Pinoy Kids Hamzah Marbella and Louise Mabulo Are Changing the World with Their POWFACTOR!

The Powerpuff Girls (Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttercup) have been saving the world and fighting crimes through unfailing kindness, selfless leadership, and unparalleled strength. Though Pinoy children are not made from sugar, spice and everything nice, many of them are changing the world for the better with their POWFACTOR.

POWFACTOR is a global initiative from Cartoon Network that aims to pinpoint individuals’ “special ingredient” – just like Chemical X which gives The Powerpuff Girls their superpowers – that helps them stand out and contribute positively to their own communities.

Cartoon Network has recognized gifted individuals to inspire children to identify, explore, and develop their own POWFACTOR. Among those included in the list are Pinoy kids Hamzah Marbella and Louise Mabulo, who are certified game-changers in the fields of visual arts and culinary arts, respectively.

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Fifteen-year-old Hamzah Marbella is a prodigious painter who earned global acclaim for his incredible technique and eye for color. While supporting his family through his artworks, he has also shared and donated paintings to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With his kindness POWFACTOR, Hamzah shares his talent to help improve the lives of marginalized children, helping them draw a brighter future for themselves and their families.

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Meanwhile, 18-year-old Louise Mabulo is a culinary genius. She has already received various culinary awards recognizing her talent for her talent in whipping up delectable dishes. She was also a finalist in the culinary reality show Junior MasterChef. At her age and with her leadership POWFACTOR, she is now the proud owner and executive chef of the Culinary Lounge in her hometown of Camarines Sur, inspiring kids with a passion for cooking to dedicate their lives to perfecting their craft.

Hamzah and Louise represent the new generation of kids who are out to transform the world and redefine how society looks at children. These kids, with the loving support of their parents, have nurtured their POWFACTOR and are now shining examples of how all of us can excel if we set our mind to achieving our goals.

For more information about POWFACTOR, visit and tune-in to the latest episodes of The Powerpuff Girls on weekdays, 8:15am and on weekends at 10:15am.

Cartoon Network is available on SKYCable Channel 43, SKYCable HD Channel 178, Cignal Channel 35, Cignal HD Channel 110, Destiny Cable (Digital) Channel 43, Destiny Cable (Analog) Channel 51 and Cable Link Channel 26, Dream Satellite Channel 15.

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A Pocket Full of Fun and Surprises with Gardenia Pocket Sandwich

With the recent opening of classes, my life has never been busier. Because we didn’t get to practice sleeping early and getting up early before school started, I had to be up all night last Tuesday to make sure I had enough time to prepare my son’s school snacks and lunch. You see I can’t be late because disaster strikes if I do!

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I remember last year when I woke up pretty late and I had to rush everything before my son left for school. Because I wanted to do things quickly, I accidentally dropped our glass frying pan lid on the floor which shattered to pieces. With so little time left because I still had to clean up the mess I created, I ended up sending my son to school with haphazardly done sandwiches. Sigh!

I was desperately wishing back then for a more convenient baon ideas for my grade-schooler, something delicious and healthy that didn’t require much prep time. Gardenia must have heard my silent prayer because now there’s Gardenia Pocket Sandwich that kids will surely enjoy.

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What Makes Gardenia Pocket Sandwich the Perfect Baon for Your Kids?

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is made with two slices of soft and luscious white bread with Chocolate or Peanut Butter spread. It has no edges and is perfectly sealed, making it a convenient snack for the kids and not messy to eat. It’s highly nutritious, too, because it has iron, which contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin; Vitamin B1 that helps release energy from proteins, fats and carbohydrates; and vitamin A, which is essential for the function of the eyes.

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Because it is made by Gardenia, it is guaranteed safe because these sandwiches are produced in a clean and sanitized environment. Now, moms need not worry about sandwich preparations every morning and can now have more time for their kids. Gardenia pocket sandwich is easy to carry around in their lunch boxes or bags, so kids could bring them to school and enjoy the energizing “baon” during breaktime or in-between playtimes.

Gardenia Fun Fair

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich was launched last Saturday in a fun-filled event for moms, dads and kids at Fun Ranch in Ortigas.

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While waiting for the program to start, kids, armed with their free tickets, roamed around to try their hand at Basketball, Shooting, Color Wheel, Kinect and Pachinko games.

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Photo credit: Charming Lani

Even moms joined in the fun, too!

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The adorable Gardenia mascots (Gavin, Patrick, Selfie and Mr. Pocket) were also present to liven up the afternoon! They even enjoined the kids to dance along with them.

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There was also a Magic Show to delight the crowd!

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And everyone’s tummies were happy because there was unlimited hotdog, ice cream and iced tea. Snacks were also served before we went home.

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But the fun didn’t end there. Moms and kids got to bring home Gardenia baked goodies, too!

Moms, kids and the entire family can now enjoy the newest Gardenia Pocket Sandwich for only Php15.00 (SRP). It’s available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores near you. For more information and pocket full of fun, like Gardenia on Facebook (GSnackTreats) or visit

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First Day of 6th Grade

Yesterday, June 13, was my son’s first day in Grade 6. Of course, I had to be there! I have always accompanied my son to his classroom since he entered big school in 2011 as a Kindergarten 2 pupil. And I have always taken a picture of him inside his classroom on the first day of school. I wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to have this obligatory first-day-of-school photo of my son yesterday because well, it’s his last year in grade school.

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We were in school early because of his proctoring duties for the Grade School Student Council (SC). He was actually one of the two students who arrived first in his classroom. It’s also his first day to wear his black vest as appointed SC member.

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Photo credit: Arbi Bautista

I hope he enjoys Grade 6 as much as he did the previous school years. All the best to you, my son!

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Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles at JSPuzzles

Solving jigsaw puzzles was one of my favorite pastimes when I was a grade-schooler. I remember I had to save my meager allowance just so I could buy die-cut cardboard puzzles from the nearest bookstore. And because I couldn’t buy as much as I wanted to, I was actually hoping and praying back then to receive newer and more challenging jigsaw puzzles as birthday or Christmas presents.

I found joy from solving jigsaw puzzles, and the better I got at it, the more that I look forward to solving bigger and more complicated ones. Back then, it was mostly fun and amusement for me. But looking back, I realized that my childhood pleasure taught me important values. I learned to be patient and persevering. It has also helped improve my visual, cognitive and tactile skills.

Now jigsaw puzzles have leveled up with the advent of modern technology. Whenever you’re itching to solve one, all you need to do is go online, search for JSPuzzles, and voila! At the comfort of your own home and without spending any money, you can just sit back, relax, and solve jigsaw puzzles online.

Whether you want to solve simple or complex puzzles or entertaining or thought-provoking ones, you’ll have the jigsaw puzzles of your choice with just the click of a button, all for free at JSPuzzles! It’s a website that you and the entire family can enjoy because their jigsaw puzzles are fun and safe for all ages.

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Make Brushing More Fun with Minions!

At a young age, we already taught our son the importance of oral hygiene. Aside from making sure that he brushes his teeth regularly and properly, he’s also been having his bi-annual dental check-ups and prophylaxis since he was 4 years old. At 9 years old, he already had a complete set of adult teeth, all the more reason why he needs to take extra care of them.

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But you know what? Despite our efforts to make him realize the importance of brushing his teeth, it’s not always easy to make him do it, especially when he’s already busy playing Minecraft with his classmates online. My daily reminders will always be met with a lot of “Wait, Mom,” or “5 more minutes, Mom” or worse, “Later, Mom.”

So how do I make brushing fun for my grade-schooler? Here’s what I do:
1. I give him rewards. Because my son’s officially a tween in July, playing games with him while he brushes his teeth doesn’t work anymore, but offering rewards does. Here’s a list of rewards I give him when he willingly obliges to brush his teeth.
Extended play time – Believe me, this works all the time! Summer vacation is ending soon, and because he’s maximizing his playtime before school starts, this reward is a fool-proof way of making him obey pronto. Lol!
Buying him his favorite things – My son’s simple pleasures, like chocolate sundae, a new issue of K-Zone or a cheap fidget spinner, are granted if he religiously brushes his teeth after eating.

2. I let my son choose his own toothbrush and toothpaste. When my son goes grocery shopping with me, I let him choose his own toothbrush brand and design. He can also choose the flavor of his toothpaste if he wants. Since he has a sweet tooth, flavored toothpaste always appeals to him.

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I’m glad that Colgate makes brushing fun for kids. You can check out Colgate Minions Oral Care Pack Junior (for 2- to 5-year-olds) HERE and Colgate Minions Oral Care Pack Youth (for 5- to 9-year-olds) HERE.

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We recently received a Colgate Minions Oral Care Pack that my son was excited to try. He really loved the design of the Colgate Minions Toothbrush! And he liked the Bubble Fruit flavor of the Colgate Minions Toothpaste, too! Now he looks forward to brushing his teeth after every meal!

So yeah, the struggle is real! It’s hard to make kids brush their teeth, but with a little creativity, it can be achieved!

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