Friday, March 28, 2014

Menarini's Dapoxetine advocates “Commit to Control PE”

The world’s largest Italian biopharmaceutical company, Menarini, is in the Philippines to  promote awareness on premature ejaculation among Filipino couples. Armed with the knowledge that 20% of relationships and marriages break down because of premature ejaculation1, the corporation aspires to inspire and encourage men to take action against this disorder.  Though 1 out of 3 men2  suffer from this sexual dysfunction,  men tend to deny the condition and women would just keep silent  on how dissatisfied they are in the bedroom3 .

In the first ever summit on Premature Ejaculation, the media and celebrity couples freely talked on what they know about the topic, and offered insights.  The eye-opening stories were put forward by the likes of Anthony Pangilinan and Maricel-Laxa Pangilinan, Paolo Abrera and wife Suzie Entrata, Regine Tolentino and husband Lander Vera-Perez. The lively exchange catalysed an open discussion of the condition. Experts were also there to provide guidance and wisdom: Dr. Margie Holmes, noted and popular author and psychologist specializing in sex therapy, as well as urologist and men’s health expert Dr. Dennis Serrano.

During the summit, necessary actions that should be taken by a sufferer surfaced and were confirmed.  Those suffering from PE can begin by facing up to the issue.  Men and women need not suffer from stress, dissatisfaction, and insecurity. The topic should not  be confined within closed doors and whispered about in secret when they can get help.  Men should work with their partners.  Couples should be supportive of each other's needs and lack. Consulting with a doctor is the most crucial step. The problem of PE affects many but many choose to brush it away.  

As the Sex Survey showed, couple tried different methods, and unfortunately reaching out to a doctor is not high on the list.1

Dr. Dennis Serrano explains the condition: Premature ejaculation (PE) occurs when a man is unable to control or delay ejaculation on his own wish after vaginal penetration, resulting in short latency time and decreased sexual satisfaction, as well as personal distress and interpersonal difficulty. Premature ejaculation (PE) is the most common sexual dysfunction in men, even higher than Erectile Dysfunction.

Dr. Margie Holmes stressed that the issue centers more on lack of control and should be measured not just by time but more on the ability to satisfy one’s partner.

RJ Ledesma, the summit host established early on: “Men with PE often report emotional and relationship distress and some avoid pursuing sexual relationships altogether because of PE-related embarrassment. But the issue is not isolated to men as female partners also experience emotional and psychological distress which often leads to unwanted stress in the relationship.”

Premature ejaculation is not just a physiological problem affecting men, it is an issue that affects relationships between partners, between husbands and wives. This statement encapsulates what the crux of the problem is. Awareness leads to better understanding, understanding will lead to acceptance. And hopefully with acceptance (instead of denial) people can seek help, specifically from their doctors.

Menarini is determined to bring to the forefront of our consciousness the issue of Premature Ejaculation --- primarily for Filipino couples. It offers prescription drug Dapoxetine to improve all measures of premature ejaculation, including control over ejaculation and sexual satisfaction for the couple. Dapoxetine is the first and only drug specifically developed for the treatment of premature ejaculation and is now approved in over 50 countries.

The company had set up a website that can help guide a man and his partner to determine if he indeed suffers from this condition. The Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool (PEDT)) is a short five-question, psychometrically validated measure to help diagnose premature ejaculation. Those suspected to have premature ejaculation are then encouraged to speak to their physician for a thorough examination. The website also helps a sufferer find a doctor for him, so that he can get treatment for the condition that hurts him, his partner and their relationship: visit

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10.   McMahon CG, Lee G, Park JK, Adaikan PG. Premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction prevalence and attitudes in the Asia-Pacific region. J Sex Med. 2012;9(2):454–65.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

UMD, Manoeuvres, Sexbomb Reunite for Dance Concert promoting Neuropathy Awareness

March 31, 2014 marks the ultimate throwback event of the year as Universal Universal Motion Dancers (UMD), Manoeuvres, and Sexbomb Dancers reunite for one Massive Dance Concert in an effort to raise awareness for Neuropathy!
Neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy, refers to nerve damage in the peripheral nervous system which is limited to nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord. It is often caused Physical trauma, repetitive injury, infection, metabolic problems and exposure to toxins.

People who suffer from neuropathy exhibit symptoms like tingling(tusok-tusok) or burning sensation, gradual onset of numbness (pangangawit) and loss of sensation (pamamanhid) in the hands and feet. Diagnosis of neuropathy involves clinical history, physical examination and some electrical tests like electromyography (EMG) to diagnose muscle weakness . See the three iconic dance groups perform at the Trinoma Activity Center on Monday. Free nerve clinics, games, and freebies to be given away throughout this day-long activity.

This event is made possible by Neurobion, a Vitamin B-Complex with Vitamins B1, B6 and B12 that helps maintain healthy nerves, promote efficient nerve function, and reduce pain in the arms and hands caused by Neuropathy.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Forti-D: Vitamin D Supplement from Unilab

Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. Sunlight exposure required to get the enough Vitamin D needed by our body depends on the time of the day, geographical location and your skin pigmentation. This sunshine vitamin is needed for strong bones because it helps the body utilize calcium from the diet. Vitamin D also occurs naturally in some fish, egg yolks, fish liver oils and in fortified dairy and grain products.

Despite of this, 3 out of 5 Filipinos tested are vitamin D-deficient based on the results presented during the 36th annual national convention of the Philippine College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM) with the theme “Moving Forward to Healthy Workplaces”.

The PCOM director, Dr. Marilou Renales said "The results of a voluntary blood testing performed among 369 randomly selected Metro Manila office workers revealed that 58% were vitamin D-deficient while 30% were shown to have insufficient levels of vitamin D".
Alex Panlilio, Unilab's VP for Consumer Health
Individuals who shun the sun, strictly follow a vegetarian diet and those who suffer from milk intolerance are likely to be vitamin D deficient. You may be at risk of deficiency if you live in northern latitudes, have an occupation that prevents sun exposure and if you have dark skin.
Vitamin D is a hormone that controls calcium levels in the blood. It is important  for bone and muscle development, and for preventing osteoporosis. So untreated Vitamin D deficiency can increase a person’s risk of musculoskeletal conditions, that include:
· Bone and muscle pain
· Rickets (soft, weakened bones) in children
· Osteopenia (weak, fragile bones) in older adults.
United Laboratories, the biggest Pharmaceutical Company in the Philippines recently launched their latest supplement in the market that will help fight Vitamin D deficiency.

Forti- D is a single- dose supplement that contains 800 IU of Vitamin D. “Taking one capsule of Forti- D every day helps reduce the rick of getting chronic diseases by unlocking the proper function of organs typically affected by such illnesses,” said Alex Panlilio, Unilab VP for consumer health.

Forti- D retails at P6.50 (SRP)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Celebrate Earth Day by joining in the Pro-Earth Run

Since the 1990's, Philippines participates in the worldwide celebration of the Earth Day. The local government, civil society and church congregations gather annually to renew their partnership for the common good and this makes the Philippine Earth Day celebration so unique. The said partnership eventually evolved into a coalition called "Earth Day Network Philippines" or EDNPI.

As Earth Day 2014 celebration focuses on climate change, Earth Day Network Philippines formally launched "Pro-Earth Run" to highlight the occasion and come up with resources to support EDNPI on climate change and conservation of the country’s natural resources.

Join in the Earth Day celebration by joining Earth Day Network Philippines' Pro-Earth Run happening on April 12, 2014 at Bonifacio Global City. Please contact EDNP Secretariat's Network Relations Officer, Ryan Alfred Go, at 332-6030, 0905-5051111 for more information.

You may also send your inquiries to

Solane launches innovative Safety Cap and Seal

It is summer once again, and so everyone is more vigilant and active in protecting one's home from fires. Solane recognizes the need to safeguard its customers and so it has intensified its safety campaign in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

Earlier today in Makati, Solane launched its new gas-tight Solane safety cap & seal in one, an innovative tamper-proof feature for auto/shut off (A/S) valves that has guarantee of quality and secures your home against gas leaks and potential fires in its commitment to continuously innovate and create safer homes for Filipinos.

A first-of-its-kind in the LPG industry, the safety cap, with serial number as proof of authenticity, completely plugs the gas to prevent leaks before installing the tank with a hose. Storing a Solane LPG tank with safety caps also keeps it protected from becoming a possible source of ignition.

“The new safety cap and seal exemplify Solane’s commitment to innovation and safety. It is a service that we are committed to provide to our customers to ensure their safety and protection while using LPG at home or at work. It is our priority to aim to minimize or totally eliminate incidents that harm people, or put our customers, neighbors or facilities at risk,” said Ramon Del Rosario, Solane’s Chief Operations Officer.

The new Solane safety cap and seal is made from high-grade plastic that’s plugged and sealed - you may re-use the Solane safety cap by plugging and locking it in the LPG valve, especially when you are storing your LPG tank. It is tamper proof and has visible markings to help ensure customers they are getting authentic Solane LPG. Each safety cap and seal features embossed Solane and flame girl logos and has a unique serial number to protect Solane customers from illegal LPG refillers.
Solane Mother of the Year winner, Jessie Lou Lucero, graced the media event at Romulo Cafe 

To check if want you have is an authentic Solane LPG, rip-off the tab from the safety cap and then log on to Facebook. Solane’s facebook page ( has the Solane Authenticity Checker Apps handy in which you may enter the serial number to verify if the tank came from a licensed Solane dealer.

Order Solane LPG online at or call 887-5555 for home delivery within Metro Manila. You may also opt to send SMS to 0918-8875555. Getting a refill for your LPG tanks at home has never been this safe and convenient.

Every Solane LPG delivery to your home guarantees a 7-point Safety Check of your LPG system by our well-trained Solane LPG riders, which is a service exclusive only to Solane LPG users.

Order na sa Hatid-Bahay Online for the LPG that is strict sa quality, safety, and service!

Santoni opens its flagship store in Manila

Most sought-after Italian shoe brand for its craftsmanship and quality, Santoni, is now locally available through its exclusive distributor, the Lucerne Group.

Founded in 1975 by Andrea and Rosa Santoni in 1975, Santoni’s hand-made quality shoes gained popularity because they were very comfortable and proven to hold up well over time. The shoes fit true to size and the hand finish is evident in the different color of each pair. Santoni footware has multiple quality lines. “Signature” line is top-of-the-line with its entire handmade collection. Next is the “Fatte a Mano” (with tan sock lining inside the shoe) which is entirely hand-antiqued. Santoni Goodyear”, “Santoni Norvegese”, “Santoni Blake” and “Santoni Bentivegna” belong to high-quality lines.

Edith Dychiao is confident that the upscale Santoni will  be a hit among Filipinos who wants to be pampered with handcrafted elegance

Santoni stands out from the other shoe brands because of its unorthodox sizing, design, luxury, and craftmanship according to Andrea Casavechia, Santoni Asia Manager 

Francesco De Santis, Santoni's 3rd generation Master Artisan, was at the event to showcase unparalleled Italian craftmanship for which Santoni is known for.  

Santoni Boutique
2/F East Wing
Shangri-La Plaza Mall

Monday, March 24, 2014

Solaire Resort and Casino hits One Million Facebook Fans in One Year

Solaire Resort and Casino, the fastest growing integrated resort in the country surpassed 1 Million Facebook “Likes” in one year ( a great milestone to mark its 1st year anniversary.

Solaire is the first integrated resort to embrace Social Media with its in- house digital marketing team since the time it opened. Hence, it has indicated its strength within a year. Social Media is an essential part of their continuous efforts to innovate and provide exceptional entertainment to all their clientele. Growing engagement with fans of Solaire has contributed significantly its business success. Social Media platforms do   enhance the marketing plans of Solaire and allows them to interact and update regular patrons on all events, activities, shows and promotions.

Solaire engages its valued followers through Facebook and this platform provides them the opportunity to participate and share those special experiences of great memories. This provides an opportunity to connect our most supportive and passionate fans in a quest to find ways to enjoy and “Create their Moments” at Solaire.

"This is something we are proud of and wish to express our sincere appreciation to our loyal supporters and 1 Million Facebook fans for their continued support as we celebrate our 1st year in business. We are glad to be able to connect with our guests through Social Media," says Jasper Evangelista, Vice President Brand Marketing, Solaire Resort and Casino.

Solaire’s Facebook page has daily interactive postings on gaming and resort promotions, events, raffle and other activities. Solaire has a strong social media presence in the Philippines and a rising presence in Asia.

Stay updated with Solaire through Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Solaire Resort & Casino is the primary property of Bloomberry Resorts Corporation,  It is a USD $1.2 Billion integrated destination resort on an 8.3- hectare site in Manila, Philippines which opened in March 2013.

As a luxury destination casino resort, Solaire is the first one to open in the Entertainment City, a government sponsored (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) economic development zone.

Solaire’s Bay Tower (Phase 1) features 500 luxurious rooms, suites and bay side villas, 18,500 square meters of gaming space, a wide range of award-winning signature restaurants, sophisticated bars and lounges, and an ample multi-level car park. The property has additional 258,721 square meter expansion project under development which is expected to open 3rd quarter of 2014.

For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at

For inquiries, please contact:
Joy A. Wassmer
Director of Communications and Public Relations
Solaire Resort & Casino
+ 63 2 883 8783
Mobile Number: +63 999 886 1698

Catch AbbaMania at the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park on March 28th

Guests and tourists will come to Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park on March 28 for a whole entertainment package as Viva Live, Inc. and Redstone Media Productions holds Abbamania at the resort's outdoor concert grounds.

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park is a major tourist destination for leisure and entertainment in the south of Manila. It is a perfect venue for outdoor sports, concerts or other events as it can fit in as many spectators in as possible in a 36-hectare top class accommodation that spells out FUN!

Join in as the much awaited come back concert tour of AbbaMania performs stunning musical tribute to Sweden’s ABBA pop superstars.

Listening to the group of Agnetha Falskog (vocalist),Bjorn Ulvaeus(Guitarist) Ani-Frid Lyngstad(vocalist) and Benny Anderson(Pianist) is the closest to ABBA you’ll ever get. With your eyes closed, you will swear to hearing the original ABBA singers since music is so good!

The AbbaMania Concert is expected to bring one of the greatest pop successes in the music history back to life. See for yourself why the crowd were mesmerized by their successful performance at Solaire, where the tribute group’s first concert tour was held. People were dancing in the aisles as the group belted out “Dancing Queen” and other upbeat encores!

Be part of history as the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park night sky come alive while AbbaMania performs “Mamma Mia,” “SOS,” “Fernando,” “Take a Chance on Me,” “Waterloo,” and much more!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

ISLAND COVE: Island Luxury where you want it

I had a fun-filled Thursday at the Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park with co-bloggers. This ISO 9001:2008 certified, 36-hectare Mediterranean- inspired island is situated in Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite and is just 15-20 minutes away from SM Mall of Asia via Cavite Expressway (CAVITEX).
Marketing and Events Officer, Zarny L. Zaragoza, divided the group into two and then we were off to our see what this family-oriented resort has to offer. 

The relaxing OPM music from a quartet greeted us at the resort's lobby. The same ensemble of performers went on to serenade us while we had our fill of the sumptuous buffet breakfast at the iCafe.
Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park has numerous free WIFI spots within its vicinity   

Tram stations are strategically located to get you around the island.  Island Cove uses electronic vehicles as part of its eco-friendly advocacy.

Island Cove offers a myriad of sports and recreational activities. Facilities include game areas for billiards, table tennis, airsoft and the maze challenge.

They also have a Wellness Center, in which the Fit Club and Spa is located.

As a family-oriented adventure destination,  Island Cove has a lot of leisure activities  to offer for everyone.  It has biking trails, an aviary, a petting zoo, a monkey island, aviary, crocodile cabin etc.  

And what is summer fun without a pool to dip in?
Your kids will surely splash into the kiddie pool and giggle they way around the sprinkler water park for that awesome summer fun!  Toddlers can stay cool at the wading pool's fun fountains.  The nozzles shoot up water and create circles  of water to get the little  ones wet.

The Oceania Water Park also has a huge pool with four giant slides at the middle plus three inflatable slides on the side for the faint at heart.

According to  Gilbert Remulla (Managing Director), Island Cove filters its pool water on a daily basis. Clean facilities and safety measure are the things they invest on.

There are enough lifeguards to cover each area and scan activities of the guests for safety.  They have Red Cross-certified first aiders and a doctor on call  in case of emergency.
Oceania is an awesome playground for toddlers and kids of all ages. It is pleasant place  to get wet and relax are there are lots of shady lounging and picnic areas. 

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park's Oceania is a truly a gem to beat the summer heat and go for a cooling fun activity!

Island Cove Hotel and Leisure Park
Binakayan, Kawit, Cavite
+(63-46) 434-0210
+(63-2) 810-7878

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