Tuesday, May 17, 2016


Music. Arts. Workshops.

These are some of the things that I wished I had more time when I was still on my late teens and early adult years. I wished that I had learned to play the piano and the flute which are just some of the musical instruments that my Dad, Uncles and cousins knew how to play very well. I also wanted to get acquainted with art because it was a gift that I strongly lack until now. As for workshops, I had long wanted to attend them however, financial challenges got in the way. Looking back I realized that I had more excuses than determination when I was younger especially when it came to things I wanted. All of that changed when I became a Mom and when the kids came to finish schooling one by one. I felt that it was about time to I rediscover myself again, conquer my fears tap those potentials that I had long hidden, afraid that I may no longer have the chance to do the things I wanted because of old age and health concerns.

When I started working, I made it a point to look for ways on how my kids & I  could fulfill the long ardent wishes that I had missed. Blogging helped a lot because that entailed me to search the internet and facebook on activities, events and workshops that were either free, affordable & accessible so my kids &  I can experience the learning we will get from it all.

My third daughter, Kookie had always loved music, the arts and learning from workshops. She also is an avid fan of Sponge Cola ever since she had watched them live on a free concert years ago. Ask her anything about the band and she knows the answer. In fact, she was the one who told me that the band will have a free concert this Saturday, May 21st at Market Market in Bonifacio Global City. She also added that there will be art workshops sponsored by Titus Pens as what was posted on their facebook  page.



Aptly titled "GLAM WITH COLORS," the event also marks the launch of  TITUS PENS newest ambassadress who happens to be the celebrity model Liza Soberano . From 10PM to 6AM you get the chance to join the different workshops on basic Calligraphy, Manga Art, Doodling & Poetry by simply buying Php 50.00 worth of TITUS PENS from the selling area booth.  You also get to witness the most colorful splash of colors with Filipino Comics Legend Harvey M Tolibao, Doodling Genius Lei Melendres - Doodle Artist and the most creative young, Filipino artists of 2016 plus as an added bonus you get to jam with Sponge Cola and DJ Toons to your heart's delight.

So if you want to spend your weekend developing your love for the arts and watching a mini concert at the same time, then visit Market Market  together with your family and friends this Saturday. It will be a day guaranteed to make you smile and have fun at the same time.

See ya!

Saturday, April 23, 2016


The month of April is about to end a week from now. That simply means May is fast approaching which happens to be one of my favorite months of the year. And the reason is pretty obvious because May is Mother's Day month.

Barely 24 summers ago, Mother's Day did not really matter that much. Honestly, I have very few memories of how my siblings and I celebrated Mother's day with my Mom when we were still single but that had changed when we all had gotten married and had our own families. We became more aware on how difficult motherhood was. We learned and struggled how to be a parent and we were very fortunate that my mom has always been there to guide us every step of the way. 

People say that you only get to understand your own mother once you become one which happens to be true. That is why my siblings & I, together with my kids and the rest of the family make it a point to make my Mom feel valued and appreciated everyday especially on Mother's Day.

Yesterday, as I was browsing for Mother's Day Events on facebook, I immediately became interested in joining SM SUPERMALLS' "WHAT MAKES YOUR SUPERMOMS THE BEST" GIVEAWAY.


 Below are the steps on how you could join :

1. Visit and like the SM Supermalls page @ facebook.com.
2. Click this link which will direct you to the post  "What Makes Your Supermoms The   Best.
3. POST YOUR #SUPERMOMS PHOTO in the comments section.
4. CAPTION YOUR PHOTO: My mom is a #SuperMom because and our family will treat her to a #HappySuperMomsDay at . #instaMOMents

 Very easy, correct ?

 In fact I already have joined. Below is my entry with me & my Mom in the picture.

 Sarah Mallari Bucu My Mom is a #SuperMom & also a SuperLola not just to me and my siblings but to all her grandchildren because she had remained strong, positive & humble despite the many health issues and challenges she had in this life. She maybe 81 years old & despite the numerous times she had a stroke, she is still proactive, sharp and abreast with the times that she knows Harry Potter, John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell & Janet Dailey. It would be awesome for our family to treat her to a #HappySuperMomsDay at SM Mall of Asia #instaMOMents.

By the way, as an added bonus, you get a chance to be one of 1,000 (yes, you read that right!) winners of SM GCs by simply following the steps.

With a simple greeting and a picture with your Mom, you not only get the chance to treat her at the nearest SM Supermall in your area but you also get the possibility of getting free SM gift certificates for joining.

So if I were you, go ahead and visit the SM Supermalls facebook page and tell the world how super your Mom is. 

For promo updates, visit SM Supermalls @facebook.com  

Monday, April 18, 2016


It seems there are a lot of good stuff and events that are happening this April. In fact my teen daughters' calendar is already full this weekend. With Earth Day Jam 2016 this Saturday followed by National Book Store's Grand Summer Art Camp on Sunday, I should say that as early as now, they are already planning their schedules so that they will not be late on both events.

Being their Mom, I am thankful that events like these keep my kids busy. It is the same thing when I have scheduled races to attend. I plan on it early, from what time do I wake up to the time I finish my run and get home safe. There are also days that there are events not just only for running that I plan on joining like writing & blogging workshops but sadly, I have to put them on hold because first, the venue was not accessible from my place, second the date coincided with another family or running event & lastly, the registration fee was not affordable at the time the event was held. 

One of the things I love about blogging is I get to share events and information that I find helpful and relevant to others. One will never know how informative a post is unless you share it. And one of these events is the Good Housekeeping Mommy Bloggers Workshop.

The workshop is sponsored by Summit Media and it will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 1-4 PM at the 3rd Floor Ballroom 3, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel in Libis, Quezon City. The speakers include :

 Ginger Arboleda of mommyginger.com
 Marketing Your Blog and Making A Name For Yourself

 Tin Dychiao of manilafashionobserver.com
  Brand Building/Treating Yourself As A Brand

  Shiela Catilo of Through The Eyes of Jorem and Shiela Catilo
  Shooting for Blog Entries:How To Shoot Products,Foods, Kids & Home


Ticket price is P500  but you can pre-register now to get P100 off and reserve a slot.
If you bring along a mommy friend, you only get to pay only P300 each.
There will  be lots of food, freebies & raffle prizes for the attendees where they also get to meet the  Good Housekeeping Philippines editors  who will also be there.

So mommy bloggers, tag along your mommy relatives & friends. Take advantage of the learning you will get this Saturday at the Good Housekeeping Mommy Bloggers Workshop.

To register you can email: grace.enriquez@summitmedia.com.ph.
You can also send her a message through text @ 0917-8985978 (Globe) or  @ 0998-8403053 (Smart).

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Hear ye ! Hear ye !

Shout out to those artistically, creatively, gifted kids, adults & wannabes. You are in for a big treat on April 24th of 2016 as National Book Store invites you to its whole day affair in the GRAND SUMMER ART CAMP at the Main Mall Atrium in SM Mall Of Asia.


Here are the mechanics on how to join :

(1) Customers can participate in the activities with no minimum purchase requirement. 
(2) Registration starts at 10AM.
(3) Activities will be from 10AM to 6pm. Participants will be accommodated on a first come first served basis.

Below are the scheduled activities :

  • DIY Coloring Bookmark

  • Doodling & Coloring
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Crafts Making
  • DIY Project with Fabric & Color Paint Markers
  • Basic Sketching
  • Basic Manga Art Workshop

Aside from a whole day of fun-filled,educational arts and crafts workshops for kids and kids at heart, there will be lots of freebies,giveaways, promos, games, contests, mascot visits & other entertaining surprises.

So tag along your kids, family members and friends & mark your calendars. Do come in early to take advantage of this free & awesome Grand Summer Art Camp at SM Mall of Asia. Enjoy this fun filled whole day event and make sure to have this summer one of the most creative ones you ever had.

For more updates, visit the National Bookstore's website  or you can like their facebook page at facebook.com/pages/National-Book-Store.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016


The most important, longest running, biggest, free environmental music event in the history of the world is about to happen on April 23, 2016 at SM By The Bay in Mall of Asia. It is also one of the most awaited concerts by my young adult daughters who as early as now already told me that they will stay up until midnight and will be home by 1 AM. Take note of the word - told. No, they did not ask my permission because they know if for what ever reason that I might change my mind and not let them go, they will still follow their hearts' content and watch their favorite bands, for free.

I have to give it to them. If I may have been 20 years younger, I might do the same thing.


Earth Day Jam Foundation Inc initially started as "Dimitri Productions," which  was a brainchild by couple Lou Bonnevie & Toto Gentica. Being both artists, their passion for music and the arts became the perfect vehicle to share, create and produce various shows & presentations, TV specials & other music productions for both local & foreign clientele.

Since the year 2000, they have produced various environmental projects & has partnered with different government agencies. It was in 2012 that  Dimitri productions branched itself  into Earth Day Jam Foundation Inc (EDJFI). For 14 years the Earth Day Jam Foundation produced memorable concerts to inform and educate the public about advocacies &  awareness on how to continue protecting Mother Earth.

Below is the line up of some of the bands & artists who will perform on Earth day Jam.

Absolute Play
Barbie Almalbis
Basti Artadi
Flying Ipis
Kitchie Nadal
Lou Bonnevie
Noel Cabangon
The Chongkeys

and many more!

So if you want to spend your night  with your family & friends jamming with your favorite bands, singing your hearts out and spreading awareness on how to continue protecting our Mother Earth, head on to SM By The Bay in Mall Of Asia  at 5PM ,this April 23.

For more updates, visit earthdayjamfoundation.com  or you can visit their facebook page @ facebook.com/EarthdayJamFoundation

Friday, April 8, 2016

More Zoomanity Group Theme Parks to Visit In The Philippines

For those who were able to read my previous post regarding Zoobic Safari, you may be wondering if there are other theme parks where you can visit them in other parts of the Philippines. 

Great news ! Because there are more Zoomanity Group Theme Parks where you can spend your day with your family and friends filled with fun and excitement. 

Hold on  to your seats and fasten your seat belts.


Zoocobia is much more than a place to view animals. It is a complete educational and fun experience.  Situated in the beautiful, lush, forested foothills of the extended Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles City. Zoocobia is an ecological experience of impressive proportions. Below are the attractions once you visited Zoocobia.

ZOOC - Now in the Philippines! The Zooc is a gravity car that is patterned after the luge in Sentosa Resort in Singapore. It runs on a 400 meter track with three hairpin curves that are guaranteed to make one’s ride a zoo-per thrilling experience!
BIRDS OF PARADISE - Have a very close encounter with colorful birds perched on tree branches. You will delight at their bright colors and melodious chirping.
PHILIPPINE’S PRIDE - This showcases various animals and plants that are endemic to the Philippines  which are indeed the country’s pride.
MAZE - Be amaze with our Garden Maze that features various animals topiaries. The thrill is when you go through the labyrinth and the challenge is to find yourself out of it.
BARNAll roads lead to “The Barn” where many animal-related activities happen. Experience bottle feeding baby farm animal such as goats, sheep and pot bellied pigs.
MENAGERIE - See a unique collection of stuffed real animals that have been preserved by our taxidermist.


 * How To Get There *



The Paradizoo Farm is the best destination to choose if you want to enjoy nature while spending leisure time with family and friends. Located in Mendez, Cavite, the place is full of rich gardens and animals that are roaming free to your delight while others are behind their fences.

Known as the theme park cum farm zoo, a visit to the Paradizoo will always sooth your senses. Overblown by the beauty of this serene “Paradise”, see the gardens full of vegetables and floral designs. Have a chance to interact with different interesting animals like llama, camels, miniature horses, ostriches, greyhounds, labrador retrievers or ride on a cart drawn by an albino carabao. Feel the “Plant Me Home” experience, where you can select and pick vegetables & and flowers from garden plots to take home. It’s a destination for pleasure, learning and healthy living.



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If you are on a budget and are looking for a perfect place to go that is away from the noisy city, then the Residence Inn might just be the place for you.

Famous for its Mini Zoo and it’s excellent location overlooking Taal Lake, the Residence Inn at Tagaytay City is a remarkably fun place to be in. It has all the essential aspects of appreciating love for animals as you would see a lot of living attractions right before your very eyes.


* How To Get There *



Zoocolate Thrills is the only Adventure Theme Park in Loboc, Bohol managed by Zoomanity Group, operator of the famous Zoobic Safari in Subic. This promising tourist destination in Bohol offers captivating attractions for everyone. A river cruise is provided for those who want to explore the Loboc River. Our fun zoo has different animal encounters & enrichment such as ostriches, tigers, and bearcats. We also offer tram ride, horse/buffalo ride and zip/zing ride.


  * How To Get There *

So there you have it guys.

Whether you are near Subic, Angeles City, Cavite, Tagaytay or Bohol, you can get to visit any of these awesome Zoomanity Theme Parks.

Only in the Philippines.

For updates, rates, promos and packages please visit zoomanity.com.ph.


Want to experience a close encounter with the Siberian-Bengal tigers that are just two feet away from you ?

You may want to read out loud what I just wrote.

Crazy as it may sound but it is true. However you will be watching them from a jeep like vehicle with a cage strong enough for you not to be considered as their lunch. 

But still they get to be near you, smell you and climb the vehicle to find a way how to get  to you. 

Just like  in the picture below.

Isn't he (or she) lovely ?

" Come Out, Come Out, Where Ever You Are "

My apologies for not setting the right expectations. It seems that these Siberian- Bengal Tigers can really get near you. 

As in REALLY, REALLY near you.

If this is your definition of fun & excitement plus you really want to get to know these tigers, then come and visit ZOOBIC SAFARI.

Located at Subic Bay, the Zoobic Safari is one tourist attraction you will find at Subic Bay Freeport's Forest Adventure. Embracing a fifty hectare land, local & foreign guests can expect an astonishing sight of diverse exotic animals roaming &  frolicking in their simulated natural habitat. 

Other than tigers, the Zoobic Safari also features a wide range of animals such as crocodiles, snakes & lizards. The presence of streams, fringing grasslands and forests which Subic is famous for represent the major habitats for these varied exotic animals featured in Zoobic Safari Adventure Part, which is the only Tiger Safari in the Philippines with more than 50 tigers. 

Zoobic Safari has the following attractions to look forward to, namely:

(1) ZOOBIC PARK  - a two-hectare forest wherein guests will have a mini-trekking experience to see exotic, wild and semi-domesticated animals in their simulated natural habitat. Have the wonderful chance to pet and feed these wonderful animals – parakeets, bearcats, camels to name a few. 

(2)  SAVANNAH -  A sanctuary of the wild that features a wide range of ostriches, potbellies, wild boars, and guinea fowls. 

(3)  SERPENTARIUM -  Get inside an old ammunition bunker where you will see a showcase of various species of reptiles like snakes, lizards and  turtles. 

(4)  RODENT WORLD -  Features an amazing collection of rodents. Be amazed in Mice Surprise area and you may even see some guinea pigs being groomed in the Rodent Salon.  

(5)  ANIMAL MuZOOeum -  A rare collection of real stuffed animals, bone collections and preserved animal skin. 

(6)  CLOSE ENCOUNTER - A facility that allows one to take a close look at our Siberian-Bengal tigers only 2 feet away!

(7)  TIGER SAFARI -  Hold on to your seats as you enter a two-hectare enclosed area aboard our customized Safari Jeep and experience the thrill of being chased by full-grown tigers on the loose!  

(8)  BIRD WALK - Experience feeding the parakeets/love birds on the palm of your hand. Lovely!

(9)  AETAS’ TRAIL -  Have a glimpse of the beauty of our Native Aeta Brothers’ culture as they perform some of their traditional dances.

(10)  CROCO LOCOHave the chance to feed our crocodiles!  Just dangle a chicken tied to a bamboo pole and see how high they can jump to get your treat!

Now if you're excitement just started to build up, I am sure you want to know how to  get there.


There you have it. 

So if you and your family or your  friends want to spend an unforgettable adventure, head on to ZOOBIC SAFARI.

TAG Media and Public Relations is the marketing & branding arm of Zoomanity Group To know more about the theme parks, please contact us at 09166299381 or send an email to grace@asiadigitalmarketing.ph.

For ticket rates, promos & packages, visit zoomanity.com.ph.

Up Next : More Zoomanity Group Theme Parks To Visit In The Philippines

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

The COTOPAXI Way of Giving Back

The  backpack has always been a favourite essential whether you're on your way to school or to work. With its multi purpose use, travelers prefer to use it as well because of its convenience.  The same can be said  for those who love hiking or mountain climbing. 

One of the basic quality one looks for in a backpack is its durability and its design. Imagine climbing an 811 meter mountain above sea level with two liters of water, extra clothes, some light food, headlamp and other necessities in your backpack while balancing yourself trailing, climbing on a cliff on your way to the summit ? Then suddenly  your backpack gave in due to the heavy load. 

A real bummer, right?

I know it is an exaggeration but the point is if we are going  to travel for a hike or  a mountain climb,  we have to be sure that the basic essentials have been tried and tested. However, we usually prefer the ones that are made abroad. Not knowing that we have our own local products that are quality proven and the cause of pride for those who use them.

I am talking about the Cotopaxi backpacks.

Cotopaxi Luzon Del Dia Backpack

Named after the famous volcano in Ecuador, the Cotopaxi is one of South America's most famous volcanoes and one of its most active ones. With its 5911 m it also ranks among the world's highest active volcanoes (26th highest). 


Cotopaxi is an outdoor gear company that has two worthy goals: to make quality outdoor packs and apparel and to help people while doing it by donating a portion of the profits to the specific charity that inspires each product.

One advantage that Cotopaxi has over their competitors is that they are direct-to-consumer which means that you won’t find their products at your local middle man but you will find that when you purchase their products, the quality/helping people bang-for-your-buck factor will be turned up a notch. 

Cotopaxi backpacks made by our fellow Filipinos

The Cotopaxi factory located in Mariveles, Bataan.

All in a day's work

Made with Pride by Filipinos
More than producing world class gear, being well known and earning from it, there is a  deeper reason why Cotopaxi chose to do good and give back. CJ Whittaker, VP for Product Design shared one of the reasons why.

“I love people. As an artist, I spend a lot of time figure drawing. Through artwork, I learned there are no ugly people in this world. I’ve met beautiful people, many which are experiencing a harder life than I am. From living in inner-city Milwaukee, traveling through Tonga, and working in the Philippines and Bangladesh, I’ve witnessed complete poverty and lack of security. For example, I’ve walked the same streets that girls are often walking when abducted and sold into the sex trade. I can not do anything.” –CJ Whittaker, VP of Product Design

Cotopaxi is a company founded on the principals of making a difference, moving people to do good, and inspiring new adventures. Below is Cotopaxi 's info graphic guide on giving back.

Cotopaxi Info graphic Guide on Giving Back

I have always known that we Filipinos are world class. To say that I am proud knowing where the Cotopaxi backpacks are made is quite an understatement. Now each time I see a Cotopaxi backpack with that tag written in Filipino, I am not only grateful that I helped spread the word about it but also feel humbled  knowing I was part of a chain that gave back and made a positive impact to the world.

For more updates, visit Cotopaxi's website at www.cotopaxi.com  or like their  facebook page @ www.facebook.com/Cotopaxi.

Monday, April 4, 2016


I come from a family of book lovers. I grew up being surrounded by books and I considered them as my friends ever since I learned how to read. Needless to say, the library was one of my favorite hang outs in school. It was the first thing that I usually look for every time I visit a school and where I could stay for long periods of time without getting bored. It was a place where I felt at home and at peace with myself.

One of my fondest memories on how much my family love books  was that time when my eldest brother came home from school one weekend, running with some books in his hands. The school where all four of us went was about a  kilometer away from where we used to live. He was literally throwing them at our yard so he could run and hurry back to get some more books. I was still in Grade school then but if my memory served me right, one of the school caretakers were burning some old books that were infested by termites due to non use. My brother thought that he may find some books that were worth reading so he decided to salvage some of them. Looking back, there were a couple of books that I found valuable  and one of them was the famous "Tin Tin and the Crab"  which was a story filled with wit and adventure. It was a good read and to think that it was one of the things that my brother saved from that unfortunate burning of books that happened long ago, I was grateful I was able to read it and shared that story to my kids.

When somebody posted about A Book Drive for the UP College of Arts and Literature because of its unfortunate burning on April 1st, that childhood memory was triggered, making me remember that old book that was salvaged from the fire.I immediately became interested on how I could do my share in helping out. When I have learned that decades worth of Philippine literature and history went up in flames, I realized how massive the destruction was. 


One of the posts in their facebook page also touched a sensitive chord on how much was  destroyed and how badly they need our help

" Please join us in helping: Many of our friends and colleagues lost books, personal mementos, artworks, even bodies of their own work in the fire that struck the UP Faculty Center. We are collecting books for the English Department. Copies of canon works, literary classics, popular classics, books on teaching and writing creative nonfiction, fiction, literature, grammar, language, and so on are very welcome.
We're in touch with a few faculty members--who are understandably in shock and grieving right now--and we'll make sure they get your donations. PM us here.
If you're from another affected department (Speech/Theater, European Languages, Filipino, Art Studies, Social Studies, PolSci, History), please do start a collection for them as well. They will need it. Thank you "

 An infographic was also posted on how we could extend or help.


For office supplies, they are accepting the following :

 *Bond Paper (A4), Stapler, Staple Wires, Ballpen
 *Short and long folders 
 *Short & Long envelopes
 *Paper Clips, Alligator Clips 
 *Masking Tape, Scotch Tape, Tape Dispensers,etc 

." What does not kill you make you stronger." No one may have been hurt physically with that unfateful burning of the UP College of Liberal Arts but the wounds of what has been left may take a long time to heal. May we find time to help and do our share in anyway we can. Let us help restore a stronger UP CAL DECL. 

For more updates, please visit their facebook page on the nearest drop off points for your donations. 

For cash donations, please send a copy of the bank deposit slip to bangon.cla2016@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 31, 2016


Planning on spending quality time with your family this weekend?

Then I have a great suggestion where you can get some ideas on how your kids get to spend the summer learning and developing their talents at the same time. 

Visit EXPO KID 2016, a Summer Activity Fair where you and your kids get to check the newest summer programs in the Metro.

Presented by Mommy Mundo, sponsored by Caltrate Plus, Belo Baby and with venue partner, Bonifacio Global City, EXPO KID will be an exciting two-day event as kids get a sneak peek of how interesting their summer can be. Expo Kid exhibitors like Bert Lozada Swim School, Brainfit, BrainRX Learning Plus, Inc., CMA Mental Arithmetic, Enderun, Kidzania Manila, Kindermusik, Learning Litz, Inc., Make My Day, Mind Museum, Smudges, The Learning Library, School of Rock will be providing interactive activities for added fun.

                              Expo Kid activity providers


Moms may also shop at the Mommy Mundo Market for some cool summer finds from DMC, Discovery Depot, Celestina & Co., Fatty Brain, Lily and Tucker, Loveyoumom/Lunchbreak Trading, Little Luna, Toydev, Inc., Strider, Starkids, Vpharma, Bio-Oil, Sandpuff, and Tiger.

As an added treat, the first 100 Moms who will come to the event will receive a giveaway from Mommy Mundo (50  per day) so you may just want to come in early.

So if you want to spend that quality time this weekend, head on to Bonifacio Global City. Bring your family with you and spend  the day at MOMMY MUNDO's EXPO KID 2016.

For updates, like Mommy Mundo's facebook page  or visit their website @ mommymundo.com

Monday, March 28, 2016


What does it take for you to dress like a Viking - with head dress, helmets, capes, shields and all its accessories?

Before you think that we are planning to play a prank on you for a video shoot that might go viral on social media, then you are totally wrong.

We just want to know if you are interested to dress like a Viking and get a 50% off on April 9 for your Saturday lunch.

Catchy, right?

And what if we tell you that it will be available on all Vikings Luxury Buffet Branches.

Wanna know more ?

I bet you do .

Well it just happens that Vikings will be turning 5 this April 9 and they want you to join the celebration.


But before you schedule and plan your upcoming treat with your family and friends, there are some guidelines that you need to know.

1) The promotion will be available on April 9, 2016 Saturday Lunch.

2) 50% Discount will be given to all guests who will dine wearing their Vikings Costume on the 9th of April 2016 at lunch time only.

3) Costume may include; Head Dress, Helmet, Capes, Shields and Swords, or any Vikings Related accessories and garments.

4) Both Full Paying kids and Adults can avail the promotion.

5) This promo is available to all Vikings Luxury Buffet Branches.

6) Special Gift Certificates cannot be used in conjunction with this promotion.

7) This promo cannot be used in conjunction with any other in-house promos and discounts.

Now you can mark your calendars and plan that buffet treat with your family and friends.

And by the way, do not ever forget to dress like a Viking !

For reservations and promo updates, you can drop by their facebook page or you can visit their website at  vikings.ph.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Reminiscing That Day When My Daughter Sang At HARANA NG PUSO - DWBR FM

"You are different. Very different from your peers and I can see myself in you. " said the radio announcer from "Harana Ng Puso."

Four years ago, my daughter got invited to sing in a radio station which airs every Sunday at 9PM. Most of its listeners are old people. People who still appreciate Kundiman songs and everything associated with it.

My daughter is one old soul. She had known this at an early age and embraced everything that went with it. Old houses, old culture, old songs, old movies, old fashion. She enjoys talking with old people and people with old souls.

Well not just old people, but unconventional old people. People who continue to grow, who are not afraid or never cared what other people thought and what society dictated. I have to give it to her because I believe this world need a lot of those unconventional people in order to survive in this sometimes cruel world.

If you are like my daughter who loves everything old, who has an old soul and is not afraid to embrace your unconventional self, do take time to listen to the video. Below is the link to it. By the way, the young lady wearing the red blouse is my daughter, Samantha when she was 19 years old. She is now 23, still an old soul.


"Harana ng Puso" guesting @ DWBR FM (104.3 MHz)

The song was originally sung by Ms Celeste Legaspi, composed by Philip Monserrat and lyrics written  by Levi Celerio.

 Goodness, I never thought that one day, my daughter would sing a song whose lyrics were  written by a National Artist.

( Photo and Video Credits to Pauline Gail Librojo Mendoza )

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Aster Clinic Pioneers Paperless System Via EMR Technology

Just months after it officially launched its Philippine operations, the Aster Medical and Diagnostics Clinic, owned by Aster DM Healthcare, is revolutionizing how medical services is being offered in the country through the introduction of the Electronic Medical Records (EMR) as part of the value-add to its services. All transactions are paperless, from the moment patients sign in at the reception up to their consultations with the doctor or different doctors at the clinic.

The goal of EMR is to provide a centralized database that will allow Aster DM Healthcare’s network a seamless delivery of care to its patients. Through the EMR technology, patients are unburdened of the inconvenience of repeating the basic information and details of their concerns over and over again. Their records are entered in the clinic’s records and will be updated every time they visit or consultations are made, which the doctors in our network can easily refer for background information.

Joyce Alumno, President & Country Manager of Aster DM Healthcare Philippines stressed that this technology lessens the room for error. With everything documented in one system, patients no longer need to recall past tests or results giving our doctors more accurate background information about their patients. This also eliminates the unnecessary stress of waiting for feedback or doctors' orders for the reference of the billing section.


“This technology streamlines the flow of information across our network. Check-ups are already stressful and in Aster, we are committed in delivering our promise of treating patients well. From the moment they are welcomed in our reception area and all throughout the process, we want to make it as convenient and stress-free as we possibly can,” Alumno said.

The EMR technology is one of the standard services in Aster’s network and is proud to bring this technology to the Philippines, which is their first operation in the whole Southeast Asian region.

“We are proud to pioneer this technology in the Philippines. One at a time, we are bringing in systems and technologies that help transform how we do our medical services today,” she highlighted.

“What started as a way of giving back to the Filipino community paved the way for an opportunity to see what is missing and where we can provide help in an organized manner. Setting up clinics and hospitals is something that we have been doing in the past 28 years across the GCC region, Middle East, and India, and we are hoping to do the same in the Philippines,” Alumno said.


Aster DM Healthcare is one of the largest health conglomerates in the Gulf Region, Middle East and India. Founded by Dr. Azad Moopen, the Dubai based healthcare conglomerate is committed in delivering quality and affordable healthcare in the countries where it is present. It first made its presence in the Philippines through its non-profit arm, Dr. Moopen's (DM) Foundation,when it launched its "Save the Little Hearts" program that granted surgeries to children with congenital heart defects.
Aster DM Healthcare, the Dubai headquartered healthcare conglomerate,now operates a network of more than 290 establishments,covering an array of healthcare verticals - from hospitals,medical centers,pharmacies,diagnostics and specialty centers as well as healthcare consultancy services,academics & research facilities to medical colleges, institutions for an advanced medical city.

For more information about Aster DM Healthcare and DM Foundation, visit www.asterdmhealthcare.com and www.drmoopensfoundation.org, respectively, or call 53ASTER (27837).

Monday, March 14, 2016


I have been a mom for 24 years. Many people would think that with my experience I already have learned a lot from the twists  & turns of parenthood, that I have mastered the art of rearing kids who are now mostly adults and teens.

Nothing can be further from the truth. 

As kids grow older, their needs and issues get complicated and more demanding as well especially when it comes to schooling. And though two of my kids are already degree holders, I still have two more who are still in college. Some may say I know how to budget my money but sadly I do not until know. I take advantage of company loans and borrow money during emergencies from colleagues and family relatives, making sure to keep my promise to pay it in full, at times in installment basis. I do not have any insurance, savings or investments. Heck, I do not even have a emergency fund. These words are very alien to me. Though I am not an impulsive buyer, into food trips, buffet or traveling, I feel that it is about time to learn the discipline of handling my finances  and investing in the  future before it is too late. Good thing I have stumbled upon Mommy Mundo's upcoming event named MomSchool 3.0 FAMILY GAME TIME  this coming Saturday, March 19,2016, from 9AM to 12NN at F1 Hotel in Bonifacio Global City. 

MomSchool Poster

Co Presented by Sun Life, Moms and Dads together with their kids aged 8 years and above are in for a three hour treat as they go through simulations of life situations with the help of the Praxis Board Game. This exciting and interactive board game was designed for hands on learning about spending, saving and investing money. Praxis will have the Moms and the Dads as well go through life events such as  landing a job,getting a promotion and getting retrenched. They also will learn when is the best time to invest and where to put their money, tighten ones' belts and increase their credit rating so that they are in a position to borrow money when investment opportunities arise.

It is very easy to get overwhelmed and intimidated when it comes to handling ones finances. Personally, the mere thought of budgeting stresses me especially when money is tight. It is a trait that I want to improve on especially that I am not getting any younger anymore. And since it takes a lot of practice, discipline and consistency to form a habit, I firmly believe that one day I will finally learn the skill of handling my finances until I become financially secure.

So if  I you and your family want to learn how and where to start your financial journey, come join Mommy Mundo's MomSchool 3.0 Family Game time this Saturday. It is a free event so invite your friends, relatives and colleagues. Since slots are limited, pre registration is required so simply register here or text 0908-8657245.

For more updates, visit and like Mommy Mundo's facebook page. You can also visit their website at  mommymundo.com

Monday, March 7, 2016

My Daughter is One of the K-POP Singing Contestants at HALLYUNIVERSE III

I never thought that day will come when I would write anything about Korean Pop Culture. Honestly I have nothing against it. I enjoy watching their Korean novellas because of their stories  be it drama, comedy and even epic. I never get bored watching them compared to most of our local novellas which are in dire need of better scripts due to their predictive plots, rehashed twists that even my daughter who has learning disabilities know what is going to happen on the next episodes.

Pathetic it may seem but sadly it is true. We need better  stories or else our way of thinking when it comes to real entertainment will go down the drain.

As for my preference for Korean Music, I am still a die hard OPM fanatic and though a lot of our local music is also slowly dying, I am still not going to give up that one day, quality OPM songs and music will again be heard and sang by our youth.

Now what if you have kids who are die hard K-POP fans that at times you start to question why most of their posts on their facebook wall are in Korean characters to the point of hearing them sing K-POP songs (with feelings)almost everyday without even understanding a single word that they are  saying?


Just plain weird and awkward.

Especially if one day, you saw them dressed up like their K-POP idols or worst, had their hair dyed in yellow or pink. You try your best to understand them and not to question if a total stranger had mistaken you as her mother. You avoid asking them if they have a problem or what causes are they fighting for.

Ugh. Parenthood. 

I could appreciate music but when you have a daughter who sings Korean songs where you do not understand a word almost everyday whether inside the bathroom or before midnight, then can you blame me not to get fed up at times especially when some of your neighbors are already in dreamland?

I  am  not insensitive and I know that my daughters' feelings get hurt when they feel that it seems their Dad and I do not support their interests. Since the last thing I want is to create a gap just because of K-POP and everything that goes with it, I decided the next best thing to do. Instead of building walls, I chose to create bridges and learn a little bit of their world.

Through stories shared before bedtime, my daughters would talk about Koren movies language, history, geography and culture. I learned that two of them had learned to write and speak the language with no difficulty where as one spends her Sunday afternon learning it for free from Korean missionaries. I am quite amazed and proud at the same time because I have learned that their interests in the culture went way beyond dressing up or dying their hair.

I was even surprised when my daughter, Sarah Skyler will compete this Saturday at the yearly HALLYUNIVERSE in UP Diliman.


Hallyuniverse III: 삼mer (summer) is the flagship event of HallyUP this 2016. A continuation of the previous Hallyuniverse events, 'Hallyuniverse: The K-Pop Takeover' and 'Hallyuniverse 2: Hallyuniversity' which was deemed the largest and most prestigious event of the sole student organization in the university catering to the appreciation and promotion of Korean popular culture or K-Pop, 'Hallyuniverse III: 삼mer' aims to bring the K-Pop community together in an afternoon of music, dance, games, and all-around enjoyment celebrating the richness and vibrancy of K-Pop.

The event  will be this SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2016 at GT Toyota Asian Center, UP Diliman.
You may start reserving your tickets at http://bit.do/hallyuniverse3. Ticket prices are at Php120 for PRE-SELLING, and P150 for DOOR PRICE.
I asked my daughter if she can give us free tickets for the event. I was not surprised when she told us that she will think it over. At any rate I would love to watch her perform and sing with feelings even if I still could not understand a single word that she will sing.

Honestly it does not matter.

For now.

For those of you who love K-POP and every little thing about it, please visit HallyUP at www.facebook.com/HallyUP.   You could also follow them on twitter at twitter.com/OfficialHallyUP  and on Instagram  @ www.instagram.com/officialhallyup

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Inspiring Others, Changing Lives at iVolunteer Philippines

Way back when I was in college, I had joined a school organization called MITSCA. I was a bit of a loner even then. The girl who prefered to sit alone in class, in the library and even during break time. I did find some acquaintances who also happened to be loners but since social media was unheard of them, we only got together during classes.

When I have joined MITSCA or Mapua Institute of Technology Student Catholic Action I began to meet other people and learned from their colorful stories. However the organization was not just a simple hang out where you get to share stories and tips how to survive in the institute. It was a place where your skills were harnessed such as your organization and leadership skills including how you balance your responsibilities as a MITSCAN and as a Mapuan at the same time.

From handling  weekly activities such as scheduling Masses, looking for priests who will celebrate it for free, organizing a choir and practicing songs that are easy to follow to organizing meetings for the monthly activities and choosing the best people to lead them including inviting applicants to join our community were tasks better said than done. It was a time where I found a safe place in the institute, where I shared my time and talents and where I experienced the spirit of camaraderie and volunteerism. At that time, I still did not understood the meaning behind the need to volunteer because I was more worried on the money that I need to spend by joining and since money had been scarce then, I only joined a couple of volunteer activities. One was in Manila City Jail for Juvenile and Street Children and the other one in Sapang Palay where we shared our day with the kids, joining them in their lunch, parlor games and ending our day with gift giving.

Nowadays, with the power of social media, I thought volunteerism was already dead. If it is still alive, the only ones who got involved with it were people who have a lot of time and money to share and sadly those who want to take advantage of a coming election.

I was wrong.

In fact, my eldest daughter Samantha, who has six siblings to lead, not to mention three have special needs, volunteered for a ten day Summer Camp in Isabela years ago, catering for abandoned and special children where Red was lucky enough to join due to the kindness of sponsors. At first I was hesitant especially when the meetings became demanding until I realized I was just like my daughter at one point in my life.

Volunteerism is still very much alive.

What more, there is now a venue where you can choose from different organizations depending on what causes you are most interested to join. In fact, it just had a two day expo called GO! VOLUNTEER at the Glorietta Activity Center where my kids and I happened to drop by.

While we were touring the expo, my kids and  I passed by the big Word Search and it both caught our fancy. My Education Major daughter Selena was able to find the remaining 9 words on the Word Search in no time. It was only then that I have learned that she made her own Word Search in three hours when she was required to handle public school children in one of her subjects. She even pointed out the hidden words which were not really hidden if you're a Word Search addict like me and my kids.

Word Search Wizard from Hogwarts

Even if we did  not stay long at the expo, we had a great time. In fact, I have a strong feeling that another daughter might volunteer again by sharing her gift for story telling?

She was able to find the hidden words as well

For those who always had the heart for sharing their time and their talents especially to our less fortunate brothers, you can visit iVolunteer Philippines facebook page or you can drop by online at their website at ivolunteer.com.ph for updates as well as the different opportunities where you can volunteer.

Feeding, Brain Booster and Wound Care at Helping Land Tondo Manila on September 6, 2014 by Project Pearls


Feeding, Brain Booster and Wound Care at Helping Land Tondo Manila on September 6, 2014 by Project Pearls

You may never know that one random act of kindness may inspire others and ultimately change lives, one day at a time.