Havaianas unveils newest fashion must-hav

Genetics has gone beyond science and has found its way into fashion.
Havaianas, the world’s best rubber flip-flops, now shares its DNA to the newest addition to their family.

“True to the innovative characteristic of the brand, we are introducing a new line of bags that carry the same elements as the Havaianas flip-flops,” says Anne Gonzalez, Managing Director for Terry S.A., Inc., the exclusive distributor of Havaianas in the Philippines.

With the same sense of functional style, these new fashion statements from Havaianas showcase the basic features that define the chic brand. Aside from using the same rainbow of colors as the flip-flops’ palette, the different bag styles are subtly ingrained with distinct Havaianas elements: the rice pattern on the soles and the Greek pattern on the straps are integrated into different details of all the bag styles. Reinforcing the bag’s durability are familiar rubber elements that provide sturdy yet stylish bases, straps and locks. The round rubber buttons used to keep the flip-flops’ soles and straps together can also be found detailing the bags, locking-in the Havaianas DNA.

“The original design elements of our flip-flops are stylishly transposed to this latest must-Hav. This new collection has been meticulously designed with the same originality, creativity and style that are inherent to the brand,” says Gonzalez.

Havaianas Mega

Similar to flip-flops, an understated handbag such as the Havaianas Mega can be the most versatile item in your bag wardrobe, adding a punch of color to any outfit. Havaianas Mega comes in two orientations, with the vertical Havaianas Mega NS currently available in Navy Blue and Black, and the horizontal Havaianas Mega LO currently available in Light Green and Red. Through careful attention to detail, the solid hues of Havaianas Mega underscore flexibility without compromising fashion or style.

Havaianas Mega Printed

Havaianas Mega Printed takes the same silhouette of the Havaianas Mega and adds a playful print. With its intricate design of flip-flop flowers, the Havaianas Mega Printed currently comes in Yellow|Gray and Light Blue|Brown. The added print makes the style a perfect option for the multi-faceted modern woman with an eye for style and a need for adaptability.

Havaianas Sack

Nothing beats the functionality of a durable carry-all, and Havaianas takes it a step further with the introduction of the Havaianas Sack — perfect for men and women who prefer a simple, subtle, ever-so-versatile style. Mirroring the variety of color found in the flip-flops, this style is currently available in nine different colors - Black, Brown, Gray, Lawn Green, Light Blue, Navy Blue, Orange, Pink, and Red – and each Sack features a detachable rubber strap that you can mix and match to suit your mood and style.

Havaianas Side

Havaianas takes the basic messenger sling bag to fashionable new heights with the Havaianas Side. This style features a rubber bottom for a sturdy and unique base, while a similar rubber brace keeps the bag cover in place while adding a distinct edge to the style. Available in Black, Brown and Navy Blue, the Havaianas Side is ideal for the dynamic lifestyles of youthful and fashionable individuals who value ease and practicality.

Havaianas Tote

One can’t help but love the simple yet functional construction of the Havaianas flip-flops and now, the Havaianas Tote. By inserting a colorful printed drawstring bag into the traditional tote silhouette, this bag – currently available in Light Blue, Pink, and Yellow - provides a fashionable way to secure your essentials. Add in the internal pockets, and the Havaianas Tote is perfect for every woman whose life is filled to bursting – from the chic career woman with her pens and papers to the stylish mommy with her baby’s bottles and diapers.

Havaianas Zip

The brand’s originality and innovative spirit shines through with the introduction of the cool, new bag concept of the Havaianas Zip. With wide-open sides, and numerous pockets, the Havaianas Zip allows you to conveniently tote items you would normally hand-carry, such as skateboards, yoga mats, jackets—even puppies. Currently available in two sizes and six colors – Black, Navy Blue, Orange, Red, Pink and Yellow - the Havaianas Zip is perfect for diverse girls and guys who are willing to break out of the traditional bag mold.

Bags with Your Personality

With this newest offering, Havaianas does for bags what it did for flip-flops: it offers the fashionable set an alternative that will let them live an active and versatile lifestyle without sacrificing fun, fashion or function.
“Havaianas has always espoused the concept that style should be personal and fashion should allow one to live their vibrant lives without any obstacles,” explains Gonzalez. “Our bags fit into the wearer’s lifestyle. The wearer doesn’t have to change their lifestyle to fit the bag.”

As the Havaianas portfolio grows, its style chromosomes can’t stay in one place. And if its predecessor, the flip-flops, is anything to go by, the new bag collection from Havaianas is set to take the fashion industry by storm.

Carry the Havaianas Lifestyle at www.havaianasphilippines.com/musthavs.
The all-new Havaianas Bag Collection is out now at selected All Flip-Flops stores nationwide: Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Glorietta 3, Greenbelt 5, SM Megamall, Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu, SM City Cagayan de Oro, SM City Davao, SM City Iloilo, SM City Lipa, and SM City Naga.


Do you know kids?

Tang asks parents to rethink the idea of kids’ independence

Are kids ready to be given more independence? Can they be trusted to make bigger decisions and more grown-up choices? Starting with the simplicity of a question and armed with nothing but the innocence of curiosity, Tang, the country’s leading powdered juice brand, recently concluded its revolutionary journey into the minds of Filipino children.

Challenging the norm

With a fast-paced world spun on by cable television, internet, and other technologies, children today are raised in an environment that preaches dangerously attractive attributes such as instant gratification. Parents often bewail the lack of responsibility in their offspring, pointing fingers at numerous possible causes leading to an inevitable, unpleasant conclusion – that today’s children, spoiled by modern-day opportunities, discard independence and responsibility in favor of games, toys, and time spent with friends.

But beyond such societal norms and basic assumptions, is there nothing more to expect from today’s Filipino child? Could the numerous opportunities granted them have contributed to their lack of responsibility? The repercussions of such a question were not to be taken lightly. To find the answer, scratching beneath the surface was not enough.

Thus began the journey of one hundred children and five hundred pesos.

A revolutionary idea

In search of an answer, Tang launched a revolutionary social experiment to explore the minds of one hundred Filipino children between the ages of seven and nine years old.

A controlled environment was constructed, replete with elements designed to cater to the typical wishes of a child on a shopping spree. The various choices included an extensive range of toys, school supplies, and snacks and other options like a charity box where they can donate the money or the alternative for them to save the money they received. While the children were granted the time to spend and peruse the makeshift shopping paradise, their parents were interviewed regarding their views on what they believed their child would purchase. More than half of the mothers expected their kids to mostly spend on toys and snacks, believing that they were too young for responsible decisions.

Children step up to the plate

They were wrong. Ninety-nine out of one hundred children saved most of their money. Many donated to charity. Half of them purchased items for school. One child indeed spent all of his money on food and toys – but to give as gifts to his brothers and sisters.

The conclusion of the social experiment was indeed astonishing, but the most shock was elicited from the parents of the children themselves when the results were revealed. Surprise led to curiosity at what the children purchased. Upon hearing that a vast majority opted to retain their funds in favor of savings or for the benefit of their respective families, parental pride was clearly evident with each smile.

“It was very heartwarming to see how the kids reacted and what they decided to do with the money. I was very surprised and actually quite impressed that my son/daughter is responsible enough to know the value of money and opted to save it instead of spending it on toys,” said one very surprised mom.

In a world where kids can be dismissed as too young for any sense of responsibility, these one hundred children made us question what we thought we knew about kids these days.

“Tang believes that just like the refreshing results of this social experiment, today’s kids can surprise, amaze and delight us in so many more ways, than we can imagine.” says Cyn Icasas, Kraft Beverage Category Marketing Manager. “Whether it be in school, in their community or in their own families, kids can shine when we least expect them to –all they really need is to be given a chance. “

So the next time you think you know kids, dare to question, explore and perhaps be amazed at what you find. To learn more, watch Tang’s “Do you know kids?” social experiment video by logging on to http://www.knowkids.org.ph/ and share the surprise!


Every day is Christmas Day at Jollibee

This season, Jollibee, the country’s most loved food chain, brings everyone together in joyful merrymaking. The all-time Filipino favorite lets friends and loved ones celebrate Christmas everyday by serving a feast like no other. Sharing stories, memories and affordable langhap-sarap meals under one roof, families and friends need not wait until December 25. Everyone can have an early Christmas because with Jollibee, any day can be Christmas day.

The true spirit of a merry Christmas

As a kid, it is easy to think that Christmas is about presents, aguinaldo and noche buena. But as people get older, these perceptions are trimmed down to one important thing: having the entire family together for one day. People adjust their schedules, making sure that they have freed Christmas Day of any other commitments. And it doesn’t matter much if there are gifts or not, because the mere presence of loved ones is enough to make the holiday celebration complete. After all, it’s the true spirit of having a merry Christmas—above anything else—and it’s a good thing that Jollibee provides a venue for this kind of togetherness.

Where everyday is Christmas day

Whether it’s the entire clan or the whole barkada that will be celebrating Christmas together, Jollibee carries the crispylicious and juicyliscious Chickenjoy, the meatiest and tastiest Jollibee Spaghetti, the langhap-sarap Yum Burger and all the other Jollibee favorites to cater to everyone’s cravings. It’s the place that is closest to home; after all, it’s where every Filipino practically grew up. So celebrating this season at Jollibee is just like enjoying meals at one’s own dinner table.

With the kids enjoying play time and the kids-at-heart having a good time with each other’s company, Jollibee truly makes every visit seem like a holiday celebration. Every table can serve a jolly get-together because of its first-rate yet easy-on-the-pocket menu, creating a warm and family-friendly atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

Bee happy

The spirit of togetherness combined with a reasonably-priced dining experience at Jollibee can be all it takes to make any person extra happy this Christmas. It is in life’s simple things that people often see the beauty of bonding with loved ones, so what better time than now to spend a simple yet fulfilling Yuletide season at Jollibee stores nationwide. In the end, Jollibee will always the best place to bee happy!


Lolo Dad’s Brasserie introduces exciting menu for the Holiday Season

Enjoy some Stewed Beef cheeks baked with Puff pastry instead for the main course, available only at Lolo Dad’s Brasserie.

Among the strip of Malate’s finest dining choices, it is Lolo Dad’s that gained a reputable image among the authorities of gastronomy. People who frequent the vicinity can testify what that image means, claiming that this café is truly worth experiencing. True enough, those who have dined there have become living testaments to Lolo Dad’s hard-earned glory. That same spark and good taste that ignited the Cafe’s success can now be experienced in Makati , bringing the Lolo Dad experience closer to busy metropolitans. But this time, it comes in the form of a brasserie.

A brasserie in Makati

Except for the price range, Lolo Dad’s Brasserie is nothing short of the Café in Malate. The same trademark quality of food and service fills the simple and minimalist structure of the 6750 venue, easily complementing the grand dining experience. People who frequent the place have become accustomed to the Brasserie’s unique way of tickling the palate, making no excuses or reasons to justify why dining there is a must. “We created a Brasserie in order to give a more affordable Lolo Dad’s dining experience to the people,” said Ding Ayuyao, general manager of the Brasserie.

How about a Kebab of boneless Chicken leg with Garlic rice? Surely this will be a feat to the senses.

Contrary to the popular cafés that Filipinos frequent, a brasserie is an affordable restaurant that serves wine, fine meals and beer. Lolo Dad’s Brasserie has been striving to provide an authentic brasserie experience for the Filipinos; and after more than one year of doing so, to say that they succeeded is an understatement.

More reasons to dine

Lolo Dad’s Brasserie is genuinely grateful for more than one year of journeying not only to people’s stomachs, but to their hearts as well. As such, Lolo Dad’s Brasserie dedicates its reinvented Lunch Special Menu to its loyal (and soon-to-be loyal) customers.

Taste this hearty Mussels, Prawn and White Flesh in Chardonnay, Garlic and Anchovy pasta available on the Lunch Special Menu.

At just P495* per head, the Lunch Special Menu includes Mussels or Beef Cheeks specially prepared by Ariel Manuel himself, owner of Lolo Dad’s and Manila’s Best Kept Restaurant Secrets Best Chef awardee. This menu already includes three choices of appetizers, and for dessert, indulgent Vanilla Almond ice cream sitting on top of home-style banana bread.

For tapas aficionados, the Brasserie has prepared a tapas menu that won’t cost over P200*. Enjoy this delightful Spanish treat anytime of the day, any day of the week with this affordable and scrumptious menu.

Open from Mondays to Saturdays at 11:00 am to 10:00 pm, Lolo Dad’s Brasserie at 6750 in Makati City invites guests to come over and have a taste of their special meals. Whether it is to celebrate the Yuletide season or it is just another ordinary day to have coffee or dessert, the Brasserie will always have something flavorful, filling and reasonably priced. For diners who want to satisfy their craving for a special dining experience, head on to the Brasserie now.

End the Lunch Special on a sweet note as Chef Ariel Manuel brings the delectable Banana Split to the table consisting of Vanilla and Almond Selecta Ice cream with Banana bread.

*Exclusive of service charge

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Making jolly memories with Jollibee and Enervon Prime

Perfect Combination. Jollibee teams up with Unilab Nutritionals, Inc.’s Enervon Prime to let families enjoy more “Jolly Memories.”

Families now have more reasons to continue making memorable moments together – even with their older folks. With the new partnership between Enervon Prime and Jollibee, food-loving Pinoys don’t just reinforce past memories, but they get the chance to make new ones as well.

Jollibee, the country’s largest fast food chain, teams up with Unilab Nutritionals, makers of Enervon Prime the nutritional drink for older adults, for a promo that aims to further strengthen the bond of today’s Filipino families.

Dubbed “Jolly Memories,” the promo rewards consumers with free Jollibee meals for every purchase of Enervon Prime. The effort is driven by the shared commitment of Jollibee and Enervon Prime in championing the importance of having a sharp mind and a healthy body in making more memories with the family.

Brenda Miranda, the Marketing and Operations Director of Unilab Nutritionals, Inc., stresses the importance of staying healthy and strengthening the family unit.

“This is a perfect partnership since Jollibee and Enervon Prime share the same ideals,” she says. “And what’s great is that the promo helps families keep their minds sharp and make more memories as they spend more time together when they visit Jollibee.”

Jollibee’s National Key Accounts head Jun Salao also shares, “Jollibee believes in the value of uniting the family through sharing happy moments together. With the Jolly Memories promo, Filipinos can stay healthy and create more unforgettable memories as they enjoy the company of their loved ones in Jollibee.”

Until December 15, 2009, one can get free Jollibee treats simply by purchasing Enervon Prime in any SM Supermarket, SM Hypermart, Savemore, Robinsons Supermarket and Mercury Drugstore, Just present a proof of purchase to any Jollibee store nationwide and you can instantly avail of the following treats: Peach Mango Pie for every Enervon Prime 200g, 1-piece Burger Steak with rice for every Enervon Prime 400g pack, and a 1-piece Chickenjoy meal for every Enervon Prime 1kg. Consumers can claim their free Jollibee meals until February 15, 2010.

No to oil, yes to clear skin this Chirstmas

Clean & Clear offers solutions to prevent oily, blemished skin this holiday season

The holiday season has arrived, and for most people this means hectic preparations and the onset of the Christmas breeze. While most people look forward to the change in temperature, women should know that the cold weather increases one’s chances of having oily skin. This is why it is important to use products that help manage oil production and prevent shiny, blemished faces in pictures of all the yuletide gatherings.

So how does the cool weather cause oily and blemished skin? The cool, crisp, dry air dries up the skin. When this happens, the oil glands naturally overcompensate for the dryness and produce more oil. According to dermatologists, excessive oil production and abnormal shedding of dead skin cells can clog pores and cause bacteria to proliferate, thereby causing acne breakouts. So one must first keep oil under control in order to prevent and control acne.

Luckily, Clean & Clear makes available two special product bundles to keep the skin from breaking out and help girls achieve fair and radiant skin, without the excess oil, this holiday season.

Enjoy pimple- and oil-free skin with the help of Clean & Clear’s Pimple Clearing Kit. This kit consists of one CLEAN & CLEAR® Active Clear™ Pimple Clearing Cleanser (50g) that helps clear pimples while at the same time, gently soothes irritated skin. What’s more, it comes with the CLEAN & CLEAR® Oil Control Film at 50% off! The all-time favorite oil blotter instantly removes excess oil and shine from the face. It can be used anytime, anywhere throughout the day as it doesn’t smudge make-up.

Those who suffer from acne breakouts due to oily skin are also likely to have dull, lifeless skin. Bring back your skin’s naturally clear, fair glow with Clean & Clear’s Clear Fair Glow Kit, which contains one CLEAN & CLEAR® Clear Fairness Cleanser (100g) and CLEAN & CLEAR® Oil Control Film at half-price. The Clear Fairness Cleanser has a unique whitening Vitamin C Beads Formula that effectively lightens skin, making it fair and radiant. Its oil-free and non-drying formulation makes it ideal for everyday use.

Keep the effects of the cold season at bay with these special product bundles from Clean & Clear, which will keep your skin clear, glowing and oil-free throughout the holidays. The Pimple Clearing Kit and the Clear Fair Glow Kit are available in all supermarkets, drugstores and department stores, for P133.50 and P186.50, respectively. Promo will run until December 31, 2009.


CLEAN & CLEAR® has a strong and successful heritage in answering the skin care needs of young women. The line includes more than forty products to help maintain clean, noticeably clear, beautiful skin. CLEAN & CLEAR® is committed to understanding its consumers and delivering solutions to meet their needs with the most innovative skincare technology. A global skincare brand, CLEAN & CLEAR® is currently available in 41 countries such as Australia, Brazil, China and Poland.

‘Tis the season to be cheesiest

With Christmas fast approaching, the cheesiest barkada moments are bound to happen. As groups of friends jump from one party to another, expect loads of cheesy happenings as best buddies catch up, new pals bond, or distant friends become close again—all part of the Christmas barkada traditions. Who can help it when there are sweet songs in the air, tinkling lights and festive food? Combined, all these provide the perfect backdrop for sharing the spirit of the season in unabashed, overflowing, and yes, very cheesy ways. Here are some cheesy Christmas rituals friends enjoy together:

The exchange gifts. The monito-monita is one barkada tradition that never goes out of style. Through this, friends get to express their cheesy side to one another as they hunt for something to buy or even create to give to dear pals without going over the prescribed budget. There’s also the ‘secret Santa’ where every member of the gang will outdo each other in being the sweetest and most caring ‘mommy’ or ‘daddy’ by giving their ‘baby’ a gift every week, complete with Hallmark-worthy gift notes.

The high school reunion. Need a reminder of how corny you were before? There’s the reunion where everyone brings out all the old photos and the old autograph books as well. Everyone gets a turn on the hot seat as the entries are perused to reveal past cheesy quotes, mottos and kilig moments. Fortunately, in the company of long-time friends and yummy food and drinks, the potentially embarrassing reminiscences always turn into a time full of good-natured hoots and peals of laughter.

The annual Christmas picture. Like many families, some barkadas even have their annual Christmas photo shoot. There are no holds barred here. All in the name of cheesy Christmas fun, some groups of friends will go all out for this yearly tradition. They will cook up a creative theme, prepare their costumes, even rent a studio AND a good photographer, and then come up with silly poses. Afterwards, multiple copies will be made and sent as Christmas cards to friends here and abroad.

One, big party. And then there’s the biggest cheese-fest of all—the barkada Christmas party. Whether it’s at the group’s favorite chill-out place, a new hot spot or somebody’s house, it brings out everyone’s utter cheesiness. Glittering party hats? Check. Gifts for everyone? Check. Corny sing-alongs? Check! This is one time in the year where even the biggest grudges are put aside, old loves are rekindled, and fierce declarations of friendship are made. This is also one time in the year when the enjoyment of scrumptious food goes full-throttle. For Filipinos especially, whose taste buds rejoice given intense flavors and rich textures, only the cheesiest will do.

To make the barkada’s Christmas events extra cheesy, treat the taste buds to Greenwich’s premium pizza and pasta offerings for the season.

The new Triple Ham and Cheese Overload is overflowing with 3 types of premium hams and cheeses--Chinese ham, pastrami ham and cooked ham ; quezo de bola, mozzarella cheese and cheddar cheese. There’s also the new Meatball Spaghetti Supreme with parmesan cheese over big juicy Christmas meatballs in marinara sauce and served over al dente pasta. Greenwich also offers other pizza and pasta products that will surely add cheesy delight to the barkada’s Christmas gimmicks.

Turn every yuletide event into an extra delicious experience. Serve and share these Greenwich delights to your friends and have the cheesiest time of your lives!


Even small purchases can help you win big

Save your receipts and have a lot of fun with the winning Panalo’tto promo from 7-11, as every 50-peso purchase entitles you to a lotto entry you can match or combine to win up to Php7 million in prizes! The lotto ticket also entitles customers to freebies or discounts indicated on the printout, so everyone walks away a winner.

The popular convenience store kicks off this exciting promo to make their customers Christmas merrier, and what’s more, they’ve pledged to donate a sum of money to ABS-CBN Foundation Inc. for every top prize winner. Winning combinations will be announced every Wednesday, which will be posted in all 7-Eleven stores and at www.7-eleven.com.ph

Match number combinations announced online or in stores to win. Three out of five numbers nets you Php5,000, while four out of five clinches a cool Php10,000. The lucky customer who manages five out of five will walk home richer by Php500,00 while ABS-CBN Foundation gets support for their charitable work.

Go for the win and have fun by collecting receipts and buying your favorite products at any 7-Eleven store this holiday season. You just may have a handful of lucky numbers.

Spread Holiday Cheer with Beauty-licious Treats

Great discounts when you buy Neutrogena’s Fine Fairness UV Compact and Body Oil

Looking for the perfect kikay gift to give your girlfriends this Christmas? Look no more as Neutrogena, the brand recommended by dermatologists, offers great deals on its hottest and must-have products this yuletide season!

Fine, Fair and Smooth Skin For Less

‘Tis the season to achieve fine, fair skin for less! Buy one Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compact and get 50% off on the second compact. Share this beauty secret with your girlfriends. With the pack conveniently designed for the holiday season, all you need to do is attach a card and you’re ready to spread the love for fine, fair skin this Christmas.

Available in shades of natural and light beige, the Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compact is clinically-formulated to blend evenly with the skin tone and provide beautiful, natural-looking coverage. Its Vitamin C and Licorice Extract plus sunscreen protect the skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays, preventing sunspots and premature skin aging. The Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compact is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and does not clog pores. It is also resistant to humidity, sweat and oil, thus, giving the skin lasting coverage needed for all the merry-making this season.

In addition, get the same 50% discount on the Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compact when you buy Neutrogena Body Oil. With its light sesame formula, the Body Oil is easily absorbed by shower-damp skin, leaving it soft and silky with a radiant and healthy glow. And with Christmas just around the corner, you only need a few drops of the Neutrogena Body Oil to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized amidst the cool holiday breeze.

Christmas must-haves

Make Neutrogena’s Christmas gift bundles the perfect kikay must-haves this holiday season! Share the love for healthy and beautiful skin with your girlfriends. Get amazing discounts from Neutrogena: two (2) Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compacts, with the second compact at 50% off, at a bargain price of P1,063.59; and one (1) Neutrogena Body Oil and one (1) Neutrogena Fine Fairness UV Compact (at half its original price) for only P939.50. Hurry and grab the Neutrogena Christmas gift bundles in select drugstores and department stores from December 1 to 31, 2009.