How do you use Water Responsibly? (Promo from Manila Water)

In our household, because of how busy we all are nowadays, we tend to just skip over things that we need to oversee. These things are important and can make a huge impact in what we do or in making the world a better place to live in. Some samples are I used to keep track of our electricity consumption on a per month basis, but I get to the point when I’m tired of monitoring it so I stop. Also, I monitor our grocery expenses, but since I found out that we normally spend Php 3500 per week, I stopped monitoring and just set aside that amount for grocery shopping. Another thing that I used to be anal about was water consumption. I used to really check that our bill would not go over a certain amount and I would talk to the helpers if I received bills over the target budget. Nowadays though, I’m less anal about it.

But you know, being conscious of how we spend resources like these are important, not only for our own wallets, but even for society. For electricity, why do you think we have the likes of Earth Hour? For food, we oftentimes tell our children not to waste food, but do we ourselves abide by our own rules. For water, do we use water responsibly? There are a lot of people in our country with no access to the water supply that we have so we need to be thankful and use water responsibly.

So with this, Mommy Ginger and Manila Water is running a campaign called Use Water Responsibly. We would like those on Twitter to help us spread the word and use #usewaterresponsibly when you share tips on how to conserve water.

All you need to do is share a tip on twitter or write the hashtag in a piece of paper and take a photo of you holding the sign and share it on twitter. Don’t forget to tag @manilawaterph and @mommyginj.

To get people excited about this, we are running a promo where you will get very nice prizes from Manila Water. All you need to do is to follow the steps in this widget:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will randomly choose three winners and each will get a pack of this amazing leatherette folio…

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These glasses and car shades, which I don’t have a picture of. 🙂

Manila Water Promo

Join now and help spread the advocacy! This promo ends on October 8, 2014! Join now! 🙂

Workshops for Families and Soon-to-Be Parents!

For the month of September, Manila Workshops brings you two exciting workshops: The Family Finances Workshop on Sept. 20, 2014 and the A Child is Born: A Breastfeeding and New Born Care Workshop on Sept. 27, 2014.

The Family Finances Workshop (Sept. 20, 2014)
*From the Ready To Be Rich Workshop Series

Family Finances Workshop

Family Finances Workshop

This workshop is for:
• Couples who are finding it hard to budget their income to sustain the needs of their family.
• Breadwinners who are taking care of their parents, or involved in elder care at home.
• Single parents who are finding it hard to achieve work-life balance.
• Newlyweds who would like to know how to become financially independent from their parents.
• People who have relatives who depend on them financially.

Expect to get practical advice and real-life exercises that will teach you exactly how to achieve financial security for your family. After the workshop, you are expected to go home with a list of action items for your household and a concrete work plan that you can immediately apply.

Here are some questions that you’ll be able to answer after the workshop:
1. How can I save money if my income is just enough to support my family?
2. How do I teach my child to be financially smart?
3. How should I handle family members and relatives who constantly borrow money?
4. How do I manage my finances so it can support the medical expenses of my aging parents?
5. How can I invest if I’m too busy working and taking care of my children?
6. How do I secure the educational needs of my child?
7. How can I afford my dream house?
8. How should I prepare for retirement, so I won’t be dependent on my children when I grow old?

Fitz Gerard Villafuerte, RFP is a civil engineer who decided to quit the corporate world in 2003 to pursue entrepreneurship. In 2014, he became a registered financial planner.

His blog, entitled, Ready To Be Rich, has already received several recognitions including the Best Business and Finance Blog at the Philippine Blog Awards for two years in a row. Moreover, an international finance publication, Wise Bread, has likewise ranked his website as among the Top 100 Personal Finance blogs in the world. Fitz has also been recognized by Moneysense Magazine as among the top 12 most influential people in Personal Finance in the Philippines.

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Venue: VOffice, 10F Fort Legend Tower, 3rd Avenue and 31st Street, Bonifacio Global City Taguig
*Please bring a calculator

Learning fee:

Php 2000 per participant or Php 3000 per couple


A Child Is Born: A Breastfeeding And Newborn Care Workshop (Sept. 27, 2014)
*From the First Time Parents Workshop Series

Breastfeeding and New Born Care Workshop

Breastfeeding and New Born Care Workshop

This workshop is for:
• Couples who would like to know more about breastfeeding and how to breastfeed
• Couples who are preparing for their new born baby and would like to know what to do when the baby is born

This workshop is brought to you by Manila Workshops, together with Best For Families, Inc, Unilab and Stemcord Philippines, Inc. This session takes place on September 27, 2014, 1:00PM to 5:00PM at #29 1st St., New Manila Quezon City. Join this workshop and learn the basics on baby milestones, newborn baby care and breastfeeding from two distinguished speakers, Dr. Milette P. Romero and Ms. Joyce Martinez.

The Instructors:

Dr. Milette P. Romero is a practicing pediatrician who graduated from the UST College of Medicine. She trained in Pediatrics at the Department of Pediatrics, East Avenue Medical Center, Diliman, Quezon City, and was awarded the Most Outstanding Resident of the North Integrated Residency Training Program during her Senior Year of Residency Training. She was also named Assistant Chief Resident of the Department of Pediatrics at the East Avenue Medical Center during her final year of training. She presently holds clinics at the MediCard Ortigas Clinic, at Express Medical Center in Robinson’s Galleria, and her personal clinic in Makati. Soon, she will be opening another clinic at the Medical Arts Tower in The Medical City, Ortigas. A doting godparent to her sister’s children, she possesses a natural love for children, which is what inspired her to pursue a career in the field of Pediatrics.

Ms. Joyce Martinez is a certified lactation counselor, and is the in-house lactation counselor of Medela Moms. She is a registered nurse who also served as a Lactation Manager at St. Lukes Medical Center, Global City. She earned her Nursing Degree from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and followed up with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree at UERMMMC Graduate School. She 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, she 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 300
Couple’s Rate: Php 500


See you in both workshops! Sign up now!

Do you really understand what Dengue is?

I can’t believe it’s September already. My September last year was crazy-stressful. It was this month last year that I had dengue. I didn’t want to look back on that crazy time, but I figured that I had to do something about telling more people about the dangers of dengue. Especially, when I just heard that one of the daughters of my helper has dengue. So with this, I want to share with people what I learned when I attended the GSK “Aksyon Laban sa Dengue” event last week with Calpol as the paracetamol that is recommended by the World Health Organization as first-line treatment for dengue fever.


Aksyon Laban sa Dengue

Aksyon Laban sa Dengue

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What I found out about Dengue:

– Dengue is caused by the deadliest insect in the world, the Aedes aegypti mosquito. I learned that once this type of mosquito takes it’s first bite, it will still take time for the virus to develop in the mosquito’s body before it’s bit becomes dangerous.
– Dengue is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne disease in the world and is more rampant in countries with tropical climates like the Philippines.
– The Aedes mosquito is attracted to warm bodied preys so dengue actually affects more children than adults (since they love to move around)

“Dengue is a worldwide health issue. Based on WHO records, there have been 100 million dengue cases recorded and 5 percent resulted in death,” points out Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Eric Tayag. “Last year, the DOH recorded 204,906 dengue cases resulting in 660 deaths while in 2014, there have been 24,900 cases which have resulted in 100 deaths,” Dr. Tayag added.

What you can do to avoid Dengue:
The things that we need to do are really very simple. Just remember the 4S!

Search and Destroy
Seek early consultation
Self protection
Say yes to fogging only when there is an impending outbreak

You can read more about it HERE.

Unite Against Dengue

It’s nice to know that GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and maker of doctor-recommended Paracetamol Calpol, leads this campaign (Aksyon Laban sa Dengue: A Dengue Fever Awareness and Education Program) together with the Department of Health and the Philippine Pediatric Society. Calpol®, a product of GSK, contains Paracetamol specially designed to offer effective relief from the discomforts of pain and fever among children. Calpol® also has the broad suitability associated with standard paracetamol so you can be assured that it won’t harm your child when used as directed.

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Jeoffrey Yulo, GM GSK Consumer Health, Evelyn Perez  DOH Infectious Deseases Committee and Dr Sally Gatchalian, PPS Secretary

Jeoffrey Yulo, GM GSK Consumer Health, Evelyn Perez DOH Infectious Deseases Committee and Dr Sally Gatchalian, PPS Secretary

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“Dengue is a clever and cunning disease,” declares Dr. Sally Gatchalian, secretary of the Philippine Pediatric Society. “It can disguise itself as other diseases. So, during the rainy season, which is when we usually see an increase of dengue cases, it is important to be on the lookout for fever that is at least of two days duration”.

I’m a mom and every time any of the members of my family get sick, we drink paracetamol right away. Fever is one of the signs of dengue, but aside from that, it also comes with headaches, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, muscle and joint aches, rashes, and bleeding manifestations. During the time I had dengue, I had really high fever first for four days with really bad headache (I wanted to slam my head against the wall). I had the rashes though a week after my platelets went back to normal. Paracetamol really helped manage the fever and helped with the pain. I can’t imagine how children with dengue must be feeling, and I think giving them Calpol will really help ease the pain.

Engaging the Barangays

Not everyone has the sane kind of access to information that we have. It’s good that DOH, PPS and GlaxoSmithKline, (Paracetamol Calpol) will be going to selected barangays within Metro Manila with identified high cases of dengue incidence to spread the news on how to eliminate dengue.

The DOH will initially be facilitating the training of health practitioners to discuss new dengue incidence and disease trends as well as updates on its prevention and treatment guidelines. The PPS health committee will then cascade these dengue modules based on DOH guidelines with the selected barangays. On its part, GSK will be bringing doctors to these areas to lead the Dengue information campaign to help Filipinos protect their families and loved ones from this deadly menace.

“You can protect your loved ones by knowing more about this debilitating disease, its prevention and management. At the onset of dengue-related symptoms immediately seek the advice of your family physician. In cases of fever, (paracetamol) Calpol® is the Filipino mom’s partner in providing effective , soothing fever relief that is suitable for children.” adds Yulo. “And because nothing works faster on fever than the Paracetamol in Calpol®, you are assured of your child going back to his normal, playful self again”.


Mommy Ginger and other moms taking their commitment against Dengue

Mommy Ginger and other moms taking their commitment against Dengue

I’m doing what I can in spreading the word about how Dengue is such a serious disease. Let’s all try to spread the news about how we can eliminate dengue.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor. For more information about (Paracetamol) Calpol®, and its Dengue campaign, visit or like on Facebook at

Calpol Products

Learn How to Sketch!

Do you know how to draw or sketch? That may be one of my frustrations. My drawing and sketching skills are limited to big Circles and small circles. Oh, wait! I know of several complicated drawings that I can make — I can make hearts, stars and weird looking men and women. Haha! Kidding aside, I am jealous of people like my friend Patricia of Fancy Girl Design Studio, who can make illustrations like this (btw, she recently introduced her “illustrations” services if you want to have her make drawings for your site or decorations, etc.)…

Image from *made by my friend Patricia

Image from *made by my friend Patricia

Darn! She’s so talented. You know what? Mommies, if you find that your sons or daughters love drawing, sketching and art, we recommend that you sign them up for this right away! We at Manila Workshops, together with Young Advocates, will be holding a Basic Sketching Workshop on October 11, 2014 at Mothercare Podium Branch, Mothercare Podium Branch, 3/L The Podium Mall, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. We thought about holding this since a lot of us really want to help our children, nephews or nieces and grandchildren to hone their skills while they are still young.

Basic Sketching workshop that would teach kids specifically the light and shadow techniques. With the knowledge of these techniques, anyone would be able to know how to capture real life objects and interpret it unto paper.

Basic Sketching Workshop

Workshop fees are very AFFORDABLE! Here are the rates:

• Early Bird Rate: PHP 900 (paid by October 3, 2014);
• Regular Rate: PHP 1,000 (starting October 4, 2014);
• Group Rate: PHP 800 per participant (group of 3 or more participants).
*Fees include all of the materials for the workshop, food and drinks! For the guardians and companions who wish to stay during the workshop, there will be additional PHP 100 fee for food and drinks.

To register, please fill out the form found at the Memory Crafters Website:

About Memory Crafters Workshop Series

Memory Crafters is Workshop Series of Manila Workshops (GPA Events Management Services). It is a set of fun and creative workshops offering arts and crafts workshops for both the young and the old. Whether an old-timer or a beginner in DIY (do-it-yourself) projects, Memory Crafters believe that there is a creative side in each one of us. They carefully and lovingly pick the workshop courses that the group would offer to provide an opportunity for each individual to explore the wonderful world of creativity.

So far, the workshops that manila Workshops and memory Crafters have successfully ran are the Loom Band afternoon Party and the Bears for Haiyan: A DIY Stuffed Bear Workshop. All of these workshops aimed to develop the creative side of each attendee.

About the Teacher

Jennifer Villanueva is the founder of Young Advocates a non-profit environmental arts organization incorporated in the year 2000, and successfully conducted a series of art workshops and camp for kids five years and up. She is also a member of Bahaghari ng Malolos, and Lakan Sining, both an arts groups based in Bulacan. In the past she has worked as an Assistant Editor of Parents Magazine, under Belgosa Publishing and as a News Writer for RPN 9 News Watch & News Cap. She is currently working as a freelance publicist, copy writer and artist for corporate clients, while she takes care of her baby, Cassey Hunter.

To learn more about this workshop, please contact:

Mompreneur Carmie Barretto of The Best Impressions

I love personalized things. It’s nearing Christmas and I need to buy personalized notecards once again. We (husband and I), normally send cards to soem of our family and friends. I just realized that I ran out of my own personal stock of cards that we give out during birthdays, Christmas, etc. This made me interested to feature our mompreneur guest of the day, Carmie Taboso – Baretto of The Best Impressions.

About Mompreneur Carmie

Mompreneur Carmie of The Best Impressions

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Carmie is a mother of three kids. Her son Josh just graduated from College this year. Her daughter Kristen is 16 and Tristan, the youngest is in Grade 5 at Xavier School. Her husband runs a cargo company which brings in goods from Asia like Hong Kong, Singapore, China & Bangkok. She grew up in a family who has a passion for business. “I guess my siblings & I got the trait from my dad who is very hardworking. We have been in the electronics business since I was small. Until now, my parents are very much involved with it. They prefer to work rather than retire.”, says Carmie.

My interview with Mompreneur Carmie Barretto of The Best Impressions

Ginger: Hi Carmie! It’s so nice to have you as our guest momprenuer here at Can you please tell me about your brand? What is it and when did you start this business?

Carmie: The Best Impressions is an authorized retailer of self-inking, personalized stampers & desk embossers. I started this since February 2013.

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Ginger: So your business is already almost two years. Congratulations! Who is your target market for The Best Impressions?

Carmie: Our target market are mostly women who loves personalized items,. We target working mom who loves crafts & stationery materials. We also market to soon-to-be-wedded-couples who want something different for their invites. We also target mommies who love personalized items for their kids.

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Ginger: How did you come up with this idea?

Carmie: It was just a personal hobby.

Ginger: That’s so nice! We can see here that hobbies can turn into something profitable. So, what made you decide to turn your hobby into a business?

Carmie: I felt there is a demand because people nowadays love anything that’s personalized, and I thought, what more if they had their own stamper and embosser! The possibilities would be endless! Once you have tried using these, you’ll find it to be so addicting. One can never have enough of these things.

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Ginger: Yeah, I’m sure, they’re addicting and I’m sure you have a lot of clients already. But were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur?

Carmie: I realized I have less time for the kids, especially with my youngest, since I used to tutor him after school when I came home from work. I go to work 4 times a week, because I have to devote my Friday or Saturday to my personal business, too.

Ginger: I am impressed. You’re still a working mom and at the same time, you opted to start your own business. I hear a lot of moms with this same obstacle (time management). So Carmie, as a successful momprenuer, what traits do you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?

Carmie: One should have Passion. One needs to have that desire or interest to do something to be able to succeed. One should be Motivated. We all have ambitons in life, but without determination, you will never be able to reach our goals in life. Be Innovative. Be one step ahead. We should keep on looking for new ideas, new & fresh products which will interest buyers.

Ginger: Very well said. Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Carmie: In this day & age? Yes, I believe so, most especially if you grew up with business-minded parents and if you are surrounded by hard-working people in the family. My dad has raised us to believe that hard work pays off. No pain, no gain.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?

Carmie: No matter how busy our work is, let us not forget that at the end of the day, its Family First! Drop everything when you step in your comfort zone and just spend time with the kids.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?

Carmie: No matter how busy our work is, allot time to our loved ones. We can never bring back time, the children are growing up so fast, lets not devote everything to work. At the end of the day, our family is the most important part of our life.

Ginger: Thank you so much, Carmie for your words of wisdom! May you continue to inspire other mompreneurs.

The Best Impressions Contact information:
Email address :
Mobile Number : 09178888152
Facebook Page : Stamp Designs
Instagram Account: The Best Impressions