Tuesday, November 5, 2019

STRIPES RUN 2019: Run for Reading!

This year, McDonald's once again invites families and friends to pledge their support for children's literacy at Stripes Run 2019. Now on its 10th year, McDonald’s Stripes Run 2019 run for reading will be help on December 1, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.

For the past 10 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in the Philippines has been the beneficiary of McDonald's Stripes Run. Proceeds of the annual fun run go to the Ronald McDonald Read to Learn - a beginning reading program for Grade 1 and 2 public elementary school students. In partnership with DepEd, it aims to eradicate illiteracy among Filipino children. To date, the Ronald McDonald Read To Learn program has reached over 12 million students, trained over 28 thousand educators, and distributed more than 367 thousand books.


Registration is quick and easy, with three possible options to choose from:

1. Register and pay online at mcdostripesrun.com.ph.
2. Download the form on mcdostripesrun.com.ph and pay for the registration fee at select McDonald’s stores.
3. Register and pay at select McDonald’s stores (View list of stores at https://mcdostripesrun.com.ph/how-to-join)

At an affordable price, you get a race kit with a Stripes Run shirt, 1 pair of Stripes Socks, 1 Race Bib, 1 McDonald’s Longgadesal, and 1 Race Map. Exciting game booths and activities also await the entire family and barkada during the run!

Kids and adults alike are welcome to run for reading with the various running categories to choose from:

  • Kiddie stripes (1K) – 8 years old and below
  • Young stripes (3K) – 8-15 years old
  • 3K stripes – 16 years old and up
  • Family stripes (3K) – 2 kids (15 years old and below) and 2 adults (16 years old and up)
  • 5K stripes – 16 years old and up 
  • Squad stripes (5K) – 4 adults (16 years old and up)
  • 10K stripes – 16 years old and up
Get your family and friends to run with you at Stripes Run 2019! Share your experience by using the hashtag #McDoStripesRun and tagging @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram. For more information on Stripes Run 2019, visit mcdostripesrun.com.ph or follow McDonald's Philippines on Facebook.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

How We Make Toothbrush Time a Hapee Time!

October went by so fast! It only seems like yesterday when I was dressing up the kids with their Halloween costumes DIYed by me, of course. This year, we celebrated Haloween here in the condo again, that's two times in a row already. Though this year, we didn't go trick or treating, the kids still got a lot of candies from the party! I haven't stored their pumpkin pails yet, as there are still candies in it! Yes, I allow my kids to eat candy, but only 1 to 2 pieces a day, there are days when they don't get any. 


And, just right in time after Halloween, we got this box of Hapee-ness filled with Hapee Kiddie toothpaste! With so many candies waiting to be eaten, this box is a perfect reminder for Tristan, Athena, and Brianna to brush their teeth.


Well, I don't have any trouble getting them to brush their teeth anyway.

Okay, I said, "don't" not "didn't." I've also experienced, forcing a crying toddler to get to brush their teeth at one point (multiply it by 3 lol). I've been there too, so I know the struggle. And I'm glad we got passed that stage. Right now, the only setback is when they forget to brush their teeth, so I have to remind them sometimes, and they'd do it without any drama. 

How We Make Toothbrush Time a Hapee Time!

How did we do it? Well, it took a reasonable amount of time, a handful of patience, and some good old' techniques to make it work. Let me share some that worked for us!



1. Ever heard of the phrase "brushing alone is not enough"? Took it literally, so we brush our teeth together! One way to get the kids to do what you want is to lead by example. This way, we also get to show them how it is done correctly. 




2. Brushing may be fun when we do it together, but we also have to teach them how to do it independently. Let them do it alone (still with your supervision, of course) even if they are not doing it right the first few times. Let them enjoy it, they will learn eventually. Now, both Tristan and Athena are teaching their little sister Brianna how to brush her teeth!



3. Teaching them the importance of brushing their teeth and the benefit they will get out of it. Let them know that a happy and healthy kid has a clean and strong set of teeth. Instead of scaring them and telling them, "your teeth will fall off if you don't brush" or "you won't have any of this if you don't brush your teeth." 

4. Play fun music or set a timer when brushing your teeth to make sure they brush their teeth for 2 minutes.

5. Let them choose their toothbrushes or buy the ones in their favorite color or characters! 

6. This may be the last, but I believe it is a vital one. Make sure to choose the right toothpaste for kids. Make it colorful and flavorful, because if kids say it's yucky, they won't do it. 

Aside from that, the right toothpaste for kids contains a safe level of fluoride, just like Hapee Kiddie Toothpaste.

Look at all the colorful packaging and flavorful variants you and your kids can choose from! 


Hapee Kiddie Toothpaste is available in fruity flavors; Apple Crunch, Juicy Grapes Orange Squeeze, Strawberry Bloom, and Tutti Frutti Twist. There are also other sweet treats that kids love- the Bubblegum Pop, and Cookies and Cream Ahoy.


Kids can have one flavor every day! Isn't that exciting?

#MakeBrushTimeHapeeTime and your kids will surely not look at tooth brushing as a dreaded task. 

If this won't make your kids look forward to brushing their teeth, then I don't know what else will! 



Find out more about Hapee Kiddie Toothpaste, you may visit their Facebook Page here.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Add color to your diet with Australian Navel Oranges + Facts

The main variety of orange is the Navel which is usually seedless, easy to peel, skin, very sweet juicy
flesh, and a small protrusion at one end that resembles a human navel (hence the name of this variety)


Australian Navel Oranges are available and in season from June to October each year. Hort Innovation’s Taste Australia campaign is bringing the highest quality Navel Oranges back from Australia’s southeast regions to the Philippines. It aims to cement existing trade relations and develop new partnerships between the two countries.

Only sourced from the highest quality crops, Australian oranges are at their prime and Taste Australia encourages consumers to make the most of the peak season and indulge in this colorful, sweet, juicy and nutritious fruit.

And just in time for Trick or Treat, we received a small box of Australian Navel Oranges. I added it on top of the candies the kids got from the Halloween party!



Health benefits


Australian oranges are famous for its high Vitamin C content and natural flu-fighting properties. They are also high in antioxidants, fibre, folate and potassium. Australian oranges have numerous health and nutritional benefits including:

● Nutrient density which is great for weight control
● Good source of folate which is perfect for pregnant women (may help prevent spina bifida) and the rest of the family (helps the immune system and heart)
● Great for blood pressure control with high potassium and low salt
● Rich in antioxidants which helps keep you fit and healthy throughout the year.

Application and recipes

Australian oranges are incredibly versatile, making them the perfect anytime snack or addition to sweet or savory dishes. Oranges are a great alternative to a quick fix sugary drink or a chocolate bar as they contain carbohydrates and B vitamins.

Must-try recipes can be found at http://www.oranges.com.au/recipes.

Selection and storage at home


1. Make sure to select fruit that has bright orange skin, is firm, and feels heavy for its size (avoid
dry, wrinkled or softer looking orangesas they do not ripen further after harvest.).

2. Oranges can be stored for up to two weeks at room temperature, and longer when refrigerated.

● Store oranges unwashed as moisture on the skin can lead to mould.
● Either peel or wash oranges in cool water before slicing. If cutting, use a clean cutting board to prevent cross-contamination.
● Do not freeze oranges or store them below 3°C.

You still have time to try this delectable fruit at in-store and sampling sessions taking place at participating retailers such as Rustan’s, Shopwise, Wellcome, S&R, Robinson’s, SM and other major supermarkets. Consumers can also find participating retailers, view trending recipes, learn helpful tips and tricks, or be involved in the latest conversations by following Taste Australia - Philippines on @TasteAustraliaPhilippines on Facebook and @TasteAustraliaPH on Instagram.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Henry and Sons introduces transparency platform for coffee

In the recently concluded World Food Expo Manila, Henry and Sons President and CEO Michael Harris Conlin launched croptomarket.com—a digital transparency platform that displays a detailed information of coffee from the farmers to the retail market.


During his presentation in the forum “A Taste of the Cordillera” recently, Conlin explains how customers can access the transparency report on every can of coffee purchased from Henry and Sons. By scanning the QR code on the can, the website will appear on the screen that shows information about the farmer where the coffee cherries were purchased, and the process of roasting and manufacturing of the coffee beans until it reaches its target consumers. It also reveals the breakdown of cost of the product—from crop to market.


In partnership with the Saddle Hartwell Lumbag Coffee Growers Association through the Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence, Henry and Sons also introduced the Nano Lots coffee series featuring the backyard farmers from Itogon, Benguet namely Lolita, Cayamdas, Hilda, and Rita. These coffee cans are the pioneer products to utilize the platform.

The Foundation for Sustainable Coffee Excellence is the advocacy arm of Henry and Sons geared to address the major issues in the coffee farming industry. Its connection to the farmers began when the foundation provided an aid to the residents of Itogon, Benguet after typhoon Ompong struck the town in 2018. Mining, which used to be the community’s main source of livelihood, greatly contributed to the landslide that left the town devastated. Learning this, the foundation started to work with the farmers to help their town transform into a fully sustainable coffee growing community.

Conlin, who is also a social entrepreneur, aims to demonstrate transparency, accountability and trust throughout the agricultural value chain and to positively impact the Philippine agricultural sector through the new platform. “Now, the consumers can truly see how their hard-earned money helps the entire value chain,” Conlin states.

The featured coffees will be available at Rustan’s Department Store, The Giving CafĂ©, and at Henry and Sons’ e-commerce website TheVault.ph.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

A Whole Effort for the Whole Child: How REX is leading the Whole Child Initiative in the Philippines

Ensuring a young learner’s future success is not defined solely by where and who they grew up with. A child’s upbringing is not defined by their circumstances, but by the conscious choices that those who support them make. What does it take to foster a learning environment that supports young learners? It takes action, and a deep sense of responsibility rooted in community support.



In the Philippines, education is considered as a cornerstone of helping the national economy thrive in a fast-paced world thatdemands new perspectives to answer the challenges and recognize the opportunities that today's realities serve. We live in spaces with so many diverse aspects that each contribute to how we look at ourselves and decide what to do in life, with the world out there. This is why it is important to build our capacities from multiple perspectives: to shape our intellectual, social, physical, emotional, artistic, and creative potentials. What does this mean for our young learners?

Shaped by the rapid advances in global industry and technology, young learners today have more privilege in terms of access to vast troves of information, all available at the touch of a button or the tap of a screen. However, digital connectedness and well-being are not really adequate measures of whether a child is learning and is steadily becoming independent, able to expand their own imagination, and always hungry to learn by both doing and taking apart what they already learned to make something new. 

The 21st century is an age of connectedness and speed, a time when technology and industry are seamlessly bound to make the world a better place, and transform how we live. With this in mind, what we need is a whole new approach to the ways with which we go about with education, how we prepare them for success in life.

The Whole Child Initiative is a philosophy centered on holistic practices and methods that develops and prepares students by attending to a learner’s multifaceted needs: not just the academic aspect, but also, and more importantly, a learner’s psycho-social and emotional development. By considering the learner as an individual within a community, the Whole Child Initiative creates a bond between teachers, schools, parents, and the entire community, fostering awareness and openness to help shape and sustain learning environments into safe spaces for growth, learning, and the fulfillment of every child’s potential for success. 

Through its critical thinking and inquiry-based methodology, the Whole Child Initiative aims to provide a well-rounded education, geared especially toward young learners. It is through this core concept of a well-rounded education that the Whole Child Initiative strives to help young learners become successful in later life without unnecessarily straining or pressuring them to merely excel in academics, given how academic excellence in itself is not an adequate measure of a happy and fulfilling life.

As a holistic approach, the Whole Child Initiative is guided by human values that have a universal resonance: compassion and peace. The campaign for the Whole Child commits itself to uplift all learners and help transform how we experience education into something that they could cherish and look back with gratitude, one that they will keep and treasure for a lifetime.

For over 69 years, REX has continuously evolved as the leading learning solutions provider in the Philippines. REX envisions a bright future for every Filipino learner, a future where they may reach for their dreams and become whole and joyful persons ready to contribute to society, committed to helping build the nation forward.

At REX, everything is done to nurture and serve, for the child (“Para sa Bata”). From publishing superior learning materials, to providing ISO-certified printing services, to holding relevant professional development seminars for educators and school administrators, all these works are part of the vision of the Whole Child: a child who’s safe, healthy, challenged, supported, and engaged.

REX is the premiere Philippine partner of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the main international organization campaigning for the Whole Child Approach. The REX and ASCD’s partnership has helped introduce and widen the acceptance of holistic learning strategies for next-gen education in the Philippines, all aligned with the country’s current transition to fully implementing K-12 education policies, as well as the new General Education Curriculum (GEC).

To learn more about REX's leading efforts towards creating sustainable learning environments for the Whole Child, read about their work here: http://www.rexpublishing.com.ph/whole-child-initiative/