Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bali Bliss Kojic Face and Body Whitening Soap Review

Hello po! I know many of you frens are fanatics of kojic soap! People the world over would tout it as being no less than a miracle, the soap having been able to improve their acne, scars and lighten dark skin. Well, here is a review of Bali Bliss Kojic Soap!

Bali Bliss Kojic Face and Body Whitening Soap Review

A bit of background on kojic...

Kojic acid is popular for whitening. It's a chelation agent produced by several species of fungi, especially Aspergillus oryzae (koji). It's a chemical derived from mushrooms, and can also be created by the sake brewing process from fermented rice. It's known to limit melanin production.

Bali Bliss soap is made in the Philippines

Price- Php 100 for 150g

Availability- in Bali Bliss Day and Nail Spa branches or contact them at www.facebook.com/Bali-Bliss-day-and-nail-spa-127565490629218/ Do check 'em out, they are a spa (love their massage and footspa, mani-pedi!) but have products like body scrub, lotion, fragrances, etc.

Ingredients: contains salicylic acid, glutathione, etc.

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FDA registration as indicated

The carton is glued shut, and there is a plastic wrapping the soap. There is no engraved brand name. The bar is rectangular with rounded edges.

My experience:

I used Bali Bliss Kojic Soap when I bath- face and body. It has a lightly orange scent. It is a smooth soap, as there are other kojic soaps that feel gritty /  powdery.

On my first wash with this, it did not sting, unlike some harsh kojic soaps from other brands. It gave me an impression it is gentle for a kojic soap. Even the owner admits that she has been using this for years!

My skin felt madulas (slippery) after. I guess it really must have sloughed off the dead skin and libag, hahaha!

I did not experience obvious peeling with this, maybe micro, but it was not noticeable. I felt it helps keep my skin light and prevent blemishes. No allergic reactions, too.

It is very bubbly and it's easy to rinse off. But it melts quickly so be careful in keeping, perhaps use those soap dish with a tray underneath to catch the drippings.

I used it from opening 'til I finished the bar, so you know I always give a REAL, honest review. The bar lasted me for almost 2 weeks.

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For improvement:
I hope that the particulars like manufacturing date and expiration date is indicated.

Overall, I find Bali Bliss Kojic Face and Body Whitening soap quite good! I would like to alternate this between my other soaps (coz I have so many other soaps on stock in my cabinet), and use kojic when I need extra whitening and smoothing. I would recommend this- it's a must try! :)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Watch Make It Mutual Vlogs with Matteo and Learn How to Make Your #LifeGoals Come True!

Mutual. What comes to mind when I hear or read this word is usually of romantic nature. Mutual understanding (M.U.), mutual trust, mutual respect, hihihi! But I found out the more beneficial kind of mutual, which is mutual fund investment.

March 17, 2017 at B Hotel in Quezon City, Sun Life Asst Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI)

Last March 17, 2017 at B Hotel in Quezon City, Sun Life Asset Management Company, Inc. (SLAMCI) announced that they will be launching a series of financial literacy vlogs starring Matteo Guidicelli called Make It Mutual, to encourage Pinoys, especially Millennials, to invest in mutual funds so they can achieve their life goals.

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It tackles relevant topics to personal finance such as growing one's money, beating inflation and investing regularly. The modules shall be demonstrated in familiar themes like fashion, travel, fitness, etc. so it can be easy to understand. These vlogs are  readily accessible thru Sun Life social media.

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Likewise, they held an enlightening talk all about mutual  funds and Q&A portion with Matteo.

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According to SLAMCI President Valerie Pama, Sun Life is committed to helping more Pinoys discover the benefits of investing so that they may reap its rewards.

"We all have goals that we'd like to accomplish, such as buying a house or a car, traveling to a dream destination, or planning a wedding. These are goals that require a significant amount of money, and sometimes, Filipinos become discouraged knowing how much they need to raise to be able to fund their dreams." She adds, " We'd like to show them that by saving and investing in mutual funds, all their dreams can become a reality. They simply have to 'Make It Mutual!'"

Sun Life addresses those of our age group, the millennials (those born between 1982 and 2004) that's why the vlogs are made fun but educational that way. Months earlier, Sun Life rallied the campaign "Slam The Scam", which also starred Matteo, and they shared tips on what to consider when choosing an investment company so as to avoid being victimized by dubious organizations.

"Make It Mutual" is just the first this year, there will be more to come, as Sun Life gears for
its Financial Independence Month this June. Of this initiative, Mylene Lopa, Chief Marketing Officer, Sun Life Financial Philippines, states, "We remain committed to this cause. Sun Life is always eager to promote it in ways that are creative, relatable, easily understandable. We will never tire of advocating financial literacy to Filipinos."

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"I'm thankful for the opportunity to lead another financial literacy campaign for SLAMCI. It's definitely relevant and timely. I myself have life goals I'd like to pursue, and I'm happy to share that ever since I 'made it mutual' with SLAMCI, I've been well on my way to achieving all those goals. It would be great if more Filipinos can experience the same," Matteo says. He has been with Sun Life for 3 years and he greatly believes the brand.

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L-R: Gerald Bautista, Head of Banks and Alternative Channels, Sun Life Asset Management Co., Inc., Matteo, and Ms. Lopa.

I am a homebody who loves watching movies at home, but me and the hubby also really love to travel. We have been successful in going to out of town trips at least twice a year. And I was also able to enjoy a delightful vacation abroad.

Traveling is nice for relaxing and unwinding, learning about different cultures, and creating a lot of priceless memories. But our travels usually entail a lot of expense- from the transpo, hotel accommodation, food and drinks (yes, ultimo mineral water you need to always buy), souvenirs, to special activities, etc.

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I am not a tipid or kuripot traveler. We like to try different food and experiences. Now to be able to sustain this kind of lifestyle, or goal in life, I learned that having a savings account in a bank simply isn't enough. Money grows bigger when put in an investment like a mutual fund with Sun Life!

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Picture picture! This blogger with Matteo.

SLAMCI is the mutual fund arm of Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. It gives a great sense of trustworthiness and peace of mind to know that SLAMCI is a leading asset management company in the country with PhP 57.8 B in Assets Under Management (AUM) as of April this year, and currently manages 11 mutual funds collectively called "Sun Life Prosperity Funds". Thanks for reading! :)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Bali Bliss Nail and Day Spa Review

Hello po! Every month, me and the hubby indulge in a pampering session. It is for anti-stress / relaxing and at the same time bonding. We like to try various new spas, and be surprised by what exciting things they have in store for clients. This month, we discovered Bali Bliss Nail and Day Spa!

Bali Bliss prides itself that it is a Balinese-themed spa which is as close to the real experience as possible, without the need for us to travel all the way to Indonesia!

Bali Bliss prides itself that it is a unique Balinese-themed spa which is as close to the real experience as possible, without the need for us to travel all the way to Indonesia!

Bali Bliss Nail and Day Spa Review

From the ambiance, decor, materials and products, to the uniform of the personnel (which were fashioned after Indonesian flight attendants', by the way), all these are imported from Indonesia! Even a blogger friend who had been blessed to travel to Bali says it is the same there!

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Decors imported from Indonesia such as elephant, deity, and frog are all around the spa.

Bali Bliss was founded in 2010 by Shyrrene “Bong” Alvez Angeles. She had training in the prestigious Bali Bisa Spa school in Indonesia. She makes sure that her technicians as well, are properly trained.

We visited Bali Bliss White Plains branch, which is open from 1:00 PM to 2:00 AM everyday. There is ample parking space.

I know that I will have a luxurious me-time because even from below as I was entering (you have to go up the stairs), I already smelled the welcoming minty aroma. Inside, the light was dim and instrumental music is playing, which was very conducive to unwinding.

Bali Bliss was founded in 2010 by Shyrrene “Bong” Alvez Angeles. She had training in the prestigious Bali Bisa Spa school in Indonesia.

This was Bloggers Philippines exclusive spa party! The food prepared was uber yummy!

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I was amazed at how spacious the place is. I kid you not, I got lost trying to locate the comfort room (there were 2), haha! The spa is big because they stick to a standardized size layout. There are 9 rooms (including 1 VIP couple room).

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Bali Bliss also has a room for technical / slimming services such as multipolar RF, cavi, etc.

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I availed 1 hour traditional Balinese massage and Indulgensi Bali with foot spa (massage, scrub, manicure, pedicure). Other bloggers preferred the hot stone massage. Tip: Opt for any of their spa package because in that way, you save more!

How awesome it is that you get to choose among the many scents! Dito ko lang yan na-experience! Plus, these hypoallergenic oils, masks, butters, scrubs, are made in Indonesia! Bestsellers are anti-stress and lulur.

I availed 1 hour traditional Balinese massage and Indulgensi Bali with foot spa (massage, scrub, manicure, pedicure).
Take a pick from the assortment of scents of their massage oils and scrubs, masks, body butters.

Plus, these hypoallergenic oils, masks, butters, scrubs, are made in Indonesia! Bestsellers are anti-stress and lulur.

They used the energizing coffee scent on my foot spa. All the dead skin was sloughed away and soon, hello baby soft feet! Massage was blissful too.

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Next was the ultra comforting Balinese massage. I chose the aromatherapy scent, while hubby picked the anti-stress variant. If you are like me who only prefers soft (well I bruise easily and I don't want rough handling), then this is for you!

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Had our massage here in the couple VIP room

Balinese massage is a popular  type of Oriental massage therapy that focuses on bringing deep relaxation, whole body wellness and unclogging Qu pathways. This therapy involves the use of gentle long strokes, reflexology,  aromatherapy and acupressure as  a total package for treating and soothing the body. Skin rolling, kneading and gentle stretching is also used during treatment with this technique. They offered drinks afterwards and I also asked for hot towel.

What is noteworthy is they change to fresh sheets for each customer. There's also a cabinet and golden jewelry box for your belongings. Plus, I love that there was a bowl with petals and scented oil that greets you in the silicon padded hole as you lie down. The last time I saw a scented bowl was when I had a massage in a high class members-only club!

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As finishing step, manicure pedicure. There is a myriad of colors from imported and local polish brands. I love the results! There is also peace of mind knowing that they sanitize their tools. Before, they had a promo wherein they allow the client to take home tools after use.

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Bali Bliss currently has 15 branches located in Pasig (C. Raymundo-first branch, Greenwoods, Manggahan, Kapitolyo, Ortigas, Kapasigan, San Joaquin), Quezon City (Sgt. Esguerra, Maginhawa, White Plains), Marikina (Concepcion Dos, Malanday), Cainta Rizal (Village East, Vista Verde, A. Bonifacio Ave.).

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Bali Bliss List of Services and Prices. Aside from those mentioned, they also do waxing, and their facial is also sans pricking, for comfort!

Bali Bliss is also open for franchising and accepts private spa-parties and home / office service. Contact 09178409038 or 2157434. This is a wholesome and family-friendly spa.

Thank you Bali Bliss Spa! I absolutely loved the experience and can't wait to be back!

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 Bali Bliss offers not only services but a wide array of products including soaps, fragrances, lotions, body scrubs, skin care and more!

For more info, you may call any of the following numbers- 2194800, 09178962599, 2270051, 09164440491, 3865031, 09275197237, 5773290, 09175555244 or visit Bali Bliss Facebook

Go ahead, indulge your senses and enjoy a much-needed retreat after your hard work  in any Bali Bliss branch near you. Now everyone can get pampered and be groomed like a royalty with Bali Bliss Nail and Day Spa's affordable rates! Thanks for reading! :)

Friday, May 19, 2017

How to Keep Hair Healthy This Summer!

Hello po!!! Frens, for me, and most people, heading to the beach is the most exciting part of summer. The year would just be sad if I am not able to go swimming (err, more like dipping and frolicking, since I haven't learned how to swim). For others naman, they prefer to give in to their adrenaline rush- climbing that mountain slope or just about anything that gets them that summer tan to fit in the crowd.

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But did you know that spending extended hours under the extreme summer sun can pose serious danger not just to your skin, but also hair and scalp? Those UV rays bring havoc without proper protection!

Below are some of the problems your hair can encounter during the summer season:

Split-Ends - UV rays and extreme high temperature can take their toll on your strands. The heat drains the moisture of your hair out, causing breakage.
Double Trouble – Rebonded or permed hair needs extra attention as high temperature as well as humidity disrupts the cuticle; breaking some of the chemical bonds that keep the hair straight or curled, and roughing up the cuticle, taking away shine and smoothness.
Scalp problem – Scalp may also get sun-burned if you don’t use cover-ups for your head.
Grease problem – Summer sun and humidity can cause extra grease on your hair, leaving it vulnerable to damage.
Chlorine Stress – Swimming in the pool subjects your hair to chlorine.  The outer layers of the cuticle of the hair opens up when you swim and chlorinated water seeps into the center of the hair thus making your hair more brittle.
Excessive Salt Water – Salt water can cause the same damage as chlorinated ones. Salt water dries on the hair, creating a high-saline solution which can build up and cause hair to feel dry, weighed down and hard to manage.

How to counter these damage and keep your hair and scalp healthy this summer:

1. Keep your hair clean and shower after each activity.
2.Take vitamin supplements that benefit your hair such as Vitamin C and Biotin.
3. Getting your hair pampered will also give respite to the sun and chemical abuse.
4. Wear a hat and use umbrella for protection against the UV rays, and swim cap before swimming.
5. Wet hair thoroughly before jumping into the ocean / pool and apply leave on conditioner before swimming.
6. Nourish hair and scalp with Novuhair.

Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss is composed of 19 Natural ingredients with some of the known medicinal plants such as Ginger, Pennywort and Ginseng, blended with natural essences of Rosemary and Peppermint.

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Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano trusts Novuhair!

Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp which is very important after subjecting your hair from all your summer activities. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, dryness and itching.

Where to buy:

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide.

For more information, please visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand at www.facebook.com/NovuhairOfficial/, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial.

You may also call Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.

Thanks for reading, remember to always keep protected against sun damage and have a happy #NovuhairSummer! :)

Team Lakay ONE Championship Media Day!

Hello po! Last May 9, 2017 at the Vikings Venue at the SM Mall of Asia Bayside, the exclusive media day for the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City happened. It was hosted by ONE Championship, the largest sports media property in Asian history.

After Eduard Folayang's successful defense of his One Lightweight World Championship, and the rousing win of five out of five Team Lakay Fighters Kevin Belingon, Honorio Banario, Danny Kingad and Gina Iniong in April 21's ONE: Kings of Destiny Fight  Night, MMA fans just can't seem to have enough of Team Lakay!

May 9, 2017 at the Vikings Venue at the SM Mall of Asia Bayside, the exclusive media day for the famed Team Lakay of Baguio City happened. It was hosted by ONE Championship

Present were ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, Joshua Pacio, Danny “The King” Kingad, Gina “Conviction” Iniong and April Osenio. The team was accompanied by none other than legendary Philippine MMA coach and head of Team Lakay, coach Mark Sangiao.

Eduard Folayang, ONE Lightweight World Champion, stated: “I am still overwhelmed by the support that the whole Team Lakay is getting from the entire nation. We are all grateful for every cheer, support and prayer. It keeps us inspired, motivated, and humble. Our goal every fight night is always the same, which is to bring honor to our country.”

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This blogger with the Champ

Mark Sangiao, Head Coach of Team Lakay, stated: “We are happy to celebrate this feat with our friends in the media and our beloved followers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. We came from the mountains of Baguio City, but we represent the colors of the Philippines on the global stage. Last April, we accomplished a 5-0 sweep, including Eduard's successful title defense. We came and overcame the challenges. However, the journey doesn't end there. As martial artists, we are here to grow and learn.”

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Eustaquio is the only athlete from Team Lakay with an upcoming fight. He is scheduled to face Thailand’s Anatpong Bunrad in a highly-anticipated rematch of their 2015 encounter. The three-round flyweight contest is set for ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES which will take place at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on May 26.

Here are more pics of the fighters up close:

ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, Joshua Pacio, Danny “The King” Kingad, Gina “Conviction” Iniong and April Osenio. The team was accompanied by none other than legendary Philippine MMA coach and head of Team Lakay, coach Mark Sangiao.
Iniong, Osenio, Kelly, Eustaquio.

ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly, Joshua Pacio, Danny “The King” Kingad, Gina “Conviction” Iniong and April Osenio. The team was accompanied by none other than legendary Philippine MMA coach and head of Team Lakay, coach Mark Sangiao.
Banario, Belingon, Kingad, Pacio.

I also saw Brandon Vera there!

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, like them at www.facebook.com/ONEChampionship, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram @ ONEChampionship. Thanks for reading! 

Project Ganda: Honoring Pinays by Painting the Town Beautiful!

Because every woman is beautiful and she deserves to be reminded of this, the QC Ladies Foundation presents Project Ganda, a mural painting project in honor of all Pinays. The launch was held last May 11, 2017 at the QCX in Quezon Memorial Circle.

Because every woman is beautiful and she deserves to be reminded of this, the QC Ladies Foundation presents Project Ganda, a mural painting project in honor of all Pinays
Because often, it only takes a soft nudge, a simple message or a beautiful piece of art to make someone realize that they are special!

The said event was a gathering of board members and district officers of QC Ladies to launch their first ever mural under Project Ganda, as seen below. It was also staged to officially call for volunteers and partners who can assist the foundation in making this vision come to life. They hope you can join them in painting the city, and the whole country, with different colors of womanhood.

project ganda launch May 11, 2017 at the QCX in Quezon Memorial Circle.

QC Ladies Foundation President Harlene Bautista-Tejedor states, "We were initially thinking of a beautification project for Quezon City. It is something that can remind the residents and visitors of what ladies stand for. We wanted a big, beautiful statement for women. So we thought why not make a mural that we can donate to charities and organizations or even spread around Quezon City to help remind ladies that they are and will always be beautiful. What initially was a beautification project, became something even greater."

QC Ladies Foundation President Harlene Bautista-Tejedor

For this year, QC Ladies chose the flower as a tribute for women. Each color of the flower represents a role that women play in society or even an issue that females usually encounter. Red is offered to policewomen and firewomen. Purple is a tribute to rape survivors, telling them how strong and beautiful they are.

According to Harlene (who is also known as an actress and sister of incumbent Mayor Herbert 'Bistek' Bautista), they would want to paint as many colors of flowers as possible and donate these to people who would find inspiration in looking at these things of beauty.

 Invited guest speakers that afternoon were lady advocates, Antoinette Taus and Toinkee Tomen. Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte was also in attendance to show her support.

Invited guest speakers that afternoon were lady advocates, Antoinette Taus and Toinkee Tomen. Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte was also in attendance to show her support.

Toinkee delivered her inspirational speech. She  pioneers the fight for rights of little people in the country.

Antoinette, as we all know, was a popular teen star back in the days, half of the love team with Ding Dong Dantes, before she migrated to the USA. Currently, she uses her celebrity status into good doings, as an active empowered philanthropist, ambassadress of UNICEF in the Philippines, and founder of Cora Cares (lovingly named after her mom, it's an organization promoting sustainable projects) and hashtag Lunchbox PH.

Harlene shares, "These are the kinds of women that we want to have in the society. Strong and confident. This is why we're doing these murals. To hopefully strengthen beautiful souls through simple mural reminders."

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This blogger with Antoinette. She is bubbly and articulate!

For inquiries on how to partner with the organization, you may contact 434-5399 or check out www.facebook.com/qclfiofficialpage. Do support this beautiful advocacy! Partner, share, volunteer to paint the murals, or sponsor to help the ladies produce more art, and turn Project Ganda into a real success! Thanks for reading, ganda! :)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Easy #PrimeSummer Refreshments featuring Mega Prime Corn!

Hello po! This month we celebrate and salute the superwoman in our lives- Happy Mother's Day to all moms, moms-at-heart! And since May is still a part of the summer vacation season, it's the time for the ultimate bonding experience. Families go on exciting outings, but there are also some fun activities they can do at home to ensure a #PrimeSummer experience!

One of the activities that your kiddos will surely enjoy is to let them help you prepare fun summer refreshments. It allows them to learn new stuff while satisfying your family's craving for cool drinks and snacks as a way to beat the heat.  If you are not going to the mall, even staying at home with the family and doing this activity will make this special day more meaningful!

Here are 2 must-try goodies that you can make using #MegaPrime Whole Kernel Corn and Cream Style Corn!

Mega Prime Whole Kernel Corn and Cream Style Corn!

Mega Prime Corn Ice Pops Recipe
Delectably Cool and Refreshing!

You'll need water, plain gelatin, condensed milk, coconut cream and cream style corn!

Mega Prime Corn Ice Pops Recipe
Mega Prime Corn Ice Pops ingredients and procedure
Mega Prime Sweet Corn Smoothie Recipe
Comfort Food, Smooth Blends

Prepare fresh milk, plain yoghurt, sugar, honey, crushed ice, and cream style and whole kernel corn!

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Mega Prime Sweet Corn Smoothie ingredients and procedure
These exciting summer coolers are made one-step easier with Mega Prime Whole Kernel and Cream Style corn! They come in 425g, convenient easy-open cans. It's the ideal partner for moms to create refreshing recipes and still have enough time to bond with their loved ones this vacation season.

Mega Prime offers an array of high quality ingredients like corn, mushroom and green peas. Their products burst with freshness and can turn the simplest of recipes into hearty and delicious meals!

To learn more, please visit www.megaglobal.com.ph/megaprimequality, on Facebook and Instagram @ Mega Prime Quality. Enjoy your day! Thanks for reading! :)