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All you need is love and Sodexo Gift Certificates (5 rewarding reasons why you should)
There's nothing more rewarding than my experience with Sodexo Gift Certificate.

Just a few months ago, a week before my birthday, my daughter gave me a Sodexo Gift Certificate for a birthday present. That time, I was itching to get myself a new camera bag to carry my DSLR, and dozens of shutterbug accessories. My camera stuff had piled up over the years and I have to have one versatile bag to carry them all in one shoulder.

At the mall where I took my Sodexo Gift Certificate, it couldn't be any simpler! While some stores are tough to some GC's, the Sodexo is easy to transact. Considered as the Number 1 gift certificate in the country, Sodexo has the widest merchant network. They are accepted at every SM Affiliated establishments and more than 9,000 merchants nationwide. (Visit https://merchants.sodexo.ph/  )

All it took me was just 10 minutes at the SM Store, and before I knew it, I was already carrying my dream camera bag over my shoulder - ready to go home. There's nothing magical or voodoo about it. It's simply because it's Sodexo.

If you are looking for that perfect gift, here are a five reasons Sodexo Gift Certificates can make life more rewarding and easier for you.

1. Guarantee of gifts people will love.

It isn't a guarantee that people will always love what you give them. With Sodexo, they have the freedom to pick out whatever they want, and you are relieved of the stress of finding something perfect for everyone. Sodexo Gift Certificates are also ideal if you are buying for friends you don't know that well. Their merchant network sells everything from books to kitchen sinks, so it's a guarantee that there's something for everyone, even the picky people in your life.

2. They save money and time

Shopping is easier when you don't have to think which gift to buy for a friend, cousin, or nieces and nephews.  This also prevents arguments over which friend (or kid) got the better gift, because everyone gets the same amount of money - no more going back to the mall to buy a substitute gift. And it saves you the time shopping for each person and saves you money on delivery charges.

3. No risks about expiration

Sodexo GC’s have always been and forever will be valid, and that revalidation and replacement of Sodexo GC’s are free of charge once the validity date is reached.

4. Stress-free from bringing bulky gifts

Personally, it's a hassle transporting big gifts to a party. There was a time when I had to bring this heavy, massive box to a wedding reception because the bride specifically asked for a set of stonewares. Not only did I risk my aching back, but there's also the danger of the gift being damaged while being moved.

5. Practical for your recipients  

For practical people who never spend money on themselves, give them a Sodexo GC so they can purchase something they need, or may not have the money for. I would gladly accept a P2,000 GC for groceries, for instance.  And for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life, the Sodexo GC is always an option.

This holiday season, save yourself the trouble and just go for the Sodexo Gift Certificates. It's guaranteed to make everyone happy. For more details, visit https://www.gcregalo.com/products/2-sodexo-premium-pass-gift-certificate-1.html


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Bubble Gang Babes on the cover of FHM's November 2017 issue
Kim, Chariz, Jackie, Valeen, Denise, Arra, Lovely, and Arny (aka "The Bubble Gang" Babes) pose for the cover of FHM's November 2017 issue.

First-time cover girls Lovely Abella, Denise Barbacena, Arra San Agustin, and Chariz Solomon with FHM veterans Kim Domingo, Jackie Rice, Valeen Montenegro and Arny Ross are the new batch of funny (but very sexy) girls of the longest-running (22 years to be exact!) gag show on Philippine television.

The issue includes the most essential man reads about fun-filled geeks night out, foolproof beer pairings, and the mastermind behind the comedy sketch program: Michael V.

FHM November 2017 will be available in the following days in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!


Bubble Gang Babes FHM November 2017
Bubble Gang Babes

Valeen Montenegro peach bikini
Valeen Montenegro

Denise Barbacena nighties
Denise Barbacena

Arra San Agustin nighties
Arra San Agustin

Arny Ross nighties
Arny Ross

Chariz Solomon nighties
Chariz Solomon

Jackie Rice black bra
Jackie Rice

Lovely Abella white bra
Lovely Abella

Kim Domingo red bra
Kim Domingo


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Indeed, Metro Manila is not for the faint of heart.

For many years I have lived in this region, which occupies around 620 square kilometers of very populous and dense "somewhat-urbanized" area . It was the kind of place where the roads turned into scorching deserts every summer, and into swamp-like lagoons during rainy days.

Still, things could be a lot worse. During our daily commute, we can only share sentiments over on social media where we disgustingly discuss how unpleasant our day went down, always frightened about what the next coming days could bring.

Here are the 5 hellish places in Metro Manila that most commuters have to painfully endure everyday.


1. The MRT North Edsa Station

Millenials call it the "train ride from hell". Looking at this viral photo from Facebook, you can just imagine how the sweltering heat might have felt like if you're one of the commuters falling in a humungous line all the way from the overpass of Edsa. It'll make anyone homesick for Hong Kong and Singapore's train stations.

The MRT North Edsa Station
The MRT North Edsa Station
Photo from Manila Bulletin



2. Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)

Traveling along Edsa is eternal damnation. This apocalyptical photo was taken during Christmas time at the corner of Edsa and Reliance Street in Mandaluyong City. What seemed like Christmas lights were actually head lamps and tail lights generated from a huge pile-up of vehicles along Edsa.

Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)
Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)
Photo from Orange Magazine TV (Myk Josh Wierzbicki)


3. The Upper Bicutan Footbridge

Woe on all who traverse this infernal region in Taguig City. A commuter alights from his bus along SLEX, has to walk for about half a kilometer under the torturous blistering heat of the sun before he can enjoy the luxury of a tricycle ride towards his destination. Dripping with sweat, you can only ask yourself, "Hasn't the Taguig government heard of a "roofed and covered walk" before?"

The Upper Bicutan Footbridge
The Upper Bicutan Footbridge
Original photo from Mapio



4. UV Express/FX Terminals

It's never enough falling in sweaty long lines for hours inside humid UV and FX terminals. There's still the agony of riding with intolerable passengers. Most of the times you have to give way to burly, Herculean passengers who squish your organs like toilet paper. And of course, not to mention the preens who carry so much paper bags with them that they seemed to have bought every damned sale items inside the mall.

UV Express/FX Terminals
UV Express/FX Terminals
Photo from PatrickJason@Wordpress



5. NAIA Terminals

This is not an everyday thing but commuting from the airport terminals also counts as a journey to the Underworld. In here you are tormented by the savage fangs of enterprising taxi drivers,  charging you thousands of pesos for a short trip to Cubao. Resist the urge to knock them down please.

NAIA Terminals
NAIA Terminals
Photo from GMA



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Gun ban starts! Do's and don'ts when you're in a police checkpoint
Here are ways to make your checkpoint nights trouble-free.

The Commission on Elections will conduct checkpoints nationwide starting October 1, Sunday, to effectively implement the gun ban and other prohibitions in connection with the October 23 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.

During this period, it shall be unlawful for any person to bear, carry or transport firearms or other deadly weapons, unless authorized by the Comelec. All permit to carry licenses are automatically suspended. Violators will be punished one to six years of imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right to suffrage.


Do you have to stop at a PNP-Comelec checkpoint?

if you drive up to a Philippine National Police (PNP)-Comelec checkpoint, you have to stop the vehicle and comply with law enforcement. This is an exception to the normal rule that police officers cannot pull someone over without a reason. Because of the enforcement of the nationwide gun ban, these checkpoints are not considered a violation of your constitutional rights.


Why are PNP-Comelec checkpoints legal?

The PNP-Comelec checkpoints are an exception because they do not arbitrarily target individual motorists. They are considered an “administrative inspection,” similar to searching bags for weapons at an airport. The motivation is to preserve public safety. They are legal as long as police carefully follow the rules that protect your rights.

These rules were set down by both the PNP and the Comelec, and laid out the following guidelines for checkpoints:

1. DO stop when the checkpoint area is well lighted, properly identified and manned by uniformed policemen.

2. DO slow down upon approach, dim headlights and turn on cabin lights.

3. DON'T step out from the vehicle.

4. DO lock all doors of the vehicle during inspection since only visual search is allowed.

5. DON'T submit to physical and body search.

6. DON'T open your glove compartment, trunk and bags.

7. DO be courteous but firm in answering and assert your rights.

8. DON'T panic and DO have presence of mind.

9. DO keep your driver's license and car registration handy.

10. DO be ready to use your mobile phones at any time, speed dial emergency numbers.

11. DO report violations immediately.


What happens at a PNP-Comelec checkpoint?

As you approach a road block, you should see signage warning you to slow down and prepare to stop. The road may be partially closed, forcing all traffic into one or two lanes. As you approach the roadblock, law enforcement officers may indicate for you to stop the car—or they may not. In some cases, you will be waved right through without stopping.

If you are stopped, you should follow officers’ instructions. They will ask you to roll down your window and show your license and registration. You are legally required to follow these directions. If you do not, officers can and will arrest you for obstruction of justice.


Can you turn around at a PNP-Comelec checkpoint?

It may surprise you to find out that there’s no law against turning around and avoiding a checkpoint. In fact, it’s illegal for police to pull you over simply because you drove away. Be careful, however:

  • You must still obey all traffic laws. Make an illegal U-turn and police will have immediate justification to pull you over.
  • Drive safely. Swerving or driving aggressively can be seen as evidence of guilt, and you’ll be pulled over.


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Daiana Menezes on the cover of FHM's October 2017 issue
Your rainy nights don't have to be boring.

Daina Menezes graces the cover of FHM the second time around this rainy October 2017.

Having warmly embraced the Filipino culture, Daiana now calls herself a "Brazilipina," as demonstrated by her authentic, more-than-average familiarity with the Filipino language.

Also in this October 2017 issue is a feature on Big Boy Cheng's collections, and some real-life anecdotes from a smoker in the middle of this crazy nationwide smoking ban.

FHM October 2017 is available in supermarkets, convenience stores, newsstands, and bookstores nationwide!


Daiana Menezes FHM October 2017

Daiana Menezes topless

Daiana Menezes black bikini

Daiana Menezes nude in bath tub


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