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Q&A: The Woman Behind The Happy Days Club

Starting a business for women’s periods isn’t for everyone, much more a charitable one at that! But if you’re interested in perhaps doing something for a cause, take inspiration from Raisa, the young woman behind the Happy Days Club, a subscription service that aims to help Filipina women with their monthly Shark Weeks.

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Lifestyle Manila: If you don’t mind sharing, may we know how old you are? What did you take in college and/or grad school? When did you graduate?

Raisa: Is this necessary ? I’m 30 years old. I took up Information Technology and graduated in 2008. I initially wanted to take a course related to cooking but my mom told me not to so I ended up taking IT.


LM: How did you come up with the Happy Days Club subscription service idea? 

R: I guess, like every business, this all started with a BIG IDEA. It happened when I was working for a client’s sales funnel. My client was selling sanitary pads, and I was searching for ideas on how we could boost sales. So I went through Google and Pinterest, and found out that there were subscription boxes abroad that delivered menstrual products! And I told myself I wanted it!

So I asked my sister to find out if there were subscription boxes in the Philippines that did the same – and she found nothing!

That was basically how I came up with the idea. But it’s also partly because we’re all girls at home. And there were times that my younger sister’s use of my pads would cause a fight when my stash of pads runs out before my period comes. And there is always that time of the month that we are all super moody! Imagine three girls with periods in one house!

I decided to launch Happy Days Club to cater to women’s needs and help them have a stress-free period.


LM: When did you realize there was a market for this?

R: I actually did not do any market research which I think was a huge mistake. I thought I’d be selling menstrual products because whether we like it or not, we need them, right? So I figured there’s a market for PMS subscription box in the Philippines.


LM: How long did it take you to turn your vision into reality? Who helped you?

R: We kinda rushed everything–from planning to launching. It probably took us 2 months to plan and figure things out. Luckily, I have my 2 sisters to help me out on my Happy Days journey.


LM: What’s your favorite part of your job?

R: When we started 6 months ago I basically did everything, the website, marketing, emails, social media, everything! And then eventually I hired my sisters to help me out. And we now have interns!

I admit it’s kinda hard to juggle between being a business owner and a freelancer. But I can’t complain since I love what I do!


LM: What is the Happy Days Movement?

R: The #happydaysmovement aims to provide free sanitary care/products to girls and women in need. Recently, I discovered there were organizations like Homeless Period and Happy Period that provides menstrual FREE products to girls in the US, UK and Canada. I also found out that most girls in Uganda and India doesn’t have access to sanitary care products and I thought girls in the Philippines might have the same problem.

I conducted some research in our community and according to our barangay health officers, some girls in our community only use 1 or 2 pads a day during their period. Can you imagine that there are girls that can’t afford menstrual products?

Mentrual products are one of the most requested products but least donated in some charities and foundations.


LM: How many people have you helped through the movement?

R: We just launched #happydaysmovement and we were able to donate over 600 pads and 60+ kits.


LM: Are there any lessons on entrepreneurship that you’d like to share?

R: Based on my experience as a business owner and sales funnel expert, it’s important to conduct market research before starting a business. And make sure to think of your best offer that provides solution to your market.

And take advantage of social media and influencers! And when you find bloggers and influencers that supports your brand – take care of them!!

Thank you, Raisa, for sharing your wonderful story!

GOOD NEWS! If you’d like to help Raisa’s charitable startup, take advantage of its Pre-Xmas Promo! It’s bound to be a win-win–you get some goodies from Happy Days Club PLUS you get to help out women in need. Pretty cool, yeah? Just click on the link below and subscribe!


Inspirational Page from 2016 Change Planner

Planner for a Cause: The Change Journal 2016

Nowadays planners and journals are trendy, must-have items for the average Filipino. Top coffee shops around the metro feature their own collectible planners this time of year. While Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf help customers make a donation to charity for every planner redemption, I had yet to see an organization donate 100% of planner proceeds to charity until now.

Candace Schmidt Lifeline Foundation

For over a decade, the Lifeline Foundation has been helping the impoverished communities around the world through medical missions, empowerment seminars, scholarships and relief aid.

…Well the planner has been around for ages. But I have only heard of the selfless planner this year. :(

This Journal Will Actually Change Someones Life 2016 Planner

Portable and lightweight: The change planner measures 7 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ x 1″.

Inspirational Page from 2016 Change Planner

Get inspired with the motivational messages of positivity and encouragement throughout the change planner.

Planner 2016 Page Sample

By purchasing a planner for Php775, you get to support Lifeline Foundation’s initiatives in Metro Manila and other parts of the Philippines AND at the same time enjoy an awesome planner with sufficient space for jotting down your daily tasks and more! The planner is designed to help organize thoughts so of course it includes:

  • Mood chart/meter
  • Gratitude list
  • Budget and expense list
  • This week’s highs and lows
  • Special coupons on happiness and selflessness

This Journal Will Actually Change Someone’s Life 2016 is now available at all Fully Booked outlets and will soon hit Powerbooks and National Bookstore branches!

Yes, ALL proceeds go to the Lifeline Foundation’s projects. The journal is available online as well courtesy of Free Speech Publications. Join the #ChangePlanner2016 movement’s happiness revolution and ignite joy in someone’s life.

Mango Tree Thai for a Cause

Mango Tree: Thai for a Cause

Thai restaurant Mango Tree celebrated its 2nd anniversary through a very noble gesture, and I can’t believe I totes forgot about this! The restaurant continued its commitment to giving back by partnering with the non-stock, non-profit org Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines (DSAPI), to support families who have a child with Down Syndrome. For Ms. Tanchanco-Caballero, celebrating blessings is by “giving back our blessings and supporting DSAPI”.

Mango Tree Thai for a Cause

Mango Tree, with the support of its customers, was able to generate P100,000 from its fund raising program in support of the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines Inc. (DSAPI).  The fund raised is turned over by Mango Tree’s general manager, Karen Tanchanco-Caballero to DSAPI executives, Agnes Lapena and Tony Pasia. Last summer, Mango Tree helped promote awareness as well as support DSAPI’s free clinic, by launching a special menu for its fund raising program, DOWN for Thai. Thai food lovers were given a chance to be a part of this cause, too, when they ordered from the Down for Thai menu that included Mango Tree’s Crab Festival dishes, Pad Thai Goong, or Gai Hor Bai Toey. The program ran from March 28 to June 1, and proceeds from the menu items became part of Mango Tree’s donation to DSAPI to support them in their efforts to provide quality health care for children with Down Syndrome. For those who automatically assume that those with Down Syndrome are better off being called “Mongoloid” and essentially serve no purpose in society, think again. Below is an inspiration video about an MMA fighter with Down.

Children with Downs often have a lot of flexibility, but seldom have a lot of core strength. But these people also tend to show less inhibition, making them less likely to fear the things “normal” people do. This allows them to use 100% of their power when most of us have mental blocks in the way.   Kudos to Mango Tree, and I’m looking forward to checking out your activities in the coming years!


Caritas Manila’s Segunda Mana: Thrift Store for a Cause

Every season is the season of giving, and Caritas Manila and Metro Point Mall prove that point with the 14th installation of the Segunda Mana store. Metro Point granted Caritas Manila free space and stall specially for this program. The Segunda Mana store, whose name literally means “second hand”, promotes reducing, reusing, and recycling goods.

Just like the ones sold at the other Segunda Mana branches are all in mint condition, whether used or unused. These clothes, shoes, bags, toys, home and fashion accessories are donated by generous companies, organizations and individuals which are offered at friendly prices which range from Php20- 300.


Photo Op! L-R: Carina Bernaldez (GIK-Segunda Mana), Tam de Ocampo (Caritas Manila Executive Officer), Fr.  Roberto dela Cruz , Atty. Aireen Madrona (Pasay City Council), Rosario Villar (Board Member-Treasurer), Gilda Cortez (GIK-Acquisition Head), Choy Gagalac- (MSS Dept.), May Tiangco- (Social Marketing Division Head)


The Segunda Mana Charity Shop which recently opened is at the 5th Level of Metro Point Mall, Edsa Rotonda, Pasay City.

Other Segunda Mana branches are in Makati Cinema Square, Isetann Cinerama Complex, Harrison Plaza, StarMall-Edsa, StarMall-Alabang, Victory Central Mall, Victory Shopping Center, Victory Pasay Mall,  Farmer’s Plaza, Sta. Lucia Mall, Riverbank Center-Marikina, San Roque Cathedral and in Caritas Manila Head Office.

For more details, visit 

Donating Blood to the Philippine Red Cross

6 Reasons Why You Should Donate Blood to the Philippine Red Cross

Donating Blood to the Philippine Red Cross


Did you know that donating blood improves our bodies’ overall cardiovascular health? An increased iron level in the blood increases chances of heart disease–and excess iron is even linked to an increased cancer risk–so good thing regular blood donation helps people reduce the amount of iron in the blood. There have been studies showing chances of a heart attack or stroke happening is reduced significantly.

Hemochromatosis, a condition that causes excess iron to be stored in body tissues, is usually a hereditary disease. It can be managed through frequent blood donations to help regulate blood iron levels.


The human body is an amazing product of nature, for the body is capable of immediately replenishing lost blood. The bone marrow begins production of new (baby?) cells within 48 hours of blood donation and ends production after a month or two, or when all red blood cells lost have been completely replaced. With new blood cells in your body, you can expect your body to be healthier and working more efficiently.


This is my favorite reason, TBH. Simply donating one unit of blood (equivalent to 450 ml) burns 650 calories.

If I could donate everyday, I would.


Interested blood donors must go through the blood bank’s health screening and mini blood test before being able to give up 450 ml of blood. In the Philippine Red Cross’ case, an hemoglobin level test, a blood type and blood pressure check, and a quick body checkup are important parts of the health screening. Blood will also be tested for major diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV.


Hopefully this will never happen to you, but if you ever find yourself needing precious blood, you can receive it faster than a regular patient in-need. Every blood unit (450 ml) corresponds to a blood processing fee, as well, so should the need arise, you can receive blood at a better price.


Office is open on weekdays from 8am to 5pm for blood donations.
Blood bank is open 24/7.

Visit the Philippine Red Cross’ Facebook Page for more information.

paul walker smiling handsomely

What Paul Walker Should Be Remembered For [Video]

paul walker smiling handsomely

Paul Walker was not just a pretty face who took on lead roles in successful films.

I knew Paul Walker died leaving a fundraising event for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, but I didn’t realize he had been doing it for so long and at this scale.

While a lot of celebrities do awesome charitable work–George Clooney, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, and a few others started an NGO called “Not On Our Watch” for instance–Paul Walker’s contribution is still not something to scoff at. Celebrities’ help in the global community is certainly hardly, if at all, publicized, and for obviously the right reason. More people should be like him, and although Biebs’ recent trip to the Philippines is something to be applauded, it’s the anonymous-yet-powerful people of the world (and even commoners like you and me) we must look up to and aspire to be.

Let us all do charity for the right reasons, everybody.

Cesca Litton Eastwood Mall Heads and UST Singers

Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Charity this December 2013

In the true spirit of Filipino celebrations and Christmas, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls launches a decent line-up of holiday outreach activities (that are timely, sensitive and necessary at this time of need).

Greeting the entry of the Holiday season is an intimate tree lighting ceremony at the Eastwood Mall Open Park which was slated to be a tribute to those affected by the recent calamities, Typhoon Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake.

Cesca Litton Eastwood Mall Heads and UST Singers

Cesca Litton hosted the event, and the UST singers and The Company performed beautiful songs onstage. Megaworld Corporation’s COO Lordes Alfonso, Vice President for Mall Management Christine San Joaquin, First Vice President and Commercial Division Head Kevin Tan and First Vice President of Business Development and Leasing Jericho Go also attended the Tree Lighting Ceremony to encourage guests to continue helping the victims of calamities through the charitable events at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls Eastwood Mall, Lucky Chinatown, Newport Mall, Burgos Circle, and Venice Piazza.

Eastwood Mall Bedazzling Christmas The Company Eastwood Mall Tree Lighting

Eastwood Mall Tree Lighting

Aside from donating good collected through it relief drive, Eastwood Mall is dedicating its tree (and its 55,000 lights) as a symbol of hope for everyone affected by the Typhoon Yolanda and Bohol Earthquake.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the charity events this December:

December 16, 7 PM. At the Lucky Chinatown Mall, there will be a benefit concert for guests called “A Holiday Symphony”. The Manila Philharmonic Orchestra will dazzle guests and ticket sales will be donated to typhoon survivors via the Philippine National Red Cross.

December 22, 5 PM. G-Force for a Cause. Free dance session at Lucky Chinatown Walk for every purchase of G-Force CD. Proceeds will go to Yolanda survivors.

Christmas Toy Drive. Donation boxes at all Santa’s Corners at Megaworld Lifestyle Malls allow shoppers to donate new and pre-loved toys for the children who survived Typhoon Yolanda.

After Yolanda – Haiyan Relief Efforts for the Philippines

Just six days ago, Yolanda caused widespread devastation in central Philippines, causing significant amount of destruction to property, taking thousands of lives, and essentially destroying millions of Filipino lives. Countries all over the world reached out to help, and now is just a good time as any for people to (continue to) help. While a lot of generous people (and entities) choose to keep mum about their generosity, I’m still extremely grateful (and touched) that the entire world is helping out!

The US Marines and search-and-rescue ships have also already been deployed!

It also helps that we’re able to keep tabs on the amount of charity, because we want to keep an eye out against corruption and greed in the Philippines (unfortunately).

A blogger posted an article offering ways to donate frequent flyer miles, for instance.
Then there’s The Netherlands actually declaring that they’d be donating 2 Million Euros to the Philippines.
The gaming community is also taking part: According to this article, Mineski is donating ticket sales to the victims of Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda).
And even the UAE is supporting us, with aid worth Dh37 million being sent out on the directive of President Sheikh Khalifa.

News sources left and right have also reported that the European Commission released 3m euros ($4m; £2.5m) in emergency funds, with the UK Rapid Response Facility providing £5m ($8m) in aid and a £600,000 shipment of emergency equipment. Aside from tents, food and relief supplies from the UN, our brothers and sisters in Tacloban and the other devastated parts of the Philippines may expect aid including shelters and medicine, as well as water purification and sanitation equipment care of UNICEF.

Britain has initially promised £6m to help up to 500,000 people affected by the typhoon, but after news broke out that around 9.5 million people actually need recovery assistance, they have offered another emergency support package worth more than $10 million.

And for a quick idea on the amount of assistance our brothers are getting in Central Philippines, watch this video (with Anderson Cooper!)

For those who would like to find their family members online, you may visit Person Finder and People Locator.

To everyone helping out,

Maraming Salamat Po! THANK YOU! Danke! Arigato!

 Also, here’s a shout out to my favorite humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders! (You can help them out via this link, too.)