Wednesday, September 12, 2018

New Blogging Home!

Hello dear readers!

I so love this blog, Baby Neo’s Mama.  This blog was created when my little boy was a year old.  I wrote about a lot of things I love and I like in this blog.  This blog grew with me and my little boy. 

My little boy is no longer a baby.  Thus the name Baby Neo’s Mama can no longer apply to me.  I don’t want my blogging journey to end, and so I created a new home.   I will still give you updates on this blog, but you can see more of me at my new blog:  Wanderful Mom

Lots of Love,

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Press Release: 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup and 5th Latte Art Throwdown

Allegro Beverage Corporation, the Philippine preferred coffee solutions provider, in partnership with LNA Management Group, will be staging the ultimate and the longest running barista competitions in the country.  The 5th Latte Art Throwdown will be held on September 13, 2018 and the 12th Philippine Grand Barista Cup (PGBC) on September 14, 2018 at the Asia Food Expo (AFEX) in the World Trade Center, Manila.

These events have grown popularity and are celebrated by industry and coffee aficionados, showcasing the exceptional talent and craftsmanship of Filipinos in the art of coffee - the process of blending, style, creativity, and presentation.

The objectives of these competitions are:

  • To promote the excellence and recognition of the barista competition
  • to increase the appreciation for specialty coffee especially Philippine Arabica beans
  • to raise the bar for Filipino baristas competing in world championships.  Our highest ranking has been 13th place out of 60 countries at the World Barista Championships.
Leo De Leon, President of Allegro Beverage, is pleased to announce that the Grand Winner of each event will receive a Championship trophy, a Franke fully automatic espresso / cappuccino machine worth Php100K, a Barista Kit worth Php15K, free overnight hotel stay at Midas Hotel and Casino and Allegro gift bags from our valued sponsors. 

De Leon said that these coffee competitions in the last 12 years have highlighted the technical and creative skills of the barista Finalists in service presentation, creativity and passion for coffee.  He notes that more than half of our past winners have relocated overseas for greener pastures as there is a large demand for experienced Filipino baristas in cruise ships, hotels, casinos, restaurants, and coffee shops.

At a World Barista Championship that De Leon attended in Dublin, Ireland, there were 4 natural born Filipinos competing but representing countries from the Middle East and Austria.

Major partners for these events are EXPOBAR, MOAK Special Bar, Routin 1883 and Fruiss, Nuova Simonelli, and Franke fully automatic machines from Switzerland.  Other sponsors are MILKLAB, Malongo Atelier, Barista Philippines, UCC Coffee, UCC Academy, Blizzard Ref Sales Corporation and Far Eastern University. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Press Release: Optimal Birth Outcome Program of Delgado Clinic

Dr. Jesus Delgado Memorial Hospital, more popularly known as the Delgado Clinic, has been championing mother care for 70 years with a record of more than a hundred thousand babies being delivered to date. From normal births to high-risk complications, the Delgado Clinic has taken an extra measure of love and personalized care as all mothers do to make sure their child not only lives, but flourishes.

True to its legacy, the Delgado Clinic introduces the Optimal Birth Outcome (OBO) program, a free three-day workshop that serves as the ultimate care, support and education system for moms-to-be designed to minimize or even eliminate congenital defect, premature birth, new-born infections, and other chronic complications for both mothers and children.

An Optimal Birth Outcome (OBO) is achieved when there is zero or reduced complications. The OBO program does this by providing added-value services in support of the foundational needs of every individual mother. No matter what level of physical or emotional health they mother comes in with, the goal of the program is to provide the best possible childbearing outcome for each mother and child.

The OBO program focuses on five aspects of health that are scientifically proven to have wide ranging effects for every pregnancy.

       Nutrition and Wellness- Delgado Clinic has localized the latest scientific nutrition information to support reduced negative birth outcomes, achieve optimum growth and development of the baby and provide a stable environment from which both mother and child may spring from.

       Biotransformation & Elimination of Toxicants- The advent of urbanization has surrounded mothers with multiple toxic elements that are often missed and unassisted. Pulling from the latest scientific evidence the OBO program equips mothers with the practical knowledge of avoiding and substituting today’s most commonly used harmful chemicals.

       Stress Management- Stress during pregnancy affects a child’s developing brain, metabolic system and body. Through the OBO stress mangament workshop mothers are taught the multiple ways of managing stress and its link to long term maternal and child diseases.

       Exercise in Pregnancy - Physical exercise is an activity that improves or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness. Exercise during pregnancy is important and can help with some common discomforts of pregnancy and support the body for labor, delivery and life after delivery.

       Sleep Management- Establishing good sleep patterns during pregnancy is physically, psychologically and emotionally important. A good sleep pattern plays an important role in the preparation for birth, and protects the baby from the psychological stresses and strains of pregnancy.

Empowered by Johnson & Johnson, the First Time Mom Unit (FTMU) facility that caters to first time moms in their medical and hospital needs, and the Delgado Clinic’s Optimal Birth Outcome (OBO) program aims to deliver enriching workshops for the mother not only to give birth to a healthy baby, but also to be holistically healthy before, during, and after the pregnancy.

By signing onto the First Time Mom Unit (FTMU) and Optimal Birth Outcome (OBO) workshops, moms-to-be also become eligible to join on the “Bet on Your D-Day.” The exclusive contest created by the Delgado Clinic to give OBO participants more than just an educational reward but a chance to win discounts on their maternity packages and other amazing prizes.

The OBO program is scheduled to launch on January 20 followed by the succeeding workshops on January 27 and February 3, 2018 at the Delgado Clinic.
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