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Health News: Unmasking Melasma: Dark-skinned women more at risk

Women of color are more prone to dark patches on the face called melasma.

Also called the “mask of pregnancy,” melasma was considered a pregnancy- and contraceptive-related disorder. But new research showed that even men may suffer from the chronic disorder,possibly for decades, Dr. Claudia Aguirre, neuroscientist and skincare expert, wrote in an article on the International Dermal Institute (IDI).

From the Greek word “melas” meaning black, melasma is prevalent among people with brown or darker skin. It is estimated to affect 8.8 percent of Hispanic females in the United States and about 40 percent of Southeast Asian women, Aguirre added in the same article.

In tropical countries like the Philippines, melasma is common as constant sun exposure stimulates the melanocytes to produce more melanin.



Aging and hormonal fluctuations

Melasma was among the top ten reasons for seeking consultation at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and among the top ten diseases at the Dermatology Outpatient Department of the Opsital ng Manila Medical Center (OMMC), the 2004-2008 census in the respective hospitals showed.

It recurs throughout middle age and menopause as hormonal fluctuations trigger the disease but picosecond laser treatment can help reduce the unwanted pigmentation. 

In the “Cynosure Asia Pacific (APAC) Forum” last month, Dr. Carl Cheng, a certified dermatologist in Taiwan, introduced “picotuning” to “fine tune” the picosecond treatment protocol to the needs of patients with melasma.

While conventional laser devices rely on heat energy, picosecond laser technology induces collagen and elastin to rejuvenate skin, and works on targeted areas within trillionths of a second. 




Safer than conventional laser machines

Over a dozen peer-reviewed clinical studies on PicoSure, the world’s first picosecond laser, showed that its side effects were milder compared to older laser machines that caused burning, scarring and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved PicoSure® for treating unwanted tattoos and benign pigmented lesions in 2012, and then acne scars, and wrinkles in 2014.

Cynosure, the leading manufacturer in aesthetic laser devices, spent 13 years to develop PicoSure®.

As the American company celebrated its 25th anniversary this year, it vowed to “continue to build everything on science” and “to expand the variety of products” to address the “rising demand for aesthetic lasers in Asia.”

Haier’s inverter tech brings energy savings beyond standards

Inverter technology has revolutionized home appliances, bringing greater energy efficiencies that translate to more savings.

How much can you really save on an inverter ref?

In particular, refrigerators—which traditionally consume almost 1,800kwh/year—are now being designed with digital inverter compressors that cut down electricity consumption from about 500 to 380kwh/year.

Digital inverters are fast becoming the standard for modern home refrigerators. However, innovations are pushing the limits of what inverters can do to help households enjoy real savings from their appliances.


Greater efficiency, less power

Inverter compressors adapt to the cooling needs of refrigerators. Unlike conventional counterparts that consume the same amount of energy whether the fridge is frequently used or not, inverter compressors “slow down” when they don’t need to actively decrease the temperature, such as at night. This lessens energy consumption while reducing wear and tear on the compressor.



Haier takes the technology a step further with its FICA Ref Series.

“Our FICA Ref Series is equipped with an FD-Plus inverter compressor, which is integrated into a single conversion chip for better reliability compared with other inverter compressors,” said Haier's Senior Product Manager for Refrigerators and Air Conditioners, Jennifer Samson.

Previous compressors from the brand had frequency plates that consumed 0.6W on standby power. The newer FD-Plus inverter compressor cuts this down further to less than 0.1W when idle—the lowest in the refrigerator industry.

“The chip also runs on a 32-bit operating system, unlike typical digital inverters that run on a 16-bit OS. This greatly enhances cooling performance for better food storage and cost efficiency," Samson added.



All in all, the FD-Plus inverter consumes power from 245 to 310kwh/year.


“The cost of electricity is often a major setback when it comes to modern conveniences like refrigerators,” Samson said. “This is a challenge that Haier wants to address to help families enjoy life at home without the high cost.”

These benefits come on top of other features such as a 360-degree duct that allows pervasive cooling air flow, a brighter LED lamp that saves more energy, tempered glass shelving that can load up to 120kg of food, and anti-odor and anti-bacterial deodorizer that helps preserve food quality.

Haier’s two-door top-mount FICA refrigerators are available in three different sizes: 8.5, 9.3, and 11.1 cubic feet. The suggested retail price for each is P20,998, P23,598, and P26,598 respectively.

All FICA refrigerators come with a two-year warranty on parts and labor, as well as a ten-year warranty for the compressor.

“Home appliances should be designed to enhance the lifestyle of the consumer. That’s why for the Filipino market, Haier combines good quality, affordable cost, and excellent after-sales service to provide every family with the comfort they deserve,” Samson said.


For more details, visit www.haier.com/ph.

Protecting the Future: A Parent's Guide to Getting an Education Plan

One of the most important things a parent should do is to ensure that their children receive the best education that money can buy. As parents, we must make sure that we are financially stable enough to put our children through school. And we must also acknowledge that our children's dream university or college might be more expensive than we’d expect, especially since education costs have been rising every year. Hence, planning ahead and making investments for our children's education, through an education plan, is very crucial.


As such, getting your children (or your future children) an education plan should be one of the first things parents should aim for, aside from being able to provide for the family. However, before getting one, parents must know and understand the features and benefits of an education plan, as well as the expenses that go along with it.

Every education plan, offered by many different companies, has a different set of benefits. This means that you have many things to consider while shopping for an education plan that fits your budget and your future goals. Do you get the pay-out benefits as soon as your child enters high school? Or is it for a college fund? How much do you need, and how much can the education plan give you? 

Here are some helpful tips on getting the right education plan for your kid: 

  • Always make sure that the benefits of the plan you are looking at are aligned with your needs. Better if there are additional features included like life or accident insurance so your children are still guaranteed to receive the education plan benefits in case something happens to you. 
  • Research on the companies offering education plans. You’ll want to make sure that the company you are getting an education plan from is financially strong, trustworthy, reliable, and capable of keeping its promises. You want to be assured that you will receive the benefits on-time and in full, without having to worry about the company going bankrupt. 
  • Save early: Start saving as early as possible so that you can be sure that you are financially stable enough to pay for your child’s education plan. 
  • Find other sources to fund your child's education savings by exploring other resources of growing your money, such as investments, having passive income, and so forth. 
  • Divide financial tasks between the two parents. Having mutual spending decisions, and constant communication about money is very important. 

Education plans are something everyone should have for their children. Sometimes, the education we want for our children will cost more than an arm and a leg. A plan helps make that education more affordable. 

Now that you know what kind of education plan you are looking for, you are ready to send your child to their dream university-- even before they've graduated high school.

To know more on how to plan for your child’s education, visit www.philamlife.com




About Philam Life 

The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) is the country’s premier life insurance company. Established on 21 June 1947, Philam Life has earned the trust of customers for its financial strength, strong brand name, and ability to deliver on its promises. 

Philam Life has PHP236.4 billion in total assets as of 31 December 2015 and has delivered timely payouts of over PHP10 billion in education benefits (2004-2015) and over PHP131 billion in insurance benefits (1950-2015), while serving close to 600,000 individual policyholders and over 2 million insured group members. 

Philam Life understands the real life needs of its customers and provides the right plans and the right solutions including life protection, health insurance, savings, education, retirement, investment, group and credit life insurance. It also offers bancassurance and fund management products and services through its subsidiaries  – BPI Philam Life Assurance Company (BPI-Philam) and Philam Asset Management Inc. (PAMI). 

Philam Life is a member of AIA Group Limited, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group.


About AIA 

AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, Brunei, a 97 per cent subsidiary in Sri Lanka, a 49 per cent joint venture in India and representative offices in Myanmar and Cambodia.

The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai almost a century ago. It is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$181 billion as of 31 May 2016. 

AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of more than 29 million individual policies and over 16 million participating members of group insurance schemes.

AIA Group Limited is listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited under the stock code “1299” with American Depositary Receipts (Level 1) traded on the over-the-counter market (ticker symbol: “AAGIY”).


Elementary School Students Use Moverio Smart Glasses as Class Communication Tool

“Let’s make healthy forests!” and used Epson’s Moverio* smart glasses as a communication tool to make school work even more engaging. 

(Japan) - Takashima Elementary School in Nagano, Japan, has introduced a unique extracurricular activity in which each class decides what to study every year. 

Epson engineers began their activities with the children a year ago (Stargazing using Moverio) with the aim of making learning fun. 

Using the help of the same engineers, the children, who had been studying forests, wanted to communicate using leading-edge information products to ensure that people could understand the importance of nature.



On July 7, the children were divided into nine groups. Based on themes decided through discussions with the engineers, they uploaded to the Moverio photos and videos that they had taken themselves of the forest alongside materials they prepared on a PC.

Using an application on a tablet device, the same images were displayed on multiple Moverio units. With this feature, each group could share their thoughts about the forest among the entire group. The presenting group had created a quiz, and the children wearing Moverio all cheered when the slide appeared before their eyes, as if it were floating on a big screen in front of them.

By participating in the activity, the children clearly identified who they wanted to communicate to, with comments like, “I want my grandparents to enjoy these images of the forest since they can’t go themselves.” They plan to make some changes to the content, and improve the quality of their presentation using the ‘magic glasses.’

*Worn like glasses, Moverio smart glasses offer users the ability to enjoy crystal clear video entertainment, games, music, and web content, anytime and anywhere. It displays what appears as large semi-transparent images floating against the surrounding background. 

The Moverio BT-200 is intended for ages from junior high school and older, but for these extracurricular lessons, our engineers were present to ensure safety, and time limits were set for use of the glasses.

Health News: HCCA changes name to Shearwater Health, relocates to new offices

HCCA International and HCCA Health Connections (collectively known as HCCA) have consolidated all of their business operations under the Shearwater Health name.


Shearwater Health Executives. From left: Chief Financial Officer & Chief Operating Officer Tom Kendrot, Chief Executive Officer David Bartholomew, SVP & Country Manager PH Anshum Sinha, and Chief Strategy Officer Ted Merhoff.

“We have truly evolved as a company, and we felt it was time to express that with a new brand,” said David Bartholomew, President and Chief Executive Officer of Shearwater Health. 

“We offer a much more comprehensive suite of services than we did just a few years ago.”

Additionally, the company moved to its new 6,450-square-meter headquarters at the Net Park building in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
“Philippines continues to be the location of choice for Shearwater Health, and with the expansion to Net Park in Metro Manila, the company will have the capability of approximately 1,400 concurrent seats,”said Anshum Sinha, Country Manager and Senior Vice President for Philippines Operations of Shearwater Health. 

“Shearwater Health is looking at adding another 600 jobs to its existing employee base of over 1,500 in the next 12 months. This will provide an excellent opportunity for nurses and medical coders in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu.”

HCCA International has been recruiting and deploying highly experienced nurses and other medical professionals from the Philippines to hospitals and healthcare organizations in the U.S. since 2002. During this time, HCCA International has placed more than 1,000 nurses in over 100 U.S. hospitals.

HCCA Health Connections also offers a full spectrum of URAC-accredited Clinical Process Outsourcing (CPOSM) services to clients in the United States, improving results and efficiency through medical management services, medical coding, and other healthcare-related support services. These services are provided by clinical and administrative support professionals working in the Philippines and the United States.
“We help clients improve outcomes and reduce unnecessary spending while freeing up clinical professionals and administrative staff to focus on objectives that maximize their talents. Plus, our approach is fully scalable—we can grow our relationship with customers as their business grows,”  said Bartholomew.
The new office readily accommodates Shearwater Health’s rapid growth. “Our new operating center is more than 40 percent larger than our previous Manila offices,” said Mr. Sinha. “We are now well-positioned to match the growth of the company while providing a comfortable, state-of-the-art work environment for all of our employees.”

A 48-story corporate tower, Net Park was awarded 5-Star Best Commercial High-Rise Development at the International Property Awards. It was designed by Chad Oppenheim, a Miami-based architect who specializes in green buildings. Net Park is slated to receive a BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence Program) certification from the Philippine Green Building Council.

ASUS Ph Presents Zenfone 3 Series Brand Ambassadors : Jason Magbanua, Gab Valenciano and Alodia Gosiengfiao

ASUS Philippines unveils the three local brand ambassadors of the Zenfone 3 series that perfectly represents each passion points of the premium and powerful flagship smartphones

Jason Magbanua, Gab Valenciano and  Alodia Gosiengfiao

After weeks of anticipation, ASUS Philippines finally unveiled its premium, powerful and game-changing line-up of Zenfone 3 smartphones in the recently concluded Zenvolution local event – led by ASUS global and local executives and the newly launched Zenfone 3 brand ambassadors, master storyteller, Jason Magbanua, ultimate performer, Gab Valenciano and cosplay queen, Alodia Gosiengfiao.


In a grand spectacle, ASUS officially launched its flagship smartphones namely ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe, Zenfone 3 Ultra and the exceptional Zenfone 3 to an excited crowd of around 500 fans, 300 media and 200 trade partners, during the Zenvolution local launch held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. ASUS likewise unveiled the new ZenBook3 and Transformer 3 which are both considered powerful, elegant and compact machines. The event was attended by top ASUS global executives led by ASUS Global Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jerry Shen.

‘Staying true to the core of the brand, we believe that industry movers such as Jason, Gab and Alodia best embody the passion points of the premium and powerful Zenfone 3 series.

We have full confidence that our ambassadors are a perfect fit with the brand to demonstrate the power, elegance and versatility of our new flagship smartphones, said ASUS Marketing Manager, Christian Jamolod.

Jamolod likewise emphasized that the three personalities are the ultimate persona of power, agility, clarity, and innovation.

“We knew exactly the personalities that would best represent each phone, it was match made in heaven. We are so happy to have three industry leaders on-board as our Zenfone 3 ambassadors,” Jamolod added.



Zenfone 3 Local Brand Ambassadors, Jason Magbanua, Gab Valenciano and Alodia Gosiengfiao at the ASUS Zenvolution Center Stage.

The top-of-the-line Zenfone 3 Deluxe which is the ultimate expression of the ASUS smartphone technology was personified by Jason Magbanua, a celebrated wedding videographer who epitomizes the same unparalleled class of the ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

Newly launched brand ambassadors shares their experience about Zenfone 3


“I nicknamed this phone Sexy Beast, it’s sexy and powerful. And as a profession, I document other people’s events but I also love to document mine, my family, friends, and my travels, and I’m able to take excellent pictures with this camera,” says Magbanua.

The 5.7-inch ZenFone 3 Deluxe is a fusion of premium aesthetics, being the world’s first full-metal smartphone combined with exceptional performance, and on top-off that is an astounding camera that raises the bar for mobile photography with its incredible 23MP camera featuring the latest Sony IMX318 image sensor and the ability to shoot steady 4K UHD videos, which will make anyone madly in love with the ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

Master Storyteller, Jason Magbanua shares his experience using the newly launched Zenfone 3 Deluxe.


The gigantic 6.8-inch Zenfone 3 Ultra was meantime embodied by Gab Valenciano, the master entertainer especially in choreography. A fitting representation of the Zenfone 3 Ultra designed for multimedia and entertainment lovers.

“Sometimes size doesn’t matter, it’s the performance but why not both? And that’s one of the biggest thing that I love about this premium phone. It has an amazing camera, a full HD screen, and the sound is very superb, and watching videos in something this big is quite amazing,” says Valenciano.

Ultimate entertainer and performer, Gab Valenciano tells the crowd how amazing the new Zenfone 3 Ultra is. 

The ZenFone 3 Ultra is the world’s first smartphone to have the ASUS-exclusive Tru2Life+ video-enhancement technology that allows a fervent visual experience; that is complimented with two new powerful five-magnet stereo speakers and a NXP smart amplifier that provides a crystal clear defined sound. It’s also the world’s first smartphone with virtual 7.1-channel surround-sound with DTS Headphone:X™ that’s more than enough to electrify anyone seeking for an incredible multimedia experience.


The feature-packed smartphone ZenFone 3 which boasts premium design and an empowering performance for all walks of life was personified by Alodia Gosingfiao, the reputed cosplay goddess and certified gamer, a fitting embodiment of the ZenFone 3 which radiates agility, beauty, and clarity.

Cosplay queen, Alodia Gosiengfiao shares her insights on why the new Zenfone 3 is the perfect smartphone for gaming, photography and overall entertainment.

“I brought my Zenfone 3 to Japan a few days ago and played Pokemon Go, I was playing the whole day but what I didn’t realize is that I didn’t charge my phone. The battery life was amazing, it lasted the whole day and I got lots of Pokemon!” says Gosingfiao.

The 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 is a gorgeous phone with an amazing performance that delivers an incredible visual experience that makes any apps, videos, and games look their best. It boasts a narrow bezel that provides a 77.3% screen-to-body ratio for a maximized viewing area in a slim and compact body. Apart from that is a sleek 16MP camera that can achieve precise focus in just 0.03 seconds. It’s the world’s first smartphone worldwide to be powered by the new Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 625 octa-core processor – the first Snapdragon 600 series processor with 14nm s FinFET process technology. It also has a PC-grade graphics and up to 4GB ram that delivers an amazing mobile performance. True enough, the Zenfone 3 just doesn’t look and feels twice its price, but it also makes everything exponentially better.


A premium additional to the Zenfone 3 series family



Besides these were also the reveal of the ASUS Zenfone 3 Laser that has an ultra-fast 0.03second laser auto focus which sports a 13MP camera with Sony IMX214 sensor and color correction that delivers stunning photos. Another eye-catching smartphone that was revealed during the launch is the ASUS ZenFone 3 Max, a premium smartphone with an unmatched battery life designed to help users get through the day without worrying about charging in the middle of the day. Its battery capability is so massive to the extent that it can also double up as a power bank to charge other mobile devices.

Once again, ASUS proves its mastery of its craft, a solid proof that its middle name is, and will always be — innovation.

Amaia Steps Bicutan partners with BAGA Manila for exciting weekend cookouts


Amaia Land partnered with Barbecuers and Grillers Association (BAGA Manila) to set up weekend with bright lights, happy vibes, and a friendly gathering of foodies and families laughing and bonding over delicious dishes.


These grilled cookouts can now be experienced  for homeowners, potential buyers, and shoppers who are in the area at Amaia Steps Bicutan every Thursdays to Sundays.

Walking its talk about providing convenience and a fun lifestyle to its residents, Amaia Steps Bicutan offers its carpark and retail area as venues for this fun weekend event—which began last August 18, and will last all the way to January 2017. 

Retail shops will likewise be to provide prospective homeowners with entertainment and shopping opportunities.


BAGA Manila is a well-known association of food stall vendors that serve good barbecues, grilled specialties, and quality regional dishes and delicacies. The group is a fixture at different gastronomic events and at leading weekend and night markets in the metro.

PSMG Geo Head Rodney Reyes describes the event as a simple treat for Amaia Steps’ homeowners that also serves to showcase the vibrant lifestyle Amaia offers its community. 

Reyes likewise points out, “Occasions like this promote stronger family ties and better kinship among the residents. So what better way to sustain the goodwill than organizing such activities all the time?”


During this open-for-all weekend activity, potential homeowners and guests can view Amaia Steps Bicutan’s model units, retail area, and amenities. Units in this mid-rise residential project range in size from 23 to 44 square meters—or from studio to deluxe and premier, innovatively and uniquely designed. 

Located along West Service Road cor. Sun Valley Drive, Brgy. Sun Valley in Parañaque, this mid-rise residential project is strategically located close to establishments like SM City Bicutan, Bicutan Public Market and Robinson’s Supermarket. The property also has a terminal for tricycles and jeepneys, providing easy access to public transport. 

While it lies close to several commercial establishments, residents need not venture too far as they can enjoy fun dining, quick errands, and bonding activities in Amaia Steps Bicutan’s retail area.




Homeowners may likewise enjoy the property’s recreational facilities such as a swimming pool, reading nooks, retail shops, lush central courtyard, basketball court, jogging loop and children’s playground. 

Finally, as in all of its properties, Amaia assures quality, safety, security and easy-on-the pocket payment options. 

For inquiries about Amaia Steps Bicutan, please visit www.amaialand.com or www.facebook.com/AmaiaLand.

Electrolux, Over 100 years of Vacuum Expertise and Innovations


Electrolux, since 1912,  has been revolutionizing the cleaning industry with well-thought designs and efficient technologies that offer the ultimate cleaning experience for homes across the globe. 


Lux 1

Considered a visionary and sales genius, company founder Axel Wenner-Gren saw the potential of adapting the industrial vacuum cleaner for use in homes, marking the beginning of the end for brooms in the modern home. Enter the Lux 1 in 1912, the world’s first home vacuum cleaner - affordable, efficient and smaller than its industrial counterparts (though still weighing a hefty 14 kg!).   


Model V


Only nine years later, the next vacuum cleaner, Model V was introduced. Model V was a perfect example of how Electrolux pioneered innovative thinking. The new vacuum was completely different than the relatively heavy and immobile Lux 1.

The Model V was the first vacuum turned sideways and it was equipped with runners also making it the first truly mobile vacuum cleaner. The Model V was such a success that Swedish maids protested when it was launched. 


Another of Wenner-Gren’s pioneering moves was the introduction of home sales. 

The sales representatives would show-case the new product, while at the same time meet with the decision maker who would eventually approve the investment, as well as gain valuable insights on how consumers actually used the products. In the Philippines, children of the ‘80s would surely remember the Electrolux man and his famous “Knock on your door” jingle as he sold vacuum cleaners from door to door. 

Through the years, Electrolux also pioneered other firsts such as the first robotic vacuum cleaner and the Ergorapido, the first cordless stick cleaner that complimented the trend of grab-and-go cleaning.

Backed up by 100 years of heritage, Electrolux has since proven its understanding and knowledge on consumer needs leading to insightful and inspiring innovations. 

In recognition of its design and innovations, Electrolux vacuum cleaners have received numerous acknowledgements and remarkable awards including; the Swedish ‘Good Design’ Award, the ‘Red Dot’ Design Award, the ‘iF Design’ Award, the ‘Plus X’ Award for ‘high quality, design and ease of use.’ and the ‘European Excellence & Eurobest’ Award for outstanding European PR communications.


Electrolux ErgoClean ZVE4110FL

ErgoClean ZVE4110FL is the perfect balance between performance and design. Understanding that space is a premium in urban homes, ErgoClean addresses the need for convenience and flexibility - its compact body ensures easy storage and its 4G cyclonic technology that provides powerful suctioning for optimal cleaning.


Electrolux Flexio II Z931

In addition to bringing cleaning performance to every corner of your home, the Electrolux Flexio II Z931 wet and dry vacuum cleaner ensures superior suction power for excellent dust pick-up with its large drum capacity. Flexio II also features an effective filtration system that traps dust and airborne particles, resulting in a more hygienic cleaning process. 


Live free of dust and leave cleaning in the hands of Electrolux.

For more ideas on home care and healthy living, please visit electrolux.com.ph and follow instagram.com/electroluxph, and facebook.com/ElectroluxPhilippines.



Brother P-Touch: Your industrial labeling partner

Users can create a series of labels with automatically increasing alpha or numeric identifiers to make identifying equipment and inventory items easier

Stay on top of safer, more efficient electrical and data systems with attractive, industrial-grade labels

Disorganized, mislabeled wires, panels, and boards can slow down an electrician, engineer, or IT professional during instances when rebooting systems as quickly as possible is critical. Creating efficient, safe, and more organized electrical and data systems is as easy as a press of a single button with the Brother P-Touch line of professional labeling machines and TZe industrial-grade tapes.

Reliable innovation

The P-Touch labeling machines are built with Brother’s unique printing technology to create labeling solutions that make a huge difference in organizing systems.

Labels can be printed vertically or continuously to wrap around cables and pipes, and with multiple lines or frames. The Auto Cutter Function allows users to create labels according to specific sizes and to reduce wasted tape.

Users can create a series of labels with automatically increasing alpha or numeric identifiers to make identifying equipment and inventory items easier. For maximum efficiency, the Brother P-Touch machines can also print multiple copies unattended while the user performs other tasks.

Different fonts, drawing tools, clip art, special characters, and bar code symbols are built into the P-Touch software, allowing users to create labels that fit their organization needs


User-friendly software

At the core of the Brother P-Touch product range is a user-friendly software innovation that allows users to intuitively learn how to design, edit, and print professional labels in a couple of simple steps. Different fonts, drawing tools, clip art, special characters, and bar code symbols are built into the P-Touch software, allowing users to create labels that fit their organization needs right after taking the machine out of the box.

TZe tapes to allow users to produce durable laminated labels specifically designed for extreme environments

Tale of the tape

To complement the P-Touch hardware and software, Brother developed the TZe tapes to allow users to produce durable laminated labels specifically designed for extreme environments. These tapes come in a wide assortment of sizes and colors, and can withstand extreme temperatures, high pressure, and sunlight, as well as constant exposure to water, moisture, grease and other lubricants, harsh chemicals, and even industrial solvents without losing their strong adhesive properties.

The applications of this technology in the field of electrical engineering and data communications are countless—Brother TZe tapes can function as faceplates for flat surfaces, cable wraps and flags, and to create an easy-to-read patch panel labeling system. 

“We strive to deliver innovation even in the smallest aspects of personal, professional, and industrial lives,” said Glenn Hocson, Brother Philippines President. 

“Brother’s innovations, including the P-Touch system, truly shine in situations where details matter the most.”

To find out more about the Brother P-Touch machines and TZe industrial-grade tapes, visit www.brother.com.phor call (02) 581-9888.

Google launches #LovePhilippines campaign to show love for the Filipinos


Google Philippines launches today its year-long social media campaign called #LovePhilippines in time for National Heroes Day to inspire Filipinos to discover more about the country and our culture and fuel their love for the Philippines.

Google Philippines will post #LovePhilippines content on their social media channels to put a spotlight on the heritage of the Filipinos. The posts will include, but are not limited to, moments of triumph in history, interesting stories behind acclaimed Filipinos and their achievements, trivia on uniquely Filipino norms, and a quick tour of hidden gems in the country using different Google products like Search, Street View, YouTube, and materials from Google Cultural Institute. 

The campaign kicks off with a post featuring a unique pinoy dessert that was Jose Rizal's favorite, minatamis na santol. Apart from learning something new about our national hero, Filipinos will also get to prepare the treat by watching a YouTube video tutorial.


The campaign aims to encourage Filipinos to share with pride the positive things about our country on social media and introduce the wonderful aspects of the Philippines and its people to non-Filipinos so they can appreciate the culture more.

As part of Google’s commitment to equip Filipinos with information that are relevant to their lives, Google put together the campaign to show netizens that there are easily accessible materials online that they can use to boost the morale of fellow Filipinos and inspire others to take pride on the many remarkable characteristics of the Philippines.

“We hear things said about the Philippines or the Filipinos, but there are plenty of beautiful facts about us that are easily searchable online. We want to bring out these information so that people will be inspired to show the world that the Philippines is a fast developing country with a rich history and colorful culture. Filipinos are innately inspiring, and we look forward to spreading more love for the Philippines in the days to come,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs. 

You can follow Google Philippines on Google+, Facebook and Twitter to +1 or Like, reshare or retweet #LovePhilippines posts.

Real-Life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre will do all for Real Love in 'Till I Met You"

‘Till I Met You" full cast  during the grand press conference held at the Le Reve Events Plave, Quezon City, August 28, 2016. 
ABS-CBN and Dreamscape Television Entertainment proudly presents ‘Till I Met You, the newest TV series that marked the return of James Reid-Nadine Lustre (JaDine) tandem's TV appearance since On the Wings of Love. 

The TV series set to show that real love wins, “Till I Met You” starring the love team of real-life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre, with primetime’s new leading man JC Santos, which starts on Monday (August 29).

Directed by Antoinette Jadaone, "Till I Met You" was shot at Athens, Santorini and Mykonos, Greece! Aside from the kilig moments, viewers are set to see the breathtaking sceneries of Greece as some of the scenes were shot in Santorini and other parts of the country.

Iris, (Nadine Lustre), Ali (JC Santos) and Basti (James Reid) find themselves in an unusual love triangle. As conflicts arise they are led into the difficult situation whether to fight for their love or save their friendship.

Iris (Nadine) an achiever yet simple girl who wishes to give her family a better life. Having grown up without a father, she lives happily with her siblings and her mother Cassandra (Carmina Villarroel). 
She then develops a mutual understanding with her childhood best friend Ali (JC Santos), a son of a military general and a cook. 
With the same aspirations in life, Iris and Ali grow closer to each other and will develop a budding romance. 
Together they will chase for their dreams in Greece, where they will meet Basti (James Reid), a rebellious son who works as a tour guide in the country. Living only by himself, he will find the acceptance he has been looking for from Iris and Ali. 
However, their friendship will be put to test as Basti falls for Iris, deeply hurting Ali. This will lead them to the point of choosing between what matters more: love or friendship. 
Will Iris and Ali still fulfill the dreams they built together? Will Basti fight for his love for Iris? Are they ready to risk everything to have the one they love?
James Reid, Nadine Lustre and JC Santos

During the grand press conference, James went as far as to say that the story in "Till I Met You" is better than "OTWOL (On the Wings of Love)," a kilig-filled romantic series.

“Everyday I am more in love with her (Nadine),” said James. 

Nadine said that this new story is on friendship and love. "Katulad ng sa amin ni James, start with friendship. Then learn to love the guy beyond friendship," shared Nadine.


JC Santos

JC Santos, the third wheel in JaDine's new series, plays the role of Alejandro, the common friend of the characters of James Reid and Nadine Lustre.

He is a theater actor at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. He became a singer and dancer at Hong Kong Disneyland and at Universal Studios Singapore before going to New York to study musical theater. He has played supporting roles in TV in his past projects.

JC said that he did not have any second thoughts when he finally offered a role. He was overwhelmed when he learned that he would be one of the lead stars of "Till I Met You."

"Actually nung time na 'yun, iniisip ko okay na ako kung aawayin ko lang si James dito. Gulat na gulat po ako at hindi ako makapaniwala na isa ako sa mga bida. Nagpapasalamat po ako sa pagtitiwala talaga. Punong puno ang puso ko ngayon," he said.

Angel Aquino, Pokwang, Carmina Villaroel and Zoren Legaspi
Also joining the stellar cast are celebrity couple Carmina Villaroel and Zoren Legaspi, Angel Aquino, Pokwang, Kim Molina, and Robert Seña with the special participation of Richard Yap at Jay Manalo. 

Director Antonette Jadaone 
Under the direction of Antonette Jadaone and Andoy Ranay, "Till I Met You" will start airing on Monday after "FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano," on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up via iWanTV or via skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

Don’t miss the scenes showing that real love wins in “Til I Met You,” weeknights after “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Catch up via iWanTV or via skyondemand.com.ph for Sky subscribers.

Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) to host the country’s biggest travel trade event - PHITEX on September 4-6

TPB is bringing a larger and improved PHITEX this year

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) is set to host the country’s biggest and most significant travel trade event – the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX), on September 4-6, 2016 at the Marriot Grand Ballroom. In line with the Visit the Philippines Again 2016 (VPA) campaign, this year’s PHITEX is set to once again promote the country as the premier tourist destination among some of the world’s biggest travel and tour buyers.


With this year’s theme “#PHITEX2016: Bigger Business”, TPB is bringing a larger and improved PHITEX with more sessions allocated for business-to-business interactions and better designed pre-tours and post-tours.

Kicking off this week-long event is the 27th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) on September 2-3 at SMX Convention Center. Organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), PTM is considered to be one of the major travel trade exhibitions in the promotion of domestic and inbound tourism. The event attracts buyers from all over the world as it presents the best and most affordable tour packages in the country. 

Highlighting the event is the Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), which includes exclusive business-to-business appointment meetings between Philippine sellers and foreign buyers. By giving them the chance to personally meet the local sellers, buyers are introduced to the Philippines’ marketing trends and practices. In exchange, sellers are given an edge to offer globally competitive tour packages to the international market. These sessions will also provide foreign buyers the opportunity to experience the fun and exciting post tours to main Philippine attractions and destinations.

“PHITEX has been instrumental in strengthening the brand image of the Philippines,” shares TPB Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III. “By introducing the best tourism products and services to the international market and bringing together the different stakeholders in the tourism industry, the country has become an important destination, not only for various international and high-level business and economic meetings but also for travel and trade. In fact, the country has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors from January to May 2016. This is 13.02% higher than the accumulated arrivals in January to May 2015.”

Now on its 15th year, PHITEX has been continuously sustaining the growth that the Philippines has gained in the global tourism market.

Reimagining ‘ever after’ for Beauty and the Beast’s finale


Only a few episodes remain before Beauty and the Beast’s series finale and time is running short for Cat Chandler (Kristin Kreuk) and Vincent Keller (Jay Ryan).

Pursued on all fronts by evil forces, the unlikely pairing of Cat and Jay has viewers wondering what ending awaits these fairytale-inspired characters.

The familiar fairy of the same title revolves around a prince who needed to break a fairy’s curse. The prince would only break this spell if a woman would come to love him despite his hideous form. And as he lay dying, the Beast received the love he needed so he could return to his human form. 

A 1987show inspired by the fairy tale had no such ending. Instead of having a princely human form, the Beast remained as he was so his inner qualities could stand out. This beloved show was the inspiration of the new series starring Kreuk and Ryan.

If the original series ended that way, what ending awaits Cat and Vincent this time?


A spell that must be broken


Like the fairy tale’s Beast, Vincent also faces a curse. This time, however, he is not dealing with an enchantress. Vincent struggles with the effects of an experiment which caused mutations in his body and gave him superhuman strength.

Vincent and many others used for the experiment were to be sent to Afghanistan to win the war in that country. When the experiment turned awry, the government ordered the immediate deaths of the experiment’s subjects.

While struggling with the beastlike qualities brought about by the experiment, Vincent is then forced to run from those who would kill him.

If one would follow the fairy tale’s original plot, reversing the mutation’s effects could be Vincent’s own transformation and redemption. In the show however, Vincent found himself asking if he in fact wanted to reverse the experiment’s effects or not, when finally faced with a cure.



Not a damsel in distress

One compelling element of the show is how it inverts the tired ‘Beauty’ trope of the old stories. While the fairy tale portrayed Beauty as a prisoner, Kristin Kreuk’s Cat Chandler is anything but a typical damsel in distress.

A detective working for the New York Police Department, Cat is trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s murder—a case that is linked to the experiment performed on Vincent. This unsolved mystery then led Cat to Vincent and the two developed a romance.

But while the two came to love each other, a bitter undercurrent of conflict runs throughout the relationship. Overcoming the odds, Cat and Vincent married despite their personal clashes and the outside forces threatening to pull them apart.

The marriage of the prince and his lady is often the beginning of an idyllic ‘happily ever after’ in fairytales. This was not so for Vincent and Cat as they continued their flight from Vincent’s would-be captors and killers.

Finding themselves on the opposite side of the law, Cat has to find ways to lead these hostile away from Vincent.


‘Love is a battlefield’

This refusal to stick to old fairy tale conventions is the beating heart of the new show. Much like real life, there are no tidy endings, and no single character coming to the rescue of another.

‘Ever after’ then is not just about a prince rescuing a distressed damsel or a princess breaking away from an evil curse. The show doesn’t shy away from the many dangers that a forbidden love brings.

The big question remains: will Vincent finally reclaim his humanity by the series’ end? Yet while this moment has yet to happen, one can say his humanity had already been restored when Cat came into his life.

Perhaps the change that mattered most was not the cure to his condition but Cat’s willingness to love him, flaws and all.

Catch Beauty and the Beast’s series finale on August 31, 9:00PM at RTL CBS Entertainment HD.

Health and Wellness : Marielle's and Cindy's Journey to Weight Loss with InnoGen's LesoFat and LesoCarb

If we have a realistic, specific and measurable goal, what and how really keeps us from reaching it? 

Our mission in our lifestyle including health and fitness begins with the desire to attain something. If the desire is defined and strong enough, it will lead you to act. If you act properly and consistently, you will succeed.

InnoGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. heads with Marielle Mamaclay and Cindy Patrimonio

One of the most issue is losing weight to be more fit and healthy.  Held at the MNB Bldg., Quezon City on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, during the press conference dubbed as "Less Is More", InnoGen Pharmaceuticals Inc. shared to us about "Obesity" and discovering how to get more out of life with Less Fat and Less Carb.


Marielle Mamaclay and Cindy Patrimonio

Sharing these stories from the two newest ambassadors of Lesofat and Lesocarb ( anti-obesity medicines):

Cindy Patrimonio’s Weight Loss Story

Cindy Patrimonio, wife of celebrity cager Alvin Patrimonio, feels a lot stronger and healthier nowadays as on the middle part of her 6-month Project Body, a journey to wellness. She has firmly decided to make the change of becoming healthier and fitter.

Cindy said that when she was starting her weight loss journey, Cindy watched videos of extremely obese people and she repeatedly told herself that she won’t let it happen to her.

Cindy was quick to admit being guilty of Yoyo dieting in her younger days. She would compensate eating her favourite food by spending time at the gym. Working out neutralizes her food intake thus she often rely on her physical activity to maintain her ideal weight. 

Problem came when Cindy reached the age where metabolisms slows down drastically, she finds herself not being in control of her weight gain. Caught in harsh criticism of the public, Cindy couldn’t care less as she is only accountable for her own body. Realization only came at the time when she decided that she needs to be healthy for her own sake and her family. This was her turning point. 

Cindy quips, "I decided I needed to change and start to get healthy last year. I was feeling sluggish, feeling bad about how I looked. Being overweight for 16 years was long enough. I wanted to do it in a healthy and sturdy way. I was also feeling depressed mentally because of certain problems in life and I wanted to divert all that negative energy into something that would be a challenge for me."

Cindy’s biggest challenge was cutting back on her food intake as this is something new to her. She watched a lot of videos and research and soon as she got the hang of it, it was as easy as cooking pancakes according to Cindy. 


Another challenge for weight lost is when you run into a plateau, this is common among women and having to level up one’s fitness activity level should be continuous. 

Lucky for Cindy, Alvin is all out in supporting her and would often find himself accompanying her every now and then during her work out sessions.

Cindy’s family joins her whenever she hits the gym. And being healthy becomes a part of their priceless bonding moments.



Marielle Mamaclay’s Journey to Weight Loss

Multi-awarded singer feels she can reach her dreams and life goals including a healthy and fit body.

Singing out to a lighter figure nowadays is World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) 2010 Grand Champion Performer and Vocalist of the World Marielle Mamaclay. Being a performer, one has to look presentable. Thus, when Marielle reached her heaviest weight and started to lose confidence, she felt ugly and cried a lot.

Marielle’s weight problem also took a toll on her health, she found herself getting sick almost every month. This was her wake up call. She still have big dreams for her family and could not let herself go down in spiral due to her weight problem.


She started a healthy diet and increased her physical activity. Weight loss would not be effective if you feel deprived. Thus, Marielle gives herself cheat days, giving in to her cravings of Pizza every once in a while.

Having cheat days are important in keeping up with weight loss struggles as it gives you the much needed balance. Both Cindy and Marielle credit their weight loss journey with the help of LesoFat and LesoCarb. It’s always better to #BeArmedwithLesofat and #ThinkLesocarb.



Wellness, keeping fit, staying healthy is a lifetime journey. 

Here are important tips, reminders and information on health, healthy lifestyle and wellness journey: 




LESS IS MORE

Discovering how to get more out of life with Less Fat and Less Carb

InnoGen Pharmaceuticals introduces ways in treating obesity. 

The supersized population

It is always an amusing picture to see people wanting to lose weight and at just as amusing to keep a positive thought for people who are happy in whatever size they are in. More than the physical attribute, wanting to lose weight should be an indication of an approach to a healthy lifestyle.

Becoming healthy should be on top of everybody’s choice, since obesity is the main culprit of several health risk such as Arthritis, Cancer, Diabetes, Stroke, Heart diseases and Back pain. 

Restaurants with Rice-All-You-Can or Unli-Rice have the highest foot traffic. The report is also consistent with the steady rise of Restaurants offering buffet / Eat-All-You-Can in which High Fat food are rampant in their buffet spread. Pair these High- fat food with loads of Carbohydrates then you’re in for a food coma.

How to spot Obesity

Obesity is described as a medical condition in which your body fat has accumulated to the point that it may have an adverse effect on your health. Obesity is ruled when you have a Body Mass Index (BMI) higher than 25. A normal BMI should be from 18.5 to 24.9. Know your BMI by following the formula of weight divided by height

Philippine Obesity Scene

In a 2011 survey, it shows that 22.3% of Filipinos adults are overweight and 6.1% are obese. Philippines is on top of the list together with India as countries with the highest obese population according to a report from United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). 

Another survey by Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) also shows that 3 out of 10 Filipinos are obese which shows an alarming statistics.

Sustaining Activities

In trying to lose weight, we cannot rely on supplements alone. Choosing the right diet coupled with physical activities should be maintained to achieve your desired weight. Many are quick to blame inefficiency of a product due to their own lethargy, supplements are not magic potions which can transform your body without having to exert any effort.

Treating Obesity

Innogen Pharma brings to you two products that will help you with your Journey to Wellness. Innogen Pharma realizes the need to complement Filipino craving for High-Fat and High Carbo diet. 




LesoFat

Lesofat (Orlistat) blocks 30% of your fat intake through pancreatic lipase inhibition, It is in pelletech capsule for a uniform distribution and is non-systemic and works only in the Gastro-Intestinal Tract (GIT). 

LesoFat comes in two variant, 120mg that is suited for obese adults and 60mg for obese teenagers. Sold at Php33.00 (120mg) and Php29.75 (60mg) in box of 20’s. It is advised to take 1 capsule of LesoFat every high fat meal.

LesoCarb

LesoCarb is an all-natural lifestyle supplement made out of white kidney bean, It reduces the absorption of carbohydrates from food intake up to 66%, It is also non-systemic and works only in the GIT.

Lesocarb inhibits the starch digesting enzyme alpha-amylase by interfering the conversion of starch into glucose, thus, it lessens calorie absorption to the body.

LesoCarb is available in 500mg capsule and sold at Php14.75/cap in box of 42’s. LesoCarb should be taken in 1-2 capsule dosage every high carbohydrate meal.

LesoFat and LesoCarb are available in leading drugstores nationwide. 

For more information and tips, follow them on Facebook: @LesoFat and @LesoCarb.



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