Baby goes to the bank
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It’s been four years since we decided to adopt our youngest son. And since he is our third child, he doesn’t have so many firsts compared with his kuyas. He doesn’t have a baby book or passport (yet).
He hasn’t been on an airplane or traveled abroad, pending the finality from the court.
One thing we did recently though was to open him a bank account.

Christian goes to PS Bank

When I was in grade school, I used to get an allowance of one peso a day in four 25-centavo coins, if you remember the big ones. When I was a kid my dad gave me and my sister these cute little miniature drawers from Japan, where I would put 25 centavos a day. One day the box was full and I felt so rich! (There was probably five pesos in there.)

Saving money is something I like to teach young kids, like my sister Ana and my godchild Reggie when they were five or six years old. Since Christian is almost six years old, I took him to PSBank at The Crescent Building, Ortigas Center to open his first bank account. We chose PSBank because of its child-friendly Kiddie & Teen Savers program to encourage young people to save money.

Christian with branch manager Joanne Perez
PSBank’s Kiddie and Teen Savers account doesn’t require a minimum deposit or maintaining balance—but your child gets an insurance coverage of up to five times the average daily balance.
So if your child’s account is able to maintain an average daily balance of P1,000, he or she gets insurance coverage of P5,000. The account earns interest no matter how big or little is in the account.

Christian with Richard Astillero

Because Christian is under seven years old, I had to open the account in trust for him. I chose a savings account with a passbook and ATM card for Christian.
I brought two of my IDs, Christian’s school ID and a letter of guardianship from the court. For other kids, you may bring a birth certificate issued by the National Statistics Office.
I filled out some forms and had my picture taken for their file. We were in and out in about 30 minutes. I kind of like the shape of this passbook.

Christian goes to PS Bank

Joanne said when Christian turns seven, he can have his own ATM card (not that he needs one). Of course, you may also have a joint “and/or” account with your child and he or she will still be part of the program.
It was Christian’s first trip to the bank as a depositor and as you can see from the photos, we had a smooth time.
To know more about the program, click HERE.

Who’s afraid of dengue?
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Together with the common flu, typhoid fever, and hepatitis, dengue is up there in the list of most dreaded diseases moms worry about. But unlike the other illnesses mentioned, dengue doesn’t have a vaccine that can provide prevention and protection.

Prevalent in tropical countries such as the Philippines, dengue affects people differently.
While some recover from flu-like symptoms such as high fever, muscle-and-joint pains, and rashes, others suffer life-threatening complications like Dengue Shock Syndrome—in which a patient’s white blood cells platelets drop to a dangerous level, leading to internal bleeding. In some of these cases, dengue becomes fatal.

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While all people, regardless of age, are susceptible to dengue, statistics from the Department of Health’s National Epidemiology Center show that children and adolescents from 5 to 14 years old are hardest hit.
Another alarming discovery is that dengue can now be contracted round-the-clock instead of during daytime only, as previously thought.
Experts from the Philippine Association of Entomologists have found that another dengue mosquito, the Aedes albopictus, is known to bite from from 6-8 PM and 11 PM to 1 AM, while the well-studied species Aedes aegypti, bites between 6 to 8 AM and 4 to 6 PM.


No wonder more moms are looking for ways to protect their children from exposure during day and night.
“I make sure there’s no stagnant water at the house and surroundings are not mosquito breeding grounds,” says Candice Arcangel, mother of two boys, ages 10 and 12.
To be sure, Candice uses Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion Gentle Protect.

Green Cross

A single application provides up to 8 hours’ protection against day and night dengue mosquitoes.
Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotion Gentle Protect is non-greasy, smells and feels light on skin, which kids appreciate.
For older kids and adults, Green Cross recommends Active Protect, which provides up to 10 hours’ protection.

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And for stay- or work-at-home moms like me, or people who mostly stay indoors, I recommend Family Protect, a reliable but more affordable lotion that protects up to four hours.

Green Cross

Green Cross Insect Repellent Lotions are endorsed by the Philippine Association of Entomologists, Inc.
They are available at supermarkets and grocery stores nationwide.

Bobbi Brown Holiday 2013
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“This holiday is all about unexpected glamour,” says Bobbi Brown, founder and CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics.
This holiday season, Bobbi offers a beautifully edited collection of luxurious lip and eye palettes, lip glosses and brush sets for the beauty enthusiast who wants to give or receive the gift of glam.
Featuring an assortment of shimmery shades in silver, bronze and golden tones, Bobbi’s Holiday 2013 Gift Giving Collection is a must when it comes to stealing the spotlight.

Twilight pink lip and eye palette (Php 4,300)
A double-decker compact with everything you need to play up your eyes and lips all party season long.
The palette offers 10 gorgeous eye shadows from metallic to sparkle to shimmer, four pretty lip shades, plus mini lip and mini eye shadow brushes.

Eye shadow palettes (Php 2,700 each)
In a variety of nude to rich shades in cool and warm tones, these sleek compacts include a dual-ended eye shadow and eye liner brush.

Old Hollywood Travel Brush Set (Php 7,550)
A gorgeous light gold case with a black satin interior includes eight of Bobbi’s must-have brushes: Foundation Brush, Dual-Ended Concealer & Blending Brush, Retouching Brush, Touch Up Brush, Eye Shadow Brush, Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush, Smokey Eye Liner Brush.

Old Hollywood Mini Brush Set (Php 4,200)
This compact Mini Brush Set is perfect to pop into your handbag for mid-day or mid-party touch-ups.
Includes four mini brushes: Mini Face Blender Brush, Mini Eye Sweep Brush, Dual-Ended Mini Smokey Eye Liner & Angle Eye Shadow Brush and Mini Eye Brow Brush to create the perfect pretty or sultry eye.

Old Hollywood Beauty Trunk (Php 21,600)
A sleek gold case with interior mirror and numerous compartments makes for efficient organization and show-stopping display of your Bobbi Brown makeup, skincare and brushes.

Available at Bobbi Brown counters in Rustan’s Makati (812-2507), Rustan’s Shangri-la Mall (633-4636 loc. 114), Essenses Rockwell (822-9400), Rustan’s Ayala Center Cebu (+6332 231 5633), SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall.

Lea Salonga’s life in a children’s book
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Long before she played Kim in Miss Saigon, the singing voice of Disney’s Princesses Jasmine and Mulan, and a well-loved judge on The Voice of the Philippines, Maria Lea Carmen Salonga was just a little girl from Manila who dared to dream big.

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Dream Big Books proudly launched Princess Lea last November 17, 2013 at National Book Store Glorietta 1, where guests and friends from the media had the opportunity to got to meet Lea and have their copies signed by her.
Relief goods for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda were also accepted at the event and will be donated through #momshare of

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Princess Lea shares how Lea Salonga followed her heart to become the greatly admired and highly respected singer and actress she is today.
Written by Yvette Fernandez and illustrated by Nicole Lim, Princess Lea narrates how Lea went from a six-year-old who landed a part in a local production of The King and I to an internationally renowned performer who has starred as Kim in Miss Saigon, Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables, and Mei-Li in Flower Drum Song, among others.

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L-R: Author Yvette Fernandez, Lea Salonga, and illustrator Nicole Tan

Dream Big Books is an imprint of Summit Books that inspires children to make a positive change in the world by sharing the life stories of Filipino role models.
Among the books in the series are Big John, the riches-to-rags-to-riches tale of John Gokongwei, Jr.; Nanay Coring, the success story of National Book Store owner Socorro Ramos; Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy, which tells of love for nation of the Aquino family; and Simply Jesse, which recounts the life of former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.

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Lea Salonga with her mommy Ligaya and daughter Nicole

Princess Lea is available in bookstores nationwide for only Php 125.
Part of the proceeds from the sales will go to the ICanServe Foundation, which provides hope and help to women with breast cancer.

A special gift to Lea Salonga from Summit Books
Summit owner Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng presents a special gift to Lea Salonga

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