Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hair Fall? Hair Loss? Novuhair Answers

All the while I thought I have a dry scalp. This is because sometimes I feel a little itch on my scalp. With all the knowledge I have learned about hair and scalp care, I thought dandruff and itching are caused by dry scalp. Not until I had a free hair and scalp analysis in one of the events I have attended. The doctor told me that I have an oily scalp and itching is probably caused by the residues left of the shampoo I used (not that I do not rinse my hair well during baths!) I also learned that few of my hair strands are thin (which can result to hair fall) Well, as I told the doctor I do not worry about hair fall nor hair loss as I do have thick hair. Though I admit that every time I comb it especially after bath I notice some hair on the floor and on the comb itself.


I have heard many stories of struggles either fighting hair fall or hair loss but none have I heard or know someone who really succeeded. I know some friends who are using these and that, a lot but do not see a desired result. Well, I hope I would not have a case like them but if ever I do, I now know what to do. I do not personally believe in the advertisements because I understand that exaggerations in commercials are allowed by Philippine laws to attract consumers. Except of course if it is being endorsed by someone, who I think, I trust and would not lie.



We seldom see him endorse products unlike other prominent celebrities and personalities. That is because, Fanny Serrano, TF (Tita Fanny to some) does not want his name attach to something which he does not trust. Testifying to the effectiveness and how true the product is, he stated that it took him a long time to find a product like Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion and Novuhair Herbal Shampoo. He said he has tried everything from local to imported and expensive ones but none of them gave him the benefit and satisfaction of what he is now using. He had hesitation at first but when he gave it a try and after a month or two of using it, he had doubts as he woke up one morning with an itchy scalp. He then asked someone from his salon to look and check what was causing the itch on his scalp. Little did he know it was something from underneath the scalp trying to come out. It was in the area where he had a problem before and to his surprise his hair was growing back. He immediately contacted people from Novuhair to tell all about what happened. Even with the desired result he still uses the Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion and Novuhair Herbal Shampo as he notices that it lessens the growth of white hair because of its component biotin.

Since I was given a complimentary Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion and Novuhair Herbal Shampoo I am going to try it myself. With its natural and herbal ingredients including biotin, panax ginseng, moringa oleifera, lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemon grass and virgin coconut oils, and chemically compatible properties I am confident that it will help me with my itchy scalp issue. It is clinically safe to use by 12-year-olds up. I will be writing again about my experience using the Novuhair Herbal Shampoo.

Novuhair is available at all Mercury Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, South Star, Manson and Cory Quirino World of Wellness stores, and online on www.regaloservice.com. Visit www.novuhair.com or call 413-6570 or 0922-883-0575 or check out their Facebook page Novuhair Official for more details.

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Hair Fall: Truths and Untruths

Aside from old age, what’s one thing we enjoy noticing in others but wholly deny when it happens to ourselves? Old age’s sister: hair loss.

That’s right: that patch of space somewhere on your scalp, usually characterized by an unwelcome sheen and the threat of more of it to come.

Yet fear not, for every problem – perceived or otherwise – comes with it a solution. Before jumping over to that however, let us understand a couple of things about hair loss – the myths, truths, and how our proposed solution busts all the untruths, as detailed by  a hair and scalp medical expert in one of the leading hospitals in the Philippines.

Myth No. 1: Wearing hats can cause hair loss
This is untrue, unless the hats you wear – ever so often, and every day – are so tight, they cut off blood circulation to your scalp.

Myth No. 2: I suffer from hair loss – my hair falls out every day!
It’s natural to have your hair fall out every day. While it differs for everyone, a person loses an average of 50-100 hairs a day. Such only becomes a problem when the hair loss is frequent and in great volumes: upon waking from bed and noticing a handful of hair on your pillow, and during baths and showers when your tub gets clogged, for instance.

Myth No. 3: Shampooing every day causes hair loss
Again, each person differs when it comes to hair care and maintenance, so some may require everyday washing, while for others, once every two days is enough. Generally however, there is nothing about shampoos that may make it a cause for going bald.

Myth No. 4: Balding genes primarily come from the mother’s side of the family
Hair loss is genetic. Theoretically, you have an equal chance of getting it from your father’s side just as much as your mother’s side, even if science suggests a generally stronger inheritance of traits from the mother’s side.

Myth No. 5: There is no solution to hair loss
This may have been true in the past, but such is no longer the case today. Take it from beauty icon and hair care expert Fanny Serrano, who’s had the privilege not of suffering the problem himself, but of discovering the solution during a time when nothing seemed to be working. 




Having built a name for himself in the beauty industry, losing hair was the last thing Fanny wanted to endure. Trying out every treatment at his disposable, then, was the most natural thing to do. When none of them worked, going to all the trouble of commissioning a wig was the next most sensible step to maintaining his image as an image doctor.

Fortunately for him, though, it was only a matter of time before fate revealed itself to be on his side. Stumbling upon Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion one day, Fanny thought it worth another try. After all, by that point, the only thing he had to lose was his wig.

And sure enough, that was all he lost. Novuhair worked.

Made with natural, herbal ingredients including biotin, panax ginseng, moringa oleifera, and lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemon grass, and virgin coconut oils, Novuhair contains chemically compatible properties that detoxify the scalp, limit hair fall, and stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp and increasing nutrition to hair follicles. All these ingredients are the real thing, effectively combined to remedy the true causes of hair fall. Studies have shown 100% of the respondents revealed no adverse side effects with continuous use. The lotion is clinically safe to use for 12-year-olds up.

Today, the myths and misconceptions have been busted. And yet they remain secondary. After all, what’s important is what everyone wants, and needs: a solution to their problem. And for a year now, that solution has been around for them to find: Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, nature’s answer to hair loss.




Novuhair is available at all Mercury Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, South Star, Manson and Cory Quirino World of Wellness stores, and online on www.regaloservice.com. Visit www.novuhair.com or call 413-6570 or 0922-883-0575 for more details. (PR)


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Victorious at The 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge

The foremost culinary competition for aspiring Filipino chefs dubbed as ”the Ajinomoto 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge (3rd UCC): Battle for the Umami Bowl”, welcomed thousands of visitors at the SMX Convention Center last January 20, 2012. The annual event was a big success as it features over 300 student-competitors from universities, colleges and culinary schools in Metro Manila and nearby provinces. Giving credence to the affair are renowned culinary greats who graced the event as judges, speakers and cooking demonstrators.

Food journalist, television host, culinary researcher, and Filipino food promoter, Ms. Nancy Reyes-Lumen, served as the UCC Competition Director for three (3) years. She said “The Umami Culinary Challenge (UCC) continues to be the “first base” for HRA and culinary school students in the field of cooking competitions. The UCC gives them the confidence and added skills they need to be globally competitive. Thus, the trend continues for UCC to combine the elements of fun and competitiveness with education and knowledge in umami. Win or lose, the participants walk away with a big smile and a healthy mind. All in all, the UCC was, is and will always be a big “malinamnam success!”

The highlight of the whole day event is the Awarding Ceremony hosted by Ms. Suzi Entrata-Abrera. Ajinomoto Executives opened the program with a special recognition to Philippine Culinary Icon, Ms. Nora Daza, for her significant contributions in the Food Industry. Mr. Taro Fujie, President of AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION, gave his welcome remarks to congratulate all participants. Wild cheers and applause met Ms. Sarah Geronimo’s memorable performance as the Popstar delivers inspiration and motivation to all guests and participants.

Miriam College bagged the Umami Bowl Award for garnering the highest average score in major competition categories including the Umami Feature Writing Contest: Dr. Ikeda Award. The school brought home an Elba Kitchen Showcase on top of other prizes courtesy of AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION. Mr. John Paul Ventura of Jose Rizal University was awarded the Umami Master title after delighting the judges with his umami masterpiece which he named “Pan-Seared Salmon w/ Veggie Rolls and Micro Green Salad in Spicy Coconut Sauce”.

Other big winners are Lyceum of the Philippines Manila as it topped the Umami Bento and Mystery Umami Ingredient categories. Centro Escolar University got the first place in the Amazing AJI-GINISA Race and the Umami Buzz Jeopardy Challenge. Trinity University of Asia came out first in the Prep, Shake and TakTakTak competition, De La Salle Araneta University won the Plate-My-Dish competition and Appetite Magazine’s Capture Umami Challenge (Food Photography Contest) while College of the Holy Spirit received the special award “Media’s Choice for Best Plated Umami Bento”. The top three (3) culinary schools that competed for the 5-Ingredient-Umami-Healthy Dish competition are: Global City Innovative College, American Hospitality Academy and MOST Institute Culinary School.

All winners in the Ajinomoto 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge received cash prizes, medals and various cooking implements from Ajinomoto and valued event sponsors namely Elba, Whirlpool/Fujidenso, PR Gaz, Meat and Livestock Australia, Masflex and Appetite Magazine. Other event partners are GMA 7, Philippine Daily Inquirer and PR Moms Network.- PR

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

Practical Surprises For The Chinese New Year

For this Chinese New Year, we all want that item that gives us all the good fortune and positive vibes, and we feel extra lucky upon receiving it, be it a miniature water fountain that is known to let good luck flow continuously in our abode, a precious piece of jewelry made of jade, or any of the numerous lucky charms in Chinese Feng Shui.

But does a piece of lucky charm really give us wealth, success and especially good health?

In times of crisis, common sense should rule the season of new beginnings. To give and receive an item that is convenient, useful and practical is ultimately the best for the coming year.

Take the case of the Ready-Wrap Party Pack from Uratex. The Uratex Ready-Wrap Party Pack is a 12-piece set composed of drinking cups, plus rectangular and round plastic containers that are ideal for people on the go who are in need of affordable and smart storage solutions to protect, store, freeze and organize food and small items.



The colorful containers are mirowavable and can go directly from the freezer to the microwave without distortion or cracking. Compact and stackable, the Ready-Wrap Party Pack from Uratex is the perfect gift for the hygiene-conscious or those who want space efficiency in the house.

From nourishment needs, we go to the comforts of the bedroom.

Everyone desires a good night’s sleep, which is helpful to everybody because it helps us recharge our tired bodies after a hard day’s work. And this is where the Uratex Premium Mattress line comes in, with products like Premium Touch Cozy Latex, Premium Touch Viscoluxe Memory, and Purifoam.



But there are other Uratex premium mattresses that can be a perfect Chinese New Year gift like the Therapoint® Mattress, with its superior grade, high-resilient foam for a perfect balance of comfort and support so that you can enjoy deep, sound sleep every night. The Coolmax® Technology Mattress cover comes with a high-performance fabric which dries fast compared to other mattresses, balances body moisture, while tiredness caused by perspiration is minimized to maximize sleep quality.



For those who value designer-made products, try Trapunto by Rajo Laurel. Meaning “to embroider” in Italian, Trapunto is a classic European quilting style known for its “delicate elegance and exquisite beauty.” Exclusively designed by acclaimed fashion designer Rajo Laurel, this specialty mattress offers a new level of luxury, support and comfort.



If you have aspirations of sleeping, celebrity-style, try the K Everyday® Deluxe Mattress that delivers the perfect combination of healthy support, protection, comfort and durability. With its beautiful design, K Everyday® Deluxe Mattress is a fabulous addition to any feminine bedroom. It is the right bedding choice for the kikay in you, just like its inspiration, the incomparable Kris Aquino.



To eliminate aches and pains while sleeping, a good suggestion is the Uratex Senso Memory Mattress to let you sleep, feel and live better. Made of pressure-relieving visco-elastic foam, it is designed to sense your body’s weight and temperature and gently molds or conforms to your body’s shape and contours to ease pressure points and other aches and discomforts usually related to incorrect sleeping positions. The Uratex Senso Memory Mattress fabric cover is also treated with Sanitized® for safe and effective protection against bacteria, fungi, dust mites, mold, mildew and unpleasant odors.



If you are the one who misses the feel of the trusty and uniquely Pinoy woven mat, there is the Uratex Mattress with Banig, which carries a five-year warranty. One side is quilted for a plush look while the other side has the banig. Users have the option to use the fabric side when it is cool or the banig side when it is warm as it is proven to be cool and smooth. It is made from durable woven plastic material.

After the mattresses, it’s time to select the most fitting mattress toppers.

The Bio Aire Mattress Topper has the ideal surface softness for good support and reducing pressure points. The Hypersoft Mattress Enhancer, meanwhile, upgrades your mattress at a fraction of the cost. Whether you want to add extra softness to your new bed or an extra layer of comfort to your present bed, or extra softness to a firmer mattress, the Hypersoft Mattress Enhancer will provide a superior sleeping surface.

Another charming choice is the Senso Memory Mattress Topper, constructed using visco-elastic foam so the topper can mold to your body’s shape, relieving you from pressure while lying down, and is also more breathable with its cotton layer.


So now comes the perfect pillows.

The FiberSoft Pillow is made from combined hollow conjugated siliconized polyester fiber and hypersoft foam to provide dual comfort, for persons who prefer irresistibly soft and fluffy pillows. The Latex pillow, on the other hand, is naturally crafted from the milk of the tropical rubber tree, Talalay, to provide the perfect balance of comfort and support.

The Therapoint Pillow conforms to the shape of your head and provides continuous support throughout the night. They never require fluffing as they maintain their shape and support for years, and is a dream pillow for allergy sufferers or anyone looking for a health-conscious long-lasting pillow as they are hypo-allergenic, non-bacterial, mildew-resistant, and flame-retardant. Or, pick the Permasoft pillow, designed for those who dislike extra softness. This medium-firm comfort-support pillow contains polyurethane foam core that provides extra support versus a regular pillow. It is hypo-allergenic and lightweight.



The kids must be all right, of course!

The Kiddie Futon, also made with Uratex Foam, is great for sleepovers. A durable and space-saving mattress, it comes with an easy transport handle. Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh has special designs for the futons in Blue and Red. Moreover, the Kiddie Sit & Sleep collection has adorable Disney designs like Cars 2 Drift, Cars 2 Japan, Mickey Mouse, Toy Story, Winnie the Pooh and World of Cars.





For the young adult, the Back Relief Futon Fold-a-Mattress is made with a 3-inch Uratex Foam—stylishly portable, easy to transport and easy to use. Just open it and it turns into a comfortably soft and durable mattress available in Blue, Red, Green and Brown. Also, the adventurous shouldn’t be left behind as the Camper Mat is perfect for the camping and hunting shack, and great for the home for overnight guests or slumber parties since it is lightweight and durable. Just unroll to use or roll up and attach the strap when done.

So, from the kitchen to the bedroom and beyond, and from eating to sleeping, we’ve got everything covered in gift-giving if you choose Uratex in the Year of the Black Water Dragon. No need for a lot of lucky charms, even if the coming prosperous year calls for a practical mode of spending our hard-earned money.


For inquiries, call the Uratex Customer Hotline at 888-6800 or visit www.uratex.com.ph or like their Facebook page Uratex Philippines for more information." - PR

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Modern Solutions For The Moms We Luv

New parents these days are lucky to have so many support groups to depend on whenever they encounter hitches in rearing their child. WeLuvMoms, a unique community and an inspired source of information for the modern Mom’s frenetic lifestyle, will be her indispensible ally in raising the baby to his—or her—healthiest potential. From the best feeding systems to the perfect baby’s accessory, We Luv Moms have the best products from the best brands that the working modern Mom of today will truly love.

Breastfeeding is an important factor in nourishing your baby as it provides ideal nourishment and a special bonding experience that both baby and mom will take great delight in. It may sound and look easy but actually, many new Moms encounter exasperation breastfeeding. Some new Moms find it hard to get started, while others stumble upon problems later on.


One common problem that new Moms face is the proper positioning of the baby while breastfeeding. It is important to find the proper position so that both Mom and baby are comfortable. Gia, the angled breastfeeding pillow from Simplisse may just be the solution to this breastfeeding dilemma that new Moms face. Gia promotes angled feeding which helps babies’ digestion and reduces reflux and other feeding problems. Its wider and flatter pillow surface helps prevent baby from rolling down because the uniquely-shaped pillow’s patented, non-flat design positions baby at an incline. Both Mom and baby will definitely benefit from Gia’s exceptional design.

For working Moms (and even Dads), nothing beats coming home to spend time with their little bundle of joy. So while playing with your baby, you try to see the future for your child while growing up and you ask yourself “are we giving our child the proper nutrition that his young body so richly deserves?” Good thing there are products that will help Moms and Dads build the proper nutrition foundation for their child. And this is where Dr. Brown’s Designed to Nourish™ products come into play.

In partnership with infant nutritionists—and of course, with Moms themselves—Dr. Brown’s came up with Designed to Nourish™, a complete solid feeding system that consists of kid-friendly items such as plates, training cups, bowls and utensils. There is also a puree masher, snack and dipping cups, plus storage pods and storage labels that were designed to help Moms and Dads prepare and store their little one’s food easier and more manageable so they could give it more focus despite their busy professional and personal lifestyles. This goes to show that Dr. Brown’s Designed to Nourish™ system has taken every careful step to make sure that the child’s nutrition and health at this stage in his or her early life is assured, from the preparation to feeding and even storage.

As baby grows and is ready to take in solid food, what better way to enjoy food with these jucilicious colors of Boon’s visually enticing feast of eye-catching products. In delicious color combinations of blue raspberry, grape, kiwi, orange, berry cream, coconut, and cherry, Boon’s baby gears are something to stare at. All these delightful products for babies and toddlers are specially created to help parents all over the world become best nurturers that they can be. And with WeLuvMoms, parenting is a breeze with all the innovative solutions and effective products the community provides.

For more information about WeLuvMoms, like the WeLuvMoms page on Facebook and/or be a WeLuvMom’s member at www.weluvmoms.com. Products featured here are proud sponsors of WeLuvMoms activities, and are available at Rustan’s, SM department stores, Landmark and Babyland. You can also find these products at www.weemall.com, the Philippines’ online shopping mall." - PR

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Healthy Year To Start With Soyami This 2012

Everyone’s wishing this new year, 2012, is a better year for everyone! So let's kick in for 2012!



Have yourself a simple ways to jumpstart your health this 2012! Start the year right with proper diet and proper choosing of foods. Because there’s nothing like the gift of good health this New Year.



That’s why Soyami chose Fitness First for their tie-up for this year’s healthiest deal! Soyami is now offering a trial pack of Soyami Soya Chips (flavors: Original, White Cheddar and Pizza) and get 3-day-free trial pass on the world’s largest health and fitness group, Fitness First. Because there’s nothing like the gift of good health this coming year so we present to you a special limited offer – with every purchase of a trial pack of Soyami Soya Chips from us, you’ll receive a 3 day FREE pass from the top fitness gym in the Philippines – Fitness First.



Soyami Soya Chips is your healthier choice to snacking! It is made with Real Soya, No MSG, High in Protein and Calcium and O% transfat. Soyami Soya Chips, those healthy-goodness snacks that appear like nacho chips come in Original, White Cheddar and Pizza flavors, are now available in leading supermarkets and groceries and in convenience stores throughout Metro Manila, Cebu and Davao.



So hurry and grab your Soyami Soya Chips Trial Pack now and start snacking healthy. Make the right choice with Fitness First and Soyami! Limited stocks only!

Visit www.amsoyami.com for more information about products. Follow on Twitter http://twitter.com/healthysoyami and like on Facebook at http://facebook.com/healthysoyami. - PR

Celadon Spring Festival 2012 Free Film Viewing

The Spring Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in the Chinese-Filipino community. This is a fitting time to celebrate Chinese. This coming Dragon year is considered the luckiest year by Chinese experts. In line with this, the Ateneo de Manila University Ricardo Leong Center for Chinese Studies together with Ateneo-Celadon will stage its 6th Spring Film Festival featuring films that showcase the artistic prowess and the cultural heritage of Mandarin language movies.



Included in the 2012 movie list are: Ocean Heaven, Confucius, Bodyguards and Assassins, Lost on Journey, Country Wedding and King of Mi-lu Deer. The screening will happen on January 20-29,2012 at the Shangri-la Plaza Mall, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City. All these six movies can be enjoyed by the public for free.

1. Ocean Heaven
Description: Drama

It has been said that the hardest job is to be a parent. Parenting becomes even more challenging if you’re raising a special child. Ocean Heaven features a father- Sam Wang, who solely took care of his autistic child. Faced with illness, Wang searched for institutions that would accept his son. But no institution was apt for his son’s condition. Thus, Wang needed to train his son by himself and patiently taught him how to be independent for his own survival. As the days went by, Wang and his son got closer to each other which their friends had witnessed. This heart-warming film shows how parents, even on their last days, would do anything just to ensure the safety and happiness of their children. (This movie is also the first to cast Jet Li in a non-kung-fu film where he won the 2010 Wen Zhang Best Actor Award; The movie was also recognized by the Shanghai Media Awards, CCTV Movie Channel Media Awards 2010 and Golden Goblet Award)

2. Confucius
Description: Biographical Drama

He is the Chinese Philosopher who has been regarded as the “The Great Sage.” Confucius lived during the time when China’s dynasties were in chaos and engulfed by corruption and greed. He strongly believed that ethics and education will put all things to order. His wisdom was sought by different dynasty leaders but only to be abandoned after he dutifully served his purpose. The world knows so much of his teachings, but little is known of his hardships. This biographical drama shows the sufferings and pain Confucius endured and the principles he fervently kept that became the foundation of China’s ethics, morality and law. (Stars Chow Yun-Fat as Confucius, Nominated for Best Actor at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards. Other nominations include Best Cinematography,Art Design,Costume Design and Original Song).

3. Bodyguards and Assassins
Description: Action Historical Film

In 1905,Hongkong was under the British rule and revolution was on the rise. One man was set to land in Hong Kong to meet and to unify faction leaders to finally take down the corrupt and crumbling Qing Dynasty. Because of this, Dowager Cixi wanted this man assassinated. For the Chinese people who had been clamouring for freedom, they understood that keeping this man alive would mean keeping China’s hope to be liberated. Li Yutang, a businessman, gathered a tofu vendor, rickshaw pullers, a beggar and an orphan to serve as bodyguards. These bodyguards displayed their superb fighting skills as they battle it out with the assassins to protect this man they haven’t even met. Find out who this man was and why did these commoners sacrifice their personal dreams and lives for him.
(This action-historical movie garnered numerous awards from the 4th Asian Film Awards,29th Hongkong Film Awards,16th Hongkong Film Critics Society Awards and 47th Golden Horse Awards.)

4. Lost on Journey
Description: Comedy, Drama

The Chinese New Year is the most important event for every Chinese Family. During this time, everyone goes back to his hometown to celebrate and to greet the New Year in the company of his family. This time also means that all modes of transportation is busy and fully booked. One passenger, Li Chenggong hopped from a plane, to a train, to a bus, and to a boat in the desire to be with his family. And along the way, he met a stranger Niu Geng who helped him discover something important about himself and the goodness of other people. This movie is a funny presentation of how bad luck brought two different worlds together. Find out if Niu Geng and Li Chenggong made it home on the eve of the New Year.

5. Country Wedding
Description: Comedy

Yuanfeng and Mengyan are getting married. As soon as they’ve announced their wedding to their families, excitement filled their respective households. So much the excitement, that their parents started to meddle with the wedding plans. Mengyan’s mother, who is living in Beijing, insists of holding the wedding at the Tiandu Hotel. On the other hand, Yuanfeng’s father, being the director of the cooperative in Kangjiazhuang village, feels indebted to the community, therefore, he wants to share the wedding to the whole village. This film is a funny portrayal of the clash of cultures between the city and country side. Who will convince who? Where will Yuanfeng and Mengyan celebrate their wedding?

6. King of Milu Deer
Description: 3D Animation, Fantasy

King of Milu Deer is the first 3D animation attempt of China aimed to promote environment protection. It is a story of a white deer,Yoyo, who turned into a lady and made friends with Tzan-the prince of Kingdom of Clouds and Dreams. Tzan was ordered by the minister to search the Labyrinth Mountain to hunt for the Milu Deer to use it as a sacrifice to bring rains in the kingdom. But Tzan discovered the beauty of the Labyrinth Mountain and got closer to Yoyo. Together, they fought sea lizard monsters, fire,soldiers, and the evil Minister to save the wildlife and natural resources of the Labyrinth Mountain. (This movie became the highest grossing Chinese Animated film of all time and received the Best Animated Film of the 13th Huabiao Awards). - PR

No SPEED Limit Benefit Run



Be a part of history on January 29, 2012. Mark your Calendars and participate in one of the biggest events to start the year off. We give you No SPEED Limit.

No SPEED Limit, is a yearly benefit run organized by Ateneo Special Education Society (Ateneo SPEED). No SPEED Limit this year offers a unique 3K, 5K,10K and 15K route both inside and outside the Ateneo campus, reaching parts of Katipunan Avenue. For the benefit of Batino Elementary School, Ateneo SPEED aims to aid in the further development of teachers in one of the largest public special education institution in Quezon City.

RACE CATEGORIES and REGISTRATION FEES

15K Route: P700
10K Route: P550
5K Route: P450
3K Route: P400

GUN START

15K 4:45 AM
10K 5:00 AM
5K 5:15 AM
3K 5:30 AM

CASH & CONSOLATION PRIZES

15K
1st Place: 6,000
2nd Place: 4,000
3rd Place: 1,500

10K
1st Place: P4,000
2nd Place: P3,000
3rd Place: P1,000

5K
1st Place: P2,500
2nd: P1,000
3rd: Consolation Prizes

3K
1st: Consolation Prizes
2nd: Consolation Prizes
3rd: Consolation Prizes

REGISTRATION VENUES

Online Registration

Download the registration form at http://ateneospeed.org/nsl and send an accomplished copy to nospeedlimit2012@yahoo.com. Payment and race kit pickup options will be sent to you.

Public Registration

You can also register at ROX (Recreational Outdoor Exchange) from December 19 to January 28.
You can find them at:
Bonifacio High Street
B1 R.O.X. Building, Taguig City, Philippines

CONTACT
For Sponsorship & Registration Inquiries,
Text/ Call: Abby @ 0917-691-9500 and 0922-863-0433
Email: nospeedlimit2012@yahoo.com

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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Prestige Hotels and Resorts, Inc.

Prestige Hotels and Resorts, Inc. (PHRI) was established in 1999 by premier real estate company, Megaworld Corporation, with the task of managing and developing its hotel and leisure portfolio. Founded more than 20 years ago by business mogul and modern day taipan Andrew L. Tan, Megaworld is regarded as one of the top urban developers in the Philippines, concentrating on large-scale projects set in prime locations in Metro Manila which include high-rise residential and office buildings as well as “live-work-play” townships geared primarily to the middle and high-income markets. With the creation of PHRI, Megaworld expands its business by entering into the tourism and hospitality industry and constructing first-rate hotels that complement its city developments.

Recognizing the immense pool of talents the country has to offer, PHRI is composed of an all-Filipino team possessing not only years of experience in the service & hospitality industry, but also notable expertise in their own respective fields. Kingson U. Sian heads the company as President, with some of Megawold’s top officers providing valuable support on the board, and hotelier Carmen C. Fernando at the helm of the hotel’s over-all operations as Managing Director.

Richmonde is the first hotel brand created by PHRI. The Richmonde Brand denotes world-class products and services. It seeks to uphold the highest of standards that would rival any deluxe hotel in the city, while aiming to provide service that is especially warm and sincere to all its guests. The Richmonde provides guests with an experience that is always “Distinctly Richmonde. Distinctly Personal.”

For its first hotel venture, PHRI opened Richmonde Hotel Ortigas (RHO) in the heart of Ortigas Center in 1999. During the hotel’s early years, the area had yet to prove itself as the next most important business and commercial district after Makati. Luckily, Ortigas Center lived up to its goal, thus, enabling RHO to cater to the hotel requirements of the corporate offices in and around the vicinity.

Second to open in 2010 is Eastwood Richmonde Hotel (ERH), located right in the center of the vibrant urban community that is Eastwood City in Libis, Quezon City. This 138-room hotel easily attracts both business and leisure travelers with its appealing city-within-a-city setting.

In the planning stages are other Richmonde properties in Iloilo, Mactan, Cebu & Boracay. - PR

Experience Luxury At Eastwood Richmonde Hotel

The newest addition to the Richmonde Hotel brand rises at the core of Eastwood City, the first urban community east of Manila developed by leading real estate developer Megaworld Corporation. Bearing the name of this pioneering live-work-play enclave, Eastwood Richmonde Hotel (ERH) completes the city’s mix of establishments and answers the lodging needs of business and leisure travelers in Quezon City and the neighboring Pasig City and Bonifacio Global City areas.



ERH’s 138 guest rooms are situated from the 29th to the 38th floors, offering a majestic view of the metropolis. Furnished with luxurious modern conveniences and plush old-fashioned comforts, each room and suite is a welcome haven for any world-class traveler. Two of the major highlights of ERH’s room inventory include the opulent Chancellor and Presidential Suites adorned with stylish furnishings and fixtures fit for any VIP.


Reception

An assortment of epicurean delights awaits gastronomes at ERH’s food & beverage outlets. All found at the lobby level, these restaurants may be accessed easily by both in-house guests and visitors of Eastwood City. The hotel’s main dining area is the Eastwood CafĂ©, which serves up a menu filled with global cuisine prepared with traditional flavors mixed with innovative tastes sure to excite every diner’s senses. The Gallery, ERH’s bar lounge, is the ideal setting for an after-work hang-out or nightcap, while enjoying good company, fine drinks, tasty chow and spirited entertainment. Warm and cozy, The Lounge provides guests with a hot spot for casual meetings with business associates or meet ups with personal pals.


Lobby

Elegant and multi-functional, ERH’s banquet facilities, coupled with the hotel’s central location in the metropolitan area, provide exceptional venue options for corporate events and social affairs. There are six function rooms in all, three of which may be combined to create the Grand Ballroom which has a maximum capacity of 300 persons for a banquet set-up. With the Banquet Kitchen’s team of skilled chefs dishing out delectable fare; the Banquet Service staff attending to the guests every whim; and the Banquet Sales group coordinating and synchronizing the execution of every detail, functions at ERH are guaranteed to be a success.


Lobby lounge

To fulfill the wellness needs of its guests, ERH has a Fitness Center, complete with a gym, personal trainers, locker rooms, sauna rooms, and a rooftop swimming pool, located at the 39th floor. Offering support to the busy executive is the Business Center that provides secretarial services, plus meeting rooms and private offices for rent.


Gallery

But distinguishing itself from the other hotels is the Richmonde spirit embodied in all of ERH’s staff which presents guests with a unique experience that is warm, sincere, comforting, and entirely delightful. Indeed, the “Distinctly Richmonde. Distinctly Personal.” standard and aspiration of the Richmonde brand continues in Eastwood Richmonde Hotel. - PR


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National Geographic Little Kids Now Bundled Monthly With Smart Parenting

It's never too early to get your kids started on the path to learning. That’s why starting November, National Geographic Little Kids is raring to provide your child with entertainment and knowledge as he grows up and starts exploring the world around him. National Geographic Little Kids comes bundled with every issue of Smart Parenting, which first-time parents consider as their go-to source of information for raising happy, healthy, and successful kids.

We know that moms always have their kids in mind even when they make purchases for themselves. That’s why we launched National Geographic Little Kids—to give moms the total package when they buy Smart Parenting,” says associate publisher Melody Lalata.

The first mini-magazine of National Geographic Little Kids trains the spotlight on penguins and is filled with fun facts, games, puzzles, fun activities you can do with your kids.

This special addition to every copy of the Smart Parenting magazine will also be available on a monthly basis. “This way, she brings home literature for her kid as well as herself each time she buys a copy of Smart Parenting,” says Lalata.

Smart Parenting and National Geographic Little Kids are available in newsstands, bookstores, and supermarkets nationwide for P125.

For more of Smart Parenting online, visit www.smartparenting.com.ph and become a fan on Facebook via facebook.com/smartparenting.ph. - PR

AntiGravity® Yoga: The Craze Is Finally Coming To Manila!

Having made its mark across the United States and over 40 countries worldwide, AntiGravity® Yoga, the routine that has revolutionized fitness, is finally coming to Manila.

Who knew you could lose weight while defying the laws of gravity? In an AntiGravity®Yoga class, students are suspended in a silk hammock above the ground while stretching and working core muscles. The technique is a combination of yoga poses coupled with acrobatics, calisthenics, and pilates.

AntiGravity® Yoga was developed by Christopher Harrison, founder of the acrobatic performance company by the same name, with the mission of merging yoga, athletics and artistry. Today, the techniquehas gained a tremendous following, having over 6,000 daily practitioners in over 52 locations worldwide.

"AntiGravity®Yoga has become so popular worldwide that there are already similar classes available," says Alex Schlempp, Managing Partner of AntiGravity® Yoga. “We’d like Filipinos to experience the real AntiGravity® class, which is backed by over ten years of research with acrobats and professional dancers,” he adds. Additionally, the program is the only of its kind accredited by international fitness certification agencies, AFAA, ACE and CYQ.

Beyond Yoga, the country’s premiere yoga studio, is AntiGravity® Yoga’s exclusive Philippine partner. Anna Carbonell, Beyond Yoga’s co-founder and certified AntiGravity® Yoga instructor says, “AntiGravity® Yoga brings the magic and fun to yoga. We are sure that men and women, young or old, will enjoy this new routine.” While fun and effective, AntiGravity® Yoga also is therapeutic, ensuring that each participant is the recipient of its proven health benefits. AntiGravity® Yoga alleviates back pain and mild depression among many benefits. It’s unique trademarked sequences of inversions help with spinal decompression, while putting zero compression on the joints.

Worried that you might not be too flexible or physically fit? “Anyone can do AntiGravity®Yoga! It is a good routine even for those who are not flexible because your poses are supported by a silk hammock. We’re sure you’ll keep coming back for more,” adds Carbonell.

Beyond Yoga is the country’s premiere studio offering yoga and dance classes. Beyond Yoga is located at the 3rd Floor, Il Terrazzo, Tomas Morato corner Scout Madrinian Street, Quezon City. Learn more about Beyond Yoga and AntiGravity Yoga by visiting www.igobeyondyoga.com or call (+63917) 5BEYOND (5239663) - PR

ARKO Launches Newest Album “Bitter, Sweet, and Even” And FANSILOG Aimed To Unite OPM Artists And Fans

Music has always been a universal language. It ties everyone together and unites us. But with the rise of the Internet, the media landscape has definitely changed.

This is also what these four individuals from various fields, thought of when they came up with the newest OPM website FANSILOG.com. Freelance video producer Frank Lloyd Mamaril, together with Robbie Ortega (licensed engineer), Jason Talon (IT Practitioner), and Raul Robles (IT Support Engineer), coming from an all-male choral group themselves, music was really in their system. It didn’t take long when they came up with an idea of an all-filipino website catering to music enthusiasts and fans alike.

Fansilog is an all- Filipino music content website where OPM Artists and fans can log in and exchange. Artists and bands can upload their songs and videos and let their fans know where their next gig will be and at the same time view exclusive content like interviews, music videos bootlegs, and versions.

Fansilog also produces top-notch and creatively executed music videos” says Frank Lloyd Mamaril, who is also a freelance video producer/director himself and as part of the launch of the website, Fansilog proudly invites artists and bands to submit songs and if Fansilog likes it, then they will produce the music video for free (as of the moment). Fansilog envisions itself as a multimedia hub, where fansilog can produce content for the artists as well. And as a taste of things to come, Fansilog launches its first featured band ARKO.

Scouring and searching, ARKO had been in this mode for a long time. And now the long wait is finally over. The country’s most promising rock band comes with a real powerful rock-inspired voice. ARKO,together with Brian Sta. Ana (Guitars), Ivan Raquid (Bass), Boyet Robleado (Drums) and Nathalie Parayno (Vocals), virtuosos in their own right brought together to produce a “new” kind of music that will never fail music lovers and will surely get a fan out of them. ARKO is this generation’s redefinition of Original Filipino Music, the new epitome of ‘Rock’. A band leaving an awe even to the most insatiable.

ARKO now releases their latest OPM Album, ARKO: Bitter, Sweet and Even. Independently produced and distributed in Astrovision nationwide.14 original tracks that will bring out the rocker in you.

Fansilog produced their first music video “Sayang” It premiered in Fansilog.com for two weeks and in just two days, it had 400 views and growing. Weeks after, the music video also premiered in MYX as part of the show PINOY MYX.

In the coming months, Fansilog will introduce new features like a music playlist, a gig locator, and fan badges, and will continue to look for fresh new content and artists to feature.

For submissions and inquiries, log on to www.fansilog.com or email admin@fansilog.com.

For ARKO Bookings and inquiries call Frank Lloyd Mamaril at (02) 565-4853.- PR

Lucy Torres-Gomez Awards ASCOF’s “Natural Super Mom – Mother Of The Year”

Ascof Brand Ambassador and Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez recently graced the awarding of the grand winner of the ASCOF Natural Super Mom – Mother of the Year Search.

The culmination to natural cough remedy ASCOF’s 7-month celebration of motherhood was held at posh restaurant Felix in Greenbelt 5. With the coronation and revelation of the ASCOF Natural Super Mom – Mother of the Year Search grand winner, it was the pinnacle to a long tribute to mothers (and so much more!) that began on Mother’s Day at SM North EDSA and made its way towards other select SM malls nationwide. The grand winner, the most exemplary among the already amazing group of women, was awarded Php 50,000 plus a number of valuable gifts. A prize of Php 7,000 was also awarded to the person who nominated this extraordinary woman.

Lucy herself is a natural super mom, balancing between her roles as public servant, television personality, and mother to Juliana. She understands that no role is perhaps more complex while being equally, if not greatly, fulfilling as that of being a mother. She can relate to the title that encompasses various characters and responsibilities, a calling that requires passion, selflessness and dedication.

For ASCOF, its Natural Super Mom – Mother of the Year Search was a tribute to mothers everywhere. It is a salute to the selfless ones who stand as light of the home, giver of love and joy, nurturer, supportive partner, house manager, cook, teacher, and caring nurse, among other things. It is a way to honor those who, outside of the home, are also career women, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business partners, socio-civic leaders, even health advocates.

NATURAL MOMS KNOW BEST

Every mother instinctively knows that family always comes first. When it comes to caring for family, her nurturing disposition comes into play – whether by preparing a hearty, healthy meal or even nursing a sick family member. When it comes to cough remedies, ASCOF Lagundi Natural Cough Syrup is the smarter, natural choice for mothers because it’s all-natural, made from 100% Lagundi leaves, is safe and clinically-proven effective. It even comes in a variety of child-friendly favors such as Ponkan, Strawberry, and Menthol. For the diabetics and sugar-conscious, it also comes in Menthol Sugar-Free. Beyond baby, teens and adults can take ASCOF Lagundi in tablet and capsule formats.
                                              
ASCOF Lagundi is a product of Pascual Laboratories, a company backed by 65 years of experience in the manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products in the Philippines. They are also known to provide innovative health and wellness products and services of superior value to their partners and consumers.

ASCOF Natural Super Mom – Mother of the Year Search was organized by Crush Communications Philippines in cooperation with the following sponsors: ASCOF Lagundi – the Natural Cough Medicine, Pascual Consumer Healthcare Corp., SM Supermalls, PLDT, American Standard, Gain School Advance, St. Luke’s Medical Center, The Philippine Star, PAC (Professional Artist Cosmetics), Ystilo Salon and Nail-a-Holics. Special thanks to the Media Sponsors: Mellow 94.7 and Crossover 105.1 and Fox International Channels.(PR)


Seri Fantasy World: The Land Of Happy Thoughts

SERI FANTASY WORLD is the first Korean developed indoor theme park in the Philippines that offers 3Dimensional, real-like attractions such as Trick Art, Mirror Maze and 3D Cinema Plus. Reality challenging attractions that stimulate mental strategies and creativity to the ever active new generation. A 200 square meter KIDS' Paradise that gives total fun and enjoyment for toddlers and young tots. Visually appealing environment with a naturally happy ambiance that spell TOTAL ENJOYMENT to the max!

SERI FANTASY WORLD is located at the 2nd Level, South Wing of the Manila Ocean Park, Quirino Grandstand, Luneta Park, Manila. It offers never before seen attractions in the country. It is accessible through Light Rail Transit System, getting of at UN Avenue Station,  pliable by public jeepneys, horse drawn carriages (kalesa) and cabs.
TRICK ART MUSEUM is a gallery of 3Dimensional art freehand painted by famous Korean artists, highlights interactive paintings that visualize 3D optical illusions when a picture is taken with it. 
MIRROR MAZE Challenge your sense of space and direction as you get lost in your own reflections! Be puzzled and dazzled in a labyrinth of multiple glass panes.
 3D CINEMA PLUS Marvel and tickle your imagination with 3D movie! Multi sensory new movie with multiple special effects that can be seen, heard and felt in a 3D attraction that's totally awesome!

KIDS’ PARADISE The ultimate play world for the kids! A fun land with jungle playpen, air bounce, book cafe and toy world that will certainly amuse young children.

BEAR MUSEUM AND SOUVENIR SHOP A one stop shop of novelty, gift and souvenir items.
Seri Fantasy World is open everyday, Mondays through Fridays 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. For educational tours and party packages, you can contact them at +63 (02) 559 9563 or check out their Facebook page for updates.

My daughter and I are excited to see and experience Seriland. We hope to visit this January. I would be writing again about our experience and share some photos.

Monday, January 02, 2012

First In Asia: American Eye Center Launches Most Advanced Method Of Cataract Surgery

A new treatment for cataracts has just been unveiled by American Eye Center (AEC), which promises to provide patients with the most advanced all-laser cataract procedure---the first of its kind in Asia.

Dubbed the Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser surgery, this new equipment brings an unprecedented level of safety, speed and precision in treating cataracts, and enhances the host of options for surgical-based methods that AEC offers its clients.

From a surgical perspective, advances in cataract treatment have improved the way ophthalmologists deal with this condition in the past two decades. We have seen how the merger of technology and surgical ingenuity contributed to making cataract surgery the modern-day miracle that it is today. Currently, we can remove the cataract through a very small (2-3mm) incision in the eyeball using fine surgical blades and implant a multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) that restores full functional vision in patients after surgery. This is called “Phacoemulsification”, presently the standard in cataract practice worldwide. Unfortunately, this procedure has often been mistakenly referred to as “laser eye surgery”—which it is NOT. It is more appropriate to call this procedure “small-incision cataract surgery”, “sutureless cataract surgery”, or “no-stitch cataract surgery” for the layman. True laser-assisted cataract surgery has never been available to patients until today—with the introduction of the Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser surgery.

The Alcon LenSX femtosecond laser differs from the traditional methods of cataract surgery by the absence of the blade. By using very short yet intense bursts of near-infrared light, the Alcon LenSX femtosecond laser technology is able to create extremely precise subsurface cuts without manual intervention The blades used to create the small incisions in the eye have been completely replaced by this laser, making the incisions more precise and predictable. In addition, the circular opening that is

created in the human lens in order to access the cataract (called a capsulotomy) which was traditionally performed by human hands has now been replaced by the femtosecond laser, making the capsulotomies more architecturally round and centered. Studies have shown that this is very important in intraocular lens stability and refractive predictability of surgical outcomes (In one study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, femtosecond laser incisions achieved perfect capsulotomy diameter accuracy in 100 percent of cases). Finally, the actual cataract is also fragmented by the femtosecond laser making it much easier and less traumatic for the surgeon to remove and clean it up prior to placement of the IOL. In short, the femtosecond laser has replaced many of the steps in the cataract surgery that were previously performed by human hands, i.e., resulting in less surgical error and better predictability of outcomes. Results are more precise than any other previous or current methods of cataract surgery.


Dr. Cesar Ramon G. Espiritu, who specializes in Cornea, External Disease treatment at AEC, said that this new technology shows the company’s commitment to provide the best eye care to its patients.

“The Alcon LenSx femtosecond laser surgery is currently the most advanced method for cataract treatment, and we’re proud to be the first in Asia to offer it,” he says. “We want thousands of Filipinos suffering from cataracts to see that treatment is now even faster, much safer, more precise and definitely pain-free.”

Cataract is the leading cause of blindness in the Philippines, with an estimated half a million Filipinos blind or having some degree of visual impairment. This disease, which hits almost everyone due to aging, involves the gradual formation of a cloudy film in the lens of the eye, varying in degree from slight to complete opacity, and obstructing the passage of light.

Espiritu emphasizes that patients must decide their preferred method of surgery together with an expert ophthalmologist. AEC is backed by a team of Associated Eye Specialists, the most experienced and longest-running EyeMD group practice in the country, which comprises 17 doctors with various subspecialties. AEC also boasts a staff of highly qualified optometrists, nurses and counselors to provide patients with personalized quality eye care.


The American Eye Center has been breaking new ground when it comes to ophthalmic care since its establishment in 1995.  Accredited with the Department of Health and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, AEC is fully equipped with branches located at the Level 5, EDSA Shangri-La Plaza, and at the Level 4 of Greenbelt 5, Makati City. For inquiries, call 636-0762 or 729-EYES (3937) or visit www.americaneye.com.ph, follow @eyetweets on Twitter or like http://www.facebook.com/AmericanEyeCenter on Facebook (PR)



Ultimate Schick Look 2011 Gives A Makeover Of A Lifetime

Everyone’s already a winner before the final event began at the Ultimate Schick Look 2011 at the Dolce Super Club in Tomas Morato, Quezon City where top 10 guys and 10 girls competed to be the next Schick Male and Female Brand Ambassadors.

The top 20 contestants were the best from over 100 nominations received during the university tour in 50 schools held since September, and led the pack after a neck-to-neck voting on Schick’s official website and Facebook page.

Schick also gave out special awards such as Ultimate Schick Talent, Ultimate Schick Style, Ultimate Schick Photogenic and USL ng Bayan for most online votes.

As part of Schick’s “Shave for a Cause” advocacy to improve one’s self and bring out the uniqueness in every individual, it will help a chosen beneficiary from GMA Kapuso Foundation which is a partner of The Ultimate Schick Look 2011.

Guest judges included Ultimate Schick Boy 2009 winner Anthony Roque and celebrity fashion stylist, Odelon Simpao. Rising celebrity Julie Anne San Jose and Ms. Earth Philippines 2010 Psyche Orozco also joined the contestants during the final showdown as guests.

“The Ultimate Schick Look is our way of refreshing and helping to bring a change in the lives of our consumers and other beneficiaries of our event,” said Schick Philippines senior brand manager Claire Guevarra. (PR)

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Healthway HealthWallet Card, All You Need In Just One Card

In 2002, when I first worked overseas I wondered what could happen to me in a strange country where the climate and weather condition is different from the place where I grew up. I can say I am not the sickly type so I was a bit confident that time. Standing in line in the Immigration before checking in at the airport I reviewed every document in my hands. Wow, I have a Philhealth coverage for the duration of my contract! But, could I really use it outside the Philippines or even my beneficiaries here?

Healthway Medical Philippines together with Touchpoint Media and e.Xtend Inc. offered the HealthWallet for Immigration Arrival/Departure Promo from October to December 31, 2011. All foreign visitors, OFWs and balikbayan passengers of Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific International Flights were given an Arrival/Departure brochure, part of which is a tear off sheet to be presented to any HealthWay Cllinics (Alabang Town Center, Festival Mall, Greenbelt 5, Market! Market!, Shangri-la Mall, Robinsons Place Manila and SM North Edsa The Block) for a free HealthWallet Card until February 2012.

What's good about this HealthWallet Card is that it is fully transferable, shareable and reloadable. With just one card, every member of the family could enjoy the benefit of seeking medical help easily without having to pay fixed monthly fee or an authorization from the main cardholder. Since it is prepaid, it is only consumed once used. A fixed fee of Php 200 (cheaper than the usual charge of Php 300 - Php 500) is charged per consult with primary health care physicians for as long as the card is active and has been loaded with a minimun initial load of Php1,000.

Healthway services include executive checkups, laboratory tests, special consults, eye care, dental services, outpatine surgeries and diagnostic tests (endoscopy, X-ray and ultrasound mammography. HealthWallet cardholders also enjoy 20 per cent discount on laboratory, diagnostic, ancillary, rehab modalities, oral prophylaxis and dental restorative procedures.

This is a true gift to our new heroes, the OFWs who work hard for the well being of their families. With this card, they can be assured that their loved ones would be taken care of. This is also the campaign of Heathway Philippines' Mas Alaga, Mas Tiwala. Also, they are supporting the governement's initiatives to tap the country's tourism potential as foreigners could also benefit from this promo. This promotes Philippine health products and services as they may experience the quality of medical services it offers.

I might be writing again about the HealthWallet Card as I visit one of their branches after the holidays. I would be sharing my experience as a patient. I would also want my daughter to have a specialist check on her eyes.

For inquiries, visit www.healthway.com.ph, or call 751-HWAY (4929). You can also check out their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/healthwaymedical