Are you ready to buy gifts for your loved ones this season? If you want value for your buck, check out Glorietta's Midnight Madness sale this weekend and see what's in store for you. Perfect timing for the payday. 

And here's more! Aside from the 70% Discounts, Glorietta will also be having FLASH Sales (1 hour) which will be give you 20% more discount, meaning you can get the items you want 90% off the price. It’s almost FREE!

November 28 : 12-1PM
November 29: 11-12PM
November 30:  7-8PM

Participating stores will have posters of the FLASH SALE so make sure you watch out for them!


So you know now where to go on a shopping spree?

Share this good news to your friends and peers! Follow @iloveglorietta and use these hashtags #‎glorietta‬ ‪#‎iloveglorietta‬ ‪#‎MakeChristmasMoreMeaningful‬ #FlashSale #GloriettaFlashSale


As you all know, I have already started and braved myself to become a mompreneur. It took me a lot of time and finally decided to pursue my passion. I want something close to my heart so it won’t be tasky for me to do—which is fashion and food!

If you have a spare time, I would like to share with you sort-of story behind it, as this post has been sitting on my draft for a long time already enough that Mommy Pehpot had to feature me first before I can even post this.

Ever wonder why I started the mompreneur journey? Well, for the kids mainly. But the inspiration on coming up with it has much deeper influence.

My mom has always been my inspiration. I consider her successful when it comes to financial aspect because she is the person who rarely seeks help “financially” from others even from my dad. She was able to raise us and fund our studies when my dad lost his job during our college years. Imagine her sending all of us in a Catholic private school and as you all know, miscellaneous fees are not that cheap. She instilled in us that we should be able to sustain on our own even when we have our own families.

At least I did or should I say I have (well sort of). When I was still working and by the time I settled down and had kids, I had ample amount of savings from numerous banks, time deposits until such time I had to take them out to sustain my finances. You may ask, why? I have lived a life wherein I don’t ask money from my parents already and even from Boboy. Why am I saying this? Because I believe in women’s abilities to sustain themselves especially when it comes to WANTS. I must say I am very frugal with money and always on the practical side. It was at least the very trait I learned from my mom. When I had my son, I worked part time pre-school teacher, financial consultant and other freelance jobs to sustain all my bills. It was hard yes, but I didn’t regret it because I worked happily while taking care of my kids. The kids had always been my inspiration in all I do.

The birth of my store is due to my desire to be with my children and earn at the same time without having to beg for my needs. It has never been the part of me ever since. If I spend money, it should come from my pocket and a result of hard work. I have lingered too much on the thought that I can do everything and I believe every woman can. Being a mompreneur is no easy job since I have to be a mom, a cook, a sister, and daughter, wife and teacher, accountant and house manager all at the same time. But you know what? I love it and I treasure every single day I am privileged to do it.



But this budding mompreneur has still a lot of things to work on and learn the ropes of every business. Hopefully, I can still do it even with two demanding kids in tow. Now at least I get to be with them still every single day.


If you are a Philippine resident and needs sweet tooth fix, send me a message on my facebook page here. If you also want matchy outfits with the whole family, you may check my facebook page here.

How about you? Have you chosen to run your own business too? Share your story and let’s have a chitchat.




Homemakers and food lovers everywhere have two important things that they always keep in mind: how to prepare a table of delicious goodies for their guests in the quickest way possible, and at the same time maintaining that great taste. Given the growing health consciousness among even the most ardent culinary enthusiasts, the nutritional value of the dishes served is also a factor that is taken into account.

The answer lies with Midea’s new Microwave ovens because they possess three aspects helpful to both cooks and consumers and which, when seen collectively together, may be difficult to find in other brands. The first, naturally is speed. A basic meal can be prepared for immediate dining in just 90 seconds or less than two minutes. For tired professionals coming home after a long day’s work or weekend hosts who will be entertaining their buddies, the Midea ovens can heat ready-to-eat dishes or warm bowls of soup or sliced meat.

Midea’s new microwave ovens likewise preserve the nutrients in certain food or dishes that are easily prepared. They remove the need for frying, which in turn removes about 10 percent less fat on the meat such as pork, kaldereta or chicken that is being heated. The meat comes out leaner, richer, and less conducive to the cholesterol build-up can lead to heart-related illnesses. 

“Midea has always manufactured our appliances, including our ovens, with the good of the consumer in mind,” says Mr. Phillip F. Trapaga, General Manager. “We take into account both the one preparing the food as well as the one who will eat them. The efficient and speedy way of cooking is, of course, the main objective. This becomes even more important during the busier occasions when people are juggling food preparation, shopping, errands, with all the other everyday tasks that they have to do. Midea’s microwave ovens make it quicker and easier for them to heat meat for dinner at home or lunch in the office. They also reduce the number of hours needed to prepare dishes for parties and events, or when guests just drop by unexpectedly.”

The advantages offered by the Midea microwave ovens put to rest the usual but shaky myths that cooking food with microwave ovens can be risky to both cook and consumer. The Midea microwave owner who has experienced first-hand the health and hygiene advantages of the appliance is well aware that no such illnesses arise from supposed food exposure to radiation or unnecessary chemicals. 

Midea’s microwave oven goes a step further by showing consumers everywhere that this particular appliance is an invaluable support in the kitchen: it helps to prolong the duration of a particular food while ensuring that it be heated or cooked efficiently and cleanly. At the same time, it preserves the nutrients and other elements that keep the consumer and food lover healthy.

20L Mechanical Oven
20L Digital Microwave Oven

30L Digital Microwave Oven
Midea’s microwave ovens come in three models: the 20L Mechanical Model, P2,995; the 20L Digital Microwave Oven, P3,695; and the 30L Digital Microwave Oven, P5,995. Midea microwave ovens are now available in leading appliance centers like Abenson, Western Appliances in Metro Manila and other appliance centers in Visayas and Mindanao.
Christmas is near and what better way to celebrate it with is the season of giving. This season where everyone is excited to go shopping for gifts for their loved ones, there are also plenty who have prepared gifts to each one of us.

This is to all the bookworms who love collecting and reading books and magazines; Buqo has something in store for all of you. Buqo is an online digital bookstore wherein its application can be downloaded in your smartphones and tablets.

Starting today, as of writing, they will be giving away a surprise gift that will be revealed at 11:00 am. The said surprise will be available until the next day at 10:00 in the morning. Everyday, there will be a surprise, which you should look forward to. Buqo will start revealing gifts everyday for 36 days! Yes, you read it right; they are generous enough to be giving away gifts for 36 days.

If you want to experience the technology of having a digital bookstore right at your fingertips, I encourage you to download Buqo now so you can enjoy reading and be surprised with their freebies. Don’t ever miss that  chance!

Advanced Happy Holidays everyone and happy reading!

Stay connected with them through the following:

Buqo iOS (App Store): http://bit.ly/buqoapple
Buqo Android (Google Play): http://bit.ly/buqoandroid
Facebook: www.facebook.com/buqoapp
Twitter: www.twitter.com/buqo

Instagram: www.instagram.com/buqoapp
Considering that we celebrate an extended holiday season--starting from the ber months to late January—you would think people would have enough time to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts that are well thought out. That's hardly ever the case, though.
Year after year, people rush to stores at the last minute, grabbing run-of-the-mill mugs, picture frames, toiletries, and what have you. Fun, right? Let's face it; getting an ordinary gift doesn't exactly usher in the spirit of the season. Why not wrap something remarkable? If your loved ones are that special, you'd think of giving them the stars—something they clearly deserve. You can't exactly give them that, but a close alternative is made possible by The Mind Museum—along with other unique gifts that not only add a twist to your usual holiday flavor, they also inspire learning and further celebrate the season of giving.

1. The Scientific Date: How about a date in an artsy but science-themed gallery, or stargazing in cozy couches in a custom-made planetarium?  Surprise your loved ones and the young ones with All Day Passes or gift certificates to The Mind Museum! With over 250 hands-on, minds-on exhibits and live experiment demonstrations that unveil the remarkable science behind living and non-living things, a date or two in The Mind Museum is definitely a unique and exciting way to spend time together this Yuletide season. (The Mind Museum tickets all day passes is sold for only Php750/php) 

2. Name the Stars after Your Loved Ones: Do you know that you can literally leave your mark in The Mind Museum by naming one of their virtual exhibits?  You can leave your names or your loved ones’ on digital exhibits found in the different galleries in the Museum, through a fixed donation that come with e-certificates.  Imagine the delight of seeing your family’s name imprinted on the virtual stars that make up a constellation, or name a specific kind of dinosaur that inhabits a virtual era in history. What’s more heart-warming is that all proceeds for this program go to supporting the institutions’ project of giving free museum visits to public school kids.
(Virtual exhibits’ price ranges from Php1,000 to Php5,000, depending on your choice of show. For more information, visit http://exhibits.themindmuseum.org.)

3. The Key to Endless Discovery: A year-round, all-day admission to the first world-class science museum in the country—how does that sound? Interactive exhibits, a thoughtfully designed planetarium, meticulously laid-out 3D shows, and exciting science demonstrations await your lucky gift recipient. The Mind Museum’s Unlimited Science Pass also gives free admission to over 300 worldwide science museums, discounts on travelling exhibition tickets, birthday packages, and purchases inside The Mind Museum Store. And because the institution always interlinks its efforts with expanding the knowledge of today’s generation, this unli-pass directly supports free museum passes for underprivileged kids. (For a group of four or more, avail the Unlimited Science Pass for only Php2,250/pax. Visit https://www.themindmuseum.org/science-alive/63/membership-program for more information)

4. All for Science, All for Love: To celebrate the holidays in a different, more meaningful way, why not sponsor a trip for public school kids this Christmas? You can even ask your family or friends to join you in spearheading this project to further enrich the sense of wonder of these young ones. Don’t worry, The Mind Museum’s doors are open to plan and accomplish this advocacy of embracing and sharing the true spirit of the season. (To inquire about this project, please send your email to inquiry@themindmuseum.org.)  

The Mind Museum is a gallery of endless activities and possibilities so, of course, we have more in The Mind Museum Store for you!

5. If these shirts could talk: Let your friends “wear their wit” with these design shirts that are exclusively available in The Mind Museum Store! These shirts come in different colors and are tastefully designed with vibrant graphics and statements that will truly make science a cool fashion statement of choice this holiday season. (Prices range from Php379.75 to Php499.75)




6. Of Puzzles, Papers, and Pencils: Instead of those tired old notebooks or planners, try giving the young ones (or even your family and friends) these funky Human Anatomy Notebook and Science Alphabet Notebook! They’re, indeed, a safe space for random thoughts, important lists, or mind babbles. Here’s a tip: pair these notebooks with Puzzle Color Pencils and let its colorful tips become their wand to create their DIY-diary. (Human Anatomy Notebook and Science Alphabet Notebook are sold for only Php379.75, while Puzzle Color Pencils set is sold for only Php649.75.)


7. Own the Universe: While these kids are taking baby steps towards their dreams, you can show them the momentary short-cut in seizing the universe, literally, through the Star Planetarium! Projecting 3D stars, planets, and constellations, this amazing contraption also includes 3D glasses for a more mesmerizing virtual representation of what’s above and beyond the world we’re living in. (The Star Planetarium set is sold for only Php2,579.75.)


8. Unearthing the Dinos: Be a paleontologist and travel back to the era of dinosaurs with the special edition of Dino Excavation Kit. Dig for the bones hidden in the gypsum block, assemble them and enjoy your very own miniature dinosaur skeleton replica. Top it off by learning more about the fossils you have just uncovered. (The entire Dino Excavation Kit is sold for Php2,699.75.)



9. Tricks and Treats: Put a little ease and fun in teaching kids using playing cards that are exclusively sold at The Mind Museum store. You can either get What’s GNU?—a 3-letter learning game deck or go for a game of speed and visual tricks with Hyperswipe! Grab these cards now, be the learning and game master at the same time, and let the enlivening game itself, too, serve as an added gift to these kids! (What’s GNU deck costs Php9,49.75 while the Hyperswipe set costs Php1,349.75.)


10. Build Your Own, Learn on Your Own: Teach your young ones the basics of gardening, without having to worry about landscaping your backyard, with these innovative plant miniatures! You can either let them grow the Sweet Leaf, which grows leaves that be used as a natural substitute for sugar; the Mini-Melons that will actually produce sweet mini cantaloupes in less than 2 months; or get really out-of-this-word with the Curious George Outer Space Adventure Garden that will even allow them to experiment right in their mini pots! (Sweet leaf and Mini-melons cost Pho829.75 each while the Curious George Outer Space Adventure Garden is sold for Php1,229.75.)



For more information, you may visit their website here.

Happy Holidays! 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the 21st century. The Global Burden of Disease Study by the World Health Organization projected that COPD will become the third leading cause of death worldwide by 2020. (1)

In the Philippines, it ranks as the 7th leading cause of death with a prevalence rate of 13.8% in Manila. (2,3) Despite the high incidence of COPD in the Philippines, only 2% of the cases are diagnosed by doctors in contrast to the overall prevalence. (4) The cause of this under-diagnosis and under-treatment is probably due to lack of public health awareness of COPD in our country.

COPD is characterized by persistent airflow limitation that is usually progressive and associated with an enhanced chronic inflammatory response in the airways and the lungs. Cigarette smoking continues to be identified as the most commonly encountered risk factor, accounting for 80-90% of cases. (6,7) Other risk factors that should be taken into account include air pollution,  exposure to certain dust, chemicals in the workplace, indoor air pollution from biomass cooking (i.e. firewood/charcoal), and heating in poorly ventilated dwellings. Only a few cases of COPD are caused by genetic condition.

A clinical diagnosis should be considered in any person 40 years old and above who has risk factors such as exposure to noxious particles or gases.  A COPD patient may not feel anything at the start and develop cough and sputum production during the mid to late stage of the disease.  Thus, high index of suspicion is needed for any person with risk factors. Spirometry is needed to make a confident diagnosis of COPD. It is one of the diagnostic tools that is often underutilized in the Philippines.  A person with risk factors and symptoms should ask his/her doctor about spirometry testing.

The impact of COPD is not only confined to its ill effects on the individual’s health but may also result in an economic and social burden that is both extensive and increasing. (6,7) There is a direct relationship between the severity of COPD and the cost of care.  In developing countries like the Philippines, COPD will certainly force two individuals to give up their work - the person afflicted with COPD and a family member who must now stay home to care for the sick individual. Given that people are often the most vital asset for developing nations, the indirect costs of COPD potentially pose a serious threat to their economies.

Appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions are needed to reduce the symptoms, frequency and severity of exacerbations and improve health status and exercise tolerance. Smoking cessation is without doubt still the single most effective way of reducing the risk of developing COPD and delaying its progression.


It is important to remember that for COPD patients, early detection of the disease and appropriate interventions are vital.  These can help slow down its advance and facilitate quality of life for the patient.  To quote 2014 World COPD Day’s theme:  IT’S NEVER TOO LATE…

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