Monday, February 25, 2013

Mom's PLAY for the Protection, Love, and Acvtivities for Young Kids

Protection, Love, and Activities for Young Kids or P.L.A.Y. is a disease awareness raising campaign in partnership with GlaxoSmithKline was launched last February 23, 2013 at The Fun Ranch, Ortigas by MOMMY MUNDO, the country's most extensive portal of mom and family-focused resources.  For many years, MOMMY MUNDO has actively promoted an advocacy on vaccination as the best defense against diseases. PLAY is about Protection, Love and Activities for Young children towards a healthy and happy life.

I was luckily invited by my friend, Joy Mendiola of Occasions of Joy, to be part of the discussion of a trending topic in the field of medicine-- Pneumococcal Disease or PD.  It may sound like a long and complicated term, but learning was made fun through an activity called PLAY.

Each year, roughly a million children die from Pneumococcal Diseases or PDs, and 48% of Asian parents admit that they know nothing about these diseases.  Since the disease is considered as the #1 killer of children less than 5 years of age worldwide, it's no surprise that this silent pandemic, while preventable, is still quietly spreading its wrath.

Pneumococcal Diseases include invasive ones also known as IPD such as meningitis, sepsis, bacteremia, and pneumonia, and other common diseases such as acute otitis media (middle ear infection).

AOM-- Acute Otitis Media, more commonly known as an infection of the middle ear, causes 20 million doctor visits annually.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), it is the most common reason for antibiotic treatment in infants and young children.  A fever, headache, cough, irritability, and pain in the ears are common symptoms of this disease.  AOM is also highly preventable through vaccination.

The moms and kids of PLAY were treated to an afternoon of learning through the activities that tickled their imagination and competitiveness.  A doctor also gave a talk to answer all of the parents' concerns about PD.  And then, we were put to the test during the Puzzle Game and Guess the Word challenges, while our children had free reign of the play area.  It ended with a pledge to PLAY, a promise of all the participants to protect their health and keep on learning and with a full head of knowledge.

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Yoshinoya was born in 1899 because of the ingenuity of its founder, Eikichi Matsuda. Its story begins at Nihonbashi, a humble fish market in Chuo-ku, Tokyo, on the outskirts of Edo Castle where Matsuda created a delicious recipe of beef and rice known as Gyudon (beef bowl).  Named for his birthplace of Yoshino-Cho, Osaka, Matsuda’s restaurant featured delicious, affordable and fast meals. It was an entirely new concept in Japanese culture, and both the hard-working fishermen and market visitors embraced it and made Yoshinoya an instant hit.
Today, Yoshinoya boasts of more than 100 years of tradition and has grown to be one of the most important brands in Japan that boasts of more than 1,000 outlets, making it one of the biggest fast-food chains in Japan. To date, there are more than 1,200 Yoshinoya outlets around the world located in Japan, USA, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Century Pacific Group, under its retail arm, Yoshinoya Century Pacific, Inc., entered into a Franchise Agreement with Yoshinoya International Co., Ltd in 2001 and started its first store operation in December 2001.  Currently, there are six (6) stores in Metro Manila: SM MEGAMALL, SM NORTH EDSA, SM MALL OF ASIA, ROBINSONS GALLERIA, the newly opened GLORIETTA branch, SM MANILA and now in SM PAMPANGA. To further strengthen its presence in the Quick Service Arena, Yoshinoya Century Pacific, Inc. forged a partnership with Ihanat Foods Corporation led by its President and General Manager,  Timothy James G. Yang.
Yoshinoya is home to delicious modern Japanese comfort food, from fresh salads, delectable seafood, noodles and great selections of entrĂ©es on Japanese rice bowls. Since 2001, the Company with the vision to be the most preferred Japanese restaurant in the country has offered high quality food at affordable prices with exceptional friendly service to its patrons.  From its vast array of delicious entree selections, fresh salad ingredients to sumptuous desserts, only the highest quality products are presented to customers.

Over the years Yoshinoya’s menu changed to reflect today’s consumer except for the Beef Bowl (Gyudon) which is Yoshinoya’s specialty.  It is the same product profile where Yoshinoya operates in other parts of the world.   The core product is prepared using premium beef with the special beef stock over steaming bowl of white rice. 

With Yoshinoya’s persistence in satisfying customers in providing sumptuous authentic Japanese dishes, Yoshinoya new product offering includes: Maki Variants, Yoshi Chicken and MisonoTeishoku (Set Meals).

Sunday, February 24, 2013


Get ready for a fun yet productive summer as EXPO KID 2013 on March 2. 2013 as it showcases all the possibilities for your kids! Expo Kid will showcase summer activity providers for sports, dance, crafts, art, music, and more.
Plus the following:
- interactive stations for them to try out the different classes and see what they want to sign up for
- an onstage program with talks, demos and performances
- Mommy Mundo's trademark Mompreneur market where you can shop for the coolest mom, baby and kid stuff
- booths of your favorite mom-focused brands
The venue is the 500 Shaw Events Pavilion on the 3rd floor of 500 Shaw Zentrum on Shaw Blvd Mandaluyong

Friday, February 22, 2013

Special People Deserves Special Treat

Arnold  and I have been together for 7 years. With two kids ages 6 and 5, we’ve decided last year to finally tie the knot to give our sons, Matt and Yahre, the  happiness that they so deserve.

The first person I told about our plan to marry was Ate Joy. I met Ate Joy three years ago at a cooking contest where we both vied for the top place. Her team won 2nd place, and mine 3rd.

To cut the long story short, we became friends.  What’s best about our friendship is that our respective husbands and children get along well, too. We hang out and go to places if our time permits it.  

Arnold and John at Caliraya, The Fishing Dads

Mendiolables and Agultos at Segara Suites in Subic

Our kids enjoying Christmas eve at Glorietta

Ate Joy is into wedding planning and hosting business while her husband (John) is into photography. Both offered their services for free for our wedding. They did not only help us in the wedding rites and reception, they walked the extra mile by helping us in the wedding preparation such as reception venue hunting, pre-nuptial pictorial and  even threw a surprise bridal shower for me at their place.

My surprise bridal shower at The Mendiolables place, with Jing, Bed, Lyn, Nora and Ate Joy
Photo shot by John Mendiola for our Pre-Nup Pictorial, taken at Ibiza, Bataan

Needless to say, we are overwhelmed by their generosity and love. We didn’t expect that they will do all those help all in the name of friendship and love because we’ve just been friends for such a short time.
To show our gratitude to The Mendiolables (this is how we call them because they remind us of the characters in superhero movie The Incredibles) we sent them food via the Max’s delivery, 7-9000. I believe we all agree that special people deserves special treat.

With Max’s delivery it is now easy to make that special person happy. Yes, even if your away or anywhere abroad because Max’s delivery is an ONLINE ORDERING WITH REAL-TIME ONLINE PAYMENT OPTIONS in the Philippines, with over 130 Max's branches nationwide.
Order for DINE IN, TAKE OUT, DELIVER NOW or DELIVER LATER for anyone (even for yourself) anywhere within the Philippines now through For more details, you may view this video:  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Grab Max's Sweet Valentine Treat!

Spelling L-O-V-E for the season are MCB's very own Red Velvet Cupcakes! Topped with rich cream cheese frosting and red chocolates, this cupcakes are made more luscious and sumptuous with every loving bites. 

Sweet and colorful confectionery made with egg white, almond powder and sugar and filled with chocolate ganache, these delectable meringue-based pastries will keep you coming back for more. 
Moist chocolate glazed with truffle icing and accented by equally chocolatey hearts. 
 Available @ Max's Corner Bakery until February 28, 2013 only.

Good News for Max's loyal customers!

Max's Offers Fun and Convenient Ways to Order
Real Food and Real Goodness from Max’s All The Time

Max’s Restaurant offers its patrons convenience at their fingertips with four ways to order and enjoy Max's classic, home-cooked dishes: Dine-in, Take-out, Deliver Now and Deliver Later.

 Max's customers may choose to hold special celebrations and intimate dinners at any of their favourite Max's branches nationwide. They may also choose to drop by any Max's Restaurant, order from a wide range of dishes on the menu, and bring these dishes home for an indulgent feast with friends and family. For busy moms, party planners, and individuals working on a graveyard shift, Max's delivery service is the best option to satisfy sudden cravings, and even the biggest appetites during get-togethers. Customers just need to dial Max's Delivery hotline 7-9000, and  they can have their favourite Max's meals delivered to their doorstep in no time! Another convenient option is ordering online. Customers may place their orders by simply logging on to Filipinos living overseas will now be able to surprise their loved ones back home by sending them Max's delectable meals that will be delivered to any location in the Philippines on their specified date.

“Max's Online Delivery is all about real food and real people. We understand the surging number of individuals who are working hard for their families, whether they are living in the Philippines or overseas. They have deeply inspired us to come up with more convenient and innovative ways to bring Max's delectable dishes to their loved  ones, so that they can still share and 'take part' in important celebrations despite being far away from home," shared Orlando Villanueva, Max’s Restaurant's Marketing Manager for Delivery and Off-Premise.

With Max’s Dine-in, Take-out, Delivery Now and Delivery Later options, there are just so many fun and easy ways to savor Max's dishes, like its world- famous, 'sarap-to-the-bones' fried chicken and other house specialties such as Kare-Kare, Crispy Pata, Pancit Canton and Sinigang. 

So what are you waiting for? Log on to or call Max’s delivery hotline, 7-9000 for that mouthwatering fare of classic Filipino dishes. Life is simple and definitely 'sarap-to-the-bones,' with Max's.


The Philippine Academy of Ophthalmology (PAO) has recently organized “EyeBags,” a campaign that seeks to support the education of students from underprivileged families through the donation of various school materials. Incorporating ‘green’ into the advocacy, eye doctors from all over the Philippines have committed to donate hundreds of unused bags from medical conferences that they attend every year.

            “These convention bags are highly functional.  Instead of throwing these away, we thought of engaging all the eye doctors who are members of the PAO to donate the bags and reach out to Filipino school children in need of support. The project has grown tremendously that we have expanded to donating other school materials to help promote and enhance students’ learning experience in their schools,” shared Dr. Johann Michael Reyes, PAO Committee Chair for Public Relations.
            This year, volunteers from  the  PAO and graduates from Xavier  High School, Class of  ’82  trooped to  Paraway  Mangyan  Elementary School in Puerto  Galera,  Oriental Mindoro to distribute bags, school supplies, clothing  items and teaching materials that will benefit both students and teachers.  “We believe that education is one of the best ways to change society. With this project, we endeavour to help instil hope in the hearts of Filipino children, one Eye Bag at a time,” Dr. Reyes said. 
The PAO accepts donations through its secretariat. Individuals and organizations may contact PAO at 813-5318 or send their donations to Unit 815 Medical Plaza Makati Condominium, Amorsolo corner Dela Rosa Streets, Legaspi Village, Makati.

The PAO is an internationally-recognized specialty society of ophthalmologists in the Philippines. It aims to ensure access to quality eye care for Filipinos. The PAO commits to continuously develop its members professionally through clinical education, research and practice management, in a collegial and harmonious environment, contributing to ethical, professional and compassionate practice. For more information about the PAO, please visit:

Monday, February 18, 2013