Hello Dolly Infants Wear


Hello Dolly is a company that is known for baby clothes which are nice and yet very affordable. In a recent trade launch. President Mr. Hiro Asanda told everyone about the roots and beginnings of the company. Their company was established in 1956 and started with the manufacture of Infants and Children apparel under the brand Hello Dolly. Baby beddings, Bedsheets, Comforters, Pillowcases and Towels under the Canadian Brand for the domestic market.
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Inner Dance With Pi Villaraza

Experience healing and liberation in this native art rediscovered by Pi Villaraza. An emerging practice that has healed scores of people around the world, Inner Dance’s benefits include healing the body, calming the mind and freeing the spirit.
Inner Dance is a healing practice rediscovered by Pi Villaraza that involves consciously cultivating a trance-like state with the aid of music and movement.  
The practice has healed scores of people around the world and its benefits include calming the mind and increasing awareness to healing emotional and physical ailments and providing catharsis and release. 
Pi is an established international healer who’s facilitated and trained tens of thousands of people around the world. His work has helped to establish communities in Europe, the Middle East, America and across Asia much of which has had numerous applications grounded in medical work, education, dialogue, ecology, trauma, neurology and psychology. His work has been documented in numerous articles, movies, radio programs and books around the world for its capacity to heal and transform.
Pi is a Philippine ambassador of the Global Ecovillage Network, and is the founder of Bahay Kalipay and Maia Earth Village in Palawan. He is one of the main proponents of the SHEM or Self-Health Empowerment Movement, which organizes the Wholeness Center Network around the Philippines. Pi is the author of two well-read books, Conscious Trance and Transformation Medicine (co-authored with Dr. Romy Paredes).



HOLISTIC INTEGRATIVE CARE CENTER is a medical facility in the Philippines that offers revolutionary and multi-dimensional approach to patients; taking account of the whole person; addressing mind, body, spirit and all other aspects involved. HICC makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative to provide patients with the best treatment possible. The medical team of Holistic Integrative Care Center, consider their patients as partners. They treat the whole person and not just the disease.  They involve them in every decision-making; from assessment to the healing process. They provide their patients with broad choice of the extensive treatments available and allow them to decide what they think would suit their needs. They consider all factors that influence health and wellness in order to give patients with optimal health and improved quality of life.

HICC aims to provide superior, safe, cost-effective, and patient-centered integrative health services in a caring and collaborative environment, specialized in both treatment of several diseases and promotion of health and wellness. HICC aims to contribute to patient’s health and well-being through promising and exceptional medical care, guided by our core values and innovation in clinical and medical researches.

One thing that really caught my attention was the talk about Integrative Medicine.

What Is Integrative Medicine?

Integrative medicine, which is also called integrated medicine and integrative health in the United Kingdom,combines alternative medicine with evidence-based medicine. Practitioners claim that it treats the “whole person,” focuses on wellness and health rather than on treating disease, and emphasizes the patient-physician relationship.

Integrative medicine has been criticized for compromising the effectiveness of mainstream medicine through inclusion of ineffective alternative remedies, for claiming it is distinctive in taking a rounded view of a person’s health.

Experts explore new ways to treat the mind, body, and spirit — all at the same time.
Many people have never heard of integrative medicine, but this holistic movement has left its imprint on many of the nation’s hospitals, universities, and medical schools.

Treating the Whole Person
Both doctors and patients alike are bonding with the philosophy of integrative medicine and its whole-person approach — designed to treat the person, not just the disease.

IM, as it’s often called, depends on a partnership between the patient and the doctor, where the goal is to treat the mind, body, and spirit, all at the same time.

While some of the therapies used may be nonconventional, a guiding principle within integrative medicine is to use therapies that have some high-quality evidence to support them.

Conventional and Alternative Approaches

Integrative Medicine is a classic model of integrative care. It combines conventional Western medicine with alternative or complementary treatments, such as herbal medicine, acupuncture, massage, biofeedback, yoga, and stress reduction techniques — all in the effort to treat the whole person. Proponents prefer the term “complementary” to emphasize that such treatments are used with mainstream medicine, not as replacements or alternatives.

What makes integrative medicine appealing? Advocates point to deep dissatisfaction with a health care system that often leaves doctors feeling rushed and overwhelmed and patients feeling as if they’re nothing more than diseased livers or damaged joints. Integrative medicine seems to promise more time, more attention, and a broader approach to healing — one that is not based solely on the Western biomedical model, but also draws from other cultures.

Patients want to be considered whole human beings in the context of their world.

The Mind-Body Connection

A researcher who has done groundbreaking work on interactions between the brain and the immune system, says technological breakthroughs in science during the past decade have convinced even skeptics that the mind-body connection is real.

Physicians and academic researchers finally have the science to understand the connection between the brain and the immune system, emotions and disease. All of that we can now finally understand in terms of sophisticated biology.

That newfound knowledge may help doctors to see why an integrative approach is important. Visit them  at UG11, CPT Condominium, Calle Estacion, Makati City (In Front of PNR Pasay Road Station).


Globe-Pusod, Inc. partnership boosts Taal ecotourism

In 2012, Pusod tapped Globe for the use of ICT to enhance implementation of the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) Management Plan designed to ensure the economic and environmental sustainability of the Taal Lake ecosystem which covers 13 municipalities and 3 cities in Batangas and Cavite.

One of the key programs implemented by Globe and Pusod to address the area’s environmental issues is the promotion of ecotourism which gives a low-impact alternative to commercial tourism. This not only helps protect the environment but also provides livelihood to communities around the lake. Continue reading


Kenwood Philippines Launch

Last month, at the beautiful British Ambassador’s residence at the posh Forbes Park, I and other blogger friends were lucky to have been invited at the launch of the award-winning British brand, Kenwood.


This particular launch had massive international support with regional directors from Hong Kong, Australia and The UK helping plan, participate and attend the launch. The event itself was held at the British ambassador’s residence and had a one of a kind display featuring a Mini Cooper being pulled by a Kenwood Kitchen Machine. Fun fact: this was the first time this had been done outside of The UK. Continue reading


Unilab is Tried and Tested

For over 60 years, Unilab has been the biggest pharmaceutical and healthcare company in the Philippines. Its portfolio includes some of the biggest prescription and consumer healthcare brands in the country. On top of that, they have beauty products like facial wash, face powder, toner, hand and body lotion, lip balm, and body scrub.
From research to quality compliance, marketing to distribution, from products to people—everything that Unilab invests in is to ensure each customer’s well-being throughout his health journey. Husay at malasakit is an expression of what Unilab stands for, of who it is at its very core. A well known fact is that there are more than 1,000 Unilab products for your family’s needs and these products are meticulously checked by 3,000 experts

From a small corner drugstore, Unilab has grown to become the leading pharmaceutical and healthcare company in the country

Today, many of Unilab’s products continue to be trusted by Filipino families. Some of Unilab’s popular over-the-counter brands are Ceelin, Enervon, Biogesic, Alaxan, Solmux, Neozep, Bioflu, Revicon Forte, Dolfenal and Myra E. Some of Unilab’s top prescription brands are Vidastat (simvastatin), Lifezar (Losartan K), Combizar (Losartan K + HCTZ), Zegen (Cefuroxime), Levox (Levofloxacin).

These are some of the Unilab products that I actually use:

I really love  Myra products that make up the Myra Holistic Skin Care line which includes Myra Vita Quench Hand and Body Lotion for longer lasting moisturizing effect and Myra Vitawhite Whitening Face Lotion for visibly fairer skin.

Biogesic, Alaxan and Neozep – these have always been my best (and dependable) friends. These are just a few of my highly trusted medicines from Unilab which I grew up relying on. You will always see these pills inside my in my medicine cabinet.

I swear by BioFlu!!! This medicine is used for the relief of clogged nose, runny nose, postnasal drip, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, headache, body aches, and fever associated with flu, common cold, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, and other minor respiratory tract infections. They also help decongest sinus openings and passages.

Celeteque has been with us for years. Providing solutions and advance treatment for our skin, face and lips. And I’m happy that Celeteque will not stop in helping our skin gets that special treatment that will help us to have radiant and nourished skin.


Enjoy great savings from Ara Vista Village

Enjoy great savings from Ara Vista Village and AMA Tower Residences Summer Promo Packages

Picar Development launches its Summer Promo Packages for those who want to own their dream home located in its two prime developments, Ara Vista Village in General Trias, Cavite, and AMA Tower Residences.Own your dream home now in Ara Vista Village and get appliances like one (1) home theater showcase that includes a 32” TV and DVD player, one (1) 8 cu. ft. refrigerator, and one (1) horse-power air-conditioning unit for free. The promo is open to all buyers of Ara Vista Village Ready for Occupancy (RFO) units and runs from May 1 to July 31, 2016.

All you have to do is move in to receive the free appliances and enjoy the other rewards of owning a house in Ara Vista Village. Aside from pioneering the concept of a Telepolis or a Wi-Fi enabled township, Ara Vista Village provides other first-class amenities like a fully-equipped clubhouse, theme park, and its very own AMA Medical school that’s soon to rise within the village.

To qualify for this promo, the buyer should complete the requirements: fully signed reservation agreement, paid reservation agreement, and 1st downpayment, all basic documentary requirements, and move-in requirements.

This promo is non-transferable and non-convertible to cash and is valid in conjunction with existing discounts such as spot payments, outright payments and the like.

On the other hand, the Rainy Season Promo for AMA Tower Residences enables buyers to enjoy big savings of up to Php 100,000 on their downpayment. Enjoy the huge savings and relish the idea of owning a unit at AMA Tower Residences, a 34-storey small office-home office condominium development along EDSA Ortigas. This promo runs from May 1 to July 31, 2016.You can save Php 20,000 on a studio unit, Php 40,000 on a 1BR unit, Php 60,000 on a 2BR unit, Php 80,000 on a Loft unit, and Php 100,000 on a Bi-level unit.

The discount shall be deducted from the buyer’s list price (LP) and shall be applied to the down payment (DP) making the buyer’s initial cash outlays lower and affordable.

The discount applies to the buyer’s account upon completion of the following requirements: a fully signed reservation agreement, paid reservation fee and 1st downpayment, and all basic documentary requirements. This promo is valid in conjunction with existing discounts such as spot payments, outright payments and the like.

To learn more about Ara Vista Village and AMA Tower Residences, visit www.aravista.com and www.amatower.com or call +632.833.3443 / +632.552.2825.


Preparing Your Child For School

As the new school year makes its presence felt with all the back-to-school promos in the malls, most parents busy themselves with making sure that everything their children need for the academic year is covered – from notebooks to school shoes.

However when the mad rush to be ready for school finally subsides and parents look at their children, what do they really see — excitement or more of nervousness? 

Change can be stressful for people, especially for children who may mirror the nervousness and excitement of their parents as they take a big step towards personal growth.

As such, parents having a clear and positive disposition can help children embrace their new experience with much openness and joy. As a result, more learning can be absorbed by children. Parents have the power to prepare their children better by identifying possible leverage actions. 

The identification of leverage points, or understanding that small actions can produce big, desirable results, is one of the habits of a systems thinker.

Systems Thinking, which is now being practiced by multi-national companies and in many schools in the United States, is loosely defined as a way of thinking that sees the bigger picture and how the parts of a system interact with each other, making an individual more critical and grounded on how change happens and what possible responses can be done to yield positive results. Given adequate training and exposure to this way of thinking, an individual increases his chance at personal success by not being easily overwhelmed by change.Systems Thinking is one of the newer 21st century-apt approaches to education, which has a diverse range of sources – one of which is Peter Senge, an American systems scientist who is also a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States and the founder of Society for Organizational Learning.

In the Philippines, Benedictine International School (BIS) which is located in Quezon City has pioneered in incorporating systems thinking in the Philippine education curriculum. Apart from being known to have a family atmosphere, BIS has been practicing Systems Thinking and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for several years now and has been happily assisting parents in helping children become more adaptive to changes. 

Having a systems thinking mindset, parents can help children be ready for school by doing the following three things: 
1. Create a Goal together 

It is important for children to find value in what they do. Oftentimes, children ask “Why do I have to do it?” And the answer may not be obvious to them as they are to us, parents. Having a clearer view of the bigger picture, we should be able to gently guide them towards understanding what lies ahead of them and aligning our dreams for them with that of what is meaningful for them at the moment. Goals may not necessarily be immediately big, but must always work towards and accomplishment of a bigger objective. Breaking down big tasks and manage expectations so that your child may actually feel empowered being able to achieve personal success one day at a time. 
2. Establish study habits at home

To establish study habits at home is an exemplification of another systems thinking principle which states that structures generate behavior. Taking this to heart, it is important to provide structures that will help prepare children for the rigors of school work and sustain the gains that their experience may bring. Sit down with your child and have a clear picture of how a school day may go and come up with a schedule that reflects the life balance that you want for him/her.
3. Foster an environment that allows open communication to happen 

By actually sitting down with their children and helping them identify feelings about school – both excitement and concerns – parents may actually be in a better position to correct false assumptions about school life. In an honest, open, and trusting communication, parents would be able to assure a child that support will always be there and hopefully, they find courage in exploring the world responsibly. Let your child feel that he can share his feelings without being judged and allow him to surface his assumptions, identifying which ones are limiting beliefs and which ones are actually good for him.

Seriously get involved in your child’s education by knowing new approaches like Systems Thinking. Call Benedictine International School at +632.951.8960 / 951.7154 / 951.7454 and learn more about how you can help your child be successful in all avenues of life. You may also visit the school website at www.benedictine.edu.ph or its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BISphilippines.


A showcase of beauty for a cause at Pontefino Hotel & Residences

 MISS PHILIPPINES EARTH 2016. Resort Wear Competition & Swimsuit Fashion Show 

It was a hot sizzling night as 46 candidates of the Miss Philippines Earth paraded in beach wear for the Swimsuit Fashion Show and Resort Wear Competition at Pontefino Hotel & Residences, Batangas City.
For five years now, the hotel has served as the venue for the pageant’s resort wear competition. Within the township of Pontefino Estate, it’s stylish architectural design and stunning outdoor poolside was a picturesque backdrop for the competition. The poolside, which features a 25-meter swimming pool and children’s wading pool, was transformed into a runway for the beauties who donned the resort wear of their choice. Aside from showcasing their sense of style, the candidates shared their environmental advocacies to the panel of judges, media and guests.Winning the gold award for the resort wear competition was Rachelle Quiñonez of Lubang, Occidental Mindoro. Following close behind was silver medal winner Bellatrix Tan of Zamboanga City, while gaining bronze medal was Nina Sherra Tagalog of Palo, Leyte. Special awards such as the Miss Pontefino Hotel and Miss Pontefino Residences were given to Krissandra Marie Abel of Lobo, Batangas, and Imelda Schweighart, respectively. Awards were presented by Pontefino Estates Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Fely Ramos and Chief Finance Officer Edgardo Tantoco.

After the evening spectacle, everyone headed to the hotel rooms for a good night’s rest. Each room at Pontefino Hotel & Residences is well appointed and spacious, with complete amenities for a busy traveler. Guests get a stunning view of the hotel’s poolside and the San Francisco inspired townhomes of Pontefino Residences from their rooms- relaxing evening visuals and charming images to wake up to come morning.True to their pledge of being environmental warriors, Miss Philippines Earth candidates headed out for the scheduled tree planting activity despite heavy rain the following morning. Candidates and event representatives and partners participated in planting mangroves along the Calumpang riverside for the Calumpang River Rehabilitation Project, a continuing eco project of the Batangas City ENRO, headed by Oliver Gonzales and supported by the Miss Earth Philippines Organization, in cooperation with Pontefino Estates.“Pontefino Estates take an active role in the community through its constant support to the Miss Philippines Earth Organization and other environmental advocacies of the local government. We strive hard to contribute efficiently to the overall well-being of the community. We are very happy to work hand in hand with the local government and other organizations, such as the Metro Batangas Business Club and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in launching projects for the protection of the environment,” said Ramos.

About Calumpang River Rehabilitation Project

Calumpang River is one of the most important natural resources in Batangas City which encompasses neighboring municipalities of Ibaan, Taysan and Rosario. The Batangas City Government have been taking an active role in its rehabilitation to convert its polluted state into a productive resource for agriculture, irrigation and livestock. Contact the Batangas City Government directly to support and participate in this worthy cause. 

About PonteFino Hotel & Residences:

PonteFino Hotel & Residences has been presenting the Miss Earth and Miss Philippines Earth Resort Wear Competitions for about five (5) years now, in support of environmental and ecological efforts to better the community. PonteFino Hotel & Residences has been the preferred choice for accommodation and event requirements of business and leisure minded clients for over a decade. PonteFino Hotel & Residences is part of the growing community built within PonteFino Estates. To get the latest news and offers, follow PonteFino Hotel & Residences on Facebook and Instagram @HotelPonteFino.

About PonteFino Estates:

PonteFino Estates is a premier large-scale township developer focused on bridging life and leisure for families and investors. PonteFino Estates continues to build a holistic lifestyle within its community with security, connectivity and modern conveniences at its forefront. To inquire about the variety of available properties for sale or lease, visit www.pontefinoresidences.com.


For further details regarding PonteFino Hotel & Residences and PonteFino Estates and its advocacies:


PonteFino Estates, Gov. Antonio Carpio Road, Gulod Labac, Batangas City Philippines

(043) 723-3466 | (0917) 5054214

Email: reservations@pontefinohotel.com

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