Friday, July 1, 2016

Philam Life appoints Ariel Cantos as its new CEO

Effective June 24, 2016, Mr. Ariel G. Cantos succeeds Mr. Axel Bromley, as Philam Life's Chief Executive Officer as the latter has decided to relocate to the United States for personal reasons.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Cantos held the role of CEO of BPI-Philam, the bancassurance joint venture of Philam Life and the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), the leading bancassurance operation in the Philippines.

Gordon Watson, Regional Chief Executive, AIA Group, said, “I am delighted that Aibee is assuming the role of CEO of Philam Life. Aibee has spent his entire career with Philam and has successfully held a range of senior leadership positions over the course of his long career. I am confident that Aibee will help lead Philam Life to new levels of growth and success. I would also like to acknowledge the work of Axel Bromley, who helped to lay the foundation for Philam Life’s transformation journey. We wish Axel and his family all the best in their next chapter of life back in the United States.”

Mr. Cantos, known among peers as “Aibee,” joined Philam Life as a management trainee and over a career spanning almost 30 years, subsequently held a number of senior roles, including Profit Center Head of Accident & Health Products, Sales Director of Manila Agencies, and Sales Director of Provincial Agencies. His most recent position at Philam Life was Senior Vice President and Chief Agency Officer, where he led over 450 agency leaders and 6,000 advisors, before joining BPI-Philam in 2013.

As CEO of Philam Life, Mr. Cantos will lead a team that is united in its commitment to achieve Philam Life’s Vision to become the undisputed leader in life insurance and wealth management in the Philippines.

Mr. Cantos said, “I am truly honoured to have the opportunity to lead Philam Life. The outlook for our Company is extremely bright, as we continue to strengthen our distribution channels by advancing our Premier Agency strategy as well as driving bancassurance growth and expanding our portfolio of corporate clients. We will also continue to invest in new technologies and modern facilities to ensure that our advisors are well equipped to provide the best possible experience to our large customer base as we help them to lead longer, healthier, and better lives.”


Thursday, June 30, 2016

Merck intensifies its Neuropathy Awareness Campaign with “Helping True Heroes”

Neurobion, the worldwide leader in B-vitamins and the nerve care expert from Merck Inc. Philippines is back with its Neuropathy Awareness Movement.

Now on its 3rd year, this year’s campaign called “Helping True Heroes” highlights the importance of nerve health and is designed to help the millions of silent sufferers who are true heroes in their families to take an active role in keeping their nerves in tip-top state.

“True heroes are everyday people who push their own boundaries and go the extra mile for the benefit of others,“ said Debbie Go, Head of Marketing for Merck Consumer Health. “At the heart of our campaign is raising awareness for nerve care and empowering these true Filipino heroes to keep on making ordinary acts, extraordinary with healthy nerves.”

Also present during the event and lending their voices to the Neuropathy Awareness Movement were singer-actress Zsa Zsa Padilla and actor-host Ryan Agoncillo. The two shared their experience with Neuropathy and urged people to care for their nerves the same way they would for other parts of their body.

Understanding Neuropathy and who is at risk

Neuropathy affects 1 out of 3 people with progressing age and is common among people who have nutritional deficiencies e.g. vitamin B deficiency caused by special dietary habits (vegetarian, vegan); excessive smoking and drinking; as well as chronic disease like diabetes. Symptoms of Neuropathy can vary and include: numbness or loss of sensation (pamamanhid), muscle weakness (pangangalay), tingling/pins and needles (tusok-tusok), burning sensation (pag-iinit), and muscle cramps (pamumulikat).

Caring for the nerves is as easy as exercising regularly; eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein; getting at least eight hours of sleep every day; and limiting alcohol intake and cigarette smoking which are toxic to the nerves. Studies also show that healthy nerves can be achieved by taking B-complex vitamin supplements like Neurobion daily.

“I have been taking Neurobion for years now and it has done wonders to my nerves. I do not experience numbness in my hands which is a good thing because I love to cook for my family, and I also don’t experience cramps in my calves even after long hours of standing and performing on stage in high heels,” said Zsa Zsa Padilla.

Ryan Agoncillo also shared, “One of my greatest joys in life is spending quality time with my three kids, and having healthy nerves enables me to do just that. I regularly exercise and eat healthy, but sometimes, I still experience symptoms of neuropathy. Before, I couldn’t play with them as much as I wanted to because of the tingling and burning sensations I felt in my feet after a bike ride or a long day at work. When I started taking Neurobion, these symptoms no longer bother me and now I can even chase my kids around the house."

“Neurobion contains an optimum balance formulation of vitamins B1 (strengthens the nerves), B6 (improves transmission of nerve impulses) and B12 (protects and restores damaged nerves). It is clinically proven to nourish and regenerate the nerves, providing relief for people who suffer from peripheral nerve problems. With more than 50 years of heritage, Neurobion is trusted by doctors worldwide,” said Loy Dy Buncio, Brand Manager for Neurobion.

The whole-day Helping True Heroes launch event held at the Market! Market! Activity Center, headlined activities and attractions that demonstrated the crucial role of healthy nerves in the lives of true Filipino heroes.

From free nerve health checks with medical experts, NeuroMove exercise demos, life-size functional art displays by renowned local artists Coco Torre and Jonel dela Cruz, to an impressive shadow play performance by international sensation El Gamma Penumbra, all served as wake-up calls and motivation for everyone to be more vigilant about nerve care.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

More Quality Goodness at Shopwise

Just like most homemakers, I find shopping at supermarkets very convenient. Shopwise is a one big supermarket that I frequent for my groceries because it offers great selections of products and a wide variety of the same product from around the world. I'm guilty of raiding its aisles of cut price goods.

Shopwise has managed to keep prices constantly low while retaining high product quality. And this is exactly what shoppers like myself want. This year, the assortment got even better with the addition of new top quality products!

Shopwise formally launched its new line of private label consumer products at its Sucat branch last June 25th in an event hosted by Danica Sotto-Pingris. Reknowned GMA-7 kitchen manager, Chef Jonah Trinidad, did a pasta cooking demo using Papa Alfredo brand pasta, gourmet oil and Italian sauces. Guests and media were treated to a selection of red and wines from the French Cellers and Winemaker's Reserve to pair with nachos, quesadillas plus tapas they served during the occasion.

There were several booths featuring Sun Harvest's wholesome cereals, hazelnut spreads and peanut butter plus Sunny Meadow's zero cholesterol butter choices.

There were games and prizes in which winners took home FeatherSoft items.

Pet lovers would be happy to know that Shopwise now carries nutritious VitaPet Dry Food and VitaPet Wet Food products. VitaPet Clean Paw High Quality Cat Litters are also available to keep the furry felines happy.

Get more of the good life you can afford at Shopwise.

Visit and follow Shopwise on Facebook to check out its Best Value catalogue.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Philam Life intensifies its CSR efforts with 31-Million Peso donation

In a press briefing last June 24, 2016,  the Philam Group institutionalizes its annual donation to intensify CSR efforts. "Doing Good While Doing Well" summirizes the enterprise's move to give back to the local community.

Present during the event were AIA Regional CEO Gordon Watson, Philam Foundation President Max Ventura, DepEd Secretary Armin Luistro and Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc.

Bro Armin A. Luistro, Education Secretary, lauds Philam Group for its CSR projects

"For the past 69 years of philantropic success,  we have been actively enriching the lives of Filipino families through our various CSR programs.  This year, we want to do more by pledging a portion of our annual income to ensure our CSR programs continue to expand its reach and enable us to serve more communities," said Philam Life Chief Executive Officer Aibee Cantos.

Commissioner Dooc commended the Philam Group’s selfless act of institutionalizing its annual donation that would benefit more marginalized sectors of society in his speech.

One of the notable projects of Philam Foundation, Philam Group’s CSR arm, is the Philam Paaralan. The said flagship CSR program aims to build classrooms in calamity-stricken areas around the country, in coordination with the Department of Education. The Philam Paaralan program has constructed 101 classrooms in the different provinces since it started in 2011.

The Philam Paaralan classrooms are typhoon-resilient and come in fully-furnished with chairs, blackboards, fans, and lighting equipment. Each classroom is integrated with water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities that are essential in providing school children a healthy environment conducive for learning.

Philam Life, BPI-Philam, and Philam Asset Management Inc., (PAMI), has pooled  in their combined annual donation amounting to P31 million, which will be used to finance more Philam Paaralan classrooms and other future projects. A ceremonial check turnover from the Philam Group to Philam Foundation was held to mark this milestone.

DepEd Secretary Luistro  thanked the Philam Group for being a forerunner in providing support to the education sector. The DepEd has been working closely with the Foundation in identifying schools that are most in need of new classrooms.

In closing, Cantos said, “Given Philam Group’s strong financial position, we want to be able to ‘do good while doing well,’ and we are happy to create a sustainable contribution to the community through the Philam...We intend to do the right thing in the right way, with the right people."

Visit to know more about Philam Life, Philam Foundation, and Philam Paaralan. You may also call Philam Foundation at 526-9946/49 or e-mail them at

Monday, June 27, 2016

Free Family Movie Day at SM Cinemas

SM Cinema offers free movies for families starting this July. With the SM Cinema Family Day, families can look forward to a day of fun activities, freebies, and an exclusive family movie where kids will get to watch for free!

Families get to enjoy a fun-filled weekend with a complimentary movie for the kids. To qualify, you just have to buy 2 tickets to the family movie of the month and 2 kids get to watch for free! The family movie day kit includes 1 free bowling game, a 1-hr skating pass, a 1-month subscription to Blink, and other perks from Pancake House, Nivea Men, and other brand affiliates Patrons will also have access to a kids’ corner, full of different games and activities that children will surely enjoy.

The SM Cinema Family Movie Day will begin on July 2-3, 2016, and will occur monthly in SM branches nationwide. The promo line up is as follows:

 July 2–3                      PINOCCHIO
Aug 20-21                   SAMMY 2: ESCAPE FROM PARADISE 3D
September 10-11       ULTRAMAN GINGA
October 15-16             OOPS NOAH IS GONE
November 19-20        DINO TIME
December 3-4             SNOW QUEEN 3 or A.R.C.H.I.E

Spend precious time with your family filled with fun activities and freebies, and bring back the Filipino classic habit of weekend-movie-watching with the family at the cinema.

Follow SM Cinema on twitter and Instagram @SM_Cinema or like SM Cinema on Facebook for details.
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