Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Derek Ramsay adds excitement to GAOC sponsored ‘Kasal’ screening.



Leading dental clinic, Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), led by its President and CEO Dr. Steve Mark Gan recently feted loyal clients, partners, and employees to a special block screening of the blockbuster romantic drama ‘Kasal’, in support of stars Derek Ramsay, Bea Alonzo, and Cherie Gil, all of whom are proud members of the growing GAOC family. Photo shows Dr. Steve Mark Gan and Derek Ramsay.

Monday, June 18, 2018

WHY HOME BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING IS VITAL IN HYPERTENSION CONTROL



From L-R: Dr. Alberto Atilano, President, Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH); Jing Castañeda, News Anchor, ABS-CBN Integrated News and Current Affairs; Dr. Jorge Sison, President, Philippine Heart Association (PHA); Dr. Grace Brizuela, Medical Manager, Pfizer
Last 25 May 2018 at Shangrila Manila, Pfizer in cooperation with the Dept. of Health had a talk with regards to hypertension and having a home monitoring blood pressure equipment which gives perfect and reliable readings. Hypertension represents a major burden in Asia, with a high prevalence rate but poor level of awareness and control reported in many countries in the region. Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) has been validated as an accurate and reliable measure of blood pressure that can help guide hypertension treatment as well as identify masked and white-coat hypertension. Despite its benefits, there has been limited research into home blood pressure monitoring in Asia.

In observance of World Hypertension Day, the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), the Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH), and Pfizer, have come together to fortify their commitment in raising awareness and promoting hypertension prevention, detection, and control among Filipinos, including measures that they could take in their own homes.

The value of HBPM

In a nationwide survey conducted in 2013, it was indicated that despite a high treatment rate of 75% among adult patients diagnosed with hypertension, adequate blood pressure control rate was low at 27%

Dr. Jorge A. Sison, PHA President, in a discussion held at the Edsa Shangri-La recently, validated that, “There are several factors that contribute to the current hypertension burden in Asia and the Philippines. This includes the current diet that most Filipinos eat - - restaurant and processed food, sugar drinks, etc; the relative physical inactivity, increasing rate of smoking, and increasing number of people who are beyond their ideal weight. This is only in addition to one’s inherent genetic disposition to develop hypertension.”

There is growing acknowledgment for the role of HBPM to evaluate and guide management of hypertension. Aside from being a simple tool for measuring blood pressure, HBPM is also recommended by guidelines to obtain reliable BP recordings because readings are taken in an environment that approximates one’s daily activities and exposures. Home systolic BP (SBP) <135 mm Hg and diastolic BP (DBP) <85 mm Hg are typically considered normal.

Sison added, “HBPM is performed in the Philippines, but not routinely, and there are no published data on the use of HBPM in the country. HBPM is currently used to investigate the status of BP control in patients with known hypertension who are taking treatment but with uncontrolled BP on follow-up. Some specialists use HBPM to make a diagnosis of hypertension in conjunction with clinic BP. Potential barriers to the use of HBPM include the cost and availability of HBPM devices, with only around 25% of the population with hypertension currently having access to such devices. Another barrier is the lack of trust among patients regarding the accuracy of their digital BP devices.”

Dr. Sison’s discussion of the Pfizer-funded research reveals that the burden of hypertension is shared by neighboring countries in Asia. And through the collaborative work of experts from these 12 countries, consensus statements have been formed which includes the recommendation to use HBPM as an additional tool to diagnose hypertension. By gaining a better understanding of a patient’s blood pressure pattern, the opportunity to appropriately manage the patient is enhanced, therefore increasing the chance of achieving BP control and reduce occurrence of complications like stroke and heart attack.

Hypertension control initiatives

Dr. Alberto A. Atilano, PSH President, said, "High blood pressure is a silent killer. It is the number one contributing risk factor for global death, causing many cardiovascular complications.” He furthers that people often don’t know they have high blood pressure because there are no symptoms. In line with PSH participation in the global initiative called May Measurement Month, which is spearheaded by the International Society of Hypertension, Dr Atilano shared how the local society is reaching out to all Filipinos to encourage  screening for hypertension.

Working together

Pfizer is committed to advancing collaborative efforts to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with a wide range of chronic diseases – not just hypertension – for people to live better, healthier lives.

According to Pfizer Medical Manager and internal medicine specialist Dr. Grace Brizuela, “Our efforts to positively impact patient outcomes would not be possible without our partnership with organizations like PHA and PSH.  By collaborating on common objectives to advance public health and supporting programs that create solutions for communities and stakeholders, Pfizer strengthens its commitment to help improve the lives of the patients we serve.”
Supporting experts in research and other scientific undertakings to advance the understanding of disease, such as the one shared by Dr Sison on the HOPE Asia regional initiative, is just one of the many ways by which Pfizer commits to society in improving the lives of patients.


Pfizer Inc.: Working together for a healthier world™
At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to improve health and well-being at every stage of life. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety, and value in the discovery, development, and manufacture of healthcare products.

Pfizer Philippines
Since our establishment in 1954, Pfizer Philippines has been collaborating with health care providers, governments, and local communities to support and expand access to reliable and quality healthcare for Filipinos.

For over 60 years, Pfizer Philippines has been following the Pfizer Standard of quality, product safety, reliability, and medical information that has earned us the trust of our patients and the confidence of Filipino healthcare practitioners as a partner in caring for the Filipino patient.

Monday, June 11, 2018

ISLAS PINAS, THE NEW ICON OF TOURISM THROUGH FILIPINO CUISINE, OPENS AT DOUBLEDRAGON PLAZA AT DD MERIDIAN PARK




Islas Pinas, an indoor “Filipino Food & Heritage Village” and a new, distinct destination for both local andi nternational guests, is now open at the DoubleDragon Plaza, DD Meridian Park, Macapagal Avenue corner EDSA Extension, Bay Area, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Designed to showcase the abundance and vibrancy of the Filipino culture, this new establishment lets guests discover, explore and experience the Philippines’s heritage sites, natural resources, hospitality and most importantly, its cuisine.

The result of collaboration between DoubleDragon Group and Chef Margarita Forés, Islas Pinas is a project that aims to inspire love for the Philippines and to cultivate patriotism by showcasing the country’s beautiful sites and diverse regional cuisines. With a seating capacity of over 700 seats in an expansive 2,500 square meter space, Islas Pinas is the perfect place to give visitors a taste of the best that the Philippines has to offer.


ISLAS PINAS also hosts an authentic Sarao Jeepney, which for many generations became the king of the Philippine streets especially in the countryside.

“DoubleDragon has always believed in embarking on projects with relevance. We believe Islas Pinas will be a landmark in the country, and will showcase the diversity not only of our cuisine and handicrafts but also our landscape and architecture brought about by the rich heritage and culture of the country,” says DoubleDragon’s Chief Investment Officer Hannah Yulo.

At the helm of this project is none other than Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2016, Margarita A. Forés whosebmission is t
o bring Filipino cuisine to global prominence. Thus, Islas Pinas is a vision coming to life for her, where Filipino food is not just on the sidelines but at the centerstage.


“This is an absolute dream project for me that has come at such a perfect time,” said Forés. “I give my thanks to then Undersecretary of Agriculture, now Secretary of Tourism Berna R. Puyat, for putting me together with the DoubleDragon group, who was looking for someone to operate this amazing Islas Pinas project about half a year ago. This fast-tracked such a blessed opportunity to continue pushing my biggest advocacy – that of helping to promote the best our country – our cuisine, ingredients, farers, artisan producers and home cooks from Batanes to Jolo – in the best way I can!”



It is her aim for guests to experience the Philippines with their five senses and beyond. Thus, aside from the culinary delights and a picturesque interior design worthy of Instagram posts, the venue will also feature modern and traditional cultural performances and games to ensure a fun and truly Pinoy ambiance.

SINAG, the Tagalog word for ‘ray of light’ offers all-day Filipino breakfast favorites like our TAPSILOG (TAPa – salted beef, SInangag – fried rice and ItLOG – fried egg) and Batchoy, an Ilonggo noodle soup with pork offal, crushed pork cracklings and beef loin.


ALAMAT or legend, tells the story of the different regions of the Philippines through its signature dishes. BILAO is coined after the woven winnowing basket where comfort snacks like pansit (fried noodles) and puto (rice cakes) are usually served, while PANADERYA offers neighborhood bakery favorites such as pan de sal and kalihim. TUSOK-TUSOK, on the other hand, offers urban street food finds like barbecue on stick, isaw (grilled chicken intestine) and kwek-kwek (fried quail eggs).

PANULAK or beverage is where the samalamig (cold drinks with different flavors) will be available. Lastly, PAMPANG or shore will allow guests to enjoy chosen fresh catch cooked to their preference.

All these will be available daily, without the scorching heat and pollution as the space is fully airconditioned. Located at the bustling DD Meridian Park in the Bay Area along EDSA Extension and Macapagal Avenue, Islas Pinas can be easily accessed using both private and public transportation.


“Because of the ideal location of DoubleDragon Plaza at DD Meridian Park – our close proximity to the airport terminals and being only about 5 minutes away from NAIA X – we believe ISLAS PINAS will become a must-visit stopover for both domestic and international tourists visiting the capital,” said DoubleDragon's Chairman Edgar Injap Sia II.

ISLAS PINAS is the main anchor of DoubleDragon Plaza, which forms part of the 4.8 Hectare DD Meridian Park commercial and office complex.
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WHAT HOME BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING IS VITAL IN HYPERTENSION CONTROL





Last May 35, 2018 Pfizer partnered with Philippine Heart Association, and Philippine Society of Hypertension discussed how important it is to have a Home blood pressure monitoring
and it's effectiveness rather than a hospital monitored patients. Because if it's on hospital it always higher due to some environmental matters.

Philippine Heart Association, Philippine Society of Hypertension and Pfizer Collaborate to further manage the condition in the Philippines

Hypertension represents a major burden in Asia. With a high prevalence rate but poor level of awareness  and control reported in many countries in the region . Home blood pressure monitoring HBPM has been validated as accurate and reliable measure of blood  pressure that can help guide hypertension treatment as well as identify masked and white-coat hypertension. Despite its benefits, there has been limited research into home blood monitoring in Asia.

THE VALUE OF HBPM

In a nationwide survey conducted in 2013, it was indicated that despite a high treatment rate of 75% among adult patients diagnose with hypertension , adequate blood pressure control rate was low at 27%.
Dr. Jorge A. Sison , PHA President, in a discussion held at Edsa Shangrila recently validated that “there are several factors that contribute to the current hypertension burden in Asia and the Philippines.  This includes the current diet that Filipinos eat… , restaurant and processed food, sugar drinks, ect., the relative physical inactivity, increasing rate of smoking and increasing number of people who are beyond the ideal weight. This is only in addition to one’s inherent genetic disposition to develop hypertension.
 There is a growing acknowledgement for the role of HBPM to evaluate and guide management of hypertension. Aside from simple tool for measuring blood pressure . HBPM is also recommended by guidelines to obtain reliable BP recordings because readings are taken in an environment that approximates ones daily activities and exposure.” Home Systolic BP (SBP <135mm Hg and Diastolic BP (DPB) <85mm  Hg are typically considered normal.”

Hypertension control initiatives

Dr.  Alberto Atillano, PSH  President said, “High blood pressure is a silent killer. It is the number one contributing risk factor for global death, causing many cardiovascular complications”. He furthers says that people  often don’t know they have high blood pressure because there are no symptoms. In line with PSH participation  in the global initiative  called May Measurement Month, which is  spearheaded by International Society of Hypertension. He further shared how local society is reaching out to all Filipinos to encourage screening for hypertension.

Working togethe

Pfizer is committed to advancing collaborative efforts to reduce the mordibity and mortality associated with a wide range of chromic diseases , not just for hypertension, for people to live better, healthier lives.

According to Pfizer Medical Manager and internal medicine specialist  Dr.Grace Brizuela ‘ Our efforts to positively impact patient outcomes would not be possible without our partnership with organizations like iPHA and PSH. By collaborating on common objectives to advanced public health and supporting programs that create solutions for communities and shareholders.

Pfizer strengthens its commitment to help improve the lives of the patients  we serve.
Supporting experts in research and other scientific undertakings to advance the understanding of disease, such as the one shared  by Dr. Sison on the HOPE Asia regional initiative is one of the many ways by which Pfizer commits to society in improving the lives of patient.



Friday, June 1, 2018

Global experts tackles the benefits of Blockchain on PH Business



Last May 28-30, 2018 , Global experts tackles the benefits of the new form of technology which is called the Blockchain. This has the potential to change the way people do business. Being a newly relative new concept, Blockchain remains an arcane concept to many local businessman and company executives, particularly those who are not tekkie savvy.

As such many questions are floated around business trades. How can blockchain help improve the way we do business?  Will blockchain technology prove to be a boom for Philippine Commerce? Is our country ready for it?

Thats why a 3 day forum was done with the theme "Transforming Businesses and Industries with Blockchain Technology",

The forum was such as success helping entrepreneurs and corporate decision makers to find and try the right blockchain  solution for their businesses, particularly in the light of the fact that aside from Fintech, bookchain solutions can be implemented into gaming, supply chains, logistics, digital identity, and much more.

The first day of forum was devoted to two pre-conference bootcamps. One is a whole day workshop on "Ethereum and Smart Contract Development" which is designed especially for software developers , tech experts and blockchain enthusiasts who wish to get into coding in Tthe blockchain platform Ethereum.

 The trainers for the workshop are Harpreet Singh Maan and Adly Abdullah, CEO and CTO respectively, and co-founders of Blockchain technology who have done great  job and shared their crops so well.


While the 2nd Workshop was devoted solely for the member of the press dubbed as the "Media Blockchain Workshop. " The workshop was so effective in helping media understand and have a better appreciation of the Blockchain technology is , its challenges , risk and opportunities. With their partner Ms. Amor Maclang , globally awarded band architect, risk, crisis and reputation strategist, marketing and communications innovator and co-founder of GeiserMaclang Marketing Communications Inc.

I happened to attend the opening of the formal conference last May 29th and with the launching of the Blockchain Association of the Philippines (BAP) the very first official blockchain related association in the country.


Among'st what I covered is the Unionank Chairman Justo A. Ortiz together with the top Global Banking and Finance experts who was a part of this movement of Blockchain technologies.

The last day forum forcuses on exploring the role of blockchain on disrupting , enhancing and creatiing new business opportunities in established businesses verticals and involves major technology giants such as IBM, SAP and Microsoft.

The panel discusssions on blockchain for social good leaded by Daniel de Gruijter, of Incitement, as well as Paolo Magnata from the UNDP, as well as the look at how blockchain can be applied to the Entertainment, logistics, energy , commerce, healthcare and even govt sectors.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

AweSM weekend experience at SM Supermalls




SM celebrates six decades of providing awesome experiences for Filipinos

An exhilarating 60 years and  Awesome decades of trends and transformations that makes SM one of the top companies in Southeast Asia.

From its first shoe store in Carriedo, Manila, opened by Henry Sy Sr. in 1968- the SM brand has come a long way as it celebrates 60 #aweSM years with a host of 60-themed discounts, deals, and sale events from May to October in Sm malls nationwide.

Continuing to excite and delight its various customers, SM brings to everyone a  feast of visual attractions, fun experiences, and interactive activities, featuring innovative technology to make mall going more memorable and extraordinary.

The #AweSM launch party gather SM partners, tenants, celebrities and valued stakeholders who have been part of SM’s journey from a one store operation to one of  Southeast Asia’s largest integrated property developers.


“For six decades, SM has become part of the lives of every Filipino family – from a kid choosing his new pair of school shoes at the SM store, spending your first paycheck on groceries at SM markets to treat mom and dad, SMDC enabling a young couples to acquire a home of their own, to sharing a fun weekend with the whole family at the SM Supermalls”, says Steven Tan , SM Supermalls” says Steven Tan, SM Supermalls Chief operating Officer.
Apart from the launch party at the SM Mall of Asia this May 21, mall kickoff events are set to treats mallgoers  on May 25 at SM  lanang Premier.

On the weekend of May 25 to 26, customers will get to indulge in fun summer eats and dining deals in SM malls across the country, with exciting promos that celebrate the number 60, such as pay only P60, pay P60 less or pay only 60%.


For more info about #AweSM 60 years, visit SM Supermalls Facebook page or check out www.smsuper malls.com.

For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official  social media accounts of Facebook, Twitter , and Instagram and get all the insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s viber public  chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your AweSM moments at SM , then use the 60th anniversary #AweSMoment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

SureTayo makes online shopping more secure and convenient



Powered by Dragonpay, SureTayo offers a person-to-person payment service for safer online transactions

Have you ever gone shopping online and worried that you may not receive your item after paying for it? Or if you are a seller, have you ever lost a customer because they didn’t want to pay before receiving their order?

Dragonpay Corporation, the pioneer and market leader in alternative payment solutions, recently launched SureTayo, an innovative person-to-person payment service that makes paying and receiving payments between individuals who do not know (or trust) each other safe and convenient.

Owned and operated by Dragonpay Corp., SureTayo performs the role of a trusted third party who will hold on to funds until both the buyer and seller are satisfied with their transaction.

From Left to Right (Caezar Ian Monzon – Customer Support Manager, Ken Abadiano – Marketing Manager, Roberson “Dick” Chiang – CEO, Tisha Corros - General Manager, Iris Kwong – Business Development Officer)


How SureTayo Works


An online merchant can sign up as a seller at www.suretayo.ph and after verifying their account, he will receive access to his online dashboard that allows him to issue an invoice to an interested customer.

Once a buyer receives the invoice, he can click the link and select his preferred payment method – and because SureTayo is powered by Dragonpay, the buyer now has access to over 15,000 physical partner locations, online banking and mobile payment channels.

These include options like online banking at most of the major local commercial banks, physical ATM payments, over-the-counter (OTC) cash payments at banks and retail establishments (supermarkets, groceries, department stores, courier centers, remittance centers), and electronic wallets or credits (Dragonpay Credits, Coins.ph, PayPal, GCash).

After payment has been made, SureTayo will safeguard the money while notifying the seller, who can now deliver the item. Once the item has been received by the buyer, he or she can notify SureTayo, who will now release the payment to the buyer.

This simple and secure process leads to TLC for both buyers and sellers – Transaksyong Legit at Convenient!



“SureTayo was created to address the concerns of online buyers and sellers in the Philippine setting. A lot of shoppers here don’t have credit cards or even bank accounts, so how do you get them to shop online? How do you ease their worries that their money might go to a fraudulent seller? And for online retailers, how do you gain the trust of buyers? How do you make payment more convenient for potential customers?” said Robertson “Dick” Chiang, the founder and chief operating officer of Dragonpay.

“SureTayo offers the answer to these questions as it allows sellers to offer all these payment channels to their buyers while at the same time, acting like a third party for transactions to ensure that money is only released once the buyer and seller are happy with the transaction,” shared Mr. Chiang.


Dragonpay CEO Robertson “Dick” Chiang explains how SureTayo works.

For buyers, they have peace of mind knowing that their money is secure until they get that much awaited shipment. They will not have to worry that their money might be going into the hands of a bogus online seller. Plus, paying for an item is much more convenient as they can settle payments through over 15,000 physical partner locations, online banking and mobile payments, remittance centers, groceries and so much more.

For sellers, transactions are also made more secure as they will be paid on time after shipping products to their customers. Customer trust and confidence will also rise for the seller as SureTayo gives them access to major industry players and commercial banks as payment channels. Along with credibility, these payment channels make their business more accessible and transactions more convenient. 

SureTayo’s simple dashboard also allows sellers to track orders and payments, helping to streamline their operations.

And to top it all off, for a limited time, registration for SureTayo is completely free, along with the transaction fee!

Fantastic Sign Up Offer

Aside from free registration, SureTayo is also offering online sellers an irresistible deal with the SureTayo Summer Getaway Promo, created in partnership with GetGo, Cebu Pacific’s Lifestyle Rewards Program.

At the SureTayo Summer Getaway Promo, each seller who signs up from April 25, 2018 – June 25, 2018 will get the chance to win 25,000 GetGo points. One lucky winner will get the chance to enjoy rewards like trips to local destinations like Cebu, Davao and Puerto Princesa. For the full promo mechanics, please visit the SureTayo Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SureTayoPH.

Raffle winner will be drawn on June 26, 2018.

With SureTayo, buying and selling online is now safer and more convenient.

For more information on SureTayo, visit www.suretayo.ph.