Archives for March 2014

Baby and Family Expo PH set in August 2014

I didn’t  get to go to this event last year, but I did go to their press launch. The BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES 2014 is the country’s biggest family expo where families love to shop, learn and play. The expo is on its second year. The BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES 2014 is a one-stop shop for all baby, children, pregnancy and family needs, happening this coming August 01-03, 2014 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Baby Family Expo 2014

The three-day event will cover the stages of family growth from maternity, newborns, infants, toddlers and children. Parents can learn the latest trends and relative tips from country’s experts about pregnancy do’s and don’ts, newborn and infant care, child development tips, parenting 101 and more.

Last year’s Baby and Family Expo became the main event of the year for all maternity, baby, early childhood and parenting needs, with over 200 exhibitors as well as experts and celebrity parents like Regine Tolentino, Gladys Reyes-Sommereux, RJ Ledesma, Edric Mendoza, providing free seminars to expo visitors and fun-filled activities for the whole family.

This year, a gallery showcasing fascinating toys and creations will spark the awe in children and rekindle the inner child of every visitor in the Baby & Family Expo’s Toy Museum inside the hall. Children can also enjoy fun and exciting rides and games with the World of Wonder. Fun-filled activities specially organized to widen children’s horizon will also be set up at The Imagination Kitchen, an arts and crafts station.

Highlighting the exciting roster of events is the first ever Baby Idol and Kid Idol talent contest, where babies and kids can shine bright like a star showcasing their singing, dancing, and acting skills.

Other activities to look forward to are the Family Olympics 2014, where moms and dads can show-off their diaper changing and grocery shopping skills, together with their kids for a cake decorating challenge. Another highlight of the expo is the annual Baby & Family Expo Awards Night, where outstanding celebrity families and entrepreneurs will be recognized through the Golden Family Awards and ParentPreneur Awards.

During this three-day family event, visitors will get todiscover the latest products & services for the whole family, and avail of exclusive discounts from much loved stores and brands.

“The BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES is going to be bigger and better this 2014 with over 5,000sqm of space area and over 400 exhibiting brands. We invite a variety of brands that have never been seen before in the country and created larger activity areas to give babies, kids, parents and entire families a great bonding experience” says MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC. President and Expo founder, David Abrenilla.

The BABY & FAMILY EXPO 2014 is organized by MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC.- “Making Lives Better”, Philippines’ leading media, events-led marketing, communications, exhibition and convention organizing company. Part of MEDIACOM SOLUTIONS INC’s social advocacy is to nurture family development and child care, in partnership with leading foundations such as World Vision and UNICEF.

BABY & FAMILY EXPO PHILIPPINES 2014 will be an experience families wouldn’t want to miss this year!

Stay informed and get current updates by joining their community – Baby Expo Facebook Page www.facebook.com/babyexpoph , Twitter: @BabyExpoPh and visiting the website at www.babyexpo.ph. For queries, call +632-843-2174 or email babyandfamilyexpo@gmail.com.

No Hope Lost: A Pneumococcal and Rotavirus Disease Awareness Campaign

I was vaccinated when I was kid. I don’t know what vaccines were administered, but now that I am a mom to Zeeka, I had to research and know what vaccines I wanted to give her. Zeeka’s pedia research and let her know what I wanted heinstructed me to research and then to tell her what vaccines I wanted her to administer.

I had Zeeka vaccinated for Hepatitis B, DTP (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), Polio, Influenza Type B, MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Rotavirus and Pneumococcal. Yes, Zeeka had all those. I’m a bit “praning” (scared) when it comes to diseases. I guess this is also what made me exclusively breastfeed Zeeka up until today. Breastfeeding protects and strengthens the body’s immune system.

No Hope Lost Campaign

No Hope Lost Campaign

I attended an event which was for a Pneumococcal and Rotavirus Disease Awareness Campaign. I got to learn more about the causes and effects of pneumonia and diarrhea. Going there, I actually thought no one really died from these diseases right (especially diarrhea). It sounded so common and I have never heard of any baby who died from these diseases, BUT…

Do you know that PNEUMONIA AND DIARRHEA are the top two leading causes of death among Filipino children less than 5 years of age? Scary right? And this fact is also true worldwide!

National statistics show an estimated 37 Filipino children die of pneumonia every day. To understand this disease better, Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung which affects primarily the microscopic air sacs known as alveoli. The typical symptoms of pneumonia include a cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing. Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by the bacterium S. Pneumoniae also known as pneumococcus which can result to life-threatening conditions such as pneumonia. It can also result to Acute Otitis Media (AOM) which is an ear infection, a common and highly prevalent disease. It also includes severe diseases such as meningitis, complicated pneumonia, and sepsis (blood poisoning), which occur when the pneumococcus “invades” the blood. The invasive forms of the pneumococcal disease are a category called Invasive Pneumococcal Disease (IPD).

Diarrhea on the other hand is the second leading killer of children under 5 years of age, accounting for 1.4 million child deaths annually. Rotavirus Gastroenteritis (RVGE) is the common cause of diarrhea and severe dehydration in young children. It is also the leading reason of diarrheal hospitalizations and deaths among children. It is most severe and frequent in infants aged 3-24 months.

I learned during the event that Rotavirus is called a “democratic virus” because it can affect anyone, regardless of gender, age, status in society.

Well, as always, they say that prevention is better than cure. The sad thing is that not everyone knows that these two diseases can be that deadly. I, for one, didn’t know that it was that serious. When I heard about this, I was actually glad that I had Zeeka vaccinated for these two diseases.
“It’s the best time to raise awareness on pneumonia and diarrhea prevention. These diseases should not cause unnecessary suffering to young children,” says Dr. Sally Gatchalian, Philippine Foundation for Vaccination Director. “Sometimes it’s just that parents don’t know enough about these diseases, and they don’t know that there are actually vaccines for them.”

Ria Trillo, Barbie Almalbis-Honasan,Dr. Sally Gatchalian with the GSK Team

Ria Trillo, Barbie Almalbis-Honasan,Dr. Sally Gatchalian with the GSK Team

People showing support for the No Hope Lost Campaign

People showing support for the No Hope Lost Campaign

Dr. Sally Gatchilian was the speaker during the launch of the the “No Hope Lost” campaign from GlaxoSmithKline. The campaign is really a call to action for parents to get their children vaccinated against pneumonia and diarrhea. This is to save them from getting these diseases.

“With the help of our dear pediatricians, and the Department of Health, we are committed to the reduction of pneumonia and diarrhea cases nationwide by supplying high quality vaccines. These diseases account for an alarming almost 50 mortalities per day in the Philippines. GSK is here to support the Filipino medical community and the government’s drive to make health services accessible to everyone,” added Philip Cruz, GSK Medical Director.

So, please do ask your pediatrician about preventive measures against pneumococcal and rotavirus diseases and do your research about these diseases and how to prevent them.

Mommy Ginger supports the No Hope Lost Campign of GSK

Mommy Ginger supports the No Hope Lost Campign of GSK

Legalities in Starting a Business

Starting a business nowadays can be a bit daunting, especially because one needs to understand the legalities in starting a business. I get a lot of inquiries in my Facebook page on what the steps are to register a business. Well, to give you a recap on the three main steps or government institutions that you have to go through, these are the DTI or SEC, the Local Government/Municipal Hall and the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR).

I have written interesting articles in this blog, which I hope would help you register:

Opening a Sole Proprietorship Business: DTI Process

Opening a Sole Proprietorship Business In Taguig: Municipal Hall Process

BIR Deadlines for Single Props and Corporations

For those who want someone who can explain all of these steps and to explain further about other legalities that you should need to know as a businessman/entrepreneur, I highly suggest that you attend these two workshops:

Workshop #1: Basic Legal Strategies in Business (March 20, 2014)
Join this 3-hour course on the Basic Legal Strategies for Business on Thursday, March 20, 2014, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Bar, Tuscany Estates, Upper McKinley Road, McKinley Hill, Taguig, Metro Manila and learn about the procedures in complying with legal requirements in setting up a business. This workshop is brought to you by New Leaf Ventures and Manila Workshops.

Basic Legal Strategies Workshop FINAL

To sign up, please click on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/2014/02/basic-legal-strategies-in-business-march-20-2014.html

Workshop #2: How to Start a Business (April 12, 2014)
Get tips from a lawyer! Atty. Marie Joy M. Payumo-Salgado is currently the Dean of the College of Law of St. Mary’ University in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya. She is also the Legal Counsel and the Corporate Secretary of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s University. She was a former Senior Partner of MENDOZA, PADILLA AND PAYUMO LAW OFFICE which handles civil and criminal cases and was a Lecturer of Constitutional Law and Legal Studies at St. Louis University in Baguio City. She finished her Masters of Laws (LL.M) at the University of Melbourne, in Victoria Australia and has completed academic requirements and public lecture for Master in Educational Management (MA E.M.). She took her Bachelor of Laws at St. Louis University.

EVENT DETAILS
Saturday, April 12, 2014
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Ortigas Foundation Library
2nd Floor Ortigas Building, Ortigas Ave. Pasig City (Beside Shell gasoline station with a McDonalds store)

To sign up, please click on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/2013/12/how-to-start-a-business-feb-201.html

I am sure that you’ll learn a lot from these workshops. I hope to meet you as I will be personally handling these workshops! Sign up now! If you have questions, please feel free to email manilaworkshops(at)gmail(dot)com.

Parenting Workshops on Toddler Care, Dental Care, Breastfeeding and Making your Own Parties!

It will be a busy weekend once again for Manila Workshops on March 22, 2014! We will have four workshops on that day, all really helpful for moms and dads!

Parenting Workshop #1
All About Breastfeeding (March 22, 2014 from 9-12nn; Medela House)

All About Breastfeeding

Our speaker for the session is Ms. Joyce Martinez, a certified lactation consultant, and the in-house lactation counselor of Medela Moms. She is a registered nurse who graduated from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Her Nursing Degree was followed up with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree at UERMMMC Graduate School. She served as a Lactation Manager at St. Lukes Medical Center, Global City, and, through her own efforts, also conducts presentations and academic talks on the ABC’s of Lactation Management for Nurses, as well as Breastfeeding Classes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers. A breastfeeding advocate, Ms. Joyce provides lactation coaching and counseling, not just for breastfeeding and pregnant mothers, but also for their families, while actively organizing and promoting national breastfeeding campaigns.

LEARNING FEE:
Individual Rate: Php 500
Couple’s Rate: Php 800

To sign up, please CLICK HERE.

Parenting Workshop #2
First Time Parents: Toddler Care, Basic First Aid and Dental Care (March 22, 2014 from 1-5PM; Medela House)

Toddler Care, Basic First Aid and Dental Care

Guiding us through the afternoon’s session is Ms. Cristina Joson, a graduate of BS Nursing from Southville International School and Colleges. Since passing the Nursing Licensure exam in 2010, she has worked as a School Nurse and Pre-School Teacher in The Bridge School, and also founded and created the ‘Yaya Seminar’ facilitated by VentureLab Business Resource Center, Inc. while conducting freelance seminars on similar topics.

Also speaking at the session is Dr. Fina Marilag Gupit-Lopez, a specialist in Pediatric Dentistry. She is a practicing Pediatric Dentistry Consultatnt at the Oral Health Care Center in Greenhills and Dentphix, Inc in Pasig City. She also works as a Consultant, Lecturer and Clinical Supervising Staff at the Pediatric Dentistry Center of the Philippines of Dr. Fe del Mundo Medical Center and Foundation. Apart from her medical practice, she is also a columnist for Baby Magazine. She has conducted several lectures on oral health care and caring for children’s teeth. She is married to a businessman, with whom she has 4 children.

LEARNING FEE:
Individual Rate: Php 600
Couple’s Rate: Php 1000

To register for this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

Parenting Workshop #3
Make Your Own Kiddie Party! (March 22, 2014 from 1-5PM; Insular Life Building, Makati)

Parenting Pals - Make Your Own Kiddie Party Poster

A lot of clever tips, creative ideas, and practical advice will be dished out by our guest speakers, expert party planners Ferdi Salazar and Czarina Ledesma of The Event Architects. They will be sharing how to develop themes and concepts of children’s parties, how to organize a proper planning time table, and tips on suppliers and party paraphernalia, among others. There will also be a demo activity on creating a party centerpiece. And to make sure your party has your own personal flair, participants are encouraged to share with Ferdi and Czarina what their child loves – whether it’s blocks, trucks, fairies, princesses, and all – for great concept discussions and planning sessions during the workshop proper.

Ferdi and Czarina are the founders and partners of The Event Architects (T.E.A.), a styling company that creates unique, elaborate, and personal events for private affairs and commercial companies. T.E.A. has planned and styled the events of corporate clients such as Lancôme, Clear, Cosmopolitan, Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton as well as personal functions such as Sarah Meier’s wedding, a baby shower hosted by Amanda Jacob, and Tim Yap’s birthday.

Make Your Own Kiddie Party! is on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall, Insular Life Makati Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City. Workshop fee is P150. This workshop is the first installment for 2014 of the Parenting Pals Workshop Series and is supported by The Event Architects and Insular Life.

To sign up for this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

Parenting Workshop #4
Prenatal Yoga + Workshop on Labor and Pain Management (March 22, 2014 from 2:30 – 4:30 PM, Spaces at Baby;and Shaw Boulevard, Facilities Center

prenatal yoga and Labor and pain management workshop

The Labor and Pain Management workshop will be the third topic in this prenatal yoga + workshop series. The speaker will be Dra. Marie Claire Rodil. She is a fellow at the Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society. She is also a visiting physician at Victor R. Potentiano Medical Center (VRP) and St. Clare’s Medical Center. She is also currently a junior consultant at St. Martin de Porres Charity Hospital. She holds clinic at MyHealth Shangri-la Plaza. She is a wife and mother to a 4-year old son.

The Fee for the Prenatal Yoga Class and the workshop topic is at Php 800 per session. A discounted price of Php 3000 for 4 sessions will be given to those who enroll to all four sessions.

These are the four sessions:
– Breastfeeding (March 8, 2014)
– Preparing your Finances for the Baby (March 15, 2014)
– Labor and Pain Management (March 22, 2014)
– Baby Milestones (March 29, 2014)

To register for this workshop, please CLICK HERE.

We hope that you do sign up for these workshops! 🙂

Mommy Ginger is giving away 5 FREE couple seats (2 seats to each winner) to the TODDLER CARE, BASIC FIRST AID and DENTAL CARE Workshop. All you have to do is to follow the mechanics in this Rafflecopter widget.

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Join now and I hope to meet you in one of these events!

Attipas: Kid’s Shoes that You’ll Love (Giveaway)

I’m kinda scared that my daughter is still not walking on her own. Some of her friends, who just turned one or who are turning one are already walking. Zeeka stands up and hands on to things to get to point A to point B, but she’s too scared to let go. I actually asked my Pediatrician about it and she said that there is nothing to worry about. I can give Zeeka until she’s 1 year and four months, she says.

To aid her in walking, I found these cute shoes that are also functional. These shoes are called Attipas and these shoes teach your baby to walk correctly and improves your baby’s cognitive and motor development.

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Attipas Shoes

Zeeka initially had these Attipas Corsage shoes in Green. A lot of people found it cute when I posted it as her baby OOTD for the day, so I just had to buy two more pairs. BTW, Corsage also comes in pink.

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Hey, these are cool shoes!

The two other pairs that I got were Natural Herb Yellow and Sneakers Sky. I found the pink ones cute, too, but Zeeka has a lot of pairs in pink so I decided to go for another color.

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Bought Zeeka the Natural Herb Yellow shoes, just like this one!

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Zeeka using her Natural Herb Yellow Attipas Shoes 🙂 Sorry, it’s blurred because she’s so kulit na!

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This is the third pair that I got 🙂

For those who plan to buy, I’m sharing with you the sizing chart. The price is different depending on the pair that you order. The Natural Herb Yellow is around Php 1200 while the sneakers is a little less than Php 1000.

Attipas Size Chart

Attipas Size Chart

For this Month of March, Attipas wants to share this great news for all of you! They are willing to give a pair of shoes for FREE to one lucky winner for every Facebook Milestone that they reach.

Attipas Giveaway

All you have to do is follow the Rafflecopter mechanics below to gain raffle entries!

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The giveway will end on March 29. Number of winners will be drawn on March 29 and it will depend on the number of likes the Attipas Facebook page.

Attipas is available in these stores: Babyland (Shaw, Eastwood, Glorietta 2 and Festival Alabang), Tarte Tatin (Rockwell and Greenbelt 5), and Rustans (Shangrila, Makati and Alabang).

Join now and spread the word!