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Celebrating a legendary Pinoy novelist’s 105th birth anniversary

The 105th birth anniversary of Filipino comics legend Mars Ravelo was commemorated last Oct. 9.Count PH looks back on some of his greatest works—from supermen to icons—that proved to be revolutionary in local pop culture.  
One of the famed novelist’s greatest creations is the heroine Darna, who is known for her superhuman strength, speed, and agility. Mars Ravelo was a comic book cartoonist and graphic novelist who created Captain Barbell, Darna, Lastikman, and other characters that made a great impact on popular culture.Mars Ravelo was a comic book cartoonist and graphic novelist who created  (right photo) Captain Barbell, Darna, Lastikman, and other characters that made a great impact on popular culture.Darna, whose tale has crossed over from comics, to movies, TV series, games, and collectibles, is set to have a fresh adaptation in 2022 under ABS-CBN Entertainment, with Jane De Leon in the titular role and will also star Iza Calzado, Joshua Garcia, and Zaijian Jaranilla.  In May this year, ABS-CBN’s Ravelo Komiks Universe also partnered with Rules of Survival (ROS) for a mobile game collaboration featuring Darna and other popular creations of Ravelo—Captain Barbell who is known for his extraordinary strength and Lastikman who is popular for his shapeshifting and flexibility skills.Gamers in the Philippines and Cambodia were able to get a glimpse of these characters and their superpowers.  Television viewers also got to witness Lastikman’s exceptional powers in the 2007 top-rating action-dramedy series Lastikman starring Vhong Navarro.   Another well-loved character popularized by the King of Philippine Komiks is the mermaid-turned-human Dyesebel, whose story has been featured in several film and TV adaptations as well.
Anne Curtis starred in the fantasy series Dyesebel, which aired on ABS-CBN in 2014.  Apart from Darna, Captain Barbell, Lastikman, and Dyesebel, the legendary novelist was also behind the characters of Kapitan Boom, Varga, Tiny Tony, Dragonna, Flash Bomba, and Maruja, who were also seen on the small screen via ABS-CBN’s Komiks series from 2008 to 2009.

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Glow with VCO!

April 21, 2022 4:59 p.m.

Mestiza has been in the business of making the skin of every woman, in different walks of life glow with confidence. The secret lies in the formula of their healthy skin soap, with varieties for all skin types.

We know that everything we put on our skin quickly absorbs into our bodies, so Mestiza sourced the finest raw natural ingredients the Philippines has to offer, with ingredients ranging from calamansi, papaya, banana, carrots, and VCO.

The soap contains the combined essential vitamins and health benefits of the said components to restore the skin’ optimum health making it look glowing, making you feel confident.

Among these ingredients, VCO is considered the star.

The lauric acid found in coconut oil has antimicrobial properties, which can help kill bacteria on the skin and reduce inflammation.

Additionally, VCO contains high levels of linoleic acid, an unsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that can be used as an emollient and skin soother.

Mestiza contains the highest level of VCO in the market with 33% on their original soap while 40% on the prime variants which cater to different skin types.

Here are the benefits of VCO on the skin:



Reduces the appearance of lines

It moisturizes and smoothes the skin

Eases inflammation

Mestiza wanted to share these truly amazing natural ingredients in soap form for your skin to look healthy and glowing. For you to feel best, you need to feel confident.

For inquiries and orders, visit or call hotline 0917-3156192 / 0922-8887884. Available in all leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

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Mother Nature knows best

April 12, 2022 8:30 p.m.

They say that our skin can affect the perceptions of our appearance. If your skin is glowing, you can feel more confident. That’s because glowing skin shows that you are healthy and you take care of your skin.

When people look good, they typically feel better and more confident about themselves. However, to achieve that healthy glow, one must create a consistent skincare regime with the right products made with natural ingredients — Yes!

Nature is still key and the undisputed source of glow. Time to reveal the secret to healthy glowing skin with Mestiza made with nature’s most powerful ingredients! Include Mestiza in your daily skincare routine and boost your confidence with glowing skin!

For inquiries and orders, visit or call hotline 0917-3156192 / 0922-8887884. Available in all leading drugstores and supermarkets nationwide.

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LG helps women wear their best

March 31, 2022 6:40 p.m.

As the whole world celebrates Women’s Month, we find ourselves looking back throughout history about the role women played and how it has evolved today. It’s an uphill battle, but year after year, the gender gap is slowly getting narrower. The goal of equality, freedom, and empowerment is within reach.

Technology plays a large role in breaking down stereotypes. New innovations and groundbreaking advances in technology give anyone the ability to do jobs and chores that were otherwise gendered.

Housework, for example, has always been a role assigned to women by default. LG has invested in numerous products aimed at giving women the freedom to explore their lives, outside the regular household chores

LG, one of the trailblazers in technology and innovation, remains steadfast in its goal of simplifying work to make life good.

Through the simplicity and hassle-free nature of LG home appliances, everyone, especially women, are given more time and freedom to pursue and live the kind of life they want. LG continuously commits to creating innovative products to support women. 

In its Women’s Month campaign, LG focuses on how its clothing care solutions, consisting of washing machines and dryers, can bring out the best version of you.

Instead of looking at laundry as a chore, LG makes doing the laundry complement your lifestyle while caring for your wash against wear and tear. With intuitive controls and precise settings, you can do the laundry with a click of a button and live your best life.

The LG Styler is key to looking sharp in every outfit, especially for the ladies with a passion for fashion. It refreshes and removes odors from fabrics, and utilizes LG’s TrueStreamTM technology to help reduce allergens and wrinkles in clothing.

This steamy assistant also has a dehumidifying function that can freshen up her walk-in wardrobe, keeping her ready to dress for success anytime,  stepping out in style.

Speaking more about the initiative, LG Managing Director Seungjae Kim said “Women’s Month is all about empowerment and freedom. We celebrate women all over the world and we hope that our innovations have played a part in achieving their goals. With the help of today’s technologies, LG celebrates these amazing women with modern solutions to help boost their quality of life.”

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