Nagbalik na si Popoy: John Lloyd as Turk’s Newest Endorser

Many are asking, ito na nga ba ang pagbabalik ni John Lloyd sa limelight? After 2 years, John Lloyd’s first endorsement appearance with Turk’s is revealed.

Photos and videos of matinee idol John Lloyd Cruz have been surfacing after being on hiatus from the show business since 2017.

Cruz, one of the most bankable actors of the Philippine cinema and very effective endorser once again proved that his fans are still waiting for his return. In a teaser video, which lasted only for a few seconds and only shows the back shot of Cruz’s, and posted in the Facebook page of the number one selling shawarma Turks a few weeks ago had been viewed 3.2M times, shared almost 800 times and gained a huge number of comments.

Without any clue in that teaser video, his fans already assumed that it was him in the video. Actress Bea Alonzo on her Instagram also posted a screenshot of that teaser video, which garnered almost a million likes.

This Monday morning Turks finally revealed in the 1-minute and 17 seconds video of Cruz showing the actor walking through different destinations, which somehow depicts Cruz’s sojourn. The video is very simple, yet there’s drama the way it was created, and in a very subtle shot, he stopped and took a bite of a Turks pita doner.

The rugged look of Cruz in the Turks video titled Ang Pagbabalik is way too far from his guy-next-door image and a lot of people in the industry are asking if this signals his return to the limelight. His fans are still wondering about the life he’s been living since his hiatus.

According to Turks president Gem L. Zenarosa that during the course of his talks with Cruz, they never talked anything about his showbiz career or plans. He added that he got Mr. Cruz as the latest ambassador of Turks because of his great confidence working with Cruz.

“I am really grateful that John Lloyd trusts our company, he is a brilliant and very creative young man. Aside from acting we have discovered some of his remarkable talents,” Zenarosa stressed.

The Ang Pagbabalik according to Zenarosa is actually about Turks Small Pita Doner, which will be available again in all its branches.

Just like Cruz who is seen to have a different image since he last appeared in the big screen, a clear indication that the actor is recreating himself and exploring different grounds, Turks is also doing the same thing to keep its customers excited whenever they visit a branch.

In  time for the release of Cruz’s endorsement video, Turks also released to the market its newest offering — Turks Rice Bowl, which is a complete meal. You can choose beef or chicken for your rice topping, and it is priced at P50. The Small Pita Donner on the other hand, is priced at P35.

“To keep up with the demands of our customers, Turks continues to improve our menu and offerings to satisfy the discriminating taste of our loyal patrons,” Zenarosa stressed.

Turk’s Doner Bowl is so delish to look at what more pag natikman ninyo na!

“John Lloyd is the best endorser for this because like him, despite his absence in the show business for a couple of years, the warmth and love of his fans for him never dwindles. With our Small Pita Doner we believe that our customers will be happy to know that it is back in our menu,” Zenarosa explained.

John Lloyd Cruz now joins the roster of endorsers of Turks such as Piolo and Inigo Pascual. 

For more promos and updates. Visit Turk’s Official Facebook page here

How to Maximize Your Home Massage Experience

Truly home massage is the most ideal experience that we moms can get. Instead of traveling back and forth going to a spa massage.

Had a great experience with Mantra Home Service Massage last time.

In this post I want to share how you can maximize your home massage. Or at least what to expect.

Before the Massage

  1. If possible get someone to watch over your kids. Give yourself at least 2 hours and 30 minutes to prepare for your pre massage routine.
  2. Take a warm shower. Take your time pampering yourself.
  3. Diffuse relaxing essential oils to start the mood with any calming music.
  4. Don’t eat too much before your massage it will only make you uncomfortable.

During the massage

Relax your mind. Take a deep breath and focus on your massage. Make sure you let the therapist know how you wanted your massage be. If you don’t want to be naked during the massage wear soft fabric clothing and loose-fitting items. Breathe normally.

After the massage

Do not quickly stand to avoid dizziness. Most massage will recommend for you to drink water for you to drink cups of water to flush the toxins right after the massage or hot green tea.

Hope these tips helps.

If you want to experience a calming and relaxing massage, book your appointment now to Mantra Home Service. Hopefully they will expand and have more accessible locations in Manila. Services are great and even perfect for your children. Please do check their facebook page for promos and book your therapist right away.

Yvan, Our Living Testimony of Miracle

7 years had passed and the memories still lingers. I will never forget those days of too much pain, struggles and we are all fighting for his life. We just can’t thank our Lord enough for having children not just one but three lovely angels brought here in this world.

April 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm Yvan was born prematurely and immediately rushed to the nearest hospital. I was not aware of what is the situation during this time. I am sedated yet I knew there was something wrong because it felt just so different at the time I am giving birth to our baby boy. Nobody was telling me exactly what is happening. I am scared and crying for the thing I am not yet sure of. After 24 hours, I got a message from the hospital, “Mrs. Calimlim, we are sorry to tell you that Yvan is not doing well, hindi po siya makahinga ng maayos due to hindi nadevelop ang kanyang baga since he was born prematurely. We hope na makasurvive po siya.” I will never forget this message.

Immediately, against medical advice I rushed to the hospital and habol ko ang oras na baka hindi ko na makita pa si Yvan. I am bleeding too much while nasa biyahe ako and I was crying on my way.

My poor boy, Yvan is suffering. He was diagnosed to have different medical conditions; I can only recall sepsis and respiratory infections which he needs to be breathing with the use of mechanical ventilator. Andami pang pinagdaananan na hirap kasama na diyan na walang equipments and medicines which costs P30,000 per vial. That time, we used all our savings in a snap na nawala lahat and kulang parin.

My heart is breaking and crying

After 2 months, it is also against medical advice, we decided to bring Yvan home. Thinking na, if God will not let Yvan survive this battle, anytime soon kukuhanin niya na si Yvan sa amin. Hindi kami binigo ni Lord.

June 2012 – Yvan was finally home. 24/7 naka oxygen siya. Nang marinig niya ang mga tawanan ng kanyang 2 kapatid, unti unti nakakakita ng liwanag sa kanyang mukha at these helps na makarecover siya ng bahagya. Kuya Yuri and Ate Yana always make Yvan smile everyday. Wala mang sound ang tawa ni Yvan that time, kita mo sa kanya na masaya siya.

He was diagnosed with Broncho Pulmonary Dysplasia, “Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a form of chronic lung disease that affects newborns (mostly premature) and infants. It results from damage to the lungs caused by mechanical ventilation (respirator) and long-term use of oxygen. Most infants recover from BPD, but some may have long-term breathing difficulty.”

Those years had passed anak, many had witnessed how you suffer and fight your battle against your condition. Thank you for not giving up and higit sa lahat hindi mo kami iniwan. Everyday, I am crying and praying na maging okay na ang lahat. Maaring sinasabi ng iba na sobra na hirap ng pinagdadaaanan mo na baka kailangan ko na sumuko para hindi kana mahirapan. You are a fighter anak kaya ilalaban kita sa kahit na anong paraan na kaya ko o namin ng daddy mo. Sorry if kinailangan mong pagdaananan lahat ng hirap. God has a plan and yun ay ang buyahin ka at makasama ka namin ng matagal. May God give us longer life para makasama pa kita, maalagaan and maging sure ako na pwede na kita iwanan. Lagi ko lang dasal ang iyong full recovery and lumaki kang God fearing child.

At ito ang pinang hahawakan ko since the day you were born anak. We are able to wean his off sa oxygen ng matagal na panahon na. Yet, whenever he is being hospitalized palaging naka abang ang oxygen kasi nababa ang kanyang oxygen saturation.

Yvan’s Challenges:

April 12, 2019, Yvan is now 7 years old

At the age of 3, he was diagnosed with bilateral hearing loss and at this early age, he is using hearing aid na. Yet, he is not mute.

He is 2 years old delayed sa normal na bata with Global Delay Disorder and autism.

His specialist advice, andiyan lang ang BPD niya. Damaged na kasi ang lungs niya, the reason why mahirap siyang tumaba. So far, kahit payat siya I am proud to say na napalakas ko na ang immunity niya kasi matagal narin naman ang gap na nagkakasakit siya and napaka active na bata. And dahil yan kay Lord.

How does Yvan cope and coping?

Whenever may magtatanong sa akin pano at ang galing ng anak ninyo, it doesn’t show na nahihirapan siya and he is surviving. Eto lang palagi ko sagot, we never gave up on him. Faith kay Lord na hindi kailanman ko napagdudahan kung bakit nangyari ito kay Yvan. Naniniwala ako sa himala na ibinigay niya sa aming pamilya. At maraming pagmamahal.

Normal ba siyang nabubuhay?

Yes. Gaya ng ibang bata na mahilig maglaro, I let him explore kung ano meron sa labas ng bahay. Although napakalaking challenge sa amin na hayaan siya on his own na sa takot na makakuha siya ng sakit at dahil madali siya mahawa. We let him enjoy life. Nakakaproud na nasa nursery na siya now. He loves watching videos about Papa Jesus, swimming, mag drawing at magsayaw. Magaling narin ang eye and hand coordination niya. Hindi man siya makapagsalita ng derecho pero ramdam ko kakayanin niya na and magiging maayos ang lahat.

We will always be grateful and thankful sa mga taong tumulong sa amin noon na nasa hospital pa kami. You know all who you are. Palagi kong dasal na God will always shower you more blessings. Good health para sa inyong lahat and happiness.

I hope this story make you believe that there is a miracle. Maniwala lang tayo and ibibigay niya yan sa tamang panahon.

God bless us all.

Your family might be one who are Malnutrition Trapped!

I am guilty that sometimes our family are being malnutrition trapped. I didn’t realized such things like those. My boys are petite and thin. Nasa genes namin ang payat sa pagkabata kahit nakain ng tama sa oras and I make sure na healthy naman yet it’s very important to know na hindi dahil sapat ay healthy na lahat. May tamang sukat sa when it comes to portioned meals.

Chicken Tinola with Papaya and Sayote in Chili leaves

And because breakfast is a very important meal of the day let’s not skip any of it especially for our children. Lalo na if you are a rice person, they say anything sobra is not good for our body. ‘Wag tayong maging “unlirice” family. You’ll see why below.

Meron palang tinatawag na, “puro carbs and mababa sa protein” thought of I am giving enough kasi I am following the food pyramid somehow. Thankful sa Ajinomoto Community because they are here to help solve the concerns of every Filipino family.

Filipino family facing underweight and overweight

Yes for more than 20 year we are facing such dilemna. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined this phenomenon as the “Double Burden of Malnutrition” or the“prevalence of both under nutrition and overweight in the same community, nation, or region.”

Break Free from #MalnutritionTraps

Philippine Government Solution

Pinggang Pinoy®, an easy-to-understand food guide showing proper food group portioning per-meal basis was launched in 2014 and also reflects the principles of moderation, variety and balance or called (MoVaBa) to promote healthier eating habits. Hoping that this could solve the problem.

Solving Double Burden’s of Malnutrition

And because this is a long term concern, upon giving the solution to solve the Philippines’ Double Burden of Malnutrition, it should be a collaborative effort between the public and private sectorsas it is not an easy feat. In line with this, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with government agencies to conduct education programs to raise awareness and promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in malnutrition hotspots, where incidences of Double Burden Malnutrition are high. This training was given to homemakers/mothers who have malnourished (underweight, stunting, wasting, overweight and obese) school-aged children”.

The Final Result

“The pilot run resulted to improvements of the knowledge & attitudes of households related to the practice of PinggangPinoy® within target areas. However, behavior changes towards healthier eating habits remains to be a challenge. The program uncovered a number #MalnutritionTraps that some Pinoy households easily fall into”.

“The following#MalnutritionTraps provide a picture of how unhealthy eatinghabits may lead to Double Burden of Malnutrition”.

1. Overconsumption of carbohydrates: Voracious rice eaters can easily fill half of their plates with rice. Others have pandesal & noodles as regular meal deprived of other nutrients derived from a well-balanced meal.

 2. Under consumption of vegetables and/fruits: It is common for some to be content with rice & meat to satisfy their hunger and skip/take insufficient amount of vegetables/fruits. Fact is, the variety of colors found in Glow foods are important sources of vitamins & minerals to sustain our energy & keep us from getting sick.

3. Overconsumption of protein: Typical Filipino “SILOG” mealsinclude double serving of proteins (e.g. Tapa+Itlog, Tocino+Itlog, Longanisa+Itlog, Bangus+Itlog). Eating different kinds of protein is fine for as long as they are taken in moderation. We must also avoid protein dishes served high in fat, cholesterol and sodium. 

More stories about #MalnutritionTraps can be referenced from these documentary videos.

Puro Carbs

Breakfast Skipper

Kulang sa Protina

Pamilya Unlirice

And because moms are the busiest person, we sometimes neglect to check if the meals we are preparing are properly portioned for our kids. Glad to share that Ajinomoto’s Culinary Nutrition Team prepared easy to do, healthy, delicious yet affordable meal for our family. Say for a family of 5, it will only cost you 250/day. This is to help many Filipino families be saved from #MalnutritionTraps.

PinggangPinoy® Recipes are downloadable through

Want to hear and know more about Mag-Pinggang Pinoy®? visit and


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Mantra Home Service Massage Review + Giveaway!

Are you a working mom or a stay at home like me? Do not have much time going out to relax? Truly, if I would choose I prefer a good home service massage so I won’t feel the hassle of traveling after and just sleep right away.

Being a full time mom is not an easy task and all pressure is often unbearable. We moms deserves a break, we tend to put ourselves lasts before our kids and l can’t think of anyone who deserves a massage more than a mom. And a regular massage can help in many ways.

Why is it beneficial?

Massage helps reduce stress. Stress comes from different angle and it carries within our muscle which can manifest body pains and aches. A proper massage helps those stiffed and tense muscles to relax, might not be for long but it will let you feel relaxed.

Massage helps regulate your mood swings. Taking care of our children takes a lot of effort and patience. Admit it, kids drives us crazy from time to time. Massage can help you deal with moods better.

It gives comfort and relaxation you need.

It reduces anxiety and depression.  Depression alone can lead to many serious health conditions and a good massage can help at least eliminate depression because it relaxes all your muscle tension.

These days there are spa’s who offer home service massage and glad to share a review on this spa named, Mantra Home Service Spa.

About Mantra Home Service Massage

Mantra Home Service Massage is a home service spa for women, man and even kids here in Cavite. They will come and visit you anywhere here in Cavite: Bacoor, Imus, Kawit, Dasmariñas, General Trias and Trece Martires.

Services Being Offered right at the comfort of your home:

Our therapist, Maribel Mesia.

My final say about Mantra:

  1. Our therapist Maribel is very friendly and excellent in her profession.
  2. They can customize the massage to focus on stressed part of your body. Mine was reflexology service.
  3. Their massage technique are so good and calming.
  4. My kids loved the green tea oil and mine was Sampaguita oil which gives a relaxing smell that goes to your senses right at the moment you smell it.
  5. They are right on time.
  6. They also offer body scrub, ventosa, hot compress and ear candling.
  7. Customer service are outstanding when it comes to responding to inquiries.
  8. They have specialized massage for your kids, which is gentle and my kids loved it. It lasts 30 minutes for only P125.00. Please see a review written by my daughter.
  9. They have lactation and postnatal massage. Perfect para sa mga breastfeeding mom.
  10. All services are affordable yet it won’t compromise the service.
  11. They offer gift certificates that you can share to your loved ones.
  12. All massage therapist are licensed and experienced.
  13. NO hidden charges. Might be wondering why ang mura pero promise you get what you pay for.
  14. Lastly, it is done right here at home. I was able to sleep right away and no hassle of travelling.


Hopefully they can cater sa ibang location like Laspiñas or ibang place in Manila. Surely, they will attract more clients. Wish they also have other spa services like eyelashes extension, bleaching and brow waxing.

Diana’s review on her massage. Surely same like my son, Yuriboy!

Nevertheless, me and my kids enjoyed and we highly recommend Mantra Home Service Spa.

Please be in touch with them via mobile:
0927-555-5880 l 0998-239-1669 l 0917-967-7761 l 0947-741-6777


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Jolly University Year 5 Grand Cook Off was a blast!

Lucky those students these days that they are able to share their talents when it comes to cooking. Show casing how they Innovate, Create and Share their culinary expertise. Truly, I witnessed how kitchen skills and creativity of all challengers were tested and how they bring out the best dish creations during the Jolly University Grand Cook Off.

Wherein, Jolly University (JU) is a program which began in 2013 which encourages diversity as well as the collaboration across and beyond academic borders while effectively transferring key skills to talented young students. Serving as a springboard to prepare aspirants in their future careers, the highly successful campus-wide competition nurtures cooperative relationships among students and institutions in promoting culinary excellence and food business innovation in the Philippines.

JU has grown to become a prestigious campus-wide cooking competition that is deeply committed in harnessing young students’ talent in cooking, pushing their creative boundaries.

Grand Champion: Lemuel Ty of University of Santo Tomas 

Grand Champion’s Winning entry: Hainanese Chicken Binakol Noodle Soup (mushroom & young corn stuffed chicken roulade with egg noodles, vegetables and coconut shreds in creamy coconut broth) 
 1st runner up: Richmond Joseph Suntay of University of Santo Tomas
Winning entry: Shepherd’s Rendang 
2nd runner up: Patricia Ong of Chiang Kai Shek College
Winning entry: Thai Pork Mushroom Longganisa, Suman with Crispy Shallot-Garlic Latik and Coconut Cream Foam served with Fried Egg and Green Mango Salad  

For Year 5, greater social media engagement was achieved via the Golden Ticket mechanics wherein two of the chosen top 20 JU finalists can advance immediately to the final round during the cook-off. The two contestants who automatically earned the final slots are Richmond Suntay of UST for whose dish photo garnered the Most Likes and Shares on FB and Ria Arugay of San Sebastian Recoletos for the Most Jolly Canned Vegetable Product Labels Collected.

Jolly University Year 5 Grand Cook-Off is made possible with the support of event sponsors: St. Scholastica’s College, Masflex, Fujidenzo, Whirlpool, Tecnogas, UCPB, Jolly Cow, Lotus Biscoff, Doña Elena, May Sparkling Grape Juice, and Good Life.

About Fly Ace Corporation. Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino consumers, Fly Ace Corporation’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. To learn more about Fly Ace, visit

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