In places where there are four seasons, fall is settling in. While tropical Philippines is deprived of the sight of yellow leaves everywhere, there’s the so‑called “ber” months. Although it’s a largely consumerist invention that benefits shopping malls, the ber months leaves the city with the linger of Christmas songs, the mustard glow of round lightbulbs, and a soft chill at night. Amid the frantic pace of modern life, slow down with these self‑care suggestions.

Art Samantha Gonzales with select graphics from Freepik


Some of us as kids left Oreos and milk for Santa. Kick the holiday season in with the comfort of Oreos, but in a style that suits you. Weighing only 5.9 grams and measuring only 7.2 mm, the new sleek Oreo Thins targets young adults who need to munch on a childhood favorite. The modern spin on the classic sandwich cookie comes in Vanilla Delight and Tiramisu. Twist, lick and dunk these Oreos in coffee. In stores starting this month for ₱41.50 per box.


Art Samantha Gonzales with select graphics from Freepik


Beloved 90s Disney movie songs are treated with the glorious harmony of Voctave, an a cappella group founded in 2015 whose members have won multiple awards, including Barbershop championships. Listen to their music via iTunesSpotify, and YouTube.


Art Samantha Gonzales with select graphics from Freepik


Seek respite from the distress in relationships, and receive guidance and support in dealing with challenging life transitions and crises, using a psycho‑spiritual approach. The Center for Family Ministries inside the Ateneo de Manila University campus on Katipunan Road, Quezon City offers counseling on a donation basis (with no set fees charged). The counsellors are values‑based professionals who have undergone academic and skills training as well as personal formation. To make an appointment, contact 0927‑863‑9346 or email



No need to book a flight. Get a feel of Korea at the 26th Philippines‑Korea Cultural Exchange Festival this Saturday, September 9, at the Aliw Theatre, Pasay. There’ll be booth activities from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as a talent competition from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a Phil‑Kor concert from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Art Samantha Gonzales with select graphics from Freepik


For fall, Orly released a new line called Velvet Dream, a kiss goodbye to flip‑flops and sun‑kissed hair. Bright and neon lacquer is replaced by bold, high‑contrast and dark shades that are both contemplative and festive. The November Fog lacquer, a lovely lilac crème. Put on some jazz, sink your feet in a warm salt bath, and give yourself a mani‑pedi. The formula is easy to apply and won’t leave your nails looking amateur. Visit Orly’s official website and order from its official local distributor Sprint Asia through a little window that will pop up.