Alden Richards spreads the love (not the germs) through a new song

Alden Richards spreads the love (not the germs) through a new song
Safeguard and the Pambansang Bae team up to remind Filipino to wash their hands

In this year’s Global Handwashing Day celebration, Safeguard has partnered with one of the most prominent personalities in the country today to bring attention to the importance of proper and habitual handwashing. The nation’s leading soap together with the “Pambasang Bae” Alden Richards join forces to educate Filipinos on the importance of handwashing through the power of a song.

Alden himself sang the handwashing song and invites every Filipino to make it a habit to unfailingly wash their hands with Safeguard in these 5 “hugas non-negotiables” — before “mano”, after using the toilet, before eating, after playing and before bonding. And more importantly, to spread the love and not the germs this holiday season.

If you’ve ever wondered the kind of impact personal hygiene really makes on the spread of germs and general health of the public, consider these sobering statistics gathered from the first Philippines Handwashing Index, a breakthrough study recently commissioned by the nation’s leading soap brand, Safeguard.

It has been discovered that Filipinos touch more than 23 other people per day, summing up to more than 90 ‘touches’ a day on average. However, they wash our hands only 5 times a day! There are other shocking findings that show opportunities for improvement on handwashing habits particular on specific occasions:
After using the toilet:
• 7 out of 10 Filipinos CLAIM to wash their hands after using the toilet but—ONLY 2 out of 10 really do.
• A shocking 64% of Filipinas DO NOT wash their hands at all after using a mall toilet.

Before eating and cooking
• It was observed that 60% of females washed their hands with water ONLY before cooking.
• Before feeding the kids, 40% washed their hands with water ONLY.

Before and after bonding:
o 80% of Filipinos DO NOT wash their hands after shaking hands with another person
o 40% of Filipinos DO NOT wash their hands before touching young children

After playing or travelling
o 49% DO NOT wash their hands after using their mobile phones
o 50% DO NOT wash their hands after traveling on public transportation

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If these statistics seem particularly innocuous, keep in mind that one of the fastest ways to spread germs and diseases is by human contact and ingesting contaminated food. Clearly, Filipinos haven’t nurtured the habit of proper hand washing, and based on statistics, a great number do not care. There’s a great opportunity to educate citizens that washing hands with soap can effectively remove disease-causing germs and is the most basic way to prevent oneself from getting sick.

Did you know that 1.5 million children around the world die every year due to diarrhea? As shocking as it may seem, diarrhea is the second most common cause of death among kids. UNICEF has declared that pneumonia takes the lives 1.8 million children globally each year. Furthermore, in a study done by DOH locally, it has been found out that pneumonia is the number one cause of death among Filipino children of age 1-14 years. Believe it or not, the simple habit of proper handwashing with an anti-bacterial soap can be an effective way of reducing these incidents.

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With the arrival of the ber months, these facts will become even more worrisome. The holidays mean more frequent gatherings with friends and family—and with it, the chances of you spreading germs to others increase.

“The results of the Philippine Handwashing Index indicate that Filipinos clearly haven’t nurtured the habit of proper handwashing. Which is why, Safeguard continues to take active steps to spread awareness on its relevance specifically through the Global Handwashing Day and through the new handwashing song with Alden Richards,” explains Jia Salindong- Du, Safeguard Philippines Brand Manager.

Ultimately, this is a call for every Filipino to do their part in promoting handwashing to keep everyone healthy and protected from germs throughout this season. Make it a habit to wash your hands with Safeguard in these 5 “hugas non-negotiables” — before “mano”, after using the toilet, before eating, after playing and before bonding.

Share the newest Safeguard handwashing song led by Alden to remind your friends and family about the significance of handwashing especially during the Christmas season:
https://www.facebook.com/SafeguardPhilippines/videos/1609451919112712/

Made especially for the holidays, Safeguard is launching its Christmas gift sets, which contain Safeguard Pure White Body Wash (400ML), Pure White Liquid Handsoap (225ML) and a FREE loofa. These limited editions packs will be available for only PHP 199 beginning October 15, 2017.

 

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Event Alert: TOY KINGDOM TOY WAREHOUSE SALE

The biggest toy sale in the country is back! Find amazing toy deals at Toy Kingdom Toy
Warehouse Sale, now on its11 th amazing year! Get as much as 70% off on branded toys, games, gadgets and more during this event. Mark your calendars, November 3 to 5, 2015 at Megatrade Hall SM Megamall.
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FAQs:
Question: What is the event?
Answer: Toy Warehouse Sale is an annual sale of Toy Kingdom where branded toys & other items are discounted as much as 70% off.

Question: When and where is the event?
Answer: It will be on November 3 to 5, 2017 at Megatrade Hall SM Megamall. Entrance is at Hall 2 while Exit is Hall 1.

Question: What time will you open Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer:
Nov 3 (Friday) – 11am to 11pm
Nov 4 & 5 (Sat & Sun) – 10am to 10pm

Question: Is the event free?
Answer: No entrance fee/door charge/registration to enter the venue.

Question: What are the acceptable modes of payment?
Answer:
Accepted: Cash, credit card, Toy Kingdom gift card, SM Gift Card, SM Gift Pass, Sodexho Gift Certificate
Not accepted: Toy Kingdom Gift Cheque obtained via BDO Treats promo.

Question: What are the credit cards accepted during the event?
Answer: All major credit cards (Visa and Mastercard).

Question: For credit card transactions, can I opt to pay in installment during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: Only locally-issued credit cards can avail the promo. Minimum purchase of P3000 is required to avail of 3/6 months installment payment at 0% interest.

Question: Will there a 2 hour special or preview sale for SM Advantage or SM Prestige
cardholders?
Answer: No 2 hour special/preview sale .

Question: Is there a special lane for Prestige, SM Advantage, BDO Rewards, Amazing Card or BDO credit cardholders?
Answer: No special lane for these cardholders.
Question: Will there be a priority lane? Who can use the priority lane?
Answer: Yes, there is a priority lane for Senior Citizens, pregnant women, people with
disabilities.
Question: Will there be a special area for children?
Answer: No special play area for children.
Question: Will there be an area where we can leave our belongings?
Answer: No baggage area at the event .
Question: Will there be a lot of people during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: Yes! We are on our 11th year and each year the number of people keeps growing.

Question: Is there gift wrapping service during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: This service is not provided during the sale.
Question: Will you give free gift wrappers during Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: Gift wrappers will not be given away during the sale.

Question: Do you sell the Toy Kingdom gift wrapper?
Answer: We do not sell the Toy Kingdom gift wrappers but Toy Kingdom tote bags are for sale.
Question: Can I have the items purchased at the Toy Warehouse Sale gift wrapped at another Toy Kingdom branch?
Answer: Our branches can only gift wrap the items bought at the store. They cannot gift wrap items purchased from the sale.

Question: Do you accept reservations?
Answer: No reservations allowed.
Question: Will there be an extension of the sale?
Answer:  There will be no extension of the sale however there will be other sale events in the coming months.
Question: How many cashiers do you have?
Answer: There are 24 counters which can accept cash, credit, debit and approved GCs as mode of payment. The speed of each counter is determined by the number of toys bought by each customer. Since the toys are really bargain price, a lot of people are buying cart full of toys and we appreciate a little patience and understanding from everyone in line.

Question: Will you provide the customers with plastic bags upon check out of items?
Answer: Yes, we will provide customers with plastic bags but you may bring your own tote or eco bags.

Question: Should I bring the whole family at Toy Kingdom Toy Warehouse Sale?
Answer: This is a warehouse sale and there will be lots of people with one thing in mind: shop and get the best toy deals. While we want to accommodate everyone, we suggest that you do not bring babies and small kids for their safety and convenience.

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Freebie Alert: #NationalPamperingDay

Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa Celebrates the 2nd Year of National Pampering Day
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When it comes to pampering on a national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the only spot. After introducing the celebration of the National Pampering Day last year, Nailaholics is back at it again this 2017 with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

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The National Pampering Day got off to a good start last year where Nailaholics offered free manicure service and a stress relieving hand massage from 10 AM to 12 NN on all their branches nationwide. This year, everyone will be treated to a free service of their choice: a soothing manicure, calming foot spa or a relaxing foot massage.

“We Filipinos are very hardworking in any given aspect of our lives and a nation of energetic and industrious people best deserves real pampering once in a while. This year, as Nailaholics celebrates the 2nd National Pampering Day, we go deeper and dedicate this to everyone and remind them to take it slow, take it easy, zone out and relax for a while.” said Arvin Amaro, Marketing Head of Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa.

“With last year’s success of the National Pampering Day, we are back this year with a bigger and much more enjoyable day of pampering. In partnership with the number one salon brand and most beloved nail lacquer brand in the world, O.P.I., National Pampering Day 2017 will accommodate more guests with the extension of pampering time until 1PM. Also, the best thing about this year’s National Pampering Day is that it will be in support to World Vision, The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and Save Philippine Seas” added Amaro.

So save the date and get ready to park away any thoughts of work because the only responsibility you have is to loosen up. Wind down and head down to any Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa branch on October 17, 2017 (Tuesday) from 10 AM to 1 PM and get yourself a free relaxing manicure, foot spa or foot massage.

Let Nailaholics’ skilled nail technicians take care of you for a little while and walk out of this Hamptons-inspired nail salon feeling refreshed and ready to bring it on again. Grab this once a year treat only at the country’s top destination for relaxation and real pampering.

Visit www.nailaholics.com to check their services and find the branch nearest you. Get updates through their Facebook Page Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa, Twitter @_nailaholics and Instagram @_nailaholics.

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Nailaholics is an urban destination that offers its customers an escape from the daily grind through its exceptional interiors and exceptional pampering service. It currently has more than 50 branches nationwide, including in Gateway Mall, Eastwood Citywalk, Cash and Carry Makati, Harbor Point Mall Subic, SM Cebu, SM Bacolod, and SM Lanang.

2017 Halloween Activities or Trick or Treats in Metro Manila

Hey moms and dads! It’s that time of year again where we are excited to dress up our kids and join them to the best Halloween Costume Party. 🙂 As you and your child think of what they wanted to be this year, (well, we all know it’s difficult to argue with them onto what they want) so I will make it easier for us – yes! including me – to check on where can we go and get those pumpkins FULL of CANDIES!!!!

Check out this list and please bookmark this post for I will be updating this. 🙂

2017 List of Halloween Activities or Trick or Treats in Metro Manila

FUN RANCH
Boo! Time Halloween Party 2017

WHEN: October 27, 28 or 29
WHAT: Halloween Costume Party where kids in costumes strut on the runway, while parents take a snapshot and cheer on the side.
FEE: Kids – P550
Adults – P275

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Spooktacular Halloween Costume Party

WHEN: October 24, 25, 26 or 27
WHAT: Come in your best costume and you might be our Spooktacular Halloween Costume Contest winner for Spookiest, Cutest, Prince, Princess, and Super Kid.
FEE: General – P650
ActiveKids Club – P600
Adult – P250 (with snacks)

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KIDZANIA MANILA
Back to Kidz Grown-ups Halloween Night

WHEN: October 20 | 6pm – 11pm
WHAT: Kids-at-heart are up for an exciting role-play experience as KidZania Manila opens its doors once again EXCLUSIVELY FOR GROWN-UPS
FEE: Early Bird Rate – group of 4 for only P3000 (P750 each) from Septemer 22 – October 15, 2017
Regular Rate – P880

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SOFITEL Philippine Plaza Manila
Sofitel Manila Goblin Run 2017

WHEN: October 29 | 3pm – 7pm
WHAT: Invite the whole family to a fun-filled afternoon starting off with a fun run around the CCP Complex followed by exciting activities at the Harbor Garden Tent.
FEE: Online registration: https://www.sofitelmanilagoblinrun.com/
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CITY OF DREAMS
DreamPlay Spookfest 2017

WHEN: October 28 to November 1 | 11am & 4pm
WHAT: SHREK OR TREAT PUMPKIN HUNT
This is group game where they will search for hidden pumpkins around the attractions.
SHREK IT OUT COSTUME CONTEST (NOVEMBER 1 only)
Be on your best Shrek Costume! 🙂
FEE: SPOOKFEST VIP PACKAGE – P1500
Inclusions:
All-day pass
DreamWorks Halloween movie at DreamTheatre
Spookfest bag
Shrek or Treat Pumpkin Hunt
Photo with Shrek
Pumpkin cookies at Gingy’s Kitchen

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CRIMSON HOTEL, FILINVEST
Heroes and Villains Super Halloween

WHEN: October 28 | 10am – 5pm
WHAT: Hero or Villain, come in your favorite comics character and unleash your superpowers at Crimson Hotel Filinvest City, Manila’s amazing Halloween Celebration!
FEE: P950 | 10am to 1pm
P1100 | 2pm to 5pm
*kids 2 years old & below are FREE

Diamond Hotel Halloween 2017 journeyofthevees

DIAMOND HOTEL
A Diamond Hotel Halloween Event

WHEN: October 29 | 10am – 2pm
WHAT: Welcome to Count Dracula’s lavishly luxurious lair, where monsters of all kinds party the night away!
FEE: For reservations and inquiries, call 528-3000.

Eastwood Richmonde Halloween 2017 journeyofthevees

EASTWOOD RICHMONDE HOTEL
Haunted Hollywood Kiddie Party

WHEN: October 29 | 1pm – 5pm
WHAT: Experience movie-inspired fun frights this Halloween at Eastwood Richmonde Hotel! Get the entire family ready for some shocking delights — merienda buffet, snack stations, magic show, games, haunted house, photo booth, costume contest for kids and parents, and many more!
FEE: P850

EDSA SHANGRI-LA HALLOWEEN journeyofthevees

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A Halloween Party: Boni the Bull’s Space Time Adventure

WHEN: October 31 | 2pm – 5pm
WHAT: Calling all space cadets!
Join Boni the Bull on an epic journey across the universe this Halloween.
Engage in fun time-bending activities:
Balloon show, Laser Tag Maze and Space themed snacks and drinks.
PLUS! Raffle prizes for a dinner at High Street Cafe, Raging Bull Burgers voucher, and more!
FEE: Adventure Zone Members: Php 2,000
Non-Adventure Zone Members and Adults: Php 2,500

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EDSA SHANGRI-LA
A Spooky Monstercation: Enchanted Forest

WHEN: October 29 | 1pm – 6pm
WHAT: Enter the ancient world of myths and legends and discover the tales of mythical creatures and supernatural beings as they come to life this Halloween at Edsa Shangri-La, Manila.
FEE: P2,200
*For further inquiries, please call 633 8888 ext. 2895 or email events.esl@shangri-la.com

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GYMBOREE, EASTWOOD MALL
Rainbows and Unicorns: Gymboree Pumpkin Patch 2017

WHEN: October 21 | 2pm
WHAT: Candies, treats, and tons of fun await so be sure to sign up now ‘cos slots are limited. Plus, an awesome prize awaits to the child with the most colorful costume!
FEE: Members – P600
Non-members – P800

Shanri-la Plaza Halloween 2017 journeyofthevees

SHANGRI-LA PLAZA
Shang Toy Frenzy with the BOO Crew

WHEN: October 29 | 1pm
WHAT: Have an awesome Halloween celebration at the Shang PLUS an inclusive video watching at the IMMRSV DOME, loot bag, and “trick-or-treat” around the mall.
FEE: P500

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH A FENG SHUI MASTER

When we hear the word “Feng shui”, either we remember that old horror movie by Kris Aquino, or we get a picture of a house being renovated in the hopes of changing the fortune of whoever lives there.

However, some would point out that they encounter the term “Feng shui” when the new year is about to start. This holds true as a lot of television shows would guest fortune tellers to give out their forecasts on what is to happen to our country, showbiz couples, and to our personal lives (depending on which year we were born). It is during the new year that a lot of people flock to fortune tellers, especially with Feng shui masters, to get an idea of what is to come, and how to attract good luck throughout the year.

What we are not aware of is that there are also people who consult the services of fortune tellers during the months of May until August, to get what is called “Mid-Year forecast”. In contrast to the whole year forecast where the scope is large, the mid year forecast tends to be more precise, given that the scope is just within 6 months.

A friend of mine tried testing a popular Feng shui master to experience how it’s like to have a consultation and to check out how accurate the reading would be. It was May of this year when my friend went to the office of Hanz Cua in Mandaluyong to have a consultation.

Hanz Cua is the Feng Shui master that provides Chinese Horoscopes to the viewers of Umagang Kay Ganda, a morning show being telecast in Abs-Cbn. Some would be familiar with him for being this very hyper and comical fortune teller that makes you wonder “how many coffees does he drink” each morning to get that level of energy. Dubbed as the youngest Feng shui master in the country, this person really does look young when he doesn’t sport a mustache, plus the fact that he seemed to still have those baby fats =).

“Master Hanz”, as he is popularly called, has an office located at the Cityland Building at the corner of St.Francis Street and Shaw Boulevard. For those coming from the MRT Shaw station, simply walk way past Crossings mall until you reach Lourdes School. The building should be at the left side, while Greenfield would be to the right.

Once inside the office, you would see various gold plated figures of horses, pigs, frogs, and various animals that are typically seen on stores selling good luck charms. It also has plenty of bracelets and wind chimes, said to attract good fortune when worn or placed at the front door. Master Hanz pointed out that the bracelets are customized, depending on the year the person was born.

My friend noticed that there are boxes below the desk of his staff that seem to store more items, which indicates that Master Hanz has plenty of patrons who order such items from him.

At the right side of the office is where Master Hanz conducts the reading. My friend chose to have a tarot reading among the many services that Master Hanz offers. Using what is called a “rider waite deck”(Anyone familiar with tarot reading? Please tell us what you know about this deck by dropping your comments below).

At the time of the reading, Master Hanz looks intimidating with his red robe that looks like he is some sort of an Emperor. His large chair also seems like it was carved to be seated only by the most special guests of a five-star hotel.

A general forecast was made first and then followed by a series of choosing a certain number of cards to answer different questions posted by my friend. At first, Master Hanz seemed serious but in between the questions, he would also talk about himself like some friend you accidentally met at a mall. As the reading progresses, the “hyper-ness”(if such word exists) that you see on the TV is slowly appearing which makes the tarot reading enjoyable. After more than 30 minutes, my friend no longer has any questions in mind and bade farewell.

Now, two months after the reading, two predictions by Master Hanz has already occurred. We can either think of it as a sign that Master Hanz is for real, or it might be another case of coincidence, but my friend surely believes it isn’t simply a coincidence and looks forward to pay Master Hanz a visit.

Luckily for my friend, Master Hanz conducts online fortune reading, so you don’t have to face the traffic of the metro and just schedule an appointment while at the comfort of your house.

If you want to try the accuracy of Master Hanz, you can contact him via text at this number: 0922 829 0382.
Similarly, you can check out his website at MasterHanzCua.com

Lastly, tell us about your experience with him at the comments below.

8 shocking facts about germs we bet you didn’t know about

Last month, I brought my son to his Pedia for a check-up. I got worried because he has cough & colds for 3 weeks already. I believe that it was viral infection so I started to double-up his intake of fruits but nothing changed.

His pedia told me that his coughs & colds were caused by viral infection. I might have exposed him to too much germs and pollution. This also triggered his asthma. Poor little boy now is under medication for three months. I thought I maybe unaware of where else we acquire bad germs.

Wherever you go, bacteria abounds. Many of these bacteria are able to cause malodour, skin infection and diseases such as diarrhea, cough, colds and the like.

Worse, these bacteria are increasingly hardier, dirtier, and can multiply faster than you expect, therefore putting your family members at risk.

Consider these troubling facts about bacteria:

1. The number of bacteria that live in and on us outnumber our own human cells by ten to one.
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2. Common cold, flu and stomach viruses can live on the fingertips for hours and can survive on the surfaces of objects for days.
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3. 80% of all infections, from the common cold and flu to venereal disease and Ebola fever, are transmitted by people touching one another or touching objects that others have touched.
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4. A shopping cart can contain more fecal E. Coli than a supermarket toilet.
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5. One study found that in schools, water fountain buttons, pencil sharpeners, keyboards and faucet handles were the most contaminated objects with viruses.
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6. Phones have been found to have up to 4200 bacteria from fecal contamination. Safe drinking water should have less than 1 bacteria per 100ml.safeguard6

7. In an environment as humid as a bathroom, a single bacterial cell can multiply into one billion cells overnight.
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8. When someone comes to work sick, about half of the commonly touched surfaces in the office will become infected with the virus by lunchtime.
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In light of this disturbing data, it is imperative for all members of the household, especially children, to use the right kind of soap that can kill these germs effectively and prevent their regrowth.
Unfortunately, not all soaps are created equal. Experts have demonstrated that most soaps do not protect their family from modern day germ threats. Protection from germ threats begin with proper handwashing and bathing using an effective antibacterial soap like Safeguard.

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Safeguard with Germshield+ technology can fight a broad spectrum of gram positive and gram-negative bacteria and fungi, preventing more types of sickness, malodour, and skin infection. Moreover, Germshield+ technology inhibits the regrowth of these bacteria and fungi for up to 24 hours, thereby providing optimal protection.

For over 50 years in the Philippines, Safeguard has been recommended by the leading health experts for germ protection for the entire family. Encouraging proper hygiene, frequent handwashing, and the use the Safeguard will make your job as protector of the family easier and more effective.

Our family always uses SAFEGUARD, I thought my little boy is too young to use safeguard for his hands and body. But I am wrong, now, he uses Safeguard Soap and Safeguard Body Wash. He loves the one in Honey Smash Scent. 🙂 Now I am confident he is 99.9% Germ Protected! 😉

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