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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is only a month from now! Picking the best gift(s) can be a tough one. Yes, you could probably give him the usual “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug or shirt – he won’t complain about that. But why not get him something different this year? After all, we’re talking about the very person who taught you how to tie your shoelaces, play catch, and helped you become the person you wanted to be. To help you make him happy, here’s a list of suggestions that we know will help turn his Father’s Day into more than just any other day.



This is the perfect gift that will wrap him with your love wherever he goes. Keep that tight hug with a leather belt just for him!

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“Dad, thanks for supporting me with my financial needs. Here’s a wallet for you to contain all that. Now, can I borrow a hundred pesos?” (Haha.)

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Whether Dad is going for the casual or a little dressier, achieve both looks in one with polo shirts! Wear untucked with jeans for a laidback choice, or tuck in and pair with tweed pants to dress things up! Dad’s gonna look younger than he is now!

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He watched, watches, and will watch over you forever. His love is timeless, and like watches, Dad has always been reliable and remarkable. Give him a watch this Father’s Day!

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Boxer Shorts

Dad may want to hop on the Boxer Shorts revolution! Back then, everyone was put into the mindset that wearing briefs is the kind of guy everyone should be. Not now.

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Shave Gel and Razor

Have your dad get the smooth and fresh-looking face with a shaving set.






Is your dad the sporty or the classy type? Shoes play a huge part in fashion. Choose from sports shoes and leather shoes for Dad this Father’s Day!

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Smelling good is important for men. Married or not, it boosts confidence and energy throughout the day!






Shorts never go out of style. Dad will have that laid back, stylish gent he is with a pair of new shorts!

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Still not decided? We got these prepared just for you! Father’s Day Packages made just for Dad! It’s a combination of treats for Dad! Choose from any of the packages below and we’ll deliver them to him at his doorstep as a surprise! Malayo ka man, kapiling pa rin!


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Fathers Day Package 1
Fathers Day Package 1

Father’s Day Package 1


Fathers Day Package 2
Fathers Day Package 2

Father’s Day Package 2


Fathers Day Package 3
Fathers Day Package 3

Father’s Day Package 3


Who is Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte?

Photo by Rogue Philippines
Photo by Rogue Philippines

Many have already been rejoicing over Mayor Rodrigo (nicknamed Digong) Duterte’s landslide victory based on the unofficial vote counting from the COMELEC. Having a huge lead from his rivals, he will soon be the Republic of the Philippines’ 16th President. As the Philippine Elections draw to a close, let’s take a closer look at Digong’s history aside from the several news stories we see, hear and read about him.

Rodrigo “Rody” Roa Duterte was born to Vicente G. Duterte and Soledad Roa on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, capital of Southern Leyte. His father is a Cebuano lawyer, while his mother is a native of Cabadbaran, Agusan, and was a school teacher and a civic leader of Maranao descent. His father used to be mayor of Danao in Cebu. Other relatives has also served political positions in Cebu and Davao Provinces. The Dutertes finally settled in the Davao Region in 1951, where Vicente as a lawyer engaged in private practice, while Soledad taught in public schools as a teacher, but later retired as a supervisor in 1952 when her lawyer-husband entered politics there. She left government service owing to the demands of being a wife of an active politician. As wife of the governor, she became familiar with the social and economic problems of the people, especially out-of-school youth, women, children and the disabled.

Duterte went to Laboon Elementary School in Maasin, for a year, then spent his remaining elementary days at the Santa Ana Elementary School in Davao City, where he graduated in 1956. He finished his secondary education at the Holy Cross Academy of Digos after being expelled twice from previous schools due to misconduct. He went to college at the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila, where graduated in 1968 with a degree in the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also obtained a law degree from San Beda College of Law in 1972. In the same year, he passed the bar exam. Duterte eventually became Special Counsel at the City Prosecution Office in Davao City from 1977-1979; Fourth Assistant City Prosecutor from 1979-1981; Third Assistant City Prosecutor from 1981-1983; and Second Assistant City Prosecutor from 1983-1986.

He has siblings named Benjamin “Bong” Duterte, a one-term city councilor of Davao between 1992 to 1995; younger sister Jocelyn Duterte, who lost in several attempts to grab a Third District city council seat as well as for the mayor post in 2001; and Blue Boy Duterte who ran and lost in the First District congressional race in 1998.


Digong is also an avid fan of big bikes, and loathes luxury cars. He once owned a second-hand Harley Davidson and currently a Yamaha Virago. Once a habitual smoker, he eventually quit after a doctor’s suggestion due to health concerns. He is also openly supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and is an enthusiastic reader of Robert Ludlum and Sidney Sheldon novels.

He has his own local show in Davao City called Gikan Sa Masa, Para Sa Masa (“From the Masses, For the Masses”) aired as a blocktimer on ABS-CBN Davao. He is also a member of Lex Talionis Fraternitas, a fraternity based in the San Beda College of Law and the Ateneo de Davao University.


He was once married to Elizabeth Abellana Zimmerman. She is a flight attendant from Davao City and is of German American descent with roots as well in Tuburan, Cebu. Together, they have three children: Paolo (“Pulong”), Sara (“Inday Sara”) and Sebastian (“Bastê”). Paolo and Sara ventured into politics while Baste concentrated on business. Duterte’s father Vicente died in 1968, while his mother Soledad died on February 4, 2012, at the age of 95. Zimmerman was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2015.

Duterte has been publicly very open about his infidelity and philandering while married to Zimmerman and cited it as the reason for his failed first marriage when asked in interviews. In 1998, Zimmerman filed a petition with the Regional Trial Court in Pasig to nullify her marriage. Duterte never appeared in court and did not contest Zimmerman’s petition. Two years later, the court decided in her favor, ending the 27-year marriage of Duterte and Zimmerman. Duterte and Zimmerman have been on good terms in recent years with Zimmerman stating, “Yes, he [Rodrigo] is really a very good leader. That is all he is. But when it comes to family, he is not capable of taking care of it.” In 2001, Zimmerman eventually ran for a seat on the city council but lost. Duterte and Zimmerman are said to have patched things up and appear to be civil to each other, 15 years after their marriage was declared null and void. Zimmerman eventually joined the campaign trail for Duterte’s presidential candidacy in early 2016 called Byaheng Du30 in which she would travel by bus to major cities together with her daughter Sara and a number of delegates.

Photo by NewsFlash.org
Photo by NewsFlash.org

Despite his status being listed as “single” in the Davao City government website, Duterte is currently living with his common-law wife Cieleto “Honeylet” Avanceña, a nurse, with whom he has one daughter named Veronica (“Kitty”). Duterte has eight grandchildren, half of whom are Muslims and the other half Christian.

Despite being raised as a communicant of the Catholic Church, on January 19, 2016, while meeting with businessmen in Binondo, Manila, he clarified that he has not attended Mass for quite some time already since he deemed it incompatible with his mayoral responsibilities: “(Kung) pakinggan ko ‘yang Ten Commandments, pati ‘yong pari diyan, wala na akong magagawa sa pagka-mayor ko” (“If I listened to the Ten Commandments or to the priests, I would not be able to do anything as a mayor”). Duterte then clarified that he had not abandoned God, only “forfeited” his religion for the meantime.

Duterte personally disclosed that he suffers from Buerger’s Disease, an inflammation of blood vessels mostly in the limbs that has been traced to previous habitual smoking, contrary to earlier rumors of throat cancer.


Credits to: Wikipedia

Best Photo of Mom Competition: Submission of Photos Extended!





• Minimum purchase of $100 or Php 5000

1 Photo per account only

• Submit the best photo of the Mom with the BayanMall Products you ordered.

• Give the Best Caption for the Photo (150 characters) stating why she is the best mom.

• Entries should be submitted on or before May 15, 2016 at sales@bayanmall.com.


Criteria for Judging

40%Best Looking Photo matching the Mother’s Day Theme (Judging will be done by the BayanMall Management)

60%People’s Choice (Most Likes in Facebook; Like and Share will start on May 16 and ends on May 30.)



The Mom in the photo will receive Mother’s Day Package (Bouquet of Roses and Cake) and will be featured in our website as BayanMall’s Best Mom 2016.


Winner of the contest will be announced on June 1, 2016.

Mother’s Day Rewind: Message and Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is a celebration to honor and express gratitude to the light of the home – mothers. This goes as well with motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is a day where the world usually gets flooded with flowers and cards. It is celebrated by more than 46 countries around the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. In the Philippines, it is officially celebrated during every second Sunday of May, while Father’s Day is during the third Sunday of June. How about you? Have you thought of how you can express your love for your Mom or the mothers in your life?

Although it is not a traditional Filipino holiday, Mother’s Day is one of those days where we should take time to pause and give tribute to the exceptional woman or women in our lives. We all have mothers, whether they are biologically related to us or not, and they play a sacred role in our lives. It is a good reminder about the women who brought us into the world and the women who love us, guide us, and support us.

There are different ways to appreciate them and the things they do for us. Flowers, cards, cakes, and poems are the thing. If you live abroad and would want to send your love to your Mom in the Philippines, you can check out BayanMall.com for some of these easy and simple gifts.

What makes your gift unique and much more personal though is the message you want to deliver. Begin with the memories you’ve shared. There’s a reason why “it’s the thought that counts.” Memories play a huge role in making your gift unique and have that personal touch. To remember brings out the love, sincerity, and purpose into the gift you want. You may ask yourself the following as a startup:

  • What are the best memories/moments I had with Mom?

This can give you an idea what to buy or make as gift that will help your mother to remember and cherish that moment with you and tell how special it is to you.

  • What’s unique about Mom? Or how will you describe Mom?

This can be something that can represent your mom. This can also include her likes and the items in her current wishlist.

  • How has your Mom influenced you?

Check out this video from Teleflora for a better explanation. Prepare that roll of tissue paper before viewing this one.

No Number Coding Scheme on Philippine Elections, May 9


The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be lifting the Number Coding Scheme in ALL cities and municipalities in Metro Manila on May 9, 2016 for the Philippine Elections in an advisory they released last Saturday, April 29.

In line with coming elections, Department of Education Secretary Armin Luistro has created an Election Task Force to assist 240,000 public school teachers who will render services in the election precincts as Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs) during the May elections.

The 146-man Election Task Force is said to be composed of eight sub-groups covering operations, communication, call center monitoring, logistics, legal defense, secretariat, external communication and even a medical unit.

In his order, issued Thursday, Luistro said, “The DepEd Election Task Force shall ensure that teachers shall be provided with adequate information, technical and legal assistance in their performance of duties as members of the board of election inspectors (BEI), as well as principals, supervisors, schools division/city superintendents and other employees of DepEd who will serve during the May 13 automated national and local elections.”

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/390105/deped-task-force-to-assist-teachers#ixzz47T3bLrOg

According to Comelec Resolution No. 10031, the chairperson and members of the BEIs shall receive a total allowance of Php 4,500, covering the three days of work.

Credits: CNN Philippines and Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Holiday: Labor Day

Labor (also spelled as Labour) Day or Araw ng Manggagawa is a public holiday celebrated in most countries worldwide in tribute to the workers, workers’ unions, and a time to remember their hard-fought rights. Also called or linked to the International Workers’ Day, it originated from the labour union movement, which fought for an eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. In the Philippines, we celebrate it on May 1, like most countries. Some countries, on the other hand, celebrate it on a different date significant to the labour movements that occurred in their country. Most workers usually enjoy a day of rest from work during this holiday. Sale or discounts also become available in malls and other stores, including online stores. If you’re working or living abroad, BayanMall.com can help with the stuff you want to send to your family and friends back in the Philippines.

Filipino workers and activists gather near the Malacañang presidential palace during a Labor Day rally in Manila, Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2011 to call for the immediate implementation of wage increase. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Filipino workers and activists gather near the Malacañang presidential palace during a Labor Day rally in Manila, Philippines on Sunday May 1, 2011 to call for the immediate implementation of wage increase. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Unions use this day as well to organize demonstrations at Malacañang and other major cities in the country to get attention about their grievance issues as workers like demands on higher wages and benefits. In the Philippine history, the Union Obrera Democratica Filipina (Filipino Democratic Labor Union) held a rally of 100,000 people at Malacañang in demand of economic rights and Philippine independence on May 1, 1903 when we were still under the American rule. The Labor Code of the Philippines, the legal code governing employment practices and labor relations in the Philippines, was enacted on Labor Day of 1974 by then-President Ferdinand Marcos. In May 1, 2001, the EDSA 3 mass demonstration occurred near the palace aiming to remove then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and reinstate Joseph Estrada.

With this holiday, we pay tribute to all Filipino workers, may it be here and abroad. It is you who make this country move and progress. It is you who provide for the family. It is you who keep us alive. This Labor Day, we would like to express our gratitude to the talents, skills, effort, and time that you give for us. You are the warrior and hero in our lives. You also inspire us to keep going.

In December of 2014, Google Philippines released a touching video dedicated to the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who can’t make it to be home for Christmas with their families and friends. In this video, we see muted clips of conversation between the Overseas Family Workers and their loved ones as a child is heard singing Basil Valdez’s “You” in the background. The video, entitled Miss Nothing, is part of their campaign of getting OFWs to use social media and the internet messaging to not miss significant moments and still be part of the lives of their loved ones back home despite the distance. While this may be focused on the OFWs, it still shows and pays tribute to the hard work of all Filipino workers, both here and abroad.


To the Filipino workers, mabuhay! BayanMall salutes you for everything that you do.