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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pay For Consistent Quality With Mrs. Lam Rice

Ask any entrepreneur his secret to success, and he would tell you that it is more than just luck. For Victor and Evelyn Lam, the powerhouse couple behind the Mrs. Lam Rice brand, it was really the four Ps of perseverance, persistence, parental care, and prayers for God’s blessings that guided them throughout the years.

Fact is, the family of Victor Lam has been in the rice business for generations before his generation decided to venture into other careers. He learned much of what he knows about the business from his uncles. That’s why he was confident of going back into rice trading in 2000.

After deciding on naming the business after his wife, he went through the arduous process of finding suppliers and trying out different varieties of rice. Unsteady supply from rice traders meant that quality would vary from one purchase to another, from one harvest to another. There was the also the issue of storage. Being new in the business, they learned that rice mills often did not entertain small orders.

“We could not sell rice without a consistent supplier and quality,” says Mrs. Lam. “We had to build our own brand, and consistent quality would be the key to our success.”

The Lams bit the bullet. They ordered an initial stock of 40 sacks of rice, thinking that what they couldn’t sell, they would just cook and serve on their dinner table. Only then did they learn that you could not keep rice in storage for more than three months, because weevils start to grow.

Door-to- door sales

The Lams started to personally sell their rice door-to- door in villages near their home, distributing flyers themselves, and eventually advertising in village publications. They did the deliveries themselves, using their own car and tapping their family driver. Their cook, whom she discovered had an extensive knowledge on rice varieties, helped out by answering and taking down phone inquiries. 

Their base of loyal clients eventually grew from their relatives and close friends when they started placing their products in supermarkets. When their first big order came in, her parent’s and sister’s households helped in delivering their commitments in time. Mrs. Lam Rice had become a family endeavor.

Getting into supermarkets proved to be a tough task considering there are already a number of brands in the market.

“Honesty is very important when you deal with people,” says Mrs. Lam. “I remember the first clients we had. Initially we were told they don’t have space to display our rice. But after being very truthful in our answers to their queries, we were allowed to sell two varieties, namely Sinandomeng and Dinorado.”

To stand out from the crowd, the Mrs. Lam Rice brand was the first in the market to introduce vacuum-packed rice as a means of prolonging shelf life. From then on, sales started to grow slowly.

“We started getting accepted in various supermarkets, engaging in retail on a per kilo basis, as in wet markets. We kept our margins very low, and delivered best quality and tasting freshly milled rice. Our rice undergoes processing at par with big Thai rice mills,” says Mrs. Lam

Product expansion

Mrs. Lam Rice caters presently to the broad A to E market segment, from the budget-conscious to discriminating ones. Its premium local rice varieties include Dinorado Special, Whole Grain Sinandomeng, Long Grain, Sinandomeng Special, Intan, Sinandomeng, and Laon—palay that has been aged for a year for those who prefer fluffy and non-sticky grains with more yield. Its specialty varieties includes Thai Jasmine Milagrosa, Japanese short grain variety, Sticky or Glutinous (Malagkit), and Thai White Rice.

“When my father was diagnosed with cancer, we searched for an organic rice supplier and found a cooperative in Nueva Ecija to ensure a steady supply of church supervised farming and certified Organic Red and Organic Brown Rice,” says Mrs. Lam.

“Organic Rice is highly recommended for health enthusiasts as it is absolutely free from synthetic pesticides or chemicals,” she explained. “This is important because in semi polished rice, only the husk is removed. There is no polishing. That’s why we are able to avoid residual pesticides when we eat Organic Rice.”

The company also attended international expositions to upgrade its packaging to international standards. It started working from a small storage facility, roughly around 80 square meters, to intentionally limit its stock to just a few days’ supply of freshly milled rice. It counts top Chinese and Thai restaurants in Metro Manila among its loyal clients.

Breaking new grounds

For the past 16 years, Mrs. Lam Rice has relied on word-of- mouth and client recall to promote its products. However, the firm believes it is now time to actively market its inventory of rice varieties. It recently signed up actress and celebrity mom Danica Sotto-Pingris as its brand ambassador.

“Danica is already serving Mrs Lam’s Rice to her family, and they enjoy it. So, she is the perfect brand endorser for us,”Mrs. Lam proudly declares.

The endorsement of Sotto-Pingris of their rice varieties highlight the family orientation Mrs. Lam Rice wanted when the Lams were searching a name for their product.

“When we were deciding what to call it, my husband wanted a name that was more family sounding,” she recalled.

And the rest is now history.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

That'so: A breakthrough in Beauty

A never-before-seen beauty breakthrough has arrived in the Philippines through That'so, an Italian skincare brand renowned for its "fast beauty" concept. That'so Philippines co-founders and Filipina-Canadian sisters Queenie Subido and Flecett Aspilla bring in the breakthrough for Filipinos to experience. Their first-ever offering is That'so Pure White, a patented skin-brightening and anti-aging treatment that addresses hard-to-solve woes including discoloration, hyperpigmentation, fines lines and wrinkles. But what makes the treatment a first in the country? Subido explains that it will be administered by doctors only using the That'so Pure White nano-spray machine filled with the Pure White lotion, which is packed with biomimetic peptides.

She adds, "Biomimetic peptides, which mimics the skin and improves its overall appearance, are sprayed all over the body in nano-particles so that it is absorbed deep down the layers of the skin." Moreover, That'so Pure White's biomimetic peptides are derived from natural ingredients—cinnamon to be exact—making it an all-natural spray lotion. Safe and gentle to all skin types, it is European Health Regulations-Certified and FDA-Approved. "We promise results. In just two to three sessions, you can easily see the change. But to achieve maximum results, we recommend to get a total of 24 sessions," shares Aspilla noting that it is best to take home That'so Pure White On the Go Instant Brightening Spray for everyday maintenance.

Aspilla and Subido, who grew up and settled in Canada, both attest to the effectivity of That'so. In fact, they were the first to provide That'so's whitening services to North America. Finally, these beautiful businesswomen are introducing That'so Pure White in the Philippines. "Our objective really is to educate the Filipinos that there are better, safer and healthier alternatives out there for skincare procedures," Subido relates. Aspilla echoes, "That is true. Ours is non-invasive and without harmful chemicals because we believe that beauty should be painless." Looking forward, the co-founders share, "In the future, we plan to offer other That'so treatments and products so that through them, Filipinos can embrace any skin color that they want." That'so Pure White is currently available at Floor D Suite, D2 Medical Plaza at Makati Medical Center, Makati City. It will soon be offered by different cosmetology clinics nationwide.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Johnson’s Expose The Benefits of the First Clinically Proven Bedtime Routine

Most of the Mom's will definitely agree when it comes to bedtime challenge that we all face in getting our babies to sleep and stay sleeping.

Did you know that studies say that 20%-30% of babies experience sleeps problems, including difficulty in falling asleep and sleeping through the night.

In return, it can cause problems not only to babies,  but also for mothers and have an impact in the health development of babies.

Establishing a sleeping routine is one of the most important things that parents can do to help their baby sleep better.  Johnson's had recognized this and that is why they launched a clinically proven Bedtime Routine. It helps baby to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer in just 3 steps.

Step 1. 

Bath: A bedtime routine, including a warm bath with Johnson’s bedtime baby bath, helps baby know it’s time to sleep.

Step 2. 

Massage: A massage, using Johnson’s bedtime baby lotion can help baby sleep better. Familiar and pleasant scents can make baby feel happy and relaxed and lead to better well-being by enhancing baby’s mood and emotions.

Step 3. 

Quiet Time: The moments before bed are an opportunity to help baby wind down through quiet time activities, such as reading, singing or listening to music. Complement quiet time with Johnson’s bedtime baby powder to freshen and keep baby feeling comfortable while sleeping.

You can complement the Johnson’s 3-Step Bedtime routine with Johnson’s bedtime baby oil to warm baby before bath.

During the event, Dr. Agnes Tirona- Remulla, a specialist in ENT-Head and Neck Surgery, sub-specializing in Sleep Medicine and Surgery told us that the sleep rhythms begin to develop at around 6 weeks and most babies are developmentally capable of regular sleep-wake cycles by 3-6 months.

Sleeping is important for the little ones because it has an impact to their immune system, it promotes cognitive development by building memory and supports learning. It also improves social skills of the baby.

Also, Johnson's has launched its Bedtime baby sleep app. Designed to equip mothers with information on how to ensure longer and better sleep for their baby. It is now available around the world, the App features a proprietary customized sleep profile tool to get a research based analysis of baby's sleeping habits, there is also a lullaby album and an ambient sound mixer to make playing lullabies more convenient. There is also an information on the Bedtime Routine and products, and access to Johnson's sleep experts to answer sleep-related questions.

It’s so nice to know that there is such products and apps like Johnson's offer. Johnson's encourage moms and dads to learn how to establish a good night time routine early on.

To know more about Johnson’s and how you can enhance a baby’s bed time experience, visit and

Saturday, September 17, 2016

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Gatorade Run On Its Second Year

The world’s number one sports drink, in partnership with Runrio, will once again hit the road for the second year of the Gatorade Run.

It will be held on November 27, 2016 at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The run will have two distances—11K and 22K.

More than 6,000 runners registered in last year’s run which featured hydration stations where participants got pre-race hydration drinks, a post-run hydration test area where runners instantly learned about their hydration status, and a warm-up area where free sessions were available for those who wanted a full-on warm up activity before and after the run. Gatorade ambassadors Jeron Teng, Jaja Santiago, Chris Banchero, Jett Manuel and Ara Galang were among those who were present to support the runners.

This year’s run promises to be more exciting, while still focusing on the importance of pre- and post-run hydration. Pepsico Marketing Manager for Hydration Tony Atayde said, “Gatorade is a global leader in sports performance and we’ll definitely bring that expertise to the run. Learning the benefits of proper hydration is crucial for runners and we look forward to reinforcing that message through the Gatorade Run.  We’re excited to show runners how, whether in sports hydration or a unique consumer experience, NOTHING BEATS GATORADE.”

Registration for the Gatorade Run 2016 will start on September 12. Log on to for updates and to register.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Caution: Zika Alert In The Philippines

I know it was so scary to know that DOH have already confirmed that the Zika virus is now here in our country. For sure there are lots of Filipinos who don't know or perhaps don't have knowledge about this kind of virus that can be spread out.

We should be more cautious to our surroundings. As they say, "It's better to prevent than to cure!" But what if, there is no vaccine against the virus, like Zika? In fact, One in four people infected with Zika only develops symptoms while a very small portion of people may suffer complications after contracting the virus. 

What is Zika?

Zika is a kind of virus that being transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti, the same mosquito that transmitted Dengue and Chikungunya Virus. It could be symptomatic or asymptomatic.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Mild Fever
  • Skin Rash
  • Joint Pain
  • Conjunctivitis Fatigue
  • Headache

What to do if symptoms appear?

  • Treatment varies depending on the symptoms.
  • Do not self-medicate. Consult a doctor.
  • If symptoms worsen or other complications develop, seek medical attention immediately, you could be at risk.
  • Wear clothes that cover your arms and legs.
  • Have plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Take plenty of fluids.

How to prevent the risk of Zika, Dengue, or Chikungunya Virus infection?

  • Prevention starts at home.
  • Eliminate breeding sites such as flower pots, old tires, bottles and any other recipients where water can accumulate.
  • Cover all household water tanks and container to ensure that mosquitoes cannot get into them.
  • Prevent the accumulation of rubbish, dispose it in sealed plastic bags and use covered bins.
  • Keep drains clear to prevent stagnant water from accumulating.
  • Use insecticide-treated mosquito screens or curtains to cover windows and doors.
  • Wear long sleeves, long trousers and hats.
  • Use insect repellents recommended by health authorities
  • Share this information.

If you find it informative and may help concern people, now is the time that you share this article to all your friends and love one.

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Medical City’s Robotic Surgery Offers Less Invasive Treatments

Anyone who’s had a medical operation knows that it can be such a source of pain. Traditional surgical procedures are invasive in nature, causing certain amount of trauma to implement a course of treatment. Many internal complaints require long incisions that take time to heal, not to mention an increase in the chances of infection. Rather than offer a quick remedy for an illness, the patient is left to recuperate on his sickbed for a period of time.

However, latest advancements in medical technology allow individuals to opt for a less traumatic approach to their care. The introduction of robotic surgery easily avoids all the complications brought about by most operations.

Now hailed as the future of surgical procedures, The Medical City (TMC) has been offering robotic surgeries since 2010 for procedures that target difficult and hard-to-reach areas. This signals its position as one of the most technologically advanced health institutions in the country, at par with leading centers in the world.

Doctors at The Medical City have been using this innovation for urological, colorectal, and gynecological procedures, which focus on sensitive parts of the human body.

 Dr. Julius Cajucom, TMC Urologist and head of the Robotics Surgery Program of The Medical City, says prostate surgeries target a “tight area” in the body.
“The degree of difficulty is so great,” explains Cajucom. “The area is very tight, and movements are so limited.” The use of the robot makes the operation in the said areas more convenient and easier.

The advantages of robotic surgeries are manifold. Compared to open surgeries, it only makes tiny incisions on the patient’s body where holes are made, as in laparoscopic procedures. Through these holes, the arms of the machine are inserted to perform the needed operation within the patient’s body. The doctor operates the robot through a console that allows him to see the inside of the patient without having to open him up. Since the patient has smaller incisions, the chances of infection from external causes are minimized.

“It is less traumatic, less bloody, causes less pain post-operatively, and promotes faster recovery,” says Cajucom.

Likewise, Dr. Kristine Katimbang, TMC Robotic Gynecologic Surgeon, says robotic surgery is beneficial for many gynecological procedures, such as hysterectomies, myomectomies, and excising ovarian cysts, endometrial cancer and cervical cancer.

Katimbang adds that many patients who undergo robotic surgery leave the hospital in just a day or two.

“Since there is no pain, they can move easily. They can eat well after a procedure, which isn’t the case compared with an open surgery,” she says. “Since there are no long incisions, there is less pain, less stress, and less agony. You cannot imagine how doctors feel when they see their patients with smiles on their faces after robotic surgery.”

The Medical City has highly-qualified personnel to perform robotic surgeries, from doctors to nurses. All of them trained with the leading health institutions abroad.

While the procedure is presently available for urologic, colorectal, and gynecological operations, Katimbang says it can also be utilized for head and neck, trans-oral, thoracic, and vascular surgeries.

Patients no longer need to fear surgeries and their after effects on their bodies with robotic surgery. Robotics surgery provides an alternative to both traditional open and conventional laparoscopic surgery, putting the doctor’s hands at the controls of a state-of-the-art robotic platform. It enables physicians to perform even the most complex and delicate procedures through very small incisions with unmatched precision.

For more information about The Medical City’s Robotics Program, you may call the Department of Surgery at 9881000 or 9887000 ext. 6288 or visit

Monday, August 15, 2016

‪#‎MeetMyNanay‬ Grand Winner Nanay Emilia And Her Daughters

It was such a nice to attend an event who featuring  about family, especially with regards to our beloved mothers. I personally touched on how Great Image showcases their love of our mothers together with the Make Your Mother Proud Foundation.

Who among us did not care about the person whom give us life? For sure guys, you know what I mean.

During the event, I get a chance to view the exhibits of the finalist. It was stunning and very heartwarming tribute to  all mothers. At first glance, I know the entry of Nanay Emilia and her daughters would be in the spotlight. I love it and very inspiring. I made a poll during that day and ask my blogger friends about who's their favorite and it seems like the most favorite. No wonder, it becomes the grand winner!

There are also some special guest like Michael Pangilinan,  Bryan Termulo and Sitti Navarro,  who serenade the audience with their special performances and of course, the Make Your Nanay Proud Foundation's founder Mr. Boy Abunda.
The #MeetMyNanay was so amazing, touching and very inspiring. I hope that will continue about this.

Below is the video and the full story that defines the bonding moments between Nanay Emilia and her daughters, the Mortega sisters. Watch their #MeetMyNanay real story.

Enjoy the story!