5 tips for a sweeter Valentine’s season

Who said that the season of love is exclusive to romantic couples?

Let’s change the game this year. After all, we learned how to love at home with family and friends. This Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way to celebrate love than to give love to people close to our hearts and even to strangers.

Spread positive vibes in ways you’ve never tried before! Here are simple yet meaningful ideas to share the love just in time for the sweetest season!

1. Bake cupcakes for bae instead of buying flowers and chocolates

Dark chocolates and red roses are so overrated. This time, be different and bake cupcakes for your loved one. Don’t know how? No problem. The Internet has tons of baking recipes for first-timers. Believe us, whether you perfect it or not, your bae would be so “kilig” with those cupcakes you baked from your heart.

2. Treat mom and dad to a relaxing massage and salon service

The ultimate superheroes in your life deserve a break from all the headaches you may give them. Give mom a new haircut and treat dad to a foot spa. Spoil them further with a relaxing full body massage to cap it off.

3. Call the nearest charity institution to ask how you can help`

Love grows in the family, so it makes sense to share it as one. Join outreach programs with the whole family (or even your friends!) to extend the love at home to those who need it the most. It’s a different yet meaningful kind of bonding experience.
In the same way, donate your excess essentials to less fortunate individuals. This is a perfect way to give back and share the love this season, even to strangers!

4. Create new memories with a spontaneous trip

It’s a fact– the most hard-to- forget memories are created on the spur of the moment. So skip planning
and pack your bags! It’s time to unleash the adventurous spirit in you! Take a random trip with bae, friends or family. Drive to a place you have always wanted to explore. Or, book a flight to the destination you have never been. Celebrate love with adventure.

5. Practice proper hygiene habits (aka. don’t cause the spread of germs!)

Yes, you’ve read it right. Spreading love can be also lead to spreading germs. Avoid this by simply practicing proper hygiene and washing your hands regularly.
Love is in the air, and so are germs! When you touch, hug or kiss your loved ones, there’s a big chance that you are spreading germs that could cause sickness.

Here’s an alarming fact from the first Philippines Handwashing Index (PHI); 7 out of 10 Filipinos say that they wash their hands after using the toilet but in reality, only 2 out of 10 really do. PHI is a breakthrough study recently commissioned by Safeguard.

PHI Findings

Keeping your loved ones safe from germs is a healthy way of showing how much you care. When you express your affection, be sure that you are spreading love and not germs. Wash your hands with Safeguard and water to keep it clean.

Your first line of defense against sickness-causing germs, Safeguard is clinically proven to provide up to 24 hours of germ protection. Washing your hands with Safeguard means a healthy Valentine’s celebration.

Safeguard Pure White Body Wash is available in 720ml (PhP 219), 400ml (PhP 145) and 200ml (PhP 85)
Safeguard Pure White Bar Soap is available in 90g (P 25.75), 135g (P 38), and 180g (P48.00)
Safeguard Pure White Liquid Hand Soap is available in 225ml (P 80.00)
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Tree Top Adventure at 25th PTAA Travel Expo

Tree Top Adventure at 25th PTAA Travel Expo

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On February 9, 10 and 12, 2018 from 10AM in the morning at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Pasay, the 25th PTAA Travel Expo will be held. The same as the previous years, the event organisers are expecting to draw thousands of crowds.

Tree Top Adventure (TTA), one of the leading theme park in the Philippines will join the event with marketing officers coming from Baguio and Subic. TTA will provide tickets with 50% off discount and can entertain travel operators or travel agencies who likes to be accredited under TTA.

Tree Top Adventure is a must experience tourism destination in Northern Luzon, Philippines. With two branches – TREE TOP SUBIC and TREE TOP BAGUIO — the zip line park brings you all the safety comforts while keeping the thrills by use of engineering background and expertise while experiencing the awe inspiring beauty of nature.

For more information, please contact the following;

Tree Top Adventure Subic
Jest Area, Upper Mau, Cubi Point,
Subic Bay Freeport Zone
T: +6347 252 9425
M: +63922 576 9156 / +63915 838 9354
E: treetopadventure@yahoo.com

Tree Top Adventure Baguio
Special Tourism Economic Zone, Camp John Hay
Loakan Road, Baguio City
T: +6374 442 0800
E: treetopadventureph@gmail.com

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“Asia’s Best” Singing Competition 2018 Launch

“Asia’s Best” Singing Competition 2018 Launch

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From the producer of “Best Of Aliw” in Concert with Lea Salonga, Dulce, Rico J. Puno, Jed Madela, Gerphil Flores, RJ Jacinto and The Angelos, here comes “Asia’s Best” Singing Competition.

Tag Media and Public Relations, the producer of 2016 Best Of Aliw in Concert will Launch the first audition of Asia’s Best Singing Competition this coming Valentines Day from 6PM at Infinite @ Century which is located at 2nd Floor, Alfresco Area, Century City Mall, Makati City, Philippines.

“We are expecting of hundreds of aspiring singers to join us to showcase their exemplary talent. Filipinos are very good in singing as well as our Asian brothers and sisters. We are inviting everyone to join this competition as we like to be the hub for launching talented individuals. We enjoyed so much all concerts we produced and launched. We love music, it relaxes us and whether you like to accept this or not, everyone of us are singers by heart.” – Tag Media and Public Relations Co- Founder, Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas

Joining and supporting this competition is Jeju Airlines. Since its founding in 2005, it has been expanding fast in line with customer’s demand for reasonable fares and it continues to bring innovation to airline industry.
Jeju Air has realized popularization of air travel and has turned Korea into a tourist destination using never before tried approaches. Their CEO in the Philippines, Mr. Robert Choi, accepted right away to support “Asia’s Best Singing Competition” when it’s presented to him together with Mr. Ji Hyuk Jang. He was so delighted to hear the competition and supported the event with the following benefits and prizes for the grand winner;

-Trip to Korea
-Become the Jeju Air Endorser
-Will have a photo feature in official Jeju Air Magazine
-Trip to Korea will be documented by Jeju Air for the official AVP Music Video that will be sung by the grand winner.
-Other exciting deals from Jeju Air

Dates of Auditions:
February 14, 2018 and all Fridays till July 2018. Grand Finals will be on July 27, 2018 at Century City Mall.

The objective of this competition is to highlight the Filipino and Asian talent to the world.

For registration and more details, please contact 09778978877 or check the Asia’s Best Singing Competition Events Page.

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Photo: Mr. Ji Hyuk Jang of LG Electronics, Tag Media & PR -Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas and Jeju Air Philippines CEO -Mr. Robert Choi

Workshop Alert: SEO for Startups and MSMEs

Globe MyBusiness in partnership with Manila Workshops and Getsomecola brings you the first in the series of SEO Workshops this 2018.

Title SEO for Startups

SEO can help a growing startup establish its presence and meet business goals. It is sometimes ignored as an activity when it comes to setting priorities, but it can be very useful in reaching a wider audience, building traffic and brand awareness & improving engagement.

Learn how you can tap SEO as a lean marketing technique in order to grow your business through online search.

Watch this short video to learn more about this workshop’s Key Take-Away and Course Outline from our speaker Miss Romela Ortega.

COURSE OUTLINE:

1. How SEO can benefit Startups

2. What you need to know:

  • Targeting Keywords
  • Content Development & Marketing (Social Media)
  • Google Business Reviews
  • Easy Link Acquisition Techniques

3. Performance Metrics that Matter

 

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Learning Rates:

Super Early Bird Rate: Php 2,000 (until January 16)
Early Bird Rate: Php 2,500
Regular Rate: P3,500
Bring-a-Buddy Rate: P6,000

**Workshop Fee is inclusive of handouts, certificates, giveaways and light lunch!**

For more details contact:
VENI – veni.anabo@manilaworkshops.com | 09272816651

PARADIZOO: Power of Three

PARADIZOO: POWER OF THREE

Promotes FREE Agri-Education

Mendez, Cavite-Paradizoo, one of Zoomanity Group parks, re-unfolds Power of Three (floral, vegetable and agri-livestock festival), from January to March 2018. This event aims to promote inclusive growth in the field of Agriculture, inviting over 20,000 students, farmers and other public and private sectors to focus and understand the benefits of growing agricultural sector in our country.

Paradizoo recently opened a Learning Institute accredited by DA-ATI. For the Power of Three, Paradizoo will offer free seminars on flower, vegetable and livestock care will be given by different well-known educators and speakers of Agriculture sector. Paradizoo also launched its newest project, latest state of the art Greenhouses in partnership with Calata Group Corporation.

To teach more about the Best Practices in Agriculture there will be briefings, discussions on breeding programs and exhibit farm produce, sale and auction of livestock. Free training on Egg Production and Honey Bee Farming is open for everyone on March.

Located in Mendez, Cavite, Paradizoo is a 12-hectre theme park that offers a combination of Paradise and Zoo that is uniquely relaxing and entertaining. It is a perfect destination for pleasure, learning and healthy living.

Paradizoo applies the Best Practices in agriculture especially in farming like vermiculture, bokashi soil, hydrophonics and putting up compost pits. They also observe Balance Ecosystem by maintaining a natural habitat among animals and plants. Here you will learn more about agriculture, different farm animals and products you may produce.

One of the favorite attractions in Paradizoo is Farm Frenzy, an area where guests can cuddle and buy some animals such as rabbits, hamsters and love-birds. They also have a collection of Dorper sheep, Boer, Kalahari and Saanen dairy goats, Rusa and turkeys from Australia which are also available for sale. In Plant Me Home area, guests may also select and pick vegetables and flowers from garden plots to take home. For those who love veggies take a look at their very own Bahay Kubo and identify the 17 vegetables included in the said song. And if you have a very keen eye for beauty or flowers have a glimpse of the Orchidarium and Ecclectic Garden.

Other Paradizoo’s very interesting attractions are Meditation Garden, Wedding Pavilion and Boot Camp. You can also try their latest attractions like Camel ride and Zing Ride, a unique air ride that is a combination of zip line and a swing.

To experience this eco-farm journey contact us at 847-0413/ 899-9824/ 899-98-28 or visit http://www.zoomanity.com.ph.

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10 Questions to ask when choosing a health insurance plan

10 Questions to ask when choosing a health insurance plan

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Maria Health, the Philippines’ first online healthcare exchange platform has recently launched in the country. With Maria Health, Filipinos now have an easier way to understand their healthcare needs, and to compare and select the right plans for them, their families and their businesses.

This coming 2018, as I decide to become a full time freelancer, I came to ask myself if I can get a health insurance plan. Finding the right healthcare plan is not always easy, especially if one is doing it on their own. Availing of a health insurance is a highly individual exercise because each person has different needs. A freelancer’s requirements, for instance, will be very different from that of an employed parent. Someone who lives a sedentary lifestyle will have different needs from that of someone more active. There are many things to consider when one is trying to decide on a plan best for them, so it’s important to closely study one’s options before eventually selecting one.

To help Filipinos decide, Maria Health, the country’s first online healthcare exchange platform has listed the top 10 questions to ask when evaluating health plans from different health maintenance organizations:

1. Why should one get an HMO coverage? There are different types of health insurance plans such as a medical insurance plan that covers one’s medical and surgical needs or prepaid health cards that cover a specific treatment or medical procedure. Plans by a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) have a more comprehensive coverage from its network of healthcare providers. HMO plans also mean one gets to enjoy cashless transactions and discounted HMO rates.

Tip: Ensure to do thorough research by reading up on the offerings of health plan providers.

2. What does the plan cover? The most basic of them all. One has to start to know what services the plan will include and how much will it cover. Other items to consider: emergency services, ambulance transport, and medicine.

Tip: Before one starts with their search, take the time to list down and prioritize the things that one wants in a healthcare plan. Use this list to determine which plan covers their needs.

3. What hospitals are part of the plan’s network? Given the traffic problem of the Philippines, the location of hospitals in a health plan’s network should be an important consideration.

Tip: Ask if the HMO could give access to major hospitals in one’s area, whether private or public. Also, inquire if they include access to clinic systems such as those found in malls.

4. Is my current doctor included in the coverage? Several HMOs have noted that more Filipinos are becoming more conscious in wanting to have the flexibility to consult their choice of doctor, especially those who understands their medical history. Not all HMOs allow this, so one has to pay attention if this is offered.

Tip: To make things easier, one could ask their doctor which healthcare plans he/she is part of. If there is an HMO one really wants but does not include their doctor, ask if he or she is willing to be accredited by the HMO.

5. How does the plan handle out-of-network medical services? If flexibility is of utmost importance, one should look closely into checking if the HMO reimburses medical services availed from doctors, hospitals, and clinics that are not part of their accredited network.

Tip: Ask if the HMO provides reimbursements at a special HMO or discounted rate if one avails of out-of-network medical services.

6. What happens when I get sick while traveling? If one travels a lot, one would want global health coverage, since hospital visits outside one’s home country can prove costly. If this is an important consideration for you, find out what exactly your HMO can provide.

Tip: Ask the HMO how much – if any – of the costs the plan will cover if one needs to go to the doctor while traveling.

7. Does it have restrictions on my pre-existing conditions? If one has a chronic or a preexisting condition such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease, one would want to make sure that he or she doesn’t get a health plan that excludes such conditions, or at least has limits on these exclusions.

Tip: Ask how long pre-existing conditions are excluded from the health plan. Inquire if they have packages that would also cover medical services related to pre-existing conditions.

8. Are annual examinations included? Prevention is better than cure, and some HMOs include routine examinations like mammograms, physical exams, basic laboratory tests, and even immunizations in their health plans.

Tip: Ask if the health plan includes an annual physical exam and what types of tests are included. Also ask if the additional tests recommended by doctors during the routine examinations will also be covered.

9. What other benefits are included? Other than medical care, some health plans also cover dental, vision care, and even medical prescriptions. If these benefits matter, choose a plan that includes these benefits.

Tip: Ask for specific details about these additional services. For dental, are minor surgeries included or are just routine check-ups? For vision, are multiple examinations allowed or just a limited number a year?

10. How can I avail of the services? Some HMOs have a complicated availment process while others make it very easy to go in for medical services. No one likes tedious procedures, so look for an HMO that makes availment simple and quick.

Tip: Ask what one needs to do to avail of services covered by the health plan. Does one need to just show their health card or would one need to call their HMO for approval prior to availing of medical services?

Given that everyone’s needs are unique and specific from each other, it is important to find the health plan with the coverage that matches their needs.

With the launch of Maria Health, it’s now more convenient to understand one’s healthcare options. The newest technology platform allows Filipinos to easily compare and shop healthcare options at one’s fingertips as it provides instant quotes, full enrolment support, and unbiased guidance to help every Filipino find the health plan that’s most suited to their needs.

Maria Health has partnered with the top HMOs in the country to provide simple, easy access to healthcare, with a wide range of affordable comprehensive health care plans and prepaid health cards that cover specific procedures and treatment.

Visit Maria Health at www.mariahealth.ph to find the health plan for yourself, for your loved ones, or your business.

New Handwashing Music Video of Alden Richards Sets the Tune for a worry-free Christmas

New Handwashing Music Video of Alden Richards Sets the Tune for a worry-free Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly and worry-free; as Safeguard, the nation’s leading soap that stands for germ-protection; sets the tune for a healthy Christmas celebration with the newest hand-washing music video, “Five Hugas ng Krismas.”

Featuring the charming voice of local celebrity and “Pambansang Bae” Alden Richards, the music video stresses the importance of having clean hands this Yuletide season through a colorful and energetic finger-tutting choreography set to a classic Christmas melody. This is Safeguard’s creative response to an alarming discovery from the first Philippine Handwashing Index (PHI), with results showing that most Filipinos do not wash their hands regularly and diligently. PHI is a breakthrough study commissioned by Safeguard to have a closer look at the hand-washing habits of Filipinos.

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The message of the music video is simple yet impactful: “Ang bawat hugas, dapat Safeguard hugas”. This means only trusting the best when it comes to germ-protection, by simply following these five non-negotiables on when to wash your hands: before mag-mano, after banyo, before kumain, after playing, and before mag-bonding.

“A joyful Christmas is a Christmas that is spent with family and friends – happy and worry-free. A lot of us take hand-washing for granted, and since is it a good way to prevent illnesses, it’s important to remind the people to continuously wash their hands the Safeguard way,” says Alden Richards.

Director Sid Maderazo and Assistant Director Manman Angsico, a veteran theater actor and vocal coach, are the masterminds behind the creative execution of the “Five Hugas ng Krismas” music video. In it, the finger-tutting choreography features five hands that represent the five points of the star – reminiscent of the Filipino Christmas parol. For the background, sliding panels and creative props help depict the different times one should remember to wash their hands, specifically during those festive moments that define a Filipino Christmas. From bonding with the family over karaoke, to digging in on the delicious spread of local rice cakes, the music video is a fun and creative way to create awareness about the value of hand-washing.

“Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most challenging. The intention was to shoot the scenes seamlessly with live moving backgrounds. The easy route was to use green screen, but where’s the fun in that? It was all about great team work from everyone involved, and in the goal of sharing about an advocacy worth sharing to kids and the young-at-heart alike,” shares Director Sid Maderazo.

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Through the Five Hugas ng Krismas music video, Safeguard aims to address the serious problem with the poor hand-washing habits of Filipinos, which was uncovered by the first Philippine Handwashing Index. The study found that seven out of ten Filipinos claim to wash their hands with soap after using a public toilet, but only two really do. To add, only water is being used when hand-washing by 60% of women before cooking, and 40% of women before feeding their kids

Children are the most prone to sickness, yet 66% of Filipinos have noticed or witnessed children not washing hands after using the toilet; and 40% of Filipinos do not wash their hands before touching young children.

“The results of the Philippine Handwashing Index prompted Safeguard to come up with a creative solution to keep hand-washing a top-of-mind habit in every home. Through “Five Hugas ng Krismas”, we want to work together to instill proper hand-washing habits in time of the holiday season, where Filipinos touch and and are in frequent contact with relatives and friends,” explains Jia Salindong-Du, Safeguard Philippines Brand Manager.

For over five decades, Safeguard has been a dedicated hand-washing advocate, promoting proper hand-washing habits with a wide range of antibacterial soaps that provide family protection against germs for up to 24 hours.

Watch and share the Five Hugas ng Krismas music video to spread awareness about the proper handwashing habits this season of joy. Click this link for the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaExAK84IYk