Sunday, October 28, 2012

VitaPops Wacky Science Fair Event

Last Sunday, October 21st after my swim training at MASA, I attended the launch of the newest Unilab product for kids named VitaPops.

The event happened at Mall of Asia. It was so festive. The booth arrangements was well thought of. Bright colors of orange and purple with the presence of clowns, magicians and other acts made the event felt like a classic circus fair.

The stage is set!

We came in earlier so Ethan get to experience all the booths. He particularly likes the booth were he rode a twist car and create an art using colors that turn into rubber. With just a purchase of  50 pesos worth of VitaPops will entitle you to get access to the event and visit the booths. Even my Mom got her nail art and was so happy with it!

After we visited the booths, we had a buffet lunch at EBUN Restaurant just near the venue. We enjoyed the Filipino food they served. The Nilagang Baka's soup is just simply delicious!

At around 2:00PM, the official launch started. With the host, Ms. Rikka Dylim and the product endorser, Ms. Daphne Osena-Paez, they started to talk about this exciting product. Then, a short presentation was conducted by Dra. Jenee Virtudazo, a registered nutritionist and dietitian from FNRI.

The panel (L-R Ms. Rikka Dylim, Daphne Osena-Paez, Mr. Joseph Aruta and Dra. Jenee Virtudazo)

Afterwards, the floor was opened for those who would like to ask questions. I also raised my own question as well and we are entertained by Mr. Joseph Aruta, the Brand Manager of VitaPops. Here are some questions and answers raised during the event:

Question: How much sugar is in VitaPops?
Answer: Compared to other brands, it is 1/5 lesser.

Question: What causes the fizzling when eaten? Is there a chemical used for it?
Answer: VitaPops is in Poprocks Candy version. The candy was infused with fast evaporating Carbon Dioxide which causes the fizzling in the mouth. It is perfectly safe for children.

Question: Since this is such a sweet treat, should we worry about overdose?
Answer: There is no Vitamin C overdose that is harmful. Anything beyond will be secreted through the urine.

Question: Can adults take this as well?
Answer: Ofcourse!

Some things you need to know about VitaPops:
  • It has 30mg of Vitamin C in every sachet
  • It has less sugar
  • Vitamin C is in the form of Sodium Ascorbate so it's tummy friendly
  • It's a sweet treat kids will beg for more!
  • It comes in Orange flavor. (But I suggested they make other ones like strawberry! ^_^)

My Mom was so happy to have a photo with Ms. Daphne!

After the presentation, I had a chance to meet and greet Ms. Daphne Osena-Paez and have a photo taken of her with my mom and Ethan.

Here are some of the photos I took when me and Ethan stroll around the booths.

The big balloon tent

Ethan build the blocks in less time than others. Strong and smart! ^_^

He loves this twist car we have to fall in line over and over!

This captured his artistic skills. He enjoyed filling the pattern with colors and look how nice it ended up! ^_^

Ms. Daphne, Ethan and the VitaPops kids!
After the event while on our way home, Ethan is still asking to stay at the booths. He super enjoyed it!

The first time he tried VitaPops he did not like it. The fizzling sensation is very new to him since I never gave him Poprocks ever before because I watch out on his sugar intake to let him stay away from diabetes. But after finishing one pack he opt to try one more, and more until he finished one box!

He just can't get enough of this stuff!

Now that coughs and colds are very much in season because of the drastic weather changes, it is a must to load up on Vitamin C to protect our children from getting the disease. Better get the utmost prevention for them to reduce or maybe eliminate the number of their sick days.

Because of the less sugar content of this product, I am considering putting a sachet in my purse for a quick treat whenever and wherever I need it.

We love this Photobooth photo! ^_^

Thank you so much Ms. Rochelle Del Callar for inviting us over to this wonderful carnival of fun, learning and being healthy event. Congratulations Unilab for the success of this event and for coming up with another great product that will help parents give vitamins to their kids in a delightful way.

For more information about VitaPops, please visit the Unilab Website or check out their Facebook Page, Vitapops Wacky Science.

Good Vibes Everyone and Sweet Running! ^_^

Monday, October 22, 2012

Run United Philippine Marathon 2012

2012 Run United Philippine Marathon will be held on October 28, 2012 with Ceelin 500m, Hydrite 3K, Dolfenal 5K, Enervon HP Recovery 10K, Alaxan FR 21K and Enervon Activ 42K race categories. All categories except for 42K and 21K will have start and finishline at the SM Mall of Asia while 42K and 21K will start at Bonifacio Global City and finish at SM Mall of Asia.

Online Registration: September 24 to October 14, 2012
In-Store Registration: October 8 to October 26, 2012

  • BGC – 28th Street corner 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City – Monday to Sunday from 12NN to 9PM
  • KATIPUNAN – 3rd Floor Regis Center, Katipunan, QC (infront of ADMU) – Tuesday to Sunday, 10AM to 8PM
  • SM Mall of Asia – Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM
  • Trinoma – Monday to Sunday, 12PM to 8PM


Singlet, Bib w/ B-tag/ Riovana 10% Discount Stub/ Raffle Stub
RUPM Commemorative Bag & Drinks,
Race Analysis
Singlet, Bib w/ B-tag/ Riovana 10% Discount Stub/ Raffle Stub
RUPM Medal, Finishers Shirt, RUPM Commemorative Bag & Drinks,
Race Analysis




Get a chance to own your very own limited edition RUPM race singlets and kits when you participate in the 1st ever RUPM. These special items will forever serve as your badges of participation in this historic event - a run of national pride and prestige.


Upon in-store registration, participants will instantly receive their limited edition Run United Philippine Marathon race singlet.


The race kit will contain the following: singlet, bib number, and wrist tags for 500m dash participants and will be available upon registration. Online registrants’ kits will be delivered within seven (7) working days after registration.



Alongside the prestige that comes with one of the country’s premier races, the 2012 Run United Philippine Marathon offers the chance to win great prizes.


*For the 1st Run United Philippine Marathon, two sets of winners will be awarded for the 42k category: Foreigner and Filipino participants.

What is the eligibility to win for the 2012 Run United Philippine Marathon?

500m dash, 5K, 10K, 21K - will be an Open Category, therefore Filipino and foreign participants are entitled to win.
While the 42k has 2 winners set - Top 3 Filipino and Top 3 Non-Filipino
Trophies, medals and sponsors gift packs will be given to all winners
What are the rules on NATIONALITY?

You are a Filipino if:

You were born in the Philippines (with valid birth certificate from NSO)
Both parents are Filipino
You are a foreigner who has adopted Filipino citizenship via naturalization
*Any participant/ winner who does not qualify under any of the above-mentioned qualification are considered a NON-FILIPINO Runner.

*A NON-FILIPINO RUNNER who is competing for the top 3 spot for any of the race categories is required to present their passport upon registration for verification otherwise his/ her winnings will be forfeited and the next in line runner will be considered as the winner. For FILIPINO RUNNER, a valid ID (SSS, Driver’s License, or NSO Birth Certificate) must be presented upon registration.


Here is the Run United Philippine Marathon 21K and 42K Finisher’s Medal:

The completed UNITED medal from the 2012 Run United Trilogy series (21-21-21/32) fits into the RUPM finisher’s medal. Having have completed all these medals shows a true testament of your commitment to progress your active lifestyle through UNILAB Active Health’s 2012 Run United Series.

  • Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, and may end earlier than the announced deadline. Race kits may run out before October 26, 2012.
  • A Valid ID must be presented upon registration. For group registration, a photocopy of any valid ID & picture must be presented by the representative.
  • Singlet size availability will be on a first come first serve basis.
  • A timing device will be used by all participants during the race.

For In-Store Registration Inquiries:
GLOBE: 0927-347-7700
SMART: 0929-717-8164
LANDLINE: (632) 887-6194

(Information courtesy of Unilab Active Health Website)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Livestrong Day Philippines 2012

A Run & Ride festival in support of the Global Livestrong Day Celebration, Benefiting the Lance Amstrong Foundation.

Register online HERE and find more event details at

For your paid registration of only P900, you get to participate in as many events as you want, get a one-time produced event jersey, food & drinks, Booster C energy shots, Ampalaya Plus products, a chance to get a free cancer screening session with Makati Medical Center, and other fun stuff from our valued sponsors.

The best part is, you get to help in spreading awareness of cancer being the top cause of death, and the need to live a healthy lifestyle in the hope to be cancer free, in addition to our support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and a local cancer advocacy & support group.


1. What is the Livestrongdayph?
It is an annual bike and run event to unite people to support the Fight Against Cancer. It happens in the same month as all of the various Livestrong events worldwide.


2. When and where will Livestrong Day Philippines 2012 be held?
The Livestrong Day Philippines will be on October 21, 2012 in Quezon City.

The run and  ride will start and end at Circulo Verde, located along Calle Industria, Quezon City.
It is best accessed through C5-A. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., right turn before Honda Cars Libis.  If you reached Citibank Eastwood, you have gone past – make a U at the nearest island-break right after Citibank Eastwood, then another U after Jolibee C-5.

Location Map:

3. What time will it start and what are the activities?
The activities will start at 5:30 AM and will finish by 12 NN.  It is better if you come early.
      5:30 AM – Run Assembly
      5:45 AM  – Zumba warm up by Gold’s Gym
      6:00 AM – Start of 5k and 16k Fun Run event
      7:30 AM – Zumba cool down and Zumba routine by Gold’s Gym
      8:00 AM – Start of 21k Challenge Ride
      9:30 AM – Zumba warm up by Gold’s Gym
      10:00 AM – Start of 16k Fun Ride

Activities include the following:

21k Challenge ride – Canley, Ultra and St Paul
16k Fun Ride - Julia Vargas, Ortigas Center

5k Fun Run
    5k Individual
    5k Family (minimum of 3 members including 1 parent, all  finishing at the same time)

16k Run

There will be a zumba party, buy and sell, swap meet, barbeque and drinks.

4. What is the RUN route
Map for the RUN route can be seen HERE.

5.  What is the RIDE route
Map for the RIDE route can be seen HERE.

6. Who can Join?
We invite EVERYONE to join. This event supports the FIGHT AGAINST CANCER and welcomes anyone.

Be reminded that participants who are 15 yrs old and below require a parent’s signature on the waiver.

7. How do I join?
You can join by clicking the “registration” tab on their site. A registration fee applies. Once registration is received, an email confirmation will be sent to you.  Registration will only be valid once payment is confirmed.

8. How do I pay? has partnered up with Livestrong Day Philippines for 2012 Livestrong Day event. All payment and transactions will be managed through the Livestrong Day Philippines Multiply portal. Please proceed to the Livestrong Day Philippines Multiply account for payment processing after filling out the registration form.

9.  When will I receive my Jersey kit?
Delivery will start on October 8 for the first 250 paid registrants.  Succeeding will follow thereafter.

10.  What is the jersey measurement?
Jersey measurements

CHEST (inches) LENGTH (inches)
XS 35 23
S 38 24
M 40 25
L 44 26
XL 46 27
XXL 48 28
XXXL 50 30

11. Can I change my jersey size?
They can only accommodate change of jersey size on the day of the event subject to jersey availability.  Jersey should be in good condition, unworn, in original packaging with tag intact.

Please email to know more or check out their Facebook Events Invite at You can also follow them on Twitter @livestrongdayph.

Let us support events for a cause! JOIN NOW!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Unilab In My Home

Last week, I went to a local drug store to buy a rash cream for my chafed arms and under my breast. I was looking for the brand which I use for my son's diaper rash. Since it was out of stock, the pharmacist suggested a different cream. I was hesitant at first but I still purchased. I need a quick relief for the burning sensation it gives.

Th pharmacist gave me Rashfree. From the name itself, I knew this product is the right one for me. When I got home, I immediately used it. To my surprise after putting it on, the burning sensation went away in an instant. The texture is not very sticky compared to what I am using before. It made it easy for me to take a bath because it's not easily washed away with soap. The next day the chafing is not red anymore, and after just days of continued use, it went away completely.

Retails for just 150php, a pea size of this can do wonders on chafe! (Photo from Unilab Website)

I am so impressed with it so I got interested with the information found on the body of the tube. I tried searching it on the internet for drug information and I was surprised that it is from UNILAB.

Wow! I never thought Unilab has topical products like this one. I thought Unilab are just for vitamins and other beauty products.

After that, I scouted my home for Unilab products that we regularly use. Lo and behold! Some of them we're using for the longest time already and we're not aware that they were made by this famous pharmaceutical company! Some of them are the following:

1. Bactifree - Cuts and wounds are very crucial to attend to for diabetics like me since this condition can start up gangrene and the worse, amputations. For children it is important as well. When I got into an accident at McKinley before, I used this stuff to treat my open wounds to prevent bacteria and infection from coming in. It did not disappoint. Since then, we always use this cream whenever someone in the family gets cuts or wounds. It also works for my son's insect bites and it's very effective!

2. GynePro - Women needs superior protection during our monthly periods and as for me, there are times that regular feminine washes are not enough. Having diabetes makes things like this even worse. Other iodine based washes tends to make me dry and prone to more bacteria and infections. When I tried GynePro, it works for me. It is mild, non drying and yet effective in maitaining the natural environment of the feminine part. The mild smell lets you know that it's clean. It's even safe to be used everyday.

3. Myra VitaQuench Dry Skin Lotion - Diabetics are prone to dry skin, especially now that I'm on swim training, I noticed that while my skin is becoming shades darker, the more drier it becomes. Dry skin is very itchy and once you scratch it, you'll wound it. Using ordinary lotions doesn't work for me. Those special ones are really so expensive so I tried using this one and it works for me. It's non greasy and it smooth over the skin. Even if I forget to use it the next day, my skin doesn't dry down. It moisturizes deep down so skin feels supple and smooth, even if I am now completely under a darker skin tone.

4. Swish Mouthwash - I already did a review about this before here: It actually helped in my receding gum problems. It freed me of the stinging and burning sensation I'm having from the leading brand. I've been using this for almost 5 months now and I won't face the outside world without gargling it!

5. Celeteque Advanced Anti-Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer - Being 54 years old, I saw how drastic my Mom's face has changed these past years. She has developed very deep wrinkles and her skin became so lifeless and dull because she stopped using those expensive creams on her face. Since then, she started to shy away from going out or even posing for the camera. I want to give back my Moms lost confidence so I let her try this product. For a week now, I noticed that her skin has this luminosity I've never seen in years. She is happy with the change she see. I hope that with continued use she'll get the result that she expects.

There are more products in our household that we use in everyday living without noticing that it is from Unilab. It has been our home necessity and now we appreciate its presence more. Unilab brought us quality healthcare products from prescription medicines, vitamins, supplements, topical ointments, beauty, toiletries and other products I may not be aware of that we sure benefit from. I bet my bottom peso that no household is without a Unilab product (Well unless they meant it to be).

As an average earner like me, it is important to buy quality products without spending too much on it so I could spend it on much important things like food and other basic family needs. With Unilab, you get the the utmost value for your money and get the desired effect on the products you purchased without overspending.

All product information is readily available on their website. Visit to find out the complete information of your Unilab products.

With Unilab, "Health is just a click away!"

Good Vibes Everyone and Sweet Running! ^_^