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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Seven items you need to stop the common cold in its tracks!

With the rainy season fast approaching, the risk of catching a cold or the flu is not far behind. 

As much as you want your kids to experience the happiness of playing in the rain, your motherly instinct kicks in and keeps you worried that they might catch the flu or a cold. Studies show that an adult can get (2) two to (4) four episodes of the common cold annually while kids can get (6) six to (12) twelve episodes, but you can prevent that from happening! As every wonder wo-mom knows, a little prevention goes a long way. 

We've got you covered with seven items you need to have to help stomp out the sniffles. 

1. A bottle full of water 
Drinking lots of water will help decongest airways and keep the throat moist. Keeping your family hydrated is one of the best things you can do for their bodies while their immune system is gearing up for a fight against the cold. 

2. A pack of immunity-boosting snacks 
Consuming immunity-boosting food items on a regular basis will help prevent many illnesses including the cold and flu. If you are keen on living a healthy life, chow down on fresh fruits, yoghurt, and other healthy snacks. Doing so can save you and your kids from an unnecessary visit to the doctor. 

3. A handy-dandy hand sanitizer 
Here’s another thing that can keep the entire family healthy: hand sanitizers! Bacteria and viruses are everywhere so it’s better for your kids to always have a bottle of hand sanitizer or even a good ole’ bottle of isopropyl alcohol in the bag. Keeping their hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illnesses. 

4. A lot of tissue paper 
When the cold and flu season hits, you’re going to need more tissue paper than you think. Always have a box of tissue paper because “lots” is never enough for a family. Just always remember to dispose of them properly and clean your hands after blowing your nose. By following this you and your family can help effectively stop the spread of viruses. 

5. A stylish scarf 
Of course, you’d want your family to be protected from allergens and viruses outside your home. Give them something to cover themselves with! May it be a nice handkerchief, a stylish scarf, or a sterile face mask, you should always be prepared most especially when the fambamis going to a crowded place. 

            6. A ton of patience, love, and understanding 
Being a mom to sick kids can really be a test of patience. They all have their own quirks and nursing them can really wear you down so it’s always good to prepare yourself mentally and emotionally for the battle. Remember to ask for help, pray for love and patience, and most importantly, keep yourself healthy. 

7. A trusted cold defense nasal spray 

Aside from having tons of patience and understanding, you need to have a trusted companion in keeping your family healthy. Hold the cold off before it worsens by using one of the leading and most trusted antiseptic brand in the country that is BETADINE®4,5,6. It has a whole line of upper respiratory care products that are proven to be safe and effective including BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray. 

By using BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray at the onset of sickness, you can shorten the duration of cold symptoms by up to two (2) days and keep the viruses from spreading further and the colds from worsening. Its formulation includes Carragelose®, a natural active ingredient that has antiviral effects and is clinically proven to eliminate 99% of the common cold and flu viruses such as rhinovirus, coronavirus, and influenza A virus which are common causes of respiratory infections. BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray is recommended for children 1 year old and above. Plus, it is natural, steroid free, drug free, and has contamination-proof nozzle. 

Don’t let common cold and flu hinder your family from creating many wonderful memories together. Always remember to stock up on BETADINE® Cold Defense Nasal Spray for Kids and Adults and stop cold and flu-like illnesses from the get-go. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Angkas partners with HPG for safer and convenient transport

The Highway Patrol Group (HPG) has announced its support for the government-sanctioned pilot run of app-based motorcycle taxi service Angkas, saying it is strongly aligned with their mandate of helping Filipinos safely traverse the streets. 

In a press briefing held yesterday, HPG chief superintendent Roberto Fajardo said that the HPG’s mandate is to ensure the safety of the metro’s highways for the benefit of commuters and motorists alike and part of that mandate is to help ensure the smooth and safe flow of traffic in our streets.

“We support Angkas, as well as all the transport operators legally franchised by the LTFRB, because it is a service that helps the commuters in safely going to and from their destinations,” Fajardo declared. “The HPG and Angkas have the same objective and therefore we need to support each other,” he added.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently gave the green light to implement the pilot run of Angkas in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu for six months starting this June. Prior to this, the DOTr organized a Technical Working Group (TWG) to discuss and conduct studies of Angkas’ operations, particularly, its safety training program for their motorcycle rider-partners. 

Fajardo also said that Angkas bikers have also been participating in the HPG’s own Motorcycle Riders Safety training program. “In their own little way, and in line with Angkas’ social responsibility, they send their own riders to join our safety training,” Fajardo noted.

He also commended Angkas’ own safety training program. “Maganda nga ang may training dahil magiging katuwang natin sila, magiging example of a disciplined motorcycle rider,” Fajardo stressed.

Angkas founder and CEO Angeline Tham talked about their partnership with HPG, saying, “HPG is out every day protecting our streets and since safety is also paramount to Angkas, we join them in their effort to make the street safer for the general public.”

The press briefing coincided with the turnover of Angkas’ donation 50 brand-new, high-quality helmets to the HPG, which was held at the HPG office in Camp Crame, Quezon City. According to Angkas Regulatory and Public Affairs head George Royeca, the donation is part of their safety advocacy. 
“We have always been vocal about our advocacy for the safety of both the bikers and the passengers. Our donation to the HPG is in line with that advocacy, and which we hope will, in some way, contribute to the safety of our friends from the HPG as they patrol our highways and make them safe,” Royeca said. “This is just the start of a partnership with HPG which we hope will expand to cover other areas that promote and improve road safety,” he added.

Gen. Fajardo also described the HPG’s partnership with Angkas as a joint effort to work for the benefit of the commuters and the motorists. “We work hand in hand for the safety, security and discipline of the motorists,” Fajardo stressed.

Fajardo also said that the donated helmets will be part of the HPG riders’ new uniform and will be the perfect tandem for the new BMW motorcycles that the HPG riders will soon be driving.

Jollibee Burger Steak’s appetizing combination of 100% beef burger patty topped with mushroom gravy is still within your reach

While the price of goods continue to rise, looking for something beefy, saucy, and malinamnam to complete your day is still within your reach. Don’t worry - Jollibee Burger Steak is here to indulge your craving for a super affordable price that is still only at PHP 50!

Waiting for you at the nearest Jollibee store is the delicious and appetizing combination of the beefy-linamnam100% beef patty and the saucy-linamnam mushroom gravy on a comforting cup of steamed white rice. Not to mention, its economical price tag means that treating yourself to a beefy-saucy linamnam ulammeal whenever you want is always easy on the budget!

“When you’re on a budget and the craving for something delicious kicks in, there’s no better way to fill yourself up than with the Jollibee Burger Steak” says Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Products Mari Aldecoa.

What are you waiting for? Give in to your beefy-saucy linamnam ulamcraving and get a Jollibee Burger Steak at any Jollibee store nationwide through dine-in, take-out, delivery, or drive-thru starting at PHP 50.00 only!

For more information on Jollibee’s products and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Tagaytay Highlands has become the favorite destination of the country’s elite

Families always look forward to get togethers, road trips, and heading to the beach or the mountains for a quick vacation amidst the long days and the varying weather in the Philippines.

With the constant urge to visit beautiful places and make the best memories, there has been a desire for shorter road trips where longer stretches of time are spent with family and loved ones. They want the best of their vacation all in one place and not too far from the city—somewhere to go for quick breaks and escapades.

Tagaytay Highlands has become the favorite destination of the country’s elite, with themed homes in nature and an abundance of world-class amenities all in one place wrapped in exclusivity and luxury.

Keen on enjoying year-round refreshingly cool weather? Spend it at Woodlands Point in Tagaytay Highlands, where breezy mountain lodge living awaits families.

Nestled in one of the highest elevations in the Highlands, Woodlands Point is blessed with Tagaytay’s cool and misty weather, making it the perfect haven for urban dwellers who want to escape the frenzy of city life. Landscaped with thousands of Norfolk pines for an authentic mountaintop feel, Woodlands Point is a signature project of Highlands Prime, Inc., with the rustic charm of its log cabins promising indulgent countryside living, complemented by soothing vistas of the verdant mountains and Laguna de Bay.

Still another idyllic vacation spot in Tagaytay Highlands is Horizon Terraces, an integrated development at the Midlands that offers picture-perfect views of the world-famous Taal Lake, Mt. Makiling, Midlands golf course, and its own central park. Its Garden Suites—master-planned one- and two-bedroom units amidst nature—are great for families or individuals who seek quick weekend getaways in exclusive and intimate settings. Each suite at Horizon Terraces exudes an unmistakable vibe of luxury through its large panel windows that maximize natural lighting and a sizeable balcony where residents can enjoy the surrounding naturescape.

At tropics-inspired Vireya, families can relax in the tropical-resort-style homes that open up to the most alluring views of nature. As the first and only tropical resort community in Tagaytay Highlands, Vireya offers residents a charming blend of the cool mist of the mountains and the warmth of the tropics.

Vireya presents itself as a perfect venue for relaxing breaks, offering as it does Pavana’s swimming pool and Ammanya Massage Point; the very first Treehouse within the mountain resort complex; its pocket parks and gardens; and a jogging path for those who want to sustain a healthy, active vacation.

Situated in one of the most coveted locations within the Highlands, Vireya is the perfect spot for those who want to bask in the invigorating mountain air while looking out at the scenic Taal Lake and Mt. Makiling.

On top of all these, bond with family and friends at the world-class amenities and recreational facilities of Tagaytay Highlands. Property purchase at Horizon Terraces Suites and Vireya comes with membership rights and exclusive access to facilities and activities at the Country Club like the Aerial Walk, Sporting Arrow, and Pedal Go Kart Racing—plus sports facilities such as swimming, tennis, bowling, badminton, and many more. Woodlands Points and Horizon Terraces Villas homeowners are also given access to membership rights at the Midlands Golf Club. 

With its accessible location just a 90-minute drive from the metro, Tagaytay Highlands is home to vacations perfect for any time of the year. Truly, this premier mountain resort destination is a place of carefree moments and happy memories in the comfort of family and friends. 

Tagaytay Highlands is the premier mountain resort development of the SM Group in Tagaytay. Nestled among the highest elevations of the city, it is a leisure destination that speaks of exclusivity and luxury, where stunning nature views and a breezy, cool climate come together to redefine relaxation. For inquiries about owning a Highlands home, call +632 5052422 and +63917 5150158 or visit

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Living a healthier, longer and better life comes easily when you know you’re protected with Philam Vitality

I was one of the Admitting Officers before at a Tertiary Hospital in Manila. Getting a room was hard then as it requires a certain deposit for every patient with different illnesses. I have witnessed and admitted every patients with diagnoses ranging from cancer to hypertension. Some of them have healthcards or health insurance to cover for their admission and medicine. But most of the time, some are paying for cash. The hardest part is some of them are unprepared for the unexpected hospitalization costs.

No one wants to get sick or hurt but most people need medical care at some point. Health insurance like Philam Life AIA Critical Protect 100 covers these costs and offers important benefits for you and your loved ones. For just p113 a day, you can be covered from minor and major illnesses.

Philam Life recently launches AIA Critical Protect 100 at Ayala Triangle, Makati. It offers comprehensive health and protection benefits from 0-100 years old, offering coverage for up to 100 minor and major illnesses including cancer, heart attack, or stroke.

The launch was attended by Philam Life Brand Ambassadors Wil Dasovich, Raymond Gutierrez and Nico Bolzico.

Data shows that the average cost of critical illness is about PHP2 million, but when it comes to actual claims made by its customers, Philam Life shared that the average in 2018 is only about PHP350,000. This leaves a big question on where the remaining balance to cover the expense will come from. 

In the 2018 Healthy Living Index Study conducted by AIA Group, Philam Life’s Hong Kong-based parent company, the survey revealed that a staggering 78% of Filipinos surveyed are expecting the government to shoulder the cost of treating critical illness. 

These numbers will mean more from the point of view of actual people who have battled critical illnesses. Regardless of what age critical illness hits, it wreaks havoc on carefully laid out plans, making the future uncertain for most people, especially those who have a history of illness in their families. This is why Philam Life is committed to create innovative products that help protect Filipinos against the uncertainties of critical illness such as the newly launched AIA Critical Protect 100. 

Being diagnosed with cancer at such a young age was a huge scare for me. Illnesses like cancer is supposed to come when you’re old and you’ve lived life to the fullest, not when you’re just starting to have fun,” said Wil Dasovich, Philam Life Brand Ambassador. “It was such a wakeup call for me to start thinking and preparing for my future, now that I’ve been given a second lease in life.”

“Most couples our age are probably more concerned about saving up to invest in property or splurging on trips. As brand ambassadors of Philam Life, Solenn and I have become more aware of the importance of life insurance and protecting ourselves from illnesses or untoward events in the future. Investing and saving for the future are important but we’ve come to understand that protection is the most basic need that we have to address first. Living a healthier, longer and better life comes easily when you know you’re protected,” added Nico Bolzico, Philam Life Brand Ambassador.

AIA Critical Protect 100 offers comprehensive health and protection benefits from 0-100 years old, offering coverage for up to 100 minor and major illnesses including cancer, heart attack, or stroke. There’s an option to include riders which give increased coverage for gender specific cancers like ovarian or prostate, as well financial benefits during recovery period and plan protection for loved ones. Best of all, the product is powered by Philam Vitality, Philam Life’s game-changing wellness program that helps encourage the right behavior by incentivizing customers with rewards for knowing and improving their health.

“As a Philam Vitality member, I’m not just protected by life insurance; I’m also rewarded for living a healthier, longer and better life. The program can help prevent the onset of critical illness by challenging and motivating me to meet my weekly fitness target and rewards me for living healthy. This year, Philam Vitality gives stronger motivation to live better with its bigger and bolder rewards that include more instant weekly rewards such as free coffee and cinema tickets, as well as a chance to win a fitness device and a trip to El Nido, Palawan,” said Philam Life Brand Ambassador Raymond Gutierrez. 

Philam Vitality’s enhanced weekly rewards include free coffee or tea from The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, SM Cinema tickets, GrabCar vouchers, Globe postpaid and prepaid credits, on top of preferential discounts from program partners like Toby’s Sports, Garmin, Gold’s Gym, UFC Gym, Hi-Precision Diagnostics, Makati Medical Center, Enchanted Kingdom, Philippine Airlines, Seda Hotels and SM Cinema.

Find out more about AIA Critical Project 100 and the Philam Vitality by visiting the Philam Life website at, Facebook page at, or contact them through email at or landline at (02)528-2000.   


Saturday, June 22, 2019

Stream movies and shows with no sign up required only by HOOQ

 You can now watch your favorite tagalog movies or stream it for free by downloading HOOQ app on your mobile. There are many blockbuster tagalog movie titles that are now available. Here is your chance to catch up on "Ulan" stars by Nadine Lustre and Die Beautiful. 

HOOQ recently launches HOOQ FREE and HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival last June 20 at Ayala Circuit, Makati.  The event was graced by Ms.Nadine Lustre, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager Sheila Paul, Christian Bables, Margie Holmes, Chief Content Officer, HOOQ, Jennifer Batty.  

At the launch of the HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival, new originals like the recent smash-hit ULAN,co-produced with Viva Films, starring Nadine Lustre and Carlo Aquino, will be introduced onto HOOQ FREE. 

HOOQ, Southeast Asia’s leading video-on-demand service, today announced that it is expanding its freemium offering with the launch of HOOQ FREE, enabling direct access to high-quality content without having the need to register. As well as continuing to deliver the best in regional and Hollywood content, HOOQ is committed to bringing the very best in local content, via HOOQ FREE, celebrating the essence of Pinoy pride during the month of Independence and accepting local diversities.

As part of the launch, HOOQ is also introducing the HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival, an innovative streaming festival that will bring a variety of local content from HOOQ’s vast library onto the freemium layer every quarter. 

Sheila Paul, HOOQ Philippines Country Manager, said, HOOQ is attuned to the evolving needs of the social, convenience-driven and digital-savvy Filipino. We understand local nuances and most importantly, we get our audience – so we’re introducing HOOQ FREE and the HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival in response to their wants and needs as VOD consumers.”

HOOQ FREE is a major enhancement to the user-experience from HOOQ, providing Filipinos access to a wide array of popular on-demand local films, programs, live channels and short-form content – without the need to register. The revamped platform, which can be accessed via the web, mobile app, and on select TV models and set-top boxes, has been designed to give viewers immediate access to some of the nation’s most popular films and series, so they can browse and access authentic, unique and locally relevant stories that they want to watch.

Aside from bringing exciting local stories at the forefront, HOOQ FREE also bolsters the HOOQ live TV experience, adding two new channels; CNN Philippines and PTV. With the addition of these new channels, HOOQ increases the total number of live and feature TV channels to 20. 

Jennifer Batty, Chief Content Officer, HOOQsaid, “We are giving Filipinos the freedom to view over 1,000 titles for free! There will be no sign-ups, no registration for a trial or paid subscription needed. Based on our data and insights, and our deep connection to the local audience, we know that video entertainment delight is all about instant enjoyment, consumption that's mobile, and the power of bite-size and binge-worthy content with local relevance.”

June is a busy month in the Pinoy calendar with Independence Day and LGBT Pride Month. In celebration of all these things that are important to Filipinos everywhere, HOOQ is also introducing the HOOQ FREEPLAY Festival, a new and innovative quarterly streaming event. For the first ever festival, HOOQ will shift over 1,000 local titles from HOOQ VIP, HOOQ’s SVOD (subscription video-on-demand) layer onto HOOQ FREE for the duration of one-month, from June 21 to July 20, 2019. 

There will also be an all-new HOOQ Original titled, Sex Talks with Dr. HolmesThe 10-episode series is a helpline for those who have questions and concerns about sex and how it figures in their daily lives. There will be a dramatization of the letter senders’ situations but the approach is light with a bit of humor. 

For those who want complete access HOOQ’s vast catalogue of the hottest Hollywood and regional series and movies including Krypton, John Wick, La La Landand Marvel’s The Avengers, as well as the latest HOOQ Originals, plus Korean dramas like Jewel in the Palaceand Winter Sonata, can sign-up to a HOOQ VIP plan on

HOOQ VIP Plans are available for as low as P59/week with multiple payment options via credit card, debit card, and telco partners such as Globe, Smart, and Sun.

HOOQ can now be enjoyed on more devices like Google Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs, Android TV, Apple TV, Globe Streamwatch powered by Roku, and the new Globe Streamwatch Xtreme Prepaid. 

Seven items you need to stop the common cold in its tracks!

With the rainy season fast approaching, the risk of catching a cold or the flu is not far behind.  As much as you want your kids ...