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5.14.2022

Unleash your inner athlete and try these ‘winning meals’ by SEA Games PH bet Ariana Evangelista.

The 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) is here and it has already sparked Filipino pride and awakened our inner athletes. Whether you know it or not, there’s an inner athlete in all of us. Some are just lucky enough to have found the right sports for them, while others are still looking. If getting in the sports industry has always been a dream, it’s important to note that everything starts with what and how you eat.

“Health and nutrition play a vital role in the performance of every athlete or any individual who is active. Having a balanced and healthy eating pattern not only provides all-day energy, but also helps build strength for optimal performance during training and competitions,” says Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation Executive - Science Communication Deborah Fajarda, RND.

Since 2003, building on its expertise in Amino Science, Ajinomoto Co, Inc (AJICO) has been working on the Victory Project® to support the conditioning of top-level athletes in Japan and conduct nutritional support activities by utilizing the power of amino acids. The project included the distribution of aminoVITAL® products and promotion of the Winning Meals Kachimeshi® program. Ajinomoto’s Kachimeshi® (“Winning Meals”) concept aims to support elite athletes in building winning physiques for optimum performance.

Since 2018, The Victory Project has been rolled out in 6 Ajinomoto Group Companies in ASEAN region, one of which is Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) Group. APC Group imparted Winning Meals Kachimeshi® support to Philippines’ top Karate athlete Ms. Junna Tsukii who won gold medal in the women's kumite 50 kg event at the last 2019 SEA Games.

The goal of Kachimeshi® is to achieve proper nutrition with easy-to-cook delicious meals that are fit for your fitness goal, whether you need a high calorie-high protein diet, or low calorie-high protein diet. Partnered with aminoVITAL® Jelly Drink, a branched-chain amino acid supplement drink, which helps in muscle recovery and reduce fatigue among people who are engaged in strenuous physical activity.

Ariana Evangelista.

Ariana Evangelista’s Winning Meals
APC is proud to sponsor a Filipino athlete vying to bring glory to the country in the ongoing 31st SEA Games. This athlete is Ariana Evangelista, a four-time mountain bike national champion and two-time Asia MTB Overall champion. Evangelista’s prospects of winning looks promising, poised to bring home more medals for the country.

Here are some of the dishes in Ariana’s Kachimeshi®Winning Meal plan:

Tofu Mushroom Rice Bowl.

Tofu Mushroom Rice Bowl
Rich in protein, this dish is packed with health benefits, including the ability to help build muscles. Naturally rich in umami flavor, ingredients such as Shiitake Mushroom and SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce keeps this dish delightfully delicious, making it an ideal meal for any time of the day. View the full recipe here: Tofu Mushroom Rice Bowl Recipe

Beef and Vegetable Rice Bowl.

Beef and Vegetable Rice Bowl
An easy-to-cook meal, this dish featured flavored rice, mixed with seasoned beef and veggies all in one pot. Topped with a serving of boiled eggs, it’s another protein-rich meal that your lean muscle will thank you for. For the full recipe, click here: Beef and Vegetable Rice Bowl Recipe

Lean Beef Nilaga.

Lean Beef Nilaga
A Filipino favorite, this soup has all the nutrition you need (excellent source of protein!), thanks to the lean beef and the veggies. Perfect as a pre- or post-workout meal, it’s a filling and hearty dish that is also considered as a comfort food by many. To get the full recipe, click here: Lean Beef Nilaga Recipe

Fish Fillet in Sweet & Sour Sauce.

Fish Fillet in Sweet and Sour Sauce
The great thing about fish is that it is packed with protein, but not the calories. In this recipe, the fish is the centerpiece, brought to life by a dose of sweet and sour sauce, which adds a different level of yum to the dish. Check out this easy-to-do meal: Fish Fillet Recipe

“This Winning Meal nutrition support to Ariana will be provided even after the SEA Games to ensure her optimum performance for all her other competitions. And beyond helping athletes achieve victory in their games, we, at Ajinomoto, also believe that the concept of Kachimeshi® or Winning Meals is also helpful to any Filipino who would simply like to achieve success in their own health and nutrition,” says Fajarda.

The Winning Meals initiative is part of APC’s efforts to fulfill its brand promise- Eat Well, Live Well. By providing recipes that aim to help both athletes and Filipinos achieve their goals, the company hopes to promote a wellness-centered lifestyle. For those seeking easy-to-cook healthy foods that cater to your nutrition goals, visit Ajinomoto’s Cookmunity page.


5.10.2022

Renting A Camper In Germany – The Benefits.

Are you the type of person who can come up with a plan on the heat of the moment and decide to go across the world, particularly in a camper home?

In this case, we are, of course, talking about a recreational vehicle. For a number of reasons, many people make decisions to acquire a recreational vehicle. It is possible to rent a vehicle if you are unable to purchase a vehicle outright.

Taking your time driving about and seeing new regions is a good option because you will be able to return the automobile to its original spot. Click on the link for more details https://rvfavorites.com/camper-trailer-rental/.

Photo credit: The Noshery.

At some point in life, every person in the family may wish to accompany you on a journey. The only thing you have to do to avoid having to pay for flight tickets or bus expenses is to split the cost of gasoline and enable everyone to board the recreational vehicle. Actually, because it contains everything you might possibly need while traveling, vehicles like that are frequently referred to as "homes on wheels" or "mobile living quarters."

In addition to having a place to sleep, you also have a small kitchen in which to make meals, a bathroom in which to use and shower, as well as a range of cupboards in which to keep a variety of belongings.

Taking advantage of the many benefits of hiring a recreational vehicle is a wise decision. Here are a few illustrations of what I mean:

Inside a camper van.

Discover the flexibility that comes with living a nomadic lifestyle
Getting a sense for the RV lifestyle by renting is a fantastic alternative since it allows you to learn about all of the many parts of it, from driving to maintenance, without needing to make any financial commitments. As a result of the significant differences between RVing and tent camping, it is essential that you obtain some practical experience before starting on a long-distance journey. Read about all of the benefits here.

Kim Ji Won and Ji Chang Wook in Lovestruck in the City (2020).

Socialization
Having your complete family, as well as a few guests in attendance, is something you're planning on doing at the occasion. For a group of friends, being able to spend quality time together while camping in an RV is a terrific opportunity to reconnect. Even though it needs far less effort than setting up a huge number of tent campsites, it accomplishes so while still offering creature comforts for all of the participants. This also has the added benefit of being substantially less expensive than renting a vacation property during the summer. A recreational vehicle or a camper home is highly suggested for anyone who like stargazing at night, cooking over an open fire, and generally having new and interesting adventures with their friends or family.

J-Hope and a camper van. :)

Live life as a camper
If you decide to rent a camper in Germany for your camping vacation, you and your family will have the opportunity to explore an entirely new world of possibilities. This is something that everyone longs for. It is feasible to try with other sorts of campers, including a fifth wheel or a motorhome, in order to assess whether or not it works.

A great number of people like camping because it helps them to feel more adventurous and immersed in nature than they would otherwise be able to achieve. You, too, may take pleasure in the great outdoors!

Due to the fact that you will be able to sleep peacefully on the bed that comes with an RV, you will not need to acquire a tent. When traveling in an RV, you have the opportunity to learn as much as possible about yourself while also putting your camping skills to the test. Regardless of where you go, staying in a hotel room may quickly become monotonous and expensive due to the uniformity of the experience.

Renting an RV and discovering new regions is always the greatest option if you want to have a more amazing trip that you will remember for a lifetime of memories. As long as you have a camper van at your disposal, regardless of what anyone else tells you, you have everything you could ever want.


5.07.2022

Puerto Princesa: Paradise Regained.

Puerto Princesa is ready for you!

The Royal Treatment at Puerto Princesa
With safety protocols firmly enforced, Puerto Princesa is poised to again welcome tourists with open arms. In recent years, the highly urbanized city and tourist haven has been paralyzed by the Covid-19 pandemic, then pummeled by Typhoon Odette. But it is now on the road to recovery---as spectacularly as its scenic, romantic and gastronomic attractions.

“The tourism industry is the lifeblood of Puerto Princesa, along with agriculture. Almost 15,000 people directly or indirectly benefit from tourism. In varying degrees, most of the recent construction and development projects are related to tourism: hotel-building, parks, cruise-ship ports, street lights, roads and many more. Unfortunately, some of these have been on hold since the onset of the pandemic,” discloses Demetrio “Toto” Alvior Jr., the city tourism officer.

The Royal Connection
Puerto Princesa, the capital of postcard-perfect Palawan, sprawls across 253,982 hectares of captivating coastlines stretched over 106 kilometers. Due to its strategic geographical location, it has sufficient depth to allow ships of all sizes to anchor, earning a reputation as a “Princess of Ports,” or in Spanish, “Puerto Princesa.”

There’s no contention that Puerto Princesa is one of the country’s greatest pleasures. A holiday destination universally beloved by travelers, beach-combers and trekkers; a bustling business center with a rural allure; a provincial vibe with modern amenities; and a clean and green city recognized for its lush forests, fresh air and frontier character.

One of the many exciting activities in the island.

Rising Above Covid-19
The city of Puerto Princesa has been struggling to get to its feet since the outbreak of Covid-19 in early 2020. The lack of tourists, which is the main industry, has forced hundreds of tourism-related businesses to close, leaving thousands of tourism workers unemployed.

“The public-health crisis forced them to find alternative sources of income, which was made more difficult because of the restrictions of movement due to several lockdowns,” Mr. Alvior reveals. “One factor of low tourist arrivals is the fluctuating number of Covid cases, which in turn affects the determination of quarantine requirements and national government intervention policies.”

Today, Puerto Princesa is experiencing record lows in terms of economic losses, losing around P5 billion a year for the past two years from potential tourist receipts.

Tourists are now welcome at Puerto Princesa!

“The City Tourism Department has been strengthening its social media campaigns to encourage local tourists to visit local attractions, in a bid to boost much-needed revenues to the ailing tourism sector,” a cautiously optimistic Mr. Alvior says. “We have one important wish in the City Tourism Department, and that is to prioritize the aids for the Typhoon Odette-affected tourism industry here.”

The goal is to regain the city’s glory as an eco-tourism capital. “Our 2022 goals are full restoration of all the tourist attractions affected by Typhoon Odette such as the completion of the construction of the cruise-ship port and other man-made tourist attractions. There will be wide, extensive and aggressive promotions of Puerto Princesa to the local and international market.”

A trip to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a must!

The Last Frontier
Puerto Princesa has a plethora of tourist spots. But many tourists who visit the city put the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, on top of their list. As the jump-off point for exploring the world-famous Tubbataha Reef, the city also hosts a fair share of adventurers.

“Since the Covid-19 outbreak, we have never ceased to hope that the future will be better. This year 2022 is no different. And while what we want is a full recovery, we cannot afford to be careless when taking big steps. As we begin to truly understand the gravity of the situation, we also come to realize that our moves must be consistent with the bigger picture such as the national situation,” Mr. Alvior says.

The wonders of nature awaits you at Puerto Princesa.

Since February 10, the city has been happily welcoming more visitors once again, hoping that the arrival numbers will soon be back to pre-pandemic levels. In this initiative, the tourism department shares the privilege on with the private sector.

“While the government is the administrator of the State, the private sector is the bloodline. The government and the private sector are two inseparable factors for Puerto Princesa to prosper, and more importantly, to recover,” Mr. Alvior says. “The key to recovery is to enable and support the private sector to keep or resume their business operations. When it comes to the city’s biggest partners, apart from government agencies, it is the collective impact of small-business operations.”

Puerto Princesa may be “The Last Frontier,” but the City Tourism Department is confident that it will always be the first choice of every traveler.


5.04.2022

Rex Education and PPCRV call for voters to discern well, vote according to our values, and be Maka-Pilipinas.

With the National Elections just within reach, Rex Education and the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) are working together to help educate voters about the values we should be looking for in the leaders we will elect.

How the Philippines will come out of this pandemic and handle the impending global economic recession will rely on the next 6 years. This is why it is crucial that the leaders we will elect in the upcoming May 9 elections share the heart of the Filipino people and possess the values to stand for and serve our country. We have to choose well and vote for someone who is truly Maka-Pilipinas,” said Rex Education CEO, Don Timothy Buhain.

Sino ang Iboboto Mo?

The leader we deserve is Maka-Pilipinas
Varying standards, opinions, and principles come into play in the bid for national and local positions. What matters in the end when electing a leader is that it’s not enough to choose someone wise and experienced; we must also choose a leader who embodies the virtues of a true Filipino citizen and champion. PPCRV launched the voter education program that highlights what it takes to be Maka-Pilipinas to emphasize the values that make a true Filipino leader.

To be Maka-Pilipinas is to be maka-Diyos(faithful to God), maka-tao (respects life and people), maka-bayan (patriotic), at maka-kalikasan (environmentally concerned). These are the four good citizenship core values embedded in the 1987 Constitution, which highlights these core values’ roots and importance in our culture and history.

To help Filipinos better understand what makes a leader truly Maka-Pilipinas, PPCRV broke down the four core values—maka-Diyos, maka-tao, maka-bayan, at maka-kalikasan—into 16 good citizenship values. Does your candidate tick all the boxesof this checklist?

Does your candidate possess all these?

“We believe that through the living and the sharing of these basic values—not only by ourselves, but especially by our candidates—can our national vision of improving moral standards in government and in society be achieved,” PPCRV Chair Myla Villanueva said during the launch of the Maka-Pilipinas voter education program.

A champion of the people is a champion of education
Everyone is part of the solution. As champions of education—as Edukampyons—it is every Filipino’s duty to embody the 16 good citizenship values that we wish to see in our leaders. It is also up to each of us to encourage our fellow Edukampyons to live these values, so they may also know what it means to elect a leader who is truly Maka-Pilipinas

“Voter’s education starts at home, where values are introduced and cultivated in our families. Under REX’s Edukampyon campaign, we want to give every Filipino learner an opportunity to have a good education, stable well-being, and a future where they can be their best selves. To do that, we must have the support of government leaders who value the same things, after our own heart, and cares just as much for the development of our learners,” Buhain shared further.

The Maka-Pilipinas comics comes in different dialects.

To serve as a reminder to choose with discernment and vote responsibly this coming election, PPCRV created a Maka-Pilipinas comics that promote the 16 good citizenship values. A line from the comics read: “Your vote is your hope. Your vote is your prayer. Vote wisely.”

The Maka-Pilipinas comics in English can be read through the PPCRV Facebook page here. Printed copies of the comics were also sponsored by Rex Education and distributed to various schools and communities. It is also available in various Filipino dialects: Bikolano, Bisaya, Ilokano, Ilonggo, Tagalog, and Taglish.


4.24.2022

Epic Travel Tips for the Next Escapade with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Series.

As summer starts to kick in, everyone wants to keep a memory of their trips with families and friends. To make their adventures epic, Samsung introduced the Galaxy S22 Series, the gold standard for mobile innovation perfect for travel creators and adventurers out there.

Here are ways to make your summer travels more epic with Galaxy:

1. Empower your trip with a powerful pro-grade camera.
Travelers will always keep memories as souvenirs of every trip they take. With the Galaxy S22 Series, they can capture the gorgeous views of the mountains, the soothing waves of the ocean, the breathtaking sunset, and even the starry night sky. These new smartphone devices include a next-level camera system capable of producing high-quality images and videos. Both the Galaxy S22 and S22+ offer a 50MP Wide camera, while the Galaxy S22 Ultra boasts an even more impressive 108MP Wide camera. This function captures much more of the scene than the standard lens, making it ideal for landscape photography. So when travelers camp, they can perfectly capture the lush forest in stunning detail. The Chocolate Hills in Bohol, the Strawberry Farms in La Trinidad, Baguio, and the Batad Rice Terraces in Banaue are the best tourist destinations to try out this feature.


Super Steady, which stabilizes the scene of activities such as ATV, trekking, and exploring the city on bikes, allows travelers to vlog their trip without having to worry about shaky video outputs.

2. Be camera-ready even at night .
The Galaxy S22 has a Nightography function that enables astronomy enthusiasts to take incredible images and videos of the bright city lights. This device has a Big Pixel Sensor that eliminates grain, allowing it to take crisp and detailed photos even in low light.

3. View and capture moments with an immersive screen.
When traveling in broad daylight, it can be difficult to see what's on the screen because of all the glare. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s incredible 6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X Display addresses that concern. It's also not a problem with the Galaxy S22 and S22+, which have 6.1-inch FHD+ and 6.6-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X displays, respectively. These devices now feature a Vision Booster that can beat intense light exposure when browsing files or creating content, making any beach trip fun and easy to capture epic moments.


4. Boost all-day traveling with a long-lasting battery.
Fast-charging compatibility and an all-day battery are essential for travelers. The 3,700mAh battery in the Galaxy S22 and the 4,500mAh battery in the Galaxy S22+ make them excellent travel companions. The Galaxy S22 Ultra’s 5,000mAh battery life is even more remarkable, as it can last the whole day. A 45W super-fast charging is available, so travelers can recharge their gadgets quickly after a long day at the beach or hiking. Having no worries about running out of power enables travelers to capture unforgettable memories at any time of day or night.

5. Beat the heat with a water-resistant phone.
A quick dip in a pool is a must-do every summer vacation. With the Galaxy S22 series, travelers who enjoy aquatic activities can now capture their adventures without fear of accidental spills and splashes. It has an IP68 rating that makes it water and dust-resistant, making it ideal for taking epic poolside shots with friends and family.

Grab an epic smartphone and travel buddy now!
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is available in Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, and Burgundy. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S22+ and S22 come in Phantom Black, Phantom White, and fun colors like Green and Pink Gold.
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra - PHP 68,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 72,990 SRP (256GB) / PHP 80,990 SRP (512GB)
  • Galaxy S22+ - PHP 56,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 60,990 SRP (256GB)
  • Galaxy S22 - PHP 45,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 49,990 SRP (256GB)

Users can also take home the Galaxy S22 Series for as low as PHP 1,916.25/mo at 0% interest for up to 24 months via Samsung Authorized Stores Nationwide. Citibank card holders can get up to 36 months installment at 0% interest for as low as PHP 1,277.50/mo. On the other hand, PNB card holders can get their first installment month for FREE and pay 0% interest for up to 24 months in select Samsung Experience stores and Abenson Stores.

Trade-in an old smartphone for the Galaxy S22 Series to get tokens worth up to PHP 8,000 in participating Samsung Experience Stores and Authorized Stores. Customers can also trade-in their devices via Globe and Smart to receive discounts worth up to PHP 7,200.

Safe Samsung Shopping
Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has implemented the mandatory use of face masks, and performs frequent sanitation in all stores. Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced. To find the nearest Samsung Experience Store, visit samsung.com/ph/samsung-experience-store/locations.