2016 Brown Movement On-the-Spot Essay Writing Contest

Last December 10, 2016 Justin and three other classmates represented their school in the On-the-Spot Essay Writing Contest (English and Filipino divisions) organized by the Brown Movement for Cultural Advancement, Inc. (Brown Movement). Justin joined the Filipino division.

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The Brown Movement is a non-profit organization of professional volunteers that sponsors activities that will help preserve, promote and enhance the Filipino cultural genius. The contest was held at the 3rd Floor of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. The aim of the contest was to raise awareness and deepen one’s appreciation for Philippine arts, culture and history.

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It was Justin’s first time to join an inter-school essay writing contest. Prior to the contest, he received training in school, albeit short, and we knew right from the start that he still had a lot to learn in this area. Still, this was an experience worth remembering and learning from.

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Optometry: An In-Demand Profession

It is imperative to have our yes checked when we are experiencing eye problems. An optometrist is the best person to consult if we need primary eye care like prescription of eyeglass lenses and contact lenses, glass fittings, refractions and postsurgical care. An optometrist is an eye care specialist that mainly performs eye exams and prescribes corrective lenses.

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“We are often the first responders when it comes to vision problems. People usually come to optical shops and have their eyes checked for possible issues. That’s why optical shops like EO Executive Optical have at least one licensed optometrist always available for customers,” said top optometrist and EO Operations Team Regional Manager Dr. Josephine Yap.

“Seeing our patients smile as we help them care for their eyes is more than enough. This job is very rewarding because we get to be instrumental in them achieving better eyesight.” said EO Group Manager and optometrist Dr. Angel Reyes.

There is a high demand these days for optometric services with the kinds of lifestyle people lead. That’s why EO is an advocate in making this profession thrive. “Not a lot of people know that it is actually a viable profession – that they, in fact, specialize in different fields to better serve the customers,” said EO president/CEO Dr. Maximino S. Uy.

According to the Integrated Philippine Association of Optometrists, fields of specialization in optometry include developmental and behavioral optometry, sports vision, contact lens and cornea, and low vision. Developmental and behavioral optometry deals with how the brain processes the visual input and how vision affects behavior. Sports vision, on the other hand, provides eye care services for athletes. Contact lens and cornea focuses on the proper use of contact lenses to enhance eyesight, while low vision treats patients with a reduced level of vision that cannot be completely corrected by glasses.

EO Executive Optical ensures its optometrists continuously undergo trainings and seminars to keep abreast of the latest technology and research findings in their field. So trust the experts and get your eyes checked by an EO optometrist today.

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COCOLINE Naturals Product Review

It was middle of December last year when I received products for review from COCOLINE Naturals. Included in the package sent to me were two sets of body wash, lotion and beauty bar for their two product lines: Intense Moisturizing and Triple Whitening. Prior to receiving these products, my son and I have already been users (and lovers!) of the COCOLINE NATURALS Body Wash Intense Moisturizing, so we were both ecstatic to receive this product, together with the others, to road-test at home.

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COCOLINE Naturals Triple Whitening and Intense Moisturizing

Product Description

COCOLINE Naturals are virgin coconut oil-based products made with natural and paraben-free ingredients that are good for the skin. They currently have two product lines, Intense Moisturizing and Triple Whitening, in body wash, body lotion and beauty bar.

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COCOLINE Naturals Intense Moisturizing (Coconut + Milk + Licorice)

COCOLINE Naturals Intense Moisturizing body wash, lotion and beauty bar have three main ingredients that are naturally good for the skin, which are virgin coconut oil, hydrolyzed milk protein and licorice extract. Aside from moisturizing the skin, virgin coconut oil has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. Hydrolyzed milk protein likewise hydrates the skin and makes it soft and smooth, while licorice extract soothes irritated skin and lightens blemishes.

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COCOLINE Naturals Triple Whitening (Papaya + Kojic + Vitamin C)

All three COCOLINE Naturals Triple Whitening products have papaya, kojic and vitamin C, aside from virgin coconut oil. Papaya helps exfoliate dead skin cells that aids in whitening the skin. Kojic acid, oh the other hand, helps lighten the skin, while vitamin C, a known anti-oxidant, provides protection against sun damage and helps lighten stubborn dark spots.

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What We Like about These Products

All of these products are dermatologist-tested and paraben-free, so they are all safe to use.

Body Wash and Beauty Bar
• You only need a small amount of body wash to do the job, giving you value for your money.
• The beauty bar does not easily melt, so it lasts longer, too.
• The body wash and beauty bar are easy to rinse.
• Both products leave a light, sweet, fruity scent on the skin.
• The body wash leaves the skin soft and smooth after use.
• The beauty bar doesn’t dry out the skin.

• The lotion (both variants) is not greasy and easily absorbed by the skin.
• They leave the skin soft, smooth and sweet-smelling, too.

Have you tried COCOLINE Naturals products yet? How did you find them? I’d love to hear your opinion on the comments below.

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Travel Leisurely with eGetinnz!

Traveling for business or for pleasure elicits much anticipation if coupled with great accommodations. Nothing beats a cozy and comfortable stay in a place like home. This is what eGetinnz, the newest accommodation rental booking site, has to offer!

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eGetinnz is an all-in-one portal for all your travel desires, offering travel booking, vacation rentals and so much more!

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Living among the locals is the best way to immerse yourself in any place you travel. What better way to do this than to stay in a local home.

Vacation rentals are also cost-effective. You pay for only a fraction of the cost you would have spent at a hotel without missing out on those creature comforts you are so looking forward to when traveling.

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‘Twas the Day before Christmas

We celebrated Christmas early this year because we all wanted to avoid Christmas traffic. And because everyone’s schedule was hectic, we all agreed to just have our Christmas lunch at Max’s Restaurant in Dasmariñas, Cavite, instead of assigning someone to host our annual family reunion and take charge of food preparations.


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There were sixteen of us who made it to our Christmas family get-together.

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Our son was most excited to see his older cousins.

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Because we live far away from each other, we only get to see each other on special occasions like Christmas or New Year.

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This Christmas is quite special because it also served as our thanksgiving after our dear Tatay underwent spinal surgery last September.

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We also welcomed the youngest member of our family, Den-Den, our youngest brother’s daughter. This was Den-Den’s first Christmas with us.

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Here’s what we had for lunch at Max’s. We had gift-giving after lunch, and we headed to Nuvali afterwards.


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Most of us in the group are first-timers at Nuvali.

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Of course, a visit to Nuvali will not be complete without a picture with those plump koi.

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Here’s my youngest brother with his daughter enjoying the outdoors while others were busy checking out stuff at the nearby Christmas bazaar.

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We had dinner at Shakey’s Solenad before finally calling it a day.

It was a tiring but fun and meaningful pre-Christmas celebration for all of us. We hope you all had a blessed Christmas as well.

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