Friday, November 9, 2018

Kids Can Watch Movies For FREE at SM Cinema

Family bonding has never been better. Kids can now watch movies for FREE in SM Cinemas nationwide. 

Get a complimentary movie pass for every movie ticket purchase. Kids 4 feet and below in height can avail of the free ticket. No need for IDs or birth certificates as long as your child can meet the minimum age requirement. 

Here's the list of the remaining movie schedule for the year. Promo is valid until December 4, 2018. 

November 7: The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

November 7: Luis and the Aliens

November 14: Marnie's World


November 28: Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck It Ralph 2


So, what are you waiting for? Head now to the nearest SM Cinema in your area. For more details, just check out this link.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

REX Book Store now globally recognized as official Philippine partner of ASCD

One of the many reasons why we implemented the Digital and Online Tech Advocates Program for Senior High School students is the reality that a lot of school materials and the current curriculum are outdated. There is a huge gap between what is taught in school and what is needed by the industry. 


Thus, we are very happy to know that REX Book Store, a premier learning solutions provider partnered with a global non-profit organization to foster new developments in educational transformation. We believe that learning constitutes many things and an enduring commitment to transforming and innovating on what it means to learn and teach in the 21st century. Gladly, this is something that the country's foremost learning solutions provider is trying to do.

Here's a little background on the recent developments: 

Late last year, REX Book Store was announced as the preferred distributor of publications and services by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), a global non-profit organization dedicated to improving how learning and teaching approaches are implemented to help ensure the success of every child through innovative ways of education that challenge, support, and engage them as whole persons in a safe and healthy learning environment.

This year, REX is now recognized by ASCD as its official Philippine partner, providing Filipino educators with a firm and reliable access to award-winning and research-backed professional learning materials and programs which would help them shape today's learners into the Whole Child. REX's campaign for the Whole Child is based on ASCD's research and practices which have gained traction in other developed countries' educational systems, with integrations to curriculums and programs merging and transforming the landscape of education for the 21st century.

In what began as a resource partnership way back in 2010, ASCD has been providing REX with some of the industry's most trusted resource speakers for their internal professional development, fusing new insights and research into REX's publishing practices and holistic education campaigns. From 2015 onward, coinciding with REX's 65th anniversary, the premier learning solutions provider began gradually adopting ASCD's whole child approach into its core philosophy, incorporating the approach's vision with its own mission of providing 21st-century learning tools and solutions that reflects what its maxim "tayong lahat, kapit bisig, para sa bata, para sa bayan" means: a village, a community, helping each other nurture, sustain, and secure the success of children as future professionals who would, in turn, help transform the country into a globally competitive nation.

REX's full-fledged adoption, support, and practice of ASCD's Whole Child initiative and other innovative approaches to 21st century learning has now developed into a deeper, joint commitment to uphold the concepts of holistic education in light of the Philippine government's own campaign to bring its educational system to the next level with the K-12 program. These efforts are part of REX's vision to help produce young learners today who may lead us into the future, equipped with the critical skills they need to contribute a positive impact to society towards global progress.

With over 115,000 members from 128 countries, REX Bookstore now joins the ASCD community in helping transform the world of education by assisting teachers and learning stakeholders, and helping secure the success of each child through progressive values and holistic development. 

Congratulations, REX Bookstore and we look forward to a brighter future because of this initiative. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Random Thoughts about staying AHEAD in Life: Schools and the Future

I am here at Bacolod - Silay International Airport waiting for my flight. If you are wondering where I am going, I am flying back to Cebu again to spend more time with my family.This is actually my 3rd trip to the Queen of the South within a month and I am very thankful that my current job allows me to travel anytime I want. 

For the past few weeks, Val and I are working on one of our passion projects. Since we have been very blessed, it's about time that we pay it forward. We want to help graduating students find their dream jobs. As we were discussing on how to address the gap that hinders them from having gainful employment, we found out that there are actually several factors affecting their success. 


Based on a study conducted by the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), graduates of the top 3 educational institutions in the Philippines are hired faster and paid more by employers.

Most corporate recruiters and HR professionals will deny this but this is actually the hard truth. According to one of my favorite bloggers, Tina Perez of www.mrswise.tk, "We are living in a third-world country. And whether we like it or not, where our children graduated from matters a lot." (You can read more about her blog post, here.)

Luckily, I studied at Ateneo from kindergarten to college. So, based on my personal experience, finding a job was quite easy. I got invited to more interviews and got hired faster. Though HR professionals or recruiters won't really say it, I believe that my school has something to do with it and it was one of my advantages. I remember too when I applied to one of the biggest consumer brands here in the country, we were filling out an online application form and there was a dropdown of the list of schools. If you can't find your school on the list, you have no way to proceed with your application. We believed that was their discreet way of shortlisting applicants.When I was working as an online recruiter, I have clients who preferred and prioritized the graduates of the "big" schools for an interview. 

I realized that education is a huge investment but worth it. It is the best gift of a parent to his or her children. (So, Papa and Mama - if you are reading this, THANK YOU!) 




However, have you thought about what happens if one fails their college entrance exam? How will it affect a person's life? I had a friend who had the money but unfortunately, did not pass the exam in Ateneo. Thus, he was forced to enroll in another school. This detour has definitely changed the next 4 years or more of his life. 


Not getting in the "big" school does not necessarily mean doomsday. However, this means that at this crucial point of their lives, right before college, we should readily support our child's future by ensuring that they get accepted in a reputable school. Why take the risk when we can give them more? Enrolling them in a review center is one of the things that we can do for them.

Based on my research, one of the leading and most awarded tutorial and review center in the country is AHEAD TUTORIAL AND REVIEW. They are the first to offer Test-Based Reviews for the country’s most competitive admission exams, namely the University of the Philippines College Admission Test (UPCAT), the Ateneo College Entrance Test (ACET), and the De La Salle University College Entrance Test (DLSUCET). They have been in the business since 1995 and have several branches in Metro Manila as well as in Baguio and Tuguegarao. 

AHEAD TUTORIAL AND REVIEW take pride in their learning programs where students not only prepare for academic excellence, they have also come to embrace their role as future leaders of the global community.

Their services include the following: 
  • Review Programs - These are designed to help students get into the university of their dreams. Their programs help students focus on their lessons, guide them towards topics to be studied, provide them with the right reference materials, and motivate them to study harder.
  • Tutorial Programs - These are one-on-one and small-group tutorial programs where students get undivided attention and care. Students are assigned tutors who match their personality and requirements. With the right support, children become all that they can possibly be.  
  • Online Programs - AHEAD Tutorial & Review Center has developed an online learning platform designed to help learners work through their everyday academic concerns. Through AHEAD Online, students can review for their exams, finish their homework, and study their lessons in advance in the comfort of their own home. Students will have one-on-one reviews with expert tutors through video-conferencing platforms in a clear and seamless manner. This is actually my favorite among their offerings. 
What I like about this center is that they have very good feedback from their students plus, their online programs is one of a kind. Making you maximize the sessions without being affected by external factors like traffic which will either get you so tired or lazy.

Anyway, I will be boarding the plane in a bit. Just share your thoughts in the comments section below. If you have more questions, you may email AHEAD directly at info@ahead.edu.ph or call them at (02) 426-0034 to 36 or 0917-89 (AHEAD) 24323. 

Saturday, November 3, 2018

When Your Healthcare Plan is Not Enough

When I started online freelancing in 2014, I tried to make the transition as smooth as possible. For someone who's always sick, that meant getting my own healthcare plan and building an emergency fund. 

Freelancing has its own perks such as having a flexible schedule, unlimited earning opportunities, the absence of daily commutes and enjoying full control over tasks and projects. However, it also meant you have to file your taxes yourself, pay the full SSS contribution (no more employer share) as well as getting your own healthcare plan which unfortunately is more expensive compared to corporate plans. 

Since I was trying to be smart and practical, I thought that I was already safe and fully-covered. Not until I got sick and unable to work for 2 months straight. 


Yes, my healthcare plan took care of my hospital bills and medicines, however, being unable to work meant no income for me. I was able to get my sickness benefit from SSS which is way below than my regular income and it is not enough my monthly bills. It was such a rough time for us financially. 

Because of this experience, I realized that our healthcare plans are not enough. We should also consider other HEALTH PROTECTION PLANS such as a Hospital Cash Plan. It is an insurance plan that provides cash benefits not only for hospital confinement but also for ICU coverage, life and disability benefits.

We have to keep in mind that insurance is not ONLY about getting benefits in case we die, instead, these plans also offer security and the living benefits of life insurance. 



YGC Corporate Services Inc. offers several health protection plans such as the YGC Family Protect and the Malayan Family Protect plans depending on your needs. 
  • Hospital Cash Plan
  • Family Shield
  • Malayan Family Protect Plus
  • Card For Life
  • Malayan Family Protect Elite
  • Family Protect Max
One of the most popular and a personal recommendation is the CARD FOR LIFE Plan that provides add-on cash benefits for payment of your annual credit card dues. 

So, what are you waiting for? Check their website for more details. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

4 Important People To Have In Your Life Aside From Your Family and Friends

It is said that we start to remember people and build relationships with others as early as 5 years old. On an average, we meet or interact with at least 3 people a day. So, if we grow old and reach the age of 70, then we can assume that we have met around 71,000+ people in our lifetime. 



A substantial number would be comprised of our family while some become our lifelong friends. Others are simply acquaintances while a few would be the ones whom we build our professional relationships with. 

No matter how many people we meet, here are the 4 important people to have in our lives aside from our family and friends: 

1. Family Doctor -- It is very ideal to have a family physician who knows our medical history. It is very convenient if we do not have to repeat ourselves all over again every time we go for medical consultations. Also, most family doctors feel responsible for monitoring your health thus, they would require you for annual physical examinations and regular check-ups which is very important. 



2. Legal Advisor - Doing things correctly the first time is way cheaper than trying to fix them. Thus, it is a must that we do not allow any errors when making important decisions, especially for our business. By having a legal adviser, we minimize legal risks and cost which will give us the peace of mind when closing contracts and agreements. 

3. Life Coaches and Mentors - Life coaches or mentors are more than just a person telling you what to do. Instead, they are ones who can help us stay focused on our goals and help stir us in the right direction in case we get lost or overwhelmed. They can also help us realize our full potential and what we are capable of. 

In the Philippines, some of the most known life coaches or mentors are Bo Sanchez, Sha Nacino, Francis Kong, Chinkee Tan and Dean Pax Lapid. 

4. Financial Advisor  - Aside from our physical and mental well-being, it is also very important to have someone who can help us take care of our financial well-being and assist us in reaching our financial goals. Though a lot can pose themselves as an insurance agent offering financial plans or insurance, it is very important that we find a financial advisor whom we can trust. 

A good financial advisor is someone who knows their products well and knows how to match the product with the customer's needs --- an important characteristic that I have found from Sunlife Financial Advisors. They are well-trained and do not promise much just to close a sale. Instead, they deliver and bring results when the client needs it most. They also offer Money for Life, a customizable financial planning program to really help clients reach their financial goals.

So, in case you still do not have a Financial Advisor in your life, then look for someone from Sunlife Financial and rest assured you will be taken cared of. 



or if you feel that you can help more people by being a financial advisor yourself, then start a BrighterLife Career. If you are from Bacolod, you can contact Vlad at 0999-8823316 or visit www.sunlife.com.ph for more details. 


Now going back ---- > Do you already have all these 4 important people in your life? Feel free to leave in the comments section below. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

My wife was rushed to the hospital... because of her brassiere

I know that it is unusual for a guy to blog about brassieres but this experience is very important and worth sharing in order to help women avoid the same health concern that my wife had a few months ago.  

It was in early February when Clarice started complaining about chest pain. This would last for 2-3 days then the pain would disappear. After a few weeks, she would experience again the pain in her chest and on her shoulders and there are also instances where she has difficulty breathing.  



Fearing that it is something serious and a possibility of a heart attack, we rushed her to the hospital where she underwent an electrocardiogram (ECG) and some other laboratory tests to find out if her heart is working normally. However, her cardiologist said that all tests are normal. 


Then, her doctor noticed some red marks under her bust line. Her doctor suspected that the chest pains were due to an ill-fitting bra. Then, my wife remembered that, yes it is possible that her brassiere was the culprit of her health concern. The chest pains started about the same time she got the new set of brassieres. She was then asked to stop using these bras and observe if the condition persists.

So, guess what --- no more chest pains! 

We realized that it is very important for women to wear a comfortable bra. Other health effects and risks of wearing the wrong brassiere are: 


1. Skin Problems - these can cause scarring or blisters underneath or along the bust line. 

2. Bad Body Posture - this may consequently lead to back, shoulder and neck pain.

3. Lymph Node Problems - too much pressure from tight-fitting bras can close lymph valves and vessels. 

4. Sagging Breasts - the lack of support spoils the size and shape of the breasts making them heavier that can lead to sagging. 

So, where can you get a comfortable bra but with adequate support?

According to my wife, wireless bras are needed for those who have bigger cup sizes since it requires more support. In her case, she needed to avoid using wired bras thus, she was in a dilemma on where to get some comfortable ones but with adequate support. 

Finally, she found one or let's say I found one for her! 


Last February 15, I got an email from Sample Room PH* and they are introducing Uniqlo Wireless Beauty Bra. Its description in the email got my attention "Beauty Soft Wireless Bra stands out as it has no clips, hooks, wires or stress while retaining its sufficient support." Since it has limited samples available, I immediately grabbed a sample for her.




Uniqlo Wireless Bras are true to its promise. Here's a message from Clarice after trying the Uniqlo Beauty Soft Wireless Bra. 




Choosing the right bra is not all about looking for fancy ones. Lace, net, and underwires are very tempting but women and men who are getting their ladies some lingerie must keep in mind that it is far more important to choose comfortable ones because women deserve to feel limitless. 




If you have more questions about the bra, feel free to message Clarice and not me for obvious reasons (haha!) on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mymetrolifestyle

* About Sample Room PH

Sample Room is Philippine's first and only beauty, health, and lifestyle digital sampling and review website that combines the service of sampling and digital marketing campaigns. 
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