Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. -- Proving Success Comes From Investing in People

"People leave managers, not companies." 

"Employees don't leave organizations, they leave bad bosses."

"Workers resign from their jobs because of their leaders."

However one wants to say it, the idea in these statements is the same. Majority of dissatisfied workers resign from their jobs because they couldn't stand their superiors anymore. That happened to me in the past; several times, in fact. This is one of the reasons why I totally love being a freelancer -- because I can choose who to work with.

touring INOZA Feed Mill Plant - a BAVI sister company
more about our BAVI facilities tour in another post
No matter how much we like our jobs, sometimes, we end up leaving a company due to supervisors and managers who don't treat us well. The funny thing is, only a handful of bosses still seem to recognize this truth! 

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Sir Ronald MascariƱas, President and General Manager of Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI) during my trip to Cebu and I learned so many things from him about running a business, the huge benefits of treating employees well, and other interesting stuff about the Philippine economy. 

with Sir Ronald who is now in my list of
most-admired Filipino leaders 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

See Baguio in a New Light via Azalea Hotels & Residences' Fun Family Tour Package

When in Baguio, where do you frequently go? For many tourists, the regular stomping grounds usually include Burnham Park, Mines View Park, ukay stores, and several popular dining places that you must have seen over and over on your Facebook feed or were recommended by family and friends.

#TeamFloresca at Camp John Hay
The next time you and your family go to Baguio, consider booking a room at Azalea Hotels & Residences (read my hotel review, here) and asking their travel concierge to help plan your Baguio holiday. Azalea can point you to new and not-so-well known destinations in the city as well as suggest activities that you and your loved ones would enjoy doing together.

pine trees and clouds on a beautiful day in Baguio

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Lady's Choice Launches Roast Beef and Chicken BBQ Spreads for More Delicious Sandwiches

The members of my family are fond of sandwiches. We enjoy eating basic sandwiches (that are simply made up of two slices of bread and a yummy spread) as well as sandwiches loaded with lots of other ingredients for breakfast, snacks, and even at midnight. 

making midnight snacks with Son #4
On most mornings, when everyone needs to rush to go to school or work, we are already content to bite into a sandwich made yummy with Lady's Choice Ham or Chicken Spread. Those two are staples inside our refrigerator along with Lady's Choice Mayonnaise that's not only great for Macaroni Salad, but also complements slices of ham and cheese when making sandwiches.   

Recently, our regular spreads got some competition! We discovered two new flavors that could definitely rival our old favorites. Now, there's Lady's Choice Roast Beef Spread and Lady's Choice Chicken BBQ Spread that are also both delicious and are each made with real beef and chicken.

two new Lady's Choice Sandwich Spread variants

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Mighty Mom Dishwashing Liquid: Tough on Germs But Gentle on Skin

Any mom who does household chores knows that washing dishes is made harder when you use the wrong kind of dishwashing product. There are those that don't remove grease very well while others may cause skin irritation, or even leave the taste of soap on our dishes.

keeping a home in tiptop shape is already challenging
so an inefficient dishwashing product should not be added to the equation
Having these kind of problems add more challenges that we don't need because we lose more time in keeping our home in tiptop shape, spending time with our families, and taking care of ourselves. Thus, I am glad to have discovered Might Mom Dishwashing Liquid, a line of de-greasing, anti-bacterial, and deodorizing household products developed by KOHL Industries.

Mighty Mom provides value for money, time efficiency, and
a hassle-free, cleaning experience 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Beauty Elements Ventures Inc. Celebrates a Decade of #UnbeaTEN Years

Ten years ago, Jazz Burila left her job at a multinational firm to pursue a dream. She founded Beauty Elements Ventures Inc. (BEVI) with the certainty that the Philippine market needs a skin lightening product that works. 

Jazz Burila with her Kojie San team and partners
Through extensive research, Burila and her collaborators were able to develop a whitening soap that do not contain harmful ingredients. Soon, BEVI was able to launch the original kojic acid soap formulated the traditional Japanese way but added with high-grade virgin coconut oil to make it even better.

Kojie San's Classic Line

Friday, August 12, 2016

Anne Curtis Once More Runs for Children to Commemorate UNICEF's 70th Anniversary

It's amazing how one whole year has already passed since UNICEF and its Celebrity Advocate for Children Anne Curtis initiated the Heroes for Children Run. I was there when Anne jubilantly crossed the finish line for her first 21k run and admired her determination to conquer her goals (read that story, here).

with fellow runner, Anne :)
This year, she is once more calling on runners to support UNICEF and Heroes for Children Run 2016. happening on September 4, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia grounds. During the press conference held in F1 Hotel the other day, Anne was asked how she survived her first half marathon and she admitted that however hard it was to push herself, "Best effort talaga but I knew what I was running for and that kept me going."

Her motivation is UNICEF's First 1,000 Days campaign for children's health and nutrition needs. "I was deeply inspired by the support we received during last year's run. From children with disabilities to serious runners, the public came together for a great cause. This year, I'm inviting everyone once again to be a hero for children," implored Anne.

Anne Curtis, Lotta Sylwander, and Coach Rio Dela Cruz

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Robinsons Supermarket Launches "Celebrate" Promo to Sustain Health and Wellness Festivities

One of the things I am sure we all want for our families is good health, right? The question is, what are you doing to make sure you have it? For us, steps to wellness mean paying attention to what we eat, engaging in fitness activities, focusing on the positive sides of life, getting enough rest, and avoiding stressful situations as much as possible.

smiling ladies at the registration booth 
Early this year, Robinsons Supermarket (RSC) launched its Route to Wellness campaign, which is a series of promos that give customers rewards for making wiser choices for their wellbeing. March's theme was Explore, May's was Learn, while a Wellness Festival was staged last July. 

TV personality Kuya Tonipet hosted the program
This month, Robinsons Supermarket highlighted its Celebrate theme by organizing a Wellness Theme Park at Eastwood Mall last August 6. There, families gathered for a fun and learning-filled day via booths featuring a bubble station, popcorn maker, and photo booth with a roller-coaster background, among others.

this made me miss the walls of Power Up!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Nanbantei of Tokyo Opens in Alabang Town Center

I've always loved eating Japanese dishes, especially miso soup, shrimp/prawn tempura, and sushi. I haven't really paid attention to grilled dishes though … until I got to try Nanbantei of Tokyo's yakitori items for the first time. In Japan, the term yakitori means grilled chicken. But while there are chicken items on Nanbantei's menu, diners can also choose from an extensive array of grilled beef, pork, seafood, and vegetables.

Nanbantei is now in Alabang!
Thankfully, there's now a Nanbantei branch in Alabang Town Center, which made the restaurant accessible for me, my family, and everybody living in South Metro Manila who love food grilled the Japanese way. I am excited to bring the boys there, soon, because I am positive they would love many of the dishes on the menu.

lovely ambiance!
As a little backgrounder, Nanban means foreigner while Tei means rest house or teahouse. Combined, Nanbantei means a place where guests can unwind and have something to eat or drink after a long day of work.


Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Azalea Hotels & Residences: 10 Reasons Why It's a Great Family Destination in Baguio City, Philippines

I've always wanted to come back to Baguio City with my family. The last time we were there together was more than 10 years ago. We unwisely planned the trip for Holy Week and had a difficult time finding good accommodations as well as got stuck in a horrible 9-hour traffic going back to Manila. That was when we decided to come back someday when the city won't be too crowded with tourists.

#TeamFloresca at Azalea
Finally, we had a chance to return to Baguio after the summer rush of visitors is over -- and we had an awesome time! :) Together with a few friends and their families, we excitedly went North one fine Wednesday morning last July. I was so happy that our eldest son was able to get away from work for a few days but quite sad that our youngest had to stay behind with my mom because he had to go to school.

the beauty that is Azalea Baguio
It was quite surprising how faster it is to travel to Baguio nowadays thanks to the SCTex and TPLex routes. We arrived at Azalea Hotels & Residences Baguio just in time for a delicious lunch at Tradisyon Coffee Shop. But first, we checked in our rooms and were delighted to find out how lovely and spacious our well-appointed two-bedroom suite was which had complete living, dining, and kitchen facilities!

the dining and living room area of an Azalea suite 

Monday, August 08, 2016

Create Your Favorite Feeling with FAVORI Scents

Scents can give us a way to control how we feel whether we'd like to boost our mood or take away the stresses from a long day. JAC Tripon, a marketing practitioner turned scent crafter, is a firm believer in the power of aromas. It was her dream to provide the Philippine market with quality and long lasting scents at affordable prices.

Celebrate life in the tropics with FAVORI’s Tropical Blast scent, 
available in Aroma Oils for aerators, diffusers, 
and burner devices as well as Reed Diffusers
This is why she decided to start FAVORI, a handcrafted home fragrances brand that allows customers to create a favorite feeling through their selected scents. FAVORI means favorite in the French language. It was chosen to express JAC's desire to capture every individual's preferred scent in each variant she designs.

"I want my customers to be able to identify with a scent that they can call their favorite," shared JAC who understands that scent preferences vary depending on a person's personality, mood, lifestyle, and specific needs. 

Channel some cool mediterranean inspiration with 
the FAVORI Rain Dance and Olive Branch Aroma Oils


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