Good Housekeeping Feature

I’ve always believed that it is FAITH rather than FATE which brought me to where I am now. My dear friends, this my Post-Nan story, an ode to my God whose grace alone brought me this far.
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I am inviting you all to read and share this to widows and single parents that you know so they too will realize that grief and sorrow, they are not what a widow’s story is all about. Triumph of the human spirit is. Special thanks to Good Housekeeping Philippines for inviting me to share my story in this month’s issue of GH. Please grab a copy.????

Happy Father's Day To Me

That moment when your 15 year old daughter gives you a long talk about her plans, hopes, and dreams for senior high school, college, and sigh, the future. You sit there and listen as she shares passionately how she wants to be a Medical Technologist and eventually a Pediatric Oncologist because she wants to help children with cancer like her, and you think silently, I’m not ready yet emotionally, mentally, and yes, financially to let you go. You stare at her with your mouth wide open, and wonder to yourself, where the hell did your crying, scrawny little kid go, and when exactly did this sensible, level headed teenager take over?! So many thoughts running in your head and so many conflicting emotions fighting their way into your poor mommy heart. But then, you continue to sit there and let yourself have it, and when she finally said, “What do you think mommy?!” You just nod your head and mutter, “Gee, that’s some plan,” and you go hug her and tell her you’ll support her. You stand up with a big brave smile on your face and watch as she leaves excitedly to search for some senior high school scholarship program. You brace yourself as the usual painful twist in your heart comes and quietly whisper, “Oh Lord what do we do now?!” Happy Father’s Day to me. ????

Adam Levine Reveals Secret To His Confidence

If for some insane reason, you do not remember who Adam Levine is, let me refresh your memory. He is the lead singer of the Grammy Award winning band, Maroon 5. He is responsible for such popular hits as This Love, Payphone, and Sugar which earned gold and platinum record awards. He made quite a name for himself in the music industry with his amazing voice and signature good looks that never fail to make women swoon (this one included). He sat as one of the judges in the Emmy Award-winning singing contest, The Voice, and starred in the indie film, Begin Again, where his 222 Records label track Lost Stars was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards.
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While most women go gaga over his hot looks (he was declared the “Sexiest Man Alive” of 2013) and remarkable talent, men aspire for the same kind of charisma and confidence that he exudes. What others do not know is that, he too suffered from severe acne breakouts back when he was a teen. This took away much of his confidence and forced him to stay away from the crowd. Adam shares, “I was so ashamed of my acne. I had horrible breakouts and would hide from cameras or hide in my room. It is like one day acne showed up, caused trouble, and messed with my confidence.” You would think that acne’s been a thing of the past for Adam, but no, when his schedule gets busy, the stress still takes a toll on his skin. He discloses, “I am a very active person and truth is, it kind of lead to zits.”
Fortunately for Adam, America’s #1 acne treatment system, Proactiv Solution, took care of his acne problems before it became worse. If there one thing Adam wants people to understand it is that, just because celebrities look so good on the screen does not mean they do not suffer from skin problems like everybody else. Says Adam, “I always want to make sure that people understand that even though we are celebrities or successful, we are no different than anybody else.” Adam encourages those with acne to try Proactiv 3-Step System. He emphasizes, “You have to take these steps if you want to take good care of your skin. It has your skin in mind, it is legit, and in fact a lot of it is restorative and healthy, which is great.”
Proactiv’s 3-Step System is dermatologist-developed and is designed to help clear existing acne and prevent future outbreaks, while gently taking care of the skin. It is ideal for people on the go because it takes no more than five minutes to complete. It starts with the application of:
Step 1: The Renewing Cleanser which contains Benzoyl Peroxide that help kill acne-causing bacteria. It has ultra-fine, micro-crystal BPO that gently penetrates pores and tiny exfoliating beads which help unclog the pores of impurities, such as excess sebum, keratin and dead skin cells.
Step 2: The Proactiv Revitalizing Toner which refines and purifies pores through gentle exfoliation. It contains soothing botanicals to gently remove excess oil for a refresher and clearer skin.
Step 3: The Repairing Lotion which helps heal breakouts and prevent new ones from forming.
Each Proactiv kit comes with a free Refining Mask that helps keep skin clear and acne-free. Formulated with sulfur, a proven acne-fighting ingredient, this Refining Mask reaches deep into the pores where blemishes begin. It also unclogs pores, pampers inflamed skin, and softens the skin’s texture.
Adam Levine described Proactiv’s 3-Step Solution best when he said, “It is game changer; it treats acne and your skin right,” Adam said.
Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995) and is available at all Watsons stores nationwide.

Nature to Nurture

When my daughter, Bianca, was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 12 three years ago, I cannot help but look back and ask myself, had I done things differently, like be more discerning with the things we used around the house and things we exposed her to when she was growing up, would I have been able to shield her from cancer? Though doctors pointed at genetics as the root cause of her cancer, studies show that genes can be altered and influenced by chemicals in the environment.
Babies and mommies nowadays are lucky to have vigilant mompreneurs who make it their passion and mission to develop safe baby products. One such mom is Jacqueline Siy, co-founder of Nature to Nurture. In her desire to protect her child from exposure to unwanted chemicals, she painstakingly studied the usual products we use to clean our body and our home. When she found out that most of them are unhealthy and unsafe for babies, she looked for safer althernatives. Since there are not that much available in the market that are just as effective as the commercial ones, she created Nature to Nurture, one of the brands that I wish we had when my Bianca was just a baby.
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Nature to Nurture products were designed having children in mind. Since Jacqueline is a self confessed cleaning addict and a fan of disinfectants and bleach, the first thing she developed was a fragrance free Baby Bottle and Dishwash. This solution contains only ingredients essential for cleaning. It does not have the nasty and harmful chemicals, colourants, and fragrance. When used on feeding bottles, they come out sparklingly clean and free of residues since the mixture of plant-based surfactant and baking soda effectively remove the grease from breastmilk and eliminate milk film and odor. It rinses easily too thereby cutting down the time you spend washing bottles. It is perfect not just for feeding bottles but for toys, teethers, breastpump accessories, fruits,and veggies as well.
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Another product, Nature to Nurture Multi Purpose Cleaner concentrate, acts as a cleaning agent for surface residue. It contains plant based ingredients that safely yet effectively cleans dirt, buildup, grease, and grime. It uses Tea Tree Oil, an antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral solution that kills germs and deters insects. It can be diluted in water and sprayed on surfaces, or for cleaning or mopping floors. It has been proven to kill 99.99% of E.Coli and Salmonella becteria and 99.92% of Staph bacteria by SGS Phils, Inc., a world renowned testing center.
I know some of you would not even give cleaning solutions in your household a second thought but believe me, after having had a close run in with cancer, I say we should especially if we are raising and nurturing babies and toddlers at home. Little things like this matters especially when it comes to our children’s health.
Nature to Nurture products are available at The Parenting Emporium, Cash & Carry, Lazada, Shoppers Mart, Echostore, and Sesou outlets. For more information connect with them on facebook and instagram.

Benzoyl Peroxide: The Best Acne Treatment

Known to be a compound that fights acne from getting worse, Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) is perhaps one of the most deeply misunderstood acne treatment in the market. Users have shied away from this relatively cheap and effective cure mainly because of some misconceptions that surround it, the popular of which is, “quitting its application after continued use will worsen the acne.”
To better understand why it is the best option for acne treatment, here’s a quick rundown of how it works, what it does, and how to use it:
Acne happens when a pore blocked by excess keratin, sebum, and dead skin cells comes in contact with the bacteria which in turn causes inflammation. What BPO does is it breaks down into benzoic acid and oxygen. The oxygen acts as a free radical that destroys the cells that blocks the pores and the bacteria growing on it. During the early stages of acne formation, BPO is known to effectively prevent breakouts from getting worse.
Its misuse, however, can cause stress on the skin. Too much of it can elevate the stress level of the skin making it more vulnerable to breakouts. Experts advised that it should only be used conservatively and as directed since overuse can easily damage instead of repair skin.
Fortunately, America’s #1 acne treatment, Proactiv Solution, offers a 3-Step System. Developed and recommended by dermatologists, this skin care regimen helps clear existing acne and prevents future breakouts while gently caring for the skin. It contains only 2.5% of BPO which is lower than any other over-the-counter acne treatment in the market, making it is safe for daily use.
It only takes no more than five minutes to do this 3-Step System:
It starts with the use of Proactiv Renewing Cleanser. This cleanser has ultra-fine micro-crystal BPO that penetrates deep into the pores to kill the acne-causing bacteria. These tiny, round exfoliating beads unclog the pores of impurities, such as excess sebum, keratin, and dead skin cells.
The alcohol-free Proactiv Revitalizing Toner which is applied immediately after, refines and purifies pores. It exfoliate the skin further by unclogging and removing more dead skin cells. It also has soothing botanicals that gently balance the skin tone leaving skin clear and feeling more refreshed.
Lastly, the Proactiv Repairing Lotion heals blemishes off the skin and prevents new acne from forming. It is what seals the deal to healthy glowing skin.
Each Proactiv kit comes with a free Refining Mask. Since its main ingredient is sulfur, a proven acne-fighting ingredient, it helps keep skin clear and acne-free. It unclogs pores, soothes inflamed skin, and softens the skin’s texture.
Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (Php 2,495) and 60-Day kit (Php 3,995) and is available at all Watsons stores nationwide. So what are you waiting for, grab a Proactiv Solution Kit and trust BPO to care for your skin now.

Election Fever

“You will have trouble in the world; but courage! I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33)
Whatever will be the outcome of this election, I realized, I will still be doing the same things after this. I will still be teaching about love for our country and good citizenship to my students. I will still be working hard to provide for my family. I will still be performing my civic duties. I will still be making myself available to whoever needs my help and service. The outcome of this election won’t change me or stop me from doing something good for my family and country.
I refuse to believe my life is doomed in the hands of whoever will sit in office because if I do, that is just simply saying, this life that I work so hard to build is not my own doing. I refuse to let myself be carried away by talks of a gloomy future for my kid because as it is, I am doing the best I can to raise her in a way that she’ll survive and thrive in that future that everybody seem to be afraid of. Yes, current situation appears worrisome I see that, but my faith dictates that I remain hopeful, and I will. God is not finish with this country yet, and things always happen according to his plan.

Ten Things I Learned From Motherhood

1. Babies don’t really come in neat little packages labeled cute.???? ???? Most often, they come in mismatched clothes and soiled diapers. But hey, they always smell good with or without the poop. ????
2. There is no truth to the “Terrible Twos” or “Terrific Threes” theory because they can drag on even way past the age of 2 or 3. ????
3. Typical doesn’t even begin to describe your kid. ????
4. You never really know what reserved energy is until you’ve become a mom. ????
5. In most cases, joy comes not from seeing your child happy and carefree, but from seeing him asleep, peacefully and soundly in his bed. ????????????
6. There is nothing glamorous about motherhood because by the time your child becomes a teen, you’ve already turned into a momzilla or worse, a momster! ????????????
7. God made children difficult to sanctify and purify us.???? They are our means to heaven.????????
8. All things being equal, our children will have their turn when they become parents. Trust me, I know. ????????
9. Motherhood is not a vocation like what Hallmark claimed it to be. It is a loving devotion where double portions of grace are given. ????
10. Motherhood is always worth every face-palm and hair-pulling moments. ????????????
Happy Mother’s Day to all the badass ladies out there who’ve managed to keep their wits together despite the challenging role of being moms to your kids. You sure have earned yourself a spot in heaven.☺️

I Am Healed

Singapore-“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
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For the past three years I have turned down invitation from my sister to visit her here in Singapore for the simple reason that I had such great memories with Nan here, I thought returning would be too difficult. This was our last trip together before he passed away. It was for a time our little playground, our home away from home. Yesterday, our first day here, we walked the streets of Woodlands and saw the grocery store where Nan used to disappear to do his market for the day. We spent the day at Universal Studios where Nan and I went crazy and silly together. In the coming days we’ll be retracing and going back to the places where we once have been with him and to new ones where he would have love to go. He was a happy camper, a great travel buddy, always wanting to try the local food and rides, always making sure my mom is comfortable in her wheelchair. I will forever miss him. The wonderful memories hit me so hard yesterday that I braced myself a couple of times for that usual painful twist in my heart to come. None came. Looks like, I am healed.????

Alex Gonzaga Goes "Mellow"

Nope! TV show host extraordinaire, actress, and certified funny girl Alex Gonzaga did not shed off her feisty persona! Lest you get mixed signals, let me set the record straight. She just recently visited the radio station of Mellow Touch 94.7 in order to promote her latest endorsement, Proactiv, a top skin care product.
Exhibiting a young and vibrant charm, Alex, a loyal Proactiv user, wowed her hosts with her trademark wit and candor. She candidly and effortlessly explained how Proactiv’s 3 easy steps makes it the best choice in daily skin care routine:
Step 1: Use the Renewing Cleanser, an oil-free medicated exfoliating cleanser that kills acne-causing bacteria with benzoyl peroxide.
Step: Apply the Revitalizing Toner, a refreshing, alcohol-free toner that refines and purifies pores, with Glycolic Acid that exfoliates dead skin cells to help keep pores unplugged.
Step 3: Follow it up witn Repairing Treatment, a feather-light, invisible medicated treatment that kills acne-causing bacteria preventing zits and acne.
Alex is one of the top TV hosts in the country today and the first Filipina face of Proactiv. Watch her full interview here: http://youtu.be/qhnq7HPzkl8.
Proactiv Solution comes in 30-Day kit (P2,495) and 60-Day kit (P3,995) and is available at all Watsons nationwide.

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