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.

Clean hands for every Filipino

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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

Event Alert: Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit The La Vista Bazaar

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit The La Vista Bazaar

1. SHOP. This is the BEST year to visit the La Vista Bazaar because we handpicked all our
vendors! There are a lot of new and exciting products joining us so it’s the perfect place to shop for Christmas gifts with over 150 vendors under one roof! Avoid the traffic and crowded malls – we offer stress-free shopping with an array of different products and lots of unique, handmade items. Plus you’ll be supporting young and budding entrepeneurs!

2. SANTA. Santa is coming to town! Bring your kids to the Santa Party on Sunday,December 17 from 3pm-5pm to meet Santa Claus and his elves! Children from all ages can join fun games, win exciting prizes and take home loot bags! It’s also a great photo opportunity!
To register for the Santa Party, please send the name/s and age/s of your children to 0917-8636644. Santa Party is free of charge.

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3. ESSENTIAL OIL WORKSHOP. We will be holding free essential oil workshops during
the bazaar! Have you been wanting to learn more about essential oils and why its
becoming a worldwide trend? Join our free workshop and learn the numerous benefits of essential oils, how to use them properly, and how to make roller blends. There will be one free workshop on Saturday (Dec 16) and Sunday (Dec 17), from 1pm-2pm.
To register for the workshop, please text your name/s to 0917-8636644.

4. BIG PRIZES + FREE GIFT WRAPPING. We will be holding exciting games throughout the event! We will also be raffling off prizes, gift certificates and even home appiiances every hour! Plus take advantage of our free gift wrapping station. Just present the ticket below to claim your free gift wrapping service (includes wrapper, card and labor) at the Organizer’s Booth.

5. YUMMY FOOD + CHRISTMAS CAROLERS. Visit the Santa Food Strip and enjoy delicious selections from Gracos Shawarma, Mr. Tacos and Nachos, Saigon Coffee, and more! Why not bring the whole family and treat them for lunch or dinner? Enjoy al fresco dining while being serenaded by our Christmas carolers from Children’s Joy Foundation and Psalm of David Orchestra.

SEE YOU THERE!

DECEMBER 16 & 17 AT LA VISTA CLUBHOUSE
*Enter La Vista Gate, beside Miriam and Petron
Katipunan. Near Sta. Maria Dela Strada.
BAZAAR HOURS: 9AM-7PM

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Event Alert: Little Elves Bazaar

Don’t let the stress of the Christmas rush get you stressing this Yuletide season and enjoy your Christmas shopping with your loved ones at Little Elves Bazaar.

Little Elves Bazaar will be opening its doors to all the Christmas shoppers this December 8 to 10 2017 at Valle Verde 5 Basketball Court.

With 110 participating booths, you won’t have to stress where to buy gifts for your friends and family. From food trips with your foodie friends, to finding that novelty item to give to your loved ones you will sure have a great time at the bazaar.

The bazaar is open from 10AM to 9PM so you can have all the time to look for that perfect gift.

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Along with the endless finds and food, there will also be activities, games and raffle for the attendees! And a face painting session, little elves photo opportunity and a life sized snow globe awaits the kids and kids at heart!

This event is a place that will fill your Christmas spirit as the season approaches. It will make giving so much easier as the bazaar is just like Santa’s little elves.

For more information you can check out Little Elves’ Facebook page http://facebook.com/littleelvesbazaar

How to get there:
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Event Alert: Madam Kilay #kilayislife Ramp for a Cause Concert (back to back event with the WE ARE THE WORLD RAMP SEASON 2)

Madam Kilay #kilayislife Ramp for a Cause Concert (back to back event with the WE ARE THE WORLD RAMP SEASON 2)

Yes ladies, Kilay is LIFE! This famous line was made more popular by Madam Kilay, through her viral Facebook vlogs.

Now, she levels up and is having her first-ever Ramp for a Cause Concert. This will be a back to back presentation with the WE ARE THE WORLD RAMP SEASON 2. Join me, as we witness this benefit concert on December 28, 2017 at SM North EDSA Skydome. Ramp will be at 4PM followed by the Main Event at 6PM.

As one of my readers you get a chance to win tickets for you and your friend. I will be choosing 2 winners. To qualify for this simply follow the steps below:

  1. Like my facebook page Journey of the Vees
  2. Like JKA Events and Casting Agency fb page
  3. Like Madam Kilay‘s fb page
  4. Follow my IG account @venianabo
  5. Follow my Twitter page @venianabo
  6. Comment below and include your IG and Twitter accounts so I can check.
  7. Share this post and TAG your friends! 🙂

Winners will be drawn on December 23. This is your chance to watch Madam Kilay LIVE!

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Workshop Alert: FINANCIAL MODELING & FORECASTING for SMEs & Solopreneurs

ARE YOU:
‎✔ An Aspiring Entrepreneur with a great business idea, but need help ESTIMATING THE COSTS of starting a business AND FORECASTING YOUR REVENUES?

‎ ‎✔ A Solopreneur struggling with SETTING UP THE RIGHT PRICING and FINANCIAL BUSINESS MODEL for your new business?

‎✔A Small Business Leader deciding whether to BOOTSTRAP your STARTUP or EXPLORE FINANCING OPTIONS instead? Wait, do you even know the difference?

If you’ve checked one or all of the above, then perhaps it’s time to learn the basics of ‎FINANCIAL MODELING & FORECASTING . And you’re in luck as this workshop will teach you exactly just that.

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WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:
This workshop has been designed to help the aspiring entrepreneurs of tomorrow and the hard-working solopreneurs and small business leaders of today use basic financial modelling to understand and gain control of your business. Designed for BEGINNERS, you will understand and practice the following principles:

  • What is FINANCIAL MODELING – An overview and why you need it for your business
  • Understand the difference between FIXED and VARIABLE COSTS – Identify and add up all the costs of your business.
  • Know the importance of PRICING – Learn how to set the right price for your products or services.
  • Generating a REALISTIC SALES FORECAST– understand what factors will boost or limit your sales and learn how to generate a feasible sales forecast.
  • Build a FINANCIAL MODEL – learn how to easily combine your costs, sales forecast, price and revenues in to a simple financial modelling tool (you will be provided with a Microsoft Excel Financial Model template developed exclusively by Ben for workshop attendees, and you will learn how to use this tool over the course of the workshop)
  • Determine your STARTING CAPITAL – understand the importance of working capital and how much money you will need up front to launch and support your business until it is sustainable.
  • Plan your FINANCING – understand the difference between bootstrapping your business VS raising finance, and the financing options available to you.

WORKSHOP FEATURES:

  • Summary of hints & tips after each section
  • Easy-to-use Excel workbook which you will build throughout the workshop and which you can continue to use as you build or grow your business
  • Suggestions for further learning resources, including accelerator programs, podcasts and books.

MEET YOUR TRAINER:

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Ben Alderson – The “Business Geek” / Financial Modelling Expert

Ben was born and raised in the UK and lived and worked in London until he moved to Asia at the age of 28. His career began in Engineering before he moved in to Management Consultancy and then moved again in to Strategy roles in the Hotel industry, which complemented his love of travel and international experiences.

Ben is a self-confessed numbers nerd and all-round business geek. But it wasn’t until he moved to Asia that he fully understood the huge role that entrepreneurs and social businesses can play in helping to develop economies and communities in the developing world. So now he wants to use his geekiness for good and pass on his financial modelling skills to as many budding entrepreneurs as possible!

LEARNING FEE:
Early Bird Rate: Php 1,500 (until Nov. 30, 2017 only)
Regular Rate: Php 1,800

* Inclusive of Workshop Learning Materials/ Excel Templates / Worksheet Exercises , Coffee & Snacks!

DATE: December 16 ,2017 (Saturday) 1:30-6:00 pm
VENUE: The Globe Tower

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

Register here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/financial-modeling-forecasting-for-smes-solopreneurs-basic-2nd-run