Collect all Trolls World Tour toys and Happy Meal Readers books for as low as Php35 each with NEW Add-On Promos

Get ready for more family fun and enjoy exciting bonding moments over play time with McDonald’s all-new Trolls World Tour toys and Happy Meal Readers books. Now available as a Happy Meal or McShare Box add-on for as low as php35 each!

Join in on the fun of the Trolls World Tour


It’s an explosion of colorful hair and unending fun as our favorite little creatures return! If you loved the last Trolls movie, then you’ll surely love McDonald’s new Trolls World Tour toys with every Happy Meal. Kids can choose from over ten (10) playful and colorful characters like the fierce and lovable Poppy, the blue gentle giant Biggie with Mr. Dinkles, and many more!

My son has now 4 of his fave trolls. 🙂

The TreeTop Twins return with new adventures


Launched just this February, the Happy Meal Readers program offers a book or toy option for every Happy Meal purchase. The books encourage bonding moments for families through storytelling, made even more enjoyable and educational thanks to the Happy Meal Readers books written by world-renowned author Cressida Cowell.


The books tell the story of the Treetop Twins and their parents as they go through exhilarating adventures by traveling in their time machine. For our newly released books this month, parents and kids are in for a blast as they join the Treetop Twins in exploring the world back in time and meeting some of the most unique animals like the Dodo and the pink dolphin!


Get double the fun with both the Trolls and the Treetop Twins!


It’s a tough choice between the Happy Meal toys and Happy Meal Readers books so McDonald’s is making it easier for families to enjoy both! Through the Happy Meal Add-On Promo, an extra book or toy of choice can be added to the purchase for just Php35! The promo allows kids to include as many add-ons as they like, so they can build their collection sooner. Customers can avail of this promo starting today until July 30, 2020.


We know that the Trolls can be hard to resist, so McDonald’s is also offering the Happy Meal Complete Set Add-On Promo! With every purchase of a McShare Box, adding just Php330 will include the complete set of ten (10) Trolls World Tour toys. Hurry soon, because this limited time offer is available until June 11, 2020 only.


Make the most out of every moment at home with the whole family, and create memorable moments together with the quirky Trolls World Tour characters and the Happy Meal Readers books’ adventurous Treetop Twins! Purchase these in the safety of your home through the McDelivery Website or App, or the hotline 8888-6236. Starting June 13, 2020, you can also enjoy the Php 35 Happy Meal Add-On Promo via McDo Messenger, GrabFood, and FoodPanda.


For more information, follow McDonald’s Philippines official Facebook at fb.com/McDo.ph, Twitter at twitter.com/McDo_PH, Instagram at instagram.com/mcdo_ph, join the McDo PH Viber Community, as well as the following link for store updates: mcdonalds.com.ph/store-locator.

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!

 

Celebrating Smiles Through Art

Acts of Kindness Hosts Art Exhibit Benefiting Smile Train, the World’s Leading Cleft Charity

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Artwork from Smile Train’s cleft patients.

On July 19, Acts of Kindness and Solaire Resorts and Casino unveiled, “A Celebration of Smiles: Creating smiles and second chances at life through art,” an art exhibit benefiting Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity. The exhibit is being held at Solaire’s The Shoppes Artway.

The exhibit features artwork by local and international artists, and some of Smile Train’s former cleft patients. The artwork will be available for sale until September 2 and will help raise funds and awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines.

“We are grateful that Acts of Kindness is hosting this art exhibit to help raise awareness for Smile Train and our local programs here in the Philippines. Through this initiative, not only is Acts of Kindness able to showcase local and international talent, they are also able to help create a brighter future for children born with clefts,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Area Director for Smile Train in Southeast Asia.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Smile Train to help fund various local programs to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care for Filipinos.

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Artworks by Mr. Roberto Sanchez.

The art exhibit showcases pieces from Roberto Sanchez, a DJ and entrepreneur by trade, but creatively a self-taught artist. Sanchez works are primarily expressionistic, dramatic portraits replete with distorted, thick lines and incongruous forming gnarly surfaces of painted faces.

This artist duly approaches his paintings with a process that aims to capture the essence of the portrait subjects. While he technically addresses physicality and form, he is keenly interested to understand and capture in his canvas real presences from his subjects.

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Mr. Roberto Sanchez himself.

He takes particular cue with the eyes which for him spells and define the character of the subjects. And even if the frames are still unfinished, they already evoke such entrancing stillness, energies, and completeness. They have the ability to charm and confuse.

Sanchez finds affirmation when his painted subjects find themselves in his works as they connect with their painted likeness in canvas.

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Artworks by Jon Ray Fernandez.

Jon Ray Fernandez is an airline professional turned mixed media artist. A self-taught visual artist, Fernandez started off with zero art education since it never occurred to him that art could possibly be a career.

Originally from Bacolod City, he left the country to travel the world. After being based in London and the Middle East for a number of years, he came back to the Philippines in 2015 with plans to continue his aviation career. Eventually, he stumbled upon the world of art and there found his true calling.

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Mr. Jon Ray Fernandez himself.

As a visual artist, his main objective is to bring beauty and fun back into local art. He started posting his works on social media, gaining a fan base around the globe. With Pedro Almodovar, muse Rosie De Palma, and actress Emmanuele Beart admiring his works, this led to patrons buying his pieces.

Camy Cabral, a full-time artist with a background in design and advertising; and Albrecht Behmel, an award-winning artist and best-selling writer whose works have been shown in Paris, Beijing, New York, Moscow and London. Despite coming from different backgrounds with different styles of artwork, these artists came together to offer their pieces all for a good cause.

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My son, posing with his fave artwork from the exhibit. These are works of Albrecht Behmel.

Apart from the seasoned artists, some of the artwork is from Smile Train’s former cleft patients including: Julia Robert Capili, Angel Ibo, Pearl Angeli Miranda, Jervy Hobo and Nickson Cabote. Having interacted with the guests, these individuals have shown how far they’ve come since their initial cleft surgery.

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Raix with some of Smile Train’s cleft patients.

“We hope that we can continue to raise awareness for children with clefts in the Philippines and all over the world through these small acts of kindness,” says Flaviano. “We want to continue to spread smiles and encourage others to do the same.”

For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org. Follow Smile Train Philippines on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.

NAMCYA Celebrates 45 Years of Filipino Music Excellence

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For the past 45 years, the National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NAMCYA) has remained the most prestigious and biggest national musical competitions for young Filipino musicians.

In celebration of their 45th Anniversary, NAMCYA is pleased to announce a jam-packed season, commencing this August. The exciting line-up of activities, includes concerts at the Ayala Museum, and the Cultural Center of the Philippines, featuring world renowned Filipino musicians and NAMCYA winners. Workshops will be conducted in different provinces. This milestone will be capped with NAMCYA’s Annual National Finals this coming November, bringing the country’s most promising young artists from their respective provinces to the halls of CCP.

To kick off the workshops is the NAMCYA Choir Workshop on July 26-28, 2018 at the Lyceum Northwestern University in Dagupan, Pangasinan. Award-winning conductors Dr. Arwin Q. Tan (conductor, Novo Concertante Manila) and Prof. Ramon Lijauco, Jr. (conductor, Philippine Meistersingers) will be the Resource Persons of the workshop. This is open to conductors, music teachers, and advanced singers, and will be held at the Salvador T. Duque Fieldhouse, LNU Gymnasium of the Lyceum Northwestern University.

Registration for the choir workshop is free. For inquiries and registration, please contact Ms. Jean Llamas 0915-1358400.

2016 Ten Outstanding Young Men Awardee Mr. Saturnino Tiamson, Jr., is spearheading a series of Band and Percussion Workshops.On July 30-August 1, Mr. Tiamson will lead a group of trainers for a Brass and Percussion Workshop exclusively for the MMDA Drum and Bugle Corps. This is sponsored by the Metro Manila Development Authority.

Imus WorkshopNAMCYA and JB Music present a Percussion Workshop at Imus Cavite on August 4 and 5. Facilitators include some of the country’s best percussionists and drummers: Gian Vergel, Ryan Peralta, Karmi Santiago, Jacques Rivas Dufourt, IYSB Drumline, Brigada and Gip Chan from Hong Kong.

Admission is free. For inquiries and registration, e-mail saturnino_tiamson@yahoo.com.

The NAMCYA continues to propagate Filipino music through its commissioned works which become part of the Philippine music literature. Likewise, it is instrumental in preserving and nurturing Philippine traditions through the Rondalla and Traditional Music Categories.

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To kick-off the celebration, NAMCYA brings the strings on center stage, “Minsan Lang Kami Maging Musiko” at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The concert featuring NAMCYA winners, the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra, and Kuwerdas Filipinas (Philippine Rondalla Ensemble) will be staged on August 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm. Guests performers will include world renowned Filipino choir Novo Concertante Manila, and International opera singers Jonathan Badon and Stefanie Quintin.

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Stefanie Quintin

Gabriel Allan Paguirigan

Gabriel Allan Paguirigan

Outstanding winners of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists will captivate our hearts with “Serenata sa Ayala” on August 29, 2018 6:30pm at the Ayala Museum. Bask in a night of classical, contemporary and Filipino music eargasm featuring 2016 NAMCYA Youth Symphonic Band First prize winner Cardona Ocho Band conducted by 2008 NAMCYA Oboe Category First prize winner Franz Ramirez, 2011 and 2015 NAMCYA Piano Category First prize winner Gabriel Allan Paguirigan, and 5-time NAMCYA Flute Category First prize winner Raymond Sarreal. The concert is part of NAMCYA’s 45th Anniversary celebration, presented in partnership with Ayala Museum.

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Raymond Sarreal

Next in the series of concerts for the 45th Anniversary of the National Music Competitions for Young Artists features world class performances from the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga and Prof. Renato Lucas with Mr. Diomedes Saraza on piano, multi-awarded baritone Andrew Fernando, international soprano Rachelle Gerodias, and 2017 NAMCYA Senior Voice Category winners Radnel Ofalsa and Nicole Pugeda. The event dubbed “Bayan ng Musika, Alay ng NAMCYA” will be held at the main theater of the historic Cultural Center of the Philippines on October 26, 2018.

This year’s categories include Junior Voice, Junior Piano, Junior Strings, Guitar, and Youth Solo Rondalla Instrument for the Solo Categories. For the Group Categories: Children ‘s Rondalla Ensemble, Youth Choir – Equal Voices, Youth Choir – Mixed Voices, and Traditional Music Category (open for solos and ensembles).

Entries must be submitted until July 27, 2018. To join, visit bit.ly/NAMCYA2018

Our Week-long Celebration of Fathers’ Day

This 2018, Father’s Day was extra special. Our much awaited Disney Pixar movie is finally showing in cinemas! 🙂

Yes! Our family is a BIG FAN of The Incredibles Movie. It was in 2014 when it was released by Disney Pixar Movies. From then on we kept on waiting for it’s part 2.

We were all excited when finally it is here. The Incredibles Movie II is showing here in the Philippines and on Fathers’ Day! Woohoo!!! Guess daddy will treat us on his special day. 😉

And to make it extra exciting, my son and I got an exclusive invite to The Incredibles 2 Media Launch. It was held at S’Maison at Conrad Manila. Upon our arrival at the mall we were greeted by this large logo of The Incredibles.

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While inside are fun activities for the kids. You can collect balloons in the Violet Force Field Booth. Test your speed in Dash’s  Timed Obstacle. Feel the rush, jump and fly at Elastigirl’s Trampoline Area and show off your creativity with Mr. Incredible’s logo builder by Nutri-Asia’s Papa Catsup.

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Get ready to fight crime and evil as the incredible superhero family returns to the big screen! SM Cinema is inviting the whole family for a day of superpowered fun at the launch of Incredibles 2: Incredible Adventure at the event atrium of S’Maison at Conrad Manila. Interactive booths and exciting activities await families in the Incredible Adventure where kids (and kids at heart!) can experience what it’s like to be a superhero! Collect balloons and win fun prizes in the Violet Force Field Booth and test your speed in Dash’s Timed Obstacle Dash. Feel the rush, jump and fly at Elastigirl’s Trampoline Area and show off your creativity with Mr. Incredible’s logo builder by Nutri-Asia’s Papa Catsup. Experience being incredible in these super activities coming your way at S’Maison on June 8 – 13, SM North EDSA on June 15 – 20, and SM Southmall on June 22 – 24. Then don’t miss the return of your favourite superhero family! With Helen busy saving the world, it is Bob who is left at home with Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, whose turbulent superpowers are starting to emerge. As the family struggles with the change, they also have to work together to defeat the dangerous plot of a new villain. Catch Incredibles 2 with your family at IMAX, Director’s Club and SM Cinema starting June 14. As a special treat for your superkids, they get a free movie seat for every paying adult this June 21 to 27 in SM Cinemas nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app. You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @sm_cinema on Instagram for updates!

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Not only that. Raix and I got the chance to watch it’s premiere. Call it luck, back-to-back. 🙂 It’s premiere was at SM Aura, IMAX Theater at Bonifacio Global City. The day of the premiere was a rainy one, in fact there was a storm. But it didn’t stop us from watching it. I decided to grab the opportunity to accept the invitation to join the premiere even if we planned to watch it together with our fam, because being invited to a Disney Pixar Movie premiere was totally wicked. Haha.

As expected it was worth the 14 years of wait. So my son and I went home and kept the excitement to ourselves so as not to spoil his sisters and daddy. We were very silent about it for about 5 days. Imagine how we did that? Especially with my very “madaldal” son. He can actually talk non-stop while watching a full movie. 😀

Then came Father’s Day. Everybody’s excited! My youngest sister even tagged along. The greatest challenge for Raix was to keep quiet while inside the cinema and not to mention what would happen next. Hahaha. And would you believe that for the first time he was not a spoiler. 😀 It was one unforgettable Fathers’ Day for our family. We can’t wait for part 3.

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