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Beauty brand Orabella introduces Arabella del Rosario as new endorser

Beauty brand Orabella introduces Arabella del Rosario as new endorser

Beauty, Features, LifeStyle, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Style
Beauty brand Orabella Philippines recently welcomed teen actress Arabella del Rosario as its new brand ambassador. I joined a virtual press conference whereby the young actress (and reported girlfriend of Jimuel Pacquiao, son of boxing legend Manny Pacquiao) was introduced to fellow bloggers and members of the media. “As an up and coming brand, we wanted an endorser who is passionate and promising. We see that in Arabella, and we warmly welcome her into the Orabella family,’ said Anne Acuña, Marketing Manager of Orabella Direct Selling Inc. The young actress, who is also into singing and figure skating, is a member of Star Magic. Arabella has appeared in the ABS-CBN series, Wild Little Love.While she appeared in some commercials in the past, according to Del Rosario, this is the fi...
Tesalate Beach Towels – why you must own this best sand-free towel

Tesalate Beach Towels – why you must own this best sand-free towel

Beauty, Blogging, Cagayan de Oro City, Features, LifeStyle, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews, Shopping, Society, Travel
I love the water. I love the beach. One of my life goals is to someday live by the beach again (my family and I used to back in the day) and just enjoy life as it comes. But while I wait for that day to come, I try to be near the water as much as possible. Of course, one of our must-haves, when we hit the beach, is to bring a beach towel. Just recently, however, I discovered one of, if not, the best beach towels - Tesalate! I was able to give my Tesalate beach towel a spin (I have the Tesalate Bohemian XL) when my relatives and I had our balsa adventure (video way down below) and I must say, you MUST own one. Let me give you a rundown: Sand-free beach days Tesalate is known for its exclusive AbsorbLite™ fabric which means no sand can ever stay put on your towel. Sand-resi...
I was a Miss Kasanggayahan pageant judge

I was a Miss Kasanggayahan pageant judge

Beauty, Events, Fashion, Features, Festivals, Fiesta, Mindanaoan Update, Society, Style, Videos
In an earlier post, I shared all about my fun visit to Sorsogon Capitol to see my dear friend (and ok, sige na nga, super crush!) former Senator now Governor Francis "Chiz" Escudero. I was in Sorsogon, the name of which means "to trace a river upstream," because Sir Chiz, Miss Malu and the Sorsogon Tourism Office invited me for a fun and exciting task - to be one of the judges of the most-awaited annual beauty pageant of the province, Miss Kasanggayahan! I was so thrilled and readily accepted the invitation. It was my chance to see lovely Sorsogon, see old friends and meet new ones and of course, to observe Sir Chiz in his turf. As expected, he was so chill as he roamed around, drove his own vehicle and hosted us for lunch and dinner. By the way, he was so excited to share his...
Look at these handmade arm candies fit for lovers of the sea

Look at these handmade arm candies fit for lovers of the sea

Beauty, Fashion, Shopping, Style
I am a self-proclaimed beach baby. Everything that has anything to do with the sea, surf, sand, sun gets my attention. Truth be told, one of my goals in life is to own a nice, cozy beach house and live by the beach again. I say again because for several years, my family and I lived along the shore in Davao City. Those were simple but very happy years. So when these lovely handmade nautical bracelets were sent my way, I knew I found my new favorites! Not only are these Wind Passion handmade bracelets certified arm candies, they're also great reminders of the fondest of times in my life and in my family's life. Wind Passion nautical bracelets are handmade, definitely eye-catching, comes in many colors and designs and are made of top quality, durable cord and other marine materials ...
Club Clio Korean Beauty Brand New York USA opening

Club Clio Korean Beauty Brand New York USA opening

America, Beauty, Blogging, Events, Fashion, Korea, New York, Society, Style
Hello from New York! I actually vlogged about the Club Clio Union Square New York reopening first so apologies if this blog is a tad late :D Anyhoo, I was invited to check out the grand reopening of the Club Clio USA Union Square New York branch late last year. It was an invitation I simply cannot turn down! For one, I absolutely love Korean stuff. They're high quality, very cute, fun and definitely value-for-money. Secondly, I have visited Korea and needless to say, I fell in love! It's a beautiful, modern country with amazing food, friendly people and rich culture. Check out my Mindanaoan In Korea travel series. Thirdly, it's a beauty event invitation for me as a blogger in New York! Enough said ;) Anyways, for the uninitiated, Club Clio is a very popular Korean cosmetics line, repres...
Things you can save on when online shopping at ShopBack

Things you can save on when online shopping at ShopBack

Beauty, Consumer, Fashion, Gifts, Hotels, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews, Shopping, Style, Travel
While I still like shopping at brick and mortar stores, I have also developed a penchant for online shopping. Not only does it save time and energy, online shopping can also actually help save money. Now, there’s even more good news. Imagine this - the opportunity for you to actually be paid for shopping! Presenting ShopBack. ShopBack is a cashback site that pays you for shopping in more than 500 merchant stores. Cashback site literally means getting cash back - when you spend online through ShopBack, we get a portion of our very own purchase back. That means a lot of extra savings and extra money that we can use for more purchases. I have been a member of ShopBack for quite a while now and you know I only recommend sites that are legitimate and reliable. ShopBack is the top cashback...
Now it’s possible to shave without water – Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel

Now it’s possible to shave without water – Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel

Beauty, Reviews, Shopping, Style
Hey, busy beauties! We've all been there - we need to shave but we're ladies on the go, who like to travel frequently and who basically just need a showerless shave gel that would allow us to have a smooth surface that your razor easily glides over BUT minus the water. We've tried to dry-shave but it only leaves our skin either chapped or irritated. Worse, you may even get ingrown hairs and razor burn! Yikes! Fortunately, there's now a product that allows you to shave without the need for water and leaves your skin moisturized. Yep, it's now possible to shave without water! With Busy Beauty Showerless Shave Gel, you can just easily smooth the product all over the area that you want to shave and then shave like normal. NO WATER NEEDED! Hair will collect at the back of your razor fo...
Myra products you must try right now

Myra products you must try right now

Beauty, Features, Reviews
I will be celebrating my birthday real soon (April is my birth month!) and you know what that means - another reminder that YES we all have to care for our skin! Unfortunately for me, I only started with this whole skin care regimen thing pretty late. On the other hand, I'm also fortunate because these days, there are tons of skin care products that can help us in our quest of looking good no matter what our age is. One of the brands that we're all familiar with is Myra. And guess what? They released products like facial wash, moisturizer and lotion. I made it a point to try these products for at least a week before I share my thoughts. First off - let me just say that I've been taking the Myra Vitamin E capsules for years so obviously I recommend those :) We ladies need regular dose...
Aruga Aesthetic Center CDO launches holiday campaigns

Aruga Aesthetic Center CDO launches holiday campaigns

Beauty, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Society, Style
Aruga Aesthetic Center, known for their luxurious yet affordable beauty and wellness services in Cagayan de Oro City, recently launched their holiday beauty campaigns. Dubbed "Party Ready Beauty," the first campaign focuses on helping us with our busy social calendars come the holiday season. This campaign offers us a way to make it to each social engagement feeling confident, and with eyelashes and eyebrows on fleek. Aruga will have promos on eyelash extensions and iBrow services. The second campaign, “Light and White Christmas,” offers a "white" Christmas. Valued clients will get a chance to unleash their inner glow - with promotions for their glutathione, Beauty Fusion, and other skin brightening services. The third holiday beauty campaign is the Aruga Christmas tre...
Why sneakerheads should go visit Sneakpeek

Why sneakerheads should go visit Sneakpeek

Announcements, Beauty, Fashion, Mindanaoan Update, Society, Sports, Style
Are you a sneakerhead or a person who passionately collects, trades and admires sneakers as a hobby? Do you like sporting the latest collectible pair of kicks? Does your heart go a-thump-thump when you see an ad for a very hard-to-find pair? I have great news for you. Apparently, there’s no need for you to go to Manila or order online for that elusive pair of special sneakers anymore. Here in Mindanao, and in Cagayan de Oro specifically, you can now head to a store where exclusive designs and major global brands are available. Earlier this week, I was invited to the grand opening of Sneakpeek, a multi-brand lifestyle store that houses some of the most highly sought-after major global footwear brands. It was also a special “unlock” day because Sneakpeek unveiled the Puma Bla...
Novuhair breaks down hair truths versus myths

Novuhair breaks down hair truths versus myths

Beauty, Consumer, Features, Mindanaoan Update
I regularly color my hair. I started out with the auburns, deep browns and burgundy shades. These days, however, you can see me sporting light colors (platinum, blonde and the like). In other words, I like experimenting. However, as much as I don't like to admit it, I am putting harmful chemicals on my hair. For others, putting chemicals can result in migraine, nausea and skin rashes. These symptoms may be quickly attributed to stress but if you look closer, the culprit may just be your hair product! Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss, gives us the lowdown on these chemicals. Check out these hair myths versus hair truths. Myth: Shampoo must produce lots of lather in order to properly clean your hair. Truth: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a compound that helps shampoo and ...
BREAKING: H&M To Open First Store In Cagayan de Oro

BREAKING: H&M To Open First Store In Cagayan de Oro

Announcements, Beauty, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Fashion, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, News, Northern Mindanao, Shopping, Society, Style
I first wrote about H&M (Hennes & Mauritz, Inc.) CDO and about what it will be like to be a part of their team months ago. Now, H&M CDO is finally opening! The Cagayan de Oro H&M store is part of their continuous expansion in the southern part of Philippine shores and will serve as its 18th store in the country. Are you excited yet? Because you bet I am! The over 1,500 square meter, 2-story store will welcome shoppers on October 27, 2016, 11 AM at Centrio Mall at CM Recto Avenue corner Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro. Follow my Facebook page and Instagram for behind-the-scenes updates! “The response from our Mindanao customers, after we opened our 1 st store in Davao just last month, has been incredible! We look forward to catering to even more of the same vibran...
Deta Beauty Cosmetics August 2016 launch in CDO Philippines

Deta Beauty Cosmetics August 2016 launch in CDO Philippines

Announcements, Beauty, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Events, Fashion, Features, Mindanaoan Artists, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Society, Style
Absolutely great news for fellow makeup aficionados! I first shared the news on my beauty and fashion blog, Women Treats, but please allow me to share the news here on Mindanaoan as well! Deta Beauty will launch their pioneering line of quality cosmetics this August 20, 2016 in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines! This will be the pioneer launch of this innovative line of paraben and cruelty-free makeup line. Founded by Chicago, USA-based power couple Saad and Kathleen Maniar, Deta Beauty offers a wide range of quality makeup products such as the very trendy lip lacquers, foundation, eye shadows as well as various palettes for bronzing and contouring. The De Ta Beauty Cosmetics CDO launch will also be a homecoming of sorts for Kathleen, who is a native of Cagayan de Oro. Deta is actually ...
Achieve wellness goals with new fitness app KFIT (discount code here!)

Achieve wellness goals with new fitness app KFIT (discount code here!)

Announcements, Beauty, Features, Fitness, Internet, Leisure, Society, Technology
Ever wanted to hit the gym, have a foot reflexology session, look for the nearest Crossfit studio or go to a yoga class but you just don’t know where to go or you feel that you don’t have the time? Are you like me who travels frequently and wants to have an easy way to check out gyms, salons, spas or activities near your hotel? You can say goodbye to those moments because the solution is just between your fingertips and your mobile phone! Presenting - the new fitness app, KFit! KFit helps you discover, plan, and reserve fitness, beauty and wellness activities near you, anytime. Once you have the app on your device (like me! Downloaded it days ago), it automatically gives you access to a huge variety of activities that suit your needs, whether you want to have your nails done at a nearby...
Walking light with my new fave footwear Native Shoes

Walking light with my new fave footwear Native Shoes

Beauty, Freebies, Gifts, Reviews, Shopping, Style
A few weeks ago, I wrote about the opening of the new Native Shoes store at the 2nd Floor of Ayala Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro. A few days after I checked out their new store, I received a really nice pair. Aaahh...brand new shoes! <3 Don't you just love it when you have new footwear? Especially if they're as light and as durable as Native Shoes! Look at what I got: I immediately tried them on and trust me, they're astoundingly light! It's as if you aren't wearing shoes at all. I love the design and the color. Very hip and you can easily pair this with other ensembles. Plus this one's easy to pack, use and clean. Native Shoes are also odor-proof, waterproof and washable. They use dual-density EVA technology. Ergo, not only are the shoes very comfortable to wear, t...
Topical scalp lotion Novuhair now has 19 natural ingredients

Topical scalp lotion Novuhair now has 19 natural ingredients

Announcements, Beauty, Features, Reviews
Now with 19 natural ingredients, you can truly say goodbye to hair loss and scalp problems with Novuhair! The newly enhanced formula of Novuhair guarantees a more effective solution for hair growth and with 19 natural ingredients, the leading medicated topical scalp lotion is now almost 100% natural. “The Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion used to only have 12 natural ingredients. Its improved formulation has a much better fragrance and a cool and minty feel. It also has anti-dandruff properties, as well as nourishing and moisturizing effects on the hair and scalp,” said Sheila Mae Velilla, CEO of Nutramedica, developer and distributor of Novuhair. Aside from producing a more effective solution for hair growth, the changes were necessary to make the product 100% compliant to the ASEAN Cos...
Attending a makeup workshop sponsored by Seda Rewards

Attending a makeup workshop sponsored by Seda Rewards

Beauty, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Corporate, Features, Freebies, Gifts, Hotels
Seda Hotel CDO, the Ayala Corp. hotel housed under the same roof as Centrio Mall, recently treated ladies like myself to a makeup workshop! It was their way to encourage everyone to sign up for the Seda Rewards Club program, where clients can earn points that can be used to redeem wonderful gifts and treats and where members can gain access to exclusive events. Our speaker during the makeup workshop was my fellow Mindanao Gold Star Daily columnist, professional makeup artist Paola Paladio. She gave us tips on skin care, how to determine our face shape, which makeup tools to use and buy, how to contour (!!!), how to store our makeup goodies and - the best tip of all - how to make sure our eyebrows are always on fleek! ;) It was truly a relaxing day. Plus I met new friends! Thank you v...
Mindanaoan Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach bags #MissUniverse2015 crown

Mindanaoan Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach bags #MissUniverse2015 crown

Beauty, Cagayan de Oro City, Entertainment, Features, Iligan City, Mindanaoan Artists, Mindanaoan Update, Personalities, Society
The new Miss Universe 2015 is Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, the Filipino-German stunner who considers Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, Philippines her second home. The road towards being Miss Universe 2015 wasn't easy for Pia Wurtzbach. She had to join the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageants three times before she bagged the Bb. Pilipinas Universe title, which eventually allowed her to represent the Philippines to the Miss Universe pageant. Although she was born in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, the 26 year old beauty queen stayed for many years in both Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. In CDO, she attended kindergarten at Kong Hua School and primary school at Corpus Christi. Now, Pia has bagged the Miss Universe 2015 title. This makes her the third Filipina to bag the crown. Hmm. Which ma...
Hair thinning or hair loss? Gary V has a tip

Hair thinning or hair loss? Gary V has a tip

Beauty, Fashion, Features, Fitness, Health, Mindanaoan Update
Known for his moniker, "Mr. Pure Energy," Gary Valenciano or Gary V is the very image of youthful vibrance, whether onstage or not. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he values the way he looks the same way that he values the core of who he is: a prayerful, faithful husband and dependable father. Part of what makes Gary stay young looking is his head of hair. What many people don’t know is that, like all other men his age, Gary once worried about hair thinning and hair loss. “I first noticed the hair loss in the shower, after I toweled my hair dry. Then one day, my team of hairstylists noticed that my hair was thinning, too. That’s when they told me to look for the product that Fanny Serrano was using, a product called NOVUHAIR,” remarked Gary. NOVUHAIR is a topic...
Ladybag Centrio CDO: For the love of bags

Ladybag Centrio CDO: For the love of bags

Beauty, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Fashion, Style
What is it with women and their love for bags? Trust me, I’ve heard that question a million times over and to this day, I still don’t have the proper answer. I’m a so-called “late bloomer” in terms of loving fashion, makeup, bags and shoes, you see. I do have several theories, though: the smell and feel of brand new bags cheer a woman’s insides up (like the line in a Friends’ episode: “I think my uterus just skipped a beat!”), bags are little treats for various personal achievements and, let’s face it, women like to “compete” with one another and the bags they carry can say a lot about them, their stories, their goals and their flair for fashion and style. Perhaps my theories are the same ones that Ladybag believes in. Ladybag is the newest store at Centrio Mall Cagayan de Oro that cate...
Kadayawan 2015 schedule of activities

Kadayawan 2015 schedule of activities

Arts, Beauty, BIMP-EAGA, Culture, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Entertainment, Events, Festivals, Fiesta, Society, Style, Tourism, Travel
The King of Festivals is here once again! Kadayawan Festival 2015 or the 30th Kadayawan sa Dabaw will be held in Davao City from August 17 to 23, 2015. Kadayawan Festival is Davao City's grandest and most colorful celebration that highlights Davao tribes' culture, tradition and everyday lives. Kadayawan is also where we all thank the good Lord for bountiful harvests! :) Here's the Kadayawan 2015 schedule of activities (please feel free to SHARE!): It's also a special non-working holiday in Davao City on August 24, 2015 so plan your trip well! Happy Kadayawan Festival! See you in the streets! :)