Sa Watsons Ako! | How Every Watsons Purchase is a Vote to Save Our Planet

May you choose a wellness partner that enables you to participate in voting for a healthier state of the Earth for the next generation. That feels great, inside and out!

Vote for a more livable Earth!

Your social media timeline by now perhaps is filled with campaign content posts from the candidates for May 2022 Philippine Elections. Yes. Same as mine! Furthermore, some of your friends may even have started becoming “too passionate” with their posts declaring their support for their pick. But this is not a political blog post about the Philippines. This though is an advocacy blog post about our planet – that just like how you would vote for your chosen candidate, may you would also vote for a more habitable planet Earth. Here is how to do it in simpler and easier ways with Watsons.

Sa Watsons Ako this 2022! For Relentlessly Doing Good For The Planet

Trusted health and wellness partner Watsons Philippines continues to DO GOOD for the planet by presenting more sustainability options and programs that will help save the environment.

Sustainable Choices Campaign

Watsons has made available almost 1,200 Sustainable Choices products and
continues to add more for consumers so they have better and more environment-friendly options. Such a program, puts sustainability at the core of brand development and sourcing, from packaging to ingredient choices. These are aimed to help shoppers make Sustainable Choices by providing them with Earth-friendly options for their wellness needs.

“We rely on fossil fuels that give gas, heat and oil but they are exactly what bring about global warming and all these extreme weather occurrences. What are the DO GOOD acts we can do? One of these is to always choose sustainability in our health, wellness and beauty products. For Sustainable Choices, Sa Watsons Ako,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons Philippines PR and Sustainability Director.

READ MORE HERE: The Watsons Sustainable Choices campaign

Do Good For The Oceans With Plastic Bank

“The partnership with Watsons is an opportunity for the world to bear witness to great change, to witness great organizations that truly are standing on the right side of history. It takes the bold and the authentic to do something that hasn’t been done before and we know that in partnership with Watsons, the world is going to witness the change in the communities and the lives of our collectors,”

David Katz, Founder and CEO of Plasric Bank
In collaboration with Plastic Bank, Watsons has been able to recycle 833,000 plastic bottles last 2021.

READ MORE HERE: Do Good For The Oceans With Plastic Bank

Do Good For Earth Webinar Series

Watsons regularly tap online amplifiers of information on how to take part in taking care of the Earth by hosting webinar series.

For 2022, Watsons held its first DO GOOD For Earth, Sa Watsons Ako webinar with “Smart Waste Management Towards A Sustainable Future,” where Commissioner Crispian Lao, Chair of the National Solid Waste Management
Commission, and David Katz, President and CEO of Plastic Bank, talked about global warming and the benefits of recycling.


The Watsons DO GOOD webinar, which was moderated by environment advocate Anna Oposa of Save Philippine Seas, tackled important topics such as how people can contribute in environment conservation thru 3Rs (Reuse, Recycle, Refill), the relationship of solid waste management and climate change, the impact of recycling on the environment, economy and community and future activities to be conducted jointly by Plastic Bank and Watsons Philippines.

Plastic Bank’s David Katz discussed what social plastic can do to help impoverished communities gain access to necessities such as food and water.

Do Good Act: Reduce

Do Good Act Checklist: Environment conservation thru 3Rs (Reuse, Recycle, Refill)

Watsons stores have made a collective effort to be more conscious about energy
consumption and this has helped reduce energy intensity by 17 percent from 2015. 

Sa Watsons Ako this 2022! For Consistently Doing Good For The Community

Watsons Smile For Good with Operations Smile Philippines

Since working in partnership with Operation Smile eight years ago up to the present, Watsons has helped transform the lives of 2,036 children through cleft surgeries.

READ MORE HERE: Watsons Smile For Good with Operations Smile Philippines

For its employees, Watsons has conducted 22 wellness seminars and counting to help its personnel to cope with the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Doing Good is in Watsons “Track Record”

Whoever is your bet this election day, I believe that you somehow made some research about their track record. As to for your health, wellness and beauty product retailer, may you choose a wellness partner that enables you to participate in voting for a healthier state of the Earth for the next generation. That feels great, inside and out!

For boldy doing good for the Earth, Sa Watsons Ako!

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Baby Essentials Guide 1: Our Trusted Products For Colic Symptoms

Caring for them needs the help of certain products which we as parents are ought to be well-knowledgeable about the effectivity, as well as where and how to purchase it.

Kolm, my dapper mini-me is now more than a month old! Somehow, I have also improved from being a novice hands-on dad to an advanced beginner. Being a registered nurse who was able to study and served hours of clinical practice for the concept of Maternal and Child Health Nursing, made it easy for me (and Jasmine) to do the necessary newborn care routine for our eldest son.

Kolm at 1 month a 22 days old.

Choosing a specific product for your little one can be made easy and reassuring when prescribed by a professional healthcare provider. But buying these supplies, especially amidst a risky marketplace like in a pandemic situation is quite challenging and cynical. Thus, we thoughtfully collated the list of our trusted brands that might also be helpful for you and your baby. These all can be conveniently bought and delivered to your doorstep through the Shopee App – the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan.

Kolm is a colicky baby

When your baby tends to just suddenly cry in a more high-pitched like than usual, fussy and burps frequently after feeding, has a tight belly, and produces loose stool, these may be best reasons to seek a pediatrician’s opinion. As for Kolm experiencing those, his pedia diagnosed him having a cow’s milk allergy which results in belly pain, thus being colicky. Read more about colic here.

The pediatrician then prescribed Similac TummiCare. This variant contains lesser cow’s protein as it is mainly made of “cooked” whey. Thus, reducing allergic reactions. The pedia also suggested using the Como Tomo feeding bottle and nipple as it features an anti-colic design with a nipple that closely resembles a female human skin to avoid nipple confusion for a mixed-fed newborn like Kolm.

It is relieving to know though, that colic is a common condition in young babies. It will go away on its own, from age 3 months to age 6 months. When managing colic symptoms, it should be considered that what works for one baby may not work for another. As parents, it is our role to evaluate which one is therapeutic to our little ones.

Here is a list of items we have used as part of the management of colic symptoms. You can tap on the product link to help you shop these items and have them delivered to your home. We recommend shopping for these items in the official Shopee stores of the respective brands to vouch for authenticity.

Feeding Kolmie! You can also shop other baby products from the Como Tomo PH official store on Shopee here: https://shp.ee/zddniet

A trusted family friend also suggested the Philips Avent feeding bottle for its clinically proven anti-colic valve designed to keep air away from the baby’s tummy. Yes, we have both Como Tomo and Philips Avent for the sake of Kolm’s health.

We also have tried and trusted the massage oil from Tiny Buds which is topical management to relax the stomach due to gas. The calming oil that helps the baby fall asleep works well with Kolm as well. We are also using the Pampers baby dry taped diapers. One with an aloe vera scent. These promote utmost relaxation for our little one. For daily baby hygiene, we recommend Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash and Shampoo.

Kolmie enjoying his bath with mom Jasmine.

You might want to try these as well. Below are the product links.

Forever Parents

My son, I love you!

Taking care of our kids is a lifelong mission (even when one is not a “kid” anymore). Caring for them needs the help of certain products which we as parents are ought to be well-knowledgeable about the effectivity, as well as where and how to purchase it. Thus, we will definitely add more items to this list when we find one which helps us in managing the symptoms of colic in our newborn. Visit us here again and do not forget to download the Shopee app on your smartphones.

John Llamas Wins 2021 Davao Blogger Of The Year, Reacts To The Winning Nomination Statements

When you finally find the purpose for a passion, that is when you start doing anything for it consistently.

I was in a virtual sales meeting with a client when the announcement was posted on the FB page. When the notification beep started to sound more of an alarm tone saying that I am tagged on a comment by several Davao Bloggers, I thought: I may have won!” John Llamas, the content creator behind the blog, Johndappercloser, and social media handle @Johndappercloser reminisced the winning moment. He is the 2021 Davao Blogger of Year. It is the most coveted annual accolade given to an official member of the Davao Bloggers Society who best represents the ideals and aspirations of the organization. This award is given to the blogger who has best served the organization and the community in 2021.

We were able to obtain some of the winning nomination statements from the declaration post. We asked John to react to the quotes on why fellow members endorsed him as a candidate for such an award.

“…for his work as a blogger, consistently making blog posts”

Nominator

When you finally find the purpose for a passion, that is when you start doing anything for it consistently.

I created Johndappercloser in 2015 simply as a creative outlet. No brand partners. No regular readers. I went back to writing just like in high school and college months after being promoted as the youngest Sales Manager of the one-call-close sales company that I am working for. This time, I was writing about the corporate lifestyle – sales strategies, motivation, corporate style. When my blog statistics started showing that I may have gained traction from readers, that was when I thought that there is a classified group of corporate people out there who actually related to the topics I write about. That was when I started publishing blog posts more frequently.

Joining DBS in 2017 added dimensions to my blog articles. The brand collaborations coordinated by the organization helped me discover the intricate skill of weaving every brand’s promise into my readers’ work-life dealings through every post I publish. This indeed widened my audience.

“…his accomplishments as an officer by doing his best to communicate with brands.”

Nominator
DBS Virtual Acquaintance Party 2021

Everyone was adjusting when we took over the office as a new set of officers. Our work in maintaining the external relationship of the organization with brands and agencies was really put into a test battery. It was not an easy negotiation every time. Being mindful though, of the organization’s strength and reputation plus the collective efforts of the officers made every partnership successful.

Indeed, the most challenging negotiations that I have participated in so far happened when I was the incumbent VP for External Affairs of a premier blogging community, while the world was facing a pandemic.

“…maintaining an updated IG feed with high-quality photos.”

Nominator

It is flattering that my fellow creators describe my Instagram photos as “high-quality”. Updating an IG feed was actually a challenge during the pandemic. Limited areas to shoot for content inside my living space as well as sporadic creative blocks as results of worrisome scoops from news channels, were just a few of the hurdles that we have to keep on overcoming to maintain the visual narrative of our handle. Knowing the core message that you want to resonate as a brand and sticking to a well-thought-out preset are helpful ways to enjoy creating intentional content on Instagram.

The Awards Belong To You!

“I already concluded 2021 as the most rewarding year so far when Kolm came to our life. Then the Outstanding Davao Blog award was given to our blog, Johndappercloser last Saturday. After less than 48 hours, here is another honor awarded to us. I am so thankful!” Llamas expressed.

READ ALSO: Johndappercloser Bags 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog Award

“To my fellow members of the Davao Bloggers Society, thank you for appreciating our work. To my readers, I hope to grow with you one published post at a time. To the brands and agencies who keep on trusting me and our beloved community, Davao Bloggers Society, your brand’s message will always be impeccably amplified. To my family and friends, thank you for the genuine engagement on my online channels. To my Almighty God, please keep on whispering interesting content angles in the years to come. Thank you! Lastly, to Jasmine, since you are too good to be an Instagram Girlfriend, you are now promoted as an Instagram Wife! Hakhakhak Llamas celebrated.

2021 Brand Partners

Treasure Cloud Storage • Acacia Hotel Davao • Watsons • Nissan • Diclosil • Unilever • Shopee

Grab PH • PLDTHome • PayMaya • Blue Posts Boiling Crabs And Shrimps • Holcim

PARTNERSHIP HIGHLIGHT: “Creating content for Shopee Philippines was the collaboration we enjoyed the most. We even made a “Shopping” section on our blog for such partnership.” John Llamas divulged.

Johndappercloser Bags 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog Award: “It was like Leonardo Dicaprio’s journey to his first Oscars.”

Do not ever stop beefing up your talents just because someone told you that you are already great or that you are trying so hard. Do not ever stop beefing up your talents at all!”

After a series of nominations in Davao Blog Awards since joining Davao Bloggers Society (DBS) in 2017, http://www.johndappercloser.com (JDC) bags its first recognition as 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog.

“It was like Leonardo Dicaprio’s journey to his first Oscars.” John Llamas, Chief Content Strategist of JDC described the experience. The accolade was presented by Maria Jose, DBS Trustee during the DBS Sparkly Night – Virtual Christmas Party 2021 via the organization’s official Google Meet account, December 11, 8PM.

From trophy to a virtual badge. Due to advisories regulating social gatherings, this year’s DBA winners were given a special badge that winners may use and post on their blog and social media posts.

Before winning his first Oscar® for Best Actor in 2016 for his performance in “The Revenant”, Dicaprio received a series of nominations as Best Actor for The Aviator in 2005, for Blood Diamond in 2007, and for Wolf of Wall Street in 2014, which by the way is my favorite sales-related movie of him portraying a real-life Closer, Jordan Belfort,” Llamas explained. “These movies showed how masterful Dicaprio is in his craft. Most movie fans even suggest that these deserved him earlier Oscars wins. However, Dicaprio just kept on improving his acting prowess instead of allowing any accolade to validate his caliber as an actor. That is exactly the inspiration that I want to amplify out from our first award – Keep improving. Do not ever stop beefing up your talents just because someone told you that you are already great or that you are trying so hard. Do not ever stop beefing up your talents at all!” Llamas emphasized.

There were no niche categories and other special categories for this year’s Davao Blog Awards. Rather, the top blogs with excellent content that are aligned with the vision of the organization were given the “Outstanding Blog of 2021” Award.

Three more blogs were also declared as 2021 Outstanding Davao Blog. These are http://thepopblogph.com/ by NepC Ledesma, http://davaogeekhub.com/ by Josef Cagas, and https://www.youtube.com/user/JEXXHINGGO by Jexx Hinggo.

We also have listed below the nominations which Johndappercloser received from the previous seasons of the Davao Blog Awards.

  • 2020: No Davao Blog Awards due to the pandemic
  • 2019: Best Special Interest Blog, Finalist
  • 2018: Best Special Interest Blog, Finalist
  • 2017: Best Special Interest Blog, Finalist

A Second Award This Year, Maybe?

Right after the announcement of the Outstanding Davao Blog awardees, Jose also revealed the finalists for this year’s Davao Blogger Of The Year which included Jexx Hinggo of http://www.youtube.com/user/JEXXHINGGO, Olivia Limos of http://www.oc-craft.com, Roxanne Lacap of http://www.roxannelacap.com, and John Llamas of http://www.johndappercloser.com.

This year’s winner, which will be determined through the votes of the official members of the Davao Bloggers Society, will be announced on December 13, 6PM at the DBS Official Members’ Facebook Group Page.

Johndappercloser in 2022

Financial Calmness For Filipinos is the latest advocacy that I want to lobby using my platform. That means more finance blog posts are yet to be published from now on under our Investments and Insurances Blog Series. We have been trying out creating vlogs and reels as well. Those are content pieces that we are excited to produce for Style and for our transitioning lifestyle from corporate to business, the Bleisure Lifestyle. I intend to grow with my readers too as I unlock a new chapter in life! Thus, a Dad Cave section on Johndappercloser is coming up.” Llamas declared.

We hope that you will be visiting http://www.johndappercloser.com more frequently this year. Turning our weblog into a metaverse is a part of our lofty yet doable game plan in the years to come” – Llamas manifested.

2021 MOST VIEWED BLOG POSTS

Being this year’s Outstanding Davao Blog awardee, let us highlight the top 3 2021 blog posts of Johndappercloser which garnered the most number of readers.

TOP 1: Two Korean Business RomCom Series For Salespeople | Entertainment That Matters

TOP 2 : Bleisure Guide | Acacia Hotel Davao + Cape San Agustin, Gov. Gen. Sightseeing

TOP 3: My Kadayawan Revelry | From Food Hopping To Food Grabbing

MOST VIEWED BLOG POSTS SINCE 2015

These are the top 3 blog posts as well which created an impressive cadence onto Johndappercloser’s stats and insights since October 2015.

TOP 1: Grocery List for Young Urban Professionals | Feat. S&R Members’ Treat Sale Items

TOP 2: PayMaya Releases Newly Designed, EMV-enabled Card | How to Get | How to Upgrade

TOP 3: STYLE PICKS : Habi Kadayawan 2019

Yuletide 2021 Deals: Celebrate Responsibly At Acacia Hotel Davao

An orthopedic bed, a roasted beef, a simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality

Coined terms for socials like “intimate gathering” and “celebrate responsibly” prove that the pandemic mutated our ways on how to celebrate. Now that the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations are fast approaching, how do you plan to spend them?

“Resting on an orthopedic bed, waiting for the melt-in-your-mouth roasted beef to be served while feeling that simply heartfelt stroke of hospitality the entire time.” Well, if that imagery dazzles you, then this list of Yuletide offerings below deserves deliberation.

Utmost comfort and optimum rest! The “Acacia Dream Bed” – an orthopedic bed with a memory foam top specifically designed to surely luxuriate you!

CHRISTMAS DEALS

A MERRY APPETITE

A merry appetite awaits with Acacia’s Holiday Flavours offered from Christmas Eve until December 26. The Christmas buffet spread features Western and Asian cuisine along with the luscious highlights at Waling Waling Café such as Lechon Roll, Roasted Beef Chuck Roll, and Roasted Turkey.

… AND A MERRY STAYCATION

A laid-back holiday fun? Gift yourself and your family that unforgettable holiday getaway with a genuine Filipino hospitality that is simply heartfelt!

A more affordable offer exists too with “‘Tis The Season” room package at Php3,888 nett per room per night which includes Breakfast for Two and a surprise Christmas gift.

NEW YEAR’S EVE DEALS

The Countdown!

The trendiest and most functional accessory in the past two years takes center stage! Do not forget to dazzle your mask and win exciting prizes as we greet 2022. Acacia’s New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet is priced at Php 2,488 nett per person on December 31, 2021 at Aves Function Hall.

A fine dining experience on New Year’s Eve is also available! A 4-Course Set Dinner at Php 1,888.00 nett per person is offered at Acacia’s Waling Waling Cafe.

For a more budget-friendly option, “In With a Bang” room package at Php 4,288 nett per room per night entitles you with a Breakfast for Two and complimentary party hats and trumpet.

A well-rested you. Whatever season, when you are in Acacia.

You will not see any chimney from afar looking at Acacia Hotel Davao nor any fireplace in any of its suites. But the warmth inside, especially this Yuletide season is different. Why? Because it’s simply heartfelt no matter how you would want to celebrate the Holidays. You deserve to get that holiday feeling.

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Unfolding Why Galaxy Z Fold3 5G Is My Bleisure Smartphone For 2022 And Beyond

With the upcoming surprises and statistics unfolding in 2022 and beyond, I hope your perception is at a clear, uninterrupted display with grit that is more dependable than ever.

A brand new year comes with new surprises and new statistics! Also, in this business era where your electronic signature is trusted now more than ever to authorize transactions digitally, I can not look forward to another unfolding year without prying for a smartphone that is equally enterprising and tenacious as me. I opted for the Samsung Z Flip3 before but I changed my mind. I want the Z Fold3! Here are “D” reasons why:

DISPLAY

With a 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity Flex Display, the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G provides a wider perception for both business and leisurely dealings throughout the year and beyond!

This foldable’s Multi-Active Window feature allows the display of three live apps simultaneously. Furthermore, your handwriting using its pen can be instantly converted to digital text! Can you imagine how efficient the sales process is, from lead generation to actual sales pitch and ultimately, to the e-signing of contracts? Indeed, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G predisposes you to a performance of tenfold increase.

Since we all agree that all work and no play makes you dull, below is an infographic on how Z Fold3 5G surprises you on your entertainment night, workout day, social media hour, last-minute reservations, and instant deliveries.

DEPENDABILITY

With countless tech brands mushrooming in recent years, I learned to pick those which I can vouch for dependability across work settings from on-site, work-from-home, or even on the go. It is indeed reassuring that Samsung had designed an innovative way of developing and testing the durability of the revolutionary Z Fold3 5G.

This foldable is encased with Armor Aluminum Gorilla Glass Victus which improves protection with enhanced durability. Existing components on the layers of the display panel are optimized as well to maintain the highest durability standards yet.

Here are some of the testing procedures Samsung uses to ensure that the latest Galaxy Z Fold3 5G meets the highest standards possible:

UNFOLD NEW SURPRISES, NEW STATISTICS

The stay-at-home advisory in the past two years had indeed unfolded unexpected adjustments as to how we work and play. We mutated ways on how to manage staff and numbers, how to persuade prospects, and how to take care of existing accounts. Coincidingly, we also evolved how to express and present ourselves, how to socialize and how to be entertained. Noteworthily, trust in remote transactions is stronger now than ever gauged before. With the upcoming surprises and statistics unfolding in 2022 and beyond, I hope your perception is at a clear, uninterrupted display with grit that is more dependable than ever.

… AND A NEW SMARTPHONE

Visit samsung.com/ph to get yours now or find the nearest Samsung Experience Store here: samsung.com/ph/samsung-experience-store/locations.

The Galaxy Z Fold3 5G retails at Php 87,990 SRP for 256GB (Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, and online-exclusive Phantom Green) and Php 95,990 for the 512GB variant (Phantom Black, Phantom Green, and online-exclusive Phantom Silver). Buy now for as low as Php 3,666.25/month at 0% for up to 24 months via credit card payment.

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Smile For Good: Saving The Smile Of Our Kids With Cleft Conditions

It would only take few seconds and clicks as your Do Good part to make their perfect smiles stay for good.

“Recent research shows that mothers who are using charcoal when cooking (or exposed to the smoke from charcoal) have a higher risk of having a newborn with a cleft condition.” Emiliano Romano, Executive Director of Operation Smile Philippines revealed during the Watsons Smile For Good webinar.

For nine unwavering years, Watsons Philippines has been a partner of Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) in transforming the life of 1,986 children with lip and palate defects. This year, as part of its mission, to Look Good, Do Good, Feel Great, Watsons teams up with OSP again to bring perfect smiles to more than 50 more children affected by cleft conditions.

Cleft Conditions: Splitted Lip and Divided Palate

A cleft condition is a gap in the mouth that did not close during the early stages of pregnancy. A cleft condition in the lip that can be easily inspected during birth is a Cleft Lip while an opening in the roof of the mouth, which is a harder condition to identify upon birth, is a Cleft Palate. In the Philippines, 1 in 500 children born has this defect. Every year, about 4,500 Filipino babies are born with this condition.

Screen captured from the Watsons Do Good For Our Children webinar, Mr. Romano discusses cleft conditions.

“Recent research shows that mothers who are using charcoal when cooking ( exposed to the smoke from charcoal) have a higher risk of having a newborn with a cleft condition.” Emiliano Romano, Executive Director of Operation Smile Philippines revealed during the Watsons Smile For Good webinar.

Operation Smile Philippines has helped change the lives of many children born with this condition since 1982.

Almost A Decade Of Partnership: A. S. Watsons and Operation Smile Philippines

“The partnership was paused in 2020 because of the pandemic but this year, we are back with Smile For Good. Of course, we will be very mindful of the physical distancing restrictions, but our desire to continue to bring smiles to the children has not wavered,” said Viki Encarnacion, PR & Sustainability Director of Watsons.

This partnership in the Philippines is part of ASW’s global commitment to bring 10,000 perfect smiles in partnership with Operation Smile. It aims to educate the public and raise awareness about cleft lip/ palate conditions.

Online Outreach For This Year’s Run

Aided by technology, Watsons Philippines pharmacists and employee volunteers will conduct hygiene orientation seminars online for the patients’ families on the subject of post-operation feeding and oral and lip care. Watsons will also provide Hygiene Care Kits with oral and hand care products to the 50 kids post-operation.

Aside from partnering with Operation Smile, A.S. Watsons Philippines is engaging with its employees, strategic partners, and customers contributing time and financial support in order to sponsor as many free surgical missions to continue changing lives, one smile at a time.

Join The Smile For Good Squad

It may take the medical team 45 minutes to an hour to provide a bright, beautiful new smile and a healthier, happier future to a child born with a cleft condition. But it would only take a few seconds and clicks as your Do Good part to make their perfect smiles stay for good (and that feels great). Visit Operation Smile Philippines to know how to help make a difference in these children’s lives.