Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Moms Switch and Save at Watsons

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The afternoon turned out to be one I totally enjoyed as a Mom. I had an afternoon to shop around Watsons at SM The Block with mom-to-be, host, and Watsons celebrity store supervisor-for-the-day, Patty Laurel-Filart.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

LEGO, the blocks of my kids' childhood, is now in the Philippines!

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LEGO is now in town!!!

The original building blocks brand just opened its doors to the Philippines. Located at Park Triangle, 11th Avenue corner Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City (same building as Kidzania), the first LEGO Certified Store promises to bring creativity back to a childhood that is now dominated by electronic games. My kids, especially my boys, grew up with LEGO blocks and I remember how quickly they learned to put things together. When they grew older, they started putting together other kinds of construction sets but LEGO was always the foundation that taught them to be creative with blocks.

The interiors of the LEGO store

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mondelez Philippines 'glocalizes' products to bring delicious moments of joy

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If you think you have never heard of Mondelez Philippines, try this…

Tang, Eden Cheese, Oreo, Cheez Whiz, Toblerone, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Halls, and Tiger Energy Biscuits.

Now is that more familiar? Thought so. What was formerly a snack company known as Kraft Foods is now Mondelez Philippines. :-)

Whether you snack on sandwiches or love chocolates and flavored bites, or whether you drink tangy and refreshing drinks, Mondelez has got it. And now, they are putting to good use their global snack-making expertise while getting the best of local flavors and incorporating these into their products.

"Glocal" (from the words 'global' and 'local') is what you get when a global snacking company, that has been in the country for the last 52 years, leverages these 2 strengths.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Join the Search for Pharmaton's 2015 Life Changers (Updated!)

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Over 99% of all businesses in the Philippines are small and medium-sized enterprises and a great majority of that 99% is micro- or small social enterprises. Social enterprise is a big thing here and we should encourage it. We've seen cottage industries spring up for several decades now. Then as more Moms opted to leave the work force and stay home, the community of mompreneurs began to grow.

But one big factor has kept these micro to small social enterprises from really growing and taking off.


This is where Pharmaton seeks to close the yawning gap with its campaign, Life Changers' Challenge: Success in Numbers.

An online, video-driven, nationwide competition, Life Changers' Challenge seeks to find exceptional Filipinos whose social enterprise ideas can cause positive change in society. This challenge is open to social entrepreneurs, advocates and other relevant groups of people spearheading high-impact projects. A microsite will open up on May 12, 2015 is already up (http://life-changers.ph) where social entrepreneurs can upload their videos.

Tell your friends and family who may have social enterprise ideas that they can start conceptualizing their videos starting now, even before the microsite opens up.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Scents & Sensibilities - fragrances for home and body

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My friend Maizie calls herself a "handcrafter by profession". She also has the nose for fragrances. And she has combined her hands-on craftsmanship with her passion for fragrances to create home and body fragrance products to transform what was once a hobby into a brand under the label Scents & Sensibilities.

The Project Mom Fair: Great mommy finds + an Instagram contest!

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May is coming up soon and we all know what special event happens in May -- Mother's Day! And I just got a preview of one of the exciting events scheduled for this month of Moms -- Project Mom Favorite Finds Fair, Exhibit and Mother's Day Celebration! Maybe you've already seen the Project Mom book, a collaboration between Bianca Araneta-Elizalde and Amanda Griffin-Jacob. Well, this campaign takes that further and presents special picks just for Moms.

The Project Mom book