Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Parañaque City's Telemedicine Success: A Model of Public-Private Partnership in Health

9:18:00 PM


In a remarkable display of collaboration between public and private entities, SeeYouDoc (MA) Analytics recently hosted an event where Barangay Health workers and Doctors from 16 Barangays in Parañaque City shared their experiences in utilizing telemedicine. This innovative approach to healthcare delivery has not only proven its effectiveness but has become a beacon of success in the post-pandemic era, showcasing the power of cooperation in advancing health services.

The event, attended by representatives from WHO Philippines, highlighted the significant strides Parañaque City has made in promoting health and ensuring access to quality services. Dr. John Juliard Go, the National Professional Officer of WHO Philippines, commended the pilot barangays in Parañaque for their dedication to leveraging technology to enhance healthcare.

"I see we are blessed and happy; our pilot barangays in Parañaque certainly have done a lot in the past few years," remarked Dr. Go. He emphasized the pivotal role telemedicine played during the pandemic and stressed the importance of its continued use. Dr. Go underscored the need for trust, regulatory guidance, and equitable access, stating, "This is not just for the privileged and must be supported with adequate resources to institutionalize it. This is important for universal healthcare."


Dr. Olga Virtusio, the City Health Officer for Parañaque City Health Office, expressed her gratitude to the various stakeholders involved in the successful implementation of telemedicine. She playfully remarked, "Sitting beside Dr. Jojo is a little fun," acknowledging the collaborative effort that made the telemedicine initiative possible.


With a population of 704,904, Parañaque has achieved notable health milestones in the last five years, including a decrease in infant mortality rates, improvements in vaccination coverage, and an increase in consultation rates. The city has also provided 683 teleconsultations and continues to offer SeeYouDoc appointments, particularly to new and male patients. Infrastructure support, including the delivery of ICT equipment and internet facilities, has significantly enhanced the capabilities of Health Centers in the city.

Despite these achievements, Parañaque City faces challenges such as budget constraints, the need for additional health equipment, a demand for young health workers, transportation issues, and varying medicine requirements. However, the city's dedication to overcoming these obstacles underscores the commitment to inclusive healthcare.


The success in Parañaque City serves as a testament to the power of collaboration between public and private institutions. The seamless integration of telemedicine has not only improved health service delivery but also holds the promise of expanding universal health coverage across the city and, hopefully, to other parts of the country. With guidelines and procedures in place, Filipinos stand to benefit significantly in health management, logistics, and community support. The Parañaque model demonstrates that the future of healthcare lies in cooperation, innovation, and a shared commitment to leaving no one behind.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Dear Self, A Rising Aesthetic and Wellness Brand Commemorates New Achievement in 2023: 3rd Year Anniversary and Unveiling of Fresh Array of Brand Ambassadors

7:51:00 AM

Cliché it may sound, but it's true that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder'. So, beauty is something that is not to compare to others but simply there for admiration. We all have different beauty within us just like what this aesthetic and wellness center that recently introduced their list of new brand endorser showcasing the different beauty in every individual.  

“Overwhelmed, happy, and proud!”

This is how Ms. Krystal Tecson-Garalde, the CEO and Founder of Dear Self Aesthetic and Wellness Center when asked how she felt after the anniversary and contract signing event.

“As I always say, we at Dear Self aspire for greatness in the field of beauty and wellness, that’s why when I see things unfold and as we reach our goals, kahit paunti-unti, napakasaya sa feeling, this is unbelievable,” Ms. Tecson- Garalde continued. The RENEW event aimed to celebrate individuality and to promote love for others that begins from love from within.

“Dear Self Aesthetics and Wellness Center believes in taking action to love oneself. The inner voice that reminds us to accept flaws and imperfections while advocating self-improvement keeps us grounded and near to our goals,” Mr. Kenneth Tecson, the brand’s VP for Marketing said in his message.

This also marked their first year operating independently and creating their own name in the beauty and wellness industry.


“This Renew event, as a core message this year, denotes more than just renewing contracts, as the brand starts operating independently- introducing Dear Self as everyone’s Dear Brand to the market,” Mr. Ric Abasola, the event host, brand ambassador, and Marketing and PR consultant pointed out as he opened the event.

Executives and administrative officers of the brand, media people, and the new set of brand ambassadors attended the small-intimate gathering at Limbaga 77 Restaurant, Quezon City.

The new set of brand ambassadors was introduced one by one and gave their short message to Dear Self. In addition, their experiences of the services provided.

“Sobrang thankful ako sa Dear Self, kasi sobrang big opputunity to sa akin, sa amin, sa buhay ko. Hindi lang dahil sa body ko, para din sa confidence na na-boost while inaalagaan ako ng Dear Self,” Boom Boom Neri emotionally mentioned when asked about her experience with the center and as she celebrates her second year with the brand.

"Gusto kong magpasalamat kay ma’am Krystal, sa Tecson family na lagi pong and’yan, iniintindi po yunng schedule namin dalawa ni Neri. Sa ikalawang taon po namin sa Dear Self marami pong nabago sa buhay namin, of course mas dumami po yung oppurtunities, as in,” Grace Abina, a Showtime Dancer mainstay said as she give her heartfelt message to the brand.

Furthermore, the media people were also given a chance to raise their questions to the executives of Dear Self and the new brand ambassadors.


Meanwhile, Coach Lucky Robles, Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 1 contender, and now one of the brand ambassadors of Dear Self Aesthetic and Wellness Center serenaded the audience while they munch on their sumptuous early dinner treat. Lastly, Mr. Christian Tecson stressed how the company values its people, their actions to create their own brand identity and other future goals which left everyone curious and excited at the same time.

“We will be having our mini anniversary concert and I would like to invite all of you there. As for the new clinics, marami kaming plano this year, kung saan, secret muna,” Mr. Tecson added.

Ms. Clarice Vivien Tecson- Cadavida, the brand COO also mentioned the three main goals of the company that include (1) investing further to employees, (2) redefining the beauty and wellness industry with love, harmonious relationship and peace of mind when inside the clinic, and (3) nourish the culture that mainly focuses on self love.

“We would like to thank all of you for coming here today as we celebrate our contract signing with beautiful brand ambassadors Ms. Neri and Ms. Grace. They have been the trustworthy faces of dear self since day one and to Ms. Amina, and Mr. Nonong and the rest of the new members of the family, welcome po and thank you so much po sa inyo,” Ms. Tecson- Cadavida ended.

The Dear Self Locations

Building a place of comfort for communities across the NCR, we started the Manila Branch in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, paving the way for Manilenos to take a step towards nurturing self-esteem and self-confidence.

This was followed by Makati, Camarin, Taguig, Congressional, Las Piñas, Monumento, Novaliches, and Cainta- 9 branches and counting. It is our utmost dream to further reach the ends of the Philippines to bring joy in beauty at its best.

The New Brand Ambassadors

As we cater to the growing community of Dear Self, it is with great honor to present the personalities who embody Dear Self as Dearly, Energetic, Aspiring, Radiant, Sophisticated, Empowered, Loveable, and Friendly.

  • Nerijay 'Boom Boom Neri' Lopera and Mary Grace Abina Energizing everyone with their talent as Showtime Dancers
  • Amina Magat, with her pleasantry, is PBA's half-time court dancer and a former Showtime dancer.
  • Coach Lucky Robles, the voice that relaxes and also sizzles, is a TNT Season 1 finalist, TNT duet, and singer. He is also the amazing vocal coach of TNT Boys, Idol Philippines, and a member of Dad's Circle.
  • Direk Allan Dale Alojipan is a regular entertainment live streamer on Tiktok, captivating audiences nightly. He started as a passionate home cook, creating an online business under #LutoNiDAD. Prior to that, he excelled as an events director and worked with top celebrities. With international exposure, he showcased his talents in musical theater, collaborating with renowned production outfits.
  • Yzabel Reonal, ramping its way with grace and sophistication; a freelance model; a dentistry student; Ms. Posture Philippines 2022; Showtime Sexy Babe Weekly Finalist 2022; Runway Queen 2022, among others
  • Walter Mark "Nonong" Ballinan, known as the "Kanto Komikero ng Novaliches," has captivated audiences with his hilarious stand-up comedy routines. With his usual comedic antics, he effortlessly charms the crowd. Moreover, Nonong Ballinan is also a proud member of Koolpals, further solidifying his presence in the comedy scene.Walter Mark "Nonong" Ballinan, known as the "Kanto Komikero ng Novaliches," has captivated audiences with his hilarious stand-up comedy routines. With his usual comedic antics, he effortlessly charms the crowd. Moreover, Nonong Ballinan is also a proud member of Koolpals, further solidifying his presence in the comedy scene.
  • Jean Claude Catacutan, also known as Bogs Cy, is a Tiktok Beauty Content Creator with 175,000 followers and an advocate of self-care.

As the faces of Dear Self, they share the same values that the company wishes our clients to trust and believe in- to advocate our mission by providing ways to embrace the importance of self-love through self-care.

In the years to come, Dear Self Aesthetic and Wellness Center wishes to reach out to more places, ensure affordable quality self-care practices for all, and embrace diversity to create a future where everyone can experience the transformative power of a welcoming and nurturing environment where beauty and well-being are the priorities.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Erceflora Kiddie takes children on a delightful journey towards a healthy gut aboard the resilient Batang Matatag Bus

9:42:00 PM


As summer approaches, children are looking forward to spending more time outside and playing in the sun. It can be challenging for parents to come up with fun and beneficial activities to keep their children entertained. Fortunately, the Batang Matag Bus has arrived just in time to provide children with a day of play and lots of exciting learning experiences.

Although the pandemic's impact is diminishing, parents remain vigilant in ensuring that their children remain healthy and safe as they explore the world around them. However, beyond maintaining good hygiene practices, the most crucial step is ensuring that children are healthy from the inside out. This is because 70% of the body's immunity is derived from the gut.

“The gut affects so much of a child’s body: their mood, their reasoning, their behavior, and of course their overall health,” said J Ann Mirasol, from the makers of Erceflora Kiddie. “Erceflora Kiddie is created to help balance the good bacteria in the gut, allowing it to absorb nutrients, resist harmful microbes, and prevent upset stomachs.”

During the short panel discussion in the event, celebrity moms, Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio, Cheska Kramer, and Andi Manzano, openly discussed about the old thought about the phrase "wala pang 5 seconds yan." Briefly putting out their thoughts that it's good thing that they do that because somehow it strengthens the bacteria inside the body. But of course, there's a disclaimer that if the food fell on the floors of a wet market that would be gross already. 

To help parents understand the importance of gut health and make building healthy habits easier and more fun for their kids, Erceflora Kiddie created the Batang Matatag Bus, a touring bus across the metro meaning to make education on gut health for kids fun and simple. “Kids with a healthy gut are healthier, happier, and more energetic, and that’s what we call ‘Batang Matatag’,” said Mirasol.

The Batang Matatag Bus was parked at the BGC Amphitheater from March 11-12 to set up the Todo Tatag Playground that had activities for the whole family: 

The Todo Tatag Playground
The Todo Tatag Playground featured different play areas that highlighted key information on how a healthy gut supports the overall development of children. Playground equipment were turned into exciting learning opportunities for all kids to be strong, healthy, and become Batang Matatag.

The Todo Tatag Bus

Hopping onto the Todo Tatag Bus, kids learned the Todo Tatag Technique to make washing hands a fun and effective activity. There were also interactive games and photo walls to take fun photos and make cool memories.

A Fun-filled Program

Starting at 2:00 PM on March 11 there will be an interactive program for the family to enjoy together. Families can expect fun games, playful mascots, and entertaining hosts that will give a fun filled family day to all who attend. The program will not only involve energetic activities to keep the audience engaged but also learn more about Erceflora Kiddie and why kids should be encouraged to use it.

Bonding with Tatag Mommies

Erceflora Kiddie brought in the Todo Tatag Mommies Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio, Cheska Kramer, and Andi Manzano with host Riza Diaz to talk about creative ways to encourage the whole family to start more healthy habits and learn more about how to raise stronger, healthier kids starting with gut health. With the help of Erceflora Kiddie, kids can absorb more nutrients, activating better immunity against harmful microbes for todo tatag na tiyan para sa todo tatag na katawan.

With much excitement generated by the Todo Tatag Bus and Playground, BGC is just the first in several other stops for the Batang Matatag Bus throughout the year. In the meantime, parents can help even more kids maintain a healthy gut. When you buy Erceflora Kiddie, a portion of the sale will support Batang Matatag—a movement initiated by Save the Children Philippines and Erceflora Kiddie to improve the overall health and nutrition of children in school.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Sleep Better with Uratex: The Leading Foam Company in the Philippines Offers Discounts on Sleeping Essentials for World Sleep Day

9:05:00 PM


Uratex, the top foam company in the Philippines, celebrates World Sleep Day (WSD) and continues to promote the importance of a good night's sleep. WSD, which took place last March 17, emphasizes the value of quality sleep for everyone.

Research conducted by Milieu Insight and Intellect revealed that many employed Filipino adults experience poor quality of life due to stress, leading to difficulty sleeping. The National Nutrition Council in the Philippines also reported that a lack of sleep is linked to several health problems, including brain function and depression. Therefore, it is necessary to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night to boost the immune system.

To address sleep problems and provide sleep solutions, Uratex is committed to developing and innovating products that enhance the sleep experience of every Filipino family. Uratex has spent more than five decades creating sleeping essentials to meet everyone's needs, becoming a trusted sleeping companion for every Filipino.

Mr. Kurt Cheng, Brand Marketing Executive, and Sleep Expert of Uratex Philippines, highlighted the importance of having the right sleeping aids, such as mattresses and pillows, to aid in getting a good night's sleep.

In celebration of World Sleep Day, Uratex is offering up to a 10% discount on selected sleeping products from March 15-31, 2023. This promotion is applicable and exclusive to Uratex Showrooms, Authorized Dealers Nationwide, and the official online store.

Mr. Christian Cheng, Brand Marketing Executive of Uratex Philippines, emphasized the brand's commitment to ensuring that every Filipino gets the best sleep through their products, continuing to champion the value and impact of sleep in our daily lives.

Uratex's range of mattresses and other quality sleep products has consistently been recognized as a Trusted Brand for Mattress category at the Reader's Digest Awards, including the 2022 edition.


To learn more about Uratex and its products, as well as upcoming promos, visit or their official Shopee page at You can also follow /UratexPhilippines on Facebook and @uratex_ph on Instagram for updates and upcoming promos.

For over 55 years, Uratex has been committed to providing comfort through its products and services, enriching lives and creating meaningful moments.

Thursday, August 4, 2022


12:37:00 AM


We’ve all been there–raring to eat healthy but falter when we do our grocery runs. With the sea of available food choices, navigating through the aisles can be a dizzying chore. Here are a few tips to help you skip the stress and fill your cart with healthier food choices!

Lemons pack a punch
Looking to level up your cooking? Lemons help you lose weight and boost your immune system–one lemon alone contains half your daily dose of vitamin C. Squeeze them on top of your favorite dish to add extra zest, or dunk a few slices in a jar for a refreshing glass of lemon-infused water.

Honey never spoils
Honey lasts forever. Its low moisture content keeps bacteria from surviving and it’s acidic enough to ward off most bacteria. It is also rich in antioxidants and is good for your blood sugar levels. Try replacing sugar with honey in your coffee, tea, and morning bowl of oatmeal.

“Low fat” means “added sugar”
When striving to live a healthier lifestyle, it’s natural to gravitate towards labels that say ‘low fat’ or ‘light.’ However, you might want to think twice. It usually means the food contains added sugar which can actually make you gain weight. Sugar, not fat, is your diet's main enemy. Try to opt for food with low sugar content instead of low fat.

"Organic" does not always mean healthy
In recent years, 'organic' and 'gluten-free' have become diet buzzwords. However, just because something is promoted as such doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Truth is, organic sugar is still sugar, and gluten-free junk food is still junk food. Make it a habit to read nutrition fact labels to help you pick your food wisely.

Not all chocolate is bad for you
Here’s a bit of good news: you don’t have to give up chocolate to lead a healthy lifestyle. Dark chocolate is rich in disease-fighting antioxidants and can help lower your blood pressure and risk of heart disease. When you’re craving something sweet, reach for a bar of dark chocolate. It's actually good for you. Hooray!

Start your healthy journey with AIA Vitality

The journey to eating better can be overwhelming but AIA Vitality is here to make it easier!

AIA Vitality is AIA Philippines’ wellness program that rewards you for knowing and improving your health, and comes bundled with various AIA products.

Members earn points with each health task they accomplish. The healthier you get, the more points you earn and the higher your AIA Vitality status becomes, the bigger your rewards.

Simply log in your results in the app as you accomplish certain health goals to earn exciting discounts from health and wellness partners such as special rates on medical services, fitness apparel and devices, and more. You can even earn insurance benefits of up to 50% additional coverage, 20% premium discount or 100% loyalty boost on your AIA policy!

Click here for more information about AIA Vitality and the Total Health Solution offered by AIA Philippines, or here to visit the AIA Philippines Facebook page, email or call (02) 8528-2000 to know more.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Cutting Edge Therapy: Buela Physical Therapy Clinic Opens Cainta Branch

6:02:00 AM


Bad posture always comes because of our bad habits and undisciplined exercise. Sometimes our posture causes some body pains and if untreated it might cause much more damage to our body. 

Physical therapy clinics are now being recognized because of the treatments they provide. Thus, we should always look out for qualified and certified ones. 

Buela, one of the most advanced physical therapy clinics in the country, has opened another branch in the Metro East Area at the Garden Walk Mall in Cainta, Rizal. Buela boasts of cutting edge technology in their clinics using the latest machines in physiotherapy. Coupled with well-trained physiotherapists and in-house medical doctors, Buela offers a complete and holistic approach to physical therapy.

From L-R (front): Department of Tourism USEC Woodrow Maquiling Jr, CEO of Buela Physical Therapy Clinic Corporation Gerald R. Buela, Hon. Judge Liezel A. Aquiatan, and National Polo Team member Eduardo Miguel Lopez. From L-R (back): PBA Players; Jervy Cruz and John Wilson, SEA Games Medalists Edwin Giron and Mark Harry Diones


There is a notion that physical therapy is only for post-stroke patients or those recovering from accidents, but physical therapy can benefit everyone. This is pain management that aims to fix the root of the problem, dealing with every muscle, sinew, nerve, and bone that causes the major or minor aches that plague daily life, such as back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, to name just a few. Some patients think this is something you have to live with, but relief is possible with physiotherapy. Athletes of all levels can also look to Buela to boost their performance and be more resilient to injuries and to treat muscles that are overused in relation to their sport.

Gerald Buela, CEO of Buela Physical Therapy Clinic and a licensed physiotherapist himself, has a personal mission to raise the level of the profession. “That's my advocacy, to elevate and push the boundaries of what this practice can achieve through technology and physiotherapy.” Buela is elevating the PT (Physical Therapy) industry, by bringing in top of the line machines from abroad. “It's the latest technology so the Philippines doesn’t fall far behind,” he says. ”Most of the Physical Therapy clinics in the Philippines are quite traditional. I want to transform the industry into one of the most advanced in the region.”

The physiotherapists and staff of Buela Physical Therapy Clinic


All the machines at the Buela clinics are the latest models. The clinic touts an advanced approach using these machines that aid in various therapies: Myofascial Dry Needling, Microcurrent/Macrocurrent Therapy, Deep Radiofrequency Heat Therapy, Vibration Therapy, Manual Therapy (joint mobilization and spinal manipulation), Postural Correction Program, High-Intensity Laser Therapy, Focused Shockwave, Traction Therapy, Tecartherapy. Patients undergo a thorough screening and medical assessment by doctors and therapists to determine which treatment is most beneficial for their areas of concern.

There is a misconception that physical therapists are similar to massage therapists, but physical therapists or physiotherapists are licensed medical professionals whose field of study takes five years. While massage deals with the muscles, physical therapy can go deeper dealing with muscles, bones, and nerves, affecting the totality of the body. “Our promise is to fix your problems one posture at a time,” explains Buela. When you don’t fix the posture, the muscles aren’t activated properly, the pain and discomfort will return. The machines also target tissue at a deeper level that a simple massage cannot reach. “Massages are good for relaxation, but you need physical therapy for pain and discomfort.”

Gerald Rivera Buela – CEO of Buela Physical Therapy Clinic Corporation. Buela's goal is to make physiotherapy a part of people's healthy lifestyles.


Cost is also something that precludes people from getting the physical therapy that they need, often choosing to pop a pill for the pain. But that solution is temporary, especially for those with chronic pain. People don’t often realize that their health card coverage includes physical therapy, and a visit to the Buela clinic can bring them more lasting relief.

Buela’s sleek and industrial chic interiors of blue gray, wood and steel is aimed at trying to do away with the cold and antiseptic feel of physical rehabilitation clinics, treating it more like going to a spa, gym or an aesthetician, while still getting the level of treatment you would get at the most advanced physical rehabilitation center. “Some of our patients don't do well in hospital settings. Their progress is very minimal, and they don't find the level of pain relief they desire,” explains Buela. Hospitals also don't do certain treatments, like dry needling, a practice whose roots trace back to acupuncture but have now combined with Western research.

The Buela PT interiors of slate blue with wood accents may look like a spa, but the clinic utilizes the most advanced tools in physical therapy.


Buela has not only invested in machines, he also invested in people. The Buela clinic makes it a special point to design the staff area of the physical therapists to be as nice as the rest of the clinic. This does a lot for staff morale, as the staff room is usually the most neglected part of any establishment. Buela, who worked as a physiotherapist himself, knows the ins and outs of the industry and champions that therapists be treated as professionals. It’s only logical that happier staff can give better service. “I pay them a premium, twice as much as the average. I want physiotherapists to feel ownership of the space and to be comfortably working in that space. Compared to other clinics, we pay them double. I really value our people.”

During the pandemic a lot of lifestyles have become sedentary. The work from home setup, which continues even through a hybrid setup, has resulted in a lot less time for moving and socializing, often just remaining at your desk for the whole day. This has resulted in a lot of posture problems that result in or compound all manner of bodily aches and pains. “What we want to give to them is freedom from pain,” declares Buela. ”That way you can work more efficiently, have better relationships, and live your best life.”

Buela Physical Therapy Clinic is located at Unit 2R, The Garden Walk, 105 Felix Avenue, Cainta, Rizal.

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(02) 869-32428

+63 975 670 2478


Sunday, February 20, 2022

Sun Life's New Campaign Highlights About Health

5:29:00 AM


The uncertainty amidst the COVID-19 pandemic has indeed put us all in a situation where we realized the importance of many things. One, in particular, is the value of our health. 

Filipinos who are eager to secure their health and ensure a brighter future will find an ally in Sun Life, as it launches a campaign dubbed “Partner in Health.”

Featuring Charo Santos-Concio, Matteo Guidicelli, and Piolo Pascual, the campaign consists of digital videos where they will talk about lessons from past experiences which paved the way towards their brighter future. One of these is investing in their health. The videos will be shared on Sun Life’s Facebook page ( and YouTube channel (

Complementing the videos is “Safe Space,” a series of webinars focusing on mental health to be conducted in collaboration with the Philippine Mental Health Association, Inc. (PMHA). The pilot stream, entitled “Love 'em, Hate 'em, Stress 'em: Mental Wellness for the Family,” will be held on April 9. It will be followed by “Imperfect Balance: How Mental Wellness Bridges Work and Life” on May 14. The series will close on June 18 with “You are Worth It: Illuminating a Path towards Holistic Health.”

To make the learning series more fun and interactive, Sun Life will also engage followers of its Facebook page through bite-sized content dubbed “Mind Your Health,” which promotes holistic wellness and mental health.

Sun Life is also collaborating with education technology platform to spread its health advocacy to the younger generation. This will be done through a nationwide awareness campaign featuring articles, quizzes, and informative social posts promoting holistic health. Learning Quests, a gamified online learning module, may also be utilized by those who wish to learn more about the topic.

Meanwhile, for those ready to own a health protection product, they may choose from Sun Life’s diverse offerings such as SUN First Aid Plus, SUN Fit & Well Advantage, and Sun ICU Protect. Those who wish to know more about these products may avail of a free consultation with a preferred Sun Life advisor or they may connect with one through

“As we continuously endeavor to bring our lives back to normal, let us not forget the lessons we have learned from the past two years. Our health is an important factor in securing a brighter future, and so keeping ourselves healthy is truly worth it,” says Sun Life President Alex Narciso. “It would be Sun Life’s honor to walk this journey with them. With this campaign, we are reemphasizing our commitment to be the Filipino’s partner in health.”

Friday, November 19, 2021

Faberco Brings the First-Ever Covid-19 Oral Treatment to the Philippines

6:41:00 AM


We all want to be safe and better with the world's situation and knowing that convenient treatments for this pandemic are rolling out into the market. Faberco Life Sciences Inc, an emerging Philippine-based pharmaceutical company is one of the firsts to bring in COVID-19 drug Molnupiravir (Molnarz) to the country, making the Philippines the first country in South East Asia to have access to this first-ever COVID-19 oral treatment.

Molnupiravir is the first oral antiviral drug that will prevent mild to moderate cases of COVID-19 from progressing into severe disease that needs hospitalization.

Developed by Merck & Co, Inc, (MSD), it has given the manufacturing rights to eight top generic manufacturers in the world for low and middle-income countries, including Faberco’s manufacturer, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.

Faberco has currently made Molnupiravir (Molnarz) available in the Philippines through Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration.

Though not yet available commercially, Faberco, has chosen RiteMed Philippines, Inc. to distribute Molnupiravir (Molnarz) to the private sector including hospitals, medical institutions, and treatment sites under compassionate use which allow institutions to procure and distribute products under study, or those awaiting approval for immediate use in emergency situations. 


Faberco Life Sciences, Inc. (Faberco) expects the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (PFDA) to approve its Emergency Use Application (EUA) application for the use of Molnupiravir in the country after the oral treatment received EUA approval in the UK few weeks ago.

“We are anticipating the approval from the Philippine FDA in the coming weeks” said Faberco Life Sciences Inc. founding member and Chairman of the Board, Vinay Panemanglor.

Molnupiravir, the first antiviral medication for COVID-19 is taken as a pill rather than given as an injection. In clinical trials, the pill, originally developed to treat flu, cut the risk of hospitalization or death by 50% when given as a 5-day treatment regimen in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19. The drug needs to be given within five days of symptoms developing to be most effective. 

Molnupiravir is the first COVID-19 drug that can be administered outside of a hospital setting, before the illness has progressed to a severe stage.

This milestone in the history of the country’s fight against COVID-19 would not have been possible if not for the support of the Philippine government. The company lauds and continuously supports the government’s efforts in providing COVID-19 vaccines and treatments, which remains to be the cornerstone in preventing severe disease and deaths due to COVID-19.

“Faberco Life Sciences, Inc commits to the Filipino people to make available and accessible this life-saving drug, bringing hope and giving our nation more reason to celebrate this Christmas and welcome the new year with more optimism and enthusiasm”, said Mr. Kishore N. Hemlani, the company’s founder and Vice-Chairman of the Board.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

FERN-D Shines On Top of All World Brands

10:10:00 AM


I actually heard of Fern-C but haven't heard about Fern-D, This was actually my first time to read about Fern-D. It's great that there's this vitamin that would actually give you what you need from the sun. We should be having this since the pandemic started most of us are confined inside of our houses. Good for those who have gardens but too bad for those who only stay in the four corners of their home. 

Your daily dose of sunshine—even without the sun. 

FERN-D has always been a household name as a Vitamin D supplement in the Philippines. With its premium quality at an affordable price, Filipinos can get their daily Vitamin D fix even without stepping outside. This is why people have grown to love this “sunshine vitamin.” 

This brand love has birthed fruitful results. FERN-D received the Brand of the Year Award for the Vitamins and Supplements Category in the 2020-2021 World Branding Awards. This prestigious award is not just any other award a brand could get—it is a worldwide recognition, nominated by over 250,000 consumers across the globe. 

FERN-D has won the award by leading the numbers according to brand valuation, consumer market research, and public online voting. The consumer votes constitute seventy percent of this scoring process, proving that the brand is indeed voted by the people who receive and experience its quality.

A ray of sunshine amidst any weather.

In a time when the global economic landscape was greatly disrupted, the efforts and initiatives of brands to remain distinct and relevant are testament to the creativity and innovation they bring to the table. 

“The Awards are an acknowledgment of the tireless effort of the teams that build and maintain their brand presence in an ever-changing market,” said Richard Rowles, Chairman of the World Branding Forum.

Indeed, the success of FERN-D is a team effort. “Sharing Prosperity Through Global Entrepreneurship” is a philosophy that Mr. Tommanny Tan, President and CEO of I-FERN, lives by. By guiding, mentoring, and giving a business opportunity to people who came from humble beginnings, I-FERN has since produced entrepreneurs who carry the company’s legacy while spreading good health with products like FERN-D. 

Winning the Brand of the Year Award for two consecutive years now proves the success that FERN-D continues to build—all by staying true to its promise to be a daily dose of sunshine for the Filipino market.

Sunday, July 11, 2021

5 Things to Watch Out To Prevent Heart Problem

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The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) recently held its 10th edition of "Usapang Puso sa Puso" (Heart to Heart Talk). It is one of the many informative programs of the association where people can watch and learn. In this edition, the program discusses the heart health of our fathers, thus, titled "Puso Ni Daddy Sintigas pa ba ng Haligi?" Aside from the discussion, it also aims to educate people entirely about heart issues and problems. Experts also share their insights and practices on how to prevent having heart problems. Panelists from different expertise were present to share their knowledge about the subject matter, namely, Dr. Jorge Sison, Dr. Badette Arevalo, and Dr. Benjamin Quito. Mayor Richard Gomez, an advocate of CPR, is also part of the panel but was on official business.

There were questions relating to heart problems were raised in the program, and our panel of experts addressed them accordingly. Aside from their insights about the subject matter, they were also generous enough to share some of the practices they believe can help prevent heart problems.

What interests me more was the ways to know or detect symptoms or changes in our body that contributes to developing heart problems or if we're having problems already with our heart. So, what are the things to watch out for us to know if we're at risk of having a heart problem or already experiencing a heart problem?
  • 1. If you're having difficulty breathing with a few activities.
  • 2. Sudden unexplained pain in the chest.
  • 3. Obesity, Dad bod, or abdominal obesity can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • 4. Inactivity or no physical activity.
  • 5. If with vices like cigarette smoking and drinking. According to Dr. Sison, men are more prone to cardiovascular diseases.
This list is just some of the many things to watch out for to prevent having cardiovascular disease. So, if you're experiencing some of these, maybe it's about time for you to visit your friendly neighborhood doctor for a check-up.

PHA always has programs for the public to give awareness about cardiovascular diseases and how to prevent it. It is the organization's way of helping out in every possible way. So, if you want to know more about its plans and activities, you can visit their website Philippine Heart Association (, or their Facebook page Philippine HEART Association

Monday, November 16, 2020

Taiwan Excellence: A mission to showcase Taiwan’s best products and manufacturing practices to the world

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For a country that thrives on innovation, it is no wonder that Taiwan is already recognized as one of the top countries in the world that truly excels in manufacturing and exporting products that will help improve people’s lives for the better.

Founded in 1993, Taiwan Excellence continues on its mission to showcase what Taiwan is made of with regard to best products and even manufacturing practices that can be the envy of even the most progressive countries around the world.

A spirit of innovation and creativity

At Taiwan Excellence, it is about fostering a spirit of innovation and creativity in almost all industries, including machinery, building materials, infrastructure, medical/health care, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, smart technologies and others.

Leonor Lin, President and CEO of Taiwan External Trade and Development Council (TAITRA), said Taiwan Excellence is dedicated to looking for outstanding products based on research and development, design, quality, marketing, and strong spirit of innovation. Awarding these products with the Taiwan Excellence Award means that the products displayed superior innovation and quality, which can help the enterprises that created them to attract the attention of a worldwide audience and expand their territory in the global market.

To showcase these industries and their capabilities, Taiwan Excellence embarked on an aggressive campaign to showcase Taiwan’s industries. Even amid the pandemic, where events and face-to-face contact is not allowed, Taiwan Excellence continued the campaign through a series of webinars where the industries and enterprises presented their products to potential buyers and the international media for them to witness first-hand what these products and services were all about.

Battling a crippling pandemic

To date, Taiwan continues to be the benchmark in handling the pandemic, and Taiwan is even willing to share its expertise and own experiences in handling the virus without so much disruption, particularly with regard to trade. Taiwan Excellence even tapped local artists such as Gloc-9, an outstanding Filipino rapper, together with indie song artist Keiko Necessario, to create a music video that shows Taiwan as a good role model on innovation, how it is battling a debilitating pandemic, and its vision for progress.

The Taiwanese government also altered its trade promotion policies where it worked closely in monitoring changes and market tendencies, even assisted industries in helping restore business activities as early as possible. Businesses were also helped to survive the pandemic through multiple approaches such as new business activities, especially connecting them to business partners all over the world. They were provided trade support through insurance, professional marketing to reduce costs, diversify their export reach, and helped them break through the crisis with new concepts for global trade or international marketing, with focus on digital transformation, providing more digital capacity and capability.

The pandemic even made Taiwan more resilient, says Simon Wang, TAITRA EVP. A digital platform was created to share how Taiwan handled the crisis and overcame challenges through This medical and healthcare virtual pavilion is where Taiwan showcased tools and demonstrated its expertise in battling the virus through Taiwan’s medical and healthcare ecosystem, which also served as a new marketing strategy. The pavilion severs the boundaries of time and space and even social distancing rules where countries can interact with companies whose products they are interested in.

Beyond COVID-19

Having quickly controlled the spread of Covid-19 domestically, Taiwan is now exporting its expertise in technology and medical hardware and was hailed as a role model for pandemic prevention. Taiwan received many procurement requests for medical supplies, where it gladly responded on humanitarian grounds, with a sense of responsibility to share its experiences to help other countries battle this pandemic. If COVID-19 is the desert, then Taiwan can be the oasis with the way it battled the pandemic in terms of health, safety, as well as industry.

Taiwan was able to handle the pandemic well despite because it has a good government, people are disciplined enough and followed safety protocols set by the government, and technology that was well applied in terms of control and management. Its robust ICT industry also allowed Taiwan to grow its exports to 2.4 percent for the first 9 months of the year despite the global economic slump where many countries suffered in their export growth; and though many countries’ GDP growth slowed, Taiwan GDP is expected to hit 1.5 percent this year and grow by 2.9 percent by next year.

COVID-19 has been constantly changing people’s lives, whether for work, study or play and it has become a daily routine to keep social distancing as a common guideline. Like all the other countries, Taiwan was confronted with the pandemic, but it made a quick recovery where its medical industry, particularly its epidemic prevention products, has won high praise worldwide.

Post-COVID-19, Taiwan Excellence will continue to look and develop more Taiwanese brands so they can create more integrated, expandable and customizable products, particularly in the field of AI solutions and cybersecurity, to make smart life become a reality in the very near future. It will also engage and encourage more Taiwanese companies to pursue excellence and innovation. That is the essence of Taiwan Excellence, to make amazing dreams by recognizing the best in Taiwan and help create a healthy world and a better future for all.

Monday, September 28, 2020

A Back to Back Strong Finish for Two Sam : Nursing Student and Fitness Coach hailed as Century Tuna Everybod Superbod 2020 Winner

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Who would have thought that these two winners of Century Tuna Everybod Superbod 2020 Winners will have a similar name or nickname. Yes, you got it right, in this landmark event of Century Tuna, hailed as a strong and successful finish amid the pandemic, Century Tuna Superbods 2020 named nursing student and ESL instructor Samantha Ashley Lo and fitness coach and professional model Sam Ajdani as the Century Tuna Everybod Superbod title holders. The most anticipated health and fitness event of the year was also a momentous occasion as it set the standards for future online events in the new normal. 

Held at the Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan in Quezon City, the finals event followed strict adherence to the FDCP-DOH-DOLE safety protocols for film and audio-visual shoots.

“We needed to rise up to the challenge. We knew it was going to be tough but we stayed focused and if we’re able to pull this off successfully then at least we are able to provide a template for the industry to learn from and use. We soldiered on despite the challenges to show that it can be done,” said Century Pacific Food Inc. EVP & COO Greg Banzon. He also added, “It’s important to stage the event to provide inspiration and a good benchmark for the country to put health, wellness and fitness as the top priority.”

The success of the event amid the pandemic made their victory even more memorable for both Samantha (27) and Sam (30). Sam, who is a professional commercial model, admitted that one of the most challenging part of the competition was trying to stay healthy given the restrictions of the pandemic. Meanwhile, Samantha, who is a former Miss Grand International Philippines winner, had to strengthen her focus and remain creative in her home workouts, even when she could not go the gym. Their persistence and commitment to stay strong and focused paid off when they were proclaimed winners of the biggest health and fitness competition in the country.

Samantha and Sam bested 25 other Superbods candidates and will each take home Php 500,000 tax-free cash and other amazing prizes. Both winners passed rigorous digital challenges required during the competition to emerge as the new ambassadors of Century Tuna Superbods 2020—health and fitness advocates who are passionate in promoting health and wellness as an everyday commitment especially during these trying times. They are also exceptional individuals who remain optimistic and believe in getting back up again even after falling so many times.

Meanwhile, the runners-up were Superbod 2020 Stunner Candice Ramos and Superbod 2020 Ageless Erie Matic. Other candidates who took home special awards were Shirley Garcia, Zai Ebido, Enzo Bonoan, Samantha Purvor, Philippe Magalona, Nelson Banzuela, Key Trajano, Albert Lorenzo, and Grace Del Rosario.

The 25 finalists were all strong contenders, showcasing inspiring traits and skills to encourage themselves and their fellow Filipinos to keep going, and remain healthy and strong during these trying times.

The finalists were judged by a distinguished panel of judges. Joining Century Pacific Food Inc. EVP & COO Greg Banzon, Century Tuna marketing director Carlo Endaya, triathlete and SEA Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas, GMA Network senior assistant vice president for alternative productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, Isabelle Daza, AliceDixson, Sarah Lahbati, Ina Raymundo, and DJ Toni Tony.

The health and fitness competition was relaunched last July 25 with a more inclusive and relevant #StayStrongPilipinas theme. To signal its resumption, Century Tuna released a rousing video via its official Facebook page(, featuring Century Tuna celebrity ambassadors Nadine Lustre and Alden Richards with the Superbods finalists urging everyone to stay strong and to continue pursuing their dreams of a healthier future through proper diet and exercise.

To relive the “Century Tuna Everybod Superbod 2020” finals, visit and follow Century Tuna’s Facebook page, @centurytuna or Instagram @centurytunasuperbods

Saturday, June 20, 2020

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

National Center for Mental Health Presents Status and Thought Programs to Fight The Mental Effect of EECQ

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Dr. Roland Cortez, Chief of National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), in an online conference, presented the status of the center and some thought programs to be implemented to help fight mental problems caused by the COVID-19 and the Extended Enhanced Community Quarantine. He assures the members of the media that they are ready to handle the difficulties and the mandate of their work at the same time.

During the presentation, Dr. Cortez updated the members of the media with the status of NCMH. According to him, the center has been affected by the virus, but they were able to contain the situation. Sixteen (16) of its in-patients were affected by the disease out of the 3,200 patients that they have. So far, only one (1) had recovered from the virus. The center made sure that the affected patients are brought and taken care of at the converted isolation room.

According to Dr. Cortez, they are planning to have more programs aside from their existing ones to help both the individuals and the frontliners. One of their programs is the Helpline about COVID-19, which you can call at 0917-899-USAP (8727) or the 989-USAP (8727). It is the center's communications numbers for individuals seeking help.

With the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, they are planning to have additional doctors for individuals who seek consultation to address their uneasiness and worry.

For the frontliners, the center plans to add additional programs aside from the existing ones that they have, like the plan to limit the frontliners time in the hospitals to avoid too much exposure and the possibility of contracting the disease, plan to provide sleeping quarters or room for those who don't want to go home yet to protect their family, overtime pay, monetary considerations, and other benefits if ever they got sick during their duty as frontliners.

These are some of the plans that are expected to help a lot of Filipino individuals and frontliners. If you require assistance, you can contact them at their helpline for consultation the USAP TAYO line 0917-899-USAP (8727) or the 989-USAP (8727).

Monday, August 19, 2019

#DoItRight Campaign Calls Filipinos to Proudly Show Support for RH and Family Planning

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New ‘DO IT RIGHT!’ campaign calls on Filipinos to proudly show their support for RH and family planning More organizations, celebrities, and ordinary Filipinos encouraged to join, add their voices to the cause

A coalition of 11 organizations today launched a campaign urging Filipinos to show their support openly for family planning and reproductive health (RH), with the “DO IT RIGHT!” slogan and a distinctive hand sign.

Repeated opinion polls have shown that more than 70 percent of Filipinos support family planning and initiatives, such as the Responsible Parenthood and RH Law. “The ‘DO IT RIGHT!’ campaign is designed to encourage everyone to take those beliefs they already hold inside and share them out in the open, proudly, especially on social media like Facebook,” said co-organizer Benjamin de Leon, President of The Forum for Family Planning and Development. “By showing each other how many feel the same, in a positive, celebratory spirit, Filipinos can together free themselves of old inhibitions.”

The campaign will include a social-media blitz, festival events, as well as advertising in traditional media like billboards, print, and radio. It encourages couples and individuals to flash the Do It Right! hand sign in selfie posts or in public: Two fingers held up together -- representing the members of a couple – with a thumb in-between representing the contraceptive or safe-sex measures that strengthen their bond.

The coalition has set up a Facebook page ( to serve as the focal point for the evolving campaign, as well as the hashtag #DoItRight. Initial members include DKT Philippines, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), The Forum for Family Planning and Development, The Philippine Society for Responsible Parenthood, LoveYourself, RTI International, SheDecides Philippines, and all four professional associations for the country’s midwives.

At a press conference held in Makati City, they called on more like-minded organizations and individuals to throw their weight behind the campaign.

“This is wide open. We invite anyone who feels this topic is important -- companies, famous Filipinos, anyone -- to come on board,” said Hyam Asher Bolande, Chairman of the Board of DKT Philippines. Following the example of the #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement that grew in North America as more and more women spoke up, the Do It Right! the campaign is designed to gather strength over time, he added.

Economists and public-health experts have long lamented the need for improved RH education and access to modern contraception in the Philippines, especially for the country’s poorest. Religious-based organizations have protested the RH Law in recent years, but the law prevailed against court challenges and is fully in force today. At the press conference, Commission on Population and Development (POPCOM) Undersecretary Juan Antonio Perez III hailed the launch of the ‘DO IT RIGHT!’ campaign, which he said comes at a crucial time when the government is also increasing its efforts to fully implement the law.

Nandy Senoc, FPOP Executive Director said, “It’s high time for society to finally put aside fears and embarrassment about this topic and declare openly – as the majority of Filipinos, together – that RH is OK, that it’s responsible.”

“When youth and women are empowered, there will be no teen pregnancies, no early marriages, no unwanted pregnancies or abortions. When women are well informed, the fight against poverty is already halfway won,” he added.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Product Review : Pholigo Prebiotics

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Stomach, perhaps we can say that it is one of the busiest part of the body and for an average individual like me who doesn't know much about medicine is that it is one of the most important organs of the body that distribute nutrients. Compared to a car it is probably the gas tank. It size depends on the body built.

With the abundance of different food markets, food trucks, and restaurants, it is easy to get something to eat. This only means that our stomach gets too busy digesting. Without any help of fiber and the good bacteria, the stomach becomes congested with food residues and bad bacterias causing us stomach problems, worst we get hospitalized or more serious health problem.

It is just right to have some good bacterias or prebiotics that can help our stomach. One of which is PhOligo, not well known yet but is getting some interesting outcomes from its users. So, yours truly were given a chance to try and see the effects of Pholigo Probiotics. Here are what we recieved to test and try the product, two packs of Pholigo Prebiotic, by the way this prebiotic is in powder form so it is convenient to carry around and have it anytime and anywhere but some preferred to have it by night, that's to avoid any hassle with the effect. For me, well I did try anytime, morning, afternoon and night time.

Directions in taking PhOligo Prebiotic is very simple and easy. Since it is in powder form and packed in a sinhle sachet there will not be any ptoblem preparing. One box of PhOligo is packed with 7 sachets, so you can have it in a week. One sachet is just enough for a day and you can have it in a glass of water or any if your drinks, be it warm or cold.

Here are my observations on the effects of the product to me.

  • My first two days does show any noticeable changes bu on the thurd and fourth, I noticed that there's changes in my vowel movement.
  • I noticed that I'm frequently farting.
  • It's much easier to go number 2.
  • I noticed that the end product (stool) is lighter and floats in the bowl. Only shows that my stomach really absorbs the nutrients from the food I take.

A little intake of food supplements wouldn't mind, especially if it is for the betterment of our body. We should be open to health solutions. PhOligo is another product that gives prebiotic for our tummies and what's interesting is that it's natural.

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