Kawit Celebrates Christmas with a Historical Touch

Kawit Celebrates Christmas with a Historical Touch

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It’s that wonderful time of the year where the Philippines celebrates another delightful and festive season. Despite the hustle and bustle of the busy and traffic streets and establishments, everyone is busy getting their Christmas shopping done. I still find it fortunate for us that there are a few sights and sounds in nearby areas where we can feel the true spirit of a Filipino Christmas, especially with our loved ones. 

Christmas has always been a part of the Filipino tradition and culture and what better way to celebrate the holidays is by visiting some of the most historic sites in the country with your friends and loved ones. Kawit in Cavite is one of the most sought-after historical sites in the country today and it is one that you should visit this Christmas Season. 

Kawit, Cavite is home to some of the most historic sites in the Philippines. This is where the Aguinaldo Shrine is situated wherein the Philippine flag that we know of today was first waved publicly announcing our Independence by none other than the first Filipino President, Emilio Aguinaldo. There’s also a lot to learn about our first president and how he has lived his life and times during the revolution era. Beyond the Shrine also are other sights to see including the “Museo ni Baldomero Aguinaldo” hailed towards the cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo and grandfather of Cesar Virata who as a prime minister in the 1980s. 

What Museums Should You Visit in Louisville?

Summer vacation season is over, but traveling isn’t. People traveling cross-country for business, holidays, or just to get out of their routines. Don’t be surprised if you end up passing through the city of Louisville, Kentucky.

Centel Acne Clear Review

Since I was in 6th grade, I have been looking for facial washes that are effective against pimples or acne. Sometimes, a product would work, but for some reason the effectivity of the product slowly fades so I'd have to look for another product that will give good results. 

I have been given a chance to review the Centel Acne Clear Wash Foam and I was so lucky to do it. I have to admit that the brand is not familiar to me, but I don't really rely much on brands to see if the product works or not. I'm just wishing to have had this 25 years ago when I had acne so I can try its effectivity. But even though I no longer have one, it's still worth to try if my 1 or 2 pimples would disappear using it. 

The Centel Acne Clear Wash Foam


First impression of the product from its packaging is that it has a very direct approach that tells us it will fight or it will clear acne for you. There's nothing like writing your message in big red fonts like there's an emergency or it's something that should belong in a medical kit. I like that it didn't bother much with the designs like putting flowers or or other colorful things that might improve its visual impact because it gives me the impression that they're confident that their product works and it's serious about its purpose. 

First Usage

The first time I used it, I noticed that its foam is unscented. When I used it on the face, it was just like any other facial cleansers I used. I did not feel any sting or itchiness while I use it which is a good start. The interesting part is when I started washing it off. 

When I started to wash it off, the foam just got washed off immediately. No residue was left that I needed to repeatedly wash off with water. It just gave me a clean and refreshing feeling on the skin. It's like the clean feeling I get after washing with Safeguard on the face, but has that moisturizing effect that Centel Acne Clear gives you which I believe is what makes this product stand out. 

Not an Oil-Control Product

Yes, since it fights acne, DO NOT expect it to be an oil-control product and I also noticed it 4 hours after wash. I was at home and I started noticing my face becoming oily again which is a common thing. I guess it's a question of priorities whether you want your face to be acne-free or oil-free ,and at the moment, I wanted my pimples to disappear so, yeah, acne-free it is. 

Did It Work?

After 4 days of using it, my small pimples did disappear without leaving any marks so yes, it did work for me. Honestly speaking, I did not have acne while I used it so I really can't say its effectiveness on acne. But since it got rid of my small pimples, that's good enough for me to recommend it to you. 

The Centel Acne Clear Wash Foam is available at Beauty Manila and at www.seoulunni.com 

A Peek About What is Data and Its Importance

The importance of data has proven its worth in today’s digital age especially in the fields of ecommerce, business, or almost anyone who uses a computer. Business leaders nowadays heavily rely on their gathered data to make better decisions for their company in terms of profit.  Data collection used such as phone surveys, email marketing, or even people-to-people meet ups on malls are essential for the business to learn more about their customers’ wants and needs.  Whatever the method, most data had to be collected manually for businesses to understand their customers and market better. Because of the financial cost, time, difficulty of execution, and more associated with data collection, many companies operated with limited data.

I personally sometimes participate in online surveys that companies hire to get data from people. Surveys would often ask about job, income, what products you have bought in the last 6 months or so, and sometimes they would show a video of their newly-made commercial and you input your thoughts, reactions, first impressions about it. I really thought it was cool to participate in one of those once in a while, but getting them done every month is quite tiresome.

Data and Databases

As I am writing this article, I instantly use data when I save this article in my computer. Its data consist of the date I made it, the author’s name, etc. It’s the same with business. Any business with a website, a social media account, an online form that accepts electronic payments of some form, etc., has data about customers, user experience, web traffic, and more. All that data is filled with potential if you can learn to utilize it to improve your business.

Data that has been given by a customer will be stored in a place called a database. There are different types of databases. There are small databases used for simple data storage for single users and there are big databases that store huge amounts of data and information from big businesses or commercial vendors such as in ecommerce websites, financial institutions with banking features, and more.  

Big companies or enterprises need big databases to store information that is not open to the public such as employee records, company files, contracts, and more. Master data is typically shared by multiple users and groups across an organization and stored on different systems. Databases such as Microsoft’s SQL uses master data services which is Microsoft’s solution for managing master data.  

Data is Good for the Environment, Too

Data is not only limited to enterprises and big companies. Did you know that the waste and recycling industry stands to benefit from utilizing data as well?  For developed countries, the use of data allows for garbage trucks to determine the best route to take, which not only reduces emissions but increases operational efficiency as well. This is really beneficial to all countries and I hope more truck companies would consider using it. I have to admit, the utilization of data seems to be in the early stages of the waste and recycling industries. I just hope that data systems can one day expand to improve recycling rates.

I Had My Impacted Wisdom Tooth Removed: Did It Hurt?

I hate dentists. Well, it's not that I hate them, I'm just afraid of having an oral surgery because the word, surgery, scares me. I always thought that the procedure would really hurt (according to the movies I've seen) which is why I'm scared of them. 

My first wisdom tooth started to come out during my college days and I had no problem with it initially. It just went out perfectly. Until now, it still functions normally as my molar's assistant in terms of grinding food. The problem is my second wisdom tooth that appeared during my 20s on the left side of my gums. It was really painful while it was growing, but since I didn't have the money nor the resources to go to the dentist, I just took some pain killers and waited for the pain to go away. The pain did went away after a few days so I just ignored the said tooth thinking that it will all be okay. 

Overnight Stay at Zen Rooms Millenia Suites

The last time we stayed at a Zen Room was just last summer in Aloha Hotel. This time, my kids' examination period has just ended and the preparations for our village's trick or treat was a bit stressful for me so I thought it's time to use my free overnight stay that Zen Rooms offered me so we could relax before the new semester begins. 

Korea’s Billion-Dollar Travel Group Yanolja Doubles Down on ZEN Rooms to Create Future of Hospitality in Southeast Asia

Korea’s Billion-Dollar Travel Group Yanolja Doubles Down on ZEN Rooms to Create Future of Hospitality in Southeast Asia

  •      Yanolja, Korea’s billion dollar travel group, double down on ZEN Rooms one year after investing US$15M in 2018. Through this transaction, Yanolja is investingadditional funds in the Company, purchasing stakes from early investors and announcing a wide strategic alliance between the two groups
  •          ZEN joins forces with one of the most technologically innovative travel groups and its backers Booking Holdings to create the first full service budget & mid-range hospitality group in SEA
  •          ZEN willheavily deploy technology to continue to improve Southeast Asia’s hospitality sector, enhance customer experience and lower hotels’ operating costs
  •          ZEN has achieved market leading customer satisfaction ratings in its franchise business, quadrupled revenue in the past year and became in Q4 2018 the largest hotel chain in the Philippines

Singapore, October 16th 2019 -- ZEN Rooms (“ZEN”, “Company”), one of the leading economy and mid-range hotel franchises in Southeast Asia, today announced it had signed a definitive agreement with travel group Yanolja regarding additional investment, acquisition of early investors’ stakes and the signing of a wide strategic alliance. Yanolja is the leading travel group in South Korea, backed by Booking Holdings and GIC, among others. Yanolja was the lead strategic investor in the company’s US$15M funding round in 2018, with rights to invest further. Early investor Asia Internet Holdings (Joint Venture of Rocket Internet and Ooredoo Telecom) has agreed to exit its stake to Yanolja. RedBadge Pacific and SBI Korea remain investors, and Access Ventures join as co-investors.

The alliance of ZEN and Yanolja creates the leading economy & mid-range hospitality group in Southeast Asia.It combines ZEN’s top-ratedbudget hotel franchise business with Yanolja’s scale, hospitality technologies and the backing by the global leader in Online Travel, Booking Holdings (behind Booking.com, Agoda, Priceline.com, Kayaketc), thus granting ZEN unique competitive advantages in both hotel technology and sales distribution. The groups will work to heavily deploy automation technology to enhance customer experience, further reduce budget hotels’ operating costs and reinvent budget hospitality across Southeast Asia.

ZEN Rooms is today one of the largest hotel franchises in Southeast Asia, with 13,000 rooms under franchise. Since Yanolja’s investment in mid 2018, ZEN has grown revenues 400% and has becomein Q2 2019 the largest hotel chain in fast-emerging Philippines, with 5,500 rooms under franchise.
Southeast Asia is today the world’s fastest growing travel market, fueled by exponential domestic and regional demand of young travelers and millennials (e.g. the number of Chinese visitors has quadrupled in the past decade[1]). Yet, the value-for-money proposition of its budget hotel sector has historically been defective, plagued by several issues: fragmentation, poor hygiene & safety standards, lack of training and low technology use.

ZEN was founded in 2015 to improve the state of budget hospitality and bring much needed operational and technological efficiency to the estimated 2 million independent economy rooms in the region. Thousands of hotel owners have since joined ZEN’s franchises to improve their revenue, optimize their cost base and increase the long-term value of their property. These efficiency gains ultimately benefit travelers who can enjoy safer and better value-for-money stays.
With a deep emphasis on customer satisfaction, ZEN franchisees have enjoyed the best average guest ratings on Booking.com for two years in a row.

Nathan Boublil, co-founder & CEO of ZEN, comments: “We started ZEN exactly 4 years ago to make budget accommodation in Southeast Asia more affordable and safer. We have proudly built ZEN into the top-rated budget hotel franchise in the region and were honored to be Yanolja’s 1st international investment. With this strategic alliance, we are joining forces with one of the most technologically innovative travel groups and its unique backers Booking Holdings to create the first full service budget & mid-range hospitality group in SEA, able to deploy world-class technology infrastructure in IoT R&D, automation, hardware and software to all hotels in Southeast Asia.This alliance will greatly benefit our ability to serve our hotel clients and ultimately the travelers of the entire region”. 

Jongyoon Kim, CEO of Online Business at Yanolja, adds: “Since first investing in ZEN, we have shared the same vision of operational excellence and customer centricity to radically improve the SE Asian hospitality market. In the last 12 months, the ZEN team has taken major steps to fulfill this vision and has grown exponentially while displayingtop inventory quality. With this exciting agreement, Yanolja plans to fully support ZEN to solidify its status as the market leading full-stack hospitality company in the region".   

For enquiries, contact: Nathan Boublil, co-Founder & CEO - nathan@zenrooms.com ; Nika Plana, PR - nika.plana@zenrooms.com

About ZEN Rooms

Founded in 2015 by entrepreneurs Kiren Tanna and Nathan Boublil, ZEN Rooms was founded to improve the state of budget hospitality in Southeast Asia, making travel more affordable and safer. ZEN is now one of the fastest growing hospitality companies in the region, the #1 hotel chain in the Philippines and Top 3 budget hotel chain in Southeast Asia. ZEN helps budget & mid-range hotels operate more efficiently and increase the value of their property through a range of operational & technological solutions. ZEN contributes daily to democratizing access to safe and affordable travel with millions of travelers staying at ZEN's franchised or operated properties each year. ZEN has raised US$23M equity funding from leading institutional investors Rocket Internet, Ooredoo Telecom, RedBadge Pacific, SBI Investments Korea and Yanolja.  

About Yanolja

Yanolja is Korea's No.1 leisure platform leading the industry in providing travelers with real-time travel –and –stay booking services connecting them to a comprehensive database of hotels, motels, private lodgings, guesthouses, and international accommodations. Yanolja is driving innovation in the travel and tourism industry by utilizing and integrating new technologies such as IoT, AI, and AR, to offer enhanced solutions for all stakeholders involved. Yanolja will continue to develop and introduce innovative solutions that enables users to enjoy leisure most efficiently and conveniently. In June 2019, Yanolja announced a capital raise of $180M funding from GIC and Booking Holdings at a valuation of over US$1bn.

Find your Pinoy Freelancer at Rakuboss

Every day, I would often look at lots of employment websites to see what job openings are available. Sometimes it gets tiresome because I get to see the same job openings even after applying for them or the job listing suddenly disappears because they already found the right candidate. Yes, it's frustrating, but that's part of job hunting. Sometimes I'd wish that there a platform for us, Filipinos, to post our skills online instead and then clients would be the ones who would reach out to us. Good thing, Rakuboss is here!

Puerto Princesa: The Perfect Place for Palawan First-Timers

Puerto Princesa
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Puerto Princesa is Palawan’s urbanized capital city, one that is perfect for first-time visitors to the province. Why? For one, the tourism industry here is very organized. There are associations for tour guides, tricycle drivers and operators, and other sectors, which means everything is monitored and regulated. It also means that all sectors work seamlessly with each other to provide the best experiences for visitors.

Puerto Princesa City also has a perfect balance between urban attractions and natural wonders. It doesn’t have as many beaches like Coron and El Nido, but what it has are definitely beautiful and enchanting in their own right. In the city proper itself, you’ll find plenty of places to explore and fall in love with. Simply put, finding and booking a cheap Puerto Princesa tour package will be definitely worth every peso you spend. 

So without further ado, here are a few suggestions on what to do in Puerto Princesa.

Be Casually Preppy with Zilingo's September 2019 Collection

Garb up this season with Zilingo’s latest clubhouse cool and preppy looks!

This September, leading online fashion platform Zilingo, released their latest trends selection. Doused in plaid and preppy looks, the collection boasts different cuts and arresting foray of silhouettes.

The brand marries chic styles and clubhouse cool collection, featuring preppy threads in Khaki, Cream and Beige accentuated by season’s colors of chartreuse and turquoise and red. Fashion fans will also be thrilled with the platform’s take on layers and cardigans and playful pleats in White, Black and Brown matched with modern looks and textured sheets.

Zilingo will provide customers with coveted pieces suitable for all occasions. “We are ecstatic about this season’s trends that combine style and comfort, and the best part is that these fashion essentials are available at the click of a button,” says RyzaDipatuan-Razo, Marketing Director, Zilingo Philippines.

Recognizing the continuous growth and potential of the online retail market, and the need to constantly provide its customers with new and exciting options, Zilingo aims to showcase a unique shopping experience to its customers and enable brands to expand their reach to fashion enthusiasts across the region.

Fashionistas across the country can purchase the collection anytime and anywhere via Zilingo’s website and app, and have them delivered to their doorstep at no extra charge, with multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery.

About Zilingo

Zilingo is a commerce platform that is making the fashion and beauty supply chain more efficient through technology. With over 50,000 merchants on the platform Zilingo connects businesses across the entire supply chain and empowers them with everything they need to run a business - from design, product development, fabric procurement, manufacturing, cataloguing, marketing, inventory management, distribution, billing, customer service, working capital & trend forecasting. With over two million product listings on Zilingo.com, users can effortlessly shop from a selection of indie labels, local designers, international and celebrity brands – all in one place. Founded by Ankiti Bose and Dhruv Kapoor in 2015, the company has offices in 8 cities globally with over 600 staff representing 20 different nationalities.
Zilingo is available for download for free on the App Store and Google Play across Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand.
For more information, please visit www.zilingo.com

How To Be Eco Friendly When Working on Your Car

Being more eco friendly is a worthwhile endeavor. It’s easy to be “green” by using less paper, recycling and cutting down on energy use, but what about when you’re working on your car? Are there ways to be eco friendly when most car products are anything but sustainable? Fortunately, the answer is yes. Here are a few ways to be more eco friendly when working on your vehicle and taking advantage of discounts on auto parts.

Discover What’s Standing Between You and Your Success in Preventing Hair Loss

Adulting comes in mysterious ways. Before you know it, there comes a time in your life that you have to stand up and say, “Enough is enough.” And that’s the day when you decide to change your life for the better. Who doesn’t want to become accomplished? Even the “gifted” and brilliant ones have to pay the price so as to realize their goals in life.
When we fail to eat on time, get enough exercise or sleep between seven to nine hours a day, we’re compromising our health and wellness as we reduce the maximum extent that our body must function. Consequently, the effects in our body may extend and manifest as early warning signs of hair loss.
Take it from celebrity beauty and salon expert Fanny “TF” Serrano, who once personally experienced such an ordeal.  For him, avoiding harsh synthetic solutions and choosing to use the right products with natural ingredients is a must and still the best way to deal with mane problems like losing or thinning of the hair. 

NovuhairNovuhair: Choose Natural

With this in mind, embracing natural healthy lifestyle is so important to achieve optimal health, best physical condition and healthy full head of hair. Health products made out of natural ingredients are way effective for better healing and maintaining our body’s lifelong function than those of synthetic ones. Rather than investing in those branded shampoos or other hair treatments, there’s a natural way to help arrest hair loss and help remedy its four early symptoms, namely, excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hair line, and bald patches.This is none other than NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss.

Panda Panda: An All You Can Eat Buffet in SM BF

So we were strolling along SM BF Paranaque and we frequently walk by Panda Panda, a Chinese restaurant that offers ala carte food or a P299 buffet  At first, we ignore it because the place looked gloomy unlike the other popular buffet places. But one Saturday, we decided to try it out because the price of P299 per person isn't really that bad for a buffet. So we went in and gave it a go. 

From Manila Going to Boracay Island 2019

Last June, we went to Boracay with my family as a treat to my daughter who just turned 7 years old. I asked my daughter whether she wanted a big party or go to the beach for her birthday, and she decided she wants to go to the beach, and so we decided to spend it in Boracay since we never went there before except my older sister. 

Manila To Boracay 2019
Delayed Flight (Air Asia)

Requirements For a Self-Employed Loan

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People had lots of reasons why they would want to have a loan. If you’re self-employed, it’s mostly because you want to grow your business or simply because you need more money to cover your expenses.

If you were to apply for a loan in Social Security Service or in SSS, it would be easier to check if you’re eligible. You can simply log into their website, click “E-services”, then click “Apply for a Salary Loan,” which is the quickest loan a working individual could get. Right then and there, the website will check if you’re eligible for a loan or not. I just checked mine and it seems I’m not yet eligible for a loan because I haven’t completed a contribution of 6 consecutive months within the 12-month period. I completely understand this because I just started contributing 2 months ago as an voluntary member.

It’s a completely different process for banks or other financial institutions for self employed loans. According to CEO World , if you’re self-employed, banks would usually require 1-2 years of being self-employed and you need to submit to them the proof that you are. Lenders require personal and/or business bank statements with 12-24 months of deposits.  

Aside from bank statements, you would also need a good credit score. iMoney suggests that you get a good credit score if you have a good credit history. Having a good credit history, to summarize it, means if you had an approved loan before and you made sure to pay on time and keep your debts low, then you surely have a good score. Of course, missing a payment is sometimes unavoidable, so all you have to do is catch up and try not to miss a payment again. If a lender saw this in your credit report, explain to them that you underwent a bad time and you provide them with proof. It might increase your chances of getting your loan approved. iMoney also mentioned that having a good credit score isn’t a quick fix. You’ll need to be consistent, and to keep up your good credit behavior over many years.

Another common requirement that a lender would require you is asset documentation. Self-employed individuals need asset documentation to qualify for bank statement loans. Lenders would also want to know how you can pay them back once you don’t have any cash in your bank account. Your assets such as your bank assets (savings account, checking account, money market, certificate of deposits, etc.), motor vehicle assets, real estate assets, insurance policies, and even burial documents are included in your list of assets which the lender would review. Lenders want proof that you use finances from a quality source to put money down.

No matter what your reason is, having a bank loan (no matter what type) is a risk for both the lender and the borrower, and we really can’t blame the lenders if they want to fully check your financial credibility because in the end, they’re the ones who would suffer. As a responsible borrower and an individual, we do our best to pay them on time and be transparent with the lenders to prevent bigger problems.

If you have questions or concerns, let me know through the comments below. 

Taking Care of Yourself After a Divorce

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In the US, divorce has been a common practice between spouses. According to American Psychological Association, 40-50% of married couples get divorced in the Unites States. In Tampa alone, according to 2013-2017 Community Survey which found that the overall divorce rate in Florida is 12.9% which keeps a Tampa divorce lawyer very busy.

On the other hand, divorce is a very delicate and controversial topic here in the Philippines. Divorce is not yet legalized here. It is being debated by almost everyone. Being a Catholic-centered country, the people’s opinions are divided. Many people want to legalize divorce yet there are also others who are against it. I personally understand both sides. Being a Catholic myself, as much as possible I don’t want Filipinos to take advantage of divorce once it has been legalized, but at the same time, I feel bad for those the battered wives (and husbands) who continue to experience torture or abuse from their spouses because they strictly believe that they should be together “for better or worse.”

But even if divorce hasn’t been legalized, we have what we call an “Annulment”. According to Wikipedia, annulment is a legal procedure within secular and religious legal systems for declaring a marriage null and void. Unlike divorce, it is usually retroactive, meaning that an annulled marriage is considered to be invalid from the beginning almost as if it had never taken place (though some jurisdictions provide that the marriage is only void from the date of the annulment.

This is the case that happened with my mom. It was a mess after the break up, but she eventually learned to stand up on her own. Here are the steps I learned from mom on how you take care of yourself after a divorce or an annulment.:
  1. You have to stop blaming yourself. It’s not your fault that your marriage failed. It’s normal to give your past a cry, but a month of crying is just enough. It’s no longer healthy for you. So it has to start from your mindset that it’s not your fault and instead of thinking that your life has ended and your younger years have been put to waste, think of it as a fresh start. What you wanted to do before your marriage or the things that your husband did not allow you to do, you now have the freedom to do so like starting your own business, enrolling yourself in a baking class, art school, music school, etc.
  2.  Talk to your friends or your relatives. It’s okay to talk about your problems. Most of the time, it helps you heal because you have a support system. When you know that you’re not alone, it’s easier to start fresh and start anew. Sometimes, friends can give you suggestions on what to do next.
  3.  Start to eat healthy. Even if you’re sad or feeling depressed, you can simply start eating healthy by eating fruits. You can eat apple slices for starters to replace unhealthy snacks. You can also eat high wheat cereals for breakfast. Fiber is the key. If you eat healthy then your mind will start to think healthy, too, and your body will follow allowing you feel happier and make better decisions in life.
  4. Move. When I say move, it can be going to the gym or simply have a walk in the park, go out and breathe the fresh air and notice the people around you. Exercise is most definitely good for the heart and good for your body, and helps you have a healthy lifestyle.

That's all for now. If you have more suggestions to add to the list, let me know by writing them in the comments below. 

Learning More About Personal Injury

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I admit personal injury is a topic that I personally know less about. I guess I have been lucky to have experience little or no injuries at all since I was child thus making me live a carefree life. I never thought much of the dangers lurking around me even though I was instructed to watch out for them. So I grew up, got married, had kids, and then something has changed. Thankfully, none of my immediate family has suffered any personal injuries yet except my husband who had an automobile accident during his teen years.

When we started to have kids, my husband explained to me the importance of being prepared and that includes having a personal injury lawyer. It may not be that popular here in the Philippines, but he said just having a contact with a firm who specializes it will do. I also remember my great grandma who visited us from Florida telling a story that one of her friends got into a car accident. Now there are many firms who process personal injury claims and one of them is Kinney, Fernandez, & Boire P.A.

Since I don’t know much about personal injury, I resorted to Wikipedia about what it is aside from the obvious. According to Wikipedia, personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. Common types of personal injury claims include road traffic accidents, work accidents, tripping accidents, assault claims, and product defect accidents (product liability).

After learning that personal injury can also be linked to mind or emotions, then I thought to myself could bullying be included? Bullying is very common here in the Philippines especially in schools and it can really damage the student’s mental state when bullied severely. So the question is can I file a personal injury claim when one of my kids got bullied in school? After researching in the internet, here’s what I learned:

Here in the Philippines, we have the Anti Bullying Law (RepublicAct No. 10627) or the Act Requiring All Elementary and Secondary Schools to Adopt Policies to Prevent and Address the Acts of Bullying in their Institutions. The law says students, parents, or any member of the school administration may report bullying instances or act of retaliation that they have witnessed. Then school principal will either notify the police, take disciplinary administrative action, notify the parents or guardians of the bully, or notify the parents or guardians of the victim regarding the action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying.

In other words, depending on the type of bullying and the “damages” received by the victim, we can’t just file a personal injury claim just yet because we have to talk to the principal, the police, and everyone involved. But we can always have a consult with a lawyer about it to shed more light about the matter.

Aside from bullying, there are actually worse types of accidents and injuries that almost always require an attorney. In these cases, hiring a personal injury lawyer will be worth the fees you must pay him or her to represent you. This is because in some situations, only a qualified personal injury lawyer can obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries and other losses.

Hotel Review: Armada Hotel Manila 2019

Last July 27, we decided to stay at the Armada Hotel in Malate, Manila simply to relax and unwind with the kids. I was also reading some good comments on Facebook about the hotel so I thought we should try it out. Thanks to our Agoda points, we were able to book it for less than half its original price. 

Peppa Pig Celebrations Live at the Theater Solaire 2019

Circles Entertainment is bringing in our beloved Peppa Pig on a live performance which will be held on at The Theater at Solaire on August 24 & 25, 2019. There will be 2 shows per day, 2PM and another one at 5PM.

Peppa Pig’s Celebration tells the story of how truly special it is to collect and treasure shared memories. The play starts off as Peppa Pig arrives home to a special surprise Mummy Pig has been secretly working on. Peppa and George both too curious to wait, so Mummy Pig shares with them the surprise Family Photo Album, where they find a collection of precious pictures. 

This charming 85-minute* live show, is filled with family fun, friendship, teamwork, giant bouncing balls, lots of new songs, surprises and of course, snorts of laughter! We will be taken on a fun musical journey to remember with some of the family’s favorite memories which we are certain the whole family will love. 

Hurry and secure your tickets now at Ticket World via this link http://bit.ly/peppapig2019

The shows are supported by our partners: Dr. Kong Philippines, Business Mirror, Business World & Philippine Star. 
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Moms and Babies Can Now Enjoy Playtime Online and Win More, as Lazada and Pampers Celebrate their Second Super Brand Day on July 26

The first in-app livestream of#PampersGrandPlaydaywill showcase baby shower games, toddler playday, and a chance for parents to win up to P100,000 worth of prizes,exciting promos and packages.

Manila, Philippines, July 2019 –More than just tickles and giggles, play time with babies is crucial in unlocking the endless possibilities for their mental and social development. Play is how children learn about themselves, others, and the world around them, and is equally critical in building a child’s confidence, and all the fundamental skills they’ll need to grow up happy and healthy!

Parents are a baby’s first playmates so to support them in the critical and fun time of their lives that’s why Pampers, the world’s top selling diaper brand and Lazada, Southeast Asia’s leading online shopping destination, are teaming up again for their second Super Brand Day. On July 26 both brands will launch the first-ever online #PampersGrandPlayday with exciting deals and promotions parents and babies will surely enjoy.

“We are excited to be rolling out our Pampers Super Brand Day on LazMall for the second year in a row with #PampersGrandPlayday. Lazada is the one reliable platform through which Pampers can connect with our customers in the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam and simultaneously, create limitless opportunities for babies to enjoy the wonderful world of play, taking it offline and now to our virtual screens,” said Akhil Meshram, Pampers Philippines Brand Manager.

Play Games and Win Prizes LIVE with Our Celebrity Moms and Dads!
During #PampersGrandPlayday on the Super Brand Day, Pampers will feature 20 moms and 20 babies who will be playing baby games live on the Lazada app at 12nn and 4pm.Half of the winners will get to join the live baby play date games with Andi Manzano and Baby Olivia while the other half will join #ProDad Troy Montero for some baby shower games. All 20 moms and babies chosen will win a play and party package worth Php 15,000!

There are even bigger prizes up for grabs. For moms who weren’t selected to join the in-app livestream, they can still win Php 100,000 of funds to be used for their baby’s future. Just stay tuned tothe play events happening via the Lazada Facebook page and app at 6pm.

Catch Huge Deals and Giveaways from Pampers and its partners on Lazada!
The second run of the Lazada and Pampers Super Brand Day is made even more exciting as parents can take home special deals up to 35% offfor one day only - time to get those #lesslawlaw diapers and give baby #moregalaw! Parents can also look forward to even more prizes and up to 80% off from other partners such as Fisherprice, Chicco, Bright Starts, Joie, Mega Bloks, Nuna, Thomas & Friends, Aqua Scale, Bonakid, Promil Four, and Promil Gold, exclusively available in the LazMall Pampers flagship store.

July 26 will be a full day of different diaper deals but here is a sneak peek of what to expect between 12 midnight to 2am:
  • ·        Toy box of Pampers Baby Dry New Born (80pcs) - Taped Diapers at Php 324.35 (35% off)
  • ·         Pampers Baby Dry Small (152pcs) - Taped Diapers at Php 715.00 (35% off)
  • ·         Pampers Baby Dry Extra Extra Large (84pcs) - Diaper Pants at Php 792.00 (28% off)
  • ·         Pampers Baby Dry Extra Large (104pcs) - Diaper Pants at Php 792.00 (28% off)
  • ·         Pampers Baby Dry Large (136pcs) - Taped Diapers at Php 825.00 (25% off) 

“Digitally-savvy parents of babies and young children are increasingly researching and seeking out baby-related product purchases online, yet will not compromise on the authenticity of such products. LazMall will continue to provide the highest quality online shopping experience with international mother and baby brands like Pampers, to give all parents peace of mind when shopping for their young children,” shared Emma Chavarot, Chief Business Officer of Lazada Philippines.

Last year, Pampers held its first Super Brand Day on Lazada with #BabyMarathon – a 42-minute virtual marathon with exclusive vouchers, product offers, limited-edition products and offline events.

For more information on Pampers, visit Pampers.ph, https://www.facebook.com/PampersPh/ and instagram.com/pampersph/

For more information on Super Brand Day, visit Lazada.com.ph ,https://www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines, instagram.com/lazadaph/ and https://twitter.com/LazadaPH

Get Ready For the ZEN Rooms “Book All You Can Flash Sale”

ZEN Rooms' upcoming Book All You Can Flash Sale opens on July 30 and it is the hotel chain’s biggest yet! Customers can get up to 50% OFF across hotels in Southeast Asia and those who subscribe for exclusive access get to grab the biggest discounts 3 hours before everyone else.

Additionally, ZEN Rooms is also offering 15% and 25% (minimum 2 nights) discounts across every hotel on the website.

ZEN Rooms, which has more than 8500 rooms and 700+ hotels on its platform has industry-leading Customer Satisfaction Index which makes it an excellent option for travelers looking for budget and premium hotels that don't compromise on quality.

The budget hotel chain is present in 7 countries and 14 cities and covers a range of places from popular tourist spots to top cities and cool laid back spots.
Zen Premium near Rockwell, Makati
During the sale, more than 200 of ZEN Rooms best properties in Metro Manila, Palawan, Boracay, Baguio, and more will be on Sale including destinations in Southeast Asia like Bali, Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, and more!

The Sale will happen on ZEN Rooms’ website- www.zenrooms.com and ZEN Rooms Mobile App available on iOS and Android. Sale will start by 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm for those who signed up for exclusive early access. Sale to the public will start by 3:00pm for the remaining rooms.

To sign up for exclusive access, just visit https://bit.ly/2GpHe1a

So mark your calendars, create your travel checklists, and be ready to travel more, pay less and complete your travel goals this 2019 with ZEN Rooms!

HIS and HERS: Good Things Come in Pairs

There’s a thin line between the idea of being thoughtful and practical when choosing the perfect gift for couples. Striking a balance can be a real challenge. You have to consider their shared interests and make sure that you pick up something neither of them owns. Novuhair is here to help you decide and make the process simpler. 

Introducing 2 gift ideas that fit couples of all forms and are guaranteed to be loved and used by your favorite duo. These gifts are perfect for couples who share the same passion to couples celebrating major milestones together such as engagement, housewarming, and anniversary to name a few.

Promo duration: October 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019
DOH-FDA-CCRR Permit No. 0929 s. 2018
*NOVUHAIR TRAVEL KIT SRP: Php 4,220 (Save Php 202.25)
 Two of the country’s leading brands packed in one travel kit exclusively available at participating Watsons stores nationwide and online: 
  •   NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, the No.1 hair loss treatment brand in the Philippines 
  •  NAFLORA, made delicate for your generation, the No.1 most prescribed feminine hygiene wash in the Philippines   

HIS: Experience nature’s makeover at home 

NOVUHAIR 2-IN-1 PACK contains one 200ml. bottle each of the Topical Scalp Lotion and Herbal Shampoo, highly recommended if HE is –

  • experiencing hair loss - excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hairline and bald patches
  • in need of a natural solution to help prevent hair loss, keep healthy hair and scalp, and stimulate hair growth
  •  opting to regain hair luster and vibrancy
  •  looking for a natural alternative solution to help prevent dandruff and scalp
  • itchiness
  •  in need of scalp cleansing and detoxification
NOVUHAIR TOPICAL SCALP LOTION has a unique combination of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help prevent hair loss and is clinically proven safe and effective. 

NOVUHAIR HERBAL SHAMPOO cleanses and prepares the scalp in an optimal way prior to the application of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion and helps enhance the effect of the topical scalp lotion. HERS: Experience a special protection made for your delicate flora 

NAFLORA PROTECT is a feminine wash formulated for women of reproductive age and in need of special care to help maintain and protect their natural flora during monthly periods and everyday use. It is formulated with antimicrobial ingredients that help prevent vaginal irritations and infections. To order 

Promo duration: September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019
DOH-FDA-CCRR Permit No. 0581 s. 2018
*NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 PLUS 1 PROMO PACK, SRP: Php 5,280 (Save 1,100)


Herbal Conditioner has been formulated specially to complement the use of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo. Regular use of NOVUHAIR Herbal Conditioner and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo helps prepare the scalp for the application of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion in order to maximize its effect, improve the overall cosmetic qualities of the hair, giving it a shinier, softer and supple look. 

HIS: NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo (free) Chemical-based shampoos contain ingredients that may seem to clean the hair but does not preserve its natural texture. These harsh chemicals strip off the hair’s natural protective layer making it more prone to damage. A good herbal shampoo like NOVUHAIR herbal shampoo may help leave a stronger, healthier-looking hair and aid in preventing excessive hair shedding which may lead to hair loss. This will be a healthier alternative for him. 

NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 PLUS 1 PROMO PACK contains one 200mL. Bottle each of the Topical Scalp Lotion, Herbal Shampoo and Herbal Conditioner plus another extra 200ml. bottle of NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo for FREE exclusively available at participating Mercury Drug stores nationwide. Without being too cheesy, these couple gifts are fun and surprising, a perfect way to express how much you value their gift of friendship - a gift that may keep them both well-groomed and well-protected. It may not be the best gift in the world but it’s the thought that really counts, agree? Anyways, that’s what friends are for. 

To learn more about NOVUHAIR, visit www.novuhair.com #nothingtolose #choosenatural #choosenovuhair

Corregidor Now Urges You to Relive the History

Corregidor Island holds historical narratives of war that represents the tight for the country’s freedom. Known as the “Isle of Valor" or "The Rock”, the 358-kilometer island holds more treasures apart from the history carefully preserved in the island. 

The Corregidor Foundation (CFI), the Department of Tourism through its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (T PB), and the Tourism Infrastructure and Economic Zone Authority (TIEZA), unveils the new brand of Corregidor: Corregidor Now. Corregidor Now seeks to entice tourists to live and experience Corregidor island in more ways than one! Corregidor Now invites guests to learn the unique story of Corregidor Island and explore spots around the island that are waiting to be experienced, making it a unique and exciting tourism destination.