FBN Christmas Party: A Night of Fun and Surprises

It was a night of fun, surprises and sharing during the annual Get Together party of the Filipino Bloggers Network (FBN), one of the most active bloggers group in the country, last December 12 at Salu Restaurant in Quezon City.

With almost 2,000 members across the country, FBN continues to expand as it provides a venue for Pinoy bloggers to interact with other members through discussions and posting opportunities from different brands and PR partners as moderated by co-admins Divine Reyes and Richard Mamuyac. MetroBuzz Bloggers, led by its admin Lariza Garcia, even made the event more fun-filled and exciting in its fifth year.

(photo credit to David Ferro)

Salu, fast becoming a popular Filipino restaurant, serve as the venue where FBN members took the opportunity to share great food and drinks, games, and of course, stories and experiences among fellow online writers and influencers. The few hours of fun-filled event were not enough thus the next get-together of the group promises to be bigger and better.

Another co-main sponsor is SvelT’i, a skin clinic that provides advanced health and beauty services using state of the art technology.

This yearly gathering is an opportunity to make new friends and catch up with old pals they have not seen for a while. Representatives of different PR groups and brands also graced the event to personally thank members of the online community who have supported them in the past years.

Here are the sponsors and partners who made this year’s event possible:

Salu

An all authentic Filipino restaurant. A journey to more than 7,107 taste bud experience. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Saluresto/

Converge

Offers bandwidth and transport services which include international private lines (IPL), domestic leased lines (DLL), multi-site interconnectivity (Point to Multi-Point), metro Ethernet and internet connectivity such as Internet connectivity services such as Fiber Internet, Cable Internet, Internet Cable TV Bundle, Cable TV, Prepaid Internet, Enterprise Internet and Business internet. The company also provides data center services such as network management services, multi-homed network, disaster recovery services, network redundancy solutions, 24/7 monitoring, co-location and local connectivity. Website: http://www.convergeict.com | FB: https://www.facebook.com/ConvergeICTOfficial/

SvelT’i Slim, Trim & Gleam

Provides advanced health and beauty services using state of the art technology. They offer non-invasive body and skin rejuvenation therapies to improve body curvatures and reverse the signs of aging. Website: http://svelti.com.ph | FB: https://www.facebook.com/sveltiph | IG: https://www.instagram.com/svelti_ph/

Unilab

The biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, with a market share of more than 20 percent which it has consistently maintained for more than three decades. Its portfolio includes some of the biggest prescription, consumer healthcare and personal care brands in the country. Website: https://www.unilab.com.ph | FB: https://www.facebook.com/Unilab / IG: https://www.instagram.com/unilab/

Dermcare is one of the Philippines’ leading skin, hair, and wellness centers. Escape from life’s daily stresses, and bask in pure body and soul pampering in their network of branches all over the country. Website: http://www.dermcareprofessional.com | FB: https://www.facebook.com/i.like.dermcare/ | IG: https://instagram.com/dermcarephilippines

Gardenia Delicia is Gardenia’s delightfully delicious surprise for the whole family. The best compliment to your favorite bread! Choose from 2 exciting flavors -Hazelnut and Milky Chocolate! Website: http://www.gardenia.com.ph | FB: https://web.facebook.com/DeliciaPhilippines/

JJEMM Service Apartment opened its 2-bedroom apartment last December 2016 to serve the short term stay requirements of travelers (families, balikbayan, couples and group of friends) to Bataan. The apartment is fully furnished and bedrooms are equipped with air conditioner. NOW, no need to worry about booking process and have your stay in the beautiful province of Bataan because JJEMM Service Apartment is now on Airbnb: https://abnb.me/EVmg/353UwdZLJI

Novelina is an industry leader in the production of powder and cream hair color. At the same time, it also carries its professional line of hair care products which includes cream hair color, shampoo, conditioner, and rebonding formulas. Novelina is also the OEM manufacturer of hair-color for two of the world’s largest and most prestigious hair-dye brands being marketed in countries such as Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, China, North and South America, as well as the Middle East. Website: http://tritanventures.com/tritan/ | FB: https://web.facebook.com/novelinacosmetics/

Porky Pit is a new Brand of Diancia Trading Inc, that will engage a business using a best part of lechon “Lechon Belly” in a theme of “Cebu Lechon on the Go” a Lechon in a Shawarma? So Filipino would not just eat Lechon whenever there is gathering but it is now on the go. FB: https://web.facebook.com/PorkyPitOfficial/ | IG: http://www.instagram.com/porkypitofficial

Cebuana Llhuillier is the Philippines’ leading and largest non-bank financial services provider specializing in pawning, remittance, and micro-insurance. Website: https://www.cebuanalhuillier.com | FB: https://web.facebook.com/cebuanalhuillierpawnshop/

PR Partners

Trend Spotting Ads Consultation Agency uncover creative ways to reach untapped markets – whatever or wherever they may be, using alternative, aggressive yet more cost-effective methods. It also offers niche marketing with different media. Wherever are the right opportunities, Trendspotting is there to catch great results. FB: https://www.facebook.com/TrendspottingConsultancy/

Mode Devi is the company behind ExperienceTravel.Ph which is a travel & lifestyle magazine for everyone and where you can share your own passions, and the travel, food and lifestyle finds along your journey. FB: https://www.facebook.com/ExperienceTravel.Ph/

FuentesManila is one of the few full-service PR agencies in the Philippines. While publicity remains its core service, FuentesManila provides the following services to its clients: Publicity, Special Events, Online Publicity, Advertising, Media Monitoring, Creatives & Graphic Design and Digital PR. Website: https://www.fuentesmanila.com/

OCI Group is a full-service agency ready to take on the challenge of the fast changing and demanding world of communications. The goal is to provide clients with strategic communications campaigns that are well integrated with client’s goals, responsive to the needs of client’s public and provide value for every investment entrusted to their team. FB: https://www.facebook.com/ocigroupph/

Havas Media Ortega is the first full-service media agency providing end-to-end solutions in the Philippines. It does not only offer the most complete and cohesive set of media services in the Philippines, it also aspires to provide clients work that is best in class in all the media channels on offer. Website: https://www.havasortega.com

Perceptions, Inc. is a public relations company that provides PR counselling and various corporate and marketing communications services to business and industrial organizations, government institutions as well as trade and professional associations. Website: https://www.perceptions-inc.com/

Strategic Works, Inc. works with the possibility of making an idea come to life as they spot the hot buttons that unlock consumers’ hearts and brand success. They do Public Relations, Creative Services, Activations, Events Management, Digital Marketing and Advocacy and Social Marketing. Website: https://www.stratworks.ph/

Catalytx is a seamless strategic marketing partner to its worthy Clients, committed to helping them build their brands and grow their business. As the name implies, Catalytx is a catalyst for provoking and inspiring change for the better and in becoming the spark that ignites and shapes the world. Website: https://www.catalyx.com/

LeapOut Digital has the technical knowledge, industry experience and full access to hardworking digital tools required to deliver high- performance digital marketing campaigns for their clients. The Manila and Australia operations give LeapOut Digital the wealth of expertise and the full support necessary to create successful digital marketing programs for their suki. Website: https://www.leapoutdigital.com

PRC Inc. is an integrated marketing communications company with PR as its core competency. Our services include brand and corporate PR, mounting of media related events, tactical monitoring and crisis management. Website: http://www.teamprcinc.com

M2Comms – As a PR agency, M2.0 understands that perfection doesn’t exist – but greatness does. Their team won’t waste your time by coming up with perfect plans that will be easily derailed by circumstance. For them, it’s better to execute now with a good plan and get immediate feedback. If the results are not good, they’re ready to own up to our mistakes and revise the plan. And if the results are good, they’ll improve the plan until the clients achieve greatness. Website: http://www.m2comms.com

MPlify is a marketing company established with a good purpose and powered by great passion in helping businesses reach its higher potential and thus amplify the business, and provide business solutions through various marketing strategies. Website: http://mplify-ph.com

Digital Circles is a digital marketing services PH firm specializing in social media consulting & organizing digital campaigns for brands & organizations. Website: http://digitalcircles.asia

BLOG SPONSORS

One Proud Momma http://www.oneproudmomma.com/

Hot Fun Stuffs http://www.hotfunstuffs.com

Echusera http://www.echusera.com

Tech and Innovations http://www.techandinnovations.info

Moments Around the Corner http://www.larizagarcia.com

Mom Online Magazine http://www.momonlinemag.info

Again, our big thanks and we hope to partner with you again this 2018 and years to come!

‘Tis the Season: NOVUHAIR Turns Favor with Holiday Bash Promo

So you’ve got your festive outfit set and the fancy gift wrapped for your “monito” or “monita”. All that’s left undone is a party season-perfect hairstyle.

The fresh out of the shower look can be seductive yet temporary. Blame it to tropical climate, it can spoil your appearance, besides making you feel sweaty and stale. The heat and humidity brought about by extreme weather condition, likewise, dries out the locks easily and make it more fragile.

Adding damage to your delicate strands are the chemical contents of various products on hand. From shampoo to conditioner and hair treatment, down to styling goods to groom it to your liking, their harsh synthetic materials jeopardize the natural oil and luster of your mane.

Because you are what you eat, the fate of your crowning glory is in the plate. Your diet must have the correct balance of vitamins and minerals to supply hair with all that it needs to become shiny and strong. So don’t overindulge, especially this time of the year when gastronomic feasts are spread almost everywhere you go. Be careful on what you take in, thinking that it’s also what you feed your ‘do.

Even stress can wear off the beauty and health of the tress. And that’s exactly what you should avoid this Yuletide season. Never put pressure on yourself just to please everyone. Just take it easy, let your hair down and party all night long.

In this time of gratitude, NOVUHAIR makes everyday “a good hair day” for its valued patrons like you with its Christmas and Year-End Promo. Get an extra NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo 200 ml. worth P1,040 for FREE if you buy a NOVUHAIR 3-in-1 pack at participating WATSONS stores nationwide (DOH-FDA CCRR Permit No.: 967 s. 2017).

Packed with 19 natural ingredients—mostly standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients—NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion does not only help prevent the hair fall malady, but also aids in stimulating hair growth. NOVUHAIR helps prevent hair loss, improve overall appearance, promote nourishment and rejuvenation. It is clinically-tested and proven safe and effective.

Opt for the best with this Christmas and Year-End promo. Whether it’s a luxury gift for your loved ones, or a self-indulgent treat for you, NOVUHAIR has the perfect gift to inspire and keep you party-ready this Holiday season, while providing you with the ultimate styling result.

For inquiries, please call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575. You may also visit www.novuhair.com or Novuhair’s Facebook page – Novuhair Official.

 

A Song to Inspire

We all have days which may not be as bright as we hope it would be.

Challenges in the area of our relationships, finance, health, even in our faith may come unexpectedly. They might come one by one or even three or more at a time!

In such times, we need to be reminded who holds our hand and our days.

This song from Casting Crowns has been an inspiration to me. May it somehow inspire you to.

We Celebrate with Our Hair, Too

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine

Whenever there is a special occasion, most women I know take the extra effort to dress and look well.

Christmas and new year dinners, weddings, even Valentine’s dates — these are just some of the times when women level up in their efforts to look their extra best.

And it’s not just about finding and wearing the right clothes to go with the occasion or using the perfect shade of lipstick or nail color.

The woman’s crown, her hair, will also be “prepared and ready to celebrate” the occasion. Getting the hair done, colored and even getting the best wigs to wear are all part of it.

On my part, here’s how I might opt to look with a wig on some special events for the coming year 🙂

New Year, New Me. I love both this cut and color. I wouldn’t mind donning this on a New Year’s Eve (or Christmas Eve) dinner 🙂

Birthday Blues. Back when I was a young teen, I read a book where the female character had blue hair. I wondered back then how I would look with such a hair myself. Well. maybe it’s about time to go blue in my coming birthday.

Wedding Waves. A friend has invited me to her wedding this coming April. I wouldn’t mind crowned myself with hair like this on that occasion:

Life, I believe, is meant to be celebrated 🙂 In fact, I think whether there are special occasions or not, we can always choose to look our best. And our hair is part of that.

By the way, if you could not believe how cool and chic wigs look now as the above photos show, you should really check out Divatress.

Let’s celebrate life and keep a grateful heart, too 🙂

15 Inspiring Quotes from Remarkable Women

There’s nothing like being inspired by women who have journeyed ahead of us and faced the same challenges we are facing today. Read on and be inspired.

  1. “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.” – Estée Lauder
  2. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
  3. “If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong
  4. “If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
  5. “One of the secrets to staying young is to always do things you don’t know how to do, to keep learning.” – Ruth Reichl
  6. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa
  7. “Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you.” – Hillary Clinton
  8. “Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Eleanor Roosevelt 
  9. “If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is.” – Angelina Jolie
  10. “Everyone shines, given the right lighting.” – Susan Cain
  11. “If you’re someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that’s a sign of a life lived honorably.” – Rachel Maddow
  12. “There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi
  13. “I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.” – Thuli Madonsela
  14. “Don’t live life in the past lane.” – Samantha Ettus
  15. “Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.” – Harper Lee

For more inspiring quotes, check out this article from Huffingtonpost.com.

Return to Your Rest

Shallow Focus Photography of Blue Butterfly

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. Psalm 116:7 (NIV)

I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.” Psalm 116:7-8 (The Message)

When Being Ageless Is Not Good News

Most women I know would appreciate being told they are ageless.

This would mean that they have stayed looking good, appearing fit despite their age.

Well, I like being told I’m ageless 🙂

A few months back I was able to see the 2015 released movie The Age of Adaline. It features the beautiful Blake Lively. It also stars the veteran actor, Harrison Ford.

The movie traces the intriguing story of Adaline, the woman who stopped aging. As the years go on and on, she stayed 29 years old.

While there are other themes explored in the story like love lost and found (or redefined), what caught my attention was the reality that not everything we might desire would always be good for us.

We might like, want to look ageless, be ageless but can we really enjoy it while others, our loved ones particularly, continue to age?

The years take a toll on them and they ultimately pass away while we remain the same. We see this in the movie as Adaline’s daughter ages, as her dog ages and dies while she remains beautiful and untouched by the passing years.

What a lonely life it appeared to be. What a lonely life it can be. To be ageless is not always good news.