Thursday, August 27, 2020

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo shares her secrets in keeping Luna healthy and happy!

Quarantine stories and parenting tips straight from Mommy Juday!

The health and safety of the whole family is every parent’s number one priority, especially during these unprecedented times. For our super mom, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, adapting to the new normal was never easy but with the help of her friends and a few experts around her, adjusting has now become a challenging yet delightful learning experience for her and her family.

Knowing the difficulties and struggles of being a mom, Mommy Juday shared some of her latest discoveries in making sure that her kids can safely grow healthy and happy while staying at home.

1. Gawing mas happy ang bawat moment na kasama si Chikiting
Mommy Juday as she explains the value of spending as much time with her kids during the quarantine period. 

Given that we’re mostly staying at home, grab every opportunity to spend as much time with your chikitings by doing the things they enjoy, their passions, and the things they’re curious about. Immerse yourself in what they like to get to know them better and help them develop their skills along the way.

2. Spark the curiosity of your chikitings and learn with them
Being at home does not mean skipping on the chance to learn, children are naturally curious and this is the opportunity for you to explore and learn new things with them. Mommy Judy Ann values her children’s education and shares that she studies with her kids. She proudly admits that she even learns a lot from them!
“Ngayong araw-araw tayong magkakasama, ito yung time for us to nurture our kids more. I-enjoy natin yung bawat moment na kasama natin sila dahil our kids really look up to us, ginagaya nila tayo. Kaya kung ano yung sabihin natin, gawin natin, pano tayo magdamit, paano tayo mag-alaga sa kanila, ibinabalik nila sa atin yun. Nag-aaral ako with them dahil bilang nanay kailangan mo rin i-level up ang knowledge mo sa kung ano ang ginagawa ng mga anak mo. Kasama din nila ako magresearch tungkol sa mga bagay bagay dahil minsan mas alam pa nila kung ano yung mga bago at trending kaysa sa’kin at mas natututo ako from them and with them. Recently nagtatanim kami nina Lucho at Luna ng mga veggies na pwede naming ulamin! We need to equip our children with basic survival skills tulad ng pagluluto, paglilinis, paglalaba, at paghuhugas ng pinggan para paglaki nila, hindi sila nakadepende sa ibang tao dahil naturuan natin sila at this early age. Sa panahon ngayon, we need to look for the right milk na makakatulong sa happy at tamang paglaki ng mga bagets natin. We want them to be ready and equipped with whatever they might face diba? Kaya ako I choose only NESTOGROW® 4 for Luna talaga. Malaki talaga ang pasalamat ko sa NESTOGROW® at sa tiwalang ibinigay nila sa amin ni Luna. Sa totoo lang, NESTOGROW® talaga yung produktong pinagkakatiwalaan ko, especially when it comes to my children. It was really a collaborative effort since konti lang kami and wala din kaming masyadong gamit . But it was fun working with friends and seeing Luna really happy and energetic during the shoot! This is something that will remain very memorable for Luna, and for me as well kasi we were able to rise above the challenge and adapt to change. I’m just so happy to see Luna happily doing things and adjusting to change at a very young age.~Mommy Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo
3. Gawing family bonding ang gawaing bahay
Use this time to teach your kids about household chores by slowly introducing small tasks they can do around the house. In the case of Mommy Juday, Luna enjoys helping her cook, and they even started planting their own veggies together: 

She also knows the importance of teaching her kids the skills they need to be more independent as they grow up.

4. Panatilihing malusog at masaya ang mga chikiting with the right nutrition partner
Choose the right nutrition partner which can always provide all the nutrients that your chikitings need for them to grow happy and healthy. Mommy Judy Ann also believes that boosting our kids’ immune system will be their very first line of defense against illnesses. By providing their tummies with complete nutrients, they can be strong enough to fight off germs and viruses. 

Mommy Juday also talked about how her trusted milk brand is enriched with L COMFORTIS® which improves the absorption of nutrients in children’s tummies and no added table sugar -- ensuring that your kids get the #KumpletongNutriTIYAN they need to #GrowHappy and healthy!

Mommy Judy Ann’s NESTOGROW® journey
Judy Ann and her youngest daughter Luna officially joined the NESTOGROW® family this year as the brand’s newest endorsers alongside Mommy Melai Cantiveros-Francisco and Mela. 

Working with NESTOGROW® has been such a great blessing for Judy Ann this year. It was just a perfect match from the beginning as she automatically fell in love with the brand as it helped show great improvement for Luna. 

To further shine light on the importance of gut health, the newest mom and daughter duo starred in NESTOGROW’s TV commercial where Judy Ann explains to Luna na ang health ng katawan ay nagsisimula sa tiyan!

With the release of the TVC, Mommy Judy Ann lets us in on a secret that the whole production was done right in their home with just a camera and the help of a few friends. It was a different experience being used to having a full production set. For Judy Ann, the whole experience is really something she’ll be treasuring since they were able to create something despite the challenges brought by the new normal.

Learn and spend time with your kids during this quarantine period by checking out NESTGROW’s latest commercial through this LINK and find out why you should definitely not forget about the importance of the tiyan!

Visit NESTOGROW® Facebook page for more updates and you can also purchase NESTOGROW® 4 on their official stores at Lazada and Shopee!

NESTOGROW® 4 is the only growing up milk brand that contains L. Comfortis®, a probiotic that may help in your child’s digestive health and now without added sucrose. NESTOGROW® 4 is not a breastmilk substitute and is suitable for healthy children above 3 years old.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

ADP Pharma Launches NOVUHAIR® 3-in-1 VIP PROMO KIT.

In line with NOVUHAIR's 10th year of fervent commitment to consumer health awareness on hair loss prevention and maintenance, plus a decade of partnership with Mercury Drug Corporation, ADP Pharma Corporation has launched the NOVUHAIR® 3-in-1 VIP PROMO KIT. 

NOVUHAIR® has retained dominance in 2019 as the leading hair loss treatment in the Philippines. (Source: Passport Euromonitor International October 2019 Research) .

The NOVUHAIR® 3-in-1 VIP PROMO KIT serves as a token of the company's appreciation and gratitude to the affirmative support of its loyal users and new trialists.

The continued consumer support, committed distributors and agency partners, dedicated brand ambassadors, passionate and hardworking marketing and sales teams spearheaded by Managing Director Mr. Bob Segovia, and the full support of ADP Pharma CEO Mr. Martin Pascual and executives.

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Sunday, August 16, 2020

NOVUHAIR® Officially Launches NOVU VIP CLUB


What a great way to celebrate NOVUHAIR’s 10 years of success in the Philippines. With the aim of highlighting further the brand’s advocacy campaign Nothing to lose, NOVUHAIR® introduces Go for the Perfect 10! with the launch of its NOVU VIP CLUB.

The NOVU VIP CLUB is designed to guide, inspire, and at the same time to take the journey with the members through a holistic approach in managing hair loss, especially during this global health crisis. 

Supported by a pool of VIP Coaches, the members are given the opportunity to engage directly with the experts and at the same time enjoy the exciting monthly perks.
The list of VIP Coaches includes some of the country’s high-caliber professionals from different fields of expertise: Fanny Serrano (Salon & Beauty VIP Coach), Hon. Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (Leadership VIP Coach), Jim and Toni Saret (Fitness & Nutrition VIP Coaches), Dr. Cecile Catapang (Aesthetic & Rejuvenation VIP Coach), Dr. Risa Caldoza-De Leon (Dermatology & Beauty Coach), Dr. Harris Acero (Wellness & Nutrition VIP Coach) and Alopecia Warrior Abby Asistio (Inspirational VIP Coach) to name a few.

NOVUHAIR® Topical Scalp Lotion is a unique combination of 19 natural herbal extracts and essential oils that work in synergy to help remedy and prevent hair loss.
To know more about NOVUHAIR®, visit, or follow the official Facebook Page HERE.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Allianz Kaagapay Launched to Promote Inclusivity in Insurance with award-winning social enterprise Reach52

Allianz PNB Life has partnered with award-winning social enterprise Reach52 to promote the importance of inclusivity in insurance in the country, especially in the underserved rural communities, through a new corporate social responsibility project, Allianz Kaagapay.

Founded in 2016, Reach52 provides screening, health worker training, affordable medicines, insurance, diagnostics, and consumer health products in rural regions that existing services don’t reach. 

Alexander Grenz, President and CEO, Allianz PNB Life
“Most of those who do not have insurance are from the most vulnerable areas of the coun-try. Through our partnership with Reach52, we aim to provide these communities the pro-tection they need during these challenging times. Allianz continue to provide clients with insurance products that cater to the full needs of our customers across the various stages of their lives. In this crucial and uncertain times, we want our customers to have peace of mind knowing that Allianz cares for them and we are here to keep our promise that they can rely on us when things go wrong.” ~Alexander Grenz, Allianz PNB Life President and CEO

Through Allianz Kaagapay, Reach52 will be providing PhP25,000 worth of life insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage to its members for every purchase an Allianz Well! insurance product from August 1 to December 20, 2020. Members from Pototan and Cuartero, Iloilo will be the first beneficiaries of the insurance package.

Edward Booty, Founder, and CEO, reach52
“Our members are essential in our goal of extending primary care to the 52% of the world’s population who still lack access to essential health services. They are our access managers, the ones who help us fill the gap in the healthcare system in remote rural communi-ties. We thank Allianz PNB Life for providing this support to our members.” ~Edward Booty, Founder and CEO of Reach52

Allianz PNB Life’s health insurance product that has an annual plan limit of up to PhP100 million. It covers COVID19 hospitalization and ICU expenses up to the plan limit to support PhilHealth and HMO coverage. Its coverage also includes access to expert medical advice, 24/7 teleconsultation, health screening, dental services, physical activity programs, and nutrition counseling.

This is not the first time that Allianz PNB Life has launched a project aimed at inclusivity. Prior to Allianz Kaagapay, it launched Project Sanlahi, which aimed to empower indigenous youths in Pampanga through the sport of obstacle course racing and financial literacy.

This is achieved through establishing health systems and services, powered by mobile apps and tech platforms, a community-based workforce, and partnerships with the public and private sector.

About Reach52
Reach52 is an award-winning social enterprise, delivering healthcare for 52% of the world who can’t access health services. They deliver screening, health worker training, and affordable medicines, insurance, diagnostics, and consumer health products in rural regions where existing services don’t reach. This is achieved through establishing health systems and services in these underserved areas, powered by their mobile apps and tech platforms, community-based workforce, and partnerships with the public and private sector.

Currently, reach52 operates its on-the-ground services for over 500 communities in the Philippines, Cambodia, and India, with further countries in the pipeline, and have partnerships with over 20 leading global and regional organizations.

About Allianz in Asia
Asia is one of the core growth regions for Allianz, characterized by a rich diversity of cultures, languages, and customs. Allianz has been present in the region since 1910 when it first provided fire and marine insurance in the coastal cities of China. Today, Allianz is active in 14 markets in the region, offering its core businesses of property and casualty insurance, life, protection, and health solutions, as well as asset management. With its more than 32,000 staff, Allianz serves the needs of over 18 million customers in the region across multiple distribution channels and digital platforms.

About Allianz
The Allianz Group is one of the world's leading insurers and asset managers with more than 92 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life, and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 673 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore, our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage more than 1.4 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold the leading position for insurers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2018, over 142,000 employees in more than 80 countries achieved total revenues of 131 billion euros and an operating profit of 11.5 billion euros for the group

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Monday, August 10, 2020

Carbohydrates and Exercise: Why You Need Carbs If You’re Active

Brooke Ellison, MS, RDN – Sports Performance Dietitian, Herbalife Nutrition

Healthy carbs have a place in healthy diets—plus, they're a crucial part of working out and living well. In addition to protein and fat, carbohydrates are one of the three macronutrients in food, and you need them for energy and fuel. When you exercise, you need something to start your engine and keep it going, and that something often comes in the form of healthy carbs. 

Balanced nutrition is important for exercise, but carbohydrates are especially key for maintaining peak performance during physical activity. In fact, carbohydrates are the most important source of fuel in an athlete’s diet. Anyone who’s active and moves their body is an athlete; therefore, no athlete should avoid carbs.

How Do Carbs Help with Exercise and Performance?
There’s a common misconception that all carbs are bad, without considering the fact that there are many healthy carbs to choose from. Here are the top five reasons why you shouldn’t fear or avoid carbs.

Carbohydrates fuel the brain and muscles.
Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for our brains and bodies to function properly; they provide fuel for the central nervous system and energy for working muscles. Think of it as fuel for your car: our bodies store carbs in our muscles as glycogen, which is then converted to glucose when you need it.

Carbs help delay fatigue, sustaining you through prolonged workouts or competitive sports.

Carbohydrates prevent muscle breakdown.
By eating enough carbohydrates throughout the day, protein is free to do its main job: repair and rebuild muscle tissue. If we limit carbohydrates, the protein will be needed as an energy source and not be utilized to build lean muscles.

Adequate carbohydrate intake can prevent muscle breakdown from glycogen depletion, especially if you’re working to maintain or build your muscles.

Carbohydrates should make up the majority of the diet.
As a sports dietitian, I often recommend a high-carb diet for athletes who need a lot of endurance and stamina, in order to sustain the daily demands of training and exercise. Of course, needs vary based on the individual and the type of exercise or sports they engage in.

Individuals engaging in a general fitness program can usually meet their needs by consuming a balanced diet of 45-55% of calories from carbohydrates. That is about 3-5 grams of carbohydrate per kilogram body weight, per day.

Carbohydrates before a workout will boost your performance.
If you have ever felt sluggish or low on energy during a workout, you probably didn’t fuel up with sufficient carbs. Fueling up before exercise helps maintain optimal levels of blood glucose for our muscles.

To avoid poor performance, choose pre-workout snacks that are easy to digest, such as bananas, an English muffin with jam, or a granola bar. Foods high in fiber and fat can cause gastrointestinal distress and should be avoided close to exercise.

Carbohydrates accelerate recovery.
Consuming carbohydrates after exercise helps replenish the energy stores that were just utilized during strenuous exercise. Activity longer than one hour will require extra attention to carbohydrate refueling.

Muscles need protein and carbohydrates to properly recover and become stronger. A post-exercise recovery shake with a 3:1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein is the perfect way to refuel. Try blending Herbalife24® Rebuild Strength with a banana and 10 ounces of milk to optimize your recovery.

Maintaining an optimal diet has many benefits to athletes, including consistent performance and enhanced recovery. Carbohydrates rightfully receive a great deal of attention in sports nutrition.

About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people's lives with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent members since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial members who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company’s global campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing nutrition and education to communities around the world.

For more information, please visit

Herbalife Nutrition also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.

Ayala Foundation’s to provide food assistance for 10,000 families through ‘Project #BuyAni’

BuyAni GenSan
As part of its continuing efforts to support vulnerable communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Ayala Foundation recently kicked off Project #BuyAni, a food assistance initiative for 10,000 families in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

This food assistance initiative seeks to support 10,000 families in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, likewise providing a source of income to local farmers and community partners as essential goods/products will be directly sourced from them. Project #BuyAni seeks not just to provide food for affected communities, but also to source these food items and other essential goods from local farmers and community partners. This way, local farmers and enterprises continue to have a source of income during the pandemic. 

To date, Project BuyAni has served 1,426 families in Luzon, 300 families in the Visayas, and 1,262 families in Mindanao, and is scheduled to conduct other food distribution activities until August. The project has reached the following communities:
  • Datu Piang
  • Maguindanao
  • Cagayan de Oro City
  • General Santos City
  • Calauan
  • Laguna
  • El Nido
  • Palawan
  • Naic, Cavite
  • Iloilo City
  • Bago City
BuyAni Cavite
The most recent distribution was in Barangay Ma-ao, Bago City, focusing on 100 families of senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and motorcycle drivers. The community partner for the activity was the Bago City Government Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative. The city government, the barangay council, and the Ayala Busi-ness Club Bacolod also actively supported the initiative.
In Iloilo City, the distribution was held on July 24 in Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, with 200 beneficiaries. The relief packs contained vegetables and fruits from the KASAMA Multi-Purpose Cooperative, with bags/bayongs woven by Tagbak Mat Weavers from Concepcion, Iloilo. The Ayala Business Club also provided valuable support in terms of logistics and local coordination.

BuyAni Iloilo
In Calauan, Laguna, 800 food packs were distributed to members of the Inang Kalikasan Agriculture Cooperative, on-site security and Makati Development Corporation personnel, and other families living in the Southville 7 relocation community. Each bag contained locally sourced vegetables, dressed chicken, rice, and eggs, using up-cycled flour bags made by the parents of students from CENTEX, Ayala Foundation’s education program. 
In General Santos City, 400 families coming from the farthest barangays and the indigenous B’laan community received food aid. 
 In Cagayan de Oro City, food distribution focused on 400 families from the following vulnerable sectors—the Badjao, PWDs, children in conflict with the law, the homeless, and rebel returnees.

BuyAni CDO

In Datu Piang, Maguindanao, food assistance was provided to 60 families living barangay Montay, a weaving community known for beautiful inaul textiles.

BuyAni Maguindanao

In El Nido, Palawan, woven bags sourced from the artisan women weavers were put together by local volunteers, with produce sourced from local farmers.

For more information, visit

Project #BuyAni is scheduled to conduct other food distribution activities until August. 

Funded by a grant from the Macquarie Group Foundation, Project #BuyAni seeks not just to provide food for affected communities, but also to source these food items and other essential goods from local farmers and community partners. This way, local farmers, and enterprises continue to have a source of income during the pandemic.

About Ayala Foundation
As the social development arm of the Ayala group of companies, Ayala Foundation envisions communities where people are creative, productive, self-reliant, and proud to be Filipino. Ayala Foundation is committed to community development, working closely with communities in identifying compelling developmental needs and providing suitable solutions with measurable outcomes. Its main program areas are Education, Community Leadership, Suitable and Sustainable Livelihood, and Arts and Culture. 

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Prepare your Kids for Distance Learning with TANG and

Get your kids ready for a brighter future, prepared with TANG.

Learning from home is an entirely new experience from the traditional classroom setup. The new school year is about to start soon. And with the setup of distance learning being a new experience, many parents are looking for guidance on how to make the best out of their children’s learning experience at home.

Apart from missing the opportunities to learn from social interactions, more distractions can be found at homes such as computers, TVs, and many other external factors that may disrupt the learning process. To help moms bridge the gaps of distance learning and turn the home into a conducive learning environment, TANG, in partnership with, launches Prepared with TANG: Get Ready for Distance Learning.
“It has always been TANG’s mission to be every Filipino mom’s partner in preparing their children for a bright future. And this partnership is even more important as moms face the new normal of distance learning. With TANG, moms can ensure that their children will have refreshing breaks that help make for a better learning experience. This is just the first step of many as we at TANG continue to be every mom’s partner in guiding their children towards what lies ahead.” ~Miguel Reyes, Brand Manager of TANG Philippines
Prepared with TANG: Get Ready for Distance Learning is a free online learning platform where moms can get insights about distance learning and how they can play a more active role in their child’s education. 

The platform will provide moms with useful tips and simple steps to enhance their child’s learning experience at home, such as:
  • Providing motivation when a child feels bored or tired during lessons
  • Setting up a comfortable study space
  • Getting creative with new educational activities; and most important
  • Ensuring proper nutrition and fortification including the importance of Vitamin C 
Enriching advice and tips will come from the expertise and real-life experiences of fellow moms and experts such as homeschooling advocate Tina Rodriguez, mom, and daughter Mikaela Martinez-Lagdameo and Noelle, and LEGO senior concept artist, Ian Sta Maria.

Join us over fun and enriching merienda break with your kids on August 8, 2020, at 3PM at the TANG PH Facebook page as we launch the free platform through a Facebook Live session. Follow us on to learn more.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Bibs Manila for fun and colorful OOTDs for baby

The local brand was started by Kit and Kate Joaquin, who are also proud parents to now 6-year-old Kiel. Make your baby’s OOTDs fun and extra colorful with personalized baby bibs from Bibs Manila, a new online business that offers a selection of personalized bibs that are totally cute, quirky, and functional.
"Bibs Manila was born out of my love for personalized items. While I was on maternity leave six years ago, I would shop for items for my baby online. Most of the personalized bibs I found were embroidered and so delivery took a while. That sparked an idea for us." ~Kate Joaquin, owner of Bibs Manila
Bibs Manila has hundreds of fun designs that are available on their website. Browse and shop for designs from flowers and mermaids to dinosaurs and airplanes and many more! You can also create your own design aside from putting your baby's name on the bibs for a personal touch.

If you have artistic leanings, you can also opt to send in your own designs that Bibs Manila can then turn into bibs just for you. Bibs Manila can also help you create a design of your choosing. What’s more, the bibs are made of high-quality fabric, durable enough for regular use.

If you happen to know a couple who is expecting a new addition to their family, these baby bibs make a great gift, too. Give them the gift of 7 bibs – one for every day of the week – and you can get an adorable gift box to go with it.
To shop and view their collection, visit their website or follow on Instagram. Bibs Manila ships nationwide in the Philippines and internationally in select countries.