Huwebes, Abril 30, 2020

Bacardi's first-of-its-kind virtual music experience #PasstheBeat


Bacardi encourages fans around the globe to #DoWhatMovesYou by partnering with artists in the Philippines, India, and South Africa for a series of live performances on May 3.

An initiative aimed to inspire the world and bring people together in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic through music via #PassTheBeat, a virtual party featuring different artists from the PH, India, and South Africa, organized by Bacardi. This event will happen on May 3, 6PM.

Hosted by travel & lifestyle vlogger Wil Dasovich, #PassTheBeat will kick off in the Philippines on Sunday, May 3 at 6PM Manila Time with rapper Alisson Shore as the opening act followed by fellow musicians Rjay Ty and Curtis Smith. Pumping up the crowd next with their electrifying beats will be resident DJs Ace Ramos and Patty Tiu. Rapper Al James will then take the stage after with his smooth flow before passing on the beat to the best DJs from India and South Africa. 

They say music heals the soul and bonds us together. Bacardi, the world’s number one premium rum, aims to bring a sense of comfort in the midst of these challenging times with #PassTheBeat

Through a virtual party, Bacardi will unite artists and performers from the Philippines, India, and South Africa for a night of heart pumping, energizing beats guaranteed to enthrall music lovers and inspire them to continue to do what moves them even in the face of adversity.


The “#PassTheBeat” experience will stream on Instagram Live on Sunday, May 3, with each artist hosting a live DJ set on their page before they #PassTheBeat to the next party starter. The beat will start at 6:30PM in the Philippines with rapper Alisson Shore and move over to fellow musicians Rjay Ty at 6:55 PM and Curtis Smith at 7:20 PM. The event will also feature two of Manila’s most sought after DJs, Ace Ramos at 7:55 PM and Patty Tiu at 8:25 PM. For the final Philippine act, rapper Al James will perform at 9:00 PM with his crowd-drawing rhythm and prose before passing the beat over to some of the best DJs in India and South Africa. 

Vlogger Wil Dasovich will hold engaging sessions with the artists prior to their performances for a dash of humor to the experience. Adding zest is a hot topic DJ Loonyo's signature dance covers in support of the Pinoy musicians!

Philippines, it’s time to get on your feet in your best Team Bahay outfits to #DoWhatMovesYou. Tell your friends, join the party, and let’s #PassTheBeat on to keep us connected in high spirits. 

Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. www.BacardiLimited.com.




About Bacardi Limited
Bacardi South Africa (PTY) LTD is a subsidiary of Bacardi Limited. Bacardi Limited, the largest privately held spirits company in the world, produces and markets internationally recognized and award-winning spirits and wines. The Bacardi Limited brand portfolio comprises more than 200 brands and labels, including BACARDÍ® rum, the world’s number one best-selling and most-awarded rum, as well as the world’s most-awarded spirit; GREY GOOSE® vodka, the world’s leading super-premium vodka; DEWAR’S® Blended Scotch whisky, the world’s most-awarded blended Scotch as well as 2020’s 2nd best-selling Blended Whisky and the 5th best-selling Scotch overall; BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® gin, the top-valued and fastest-growing premium gin in the world; MARTINI® vermouth and sparkling wines, the world’s leading vermouth and the world's favorite Italian sparkling wines; CAZADORES® 100% blue agave tequila, one of the most popular premium tequilas in Mexico and the United States; and other leading and emerging brands including WILLIAM LAWSON’S®, the fastest-growing global Scotch whisky brand; ERISTOFF® vodka, one of the fastest-growing vodka brands in the world; and ST-GERMAIN®, a super-premium elderflower liqueur. Founded 158 years ago in Santiago de Cuba on February 4, 1862, family-owned Bacardi employs over 6,000 people, manufactures its brands at 27 facilities and sells in more than 150 countries. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited. www.BacardiLimited.com

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Messages of Strength for Superhero Frontliners transforms Metro Manila Billboards


“Every day our frontliners answer the call of duty, risking their health to take on extraordinary burdens brought about by these extraordinary times. But with the rest of the country in quarantine, they may feel left behind and alone outside. Frontline Heroes is our way of directly expressing our message of strength to the frontliners, cheering them on as they go to work, and lifting their spirits as they go home. Hopefully, the empty roads become less a reminder of isolation, more a source of energy and inspiration.” ~Jos Ortega, CEO of Havas Ortega
Commander Doctor as seen along C5 Bagong Ilog
Havas Ortega leading media and creative agency transformed digital billboards all over Metro Manila. Characters from Frontline Heroes like:

  • Commander Doctor (doctors)
  • Power Packners (cashier and supermarket baggers)
  • Kidlat Rider (delivery drivers)
  • Incredible Guard (security guards)
  • Super Nurse (nurses)
  • Truth Twins (journalists and cameramen)

Are now being displayed along Metro Manila’s main thoroughfares, raising the morale of our already tired and weary COVID-19 fighters in Alabang, Makati, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasig, and Quezon City.

Idled by the lockdown into empowering messages of strength for Filipino frontliners. Turning billboards once filled with ads into digital comic books featuring frontliners as superheroes, the agency’s “Frontline Heroes” is a tribute to the Filipinos who brave the dangers of the outside world so the rest of the country can survive inside their homes.

Commander Doctor as seen along C5 Bagong Ilog
Havas Ortega urges the public to join the campaign by using #TuloyAngLaban online and tagging frontliners in their personal messages of encouragement and gratitude. Through this, Frontline Heroes can reach frontliners all over the country.
“With the physical, emotional, and mental strength required to do what they do, our frontliners are not just heroes, they are superheroes. But they need our help to keep them going! #TuloyAngLaban is the reaffirmation of support needed to renew our Frontline Heroes’ strength as they continue to fight a long and tiring battle against the pandemic.” ~Griffey de Guzman, Associate Creative Director of Havas Creatives
Frontline Heroes also include:
  • Johnny Tor (janitors)
  • Pharma Sis (pharmacists)
  • Kalye Ranger (uniformed personnel)
  • Kusina Titan (restaurant workers)
  • COVID Hunter (lab technicians)
  • Virus Blasters (disinfect crew)
  • Pera Sentinel (bank clerks)
  • Boom Bero (firefighters)
  • Metro Manong (garbage collectors)

This campaign was developed by Havas Ortega in partnership with billboard companies:
  • HDI Admix, Inc.,
  • United Neon Advertising, Inc., 
  • Summit Outdoor Media
  • Luneta Advertising, Inc.,
  • Full Linkage (FULITECH) Philippines, Inc.,
  • The Out Of Home Advertising Association Of the Philippines (OHAAP)
  • The Outdoor Media Advocacy Group (OMAG).

Follow the Frontline Heroes story on Havas Ortega’s Facebook Page. Join the campaign by using #TuloyAngLaban and #FrontlineHeroesPH on social media.




About Havas Ortega Group

A fully integrated media & communications group that is committed to create a meaningful difference for brands, businesses, and people. Established in 2012, Havas Ortega provides the most comprehensive marketing services and offerings across media, creative, digital, PR and healthcare & wellness disciplines. A village model housed under one roof, while boasting a unique and unparalleled entertainment offering through its partnership with Vivendi. (www.havasortega.com).



6 healthy home-works in maintaining a healthy lifestyle from SM Home


With most of us homebound due to lockdown these days, it's the best time to start good health habits by preparing nutritious meals for the family and creating a wellness-based lifestyle whose benefits we will enjoy beyond the quarantine.  It's also the best time to rediscover the simple joys life and of doing things together.  


SM Home, the one-stop-shop for all of your home essentials, shares with us some healthy home-works from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization in maintaining a healthy lifestyle:

  • 1. Prepare a Weekly Meal Plan and make a shopping list of items you need before you go to the store for your routine shopping. Create the list from the meal plan and include back up ingredients on your list in case your first choice is out of stock. Limit the list on buying the essentials.
  • 2. Stock up on nutrition-packed food such as whole grains, bread, and fresh fruits and vegetables; and staples like sauces, milk, eggs, spices, and condiments. Fresh products should be consumed first. Frozen fruits and vegetables, as well as canned vegetables and fruits, are good alternatives as these have a longer shelf life.
  • 3. Build up a stock of healthy snacks for your children - yogurt, nuts, cheese, chopped or dried fruits, boiled eggs, and more. Stock them up in a stackable glass container to seal freshness and label them.
  • 4. Continue to practice Food Hygiene and Safety. Wash fruits and vegetables under running water and dry it with vegetable spinner; use separate chopping boards for meat and seafood as you prepare the meal, and don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds before and after preparing your meal.
  • 5. Drink water regularly and stay hydrated by drinking 6-8 glasses a day to boost your immune system.
  • 6. Make cooking and eating together a family habit. Kids can help wash and sort the ingredients and set the table before the meal. This creates a healthy routine and fun bonding with the whole family. Also, practice mindful eating and stay away from processed food.


These are available at the smhome.com.ph and shoppers can now place their order online through the thesmtore.com and ShopSM app. For more info and updates, follow them at SM Home at the SM Store on Instagram or visit thesmtore.com website.

Enjoy healthy home-works and memorable meals together with home essentials from SM Home.



Miyerkules, Abril 29, 2020

#MegaMoveTunaMax with Mega Tuna’s live online workouts!


Exercising without going to the gym while at home is possible. With the health scare prevalent globally, it's important for us to keep healthy now more than ever. And since we are stuck at home, our physical activity is limited and our fitness goals for the new year might have been put on pause. 

Mega Tuna started the year with the relaunch of its variants with a new look and even richer flavors, and they believe that even this pandemic shouldn’t stop anyone from achieving this fitness goal - even if it means doing it at home. 

To keep their promise of encouraging a healthy lifestyle, Mega Tuna will be launching #MegaMoveTunaMax, a series of Facebook Live events where different fitness classes, which will be conducted to watch consumers and health buffs have physical activity in spite of being in quarantine. 

The fitness sessions will run for all Mondays of May via their Facebook page. See schedule below:

Week 1: HIIT 
Week 2: Pop Dance (tentative)
Week 3: Total Body Workout
Week 4: Hip Hop Dance (tentative)

On top of this, 20 participants will also get a chance to win Mega Tuna gift packs. All they need to do is comment their favorite Fitness Routine during the live and we'll pick the winners at the end of the session.




Click and Collect will make you feel safe in the comfort of your car



Ortigas Malls offers their Click & Collect program available in Estancia, Tiendesitas, and Greenhills from 9AM -8PM daily. Dedicated to making sure all consumers are safe as they collect all their essential needs.

  1. Check the Ortigas Malls Viber Group (http://tiny.cc/OrtigasMallsViber) to see which merchants offer pick-up services.
  2. Contact merchant, place order, pay, & agree on pickup schedule.
  3. Drive to designated C&C pick-up area to collect your order.


For more information, you may visit their official Facebook pages - Estancia, Tiendesitas, and Greenhills Mall.



Supporting Strong Connectivity with Converge ICT while Staying Home

“We, at Converge, are a firm believer in acting together in these challenging times to provide the best service for Filipinos. As we all adapt to the new normal homes and select businesses should get extensive resources and support to be online. We will do what we can to provide strong connectivity because more than ever now, we need to stay connected with loved ones, friends and colleagues that we can only see virtually. The health and safety of our people are paramount, so we are implementing necessary measures to keep them from harm’s way. We know that through this we are able to extend outstanding service to our customers too.” ~Dennis Uy, Founder of Converge ICT Solutions

With the lockdown almost a month now the country’s workforce is relying on fast internet connection and efficient productivity tools. With most of the population working from home, that is why the fastest growing internet service provider Converge ICT is resuming their operations in Metro Manila and select areas in North Luzon to power hundreds of Filipino households relying on their broadband service. 

To protect both their employees and consumers, installer personnel will be covered with protective masks and all paraphernalia and vehicles will be fully sanitized before being taken out for service.

On their part, employees are given temporary lodging near their office, sanitation kits with alcohol, gloves, and masks, and vitamins to boost their immune system. They are also provided with food to minimize their mobility and undergo daily temperature checks. 

The processing of applications for new users has already resumed and will operate during weekends to fast track the need for Converge’s service. In addition to the installation service, customer service and repair services will also resume. The services may take within 3 to 10 days in compliance with travel restrictions, checkpoints, and essential manpower that may restrict the operations. 

As a company resolute in being one with the front-liners, Converge has also previously given more than a thousand units of personal protective equipment to Angeles City Hospital. 

For inquiries and the list of open branches visit https://www.convergeict.com/.






About Converge ICT Solutions
Converge ICT Solutions is the leading fiber internet and digital consumer-centric services provider in the country. It is the first to run a pure end-to-end fiber internet network, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable internet connection. Converge ICT Solutions is ISO and CE2.0 Certified.



Lunes, Abril 27, 2020

Filipino startups harness the power of tech to help combat COVID-19

“Startups are called to do what they do best — they are rising up to this challenge by deploying innovative solutions, moving quickly, and showing us how we can harness the power of technology for the greater good. We are seeing startups from different industries working hard at this time, from logistics to ecommerce to fintech and edutech. At a time when most of us are relying on technology to stay connected and keep working, these startups are showing us how it can be done. They are, in a way, frontliners in their own rights, taking initiative to tackle this crisis by leveraging their strengths in technology to help our country move forward despite the challenges brought by this pandemic. Our mantra at QBO is ‘Filipino Startups Changing the World’. We have always believed that our homegrown ventures and innovators can make a meaningful contribution to solving critical challenges and create impact. Now, our startups are showing what they’re capable of, and we hope that everyone will take notice, and recognize the crucial role that Filipino startups can play in bringing fresh ideas into action and will continue to support them in future. ~Katrina Chan, director of QBO
MyKuya volunteer runners serve as frontliners at this time by helping run errands for those stuck at home and vulnerable to COVID-19. Photo credit: MyKuya
QBO is the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, created through a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry. an innovation hub or a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It provides startups with support and resources through events and capacity building programs as well as focused interventions designed to improve access to markets, knowledge, capital, and talent.

The impact of COVID-19 left many businesses navigating the digital space. Some are caught off guard while others utilize their expertise in technology. Take it from Filipino startups who have been stepping up to help combat COVID-19 in their own ways. To provide tips on how they’re doing it, startup founders gathered for a QLITAN, a bi-weekly networking event hosted by QBO Philippines since 2016.

Startup founders Shahab Shabibi, co-founder of MyKuya; Gabby Dizon, CEO and cofounder of Altitude Games; Moritz Gastl, vice-president of Growth of First Circle; Stefano Fazzini, CEO of MetroMart; and Bonnie Factor, founder of Leading with Success with moderator Rocky Chan and QBO Head of Operations Natasha Bautista and QBO Director Katrina Chan during the first virtual QLITAN session held amidst COVID-19.
(Photo credit: QBO Innovation Hub)
But this time, QLITAN was held online. In this virtual event, founders shared how they are responding to the crisis. Headlining the session titled “Startup Survival Guide — Adapting to the New Norm” are Moritz Gastl, vice-president of Growth of First Circle, a startup which provides business financing and access to credit; Shahab Shabibi, co-founder of MyKuya, an app that allows on-demand services such as grocery deliveries; Gabby Dizon, CEO and cofounder of mobile and blockchain game studio Altitude Games; Stefano Fazzini, CEO of online grocery delivery service MetroMart; and Bonnie Factor, founder of Leading with Success.

Filipino startup Container Living spearheads the creation of Rapid Deployment Hospitals to aid in the overcrowding of medical facilities due to COVID-19.
Photo credit: Container Living
These startups are now using this opportunity to create a lasting difference — banding together and using technology not only to ease people’s burdens but even potentially save lives.

Startups aiding the government on the battle against COVID-19
Now more than ever, the tech capability of startups can help the government in a number of ways. The Department of Science and Technology with Developers Connect helped launch the RapidPass system where frontliners manning checkpoints can easily inspect vehicles and individuals by scanning QR codes.

Senti, a startup specializing in artificial intelligence and machine learning, provides the knowledge-base for the chatbots that the Department of Health deploys in different channels to address COVID-19-related inquiries. Local tech company Multisys, on the other hand, developed the online and mobile platform StaySafe.ph which aims to help the government in conducting efficient contact tracing.

To enable faster response from local government units (LGUs) in the fight against COVID-19, Limitless Lab, in partnership with The Asia Foundation, developed LGU vs COVID PH. The platform is an easy-to-use, updated, and reliable dashboard of all COVID-19 related information that LGUs can use and refer to.

Startups offering convenience, on-demand services
Unknown to many, some of the essential needs met at this time are also powered by startups. MetroMart enables people who are stuck at home to have their goods delivered right at their doorstep. To further harness its capability, MetroMart launched MetroMart Cares, a special online store for grocery donations in partnership with World Vision and Gawad Kalinga. Another startup, Zagana, helps bridge the gap for local farmers and consumers in need of fresh fruits and vegetables.

MyKuya also provides convenience during the quarantine by helping run errands for those stuck at home and vulnerable to COVID-19. Some of its services include meal delivery, bills payment, and pharmacy and grocery runs. AIDE, a home healthcare platform, connects patients and medical professionals straight from their smartphones.

Even outside the Metro, startups continue to thrive. Pandalivery, an on-demand food delivery service available in Camarines Sur and Albay, expanded its service by including groceries and medicines to help amidst the quarantine. Streetby, an app that allows different merchants to continue to reach households in areas in Mindanao including Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro, Camiguin, Davao, General Santos, and Iligan.

Startups connecting the world, bringing communities together
Aside from providing essentials, startups are also mobilizing their resources and skills to aid in addressing challenges brought about by COVID-19. QBO incubatees Container Living and Kumu are harnessing the power of their community.

Container Living, a startup that converts containers to buildings in its effort to lower carbon footprint and costs, saw the opportunity to pivot their innovation to address the overcrowding of medical facilities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Container Living CEO Mac Evangelista spearheaded Rapid Deployment (RAD) Hospitals alongside its team of local architects, professionals and engineers to build scalable, easy-to-deploy, isolation, and intensive care facilities for COVID-19 patients.

Livestreaming app Kumu launched Kumu Lives Streaming Service which conducts private live streams for free in an effort to enable Filipino communities, here and around the world, to hold events and gatherings online amid the quarantine, and Social DistanSING, a livestreaming initiative for a cause which brought together artists and celebrities online to share their talents and help raise funds for families affected by COVID-19. To date, Kumu’s cause has raised an estimate of Php1.2 million pesos for charity.

For its part, QBO also harnesses the power of tech by continuously providing support and learning opportunities to Filipino startups, making sure they are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to push forward despite the threat of COVID-19.

For more information, visit facebook.com/QBOphilippines/ and qbo.com.ph/.





About QBO
QBO (‘ku-bo’) is an innovation hub or a platform for the startup community to collaborate, develop talent, and grow. It provides startups with support and resources through events and capacity building programs as well as focused interventions designed to improve access to markets, knowledge, capital, and talent. QBO is the country’s first public-private initiative for startups, created through a partnership between IdeaSpace, J.P. Morgan, Department of Science and Technology, and Department of Trade and Industry.

Spurred on by the vision of Filipinos startups changing the world, QBO’s mission is to create a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines.



Biyernes, Abril 24, 2020

Strong Faith, Great Teammates, Man’s Best Friend are Joshua Pacio’s Lockdown Essentials

“The important thing for me in this kind of situation is praying to God. He is the only one who knows what's going to happen, trusting in God in this kind of situation is important and of course, we should trust Him not only in these situations but in good times or bad. My teammates inspire me every day, they are the reason why I'm a champion, they helped me get to where I am today, they motivate me in downtimes and help me realize what my mistakes are. The hardest part is that we can't go to the gym to train, that's why we find ways to train inside our homes. In the past years, we were lacking training equipment in the gym. This is not new to us, so we find ways to stay sharp. Luckily, I have punching mitts and manong (older brother) Kevin [Belingon] and I are in the same barangay (village) so we hold pads for each other. Actually, this pandemic taught me more about how to bond with my dog. And my dog is getting fat so I need to go run or jog with her. When I get older, I think we need to talk about getting up in a higher weight division. But for now, I have no intention of going up in weight classes because my teammates are in those weight classes. Honestly, I’m not the guy who has a dream opponent. I just focus on improving every day and every bout. I am a champion and I need to prove that every time I step inside the Circle.” ~Joshua Pacio, ONE Strawweight World Champion

On many occasions, ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong has stated that he would never sign an athlete like Conor McGregor because he doesn’t embody the values of the company. In many respects, ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua Pacio is the polar opposite. 

Pacio is a shining embodiment of traditional martial arts values. Nicknamed “The Passion,” Pacio is a man who relies firmly on his faith. In these times of uncertainty, it’s something that he has turned to for reassurance. Pacio is part of a unique band of brothers at the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City, Philippines. Remarkably, he is one of five athletes who have realized their dreams of becoming World Champions at ONE Championship.

Under the watchful eye of legendary coach Mark Sangiao, Pacio and his team combine a strong work ethic with deep-rooted values to achieve unprecedented success. They didn’t start out with any fancy equipment, but the strength of their collective mindset gave them everything they needed to succeed.

While the current COVID-19 situation is far from ideal for an elite martial arts world champion, Pacio’s experience as a member of Team Lakay has put him in good stead. Having a teammate nearby is certainly helping Pacio stay sharp during the pandemic, but as fans have seen in his recent social media posts – one companion, in particular, has become a mainstay of his daily routine. While Pacio’s dog may have put on the pounds, he doesn’t intend to follow suit.


Pacio’s reservations about a jump to flyweight are understandable. ONE’s flyweight division really is packed with his brothers from Team Lakay. Geje Eustaquio is a former ONE Flyweight World Champion, and Danny Kingad was a finalist in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. Meanwhile, competing at his current weight seems to suit Pacio just fine, with his second reign as king of the strawweights producing some impressive results.

After winning the belt back from Yosuke Saruta in Manila in April 2019, the young star returned to his nation’s capital twice more to carve out a statement victory over veteran wushu world champion and fellow Filipino Rene Catalan in November, before going on to clinch a decision win over former strawweight titleholder Alex Silva in January.

ONE Championship’s martial arts values are integrity, humility, honor, respect, courage, discipline, and compassion. In difficult times, it’s inspiring to see an individual who has such a strong grasp of what it means to incorporate them into daily life, whether it’s in or out of competition, or indeed, in the midst of a global pandemic.

But, judging by his work ethic, as well as the strength he draws from his faith, his teammates, and indeed, his furry companion, Pacio has all the ingredients to flourish under any circumstance. Despite not having about booked for the first time in a long-time, the 24-year-old Pacio’s mindset seems sharper than ever as he looks to carve out an enduring legacy in the world’s largest martial arts organization.


Huwebes, Abril 23, 2020

Understanding Stress and Reducing Its Effects on Your Health


By Dr. Kent Bradley, Chief Health and Nutrition Officer, Herbalife Nutrition

Reducing stress in your everyday life can make you happier and healthier. When you become stressed, the brain undergoes both chemical and physical changes that affect its overall functioning. Stress can contribute to a number of mental and emotional disorders, including anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks. 

Did you know that our body does not discriminate between sources of stress – it simply responds to the stress.  So, whether the stress is coming from an actual event – like a car nearly hitting you—or simply a thought – I wonder if I will get hit by a car someday – the body may react in a similar way. Now, in these times when there is so much uncertainty, stress can have a huge impact on our bodies.

So, what is the “stress response” and why do we have it? 
In a nutshell, it is for our own survival.  You see, we are geared towards survival and our minds are constantly on a threat alert.  Some have called this the “fight or flight” response.  I think we all know how it feels – the sudden increase in heart rate, perhaps increased respirations, all meant to prepare the body with oxygen needed to suddenly move into action.  Underlying this is a shower of hormones that stimulate the body’s actions but also have impacts on other aspects of our health.  

We increase the circulation of adrenaline, known as epinephrine, that activates our heart rate, but it also stimulates the release of glucose and fat from storage sites as a source of fuel.  If left unchecked a second response happens that causes the release of cortisol into the blood stream.  Cortisol increases the amount of glucose in our bloodstream and can stimulate hunger which can lead to eating more calories than we actually need and thus becoming overweight or obese.

What does all of this mean when we are under stress from COVID-19 worries?  
Acute stress can be both helpful and harmful to our body.  It can be helpful as it forces us to be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our loved ones. It can be harmful because it causes our blood pressure to rise and our heart rate to increase, and for those who have underlying cardiovascular disease, this may trigger a heart attack or stroke.  

However, what is of greater concern is a state of chronic stress, such as many people are experiencing in this time of uncertainty. In this state, the body is continuously activated, resulting in elevated blood pressure and weight gain, which are factors in cardiovascular disease.  Additionally, cortisol is known to reduce the production of our immune protective cells known as lymphocytes.  In the acute phase, we may actually see an increase of these cells, but as we move to a more chronic state of stress the cortisol release leads us to a decrease of lymphocytes making us potentially more susceptible to ineffectively fighting off infection.

Overcoming the “stress response”
So, our perception of threat is what creates a cascade called a stress response.  That response is natural IF there is an actual threat AND if momentary.  However, our health, through the possible impact on weight and blood pressure, can be negatively impacted by this stress cascade if not managed well.

Focusing on reducing our stress and improving our health can be accomplished with a handful of simple practices. I call them my 6 Rs.
  1. Rest - First, get enough sleep!  Adequate sleep is extremely helpful in calming down the stress response.
  2. Relaxation techniques - Deep breathing – whether done through meditation exercises or while you are doing yoga – the key is slow, intentional deep breathing!
  3. Recreation – Keep active while practicing social distancing – whether that means a walk or reading a book (something you love to do).  Taking time for yourself to do something you love to do that involves some form of activity (mental or physical) is helpful!
  4. Relationships – staying connected is so important.  We are meant to be in the community.  We may be physically isolated but that does not mean we need to lose our connections to others. Telephone or video calls can be a great way to stay connected.
  5. Routine – yup, in the midst of change why add another one.  Stay consistent.  Suddenly need to work from home – then get up at the same time, set up an office, and work like you normally would.
  6. Reframing – reassess the perceived stress so it no longer is viewed as a threat.  You may need the help of a coach to help you through the practice of first identifying why something is viewed as a threat and then placing that into a context that is helpful.

At Herbalife Nutrition we have a global nutrition philosophy that recognizes the importance of a holistic approach to health and thus a more resilient response.  Managing your stress is one critical component.  We also believe in the power of community and the importance of a coach who can help you on your journey towards improved health.

For more information, please visit IAmHerbalifeNutrition.com.





About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people's lives with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent members since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial members who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company’s global campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing nutrition and education to communities around the world.

Herbalife Nutrition also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.



Miyerkules, Abril 22, 2020

Join the growing #SMTakeOutAndDelivery Viber Community


Got quarantine cravings but don't know where to get them? The answer's right at your fingertips—be part of our Viber community #TogetherAtSM with these easy steps! Get updates on restaurants available for takeout and delivery so you can enjoy them safely from home.

Join the growing #SMTakeOutAndDelivery Viber Community now 👉 bit.ly/SMTakeOutAndDelivery




Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, and Kitchie Nadal to hold Secrets III: An Online Concert for the benefit of music venue workers

“Deprived of operating to serve people with live entertainment, music venues have temporarily shut down, and are struggling to manage their overhead expenses. Thanks to the girls, we’ll be given a chance to cover some of the funds needed to support employees and workers of independent music venues and bars. We cannot imagine a vibrant, bustling music scene without these people who have dedicated their lives to helping run the gigs. The waiters, cooks, kitchen helpers, cashiers, parking attendants, food servers, tech guys, security personnel, and other employees deserve our help too.” ~Milley Habito, Gabi Na Naman Productions’one of the executive producers of Secrets III: An Online Concert featuring Aia, Barbie, and Kitchie

Aia de Leon, Barbie Almalbis, and Kitchie Nadal are teaming up with GNN (formerly known as Gabi Na Naman Productions) and Smirnoff Mule for a special digital concert to raise funds for the employees and workers of live music venues in Metro Manila.


Happening on May 1, Friday at 8:00 pm, the Facebook show will serve as the third installment of their critically acclaimed, sold-out concert, Secrets, and will be streamed live on the trio’s official Facebook page.   

The initiative is part of the alternative rock icons’ ongoing efforts to help the music community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and a primer to GNN’s 5th-anniversary celebration.

The confirmed beneficiaries include independent music venues such as:
  • Route 196
  • Mow’s
  • Saguijo Café & Bar
  • Jess and Pat’s
  • ‘70s Bistro
  • 123 Block
  • Social House and more to be announced

The star-studded fundraiser and concert will also feature never-before-heard collaborations among the three award-winning singer-songwriters, as well as individual performances featuring their Greatest Hits and rarities.  


Solane gives back to Cebu frontliners


Solane, the country’s leading LPG brand, recently showed appreciation and gratitude to frontliners in Cebu who have been selflessly serving the community during provincial lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Solane employees in Cebu prepared and distributed meal packs, grocery items, and other essentials to police officers, security guards, food vendors, barangay officials, and other frontliners in Mandaue City, Liloan, and Consolacion, Cebu. 


Previously, Solane, together with Solane Kitchen Hero winner Chef Coke Semblante and his team from Cebu City, also worked together in providing free food to health workers and other frontliners in different areas of the province who are actively fighting the spread of COVID-19.




Mega Prime’s new celebrity ambassador Chefmom Rosebud Benitez will hosts an online cooking demo during ECQ.

“I always have Mega Sweet Chili and Oyster Sauce in my kitchen, because they can be paired easily with any dish. With Sweet Chili, there’s no need to think of a complicated dish I like the products of Mega Prime because the taste is very close to "panlasang Pinoy". They have a variety of products for all our cooking needs and offer value for money. You don't have to pay a premium but what you're getting is of premium taste, which is very important for price-conscious moms.” ~Chef Rosebud Benitez, Mega Prime’s new celebrity ambassador

Celebrity chef and mom, Chefmom Rosebud Benitez, is the newest brand ambassador for Mega Prime. The hands-on mom is very excited to join the Mega Prime family after being able to attend a few Prime Mom Club Workshops throughout the years. 

To launch her ambassadorship in lieu of this summer's Prime Mom Club, Mega Prime has signed up its newest ambassador—Chef Rosebud Benitez, a top-rated celebrity cook and hands-on mom who has become a household name for her mouthwatering recipes. Known for her versatility as a chef, Chef Rosebud has always used Mega Prime’s wide array of high-quality products that have made cooking much easier for moms. Chef Rosebud will be holding a Facebook Live with a cooking session using Mega Prime products. 

We hope you can tune into her live cooking demo for easy home-cooked meals on April 25, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. through the Mega Prime Facebook Page.

Both Mega Prime and Chef Rosebud are passionate about helping everyone come up with yummy dishes that the whole family will enjoy. That is why homemakers are looking forward to what the partnership between Mega Prime and Chef Rosebud has to offer. 

During this enhanced community quarantine, Mega Prime is aware of the different sentiments of Filipino families in the kitchen at home. With this, Mega Prime is kicking off its partnership with Chef Rosebud through a Facebook Live cooking demo featuring healthy, nutritious, and practical recipes to upgrade our everyday meals. 

Happening on April 25, Saturday at 3:00PM, Chef Rosebud will be featuring some of her go-to Mega Prime products that can turn simple dishes into super meals that moms can do at home during the quarantine period. 

Chef Rosebud joins Marian Rivera, who serves as Mega Prime’s main ambassador, in reaching out to moms. Together,  the two will add even more dynamism to the Mega Prime Mom Club,  which has been steadfast in its efforts to turn Filipino moms into savvy homemakers. 

Don’t forget to tune in at https://www.facebook.com/MegaPrimeQuality and get ready to cook the yummiest but pocket-friendly dishes with Chef Rosebud and Mega Prime!

Remember, with Mega Prime Quality and Choices products, you get more #pinaSARAP moments with easy ’n tasty home recipes. ❤️



DOST & SMART expands RapidPass project to cover entire Metro Manila

“Your company's support to the government to realize the full operationalization of RapidPass will affect millions of Filipinos who will benefit from the decongestion of Quarantine Control Points, as well as the health of PNP personnel at the control points as they will now be able to exercise social distancing with the use of RapidPass.” ~Fortunato dela Pena, DOST Secretary in a letter to PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan who approved Smart’s support for the initiative

PLDT Inc's wireless subsidiary Smart, in partnership with DOST, DICT and IATF-MEID are now expanding the RapidPass coverage to cover all of NCR's 180 checkpoints. These phones will be used to equip with three devices each of the 180 checkpoints which daily process an estimated 1 million people in Metro Manila who are allowed to go out of their homes for work or other essential purposes.

Going through quarantine checkpoints in the entire Metro Manila area is about to become easier for frontline personnel and other people authorized to travel under the COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions.

To achieve this, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-MEID) are expanding the RapidPass Project, an online registration service for frontliners, to cover the whole of Metro Manila.
“We hope that this initiative of the DOST, DevCon, DICT, and the IATF will provide a positive example of how we can fight the COVID-19 pandemic in a smart way, using digital technologies.” ~Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President, and CEO and SVP & Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups
Developed by DevCon Philippines and the DOST, RapidPass.ph is a website that provides for free a unique QR code that serves as authorization for frontliners like health workers and people delivering food, medicine, and other essential supplies to go through checkpoints quickly and securely.  The QR code can be printed on paper and placed on vehicles, or, saved on smartphones to be shown to uniformed personnel manning Quarantine Control Points (QCPs).


To enable the service to work throughout Metro Manila, PLDT Inc.’s wireless subsidiary Smart Communications has provided the DOST with 540 smartphones loaded with voice, SMS, and data packages.  The mobile devices will be used by the Philippine National Police (PNP) at the QCPs to read and confirm the validity of the QR codes being shown by frontliners, thus facilitating their movement.

At the launch of the RapidPass service in early April, PLDT, through its Enterprise Business Group, supplied an initial batch of 200 smartphones for the trial implementation of the system.  The first phase of the project covered the main checkpoints at the boundaries of Metro Manila which helped authorities to set up RapidPass lanes in the highways leading to and from the metro area.
“We are grateful to the DOST and IATF for giving us the opportunity to help make life easier for our frontliners as they provide services that are so vital to the public.” ~Jane B. Basas, SVP & Head of Consumer Wireless Business
To expand RapidPass coverage to all of NCR, the DOST needed an additional 340 mobile phones to bring the total count to 540.  These phones will be used to equip with three devices each of the 180 checkpoints which daily process an estimated 1 million people in Metro Manila who are allowed to go out of their homes for work or other essential purposes.

Moving forward, the IATF is thinking of using the RapidPass system for the entire country, even after the COVID-19 Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is lifted, either entirely or partially. This will help the government control the movement of traffic even after restrictions are relaxed and thus help prevent the continued spread of the coronavirus. 





About PLDT
PLDT is the leading telecommunications and digital services provider in the Philippines. Through its principal business groups – fixed line, wireless and others – PLDT offers a wide range of telecommunications and digital services across the Philippines’ most extensive fiber optic backbone, and fixed line and cellular networks.


PLDT is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE:TEL) and its American Depositary Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PHI). PLDT has one of the largest market capitalizations among Philippine-­listed companies.


The ultimate guide to achieving the perfect work-from-home makeup


For those who are working from home and frequently need to attend online meetings, remember that you can skip the fancy skirts and opt for comfy PJs but you definitely can’t put in less effort on your face. Looking your best every day is definitely a must and the enhanced community quarantine is definitely not an excuse to skip your beauty routine.   

Below are some useful makeup tips to appear smart and crisp for your next Zoom or Facetime meeting: 


Look fresh. You are no longer beating the rush of everyday traffic so the most important tip is to make your skin look healthy and glowing. To achieve this, apply a small amount of Ever Bilena Pro Flawless Finish Foundation starting from the middle of your face, outwards blending properly using your fingertips or Ever Bilena Blend Me Sponge. This liquid foundation provides full coverage that will give you a flawless finish.


Conceal. The last thing you would want to look like in your online meeting is tired and sleepless. Cover your dark circles from working overtime or binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix with an ample amount of concealer. On top of your foundation, apply Ever Bilena Liquid Concealer on the darkest shadows of your eye bags to even out the color of your under the eye. You may also use it to spot conceal your unwanted skin imperfections.


Don’t overdo your eyeshadow.  Look more natural and presentable by going for light or neutral shades. The Ever Bilena Eyeshadow Pink Palette can come in handy as it features six neutral and classic shades that perfectly match your everyday makeup. It is pigmented and blendable for easier application.


Define your eyes. As much as a perfect shade of eyeshadow does the trick, a gentle swoosh of mascara can also make your eyes look more alive. Swipe on some Ever Bilena Advance Lash Define Mascara to visibly define and lengthen your top and bottom lashes with its dual-sided wand and waterproof jet black ink that will definitely make you look awake and more alert.  


Add color to your cheeks. Video calls can make you look pale. Blend a generous amount of Ever Bilena Matte Color Stick over the apples of your cheeks all the way through your cheekbones for a natural-looking flush. The Ever Bilena Matte Color Stick is a multipurpose cream stick that works for the eyes, cheeks, and lips.


Go easy on your lippie. Be as simple as you can be with your overall makeup including your lippie. Go for neutral shades to make you look more formal. You may use the Ever Bilena Matte Nude Lipsticks that come in six colors to complement your choice of eyeshadow.

After following all these, make sure you sit where there is ample lighting so your workmates can see you clearly. Then, try checking yourself out on your phone or laptop’s camera to see if your makeup appears as desired. If yes, then it’s time to slay that online meeting and impress everyone! 

Be work-ready at home with these make-up products and other Ever Bilena, EB Advance, and Kris Life Kit products all available on Ever Bilena’s official Lazada store. Visit www.lazada.com.ph or to know more about Ever Bilena, visit everbilena.com.ph, and follow its social media pages FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM