PROMIL Four i-Shine Talent Camp 6: Discovering your child’s potential through fun, learning activities

What does your child do well? As parents, we know that our children already have the skills one sort or other. Some kids will have a knack for singing, while others will excel in painting.

Letting them explore on their own is essential to discover and nurture their true gifts. For instance, motivating kids to participate in various activities is a good opportunity to discover their interests. Aside from stimulating their creativity, doing this will also help push children to explore their full potential.

While they are young, allowing your kids to realize their talents is helpful in honing their skills. And as parents, we can be the number one support that they need.

Last February 24, Raix and I were very fortunate to be invited to Promil’s iShine Talent Camp Launch for this year. Personally, this is something I look forward to for Raix back when he was still a baby. I recall that I imagine him joining the talent camp, singing and dancing with the other kids. So, I wouldn’t miss this opportunity!

As we got to the venue we got more excited as we are greeted by these cool photo op backdrops.

Promil iShine Talent Camp Mommy Veni and Raix

Raix was very happy to be able to hold and try this guitar. 🙂

Promil iShine Camp Mommy Veni and Raix

The Promil 4 iShine Talent Camp 6 launch was hosted by the Multimedia Star Ms. Toni Gonzaga. Mommies and daddies are taught on what Promil has to offer our little ones by doctors and food scientist & nutritionist.

Promil iShine Camp Panel Speakers

Left to RIght: Dr. Tippy Tanchanco, Dr. Leticia Ho, host Toni Gonzaga-Soriano, actress Dimples Romana, and Mary Jude Icasiano

Wyeth Nutrition Product Manager

Yvette Villegas, the brand manager of PROMIL® Four, said that the i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 brings a whole new fun, and learning experience for parents and their kids.

“We’re so excited to finally open the most exciting PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 yet, where we will witness, once again, the awesome talents of the young participants,” Villegas added. “This year, we are also bringing back our camp masters on board, who will help discover, nurture, and inspire their talents so that they will shine brightly.”

This season, the PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 showcases four different workshops namely, Music, Dance, Arts, and Engineering. Maestro Ryan Cayabyab returns as the camp master who will lead the Music Workshop, Teacher Georcelle Sy, of the G-Force Dance School for the Dance Workshop, Teacher Robert Alejandro and his team from Papemelroti for the Art Workshop, and a new set of workshops focused on Engineering to be led by Teacher Lei Sta. Maria of Engineering for Kids.

Promil iShine Camp Masters

Left to right: Mr. Robert Alejandro, Teacher Georcelle, Maestro Ryan Cayabyab and Ms. Lei Sta. Maria

We were also amazed by the Promil iShine Talent Camp graduate’s presentation. They sang, danced and one of them played the drums! These kids are so talented! 🙂
Promil Four iShine  Talent Camp Graduates

The best part of the event was when the kids got the chance to experience what is in store for them this year at the Promil iShine Talent Camp. My son Raix sure had fun! 😀 We will share to you his experience through his YouTube Channel – Raix at Play.

The PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 will run from April 2 to May 3, 2018. It will be conducted in different locations in Metro Manila and will be concluded through a recital on May 11, 2018where the participants of all four workshops will perform.

The PROMIL Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 will also visit key cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao via road shows to allow children outside Metro Manila to experience the thrill of the workshops.

PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 is now accepting enrollees for the summer activity. To enroll, parents should purchase any of the participating PROMIL Gold® Four or PROMIL® Four variants, which has a corresponding discount to any of the kid’s chosen talent workshop. The pre-registration, on the other hand, will be done online through PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6 website.

Who knows your child may be the next Vincent Van Gogh, Alexander Graham Bell, Elvis Presley or Madonna.

Since its inception, the PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp helped discover and nurture the young Filipinos’ gift in partnership with parents. It is initiated by PROMIL® Four, a milk brand, specially formulated for children above three years old. It is also the only brand that contains NUTRISSENTIALS®—the combination of the unique and important nutrients that help support mental and physical development to help Nurture the Gift, together with balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

To know more about PROMIL® Four i-Shine® Talent Camp 6, visit You may also log on to to know more about  PROMIL® Four.


10 Questions to ask when choosing a health insurance plan

10 Questions to ask when choosing a health insurance plan

Maria Health

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 to find the health plan for yourself, for your loved ones, or your business.

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.

Bawat hugas, dapat Safeguard hugas

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:

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.



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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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?
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?
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
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
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.


Freebie Alert: #NationalPamperingDay

Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa Celebrates the 2nd Year of National Pampering Day

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.


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 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.


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

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

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)


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


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:
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DreamPlay Spookfest 2017

WHEN: October 28 to November 1 | 11am & 4pm
This is group game where they will search for hidden pumpkins around the attractions.
Be on your best Shrek Costume! 🙂
All-day pass
DreamWorks Halloween movie at DreamTheatre
Spookfest bag
Shrek or Treat Pumpkin Hunt
Photo with Shrek
Pumpkin cookies at Gingy’s Kitchen


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

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

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


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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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

gymboree halloween 2017 journeyofthevees

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

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