Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Johnson's Active Kids Playcation Event

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Moms might be hesitant to prolong their kids playing outdoors due to sweat and malodor, but this summer, these can be the least of mom’s worries as Johnson’s® invites moms (even dads!) and kids to go out, be more active, and bond over their very own playcation!

Team Bornea Kids at the Johnson’s® Active Kids Playcation Event

“It is true – hindi lang laro ang laro. Johnson’s® is a believer of playtime because of the multiple benefits it gives kids. More playtime has been proven to contribute to the overall development of kids as they become more resilient, socially intelligent, confident, and physically strong,” shared Bessie Campillo Johnson’s® Franchise Marketing Manager. “As a way for us to demonstrate our support for playtime, we are launching the Johnson’s® Active Kids Playcation campaign – encouraging parents to spend more time with their kids through active playtime.”

Ricci N' Chloe

Johnson’s® places a focus on active play to ignite their imagination, develop their social skills and process emotions, and become more resilient and confident because of the strong bond they develop with their parents during playtime.

As an avenue for more imaginative play, Johnson’s® has built an Active Kids Playcation playground equipped to further imaginative and active play among kids. The Johnson’s® Active Kids Playcation playground consists of different play pods such as:

Imagine & Seek 
This is a playpod where children use their imagination and thinking skills to replicate an image using just rubber mats.

Fireball Away 
This activity challenges a child’s balance, agility, and cognitive skills by dodging “fireballs” to get to the other end of the platform without falling.

Dragon Maze 
While this one fuels a child’s sense of motivation to win by collecting all hidden items within a specific amount of time.

Little Builder’s City 
And this playpod naman encourages the use of imagination and creativity by allowing children to design and build their own fortresses.

“It is important that we create safe spaces that will encourage children to play and use their imagination. By ensuring that they have this opportunity, experiencing the optimum benefits of play is just at their arm’s reach,” shared Michael Santiago of Philippine Toy Library, a non-profit organization that transforms idle spaces in communities into fun and educational play areas for the benefit of children who they consider as the reason why they exist.

There’s no doubt about the benefits imaginative play can give to a child’s optimum development. That’s why parents play an important part during this phase in their child’s growth. The parents’ role highly affects how the child perceives play so it’s crucial for them to provide children with the necessary props to aid in their imaginative play, plus it’s a great bonding experience!

Make playtime more enjoyable and worry-free for parents with the Johnson’s® Baby Active Fresh and Shiny Drops products. Keep your kids smelling fresh despite sweat and malodor with the Johnson’s® Active Fresh Shampoo and Johnson’s® Baby Active Fresh Bath. Meanwhile, girls can keep their hair shiny as ever despite playing under the sun with the Johnson’s® Baby Shiny Drops Shampoo and Conditioner.

The Johnson’s® Baby Team (L-R: Ria Gatmaitan, Gav Bengzon, Regina Dimayuga, Philippine Toy Library’s Michael Santiago and Bessie Campillo) with celebrity mom Bettina Carlos and 

Again, don’t keep play at bay this summer! It’s time for more playcation! Visit to know more updates on Johnson’s® take on play.

Despicable Me 3 in McDonald's Happy Meal Get yours TODAY!!!

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Go bananas with the Despicable Me 3-themed Happy Meal 
and Menu Items at McDonald’s!
The lovable, silly characters from the Despicable Me movie franchise return for a limited time.

It’s Minions Mania on May 31 as the mischievous Minions take over McDonald’s with the return of the Despicable Me 3 Happy Meal!

Say “Bello!” to your favorite yellow creatures and characters from the movie with 10 new toy designs available in every Happy Meal purchase in-store and via Drive-Thru, Take-Out and McDelivery. Each toy has its own unique personality and feature!

Get ready to hunt down all 10 toys as soon as they launch (and be quick – we think they will sell out fast! 

Despicable Me 3 Happy Meal Toys
 Scenes from the Media launch

Enjoy the Despicable Me 3-themed menu items (plus the Instagram-worthy packaging), starring the Despicable Me Trio. It features the NEW Cheesy Burger McDo—our beefy Burger McDo topped with a slice of creamy American cheese; the Honey Banana McFloat—a sweet Honey Banana flavored Sprite McFloat; and our World Famous Fries! 
Despicable Me 3 Trio

Other Minions-approved menu items are also available: the Honey Banana McFloat N’ Fries Combo; Banana Pie a la Mode—our sweet Banana Pie topped with vanilla soft serve, drizzled with luscious caramel topping; and the Banana McDip—our creamy vanilla soft serve covered in crunchy banana-flavored dip on a blue wafer cone (available in Dessert Centers and select stores only).

Honey Banana McFloat N’ Fries Combo

 Banana Pie a la mode

 Lovin' the Minion inspired packaging too!

Head over to McDonald’s now to grab all 10 Despicable Me 3 Happy Meal toys and these limited time offer treats before they run out! Share your love for the Minions at McDonald’s via the official Facebook fan page,, or by tagging @McDo_PH to your sweet and funny McDo moments on Twitter or Instagram and use the hashtag #MinionsAtMcDo
Playful Minion
Press his pocket and his tongue sticks out. 
Crab Bite Minion
Lift his arm and his hat pops off. 
 Groovin' Minion
Press down his head and his arms go up and down. 
Rocket Racer minion
Pullback the Minion and watch it spin around in a crazy path.  
Minion Antics
Turn the dial on the back of his head to make the ball and chain spin around.  
Agnes Rockin' Unicorn
Push Agnes and her unicorn forward and watch them sway back and forth as they roll along.  
Pumping Iron Minion
Levers in the back lift and lower his arms as he pumps iron.  
Despicable Duo
Front end drill spins around as the car rolls forward. Lift up top hatch to reveal brothers Dru and Gru.  
Banana Blaster Minion
Watch this Minion shoot banana with his launcher.  
Minion Hydrocycle Suprise

 A push-along vehicle that opens up to reveal a Minion hiding in the back wheel when the wheel is bumped. 

McDonalds Philippines
Share your bonding moments at McDonalds  and playtime with McDo happy meal toys use the hashtag #MinionsAtMCDO

PayMaya for Parents

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Parenting in the Digital Age
PayMaya enables modern parents to save time, track expenses through digital payments

Millennials are known to do things differently, including parenting. With a number of them now experiencing parenthood, the generation of digital natives is maximizing technology to raise their children the right way, and to manage their household efficiently.  

PayMaya, the country’s pioneer and leader in digital financial services and mobile money, underscores how basic household transactions can be made hassle-free and more secure through an e-wallet. Designed for the underserved to have a safe and accessible means to pay online, PayMaya extends its services to millennial parents in search for a better way to pay bills, send and receive money, and more.

Converge FiberX: PH ISP with NO DATA CAP

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Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. launches FiberX, looks at further expansion

Converge ICT Solutions, Inc., a complete ICT solutions provider in the Philippines, elevates Pinoys’ Internet experience with the launch of FiberX, iBIZ, Converge Enterprise and FiberXtreme.

The company also announced further expansion plans and continued strengthening of its fiber optic network. At present, Converge already laid out more than 6,000 kilometers of its fiber optic reach and is still growing. It is already servicing clients from as far north as Baguio and further down south to Batangas.

Here in Metro Manila, Converge’s pure fiber optic offering has already covered cities such as Valenzuela and Las Piñas and Muntinlupa cities down south of the metropolis. It plans to further expand its reach by putting up networks in Nasugbu, Batangas and even far north such as San Fernando in La Union.

Eventually, fiber broadband offerings will soon be enjoyed nationwide, according to Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Anthony Uy.

The perennial problem of Filipinos in dealing with slow Internet connection will now be a thing of the past, thanks to Converge ICT Solutions, Inc.’s offerings that bring fast, affordable, reliable, and “best-of-breed” pure fiber-optic connectivity to power the Internet usage of home, micro, small-, medium- and large-scale enterprise users.

“With Converge fiber broadband products, whether you are at home or at the office or your place of business, your Internet experience will surely be made better. And the best part of it is that it costs the same as your DSL connection, but made faster,” Uy explains further.

But the best part is that there is “NO DATA CAP” in Internet access unlike those offered by other service providers where there’s a limit to data allowance.

“We thought that what’s the use of having fast Internet connection if there is a limit to data access? With FiberX, there is no more ‘data cap’ to Internet usage. We feel we will just be short-changing our customers if we put a limit to their Internet usage,” says Jesus Romero, Chief Operating Officer of Converge ICT Solutions, Inc.

Aside from bringing faster Internet to Filipinos, Romero said they will limit the existing difficulties customers experience when applying for an Internet connection. “Part of the experience is to make sure that customers will not wait long to get connected. We have made the application process simple, easy and fast. No more hassles, no more waiting,” Romero adds.

Initially, FiberX is offered in three different plan types for a variety of home users depending on their Internet usage. 

FiberX 1500 comes with a burstable speed of up to 25Mbps, Php1500
FiberX2500 at up to 50Mbps Php2500
FiberX 3500 offers connectivity of up to 100Mbps. Php3500

FiberXtreme 4500  that comes in burstable speeds of 300Mbps Php4500
FiberXtreme 7000 at 500Mbps Php7000

With pure end-to-end fiber technology that’s light years better than traditional Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), FiberX will surely enhance everyone’s online experience with better speed, larger bandwidth and consistent performance for either work or play.

For SMEs, Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. offers its iBIZ Pure Fiber plan that allows businesses to operate faster and more efficient, with an Internet connection that has fewer interruptions and totally reliable. Each iBIZ plan comes with free Webmail, Free Web Hosting and Free Public IP.

And for larger enterprises, Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. offers “Converge Enterprise” that comes with a scalable Internet connection of up to 1Gbps, an IP MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching), Disaster Recovery, Managed Data Center Services, and other benefits for more efficient business operations.

For more details about Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. and its pure fiber Internet offerings, 
call (02) 667-0888 or visit

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Microsoft PH employees to get enhanced leave benefits

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Multinational company rolls out new leave policies for parents and family caregivers

Microsoft Philippines has introduced a new suite of enhanced leave benefits for its employees, including a minimum of 20-weeks paid leave for birth mothers and a minimum of six-weeks paid leave for new fathers.

“We believe in fostering a healthy work-life balance. And at times, your personal commitments and responsibilities outside the office deserve all your focus. This is something Microsoft fully understands and supports,” described Karrie Ilagan, Microsoft Philippines Managing Director.

The company’s enhanced leave benefits also cover adoptive parents and parents who choose to have a child via surrogacy.

Likewise, the Information Technology leader has leave policies for family caregivers—allowing employees to take a four-week full-paid leave to care for immediate family members with serious health conditions.

“Our employees bring their best to work everyday to support our mission, strategy, and culture. In return, we want to bring the best to them as well by continually providing them world-class benefits to ensure they have the time they need to take care of those that matter the most in their lives,” concluded Ilagan.

Monday, May 29, 2017

HMR Trading Haus Opens 19th Store in Alabang-Zapote Road, Las Pinas

Monday, May 29, 2017 0 Comments

HMR TRADING HAUS Opens  19th Store in Las Pinas

Hi everyone, Please allow me to start this post a with a little bit of confession. It was my very first time to be in any HMR Trading Haus, Ever. Actually it's also my first time to know about this establishment. I asked friends too (ehem, older friends) if they were familiar with it, they were like, Duh, Surplus and super affordable finds! And it was there long ago pa... things like that. And now my first thought (upon seing the place) was "What happened Aci? Where have you been when all those HMR Super sale was on!?" 

Watch me go loco and don't know where to start my shopping adventure at HMR!

HMR Trading Haus, is known for bargain prices yet quality items. Just recently, twas' May 20, 2017. they opened their 19th store along Alabang-Zapote Road (inside SM Hypermarket). What makes HMR Las Pinas different is that the store will carry mostly industrial items as well as plant equipment and machinery.

For the opening day, HMR Las Pinas offers irresistible prices on office & household furniture, sporting, apparel, back-to-school items, toys, gadgets and many other novelty goods. Opening day offers include up to 70% off on select sporting merchandise, buy 1 take 1 deals on crockery, shoes and summer items, P99 bargains  on branded apparel and linen, Vacuum Cleaners under P600 and so much more.  

So basically, if your up for the hunt of the good stuff with affordable price and good quality? HMR Trading Haus is the place to be. Having (13) HMR Trading Haus Stores, (5) Save on Surplus (SOS) and (1) LORO sporting goods stores nationwide. HMR has now expanded through the years. You can find HMR stores in Subic, Adriatico Malate, Novaliches, Araneta Center, Mandaluyong, Jaka Plaza Paranaque, Sucat Muntinlupa, Festival Supermall Alabang, Market Market BGC, Ever Commonwealth, Fairview, Sta. Rosa, Binan, Dasmarinas Cavite, Batangas, Pampanga and Cebu.

Surplus goods are as good as new, meaning they are shelf pulls from known retail stores, over manufactured, cancelled orders or demo units used for display that need an alternative sales channel like HMR. This allows customers to buy their favorite brands and merchandise at the lowest prices possible,” explains Sharlene Powell, Marketing Head of HMR Philippines Inc.

Now here's a peak of what's in my HMR shopping cart.
Home Maker Blender, Unicorn Plush Toy, Skechers Mens Shoes, and a Turbo Broiler.

After too much deliberation... Like 2hours.... 
Here's what made it to the cashier :P
The Home Maker Blender for me priced at Php999.00, Skechers Mens Shoes for Daddyo piced at Php1795.00, Comforter for my girls priced at Php500.00, and Exhaust fan for Php799.00

No time to do the actual shopping? 
How about online shopping auction style?
Check this out!
Items for auction during the Alabang Zapote Road branch Grand Opening
On-site registration for the HMR Online Auction
>>Sign Up here<< for an account to get notifications for new auctions.
More items posted on their website so please do check it out.
For inquiries, please call (02) 548-6999 or log on to website 
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