The Yuletide season kicked off the Festival of Lights at Ayala Triangle Gardens

by 4:16 PM

Ayala Triangle Gardens lights up the holidays with its Festival of Lights! Don’t miss out on the world reknowned lights and sounds show only in the city that makes it happen-- Makati. Show will run daily from 6PM to 10PM, every 30 minutes, until the 7th of January.


It’s officially Christmas in Makati! A dazzling lights and sound show at the heart of the country’s business district heralds the beginning of the Christmas season this year, promising Filipinos another unforgettable holiday season.

From November 9 until January 7, the Ayala Triangle Gardens will again observe a much- loved and highly anticipated Christmas tradition when it brings the Festival of Lights, its signature lights and sound show, which has captivated thousands of Filipinos for the past
eight years.


As darkness blankets the city, millions of twinkling lights will come alive across the gardens as the melodious strains of Christmas songs fill the air. In dramatic fashion, the lights begin dancing in sync with the music, creating a captivating magical spectacle. As the lights flash and change colors to the beat of the music, the revelry and joy of Christmas will surely be felt by everyone.

The light show is expertly choreographed by award-winning director Voltaire de Jesus and Luther Gumia. More than 1.6 million LED lights were used for the light show, adding brilliance while staying environmentally sustainable. Musical scoring for the three medleys were beautifully arranged by acclaimed musicians and composers.



The musical medleys have three distinct themes – Pinoy Fiesta by Roy del Valle, Traditional Christmas by Von de Guzman, and Techno by Tris Sunguitan. One medley will be staged every 30 minutes nightly. Each one boasts of a different mood, pace, and rhythm, while retaining the Christmas cheer that brings people together and envelopes everyone in the spirit of the season.

“We want Christmas to be magical for everyone, which is why we have continued with this beautiful Christmas tradition that brings people together and lets them feel the joys of the season,” said Shiella Aguilar, Ayala Land Project Development Head for Makati. This year’s lights and sound show is presented by Ayala Land, in partnership with   MasterCard, HSBC and SunLife Financial.

Makati’s Filipino Christmas wonderland extends beyond the Ayala Triangle Gardens. Across the city, major Makati thoroughfares Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Avenue are decked in over a million Christmas lights done in the patterns of native woven fabrics such as Inabel and Burdado of Luzon, Banig Tikog of Visayas and  T’Boli, Ukil and Yakan of Mindanao. Gigantic Christmas ornaments lit up in the same native patterns can be found on concrete islands, bringing the holiday cheer even closer to people who roam the city’s streets.



There will also be several activities at Circuit Makati such as the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on November 17 and the Pop-Up Town Bazaar on November 17-19. For added holiday cheer, Ayala Land is also bringing the lights and sound show to its various estates across the country. It will be held at Vertis North, Nuvali, Bonifacio Global City, Centrio, and Ayala Center Cebu—spreading the sights and sounds of Christmas to more people.


The majestic Festival of Lights has made it to the coveted list of Conde Nast Traveler’s Most Spectacular Lights in the World, in the company of distinguished luminaries such as the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Denmark, the holiday lights display at the legendary Champs-Elysees in Paris and Japan’s Kobe Luminarie.

Indeed, Christmas is the happiest time of the year, and Ayala Land promises to deliver a memorable and unforgettable Christmas celebration to thousands of Filipinos from all walks of life with its signature tradition.

Bring magic to your Christmas celebration with the Festival of Lights at the Ayala Triangle Gardens! The show will run daily until the 7th of January 2018, every half hour from 6PM to 10PM.



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A Call for Responsible Blogging

by 11:14 AM
Three years ago, this humble blog started to showcase not only my knowledge about beauty products but also my lifestyle as a simple "Promdi" working in the busy city of Manila. I never thought that my passion in sharing my reviews and thoughts about different skincare products will also make my life an open book. Sharing your life to other people isn't an easy task, in fact, people can use it to hurt you and know your weaknesses. However, it didn't hinder me because my passion to talk and to share prevailed.

After all the hard works and challenges which I can describe as a roller coaster ride, here I am now, still doing what I love (blogging) and enjoying it. Well, there are challenges still but my experiences made me stronger. I cannot afford to surrender and bring my half a million (unique and returning visitors) every month down.

Bragging aside, for the last four months, we are receiving half a million monthly traffic consistently. It's not some sort of digits to brag, for me, it's just a reminder that I'm doing the right thing and I feel so blessed that God has given me the talent of being talkative haha.

With that huge number of visitors monthly, it's really important for me to be responsible and credible enough in every article that I'm writing. One piece of advice from my favorite beauty blogger (kikaysikat) that I'm still holding up until today is to write from your heart. It has been my foundation and reminder whenever I'm losing track and in times of confusion. Thank you so much momshie (The Macho Mom or Kikaysikat) for inspiring me. I'll be forever grateful. ❤️

Now, I have been receiving a lot of emails and messages too from random aspiring bloggers asking for advice. Well, I guess it's the perfect time for me to elaborate more and share you what I've learned in this industry.

It may sound cliche but I can confidently say that being yourself is thel best weapon you wanna have once you hit the keyboard and start sharing your life and adventures online. It has been my nicotine since I started blogging full time. Sounds easy right? But along the way, you'll surely lose track, you'll receive offers to post some fake news, some brands will approach you to promote their products and instruct you to tell people that it's effective even if you haven't tried their products yet, and more tempting offers that will make you forget the very reason why you're blogging so it is important to remain being yourself. Those offers are damn good because hello! Who doesn't want money right? But to be honest, I have never entertained a single offer like that. Yes, it's tempting but I can proudly say that my principles and passion in blogging makes me richer than accepting those pretentious offers.

You might be wondering why am I sharing these things to you? Well, in this world full of fake news and false advertisements, I am encouraging aspiring bloggers, my fellow bloggers, and social media influencers to remain truthful and honest in every posts we're making. Let the flame in our hearts be our guide towards responsible blogging. ❤️

Iconic Local Weaves Light Up Ayala Avenue

by 4:26 PM

Iconic local weaves shine bright in the city that makes it happen. The leaders of Ayala Land Corporation and  Makati City spread the holiday cheer, showing off their smiles with the stunning street lights display inspired by iconic weaves from various regions -- Inabel and Burdado from Luzon, Banig Tikog from Visayas, T’Boli, Ukil and Yakan weaves from Mindanao. (L-R) Ishmael G. Cruz, Board of Governers of MaCEA; Patricia Zobel de Ayala; Jaime Zobel De Ayala, Chairman Emeritus of Ayala Corp; Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo; Ms. Jhie Greenwood, Trade Marketing Manager, Firefly Lighting; Meean Dy, Group Head, Strategic Landbank Management; Bobby Dy, President and CEO of Ayala Land Inc.



Inspired by the beautiful native hand woven fabrics from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, Makati City welcomed the Yuletide season with a traditional street lighting ceremony – an annual tradition that transforms the premier business district into a Filipino Christmas haven. 

Paying tribute to the cultural heritage of the Philippines, Christmas symbols with intricate Filipino patterns from various regions -- Inabel and Burdado from Luzon, Banig Tikog from Visayas, T’Boli, Ukil and Yakan weaves from Mindanao -- will illuminate the streets of the central business district, creating a festive and harmonious atmosphere. 


These patterns are applied to gigantic representations of Christmas symbols, transforming the streets of the city into truly Filipino Christmas landmarks. As the lights come alive, Makati’s wonderful streetlight decors will once again wrap everyone in the magical spirit of the season.

The whole stretch of Ayala Avenue, Paseo de Roxas, and Makati Avenue will be adorned with colorful lights that bring to life the spirit of Christmas. This is the largest display of Christmas lights in the city and a well-loved Makati tradition that has brought the community together. This year’s bright and energy efficient lights are courtesy of Firefly Lighting Corporation.

Makati’s Christmas street lights continue to brighten up Christmas celebrations every year for everyone—from the thousands who work in the city to those who call the city home, as well as those who visit its various business, lifestyle, entertainment and cultural destinations.

“Christmas is the highlight of the year for Filipinos, and we always want to make it special for everyone. By mounting an exquisite Christmas display, and through the Festival of Lights, we provide venues for people to enjoy the spirit of the season,” said Shiella Aguilar, Ayala Land Project Development Head for Makati.



For more information about the city that makes it happen, visit www.makeitmakati.com and follow MakeItMakati on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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How I Cleared My Acne in just 20 Days?

by 2:31 PM
I have been receiving a lot of compliments recently that my face is getting flawless, it makes me happy because I had been battling for acne for the longest time. I rarely see my face acne-free and to be honest, I am not sure how long the effect will last. I'm just enjoying this moment though because who knows I might get acne breakout soon right? But I'm crossing my fingers very tightly for that not to happen. Please NO!! :D

What?
How I Cleared My Acne in just 20 Days?

Product used?
Finessa Regimen Set

Finessa Regimen Set is made from the purest and finest ingredients that effectively helps to achieve a younger and lighter complexion. The Regimen Set includes: Gentle Soap, Gentle Toner, Radiance Cream, Blemish free cream and Sun Protect with SPF 30. Its active ingredients are: Hydroquinone and Tretinoin.

Where to buy?

How much?
P3,000




At first, I was thinking twice if I should give this product a go because I have tried different anti-acne sets and some of them gave me temporary but decent enough results. I was thinking if this product will make a difference and turn my face from sandpaper into a clean canvas. Another thing that I was considering is the ingredients. It contains hydroquinone and tretinoin which aren't good for long term use. Why? Because excessive usage of hydroquinone can result to skin burning, black discoloration, and many more.

Since I know my skin type and condition, I braved myself and gave this product a shot! Here's a tip: make sure that you know the ingredients and possible effects of each products you're using to avoid getting your skin into bigger trouble. Another thing that you must know is your skin type, sensitivity and condition. It is still better to consult your dermatologist if you want to undergo any treatment for your face. In my case, I consulted the resident dermatologist of Finessa Aesthetica Timog branch.



The Finessa Regimen Set contains: Kojic Acid soap, Gentle toner, Blemish-free cream (Hydroquinone), Radiance Cream (1% Tretinoin), and sunblock with SPF 30.

I documented my journey using the Finessa Regimen Set for 20 days. Please watch this video:






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GMA Bloggers' Style Camp 2017

by 3:55 PM
Bloggers’ Style Camp is an artist building fashion photography competition which involves GMA Networks artists along with the country’s top entertainment, lifestyle, fashion and beauty bloggers. It also aims to strengthen the relationship of GMA with its online influencers through campaigning socially relevant advocacies. Each team had a roster of stylists, fashion and entertainment bloggers, as well as hair and makeup artists to come up with the campaign.


Last year, I was part of the winning team so this year's a little bit heavy for me and my teammates (Raiza Contawi, Princess Angeles, Raf Juane, Nina Rayos, John Michael Bueno, Michael Byx Almacen, Kate Adajar, Gracee Bongolan, and Rocky Chua Batara.




We brainstormed and conceptualized our campaign based on this year's theme which is about being a hero and fight against bullying—not only online but bullying in general. We decided to make our campaign simple yet very expressive, just like you and me, we are just a simple citizen of this nation but little did we know, there's a hero inside us and we can actually do something to eradicate bullying and spread love and heroism online and offline.



Here are some snippets of what happened behind the scene:

















After that daylong pictorial and conceptualization we can now finally taste the juice of our creativity as GMA releases the final outcome of both team's concepts. By the way, I belong to team Rainbow and here's our work:




The image symbolizes heroism and bravery in every individual no matter what your current economic and social status.


Together, we can use our voices to be a hero and fight against bullying. Vote for Team Rainbow now be visiting: "Click here". Let us spread love, positivity, and happiness, let's choose #HeartOverHate!




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#VRPTurns3 Meet and Greet Winners

by 8:01 PM
I wanna celebrate my third blogging and first YouTube anniversary with you guys! Of course, all of the attendees will receive different whitening and skincare products from our partner brands. Also, we will be celebrating this special event with the Children of House of Refuge.



Blogging has been helping me in so many ways so I wanna give back as my way of saying thanks for all the blessings. First, we will conduct a charity event at the House of Refuge in Project 8, Quezon City. After that, we'll have an afterparty at Dong Juan Mother Ignacia. Dong Juan will be sponsoring our venue for us to bond and know each other more. Please like Dong Juan on Facebook.

As promised, I'll choose 20 winners from our Facebook contest who can join me in this special celebration. Congratulations to:

Top 5:

Bianne Rico De Ocampo
Sarah Andrade
Janver Saquilayan
Liza Ferrer
Kateleen Joy Rimando

Top 20:
  1. Lily Cruz (haha)
  2. Gerome Conception
  3. Wheng Francisco
  4. Maj Vill
  5. Aaron Tolentino
  6. She Ryl
  7. Michelle De Guia Ereno
  8. Pao Pao Payos
  9. Baby Jhane Reveral
  10. Rikatrina Bajacan
  11. Allana Pascual
  12. Arleen Oboguin
  13. Kristel Garcia Decamotan
  14. Ivan Patrick Compansano
  15. Yuna Kai
  16. Ira Vianne
  17. Sesset Rerref
  18. Unico Rico
  19. Angelie Namindang
  20. Crissel Ann D Matias
I wanna express my sweetest thanks to our partner brands:


Thank you so much for making this 3rd blogging anniversary meaningful. May God bless you more! :)





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SkinWhite PowerWhitening Glutathione + Vitamin C Soap REVIEW

by 1:35 PM
I tried this whitening soap last year and I forgot to blog my review about it so here I am fulfilling that broken vow to myself haha. SkinWhite soaps are selling like hotcakes because of its broad advertisements, positive reviews from trusted blogs, and its availability—you can actually buy SkinWhite soap in your favorite sari-sari store (kay aling Nena) haha.

What?
SkinWhite PowerWhitening Glutathione + Vitamin C Soap REVIEW


Product claims:
Discover your brightest with the 2x power of glutathione and whitening of SkinWhite PowerWhitening Glutathione + Vitamin C Soap! It has anti-oxidant properties that work from the inside of your skin for that radiantly glowing skin on the outside.




Where to buy?
Supermarkets nationwide

How much?
P40-P50


I take a bath two times a day religiously and sometimes three depending on schedule and events for a specific day. So to sum it up, I'm using the SkinWhite PowerWhitening Glutathione + Vitamin C Soap two times a day. I really like the fragrance of this soap because it's almost like a perfume that's why it refreshes me after a long tiring day. It can also be an energy booster when you use it in the morning because of its smell.


I also like its packaging because everything you need to know about the product is clearly printed on the sachet/box. I like reading the details, ingredients, and claims of each products before buying them and I know some of you can relate to that—I can actually stay inside Watsons for  couple of hours without getting bored haha.



To be honest, I super like this soap because it really whitened my skin during the first time (last year) I used it and until now, it gives me the same result. I experienced micro-peeling while using this soap which is an indication that the soap is working its way to give me whiter and glowing skin. The soap can sometimes be harsh specially if you're having a dry-skin-day or if you're sensitive in too much fragrances.


The soap melts easily and it's actually small for its price. I hope they can make the soap a little bigger because for the price of P50, I can score an effective whitening soap weighing 90-100g. If they can do that, this will give the best value for our money.

All in all, I recommend this soap to the people with normal skin as it will really deliver good result. For the people with dry skin, this might still work but make sure to put on lotion right after taking a shower because this can be too harsh that it may turn your skin into walking chalkboard. Anyway, this is still effective for me and I can say that it really works. You may watch my video review about the SkinWhite PowerWhitening Glutathione + Vitamin C Soap here:

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Head & Shoulders launches its Suprême Series with Mario Maurer and Sandara Park

by 1:48 PM
Most of us think that soft and dandruff-free hair is an impossible combination to have. For the longest time, it was widely accepted that having a healthy scalp also meant living with dry hair—that anti-dandruff shampoos were harsh for your hair. Admittedly, I've tried different anti-dandruff shampoos that make my scalp as dry as a chalkboard.



Now, all that is in the past with a scientific breakthrough from Head & Shoulders, a pioneer in scalp health development and the world’s number one anti-dandruff shampoo brand, as they launch the new premium Head & Shoulders Suprême Series Shampoo and Conditioner with Moroccan Argan Crème in the Philippines—a first of its kind.



Head & Shoulders’ latest innovation fuses its scalp-to-tip know-how with brand new ingredients to create a product that answers what women want and need—beautiful, deeply moisturized, soft AND dandruff-free hair. The Head & Shoulders Suprême  Series with Moroccan Argan Crème comes in two variants: Head & Shoulders Suprême Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner infused with orchid perfume; and Head & Shoulders Suprême  Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner, made with honey.




Head & Shoulders Suprême Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner leaves the hair touchably soft and intensely moisturized from root to tip. On the other hand, Head & Shoulders Suprême Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner leaves hair feeling super soft and smooth leaving locks perfectly polished all day. Both variants are infused with Argan crème and made with micro zinc technology that makes lusciously soft and 100% flake-free* hair a reality.


Designed to be used with the shampoo, the new Head & Shoulders Suprême Conditioner, contains Behentrimonium Chloride (BTMAC) or Better Targeting Magnetic Attraction Compound which targets damaged areas on the hair fibre for better conditioning. BTMAC is a dual-functional molecule that helps restore the cuticle, gives softness to the hair, and enables ease of combing while retaining moisture for up to 24 hours. The conditioner is also blended with rich alcohols for enhanced conditioning benefits, and 0.5% ZPT for enhanced scalp benefits.




Head & Shoulders’ scientists have long known that an unhealthy scalp leads to unhealthy hair. In fact, scratching alone can cause damage to the hair fibre resulting to dull, lack-lustre strands. Specifically, it was shown that oxidative stress leads to having an unhealthy scalp which then grows unhealthy hair. The best thing is that the new Head & Shoulders Suprême Series’ formula combines micro zinc technology and argan crème to effectively combat oxidative stress.


Saint Tiu, Principal Scientist, P&G Hair Care Asia Pacific comments; “Research from Head & Shoulders reveals that an unhealthy scalp compromises the hair surface and effects how hair develop, meaning unhealthy hair is born from an unhealthy scalp.  An unhealthy scalp will breed unhealthy new hair with damaged cuticles from the point at which the hair emerges, causing hair to be dry, dull and rough.  With new Head & Shoulders Suprême with Argan Crème, scientists are able to give women beautiful, nourished and smooth hair, while at the same time caring for their scalp.”



Displaying my dandruff-free hair. :)

The Head & Shoulders Suprême Moisture Series has a blend of floral and fruity notes for a great scent right from opening the bottle. Its brand new packaging design includes its iconic swan-shaped shampoo bottle and never-been-see-before new tube-shaped conditioner bottle holds a lot of promise for users.




No less than Sandara Park, Chie Filomeno, Janina Manipol, An Estrada, En Estrada, Michelle Dy, Cha Ocampo, Haley Dasovich, and Kianna Dy have been named as the new Head and Shoulders Suprême Ambassadors. These women show everyone that lusciously soft, dandruff-free hair is now possible. Equally proud of their dandruff-free hair are fellow ambassadors Mario Maurer, Nico Bolzico, Jeron Teng.



“I’ve always wanted to keep my hair flake-free, but anti-dandruff shampoos could be harsh on the hair. I’m so happy with Head & Shoulders Suprême! It’s given me super-soft, beautiful and clean hair while leaving my scalp healthy,” said Sandara.



“I’m amazed at how my hair is so clean, without being dry and stringy. I didn’t know this was possible,” concluded Sandara.



Purchase Head & Shoulders Suprême is available in all major supermarkets, sari-sari stores, drugstores, and convenience stores nationwide, as well as on ecommerce at http://www.lazada.com.ph/head-and-shoulders-official-store/






For more information about Head & Shoulders, visit www.headandshoulders.ph and follow Head & Shoulders on Facebook.




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