Garden Gourmet Food and Craft Festival at Shangrila Mall

Garden Gourmet Food and Craft Festival 2019 organized by Silk Events Management was held from February 28 to March 3, 2019 at the Food Forum at the Lower level of Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City.


The first event was staged sometime August 2018 last year and more than 30 stalls have participated.


Maexel Chichabites -Medium Php 100 and Php 200 Large Pack


Manang Joy Empanada

We were invited by Maricar’s Jewelry from Meycauayan, Bulacan who specializes in making tambourine jewelry necklace and modern ready to wear accessories.


modern fashion jewelry accesories


Himalayan pink salt and lamp


garden set-up and photo booth


crackle chips


Timplador lechon belly


Taste buds corn chips, crackers, peanuts, mix nuts, sweet candies, jelly candies


Mr. Mikko Hilario is a third generation proprietor

Mr. Mikko Hilario who hails from San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan. He is a third generation proprietor and specializes on roasted peanuts, corn chips and other snack items from the province. They are also adding some more products before the end of the year.

They also have an active FB and Instagram account.

Contact : 09176331321



There were no entrance in this food and craft festival.



Sitting is the New Smoking at the 49th PHA Annual Convention

 Sitting for around eight hours a day, having a sedentary lifestyle at the workplace increases the risk of contracting heart disease, cancer and diabetes by 40 percent. Actually, it can cause killer legs, too. 

This was one of the revelations presented by leading experts in the industry at the 49th PHA convention held at EDSA Shangrila Hotel .

The simplest guideline for all of us would have to be, “Sit less and move more, ”  according to close to 2,000-member Philippine Heart Association (PHA) and  the  husband and wife tandem of  fitness gurus,  Jim and Toni Saret.

Yes, there’s a direct relationship between time spent sitting and your risk of early mortality of any cause. As your total sitting time increases, so does your risk of an early death.

Health advocates and practitioners requires a person to have brisk walking at least 30 minutes to an hour everyday.

Majority of the world population is in the working age-group. This group are always on the computer.  Glued on their seats for eight hours, they lead sedentary lifestyles, while facing different kinds of stress which leads to unhealthy eating (stress eating) and lifestyle. Most of them are unable to engage in appropriate physical activities for their physical and mental well-being.  in worse cases, some do not have the means to cope with stress and maintain mental health.

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Eating healthy, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding vices like alcohol and cigarettes are ways of preventing major lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancers as well as other risk factors such as raise blood pressure, raise blood sugar level and  obesity. However, awareness and practices of these healthy benefits are still low among the working population.

The Philippine Heart Association (PHA), a non-stock, non-profit organization of 1,780 Filipino cardiologists is committed to foster exceptional cardiovascular education and primary care for everyone. Living up to its mission, the PHA aims to do its share on the awareness on preventive and management of heart diseases. The initiative encourages employees to improve their physical and mental well-being, and effectively address sedentary lifestyles by launching a campaign called “Sneakers Friday.”

“Sneakers Friday” capitalizes on promoting physical activity. It is meant to promote workplace health and wellness where personnel are encouraged to wear sneakers, casual top and pants every Friday as a “dress down day.”

In order to obtain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to incorporate wellness in all aspects of one’s life, including the workplace. Corporate wellness generates many positive outcomes for their employees as well as the company itself. Even a simple activity such as walking (or brisk walking, with100 steps per minute) has so many powerful health benefits. When done correctly and regularly, it can be the key to losing weight, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and boosting your memory as well as reducing your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more. Walking could be done effortlessly without interrupting corporate work. One can also choose to take the stairs rather than ride the elevator or when one parks the car, choose the farthest end so you’d have more time to walk.

The “Sneakers Friday” initial campaign got off the ground spearheaded by medical professionals and cardiovascular experts themselves in November of 2017 with the Makati Medical Center as its launching site, followed by The Medical City where every last weekday was officially declared as “Sneakers Friday.”


Merck Fertility Awareness Week 2017 at EDSA Shangri-La


One out of 10 Filipinos suffer from infertility. This is the pressing result of a quantitative and qualitative 2011 patient study conducted by Synovate International commissioned by Merck Serono Philippines, a bio- pharmaceutical company.

While many couples are having problems with having too many babies, there are a few who are having a problem on how to conceive. The latest medical abstract data about infertility in the Philippines was made available .

 Infertility Problems

Infertility is a multi-layered and complex situation.  There are a lot of issues that are involved for the people living with it, as it spans the biological, emotional, physical, social, financial and psychological aspects of lives and relationships.

Some opt not to share their problems even to their close and immediate family members.



Merck Philippines Awareness Campaign

Since 2013, the local arm of the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck Philippines, has been proactive in their fertility awareness campaign.

The campaign is on its fifth year, which is aptly named “Bridging Baby Steps,” aims to continue education on infertility and raise awareness about the in-vitro fertilization (IVF) methods available in the country through seminars and information dissemination.

“As they say, ‘where there’s life, there’s hope.’ We, at Merck Philippines, understand the heartaches of couples who can’t conceive a child,” said Dess Carta, Sales and Marketing Manager for Fertility for Merck Philippines. “We want to let them know that there are means and ways to combat infertility.”
Learn from the Expert.

World Health Organization 

Infertility is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), as “a disease of the reproductive system defined by the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse.”


Dr. Virgilio M. Novero Jr., head of St. Luke’s flagship Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CARMI), said that infertility can be traced to issues affecting both the female and male reproductive systems, and medical conditions that compromises the quality of egg and sperm cells. Other factors that affect a couple’s ability to procreate such as socio-cultural practices, including the marrying age, educational status, professional goals.

The ART of Procreation

Infertility should not be the be-all and end-all for couples, as there are means and ways to this.

One available method for childless couples is Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). This treatment procedure enables multiplication of ovarian follicles and facilitates egg cell retrieval. During the process, embryos will be formed outside the body of a female patient and will be transferred once the “cultures” are successfully formed. Patients who are suffering from severe sperm deficits, blocked fallopian tubes, unexplained infertility, mild endometriosis, and ovulation disorders can be candidates for this treatment.

With regards to IVF being risky, Dr. Novero shared that the success rate of such procedure has grown tremendously over the past years. He said that about six million children around the world were born via IVF.

To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, visit and register at

5th Fertility Awareness Week 2017

How can we help friends who have difficulty in conceiving? This is the 5th year that Merck Philippines will be having their ” Fertility Awareness Week”. The best way to seek to advise or information is to seek help from the expert or join formal talk about fertility awareness like the upcoming Merck Philippines Bridging Baby Steps Campaign happening on October 21, 2017 Saturday at the Edsa Shangri-La, Garden Ballroom Hall 3 and 4 , Ortigas ,Metro Manila for FREE.

Security meets Convenience : Yale Digital Lock Collection

 Marquee Hall, EDSA Shangrila Hotel, Mandaluyong City-Philippines

Mr. Stanley Ngai- country manager

Digital door locks have been around for years but it is only now that it has slowly penetrated into the households as it becomes more convenient and affordable even for the home.

Mr. Sonny Ver Soneja-Business Development Manager

Assa Abloy Singapore Pte. Ltd ( Philippines Office)

Contact : (0917-533-2893, (02- 506-42-72)

The future has been around and yet we get to only see them yet in the movies and TV series. But now Yale has brought the future to us. Digital locks  are already common in some Asian markets like Hongkong, South Korea , Japan and now in the Philippines.


We prefer YALE brands in our home and is always the recommended locking system by my parents and even the hardware stores. Yale can be considered as “The World’s Favorite Lock” because it also leads in producing the most innovative products.

digital lock

There are now several digital locking technologies using fingerprint, RFID card, or smart touch pad using PIN code that you can use to open doors.


These locks are also equipped with alarm systems for security against burglary, vandalism and fire for selected models.

Mr. Ronnie Bernardo

L-R Mr. Alok Gupta- Business Head (Digital Door Locks) ASSA ABLOY South Asia – Asia Pacific Division , Mr. Stanley Ngai ( Country Manager ) and Mr. Arnold dela Cruz ( social media writer )

During the product launching , Assa Abloy together with Yale Lock had raffled -off interesting products to the attendees

Top -4 finalists

After the first round of nerve wrangling raffle draw with a short question and answer portion. Top 5 finalists were drawn .


The winner is from ABS-CBN group of publication .

What Benefits Does a Digital Lock Bring to You & Your Family ?

1.) No more rummaging through pockets , bags .

2.) No more locking the door

3.) No more forgotten keys

4.) No more losing keys

5.) no more carrying a key

6.) No more lock downs

Yale digital locks are now available in leading hardware supplies and selected dealers nationwide.



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