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A good, beautiful and well-equipped kitchen will make spending time in it much more enjoyable. For most people, having a beautiful kitchen is just a dream; both getting a new kitchen and starting a kitchen remodeling project are just too expensive. In reality, however, making your kitchen look beautiful and expensive is not as difficult as you think. These next few tips will help you get started with some (DIY) projects with amazing results.



Matte Wooden Kitchen Floor

Nothing makes a kitchen more beautiful than a nicely finished wooden floor. Laminate flooring, especially in a lighter tone, can help add more light and warmth to a kitchen. Paired with a simple white wall on one side, big windows on the other and some gorgeous cabinets and countertops, you will have the perfect kitchen.

Unfortunately, matte wooden flooring tends to be more suitable for low-activity areas. It scratches more easily and is definitely not made for kitchens. Worry not, because we have several solutions you can look into. You can start by trying vinyl instead of real wood as your material of choice. Vinyl flooring has gotten so good that we now have extremely realistic options to choose from.

If you already have wooden flooring in place, refinishing the kitchen floor is another alternative to try. Look for Tung oil for wood and you can achieve a gorgeous matte finish while adding better durability and protection to the wooden floor. Real Milk Paint has a number of Pure Tung Oil products at amazing prices.


Repurpose Old Cabinets

Changing the cabinets you use around the kitchen is another great way to spice up the room and add a new look to it. There is no need to spend a lot of money on new cabinets either, because there are plenty of ways to repurpose your existing ones. It is even possible to change the layout of your kitchen completely through some DIY projects involving old kitchen cabinets.

There are, however, a few things to keep in mind if you want to make your kitchen look expensive. First, limit the number of colors you use. Instead of having multiple shades of wood finish and patterns around the kitchen, stick to simple and light colors such as white or grey.

The same can be said for the kitchen countertop. There are kits that can help you repurpose kitchen countertops or simply repair and re-laminate your existing countertop to restore its beauty.

Add More Light

The simplest way to make a kitchen look expensive and amazingly comfortable? Add more light. Try to let as much natural light as possible into the room. Use daylight LED bulbs to add more light of the same tone and color as natural light. Focus on concealing the light sources you have around the kitchen while still letting the maximum amount of light fill the room. A bright kitchen is always a nice place to spend time in. Combined with the previous two tips we covered earlier, more light can really change the way your kitchen looks for the better.

Hello there!

Christmas is just so around the corner and I can already smell what’s cooking in my grandma’s kitchen. I know you’re all in panicky mode trying to complete your extensive gift and shopping list but at the same time doing it within your budget.


Sometimes we think too much on what to give, we often end up giving something our manito or manita doesn’t need. I suggest this year, you give something practical, something they can use everyday and something that when you’re buying, you’re helping others make a living.

Aromacology Sensi is one of the rising Filipino companies today that carry a wide range of 98% Botanical-based wellness and beauty products. Their business model is designed to help mostly women to earn and achieve financial freedom while at the same time fulfilling their mothering responsibilities. They’re also committed to helping farmers, where they source directly their raw materials, sustain their livelihood.

I have used their products in the past. The Cocoa Beauty line is one of the best cocoa-based beauty products I’ve ever tried.

Recently, they have launched new products and I’m going to share them to you, hoping you would try it yourself and include them in your shopping list.

Aromacology Botanical Fresh Mouthwash and Spray

This green handy bottle contains 98% botanical fresh ingredients. It can be used as a mouth wash and a mouth spray. We commonly call this - breath freshener. It has peppermint, spearmint, tea tree extract and virgin coconut oil (VCO). This one's truly has a kick. A squirt is quite strong on the mouth but it feels so good after.

This can be your next travel buddy, keeps your mouth fresh and minty. Or if you’re a corporate suit and is bored to death in the boardroom, one spray and this will wake all your senses away.

Nothing is more practical than giving someone something they can use every single day of their life. 

SRP P210.00

Aromacology Botanical Fresh mouthwash and spray
Aromacology Botanical Fresh mouthwash and spray

Active C Alkaline Tooth Gel

Another practical gift suggestion you can purchase from Aromacology Sensi is this Active C Alkaline Tooth Gel. Formulated with three of nature's gift - Tea Tree extract, VCO and Activated Carbon. AC is known to have natural properties to absorb toxins and chemicals from our bodies. In the case of dental hygiene, it is one of the most potent and natural elements to whiten teeth.

It’s rare we can find toothpaste with activated carbon component in the grocery shelves to date. Most of what’s on the shelf are highly induced with chemicals. Aromacology’s product is one refreshing alternative to the usual you should try.

SRP P260.00

Active C Alkaline Tooth Gel
Active C Alkaline Tooth Gel has no SLS, no flouride, no paraben, 
no artifical color and no artificial preservative.

Active C Alkaline Tooth Gel
Active C Alkaline Tooth Gel is 98% Botanical-based

Active C Alkaline Tooth Gel
Active C Alkaline Tooth Gel is super minty and foamy. 
Makes your mouth feeling fresh and shiny teeth every after brushing. 
And with constant use your teeth will have a shade lighter.


H-Cream or the Healing Cream
Aromacology Sensi's Healing Cream

H-Cream or the Healing Cream

Have you ever used the White Flower oil? They say, it is one of Asia’s greatest gifts to humankind. But the thing is, whenever you use it, every single atom in the whiff of it spreads around like you’re the least well of all humans. Di ko ganahan? πŸ˜“

So Aromacology is giving us an option - The H-Cream. This Healing Cream is Aromacology’s gift to you people. A pea size spread and rubbed on your palm can soothe and decongest clogged sinuses in no time. It’s calming and soothing. Every bottle is packed with natural sweet orange, lemon, spearmint and is VCO based.

I love it truly! There's no white flower-like whiff left in the wake. Perfect travel and practical home companion and is suitable for all ages.

Have this on your gift list, your manita/manito will love it!

SRP P275.00/100ml


H-Cream or the Healing Cream
Experiencing the healing wonders of H-Cream with escapemanila.com

Aromacology Magic Cushion

I’m really amazed at how fast beauty products evolve these days. From block and boxed face powder to now liquid powder in a cushion packed in a compact. How awesome is that?

Magic Cushions are practically your CC creams in a cushion packed in a compact. The idea of convenience and fad is so apparent here, thought it gives women extra life and power.

I've been longing to score one for myself but for some reasons it always get pushed down to the bottom of the list, until Aromacology showed us theirs.

Aromacology Magic Cushion
The compact is neat and handy. The cushion sponge there is filled with cream 
and a dabbing foam on a separate pad. 

Aromacology Magic Cushion
It contains bamboo extract for skin hydration and hamamelis or witch-hazel extract that keeps skin aglow, smooth and supple. It's SPF 50++ so gurls we have protection from the sun.

CHRISTMAS GIFT SUGGESTIONS FROM AROMACOLOGY SENSI  #ProudlyDavao
It's really a joy to be with these crazy bunch, no dull moments ever. 
I love the Aromacologers!

CHRISTMAS GIFT SUGGESTIONS FROM AROMACOLOGY SENSI  #ProudlyDavao
Joining us, is the only rose among the thorns, Glen! hahaha! 

Aromacology Magic Cushion
When you see it!

The left part of my face is Aromacology Magic Cushion covered, see the difference? Unlike the usual bottled cream where finger-in-effort is overly needed to blend it in, this practically cuts half my effort and time. Just dab, dab and go. And it's a lot less messy.

It's super easy application, buildable coverage,  super moisturing, very lightweight and cool adherence. I super like the glowing effect after. It gives my 40ish skin a cleaner and smoother look. Super micro coverage and doesn't dry up and becomes cakey. I've been using this for like two weeks now and so far no build-up, therefore, no break outs.

Highly recommended to be included in your gift list, your manita will love it!

CHRISTMAS GIFT SUGGESTIONS FROM AROMACOLOGY SENSI  #ProudlyDavao
With Aromacology CEO, Vanessa Mondragon.
Thank you as always for having us.

Watch out for my Aromacology Lose Weight Challenge results with Aromacology Alkaline Multi-Grain Super Food and Coconut Oil Extra Virigin. 


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For business opportunities with Aromacology, visit;

AROMACOLOGY SENSI
Head Office: Door 1 #546 E. Quirino Ave., 
Davao City, Philippines
Phone No. (082) 300 7423 | 0922 833 3361
https://www.facebook.com/AromacologySensiPhilippines

(Some photos shared by Ms. Jojie Alcantara)


Why is it that people wear very distinctive pieces of jewellery?  It is clear that custom jewellery represents a departure from more traditional classic and fantasy jewellery designs. Still, it makes use of many of the same components while responding to different personal taste, character, want and desire.  

FINDING UNIQUE AND PRACTICAL WEDDING BANDS ONLINE


Jewellery, and more specifically custom jewellery answers many different needs in many ways for many people.  As an agent of personality custom jewellery confers upon its wearer the characteristic associated with a specific stone.  For example, the ruby, associated with passion, magically makes the person wearing that stone passionate, and so on. As an agent of individualization, the rarity of the stone confers upon its owner the characteristic of being unique. Finally, as an agent of status, custom jewellery and unique design becomes the reflection of status and wealth. 

Custom jewellery can also reflect a sense of style.  Many of these singular designs come as the result of pulling together parts of traditional or classic designs while demonstrating personal creativity and imagination. Combinations of metals, stones, color and settings, to name but a few variables, openly display the very essence of the individual wearing the piece.

Custom jewellery given as a gift can also be, and often is, used to convey unspoken or expressed feeling or sentiment.  Custom wedding bands and engagement rings speak very highly of the feeling between partners and their commitment to each other and the relationship.

Custom jewellery designs are as numerous as the stars every piece having its own meaning and reason for being. Why is it that people wear distinctive pieces of jewellery?  The answer to that question is as unique as each of those people!

SEDA HOTEL ABREEZA LIGHTS BLUE AND SILVER CHRISTMAS TREE

Christmas has always been a spring of many traditions throughout the ages. Our family, our friends, our relatives and moreso the corporate world has taken in a good number of customary rites to officially kick-off the happiest of seasons.

On Thursday, Seda Hotel Abreeza has observed yet another joyful tradition that officially kicked-off the happiest of seasons at the hotel through a ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree.

The event was attended by the highly respected executives of the ANFLO Group, the Consul Generals based in Davao City, The Eastern Mindanao Command, Department of Tourism, friends from the press, bloggers, social media influencers and top business partners.

Joining hands to light up the stunning blue and silver themed Christmas tree this year were; Asst. Director of Sales, Kathy Namuag, DOT XI RD, Robby Alabado, Davao City Councilor Bernard Al-ag and Davao City Tourism Officer, Generose Tecson.

Asst. Director of Sales Kathy Namuag delivered the welcome message on behalf of HM Ken Kapulong and toast, highlighting the gratefulness and the success that 2016 has brought in.

“We are in that exciting time of the year again. A time to be thankful for another year of success and for surpassing the little bumps on the road. We in Seda Abreeza are always grateful that each one of you has supported and strengthened the partnerships we have made through the years. This is our own little way of thanking you and making you feel that Christmas is truly here.” said Ms. Namuag.

SEDA HOTEL ABREEZA LIGHTS BLUE AND SILVER CHRISTMAS TREE
Putting hands together to light up the lovely blue and silver Christmas tree were 
Asst. Director of Sales Kathy Namuag, DOT XI RD Robby Alabado, 
Davao City Coun. Bernard Al-ag and Davao City Tourism Officer Generose Tecson

SEDA HOTEL ABREEZA LIGHTS BLUE AND SILVER CHRISTMAS TREE
Seda Hotel Abreeza's stunning blue and silver lighted Christmas tree

Vocal Trio ZHALIA, performed over dinner and wine
Vocal Trio ZHALIA, performed over dinner and wine

Champ Burgos of MuzicSkool
Champ Burgos of MuzicSkool serenaded the guests with his Christmas medley

Executives of Abreeza Ayala Mall
Executives of Abreeza Ayala Mall


Seda Hotel Abreeza Sales and Marketing Team
Seda Hotel Abreeza Sales and Marketing Team

Davao City Councilor Bernard Al-ag, DavWell's Cherry Al-ag, Kathy Namuag,  DATA Pres., Gatchi Gatchalian and DOT XI RD, Robby Alabado
Davao City Councilor Bernard Al-ag, DavWell's Cherry Al-ag, Kathy Namuag, 
DATA Pres., Gatchi Gatchalian and DOT XI RD, Robby Alabado

DOT RD, Robby Alabado and DATA President, Gatchi Gatchalian
DOT RD, Robby Alabado and DATA President, Gatchi Gatchalian

Davao Digital Influencers with Comm Officer Faith Dimaano,
Davao Digital Influencers with Comm Officer Faith Dimaano, 
DOT RD Robby Alabado and ADOS Kathy Namuag

Dinner and wine followed shortly after the ceremonial lighting. The night was also made lively and alive by the Christmas performanaces of local talents.

Few of the best cuisines in town can be found in Seda Hotel Abreeza. The cocktail hall was turned into a showcase of Seda Hotel's culinary team yuletide food offerings.

Christmassy Strawberry Mousse and Jelly
Christmassy Strawberry Mousse and Jelly

Candy Cane Cake
Candy Cane Cake

Salad in a glass
Salad in a glass

Norman Peale once said, Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, 
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. And it was indeed at Seda!

For Bookings and Inquiries;

SEDA HOTEL ABREEZA
Abreeza Ayala Business Park,
J.P. Laurel Ave, Poblacion District, Davao City, 
8000 PHILIPPINES

(6382) 2443000 | (6382) 3228888 
http://www.sedahotels.com/abreeza/
Email: dvo@sedahotels.com

(Other Photos from Seda Abreeza PR)

Prepare for the biggest and most highly-anticipated online sale events of the year as Globe GCash joins Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Philippine Cyber Sale shopping madness from November 25 to 28, 2016.

Take advantage of exciting promos and huge discounts from Philippine and US online.  Get new clothes and shoes from Zalora, Lazada, and other top US clothing lines.  Shop for fashionable gift items for your friends and family.  Catch the latest gadgets and gizmos and have them delivered straight to your doorstep.

ONLINE BARGAINS FROM NOV. 25 – 28,  20% REBATE FROM GCASH AMERICAN EXPRESS VIRTUAL CARD

Simply use your GCash American Express® Virtual Pay when shopping at US online shops from Nov. 25 to 28, 2016 and have your items delivered via My Shopping Box (MSB).  New Virtual Pay users can also enjoy an additional 20 percent or a maximum of P400-peso rebate on their first transaction.

✓ STEP 1: SHOP. Browse through your favorite US-based online stores, pick the items you want to buy, and proceed to check-out.

✓ STEP 2: SHIP. Check out using your MSB and GCash American Express® Virtual Pay shipping details and have your items delivered to your Philippine address.

✓ STEP 3: SAVE. Avoid the hassles of having your friends and family in the US deliver the package for you, and the costs of coordinating air or sea shipments by yourself. Just shop all you want and let MSB take care of package forwarding for you.

CYBERSALE FROM NOV. 25 – 28,  20% REBATE FROM GCASH AMERICAN EXPRESS VIRTUAL CARD

To avail of GCash AmEx Virtual Pay for FREE, simply register your GCash wallet and email address online at https://mgcash.globe.com.ph/gcashamex . Once your account is validated, you will immediately receive your Virtual Pay account details, your personalized US shipping address, and other pertinent information via email.  To fund your wallet, just visit any of the 10,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide.

Black Friday and its sister sale, Cyber Monday are the biggest sale seasons in the U.S. where many of the top online retailers and stores like Walmart.com, Amazon.com, eBay.com, Sephora.com offer products at highly reduced price, making them two of the most-awaited shopping events around the world.

On the other hand, Philippine Cyber Sale is the biggest e-commerce event of the different Philippine industries. Coinciding with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this 3-day online weekend sale provides jaw dropping deals from participating partners. Learn more by visiting http://pinoycybersale.com.

(PR Release)


MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE

It’s that wonderful time of the year again where twinkling lights and joyful music abound the air – Christmas! And Marco Polo Davao, Mindanao’s premier hotel has glammed its tree in gold and roses this year.

Guests, visitors, blogger and media friends together with the Marco Polo Davao family gathered on Tuesday to officially kick off the Christmas season and the 18th year celebration of the hotel with a lighting ceremony of the fabulous Christmas tree at the hotel lobby.

“We would like to welcome you to our Christmas Lighting Ceremony which also serves as a countdown to the upcoming events of our 18th year celebration and we would not have attained this milestone if not for your unending support to our hotel”, says GM Dottie V. Wurgler-Cronin in her welcome message.

MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE
Joining hands to light up the tree! 
(L-R) Armin Lorenzo, Director of Finance | Fernan Pareja, Songspell Philippines  Inc. President | Pearl Peralta-Maclang, Director of Sales and Marketing | Dottie Wurgler-Cronin, Marco Polo Davao General Manager

MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE
This year’s Marco Polo Davao Christmas tree theme is gold and roses. 
It beautifully represents the hotel’s 18th year catchphrase and hashtag #ShiningAt18.

MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE
More than lovely!

MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE
Songspell,  a renowned Davao-based performing group composed of kids and young adults, serenaded the guests with their heartwarming and splendid rendition of our favorite Christmas carols.  


MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE
Delegates from Asean JCI Senate with Mrs. Virginia Andersen, Dottie Wurgler-Cronin 
and Mrs. Jocy Ledesma

MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE
Gintong Agri with Marcom Manager Josef Ledesma

MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE
Pearl Peralta-Maclang, Director of Sales and Marketing | Atty. Persida V. Acosta, Chief Public Attorney of the Philippines | Josef Ledesma, Marcom Manager

MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE
The hotel lobby packed with smiling guests

MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE

And what’s Christmas without delectable and lip-smacking goodies, right? Visit the hotel and catch this tiny ‘grab and go’ food stop at the lobby today. Delicious ensaymada, mΓ©nage a trios, handmade garlic chili sauce, handmade chef truffle-infused extra virgin oil with rosemary are few of the awesome choices you can pick and go.

Marco Polo hamper 2016
Grab and Go counter at the hotel lobby

This year’s Marco Polo hamper comes with 10 made-with-love and finely selected items. It comes in a native basket and I was informed they sourced the baskets from the local basket artisans of Lake Sebu in South Cotabato.

When asked why not the usual wooden hamper this year, Sarah Dayrit, the Hotel’s PR and Marketing Officer informed WEV, that this is part of Marco Polo’s thrust to get involve with the community. Sourcing locally made items will support small entrepreneurs and afford them sustainable livelihood.

Marco Polo hamper 2016
For your corporate giveaways and gifts, give them the Christmas goodies they’ll never forget 
- give the Marco Polo Davao Hamper and Gift Basket. Sells at P2,500.

MARCO POLO DAVAO LIGHTS UP GOLD AND ROSES CHRISTMAS TREE
There is no better symbol of Christmas in the Philippines than the Belen.
Thanks a lot Marco Polo Davao for having me again this year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!
#ShiningAt18

For your holiday bookings call;

THE MARCO POLO HOTEL DAVAO
C.M. Recto Street
Davao City, Philippines
(082) 221 0888
https://www.facebook.com/marcopolodavaohotel/
https://twitter.com/MarcoPoloDavao


(Photo Credits: Marco Polo Davao PR)

It’s amazing how we’ve consumed time and past us by so fast we didn’t even notice it. I can’t even believe I’m nearing the last leaf of my Giving Journal 2016. I love that yellow Giving Journal of mine I’ve got from last year’s launch - neat and artsy. Just in case you ask, I didn’t put it on the shelf; I dutifully fill them in with my crazy everydayness.

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH

Let me share you a page. 

So don’t make a face when someone asked over a favour to hand in her or his ‘pamasahe’ 
to the driver. As unconsciously, you are actually doing simple act of kindness.

I’m happy I’m part of Giving Journal 2017 launch here in Davao again. I like how CBTL do their event. They always have something worthwhile to get our hands busy on. Last year it was learning how to do Calligraphy – yeah, like middle aged dog learning new tricks but I’m so glad I picked it right the first time. This is an art that needs time and constant practice and sadly I don’t have those.

This year is another awesome experience at the shop. We decorated Christmas cookies with edible pens. These cookies after they’re adorned with our art will be given to the kids at SOS Village, how noble a cause is that? 

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH

Well, I tried so hard to purge creative juices out of my head, but this is just the best my hands could give ... thought they’re lovely though! (Hehehe) I can't figure whether those are raisins or stars in my tree. Perspective is everything, you be the judge, lelz.

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH
CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH
Busy peeps, borrowing pens πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH
With Davao Digital Influencers

And now let’s dig into the Giving Journal 2017.

It’s humbling to know that CBTL has come a long way at sharing this Giving Journal to its patrons. This is their 9th edition and I don’t think this will stop here.

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH
The colours of Giving Journal 2017
12 stamps are all it takes and you're officially part of CBTL's giving journey

What’s so remarkable is that, this is not just your usual off-the-rack journal. CBTL’s Giving Journal is way more than that. When you decide to get yours, then you are officially part of CBTL’s giving journey. Part of the proceeds of the journal goes to the scholar beneficiaries of Real LIFE Foundation. Hence, you are not only getting a charming and sentimental Giving Journal, you are also helping change lives for the better.

So let’s take a look at Giving Journal 2017.

This year’s edition has four colours and each represents CBTL's commitment to give back to the community whilst promoting goodwill and social responsibility.

The Gray has Caring Cup Global stamp. Giving back to the coffee farmers who work hard to have every quality bean brewed right into your cup. This also aims to provide them with sustainable livelihood and education for their children.

The Purple represents Overflows. Acknowledging life that overflows.

The Blue with Coffee Tree Cup symbol represents nurturance of growth and providing better lives for others, one cup at a time.

I chose the Pink Journal, the symbol says Radiating Heart - the power to spread goodwill lies within our hearts.

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH
#GivingJournal2017 - Radiating Heart cover

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH
Unlike last year's where it's all artsy watercolors on the pages, this year holds an ample number of sketched pages. I find this journal so sentimental, like I can't afford to write negativities, but just pure life bliss and living on. And this is also a nice piece to color, in case you want alternative to writing.

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH
Inspirational verses and famous lines from famous people are also included. 
The usual coupons are also present and nice vintage writing pages.

CBTL's GIVING JOURNAL 2017 DAVAO CITY LAUNCH
Thanks a lot CBTL. I'll promise to put this into good use. 'Till next year!


Head on to the nearest Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf now and get your CBTL stamps. Only 12 stamps are needed to have a #GiivingJournal2017. Enjoy and have a wonderful cup of coffee up ahead!


THE COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF
West Entrance, Ground Floor
SM LANANG PREMIER
Lanang, Davao City, Philippines

#SeasonOfGiving
#GivingJournal2017
#cbtlph