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Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Well, Mother Teresa was right.

Not everyone will do great things with their life, but a great way to change the world is with small acts of kindness all the time.

Sometimes it’s hard to see how we can help others because we are busy and focused on our own lives. As for me, I have been blessed with 2 little humans who make me smile everyday, and I have been teaching them lately that empathy, compassion and kind words or gestures cost nothing. All of which are free and necessary to become happy human beings.

 That it's not hard to be nice and to make someone's day better.

That they don't have to be rich, old or big enough in order to give back.

That it's okay to make someone feel that he is worth the time for us to stop and give him a refreshing drink. Of course, it's one of our favorite drinks at Serenitea, the Brown Sugar with Holly's Fresh Milk (masarap sya, promise!) 
The old man's smile says it all. 😊 
So much ❤ love that language doesn't even matter.

That's why, as an advocate of hope, I am supporting Serenitea’s #MomentsofCompassion, a campaign which started last October as a culmination of its 10th anniversary celebration. Serenitea believes that it’s time to give back and share the blessings to the community that put them on the map.

A portion of sales from this line from October to December 2018 will be donated to Bahay Aruga.

 The founders of Serenitea, Juliet Chen (General Manager-North) and Jennifer Wong

(General Manager-South)with Serenitea's Brand ambassador, Richard Juan awards 15% of their brown sugar series sales to Bahay Aruga - a halfway house for pediatric cancer patients.

Richard Juan 

❤️ Every cup of Brown Sugar Series is my own little way of helping the little "warriors" of Bahay Aruga who fight their hearts out against cancer every day. 💚 As part of this advocacy, we celebrate the bravery of kids who are battling this illness and honor their families' strength and resilience.

The founders of Serenitea, Juliet Chen (General Manager-North) and Jennifer Wong
(General Manager-South) believe that compassion is the cornerstone of humankind. The founders
believe that anyone can help make the world better in their own little way, whether through
charitable acts of service or donations. Furthermore, these little acts contribute to a bigger purpose
or a greater good.

What makes this campaign special is that customers are involved in this endeavor because the brand believes that customers are an integral part of the Serenitea family.

Customers joined the advocacy by purchasing any of the Brown Sugar series items:

Pearland Grass Jelly Brown Sugar (a concoction made with luscious brown sugar ice, chewy pearls,
grass jelly, and cream that’s inspired by a Taiwanese dessert served in a cup); Pearl Brown Sugar
Taho (a chilled Taho sweetened with luscious brown sugar ice and topped with freshly cooked
chewy pearls); Pearl Brown Sugar with Holly’s Milk (a concoction made with chewy pearls
drenched in luscious brown sugar syrup mixed with creamy premium farm fresh milk); and Pearl
Brown Sugar (a concoction made with chewy pearls drenched in luscious brown sugar syrup,
mixed with creamy premium farm fresh milk, topped with our Signature Cheese Frost and
generously sprinkled with Muscovado).

The Brown Sugar series is one-of-a-kind because of its creamier taste without an overpowering sweetness. More so, the inclusion of a popular Filipino treat such as taho is also a way to take a beloved Pinoy street snack a notch higher for a cozy tea shop.

As it continues to celebrate its 10th anniversary in business, Serenitea will continue its
mission to serve the best tea, coffee, and snacks in town, while giving back and improving the
lives of others through charitable work.

To know more about Serenitea’s upcoming events and activities, follow Serenitea on
Facebook at https://web.facebook.com/iloveserenitea, or on Instagram at
http://instagram.com/iloveserenitea. You may also visit their website at www.iloveserenitea.com/.

Donate today and give hope to children with cancer. You can send help donations to Bahay Aruga - 1131 San Marcelino Street, Ermita Manila, Philippines.
Have a blessed weekend everyone! ❤️
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Moringa-O2 recently welcomed Beauty Gonzales-Crisologo, her husband Norman and baby Olivia, as its newest family endorser, during the media gathering held at the Makati Garden Club. I definitely had a great time meeting the Crisologo's – such a beautiful family! – and enjoyed trying out Moringa-O2 products.

Never mind that the venue is far from our place, but when I really love the brand, there's no thinking twice about it and I always make sure to attend the event. In particular, I went to the luncheon because I love using the Moringa-O2 Malunggay Herbal Moisturizing Lotion (it's heavenly-smelling, non-greasy and moisturizing!) and Moringa-O2 Malunggay Hebal Facial Toner. My personal favorites! Both are made from natural and herbal ingredients like olive oil, omega from sunflower oil and of course, the superfood in town called Moringa which can act as an anti-aging powerhouse. It also has moisturizing, nourishing, and antioxidant powers.

Compared to the other toners that I've tried before, this one is more moisturizing like 1000x more! I also like its mild scent na medyo pa-sweet. It really worked for me, and the best part is that it's ALCOHOL-FREE. I use it in the morning before I put on any makeup and at night before bedtime. I highly recommend this if you have dry and sensitive skin like me.

TIP: When choosing the right toner for your skin, don't forget to check the product’s ingredients. Steer clear of toners that contain alcohol, as they can strip your skin of necessary oils and dry out your skin.

FYI, Moringa-O2's main ingredients are Moringa (malunggay), olive oil and omega from sunflower oil. Malunggay is a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients! Plus, their products are super safe for pregnant and lactating moms. I used to take malunggay capsules when I was breastfeeding  my little Yuan and it was a big help in boosting my milk supply. So, if mothers take it for health benefits, imagine what it can do to your skin and hair!

Moringa-O2, which has popular lineups of skin and hair products notable for their effectiveness and affordability, is the only organic moringa-based brand out there that combines the said plant’s benefits. No wonder the Crisologo's love it as much as I do!

Beauty, who stars in the popular Teleserye Kadenang Ginto, shared that their family loves what Moringa-O2 has to offer  –  a herbal, gentle and safe solution for the skin. It's what made it easy for them to say YES to! She believes that shifting to herbal products is something that their family would love to advocate to. With that being said, they want more families to #reachforMORe by using products that are good for the health, environment and the whole family.

So, mga momshies, NOW is the time to #ReachForMore and #ReachForMoringaO2 when you see their products in leading drugstores, supermarkets and department stores nationwide! Try their products, and you’ll quickly understand what all the hype is about.
Have you tried Moringa-O2 products? Let me know in the comments below.
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Love comes in different ways. In different forms, in different places, and in different moments. See, love doesn’t always equate to romance. It may not always be visible, but it’s always there—in the form of your friend’s sweet smile, mom’s comforting hug, or dad’s gentle reminders to always take care of yourself. The point being, love is there whenever and wherever we decide to give and share it.
This Valentine’s Day, Hallmark is making it their mission to #GiveLoveShareLove.

On February 14, Hallmark will be at MRT Cubao station and giving away 10,000 free single journey tickets and Hallmark Valentine’s day cards. As an additional treat, a prize of a buffet dinner for two will also be given to 10 lucky winners. Passengers must like Hallmark Philippines on Facebook, post a photo of the Hallmark Valentine’s Day Card, and tag his/her special someone with a Valentine’s Day message with the hashtag #HallmarkGiveLoveShareLove.

The day will be made sweeter by social media influencers and real life couples, David Guison and Vina Guerrero, along with Trice Nagusara and Seph Cham, who will be there to give out the single journey tickets and Hallmark cards.

Moreover, a singing flash mob will liven up the MRT platform area to serenade passengers before they board the train.

For your special someone, Hallmark will also be selling flower bouquets and letter chocolates in the following SM Stationary branches: SM Las Piñas, SM Mall of Asia, SM Makati, SM Aura Premiere, SM Megamall, and SM North EDSA, available in single stem, three stem, or half-dozen bouquets beginning tomorrow, February 12 until 14. Add in a sweet note on a Hallmark card, because nothing is more romantic than handwritten letters.

Sure, love should be shown every day. But there’s nothing wrong with celebrating it a little louder on Valentine’s Day. On this dear day, may all feel a little extra loved—in the most unexpected time, at the most unexpected place.
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Whenever I hear about Metro Department Store and Supermarket, I always get so excited to shop! For me, it means great can't-miss deals, great finds, and a completely blissful shopping experience. It's my fave  all-in-one stop shop, and I've got great news for fellow East side peeps.

Yo East Peeps! This is for you. :)

That white top, though. 👀

The Metro Stores Department Store has officially opened at Ayala Malls Feliz in the auspicious date of the Chinese New Year for good business and prosperity. I'm so glad Metro Store finds it newest  home in another Ayala Mall and its doors are now open to the public.

They have a wide array of selections of both local and imported brands, as well as unique fashion finds, fabrics, toys, and a lot more. Yep! From fashion to furniture, home devices to kitchenware, jewelry and watches, fabrics to linen, you'll find everything you need for a pleasurable shopping experience at Metro!

Shopping with these lovely ladies was super FUN!
Blogger friends Tina, Kath, Kaycee, Badet, Annalyn, Eidhra and the gorgeous Ms. Alma Cala.

Shopping has always been tiresome and daunting for most shoppers, but not in Metro! With bright and spacious interiors, shopping is made comfortable, distinct and unforgettable.

Clothes, clothes and more clothes! Shopping galore!

 It can require a ton of time and effort to shop for well-designed, trendy collections that are simply out-of-reach for many. That’s where Metro comes in... it’s where they shine.

 Fashionistas will surely find fashion-forward designs in pocket-friendly prices at Metro Department Store. Whether it's luxury items or bargain buys, you can be assured that Metro offers only the best.

Aside from its impressive shopping choices, Metro Department Store also provides world-class service. Going to their store isn't just about picking out an item and then leaving. It's all about being swept away by a wide selection of items to choose from, and the satisfaction of being assisted by their friendly and courteous employees. Their salesladies would be more than glad to assist and answer your questions.

Best part? Getting the thrill of finding just the right item. You'll find great buys and hard-to-find items (aka something you won't find from other stores) that are uniquely Metro's.

Come visit the newly opened Metro Department Store at Ayala Malls Feliz for FEBuenas Treats until Feb 18. Score Febuenas treats, discounts, freebies and exclusive offers!

Great buys, indeed!

If you're a super smart shopper (ahem get the Metro Rewards Card. You're welcome.) you'll  definitely get your money's worth at Metro! 

Happy shopping, mga momsh!

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Time flies. On this day a year ago, we were lucky enough to get first try at the exciting new indoor play space, PLAY at Okada Manila. Stunned at how a year has darted by, as we celebrated PLAY’s 1st Anniversary at Okada Manila yesterday. And guess what? Exciting activities await kids of all ages this February! Yay!

Also, thanks for the surprise and Maia's super yummy cake, and for making her 11th birthday one to remember. Appreciate the kind gesture.

PLAY at Okada Manila, a family-friendly indoor playground right in the heart of the metro’s grandest integrated resort and world-class entertainment destination, is celebrating its first anniversary with a month-long birthday party this February 2019!

PLAY is the perfect party venue reception for your little ones’ birthday, corporate event, or a team building activity. All-out fun for kids! My kids never want to leave!

Play the video to below to watch a sneak peek or check out the video on my YouTube channel here.

PLAY at Okada Manila Turns 1 - YouTube

 "Since opening last year, PLAY has established itself as a pioneer in offering holistic child development in a convenient leisure destination like Okada Manila,” said Director for Spa, Fitness and Recreation, Vikki Aquino. ”

 “We have been first in offering a full line of dedicated programs that combine fun, play, and learning for our young guests. PLAY is more than just an indoor playground—it’s where kids can unleash their imagination, develop life skills, and enjoy the journey toward unlocking their future potential.”

Themed parties, educational tours, and other seasonal events also fill PLAY’s calendar. Each event is carefully planned and designed to deliver on PLAY’s mission of holistic child development.

“And as we celebrate our first anniversary, we are throwing a month-long celebration that will definitely delight both children and their parents!” added Aquino.

PLAY offers the ff. programs:
  • Toddler the Explorer (motor skills development for children aged 1 to 3 years old)
  • Hero Camp (group fitness activities for better health and well-being)
  • Colors and Creations (arts and crafts for creativity and fine motor skills development)
  • Hello, Good Looking (to enhance independence in hygiene, grooming, and social interactions for children aged 4 to 16 years old)
  • Stage Presence (stage workshops for guests aged 4 to 16 years old who are passionate about the performing arts)
PLAY Access rate is inclusive of 5 hours’ playtime inside the facility.  Here's the updated ticket price:

5-Hour Access  Php611++
Extension Access Php611++
Guardian (18+) Php244++

A PLAYful Birthday Party

On February 10, 2019, PLAY is throwing its very first birthday party when guests can expect a magical day full of joy and laughter. From 2 to 6PM, the whole PLAY crew will host games and activities where participants can take home special prizes.

Kids can dance their way to fitness in the Zumbastic Dance Contest, play a competitively fun game of Giant Tic Tac Toe, and unleash their inner artists at the crafting table with a Birthday Card Making activity. The PLAY Coaches will also gather everyone for an interactive storytelling session right at The Stage! And what’s a birthday party without a colorful photo wall for a fun memento, unbelievable performances by a street magician, and a face-painting station?

Don’t miss out on this incredible birthday bash and bring all the kids to PLAY!

Happy hearts day for the young ones!

Okada Manila is celebrating Valentine’s Day in full romantic style this year—but this doesn’t mean that the kids should miss out on the fun! PLAY’s Kiddie Valentines will not only keep the kids out of your hair for the romantic date you’ve planned, but will also let the young ones enjoy this day of love in a unique, holistic way.

The PLAY Coaches will be hosting a Distortion Competition right at The Stage, guiding the kids through different poses designed to enhance onstage confidence. The Coaches will also take the kids through a Basic Theater Workshop, which will be followed by a short skit for the budding theater stars to apply what they learned.

Kids can also join a Languages of Love workshop, where they will be taught how to express their affections for their parents, siblings, and friends through different ways. And to cap this off, the Coaches will help the kids create special Valentine cards and origami flowers to gift to their loved ones!

Make February a month of joy, love, and learning for your kids at PLAY! Passes for PLAY’s 1st Birthday Celebration are available at PLAY.

 For more information on PLAY Access and Passes, visit www.okadamanila.com Like Okada Manila on Facebook, and follow @okadamanila on Twitter and Instagram.

Happy 1st birthday, Play! Looking forward to more fun PLAYdates at #PLAYatOKADAManila
Are you planning to set a PLAYdate soon? Let me know in the comments below.
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Authenticity is one of the things that people always look for, not just in the products that they buy or the services that they patronize, it is also a quality that people look for in others as well as something that they always aspire for in themselves.

Being authentic is simply being true. It can be expressed in one’s words, more so in one’s actions, and this highly-valued quality is something that Justin Xiao, Chairman is banking on when he put up Breeze Oriental Spa.

As a massage enthusiast, Xiao has been looking for a massage outlet which offers authentic traditional Chinese massage, however, this search has left him feeling frustrated. It was either the technique is wrong or he didn’t feel any relief after. He also tried different home massage services but nothing ever met his expectations.

To solve this unmet need, Xiao made the most of his stay in China which is well known for its massage techniques and services. Here he was able to get proper trainers to teach his massage therapists at Breeze Oriental Spa, the proper techniques in giving massages. With four Chinese Masters leading his team of 20 massage therapists, they are able to guide them well on how to do Chinese Traditional Oriental Massage. Some of the massage treatments even include acupressure, which is similar to acupuncture, it’s just that this relies more on identifying the key pressure points to be able to alleviate aches, pain, stress, and other ailments.

Such techniques have been continuously passed on to different Chinese Masters for the past 3,000 years.

Aside from training Breeze’s massage therapists, the in-house Chinese Masters can also be booked for specialty treatments at the client’s request.

While they put a premium in making sure that Breeze is able to provide a great ambiance for their clients - even the room scent that they use have been carefully selected to help clients feel more relaxed, providing the best massage techniques is still their priority. From there, they continued to select the best products to be used in Breeze, from imported milk massage lotions, essential oils to super comfortable massage beds.

Of course, cleanliness is also of utmost importance in an establishment like Breeze. All the towels, blankets etc. that have been used by clients are all immediately cleaned after use. 

Xiao reiterates the importance of how their clients will feel after each massage, that they end up feeling relieved and very much relax. None of the soreness that some people tend to complain about after a massage.

For those who want to enjoy authentic Chinese Traditional Massage, everyone is welcome to Breeze Oriental Spa to enjoy their selection of treatments.

From Foot Massage (choose from Oriental Foot Massage, Breeze Signature Foot Massage, and Pampering Foot Massage), Neck and Shoulder Massage (choose from Relaxing Neck and Shoulder Massage and Soothing Neck and Shoulder Massage), Body Massage (choose from Pressure Points Massage, Siatsu Massage, and Thai Massage), Aromatherapy Massage (Revitalize Oil Massage, Wellness Oil Massage, and Detoxify Oil Massage) to other services like Cupping Therapy, Back Scraping and Traditional Pedicure, clients will always have something to enjoy during their much deserve me-time at Breeze.

Breeze Oriental Spa is located at Ground Floor, Ore Central, 9th Ave. Cor 31st St., BGC, Taguig. For reservations, call 0917 8676699. They’re open Monday to Friday from 12noon to 1am and Saturday to Sunday from 11am to 2am.
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Gong Xi Fa Cai!

The Chinese New Year is all about family, reunions, and FOOD. Lots and lots of food. However, if you don't like cooking then you might order authentic Chinese dishes online.

With traffic getting worse and shopping becoming more hectic, wouldn’t it be great if you could enjoy your favourite Chinese food? No more hustling with other diners, or even long lines.

With that said, here's a super easy, fast and convenient way for you to stock up on all your Chinese New Year goodies without having to step out from the comfort of your home! It’s pretty simple really, all you need is honestbee.

Rejoice as honestbee, Asia's leading on-demand marketplace, recently launched a category "Chinese Flavours (Food) / Chinese New Year (Grocery)" in time for Chinese New Year. Yay!

To bring you more fortune this 2019, honestbee has gathered all the best merchants in and around Chinatown, to bring you its lucky dishes, and more!

Here are some of the auspicious foods which are believed to bring us wealth, prosperity, longevity, happiness, and good luck in the Year of the Pig.

1. Dumplings

Legend has it the more dumplings you eat during the new year celebration, the more money you can make in the new year. And while wealth is something everyone would want to attain, dumplings from Decs, Wai Ying, Shi Lin and Bai Niang are available on the app to bring us closer to our fortune this year.

2. Steamed fish

Photo credit: Omnivore's Cookbook

To hoping this year will start and end in success, restaurants like Lugang Cafe, Tuan Tuan and Wang Fu brings you steamed fish, a dish believed to bring in prosperity.

3. Spring Rolls

Photo credit: Rasa Malaysia
Another belief is the golden cylindrical shape of spring rolls depict gold bars, equivalent to bringing in a lot of wealth, and while this is believed to be a myth, there’s no harm in trying and filling your tummies with those from Bain Nian Tang Bao.

4. Noodles

Long noodles= Long life

Noodles are well-known to symbolize longevity, in fact any birthday celebration isn’t complete without it, so go ahead and order your favourite noodle dishes from Lido Cocina Tsin, Ling Nam and Ersao too. As much as possible, do not cut the noodles while eating them.

5. Lucky fruits

To satisfy your sweet cravings, there are certain fruits like kiat kiat and pomelo which attract fullness and wealth, and you may readily purchase them in bulk from S&R, Farmers Market, Robinsons Supermarket, Isetann and Ultramega Supermarket. Oranges, tangerines, and pineapples are the luckiest fruits this Year of the Pig.

6. Tikoy or glutinous rice cake

Glutinous rice cake is believed to bring you a higher income or bring you job promotion. If you’ve been eyeing on that for awhile, you may get yours from Holland.

7. Chocolate golden coins

These chocolate coins are wrapped in gold foil to resemble a real coin, that symbolize household wealth. It’s one of the Chinese New Year traditions that parents fill up a candy tray with lucky food and snacks for their kids, which brings a sweet life for the whole family in the new year.

8. Chinese delicacies like tangyuan, hopia, etc.

And lastly, make celebrations more sweet and bring togetherness to the family by wrapping up the celebration with Eng Bee Tin, bringing you your favourable tangyuan, hopia, tikoy and more Chinese delicacies! It also symbolizes fullness, family unity and togetherness.

honestbee FOOD currently delivers delicious Chinese dishes from the following restaurants in Manila:

Sincerity Cafe & Restaurant
Wu's Kitchen
Tai Koo HK Roast
Tuan Tuan
Mr. Choi Kitchen
David's Tea House
Little Beijing
Hongkong Noodles
TenRen's Tea
Original savory chicken since 1950's
Taiwan Healthy Drinks
The President grand palace restaurant
chuan kee
cafe mezzanine
the great buddha cafe
Mr. Ube rice and noodle house
Mongolian Quick Box
Golden Tripod Dumplings
Chairman Wang's
A Bite of Hunan
Hainanese Delights
Tapi Milk Tea House
Taifull Restaurant
High Tea
Shi Lin
8 Treasures Kitchen
Shui Shan
Lin's Kitchen
Eat Fresh Food
Maomi's Chinese Restaurant
Authentic Chinese Cuisine
What A Tea
Joe Kuan
Yi Fang
Taiwan Chef White Bento
Bai Nian Tang Bao
The Royal Kitchen
Chuan Xiang Restaurant
Ling Nam
Noodles Everyday
Mai Wei Fang
Char Dining
Mr. Panda
Wai Ying Dimsum
Lido Cocina Tsina
Yin Yang
Yao's Kitchen
Classic Savory
The Original Binondo Chicken
Gong Cha
Tien Ma's
the original savory since 1950's
Chicken Binondo
Wang Jia Tea House

Aside from the lucky dishes, they also carry lucky charms and feng shui items from New Victory Trading. Now there’s no need to go out of your way to purchase your lucky pig figurines, chinese lanterns and angpao as honestbee can deliver them all to your doorstep!

Look for all these offerings under the Chinese New Year tab to bring you luck this Year of the Pig!

Planning to stock up on your Chinese New Year goodies? Simply download the honestbee app on for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or log in to their website (https://www.honestbee.ph/) to start ordering away!
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Despite the scientifically established detrimental effects of habits such as smoking or excessive drinking, many Filipinos find it difficult to wean from smoking.

TV and media personality Diego Castro believes though in the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. More so because his father, renowned broadcast anchor Angelo Castro Jr., passed away from lung cancer in 2012 after having been diagnosed just four years earlier.
“He began smoking when he was 10 years old,” revealed Diego. “But he had already quit around 10 years prior to his diagnosis.”

As with many lung cancer patients, persistent cough was what led the elder Castro to the doctor. After having been diagnosed, he initially sought alternative treatments and remained to be in relatively good health despite having been given an initial prognosis of only a few months to live. He kept a normal life as far possible, meeting up with friends and working at his job.

Later, in an effort to eradicate any remaining malignancy in his body, Angelo submitted to medical doctors and underwent chemotherapy. Frequent trips to the hospital extended to weeks and months of stay—totaling two years. Unfortunately, the disease has progressed which led to his eventual demise.

The burden of the disease is more than just on the patient but on the family as a support system. “It was draining, physically, emotionally and financially,” shared Diego.

A voice of hope in an advocacy

Diego was later astonished to find out from the medical community that a lot has already been achieved in terms of more effective and efficient treatment options for cancer.

Diego admits such news brings a feeling of regret for missed opportunities. However, a chance to ensure that his father’s death was not in vain comes in the form of lending voice to a multi- sectoral advocacy that urges Filipinos to be more proactive in battling cancer through early diagnosis.

Hope From Within is a movement that symbolizes the optimism that novel treatments like immunotherapy bring to cancer patients, and the latest in its series of ongoing educational and informational forums focuses on the importance of early detection for malignancy.
Specifically, for lung cancer, it is important for those at high risk to get screened so that the disease can be addressed immediately, according to Dr. Ivy de Dios, oncology medical adviser of MSD in the Philippines.

“In order to benefit from the innovation of immunotherapy particularly for certain types of advanced lung cancer, it is important that it is administered as early as possible upon the onset of the disease,” explains Dr. de Dios. “That is why we are urging people to ‘Test, Talk and Take Action.’”

Those who should primarily consider getting screened are high-risk individuals such as smokers. “Any persistent cough should be looked into,” she reminded. The screening test involves a low-dose CT scan of the chest. Any mass identified for biopsy will also then be analyzed by a pathologist for particular proteins, to further determine the suitability of the patient for targeted therapies and immunotherapy.

The “talk” phase involves constant and in-depth discussion with medical professionals and experts. “Prognosis and treatment should be threshed out well between the patient and doctor,” said Dr. de Dios. Finally, “take action” not only means undergoing proper treatment, but having a positive and proactive approach to battling the disease through healthy lifestyle changes and help from support groups.

Immunotherapy a bright option

Immunotherapy involves fortifying the body’s natural healthy cells to avoid being overridden by malignant cells, and thus preventing the latter from multiplying. In many clinical studies all over the world, it has been proven to add more years of survival to cancer patients.

As opposed to chemotherapy, a traditional standard of treatment, immunotherapy presents less or little side effects. In many countries all over the world, immunotherapy drugs have already
been widely accepted to treat specific cancers such as lung cancer, melanoma, gastric, bladder, and Classical Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Through pathology of samples from the patient, such as tissue or even body fluids, molecular testing can determine the best course of immunotherapy treatment. For instance, depending on the presence of cell protein called PD-L1 (programmed death ligand), immunotherapy drugs called immune checkpoint inhibitors such as nivolumab, atezolizumab or pembrolizumab may be administered.

Mutations in EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor), meanwhile, may indicate a patient’s suitability for treatment using EGFR targeted therapies such as afatinib, erlotinib, or gefitinib. ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase) gene changes may call for treatment with drugs that target the ALK protein such as crizotinib.

In the Philippines, the innovation of immunotherapy has already arrived. Early this year, a particular immunotherapy drug—pembrolizumab—has been approved by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration as first-line treatment for PD-L1-positive non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). This means that those diagnosed with this particular type of lung malignancy may receive this immunotherapy drug from the onset, and avoid undergoing chemotherapy.

Pembrolizumab has been found effective as first line of treatment in NSCLC with high PD-L1 expression, and no EGFR and ALK gene mutations. It can also be given to NSCLC patients with PD-L1 expression, whose cancer starts growing again after chemotherapy or other targeted treatments.

Whereas before, being diagnosed with cancer seemed like an automatic death sentence, immunotherapy truly means renewed optimism among patients. With this breakthrough treatment, it is not difficult anymore for those facing cancer to look at the brighter side of possibilities and to rely on their own hope from within.

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My daughter Maia is a huge animal lover. Her last two real pets have been her treasured furry friends and it's such a joy watching her nurture animals. That's why I was so excited to give this Scruff A Luvs toy as an early birthday gift, and my first thought was that she would absolutely love to have one to call her own.
Scruff A Luvs is a toy that has caught my attention not just for its super cute design, but more so for reminding us all that all animals (and other living things) can blossom if you put some TLC, some effort and some love.

The toy has a simple message and its name says it all. And our mission, of course, is to rescue a poor little Scruff A Luvs, or a compressed round ball of fur that has been balled up for who knows how long, and transform them from scruffy to fluffy. The kid who receives one is supposed to bathe, dry, brush, and love the pet as if they were a real animal who needed a "fur"ever home.

My kids absolutely loved this toy! It is such a fun process from “rescuing” it, to giving it a bath and grooming and then discovering whether you got a bunny, kitty or puppy.

It was fun and the end result is just adorable. To a mom like me, it is just a toy, but to a child, it is so MUCH more! I think this toy will be well loved, and not simply forgotten as a toy.

Watch the "unboxing" video on my Youtube channel and find out how my kids rescued a Scruff a Luvs from their matted existence, and how it turned into the cutest little creature imaginable!

One very exciting perk is not knowing what you will get. By washing, drying and grooming the toy, kids can reveal a cute dog, cat or rabbit they have adopted.

What's inside the box?

1 Mystery animal
1 Collar with tag
1 Adoption Certificate
1 Brush
1 Hair Clip

Top Secret TIP: The secret to good looking pets (like what my daughter said) is to wash them with shampoo, rinse well, and then really brush it through. We dried it with a towel first, then the hair dryer on medium heat and gave her a good brushing after drying. It’s like bathing, drying and brushing a real pet!

What we love about Scruff a Luvs:

  • It's a surprise toy! Just wash, dry, groom and reveal!
  • Magically transforms from scruffy to fluffy
  • Kid-friendly size, weight and cute design that's very appealing to children.
  • Made from safe and child-proof materials.
  • NO batteries required.
  • It teaches an important life lessons like rescuing, caring and nurturing animals, and taking ownership (adoption certificate) and responsibility while also having fun playing.

What we don't like about it:

  • Only 3 kinds of pets (puppy, kitten and bunny) Just because my toddler is looking for a bear! LOL

Look! It did not turn out scruffy at all! “Cat-ryn, the kitten” turned out so cute and fluffy! It took a little extra time but well worth it for it to turn out cute and fluffy.

Overall, it takes a bit of work, but once it's all done, it's a really cute toy. The work that goes into grooming them into your little one's pet, is quite a bonding experience for parents and kids. Of course, if you don't really take the time to rub them with shampoo and conditioner like you would a real pet, they turn out kind of.... well, scruffy. So just take the time to enjoy it and get it really clean! Maia added the blue one to her birthday list if that says anything about how fun she has had taking care of her new pet.

Scruff a Luvs are available in leading toy stores and retail for P1,399.75.

Not all toys come with the opportunity for your child to bond with it through caring and nurturing. I say that alone is all the more reason to scoop up one of these adorable toys.
So go get your own fluffy toy now!

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There’s no denying that we all want something magical to happen this year. We’ve got high hopes for the new year to be full of unbelievably amazing surprises in all aspects of our lives — love, family, career, and more.

Here are 8 things that could happen to you in 2019!

Swertehin sa seat sale

Be part of the seat sale abangers club and grab every opportunity to explore new places at really cheap prices! Who knows, with all the travel you’ll be doing this 2019, you might even get bumped up to Business Class on one of your many flights!

Getting noticed by your all-time favorite artist

Seeing your favorite artist perform live is an out-of-this-world experience. But if there’s anything that will make the experience more magical, it’s that you could be one of the few fans they reply to on social media after all your crazy Instagram stories during the concert!

Getting that big promotion

Let 2019 be the year you go the extra mile in the career you are pursuing. Your out-of-the-box thinking, determination and hard work will definitely not go unnoticed. You might even be in the running for a work promotion or receive the Employee of the Year award!

Surprising your parents by learning how to drive

Tired of waiting forever to book a ride? Maybe it’s high time you learn how to drive. It’s a skill worth learning and can even help you rack up pogi points! Plus, imagine surprising your parents one day by picking them up from work in your brand new car. Their reaction will be one you’ll treasure forever!

Conquering your fear during an out-of-town trip

No one ever really knows what can happen during an out-of-town trip, especially one without a fixed itinerary. Your friends might just sign you up for parasailing or cliff-diving without knowing your fear of heights. But if it’s an opportunity to conquer your fears, then you should take them! Surprise yourself by taking that leap of faith!

Finding that winning business idea from your passions

Remember that thing you’ve always wanted to do but never had time for? Be sure to make it happen this 2019! Find time to work and develop your ideas for your passion projects and bravely introduce it to the world. Customers will definitely come, and there might just be an unexpected investor who will want to partner with you and help your business grow.

Mapansin ni crush

Hey, it’s possible! If you haven’t been in luck for the past year (or years), it’s time to turn that all around with your newfound confidence and charm. Who knows, with the number of people trying to get your attention, you might even meet “The One” who will sweep you off your feet with romantic dinners for two, or even a fun and relaxing daytrip to the beach!

Bringing a little magic to those in need

We all need a little magic in our lives. Doing something as simple as donating pre-loved clothing or giving food to the poor you always see outside of your office can make a huge difference. There’s nothing more magical than being able to help out, and if you believe in good karma, your goodness will always come back to you tenfold.

These unbelievably magical moments don’t always come by, but it doesn’t take much for them to happen either. Whether it’s something as big as meeting your favorite band or as simple as sharing Magic Crackers with family and friends, amazing surprises await you.

Spread some Magical Moments by sharing Magic Crackers with those you love especially as we enter the new year. All it takes is your favorite Magic Crackers and, who knows, lightning may strike to signal that magical moment!
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