Pasig River Master Plan Completed!

The PRRC, in collaboration with UP PLANADES, designed the Pasig River Integrated and Strategic Master Plan (PRISM) with a vision that by 2032, the Pasig River and its surrounding basins are resilient life-sustaining ecosystems that are able to support diverse human needs and biodiversity towards inclusive, harmonized, and balanced development co-managed by competent and adaptive institutions with responsible and empowered communities.

This new restoration strategy covers water quality management, stream flow management, catchment management and riparian management so that the Pasig River will again enshrine socioeconomic, aesthetic, environmental, recreational and cultural values amid changing risks and natural perturbations.

The illustration below provides a brief summary of the integrated wastewater treatment systems, one of the 19 priority projects proposed in the PRISM to help improve the water quality of the Pasig River, and for concerned agencies to comply with concession agreement, and other environmental laws.

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Philippines’ PASIG RIVER Vies for Asia Riverprize Award; Competes with China’s YANGTZE RIVER

The Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) welcomed the selection of Pasig River as a finalist in the first ever Asia RiverPrize by the prestigious International River Foundation (IRF).

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PRRC Executive Director Jose Antonio “Pepeton” E. Goitia said this is the second time Pasig River, the cradle of early Manila civilization, vied for an international recognition.

In 2017, Pasig River was hailed as runner-up to the winner, San Antonio River of Texas, USA in the Thiess International Riverprize competition.

“The consecutive entries of the Pasig River as a finalist in the 2017 and 2018 Thiess International and Asia Riverprize, respectively, is a testament that the world recognizes the efforts of the Philippine government to restore the Pasig River and its environs since PRRC was established in 1999,” said Goitia.

The IRF recognizes and rewards organizations that are making a difference through effective river basin restoration and management programs.

Initially, the competition was called the Asia-Pacific Riverprize Awards which was opened to entrants from New Zealand, Australia, and 45 other countries.

However, according to the IRF, due to the high number and quality of entries received, it decided to split the promoted Asia-Pacific Riverprize into: Asia Riverprize and Australasia Riverprize.

After a series of tedious deliberations, the IRF has announced and congratulated the organizations chosen as Asia Riverprize finalists with the highest honors in river restoration and protection namely: the Pasig River (Philippines) and the Yangtze River (China).

Goitia added that “last year, the Philippines is the only third world and developing country that made it into the international finals and bravely competed with the US and the United Kingdom. In this year’s Asia Riverprize, we will be facing the red dragon, China. We remain steadfast and optimistic that we will stand triumphant in the end.”

In behalf of the IRF’s board of river basin experts, IRF Director Professor Bill Dennison said that “these different river stories are united by a common theme: excellence in river management.”

The Riverprize is not a competition of which river is more beautiful or cleaner. This is the reason why the IRF, comprised of river management experts and professionals from around the world, has given importance and consideration to the rehabilitation efforts of the PRRC to bring back the Pasig River system to life.

It has acknowledged PRRC’s commitment in delivering quality projects, programs, and activities in easement recovery, housing and resettlement, riverbanks development, waste and water quality management, and public awareness.

Compared to the 1990s when it was declared “biologically dead,” the Pasig River’s condition now has significantly improved.

Although the Pasig River development is a work in progress, many areas along the historic river have already shown signs of aquatic life and it has already become conducive for transport, recreation, and tourism.

Goitia, together with other PRRC officers, will be presenting and defending the Philippines’ Pasig River entry to a panel of esteemed judges in the upcoming 21st International Riversymposium on October 14 to 18, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. Members of PRRC’s Management Committee will also form part of the Philippine delegation.

The winner of the 2018 Asia Riverprize will receive widespread global recognition which can build new partnerships, provide opportunities for exchange of knowledge and best practices, and open doors for international support.

Furthermore, the winner will automatically qualify for Stage Two of the Thiess International Riverprize in 2019.

As one nation, the PRRC seeks everyone’s support to its Pasig River entry in the 2018 Asia Riverprize.

The Pasig River’s victory is the victory of the Philippines and every Filipino who works hard and shares the same vision of saving our waterways and the environment. It will be the triumph of all who believe that the dream of a clean and alive Pasig River.

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.

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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Photo source: http://www.namcya.com

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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Jonathan Badon

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

Get Clearer, Brighter Skin with PYNOCARE

Do you know how to get glowing skin naturally?

Dark spots has always been a common problem for women especially for Filipinas like us who often find ourselves under the sun. Good thing there’s Pynocare – the first ever, safe and effective skin depigmentation capsule. The best part? Pynocare is 100% natural and consists only of ingredients which have long been proven effective.

Manufactured by MegaLife Sciences, a renowned Thai beauty pharmaceuticals
company, Pynocare is a dermatologist-proven effective to combat dark spots and
melasma. Each capsule is packed with vitamins and nutrients that are good for your skin such as Betacarotene and Ascorbic acid.

Additionally, Pynocare contains MSCC Complex (Melasma Skin Clear Complexion) which is a patented combination of powerful antioxidants. By taking it 2x a day after meals, you’ll see results in as early as two months.

PYNOCARE PRODUCT INFO

Pynocare is an OTC medicine for Melasma or dark spots.
• It is made by Mega Lifesciences, a renowned Thai pharmaceutical company.
• It is an oral capsule available that is DERMATOLOGIST-TESTED proven to lighten dark spots or Melasma.
• It has MSCC complex (Melasma Skin Clear Complexion) which is a patented combination of powerful antioxidants such as Procyanidin and Vitamins A, C and E that can lighten dark spots.
• Recommended dosage:
1 cap 2x daily (after meals) per day for two months
• After two months, 1capsule per day as maintenance.
• Each box has 20 capsules.
• Price is 1355/box; 67.75 pesos per cap
• Available in Mercury, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drug, St
Joseph Pharmacy and all leading drugstores nationwide. pynocare

WHAT IS MELASMA?

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Melasma is a kind of dark spots which are skin-deep and are dark patches in appearance, most commonly found on most protruded part of the face (forehead, cheeks, nose bridge, etc.,) and body. It is most commonly caused by sun exposure as UV rays trigger overproduction of the melanin levels in the skin. Other risk factors are: Hormonal imbalance, Indoor UV rays, Harsh cosmetics.

DARK SPOTS RISK FACTOR

Dark Spots Risk Factor

All these can trigger overproduction of melanin in the skin thus, resulting into dark spots or Melasma.

HOW PYNOCARE WORKS

Pyncare Works

  • Melasma is a kind of the dark spots that is skin-deep and is difficult to address. PYNOCARE (Procyanidin + Ascorbic Acid + Betacarotene +d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate) is especially formulated to address this as it has MSCC formulation – a combination of powerful antioxidants that targets dark spots at its root cause and other damaging free radicals that causes overproduction of melanin.
  • Its backed up by clinical trials done in Thailand and in Malaysia resulting in 85% efficacy.
  • Clinical study also done in the Philippines by Certified dermatologists. of RITM. The study was published in the International Journal of Dermatology in 2008. Results show that Pynocare is effective for Filipinos with Melasma. Results showed significant lightening of dark spots after 8 weeks of use.

CLINICAL STUDIES RESULTS (BEFORE & AFTER)

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(a.) A 48-year old woman wth hyperpigmented patches on both cheeks. (b.) After 8 weeks of treatment with oral procyanidin, with lightening of pigmentation.

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(a.) A 34-year old housewife before treatment. (b.) After 8 weeks of treatment with oral procyanidin, with lightening of pigmentation.

 

PHILIPPINE CLINICAL STUDY RESULT:
After 8 weeks of treatment, results show that Pynocare effectively lightened dark spots
/Melasma.

 

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER

***PYNOCARE is NOT recommended for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or 18 years old and below.***

All-out Protection for Your Kids This Rainy Season with Wert Philippines’ Dayzinc and Nutri 10 Plus Vitamins

A couple of weeks ago, my son and I received a package from Wert Philippines. The package was very timely for the upcoming rainy season. As we unboxed it, I was only expecting to see Nutri 10 plus, but got surprised to see more of their products – Dayzinc, which comes in syrup, capsules and chewable tablet, and Alphabetic.

I was only familiar with Nutri 10 Plus, Raix got to try this almost 2 years ago and we definitely got great results from this. We have been using this alternately with other multivitamins and it sure made him “aktibo’t malakas”. You may read our review on how he got taller and smarter.

Timely that we are on our last dosage of his current Vitamin C. We immediately gave it a try. Since it’s his first time to try Dayzinc he kind of didn’t like it’s Ponkan flavor, a bit sweet and a bit sour. But as I give it to him everyday, he got used to it. Nothing beats a good vitamin C especially one with Zinc.

Wert Philippines Dayzinc

Dayzinc. Sodium Ascorbate + Ascorbic Acid + Zinc. Contribute to the proper functioning and strengthening of the immune system. It is available for different age groups.

Dayzinc Oral Drops — 3 – 12 months old baby.

Dayzinc Syrup — For children 1 – 12 years old.

Dayzinc Chewable Tablet — For children above 15 years old and adults.

Dayzinc Capsule — For adults.

Wert Philippines Nutri10

Nutri 10 Plus. Chlorella Growth Factor + Lysine + Taurine + Vitamins + Zinc. Contributes to the optimum growth and development of kids.

Nutri 10 Plus Drops — For kids 6 months – 2 years old.

Nutri 10 Plus Syrup — For kids 1 – 12 years old

Wert Philippines Alphabetic

Alphabetic. Ampalaya + Banana + Camote + Duhat. Supportive to the drug regimen or insulin in the management of type II Diabetes Mellitus.

For my mommy readers who are on the hunt for the best vitamins that will suit your kids, why not try Wert Philippines’ All-Out Protection tandem. Share with me your kid’s experience below. 🙂