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Adding more responsibility on his shoulders, Department of Finance Secretary Carlos Garcia Dominguez III has been proclaimed as datu by the Sultan of Lanao, HRH Sultan Firdausi Ismail Yahya Abbas. The secretary is the first recipient of the royal grant of datu since the enthronement of Sultan of Lanao Sultan Abbas in 1996.


The conferment event held at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City was also a showcase of the Maranao culture, with the procession of Sultans and Datus accompanied with the rhythm of ethnic sounds.


Present at the ceremony were HRH Sultan of Sulu and Sabah Sultan Mohammad Fuad Abdullah Kiram, and his son, Rajah Muda Al Mezzheer Kiram, CEO of the Sultan of Lanao Foundation Sitti Khadija Rahma Abbas, lawyers Datu Yasser Ismail Abbas and Bai Joanna Abbas, Datu Jaime Ismail B. Abbas, eldest grandson of Sultan Abbas and Datu Luis Agimuddin Delgado III, great grandson of Sultan Jainal Abirin of Sulu and North Borneo who ruled from 1936 to 1950. Also gracing the ceremony were Presidential Adviser on Overseas Filipino Workers and Muslim Concerns Secretary Abdullah Mamao and Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Caesar Dulay, including other Datus, Sultans, and Bai-a-labis.

As part of his proclamation as a datu, Dominguez was presented the scroll of conferment, signifying his status as a datu, a gold-plated Kandit, and a gold-plated Gonong which symbolizes his authority and duty. The proclamation ceremony was concluded by Rajah Muda Firdausi Ismail Abbas. 

Dominguez vowed to protect and embody the honor of the Maranaws and its Sultans. The secretary also assured that he will aid in helping the people of Marawi return to their homes and improve their livelihood.
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Whether you’re spending Valentine’s day with your significant other, friends, or alone, PayMaya is making the season of love with back-to-back discounts and cashbacks from today until February 14! You’ll surely enjoy a romantic Valentine’s experience as PayMaya offers the perfect deals that will suit your special someone’s love language, as studied by Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The Five Love Languages series. 


WORDS OF AFFIRMATION  

Communication is key in every relationship. Tell your loved ones how much you value them by sending sweet text messages throughout the day.  

To strengthen your relationship, make sure that you always have prepaid load for more meaningful conversations. Enjoy a one-time 100% cashback of up to P50 when you purchase prepaid load until February 15.

GIFTS  

When it comes to gifts, it’s always the thought that counts. And we all know how finding the perfect present can be a hassle especially during Valentine’s Day.  

So skip the lines at the mall and avoid the rush-hour traffic by shopping online at sites like Lazada or Zalora. Let the love go ‘round and get a 20% cashback (up to P300) when you spend at least P500 on online shops and pay using your PayMaya card until February 15!

PLUS: Enjoy an additional 12% off on your Zalora items when you use the code PM12OFF upon checkout. 

ACTS OF SERVICE  

Go the extra mile on Valentine’s to keep the love alive – book a table in your favorite date place or prepare a romantic dinner set-up at home.  

Make it extra special when you #ScanToPay with PayMaya QR at any of our partner merchants nationwide and score a 1%, 10%, or 100% cashback of up to P1,000 per transaction until February 13, 2019.

A special treat also awaits this Valentine’s Day as you can get a one-time 50% cashback of up to P300 when you #ScanToPay with PayMaya QR! This special sale happens on February 14, 2019 only.

QUALITY TIME  

Spending time with a loved one is always time well spent, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to have a romantic getaway. Take the opportunity to wander around, have a heart-to-heart discussion with your partner, or reminisce good memories from your years together.

Make the most of your time and money by choosing from these PayMaya travel and accommodation value deals and promos: 

AGODA 
Get 7% OFF on hotel accommodations worldwide when you book using your PayMaya. Promo runs until February 15, 2019 only. 

TRAVELOKA 
Enjoy up to P1,500 off on flights, hotels, and attractions when you pay with PayMaya using the Traveloka app. Promo runs until April 15, 2019. 

BOOKING.COM 
Get a 6% cashback when you use your PayMaya to book an accommodation anywhere! Promo runs until November 3, 2019.

PHYSICAL TOUCH  

Big hugs and simple kisses are some of life’s priceless treasures. Simply celebrate Valentine’s Day at home by cuddling and watching your favorite movies or TV series. 

Complete your experience by ordering online your go-to comfort food from Dominos Pizza and Shakey's using PayMaya's online payment gateway. 

There are many ways to express your love with the help of PayMaya. So download the PayMaya app now and show your love in whatever language your partner understands. 

To stay updated on the latest promos and discounts from PayMaya, visit PayMaya.com/deals or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
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Love should be celebrated everyday, but for the romantics, the most romantic day of the year is drawing near. If you are looking for a quiet and classy place to have dinner, Century Park Hotel (CPH), one of the finest hotels in Manila, is definitely the go-to place this Valentine’s Day.


On February 13, 14 and 15, 2019, “An Affair to Remember” brings you the finest cuisine for only P2,300 net per person.  This package comes with three glasses of wine. 

For those who prefer dinner only, the price comes at P1,800 net per person.  The same rate applies to kids.

Carefully prepared by CPH’s Executive Chef Raymond Chua, the Valentine’s Special includes Soup of the Day to be then followed by Mixed Green Salad with choice of three dressings.  For the main course, choose from Pan-roasted US Beef Tenderloin Steak marinated with the finest herbs and topped off with marble potatoes, house made salsa verde and char-grilled vegetables or Mixed Seafood Picatta, a concoction of angel hair pasta, sauteed leafy vegetables and scallion cream sauce. To cleanse off the palate, a Trio of Lemon dessert will truly cap off this sumptuous dinner composed of Lemon Meringue Tart, Cheesy Lemon Cake and Lemon Gelee.

“Valentine’s Day is not just for couples, it is really for families as this occasion is a celebration of love in all forms.  We look forward to having you spend this memorable night at Century Park Hotel,” said Anthony Tan, CPH’s General Manager.

To know more about Century Park Hotel, you may visit www.centurypark.com or contact information@centurypark.com.ph and telephone number: (632) 528-8888
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SugarSmile by Ria Hazel Lumandog - 1w ago

The Powerpuff Girls were my superheroes in high school. Ask any of my friends and they would tell you how I always say Buttercup is my spirit animal because she's so fierce and tough. Now they might not look like it but The Powerpuff Girls have just turned 20! Cartoon Network’s all-time favorite series follows the life of three super-cute, but super-fierce little girls made from sugar, spice, and everything nice – with a splash of Chemical X. 

For two decades, The Powerpuff Girls have proven that the show can empower everyone and anyone, regardless of age.

Here are some of the best moments on the show where Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup, and even their long-lost sis, Bliss, gave us the ultimate girl power feels!

Bubbles and her silver linings 

Before Miss Universe Catriona Gray’s inspiring answer on finding the silver lining in situations, there was already Bubbles who is the OG of silver linings. Full of optimism, she looks at each situation with positivity and hope, showing us that girl power is not all about strength; it can also be about seeing things in a positive light.


You are YOU-nique!

Everyone has their own quirks, but that’s what makes people unique! It’s also what can make a super mega awesome combination of powers that can defeat any villain. Be proud of who you are because our favorite little girls sure are.


Sisters got your back 

Self-doubt is one of the things that can stop you from doing what you want. When you’ve got sisters like Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, their confidence is contagious! 


No shame owning up to a mistake

Owning up to your mistakes does not mean you’ve failed, it only shows that you are a brave girl, full of humility and courage, ready to learn from your mistakes and move forward.


Fierce on facing your fears

If Buttercup can shrug off her fears, you can too! It’s all about being brave enough to face it head on, trust Buttercup! 

As The Powerpuff Girls celebrate their 20th anniversary, expect more empowering episodes and activities to head your way this year!

Cartoon Network is ready to #EMPOWERPUFF young Pinays with an extra dose of excitement, fun, and entertainment. Be sure to catch up on its latest episodes by tuning in to Cartoon Network on Cignal Digital TV Channel 220 (HD), Sky Direct Channel 15 (HD), SkyCable Channel 178 (HD), and Destiny Cable Channel 178 (HD Digital).

For more information about the Powerpuff Girls 20th anniversary events and other Cartoon Network-related news and updates, visit www.cartoonnetworkasia.com and follow Facebook.com/CartoonNetworkAsia.

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They say that love is spoken in different languages and expressed in different ways. This Valentine’s Day, everyone can show their love in their most personal and meaningful way, whether it is through grand surprises or simple tokens.


Just like how plenty of people meticulously plan out their Valentine’s Day celebrations, Red Ribbon has specially baked and masterfully crafted the most indulgent cake for the occasion – the Red Ribbon Valentine Black Forest.


Couples can share love straight from the heart with the Red Ribbon Valentine Black Forest Cake, which comes in a charming heart-shaped design. With each bite of the rich chocolate fudge cake, chocolate-cherry-creamy icing, and grated chocolate, this delectable gift makes celebrations so much sweeter. This indulgent cake is delicately topped with luscious Maraschino cherries.

A grand Valentine’s Day surprise


Along with the launch of the limited edition Red Ribbon Valentine’s Black Forest Cake, the country’s most loved bakeshop also gave guests a grand surprise as they introduced their newest endorser – Paulo Avelino.

The talented film and TV actor, fondly dubbed as everyone’s ‘Internet Boyfriend’, is set to make the season of romance extra sweet as he shares love straight from the heart with the Red Ribbon Valentine’s Black Forest in a new, swoon-worthy made-for-digital video.


“At Red Ribbon, it’s always been about making celebrations more special for our customers and Valentine’s Day is definitely no exception. This is why we’ve pulled out all the stops this love month – reimagining a timeless cake favorite that we’ve fallen in love with again and again, and having a new endorser to help us send across all media touchpoints our message of love,” shared Kent Mariano, Red Ribbon Marketing Head.

Make sure to gift your special someone the new Red Ribbon Valentine Black Forest which will be available from February 13 to 15. There’s also more in store this love month so stay tuned on the official Red Ribbon Bakeshop Facebook page! 

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Spend a minimum of ₱250 on Shopee to score a complimentary makeover and an exclusive Valentine’s Day date with hit Korean singer
and internet celebrity JinHo Bae

Get ready for the season of love as Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, introduces the Shopee Win-A-Date contest to give users the chance to create their own K-Drama ‘kilig’ moment this Valentine’s Day. 

From now until February 12, users who spend a minimum of ₱250 on Shopee can stand a chance to score an all-expenses paid makeover and an exclusive lunch date with hit Korean singer and internet celebrity JinHo Bae on Valentine’s Day.


To join the contest, users must enter the special code “SHOPEEWINADATE” with a minimum checkout of ₱250 on Shopee. One lucky winner will be chosen on February 12 to receive an all-sponsored full makeover and a dream lunch date with JinHo Bae on February 14.

Create the ultimate K-Drama date with Shopee this Valentine’s Day.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

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Century Park Hotel (CPH), one of the finest hotels in Manila, is set to welcome the Year of the Earth Pig with a bang.

Preparations are underway to celebrate the eve of the Lunar New Year on February 4, 2019.  This occasion is one of the loudest and most festive in Chinese culture.

Sumptuous Chinese dishes will be showcased at the lunch and dinner buffet (P1,495 net) at Café in the Park for guests craving for Chinese cuisine.

Then at 7:00PM, an eye-dotting blessing ceremony will take place before the lion’s first dance at the Atrium Lounge. The ritual will empower the lion to bring about protection, good luck, health, and prosperity to the attendees. The “eyes” of the lion reflect the spirit so the last step before it comes alive is for its eyes to be dotted. A lion and dragon dance follows right after to chase away evil spirits and welcome the new year. This performance will be accompanied with loud drums and cymbals. 

A grand fireworks display will cap off the momentous occasion.

“We look forward to having all of you at the hotel and share this evening with us,” said Anthony Tan, CPH’s General Manager.  “May the Year of the Pig bring prosperity and good health to everyone,” he further added.
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After a long and tiring day, it is always satisfying to take off your make-up and clean your face. But what if I tell you that Althea Korea launched a cleanser and serum in one product? This definitely excited me because it effectively cleanses and moisturizes my face at once. So here, I present to you the Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser. 


Althea must have been listening when I was asking the heavens for a product that works overtime. Althea's Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser combines the powers of a cleanser and serum. This beauty superhero whisks away makeup, dirt, and oil with mint extracts while ensuring the skin stays cool and hydrated throughout thanks to a dual moisture cell system that envelopes the skin in a serum-like formula. 

It prevents the skin from drying out and effectively  minimizes enlarged pores, keeping it smooth to the touch. This product also helps to balance the pH levels of the skin to keep it working in tip-top shape! Best of all, it's gentle on the face and suitable even for those of us with sensitive skins. 

The ingredients include the following:


Mint leaf extract - Cools down the skin and soothes irritations
Jojoba seed oil - Deeply moisturizes any dryness without feeling heavy 
Tea tree leaf extract - Has antibacterial properties that purify the skin

Combining all these provides us a makeup and dirt remover without ever drying your skin. It is lightweight and easy to use. It also balances the pH levels of the skin to ensure it stays healthy. 

How to use: 


Dampen the skin and apply on a small amount. Gently massage onto the skin in circular motions for 5-10 seconds before rinsing off with water.

My thoughts: 

The Althea Pore Purifying Serum Cleanser is perfect for oily skin types like me. When I thought that this would be too sticky on my face, it provided a matte finish while keeping that moisturizing effect. I also noticed that my pores were minimized and it is easy to use. My problem though is after opening the bottle, the contents would usually spill if not properly stored upwards. 

With that, I would definitely get more of these at Althea. You can buy this through this link: https://ph.althea.kr/pore-purifying-serum-cleanser for only Php430 in 150ml. 

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Looking fresh is easy, staying one now becomes easier with Althea's new product, the Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist. Recently, my favorite Korean skincare and beauty site collaborated with Indonesian actress and singer, Titi Kamal for this special product that will make you feel fun, feminine and floral!

Who is Titi Kamal?


This Indonesian beauty captured Althea's eyes as she is one popular actress and singer back in her country. And because she is stylish and a beauty icon, it is only fitting that she bagged this collaboration, as she embodies the Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist's qualities - feminine and fun. 

Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist

Althea's newest product consists of a feminine mix of fruity and floral scents. It is fruity because it has a sparkling mix of sweet orange and peach, while having rosy floral notes. While some scents have an overpowering rose scent, the Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist playfully transforms into one rosy and fruity gentle perfume, best for the girly girl in you.


They also made sure that it lingers on the body for a long-lasting scent and has a non-sticky formula that feels comfortable on the skin, it embodies the elegance and beauty of Titi in a bottle, perfect for the urban femme. 

The Stay Fresh Body Sparkling Mist is perfect for all skin types as it has the following key ingredients:

Damask rose water - Keeps the skin hydrated and gives a gentle fragrance 
Orange Flower extract - Refreshes the senses 
Elder flower extract - Cools and soothes the skin, while giving out a feminine scent


What I also love about this product is that it has a girly packaging, and it is easy to bring with you anywhere. You can buy it here for only P450 in 100ml. Get 20% off + Free Shipping when you use the special code: TITISPECIAL.
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SugarSmile by Ria Hazel Lumandog - 3w ago

Over the past few years, people from all over the world, have come to know Filipinos for their friendly personalities and their delicious food. Nowadays it is often a regular occurrence for foreigners to mention their favorite Filipino dishes whenever conversations about delicacies occur. 


All this is credited to our Balikbayans, these modern-day heroes often bring a small piece of the Philippines wherever they are in the world and they love sharing our local dishes during parties or get togethers. 

However, as the process of bringing our local dishes is often troublesome for our Balikbayans. Often leaving them to bring home large boxes of perishable goods. It was then that Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop created their famous PINOYDELIline, serving ready to eat Filipino favorites in easy to carry packs! Bring a piece of home wherever you go with Goldilocks’ PINOYDELI Line! A collection of Filipino classics ranging from delicious sauces such as Sweet Chili Sauceand Spiced Vinegar. Original Filipino Dishes such as Savory Laing and Spicy Beef Calderetaand even authentic condiments such as Spicy Shrimp Paste,giving you multiple options to satisfy all of your Pinoy cravings! 

While for those looking for something sweet can alternatively opt for the Goldilocks’ SWEET TREATS line which include Goldilocks signature Polvoron and Popcorn treats which come in a large selection of flavors! All of which serve as perfect “BALIK-BAON” gifts for our Balikbayans to share with people all over the world! 

Grab these and other BALIK-BAON goodies at any Goldilocks Bakeshop and FoodStore nationwide! For more information, you may also follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph

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