5 Champion Facts You Need to Know about James Reid

The new MILO Champ Moves has become undeniably popular in social media. Millions of netizens have watched this viral, upbeat music video and even created their own versions through parody clips, memes and cool remixes. At the center of this dance exercise is one of the country’s most influential young celebrities, James Reid. We all know him as an actor, singer, dancer and MILO ambassador. But there’s still a whole lot we don’t know about James Reid.

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Here are five Champion Facts about James Reid and why he wants to help kids #BeatEnergyGap:

1. He was an athlete at an early age and participated in school competitions.

James is not only agile on the dance floor but also in sports, having participated in gymnastics, Australian football, swimming, golf, and cricket.

“I was very athletic as a kid, and I’m very proud of that. When I was in primary school until high school, I would try everything,” shared James during the Champ Moves video shoot. “I love swimming and I’ve been doing it as long as I can remember. I also played Australian football, golf, gymnastics, and even went as far as high-diving.”

Showing off his champ-like enthusiasm and winning energy, James excelled particularly in gymnastics and swimming, allowing him to participate in several school competitions.

“I competed in school for swimming, and I also reached regionals for gymnastics. Looking back, it was really a good experience, I even won a bronze medal for it,” he recalled.

2. James’ dad was the reason why he was athletic at a young age, encouraging him to try different sports.

Growing up, James’ dad encouraged him to work hard and play hard. Whenever James would start to doubt himself, it was his dad who kept pushing him to excel.

“My dad introduced me to different types of sports. He didn’t make me do anything I didn’t want to do. Instead, he encouraged me to try new things and to do my best—he even loved taking videos of me in training. Even if I wasn’t good at a sport, he’d keep pushing me to never give up,” James shared.

3. More than competing and winning, he loves the team camaraderie.

“During competitions, what I enjoyed the most was the team camaraderie—meeting new people and making new friends who were like-minded and passionate about sports,” James said.

4. Despite his busy schedule in front of the screen, James continues to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.

James makes sure that he keeps an active and healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right.

“Regardless of how hectic my schedule gets, I still make sure I stay active by going to the gym,” said James. “In keeping a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to start your day right by eating a nutritious breakfast; as they say it’s the most important meal of the day.”

James also stressed that discipline is key in achieving a healthy lifestyle. “It’s so easy to fall back on eating unhealthy food knowing that it won’t give you the right energy or nutrients. One needs the willpower to choose to eat the right food and keep doing it every day. It’s the secret to having a happy and healthy life.”

5. As a MILO kid himself, James wants to help kids #BeatEnergyGap through MILO Champ Moves.

When he sings “drink MILO every day!”, you know he means it.

Growing up in Australia where MILO originated, James drank MILO every day before going to school and sometimes after. “I grew up drinking MILO as a kid. It’s a brand that everyone knows, loves and remember seven from their childhood. So I’m so excited to be part of the MILO family,” shared James.

“Champ Moves in partnership with DepEd is a great program for kids as it will allow them to be more active, more alert during the day, especially for school. When you’re physically active, it’s easier to learn, absorb information, and socialize. The MILO Champ Moves program will surely energize kids to start the day right.”

Help #BeatEnergyGap today by doing the new MILO Champ Moves with James. Watch the video on the MILO Philippines Facebook page and the Nestle Philippines YouTube Channel. Follow @MiloPh on Twitter and @MiloPhilippines on Instagram for more information about Champ Moves.

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Mom-Approved: Gardenia Pocket Sandwich #PocketFullOf #Pride

As a mom, it always warms my heart when I see my 10-year-old son doing something good for us, for others or for himself. It’s always a #PocketFullOf #pride for me to realize that I’m raising a wonderful kid in my son Justin.

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To boost his self-esteem and to encourage him to keep doing good deeds at home, in school, or elsewhere, I give him small rewards in the form of a compliment, hugs and kisses, or sweet treats.

And speaking of sweet treats, I was delighted to chance upon Gardenia’s newest product while doing my grocery shopping last weekend.

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Gardenia Pocket Sandwich (Chocolate and Peanut Butter), Php15.00

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is made with soft and creamy white bread with luscious and milky peanut butter or rich chocolate filling sealed to lock in its goodness. I like the Gardenia Peanut Butter Pocket Sandwich, while my son prefers the Gardenia Chocolate Pocket Sandwich.

Why do I love Gardenia Pocket Sandwich? Well, for one, it’s convenient to bring anywhere because it’s light and not bulky. Perfect for my son’s baon in school! And also because it’s “sealed,” it’s not messy as the spread doesn’t come out of the bread.

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Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is also packed with vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy snack for the whole family. Both variants are rich in iron, vitamin B1 and vitamin A. Gardenia Chocolate Pocket Sandwich has folate, too, while Gardenia Peanut Butter Pocket Sandwich has Vitamin B2.

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I’m sure your kids will also like the new Gardenia Pocket Sandwich. It’s filling and fun. It’s healthy for everyone. Try it now!

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is available in all leading supermarkets for only Php15. PocketFullOf # Pride #GardeniaPh

Visit Gardenia on FB to know more about their products.

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Boodle Fight on New Year’s Day!

So sorry for this very late blog post! I had to publish it anyway because New Year is one of the few times that my side of the family is complete, well, amost entirely complete. The designated place for our New Year’s celebration was my brother’s house in Imus, Cavite.

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It was a stripes kind of New Year, as you can see!

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What’s different about our New Year’s Day celebration this year was the boodle fight. A “boodle fight” or a “boodle feast” is a banquet where food is served on banana leaves and everyone eats using his/her bare hands. In our case, we used plastic gloves when we feasted on our sumptuous New Year’s Eve dinner. Also, to reduce cooking time, we just ordered some of the food from Amber’s and Fish2Go.

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Boodle fight, the star of our New Year feast

Of course, family gatherings aren’t complete without photos, so we took lots of them from the boodle fight preparation to the eating to the burping. Lol!

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Let the boodle fight begin!

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A family that eats together stays together.

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Almost wiped out!

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So happy or just wacky?

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Hello, Baby Den-Den!

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Cousins unite!

So that’s how our burpful New Year went.

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Drew Barrymore on Moving On from Divorce

Moving on! Drew Barrymore recently spoke out about her divorce from Will Kopelman, becoming a single mom, and how throwing herself into her work really helped her to move forward in her life. Drew and Will married in 2012 and divorced in early 2016. They are parents to Olive, 4, and Frankie, 2. Drew spoke out about her new show, Santa Clarita Diet, and how she threw herself into the job after her divorce. She spoke about how she was going through a really hard time at the time, and how her life was not in a very pleasant place, and that she took on the show as a way to kind of keep herself busy during her divorce.

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Drew also opened up to Ellen recently, telling the talk show host that the divorce was her “worst nightmare”, since she had wanted to raise her kids in an ultra traditional way, much different from how she grew up. However, she says that once she realized that she and ex Will Kopelman could raise their girls in different homes and still be friendly and on good terms with each other, she said that it really helped to make things much easier. Being a single mom might not have been something that Drew had in mind, we know that she has handled it with class and grace and is continuing to do the best things for her girls. She is a shining example for all moms that even if your life doesn’t go the way you imagined it would, it doesn’t mean that things are ruined and everything can still turn out great.

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UREKA Mega Manila Forum Is Happening This February!

Something big and exciting is happening on February 25, so mark your calendar and save the date!

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The UREKA Forum, the largest e-commerce mass conversion program for SMEs (small and medium enterprises), in collaboration with Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) and its Consortium Partners, will hold its biggest forum ever on February 25 at SM Megatrade Halls 1 to 3.

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Now on its fourth leg in less than 18 months, the forum helps entrepreneurs elevate their business models with the use of technology and e-commerce. Through the Forum and DTI Roadshows, the UREKA Movement has already helped around 700 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from Baguio, Iloilo and Davao to put up their businesses online.

An estimated 1,000 people, mostly MSMEs and UREKA E-cadets, are expected to attend The UREKA Mega Manila Forum that will help them convert their business models from “brick-and-mortar” to “brick-and-click” in just one day.

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“We are very excited about the upcoming UREKA Forum here in Metro Manila, as it is the culmination of the first phase of the UREKA Forum, which started in October 2015, in key provincial trade-hubs of the country. Importantly, we look forward to also start connecting UREKA SMEs with specially-trained UREKA E-Cadets, college students who will assist in getting UREKA SME’s get their e-commerce businesses up and running. Lastly, we are honored to also welcome new partners such as Microsoft and Facebook Asia Pacific who will further expand and sustain the UREKA e-commerce ecosystem,” shared UnionBank Executive Vice President Genaro (Genju) V. Lapez.

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What’s new about the UREKA Mega Manila Forum is the pairing of the UREKA E-Cadets with the UREKA e-MSME’s, which aims to help businesses make their first e-commerce sale within days from their conversion to a “brick-and-click” model.

The “pairing” will help MSMEs take their businesses online in just a few hours. All they need to do is provide all the necessary information about their business and products for the website. The entrepreneurs will also have the opportunity to interact with industry leaders from the consortium partners and learn from them.

“UREKA Forum is very much in line with UnionBank’s digital transformation mandate as it enables MSME’s to do e-commerce and, together with our Consortium Partners’ commitment to help achieve a sustainable ‘financial inclusion.’ Consequently, UREKA is in close partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) efforts to spearhead the country’s Philippine E-Commerce Roadmap (PECR) 2016-2020,” added VP Lapez.

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UnionBank and its consortium partners (PLDT SME Nation, Air21, SHOPINAS, DragonPay, AMTI, GeiserMaclang Marketing and Communications Inc., Panahon TV and Esquire Financing Inc.), together with DTI, DOST and DICT, continue to collaborate with different leaders from the business and technology industries to share knowledge and expertise and to promote a sustainable and innovative e-commerce based business model among Filipino entrepreneurs.

The following are the keynote speakers for the upcoming UREKA Mega Manila Forum:
• UnionBank President Edwin Bautista
• PhilDev Director & Narra Venture CEO Dr. Paco Sandejas
• UnionBank SEVP, Chief Technology & Operations Officer Henry Aguda
• PLDT SME Nation VP & Head Mitch Locsin
• SHOPINAS President & CEO Sheila Lina
• AMTI SVP & GM Bong Paloma
• Air21 Retail Sales & Business Development Division Head Yasmin Vasquez
• DragonPay CTO & COO Robertson Chiang
• Esquire International Financing Chairman & CEO Rajan Uttamchandani
• GeiserMaclang President Brad Geiser.

Facebook’s Asia Pacific Head of Public Policy Elizabeth Hernandez, Microsoft Philippines Solutions Group Head Rey Lugtu and Taxumo CEO Eugene Arboleda will also make their debuts during the forum.

The UREKA Mega Manila Forum will be moderated by TeamAsia President Monette Iturralde-Hamlin and hosted by Christine Jacob-Sandejas and RJ Ledesma.

The forum is open to all DTI-registered MSMEs from different industries. To register, visit urekaforum.ph/registration.

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