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Vibal Foundation to launch Púgot: Head taking, ritual cannibalism, human sacrifice in PH

Vibal Foundation, Inc. (VFI) will be launching Narciso C. Tan’s Púgot: Head Taking, Ritual Cannibalism, and Human Sacrifice in the Philippines at VFI’s monthly virtual tertulia this October. Encyclopedic and analytical in its approach, this scholarly book dissects the ritualized forms of violence such as human sacrifice, ritual cannibalism, and head taking in the prehistoric Philippines. 

Púgot: Head Taking, Ritual Cannibalism, and Human Sacrifice in the Philippines

Púgot weaves together historical data and archaeological studies with traditional myths, legends, and songs to create a seamless narrative of some of the most misunderstood aspects of Philippine culture and to shed light on deeply rooted cultures of violence.

Preceding the emergence of Islam and Christianity, deeply held religious beliefs led various Philippine communities to sanction ritualized forms of violence: human sacrifice, cannibalism, and head taking. Today, many Filipinos see these practices as “primitive,” “barbaric,” or pertaining only to so-called “tribes” and therefore not related to the national dynamic. Púgot forces Filipino readers to contemplate and confront the not-so-ancient past, when their ancestors sported loincloths, battle gear, and talismans, and participated in violent community-wide celebrations and rituals. 

The book also reveals these practices not in isolation, but as part of the wider Southeast Asian and Austronesian milieu. The multilingual primary and secondary texts used for this work are sourced from across centuries and disciplines, including thirteenth to eighteenth-century Chinese records, Spanish-period missionary chronicles, and European and American ethnographies from the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, as well as folkloric accounts and epics. 

This book is the latest addition to VFI’s Academica Filipina+, which is an interdisciplinary series that pushes the boundaries of scholarly publishing with smart, literate, and thought-provoking works exploring the Philippine past, present, and future.

For interested readers, copies of Púgot: Head Taking, Ritual Cannibalism, and Human Sacrifice in the Philippines will be available for online purchase at the Vibal Online Shop at https://shop.vibalgroup.com/, Lazada https://www.lazada.com.ph/shop/vibal-books/, and Shopee https://shopee.ph/vibalgroup. For bulk orders or if you have queries, you may reach us through customercare@vibalgroup.com and marketing@vibalgroup.com or call us at +63 (2) 8580.7400 or 1-800-1000-VIBAL (84225).

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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:

Antibacterial

Exfoliates

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 www.mestiza.com.ph 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 www.mestiza.com.ph 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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