Pasig River Master Plan Completed!

The PRRC, in collaboration with UP PLANADES, designed the Pasig River Integrated and Strategic Master Plan (PRISM) with a vision that by 2032, the Pasig River and its surrounding basins are resilient life-sustaining ecosystems that are able to support diverse human needs and biodiversity towards inclusive, harmonized, and balanced development co-managed by competent and adaptive institutions with responsible and empowered communities.

This new restoration strategy covers water quality management, stream flow management, catchment management and riparian management so that the Pasig River will again enshrine socioeconomic, aesthetic, environmental, recreational and cultural values amid changing risks and natural perturbations.

The illustration below provides a brief summary of the integrated wastewater treatment systems, one of the 19 priority projects proposed in the PRISM to help improve the water quality of the Pasig River, and for concerned agencies to comply with concession agreement, and other environmental laws.

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Philippines’ PASIG RIVER Vies for Asia Riverprize Award; Competes with China’s YANGTZE RIVER

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) welcomed the selection of Pasig River as a finalist in the first ever Asia RiverPrize by the prestigious International River Foundation (IRF).

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PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio “Pepeton” E. Goitia said this is the second time Pasig River, the cradle of early Manila civilization, vied for an international recognition.

In 2017, Pasig River was hailed as runner-up to the winner, San Antonio River of Texas, USA in the Thiess International Riverprize competition.

“The consecutive entries of the Pasig River as a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Thiess International and Asia Riverprize, respectively, is a testament that the world recognizes the efforts of the Philippine government to restore the Pasig River and its environs since PRRC was established in 1999,” said Goitia.

The IRF recognizes and rewards organizations that are making a difference through effective river basin restoration and management programs.

Initially, the competition was called the Asia-Pacific Riverprize Awards which was opened to entrants from New Zealand, Australia, and 45 other countries.

However, according to the IRF, due to the high number and quality of entries received, it decided to split the promoted Asia-Pacific Riverprize into: Asia Riverprize and Australasia Riverprize.

After a series of tedious deliberations, the IRF has announced and congratulated the organizations chosen as Asia Riverprize finalists with the highest honors in river restoration and protection namely: the Pasig River (Philippines) and the Yangtze River (China).

Goitia added that “last year, the Philippines is the only third world and developing country that made it into the international finals and bravely competed with the US and the United Kingdom. In this year’s Asia Riverprize, we will be facing the red dragon, China. We remain steadfast and optimistic that we will stand triumphant in the end.”

In behalf of the IRF’s board of river basin experts, IRF Director Professor Bill Dennison said that “these different river stories are united by a common theme: excellence in river management.”

The Riverprize is not a competition of which river is more beautiful or cleaner. This is the reason why the IRF, comprised of river management experts and professionals from around the world, has given importance and consideration to the rehabilitation efforts of the PRRC to bring back the Pasig River system to life.

It has acknowledged PRRC’s commitment in delivering quality projects, programs, and activities in easement recovery, housing and resettlement, riverbanks development, waste and water quality management, and public awareness.

Compared to the 1990s when it was declared “biologically dead,” the Pasig River’s condition now has significantly improved.

Although the Pasig River development is a work in progress, many areas along the historic river have already shown signs of aquatic life and it has already become conducive for transport, recreation, and tourism.

Goitia, together with other PRRC officers, will be presenting and defending the Philippines’ Pasig River entry to a panel of esteemed judges in the upcoming 21st International Riversymposium on October 14 to 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Members of PRRC’s Management Committee will also form part of the Philippine delegation.

The winner of the 2018 Asia Riverprize will receive widespread global recognition which can build new partnerships, provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge and best practices, and open doors for international support.

Furthermore, the winner will automatically qualify for Stage Two of the Thiess International Riverprize in 2019.

As one nation, the PRRC seeks everyone’s support to its Pasig River entry in the 2018 Asia Riverprize.

The Pasig River’s victory is the victory of the Philippines and every Filipino who works hard and shares the same vision of saving our waterways and the environment. It will be the triumph of all who believe that the dream of a clean and alive Pasig River.

Barapido,the newest online platform to shop for local products.

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WHO ARE THEY?

Barapido is an online platform showcasing the best Philippine-made products. Their mission is to make these products accessible to anyone. It is now easy to buy your favourite local heritage products with just one click. This is the ultimate in convenience and speed, as Barapido brings products to your doorstep the next day.

There are many merchants who create really amazing products but have yet to figure out how to harness the power of digital. Barapido solves their major issues by providing end-to-end solutions. From online order management to warehousing, last mile delivery and collection, Barapido enables the digital transformation of SMEs.

Barapido was founded by Negros Holdings Management Corp., a company with proven track record in shipping & logistics. It has turned around struggling companies into highly profitable businesses under the leadership of its chairman, Mr. Sulficio Tagud Jr. In its venture into e-commerce, it aims to support SMEs in their digital transformation.

WHAT ARE THE AVAILABLE PRODUCTS IN BARAPIDO?

Barapido offers wide array of exciting, excellent and high-quality products that are proudly produced in the Philippines by our chosen merchants nationwide. These products are not normally found in supermarket chains or malls. Categories include Food products like snacks, beverage & spirits, pantry items, healthy products. Non-food products include personal care items, spa products, home and kids products.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MY ORDER TO BE DELIVERED?

Barapido created a comprehensive delivery solution for your needs. Customer may opt to avail the below delivery options:

Same Day Delivery – cut-off at 12noon; delivery within the day (2-6 pm, Metro Manila only)
Next Day Delivery – cut-off at 5pm; delivery next day (8am to 12noon)

HOW MUCH IS THE SHIPPING FEE?

Promo from September 1-31, fixed shipping
Same Day Delivery – P85 (Metro Manila)
Next Day Delivery – P65 (Metro Manila)

HOW TO ORDER?

Their order system is made easy for each customer. With just a few clicks, you can quickly recieve your product depending on your prefered delivery date.

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PAYMENT OPTIONS

COD (cash-on-delivery)
Credit Card
Debit Card

CSR INITIATIVES

Barapido founders have a long history of doing good while doing well. It participates in feeding programs for the marginalized sector and supports initiatives in education, entrepreneurship & environment.

Barapido has partnered with Sabrina’s Soup Kitchen, feeding children at the Missionaries of the Poor and Art Relief Mobile Kitchen, a feeding response team of artists, chefs & volunteers during calamities and relief operations.

The CSR component of Barapido is an integral part of its business model. For every transaction made on its platform, it sets aside some amount to support its advocacies.

You may start checking out their site at Barapido.com.

McDonald’s Happy Meal 2018: Hotel Transylvania 3

This August 25, McDonald’s launched another set of Happy Meal Toys.

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Hurry and collect these 8 new toys and have a monster of a good time!

Check out Raix’ you tube channel and we might do a toy review of these monsterrific set of toys. 🙂

Mommy Veni joins the National Pampering Day by Nailaholics Salon and Spa

Last October 2017, I got invited by Nailaholics Salon and Spa to join their second year anniversary of National Pampering Day. As I have heard, their introduction last 2016 was a huge success. That is why I grabbed the chance to join them on their 2nd year. It would also be a great opportunity to bond with my girls.

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Sitting next to my girls as we get pampered.

The branch closest to us is the one at Glorietta, Makati City. My girls and I came in just in time and there are no long lines yet. We were greeted by their friendly staff and was introduced to the services they are offering. There are packages for hand care, foot care and all-in packages like the Lush Lagoon, Color my Cabana and a lot more. They also offer nail extension, nail art, eyelash extension, threading and waxing.

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Greeted by these and assisted me in choosing the right package for me.

As of writing, I already forgot the package I chose but I have them do both, hand and foot care. For my girls, they got to experience the free service offered by Nailaholics for the National Pampering Day, they chose the soothing manicure.

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So many colors to choose from.

 

5 star For the VENUE – it was very relaxing and peaceful, clean and well ventilated.

4 stars For the STAFF – they were very friendly and accommodating, especially the nail technicians. The salon is prepared for their big event, they have enough number of manpower to render services to customers as the count goes high.

4 stars For their SERVICE – they gave us our well-deserved pampering though I think they can do more. I felt they are slightly in a hurry, maybe because it’s past lunch time already.

You may check out our short video to see a glimpse of what happens during Nailaholics’ National Pampering Day.

Our over-all experience was a blast! Our mother-daughters bonding time was superb! We couldn’t have thought of anywhere to get pampered and have fun than in Nailaholics Salon and Spa. We hope to get invited again on their 3rd year anniversary.

Thank you so much Nailaholics! 🙂

TOY KINGDOM’S AMAZING TOY EXPO 2018 (August 24-26)

It’s the biggest toy event of the year as Toy Kingdom brings together the most amazing selection of toys in this year’s Toy Expo 2018 on August 24-26 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

        Get the chance to have a first look at the newest toys in the market, retail prices, and kick start your Christmas shopping early. You can enjoy great deals of discounts and exclusive promos for the duration of the expo.

     Toy Kingdom also joins in SM’s  60th Anniversary celebrations by treating  kids to 60 exclusive Meet and Greet sessions with their favorite characters like My Little Pony, Play-doh, Hatchimals, Hello Kitty, Shopkins, Littlest Petshop, Paw Patrol, Superwing and many more.

     There are also fun booths with games, themed areas with life sized character statues and exciting activities where kids can explore and play with their family and friends.

Last Toy Expo 2016 was so much fun! My whole family super enjoyed it! 🙂

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      Give your kids the perfect weekend treat and check out Toy Kingdom’s Toy Expo 2018 on August 24-26 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex Pasay City. Event is open from 10am to 10pm, admission is free.

For more updates follow ToyKingdomPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See you there! 🙂

Our 1st Toy Kingdom Toy Expo Experience

Last August 2016, our family get to experience for the very first time the Toy Kingdom Toy Expo. It was held at SMX, SM Mall of Asia. It ran for 3 consecutive days. The expo featured NEW and amazing toys that the kids will definitely LOVE!

We were very lucky to have the privilege of coming in early on the first day and get to see the toys first. 🙂 Raix and I went in together with our very dear friends Mommy Em of touringkitty.com and Ate Aria! 🙂

As soon as we entered SMX, Raix and Aria couldn’t wait and hurriedly went straight inside the area where the toys are.toy-expo-imagesOur first photo op was with Raix’ ultimate fave (and mine too! 😉 ), TMNT Leader, Leonardo!

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We were greeted by this awesome set up from the halfshell heroes.

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Next display that caught our attention was Lego’s amazing exhibit! You can even go in the middle to have a better view of it! 4

Of course they set up a play area for the kids.

 

 

Kids are having a hard time to decide where to go first, they keep running around and never settles down in just one place! 🙂 Plus! There are character appearances almost every hour! The stage appearances are good because parents get to rest awhile, and have a seat.

 

Of course! Cars! Cars! & more cars!!! At the Hot Wheels Make It Epic Booth! Dozens of basic cars to choose from! They even featured this cooooollll (ask Honey for the car)

 

Another hit with the kids, boys and girls alike was the booth of NERF! They allow kids to try and check out their new products! 8

Of course, they showcased toys that are proudly Filipino made. Cutie fruits and veggies. 9

What’s cute is that you can have your pictures printed for FREE when you post your pictures in Instagram by joining the hashtag party.

And a whole lot new toys for our little ones. You may even do your early Christmas shopping! 🙂 With so much toys in store you will have a hard time to choose what to buy!

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I have compiled our Toy Expo 2016 experience into a video, you may check it out and get an idea on to what to expect on the next Toy Kingdom Toy Expo.

Share us your experiences in the comments below. 🙂 Hope to see you all at Toy Kingdom’s Toy Expo 2018!