Monday, March 14, 2016

Villa Del Conte brings back Ovicini this Easter.

Experience a one-of-a-kind Easter Egg Hunt with your loved ones as Villa Del Conte brings back the luscious Ovicini. You and your family will surely enjoy this perfect giveaway wrapped in a cute and colorful bunny pouch which comes in 6, 8 and 10 pieces per pouch at a special rate of P180, P240 and P290 respectively. Grab these sweet and lavish chocolates and visit Villa del Conte stores at SM Megamall, Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinsons Magnolia. 

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Why OFWs come home to Manila to get their hair back

The Philippines is fast becoming the go-to place for hair restoration procedures.

Medical findings show that about 30% of the adult population experience some degree of hair loss, even up to their 40s and 50s. Nearly two-thirds of men start to go bald at various stages and ages in their life.  Due to the great psychological value attached to having a full head of hair, thinning hair and hair loss are a big issue for people young and old, especially for men.

MAXiM Hair Restoration, an 11-year old hair transplant clinic, says the number of foreigners, medical tourists and vacationing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) coming to their clinic for hair transplants has been steadily growing through the years. Clients from the US, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Middle East, Canada, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia are growing in number.

OFWs with more disposable income are seeking ways to improve their appearance and raise their self-esteem.  “Employers perceive younger-looking, well-groomed people to be more attractive and competent.  So when we look good and appear younger, we get more job opportunities,” says Mateo Cepe, a contract worker from Dubai.


“Hair transplants in Manila cost less and are world class. MAXiM has a long track record and international experience.  It is famous and reputable among us OFWs,” says Leonardo Eguia, a former OFW from Taiwan.

Other OFWs undergo hair transplants for more personal reasons. “There are clients who want to improve their relationships and feel better about themselves. Many OFWs are ecstatic after seeing their new hairlines.  More hair on their head takes them to a new level in their personal life and gives them renewed confidence,” said Mac Fadra, CEO of MAXiM Hair Restoration.

Unlike other hair transplant clinics that also offer cosmetic procedures like face lifts, skin tucks and botox, Fadra says MAXiM is entirely dedicated to hair restoration. “We can restore hair on the scalp, eyebrows, chest, implant facial hair like beards and sideburns, and perform non-surgical procedures such as Scalp Micropigmentation. We can take hair from the sides and back of the head as well as from the chest, arms and other parts of the body."

MAXiM performs MEGA sessions of up to 4,000 grafts in one session whereas other centers perform mini sessions, requiring clients to return repeatedly for more grafts (hair).  Also, MAXiM doctors are plastic surgeons who are adept at wound healing and aesthetic procedures compared with other centers where the doctors performing hair transplant procedures are ordinary physicians without any plastic surgery experience.  

According to the MAXiM mantra, "Hair is all we do and we do it well."   They are super-specialized and focused on hair restoration and nothing else.  

MAXiM Hair Restoration is the Manila branch of the New York-based hair transplant company that also has offices in Connecticut and Chicago in the US; Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and other Asian markets. 

For more information about hair restoration or addition, go to or call (02) 818 6000 or 813 2001 for a FREE consultation.  OFWs and those residing outside Metro Manila can avail of Skype sessions.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Knowledge Channel and Fatty Brain Toys Advocate Play and Technology for Smarter Kids at ‘SKY Alive!’

Manila, Philippines – March 10, 2016 – Passionate in making learning more fun and interactive for Filipino children, Knowledge Channel along with Fatty Brain Toys will join SKY Cable Corporation in celebrating its 25th year of service in the Philippines. The first ever cable fair catering to Filipino families, the silver anniversary is tagged as ‘SKY Alive’ and will host all the networks under SKY on March 12 and 13 at the SMX Convention Center. 

“'SKY Alive!’ is an innovative way to really bring the world closer to Filipino homes and it echoes SKY and ABS-CBN’s same vision to constantly be in the service of the Filipino people.” said March S. Ventosa, Chief Operating Officer of Sky Cable Corporation.
The only all-educational TV channel in the country with localized content simulcast nationwide, Knowledge Channel not only provides DepEd-curriculum based video episodes for the different subjects and grade levels in K to 10 to supplement public education, but also online instructional games, professional teacher trainings and other interactive forms of learning for mature audiences and out-of-school students. 

Knowing that progressive education would open up a world of opportunities to underprivileged Filipino learners, Rina Lopez-Bautista co-founded Knowledge Channel 16 years ago to empower public schools with DepEd-aligned educational media and technologies that help improve learning.

“The foundation has been tirelessly finding ways to innovate to help improve the quality of learning in public schools across the country for 16 years through media and technology. This year, I’m studying learning technologies abroad and I’m coming up of ways to translate everything that I’ve learned into projects that would make the educational system more progressive,” Rina Lopez-Bautista said.

“I’m after a more holistic approach, so I’m exploring all kinds of mediums, not only technology. We are so excited to partner with Fatty Brain Toys and incorporate our depth of experience in education and Philippine media into the toy industry,” she added.
Mona Ng, founder and general manager of Fatty Brain Toys, the internationally acclaimed award-winning educational toy company in the Philippines, believes that partnering with Knowledge Channel will help them educate more Filipinos about the power of play in education.

It’s a great honor to partner with Knowledge Channel. Together, we can provide Filipino children an array of learning resources that are proven to improve the cognitive development of kids. Fatty Brain Toys strongly believes that Knowledge Channel can help us reach more kids, schools and families in the Philippines looking for a more fun, creative and interactive forms of learning,” Miss Ng said.

Promising the holistic development of a child through free play, the Fatty Brain Toys collection is designed to develop the intellectual, emotional and physical aspects of kids. Their toys, which have been scientifically proven to be effective ways to make kids smarter, have received several awards from the Educational Toys industry, Doctors, Amazon and Science and Parenting magazines, including Great American Toy Test Educational Toys (2002 and 2003), Gold Star Award Toys (2003), and Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children Products.
The two progressive education advocates will be engaging the kids in an interactive play session on the event this weekend, Saturday. You may also catch them in the Knowledge Channel booth.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Marriott Hotel Manila’s Easter-rific Fete

Hunting for fun this Easter? The wilderness awaits you at Marriott Hotel Manila as they give an extra tad of glee to the holidays this Lenten Season. Be it an adventurous retreat for the family or a filling celebration, the hotel has prepared exciting treats and enormous spread that are perfect for both kids and kids-at-heart.

Hop your way to Marriott Café and be ready to partake on their Easter spread and adventure. Go wild and explore on the café’s vast buffet offerings of international cuisines. Unleash the beast in you with their hefty spread of filling choices and prey on fresh tiger prawns, prime rib, teppanyaki and foie gras with agile chefs on standby to cook it the way you crave it. Never thirst out in the wilderness as the hotel makes sure you’re hydrated with unlimited milkshakes, iced teas and martini selections.  For only Php 2550 nett, enjoy the Safari Sunday Brunch on March 27 and the kids can join the hoard in hunting the golden egg on the Safari field for a chance to catch a Dinner or Lunch Buffet for 4 at the Marriott Café and 1,000 worth of credits for Marriott Café Bakery. More activities are in store for the young adventurers like glitter tattoos and magic show. Take a peek through your binoculars and be on the lookout for stilt walkers and the happy hopping bunny going around the café to bring extra ordinary joy to all the diners. More than the festivities and activities, Marriott Café is giving out loot bags filled with freebies for the early explorers to bring home. 

Searching for more delectable fixes? Behind the bushes lie Easter goodies to sate your cravings for sweet treats. Drop by the Marriott Café Bakery and Crema to discover a selection of delightful finds and decadent surprises available from March 13 to 27. Fill your sacks with snacks of the wilderness and choose from exceptional cakes, cupcakes, chocolates and cookies with prices starting from Php 120 and up. 

Want to make the most of the Holidays? Book and camp in Marriott Manila’s Deluxe Room for Php 11,800++ for a night and get your 2nd room or 2nd night for only Php 2888++ from March 20- 27, 2016. On top of the daily breakfast inclusion for 2 at Marriott Café, Marriott Rewards members or newly signed up members enjoys MAX kids cooking classes on Saturday, March 26, with freebies and surprise gifts for the little explorers to enjoy. 
Get ready for an Easter-rific Fete at Marriott Hotel Manila. For inquiries, advance orders and reservations, call (02) 9889999 or visit To keep up on their latest offerings, follow @marriottmanila at Facebook and Twitter and, @manilamarirott on Instagram.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Spend & Win a Suite Escape

Win FREE 3 days, 2 nights stay in a Deluxe Ocean View room at The Bellevue Resort in Panglao, Bohol! You can also win FREE Overnight stay in a Signature Suite at The Bellevue Manila in Alabang or in a Junior suite at The B Hotels in Quezon City and Alabang.

Just spend a minimum single-receipt of P5,000 at any SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, or Blushing Beauty branch nationwide. The more you spend, the more chances of winning. There will be 35 lucky winners and one of them might be you.

Hurry, promo is until May 31, 2016 only. Visit SkinStation, DERMAX Laser Center, and Blushing Beauty branches now! Check out their official pages at,, and to learn more about this promo. Per DTI-FTEB SPD Permit No. 1430 series of 2016. Terms and conditions apply.

Friday, March 4, 2016

The doctor is always in with MediCard’s My Pocket Doctor

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider, gives a time-saving and convenient option to get medical consultations anytime, anywhere with the My Pocket Doctor.

Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard Philippines, says, “My Pocket Doctor is definitely a game changer especially in the medical field. It is also our way of using modernized technology to make medical consultations handy for everyone. With less waiting time, patients can now get in touch easily with a medical doctor and get consultations instantly, at the comfort of their homes or offices.”

To use My Pocket Doctor, simply register on the My Pocket Doctor website ( or via the app through the App Store or Google Play Store and wait for an activation link with username and password. Users can also register via text by sending their email address and cellphone number to 29290DOCTOR (or 2929036-2867) and wait for a call from a nurse to complete their one-time registration.

After registration, a nurse will call the member for assessment to schedule the consultation with one of their doctors. A medical doctor will call the patient for a check-up and give prescriptions or instructions. Video call via webcam can also be done during medical consultation for cases that need visual assessment such as skin rashes.

My Pocket Doctor has highly competent, well-trained and unbiased medical doctors from Europe and Philippines who can cover up to 70% of all health issues in a consultation and are available 24/7, ensuring members an accessible and credible medical service. 

The MediCard My Pocket Doctor Card is for sale at P450 at select MediCard free-standing clinics. Soon, the card will be also sold online through MediCard’s online store.


Organized by six-time endurance run champion Joey Almeda, Cannonball Run Circuit 2016 brought together hundreds of car and motorbike enthusiasts, and put each participant through a gruelling 24-hour ride that traversed Northern Luzon, from Oxford Hotel, Pampanga to Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.

 For the hundreds of participants, including car enthusiast/drivers Michael Sabido and Henry de Leon of Miata Club Philippines, Cannonball Run Circuit 2016 was the ultimate test of focus, endurance, and stamina.

TOTAL Excellium, the world’s leading fuel, was one of the proud sponsors of the premier motoring event. TOTAL Excellium, every driver’s trusted and reliable partner, wanted to prove that part of being a smart and responsible driver/ rider was ensuring that your vehicle is primed to conquer the road.

And with TOTAL, you will see the unique difference. Your engine will perform over and beyond expectation, maximizing fuel efficiency and delivering a smooth, clean run. Any race and road can be conquered.

Crossing the Finish Line
A second time participant, Henry de Leon, a car enthusiast since the age of 15, satisfied his need for speed by taking on the Cannonball 2016 with his Mazda Miata NB 1999-2000. 

 The Cannonball event is a challenge for both man and machine. It requires physical preparation. You need the mental focus and quick thinking to navigate some of the hazardous roads along the way.” While the route provided all drivers scenic views of the country’s most beautiful landscapes, it also tested the mental and physical fitness of each participant. 

 “You have to be 100% focused and committed. You have to clear your mind of anything that could distract and cloud your judgement as a driver,” shared 39-year-old Michael Sabido, who conquered the run on his Mitsubishi Strada 2015.

“The experience was life-changing. It wasn’t only because I was able to finish it, but because I was able to share the experience and success with my brother, Mickz Sabido. We made history,” beamed Michael.

In endurance runs such as Cannonball 2016, which give participants only 24 hours to accomplish the route, drivers work in tandem, taking on shifts as they conquer the open road. “It’s a partnership of trust. The whole run is very tiring, but the adrenaline is there!” he adds.  Confidence in your co-driver, in your machine, and in your fuel provider is key to winning.

While a man can expend his energies for only a few hours, his body eventually giving way to tiredness, fatigue and sleep, thankfully, TOTAL Excellium delivers 24-hour  continued performance, even on rough and strenuous roads.

According to the two experienced drivers, it is not enough to prepare yourself mentally, physically and emotionally for the race, your automobile must be equally in tiptop shape to overcome the extreme challenge. And for this particular race, the two drivers looked to the best fuel provider in quality and performance, TOTAL Excellium.

TOTAL Service, TOTAL Efficiency
Perfect for endurance races such as Cannonball 2016, TOTAL Excellium cleans and protects engines, delivers optimal engine performance, and has less carbon and harmful emissions compared to other competitor fuels. The result is a cleaner engine, which means greater performance from your car as it uses less fuel, lasts longer and produces fewer CO2 emissions. TOTAL Excellium is, indeed, the fuel of the new, modern driver, one that continues to deliver  kilometer after kilometer.

Vehicle preparation is vital for this kind of event. An engine running for 24-hours non- needs to be fined tuned and be in exceptional shape. TOTAL Excellium fueled my car all throughout the journey. My engine as able to reach and maintain peak performance because of the high grade quality of TOTAL petroleum,” shared Henry.

Michael added, “Total Excellium is awesome. I only filled up a total of P2,500, and we covered 1,200 kms of hard driving. The fuel is really efficient and keeps the engine running without delay. My fuel is my engine’s base foundation, and even after 24 hours, the performance never faltered. That’s the kind of quality I look for in my fuel and oil.”

After emerging victorious, the two drivers share their thanks to their family, friends and sponsors, including  TOTAL Excellium, the fuel product that enabled them to drive longer, go further, and perform better.

About TOTAL in the Philippines
In the Philippines, TOTAL has built a strong presence since it entered the market in 1997. It is engaged in the importation, distribution and marketing of refined petroleum products – fuels and lubricants – and special fluids. The company owns and operates two oil terminals, and a fast-growing network of service stations. It also has investments in satellite fuel depots in strategic locations in the country and is a co-owner of SunPower, the second largest solar power company in the world.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Food service livelihood program brings Poro fishers added income, marine protected area closer to reality

Affordable meals in Ilocano country? Wen, Manong! Luto ti Poro’s tasty home-cooked local cuisines answers the need for taste, convenience and true value for money while helping the environment.

San Fernando City, La Union. March 1, 2016 – To augment the income and help wean folks from overdependence on fishing, the Poro Sea Lovers Association (PSLA), a people's organization in barangay Poro in San Fernando City, La Union, recently opened Luto ti Poro (Ilocano for Poro Cuisine), a restaurant and catering services livelihood project.
PSLA launched Luto ti Poro to help the fisher folks of Poro, who live along the coast of San Fernando Bay, cope with the rapid development that comes with living near a large industrial zone. The livelihood project offers home-cooked local cuisines to community residents and workers. It also offers catering services to several institutions and offices of San Fernando City and Poro Point’s growing industrial and commercial zones. The food service training provided by TESDA instructors and on-the-job experience prepare the restaurant’s staffs, who are PSLA members, for possible employment in the city’s growing tourism industry. Luto ti Poro also serves as a direct-to-market venue for legally caught marine products of the PSLA members.
PSLA was founded through a grant of Php7.2 million from Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of Caltex fuels and lubricants, to the Institute of Social Order (ISO) for the creation and management of the Poro marine protected area (MPA). As a livelihood project of PSLA, Luto ti Poro will allow PSLA to focus on the planned 173-hectare multi-use Poro Marine Protected Area (MPA) to conserve Poro Bay’s depleted marine resources.
“We are inspired by how Chevron goes beyond grant donation to ensure that sustainable components are built in their social investment programs.  We now have work outside of fishing. We are strongly encouraged by the growing patronage of our community because this will enable us to help that help more fishers. We encourage everyone to visit us or we can deliver straight to your doorstep. Try our best-selling Igado, Sinanglaw, and Pinaryaan Manok,” said PSLA President Moises Cacap.
Dr. Liza Lim, director of project partner Institute of Social Order (ISO), said that apart from the creation of livelihood for PSLA members, “Luto ti Poro profits can be used by PSLA to better equip the MPA guards, buy fuel for the patrol boat, and conduct more workshops for the conservation of San Fernando Bay.”

PSLA also partnered with the City Government of San Fernando and the Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC) to boost support and sustainability of the Poro MPA. PPMC pledged to include PSLA and, consequently, Luto ti Poro, in their community projects. So far, the city government has provided a Php50,000 grant to jumpstart PSLA's rice trading venture to complement the eatery and an annual Php500,000 stipend for the operation of the Poro MPA.