Jollibee’s Jolly Jolly Joy Joy Thanksgiving Party

(Press Release)

Jollibee treats fans to a Jolly Jolly Joy Joy Thanksgiving Party

Jollibee lovers of all ages were treated to a grand musical holiday as the leading fast-food chain celebrated the harmony of the holiday season in the Jolly Jolly Joy Joy Christmas Special with Sarah Geronimo. The Pop Star Royalty and long-time Chickenjoy ambassador led the festivities, which were held at the Trinoma Activity Center, and shared Christmas joy through her heartwarming rendition of well-loved holiday carols and the new Jollibee theme song, “Jolly Jolly Joy Joy.”

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Throngs of fans trooped to the Trinoma Activity Center for the Jolly Jolly Joy Joy

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Event hosts Justin and Riki Flores kept the crowd entertained during the musical event.

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The musical celebration also featured performances by today’s most incredible talents such as The Voice of the Philippines finalist Morissette Amon.

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“Jollibee has always been a part of many Filipino families’ Christmas tradition, and we are very honored and thankful for that,” said Jollibee Marketing Manager Kent Mariano. “This is why we have made it our goal to make every day, not just Christmas, a celebration na laging pasarap nang pasarap nang pasarap, just like our Chickenjoy.”

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One of the most loved and respected vocal ensembles in the Philippines, The Company also  performed a series of their hits, much to the enjoyment of the crowd.

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Singing heartthrob and former Yumbassador Sam Concepcion also kept the crowd on their feet with his energetic performance.

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The highlight of the Jolly Jolly Joy Joy Christmas Special was Popstar Royalty and Jollibee brand ambassador Sarah Geronimo, who serenaded the crowd with songs from her newest album.

Why the 52-Week Savings Challenge Doesn’t Work

Ever heard of anyone who actually succeeded in doing the 52-week savings challenge?  Last January 2014, I’ve read quite a number of blog posts encouraging readers to do this savings challenge.  I’ve also seen several versions that transmuted the dollar values to peso with varying increments from 10 to 100 pesos.  As 2015 started, I saw once more a host of blog posts about this challenge.  However, I have yet to read about someone who has successfully completed the 52-week savings challenge. (In case you do know someone who’s had, please do let me know.)

Why the 52-Week Savings Challenge Doesn’t Work?

The original 52-week savings challenge was in US dollars and if you’re working in the US, it would be quite easy for you to set aside $50/week even on just a $3,000/month income(the median household income in the US).  Given that saving $200/month is doable and won’t hurt the budget much, why save only $9 during the first month of the year?

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52-Week Savings Challenge

It’s an entirely different story for those in the Philippines where median household income is roughly 30,000 pesos which is just about $1,000.  Setting aside almost 10,000 pesos in 3 consecutive months is near impossible.

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52-Week Savings Challenge in Philippine Pesos (initial savings of 50 pesos with 50-peso increments)

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52-Week Savings Challenge in Philippine Pesos (initial savings of 10 pesos with 10-peso increments)

For me, and many others I believe, this system just doesn’t work. Why? First, Saving should NOT be a challenge. You do not save just because everyone else is doing it or because someone designed a seemingly cool way of doing it. SAVING SHOULD BE A LIFESTYLE.  Incorporate it in your daily life and it becomes as natural as breathing.

Second, the 52-week savings challenge is somewhat impractical and inefficient. The original system has one saving $1 on the first week of the year, then $52 on its last week.  Bulk of the savings fall on the months when expenditures are highest which makes this system impractical.  Inefficient simply because there are simpler ways to save much more than the $1,378 total of the 52-week savings challenge.

An Efficient Way to Save

Have you heard of the Savings Equation? It goes like this:

INCOME – SAVINGS = EXPENSES

This, at least for me, is the best way you can grow your savings and, eventually, increase your investments. By setting aside money right after receiving your salary, you ensure monthly savings. This also disciplines you to live well within your means.  How much should you save each month?  Ideally, you should set around 20% of your income as savings; or 10% at the least.  However, with the average salary of the working class, this may not be feasible.

Always save the maximum amount that you could while still having enough left for your basic needs.  It doesn’t matter if it just amounts to 1,000 pesos per month – that would still give you 12,000/year which could double in 5 years time if invested wisely. Whatever amount you choose, the important thing is to set aside a specific amount every payday. Grow your savings by investing in mutual funds – you only need a minimum investment of 5,000 pesos so there’s no excuse not to have one.

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How to Save More

Want to increase your savings while barely noticing it? Use an old fashioned piggy bank or glass jar.  When you get home every night, dump all the coins in your pocket and wallet into your piggy bank. If you need coins for transportation fees the next morning, set those aside first, then dump all the rest in the piggy. You’d be surprised how much your little piggy would weigh in just a few months.

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Image courtesy of Stuart Miles at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Live simply.  Do you really need a new desktop, a laptop, a tablet, or a smartphone EVERY YEAR? Why buy a 6,000 peso jacket when you can get a good one for a quarter of that price?  Live well within your means.

Again, let me leave you with this, Saving isn’t a challenge, SAVING IS A LIFESTYLE.

Early Registration for SY 2015-2016 in Public Schools

The Department of Education just released its first Dep Order this year.  On January 22, DepEd Order No. 1, 2015, was published Declaring January 24, 2015 as Commencement of Early Registration for SY 2015-2016.

Image taken from www.facebook.com/DepEd.Philippines

Image taken from www.facebook.com/DepEd.Philippines

An advocacy campaign will be undertaken from January 24 to February 27, 2015 to ensure that all 5-year-old children are enrolled in Kinder, to identify out-of-school children and youth and to encourage them to go back to school.

To know more about the Makapag-aral ay Karapatan Mo, Magpalista campaign, visit http://www.deped.gov.ph/orders/do-1-s-2015.

UPIS Kindergarten Admission Test Schedule

Application forms for the UPKAT (UP Kindergarten Admission Test) are now available at the UPIS High School Building in UP Diliman.  Forms are issued from Monday to Friday, 8:00-12nn and 1pm-5pm.  You can get the forms only until January 30, 2015.

Here are the dates to keep in mind:

  • January 20-30 (M-F, 8am-12nn/1-5pm) – Issuance of Application Forms
  • February 3 – 11 (T-F, 8-11am/1-4pm) – Filing of Application Forms of Dependents of Non-UP Personnel
  • February 12 – 13 (8-11am/1-4pm) – Filing of Application Forms of Dependents of UP Personnel
  • April 6 – 10, 13 – 15 (M-F, 7-11am) – Test Administration
  • May 1, 2015 – Release of Test Results

Qualifications for Admission

  • Applicants to Kindergarten must be 5 ½ to 6 ½ years old by June 2015.
  • Only those born within November 15, 2008 -December 31, 2009 are qualified to apply.
  • They should NOT have taken the UPIS Kindergarten Admission Test before.

Requirements for Application

  1. Two (2) recent 1 ½” x 1 ½” identical photos pasted on designated box.
  2. Original birth certificate from the National Statistics Office (NSO), plus a clear photocopy. For those born abroad, include original passport, and a clear photocopy of the passport.
  3. A long white letter envelope with postal stamp for mailing of results. Write the names of the applicant and his/her parent/guardian and address with zip code.

The testing fee for this year is 450 pesos which is to be paid at the Cashier’s Office after the application form has been processed. Those who’d like to know more about the UPKAT including feedback from other parents, click here to read my post about it last year.

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Disclosure: I am not connected with UPIS. All information above are from the UPIS website. For further inquiries about the UPIS Admissions Test, email admissions.upis@gmail.com or visit their website at http://www.upis.upd.edu.ph

Who Gets a Dozen Jack n Jill Pretzel Crisps?

Before everyone gets all busy watching the coverage of the Papal Visit, here’s the lucky one who gets to have a dozen packs of the delightful Jack n Jill Pretzel Crisps AND a surprise gift:

(drum roll please….)

Pretzel Crisps winner

Congratulations Cy Valencia! Will send a message on FB so please do check your inbox tonight. :-)

Thank you all so much to those who took time to leave a comment (both in my Facebook Page and on my blog post) and share the FB post! Thank you also to all the new likes, loves!

Want more giveaways?  Check out my FB page regularly and subscribe to The Tottering Mama ‘coz one of my resolutions this year is to write more engaging, informative, and interesting blog posts more often and to hold more giveaways. :D