Mark Nicdao and BJ Pascual shoot ad campaigns using Samsung phones
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As a blogger, I never leave home without a camera. I don’t feel complete without one, especially when I’m traveling. Now that camera phones have been invented, it’s a good think I’ll always have a backup whenever my camera’s battery dies unexpectedly.
Camera phones have improved so much that the pictures they take are good enough for blogging.

I’ve been a Samsung phone user ever since the first Galaxy Note was introduced. Right now I carry two Samsungs—a Note 4 and an S6 Edge Plus.
The most recent Samsung phone to come out is the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, which they recently launched at the Green Sun Hotel.

Samsung event at Green Sun

What sets it aside from all other camera phones is its ability to take great pictures in the dark and underwater. Plus, you can use it with the Samsung Gear VR.

Samsung S7 and Edge

To prove its versatility, Samsung Philippines called on two of the country’s top fashion photographers to create ad campaigns using only a camera phone.
To demonstrate its lowlight capability, BJ Pascual photographed Georgina Wilson in a Patrick Nagel-inspired set and the theme “Own The Night”.

Georgina Wilson in Own the Night by BJ Pascual_1
Georgina Wilson owns the night

Patrick Nagel
Art by Patrick Nagel

BJ Pascual
BJ Pascual

Mark Nicdao tested the phone’s underwater capacity by shooting Solenn Heussaff underwater with the theme “Into The Blue.”

Solenn Heussaff in Into The Blue by Mark Nicdao_1
Solenn Heussaff: Into The Blue

Solenn Heussaff in Into The Blue by Mark Nicdao_6

“I was both hesitant and thrilled when I was first offered the project,” said Mark. “First, I haven’t done an underwater shoot, and second, I’ve never done a fashion shoot with just a smartphone. Combining the both was a real challenge.”

Mark Nicdao
Mark Nicdao

With these awe-inspiring stunts, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has make us rethink what a phone can do.
To know more about the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, click HERE.

Are checkered shirts a thing in Davao?
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When Erap was President, I remember everyone in his inner circle wearing jackets. I mean jackets were his thing.

Erap in jacket
Erap in jacket
Erap in jacket

As an avid Duterte watcher, I couldn’t help but notice the incoming President’s preference for checkered shirts.

Duterte in checks
Duterte in checks
Duterte in checks
Duterte in checks
Duterte in checks

I also noticed that his spokesperson Peter Laviña often wears checkered shirts.

Peter Laviña in checks
Peter Laviña in checks

Which led me to wonder: Are checkered shirts a thing in Davao???
Luckily, my friend Grace has Davao friends who explained:
“Checkered shirts are really a thing in Davao—preferably in red. My dad has lots. I think it’s because of all the Wrangler overruns sold in Gaisano. It’s a cowboy thing. Pag formal, naka tuck-in yung checkered shirt. Wearing a red checkered shirt in Davao means ‘This is a formal engagement!'”

So I guess change is coming to Malacañang. Instead of yellow gowns and barong Tagalogs, will we be seeing more checks at the Palace?
Bongbong and Chiz wouldn’t mind—just in case they are invited.

Bongbong in checks
Chiz in checks

#SayNoToNgilo: Say No to sensitive teeth
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Imagine a day, just once a year, where you can eat one thing and not gain a pound. If that were true, I would love to eat a tub of coffee ice cream because I have never done it.
Aside from all the calories, I’ve avoided doing that because I don’t like the tingling, unpleasant sensation I get in my teeth, which, I later learned, means I have sensitivity.

coffee ice cream

Some people say they get it from hot coffee. Like my husband who is a coffee drinker. Us Filipinos call it ngilo. In English, it’s called “dental hypersensitivity.”
That’s why we have Sensodyne® at home.


According to Sensodyne®, one in three people suffer from dental hypersensitivity, which can be caused by several factors including hard brushing, tooth grinding, acidic food, acid reflux and other conditions.

The condition, characterized by eroding teeth enamel and receding gums, expose the teeth’s nerves to outside stimulation such as hot or cold food and drinks.
Over 70% of dental hypersensitivity sufferers don’t find enjoyment in eating certain foods or drinking beverages like coffee.


Sensodyne® recently launched #SayNoToNgilo, a campaign to help raise awareness for dental hypersensitivity. The Ice Chill Test will determine if you have teeth sensitivity. You can find Sensodyne® booths at different malls and barangays in Metro Manila where you can take the test until September 18, 2016.

To take the test: You’ll be given a coffee ice slush to put inside your mouth. If you don’t experience discomfort, you’re good to go. If not, you have sensitive teeth
So how do you take care of your teeth if you have dental hypersensitivity?

Sensodyne® is a toothpaste that was created for people with this condition.
Sensodyne® Freshmint provides daily relief while Sensodyne® Repair and Protect relieves sensitivity by creating a layer around the tooth, preventing sensitivity, fixes teeth from the inside and outside by providing a robust layer that shields it for over six months, with twice daily brushing.

Head to the nearest Ice Chill Test booth to find out if your teeth are sensitive and which Sensodyne® product works for you.
Learn more by visiting or Facebook.

Sensodyne® and the rings device are trademarks owned by or licensed to the GSK group of companies.

Join! @chuvaness back to school giveaway
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Hello!! Sorry for my long absence. I was in Tokyo for almost two weeks and I am so tired, I can’t tell you, being a yaya to my kids. The upside: I lost 1 lb. I didn’t gain!! Not with eating beef and rice everyday with Coke! I’m so happy.
I have so many things to say, but so tired, so for now, let me start my comeback with a a back to school giveaway, a total of 10 prizes.
First: there will be five boxes filled with Oishi’s newest snacks

chuvaness giveaway

It includes:
• Fishda crackers (like fish kropek)
• The hubby’s favorite—veggie-based hot and spicy Pea Pow
• Caramel and cheese popcorn
• and Oishi cutest notepad set

chuvaness giveaway
chuvaness giveaway
chuvaness giveaway

Also giving away five lunch bags with limited edition Chuva charms by Tickles.

chuvaness giveaway
chuvaness giveaway

What’s inside:
• Eight Alden Richards notebooks by Sterling, available at National Bookstore

chuvaness giveaway

• Oishi notepad set, writing kit from National Bookstore, and a random coinpurse

chuvaness giveaway
chuvaness giveaway

How to join:
1) You must have a Philippine shipping/delivery address.
2) Please share this entry through Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Please tag me!
3) Register HERE. Please register ONCE only.

Ten winners will be chosen.
Each winner will get either one lunch box or one snack box.
Contest runs from May 11 to 16 only.
Winners will be chosen electronically via
Winners will be announced on this blog, Twitter @chuvaness, and Facebook.

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