• How to Enjoy Sembreak

      Sembreak, short for semestral break, is just around the corner. After all the tedious school work you have for the last four months, it is time to take a break, relax and enjoy a week long vacation.

      No money?
      No need to shell out during sembreak. There are fun things you can do when you are on a budget. What is important is you get to have some fun while on vacation.

      Catch up on some zzzz’s
      If you are the type who crams every night whether or not you have an exam, this is the perfect opportunity for you to catch some sleep. Studies have shown that people who lack sleep every night increase the risk of having chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and even Alzheimer’s.

      Sembreak is the perfect time for you to get a goodnight’s sleep.

      Eat healthy home-cooked meals
      Many college students living in dorms and boarding houses usually eat at fast food restaurants, carenderias/food eateries and convenience stores. Going home during sembreak is a great time to replenish your body with healthy meals cooked by your mother, grandmother, auntie or your neighbor. Take this vacation as an opportunity to learn healthy cooking.

      Take a family picture to capture the moment

      Visit your relatives
      Speaking of grandmother and auntie, use this weeklong vacation to visit your relatives and bond with them. Aside from saying hello during the annual visit to the cemetery, it would be nice to actually go to their house and get together even for a short period of time.

      Set up a picnic at the park. Or have a road trip.
      Gather up your friends and stroll along the park. Get some fresh air and enjoy the scenery. Or you can go on a road trip for a more adventurous experience. Prepare some packed lunch, cookies, chips and some drinks and you are all set. Prep for time? You can order take-outs from fast food restaurants or eat out at a street corner carenderia.

      Read a book
      Bookworms will get the chance to read the long overdue books sleeping in dusty shelves. You can also go to a library or book store and check out new books to read. Avoid textbooks as much as possible if you want to enjoy your sembreak, unless of course you’re really into it.

      One week may seem short to many as there are lots of great adventures to experience during vacation time. Hold on to those plans though for the long summer vacation. Just enjoy the time off from school projects, textbooks and school activities and have some fun for a few days. What is important is you are refreshed and re-energized for the next semester.

      Maria Celeste Abellana
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      Celeste is a content writer. blogger. social media addict. learning social media marketing. loves music and coffee. work-from-home mom. single parent to an awesome boy who is growing up too fast.
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      1. iampaul07's Avatar
        iampaul07 -
        one of the seasons i used to look up to. missed this
      1. jasminerivs's Avatar
        jasminerivs -
        the most awaited moment of the students
      1. bodieandtheblowfish's Avatar
        bodieandtheblowfish -
        me too.....
      1. chrisla's Avatar
        chrisla -
        hey! in case you guys want extra cash this sembreak, you can write articles and earn up to P500 day. that's what I'm doing now. just pm me for more info
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        The growth of many e-commerce platforms is the effect of the transition from traditional shopping channels to online platforms during quarantine. The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused the rise and fall of several industries worldwide. Even though e-commerce platforms have long been on the rise, the process was fast-tracked when quarantine guidelines were put into place. With the absence of traditional shopping channels, customers have flocked to e-commerce platforms to secure purchases and transactions. Many stores and restaurants have also transitioned online to serve their target market.

        What is Online Selling?
        At its core, electronic commerce or e-commerce is simply the buying and selling of goods and services using the internet, when shopping online. However, the term is often used to describe all of a seller’s efforts, when selling products directly to consumers. It starts when a potential customer learns about a product and continues through purchase, use, and, ideally, ongoing customer loyalty. Most people think of e-commerce as selling or purchasing a physical product online. But e-commerce also includes the sale and purchase of non-physical goods, such as services and digital products. It’s when a business sells online.

        What’s Good About Online Selling?
        While there are many ways to sell to consumers over the internet, the main advantage of online selling is you can sell to consumers anywhere, anytime. It doesn’t matter if they’re sitting at home on the couch, on their lunch break at work, or even using your app in a physical store they can complete a purchase online.

        Advantage and Disadvantage of Online Selling

        No Limit to Geographical Boundaries
        Selling online increases one’s reach. With a shift to online, there is no limit to how many people are actually visiting your store physically. In today’s date and time, when a customer thinks of shopping, they first prefer searching it online.

        No Closing Time
        With an online store, you really do not have a close-down time. your store is 24/7 visible to as many customers as would want to come it. Also, all of this is possible within the comfort of their laptops and desktops, over the sofas in their leisure attire.

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        You are a business owner. You have a physical store. Now you have decided to switch online. But wait! Why not do both. An eCommerce website is a multichannel platform that drives a customer from any pathway chosen. Here, one can visit a physical store and yet buy online or browse to social media and make their purchase. Also, the ongoing trend of third-party sources to sell your products is on the rise.

        You Know Your Audience
        The one major difference between a physical and online store is that you know who your audience is. Physical store visits don’t give one the freedom to collect the personal details of a customer. however, through an eCommerce website, one can get the complete details of an online shopper, along with its name, age, contact number, email address, and residence address.

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        Top Memorial Parks in the Philippines
        Death is one of the least talked about the topic between family members because it may sound embarrassing to anyone who can hear it. Nobody wants to die young, and everyone wishes to enjoy their lives but, discussing this kind of matter is not a good idea for all people. Everything in this world is temporary and preparing for death is a smart way to live. The hardest part of being a living creature is to experience passing away since it is a part of life so, choosing the best death care plan is the best choice to help your loved ones lessen their pain and confusion on how to handle your loss emotionally and financially when the time comes you will leave this world.

        Top Memorial Parks in the Philippines
        Golden Haven Memorial Park

        The Heritage Park (Taguig City)

        Loyola Memorial Park

        Forest Lake Memorial Park

        Eternal Gardens Memorial Park

        Everest Hills Memorial Park

        Here in the Philippines, there are a lot of private cemeteries or memorial parks to choose from such as;
        The Heritage Park (Taguig City)
        The Heritage Park was first introduced in the year 2001 and was currently owned by Philplans. Philplans is one of the leading financial institutions here in the Philippines that offers education, pension, and memorial programs. It is located at C5 Taguig City and has a 76-hectare land area.

        The memorial park also launches its mortuary and crematory in the year 2004 to provide the different needs of its customers.

        Here are the memorial lots offered by The Heritage Park;

        • Lawn lot

        • Family Garden Lot

        • Private Estate lot

        • Private Mausoleum

        Forest Lake Memorial Park
        Forest Lake Memorial Park was owned by Landco Pacific Corporation and launched its first memorial Park in 1997 at Zamboanga City. For over 24 years, Forest Lake has had more than 30 parks nationwide in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The amenities of the memorial park are;

        Multi-purpose halls, gazebo and trellis, beautifully designed signage, and the Mediterranean-inspired gates and guardhouse.

        They offer multiple products like;

        • Lawn Lot

        • Mini Mausoleum

        • Estate Lot

        • Legacy Lot

        Eternal Gardens Memorial Park
        On August 11, 1976, the “Eternal Gardens is one of the pioneers in the Philippine memorial care industry. It was founded by Ambassador Antonio L. Cabangon Chua that develops the first-class memorial parks in Dagupan (1983) and opened 11 branches all over the country. For almost 40 years, the Eternal Gardens Memorial Park has had excellent facilities to match the customer’s satisfaction.

        Here are the Memorial Lots offered by the Eternal Gardens;

        • Lawn Lot- with 1 meter by 2.44 meters property

        • Garden Lot

        • Heritage Estate- Sold per block minimum of 12 lots.

        • Family Estate- Sold per block with minimum of 18 lots

        • Crypt

        Everest Hills Memorial Park
        Everest Hills Memorial Park was founded by the Vasquez-Madrigal group of companies and a subsidiary of Peak Development that has wide acres of trees, a beautiful landscape, and a s

        ecured environment to encourage the families to visit their deceased loved ones more often than usual. It also has a 100-hectare property and for more than 20 years, there are 2 branches of Everest Hills which are located at Susana Heights, Muntinlupa City, and Mapagong Calamba, Laguna.

        Here are the memorial products of Everest Hills Memorial Park;

        • Lawn lots

        • Memorial Court

        • Presidential Court

        • Family Estate

        Loyola Memorial Park
        The Loyola Memorial Park was introduced in 1965 and was one of the first to introduce the practice of lawn burials. The man behind the development of Loyola Memorial Park is Mr. Gil Puyat that comes from a prominent family of business clans. Before it was named Loyola, Mr. Puyat builds another branch of his memorial park in Sucat, and Marikina City. The Marikina branch was also covered by the land area of Loyola Heights in Quezon City that’s why it was later named after the location. It was also one of the largest memorial parks in the City of Manila that covers a land area of 36,000 square meters.

        Golden Haven Memorial Park
        Golden Haven Memorial Park is founded by the Former Senate President Mr. Manuel Villar Jr. In 1984 to provide a premier death care service and hailed as the largest and most beautiful memorial park in the Philippines with over 30 branches nationwide. It has the most complete death care provider in our country that offers a unique and superior service to give the best care for your deceased loved ones when it comes from value for money, quality service, beautiful and serene parks that consists of landscaped gardens, paved walkways, water fountains, and extraordinary architectural designs. These are the amazing amenities of Golden Haven Memorial Park and this is just a preview of their astonishing service that caters to the unending needs of the customers.

        There are a lot of choices you can select are as follows;

        • Lawn Lot – Suitable for two on a 2.5 square meter lot

        • Mausoleum (Family Estate)- Measuring 30 square meter

        • Garden Lot- With three or more adjacent lawn lots that can accommodate 6 or more on a 7.5 sqm area.

        • Family Patio

        Golden Haven also offers other memorial services:

        • Restoration and Make-up

        • Hearse Rental

        • Flower Arrangements

        • Storage Rental

        • Engraving

        Other memorial products that our chapel offers:

        • Urns

        • Cremation Service

        • Caskets

        • Accessories

        • Necklace Keepsakes

        • Bangles Keepsakes

        • Filipiniana and Barong Tagalog

        What is the Largest Cemetery in the Philippines?
        There are many popular cemeteries here in the Philippines and behind those structures, it tells the rich history of how it was built, be it the oldest, unusual, and extravagant. Cemeteries are the final resting place where our deceased loved ones are laid to rest but behind the silent ambiance, some of the underprivileged families were forced to live alongside the dead for years because of poverty and lack of opportunities to afford to buy their own house. An example of the graveyard living inside the cemetery slums of Manila was one of the oldest and largest Cemetery in the Metropolis, The Manila North Cemetery. From the Largest Public cemetery in the Metro, we also have the largest developer of magnificent Memorial Parks in the Philippines, the Golden Haven Memorial Park has over 35 projects in 32 locations across the country. Here are the fun facts about the Golden Haven Memorial Park and Manila North Cemetery:

        Golden Haven Memorial Park
        The Philippines Largest Developer in the matter of giving the finest death care services and the first and only death care company listed under the Philippine Stock Exchange. Golden Haven Memorial Park has a Spanish Architectural design that adds to the elegant and overseas vibe like the branch in Golden Haven Cagayan De Oro, which has the Replica of Christ, the Redeemer Status (originally found at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

        The memorial park isn’t just an eye-catcher but also has a sustainable way of keeping the environment healthy by keeping the area full of flourishing trees and greens to help the visitors feel relaxed, reduce their stress levels, and anxiety with the help of refreshing air of Mother Earth. Golden Haven assures the safety of our ecosystem and its inhabitants by considering the protection of nature. The company always looks at the possible alternatives not to contribute to the destruction of our surroundings, unlike the other companies that only want is to earn profits.

        Manila North Cemetery
        The cemetery is owned by the Manila City Government with the size of 54 hectares (130 acres) located in Santa Cruz, Metro Manila. The cemetery was formerly known as Cementerio del Norte (1904) and was once part of La Loma Cemetery. It is also known as Paang Bundok where Dr. Jose Rizal chose his burial place before his execution. The remains of former Presidents, historians, and known celebrities are buried in this cemetery like;

        • Sergio Osmena (1978-1961) 4th President of the Philippines

        • Manuel Roxas (1892-194 5th President of the Philippines

        • Ramon Magsaysay (1907-1957) 7th President of the Philippines

        • Alfredo Lim (1929-2020) Former Manila Mayor, NBI Director, DILG Secretary, and Senator

        • Fernando Poe Jr. (Ronald Allan Kelly Poe) (1939-2004) Movie Actor, 2004 Presidential Candidate, National Artist.

        • Epifanio Delos Santos 1871-192 Historian and Former Statesman/ EDSA was named after him.

        A Cemetery is a place where we can visit our beloved deceased family or friends that once bring good memories into our lives even if their existence in this world is shorter than we expect. We must always remember them BY sending prayers for their soul and keeping their memories alive.

        What is the purpose of a memorial park?
        The cost of living is way more expensive than the cost of dying. Typically, here in our country, death is one of the scary and most avoided issues because Filipinos are very conservative when they talked about it. During this time of the pandemic, many people have lost their lives and it also affected our daily routine. For almost 1 year and a half, the COVID-19 cases here in the Philippines are continuously rising so, we must accept the fact that all of us will experience the end of life, and being an open book to this discussion is a clever idea to embrace the cycle of our existence in this world.

        Deathcare providers have different pricing when it comes to memorial lots. Memorial lots price depends on the location of the lot is at the province or city. The most affordable cemetery lot will cost around 35,000 pesos above and the most expensive lot may range with a whopping 2,000,000 pesos and up. Golden Haven Memorial Park provides a complete and multiple choices of death care services nationwide. Why settle for less? If there is a memorial park that will serve the best assistance for you and your family in terms of estate investment. It also comes up with a new service for family estate owners to choose their Mausoleum design for free.

        Yes, death is an uncomfortable issue but, it is good to have an open mind to be prepared for it because we can’t predict how long our life is. Having a memorial plan is a wise decision to lessen the burden of your family once you’ll leave them behind.

        It isn’t bad to be prepared for your death. A memorial plan is an investment that you can use when the time comes that you have to leave this world, no one could live forever and we must accept the fact that the eternal life is in heaven at the hands of our God, our savior.

        About Golden Haven

        Golden Haven Memorial Park is a subsidiary company of publicly listed Villar-owned Golden MV Holdings Inc. Currently positioned as one of the largest real estate companies in the country. Golden Haven offers premium death care services and prime memorial lots. It is dubbed as the most lucrative real estate investment with an average of 20% annual value appreciation.

        Online Reservation

        Golden Haven commits to the safety of both our clients and employees. We are now offering online services for our admin transactions. Choose from the services on our website through our online service page to schedule your appointments. You may also get in touch with us for any of your concerns.

        Join the Golden Haven Community

        Be part of the Golden Haven community today! Visit goldenhaven.com.ph or follow “Golden Haven” on our social media platforms. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, Spotify, Tiktok, and Viber. For sales-related inquiries, you may contact (02) 8873-2922 to 23.



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