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Camping, summer adventure survival tips, essentials 

Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo -

MANILA, Philippines — Looking forward to new adventures this summer?

Mountaineer Coach Emmanuel Batungbacal encourages one to see the outdoors. One way to enjoy the outdoors is through camping.

According to Batungbacal, camping has its pros and cons, and as for the pros, first, it exposes one to nature’s beauty.

“’Remember, pag na-experience mo na ‘yung nature at nakita mo na ‘yung beauty, that’s the only time you’re going to protect it. Of course, you see it in the movies, in television, but until you’re actually exposed to it, there’s no way you’re going to protect it. So you have to experience its beauty," he attested at the recent Summer Happy Camp in Viewscape Nature Park in Tanay, Rizal, organized by bag label Doughnut.

Here are some tips and essentials for a smooth summer sojourn:

Pack light

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How to keep warm or cool

Summer Happy Camp in Viewscape Nature Park in Tanay, Rizal
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When you feel cold in a camp, what is the first body part that you should cover?

According to Batungbacal, you should cover your head first.

“Our head contains a large amount of blood vessels, so when you put on a bonnet, your whole body would follow. You’d feel hot as soon as possible,” he assured. “So always remember when you go outdoors, always bring a beanie or a bonnet.”

As for warm weather, he advised wearing white or light-colored clothes as these reflects or bounces off heat. “’Pag dark kasi, it absorbs heat,” he reasoned.

He also vouched using technical clothes that cools when warm and vice versa.

Keep food outside your tent

Summer Happy Camp in Viewscape Nature Park in Tanay, Rizal
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To prevent ants and other insects and animals from marching into your tent, Batungbacal recommended putting your bag with food outside your tent.

Clean as you go

“Eto ‘yung hindi maganda ‘pagdating sa mga outdoors: Medyo makalat tayo. So what we do is we also give lecture on LNT – Leave No Trace… Ang pinaka-importante n’yan is you have to bring down your trash. Kasi just imagine ‘di ba, nand’un ka sa isang pristine na lugar, tapos iiwan mo lang ‘yung trash or susunugin mo? So kawawa naman ‘yung next camper. Ang ‘di narerealize ng mga tao, may mga endemic species d’un,” he pointed out.

“So we have to always practice pack-in, pack-out.”

Travel essentials

Summer Happy Camp in Viewscape Nature Park in Tanay, Rizal
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At the Summer Happy Camp, Doughnut Philippines Brand Manager Luigi Wilwayco introduced the Hong Kong brand’s summer 2024 collection made from recycled materials such as Barley Skin—an innovative material developed by VegaTex and Budweiser Asia Pacific from beer waste; recycled polyester; apple-peel skin vegan recycled leather; repurposed logo lining; upcycled excess fabric from the factory; and recycled discarded fishnets. Doughnut's stores are found in Glorietta 3, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Pampanga, SM Santa Rosa, SM Seaside, TriNoma, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Ayala Malls Central Bloc, select SM Department Stores, and select Rustan’s Stores. Find Doughnut online at, LazMall, Shopee Mall, and Zalora. 

Complementing these adventure bags are camping gear from Chris Sports, insulated tumblers from Stanley, playing cards from Bicycle Cards, and Victorinox Swiss Army Knives. Shop Victorinox, Celestron, and Bicycle Cards at Cutting Edge stores in Greenbelt 5, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, Mitsukoshi Mall, and Shangri-La Plaza East Wing, or online at Stanley and more camping, sports, and gym equipment are available in Chris Sports stores in Glorietta 3, Uptown Place Mall, SM City North Edsa, SM City Fairview, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Sucat, SM City Bicutan, SM City BF Parañaque, UP Town Center, Shangri-La Plaza Main Wing, Ever Gotesco Commonwealth, K-Plaza Building, Robinsons Place Manila, Ayala Malls Manila Bay, and One Bonifacio High Street, or online at 

Shop for essentials at Lazada's 12th birthday sale

Shop Lazada’s Bonggang Birthday Sale until March 27, and enjoy P1000 off Lazada vouchers, 100% free shipping, and up to 70% off branded deals.

Lazada, the pioneer e-commerce platform, is going all out this March and treating everyone to amazing deals for its 12th birthday where shoppers can get up to 70% off on a wide selection of high-quality products, P1000 Lazada vouchers, and 100% free shipping all month long! The excitement doesn’t stop as Lazada continues its pasabog with the Bonggang Birthday Sale until March 27, only on the Lazada App.

The celebration gets grander and more rewarding as Lazada gives all its shoppers a chance to win a share of the P16M prize pool from the Lazada Birthday Battle. To join, simply log in to your Lazada App or earn points by inviting friends to join your team.Win as many battles as you can and use tokens to claim LazRewards. You can also score bigger savings and discounts by collecting and redeeming coins. Just visit the coins page on the app and browse through free gifts and discounted items. Collect as many coins as you can because 1 coin is equal to a P1 discount.

Keep kids comfortable with new Peppa Pig, Thomas and Friends UT 

Dive into the world of Peppa Pig with charming Peppa Pig shirts, featuring Peppa, George, and their friends in a series of playful designs. Bringing to mind muddy puddle adventures to sunny day picnics, these shirts capture the joyful spirit of Peppa Pig. Crafted with care, they offer the ultimate in comfort and style for your little ones. Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo

Embark on an adventure with Thomas and Friends through a unique collection from Uniqlo. One shirt is adorned with colorful illustrations of Thomas, Percy, and Kana, set against a backdrop of the railway at Sodor. The other one features all the characters of the beloved show. The shirts are made with soft, breathable fabric, ensuring comfort and durability for all-day play.  

Uniqlo understands the importance of quality and comfort, especially when it comes to clothing for our youngest customers. The "My Special Friends" Collection is made with the same high standards you've come to expect from all Uniqlo Baby products. Their featured shirts are designed not only to delight with their unique designs but also to provide the comfort and durability needed for your child's daily adventures.

'Chillax' with the new Oreo ice cream

“New” and “nostalgic," something reminiscent of childhood and a new tradition of indulging in treats and self-reward. Iconic for its cookies as it already is, calling all Oreo Fans, here’s a new favorite way of enjoying Oreo.

Get your Oreo Ice Cream now in leading supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide.
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Have a summer cook out

Jolly Claro Cooking Oil is not only a household staple, the brand is also a clear and superior choice for everyday cooking. Distinguishing itself through quality and versatility, Jolly Claro boasts a high smoke point, allowing it to withstand high heat frying without burning or smoking. Its clear and smooth appearance, resistant to cloudiness or thickening, further sets it apart. Undergoing a unique 5-step process (3x refined, 2x filtered), Jolly Claro attains this clarity and top-notch quality, positioning it as the perfect partner for your everyday cooking. 

With Jolly Claro, enjoying a good, quality cooking oil for your everyday dishes doesn’t have to strain your finances. Choosing Jolly Claro Cooking Oil is a wise move for your kitchen and your wallet. It's the perfect choice for budget-conscious homemakers and cooks who refuse to compromise on taste and quality.

Jolly Claro Cooking Oil is distributed by Fly Ace Corporation and is available at all leading groceries and supermarkets nationwide and online via, Lazada, Shopee and TikTok Shop.

Strengthen your immunity


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Following the introduction of Poten-Cee + C (Bovine) Collagen in 2019, the brand now launches its new variant, Poten-Cee + C Marine Collagen this March. It harnesses the combined benefits of Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C in non-acidic format) and Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen sourced from fish. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system2 and supports Collagen formation3, while Collagen helps keep the skin moisturized and helps improve its hydration and elasticity.

Recognizing the contributions of the modern Filipina to society, Poten-Cee + C also acknowledges the need for the women of today to stay healthy to keep them going and at the same time feel good, glowing inside and out. Multifaceted actress, artist, and fashion icon Heart Evangelista perfectly exemplifies the modern Filipina - pursuing her dreams and goals while embracing self-love along  the way. This is why she has been chosen as the brand ambassador for Poten-Cee + C. 

“These days I shuffle between Manila & Paris, and from fashion to business. This can take a toll on my skin and so I always remember to take care of it. Poten-Cee +
 C Marine Collagen is my must-have as I go through my life journey,” Heart enthused. 

The launch of Poten-Cee + C’s newest campaign and variant coincides with the Poten-Cee brand’s 50th-anniversary, further highlighting the brand’s commitment to help nurture the health of Filipinos of all ages and demographics. 

Poten-Cee + C Marine Collagen is available in all leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide, as well as at PascualLab’s official Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok stores.

Get your snack game on

Kenny Rogers Roasters introduces new snacks 
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For many Filipinos who love to eat, three meals a day simply aren’t enough – we happily have snacks for midmorning and a merienda in the afternoon. This is because having a light but delicious snack is perfect to get us through the hours while waiting for the next full meal. 

Thankfully, Kenny Rogers Roasters continues to excite and satisfy the Filipino palate with the introduction of its new snacks available in all of its stores nationwide. These snack selections include the Mac and Cheese Burger (P260), a fusion of their best-selling mac and cheese layered with grilled beef patty, mayo, lettuce, and tomato sandwiched between slightly roasted buns.

For those who are always on-the-go - the Nacho Wrap (P235) is made up of freshly prepared tomatoes, onion, lettuce, and chicken with a spread of yogurt and salsa and a layer of colorful nacho chips wrapped in a flour tortilla. It’s the ideal choice for a delicious and convenient on-the-go snack. Another snack offering is the Wrap and Roll Steak (P260) made of grilled steak slices, romaine lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, onions, and mushrooms mixed with sweet honey mustard dressing and wrapped in a soft tortilla. This snack comes with chips and a drink. Another offering is the Truffle Pasta – al dente pasta shells with creamy truffle sauce and served with two pieces of toasted garlic bread. 

Finally, completing the lineup are the Stuffed Baked Rolls (P180). These rolls come in three awesome flavors: Spam, Bacon, and Cheese Stuffed Baked Roll; Hawaiian Stuffed Baked Roll; and Spinach Cheese Stuffed Baked Roll. The Spam, Bacon, and CheeseStuffed Baked Roll features a soft dough generously packed with savory spam luncheon meat, bacon slices, and a blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. The Hawaiian Stuffed Baked Roll consists of a combination of ham, juicy pineapples, and a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, all nestled within a tender roll. Lastly, the Spinach Cheese Stuffed Baked Roll offers a creamy and savory filling comprised of spinach, mozzarella, cheddar, and cream cheeses. These new snack selections are available for dine-in, takeout, or delivery through, hotline: 8-555-9000, or via Grab Food and Food

Hype up reunions

Granny Goose Krrrrunch has four layers of crunch in Cheddar Deluxe flavor
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If you're looking for a fun, memorable, and unique new treat to try with your friends, Granny Goose Krrrrunch will help level-up the enjoyment of your gatherings. This crunchy corn snack is available in two convenient pack sizes — solo and buddy — with price points that won't break the bank. The 24g solo pack is just P16.70 SRP, while the 60g buddy pack is at a pocket-friendly P38.00 SRP.

From the excitement of competitive games to the nostalgia-inducing playlist, and the click of the camera capturing candid moments—each element contributes to the magic of the gathering. And, of course, don't forget to level up the fun with crunchy, flavorful snacks like Granny Goose Krrrrunch, now available in stores near you or online at Shopee. Granny Goose is a snack brand from Universal Robina Corporation (URC), maker of popular food and beverage brands such as C2 Cool and Clean, Great Taste Coffee, Jack ‘n Jill Piattos, Cloud 9, Magic Crackers and Maxx.

Have a 'Seoulful' treat

SaladStop! unveils Seoulful Bowl, a latest addition to its lineup of delectable warm protein bowls. It's a harmonious blend of warm quinoa, succulent pork galbi, egg roll, Korean cucumber salad, carrots, sweet corn, kimchi, and signature Yuja Vinaigrette. A perfect complement to this, SaladStop! is also launching Peach Soda, a refreshing drink infusing a delightful fizzy and tangy twist.

Defy beauty norms

In a groundbreaking move, SnowCaps L-Glutathione, a leading glutathione brand in the Philippines, launches a new film titled "Skin" that shows moreno and morena talents. The tongue-in-cheek film, created in partnership with independent Manila creative shop Leron Leron Sinta, marks a significant departure from traditional skin-whitening ads in the Philippines.

Supplemented by a series of billboards across Metro Manila, the campaign features talents who embrace their natural complexions and refuse to use the product they are supposed to endorse.

"For too long, the beauty industry in the Philippines has perpetuated a narrow definition of beauty," says Erick Armigos, Chief Executive Officer of Vida Nutriscience. "We believe true beauty comes from within; if you're already happy with your skin, don't use SnowCaps L-Glutathione. But if you want to experience its effects, try our products," he continued.

"Skin" now has almost 700,000 views on Facebook. Watch it here:

SnowCaps L-Glutathione is available at Mercury Drugstore and Watsons Store branches, and in various online shopping platforms such as Watsons Store Online,
Tiktok, Shopee and Lazada.

For pimple-free holiday

Achieve nail-salon quality nails


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Sally Hansen's innovative Miracle Gel Special Effects Top Coats is a collection offering two distinct finishes: the color-shifting Unicorn Top Coat and the textured, sugar-coated Sugar Top Coat, allowing you to create a lasting manicure without a UV (ultraviolet) lamp, all while being 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Refresh your eyes 

From walking along bustling city streets to staying glued to screens for both work and leisure, your eyes endure a lot in your day-to-day life. It’s easy to overlook them until they’re already tired or irritated — red, dry, and itchy. Eye drops help by providing moisture when your eyes aren’t making enough of their own, while also reducing friction and discomfort. No more rubbing the eyes, which can even cause irritation and infection. And when adding eye drops to your self-care arsenal, you can never go wrong with eye care brand Rohto.

The trusted Japanese brand is offering the first and only cooling eye drops in the Philippines with Rohto Cool Eye Drops providing instant relief and cooling from minor eye discomforts due to smoke, dust, wind, sun glare, and chlorinated water or from eye strain after extended screen time. Apart from washing out debris from eyes, they can also prevent dryness and germ infection all while nourishing the eyes at the same time. A unique and refreshing way to get soothing comfort, the Cool Eye Drops are great for waking up sleepy eyes, a must when driving or pulling an all-nighter for study or work. If you’re looking for something with a gentle and moisturizing formula with the same benefits, pick Aqua Eye Drops.

Whichever you prefer, these handy eye drops are formulated by Rohto Pharmaceutical Japan, which has over a century of experience in producing safe and effective eye products. The whole production process is fully automated under a controlled environment that’s designed to meet the highest standards. Made with precision and care, applying the eye drops is also a breeze as the brand's patented nozzle ensures a precise no-mess drop at any angle. They are also suitable for use with or without contact lenses for your convenience. Find them at any Watsons store, or shop online through Watsons Online Shop and through the official Mentholatum stores on Lazada and Shopee. — Videos by Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo; video editing by Anjilica Andaya, Martin Ramos

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