Hope For Lupus Foundation: Giving hope to Lupus warriors
Posted on

With the aim of raising awareness for lupus and supporting patients and their families, Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA) Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar launched the Hope For Lupus Foundation last December 4, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease which attacks healthy cells and tissues.
Advocating the importance of early detection and treatment of the disease, DIWA Rep. Aglipay said the cause is close to her heart because she was diagnosed with Lupus in 2007.

Rep. Emmeline Villar

“My personal experience is a testament to how early detection can prevent major organ damage of kidneys and blood vessels,” she said. She emphasized that awareness of Lupus and its symptoms will allow patients to seek proper treatment at the earlier stages to avert major organ damage and save lives.

“The lack of awareness has already cost so many lives. With Hope For Lupus, no more lives should be lost due to a lack of information and awareness about the disease,” said DIWA Rep. Aglipay-Villar.

L-R: PDGen. Edgar Aglipay (ret.), Mrs. Mawie Aglipay, Camille Villar, Sen. Cynthia Villar, Rep. Emmeline Aglipay-Villar with daughter Emma Therese, DPWH Sec. Mark Villar

The foundation’s launch featured an exhibit entitled Lupus Warriors and a musical by Nicanor Tiongson, in partnership with the University of the Philippines—PGH’s Rheumatology Department.
Mabining Mandirigma is a steam-punk dance musical depicting the life of revolutionary leader Apolinario Mabini. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Bridging Lupus Fund for the benefit of indigent lupus patients in PGH.

Together with co-founders Lila Shahani, Melanie Cuevas, who both have lupus, rheumatologists, Dr. Paulo Lorenzo and Dr. Ging Racaza, Sidney Salazar and Nadine Bernardino, DIWA Rep. Aglipay-Villar hopes that with the foundation, they will be able to establish a Lupus-free Philippines.
For more information, go to or call 721-98-55.

Yayas and girly boys: More fun in the Philippines
Posted on

While Japan and the United States are obviously richer countries than the Philippines, there are certain privileges we have at home that people have to struggle with abroad.
Like nannies for instance. It’s normal for us Filipinos to have nannies or yayas at home, since the day we were born. You don’t even have to be rich to have a yaya. Some yayas even stay forever, long enough to take care of the babies of their former wards.

In my house we have nannies to pick up the kids from school. We have a cook to prepare our meals and maids to clean the house. It’s completely normal to have these.
But watch how Corinne of the U.S. show, The Bachelor is frowned upon as a spoiled brat or freak because she still has a nanny.


Compared to other countries, I think the Philippines is very gay friendly. We’re pretty used to seeing gay men that nobody really gets their panties in a twist whenever they see girly boys at the mall.
But in some cultures it’s not that easy. Take this “genderless danshi” who says, “For us, our fashion choices aren’t necessarily easy—putting on makeup and picking outfits. To be frank, we are shamed a lot from other people.”
He goes through lengths to say he is heterosexual, while explaining his preference for manicured nails, bobbed hair and cosmetics.
If he were in the Philippines, no explanation necessary.


First look at Ayala Malls The 30th: My neighborhood mall
Posted on

When I first found out a new mall was opening right in my neighborhood, my immediate thought was, oh God. More traffic. But then it opened today. I was curious, and I visited. And wow, I’m so happy!
The place is called Ayala Malls The 30th, named after its official address at #30 Meralco Avenue, Barangay Ugong, Pasig.
This is where you get dropped off. The stairs lead up to the mall.

30th Mall

You’ll be surprised at the open space that will greet you.


We love Ayala because they respect green.

6 2

It may look small from the outside, but inside, it is pretty deep.
It covers two hectares and includes four cinemas, a full-sized Rustan’s Supermarket, and a corte—or outdoor activity center.

Rustan's Supermarket

I can’t wait to take the hubby to the cinema. There are four of them—two have all-reclining seats.
Don’t forget to bring your jacket or blanket. The mall has full-blast airconditioning.


I always say a mall is not complete if it doesn’t have a National Book Store and a Mercury Drug. It has both, including a Watsons which is not yet open.

National Book Store
Mercury drug

Of course it has our family favorites, like Pepper Lunch, Mrs. Field’s, Max’s, Pancake House, and Potato Corner.

Pepper Lunch
Potato Corner
Pancake House
Mrs. Field's

The mall was designed to be a neighborhood place for professionals, students (St. Paul’s Pasig is just within walking distance) and residents of the nearby villages like Valle Verde, and condominiums such as Renaissance Towers and The Alexandra.
The idea is that people can just walk to the mall—or in my case, get dropped off by car, walk home or get picked up by driver.

Among the other dining options are Conti’s, Ramen Nagi, Mamou is going to open, Genki Sushi, Morganfield’s, Wangfu, La Maripili, Kenny Rogers, and many more.
Another pleasant is Floating Island’s first restaurant outside Makati Medical Center. Everyone has his or her favorite dish at Floating Island. Mine is chicken skin.

Floating Island
Father and son Vince and Alex Revilla at Floating Island

Cool interior of Morganfield’s


If you’re craving for S&R pizza, it’s right here.

S&R Pizza

For the AFAM* community, there’s Draft and Lartizan


The mall also offers basic services such as LBC, money exchange, laundry, Nail Tropics, Bruno’s Barber Shop, Piandré, Bench Fix, plus three levels of basement parking.


I love the new look of Bruno’s barber shop. They even serve coffee


This way to Service Avenue


For the kids there’s Timezone and Mystery Manila. In May, Gold’s Gym will open.
For those who love to bake, there’s a Wonder Bake store where you can get baking supplies and take lessons.


Ayala Malls The 30th will also open 20 floors of office space for lease to BPOs and corporations.
Oh, and I’m so pleased with the restrooms. They are plenty, they are spacious, and they are airconditioned.


Ayala Malls The 30th is the first project of Mariana Zobel de Ayala, daughter of Jaime Augusto and Lizzie Zobel de Ayala, for the Ayala Group.

The Team
Mariana (in white) with her dream team

Can’t wait for all the stores to open. This is truly life-changing for our neighborhood.
To know more, follow Ayala Malls The 30th on Facebook and on Instagram @ayalamallsthe30th.

Mall directory

*A foreigner assigned in Manila

Tried & Tested: Dyson Pure Cool Link
Posted on

I’m one of those people who friends and family say are hard to find gifts for.
I won’t deny it though. But when I get something I really like, I won’t hesitate to show my appreciation.
One of the best things I received this Christmas was the Dyson Pure Cool Link which I found happily standing by the Christmas tree.


Let’s tell the truth here: beauty and function are not easy to find in home appliances. That’s why I love Dyson.
Lately I’ve noticed I’m getting more of the itchies. I’ve been getting mysterious bites.
Among my three sons, Chris is the one with the most allergies and sensitive skin. I have to make sure his room is cleaned thoroughly with all the junk and toys he collects.

But Bobby Yan, communications director of Whiteplanet Inc., which distributes Dyson in the Philippines, explains that allergens are everywhere, even in the cleanest homes.
Major indoor air allergens include gases from cooking and central heating, mold, dust mites, pet hair and pollen.
“These allergens are invisible to the naked eye so no matter how clean your home is, you won’t be able get rid of them. They are ultra-fine and airborne,” said Yan.

So what are other indoor pollutants? They include things we use every day such as scented candles, antiperspirants, deodorants, household cleaning materials, and more.
Dyson Pure Cool Link purifies the air inside our homes by removing 99.95% of indoor allergens and pollutants as tiny as 0.1 microns. Most purifiers can only catch up to 2.5 microns but Dyson can capture even those that are invisible to the naked eye.

“The Dyson filter uses a unique 360-degree HEPA filter and borosilicate fibers, which are super compacted so they trap the tiniest allergens,” says Yan.
The filter also has activated carbon, which removes contaminants from vapor streams. Carbon’s large surface area per unit weight allows contaminants to adhere to the activated carbon media. The filter is also capable of intelligent purification, meaning there are sensors inside the machine that can detect air quality at home, which you can monitor on your phone through an app. The filter is replaceable and can last up to one year if used for 12 hours every day.

Design and function in one product

Let’s not forget that this bladeless fan is still an electric fan and it cools the room. What I love about it is how lightweight it is. I can easily lift it from place to place without breaking my back.
How I wish they had these when my boys were little and I feared fan blades so much. Dyson Pure Cool Link makes it easier for parents to be less anxious when there are small kids in the house.


Plus, it has this cool magnetic design where you can stick the tiny remote to the top of the fan so you can always find it. I lovett.


The fan has long range projection to circulate the air across a spacious room and the Quiet Mark seal, which measures the world’s most quiet products. The fan is also engineered for night long purification and cooling so you can save up on electricity costs.
Because we sleep in a high-ceiling bedroom, my husband and I have always used an electric fan to bring the temperature—as well as the Meralco bill—down. Trust me, it works!

There’s a Dyson Link app, which you can download from Google Play or the App Store, allows you to monitor the air quality in your home, even when you are not there. The app shows you immediately if the air quality in the room where the fan is in is Poor, Fair or Good. You can see the days and time when air quality is poorest and schedule purifying at that time. Aside from this, the app also works as a remote control.


Dyson Pure Cool Link is available at Dyson stores.
Check out Dyson’s Greenbelt 5 store for the complete line of available products in Manila or go to