Looking for Investment? Check Out Sta. Lucia Residenze in Cainta, Rizal

It's is everybody's dream to own a real estate property.  

My parents were able to buy a house and lot in a village developed by Sta. Lucia Realty and Development Inc. in Cainta, Rizal in 1980s.  We have been living in this village for more than thirty years now.  When people hear 'Cainta', people would always think of flood.  Our town was greatly devastated by typhoon Ondoy in 2009, but I am proud to say that our town was able to recover from this disaster and current town mayor was able to lift the status of our town into a first-class municipality.  According to a report, Cainta is number 1 municipality in terms of income, wee!

Sta. Lucia Group has already been in the real estate development for four decades.  It remains true to its vision of Building Better Lives by providing world-class real estate developments for Filipino Properties.  Sta. Lucia is one of the Philippines' largest real estate companies with over 200 development projects nationwide and ore than 40 joint-venture partnerships covering 10,000 hectares of land across the country.

From Baguio in the north and Davao in the south, Sta. Lucia has developed a network of thriving residential and commercial communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Currently, Sta. Lucia has been into developing condominiums and condotels.  Now, you may wonder what is the difference between the two.  A condominium is a multi-unit structure that is individually owned or on land owned in common.  Condominiums are almost always in close proximity to business centers, public areas, and various transportation modes.  On the other hand, condotels is a condominium and hotel that offers styles and prestige.  Legally it is a condominium but is being operated like a luxury hotel.  It's like living in a truly first class hotel-like home in a major city or a resort.

The latest condominium and condotel project of Sta. Lucia is the Sta. Lucia Residenze in Sta. Lucia City.  The Sta. Lucia Grand Mall is now being developed to a mini-city and is a masterplanned luxurious block of five towers which combines a premier condominium and condotel home complete with world-class amenities and services for the entire family to enjoy.  Investing in Sta. Lucia Residenze is a great idea because it is perfectly located at the junction of Cainta and Marikina.  All our shopping needs are just and elevator ride away at the new iL Centro Mall.  iL Centro is a prime mall within the premises of Sta. Lucia Residenze towers offering top retail shops, boutiques, restaurants and more.

Apart from being near to the shopping mall and other establishments like schools, hospitals, and churches, Sta. Lucia Residenze will also feature resort-type amenities like swimming pool, kiddie pool, children's playground, fitness facilities, function halls, gazebo, basketball court, and landscaped garden which will be manned by 24-hour security to guarantee the residents' safety.  

To ensure the safety and security of the residents, Sta. Lucia Residenze has the following features:

  • 24-hour building security
  • CCTVs
  • Telephone with Intercom features
  • Controlled elevator access
  • Two fire extinguishers and fire hose cabinets on every floor near the elevators
  • Smoke detectors and sprinklers
  • Structurally designed to withstand earthquakes

For the utilities, Sta. Lucia Residenze offers the following:

  • Laundry/Drying Area on the roof deck
  • Plumbing, Electrical, and Mechanical rooms per floor
  • Elevator that can carry maximum of 18 persons
  • Provisions for Internet, Cable, Phone
  • Availability of the Generator
  • Daily Garbage Disposal
  • Water Tanks (28,000 liters for potable and fire)
  • Cistern Tank (150,000 liters for potable and 120,000 liters for fire) 

I know you wanted to ask me about the advantages of condominium and condotel investment.  Sta. Lucia Residenze is completely owned; owners will be given CCT (Condominium Certificate of Title) as proof of ownership and it is fully transferrable.  Once the condotel is fully operational, investors will be receiving quarterly dividends the same income as per square meter.  Investment at Sta. Lucia Residenze is self-liquidating, for as low as 20% downpayment the unit owner can start receiving dividends.  The dividend can be allocated for the units monthly amortization, quarterly share is to be credited to the investors bank account, and the dividend are net of property fees.  Apart from this, Sta. Lucia Residenze owners are given 30 days complimentary hotel room accommodation with hotel standard service annually.  This 30 days complimentary hotel room accommodation can also be utilized in other Sta. Lucia-owned hotels in Tagaytay, Subic, Cebu, Quezon City, and Davao.

Sta. Lucia Residenze is ideal place for families and single individuals who prefer to be independent and to have their own place to call home.  Condominium living is now becoming a popular option because it is affordable and more convenient than owning a conventional house and lot property.  This is also ideal for our fellow Filipinos who are working abroad since they are looking for investment options when they already retired from working abroad.  

Sta. Lucia Residenze offers studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units including a limited number of garden units, that come fully furnished with complete kitchen and bathroom much less dense than the traditional cramped condominiums currently being offered by other developers.

To know more about Sta. Lucia Residenze, you may visit their showroom and model unit at 4th level Sta. Lucia Mall.  You may also visit their website at www.staluciaresidenze.com to get a quick walkthrough.  You can also visit their Facebook page and Twitter account for updates.  You may also call at 584-1164 for an appointment.

Mott's 100% Apple Juice Now Available in Easy-Open Cans!

Honestly, when you ask me what fruit do I like, I will say apple the least.  Although I like the crunchiness of apples, I hardly finish one fruit because I find it very sweet.  I do sometimes eat the by-products of apples like tarts or pies or juices, but then if I am presented with other variants, I will still choose apple the least.

Anyway, we have a saying, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away".  I agree on this quote that by eating apples--or any fruit--will keep us healthy and far from illness.  

As a mother, this is one of the things that I would always pray to the Lord, to give me and my son good health.  For the past nine years of being a mom, I thank God for not giving Kib a major illness (although I had dengue in 2011 but still I thank the Lord that it was me and not my son who had that illness).  I also started to learn the value of good health when my father got terribly sick in 2007 (see blog post here).  

Mott's 100% Apple Juice is one of the trusted brands in the US on giving good nutrition to our family.  As we all know, Americans like apple juice, so Fly Ace Corporation brought this brand to our country as they believe that apple juice is essential to our daily diet.  "We, at Fly Ace, are very happy to partner with a globally renowned brand like Mott's in bring world class products closer to Filipino homes.  Our exclusive partnership with Mott's and the introduction of handy Mott's Apple Juice in can will let more Filipino families enjoy delicious and healthy 100% apple goodness every day at home and even on-the-go occasions whether at school or at work," said Fly Ace Corporation General Manager Ramon Daez.

Yes, you read it right.  Mott's 100% Apple Juice now comes in easy to open cans!  

 You can buy Mott's 100% Apple Juice in these three sizes

The launch of Mott's 100% Apple Juice in easy-to-open cans happened last May 7th, 2016 at Bonifacio High Street.  The theme of the event was family picnic.  There were lots of activities that the kids and parents enjoyed during the event, like human statues, face painting, picture balloons, treasure hunts, hula-hoops, life-sized tic-tac-toe, ladders and slides, and ring and bucket toss games.  Apart from these activities, there were also an abundant food sampling of corn munchies with apple sauce, applelicious spaghetti, and caramelized biscuits.

Here are some of the photos at the play area:

Apple arch at the entrance at the play area

Kib posing with a can of Mott's 100% Apple Juice

Kib and I played at the giant Tic-Tac-Toe board

Ring Toss game

Basketball hoop game

Slides and Ladders

On the launch of Mott's 100% Apple Juice in easy-to-open cans, Janice Villanueva (Mommy Mundo founder) and her family were also introduced to the media as the brand ambassador of Mott's 100% Apple Juice in the Philippines.  Janice inspires all modern moms on a mission to balance her career and family to serve meals that are full of health benefits, especially something the kids will love.  Janice said, "After learning that Mott's 100% Apple Juice has only three ingredients--water, apple juice concentrate, and vitamin C--, I knew that it's the kind of pure apple juice we've been looking for.  It's definitely a drink for all seasons and occasions!"

Janice Villanueva and her family

Kib posing with Ms. Janice Villanueva

During the program, the Mott's 100% Apple Juice recipe book was also being launched.  Philippine and US-registered Dietician and Nutritionist Cheshire Que, RND, RN, RDN, is the author of all the recipes in the book.  She also said that Mott's 100% Apple Juice helps increase the nutritional value of the family's daily menu.  From hearty entrees, savory snacks, to belly-warming or cooling beverages, Cheshire's easy-to-follow recipes are just all about delicious and nutritious ways that one can enhance food and beverages with Mott's.  This is truly being creative and versatile!  Now, that's officially an inevitable excuse to never run out of beverage in your pantry :)

Ms. Cheshire Que during the event giving a talk about family nutrition

Mott's Recipe Book

A sample recipe using Mott's 100% Apple Juice

Hmmm....now knowing the nutritional benefits of apple, I think I will now include Mott's 100% Apple Juice on my monthly grocery list :)

Kib posing with Mott's 100% Apple Juice mascots

Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the Philippines today.  Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corporation's portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands.  Learn more about Fly Ace Corporation at www.flyacecorp.com.

Mott's 100% Apple Juice is available n 64 oz. and 32 oz. family packaging in leading supermarkets and groceries nationwide.  The Mott's in 11.5 oz. can is available in leading convenience stores and supermarkets initially in Metro Manila and will roll out nationwide in the succeeding months.

Study: Majority of Filipino Workers are at Risk of Getting Obese

Herbalife's 5th Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour seeks to address health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles and deepen practical understanding on the benefits of a healthy, active life.

As you may know, I am an advocate of healthy living.  Before I really cannot understand why people need to take care of health until my father got terribly sick and when I become a mom.  I always pray to God to provide me and my son good health throughout the year.   I also try to exercise every day to keep myself fit.  I need to set a good example to my son. I am happy that my son eats vegetables.  

I have already heard about Herbalife years ago.  My mom even tried taking Herbalife supplements and she was happy about the results after taking Herbalife.  

Recently, Herbalife has released the findings of the new "Nutrition At Work" Survey, which revealed that the majority of the Philippines' workforce leads largely sedentary lifestyles, putting them at risk of obesity.  Herbalife, one of the leading global nutrition company in the world, has conducted the Nutrition At Work survey in March 2016 with 5,500 respondents aged 18 years old and above working full-time.  Respondents were from various countries such as Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesa, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Out of the 5,500 respondents, 500 came from the Philippines.

Based on the results of the study, almost nine out of 10 (85%0 workers in the Philippines spend at least six hours a day sitting at their desk, with 52% of its workforce eating lunch at their work desk 2-5 times per week.  The survey also revealed that majority of Philippines' workforce (86%) exercise less than three times per week, with five out of 10 getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace.  This suggests a significantly worrying trend locally, on the back of rising obesity rates recorded in recent years.

Check out the summary of the study on this chart

However, let us not lose hope.  The risk of obesity could be averted if workers in the Philippines decide to take control of their own nutritional intake and exercise regimen.  Close to eight out of 10 workers (75%) affirmed that they strive to live a healthy, active life; however, the majority of the respondents noted that they find it difficult to stay active during workdays.

Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines, saw the need of Filipino workers on living a healthy, active lifestyle.  "With a majority of the Philippines' workforce leading largely sedentary lifestyles, our mission as a global nutrition company is to help people in the Philippines take practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives.  By inculcating positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits to people in the Philippines, we hope that this will, over time, help reduce obesity risks and lead to positive improvements to the well-being of our people," he said.

To address the health issues associated with sedentary lifestyles and deepening practical understanding on the benefits of healthy, active lifestyles, Herbalife recently launched its 5th Asia Pacific Wellness Tour 2016, which is held on April-May 2016.  The latest edition of the Wellness Tour builds upon the successes of the past four hours that welcomed more than 80,000 participants across the region, and features a host of medical symposiums, talks, and workshops led by seven experts from Herbalife's Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB), covering 26 cities across Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Dr. Gary Small, a specialist in brain health health and aging, has recently visited Philippines and shared his expert views on digital dementia and brain aging.  Dr. Small has authored more than 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors in his field, including the "Senior Investigator Award" from the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry.  During the talk, he addressed heath and nutrition-related issues associated with sedentary lifestyles.  He also shared practical tips on how today's workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles.  Health and medical professionals, academics, as well as the general public have also engaged in lively dialogues with Dr. Small at the event, and they even had a chance to network with like-minded professionals through the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour platform.

Following are the team of Herbalife NAB experts to have participated in the latest Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour:
  • Dr. David Heber (chairman of Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Nutrition Advisory Board, a leading expert in the field of nutrition, names as one of "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds" by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and has been repeatedly included in "The Best Doctors in America" list)
  • Dr. Chin-Kun Wang (awarded the National Award of Biomedicine in Taiwan in 2008 for his contribution  medical education.  Dr. Wang is an expert in metabolism and nutrition, with focus on the clinical evaluation of nutritional supplements, nutraceuticals, and functional food and herbs.)
  • Dr. Julian Alvarez Garcia (specialist in sports medicine and sports physiology who has advised professional teams, national teams, and individual athletes on a range of disciplines including weightlifting, triathlons, mountain biking, football, and basketball.)
  • Dr. Darren Burgess (current head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football Club, and former head of fitness and conditioning at Liverpool Football Club.  He is an expert in sports science and nutrition who has authored papers in multiple peer review journals.
  • Dr. Nataniel Viuniski (currently an advisor to Brazil's Health and Education Ministry for Childhood Obesity. He is an expert in pediatrics and nutrition who has authored "Childhood Obesity--A Practical Guide".)
  • Dr. Francis Gregory Samonte (recipient of Chairman's Achievement Award from the University of Louisville, Kentucky's Department of Pediatrics.  He is one of the Philppines' premier experts in pediatric neurology, and the first Filipino to the appointed to NAB.)

These experts were also joined by Dr. Luigi Gratton, Herbalife's vice president of nutrition education and development.  He has written numerous articles on nutrition and obesity, and has appeared on television several times for speaking about nutrition, anti-aging medicine, sports nutrition, and other medical-related topics.

In conclusion, Mr. Valenzuela added, "With each new edition of the Wellness Tour, we are seeing an increasing number of people gain practical knowledge to lead better lives.  We hope that this year's Tour will further empower people to take charge of their nutritional intake and regimen, so that they can enjoy the full benefits of a healthy, active life."

Are you ready to have an active and healthy lifestyle?  Start now!

About Herbalife

Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people’s lives with great products since 1980.

Our nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Independent Herbalife Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to addressing the global obesity epidemic by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with a Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.

We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of US$4.5 billion in 2015.

Be #ASTHMAlaya! GSK Celebrates World Asthma Day

DISCLAIMER:  I am not asthmatic, nor any of my family members, but I know a lot of people who have this illness and how difficult it is to have asthma.

I thank God for not giving either me or Kib this disease.  I know how hard it is to manage asthma. I have friends whose activities were limited due to asthma.  It is also hard for parens who have asthmatic kids because when their child has an asthma attack, it really worries them so much.

Asthma is a heterogenous disease usually characterized by chronic airway inflammation.  Asthma is characterized by wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and cough that vary over time and intensity, together with variable expiratory airflow limitation.  Asthma can be triggered by dust, changes in weather, animals (pet hair in particular), exercise, tobacco smoke, and stress.

There are myths about asthma that needs to be corrected.

  • Eating geckos (tuko) can cure asthma.  This has yet to be proven and backed up by a medical research.
  • Asthma medicine is only needed to stop an attack.  It depends.  People who have mild, moderate, and severe persistent asthma need a daily long term controller medicine, usually an inhaled corticosteriod, to control inflammation and minimize asthma attack.
  • People can outgrow asthma.  There will come a time that asthma symptoms will 'hibernate', but it doesn't mean that a person is asthma-free.  There is still a possibility of an asthma attack in the future.
  • Asthma is easy to control.  Most of the time it depends on how well you follow your asthma treatment plan--the condition can be difficult to manage.  Goals of treatment include preventing chronic symptoms and asthma flares, maintaining normal lung function and activity levels, and avoiding serious or long term medication side effects.
  • Allergies have nothing to do with asthma.  More than 50% of asthma cases in the USA are linked to allergies.  Common allergens include cats, pollen, mold, and dust mites.
  • People with asthma shouldn't exercise.  Regular exercise is highly encouraged for asthma patients as this improves lung function and help maintain a healthy weight-reducing asthma risk and help breathe easier.  However, before beginning an exercise program, asthma patient should consult a doctor first.
  • People with asthma can't get flu shots.  On the contrary, the more that the asthma patient should get an annual flu shot because flu can trigger asthma attack.
  • Moving to a dry climate can cure asthma.  A change in the environment can temporarily improve asthma symptoms but it won't cure the disease.
  • Asthma medicines are habit forming.  Asthma medications are not addictive.  Long term use of medicine is often needed to manage the condition and prevent an attack.
  • Asthma is a psychological condition.  Asthma is a disease of inflammation of the lungs, although stress and emotions can sometimes exacerbate asthma symptoms.  Hyperventilation is not a symptom of asthma.
  • Steriods used to treat asthma are the same as the steriods used by athletes to get bigger and stronger.  The steroids used are different: the one used by athletes are testosterone, growth hormone, and androstenedione while the one used by asthma patients are glucocorticoid and mineralocorticoid derivatives.
  • When I feel fine and have no symptoms it's because the asthma has gone away.  Asthma can be partially or well controlled depending on frequency and timing of symptoms, use of medications and impact on everyday quality of life.
  • Nebulizers are the best way to give asthma medicines to babies and children.  Medicines given by metered dose inhaler with spacer with face mask is just as effective as the inhaler given to adults.
  • Dietary supplements can help ease asthma symptoms.  A variety of herbs and supplements have been studied, but none have been found to improve asthma.

Sadly, the cause of asthma is unknown.  There are predisposing factors to consider, such as genetic history (personal history or first degree relative) with asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, weight and smoking history.  

According to Global Asthma Report, an estimated 300 million people worldwide are affected by asthma, and in the Philippines alone, approximately 11 million or 1 out of 10 Filipinos suffer from this debilitating disease.  Out of 11 million Filipinos who have asthma, only two percent of it is controlled, the rest are either uncontrolled or partially controlled.  The number is scary, isn't it?

Even if asthma has no cure, it can be controlled.  

Question is, how would you know if you need asthma control?

If you are an asthma patient who experiences daytime asthma symptoms (coughing or wheezing) more than twice a week, wakes up at night due to asthma, uses an asthma reliever more than twice a week or have any activity limitations due to asthma, you may have uncontrolled asthma and need to immediately consult your doctor.

World Asthma Day is celebrated annually, held every first Tuesday of the month.  This is an annual event held since 1998 and is organized by Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world.  

In celebration of World Asthma Day this year in the Philippines, GSK Philippines unveils "ASTHMAlaya Ka Ba Talaga?" campaign, a disease awareness initiative that also seeks to encourage asthma patients to be more proactive in consulting their doctors on how they can achieve asthma control.

ASTHMAlaya ka ba talaga?

This year's World Asthma Day celebration was participated by advocates from Philippine College of Chest Physicians (PCCP) and the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Inc. (PSAAI) who are one with the advocacy of furthering awareness and urgency among patients to consult their doctors for proper asthma control.

GSK, PCCP, and PSAAI committed on helping patients achieve asthma control

Photo op with GSK, PCCP and PSAAI team

I commit to help spread awareness about asthma!

So, for my asthma-stricken friends, be ASTHMAlaya!

For more updates, visit https://www.facebook.com/winagainstasthma/ and GSK's website at https://health.gsk.ph for more in-depth information.  To know more about PSAAI and PCCP, you may also visit their respective websites at www.psaai.org and www.philchest.org

What's In A Name?

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

--Juliet, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)

I super love this line from the play by Shakespeare because it explains how a name can or cannot affect a person.  This line implies that even if you change the name of a person, the behavior and attitude will still be the same.  

However, there are some instances especially in the modern times that the name of the person has bearing on his or her overall character.  The reasons for changing the name might also have legal repercussions as well.  Changing the name is a tedious process and it can also be costly.  My father had a problem on his surname before and almost cost his official trip to Italy and Switzerland when I was in high school.  He just executed an affidavit so he will be issued a passport.  When he went back to the country he did the necessary procedure to correct his surname.  He had undergone a court procedure for this and his petition was even published on a local newspaper.

In the Philippines, we can also file for a petition to change our names.  Before 2011, it was very difficult to file for a petition to change the name.  An amendment was made in Philippine Civil Code by Republic Act 9048 that a typographical error can be easily rectified without a need for a court order.  However in cases of change of surname, gender, nationality, and status, a court proceeding is needed.   

Now that the change of name is much more lenient in our country, it doesn't mean we can abuse the amendments made.  R.A. 9048 says that change of name can only be granted for certain reasons.  The reasons are:

  • The first name or nickname sounds ridiculous, tainted with dishonor or extremely difficult to write or pronounce;
  • The new first name or nickname has been habitually and continuously used by the person and he/she has been publicly known by that name in the community
  • If the change will avoid further confusion
Now, why am I writing this blog?  What does it have anything to do with me?

As you may know, I am currently undergoing absolute nullity of marriage.  When my petition will be granted by the court, I will change all my documents and IDs to my maiden name (although some of the IDs that I acquired when I was still single I am still using my maiden name like my passport, PRC license and bank and credit card accounts).  I know it is tedious process because before I have all my IDs changed, I still need to get back to the local civil registry and NSO to put annotation on my marriage contract to make it 'official'.  From what I heard, this procedure itself takes 2-3 months to finish, waaah!

All throughout these years, I have also been thinking of reverting my son's name to my maiden name.  Once, my brothers played a joke to my son that he doesn't belong to our family since he has a different surname.  My son got hurt big time from that joke and I also got angry at my brothers for saying that.  But apart from that, I have reasons for thinking of changing my son's surname.  However, whenever I think of this line from Romeo and Juliet, I will immediately forget about it.  Anlabo ko lang noh?! hihihi.  Of course, I also have to consider the psychological impact on my son why I wanted to change his surname.  I also have to consider the legal aspect too (I will also have to change all of his documents).  I will also have to save funds for the procedure should I finally decided to undergo this process (take note, legal proceedings are VERY, VERY costly, waaah!).  

My son is duly acknowledged by his father (can't be denied because they really look alike, hehe).  I just wanted to protect my son from future abuse from his father because he carries his surname (seriously I am a bit paranoid about this).  This is one of the reasons why I wanted to change his surname to my maiden name.  On the other hand, using his daddy's surname also gives him rights to whatever assets his father may have. 

If I change my son's surname to my maiden name, I sever him of his rights to his father.  My son will no longer have a middle name (to which the lawyer said might have more impact on my son in the future).  

On one of my usual conversations with my son, I asked him if he wants my maiden name or his father's surname.  He said, "I like both, because I have two families."  I was deeply struck on my son's response because at a young age, he can understand our family situation.  Truly, my son is a gift from God.

So, my plans of changing my son's surname is no longer an issue.  I was also assured that even if I will revert to my maiden name, there will be no legal problems between me and my son since my name still appears on his birth certificate that I am his mom.

I just can't wait for the time that I will be legally free from the bondage of marriage.  Holding on to God's promise that He will grant my prayers this year.  Will keep you updated guys :)