Thursday, October 20, 2016

McDonald’s Grand Halloween Family Fun Day

Your family looks forward to Halloween year on year because of playful trick-or-treats, creative costumes, and fun activities. 

This year, McDonald’s celebrates Halloween bigger as it holds the Grand Halloween Family Fun Day for the second consecutive year in Cebu and for the first time ever in Manila. Kids and kids-at-heart are welcome to join the Fun Day at J. Center Mall, Mandaue City, Cebu, on October 22, 2016, and at the World Trade Center Metro Manila on October 29, 2016. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

That'so: A breakthrough in beauty

A never-before-seen beauty breakthrough has arrived in the Philippines through That'so, an Italian skincare brand renowned for its "fast beauty" concept.
That'so Philippines co-founders and Filipina-Canadian sisters Queenie Subido and Flecett Aspilla bring in the breakthrough for Filipinos to experience. Their first-ever offering is That'so Pure White, a patented skin-brightening and anti-aging treatment that addresses hard-to-solve woes including discoloration, hyperpigmentation, fines lines and wrinkles.
But what makes the treatment a first in the country? Subido explains that it will be administered by doctors only using the That'so Pure White nano-spray machine filled with the Pure White lotion, which is packed with biomimetic peptides.
She adds, "Biomimetic peptides, which mimics the skin and improves its overall appearance, are sprayed all over the body in nano-particles so that it is absorbed deep down the layers of the skin."
Moreover, That'so Pure White's biomimetic peptides are derived from natural ingredients—cinnamon to be exact—making it an all-natural spray lotion. Safe and gentle to all skin types, it is European Health Regulations-Certified and FDA-Approved.
"We promise results. In just two to three sessions, you can easily see the change. But to achieve maximum results, we recommend to get a total of 24 sessions," shares Aspilla noting that it is best to take home That'so Pure White On the Go Instant Brightening Spray for everyday maintenance.
Aspilla and Subido, who grew up and settled in Canada, both attest to the effectivity of That'so. In fact, they were the first to provide That'so's whitening services to North America.
Finally, these beautiful businesswomen are introducing That'so Pure White in the Philippines.
"Our objective really is to educate the Filipinos that there are better, safer and healthier alternatives out there for skincare procedures," Subido relates.
Aspilla echoes, "That is true. Ours is non-invasive and without harmful chemicals because we believe that beauty should be painless."
Looking forward, the co-founders share, "In the future, we plan to offer other That'so treatments and products so that through them, Filipinos can embrace any skin color that they want."
That'so Pure White is currently available at Floor D Suite, D2 Medical Plaza at Makati Medical Center, Makati City. It will soon be offered by different cosmetology clinics nationwide.

Monday, October 17, 2016

#tHRive3: The PMAP 53rd Annual Conference


The Philippines today is at the cusp of new and great opportunities.

With the impending rise to power of new national leaders, the emergence of a more vigilant Filipino people, the advent of the ASEAN integration, and overall improvements in various global and national indicators, the challenge is not anymore survival, or development, but to ride the momentum.

The call of the hour is to bring the country to new and greater heights, towards sustainable prosperity. The greater need is to deliver inclusive growth for all Filipinos. The mandate for PMAP is to strategically position people – Filipino human capital, as the main driver of the movement.  For this is the time to tHRive!

The People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP), the premiere organization of people managers and HR practitioners in the country, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and is coming up with bigger and more relevant initiatives and advocacies.

From October 19-21, PMAP will hold its 53rd Annual Conference with the theme “#tHRive3: Total HR Innovation. Velocity. Endurance. Execution. Excellence” happening at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.

This year’s Conference is dubbed as a conference like no other featuring:

• A VERITABLE MARKETPLACE of cutting-edge and fresh ideas, emergent theories, endless solutions, best practices, relevant advocacies, and state-of-the-art HR technology.
•  UNPARALLELED ROSTER of speakers with global, regional, national stature that includes Dave Ulrich, the world’s #1 management educator and a top 5 management coach
•  PROACTIVE BALANCE of session topics and learning fora – a conference that offers a variety of sessions that target various levels of learning needs as well as a variety of issues and concerns delivered through innovative and creative ways.
•  A DYNAMIC LEARNING DESIGN that allows attendees to customize their participation based on individual agenda.
•  SHOWCASE of best practices, award-winning programs, and cutting-edge resources and technologies.
•  EXTRAORDINARY potentials for networking.

The sought-after PMAP AWARDS in human resource and people management excellence will once again celebrate a rich harvest of HR talents and initiatives. This year’s winners will be announced on the second day of the conference. The following highly-coveted awards will be given: 

 The People Program of the Year (PPY).  Awarded to a company for its relevant, unique, innovative and/or cutting-edge program, which is designed to provide meaningful contributions and improve employer-employee relations to meet a specific need of the company.

 The People Manager of the Year (PMY). Recognizes the HR practitioner who has imbibed and modelled the strategic role of human resources in the organizations, through exceptional people initiatives and programs addressing business challenges. The awardee continues to make significant contributions to the development of the HR profession. He or she is actively involved in advocacy and community work, and strives to continuously achieve personal mastery and a balanced life.

 The Employer of the Year (EOY). Recognition to a company that satisfactorily fulfils its people management responsibilities, as demonstrated by its leadership, dynamism, professionalism, strategic thinking and implementation, continuous improvement in HR processes and programs, linkage of HR to business objectives, and employee focus.

On top of the highly-relevant plenary and concurrent sessions, the PMAP Fellowship and PMAP Expo will be bigger and bolder in time for PMAP’s Diamond year celebration with exciting activities and programs that every people manager or HR practitioner in the country should not miss.

For more information, please contact the PMAP Secretariat at tel. no. 726-1532, email, visit or “Like”

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


Launching this Fall/Winter 2016, Chuck II Leads Converse Footwear Against the Wet Weather
With Rubber

Converse is tackling the elements of weather head-on this season, combining classic sneaker designs with premium weatherized features, with the debut of the Fall/Holiday 2016 Converse Counter Climate Rubber Footwear Collection. The new collections provide the necessary tools to combat the climate shifts while emphasizing essential weather-beating benefits. The innovative sneaker collections feature a bold mix of colors and materials including water repellent rubber and waterproof neoprene. This collection is intended to stand up against unpredictable inclement weather.

Each sneaker has been treated to help tackle rainy weather while maintaining comfort and style. For the holiday season, both new and time-honored styles endure the harsh elements with the Counter Climate Rubber collection. These rubber boots and sneakers are winter-ready with water resistant material and heat retention.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Cebu, Baguio, Bacolod children makes cut of JrNBA Presented by Alaska

The best boys and girls basketball players from Cebu, Baguio and Bacolod overcame the odds to make the final lineup of the JrNBA/JrWNBA Presented by Alaska All-Star teams that will fly on October 6 to Shanghai, China to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime NBA experience.

Boys and girls from the provinces - especially those from Bacolod, Cebu and Baguio - did surprisingly well when ranged beside their counterparts from Manila.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ActiveHealth Launches Online Portal for the Swim, Bike and or Run Communities

ActiveHealth Community (AHC) portal encourages athletes to use the digital platform to aid training and exceed performance targets.

ActiveHealth is taking its growing community of running and multisports athletes from the physical realm of race tracks and training grounds to the digital platform of online race prep and coaching, historical race results tracker, sports nutrition and sleep advice among others. It is giving another dimension to its engagement with its active race participants through the online platform called the ActiveHealth Community (AHC) portal.

According to Alex Panlilio, Unilab Consumer Health Operating Vice President, “The idea behind AHC is to strengthen the ties that bind the community, which is pursuing an active lifestyle, and pursuing excellence by encouraging them to strive in reaching their potential. AHC is yet another medium to deliver the mission of ActiveHealth to empower the progressive athletes”.

AHC members have access to training plans that are customized to the ActiveHealth race that they are joining, expert advice/support from AHC Coaches and mentors through classes, training camps, articles and online coaching analysis, updates on all events, special offers of ActiveHealth as well as rewards for being an active member of the community.

“What sets AHC apart from other training programs or clubs is that we know our community of runners, cyclists, and triathletes very well so we can provide them what they require as progressive athletes in order for them to exceed themselves. And that is a holistic, system-based approach covering all areas of training and race preparation—sleep, recovery, nutrition and gear,” shares Ani De Leon-Brown, Senior Coach Consultant of AHC.

AHC members have access to a roster of the best coaches and sports specialists in their fields such as veteran coaches and marathoners Titus Salazar and Ben Alacar, former triathlon team coach Dan Brown, first certified female multisport coach in the Philippines Ani De-Leon Brown, multi-awarded triathlete Coach Andy Leuterio and other seasoned triathlon coaches such as Ian Alacar, Kaye Lopez, and Nonoy Basa. We also have sports science experts Riel Espino, Saul Sibayan, Kris Agarao, sleep and recovery expert Francis Diano and sports nutrition experts Harvie De Baron among many others who are in the process of finalizing contracts with ActiveHealth. 

“The mentors will be the on-ground teachers who will assist the members with their form and technique. There will be regular mentor sessions across different training areas in Metro Manila so we can provide assistance to more athletes,” adds De Leon-Brown. Eventually, AHC will also conduct mentor sessions or classes outside of Metro Manila. 

AHC is accessible via the ActiveHealth website, or by downloading the app on Google Play store and Apple store when it becomes available towards the end of the year. AHC is open to all participants of ActiveHealth races (Run United, Tri United, among others) since 2010 up to the present. Once an athlete registers for an event, they automatically get a link to the AHC portal. The AHC portal is linked to the online registration of ActiveHealth races. Membership is free and has no expiration.

ActiveHealth is offering a premium subscription to AHC members who want to avail of additional benefits such as priority registration to all events (i.e. registration will be open to premium subscribers two (2) weeks before it is open to the public), access to coach classes, request online coach analysis (extra fees apply) and other features such as sleep timer on the mobile app, once it becomes available. The Premium subscription will be offered at an introductory price of PhP365 per year.

Exclusive rewards and offers are also in store for AHC members. They can earn rewards/points by completing tasks and activities within the community such as signing up and completing races, attending classes, and achieving targets. The detailed rewards mechanics will be available to the athletes on the AHC portal.

Those interested to join AHC can already do so when they register and participate in the upcoming Tri United 4 on November 27 in Clark, Pampanga. 

PSBank’s 56th Anniversary Blowout Deals on Pre-Owned Wheels


As part of Philippine Savings Bank’s anniversary treat, it will offer hot deals on pre-owned wheels for a week!


PSBank will bid out quality, pre-owned cars during the 56th Anniversary Blowout PSBank Auto carnival”—a seven-day special sale of PSBank’s repossessed cars. It will be from September 24 to October 1, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except Sundays) at the PSBank Auto Mart at #220 Mañalac Avenue, East Service Road, Taguig City.


Clients who will apply for a PSBank Auto Loan product during the event will enjoy either special financing rates or avail of board rates and get free PhP3,000 worth of gas allowance, PhP2,000 worth of tint services, and PSBank umbrella.


The PSBank Auto Loan with Prime Rebate makes owning a car fast and easy with its flexible payment terms and convenient modes of payment. Car buyers will get a credit decision within 24 hours from their loan application via SMS and earn rebates when they pay in advance or in excess of their monthly amortization.


There will be a special bidding session on all days of the event. During the special bidding, which will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. only, newly repossessed cars will be up for auction and awarded immediately once results are finalized.


Event visitors will also get a chance to play games, enjoy free snacks and refreshments, and win prizes. Don’t miss out on this exciting event that will allow you to finally own your dream vehicle at a very good deal!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia will travel to China

  The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Alaska Milk Corporation announced today that for the third consecutive year, Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia will travel to China to watch a live NBA game as part of the initiatives in promoting healthy lifestyle and diet among children.


Ninety Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia  boys and girls ages 10-14  will attend NBA Global Games China 2016 presented by Master Kong in Shanghai on Oct. 9, featuring the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans playing a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.  The participants from the Philippines will be joined by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and for the first time by Jr. NBA Singapore standouts following the program’s introduction to Singapore earlier this year.  As part of their visit to Shanghai, the boys and girls will also meet with NBA players and legends, receive additional basketball training and tour the city.


“Our Jr. NBA All-Stars will once again embark on an unforgettable journey where they will get to experience a foreign country, take part in advanced basketball training and watch a live NBA game, all while engaging with their counterparts from Southeast Asia,” said NBA Asia Vice President, Global Partnerships & Events Francesco Suarez.  “This gathering creates lifelong memories and friendships for our participants, and we will continue providing even more youth with opportunities like this in the years to come.”


“I’d like to congratulate our Jr. NBA Philippine All-Stars on their success.  Through Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion. Program and our partnership with the NBA, we have been able to help fuel the basketball dreams and life aspirations of thousands of children across the country,” said Alaska Milk Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Wilfred Steven Uytengsu.  “This collaboration is an important element of our long-standing Nutrition.Action.Champion. campaign.  By leveraging on this initiative, Alaska Milk was able to proactively educate families and children on the important role of drinking milk and getting into sports to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle.”


The Jr. NBA is presented by Royal FrieslandCampina in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam through its Frisian Flag, Dutch Lady, Alaska Milk, and Foremost brands and is conducted in partnership with Sport Singapore in Singapore.  Promoting the importance of regular physical activity, participants are trained in the fundamentals of basketball and learn the importance of the Jr. NBA’s core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect.  To date, the program has reached more than 1.5 million children, parents and coaches across Southeast Asia through camps, clinics, and NBA Cares community outreach activities, and aims to reach five million children by 2020. 


Fans can visit the official website at for more information on the Jr. NBA programs. “Friend” the NBA’s official account on LINE by adding @nba_global.  Follow the NBA on Facebook at and Twitter at @NBA for all the latest news and updates.  For all things NBA, visit


Check out Alaska Milk’s sports channel and like @PlayPH in Facebook and Instagram for inspiring stories on Filipino sports fans of all ages and skill levels.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Novuhair Supports Alopecia Areata Awareness in Celebrating InnerStrength

Novuhair Supports Alopecia Areata Awareness in Celebrating Inner Strength
September marks the month-long commemoration of Alopecia Areata awareness worldwide. Alopecia areata is a condition when hair loss occur due to faults in the immune system attackingthe hair follicles which results in partial or total loss of hair on the head and other parts of the body.

Leading this year’s celebration in the country is Alopecia Philippines, a group founded by singer and songwriter Abby Asistio in 2012. She has been championing the cause of empowering citizens with this condition.

Abby is no stranger to alopecia, having been diagnosed with alopecia areata since she was four years old. Abby’s decision to come out in public with her condition was a major turning point in her life. 
On September 2012, Abby decided to start an online campaign in time with Alopecia Awareness Month by inviting family and friends to pose with the double “A” (inverted “V”) sign using their fingers on the photo sharing site, Instagram. It quickly caught on and Abby was overwhelmed by the response from netizens, with over a thousand photo contributions to date.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Get the ultimate instax savings with the instax Harajuku Combo

Since the launch of the first instax camera in the late 1990s, FUJIFILM has continued to innovate instant cameras and make them accessible in today’s digital age. Through instax, people all over the world can still experience the joy of having physical mementos of their precious memories. In celebration of reaching sales of 20 million units of instax cameras worldwide, Fujifilm Philippines has released a special package called the instax Harajuku Combo.
The Harajuku Combo includes one (1) instax mini 8 camera, one (1) pack of instax mini film glossy (10 sheets), one (1) instax film box, one (1) instax album, one (1) instax photo frame, and two (2) instax gift cards in yellow, blue, or red with the colors packaged at random.
Valued at Php5,279, save Php 1,280 when you avail the Harajuku Combo at Php 3,999.The package will be offered as a complete set and must be ordered together with the instax mini 8 camera. Customers are free to choose which colors of the instax mini 8 they intend to purchase. 
Cute and compact, the instax mini 8 camera is ideal for daily use. Its popularity has grown so huge that it revived the interest of today’s millennials with cameras that allow users to print their pictures instantly.     
The instax Harajuku Combo is available in Fujifilm-accredited stores and distributors nationwide this August

Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo: Focusing on the Heart and Home


Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo:

Focusing on the Heart and Home


The Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo will have its second leg on October 1&2 at the Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa.  Coming from its successful first leg at the Glorietta Activity Center, where there were free seminars and workshops aimed to help women achieve work-life balance and which was attended by almost 2000 participants. 


Presented by Mazda Philippines and Shell Fuel Save, the2-day expo will focus on home and the heart. The seminars will focus on the different aspects of home and family relationship-improvement. Free breast cancer screening will be conducted in cooperation with Zonta Club Alabang and the Gender and Development Office of Muntinlupa.  


The Chicdriven Women Empowerment Expo is organized by Jeanette Ipapo –Tuason, who authors the Chicdriven column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and website of the same name. Together with host and actor Issa Litton, they bring together passionate individuals to share, empower and inspire women to “have It all”.


On Saturday, October 1, the program will start with a talk on the importance of breast self-examination, and how early detection is your best protection, to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It will be facilitated by Zonta Club of Alabang and the Gender and Development Office of Muntinlupa.


It will be followed by the Better You seminar focusing on health and beauty with Calyxta Art Director Margaux Cortez and L’Oreal Chief Make Up Artist Verna Marin. Bikini Athlete and health advocate Hilary Isaac will talk about fitness.


At 3pm, Home Hacks presented by PLDT home, features “Mothers Who Brunch” duo Michelle Aventajado and Sabrina Go. Editor-in-chief Kathy Kenny Ngo will be author Monique Ong, who will talk about relationships and marriage.


Champion racecar driver and Tuason Racing School President JP Tuason will conduct the Road Safety Seminar Powered by Mazda. The seminar aims to make audiences become empowered road users by being disciplined drivers will follow at 6pm.


On October 2, Parenting in the Digital Age Seminar will be the first on stage with Michele Alignay, Psychologist & Co-Author of “Growing Up Wired” and 

Dazzle Ng of the  The seminar aims to help parents cope up with todays fast-paced lifestyle and how to make technology an ally in molding the next generation.


Teens and young women will be the audience for the “I Love Me” seminar presented by PH care and Ponds Anti Acne. It features TV Host & Athlete, Gretchen Ho, TV presenter, musician and Radio DJ Joyce Pring, and Marianne Mencias, the author of “What’s Your Life’s Masterpiece?” This seminar aims to empower young women to be confident and not succumb to the pressures of highly sexualized media and society.  


Miriam Quiambao-RobertoTV Host & Entrepreneur and Jane Kingsu-Cheng, Editor-in-chief of Working Mom Magazine will join forces to discuss a homemakers point-of-view on Financial Wellness.


Capping the event is a Parent and Child fashion show presented by Gap and Butterfly Twists. The Expo is also supported by Alabang Town Center, Ayala Malls, Philippine Daily Inqurier, Foil-A-Car, PLDT Home, LOreal Paris, Standard Insurance. With media partners: Metro, Metro Society, Working Mom, Chalk, Lifestyle,, Calyxta,, MommyMundo, and MONEYWISE TV.


For more information, please visit, follow @chicdriven on Instagram or like us on facebook/ Chicdriven for more event details.




Thursday, September 22, 2016

Unmasking Your Thyroid

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the base of our neck. The word “thyroid” comes from the Greek word for “shield,” and this powerful little gland is truly one of our great defenders, as it orchestrates an intricate web essential interactions in the body. 

Millions of Filipinos are affected by problems with their thyroid, yet awareness of this disease is very low. The symptoms of thyroid disorders are often mistaken for other diseases, or worse, are ignored by patients with the disease.