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Stronger 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement

For three years in a row now, Unilever through its brand Domex has been the prime mover of the 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement. The celebration of  World Toilet Day 2015 in the Philippines saw a stronger 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement with the addition of new partners to the cause. Joining the advocacy this year are health institutions and leading hospitals, through the Philippine Public Health Association, as well as Maxicare, the country’s leading health maintenance organization. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) remains a steady partner of the movement from the time it was introduced up to the present. World Toilet Day 2015 World Toilet Day 2015 was celebrated at the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City last November 13. The affair highlighted the fact that an estimated 443 million school days each year are missed by children when they become sick due to poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets. The advocacy campaign endeavors to educate a million Filipinos every year on proper toilet hygiene towards fighting diseases caused by unsanitary toilets. This year’s program includes the training of hospital housekeeping staff on proper toilet hygiene, as well as distributing educational materials to patients. The partnership with Maxicare and its network of doctors is aimed at increasing awareness for the need to adopt proper hygiene practices. Patients at the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center , East Avenue Medical Center, Rizal Medical Center, and Maxicare Clinics experienced germ-free toilets, empowering them to do the same for their own homes , given the rights tools for proper toilet sanitation. This agenda will be driven among...

Discover the Secret of Snails through Farmstay

When it comes to beauty routine, snail slime does not readily come to mind. For Korean women however who are considered the “Olympians” of skin care, it holds one of the biggest beauty secrets ever discovered. Filipinas now have a chance to try it for themselves through Farmstay snail products. The Discovery of Snail Slime Studies show that snail slime contains a perfect balance of proteins, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants which offer a number of benefits including the stimulation of the production of elastin and collagen. While elastin is considered the “rubber band” of the skin with its ability to make skin “snap back” to its original shape after being stretched or contracted, collagen is a protein that keeps the skin strong and firm. The power of snail slime was accidentally discovered when Chilean farmers who were exporting snails to restaurants in Europe noticed that their hands became extremely soft while injuries and cuts on the skin quickly healed without becoming infected. The Company Behind Farmstay in the Philippines McDell Healthcare Products, Inc. is the exclusive importer and distributor of Farmstay products from Korea. It is a Filipino-owned company engaged in the manufacture, import, marketing, and distribution of beauty, health and wellness products. It is the company’s goal to bring Korea’s technical advances in skincare within reach of Filipinos. Korean cosmetic products have noticeably risen to the forefront of the international beauty scene, making the country a mecca in Asia for beauty innovation. This is evidenced by the fact most Koreans can boast of flawless complexion that defy aging. Farmstay Brand Ambassador The introduction of  new products requires a visual...

European Higher Education Fair 2015

Not many Filipinos are aware that there are vast learning and teaching opportunities being offered by the European Union community. Thus, the upcoming European Higher Education Fair 2015 scheduled on 7 November from 12:30 to 6:00 pm at Dusit Thani Hotel is a timely chance to know more. This interesting fair is back this year with the theme: “Quality. Mobility. Innovation.” European Higher Education Fair 2015 The Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, together with the EU Member States’ Embassies and Cultural Institutes, in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education, has prepared the European Higher Education Fair 2015. This is to make Filipino students aware of the endless opportunities offered by European universities. These comprise of higher education programmes in the European Union which is known to be one of the best higher education destinations in the world today, as shared by Mr. Mattias Lentz, Chargé d’affaires of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, during a press briefing. He further shared that “The European Union can offer the excellent mix of diversity and quality of higher education institutions as it tries to harmonize the wisdom of the past and the charm and cutting-edge technology of today’s seats of learning”. Representatives of European universities will be present during the fair so that Filipino students who are interested in the offered programmes can get immediate and direct answers for their queries. The five biggest EU Cultural Institutes – Goethe-Institut Philippinen, Alliance Francaise de Manille, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, Instituto Dante Alighieri, and the Philippine Italian Association will likewise have their respective booths in the fair, since language proficiency...

Pinocchio: Ballet Manila’s Holiday Offering

Christmas is admittedly a child-friendly season. This is evident even in the shows being offered, just like what Ballet Manila has prepared for its audience. Pinocchio, the captivating story of a puppet, wishing upon a star to become a real boy, is Ballet Manila’s holiday treat. It is the third offering for the company’s 20th Performance Season aptly called “From Page to Stage”. The Classic Story of Truthfulness, Family and Friendship Pinocchio is a very popular and entertaining story about truthfulness. The story of how Pinocchio’s nose grows longer every time he lies is often used and jokingly applied to real life as a warning to speak out the truth. “It also reminds us of the value of family and friendship,” as explained by choreographer Osias Barroso. “This is very evident with the relationship of Gepetto and Pinocchio and the friendship between Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio.” Thus, dance companies enjoy staging Pinocchio not only because it is a children’s ballet show but also because of the lessons it brings to the public. Pinocchio – The Ballet Show Pinocchio was initially a one-act piece but was always included in the company’s line-up of shows. With its timeless appeal, the audience will enjoy “Pinocchio’ as a full length production this year, signifying Ballet Manila’s Christmas treat to its loyal patrons. Based on the Italian children’s novel by Carlo Collodi, it was the second animated film produced by Disney in 1940, following the success of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Pinocchio is choreographed by Ballet Manila Co-Artistic Director Osias Barroso. Pinocchio was one of Ballet Manila’s most successful productions. “It stood the test...

APEC 2015 in the Philippines

If one person who knows absolutely nothing about APEC would read through social media postings about it today, he or she would most likely think that it has something to do with either a traffic summit, a beauty pageant of world leaders, or a ranting revolution against the Philippine government. In the interest of those who would like to understand what the APEC is really all about, including myself, it is worth finding out why this event is taking place and why of all places it is happening here, right now, in the Philippines. What is APEC? APEC stands for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, a forum composed of 21 member economies including: Australia – November 1989 Brunei Darussalam  – November 1989 Canada – November 1989 Indonesia – November 1989 Japan – November 1989 South Korea – November 1989 Malaysia – November 1989 New Zealand – November 1989 Philippines – November 1989 Singapore  – November 1989 Thailand – November 1989 United States – November 1989 Chinese Taipei – November 1991 Hong Kong, China – November 1991 People’s Republic of China – November 1991 Mexico – November 1993 Papua New Guinea – November 1993 Chile – November 1994 Peru – November 1998 Russian Federation – November 1998 Vietnam – November 1998 To be specific, it is a regional economic forum that was established in 1989 mainly to ensure smooth movement of good, services, people, and investment across borders involving member economies. Special note has to be given to the use of the word “economies” rather than countries to emphasize the members’ participation as economic entities, more than anything else. This simply...

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Drop: Coffee-Making Masterpiece

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Machines have always served as artful conversation pieces in any home or office. This is true from the time the first of such coffee machines was introduced in 2011 up to the present. Nestle Philippines recently launched the newest and most innovative yet in their gallery of fine espresso machines – the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Drop.     Nescafé Dolce Gusto Collection     Nescafe’s idea was to create cafe-style and quality coffee in our own home or office. While coffee lovers will always be coffee lovers, it is not always convenient and practical to have to buy it from a coffee shop. Sometimes, it just makes better sense to enjoy a cup of delicious coffee without having to face the inconveniences of going out. From manual machines like the Piccolo, Circolo, and Oblo, to the automatic ones like the Genio, Melody 3, and Mini Me, the innovative capsule systems as created by Nescafé have made it possible to create coffee masterpieces everyday using coffee machines that can be considered modern day art pieces. The introduction of the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Drop just made the collection more exciting. What’s more is that it has made the act of making our favorite coffee concoctions effortless and classy. Nescafe Dolce Gusto Drop     Nescafe Dolce Gusto Drop is not only beautiful to look at as it instantly adds elegance to a table or countertop. It is truly a state-of-the-art blend of style and substance, boasting of a unique and modern design that takes inspiration from a coffee droplet. With its sensible touchscreen technology carefully engineered in Swizerland,... read more


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