Productive Things To Do During Lockdown

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Image courtesy of Austin Chan @Unsplash

If you’re anything like me, I consider walking to the refrigerator an exercise. However, for many active individuals, the lockdown implemented in some parts of the world is what some people might refer to as a living nightmare. Everyone is bored due to the lockdown, especially since social events such as parties and festivals are out of the question. On the plus side, you can spend your free time at home picking up new hobbies and trying out new things. Don’t worry, I won’t stop you from binge-watching on Netflix but if you do wake up one day finding yourself wondering what else is there to do, this article is the sign you’ve been looking for. 

Clean your living space. Thoroughly.

What with assignments and work, when do we even have the time, am I right? On busy days, I’m lucky to even come home to a neatly made bed assuming I made time to do that before heading out (I usually don’t).

There are many changes and additions you can make to achieve a homier vibe. If you have no clue on where to start, enter Pinterest. Rustic, minimalist, bohemian, mid-century modern, so many to choose from. After all the research you’ve done, who knows, some of your friends might like your design so much that you can help decorate their space too! 

Earn some side income online

Although times are tough for job seekers, there are still ways to earn some extra money on a more flexible schedule. The possibilities are virtually limitless with the internet. If you have an eye for designing, copywriting or content creating, utilize it by finding freelance jobs on Facebook groups, Workana or any website that provides jobs for freelancing.

If you’re an aspiring baker or chef, share those skills with the community by holding virtual classes. If you want to turn a hobby into a small business, why not do just that! Sell homemade jewelry, paintings, clothes and all that jazz. With a minimal capital, you can get started on all these ideas from anywhere at any time.



Sure, looking good after a workout is a bonus but what’s more important is feeling good. Boost your confidence before a virtual presentation or have a virtual workout session with your best buds. Trust me, after a long day at your desk, doing even a short workout will do wonders for your mood and productivity.

Go with the flow. If you’re into bicycles, ride your bike around the parking lot or your neighborhood. As for the best brand of bicycle, we highly recommend Polygon which is an Indonesian bicycle manufacturer based in Sidoarjo, East Java. If your body just wants to stretch and relax, Yoga With Adriene has been my go-to but if you want to work up a sweat, Daisy Keech or Chloe Ting have posted many different workouts on YouTube that will help you reach your goals in no time!

Spend time with your loved ones

We had no idea we'd be confined to our houses for so long. This period, however, has provided us with the opportunity to rekindle and improve the relationship we have with our family. Because of the hectic pace of our lives before, we rarely had time to sit with our family even for a meal.

The lockdown has allowed us to return to the days when family time was the most important part of the day. Get to know them again, play a board game, cook together or dress up your pets because as once Madeleine said “We love our bread, we love our butter but most of all, we love each other.” 

Become a bookworm

Does your daily reading consist of reading tweets, Facebook updates or the comic behind your favorite cereal box? Well, put down that cereal box and pick up a real book!

Why, you may ask? Books teach you how to stay calm, how to understand people, how to improve on vocabulary and communication, how to deal with problems and obstacles that you may face in life and expand your knowledge. As for me, reading has given me the opportunity to explore my imagination and open up my mind to new possibilities without leaving my room. To get you started, here’s a list of my recent personal favorites.

●    The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

●    The Secret Keeper of Jaipur by Alka Joshi
●    Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
●    Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
●    One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
●    After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
●    Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
●    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
●    Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab
●    The Institute by Stephen King
●    Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart by James R. Doty
●    Beach Read by Emily Henry
●    The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern


Final thoughts

This lockdown has shown us that there’s more to us than we realized. We just didn’t see it before due to our busy schedules and hectic social lives. So, get moving! However you decide to spend your free time during this time, remember to be safe and grateful for this life you get to live.


Asia's Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista Renews Contract with GMA

The crooner who has swooned tons of ladies across Asia has renewed ties with GMA Artist Center. In simple ceremonies last week, Christian Bautista was so happy about his decision to stay with the network. He has been in the industry for over 2 decades and he's very happy knowing that he's gotten renewed because he's treated this as a great partnership. He's been with GMA for over 8 years and plans to do various shows including the highly successful "The Clash" Season 4 and "All Out Sundays". Aside from that, he's looking forward to a future of doing GMA Pinoy TV and regional tours (sans pandemic) which will possibly get him in touch of audiences abroad as a major throng of his supporters are from other countries too. 

Christian understands that it's a bit difficult to make plans because of the COVID-19 restrictions so he's probably going to wing every opportunity that comes with this renewal. He also did a project called STILL with Julie Anne San Jose and other artists which is produced for the VIU app. It's more of a series that's got a lot of music involved in it. This will be out soon so his fans still have a lot of things to look forward to, hopefully this year. 

These days, Christian is also doing YouTube and he says "It's a bit difficult now, but everybody is doing it. Your fans will enjoy how you share your life, so we (he and his wife) decided to do it. As for digital concerts, that's a lot to think about. Producing, getting sponsors, the timing, it's a bit difficult. Renewing in GMA is surreal, at this time, at this age, it was a nice feeling that people believe in you. I wish for a project that would be celebrated around the world. Whether it may be in front or the back of the camera, I'd like to see that happen. Right now, this show with Julie, it's outside the Philippines and I'd take it. Being with people who love working together, with a purpose, it's something that I want to do. These days, you think about how you would get to earn as an artist during this time. I'm grateful to God that I'm not getting neglected. I want to focus on The Clash as a mentor and judge, hopefully I'd be able to help them. I want to also write songs, be a creator, not just sing."

Recently, the MET was inaugurated and opened by the city of Manila. One of the performers who were invited during that historical opening was Christian Bautista. I asked about it casually and he says "The experience performing again on stage was surreal, I was both excited and elated about doing that again after several months of getting locked in at home. Even if it was 2 seats apart during that day, the live audience really was a different experience. I liked what it was, and I loved to see what it can be again after all these restrictions are gone. In the future, there would probably be online shows, live shows, to blend them might be right. The Clash was getting a nomination in New York just meant that I was doing something right. It's for the directors, the people behind the show, not just us artists and contestants. No one in particular but everyone who joins The Clash, you can feel that they really do want it. It's just sad that opportunities are not given to them all, but hopefully they would try, and not get discouraged."

Here's the rest of the interview on video:

The Clash is going to be bigger and better, so will all the celebrations on AOS. You'll see Christian there and all the talented artists of GMA. 


Some Pretty Good Face Republic Products on Shopee

We're still wearing masks and face shields today and just this weekend, I had to go to Araneta Coliseum to get the second and final dose if my COVID-19 vaccine after being a hermit for a couple of months. We barely open our home for anything except for deliveries and we make it a point to observe strict procedures like disinfecting hands and extremities before and after opening the door, wearing N94 and face masks and maintaining distance from people who come from outside. We've well isolated ourselves for about a year now and I think we're still doing good.

Although I'm confined at home, that doesn't mean we're going to just be lazy and not take care of our skin. I believe in the saying "Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize" and it's what I practically do to look like I'm a few years younger (maybe 20 years lol) and it doesn't have to be complicated. You see, brands like Face Republic are local. They're made in Korea, but the formulation of their different products are made for the Filipino skin. It's like a merge of what's good in both worlds. I've had to try some of them this evening. Admittedly, I do sometimes get "Maskne" which is a new urban term of acne forming on the area which you cover with a face mask. I've seen a lot of people suffer from that and aside from the usual soap and water people use to clean their face (although not all soaps are okay), this could well help them clean up a bit more. 

After a shower, apply the Face Republic AHA/BHA Toner on your face and neck area with a cotton ball/flat cotton pads which you can buy in groceries/leading drugstore (except eye area). You'll get the dirt and oil out in no time. It's got water, soluble and organic ingredients which improves skin tone and texture, brighten those acne marks so you'll have even looking skin too. They also have the Face Republic Calming Blemish Madeca Serum which is anti-inflammatory in nature, so wounds heal faster, and is also anti-aging. If you've got really active acne, it would tone that down a bit and dry up open wounds that lie mostly on the surface. Since I didn't have acne this evening, I could feel it kinda tightens up a bit, or maybe that's just because the room was cold when I applied it. They have a special medicine dropper like contraption for that, and it doesn't have much of a fragrance (which I prefer especially if I'm applying it before I sleep).

The Face Republic Cica Gel Moisturizer on the other hand was lightly scented with minty/eucalyptus like fragrance (I couldn't almost smell it after application). You have to apply this after the toner so you won't dry up your skin. It's also got Tea Tree leaf extract which is anti inflammatory, something that you would need if you've got acne. Most of these are also water based, easily absorbed when you apply it and you don't feel sticky afterwards which is a plus on my books. These products are also tested by the Korea Dermatology Research Institute, all hypoallergenic, and the packaging is also environmentally friendly.

You can get the Face Republic AHA/BHA Toner here

Get the Face Republic Calming Blemish Madeca Serum right here

You must get the Face Republic CICA Gel Moisturizer if you get the toner because that combination rocks!

Go download the Shopee app on the App Store or Google Play Store if you still don't have it. I'll try it the whole week and edit this if I need to, but so far, I feel it's so good on my skin!


HOPE in times of Crisis

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Ever wondered why the Maginhawa Community Pantry has been so successful? It's because they do something that makes sense, don't cheat the farmers, and a lot of good, kind hearted people that choose to help each other in times of need. Although there are thousands of them lining up to fill up their pantries, the help didn't really run out and even the local government noticed, a really good thing.

That little brouhaha over red tagging (by some people that this pantry wanted to also help) was definitely an issue, but hopefully it's been cleared. I wish the support QC is giving the organizer (over security) is enough so that they could still help more people who need it. The good deed has also spread like wildfire in other parts of the country, and I'm so happy that happened. We need to still have HOPE that in some way, we all would get through this no matter how impossible it may look like today.

I've seen some private entities are also lending a hand. Like Pizza Hut who sent 10 whole sacks of rice to the Maginhawa Community Pantry, that's going to benefit a lot of people especially since Filipinos consider this as staple. I hope other organizations, corporations do the same. Aside from that, I hope those who line up only get what they need so that others would benefit from it too. (Although I don't know if this is from the corp or their employees, it still is important to help when you can.)

We can't lose hope even if we feel so burdened these days. There are good Samaritans out there that would still love to do it. We need to look for the opportunity to help in times of crisis, look for organizations that do and share what you can. 

We can.


Miss World Philippines Forges Partnership with Artopian Internationale


Miss World Philippines is happening soon and the amount of excitement was seen in the recent press conference they held in Quezon City. The organization just inked their partnership with ARTOPIAN which is an MLM/Direct Selling company for beauty and wellness products. It includes Stem Cell Serums, Glutathione Capsules, nutrition boosting juices, coffee and food supplements. 

Welcoming them to the occasion was Mr. Arnold Vegafria, the current National director of Miss World Philippines Organization. He says “I am happy that this is happening even though we have a pandemic, the ladies are all beautiful, smart and intelligent. May this partnership open more opportunities for us and the organization. This is the perfect platform to grow, we believe we have the same vision and goal of always, have beauty with a purpose.”

I'm rooting for Ganiel Krishnan <3

Artopia will also be looking for two ambassadors which will get awards and cash prizes aside from being the face of the company. Also present during the occasion were 10 candidates from Miss World Philippines who showed why the Philippines is such a force to reckon with in the pageant world. 

Here's some of the highlights on video:

Miss World Philippines Grand Coronation Night is scheduled to happen on July 11, 2021. 45 smart, intelligent and beautiful women will vie for the Miss World crown and about 7 other international titles so we can send these lovely Filipinas to these pageants.

What's THIS and THAT on those Mentos Rolls?

You must be wondering what those THIS and THAT writings are on the Mentos packs. It's actually something that the folks from Perfetti Van Melle thought of in order to break the ice. Have a new friend? A new found relative? Want to know that person you like but don't know how to start a conversation? Well, this is going to make your life easier. See, I've got a few rolls of the Mentos at home with this limited edition inscription This and That. I like the berry/fruit flavored ones but you can always have the minty fresh ones, to each his own.

Now go ahead and let your friend sit beside you (or maybe a few feet away following IATF guidelines LOL) and let them know that you want to get to know them more, so you're going to play a game. Get a pen and paper handy or better yet, prepare a white board and a couple of whiteboard pens so you can write and erase easily. Grab a roll of Mentos and start sharing the candy  by opening them up and check each piece.

Now you're presented with options. You've got to choose which of these actually personifies you. Do you like This or That? Choose your answer and put them on the whiteboard or paper which you prepared earlier. Then after that, show it to your friend so YOU would get to know each other. Ask her why she chose that answer, figure out how you guys are compatible, even over a Mentos.

Mentos is sold on Shopee, so make sure you follow the PerfettoVanMelle_phils Shopee account so you can get discounts on their brand day. They had one last June 20 and sold these Mentos rolls at 50% OFF which is a huge deal! They also have discount codes and vouchers so it's pretty good that you follow their Facebook page, just search for Mentos Philippines and you'll be there.

Oh and for what its worth, you get to know that person without thinking about it. You also get to know what activities you are compatible in. Who knows, that may just spark something special!


Top 5 Best Clothing Brand for Men

Saturday, June 26, 2021

When it comes to men's clothing, one thing is certain which is most of us don't want to spend hours browsing the internet for the ideal pieces. We are quick, precise, and uncomplicated buyers. We know what we want such as great price clothes that are of high quality, and when we get them, we keep going back for more. Yes, we are devoted to men's clothing brands and merchants who deliver on their expectations. You scratch our backs by providing the ideal t-shirt, and we scratch yours by stocking up.

Every man needs to discover his preferred men's clothing brands to make purchasing more convenient. So, for those whose wardrobes need a refresh or who simply need a solid starting point, we've broken down the finest men's clothing brands you should be aware of.


If you're into ethical fashion, look no further. Everlane promotes what they consider Radical Transparency, which means they are completely open and honest with the public about their operations, methods, and ethics. This results in close collaboration with some of the world's leading manufacturers to guarantee that the working environment and salaries match the brand's humanistic criteria. Everlane does not follow fashion trends when it comes to men's clothes. Instead, they want to produce eco-conscious, classic clothing that will last for years in your ever-changing wardrobe. Consider new jeans and simple organic cotton shirts at prices so low that you won't be able to resist stocking up on numerous pairs.

2. H&M

If you’re looking for an all-rounded brand in Vietnam where you can find from head to toe need from the same brand, then H&M is the one for you. Hennes & Mauritz AB, also known as H&M, is a Swedish multinational apparel retail firm that has evolved into one of the fashion industry's most famous brands. They provide a broad selection of clothing, including t-shirts, jackets, jeans, and track trousers, as well as H&M shoes at the greatest price. With affordable and sustainable clothes for men, H&M has become the world's go-to spot for a fast-shopping solution.

3. Uniqlo

You may have yet to discover the attraction of Uniqlo, a Japanese shop known for producing some of the highest quality men's wear in the world at affordable prices. Their user-friendly website is loaded with some of the most inexpensive, fashionable, and high-tech products available. For those who like more fashion-forward designs, Uniqlo is the best store for you to go shopping. Other than that, the shop usually has plenty of other great partnerships going on, particularly with their seasonal Uniqlo U line. Uniqlo also a great place to stock up on your necessities like underwear, socks, and T-shirts.

4. Levi’s

When it comes to jeans, it's tough not to think of Levi's, the original brand that invented the market. When it comes to denim, Levi's is a one-stop-shop, with denim shirts, jackets, and jeans in every style and size available. What many people don't realize is that, in addition to denim, the American heritage brand provides a stylish selection of essentials ranging from vintage-looking t-shirts to wonderfully faded sweatshirts.

5. Nike

Whenever it comes to famous clothing companies for 2021, there is no better choice than Nike. Their extremely comfortable sportswear is always at the top of the list of coolest men's clothing brands, but their athletic products have become more essential for guys during quarantine. It doesn't get much better than this mega-brand when it comes to trademark sneakers, famous sweatpants, and everything you could need to look amazing at the gym.


Excitement Spills for Vice Ganda's GANDEMIC VG-TAL Concert

If you've been watching "It's Showtime!" lately, you've probably been hooked on a certain portion called "Reina ng Tahanan". This particular segment on the show was the brainchild of the creative staff and the Unkabogable Vice Ganda who's one of the hosts of the show. Initially they only dedicated a few minutes for it but recently, they noticed how viewers are loving the stories in between and true enough, their ratings have skyrocketed in the weeks after it was started. Aside from that, they have also been trending nationwide without hitches because yes, these worthy Moms share their real stories.

Vice says "I really had mixed feelings about this, but I'm so happy that we got to push this segment with management. I feel we have really not wasted the trust given to us by ABSCBN. We're excited and inspire to outdo ourselves, and also overjoyed that we get to entertain our audience even during the most difficult times."

Now, they're even working hard to make the segment even better. They are inspired with the outpour of emotions during and after the show because they know people are connecting with the different Moms they feature in the show. Vice says "This segment made me realize that there are different kinds of mothers. It's even more that the species of fish in the ocean, and I can say we shouldn't stereotype them, we should not put them in a box, they have different stories. The definition of what a mom should be is limitless, but what's common about them is the love they give their husbands, sons and daughters, and their family. I could see why Moms at home also were able to connect with the ones on the show because they really see themselves in them regardless of economic class, motherhood is indeed universal. "

Vice is also going to have a concert this coming July 17 entitled "Gandemic Vice Ganda: The VG-Tal Concert" so expect not just the fun you're seeing on "It's Showtime!", but a whole lot more. There will also be a meet and greet after the show so you could interact with the live comedy genius so make sure to get your tickets now at Guests include Vice's closest friends, and names like Ice Seguerra, Jake Zyrus, Moira and Anne Curtis. It maybe his first digital concert but do know that you'll see a lot of laughs as Vice dishes out the best punchlines that are timely, and still, very creative. This platform has indeed evolved and with the recent successful concerts of music icons, Vice will be seen with her brand of comedy which Filipinos absolutely love!

Can't wait for more fun on the show and the lovely stuff with the upcoming concert!


Top 5 Getaway Hotels that Run on Eco-Friendly Concepts

Travelers are becoming much more conscious of the environmental effect of their vacations, which is increasing the demand for eco-friendly hotels and activities especially in Asia countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, and more. Thankfully, in recent years, the world has experienced an increase in sustainable travel alternatives and experiences. Most of the hotels all around the world such as in Thailand and the United States are making attempts to be more environmentally friendly. There seems to be an infinite number of choices for properties to decrease their environmental effect, ranging from using less water to building using sustainable materials.

The list that you are going to see below is the hotel that is practicing the eco-friendly theme in their hotel or resort.

1.Qi Palawan Boutique Resort, Palawan

Qi Palawan's concept has always emphasized sustainability. The resort was created with fuel efficiency and sustainability in thought, making use of bamboo, a fast-growing tree that doesn't require pesticides, as well as 100 percent local labor and materials.

Just like a few hotels in Vietnam, Qi Palawan has fulfilled its aim of becoming a genuine eco-resort over the previous year by adding 40 KwH of solar panels and 128 KwH of batteries, enough to give this boutique resort 100% electricity even during high occupancy seasons. Furthermore, Qi Palawan does not offer plastic bottles, has almost abolished the usage of plastic bags, using locally sourced utilities, and offers environmentally safe sunscreen for its island hopping and diving tours.

2. Cabins Hotel, Tagaytay 

Biophilic design ideas were being used at Cabins to integrate nature into the interiors by recognizing natural airflow and illumination. Solar electricity is also used throughout the hotel, while rainwater collection is used for cleaning and gardening.

What differentiates Cabins is that most of its structure is constructed of recyclable materials, including handmade tiles and sustainable wood for the exterior and sustainable pinewood for the mattresses in all 16 of its rooms. Cabins by Eco Hotels in Tagaytay give visitors a one-of-a-kind staycation experience in any of its 16 rooms, which are believed to be inspired by cruise ship cabins. Although much of the interior and furnishings are constructed of recycled and recycled materials.

3. Chewton Glen, Hampshire 

Chewton Glen is located in the English countryside, close to the New Forest National Park and the Solent shoreline, and is just two hours by rail from London. The estate currently features 14 eco-friendly Treehouse Suites scattered across 130 miles of land, gardens, and parkland.
These suites are built several feet above the ground, overlook the New Forest National Park, and have air-source heat pumps, solar panels, low-energy lighting, and rainwater collection. The site also has 50 active bee colonies of "extremely well-behaved bees" on the ground. There is also a Walled Kitchen Garden and Nursery, which supplies fresh fruits and vegetables from the surrounding area.

4. Garonga Safari Camp, Limpopo  

Adventure seekers may stay at the Garonga Safari Camp, which is spread on 54,363 acres in the Greater Makalali Pidwa Private Nature Reserve in the heart of the African wilderness. The region is home to wild creatures such as elephants, lions, rhinos, cheetahs, and leopards, making it the ideal wildlife getaway. Six deluxe tents with individual decks and spectacular views of the region are available at the camp.

The Garonga Safari Camp looks to the sun for electricity and uses solar energy to meet 30% of its electric demands. To reduce their carbon footprint in the wild, they've also installed a heating pump system, water purification, a vegetable garden, and a biogas system.

5. h2hotel, Healdsburg 

The h2hotel is tucked away at the heart of Sonoma Wine Country and provides 36 eco-chic accommodations. They have covered their roof with solar panels to power the facility, which heats the swimming pool and the water in the hotel rooms.

They've also built an EcoSpace elevator, which consumes 60% less power than standard elevators. When attempting to reduce energy usage, even the windows were taken into account. The windows of H2hotel feature twin panes to minimize heat, and the window blinds are cradle-to-cradle approved.


Jerome, Nikko, Dave Start Naughty Fun on GV BOYS

This afternoon, I just got off the Puregold Channel presscon as they launch a new series called "GV BOYS" starring Jerome Ponce, Nikko Natividad and Dave Bornea. This also includes Ms. Carmi Martin, Wilma Doesnt, Elsa Droga and directed by Don Cuaresma.

It's a sitcom that will be seen exclusively on the Puregold Channel meant to spread good vibes as the title suggests.  Jawo, Daks and Zeus, sons of Aling Perling will be making your day as they bring situational and family comedy on YouTube. Present in the occasion was Writer Joaquin Acosta, Creative Head Noel Nuguit and Sherwin Buenavida who did the Teleplay. Don Cuaresma says "This is like an homage to previous shows like Palibhasa Lalake, the golden years of sitcoms in the 90's. Dave Bornea, Nikko and Jerome couldn't be combined on TV, so we did it on digital and that won't happen in other mediums because they are after all from other channels. We're locked in doing this, so they really bonded while making this project. We researched about what digital audiences watch, it would converge any age bracket because even the not so young ones are now on Facebook. We are aware of what we want to put on the series."

Noel says "The 90's sitcoms were really an inspiration doing this. They have their own counterparts, it's interesting because it's comedy, it's fun, but it has heart."

Sherwin adds "The humor online is different in mainstream, but if it is funny, it transcends platforms. I feel the sitcom concentrates on friendship and family, just on a different platform."

Joaquin says "Make sure you watch out for comedy on this show, the story itself is relatable and you'll love them for who they are."

Carmi Martin says "I'm so involved with how this half Korean-Pinay character was created and interpreted. It'll be very fun to see how she will be connecting with the other actors. I'm happy to be part of the GV Boys group to give even more entertainment online. I'm a little crazed, but even if these actors are just new, they're very good at what they do. I do have experience with Mr. M back in the day, I want soaps, but my forte is really sitcoms.  It's what we also need during the pandemic, we need something fun! I learned that you have to be ready, to give your best because you have window hours, you have to finish sequences with the sunlight still there, it was fun and a little better working in this setup, I feel it's perfect for me even if we didn't have air conditioning because it was all open air. It was well planned shooting for this sitcom."

Wilma Doesnt adds "I'm half Japanese here. It'll be crazy because I have someone to call my own, a loveteam. The three boys are really good, I fell a little old because they're very nice, even brings me chairs when I need it. I was really under Mr. M and I did Richard Loves Lucy. When I saw Richard, I cried because I was starstruck, I must admit, I really did have a crush on him back in the day. The pandemic made us realize we have a lot to look forward to, we finished it earlier or on time, I saved on gas, it's the reality because you can concentrate on the work at hand. You've got lots of time with your co actors, it made us comfortable because we ate together, we know how to throw lines easy."

Jerome says "There were a few artists who auditioned for this project, they cut down to three and I think we really just fit the role. I play Jawo, a little crazy, hopeless romantic. This is different from my BL series, you have to bond with your co actors so you know their comedic timing, we had to give each other space so we know when to throw a joke. We had lots of energy.

Nikko adds "I didn't audition, but I think they saw me on IG and saw my humor. I think that's what sold them to get me for the project. Dave is really good, we just talk about his salary because he's from another network (he kids). I play Daks, (Eugene or Hugene hence the name). I really had a bad investment scam during the pandemic, I had panic attacks and depression, but I had my wife and kid who were there for me during the whole ordeal. They were my rock, I just put everything to God. I post everything naughty on IG because I'm in a good mood. If I'm not okay, it's like an outlet, I think we all go through that. I think it's all fun.

Dave says "I auditioned for the role and I'm glad I got in. I already have gotten to work with Jerome in an endorsement, but Nikko was just so cool and funny so we didn't have to work so hard just to get along. Zeus is a Filipino American, he's got a secret that will be revealed in the latter part of the series. In the movie I had where I won an award, I played the young versions of them. Being part of that I felt really honored because I saw how they work. They pay attention to what the director wants them to do. In GV Boys, it's light, the energy is happy, we just help each other. Ms. Carmi and Ms. Wilma also share their experiences, and they're very willing to do that."

GV Boys will start on July 10 Saturday at 10PM and will be seen both on the Puregold Facebook page and YouTube Channel. Spread good vibes while watching! It's FREE, you can also win prizes if you watch it and participate in a few games while the sitcom shows on these platforms.

This looks fun!


NADINE Together With Us Virtual Concert Slated June 28th

Friday, June 25, 2021

If you haven't been under a rock, you know June is PRIDE month. It is done to commemorate the Stonewall uprising, and now around the world as a protest to gather together, to push for equality of LGBTQIA+ members, and run against years of discrimination.

Fashion icon and pop star Nadine Lustre is a strong ally, and together with TaskUS, they're holding an online concert called "NADINE, Together With Us" on the TaskUs PH Facebook page. This will happen on June 28th, which is on Monday at 6:30PM.

This virtual concert is being staged for the benefit of displaced drag artists and elderly gays from Home for the Golden Gays Foundation, a non profit organization helping elderly gays have a place to stay. Nadine will also be performing with Philippine based drag queens Vinas DeLuxe, Lady Gagita and Andy Crocker. As you may already know, entertainment workers have been heavily affected since venues have been closed down because of the pandemic. Performers these days basically have nowhere to go. Aside from that, it's been hard for non profit organizations to gain funding since everyone is confined at homes. Nadine knows their plight and she says "I have always admired the level of artistry of Philippine drag queens. I know they spend hours just to put on a look and practice for one act. It's an art form. I'm sad that I don't get to see them perform these days because of the pandemic. We need to help them. I am an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, and to be part of this cause, to amplify their voices, I hope they could feel that they are loved and valued."

For those who don't know, TaskUS is a leading tech enabled business service company that does Digital CX, AI Operations, Content Security and Consulting. The company has always been a stalwart of LGBTQIA+ rights, keeping their workforce inclusive. They also provide access to health care and insurance services even for people living with HIV, encourage a community that formally addresses individuals who prefer other pronouns. They also hold events, leadership trainings so they craft policies related to diversity and inclusion, and I think that's a good thing.

Currently, TaskUS has 9 sites which includes Quezon City, Taguig, Pampanga, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, La Union, Bohol and Batangas. They will be opening a new facility in Batangas City around last quarter of this year so if you want to be a part of their growing force, you may visit their site at You may also follow their social channels, just search for TaskUs or TaskUsPH on FB, IG, LinkedIn or Twitter. Updates about the concert will also be done here!

I'll be watching. See you there!


TM Celebrates 20th with Ka-TM's Andrea Brillantes, Seth Fedelin and Alden Richards

This year's Independence Day rites wasn't all sad spent in the 4 corners of your home as TM channeled all the fun on social media last June 12th. The TM Double Dekada Pinoy Fiesta was streamed live via the TM Tambayan Facebook Page together with some of the country's brightest stars. TM is also celebrating their 20th year in the country in September, but they are starting the countdown as early as now with a big bang!

To start off, they've introduced their new Ka-TM's which includes teen sensations Seth Fedelin and Andrea Brillantes (also known as SethDrea) and the one and only Asia's Multimedia Star and Pambansang Bae Alden Richards. To join in the fun, the virtual stage was filled with the music and artistry of The Juans, the phenomenal SB19, the cool Matthaios and social media stars Donnalyn Bartolome and Riva Quenery. Add to that, the funny and crazy bunch of Parokya ni Edgar which had us all laughing hard during their segment. Viewers also got first dibs seeing the newest TM Doble Dekada music video starring the happy bunch of ka-TMs showcasing the latest campaign "Doble Dekada Sa Samahang Pina-Easy".

Globe's VP for Consumer Mobile Business Kristelle Dizon says "TM has worked tirelessly to make this 20th anniversary celebration the best one ever. We may have double the challenges this year, but we're going to fight together, carry on with our lives. TM is here, and we'll fight with you!"

Now don't fret because the festivities have just started. There will be TM Doble Dekada Raffle where subscribers would have the chance to win over 20 Million pesos worth of prizes including 5G mobile phones, FunAral Tuition assistance plus FunKabuhayan Puregold Grocery Package weekly. It will run from May 18th to September 30, 2021 (that's 20 weeks) so you still got a bit more time to join it. On the grand draw, ka-TM's get the chance to win 2 Million pesos and 500K FunKabuhayan package in the Grand Draw. It will happen on October 5 so make sure you're loading up regularly (It takes 10 pesos to do that).

All you got to do now is download the TM app on Gogle Play Store or the App store to register. Don't tell me I didn't tell you, because I just did! To know more about it, just text the keyword TMDOBLEDEKADA INFO to 8080. That's also FREE, so how can you not do that!


Hada Labo Outs Premium Whitening Line

Thursday, June 24, 2021

I remember the time when I visited a kiosk of Hada Labo in a mall a couple years ago when I got tested for the moisture of my skin. I got very high marks as I've been religiously following my regimen of moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I felt it was something I'd have to do in order to make my skin appear healthy, bright and young looking. I can't remember the times when I get complemented because I don't look my age, pretty good so far. 

I'm even more excited because recently, they have launched a new one called Hada Labo Premium Whitening line. It's composed of the Hada Labo Premium Whitening Face Wash, Hada Labo Premium Whitening Lotion and Hada Labo Premium Whitening Moisturizing Cream. The lotion has an active ingredient called Tranexamic Acid which nourishes, moisturizes and hastens blood circulation on the part where you cleaned it. It also contains Lecithin, Vitamins C and E and Hyaluronic Acid which retains water on your skin.


The facial wash also contains 4 types of Hyaluronic Acid so your skin remains hydrated and supple all day. It also develops a protective layer so free radicals and pollution won't stick to your skin. The moisturizing cream contains brightening and hydrating effects, so you look fresh and don't feel sticky after a long day.

You can get these products at Watsons branches and online on Shopee and Lazada. Just look for the Mentholatum store on both apps and it would point you to the products I use for my skin. Believe me on Hada Labo, it's something I use almost everyday.


Golden Haven Memorial Properties Sees Promising Growth

Even though the outlook in the country is not as bullish as projected in previous years, the Philippines and its people still remain optimistic. With the advent of COVID-19 and its effects on our economy, the continuous testing, rollout of vaccination across different regions and hopefully lower numbers of cases in the coming months, should prove to be a good time to continue slowly opening up businesses in the country. The Asian Development Bank sees the Philippines as one of the most resilient economies in the region and with the wheels turning, investors should see growth in different industries including real estate.

Such is the case with investments with institutions like Golden Haven Memorial Parks. With very attractive terms and appreciation value, it would be something that would be good for OFW's, Millennials and business minded individuals as an investment package. With recent 20% per year increase in value, one would be wondering why others wouldn't choose their property that is present in over 30 locations around the country.

If you're an investor, they have lots, columbarium vaults, larger family estates and mausoleums which you can choose from. Combined with above standard customer service for postmortem needs, it looks promising for an investment, especially for any individual who would want to own properties or reach their goals.

As their COO Red Rosales puts it "We would like to encourage investors who would want to achieve Golden Haven's wish to have economic opportunities in the country."

/*Information: Golden Haven Memorial Park is a subsidiary of publicly listed Villar group. This is under Golden MV Holdings Inc. which is one of the largest real estate corporations in the Philippines.


BEKO Initiatives for Climate Change

In a product showcase done this evening, European brand BEKO told us how it is possible to use recycled materials, bio composites and detergent saving technologies on appliances. It is their company's contribution in order to rid of climate crisis, something we all can start at home.

Present during the occasion was Arcelik's CEO Hakan Bulgurlu and their CMO Zeynep Yalim Uzun. They also had their CCo Ragip Balcioglu discuss how it became their mission to do sustainability efforts in manufacturing their line of products in order to have a positive impact on the world we live in.

Arcelik's CEO Hakan Bulgurlu says "COVID has changed our lives in the past two years, but with science, we have been able to see the end of the tunnel. We have been doing a lot of work with our product range. By coming together, we are defeating COVID by science. The climate crisis also is a concern, so with this, we are also addressing it with science as well. The climate crisis is man made, we can overcome this too. We have reduced emissions, but we have to do more. Unless we do the necessary, we are not going to be in the right track. Respecting the world, respecting worldwide is our slogan. We want to reduce emissions by 30%. Products that consumers buy as it goes into homes also are included. Today, Arcelik will work tirelessly and stretch our goals over the coming months. Hopefully we can do this in all our value chain. We commit to have fuel, plastic, waste, water, become reduced as part of our goals. The green wave is coming, it's here and here to stay. It makes good business sense that you can do the right thing without costing much. We are doing this because we believe it brings us an opportunity for our business to create a new brand, especially when you want to be different compared to your competitors. I believe when we do this, we'll get ahead. It makes business sustainable. Appliances should use less energy, and be built with quality recycled materials. We have products that reflect this principle. We will apply this across the board including packaging, in almost all areas of our business, it's a long journey but we have to lead by example. We need to continue, so others will follow, so we can fight this challenge in climate crisis. The urgency is real, we need to act together. Every decision we make, this will be in our attention."

Brendan Edgerton the Director of World Business Council for Sustainable Development adds "Everything is connected, COVID is seen as a restart for all of us."

Ragip Balcioglu the CCO of Arcelik says "Regardless of how business starts, there is one thing consumers want. They want CHANGE. Everyone changed shopping habits during the pandemic. Arcelik has always been doing sustainability efforts for a number of years now. We are a leader in our industry, working with a vision to an entire ecosystem."

Zeynep Yalim Uzun the CMO of Arcelik says "We are aligned with our consumers sustainability goals. We have been developing products that make healthy living possible. We are commited in recycling, have energy efficient products that support sustainable living. This is what the consumer wants. It's great to see we are in the same page as this. Working towards a healthier planet, we need technologies that  lower carbon footprint. It's a great push for us, but we encourage other manufacturers to follow suit as well. We utilize AI, did videos that reached millions of people so more people can join our journey."

From washing machines, dryers, these things can use recyclable materials in order to create these appliances. They also do fishnets on plastic parts, including industrial threads waste and integrate it to plastic parts in the last two years. The company also use environmentally friendly materials in their Bio Cycle Refrigerators. They use bio plastics, with egg trays made from soybean oil, egg shells and other materials.

They have several campaigns that address obesity in the past like "Eat Like a Pro", and now evolved it to something that is more shifted to the attention to the community, and the world. They do "Healthy Living on a Healthy Planet". And I think that's a good thing to address.


Clean Hair, Confident You with Selsun Blue


I've had memories passing by the Selsun Blue plant while my Dad was driving back in the day. It was one of the things I loved to do, smelling it was like a habit because it was fresh, very manly, a thing that I adored when it comes to scents. I didn't quite understand why I couldn't see it quite often in groceries and supermarkets like it used to, but if you're a bit my age, you'll signify it as the most revered anti dandruff shampoo in the country. It was the solution for that flaky stuff people have in their hair, it was the only one at that time that could have solved it. Aside from that, they always had the iconic male stars model for it, much like a standard. It was because it works, and it was laboratory and clinically tested.

 Looks like they're back and available in the market. What's even more exciting is that they've got a whole line of products catering to different needs like the Selsun Blue PRO (which has got conditioning Honey Extract), Selsun Blue PRO 2-in-1 Anti Dandruff Shampoo with Conditioner (which removes dandruff and keeps it from coming back because of its Selenium Sulfide 1% content), and last but not the least, Selsun Blue PRO-X Anti Dandruff Shampoo (that restores hair and does scalp hydration). It's very soothing too because of a little menthol, you'll feel cool with it after your shower.

Now if you want to experience the goodness that is Selsun Blue, you can now get them at Watsons branches nationwide, and online on Shopee and Lazada. Just search for the Mentholatum store on these online shopping apps and you'll have these Selsun Blue delivered to your doorstep wherever you are in the Philippines (as long as people can ship there!). 

Getting your hair cleaned will basically make you more confident in front of other people, you don't have to worry about it after this.