Thursday, March 28, 2024

One Filipino per Hour Develops Chronic Renal Failure

Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD is one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines[1]. According to the National Kidney Transplant Institute (NKTI), one Filipino develops chronic renal failure every hour[2], that is estimated to be at least 2.3 million Filipinos currently diagnosed with CKD.[3]  Meanwhile, other recent projections show that 1 in 10 Filipinos will develop this deadly disease.[4]


CKD is a condition where the kidney’s functions have gradually decreased over a period of time, and it can no longer filter blood as properly as before. As a result, excess waste and fluid remains in the body and causes other health problems such as heart disease and stroke.[5]


“The problem with this is that it has no early signs. Symptoms will only show when your kidneys have deteriorated already,[6]” shares Dr. Greta Cortez, Head of Medicine, Boehringer Ingelheim (Philippines), Inc. “Fortunately, there are a number of ways we can keep our kidneys healthy and prevent CKD such as early screening, lifestyle checks, and understanding your family’s medical history.”


There is a simple 2-step screening process to check kidney health. First is the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eFGR),  a blood test that measures the waste called creatinine in your blood; Second is the urine albumin-creatinine ratio (uACR) test that uses a urine sample to measure albumin, or protein level present in your urine.[7]


The two primary conditions that often lead to CKD are Diabetes and Hypertension. Lifestyle factors such as age, smoking, family history of CKD, and obesity also put individuals at risk of CKD.[8] Unhealthy lifestyles are also considered because they might cause you to eat foods high in sugar and sodium, be exposed to constant stress, or keep you from moving your body.


Keeping our kidneys healthy means keeping our whole body healthy.


It is highly recommended to make sure you’re getting enough exercise every day even if it’s just walking. Eat foods less in sugar and salt and eat more fruits and vegetables. Remember to incorporate healthy stress management habits into your lifestyle such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and getting enough sleep to prevent high blood pressure or diabetes. If you start incorporating these healthy habits in your daily life, CKD can be the least of your worries.


 “Cultivating a healthy lifestyle within your community is key to maintaining them. We can hold each other accountable,” shares Reynaldo Abacan Jr., Founder and President of Dialysis PH, a support organization for renal failure patients and their families. “We encourage everyone to check their kidney health as chronic kidney disease is a lifelong condition that affects the quality of life, not just of the patient but of their loved ones as well.” 


But remember, getting your kidneys checked is the most straightforward way to find out if your kidneys are healthy. Reach out to your doctor as soon as possible and make sure your loved ones do too.


[1] Department of Health. Chronic Kidney Disease Prevention and Control. Accessed Jan 5, 2024.

[2] KIDNEY HEALTH PLUS. National Kidney Transplant Institute . (n.d.).

[3] Philippine News Agency. 2022. Davao City ranks 3rd in PH with most kidney diseases. Accessed Jan 5, 2024.

[4] The Lancet. Global, regional, and national burden of chronic kidney disease, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017. Accessed Mar 14, 2024

[5] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Kidney Disease Basics.,More%20than%201%20in%207. Accessed Mar 7, 2024.

[6] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Kidney Disease Basics.,More%20than%201%20in%207. Accessed Mar 7, 2024.

[7] National Health Service. Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosis. Accessed Mar 7, 2024

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[8] National Health Service. Chronic Kidney Disease Diagnosis. Accessed Mar 7, 2024

realme joins Lazada Birthday Blowout Sale with up to 80% discount to offer the Squad


realme celebrates Lazada’s 12th birthday and joins in on the fun at the Bonggang Bday Sale on March 24 from 8PM until March 27 only. realme has geared up some great finds and amazing deals for the Squad during the festive birthday blowout sale period. 

The Squad can save up to 80% OFF on select realme products for the whole duration of the Bonggang Bday Sale and redeem vouchers, LazCoins, and free shipping upon checkout. Sought-after realme smartphones such as the realme Note 50 Series, realme C67, and realme 11 will be available at a massive discount.

realme Lazada Bonggang Bday Sale

(March 24 at 8PM until March 27)



Final Checkout Price (after vouchers)

realme Note 50 (4GB+64GB)

PHP 3,599

PHP 2,879.20

realme Note 50 (4GB+128GB)

PHP 4,599

PHP 3,679.20

realme C67 (8GB+128GB)

PHP 9,999

PHP 7,499

realme C67 (8GB+256GB)

PHP 10,999

PHP 8,449

realme C33 (4GB+64GB)

PHP 6,499

PHP 3,759.20

realme 10 (8GB+256GB)

PHP 12,999

PHP 7,599

realme 11 (8GB+256GB)

PHP 12,999

PHP 9,499


The celebration does not stop there as realme also prepared a Flash Sale for March 25.. At random time slots during this day, the Squad can score the realme C51 (4GB+128GB), realme C53 (8GB+256GB), and realme C55 (8GB+256GB) for only P327. Make sure to add to the cart and checkout as soon as the Flash Sale starts. See below for the complete guide.

realme Lazada Bonggang Bday Sale Flash Sale (March 25 only)



Final Checkout Price (after vouchers)

Flash Sale price

realme C51 (4GB+128GB) in Carbon Black

PHP 6,499

PHP 3,759

PHP 327

realme C53 (8GB+256GB) in Mighty Black

PHP 7,999

PHP 6,099

PHP 327

realme C55 (8GB+256GB) in Rainy Night

PHP 10,999

PHP 7,399

PHP 327


Be The Portrait Master: score the all-new realme 12 Series 5G at a discounted price

Good news for those who still haven’t gotten their very own realme 12 Series 5G, the latest Number Series phones will also be part of the Lazada Bonggang Bday Sale. Recently launched last March 7, the realme 12 Series 5G elevates the overall mobile photography experience as it carries flagship-level cameras that allow the Squad to Be The Portrait Master.

To recap, the realme 12+ 5G (12GB+256GB) is available in Pioneer Green and Navigator Beige colorways and while it retails for P17,999 SRP, the Squad can grab it for only P14,499 when they purchase during the sale.

Meanwhile, the realme 12 Pro+ 5G (12GB+512GB) comes in Submarine Blue and Navigator Beige colors. Its SRP is at P25,999 but will go for as low as P21,499 at the Lazada Bonggang Bday Sale.


For more details about realme and the Lazada Birthday Blowout Sale, visit the realme official Facebook page.


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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Bring your favorite TV, movie, or gaming world to life with Samsung TVs

Summer days are family bonding days and what better way to get some quality time together than to gather around the living room with an entertainment setup that brings your favorite shows, movies, and games to life? 


From movie marathons to epic gaming and karaoke sessions, Samsung TVs are here with advanced audio and visual technology to make entertainment experiences bigger and more special! And there’s no better time to shop for a new Samsung Neo QLED, OLED, or QLED TV as Samsung offers up to 40% off plus freebies for selected models from now until March 31, 2024!


Game On with Samsung Neo QLED and OLED TVs 


If gaming is your family’s shared passion, Samsung’s Neo QLED and OLED TVs are the perfect picks. The Samsung NEO QLED 4K QN85C comes with Quantum Matrix Technology - Quantum Mini LEDs that accurately control light to give you great details in both the darkest and brightest scenes along with a powerful processor that utilizes the full power of 4K AI upscaling to improve scenes, regardless of their original content. Meanwhile, Samsung’s top channel speaker and Dolby Atmos deliver game-changing experience cinematic audio that takes you inside the action. 


This includes Motion Xcelerator Turbo+, which renders exceptional motion enhancements in 4K120Hz and automatically estimates and compensates frames for ultra-smooth gaming without lag and motion blur – perfect for competitive play and to ensure you don’t get taken out of the action! The Samsung Neo QLED is also at the top with its AMD FreeSync core technology which reduces stutter and screen tearing and offers AMD FreeSync Premium Pro tier for a true HDR gaming experience.


Meanwhile, the Samsung OLED 4K Smart TV offers OLED technology for deep blacks, clean whites, and lively colors, a brilliant 4K picture, and a Dolby Atmos experience all packaged in the gorgeous Infinity One Design - an impossibly slim profile for a minimalist look.


Aside from the looks and sounds, the Samsung OLED 4K Smart TV has what it takes to be one of the strongest matches with its Super Ultrawide GameView, which offers you game-changing scenes to maximize your every virtual adventure and optimize your gameplay with Game Bar that lets you make real-time adjustments to win.


Get as much as 80,000 off on selected models of Samsung’s Neo QLED 4K or as much as P30,750 on selected models of Samsung’s OLED TVs. You’ll even get a free Samsung soundbar and a one-year subscription to Disney+ when you order from


Screentime made more vivid and stylish with Samsung QLED TV 


Are you looking to catch up on the latest hit series or enjoy a blockbuster hit with the fam? Movie marathons and binge-watching are made even more life-like and immersive with Samsung’s QLED Smart TV. It comes with Dual LED which finetunes bolder and more accurate contrast by optimizing the backlighting tone, making a huge range of hues for vibrant, lifelike pictures. That’s not all! It renders a Quantum Processor Lite 4K that upscales your favorite content in up to 4K resolution.


Offering a billion shades of color with Quantum Dot, HDR10+ technology, this state-of-the-art TV provides a wider range of contrast and Q-Symphony that orchestrates perfect harmony between your TV and soundbar for a truly cinematic experience.All these in a sleek and slim package that allows the TV to blend seamlessly into the wall to complement your home's elegant style.


Get up to P21,000 in savings when you purchase selected QLED 4K Smart TV Smart TV models via Samsung eStore Exclusive. This also comes with a complimentary one-year Disney+ membership. 


So if screen time is family bonding time, get a Samsung TV for an entertainment experience that will bring your passions to life! Visit and Samsung Authorized Stores for more details on our exclusive promos



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Discover the Philippines’ Breathtaking Shores with 7-Eleven’s Summer EsCUPades

In the midst of the summer heat and longing for a refreshing escape, 7-Eleven is treating the country to another round of drinks and exciting getaway trips. This time, customers are invited to rediscover the beauty of the local scenery through the Summer EsCUPades Raffle Promo. 


As part of its 40th anniversary celebration with over 3,800 stores nationwide, this year’s adventure will be all about exploring the wonders that lie within the islands of the Philippines. With Summer EsCUPades, drinks and destinations go hand in hand as 7-Eleven gives customers a chance to travel to the top luxury destinations in the country: Siargao, Palawan, Boracay, Bohol, and Cebu. 


All it takes is a large cup of GULP or CITY PRIMA or a medium City Cafe to secure a raffle entry. Customers just need to drop by any 7-Eleven store from March 27 to May 21, 2024 and choose a cup designed for their desired destination. Once decided, all that’s left to do is scan the QR code and fill out the form with their complete details. 7-Eleven also has exciting news for participating CLIQQ users, because one (1) drink promises them two (2) raffle entries in the promo. 


One winner will be chosen per location and will be awarded with a round-trip airfare for four (4). 7-Eleven sweetens the deal even more because luxury accommodation is also in store for the lucky winners and their travel companions. 


For adventure-seeking customers, 7-Eleven introduces another option through the Mystery Cup. A purchase of City Cafe Iced Coffee will be their passport to a randomly picked destination among the five luxury destinations lined up this year, perfect for those who are up for anything exciting. 


This 2024, all roads lead to the pristine destinations waiting to be explored in the Philippines. As one of 7-Eleven’s biggest promotions this year, customers are encouraged to pack up and drink up with Summer EsCUPades.


Cheers to 40 years with 7-Eleven and like us on 7-Eleven Philippines Facebook, follow @711ph on Instagram, and @711philippines on Twitter and TikTok, and visit our website for more information


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