrated Bus Terminal (VIBT) in the north and vice-versa.

” City buses will now be using the outermost lane in EDSA or the yellow lane. They will be traversing EDSA in a carousel-type system until they reach the proposed north terminal which is the Valenzuela Integrated Bus Terminal. From there, the city buses will now traverse to the south still using the outermost lane until it reaches the proposed south terminal which is the Paranaque Integrated Bus Terminal,” Sarmiento said.

“We propose this to eradicate the kanya-kanya system of the buses wherein they compete with each other creating chaos through overtaking, overspeeding, and overstaying. Puno man o hindi, lalarga po ang mga city buses dahil may schedule na po ang biyahe nila at hindi na sila makikipag-agawan ng pasahero dahil hindi na commission-based ang kita kundi sahod na ang matatanggap ng mga drivers at konduktors,” Sarmiento added.

Sarmiento said that also part of the proposal is to modernize the fare system using tap or beep card.

“Once everything has been set in theory and generated through computer by the MMDA, it will be presented to the public through a dry run, which will be implemented on a day with the least number of vehicles in the road. We are going to have a computer-generated simulation of this proposal to be led by the MMDA,” Sarmiento said to dispel fears that this could end up just like the other failed “experiments” of the MMDA.

Sarmiento clarified however that his proposal can still be subject to improvements and adjustments by the DoTr and the MMDA which is will the frontline implementing agencies.

“Lastly, this proposal is a work in progress. Details will be discussed by the Executives. Ang inyong lingkod, bilang Chairman ng House Committee on Transportation ay willing na magbigay ng suporta sa DOTr kung may mga kailangang polisiya upang maipatupad natin kaagad ang mga planong ito,” Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento said that if and when the plan is set into motion, the private vehicles that continue to clog EDSA middle lanes would be reduced eventually “because people would now start riding the bus rather than drive their car in what is described as one of the world’s biggest parking lot.”

“With this system, if the trains and buses will be fully operational, and the commuting public is now effectively and efficiently being moved, that’s the time that we can reduce the volume of private vehicles in EDSA and the major thoroughfares in Metro Manila,” Sarmiento said.

” Once the volume of vehicles were reduced, that’s the time that we can introduce major infrastructures in EDSA and other major thoroughfares,” he added. END
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Welcoming 2020 with Fresh Start and Full of Positivity

Another chapter in our lives unfolds in the beginning of each year. 2020 is extra special since it is also the start of a new decade.

We all await exciting opportunities for a fresh start and new beginnings in our personal lives and of course in our blogging community. No matter what your goals are in 2020 or how many new year’s resolutions you plan on making this year, we should always find time to celebrate and reminisce all of your experiences from 2019, whether good or bad; and welcome the new year ahead with hope and positivity.

For eight consecutive years, the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN) hold its annual get together and this year it will be a fun pan pizza party in Quezon City.

It will surely be an afternoon of great fun, awesome giveaways, delicious food and a great opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old friends they have not seen for a while. Representatives of different sponsors, PR groups and brands are also expected to grace the event and personally thank bloggers and social media influencers who have supported them in the past years, or should we say at least in the last decade.

FBN currently has a membership of more than 2,000 and continues to expand as it provides a venue for Filipino bloggers, vloggers, and online writers and influencers to interact with other members and partner brands from different parts of the Philippines. Moderating the discussions and posting opportunities from different sponsors for the group are co-admins Divine RC, Richard Mamuyac and Lariza Garcia, the annual event has become even bigger on its 8th run.

This year’s celebration would not have been possible without the support of the following generous sponsors and partners:

Century Park Hotel Manila

Situated in the heart of Manila’s business, cultural, shopping and entertainment district is one of the most renowned and finest hotels in the metropolis. A mere seven (7) kilometres away from the Ninoy International Airport, Century Park Hotel – the premier hotel in Manila, is also an ideal airport hotel for busy executives. Follow Century Park Hotel Manila on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/centuryparkhotelmanila.officialpage/.

FuentesManila

FuentesManila is one of the few full-service PR agencies in the Philippines. While publicity remains its core service, FuentesManila provides the following services to its clients: Publicity; Special Events;  Online Publicity; Advertising; Media Monitoring; Creatives & Graphic Design; and Digital PR. Follow Fuentes Manila on Facebook for news and updates >  https://web.facebook.com/fuentesmanilapublicrelations/.

www.wnot.com.ph (What’s New Out There)

www.wnot.com.ph (What’s New Out There) is an online guide of all new items and products that is introduced in the market or even a product that is to be launched in the industry. WNOT was established in August 2011 to give our consumers an idea of every new product to be purchased. WNOT provides a user-friendly search engine that allows keyword searching, company promotion, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This site also acts as a directory for article submission which offers more exposure across the net. Follow www.wnot.com.ph (What’s New Out There) on Facebook for news and updates >  https://web.facebook.com/WhatsNewOutThere/.

Cebuana Lhuillier

The P.J. Lhuillier, Inc. (PJLI) is the proud parent company of the Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop, one of the leading and largest non-bank financial services provider in the Philippines with 2,500 branches nationwide. PJLI attributes its dominance in the industry to integrity and heartfelt service, robust network of local and international industry partners, and steadfast commitment to nurture market-leading businesses for its growing clientele. Visit Cebuana Lhuillier website for news and updates > https://www.cebuanalhuillier.com/.

DZBB’s Dobol B Bantay Balita  

Dobol B Bantay Balita sa Kamara is a radio-television program aired simultaneously in Super Radyo DZBB 594 khz and GMA News TV Channel 27 every Sunday, 10am to 11am. Hosted by DZBB’s House of Representatives reporter, Divine Reyes, the program discusses current events, news and issues in the country. Follow Dobol B Bantay Balita on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/DobolBBantayBalita/.

CID Communication

CID is a pioneering, full-service corporate communication agency in the Philippines. CID’s dedicated professionals craft and engineer communication programs and campaigns to bring out and project the essence of organizations, individuals or products. Follow CID Communication on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/CIDCommunication/.

Havas Media Ortega

Havas Media Ortega is the first full-service media agency providing end-to-end solutions in the Philippines. It does not only offer the most complete and cohesive set of media services in the Philippines, it also aspires to provide clients work that is best in class in all the media channels on offer. Follow Havas Media Ortega on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/HavasMediaOrtega/.

Perceptions, Inc.

Perceptions is a public relations company that provides PR counseling and various corporate and marketing communications services to business and industrial organizations, government institutions as well as trade and professional associations. Follow Perceptions, Inc. on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/Perceptions.Inc/.

FleishmanHillard

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Salgado Public Relations

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LeapOut Digital

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Ripple8

Ripple8 is the full-service PR arm of DDB Group Philippines. With a clientele comprising top brands in diverse fields, they provide expert traditional and digital PR services, combining creativity and effective communication to create ripples of positive change. Follow Ripple8 on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/ripple8/.

Strategic Works, Inc.

Strategic Works, Inc. live for the possibility of making an idea come to life as they align their passion with the client’s needs. They spot the hot buttons that unlock consumers’ hearts and brand success. Stratworks do Public Relations; Creative Services; Activations; Events Management; Digital Marketing; Advocacy and Social Marketing. Follow Strategic Works, Inc. on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/StratWorks/.

Lorem Ipsum Communications

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Greenbulb Communications

Greenbulb Communications is an integrated communications solution firm specializing in Digital PR and Communications strategies that work. Follow Greenbulb on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/GreenbulbComms/.

Full Circle Communications, Inc.

Full Circle Communications, Inc. is a full-service public relations firm established in 2000. They work with clients to create proactive, ongoing public relations campaigns that generate positive press coverage. Follow Full Circle Communications on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/fccpr.ph/.

M2Comms

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Buensalido Public Relations

Buensalido and Associates Public Relations is a leading and independent full-service public relations agency based in Manila, Philippines. Established in 1983 by renowned PR practitioner Joy Buensalido, the agency has since grown into a close-knit group of young, creative, and motivated individuals, who are always teeming with fresh and original concepts. Follow Buensalido Public Relations on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/BuensalidoPublicRelations/

Dominguez Marketing Communications Inc.

Dominguez Marketing Communications Inc. is a top-notch Philippines-based integrated marketing communications and public relations company trusted by global companies and SMEs serving major industries such as Information Technology (IT), telecommunications, banks, health and wellness, pharmaceuticals, travel, logistics, consumer and household products. Visit Dominguez Marketing Communications’ website, https://www.dominguezmarketing.net/ for news and updates.

Browne Communications

An agency of global tech, pharma & lifestyle brands where bright minds, inventive thinkers, ingenious beings and imaginative humans thrive. Follow Browne Communications on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/BrowneComm/.

i55 Talent House

Named after a bible verse, the brains of i55 Talent House responded to what’s needed to be done to create and inspire people with messages. Their talents work with clients to nurture ideas, practice creativity, curate, so we can all live in a world of inspiring messages. Follow i55 Talent House on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/i55TalentHouseCorp/.

EON Group

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Aldenver Events

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Trendspotting

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Fujidenzo Appliances

Fujidenzo Home and Commercial Appliances combine style and performance to meet the high demands of fast-paced living. Taking into account the high cost of living and non-stop surge of prices of commodities, Fujidenzo Appliances are designed to give quality performance at the most consumer-friendly prices. With Fujidenzo, you get the latest features and technologies all within the budget of the average Filipino household. Follow Fujidenzo on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/FujidenzoAppliances/.

doTERRA Essential Oils Philippines

dōTERRA® produces and distributes exceptionally high quality CPTG® essential oils through more than three million independent distributors, also known as Wellness Advocates, around the world. In addition to a premium line of essential oils used by individuals and health-care professionals alike, dōTERRA® also offers products that are naturally safe, purely effective, and infused with CPTG® essential oils, including personal care and spa products, nutritional supplements, and healthy living products. Follow doTERRA Essential Oils Philippines on Facebook for news and updates > http://www.mydoterra.com/jrpagalilauan.

Novelina

An industry leader in the production of powder and cream hair color. At the same time, it also carries its professional line of hair care products which includes cream hair color, shampoo, conditioner, and rebonding formulas. Novelina is also the OEM manufacturer of hair-color for two of the world’s largest and most prestigious hair-dye brands being marketed in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, China, North and South America, as well as the Middle East. Follow Novelina on Facebook for news and updates > https://web.facebook.com/novelinacosmetics/

Sinalco Philippines

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Barlico Philippines

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Best Christmas Gift

We live in a country where Financial Literacy has yet to be embraced by the majority. A lot of us are still trapped with the idea that putting our savings in a bank account is the way to go.

Did you know that there are a lot of options to “grow” your hard-earned money?

Malayan Insurance is one of The Leading Non-Life Insurance Co. In The Philippines today. Non-life insurance in the Philippines is often taken for granted but the good thing about Malayan is that they offer different products from motorcycle to family insurance.

I am not saying that you should invest all your hard-earned money in one Insurance company but you can always check their website and see what best fit your financial goals.

As parents, it is our obligation to ensure that our investment will replace our current income if anything unfortunate happens to us. If you haven’t availed any life insurance yet, it’s about time to contact a financial advisor. Remember that as we grow old, the risk of not being approved in a Life Insurance plan rises.

Don’t wait until you have “extra money”, invest now and give yourself and your family the Best Christmas gift ever!

Do it Right Campaign

I grew up in a Catholic environment and even studied in a Catholic school where no one talks about sex like it’s Voldemort. Sex education doesn’t seem to be a big thing here in the Philippines, some even consider it as a taboo.  Since I became a mom, I have joined a number of parenting groups on Facebook and as I observe, Filipinos are aware of Responsible parenthood or family planning. Most of them post their concerns on FB closed or secret groups because some are embarrassed to ask relatives about family planning. I do not understand why some Filipinos tend to make fun of people who buy contraceptive pills or condoms. There was a time when a photo went viral because a man holding a bouquet seems to unmindfully drop a condom while getting something from his pocket. The condom dropped near his shoe.  Majority of the comments were nasty. I feel bad for the person because who knows if he’s set to a romantic date with his wife? Maybe, one of the factors why the Philippines is still a third world country is because we fail to educate ourselves about sex. This is why we didn’t turn down the invitation to attend the Launching of Do It Right Campaign last August 16,  2019, in Makati.

11 organizations launched the campaign urging the Filipinos to show their support openly for family planning and reproductive health.  I  would like to quote FPOP Executive Director, Nandy Senoc’s words: “When youth and women are empowered, there will be no teen pregnancies, no early marriages, no unwanted pregnancies or abortions. When women are well informed, the fight against poverty is already halfway won”.

I could not think of anything better to add to these. it’s high time that we become more open about our stand about family planning and bear in mind that safe sex does not only help you prepare for your family’s future, you may also be able to save lives by being vocal.  You might be able to reach a person who’s unaware that he/she can acquire sexually transmitted disease thru unprotected sex.

If you want to know more about this campaign, please visit Do It Right’s official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DoItRightPH we have also discussed this on the vlog.

Feel free to ask any questions or if you think we missed anything, please feel free to share your insights on the comment section.

Henry and Sons introduces transparency platform for coffee

In the recently concluded World Food Expo Manila, Henry and Sons President and CEO Michael Harris Conlin launched croptomarket.com—a digital transparency platform that displays a detailed information of coffee from the farmers to the retail market. During his presentation in the forum “A Taste of the Cordillera” last August 9, Conlin explains how customers can access the transparency report on every can of coffee purchased from Henry and Sons. By scanning the QR code on the can, the website will appear on the screen that shows information about the farmer where the coffee cherries were purchased, and the process of roasting and manufacturing of the coffee beans until it reaches its target consumers. It also reveals the breakdown of cost of the product—from crop to market.

In partnership with the Saddle Hartwell Lumbag Coffee Growers Association through the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence, Henry and Sons also introduced the Nano Lots coffee series featuring the backyard farmers from Itogon, Benguet namely Lolita, Cayamdas, Hilda, and Rita. These coffee cans are the pioneer products to utilize the platform.

The Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence is the advocacy arm of Henry and Sons geared to address the major issues in the coffee farming industry. Its connection to the farmers began when the foundation provided an aid to the residents of Itogon, Benguet after typhoon Ompong struck the town in 2018. Mining, which used to be the community’s main source of livelihood, greatly contributed to the landslide that left the town devastated. Learning this, the foundation started to work with the farmers to help their town transform into a fully sustainable coffee growing community.

Conlin, who is also a social entrepreneur, aims to demonstrate transparency, accountability and trust throughout the agricultural value chain and to positively impact the Philippine agricultural sector through the new platform. “Now, the consumers can truly see how their hard-earned money helps the entire value chain,” Conlin states.

The featured coffees will be available at Rustan’s Department Store, The Giving Café, and at Henry and Sons’ e-commerce website TheVault.ph.

Premier The Samgyupsal Review

It’s hard to deny the Korean influence here in the Philippines when it comes to music, TV shows, and food! Even before the KPop explosion, there were already a number of restaurants that offer authentic Korean dishes. For the past years, Unlimited Korean BBQ has been popping out everywhere. We have tried a number of restaurants with prices ranging from the cheapest to the most expensive. Last week, we went to Premier The Samgyupsal in San Juan to check out what they have to offer.  Premier The Samgyupsal was very easy to find.  The challenge is for groups who won’t opt for carpool since their parking is very limited.

As soon as we entered the restaurant, we were greeted by their staff. They have a good number of staff members to accommodate customers probably even during the busiest hours/days. Plus, it’s so easy to get their attention if you need anything. They have a built-in push button on their tables that will show your table number to their counter. No sign languages, no screaming for extra lettuce! LOL!

This is the first Korean restaurant that served us more than 15 side dishes! Our favorites are kimchi, fish cake, anchovies, purple radish, and sweet corn. They even served “kilawin” but we aren’t a fan. There were also two kinds of soups that were served to us. Seafood and Kimchi Jjigae. Side dishes and the soups alone were already very filling.  They use Japanese short-grain rice so, if you love to partner Samgyupsal with steamed rice, you will definitely love it. We opted for unli-mix which is Php500/head (Unli MIX Dinner: 580/head (From 4pm to 3am daily) & Lunch: 500/head (From 11am to 4pm daily.).

They didn’t lie when they named their restaurant. They did not compromise the quality of their meat. Fresh, Tender, Juicy meat with Coconut Charcoal Grill. Plus, the owners said they use real aged Samgyupsal with an imported machine.

Ice creams and beverages are not included in the package but they do have a wide selection of drinks from fruit juices to beer. Best part? No time limit for diners. Every group of 10pax is entitled to have one more person to eat for FREE!

What we didn’t like: their restroom. The condition of their restroom does not suite the restaurant’s premium vibe.

Check out our video clip here:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2377648829175709

The Carmelence Lodge Tagaytay – Review

We’ll never forget the first time we traveled out of town with our baby. We’ve come across The Carmelence Lodge’s Facebook page while searching for a place to stay in Tagaytay. We read good reviews from their previous guests and we thought that maybe we should give it a try since we also wanted to visit relatives in the South. The Carmelence Lodge is located at Villa Carmelence 3, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Maharlika West, Tagaytay City (just beside Robinson’s Tagaytay).

We arrived at The Carmelence Lodge 15minutes before Check-in. Their staff seems too exhausted when we got there. It was a 30-minute wait before we got our room keys. Our room also came with free breakfast but the front desk staff forgot to ask us about it. They have don’t have a lot of breakfast options but you’re supposed to choose ahead of time so they can have it prepared and served to you according to your preference. We shrugged it off because maybe, she was just having a bad day or she woke up at the wrong side of the bed?  Who knows?

We love our room. It has a little kitchen, a decent toilet, and washroom. Their comforter and pillows are also awesome for a lodge – comparable to the ones used in hotels. The place was quiet and the staff was polite too.  Their food is also reasonably priced but I wish their brewed coffee was served hot. Overall, we had a great stay.

We booked our room via Agoda for only Php2,600/night.  For people who’d like to explore Tagaytay on a budget, we highly recommend this place.  It’s also near Sky Ranch if you’re planning on a side trip to the park. The internet signal strength is superb too. Perfect for people who are able to bring their work anywhere or those who need to be online all the time.

For more details, please visit The Carmelence Lodge’s official Facebook page.

 

 

Green Sun Hotel Review

We booked a hotel room at Green Sun last September 28 – 29 when I attended an event in Makati. As you all know, I am a first-time-mom and since I work from home,  I do not have an idea how it feels to be separated from my son even just for an hour.   Hotels in Makati are quite pricey so we had to look for an affordable but clean and child-friendly hotel. After searching through our favorite hotel booking apps and checking out different hotels’ Facebook reviews, we decided to spend a night at Green Sun.

As soon as we reached the hotel, we were immediately greeted and assisted by their security personnel.  Although no bell cart was available, one of their staff still offered to carry our bags.

We booked their Deluxe room that comes with a Queen size bed, television, mini-fridge, hair dryer and an electric kettle. Just exactly what we needed for a short stay.  Our room was clean – no traces of cigarette smoke. We just find the bathroom a bit small especially the space for the toilet bowl. The Hotel rooms have different artworks that make each one unique.

This hotel is definitely for art lovers! Aside from enjoying your room, you may also opt to spend some time checking out the beautiful art pieces at the lounge.

Our room comes with a breakfast buffet but we couldn’t wait until the next morning to try their food so we didn’t waste any time and hit Soma Bistro for some snacks. Unfortunately, their bibingka is not available.  We got turon, pancit canton and palabok instead. Price is just about right considering that you’re eating in a bistro inside a hotel. Their bistro’s staff were very courteous. I forgot to bring my nursing cover and had to breastfeed my baby. None of them gave me a “duh” look, called our attention or stare.  I felt secure breastfeeding my son in public because I never felt judged.

The following morning, we got to try their breakfast buffet. For a small bistro, I like that they only have few food choices.  I just noticed that they do not serve bacon.

My son’s first staycation didn’t happen in a 5-Star Hotel. But Green Sun gave us one of the best hotel experience we’ve ever had. We are definitely coming back!

Green Sun is located at 2285 Chino Roces Avenue (Pasong Tamo Extension), Makati City.

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