Saturday, September 28, 2013

Nanay for Healthy Livers para kay Baby advocacy

Earlier today, Zonta Club of Alabang in cooperation with GlaxoSmithKline, Department of Health in Muntinlupa plus other local government offices held their Hepatitis B screening and vaccination activities at Festival Mall Activity Center.
Over 100 expectant women from indigent communities in Muntinlupa, Alabang, Sucat, Cupang and nearby barangays were present to avail of the free services. Hepatitis B leads to liver damage and even death. And liver cancer is a serious silent killer. It is asymptomatic until such time it causes classic symptoms such as abdominal pain and weight loss, but the liver is failing.

The hepatitis B virus reproduces in liver cells, but the virus itself is not the direct cause of damage to the liver. Presence of the virus triggers an immune response from the body as the body tries to eliminate the virus and recover from the infection. This immune response causes inflammation and may seriously injure liver cells. Hepatitis B disease is often considered an adult illness because of the way it is commonly transmitted--via shared needles, transfused blood products and unsafe sex. But it can also infect children at birth or through close contact during childhood with an infected person.

Hence, pregnant women should avail of the hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) to protect their child against the hepatitis B virus. Transmission of hepatitis B from mother to newborn is the most prevalent means of transmission in the Philippines. The hepatitis B rate is very high, and almost all infected infants will develop chronic hepatitis B. Acute hepatitis damages the liver in some rare cases so badly that it can no longer function. Many infected individuals don't know they have it because they don't exhibit any symptom. Those who acquired the disease in childhood are more likely to suffer from long-term health problems such as cirrhosis and liver cancer.

This life-threatening condition affects thousands of Filipinas that Kathleen “Maymay” Liechtenstein, President of Zonta Club of Alabang (ZCA) decided to take it up as one of their women empowerment campaigns. Fortunately, transmission can be significantly reduced through immunoprophylaxis. The advocacy aims to lift the plight of women in Muntinlupa City by supplementing Hepatitis B awareness with talks by experts/specialist in the field.

The recommended number of doses for vaccine is three shots to be administered at birth; between 1 and 2 months; and between 6 and 18 months.  Women screened for hepatitis B during pregnancy who tested positive, should get hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) as well as the hepatitis B vaccine for their babies, to provide short-term protection within 12 hours of birth.

About Zonta Club
Zonta International was founded in Buffalo, New York, USA in 1919. The organization has grown into a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions working together to advance the status of women over the decades.

Today, there are more than 30,000 members in more than 1,200 clubs in 63 countries all over the world. District 17 serves as an operating arm of Zonta International in Asia, comprising clubs in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand under its leadership.

GlaxoSmithKline launches X Means Love campaign to raise Cervical Cancer Awareness

Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in partnership with ABS-CBN Foundation, Healthway Medical, Cervical Cancer Association of the Philippines (CECAP), BayaniJuan, Bravehearts Coalition of the Philippines, Society of Gynecologic Oncology of the Philippines (SGOP), Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society of the Philippines (POGS) and Philippine Society Asia Oceana Research Institute for Gynecological Infection and Neoplasia (AOGIN) launched a new campaign to encourage more Filipinas to protect themselves against cervical cancer last September 24th at Relish Cafe in Quezon City.

Next to breast cancer, cervical cancer is the second most common cancer that afflicts the women in the country, where an estimated 4,800 Filipinas across ages and denominations are diagnosed each year. Moreover, 12 Filipino women die from cervical cancer daily according to the statistics of Philippine Cancer Facts and Estimates 2005. For every 4 survivors of breast cancer, there are less than 3 women who survive cervical cancer.

This advocacy called “X Means Love” aims to cross out cervical cancer as a health threat by reaching out to local women and their families to take preventive measures against the disease. Influential women like Abby Arenas-de Leon, Janine Desiderio, and more talked about their loved ones’ fight against this virulent disease and the importance of cervical cancer prevention.

Janine Desiderio lost her cancer stricken mom when she was just 6 years old. She related how disheartening is it to lose someone in your family to the silent killer cancer. With information dissemination strategy that cervical cancer is a preventable disease, women can be proactive in its prevention and in saving the lives of women in their families on top of their own.

Supermodel and beauty queen Abbygale Arenas-de Leon heads Bravehearts Coalition of the Philippines, a nonprofit organization which continuously pursues a cervical cancer-free Philippines by for the past five years. They are often on the road trip sponsoring cervical cancer awareness lectures, and offering vaccinations to Filipinas all over the country.  

Their testimonies encourage Filipinas of today to take charge of their lives in fighting this second killer cancer among women. By advocating cervical awareness and women empowerment, the number of cervical cancer incidences is expected to go down drastically by 94% as cervical cancer can be prevented through medical consultation, screening and vaccination. Getting the female population vaccinated as early as the age of 9 will makes Filipinas safe from the reported worldwide annual mortality of 270,000 (cited in Bosch FX and Sanjose S., J national Cancer Institute Monogr 2003: 31: 3-31).

Each advocate shared what the advocacy means to them. Carmie de Leon, VP for Sales and Marketing of Healthway Medical, relates, "X means a thing of the past. It is done. No more fear for us women."  Dr. Christine Dizon shared that "X means loving everybody and preventing cancer."

This partnership with GlaxoSmithKline is expected to help disseminate the importance of the vaccine against Cervical Cancer in the Philippines.   The program ended with the symbolic X on the arms of the advocates, looking forward to the day when Filipinas will live their lives to the fullest, totally eradicating cervical cancer incidences in the country.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Modern Filipino Cuisine that is Sentro 1771

Sentro 1771 comes from the 1771 Group of Restaurants to which belongs Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Cafe 1771, WineBar 1771 and Sidebar at El Pueblo Real de Manila. It offers great Filipino food infused with Asian flavors.
To spice up your appetite, try out the skewered, grilled chicken gizzards (150 pesos per order of 4 sticks). The meat tastes much like adobo, perfectly blended soy and vinegar combination that satiates the palatte. Flavor bursts in the mouth as you bite into the crunchy gizzard pieces.

Another must-try appetizer are the Duck Pancakes. Though Asian in origin, it has that flavor that Filipinos find appealing. It reminds me of finely stripped cuttlefish snacks often sold in Chinese stores, only this time strips come from native duck meat slow-cooked in beer, rhum, vinegar, soy sauce, and muscovado sugar. Sweet-flavored duck meat strands are tucked in Chinese pancake pockets and served on Chinese soup laddles.
Macau Chorizo and Cheese Tidbits (240 pesos) tastes better than the Lumpiang Shanghai that we got used to

Sentro 1771 offers the Filipino staple rice in creative way that makes it a meal in itself. The seafood bagoong rice is a delectable chaofan with bits and pieces of shrimp and squid. 
Sentro 1771 Signature Dishes such as the Lamb Caldereta and Corned Beef Sinigang would surely delight the first-time diners.

Caldereta is a Spanish stew that we all love to partake of during special Filipino gatherings.  The Lamb Caldereta served at Sentro 1771 has the same rich, festive tomato-based stew with potatoes, carrots, bell peppers and spices that I really love!  The lamb meat  was tender and it tasted way far better than the best beef caldereta I've had.

Sinigang is one of the comfort foods that we Filipinos often craved for. Hence, this viand has fired up the imaginations of the local chefs to come up with their own winning versions in contemporary restaurants.
Corned Beef Sinigang (595 pesos per order) consists of boneless beef shanks cooked in tamarind broth. Diners have the option to have their food to be prepared based on their diet restrictions. They can ask for a spicier or a bit sour broth to their liking.
Fresh Grilled Pampano for the discerning taste!

Two-egg Ampalaya Crepe with Salted Duck Egg Slices on top (240 pesos)

Sentro 1771 gives Leche Flan a new variety! 

Camote Cups (240 pesos) reminds me of fresh lumpia made from stir-fried Baguio bean, cabbage and sweet potato strips

If you want a great gustatory experience, head off to Sentro 1771. For more information, go to You may also follow Sentro 1771 on Facebook and Twitter.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Head off to the International Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo

The International Beauty, Health and Wellness Show (IBWHEX) officially opens today, September 26 at the SMX Convention Center. The Ribbon Cutting ceremony was headed by the Ex-Link (event organizer)together with celebrities, media partners plus health and wellness experts from various industries.

Present were Ms. Carmie de Leon (VP Sales and Marketing – Healthway Medical, Ms. Cynthia Lagdameo (President and CEO of Asian Holistic Medical Alliance, Dr. Hernando Delizo ( President – Chair and CEO – Healthcare Business Development Partners Holdings, Inc.

International Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo 2013 is aimed at creating a platform for international trade associations, manufacturer, exporters, importers and wholesalers where they can showcase and promote their globally competitive products and services. It also serves as a venue for collaboration among potential clients, suppliers and business partners for possible business ventures and find internationally competitive suppliers in the local market.

According to Mitch Ballesteros, CEO of EXLink Event Management, ” The expo is also a perfect venue for international companies to gain a foothold in the Philippine market , by partnering with local companies to further their expansion efforts and business growth in the country. This can be very timing endeavor since the Association of South East Asian Nations ( ASEAN) is preparing for full integration by 2015 under a single ASEAN Economic Community".

Highlight of the program is Healthway Medical's “DANCE FOR HEALTH, a healthy way to live” advocacy program that would benefit the KYTHE Foundation and CENTEX, a project of Ayala Foundation, Inc.

Kythe advocates the adoption of the Kythe Child Life Program in Philippine hospitals. Kythe was able to institutionalized the Kythe Child Life Program in 13 government and private hospitals benefiting over 8,000 pediatric patients with chronic illness through the help of partner organizations and donors such as Healthway Medical.

There are over 120 booths in this exposition that showcase a wide array of health and wellness products and services.  Well-known brands the ASEAN member countries are being offered under discounts so do visit this three-day expo.  Avail of the various promotions until September 28, 2013. Entrance Fee is set at  50 pesos.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

MPROVE’13: Learning Series for Professional Development

This coming October and November, BBCOMM in partnership with Business World and JobsDB Philippines will be mounting an event entitled  MPROVE’13: Learning series for professional development. The event will feature topics under marketing, work ethics and power dressing to be discussed by certified experts in the mentioned fields.  These series of learning programs are designed to equip the Filipino professionals to become more confident and competent in the workplace.

JobsDB Philippines will be offering a 50% discount to all its online members to boost the spirits of jobseekers in the country. Ten (10) lucky followers of the jobsDB Philippines facebook fanpage will also get an event pass for FREE.

Names of the winners will be drawn randomly (via Rafflecopter) and will be announced on October 10, 2013 via the jobsDB Philippines facebook fanpage and website. Winners should be jobsDB Philippines account holders.

So join in and like the JobsDB Philippines Facebook Fan Page and follow them on Twitter to get updates on when the rafflecopter app will go live. You may also visit JobsDB website to start exploring opportunities and secure your future!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Groove with Healthway Medical's Dance for Health

Known as the Philippines’ premiere ambulatory service provider, Healthway Medical came up with an exciting dance competition to celebrate their anniversary in a healthier way. “Dancing is a form of art but it is also considered as a great form of exercise. It is one of the most effective cardio exercises, not only for weight loss purposes but also for maintaining a healthier way of living as it involves different body movements. It conditions the human body, reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and improves blood circulation and cardiovascular disease. That is why I foster dancing in our company” said Carmie de Leon, Healthway Medical, VP for sales and marketing.

Healthway Medical's “DANCE FOR HEALTH, a healthy way to live” is open to university students, 17-21 years old who have the grooves to showcase their talents in dancing. Students who fancy joining extra activities to hone their ability are encouraged to join. The corporate may also join in provided that the dance group members' ages are between 22-35 years old. Employees who love to join aerobics, zumba, pole dancing, and other form of dance classes can show off their hip dance moves on the floor.
Healthway Medical invites all corporate and universities to showcase their moves on the dance arena. Cash and wellness packages await the winners. Dance for Health also serves as an advocacy campaign that would benefit the KYTHE Foundation and CENTEX, a project of Ayala Foundation, Inc.

The elimination rounds will kick off on September 26, 2013 at SMX Convention Center and October 26, 2013 at Alabang Town Center. The grand finals will be held on November 23, 2013 at Glorietta Activity Center.

KYTHE Foundation is a non-profit, non-stock organization aimed to inspire hope for the hospitalized children with cancer and chronic illness. As KYTHE (means “to make visible”) is already 20 years in service, they continue to help these children in achieving quality life through their KYTHE Childe Life Program. They are the only foundation in the country that offers such service through the help of group of trained professionals.

On the other hand, CENTEX (Center of Excellence in Public Elementary Education) is a public school since 1998 operated by Memorandum Agreement between the Department of Education and Ayala Foundation which caters bright children from economically disadvantaged families who needs quality education and ample support for their brighter future. CENTEX operates two public schools in Tondo Manila and Bauan Batangas wherein they served as a learning environment for the children to secure a better opportunity ahead. With this, Helathway Medical pushes this exciting dance competition not just only to celebrate but also in lending some kindness to those blessed children.

So, let’s dance for happiness. Let’s dance for a cause. Let’s dance for a healthier life with HEALTHWAY MEDICAL!

For more details on how to join the competition please contact Ms. Caroline Payot at [02] 643-3887 Local 122/ [0917] 732 4060 or email
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