Jane Camus Knof Mrs. Model Mom Universe 2020-2021 Advocacy rooted in charity

Jane Camus Knof has pageant blood running in her veins. Her paternal aunt, Evelyn Camus,
who won Binibining Pilipinas-International in 1971, placed 2nd runner-up in the Miss
International finals. True to her blood she placed 2nd runner-up in the Mrs. Abu Dhabi pageant
in 1997.

She, however, joined the pageant circuit not for the glamour but for its charitable
causes. That’s why her title as Mrs. Noble Advocacy Queen 2019 couldn’t be more apt.
Born in Maasin, Southern Leyte where she finished her elementary years, she and her family
moved to Metro Manila where she grew up and continued her studies. She attended the Far
Eastern University and the MMC where she obtained her medical technology degree. Even at a
young age, and from a family of means, she is fondly remembered as somebody who shares
whatever things she has, especially food. And the habit stayed on.

As the reigning Mrs. Model Mom Universe (MMMU), Jane is a charitable person and willing
helps, quietly, most of the time – a virtue at the very core of the pageant organization’s platform.
MMMU believes there is beauty in helping people. “I believe in a platform that helps others in
need,” shared the 53-year-old mother of four. I was born in Maasin, Southern Leyte and
finished my elementary in Cebu City and moved to Manila. As a continuing gesture, Jane is
extending her generosity to the Badiang Elementary School in Maasin, Southern Leyte, where
her mom used to teach.

Married to John Knof, a retired aircraft engineer, the couple live in Clearwater, Florida, home to
North America’s most beautiful beachfronts. Jane has been invited to be part of pageant jurors
in Dubai, Bahrain, Missouri and Kansas in the USA, as well as the Philippines.
A nurse, medical technologist, and cellulite therapist by profession, Jane is the second
appointed titleholder to wear the MMMU crown. She follows the footsteps of Malaysian queen
Claire See who blazed a beautiful trail in 2019. The next MMMU local and international
pageants will unfold in the last quarter of 2021.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, Jane frequently visits the country. She’s here every two months
or so. “I want to be remembered as someone who gives a helping hand, even without a beauty
title to speak of,” Jane said at the close of our overseas phone call.

With Ms. Christi Lynn McGarry With her husband John Knof
(Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2015)                             

Sterling Bank accelerates adoption of digital payments through QR code

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Sterling Bank of Asia (SBA) continues to strengthen its digitization efforts by improving its online banking platform with the implementation of the Sterling Bank QR Pay.

Among the BSP-supervised financial institutions, SBA is one of the first thrift banks that has adopted the National Quick Response Code Standard (QRPh).“The advantage of using QR code is that it facilitates instant payment or fund transfer without the need to manually key in the account details,” said Mr. Cecilio San Pedro, SBA’s President and CEO. This lessens the errors and makes fund transfers and payments fast, safe, and convenient.QRPh makes QR codes of different banks and e-wallets interoperable.

Through Sterling Bank’s mobile app, the QR Pay is now accessible to clients — offering a convenient alternative to sending funds to, or receiving funds from, other QRPh-compliant local banks and e-wallets.”Now that our customers’ financial needs are evolving and transactions are shifting more in favor of e-payments, we want to ensure that our digital platform addresses their banking requirements,” added San Pedro.

The bank’s online banking facility also allows fund transfers via Instapay and Pesonet. Fees for these transactions, including QR Pay, will remain free until December 31, 2020.In November 2019, BSP and the payment industry participants launched the National Quick Response (QR) Code Standard. With the growing acceptance and use of contactless payments, it is also set to introduce the person-to-merchant (P2M) transactions via QRPh soon to complement the person-to-person (P2P) transactions.For more information and updates about Sterling Bank of Asia, visit www.sterlingbankasia.com and download the Sterling Bank Online App to experience secure and convenient banking.www.sterlingbankasia.comsterlingbankasia.com


In the middle of the ongoing pandemic, only the strong can rise to go against the norm. While a lot of companies have been forced to stand down and close shop, High Breed chose to rise to the challenge and so High Breed Lifestyle Clothing was born.

Keeping comfort in mind and the penchant of Filipinos for wearing hoodies at the slightest sign of rain or cold, High Breed Lifestyle Clothing delivers what Filipinos look for in a piece of clothing: fashion, function, and comfort.

Ian Pantig, the owner of High Breed Lifestyle clothing, wanted something that Filipinos can wear all year round. He also made sure that each piece is affordable but durable, meaning these shirts can last for along time. He recognizes that times are hard and want to make sure that people are buying something that is worth their hard earned money. 

As you can see, all the shirts have basic designs on them which makes them wearable anywhere. The shirts come in basic black and white. They are very comfortable and even when you sweat through the shirt, it doesn’t feel uncomfortable.

The hoodies, on the other hand, comes in S-XL which makes it perfect for almost everyone. It’s made of quality clothing, perfect for those chilly nights or when rainy season sets in. This will definitely keep you feeling warm.

High Breed is now open to accept orders here and they ship nationwide.  You can also check their Facebook page here.

Website: https://highbreedph.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/highbreedclothingph/

Aloe Vera, The Clean Beauty Holy Grail Reshaping Hair Care

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As attractive as they look like in a pot, aloe vera plants have been hailed as a natural ingredient with many positive skin benefits for thousands of years. Aloe vera leaves are full of gel-like texture that are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fatty acids. Aloe Vera also contains enzymes that repair dead skin cells, while moisturizing the skin.

It is rich in vitamins C and E which are nutrients that improve the skin’s elasticity, for a firmer and youthful look.Back in 2018, the rise of aloe vera gel tubs have taken over the Philippine beauty community. Aloe vera’s ability to soothe and provide hydration to the skin, boosted its popularity in the ever-humid country. And now aloe vera is proving to be an effective ingredient not only for the skin care world, but also the hair care industry. Experience Plant Powered Showers with the Benefits of Aloe VeraIn its raw form, aloe vera can be used as a mild cleansing agent that gets rid of dirt and product build-up, while leaving hair smooth and with more volume.

But if you’re not into rubbing plant leaves on your hair, you can also experience #PlantPowerInEveryShower with Herbal Essences bio:renew blend shampoos that contain real aloe vera, kelp, and histidine. It hydrates each strand to provide frizz control, adds shine, and nourishes dry hair — making hair soft, manageable, and smelling great. Herbal Essences bio:renew shampoos are crafted with an amino acid called histidine, which acts as superfood for the hair trapping and neutralizing the elements that can cause damage in the hair — such as pollution, sun exposure, and even shower water.

With the power of aloe vera, and other plant based ingredients, Herbal Essences bio:renew shampoos are pH-balanced and free of parabens, silicone, and colorants which make it color-safe to use for color-treated hair to bring out it’s natural beauty. Clean Beauty Transparency in Every BottleTransparency and sustainability are at the core of Herbal Essences bio:renew. As a catalyst for clean beauty, Herbal Essences continues with its mission to provide safe and non-toxic hair care options.

And with the continued commitment to ingredient transparency in every bottle, all the high-quality botanicals and REAL plant extracts used are harvested sustainably and responsibly through various partners from all over the world. So, when they put a plant on our bottle label, it means it’s truly in there. Plus, all other plant and mineral ingredients undergo limited processing, which ensures a minimal blow on the carbon footprint. It’s never too late to join the clean beauty community this holiday season. Treat your scalp and hair with the best of nature and science in a bottle.Shop the Herbal Essences bio:renew range through Lazada or Shopee and experience #PlantPowerInEveryShower.

NOVUHAIR&Master Hanz: Attuned with Nature’s Energy

Cliché as it may sound, life has to go on but be it not forgotten that we can’t continue ignoring our body’s natural rhythm. Our individual uniqueness has equipped us with varied energy set up. While others may need more sleep than the normal, some are designed with more sensitivity to asymmetries in daily routine. Ignoring our bodily-sent warning signals to slow down may cause health problems later on.

Fortunately, the prowess of the universe works in different mysterious ways andmore often than not, destiny is one of the words that the brain can essentially define. NOVUHAIR®, 2019 leading natural hair loss treatment (Euromonitor Passport Data October 2019), partnered with one of the country’s top Feng Shui Experts Master HanzCua. Backed up by15 years of practice, Master Hanzis the 9th expert to join the brand’s roster of VIP Coaches this year, working closely with the NOVUHAIR®Team in spreading the brand’s advocacy campaign in celebration of its 10th successful year in the market.

Dubbed as NOVUHAIR’s Feng Shui VIP Coach, Master Hanz supported the launch of its “10.10 NOVUHAIR®LUCKY DEALS” at Lazada which runs from October 10-18, 2020. Avail up to 20% discount on NOVUHAIR® products.

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5 Immunity enhancing habits to help improve your daily routine

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle during quarantine is a challenge for all women staying in control of their full-time career and personal life.

With the piled-up tasks waiting to be done, health and well being at most times have taken the back seat. If you’re one of the many women who’s feeling a sudden loss of motivation, lack of energy to concentrate, and suffers chronic fatigue, you might be experiencing a case of iron deficiency anemia.

Ang Dugo Mo, Kamusta? Iron deficiency anemia happens when your blood has a lower amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin than normal. This can cause you to feel weak, tired, dizzy, look pale, and experience headaches. People with chronic medical conditions, pregnant or menstruating women are most vulnerable in having anemia. While those who are not able to maintain a healthy lifestyle are also at risk.

A healthy blood means a healthy body, so to help you fight iron deficiency anemia here are 5 simple immunity-boosting activities that you can do at home.

1. Keep hydrated forgetting to drink the daily recommended amount of water can sometimes be inevitable when you’re trying to stay on track on your endless to-do lists. This can result in dehydration to the body. Dehydration can cause muscle fatigue, headaches, and constipation. When you’re well hydrated, your body is provided enough nutrients for your muscles to move smoothly, maintain a cool temperature, and help filter waste from the blood so you can go on with your day to day tasks better.

2. Help keep iron deficiency anemia away with Multivitamins & Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) Eating an overall balanced diet helps your body in maintaining enough energy to keep you functioning all day. Yet as you age, your body needs the help it can get to sustain immunity and fight illnesses. If you’re running on a hectic routine whether you’re just at home or out for work, taking Multivitamins significantly helps when the food you eat isn’t able to provide your body the nutrients and minerals it needs.Multivitamins & Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) is an iron supplement with vitamins and minerals that helps to replenish iron stores and increases red blood cell levels in the body. It has ferrous gluconate, a type of iron salt which allows better absorption of iron in the body, Folic acid, and vitamin B12 which are vital for production of red blood cells and during pregnancy. It also contains Vitamin C which helps improve iron absorption, and Copper sulphate and manganese sulphate that helps in the metabolic processes of blood cell production. Recommended intake is one to two capsules daily, during or after meals, or as prescribed by your doctor.

3. Stay active at home. Shortness of breath even when doing simple tasks at home can be caused by lack of exercise. Consistent exercise is important in keeping yourself in good health and shape; and not only does it promote good circulation, it also improves your overall health stability and energy levels. Simple exercises like walking around the house, lifting house items as hand weights, and stretching every now and then from your desk can help circulate healthy blood better.

4. Get enough quality sleep. Constantly pulling all-nighters can negatively impact your health and nutrition. Your quality and length of sleep affect your body’s ability to fight sickness and fatigue. It is ideal for adults to have at least seven hours of healthy sleep to fully function the following day. If you’re having trouble sleeping or unable to get to the state of deep sleep, keeping gadgets away from your bed, and turning off bright lights may help your body relax.

5. Manage Stress . Managing your tasks for work and home can get overwhelming and can possibly lead to anxiety and stress. Your body’s response to stress is by raising the levels of cortisol in the blood. When cortisol increases, the number of white blood cells in the body decreases, and this can put you at greater risk of getting sick and experiencing iron deficiency anemia. Simple changes in your daily habits can greatly help in managing intense emotions. Handle your stress levels by having a limited time in a day to consume news.

Connecting to your family and friends through video calls can help ease your mood as well. To help you keep your focus, remember to look away from your computer screen every 20 minutes to avoid stressing your eye muscles. Maintaining a healthy blood keeps you less susceptible to illnesses and infections. Taking Multivitamins & Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) helps regulate your blood iron so you won’t have to worry about experiencing symptoms of iron deficiency anemia.If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.ASC REFERENCE CODE: P038P090120SS

Jonah Chipeco— A Quintessential Dreamer Becomes Asia’s Writerpreneur

A Writerpreneur, a portmanteau of the words — writer and entrepreneur, is more than just a writer who makes money online through writing. A writerpreneur is a writer who has a mind of a businessperson.

Jonah Chipeco, the Chief Trainer and Founder of Writing Hacks Academy, is an epitome of this word. Hence, in the Philippine freelancing world, she is known as Asia’s Writerpreneur.

Jonah uses her creative gifts to form income-generating opportunities as an entrepreneur. She utilizes the power of writing as her foundation in solving her clients’ and students’ problems. Her writing skills are the building blocks of her business. As a Writerpreneur, she combined her passion for writing and entrepreneurship to produce and deliver information products that clients can study, use, or sell.

Jonah helps her clients and students promote their brand by teaching writing. She believes that content drives today’s digital age. She emphasizes that writing and content marketing are the keys to promote one’s business and services online. Jonah is the go-to person of the Filipinos who wants to begin with their writing journey. She empowers coaches, consultants, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and working professionals, unleash the potential of writing to elevate their authority in their chosen industry and attract clients.

Jonah’s story as an entrepreneur began in 2011. She did multiple side-income projects in freelance writing, event organizing, and selling branded bags on top of her day job as a marketing manager. A life-changing accident in 2015 made her acknowledged her dream of becoming a resource speaker. She desired to coach people and write books.

In 2016, she crafted her path to achieving her dream of becoming a global speaker after recovering from the accident by starting as a freelance writer and trainer in the Philippines. Jonah eventually founded Writing Hacks Academy — an online school where she launched her workshops, ebooks, and online courses to help entrepreneurs and freelancers use their writing skills in realizing their personal and business goals.

Since then, Jonah delivered more than 70+ public seminars in partnership with credible training institutions in the Philippines. She became a thought leader featured by media organizations such as Inc. Southeast Asia, Marketing in Asia, WheninManila.com, Eagle News Philippines, and DWBL 1242 AM.

Indeed, Jonah Chipeco proves that you can be who you want to become in today’s digital age. Being transparent and honest about what you want in life while taking action is worth it. Your passion can be your profession once you exert efforts to look at how you can serve through your skills.

She is undeniably the one and only Asia’s Writerpreneur.


Image: Park Inn by Radisson Putrajaya’s Standard room

Park Inn by Radisson, the bright upper-midscale brand from Radisson Hotel Group, has made its debut in Malaysia with the launch of a brand-new hotel in the heart of the country’s most vibrant commercial and economic triangle.

Newly-opened on 1 October 2020, Park Inn by Radisson Putrajaya is perfectly positioned for business and leisure travelers alike; Putrajaya, Malaysia’s administrative capital city, is just 20 minutes’ drive away, while Kuala Lumpur, the country’s largest city and federal capital, is only 30 minutes away by car – great for shopping, sightseeing and business trips. Malaysia’s main international airport, KLIA, is also just 20 minutes away.

This hotel features 220 rooms and suites, all of which are fully connected with free Wi-Fi, international power outlets and USB ports. Guests can get a great night’s rest on comfortable beds, stay refreshed with walk-in rain showers, and refuel 24 hours a day with in-room dining. The onsite restaurant, RBG, serves local and international dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a lively open kitchen vibe and a choice of indoor and alfresco seating. Signature dishes include fish curry with pandan steamed rice, and oven baked roulade chicken.

When guests are not exploring the local area, they can work out in the hotel’s fully-equipped, 24-hour fitness center, or take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool and children’s pool. The local area offers an array of attractions, such as the Sepang International Circuit and Putrajaya Botanical Gardens.

Corporate guests can host inspiring events in seven function spaces, including four top floor venues that overlook the gardens and are bathed in natural light. For large gatherings, the 176-square meter, pillar-free Putrajaya Room can host up to 180 delegates and features the latest technology and an LED panel, which is sure to make an impact. The other six rooms, which range from 28 to 49 square meters, are ideal for board meetings, training sessions and seminars with up to 35 people.

Every stay will be enriched by Park Inn by Radisson’s unique ‘Yes I Can!’ service philosophy, which is reflected in the positive attitude of the hotel’s staff.

“We are delighted to introduce Park Inn by Radisson to Malaysia for the first time. This colorful and contemporary brand allows guests to enjoy intuitive accommodation and international amenities at a reasonable price point. This opening marks an exciting new era for Radisson Hotel Group in Malaysia, and we expect to introduce even more of our industry-leading brands and hotels to the country in future,” commented Andre de Jong, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia and Pacific.

“With our outstanding location, within easy reach of Malaysia’s two capitals and accessible from the rest of the world via KLIA, Park Inn by Radisson Putrajaya will give guests everything they need, right on their doorstep. We look forward to bringing this brand of bright, feel-good hospitality to local and international travelers alike,” said Rajaram Nagoo, General Manager, Park Inn by Radisson Putrajaya.

Park Inn by Radisson Putrajaya joins an expanding collection of Park Inn by Radisson hotels in Asia Pacific, including locations in China, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Philippines.

Explore Putrajaya with Park Inn by Radisson: https://blog.parkinn.com/serene-stopovers-in-putrajaya


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Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world’s largest hotel groups with seven distinctive hotel brands, and more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development around the world. Radisson Hotel Group’s portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson.

Radisson Rewards is our global rewards program that delivers unique and personalized ways to create memorable moments that matter to our guests. Radisson Rewards offers exceptional loyalty benefits for our guests, meeting planners, travel agents and business partners.

Radisson Meetings places its guests and their needs at the heart of its offer and treats every meeting or event as more than just a date on the calendar. Radisson Meetings is built around three strong service commitments: Personal, Professional and Memorable, while delivering on the brilliant basics and our signature Yes I Can! service spirit and being uniquely 100% Carbon Neutral.

More than 95,000 global team members work for Radisson Hotel Group and at the hotels licensed to operate in its systems.

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Park Inn by Radisson is an upper midscale hotel brand that delivers stress-free experiences, good food and upbeat environments, while mastering the essentials. Park Inn by Radisson positively lifts our guests’ mood for a happy stay – with clever use of color; fresh, contemporary design; and friendly, personalized service with surprising feel-good extras. Park Inn by Radisson hotels can be found in capital cities, around economic hubs, and near airports and railway stations. Guests and professional business partners can enhance their experience with Park Inn by Radisson by participating in Radisson Rewards, a global loyalty program offering exceptional benefits and rewards.

Park Inn by Radisson is a part of Radisson Hotel Group, which also includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza and Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, brought together under one commercial umbrella brand Radisson Hotels.

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Park Inn by Radisson Putrajaya is perfectly positioned in Malaysia’s most dynamic region, just a short drive from the country’s two capital cities, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, and 20 minutes from KLIA. The hotel offers 220 modern guest rooms and suites, 24-hour room service and an all-day restaurant, RBG. Facilities include a 24-hour fitness center, a swimming pool, children’s pool, and seven function spaces including the 180-guest Putrajaya room.

For more information: www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/park-inn-putrajaya.


Cliché as it sounds but marriage is indeed a life-changing commitment for two people. From the moment she says “yes” to the days leading to the big day, this entire journey is nothing but a roller coaster ride.

And every couple’s first challenge is planning their wedding.

This will test their commitment, patience, multi-tasking and will to compromise, not to mention setting a decent budget and sticking to it. But one doesn’t have to look from afar.

Situated within a 400-hectare property in the midst of Bagac, Bataan, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is a fitting place to embark on an exciting and delightful journey to happily ever-after.

Completed with breathtaking views featuring a unique collection of fine pre-colonial restored casas and heritage landscapes, this heritage site is a no-miss to couples looking for their “the one.”

With the pandemic calling for more intimate celebrations, fall in love with Las Casas even more with the brand’s impressive line-up of venue options, from its Sanctuario de San Jose for a church ceremony to its verdant greens for garden celebrations, flexible menu offers, and other banquet requirements.

For as low as PHP 175,000 nett, the “Intimate Wedding” offer is a flexible option for a minimum of 20 guests. This package is inclusive of set lunch or dinner with one round of coffee or tea, free-flowing iced tea, overnight accommodation for the lovely couple, complimentary set breakfast for two, one bottle of sparkling wine, three-tiered wedding cake, special flower arrangement for head table, Las Casas-inspired guest book and more.

What better way to document these tender moments before the big day than an engagement session that can easily capture the lovely couple in their element.

Rates starting at PHP 38,000, Las Casas’ “Picture Perfect” include shooting fee for any event, complimentary glam room until 6:00 PM, complimentary bottled water, use of “balsa” or native raft, access to Hotel de Oriente, access to about two featured show rooms, heavy snacks for ten and 30-minute use of kalesa.

Weddings, after all, only come once, and pulling out all the stops and defying odds are nothing for a special day especially when you are set to start a journey-of-a-lifetime.

Whether one opts for a posh wedding or a simpler and more intimate one, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is the place to be.

For more information, visit www.lascasasfilipinas.com or follow Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar on Facebook and Instagram.