Saturday, November 30, 2019

Istorya ng Pag-asa film fest continues to inspire in 2020

“We can change the conversation and build our nation with hope that transcends gender, social status, political party, religion or region, or business affiliation. It is our hope that through Istorya ng Pag-asa—lalo na iyong Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival—Filipinos will be united around the common values of hope, of perseverance, deep faith, and the goodness of humanity. Kasi iyon iyong talagang underlying theme ng bawat kuwento.” ~Vice President Leni Robredo

Now in its third year, inspiring stories of different people all over our country will get another chance to participate and win cash prizes plus a chance for their short films to be screened at Ayala Malls Cinemas nationwide.

INPFF is a nationwide film competition for original short documentaries featuring extraordinary stories of ordinary Filipinos. Its aim is to give a platform for Filipino filmmakers showcasing true and inspiring stories of hope.

The 2020 edition of the nationwide, all-digital film competition is being launched this Nov. 27. It aims to attract a broader number of participants and entries which bring to the screen everyday tales of ordinary Filipinos achieving extraordinary victories through perseverance, determination, and unquenchable hope.

The Istorya ng Pag-asa Film Festival (INPFF) returns in 2020 is open to all Filipinos, both professional and non-professional filmmakers, local and overseas-based Filipinos to bring stories of hope and inspiration to the nation. Short film entries length is limited to three to five minutes only.

A joint initiative of the Office of Vice President Leni Robredo and the Ayala Foundation, Inc., the INPFF will mark its third run in 2020, fully intending to surpass the success of its first two years.

Next year's INPFF will feature bigger cash prizes. Php 100,000.00 will be awarded to the year’s Best Film. The first and second runners-up will receive Php 50,000.00 and Php 30,000.00, respectively.

The deadline for submission of entries is on March 27, 2020. For full contest mechanics, interested participants may go to


Hope is a powerful thing. It lives very intimately with many other homegrown values of the ordinary Filipino. Courage. Grit and determination. Pride in hard and honest work. Pride in a life lived simply. Keep your eyes open to find stories of hope around you. You may be surprised by what you will see. Let’s turn this into a movement that will change our nation.

Digestive Health Relies on Healthy Diet

The foods you eat and the lifestyle you lead have a huge impact on the health of your digestive system.
Your digestive system is truly remarkable - and when you take a moment to think about how much it does for you, you might be more inclined to take better care of your digestive health. A few simple dietary tweaks can often go a long way toward improving digestive health. 

The good news is that when provided with a healthy diet, the digestive tract is well-designed to take care of things naturally. Your digestive system has a huge job - it breaks down the foods that you eat in order to make nutrients and energy available to the body, and it is responsible for steering unwanted waste out of the body, too. On top of that, your digestive tract is a key player in immunity, because the cells lining your digestive tract help protect your body against bacterial and viral invaders that could make you sick. And yet, many people abuse their digestive system – by filling it with highly processed foods, or eating too much, or eating too fast – and tend to pay little attention to it until something goes wrong. 

A nutrient-rich, balanced diet helps to nourish all of your body’s cells, including those in your digestive tract. So you’ll want to provide your system with plenty of fiber and make sure that you get adequate fluids and plenty of exercises to help keep you regular. You’ll also want to ensure that you get a source of probiotics. These are beneficial bacteria found in certain foods that help maintain the proper balance of the microorganisms that live in your digestive tract.

  • Fiber

Fiber is the structural portion of a plant, and is found in whole fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains like oats and brown rice. Adults should be eating in the neighborhood of 30 grams a day, but the average grownup only eats about a third of that. Our busy lifestyles contribute to the problem - when we’re on the go, we’re less likely to eat the high fiber fruits, vegetables and whole grains that are more typically found at home.

Different types of fiber have different effects on the body, and it’s important to get plenty of fiber from a variety of sources. Some fibers – such as those found in foods like apples, oranges, potatoes, oats, barley, and beans – produce a feeling of fullness, while the fibers found in vegetables and whole grains help move food through the intestines, so they are particularly helpful in preventing constipation.
  • Fluids

Proper bowel function relies on adequate fluids to keep your system running smoothly. Fluid helps the fibers in foods to swell, which adds bulk to the stool and aids elimination. You also need water to produce saliva and digestive juices, and to transport nutrients to your cells, so taking in adequate fluids every day is vitally important to not only your digestive health but your overall health, too. Aim for about 8 glasses of liquid daily - water and other calorie-free beverages are preferred (and yes, tea and coffee count towards your daily fluid intake).
  • Probiotics

Your digestive system houses tens of trillions of microorganisms, including a huge variety of species of bacteria. Taken together, these organisms are termed probiotics, and the entire colony is sometimes called the “gut microbiome”. These helpful bacteria serve a variety of functions. They help your body extract nutrients from your food, they help with the production of certain vitamins, and they protect the health of the digestive tract by keeping out dangerous foreign invaders. But this mini-ecosystem residing in your gut may do even more – there is evidence that your gut microbiome may also influence your body weight, memory, and mood, too, although it is too early to draw conclusions from the little research published so far.

Probiotics in your foods can help promote the right balance of the various bacteria residing in your digestive tract. (And, certain dietary fibers – called “prebiotics” serve as a food source to the beneficial bacteria). One of the most common strains of probiotic bacteria that reside in your intestines is Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is found in yogurt. Aside from yogurt, “good” bacteria are found in other fermented foods, such as fermented soy products (miso or tempeh) as well as pickled foods like cucumber pickles or fermented cabbage (sauerkraut or kimchi), as well as probiotic dietary supplements.

Regular exercise supports digestive health in a couple of ways. As your muscles contract and your breath deepen during activity, the natural contractions of your intestinal muscles are stimulated, too, which helps to move food through your system. Exercise is also a well-known stress reducer, so it can help reduce digestive upsets that can occur in response to negative emotions. This connection between your gut and your brain suggests that keeping your digestive system in tip-top shape is vital to your sense of well-being.

  • Putting it All Together

The diet and lifestyle steps you take to keep yourself healthy are the same ones that promote digestive health, too. A diet that includes plenty of fiber from colorful fruits and vegetables and whole grains, adequate hydration, and regular exercise are all key factors. And don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids, and to include sources of probiotics in your daily diet. If you feel you can’t meet your fiber or probiotic needs, you can add a supplement to your diet. Lastly, take the time to enjoy your meals. Slow, mindful eating won’t tax your system, and you’ll be less likely to experience indigestion that often comes from eating too much, too fast.

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A new home in BellaVita Sakto for your future family

Ever wish and pray for your dream house for your future family yet affordable? No matter what reason you wanna surprise your loved one or your future wife to be, introducing an affordable house and lot from BellaVita where you can start your new life and future plans.

BellaVita Amenities
Fiesta Market
Common Parking
Open Spaces/Pocket Parks
Basketball Court

Here are the available BellaVita sites located around the Philippines:

BellaVita Naga

Affordable house and lot in Naga, Camarines Sur
Floor Area: 22 sqm.
Lot Area: 36 sqm.
Maximum Selling Price: PHP 450k

BellaVita Rosario 

Affordable house and lot in Rosario, Batangas
Floor Area: 24 sqm.
Lot Area: 36 sqm.
Maximum Selling Price: PHP 480k

BellaVita Cabanatuan East

Nueva Ecija
Floor Area: 22 sqm.
Lot Area: 36 sqm.
Maximum Selling Price: PHP 450k

BellaVita Capas

Floor Area: 22 sqm.
Lot Area: 36 sqm.
Maximum Selling Price: PHP 450k

I myself came across the page of Bellavita Land on facebook at and researched all about it and it met my standard and especially my budget. BellaVita focuses on enriching the lives of the hardworking middle class by offering their families a home to be proud of one that is nestled in a peaceful and safe community, accessible to public transportation, beautifully and practically designed, and one that will prove reliable performance over time.

The accessible transportation and the establishments that are easy to reach, the peace and lovely atmosphere of the community and the safety and benefits that come in living in a well-guarded subdivision.

Tanduay Continues International Expansion in Guam

“We believe that the brand will grow in the state of Guam having a lot of Filipinos residing in that state who’re familiar with the brand, and the locals of Guam themselves who’re looking for quality products.” ~Paul Lim, Tanduay Senior Vice President for Marketing

For the past three years, Tanduay has been aggressive in opening new markets for its quality rums in countries outside of the Philippines. In 2018, its volume in the US grew by 114% year-on-year, from the first half of 2018 versus the first half of 2017.

Tanduay, the world’s number one rum according to Drinks International, continues its aggressive international expansion. Most recently, the 165-year-old Filipino brand partnered with one of Guam’s leading spirits distributor, TITAN Imports, for its distribution in the U.S. territory.

The event included a brand education seminar conducted by Tanduay Business Development Manager and TITAN managing director John Antenorcruz. A bartending competition followed, where contestants were challenged to create drinks using Tanduay Dark Rum, Tanduay Asian Rum Gold, and Guam’s freshest ingredients.

A cocktail event was also held in another venue, The Atrio, to celebrate the distribution deal with F&B directors, restaurant managers, hotel owners, and business decision-makers in attendance. They were provided with entertainment along with specialty drinks and exciting prizes from Tanduay.

Its overall product sales grew by 3% in 2018 from 2017, making it the world’s best-selling rum for two years running. According to Drinks International, Tanduay 20.1 million 9-liter cases in 2018. It is the only rum brand to reach the 20 million mark for that year.

Most recently, Tanduay was declared Brand of the Year by the World Branding Forum, a global non-profit organization dedicated to advancing branding standards. This is the fifth year that the company won the prestigious award.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Promil - National Gifted Week 2019's Kite Making and Flying Event

“This event aims to celebrate the gift that every child possesses. It is a great way for parents to encourage the creativity of their children, have fun and spend some time together. We will also be gathering the most notable experts who will discuss and share their knowledge on how to nurture a child’s gift.” ~Dr. Leticia Peñano-Ho, president of PCGE

Happened this November 24 to 30, at Burnham Green Park (across Luneta) for the National Gifted Week featuring a whole-day kite flying event and a two-day conference attended by giftedness experts. 

Sharing their expertise are experts that include:

Promil's colorful celebration National Gifted Week 2019 featuring an exciting kite flying with a kite-making contest event along with fun activities for the family. Here are the 3 talented and creative kids who won the kite making contest.

Children and their parents were able to rise in the air the kite they both created during the activity which was held at Burnham Green Park across Luneta from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Arts director of Masterpiece Movement Kara Escay facilitated the said activity. Attendees also look forward to exciting games, entertainment, a parade, and other surprises

To promote discussion and share learnings on giftedness, the PCGE will also be a gathering of experts for a two-day conference. Happening on November 29-30 at Hive Hotel & Convention Place in Quezon City from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on both days, the conference will focus on revisiting the Multiple Intelligences.

Sharing their expertise are experts that include Mr. Ryan Cayabyab, Ms. Shaira Luna, Ms. Kara David, Ms. Roselle Ambubuyog, Dr. Carlos Arcilla, Mr. Ryan Tumbocon, and Mr. Kim Atienza. They will discuss how to nurture a child’s gift based on their dominant intelligence which can be among Musical-Rhythmic, Visual/Spatial, Verbal Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Science, Interpersonal and Intrapersonal, Naturalistic, or Body-Kinesthetic.