Breeze ActivBleach calls on moms to join 1Laba Day

Breeze ActivBleach is treating mommies across the country to a day off from their laundry chores with the simultaneous nationwide event 1Laba Day happening on August 28. Moms in barangays throughout Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are invited to head to 1Laba Day venues and let Breeze’s revolutionary ActivBleach take care of their stained clothes while they take part in exciting activities Breeze has in store for them to celebrate every mother’s hard work and love for her family.

With 1 Laba Day, Breeze aims to wash 1 million stains using Breeze ActivBleach, which removes even the toughest of stains in just one wash. Participating moms can enjoy their ultimate laundry day-off as Breeze treats them to various entertainment activities, while the Breeze Laba Ladies and Laba Machines, sponsored by campaign partners Electrolux, White Westinghouse, Whirpool and LG, will take care of washing their clothes.
Simultaneous 1Laba Day events will happen in Metro Manila (Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City, Pasay), North Luzon (Tarlac, Pangasinan), South Luzon (Laguna, Cavite), Visayas (Cebu), and Mindanao (Davao).
Breeze with ActivBleach is the first and only detergent brand with 4-enzyme technology to remove more types of stains with less effort and time. It even has a unique active system for better foam profile and quicker lather, plus percarbonate TAED bleach that takes out bleachable stains without harming the environment. 

Be a part of the Breeze 1 Laba Day event and see for yourself how Breeze with ActivBleach removes 1 million stains in just one wash. Like the official Breeze Facebook page (@BreezePhilippines) and join the online promos to get the chance to win washing machines from partner brands. Consumers can also get free Breeze gift packs for every purchase of an Electrolux, Whirlpool and LG washing machine. 

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Tracing back history in Fort Santiago

Every travel starts with an aim. And ours was to wander around and get lost in history.

History classes told me stories of the past. Tales during the Colonial time, the American invasion, the Japanese occupation. Through history, I learned that the Philippines was under Spanish rule for 333 years, that Filipinos cowered in their own country, that men who fought for liberty were punished and executed.
 
Through history, I learned about Dr. Jose Rizal and Fort Santiago–the national hero’s final days in the fortress.

Fort Santiago has always been part of my lifetime traveler’s itinerary. And recently, I ticked the destination off my list, as I officially set foot on the historical site with an equally adventurous and always curious friend.

We rode on the Pasig River ferry on our way to Intramuros, an experience we quite enjoyed, not only because it was our first time, but also it was indeed exciting. But what awaited us in Intramuros was far more exhilarating.

Fort Santiago is a military structure built in the 16th century during the Spanish Colonization. It is within “The Walled City,” or Intramuros which literally means “within the walls.” (Places “outside the walls” were called Extramuros.)

One of the things that truly amazed us was the outfit of the guards stationed around the place. They were wearing the grey uniform worn by Filipino and Spanish soldiers before complete with a hat. So, aside from the historical atmosphere set by the old structures, and the horse-drawn carriages (Kalesa) taking tourists around, the guards will also make you feel that you’re living during the Spanish Era.

Upon our entrance to our trip’s highlight, our hearts jumped in glee and our blood raced through our veins–a clear indication that we were getting closer to the place where one of the greatest men in the world spent the last days of his life before his execution. Entrance fee is P75.00 for adults and P50.00 for children and students.

The rustic ambiance set our minds to reminiscence. We didn’t hire a tour guide which was better, because we had the liberty to roam around and take all the attraction and information in at our own pace without pressure.

Rizal’s hat and trench coat
The national hero’s alcohol stove

The Dungeons
Literally following Rizal’s footsteps.

And since we didn’t have to follow a schedule, I had the luxury of letting my quirky side take over. It didn’t have to be an all too serious trip, did it?

Well, I just thought of teaching these guys some modern technology…
…and having some massage for my aching back.
Meanwhile, here’s another propagandist.
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The Rizal Shrine in Fort Santiago will tell you a lot of stories about Dr. Jose Rizal through mementos displayed, and the representation of his prison cell and the trial complete with life size mannequins. Seeing the things that belonged to him and touched by his very own hands hundreds of years ago was an exceptional experience quite different from learning about him through history books and classes. It was like an up close and personal meet up with one of history’s greatest men. Only he didn’t talk back.

Photos courtesy of Jen Decena.

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Threading the Pasig River for the first time

Sometimes, the best trips are unplanned–or aren’t well planned. I had one recently and it was indeed beyond great.

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In Jose Rizal’s novel “El Filibusterismo,” the national hero talked about the Pasig River described as a transportation channel in the narrative. This body of water is not only a prominent setting of a story created by an imaginative mind; this is also a precious gem of the Philippines.

History tells us that the Pasig River was once clean and uncontaminated. Everybody loved and glorified it, and made it a part of their lives. Many years after, however, this wondrous description became quite the opposite, causing people to turn their backs on it.

But people who continue to care and appreciate its value as a historical treasure and gift from nature advocated its clean up. Massive rehabilitation ensued with the aim to resuscitate its former glory which it held for many years.
Now, the Pasig River continues to serve the public through the Pasig River ferry. Hopefully, though, the people don’t see it only as an alternative mode of transportation in avoiding grueling traffic on major roads, but really treat it as one of the main choices in reaching their destination.
That’s how I see it.
Two weeks ago, my friend and I decided to take the ferry in going to Intramuros, Manila. It was our first time, so our mission was just to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Many have said that even if clean up drives were conducted on the river, it still stinks, but we didn’t care. We threaded the river and got ourselves a cup of an electrifying new adventure.
The ferry can seat about 20 passengers. From the Guadalupe station, we paid P50 for our journey to Plaza Mexico in Intramuros, the last station.
As we zoomed away, we indulged in the panoramic view of skyscrapers towering on the horizon. The Pasig River has served as witness to numerous years of development and industrialization in the Philippine capital.

We have nothing to compare the trip with since it was our maiden voyage aboard a ferry, but it was a thrilling ride that sent ounces of unparalleled gladness and satisfaction to an adventurous heart. The captain made it more exciting as he tilted the ferry to its side on every turn.
The trip lasted 45 minutes, making brief stops at the stations to unload and fetch passengers.
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I am a Filipino. The Pasig River is part of my country’s history and it will still figure in the future of the nation. It’s a heritage we must treasure; it’s a treasure we must care for.
These are things I realized during the ride–the most memorable 45 minutes of my life as a traveler so far.
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