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Let’s all celebrate World Oceans Month together with WWF-Philippines, Oceana, the Department of Tourism, Canon Philippines and Solaire Resorts as they showcase the captivating underwater photos of multi-awarded photographers Anna Varona and Danny Ocampo in a breath-taking visual spectacle entitled “Rule of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit for Marine Conservation”  featuring the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs):  Marine Sanctuary in Tingloy, Batangas, Apo Island in Negros Oriental, Cagayancillo and Tubbataha in Palawan and Tanon Straight in the Visayas.

Photographer, Responsible Tourism Advocate, Diver and Marine Wonder Woman,  Anna Varona and her collection aims to spread awareness on the role of MPAs in the management of long term food security not only in the locality of the MPAs but for the whole country as well.  She believes that this endeavor is very much aligned with the World Oceans Day 2017 theme: “Our Ocean, Our Future”.  According to Anna, these MPAs ensure that our coastal resources and produce are given the chance to regenerate and provide the nation with the sustenance of the sea not for this generation, but for the coming generations to come.  The MPAs can also assure  that our local fishermen are given a more stable means of livelihood as well as the education of the local fisherfolk and the LGUs towards a more stable and sustainable livelihood.

On the other hand, Diver-Photographer and Marine-Life Superhero Danny Ocampo, campaigns for ethical and responsible diving and photography, and hopes to influence tourists, foreign and local alike, to be more responsible and respectful when they visit the MPAs, as a lot of these, especially that of Apo Island, continue to inspire hundreds of individuals, organizations and policy makers here and abroad.  Sadly, its popularly is beginning to be its bane and measures have to be taken to ensure that tourism and conservation complement each other.

A big congratulations for the WWF Team who put together this effort, along with artist-collaborators Anna and Danny, together with the Department of Tourism, Canon Philippines who sponsored the printing of all the portraits, including the postcard versions that will be sold to help the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines in their continuous efforts to conserve the Philippine oceans and the communities that greatly depend on them.

A salute to the   “Rule of Two-Thirds Underwater Photo Exhibit for Marine Conservation”  as it opened to the public.  WWF-Philippines’ work in protecting the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park inspired the declaration of a one million MPA by the Municipal Government of Cagayancillo though a municipal ordinance covering its entire municipal waters and surrounding open sea.  

The exhibit runs until the 22nd of June, 2017 at the Art Wing, Ground Floor of Solaire Resorts.
**This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.**

I remember growing up calling my grand dad “Daddy Abo” or “Daddy Kalbo”,  “Kalbo” meaning bald.. well, as I remember, he wasn’t really totally bald he still had some hair and because of me calling him as such… he had to go and get himself a wig to cover up his top up and so that I would stop teasing him… I was probably 3 or 4 and was just starting to speak and wasn’t really intentionally teasing my poor old grand dad.  He was then in his late 50’s maybe, quite young to be balding, but unfortunately men in our family, my mom’s side had a receding hairline or thinning of hair.  Apparently according to the women in the family, my grandmum who I call “Ms. Bubba” which I got from Ms. Aruba, one of the favorites during the 70’s Ms. Universe, and the story I will surely tell you on another day – according to them – our grand dad, in his younger days, during the pre-war time was always in a white suit and always had his hair well combed and full of pomade.  I guess the gels or wax came after several generations after.  And because of this, later on maybe during his 30’s or 40’s he started to lose quite a large amount of hair and therefore later on decided to solve this problem and my teasing by getting himself a “topay” or what is better known as a wig.

It did help him quite a big deal, he regained his confidence, I stopped teasing him and I suppose he got some respect, plus, a person with a full head of hair surely would look younger. I grew older and could pronounce words better, and called him Daddy Alex instead.

A wig, though simple as it may seem, has a vast number of uses and/or benefits – a simple accessory to match your mood or outfit,  to enhance one’s features, to disguise one’s personality, to solve one’s insecurity, to gain respect, to hide an ailment or if one is going through treatment, from the simplest reasons to the deepest or even darkest reasons.

What’s good is that now we have a wide variety of choices to choose from different styles or cuts, like human hair ponytails; a variety of colors, lengths, and of quality.  Yes it was used by some of my relatives but wigs are of course mainly used by women.  It’s available in wig specialty shops in the malls, in the specialty salons and now it’s even easier to acquire – online and have them delivered right to your doorstep.

I have short hair and I’ve always wondered if I could maybe sometimes use a wig to extend my hair on some occasions when I need to have longer hair. Or maybe for those who aren’t really sure if having permanent hair color would suit them it would be great to try on a wig first before doing the actual color or before even damaging their real hair. It really is fun to explore all these fashion accessory options and the different looks that I can achieve.  Wigs are fun to wear! And being a girly girl makes everything possible!
My Christmas Blessings came in many forms this holiday season, time for family togetherness and bonding, gift giving, fun shopping and doing a lot of fun activities at home as well as my workplace.  I am extra thankful that I got the news that I was included in the media line-up just before Christmas to cover for a one of a kind show at the Araneta Coliseum!  Truly the “LE GRAND CIRQUE” would be too hard to pass up even if we knew we still had to get some cooking done for the Christmas Eve – my Christmas Paella would be at stake…but what the heck…it’s the greatest show in town, direct from Las Vegas and I got invited!  And not only that, I get to sit in the VIP section as a media guest, we were right smack in the middle.  Thank you sir Ian of Araneta for the great accommodations!  

We were already pretty excited for the show to start.  The voice over already started the countdown…this is soooo cool! Afterall, this is live entertainment at it finest!  Circuses do bring together the most amazing performers that do the most astounding acts, mostly including acrobats, contortionists, aerialists, jugglers, jumpers, hoopers and clowns. Cannot wait to see the acts that defy gravity and the ones displaying near superhuman abilities… we sit back… put out our phone cameras and wait for the grand opening…….

I tell you, as soon as the grand spectacle started, we were just spellbound!  We were wowed with the gravity-defying aerialists, the wall walkers, hoop divers, who dive, jump, twist and somersault through and over stacked hoops, balancing acts and the contortionists!  Add to that Mr. Mime who added delight to the show by reaching out to the locals after each and every presentation.  He was such a delight!  And it was really a captivating show… we were still very excited with the opening number and the next ones that followed until the giant beach balls came bouncing around segueing to the finale’!  Let the spellbinding “Le Grand Cirque” captivate you like it captivated me… Straight from Las Vegas, “Le Grand Cirque” is Araneta Center’s Christmas offering this December.  Touted, and if I may say really truly is THE GREATEST SHOW IN TOWN this holiday season.  This spectacular circus show will definitely keep audiences on the edge of the seats, and I know that for a fact!  Don’t miss out!  Feel the thrill of the death-defying stunts and unbelievable acts in a fantastic show that you and your loved ones can enjoy this Yuletide season.  MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! #LeGrandCirqueAraneta

Life is Short, Wear More Sneakers!

With today's busy lifestyle, super cramped up schedules, sometimes even the prettiest women take off their killer stilettos for a cool and comfy pair of the latest Kenneth Cole sneakers when they run from one meeting to the next, and do one presentation after another. Wonderful as it already seems, they come in wide array of colors to suit your color palette. My favorite of course is the white sneaker as it can be worn with anything in my closet. As they say "Life is Short, Wear More Sneakers".

But wait, there's more! Kenneth Cole offers a wide range of products to suit the fashionable you and even the pickiest millennial - they have beautifully printed boots, bags, even luggages as I've discovered to bring where your feet takes you.

Truly a lot to choose from and with Groupon Coupons, what more can you ask for? Now the deal is even made sweeter with all the discounts you will be getting. More discounts, more shopping! Like I said "Life is Short!"

Guilty Addict!

I am guilty! I am a shoe addict! Ever since I started working and can actually buy shoes with my own hard-earned cash I have been making these crazy purchases. Through the years I have actually learned to control myself already. Back in the day I would go inside a shoe store and buy 5 pairs of
shoes all in one time, usually like one design in two or three colors, crazy right? You could call it "Imeldific" in a sense. Mind you, I don't blame or curse her for having so many, it's a girl thang! If a simple working Filipino citizen like me had about 3 shoe racks full of my favorite footsies, what more a beautiful first lady like her, who attends more social and political gatherings. Bless you Madame Imelda!

These days, I can admit I've mellowed. Maybe I just buy two at a time usually in more standard colors like black and beige or skin tone. Yes, more serious, more thought of, more out together like the ones from Steve Madden. Great quality and craftsmanship. Beautiful, very stylish and comfy, something you can't really get from other shoe brands. These days, I can justify pampering myself with a shoe purchase fix when I feel real good or when I feel really bad that only a trip to Steve Madden can brighten up my day, and what makes it even better are the coupons from Groupon that I can collect to make my shoe fix sweeter! Thanks to Groupon sometimes I can even get more than two pairs with all the discounts they're giving. Alas! I'm in shoe heaven once again.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced by any individual or institution of sorts.
Growing up, I loved playing with dolls, pots and pans and building doll houses complete with complementing furniture.  I enjoyed doing all of these with my mom back in the day.  Initially we started out with just recycled boxes from the grocery store. We would build 2 floors.  Dress it all up with wrapping paper especially the ones with the small prints, and for the flooring  we would get the black and white checkered wrappers or stripes.  The first floor with the Living Room, Dining Area, the Family Room, Kitchen and a Garden.  Upstairs would be the bedrooms – about four  of them, one for the mom and dad, one for me and one for my brother and the remaining one was for the guest room.  Later on that guest room was converted into my baby sisters room who came 10 years after I did.  She was the one who continued playing with all of these toys.

These days, in the real grown up world, I still love pots and pans because I just love to cook for my loved ones, I love dressing up and I love shopping for clothes and shoes, and of course stuff in my own little house.  This time it is not play pretend anymore, it truly is the real thing. Real curtains and bed sheets which I try to sew myself, I just buy the cloth from the mall.  I no longer put wall paper for my walls, I love painting them myself, it quite a creative release and it’s quite fun!  But, for the floors, it is a more serious concern, it should be given more attention in terms of detail, quality, texture of course the pricing. Where to go?  I say GROUPON is the answer!  That is where you can find a wide variety of choices in flooring options… let’s say I would like to turn the floor of my attic into a turf, our bedroom in the second floor into parquet, and my kids room with rubberized matt flooring.. everything as in everything I can easily get from Groupon Goods! Even the cleaning implements for my floor like mops, pails for cleaning.

It’s super convenient!  Just type in what you are looking for, type in the keyword and voila!  Flooring that you need in an instant!  You can order them on line, have them in the correct size that you want them, have them delivered right at your doorstep!  That is convenience at your fingertips!  I just love the technology nowadays, just like I love the flooring in my attic! Thank you Groupon!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine and have not been influenced by any individual or institution of sorts.
This year’s theme is ‘Brands for All,’ putting customers’ favorite brands in the spotlight. Customers can expect jaw-dropping, well-curated offers, and exclusive launches of branded items.

These deals come on top of the wide and growing assortment on Lazada. To date, Lazada boasts an unmatched catalog of close to 30 million products for consumers across six Southeast Asian countries. In the Philippines, the assortment grew 4x more than in 2015.

Lazada will offer everything customers love – from huge discounts to flash sales and exclusive bundles. P11 peso deals featuring a Virtual Reality Box, LED light bulb rotating lamp and a Genius gaming mouse among many others, are up for grabs. Limited-time flash deals on a 32” Slim LED TV for Php 5,499, a Fujidenzo 20L microwave oven for Php 1,999, a Star Mobile 4.5” smart phone for Php 999, an HP desk jet printer for Php 888, and a L’Oreal lip and cheek palette set for P399 are only some of the many highlights during this mega shopping day. Perfect value indeed for all the Christmas gift-seekers out there.

The deals extend to over 17 product categories including Fashion, Health & Beauty, Home & Living, and Electronics. Lazada is focusing deep into its customers’ interests with weekly specials- a curation of items for beauty fans, supermoms and families, techies and fashionistas.

As if these weren’t enough, Lazada will also launch games to make Christmas online shopping more fun. Follow Lazada’s social media channels to get free shopping vouchers, brand giveaways from Samsung, MamyPoko, Unilever, JBL, Lenovo, and more.

“Online Revolution was launched in 2012 so more consumers could experience the ease and benefits of online shopping. Since then, Online Revolution has become the biggest shopping event in Southeast Asia, where consumers can find amazing deals from the most popular brands conveniently from their smartphones or laptops,” said CEO InancBalci. “This year, we have secured commitments from big brand partners for more than one million deals to make Christmas shopping more exciting and effortless for Filipinos. The best of the world is truly at everyone's fingertips now, more than ever.”

Lazada has also partnered with top brands to make shopping more rewarding. Use your MasterCard to get an additional 12% off on top of already discounted prices. And if you’re feeling lucky, Isuzu Philippines is giving away a brand new pick-up for more out of town road trips, and Turkish Airways is raffling off air tickets to fly you off to your dream vacation.

Ever tried making a wish whenever you see 11.11 on your watch or clock? No need to be on the constant lookout because Lazada’s Online Revolution is guaranteed to make your Christmas shopping wishes and dreams come true with an awesome plethora of deals and steals. Visit www.lazada.com.ph or download the Lazada mobile app for free to join the biggest online shopping event of the year. Sale runs from November 11 to December 12.
I started taking photos way back in high school when I got my first camera from the money I got from my ninongs and ninangs during Christmastime. I love capturing candid moments, this is one of  my favorite themes in photography. You'll never know when that moment comes and so you just need to keep a watchful eye and swift reflexes when I have my camera with me.

Here are just some of the photos which I am very proud and glad to have taken that shot. A simple click, one, two and three and several more.. Genuinely capture true emotions.. Happiness..

With a simple smile or twinkle in their eyes as they  play around, stamping on water coming  out of the fountain.

Barefoot and dancing til they drop in the street parade during the Aliwan Fiesta..

It gives me joy to capture their happiness and lock it in eternity. It makes my heart flutter. Let's change the way we see happiness and go back to the basics -- a simple smile, basking in the sun, playing with water fountain, dancing til you drop in the streets or plainly playing around with the other kids in the neighborhood or playing in the rain.

Simple things.. Simple means, simply spell HAPPINESS!

I learned that I can also capture happiness with the new Huawei P9. A smartphone with DLSR functions. Being an avid DLSR user, the Huawei P9 truly is a great handy alternative for photowalks and simple getaways. I can capture candid moments; same way as my Nikon D3100. With its dual lenses by Leica, it can produce sharp and high quality photos plus other features like slo-mo, long exposures and timelapse. All these in one compact mobile device -- the Huawei P9

Your partner in changing the way you see happiness!
Lazada, the Philippines' one stop shopping and selling destination online has announced the launch of the LAZADA ONLINE REVOLUTION SALE. The month-long sale kicks off tomorrow, November 11 and will run until December 12.

The date November 1 or 11/11 is popularly known in China as "Singles' Day", a day to celebrate singlehood.

In 2013, Lazada introduced the 11/11 Online Revolution Sale in the Philippines to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season.

Big brands and merchants will join the sale and are bringing in over 200,000 marked-down deals up to 95% off across 13 product categories including electronics, fashion, kids & toys, and home. Exclusive items on flash sales and P99 peso deals will also be revealed on 11/11. Those brands include ASUS, Lenovo, Alcatel, Cherry Mobile, Bosch, Belo, Huggies, Mamy Poko, Timex and Giordano watches.

In the previous days, Lazada fans and shoppers had an early treat as special items were available for purchase at only P11 each. The P11 deals were announced at exactly 11:11am every day in one of Lazada's social media channels: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

So get ready to shop tomorrow at exactly 11:11am!