Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017

Renee Joy's Valedictory Speech

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My Valedictorian

Parang kailan lang ng ako ay nagsimulang pumasok at mag-aral sa paaralang ito. Sino ang mag-aakala na ang noon ay isang batang maliit, tahimik at mahiyain ay tatayo ngayon dito sa harapan ninyo. Parang kailan lang pero heto ngayon tayo, may magkahalong saya at lumbay sa pagtatapos ng isa na naming yugto ng ating buhay – ang buhay Elementarya! Classmates, Fellow Graduates, we did it!

At ngayon nga, sa mahalagang araw na ito, samahan nyo ako sa pagbibigay pugay sa ating mga panauhin sa hapong ito na pinangungunahan ng ating panauhing tagapagsalita, Ginang Gail Montenegro, ang ating mabait at magandang school directress, Binibining Elisa Chua, ang ating mga butihing guro kasama na ng lahat ng bumubuo sa Spark Academy of Global City, ang ating mga pamilya, kaibigan na naririto ngayon, gayon na rin sa ating lahat na magsisipagtapos sa araw na ito, isang maganda at pinagpalang hapon po sa ating lahat!

Pagtatapos. Sa ilang saglit na lamang, tuluyan na nga tayong magpapaalam sa ating pinakamamahal na paaralan. Sa ilang saglit na lang ay magbubukas naman ang isang panibagong yugto ng ating buhay bilang mag-aaral. Ngunit bago pa man tuluyang matapos ang kabanatang ito ay nais ko po munang iparating ang aking taos-pusong pasasalamat sa lahat ng mga taong tumulong sa akin upang mapagtagumpayan ko ang lahat ng mga pagsubok at marating ang kinatatayuan ko ngayon.

Unang-una sa lahat, nais ko pong mapagsalamat sa Poong Maykapal sa lahat ng biyayang ipinagkaloob nya sa akin. Mula pagkabata at magpahanggang ngayon, God never fails to bless and shower me with His love and mercy sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaloob sa akin ng mga taong sya naming naging instrumento upang magampanan ko ng maayos ang lahat ng mga tungkulin at obligasyon bilang isang Kristiyano, anak, kapatid, mag-aaral at kaibigan.

Ikalawa, ang aking pamilya, ang aking mga magulang. Whatever achievements I have right now, I owe it to them. Mama, Papa, thank you for always supporting me, for always being there for me and for always giving me the much needed push whenever I am doubting my skills and capabilities. Thank you for believing in me. But most of all, thank you so much for loving me, unconditionally. I love you both.

To my Lola Ella, thank you also for all the love and encouragement.

Sa aking Lolo August, salamat sa pang-aalaska. Haha! I know naman that behind all those teasings lies your sincere support for me. Salamat din sobra sa araw-araw na paghatid at pagsundo sa amin sa eskwelahan. Next school year ulit ha! J

To my Lola Paz, you might not be here with us now, still I want to thank you for everything that you have done for me, for us.  I know that you are still guiding us from up there, and for that, I thank you so much.

And to my sister, all my titos and titas, thank you also for supporting me in whatever means that you all can.

Of course, nais ko ring pasalamatan ang aming mapagmahal na directress, Teacher Lisa. Salamat po sa pagtatatag sa Spark Academy of Global City na nagsilbing pangalawang tahanan ko sa loob ng walong taon. Salamat po sa lubos na pagtitiwala sa kakayahan ko.
At sa lahat ng aking mga naging guro, maraming, maraming salamat po sa pagmamahal, pagtitiyaga at suporta. Dahil po sa inyo, nagawa ko ang mga bagay na hindi ko inakalang magagawa ko. Salamat po ng marami sa pagtitiwala. I will forever hold all of you dear in my heart!

Sa aking adviser, Sir Paul, thank you po sa lahat! Hindi lang po kami natututo ng mga aralin at ng mga iba pang importanteng bagay, siniguro nyo rin pong magiging masaya ang huling taon namin dito sa Spark Academy, and for that, thank you po talaga!

Kay Sir Kevin at Teacher Jamie, salamat din po pagtuturo sa akin at pag-alalay sa pageant. Joining that pageant is definitely one important milestone in my life. Who would have thought na beauty queen material pala ako?! Hahaha Kidding aside, thank you po talaga dahil joining that pageant really boosted my confidence even more. I was able to somehow overcome my shyness, and for that I am already a winner, even without the crown! Next year, bawi po ang Spark! J

Last but definitely not the least, to all my classmates and friends, thank you for everything! Thank you for all the memories that we shared. Sa lahat ng kulitan, asaran, tawanan at maging iyakan, salamat at palagi lang kayong nandyan. Hindi man tayo magkasama-sama sa High School, rest assured na never ko kayong makakalimutan! So much for the drama, instead, let us all be happy dahil sa wakas, nagbunga na ang lahat ng ating pagsisikap! Graduate na tayo! Palakpakan natin ang ating mga sarili for a job well done! We all deserve it!

And with this, I would like to end my speech with this famous quote by Confucius, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step." Malaki o maliit man, di na mahalaga. What is important is for us to continue moving forward. So let us now start making that another step in our lives. Sabay-sabay na tayo sa paghakbang tungo sa maunlad na kinabukasan!

Congratulations Class of 2017! Mabuhay tayong lahat!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017

Powerclean Chemicals, My New Household Cleaning Partner!

As a mother and as a wife, I really want to make sure that my family is always comfortable, safe, happy and presentable. That is why I always keep my eyes and my views open to whatever the world, and the market, has to offer me. :) So, despite the fact that I am already comfortable with all the products and services that I am already patronizing, I am still always on the look out for new ideas and new offerings! And this is also true with the cleaning products that I am using in our house.

And so, when early this month I was given the chance to try the cleaning products offered by Powerclean Chemicals, I did not really let the opportunity pass! 

Powerclean Chemicals

Powerclean Chemicals is the banner brand of Oxychem Corporation, a company which aims to provide cleaning chemical solutions for small and medium-size industries. It initially caters to chemical products for laundry, housekeeping, restaurant, car cleaning, spa and swimming pools, but now, it also offers cleaning supplies, equipment, pest control services and cleaning services. It is now gaining wide acceptance in the market as a "Total  Cleaning Solutions Provider" , bearing the tagline of "Panlinis na mura, at dekalidad pa!".

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Some of the products offered by Powerclean Chemicals 

Among all the products offered by Powerclean Chemicals, I was really excited to try first the Wave Supreme High Density Detergent powder.

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Trying the Wave Detergent powder...

Wave Supreme 

Wave Supreme is a high grade powder detergent especially formulated for all types of fabric. And upon scooping this detergent, I immediately noticed the fine texture of the powder. The color is very white and the fragrant really smells good.

I used 4 scoops of the detergent powder for this full load of laundry. And since I ran out of fabric conditioner during that time, I just ran the washing machine as it is. And how surprised I am after the machine finished washing our clothes - it smelled really fresh and clean despite the absence of fabric conditioner! Yay! Definitely one satisfied mommy here! :) I would definitely add this brand to my " fave brand list" because it does not only gets the work done, it is very easy in the pocket too! A kilo pack of Wave Supreme only costs P 65.00, definitely way cheaper to the price of the leading brands. Nice, right?!

The only setback of this product is its availability. Although the company is really trying its best to make their products accessible through its various outlets in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, I really hope they can finally make the products visible in all supermarkets too! But, with the popularity and trust that its gaining, I am quite confident that this dream can be a reality soon! So, I am really gonna watch out for it. For the mean time, let us just avail and make use of their Free and Fast Delivery Services, which I think, is a much more convenient way to shop for all our basic household cleaning needs!

Want to know more about this brand and the other products their offering? You may reach Powerclean Chemicals thru the following sites and pages:



Sunday, March 12, 2017

March 12, 2017

Sunshine & Citrus Bags

In one of my previous post, I have already confessed that I am an addict - a shoe addict, that is. :D 

But hey, my addiction doesn't just end there! I've got one more addiction which I cannot cure - BAGS, BAGS, BAGS and more BAGS! 

It started as early as when I am still in grade school. Whenever a bag caught my attention, I know I must really have that bag, no matter what! :D 

My fascination for bags continued even during my college days. And this even heightened when I was already working as I then have the purchasing power to buy every bag that my heart desires! Hahaha!!!

My addiction only lessened (this is the keyword - lessened only, not totally lost!) when I already became a mother. Change of priority, as they say. 

But now that my two daughters are no toddlers anymore, I'm back on my addiction! And I guess, I leveled up even more as now, I likewise have my two princesses to influence! :D Their into bags too! Now, I have two shopping buddy! :) Now, I feel less guilty whenever I do purchase a bag since I know that this can be of future use by my daughters too! ( sige, push pa! Justify pa more!) :)

But, what do I really look for in a bag? 

My first consideration is the size. I want to stash everything in just one bag! 

My 2nd consideration is quality and durability. The bag must be durable enough to carry all my things.

Next will be the price. It must really be affordable so as not to hurt the pocket. As a mom, I really need to keep everything within the budget. 

My last (but definitely not the least) consideration is the design. It must compliment my wardrobe and must fit the occasion I am going to. I do keep bags which goes well in formal events, and hip, trendy and more casual bags that are perfect for those out of town trips or even to a simple trip to the mall.

And I'm just glad to have stumbled upon this new line of bags - the Sunshine and Citrus bags!

Sunshine & Citrus bags is owned by student-entrepreneur, Gabby Suzara, and manufactured by Donna Mendiola-Gaddi.

Check out  all these designs. Who wouldn't love these bags?! Aren't they the prettiest?!

Andrea Floral Bags


Miraflor Whimsical


Miraflor Houndstooth


Assorted Martha Designs


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But among the designs above, the Martha bag in floral design and the pink Miraflor in whimsical designs are my personal favorites! They both definitely met all my criteria in choosing a bag!

I really salute and admire the people behind this product line. At a very young age, they were already able to successfully put up this line.

But their entrepreneurial spirit doesn't just end there because now, Sunshine & Citrus also wanted to share their success. Sunshine and Citrus is offering everyone an opportunity to start their own bag business. For only Php 5,000, you can get 15 pieces of bags (Choose among Ady, Martha, Milaflor, and Andrea bags) which you can use to start your own business.


For interested parties, get in touch with Sunshine & Citrus at 0916 7730171 or email sunshine.citrus_est2014@yahoo.com.ph

You may also check their social media pages as follows: 

Sunshine & Citrus Facebook store:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/SunshineCitrus/355256861319779?fref=ts

Instagram: @iamsunshineandcitrus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sunshine_citrus
March 12, 2017

Endless fun under the Philippine Sun




                                                          





    


Who doesn't love a little fun in the sun? The beach can be a perfect way to spend the day and get some summer moments with your loved ones. Summer means sun, shorts, sandals, bathing suits, and bronzed skin. But with beach hair and shorter hemlines comes the dangers that not only instigate the probability of skin cancer, but the aging process as well. Sun exposure is, essentially, subjecting yourself to sun damage – but in the same note, avoiding the outdoors altogether is both impractical and nearly impossible.

Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is the answer to your skin problems this summer. It is formulated with unbeatable UVA and UVB filters to protect your skin in the harsh ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Dermplus sunblock physically blocks and reflects light and it also helps heal skin damage caused by over-exposure to the sun.  Dermplus Sunblock is available in different SPFs like SPF 24 that is recommended for morena skin and for indoor use, SPF 35 for fair skin and SPF 80 and 130 for extreme outdoor activities. Use Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock and worry no more about the harmful Ultra Violet A(UVA) and Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays. Whether you will spend your summer in Boracay, Cebu, Palawan or in Bohol, never forget your number one sun defense partner. DermplusMoisturizing Sunblock is also trusted by Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdonga professional football player and the former team captain of the National Football Team. 

Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is available in all leading drugstores, supermarkets and department stores nationwide. For more information call 817 33 03 or like us on Facebook

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March 12, 2017

Shawn Anderson Set to Motivate 20,000 on Philippines Speaking Tour

Limited Thinking is Not My Thing

LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 21, 2015 – Motivational author and speaker Shawn Anderson is taking his empowering “go the extra mile” message to the Philippines. The author of SOAR to the Top!Amicus 101, and Extra Mile America: Stories of Inspiration, Possibility and Purpose will be traveling to the Philippine Islands from July 18 thru August 2, 2015speaking to a variety of private and non-profit organizations.

The lifetime entrepreneur and keynoter is not immune to creating big challenges and then seeing them through. Anderson is the Founder of Extra Mile America and the creator of Extra Mile Day…a day recognizing the capacity we each have to create positive change when we go the extra mile. On November 1, 2014, 527 U.S. cities made the unique declaration and recognized those in their local communities who were going the extra mile in volunteerism and service. 

The author of six books, Anderson doesn’t just talk about themes such as “go the extra mile” and “live the life you love”…he lives them. Last summer, he hiked 550 miles across Spain in 27 days. This year, he will be hiking nearly 400 miles across Portugal. Additionally, Andersonhas biked the U.S. solo twice, run a 100-mile race and created adventures around the world. With 75,000 book copies in print, Anderson says he’s only just begun.

“Our best days should always be ahead of us. If we can dream about adventures to be lived and opportunities to be created, then why not make them happen?” Anderson asks. “My juice in life is to help other people believe that they can truly live the best version of themselves. No matter what has happened to us in life, we always have a choice to walk passionately and purposefully…or just give up.” 

Anderson’s 20,000-attendee goal seems large on the surface. “My initial goal was 10,000 people until someone from the Philippines told me that no motivational speaker could attract that number of attendeesImmediately my mind said, ‘Then let’s reach 20,000,’” Anderson shares.Most limitations exist because we allow them to. Limited thinking is not my thing, and I’m going to do my best to share with 20,000 Filipinos that it shouldn’t be their thing either.

Here are some of the covers of some of his motivational books:




To know more of this author and his advocacies by visiting these social pages:
Extra Mile America : Extra Mile America
Extra Mile World: Extra Mile World


To know more about this event, please contact Ms. Chai C. Galapon  Public Relations
Email: chaicgalapon18@gmail.com
Mobile: 0918-9436091

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19, 2017

That Winning Moment is a #PocketFullOf #Fun with Gardenia Pocket Sandwich!

The past week proved to be a very hectic week for us (especially for me!) as my daughters' school had a week-long celebration of their Foundation Day! Aside from the left and right practices that my two daughters were attending for their per level presentations, my eldest daughter was chosen to be the representative of the Grade 6 students for their school's pageant - The Search for Mr. & Ms. Sparks!

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On the first day of their Foundation Day, all candidates and students had a parade around our small barangay. Each candidate were tasked to make their own floats for the parade.


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Renee Joy with her partner Bernard


My beauty queen was really exhausted from the parade.

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Excited to munch on her Gardenia pocket sandwich!

The pre-pageant followed later that day where they showed-off their different outfits - casual and sports wear. They also showcased their talents where the contestants for the enjoyment of all audiences.

On the 2nd day of their event, the students had some sort of a ball which they called "Friendship Day". Every students wore they best suits and dresses. Every one looks like prince and princesses. It was such a magical day!

The third day was allotted for games, booths and more games!

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These kiddos are really excited to play the games prepared for them
The fourth day is the most awaited day of the event. It is the awarding day! Yay!

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Here are the candidates of each level, competing for the crown and title of Ms. Spark 2017!
But before the announcement of winners, each level presented their performances.

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Grade 6 Presentation

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Grade 3 Presentation
And yes, the moment that we were all waiting for finally came! The winners were announced!

Congratulations baby for bagging the title of Ms. Spark 2017! We are so proud of you!

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Hulicam! We are about to finally eat our snack when someone asked us to post for the camera! :)
(one proud mama here!)
At last, we were finally able to eat our snack! Whew! It was indeed a very tiring event. Thankfully, I have these pocket sandwiches. Very handy, now I can provide yummy and healthy snacks for my daughters in just one snap of a finger! It truly makes my snack preparations a lot, lot more easier! Gardenia truly made that winning moment a #PocketFullOf #Fun! Thanks to Gardenia for always coming up with new snack ideas!

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Gardenia Pocket Sandwiches


Gardenia Pocket Sandwich


Gardenia Pocket Sandwich comes in  two variants - Chocolate and Peanut Butter, which are two of the most kids-approved flavors!

Gardenia Chocolate Pocket Sandwich is made with soft and creamy White Bread with rich chocolate filling and sealed to lock in its goodness while Gardenia Peanut Butter Pocket Sandwich is also made the same soft creamy White Bread, but this time, filled with luscious and milky peanut butter!

Gardenia Chocolate Pocket Sandwich is high in iron and folate which contributes to normal formation of red blood cells & hemoglobin. It is also high in vitamin B1, which helps release energy from proteins, fats & carbohydrates. This is also a source of Vitamin A which is essential for the function of the eyes.

Gardenia Peanut Butter Pocket Sandwich is also rich with almost the same essential vitamins - iron, vitamin B1, B2, and A so you can never really go wrong with these pocket sandwiches. These are not only easy to prepare, these are healthy too! Now, the time that we used to spent just to prepare healthy meals for our love ones can now be spent more wisely - that is, spending more quality fun time with your family and friends! 

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Fun time is really just within reach with Gardenia Pocket Sandwich!

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is available in leading supermarkets at a very affordable price of P15.00. It is baked fresh everyday so you can enjoy your favorite sandwich anytime and anywhere! So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and try these yummy treats from Gardenia now! 

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