Tuesday, November 30, 2021

We can Live Safe with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol


As a mom of one, my first priority is daughter's safety and good health. That's why, for my family, we only trust Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol

Defensil encourages Filipinos to live safe with the many establishments that are now slowly re-opening and allowing people to resume their pre-pandemic lifestyles. But since a new variant already exist and is now adding fears and anxiety to us all, a good daily companion can be a relief.


Seeing the development with the nationwide vaccination program in full force, Filipinos can slowly enjoy various activities such as more dining options as well as doing physical activities by going to the gym. However, health experts continue to remind everyone to not let their guards down even as we gradually go back to normal.


As there are reports of new and potentially more contagious variants like Delta and Omicron, everyone must remain vigilant through following established health protocols and getting vaccinated so we can all continue to live safe and prevent the cases from surging again. That’s why when we do essential errands such as buying groceries, exercising outdoors, or simply going outside, disinfecting your hands and any surface you interact with goes a long way to ensure living safely for you and your family.


Making it sure to protect my loved ones from the lurking viruses and germs around, one way to prevent the spread of the virus is by always carrying a trusted rubbing alcohol brand that contains at least 70& alcohol solution whenever you go outdoors. Even when we go out as a family, we each have our own alcohol clipped on our belt bags or pocket. Better safe than sorry.


Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol, the alcohol recommended by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM), can kill 99.9% of common germs and bacteria starts to kill them on contact so that you can safely do the activities you love wherever you are. Defensil also provides up to 12 hours of protection upon constant use so that you are protected and do activities with ease.

Skin dryness from too frequent sanitizing will also not be a worry as Defensil has moisturizing properties and is hypoallergenic, giving you one less thing to worry about when going indoors.


"We are 100% behind the government in their efforts to prevent further spread of the virus. Defensil encourages everyone to remain vigilant now more than ever and do our part in this fight towards eventually resuming our normal way of life by adhering to social Distancing and sanitation protocols, especially when doing essential errands outdoors," shared Nikko Cruz, Brand Manager of Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol.


For more information on how to stay protected, you may visit the Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol’s Facebook page at facebook.com/defensil.philippines.


*Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli or E. coli and Candida albicans

Monday, November 29, 2021

Here’s the perfect cheesecake for your white Christmas dreams


Fortunately for us here who live in the tropics and can’t quite take a winter getaway yet this holiday season, a homey and white-themed Yuletide celebration is not impossible to create, from the décor to the flavors available on the Christmas Eve dinner. And when it comes to a dessert that will gather everyone around with excitement, an ever-curious 16-year-old baker has come up with the perfect special holiday treat: the Snowy Yule Cheesecake from Regi’s Cheesecake.

A smooth and velvety confection that has the classic cheesecake sandwiched between a graham crust and a covering of white chocolate, the Snowy Yule Cheesecake is topped with delectable vanilla and white chocolate flavored frosting to create the perfect amount of comforting sweetness in every bite. Featuring a smiling snowman design, just the sight of this cheesecake can’t help but make one feel the cheer of the season even as their imagination transports them to a wintry landscape where they can build as many jolly snowmen as they want.

The Snowy Yule Cheesecake is the latest flavor to be introduced by Regi’s Cheesecake, a home-based baking business that grew from 16-year-old Regi Depante’s adventures in the kitchen. Cooking and baking since she was 7, Regi had found herself having more time to spend in the kitchen during quarantine last year, and what was initially a way for her to unwind from school work became a pursuit for “the best cheesecake recipe” she could make. After experimenting with many different ones and letting family members taste the results, Regi finally stumbled upon the perfect formula and began her baking business in earnest with the support of her elder sisters and her parents. Her delightful creations have been making their way to people’s tables and plates for almost two years, and the young chef’s curiosity for the many possible cheesecake flavors she could create has resulted in plenty of customers happily saying, “CHEESE!” every day. Among the many delightful and even unexpected cheesecake variants that she has added to the Regi’s Cheesecakes menu, her Heavenly Blueberry Cheesecake, Cheesecake Potpourri, and Sugar-Free Delicioso Burnt Cheesecake have become bestsellers that are available all year round.

For the holidays, though, the limited-edition Snowy Yule Cheesecake is the perfect centerpiece to the Christmas tablescape. Share slices of this white chocolate cheesecake that looks as festive as it is scrumptious with your loved ones and let your dreams of a white Christmas come true.


To order a Snowy Yule Cheesecake and to see the rest of the Regi’s Cheesecake menu, visit their Instagram and Facebook page @regischeesecake.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Shopee Introduces its Newest Brand Ambassadors, Dingdong and Zia Dantes as it wraps Up 2021 at the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Oh em geeeee! Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, closes the year with its annual 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, the most joyful year-end celebration in the region. 12.12 is set to bring a smile to users as they shop from the widest variety of products to reward themselves and their loved ones during the happiest time of the year. Through the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, shoppers can also spread the holiday cheer to their favorite local businesses, with 2 times more items sold by local businesses this year.


We avid users can look forward to a delightful celebration throughout the festive season. In the past year, Shopee has brought fun to users with exciting giveaways and exclusive content, recording over 13 billion engagements and views across its social media channels. This 12.12, users can expect even more entertainment and engagement with a brand-new commercial featuring international superstar Jackie Chan and performances by popular K-Pop group Tomorrow X Together. To get into the Pinoy family spirit of the holidays, Shopee also welcomes first-ever celebrity father-and-daughter brand ambassadors, Dingdong and Zia Dantes.


Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Every 12.12, Shopee comes together with our users to celebrate the milestones and achievements over the past year. This year, we would like to show our appreciation to all our users for letting us be part of their daily lives. Many more users are now using digital services, and local businesses are increasingly embracing the shift online. We are glad to have been able to adapt to their evolving needs this past year and we will continue to help more people benefit from the digital economy as we head into a new year. We look forward to celebrating the year-end with all our users as we bring smiles to one another this holiday season.”


1. Celebrating the happiest time of the year with the best deals


As shoppers hunt for the best gifts,  Shopee is thrilled to bring users the most exciting deals this 12.12. These include:


  • The best promotions: Shoppers can enjoy the best deals for all their gifting needs with deals such as free shipping with no minimum spend, ₱1 Deals, and 10% off daily.
  • Big discounts: They can also get discounts up to 90% off on the biggest Shopee Mall brands:


2. Celebrating the holidays with entertainment for the whole family


Users can also expect non-stop entertainment from today until the big finale on December 12. Highlights include:


  • Fun-filled 12.12 TV Special: Filipinos can tune in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live this  December 12, 10:30pm, to catch Tomorrow X Together, Korea’s hottest rising boy group, grace the stage with a very special performance. Celebrities such as Michael V, Ysabel Ortega, Kate Valdez, Rayver Cruz, Julie Ann Jose, and Andrea Torres will also join host Willie Revillame for a fun and star-studded evening.
  • Entertaining content from Shopee’s newest brand ambassadors: Fans can catch Dingdong and Zia’s festive new TV commercial, which features the beloved Pinoy Christmas tradition bunutan ng pera, on local TV networks and on Shopee’s official Facebook and YouTube accounts. Users can also check out Shopee’s YouTube and Tiktok accounts for heartwarming videos featuring Dingdong and Zia, wherein they recreate social media challenges, go shopping on Shopee, and more.
  • Exciting games and contests: Users can win voucher giveaways by joining Dingdong- and Zia-themed games and contests on Shopee’s official Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. From December 1-12, users can win a total of ₱12,000,000 in prizes from their favorite local celebrities, including Dingdong and Zia, by playing Shopee Celebrity Pamasko on the app. Users simply have to tap on the angpao to win a prize from the celebrity of the day.

3. Celebrating local businesses and culture

Local businesses represent a significant part of local culture and as the need for digitalization increases, Shopee is committed to supporting these sellers and helping them thrive:


  • Shopee Celebrates Local: Shopee launches ‘Shopee Celebrates Local,’ a special contest to share and promote beloved local sellers. Users can read their stories on the #TatakPinoy page and on Shopee’s social media channels, and vote for their favorites until December 5. Winning sellers stand to win prizes they can use for their businesses, while users stand to win Shopee vouchers. Through the Tatak Pinoy page, users can also enjoy exclusive deals when supporting these sellers.

4. Celebrating wider communities

Through 12.12, Shopee will continue to uplift local communities through its platform. In the spirit of Christmas, Shopee launches the Frontliner Holiday Package to show gratitude for local heroes. Starting December 10, frontliners can avail of this package, which includes vouchers they can use for their holiday celebrations.


For more information about Shopee 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, visit https://shopee.ph/m/christmas-sale.


Download Shopee for free on App Store or Google Play Store.


About Shopee


Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time.


Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.


Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.


Shopee’s Nov 30 Payday Sale : Check Out These 5 Most Popular Budol-Worthy Items Among Filipino Shoppers


Are you marupok when it comes to shopping? Has a celebrity or friend ever influenced you to buy certain items online? The budol is real, as one might say! As shoppers, we’re constantly on the lookout for the best product recommendations so we can maximize our money’s worth.


Now that the end of the month is just around the corner, is your shopping cart ready for the upcoming payday sale? If you’re looking for some inspiration on what to add to cart at Shopee’s Nov 30 Payday Sale, take notes from other shoppers.


According to Shopee’s data on consumer behavior and trends during payday sales, Pinoys consistently spend on essentials and other items for work and play. They tend to use their sweldo to prioritize essentials and splurge on little luxuries from categories such as home essentials, women’s fashion & accessories, health & beauty, gadgets, and mobile accessories. They love shopping for KF94 masks, window curtains, crop tops, headsets, and hair accessories—the most popular items in Pinoys’ online shopping carts every payday.

Below, check out Shopee’s top recommendations for each of these items:

Having trouble focusing while working from home? We’ve got one easy hack that might help: tie your hair! With your hair out of the way, you can concentrate better on your tasks. This silky Scrunchie and Headband Set can help prevent tangles and frizz.

To keep your family safe and healthy for the holidays, stock up on several Health Guard KF94 Masks. Its 3D foldable design makes it easier to breathe and minimizes contact with the lips, while its four-layered structure blocks harmful microparticles. 

Sleeping in this weekend? Enjoy a lazy, relaxing day off in bed by hanging up some light-blocking curtains. Siedodo Window Curtains are made of premium cotton and come in a variety of rich, gorgeous colors to give your bedroom an inviting ambiance. 

Whether you’re going out or just snapping some selfies at home, look cute and chic with a trendy puffed sleeve top. The Buymore_ph Crop Top features an elegant backless silhouette and ruffled garterized sleeves, perfect for pairing with high-waisted denim jeans. 

If you still hold meetings with your colleagues via video calls, it’s important to invest in a pair of quality earphones. SoundPEATS Wireless Earbuds will block off any distractions with its noise-cancellation feature, fit perfectly with its ergonomic design, and last for up to seven hours. 

Give in to the holiday budol and check out these items and more at Shopee’s Nov 30 Payday Sale: https://shopee.ph/m/payday-sale.


Looking for even more ways to maximize your sweldo this payday? Start using ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet, to avail of exclusive deals! At Shopee’s Nov 30 Payday Sale, enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend and 10% off discounts on your Shopee finds. You can also get 20% cashback on your COD orders when you use ShopeePay on Delivery.


Use ShopeePay beyond your shopping needs! This payday sale, you can buy load at up to 50% off from all networks or get 30% cashback on your monthly bills. Even better, you can also claim discount vouchers to get 100 off from participating billers such as Meralco, Maynilad, PLDT, Globe, Smart, and more.


If you need to stock up on groceries or have a much needed food-trip, get big savings when you avail ShopeePay 1 Deals via ‘Deals Near Me’ on the Shopee app. Redeem your discounts by paying with ShopeePay at partner merchants such as Puregold, Potato Corner, Bonchon, National Bookstore, FamilyMart, and more. New brands such as Papa John's, Goldilocks, Chooks-to-Go, Zagu, Wendy's, and Candy Corner have also joined the growing network of merchants accepting ShopeePay QR payments.


And if you’re looking for the ultimate get-away experience this holiday season, how about a staycation? Now, you can also book hotels with ShopeePay! Get 30% cashback on all your hotel bookings, including Grand Sierra Pines Hotel in Baguio, White House Beach Resort in Boracay, Mithi Resort and Spa in Bohol, Waterfront Cebu, White Breeze Palawan, and more. To add to that, you can score up to 50% off on selected hotels.


Enjoy these exclusive deals and more when you activate and cash in your ShopeePay. Now, you can also enjoy free and instant cash-ins and bank transfers with ShopeePay via InstaPay. Get up to 25 cashback on your InstaPay fee when you cash in. Buy Load, Pay Bills and Scan to Pay with ShopeePay this payday for a rewarding cashless experience!


Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.


About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands, and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.

About Shopee Mall

Shopee Mall is the region’s leading online mall offering one-stop access to a wide range of international and local brands and retailers. Shoppers can enjoy three guarantees delivered by Shopee Mall -- 100% authentic products, free returns and free shipping. With always-on deals, entertainment and a robust loyalty programme, Shopee Mall offers an unparalleled online shopping experience and best value all year round.

About ShopeePay

ShopeePay is an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services. Launched in the Philippines in 2019, ShopeePay enables a seamless shopping experience by allowing users to make online payments on Shopee, top-up their wallets, and transfer and withdraw funds.


ShopeePay makes it easier to shop and do business. It provides users with a convenient, secure, and rewarding payment option; it empowers businesses and helps them capture new opportunities.


ShopeePay is part of SeaMoney, the digital financial services arm of Sea Group. A leading digital payments and financial services provider in Southeast Asia, SeaMoney’s mission is to better the lives of individuals and businesses in the region with financial services through technology.


Thursday, November 25, 2021

Pasig City, JobStreet seal partnership to empower employers and rebuild careers among jobseekers


The City Government of Pasig and leading online job portal JobStreet officially sealed their partnership that seeks to continue empowering jobseekers and providing jobs that matter to Pasigueños amid the pandemic.

This was done through a virtual ceremonial signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), led by Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto and JobStreet Philippines Country Manager Philip Gioca.

Under the MOU, new and existing Pasig-based employers are entitled to free monthly job posting credits on JobStreet. This initiative, in collaboration with Pasig’s Public Employment Service Office, aims to help employers find the right candidates through JobStreet that has a large pool of jobseekers. The initiative will run for the next three years.

“The pandemic has affected a lot of our employers and jobseekers and we want to help them in every way possible. This partnership has come at an opportune time so we are grateful to JobStreet for this initiative — it supports our goal of empowering Pasigueños through good employment opportunities that could enable them achieve a higher quality of life in the years to come,” said Sotto. 

To launch opportunities in Pasig to the public, JobStreet in partnership with Pasig City is launching a dedicated microsite where Pasigueños can browse job vacancies and submit applications from the comfort of their homes. Opportunities that will be posted on the microsite are varying from full time, part time, to work from home jobs. Jobseekers can also explore career tools and motivational resources.  

“It has always been JobStreet’s advocacy to provide every Filipino with jobs that matter and support government initiatives for our job seekers. It’s an honor that the City Government of Pasig through Mayor Vico Sotto have trusted us in this initiative and we’re hoping that through this program, we will be able to help not only the jobseekers but also the employers during this time,” shared Gioca.

JobStreet has always been supportive of government initiatives that aim to boost the labor market, especially in these challenging times. Recently, it has likewise partnered with the Civil Service Commission to host a nationwide Virtual Career Fair for government jobs as part of helping displaced workers.

To check out career opportunities in Pasig, visit https://www.jobstreet.com.ph/event/pasig/in-demand-jobs.html.

Mommies bond over family nutrition in #AlagangAlaska Nutri-Talks Forum


Top row, from left: Celebrity Mom Rica Peralejo, Nutritionist and Dietitian Reginna Emiliene Lat, RND and Event Host and Radio DJ Mama Emma; Bottom row, from left: Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink Brand Manager Mark Henry Camacho and Assistant Brand Manager Patricia Domingo

I'm a mom of one yet a mom to others. This thing I always remind my daughter, “Mother knows best” is more than just a saying. From your best friends, to your favorite food, to your hobbies and even your favorite celebrities – your mom knows them all. They may not be the most in touch with current trends or technology, but when it comes to their children, mothers have proven time and again that they surely know best.


This is true for nutrition as well. Because of the pandemic, moms had to wear different hats these past few months – educator, cook, and even amateur nutritionist. And while providing proper nutrition remains a top priority for them, it has become more of a struggle for many moms recently, which is why Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink launched its “Super Sulit Pack” to help make nutrition more affordable amidst the pandemic.


During the virtual launch event for Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink “Super Sulit Pack,” celebrity mom Rica Peralejo shared her concerns and personal experiences in providing nourishment to her children.

“The pandemic has made it harder to plan meals for the family. It's difficult because your movements are limited and you can't go out freely to buy groceries personally and think of nutritious food pairings that your kids will like,” Rica said.


“It takes a whole lot of creativity to actually make nutritious foods appetizing to kids,” she answered when asked about how she changed her children's eating habits. “It's all about variety at the end of the day. Children want to taste and experience different things, which is challenging for moms. Before, we could go out and eat at places that offer a variety of nutritious foods, but now you have to do it yourself at home...You have to consider things like plating, the set-up of your dining area, just so it would be a different kind of experience from day-to-day.”


Rica also shared her experience in encouraging her children to drink milk. “Actually, milk is one of the easiest things to give to our kids…Sometimes it’s overwhelming for moms to think about what nutrients we can add to our children’s diets, so thankfully we already have milk drinks with the additional nutrients that our kids need. Milk is honestly a godsend for me and for moms because of its affordability, nutrition value, and of course, its kid-approved taste,” she said.


Top row, from left: Celebrity Mom Rica Peralejo and Nutritionist and Dietitian Reginna Emiliene Lat, RND; Bottom row: Event Host and Radio DJ Mama Emma

Nutritionist and dietitian, Reginna Emiliene Lat, RND, also joined the virtual launch event to share her experiences in providing nutritional advice to low-income families, which became even more challenging during the pandemic.


“Families are experiencing job loss during the pandemic, with some not having sufficient income to provide proper nutrition for their children,” she mentioned. “But despite these challenges, moms are not ones to compromise on health and are devoted to ensuring that their children get the nutrition they need.”


“So with a few tweaks to their diet like adding fruits and vegetables to their food to ensure balance and variety to their meals, and including nutritional supplements and nutrient-dense drinks, they can make sure that their family can get the nutrients they need while staying within their budget,” Reginna said.


While children are still in their early stages of development, proper nutrition is essential in keeping them healthy and building the foundation for their future. Which is why Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink remains committed to nourishing Filipino families and helping children grow with “Lakas at Talas.”


Containing protein, calcium, vitamin C and vitamin D for “Lakas” (strength) which helps with body development, and choline, iron and iodine for “Talas” (sharpness) which helps with brain development, Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink is a delicious drink that kids can enjoy every morning, paired with a healthy and balanced breakfast.


Moms and media attendees share a toast of Alaska Fortified Milk to show their commitment to affordable nutrition


“We know that Filipino moms are faced with the challenge of providing nutrition for their families within their limited budget. They have a lot of things to consider and prioritize, and they make these decisions every day. True to Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink’s mission and purpose of bringing affordable nutrition to Filipinos, we are here to answer to every Filipino mom’s need with our most affordable milk pack yet – the 300g ‘Super Sulit Pack’ for only PHP 70 – to help give their children the added nutrients they need and foster the ‘alaga’ they deserve,” said Mark Henry Camacho, Brand Manager of Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink.


Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink 300g “Super Sulit Pack” is now available until December 2021 in Shopee, Lazada, leading supermarkets, grocery stores nationwide. For more information on Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink, visit www.alaskamilk.com and www.facebook.com/alaskamilkph.


Newest HomeLab PH App : You Can Now Get Convenient Access to Medical Services at Home with the


It took me a year before I decided to leave our house and have my first face-to-face doctor's appointment. The COVID-19 pandemic drastically changed the daily lives of Filipinos all around the country. It definitely did, changed my life. One aspect that has been greatly affected is our ability to seek medical services because many people began to delay their medical appointments and treatments with their perceived COVID exposure risk. With the launch of HomeLab PH, the first-of-its-kind mobile app in the Philippines, Filipinos now have access to a wide range of treatments and medical services without needing to leave the comfort of their own homes or offices.


HomeLab PH is the latest venture of the Aclan Group of Companies. According to John Paul Aclan, CEO of Aclan Group of Companies, HomeLab is dedicated to bringing health into every home with its team of medical experts and state-of-the-art equipment, providing greater peace of mind to everyone in the family.


"We are very excited to announce the launch of HomeLab's mobile app in our country. Now it's even easier for people to access quality healthcare services they would normally go to the hospital for," he shares.


HomeLab PH offers a range of services including COVID testing (RT-PCR with results within 12 hours, antigen, and antibody testing) and laboratory tests such as hematology, thyroid, hormonal, microscopy and microbiology, and immunology-serology. HomeLab’s core services also include diagnostic imaging such as ultrasound for women, X-rays, and 2D echos.


It also has HomeLab Beauty services for aesthetic facial treatment and cosmetic surgeries such as liposuction, rhinoplasty, and tummy tucks. In addition, round-the-clock nursing and doctor services are available, whether for home visits, emergencies or telehealth consultations. HomeLab PH services are available 24/7 even on holidays, with a dedicated customer service team ready to address customer concerns via hotline or email.


"This mobile app is a fitting solution for a time like this to meet the growing demand for healthcare assistance," adds John Paul. "Through the HomeLab PH app, we are now able to bring more quality services and qualified physicians into every home, reaching more people who would otherwise stay home and delay important treatments because they have concerns with going out."


How to Book an Appointment with HomeLab PH

To book an appointment with HomeLab PH, users can choose their schedule and choose between a home service or a clinic appointment. Then, they can select their preferred time slot and view the total cost of the services they choose prior to confirming their schedule. Upon confirmation, patients will be able to contact the medical team assigned to them for their specific service even before their scheduled date.


HomeLab PH offers its services throughout Luzon in Metro Manila, Batangas, Pampanga, Tarlac, Bulacan, Mindoro, and in the Visayas in Palawan. And according to John Paul, this is just the beginning of future initiatives of HomeLab PH to keep expanding. “Our drive here is to build a healthcare delivery system that can bring quality care even to the barrios. That’s why we’re looking into partnerships with various LGUs, because our goal is to go nationwide.”


Download the HomeLab PH app today on iOS and Android to book an appointment and secure health for your home today. For more information, visit the official HomeLab website and follow their accounts on Facebook and Instagram.



About HomeLab PH

HomeLab Diagnostics and Medical Services is the country’s first tech-based healthcare delivery. It is the online and on-site diagnostic center of the Aclan Group of Companies that provides Filipinos access to quality medical services right from the comfort of their homes. With the goal of making healthcare available everywhere in the Philippines, HomeLab offers a comprehensive range of medical services to treat and care for patients in their homes and communities. HomeLab is continually making healthcare accessible throughout the country with its growing clinic locations and the launch of its latest mobile app.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Lack of awareness is making emergency contraception an underused weapon in fight against teen pregnancy: Surveys


New survey research indicates that a lack of awareness of emergency contraception is holding it back as a weapon for combating the Philippines’ rising adolescent pregnancy rates.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared prevention of teen pregnancies a “national priority” in June, issuing an Executive Order calling for measures to address the problem, including strengthening sexual education so that adolescents can make more informed decisions.

However, according to a national survey of unmarried women aged 18-29 who are sexually active, only 1 in 4 were aware that it’s possible to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse with contraceptive pills. 


To prevent pregnancy following unprotected intercourse -- which may result from sexual abuse, intoxication, or even a broken condom -- doctors may under Philippine Department of Health guidelines prescribe the so-called Yuzpe Method, an enlarged dose of combined oral contraceptive pills. 


But only 13% of the 500 young women surveyed in June-July by a leading global research agency for DKT Philippines Foundation said that they were aware of the Yuzpe Method as an option. 

More than two in three said they’d had unprotected sex before. The same proportion

(68%) reported having experienced “pregnancy scares” before, with the number of such scares averaging 2.7. In addition, 94% of this group of women also reported suffering negative emotional states after unprotected sex, such as fear of pregnancy, anxiety, guilt and sadness.

In a follow-up online survey conducted by the Foundation, nearly one-third (32%) of

Filipino doctors and midwives active in family planning said they weren’t aware of the Yuzpe Method. In that same informal survey in October, however, a whopping 85% of the health-care providers reported they’d had patient inquiries about emergency contraception.

First introduced in Britain in 1984, emergency contraceptive (or EC) pills have emerged as one of the world’s principal family-planning methods and are now approved for use in 149 countries.

Sometimes referred to as “morning after pills,” they can prevent pregnancy as long as 72-120 hours after unprotected intercourse, depending on type. They are most effective, studies show, if taken quickly after. Yuzpe Method has an 88% efficacy rate if taken within 72 hours.

Published international studies show that unmarried women and women in their early 20s exhibit the greatest use of EC. 

“These pills fill a need when sex is infrequent or unexpected, which is often the case for people just entering their sexually active years,” said Foundation Chairman Hyam Bolande. “EC pills can provide a last line of safe defense against unwanted pregnancy when the male partner doesn’t use a condom.”

A dedicated EC pill, Postinor, was registered for importation and sale in the Philippines, but in 2001, the Bureau of Food and Drugs reversed course and canceled its approval, saying that the drug had an “abortifacient effect.”

Medical researchers worldwide have concluded by consensus that EC is contraception, not abortion, however, and no significant debate on the question exists in the global field of obstetric science. “Emergency contraceptive pills prevent pregnancy by preventing or delaying ovulation and they do not induce an abortion,” the World Health Organization Fact Sheet on the topic states.

Repeated scientific studies have shown that human conception, the starting point of pregnancy, occurs 5-10 days after unprotected intercourse. Even if mistakenly taken too late, EC pills cannot harm a fetus or end a pregnancy.


According to WHO guidelines, there are no age limits for use of EC, and any woman or girl of reproductive age may use the method safely.

Philippine births to teen mothers soared to the equivalent of 495 per day in 2019. Teenage pregnancy affects nearly 6% of Filipino girls, which is the second highest rate in Southeast Asia based on Save the Children's 2019 Global Childhood Report.










About DKT Philippines Foundation: DKT Philippines Foundation has been working to promote family planning since 1991. The Foundation provides training on modern contraceptive technology to medical professionals and public education on sexual and reproductive health, through lectures, social media, and the DoItRight.ph website. It also provides family-planning outreach to underserved rural and semi-rural communities. The Foundation is affiliated with DKT International, a Washington, DC-based non-profit organization that is active in close to 100 developing countries worldwide.


Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Mega Global celebrates 3rd National Sardines Day with successful Mega Bigay Sustansya Program, business updates and first-ever Mega Sardines Piso Sale


As the Philippines marks this year’s National Sardines Day, Mega Global Corporation, the company behind Mega Sardines, the leading sardines brand in the country, honors it through a program that supports undernourished children nationwide, even as it focuses on innovations and expansions that will help drive the company move forward.


Mega Global Celebrates 3rd National Sardines Day

To add more meaning to the National Sardines Day Celebrations, Mega Global showcased its various initiatives that would help elevate not just the Philippines’ sardines industry, but the economy and people’s lives as well, at a roundtable event held on November 23 to kick off the celebration of the holiday on the 24th. Alongside this, it has also shared the successful results of the Mega Bigay Sustansya Program, which was done in partnership with Reach Out Feed Philippines (ROFP), reflecting its deep malasakit for Filipinos.

Marvin Tiu Lim, Michelle Tiu Lim-Chan, Chris Fernandez, executives of the Mega Global conglomerate, alongside Dawn Marie Cabigon, founder and director of Reach Out Feed Philippines were present in the event to discuss how the Mega Bigay Sustansya program will bring long-term gains to its program beneficiaries.


Mega Bigay Sustansya (MBS) is a CSR program led by the Mega Tiu Lim Foundation that hopes to give a meal planning and distribution program to over 881 children nationwide. The program has supported children in six provinces nationwide for sixty days. Children ages 4 to 12 have received house-to-house delivery of meals every day that included at least one sardines meal, made using Mega Global’s nutrient-packed high quality sardines.


“Mega Bigay Sustansya is one way for us to support communities who need us the most. Canned sardines is one of the Filipinos staple foods throughout the years and through this program that target to feed malnourished children all over the country, we hope to use the same staple product to nurture the health of these children, and sustain it through leave-behind materials that will help them prepare nutritious meals in the long run,” Marvin Tiu Lim, Chief Growth and Development Officer of Mega Global said.


On top of the updates on Mega Global’s MBS program, Mega Global executives have also shared in the discussion how they strived to continue elevating the sardine industry through innovations and the building of new infrastructures. These expansions would maintain the double digit growth of the company in 2022, allow it to create a more sustainable avenue in producing their products, as well as create new products that will surely be a hit to its customers.


Host Shawn Yao with Marvin Tiu Lim, Michelle Tiu Lim-Chan, Chris Fernandez, executives of the Mega Global conglomerate, alongside Dawn Marie Cabigon, founder and director of Reach Out Feed Philippines were the speakers for the event, who discussed Mega Global's innovation for its flagship product, sardines, its CSR effort Mega Bigay Sustansya, as well as brand updates, and other pertinent information


For the past 46 years, Mega Global has been leading the way in supporting Filipino communities through its investments in the sardine industry, which has provided job opportunities for thousands of Filipinos. The company continued to upgrade its Zamboanga facility, where its state-of-the-art operations, including its can-making plant and offices, are based. As part of its sustainability endeavors, it is using solar energy for its warehouses.


Mega Global also discussed details about a new plant in Batangas that will be opened next year. Located in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, it will house state-of-the-art technology in manufacturing using sustainable energy sources and is expected to help add dynamism to the economy as it continues to recover from the effects of the pandemic.


Mega SardinaSaya: Game Show Bonanza

On November 24, Mega Global will also be celebrating the National Sardines Day with an online game show bonanza. Kicking this off is an Instagram and Facebook challenge that will determine the players for the much-awaited Pera or Sardinas game during the online event which will be broadcasted live on Mega Sardines’s Facebook page and Shopee app.


The game show bonanza will have three major segments representing the tagline of Mega Sardines: Sarap, Saya and Sustansya. For the Sarap segment, Mega Sardines’ ambassadress Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo will do a cooking demo that will serve as an introduction of new dishes that mommies can easily create for their loved ones.


For the Sustansya segment, the audience can learn about the Mega Bigay Sustansya program, the company’s nationwide feeding program being undertaken in communities around the country with the help of its partner, Reach Out Philippines Foundation.


Lastly, there will be a series of virtual games for the Saya segment where fun games such as Pera or Sardinas, Call A Ka-Mega, and Trivia Game will be available for the audience to participate in. There will also be a grand raffle, where they have the chance to take home a wide selection of prizes.


For added fun, Mega Sardines is launching a Tiktok Challenge where participants can show off their moves and have some fun in the process of creating videos to win prizes. Mega Sardines is also holding an eye-popping piso sale in Shopee for Mega Sardines in Tomato Sauce, Tomato Sauce with Chili Added, Corned Sardines, and Mega Fried Sardines in Tausi--definitely a sale that will have customers rushing to add to cart!


Get ready to join and have fun on National Sardines Day with Mega Global! Check out Mega Sardines’s Facebook page for more information.



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