Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Happy 4th Birthday, Lazada!

Birthdays are one of the most special events of our lives. It's a day when you feel happy and blessed that you've lived another year. I honestly believe that everyone is truly grateful for their birthdays and I bet that's how Lazada, the Philippines' number one online shopping destination, felt when it celebrated its 4th birthday with its partners and members of the media at Le Jardin Manila in Bonifacio Global City on the evening of March 10.

Over a sumptuous dinner, Lazada Philippines CEO Inanc Balci shared a few facts about Lazada's growth and success in the country -- from how it started as a small online retail company selling gadgets to including just about every lifestyle products and appliances that cater to the various lifestyle needs of Filipinos. After successfully adapting to the modern Filipino lifestyle habits, the company slowly progressed and started collaborating with some of the most trusted brands in the country such as Samsung, Cherry Mobile, Unilab, Unilever, Nescafe and many more. This paved the way for the company to provide shoppers with a great assortment of items delivered conveniently at super reasonable and affordable prices. Wow! Talk about humble beginnings, right?

It also seems Lazada is not slowing down as the company is planning to put up an express delivery option starting within Metro Manila for rush deliveries very soon!

As if those are not enough milestones, Lazada announced on its birthday its new young and hip brand ambassadors -- Metro Manila's It Boy LA Aguinaldo and It Girl Kelsey Merritt!

Surprises don't stop here as Lazada is also giving out a special birthday treat with its 4th Birthday Sale from March 15th to 18th. Shoppers can enjoy a wide assortment of products, social media games and hourly flash sales with discounts as high as 90%! It’s also going to have special giveaways during the sale, including a chance to win a special trip to Dubai for two! Lazada really knows how to strike good deals, doesn't it?

You can join the sale by shopping online at www. or downloading the Lazada Mobile App for free.

For more Lazada updates and promotions, visit You can also follow @lazadaPH on Instagram and Twitter and like Lazada Philippines on Facebook.

Me and my fashionista friend and entrepreneur JC Buendia

Chalk Lifestyle Editor Barry Viloria and ABS-CBN Lifestyle Hub Fashion & Beauty Editor Katrina Angco Editor-in-Chief Jacque de Borja

Metro Home Editor-in-Chief Anton Barretto

Lazada PH CEO Inanc Balci and Lazada PH's new brand ambassadors Kelsey Merritt and LA Aguinaldo posing for a pic with the cute lion mascot Laz. Happy Birthday, Laz!

Lazada PH Family Portrait: (L-R) (Above) VP for Offline Marketing Mila Jimenez, Co-founder & CEO Inanc Balci, Brand Ambassadors La Aguinaldo and Kelsey Merritt, Chief Marketing Officer Tristan de Belloy, PR & Media Manager Arvi Lopez; ( Below) Strategic Partnerships Manager Chelo Bacarro, PR & Branding Analyst Jio Zorrilla, Head of Sales Carlos Barrera, and VP for Online Marketing Althea Utzurrum

Lazada VP for Commercial Partnerships Thomas Bleimuth

Unilab Division Vice President Maria Anelle Forbes

Platinum Karaoke Marketing Head Junaid Kalam
Timex Brand Manager Joan Tupaz

Mamy Poko Country Manager Nao Sugimoto

Kimberly Clark Sales Director Michael Vainio

Unilever PH's Cholo Atienza

Samsung PH Chief Marketing Officer Chad Sotelo
P&G PH Country Marketing Manager Nicole Villarojo

Cosmic Technologies PR Head Agnes Conopio

Intel PH Country Manager Calum Chisholm

Starmobile Vice President & Product Development Head Michael Chen

Tosot President & General Manager Tom Balete

Alcatel PH Country Head Lei Zhang

Beiersdorf PH President Konstantin Stremme

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Happy #NationalFlipFlopsDayPH!

Summer is here! Yey! It’s not that I like the crazy heat, you know? But summer means beaches and lots of travels and my favorite footwear, flip-flops! Needless to say, I trust only one brand to take to all my getaways, Havaianas!

As every year, the country’s #1 flip-flop brand officially kicks off the summer season with National Flip-Flops day. Great deals and treats will be up for grabs on Friday, March 11, for every Havaianatico like me!

Havaianas will give 20% discount on all flip-flop styles at a number of participating retailers nationwide. Those who want to stay in and avoid the sun can also shop online via and enjoy free shipping, just on March 11!

For people like me who are always on the go, summer getaway bags are also available in-store for only P395, for every P1500 purchase or 2 regular-priced pairs. They will also give away complimentary sweet treats on All Flip-Flops Trinoma, Megamall and Bonifacio High Street! By day, it would be milkshakes from Cupcakes by Sonja, and by night (my favorite!) LED cotton candy sticks! Yummm!

The fun will not stop in the stores of course. Havaianas will have a roving Foot Truck, which will tour the Metro to bring a whole new level of Havaianas joy! Enjoy free Havaianas popsicle by simply visiting the truck and receive a complimentary flip-float just by taking an individual or group selfie with the Havaianas Foot Truck and uploading it on Instagram with the hashtag #NationalFlipFlopsDayPH. Now that’s what you call great deals on wheels!
Wherever you are, you can join the National Flip-Flops Day celebrations, as long as you’re online! Upload your most creative selfeet on Instagram with the hashtag #NationalFlipFlopsDayPH and get a chance to receive a very special prize from Havaianas!

For more details, check out HavaianasPhilippines on Facebook, and @havaianasphils on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat with the #nationalflipflopsdayph hashtag. To shop online, visit

Traveling with a pair of good sturdy flip-flops is one of the most comfortable feeling ever. Don't you think so?

I always kickstart my day wearing my favorite flip-flops as I head to the kitchen to get my breakfast. How about you?

Scrunching your feet on the soft white sands is the best free foot spa, but remember to always bring your flip-flops in case the sand gets too hot!

I looove slip-on sandals as much as my flippies. Don't you?

Peg for future selFEET!

I looove how this pair of flip-flops looks like a white canvas waiting to be painted on.

Find the hidden racoon!

A good pair of flip-flops and a sturdy travel bag are always my travel essentials. Very important!

Give your feet and flip-flops some love on National Flip-Flops Day. Can't wait! 

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Too much good vibes at Coca-Cola Taste the Feeling Festival

As the old adage says, with age comes wisdom. So I’ve always been proud of my age, it’s a proof of how much I’ve been through in life, how much I’ve already learned. But growing up doesn’t have to mean growing old, right?  I will always be young at heart. Which is why I really enjoyed the Coca-Cola Taste the Feeling Festival last Feb. 27, at Circuit Makati.

Every single moment was made special in this exciting event, as tons of teens, together with their friends and families, gathered to experience all sorts of feelings with everyone's favorite drink, Coca-Cola.

The event was huge with lots of on-ground activities inspired by different feelings. If you were feeling foodie or if you wanted to feel refreshed, there were food stalls, food trucks and Coke stations around the venue to provide you with some tasty and thirst quenching fills. There were also lots of realistic photowalls with all sorts of props set up if you were feeling wacky or if you wanted to take FUNtabulous selfie or groupie shots. (My favorite was the coloring photo wall because I got to unleash my inner artist! Yey!).

There were also digital interactive photo booths that allowed us to take pictures with all kinds of "feel-ters.” The pictures taken there were automatically uploaded online and printed out, ready to be taken home.  Tattoo booths were also available for those who were feeling wild and in the mood for temporary tattoos or face paint! Talk about expressing yourself, right?

But I have to say, the real highlight of the event was when the Coca-Cola officials and some of our new Coca-Cola ambassadors --  Alden Richards, Enchong Dee,  Janella Salvador, Bailey May and Ylona Garcia led the Coca-Cola parachute drop where Coca-Cola filled bottles skydived, leaving us all feeling WOW! Only Coca-Cola can come up with something as amazing as this!  Teen stars Nash Aguas, Alexa Ilacad and Grae Fernandez were also there to add more fun to the show.

Everyone was already bursting with excitement as Coca-Cola filled the night with good music! Popular and talented OPM pop rock bands Up Dharma Down Sponge Cola, Autotelic, and Cheats, and some of the Philippines' hottest and in-demand DJs in the music industry -- DJ Nina and DJ Funk Avy – filled the night with good music and good vibes.

It was truly an unforgettable day, FULL of FEELINGS and FULL of LIFE. I really had so much fun bringing out the inner youth in me and I know a lot of people did, too. Thank you so much Coca-Cola for letting us #TastetheFeeling with you and for always making every moment extra special, by simply being there.

The Grand entrance to the Festival of Feels! I could already feel so much excitement!

It's the Coca-Cola messenger from the heavens. Kidding! Though this giant Coke blimp did bring me so many Coke goodies.
Nope, it's no bird or plane. It's a delicious fresh cool Coca-Cola bottle dropping from the sky!

One of my favorite activities in the festival -- the coloring photowall! What can I say? It colors my world.

This body paint looks so cute! I just HAD to get one, too.

I looove the vintage feel of this red convertible. It makes me feel so nostalgic.

I bet these kids are liking the cute red convertible, too.

Picnics under a bright sunny day is always better with a basket full of refreshments. Don't you agree?

It's the King of the Gil! Tell him what you want to say on this giant Coca-Cola message standee.

Coca-Cola Philippines Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) Director Jesus Ferreira

Coca-Cola Philippines VP for Marketing Stephan Czypionka

Guillermo Amador of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines
Coca-Cola Philippines Public Affairs and Communications Manager Samantha Sanchez, Ivy Sorreda of Excite Agency, Lani Palma of Sentinel Philippines and Coca-Cola Philippines Promotions & Activations Manager Macy Magpayo 

Coca-Cola Philippines Senior iMarketing Manager Jacinto Gervasio, Marketing Manager for Sparkling Jonah de Lumen and Senior Brand Manager for Coca-Cola Derek Sotto

Starlink's Denise Goco and Coca-Cola Philippines IMC Senior Sparkling Content Manager Jenny Cinco

I loooove Ylona Garcia's pose on this picture! This young Coke Ambassador's got style!

Coke Ambassador Bailey May. His smile is sooo charming.

Aww.. thank you for the cool Coke bottle! Coke Ambassador Enchong Dee is super thoughtful.

The lovely Coke Ambassador Janella Salvador. She's always so pretty!

Here's a surprise visit from the very handsome Coke Ambassador Alden Richards!

Now that's what you call photo bombing. Ha ha! Kidding. A clever photo shot from Gimme 5's Nash Aguas

Teen idol Alexa Ilacad shares a cool Coke bottle and friendly vibes

Teen heartthrob Grae Fernandez looks thirsty. I bet lots of girls like to share their drink with him

Actress Janine Gutierrez shares a very sweet smile

#TastetheFeeling group shot from the Coca-Cola Philippines team and their very special guests

Looks like the show is about to start

Coke Ambassadors Ylona, Bailey, Enchong and Janella singing the new Coca-Cola anthem

Up Dharma Down's Armi Millare has such a bea-u-ti-ful voice!

So much energy from Sponge Cola's Yael Yuzon