WAS THE COKE STUDIO HOMECOMING EVENT LAST NIGHT A DISASTER?

Was the Coke Studio homecoming event last night a disaster? I was not invited to the event but most of my lifestyle blogger friends were. My newsfeed last night till this morning was all about it. Some were ranting about how they were inconvenienced about the event cancellation while most were thankful and fully understood why the event had to be cancelled.

I am just glad that my blogger friends like Lhyzie Bongon and Mommy Lars got out of it safe and sound. I saw a clip on Facebook how rowdy the crowd was.

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Here is my piece… I think that the organizers were actually preventing a potential disaster similar to the tragic Wowowee event that happened years ago in Ultra, Pasig. And nobody… I mean nobody wants the same thing happening again.

Let me refresh your memories by watching the video I found on youtube below:

Thanks to John Paulo Caparros of Strategic Works, Inc. for sharing what the management of Coca Cola Philippines has to say about the whole incident.

Below is Coca Cola Philippines’ official statement:

On December 07, 2018, the Coke Studio Concert organizers, Philippine National Police, the City of Pasay, and SM Mall of Asia decided to reschedule the Coke Studio Christmas Concert to early next year to prioritize the public’s safety.

The safety of everyone is of utmost importance to us. The unsafe behavior of portions of an estimated 15,000 spectators such as pushing, jumping on the barricades and throwing bottles, threatened the safety of the rest of the concert-goers, despite numerous reminders from authorities present.

There were some who sustained minor injuries and were immediately given medical attention. After careful assessment, and repeated requests for the public’s cooperation, Coca-Cola together with all the artists, PNP, the City of Pasay, and SM MOA, deemed it necessary to reschedule the concert to a later date.

We thank the PNP, the local government of Pasay, and SM MOA for their full support in helping ensure everyone’s protection, the artists for their passion and fully supporting the decision to prioritize their fans’ welfare, and lastly, to the concert goers for their understanding and support. We recognize that a lot of them have traveled far to see their favorite artists. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience. Rest assured that we will continue to coordinate with the relevant parties to further tighten control measures in our next events.

Again, we thank everyone for their understanding and their continued support.

Coca-Cola PH

I hope that we learn more about discipline as a people. We all can have fun and feast without having to act like wild animals. Better safe than sorry.

What do you think about the cancellation of the Coke Studio Homecoming last night? Let me know by putting your comments below.

Signing out for now. Peace.

HATAW.PH | NEWEST ONLINE SHOPPING HUB OF AFFORDABLE QUALITY PRODUCTS

Needless to say, online shopping is here to stay. With the ever worsening gridlock of cars clogging the busy streets of Metro Manila, online shops such as Lazada and Shopee provide urban dwellers the chance to do shopping without ever leaving the comforts of their homes.

Online shopping is not only convenient. It is also more cost effective for both online shoppers and sellers. Online shoppers do not have to contend with spending extra for parking fees and gas money and the inconvenience of waiting in long queues. On the other hand, online sellers get the chance to minimize any overhead costs related to having a brick store such as office rental and utilities.

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There is a new kid in town! And, whether you are a shopper or a seller, HATAW.PH has got you covered when it comes to online shopping.

Categories Choose Products From Our Wide Selection of Goods

HATAW.PH offers the following shopping categories:

  • Clothing
  • Gadgets
  • Bags
  • Shoes
  • Toys, Kids and Baby
  • Home and Living such as dining, kitchen, living rooms and decorations
  • Home Improvement such as hardware, lighting, faucet parts and door knobs
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HATAW.PH provides online shoppers with detailed product information.
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HATAW.PH also uses a shopper-friendly interface that allows “Easy Search” so online shoppers can find the things they want with ease. 
Hataw.Ph offers the following main categories:  Clothing Gadgets Bags Shoes Toys, Kids and Baby Home and Living (dining, kitchen, living rooms and decorations) Home Improvement (hardware, lighting, faucet parts and door knobs)
HATAW.PH offers the following shopping categories: Clothing, Gadgets, Bags ,Shoes, Toys, Kids and Baby, Home and Living (dining, kitchen, living rooms and decorations) and Home Improvement (hardware, lighting, faucet parts and door knobs)

HATAW.PH, according to its Chief Executive Officer Mr. Adolfo Sy, targets the B, C and D classes with emphasis on Quality Products at Affordable Prices. That is why HATAW.PH is the answer to people on a tight budget.

HATAW.PH provides online sellers with an alternative e-commerce platform. Online sellers only need to sign up, agree to the terms and agreement, upload products for sale, start promotions or discounts and sell. Online sellers may sign up here.

As an introductory special offer, HATAW.PH is giving away 200 points to each of the first 100 people who will sign up. These points can be used to shop online. Here is how to redeem your voucher worth 200 points:

  1. Go to HATAW.PH.
  2. Create an account through Sign In/Login
  3. Go to Account Settings, then Rewards, then Red Pocket
  4. Click Get Red Pocket, Enter Code and Captcha and click Submit
  5. Go to Use to use your voucher’s code
  6. Enjoy shopping at HATAW.PH

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Payments accepted are cash on delivery, credit/debit card, bank transfers and through M Lhuillier branches.

HATAW.PH is available in both desktop and mobile versions. The HATAW.PH mobile app may be downloaded from the App Store and from the Play Store. So what are you waiting for? Download the app now and start shopping and/or selling!

Visit www.hataw.ph for more information. HATAW.PH also has a Facebook Page and an Instagram account.

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HIT OR MISS? | DO-IT-YOURSELF NOVELINA PROFESSIONAL HAIR & SCALP TREATMENT PRODUCT REVIEW

VERDICT: HIT

Impressive and promising. That is how I would describe Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment after using it. Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is an affordable do-it-yourself solution to help restore the hair’s lost moisture because of chemical treatment or daily styling. Without leaving the house, I can treat my crowning glory to a hair spa for 5 to 10 minutes tops. Just apply it on hair. Wet or dry, it does not matter. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse and boom!

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment helps me rejuvenate my dry, brittle and damaged hair due to extensive exposure to the sun and sea and stress from the recent hair coloring session I had. After initial use, my hair felt moisturized and natural oils and proteins seemed to have been restored.

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Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment rejuvenates dry, brittle, or damaged hair and replaces moisture, natural oils and protein lost during chemical treatments.

If you are in a hurry, watch the vlog below instead. Otherwise, proceed. Happy reading!

It has been a while since I did a HIT OR MISS Vlog. The last time I did a HIT OR MISS Vlog was nine months ago (lol). Click here to watch it.

I have been busy traveling. Do watch my latest travel video featuring Siargao here.

What is HIT OR MISS anyway? HIT OR MISS is one of the segments in my Youtube channel where I do product reviews to check if the product actually delivers its product claims and promises. Most of the products that I review are skin care products being a skin care addict myself.

The rainy season is the lean season, if I may call it, for any travel blogger for obvious reasons.

I actually got stranded due to heavy rains and floods last week in Pangasinan when my brother and I went home to celebrate our Mom’s birthday. I also got sick. But it was all good because I got to spend more time with family.

However, I am saddened by how bad my home province was struck by the recent typhoon.

I have friends whose houses were flooded for days. Government and private establishments had to close down and electricity and internet were intermittent.

Now, I am back in Metro Manila to do non-travel related content.

My next scheduled trips this August are Bataan, Carabao Island and Guimaras. Well, apparently, the rainy season is not that lean a month after all. I just pray for sunny days ahead.

All the traveling that I did last summer have taken its toll on my hair. I was traveling non-stop and was exposed to the sun and sea for long hours. I also got invited to a hair coloring session. Click here for that entry.

I so badly needed a hair and scalp treatment that is both easy on the pocket and one that I can do at home. I mean just look how stressed out my crowning glory is in the photo below:

Fortunately, Novelina Cosmetics sent me a do-it-yourself hair and scalp treatment product to try.

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Just how effective is this Do-It-Yourself Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment? Let me share my experience with you. Watch my short HIT OR MISS Vlog below:

As it claims, this do-it-yourself hair and scalp treatment solution helps in restoring hair’s lost moisture due to chemical treatment or daily styling. It can protect hair before and after hair salon services such as rebonding or hair coloring that use chemicals that stress the hair and scalp.

Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment contains a hydrating blend of emollients that increases moisture retention in hair.

Product Claims/Promises:

  • Instantly rejuvenates dry, brittle, or damaged hair
  • Replaces moisture, natural oils and protein lost during chemical treatments

Features:

  • A Japanese formulation
  • Strengthens over-processed hair
  • Has a refreshing clean scent

Directions for use:

  • Apply liberally to wet or dry hair.
  • Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Rinse.
Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment. Ingredients:  Aqua, Mineral Oil (Liquid Parrafin), Cetyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Aloe Extract, POE Liquid Lanolin, Silk Peptide Solution, L-Threonine, Sodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Antiseptic, Perfume, Citric Acid.
Ingredients: Aqua, Mineral Oil (Liquid Parrafin), Cetyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Aloe Extract, POE Liquid Lanolin, Silk Peptide Solution, L-Threonine, Sodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Antiseptic, Perfume, Citric Acid.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Mineral Oil (Liquid Parrafin), Cetyl Alcohol, Oleyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Trimethyl Ammonium Chloride, Aloe Extract, POE Liquid Lanolin, Silk Peptide Solution, L-Threonine, Sodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid, Antiseptic, Perfume, Citric Acid.

Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment
Novelina Professional Hair and Scalp Treatment. The perfect do-it-yourself solution for restoring hair’s lost moisture due to chemical treatment or everyday styling. Protects hair before and after chemical service such as rebonding or hair coloring because it contains a hydrating blend of emollients that increases moisture retention in hair.

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is available in the following sizes:

  • 200 ml tube for Php 200.00
  • 500 g jar for Php 455.00

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is for sale online. Visit the Novelina Cosmetics Online Shop here. It is also available on Lazada Philippines here.

Novelina Hair and Scalp Treatment is:

  • Formulated in Japan by Novelina Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Osaka Japan
  • Manufactured by Novelina Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Shanghai, China
  • Exclusively Distributed in the Philippines by Tritan Ventures, Inc., Tritan Plaza, Magallanes Commercial Center, Makati City, Philippines 1232

For more product information, visit https://www.novelinacosmetics.com and https://www.facebook.com/novelinacosmetics

Signing out for now. Peace!

Piip | THE FIRST MOBILE APP FOR INSTANT MESSAGING & PROMOTION

On July 4, I had the chance to watch an exclusive first day screening of Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and The Wasp in Gateway Mall, Araneta Center, Cubao.

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This special screening was arranged by Piip mainly for their loyal Piip users and select members of the media. Thanks to Mr. Ian Atienza, Piip’s Strategic Advisor for the Philippines, for inviting me.

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Piip is the first mobile application created to help businesses promote products and services effortlessly and help Piipsters receive the latest updates without unwanted ads.

I downloaded the free app from the Playstore here. It is also available from the App Store for free.

Prior to the screening, an intimate press conference was held at the 6th floor of Novotel Araneta Center. While enjoying light snacks and refreshments, I got to know more about Piip’s brief history, features and benefits and what makes it unique compared to the other mobile apps that are already in the market from no less than Ms. Hildegarde Maea Atger, Piip’s Chief Investor and Vice President for Business Development for Asia Pacific, and Mr. Andrei Garlan, Piip’s Business Development Director for the Philippines.

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Piip, whose content is merchant-driven, is a trail blazer in that with just one click, one can place orders and reservations and send product inquiries to partner merchants via Instant Messaging.

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The app uses a familiar and user-friendly interface. It integrates instant messaging and business promotion. The billboard tab showcases a list of ongoing promotions around the vicinity. Thanks to Piip’s Geo-Targeting feature! The filter option maybe used to select different types of promos and proximity search.

Further, Piip allows its users to communicate with friends about the latest deals and promos. Users may also receive broadcast and notification from ‘liked’ and ‘followed’ merchant stores.

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A photo opportunity with Ms. Hildegarde Maea Atger, Piip's Chief Investor and Vice President for Business Development for Asia Pacific
A photo opportunity with Ms. Hildegarde Maea Atger, Piip’s Chief Investor and Vice President for Business Development for Asia Pacific, during Piip’s Press Conference held the Novotel Hotel Araneta Cubao
Selfie with Mr. Andrei Garlan, Piip's Business Development Director for Philippines.
Selfie with Mr. Andrei Garlan, Piip’s Business Development Director for Philippines.

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To better appreciate why Piip should be the preferred mobile app for Instant Messaging and Promotion, Garlan shared to us Piip’s competitive advantage versus other mobile apps:

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Piip was developed in Switzerland as a messenger app in 2011. It had a soft launch in the Philippines last February 2017. As a pilot test, Piip currently offers promos from merchants in Araneta Center Cubao. Plans of expansion to other key cities and countries in Asia Pacific will soon be underway.

After the press conference, each one got a lootbag and was ready to head over to Gateway Cineplex 9 to watch Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Ant-Man and the Wasp is a sequel to the first Ant-Man movie. In the sequel,  Ant-Man’s partner, the Wasp, is introduced. That night, I was introduced to a new mobile app that will be my partner in making sure I get the best deals. You see, I live in Cubao and the Araneta Center is practically a stone’s throw away or should I say a Piip away from my residence. Just Piip it!

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Watch the short video that I prepared below about Piip. Learn more about Piip, the future of messaging and promotion, by visiting their website here.

You may also follow Piip on Facebook here.

Signing out for now. Peace!

 

HAIR MAKEOVER USING REVLONISSIMO COLORSMETIQUE COLOR & CARE

Last Tuesday, I was invited by New Summit Colors Distribution for a hair makeover. Their office is located near the International Airport which is a bit too far from where I live quite honestly. I live in Cubao and going to Paranaque on a weekday (morning) can be a pain in the rear.

Fortunately, I had a meeting in Sucat, Paranaque that morning. I was also allowed by New Summit to arrive later than the 10 AM call time. I was done with my meeting by 11:30 AM. It was raining that day so traffic was heavier than usual. After being stuck in traffic for almost an hour, I finally got to the venue by 12:45 PM.

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It was not my first time to get a hair makeover. I have done gigs before for Frank Provost and Jesi Mendez to name a few. That is why I was excited about how my new do would turn out.

I was pleased to see this photo neatly placed in the area designated for me. It made me wonder how and where they got my photo. Lol.

I arrived lunch time. Talk about perfect timing. While waiting for my hair technician to start his wonders on me, Me-an Clemente of www.yogoandcream.com and I had lunch. Me-an arrived fifteen minutes earlier. The rest was done with lunch. As they say, ‘Tummy First’. Priorities… Priorities… Priorities… LOL.

Ever since I started travel blogging, my trips to the hair salon have become less and less. It has been two years since I left the corporate setting and two years of not being bound by any dress code. Did you know that the last time I had a hair cut was more than a year ago? Lol.

One week prior to this hair makeover session, I was asked by New Summit about my hair’s history and if I had any pegs in mind. I searched far and wide for that perfect ‘Travel Blogger Look’ (if there is such a thing). Below were my three choices. Yes, I even considered donning a Targaryen look.

I also did a poll on Facebook if I should get a haircut already or not. The response was not a resounding and overwhelming ‘Yes, get a haircut already’. Hence, given the nature of what I do now, I believe it is best to keep it long and neat. I can always cut my hair anytime anyway.

Facebook Poll

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With Jhapz, the hair technician assigned to me.

The hair technician assigned to me was Jhapz. Rock on! Jhapz is definitely not the stereotypical hair technician. Watch the short video below and you’ll know what I mean.

Revlonissimo Colorsmetique and Revlon Professional Blonde Up Gentle Powder
Revlonissimo Colorsmetique Color & Care High Performance Creme Gel Color and Revlon Professional Blonde Up Gentle Powder

Jhapz used two Revlon products to achieve my Final Look:

  1. Revlonissimo Colorsmetique Color & Care High Performance Creme Gel Color 60mL
  2. Revlon Professional Blonde Up Gentle Powder 500 gr

Here are the features and benefits of the products based on the brochure:

Revlonissimo Colorsmetique Color & Care High Performance Creme Gel Color 60mL

  • Permanent color dyes with a wide variety of shades.
  • Range: 98 shades

Active Ingredients:

  • Colored oxidation ingredient: delays colorant oxidation for better diffusion of colorants into the hair shaft. Long-lasting color.
  • High variety of oxidizing dyes: Up to nine different high-quality colorants, depending on the shade. Color richness, uniformity and chromacity.
  • Specific C5 colorants: Specific colorants for red, copper and burgundy: with high affinity to the hair fiber. Sublime beauty, vibrancy and intensity.
  • New shine molecule: High affinity for the hair surface with new dual-function for a long-lasting mirror effect.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: Skincare cosmetic ingredient with moisturizing properties.
  • Soy Protein: Contains peptides and essential amino acids, nourishes, renovates and prepares hair so it is in the optimum condition to receive color.
  • Blend of care agents: Protects the integrity of the hair and its cuticle by sealing it. Specific ends locker for a polished look.

Revlon Professional Blonde Up Gentle Powder 500 gr

  • Soft, non-volatile lightening powder
  • Concentrated compact bleaching powder with lightening molecules
  • Uniform results and a lightening powder up to 7 levels

BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS by New Summit Colors Distribution’s Photographer:

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Thanks Jhapz and Revlon Professional for the hair makeover session.

My hair makeover session started at about 3 PM and ended at a little past 7 PM. I think Jhapz forgot to give me some hair care tips. I would have wanted though to have a proper hair treatment after the coloring session but I guess there was not enough time to do the procedure.

I got home late, close to 10 in the evening. Thanks to the horrendous traffic along mighty EDSA. I did not wash my hair in the shower that night.

The next day, lo and behold, the hair color became even more vibrant.

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Honestly, I was a bit worried that I did not get a proper hair treatment after the hair makeover session. As I said, it was not my first time to get a hair makeover. I have done modeling gigs in the past and it was either I would get a proper hair treatment after the hair makeover session (same day or was asked to return days later) or would be given hair treatment products to use at home.

In fairness to Revlon, I feel that my hair was not subjected to the usual stress of hair coloring. Thanks to the hyaluronic acid content of Revlonissimo Colorsmetique Creme Gel Colour. As a skin care addict myself, I am quite familiar with the moisturizing properties of this ingredient.

Just the same, I visited the hair salon I used to frequent in the afternoon and got a Keratin Treatment.

I might also try some DIY hair treatments such as mayonnaise as suggested by fellow Travel Blogger Lee Rosales of www.Ilovepaars.com soon. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Signing out for now. Peace!

Disclaimer:
The hair color service treatment was sponsored by New Summit Colors Distribution in exchange for a blog and an Instagram post. Pertinent information about the products were based on the product brochures included in the media kit. Everything written in this blog is of my honest opinion and personal experience.

GET A CAR INSURANCE & PROTECT YOUR CAR, YOURSELF & THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE.

As a Travel Blogger, I travel regularly to various places to create online content. Hence, I always tick that tiny box for Travel Insurance every time I book an airline ticket for both of my domestic and international travels. It does not hurt to be covered in case any untoward incidents happen during the trip.

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If you are a car owner traversing the streets of Metro Manila, then that makes you a regular traveler as well. Driving a car to work would most likely mean being in your car for at least 2 to 4 hours a day on a regular work day and 4 to 6 hours a day during weekends for that getaway or malling.

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Accidents may happen anytime (knock on wood). That is why to me, protecting yourself by getting a car insurance policy in the Philippines is just the most logical thing to do. While on the road, it is important to value yourself, your passengers, your car and others.

Make sure your car is covered with Automaster Insurance, one of if not the best when it comes to car insurance in the Philippines. Get free quotation here.

Malayan Automaster Insurance safeguards your vehicle against accidents from natural calamities, theft and automobile damage among others.

The Malayan Automaster covers the following benefits:

  • Car Loss/Own Damage: car loss due to theft or damage due to accident;
  • Third Party Liability: Compulsory Third Party Liability, Excess Bodily Injury of up to Php 500,000.00 and Property Damage of up to Php 500,000.00;
  • Auto Personal Accident: for insured/authorized driver or any of his or her passengers (4) riding in, boarding or alighting the insured car;
  • Acts of God Protection: car damages directly caused by typhoon, flood, hurricane, volcanic eruption, earthquake, etc.
  • Riots, Strikes and Civil Commotion: car loss or damages due to social unrest whether intentionally or unintentionally by third parties
  • Standard Automobile Accessories Protection: free protection for car’s standard accessories
  • Loss of Use: Transportation reimbursement of Php 500 per day for a maximum of fifteen days while insured car is undergoing repairs due to an accident covered by the Policy. Malayan Insurance is the first car insurance policy in the Philippines to offer this.
  • Accredited Repair Shops: Over 160 accredited repair shops all over the country

For more information about this car insurance policy in the Philippines, visit www.malayan.com.

There are no two ways about it. Driving in Metro Manila to get from from point A to point B requires safety. Driving safely is a responsibility. Get a car insurance policy now and protect yourself, your car and the people you love.

Signing out for now. Peace!