Saturday, November 28, 2020


As a mother of two, in this time of the pandemic, I worry every single day for the health of my family. We have very minimal interaction with people outside. My husband and I are both work from home. My son and daughter are into online education. We have never set foot outside of our village since March, me in April when I came back from Sydney. My husband in March and April still went out for grocery, twice a month. But after that, we sourced out our basic needs online. We rely much on delivery of goods.  

Why are we so afraid to go out. Because of Covid. But common illnesses such as cough and colds still visit us, even though we are staying at home 24/7. And when these illnesses come, I know its not Covid, but I still think of the worst! What if it is Dengue? Or Chikungunya? For this OC mom, is there a more effective way to beat these health hazards brought about by mosquitoes apart from what we already know. Like, keeping the environment clean and eliminating mosquito breeding grounds?


It is unique because of it’s naturally derived active ingredient: Spinosad. It’s a class of its own compared to other existing larvicides with a distinctive mode of action that helps fight resistance. Natular DT is also safe for the community because it is naturally derived. 

Natular DT works unlike any other larvicide. It works by altering the function of insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors that causes continuous nervous impulses that later result to paralysis and death of the larvae. This happens through ingestion and contact with the active ingredient. Its 1st visible effects are seen within hours of application. Optimal control is reached within 24-72 hours, sustained at very uniform levels for 60 days. 

Safety Standard Natular DT was evaluated by the EPA and is the first Reduced Risk larvicide approved product. All ingredients of Natular DT are included in EPA’s List of Minimal Risk Inert Ingredients. As a matter of fact, Spinosad earned the EPA’s Green Chemistry Award in 1999. Natular DT has also been evaluated by WHOPES (World Health Organization Pesticide Evaluation Scheme) for water container treatment in dengue control programs and is approved by the Drinking Water Quality working group for potable water. 


Spinosad is derived from naturally occurring soil bacterium that balances efficacy and environmental stewardship. It is classified as Group 5 insecticide by the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC) and it is the only active ingredient classified in Group 5 used for mosquito control. The benefit of this is that it has no cross-resistance with existing products, making it an excellent option for resistance management.

Spinosad was discovered in 1986 by a vacationing scientist from a soil sample he took in 1982. The new species of bacteria was sacchrapolyspora spinosa, which translates to spiny sugar. Later on, the bacteria was fermented in laboratory and yielded spinosyns A and D, which comprise S. spinosa. 

In 2002, Clarke acquired the public health development rights to Spinosad and developed Natular DT.  

Environmental Impact Spinosad is safe for the soil, water, and animals. In the soil, spinosad readily degrades and is non-persistent. In water systems, it degrades naturally in sunlight. In insects, it is highly-selective while in mammals, it is not readily absorbed through the skin. In terms of toxicity, mutagenicity, and genotoxicity, spinosad has relatively low risk to beneficial and non-target insects. It is not acutely toxic to terrestrial birds, wildlife, or to fish and most aquatic invertebrates. Studies also found that it does not posses mutagenic potential.


Simply place the Natular tablet in containers or places where there is stagnant water. One Natular DT tablet is effective for up to 200 liters of water and can last up to 60 days. 

I think in the ordinary household set up in the Philippines, and as an urban gardener myself, we can make use of this product if we add fountains, ponds and other water features into our garden landscapes. Water gardens can have a calming effect, but we have to manage it properly. If they don't have fishes to constantly clean it and prevent it to become a mosquito breeding ground, you may need to use Natular DT. 

Natular DT is offered in the Philippines by UPL Limited Global and UPL Philippines. UPL is established in 1969 and is one of the largest agrochemical companies in India and 5th largest crop protection company globally. With its presence in over 138 countries, having 44 manufacturing sites, and more than 10,000 


Tuesday, November 17, 2020


This year’s Christmas observance may be more toned down because of the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean that it is any less joyful. Christmas, after all, is about sharing life’s blessings with loved ones, regardless of the challenges the world is facing. 

To bring joy into everyone’s Christmas celebrations, Mega Prime held an early Christmas event and its 5th workshop for the media, influencers, Prime Mom Club members and the general public through Mega Prime Pinasarap Holiday last November 14. 

Recognizing that moms want to make their holiday celebrations delightful despite the current situation, Mega Prime and the Prime Mom Club decided to push through with the online workshop in order to continue to empower moms with ideas and recipes to make Christmas extra special this year. 

The hybrid event, which also served as a thanksgiving celebration, included an exclusive workshop attended by the media, influencers and PMC members, where Kaye Ang of Mamacademy PH, shared her thoughts on launching passion projects alongside motherhood, as a way to encourage moms to start their own businesses. 

The next half was opened to the general public via live streaming on Mega Prime’s Facebook Page. Celebrity Chef and Brand Ambassador, Chef Rosebud Benitez shared different refreshing and kid friendly mocktail recipes. 

At the center stage of the event was Prime Mom Club honorary member, Marian Rivera-Dantes delighting us with her presence and sharing her yearly Holiday tips and and her personal take on an all-time Filipino favorite, the fruit salad. “Christmas will always be a meaningful celebration. For us moms, it’s the little sacrifices we do and making sure na we provide only the best sa ating family yung masarap na feeling diba. Kaya super importante na hindi tayo nauubusan ng new ideas sa bahay and kitchen recipes to offer to our family. Kaya naman sobrang happy ko at super kampante with Mega Prime and Prime Mom Club dahil mayroon tayong nakukuhanan ng mga ideas na ito at syempre support system lalo na sa mga panahong ito." Marian said. 

The Prime Mom Club has been an avenue for moms to improve their skills as homemakers. Combining information and education with interactive and engaging events, Prime Moms are given exclusive access to enriching activities featuring experts and celebrities to guide them. Aside from the fresh content accessible online, exclusive perks, privileges, points and rewards are given to members exclusively. And before the year ends, the community is also looking for a new online ambassador with the Search for the Next Prime Mom. One lucky winner will get a chance to win 100,000 in cash and a year's supply of Mega prime products, to know more, you may visit the Prime Mom Club website. 

In his closing remarks, Mega Global Chief Growth and Development Officer Marvin Tiu-Lim recognized moms for their efforts in making the holidays truly memorable. “We may be at the face of a difficult situation brought about by the pandemic, but we believe that this will only make us stronger and more resilient. We at Mega Prime, acknowledge the importance of moms, especially during these trying times, in keeping the entire family anchored and adapting seamlessly,” he concluded. 

Elevate your holiday celebrations by adding Mega Prime’s line-up of premium quality canned fruits and vegetables like the season’s favorite - the Tropical Fruit Cocktail, Mega Prime Nata de Coco in white, pandan, coffee, and lychee flavors that will surely make the Filipino family Christmas spread extra special. All products are available in supermarkets and groceries nationwide. You can also order online through the Mega Global online store with free delivery for the whole month of November and December. 

Be sure to sign up for the Prime Mom Club at to join the growing community of modern home-makers and receive exclusive information on future events and perks. For more information, be sure to follow @megaprimequality on Facebook and Instagram

Wednesday, November 11, 2020


During my last trip in Sydney... instead of buying chocolates, shoes, shirts -- my kind of pasalubong to my loved ones were vitamins - specifically Vitamin C. Surviving this Covid19 crisis, we really need to boost our immunity! Everyone is encouraged to take extra precautions to avoid getting sick.    

As part of the “new normal,” people are advised to stay at home, wash the hands frequently using soap and water or sanitizers, and wear protective equipment, face masks, and face shields, among others, as prescribed by the local authorities.   

For Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, however, it also pays to take Vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin that cannot be produced by our body. While it can be found mostly in the food we eat, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, and kiwi, taking an extra dose of this important nutrient can help our body’s immune functions, as well as other health benefits.    “

Keeping a healthy lifestyle, which starts with eating a well-balanced diet to get the right amounts of important nutrients and vitamins, is important to help maintain a healthy immune system. One of these important nutrients is Vitamin C, which has been featured in supplements due to its promising properties,” Catriona said.    

As a model, singer, and beauty pageant titleholder, known for her healthy lifestyle choices and as a fitness inspiration for all, Catriona Gray encourages everyone to get that extra dose of Vitamin C as she joins the Santé family as the new brand ambassador of Daily C.    

Santé’s Daily C is your go-to Vitamin C supplement for the whole family, as well as young professionals who work all-day or on night shifts. And since it is non-acidic, it is gentler on the stomach and safer for daily consumption.    

This time, Santé Daily C now has an exciting new look and an additional variant. Aside from its Daily C 500mg which has been in the market for over 5 years, Santé also introduces Daily C in 750mg, a bigger serving of the trusted Daily C – ascorbic acid as sodium ascorbate, now in vegetable capsules.    

Daily C provides an extra dose of Vitamin C, which not only aids the immune system but also prevents scurvy (Vitamin C deficiency); an extra level of protection by enhancing the absorption of iron and the formation of collagen in our bodies; as well as an extra aid in speeding the process of wound healing.    

“Now more than ever, it is important for all of us to take good care of our health and overall wellbeing. I’m glad that I am able to promote this mindset as the newest brand ambassador for Santé Daily C,” said Catriona.    

Joey Marcelo could not agree more. He said that “amid these uncertain times, we all need to take extra precautions. We are glad that we have our country’s pride, Ms. Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, as our new brand ambassador for Daily C as we encourage everyone to keep themselves healthy and strong, especially amid the current global health crisis.”   

Santé Daily C is just one of the many other organic health and wellness products offered by Santé. Known for its flagship, Santé Barley™, the company has developed a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. They are made with organic barley grass, as certified by BioGro, New Zealand’s leading organic certification agency.   To learn more about Santé, visit its website at 

Sunday, November 1, 2020

NOVUHAIR Petite: Less is more

The reality of adhering to the different pandemic-related health protocols until this global health crisis is under control while slowly relaxing the expansive social restrictions to bootup the economy refers to our “new normal”.  

ADP Pharma Corporation introduces to the island of Luzon the new NOVUHAIR® Petite, the fit and clear-cut choice to meet the ever-changing needs and essentials in facing the challenges and the impact of the new normal.  

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But why choose NOVUHAIR® Topical Scalp Lotion? 

Formulated with 19 of nature’s finest and standardized herbal extracts and essential oils that work in synergy to help prevent and reduce the progression of hair loss 

Clinically proven safe and effective by a clinical trial designed by and for Filipinos  

No harmful chemicals such parabens and sulfates  

Proudly Philippine-made, FDA-registered, compliant to the ASEAN Cosmetic Directive and USA Cosmetic Guidelines 

Comes in a 200mL bottle good for about 4 months use 

NOVUHAIR® Petite will be available online and offline soon for the special price of ₱1,990 good for 2 months, highly recommended to those experiencing excessive hair shedding and to those who have been clamoring for a smaller pack for trial purposes. Sounds good? 

NOVUHAIR® products are available at all Mercury Drug stores and other leading drugstores nationwide and online at Lazada, Shopee and May this new offer help you feel secured and happy despite the woes of hair loss during this pandemic crisis and gain so much more value in your life.  Choose natural. Nothing to lose. For more updates about NOVUHAIR® Petite, follow our Facebook page and Instagram account @NovuhairOfficial.


The wet season can really dampen one’s spirit. Since most of us are still working from home and attending classes online, it feels extra hard to be productive with the gloomy atmosphere and the cold bed weather.    

To beat the monsoon blues and get that much-needed boost, try these five dishes you can order from Century Park Hotel Manila:   


Every Filipino family loves to share a bowl of hot beef or pork shank soup in the middle of a cold, heavy downpour. Bulalo is best enjoyed when its meat has been simmered very well to bring out its flavor and served with nutritious greens such as cabbage and Bagui beans. Tenderizing the meat takes quite long but as what they say, the best ingredient is time and patience.     


The lingering sour taste of this dish makes us drool especially this wet season. Whether it comes with pork, prawns or salmon fish, sinigang’s tamarind-based soup rouses the senses and boosts the appetite. With a little spice added to it for that extra kick, it will keep you warm despite the cold weather.    


Rainy season is the perfect occasion to enjoy an oishi bowl of ramen. Not only is this dish a hit in Asia but also in the whole world because of its flavorful broth made from a variety of ingredients such as chicken or pork bones. Its filling noodles makes it extra special. Normally complemented with tamago, cuts of chicken, beef or pork, nori, scallions and others vegetables, one serving of ramen is already a feast for the taste buds.   

Mushroom Soup 

A bowl of hot and steamy mushroom soup is truly a bed weather pleasure. Its creaminess, aroma and the tender bites of the mushrooms makes for a delectable mood-booster. Other recipes you can choose from are crab & sweet corn soup and pumpkin soup. Enjoy these dishes all the more when paired with delicious bread from the Deli Snack.     

Arroz Caldo 

On cold mornings or afternoons, arroz caldo is everybody’s go-to snack. A dish as unassuming as this can carry you through the monsoon blues. The ginger completes the full-bodied taste and leaves you wanting for more. Filipinos love to eat this comfort food with slices of chicken, pork and boiled egg.  It is then garnished with a zest of kalamansi and fried garlic bits.   

Get a taste of how these comfort foods are prepared by award-winning chefs. Contact Century Park Hotel Manila at 8528-5855 or 0917-633-2497, via SMS or Viber to order.    

Did we miss anything on the list? Share your rainy season food ideas with us.