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Google launches Be Internet Awesome in the Philippines

November 27, 2021

 


MANILA, PHILIPPINES, NOVEMBER 23, 2021--Google has announced the official launch of Be Internet Awesome in the Philippines. 

Be Internet Awesome is Google’s free multifaceted program designed to teach kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and online safety. Particularly, it is focused on five important topics: how to be smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave on the internet. It contains several teaching materials and related resources that can help teach digital literacy concepts to children with the help of teachers and parents. 




"The internet is a crucial part of everyday life. For kids and students, it opens up many opportunities to play, learn, and connect. However, it also exposes them to risks that adults face too. With Be Internet Awesome, we hope to help parents and educators in promoting and teaching digital responsibility inside and outside of the classroom--to raise the next generation of netizens who’s more smart, alert, strong, kind, and brave online. We will continue to work closely with the Department of Education and other partners from across sectors to bring Be Internet Awesome to more students and communities nationwide," said Bernadette Nacario, Country Director of Google Philippines.




Together with the Department of Education (DepEd), Google implemented a pilot run of Be Internet Awesome in the Philippines to test it and gather feedback that could help improve the program further. The pilot run was conducted in more than 20 schools from across Antipolo, Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, and Nueva Ecija. With over 50 teachers, a total of 2,014 students from grades four to eight were taught about the lessons of Be Internet Awesome. 

The results of the pilot run were encouraging. The students gave a high rating between 90% and 94% across key attributes of Be Internet Awesome. They said that it helped them learn valuable internet safety tips and it is essential for them to learn it in the digital age. Meanwhile, the teachers found the content highly relevant and said that they have more ideas to further build it. 


"Educating students about digital responsibility is imperative and using Google's Be Internet Awesome is an effective way to do this. We’d like to thank Google for launching an important program that will equip our teachers and parents with the accessible resources they need to teach digital citizenship. Coming from the success of the pilot run, this program holds great potential to educate more students nationwide. The Department of Education will continue to work closely with Google to potentially integrate Be Internet Awesome into the national curriculum so it can be formally taught in the classroom," said Leonor Magtolis Briones, Secretary of the Department of Education. 

Be Internet Awesome’s website in the Philippines is available in English and Filipino. Visit them to learn more about the program and access its resources. 





Stay FOCUSED! - The perfect supplement for your homeschoolers!

September 20, 2021

 


Hiya, mommies! Are you and your kids school-ready this coming School Year? I hope so!


One of the challenges every parent has to deal with during this pandemic is schooling. It’s challenging enough having to deal with regular school stuff but the sudden shift from physical schooling to homeschooling or distance learning probably raised our stress-level a few more bars. Diba?!


I know all of you can relate when I say that it’s been one crazy day having to juggle our day-to-day activities between house chores, work, homeschooling, zoom meetings and online classes, etc. Whew! But, despite all of that, our current situation forces us to spend more time with our family, building closer and meaningful relationships within our home.


Arya and I have already started with our homeschooling and she’s been exposed to a lot of digital screens since then. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’m not the type of mom who is very strict with gadgets and all. I allow her to play on her iPad, console, mobile phone as long as she’s finished with her school work. She knows when to stop so it’s actually a reward system for us. But as we turn to Youtube for some of our lessons, I find it that she is more exposed than usual. I didn’t have to worry for too long though, thanks to FOCUS - a plant-based brain * eye power for our future-ready kids!



Focus Syrup

Focus syrup is a food supplement that helps improve our children’s memory and protects their eyes from high-energy blue light emitted by digital screens.


  • Made with plant-based active ingredients such as: Bacopa monniera, Centella asiatica, Lecithin, Choline, DHA, Lutemax 2020.

  • No parabens

  • No artificial coloring

  • No artificial sweeteners

  • Sweetened with stevia


Helps Improve Memory and Concentration

The powerful blend of ingredients works synergistically to make sure our child reaches their optimum learning capacity.



Protects Against Blue Light Damage

As kids engage with digital devices for a long period of time. FOCUS Syrup has Lutemax 2020 which is a clinically-proven to help prolonged exposure to blue light-emitting digital screens.


Supports Better Sleep Quality

Exposure to blue light can affect circadian rhythms by suppressing the secretion of melatonin. Studies show that sleep quality improved significantly within a 6-month supplementation of Lutemax 2020.



DID YOU KNOW?


10 YEARS OLD

The most common age for a FIlipino child to own a smartphone

82 HOURS

The average number of hours Filipino kids spend on the internet

8 OUT OF 10 KIDS

Choose the internet over TV

76 PERCENT

Percentage of Filipino kids who use tablets (the highest in the study)

*Source:https://www.gsma.com/publicpolicy/wp-content/upl-loads/2016/10/GSMA_Report_Childrens-use-of-mobile-phones-An-international-comparisons-2015.pdf



Focus is good for kids ages 3-12 years old. It is FDA-approved and has passed standards of safety and quality as it is a natural product that only contains ingredients that are proven effective and safe for use. Focus comes in natural caramel flavor and is sweetened with stevia.




Focus 60ml bottle has an SRP of Php 165 while the 120ml bottle has an SRP of Php 320.


Follow Focus PH official social media channels below!

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FocusPhilippines

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/focusphilippines/


Focus  Syrup is available in Mercury Drug as well as on your fave online shop here

Lazada: https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/greenleaf-herbals-inc

Shopee: https://shopee.ph/greenleafherbals









Online Toy Shopping with KidsCompanyPH!

June 1, 2021


Hiya, mommies! How are you holding up since the start of the lockdown? How are our kids doing?
For myself and Arya, there have definitely been a lot of struggles and anxieties since I am still a full-time work-at-home mom and a homeschooling momma. 

But hey, I'm grateful that online shopping has been a breeze so whenever I and Arya are feeling bored, we just shop online!

Have you heard about #KidsCompanyPH? This online toy store from the Philippines is the official online store of Richprime Global Inc., one of the country's top toy and baby brand distributors in the country. Their brands include Barbie, Hot Wheels, Chicco, Joie, Nuna, Shopkins, VTech, Fisher-Price, and many more!


Shopping at #KidsCompanyPH puts my mind at ease. Not only am I sure that I will receive authentic brands but there's also a free shipping promo for Metro Manila orders above PHP 1,000! They also accept a wide range of payment methods which makes it more convenient for me as a shopper.

So if you're planning to shop for toys and playsets for your little ones, or to complete your nursery essentials, I'll show you 5 shopping hacks at #KidsCompanyPH that will save you money on your order!


1. You can get 15% off on your purchase!
Right off the bat, we'll let you in on a shopping hack that's mostly overlooked by us shoppers. When you subscribe to their newsletter, you will receive an email for a 15% welcome coupon code that you can use on regular-priced products on their website, excluding their New Arrivals, Pre-orders, items from Merchants, and items from Nuna and Masters of the Universe.
Now the trick here is you can use the coupon code even if it's not your first purchase. As long as the items in your cart are part of the inclusions of the code rule, you'll get 15% off of the total amount! Keep in mind though that the code is available only for a single use per account.


2. Or watch out for their 15% monthly coupon code!
If you missed out on their subscription code, you can score another 15% off code by just browsing their website, reading their newsletters, and scrolling through their social media accounts!


3. Markdown prices all year round!
Can't wait for the next sale? Why not enjoy discounts and markdown prices all year round! KidsCompanyPH manages 2 Facebook groups where they sell new merchandise with discounts and clearance items at a lower price. If you're looking for toys, join the KidsCompany Moms and Dads group. If you're looking for baby gears and infant toys, you can join the Richprime Mom Club group


Or if you want a lower markdown price and are not too particular with the packaging, you can join their KidsCompanyPH Dented Community on Viber where they post items as low as 70% off!


P.S: You can join both groups and the Dented Community if you like!


4. They reward loyal customers!
With their newly-launched Grow with KidsCo program, if you reach a minimum PHP 15,000 order for 1 year, you can join the rewards program and enjoy the following perks:


-A special coupon code for 15% off on regular-priced items excluding Nuna, MOTU, New Arrivals, items from Merchants, and Preorders.
-A separate coupon code for New Arrivals and Preorders at 10% off!
-Another 5% coupon code that you can add on top of sale items with a maximum discount of 30% off!
-A gift for your child on his/her birthday month!


Curious to know more about their loyalty program? Send them an email to marketingteam@kidscompany.com.ph to see if you qualify for their Grow with KidsCo membership!

5. Free gift wrap for orders above PHP 1,500!
At #KidsCompanyPH, they offer a gift-wrapping service that comes with a gift tag for only PHP 100. However, if you reach a single-receipt order of PHP 1,500, the gift-wrapping service is free! You can send a message to their chat agents to help you with this!




Keep in mind though that the gift-wrapping service is for one order and not for each item in your cart.


So that's it for my shopping hacks! Save money when you buy toys and baby items online at #KidsCompanyPH.


Have you tried shopping at #KidsCompanyPH? How's your shopping experience? Share in the comments below!




Sharing the Gift of Education in the Now Normal

December 17, 2020

 


Sharing the Gift of Education in the Now Normal

My Dream in a Shoebox continues to make dreaming for every Filipino child possible 


Education in the now normal continues to be a struggle for many Filipino children, especially those in the marginalized sector. The crisis and disruption brought by the pandemic do not only add to the existing education disparities, but also hamper the learning process and opportunities of the youth. Thus, ensuring learning continuity is imperative now more than ever.


As the education sector pivots and innovates from the impact of the pandemic, new approaches and different learning modalities have been developed to better support it. For My Dream in a Shoebox (MDIAS), education is the one thing that must not be taken away from a child, most especially in times of need. For 2020, it shifts its gears to help answer the changing needs of students today.


As annual education campaign spearheaded by TeamAsia, MDIAS aims to equip less fortunate Filipino children with educational assistance and help them make their #BiggerDreams come true. Innovating its dream kits and scholarships for its 12th year, MDIAS transformed its Do-It-Yourself shoeboxes and adapted the calls of the Department of Education to cater to the needs of distance learning. Aside from school supplies, MDIAS has added calls for donations of solar-powered and rechargeable transistor radios, old or new tablets, old usable computers with mobile internet dongle, working printers with ink tank and refillable ink, and photocopy machine with affordable toners to help make learning sustainable for students and teachers in the now normal.



For partners of MDIAS like the Yellow Boat of Hope (YBH) Foundation, the pandemic has surely changed educational efforts. Seeing as the resources that beneficiaries urgently need are educational support to 


help them implement the Distance Modular learning approach, YBH quickly pivoted from their yellow school boats bringing kids to school to delivering educational modules to the doorsteps of the learners to ensure that no child will be left behind. Through MDIAS, their scholarship program for 100 vulnerable elementary school kids will continue. 


According to Father Didoy Molina, one of MDIAS’ beneficiaries from Christ the King Parish, school supplies given out to their parish scholars greatly improve their capacity to study, increase their confidence and performance, and enhance their self-esteem. He explained that the tools do not only help the children do well in their studies, but are also instruments of love and care shared with them by their parents and by the generous donors, telling them that they are cared for, and that their dreams are supported.


"I am looking forward to seeing more smiles and grateful faces as they receive beautiful boxes filled with school supplies, wrapped with care by generous donors. These memorable experiences really stay with me for life and inspire me to hope for our young people," Father Didoy shared.


For Bea Lim, Managing Director of TeamAsia and MDIAS Chief Dreambuilder, corporate social responsibility is not just about giving back to the community when things get tough. It is a continuous commitment to inclusive growth, progress and development that will ultimately lead to a stronger, sustainable and thriving society.



"This now normal we are in today highlights the importance of bayanihan and malasakit to work together to fight this pandemic and push for economic recovery with compassion, empathy, and faith that we can all get through this together," Lim emphasized.


Through the years, My Dream in a Shoebox has equipped over 400,000 children across the Philippines with the necessary tools they need to chase their #BiggerDreams. With the communities facing even greater challenges today due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MDIAS wants to make its impact not only bigger but more efficient and safe. MDIAS is open to more individuals and corporate partners to join them in giving more underprivileged children the gift of education and to help in making their dreams come true.


For more information on making #BiggerDreams come true, log on to www.teamasia.com/shoeboxcampaign, call +639178813724, or email shoebox@teamasia.com.








How to Teach Our Kids Healthy Habits from an Early Age

 


How to Teach Our Kids Healthy Habits from an Early Age

Every parent wants his or her child to grow up with a set of healthy habits that can keep them well and grounded throughout their adult lives, but it can sometimes be difficult to know how to get there. Young children are fast learners, so the best way to instill good habits in your kids is to start early by teaching them about healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors. Here are a few places to start.

Provide Healthy Foods and Explain Nutritional Principles Early

One of the most important healthy habits you can instill in your children from an early age is teaching them how critical it is to have a healthy diet. You could, of course, simply tell kids that they have to eat their broccoli just because you said so, but for the long term, it’s actually more helpful if you explain why it would be good for them if they ate all their broccoli. Kids are naturally curious, so if you provide them with a good explanation, they’ll actually understand the purpose behind the actions. With a grounding in basic nutritional principles, you’ll equip them to make healthy choices, from Wellements organic gripe water and Wellements vitamin d drops to simply incorporating some fresh produce into every meal. You can also provide motivation by explaining the health consequences of poor dietary choices, such as feeling backed up because of too little fiber and needing Wellements constipation treatments.

Model Good, Healthy Behavior in the Home

Kids are often said to be like sponges in that they soak up everything around them. A lot of early life lessons are learned via the behavior children see modeled in the home, so if you want them to grow up with a certain set of behaviors, you should model that behavior every day. For example, make sure your kids are involved in daily tasks or see you carry out daily tasks, such as:

  • Brushing teeth twice a day

  • Washing hands before a meal

  • Making enough time for a good night’s sleep

  • Treating others with kindness

Encourage Creativity and Balance in Life

Finally, it’s more vital in today’s parenting landscape than ever to teach your children about the importance of putting down their tech items, getting outside and getting creative with their playtime. It’s also essential to teach kids balance, such as doing their homework and then spending some time playing and enjoying themselves. Try to encourage a good mix of these activities to teach them that they need to be hard workers but also find time to relax and refresh. These life lessons in their formative years are sure to stay with them and influence the habits they’ll continue as they become adults themselves.

All children have the capacity to pick up healthy habits that will serve them well for the rest of their lives, but if you want to give your kids the best shot at really taking these habits to heart, it’s best to start teaching them early on. While this might sound tough, young kids are often like sponges and will soak up the behaviors they see modeled around them. By working these ideas into your strategy, you can equip your kids for a healthy future.



Bring home the celebration with the new Mcdo Party Box!

July 20, 2020


Bring home the celebration with the new Mcdo Party Box!

Your McDonald’s favorites plus party amenities in one box for hassle-free party planning




JULY 2020 - PHILIPPINES - Celebrate the family’s milestones with an exciting party to remember - even right in the comforts of your home! Party planning is now easier than ever with the accessible, hassle-free, and convenient way of setting up a celebration whenever and wherever with the all-in-one McDo Party Box, now available for as low as Php 1,699. The McDo Party Box is complete with food and party amenities for the whole family to enjoy moments and milestones worth cherishing, plus it does not require advance ordering or pre-booking, so you can easily get your party essentials in a snap via the McDelivery App, website, Drive-thru, Take-out and Pick-up!


Aside from enjoying your McDonald's favorites to feast on, the McDo Party Box is the party planner’s ultimate starter pack because it also comes with exciting amenities such as party hats, activity tray mats, assorted mystery classic Happy Meal toys, balloons, and a limited edition McDo pillow as a special treat especially for the celebrant!


There’s a McDo Party Box bundle for every kind of celebration, and there are up to four (4) bundles to choose from - two (2) sets are good for five (5) pax available at PHP 1,699, and the other two (2) sets are good for ten (10) pax priced at PHP 2,999. You can indulge in some of the well-loved favorites by taking your pick between the McSpaghetti bundle, or the Chicken McNuggets bundle, both of which also comes with the original Chicken McDo, BFF Fries, and Regular Coke. 



Don’t miss out, and experience fun-filled celebrations made easy with the McDo Party Box that’s now available in select stores nationwide. You can simply order via Drive Thru, Take Out, or McDelivery (bit.ly/McDeliveryPartyBox), App, Chatbot, or by calling the hotline 8888-6236 (for NCR), without the need to do any advance ordering or pre-booking.


For more information, visit the link bit.ly/McDoPartyBox. For updates, follow McDonald’s Philippines’ official Facebook at fb.com/McDo.ph, Twitter at twitter.com/McDo_PH, Instagram at instagram.com/mcdo_ph, and Viber Community group at McDo PH.

Specially made for breastfeeding moms: Nestle MommaLove Lactation Milk

June 24, 2020



Hiya, rookie mommas!

I received a very special gift today coming from our friends from Nestle and it made me reminisce back to when I was breastfeeding Arya.

It wasn’t easy.

I struggled a lot and I was in such a depressed state because I was just really all over the place when I started my motherhood journey. I remember the days when I would consume a lot of malunggay leaves, eat loads of Tinola, and bought a lot of malunggay capsules. - Nothing really helped me. I was just not happy with the result and it made me more depressed and thus my milk supply slowed down. 

I decided to stop breastfeeding at 4 months but I still did try to mix feed until the 6th month mark.


That was 5 years ago. If I have the chance to do it all over again, I will not give up that easily.


There weren't enough options at that time when it comes to lactation aids which is why I find the moms of today’s generation are really lucky to have so many options to help them with breastfeeding.




Nestle has recently released the new MommaLove Lactation Milk and I was beyond excited! I honestly wish I was pregnant again.

The new Nestle MommaLove Lactation Milk are specially for our breastfeeding mommas who want to get more out of their milk aids. It can also be your other source of Iron, Folate, Calcium, and Fiber.

It is a low-fat powdered milk drink with wheat flakes and has 1,200mg of Malunggay - a known galactogogue which may help in lactation and comes in two variants: Vanilla and my fave, Choco. Yum!




A box of Nestle MommaLove Lactation Milk has 10 sachets that is good for single serving at 28 grams.



Since I love anything that’s Chocolate, I had to try it for myself and honestly even though I’m not pregnant nor breastfeeding as of the moment, I still enjoyed it.







It wasn’t super sweet. Just okay for my liking. It tasted like a cocoa type of chocolate drink and I’d love it as a hot and cold beverage.

One thing that I love about this is that since they come in a form of sachets and not big boxes or tin cans, it’s perfect for moms on the go and for those who need to travel with their kids. It’s not a hassle to just slip it inside your office bag or momma bag.

If I had the Nestle MommaLove Milk Lactation 5 years ago, I swear I would have thrived in breastfeeding.

Maybe next time, when another tiny human came along, I’d hoard this product for sure!


The Nestle MommaLove Milk Lactation is now available in Mercury Drug Nationwide and Shopee at SRP of P35.00 per sachet, or P350.00 per box with 10 sachets.

I’m happy and thankful to Nestle for sending these over and sharing these to the moms of First Time Moms PH. 

If you’re a pregnant momma who’s looking for an awesome tribe online, you can find the First Time Moms PH on Facebook by clicking here. Find out more about Nestle MommaLove by visiting their website! https://www.starthealthy.nestle.com.ph/brand/mommalove.


Xoxo,
Rookie Mommy PH - Happy breastfeeding!


















How to get germ protection that is gentle for your sensitive skin



How to get germ protection that is gentle for your sensitive skin
Dermatologist reveals why micellar technology a vital ingredient you should add to your skin regime


Do you have sensitive skin? A lot of people who have this experience reactions such as itching, burning, or redness when it comes into contact with skin care products that trigger their skin’s sensitivities. Antibacterial products may not be the first thing that comes to mind but areas of dry, flaky skin or swollen skin can actually be an entry point for germs. 

Given today’s uncertain times, we need to be able to give our skin the germ protection it deserves. Thankfully, the new breakthrough Safeguard Gentle Micellar Face and Body Cleanser is here so we no longer need to compromise between getting gentle skin care and germ protection for our face and body!

The Safeguard Gentle Micellar series is paraben free, offers 99.9% germ protection and is as gentle as fresh water on the skin with its Micellar technology. It also has three variants:  Unscented, Berries & Pear and Coconut & Peach to suit your sensitive skin needs.

As we continue to navigate through our new normal, here are simple ways you can keep your sensitive skin happy, germ protected, and functioning at its healthiest according to  board-certified dermatologist, founder of Derm HQ and co-founder of BeautiqueMD Dr. Gaile Robredo-Vitas.

  1. Less is always more. One of the best ways you can care for your sensitive skin is to make sure you don’t overuse your face and body. Washing or exfoliating it too much may weaken your skin’s barrier, allowing external irritants such as dirt, dust and other bacteria to penetrate the skin easily.
  2. Make sure to read the ingredients in the products you want to try. The best way to manage sensitive skin is to identify and avoid products that contain ingredients that trigger its sensitivity. Products that are paraben free and dermatologically tested can be considered. If you’re experiencing pre-existing skin conditions, it is also important to consult with your doctor or dermatologist. 
  3. Strengthen your skin’s first line of defense with Micellar technology. Micellar consists of purified water, hydrating moisturizers and gentle surfactants that amply work on sensitive skin too. One of the most vital ingredients in Micellar water is micelles—these are minuscule concentrated molecules that are both water-loving and oil-loving. These help ensure the skin’s moisture remains intact as it cleanses one’s skin.

Give your skin the #GentleGermProtection it needs today! Check it out in Lazada http://tiny.cc/SafeguardGentle and supermarkets nationwide.

Find out more on the Safeguard Gentle Micellar series on Safeguard’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SafeguardPhilippines/.