My "All Woman Race" Experience

Last Sunday, I joined the All Woman Race organized by The Bull Runner in Filinvest City, Alabang. Normally, I do not join races and fun runs simply because I do not find joy in waking up so early to drive myself to a race track just so I can clock in a 5 or 10 kilometer run. I figured I can do that somewhere near just the same. But, this race is different. First because it was especially organized for women and for few daring men who do not have any qualms running around in tutus. And second because it was a run for womanity as how the organizer aptly put it. I have always been a sucker for good taglines.
And so there I was at 4:30 in the morning driving along Daang Hari with my sister who’s just been home for the weekend from Singapore, all geared up and ready for this run. I have to admit it was pretty exciting. Off track, I am a 10K runner so naturally I joined the 10K race category.   The track with its curves, uphills, and downhills to me was surprisingly challenging yet fun. My friend, Shiela, who is a seasoned 10K and 21K runner, joined me in this race and paced me as well. We were able to finish in 1:04 hr. based on our own time and 1:10 hr. based on the official time. It was my first time to do a full 10K run. Normally I walk .30 of every kilometer to allow myself to recover. I am happy to note that I exceeded my own expectation of myself. I didn’t know I have it in me to run that long and that fast.  Must be the adrenalin and my friend’s coaching.

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Joining this definitely changed my perspective a little bit about signing up for races. I have to admit, I have become some sort of a race snob these past two years.  When friends invite and encourage me to join them in fun runs, I always scoff at the idea of going to all the trouble and spending a few hundreds just so I can run. I always tell myself and others that I don’t need to measure myself up against other people’s standards just so I can be a good runner and I don’t need to join major races in order to motivate myself to make and achieve new running goals. But then, running along side ladies who are just as passionate as I am with running last Sunday, seeing the same determination and focus on their faces, and witnessing their strength, I mean it just made me feel so inspired and thankful that I joined. If anything the whole experience left me humbled. I went home more determined than ever to continue setting a new pace and running goal for myself.

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Whereas this experience made me more open to join future races, it didn’t, on one hand, turned me into a race fanatic overnight…yet. If anything, it just made me reassess my running goal and plan for myself. Now I have included in it joining key races that will allow me to learn from the best so I can take my running to the next level, which is half/full marathon. I know it’s an incredible dream but seeing myself run alongside these women who clearly were making a run for their dreams and goals last Sunday, and seeing myself fall strongly into step with them, I know it is possible. I can make it happen.

Benzoyl Peroxide and Proactiv

There seemed to be a lot of over the counter medications in the market today which claim to be the perfect treatment for acne. While it is good to have a good number of choices or options in terms of acne treatment, it is also wise to be discerning when it comes to products that we use on our faces.
For years now, the gold standard for treating mild to moderate acne is benzoyl peroxide. This topical antimicrobial medicine is known to specifically target P. acnes, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts and is widely popular for its anti- inflammatory and anti-pore clogging properties.
Though not classified as antibiotic, it has been the cornerstone of prescription and over-the-counter acne therapy medication including Proactiv for over 50 years now.
An exclusive form of benzoyl peroxide (BPO) can found in the Proactiv 3-Step System’ s Renewing Cleanser (Step 1) and Repairing Treatment (Step 3). The crystalline BPO present in these Proactiv products were finely milled in order to achieve the pore penetrating action that is needed to control the acne cycle without compromising gentleness on skin.
Other Ways To Treat Acne
PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SOAP
While it may seem counter-intuitive, harsh scrubbing does not unclog pores any better than gentle cleansing. To a certain extent, they have been seen to do more harm than good since such actions only worsen acne. While we cannot deny that cleansing and scrubbing reduce surface oils and dead skin cells, most cleansers available in the market today are laden with alcohol and foamy surfactants (detergents). Surfactants which are responsible for the sudsy foam and lather in most cleansers, strip skin of its essential oils. As a result, the skin’ s barrier becomes damaged and vulnerable to irritation and infection. Proactiv Solution Renewing Cleanser contains fine polyethylene beads that gently relieve impacted pores without irritation.
PROACTIV SOLUTION VS SALICYLIC ACID
Salicylic acid, another ingredient present in most acne treatment medication, breaks through the plug but does not kill the P. acnes bacteria, the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Acne is caused by a variety of factors so it is best to use a medicated cleanser, like Proactiv, with proven ingredients, like benzoyl peroxide or sulfur that help unclog pores, kill bacteria and/or reduce inflammation.
PROACTIV SOLUTION VS. ORAL DRUGS
When acne is severe, dermatologists sometimes prescribe oral drugs like isotretinoin or hormonal pills. Although there are studies which support the effectivity of these methods in controlling severe acne, due to the nature of these drugs, there have been rising concerns about the safe use of these drus as well. For example, in 2010 alone, suicidal tendencies and psychotic behaviors among acne patients on isotretinoin have been reported. Hormonal pills, which are primarily use as contraceptive are found to cause water retention, weight gain, mood swings, and in the long run, even breast cancer too. With Proactiv Solution you’ll have none of these side effects.
We should always exercise extreme caution when choosing acne treatment medicationsince it is not just just our beauty that is at stake here but also our health. We have to always choose an acne treatment product with ingredients that are proven and tested safe for us to use like Proactiv Solution.

Honeysuckle Breastmilk Bag

Two weeks ago, one of our colleagues in the faculty was looking for breastmilk to give to her three-week old granddaughter who was in the Neonatal ICU. The mom was unable to produce breastmilk which the baby needed so she can be strong and fight the pneumonia that has afflicted her. I wasn’t sure if they were able to get enough for her though because last week we learned that the little angel succumbed to death.
I was unable to produce my own breastmilk too when I gave birth to my daughter so I really envy moms with newborns whose only problem is how to properly store and handle their own breastmilk. When my daughter, Bianca, had cancer last year, it did occur to me that perhaps she wouldn’t have it if I had breastfed her when she was a baby. But then of course that’s more like my guilt talking to me than Science. Anyway, I know the importance of having a good stock of breastmilk and a proper storage kit that would keep it safe until it is ready to be consumed by the baby. I have heard it enough from my mom friends to know that pumping breastmilk is one thing and keeping it from getting spoiled is quite another.
My two best buddies recently gave birth and we were just so thrilled when I received a package with Honeysuckle breastmilk bag inside. I just had to share it to them. They have been looking for one that is handy so they can pump and store their breastmilk easily especially when they return back to work. And of course something that is proven safe to use for storing their oh so precious mama milk. We were so glad to know that HoneySuckle® which is 100% tamper-evident, BPA-free, Oxo-biodegradable and recyclable is already available in the market.

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HoneySuckle® is the more enhanced version of the popular reclosable breastmilk bag Lansinoh® which inventor Nossi Taheri created in 2002. HoneySuckle® as compared to its predecessor, has wider side seals, double zipper and ribbed gusset to protect and prevent breastmilk from leaking during storage. It has a pour spout that would eliminate spills when transferring breastmilk in bottles and an outer write-on tab to help mommies date and organize their breastmilks. It doesn’t take much space as it can lay flat in the freezer and can stand on the counter too when needed. It is the strongest and most economical breastmilk storage bag in the market today.

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With HoneySuckle® babies need not take alternative food when mom is not around and mommies need not worry about how to save their precious breastmilk after working so hard to pump them. Two less worries for mommies if I may say so. To know more about HoneySuckle®, you may check honeysucklemoms.com.

Mompreneur MeetUp at The Crib

Inviting all active and aspiring Mompreneurs! The next Mompreneur MeetUp is going to be this Saturday, June 28, from 9 am to 12 noon at The Crib, Fun Ranch in Pasig.

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With no less than Success Coach, Jackie Caniza as the workshop speaker/facilitator, this Business By Design workshop aims to provide interested mompreneurs the necessary know hows when it comes to designing one’s own business according to target goals and needs.
Based on the book, Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, this is designed specifically to teach momprenuers, business owners, and teams, how to view their business through a one-page framework that captures all the critical components of a business model. Workshop fee is 800 but free for all past attendees and Mommy Mundo Passport Holders.
To register and for more information, text 09176272425 or clike the link here. Hurry as slots run out!:)

Product Review: Novuhair 3-in-1

Last month, Anna Macaraig sent me some Novuhair products to try. The 3-in-1 pack contains Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Novuhair Herbal Shampoo and Novuhair Herbal Conditioner. Now I haven’t gone bald yet but I must admit that the stress these past two years have taken a toll on my hair. I have been experiencing excessive hair fall these past months that in no time I am afraid I will have my own landing strip at the top of my head.
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Anyway, to tell you honestly, this product is totally new to me. In fact I had to search this online and watch Fanny Serrano’s own testimonial video before I start using this. As we all know, Fanny is a widely respected and seasoned salon/hair expert here in the Philippines so his opinion counts. Well, based on his own personal testimony on the effectiveness of Novuhair, it doesn’t only combat hairloss and hair thinning, it also provides optimum nutrition to hair. It rejuvenates hair follicles, improves blood circulation to the scalp, eliminates dandruff, detoxifies scalp and improves scaling. Pretty promising right?
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But what totally sold me out on the idea of using this product actually is its active natural ingredients. Since my daughter had cancer last year, I am very particular with the products that we use on our body. Good thing Novuhair boasts of natural herbs, essential oils and co-factor nutrients that are proven safe and effective in treating hair problems. Some active natural ingredients that you will find in Novuhair products are: Moringaoleifera / Malunggay / Moringa which helps restore healthy hair. Sweet Almond Oil / Prunusamygdalus, a moisture-rich oil that contains vitamins A, B1, B6 and E, and other essential minerals such as magnesium and iron. These are known to penetrate the scalp to relieve hair dryness and itching, and promote hair nourishment and growth as well. Peppermint, can also be found here which slows down the growth of bacteria and fungi together with Panax Ginseng which  improves blood circulation. The Ginger formulation also provides nutrient to hair while the Aloe Barbadensis effectively induces hair growth and prevents hair fall. Lavender aids in relieving itching while Rosemary contains properties that help disinfect and combat dandruff formation on the scalp. And lastly, Lemongrass which controls sebum flow, clean the scalp’s pores, and prevent dandruff too. I am all into juicing and organic stuff so this product complement the kind of healthy lifestyle that we’ve been adapting at home.
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I am using Novuhair  for a  month now and I have been seeing great improvements on my hair. I noticed how it has suddenly become much thicker and fuller after continued use. It did add volume and shine to my otherwise dry and limpy hair. There is also a noticeable increase of hair growth too in the area of my scalp that has grown thin so I can personally vouch that it really does wonder. If there’s just one downside to it though, it’s its scent. Novuhair scent is nothing like the deep floral scent of most commercial shampoos. Though not really offensive, it is not too pleasant either but then after a while you get used to it. Results were not visible from the first two weeks of application so patience is really the key plus consistency.
The 3 in 1 pack contains: Novuhair Scalp Lotion which energizes and rehabilitates the scalp. Novuhair Herbal Shampoo which removes build-up that can clog pores and renews the scalp. And Novuhair Herbal Conditioner which restores strength and improves hair elasticity, reducing breakage.
I highly recommend Novuhair to people who have been experiencing  hair loss and hair thinning or those who just want to restore health and shine to thei crowning glory. The Novuhair 3-in-1 Topical Scalp Lotion, Herbal Shampoo and Herbal Conditioner Pack, come in 200 mL bottles each. These are available as a bundle at all Mercury Drug and Watsons stores with an SRP of PHp 4980.

Proactiv Unselfie Campaign

Time magazine recently awarded the Philippines as the selfie capital of the world. Not surprising  considering the amount of time Filipinos spend taking selfies of themselves and posting them everyday in various social media. Both young and old alike have actually taken to selfies as a means to express themselves or get themselves noticed in a way that is both fun and refreshing.
Due to the popularity of “selfies,” instant filters and photo editing apps have sprouted left and right in the internet too. And in their desire to join the “selfie” bandwagon, people with skin problems have resorted to using them to keep their acne and other blemishes from showing in their “selfie” photos.
Proactiv recognizes the need of Filipinos to express themselves and connect with others through photos.  And so in an attempt to support this and at the same time enjoin netizens to address acne for real and be proactive, they recently launch the “Unselfie campaign.”  In this campaign, netizens are encouraged to post an unedited photo of themselves with an unselfie pledge placard:

ProActiv_pagepostADProactiv wants to  take active role in making sure everyone start their own journey to  self improvement so they will have clear skin.  They are hoping that this campaign will make them comfortable and confident in posting their real and unedited version of their selfies.  That means without any filters. To join, simply follow these steps:

  1. Like “Proactiv Solution Philippines” Facebook Page or follow Proactiv Philippines Instagram Account, @ProactivPH”
  2. Write a pledge in a piece of paper “I need to be Proactiv”, “#Unselfie” and “#BeProactiv”.
  3. Take a “selfie” with the pledge placard and post it at:
  • Proactiv Solution Philippines’ facebook acccount.  Forthe link, click HERE
  • personal IG account, tagging  @ProactivPH and using the hashtag #Unselfie and #BeProactiv

Their will be three winners of Proactiv 30 Day Kit per week. Join now and start your journey to a clear beautiful skin.

God's Amazing Love

“You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments.”
And here I thought God’s love is unconditional. Well obviously, I thought wrong. Well, He has every right because He is God and He is wise afterall. He knows that the only way He can push us to be the best that we can be for Him and for ourselves is by giving us a set of guidelines to follow. Although He’s clearly a rules kind of guy or rather God, He is far from cruel. He works along the principle of rewards rather than punishment. And although He has set simple and practical conditions for us to remain in His love, He is not one to jump at every chance to scream, “Go to hell!” whenever we fail to follow one of His commandments. Instead, He provides us an all-day access to the confessional, “lifelines” that can last a lifetime, 24/7 prayer hotlines, and best of all, unlimited chances of winning a one way ticket to heaven. Thats how badly He wants us to always have our eyes on the prize, that’s how badly He wants us to win the prize—His amazing love.

Spiritual Mentor

“When he arrived and saw the manifest signs of God’s favor, he rejoiced and urged them all to remain firmly faithful to the Lord; for he, himself, was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith. Thus, large crowds came to know the Lord.”
I know this funny old lady who can make us laugh with her wisecracks and her silly antics. It’s a joy to be around her not only because she can send you in fits of laughter in an instant but also because having lived the faith, she can make you see the wisdom behind God’s work and action whenever you’re lost or unsure of where He is in your life. She is my life peg because I have seen and heard the Holy Spirit work through her countless times and I have witnessed how she has anchored herself and her family firmly to the Lord. And I say this with all gratefulness and humility, I wouldn’t be where I am right now spiritually if not for her gentle yet insistent prodding. The Lord in all His goodness will send us one of his guides to teach us how to walk by faith, the moment you find or recognize him/her in your life, pray for that person so he/she will continue to bring not just you but others too closer to the Lord. You are always in my prayers Anne Adizon.

Review: Wen Cleansing Conditioner

I absolutely love summer. I really don’t mind spending long hours under the sun so long as I’m doing something fun like swimming, sight seeing, and running. While others shy away from the sun, I absolutely bask in it. I have a trusty sunblock and sun protection anyway so skin wise, the heat doesn’t bother me. It is my hair I am perpetually worried about. Since my hair has already grown in length, I had to tie it in a ponytail every now and then to keep it away from my face and to cool off a little especially when I run. This unfortunately has left it dry, faded, lifeless, and (sigh!) frizzy. Good thing, I got first dibs on the new Wen Cleansing Conditioner, the new revolutionary product that would change the way we view hair care.
I’ve been using it for the past five days and so far, I am happy with the result. I like that it is a 5-in-1 formula meaning it is an all-in-1 shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-on conditioner. For someone who doesn’t enjoy using more than one hair product while bathing, this is quite a welcome change indeed. I noticed that after continued use, my hair appears shiny and easy to manage.
I like that it thoroughly cleanses the hair without lathering and it leaves a subtle scent too. I am very particular with the chemicals used in hair products so I am happy to note that Wen doesn’t have all the harsh ingredients (harsh detergents and sodium lauryl/laureth sulfates ) that may be found in most ordinary shampoos.
This new concept in hair cleansing, WEN® Cleansing Conditioner, is created and formulated by Chaz Dean, a celebrity-stylist based in the USA in cooperation with Guthy Renker (makers of Proactiv Solution). It comes in two variants. Sweet Almond and Promegranate. Here are their key ingredients so you’ll know which one will work best for you:

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SWEET ALMOND VARIANT
Aloe Vera Gel (soothing, healing, moisturizing, anti-fungal, antibacterial properties)
Glycerin (contains natural moisturizing factors)
Chamomile Extract (calming, soothing, contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also used for dry, flaky skin)
Cherry Bark z (keeps hair manaheable and brings out the color, shine and softness in all shades of natural and color-treated hair)
Calendula Extract (helpful as an antiseptic, heals wounds and reduces inflammation)
Rosemary Extract (stimulates hair growth and fights scalp problems. Helps with premature
baldness. Has amazing antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties. Is a tonic, astringent,
restorative herb)
Cetyl Alcohol (fatty, moisturizing alcohol used as an emollient, emulsifier, thickener
carrying agent for other ingredients. Derived naturally from coconut)
Panthenol (acts as a penetrating moisturizer. Plumps & moisturizes hair shaft to make it appear thicker, reduces split ends, smoothes skin and strengthens hair as it seals in moisture)
PEG-60 Almond Glycerides (with anti-irritant qualities, provides conditioning and glide to hair, as well as a conditioned feel to skin)
Menthol (has a local anesthetic and counter-irritant quality. Can also reduce itching and
tenderness)
Sweet Almond Oil (excellent emollient, high in protein and fatty acids, ideal in the treatment of very dry, chapped skin. Cintains antiseptic properties, heals and nourishes as it moisturizes the skin & hair without leaving a greasy residue)
PROMEGRANATE VARIANT
Pomegranate Extract (incredibly hydrating, this has anti oxidant properties comparable to wine or green tea)
Hydrolized Soy Protein (protein derived from Soya beans. Increases strength and manageability)
Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice (provides healing, moisturizing, anti fungal, and antibacterial properties)
Rosemary Extract (contains amazing antioxidant properties, stmulates hair growth and fight scalp problems)
Chamomile extract (calming, soothing, and provieds antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Great for for dry and flaky skin)
Marigold Extract (helpful as an antiseptic, heals wounds and reduces inflammation)
Menthol (acts as a local anesthetic and contains counter-irritant qualities. Can also reduce itching and tenderness)
Wild Cherry Fruit Extract (provides soothing and anti inflammatory properties)
Wen will be available in the following stores starting this May with a retail sales price of 995 for a 350 ml bottle.
Selected SM Department Stores (SM MOA, SM Makati, SM Southmall, SM North EDSA, SM Megamall)
Proactiv Branches:
a) GF, Glorietta 2
b) 2F, Trinoma
c) GF, Marquee
Door to Door Delivery Hotlines
a) Landline: 729-2222
b) Globe Provincial: 1-800-8-729-8888 c) PLDT Provincial: 1-800-10-889-4444 d) Mobile No.: 0917-801-8888
Treat your hair this summer with some TLC, use Wen Cleansing Conditioner now.

My Sheeps

Gospel Reflection: “The keeper opens his voice; he calls each of his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them and the sheep follow him for they know his voice.”—As a class adviser, I have this thing about names. I call my students not by their nicknames but by their real names. At the start my students would often go crazy because I am the only one doing that, they would insist on me calling them by their nicknames but eventually they learn to love it. In fact, after a while, they would feel funny whenever I will call them otherwise. So Bea is Beatrice in my class, Fides is Teresa, Mika is Monica, Gabby is Margarita, Maria is Maranatha and Sam is Samuelle etc. ‘Cause you see, when they get to my class, they have to leave behind their old self and the labels that they carry with them. When they become part of my flock, they get a fresh start. I am the sheperd in my class, I want that amidst the noise and the distractions around them, each of my sheep hear and recognize my voice when I call them. I want that in the middle of all the confusion, each one of them follows to where I will lead them. And it never fails, at the end of the year, all my 27 sheeps make it to that place where I want them to be. And what’s more, they manage to live up to the goodness and the promise behind their christian names.