Saturday, November 27, 2021

Ben&Ben push the mental health discussion forward with “Lunod” music video

The MV is accompanied by an EP release featuring multiple versions of the track, and an exclusive launch of Lunod-themed café

It doesn’t always have to be sink or swim when it comes to mental health.

Ben&Ben chronicle the experience of drowning in torrential distress and anxiety on the music video of their new single “Lunod.” Directed by award-winning filmmaker Jerrold Tarog (Heneral Luna, Sana Dati), the visual narrative pushes the discussion forward with its metaphorical depiction of individuals trying to keep their head above water and find their way out of a dark, harrowing tunnel.

“The music video is a deeply introspective and symbolic interpretation of the song, which is all tied in together from the concept and writing, down to the location,” lead vocalist, guitarist and Lunod chief songwriter Paolo Benjamin explains. “In the video, the song is narrated as the band, with Zild and Juan Karlos, move deeper and deeper into the tunnel slowly—losing breath, then in the latter half taking powerful strides to move out of it. This signals a ‘rebirth’ into a new, more mature version of the self.”

The cinematic visuals were shot at the El Deposito water reservoir, an underground location known for its historical significance to the events that lead to the Philippine Revolution, Philippine-American War, and World War II. 

“Lunod” serves as the band’s reunion project with Jerrold Tarog, who helmed the music video for their 2018 track “Susi,” off the historical epic drama, Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral. “We love collaborating with visionaries in their fields, and so it was a dream working with him,” the acclaimed folk-pop group reveals.

Ahead of the music video release, the nine-piece collective dropped a live acoustic performance of “Lunod” last month. The version, which features collaborators Zild and juan karlos, strips down the bluesy, classic rock arrangements of the original for a more subdued take. The intimate interpretation of the song is part of an exclusive EP release featuring multiple iterations of “Lunod” in various formats, including an extended version of the track.

“The multiple versions for ‘Lunod’ were intended to bring a full listening experience to our listeners; for them to hear what more could be brought out of the song,” Ben&Ben shares in a statement. “We decided to release for streaming the acoustic jam of ‘Lunod,’ the extended version in the music video.”

Aside from the EP, ‘Lunod’ received a remix treatment from hip-hop artist Zelijah, who channeled his struggles with mental health on the production level, and even added a rap verse to convey the mental strains that he went through during the pandemic, and after being diagnosed as bipolar. The “Bipolar remix” of the track gives Zelijah the opportunity to put his own character into the song, and reinterpret it with ethereal sonic elements that blend trap, hip-hop, modern electronica, and rock music genres.

Apart from the ‘Lunod’ EP, Ben&Ben and its label, Sony Music Philippines, recently opened a Lunod-themed café at Latitude Bean+Bar in Malate, Manila as part of Ben&Ben’s Kuwaderno Pop-Up Café activities, which will run from November 25-27. The pop-up café includes a Lunod art installation inspired by Zelijah’s Bipolar Remix, as well as other art activities related to mental health.

The Kuwaderno Pop-Up Café features several exclusive activities for Liwanag and ordinary folks to immerse themselves into Ben&Ben’s critically acclaimed album and upcoming digital concert. The two other exclusive pop-ups are located at Jess + Pat’s in Maginhawa, QC, and Kale Café in Fairview, QC.

Music fans can also purchase tickets to Kuwaderno: A Ben&Ben Online Concert directly at the three pop-up locations in Metro Manila. Set to redefine the concert-going experience with the biggest headline concert of their career, Ben&Ben’s upcoming digital concert will be integrating live music performance with multiple creative disciplines such as theatre, dance, orchestra, and technology to create an audio-visual spectacle like no other.

Ben&Ben’s “Lunod,” featuring Zild and juan karlos, is out now on all streaming platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines. Watch the music video here.

“Lunod” collaborators Zild and juan karlos are also set to join Ben&Ben on Kuwaderno: A Ben&Ben Online Concert, happening on December 05, 2021 (Sun) from 8pm to 11pm. Get your tickets here.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Lampara Books hopes to promote spiritual formation and values education through its Guiding Light imprint


The new Philippine imprint offers inspiring stories centered on Christ’s teachings and fun, purpose-driven storytelling.

Lampara Books has recently launched Guiding Light, a new Philippine imprint that hopes to encourage parents and families to be a good influence on their children’s journey to life. 


The family-oriented and faith-based imprint aims to promote spiritual formation, values education, emotional growth, and community development through highly entertaining but transformative books written and designed by some of the world’s most promising and award-winning writers, illustrators, and personalities.


“It has always been our goal to inspire adult readers, most especially parents, to engage with their children on stories of inspiration, joy, and life lessons within a framework of Christ-centered beliefs and teachings,” says Segundo D. Matias Jr., the Chief Publisher of Lampara Books. “Our activity books create bonding moments between mom and dad with their kids through storytelling that put good values at the forefront of its principles, while inspiring everyone to become a better human being.”

For its premiere offering, Guiding Light has recently released its ‘Little Life Lessons on’ series—a collection of fun activity books that parents and their children can color, play around with, and use as a medium for purpose-driven instruction. Written in both English and Filipino, the series is made for childhood care providers and parents to help their kids learn important values in life. The ‘Little Life Lessons on’ catalog contains inspirational stories that depict kindness, obedience, respect, and love, among many others.


The motivational imprint also takes pride of its Family Bible Illustrated edition, which has 365 pages of bible stories, meditations, and prayers for the whole family to reflect on together, and The Comic Book Bible, which offers a treasury of stories, known and loved by generations of readers.


For readers who are looking for a refreshing spin to the familiar narrative, there is Classic Bible Stories, illustrated for pictures-and-words format by talented young artist Tommaso d' Incalei. Bringing stories to life for a new generation of readers, this timeless collection will inspire people to discover the meaning behind the teachings of God in an exciting and easy-to-read way. Another significant title under its banner is The Classic Children’s Bible, which is beautifully illustrated and presented to cater to a younger readership.


Other titles that are currently available at the Guiding Light website are Rhona Davies’ The Life Of Christ, strikingly illustrated to chronicle the important life events that Jesus Christ went through from his days in Galilee to joining God in heaven, and Angela M. Burrin’s Welcome To The Mass, a beautifully illustrated book that ‘explains the Mass by linking the liturgy to scenes from the Gospels.’ 


The classic and new titles are available at the Guiding Light official website,

Saturday, November 20, 2021

How To Choose The Right Waist Trainer Corset

Waist trainers are becoming a fashion statement as well as a craze. Celebrities using them and endorsing them on social media are a key part of how the waist trainer is known to the general public. If you decide to get one for yourself, keep in mind how and what to get. 

Waist trainers are intended to strengthen your physical body structure by focusing on your core. It's the same as putting on a corset. How to get the best waist trainer for women?

The overbust and underbust waist trainers are the two styles of waist trainers available in the market today.

Overbust helps you maintain a healthier body posture by reducing and preventing upper back and shoulder strain. As a result, large body types with big boobs have superior support. Although, as compared to the underbust style of waist trainer, this is the least popular. Plus size waist trainers are available in a variety of styles and designs, allowing plus size women to find the perfect fit.

The underbust waist trainer is the most popular of the two; it reaches below your breasts and gives you comfort, mobility, and breathing ease. It's simple to put on and fits under your clothes. When it comes to price, underbust waist trainers are less expensive than overbust waist trainers. Check out the deals from Black Friday shapewear deals and get your desired waist trainer ready for the holiday season.

What to look forward to when wearing a waist trainer: 

Varying compression settings will shape you in all appropriate areas when usefully worn as an undergarment, it can also be worn outside undergarment as it gives one a distinct fashion statement. 

It will elevate your butt and breasts and sculpt, contour, and manage your tummy, hips, and thighs like a second skin. 

With its seamless base that will keep its fit all day, it shaves off inches in minutes and makes you snug for evening outfits or everyday workwear. 
You'll appear leaner as a result of it. Everywhere. It will lift and firm your body in all the correct areas, and no one will be able to tell what's underneath. Get smooth, bulge-free lines with your waist trainer! 

Adele's New Album, 30 is Officially Out!


Photo credit: Simon Emmett

30, the new album from global superstar Adele is available everywhere.  The highly anticipated album was preceded by the release of several tracks including lead single “Easy On Me,” which has commandeered the #1 position on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart since it was released four weeks ago.  The single has also broken streaming, radio and chart records around the world.  Adele also premiered three additional songs, “I Drink Wine,” “Hold On” and “Love Is A Game” during her recent Adele One Night Only TV special.  The TV special was the most viewed entertainment program this year, drawing even a larger audience than The Oscars.  

30 is being heralded by critics as Adele’s finest album to date.  Rolling Stone exclaimed “Adele has never sounded more ferocious” in their 5-star review of the album.  They went on to definitively say “30 is the Best Adele Album Yet.”  Variety agreed and described 30 as “a richer, more compelling collection that feels like her best.”  Clash called the album “a work of personal and artistic triumph,” and I-D noted “no one does it better.”

30 is produced with Greg Kurstin, Max Martin, Shellback, Tobias Jesso Jr, Inflo and Ludwig Göransson30 is available at all physical and digital retailers globally.  In addition, exclusive configurations will be available at select retailers nationwide including a Target deluxe CD featuring three bonus tracks and a Walmart clear exclusive double vinyl.  An Amazon white exclusive double vinyl will be available globally.  30 and lead single “Easy On Me” will also be offered on cassette, exclusive to Adele’s D2C store while supplies last.  The album is available on all digital platforms. 

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Keeping Your Nails Long and Healthy


Would you wish you had perfectly manicured nails if you saw them in an advertisement or on a celebrity? Long nails, especially when grown organically, look classy and chic. Although it can be difficult to keep and maintain natural long nails, the confidence is well worth the effort. There are ways to have long nails professionally if you want to go with the trend.

Is there a minimum or maximum length for a nail? This, in turn, will be determined by your everyday activities. I occasionally let my nails grow long without being trimmed or styled, leaving them raw and unmanicured. With daily housework, particularly in the kitchen, I occasionally find it difficult to keep my nails at the same length. I normally like square-shaped nails because they are easier to manage for me, and I only have round and pointed nails on rare occasions.

What I do to keep my nails long and healthy. 

Do not bite your nails, and I never do. 

  • Biting your nails can result in sharp edges, unevenness, and an unhealthy appearance. People who habitually bite their nails have been linked to stress, worry, and even health issues.

I always make time to shape and trim them properly. 

- When I have time to trim my cuticles, I always have my cuticle remover handy. This will appear to be neat, tidy, and even. Your nails will look healthier if you remove any dry skin or the cuticle.

Take care of your nails. 

-I constantly protect my nails against sharp items, therefore I never use them to open a bottle of Coke or anything like that.

Hands and nails should be moisturized. 

-After cooking or doing laundry, I always moisturize my hands and nails to keep my skin and nails from drying out and chipping. Hand creams and lotions that are high in Vitamin E are the greatest way to moisturize.

Extra protection for your hands and nails.

-If you can work and protect your hands and nails by wearing fabric or rubber gloves please do. 

Colors you like on your nails 

-If you're going to paint your nails, use the best and most eco-friendly brands you can find. For my nails, I prefer neutral hues. I enjoy it with colors, but it isn't eye-catching, especially for regular use. On exceptional occasions, I choose bold and vivid nail paints.

What does the state of your nails reveal about your health?
Keratin is a strong protein found in both nails and hair. Keratin builds fibers in your nails and hair, making them robust.
Always make sure your diet corresponds to what is needed, calcium and vitamin A are the most needed vitamins for nails, bone, and hair growth.  

Make sure your diet contains the nutrients you require; calcium and vitamin A are the most important vitamins for nail, bone, and hair growth.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Celebrate This Year’s Christmas In Your Brand New House-And-Lot

Christmas is extra merry this year for two lucky winners of a brand-new house-and-lot!

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, BellaVita Land, in partnership with Shopee, is giving away house-and-lot units. BellaVita provides two Poli Inner units in its selected project sites nationwide for the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale TV Special happening on GMA7 and Shopee Live on November 11, 2021, at 9:30pm. Simply play Shopee Shake to win a FREE brand-new house-and-lot! 

A Poli Inner unit is similar to a single attached house that shares a common wall on both ends. This is a perfect first home for starting families with at least 3-4 members. These units to give away are ready for occupancy (RFO) and near RFO!

 Here are more big deals from BellaVita on Shopee:

  • Add the discounted reservation fee on BellaVita Official Shopee Store to your cart and check out during the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale.

  • Get a ₱40,000 one-time discount on your spot cash transaction, which is only available and valid until the 11.11 Shopee Sale.

    • Note: The discount is applicable to identified RFO and near RFO units.

It’s that easy! Simply use Shopee, just like you would do with any other purchase. 

Manifest on 11.11, and celebrate Noche Buena in your new home. Nag-Shopee Shake ka lang, nagkabahay ka na. ‘Yan ang BellaVita! 

BellaVita is known for its quality and affordable housing projects for start-up families and single individuals. Now in its 10th year in the real estate industry, it now has developments in 17 locations nationwide. To make its decade-long service more special, it works with Shopee to reward loyal customers of the e-commerce platform this Christmas!

In a time of great uncertainty, a voice of knowledge and reassurance can make all the difference, especially as the holidays season is coming. ‘Stay home’ has been the consistent mantra of the pandemic, and having a home you love where you can safely shelter in place feels more important than ever. Our mission remains true and the same especially during times like this — to provide a quality and affordable living experience to the Filipino people,


For more information on the BellaVita community nearest you, follow and message them on Shopee (, or reach us on Facebook ( to get the latest updates.

Saturday, November 6, 2021


I haven't purchased sample products from Sampleroom PH in a few months, and I'm pleased I didn't spend my points because they curated the brand I want to test!

For this purchase, I spent 277 points out of my 320 available points and these are the products and brands I got for FREE! 


SAMPLE SIZE: 1 pc. 100g

Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Brightness Reveal Creamy Cleanser washes away dullness for vibrant, bright looking skin. 

Featuring GentleBright Technology, this fragrance free, hypoallergenic formula has been developed and clinically tested under dermatological control to be gentle on even the most sensitive skin. 

Enriched with white sea daffodil extract and niacinamide (vitamin B3), this gentle face cleanser washes away dullness, dead skin cells and impurities to reveal skin's natural fairness and luminosity. The creamy texture transforms with water into a comforting cocooning lather that rinses easily to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. Achieve even skin tone and luminous, bright looking skin with Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Brightness Reveal Creamy Cleanser.

Directions: Mix with water to create a creamy lather and gently massage onto skin. Use twice a day, in the morning and evening. Avoid eye contour area.


FULL SIZE: 245ml
SAMPLE SIZE: 1 pc. 245ml
POINTS: 150 

Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Brightness Reveal Body Wash gently cleanses sensitive skin without drying to leave it feeling soft, hydrated and refreshed. This gentle formula washes away dirt, impurities and dullness to even out skin tone and reveal the skin's natural radiance. 

Featuring GentleBright Technology, this hypoallergenic formula has been developed and clinically tested under dermatological control to be gentle on even the most sensitive skin. 

Enriched with white sea daffodil extract and niacinamide (vitamin B3) to unlock the skin's natural fairness and radiance within. Enjoy the light, floral scent that delights the senses without irritating sensitive skin, leaving it feeling soft and refreshed.

Directions: Mix with water to create a creamy lather and gently massage onto body for thorough cleansing. Complete your brightening skin care routine by applying Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance Lotion after bathing.



FULL SIZE: 50ml/ 100ml
PRICE: PHP 104 / PHP 179
SAMPLE SIZE: 1 pc. 50ml

NIVEA Acne Clear Whip Foam is a gentle cleanser that helps give you clear, soft and smooth skin. 

Enriched with:

  • Carnitine to deeply and effectively remove oil and impurities for clear pores and skin
  • 3x Richer Moisturizer for nourished, baby soft and smooth skin
  • 0% alcohol, and free from silicone, mineral oils, colorants and other thinning agents 

• Skin compatibility dermatologically approved 

Application: Apply product on wet hand. Add water and gently rub the product on your hand to create lather. Massage the lather on your face while avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with clean water.

Though I was unable to obtain the entire Cetaphil Bright Healthy Radiance collection, I am pleased with the body wash and cleanser that I was able to try. All of these freebies totaled Php1,215; I only had to pay Php170 for shipping. 

Have you tried Sampleroom yet? If not you should, get the most out of the curated products for free and enjoy them before buying again.  

Happy Sample to all!