Fashion finds at Plazuela de Iloilo's bazaar

Bazaars provide opportunities for small local entrepreneurs to bring their goods closer to shoppers.

In a bazaar, an entrepreneur can rent a small space for just a minimal amount. Here, shoppers can also find good deals.

A homegrown mall, Plazuela de Iloilo has a heart for these entrepreneurs and thus came up with a daily bazaar.

I was amazed to find stylish dresses, blouses, shoes, and bags at such affordable prices from varied stalls. It was also here that I bought Hello Kitty fans for me, mom and sis. Yup, they have a stall for Hello Kitty lovers!

The bazaar is not just for women. There are T-shirts for men, clothing, and accessories for teens and children. The bazaar caters to people of all ages and gender.

While the bazaar happens daily, there are perks for those who shop on a Monday, Friday or Sunday.

For a single purchase receipt of P200, shoppers can have a free fortune telling session with the famous Madhu anytime between 5:30 and 9 pm on Fridays or Sundays or avail free eyebrow sh…

Whatever you share online lasts forever; pause before you post | #makeITsafePH

The Philippines now has 67 million Internet users, with all of them active on social media, according to the “Digital in 2018” report of Hootsuite, a US-based social media management platform.

While internet use has enabled the delivery of helpful information to a wider audience, it has also given rise to Internet-related crimes such as rape, theft,  bullying, and piracy which made the public, especially the youth, very vulnerable.

I’m glad there are companies like Globe Telecom who take this situation seriously through their #makeITsafePH cybersecurity and cyber wellness campaign.

The campaign aims to educate consumers about online threats and what they can do to avoid becoming a victim. It also teaches the public proper online etiquette so that they would not become a source of such deplorable behavior. 

Being a stakeholder, this article is my contribution. I would share how our information is being stored and used, how we can use the internet in a positive way and reduce harming oursel…

Grab improves the lives of commuters, taxi drivers

GrabTaxi is a ride-hailing app that has tremendously improved the lives of many by connecting commuters and taxi drivers and solved traffic-ridden commute issues.

One of the individuals who benefitted from the app is Kenneth Leslie Santander Aquito of Quarry Taxi. He said that since he became a GrabTaxi driver in 2017, his life has improved.

"Daku gid nabulig sang Grab sa akon. Indi na problema ang wala sang pasahero kay tungod sang Grab, may nagapa pick-up na nga pasahero," Aquito told this writer during a phone interview.

"May incentives ako kada semana kag gasulod ini sa GCash. Daw bangko ang gwa nya nga pwede ko makuhaan kwarta kon may emergency," he added. GCash, another app, is a fast and secure way for Grab to send money to the drivers.

"Kaagi na gani nga may balayran sa school pero pigado ang byahe, dira ko nagakuha sang kwarta. Sang una, indi kami makasupot kag magapanugutang pa. Pero halin sa pag-entra ko sa Grab, may kuhaan na ko sang kwarta," he s…

Money Under 30 – Pocket Guide for a Millennial

Over a century, Sun Life has been an advocate to help people deal with their life goals and financial situations. They have seen the worst scenarios that one can undergo. This caused them to pursue financial literacy campaigns all over the country, hoping to create a generation with a brighter life. 

One of these is Sun Life FUNday Iloilo held at Dova Brunch Café recently. An afternoon fun packed with life learning and financial tips, Money Under 30 was graced by Miss Katrina Loring, a young and successful entrepreneur and Mr. Michael Gustilo, Sun Life Visayas Regional Sales Manager.

Together, they shared their personal stories on financial stability and success.

Check out this “Pocket Guide for a Millennial” to take your finances to the next level. 
Money Under 30 – Identify needs from wants
Most of us, if not all, have gone through the scenario of labeling our wants as needs when we were younger. However, when the pressure of real life hits us, it comes naturally that we begin to see the …

Say it with Love

Love. A four letter word. Sometimes, four cupcakes in a box to express how you feel.

Mrs. Wharton Pastries, London Bakes and English Teas offers Love Box, a delightful box of four delicious cupcakes which is an ideal gift, take-home treat or surprise to express our love or affection towards someone.

Mrs. Wharton is a British shop, so the Love Box was named as such because in England, people there call everybody, even strangers “love” or “luv”. For example, you walk in a restaurant or cafe, it’s normal for the waitress to ask, “What are you having, luv?” or “What can I get you, luv?”

What’s in a Love Box? Depending on your choice, it could be cupcakes, cookies, muffins or scones. The cupcake choices include Apple Cinnamon, Red Velvet, Vegan Chocolate, and Guiltless Chocolate. These are available for single purchase at P50 each but the Love Box is only P150 with already four goodies.

Apple Cinnamon cupcake is packed with healthy apple bits and cinnamon, and it is a delicious blend of spice an…

Why God hides and where to find Him

The experience of wonder is a universal occurrence. One of the thingswe wonder about is the hidden Designer, Creator, and Maintainer of the universe. The world is clear and manifest to us, but its Maker, theultimate Cause of it all, is not. Our reason tells us that He must be there, that He exists, and that He is almighty, omniscient, unchangeable, eternal, and just.
It is enough to look at a blooming rose, admire the colors and symmetry of its construction and sense its fragrance, to conclude that there is an intelligent designer and artist. For the beauty of a rose cannot be pure chance. The same is true for the fertilization of flowers by insects with pollen on their legs. Consider too the arrangements in man’s optical and hearing systems, the superb activity of the brain, and the splendid immunity system of the human body.  Could all of them be just chance? But it is also true that a veil covers God from our sense perceptions.

The mind can figure that this is because He is infinite …

Rainy day and seamless R&R in Seda Atria

Waking up early to the sound of rain in a strange but happy place. Looking at a historical landmark from my hotel window while sipping a cup of peppermint tea. Watching the raindrops against the window while meditating. A seamless hotel experience. I had all these recently.
April to June are my busiest and most stressful months and it was capped with an unfortunate visit to a hospital’s emergency room and several days of agonizing over my lab results. During that time, I imagined myself having a nice vacation. God listened, sent his angels, so I found myself spending the night at Seda Atria. #grateful

AMENITIES Owned by the Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corporation (AHRC), 4-star hotel Seda Atria is technologically advanced with its fast and paperless check-in. In just one minute, I already got my hotel keycard and was ushered to the elevator that will bring me to my floor.
I spent the whole afternoon and late evening in their luxurious room, just lying down on their comfy bed. Their beds…