#GRABMISISKOLAR IN CEBU

Last 2016, Grab launched Grab Wives Academy and reached 100 Grab drivers’ wives.
This year, Grab aims to reach and empower 600 to 1000 drivers’ wives and inspire thousands more. An awesome advocacy of Grab for making the Filipino wives – WAIS SA PAMILYA, WAIS SA PERA!

Yes, Grab not only help the drivers but also the drivers’ wives by giving entrepreneurial and livelihood programs that encourage the wives to earn and support the husbands financially.

Based on survey, nine out of every ten housewives are ill-equipped with managing the money remitted by their husbands, the Grab drivers. If the wives are not given the necessary skills and opportunities to manage or grow their husband’s income, the endless cycle of poor money management within the Filipino family will continue.

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In recognition of the importance of the role of wives in achieving success for the community, GRAB Misiskolar was born. GRAB Misiskolar is an initiative with the goal of empowering and educating the drivers’ wives to be wiser about handling their husband’s hard-earned income and enabling them to start their own business. Last August 27, 2017 at SM City Cebu Trade Hall, Misiskolars within Cebu became part of a full-day entrepreneurial program which included family planning and finance management talks as well as different livelihood workshops such as no-bake cake making, perfume-making, direct selling, starting up your own business, and getting the needed start-up capital.

Grab’s campaign is supported by the following partners – Unionbank, Lendr, Avon, Sunlife, Angat Pilipinas, and Generika Drugstore. Also, with the help of digital partners and mommy bloggers, the program aims to reach out to more wives and inspire them to be more madiskarte about the family finances – so they can become wais sa pamilya and wais sa pera.

Witness the journey of the GRAB Misiskolars from misis to wais na misis through their Facebook page, GRAB Misiskolar. Share your thoughts, spread the word and join us in empowering more Filipino families – one #GRABMisiskolar at a time.

An air purifier, Lampe Berger Paris, now in Cebu

LampeBergerParis_Now in CebuWe love the relaxing smell of our bedroom. The only bedroom closest to the bathroom that has a choky smell in the mornings, yet we still choose to sleep in it. The bathroom has a design flaw with the sewer that probably caused it to smell and in some cases, this smell spreads through the room especially if the bathroom is open. Putting charcoal in the bathroom helps a bit but not totally eliminates the odor. Had consider Essential Oil Diffusers but because of limited budget, it was not realized. Humidifiers or air fresheners was never an option…until I was given the Lampe Berger Paris Coffrete Bingo gift set when I attended the Lampe Berger Paris product launching event held last August 5, 2017, at The Pyramid, IT Park, Cebu City.

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115 years ago, Lampe Berger was initially designed to purify the air in the hospitals, thanks to the French pharmacist, Maurice Berger. Over the years, Lampe Berger creates a variety of elegant stylish lamps and then fragrance is incorporated to add pleasure and delight and paved way to be available to our homes.

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How to use?
The Lampe Berger Paris gift comes with the lamp and the fragrance. All you have to do is fill the lamp with 2/3 of fragrance of your choice. Insert the wick and screw the lid and leave it for 20 minutes for the wick to absorb the liquid. Once the wick has absorbed the alcohol based liquid, light the ceramic top of the wick and let it burn for a 2 minutes and then blow it out. The “catalytic oxidation” process of the burner will do the magic for 4-5 hours. It comforted me to know that this process will eliminate the odor not just mask it, re-assuring that the indoor air in the room is pure and clean. Also, it is safer to use because there’s no open flame.

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Fragrances:
Lampe Berger’s fragrances are made of natural and synthetic ingredients that are stable and reliable that when blended, it creates a fragrance of great character. It is alcohol-based purifying fragrance. However, if you are sensitive to scents, they have Neutral Purifying Scent that purifies the air without releasing any scents. This Neutral Purifying Scents is also used to clean the lamp in case you want to change your fragrance.

I tried Lampe Berger Eucalyptus Purifying Scent that has an invigorating fragrance. Eucalyptus scent improves breathing and brings warmth to the heart. It makes our room smells so good :)

Good News Cebu!
Lampe Berger Paris, will be available to us as it opens its store in Ayala Center Cebu this coming August 21, 2017.

Visit their social medias for more information about Lampe Berger Paris and stay updated
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/lampebergerphilippines
Instagram: www.instagram.com/lampebergerph
Twitter: www.twitter.com/lampebergerph

Thank you Lampe Berger for making our room smells amazing.

Note: I was invited by the Lampe Berger Paris Launching Event last August 5, 2017 at The Pyramid, IT Park, Cebu. This product was given to Mommy After Work as a token and no other compensation has been given.

Mom’s Day Out with Sun Life Financials

I must admit I was guilty as I went to Mom’s Day Out Event from Sun Life Financials.
As a working mom, weekends are a treat for the family right? Thus, the husband is super OC that he lectured me about taking care the family first before going out with my other engagements. It’s weekend and it’s supposed to be a family bonding day – a time to check our kid’s notebooks, books and quiz result, a time for school re-enforcement with kids, a time to clean the house, a time to empty the laundry basket or a play time with kids and the kid’s father – but then again, I chose to attend the event plus requested him to dropped me at the event’s venue. We don’t have a stay-in house helper so that means he’ll have to watch over the kids while I’ll have my Mom’s Day Out :)
Come on mommies! Please spare me that awful reaction because I went out from the event thankful and satisfied that I joined coz I get to hear the talk about “Balanced Motherhood” from Mommy Michelle Alignay, a Family Life Specialist and about “Saving for the Future” by Rosario Madonna Rivera.

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From her talk, these are what I learned:

Balanced Motherhood

  • What is Balanced Motherhood?
    Faced with changes, challenges and children, mommies must know how to balance. Changes in our body as we carry our baby from our womb, changes with our children as they grow everyday, changes in our relationship with our husband and as our partner in child-rearing or changes with career due to re-organization, whatever it is as we go with our life’s journey, there is always a change.
    And that change is definitely a challenge.
    Now I know, why we are called moms, because we are the Master of Multi-tasking. We cooked 1-3 meals in the mornings and at the same time bathe our kids and help them prepare for school. We hurry with our lunch so we still have time to buy some groceries before the start of meetings at work. As mommies doing multi-tasking, we are reminded to always keep the balance — to be aware of what is in our mind and emotions and that ensure that our body connects with it. I must admit, I do grocery shopping but my mind is at work wondering if I can deliver my tasks that day.
  • Why do we need to Balance and Re-Balance?
    With so much things to do at home or at work, we sometimes forget we are no longer in balance. Sickness or body pains sends messages that tells us to pause. Being imbalance or stuck in being busy may bring harm to us, mommies. We must take action to this messages to avoid it to become knot and difficult to untangle. Pouring all your energy without taking action of the imbalances you experience will somehow bring bigger damage in the future.
  • How do we keep Re-Balancing?
    Self Care is the key to re-balancing. Take time to rest and pause and choose wellness. With all these three things — Wants, Shoulds, Capacity — focus only on what you can do, unless you are Diana Prince. Sometimes, its okay to do what you want or you don’t need to do all what you ought to do. Don’t be too rigid to do all those house chores coz it can wait. Leave the mess for awhile or those laundry that needs folding? it really can wait, unless you have an OC husband, then its gonna be hard.

Michele Alignay reminded me to love myself more, to release control of things I can no longer manager, to take more time in the shower room (and never mind the knocking from your kids :) and to put a little color on my face.

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Mommy pose with mommy friend, Nanay Kikay :) She blogs about motherhood, travel and beauty tips.

Financial Planning

Rosario Madonna Rivera talks about planning for the future and giving tips on saving. She introduced one of Sun Life Financial’s product which is the Sun Life MyFuture Fund. According to Sun Life’s website, MyFuture Fund is a target date fund that invests primarily in high-quality stocks and a mix of government and domestic corporate debt in accordance with an asset allocation strategy that promotes capital appreciation at the onset to maximize earning potential in the earlier years and shifts to wealth preservation to reduce exposure to risk as the maturity of the fund approaches.

For more information on MyFuture Fund, visit www.sunlife.com.ph or you may contact Jenny Magbanua, she’s a Sun Life Financial Advisor and a friend.


Note: I was invited to a Mom’s Day Out event sponsored by Sun Life Financial — a treat for moms to be reminded to do self-care to be able to take care my family.
Happy Mommy, Happy Family.

Why I Love ExpoMom2017

That moment like when you longed for that day to finally arrived.
That moment when you set the alarm of your phone to remind you for that event.
That moment when you tell your husband you have commitments on that day and that he can tag along and bring the kids (so he can drive you to your destination :D).
Yes, those moments! Because that’s how excited I am to join again this year’s ExpoMom here in Ayala Activity Center, Cebu.

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Expo Mom, a banner event of Mommy Mundo, is a community of moms dedicated to making motherhood easier, happier, and more fulfilling for every mom. It gives encouragement to moms all over the country in the areas of healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, active parenting, and mompreneurship.

Yes, Mommy Mundo did it again and here are the reasons why I look forward attending this event:

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1. An opportunity for mommies to get updated with the latest mommy and baby trends, new toys, new products d promos as well as new technologies helpful for mommies.

2. An opportunity for mommies to feature their business beneficial to families. I get to talk to one of owners of local products.

3. An opportunity for me to meet new mommy friends and mommy friends that i seldom meet because of work and mommy duties.

4. I got a chance to get up-close with the founder of MommyMundo and #ExpoMom. Literally, I got starstruck and speechless that I just asked for a photo with her. Said my gratitude and that’s it. I want to start a conversation with her but the introvert side of me chicken out. Anyways, Thanks again Mommy Janice for bringing ExpoMom here in the Visayas Region.

5. An event where I can bring with me my family and of course, they get to enjoy it too.

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Catch ExpoMom this July 2, 2017 at Alabang Town Center and July 15-16, 2017 at Trinoma Activity Center.

Expo Mom #TeamMom Reaches Out to Mommas in the Visayas

We are stronger together. That’s what moms have come to realize when faced with the multitude of issues and concerns that come with motherhood.

When a mom has a group of mothers behind her, the business of taking care of the everyday just seems easier. She has an ear that would listen to her worries, a smile that would brighten up her mood, and a hand that would hurry along the accomplishment of important tasks.

In celebration of its tenth year anniversary, Expo Mom pays tribute to #TeamMoms all over the country. Expo Mom #TeamMom 2017 kicked off with a three-day event at the Glorietta Activity Center in May. Next month, Expo Mom #TeamMom goes on a nationwide roadshow starting off at Ayala Center Cebu on June 17, 2017;

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and then moving on the week after to The District North Point in Negros on June 24, 2017.

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Expo Mom #TeamMom will not only bring in the most modern mommy and baby products and services to the Visayas, it will also be a wellspring of parenting trends, mommy solutions, and inspiring advocacies.

Sun Life Financials and PLDT Home will serve as co-presentors of the Cebu leg of Expo Mom #TeamMom. Some of the featured exhibitors include Cycles and Cradles, Electrolux, Nestle Cerelac, Sanicare, Tempra, Babyzone, doTERRA Therapy, Halo Sleepsack, and Modern Mama. Detox Bar, a mompreneur business based in Cebu, will also be joining Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom.

The onstage program of Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom 2017 will shine the spotlight on Cebu’s #TeamMoms. Groups of mommas who are mompreneurs, travel bugs, and yoga practitioners will share stories of how they have helped each other grow to become better persons and better mothers through the years. There will also be games, educational talks, and entertainment numbers throughout the event.

Caltrate Plus joins Expo Mom Negros #TeamMom as a major sponsor, together with Sun Life Financials and PLDT Home as co-presentors. Some of the featured exhibitors include Cycles and Cradles, Electrolux, Nestle Cerelac, Sanicare, Tempra, BabyZone, doTERRA Therapy, Halo Sleepsack, and Vpharma. Footsie Tootsie, a mompreneur business based in Negros, will also be joining Expo Mom Negros #TeamMom. As with the Expo Mom Cebu #TeamMom’s onstage games and talks, the Negros leg will feature local #TeamMoms who have supported each other in their motherhood journey. Among others, there will be #TeamMoms of homeschooling and breastfeeding mommas. Expo Mom’s tenth year anniversary celebration also includes a Grand Giveaway. Share your #TeamMom story on social media, and get the chance to win for you and your #TeamMom some awesome prizes. Click this link for more details. Expo Mom is the banner event of Mommy Mundo, a community of moms dedicated to making motherhood easier, happier, and more fulfilling for every mom. Mommy Mundo is your ultimate #TeamMom. Through its carefully curated selection of events and activities, Mommy Mundo has given valuable support and encouragement to moms all over the country in the areas of healthy pregnancy, breastfeeding, active parenting, and mompreneurship.

Tips for a Glowin’ You by Watsons PH

Watsons Philippines partnered with the best of the brands in the country to help everyone achieve a glowing and fairer complexion inside and out. No matter how much we take good care of our body and health, we can’t help but be affected from other factors like from the environment; pollution for one can cause uneven acne and dark spots and too much intake of process foods which is filled with sugar and additives can somehow have significant contribution in our health. Then there’s attitude, our mental view, on every challenges we faced. Stress contributes to a dull sagging skin.

Watsons Philippines recently held #watsonskeepitglowin event to raise awareness and remind everyone to take care of our skin.

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Here are some of the brands that graced the event. These products are available at Watsons Philippines stores.

MX3 capsule and coffee mix which is derived from a mangosteen fruit made into dietary supplements for easy availability.

It is best to have at least get your body moving as some ambassadors share their exercise moves.
Ruffas Gutierrez (ambasadress for Cosmo Skin) and Karylle (ambasadress of Belo) shares their testimonies on how these brands help them achieve a glamorous immaculate complexion skin.

The best tip (because I find it inexpensive for me :D) is to drink lots of water, have a good night sleep and always smile though your heart is aching. Some positive outlook :)

Thanks SM City Cebu and SM Watsons Philippines for the invitation.

My Fat Bastard Wine Tasting Experience

I’m not familiar with wines. A sip of it is already enough for me especially if the smell is too strong or the taste is too bitter (locally described as “aplod”). And because wines easily gives my head a spinning sensation, one glass is well sufficient for me.

Then, there’s this invitation from Carlo of Kalami Cebu and Carlo of Maverick Ideas. Since the invitation is still open hours before the event, out of curiosity I impulsively asked to join the event and also requested if I can bring with me my husband (coz really need a guardian in case I can’t manage myself when I get tipsy)

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Fat Bastard Wine Tasting was held at the second floor of D+B Wine Shop which is located at Crossroads Banilad, Cebu City. D+B Wine’s idea is to bring the best wines here in the Philippines for the Filipinos to be familiar with and of course enjoy a glass or two. They offer a wide variety of wines and for this night, they feature Fat Bastard Wines. The wine testing was held at the second floor of D+B Wines Shop.

I’m glad I joined as I gained new knowledge about wines.

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What I learned:

  • That there’s this Swirl –> Smell –> Sip steps to taste the wine:
    Swirl – Give your glass a little swirl, circles in the air, for the wine to incorporate with the oxygen. This wine and oxygen combination adds flavor to the wine.
    Smell – Stick your nose at the mouth of the glass and smell the wine. Smell the wine’s aroma to be familiar with the wine.
    Sip – Take a sip, letting the wine spread inside the mouth before swallowing.
  • Wine’s descriptions are associated with femininity:
    Notice the streaks of wine that roll down the side of the glass when it is swirled, they are described as legs. Legs that are smooth or light. :) Also, then wines are described as having a fruity or fresh aroma just like a scent of a woman. And then there’s smooth or round or bouquet and I don’t remember which part of wine was it described.
  • Hold the glass in the stem. Holding the bowl part of the glass warms the wine.
  • White wines are best paired with salads or white meat.
    Red wines are best paired with red meat and chocolate cakes.
  • As wine complements the dishes, the flavor varies when you drink it before, during and after the dish is eaten. Europeans drink wine as a food since pairing wine with the food creates pleasure unlike Filipinos that drink to booze 😀

What I drinked:

For the white wines, D+B Wines Shop offered Fat Bastard’s Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. I was able to finish a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Not too strong to me and definitely I like the taste. I tried the second glass of  Chardonnay but was consumed only half of it. I still prefer the Sauvignon Blanc. Hhmn, the mommy in me want to indulge this wine after work. How is that?
For the red wine, Merlot and Pinot Noir was offered and it was hubby’s favorite. According to him, it taste different from wines he tasted without that sour taste. Taste just right and expensive, he said. He planned of bringing me back here in D+B Wine Shop for a date…I wonder when :)

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Wine is indeed pleasurable and I think a glass of wine did have an effect on everyone as everyone gets comfortable with each other through the night.

Thank you for the lovely evening Fat Bastard Wines and D+B Wines Shop.

SM Seaside Cebu’s Spread 3.0 – A Taste of the Word

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Last April 9, 2017, SM Seaside Cebu had their third version of Spread, a food celebration, this time with the theme “A Taste of the World”.

Held at the Mountain Wing Activity Center of SM Seaside. Dishes from the exhibitors showcased their specialty dishes that will surely be a delight to everyone’s tummy.

The exhibitors are:

Yellow Cab Pizza
– serves pizza, pasta and chicken.
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Classic Savory
– serves Filipino and Chinese dishes. Roasted chicken and their pancit is our favorite.
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Mr Burrito Mexican Food
– with their sauces freshly made everyday, who can’t resist those burritos and taco.
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Yoshinoya Japan’s Famous Beef Bowl
– serves Japanese dishes like beef bowl or Gyudon.
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Room for Dessert
– a meal is not complete without desserts, right? Their cakes are so tempting.
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Tubo Cane Juice
– go natural using tubo (sugar cane) as the natural sweetener to your juices or slushes.
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The Lemon Co
– thirst quench with lemon juices.
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Seaside Saloon Bar & Grill
– serves beverages and drinks with alcohol.
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All these are available here in SM Seaside Cebu.

Thank you SM Seaside and CBC for the invitation.
We had fun.
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Chef Donita Rose shares her Jolly Heart Mate recipe at the Sinulog Festival 2017

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Cebu City, Philippines – The rewarding experience of sharing a feast is just one of the many perks of cooking especially for Filipinos and Jolly Heart Mate Canola ambassador Chef Donita Rose happily shares her passion in cooking at her Regional Festival Tour in the Sinulog Festival.

Sinulog became one of the grandest and most renowned festival in the country that is being held every third Sunday of January. It is festival honoring Senyor Sto. Nino (Child Jesus). To add more colors to the festival in Cebu, Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is proud to bring Chef Donita Rose for a live cooking demo during the hype of the festival.

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Last January 14 at 5:30 PM, at SM City Cebu Event Center, Chef Donita prepared Popiah, a vegetable spring roll which is famous in Cebu while adding her own twist to the recipe using her cooking techniques and unique fresh ingredients from the Queen City of the South. Plus, Cebu mommies and foodies got the chance to taste the dish made by Chef Donita.

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“The Cebuanos, with their wide array of food cuisines, really love to eat particularly during the week-long festival of Sinulog. Our culture is practically centered on food which bring families closer, so we should also be aware of how we prepare food and what ingredients we use for the dishes that we serve,” said Chef Donita.

Chef Donita also wants to help Cebuanos to prepare delocious dishes using their harvest and making it heart healthy with the use of Jolly Hear Mate Canola Oil.

“We must always be conscious that the ingredients we used should be good for the heart, like Jolly Hear Mate Canola oil which contains the lowest amount of bad fats (saturated fats) but packs in the good kind like omega 3 and 6, ” Donita shared.

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil also contains Vitamin A and has a pale golden color, light texture and neutral taste that makes it good for all kinds of cooking. Aside from being versatile, it also ha one of the highest smoking points which make it a very ideal for frying.

“We are very happy that Donita continues to be the brand ambassador of Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, she easily connects well with her audience given her lively personality. Her passion for cooking can be easily seen, and we believe that she can inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle by using healthy oil like Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil in all dishes we cook at home and especially festivals such as the Sinulog, ” added Zen Prudention, Fly Ace Corporation Senior Product Manager for Jolly Heart Mate Canola oil.

For more information on Chef Donita’snext event with Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, visit their afacebook page on www.facebook.com/JollyHeartMateCanolaOil

FlyAce Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to the Filipino consumers, Fly Ace Corporation of portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. To learn more about Fly Ace, visit www.flyacecorp.com

Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil is the number one canola oil in the Philippines according to Nielsen Retail Index 2015-2016. It is one of the house brands marketed and distributed by Fly Ace Corporation and is available in leading supermarkets nationwide. To know more about Jolly Heart Mate Canola Oil, like our page on facebook www.facebook.com/JollyHeartMateCanolaOil

Press Release

SM City Cebu Princess Academy

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Every daughter is every parent’s princess, and more precious specially if she’s the only daughter. I’m not talking about princesses in the British Royal Family having special privileges nor about Disney princesses, with beautiful gowns and royal parties and wherein the princess’s story ends up with happily ever after. This is about how parents are extra careful, much pampering and overflowing love to their daughter, their “princess”. When we received an invitation about SM City Cebu’s Princess Academy, I thought I will let my daughter join and get the feel of what a “princess” is.

Thanks so much Naomi of Jugs and Pugs for the invite.

Last November 13, 2016, SM City Cebu’s North Wing turned out to be a beautiful banquet as SM Kids and SM Accessories held its Princess Academy. Pretty little girls in their lovely gowns filled-up the area. My daughter, at last minute, became hesitant and almost changed her mind as she felt out of place with her casual dress. I was able to convince her that SM City Cebu’s Princess Academy is not about beautiful dresses… though, it really adds to the event’s elegance, ​blame it to the mom who lacks creativity. I resent myself for not being prepared and I love stage moms who dressed their little girls for the event. Little princesses were all lovely in their beautiful princess gowns, congrats to you mommies :)

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At SM City Cebu’s Princess Academy, little girls were taught to greet friends, to sit, to stand and to walk properly, with confidence like a princess. During their tea party, they were also taught to use the utensils properly and table manners.

It was indeed a grand event for both kids and parents who joined the event. My daughter was glad she joined and learned how to properly eat cookies and doughnuts like a real princess :)

Excited for the next events? Follow SM City Cebu, SM Kids and SM Kids Accessories to get updates.
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