It's Me, Gracee

To say that Gabbi Garcia is the newest "IT Girl" in town is an understatement. She's every bit of an It Girl from the way she smiles, to her positive outlook, her determination plus her overall looks - Fashion and Makeup wise, she nails it. This may be the reason why she kept getting a lot of endorsements, just recently she was the newest Asia ambassador for hair-care brand Pantene and she even flew all the way to Australia just to shoot the commercial, now, she is set to fly to Nice, France to shoot for lifestyle and
 fashion magazine MEGA.

Gabbi Garcia is one of the cover stars for the magazine's #MakingMega issue, to be published in October. She will also be the first ever cover girl of Mega Style, the online style guide in the Philippines that provides fashion, culture and beauty to inspire women to be the most stylish version of themselves which will be printing it's very first issue.

Editorial Director of Rainier P. Dagala also revealed why they chose Gabbi to be on the cover of the first printed copy of the online brand, “The first printed issue with Gabbi Garcia is a marriage of both Mega and We incorporated the core values of beauty, relevance, sophistication, and grounded dapat sya in fashion because that’s what the magazine really stands for. Kaya si Gabbi ‘yung kinuha since this is a print cover, we want someone who is technologically savvy, someone who knows how to maximize social media to promote herself, to promote her projects, to promote what she stands for as a person. Kaya si Gabbi po ‘yung napili namin.”

With her warm smile, slender figure and her beach-ready skin tone, she is ready to be the cover girl of any magazine but there's more to Gabbi aside from her golden looks. 

She is confident and she projects this aura of being an empowered and independent woman, no wonder there's a wide range of age bracket when it comes to her fans - from kids ever since she portrayed the role of Alena in Encantadia then to teens and millennials because she is one of the trendiest and fashion icons in the showbiz industry (she recently attended the grand opening of Louis Vuitton at Solaire with Nadine Lustre, James Reid and more) plus she's also an advocate in saving the environment specifically the ocean and seas in the country. She is an expert and licensed scuba diver.

Gabbi is indeed an influencer and what more can we expect from a millennial it girl than to cover the very first print issue of MegaStyle. Her potential to go global is what makes her a go-getter, plus it reflects what is all about.

When asked about her photo shoot, Gabbi is beaming with happiness, “To be shot abroad that’s like hitting the jackpot twice ‘cause I love traveling and I love fashion as well. So I’m very much excited. It’s my first time exploring Europe. This is just the beginning definitely,” She added that she feels overwhelmed, but it's a dream come true for her and she feels thankful to everyone who believed in her and she promised that she won't disappoint everyone, in fact she is getting ready for it as well.

Rumors are still circulating that Gabbi and Ruru are not in good terms, this started when fellow GMA Artist Center actre Arra San Agustin's name has been dragged between the two of them, according to Gabbi, she feels happy that Ruru is doing well in his career and that both of them are doing well even though they're not together as a love team all the time, but fans don't have to fear that it's the end for #GabRu because they're still together in
 Sunday PinaSaya.

Gabbi added that there's never an issue between her and Arra San Agustin, they might not be friends because they have different set of friends and groups but they smile or greet one another when they see each other. There's no animosity between the two of them, Gabbi cleared. 

Gabbi also talked about her skin care regimen, she's a certified Belo baby and she is also the newest brand ambassador of Acne Care. Gabbi mentioned that she always makes it a point that her face is clean before she hits the bed, she would removed all her make up and use the right products that will not harm her skin, she added that she won't endorse a product if she doesn't use it or don't believe that it works. With her glowing skin and radiant personality, it's no wonder she keeps getting endorsements.

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Over the years, Pinoy bread has become a reflection of our identity, and our people's history and affinity for food. Different bread variants, from the humble pan de sal to the merienda-favorite ensaimada, have become household staples and have played witnesses to countless family and community gatherings.

Apart from enjoying the numerous kinds of bread that we have today, being familiar with our local bread culture's colorful history helps preserve its rich heritage. Understanding the stories behind each bread also heightens the sense of pride we have in local food.

To continue celebrating the vibrant tradition of Filipino bread-making, the Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition is back for its second run this year. With the support of Max's Corner Bakery and Pilmico, the competition vows to be bigger, better, and more inclusive.

Calling Culinary Students and Passionate Home Bakers
The contest once again invites student bakers all over the Philippines to create a beloved traditional bread, as well as to add their own twist to Pinoy favorites with their version of a modern bread. What makes this year's competition more exciting is that Tinapay Natin will be opened to all non-professional home bakers who want to share their own bread stories.

"Apart from the participants' technical skills, the individual stories of their bread entries will be an important component in selecting this year's winner. We are a country who has had a long history of enjoying bread. Even in Max's Corner Bakery and Max's Restaurant, the first meal we offered was fried chicken with dinner rolls. It is our hope then that through this competition, our young participants will be able to share the unique story of their bread creations. We want to know the inspiration, the struggles, and the hard work put into making it," shares Ariel P. Fermin, Chief Operating Officer of Max's Corner Bakery and Max's Restaurant.

Tristan Aboitiz, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Pilmico, adds, "The entries that we received from last year's Tinapay Natin competition opened our eyes to the many colorful stories that go with each bread product, and this is a testament of how rich our local bread culture is. We hope that with this competition, we are able to encourage the public to keep the bread-making tradition alive, promote creativity & innovation among Filipino bakers, and of course, support the local bread industry just as much as we and Max's Corner Bakery do."

Cash prizes await participants with the most compelling bread stories and entries. This year's Tinapay Natin will be running from July to October 2017, with regional bake-offs happening in Baguio, Bacolod, and Davao. The winning bread will be awarded during the Grand Finals in Metro Manila in November, and will be made available through Max's Corner Bakery nationwide as a limited offering.

 2016 winners of Tinapay Natin Pinoy Bread Baking Competition Roy Tabacolde and Greegy Cabarrubias now shares their creations 

CAGAYAN DE ORO PASTEL, now available in all Max Corner Bakery nationwide!

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Teacher Georcelle believes that there is a lesson to be learned in every experience. From the streets of Tondo to the canals of Amsterdam, Teacher Georcelle recounts the pivotal moments which made her into the woman she is today and the significant lessons she learned which made her the choreographer to the stars.

The Founder and Artistic Director of G-Force, one of the country’s top dance groups, has unleashed The Force Within, her first book. “Because I love to teach, I am sharing with you eight lessons in resilience, patience, passion, professionalism, and grit,” she writes in the book’s Introduction. She adds later on, “Dance isn’t just about moving to the music, it’s a discipline...a commitment…a new way of thinking.” 

During the Grand Presscon of Teacher Georcelle's book "The Force Within - Lessons in Life On and Off Stage, she narrated that there are 8 chapters in this books which is also connected to dancing because 8 is the usual count when doing steps in a choreography. It's always 8 counts. In her book, the 8 Chapters will take you to a better understanding on how Teahcer Georcelle step by step achieved her dreams and it's not an easy journey for her, this is also what she always taught her students that if you wants to be successful specifically in dancing, there's no easy way up but to challenge yourself, discipline yourself and be good in everything you do.

Readers of this book will find numerous anecdotes about how Teacher Georcelle’s love for performing opened up a lot of opportunities for her.   

True enough, her fearless and positive attitude moved her career even further.  In the book, she also talks about how she became the in-house trainer of the artists of ABS-CBN Talent Center.  To this day, she has the full confidence of the network, and her dance group G-Force is able to showcase and impart its dance prowess in shows like ASAP and other major productions of ABS-CBN.  

Teacher Georcelle's passion in dancing started when she was 8 years old when she took summer lessons in Paco, Manila. When she reached 10, she already started her formal training in Jazz and other forms of dance at the Metropolitan Dance Theater. 

She also became a part of the the gymnastic team during high school and her most memorable moment was during a competition when the head of the Philippine Gymnastic Team asked her to be part of the National Team. Her hard work and presence of mind gave finally paid off because she's very determined and at an early age, she has been trained to perform in public. 

At the age of 14, she became part of the Adrenaline Dance Company where she performed at The Sharon Cuneta Show. She was the youngest in the group and it was memorable for her because she was able to work with the Megastar, since then, the rest was history. 

At 16, she had her first big break to choreograph.  She recalls how the task did not go easily at first, but she did not let herself be disheartened.  Instead, she kept welcoming the challenges thrown her way. “By saying yes, I am opening myself to new possibilities and experiences. By saying yes, I am taking the road to growth and improvement.”  

She added that she's been part of the Kapamilya Network for years now but she is also welcoming projects via Eat Bulaga because this is where she also started. 

Teacher Georcelle also shared that among the artists she has worked with, she's is especially close with Sarah Geronimo who did the Foreword of her book. According to her, she is not just a student or a friend, she is part of her family. She described Sarah as a total performer, she can dance and very well showcase her emotions through dancing.

She also admire KC Concepcion because she is very good in contemporary dancing. She also recounted how Maja Salvador as not as good as today when she was just starting but now she can very well take over the dance floor. Anne Curtis is also part of her list when it comes to top female performers/dancers as well as Nadine Lustre who is also part of her White Shirt Love project.

But for Teacher Georcelle, there can be one all in one package, a total performer through the years and that's no other than Pure Energy himself, Gary V.

Learn amazing life lessons from the one and only mentor to the stars, Teacher Georcelle in her book, THE FORCE WITHIN! Now available for only PHP 295 in all National Book Store and Powerbooks Store branches nationwide! GET YOUR COPIES NOW!

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People are wired to be social creatures. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook have capitalized on this human need to enormous success. Facebook alone has almost two billion monthly active users as of May 2017. 

However, there’s a dark side to the popularity of social media. Scammers and cybercriminals go where there’s money to be made. The Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG) recently revealed that online scams are still the most prevalent, with 555 cases reported in 2016 until the first quarter of 2017. 

As Filipinos are known to be the most active social media users in the world, PSBank believes that it is important to be very cautious in using these platforms. To help you avoid being victims of social media scams, here are some tips from PSBank on how to identify and outsmart these scammers:

Know who you are dealing with. If one of your contacts asks for your personal information or money through social media, immediately call him or her through other touch points (e.g. landline or mobile number) to validate their request.

Regularly review your privacy and security settings. Take simple steps to secure your social media accounts. Profiles that are publicly displayed are the most vulnerable to scammers. Look for the Privacy and/or Security options in your social media account and set them up properly. Installing credible anti-malware software also helps to protect your computer or mobile phone’s overall security.

Avoid putting sensitive details on your profile. Remove your home address, phone number, date of birth and any other information that could be used to steal your identity. Con artists obtain key pieces of your personal information from your social media account profile, which they use to recover your account passwords (via the password recovery facility) or apply a bank loan in your name.

Use multi-factor authentication. Multi-factor authentication means it takes more than just your password to access your account or reset your password. An example of this is enabling the One-Time PIN (OTP) that social media sites offer as an added security option. Whenever you login or request a reset of your password, an OTP is sent to the mobile number you registered with the site. 

Dodge clickjacking. Did you just read a news header that your favorite singer died? (Click!) Or that you can earn thousands in a day without leaving your house? (Click!) Clickbaits rely on sensationalism or eye-catching thumbnail pictures to tempt you to click on the links or share them. But beware: the links may install malware in your computer that steal personal information or bank log-in credentials. Be wary of these links and verify news through legitimate media sources. 

Be Vigilant. If you think that your bank account has been compromised, call your bank’s customer service hotline to report and verify any suspicious activities in your account. At PSBank, you can conveniently and closely monitor any movements in your account through the PSBank Mobile App and PSBank Online.

“Social media is the most powerful communication tool in the world, but it is also the most dangerous. Learning how to secure your accounts and avoid obvious threats goes a long way in protecting your name and money online,” said PSBank Vice President for Information Security Dan Jose D. Duplito.

Rizal Commercial Bank Corporation (RCBC), one of the leading universal banks in the Philippines, today unveils its new corporate logo and tagline “We believe in you,” which signals the start of a new era of providing excellent and trusted banking services for Filipinos.

“This milestone signals the arrival of a more committed, refreshed and re-energized RCBC, that is ready to meet the demands of the ever-changing Philippine banking industry,” said RCBC President and CEO Gil A. Buenaventura. 

“We believe in you” is not just a tagline for RCBC, but a battle cry to show our unwavering support and trust to the indomitable Filipino spirit. At the same time, this new corporate thrust is meant to encourage Filipinos not only to dream, but to pursue their passions and dreams, and turn them into reality – whether it’s traveling to your dream destination, venturing into a new business, or purchasing a new home or car,” Buenaventura stressed. 

The simpler, younger and more minimalist logo embodies RCBC’s new mission of being more accessible to younger Filipino depositors, who are looking for better ways to save and grow their money, the RCBC president added. 

Ces Natividad, RCBC Chief Marketing Officer, reveals that the new logo and corporate tagline are the bank’s response to the changing market. 

“We wanted to know what products and services today’s depositors actually need, and we strived to understand what makes them believe and trust a particular bank. We realized that today’s depositors need an approachable bank that responds to their needs, and believes in the value of their dreams and aspirations,” Natividad shared.

“RCBC wants Filipinos to know that the bank believes that there is no limit in the things they can achieve if they decide to start building their future early, especially with a strong banking partner, ready to  advise them every step of the way. We are providing more emphasis to younger depositors, who need more guidance in managing their money,” Natividad added. 

During the media launch of the new logo and tagline of RCBC, the Media guests got the chance to experience the perks and promos of having an RCBC Bankard. Most of the attendees also got a chance to apply for an account and some of already have an account with RCBC Bankard got the chance to buy a new bag for only Php 6! Amazing deal right?

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The Queen of the Universe is now also the Queen of the Century, Century Tuna that is, the country's number one tuna! Pia Wurtzbach – ever gorgeous TV host, model, and Miss Universe 2015 no less – joins Century Tuna's outstanding roster of endorsers, as she appears in an all-new TVC that's oozing with sexiness and elegance! 

"We're thrilled to have Pia Wurtzbach in the Century Tuna family," beams Greg Banzon, Century Pacific Foods, Inc. General Manager. "Pia is indeed 'The Queen of the Century,' the epitome of a mutti-faceted woman who excels in a variety of fields while staying fit and sexy." 

Pia first got bitten by the acting bug at the tender age of four, which later led her to join the Star Circle Batch 11, appearing in a string of television shows and movies. But her real break came when, in her third attempt, she entered the Binibining Pilipinas Pageant in 2015, the stepping stone to her most glorious achievement thus far: bagging the highly coveted Miss Universe 2015 crown – following in the heels of Gloria Diaz in 1969 and Margie Moran in 1973 – in what was a most contentious competition. 

Together with, of course, her ravishing looks---her poise, style, and grace—her talents and intelligence, it is Pia's commitment to self-discipline and physical fitness — just look at her lean and Ultimate Superbody! — that brought her into the Century Tuna fold. 

In fact, with a help of a personal trainer. Pia heads to the gym regularly, where she engages in a combination of planking (the best exercise for a flat, toned stomach), tricep pull-downs (for well-defined arms as well as shapely biceps and triceps), as well as squats and lunges (for firm and strong looking legs). 

Naturally. a healthy, balanced, yet satisfying diet comes hand in hand with her exercise routine. And for this, there's nothing else but Century Tuna — the 100% winner in tuna — of which Pia has been a long time fan. "I have a busy schedule and always on the go so when I do have the time to grocery shop or prepare a meal, I make it a priority," relates Pia, who unbeknownst to many, studied culinary arts. "I like to enjoy food that keeps my energy levels stable, like Century Tuna." 

Because of Century Tuna's versatility, where it can be used in a myriad of yummy and nutritious dishes, Pia need not deprive herself while becoming the ultimate superbod. After all, Century Tuna is made of 100% real tuna, rich in Omega 3 DHA, which helps you achieve a healthy and 100% winner superbody, just like hers! 

"I've always been a Century Tuna girl! And this body you see is made possible by Century." Pia continues. No doubt, Pia Wurtzbach has become an inspiration to many and a true role model. The perfect embodiment of Century Tuna's winning ways and her role as the new Queen of the Century!  Hail to the Queen! 

Beautiful, smart and talented. Yassi Pressman has been ranked among the country's most sought-after leading ladies of this generation. In fact, her latest television project lists her as the main characters lady love, a role that propelled the 22-year-old actress into ultimate stardom. 

However, many people do not realize that Yassi has been in the showbiz industry for more than a decade, and that her path to success hasn't always been a walk through the park.

The Filipino-British beauty says, "Marami akong naging pagsubok sa showbiz. Hang beses na din akong hindi natanggap sa mga audition, pero tuloy tang ang laban. Sabi ko nga sa sarili ko, don't try to rush things that need time to grow. With hard work, dadating ang para sa iyo sa tamang panahon kasi kapag minamadali, nagkakamali."

Now at the peak of her acting career, Yassi spends an average of 8 hours in a shoot and sits in the hair and make-up chair for around 3 hours. With barely enough time to sleep and rest, Yassi is able to maintain a healthy, bright and beautiful skin.

The secret to her glow? Silka Papaya Soap, the number one beauty soap in the Philippines. Packed with papaya enzymes for exfoliation and Vitamin E for moisturizing, Silka Papaya Soap gives Yassi naturally beautiful skin.

"Yassi's career demands her to be always at her best and to maintain a healthy, glowing skin. With Silka Papaya Soap, we make sure to take care of Yassi's skin in an everyday basis. There are no instant solutions because beauty is an everyday regimen. This is paralleled with the success story of Yassi and that's what makes her an inspiration to all the women who aspire to be like her," says Jane Co, Silka's Marketing Manager.

In the age of everything Instant.'' Yassi is truly an example of grace, beauty and diligence. She knows that natural beauty is not rushed and more importantly, success is not something to be achieved overnight. And at the rate Yassi is going, it seems like this go-getter is not stopping anytime soon.

DINA DELA PAZ- STALDER, PRESIDENT & CEO OF STALDER GROUP OF COMPANIES,has been selected one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World (Global FWN100™) by the Filipina Women's Network. 

The Global FWN100 Award™ recognizes 100 women of Philippine ancestry who are changing the face of leadership in the global workplace, having reached status for outstanding work in their respective fields and are recognized for their achievement and contributions to society, femtorship and legacy. Dina Dela Paz-Stalder was selected from an outstanding field of nominees from around the world.  

The Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award - FOUNDER & PIONEER award category

This award honors Filipina women in their capacities as the chief executive, president, executive director or founder of a company, community organization, non-profit, or business venture that they helped start, build or significantly grow. This award category is for the trailblazers who have marshaled resources and applied innovative practices, processes and/or technologies in a new and groundbreaking way to address significant business or organizational opportunity.

“The Global FWN100™women are dynamic entrepreneurs, rising stars under age 35, practitioners, behind-the-scene leaders, community, government and corporate managers and executives who have moved through the ranks in large organizations, nonprofits, and government agencies. They are inspiring examples of women doing extraordinary work who will motivate our youth and future leaders,” said MarilyMondejar, Founder and CEO of the Filipina Women’s Network. “They were selected based on the size and scope of their positions, influence in their industries and their communities, board affiliations and other leadership roles.”

The Global FWN100 Award™ is a working recognition award with a meaningful purpose:  FWN’s 2020 Vision: a Filipina woman leader in every sector of the global economy. The awardees are asked tore-invent herself by femtoring (female mentoring) a young Filipina womanand bring her to the Filipina Leadership Global Summit on October 25-29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada at the Intercontinental Toronto Centre.

“Dina Dela Paz-Stalder is now a valued partner in helping FWN develop the Filipina community's pipeline of qualified leaders to increase the odds that some will rise to the "president" position in allsectors of the global economy,"added Dr. Maria Beebe, FWN’sBoard Chair. "We gather all these amazing women at the Filipina Summit to inspire each other and create synergy. We interview each awardee so that their collective stories of how they disrupted their professional and personal lives will be partof the largest recorded diaspora in modern times."

“The summit’s theme this year is Filipina Women: Leading. Advocating. Impacting. Seeing all the Awardees on stage during thegala awards ceremony assures me that the future of our young Filipina sisters is solid,” said Susie Quesada, President of Ramar Foods and FWN President. “Awardees often share this inspiring evening with their mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sons, spouses, partners, young women and men, mentors and bosses from their organizations. They all come on stage to celebrate her.”

"I feel overwhelmed that I have been awarded for the Most Influential Filipina Woman in the World Award: Founder & Pioneer. I did not expect that they're going to give me this opportunity to show my capability as a Filipino and as a woman in inspiring business entrepreneurs. Now, I am more motivated to encourage more people with my story - from my humble beginnings to the dazzling height of success. May we all continue to work together, nurture and empower this unique group, FWN" says Dina Dela Paz-Stalder.