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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

NOVUHAIR Petite Conversations with Cory Quirino


Love yourself just a little bit better. Be more aware. Be more diligent in choosing products that you will embrace as part of your health and beauty care. That’s the first step. But how? 


NOVUHAIR®, nature’s answer to hair loss, partners with the country’s Health, Beauty & Wellness Icon Ms. Cory Quirino in spreading the brand’s advocacy campaign and reaching out to more Filipinos around the world in celebration of its 10th successful year in the market.


Look good, feel good!


“With little acts of loving kindness towards the self, you can achieve the perfect 10,” she emphasizes. “In order to look good, you have to feel good. And in order to feel good, you’ve got to look good. Start with self-love. Begin with self-care. Start with your hair.”

“There are hair treatment products in the market today that claim to be effective but their ingredients could contain chemicals that may prove harmful with long-term use,” she enthuses. “Choose natural. You deserve more. Go for the PERFECT 10!” she emphasizes.


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Visit NOVUHAIR’s Facebook page @NovuhairOfficial and learn more practical ways on how to start loving yourself a little bit more - video episodes of Petite Conversations. 

You deserve more. Go for the PERFECT 10! 

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Sterling Bank accelerates adoption of digital payments through QR code


Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA) continues to strengthen its digitization efforts by improving its online banking platform with the implementation of the Sterling Bank QR Pay. Among the BSP-supervised financial institutions, SBA is one of the first thrift banks that has adopted the National Quick Response Code Standard (QRPh).

“The advantage of using QR code is that it facilitates instant payment or fund transfer without the need to manually key in the account details,” said Mr. Cecilio San Pedro, SBA's President and CEO.  This lessens the errors and makes fund transfers and payments fast, safe, and convenient.

QRPh makes QR codes of different banks and e-wallets interoperable. Through Sterling Bank’s mobile app, the QR Pay is now accessible to clients -- offering a convenient alternative to sending funds to, or receiving funds from, other QRPh-compliant local banks and e-wallets.

"Now that our customers' financial needs are evolving and transactions are shifting more in favor of e-payments, we want to ensure that our digital platform addresses their banking requirements," added San Pedro. The bank’s online banking facility also allows fund transfers via Instapay and Pesonet. Fees for these transactions, including QR Pay, will remain free until December 31, 2020.

In November 2019, BSP and the payment industry participants launched the National Quick Response (QR) Code Standard. With the growing acceptance and use of contactless payments, it is also set to introduce the person-to-merchant (P2M) transactions via QRPh soon to complement the person-to-person (P2P) transactions.

For more information and updates about Sterling Bank of Asia, visit and download the Sterling Bank Online App to experience secure and convenient banking.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

How To Remove a Tree with Its Roots


Trees are both beautiful and beneficial, helping to improve the property value of your home while also protecting you from the elements and providing a place to enjoy outside. Nevertheless, trees are also a huge responsibility. They must be properly taken care of. Otherwise, they will become a hazard. Falling branches can pose a hazard to people and property. Termites and other pests can move from an unhealthy tree into other nearby plants and even into houses, where they can cause a great deal of harm.

If a tree becomes a hazard, it will often need to be removed. Removing a tree, however, is often more complex than simply cutting it down. Cutting a tree down does nothing to address the issue of roots. An out of control root system can cause just as much damage as the tree itself. In their never-ending quest for water, these roots can cause sidewalks to buckle and pipes to burst.

So how do you remove the whole thing, roots and all? It’s certainly more challenging than just grabbing your chainsaw and cutting away, but, fortunately, it can be done. Read on for more information on how to remove a tree with roots.

The Right Equipment for the Job

Any job that involves tree removal requires some specialized equipment, which you’ll need to make sure you have available. First and foremost, safety equipment is key: protecting yourself and anyone else nearby should be your biggest priority. Make sure you have eye protection, a helmet, steel-toe boots, thick leather gloves, and a dust mask. If you’re utilizing heavy power tools, you’ll also need ear protection, such as earplugs or earmuffs. Anyone helping you should have this gear as well. If you need to climb into the tree in order to cut away branches, you should also make sure you have a climbing harness.

Next, you’ll need to make sure you have everything you need for the actual job. Some pruning shears and a chainsaw are necessary for cutting down the tree itself. You’ll also need something to help you get rid of the stump. The quickest and easiest way to do this is with a stump grinder, although these can be very expensive to rent for a day.

Making Sure It’s Safe

You should always have a plan in place before you begin cutting down a tree. When you cut away the branches, where will they land? Will there be any risk to nearby property when the tree falls? If so, you need a plan to guide the tree to fall in such a way that it won’t damage anything nearby. The best way to plan this is to measure the height of the tree and then measure a radius around it that’s about twice the tree’s height. You’ll also want to inform everyone in your home or who might be in the area of what you are doing. It’s important no one gets in the path of the job while it’s taking place.

An important part of safety when cutting down a tree is ensuring you have someone to assist you with the job. You may need a hand with larger parts of the job. It’s also a good idea to have a second set of eyes to make sure that no crucial details with regards to safety are missed. Make sure you and your partner are in constant communication, always aware of what the other person is doing and looking out for each other’s safety.

Cutting Down the Tree

Before you cut down the tree, you may need to cut away some of the larger branches. To do this, you may have to climb into the tree. A tree that’s being removed is often unhealthy, so take great care when you do this to avoid stepping on a branch that may break away. Once the tree has been properly pruned, you should cut at an angle—about 70 degrees—to allow the tree to fall in the direction you have planned. You’ll cut in this direction until you have removed a solid chunk of the tree. The rest of the cutting will be done straight through the trunk. Finally, allow the tree to fall.

Removing the Stump

Removing the tree stump can be a simple matter if you have a stump grinder. However, as we mentioned above, this can be an expensive rental. Other methods of stump removal include burning it away or rotting it with chemicals. In either case, you’ll drill into the stump and insert a funnel, allowing a tree stump removal chemical to flow in. Over time, this will break down the cell walls of the wood, causing it to become soft and spongey and easily removed.

Always check to ensure that your chosen method is legal in your area and can be done safely. Often, this is the part of the job that takes the longest, but for safety reasons, do not attempt to rush it.

Dealing with the Roots

Removing a tree with roots can be a challenge because the roots will often continue to grow, even long after the rest of the tree has been removed. They can be difficult to get under control, and since they are underground, they cannot easily be cut away. Visible roots should be cut apart and can also have stump remover poured into them. This will cause them to rot away. Eventually, deeper roots will rot away and become part of the soil as well, but it’s critical that as much of the root system has been removed first.

Getting Help with the Job

In many cases, property owners may decide that removing a tree with roots is too large of a task to undertake on their own. If that’s the case, it’s always an option to seek the help of a professional tree service to handle the job for you. Contact a reputable business like Mr. Tree, which can handle every aspect of the job, from cutting down the tree to removing the stump to getting rid of the roots. Afterward, they can even help you plant a new tree in the same spot if you so desire.