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The Silent Language of Mental Illness: Unmasking the Truth About Mental Health

November 16, 2019

Wellgold International Inc. executives, NCMH executives, and nurses w/ YOLO by Renzo Suntay founder Sheila Suntay, PHIL-US registered dietitian-nutritionist Cheshire Que, Campus Victory Greenhills campus director, and pastor Dave Estrera with volunteers at the National Center for Mental Health 

As a brand that truly believes in holistic wellness, Jeunesse Anion shares its advocacy of body, soul, and spirit health. Being physically well while struggling with emotional aches, low self-esteem, anxiety, and unexplainable feeling of a gap inside all affect a person’s well-being. Humanity is both physical and spiritual and this is what separates humans from non-humans.

In support of World Mental Health Day on October 10, Jeunesse Anion digs deeper into how this invisible illness will encourage a culture of change beginning with the right mindset and knowledge on mental health.

Next-Gen coach, Victory Greenhills campus director and pastor Dave Estrera while giving his talk to the attendees

While both genders are prone to a mental condition, a study at Oxford University discovered that women are 40 percent more likely to develop mental illness than men. Physiological and biological factors are contributory to mental health problems among women. Dramatic hormonal changes during puberty, pre-menstruation, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, premenopause, and menopause cause a roller coaster of emotions. Women find themselves angry, sad, irritable and experiencing crying spells during these times. While these are normal and short-lived for some, others have severe symptoms that disturb their personal lives and relationships.

The Philippine data on mental health shows that there are 3.3 million Filipinos who suffer from a depressive disorder and 3.1 million are afflicted by anxiety disorders. Of high school students 13 to 15 years of age, 17 percent attempted suicide at least once, 12 percent seriously considered taking their lives, and 11 percent have made plans on how they would commit suicide. Given the numbers, the country has only 60 psychiatric health care facilities and only two mental health workers for every 100,000 population.

YOLO by Renzo Suntay founder Sheila Suntay

YOLO by Renzo Suntay founder Sheila Suntay delivering her speech to National Center for Mental Health patients 


Victory Greenhills campus missionary and pastor Dave Estrera said, “In my observation among students, social media primarily affects us in three ways: perception, socialization, and rest. Whether we like it or not, social media has adverse effects on the way we view ourselves because there’s always the temptation to compare. Secondly, it affects the way we socialize, we have the option to project ourselves the way we want to be seen-- being connected yet alone is not helpful in someone going through a hard time.”

As the second country with the largest social media consumption worldwide, it’s not also surprising that restlessness is prevalent and quality sleep is almost unknown. “In my survey among students, 80 percent admitted they have slept less than 5 hours. Now that we have the option to look at something that interests us, our body is restricted to recharge and recover,” Estrera added.

The spiritual aspect is something that we can never neglect either. “It starts with a mindset that God wants peace for us. Through the power of God, we can strengthen our grit and grow in hope. If peace is what God promises, then we can fight and claim it for our lives. When we see that He’s for us, then it gives us the will to keep fighting. We need to see that He providentially uses everything around us (medicine, psychology, medical advancement, support structure, a person’s spirit, and prayers.),” he concludes.


Phil.-US registered dietitian-nutritionist Cheshire Que believes that diet, nutrition, exercise, and mental illness are all connected. “Food fuels the brain for it to function optimally. Poor nutrition causes nutrient deficiencies that affect hormonal imbalance and many other factors that influence mood, thought process, and other functions of the brain,” said Que.

Several studies have been said about the gut and brain connection, so understanding how they’re synergistically connected will change the way we view the gut as the body’s second brain. “When a person is diagnosed with a mental condition, one of the first steps to bring back the balance in the body is by applying these 3 Rs of gut-healing: Remove triggers in the form of gluten, dairy, refined sugar, and soy; Repair with fresh produce, functional foods, and supplementations; Lastly, reinoculate probiotics and feed the gut with prebiotics such as honey.”

Chemical messengers serotonin and dopamine affect similar aspects of your health. Dopamine is the chemical that the body releases when we encounter pleasurable experiences from hobbies, eating a favorite meal, to sex. Meanwhile, serotonin which is the body’s anxiety buster is being produced through sunlight, exercise, and eating foods rich in tryptophan. Both chemicals spur the body’s happy hormones.

Understanding that food not only significantly impacts mood along with exercise while making time for the things that keep a person’s sanity in check, will also impact a person’s energy level and countenance.

RJ 100.3 FM DJ & host Jamie Fournier, PHIL-US Registered dietitian-nutritionist Cheshire Que, YOLO by Renzo founder Sheila Suntay, Wellgold International Inc., marketing head MJ San Agustin, Jeunesse Anion brand ambassador Ivanna Pacis w/ Next-Gen coach, Victory Greenhills campus director and pastor Dave Estrera.


The Suntay family is a living proof that it’s a disease that knows no age, gender, social class, religion, or background and perspective. “Our family was far from perfect but I’ve always thought that it was a fairy-tale kind of life,” said mompreneur Sheila.

However, 2018 proved to be the most tragic year for the Suntays when Renzo, the eldest son among the brood of 5, took his own life because of depression. She admitted that it was a disease she knew nothing about and that it was a situation that they didn’t see coming. The experience was the turning point for the family, which gave birth to YOLO by Renzo Suntay, a non-profit organization that aims to be the voice for those who are suffering from depression, anxiety, and other conditions. “My role as a founder is to relentlessly share my story and remind these people that they’re not alone in their struggles and that there’s real, tangible hope and healing.”

Beauty titlist, mental health advocate, and Jeunesse Anion brand ambassador Ivanna Pacis encourages individuals and families to discuss more openly the issue on mental health, “Jeunesse Anion looks out not just the physical being of its users but also the mental health of every woman. Mental health is such a sensitive topic but it’s an important issue to discuss and Jeunesse Anion takes part in putting an end to the stigma of mental illness. If you’re a person who suffers from a mental condition, know that your feelings are valid and your situation is not hopeless. Seek out professional help and surround yourself with positive people who look out for your well-being.”

Jeunesse Anion brand ambassador Ivanna Pacis, businesswoman Marga Langley, Kids for Jesus Learning Center Foundation Inc. founder and president Jessica Everingham, HK Tatler beauty editor Joanne Magdayag, YOLO by Renzo founder Sheila Suntay fitness & wellness celebrity Samantha Lopez, YOLO by Renzo Suntay volunteer Cleo Kelley and U.S. real estate broker Meggie Pleyto.

Jeunesse Anion brand ambassador Ivanna Pacis, entrepreneur Geraldine Lim, Manila Bulletin columnist Paulyne Fermin, ieventsetc online editor Irynn Constante, junior content editor Angela Suacillo, lifestyle blogger Lyzette Bongon, Christine Delgado and tennis star Christine Patrimonio.

Jeunesse Anion brand ambassador Ivanna Pacis, lifestyle blogger Erica Bonifacio, GMA 7 actress and host Maey Bautista, Asian Parent country manager Ina Garcia, lifestyle blogger Joy Felizardo, mental health advocates and entrepreneurs Jose Locsin Jr. and Brenda Locsin with RJ 100.3 FM DJ and host Jamie Fournier

Jeunesse Anion brand ambassador Ivanna Pacis, Wellgold International Inc. sales distribution specialist Jeffhrey Salem, Wellgold International Inc. finance head Margie Culibra, Wellgold International Inc. management team Maxine San Agustin, marketing head MJ San Agustin, general manager Jeric San Agustin and president Alden Meneses.

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[PR] YOU'RE INVITED! McDonald’s is Saving Halloween at the Grand Halloween Family Experience 2019

October 24, 2019

McDonald’s is Saving Halloween at the Grand Halloween Family Experience 2019
Kids and parents alike are invited to join!

MANILA, PHILIPPINES  — There's no better way to celebrate Halloween than with your family, and this October 26, 2019, McDonald's gives families a Grand Halloween Family Experience!

Take your whole family to the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City (F1 and F2) to show off your best costume and watch Ronald and the Gang help save Halloween from disappearing!

The kids are in for a different and exciting Halloween Trick or Treat experience at the Plaza del Halloween Trick Street and the Barrio Sweet Treats Zone! With fun games and activities at the Trick Street, as well as inflatables, face painting, and a toy bazaar at the Treats Zone, the whole family is sure to have a Grand Halloween Family Experience!

Families can register and purchase tickets for the McDonald’s Grand Halloween Family Experience at participating McDonald’s stores or at the registration booth on the day of the event. At an affordable price of P250 for kids and P125 for adults, guests get an event ticket, which comes with a 1-pc Chicken McDo with rice and regular orange juice Happy Meal plus a crown and pouch giveaway for kids and a 1-pc Chicken McDo with rice and regular orange juice for adults. 

Don’t miss out on a family experience like no other at the McDonald’s Grand Halloween Family Experience!
Visit to see the full list of participating branches where you can register and follow
McDonald’s Philippines on Facebook for more updates.

[PR] Lazada Partners with Five Renowned Milk Companies to Launch the LazMall Milk Guarantee Program

October 16, 2019

The program offers moms a convenient way of buying high quality,
fresh and authentic milk products online

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, OCTOBER 15, 2019 – Today, Lazada launched the LazMall Milk Guarantee program, providing moms with the convenience and full confidence to purchase milk formula online. The program is a partnership with renowned milk companies namely Nestle, Wyeth, Reckitt Benckiser Abbott, and Nutricia, to assure consumers that only high-quality, authentic and fresh milk are available on Lazada’s LazMall platform. 

Lazada panel and executives

Lazada warehouse tour

In conceptualising the program, rigorous market research was done to better understand key concerns related to milk formula purchasing for mothers. The findings include milk product authenticity and expiry dates, reliability of sellers of such products and long delivery lead times.  

Through close consultation with milk company partners, Lazada developed a robust set of guidelines and protocols that led to the advent of LazMall’s Milk Guarantee Program. This program guarantees the highest standards are applied for milk handling, storage and delivery of milk products.  

Emma Chavarot, Chief Business Officer of Lazada Philippines, said, “Lazada is the first and only e-commerce platform in the country to offer 100 percent guaranteed fresh and authentic milk products for online purchase. Together with our esteemed milk company partners, we are pleased to launch the LazMall Milk Guarantee Program, a product of our close collaboration and our commitment to safeguard and maintain high-quality standards. With busy mom lifestyles, we hope to provide more convenience and ease of mind when taking care of important things like buying fresh and authentic milk for their children.” 

What Lazada’s Milk Guarantee Promises Moms

Only infant milk formula, growing up milk and maternal milk from official brands and official distributors in the Philippines are sold on Lazada’s LazMall platform. All milk products are 100 percent authentic and are sourced directly from the milk brands.

The program guarantees that all milk formula products for outbound are at least 6 (six) months from their expiry dates.

Lazada warehouse employees are professionally trained to handle and fulfil orders in accordance with the quality and best practices upheld by the Milk Industry. These milk products are securely stored in Lazada’s warehouse to ensure that product quality is maintained at its best.

Worry and Hassle-Free Online Shopping Experience 
With Lazada’s logistics capabilities, all milk products ordered under the Milk Guarantee Program will be delivered straight to the customer’s doorstep within the next day.

Customers are provided with multiple payment options and are updated through SMS and email regarding the status of their orders. 

Seal of Milk Guarantee

All milk products covered by the LazMall Milk Guarantee Program will have the green seal of authenticity and freshness as seen below. Now, mothers will never have to worry when purchasing their trusted milk products online. 

“When it comes to choosing the right products for one’s child, nothing is left to chance. We identified the challenges faced by mothers through on-the-ground feedback, hence with the LazMall Milk Guarantee program, we truly hope to improve and increase options available on Lazada for mother and baby-related needs,” added Ms Chavarot.

To learn more about the program, and to shop your favourite milk products under the Milk Guarantee Program, visit

[PR] Color your day with the 2019 McDonald’s Coke Glass Collection!

October 14, 2019

Color your day with the 2019 McDonald’s Coke Glass Collection!
Get all six colors only at McDonald’s!

Starting October 11, McDonald’s Philippines gives its customers a chance to color their days with the 2019 McDonald’s Coke Glasses! Add fun and color to your day with Coke Glass colors that truly reflect your vibe. The limited edition glasses are a sleek design in six colors: Gray, Purple, Peach, Green, Pink, and Blue.

Start your collection now by just adding P45 per glass for any meal with a Coca-Cola product! Visit any McDonald’s store nationwide! You can purchase the Coke Glasses via dine-in, take-out, or Drive-Thru.

Color your day with the complete set of the 2019 McDonald’s Coke Glasses! Which color are you eyeing? Share your collection by tagging #McDoCokeGlass2019 and @McDo_PH on Twitter and Instagram and @McDoPH on Facebook.

Fun Pregnancy Announcement Ideas

Many expecting couples have different timelines as far as when to announce the big surprise to their friends and family. Some couples take a chance and announce the pregnancy right away (and if something were to go wrong, they would have support but let's not go there). Others prefer to do it traditionally by waiting until the early part of the second trimester, and there are others who don't make the announcement until much later on in the pregnancy. There are even some couples who don't announce after the birth of the baby (however, these are the ones who don't live near their friends and families and don't see them often). 

Whichever group you fall into as far as making the big announcement about the pregnancy, you will want to get creative with telling those who you care about and love the big news! Now let's go over some really fun pregnancy announcements that will make the news being shared even extra exciting that can be shared on Instagram and Facebook:

1. Movie Poster Pregnancy Announcement

This is a cool idea. There will be a picture of the couple in bed. The expecting mom will have delicious food from every group in bed, while the expecting dad is holding the What To Expect When You Are Expecting book as well as some harry potter baby clothes that is if he is a big fan by his side. And on top of the picture will have their names as they are the 'stars' of the movie, and the movie will be called Pregnant: Based On A True Story. On the bottom of the picture or poster will be the month that the baby is due. Have you heard of this idea before? Isn't it cute?

2. Wine Bottle Pregnancy Announcement

This can be a picture of two wine glasses, one wine glass being filled, and the other wine glass being empty with a note on it saying "Do not refill until" the month that the baby is due. And several bottles of wine can be in the background. That is a clever announcement that likely has not been done before. 

3. Ice Ice Baby Pregnancy Announcement

This one is a picture of the expecting parents. The dad-to-be is holding 2 bags of ice, and the -mom-to-be is holding her abdomen. There are no words captioned in the picture instead of on the post, the question "Can you decipher the meaning of this picture?" It won't take long for people to figure out what is in the picture. Of course, it means what it is showing, ice, ice, and baby! Has this one been done before? It probably has but even so, it is a cute idea to steal. 

4. Drinking For Two

This one will be a picture of the expectant parents at a restaurant where the mom-to-be is eating a meal and the dad to be is drinking 2 glasses of beer. And the caption in the photo will be "Drinking for two" which means since the dad is the one who has 2 glasses of beer does not mean all of a sudden he has become a lush. People will figure out what the meaning of this post is all about quickly. 

5. Prego Sauce

This one can be a picture of the expectant parents at the dinner table where the mom-to-be has a plate full of spaghetti in front of her and a glass of ginger ale with the bottle. And the dad-to-be drinking wine and eating the spaghetti. And in front of both of them, there will be the Prego sauce bottle with a sign above it that says "We are". That is a clever way to make the big news known. 

6. A For Sale Sign Or Trade

This picture can be the parents-to-be sitting in lawn chairs with baskets full of items that they are selling that they no longer need since it is suitable for those who don't have kids. In the basket, there will be wine glasses, booze bottles, beach stuff, and anything else that is associated with either the single life or life without kids. And above that will be a sign that says "Items for sale or to be traded with a crib in addition to some cute baby onesies with sayings".  People will get the idea pretty fast!

7. An Eating For Three Picture

This one may not be overly creative but it is cute. This can be a picture of a sundae container with ice cream in it with some pickles on it. And the container literally will be saying "Eating for three" on it. That has been done before but if the idea is appealing to you, then you will want to use this one. It may not be overly original but it is very cute. 

And you can even come up with some really cool pregnancy announcements that involve pets or siblings if you are expecting for the second or third, or fourth and so on time. The beauty with technology as well is that it gives you an opportunity to be creative with your announcements or anything else you do online. 

Because back in the old days before the internet was even a thought, the creative ways to announce a pregnancy was quite limited. That isn't to say that expecting parents didn't find other ways to be creative with how they announced their pregnancies. Perhaps they went to gatherings and threw in some hints that they were expecting such as throwing in the phrase "in 6 months from now" (if they waited 3 months to announce the pregnancy) And they would do this over and over again until someone caught on. 

However, the sky is the limit with how creative you can get when it comes to finding the best pregnancy announcement idea to use and to share it with those who you love and care about. It makes the experience even more exciting since others can join in as well!

Contest Alert! FTMPH x Safeguard Philippines for Global Hand Washing Day!

October 11, 2019

Hiya, Rookie Mommas!

Join me and my mom community as we celebrate the Global Hand Washing Day on October 15, 2019!

Get a chance to WIN P2,000 worth of Sodexo Gift Certificates + Safeguard Products!



  1. Post a photo of you and your kids washing your hands on Instagram. (If you can, wear white or blue colored clothing) 
  2. Answer the question "Why is it important to wash our hands and how do you ensure that your family is safe and protected from disease causing germs?" 
  3. Use the hashtags #GlobalHandwashingDay #SafeguardCleanHands 
  4. Tag @safeguard_philippines and @rookiemommyph on your caption.
  5. Make sure your post / profile is in PUBLIC.
Contest Duration:
October 11, 2019 - October 15, 2019

Rookie Mommy PH - Happy Global Hand Washing Day!