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SM Masinag Celebrates Earth Day 2013

SM Masinag Earth Day


If there is one mall I conveniently frequent every so often it is SM Masinag. The perks of living just across SM can be numerous. Especially the errands I needed to do on a daily basis within the duration of our house expansion project that took more than 3 months! You can very well guess what particular store I am practically go to – ¬†Ace Hardware. Yes, I also bought my lighting fixtures at SM Store. It is super convenient, I don’t have to go elsewhere for practically everything I need. ūüôā

More than the convenience SM Supermalls bring, what I am particularly delighted about is SM actively participating in efforts like that of the recent Earth Day 2013. After witnessing for myself how SM Supermalls simultaneously celebrated last month’s Earth Hour, I am actually no longer surprised.

Earth Day exhibitorsWhen Earth Day officially became an environmental holiday in the Philippines via  Presidential Proclamations, SM has taken part on doing its share in influencing people towards national environmental consciousness. After spearheading the use of eco bags from years ago, SM has totally let go of using traditional non-biodegradable plastic bags. Aside from making use of recycled water in their SM toilets. Yes, I started noticing those trivial things from years ago and from then on, SM has earned my respect even as they follow through on their numerous environmental projects.

At first, it was a big issue for me when SM started constructing SM Masinag right across our village. I was all too worried about flood becoming worse. But as it turned out, when SM Masinag was up and erected, I actually noticed floods subsiding a lot faster. I recently learned that underneath SM Masinag is a huge water tank that sucks rainwater and flood. I’m not really sure what innovation they call it. But from what I have heard, it’s a system that collects rainwater and flood. I asked around how big that huge water tank is and it was said to be as big as the whole of SM Masinag and 2 storeys high. ¬†The water that SM Masinag collects during flooding is recycled in comfort room flushing, irrigation, cooling towers and grounds maintenance. For someone who has experienced the wrath of Ondoy in 2009, that is really a big deal for me and my family. ¬† I just had to mention that since I strongly feel from our very traumatic Ondoy experience, that you can’t get more “earth conscious” than that.¬†Kudos to SM for a job well done! ūüôā

lemongrass essential oil

As a big fan of organic and all natural stuff, I roamed around the SM Masinag Eco-Fair during this particular Earth Day exhibitor caught my attention. The producers of these all natural and organic products hails from Rizal and have been around for a few years now. The proprietor of these organic stuff also spoke during the opening of Earth Day in SM Masinag. Introducing these all natural products to the general public allows for more people to be aware that there are better alternative products that promotes health better than preservative-laden brands. Above is a shot of essential oils  that I also have at home: Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Citronella.

malunggay and kamote chips

Malunggay and Kamote Chips, anyone?

Organic Soap and Citronella spray

If you have been following this blog long enough, you know that I lean towards organic and all natural products. These organic finds – soap and anti-mosquito spray are part of the Eco-Fair exhibit. Here’s hoping that SM will welcome more of these brands soon for its patrons, even beyond Earth Day and these exhibits. ¬†ūüôā

Earth Day 2013 focused on ECOGOVERNANCE. As this year marks the midterm of Pres. Benigno Aquino III, people are made aware of our  progress in the Environmental Performance Index and the total log ban issued by Pres. Aquino at the beginning of his term to the recent concerns on the Tubbataha Reefs and the mining- related incidents. These are only a few of the many matters that make the celebration of Earth Day all the more significant.

Aside from this, 2013 also happens to be the Network’s 15th anniversary. It was in 1999 that Mr. Mark Dubois of¬†Earth Day International visited the Philippines and helped form the Earth Day Network¬†Philippines in the house of the late Odette Alcantara, the founding Country Coordinator. ¬†Efforts like this by huge companies like SM has a huge impact in our culture.¬†Kudos to SM Supermalls and here’s looking forward to more of SM’s environment-conscious projects! ūüėÄ


Healthy Options love!

So I have been frequenting Healthy Options for a while now but I have not really been sharing a lot of my discoveries. For some reason, they have piled up one after the other that I simply just let my laziness to blog get the better of me.

The inspiration now came from my logging in to my Healthy Options account and finding out that I’m 36 points away to being a Gold Card Member! Wooohooohoo!!!! Our family has been getting hold of our organic supplies from Healthy Options for sometime now. I am slowly but surely, transitioning our home to “organic.” As geeky as that may sound, I really would rather not have anything to do with parabens, sls/sles and all those crap. ¬†So far, our bathroom is 99% organic. Which is a great start. Oh well, I have been in this “starting” business for years now. But hey, organic stuff aren’t cheap. So there.

A few of my Healthy Options beauty products staples: ¬†Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel, Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap 18-in-1 Hemp Lavender Pure Castile made with organic oils, ¬†Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil, Alba Botanica Un-Petroleium Plant Powered Lip Care w/ SPF18 Lip Balm in Cherry, Alba Botanica Terra Tints in Bloom SPF8.


Beyond Bath Organics pampering experience at The Manila Hotel Spa

It was a lovely night of sweet body pampering at Manila Hotel courtesy of Beyond Bath Organics last July 27, 2010. Never mind if I had to struggle my way in because it coincided with the concert Lettermen had that night. I actually had to Google them up. They apparently are the original boy band of the 60’s, which explains the demographics of the crowd that night. The trouble was all worth it, I should say.

Now, if you happen to have been following this blog for a while, you already know that my leaning is towards everything organic. So when I received the invitation for the Beyond Bath Organics some weeks back, I knew there was no way I was to miss it.

When I got in the lobby of Manila Hotel Spa, I was all ears. I was really pleased that business people are getting into the ‚Äúgreen‚ÄĚ bandwagon. Either it be out of sheer passion or by mere dictation of the wellness generation we are tagged with, the fact remains that this effort makes both manufacturer and consumer value our environment all the more.

the corner of the very spacious room of Manila Hotel Spa where I stayed for a good hour or so

getting ready for a whole hour of Beyond Bath Organics full body massage pampering


Also Selling: Organic Thanakha Soap with Glutathione & Rosehip Extract


You can achieve a refreshingly rejuvenated skin with the new Organic Thanakha Soap. The amazing formula of this top-quality soap is an exceptional blend of 100% ORGANIC THANAKHA POWDER, as the main active ingredient combined with the unique skin whitening & anti-oxidant properties of Glutathione and Rose hip extract, respectively, which are both known to successfully diminish scars and blemishes. Retails for P150 or US$3.5/ bar.  Minimum of 2 bars per order.

Kindly proceed to KIKAY CORNER ONLINE STORE to order.

Organic Facial Soap

I have tried a lot of soaps and facial wash, but this one stands out. Although I would recommend you to stick to Cetaphil if your skin is delicate and easily gets irritated. I would actually be fine using just Cetaphil, but I have other issues I need to deal with, like those nasty fine lines for instance. The very first time I noticed my fine lines was months after I gave birth in 2005. Prior to that I never thought I would ever know what fine lines were.

This lovely organic soap is made from the roots of Vetiver. I googled it and I found these health and beauty benefits. Now I should not be surprised why I am very satisfied with this newfound soap.

Aromatherapy (Umesh Lavania): Vetiver oil owes several beauty benefits and emotional effects. It balances the activity of the sebaceous oil glands, has deodorizing properties, and helps normalize oily skin and clear acne. It replenishes moisture in dry and dehydrated skin and has a rejuvenation effect on mature skin, as well as cuts / wounds / irritated and inflamed skin. When used regularly during pregnancy, vetiver oil reportedly prevents stretch marks. The oil strengthens the central nervous system, and is helpful in overcoming depression, insomnia, anxiety, stress, tension and nervousness (Wilson, 1995). When locally applied in rheumatism, lumbago, headache, sprain, it is a relieving embrocation. Infusion of roots is a refreshing drink in fever, inflammation and irritability of the stomach. Some people use vetiver oil as aphrodisiac (Wilson, 1995).

This soap brings back the skin’s elasticity, normalizes oily skin, prevents stretch marks during pregnancy and prevents wrinkles, dryness, skin blemishes and warts. To maximize the benefits, leave on face for one hour before rinsing.