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Espada Fencing Tournament

Two important event happened last Jan 31, 2012. First, EJ celebrated his 12th birthday. Second, EJ was one of the chosen few who joined the group ages 9-12 of Ateneo Fencing Group to join the Espada Tournament held at Ultra Fencing Hall. My heart was overflowing with happiness when I found out about the information that was relay to me by a co-parent as to how our son was included. EJ didn’t mention anything about it and I thought that all the members were there to compete just like what happened to last year competition.
EJ had improved a lot since he joined the group last year. From having scores of 0-2, he now achieves to win over his opponents. Managing again to make it to the second round with 2 win, 2 losses; he’s now serious with his chosen game. I have made him gone through classes like violin, piano, cielo music lesson. I even enrolled him in Karate do, but it seems; he now found his place.
As a mother who’s been in his side for 12 years, I’m so pleased and delighted to say that I will once again resume my role as a stage mother.

Here's a video of EJ during his first game:


When it comes to health and wellness, we could immmidiately associate it to something of someone. There are companies that value our health and wellness and goes to such length to make sure we receive only the best. Unilab never stop innovating for the betterment of service to its customer.

Unilab launches its first open-source program for innovations in healthcare through Unilab Link-Up, an online facility where innovators, suppliers, and consumers can submit their innovative ideas for new and improved health and wellness products, services, packaging, and manufacturing technologies.
The first of its kind for a Filipino pharmaceutical and healthcare company, Unilab Link-Up serves as an open-door facility that matches an innovative idea from practically anyone in the country with the resources of Unilab to bring the idea to market. The program also aims to provide solutions to health and wellness needs of Filipinos that have yet to be addressed by existing products and services in the country.
“For many years, we’ve drawn from our internal resources and expertise to come up with trusted quality healthcare products,” says Unilab President & CEO Clinton Campos Hess. “Now, we’re broadening our sources of innovation to include not only our internal resources, but also our partners, customers, and consumers; thus the Unilab Link-up.”
Besides products for health and wellness, Unilab Link-up also welcomes innovation ideas for functional foods, packaging, manufacturing technologies, and wellness services. Interested parties can register through http://www.unilablinkup.comto be able to submit an idea.

Submissions go through a four-level review process by an idea review body, with corresponding rewards for the innovation partner as the idea progresses into the review levels until the idea is launched in the market.
Link up with us and together let’s explore the exciting possibilities of your ideas,” invites Hess. “You’re ideas could be the start of something big.”


Pinoy do love to sing and I bet that they would love to see the new singing contest that will grace the local screen. February will not just be a love month but it will also the month where an epic on AXN will start, The Voice Season 2: the fresh, real talent show will return on the television screen

 Mark Feb 6, 2012, premiering on that day is Season 2 of the TheVoice where aspiring singers will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be mentored by no less than the celebrity coaches themselves.   Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton return with their sizzling chemistry and their trademark red swiveling chairs to judge contestants solely on their vocal talent and not their looks. If more than one coach turns to pick a particular singer, the tide turns and the choice of coach goes to the singer. This season, show producer Mark Burnett has added more rounds of blind auditions and each of the coaches’ teams will be expanded to 12 singers each.

The ante is certainly upped in terms of the diversity and quality of the contestants this season, with Aguilera bagging ‘everything from an opera singer, powerhouse MC to soul singers’ on her team. What is interesting is that savvy contestants who are in demand now know how to play the game, and have taken the opportunity to push the coaches a little further and wrangle for commitment to be kept  for a few rounds.

Season 1’s contestants have done well for themselves so far; winner Javier Colon has released a new album in collaboration with Natasha Bedingfield and his coach, Adam Levine, while first runner-up Dia Frampton has also launched her album with the help of coach Blake Shelton. Other contestants – Beverly McClellan from Team Aguilera and Vicci Martinez from Team Cee Lo have also begun recording after the show ended.

Talent-spotting aside, be sure to keep an eye out for new songs from the coaches themselves! After all, Season 1 was the launch pad for Shelton’s ‘Honey Bee’, a country chart-topper, as well as the Maroon 5-Aguilera single ‘Moves Like Jagger’ which hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 list. And as Aguilera teased, look out for the ‘kickass’ opening performance by the coaches this season!

The Voice Season 2 premieres on 6 Feb 2012, Mon at 10.55pm
Viewers are invited to visit for the latest update on their broadcast schedules or follow them on Twitter @axnasia for more info

LANDBANK Selects IBM Software Solutions for its Simplified Account Opening Project

IBM announced today that the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK), a government financial institution and the country’s largest formal credit organization in the rural areas, will be leveraging IBM’s Customer Advisor Accelerator solution to improve the Bank’s customer experience and significantly reduce its account opening processing time. 

The Simplified Account Opening (SAO) initiative is a priority project for the LANDBANK management that aims to simplify the actual account opening processes and reduce processing time by at least 50%.

“This will enable LANDBANK to become more responsive to our customers’ needs and will provide a more pleasant experience as account opening is normally the first interaction with the Bank,” said Alan Bornas, Senior Vice President and head of LANDBANK’s Technology Management Group.  “This project with IBM is also aligned with the Government Regulatory Requirements and is aimed at improving public governance through the automation and elimination of manual works,” Bornas added.

The IBM Customer Advisor Accelerator solution is based on the process and service oriented architecture that leverages world class process, service integration patterns and implementation practices. The IBM software solution will utilize IBM's Business Process Management (BPM)/Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) reference architecture as the architectural model.   

IBM BPM would: help the Bank manage information efficiently from various sources and formats, including electronic documents and images; enhance security in banking transactions and customer data; reduce paper-based document archiving; and enable a more efficient regulatory compliance.

BPM could also assist banks realize faster returns on investment by leveraging a process-centric approach and gain timely insight into potentially fraudulent activities before they become problematic. Banks with BPM would be able to monitor and act on changing consumer trends.

“IBM’s deep industry knowledge and leading software and services solutions will enable LANDBANK to have integrity of data, improve staff productivity, minimize reputational risk, and more importantly achieve better customer satisfaction starting with a simple and efficient account opening experience,” said Victor Silvino, Country Manager for Software Group, IBM Philippines.

Home Mavericks: A Destination for Design

Think global. Sell local. A brazen and ambitious manifesto for a furniture store – and one by which Home Mavericks proudly stands by.

The home furnishings and pieces on display in their showroom along Arnaiz Ave. (across New World Hotel) are exclusively Cebu-made and typically end up in the living spaces of design-savvy New Yorkers and Londoners. Quite often, the stamp of “world-class quality” associated with Cebu furniture pieces has become synonymous with being “for export only”. But Home Mavericks begs to differ: high-quality Filipino design should also make their way to Filipino homes, not bypass them. It’s an honest bid to democratize design, and an inspired way to celebrate Filipino ingenuity and craftsmanship.

Imagine coming home to your loft in Rockwell or The Fort after a hectic day and sitting back on a chaise lounge that you’d normally find in a West Elm or Ralph Pucci outlet in New York. Smiling, you close your eyes, adrift in domestic bliss. Priceless moments like this are what the folks behind Home Mavericks strongly feel that Filipinos are entitled to enjoy.

Home Mavericks managing partner Eric Alvin Go Po has heard first-hand the laments of Manila-based homeowners who have trouble finding Cebu-made furniture in stores in the capital. Formerly an associate sales executive of Rockwell Land, Eric saw how homeowners would rather settle for high-priced European-style pieces available in any local store than go through the trouble of flying to a furniture gallery in Cebu, going over designs in the catalog, and waiting for months on end for their orders to arrive. “Instead of having customers come all the way to Cebu, why don’t we bring our furniture to Manila?” Eric thought.

That Eureka! Moment evolved into a compelling business idea and, in 2007, together with fellow Cebuano entrepreneurs Eric Mendoza, Vincent Sandoval and Johann Escañan, Eric set up Home Mavericks. Its present location is a 200-square meter gallery of Cebu furniture hand-crafted with quality materials (mother of pearl, capiz, rattan, synthetic fibers, and various types of wood). It is also an official dealer of HunterDouglas shades, blinds and other window treatments.

Hair fall: truths and untruths

Aside from old age, what’s one thing we enjoy noticing in others but wholly deny when it happens to ourselves? Old age’s sister: hair loss.

That’s right: that patch of space somewhere on your scalp, usually characterized by an unwelcome sheen and the threat of more of it to come.

Yet fear not, for every problem – perceived or otherwise – comes with it a solution. Before jumping over to that however, let us understand a couple of things about hair loss – the myths, truths, and how our proposed solution busts all the untruths, as detailed by  a hair and scalp medical expert in one of the leading hospitals in the Philippines.

Myth No. 1: Wearing hats can cause hair loss
This is untrue, unless the hats you wear – ever so often, and every day – are so tight, they cut off blood circulation to your scalp.

Myth No. 2: I suffer from hair loss – my hair falls out every day!
It’s natural to have your hair fall out every day. While it differs for everyone, a person loses an average of 50-100 hairs a day. Such only becomes a problem when the hair loss is frequent and in great volumes: upon waking from bed and noticing a handful of hair on your pillow, and during baths and showers when your tub gets clogged, for instance.

Myth No. 3: Shampooing every day causes hair loss
Again, each person differs when it comes to hair care and maintenance, so some may require everyday washing, while for others, once every two days is enough. Generally however, there is nothing about shampoos that may make it a cause for going bald.

Myth No. 4: Balding genes primarily come from the mother’s side of the family
Hair loss is genetic. Theoretically, you have an equal chance of getting it from your father’s side just as much as your mother’s side, even if science suggests a generally stronger inheritance of traits from the mother’s side.

Myth No. 5: There is no solution to hair loss
This may have been true in the past, but such is no longer the case today. Take it from beauty icon and hair care expert Fanny Serrano, who’s had the privilege not of suffering the problem himself, but of discovering the solution during a time when nothing seemed to be working. 

Having built a name for himself in the beauty industry, losing hair was the last thing Fanny wanted to endure. Trying out every treatment at his disposable, then, was the most natural thing to do. When none of them worked, going to all the trouble of commissioning a wig was the next most sensible step to maintaining his image as an image doctor.

Fortunately for him, though, it was only a matter of time before fate revealed itself to be on his side. Stumbling upon Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion one day, Fanny thought it worth another try. After all, by that point, the only thing he had to lose was his wig.

And sure enough, that was all he lost. Novuhair worked.

Made with natural, herbal ingredients including biotin, panax ginseng, moringa oleifera, and lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemon grass, and virgin coconut oils, Novuhair contains chemically compatible properties that detoxify the scalp, limit hair fall, and stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp and increasing nutrition to hair follicles. All these ingredients are the real thing, effectively combined to remedy the true causes of hair fall. Studies have shown 100% of the respondents revealed no adverse side effects with continuous use. The lotion is clinically safe to use for 12-year-olds up.

Today, the myths and misconceptions have been busted. And yet they remain secondary. After all, what’s important is what everyone wants, and needs: a solution to their problem. And for a year now, that solution has been around for them to find: Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, nature’s answer to hair loss.

Novuhair is available at all Mercury Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, South Star, Manson and Cory Quirino World of Wellness stores, and online on Visit or call 413-6570 or 0922-883-0575 for more details.


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