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Powering up essential workers with Sting Energy Drink.

The pandemic clearly showed us that not all heroes wear capes. We have our economic frontliners who make our lives easier and safer. They are the delivery riders, construction workers, and market vendors, among others.

As the most festive season of the year nears, essential workers prepare for busier days ahead. They expect larger volumes of delivery, more traffic in grocery stores, and higher demand for their services. To get them going through their day, they need a little boost from energy drinks.

Sting Lemon.

Sting is one of the energy drinks known and well-loved among Filipino essential workers. It is a product of Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI), the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country. Sting helps build stamina needed to last a long and tough day. It sharpens the mind and body to endure taxing situations.

As we enter the last quarter of the year, we hope to power up our economic frontliners through Sting. Their commitment to their jobs, despite the threat of the pandemic, is commendable. PCPPI, for its part, continues to produce beverages that are not only refreshing, but energizing as well,” said PCPPI president and chief executive officer Frederick D. Ong.

Sting Strawberry.

Sting is a refreshing energy drink that gives one a positive kick. It comes in strawberry flavor in 300ml and 330ml bottles. It is available in supermarkets, groceries, convenience stores, and sari-sari stores nationwide.

PCPPI is also the exclusive manufacturer of well-known beverage brands in the Philippines including Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Mug, Premier, Milkis, and Aquafina.


Budgeting During the Pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely made life difficult for everyone. Regardless of the socioeconomic status, this pandemic continues to sweep across the globe and cause damage in almost every aspect of our lives - physical first and foremost, as well as emotional, mental, and social, at times spiritual, and worst of all, financial. 

Aside from the health and wellbeing of millions of people, this disease has also threatened the livelihood of many - from entrepreneurs, to small and medium-sized enterprises, and even established companies and large scale industries. Many have lost their jobs, most businesses had to close temporarily, and some even had to totally cease operations or file for bankruptcy. 

During these trying times, how can we manage our money and take care of our finances? Here are some tips on budgeting during the pandemic.

Budgeting is very important, now more than ever.

Analyze Your Situation

There are three things to consider for you to be able to get a good grasp of your financial situation - your earnings, your expenses, and your savings. If you still have a steady income despite the pandemic, that's great. But if you or anyone from your household has been laid off or given a salary cut, then there's definitely a need to make adjustments to your budget.

You also need to check your savings as this can tide you over and help you with your expenses. Having a bit of money saved is good, but having saved more is better since we really have no idea as to when things will get back to normal

Prioritize Your Expenses

Before you check out that luxury brand lipstick or limited edition sneakers from your online shopping cart, think twice or thrice and ask yourself - "Do I really need this right now?" 

When it comes to spending, you need to prioritize the essentials first: food, utilities, housings costs, and insurance. These are your non-negotiable expenses - basic needs that you really need to spend money on month after month. 

Lee Sung Kyung in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2017).

Then comes your variable expenses, or costs that can change over time. This includes your spending on gas, clothing, personal care products, travel and recreation, or even that Venti Flat White that you have to have every morning on your way to work - or so you think. Categorizing your expenses will help you determine which ones are the most important, and which ones you can do without. 

Spend Wisely

Work hard, be frugal, spend smart. 

Spending money wisely means getting the most out of your money's worth. You can do this by taking advantage of sale events, couponing (using vouchers to get discounts on products), and using cash back apps if you are purchasing online. With the cash back feature, you get back a percentage of the money you spend. Some credit cards also offer cash back programs, but be wary when using your credit card as there is a tendency to overspend when you're mindlessly swiping (or tapping) at the check-out counter. 
Jin swiping his rare Black Hyundai card.

Reduce Your Debt
Budgeting, saving money, and paying off your debts might seem impossible with the current financial situation. There is a way to work around this, only if you avoid adding more to your debts. Because of the pandemic, many companies are giving leeway to customers and helping them work around their bills by extending payment due dates and reducing interest fees. Some companies even have payment schemes to help their customers get by during these trying times. Get to know more about debt payoff here.

Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has plunged us into a whole new world of uncertainty. But with the right budget and a positive mindset, we will be able to get by. Always see the good in everything. And as the cliche goes, every cloud has a silver lining. 


Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog and Financial Literacy.

Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments and Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the multi-awarded resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), are launching a new version of their financial literacy themed play “Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog” (LLBB). The five-episode web series will be free for streaming starting this September.

Launched in 2017 as an interactive musical that is supported by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), LLBB features the story of teenager Gwyneth as she struggles to handle her finances and learns the value of proper financial management with help from her family and friends, and some Filipino heroes brought to life.

It’s important to teach young Filipinos how to make smart financial decisions and the Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog theater performance has been extremely successful in helping us achieve this objective. This year, we wanted to create new stories that are relevant in the new normal, while making the play educational and entertaining. We are excited to partner again with our trusted allies in financial education such as Tanghalang Pilipino and Teach for the Philippines to introduce the web series, to expand our outreach to more Filipino children and young people in the country,” said Dan Wolbert, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam.

Lukot-lukot, Bilog Bilog.

Written by Eljay Castro Deldoc and directed by Avic Ilagan, the new LLBB stories feature five web episodes that focus on various financial topics such as the concept of promotional sales, value of saving, basics of credit, earning additional income, and scam awareness and prevention.

The protagonist is Gwyneth, a teenage girl who will embark on a journey to financial literacy with guidance from characters like Lolo Sally and best friend Jing-Jing. The new web series also introduces new roles such as Gwyneth’s mother Blessie and friend-turned-admirer Aaron, with special appearances from Philippine national heroes and cultural icons.

Well-known financial literacy experts Salve Duplito and Rose Fres Fausto are also featured in the after-show interviews with Lolo Sally to enlighten the audience by providing financial education tips. Through their helpful insights and easy-to-apply tips, viewers will gain a deeper understanding of financial literacy concepts and gain better money management skills.

With Filipinos relying heavily on digital platforms to access media and entertainment, the web series is accessible through the social media sites of Tanghalang Pilipino (Facebook, YouTube) and its other non-profit organization partner for children’s education, Teach for the Philippines ( It will also be showcased on Visa’s Facebook channel.

To reach remote parts of the country with limited access to the internet, LLBB also adapted this web series into a radio play which will air in local radio stations nationwide via the radio networks of Manila Broadcasting Company and Cultural Center of the Philippines.

We are thankful to partner again with Visa for the new LLBB stories. The success we had with the live performances of LLBB in theaters and on campuses showed how impactful theater is when it comes to education. The new LLBB web series will further prove that theater as a medium remains relevant and versatile to help not only the youths but viewers of all ages to become better in managing their finances,” said Carmela Millado-Manuel, Tanghalang Pilipino Company Manager.

Since its debut four years ago, LLBB has reached over 37,000 students and educators across the Philippines. Fans of the show can watch the original story again via Tanghalang Pilipino’s YouTube page. For more information about Visa and LLBB, visit

Check out these behind-the-scenes photos of this highly of the popular play:

Philippine cultural icons like the Katmon tree will help Gwyneth
in her journey in the new LLBB series.

Philippine heroes like Josefa Llanes Escoda will make appearances
in the web series to guide the characters in their financial journey.

From the stage to the screen, Tanghalang Pilipino will showcase
Filipino theater talent in the new LLBB series.



The McDonald’s Famous Twister Fries Is Making A Glorious Comeback!

Coming through! 
The return of the iconic and long-awaited crowd favorite comfort snack is finally here! The McDonald’s Twister Fries is making its way back to the spotlight and we know you won’t be able to resist these delicious, perfectly seasoned, crispy, and golden curly fries!

My all-time favorite Twister Fries is coming back!

With the Twister Fries making a comeback to McDonald’s stores on September 15, you’ll be able to get the same great-tasting fries you love and missed. Savor the flavor and let it fill your tummy when you order it on its own or as an add-on to your McDo favorites like the Big Mac or Coke McFloat.

But for a limited time only!

As all good things come to an end, the Twister Fries will be available for a limited time only and will be retreating backstage before you know it. So don’t miss your chance and be sure to make the most out of this glorious comeback! Level up all your McDo meals with this mouthwatering snack, which will be available in Regular and Sharing sizes!

Great for solo or sharing! (Not sharing mine, though haha!)

What are you waiting for? You already know the drill! Get McDonald’s great-tasting Twister Fries you love before it’s gone! Order it now via McDonald's Take Out, Drive-Thru, McDelivery, Grab Food, and Foodpanda!

Save the date - 09.15.2021!

For more information, follow McDonald’s Philippines on Facebook to stay up to date on all McDo announcements.


There’s More to Obesity than Meets the Eye.

As the world finds itself preoccupied with the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors have come to address and shed light on an equally critical pandemic that has been affecting the world, including roughly 18M Filipinos – that is Obesity.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the worldwide prevalence of obesity nearly tripled between 1975 and 2016. Statistics from 2020 showed that 39% of adults, are considered obese – almost two out of every 5 persons.

President of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) and obesity expert, Dr. Mia C. Fojas mentioned that in the Philippines, as far back as 1999, obesity was already one of the country’s most serious health concerns.

It was relevant then and even more so today
“It has taken years to recognize obesity as a disease with almost 40% of the population of Metro Manila at this point being either overweight or obese,” revealed Dr. Fojas.

“There are so many complications attributed to obesity, including metabolic, mechanical and even mental diseases, hypertension, diabetes, thrombosis, dyslipidemia, and many others,” Dr. Fojas added. The PASOO president stressed the relevance of obesity awareness in light of Covid-19, “Obesity is known to impair normal bodily function and to confer harm or morbidity especially now in this pandemic. Obesity is one of the comorbidities that can worsen a patient’s condition.”

Obesity Prevention Awareness Week Webinar, a call to knowledge and action
As obesity is truly a health concern, Proclamation No. 162 known as the Obesity Prevention Awareness Week was signed on August 21, 1999 by then President Joseph Estrada. This is observed every first week of September with PASOO as the mandated lead agency.

In line with its commitment to drive change in diabetes, obesity and other chronic diseases in the country, Novo Nordisk Philippines, conducted a media forum with a multi-disciplinary group of key opinion leaders in the field of medicine and health & wellness in observance of Obesity Prevention Awareness Week.

As part of Novo Nordisk Philippines’ the Body of Truth obesity advocacy campaign, the program was designed to shed light on the truth and dangers of obesity as a disease as well as the ways by which Filipinos can come together to stem this silent pandemic even beyond lifestyle changes and exercise.

Experts on this program include the President of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) Dra. Mia C. Fojas, radio personality, talk show host and multi-awarded physician Dr. Bles Salvador, life and fitness coaching couple, founders of FITFIL challenge, and former coaches of The Biggest Loser Philippines Jim and Toni Saret, and was moderated by the Senior Medical Manager of Novo Nordisk Philippines, Dr. Cyrus Q. Pasamba.

Obesity is a disease
One of the key learnings discussed was the hard truth that obesity is a disease. Dr. Fojas mentioned that obesity is known to impair bodily functions, causes characteristic signs and symptoms, and confers harm or morbidity. It affects 30% of Filipinos nationwide and afflicts 40% of Filipinos in Metro Manila.

Probed further on the matter of how obesity is diagnosed, the PASOO president said, “It is not just the weight, it is also the waist circumference that correlates well with mortality and morbidity, like hypertension and other illnesses associated with the disease.”

Beyond the body mass index (BMI) of 29 from the World Health Organization and International Obesity Taskforce for Asians, it really is the waist circumference threshold of 90 cm for males and 80 cm for females that are the key determinants for obesity diagnosis, even beyond the weight and the height of an individual.

Dr. Bles Salvador furthered the discussion when she cited many patients’ concerns and ailments that trace their roots to obesity, and stressed that if left untreated, is indeed life threatening.

“We even have 13 types of cancer identified that are all associated with obesity, and even under the findings of the Center for Disease Control that at the start of the pandemic 78% of those diagnosed with COVID were found to be obese.” according to Dr. Salvador.

The bottom line is that having obesity increases one’s inflammatory markers, lowering immunity and resistance to diseases and comorbidities including insulin resistance, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic, and mechanical issues.

Women and obesity
One of the questions raised was if women, more than men, are prone to having obesity.

For Dr. Fojas, “Physiologically, women are engineered to store more fat, having less muscle mass and more abdominal fat to protect internal organs.”

Dr. Salvador, an OB-GYN, spoke of her experiences where patients approached her for common diagnostic procedures because of recurring infections or a variety of ailments like diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome, gynecological cancers, as well as infertility only to find out that most were rooted in weight issues and obesity.

“Women have fat-friendly hormones like estrogen and progesterone which really respond to adipocytes and fat cells,” added Dr. Salvador.

One of the more troubling observations of Dr. Salvador was the impact of obesity on family life wherein sufferers cannot join activities of their children, are subject to inadvertent hurtful words, and other stresses. In the course of her practice, she has created a formula wherein she would advise patients to lose ten pounds, adjust their lifestyle, and if needed, take proper medication to see and sustain marked holistic improvement.

Movement is key
Dr. Cyrus Pasamba of Novo Nordisk Philippines mentioned that due to the various lockdown permutations for the past 17 months, more and more people are suffering silently from obesity or “quarantine fat” as they have limited opportunities to move, to go to the gym, and often rely on high-calorie fast food deliveries.

Coach Jim and Toni Saret stressed the importance of movement, how we in this pandemic must strive to consciously find ways to be physically active to prevent and control obesity, and to increase our immunity to fight Covid-19.

Coach Jim Saret explained that our bodies can only take in enough calories per day and anything we do not burn will be stored as fat, so over time fat accumulates, and we gain weight.

“Lifestyle is a big factor, and, in this pandemic, we need to be more conscious about moving because we are consuming a lot of calories but move less as we continue to stay home more.”

Coach Toni added, in this pandemic “Our metabolic and fitness age has surpassed our biological age because of our sedentary locked-at-home lifestyle. Movement and exercise defy this metabolic aging process.”

The prevention and cure for obesity
When one is starting to gain weight, PASOO president, Dr. Fojas advised to first target a 5 to 10-percent weight loss to achieve ideal BMI or waist circumference and to consciously live a healthier lifestyle. This of course can be done by healthy diet and exercise.

The fitness and wellness couple Coaches Jim and Toni Saret echoed this by saying, “Exercising is just moving.” They advised everyone to move more, even while sitting down. This principle will be the focus of the interactive Body of Truth 8-Week challenge and community to be launched in the Body of Truth Facebook page ( ) on September 13 to help people kickstart their health journey.

Shin Min Ah (Cosmopolitan Korea, 2018).

“What if exercise and diet are not enough to address the issue,” asked Dr. Pasamba, since obesity as a disease has been proven to have farther reaching complications if not diagnosed early. Coach Jim acknowledged this and mentioned that they have been advising people to seek medical advice prior to engaging in any diet or fitness regimen.

Dr. Fojas added, “Normally, people approach fitness experts first on matters of weight. However, there is a need for people to consult their doctors first, as all doctors are qualified to assist, diagnose, and manage patients especially on matters concerning the prevention and management of obesity.”

In addition, Dr. Fojas stressed that there are instances when medication is needed especially for morbidly obese-classified patients. There are medicines, like over-the-counter ones and injectable GLP-1 Receptor Agonist drugs, among others, that can be prescribed by endocrinologists. These are options used to treat the disease.

In the end, the right knowledge, information, and treatment are key to beat obesity. These can be done by healthcare professionals who are able to provide the right diagnosis and proper guidance. They are the very same experts who will pave the way so we can all beat obesity as one community.

For more information on obesity and the chance to join the Body of Truth 8-Week challenge, please visit


Panasonic and Mandaluyong City join hands to bring back the Filipino smile with nanoeTM X technology.

Panasonic, as part of its global campaign to spread the anti-Covid technology of nanoeTMX has recently donated nanoe air purifiers and nanoeTM X generators that have been verified to have inhibitory effects on the novel coronavirus to the City of Mandaluyong for use in City vaccination centers.

(L-R) Communication & Product Planning Manager Francis Serrato, Mandaluyong City Health Officer Dr. Alex Sta. Maria, Panasonic Air-Conditioning Philippines CEO Masaru Toyota, Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos, Life Solutions Group Country Head Yosuke Tanaka, and SM Vice President Christian Mathay.

The social good initiative was welcomed by no less than Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita “Menchie” Abalos and City Health Officer Dr. Alex Sta. Maria last September 3, 2021, at the SM Megatrade Hall vaccination site. Panasonic representatives, Masaru Toyota, Panasonic Air-Conditioning Philippines (PACPH) President & CEO, Life Solutions Group Country Head Manager Yosuke Tanaka, and Communication & Product Planning Manager Francis Serrato were present during the turn-over.

“We truly are grateful to Panasonic for providing our city’s health workers and our Mandalenyos with the gift of safety and protection brought by the nanoe and nanoeTM X anti-Covid technology,” Mayor Abalos said.

The Mandaluyong City Health Officer, Dr. Alex Sta, Maria added, “With the nanoeTM X generators and nanoe air purifiers, we can all breathe a sigh of relief as we enter our vaccination sites with a little more confidence in knowing that we have added layers of protection against Covid.”

“We in Panasonic truly believe that we all must do our part, to act together to protect ourselves, our families, and most especially our front liners, our doctors, nurses, and health workers against the pandemic. Our nanoeTM X technology has been proven to help improve air quality we breathe indoors", said Masaru Toyota.

Yosuke Tanaka added, “In the next few months, Panasonic will continue to reach out to a number of LGU vaccination sites to help make these areas safer not just for doctors and health workers but also the vaccinees as we act together against the pandemic.”

To find out more on how one can protect their homes, offices, and other areas against the resurgence of COVID-19, check out


Fenix Innovative Materials for Interior Design Open New Doors to the Philippine Interior Market.

Following a significant and well-established presence of FENIX® in the Philippines market for interiors, Formica Philippines strengthens their positioning by becoming the exclusive distributor of these inno-vative materials.

The new relationship between Arpa Industriale and Formica Group dates back to June 2019 with the acquisition of Formica Group by Broadview Holding B.V.. Since then, Formica Group has joined Arpa Industriale S.p.A., Trespa International B.V. and Westag & Getalit AG as part of Broadview’s family of businesses in the field of material technology. The main focus, which connotes the sister companies, is on coordinated strategy and synergies, with the main goal to offer customers world-class surface materials.

As a main result of this new partnership, Formica Asia expands its product portfolio in Philippines to include the award-winning FENIX® range through its distribution network. In the Philippines market, Formica Philippines is the exclusive distributor of FENIX starting April 1, 2021.

FENIX are the innovative materials created for interior design by Arpa Industriale in 2013. They arise from the Italian design tradition, reflected in the project stylistic choices: from the colours selection to the overall aesthetic result of the interiors applications. Applying proprietary technologies, the external surface of FENIX is characterised by the use of next generation acrylic resins, hardened and fixed through an Electronic Beam Curing process. With low light reflectivity, the FENIX surface is extremely opaque, soft touch and anti-fingerprint. Thermal healing of superficial micro-scratches is also possible. They are suitable for both vertical and horizontal applications in the following sectors: kitchens, bathrooms, design furniture, retail, offices, and contract.

The FENIX family includes:

FENIX NTM®: the first to be introduced in 2013 to meet the market request for smart materials and matt surfaces: it is available in 20 refined and timeless colours. Colours have been selected to highlight and match the latest trends in interior design: a collection of silent elegant colours, enriched by the very recent addition of Bianco Dover to complete the palette of whites. All its innovative features – a matt, soft touch, and anti-fingerprint surface, as well as the possible thermal healing of superficial mi-cro-scratches – make FENIX NTM the smart material.

FENIX NTA®: its empowered metallic surface features the same characteristics of FENIX. Hence, it is extremely matt with visual comfort and a very pleasant soft touch, as well as anti-fingerprint. Thermal healing of superficial micro-scratches is also possible. The metallic colour range includes Acciaio Ham-ilton, Argento Dukat and Oro Cortez. Among its pluses, FENIX NTA is suitable both for vertical and hor-izontal application, and is easy to work with standard carpenters tools, such as regular cutting, milling, polishing and drilling tools; it is also customisable with laser engraving techniques and CNC machining.

A new system concept consolidates the role of FENIX as an ingredient brand aimed at offering aesthetic solutions and simplifications for the interiors, with the result to engage our customers as true partners in exploiting the value-creation opportunities offered by our innovative ‘ingredients’, as well as in the launching of newly co-developed projects. This system is called “FENIX INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS. Kitchen Sinks”, a collection of sinks designed to be integrated with kitchen worktops made of FENIX NTM. Products are made from acrylic resin with an extremely matt finish, allowing for perfect integration between the FENIX NTM worktop and the sink in kitchen designs. Two models and fourteen FENIX NTM colours are available in the catalogue.

Innovation and sustainability are two core values for the whole Group, whose objective is to foresee and create cutting-edge aesthetic and technical solutions designed with sustainability in mind. These values are perfectly summed up in FENIX materials: the smart surface of FENIX with its innovative features made with proprietary technology has struck the world of interiors; its more natural core, thanks to the use of lignin in the formulation of thermosetting resins, represents not only a more sustainable choice, but at the same time a significant technical innovation. This is possible thanks to Arpa’s constant investment in research and development.

With this new distribution partnership in Philippines with its sister company Formica Asia, a new core value is likewise highlighted: the sharing of a common vision to support a mutual profitable long-term growth and, above all, to offer Philippines designers and customers innovative surface solutions for new neverending design stories.


5 Types Of Necklaces Every Woman Needs In Their Accessory Collection.

Necklaces are a staple in most jewelry collections. And they are also one of the most practical pieces of jewelry out there; they can complete any outfit and elevate your style instantly. Moreover, necklaces make exceptional gifts for holidays and almost any occasion. 

That said, there are tons of necklace styles out there, and some are leading as current trends, while others aren't all that popular. So, if you're wondering which necklaces to add to your collection this year, we've added the five most essential in 2021.

Kim Da Mi wearing a classic chain necklace in Itaewon Class (2020).

Delicate Chain Necklace
You can find several delicate chain necklaces by clicking here. This type of necklace style can be worn for practically any occasion, from elegant evening wear to casual everyday outfits. And they're unlikely to go out of fashion any time soon as delicate chain necklaces are now considered timeless. So, investing in a few quality pieces will be worth your while.

Suzy looks stunning with a choker.

The Choker
The choker necklace entered the fashion industry back in the 1990s, and it soon became a staple style for many. The design hugs the neck, and some have pendants or other details. This necklace cut can be worn for a fabulous night out, to an elegant dinner, or even as a fun statement necklace. There are numerous different styles of choker necklaces out there, as some are crafted from metals, and others are fabric.

CL wearing a LV sautoir necklace.

Sautoir Necklace
The sautoir necklace is an exceptionally elegant choice. This design showcases lengthy chains that hand below the neckline and draw attention. The chain is often set with embellishments or jewels. And while this cut is pretty elegant, you can also wear a sautoir necklace casually, depending on the style. However, they are best worn with low-cut tops or dresses to allow the necklace design to stand out genuinely.

Song Hye Kyo wearing a Chaumet princess necklace.

The Princess Necklace
A princess necklace is similar to a choker necklace, although it's slightly longer and does not hug the neck quite as much. It's a much more comfortable fit, and most consider them the perfect evening wear necklace cut. More often than not, they are packed with sparkling diamonds, crystals, or gemstones.

Blackpink wearing an assortment of necklaces.

Statement Necklace
Statement necklaces come in various shapes and sizes. And these necklaces generally fall into the category of costume jewelry, as they are pretty bold and vibrant, to say the least. However, these bold necklaces are making waves in the fashion industry this year, so you should shop around for a few different styles to add to your collection. These are also best for casual wear and fun evenings out.

There are several more different necklace styles, although the types mentioned above are trending this year. With that said, necklaces and most other jewelry accessories tend to rotate the same way fashion does. And for this reason, you can invest in elegant pieces without wondering if you'll forget about them, as they will likely go out of fashion and make a comeback on the fashion scene a few years later.


4 Recipes to Strengthen Your Immune System.

Filipinos have taken the necessary steps to strengthen their immunity during this time of pandemic, like having regular workouts to keep the body active and taking vitamins and supplements for an added layer of protection.

A big part of staying in great shape and achieving a stronger immune system is having a balanced diet. With this, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation would like to help Pinoys in their health and fitness goals by sharing simple recipes that promote eating nutritious and delicious meals without compromising their budget and time.

4 Recipes to Strengthen Your Immune System.

“Most home cooks are stressed and running out of ideas on what meals to prepare. We cooked up new recipes that you can try to add variety to the food that you consume and serve to your family. Make the most out of every meal time with these nutritious dishes!,” says Deborah S. Fajarda, RND, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation’s Science Communication Executive.

Here are four nourishing yet sumptuous and easy-to-do recipes that will strengthen every Juan’s immune system:

Vegetable Kebab with Grilled Chicken.

Take a break from the usual barbecue with this mouth-watering vegetable kebab with grilled chicken dish. Enjoy the benefits of fiber-rich veggies like zucchini and corn that can aid in digestion paired with chicken breast marinated with SARSAYA® Liquid Seasoning. Chicken is rich in protein which aid in maintaining good muscle integrity and B Vitamins that are in-charge of keeping a healthy immune system. Onions and bell peppers are also valuable in this recipe as it not only add flavor but they also contain antioxidants that may help protect cells against free radicals. Want to take this meal to another level of enjoyment as well? Why not add a mixture of olive oil with AJI-SHIO® Pepper Seasoning Mix, and AJI-SHIO® Garlic to give the veggies a savory kick. 

Hawaiian Fish Burger.

Give burgers a new and inviting look with the Hawaiian Fish Burger. Prepping this snack can be done in four easy steps by using tilapia fillet as a substitute for the traditional beef. Tilapia is rich in protein that promotes muscle building and tissue healing. Moreover, it also provides iron which further helps in strengthening the immune system. Adding fruits and vegetables high in fiber and minerals such as pineapple, romaine lettuce, and tomato will make this specialty healthier. CRISPY FRY® Seasoned Crumbs even makes the tilapia fillet crunchier, to give joy to kids and kids at heart when they have this delightful treat.

Asian Salad with Oyster Sauce Dressing.

For people looking to go green and oriental, this Asian Salad recipe is perfect. This colorful dish is composed of easy-to-find fruits and vegetables such as cucumber, lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, orange and singkamas that are packed with iron and vitamins A and C. This combination of vitamins support the immune system. Preparing this leafy concoction is a time-saver as it can be done in four simple ways. Aside from the veggies’ natural benefits, slices of grilled filleted chicken breasts will pack this hearty grub with protein. Adding SARSAYA® Oyster Sauce to the salad dressing will further elevate the taste of this specialty.

Fish Fillet in Mango Salsa.

Combining fish and fruits to create a delicious specialty like this Fish Fillet in Mango Salsa is a unique way to power up defenses against diseases. This dish is packed with protein that helps fuel and fortify the body. Fish fillet evenly coated and fried with CRISPY FRY® Fish Breading Mix is a perfect complement to the sweet kick of ripe mangoes that contain vitamins A and C. Adding onions, cilantro, green pepper, honey and lemon to the mango salsa will enrich this meal to perfection.

“These recipes will benefit people who want to watch what they eat and those who want to start eating healthier. While these recipes are certainly helpful, we also encourage people to put in more time and effort in knowing the benefits of the food they intake to improve their health and even immune system,” adds Fajarda.

These recipes reflect the Ajinomoto Creating Shared Value (ASV) framework and Eat Well, Live Well commitment, as the company continues to develop ideas and create products to improve the nutrition of Filipino families.

Want to learn more easy-to-cook, nutritious, and affordable recipes? Visit our Facebook page at Cookmunity® by Ajinomoto Philippines or our website at


Reasons to Date Redheads and Where to Find Them.

Red or ginger hair is unique. Many find them to be beautiful and rare, and those who can pull them off are gorgeous to look at. You might be looking for a new experience and dating redheads may be the answer. These women are pretty, and they are often head turners. You might have accidentally found one at a local bookshop, café, rock band concert, or mall. Know that there’s something attractive about them, but aside from the looks, you might want to get to know them better. You can also check dating sites for people with red hair and ensure to specify your preferences, so you’ll get plenty of ideal matches. If you’re looking for other reasons why you should date a redhead in the first place, then here are some for you.

Standing out.

1. Easier to Find your SO in crowds
When you and your important other date in a crowded area, they might get lost at some point. Wherever you look, everyone seems to be at average heights, and you’re having problems finding your SO. When you’re dating someone with ginger hair, this seems not to be a problem. Their fiery strands will make them stand out from the masses, and you can both be reunited quickly.

2. Bragging Rights to your Family and Friends
Men and women tend to brag about their partners during parties and get-togethers. (If they are not bragging about you, then there must be something wrong!) Stepping up the game means that you’re pulling this Ginger card that you have and see the envy from your friend’s eyes. This shows the world that your SO is like none other. There are also bonus points if they have beautiful faces as well.

3. Buy Bright Shirts
Brown or blonde hairs can’t usually pull off the yellow or purple colors. They might prefer the more neutral tones. Fortunately, redheads can definitely pull this off, and you can buy them shirts with pastel colors. The bright contrasts will emphasize their hair, and others will find them interesting. There’s nothing essential about redheads when they enter a room.

Redheads are for real men. 

4. It Takes Real Men to Handle Them
Dating a blonde takes a gentleman, and most men prefer them because they know what to expect. However, it’s different when you date someone with ginger hair. If you’re a man, your character and patience will be tested. Science has made it known that redheads have a feisty and fiery personality. Overall, you can expect a bold and passionate relationship similar to what you see on top of your partner’s head. If you want trouble, you can always find a redhead that you can clash with.

5. Never Have a Boring Time
If you’re stuck in a vacation house with your SO and begin to feel bored, know that you can always count the freckles on their faces. Redheads are notorious for having an abundance of freckles. Rather than the soft tan that you can expect on many females, gingers usually have porcelain skins. In the sun, they develop speckled dots that create many constellations in their bodies. As the saying goes, a face without freckles is similar to a night without any stars.

Delicate as a flower.

6. They are Delicate Flowers
You might be looking to become a Prince Charming who comes to save a sleeping princess from the horrors of a wicked witch. If so, then go with red. Studies show that women with ginger hair have a different perspective and experience when it comes to pain. Also, these people are more susceptible to specific illnesses. Learn more about their health risks on this site here.

Not only are they attracting toothaches and colds, but they also have a greater risk of getting endometriosis and multiple sclerosis at some point in their lives. On the flip side, they are better at handling some stinging on the skin compared to blondes and black-haired people.

7. They Smell Better
Anyone who has dated a redhead knows that they have a distinctive smell. Their scents are stronger than a woman with natural black or blonde hair. This is the same reason when animals want to flaunt what they have to offer. These women will lure you into their clutches and make you theirs forever. They have scents described as “civet,” and some even compared them to violets and amber. Say hello to an overdrive of pheromones!

Now that you have an idea of why you should consider a redhead, it’s time to know where to date them. Fortunately, today, there’s a technology that lets people find dates online and on phone apps. They can browse profiles of famous redheads while sitting on their couch, and they could always get to know them better before asking for a date. So, where do you start?

Kim Go Eun as a redhead in Cheese in the Trap (2016).

Where to Look for Redheads?
It’s best to find a website that has one of the largest databases in the world. Signing up is free, and you can set your preferences to get more accurate matches. Some platforms will ask you a series of questions to know more about you and the qualities of a potential mate that you’re looking for. If they determine that you’re going for a redhead in your area, there’s a considerable chance that you’ll see some of their profiles around, and you can send them a wink.

Some of the notable features of these websites include various filters when you’re searching for matches, including hair color. You’ll have a chance to view some of the hottest profiles for free. This is a one-stop platform for redheads who are seeking others of the same color as them.

There’s also a site dedicated to single girls that are made up of men looking for redheads. On some of these platforms, you’re allowed to upload photos, get matched, send winks, be flirty without any payment. Others also let you communicate via webcam and chat with the more popular ones in a private channel. There are a lot of redheads out there, and the best of luck if you’re looking for one.