Let’s Go, Glow, and Grow in Numbers for the Earth Hour Zumba Night

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Earth Hour Philippines QC Circle ImageLet’s take the Healthy and Natural Way to save the Earth and Zumba the night away. Bring out your neon exercise clothes, because from 8:30 to 9:30PM this Saturday night, the Quezon City Memorial Circle will be transformed into a giant, glow-in-the-dark Zumba® Fitness Party! The event promises to draw thousands of Earth-lovers and fitness fanatics. Organizers from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) are calling on participants to come in their glow-in-the-dark Earth Hour Shirts or their most eye-catching neon attire. The brighter, the better.

Earth Hour was first organized in 2007 and uses the simple action of switching off lights for 60 minutes to celebrate climate change solutions. Thousands of hubs across the globe are expected to join the switch-off from 8:30 to 9:30PM across various time zones.

Over the past eight years, the movement has grown from a symbolic switch off event to a fun, modern and open-sourced environmental campaign mobilising hundreds of millions of people in over 7000 cities and 162 countries. Earth Hour 2015 highlights concrete actions on renewable energy and energy-efficiency, plus climate-centric education, legislation and business practices. 

The Philippines has been one of the movement’s staunchest supporters and has been hailed as a ‘Hero Country’ for topping participation levels from 2009 to 2013.

Earth Hour’s main event for the Philippines shall be held on March 28, Saturday, at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. Activity and merchandise booths will open at 4:30PM.

Glow-in-the-dark face painting will be offered by Islands Souvenirs while healthy refreshments will be provided by Bayani Brew. Participants can learn about the Earth through an inflatable planetarium by Pivot Edutainment. Social media users can post and Tweet about their experiences onsite through free Wi-Fi from Smart Communications. Supporters can sport the cause by wearing merchandise from the WWF and Banana Peel booths or learn about the programmes of WWF by talking to WWF campaign officers.

A musical parade shall kick off festivities at 5PM. WWF-Philippines National Ambassadors Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez plus WWF-Philippines Climate Solutions Steward and Earth Hour Philippines Ambassador Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski will host the program, which starts at 7:00PM. Performers shall include the Ryan Cayabyab Singers, the Performing Arts Students of Quezon City, Aqualed Light Drummers, plus the LPP Tron LED Dance Troupe.

An impressive list of allies has pledged to support this year’s efforts, led by public sector partners like the Office of the President, Senate of the Philippines, Local Government of Quezon City, Climate Change Commission, the Departments of Agrarian Reform, Agriculture, Budget and Management, Education, Energy, Environment and Natural Resources, Foreign Affairs, Science and Technology, Social Welfare and Development, Transportation and Communications, Trade and Industry, Public Works and Highways, Labor and Employment, Interior and Local Government, the League of Provinces, Municipalities and Cities, Commission on Higher Learning and Education, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Metro Manila Development Authority, plus the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Corporate champions are led by Philips, ArthaLand, Alveo Land, Banco De Oro, First Gen Corporation, Smart Communications, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola Philippines.  WWF is seeking further support.

Organizers made it clear however, that celebrating Earth Hour at home is in line with the spirit of the movement. “A quiet evening with your family, reflecting on the important roles we play in fighting climate change is a great way to celebrate the hour,” says Earth Hour Philippines National Director Atty. Gia Ibay.

Proceeds from Earth Hour Philippines shall go to WWF’s Gift of Light project, which funds the deployment of hundreds of portable solar lamps for off-grid communities in Beton, Northern Palawan. In 2014, Earth Hour catalyzed over 60 environmental outcomes, including a ban on plastics for the Galapagos Islands, planting 17 million trees in Kazakhstan and the deployment of fibreglass bancas to communities sundered by Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.

Jertie’s Kitchen and Sugarleaf’s Green Guide to Eating Right Recipes

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SAM_3480SAM_3491We’ve always believed great-tasting nutritious food should be accessible to anyone and everyone. And more than that, we should be able to make it easily without breaking our wallet. Eating a plant-based diet should not be any different.

A lot of people hesitate to commit to a plant-based diet because they believe it to be difficult and expensive to create. We want to debunk that misconception! It can be expensive, especially if you always go for the high-end options, but most of the time, it’s as affordable as it can get. –Jertie’s Kithen

SAM_3486In The Green Guide to Eating Right Workshop Series held last October to February,  they demonstrated how plant-based dishes can be made easily without breaking  the budget, no matter how extensive or limited your experience in the kitchen is. And the other great thing is that you don’t need fancy equipment. You just need a toaster, a rice cooker or a pan with a stove!

October – Eating A Plant-Based Diet On A Budget

“We need to eat more fruits and vegetables, that’s a fact. In this workshop, we’ll teach you five easy-to-make plant-based dishes that’ll help you incorporate more fruit and vegetable dishes to your existing diet.”

SAM_3485November – Noche Buena Vegan Feast

“Eat heartily on Noche Buena without the guilt with these plant-based versions of your favorite Noche Buena dishes!”

January – Lose Holiday Weight with Green Smoothie

“Had a little too much fun during the holidays? Don’t worry, we’re here to help you get back to your old self. Green smoothies will help you slip back into those skinny jeans without having to jump and down to make it fit.”

February – Love, Chocolate

“Chocolates definitely rule this month. Let us teach you new plant-based chocolate dishes to romance your lover (or would-be lover)”.

During the introductory workshop,  the following simple everyday plant-based dishes were demonstrated with just a rice cooker and blender.

SAM_3482CHEESY BROCCOLI SOUP

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 1 bunch broccoli, cut into florets, stem trimmed, peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 tsps lemon juice
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tsps oil (optional)

Method

  • Water sauté onions until they are soft. Season with salt, add garlic and cook for a few more minutes.
  • Add broth, milk and broccoli. Cover and let it simmer for 20 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  • Set aside a few broccoli florets. Transfer the remaining contents to a blender and puree. Return pureed soup to the pot and add the remaining florets. While it’s heating, stir in nutritional yeast until everything is incorporated.
  • Add lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Mix well.
  • Serve with crackers or bread on the side.
  • Serves 4.

EASY PAELLA

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced into wedges
  • 1 medium carrot, cubed
  • 4 pcs baguio beans, sliced 2 inches diagonally
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup green peas
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed
  • ¼ cup toasted cashew nuts
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • parsley (as garnish)
  • lemon wedges (as garnish)
  • mushrooms (optional)

Method

  • Turn on rice cooker until it heats up.
  • Saute garlic and onion in olive oil. Add rice and mix in tomato sauce.
  • Add rest of the vegetables to rice cooker.
  • Cover with lid and let it cook until rice cooker goes to warm.
  • Check if everything is cooked. Once it’s cooked, serve with parsley on top and lemon on the side.
  • If using mushroom, sauté with garlic and onion until it’s cooked.
  • Serves 2.

BANANA PINEAPPLE GREEN SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

  • 2 cups greens
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 cups water
  • 4-5 ice

Method

  • Place all ingredients in a blender, with greens in first, and blend.
  • Makes 1 500ml glass.

CHOCOLATE NUT TARTS

Ingredients

Crust

  • Almond, soaked for 6 hours, drained and rinsed
  • Dates, soaked

Filling

  • Fresh ripe lacatan/saba, sliced
  • Coconut oil
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Coconut Nectar Syrup

Method

  • Process almonds or dates until crushed or sticky using a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, chop the almonds and dates and mix them with your hands. Make sure you chop them into small pieces, not too chunky.
  • Press the crust down on a tart pan or a plastic-lined cupcake tins to form the crust.
  • Place sliced bananas on the crust.
  • Add coconut oil, cocoa powder and coconut nectar syrup in a bowl using a whisk. Whisk until everything is combined well. Add cocoa powder or syrup to taste.
  • Pour chocolate sauce on top of banana and place in ref for at least 1 hour to let it set.
  • Once the chocolate sauce thickens, you can serve the tart.
  • You can also sprinkle chopped almonds as garnish.
  • Makes 2 tarts,

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JERTIE’S KITCHEN COMPANY PROFILE

Jertie’s Kitchen is a specialty home-based business operated by sisters, Jertie and Jaclyn Abergas, who want to introduce an alternative, healthier lifestyle to people who want to take care of their bodies.

We create mouth-watering gluten-free and vegan dishes and pastries to satisfy people’s palates. We also show them how to make these simple plant-based dishes through our cooking workshops.  Should they need more support, we offer health coaching to help people transition to a healthier lifestyle.

Health is a big concern for us. We have a strong family history of different medical conditions, lots of hospital visits and even our own health scares. We believe prevention is the best cure and we want to show how people how to take care of their health. We strive to make our products and services affordable because we believe healthy eating should be accessible to all and not just to a select few.

JERTIE’S KITCHEN AND SUGARLEAF

Jertie’s Kitchen is proud to work with Sugarleaf Organic Market and Café to encourage people to live healthier lives. Their all-out support and belief in our passion and what we do is extremely validating. They believe in the same principles we do, to encourage people to be more conscious of what they’re eating and to provide them with the options they need to do that.

Earth Hour Gifts Palawan with A New Lease on Light

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Gift of Light by Gregg Yan & WWFFrom Fiberglass bancas to solar lights, Earth Hour continues its pro-environment pro-people funding projects as more and more people join in to help answer Mother Earth’s cry for help.

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“This lamp contains crude oil,” says fisherman Joys Dominguez while raising a grimy, soot-caked gin bottle. We are inside a hut in Beton, an island community in Northern Palawan. Night has settled and our world is pitch-black, save for what the flickering flames illuminate. Outside is the sea and above it, a sea of stars.

Dominguez Family by Gregg Yan & WWFAround 15 million Filipinos lack regular access to electricity. Beton and its 300 fisherfolk families are no different, relying on dangerous and expensive kerosene lamps to light up their homes. A few own diesel generators, used sparingly. “These lamps are expensive,” adds Dominguez. “I must earn an additional PHP150 (USD3.5) each month to buy half-a-gallon of kerosene. They are also dangerous. If a child knocks down a lamp, our house might burn down.”

Joys is a full-time fisherman, hunting skulking red groupers called Suno which fetch up to PHP6000 (USD135) per kilo in posh Asian restaurants. Beside him is his eldest, 11-year old Kyla Joy Dominguez, struggling to study by candlelight. I pause for a while and ask her how our solar lamps can help her. “I’ll be able to do my homework well every night to perform better in school. It will be a step closer to reaching my dreams.”

Crowdfunding for Light

To help families in Palawan safely and economically light up their homes, Earth Hour, a global movement led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), shall give the Dominguez family and hundreds like them portable solar lamps.

Held every last Saturday of March and originally envisioned as an hour-long switch-off to show unity against climate change, Earth Hour became one of the world’s largest crowdfunding and crowdsourcing movements in 2014. It funded dozens of projects, including the construction of fibreglass bancas in the Philippines.

This year, Earth Hour shall fund the Gift of Light. “Solar lamps rely on the power of the sun, eliminating the need to buy fuel. We’re teaching communities to veer away from fossil-fuels, the burning of which contributes to climate change,” explains Climate Change Unit and Earth Hour Philippines head, Atty. Gia Ibay.

Climate change has caused Arctic sea ice to shrink to its lowest winter extent since 1880. Philippine effects have ranged from more powerful typhoons to massive floods.

The Philippines has been championing the switch-off since 2008. A growing list of allies has pledged to support this year’s efforts, led by government partners such as the Local Government of Quezon City, Climate Change Commission, the Departments of Energy, Environment, Education, Transportation and Communications, Public Works and Highways, Labor and Employment, the League of Provinces, Municipalities and Cities, plus the Metro Manila Development Authority.

Corporate champions are led by Philips, ArthaLand, Alveo Land, Banco De Oro, First Gen Corporation, Smart Communications and McDonald’s.

Media champions include ABS-CBN, BusinessMirror, BusinessWorld, ClickTheCity.Com, Eagle Broadcasting Corporation, FleishmanHillard, FocusMedia, Far Eastern Broadcasting Corporation, Globaltronics, Jack TV, Knowledge Channel, Leo Burnett, Net-25, Orangemagazine, Pelicola.TV, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, QCreativs, Radyo Pilipinas, Radyo Agila, Radyo Veritas, TV5 and Wheninmanila.Com. WWF is seeking more corporate and media support.

After Beton, the project will provide lamps for the Mangyan people and forest rangers protecting the Iglit-Baco Mountain Range in Occidental Mindoro, the last holdout of the critically-endangered Tamaraw, an endemic dwarf forest buffalo.

“The Gift of Light will run for at least a year. We hope that the money Joys and other beneficiaries will save can buy basic needs like food, books and clothes,” adds Ibay. “More importantly, we hope it can give children like Kyla Joy the future they deserve.”

WWF invites you to give the Gift of Light today. Log on to wwf.org.ph/earthhour to help.
Donate here: http://wwf.org.ph/earthhour
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BwQPFVMJ-eE

Integrate Exercise in Daily Tasks and Push Your Limits with Fitness First

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11025424_10152804330647956_1954230720_oExercise—A word that I am not particularly fond of.  The truth is, it’s something that I have been avoiding for years.  It usually comes up every first month of the year or before summer vacation.  So after New Year’s Resolution, it has snuck up behind me again and punched me in the face.  I NEED  to exercise, there is no way around it.  Even if I went into a diet, which is another story, exercise is a health-must beyond the external aspect.

So here is the punch:  Beach and swimming season is around the corner and we want to look great in our swim wear.  No matter how we suck in or tell ourselves we are not that fat, deep down inside we know the truth.  We need to work out, to trim some excess weight and to strengthen our back and bones to work effectively even after summer is over.

We are all busy but this should not be an excuse to not spare a few minutes to walk around, jog around, or bike around.  Watching what we eat does not mean only less food intake but rather eating the right food to keep the right energy for exercise and daily work. So after setting a weekly menu of veggies, fruits, lesser meats and carbo, lots of water in right amounts per day then we are ready to work that body.

SAM_6664Fitness First recently organized an event at the Bonifacio High Street Activity Center in Global City Taguig entitled Push Your Limits. The objective was to show how exercise can be incorporated in everyday tasks and without the need for exercise machines.

Fitness First created  freestyle areas in their clubs which allow you to exercise and move with purpose. They focus on dynamic movement training, movements that will challenge one’s muscles in multiple directions, combining as many muscle groups as possible to challenge you and get you moving in the way nature intended.

The four different fitness areas that were set-up was to test one’s strength, endurance, flexibility, and speed in a very fun and engaging way. Mall-goers got the chance to see how they measured up against what an average person could accomplish. What’s more, the challenges could be completed without the need to be in workout clothes.

To test their speed, participants were engaged in drills using the agility ladder. This is the most effective tool for training speed and improving footwork. For endurance, participants were asked to lift shopping bags progressively being filled with weights after every round. This type of weight training workout improves your ability to do everyday chores such as carrying a bag of groceries or lifting your young child. Participants also tested how strong they were by the number of times they could flip large tires. The entire body needs to be engaged when you flip the tire, which is perfect for improving over-all strength and conditioning. Lastly, participants were asked to accomplish a series of progressive Vinyasa poses. Vinyasa has both mental and physical benefits, synchronized breathing relaxes the mind and the movements significantly improve flexibility.

All these challenges were performed under the expert guidance of Fitness First Fitness Instructors. For every fitness challenge completed, each participant received a raffle entry for a chance to win free 3-month memberships. What’s more, free health checks were made available to all guests.

But more than just participating in the challenges, Fitness First encouraged the participants to push their limits, to try and exceed what their bodies could normally endure. Most came to realize the importance of including exercise as part of their regular routine and that exercise can be fun and can be done anytime without the need for exercise machines.

You may visit any Fitness First branch to learn more about Freestyle or go to their website at www.fitnessfirst.com.ph.

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Robin Padilla’s Organic Love Story Strengthened with Ascof Lagundi

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SAM_6719SAM_6712He casually walks in the room to greet media guest, particularly his “ media batchmates” or those who have supported him all these years,  and surprises the crowd who are caught offguard with his informal nature.   Robin Padilla knows how to make his guests feel at ease and glad to be around him.  Early on, you can tell that his endearing personality is his self-deprecating sense of humor and his respectful and caring aura.   It’s easy to like this carefree and down-to-earth type of guy who candidly speaks his mind.  That’s my impression of Robin Padilla who I  have encountered on two occasions.  In the latest event,  I am in total agreement with his advocacy of an organic lifestyle for all.

“The true cures come from the soil, not synthetic ones that ruin the liver and kidney,” shares Robin Padilla.He was launched as the newest brand endorser of natural cough medicine, ASCOF Lagundi last March 12 at 55 Events Center in Tomas Morato. Robin and wife Mariel Rodriguez believe that one should choose herbal medicines because it is natural unlike synthetic ones that may cause liver and kidney deterioration.

The award-winning actor explained that he  was hesitant at first about the project because he thought he would be endorsing a synthetic product –, something he tries to avoid because he prefers to use herbal medicines in real life.

“‘Nung unang pinitch sa akin ‘to, sabi ko ayaw ko ng mga gamot kasi hindi ako uminom ng gamot kasi kami ni Mariel organic [living]… pero ‘nung nakita ko na organic talaga ang ASCOF Lagundi [pumayag na agad ako],” says Robin in an interview when he visited LAC Farms, one of the country’s biggest OCCP (Organic Certification Center of the Philippines), GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)-certified organic farm owned by Pascual Laboratories, the maker of ASCOF Lagundi.

“Marami po tayong gamot na maiinom na available over-the-counter na gagamutin ‘yung sakit mo pero sisirain naman ‘yung liver mo,” says Robin.

SAM_6700Cough being one of the most common sicknesses in the Philippines resulted in the increase in number of cough medicines, all with claims to be the most effective in addressing it. While this is true, not all brands can claim that they are natural and organic.

ASCOF Lagundi, an herbal medicine, is one of the few that can claim that it is natural, organic, and effective against cough. It has a luwag-tunaw combo action against cough—a bronchodilating effect that widens inflamed/constricted air passageways in the lungs, giving relief to the patient, and a mucolytic action that melts phlegm for easier expectoration.

SAM_6703“‘Yung Chairman ng aming company, si Dr. Abraham F. Pascual, ay may advocacy na mag-develop ng natural products kasi marami talaga sa Philippines na halaman na may medicinal properties so it’s his advocacy to develop products that will be good for the consumers. We find that we are aligned with Mr. Robin Padilla’s own advocacy kaya naman siya ang kinuha namin as endorser for ASCOF,” says Ayne Rili, ASCOF’s Senior Brand Manager.

“Ang maganda sa ASCOF ay sila ‘yung unang brand na gumamit ng Lagundi. Iyong ASCOF, 19 years na sila,’yung iba sumunod na lang,” says Robin.

Having produced Lagundi leaves from its own certified-organic farm, you can only expect that PascualLab uses the best ingredients, coupled with strict quality standards and modern technology.

With the couple’s newly shared interest and practice, Robin says that it brought them to different countries to really study the lifestyle. While Robin says that explaining this kind of living will be a long discussion, he says that his biggest takeaway is feeling lighter and more at ease with his body every day.  Clearly, his body does not reveal his real age, being so fit and healthy as he wore all-white during the event.

Practicing this way of living for almost three years now, the action star feels responsible to share his discovery to everyone because it is good for one’s overall wellness.

“Meron tayong moral obligation sa mga taong naniniwala sa atin na dalhin natin sila sa tama. Ito ang paraan natin to give back, [to only endorse] the truth. Itong organic medicine is the best na maibibigay natin sa tao,” says Robin.

Apple Pie, Fudge Brownies, Chocolate Chip, Butter Pecans, New Pinkberry Flavors

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10425457_10152765030712956_8904565601162551619_nSAM_6693Indescribable goodness. Pinkberry must have gone all the way to heaven and back with their new yogurt creations.  Richness, creaminess, sweetness, and tanginess in a serving of Pinberry especially with their new desserts: Warm apple pie and fudge brownies topped with your choice of freshly swirled Pinkberry yogurt.  Words simply cannot capture the experience, you’ll just have to try it to understand the true joy of a pinkberry goodness.  A wonderful treat for the health and fitness buff.

10409099_10152765017102956_7206579570296241435_nPinkberry Apple Pie a la mode captures the classic taste of apple pie. The base is made with real baked apples and cinnamon crumble which is then topped with your choice of Original, Vanilla Bean, or Salted Caramel yogurt and a drizzle of caramel sauce.

SAM_6690Pinkberry Brownie a la mode has chocolate chip brownies swimming in decadent warm chocolate fudge syrup topped with your choice of Original, Vanilla Bean, Butter Pecan or Salted Caramel yogurt and sprinkled with almonds and shaved milk chocolate for an added crunch.

But wait, here’s more . . . they have two new yogurt flavors to keep you in a happy mood.

SAM_6695The Pinkberry chocolate chip cookie yogurt provides an innovative way to enjoy your favorite cookie. This flavor is made with real cookie pieces for a delicious, creamy and sweet taste. Chocolate Chip Cookie Pinkberry can be enjoyed on its own or topped with Pinkberry’s premium toppings such as semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini milk chocolate gems, cookie dough, honey almond granola, whipped cream or chocolate sauce. Mix and match them to create a new taste experience each time.

1969378_10152765014357956_3052334712406150954_nButter Pecan Pinkberry is a smooth maple-noted yogurt with roasted pecans that embodies the indulgent, velvety taste of the classic ice cream. Butter Pecan Pinkberry can be enjoyed on its own. To give it a different dimension, you can top it with caramelized pecans, bananas, toasted almonds, caramel sauce, or light agave.

Now you’ve got more toppings and flavors you can handle making it a tough decision on what to mix and match. A sweet and happy problem, I must say.

To get a taste of Pinkberry’s Swirly Goodness, visit Pinkberry in Greenbelt 5, Alabang Town Center, SM Aura, Power Plant Mall, and SM Megamall Fashion Hall. Or log on to http://www.pinkberry.com.ph or their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/PinkberryPhilippines

Win a Pin11009219_10152765055147956_7897775655723099303_nkberry Party!

10 special sized yogurt with 2 toppings each, FREE!

All you have to do is post your most refreshing Pinkberry summer photo on Facebook and/or Instagram and use #refreshingpinkberrysummer.

The 8 photos (4 Facebook and 4 Instagram) with the most likes will win a Pinkberry Party (10 special sized yogurt with 2 toppings), which can be claimed at any Pinkberry store.

The contest will run from March to June. Two winners (1 Facebook and 1 Instagram) will be announced on the 30th day of each month.

10403597_10152765040502956_3238654615244723723_nAbout  Pinkberry

Pinkberry reinvented the frozen yogurt category when it launched in West Hollywood, California in January, 2005. The handcrafted yogurt bar offers the original tart and tangy frozen yogurt that is the perfect balance of tart and sweet, resulting in a light, refreshing and clean taste that is truly craveable. Each serving uses only real non-fat yogurt and real non-fat milk for the best tasting yogurt experience.

Pinkberry’s thoughtfully selected premium toppings number to thirty, categorized into four – dry, fruit, luxe and liquid. Each topping is chosen to provide a taste and texture combination to complement their signature frozen yogurt. Their fruits are always fresh, never from a can, frozen or sitting in water.

Pinkberry is one of the fastest growing retail brands globally with over 240 stores across 17 countries. The Philippines is its first market in Asia. Greenbelt 5, their flagship store in the country opened last December 7, 2011.

When they launched ten years ago, they only had two flavors:  original and green tea.  Today the brand has gained a pop culture icon status and has expanded its menu to over 18 flavors that are rotated seasonally. In addition to frozen yogurt, Pinkberry also offers fruit parfaits, fruit bowls, smoothies and waffle cookie sandwiches.

More Windfarms, Zero Black Outs, WWF Dispels Doubt

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Adding 500 MW of wind power to the national grid will have no negative impacts on Philippine grid operations, reveals a 2013 World Bank and Australia AusAid report on the Grid Impact of Variable Renewable Energy (VRE) for the Philippines. “Despite wind’s variable nature, 500 MW can easily be integrated without the risk of blackouts or interruptions,” explains WWF-Philippines Climate Change Unit Head Atty. Gia Ibay.

“A country’s national grid should have a power reserve capacity equal to or larger than its biggest power plant. This reserve prevents blackouts, even if the grid’s biggest plant shuts down.” The 500 MW of wind provided by new wind farms in Ilocos, Rizal and Panay, is smaller than the grid’s reserve requirements, so even with their variable nature, they will not affect the grid negatively.

There will also be no grid constraint problems regarding the time of day that wind farms feed energy into the system because wind production peaks from 11 AM to 2 PM and 6 PM to 9 PM, the hours with the highest daily peak demands. This means that all generated energy will be consumed. This dispels fears of creating ‘over-contracted’ energy which goes to waste.

About 70% of Philippine electricity is currently generated from fossil-fuels, 90% of which are imported at varying prices. Humanity’s continued reliance on fossil-fuels for the transportation and energy-generation industries is the primary cause of climate change, the impacts of which are becoming more destructive yearly.

Climate solutions-provider World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is spearheading the Seize the Wind campaign to increase the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) allocation for wind energy from 200 MW to 500 MW before the end of summer. Wind produces free, clean power throughout the year with the highest production during November to April’s Amihan season.

The Seize the Wind campaign fully supports the construction of new wind farms to augment the national power supply and overcome the country’s power deficit. About 400 MW of wind power shall be added to the national grid by April 2015.

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