Teacher Beauty Finds: Why #Novuhair is Different to Other Chemical-based Products

Desperate times call for desperate measures. When you’re losing tufts of hair or seeing bald patches on your scalp, it’s but natural to feel the need to do something about it. 

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Will you tell a friend or go immediately to a doctor? Will you hide the “shame” under the guise of a wig? While it’s quite hard to decide, there’s no way but people still find themselves falling in line over-the-counter (O.T.C.). And what’s on their hands? Chemical-based hair loss products. Here are some of the reasons why they impulsively buy these items:

a.)   They claim to be effective.
b.)   They say the healing effects are felt quickly.
c.)   They are widely available.
d.)   They appear to be cheaper.
e.)   They claim to be safe.

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Sounds tempting, though, be wary enough that once you delve into the nitty-gritty of these products available to allegedly promote hair growth, you’ll see why they may not exactly be a perfect fit. These are some of the negative possibilities when you use chemical treatments:

  1. Serious side effects like tightness in the chest, difficulty in breathing, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), and swelling of the hands and feet. These are actually some of the possible side effects of the hair loss drug Minoxidil, which is said to cease hair loss and promote hair growth.
  2. Most chemical products say they can “treat” alopecia, but reading the fine print will lead you to discover that it actually just slows the progress of hair loss. Little is said as well about these chemical treatments actually promoting hair growth.
  3. These products or “treatments” usually contain a variety of chemicals that may or may not cause allergic reactions. It pays to check the labels. Some chemical-based products may actually be presenting the side effects as the main effects. Let the internet help you on your personal research.

There may be safer and effective alternatives out there, but NOVUHAIR is a stand out among the rest. It has 19 natural ingredients—standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients that work in synergy and have been clinically proven to help stop the progression of hair loss, aid in stimulating hair growth, and reduce excessive hair shedding. 

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NOVUHAIR is available in the Philippines at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide, Seafood City supermarkets and other Filipino/Asian stores in the USA and online at www.novuhair.us and at BeeOrganic in Kuwait. International online orders are also possible through regaloservice.com. For more information, you may visit www.novuhair.com or contact hotlines 4136570 and 09228830575.

Teacher Eats: Jollibee TOPS the digital engagement among QSRs in PH

The Philippines’ #1 fast-food chain is also #1 in digital engagement. For decades, Jollibee has been capturing the taste buds of Filipinos with its langhap-sarap treats. Lately, the brand has been winning over the hearts of millions online with hit-after-hit digital content.

Jollibee is digital engagement leader among QSRs in PH

According to a report by Community Plus, a social listening tool used by various global brands, from January to June 2017, Jollibee outranked all other brands in the quick service restaurant category, particularly in Facebook where it garnered a majority 37% share of engagement, twice greater than its biggest foreign competitor. Social media intelligence tool Thoughtbuzz also reports that Jollibee is the #1 most talked about QSR brand, registering 1.5 million mentions in various digital platforms; almost triple that of its competitors in the same period.

Jollibee Global Brand Chief Marketing Officer and PH Marketing Head, Francis Flores shares, “Jollibee’s stellar digital success has been key to sustaining our market leadership in the country, across all our major target markets.”

Flores adds, “Through world-class, highly engaging online content and digital innovations, we will continue to break the internet to reinforce our position as the Philippines’ most loved, most talked about brand. For us in Jollibee, capturing the hearts of the Filipinos online (and offline) is the ultimate reward.”

The Kwentong Jollibee Success

The brand’s original short-film series, Kwentong Jollibee, has gone viral multiple times this year, and has earned multiple accolades not only from netizens but from industry leaders globally.

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In February, the highly-evocative “Vow”, “Date”, and “Crush” Valentine’s videos successfully wooed the online audience with over 50 million views on Facebook and YouTube, about 1.3 million shares, 7.5 million in engagement, and 82 million reach (72% organic reach). The buzz of Kwentong Jollibee’s Valentine series generated over P150 million in free PR and media values as well.

The viral success of the Kwentong Jollibee episodes continued towards mid-year with “Parangal” and “Powers”—back-to-back moving tributes to the sacrifices of moms and the heroic deeds of dads, to provide a comfortable life for the family—as the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day videos garnered positive reactions from netizens and received 8.1 million and 7 million views, respectively.

The Kwentong Jollibee series’ most recent viral hit, “Apo” is proof not only of the enterprise’s sustained success but of Jollibee’s digital content mastery. A Grandparents’ Day special, “Apo” follows a young man recalling his happy childhood memories as he makes his way back home to the embrace of his “second parents”. With a whopping 29 million reach, over 14.2 million views and an engagement of 1.1 million, Jollibee’s special grandparents’ day tribute solidified the brand’s online leadership.

The most recent viral short film was coupled with a heart-tugging CSR effort, Grand Thank You Project, and a special video feature titled “Handog para kay Lola Belen”. The project recognizes hardworking grandparents and gives back the love with a Grandparents’ Day feast for their family and other forms of support such as financial aid. On the Grand Thank You Project’s second year, Jollibee features Lola Belen, a grandmother from Pangasinan who tirelessly sells local delicacies at a nearby Jollibee branch to provide for her loved ones. The video feature reached over 7.7 million netizens and 5.2 million views.

An Array of World-Class Digital Content

Apart from the emotional Kwentong Jollibee short films, Jollibee has also produced a number of successful online campaigns that have gotten netizens abuzz: from the impressive dance skills of the lovable mascots Jollibee and Friends in the JolliDance Showdown series with more than 29 million Facebook and YouTube views, the quirky quick escape tricks of JolliSavers for every Petsa de Peligro that reached more than 24 million views, to the sumptuous and heartwarming Chickenjoy campaigns that generated more than 28 million views.

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Jollibee also introduced digital engagement innovations such as the Twitter Intercept, which uses social listening to be able to suggest various Jollibee products depending on day part and topic. This exercise rendered a 50% growth in conversation and craving for Jollibee and its products on Twitter.

The brand also launched the JolliDance Showdown App—the first augmented reality experience in the local QSR industry. With the free app, kids can turn the Jolly Joy Box of their Jolly Kids Meal into an interactive platform to bring to life a dancing Jollibee, compose their own dance tunes, and personalize their avatars for a unique augmented reality experience. To date, the app has registered more than 100,000 downloads.

Together, these efforts have led to astounding share of voice and share of engagement results across the QSR market for Jollibee on the digital platform.

There are definitely more exciting digital content from Jollibee to look forward to in the coming months.  Make sure to follow Jollibee on Facebook (facebook.com/jollibeephilippines), on YouTube (youtube.com/jollibeedigital1), and stay updated on Jollibee’s viral hits on Instagram and Twitter @jollibee.

Teacher Eats: LAZAT Fil-Asian Restaurant & Bar is the NEW QC Food Place to be

Reinventing when it comes to food is not easy as it looks, but it’s worth the taste. Just like this restaurant, from being called “Cerchio Restaurant and Bar,” they rebrand the new restaurant atmosphere that surely people will love. From the people who made “Romulo Café” a success, they bring you “LAZAT Fil-Asian Restaurant and Bar”.

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The word “LAZAT” in Malay means “delicious,” “tasty,” “scrumptious.” When they decided to rebrand Cerchio, the owners envisioned the restaurant to offer not only good tasting & affordable food but also vibrant dining experience with beautiful interiors that customers will enjoy.

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LAZAT offers a Filipino and Asian menu that showcases Asean Diversity grounded in Filipino flavors. They still retain the old favorites from Cerchio such as “Singaporean Crispy Squid,” “Oven-baked Crispy Pata,” “Grilled KareKare,” “Peri-Peri Chicken,” and more.

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Adding Asian dishes to the LAZAT like the Korean Fried Chicken (KFC), NasiGoreng, Beef Rendang, Chicken Curry, SaltedEgg Prawns and more gives new flavors and twist to the restaurant. Giving clients more #AsianFeels to their dining experience.

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And because it is more than just a restaurant, it also has a interacting and vibe bar for your dinner happy hour or cool chill out place. You can drink your woes away with their Asian-inspired drinks such as “Kimchi Bloody Mary,” “Basil and Calamansi Mojito,” “Ginger Tonic” and “Dalandan Sour.” And because it is a bar, they also have bar chow items like Asian Style Nachos, Salted Egg Fries, Thai Spring Rolls, Choriburger Sliders and LAZAT Hamburger Sliders.

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Asian Nachos.

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They also serve desserts like matcha cookies that you will surely love and because it is Fil-Asian cuisine, you will a lot of dishes to choose from that will suit your taste buds, with price range from P100 to P700 pesos in a sharing servings.

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With all the restaurants along Tomas Morato, this is a place to be for your Filipino-Asian dishes. LAZAT Fil-Asian Bar and Restaurant is located at 76 Scout Limbaga, Tomas Morato, Quezon City. You can call them at 351-5279/355-0998 for reservations and inquiries. You can visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/LazatPH/ for more updates and insights.

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Teacher Eats: Bounty Fresh Takes Lead in #WorldEggDay2017

Who wants eggs in your every meal? I grown to have eggs in every meal because of our food business. From breakfast to dinner, having eggs in our menu and our plate is not as bad it seems. Cholesterol and fatty issues asides, I rather have eggs in my sandwich and rice meals than junk food. So Bounty Fresh, the country’s top egg producer, is taking the lead in promoting the health benefits of consuming eggs daily in the country through various initiatives including spearheading the celebration of World Egg Day this month.

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This year’s event will be the onset of Bounty Fresh Eggs’ yearly celebration of World Egg Day. Similar efforts have been done in other countries like Australia, USA, The UK, France, Brazil, Austria and neighboring Asian countries like Vietnam and Indonesia, to name a few.

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“We are optimistic that by leading events like the World Egg Day, Filipino consumers will become more familiar with our products, especially the nutrition-enriched Bounty Fresh Eggs,” says Architect Edwin Chen, Managing Director of Bounty Farms, Inc.

“Despite their affordability, the Philippine consumption of eggs is among the lowest in Asia. This is because of the misconception that eggs are bad for the health because of the cholesterol. We want to correct this misconception,” Chen adds.

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During the event, the guest Nutritionist explained the different kinds of eggs and its full potentials to give more nutrients in our daily diet.  As attested by credible agencies such as the Food Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), eggs are very good source of affordable, high quality protein. They are rich in vitamins D, B2, B6 and B12, as well as a good source of minerals such as zinc, iron and copper, as well as choline.

Because of the vitamins and minerals found on eggs, consuming them will help strengthen muscles, boost the health of the brain, bolster energy production, promote a healthy immune system, as well as lower the risk of heart diseases mainly because of choline, which helps in breaking down the amino acid homocysteine that is associated with the development of heart diseases.

Eggs are also healthful for pregnancy as the nutrients help prevent congenital disabilities such as spina bifida. Moreover, eggs aid weight loss and maintenance, improve eyesight and promote healthier skin.

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There also have “eggziting” games and prizes for guest to feast on. And with the TV Actress and Host Bettina Carlos hosting the event, the event was full of fun and learning for us to take home with. Other than that, there’s a cooking demo as well to show how accessible egg really in in every kitchen, in any occasions. 

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For more details about the World Egg Day 2017 and insights, just visit the Bounty Fresh website at www.facebook.com/bountyfreshchicken/.

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Geeky and Techie: Make Corporate Management more powerful with Microsoft Kaizala

For many Philippine businesses, managing staff in the field presents several unique challenges. From having to capture operational data from remote staff to ensuring that things are running as they should, current management and communication tools can be slow and cumbersome to use. More importantly, not everyone in the field has access to a PC and even those who do could only respond when they were logged into the system. For these organizations, a convenient, secure, and mobile tool for a remote work management environment is required.

The challenges for task-based workers

There are hundreds of thousands of front-line workers in the Philippines working in banks, services, manufacturing plants, department stores, and other industries. Their insights in their first-hand dealings with the customers are important to the company but they typically don’t have a dedicated work space or computer. Department store staff, bank tellers and promodisers generally use pen and paper or their personal phones for work-related communications.

This makes it more difficult to communicate with their managers or report to the headquarters regarding task-related concerns. Consumer messaging apps offer a band-aid solution but often lack security and control while creating a custom app can get expensive. For management, assigning and tracking tasks is cumbersome, and aggregating data analytics can be time consuming.

But Microsoft Kaizala makes this all easier.

Introducing Microsoft Kaizala — a mobile app and service for communicating and coordinating work in large, distributed groups. Now available in the Philippines, Kaizala makes it easy to connect with large groups of people inside and outside your organization. These can include employees, customers, and suppliers. It enables organizations to manage work with their extended teams through a single, unified platform — all on their mobile phone.

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Security Organizations can trust

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Security remains a top priority for most organizations, and Microsoft Kaizala provides the controlled access and data security that they need. Azure Active Directory services authentication ensures secure access to the Kaizala Management Portal, where IT administrators can control membership of all groups, remove users in one instance, and control user access to sensitive data. Microsoft Kaizala maintains user privacy and stores data in Azure datacenters that adhere to industry standards for security and compliance.

Connect with your entire value chain

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Many front-line workers don’t have their own company email address or access to internal tools, which makes it hard for managers to share and collect important information. Microsoft Kaizala enables managers to easily reach very large numbers of users within and outside their organization, using a simple and intuitive chat interface. Organizations can broadcast information – such as announcements, photos, videos, or documents, collect data from the field through polls or surveys, and see real-time analytics as results come in. Users can be quickly onboarded by using just their phone number as a unique ID.

“Most businesses work with several partners, distributors, and stakeholders who are not on the company’s email address list, so communication can be slow and unsecure. With Microsoft Kaizala, they can better connect and coordinate with the entire team. As internet usage increases, we believe it will be easier for organizations to communicate with all their stakeholders, wherever they are in the Philippines,” said Bertrand Launay, Microsoft Philippines Managing Director.

Collaborate and manage work efficiently

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Microsoft Kaizala makes it easy to coordinate work with a company’s entire value chain – field employees, vendors, partners – with a simple work assignment workflow and real-time status tracking—right within the app. Companies can assign and track frequently-used tasks with built-in actions for common work scenarios, such as assigning jobs and tracking completion status, sharing and requesting location, submitting bills, and tracking expenses.

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“For management, the reviewing process becomes a lot easier online. What used to take 7-10 days to compile is now happening on a real-time basis. They are able to get information in real-time, and can also give feedback to the team in the field an in turn, can increase productivity or allow them to give better solutions to their customers,” added Launay.

Microsoft Kaizala is now available in the Philippines for download as a standalone app for iOS and Android phones. Learn more at www.microsoft.com/kaizala.