Nuvali Makes Christmas Merrier and Brighter with Its Magical Field of Lights and a Lot More!

Experience a merrier and brighter Christmas with Nuvali’s first lights and sounds show called Magical Field of Lights. Be filled with awe as Nuvali’s grass fields light up like an enchanted field of tulips dancing to two 5-minute medleys. Ongoing until January 8, 2017, the show will run every 30 minutes from 6:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. every day.

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Entrance to the Magical Field of Lights

Aside from the Magical Field of Lights, the field also features other attractions like the 50-meter long light tunnel, Christmas trees and dandelion light installation. There’s also a Christmas fair that showcases traditional Filipino Christmas treats such as bibingka and puto bumbong and a variety of local goods perfect for gift-giving.

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Taking selfies inside the 50-meter light tunnel

“This year, we are ecstatic to introduce a magical and one-of-a-kind holiday treat to the south, bringing Ayala Land’s signature light and sound show to more cities and communities,” said Nuvali Marketing Manager Jennifer Chua.

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Christmas trees and light tunnel

Nuvali brings to life a spectacular show for its residents, employees and visitors with the help of Estate Water, Qualimed Hospital, Amaia Steps Parkway, Ayala Malls Solenad and Nestle Kitkat.

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Dandelion light installation at The Fields

Holiday guests can partake in Nuvali’s Christmas festivities including a visit to the Nuvali Christmas Bazaar at Ayala Malls Solenad, which features unique local goods from Laguna. Other exciting activities at Solenad in Nuvali include the “Christkindl Market” holiday village, featuring traditional and modern gifts for sale from December 1 to 31 and the Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra concert on December 16.

Xavier School Nuvali joins the Christmas celebration, too, with “Christmas in our Hearts: The MCN Lighting of the Christmas Star” event happening on December 2.

Nuvali offers a wide range of activities for families and weekenders the entire day. With 50% of the development dedicated to green and open spaces, Nuvali features an off-road biking and running trails approximately 50 km in total length, a multi-functional lake and a Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary.

Seda Hotel in Nuvali offers guests a relaxing Christmas staycation. Guests booked for December 24 can enjoy complimentary servings of puto bumbong or bibingka and two cups of hot chocolate.

How to get to Nuvali? If you’re riding a private vehicle, you can pass through Mamplasan, Sta. Rosa, Eton-Greenfield, Silangan, or Canlubang exit along South Luzon Expressway (SLEX). Public transportation to Nuvali, on the other hand, is available in Bonifacio Global City and Balibago.

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A Lovely Christmas Gift from Mommy May of Fully Housewifed!

Mommy Bloggers Philippines (MBP) hosted an online Christmas Gift Swap as a way of connecting members of the MBP community. Each participant was assigned a gift swap partner to whom she will send a Christmas gift. This gift should reflect the blog of the giver and should be liked by the recipient as well. The recipient should then blog about the gift she received.


My lovely Christmas present came from the amiable Mommy May De Jesus-Palacpac of Fully Housewifed. We haven’t met in person yet, but I’m hoping to bump into her in future blog events.

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Mommy May is a dedicated housewife and a full-time online worker who homeschools three boys. Mommy May, how do you manage your time so well given the many hats you’re wearing? I sure could use a tip or two. I only have one child, but my hands are always full with work (until I took a leave of absence last year), household chores and errands, tutoring my son and blogging. Anyway, let’s talk about the gift I received.


Mommy May sent me Plans & Purposes by the Olivia Women Team. Plans & Purposes is a 12-month workbook that helps women keep track of their top three goals and helps them achieve most, if not all of them, in a year’s time.

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The workbook has a place for thanksgiving and pages to write down your goals, action plans, progress and even setbacks.

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The workbook also contains inspiring stories by real people that we can all learn from.

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According to Mommy May, Plans & Purposes best reflects her blog. For 17 years, Mommy May has been doing the thing that she loved the most, performing on stage and delighting the crowd with her music. But motherhood beckoned and she had to make probably one of the most painful decisions she has ever made in her life, to quit the limelight and build the family she has always longed for.

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After letting go of her earlier aspirations, she never thought she could dream for herself again until she discovered the world of blogging. With her rekindled interest in writing, she has started dreaming again through her blog, Fully Housewifed.


I can definitely relate to Mommy May’s story. Since I became a mom, almost everything I do has revolved around my son. In the process of taking care of him, I forgot who I was and the things I wanted to accomplish in life. I also stopped doing the things that I like so I can devote more time to my unico hijo. In short, I stopped dreaming for myself. While I am happy being a mom for the first time, the thought of not having done anything for myself and for my own dreams has left a void in my heart. With Plans & Purposes, hopefully I can start nurturing my own dreams again by listing down my goals and the ways I plan to achieve them and eventually finding who and what I’m really meant to be.


Super thanks to our generous sponsors for making the MBP Gift Swap possible!

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Lorenzana Lorins Patis and Lorins Bagoong Alamang Guisado
myPhone watch
VillaDelConte chocolates
Poetry Magnets

Thanks again, Mommy May, for the gift! Happy holidays to you and your family, too!

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Focus on What Matters, a Book by Coach Pia Acevedo

I really meant to attend the launch of Coach Pia Nazareno-Acevedo’s new book Focus on What Matters for two reasons. First, the title of her book is enough indicator that that this was a significant event. I knew I’d be learning something valuable from it. Second, the venue for the launch (Edsa Shangri-La) is near our place and the PR people offered free ride going to the venue. But alas, all intentions of attending faded away when I realized I had the date of the event wrong. My bad! I’m really getting old and rusty! I missed a great opportunity, and I couldn’t bring it back.

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My spirit has lifted, however, when my PR friend gave me my very own signed copy of the book. Look! And yes, I already started reading it!

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My own signed copy of the book

Focus on What Matters is the newest book of Pia Nazareno-Acevedo, a certified professional coach. In this book, Coach Pia gives readers a guide on how to put everything in perspective, find focus and clarity, and live our life’s purpose. Don’t we all need that?

A near-death experience had Coach Pia asking these questions: “If these were my final moments before judgment, then have I loved enough? Have I maximized my full potential here on earth? Have I lived my life’s purpose?” This led her to devise a framework and eventually write this book.

Focus on What Matters talks about how to live a meaningful life and the process one has to go through to be able to focus on the things that are necessary and let go of the things that are not.

In this book, the inspirational author provides practical advice on how to live a more focused life. “Focusing on what matters begins with laying the foundation for finding clarity through the exercise of self-mastery, self-development, and self-commitment—a process that we call Inner Work,” Coach Pia says in her book.

She further adds that our ability to do MICK – to Motivate, to Inspire, to Cheer for, and to be Kind to ourselves – helps us strengthen our Inner Work and enables us to “objectively see events in our lives with more clarity and make better life decisions.”

Coach Pia is also the also the founder of The OneCORE, a pioneer group for professional coaching in the Philippines. This organization cultivates a positive and human-centered environment by promoting a mindset of anchoring on clarity and staying focused on the things that really matter in life.

Focus on What Matters will be out in Fully Booked and selected National Bookstore branches nationwide.

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Save Money on Shopping with Groupon Coupons!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

Ever since I became a mom, I have become as frugal as I can be. While having a child of my own is a joy and the best blessing a parent can ever have, it’s also undeniably expensive to raise kids these days. From milk formula, diapers and vaccinations when they’re just babies, to clothes and shoes that they quickly outgrow, to mounting tuition fees once they start going to school, just about everything about our children requires money. That’s why a mom likes me has to cut corners to make both ends meet.

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Maritime Student Juelle Jade Espiritu Receives Funds from Western Union to Help Fishing Community in Mariveles, Bataan

Juelle Jade Espiritu, one of 2016’s Ten Outstanding Maritime Students (TOMS), was recently awarded with US$1000 by Western Union, a leader in global payments services. Juelle will use the money to install radar reflectors on small wooden fishing boats in Mariveles, Bataan. This award was given as part of Western Union’s global Chain of Betters campaign, which creates a chain of good deeds worldwide.

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Midshipman Juelle Jade B. Espiritu, 1cl, MAAP, Mariveles, Bataan, Philippines

Because Juelle lives in Mariveles, Bataan and studies in a maritime school there, he knew all too well the harsh realities of life at sea. Fishermen sail on the vast open ocean to earn enough money to live, but they use small boats, which makes them almost invisible to large international merchant vessels frequenting the area, and this puts their lives at risk. If given a chance, Juelle wanted to improve the plight of these fishermen.

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To help the Mariveles fishing community, Juelle proposed the installation of radar reflectors made of recycled materials to wooden bancas (small fishing boats) to help large vessels detect on their radar the presence of these fishermen and hopefully avoid collisions.

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“Being one of Western Union’s TOMS has given me so much honor and pride,” said Espiritu. “Now that Western Union has given me the opportunity to help my community, I am excited to see fishermen use the radar reflectors and hope that will help keep them out of danger.”

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Chain of Betters is a global campaign developed by Western Union that supports initiatives in 35 countries. So far, it has supported 108 projects conceived by individuals who have inspiring stories to tell – from lighting up a whole village to helping make a child’s dream of becoming an airplane pilot come true. Interested individuals can share their ideas for good deeds at

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Mr. Hatem Sleiman, Western Union regional vice president

“We believe better things happen when money moves, which is why the Chain of Betters campaign funds projects from all over the world to help improve local communities,” said Hatem Sleiman, Western Union regional vice president, Middle East and Philippines. “Anyone can share their own ideas to hopefully become the next link in the campaign.”

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This Chain of Betters campaign is one of Western Union’s efforts to improve the lives of Filipinos. It also sponsors and manages the annual TOMS campaign to recognize and honor future seafarers.

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