Tuesday, June 14, 2016

All-Around Pinay Mama's Top Picks at #GHMUMSofManila

On the 28th of May, Good Housekeeping, the leading family and home magazine in the Philippines, in partnership with www.smartparenting.com.ph and Yummy Magazine, gathered modern urban moms at the first Modern Urban Moms (MUMS) of Manila in SM Mall of Asia, Main Mall Atrium from 1:00 to 6:00 PM.

According to Miss Tisha Alvarez, Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping Philippines, holding events like #GHMUMSofManila was their way of reaching out to the magazine's readers and giving back to them for their unending support. It was just a coincidence that May was a very special month for Good Housekeeping not only because Mother's Day fell on this month but also due to the magazine's 18th anniversary.

To give you a backgrounder, Good Housekeeping MUMS of Manila was a whole-day event where moms could SHOP, LEARN and ENJOY. 

Moms who attended were able to SHOP from 30 concessionaires offering the latest products covering beauty and wellness, food, kids, and home, among others; LEARN from a series of talks from Good Housekeeping editors and experts; and ENJOY games, raffles, prizes, entertainment, and booth activities.

Kuya and I arrived just on time and we were given a passport and the schedule of events. What was nice about this passport was all the exhibitors would sign on their slots after we visited their booths. When it was completely signed, a surprise would be given by the organizer.

We had so much fun doing booth hopping. I must say that good Housekeeping did very well in curating its exhibitors. All brands were unique and useful, perfect for moms and their kids. We also learned so much from each of them because they were so accommodating in answering our questions.

Let me give you my top picks. I chose them based on my needs aside from their uniqueness, relevance, and usefulness.You may click the company names to get directed to their websites for you to see more details and their other products as well.

1     Southern Folk

Kuya and I loved Southern Folk Cacao, Kalamansi and Honey Iced Tea, the drink that we could keep on craving for.

All Southern Folk products are made with quality ingredients, with no artificial additives, and are naturally preservative free.

For orders, inquiries or collaborations, please contact:
• southernfolkph@gmail.com
• 0920-964-7618

2     Pufft

Pufft is the creator's ode to the marshmallow---a fresh and grown-up take on the kiddie party classic, hand-made, home-tested, and lovingly prepared.

Pufft Marshmallows can be given as gifts or souvenirs for all occasions. They are also perfect for candy buffets. For orders and inquiries, you may send an email at pufftmarshmallows@gmail.com or send a text message at 0916-400-9764.

For good food and real great-tasting sausages that are traditional, all meat and without extenders, Sevillas & Sons Sausages are the best among the rest of the sausages that I've tried so far. Each pack contains six large sausages for only Php355.00. Serving them on feasts and gatherings can make your guests feel more special.

Sevilla & Sons Sausage Co. delivers on Mondays and Thursdays within Metro Manila. You may contact them through the following contact details:

Email: SevillaSausages@gmail.com
Mobile Number:  0917-888-5600

You may also go directly to its commissary and store:

Sevilla & Sons Sausage Co.
Commissary & Fine Foods

259-A P. Guevarra corner Ibuna Streets
Barangay Little Baguio, San Juan City

Open Daily 11:00 AM- 8:00 PM

Chorizo de Cebu PH processes high quality sausages made with tender love by the finest fingers. Its Chorizo was so good that I ate more than one piece!

For inquiries, you may send an email at chorizodecebuph@gmail.com.

5     TSG Clothing

According to its company description, "TwentySomethingGirls (TSG Clothing Company) is the urban-fashionista's destination for streamline high-end-inspired design pieces, may it be the corporate-chic look, the carefree casual feel, or even the edgy mod.
TSG Clothing Company has that timeless, minimal appeal for the everyday woman in her everyday lifestyle at a shopper-friendly price!"

The super fashionable TSG Clothing Eternity Scarf and Head Wrap can be used in different ways. They are real value for money. These two are must-haves.

Visit TSG Clothing at Pop Culture, located at the 2nd Floor of ATC, Alabang;  at the 2nd Floor Fashion Market of Market!Market! Fort Bonifacio Global City; and Robinsons Ermita and Galleria.

All V&M Naturals products are made from scratch using only the finest oils and herbs to create an all natural experiennce. The company claims that no pre-made bases, sulfates, surfactants, alcohol, sugar solutions, and parabens are used. It only follows 100% pure and premium oil recipes.

All products are impressive especially its Pure Actives EMU OIL that heals/removes acne, arthritis, age spots, seborrhea, eczema, spider veins, stretch marks, sunburn, sore muscles, wounds, itchy dry skin, blisters and cold sores, cuts and lacerations, razor burns and nicks, scars and keloids, rosacea, falling hair, skin asthma, insect bites and stings, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, bruises, dark rough skin, rashes, foot fungus, joint pain, aging skin and wrinkles, calluses and cracked skin, swelling and stiffness, sciatica, and cellulites.

7     Home Suite

"Home Suite is a furniture brand best-known for its locally manufactured high quality metal beds at very competitive prices. It has been in the market for more than 30 years and its products can be found in known malls, as well as, some stand-alone furniture shops all over the Philippines."

"With its dedication of providing durable yet affordable furniture, its customers are guaranteed with peace of mind and value for money that other low-cost furniture cannot offer. Through its capability of manufacturing its own merchandise spliced with its broad and strong connections with international suppliers, Home Suite is able to offer a wide variety of its market’s furniture needs. And to ensure that the brand remains updated in furniture trend, from time to time it changes its merchandise or at the very least replaces the fabrics of some of its items such as sala sets and sofa beds."

Home Suite's bunker can be converted into two separate beds . How innovative!
These stool has storage that promotes a clutter-free space.

"To date, the brand maintains a good mix of locally manufactured and imported items, wherein the former remains as its core products. As it seeks total customer satisfaction, buyers and users of the brand are given the assurance that each Home Suite item bought has passed the critique of its dedicated experts who ensures durability and affordability without necessarily sacrificing elegance."

Source:  www.clcmv.com.ph

Customer Service Hotline: (02) 361-11-27

Cusina Dishwashing Liquid is a natural antibacterial dishwashing liquid that is wonderfully concentrated; has natural antibacterial oils, refreshing scents from real fruits and plants, powerful degreasing formula, and moisturizer for soft hands.

I've tried and tested it and I am satisfied with the results. For orders, you may contact
0917-5748008 or

Beauty & Butter won the Best Exbitor/Booth at #GHMUMSof Manila! All moms who availed its pampering services felt rejuvenated!

Beauty & Butter claims that it is the hippest one-stop pampering destination to hit the Metropolis. Offering the ultimate in self-expression and luxury pampering by way of beautification. 

Services include instant gratification via nail care services, facials, and spa treatments. You may also book for an appointment and reserve for a Spa party through the following contact details:

5F, Megamall Bridgeway (470-4239 or 0917-5925230)
2F, Mall of Asia’s Entertainment Wing (556-9383 or 0917-5925226)
LGF, SM San Lazaro (353-7576 or 0917-5925228)
2F, SM Cebu (236-9133 or 0917-5925331)
Basement Level, Bldg. B, SM Taytay (650-2041 or 0917-8804832)
Ground Floor, SM Jazz Mall (556-7059 or 0917-7178516)
3F, Ayala Fairview Terraces Mall (361-1093 or 0917-8239681)
3F, SM Bacolod (0917-6489840)
2F, Eastwood Cyber & Fashion Mall

Store Hours:
Weekdays - 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Weekends - 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

"MP School of Make Up Artistry provides technical training for individuals who seek to become professional make-up artists. Its academic format has been designed to offer training in make-up artistry for both the novice and the experienced artist. MP also offers personal programs for those who wish to upgrade their personal make-up skills. Its modules and methodology afford each trainee an understanding and mastery of the craft through lectures and demonstrations by the instructor, hands-on exercises, projects, and opportunities for practical work application. MP also provide quality make-up services ranging from the vigorous backstage requirements of the most prestigious fashion and television shows to the highly demanding rigors of the bridal industry."

Source:  http://www.mpschool.com.ph/

I dream of becoming a professional make-up artist someday and this make-up school is one of the institutions to consider studying in.


2nd Floor, Shoppes at Bellagio
Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Metro Manila, Philippines 1634

Contact Details

Phone: +63 2 8464647
Telefax: +63 2 8468920
Email: info@mpschool.com.ph

11     P.S. Crafts with Soul

I loved the personalized stuff and functional handcrafted items of P.S. Crafts with Soul.
Among its products, the Personalized Memory Board was my ultimate favorite.

In a 17" x 7" wooden board, we may put 14 picture tiles that P.S. Crafts with Soul is going to make for us through decoupage. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Decoupage is the art of decorating surfaces by applying paper cut-outs and then coating with usually several layers of finish (as lacquer or varnish).

Aside from  discovering very promising products and services, I also feel happy because I was able to meet my online friends in person including Miss Jensine Bolinao of Summit Media.

Jenina Tuazon was one of the five winners of the #GHMUMSofManila Ticket Giveaway that I hosted.

Mommy blogger, Michelle, and her friend, Vicenta are my long-time online friends like Jenina. Look how adorable their kids are.

This event was huge success! I am looking forward to the next GH MUMS of Manila!

I am going to write about the LEARNING part of the event soon so stay tuned.

Good Housekeeping MUMS of Manila was presented by SM Supermalls and Scotch Brite. The major sponsors were Pioneer Epoxyclay and Baby Company while the minor sponsors were Downy Baby Gentle and Goldilocks.

For more details, follow Good Housekeeping on Facebook , on Twitter and Instagram.

Good Housekeeping is available on newsstands, in bookstores, convenience stores, and supermarkets nationwide. A digital edition of Good Housekeeping is also available for download through Apple Newsstand, Buqo, and Zinio.



Summit Media is the largest magazine publishing company in the Philippines, with over 20 magazines, 13 websites and counting, book imprints, and a thriving out-of-home business. Today, it has become the leading lifestyle and entertainment digital network in the country. For more information, visit www.summitmedia.com.ph.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Day to Remember: Mommy Bloggers Philippines and The Maya Kitchen Mommy and Kid Cupcake Baking Workshop

The day that I was waiting for arrived. I prepared for it because it was another mom and son date for Kuya and I. I was so excited to see my mom blogger friends and bake with them and their kids at The Maya Kitchen and Mommy Bloggers Philippines Cupcake Baking Workshop!

We were blessed to maximize our dating day. It so happened that we also had an event in SM Mall of Asia. We left there at exactly 2:00 PM although traveling from Pasay to Makati was quick and easy. We didn't want to be late and heavy traffic might be expected.

We commuted through jeepney and finding Liberty Building along Arnaiz Street wasn't difficult to do. We arrived right on time.

Upon entering the venue in 8th floor, we thought that we were the first ones to arrive. While I was filing up the registration form, the two lovely ladies of Mommy Bloggers Philippines, Joy Gurtiza and Louisa Mercado, and their kids appeared. Louisa asked me if the other participants were there already. I told them that we were the first to make it. Apparently, they were in the kitchen waiting for the workshop to start! Mali-mali talaga ako kapag natataranta! Kalerks!

Kuya and I went to the kitchen quickly. I saw familiar and new faces, mommies that I had a chance to see online. I was happy to see all of them and of course, my old online mommy friend, Heart Calimlim, was there with her handsome son, Yuri, waiting for me. Prior to the event, we were chatting about our first meet-up and both of us were so kilig about it. Parang teenager lang ang peg! LOL!

Well, I was truly and sincerely glad to see her in person. We were starting to chat when moms and kids were grouped by three pairs. We decided to form our group with Berlin Domingo and her adorable kids.

The photo above and all photos that I am going to show you were captured and owned by the talented and super mom Joy Gurtiza. I'm so proud to say that she's my very first and only photography teacher. I was permitted by her to use them on this article.

Alright, let's move to how the workshop went.

Right from the start, The Maya Kitchen staff and instructor were organized and systematic. They made sure that all the materials that we needed were prepared. The teacher said that baking was different from cooking. In baking, everything must be properly measured to have a successful finished product. Bawal ang manghula ng measurements ng ingredients. To maximize our two hour workshop, we did it it one step at a time with the teacher.

Of course, we had to listen carefully. This was the very first time for Kuya and I to bake from scratch without using cake mixes. Wait a minute, parang ako lang yata ang nakikinig? LOL!

Mommies made sure that their kids took turns in following the teacher's instructions. They were so enthusiastic.

What made it worthwhile was mommies who had prior knowledge to baking gave their pointers and tips aside from the ones mentioned by the teacher. How cool!

Major chikahan to know more about one another and to catch up was evident. It was so true that mommies would never, ever ran out of something to talk about.

We were instructed to place the batter in cupcake trays lined with cupcake liners and gave them immediately to the staff for baking. After baking, we let our cupcakes to cool down. While doing that, we were asked to come in front for the Strawberry Cream Icing Making demo.

It was crowded with fascinated kids so I decided to view the demonstration through the wide monitor on top while cleaning our counter and taking photos.

Before we did our own cupcake decorating, the teacher did it first so that  we could do it correctly. I was all eyes with this portion because I wasn't confident in decorating cakes.

Look how delightful it was! I found it very, very exciting! I was literally palpitating! Tuwang-tuwa talaga ako! Promise!

The kids were asked to line up per group to get their pre-made icing. It was done by-the-book, of course.

Kuya needed a little help. After fixing his piping bag, he was the one who frosted the cupcakes.

I was the one who placed the heart sprinkles on top. Career na career to the highest level! 

While the others were busy decorating their own cupcakes, some kids couldn't help but gobble the icing because it tasted really, really good! Enticing, 'no?

Then we proceeded to the Peanut Butter & Choco Chip Cupcakes following the same system.

The peanut butter made the batter sticky and this time, the kids needed their mommies' help.

Another demo was given  for the chocolate icing making and decorating.

Kids again lined up to get their own icing.

This time they knew how to get it properly.

The cupcakes were already cold so they frosted them the way they wanted it. Kids were so creative.

Two hours passed. We were told to pack up. Box were provided so that we could bring home our baked goodies.

Additional goodies for take home were given by Yummy Magazine Philippines, The Maya Kitchen, and Glad Kitchen.


Aside from the fruitful learning experience and the joy of receiving gifts, these are the memories that we will never forget:

The friendly and happy smiles on the participants' faces brightened our day.

The precious moments that moms and kids shared were etched  in their hearts.

In my case, I had a chance to bond with kids which I truly missed. This workshop fulfilled my desire to become a teacher again to other kids and not just to my son.

Thank you, The Maya Kitchen and Mommy Bloggers Philippines, for organizing this event. It was more fun baking with other mommies and kids. Thank you for bringing mommies and their kids closer. This would remain in our memories forever.

Kuya and I will definitely come back with Papa and Bunso. I encourage you, Moms and Dads, to enroll your kids to the upcoming baking classes this June:

Kids Baking Adventures (ages 5-12)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,000 per class

June 8 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 1

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes and Double Chocolate Cupcakes

June 9 --- Cookie Baking 1

Chocolate Chip Cookies and Peanut Butter Sandwich

June 22 --- Cupcake Baking and Decorating 2

Cotton Candy Cupcakes and Cookies and Cream Cupcakes

June 23 --- Cookie Baking 2

Chocolate-covered Candy Cookies and Sugar Cookies

Young Baker’s Hangout (ages 13+)

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN

P1,500 per class

June 15 --- Basic Cakes

Chiffon Cake & Dark Chocolate Cake

June 16 --- Basic Icing

Royal Icing and Buttercream

June 29 --- Commercial Breads 1

Pan de Sal & Ensaymada

June 30 --- Commercial Breads 2

Cinnamon Roll & Spanish Bread

Mark those dates on your calendar! For more information on this and on other course offerings, log on to www.themayakitchen.com, e-mail @themayakitchen.com, or visit The Maya Kitchen Culinary Center every Tuesday to Saturday at 8F Liberty Building, 835 A. Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road), Makati City, or call 8921185 / 892-5011 local 108 / Mobile No. +63929 679 6102. Call and reserve a slot now!
Feel free to share your The Maya Kitchen workshop experience! I am so excited to know!

I guess you want to see more photos. Joy Gurtiza posted it on Facebook. Here's the LINK. Enjoy!

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