Dreaded Communicable Diseases in the Philippines and How Us Moms Can Prevent It

The transfer of diseases is quite common and it happens every day, anywhere, without you knowing. These diseases are called communicable diseases. The illnesses are passed from one person to another either directly or indirectly.

A communicable disease is an infectious disease that spreads from one person to another through virus or bacteria, the agents of diseases. Here are some of the common communicable diseases, highly contagious but treatable through simple hand washing.

• Common cold
• Influenza
• Gastroenteritis
• Measles and Mumps
• Chicken Pox and Shingles
• Hepatitis
• Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

As a parent, I am very wary about these diseases so I seldom bring my kids in crowded places and when I do, I ensure that they wash their hands frequently or at least I sanitize them using handy hand sanitizers. I applaud companies who value cleanliness. There are very few, I know. If only most establishments put high value on cleanliness, then these diseases can be prevented well.

Facts About Germs and Handwashing

High-touch areas of public restrooms can contain more than 1,000 colony-forming units per milliliter of infection-causing bacteria.

Lennox Archibald, MD, PhD, (November 2011). Public restrooms contained too many bacteria to count. Healio Infectious Disease News. Retrieved from http://www.healio.com/infectious-disease/news/print/infectious-disease-news/%7Baf5f11af-25dc-49a9-8d85-4d3a83b8a86e%7D/public-restrooms-contained-too-many-bacteria-to-count

A new study by Michigan State University researchers found that only 5 percent of people who used the bathroom washed their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections. Also, 33 percent didn’t use soap and 10 percent didn’t wash their hands at all.

Carl Borchgrevink Andy Henion(June 10, 2013). Ewww! Only 5 Percent Wash  Hands Correclty. Michigan State University Today). Retrieved from http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/eww-only-5-percent-wash-hands-correctly/#sthash.dVw0Zw5P.dpuf

It is recommended that everyone should wash his/her hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds in order to kill most of the germs.

(Dec 11, 2013) Wash Your Hands. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from.


It is important to instill the habit of hand-washing among kids so that they can learn proper hygiene from an early age. This will also ensure parents that their children are capable of protecting themselves from germs when in school, or in other places where they may not have their parents around to guide them.

This is why I appreciate Safeguard’s initiative in keeping this country clean and free from diseases which proves their dedication on this advocacy. Fourth Quarter of 2013, Safeguard launched the Safeguard Germ Alarm during the Global Handwashing Day.

Safeguard Safe Alarm

The Safeguard Germ Alarm is a loud, attention-grabbing alarm and soap dispenser made especially by Safeguard to address the issue of germs in public restrooms. It’s alarm goes off once a person leaves a toilet cubicle and turns off only when the soap dispenser is pressed.

Installed Safeguard Germ Alarm

Alarms were initially installed in McDonald’s branches around Metro Manila, schools and offices. It alerted more than 10,000 people to wash their hands after using public toilets.

The Safeguard Germ Alarm will soon be installed in more public restrooms around the country so that more Filipinos could make proper hand-washing a habit.

Now if only we can install the Safeguard Germ Alarm at home, that will surely give me an assurance that everyone in the family is 100% clean 24/7.

About Safeguard

SAFEGUARD IS AN ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP. It is P&G’s largest Global Personal Care brand. First launched as a bar soap in the USA in 1963, it is currently sold in more than 15 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America with leadership market share in China and the Philippines. P&G, through its brand Safeguard, co-founded the Global Handwashing Day (GHD) in collaboration with the Global Public Private Partnership for Handwashing.

Safeguard is proven to kill 99.9% of germs IN THE BODY that cause illnesses such as diarrhea, cough, colds, and pneumonia.

Safeguard is committed to protecting every family from germs that cause illness. Through innovative education programs, partnerships with respected local health organizations, and support for Global Handwashing Day, we’re fulfilling our mission to promote life-saving hygiene habits around the world.

About Procter & Gamble

Driven by passionate people and a common purpose, P&G brings beloved brands to consumers around the world—including our 50 Leadership Brands that are among the world’s most well known household names. Its purpose is to provide branded products and services of superior quality and value that improve the lives of the world’s consumers, now and for generations to come. As a result, consumers will reward us with leadership sales, profit and value creation, allowing our people, our shareholders and the communities in which we live and work to prosper.


Not all milk is created equal.


Not all milk is produced the same way, and not all milk companies go
through the same meticulous processes and thorough methods to produce
the best quality milk.

For instance, the Royal FrieslandCampina’s (RFC) group of companies
upholds all the wonderful goodness of gifts of nature and combines these
with the most modern of technologies to produce nutritious milk.


RFC is a global top 5 dairy company with over 130 years of experience in producing milk. The 11.1 billion Euro company is composed of dairy cooperatives with about 19,224 member-farmers from The Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. The farmers are rewarded based on their system and on the quality and safety of their milk. Every milk delivery is tested and farmers are paid according to composition, safety and quality, and system, leading to improvement of quality and safety metrics over time.

Believing that there are no shortcuts to producing good milk, RFC’s Grass to
Glass process carries with it the gold standard in milk production – from farming, milking, collecting, processing, packaging and all the way to distributing – putting special emphasis on food safety, quality, labor safety, and the environment.

Cows Treated Like Royalty

Known for its green meadows, blue skies, and pristine lakes, the RFC farms located across Europe are havens for cows that are practically treated like royalty. They graze on nothing but the freshest, cleanest grass across farmlands six hours a day, 120 days a year. In some farms, the water is analyzed more frequently but the minimum requirement is, at least, once a year to ensure that there are no contaminants or water-borne diseases the animals could catch.

Because healthy cows mean premium, quality milk, each cow has a code attached to the collar to help veterinarians track the animal’s health regularly.

While traditional farming is still practiced, RFC transits farmers in the best technologies to ensure that benefits generated from modern dairy farming are optimized. The milking equipment are also checked regularly to ensure they are in tip-top shape.

Complete Confidence

After milking, eight quality parameters must be fulfilled to ensure adherence
to RFC’s standards of quality. Among these parameters are temperature and color, bacterial count, antibiotics, etc.

Once they pass these parameters, the milk is assigned a code for easier monitoring during the entire process before it is transported to high-tech factories across Europe and Asia and exported to over 100 countries all over the world to more than a billion consumers.

Before leaving the factories, the milk is tested to ensure its safety and quality and is, then, assigned a final code before being used for its products that are exported to over 100 countries all over the world and used by over a billion consumers.

Rich analyses, protocols – all these careful processes are carried out to ensure that RFC produces impeccable products. Thus, mothers all over the world who prepare milk for their children can be confident that they are providing the best for their families.

In the Philippines, RFC has entered into a solid partnership with Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC), whose 40 years in the Philippine market has made it a leading milk brand in the country.

Barney Invites You To Celebrate His Birthday In An All-New Live Show!

Come along to Barney’s Birthday Bash! Join the loveable, huggable Barney & Friends as they sing and dance their way into your hearts in a new, interactive concert party happening on March 29 & 30, 2014 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Strictly 4 shows only, so don’t miss out!

Barney Birthday Bash Philippines

Celebrate with Barney on his birthday at this ‘super-dee-duper’ live on stage concert, featuring more than 25 much loved sing-along songs including “Mr. Knickerbocker, “Dino Dance”, “Baby Bop Hop” and “Rock ‘n Roll Star.”.

Children will be dancing in the aisles to contemporary cuts of old favourites “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Wheels on the Bus” and “Itsy Bitsy Spider”. A show which celebrates fun and friendship, don’t miss all the laugher of the party when BJ pretends to be a magician and Barney blows out his birthday candles on the biggest birthday cake ever.

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Like television’s Emmy-award winning series Barney & Friends™, this musical production encourages sharing, caring and imagination through the power of song, dance and the beloved cast of characters including dino pals Baby Bop™, BJ™ and Riff™. Barney’s Birthday Bash! is sure to entertain families and create cherished memories for years to come. The Emmy-award winning television series Barney & Friends™ has been trusted by parents and adored by children for more than 25 years and is one of the top-rated pre-school shows today.


Tickets for Barney’s Birthday Bash are available in all SM TICKETS outlets located in all SM Cinema ticket booths. In partnership with SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. to provide quality family entertainment, e-PLUS Cardholders are treated to a 30% discount on tickets. For schedule and ticket information, visit www.smtickets.com or call (02) 470 2222. A limited number of Special Barney Meet & Greet Passes are also available to ticket holders of Barney’s Birthday Bash! To avail of a Meet & Greet Pass, contact Vivre Fort Entertainment at (02) 470 6956 or 668 9535.

Barney’s Birthday Bash! is produced by Smile Live Entertainment and Hit Entertainment. The show is promoted in the Philippines by Vivre Fort Entertainment in cooperation with Mall of Asia Arena, SM Cinema, e-PLUS Tap to Pay, Businessworld, Philippine Star and 105.1 Crossover.


SM Lifestyle Entertainment Incorporated or SMLEI is the educational, sports, and recreational arm of SM Prime Holdings Inc. that offers the best in movies, events, leisure and technology. Starting with SM Cinema, the largest cinema exhibitor in the country, as its sole marque, the company grew into 12 major brands in just a short span of five years. Currently tucked under its belt are brands such as Director’s Club Cinema, IMAX Theatre, WM Cinemas, SM Skating Rink, SM Bowling Center, SM Science Center, Snack Time, ePLUS and SM Tickets. SMLEI aims to promote bonding activities among Filipino families and friends, through entertainment and leisure facilities, while advocating the ease of use and personalized service created to complement the Filipino lifestyle.

Press Release: Design students contribute to building thoughtful homes

Electrolux Design Lab

Imagine this: You had an exhausting day at school and you can’t wait to get home and rest. On your way home, the weather was unpredictable and the pollution in the streets was horrible. As you enter your room, you realize that it is not as spotless as you hoped it was. You come in to the kitchen to find good food, but you find nothing on the dining table. You had a draining day and the last thing you would want to do is take care of the household chores.Electrolux Design Lab 2014 Scenario

As you let out a weary sigh, you realize that your home appliances can take care of all these. You see the MAB cleaner scanning your house and deploying its flying mini-robots to the areas in need of cleaning. Meanwhile, an Atonium 3D Food Printer has determined your nutritional needs and is working on a healthy meal for you. At the same time, the Breathing Wall started to purify the air while recreating an environment that will help you relive a happy memory. Imagine this futuristic scenario made possible by you.

Electrolux Design Lab 2014

This advanced home is the brainchild of the top three winners at last year’s Electrolux Design Lab competition.

Electrolux Design Lab 2014

This year, Electrolux, a global leader in household appliances, partnered with the University of the Philippines-Diliman, De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, and University of the East-Caloocan to give design students a chance to create a thoughtful, modern home for the rest of the world to enjoy.

Design students around the globe are invited to submit innovative ideas for the future household for a chance to win € 5,000 and a six-month paid internship at an Electrolux Global Design Center.

Electrolux Design Lab 2014 Ad

On its 12th year, Electrolux Design Lab continues to pave the way for future visions of urban household lifestyles, with the theme Creating Healthy Homes. The competition seeks ideas for products, accessories, consumables and services for three focus areas: Culinary Enjoyment, Fabric Care and Air Purification. Through the Design Lab competition, Electrolux sees a creative and sustainable future that projects a healthy well-being and pleasant environment for everyone to live in.

Andrea Pionilla, Marketing Manager, Electrolux Philippines, explains, “Design Lab is Electrolux’s way of fostering technological innovation. This year, we look forward to receiving creative new ideas that will promote healthy and sustainable lifestyles to millions of people around the world.” She adds, “Design students from the country are capable of competing globally and are equipped with outstanding skills and the drive to be recognized by the whole world. For the winning idea to come from the Philippines this year would be a great finishing touch.”

All Filipino Design students are welcome to join. To enter the competition, participants should submit the following: (1) a brief of their concept; (2) a visual sketch illustrating their concept; and (3) a description of the consumer benefits. Submission of entries is from March 1 to April 6, 2014. To know more about last year’s winning entries and the details of the competition, visit www.electroluxdesignlab.com.


#DearFutureMom: Your Child Will Be Happy

“What kind of life will my child have?”

A scared mom-to-be wrote to CoorDown (Coordinator of the National Association of People with Down Syndrome) when she learned she was expecting a child with Down syndrome. The organization, in collaboration with Saatchi & Saatchi Italy, responded by creating this #DearFutureMom campaign:

World Down Syndrome Day takes place on March 21st. Help spread the important message behind Dear Future Mom to help advocate the right to happiness and well-being of people with Down syndrome.

Official Hashtag: #DearFutureMom

Photo source: http://dsafnebraska.blogspot.com/2012_10_01_archive.html

Now on our 14th! Happy Anniversary Love <3

March 8, 2014

I can’t believe that it’s been 14 years.
We’re just like new lovebirds, don’t we?
Goofing around often, have shed not so much tears,
Love, indeed, made us see the world differently.

Thank you, Dada, for putting up with me. To eternity and beyond!

Photos taken at Astoria Plaza while preparing for my brother’s wedding :)

How did two immature persons last this long without killing each other?

I still can’t believe that we are still together haha! I’m so sumpungin and has ZERO ability in handling stress, it’s surprising to know that Marcelle is still with me :) Being work at home and struggling entrepreneurs the past few years, our financial situation is crazy and we live with uncertainty every day, just imagine the pressure ;)

Sure we argue from time to time but that’s it. We’d be friends later on.

Perhaps it’s our love and respect for each other?
Perhaps the kids?

Oh maybe, just maybe, we’re only enjoying what we have today.

I love you to the moon and back, Dada!

Of Weddings and New Beginnings

Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There’s immense happiness that can come from working towards that.

Nick Cave

My brother and his long time girlfriend fulfilled a life-long commitment last Saturday, March 8, 2014. The wedding was beautiful though I’m a little biased because it was, afterall, a family event.

The wedding was witnessed by their respective families and a few close friends. Not so intimate but thank God it wasn’t a circus.

photo credits: Neil Nanquil Photography

Of course my girls were there, making the wedding all the more beautiful haha!

The momentous event also posed as a reunion of some sort, everyone from my family in Leyte went her to witness the union.

Congratulations Nep and welcome to our crazy family, Yheng! God bless your union <3

Top 3 iPhone and iPad Apps For Guitar Players

For all the people who say the iPhone or the iPad aren’t worth a darn all I have to say is those people just don’t have a good use for the device. The fact is these innovations in technology are more facilators for people to connect with some of the great applications that are becoming available every day.

In this article I want to introduce you to three fantastic applications available for the iPad and iPhone that I feel all guitar players should have.

Amplitube and iRig

This is an amazing app and device that’s become available in the past few months. In a nutshell this app replaces the need for a modelling amp or device like the Line 6 Pod by providing a variety of amps, stomp boxes and cabinets you can play through on your device.

The option iRig device plugs into your earphone/output jack on your iPhone or iPad and provides a 1/4″ jack to plug your guitar patch cable into and then a pass through jack which you can plug earphones into or a stereo mini cable to plug into external speakers or a recording device. Check this out new irig hd from guitar center.


This is a great app for beginners who are learning to play guitar. The app streams live lessons from the web, provides access to chord and scales and is a great all around reference tool. While I don’t believe this app can replace the benefit of private lessons or more detailed DVD and online lesson videos, it’s a great tool to have with you while you’re on the go.

Guitarist’s Reference

Another great reference and learning tool this one is good for players of all skill levels. Every want to know how that scale pattern looks, or exactly what the 4th shape of the pentatonic scale should look like? Maybe you’re trying to figure out a particular chord you’re not familiar with in a Tab. Guitarist’s Reference is the right tool for the job. It places all the knowledge you could ever need about chords, scales, tunings, triads and more right at your finger tips. This is a must have for all guitarist’s.

While these are essential apps I feel for most guitar players there are tons more available which I haven’t mentioned here. While I don’t believe these mobile devices will become a viable way to learn to play guitar, they are quickly replacing chord charts and books.

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/4849070

Homeschool Chronicles: Preparations

Now that we’ve decided to homeschool both of my girls, I’ve been racking my brains on how to come up with a good curriculum beneficial for them, and uhm… easy for us, haha!

I must admit though that there is no perfect curriculum, that even the best thought ones have loopholes and will not work on everyone. One good thing about homeschooling is that you can shift from one curriculum to another if you see that it isn’t working on your kid. You can easily ditch a material and move on to the next one without the approval of anyone. As the homeschooling parent, you take full responsibility on your child’s education so you can choose the ones that perfectly works on your child.

Right now, we are gearing towards independent homeschooling. It’s one huge step and brave, I may say because for one, we are once again NEWBIES in this field and my daughter might face serious adjustments from being in a traditional schooler into a relaxed homeschooler. In my heart, though, I know that everything’s going to be alright.

Our Homeschool Subjects for Grade III

  • Math IV
  • Science III
  • History III (One Country, One People)
  • Minecraft Homeschooling
  • Religion
  • Music – as much as I would like to let her play the sax (been researching about it and came across the prices, types, affordable alto sax reeds), she really prefers the piano so piano it is!

Piano Lessons Kids | HOmeschool Philippines | Homeschool Cavite

Super thankful to the Man up above for surrounding us with angels! My friend Leah gave us this beautiful portable piano yesterday! God is indeed so good!

If you want us to follow our homeschooling journey, please visit us here: PINOY HOME LEARNING.

Preschool Homeschool: So far, so good

After more than a month of homeschooling my little one (2), I could safely say that I am getting into the groove. Roller coaster ride it is: super fun but I don’t know if I am going to hit the concrete fence or fall off the rollercoaster! But guess what? I have my seat belt straps on, so I am not a bit worried – just plainly enjoying the ride.

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Wait, there’s nothing plain in this ride! There are tons of challenges (monetary issues, THOSE freaking stares, etc) but the giggling and time together we share are priceless. I want our kids to grow up knowing (and feeling!) that their parents were there for them every step of the way.

So how are we and Lana?

We are actually on our 4th week, supposed to be 5th week but I got sick last week and has to set aside all our lessons and materials. You can follow our journey on pinoy homeschooling here.

Homeschool Philippines | Homeschooling Philippines

Teaching Lana is a breeze but scary at the same time. I am afraid that if I continue doing this, she’ll outsmart me in a few months haha! This tot has brains and I couldn’t be more proud.

Meanwhile, are you considering homeschool education for your child? Well, congratulations! Just mere consideration of joining the learning revolution is one big step already. Sure there are a lot of pros of cons and humongous amount of “what ifs” but believe me, it’s worth it in the end.

Here’s an infographic from Best Masters in Education that somehow sums up the whole homeschooling journey.

Does Homeschooling Leave You Stuck at Home?


Happy reading!