29 December 2015

KC Concepcion leads Natural Looks Launch at SM North

Smelling and feeling fresh all day is one sure way to naturally boost your confidence. With that in mind, Natural Looks comes to the Philippines to bring all natural products that would provide Filipinos with a new way of keeping themselves fresh and confident all day!

KC Concepcion leads Natural Looks Launch at SM North

Famed for its fragrance, Natural Looks, a fragrance and skin care store which originated in London, has recently launched its first branch here in the Philippines. And to lead such celebration, its brand ambassador, KC Concepcion, was present during the event.

24 December 2015

What's New at Pink Parlour

I've always loved Pink Parlour. Aside from its superb waxing, tanning, and nail services, it offers a warm and relaxing place where everyone gets to be treated like a princess (or a prince). There's something about the fancy pink walls, furniture, and decors that make one feel instantly special about himself or herself. I guess that's what sets Pink Parlour apart from other nail and waxing salons. Anyway, it has been a while since I last paid Pink Parlour a visit. I think it was for my Gel Mani and Pedi. A few days back, I dropped by Pink Parlour for a relaxing mani and pedi. Here are some of the changes that I am sure everyone would look forward to:

1. Neater and brighter SM North branch

They recently renovated their SM North branch and I personally loved it. Everything looks so neat and polished! Although there was less pink, I think the brighter lights bring more life to the store. And I think it's safer to do manis and pedis with bright lights.

2. Safe and hygienic nail services

We all know that Pink Parlour is all about safe and hygienic treatments especially when it comes to their waxing services. Recently, they have incorporated this policy to their mani and pedi services. They now sterilize their tools every use to ensure that these are entirely clean and sanitized before using it on another client.

3. Perfect (and dry) polish

I hate it when my polish would get messed up because it didn't dry up completely. To address that, they now have a nail dryer so that you'll leave the salon with perfectly dry polish that won't get messed up even if you eat after or get something from your bag or pockets. Their wide selection of OPI, China Glaze, and other branded polish is also something to look forward to!

4. New branch!

Pink Parlour has recently opened its Prestige Salon at Eastwood Mall. Expect the ultimate royal treatment and pampering in their new castle!

5. More awesome promos!

From this month until February 2016, you may avail of their highly recommended Princess Pedicure for half the price when you book online. This is valid for appointments from 12nn until 1pm during weekdays. This one's definitely perfect for mommies who work so hard and deserve some pampering!

Visit Pink Parlour at their branches: SM North The Block, A-Venue Mall, Eastwood Mall

XO, Mish

23 December 2015

The Force Awakens at the new Gateway Dolby Atmos Cinema

I can't say that I am a die-hard fan of the Star Wars saga. However after seeing the previous six episodes a few days back, I am definitely looking forward to seeing the latest installment. I am ecstatic that I was able to see it at one of the latest and most innovative cinemas in the country today. It was truly a one of a kind experience!

Packed evening at the advanced press screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Gateway Mall's Dolby Atmos Cinema

21 December 2015

Frozen's Elsa and Anna joins Disney on Ice Magical Ice Festival

If there is anything that kids and kids at heart look forward to every Christmas season, it would probably be the Disney On Ice show. Christmas is never complete without the colorful, magical show that makes Christmas dreams and fantasies come to life. This holiday season, Disney On Ice presents Magical Ice Festival - a show that will showcase a medley of splendid set elements, impressive light display and costume pieces, along with show-stopping performances by a cast of world-class skaters!

20 December 2015

OLX Launches the OLX Possibili-tree this Holiday Season

Giving is the main essence of the Christmas season. With that in mind, OLX has spearheaded a new campaign that aims to raise funds that will go to programs dedicated to creating better lives for children and their families here in the Philippines through the Save The Children group. This goal has eventually lead to the creation of the OLX Possibili-tree.

13 December 2015

Calyxta Turns 1!

A few days ago, Calyxta celebrated its first anniversary and I was one lucky girl to have taken part in its awesome celebration. If you haven't heard of Calyxta yet, it is a one-stop source of anything related to beauty. This beauty e-shop and community has the scoop on the latest beauty products, beauty product reviews, and make-up tutorials. Aside from those, they also carry these beauty items on their website so that you could purchase them right away. Here are some of the products which you may find at Calyxta's website:

Skin care products
Hair care products
And tons of make-up!

The first anniversary of Calyxta looked like an upgraded version of a makeover party with your girl friends! Everyone loves parties. Everyone also loves to be pampered. Put the two together, and you’ve got an experience that is sure to make everyone feel special. During the said event held at Makati Diamond Residences, Calyxta made sure that everyone was treated to an afternoon filled with beauty and pampering. Now, who would not want that? :)

Maybelline definitely made everyone beautiful during the event!
Beach look by Toni&Guy. But I'd like to call it my "Daenerys Targaryen" hairstyle :p
Relaxing foot massage by Enza Nails and Spa

Aside from cocktails and awesome music by Pioneer Philippines and “Singles of Manila” DJs Jess Milner, T-MAC, and Quark Henares, there were different booths by beauty brands and services for the guests to try out. Among these brands were Ciaté London, Toni & Guy, Maybelline, Browhaus, Strip, My Amazing Blow Dry Secret, and Enza Nail Spa. Although I stayed at the event for four hours, I was only able to try out hair styling by Toni & Guy, hand and foot massage by Enza Nail Spa, and brow threading by Browhaus. Unfortunately, I missed the make-up makeover by Maybelline Philippines and nail art by Ciaté London. 

Thank you Browhaus for making my uneven brows perfect! 
Nail art and more at Ciate London's booth
Awesome #Peterait by Pete Rich Chiu Wan :)

This event is definitely a dream come true for stressed and busy ladies (like me!) And just like this all-out event, Calyxta continues to aim the providing of an all-out and complete service when it comes to beauty - not just in supplying beauty products to customers but also in giving that unique experience through beauty tips and tricks through by way of video tutorials and how-to articles.

Thank you Calyxta and Love and Light Productions for having me!

To know more about Calyxta, visit the following sites:
Website - http://www.calyxta.com/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/calyxtabeauty
Twitter - https://twitter.com/calyxtabeauty
Instagram - http://instagram.com/calyxtabeauty
Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/calyxtabeauty

XO, Mish

12 December 2015

The Magic of Christmas and Chocolates

Christmas is a season of happiness and giving; and chocolate never fails to make this time of the year even more magical, whether as dessert for countless parties and reunions, treats for kids or shared as gifts. 

With this very special occasion, it would be so delightful to surprise your loved ones with something out of the ordinary like premium artisanal chocolates like Villa del Conte. These treats made from the finest cacao beans and fun, luscious flavors are covered in colorful wrappers, ready to make anyone smile. 

Villa del Conte small crate

Making gift-giving extra special, Villa del Conte now brings the Villa del Conte Christmas crates. Each crate contains heavenly praline balls and praline sticks, perfectly paired with a bottle of wine. You may choose among the three sizes: small (starts at P1,160), medium (starts at P2,290) and large (starts at P5,180), and you can also select the particular wine and chocolate variant that you want to place inside the crate. 

Villa del Conte medium crate

Aside from these signature Villa del Conte chocolates, medium and large crates also have ovicinis, or colorful candy coated chocolates with luscious hazelnut filling. 

To give someone exactly what they want, you can also avail of the Villa del Conte gift card. Available in P200, P600, and P1,000, this could be the perfect holiday surprise for someone without going through the hassle of Christmas shopping. 

Villa del Conte large crate

To get these presents for your loved ones, visit Villa Del Conte at SM Megamall, Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinsons Magnolia. For bulk orders, please contact 893-2575 or 621-6101. 

Villa del Conte gift card

Go to http://www.villadelcontecioccolato.com/ to know more about Villa del Conte, or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VillaDelContePh, Instagram: http://instagram.com/villadelconte, and Twitter: https://twitter.com/VilladelConte.

XO, Mish

11 December 2015

Have an amazing Christmas only at Circuit Makati

It’s a bustling Christmas at Circuit Makati, Ayala Land’s newest entertainment district, with numerous activities and concerts to entertain every member of the family throughout the holiday season.

The tallest Christmas tree in the city, towering at 78 ft., welcomes you at the Globe Circuit Events Ground, creating a fun holiday atmosphere for children and adults alike. 

Catch the angelic voices of over a thousand choir participants at the Christmas Chorale Festival happening on December 5 and 12 at The Deck at Circuit Lane, and experience a symposium of chorale groups at the Globe Circuit Events Ground on December 20.  

If you’re into a different type of music genre, catch the Circuit Music Fest, a series of free concerts featuring the country’s most talented singers and performers. 

On December 10 at the Globe Circuit Events Ground, Ogie Alcasid takes center stage to sing songs from important milestones in his life. Meanwhile, prepare for a memorable Christmas Day concert as Martin Nievera serenades you with well-loved ballads on December 25.  To welcome the new year, Rico Blanco and Up Dharma Down will perform on January 1. 

Families can also make the most out of the holiday season, as well as enjoy the cool Christmas breeze, through Pop-up Night Cinema at Circuit, an outdoor cinema viewing of movie reruns, from December 26 to 30. 

Ticketed events are also happening at Circuit Makati, and these include: Games People Play at the Power Mac Center Spotlight on December 12-13 and 19-20, and the Rakrakan Festival on December 19. 

Apart from the shows, one can likewise explore the newly opened Circuit Lane where OPM Jam Nights will be held during the weekends of December. For gustatory delights and sumptuous holiday offerings, make sure to visit any of the mall’s dining outlets.  

To celebrate the season with thanksgiving and prayer, masses will be held at the newly consecrated St. John Paul II Chapel inside Circuit Lane. Sunday masses will begin on December 6 at 11am and at 6pm. An anticipated mass will be held on December 5 at 6:30pm. Simbang Gabi begins on December 15 at 6:30pm and masses will be held on December 24,25, and 31, as well as Jan 1, at 6:30pm.

Indeed, Christmas is all about having fun and bonding with family and friends, and Circuit Makati’s  holiday offerings will let you enjoy these and more.

For added information, check out facebook.com/CircuitMakatiOfficial or check www.makeitmakati.com/circuit-makati

XO, Mish

10 December 2015

Walk To Share: Boardwalk Launches a Lifestyle of Giving

In pursuit of its vision to help reduce poverty through social entrepreneurship, Boardwalk recently launched Share, a fashion and lifestyle sub-brand with a social development platform.

An initiative of the Share Foundation by Boardwalk in partnership with Boardwalk Charity Foundation Incorporated, Share elevates fashion into a social development platform by allocating 25 per cent of each Share item sold for its business starter program. The program works with men and women from economically-challenged communities to help them gain capital and confidence, and enhance their skills and sensibilities to have a fair shot at business success.

With actress KC Concepcion and Gerard Garcia hosting, the event kicks off with a fashion show featuring celebrities and Share ambassadors Alden Richards, Janine Gutierrez, and Matteo Guidicelli dressed in fun, colourful and relaxed Share outfits, all stamped with Share’s iconic hand logo.  Designed in colourful variations, the logo is a reminder that every item bought enables buyers to do their share and help future entrepreneurs make their business dreams come true.

Hosts KC Concepcion and Gerard Garcia with Share Ambassador Alden Richards
Share Ambassador Matteo Guidicelli

Emphasizing that Share is a fashion-forward brand, the Walk to Share event also features Filipino fashion designer Avel Bacudio as the very first Sharecreator. Named as Asia’s most influential designer in 2014, Bacudio showcases his capsule collection Share x Avel, the first of Share’s collaboration series which will also feature co-creations with other Filipino designers in the future.

“It’s an honor to be with people who believe in us and this important program,” Ivan Madera, President of Share, says. “We hope to encourage and inspire more people to do their share.”

Share President, Ivan Madera

Boardwalk’s special launch for Share is truly an event that not only highlights the company’s fashion creativity, but also its commitment to do more for society.

Find out how you can share your way at http://share.ph.

XO, Mish

08 December 2015

QC launches Maginhawang Pasko 2015: A Food & Art Hub Festival

After the roaring success of the Quezon City Food Festival last year, Maginhawa Street is once again set to host a bigger and more exciting fete on December 12, 2015, from 9AM until 12MN. Expect a unique Christmas shopping experience coupled with great food, vibrant music, and exciting games this year at the Maginhawang Pasko Food and Art Hub Festival!

Maginhawang Pasko Festival 2015 Launch at Provenciano Restaurant

Just as last year, Maginhawa's hole-in-the-wall restaurants and specialty food joints will be highlighted from the event. It aims to establish the Maginhawa food strip as a rising food tourism destination in Quezon City. Over 100 restaurants along Maginhawa and nearby streets will once again offer their best and delectably diverse menu to the participants of the event.

Concessionaires' booths will also be diverse. Aside from food stalls, Maginhawa will also offer unique and interesting fashion, music, arts and crafts products which will be available at very affordable prices. With 320 participating exhibitors - 200 for food and 120 for art, fashion, and music, the organizers of the event assure that everyone will be accommodated and will be able to dine and celebrate with their family and friends. 

Jay Adlao Block, President of Outbound Asia shares what to expect from Maginhawang Pasko 2015

What sets this year's Quezon City Festival different from last year is the inclusion of shops and activities that will surely invigorate the Christmas atmosphere in the area. Maginhawa resident establishments will be part of a Christmas Decoration Contest where the best ornamented establishments can win exciting prizes. The competition will surely light up the entire stretch of Maginhawa to make the occasion more fun and festive.

Maginhawang Pasko Map Guide from Maginhawang Pasko Facebook page

The day will also be filled with interesting activities open for everyone. Aside from the Christmas Decoration Contest, there will also be other fun competitions such as the Cosplay Contest, Sing Birit Singing Contest, and Maginhawang Pasko Bingo. There will be two sets of program along Maginhawa: one at the UP Village area and another at Malingap Street where live performances by bands and performers will be held. Don't miss True Faith and ItchyWorms' performances at Marilag Street and Malingap Street!

QC Vice Mayor Ma. Josefina Belmonte explains the preparations the Local Government of Quezon City has made for Maginhawang Pasko 2015

While the event will held from 9AM until 12MN of December 12, Maginhawa Street will be closed off starting December 11, 2015 at 11PM for the setting up of the Maginhawang Pasko Festival. During the event, there will be designated parking spaces for guests and residents of Maginhawa. There will also be designated tricycle stations for commuters.

Check out the rest of the traffic advisory (where to park and pass thru areas) HERE!

To know more about the event, the different competition mechanics, feel free to visit the official event Facebook pages at www.facebook.com/qcfoodfest and www.facebook.com/MaginhawangPasko or call 727-1951 or 727-0083.

See you there! :)

#MaginhawangPasko #MaginhawangPasko2015

XO, Mish

05 December 2015

My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More! Blogger's Conference

The Christmas season once again marks the commencement of the most awaited Metro Manila Film Festival. And this year, the bar is set high as the newest record-breaking, phenomenal loveteam, #Aldub, joins the undisputed Philippine box-office king of comedy, Vic Sotto, and the box-office queen of comedy, Ai-Ai Delas Alas, for a feel-good romantic comedy that will provide you with high-spirited excitement, heartwarming romance, wholesome fun, and excellent Filipino values and which the whole family will surely love! There is no doubt that, “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!,” starring Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai Delas Alas and the phenomenal loveteam Aldub of Alden Richards and Maine “Yayadub” Mendoza, is going to make a killing at the box-office  in the MMFF History.

In this movie, Vic Sotto plays the role of Vito who finds himself at odds and in a bitter professional rivalry with Cora, played by Ai-Ai. The two are both in the business of mounting special events and productions and have both made a successful name in the same profession. The conflict happens when their respective wards – Anna (played by Maine) daughter of Vito, gets romantically entangled with Cora’s beloved nephew Dondi (played by Alden). As expected, the “parents” actively reject the budding romantic involvement between the star-crossed lovers and willingly struck an unexpected truce to prevent this romance from happening.

The plot thickens when the unexpected alliance of the Vito and Cora starts blooming into something else. Now, it’s the turn of the youngsters to feel disconcerted with the idea of having their folks enter into a different relationship zone.  Now it was the turn of Dondi and Anna to react to the situation. They did not like the idea of his auntie and her father falling in love with each other.  Now it was the younger generation vehemently reacting to this new romance.

Bossing Vic Sotto and Comedy Queen Ai-ai Delas Alas

This early, festival observers are already predicting a surefire box-office reign for “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” which is jointly-offered by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Television Productions, Inc., APT Entertainment, GMA Films and Meda Production. While the country is being swept away by the record-breaking loveteam of Alden Richards and Maine “Yayadub” Mendoza, MMFF is poised to be another territory for conquest by the Aldub phenomenon. This is the duo’s most exciting film debut.

“My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” also features Joey de Leon, the “Eat Bulaga” lolas Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo, and Wally Bayola, and Ryzza Mae Dizon, in special appearances.

Pambansang Bae, Alden Richards with My Bebe Love Director, Jose Javier Reyes

There are lots of exciting scenes to look forward to since we will get to see a side of Aldub, particularly of newcomer Maine Mendoza, that we haven't seen in the Kalyeserye series of Eat Bulaga. If there would be any kissing scenes in the movie? That we have to see for ourselves since Alden left the question unanswered. However, he didn't out rightly said no. Of course, we'll see a different Vic Sotto as compared to his usual roles in fantasy movies. So where will all this end? Catch the excitement, the love, the fun and romance when “My Bebe Love: Kilig Pa More!” starts showing on Christmas Day at the MMFF. 

XO, Mish

01 December 2015

#MakeTimeForDad: a COPD awareness campaign by GSK

COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is not an illness we are commonly acquainted with. It is quite ironic because as the seventh killer disease in the Philippines, COPD must be one of the diseases that we should be wary of. To spread awareness of this peculiar yet prevalent disease, GlaxoSmithKline and the Philippine College of Chest Physicians launched a new campaign called #MakeTimeForDad.

Basically, COPD is a progressive lung ailment that makes breathing difficult and invariable leads to death. Cigarette smoking causes 80% to 90% of COPD cases. However, it could also be caused by indoor and outdoor pollution. Patients who are suffering from COPD experience breathlessness, abnormal sputum characterized by a mix of saliva and mucus, and chronic cough. While it is one major killer disease in our country, only 2% of the 4.2 million Filipinos are diagnosed with it. 

People are often diagnosed with COPD in their 50s and 60s. However, these diagnoses are relatively late as COPD can begin in your 40s. "If your father is a smoker and he begins to experience coughing with phlegm and an unusual breathing pattern, consult a doctor. He may be asked to get a spirometry exam to diagnose COPD," says Dr. Gio Barangan, GSK's Medical Director.

For this campaign, there is no other better person to share about the disease and its effects than Epy Quizon. Epy lost his father, the Comedy King Dolphy, to COPD three years ago. He shared that Dolphy used to be a heavy smoker who started smoking in his teen years. When he was 45, he was diagnosed with emphysema and by that time, his lungs were so black. The damage to his lungs continued to progress with age and he was diagnosed with COPD at the age of 79.

When he turned 80, he began carrying oxygen concentrator everywhere he went, The once vibrant Comedy King had become lethargic. Aside from frequent coughs and shortness of breath, Dolphy would also complain of tiredness after taking a few steps. "Our dad was a fighter. He was our general, our commander-in-chief, so watching him get weaker and trying hard to just catch his breath was very difficult for us," Epy recalled emotionally.

The #MakeTimeForDad campaign is an advocacy very close to Epy because it was the disease that took his dad's life. Thus, he wanted to make people aware of the disease and to give people a clearer picture of how the disease affects not only the patient but the entire family. As a progressive disease, COPD becomes a familial problem, Once the father is affected, the rest of the family assumes the responsibility of taking care of the patient and they play an important role in the patient's treatment journey.

To take part in the campaign, family members are encouraged to upload 30-second videos on Facebook and Instagram, stating a list of things they want to do or wish they could have done with their fathers. This would serve as a reminder for them to act now if they feel their loved ones are at risk for COPD, and value each moment they spend with them.

To know more about COPD, visit www.pinoycopd.com.

XO, Mish

27 November 2015

Have You Bet on the Right Diaper?

Pampers, the world’s leading diaper brand, recently launched the New Pampers Baby Dry: 99.9% Dryness Challenge. During the said challenge held last week at Robinson's Manila, mommies were given a chance to challenge their current diaper and win their baby’s first prizes such as their first play set, first high chair or first stroller. As for me, I did not have a hard time betting on the right diaper! I knew right from the start that Pampers Baby Dry can guarantee 99.9% skin dryness as I've been using it on Zack since its launch last March and we have practically tried all sorts of diapers in the past. 

Taking on the challenge was really simple. First of all, mommies age 18 years old and above, residing in the Philippines, and have babies 0-3 years old should register online and bring their current non-Pampers diaper to the event. All that they have to do during the event is to pick the right diaper, undergo the simple test, and see for yourself which diaper provides 99.9% dryness! 

Pampers Baby Dry and Brand X are being tested and sampled for the challenge!
Same amount of liquid are simultaneously being poured over both brands.
Pampers Baby Dry have completely absorbed the liquid while there's still a significant amount of liquid over Brand X.
5 lbs. weights were then placed over the diapers.
As I have previously said, see it for yourself! The paper napkin over the Pampers Baby Dry is completely dry while the one over Brand X is significantly soaked!
For mommies who bet on the right diaper, you may claim your awesome prizes from the Love Corner.

I am definitely proud to say that I am one of the mommies who bet on Pampers Baby Dry for this challenge. I've been impressed with its performance ever since. It definitely guarantees dryness especially during the night. It has a slim fit and stretchy tapes that provides comfort. It doesn't become bulky even after a few wettings unlike other brands. And its magic gel can absorb up to 7 wettings!

Mommies from Visayas and Mindanao can also get a chance to challenge their current diaper and win their baby’s first prizes when they register in Ayala Center, Cebu City on December 6, 2015, and Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City on December 15 2015. Guarantee your slot by pre-registering. Visit the Pampers Philippines Facebook page for more details (www.facebook.com/PampersPh). 

XO, Mish