General Santos Doctors Hospital : 46 Years of Healing through Compassionate Caring.

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General Santos Doctors Hospital celebrated its 46th Foundation Anniversary on December 8, 2016, alongside the celebration for the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The year 2016 has been a full of progress for the institution, both in structure and in service.

One of the landmarks of the year is the launching of the first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in General Santos City on June 9. In the past, patients had to travel to Davao City to undergo MRI scans. Most often these come with a risk due to the stress of the travel and the patient’s condition. With the availability of an MRI machine in the city, health care outcomes for brain injuries are expected to improve immensely.

To support the needs of its patients, the hospital partnered with the Medical Express Pharmacy and opened a branch within the Medical Suites Building. Opened on July 5, patients had access to more affordable medicines backed with the pharmacy’s client follow-up system where they remind clients of their medication schedules through friendly phone calls.
At 46 years, GSDH continues its mission in improving the healthcare delivery system of the city. Two new in-patient care stations were opened on February 25(2E) and July 7 (3E), accommodating a total of 52 beds. This was tremendously necessary as hospitals nowadays are bombarded with patients waiting in line for room accommodations. 

GSDH has also kept reaching out, conducting Free Diabetes Risk Assessments and Medical Missions to various areas and communities like the Medical Suites Building, General Santos City Fish Port and for the residents of Baranggay City Heights held at the St. Michael Parish. The activity was able to help more than two hundred individuals and provided them the necessary information to a better healthy lifestyle. In the next year, these activities are expected to be conducted all year-round.  

With the approaching Foundation Anniversary, the GSDH Staff held its annual Coastal Clean-up Activity at Purok Minanga, Brgy. Buayan on December 7 as part of its mission to be stewards of the environment. The area is also where the staff invests in mangrove planting to facilitate the growth of mangrove trees that will help us against climate change.  
On the day of the Foundation Anniversary, the newly renovated Emergency Room was revealed and will start serving the community in 2017. The two additional in-patient care stations at the fourth and fifth floors of the hospital’s Building E will also open next year after final furnishings are done. On the same day during the foundation anniversary program, the improved company logo and corporate video was launched. As 2016 ends with promises for 2017, General Santos Doctors Hospital commits to fulfill them for the people and provide healing through compassionate caring at 46 years and beyond. (PR) 

The following facilities are also available at the Medical Suites building:

  • Eye Center
  • Health and Wellness Clinic
  • Cancer Center
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Center
  • Multi-purpose Conference Hall
  • Xray OPD
  • Laboratoy OPD 

      The are still clinic spaces for lease so if you are interested, get in touch with General Santos Doctors Hospital at telephone number : (083) 250.2777 or email them at or visit their website at 

TGCI Wins BPI's Sinag Accelerate Challenge for 2016

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TGCI Making a Difference: BPI’s Sinag Accelerate Winner 2016
The Churner Group Inc. (TGCI) was among the 10 winners of this year’s BPI Sinag Accelerate challenge. The program aims to engage and uplift those at the bottom of the pyramid through the establishment of Social Enterprises. The BPI Sinag Challenge aims to discover, capacitate, recognize and support social entrepreneurs who can help uplift Filipino communities. Social enterprises that are ready to scale-up and expand, while deepening impact in community development.

Many barangays in SOCSARGEN are considered to be among the poorest areas in the nation, according to the Philippine Poverty Index. The project aims to provide a continuing livelihood program for the farmers and their families so as to earn enough money to put food on their tables three times a day, send their children to school, and eventually purchase a motor bike to be used for harvesting and/or delivery of coconut syrup.

The program also allows for the multi-culturally diverse workforce of Muslims, Christians and Indigenous People (Tboli, Blaan and Manobo) to continue working side by side in one facility. The production of coconut sugar in Tupi, South Cotobato is also a joint project between TCGI and the Mindanawan Coco Sugar Corporation comprising of MNLF rebel returnees sustaining the current peace and development initiatives in the area.
Income on the countryside.
Since  vast coconut trees were found on the countryside, income opportunities await the farm owners, tappers, and those without income by engaging in tapping or cooking of coco sap. Many indigenous people, even without formal education, get trained and engaged in the enterprise. 

Wellness. Diabetes is the number one killer according to the World Health Organization. 1 out of 11 people are diabetic. Generally, only 50% of these people know they are diabetic. Coconut Sugar is a low-glycemic index sugar, hence it is an ideal sweetener and sugar substitute beneficial for people with diabetes or watching their sugar intake. The market for coconut sugar is increasing locally and globally.

Stewardship.Areas are being converted to organic as required in the organic certification. No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers will be used.(PR)

Business Opportunity
1.       TCGI is expanding and looking for dwarf coconut plantation to be rented; 
2.       Looking for tappers to tap at least 25 coconut trees a day;
3.       Buying coco-syrup.

Please keep in touch with Mr. Danny D. Sabino, Plant Manager at 09175543869 or you may also visit them at their Tupi Facility Plant, Brgy. Palian, Tupi, South Cotabato.

Ma' Rosa Screening in SM General Santos

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SM General Santos is bringing the film which gave the Philippine Team an extended standing ovation at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival to the Generals for a 1-Day screening. Watch out as Ma' Rosa hits SM Gensan Cinema's big screens (Cinema 1 & 2) on Dec. 7th. 

A film directed by Brillante Mendoza, Ma' Rosa was selected to compete at the Cannes, winning the Best Actress trophy for the lead, Jaclyn Jose. In the film, Jose plays a mom who sells prohibited drugs with her husband Nestor, played by Julio Diaz.Their fate changes when their neighbor sets them up for a police raid leading to their arrest.

Director’s Statement
"The idea of this film came up four years ago when I became indirectly involved with the said incident. It captures my interest to tell this story because it shows a unique but also disturbing characteristic of a common Filipino family. That when a family member is backed against the wall for the wrong doings that he or she made, you will do everything to keep them out of trouble even if it means violating basic virtuous. In a society where survival of the fittest is a fact that we have to live with, family becomes amoral."

Ma' Rosa also casts Baron Geisler , Jomari Angeles, Neil Ryan Sese, Mercedes Cabral, Andi Eigenmann, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Felix Roco, Mon Confiado and Maria Isabel Lopez.

The Gensan Screening on December 7 will be preceded by a media launch at the SM Event Center (Dec. 6) at 5:00 in the afternoon, with the film director himself, Mr. Brillante Mendoza.

Screening tickets for Ma'Rosa sell at P150. For group bookings and ticket reservations, please visit the SM Cinema Office and look for Mr. Marc Mabilog.

The 8th Yaman Awards

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General Santos City. 

The 8th Yaman Awards, with the theme, "Bridging Innovation...Generating Keenness...Instilling Solidarity" culminated last Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Phela Grande Events and Convention Center, General Santos City.Taking  center stage  were finalists in their respective categories from the Business and Cooperative Sectors. 

Bringing home a cash prize of One Hundred Thousand Pesos (Php 100,000.00) and the most coveted trophy as the Loyal Enterprise of the Year is Jo-Ann's Bakeshop and Fast Food. Jo-ann's is one of the oldest bakeries in General Santos City with the most inspiring story. Now on it's 48th year, Jo-ann's Bakeshop still supplies the best siopao in town, not to mention the best chiffon cake, monay, pagong, blitz tort, etc.

General Tuna Corporation was declared as the Tax Payer of the Year for the second time around having paid their taxes with due diligence.

The following companies were declared Outstanding Entrepreneurs of the Year under their respective categories:

Business Sector:
Micro Category:     Nanette Cake Creations
Small Category:      Taps and Mix
Medium Category:   Rafols Machine Shop and Engineering Services

Cooperative Sector:
Micro Category:     Barangay Fatima Rural Waterworks Service Cooperative
Small Category:      GSFC Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative
Medium Category:   GSC Teachers and Employees Multi-Purpose Cooperative

Winners were each given a trophy and a cash prize of P100,000.00.

Judges Marife and I with the winner from the Business Micro Enterprise Category, 
Nanette Guinto-Olarte of Nanette Cake Creations.

Yaman Awards
Yaman Awards is an annual activity of the Local Government which gives tribute and citation to  Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMe's) and Cooperatives  operating in General Santos City for their outstanding performances and resiliency confronting various socio-economic challenges over the years. It is also the culminating activity of the City's Business Month Celebration, Yaman Gensan, and is spearheaded by the City Economic Management and Cooperative Development Office (CEMCDO) under the leadership of their hardworking department head in the person of Engr. Riza Marie T. Paches.

The term YAMAN stands for Yabong Maliliit na Negosyo.

Selection Process
To be eligible for the Yaman Awards, a business/enterprise should be nominated under the Emerging, Micro, Small or Medium Enterprise Categories. After requirements are satisfied, the pre-selection process begins. 

Shortlisted candidates will then be evaluated by the selection committee using the following criteria:
For the Business Sector:
10% Entrepreneurial Spirit
20% Financial Performance
15% Innovation
10% Integrity and Influence
15% Social Responsibility
15% Human Capital
15% Service Excellence
100% Total Possible Points

The Selection Committee is composed of different personalities representing both the public and private organizations:

The Selection Committee for Business Sector included the HR Head of the LGU Gensan, Ms. Leah Y. Tolimao, the president of the GSC SMED Council Inc., Ms. Feli Into, the president of PhilExport Region XII, Ms. Marife A. Quiam, the president of the City Bankers Association of General Santos (CBAGS), Mr. Joel Inabangan, and yours truly , Rofil Mae M. Rillo as the Chairperson of the Selection Committee, representing the South Cotabato Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Inc. 

On the other hand, the Selection Committee for the Cooperative Sector is composed of: Ms. Emilia M. Bair, Cooperative Development Specialist II of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), Mr. Peelbar Salarda of GENCOFED, Mr. Gary Jumao-as, representing Councilor Dominador Lagare Jr. of the Sangguniang Panglungsod Office of the Committee on Cooperatives and  Dr. Emilio Escobillo, chairman of CCDC and the Selection Committee for Cooperative's Chairperson.

Tabulation was handled by the Sycip Gorres Velayo and Co. represented by Ms. Jennifer Cheung-Porsuelo, Senior Director.
The Selection Committee from left to right: Feli Into, Leah Tolimao, 
Joel Inabangan, Rofil Mae Rillo (that's me!), Marife Quiam

 Spotted during the Yaman Awards night: 
beautiful ladies in silver-gray and black.
Photo lifted from Tess Pacheco's FB account.

PINOY CYBER SALE STARTS TODAY! Get ready to attack Takatack,Paymaya and Freenet!

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The biggest eCommerce event of the year starts today! From Black Friday to Cyber  Monday(November 25 to 28), the country's top eCommerce sites, in collaboration with the Department of Trade and Industry as well as other initiative partners, are offering various
discounts and deals with the widest array of products and services including electronics and lifestyle items. Voyager Innovations, through its platforms and services such as Takatack, Freenet and PayMaya, is here to make your Pinoy Cyber Sale even more exciting and convenient!

Here's how to make the most of your Pinoy Cyber Sale experience:

1. Incredible discounts await in Takatack!
Discover the most amazing lifestyle finds at Takatack, one of the country's largest online shopping discovery marketplace. But for this year's Pinoy Cyber Sale, it gets more exciting with Takatack's big discounts. Enjoy 40% discount across all items fulfilled by Takatack when you use the promo code AFF40. You can get a maximum of P2000 off for your purchase when availing of this promo.

Fueled by Voyager Innovations, aggregates many trusted online stores, together with the thousands of merchants who established their own online shops through the TackThis! platform. With millions of products to choose from, Takatack is your go-to destination whether you're looking for Christmas gifts or you just want to treat yourself or your loved one with a good find.

Pinoy Cyber Sale Tip:
Do some virtual "window shopping", check out the items available in Takatack ( ahead of time so you'll be able to compare the product features and prices.

2. Skip the cash-on- delivery hassle, #PayMayaMoNow
Shopping online is made even more convenient with PayMaya, the leading digital payments app in the country today. Sure, you can pay for your Pinoy Cyber Sale purchases via cash-on- delivery but that can be such a hassle with all the waiting time and ensuring you have enough cash on hand.

PayMaya is a free digital payments mobile app that gives you a unique card number so that you can pay online without a credit card.  Getting PayMaya is easy, fast, and FREE. To get your online payment details, all you need to do is download the PayMaya app, which is available on both the App Store and Google Store, and sign up with your mobile number. You are then issued a MasterCard or Visa card number, its expiration date, and a security code. PayMaya functions like a prepaid card - you can load it up via BDO online or at 7-Eleven stores with Cliqq machines, SM Business Center or Robinson’s Business Center, Smart Stores or any Smart Padala outlet.

In addition to serving as a free online payment app, PayMaya also offers a physical card that you can use to pay at brick-and- mortar stores. PayMaya is a product of PayMaya Philippines, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations. It is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to ensure all your transactions are secure.

Pinoy Cyber Sale Tip:
Check the Takatack FB page ( for extra Black Friday deals when you download PayMaya. 3. No data subscription? No problem with freenet!We know how painful it is to miss out on all these online deals – just because you ran out of data load. Don't worry, because freenet is here to save the day. If you are a Smart, Sun or TNT subscriber, just download and register at freenet so you can shop online at Takatack and also use your PayMaya app -- all without data charges. Isn't that nifty?

 freenet is the sponsored data app and platform from Voyager Innovations.  It has partnered with over 70 enterprises so you can browse some of the best brand sites and apps for free, on top of social media sites such as Facebook Lite, Twitter and Instagram.

Most recently, the freenet mobile app has reached over one million downloads from the Google Play Store and remains the most visited mobile local community site (based on Effective Measure data) as of end-September 2016.

Pinoy Cyber Sale Tip:
Even if you miss out on the deals during the Pinoy Cyber Sale weekend, you can still get discounts on select services with the help of freenet's Coupon Blowout! Just visit to know more. Voyager Innovations is the digital innovations arm of PLDT and Smart. Among its areas of focus include digital financial services, fintech, eCommerce, digital marketing, communications technology and sponsored data. (PR)

Per DTI- FTEB Permit No. 11914 Series of 2016.

 freenet Website:
PayMaya Android:
Buy the card:


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The young province of Sarangani is celebrating its 24th founding anniversary and the 14th  MunaTo Festival. This festival commemorates the birth of Sarangani province with the celebration of its People, Culture, and Treasures.

A trip back in history:

Sarangani Province was born through the efforts of Congressman James L. Chiongbian in 1992, by the passing of Republic Act 7228.  Formerly the area was part of the 3rd District of South Cotabato. It became a separate province on May 19, 1992.

MunaTo Festival is coined from two Blaan words that means “First People”.  The anthropomorphic jars found in the caves of Maitum (Ayub, Pinol, and Sagel), give clues to Mindanao’s early history and of the Philippines as a whole. The carbon dated anthropomorphic jars depicts that Maitum was the home of early civilization dating back to the Metal age. The original jars are currently in the National Museum for safekeeping and exhibition.  Based on the historical time line of the early history of the Philippines, after the Tabon Cave in Palawan, the next earliest pottery is found in Pinol Cave in Maitum.  Thus the claim that in Mindanao, the First People or “Munah To”, possibly are from Maitum, Sarangani Province.

MunaTo Festival was conceptualized back in 2002. The idea was to create a cultural festival that will celebrate the vibrant diversity of Sarangani Province. It has been celebrated yearly bringing the 7 municipalities of  Sarangani together and featuring the best in each town.

MunaTo Festival 2016

The 2016 MUNATO FESTIVAL will be featuring the  merger of  MunaTo Yesterland and  MunaTo International Music and Arts Festival. This year, the Indonesian Consulate of Davao will be taking part by giving the public a taste of  cultural exchange on their instruments and also engage spectators in  music and dance performances.

The Munato Yesterland Themepark is showcasing 10 Attractions: 

1.      MunaTo Cultural Village and Show – This will showcase the Tboli, Blaan, and Tagakaolo and Moro tribes. There will be a show every  9 AM, 11 AM, 2PM and 4PM.  This show is called the Thread of Life and sharing in an interactive way their music, dances, chants and stories.

2.      Sarangani Wildlife Museum – This is found at the ECPC, where one can see the different animals that are preserved for study. This museum shows the varied species found in Sarangani.  

3.      Looms & Beads  - Located at the Kasfala Hall, the Looms and Beads is an extensive, elaborate, and detailed exhibit featuring traditional arts and crafts in Mabal Tabih, Saul (bead works), and other artifacts.  This is an exhibit of heirloom designs and fabrics  from the Indigenous Tribes in Sarangani.

4.      MunaTo Fotoloco – Located at the Capitol grounds, this is where the sculpture of Kublai depicting the first people of Sarangani can be found. Here, visitors can take their wacky and fun photos.  A photo booth will be available to take photos for a fee!

5.      Sarangani Street Arts – a 3D street art showing the  different tourist destinations in Sarangani  featuring artists from the Province. 

6.      Fabli Guni – Sarangani’s food & handicrafts display. 

7.      Sarangani Historical Lane – A tribute to all the leaders who have served Sarangani Province since its creation since 1992.  

8.      Fabli Guni & Farmers Market – This will be the biggest gathering of Sarangani Produce and Products. Included here will be Organic Vegetables, Fruits, Sarangani Upland Rice varieties including ornamental plants, and potteries. Also for sale, will be Sarangani’s processed foods, Aquaculture harvests, handicraft and furniture, fashion, and even Halal foods.  This is one full market where you can buy and even deal with suppliers!

9.      MunaTo Arcade – This is the section for food and novelty items. 

10.  MunaTo Center Stage  - Found at the center grounds of Sarangani Capitol.  Here free shows and activities that can be viewed by all Themepark goers.  This includes the daily parade and mascot appearances, the tribal sports and boxing competitions, magic shows, concerts and the annual Pearl of Sarangani.
MunaTo Themepark Rules and Rates:

Admission to  MunaTo Yesterland Themepark is free, however, an entrance fee of P100 per person will be collected at the MunaTo Cultural Village. The entrance fee is inclusive of authentic food experience at the end of the show.

Another Festival highlight this year is  PLATFORM IN SARANGANI, where great speakers are invited to come and share their insights on interesting topics.  Now on it's second run, this much-awaited show will be graced by DENR Secretary Gina Lopez, (former) Sec Raffy Alunan, and PNP Director General Ronald Bato Dela Rosa. (PR)

For more details on events and activities, check out the Munato Calendar below:

KYLE BANAAG: Youngest Paraglider Pilot in Ph

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I wonder what kind of air we Generals take into our lungs because General Santos City, Philippines seems to be teeming with fantastic personalities! And speaking of air, here's another son of Gensan who is so in love with aerospace, he is making a playground out of it!

Meet Edyl Kylie Estipona Banaag. 14 years old. Youngest paraglider pilot in the country in his time. Yap! You heard me right. This boy jumps into thin air and glides over breathtaking views thousands of meters above sea level ( or even higher, if mother nature allows!) as if taking off from an anthill. Piece of cake!

photo lifted from owner's fb account

During the 1st Lake Sebu Paragliding Adventure that was organized by the Local Government, the Soxbloggers were able to witness Kyle prepare his canopy, launch from the paragliding site , marry the cold wind and wheel away gliding over the magnificent view of the lake.

According to his mom Me-Ann, who happens to be a friend of mine, Kyle developed this fascination in paragliding when he was 12. Since he was too skinny back then, and there was no wing that would be appropriate for his weight, Kyle took some kiting lessons instead. Hence, when he was heavy enough, controlling his wing came as easy as 1-2-3!

At the Lake Sebu Paragliding Adventure, Kyle plunged into the air at least four times not minding the thick fog that was occasionally hiding the picturesque view of the lake from our sight.

Notice the coconut tree from each frame. Its the same location .
Photos taken during the same day on different intervals

Kyle, the youngest in the brood of four, trained under his father Edil, Head for Operations of AKFIG Paragliding Adventure, enthusiasts of the recreational and competitive adventure sports of paragliding in the SOCSKSARGEN Region. 

Having Kyle in the team not only brought pride to his father, who is a paraglider pilot himself, but it actually helped the team encourage kids of Kyle's age to train and engage themselves in this kind of activity. Currently , Akfig is training a few boys from Sarangani Province who  used to help the team prepare the paragliding site for activities like fun flying.

An 8th grader from the General Santos City National Secondary School of Arts and Trade, Kyle will be featured in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho come November 20, 2016 so don't forget to tune in. We see another Gensan  Sensation in the making here!

Wanna experience the thrill of paragliding? Contact Akfig Paragliding Adventure. They offer Basic Paragliding Course and Tandem Flying . Tandem flying rates start at Php 3,500 which includes round trip transportation from pick-up point and fly site, certificate and action camera footage of the flight.

You may also give Edil Banaag a beep at 0917.712.1868.

Here's a few pics/clips of Kyle during the 1st Lake Sebu Paragliding Adventure: 

Ready for Typhoon Signal iPhone 7? Storming Your Way on November 11 via Smart Communications!

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The country's leading wireless services provider, Smart Communications, Inc. is bringing you the best , most advanced iPhone ever! Get your hands ready for iPhone 7 beginning on Friday, November 11, 2016!

The new iPhone 7 features new advanced camera systems, the best battery life on an iPhone, and they are now water and dust resistant. 


Register your interest  for the #SmartiPhone7 and #SmartiPhone7Plus beginning this Friday, November 11, 2016. Follow the link below:

Stay Tuned!

Smart will be releasing the complete plan details soonest. For now, don't forget to register your interest from the link above.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7plus are available in these shades: Rose Gold, Gold, Jet Black and Matte Black.

I Survived Eyebrow Embroidery!

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Ever had that "Feeling Alien" moment whenever you take the plunge into the pool? Yung pag-ahon mo, naglaho bigla ang kilay mo? Or have you ever grown tired of mastering the art of drawing kilay2000 every time? I know right!

The eyes are said to be the windows of your soul, and the brows? They are the frame, dahlin! The prettier your brows are coupled with the perfect arch  make those pair on fleek!

My friend Jacque, an airbrush makeup expert,  has been itching to get  her blades on my "you-can-count-on-your-fingertips" brows and needless to say, after weeks of trying to evade her, I gave in! Curiosity and social media hype, you  are to be blamed! (May masisi lang! Lol!)

So with butterflies turning my stomach into a playground, I head on to meet with Jacque! There were about three girls when I got to the meeting place and they all looked like Betty Lafea (peace , ladies!We all got the chance to play the part! yay!)

After the beso-beso and pleasantries with the girls, Jacque applied some numbing cream on my eyebrows and motioned for the other lady who was due for the blade while I settled to observe (and entertain thoughts of backing out) . Ugh! I was like, "okay  lang , te? Is it bearable?" She gave me a thumbs up, and that zapped all 'em butterflies away.


While Jacque was preparing her stuff, we had a chance to talk about our first meeting. Jacque was one of our exhibitors in Kasalang Filipino back in 2013, featuring Da Hue Bliss Beauty Bar, a beauty center and spa that she owns and manage. Jacque was one of the makeup artists, if not the first, to introduce airbrush makeup in General Santos City . Little did I know that she was already into eyebrow embroidery at that time! Wow! I've got a pro here doing my slivering my brows!

A few more trips down memory lane and violah, I'm done! Oi! I survived eyebrow embroidery! Look at my brand new pair of full eyebrows! 
Taken immediately after the procedure.  Credits to Jacque.

As of this writing, my brows are still on its way to healing and will soon be due for a retouch. The whole process took a little less than two  hours including the time spent waiting for the numbing cream to work and for the pigment ink to kinda soak, which was about  30 minutes each. 

If you ask me whether it's painful or not, I guess it depends on one's threshold for pain. When Jacque gave me the first slice, I can't even feel it, thanks to the mighty numbing cream. Eventually, as it's effect wore off, a mild pain can be felt. The one you feel when you prick on your blackheads , minus the gigil!
My Betty Lafea momenti


I was told to avoid washing the brows for about 3 days , so cleaning the face got kinda challenging but that's about it. I was back to my normal shower chuchu in no time.


I'm glad I had my eyebrows done! Saved me a couple of minutes before hitting the road each day (it takes time drawing beautifully arched eyebrows, ya know), never had to worry about the alien-look no more (swimming pool, here I come!) and, I might just brave an "I woke up like this" post on your walls! Teehee!

Thinking of doing your brows? Get in touch with Ms. Jacque Kate , (just click on her name to get to her FB account) owner of Da Hue Bliss Beauty Bar ,  a Singapore trained eyebrow embroidery specialist.

Smart MasterCard: a Smart Way to Enjoy Exclusive Load & Shopping Perks

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Smart subscribers are in for a whole lot of treats this holiday season with exclusive prepaid load and online shopping discounts through PayMaya, the country's leading digital payments mobile app that allows users to get an instant virtual prepaid Smart MasterCard that they can use for digital purchases.

Instantly Get a Virtual Prepaid Smart Mastercard!

By downloading the PayMaya app on their Android or iOS phones and registering with their Smart, TNT, or Sun mobile number, subscribers will be able to instantly get a virtual prepaid Smart MasterCard which they can load up at PayMaya load-up centers and use in more than 36 million merchants worldwide that accept MasterCard.

Smart subscribers who download the PayMaya app and use their virtual prepaid Smart MasterCard can also get as much as 10% discount on Smart prepaid load when they buy in-app, as well as enjoy exciting perks and discounts from Zalora, Jollibee, and many other big brands that will be announced in the coming weeks.

“With a vast majority of ‘uncarded’ Filipinos, many are still unable to experience the life-changing benefits that digital services offer today. With the Smart & PayMaya partnership, we aim to once again help our customers break barriers and experience new ways of transacting and engaging," said Katrina Luna Abelarde, Wireless Consumer Operations Head at Smart. "We are happy to join forces with Smart, the leader in mobile, so their subscribers can get more out of their purchases through the virtual prepaid Smart MasterCard. With Smart's reach and 'nationwidest' presence, we can all, in turn, help bring the many benefits of digital payments to more Filipinos," said Kenneth Palacios, Director and Vice President for International Platforms at PayMaya Philippines.

PayMaya is the globally recognized digital payments app from PayMaya Philippines, the digital financial services arm of PLDT and Smart. Launched in September last year, the app has been the consistent #1 in the Google Play Philippines charts under the finance app category.

The PayMaya mobile app serves as a digital prepaid wallet where users can link virtual and physical prepaid cards, among them, the Smart MasterCard. PayMaya Philippines is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to ensure all user transactions are secure.

With their virtual prepaid Smart MasterCard, users will be able to:

 Transact online and use digital services. With the instantly-generated 16-digit card number in their virtual
MasterCard, users will be able to do online shopping and subscribe to their favorite digital services that
require a credit, debit, or prepaid card as a payment option.

 Get discounts on prepaid load packages. Users will be able to purchase prepaid credits and enjoy up to
10% discounts to load their own Smart prepaid numbers or send as gifts to family and friends.

 Pay bills. Through the app, users will be able to pay their Smart, Sun, PLDT, Maynilad, Cignal, Meralco,
and a host of other bills using credits they have loaded to their PayMaya account.

Over 15,000 Touchpoints Nationwide!

Users can load up their PayMaya accounts in any of the over 15,000 touchpoints nationwide, which include Smart Stores, SM Malls Business Centers, Robinson's Department Stores, UnionBank ATMs, 7-Eleven stores with Cliqq Kiosks, TouchPay Kiosks, and Smart Padala Centers, on top of online banking via BDO and UnionBank.

With the PayMaya app, users will be able to instantly see a list of all their transactions and manage their usage.At the same time, they will receive timely SMS notifications each time they use their virtual prepaid Smart MasterCard anywhere.

Soon, Smart and PayMaya will also introduce a physical Smart MasterCard payment card and an NFC- enabled Smart MasterCard payment sticker, which users can link to the PayMaya app and use in millions of brick-and- mortar merchants that accept MasterCard here and abroad.

World's Best Online Payment Solution Awardee!

Recently awarded as the world's best online payments solution at the Emerging Payments Awards in London,PayMaya has been leading the charge in enabling instant access to the digital economy through its game-changing payments service.

Empowering Filipinos everywhere with customer-focused digital innovations, Smart has pioneered payment
solutions through the years that allow subscribers to break barriers digitally.The leading wireless service provider with around 70 million cellular and broadband subscribers has built a reputation for innovation, having introduced world-first wireless offerings like Smart Money, Smart Load, Smart Padala and Smart Pay With Mobile when it comes to mobile transactions. (PR)

To know more about Smart MasterCard, visit or

Help UNICEF Give Mindanao's Children a Fighting Chance

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This came in the mail today: UNICEF's call to help save children at Masepla in Zamboanga from STUNTING, a form of malnutrition caused by insufficient nutrient intake or frequent infections.

Studies have shown that malnutrition has a long-term effect if not treated within the first 1000 days of a child's life,an extremely crucial period that influences their future growth.

Small help makes a Big Impact.
UNICEF helps save severely malnourished children through their Severe Acute Malnutrition Management Programmes and provides these little ones with Ready-to-use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) that help their young bodies recover from the toll of malnutrition, and provide them with all the nutrients they need to become stronger.

A single RUTF sachet costs just P20-a small amount that can make a life-changing difference for these children. I'm sure lots of us wont mind missing a cup of our favorite coffee from the neighborhood coffee shop or saying no to the urge of getting a quick bite on that oh-so-sinfully-yummy burger.

Supporting UNICEF makes it possible for us to reach out to more children and create lasting change in their lives. Give to UNICEF. I just did. No amount is too small if we all but give a part of us, after all , it takes a village to raise a child. :)


As a leading child rights advocacy organization, UNICEF Philippines will: advocate that every child in the Philippines has the environment they need for their growth, development and security; increase the number of organisations involved in securing the highest standards of care for children and the fulfillment of their rights; and, as managers of resources for all children, operate in a way that is transparent, effective and accountable.

AMCOOP SUITES. Your Home in Polomolok, South Cotabato

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Right in the middle of Polland (Polomolok-Landia as coined by locals!) stands tall and proud, a new hotel you can call home, Amcoop Suites. As the name suggests, it is proudly managed by a cooperative.

Amcoop Suites is conveniently located along the Cannery Road which leads to DoleFil Plantation and the serene Monastery of Trappistine. It's a good place to stay if you plan on visiting your friends down south , or if you simply wish to enjoy the scenic beauty of Mt. Matutum.

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This new hotel in "pinya-landia" holds 12 rooms which offers comfortable bed , fluffy pillows and boasts of 500-thread count linen! Huwaw! Beat that at a price that starts at P1,500 inclusive of breakfast!

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If you are the type who can't stay away from sending emails and checking inbox messages, then lucky you for this new property caters to people like you (and me!) You're gonna love their business center! It's open 24/7 and runs a decent internet connection  to keep you in touch with the rest of the world!

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Oh and you have to drop by at their Cafe! It's interestingly designed with a good taste. And the food? it definitely tastes good!You have to dig into some of their sinfully yummy cakes!

So the next time you step foot in Polomolok, South Cotabato, you know where to find HOME! Keep in touch with Amcoop Suites. 
See contact deets below:

Amcoop Suites
Tel. (63 83) 878-4564
Cannery Road, Polomolok
South Cotabato, Philippines 9504

This CHiX enjoyed her stay at Room #5 on July 1st!
Thank you, Amcoop Suites and 

Smart to Welcome Pokemon GO in PH with Free Access for Subscribers

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One with the legions of Filipinos excited for the arrival of Pokemon GO in the country, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications has announced that it will give subscribers 7 days of free data access to Pokemon GO upon the launch of the hit game in the Philippines. This offer is available on both Android and iOS users.

Smart and TNT subscribers who are using iPhones or Android smartphones can enjoy 7 days free data access to Pokemon GO upon accessing the game and start playing without data charges for 7 days upon the launch of the game in the country.

A worldwide phenomenon

A location-based augmented reality mobile game, Pokemon GO lets players assume the role of a trainer who discovers and catches Pokemon or “pocket monsters” as if in real life using the GPS and camera of their smartphones. Players level up their Pokemon and battle other trainers to gain Pok├ęcoins that can be spent on in-game items. Developed by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo affiliate The Pokemon Company, Pokemon GO has swept gamers since it was first launched in the USA, Australia and New Zealand on July 6. The game is now available in over 30 countries, including Japan, where the original Pokemon game and anime series originated.

#PHforPokemonGO campaign

“Smart is one with the whole nation in waiting for Pokemon GO to finally go live in the Philippines, and we are very excited to welcome the game in our own big way,” said Kathy C. Carag, Smart Mobile Business Head. “Smart subscribers nationwide can look forward to more special treats and promos that will allow them to make the most of their Pokemon GO experience.” Drumming up the excitement among millions of Filipino fans, Smart joined the rally for #PHForPokemonGO on social media since the game was released in select markets last July 6.  On Twitter alone, the anticipation and clamor for the game reached more than 14 million impressions on over the last couple of weeks for Smart and Pokemon Go.

Leveled-up Pokemon GO experience

Smart and TNT subscribers can easily level up their gameplay via convenient and secure Pokemon Go in-app purchases even without a credit card. With Smart’s Google Direct Carrier Billing for Android users, subscribers can easily purchase Pokecoins, Pokemon Go’s currency mainly used for buying items that will help gamers catch Pokemons – directly charged to their prepaid load or postpaid account. Smart Postpaid subscribers who are iPhone users can also conveniently buy Pokecoins, charged to their monthly billing, through Smart’s Pay-With- Mobile service.

Catch the latest updates on Pokemon GO by following Smart’s official accounts on Facebook
(, Snapchat (LiveSmartPH), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).