Get a closer look at the new Starbucks Cards for 2016

It’s been three years since Starbucks Philippines has launched the Starbucks Cards. And to celebrate its anniversary, this famous coffee company is unveiling not one, not two, but THREE new card designs that you’ll surely want to collect.

Starting August 8, Starbucks will offer three new core cards: Manila, Cebu, and the special edition Siren card.

Starbucks Philippines Cards 2016

The Manila Starbucks Card, Cebu Starbucks Card, and the Special Edition Siren Starbucks Card.

The city cards’ designs are made to evoke a sense of pride about the rich history and culture of the Philippines. The Manila Starbucks Card is inspired by a summer’s night in the capital, focusing on the iconic commuter jeepney traveling the busy city at night. The Cebu Starbucks Card, on the other hand, features the scenery of Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Mactan Mandaue Bridge as if viewed from the hilltops, and decked with Sinulog flowers.

Meanwhile, the Special Edition Siren Card highlights Starbucks’ rich coffee heritage and represents the brand’s loyalty to its roots.

All these cards are available for an initial consumable load of PHP 300. Take note, though, that the Manila Starbucks Card is available only in Metro Manila stores, while the Cebu Starbucks Card is available only in Cebu. The Special Edition Siren Card can be had at any Starbucks store nationwide.

But wait, that’s not all that’s new at Starbucks, because the Manila and Cebu cards also come with a matching tumbler, each available in their respective stores.

Manila and Cebu Starbucks Tumblers 2016

The matching tumblers of the Manila and Cebu Starbucks cards, priced at PHP 795 each

With the release of the new cards also comes an anniversary treat: customers who activate any of the featured qualified Starbucks Cards with at least PHP 1,500 from August 8 to 10 will receive a complimentary Starbucks mini green apron card carrier or a Grande handcrafted beverage of your choice. Qualified cards are the Manila Card in Metro Manila, Cebu Card in Cebu, and the Special Edition Siren Card in all non-Manila and non-Cebu stores.

Starbucks Mini Green Apron Card Carrier

Get this Starbucks mini green apron card carrier when you load any of the featured Starbucks Cards with at least PHP 1,500 from August 8 to 10

I’m telling you, these cards are sure worth getting (and collecting, if you’re into it). So make it a point to visit a Starbucks store near you starting August 8 to get your hands on the new Starbucks Cards for 2016.

On SONA 2016

Did you get a chance to watch or listen to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte?

To be honest, I was excited to watch it because it was his first SONA. It’s where he tells the Philippines of his plans for a better country in many fronts: national economy, security, agriculture, war on drugs, and so on.

There’s already a full video on it on YouTube if you want to watch it again. lists down the highlights of yesterday’s speech.

My off-the-bat comments from President Duterte’ SONA 2016:

Top of my mind: it’s so refreshing to see a president full of candor and honesty. At some points in the SONA, he digressed from the prepared speech and addressed a lot of things spontaneously.

The first part of his speech was a sort-of nudge to his predecessor. Let’s face it, former president Aquino did blame persons and events to rationalize certain situations during his time. In his first SONA, President Duterte made it clear that he won’t do that. Which is, I think, the higher road to take.

I’m also happy that he addressed bureaucracy and red tape in government agencies. I remember when I applied for a replacement for my SSS ID because I want it to reflect my married name. It took me the whole day to process it in the SSS main office (the 5-hour waiting-in-line time included) and SEVEN MONTHS to receive it. Wow. I hope with his mandate, processing of government-related IDs and documents will be done faster.

Internet in public areas — yes! But he has to also talk to the service providers to give the people decent connectivity. I mean if there is access but the connection is lousy, then it’ still all for naught.

Tax reform — a big YES! The middle class — yes, that’s US — bear a heavy weight when it comes to taxes. Our salaries get cut and there’s not much left to take home because of taxes. Ugh. Hopefully, Duterte and his government will find a way to ease the burden of the taxpayers.

On the war on drugs, I believe that it’s doing okay but I feel that it would make room for vigilantism. I just hope that the bad guys are given due justice and that the innocents are spared.

On that note, I also want to agree on his comment about how the media portray these drug-related killings. It really irritates me to see dead bodies on TV, you know, just to make a point. Or make it controversial. Heck, there was one time, in the morning news, wherein the reporter did the news with the dead body behind her — ON LIVE TV. So much for my appetite. You know, the US media doesn’t show dead bodies like that on the news. Maybe a bit of decency, please?

Unilateral ceasefire. I sure hope it will be respected by all parties concerned.

On China and the disputed islands, which the Philippines was given favor, I know we all want “Chexit” and President Duterte’s response to it was not exactly what every Filipino wanted, but I think he had the country’s welfare in mind with that. Let’s face it, China’s army is much stronger than ours and they won’t think twice about going into war if we force “Chexit.” If a dialogue can be done, then there’s a chance for peace… right?

I just noticed that he didn’t touch upon education. K-12 is still an issue to many parents and schools. And the lack of classrooms. Also about contractualization. During his campaign, he said he wanted to remove ENDO. Didn’t hear about it yesterday.

So far I’m quite satisfied with his SONA. I sure hope that he and his administration will push through with their good plans.

And hopefully next SONA, Brillante Mendoza can limit zooming into the president’s hand and using the “laylayan” (worm’s eye-view) camera angle.:)

New items from Starbucks Philippines brighten up the rainy season

It’s already the rainy season, yet we’re still feeling some really humid weather. Good thing Starbucks Philippines has something — rather some things — to keep us cool and chill.

Take a look at their new Frappuccino beverages that will hark back great memories of summer:

Starbucks Mango Fruit Jelly and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino Blended Beverages

The Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino Blended Beverages

The new drinks are still part of Starbucks Philippines’ summer campaign, that’s why these feature two fruits that remind you of warm, sunny days.

The Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino mixes the honey-citrus sweet mango sauce and the tartness of yogurt. It is topped with a layer of mango fruit jelly with real mango bits.

Meanwhile, the Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt Frappuccino blends yogurt and strawberry sauce puree. Strawberry jelly with real strawberry bits finish off this drink.

Both the Mango Fruit Jelly Yogurt and Strawberry Fruit Jelly Yogurt will be available in all Starbucks stores on August 8, 2016. They are priced at PHP 160 (Tall), PHP 175 (Grande), and PHP 190 (Venti).

To complement these new beverages, new food items will be available as well:

Starbucks Chicken Cannelloni, Maple Pecan Dish, Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake, and Pan Au Chocolat

Starbucks’ new food items, clockwise from top left: Chicken Cannelloni, Maple Pecan Dish, Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake, and Pan Au Chocolat

The Triple Chocolate Truffle Cake (PHP 150/slice, PHP 1,350/whole) is a featured food item that will be sold in stores from July 26 to September 13, 2016 only. On the other hand, the Chicken Cannelloni pasta (PHP 165), Maple Pecan Dish (PHP 85), and Pan Au Chocolat (PHP 85) will be new core items included in the menu.

I’m excited to see these new food and beverage items on my next visit — it seems like it’s still #SummerAtStarbucksPH!

Don’t forget to mark the dates I’ve mentioned above to have a taste of these new food and beverage items from Starbucks!

Growing happy, healthy kids with the proper diet and FERN-C

Every parent wants their kids to grow up healthy, strong, and happy. And that’s why it’s important that we should always take care of them and give them proper nutrition. With my kids, I make it a point to give them vegetables and fruits whenever possible, keep them squeaky clean everyday, dote on them, and give them their daily vitamins so that they won’t get sick easily. Because when I see them in the pink of health and all smiles, it’s a great reward for me as a mom.

Ate and Baby, my 2 precious gifts.

Ate and Baby, my 2 precious gifts.

Here are other things you can do to ensure that your kids enjoy a healthy and happy childhood:

1. Bond with your kids. Family bonding is as important as taking care of their physical welfare for a child’s development. Children need to know that their parents will always be there for them. So make sure they are given adequate time and attention daily. Even the usual activities like eating meals together or talking over the phone may help assure your child of your presence and support. As a result, they are more likely to grow-up as well-adjusted, able-minded, and outstanding individuals.

2. Teach your child the value of eating healthy. Recent studies show that childhood obesity is one of the more prominent issues facing the youth today. Hence, it is important that moms impart healthy eating habits in kids as early as possible by introducing nutritious food, particularly fruits and vegetables, in your kids’ diet at a young age.

This is much easier said than done, however, especially with the popularity of so many sugar-loaded and artificially manufactured snacks and beverages. In the long run, just remember that your constant effort to pass on good eating habits will all be worthwhile when you see your kids growing up stronger and more energetic, and not easily getting sick.

3. Boost your child’s immunity with Vitamin C. Because we can’t be there to protect our children from sickness, we should strengthen their immunity and resistance with Vitamin C — which is in FERN-C Kidz Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C Supplement.

FERN-C Kidz Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C Supplement

FERN-C Kidz Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C Supplement

Some may not know this, but Sodium Ascorbate is actually the better Vitamin C form, as it is easier absorbed by the body, thereby allowing kids to reap the benefits of Vitamin C quicker. Moreover, FERN-C Kidz also contains Zinc to further strengthen their bodies against illness. This combination is ideal for keeping your children safe and protected from infectious diseases.

FERN-C Kidz is manufactured by the makers of FERN-C, the #1 Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C brand in the Philippines. As a product of FERN Incorporated and having the Quali-C Seal, you are assured of its quality and efficacy. Plus, your children are sure to love its delicious orange flavor.

Ensure your children are always healthy, happy, and active with FERN-C Kidz. With FERN-C Kidz, your children will always have “Resistensya, Lusog-Saya!”

FERN-C Kidz is now available in leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide, at affordable prices of PHP 62 (60 ml bottle) and PHP 119 (120 ml bottle).

Starbucks Philippines ushers in July with a special Frappuccino treat

It’s July na!😀 And to usher in the month, Starbucks Philippines has come up with a special sweet and chocolatey Frappuccino beverage that’s available for a limited time only: the Mocha Ribbon Chip Frappuccino Blended Beverage with Cookie Straw.

Starbucks Mocha Ribbon Chip Frappuccino Blended Beverage with Cookie Straw

Starbucks Mocha Ribbon Chip Frappuccino Blended Beverage with Cookie Straw

This cool treat puts a unique twist to Starbucks’ delicious signature Coffee Frappuccino. Crafted to delight those with a sweet tooth, it is created by lining the Starbucks cup with mocha sauce before pouring in the Coffee Frappuccino with java chips. Chocolate whipped cream and aromatic Turkish coffee grind are put on top. For the finish, a cookie straw is placed in the drink.

The Mocha Ribbon Chip Frappuccino Blended Beverage is available from JULY 4 to 10, 2016 ONLY. The Tall size is at PHP 185, Grande at PHP 195, and Venti at PHP 205.

Now if you can’t get enough of the cookie straw and would like to use it instead of the regular green straw to enjoy your favorite Starbucks beverage, you’ll be pleased to know that the Frappuccino Cookie Straw will be available for purchase separately starting July 11. Sip your Frap, munch the crispy thin wafer with rich chocolate ganache, and repeat — ain’t that a great way to have your Starbucks drink.:)

What are you waiting for? Drop by a Starbucks store near you to have a taste of the Mocha Ribbon Chip Frappuccino Blended Beverage with Cookie Straw!