DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Your Way to Your Celebrations

rsz_1mbp_pinkAmong my biggest blessings are friendships and relationships. It is such joy to be part of milestones, family successes and answered prayers. Sharing with you pictures from our celebrations, more than the DIY ideas and fun in creation, we thank God for what we made them for. DIY meet-ups are best organized with friendships. As early as planning and creating phase, you already build memories and stories that you will get to keep even after your planned events.

Proverbs 22:29 “Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.”

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There is nothing like being greeted with fun colors and homey-feel-ambience. Pom-pom balls automatically add smiles to anyone’s party. Whatever size or color, you can decide to put them on tables, corners, hang them from lights, or even use them as instant bouquet!

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Doilies out of paper make great table centrepieces. We just strewn upside down cupcake liners (aligned with the motif), add in sweets/candies and use wooden utensils with ribbons to complete ours. As options, you can also make use of colourful tin cans/pails and put in the utensils, or dress up the utensils with washi tape.

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Ready-made initials made of wood are off the racks and you can dress it up on the gift table anytime. Feel free to add other trinkets such as picture frames out of paper shaped into shirts, we made use of them as guests’ notes, clipped them with miniature clothespin for the bride-to-be to keep after the event.

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December Birthday and Jesus Party

A kiddie party does not have to be so expensive for moms, after all, you want planning to be as enjoyable to your kids as it was to you, and you also do not want to spend all the time stressing about preparation when you should be focusing on making it count as positively memorable for your kids.

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Did this a couple of years ago. The theme was “sweet party”, but those who came also thought it was candy-themed, or ice-cream-themed. For food options, we just opted to add Minnie Mouse sweets on a stick as cake toppers. Adding them to a cupcake tiered-stand, trays of assorted sweets/candies, and wineglasses filled with Nips, marshmallow and wafer sticks.

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No activities in mind yet? Do the Pinoy trademark pabitin. While waiting for the all the kids to get to the party, we handed coloring and drawing materials for the kids to use, they also played the ‘walang-kamatayang-newspaper-dance-game’, may be too old for the adults but was a big hit with the kids. Also played and encouraged the kids to sing to Gizmo’s Salvation Song from Superbook. It was a program by kids and for kids, from the opening prayer down to time-to-say-goodbye.

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Put water and children together and you will never run out of fun and laughter all around. We helped put up a candy-bar (created in friendship and love, wink wink) for a friend’s daughter’s party. It was a welcome table with her full-catered party. Kids kept visiting the candy buffet for cookies, doughnuts, cupcakes, and lollies.

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The giveaways did not also have to break the bank, can be as simple as kiddie bracelets (bestseller that day!) and loot bags out of pails full of foodies and mini-toys. Need to dress up wooden letters? Add them to torches and balloons on the grassy floor. Just make sure that the torches are not lit when you do. Place it right infront of a lawn spotlight and you have your instant lawn photo ops background.

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Want me to share your DIY party on this page? Feel free to send me an email at makingworkingmomswork@yahoo.com.ph.

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Mommy Milkshare: A MilkDrive for Moms Who Care

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All mommies are quite familiar with the tagline: “Breastfeeding is best for babies.” For all the moms who know how it is to breastfeed, who have breastfed in the past, or who are currently pregnant and plan to breastfeed, I have good news for you.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) states the following in its report on “Global strategy on infant and young child feeding”:

Breastfeeding is an unequalled way of providing ideal food for the healthy growth and development of infants; it is also an integral part of the reproductive process with important implications for the health of mothers. As a global public health recommendation, infants should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life to achieve optimal growth, development and health.

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Thereafter, to meet their evolving nutritional requirements, infan ts should receive nutritionally adequate and safe complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Exclusive breastfeeding from birth is possible except for a few medical conditions, and unrestricted exclusive breastfeeding results in ample milk production.”

We are not alone in our search for the best breastfeeding support community to join, if you are looking for one. Two breastfeeding-advocate-minded local enterprises are holding a post-Breastfeeding Awareness Month event to help provide breastmilk to needy babies, namely “Mommy Milkshare: A MilkDrive for Moms Who Care.” This will take placefrom 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 5, 2015, at The Parenting Emporium, 29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City.

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The beginnings of a noteworthy event

 “It all started when Jem Perez-Chua and Geraldyn Perez, the owners of Honeysuckle Philippines, approached us with this idea to ‘give back’ by organizing a milkletting activity,” Maricel Cua, co-founder of The Parenting Emporium (TPE) shares.

“We gladly agreed to co-organize because, as part of our advocacy on nutrition, one of our beneficiaries is the TPE Milksharing Hub*. The TPE Milksharing Hub fully supports milkletting activities like this, and responsible milk sharing,” she continues.

“We have participated in several milkletting efforts organized by local governments, hospitals, and even private groups. All collected milk from this particular event will go to the Fabella Milk Bank.”

Jem shares why she and her sister Geraldyn though of holding the MilkShare event. “We’ve been distributing Honeysuckle breastmilk bags for over a year now and given the reception of Filipina moms to our brand, we want to give back as well,” she says.

“We found out that the concept of breastmilk donation is not common knowledge, and some moms actually end up with a lot of ‘old frozen breastmilk’ because their babies simply weren’t able to consume all of their stored milk.

“So we thought — wouldn’t it be wonderful if another baby was able to benefit from that stored breastmilk instead? It could possibly even save lives!”

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In addition, Jem and Geraldyn feel that there are “very few brands / organizations that are willing to set up breastmilk drives, because these events are really non-profit.” “So we want to help however way we can in something we feel very strongly about,” she adds.

Raising awareness, spreading the word about the advocacy

This mommy blogger joins this advocacy and 100% supporting the Mommy MilkShare event this year and in the coming years.

“For this first event, we reached out to The Parenting Emporium for guidance and lots of help,” Jem shares. “We found out that they have so much experience in this type of activity and we have none!

“The Parenting Emporium even took care of looking for speakers exclusively for the mom-donors to listen to,” Jem continues. “So it’s really great that we are both very aligned on this endeavor, because we just really want to help moms in whatever way we can. We hope more brands can join us in this cause in the future.”

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The Mommy Milkshare MilkDrive: Uniting moms for the “breast cause” ever

“We know the benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond just the first year of life so we want to raise awareness about the importance of donating excess breastmilk of moms — because there are so many babies who need the milk,” Jem emphasizes.

“We don’t want moms to ever consider feeding their babies with formula milk — especially in the few months, just because they think there is no other solution.”

Jem adds that donating breastmilk is very fulfilling because “you know that you are nurturing the life of another baby in need, on top of your own baby.”

“We hope that we will be able to help a lot of moms and babies with what we can collect and donate, in partnership with The Parenting Emporium,” she concludes.

Event details to take note of

The Mommy Milkshare milkletting event is open to all breastfeeding moms who wish to donate their milk. “There is no registration fee, but it is exclusive for breastmilk donors. Mommies should bring frozen milk, expressed within 3 months, and should also be willing to be screened,” Maricel expounds.

Aside from the milkletting activity, participants can expect different activities as well.

“Jem and Geraldyn wanted to help mothers at different levels, so we came up with the idea of free one-on-one consultations for 4 moms (the first 4 to register) with a volunteer International Board Certified Lactation Consultant or IBCLC,” Maricel shares. “There will also be relevant talks and lootbags for donors.”

It is hoped that through this event for moms by moms, the message of “growing together as parents” will be shared to all, and that parents — especially mothers — will be encouraged to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, and share what they have with others.

To pre-register for the event, kindly contact the TPE Events Hotline: 0917-8110821. For updates from The Parenting Emporium, please send an email to theparentingemporium@gmail.com or follow TPE on Facebook and Instagram @theparentingemporium. To get in touch with Honeysuckle Philippines, contact them on Facebook and on Instagram @honeysucklephils.

If you are interested in donating your excess milk to the TPE Milk Sharing Hub, you may contact Maricel Cua at 0917-6247246, or Katrina Mitra at (02) 7253723 / (02) 7386272. You can also send an email to theparentingemporium@gmail.com. *Important reminders: Kindly prepare a Hepatitis-HIV profile that is less than six months old. If you have none, testing will be provided for free. Donated breastmilk should be less than three months old from date of expression.

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HOW DO I LOOK? ASIA ARRIVES ON DIVA TO FIX ASIA’S FASHION FAUX PAS

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Style icons Jeannie Mai (left) and Sazzy Falak (right) on DIVA’s How Do I Look? Asia

How do I Look US is not something foreign to us, TV viewers. It is good news to finally see Asia’s How Do I Look piloting on 31st of August on DIVA, NBCUniversal International Networks’ leading entertainment channel for women in Asia.

The fashion-challenged victims include onesie-addict/ blogger Apple Allison of Sole Searching Soul (Philippines); indie rock guitarist Ariana (Malaysia); mismatch, mishap/ watercolor artist Choc (Taiwan); sales executive, and literally plain Jane (Philippines/Australia); overachieving, yet outdated, Lavinya (Malaysia); rebel teacher Lianni (Philippines); romantically-insecure Maisarah (Singapore); and the uninspiringly-dressed motivational speaker Yessinta (Indonesia).

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How Do I Look? Asia is a testament to DIVAs position as the leading womens entertainment channel in Asia. We are confident that this ground-breaking local production, like its original franchise, will strongly resonate with our core female audiences across the region,” said Christine Fellowes, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, NBCUniversal International Networks. “Using the insights from various in-depth research initiatives on Asian women that NBCUniversal has conducted and developed over the recent years, How Do I Look? Asia features many of the elements that we found women loved: fabulous and fun makeovers, the hottest fashion trends tailored to Asian sensibilities, inspiring and heart-warming personal stories, and a positive underlying message that encourages every woman to be her best self.

For more information on How Do I Look? Asia, including exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, fashion tips, quizzes and personality profiles, visit http://www.divatv.asia/hdila

Be part of the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #HDILasia

How Do I Look? Asia premieres on 31 August, Mondays at 8PM (SIN/MAL)

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Lots’ A Pizza : OpenRice.Com Review

Inside Out is just one among many animated movies that I didn’t find suitable for kids. It is probably because of the fact that emotions meant for adults to process were shown on the film as ALL valid responses to our daily lives. The movie actually created excessive times when I had to explain to my kids that responding to a negative emotion the way it was shown on the film is not always the correct way of doing so. I didn’t have to do it with other animated films but with this movie, there are just too many parts of the movie when the characters respond wrongly to negative emotions, it didn’t help that negative emotions themselves (sadness, fear and anger) are primary characters of the story. I didn’t think that Disney Pixar would leave this not sorted all throughout the end of the story.

rsz_1mbp_pinkSo, when the movie was over, it was time to find a place to eat somewhere so we can have the most important conversation with the kids. How the conversation went is an all-together different story. We ended up at Lots’ A Pizza, pocket restaurant right outside the moviehouse. What I appreciate about this pizza house is the fact that they close late, maybe to catch everyone who step out of the cinema from the late screenings. Also, the servers were interactive and kept all the kids busy while waiting for their pizza. In fact, their pizza preparation is for everyone in the resto to see. The downside to doing this though is it surely takes time to wait for the food, after all, servers wait for real time orders before they can prepare your order right infront of you. All pizza flavours Hawaiian Extreme, Hotdog Festiva and Manhattan Deluxe were all a big hit for the kids. After all, you can have any kid order their preferred pizza flavour from their menu.

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Planning How to Work from Home? Read Up.

rsz_1mbp_pinkWhether you are a stay-at-home mom, or currently working from home as mom-entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, freelancers, or working full time outside the home and planning to work from home in the near future, this post is for you. ManilaWorkshops.com and the WAHMderful Life Community invites you to The Work at Home Expo 2015! For moms who have been regular attendees since 2012, they mark their calendar once a year for a full-day expo of talks and mini-workshops geared towards the encouragement and empowerment of Filipinos who are working from home or would like to be work from home professionals.

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This year, The Work at Home Expo 2015 will be bigger and better! This event will be held on September 26, 2015 (Saturday) from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. The venue will be at the Bayanihan Center, Unilab campus, Mandaluyong City.

Morning Schedule:
9:30 AM – 9:50 AM Welcome remarks and overview of the day; Opening of the WAHM Support Central section.
9:50 AM – 10:10 AM It’s a WAH-nderful Life Video
10:10 AM – 10:40 AM Panel of Work at Home Moms
10:40 AM – 11:00 AM Raffle Draw
11:00 AM – 11:40 PM Panel of Work at Home Singles
11:40 AM – 11:45 PM Raffle Draw
11:45 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break / Booth Stamping game / Play Video of Sponsors

Afternoon Schedule:
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM Keynote Speaker
1:25 PM – 1:50 PM Talk: Balancing Business, Home and Heart (Marilen Montenegro)
1:50 PM – 2:00 PM Q&A
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM Break / Sponsor’s Slot
2:25 PM – 2:30 PM Introduction of next speaker
2:30 PM – 2:50 PM Social Entrepreneurship and Foundations
2:50 PM – 3:00 PM Q&A
3:00 PM – 3:25 PM Break / Sponsor’s Slot
3:25 PM – 3:30 PM Introduction of next speaker
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM Time Management for the Work at Home Parent (Teresa Dumadag)
3:50 PM – 4:00 PM Q&A
4:00 PM – 4:05 PM Introduction of next speaker
4:05 PM – 4:25 PM Fitness Factors for Work at Homies (Monica Manzano)
4:25 PM – 4:45 PM Q&A for and Raffle
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Closing

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1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Set Yourself Up for Work at Home Wealth (Lianne Laroya)
1:45 PM – 2:00 PM Sponsor’s Slot
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM WAHM Collaboration: Where it Begins, How to Earn from It (Martine, Frances, & Ginger)
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Raffle and Afternoon break
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Best Practices of a Work-at-Homie by Lyle of Raket.ph
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Sponsor’s Slot
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM How to Go Global with Your Expertise by Anthony and Tippy Pelayo-Go of Googly Gooeys
4:30 PM – 4:45 PM Q&A and Raffle Draw
4:45 PM – 5:00 PM Closing

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Life in Pictures : Writing on Me-Time Mornings

rsz_1mbp_pinkIn just a few weeks, we will now be ushering in the ‘ber’ months, if you are like any Filipina mom I know, we all get giddy and excited around what the ‘ber’ months bring, cooler days, family celebrations, reunions, more holidays to bond with kids. Before we welcome September, let me share with you several scenes from my working-mommy-world.

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My roster of work shoes is a reflection of my season in life. It is a mix of footwear that can take me from posh events to roughing it out with kids to errands days. Mommies, look around the shoes you wear and thank God not for the shoes, but what you wear them for.

Faith Matters

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I have learned to appreciate how God has enriched culture, a culture that stretches out and gets reflected on families, how you decorate your house, how you celebrate with friendships. I am also passionate about faith and it is critical to have both culture and faith aligned with what the Bible calls as truth. Thanking God for taking me to places whose culture and faith are different from mine, tugs at your heart to have the passion to know what to pray for. Opens your eyes from what you want to be thankful for and opens your doors to friendships that allow you to share a kind of peace that can be present even in the midst of being different.

Leaving Footprints

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20150821_091932-1There was this pocket restaurant near Mekong River in Laos that provides an entire wall for any visitor to leave notes. More than just looking at the wall full of notes, brings me to the walls in my workplace that tells everyone what we want to be famous for. As wives and moms, what notes do we want to leave behind and what do we want to be famous for?

View from the Boardroom

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Boardrooms have a way of limiting your views. It is so easy to see yourself as just an integral part of the boardroom, blurring everything else that you need to play as your role. It blurs away your urgent need to go home to complete homeschooling for your kids, or blurs away the weather outside, or blurs away the excessive time you spend in the boardroom. I especially like the boardrooms that gives you the real view outside. It reminds you about the real reasons why you work, the real reasons why you want to excel and reminds you about the beauty of what God surrounds you with as you work, as you play mom, as you play wife.

Kids’ Imprint Everywhere

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Of course, I forever thank God for my boys and mini-me at home. It helps grow me, give me more than enough reasons to be happy, and gives you a reason to get up each morning. Brings you back and clues you in to what makes their world turn. Gives you laughter days, rough it out in play days and even travel days!

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I married a man who hears from God, fully trusting his leadership in the family and in our marriage. I am sure that no matter how brilliant my ideas to lead are, the role to be both a mom and dad for my family is something that I have not been wired to play, my big God will always have a way of telling my husband how to lead, without me taking away his role to lead in the family. This is not meant to discount what great things God has been doing for single moms. Thanking God for being the purposeful and Sovereign God who is a personal God of perfect timing, aligned with our seasons and roles in life. So let there just be one driver in the car, but feel free to hold his hand, and squeeze it with love and a wink or smile anytime.

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Joined Asia Pacific Leaders’ Forum – Blogging 101 at Paradizoo and Residence Inn

rsz_1mbp_pinkWith more and more bloggers added to the industry everyday, it is relevant to keep up with what the readers need while staying true to your writing niche. With Zoomanity Group holding this year’s Asia Pacific Leaders’ Forum Blogging 101, bloggers like myself are fully supported and provided seamless and continuous training on how to excel and be responsible as we write.

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In the coming weeks, feel free to bookmark this page or follow this page as I write about my takeaways from the bloggers’ forum. The day started with a tour of Paradizoo. And with an overnight accommodation at Zoobic Safari plus tickets (from my previous Zoocobia experience) I can use at Paradizoo, I will certainly come back with my family and kids in tow and you will certainly read about that experience on my upcoming posts. So off we went hopping from every inch and corner of Paradizoo. Among the highlights are opportunities to have visitors feed the animals, interact with them at a safe distance, all while reading all the relevant trivia posted around the fenced areas.

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There were two spots where we saw Arabian camels. One was actually up for riding and the other one was caged and can be fed with greens.

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And then there was the five-legged cow, countless horses and ostriches. It is hard to notice the spacious, grassy lawns around the animals. Kids will certainly have a good time running around the area, and will never run out of games to play while they walk around to see the animals. The rabbit cages look like a mini rabbit village, complete with mini rabbit houses and play area. Kids will surely love feeding the rabbits, just be ready for the smell of the animals, as they are placed right next to each other and can create pungent animal smell for kids.

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After the forum, it was time to go to Residence Inn Tagaytay. The albino Burmese python looks intimidating and super scary but was cold, quiet and non responsive, both in the cage and even while touched and held for photos. Was not brave enough to touch and pet the tiger, was woken up in between pictures and fed milk as visitors go into the fence for photos.

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Honey is made available for anyone who wants to buy plus a butterfly garden full of it, that you will not know which one to take picture of. They are so many, the butterflies do not mind and do not get bothered as they land on plants, flowers and even on visitors!

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A farm is not a farm without the plants and the gardens. The vegetable garden is quite a view and it comes with good news as it offers fresh, organic vegetables that visitors can buy and take home.

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Terraz : OpenRice.Com Food Review

rsz_1mbp_pinkTerraz is becoming a sweet spot for our team at work, that it has saved us twice after a full day at work, by giving us the comfort of enjoyable food. It is convenient that it is actually on the same building where I work towards the end of week. Among the things that I like about Terraz, as well, is that it never gets into uncomfortable crowded resto that we can always find the best table where we can talk away everything funny about our work days.

So the other day, after completing back to back conference calls and performance review meets, stretching up until almost end of day, we promised to have a sumptuous and yummy lunch. I tried Florentine Beef Lasagna and I was not disappointed. I was quite surprised about the big serving, I knew I just had to share this one, except the bacon on top, of course, which was among the first ones I gobbled up.

florentinestylebeeflasagnaThe first time I visited Terraz several days prior to my lasagna experience, we just had to try all the cakes we can order. It was definitely a cheat day, as we hopped from tasting jackfruit sansrival, frozen brazo de Mercedes, Impossible Cake and three other cakes (the names escape me as I write).

terraz2I will definitely go back to taste more and have more of the quiet space we have always loved about Terraz. Going on my next blogging project: enjoy marriage, family, kids, relationships, friendships, work over food! Will be writing more food reviews I can get my hands on from the resto list from Openrice.com.

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E-Commerce Show Philippines – September 2 and 3

rsz_1mbp_pinkHear from Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Undersecretary Prudencio M. Reyes Jr., as he shares the very latest updates for the e-commerce roadmap, specifically for SMEs, in the Philippines. This will take place at the on-floor seminar theatre. Day 1: 2 September 2015, 10:30am

Product demonstrations

Tour the exhibition hall and discover new and innovative products and solutions by leading suppliers in the cards, payments and e-commerce industries. This is your opportunity to touch and see some of these exciting innovations as exhibitors provide live demonstrations at their booths.


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Solution providers in the region are constantly on the lookout for local partners to distribute their products and solutions.

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Plan your meetings before the show! Take advantage of our exclusive networking tool when you pre-register to attend the exhibition. Set up meetings on-site with sponsors and exhibitors before the event and get the most of your visit to our show. Registration is free and it only takes a few minutes

Register for your FREE Expo Pass Now!

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MY JOURNEY BACK TO HEALTHY HAIR Abby Asistio’s Recovery from Alopecia

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Singer-songwriter, TV host, and the poster girl for alopecia in the country, Abby Asistio is singing a happy tune nowadays.  And it’s all because of those precious new strands of hair which are obviously growing on her previously bald head.

Diagnosed with alopecia areata since the age of four, an autoimmune condition characterized by the loss of hair due to damaged hair follicles, Abby had to contend and overcome various physical, emotional and psychological obstacles.  Having exhausted almost all possible treatments to no avail, Abby finally came to terms with her condition and even rose above it.

With much grace and courage, she went public with her condition in 2012 and shaved her head.  Her message was loud and clear: It’s fine to be bald and beautiful.  Her message was received with loud cheers of praise and her life has never been the same since that fateful day.

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Today, Abby proudly shows off her head with its short hair, like a child showing off a prized toy.  “It has consistently been growing longer these past two years.  My hair is significantly thicker now and I could already style it in different ways, even without having to wear wigs, turbans, and other hair accessories,” she shares with an obvious gleam of joy in her eyes.Abby quickly reveals her secret: Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss.

After her public outing in 2012, Nutramedica reached out to Abby to try Novuhair.  She had already heard about it from Fanny Serrano, a family friend and the brand’s endorser, but she was wary of trying another product just to get disappointed all over again.

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She eventually started and relented using Novuhair in March 2013.  After six months, Abby was pleasantly surprised to notice fine strands of baby hair growing in previously bald areas.  “It was very exciting!  It encouraged me to be more persistent in using it,” Abby recalls.

Since that day, Abby has been a loyal Novuhair user and swears by it.  “I use the scalp lotion, shampoo, and conditioner religiously,” Abby continues.

It seems like a miracle, those delicate black strands of hair growing from her scalp and for Abby, the sensations are almost all new to her.  “I never thought I could have a full head of hair again.  I could actually “take care of my hair” now and even go to the salon to get a trim,” she says enthusiastically.  “I love having hair again,” she further states.

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Having alopecia is a huge part of Abby’s life journey and after successfully recovering from it, she has made it her mission to help others afflicted with the same condition.  She started by putting up the first support group in the country – Alopecia Philippines, which aims to spread awareness about the condition and at the same time, inspire and motivate those with alopecia to become more secure and comfortable in their own skin.

As of now, the group’s online Alopecia Philippines Facebook group counts around 300 members from all over the country.  There are those who are afflicted with alopecia themselves and some are their family members or loved ones.  “People share stories there, share experiences, post inquiries as well as words of encouragement to help those in the group,” Abby states.

The group has already lined up a number of activities and campaigns for the year, especially during Alopecia Awareness Month come September, including a planned Alopecia Weekend Boot Camp and awareness concert.   They also hope to formalize the organization before the year ends to do more for those with alopecia in the country.

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“It’s never easy,” Abby says about living with alopecia.  “But remember, you are not alone.  People around you love and care for you, and accept and appreciate you for who you are.  Look for someone to talk to, a shoulder to cry on, people to laugh about your journey and hair stories with,” Abby further shares.

“Everything happens for a reason.  In the end, we can choose to rise above the disease and come out better, stronger, more courageous, and more beautiful.  Our hair may come and go but it is who we are, what is inside that truly matters and lasts,” Abby says with a smile, the beautiful woman who has bravely  battled alopecia and came out of it gloriously victorious with the aid of Novuhair. Abby thanks Novuhair, “I now have a full head of hair and feel more confident than ever before.”

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