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On our 2nd day in Otaru, Hokkaido I already noticed dryness and tightness on my skin, probably due to the cold weather. However I did not worry much because I made sure to bring A'Bloom's face sheet mask, Althea's newest in-house product.
Althea A'bloom


Prior to our trip to Hokkaido, I received my _nth Althea pink box as an Althea Angel from the Philippines. The box contains three newest products - A'bloom Face Sheet Mask, Meringue Puff, and BHA Blackhead Blaster.






Otaru's best photo spot. The #OtaruCanal was the center during Hokkaido's period of economic prosperity. Today, the old warehouses were turned into cafe, souvenir shop and restaurants. When you visit, make sure to try seafood, Hokkaido Ice cream, #LeTao chocolates and Otaru beer. Actually, marami pang iba. It's our last night in Otaru, unfortunately we were not able to go to #MtTengu due to bad weather (kahit di naman talaga mukang bad, it was a sunny day but still cold). Maybe #nexttime! :) Moving to another place tomorrow, catch our fun adventures here in #Hokkaido and get travel tips and recommendation from @SeatsForTwo. Watch our IG stories & my IGTV as well. Arigatou Gozaimasu! 🙏 📸 by @joneluy using the #GalaxyM20Ph . . . #SeatsForTwo #SeatsForTwoHokkaido #Sapporo #GlobeRoamSurf #WomanInDigital #Travel #AroundTheWorld @japan_tourism_center @enjoyglobe #IgersWorldwide
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Let's start with A'bloom Sheet Mask

When we visited Hokkaido, the weather ranged from 6-13 degrees centigrade. It is but normal to get dry and flaky skin. Good thing I bought two packs of A'bloom sheet masks.








My #KBeauty travel essentials in #Hokkaido. So glad I bought the latest and newest in-house brand on @altheakorea, the A'Bloom during my recent trip. 🧖‍♀️ The collection offers cute and effective #KBeauty products starting with the #Meringue Puffs. Soft, pillow sponges available in two sizez - giant and minis. I brought the giant #AltheaABloom Meringue Puff and used it in applying foundation. It helps to evenly apply especially if you're using a non moisture-rich foundation just like the one I had. The weather in Hokkaido ranges from 6-13 degrees. It is normal to have dry skin especially on the cheeks. I also enjoyed the #hotbath or onsen making my skin even dryer. Good thing I bought 2 packs of #Abloom maks sheets - the Nourishing Avocado and Moisturizing Watermelon Mask 🍉🥑. The next day, I had a smooth and soft skin. You may order #AltheaABloom at @altheakorea; download the mobile app and enjoy shopping anytime. :) Watch out for my #WIDIGTV feat. these products coming out soon! . . . . #WomanInDigital #AltheaAngels #altheaambassador #koreanmakeup #SkinCare #BBlogger #traveltips #traveldiary #travels #travelgoals #lifestyle #lifestylegoals
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I used the water-me-long sheet which is made with watermelon extract that moisturizes skin and left it for almost an hour while watching Japanese television in our Airbnb. Instantly, I felt my skin hydrated and moisturized. Ang sarap ng feeling! The tightness instantly went away. It also provided a cool feeling in the skin which is comforting and rejuvenating.

Sparkle-Me-White and Ac-Me-Peach

A'bloom face sheets are available in four (4) variants:

  1. Sparkle-Me-White Brightening Lemon Lime Mask Sheet
  2. Ac-Me-Peach Anti Blemish Peach Mask Sheet
  3. Water-Me-Long Moisturizing Watermelon Mask
  4. Avo-Cuddle-Me Nourishing Avocado Mask Sheet


Althea A'bloom Water-Me-Long Watermelon Mask Sheet and Nourishing Avo-Cuddle-Me, Nourishing Avocado Mask Sheet! Cute names isn't it?

Excess serum left on the pouch of A'bloom were used to moisturized the back of my hands, neck and elbows. The next day, people noticed on my IG photo that I look fresh and glowing. It is because of Althea A'bloom Sheet Mask made with watermelon extract.

Althea A'bloom Water-Me-Long Moisturizing Watermelon Mask Sheet

my skin after 30 minutes of applying a facial mask

On our 5th night in Hokkaido, I wore the Nourishing Avocado Mask SheetMy skin is soft and supple the next morning.


Althea A'bloom Meringue Puff

Foundation is one of my travel makeup must-haves. To evenly apply makeup foundation, I use the Giant A'bloom's Meringue Puff. It's a fun way to do makeup. I love it when the puff touches my skin, so soft just like marshmallow.

Althea A'bloom Meringue Puff Beauty Blender

Just like any puff, it is recommended to wet the beauty blender sponge, the A'Bloom Meringue Puff before use. A'bloom Meringue Puff is available in mini 3's for only P140 while the giant retails at P100/piece.

Althea A'bloom BHA Blackhead Blaster
with White Willow Bark Extract

Say goodbye to blackheads with BHA Blackhead Blaster which works on removing blackheads (P200) from A'bloom. A no pain, blackheads and whiteheads removal made with White Willow Bark Extract. The BHA exfoliation deeply cleanses and removes blackheads while the Apricot seed powder unclogs pores without irritating the skin. To use, simply wipe the stick to areas where blackheads are evident and gently massage to remove the dirt. Rinse after application.

As the old song says "winter, spring, summer or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there..." Yes, Althea Korea is just a few clicks away for all your skin care needs, whatever the season is. For a complete list of my Althea Korea product reviews, click here. Do check out the latest products from A'bloom.
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I attended a baking class in Manila in ETON Global Institute at Marzan building in Dimasalang, Manila. We made yummy cinnamon rolls, learned focaccia recipes and many more. The baking class inspired me to pursue the basic knowledge in baking, as a result I bought my very first convection oven.


After a quick shopping for winter clothes in Uniqlo SM Mall of Asia, I visited ETON International School in CCP. It's been more than a year since then and I'm glad to be back at Eton, this time at their new campus in CCP complex. The school boasts its unique and personalized teaching class and with facilities that are homey and conducive for learning.

Eton CCP
Once again, the friendly Ms. Jacqueline Marzan Tolentino welcomed me at their new school building. Eton International School is strategically located inside the prestigious grounds of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) where a beautiful sunset can be seen everyday. It is surrounded with famous landmark structure like the Folk Arts Theatre in its north, the Coconut Palace on the east and bordered in the south by the Manila Bay, world-renowned for its spectacular sunrise and glorious sunsets.

Ms. Jacqueline Marzan Tolentino


ETON has created three pioneering programs here:


  1. Center for the Talented and Gifted for the pre-schoolers
  2. Center for Leadership and Performing Arts for grade school
  3. Center for Technology and Innovation for high school.


What sets ETON apart is how they nurture our future leaders - our children. Eton makes sure to know and understand each child’s strength and weaknesses so that we can match with the teaching style. This allows the students to learn, faster, better and higher. Eton International family culture allows students to grow and create better relationships in their family and community.


“Every child is born with Royal Dignity.” says Jacqueline Tolentino. “We believe the gifts and calling of each child is irrevocable. A child’s worth is built in. It is our mission to open their mind to possibilities, strengthen their competency and skills and inculcate values that will set them for life,” she adds.


  • Leadership Program
  • Language Program
  • Earth Savers Program
  • Arts and Culture Program
  • Developmental And Acceleration Program
  • Entrepreneurship Program
  • Recreation and Celebration Program
  • Stem program - Eton's Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM), a global affiliations range from TOFEL to Lego Robotics to International Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence. This program is used in UK, Asia and US.
  • Holistic Program
  • International Immersion Program
  • Personal Empowerment Program


The small class provides more room for learning. Students feel welcome and belong to a family; they know each other and make friends.

Ryzza Mae Dizon, Eton Student
Some of the Eton alumni who have made the school proud includes Liviana Navarro, who was a consistent gold medalist at Eton from preschool to grade school has so far amassed five gold medals as world champion in performing arts in the United States, where she is based as a respected theater performer and singer.  Ylay Gosiaco, who was also a consistent gold medalist at Eton, is now a scholar at the prestigious Harvard Medical School. Asuka Shigemura, has been a Champion, DepEd National Science and Technology Fair - Pinoy Robot Games 2017 - Creative Category with judges from Singapore, Thailand and Philippines.


Celebrities like Darren Lyndon Espanto, he is the first runner up of the voice kids philippines season 1. He also receives various awards like Promising Male Performer, 46th GMMSF Box Office Entertainment Awards, Most Outstanding Teen Artist of the Year - 8th EdukCircle Awards Multiple nominations and won Male Pop Artist of the Year at 8th PMPC Star Awards for Music and Beanca Marie Binene, ought out actress, host, endorser and has obtained the highest score in NCAE Manila with 99+, 95 and 99+ rating.

Aside from the newly-inaugurated ETON International School-CCP, ETON has another branch near Rockwell located at 6075 Palma St., Poblacion, Makati City which caters to students from the south of the metropolis. Eton Global Institute that caters senior high school, collegiate, professionals, for culinary and hospitality programs is located at 1633 Makiling St, Sampaloc, Manila near the Chinese General Hospital. For more information on Eton International School, visit their website, www.eton.edu.ph.



Capping the afternoon school tour at the Eton International School was enjoying a sunset cruise in Manila Bay aboard the Eton Yacht. Congratulations to Eton International for the successful inauguration of its newest facility in CCP complex.
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I had a yellow Lock&Lock CookPlus vitamin ceramic cookware which I bought back in 2012, a year before I got married. I've been using it for more than six years now. What I like about the Lock&Lock CookPlus is the concepts of E3 eco-friendly, economical and for easy-cooking. I had no problems cooking with my Lock & Lock ceramic cookware ever since.
Lock&Lock Luxury Carrier


Aside from the cookware, Lock&Lock is known for their food storage. They even have glass food keepers and I use them to keep pancake mixes, powdered milk, chocolate as well as cooked food and boiled veggies. It keeps food fresh, leak proof and protects it from moist.

Lock&Lock Shanghai China
On the other hand, my husband uses a Lock&Lock insulated vacuum and stainless steel tumbler. Every now and then, the brand would release a new product just like a few days ago where they launched a new set of tumblers and luggage perfect for travelers.

Lock&Lock Insulated Vacuum Tumblers
Lock&Lock wants us to "Travel in Style", making our travel experiences easier and better with their latest innovation. These products from Travelzone by Lock&Lock offers a wide range of travel must-haves, from Smart bag, Lunch Bag Set, Cooler Bag, Air Waist Pillow, Clothes Pouch Space Saver Storage Bag, Concealed Security Waist Pouch Bag, 3D Convex Eye Mask Soft Sleep Eye Mask, Shoes Tote Bag, Travel Bag Storage Pouch, Travel Shirt Case Pouch, Travel Mesh Pouch Toiletries Storage Bag, Travel luggage and Travel Luggage Cover.

The brand also introduced their latest ambassador, host and blogger, the beautiful Ms. Janeena Chan.

Janeena Chan, Lock&Lock brand ambassador
Not to forget is the Lock&Lock Insulated Vacuum and Stainless Steel Tumblers to keep your favorite drinks hot for at least six hours and cold for at least 12 hours. So whether you want to drink coffee, tea, of fresh juice you can have it anytime while traveling. The Lock&Lock Vacuum and Stainless Steel Tumblers features:


  • Has double insulation wall & patented triple layer insulation cap that retains the temperature inside the tumbler. 
  • Has anti-slip silicon bottom to prevent accidental slips
  • Comes with detachable tea filters
  • Made of high quality food-grade Stainless Steel 304
  • Attractive designs that are fun to carry around
  • Portable and easy to use.

Lock&Lock Luggage
Lock&Lock has been recognized globally as a brand that consistently delivers superior quality products. Lock&Lock has gained ISO 9001 and 14001 accreditation meaning they met highest quality manufacturing and environmental systems and procedures. To date, Lock&Lock has more than 700 different products. Go ahead and visit the nearest store for your Lock&Lock products.

I got the Lock&Lock Sydney Insulated Vacuum tumbler in green and will bring it to my next trip this June.
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Life is full of uncertainty so we must prepare for whatever situation life might throw us. We cannot avoid bad things to happen but we can prepare by securing our future. Having a life insurance can help us secure our future. Having an insurance also encourages us to live a healthy lifestyle.
Cebuana Lhuillier's Protect Now Insurance


While there are several companies and various insurances in the market, not everyone are capable to pay the premium. That is why Cebuana Lhuillier come up with a simple, affordable, and easily accessible insurance for every Filipino. Cebuana Lhuillier introduced Protect Now, you can choose from Home insurance, Car insurance, Travel Care and PamilyaCare.

Protect Now Insurance with Cebuana Lhuillier team
Protect Now is so easy, you can even get a quote by visiting their website and provide basic information. Online payments are also available. Here's a step by step on how to apply for Protect Now:

Step 1: Select a Category
Step 2: Enter the details
Step 3: Get quote

During the ProtectNow launch in New World, Makati

We work to meet our daily needs and secure our future including our family. With ProtectNow, we can feel safe and secure whenever we are, whether traveling or working abroad. Learn more about ProtectNow by visiting their page.
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I can still remember the first Happiest Pinoy Boot Camp sponsored by Cebuana Lhuillier Insurance Solutios, Inc. at Nurture Spa in Tagaytay several years ago. Aside from the overnight stay in a beautiful wellness/spa, a soothing body massage and yummy food; I heard inspiring stories from our very first Happiest Pinoy winner and the people involved in this advocacy.

Meet The Top Ten Happiest Pinoy 2019
I met Winston Maxino, the very first winner of Happiest Pinoy and his inspiring message, "happiness is a choice you and I made everyday, hope that it will be better tomorrow."

It's been a while since the last Happiest Pinoy, I'm glad to hear inspiring stories again from people who are struggling in their lives and yet remain hopeful and positive.

Rommel Arellano, previous winner Happiest Pinoy

Top 10 Happiest Pinoy 2019 Revealed

This year's Happiest Pinoy top ten finalists are finally revealed. They came from different walks of life. After going through close to 800,000 applications in the last few months, the biggest edition of the Cebuana Lhuillier Search for the Happiest Pinoy has now come down to 10 individuals who are already winners in their respective categories.

Cebuana Lhuillier's Top ten Happiest Pinoy finalist are: Khaye Celine Maggay (youth), Francisca Tumampil (senior citizens), Fortunato Januto (overseas Filipino workers), Rodrigo Roble Jr. (lingkod bayan), Zaldy Bueno (professionals), (manggagawang Pinoy), Mark David Cerezo (entrepreneurs), Alfred Santos (employees), Jayson Dela Fuente (persons with disabilities), and Leovy John Terrado (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community).

Each will receive P50,000 and will go through a panel interview to determine this year’s Happiest Pinoy grand winner who will take home P1 million tax-free.

Richardson Navor, Happiest Pinoy
The panel of judges is led by Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Zenaida Maglaya; Rock Education Project Inc. founder Gang Badoy Capati; Enterph co-founder and motivational speaker RJ Ledesma; TV host, journalist and online influencer James Deakin; TV host Love Anover-Lianko; The Apprentice Asia winner and JY Consultancy and Ventures founder and managing director Jonathan Yabut; and Search for the Happiest Pinoy previous grand winners Winston Maxino, Rommel Arellano, and Richardson Navor.

The grand winner of the Search will be announced during the awards night this May. Good luck to the top ten Happiest Pinoy. Kudos to Cebuana Lhuillier for such advocacy.
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Filipina Triathlete, Joyette Jopson ranked 1st place in the women's category at the FWD North Pole Marathon 2019. The country welcomes home FWD Financial Wealth Officer Joyette Jopson, who overcame all odds and conquered the grueling 42-kilometer FWD ‘78° North’ Marathon held near the North Pole on April 16.
Joyette Jopson, 1st Place Women's Category FWD North Pole Marathon 2019
Jopson becomes the first Filipina to run a marathon in the Arctic, enduring the freezing temperatures of Longyearbyen in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, just 1,050 kilometers away from the North Pole. Jopson - triathlete, 2014 Ironman 70.3 Philippines Filipino Elite Champion, and FWD Financial Wealth Officer - completed the race with an impressive time of 4 hours, 10 minutes, and 59 seconds, claiming a first-place finish in the women’s category and third overall.


FWD Life Insurance (“FWD Philippines”), one of the fastest growing insurance companies in the country supported Joyette throughout this journey. She was the lone Philippine representative in the marathon and was joined by FWD Team Asia runners from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Vietnam, and Thailand in the marathon, sponsored by pan-Asian insurer FWD Group (“FWD”).


Joyette shared her marathon experience running on a very slippery road.
She shared "I learned that you can overheat even in cold races so I had to take out a layer on top and bottom because I got uncomfortable after 10 kilometers. After the race, it took me more than an hour to warm up because it was really freezing.”  “In spite of the challenges, I am delighted to have brought the Filipino pride to the Arctic through the FWD 78° North Marathon and of course, I am even much happier to have performed well, placing first in the women’s category,” added Joyette. “I’d like to thank FWD for the opportunity to represent both the company and the country in this once-in-a-lifetime experience!”
FWD Philippines President and Chief Executive Peter Grimes was very proud of her, for successfully completing the marathon.
“We’re very proud of what Joyette has accomplished. Her experience as a triathlete and her sheer determination to succeed despite the challenges along the way indeed makes her the perfect representative for the Philippines,” Peter said. “How she pushed on and performed excellently despite the uncertainties and sudden changes was truly admirable. At FWD, we’re all about celebrating life and doing your best no matter what life throws at you,” Peter added.
FWD had initially been supporting the annual North Pole Marathon, dubbed as the ‘world’s coolest marathon’, returning as the title sponsor for the third year in a row. However, the marathon was cancelled at the last minute because of geopolitical tensions between the Russian and Ukrainian administrations regarding flight plans to the North Pole.

Committed to providing a true marathon experience for the FWD Team Asia runners who were already in Svalbard, Norway, FWD organized its own run called the FWD ‘78°North’ Marathon. The marathon was held at Longyearbyen, part of the Arctic Circle, to allow the runners to fulfill their ambitions to complete a marathon in sub-zero temperatures and extreme winter conditions while raising funds for their sponsored charities.

“FWD successfully arranged the marathon against all odds in three days, inviting all registered North Pole Marathon runners to take part,” FWD Philippines Head of Marketing Roche Vandenberghe said. “FWD Team Asia and other 2019 North Pole Marathon runners successfully completed the FWD ‘78° North’ Marathon, all of whom displayed grit and perseverance to rise above a maelstrom of climate and logistical challenges.”

Congrats, Joyette Jopson for bringing home the victory for our country as well as to FWD Philippines for their continuous support and great initiative that aims to empower women.
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If you've tried paying bills online, transfer or lend money using your mobile phone then you're part of the rising technology called FinTech, short for financial technology. Not only start-up companies even huge brands are part of the industry called fintech.


Fintech includes a huge range of technologies, products and even business models to improve financial services. Remember a video I posted on our page about a tutorial on how you can borrow money using only your mobile phone. At the moment we got 12 thousand video views, hundreds of comments and inquiries from people who are interested on how it works. You can check out the video here.

Meanwhile, motorcycle-hailing app Angkas has joined the Fintech Philippines Association (FPh) as advisor to the board of trustees. This was announced in the April edition of FPh’s monthly forum held recently at The Ark in Makati City.


Dubbed the “Fintech April Mixer,” the forum saw major players in financial technology and related industries coming together to discuss the role of transport and logistics in the rising e-commerce industry as well as issues related to water technology and social enterprises.

George Royeca, Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs of Angkas
George Royeca, Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs of Angkas, the ride-hailing app that changed the way people think about public transport in the Philippines, led the panelists in the discussion of their vision of a more financially inclusive country where smaller entrepreneurs can use their platform to scale up their businesses.
“Fintech and e-commerce are largely interdependent because fintech provides online payment platforms that allow e-commerce to thrive,” Royeca notes. “Without fintech and payment innovations, global e-commerce will not grow as much as it did in recent years,” he adds. "The teching up of small e-commerce players in the country is something that we in Angkas, in our capacity as advisor to Fintech Philippines, will recommend as a priority undertaking for the near future,” Royeca reveals.
Fintech Philippines executive director and trustee Amor Maclang, in turn, underscored fintech’s role in shaping global e-commerce. “Fintech Philippine’s Association strives to promote all e-commerce players, and recognize all contributions to global and micro e-commerce players by creating access to the constant development and improvement of online payment systems,” she stresses. “Our mission in Fintech Philippines is the democratization and access to the technologies by allowing online merchants and service providers to also target as many people as possible through safe and secure means,” she adds.

The association’s board of trustees was also presented during the forum. The FPh board is composed of Justo Ortiz of Uniobank as chairman, Mark Vernon of TagCash as vice chairman and treasurer, Mark Gorriceta of Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra as corporate secretary, and Amor Maclang of GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc. as executive director and trustee.


Arvie De Vera of Unionbank, Edison Tsai of Seedin Technologies Inc., Ida Tiongson of Opal Portfolio Investments, and Gerry Cruz are the trustees. The Fintech Philippines Association is the largest and most inclusive association in the Philippines that promotes digital entrepreneurship, among other things.
We can expect more updates from Angkas now that they joined Fintech Philippines Association. How about you, what are your thoughts about financial technology?
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In a rare event, several senatorial candidates from different political parties came together for the Angkas Safety Fiesta and collectively called for the resumption of the app-based ride-hailing service and pushed for the rights of motorcycle riders.



Senatoriables Grace Poe, Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Bato dela Rosa, and JV Ejercito all graced the Safety Fiesta to support Angkas’ efforts to propagate the proper safety training of motorcycle riders in the Philippines.

The senatoriables were joined by Rep. Winston Castelo, the chair of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, and wife Councilor Precious Hipolito-Castelo.


In the event, the senatoriables and the other candidates agreed that it was high time for the government to implement the legalization and regulation of motorcycle taxis.

They also called for the resumption of Angkas’ operations, stressing that the non-action on the part of the concerned government agencies constitutes a continuing violation of motorcycle riders’ rights especially since Angkas has been providing a decent source of livelihood for thousands of motorcycle owners in the country, aside from helping Filipinos in their daily commuting woes.

Senator Grace Poe, in her speech during the program, commended Angkas’ safety training while declaring that the ride-hailing service will help in addressing the country’s mass transport problems. “Ang totoo, ako ay saludo sa Angkas dahil binibigyan kayo ng proper training and guidance. Kailangan natin talaga ang iba’t-ibang pagkakataon at modes of transportation. May bus, may jeep, at may MRT, pero kulang pa,” the senator said.

“Pero ang aking tututukan ay dapat ligtas ang ating mga pasahero. Kaya ako ay nagpapasalamat sa Angkas dahil nagbibigay sila ng tamang training sa inyong lahat,” Sen. Poe added.

For his part, senatoriable Diokno said that he is pushing for the rights of motorcycle riders.

“Naiintidihan ko talaga yung pangangailangan na magkaroon tayo ng isang batas na kinikilala ang karapatan ng mga motorcycle riders na magkaroon ng hanapbuhay na legal, hanapbuhay na kinikilala ng batas,” Diokno said.

Senatorial candidate Bato dela Rosa, in his own talk, also told the participants of the Safety Fiesta that he will support motorcycle taxi regulation if he gets elected to the Senate. “Ako’y anak ng tricycle driver. Motorsiklo ang gamit ng tatay ko. Nagmomotor din ako, kaya kung ako ay manalo, susuportahan ko ang Angkas bill na pending sa Senado,” dela Rosa declared.

The Angkas Safety Fiesta is a series of events that aim to promote motorcycle road safety among Filipinos. The most recent event was held at Vertis North, Quezon City and featured a safety seminar, an earthquake response briefing, and preventive maintenance discussions—all presided by Angkas trainers. A free medical assistance booth was also set up for the attendees of the event.

Performing during the event were Andrew E, Dante Gulapa, Mateo Guidicelli, Mayonnaise, Allmost, D&G, and Trix the Angkas Rapper. The program was hosted by DJ Laila.

In his speech, Senator Bam Aquino acknowledged the motorcycle riders’ need to seek a decent livelihood with the motorcycles that they own. “Lahat tayo na gustong maghanapbuhay, gustong magnegosyo ay hindi dapat pinipigilan,” Sen. Aquino stressed.

“Mahalaga na mabigyang suporta po natin yung ating mga sektor na naghahanap ng tulong upang makapaghanapbuhay para sa ating pamilya,” he added.

Sen. Aquino also commended Angkas for helping motorcycle riders in many ways. “Yung Angkas po, maganda yung kanilang framework, maganda yung kanilang app, marami pong natutulungan. Gaya po ninyo na puwede pong maghanapbuhay gamit ang inyong mga motor, at the same time nagbibigay ng mga leksiyon at lecture tungkol sa safety at security ninyo,” Sen. Aquino noted.

Administration senatorial candidate JV Ejercito, who is a motorcycle enthusiast himself, also expressed his support for the regulation of Angkas, reiterating that he has a pending bill in Congress that addresses the regulation issues of motorcycle taxis.

Rep. Winston Castelo echoed the other guests’ sentiments as he vowed to push for the legalization and regulation of motorcycle taxis. “Bigyan natin ng hanapbuhay ang taumbayan. Kaya ako po ay nagfile ng bill sa Kongreso and I am happy to announce, and I am proud to tell you that it has been approved,” Rep. Castelo revealed. “Hindi tayo papayag na mahirapang muli ang taumbayan. Hindi tayo papayag na hindi kayo mabigyan ng oportunidad na magkaroon ng hanapbuhay,” he added.

Angkas Head of Regulation and Public Affairs George Royeca, in turn, spoke on behalf of the ride-sharing service. “It has been our advocacy in Angkas to promote road safety consciousness among the motorcycle riders of the country,” Royeca stressed. “This is why we have been holding the Safety Fiesta in order to make as many motorcycle riders aware of the need to ride safely every single time and propagate the knowledge of how to ride motorcycles as safely as they can,” he added.
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"Time, family and friends - three things or values I learned after cancer. I just pray to get me through the day. Try to be good. If you are good to peopleiba ang fullfillmentLife is too short to burden yourself with problems." - Mrs. Cindy Ejercito.Oftentimes we think about individuals in politics and their immediate family as serious individuals who talk about national issues affecting our country. We sometimes overlook that they are also human beings who also face problems and can feel hurt just like most of us.

In this short interview with Mrs. Cindy Ejercito, wife of reelectionist JV Ejercito, sometime last week, I hope you will find some inspiration from a strong woman who beat breast cancer.

Cindy and Yours Truly
Personally, I grew up in an environment with family members working for the government, perhaps it is best to say "working in the government to serve the people". I had the opportunity to meet and even work with various types of people including ambassadors, senators, and military officers (when I was in the military hospital). Moreover, I love talking to the officers' family or dependents where I learned a lot from being a wife and mom.

In a recent informal meet-up with Mrs. Hyacinth "Cindy" Lotuaco-Ejercito, she shared with us her role as a mom, wife, a friend, but most of all, her inspiring stories in battling cancer.

Here are some of the questions I asked from her..

What is a typical day for Mrs. Ejercito?

"When it is school days, I usually wake up before six in the morning for my son and prepares him for school. If JV has no appointment, he would bring him to school. At twelve in the afternoon, I hear mass before I go back to work. In the afternoon, I pick-up my son in school and bring him to tutorial class. We usually have dinner at home.

Are you a strict mom?

I would think so kasi si JV is more of the spoiler so ako yun more of a disciplinarian. Kailangan balance eh. At an early age, you have to teach your son values kasi importante sa foundation ng bata, growing up malaman nya anu yung tama.

How do you usually spend quality time with the family?

JV loves to eat. Sometimes I cook, if I don't cook we usually eat out or go out of town. Yun usually bonding moment namin as a family. Mrs. Ejercito gladly shared a simple salad recipe using cabbage or pechay.

How do you take care of your self? What is your message to women who wants to look young with their age.

Siguro, try to live a life without stress. I know it is hard, very hard to live your life without problems but for me trust in the Lord, alam naman natin everybody goes in trials. I just pray to get me through the day and try to be good. If you are good to people, iba ang fullfillment. Life is too short to burden yourself with problems.

What is your beauty secret?

"Moisturiser" I'm not a fan of going to beauty or facial clinics. This friend of mine owns the product I am using, the Pili beauty. I moisturise day and night. Tamad ako magpunta sa beauty clinic.

Being a Cancer Advocate

Mrs. Ejercito was very humble to talk about her advocacy. In fact, she refused to provide information about a group she is supporting somewhere in Alabang. I decided to asked her close friend instead.

"JV found out how difficult to have cancer and so he crafted a bill, the Universal Health Care Bill as referred "JV Ejercito Law", authored and sponsored by Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito." she said.

What is your message to the people?

"I know JV is such a dedicated public servant. I know what's in his heart. I know he's there to serve the people. He wants to serve and wants to make a difference."

Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito
Reelectionist JV Ejercito, also known as “Mr. Healthcare” for spearheading the Universal Health Care, said the law would address the various gaps in the cancer care continuum and integrated solutions. This computes to a figure of approximately 110,000 new cancer cases and over 66,000 cancer deaths each year. National Integrated Cancer Control Act measure, now Republic Act No. 11215.

President Duterte last February signed into law Republic Act No. 11223, otherwise known as “Universal Health Care Act.”

The soft-spoken, Mrs. Cindy Ejercito
Lessons learned after cancer?

Later in the interview, Cindy shared her journey battling from cancer. Mrs. Ejercito became emotional as she talked about her unpleasant experiences with cancer. Remembering the time she was diagnosed with breast cancer stage 2 and how worried she was about her son who was then around five or six years old.

It was through her family's love and support that she made it throughout the treatment.

As a cancer survivor, Mrs Cindy Lotuaco-Ejercito would like to help others who are experiencing the darkest days of their lives fighting for cancer.

Cancer is now one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines in 2019. Number of cases still grow but with early detection and proper treatment, prognosis is good with high chance for survival.

Cindy Ejercito with son Julio
Watch the entire interview on my IGTV here.
We asked Mrs. Cindy Ejercito if she has plans of running for political office? She smiled and expressed no intention of running for government office. "One is enough".. (tama na yung isa lang sa pamilya"). Cindy helps in the campaign for husband JV Ejercito who is running for senator this 2019 election.
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