Coughing Myths and Cures

There are a lot of misconceptions in the treatments of coughs
 which may prove detrimental to our health in the long run.
Coughing is one health condition we have encountered at least a dozen times in our lives. Some people even go to the extent of using various remedies and treatments available in their quest to relieve their cough.

However, there are many misconceptions and non-scientific practices in the treatment of cough, which may even prove detrimental to our health in the long run.


One popular practice is eating hot soup to help cure coughs and colds. While this practice does help soothe an irritated throat, it does not, unfortunately, help cure one’s cough.

Eating soup may help soothe the throat,
but it does not however help in curing coughs.
Reliance on chemical medications may be second-nature to most people, but there are hidden hazards to such a practice. Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.com), a respected medical research organization of around 2,500 physicians, warns against giving children “two medicines with the same active ingredients, such as an antihistamine, decongestant, or pain reliever.” “Too much of a single ingredient could lead to an accidental overdose,” it says.

There are likewise certain ingredients in some chemical-based cough medications that may cause serious and even life-threatening effects in children.

Codeine, which is found in cough suppressants, for example, may have adverse effects on the central nervous system. Dextromethorpan (DXM), meanwhile, may lead to serious side effects such as brain damage, seizure, loss of consciousness and irregular heartbeat if not formulated properly.
 
It's best to use an all natural medication in treating coughs 
such as Ascof's cough syrup, made from 100% lagundi leaves.
Cough preparations such as Carbocisteine have valid use only in persons suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD).

The Philippine College of Chest Physicians recommends and advocates the following as best home remedies against cough : 1) Increased fluid intake; 2) lots of rest and 3) good nutrition. However, there may be times when you need added help to reduce the severity and duration of your cough, without necessarily resorting to chemical-based medicines that may have side effects. Your natural remedy? Take Lagundi.

Philippine traditional medicine have long proven the efficacy of the Lagundi plant in treating cough, as well as other common ailments such as fever, headache, toothache, asthma, and even superficial bleeding. Through the years, modern science has also validated Lagundi’s power as an effective and safe cough and asthma remedy, through various clinical studies.

So what’s your best solution against cough? It’s the proven combination of nature and science— made from 100-percent Lagundi leaves, like ASCOF Lagundi.
The best home remedies are 1) increased fluid intake, 
2) eating healthy, and 3) getting lots of rest.
Clinical trials show that Lagundi is much safer because it does not have the harmful side effects usually associated with chemical cough medicines. It works in three ways : one, it opens up the bronchial tubes to facilitate airflow, therefore making it easier to breathe; two, it dissolves mucus so it’s easier to expel; and three, it reduces the inflammation in the respiratory passages due to its anti-histaminic action.
ASCOF’s efficacy and safety as a cough remedy is backed by two decades of research and analysis conducted by the National Integrated Research Program of Medicinal Plants (NIRPROMP), a consortium of top medical and academic institutions and scientists in the country.

What’s more, ASCOF Lagundi, a product of Pascual Laboratories, Inc., is a convenient remedy for cough. It is available in tablet, capsule and syrup formats, and are available at leading drugstores nationwide.

So the next time you treat your cough, separate the myths from the true cure – reach for the natural and safe remedy that will effectively relieve you without any worries.

BPI takes Wealth Management into New Heights with Investment 3.0

As BPI celebrates its 160th year in the banking industry, they made another innovation to bring finance management into a new light and technology. On April 26, they introduced Investment 3.0. With the convenience of the internet and the security of its servers, this makes investors aim for great future stability with the help of Investment Councilors always available. 

Themed Investment 3.0, BPI Asset Management exhibits its latest innovation in the banking industry - BPI Investments Online, a new online facility through which the bank’s clients can maximize the use of internet to manage their assets, transact, and access their investment portfolio, without the restraint of time or place. 
Through BPI Investments Online, BPI enables customers to apply, inquire and transact investment funds via the internet platform. The project is part of the Bank’s commitment, through the Asset Management and Trust Group (BPI Asset Management), to educate and empower Filipinos on how they could build wealth through investments, thereby converting savers into savvy investors.


Clients can now enjoy the convenience of initiating investment transactions through the internet quickly, inexpensively, and virtually anytime, anywhere. With the launch of this online facility, investors can easily make transactions that would otherwise entail clients to visit their branch. Clients can now access portfolio information, explore further investment opportunities, subscribe to additional funds, redeem investments, and make regular contributions via the Regular Subscription Plan (RSP) at their utmost convenience.

AURELIO R. MONTINOLA III
President and CEO
Bank of the Philippine Islands

Mario T. Miranda

Vice President and Head of Wealth Management
Asset Management and Trust Group
MARIA THERESA MARCIAL JAVIER
Senior Vice President
Group Head and Chief Investment Officer
Asset Management and Trust Group
“With the onset of our 160th year in serving Filipinos, we are staying true to our tradition of leadership and technological innovation,” says SVP Maria Theresa Marcial-Javier, Group head and chief investment officer of BPI Asset Managment. “We continue to remain relevant and even one step ahead as we move toward technology that will make it easy for our clients to make their money work for them."

Ms. Javier adds, “We’ve migrated our investment facility online to take advantage of the pervasive internet technology that will empower our investor clients to transact anywhere at any time at their convenience. This frees up more of their precious time that could be spent on other important business agenda or with their families. Truly, growing and managing investment funds is easy with BPI Asset Management.”


Banking via the internet is getting more popular to investors for the ways it saves in time and costs. I am looking forward to make my investments in the future. It does pay to make organize investments to make us financially smart and secure.

To find out more about BPI’s Investments Online Facility and its services, interested parties may visit www.bpiassetmanagement.com, or visit any BPI branch near you.




photo credits from jeman villanueva.

Bravia for a Cause, for Japan




It has been over a month since the tragedy in Japan, but aftershocks are still being experienced by the residents and there’s the nuclear threat to be dealt with. As a leading Japanese based company, this tragedy is very close to our hearts. We hope to get your support in this endeavor. Aside from the BRAVIA purchases, there are other means to help - please click on this link for more details - http://www.sony.com.ph/microsite/AprilNewsletter/BraviaCause.html


This will run from April 15-May 15, 2011 – For every purchase of a BRAVIA unit, Sony Philippines will give PhP100 for the Japan Relief Operations. Other ways to help is by dropping cash donations at Sony Centres or depositing donations in the specified Sony account.

MUSIC LYF: K-POP time, its 2AM in Manila!


K-POP Mania is alive this month with another band coming to Manila this April. 2AM famous for their songs like "This Song" and also won their first Mutizen at Inkigayo for the song, "Can't Let You Go Even If I Die".

Megaworld Lifestyle Centers have become the new haven for today’s hottest K-Pop acts as it brings to Manila, together with MCA Music, the four-member ballad boy band 2AM consisting of members Jinwoon, Jo Kwon, Seulong, and Changmin for a 4-day promo tour of their latest album, Saint O’ Clock, beginning April 27 until April 30. Fans will definitely be thrilled and overwhelmed as their favorite K-Pop group will be invading the entire metro for a series of meet & greets, live performances and a grand show. Catch them at the following venues: April 28, 6:00PM at The Newport Plaza at Resorts World Manila, April 29, 6:00PM at Venice Piazza at Mckinley Hill and April 30, 5:00PM at Eastwood Mall Open Park. Enjoy sweet serenades from MCA Music’s freshest teen acoustic-pop duo, Krissy & Ericka who will also perform in these series of mall shows.

Eastwood Mall, Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill, and Newport Mall, Resorts World Manila, are Metro Manila’s premier themed lifestyle centers, owned by Megaworld Corporation.

All those who will purchase 2AM's Saint O'clock Special Edition album during the meet & greet shows on April 28 and April 29 will get the chance to have their albums signed! The special edition album features your all-time favorite 2AM songs from the standard St. O’ Clock album plus 2 bonus tracks and a DVD packed with music videos that is just pure 2AM goodness.

On April 30, catch the boys sing their hearts out in their Grand Show at the Eastwood Mall and witness a night of performance that is full of surprises. Let 2AM serenade you as you sing-along with your favorite 2AM songs.

2AM has charmed their way into winning prestigious awards such as winning in the 25th Golden Disk Awards, 2nd Melon Music Awards, MNET Music awards and Seoul Music Awards. These four boys really give us a fresh insight on the KPOP scene with their multi-awarded ballad songs.

2AM live in Manila is presented to you by MCA Music Inc. and Megaworld Lifestyle Centers. Also by valued media partners, MYX- the official music channel of 2AM in Manila; Barangay LS (97.1, Tugstugan na) - the official radio station of 2 AM in Manila; The Manila Bulletin, Garage Magazine, KPOP Live, Orangemagazinetv.com, EDSA Shangri-la Hotel - the official residence of 2AM in Manila; Maxima Machineries & Hyundai Truck and Bus - the official transportation of 2AM in Manila; Big Hit entertainment Korea, JYP Entertainment Korea and 2 One Day Philippines. This much-awaited promo tour will be the ultimate K-POP event this year!

To get the latest updates on 2AM, visit MCA Music's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mcamusic.

500 Peso Deals – Free iPad 2 Raffle!


What more has Noy-Ni got for the Noy-Pi? Plenty, if you sign in to get updates from www.500PesoDeals.com, which starts boosting your bucks May 13!


Can one Ninoy bill actually get boosted to twice its value or more? And can the same deal possibly score you a sweet iPad 2 – yes, the same gadget that got sold out all over the world on the day after its release? Oh, yes it can. All these and more are what savvy Pinoy shoppers can look forward to with 500PesoDeals.com.

Unlike other group-buying sites, though, with 500PesoDeals, what you see is what you get. A single P500 – no more and no less - can buy you entry into the hottest events and parties, a meal at the best restaurants, and a seat at the coolest experiences all over the country. And for those who have premium budgets in mind, check out our Super Booster deals – huge savings on very high-ticket items with up to 80% off! But make sure to get the deal early – Super Booster Deals have limited quantities!

500PesoDeals makes it easy for you to keep up with all these deals by giving you a chance to win your very own iPad if you register today. Boost your chances of winning by getting your friends in the game. Each friend who registers gets you one entry in the raffle, and there are no limits to how many entries you can earn!

So do you think you and your friends are worthy of such awesomeness? Sign in now, invite your pals, and wait for the deals – and, possibly, that iPad 2 that totally has your name on it – to come rolling in.

MUSIC LYF: French Singer-songwriter JULIEN DROLON, Sings Pinoy.

While other Filipino bands and singers are trying so hard to be like other Asians just to join in the bandwagon, it surprising to see a European, particularly French, to take his music and immerse himself into the Philippines. And he launches a new single perfect for this summer.

Singer, songwriter, and former International Reporter are all words that can be used to describe Julien Drolon, but they merely scratch the surface. Drolon (born in Nantes, France on the 5th of February 1982) is on a mission to promote peace thru his love for music. He first arrived in the Philippines last 2007 and came back at the end of 2009 and decided to start his musical career.

This French singer with a Pinoy heart describe his music style as feel good music which combines pop, reggae, funk, and rock. He considers Jason Mraz, Bob Marley, Jamiroquai, Donovan Frankenreiter, Patrice and Asa as his musical influences. Drolon performs on stage with his equally-talented Filipino band composed of Girlie Capulso (back up vocals), Enzo Queyquep (lead guitar), Joseph Duenas (bass), Leal Nanca (keyboard) and Joven Palencia (Drums).

Drolon already played in Hong Kong and mainland China, at an Asian music conference, Music Matters Festival, which was held in Hong Kong last May 26-29, 2010. He also performed for the opening of the China Music Industry Park in Shanghai last July, 2010.

Addressing the issue of why he started his career in the Philippines, he responded, “It’s a place that is blessed with amazing musicians that want to collaborate on the making of my album and Filipinos are music lovers”. For his first album, Drolon is working with producers Jack Rufo and Angee Rozul.

Julien Drolon's debut album entitled “JULIEN DROLON… PHIL SO GOOD” is due for mainstream release in May 2011, followed by a series of tour in the Philippines. Check out more updates on Julien Drolon at www.facebook.com/jdrolon, www.myspace.com/juliendrolon and www.twitter.com/juliendrolon12

You can download his song in the april 2011 issue of ORANGE MAGAZINE TV.

Take a Break at the Electrolux Mobile Spa!

HALSA, its a Swedish term for health and with the elements getting more harsh and pollution levels rising in our world, we do need to think more of our health and wellness as it is our most important wealth. And with the holy week, we would also encounter a lot of stress sometimes more than the vacation that we  plan to.
This Holy Week, have a new reason for your gas station stop over. Not only you can recharge fuel, take quick nap or buy snacks, but now, you can also avail a free massage treatment from Electrolux Mobile Spa.

First, you need to stop over in the NLEX Total Gas Station in Apalit, Pampanga (north bound) from April 20-23 (Holy Wednesday to Black Saturday) or SLEX Total Gas Station in Sta. Rosa Laguna (north bound, going back to Manila) from April 24-25 (Easter Sunday to Back-to-Work Monday). Then to avail of a relaxing massage treatment Electrolux Mobile Spa, gas up or spend at least P500.00 at any of the establishments in NLEX Total Gas Station. For the SLEX Total Gas Station, spend at least P500 worth of purchases from Total Fuel or Bonjour.

The Electrolux Mobile Spa is led by Electrolux Philippines together with Blue Water Day Spa and Total Philippines. Blue Water Day Spa is providing the massage services from their experienced and well-trained therapists while Electrolux constructed the calming and relaxing Mobile Spa built with the Electrolux air conditioners. The range of air conditioners Electrolux offers has integrated Air Filtration System, bringing wellness to facilities, homes and offices. It eliminates up to 95% of bacteria and 99% of dust particles released in the air. It also has Vitamin C technology that discharges that burst of freshness to help reduce stress and help fight off incidence of asthma, skin allergies and common colds – ensuring that the air you and your family breathe is clean and pure.


Share more of our thinking at www.electrolux.com.ph. For more news and updates visit: www.electrolux.com/electrolux-insiders or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thelittlewhitebook.

And me and blogger friends had the chance to check out the mobile spa in Pampanga, and it was a relaxing experience after some time on the road. Hope you can also drop by and take a break before going in or out to Manila.


Happy GOOD EARTH FRIDAY!

Happy Good Earth Friday!

Its also Good Friday, a day of reflection on how Jesus Christ showed his love for all by offering himself on the cross even though we have sinned. This day also tells us that our Mother Earth has also cared for us providing with all that we need in life, but in return, we pollute and destroy her wonders. The message: we must repent our wicked ways and rebuild ourselves into what we are called for, stewards of nature and to be a holy and righteous people.

My two cents for this day.
Reflect.
Renew.
Rediscover LYF.

Visita Iglesia 2011

14 churches
7 miles walking
4 cities
20 minutes video
200+ photos
1 man
VISITA IGLESIA 2011.

the whole story very soon, stay tuned.

LAKABYAN: The New Rizal Park! More Attractions Coming Soon!

If you were born before the turn of the Millennium, you might have spent leisure time not inside the malls but parks like Luneta.These were the original places of travel and fun. These places were the most "in" back in the days but with the age of malls and the rising crime rate at parks caused the demise of these parks especially Luneta.

We know that upon this place, Jose Rizal, the national hero, was sentenced to death by firing squad on December 30, 1986.  His remains was initially placed in Paco Cemetery but was transferred back to Bagumbayan and was named Luneta because of the cresent shape which in french is called lunette .   


When I was young, our family does go here, but there were a time that my mother was victimized by a pickpocket which made me look at Luneta as a place of crime and homeless people.

BLAH BLAH BLOGS: Summer Specials!

Yes! its officially summer, as declared by PAG-ASA and we open up summer with another edition of Blah Blah Blogs 2011 Summer Specials! And as things are getting warmer with the weather, the happenings in the country are also getting hotter. One of which is today is also Komikon Summer bayanihan  at Pasig. The premiere pinoy comics convention is moving to the Bayanihan center from UP Bahay ng Alumni.I would also sell my comics there, unfornately, my new release would be delayed due to  financial constraints. However, better enjoy the moment!

There is also the Blogger fest happening at Thunderbird Resort in Rizal, over 200 bloggers will be there, of course minus myself and as of this writing some cannot sleep because of excitement. Some would also go to the Firefox 4 launch in Makati. And to cap the day, The Script will perform for just one night. I wanna go there!


Now aside from the merry events I would also talk about hot issues. One of which is the "Jan-jan" scandal wherein a little boy unexpectedly showed his talent which was originally to dance but turns out to be a 'macho dancer' but the controversy comes because he was crying while performing the dance. He would dance whenever the music is played thus repeating the same action over and over again. This sparked controversy with celebrities and the MTRCB which also lead to what is seems to be a deja vu of his past controversies when he was with ABS CBN. TV5 recently  stated that the show will be on hiatus to be filled with replays of the show while the case is still discussed.Well one thing is for sure, we hate child abuse our statuses but child abuse is mostly happens inside of homes yet there is no concrete action to fight this aside from Bantay Bata.

Also another child hot topic is with the CBCP. Aside from the highly publicized RH bill, it seems like a strict parent when in come to media and advertising.  They  halted the BFGF commercial of Mcdonalds due to the concept of having a girlfriend and they said it seems to be cheap as the french fries . I'm not a parent yet, but to think your kids are already thinking of going into a relationship is hard to tell if this would be puppy love or another. Proper parental guidance is always the key here. Probably if we would remove the world 'girlfriend', it would be different.

Next week is holy week, time to reflect and spend most of our day in prayer. While some maybe hitting the beaches (pronounce it right please), majority would be in their own pilgrimages, pabasa sessions, or even bisita iglesia. I might come with another 'panata' project so there would be the element of reflection and blogging during those days.

And as Easter arrives, we would now be another start, hopefully I will be able to get my pay and buy a gadget I really wanted to have for my birthday! I'll be also posting my wishlist and if you can provide these things for me, I will give you my warmest thank you hug! I enjoyed blogging again this way, more free to express my feelings and also not filtered by any editor, even the CBCP.  I don;t have any grudges against anyone, but better to face another day with a smile and never ending blogging!

By the way, have you joined my blog contest? better enter now and win cool prizes!
Just click on this: BLAH BLAH BLOG BLOWOUT!

Venus Raj's Crowning Glory Straight Again

Venus Raj from Binibini candidate now  goes into major major changes in life as she herself is now very busy with schedules and endorsements given to her even after the Ms. Universe pageant and as she passed her crown to the new queen.

She has gone into a transformation from probsyana to a world-class beauty queen and as a continuing role model for the Filipina today. Her life is one filled with television appearances, photo shoots, and media events, not to mention possible career opportunities. This is what is happening to Venus right now.

The demands of her blossoming career have entailed her to sport various looks to suit different roles.

But beauty does pay its price.

“Too much styling, using the curling iron, using the flat iron, rebonding really takes a toll on your hair,” says Moussa Abdayem, technique trainer and head stylist of Emphasis salon.

So once again, Venus turns to Cream Silk for a reliable beauty regimen. The beauty queen says, “Despite the torture to my hair due to over styling, thanks to Cream Silk vitamin treatment, my hair is recharged. Now, I’m happy that I’m back with my beautiful straight hair.”

And for Beauty Queens in every women, its always best to keep the crowning glory beautiful and healthy that's with the help of Cream silk conditioners. 

Cough101: What your child's cough might mean press release‏

Coughing is a reflex that serves several functions. It helps protect the lungs by clearing airways of secretions and foreign particles. In most cases, coughing may also be a symptom of an underlying condition or illness.

How would you know if your child's cough is simply a case of the body doing its job, or a sign of a more serious ailment? It all depends on the type, character and severity of the cough, and how long it lasts.
Know if your child's cough is simply a case of the body doing its job, or a sign of a more serious ailment.

Common types of cough

Basically, there are two types of cough : productive and non-productive.

Productive cough is usually due to a viral or bacterial infection. This type of cough expels the phlegm which was formed in our respiratory passages so abnormal amounts of mucus and germs are eliminated from the respiratory tract making breathing easier. This type of cough is commonly seen in asthmatics where it is accompanied by “wheezing” sounds due to constriction of the respiratory passages due to infection, fever may ensue.

Non-productive cough is dry, tickling and irritating. This cough can be caused by phlegm that is so viscous that it is not loosened and expectorated. It may have an allergic or neurotic origin and in worst cases caused by an underlying disease. This type of cough is commonly seen in “smokers” due to the irritation of the respiratory passages to the inhaled smoke.


Natural and safe remedy for cough

In some cases, the cough will just run its course and get resolved after complete rest, fluid intake, and proper nutrition. However, there are instances when medication is necessary, especially when it reaches the point of discomfort. In these cases, a natural medication like ASCOF Lagundi Syrup is a dependable and effective cough remedy.

Made from 100% Lagundi leaves, ASCOF Lagundi works in three ways : : one, it opens up the bronchial tubes to facilitate airflow, making it easier for the patient to breathe; two, it dissolves mucus to make it easier to expel from the body; and three, it reduces the inflammation in the respiratory passages due to its anti-histaminic action.

Because it is natural, ASCOF has an advantage over chemical cough medicines because it does not have the negative side effects commonly seen in chemical-based medicines. Clinical tests indicate no adverse reactions among those who use ASCOF. This means that in the long term, ASCOF Lagundi is safer to use than chemical cough formulations. Furthermore, some studies indicate that using chemical cough medicines are potentially dangerous to children as it may cause respiratory distress and can even make some children hyperactive and irritable.
ASCOF Lagundi Syrup is a dependable and effective cough remedy.

When it comes to figuring out your child's cough, it pays to listen. How a cough sounds like—along with its accompanying symptoms—will tell you a lot about its cause so you will be able treat it properly.

Using a natural cough remedy like ASCOF Lagundi will not only help your child feel better – it will also make moms like you feel more safe. And remember, if the cough persists, it is still best to consult your doctor.

Discover Summer Hot Spots with Sony’s Hot Digital Imaging Gear

Summer is bound to get hotter as Sony Philippines introduces its new roster of Cyber-shot and Handycam models and accessories. With these new offerings, embark on a summer to remember as you dare yourself to go out on a limb, explore new places, chart a new adventure, and do something you have never done before.

Add sizzle into your summer with Cyber-shot
 
Never before have innovation, style and the most advanced technologies come together than with today’s introduction of several new Cyber-shot digital still camera models. Choose a design and technology that suits you best and get a roster of new Sony technology innovations that will surely make your summer hotter, brighter and greater.

1. Bigger zoom with less blur with Cyber-shot HX Series as it features a high-performance G Lens with powerful 16x zoom range with 24mm wide angle to accommodate virtually any photo opportunity. Its shooting options include 3D Sweep Panorama, 3D Still Image, and Sweep Multi Angle. 

2. Be in with the slim, stylish, and 3D-enabled Cyber-shot T110 and the water-proof TX10. The TX10 3D camera lets you take high-quality photos, including panoramic pictures, and Full HD 1080i videos of friends, family or pets underwater. Meanwhile, the T110V is an ultra slim yet powerful 3D camera with a 3.5-inch OLED touch screen. Plus, with 1920 x 1080 60p/50p progressive Full HD video capability, it allows you to capture stunning, fast-motion video smoother playback when shooting your active summer escapades.

3. More exciting packages come to your way with the new WX7 3D camera and the easy-sharing J10. The 16 MP WX7 uses 3D Sweep Panorama to get panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion, and use 3D Sweep Multi Angle to let you view images moving in simulated 3D right on the cameras’ LCD screen. It’s also powered by Sony’s “Dual Rec” technology to shoot video and capture pictures at the same time. Meanwhile, the Cyber-shot J10 features built-in USB connector and PMB Portable software to make it easier for you to upload and share your summer memories.

4. New S and W-series Cyber-shot lines, including the S3000, W510, W520, W530, and W570, are some of its most affordable full-featured point-and-shoot cameras to-date. They all feature Sony’s innovative Sweep Panorama, SteadyShot image stabilization that reduces blur, iAuto mode that automatically optimizes camera settings plus Face Detection and Smile Shutter more accessible, particularly in the entry-level W series. Also seen throughout the new introductions is an “In-Camera Guide,” for users to learn about the cameras’ features and figure out how to use them on the spot.

Sleek design and superior engineering across the Handycam line-up

Game-changing Sony innovations, including iAUTO and image stabilization through Optical SteadyShot (HD models) and SteadyShot with Active Mode (SD), will now become staples in the revamped Handycam lineup this summer.

In addition to the above, all new HD Handycam models will help you shoot even in low-light, divide videos of swift movements into as many as 22 still images, maintain focus of moving objects, and basically, capture the best HD videos possible. A vital part of good video is optimal sound, and with deep roots in audio innovation, Sony brings exceptional sound to more of its camcorder models.

1. Standing once again at the forefront of innovation, Sony is introducing the world’s First DOUBLE Full HD 3D Handycam TD10. The camcorder employs an integrated dual lens system, with double Sony G Lenses, double “Exmor R” CMOS sensors and double “BIONZ” image processors, giving you twice the fun, and twice the imaging spectacle. If you don’t have a 3D-capable BRAVIA just yet, you’d be happy to know that you can view your 3D content on the camcorder’s crisp 3D LCD touch screen even without glasses, and in full HD 2D on your HDTV. 

2. Arrange for immediate screenings of your videos and photos with Sony’s new PJ50 and PJ10 Handycams with built-in projectors. Beam your adventures onto walls, ceilings, or other flat surfaces, with a screen size of up to 60” diagonally. The projected images are complemented with speakers with Clear Phase and an S-Master digital amplifier for clear and dynamic sound.

3. Camcorders according to your lifestyle - Entry-level HD camcorder options include the 160 GB hard disk drive XR160, 16 GB flash memory CX160, and in customizable memory capacity CX130. Sony refreshed its standard-definition lineup with three new flash memory-based models, including the 4GB SX65 and the customizable memory capacity SX45. These high-performance models have features found across the line, including a built-in USB cable and PMB portable software, 3-inch LCD touch panel wide screen (230K resolution), SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode, Direct Copy, Carl Zeiss lens, auto lens cover, iAUTO, and Extended Zoom. They also employ 60x optical zoom, Face Detection, and an on-board video light.

Fun should not end at summer. In fact, make your whole year as fun and exciting as summer. Make this coming years the time of your life. Explore and experience things that you have always wanted to try. Be able to capture those special moments, fun activities and proud occasions that only come once in our lives and keep your memories alive with the help of new Sony digital imaging products. Make this 2011 year a time that you can never ever forget.

Blah Blah Blog Blowout!

Here we go! And the best part is you can choose your prize! Just remember to follow the rules and you won't get lost! This is one way for thanking you for being part of Manual to Lyf!



 (more prize pictures will be uploaded soon!)

Jaco Benin Album "Ako Naman" by PolyEast Records
(JACO BENIN ALBUM)

Sugar Free 100% Greatest Hits Album by PolyEast Records 

(SUGARFREE ALBUM)
 
Scrapbook and stationery items from All About Scrapbooking 

(SCRAPBOOK MATERIALS)
 
Avent Honey tinted baby bottle from LJS, distributor of Philips Avent  

(AVENT HONEY TINT BOTTLE)

P500 Gift Certificate from Amber Ultra Lounge at the Fort Bonifacio Global City 

(AMBER GC)

P1000 GC from Pancake House from Winila City (WINILA CITY GC) *


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  • Prizes can be claimed at a convenient place within metro manila. (we will get in touch with you)
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  • Promo runs from April 13-30, 2011.Winners will be announced on May 1, 2011.
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No.1 natural cough medicine for the whole family

KIDS and adults alike are susceptible to cough and colds during the rainy season. Since most of them stay indoors when there’s a downpour, there is a greater risk of them getting sick as well as spreading the cough and cold virus.

It’s a good thing there is ASCOF Lagundi -- One family in particular has discovered its ease and effectiveness in addressing cough symptoms.

Parents like Hans and Cherie who have kids aged two years old and above can also take comfort in the fact that their children’s coughing problems can be effectively addressed by ASCOF Lagundi Syrup
The Co family from Muntinlupa is made up of daddy Hans, a bicycle shop owner; mommy Cherie, who is a pre-school teacher and part-time businesswomen; and their three daughters, Samantha, 10; Sabrina, 8; and Sophia, 4.

“The rainy season brings a lot of sickness like coughs and the flu. Luckily, we learned about ASCOF Lagundi, which is the cough medicine of our family,” says Cherie.

Hans adds that he and his wife have always been meticulous with the type of medicine that they take and give to their children.

“Since ASCOF Lagundi is natural and made from a medicinal plant, we are confident that it is safe and effective,” says 37-year old Hans.

Natural, Safe and Effective Cough Medicine

ASCOF Lagundi is made from 100-percent Lagundi leaves. Lagundi is the first herbal medicine from the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology to be licensed and launched in the market. It is also one of the 10 herbal medicines endorsed by the Department of Health (DOH).

Clinical studies have shown that Lagundi is much safer compared to conventional chemical-based medicines. Documented folkloric data also says that some medicinal plant- based products like Lagundi are far safer on long-term use. Generations of Filipinos can attest to this.
The Co family also likes that ASCOF Lagundi comes in different forms—each specifically made to address the different needs of each family member.
The technology used in creating ASCOF Lagundi tablet and syrup as an herbal medicine is a product of more than two decades of research by the National Integrated Research Program of Medicinal Plants (NIRPROMP), a group of top academic institutions and scientists in the Philippines.

ASCOF Lagundi is safe to use by the entire family and has no side effects and has no risk of overdose. It uses 100-percent Lagundi leaves that are nurtured organically in a quality-certified farm.

ASCOF Lagundi for the entire family 

Aside from being a natural cough medicine, the Co family also likes that ASCOF Lagundi comes in different forms—each specifically made to address the different needs of each family member.

“We find ASCOF Lagundi a very convenient brand because it is both for kids and adults. It is good to know that it can address my family’s cough concerns with its line of products,” shares Hans who enjoys various outdoor activities like camping and biking with his daughters.

Parents like Hans who have kids aged two years old and above can also take comfort in the fact that their children’s coughing problems can be effectively addressed by ASCOF Lagundi Syrup without worrying about the detrimental effect, such as palpitations and compromised liver functions, that chemical-based cough formulations may bring.

Likewise, he and his wife find it easier to administer ASCOF Lagundi Syrup to their children as it comes in two delicious flavors: ponkan and strawberry.

Cherie explains, “Some cough products and herbal medicines have a bitter taste the kids don’t like so we are glad that ASCOF Lagundi Syrup comes in yummy flavors.”

ASCOF Lagundi Forte Syrup in menthol, meanwhile, is suitable for the young (teenage) adults and adults— the 13 years old and above age group. It also comes in a sugar-free variant, which is likewise good for health conscious and diabetic consumers looking for sugar-free medication.

ASCOF Lagundi also comes in both tablet and capsule forms.

So when it comes to treating your family’s cough problems this rainy reason, take it from the Co family and go for a natural medication with ASCOF Lagundi.

Enjoy LYF With The Things I Can Do With The SAMSUNG SMART TV!

 WOW!
this is my initial reaction upon seeing the new Samsung SMART TV that was displayed during iBlog 7. And looking at its design unimaginatively thin dimension. And that is only just the tip of the iceberg on what it specifications and features.   


As flat TV is gaining popularity in this new decade, the clamor for a TV that can do more than airing shows and be used as a video output for players and consoles. And surprisingly, Samsung has come up with the Samsung SMART TV series. 


Like I mentioned it was featured in iBlog 7 bloggers' convention at UP. And with the audience saw the TV, eyes were very glued to the SMART TV and almost diverted the attention from the speakers. Definitely everybody wants it, even me.
We would now list the things that we can do with this SMART TV. They don't call it SMART for nothing of course. Listing some of it specs did make my mouth water...
  • Cinema-quality 3D experience 
  • Smart TV with Samsung Apps
  • Syncs with multiple devices using AllShare
  • Enhanced images with Mega Dynamic Contrast Ratio 
  • Sharp images and bright colors with Full HD 1080p 
  • Ultra Clear reduces reflections
  • 4HDMI: 1 connection, 4 shared devices 
  • Wide Color Enhancer brings color to life 
  • ENERGY STAR® Compliant 
  • SRS Theater Sound          
And as first hand experience with this innovation, of course I would try the surfing capabilities of it. Here I tried to open plurk.com , a site similar to twitter, to 'plurk' about this. And as I got to the first page, I was at first shocked on how the website would look on a very wide screen. Cool!
Watching Youtube will also be more fun to watch with a cool interface like this one. These are actually apps that can be downloaded like you can do with tablet PC like the Samsung Galaxy tab or Smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S.
 Of course, I cannot forget to log in to Facebook and give a shoutout in my wall that I am using the Samsung 9000 LED SMART TV. And with this blog, it will surely get likes!
 I actually used the remote in typing the status, and it was like texting. However, they would also have a remote that have  a touch function and interactive menus. I could also compare it when I use a gaming console to surf the net with the TV, but its more better and less the need for another equipment.
 As you can see, I cant help myself to post this on my wall to have a feel on what it is like, and it loads much faster since the connection is directly from the television itself. I also read that aside from Ethernet connection, you can also usea wireless connection using an adapter that is sold separately.
Doing google searches would be best with a wider and clearer screen which the LED so that there would be less eye strain and also better view of the results. Plus, when there is a special homepage event on google, you can't help but smile.
The samsung apps are readily available on the net with a great interface for easy navigation. Organized in tabs and with a cool blue effect won't your leave your head aching with so many clutter the internet can bring.
 
Aside from internet clutter, you can also reduce video clutter with a directory of movies that you can just pick and watch them real time, this is also one of the features of the Samsung apps available for download.
These features would help you personalize what you what to have in your TV, just like your computer. Thus making it your personal TV. So there can be a thousand ways that you can enjoy the TV more with just your remote. View TV feed with crisp sound and video. And it can also support 3D for a very realistic watching pleasure!
 Finding a place to set it up is also not a problem with its very thin dimension, that I could not also believe my eyes until I touch the TV itself. With just 0.31 inches, its more thinner than a laptop. You will also notice the metallic finish on the side makes it more of a huge tablet PC than an television.
With news, weather, entertainment, and even blogs can be viewed with this TV, you can truly have a complete recreation time less the hassles of having so many things with just a few clicks of the remote. And since I also grew with Samsung products, they are made with quality (one of the CRT TV we had for more than 8 years is still working perfectly!), they are a perfect investment in the house. And as we know that TV is a necessity  for every Filipino home, having one would be the best thing we have in our home.
If I do have one, I will love to do blogging using this one! Inviting friends to watch movies which quality just like being at the cinema itself. And with its sleek design and dimensions, it can blend in perfectly wherever I would take it. Also having information readily available via the internet will keep me informed and entertained even when the stations goes off air or boring. These are the reasons why on its label Samsung was called the most watched television brand. 


Do you also want a Samsung Smart TV too right? Well then follow the steps below:


THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH A SAMSUNG SMART TV PROMO!

4 EASY STEPS:

1. BLOG ABOUT THE THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH A SAMSUNG SMART TV!
2. TAG US ON FACEBOOK @ SAMSUNG TV PH & USE OUR HASHTAG ON
TWITTER #SAMSUNGSMARTTVPH

3. BLOG AGAIN – MOST NUMBER OF CREATIVE ENTRIES WIN

4. WIN A SAMSUNG SMART TV!
Criteria:


30% CREATIVITY
- write your unique or personalized ways which you can do with a Samsung Smart TV


30% ENTRY REACH
- you don’t have to be a celebrity blogger to win just ask people to comment on your entry!

20% HASHTAG & TAGGING

- just follow the mechanics of the promo where you need to tag @SAMSUNG TV PH and use hashtag on Twitter #samsungsmarttvph


20% NUMBER OF CREATIVE ENTRIES!
- the most number of creative entries have more chances to win


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