I am truly hopeful that we can all get back to our pre-pandemic lifestyles sooner! But then, the selfish act of “Poblacion Girl” hits us reaaally hard.
The slowly re-opening of establishments and allowing kids to go out was put into hold as Metro Manila was raised to Alert Level 3. As we respond to Omicron Threat, health experts continue to remind everyone to not let their guards down.
With this new COVID variant, everyone must continue to be vigilant through following established health protocols and getting vaccinated so we can all continue to live safe and stop the surge.
That’s why when we do essential errands such as buying groceries, exercising outdoors, or simply going outside, disinfecting your hands and any surface you interact with goes a long way to ensure living safely for you and your family.
One way to prevent the spread of the virus is by always carrying a trusted rubbing alcohol brand that contains at least 70% alcohol solution whenever you go outdoors.
As I tried out Defensil Alcohol, it becomes my trusted brand as I can clearly tell that it is of high quality and more effective.
Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol, the alcohol recommended by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM), can kill 99.9% of common germs and bacteria starts to kill them on contact so that you can safely do the activities you love wherever you are. Defensil also provides up to 12 hours of protection upon constant use so that you are protected and do activities with ease.
Skin dryness from too frequent sanitizing will also not be a worry as Defensil has moisturizing properties and is hypoallergenic, giving you one less thing to worry about when going indoors.
“We are 100% behind the government in their efforts to prevent further spread of the virus. Defensil encourages everyone to remain vigilant now more than ever and do our part in this fight towards eventually resuming our normal way of life by adhering to social Distancing and sanitation protocols, especially when doing essential errands outdoors,” shared Nikko Cruz, Brand Manager of Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol.
For more information on how to stay protected, you may visit the Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol’s Facebook page at facebook.com/defensil.philippines.
Let’s All Stay Protected!
*Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli or E. coli and Candida albicans
If you’re from the Philippines and watch TV or use the internet, then you’ll most likely know who Anne Curtis is. She’s one of the country’s biggest stars and has maintained a successful career from her teens to adulthood. Yes, she’s beautiful, but she’s also funny, kind, and talented. It’s no wonder people can’t get enough of her even after more than a decade in the spotlight!
However, just like everyone else who had to adjust to working from home, a big celebrity like Anne Curtis also experienced being confined to the four corners of her house (whether in the Philippines or in the land down under). Check out 6 activities that fill her day that you can try, too.
Anyone who has a pet knows that hours can go by just by watching your little furry friends run around the house. With her adorable cat, Pixie, who Anne playfully refers to as the female version of Garfield, we can only imagine the hours that pass when they have their play time. You too can take a breather from work by hanging out with your own lovely pet.
Exercise never stops
Anne is known to be a fitness enthusiast. Even before the lockdown, she would join marathons here and abroad. Being at home hasn’t stopped her from filling her days with fitness activities. She even took it a step further and launched her own line of active wear! This is your sign to pick up those dumbbells, jump rope, or yoga mat, and kickstart (or restart) your fitness journey today.
Anne is such a proud mama when it comes to her cute daughter, Dahlia. Who can blame her? Anne shares how she bonds with her little one at home to the delight of Dahlia’s growing number of adoring fans. If you are a new mom, too, or if you have young nephews and nieces, savor their early years and spend time watching them learn about the world around them.
Time to be the boss
Did we mention how talented Anne is? She and her sister-in-law, Solenn, just launched their own clothing line for kids while at home. From the conceptualization to their photoshoot, Anne managed to make it all happen without having to leave her house. If you feel your calling is to be the CEO of your own business, then all your extra time at home might be the thing you need to make that dream happen!
Salontastic at home
Anne is used to having a glam team around her or having a professional salon just one appointment away, but due to safety restrictions, that isn’t always the case today. But for Anne, being away from a physical salon doesn’t mean staying away from salon-level hair treatments, too. That’s because she has her go-to hair secret that gives her salon-level smooth and healthy hair right at home – Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner!
The best part is that you too can experience the same Salontastic benefits that come with every bottle of Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner for only ₱6! Take your pick from the three variants to best suit your hair needs. If you want to fight hair fall, it’s time strengthen hair from breakage* with Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Biotin Strength Conditioner. If you want smoother, more manageable hair* for less hassle with your locks at home, then pick Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Keratin Smooth Conditioner. Or if like Anne, you want to repair your hair from the inside-out, then Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Collagen Repair Conditioner is the one for you.
*with system use versus non-conditioning shampoo
Check out Anne’s newest Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Conditioner video on YouTube to see how easy (and affordable!) it is to achieve Salontastic hair right at home! All variants of Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner are available at the P&G official stores on Lazada and Shopee.
Moms are at ease knowing that Aveeno Baby gives rapid soothing relief for their babies very dry, itchy skin from 1st use
Manila, Philippines – This rainy season, our skin is extra vulnerable to triggers and irritations. Even babies are no exception to different skin conditions like Eczema. According to the Philippine Dermatological Society, Atopic Dermatitis is even more common among children as it usually starts before the child’s 5th birthday. Luckily, Aveeno Baby brings in exciting new products and new and improved formulations to help moms soothe and protect their baby’s sensitive skin!
“With around 65 years of experience in sensitive skin expertise, Aveeno has always been cognizant of the needs of mothers and the advances of scientific technology. Keeping this in mind, the brand has also evolved with the demands and preferences of its consumers” said Kat Suarez, marketing manager of Aveeno Philippines. “As the #1 Pediatrician-Prescribed Baby Brand for Sensitive Skin, we’re very happy to share the new and improved Aveeno Baby products with improved and even gentler formulations, ergonomically designed packaging, and upgraded visuals to reflect a modern look that resonates to moms today.” Aveeno Baby offers three product lines in order to cater to as much skin types or skin issues as possible: Daily Moisture, Soothing Relief, and Dermexa.
First, for babies with normal to dry skin, moms can use the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture line. Formulated with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal, these products ensure to moisturize, protect, restore the pH skin balance, soothe, and cleanse baby’s sensitive skin. Under this product line are the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion that protects and moisturizes baby’s sensitive skin for 24 hours, and the Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Wash & Shampoo that gently cleanses and nourishes baby’s hair and sensitive skin. The Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Wash & Shampoo has a new and improved formula that upgraded the fragrance to eliminate all known allergens and minimize potential skin sensitizations and allergic reactions. It also comes in smaller and bigger sizes – from 100ml to 532ml! Moms can have Aveeno Baby right by their side, no matter where they are.
Now for babies with very dry, itchy skin, Aveeno Baby offers the Soothing Relief Cream that provides rapid soothing relief for baby’s very dry, itchy skin from 1st use. With its Natural Colloidal Oatmeal + Portulaca Oleracea Extract formulation, it immediately helps soothe baby’s sensitive skin and enhances the skin’s moisture barrier to protect and hydrate baby’s very dry skin for 24 hours. This also now comes in a smaller size of 140g, making it handy to bring anywhere you go to ensure that you always have Aveeno Baby to give your baby soothing comfort from a #skinmergency or very dry, itchy skin.
Lastly, for babies with signs of Atopic Dermatitis or Eczema, Moms’ go-to rescue regimen for their baby’s #skinmergency consists of Aveeno Baby Dermexa Moisturizing Cream, that’s now available in the Philippines, and the Cleansing Therapy Moisturizing Wash! Both are formulated with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal + Ceramides that’s clinically proven to relieve skin dryness, itchiness, redness, tightness, and flaking. This formula also helps prevent the recurrence of extreme dryness from atopic or eczema-prone skin. In fact, both products are awarded with the National Eczema Association Seal of Approval. The Cleansing Therapy Wash also has a new and improved formula that is now sulfate-free and tear-free to further minimize any potential skin reactions or sensitization.
All Aveeno Baby formulations have been Triple Tested for gentleness by a pediatrician, dermatologist, and ophthalmologist. So, if you’re a mom with a baby that has sensitive skin, now’s the best time to try out all the new Aveeno Baby products according to your baby’s skin’s needs! Manage your baby’s #skinmergency by adding to cart now on Lazada, Shopee, Watsons, and J&J PH Chat & Shop to experience rapid soothing relief for baby’s very dry, itchy skin from 1st use!
The Aveeno Baby Wash & Shampoo is available in new 100ml for Php 150.00 SRP, 236ml for Php 330.00 SRP, and 532ml for Php 670.00 SRP. While the Daily Moisture Lotion is available in 227g for Php 295.00 SRP and 532ml for 625.00 SRP. The Soothing Relief Cream is available in new 140g for Php 475.00 SRP and 227g for Php 690.00 SRP. Lastly, the Aveeno Baby Dermexa Cream is available in 141g for Php 779.00 SRP and the Cleansing Therapy Wash in 236ml for Php 599.00 SRP.
(MANILA, Philippines) – Over the past year, there has been a stronger preference for everything healthy and, naturally, it has led us to rethink our standards of what is good for us. Health is wealth and it can be achieved in even the smallest ways, like the food we eat. Recognizing this uptrend for healthier and cleaner options, online specialty grocer COOP Grocer has introduced its own line of all-natural and organic products: ranging from meat, seafood, fruits, vegetables, and ready-made food. Aptly called COOP Fresh, each item guarantees your food is non-GMO certified and was made with no growth hormones, preservatives, antibiotics, or pesticides. Additionally, all products are locally farmed from prime agricultural sites in Cavite, Laguna, Ilocos Norte, and Palawan—and its produce is freshly harvested every week using only natural fertilizers.
By working directly with local farmers, COOP Grocer effectively eliminates the middleman. This allows the company to offer competitive pricing for its customers and easier access to all-natural and organic items. When you shop the COOP Fresh catalogue, customers are assured of nothing but pure healthy goodness.
“We promote the use of affordable fresh produce for your everyday meals instead of going for highly processed or instant food. We have local produce at really affordable prices as we go straight to the source, but we also offer all-natural options if you’re more conscious of what you eat,” said Meileen Chang, COOP Grocer’s Brand Manager.
Offering 100% organic or 100% all-natural selections, COOP Fresh sets a premium standard for all health-conscious shoppers who can now save time from scrutinizing the ingredients lists and nutrition charts. Certified organic products guarantee that the animals used were only given hormone- and GMO-free feed and raised in an open range, sustainable environment. Natural, on the other hand, means that products were made with only all-natural ingredients and contain no preservatives, artificial colors, and flavors. Specific to its meat and seafood, all-natural assures that no MSG, additives, chemicals, or extenders of any kind were added in the preparation process.
“Organic and natural products are used by farmers who practice good agricultural standards. When we eat meat filled with hormones or vegetables sprayed with pesticides, it eventually takes a toll on our bodies, leaving us more prone to sickness and diseases. That is why COOP Fresh is a welcome change for customers of COOP Grocer who have started to embrace a healthier way of eating,” added Chang.
Moreover, through the COOP Grocer website and app, the company eliminates the common obstacles of convenience and accessibility that health-conscious individuals face. Simply browse its wide selection of products, choose what you want, and click the checkout button at the end in one fluid and harmonious step – all from the palm of your hand.
With just a few swipes and clicks: you can enjoy a twist to your breakfast with all-natural cheese hotdogs, add some zest to your pork and chicken with organic pineapple slices, healthfully snack on hamburgers made with organic ground beef served with side of an all-natural cherry tomato salad, and top off every meal with a refreshing fruit smoothie made with natural cold-pressed frozen coconut milk.
Start choosing better by eating better with COOP Grocer and its selection of COOP Fresh products and more. Order now by visiting the official website (www.coopgrocer.com) or downloading the app from the App Store and Google Play Store.
Are you excited to visit your favorite hotel restaurant again? Which food station will you be making a beeline for? Which favorite dish will you be asking for first? Well, we have good news for you!
The Manila Hotel’s famed Café Ilang-Ilang has once again opened its doors to valued clients. The hotel has been responding to queries about the outlet’s reopening. After reviewing the guidelines, as well as heightening health and hygiene protocols, the decision to open Café Ilang-Ilang is an answer to persistent inquiries from its loyal guests and those who have yet to experience it.
The food stations will once again be teeming with exciting dishes, and the aroma of your favorites will surely call out to you as you approach them. As the world-class chefs are busy behind glass enclosures, diners can go around the restaurant in their face masks and face shields to check various food stations.
Because of existing guidelines for dining establishments, Café Ilang-Ilang has implemented the Order & Eat-All-You-Can System, where guests can point to what they want from the spread, and it will be plated for them.
Café Ilang-Ilang serves international selections from Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Korean to everything in between; even Halal. You can get your grilled meats at the popular Churrasco station, or the beloved lechon at the Filipino station. You will surely be spoiled in this gourmand’s haven. See if you can resist the selection of desserts, or the local fave and Halo-Halo—the perfect treat to beat the heat!
A gastronomic feast also awaits guests with an amazing gift voucher deal, giving you more reasons to come and visit us. For just P3,000 nett (lunch) and P3,500 nett (dinner), diners can indulge in our vast array of culinary creations. These non-expiring dining vouchers for two are available for purchase until June 20, 2021. They can be redeemed anytime at Café Ilang-Ilang but prior reservation is recommended.
Café Ilang-Ilang still implements physical distancing and reduced capacity measures that are compliant with the IATF and DOT guidelines for restaurants, so you can be sure that #YouAreSafeHere when you come and visit.
XTREME Appliances, the country’s leading one-stop shop home appliances brand, recently opened its 25th concept store in Tacloban, Leyte last May 13, 2021. The said grand opening, located at Justice Romualdo St. across Gaisano Central Mall, was jam-packed with customers who wanted to have first dibs on the affordable yet quality home appliances.
In line with the grand opening, XTREME Appliances – Tacloban City offered their PISO Sale to customers who came in early. The opening day became a total blockbuster as customers took time to visit to look for home appliances that they need for their homes.
Despite the influx of customers, the management made sure to strictly implement safety health protocols. Staff and customers maintained proper social distancing and wore face masks and face shields inside the store.
XTREME Appliances – Tacloban City branch is one of the biggest concept stores yet as it offers almost all the products under the three categories — XTREME, XTREME Cool, and XTREME Home.
This 2021, XTREME Appliances is aiming to launch a total of 100 concept stores nationwide, bringing a wide range of appliances near every customer’s home across the country.
Take a look at some of the newly-opened XTREME Appliances concept stores nationwide.
To keep updated on the latest news and happenings of XTREME Appliances, like and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok accounts and join their official online community on Facebook, XTREME Fam. For the full list of products and exclusive discounts, please visit XTREME on Website, Lazada, and Shopee e-commerce.
About XTREME Appliances
XTREME Appliances is a #OneStopShopAppliances brand that offers premium and affordable home and commercial appliances that ranges from TV, Aircon, Refrigerator, Washing Machine, Gas Range, and many more. XTREME Appliances is now available in 3,000 stores and business partners nationwide, including online stores like Lazada and Shopee.
For inquiries about XTREME Appliances, please contact:
A rundown of what happened at the NIDO® 3+ ExperTIPS Congress!
There’s always so much going on when you have a 3+ toddler. As your child grows and develops, they start to learn new skills and experience a new sense of self-awareness—and it’s truly incredible to witness as parents! But unless you’re an expert in early childhood development, 3+ toddlerhood can be quite a tricky phase to navigate, especially when they start being picky with food. How can you be mindful of the food you serve? How do you make sure you’re giving them the right nutrients but at the same time, something they also like and enjoy eating?
All these questions—and more—were answered by a panel of experts as NIDO® 3+ hosted the ExperTIPS Congress last May 15, 2021. The virtual parenting congress provided a fun and interactive learning experience for all attendees. There were exciting booths to try out, and even an interactive website featuring rooms they can explore. All this while learning helpful and valuable tips on how to make sure they’re providing the right nutrients to their #TodoExplorer during this crucial stage in their development.
Also present during the event were some celebrity moms like Marian Rivera and Iya Villania who shared their first-hand experiences in 3+ toddler parenthood, and inspired more parents to enjoy little and big moments of parenting.
In case you missed it, you can still watch, learn, and play through this website https://www.expertipscongress.com/. Also, here are some of the topics and tips shared by expert pediatricians and nutritionists from the event:
The lack of diversity in a 3+ toddler’s diet
Based on a global project collaboration between Nestle Research Center and the Philippines’ Food and Nutrition Research Institute, the typical diet of a Filipino toddler has inadequate intakes for many nutrients needed to support their growth and development.
“Their diet includes a lot of carbohydrates in the form of rice and sweets and less of proteins and fats as seen in low intake of milk, fruits and vegetables and other iron sources. Thus, there is an imbalance of important macronutrients and micronutrients,” said Dr. Edward Santos. These nutrients are important to support physical and cognitive growth and development as well as normal immune function during 3+ toddlerhood. While we all have our favorite homemade food, Dr. Santos reminded parents that they play a key role in shaping their +3 toddlers’ diet and they have to be mindful of the food they introduce at home.
The Science of Picky Eating
There are many reasons why kids shun their food but Dr. Katrina Anne Valera said that the earlier we address them, the better for our 3+ toddler’s health and nutrition. Some practical tips she shared include encouraging independent feeding to allow the child to explore and feel in control of what he or she is eating. Another way is to encourage the child to “eat your colors” or eat the food of different colors every day. This way, you can also introduce different nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits.
How to Improve Food and Beverage Intake of your 3+ Toddler
3+ Toddlers are drawn to sugary treats that are tasty but not all too nutritious. According to Nutritionist-Dietitian, Ms. Ditas Sagarbarria, parents must avoid giving high calorie milk to their 3+ toddler because it may promote excessive caloric intake or excessive energy intake. Ms. Sagarbarria also shared that parents can improve the nutrient intake of their 3+ toddlers by giving them healthy finger foods like fruits or Vitamin A-rich vegetables such as carrots or squash. “It lessens the fear of trying the new food as they can feel and enjoy the color. Since the amount is very small, they will also welcome it and they will be more open to trying the new food,” she said. Adding small changes in the diet of your kids can make a big difference in the nutrients they get.
Ms. Sagarbarria also emphasized including age-appropriate milk in your 3+ toddler’s diet to support their growth and development. “Age-appropriate milk is formulated specifically to meet the nutritional needs of young children,” said Ms. Sagarbarria. As parents, we shouldn’t only be mindful of what we feed our 3+ toddlers but also the milk we choose.
That is why for mommy Marian Rivera, she only trusts NIDO® 3+ for her daughter Zia. “I make sure na nakakainom s’ya ng 2 glasses of NIDO® 3+ a day along with balanced meals, para confident ako na TODO PROTECTED si Ate Zia at maiwasan ang nutrient inadequacy lalong lalo na at big milestones ang 3+ toddlerhood,” shared the celebrity mom. Marian also mentioned how NIDO® 3+ helps her feel assured that Zia is getting all the age-appropriate nutrients and vitamins she needs, to equip and protect her as she explores 3+ toddlerhood years with confidence.
As the true expert in 3+ toddlerhood, NIDO® 3+ is formulated to be rich in protection nutrients like Vitamins A, C, E, PREBIO3®, Iron, Zinc and other essential minerals; not to mention the only milk with LACTOBACILLUS PROTECTUS® that helps support a child’s upper respiratory defenses. NIDO® 3+ is definitely every parent’s ally in 3+toddler nutrition, helping parents keep their Todo Explorers TODO protected and TODO supported during this adventurous time in their development.
For healthy 3+ toddler years, choose the best and trusted milk drink — NIDO® 3+.
If going through 2020 were to be described in a nutshell, it definitely would be a rough ride – much like having to go through a bad hair day, every single day. Now that the new year is here, it’s time to turn things around for the better — here’s to 2021, a year of transformations.
Although transformations can be overwhelming, be it big or small, it still counts as a move forward to improvement. So, what better way to start your 2021 with a transformation? In fact, there’s no need to stray away when you can start things off with your hair. Give yourself some well-deserved pampering with a salon-like treatment experience at home when you’re not able to visit the salon. With Pantene, you can provide your hair with a #Salontastic transformation that you’ve always wanted. Welcome 2021 – a year of transformations – with Pantene #Salontastic Conditioner collection with Keratin and Collagen.
Check out the social media posts of some of the influencers and celebrities you love who shared how 2020 was a rough patch that even their hair condition wasn’t spared.
As it turns out, 2020 also took a toll on Sofia Andres’ hair. Thankfully, she was able to move past the bad hair days with the help of Pantene. “I’m so ready to welcome 2021 with the help of great hair days, of course. Thanks to Pantene, I’m ready for a #Salontastic start!… Celebrate the new YOU in 2021 with Salontastic hair, thanks to Pantene!”
Gabbi shared in her Instagram post that 2020 was indeed a crazy year for her hair. “But this 2021, I feel salontastic! I\’m glad I have Pantene’s Salontastic products. Now, I’m ready to welcome 2021 by being more confident with Salontastic hair every day.”
Say goodbye to bad hair days when you use the Pantene Collagen Miracle Conditioner or the Pantene Keratin Straight Miracle Conditioner. Both conditioners are formulated with a blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, with special ingredients like Miracle Serum, real Collagen, and Keratin straighteners that moisturize hair, target damaged strands, and strengthen hair that’s frizz-free with everyday #Salontastic results.
Even when times are tough, it’s never too late to turn things around. Just like how you deal with your hair — it’s never too late to use products that can give you the transformation you’ve always looked forward to. Now you can look forward to #Salontastic hair days, because with Pantene you have total control over bad hair days.
Say it loud and proud! Share with us your #Salontastic transformations by using before and after photos with Pantene products that helped your hair go from drab to fab. We’d love to see your fabulous makeovers. Head over to the Pantene Facebook pagefor the #Salontastic template, and don’t forget to tag our social media accounts so we’d get to see how far your hair transformation has come.
Start your #Salontastic hair transformation with Pantene at the comfort of your own home when you checkout through the official P&G Shopee Mall store.