Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Multi Effect 8 Products of Nivea for Men: I'm a New User

I am not one who uses facial cleansers, washes or gels, but after attending the Nivea for Men Multi Effect 8 event last night at the 360 Degree Fitness Club in Makati, I became curious about it and as soon as I got home, I tried the Nivea for Men Multi Effect 8 Face Wash and the Multi Effect 8 Moisture Gel. When I woke up this morning, I used the products again (the recommended use is every morning and evening) and it's no joke, I really felt the difference on my skin right away - that's after two uses! I guess that's why these new products claim to fight 8 main problems of oily skin.

I was shocked to find the skin on my face so supple and moisturized after using the Nivea for Men Multi Effect 8 products twice. I guess this is how ladies feel as well after discovering new beauty products that provide noticeable effects right away.

Ms. Jamie Sanico, Nivea for Men and Nivea Sun's Assistant Brand Manager addressing participants in the event at 360 Degree Fitness Club

At last night events, I received two sets of Nivea for Men products and when I got home, I started sorting them and set aside the ones that I can use regularly. I thought that since I got them for free, I might as well try them and see how effective they are. So, I was really positively surprised of its immediate effect on my face that I had to write this post right away.

My Nivea for Men loot

According to Nivea's research, men encounter problems with their face too. In fact they identified eight (8) main problems of having oily skin (which is the kind of skin I have):

1. Excessive Oiliness
2. Oily Shine on Face/Skin
3. Enlarged & Clogged Pores
4. Dry skin feeling after cleansing
5. Uneven & impure look
6. Formation of blackheads
7. Formation of whiteheads
8. Acne

Against these problems, Nivea for Men Philippines launched the Multi Effect 8 line of products, particularly the Face Wash and the Moisture Gel, the two products I curiously set aside even before getting to read what they can do for me.

Nivea for Men Multi Effect 8 Face Wash

Nivea for Men Multi Effect 8 Moisture Gel

The Multi Effect 8 line of products claim these benefits:

1. Long-lasting control of skin oiliness
2. Remove oily shine
3. Prevent blackheads & whiteheads
4. Help to prevent pimples
5. Unclog, tighten and refine pores
6. Refresh the skin
7. Prevent dry and taut skin feeling
8. Smoothen and even out the skin

I would say that I immediately felt benefits 5,6,7 and 8 after using the Nivea for Men Multi Effect 8 Face Wash and Moisture Gel. As for the other benefits, I plan to continue using the two products to find out if they will indeed take effect.

To know more about the new Nivea for Men Multi Effect 8 products, visit and like the Nivea for Men Philippines page on FB. You can view more pictures of the Nivea for Men Multi Effect 8 event at the FB album I created.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Cortal SQR Continues Support for Philippine Football

Last Wednesday, two football teams under the Philippine flag were present in a press conference as Cortal SQR continued to show their support for Philippine football. The teams were the Philippines' national football team, the Azkals and the Homeless World Cup football team who will be competing in the Long Teng Cup in Taiwan this September and the Homeless World Cup in Paris, France.

Pharma-Rex, Inc., Cortal SQR's official marketer, turned over PHP 500,000 to the Azkals as continued support for the team's upcoming games, whose main focus is next year's South Eeast Asian Games in Indonesia. PHP 200,000 was also turned over to the Philippine team for the Homeless World Cup who are being managed by Urban Opportunities for Change Foundation, an organization that depend on sponsors and donors as they finance the team's training and operations.

Cortal SQR was also launched as the official pain reliever of the two Philippine football teams. With its advance formulation, a combination of Ibuprofen and Paracetamol, Cortal SQR provides the safest and quickest pain relief at only PHP 6.50 per tablet. The recommended dosage is 1 tablet every 6 hours as prescribed by a Physician.

With Nate Burkey

With Chieffy Caligdong

With Ian Araneta

With Azkals Coach Hans Michael Weiss

It was exciting to finally meet my favorite team, the Azkals and have photos taken with my football heroes, but what was more inspiring was to seeing the participation of private organizations like Cortal SQR in supporting the popular Philippines Azkals and the rising stars of the Homeless World Cup Philipine football team.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Old and New

I have been experimenting with my hair for the past couple of months. Usually, I comb my hair to my left and that’s how my hair is styled and my hair type is not as straight as it used to be during my childhood days (it’s not super curly) when I really had hair that falls and bounces as if it went through a lot of hair straighteners.

My usual hairstyle

The new hairstyle I'm experimenting with

So, these past two months I started combing my hair (with my fingers as I usually do) to the right and the effect was, my hair stood and it appeared a little too loud. It made me feel different because I’m really used to having my hair worn with good, clean style. The experiment makes me look like a bad boy and makes me want to wear a pair of jeans, a shirt and a leather jacket. But, I’ve started getting used to it, but I’m sure, the circle of people I’m usually with will take a bit of time to get used to this new hairstyle.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I Availed of a Metrodeal Coupon: Unlimited Pass to Active Fun for PHP 175


I'm here to attest that Metrodeal is real and the Metrodeal scam is not true! Well, I haven’t really come across any blog posts about this Metrodeal fraud issue but I just wanted to say it. And why the boldness in talking about Metrodeal this way? Because I have experienced using one of the vouchers I got from them and my son enjoyed it!

I got my son an unlimited pass at SM City North EDSA and we used it yesterday. An unlimited pass usually costs PHP 500 but thanks to Metrodeal, we got it for only PHP 175. I had no problems using the Metrodeal coupon. There were no questions asked by the cashier at Active Fun – they honored the coupon right away. I didn’t have to call the Metrodeal customer service for assistance. So, the birthday celebration of my wife's cousin was hassle-free.

As I write this Metrodeal review, there was about 11 hours left to buy this unlimited pass to Active Fun at SM City North EDSA. So if you want to avail of the PHP 375 discount then hurry and visit the Metrodeal site (one of the biggest and top group buying websites in the Philippines) and like the Metrodeal Facebook page. I can’t wait to avail of my next Metrodeal coupon.

Chat Transcript of Bloggers Discussion with IMMAP About DTI Issue via Google+ Hangout


Just a few minutes ago, there was a discussion of document among bloggers at Max's Restaurant Greenbelt. IMMAP President, Hans Roxas Chua, Director Michael Palacios and Exec. Secretary Danny Eguia were said to be at the meeting and other bloggers like me who are not part of IMMAP joined the discussion thru Aileen Apolo-De Jesus Google+ Hang Out. Other bloggers I saw joining in the Google+ Hangout were, Noemi Dado, Sonnie Santos, Jane Uymatiao, Rico Mossesgeld, Dani Salasalan, Faith Salazar, Jeric Aquino, Jab Escutin, Jasper Ong, Rommel Santiago, and Glenn Richmond Ong.

This is not the complete transcript since I joined in the Hangout a bit late but you can see here some of the questions that were raised by bloggers who are not part of IMMAP and who disagree with the DTI sales promotion permit requirement. The meeting concluded with an agreement to 1)hold a Webinar so that more bloggers can participate online and 2)to create a position paper/document that raises valid and legitimate questions for DTI and where all bloggers who wish to contribute can do so.

Here is the chat transcript:

Jane Uymatiao: Got email. Noted.
Sonnie Santos: eto yung link ng postponement
Sent at 12:36 PM on Tuesday
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jeric aquino joined group chat.
jeric aquino left group chat.

Jane Uymatiao: If meeting ended well, then why do Janette's tweets seem to paint picture that bloggers are subject to dti permit even if no purchase is made?
Sent at 12:46 PM on Tuesday

Noemi Dado: move mike closer. background noise louder
Jeffrey Aspacio joined group chat.
Sent at 12:47 PM on Tuesday
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Rommel Santiago joined group chat.
Jeffrey Aspacio left group chat.
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Jab Escutin: Hi Jane! Congratulations on the iPad2 last night!

me: can we raise questions? how?

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: sorry, how what?

me: how to raise questions? do we just butt in?

Jab Escutin: I think through chat would be the easiest...

me: ok

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: You can just send questions through the chat
Break daw, sandali lang

me: this is Jeff Aspacio btw using my wife's Google+ acct

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: They will go through the questions posted on the public document

Jane Uymatiao: Thanks, Jab!

me: That's great, Aileen, I posted the question I want to raise in the doc

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: You can also submit questions and vote for questions at
or post it here na lang, rico will moderate
Sent at 12:59 PM on Tuesday

Sonnie Santos: need to leave muna guys, will have another meeting

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: guy do you want to hold a group chat session daw?

me: I'm ok with chat
Sonnie Santos left group chat.

Noemi Dado: so is it status quo right now based on the 2008 DTI FAQ where bloggers are exempted?

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: hold on

Faith Salazar: Who's birthday is it? LOL

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: omeone's singing happy berday

Jab Escutin: Happy birthday!

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: -someone

Rommel Santiago: happy bday
Rommel Santiago left group chat.
Sent at 1:04 PM on Tuesday

me: Question for DTI: Aren’t blogs just the media for ad placement, advertorial posts, revenue from click, text link or any other similar programs? So if a blogger registers his/her blog as a business, what he/she is offering are actually online advertising services. So when a blogger who has a business registration holds a raffle contest to promote his/her blog through back links, FB page likes, followers, etc., should it not be considered just as plain online advertising which does not need a DTI permit rather than a sales promotion? Also, since the online advertising services (the product of the business/blog) are not the ones directly being promoted but the medium (the blog) is, shouldn’t the same be the case?
Sent at 1:05 PM on Tuesday

me: I guess I'm saying most promos are not actually sales promotions
so they shouldnt be covered by the sales promotion permit requirement
Jasper Ong joined group chat.
Sent at 1:07 PM on Tuesday

me: thank you

Noemi Dado: if you have no sponsors (you're giving away your own stuff) DTI should exempt your contest from permits.

Jane Uymatiao: Aileen, can you also type excerpt of answers to Qs here? Medyo choppy kasi.
Sent at 1:09 PM on Tuesday

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: re: noemi's question
we'll need to navigate through this together since we'll need to draw the line somewhere
Sent at 1:11 PM on Tuesday

Faith Salazar: Why would you need customer protection if there's no money out from them?

Jane Uymatiao: Maybe full disclosure of contest mechanics will suffice, including how contest winners are chosen. Many bloggers already do that. Para sure lang na di lutong makaw ang winners.

me: but isn't it right that participants in the contest are not direct consumers because they are advertising targets not buyers of our services as bloggers?

Faith Salazar: Is it to make sure the information customers disclosed remain private?

me: I agree Faith
Sent at 1:13 PM on Tuesday

me: The promo requirements are mostly not requiring participants to shell out money diba?
usually FB likes, links, blog posts, etc.
Sent at 1:14 PM on Tuesday

Noemi Dado: If you look at Consumer act article 4 (bm) and articles 116 through 124 is vague to cover online contests and subject to a lot of interpretation.
Sent at 1:16 PM on Tuesday

Faith Salazar: DTI's role should be just reactive. If an online promoter fails to fulfill his/her promise, DTI should just be there to do something about it.

Jab Escutin: +1 on Faith.
Sent at 1:18 PM on Tuesday
Glenn Richmond Ong joined group chat.

Jane Uymatiao: Faith, actually there shld be some amt of proactive consumer protection. not just reactive. For ex, not everyone knows that when a product carries wrong price label, the store is bound to honor that price, even if it is lower than actual price.

me: We understand the importance of "accountability". I guess a blogger's risk of destroying his/her reputation should be enough to keep him/her accountable

Jane Uymatiao: That protection was put in place ahead of consumers actually complaining.

Faith Salazar: True, but at this point, our world is too versatile to be policed by an agency that doesn't even understand it.
Glenn Richmond Ong left group chat.

Noemi Dado: also never heard of complaints on bloggers contest.

Jane Uymatiao: DTI also needs to be reeducated on how online people do things these days so regulations can be crafted accordingly.

me: there is not much to protect among participants kasi di naman sila naglalabas ng pera, in fact, bloggers pa ang mas napapagastos

Noemi Dado: more like DTI should monitor ecommerce business, group buying sites...our contests are so small time if ever

me: I agree, Noemi

Faith Salazar: Yes
+1 LOL

me: and the contests are not sales promos but advertising, Noemi

Jane Uymatiao: In terms of value of stuff, a lot of blog contests are pipichugin and probably not worth the time of DTI. But on macro level, their position is consumer protection in any form, even things like lutong makaw na winners.

Faith Salazar: No, thank YOU.

Jasper Ong: Question, did DTI express any intention of coming out with an Official Guideline?

Noemi Dado: position paper is good but also good if we post it online so more can sign

Jane Uymatiao: Appreciate very much IMMAP trying to help us out. We really appreciate you, guys.

Noemi Dado: IMMAP should realize bloggers are not organized. And no one person represents bloggers. I think I felt left out when only one person talked to DTI. this should never happen again

Jane Uymatiao: Agree with Noemi.

Jab Escutin: +1 on Noemi

Noemi Dado: one tweet is enough to do a call out to bloggers and our network of network

Jasper Ong: Hi IMMAP people, if you read the collaborative document

me: Noemi's right

Jasper Ong: I contributed around 50% of it especially Part 5. Even the confrontational questions and I appreciate your candidness of discussing this openly.

Jane Uymatiao: I think the document needs to be compartmentalized into the different types of blog promos and how we think DTI should see it. Para clearer.

Jasper Ong: I just hope the other party is here

me: but how fast can this doc/position paper be created, tomorrow na ang DTI briefing

Jasper Ong: Nothing personal, but you know how ethics and conflict of interest has been cleared by IMMAP.

Jane Uymatiao: We've got good stuff to start with. We just need to improve the presentation/layout. One section per type of blog promo.
Dani Salasalan joined group chat.
Jab Escutin left group chat.
Sent at 1:27 PM on Tuesday

Jane Uymatiao: Webinar sounds good. To include what will be discussed in DTI mtg this week.

Faith Salazar: Webinar's sounds awesome

Jane Uymatiao: Jennie, DTI meeting was moved na naman daw to Aug. 4, not tomorrow.

me: ok, Jane. Jeff po ito

Jane Uymatiao: Sonnie forwarded an email from DTI. Oh hi Jeff.
Sent at 1:29 PM on Tuesday

me: What is the new schedule for the DTI briefing?

Jane Uymatiao: Aug. 4, 10:30 AM, DTI Penthouse. Noted.
Sent at 1:31 PM on Tuesday

me: Thanks for organizing this hang out

Dani Salasalan: thanks Aileen!

Jane Uymatiao: We can use all our social network connections to announce webinar. Just give us the details.
Thanks Aileen!!!
Jasper Ong left group chat.

Noemi Dado: thanks all
Noemi Dado left group chat.

Aileen Apolo-De Jesus: thanks, please just wait for the announcement later