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SM Foundation College Scholarship Program

Many of us worry about not having enough money, support, and resources to attend college. You could be an undergraduate reading this or, a mother like me planning for her child’s future. The good news is that there are many scholarship programs being offered not just by colleges, universities, and local governments but also by private corporations.

WATCH: SM Foundation College Scholarship Program

One of them is SM Foundation’s College Scholarship Program. I for one only learned about it recently when they celebrated their 20th batch of scholar-graduates (20th batch!). This year, SM Foundation produced 71 honor students of which, 4 are summa cum laude, 11 are magna cum laude, 44 are cum laude, and 12 finished with academic distinction.

The graduates took courses in accountancy, computer science, information technology, education, computer engineering, electronics and communications engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering and mechanical engineering.

How SM Foundation selects scholars

SM Foundation searches for underprivileged but deserving youth to be awarded the SM College Scholarships. Each scholar enjoys full tuition subsidy, a monthly stipend and job opportunities during Christmas and summer breaks. Upon graduation, all college scholars are offered option of full time jobs in SM but are under no obligation to join the company. Technical-vocational scholars also find gainful employment here and abroad.

If you are interested in inquiring about scholarships, you can check out SM Foundation Inc. on Facebook.

SM Foundation has other programs that can also interest mothers like me who are into backyard farming. They have this 12-week farmers’ training program on effective backyard planting and small-scale farming techniques for fruits and vegetables.

“You can be poor, but not poor in your soul”

The above is a quote from Mr. Henry Sy who the SM scholars here in my province (Cavite) also call Tatang. Never give up on your dreams and never stop looking for opportunities to achieve your dreams.

HPV Vaccine & Cervical Cancer

If like many women, you have heard about HPV vaccine but never got the time to research or budget to actually be vaccinated – then here are some information to help. Like other forms of cancers, cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop and spread in the cervix. This is caused by persistent infection with the cancer causing human papillomavirus or HPV.

How to protect yourself against Cervical Cancer

Cervical cancer continues to be a major threat for Filipino women. It is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipinas. What’s worrisome is that two in three Filipinas diagnosed with cervical cancer may die within five years. Since culturally, Filipinas are known to be caring and selfless for others but tend to dismiss concerns about themselves, those who may have contracted cervical cancer may have been diagnosed at a late stage, when the chances of recovery are slim.

Lifestyle changes can help prevent the development of cervical cancer, such as being conscientious about one’s sexual activities. Beyond regular consultations and pap smears by your OB-GYN, vaccines that protect against cancer-causing HPV are also now readily available. I would personally add following a healthy and active lifestyle, especially eating as much vegetables as you can!

HPV Vaccine

The only way to get HPV vaccine is to consult your doctor. When HPV vaccine was first announced a few years ago, I encountered offers from friends, even acquaintances of promos such as getting a discount if you get vaccinated as a group. I am not saying this is not legit but for me, it is better to talk to your own doctor or obgyne. When I gave birth, my own doctor asked me to get vaccinated but like most moms – it was not my priority but taking care of my new family.

According to the Cancer Council Australia,  HPV vaccine can provide almost 100% protection from specific HPV types. For Cervarix, the vaccine manufactured by GSK – can prevent infection from HPV types 16 and 18, that cause about 70% of cervical cancer cases.

The only common side effects of vaccination are pain, redness and/or swelling at the site of injection. Unlike what even I originally thought, HPV vaccine does not contain any live virus or DNA of the virus and so will not cause cancer.

For more information about HPV vaccine, it is best to consult your doctor and also check GSK’s Facebook page for the vaccine in the Philippines: Power Over Cervical Cancer. You and I should make time for this to protect our family and their future – especially our children who rely on us to be healthy and capable of making a living and running a home.

Great Image Mother’s Day Promo #MeetMyNanay

Great Image has a new store in SM Bacoor and I checked out their special rates for May (Mother’s Day month). My son is turning 6 very soon and never have we experienced getting a “studio pic” as we called it during high school days.

I took a photo from outside Great Image to grab some inspiration for our own photos and frames. I am not sure if they also offer framing services but it looks like they do.

Here are the prices:

Here’s how:
Studio portraits start at Php 220 and P50-P100 for digital, enhanced, and high resolution soft copy or files.

Great Image is also offering FREEBIES for mothers every day of the month of May.

Have a photo taken of you and your mom for only 20 pesos

If you want to have a photo of you and your mom taken by Great Image studio, for only 20 pesos, follow these instructions (only until May):

  1. Register through this and you will receive an email from Great Image through your registered email address.
  2. Print a copy of the email and visit the Great Image studio.  You can now have a complete portrait session and 3R photo with the soft copy for only 20 pesos!
  3. You can also win P10,000: With your phone, take a picture of your 3R photo print or upload your soft copy at our Facebook page and share your nanay’s story.
  4. Tag @greatimageph and use the hashtag ‪#‎MeetMyNanay. Get a chance to win the following:

GRAND PRIZE – Php 10,000 plus Great Image GC worth Php 3,000
2ND RUNNER UP – Php 5,000 plus Great Image GC worth Php 2,000
3RD RUNNER UP – Php 3,000 plus Great Image GC worth Php 1,000
7 CONSOLATION WINNERS – Great Image GC worth Php 500

Promo period is from May 4 – 31, 2016. Submission of entries is until June 2, 2016

If you need inspiration for your poses, watch this #MeetMyNanay video. I wonder if I can take my aunt who has acted as my second mom for a P20 portrait session too :)

SM City Trece Martires Experience

Here in Cavite, we are always talking about new malls and establishments to open in our province. Finally, the newest SM supermall everyone was excited about is now open – SM City Trece Martires! Talks about this mall started last year and became louder as the mall opening neared.

When we go to the “bayan” or market of Trece Martires, we always hear vendors, jeepney drivers, and locals speculate about the SM that will soon open. It was the same in our house, so when we heard that the mall opened – my husband and I beat everyone to going first!

From SM Bacoor, we rode the bus going to Trece Martires. The travel to this simple town is always very relaxing, you will encounter lots of greenery and even rivers below several bridges. SM City Trece Martires is nearest neighboring areas such as Ternate, Indang, Amadeo, Maragondon, Magallanes, Naic, General Trias, and Tanza.

We like dating at SM supermalls and this one was extra special because everything in SM City Trece Martires is spanking new. It is unlike other SM lifestyle malls in Cavite (SM Bacoor, Dasmarinas, Rosario) because of its more modern look and feel. SM City Trece Martires makes us people from the province of Cavite feel like we are in Metro Manila.

I particularly enjoyed browsing Surplus for affordable fashion. The newest store in Trece Martires is also edgy with a new and fun atmosphere for bargain hunters like me. Surplus is located at Upper Ground floor of SM City Trece Martires.

For my husband, he enjoyed what else but the gadgets and the freshly opened SM Cyberzone. It looks so close to the Cyberzone at SM Mall of Asia. Even when I am not a fan of too many gadgets, I enjoyed the bright and techie atmosphere in this place.

SM City Trece Martires is a 3-storey complete lifestyle malls that house big name brands, restaurants, and other shops. Of course, there is the newest SM Cinema Trece Martires.

We watched Captain America: Civil War in one of the 4 fully digitized cinemas. My husband and I really enjoyed the look of this cinema, from Snack Time, ticketing booths, comfort rooms – everything looks so fresh and updated.

It all added to our amazing cinema experience, and we didn’t have to leave Cavite!

Before we left, we tried one food kiosk (perhaps one of the most affordable) – Bibingkinitan. It capped off our simple, exciting, and experiential date and visit to the new SM City Trece Martires.

Apart from the mall itself, I also like the unique location of this mall which is within what we call “bayan”. When you step outside, you can also enjoy the local marketplace for a complete Trece Martires experience. Everything you will need is in this place!

SM City Trece Martires is along Governor’s Drive and Capitol Road. We hope to come back very soon with our entire family! Someday, we hope that our own SM Bacoor will also get an upgrade and extension :)

Contest: Belo Baby Giveaway

It has been a month since I started using Belo Baby for my son Ashton, that time he was suffering from skin asthma and prickly heat rash. These skin conditions make summer less fun and my son, less cooperative when it comes to games or sports.

Not scared of “bungang araw” or prickly heat with Belo Baby

Belo Baby’s all-natural 2-in-1 hair & body wash helped relieve and resolve these skin conditions. I no longer worry of giving multiple baths per day (twice for my son) because the product is very safe and gentle on my 5 year old’s sensitive skin.

I also no longer worry of prickly heat or rashes even when he has started soccer training. My regimen is still the same, applying Belo Baby’s body lotion right after each bath. It locks moisture very well and has reduced scratching and random red patches or bumps on my son’s skin.

My only wish is for Belo Baby to also come up with an all-natural sunblock for kids too!

Belo Baby Giveaway

If you are a mom like me and your kid is prone to dry, irritated skin or have skin conditions that you think will benefit from an all-natural, gentle, and safe baby product like Belo Baby – this is your chance to try Belo Baby products for FREE!

Mommy Lace is giving away three (3) sets of Belo Baby’s products, just answer this question via comments (contest ends June 3, 2016): What is your concern about your baby’s skin and how do you think Belo Baby can help?

Where to buy Belo Baby

To everyone who emailed asking where you can buy this product, check the following online stores:

Belo Baby on Social Media

Belo Baby is also running an Instagram contest until June 3, just post your most creative and memorable shots of your babies on Instagram, use the hashtag #belobaby and tag @belobabylove. 3 winners will also be chosen to win Belo Baby products plus a special photo session with their kid.

Mommy Lace tip: Join this blog’s giveaway and on Belo Baby’s Instagram for more chances of winning Belo Baby products J

How to treat dry cracked feet

Just like the weather, my feet have become drier than usual. Aside from dry and cracked heels, my feet are also sun burned. It even has the mark from my slippers:

I have been noticing how dry and dark my feet have become, like it is the oldest looking part of my body.

Today I tried producing a self-made remedy that is cheap and will not entail going outside of your house:

DIY Foot Spa for Dry Cracked Feet

The main cause of dry cracked feet is lack of moisture (and foot care!). It may also be caused by the build up of dead skin cells. Other factors include hot showers, air-conditioned rooms, heat, and pollution that strip skin of its natural hydration and moisture. This can also indicate that you are not drinking enough water.

1. Soak your feet in warm water for 10-15 minutes – fortunately, I found this foot spa machine that belongs to my mom. I dusted it off and luckily it still works. If you don’t have this machine, don’t worry because you can always use a basin filled with warm water.

2. Add moisturizing foam to basin or foot spa machine – you do not have to buy this. You can use liquid hand soap or those little bottles of body wash that you take home from hotels.

3. Exfoliate – after soaking your feet in the basin, dry your feet with towel and replace water in the basin. Soak your feet and wet your legs and apply any form of scrub to remove dead skin cells. I use my existing organic coffee scrub but other items you can use are rock salt (be gentle!), coarse coffee grounds, and if you have, those little bottles of body scrub or bath salts that you also get from staying in hotels. You can gently exfoliate each leg and feet as long as you want. Rinse with water in basin then towel dry.

4. Apply moisturizing lotion – Now your legs and feet are ready to absorb moisture, especially after removing dead skin cells. I use the new yellow Vaseline essential healing lotion with petroleum jelly droplets.

This helps heal dry skin from within the epidermis especially with the micro-droplets of petroleum jelly.

5. At night, apply pure petroleum jelly on your feet and cover with socks – this will moisturize while you sleep as well as heal those cracked skin which may lead to wounds if left untreated. This trick I have been doing since high school but now that I am a mom, I’ve forgotten to do this once in a while. You can do this every night until your heels become soft and smooth again.

I hope you will try these steps to heal your cracked or dry heels, it’s very easy to do at home and will make you feel relaxed without spending too much.

Let me know what you think, Mommy! :)