Biyernes, Enero 25, 2019

Tanduay Pays Homage to the People on 165th Year

“We honor every Filipino craftsman and artisan behind the making of Tanduay. As we celebrate the 165th anniversary of Tanduay Distillers this year, we give credit to the people who have made us the world's number 1 rum. They are the often unrecognized people who silently enjoy and consistently patronize Tanduay. The fisherfolk, the farmers, the chefs, the Balikbayans, the working class, the young professionals, and every Filipino, who celebrate life! We are grateful for all of you.” ~Lucio “Bong” K. Tan, Jr., President

Tanduay is easily one of the most patronized brands in the country. In 2018 alone, it has sold 19.5 million cases of its products in the Philippines. The company has also had a significant presence in five states in the US, Guam, China, and Australia. Plans are already underway to penetrate the markets of European countries.

In marking its 165th anniversary this year, Tanduay celebrates its people and its past. It will soon launch a coffee table book that highlights the men and women behind its success. Additionally, it will be converting its old Quiapo distillery into a brand museum where people can learn more about its rich and colorful history.

The company is cognizant of the huge role that its people play in its success and seeks to pay homage to their skill, artistry, and excellence through its coffee table book.

At the same time, the company is thankful for the Filipinos’ continued patronage its products.

As part of its anniversary celebration, the company has likewise embarked on the conversion of its distillery in Manila into a museum that will showcase its rich and colorful history. It will likewise give its visitors a multi-sensory experience on how its products are made.

The largest surviving rum maker in the country, Tanduay uses Philippine-grown sugarcane to produce molasses that, in turn, are used as raw materials for its world-class rum. It still uses the traditional solera process and formulations that have been passed on for generations.

It has distillation facilities in Lian Batangas (Absolut Distillers, Inc.) and Pulupandan (Asian Alcohol), Negros Occidental, and aging facilities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

As it celebrates 165 years of rum-making excellence, the company looks to continue its success through market expansion and the development of a more premium blend.

Tanduay is the oldest subsidiary of the Lucio Tan Group of companies. Established in 1865, it is also one of the oldest liquor companies in the Philippines.

Throughout the decades, it has become one of the biggest brands in the distilled spirits category, with a 99 percent share in the country’s rum market.

Biyernes, Enero 18, 2019

AXA Philippines receives Visionary Award for MyAXA Café

“By understanding our customers better through MyAXA Café, we are then able to design even better solutions to improve constantly the delivery of a frictionless customer experience.” ~Rahul Hora, AXA Philippines president and CEO

AXA Philippines, one of the leading insurance companies in the country, recently received the Visionary Award from Vision Critical, an international firm that provides continuous customer intelligence to power companies with the collective wisdom of the people that matter to them. The winning entry was MyAXA Café, a branded online insight community that provides secure, ongoing, and real-time feedback from customers.

Created in partnership with global service providers ABN Impact and Vision Critical, MyAXA Café is designed to generate faster, research-driven insight to help improve customer service and enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty. It also helps AXA create new and better products that are responsive to the needs of customers while supporting an ongoing, two-way dialogue with them.

MyAXA Café has now become a vital tool to guide customer-centric decision-making processes within AXA Philippines, across multiple departments and stakeholders that may use it as a first step to making business decisions.

MyAXA Café has already made a difference in customer engagement. Through messages from customers left on MyAXA Café, AXA Philippines launched an engaging and simplified online financial needs analysis tool called Coach Finn that can support customers with their financial game plan. Customers helped AXA Philippines identify the approach, tone, and persona that will solicit their engagement. By iterating feedback from MyAXA Cafe, Coach Finn was a guaranteed success.

MyAXA Café received earlier the Silver Award from the prestigious Efma-Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2018. For more information, visit

How to stay healthy this season

‘Tis the season to be overweight? Though it can be quite a struggle to resist temptations to overeat with all the festivities going on, you can still have a good time and get through the holiday season without expanding your waistline. Here are some ways to stay in shape and in the pink of health.

Prioritize sleep. Lack of sleep may result in not just fatigue but also poor decisions, such as going for bad food choices and canceling workout plans. Take a 20-minute nap when you can to help clear your mind. Try to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night even with all the celebrations you may have to attend.

Hydrate. Try drinking at least two glasses of water before each holiday meal to avoid overeating. Carry a reusable water bottle with you and refill it often throughout the day. Keep in mind that alcohol dehydrates the body, so if you are having a few alcoholic drinks, have some water in between.

Exercise when you can. Make small changes to your daily routine, like parking your car a comfortable distance from your destination or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, to burn the excess calories from all those holiday goodies.

Take a breather. Running errands and attending holiday parties and family gatherings can be quite stressful. Do your best to limit your stress, whether it is by slowing down or saying no to some invitations. If you are hosting lunch or dinner at home, delegate the tasks.

Give yourself the gift of health protection. Set your health goals early and live them ASAP. Go the extra mile for your well-being with health insurance, like AXA Philippines’ Global Health Access. This health plan provides coverage of up to P100 million and world-class medical service in the Philippines or abroad. This comprehensive worldwide health solution takes care of your medical needs by giving you access to the very best health options available, because you deserve no less.

For more information, visit

Start the day right with stress-free food prep

Figuring out what to eat every day can be challenging and can be a serious source of stress sometimes. It is especially tempting to have fast food after a long day. However, to ensure that you get to eat healthy, cooking at home is a must.

Coming up with dishes you can prepare in a hurry do not need to be hard anymore. To make food preparation easier, Beko Philippines, the Official Partner of the Everyday, listed few simple meals, approved by FC Barcelona nutritionists, that are quick and easy to prepare so you do not have to succumb to takeout temptations. 

Turkey Burgers with Spinach and Feta
25 min
4 people

500 g ground turkey
50 g oats
2 eggs
250 g spinach, chopped
50 g feta cheese, crumbled
20 g onion, finely chopped
1 g garlic powder
Salt Pepper

  • Add all ingredients to a large bowl. Combine them with your hands.
  • Form into patties.
  • Put a skillet over medium heat and grease it with a little bit of olive oil.
  • Cook the burgers on both sides until golden brown.

Oven Baked Salmon with Broccoli
20 min
2 people

200 g broccoli
250 g salmon fillet
30 g extra virgin olive oil
2 slices of lemon
50 g green beans
5-6 small potatoes
Pepper to taste

  • Boil the potatoes for 5 minutes.
  • Place the salmon fillet on a baking tray with 2 slices of lemon on top.
  • Garnish with the vegetables and boiled potatoes on the side and season with olive oil, salt, and pepper and bake it for 15 minutes.

Quick Recovery Healthy Pizza
25 min
2 people

330 g flour
200 ml of warm water
18 g fresh yeast
17 g olive oil
7 g salt
150 g low-fat grated cheese
250 g natural canned tomatoes


The dough
  • Pour the water into a bowl; sprinkle with yeast and let it stand until foamy (5 minutes). Whisk together the oil and salt. Add flour and stir in a Kitchen Machine until a sticky dough forms.
  • Brush another large bowl with olive oil. Place the dough inside and drizzle a little oil over the top. Cover with a plastic wrap and set aside until the dough has doubled in size (approx. 1 hour).
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead 1 or 2 times, forming into a round. Let it rest for 10 minutes.

The pizza
  • Stretch the dough in the desired shape.
  • Preheat the oven at 210º C.
  • Combine tomatoes with the oregano to make the sauce.
  • Spread the sauce over the pizza dough.
  • Add grated cheese and chosen toppings.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes.

For more stress-free food preparation, consider using Beko’s GG12116GX Cooking Range which has four Gas Burner, two Hot Plates, Gas Oven, and Electric Grill.

The GG12116GX has a CleanZoneTM feature, where the inner glass doors of Beko ovens are coated in oleophobic technology, which resists dirt and grimes so you don’t have to spend your time cleaning oven doors with heavy duty products. It also has a Flame Failure Device for Burners that automatically cuts off the gas supply to prevent any gas leakage if the flame is accidentally extinguished by wind or overflowing liquid.

In addition, this cooker has a Gas Safety Device for Ovens, which senses flames that might occur. If the flame goes out accidentally by wind or by some kind of liquid, the gas flow automatically cuts off. The gas safety feature is standard on the oven sections of the gas cookers. And lastly, it has an electronic ignition integrated into the knobs, which provides easy and simple lighting for gas burners.

Lunes, Enero 14, 2019

Showing the way in digital dentistry in PH

“For dentists, this innovation enables easy access to immediate and more detailed information. It allows the delivery of accurate and efficient results for increased patient satisfaction.” ~Dr. Steve Mark Gan, GAOC President, and Chief Executive Officer
Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), the Philippines leading group of dental clinics and one of the best in Southeast Asia, introduces another innovation in the country - digital dentistry. 

With digital dentistry, dental surgeries and work in laboratories are further streamlined and improved for higher quality patient care and more aesthetically pleasing results. Patient experience is more comfortable and convenient than before.

Now the preferred system in countries like Germany, Switzerland, England, United States, Japan, and Thailand, digital dentistry involves the use of technologies, machines, equipment and devices that incorporate digital or computer-controlled components for dental procedures.

Among the dental procedures being digitized at GAOC’s 10 clinics are computer-assisted design (CAD/CAM) that enables dental restorations; prosthodontics; oral surgeries and dental implants; radiographs and orthodontics, including digital x-ray and intra-oral camera for accurate teeth and supporting structure imaging; laser gum recontouring and periodontics; and dental lasers.

To prepare for the full implementation of digital dentistry, GAOC dentists undergo various specialized training and seminars abroad, all made possible through partnerships with entities like Straumann, Zirkonzahn, and 3Shape.

For more details and information on digital dentistry, like and follow GAOC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, @gaocdental or visit

Aside from the use of state-of-the-art technology, GAOC takes pride in its professional and caring dentists who possess the unique GAOC touch. The dental professionals undergo continuous and extensive training here and abroad to further their knowledge of the latest trends and developments in the field of dentistry.

The Most Popular Brands on Shopee Philippines in 2018

“Shopee Philippines achieved many exciting milestones in 2018, including the launch of Shopee Mall which cemented our position as a one-stop online shopping destination and delivered increased convenience for users seeking a more diverse online shopping experience. Since its launch, Shopee Mall has seen tremendous growth due to strong support from both brands and shoppers in the Philippines. In 2019, we will continue to expand our assortment on Shopee Mall to give users even better deals from leading local and international brands and retailers.” ~Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines
Xiaomi, Maybelline, and The SM Store Named The Most Popular Brands on Shopee Philippines in 2018! Kickstart the new year at Shopee with the best brand deals at the first Payday Sale of 2019!

Building on the buzz of the new year, Shopee Philippines unveils the top categories and brands in 2018 ahead of the first Payday sale of 2019 from 10 to 18 January. Electronics, Health & Beauty, and Home & Living emerged as the top categories for 2018, with Xiaomi, Maybelline, and The SM Store topping the charts for each category.

Maybelline crowned the queen of Health & Beauty

Health & Beauty rounds off the top categories on Shopee Philippines in 2018 as Shopee users continued to snap up skincare products and cosmetics. 

Maybelline emerged as the top beauty brand on Shopee Philippines after a fruitful Shopee 12.12 Birthday Sale, where it sold over 50,000 items on 12 December alone. Maybelline’s success was driven by several hit products launched in 2018, such as the Superstay Matte Liquid Lipstick, Hypercurl Mascara, and the Fit Me Liquid Foundation. 

Filipino users were also interested in skincare and personal grooming, with P&G, Nivea, Unilever, Johnson & Johnson, and Garnier also named among the top Home & Living brands.

Shoppers can look forward to even better deals from their favorite brands on Shopee in 2019, starting with the first Payday Sale of the year from 10 to 18 January. Users can enjoy free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱150, up to 7 rounds of flash sales daily, and the return of the new interactive live quiz game Shopee Quiz after a strong debut during Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale.

Xiaomi emerges as best-selling electronics brand in Shopee Philippines

The electronics category recorded around 300% increase in orders in 2018, becoming one of the top 3 categories on Shopee Philippines as Filipinos shopped for tech products online more. Shopee catered to this trend by onboarding leading electronics brands on Shopee Mall and also launching Shopee Gadget Zone, a dedicated portal featuring Lowest Price Guaranteed deals on tech products from top brands including Xiaomi, Samsung, and Oppo. 

Xiaomi emerged as the top electronics brand on Shopee Philippines in 2018. Xiaomi enjoyed a strong debut on Shopee Philippines as the Redmi 5 smartphone sold out in less than a minute during the brand’s first flash sale in April. It was also one of the most sought-after brands for Filipinos, as “Xiaomi” was searched around 900,000 times on Shopee Philippines over 2018. Finally, one of its most awaited smartphones, the Pocophone F1, sold out in 16 minutes on flash sale during Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale.

In addition, televisions were also popular among Shopee users in 2018, as TV brands Ace, Mass, and Avision ranked among the top 5 electronics brands on Shopee Philippines. 

Consumers snap up bath and bedroom supplies as The SM Store leads Home & Living

Home & Living was also among the hottest categories in Shopee Philippines in 2018. Bath and bedroom supplies were especially popular among Filipino users; on average, over 2,000 bath and bedroom-related products were sold every day. In line with the global trend of cutting down on plastic use, around 400 stainless steel straws were sold per day on Shopee Philippines in 2018.

The SM Store, the largest department store chain in the Philippines, was the number one brand in the Home & Living category in 2018. Insulated tumblers, oil diffusers, and hard case luggage bags were the hottest products on The SM Store as the brand saw robust performance over the year, ranking among the best-selling brands during Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale.

In line with the growing popularity of online shopping among men, there was also an increase in demand for electrical appliances and power tools as TCL, Bosch, and Lotus ranked among the top 10 Home & Living brands.

For more information,
Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Miyerkules, Enero 9, 2019

Build your own Jollitown Theme Park with newest Jolly Kiddie Meal toys

This January, kids and their playmates can spend fun-filled afternoons building and exploring different rides in their very own amusement park with the latest Jolly Kiddie Meal toys, the Jollitown Theme Park!

With the newest set of collectible toys from the well-loved fast-food brand, kids will have lots of exciting playtimes as they join Jollibee at the Roller Coaster, Hetty at the Water Slide, Popo at the Plane Ride, Twirlie at the Twirl Drop, and Yum at the Swinging Ship Ride.

Boost Jollibee through the thrilling roller coaster loop by connecting the track and launcher, placing him on the track, and pressing the button. Kids can give Hetty a push at the water slide by placing her on top of the slide and pressing the lever to release the log.

Kids can make Popo fly around by inserting the ripcord and pulling it to watch his plane spin. Pressing the button at the twirl drop can give Twirlie a spin as she slides down. Yum will wobble with his ship when you move the anchor at the swinging ship ride.

Collect and connect the Jollitown Theme Park toys with every purchase, each with its own Jolly Joy Box:
  • Yumburger (P80)
  • Yumburger Meal with Drink (P100)
  • Jolly Spaghetti (P95)
  • Jolly Spaghetti Meal with Drink (P105)
  • 1-piece Burger Steak (P95)
  • 1-piece Burger Steak Meal with Drink (P105)
  • 1-piece Chickenjoy with rice (P120)
  • 1-piece Chickenjoy Meal with Drink (P135)

Build your very own Jollitown Theme Park with the newest Jolly Kiddie Meal, available only until January 31 only. Visit the nearest Jollibee branch to collect and connect all five toys!

Prime I Events and HAHA Presents Liz Miele "Self Help Me"

Prime I Events and Happy Happenings are back with another event filled with laughs with Liz Miele.

Learning how to do self-love is one of the most popular new year’s resolutions of 2019. With Oxford’s announcement of the 2018 word of the year being ‘toxic’, people are constantly asking what is the most effective way to conquer the bad in their lives. Multi-awarded comedian Liz Miele has the answer for this as she goes on her ‘Self Help Me’ tour.

Starting out at age 16 as a stand-up comedian, Liz Miele has risen to become a household name in the comedy scene. She is the creator for the viral YouTube hit “Feminist Sex Positions”. Completing numerous tours around the world with her humor, Liz has also recently released her debut comedy album entitled “Emotionally Unstable” on both iTunes and Amazon.

Start the new year right and get a headstart on your new year’s resolutions by catching Liz Miele perform live in Manila on January 17, 2019, at Johnny B. Good Glorietta 3, Makati. Ticket prices are at 1000 PHP.

Doors open at 6:00PM and show will start at 8:00PM. 

For Tickets and Inquiries,
call 0920-9717055 / 0917-5703057
Tickets available on Ticketworld Hotline 891-9999 and available online at

A Celebration of life and rebirth for the Love of Leyte

Waray band Kulahig
Five years ago the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda, Eastern Visayas recently witnessed For the Love of Leyte, n celebration of the rebirth of Leyte a non-profit, benefit arts and music festival that gathered together local artists and artisans to create empowerment and change through music and arts. 

Organized by the Philippine Foundation, in partnership with:
  • The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB)
  • The marketing arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT)
  • One Love Festival UK and Tabo-an Ha Ginsiyaman
  • The two-day festival featured a one-of-a-kind musical experience featuring local and foreign artists as well as trade fairs, and a series of cultural workshops

For the Love of Leyte event also aimed to champion sustainable tourism and development, as well as reintroduce tourists to post-Yolanda Leyte. 

Miyerkules, Enero 2, 2019

Cebu Pacific’s GetGo partners with CuroTek for contact center services, improved customer experience!

“We really look forward to the coming months and years as we achieve new successes and address new challenges, as well as deliver great customer care through all possible channels. My hope is that we will be able to maintain our level of customer care at a satisfactory level; knowing that we have CuroTek with us we believe that we will provide just that, and so much more.” ~Nik Laming, General Manager of Cebu Pacific’s GetGo
(L-R) Jojo Uligan, Former Chief Operating Officer of Curo Teknika, Inc.; Aaron Delapaz, Operations Manager Cebu Pacific Getgo Loyalty Rewards; Nik Laming, General Manager of Cebu Pacific’s GetGo Lifestyle Rewards Program; Nerisse Ramos, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ePLDT Group and President of Curo Teknika; and Jett Tinio, Current Chief Operating Officer of Curo Teknika grace the ceremonial contract signing for GetGo’s adoption of Managed Contact Center services from Curo Teknika. Curo Teknika is an ePLDT subsidiary that offers Managed IT Services and Business Process Outsourcing to various industries in the country.
CuroTek (Curo Teknika, Inc.), the country’s preferred Managed IT Services and Contact Center partner of market-leading enterprises, recently penned a partnership with Cebu Pacific to provide Managed Omni Channel Contact Center Services to Cebu Pacific’s Lifestyle Rewards Program GetGo.

The GetGo rewards program allows customers to earn and convert points from their flights and the company’s lifestyle partners. Just fly with Cebu Pacific to earn points and redeem them for free flights or in-flight add-ons.

Meanwhile, CuroTek President and ePLDT Group Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Nerisse Ramos expressed her genuine appreciation to CebGo for entrusting its contact center needs to CuroTek, specifically in redefining the way it offers “topnotch customer experience” to Filipino flyers.
“Contact center is a very critical component of GetGo’s digital transformation in terms of redefining customer experience. We are very honored that they have chosen us to be part of their strategic roadmap. We have benchmarked CuroTek as the country’s leading provider of contact center solutions to Philippine enterprises and we’ll offer just that to their growing organization. In behalf of CuroTek, backed by the strengths of PLDT and ePLDT, the whole team is committed to making this journey successful.” ~Nerisse Ramos, CuroTek President, and ePLDT Group Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
GetGo availed the Omni Channel Contact Center services for both their GetGo Loyalty Rewards Customer Service and GetGo Telemarketing. Through this partnership, GetGo will be able to provide a better experience to its fast-growing member base by assisting them on their rewards/points when they book their international and local flights through Voice, Email, Chat and Social Media. Likewise, this will enable their clients to avail the GetGo credit card powered by Unionbank Master Card.

An established ePLDT subsidiary, CuroTek provides bespoke solutions for both Contact Center Services and IT Outsourcing. Capitalizing on its proprietary IT Framework Best Practices and Homegrown Omni Channel Contact Center Solutions, CuroTek enables its partners to achieve their digital transformation goals and providing delightful customer experience.

For more information about CuroTek, please visit

Martes, Enero 1, 2019

Essilor’s Eye Can Succeed awarded Golden World Awards

Receiving the gold award in behalf of Essilor Philippines were (from left to right) Essilor Spain Consumer and Categories marketing manager Hugo Velasco, PR manager Adriana Garcia, and FuentesManila president Edd Fuentes.
Eye Can Succeed, an advocacy campaign dedicated to improving Filipino lives by improving sight, won its first global award, the Golden World Awards for Excellence in Public Relations – Healthcare category. Held at the Hotel Catalonia, Barcelona Plaza in Spain and attended by delegates from 60 countries worldwide, the GWA awarded Essilor’s Eye Can Succeed for successfully providing free eye care services to 10,000 Filipino senior high school students and distributing prescription glasses to those in need. 

Eye Can Succeed campaign was spearheaded by Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF), the philanthropic arm of Essilor. Dubbed “Oscars of PR”, the annual Golden World Awards is organized by the International Public Relations Association (IPRA), the leading global network for Public Relations professionals. It is the world’s most prestigious PR award-giving body that recognizes best in public relations practices worldwide in different categories. 

Triathletes of all ages dominate MediCard Sprint Tri 2018

“This is one of the best ways to encourage everyone – from little kids to adults, even the more senior ones – to exercise and move.” ~Mr. Nicky Montoya, MediCard President
(far left) Medicard president Dr. Nicky Montoya and (far right) COO Atty. Jon Montoya with winners of male category aged 30-34, Paul Henry Tambasen in first place, Rolando Alquero in second place, and PJ Tan in third place
Beginner and seasoned triathletes prevailed over the first-ever MediCard Sprint Triathlon at Fontana Leisure Park in Clark, Pampanga with teenager Adrian Thomas Dionisio (male category aged 15-17) clinching the top spot at 1:07:46 and Julie Somoso (female category aged 50 and above) leading her age group  at 1:59:28.

The triathlon included a 600-m swim, 20-km bike, and 5-km run course. Athletes took several laps in the Olympic-sized pool and went on to a one-loop bike course around the Clark grounds, and to a single-loop run on the resort. It also featured a relay category for family, friends, or teammates.

Ian Banzon of Sante Barley (F, 30-34)  reached the finish line at 1:19:53 while Gianmarco Anton Sibayan (M, 25-29) clocked in at 1:11:38, followed by Pierce Tan (M, 18-24) at 1:11:49.  Ma. Lourdes Cabero (F, 35-39) finished the course to claim the second-fastest female spot at 1:29:51, whereas Alfie Yu (F, 40-44) finished third.

Among the top 10 male finish times were the performances of older age group champions Levy Ang (45-49), clocking in at 1:15:31, and Rune Stroem (55-59) with 1:16:39.

Other age-group female champions in the MediCard Sprint Tri were Therese Malapad (15-17), Isabel Parco (18-24), Alessandra Castaneda (25-29), and Ymelle Reyes (45-49). Male champions include Angelo Leaño (35-39), Brett Petrillo (40-44), Jerry Santos (50-54), and Chicho Mantaring (60 and above).

Champions in the relay category were Team Fuego (all-female), Team Pukers (all-male, mixed), and Team ActiveHealth (family).

MediCard is a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) in the country dedicated to providing accessible healthcare to Filipinos.  Visit or call (02) 884-9999 for your healthcare needs.

Careline Trendy makeup techniques to glam up for New Year!

Careline Trendy Makeup Technique
New Year brings a lot of a positive and fun vibe with makeup looks that match your personality and resolutions. Bold and sparkly colors are fail-proof makeup looks that you can try for a more adventurous and glamorous year to come. But if you’re all set on channeling an easygoing and wholesome vibe, you can go for fresh and monochromatic looks this 2019. Let Careline, the Filipina teen's go-to cosmetic brand under Ever Bilena Cosmetics, guide you:

Planning for a new makeup routine for everyday look? Go for a fresh and youthful makeup look using Careline’s Multi Sticks (P205). Start by applying the Blur Stick all over the face to keep it smooth and oil-free. This will also ensure that your makeup stays in place the whole day. Hide blemishes and highlight your facial features with the Brighten Stick. Then, with the Contour Stick, draw a line along your temples, the hollows of your cheeks, jawline and sides of the nose. Tap area of contour color with your fingers. Add a pop of color on the cheeks, lips and even eyes with the Rose and Peach Sticks. Complete the look with a healthy glow using the Strobe Stick, applying on the high points of your cheeks, the inner corners of the eyes, eyebrow bone, and bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow, and chin.  

The monochromatic look involves keeping your eyes, lips, and cheek within the same makeup shades. Perfect for any occasion, this makeup trend is not only easy to wear but also easy to apply. The trick is to choose a color that complements your skin tone like Careline Multi Sticks in Rose and Peach. You can apply it all over your lids, even dab some on your cheeks and use it on your lips. Voila! You’re good to go.    

Bold brows and lips
Bold brows and lips will never go out of style. To achieve this look, be sure your eyebrows are well-groomed so it’s easy to fill them in with your preferred eyebrow product. With the brow comb, brush your eyebrow hairs upward then fill in sparse spots with Careline’s Best Brow Liner (P160) in Taupe or Brunette. Complement your look with bold lips using your preferred shades from Careline’s Metallic Lipstick (P210) or Matte Liquid Lipstick (P210).  

Smoky eyes, soft lips
Smokey eyes are perfect during special celebrations or a night out with your friends. It’s easily doable by filling in your whole lids with Careline Color Pencil (P65), which has a creamy texture that can be used as an eyebrow and eyeliner pencil. After application, blend it with a flat eyeshadow brush. Of course, smoky eyes aren’t complete without a swipe of Go Big! Mascara (P185) on your lashes and dramatic winged-eyes using Careline’s Liquid Eyeliner (P105). Balance it out with any nude shade of lipstick using Careline Kiss Sticks (P180).

Try these easy-to-do makeup looks and you’re sure to look party-ready for the coming holidays.

Santé unveils the ‘New Home of Champions’

“The Santé Fitness Lab is a step towards the fulfillment of our vision of being a global leader in providing holistic and innovative fitness programs and sports rehabilitation for the achievement and maintenance of optimal human performance. Our goal is not only to develop top-notch athletes who can represent the Philippines in different competitions outside the country but we also want to encourage people from all walks of life to be active in sports, especially the young ones, to prepare them for in the future.” ~Mr. Joey Marcelo, CEO of Santé Barley
Gracing the ribbon-cutting ceremony, after the unveiling of Santé Fitness Lab, is (L-R) Santé International CEO Joey Marcelo, SFL General Manager Clarize Lucindo, and Imus City Mayor Hon. Emmanuel Maliksi.
Santé, a provider of premier organic health and wellness products and services, recently held the soft launch of the Santé Fitness Lab, the New Home of Champions, at the Vermosa Sports Hub in Imus, Cavite. 

The Santé Fitness Lab is a premier one-stop fitness center. It will not only serve as a gym but also, a fitness hub that offers comprehensive training programs from professional and everyday athletes.  

CEO of Santé Joey Marcelo, Santé Fitness Lab General Manager Clarize Lucindo, and Imus City Mayor Hon. Emmanuel Maliksi, were present during the ribbon cutting to mark the official launch of the Santé Fitness Lab. 

The fitness center will be offering Sports Development programs for all ages starting with a swim and triathlon school, as well as MMA classes. It also has a Recovery and Sports Rehab center dedicated to ensuring injuries are kept at bay so, athletes can successfully return to play at an even better condition. 

Santé Fitness Lab also has Performance Testing services, which are geared toward measuring and analyzing specific performance factors. In addition, it sets to open its Multi-Sports Café soon, in partnership with Seafood Island group and a Multi-sports Shop.

The athletes, who will lead the program and service offerings of Santé Fitness Lab are well distinguished in their field of sport, such as Mico Cabungan, expert strength and condition coach, who currently leads the conditioning of the Cignal HD spikers, a professional volleyball team; Edward Bacason, expert strength and conditioning coach and head of physiotherapist of the San Miguel Beermen, a professional basketball team; Louie Sangalang, a URCC Champion; Don Velasco, a multi-sport performance coach; Mervin Santiago, an elite triathlete and top coach; and Junrox Roque, top triathlete. 

Staying true to its tagline, the New home of Champions, the Santé Fitness Lab will also serve as the Official Recovery Services Provider for the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) for their competitions locally and internationally. 

To know more about the Santé Fitness Lab, check out their Facebook page or visit their website

About Santé 
Founded in 2007, Santé promotes, produces and distributes premier natural health and wellness products; as well as services, designed to help people live better lives. With Santé Barley as its flagship brand, Santé has dominated the local market with its certified organic barley grass -- grown and harvested in New Zealand. With the proven health benefits of Santé Barley, Santé has developed a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. Today, Santé has expanded its offerings to include a fitness and rehabilitation center with its Santé Fitness Lab; and an array of natural products that are true to the company's thrust in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Headquartered in the Philippines, Santé has offices worldwide such as New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, Qatar, Nigeria, and Cyprus.

A look into the life of an MMA fighter

“The sport was interesting to me. I was encouraged with a group of people I was a part of, to do martial arts. Being the young guys that we were, we started practicing in the streets. After witnessing the first edition of URCC live, I remember telling myself that I will join the next one. From there, I joined the second, fourth, fifth and the sixth editions, and that’s how I got into MMA full-time. Grappling is when you’re on the ground and you try to submit your opponent with a choke or a lock.  Stand up is more of striking. These skills are related to boxing or kickboxing. You need to know the disciplines like the ground and stand up game before you become a professional. What happens in fight camp is that the training is brought at an extreme level so that when you’re in the actual match, it’s just a walk in the park for you. Maraming kasabihan na if you love your teammate, sasaktan mo siya. Some camps actually don’t encourage you to apologize. I had to cope with so many things during my adolescent years. Being an achiever, being away from my family since they were in the province while I was here [in Manila] trying to fit in. Martial arts was one of the many things that helped me establish myself. I wanted to be physically fit, I wanted to fight this illness. It became a metaphor for me. I want to build an international champion locally, whether that’s me or somebody else. I prefer if it is someone else and for that person to be recognized. I was fortunate to witness the evolution [of the sport.] Your sponsors are just coming in, you don’t make a lot of money yet. I want that market to grow. We have so many talents. I want to be remembered as a mentor. I want to be someone who shared unselfishly what I have learned and imparted values to others. Coming from a period when my life was a mess, I want to mold people and guide them in times of their lives not as a champion but as a mentor.” ~Louie Sangalang, a Multi-Sport Athlete
Louie Sangalang, a Multi-Sport Athlete
Mixed martial arts, also known as MMA, is a full-combat sport where two fighters attempt to achieve dominance over one another using techniques from various combat sports and martial arts. Louie Sangalang, a multi-sport athlete, has accomplished so much in his life. And at age 40, stopping seems nowhere in sight for him as he continues to make strides among different facets in life, including the fierce arena, where intellect and strength are always tested—the mixed martial arts. Considered to be one of the fastest growing and most popular sports in the world, MMA has only started to get recognition in the Philippines in the last few years. 

One of the people who took an interest in the sport when it was just taking off in the country is Sangalang. From a young aspirant, Sangalang rose to the occasion as he competes for big arenas, inside and outside of the country. 

Going through cancer

Before MMA, Sangalang was already active in different sports. In college, he was a part of the rowing team and track team of De La Salle University (DLSU.) However, the life of the sports enthusiast took an unexpected turn when he was diagnosed with cancer—specifically, acute adenocarcinoma of the appendix or appendiceal cancer.

However, Sangalang did not let what seems to be the biggest challenge in his life get to him. While going through the process of recovery, he took an interest in jujitsu, boxing, and kickboxing. This eventually became an avenue for him to pursue martial arts. 

Sangalang’s liking for the sport was further strengthened when his college buddy organized the local promotion for the Ultimate Reality Combat Championship (URCC.)

Training for a fight

Sangalang explained that pursuing MMA entails that you know the different disciplines involved in the sport. They can be classified as striking and grappling skills. 

However, the sport is not grappling and striking alone. It also requires mental strength and focuses. For Sangalang, this mindset translates to putting together different disciplines to win the fight. For instance, a bit of muay thai, tai sabaki, and karate does the trick for striking while judo, aikido, jujitsu, and combat sambo for grappling.

In preparing for a match, the multi-sport athlete explained that it is ideal to have an eight week to 12-week fight camp with the assumption that the person already knows the basics.

No matter how good you are at the sport, on the other hand, injuries are hard to avoid. In fact, most injuries according to Sangalang happens in fight camp, and he is no newbie when it comes to these things. He shared that he popped two of his ribs, broke the tip of his nose, and sprained his joints, fingers, wrists, and ankles, among many others, during his training and fights.

Louie Sangalang, a Multi-Sport Athlete
More than just a sport

More than the physical pain that injuries and bruises inflicted on Sangalang’s body, he also went through emotional troubles. He noted that growing up, he had a lot of angsts, and the sport was one of the things that helped him get through it.

The sport also became his anchor when he got sick. While healing, this became the young Sangalang’s mindset as he expels all his frustrations about the world. 

Being a mentor 

Sangalang understands that his physical being will weaken as he gets older. But, one thing that he would like to avoid is for his mental faculties to deteriorate. That is why he is doing everything in his power to share his knowledge and skills.

Sangalang is slated to teach at Elite Fit in Santé Fitness Lab in Vermosa Sports Hub. He is part of the Santé Fight Team, an initiative of Santé, a company that provides premier organic health and wellness products and services designed to improve the quality of life of people. It aims to support more athletes in other sports, which in turn inspire more distributors and Santé product users. 

Aside from being an MMA fighter, Sangalang is also a triathlete. He is a part of the Santé Barley Tri-team, a triathlon team founded by Joey Marcelo, CEO of Santé.  The company believes that optimal health is not only achieved through proper nutrition but also by participating in various sports events. 

Overcoming his troubles in life prove to be well worth it when he became a champion in his weight class, which he shared was his favorite moment as an MMA fighter. But more than that, he also wants to help create titleholders in the future. 

About Santé
Founded in 2007, Santé promotes, produces and distributes premier natural health and wellness products; as well as services, designed to help people live better lives. With Santé Barley as its flagship brand, Santé has dominated the local market with its certified organic barley grass -- grown and harvested in New Zealand. With the proven health benefits of Santé Barley, Santé has developed a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. Today, Santé has expanded its offerings to include a fitness and rehabilitation center with its Santé Fitness Lab; and an array of natural products that are true to the company's thrust in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Headquartered in the Philippines, Santé has offices worldwide such as New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE, Qatar, Niger