The Christmas season is all about the spirit of giving. And give is what the American Eye Center, the country’s leading eye care center, will do this Yuletide season.

In line with its support of Filipinos working abroad, the American Eye Center is giving eligible OFWs the ultimate gift with its Pamaskong Handog OFW Privilege Card through its Shangri-La and Greenbelt branches. With the OFW Privilege Card, kababayans can now secure eye health for themselves and for their dependents from anywhere in the world through discounts on diagnostics and treatments.

“The essence of the holidays is giving back to the community and American Eye Center
does so by honoring our beloved OFWs. These modern day Filipino heroes deserve much
recognition and we do that by offering quality eye care for them and the rest of their families through our exclusive OFW Privilege Card,” says American Eye Center’s COO Dr. Benjamin Cabrera.



American Eye Center offers the OFW Privilege Card to all overseas Filipino workers and their qualified dependents. The card is absolutely free and entitles the bearer to a 50 percent discount on comprehensive eye examinations and 15 percent discount for their dependents. The card also allows special 20 percent discount on cataract surgery, 15 percent discount on All Laser or Bladeless LASIK, and 10 percent off on diagnostic procedures.

The card also offers exclusive discounts at American Eye Center partner SPEX Optical.
All OFW’s need to do is set an appointment and present valid overseas employment documents to avail of these unlimited discounts starting December 2013 to March 2014. 


Eye Health and OFWs

“American Eye Center honors OFWs with this privilege because we believe and respect the sacrifices they make to provide a better life for their families. In order to do so, these modern day heroes need to be physically up to take on this challenge which is where eye health comes in.

They deserve nothing short of optimum eye health to achieve overall well-being,” Dr. Cabrera Excellence in Ophthalmic Care American Eye Center has been breaking new ground in ophthalmic care since its establishment in 1995. American Eye Center’s level of excellence is backed by the Associated Eye Specialists, the most experienced and longest-running EyeMD group practice in the country, composed of 17 doctors extensively trained in various ophthalmic subspecialties. The Center is also staffed with highly qualified optometrists, nurses and counselors to provide patients with personalized quality eye care.

American Eye Center is a full-service diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical eye facility fully accredited with the Department of Health and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. 

It houses the latest diagnostic equipment for the early detection and monitoring of all eye diseases such as Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and Cataract. Its location in Greenbelt 5 in Makati City has a laser suite, an operating room, a recovery room, examining rooms, and a spacious reception area. Clients can also choose from a wide array of elegant eyewear from SPEX, a world-class eyewear center adjacent to the American Eye

Center and Managed by The Optical Shop.


The company’s main office is located at the level 5, Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA cor.
Shaw Blvd., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City. For inquiries and details, call tel. nos.
636-0762 or 729-EYES (3937) or email us at info@americaneye.com.ph. You may also visit
www.americaneye.com.ph for more information about the OFW Privilege Card.

Avail of American Eye Center’s OFW Privilege card and ensure a clear future for the entire family. Set an appointment today via phone or e-mail or through American Eye Center’s
appointment planner available at their website. Always stay in the know by downloading the American Eye Center App available on iPhone, iPad, and on Android.
When I am stress and need a little break from work, the first thing that pops into my mind is to have been well pampering day. This pays off my long week of working. I usually visit a spa twice a month to have massaged and once a month for a foot spa.

I have tried the different kind of spa and massage center in Manila as well as here in Baguio for I was based right now. I need to set schedule for the pampering session by Asian Massage, Asian Salon and Asian Clinic which invited me to try their services. Apparently, there is a big bloggers' event that day which persuaded me to go to Manila. 



It was my first time in their spa center and when I get to their branch in Ortigas. The first thing I notice is the warm smile of their receptionist who asked me to change my footwear to their bubble slippers which you can see in the rack on the right side once you enter. I pick the color black, and so I waited in the lobby area where I was impressed in their purple elegant sofa with a standing glamorous Christmas tree on the side (I feel like a princess in the sofa). 


One of their personnel called me to follow her in their massage area and had my clothes change that they provided. I like the ambiance there, the calm music and the glittering stars in the ceiling in a dim light. When my attendant arrives, She asked me what kind of oil that I would like to have during the whole-body massage, and the choices are Peppermint with Eucalyptus, Floral Lavander, Lemon and Green Tea. 


When she started and giving me the warm up massage, there is a pressure on my back and my butt that gives me pain but after a while the warm of oil in her hands makes me feel more relaxed. She says, she will give me the combination of Shiatsu and Thai massage using Floral Lavander oil that I choose. It helps stimulates my blood flow and takes away my back pains due to the long drive from Baguio the night before. My indulgence doesn't end there. 



Next stuff, Asian Clinic skin and Slimming Center who is in the same vicinity but in different room. They give me their Basic Facial with no pricking using KB Vitamin C Peeling Gel Skin Whitening. They use only this brand in their clinic because they are also the distributor of KB Dermafirm product, which is made from Korea. 



It was gently applied to my face after I wash my face without using any soap or cleanser. After 15 minutes of massaging it in my face and rinse it off, my face felt a little light and freshens my face. They also offer quick whitening bleach, mud mask, body sculpting services, and IPL in their clinic using the modern apparatus. 

Wait, there's more...


I eventually tried their Asian Salon. Actually, I have choices of Manicure, Pedicure and Haircut with Shampoo and Blow dry. Since, my hair gets brittle and ends started to dry and usually don't have my manicure and pedicure in a salon. I choose the Haircut with Shampoo and Blow dry.Though, they did not shampoo my hair and its okay (actually, I took a bath before I came to their center and my hair is still wet).Their hairstylist blow dry my hair first and sectioned my hair before he started cutting it. After 20 minutes, it's done. 


I was like in a hurry that day because I also have some other appointments. After thanking all those guys in Asian Massage, Asian Clinic and Asian Salon  for giving their time and effort for letting me try and experienced their super special services that they have provided for me. I have flown to my other engagement right away (sorry for that, schedule is hectic that day). But I'm telling you guys, you are the best and thank you for the great service. 

Anyway, if you really want to have a total pampering for yourself. I must say that this place is a one-stop center for your total relaxing and makeover. They are 24/7 open with a great facility and services. 

They also offer home services for Asian massage, and by appointment for Asian Salon and Asian Clinic. You can even hold a spa party for your friends and family. Plus, if you would like to venture into a business.  Asian Massage is open for franchise. Visit their website at http://www.asianmassageph.com/ for more information. 
Cough and colds are my kid usual sickness. I was one of the lucky Mommy Bloggers who had been chosen to try samples of Unilab's famous Vitamin C Syrup for kids, known as Ceelin Plus.  

Actually, Ceelin is my kid Vitamin C although we haven't tried the Ceelin Plus before. The Ceelin Plus is the combination of Vitamin C and Zinc in a liquid form to improve the health of kids' ages 1-13 years of age. These combinations will results with a dual immunity boosting action that makes the immune system of kids to be stronger. 

One thing I love about Ceelin Plus is that, there are no foods should be avoided while taking it. 

Now let us know the two main nutrients of Ceelin Plus. Of course, these are the Vitamin C and  Zinc. 

What is Vitmin C?

Vitamin C is a vitamin which is soluble in water. It helps the growth and repair of tissues in all of our body parts. It helps make collagen in our body that is needed for healing wounds. It also repairs, and help maintains our bones and teeth. 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant too and fight the bacteria and viruses that can harmful the body. 



What is Zinc?

Zinc is nutrient that we need to stay healthy. Like Vitamin C, it helps the immune system to fight the invasion of bacteria and viruses throughout our body. 

It is a major component to make proteins and DNA, which are genetic materials within the cells. It also helps our body to grow and develop properly. 

Ceelin Plus is nutritional supplement for our kids to prevent and treat the Vitamin C and Zinc deficiencies in their body. My kid loves it's Apple flavor and the smell of Ceelin Plus. So mommy's give your kids the right nutritions that may help them to have a strong immunity. Try Ceelin Plus from Unilab

With the launch in 1988 the John Frieda Brand brought genuine salon-inspired products that deliver salon-quality results at home for the first time.  The brand went on to pioneer first-to-market, fashion-forward haircare innovations such as Frizz-Ease, Sheer Blond, Brilliant Brunette, Luxurious Volume and Precision Foam Color - each designed to meet the evolving needs of women and to give them hair they truly love. 

When the John Frieda Brands launched 25 years ago a new era in beauty was heralded.  The haircare landscape at that time is barely recognizable to the colossus it is today.  And yet still, thanks to the fusion of its legendary salon-heritage with unrivaled technological innovation, the John Frieda Brand remains one of the best-selling haircare brands – and indeed most awarded haircare brands – in the UK today.  

One of the brand’s biggest success stories is its legendary Frizz-Ease range which launched in 1990 and has since become a household name.  A best-seller when it launched, and today still the number one selling smoothing range, Frizz-Ease transformed women’s lives by banishing frizz - visibly transforming frizz-to-fabulous.  The newest addition to the award-winning range is Frizz-Ease Dream Curls Enhancing Oil (£9.99 for 50 ml) a lightweight oil elixir that instantly adds softness and shine to naturally curly and wavy hair.

The John Frieda Brand is celebrating 25 years in style with a star-studded party in the ballroom at Claridges Hotel in London on 29th October.  Giles Gordon, Marketing Director at the John Frieda Brand comments, “We are incredibly proud that the John Frieda Brand is as relevant today as when it was launched 25 years ago so we feel that’s something worth celebrating.  The event will celebrate the past whilst looking ahead to what’s next and how we can continue to transform women’s lives.” #JohnFrieda25.
Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG), a Worldwide Olympic Partner, kicked off the company’s Thank You Momcampaign today with the Raising an Olympian series featuring Olay® athlete Lindsey Vonn (United States), Gillette® athletes Felix Neureuther (Germany) and Sven Kramer (Netherlands) and Pantene® athlete Elena Ilinykh (Russia).
The launch of the Thank You Mom campaign marks 100 days to go until the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and is supported by more than fifteen P&G brands around the globe such as Pampers®, Head & Shoulders® and COVERGIRL®.
“P&G brands look at Olympic sponsorship through a special lens,” said Marc Pritchard P&G Global Brand Building Officer. “Our brands don’t just live at the finish line; they’re about the everyday journey athletes take to get to the Games, a journey they started in childhood with their moms. That’s why if a P&G brand sponsors an athlete, we also celebrate the mom who helped get them there.”

  

The P&G Sochi 2014 campaign will come to life through P&G’s iconic brands and their inspiring campaigns:
· P&G Beauty will inspire women to ‘Look Winter Wonderful’ this season, and the Olay campaign in particular will featureLINDSEY VONN (U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, Alpine Skiing)
· Gillette is encouraging men everywhere to ‘Reveal their Inner Steel’featuring ALEXANDER OVECHKIN (Russian Olympian, Ice Hockey), as well as SVEN KRAMER (Dutch Olympic Gold Medalist, Speed Skating)
· Pantene and ELENA ILINYKH (Russian Olympic Hopeful, Figure Skating), are proving that hair can pass the winter torture test to ‘Win Over Winter and Shine!’
· Head & Shoulders is washing out flakes, washing in Inner Confidence with EVGENI MALKIN (Russian Olympian, Ice Hockey)
· Bounty® recognizes that if you’re raising an aspiring athlete, then it helps to be uninhibited by messes with the ‘Let the Spills Begin’campaign featuring JULIE CHU (U.S. Olympic Medalist and National Team Forward, Women's Ice Hockey)
· Blend-a-Med® and Crest® campaigns, featuring ALENA LEONOVA (Russian Olympic Hopeful, Figure Skating) and EVAN LYSACEK (U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, Figure Skating) highlight that when you want to get noticed you need to “Be Prepared for Your Spotlight Moment”.
“I would never be the athlete I am today without my mom,” said Dutch speed skating Gold Medalist Sven Kramer. “So I’m proud to be a Gillette athlete not just because Gillette stands for the highest standard of performance, but because of the way they’ve treated my mom.”
U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, Lindsey Vonn also comments, “I am so excited to be part of P&G’s Thank You Mom program and be in the company of some of the greatest athletes in the world, sponsored by P&G and some of the greatest brands in the world. In our training and competitions, we combat all the elements. As a skier, my skin undergoes the most extreme winter conditions. That’s why I trust Olay to keep my skin as healthy as possible.”
Through the Raising an Olympian series P&G is paying homage to moms of athletes from across the globe, bringing to life the daily lessons all moms teach. From their kid’s first steps to their first failures, the series highlights the unconditional love moms give their kids no matter what. Additional athletes featured in the Raising an Olympianseries include Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir (Canadian Olympic Gold Medalists, Figure Skating) sponsored by P&G Beauty products like Pantene and Olay, USA’s Julie Chu who is sponsored by Bounty and Ekaterina Bobrova (Russian Ice Dancer) sponsored by Venus®.
“From Pampers to Crest and Ariel, our brands exist to serve moms and their families,” said Pritchard. “So when we look at the determination, commitment and grit that gets an athlete to the Olympic Games, we see the mom who helped teach those things. That’s why our brands are dedicated to not only our athletes, but also supporting their moms.”
The first half of the Raising an Olympian films can be viewed at: P&G Raising an Olympian
As part of P&G’s dedication to bringing the best to moms around the world, the Thank You Mom campaign will come to life through a variety of media channels and in store. Two million retailers throughout the world will feature P&G Olympic Games themed athlete packaging, end caps and displays.

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I used not to finish the food in my plate before but not when I start working and earn money. I often told my friends to eat everything in their plates every time we dined out. Even today, that I have my personal family and starting to build good habits in our own table. I used to force my kid to finish his food because, as I always say to him, "not all people eat food that you are eating." Telling him that he is lucky enough to have more than 3 meals a day. 

More and more people around the world have no food in their plates while other is not being mindful of wasting their food. In a research, it says that 50% of food supplies end up in garbage, and it was sad to know. 

I'm glad to hear and to know that Healthy Options has an advocacy to stop food wastage using social media, and they call it "Love Food, Don't Waste." And I love the idea of discouraging and aiming to reduce food wastage. 



We can help raise this campaign of Healthy Options by participating in the "Love Food, Don't Waste" campaign. Healthy Options is activating "Foodless Plate" where we can help by making donations to Hands On Manila. 

I used to take a picture of my food before I eat it but starting today; I will take pictures after I finish my food because it can help feed one child. So what are you waiting for, take a picture of your finish meal every where you are and post it in Instagram and other social media sites with a hashtag, #foodlessplate. Don't forget to tag Healthy Options. 



If we reach 500 entries, Healthy Options will donate to Hands On Manila Foundation to feed 500 kids. Here are the #FoodlessPlate Mechanics: 


1. After eating, post a photo of your empty plate on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.  You can submit one photo per day.  Your #foodlessplate photos need to be set to public in order for them to count.

2. Include a caption and don’t forget the #foodlessplate hashtag.

3. Share your #foodlessplate photo on your other social media accounts.

4. Tag the Healthy Options Facebook page, Twitter (@_HealthyOptions), and Instagram (@HealthyOptionsPH) accounts.

5. A donation will be made to Hands On Manila Foundation, Inc’s EAT TO FEED program once we reach 500 entries.
  
You can also invite your friends to join the cause!  http://www.handsonmanila.org.ph/
 and to volunteer for the EAT TO FEED program, e-mail marketing@healthyoptions.com.ph.They only have limited slots, granted on a first come, first-served basis. 

Learn more about this campaign by reading article on common food-wasting habit on Healthy Options website at www.healthyoptions.com.ph.
Some women are just born perfect. They have flawless skin, toned, sexy body, and silky, long, luscious hair, while some just don’t have it all. If you belong to the first group, you are blessed. You are one of those women we get so jealous of because you just look absolutely perfect anytime of the day.

But for those who belong to the second group, fret not! You are not alone. Even seemingly perfect celebrities have flaws they just know how to correct them.

Here are seven common beauty problems and how to fix them: 

1. Dry skin. As we grow older, our skin gradually grows thinner and produces less natural oil. Experts say these factors contribute to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dry skin is caused by changes of weather, steamy showers, moisture-robbing soaps, too much scrubbing, aging, irritants, or skin conditions.

The fix: Beauty experts recommend patients to see a doctor for a medical advice. But if you think it’s a simple drying of the skin, try drinking lots of water – all day, every day. Try to look for cleansers and other skincare products (toners, exfoliators, etc.) with moisturizing ingredients that will not dry the skin like Derma Celesty Series of Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics. It is developed by leading Japanese dermatologists to rejuvenate the skin. Jewelry gel, cleansing foam, and exfoliating gel contain hydrolyzed fiber. W-BTX essence makes your skin silky and ageless by reducing wrinkles instantly.

2. Body odor. It is an unpleasant smell in our bodies caused by bacteria that live on the skin break down sweat into acids. It becomes evident when a human reaches puberty at 14-16 years of age in females and 15-17 in males. People who are obese, those who regularly eat spicy foods, as well as individuals with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, are more susceptible to having body odor.

The fix: Proper hygiene and diet, and the use of dermatologically tested beauty products can eliminate body odor. Celesty Flora’s deodorant body scrub contains Tannin of Persimmon fruit extracts that fights unpleasant body odor while making your skin soft, radiant, and delicately scented with an uplifting citrus fragrance. It’ll make you smell good and feel good! 

3. Excess weight. This is often associated with obesity and cholesterol. Too much body fats can often lead to other health issues such as breathing difficulties, arthritis, and heart disease. 

The fix: Nothing beats regular exercise and a sensible diet plan. But some women have slow metabolism that they tend to have a hard time losing weight. Fit ‘n Slim contains L-Carnitin to speed up metabolism and a delicious diet coffee which is very popular among women of all ages. You can also try Musevital supplements for those who are eager to maintain their beauty, health, and great shape. It offers vitamins B, C, E, and collagen supplements.

4. Uneven skin tone or hyperpigmentation. This is a very common problem and tends to get worse as skin ages. One study by a beauty company suggested that one in four women were concerned about hyperpigmentation, which is cited as one of the main visible signs of ageing. 

The fix: Women with severe skin pigmentation problems are advised to go and see their dermatologist who can prescribe more effective skin lighteners or treatments. For those without severe conditions and just wanted to have an even and flawless skin can use Celesty Glow products. It specializes in skin whitening and uses ingredients including YH-15 (yeast extract) that contains not only Glutathione but also proper balance of vitamins and minerals. The package includes Extreme Whitening Essence and Extreme Whitening Moisturizer. The Extreme Whitening Essence color originally comes from Vitamin B12 and effectively works for the skin’s pigmentation. The Essence Whitening Moisturizer protects your skin from dryness and leaves a smooth and radiant-looking skin. 

5. Sagging/loose skin. This is brought about by genetics, weight changes, and sun damage. Some doctors say that once skin starts to slacken, pores often look larger, as if they’ve been stretched out of shape. As we age, our faces lose volume, primarily fat. As a result, skin can hang down as gravity acts on it creating droopiness, wrinkles, and bands.

The fix: According to a doctor, sagging skin requires more intervention than any other problem. People tend to ask medical experts for alternatives or use some skin tightening lotions which are available in the market today, or if it really looks ugly, you may need a surgery. 3D Angel Life is a non-invasive procedure that can make you look younger in an instant. It uses a special kind of thread that lifts facial sagging without surgery. This three-dimensional (3D) method brings a natural and long lasting effect that helps tighten the skin and prevents future sagging. See dramatic results right after the procedure.

6. Unwanted hair. Unwanted hair growth results when women produce too much male hormones, which is not normal and the exact cause is never identified. It tends to run in families. Although it’s a harmless condition, many women find it bothersome or even embarrassing. 

The fix: There are a number of ways to remove or treat unwanted hair – either temporary or permanent. But with Candela, it completely eliminates unwanted hair. Now the tedious way of completely removing hair has become easier and faster with the help of Medical Treatment Laser Hair Removal. Candela is a state-of-the-art laser technology which is more times effective and is designed to successfully target areas other procedures failed to address.

7. Poor or deteriorating vision. As they say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, but how can you appreciate beauty if you have a poor vision? Do you know that loss of vision can occur suddenly or develop gradually over time? It may be complete (involving both eyes) or partial (only one eye) and it can be corrected by eyeglasses.

The fix: If eyeglasses can’t correct your problem anymore, try Z-Lasik. It is the latest and most advanced refractive eye surgery – bladeless, precise, and reduced pulse energy with no inflammation. It has shorter procedure time, with quick recovery of vision “within minutes” and faster tissue healing allowing for quicker resumption of active lifestyle. You’ll have 20/20 vision in an instant.

So stop worrying! Turn to Japan’s number one Aesthetic Center and world’s largest Intralasik Eye Surgery Provider, Shinagawa Lasik & Aesthetics for all your beauty problems. With over 25 years of experience and 3 million successful procedures, Shinagawa continues to set the standard in cutting-edge treatments.

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On May 14, 2013 people around the world where shock to the revelation of one of the Class A celebrity in Hollywood, Angelina Jolie in her column in The New York Times, The Opinion Page. 

She was brave enough to tell publicly that it was her choice to undergo in a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. 


"Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex." 
- Angelina Jolie, The New York Times (The Opinion Page).

She also mention that she carry a gene of BRCA1 which is sharply increases her risk of having breast and ovarian cancer. Her doctors had estimate it to have 87 percent of risk for breast cancer and 50 percent risk in ovarian cancer.



To read more this in My Medical Choice, the article that state the choice of Angelina Jolie why she have to have a double mastectomy in her column at http://www.nytimes.com/

What is Preventive Mastectomy?

Preventive mastectomy is the removal of one or both breasts by means of surgery to prevent the risk of breast cancer in woman who are at high risk in developing it. It is also called prophylactic or risk-reducing mastectomy. It was suggested to have the preventive mastectomy in able to reduce the chance of developing breast cancer for about 90 percent. 

And many women who undergo this kind of surgery are also decide to have the breast reconstruction to restore the shape of their breast.

Learn more about preventive mastectomy by visiting your doctors and check your health as often as possible.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/opinion/my-medical-choice.html?_r=0 
Have you heard about Vaniderm products? Oh, well check this out for they joins the worldwide movement to go Green. They introduce a safe shampoo for young people in both male and female. Vaniderm Shampoo with Gugo and aloe Vera is made with all natural ingredients that is free from harmful chemicals that other shampoo has.

They start their campaigns in caring of our well being. The good thing about the product is that it has a natural conditioner provided by Virgin Coco Oil that makes your scalp healthy and prevents premature falling of hair. Vaniderm Shampoo with Gugo promotes hair growth and prevent hair loss. It also helps your hair to make it more darker and shinier while the Aloe Vera helps revitalizes and strengthen hair. It thickens your hair and prevent split ends.


Vaniderm Gugo Shampoo and Aloe Vera is now available in all Mercury Drugstores nationwide.


On the other hand, Vaniderm also offer Glutathione Soap with Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin C. It also has a relaxing scent of lemon grass and other herbal extracts making it to be a superior whitening and rejuvenating soap. Vaniderm Glutathione Antioxidant Soap uses cold process to preserve the potency of the active ingredients and maximizing its effectiveness. In regular use, it will help whitens your skin evenly, moisturize and prevents melasma.

Also available Vaniderm Glutathione Capsules, 800mg Grapeseed Oil Extract. For more details please contact Ms. Nelia Lim at 0921-8061080 or you can email her at organicnelia@yahoo.co.uk.

Characterized by the inability for blood to clot properly, hemophilia is a hereditary medical condition that occurs in males more often than in females, and could affect the young as much as the elderly. In special cases, a change in an individual’s genes may also cause him to acquire it within his lifetime. Though hemophilia is rare, the World Federation of Hemophilia states that 75% of people around the world with bleeding disorders have not yet been diagnosed.

April is World Hemophilia month, and Blood Brothers Aid Inc., a non-profit organization based in the Philippines, aims to raise awareness about hemophilia in the country and to get more Filipinos to recognize the problem and help through blood or monetary donations.

Do you know someone who may suffer from hemophilia?

Following an injury, a person with hemophilia may take a longer time to heal from his wounds because his blood lacks the protein (clotting factor) instrumental in clotting.

The usual symptoms of hemophilia include deep bruising, joint pain and swelling caused by internal bleeding, spontaneous bleeding (e.g. nosebleeds), or prolonged bleeding from cuts, after surgery, or after a tooth extraction.

Hemophilia can be diagnosed by taking a blood sample and measuring the level of clotting factor activity in the blood.

Help bring treatment to the Philippines.

Hemophilia is mainly treated with replacement therapy. Clotting factor concentrates taken from healthy blood is injected into a hemophiliac’s bloodstream. Once it reaches the affected area, bleeding is expected to slow down and eventually stop. This treatment has to be done shortly after injury so as to avoid further pain, as well as damage to the person’s muscles, joints, and organs.

Clotting factor concentrates, however, are not readily available in the Philippines. International groups or volunteers ship medicine in from other countries, though supplies are minimal. In the absence of these drugs, a person in need of replacement therapy would require blood or plasma transfusions, and are at the mercy of the limited supply of blood available in hospitals. There are reported incidents of deaths among hemophiliacs due to the long wait for blood donations.

That’s why it is important for those who might show signs of having hemophilia to be diagnosed at the soonest possible time. It is also why more Filipinos need to be made aware of the disorder, so that we can help provide the support and treatments necessary for people who suffer from it.

Become a Blood Brother.

Take the first step into helping by joining the Blood Brothers Aid Inc. community through their Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blood-Brothers-Aid-Inc/347564769650?fref=ts The page will guide you in learning more about hemophilia, how to help, where to donate, and how to spread the word.
Every mom has her own story when it comes to feeding her child. Every meal times becomes a daily struggle but i believe that every moms knows how to cope with this problems. Some moms resort to bribing, giving treats or gifts whenever their child finishes his lunch while other transform into a monster moms and others just give in, thinking that eating unhealthy food is better than not eating at all. 

Children are easily tempted by unhealthy food because it seems fun and exciting to eat and taste better because it has flavors, colors and textures. Ages 4-7 years old are the stage where kids learned to make their own choices and will tell you what they want. So, at this age the threat of the Diet Shift starts.


Wyeth Nutrition's AQIVA recognizes this problem, and has partnered with moms to help secure their children's nutrition and health. Recently, Aqiva launched "Food Talk", an event where mothers helped to educate how to fight the Diet Shift of kids and provided them with empowering solutions.


Its a mom-to-mom talk led by the celebrity mom and TV host Mikee Cojuanco-Jaworski. She also experienced the diet shift with her children. Child and health experts are also there to give advice and tips on how to deal with the Diet Shift. Dr. Bernadette Benitez, a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Specialist and Ms. Luz Callanta, a nutrition Expert and Lecturer.


In a recent study done by Dr. Emilie Flores regarding the dietary characteristics of Filipino children, ages 1-6 years old from NCR, its is alarming to know that only 20% consumed fruits and vegetable at least once a day and meet the minimum acceptable diet standards based on the WHO indicators. Also, only a third received adequate amount of complementary & iron-rich foods. It is very unfortunate that this inadequacy in nutrient intake happens at the crucial age of a child's development.


During the event, mothers realized that to teach children how to eat healthy, they must understand why the unhealthy food appeal to children in the first place. That is why Celebrity Chef Jackie Laudico of Bistro Filipino helped the mothers and guest how to prepare their healthy meals that kids will enjoy. She said that she always plays around with three main elements which are the color, shape and texture when preparing meals for children. She showcased her techniques and allow guests to have a hands-on experience in preparing kid-friendly dishes.



She demonstrate how to prepare the Very Berry Pops - cake pops made from camote cake and berries, Vegan Burger - made from soy and grains with rice pilaf served with vegetable sticks and dips, and the Kiddie Canapes - whole wheat bread with cheese, veggies and grilled or baked fish and chicken cut and sliced in interesting shapes.






It was so much fun and I think children will love to have it because it has different colors, shapes and texture that are pleasing to their eyes. It will definitely caught their attention. With this healthy options drinking milks like Aqiva will adds nutrients for kids daily allowances.

For more information on Aqiva, parent may call the Wyeth Careline at 81-WYETH (81-99384) for Metro Manila and 1-800-10-884-2222 (toll-free) for provinces. Parents may also log on to www.facebook.com/AqivaPH.

Once upon a time, women had time to pull their hair in rollers and blow dry it to perfection. But in this era where every minute counts, spending too much time to fix your crowning glory is not always an option.

However, the frequent bad hair days can be prevented if you have the right haircut, color, and/or treatment, which passed through the hands of a hairdresser who understands the art and science of hair.

“What sets a hairdresser apart from the rest is how long he or she can make the look last. The technical know-how on what type of haircut to do, what products to use on a specific hair, and the techniques that go with it are all factors in achieving a long-lasting, easy-to-fix do,” says Tinette Ozamis-Puyat, owner of Tinette & Co. salon.

Three decades of working and training in different parts of the world exposed
Tinette to almost all types of hair. She is also one of the most-trusted stylists of
prominent celebrities, politicians, and personalities.

This California-accredited hairdresser is also the first Filipino Schwarzkopf
ambassador who was flown all the way to Germany to learn more about the science and precision of hairdressing from a culture of perfectionists.



“I consider hairdressers as hair doctors—we use different medicines for hair and we should know what to prescribe. It’s not enough that you know how to cut hair. It’s how you handle the hair and how you make the hair look its best. Hairdressing is a science and everything has a formula. It’s not guesswork,” says Tinette.

Tinette personally tries all hair products on her own hair before carrying it on her
salon. She also discovers different ways on how to use these products in different
proportions to achieve a look that would suit her clients perfectly.

Being a homegrown talent, Tinette also believes in grooming her salon’s
hairdressers in the same discipline. She multiplies her skills through them and
shares all of her knowledge taken from her decades of experience and training.



Looking your best c/o Tinette & Co.

Since Tinette & Co. opened 18 years ago, it has been the salon’s objective to make their clients’ hair healthy, easy to manage, and enhance the person’s natural
features. 

“We’d like to keep focus on making you look natural, making you feel good so that
your aura will be good also,” shares Tinette.

Indeed, there is no need to fish for compliments when you sport a fabulous do which you can carry comfortably and with pride. Tinette & Co. playfully reflects this belief in its eye-catching fish mascot they call Ms. T.

“That fish came out because I don’t want people to take hair too seriously, I want
them to have fun with it. Hair is an everyday part of your life and I want our clients
to go out with hair that they can handle themselves,” she says.

Every session in Tinette & Co. is a personalized experience. And even if you don’t
know what to do with your hair the moment you stepped into their salon, their
friendly hairdressers can give you expert advice on what would look best on you.

Since everybody’s beauty features are unique, the hairdressers at Tinette & Co. also makes sure that every procedure would be carefully executed depending on the type of hair that they are dealing with.

“It’s very important to know how to do technical treatment because you can over
process the hair and you lose your focus on making your hair shiny. Shiny hair looks like healthy hair so you have to bring that shine out,” shares Tinette.

And for more special celebrations and events when you need expert help for your
hair, Tinette & Co. has also mastered the art and science of blow dry. The salon has also been famous for this service because of its long-lasting effect.

Tinette & Co. is located in Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City and its newly-opened
branch in San Antonio Plaza, Forbes Park, is currently on a dry-run. The San Antonio branch currently offers promo rates where haircuts can go as low as Php200 and hair color services are on a 25% discount.

“Your hair is your crowning glory. Start from looking good because looking good
makes you feel great,” shares Tinette.

Tinette & Co. is open daily and it currently has two branches, one in Forbeswood
Heights, Rizal Drive, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and one in San Antonio Plaza,
Forbes Park. For reservations or for more information, contact (632) 856-9806 to 09 or (632) 8067050.

Press Release

By their very name, micronutrients are vitamins and minerals that are needed only in very small amounts, but their impact on our health is huge.

Micronutrients like iron, zinc, Vitamin A, and many others are responsible for the vital functioning of our body’s systems, from physical growth and vision, to brain vigor and increased immunity. When the body fails to receive the small quantities of micronutrients that it needs, serious health problems can result in a condition widely regarded as micronutrient deficiency or “hidden hunger”.

The nutritional makeup of the Philippines continues to be characterized by the severity of micronutrient deficiency. According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute- Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), 70-90 percent of Filipinos lack iron and Vitamin A in their usual diet.

Two out of ten schoolchildren suffer from iron deficiency anemia, and the incident rises with age. Following closely are those lacking adequate amounts of Vitamin A in their diet. One out of ten from the same group is Vitamin A deficient.

The same study also shows that two out of ten children are zinc deficient. Zinc is a trace mineral that plays a role in body metabolism, reproductive health, immune function, and more than 200 important chemical reactions in the body.

Inadequate intake of these three important micronutrients may lead to several nutritional problems, including stunting, fatigue, poor concentration, lack of focus and other signs of impaired physical and cognitive development. These may be reflected among schoolchildren who suffer from poor mental and physical performance and frequent absenteeism as a result of impaired immunity. It is also important to have plenty of Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that boosts immunity, prevents cardiovascular disease, and contributes to healthy skin, among many other benefits.

“Making the right food choices is one of the ways to address the problems of micronutrient deficiency,” said Dr. Imelda Agdeppa, Assistant Scientist of FNRI-DOST. “Unfortunately, the inaccessibility of food and money in the majority of Filipino households puts many families at a high risk of getting sick. The good news is there are many products in the market that are affordable and fortified with these micronutrients, and many families are already benefiting from
these.”

Experts from FNRI recommend that when there is an inadequate intake of these nutrients, the consumption of foods that are fortified particularly with the three micronutrients primarily lacking in the Filipino diet—Vitamin A, Iron, and Zinc—is encouraged so as to address nutrient gap.

In response to this dietary concern, Nestlé Philippines is intensifying its campaign to promote nutritious and affordable sources of important nutrients especially needed by children, such as BEAR BRAND Powdered Milk Drink. It is fortified with tibay resistensya nutrients like Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin C plus Calcium that kids need for proper growth and to perform well in school.

Press Release

As a result if inadequate services, contaminated drinking water and waterborne diseases safe drinking water remains a major public health concern today in the Philippines.

Accounting for more than 500,000 morbidly sick citizens and 4,200 deaths per year the avoidable health costs alone is estimated to be at Php 3,3 billion annually. While the economic losses die to water pollution are estimated at Php 64 billion in fishing and tourism industries alone.

Now, can you put a price on the health of your family or children?

I bet not and for sure you will always seek to have the solution with this. I was invited to an event where I was really convinced that the WaterBoy machine from GreenFocus inc. can actually harvest pure fresh alkaline drinking water from the air.



The WaterBoy is not only provides limitless alkaline water but it creates a more healthy environment within your home. Puzzled? Oh well here's the catch;

1. It harvest humidity from the air and dispenses it as pure, cool drinking water.

2. It purifies the air, removing contaminants for a healthier environment in your office or home.

3. It dehumidifies the air, aiding to eliminate dry rot, mold and mildew, and reduces allergens.

Sounds impossible but true... 



It's pure alkaline water that you can trust and made from the air. Why? because it meets international water safetly standards to include Phlippines based accredited testing laboratory, INTERTEK - (Verified Alkaline).

Also, Beta testing is continuously sin October 2011, it has a rapid response after sales service, and U.S.A. TECHNOLOGY. 

The WaterBoy is always available. No more waiting for sporadic municipal water or an unreliable delivery person. It's safe for your health, very economical, environmental friendly and reliable.

Check its specifications;

Output: Produces up to 30 liters per day
Dimensions: 37cm X 48cm X 52cm
Weight: 39.5 kg\Total Water Storage: 13.5 liters
Power Costs: As low as Php6 per liter
Refrigerant: R-134a (environmentally friendly)

Filter System and Safety Controls:

-Auto Humidity and Temperature Control
- Filter Exchange Detector
- Drainage System and Automatic overload detector.


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- January "Lumen" Isaac, Actress

So, worry no more about where your bottled water came from and if its clean and toxin free because WaterBoy is here and many Doctors claim numerous benefits from drinking Alkaline water.

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