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Help Give Over 800 Children With Disabilities A Fun-Filled Day Of Exploring Their Capabilities!

February 19, 2018

Only a month left to help give over 800 children with disabilities a fun-filled day of exploring their capabilities with just PHP 1,000!

Now on its 10th official year, JCI Manila’s Handog Lingap 2018 is putting together another day of fun and learning for indigent and special kids with bigger, better, and more sustainable things in store to help them thrive.

Approximately 1 out of 7, or roughly 5.1 million Filipino children, are living with disabilities, according to UNICEF’s latest report. With the lack of understanding and resources available to them, these kids suffer from unmet health needs and societal stigma which ends up limiting their development and opportunities.

Every child brings something unique and special into the world. JCI Manila has long been celebrating this, recognizing the role each child plays in our nation’s future through its annual flagship and legacy project, Handog Lingap.

This coming March 12, 2018, over 800 indigent children with special needs and their teachers from public schools in Manila under the Department of Education’s Special Education (SPED) Program, will be treated to a day of fun and learning including several activities to help them explore their potential.

Handog Lingap is raising Php 800,000 to make this event possible. Supporters (individuals or groups) can sponsor a child for Php 1,000 each. This will go directly to the event for the kids, from their meals, to their gifts, transportation, and various activities.

Swimming Classes led by Bert Lozada Swimming School will give the children the interactive physical activity integral to their development. There will also be a Disaster Preparedness Workshop by Frederick Dalena, which will equip caregivers and kids with knowledge on how to save their lives in different high-stress scenarios. A transition programs forum will also be held to start the dialogue on how best to transition children from SPED schools to the workplace.

“We are celebrating a decade of bringing joy to these kids this year. So we want to go bigger and deeper, reaching more children and making a lifelong impact in their lives.”, said Handog Lingap 2018 Project Chairman, Francis Talion. “We want to equip them with important life skills, giving them the chance to improve their quality of life, empowering them with compassion and inclusion, and giving them the support they need to succeed.”

Handog Lingap, along with its partners Department of Education (DepEd), Bert Lozada Swim School, Dare to Care, and Golden Heart Manila, would like to invite everyone to help make a positive impact in the lives of indigent children with disabilities.

It takes a village to raise a child. Interested individual and corporate supporters can visit the official crowdfunding page at or follow and message @helphandoglingap on both Facebook and Instagram to learn more. Donations in kind are also accepted, any heartfelt support will go a long way in helping make the world a bit more special for these kids who are, most often than not, unseen, unheard, and misunderstood.

Instagram: @helphandoglingap


FREE Creative Planner from Craft Easy!

February 14, 2018

Calling all planner fanatics!

Get a FREE Creative planner for every P1,000 purchase of Craft Easy items.
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Visit your fave National Book Store today and don't miss this deal!

Set-up your ecommerce shop in minutes!

February 10, 2018

Strikingly, is an easy tool to build a fully functional mobile first, web second site in minutes. 

With the growing need to put up a website for all kinds of online businesses and establishing a brand's online presence, Strikingly recently rolled out it's new feature that will allow it's customers to simply create an ecommerce website within minutes!

Simple Shop will allow you to easily add products to your shop, connect to a payment gateway that is readily available to your country. For example, Paypal and Stripe internationally, and even a Cash On Delivery options for some countries. 

After you successfully connected your payment gateway, you're already set and your store is live! It's really easy and simply that you can finish building your initial store in minutes. Even if it's live, you can still tweak the layout of your site and add some changes to your products.

Ready to build your dream ecommerce shop and start earning? 
Visit to get started.

Get a chance to WIN a staycation for two with Hallmark Philippines' #sharewhatsinyourheart Valentine's Promo!

February 7, 2018

New campaign seeks to remind everyone how sending a card shows love and care

METRO MANILA, PH (JANUARY 31, 2018) – The much-awaited Valentine’s season is here again. It is a perfect chance to remind your loved ones how much you love and care for them. Giving out flowers, chocolates, and lovely gifts, and bringing them to dinner dates may be the usual ways to celebrate; but these won’t give the exciting and surprising feeling as sending and receiving a greeting card.

Sending personalized and handwritten cards has been an important way of communicating for centuries. With easy access to a plethora of social media sites, the new generation has lost touch with this long-standing cultural practice of showing love and affection.

The impact of our messages being sent through the cards can never be replaced by any technology. Writing on these cards -- and putting your personal touch -- is still one of the best ways to celebrate your relationship, and even making it extra special.

Hallmark Philippines has always believed that the act of sending and receiving cards is emotionally rewarding. It has always aimed to bridge people in connecting with each other. For this Valentine’s season, Hallmark Philippines has not only released intricately designed cards paired with heart-warming messages, but has also launched the “Share what’s in your Heart” campaign which seeks to remind people the meaning of this season, and the delight of sending personalized messages through
the cards.

In partnership with National Bookstore, LBC and Fairmont Hotel, Hallmark Philippines is mounting a larger than life sized mailbox. It’s a Valentines’s card writing and sending activity where customers can purchase and mail their cards for FREE through the help of LBC Express. These will be available at SM Megamall Activity Center from February 9 to 10, and SM Fairview Activity Center from February
10 to 11, 2018, until 8pm.

As another way to celebrate, Hallmark Philippines with Fairmont Hotel Makati, has released a Staycation Raffle Promo for its customers. For a minimum purchase of P50 worth of Hallmark Valentine’s card, a customer will get a chance to be one of the 10 (ten) lucky winners of an overnight stay for 2 (two) at Fairmont Hotel Makati. Promo is available in selected National Book Store branches, until February 14, 2018.

For more information about the Staycation Raffle Promo and other activities, check out Hallmark Philippines’ official Facebook page and Instagram @hallmark_ph, or our official hashtag #sharewhatsinyourheart.

I started a Youtube Channel Playlist for your kids!

February 1, 2018

Hey rookie mommas!

Ever since I started my Youtube channel, my daughter, Arya. Has been fond of watching her own Youtube videos. She loves watching surprise eggs, alphabets, numbers, shapes, etc. However, I do find that some videos are really not appropriate for her.

Soooo.... I started making Youtube videos of my own for Arya. Yay!

I've only done three videos so far but I'm doing my best to film all of Arya's stuff within the next weeks. *wink

If you're a mom who has kids who loves watching Youtube video, please SUBSCRIBE to my Youtube channel. I promise, these videos are made with LOVE and a lot of toys. :)

Rookie Mommy Ph - busy making YTKid videos!

I tried Aztec Secret Mask from Healthy Options and it was okay...

If you've been following Healthy Options on Facebook then you've probably heard of the ever popular "World's Most Powerful Facial" Indian Healing Clay. Everybody I know on Youtube have tried and swore by this face mask.

So, lo and behold, I visited my sister and she got one!!!! *screeeaaming! So what do I do? Made a first impression video on my YT channel for you guys ASAP! Watch it here.

P520.00 at Healthy Options


  • Facials
  • Acne
  • Bodywraps
  • Clay Baths
  • Foot Soak
  • Chilled clay for knee packs
  • Insect bites


Mix clay with equal parts of raw apple cider vinegar and/or water. Use a non metal bowl and utensil. Stir the mixture well into a smooth paste. Add more Clay and liquid as needed. Apply 1/8 in to 1/4 in to the face or other area. Let it dry for 5 - 10 min for delicate skin and 15 - 20 min for normal skin. Remove clay by washing with warm water. Use it once per week, and more often for problematic skin.

  • You'll feel your face pulsate!
  • Pulling and tightening sensation.
  • Removes impurities and dirt from pores
  • Deep pore cleansing

After 30 minutes of applying the clay mask:


Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. The clay mask is very soothing right after application. I have a very sensitive skin and eczema prone skin. Surprisingly, after 24 hours after rinsing the mask, I didn't broke out, I didn't have any dryness or redness on my face, and my face remained really smooth and soft. The weird thing for me is that it made my skin incredibly oily. I have a very dry skin so I't weird for me to get really oily skin after 24 hours of application. Other than that, it's good! 

I do see myself using this product once in a while. *wink


Rookie Mommy Ph - You can get this at Healthy Options near you. :)

Crochet Braids are back and here's where you can get one

January 30, 2018

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

I remember back in High school, braids are a thing. It’s a fashion statement and a trend. Every girl in the campus has her hair or a part of her hair braided. I don't have a photo but I had the sides of my hair braided by our helper and I used to put butterfly clip on them.

I honestly enjoyed that phase of my life where you can just be whoever you want to be and you could care less what you do with your look.

Though it was a trend gone too soon in the Philippines, I believe that it's still popular in the US and it needs to make a comeback here as well!

Now, there are all types and kinds of braids but I'm all for Crochet Braids. I'm not a good braider so crochet braids are the way to go. There’s an abundance of choices in crochet braid styles today, from Wavy Faux Locs and Goddess Locs to Water Waves to all different kinds of Box Braids. Similar to hair extensions, if installed properly, no one will ever know!

More about Crochet Braids:
Source: Divatress

Crochet braids is loose braiding hair that you crochet into your own hair using a crochet needle.  In order to install crochet hair, you’ll first need to cornrow braid your own hair.  If your own hair is a bit thin, many people will use Kanekalon braiding hair to thicken up the cornrow braids. 

Cool right! I would want to wear the Janet Collection Braids if I can. *Wink

If these braids interested you enough to try them for yourself, head on to and check out their full range of braids that will surely fit your personality. I believe Divatress is a reputable brand that offers great range of wigs and hair products. It won't disappoint! 

Rookie Mommy PH - Maybe I'll look nice on the red one too, what do you think?

Purefoods Heat & Eat Saved Me This Christmas

December 29, 2017

Happy Holidays!

It has been a family tradition of ours to spend our Christmas together with my mom’s side of the family. My grandmother has eight children and most of them are already married and have kids so imagine how big our family is! Our living room is literally filled with gifts that you’ll find yourself having difficulty walking around.

I have to be honest. I don’t cook. But, I love to eat. :)

My grandmother cooks really well and she always cook our fave dishes every Christmas. However, this year, we decided to celebrate Noche Buena with take outs, food delivery, and ready to cook meals. My grandma is 75 years old already and we don’t want her running around the kitchen cooking for all of us.

I wanted to order Lechon for Christmas but it was too late for me to book orders as most of the popular Lechon houses are filled with orders already….

So….I didn’t have a choice but to find a replacement and I really couldn’t think of anything else until I found this hidden gem peeking through the native section of the supermarket…


Srsly. Who would have thought that I’d stumble into this?! I honestly haven’t seen this around so these are definitely a NEW products created by Purefoods. Ahh-aaww--ssooomee!

You know how I love my meat so I did grabbed a LOT. Like two packs of Crispy Pata and three packs of Lechon Kawali. Takot kami magutom.

Purefoods Heat and Eat
With Purefoods Heat and Eat, siguradong sarap lutong! Anytime! All the time.

It’s available in Crispy Pata and Lechon Kawali affordably priced at Php 230.00 at 425g per bag and Php 325.00 for Crispy Pata at 900g per bag.

I found out that it is available in all Monterey Meatshops and will be made available this December in major supermarkets in Luzon and GMA.

Now, I did mention that I can’t cook. But even for me, it was really to prepare. We decided to cook the Crispy Pata as we felt like it was the missing dish to our Noche Buena. We had a lot of other pork dishes already so we’re saving our Lechon Kawali for Media Noche. *wink

The prep and cooking instruction is really easy. The Crispy Pata is cooked already so all you have to do is to reheat it using a Turbo or you can also Pan fry it. We don’t have a Turbo so we decided to deep fry it for about 20 - 25 mins with two cups of oil.

I-zoom in pa natin para siguradong matakam ka na. :)

The skin turned out really crispy! Which is what we wanted!

Overall, I really enjoyed the Crispy Pata. It was really convenient given the fact that I was having a hard time ordering other dishes. Prep time was breezy too! I’d say it’s very affordable considering that the taste is at par with restaurants serving the same dish. It’s really made for the convenience seeker in all of us.

Do checkout my IG feed for mouthwatering snaps of the Crispy Pata and Lechon Kawali. *wink

In case you have questions about this specific products, feel free to reach out to Purefood’s social media channels:

There you go! I hope you give these a try, I tell you, it does not disappoint! Definitely perfect for the holiday fiesta but also perfect for everyday celebrations.

Rookie Mommy PH - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

How to survive kitchen mess during Christmas

December 5, 2017

Happy Christmas!
It’s official, the month of December is finally here and we all know what it means….
Nonstop cooking, nonstop cleaning, and our fave, nonstop eating.

We are totally counting down to Christmas! We’ve been busy with completing our menu for Noche Buena, catching last minute holiday deals and sale for Christmas gifts, and oh, I’m busy packing stuff too cos I’m still flying to Seoul this December! On top of that, there are TONS of Christmas parties and reunions to attend to. SRSLY. It’s very exhausting.

Since Christmas is just around the corner, I cannot help but focus on the things that matters to us moms the most. Other than our kids, that is. And it’s about keeping our kitchen neat and clean while we run around in circles chopping meat and mixing ingredients. In all honesty, I do not cook. I tried. But I failed, horribly at it so let’s just leave it at that. But when it comes to keeping our home clean and organize, I can totally raise both of my hands to that.

Organize your ingredients and spices

Having your ingredients all in one spot will save you time running around your kitchen looking for them. What you can also do is to decorate your bottles with Christmas theme or you can simply add labels to your spices.

Decorate your dining area + Plan what you’re serving on Christmas eve

Ilabas ang mga bagong pinggan, kutsara, at tinidor! Make everything festive by decorating your dining area for Christmas eve. It’s a once in a year event so it’s okay to bring out those nice, sparkly utensils you’re saving up for events like this.

Planning your menu will help you get a glimpse of how your Noche Buena will be like. Make sure to save some room for dessert or a nice Hot Choco will do too!

Never, ever forget the kitchen towels and dining napkins. JUST DON’T.

Believe it or not, I am very much addicted to tissue papers, kitchen towels, napkins, wet tissues, name it, I have it on my bag and all over my house. It’s kind of a habit I learned when I was in Catholic school during High School. It was a practice for us to have some sort of napkin or paper towel or a hanky with us everyday.

This Christmas, why not go a little extra mile with your kitchen towels and napkins? Are you up for it? If so, head on to your fave supermarket and grab some Sanicare Christmas edition boxes!

Sanicare’s special Christmas boxes called Liwanag Christmas boxes is designed by world-class Filipino talent, Alex Eduque, founder of MovEd. Getting inspiration from parols (lanterns), she believes that parols are a symbolic representation that evoke a notion of promise and unification. It also transcends social classes and lights up all Filipino homes.

Alex chose to integrate the stars in her design because it is a constant reminder that we share the same sky and despite the stark differences and circumstances in all corners of the world, that each one of us has a star shining brightly within.

Let’s not forget how festive their kitchen towels are!

TBH, the boxes and towels are so pretty that I don’t want to open and use them as they perfectly match our Christmas decors at home.

Feeling lucky and bright this Christmas season? Join Sanicare’s Christmas Bright promo and win yourself some awesome holiday treats!

Click here to know more.

  1. To join, Interested participants need to post a creative photo on their Facebook account featuring the Sanicare Facial Tissue Liwanag Series Box.
  2. It must include a caption that starts with the phrase, “My Christmas is extra bright this year because ____!” and must tag 3 other friends. Entries also should include the mandatory hashtags #SanicareLiwanagSeries #Sanicare #SCPA
  3. Once posted, the participant must go back to the Sanicare PH Facebook promo post and click the link provided in order to submit the entry.

Promo Details:
  • The promo will run from November 22 to January 01, 2018.
  • Deadline of submission is on January 01 at 6pm.
  • Winners will be announced on January 15, 2018 on the Sanicare PH Facebook Page.
  • The grand prize winner will be given four (4) all day passes to Dream Play and Lunch buffet for four (4) at The CafĂ© at the Hyatt City of Dreams Manila.
  • 10 consolation prize winners will also be chosen to each receive a 2,000 peso Sodexo Gift Certificate from Sanicare.
  • Visit the Sanicare PH Facebook Page for more details about the promo.
  • DTI Permit No. 18311 Series of 2017

May you have a wonderful & festive Christmas!

Rookie Mommy PH - Keeping myself from opening these gorgeous boxes!