February 28, 2017

What you need to know about heart attacks

Heart attack is one of the main causes of death every year. It happens when there’s a lack of oxygenated blood flow to the coronary arteries because of plaque buildup, causing permanent damage to the heart. Heart attacks can strike anytime and that is why it’s crucial to know what to do when it happens. 
“Heart attacks can happen anytime, sometimes without any warning. It’s important for people to be fully informed on how to prevent heart attacks, how to accurately identify a heart attack and the steps to take when it happens. Some of the essential things you should know are the symptoms and how to perform first aid when you or a loved one suffers a heart attack. Heart attacks, whether silent or recognized, should not be taken lightly because it can cause sudden death if not treated or acted upon immediately,” said Dr. Nicky Montoya, president of MediCard.

Here’s what you need to know about heart attacks:

The warning signs.

 Paying attention to warning signs can save you or your loved one. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense while others start slowly. That’s why you need to spot the early warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack: chest discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea or lightheadedness, cold sweat, and pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. Even if you’re not sure that you’re experiencing symptoms of heart attack, it is better to consult your doctor about it because patients usually make the mistake of ignoring these signs or waiting too long before they ask for help.

Silent heart attacks. 

A silent heart attack has more subtle signs wherein a person experiences minimal or unrecognized symptoms or no symptoms at all. It can be as dangerous as a recognized one because the attack often leaves scarring and serious damage to the heart. Signs of a heart attack can easily be shrugged off because they are common aches, like experiencing extreme fatigue, indigestion, flu-like symptoms and jaw, shoulder or neck pain.

People who experienced silent heart attacks realize it only after going through tests like Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or electrocardiogram (EKG). People who suffered silent heart attacks are at risk of having potentially greater and fatal heart attacks. 

First aid. 

Heart attacks, silent or recognized, can happen anytime, and it is important that you know exactly what to do when you or a loved one suffers from an attack. Keep in mind that acting quickly and getting help immediately can help lessen heart damage and heighten the chances of survival. First, call 911, the emergency hotline, immediately. If you are the one suffering a heart attack, do not attempt to drive on your own as this will only endanger you and others on the road. Keep calm and chew an aspirin – which can prevent blood clotting – if they are not allergic to it. If the person is unconscious, administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). 

Heart attack prevention. 

Dr. Montoya advises several ways to prevent heart attack. These include maintaining a healthy blood pressure, monitoring your cholesterol, quitting smoking, exercising, eating a balanced diet which contains fruits, vegetables, fiber-rich whole grains and fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and most importantly, having regular check-ups. 

If you are experiencing symptoms of heart attack, consult a doctor immediately. MediCard has numerous free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer cardiology consultations and tests. 

For more information, visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out their website at http://www.medicardphils.com.

More Mind-Bending Illusions To Thrill You In New Season Of Masters Of Illusion This March On Sony Channel

The illusions continues “Masters of Illusion,” the magic show that raises magic to a whole new level of amazement, returns to Sony Channel in March.

The new season showcases all-new performers more than 70 world-renowned magicians, escape artists, mentalists, illusionists, and up-and-coming talents as they display their exceptional abilities in performing new and exciting illusions in front of a live audience.

Every episode is filled with a wide variety of illusions that have never been seen before. Each act is well rehearsed as highly skilled illusionists use sleight of hand and complex mechanical contraptions to make the impossible seem possible.

“Masters of Illusion” features astounding performances from Scarlett (Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas) with Jeff McBride (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Kalin & Jinger (World Magic Awards), The Amazing Johnathan (Las Vegas Best Comedian of the Year 2002), and Hillel (Victor/Victoria Broadway Show), to name a few.

Dean Cain returns this season as host.

“Masters of Illusion” Season 4 premieres on March 1, from Monday to Wednesday at 7:55pm with 2 episodes back to back, first & exclusive on Sony Channel.

Sony Channel is available on SkyCable Channel 35, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cignal Channel120, and Cablelink Channel 39.

Wanderland Music Fest Heads to Filinvest City

Filinvest City brings Wanderland Music and Arts Festival to the south of the metro on March 4, 2017. The event will take place at the newly developed Filinvest City Event Grounds. The outdoor event venue, which is ready to accommodate the biggest events in the country, is sure to give a refreshing vibe to all guests.

Themed Wanderland Jungle, this year promises to be even more exciting as international names including The Temper Trap, The Ting Tings, Explosions in the Sky, Yuna, Purity Ring, Honne, LANY, and Woodlock, as well as home grown indie artists such as Up DharmaDown, Tom’s Story, Gab and John of Urbandub, Fools & Foes, Reese Lansangan, Lola Amour, Banna Harbera, and Mickey Sulit come together for a roaring good time in Filinvest City.

Adding a colorful jungle vibe to the music festival are live art performances from talented muralists and illustrators including Jappy Agoncillo, KFK Collective, Quatro Hapimeel, and Ysabella Lalu.
With thousands of Wanderers each year, they can definitely expect a feast for the eyes and ears as they enjoy good music. All these take place amid lush green sceneries of the outdoors at Filinvest City.

For more information, visit Wanderland’s website at http://wanderlandfestival.com/.

February 27, 2017

5 Champion Facts You Might Not Know About James Reid

The new MILO Champ Moves continues to make waves on social media, with millions of netizens having watched the viral, upbeat music video, even creating their own versions through parody clips, memes and cool remixes. At the center of the dance exercise is one of the country’s most influential young celebrities—actor, singer, dancer, and MILO ambassador James Reid. But did you know that there’s more to James than his roles in movies and TV shows?

Here are five Champion Facts you probably didn’t know about the talented James Reid and why he wants to help kids #BeatEnergyGap:

  • He was an athlete at an early age and competed in school competitions
James is not only agile on the dance floor but also in sports, having participated in gymnastics, Australian football, swimming, golf, and cricket.  
“I was very athletic as a kid, and I’m very proud of that. When I was in primary school until high school, I would try everything,” shared James during the Champ Moves video shoot. “I love swimming and I’ve been doing it as long as I can remember. I also played Australian football, golf, gymnastics, and even went as far as high-diving.” 
Showing off his champ-like enthusiasm and winning energy, James excelled particularly in gymnastics and swimming, allowing him to participate in several school competitions.
“I competed in school for swimming, and I also reached regionals for gymnastics. Looking back, it was really a good experience, I even won a bronze medal for it," he recalled.

  • James’ dad was the reason why he was athletic at a young age, encouraging him to try different sports.
Growing up, James’ dad encouraged him to work hard and play hard. Whenever James would start to doubt himself, it was his dad who kept pushing him to excel. 
“My dad introduced me to different types of sports. He didn’t make me do anything I didn’t want to do. Instead, he encouraged me to try new things and to do my best—he even loved taking videos of me in training. Even if I wasn’t good at a sport, he’d keep pushing me to never give up,” James shared.

  • More than competing and winning, he loves the team camaraderie.
“During competitions, what I enjoyed the most was the team camaraderie—meeting new people and making new friends who were like-minded and passionate about sports," James said.

  • Despite his busy schedule in front of the screen, James continues to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle.
James makes sure that he keeps an active and healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating right. 
“Regardless of how hectic my schedule gets, I still make sure I stay active by going to the gym,” said James. “In keeping a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to start your day right by eating a nutritious breakfast; as they say it’s the most important meal of the day.” 
James also stressed that discipline is key in achieving a healthy lifestyle. “It’s so easy to fall back on eating unhealthy food knowing that it won’t give you the right energy or nutrients. One needs the willpower to choose to eat the right food, and keep doing it every day. It’s the secret to having a happy and healthy life.

  • As a MILO kid himself, James wants to help kids #BeatEnergyGap through MILO Champ Moves.
When he sings “drink MILO every day!”, you know he means it. 
Growing up in Australia where MILO originated, James drank MILO every day before going to school and sometimes after. “I grew up drinking MILO as a kid. It’s a brand that everyone knows, loves and remember seven from their childhood. So I’m so excited to be part of the MILO family,” shared James. 
“Champ Moves in partnership with DepEd is a great program for kids as it will allow them to be more active, more alert during the day, especially for school. When you’re physically active, it’s easier to learn, absorb information, and socialize. The MILO Champ Moves program will surely energize kids to start the day right.”

Help #BeatEnergyGap today by doing the new MILO Champ Moves with James. Watch the video on the MILO Philippines Facebook page and the Nestle Philippines YouTube Channel. 

Follow @MiloPh on Twitter and @MiloPhilippines on Instagram for more information about Champ Moves.

Converse Cons Pro Leather Sneakers: Low Profile Court Classic

Timeless court style for today’s streets. The Converse Cons Pro Leather was launched in 1976, and it ruled and ran the court on the feet of future Hall of Famers.

The Converse Cons Pro Leather LP Leather is a low-top take on a legendary basketball silhouette, whether you wear it to make a statement or just to have a classic look. This version features a leather upper and a lightweight, low-profile rubber cup sole that offers a more subtle look. There’s also the Lunarlon insole, which adds necessary cushioning and comfort.

Pay tribute to the attitude of that era with Converse Cons Pro Leather, with or without the short shorts.

The Converse Cons Pro Leather is available for only Php 4,390. 

For more designs and styles, visit www.converse.com.ph or www.facebook.com/FacebookPhilippines.

February 26, 2017

Foreign vloggers react to #KwentongJollibee Valentine series

Since their release, the KwentongJollibee Valentine viral videos - “Vow”, “Crush”, and “Date” - that celebrate the different forms of love and the joy that comes with it, have gotten millions of people in tears, feeling hurt, heartbroken, confused, hopeful, and happy. But the stories have also broken the internet, as it spread like wildfire, with viewers, not only Filipinos, expressing and sharing their reactions online.

Even foreign YouTube vloggers (video bloggers) couldn’t escape the phenomenal reach of Jollibee’s viral shorts. When vlogger-couple HugKnucklesTV and HottSamn! reviewed the digital commercials, both were clearly moved by each story.

“I got goose bumps and it like crushed me,” said HugKnucklesTV who got emotional upon watching “Vow”, while HottSamn! was in tears as she felt upset.

Watching “Crush” also got the vloggers cheering, as they hoped for a happier ending. “I’m so happy he got the girl in this one,” said HugKnucklesTV, while HottSamn! who did not see the twist coming, had tears of joy for the heroes of the love story. Both also poked fun on the burger gesture and mentioned that they will be completely okay with that in real life.After watching “Date”, the couple was visibly shocked by the heart-wrenching twist. “This is the first reaction (video) that I’ve done that has elicited tears,” admitted HugKnucklesTV.

Other reaction videos released by YouTube vloggers also captured the emotions evoked by the three Kwentong Jollibee commercials. Josh Dove, who was clearly clueless on what he was about to watch, clearly felt confused and lost upon seeing “Vow”, while “Date” caught him off guard. “That last video (Date) hit me with the feels and I was not expecting it.”

For Swedish vlogger, Petra Reacts, despite ending up in tears, she regarded the videos as “beautiful but sad”, ultimately commending Jollibee for its smart, emotional approach. “It was such a brilliant idea for a commercial. Making people feel something,” she said. On the other hand, vlogger Terrence Jr. walked out after watching “Vow”, as he was deeply affected by the story’s twist. “That’s life. Sometimes the person you’re meant to be with just doesn’t go your way,” he added.

Despite the mixed reactions, the vloggers gave a nod to Jollibee as they never expected to watch something as touching from a restaurant commercial, let alone a Filipino fast-food retail brand. “It was great and whoever is in charge of their marketing is next level,” said HugKnucklesTV, while Petra Reacts acknowledged Jollibee as “a very smart company because this is rare.”

In a similar manner, a high school teacher in the United States also recorded his students’ reaction upon watching “Vow”. And when the twist came, the students’ reactions were just as how first-time viewers responded—shocked, in-denial, and hurt. But in the end, they all realized that what matters is the joy that is felt during the special moments of love.
Indeed, true stories of love are part of the many formulas that could instantly trigger an overwhelming flow of emotions, especially for many Filipinos. For people abroad, just as how HugKnuckle described one story as something that “came out of nowhere”, the series is also testament on how impactful a Filipino brand could be, not only as a fast-food chain that serves-up alanghap-sarap taste of home, but also for the heartwarming messages it communicates with its consumers.

On Facebook and YouTube combined,“Vow” has about 14.6 million views, “Crush” with about 13.7 million, while “Date” has more than 10.2 million. All three commercials have also trended worldwide, even on World Pizza Day, with “Vow” and “Date” becoming the number one trending videos on YouTube since their release.

Watch and share the three #KwentongJollibee shorts on Jollibee’sYouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/jollibeedigital1) or on Jollibee’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines). You may also follow Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram at @jollibee.

Star Cruises reveals new travel opportunities in first ever Cruise Fair

Traveling is the newest and fastest growing trend as today’s tourism industries are further developing and traveling destinations all over the world become much accessible to the public. 

Now, more and more people are opening their doors to new travel opportunities whether it be local or abroad, by sea or by air.

From March 1 to 5, 2017 the leading cruise line in the Asia Pacific, Star Cruises, is making its way to Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk to showcase the company’s newest travel offers and promos especially for this summer.

Have an experience of a lifetime onboard Star Cruises with Superstar Virgo as it embarks on a roundtrip cruise from Manila to Laoag, Taiwan and Hong Kong this March 19 to May 23, 2017!

The event is also set to celebrate the opening of its new homeport in Manila, marking Star Cruises as the first cruise industry to do so in the Philippines’ capital region, allowing Filipinos to reach further destinations in the Asia Pacific much closer, hassle-free and visa-free.

As such, Star Cruises booths will be set up by the mall entrances with the company’s travel agency partners attending the area to accommodate interested travelers and tourists.
“Star Cruises was the first major cruise line to recruit Filipinos 23 years ago for our cruise ships and now we are pleased to be the first international cruise line to welcome Filipinos on board Superstar Virgo as our guests from our homeport in Manila,” says President of Star Cruises Ang Moo Lim. “Worldwide, nearly 25 million people have enjoyed a cruise in 2016 and we are extending this opportunity for Filipinos to join their ranks from Manila – and at an affordable price.”

As the new homeport opens, the company is now launching new luxury cruise trip opportunities straight from Manila to Laoag, to Taiwan and Hong Kong starting March 19 to May 23, 2017!

Summer is fast approaching and no better time than now to explore and discover what awaits you onboard the leading cruise line in the Asia-Pacific, Star Cruises

To know more about Star Cruises, Dream Cruises and its available cruise offers and promos, visit the Star Cruises booths at Greenbelt 5 Fashion Walk from March 1 to 5 during mall hours, or visit the Star Cruises official website at www.starcruises.com.

Idyllic mountain resort living at Tagaytay Highlands’ Woodlands Point

Woodlands Point boasts of its lush community with only five log cabins per hectare, allowing residents to maximize space and views. 

Charming log cabins set against a majestic backdrop of mountain ranges and surrounded by lush flora — such are the stunning scenery that greet you at Woodlands Point, an exclusive community in the heart of Tagaytay Highlands. 

Visualize the serene, relaxed life you’ve always dreamed of, with the peace and calm of the mountains just within your reach. Then claim it for your own.

At Woodlands Point, you will find luxury log cabins of Western red cedar imported from Canada with elegant detailing of glass and stone

Nestled in one of the topmost elevations in Highlands, Woodlands Point is constantly enveloped in Tagaytay’s cool and misty weather and offers panoramic vistas of the Canlubang countryside, Laguna de Bay and verdant mountains in the horizon. 

On your journey to find a quintessential escape beyond the bustling city life, you will find luxury log cabins of Western red cedar imported from Canada and elegant detailing of glass and stone sprawled on 12 hectares of land. Perfecting your luxe mountain resort living in Woodlands Point is the low-density neighborhood of only five cabins per hectare, allowing residents to enjoy their space and lush surrounding – landscaped with thousands of Norfolk pines for an authentic mountaintop ambience. 
Inspired by log cabins in North America, each stylish home at Woodlands Point features beautifully designed spaces with high ceilings and engineered wood floorings. 

Inspired by log cabins of old in North America, each stylish home at Woodlands Point is designed with large picture windows which make it blend beautifully with the natural bounties of the Highlands countryside. Every log cabin takes you to another level of luxury through beautifully designed spaces — with high ceilings in living and dining areas, spacious bedrooms with walk-in closets, en-suite toilets and baths, and a semi-furnished kitchen equipped with a complete cabinet system, refrigerator, oven, cooking range, and range hood. 

Cherish a home that’s built to last with a state-of-the-art reticulation system for mess-free termite control log protection. Other unit features include emergency power systems, water heaters and engineered wood floorings. The Western red cedar log is decay and insect resistant, as well as fragrant — all pointing towards a distinct living experience.

Woodlands Point is enveloped in Tagaytay’s cool and misty weather and offers panoramic vistas of the lush Canlubang countryside, Laguna de bay and verdant mountains in the horizon.

Aside from savoring the comfort, luxury, and tranquility of the community, homeowners can enjoy the various recreational opportunities offered at the exclusive Tagaytay Highlands Country Club. Membership to the Country Club comes with owning a Woodlands Point home, giving residents access to world-class leisure facilities to take pleasure in. 

Let the rustic charm of the log cabins enchant you as you come home to your own perfect hideaway. 

Settle seamlessly and be enthralled by the luxuries of countryside living.

Stay Healthy, Stay Happy: 10 foolproof ways to lead a healthier lifestyle

As we enter the New Year, many of us promised to commit to a healthier lifestyle as part of our New Year’s Resolutions. Sticking to a resolution is easier said than done, but as long as we have a plan to fall back on, it shouldn’t be as daunting or as difficult as it seems. 

To help us out, here are 10 foolproof ways to ensure that we live a healthier and happier lifestyle.

1. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
  • The health benefits of eating a diet with generous servings of fruits and vegetables are endless. Not only are they dense sources of a variety of essential minerals and nutrients, they are generally high in fiber which will keep your digestive system happy and smooth-running. Pro-tip: fruits and veggies have unique antioxidant properties depending on their color. Eat the rainbow!

2. Go for regular check-ups. 
  • Don’t leave your body to take care of itself. We all need a little help sometimes, and your doctor’s job is to ensure that everything is in tip-top condition and to provide solutions when needed. 

3. Stay stress-free. 
  • While diet and exercise are very important in leading a healthy lifestyle, your mindset and attitude may be sabotaging their benefits. Stress can affect your sleep, your tendency to engage in unhealthy behaviors, and your productivity. Ensure that your lifestyle is as stress-free as possible by organizing your financial and work life; create a long-term financial plan to alleviate financial pressures and increase your financial security. 

4. Avoid foods high in saturated fat and simple sugars.
  • Swap out your white bread for wholegrain, and use canola or olive oil instead of butter in your cooking. Complex carbohydrates give you slow-release energy which will keep you energised throughout the day, and unsaturated fats will promote healthy cholesterol levels, keeping you trim and combating fatigue.

5. Find an exercise program you enjoy. 
  • It is no secret that exercise gives you more energy, helps keep your head clear, and keeps you in shape. Find what you enjoy and stick to it! If you hate jogging, try dancing. If you don’t like exercising alone, look to join a basketball or frisbee team. 

6. Make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.
  • Give your body a well-deserved break, so that it can re-energize and prepare itself for a happy and productive day. 

7. Ditch your unhealthy vices. 
  • Smoking, drinking, or consuming too much caffeine is toxic to our bodies. Replace your unhealthy habits with healthier ones, such as exercise. If you are struggling to give up smoking, join a program that offers support and guidance.

8. Make time for friends and family. 
  • Social interaction is essential to human well-being. Appreciate the supportive people in your life and invest in the meaningful connections that will ultimately lead you to a happier lifestyle.  

9. Stay hydrated.
  • The common recommendation for water intake is eight 8-ounce glasses a day. Drinking a sufficient amount of water promotes healthy skin and will prevent headaches and other symptoms of dehydration. Additionally, for those of us trying to lose weight, a common sign of dehydration is the feeling of hunger despite having eaten adequately. Drink up!

10. Set and track fitness goals by using apps and devices.

  • Having fitness goals is a sure fire way of ensuring happiness; overcoming hurdles, whether small or big, can increase your confidence. One fitness app that helps you track your progress and remind you to hit some benchmarks is Philam Vitality Active, a free mobile app that allows you to enjoy immediate and free rewards such as free cinema ticket, free game of bowling to name a few, upon completion of your weekly goals. To experience a whole new journey to being fit and healthy, you may download the Philam Vitality Active app now available in Apple Store Phils or Google Play and sign-up using the promo code “liveactive”.

Following these simple steps will ensure that you can make the most of 2017 towards a healthier and happier you.

February 25, 2017

JDI takes 158 customers in an incentive trip to Jeju Island, South Korea

Participants pose for a photo during their trip to Jeju Island, South Korea, a free gift from Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI).

Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) takes 158 customers to Jeju Island, South Korea, known as the “Island of the Gods” for a four-day vacation. 

As a “thank you” to its customers, Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) recently took them to South Korea’s Jeju Island, a place that is known in the travel industry as the “Island of the Gods,” for a four-day vacation. 

A total of 158 customers that included dealers, distributors, and mango contractors—and six JDI representatives—joined the trip that lasted from January 4 to 7.

Participants in the Jeju Island incentive trip of Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI)  listen attentively to the unique culture of Seoungeup Folk Village.

The fun getaway featured trekking on Mt. Halla, South Korea’s highest peak; a visit at the gravity-defying Mysterious Road; a look at one of the nation’s monuments—the Daepo Jusangjeolli Cliff; and a glimpse of Seongsan Ilchubong, the “Sunrise Peak” formed five thousand years ago by hydrovolcanic eruptions upon a shallow seabed. 
Customers of Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) take a photo in front of the Teddy Bear Museum during their Jeju Island incentive trip. 

The happy vacationers also enjoyed the attractions at Glass Castle, a glass art theme park; viewed the adorable displays at the Hello Kitty and Teddy Bear museums; strolled the gardens of, and checked out the zoo at, Hallim Park; visited the historic and cultural Seoungeup Folk Village; watched the classic Painters Show; and saw the famed sensual and erotic sculpture park, Love Land. 

During breaks from exploring tourist destinations, the travelers shopped and dined at Jeju Island’s shopping destinations: Ginseng Outlet, Duty Free, and Chilseongro Street. 

Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI) Jeju Island incentive trip participants enjoy delicious Korean cuisine. 
Kaye Aguilan, JDI product manager, said, “We at JDI believe that this incentive trip is a way to thank our loyal customers, and at the same time, strengthen our relationship with them.”
“We value our dealers, distributors and contractors, and this is just one of the many ways we can express our gratitude,” she added. 

The participants were from different provinces of the Philippines: Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Benguet, Tuguegarao, Isabela, Batangas, Quezon, Palawan, Mindoro, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Butuan, General Santos and Cagayan de Oro. 

The trip was arranged to reciprocate the support of these customers in purchasing a package of JDI agro-products—insecticides, herbicides, molluscicides, fungicides, seeds and yield boosters. 

Jardine Distribution, Inc. (JDI), a member company of the Jardine Matheson Group, represents a number of leading brands in crop protection, local and foreign-made pesticides, plant growth regulators, plant nutrition, hybrid rice seeds, and vegetable seeds. 

For more information, please visit www.jardinedistribution.com

The Voice Season 12 exclusively premieres in the Philippines on February 28, 2017 (Tuesday) only on Star World


Star World, FOX Networks Group (FNG) Philippines’ number one female-oriented general entertainment channel announced today the return of the well-loved and three-time Emmy winning talent show, The Voice. The Voice Season 12 exclusively premieres in the Philippines on February 28, 2017 (Tuesday) only on Star World with live telecasts every 2:00 PM and primetime replays at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM respectively. 

Exciting turn of events are in-store for the viewers on the latest season of The Voice as we continue on the search for the next best voice that will shake the music industry to the core. The season premiere of The Voice marks the sweet return of Gwen Stefani as she once again secures her judging spot, rounding up the girl power action on the competition up against Adam Levine and once again reunited with her partner, Blake Shelton. 

The latest season of The Voice boosts a bigger, better and more engaging experience than it has on its previous season by bringing in the biggest and most recognizable names in the music industry as adviser to the coaches, making everything a match made in heaven; Celine Dion joins Gwen Stefani as an adviser taking the femme fatal action to high roads. On the other corner of music, five-time winner of show, Blake Shelton is joined by Luke Bryan — a tandem easy on the eyes and easy on dynamics as the two have worked together before to co-host the Academy of Country Music Awards. 

Adam Levine pairs up with a legend, John Legend that is. These swoon-worthy gents collaborate to take ordinary people to the next level while keeping their dapper in check. Running on her second season for The Voice, Alicia Keys, is all about winning as she teams up with award-winning hip hop artist DJ Khaled, and everyone sure knows, that all he does is win no matter what.

With all these great additions to The Voice stage, the stakes get even higher and better as the season presents extended Blind Auditions, making room for far more artists, far more voices and far more drama — leave it to host Carson Daly to make sure things don’t get out of hand. As the latest season steps up in more ways than one, Star World stays true to its promise of delivering only the best and premier content and immediately brings it fresh from the US! 

Caring for Rare: 1st Philippine Rare Disease Symposium

The 1st Philippine Rare Disease Symposium was held at the Century Park Hotel, Metro Manila, hosted by University of the Philippines National Institute for Health (NIH) and the Department of Health (DOH) last February 22, 2017 with the theme 'Working together for Better Care.'

The Philippines celebrates the 8th National Rare Disease Week on 22-28 February 2017 which, together with the global commemoration of the Rare Disease Day on February 28, 2017, highlights the need to intensify the country’s efforts to provide adequate health care and government support to persons afflicted with a Rare Disease otherwise known as orphan disorder.
What is a rare disease? 

A “life-threatening or chronically debilitating diseases which are of such low prevalence that special combined efforts are needed to address them”.1 According to the World Health Organization, a disease is considered rare when it affects one person out of 2,000 or less.2

In the Philippines, a disease is considered rare if it affects 1 in every 20,000 individuals or less. Those afflicted with rare disease or orphan disorders suffer from social abandonment due to lack of existing network of support to aid them. The nature of rare disease is hardly known as well due to lack of information; and only few medical professionals in the country are aware of these disorders and how to diagnose and address these conditions. Medical help is also elusive under the conditions of the country’s health priorities.

The country recently enacted the Rare Diseases Act of 2016 (Republic Act 10747) which seeks to “improve the access of persons diagnosed to have a rare disease, or persons highly suspected of having a rare disease, to comprehensive medical care and to timely health information to help them cope with their condition.” 

The law mandates the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to provide benefit package; medical assistance as provided in the Sin Tax Reform Act of 2012; fiscal incentives for donations intended for researches on rare diseases, maintenance of the Rare Disease Registry, or for purchase of orphan drugs or orphan products for use solely by persons with rare diseases as certified by FDA. Further, under RA 10747, patients with rare disease will also be considered as persons with disabilities and will be granted benefits and privileges such as priority programs and discounts as mandated by the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons.

Challenges in living with rare disease6

Beyond the diversity of the diseases, rare disease patients and their families are confronted with the same wide range of difficulties arising directly from the rarity of these pathologies:
  • Lack of access to correct diagnosis: the period between the emergence of the first symptoms and the appropriate diagnosis involves unacceptable and highly risky delays, as well as wrong diagnosis leading to inaccurate treatments (the pre-diagnosis maze);
  • Lack of information: about both the disease itself and about where to obtain help, including lack of referral to qualified professionals;
  • Lack of scientific knowledge: this results in difficulties in developing therapeutic tools, in defining the therapeutic strategy and in shortage of therapeutic products, both medicinal products and appropriate medical devices;
  • Social consequences: living with a rare disease has implications in all areas of life, whether school, choice of future work, leisure time with friends, or affective life. It may lead to stigmatization, isolation, exclusion from social community, discrimination, and often reduced professional opportunities (when at all relevant);
  • Lack of appropriate quality healthcare (combining different spheres of expertise): Patients can live for several years in precarious situations without competent medical attention, including rehabilitation interventions; they remain excluded from the health care system, even after the diagnosis is made;
  • High cost of the few existing drugs and care: the additional expense of coping with the disease, in terms of both human and technical aids, combined with the lack of social benefits and reimbursement, cause an overall pauperisation of the family, and dramatically increases the inequity of access to care for rare disease patients.
  • Lack of access to treatment, if treatment is at all available.

Mr. Randy Martinez, recounts the challenges of going back and forth to the hospital as her daughter Pauline, seeks treatment for her Gaucher disease. Pauline who is now 11 years old, was noticed to have a small bump on her left torso when she was 6 months old and was later found out after years of several tests to be Gaucher disease. 

“Sana magpatuloy pa ang paggamot kay Pauline at marami pang tumulong sa kanya para dire-diretso ang gamutan. Para makapag tapos din siya ng pag-aaral”, Pauline’s father said.

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Dencio’s Rum ‘N Lime, Sweet Combination for a Romantic Month Long Occasion

This is it ! Gimik, Kainan, kwentuhan, dapat Dencio’s!

After almost 25 years of honing friendships by serving as the ultimate barkada hang out nook, Dencio’s is giving another reason why it deserves to still be on the radar as a “gimik” place. Dencio’s proudly offers Rum ‘N Lime, a perfect mix of white rum, lime and grenadine for the month of February.

This refreshingly invigorating cocktail will set the tone for a chillax kind of bonding with the office, school, childhood or any type of barkada. The entire gang can drink their hearts out side by side Dencio’s sumptuous Krispy Sisig. The combination of the chicharon, onions, meat and other key ingredients served in sizzling plates equates to a perfect crisp giving the complete mouthwatering experience.

Dencio’s laid back setting compliments the sweet combination of the Rum ‘N Lime, the specialized menu and the moments to unfold as guests unwind, eat and drink according to their own pacing. Dencio’s Rum ‘N Lime can be shared by two for Php 195 only from February 11 – 28 in all branches excluding Sta. Lucia as part of this love month’s promo. 
“The best thing about Dencio’s is its branches situated in convenient and accessible locations which makes it easier for the entire group to come together for a chill bonding complemented with superb food, ice cold drinks, and soothing music," shared Robert Trota, CEO, Max's Group Inc. 

Dencio’s is the place to be for barkadas looking for a taste adventure. Barkadas at Dencio’s are squad goals! “Kainan, kwentuhan, dapat Dencio’s” so gather your family and friends, bag a seat at Dencio’s and chill while you fill your stomachs with delectable food and Rum ‘N Lime, a match made in heaven!

Be sure to like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/pg/Denciosofficialpage), Instagram, Twitter and visit www.dencios.com.ph to learn more about the latest delectable dishes from Dencio’s.

About Dencio’s
For 25 years, Dencio’s, continues to evolve as the perfect venue for Filipinos fond of bonding over food with families, friends and colleagues. With its well-known signature Krispy Sisig as the anchor, the dining concept conveniently converts into a bar and grill category. Today, Dencio’s has 13 branches located nationwide. To get more information and updates about the brand and its products, kindly visit <dencios.com.ph> and like www.facebook.com/pg/Denciosofficialpage.

About Max’s Group, Inc. (MGI)
Max’s Group, Inc. (MGI), a company that takes pride in its passion to delight its customers and genuine love for its brands, is the Philippines’ largest operator in the casual dining segment. MGI is committed to building loved Filipino brands and it is currently growing its network of over 500 stores in the country and more than 30 international stores in the USA, Canada, Asia Pacific and Middle East.

Its family of restaurants include Max's Restaurant, Max's Corner Bakery, Pancake House, Yellow Cab Pizza, Krispy Kreme, Jamba Juice Teriyaki Boy, Dencio's, Kabisera, Sizzlin' Steak, Le Coeur de France, Maple and Singkit. The company also operates Meranti Hotel, its maiden venture into the hospitality industry. To know more about Max’s Group, please visit www.maxsgroupinc.com

February 23, 2017

'Mañosa: Beyond Architecture' celebrates Bobby Mañosa’s Legacy

Architecture, design lecture series slated from February to May

Some artists celebrate life. Others celebrate beauty.

Architect Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa celebrates being Filipino and that, for him, is life and beauty combined.

“I design Filipino, nothing else,” is his mantra as a celebrated architect. This set him apart from the rest.
For more than six decades, Mañosa has inspired artists and creatives to champion Philippine architecture and design.

From conceptualizing the Coconut Palace, to creating the EDSA Shrine, to designing Amanpulo, Pearl Farm, the LRT and other iconic Filipino landmarks, Mañosa has always taken his country and his craft seriously – to the point of turning down potentially lucrative projects simply because they were not in line with his philosophy that “Architecture must be true to itself, its land and its people.”

To celebrate his life, philosophy and legacy, an exhibit dubbed “Mañosa: Beyond Architecture’ runs from February to May at the National Museum of the Philippines. The exhibit showcases over 50 landmark projects from Mañosa’s prolific career, including original drawings and models never before seen by the public. Archived photographs, samples of vernacular materials, furniture, and interior elements, are also featured. The exhibition also explores Mañosa’s other creative pursuits as a jazz musician, toy designer, and designer of craft.

To further inspire new and upcoming generations of Filipino architects and designers, a lecture series runs concurrently with the exhibit, on selected Saturdays from February 18 to May 6, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the National Museum Auditorium.

“Our father always enjoyed interacting with architecture and design students, whom he called his barangay,” says Bobby’s son Dino, CEO of the Mañosa Group’s real estate development arm, Mañosa Properties. “It was important to him to mentor and inspire the youth to think Filipino and be proud of their culture. Unfortunately, his health no longer permits him to give lectures himself, so our Tukod Foundation – which produced both the exhibit and lecture series – invited like-minded individuals – renowned experts in their respective fields – to do the lectures instead.”

The “Mañosa: Beyond Architecture” lecture series includes topics on art, architecture and design, Philippine textiles and building materials, Filipino culture and identity, nationalism and nation-building. It features such distinguished speakers as former NCCA Chair Felipe de Leon; Architects Gerard Lico, Paulo Alcarazen, Christian Salandanan, Ning Encarnacion-Tan, Markel Luna, Rino Fernandez, Rosette Santos and Dan Lichauco; art historian Patrick Flores; author and artist Elmer Nocheseda; design creatives Leo Almeria, Medilen Singh, and Len Cabili; performance artist Joey Ayala; and the custodians of Bobby Mañosa’s legacy – his three children, Dino, Bambi and Ar. Gelo Mañosa. 

Each lecture can only accommodate 150 students. Admission is free.

“Mañosa: Beyond Architecture” is co-presented by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the National Museum, and the Mañosa Group of Companies. It is produced by the Mañosa Group’s Tukod Foundation, and made possible with the support of Mañosa Properties, Philippine Wine Merchants, Aurelio's, FGU Builders, Matimco, Timbermate-HMT Industries Corp, Davies Paints, Kenneth & Mock Designs, Lixil Corp., and PhilConch.

For updates on the “Mañosa: Beyond Architecture exhibit and lecture series, visit https://www.facebook.com/franciscomanosa.exhibit or email exhibit@manosa.com

About Mañosa Properties, Inc.
Mañosa Properties, Inc. is a boutique residential development firm, formed in 2009 as the real estate arm of the Mañosa Group of companies. In the few years since its inception, the company has made its mark in the upscale property development arena, earning recognition for creating artisanal urban communities which combine the best of sustainable Filipino design with earth-friendly innovations and professional property management. Its projects include: Lantana Lane, Ylang Lane and Campanilla Lane in New Manila, and Tagô in Tagaytay City.

February 22, 2017

DICT and PCTO to hold the 1st Philippine Telecoms Summit

DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima speaks to the media during the Philippine Telecoms Summit Press Briefing on February 22, 2017

“The consensus among all players is to work on concrete solutions. It will not be a blame game. This way, we will be able to move forward and fast track ICT,” shared Eric De Los Reyes, Chairman of the Philippine Chamber of Telecommunications Operators (PCTO), during the Press Briefing of the first ever Philippine Telecoms Summit. Held at Via Mare Restaurant, on February 22, 2017, the media briefing was attended by heads of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and PCTO, and representatives from Globe Telecom and Smart Communications.

PCTO, in partnership with DICT and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), brings together the Telecommunications Industry’s stakeholders, comprising of government agencies and regulators, industry players, experts, and consumers in one event to address the problems and issues surrounding the state of Telecommunications in the country today.

The PH Telecoms Summit will address three main concerns: Cost, Coverage, and Speed of telecommunication services in the country, and how these can be fixed with the cooperation of all stakeholders. Representatives from the different interest groups will be given the opportunity to deliver their concerns and establish dialogue with all the participants. DICT Secretary Rodolfo A. Salalima promises that the Summit will be a no-holds-barred discussion; “I want the problems and challenges all out during the Summit, because if not, we will not know how to find a solution,” he added during the Briefing.

“The problem of one is the problem of all,” reiterated the Secretary, emphasizing the shared responsibilities among the government, the private, and the public sectors. With the goal of using Telecommunications as a tool for Nation Building, the two-day summit serves as a vehicle towards better internet and telecoms services.
Secretary Salalima concluded his statement with a message: “You have the power to use ICT as an enabler for education, enterprise, governance, and social empowerment.”
The Philippine Telecoms Summit 2017 will be held on March 9 and 10, 2017 at The PICC Forum, Pasay City, Manila. Follow DICT on Facebook, Twitter, and http://dict.gov.ph for updates.

#IAmYou - Opening Minds, Opening Hearts, An International Leadership Summit in Inclusive Education

For the first time, educators, legislators, service providers, support groups/associations, international organizations, disabled people organizations, international and local students and parents gather together at the SMX Convention Center Manila on February 22-24, 2017 to set the cornerstone for building an intentional and proactive community for inclusive education. The theme of this event is I Am You – Opening Minds, Opening Hearts: Putting Values into Action.

Given the broad scope of inclusive education that encompasses people with disabilities, indigenous people, Muslims and other marginalized communities, most of the topics and discussion at this February Summit will focus on people with disabilities. The end goal is to build on this Summit, the beginning of a series of conferences, the greater essence of inclusive education – education for all.

Vice President Leni Robredo will grace the event in providing welcome remarks together with Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely, UNICEF Country Representative Lotta Sylwander and SM Supermalls President Anna Maria Garcia. Senator Bam Aquino and Congressman Alfred Vargas are expected to present the joint bill to serve the people with disabilities worked on by the organizing committee spearheaded by the Fully Abled Nation. They will be joined by Engineer Bien Mateo of SM Cares, Rhodora Palomar-Fresnedi of Unilab Foundation, Carmen Reyes-Zubiaga of the National Council on Disability Affairs and Atty. Adel Tamano to share their programs and messages of inspiration.

Renowned international experts in inclusive education are expected to provide the keynotes at the Summit, namely Professor Tony Booth from the University of Cambridge, celebrated author of the Index for Inclusion (translated into 40 languages), and David Hoff of the Boston based Institute for Community Inclusion.

We also have extraordinary people sharing their overcoming-disability-to succeed success stories - Sarah Jane Dela Rosa, a 22 year old student with cerebral palsy fully included in a regular class; Erick Marco Ramos, the first blind person to qualify for the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program administered by the US Fulbright Commission and currently a faculty member at Philippine Normal University; Dr. Rex Bernardo from the University of Sydney, currently a professor of Mabini Colleges; and Joy Garcia, Chief Executive Officer of Tahanan ng Walang Hagdan. Finally, Mr. Tony Llanes, the blind founder of ATRIEV (Adaptive Technology for the Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of Visually Impaired) will be demonstrating digital resources for the blind.

Schools, both public and private, parents, service providers and support groups will share best practices/perspectives on how inclusion works for their children. They will also be joined by highly respected developmental and behavioral pediatricians namely Dr. Francis Dimalanta and Dr. Stella Manalo and the Harvard graduates from the International Education Policy program.

One of the program highlights will include the showing of the powerfully moving documentary “Yakap”, which follows the lives of three families of children with special needs, produced by Dolores Cheng of the Center of Possibilities. Along with this is the exhibition of #DrawDisability, a global art campaign launched by the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative (GEFI), in partnership with the Global Observatory for Inclusion (GLOBI) and the United Nations Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG).

The Summit aims to call for a unified response – #YesToInclusion and to spearhead a movement that will advocate for the right of the individual with a disability to be educated along with his/her peers in the regular classroom.

For registrations to the summit and corporate sponsorships, please visit www.theteachersgallery.com,www.iamyouinclusion.net or contact Mai Roble at 0977-8095110 or 0998-554-8522 or 02-352-2675.

About the Organizers: The Summit is co-presented by The Teacher’s Gallery and SMX/SM Cares and is supported in planning by Basic Education Transformation Sector (BEST), the Unilab Project Inclusion, The Asia Foundation/Fully Abled Nation, Best Buddies, Save the Children, ATRIEV, Norfil Foundation, Center for Possibilities Foundation Inc., Leonard Cheshire Disability, CEU Inclusion Program, Reach International, UP College of Education, and the Philippine Association for Teachers Educators (PAFTE).

The main organizer, The Teacher’s Gallery (TTG), is a social enterprise formed out of an advocacy for inclusive education and a drive to empower teachers in their role of nation building. TTG offers transformational educational programs that include Global Study Tours (US, Canada, UK and Southeast Asia) where participants observe several US inclusive classrooms, and engage with their peers. TTG co-founder, Ms. Lilibeth Aristorenas, was inspired to form this organization from the challenges observed at Precious Gem Academy, Another Home to Grow and Creative Learner’s Home, small schools she also co-founded nestled in Fairview, Quezon City, focused on continuously improving their inclusive practice.

The summit is held in partnership with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility of SM Prime Holdings, Inc., and the SMX Convention Center. SM Cares advocacies include programs on persons with disabilities, senior citizens, children and youth, women and breastfeeding, OFWs (SM Global Pinoy), environment and sustainability and social entrepreneurship. SM Cares’ program on persons with disabilities has instituted key programs to address the needs of PWDs which earned its reputation of being the most PWD-friendly mall in the country.


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