Showing posts with label Disease. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Disease. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Know the Truth, HPV Reveal in an Advocacy Play

11:25:00 PM

A hidden health threat is taking lives, and we know little about it. It's time to raise awareness about the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The good news is that HPV can be prevented, and there are solutions to stop it from worsening.

The more we know about HPV, the better. There is an ongoing campaign to inform everyone, including teenagers. The most effective way to spread awareness is through creative and relatable methods.

Ka.SEEN.halaga (HPV. Out!) is a play that delivers both emotional impact and vital information about HPV.

Frontline Production Inc. with Rotary Club South San Francisco California as co-presenter raise the stage curtains for Ka.SEEN.halaga (HPV Out!), a one of a kind play that brings the feels and information about the Human Papilloma Virus or HPV.

Directed by Rodel J. Mercado, with three monologues written by Julia Enriquez - “Girltok,” Joshua Lim So - “Para Kay John,” and Liza Magtoto – “Ka.SEEN.halaga”, we will meet the characters of Roger, Maya and Girltok as they express their thoughts and feelings about afflicted with HPV.

Director Mercado said: “This play is not only timely but relevant. It sheds light on the myths and misconceptions about this deadly virus; anyone can be infected with HPV regardless of age, gender, and economic status. It also raises awareness on how anyone especially young people can get protected from the virus through preventive efforts such as vaccinations and sex education.”

He added: “I believe in this noble cause, so I push to make this theater production happened. Also, it is a great honor to be trusted by the Rotary Club of South San Francisco California through Dr. Jasmin Flores to be the purveyor and medium in educating the Filipinos about the risks and dangers of HPV.”

Cast of Ka.SEEN.halaga (HPV Out!) are Migui Moreno as Roger, Phi Palmos as Maya and Angela Maghanoy as Girltok. Alternates are Blaisdell Caloyloy (Roger), Twinkle Santiago (Maya) and Zhyra Villanueva (Girltok).

Migui Moreno said: “The role of Roger, a father who has throat cancer because of HPV, attracted me most because it is a huge challenge for me as an actor. Portraying a person who has throat cancer that he got from HPV gives me a better understanding about the disease and how one copes up with this situation.”

On being Maya, Phi Palmos said: “Maya’s tenacity attracted me to give her life on stage. She’s firm but also, vulnerable. That vulnerability masked with strength is what makes her an interesting character.”

“Her strength is her care, respect and humility towards her parents, loved ones, viewers and future” said Angela Maghanoy about Girltok. “Because of her, I learned more about HPV. I also want to use my skills and talents to inform others, help the community be more aware on these social issues.”

Major Sponsors are MSD, PAGCOR, OROCAN. Minor Sponsors: SOGO, Nature’s Spring & Zephaniah’s Catering.


Ka.SEEN.halaga (HPV. Out!) is slated on July 14, 2024. Matinee 3:00pm and Gala 8:00pm, at the RCBC Theater, Makati City.

Tours in campus and universities and other outreach performances will happen on September.

In conclusion, Director Mercado said: “Aside from it being entertaining and educational, this theater show will help in championing the fight against the deadly Human Papilloma Virus.”

For tickets for the July 14 matinee and gala shows, please buy them at or send your queries to 0954-170-2679 and please look for Bevs Lalo.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Talk About Rare Diseases, Get To Know the Key Provisions of Republic Act 10747 and the IRR

11:12:00 PM

When we talk about rare it explains so many things that are new, undiscovered, special, and so much more. But when it comes to diseases it is something that we shouldn't care less. Just this February was the observance of The National Rare Disease Week (Feb 22-28) and the International Rare Disease Day (Feb 29). Yes it is over already but let us not sit to that event only, instead let us make it as our continuous fight to raise awareness and uplift our friends and family afflicted with rare and orphan disorder still continues.

Okay this may take a bit long of a post together with some of the information about Rare Disease and things that we should know about it. So, if you'll bear with me kindly read more and learn some few things.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), rare diseases or orphan disorders are a “life-threatening or chronically debilitating diseases, which are of such low prevalence that special combined efforts are needed to address them.” In the Philippines, a disease is considered rare when it affects one patient in every 20,000 people in the country until a final definition is formalized by the Technical Working Group of the Department of Health (DOH).

Meanwhile, the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders, Inc. (PSOD) notes that there are over 7,000 rare diseases identified globally and are typically genetic in origin. As such, rare diseases typically affect children who are oftentimes at risk of a delayed diagnosis or even a misdiagnosis due to a poor understanding of their condition.

Furthermore, the DOH stresses that patients afflicted with rare diseases often have their quality of life reduced and are dependent on other people to attend to their basic needs. They also need lifelong medical care which may range from medications and multidisciplinary therapies to alleviate the symptoms and effects of the disease.

Moreover, PSOD holds a registry of 319 individuals with rare diseases representing 63 rare disorders but due to the rarity of their condition, Filipino patients are burdened with a lack of existing network of support to aid them. Medical assistance is elusive under the conditions of the country’s health priority, and raising awareness for people affected by rare disease still looms.

Hence, the challenge of funding and sustained financial support is also an unfortunate reality for many of our loved ones with Rare Disease. But the cost of treatment should not be directed towards monetary value but to the value for health and drastic improvement in the quality of life that the treatment, support, and management can provide to the Rare Disease community at large.

Thanks to the love and support from our friends in the private and public sector, the Republic Act 10747 or Rare Diseases Act was signed into law in March 2016. The law aims to improve rare disease patients’ access to comprehensive medical care; and among other things, identify interventions, and design research studies on rare diseases; and promote public awareness on rare diseases, among others.

Under this law, the patients are also considered as persons with disabilities (PWDs) and are entitled to the corresponding benefits and privileges such as priority programs and discounts. The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is also mandated to provide benefit packages for patients,and incentives for donations intended for research on rare diseases.

But this is just a start. We still have a long way to go until all the provisions of RA 10747 are fulfilled.

With this, we invite everyone to join hands with the Rare Disease community and show their love and care for the Rare. If you wish to show your support or make a donation for the Rare Disease community, you may visit the PSOD website at or Facebook on for more information.

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