Keisha And I At The Philips AVENT: From Pregnancy To Playground Event

Last October 6, 2012, the number one brand recommended by moms, Philips AVENT, treated mothers and babies to a one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit held at the EDSA Shangri-La Mall.

Being one of those moms who trust and patronize Philips AVENT products, I felt  honored, excited and giddy when I received the invite. To date, that was the first time I attended an event with my daughter, Keisha. And, knowing that it’s an interactive exhibit, I already anticipated that both of us will have fun. And, as expected, we did.

Philips AVENT: From Pregnancy to Playground was coined to celebrate the different stages of motherhood.

Upon registration, I was given a passport encouraging me to visit all the featured areas in the exhibit hall. Stamps were earned in different booths and were equivalent to a special gift at the exit point.

Registration

The exhibit featured three different areas:

  • Baby Bump –  for pregnant mothers
  • New Baby – for moms with young children up to 18 months
  • Growing Baby – for mothers with toddlers

Three Different Areas

As we enter the exhibit hall, we first proceed to the Baby Bump area. We were welcomed by a Belly Cast art exhibit by the artist, Mimsy. That was my first-time to see well-designed belly casts representing an interesting stage of a woman’s life – their journey to motherhood.

Belly cast artwork by the artist, Mimsy.

Each belly cast has its own story to tell and was accompanied by a pregnancy portrait executed by one of the best and professional photographers in town, Mr. Stanley Ong.

Featured mothers are Neva Santos, mommy blogger and author of manilamommy.com, celebrity chef Barni Alejandro of The Sexy Chef, chess coach Chiara Datu, events planner Belle Camacho, birth photographer Polly Fong of Oh Happy Day Birth Photography, and Ayse Trifyllis, owner of Baby Bash.

Mommy Mailbox

After checking on the art exhibit of Mimsy, my attention was caught by the Mommy Mailbox. There I was asked by the usherette to make a letter for my future baby. “Dear Baby Boy” that’s how my letter started. But, hey, don’t get me wrong, I’m not pregnant. I’m just hoping that our next baby will be a boy since  Keisha’s really asking for a baby brother. I’m praying that in 2 years time we’ll have a new family member. The letters we made will be published in the Mommy Steps website.

Keisha at the Baby Music Lounge

 

Free pregnancy portrait by professional photographer was also offered. Even though,  I’m not pregnant, I still had my photo taken with Keisha.

Keisha and I

The New Baby Area featured a breastfeeding lounge and an area where mom and kids made aesthetic bib arts.

The Growing Baby Area showcased more activities for moms and toddlers. I have seen mother and child making arts and crafts. Some did scrapbook pages while others colored Truman the Rabbit.

Scrapbooking Area

Fruit and vegetable smoothies were served from the juice bar.

There was also a play area from Gymboree. My daughter enjoyed this part a lot.

There were also informative talks conducted by childbirth educator Lin Fernando of Philippine Association for Childbirth Education, baby sign language instructor Jaymie Pizarro, breastfeeding consultant Dra. Pat Kho and Philips AVENT Brand Ambassador Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan.

Philips AVENT Brand Ambassador, Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan

I came in few minutes before Ms. Maricel took the floor. My attention was caught when she started her talk entitled “What Matters Most”. According to her, there are four things that matters most in our life:

  • People: She stressed that it is significant to spend quality time with our children – time to play, cuddle, read a book, hear their stories, laugh at their jokes, listen to their rants and others. Motherhood is not only about feeding, bathing and dressing up our kid.
  • Purpose: We live our life guided by our own purpose. And, as parents, our purpose is to raise our children in an upright manner and guide them in their life. Imposing to them our unfulfilled dreams and likes are not part of our purpose as parents.
  • Present: We should all value the present. Being with our kids and spending time with them make them feel loved and special. In this part, she also stressed that we, mothers, should also have time for ourselves – time to do the things we want for our personal growth, happiness and fulfillment. The only way we can impart genuine love to others is when we love ourselves first.
  • Prayer: God should be the center of our family life. Our kids should grow believing and knowing that there is God whose above all of us.

    “What Matters Most”

 A cooking demo was also administered by Chef Mitchie Sison.

Aside from the raffle, games and other activities, different gigantic Philips AVENT products were also displayed with relevant product information. Mom’s Best Choice Exhibit revealed the results of a groundbreaking survey where Philips AVENT came out as the number one brand recommended by mothers. And, let’s remember the famous quote of all-time “Mother knows best”. So when a product is entrusted by most mothers, then it is said to be the best.

 Philips AVENT: From Pregnancy to Playground was made possible by the following sponsors: Philips AVENT, Goody, Gymboree, Mothercare, Aprica, Stanley Ong Photography, Chef’s Classics, Soyami Soya Chips, Philips, Mommy Mundo, Philips Sonicare and Mamasteart.com.

 To know more about Philips AVENT  like and visit their Facebook Page.

16 Comments

  • Reply Tetcha Figuerres October 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    We were there, too! You went up the stage, right? We left right after Ms. Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan’s talk, though, but we came back to take more pictures.

    • Reply Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion October 18, 2012 at 2:56 am

      Yes, I won in the raffle. Thank you for noticing me. I hope I can meet you personally. =)

  • Reply Chie October 17, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    It sure was a fun event for both the mothers and kids…kind of an educational bonding time. It feels great looking at these kids so busy at scrapbooking area.
    I haven’t heard about Philips Avent…well maybe because I am not a mother yet.

  • Reply jheylo October 17, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    this is way too cool 🙂 i’ve never been into such event yet. it looks fun and especially that you get the chance seeing Miss Maricel Laxa was an awesome experienced

  • Reply Pepper Tan October 17, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Why weren’t there any events like this when I was pregnant? :). I love those 4P”s… I think I’ll keep reading them to remind me of what’s essential in life. Thanks for sharing

  • Reply Herbert October 18, 2012 at 1:54 am

    This seems to be a fun-filled and enjoyable event. 😀 Looks you really had a good time 😀

  • Reply Shydub October 18, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Sounds like an amazing event. im sure it was also tiring event listening to and looking around. However, event like that is worth it. You learn something from other people’s experience and everything else

  • Reply mommy peach October 18, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Sayang, I wasn’t invited to that event!

  • Reply Mary Anne Vinzon October 18, 2012 at 6:14 am

    All of the activities are interesting.It is also a family time bonding.Much to learned from that event.

  • Reply Bless October 18, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I can tell that this event was a success and you and your daughter had a blast attending 🙂 I love attending events like this as it can help us Moms to become better and also in the know of what are the things that we can do more to take care of our kids and the likes.

  • Reply nuts October 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

    wow! I was there too with my daughter. It was such an event worth attending to. I love the part when Maricel Laxa shared some parenting tips. It was very interesting!

  • Reply sigrid @ lovinglymama October 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    What a great opportunity! How I wish we can have such here in Bacolod!

  • Reply Mauie October 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Cute talaga ni Keisha! Such a happy child. Hope to be with you guys again in future events. Thanks for posting this ha! Retweeting this now for Mommy Mundo. 🙂

    • Reply Maica Ocfemia-Figuracion October 20, 2012 at 4:16 am

      Thank you for inviting me. I really had fun. =) Thank you so much! =)

  • Reply Nancy October 21, 2012 at 12:15 am

    That looks like one cool exhibit you’ve visited right there. Sana meron ding ganyan dito sa Davao.

  • Reply Jennie October 21, 2012 at 12:46 am

    It was a great event. Maricel Laxa’s talk was actually very meaty and all parents can learn a thing or two. I just have to mention though, Maricel looked so incredibly thin and pale.

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