Potatoes USA in Cebu

I’ve known potatoes as a root crop popular in almost all dishes, moreover, present in every meal. It can be served as mashed or hashed during breakfast or mixed with menudo, afritada or kaldereta dishes for lunch or could be plain fried for snacks. In some, potatoes are used in casseroles and stews too. In our household, we love to use potatoes with chopsuey, pork/beef giniling or with chicken liver.

Aside from fries and hash browns, I only know that potatoes can be cooked when fresh. Thanks to Potatoes USA, I got to know more dishes that can be spiced up with potatoes not just as fresh but from other forms as well like frozen chips, shreds, standard flakes, standard granules or straight cuts.

Potatoes are GO Foods. An energy-giving food loaded with complex carbohydrates that give our muscles fuel to run, swim, and jump. It contains vitamins and minerals too like Potassium, Protein, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B6. It is also free of cholesterol, fat and sodium. No wonder, this root crop is a great substitute for rice.
Potatoes USA -PotatoLast week, at the The Suite Room Restaurant in Ayala Mall, Cebu, Potatoes USA was introduced to Cebuano entrepreneurs and consumers. I am lucky to witness the event. It is a cooking demo that was started by Ms. Reji Retugal-Onal, the country representative of Potatoes USA. She gave an overview on U.S. Potatoes as well as shared the many nutritional benefits of potatoes and potato dishes.
Highlight of the event was the cooking demo of Chef Paul Sidney Uy together with Chef Karl John Noel where they used U.S. potatoes on all the dishes.
Potatoes USA - Ms. Reji Retugal-OngalPotatoes USA - Cooking DemoThe three dishes that were shared are:
U.S. Potato Crusted Salmon with Truffle Potato Sauce and Fruit Salsa, a fried salmon topped with crusted pre-shredded U.S. Potato with truffle sauce mixed with U.S. Potato and paired with fruit salsa.
Potatoes USA - Potato Crusted Salmon with Truffle Potate Sauce and Fruit SalsaU.S. Potato Pudding, U.S. Potato hash brown with batter mixture baked at 350F paired with mangoes and strawberries and U.S. Mashed Potato Truffle, chocolate truffles mixed with Dehydrated Potato Flakes..
Potatoes USA - Potato Pudding and Mashed Potato Truffle
The crusted salmon was my favorite and getting to taste it was an indulgence I won’t forget.

Thank you so much Potatoes USA and Mommy Bloggers Philippines (c/o Mommy Lanie) for the invitation. Special thanks to Mommy Llay of How to Mommy for these lovely pictures below.
Potatoes USA - Mommy Bloggers PhilippinesPotatoes USA - ParticipantsU.S. frozen and dehydrated potato products are available in supermarkets nationwide.  You can also find U.S. dehydrated potatoes at baking supply stores.

In Cebu U.S. frozen and dehydrated potato products are also readily available at:
FIRST MAESTRO FOOD SERVICE COMPANY
Mr. Leif Laspinas
G. Ouano, Opao, Mandaue City
Tel. No. (32) 239 0330
Email: michaelrxs@yahoo.com

BELCRIS FOODS
Christine Dy-Un
Plaridel St. Alang-alang, Mandaue City Cebu
Tel. No. (32) 345 0715 / 343 8219
Email: belcrisfoods@yahoo.com / cdyun@belcris.com

For more information on U.S. Potatoes, visit the Potato Goodness website or follow Potatoes USA-Philippines on Facebook.

NOVUHAIR HIS & HERS: Good Things Come in Pairs

There’s a thin line between the idea of being thoughtful and practical when choosing the perfect gift for couples. Striking a balance can be a real challenge. You have to consider their shared interests and make sure that you pick up something neither of them owns. Novuhair is here to help you decide and make the process simpler.

Introducing 2 gift ideas that fit couples of all forms and are guaranteed to be loved and used by your favorite duo. These gifts are perfect for couples who share the same passion to couples celebrating major milestones together such as engagement, housewarming, and anniversary to name a few.

NOVUHAIR Travel Kit
NOVUHAIR 2IN1 PLUS NAFLORAPromo duration: October 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019
DOH-FDA-CCRR Permit No. 0929 s. 2018
*NOVUHAIR TRAVEL KIT SRP: Php 4,220 (Save Php 202.25)

Two of the country’s leading brands packed in one travel kit exclusively available at participating Watsons stores nationwide and online:
NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, the No.1 hair loss treatment brand in the Philippines
NAFLORA, made delicate for your generation, the No.1 most prescribed feminine hygiene wash in the Philippines

HIS: Experience nature’s makeover at home 

NOVUHAIR 2-IN-1 PACK contains one 200ml. bottle each of the Topical Scalp Lotion and Herbal Shampoo, highly recommended if HE is

– experiencing hair loss – excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hairline and bald patches;
– in need of a natural solution to help prevent hair loss, keep healthy hair and scalp, and stimulate hair growth
– opting to regain hair luster and vibrancy
– looking for a natural alternative solution to help prevent dandruff and scalp itchiness
in need of scalp cleansing and detoxification

NOVUHAIR TOPICAL SCALP LOTION has a unique combination of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help prevent hair loss and is clinically proven safe and effective.

NOVUHAIR HERBAL SHAMPOO cleanses and prepares the scalp in an optimal way prior to the application of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion and helps enhance the effect of the topical scalp lotion.

HERS: Experience a special protection made for your delicate flora

NAFLORA PROTECT is a feminine wash formulated for women of reproductive age and in need of special care to help maintain and protect their natural flora during monthly periods and everyday use. It is formulated with antimicrobial ingredients that help prevent vaginal irritations and infections.

To order NOVUHAIR Travel Pack visit https://www.watsons.com.ph/topical-scalp-lotion-herbal-shampoo-free-naflora-protect-feminine-hygiene-wash-travel-organizer-pouch/p/BP_50002150

NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 Plus 1 Promo Pack

NOVUHAIR 3IN1 PLUS EXTRA SHAMPOOPromo duration: September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019
DOH-FDA-CCRR Permit No. 0581 s. 2018
*NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 PLUS 1 PROMO PACK, SRP: Php 5,280 (Save 1,100)

HERS: NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 Pack

NOVUHAIR Herbal Conditioner has been formulated specially to complement the use of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo.

Regular use of NOVUHAIR Herbal Conditioner and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo helps prepare the scalp for the application of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion in order to maximize its effect, improve the overall cosmetic qualities of the hair, giving it a shinier, softer and supple look.

HIS: NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo (free)

Chemical-based shampoos contain ingredients that may seem to clean the hair but does not preserve its natural texture. These harsh chemicals strip off the hair’s natural protective layer making it more prone to damage.

A good herbal shampoo like NOVUHAIR herbal shampoo may help leave a stronger, healthier-looking hair and aid in preventing excessive hair shedding which may lead to hair loss. This will be a healthier alternative for him.

NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 PLUS 1 PROMO PACK contains one 200mL. Bottle each of the Topical Scalp Lotion, Herbal Shampoo and Herbal Conditioner plus another extra 200ml. bottle of NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo for FREE exclusively available at participating Mercury Drug stores nationwide.

Without being too cheesy, these couple gifts are fun and surprising, a perfect way to express how much you value their gift of friendship – a gift that may keep them both well-groomed and well-protected. It may not be the best gift in the world but it’s the thought that really counts, agree? Anyways, that’s what friends are for.

To learn more about NOVUHAIR, visit www.novuhair.com #nothingtolose #choosenatural #choosenovuhair

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10 Year Challenge

It’s been years since we were able to wander together. This year, we had an opportunity, so we decided to re-create the photo almost 10 years ago and join 10-year challenge hype early this year. Just for fun :)

Jaramillo Siblings 10Years BeforeTaken at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Minglanilla, Cebu

Jaramillo Siblings 10Years AfterTaken last month at Garin Farm, San Joaquin, Iloilo

Did aging hit us real hard?

We thought it’s more than ageing.
It’s more of the events and the experiences in 10yrs.
Ganap kumbaga!

There were changes, of course, it is inevitable.
2 weddings;
6 more grandchildren for our parents;
Christmases;
A whole lot of birthdays!!!
Not to mention, 2 Miss Universe crowns and another win for Manny Pacquiao

And…

There were life experiences we never thought would happen,
Overseas work;
Work Reduction Program;
Fire Incidents;
Premature birth;
Death of loved ones;

We often call them the ups and downs of life.
We cry, and we smile, and we laugh like there is no tomorrow. Life must go on so better enjoy the ride, eh!

Even after 10 years, we still have a lot to learn and its how we react to the experience we grow. Just like the saying goes that it’s the same boiling water that makes the egg hard and makes the potato soft.

Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition: Cebu Leg

Solane, the leading LPG solutions brand, launches its grandest culinary competition. Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition is a cooking competition that aims to discover the next big name in the culinary world. It is a regional-to-national cooking tilt participated by 16 regions across the country to recognize new generations of talented chefs.
Solane Kitchen Hero Chef Edition - CebuFor this one-of-a-kind cook-off, participants must be Filipino professional chefs with at least three years of kitchen experience gained locally or abroad. They must be currently employed as a professional chef in a hotel, restaurant, or any food service establishment.

The competition will comprise of two rounds. The first round will be a regional competition where contestants from the different provinces per region will compete to determine who among them will represent their region  in the national competition. The second round will be the cook-off of all regional champions to find out who among them will hailed the champion of Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s  Edition. Cebu Leg was participated by Region 8 and Region 7.
Solane Kitchen Hero Chef Edition - Region 7 and 8Solane Kitchen Hero Chef Edition - ParticipantThis is no ordinary competition since the culinary creation will be judged renowned chefs and personalities. For Cebu, the judges were Chef Sau del Rosario, Solane Kitchen Hero ambassador, Nancy Reyes-Lumen, Solane Kitchen Hero competition director, Jude Bacalso, food writer and the contributor behind Netflix’s original series Street Food featuring Cebu’s and Therese Galang, owner of Casa Verde.
Solane Kitchen Hero Chef Edition - Participants with the JudgesThe winner of Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition will take home P100,000 and will embark on a culinary trip to Japan with customized stops at different food and drink destinations. This exciting cooking contest is made possible with the support of dynamic organizations and brands championing the same passion for cookery in the country. STI serves as their official school partner while Midea is a co-presenter. Major sponsors are Masflex, Jolly, Jolly Heartmate Canola Oil, Dona Elena, and Dona Elena Al  Dente. Minor sponors are King Sue, Ajinomoto, Philtranco, FastCat, Chef’s Gar and National Bookstore.

Solane Kitchen Hero Chef Edition - Region 7 and 8 Winners

Photo Source: FuentesManila Public Relations

Congratulations to Region 7 and Region 8 winners Mario Semblante and Jimmy Boy Basa. These new #SolaneKitchenHero will represent their region this coming September 7, 2019 at Eastwood City, Metro Manila.

To know more about Solane Kitchen Hero Chef’s Edition, visit Solane’s website and Facebook page.

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Best Things We Did During Our Camiguin SideTrip

Summer is the perfect season for kids to play, learn and have fun and a perfect season for us to go home to province and visit our family and relatives.

Last April 2019, we got a chance to go home to CDO, our province and able to squeeze in a short side trip to Camiguin. The last time I was able to visit this Island of Fire was during my college days. Such a long time ago. When the husband suggested to visit Camiguin, I cannot say no, I love this place!
Camiguin White IslandThis trip was a chance, opportunity for the cousins to bond since we invited my sister-in-law’s family yo join the trip. The kiddos  seldom see each other so this is great opportunity.

How to get there:
My sister-in-law and her kids traveled by bus from Cagayan de Oro bus station to Balingoan port and a rode on a ferry from Balingoan port to Camiguin’s Binone port. For us, we took a the 10AM Cebu to Camiguin flight on PAL.
Camiguin AirportCamiguin PAL CEB-CGM Flight

Transportation:
Tricycles and multicabs are available. Motorbikes are also available for rentals. For us, we were able to rent a multicab from the resort we were staying.

Where we went:

Ardent Hot Spring
Camiguin Ardent Hot Spring
We found our resort in Yumbing at around three in the afternoon. Enough to start and enjoy Camiguin by going to Ardent Hot Spring which is just near from our resort. A quick warm dip in this spring is a pill to relax someone’s body. The spring is surrounded by big trees and plants.
Camiguin HibokHibok
On our way home, we saw this beautiful view of Mt. Hibok-Hibok.

White Island
Camiguin White Islang Sandbar
The famous white island of Camiguin offers fine white sands and refreshing seawater. Best to visit during sunrise or in the early mornings when its not yet so hot and humid.

Sunken Cemetery
Camiguin Sunken Cemetery Cross
We visited the cross that was created to stand as a landmark to was once a cemetery but was buried under water when Mt Vulcan erupted. As time passes, fishes and corals live together with the tombs creating a view underwater. People love to snorkel and view the place. We were not able to snorkel only went to the cross for photo-op.

Ruins of the Spanish Church
Camiguin Church RuinsRemains from the old Spanish Church which was also destroyed during the volcanic eruption. There was no fence around the ruins on the last time I visited the place. Now, just to see the ruins of the church walls, tourist needs to pay an entrance fee.

Tuasan Falls
Camiguin Tuasan FallsCamiguin Tuasan Falls Rocks
My favorite part of the this side trip. I just love the water, its so refreshing and clean. The place seems untouched, unspoiled. No crowd so we were able to enjoy for a short while. Just us.

Sto Nino Cold Spring
Camiguin Sto Nino Cold Spring
Yes you read it right, there are also cold springs and its really super cold. What I love about this place is that its a flowing water. It just never stops flowing, thank you Mother Nature.

Giant Clam Sanctuary
Camiguin Clam Sanctuary
We want to see the giant clams but was not able to push through because there are additional fees (P150 for the diving fee and P250 for the snorkel, life vest, etc.). Thankfully, there are free tours with yung tour guides to discuss about the clams. The kids are a bit disappointed.

Mantigue Island
Camiguin Mantigue Island
Our last stop before going home was Mantigue Island. Another beautiful island worth to visit. Government is making an effort to protect the tourist spot and the environment around Camiguin, I hope they’ll do to other places of our country as well. The island is also a sanctuary and thus protected. Reefs and corals and clams can be viewed around the island too. Inside the island is a little forest, where they create a bamboo bridge for visitors to walk down.

We went home  through Camiguin-Balingoan ferry and Balingoan-CDO bus ride.

These side trip is worth to treasure.
Hoping the place remains untouched and not be commercialized. I still can’t get enough of the place. I want  visit you again Camiguin.

Gear up for an exciting summer adventure with McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop: Explorer Edition!

With summer just around the corner, it’s the season for play and adventure once again! As kids look forward to having the time of their lives with loads of fun and free time, it’s also an opportunity for parents to find activities that can be enriching as well. Get your kids ready because the McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop is back, and this year, kids can experience an exciting adventure of fun and learning with the Kiddie Crew Workshop: Explorer Edition!

McDonalds Kiddie Crew Explorer Edition 2019 McDonalds Kiddie Crew Explorer Edition 2019_Registration

Now on its 27 th year, McDonald’s Kiddie Crew Workshop continues its tradition of making
learning an adventure for the kids and giving them a unique and memorable experience at
McDonald’s. Through play-based activities, kids aged 6-12 will experience all the fun things that make up McDonald’s, and at the same time, learn good values, build confidence, and discover new talents, all in the company of new friends! The workshop will turn kids into budding adventurers as they set out to complete fun and educational tasks, like making their all-time-favorite McDonald’s Cheeseburger, and serving delighted customers from behind the Front Counter or the Drive-Thru window! They also get to sing, dance, and let their creative juices flow with different activities that make for a memorable summer experience. Kiddie Crew Workshop starts on April 8, with various workshop schedules you can choose from. The weekday workshop runs for 5 days with each day lasting for 2 hours while the two- day weekend workshop lasts for 3 hours per session. You’re sure to find a schedule that will best fit you and your kid’s summer activities!

McDonalds Kiddie Crew Explorer Edition 2019_Burger Making 1 McDonalds Kiddie Crew Explorer Edition 2019_Burger Making 2 McDonalds Kiddie Crew Explorer Edition 2019_Sundae Making McDonalds Kiddie Crew Explorer Edition 2019_Kitchen

All these fun activities, new friends, happy memories, and loads of goodies await them for just P695 for the weekday workshop, and P595 for the weekend workshop.

But the fun and surprises don’t end there! McDonald’s has a special treat for those joining the Kiddie Crew Workshop, with free membership to the new Kiddie Crew Club — offering members exclusive and exciting perks all-year round!

McDonalds Kiddie Crew Explorer Edition 2019_DanceMcDonalds Kiddie Crew Explorer Edition 2019_With Ronald

So what are you waiting for? Enroll your little explorers in the McDonald’s store nearest you and
give them an unforgettable summer experience! To know more about the McDonald’s Kiddie
Crew Workshop, visit https://McDoKiddieCrew.com.

Do you fall into #MalnutritionTraps?

Ajinomoto Pinggang Pinoy

The country has been facing the rise on the number of underweight and overweight Filipinos for more than 20 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined this phenomenon as the “Double Burden of Malnutrition” or the “prevalence of both undernutrition and overweight in the same community, nation, or region.”

To address this problem, our government launched the Pinggang Pinoy® campaign in 2014. Pinggang Pinoy® is an easy-to-understand food guide showing proper food group portioning on a per-meal basis. This reflects the principles of MOderation, VAriety and BAlance (MOVABA) to promote healthier eating habits.

Solving the Philippines’ Double Burden of Malnutrition should be a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors as it is not an easy feat. With this, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with government agencies to conduct education programs to raise awareness and promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in malnutrition hotspots, where incidences of Double Burden Malnutrition are high. This training was given to homemakers/mothers who have malnourished (underweight, stunting, wasting, overweight and obese) school-aged children.

The pilot run resulted to improvements of the knowledge & attitudes of households related to the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® within target areas. However, behavior changes towards healthier eating habits remains to be a challenge. The program uncovered a number #MalnutritionTraps that some Pinoy households easily fall into. The following #MalnutritionTraps provide a picture of how unhealthy eating habits may lead to Double Burden of Malnutrition:

  1. Overconsumption of carbohydrates: Voracious rice eaters can easily fill half of their plates with rice. Others have pandesal & noodles as regular meal deprived of other nutrients derived from a well-balanced meal.
  2. Under consumption of vegetables and/fruits: It is common for some to be content with rice & meat to satisfy their hunger and skip/take insufficient amount of vegetables/fruits. Fact is, the variety of colors found in Glow foods are important sources of vitamins & minerals to sustain our energy & keep us from getting sick.
  3. Overconsumption of protein: Typical Filipino “SILOG” meals include double serving of proteins (e.g. Tapa+Itlog, Tocino+Itlog, Longanisa+Itlog, Bangus+Itlog). Eating different kinds of protein is fine for as long as they are taken in moderation. We must also avoid protein dishes served high in fat, cholesterol and sodium.

More stories about #MalnutritionTraps can be referenced from these documentary videos:

Puro Carbs
Puro Carbs
Breakfast Skipper
Breakfast Skipper
Kulang sa Protina
Kulang sa Protina
Pamilya Unlirice
Pamilya Unlirice

To help Filipinos break free from #MalnutritionTraps, Ajinomoto’s Culinary Nutrition Team prepared Healthy & Delicious Pinggang Pinoy® Recipes, downloadable through https://bit.ly/2HIsfkj.

Busy and budget-restricted homemakers will also find these Pinggang Pinoy® recipes useful because all are easy-to-do and affordable (P250/day for family of 5).
For updates about Mag-Pinggang Pinoy® Tayo!, visit www.ajinomoto.com.ph and facebook.com/CookmunitybyAjinomotoPH. The Ajinomoto Group is a global leader in amino acids thanks to its advanced bioscience and fine chemical technologies. Its products cover a range of fields such as seasonings, processed foods, beverages, amino acids, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals.Since discovering “umami” (the fifth basic taste, created by glutamic acid, a type of amino acid) in 1908, we have been scientifically pursuing the possibilities of amino acids, and supporting the healthy lives of people all around the world. Based on our corporate message “Eat Well, Live Well” we aim for further growth and continuous contribution to greater wellness for people by creating value with communities and society.

The Ajinomoto Group has offices in 35 countries and regions, and sells products in more than 130 countries and regions. Its sales were 1.1502 trillion yen (10.3 billion U.S. dollars) in fiscal year 2017. To learn more, visit https://www.ajinomoto.com/.

Maxicare inaugurates new Primary Care Center and HealthHub in Cebu

Maxicare Healthcare Corporation, the country’s leading healthcare provider, extends their world-class services to its Cebuano members with the launch of its new Primary Care Center  and second HealthHub in Cebu.

“Access to quality healthcare is – and will always be – our priority in Maxicare. With the launch of our newest HealthHub and Primary Care Center, we can now give our Cebuano members convenient access to top-notch healthcare service that Maxicare is known from all over Metro Manila and Luzon,” said Maxicare president & CEO Christian Argos.
Maxicare PCC Cebu - President and CEO Christian ArgosMaxicare PCC Cebu - ExecutiveWith Maxicare’s vision which is to be the leading Health Maintenance Organization preferred by customers because of superior services, people, including the Cebuanos, will surely enjoy extensive access and  achieve piece of mind because of quality healthcare.

The new Maxicare HealthHub in Cebu is a one-stop Maxicare facility that utilizes cutting-edge technology to streamline the process of going for a medical consultation. The new hub features a new-generation of self-service utilizing an HMO-owned healthcare system that offers a relaxing and convenient way for members to access their benefits.
Maxicare HealthHubA first-of-its-kind in the country, this automated health pod offers members a convenient and timesaving way of getting their LOA (letter of authorization), and has a fully digitized system to manage patient queuing and make gathering of initial vital signs quick, accurate and hassle-free.

Meanwhile, Cebuanos can get the most relaxing healthcare experience at the new PCC as it is staffed with Customer Service Associates and Primary Care Physicians who specialize in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, ​Cardiology, OB Gynecology, OB Sonography, ENT, Dermatology, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry.
Maxicare PCC Cebu - Waiting AreaMaxicare PCC Cebu - UltraSound RoomsMaxicare PCC Cebu - EENT RoomThe Maxicare PCC in Cebu promises to give outstanding services through its state of the art medical facility and roster of highly qualified physicians. Members can avail of services such as consultation, laboratory test, X-ray, ECG, and Ultrasound, among many others.

Maxicare Primary Care Center
Lot 5, Block 6, Mindanao Avenue Corner Siquijor Road,
Cebu Business Park.

Maxicare HealthHub
Ground Floor, Robinsons Galleria Cebu
General Maxilom Avenue Corner Sergio Osmeña Boulevard,
Cebu City.

Here are some of Maxicare’s offerings:

Full HMO – a full HMO program that consist of a comprehensive set of healthcare benefits:
– InPatient service
– OutPatient service
– Preventive care
– Emergency care
– Annual checkup
– Optional riders

Maxicare Plus – a program designed for small and medium-sized companies with an employee headcount of less than 100

Maxicare Starter Plan – complete quality healthcare coverage for starting enterprises with minimum principal of 5 and maximum of 99 heads.

MyMaxiCare – a program specific to individuals and families.

Maxicare EReady – A one-time availment prepaid healthcard for emergency cases.

Maxicare Lite – a one-time availment prepaid in-patient healthcard that covers 8 kinds of illness: Dengue, Cholera, Pneumonia, Typhoid and Paratyphoid, Malaria, Gastroenteriris, Chikungunya and Leptospirosis.

Prima – Prima Silver for individuals 0-59 years old; Prima Gold for individuals 60 years old and above. A clinic-based healthcare program offering unlimited consultation and medically-necessary laboratory and diagnostic procedures.

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Maxicare Healthcare Corporation​: One of the pioneers in the health maintenance organization (HMO) industry was established in 1987 by an esteemed group of doctors and businessmen with the vision to deliver a better healthcare system. Three decades later, Maxicare has progressed into becoming the No. 1 HMO* in the country, continuously providing comprehensive healthcare programs via its wide network of medical providers and strengthened customer support. Maxicare has more than 1.2 Million Members, more than 56,000 affiliated Doctors, more than 1,000 affiliated Hospitals and Clinics, 3,800 Dental providers, 8 Primary Care Centers and 13 Helpdesks, 9 Satellite Offices, 5 Exclusive Wings.

Iloilo – Guimaras Family Trip

Happy New Year.
Gong Xi Fa Cai. Wishing you for a prosperous 2019.
Happy Valentines. Hope for a sweeter days ahead.
Sorry again for the hiatus, life’s been busy lately.
With work, new projects coming in and no I’m not complaining. It means we still have financial sources to pay for our bills. With house chores, will already have a stay-out nanny and thankfully we managed. Plus with too much traffic within the metro that somehow factors my fatigue at the end of the day that I don’t have energy to open my laptop at home. Weekends are my favorite days :)

But, apart from those mundane activities last month, our family had an opportunity to get together and explore Iloilo and Guimaras. Yep, all of us – my parents, us – six sibling. With young kids on tow (youngest is a year older) it was noisy, chaos yet it was lively, fun, full of laughter and I definitely want to do it again.

How to get there:
My parents and my siblings are based in Cagayan de Oro. Domestic flights are available from Laguindingan Airport to Iloilo Airport. They took Cebu Pacific’s CDO to Iloilo 12NN flight. While we took the 2PM Cebu to IloIlo on Cebu Pacific airline as well.

Transporation:
My brother, with his family, lives in Iloilo due to work. He was able to rent a van for 3 days at P3000 per day rate. For me, van is best option for large group travels and long drives.

JEPAC, Badiangan
We arrived Iloilo in time for Dinagyang Festival thus all hotels near the city is fully-booked and some are way out of our budget. Jade Energetic Paradise and Adventure Corp is popularly known as JEPAC for the locals in Badiangan, Ilolio. It is ~4okm ride from Jaro City (almost an hour travel time). Right for budget adventurers like us. Kids get to enjoy playing in their playground or take photos with their action figure and  dinosaur statues within the resort or enjoy the cool waters in their clean swimming pool.

IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_JEPAC

Alubihud, Guimaras Island
An island separated from Iloilo mainland, this agricultural land is the home for Philippines’ sweet mangoes. It is a 35min ride through barge (if you will bring with your your vehicles) or ferries. Our initial plan was to stay at Nature’s Trail which was a 2-hour travel from Guimaras port. But due to some setbacks from the resort we opt to cancel our reservation and head back to Alubihud Beach Drive, which is known for nice beach resorts. We stayed at Raymen Beach Resort.
IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_Alubihud Beach Resort

Mango Farm
A chance to visit the government’s mango farm. Mango seedling are sold for P50 each and visitors get the chance to bring it home. We were just not sure if the airline will accept it for check-in. Those mango trees at the back, we were told that each branch bear fruits of different variety. Marcotting is real!
IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_GuimarasMangoFarm

Windmills in Guimaras Island
Guimaras has 27 windmills and we had a chance to get up close to one of the structure. Kids prefer to call it huge electric fans.

IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_Windmills
Garin Farm, San Joaquin
Back at Iloilo after our Guimaras excursion, we went to Garin Farm, San Joaquin Iloilo. A ~90km ride from JEPAC resort, Badiangan, Garin Farm is a farm and a pilgrimage site in one place. Highlight of the farm is the huge white cross located uphill. It takes 480 steps to reach it. As you climb the steps, you can see statues from the greatest events in the Bible. No worries if you cannot make it since there are trams available to bring you to the top.

IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_Garin Farm

Wait till you reach the top:
IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_Garin Farm_Top

And see the view from the top:
IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_Garin Farm_View from Top
Food
And who would not miss tasting Iloilo and Guimaras dishes. We didn’t leave without indulging some Mango Pizza and Bulalo in Guimaras and the famous Batchoy of Iloilo. I hope my photos do justice :)

IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_MangoPizza
IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_BulaloWithMango
IloIlo-Guimaras 2019_Batchoy

We may consume a lot of time in the van due to long travels, nevertheless, the bond of doing this trip together matters most. Iloilo – Guimaras trip was one of the best experience, in fact we look forward for the next family travel soon :)

Promil Four i-Shine Talent Camp 7 opens in Cebu this summer

Promil Four i-Shine talent camp 7 opens for music, arts and dance classes. They are now accepting reservations for talented kids’ ages six to eleven years old in Queen City of the South, Cebu!

Promil 4 iShine7 Talent Camp Opens in Cebu

Promil 4 iShine7 Talent Camp Opens in Cebu

Offering a series of classes in arts, music and dance, the talent camp brings together notable experts to provide kids with fun and engaging learning experiences. Leading the art camp are Robert Alejandro of Papelmelroti and Kara Escay, while the music camp will be spearheaded by the Music School of Ryan Cayabyab. Celebrity choreographer teacher Georcelle of G-Force Dance Center will mentor the kids in the Dance Camp.

Art camp will be held on April 8 – 12 at the Jumping Clay, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Banilad, Cebu City. Music camp will be held on April 22 – 26 at the Brown Academy of Music, Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Banilad, Cebu City; and Dance Camp will be held on April 29 – May 4 at the G-Force Dance Center, Cebu City.

Enrollment fees for Promil i-Shine talent camp 7 range from P4, 500 to P6, 600. But parents can avail exclusive discounts when they bring an official receipt of Promil Four / Promil Gold Four 1.2kg or 1.8kg bought from January 16, 2019 onwards once they pay for their chosen camp during the first day of classes. Maximum discount per enrollee is P2,500.

A final recital will be held at the end of the camp to showcase the progress of all i-Shiners.

To reserve your child’s slot or to know more #Promil4iShine7, visit https://www.promilnurturethegift.com.ph/ishine-cebu

PROMIL® FOUR is a powdered Milk Drink for children over 3 years old. With its right level of essential and important nutrients, it can help support your child’s proper growth and mental development to #NurtureTheGift together with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

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