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If you are not interested in winning money for yourself, you could enter and then indicate that you would like 100% of the prize money to go to a charity of your choice. Think about it - you could actually win the ability to give a $15,000 donation to your favorite charity!

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Burning Bright This Festival of Lights

They say the hottest flame burns blue and white, so use these blue pieces to make his blood boil this Festive of Lights. Shop Hips & Curves To Save Up to 25% on Plus Size Lingerie, Apparel And More! Check out the hottest item for this Holiday season.







When Mrs. “Claws” makes the naughty list, Santa may have to celebrate.  Show that special someone how being “Naughty” can be “Nice” with these red holiday themed styles.






The holidays might be for giving, but wearing these pieces will give a special gift to the person you love, or make a perfect present to show that special someone you care.






 
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$5 Holiday Sale at Birthday Express!

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Just in time for the holiday shopping! Don't you ever miss this! Whether you need some extra stocking stuffers or you're celebrating a December birthday or holiday party, Birthday Express has everything you need to bring some holiday cheer to your family and friends. And better yet, with a $5 Holiday Sale, you won't break the bank! Birthday Express has collected hundreds of sale and clearance items and placed them in a under $5’ price buckets! Get your holiday shopping done and save!  SHOP NOW!


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Plavix: Ensures Blood Clot Prevention

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Leg thrombosis is, unfortunately, more and more present within our population and it is especially common for women. Even though it can also be diagnosed within hands, hips, brain, anus, in 90 % of cases, it will manifest itself as deep vein thrombosis of the leg. It is a severe condition that needs to be treated as soon as it is noticed.

                If unusual pain appears in your legs, together with increased tension of entire muscle system and swelling, do not take it for granted. If you skin becomes red and blue and you have a constant feeling of warmth within legs followed by increased body temperature, you can easily suspect that you have this condition. It is important to contact your doctor immediately so that he can clarify this state and prescribe you necessary drugs. In most cases, you can buy Plavix online to treat this problem. Doctors will also establish if only surface veins are effects or if the disease has taken a toll on deep veins as well.

                Surface thrombophlebitis is characterized by symptoms that last for a very short time, usually couple of hours up to a day or two. You can easily recognize it by symptoms such as redness, thickening of the skin, inflammation of leg veins, increased sensitivity, pain and warmth within affected area. The acute disease lasts up to 14 days maximum when all these issues slowly start subsiding. On rare occasions, thrombophlebitis will be followed by temperature, sedimentation and the large number of leucostictes.

                On the other hand, we have deep vein thrombosis. Sometimes, people who are suffering from it will not notice any issues. The condition itself is not dangerous except for the fact that it can lead to pulmonary embolism which is life threatening. To avoid death, a doctor will have to pay attention for swelling of the leg, tension, feeling of weight, sensitivity, redness, skin discoloration, surface veins popping out, hard walking and pain which persist even when the patient is not moving. The biggest pain will appear when you bend your joints, when knees are stretched or when you stand up with extended feet. According to experts from You! Drugstore, this is also known as Homan’s sign.

                Every blood clot that appears in veins and makes it difficult for blood to flow is called thrombus. It causes significant changes on very walls of veins and blood platelets starts grouping and sticking to each other making a blood clot. The state is usually caused by long-term resting, immovability, stroke, hard infections, heart attack, physical trauma, etc.

                Nowadays, most medical experts will recommend Plavix for this particular issue. The drug prevents platelets from sticking thus avoiding creation of blood clots. It is especially useful for preventing blood clotting after the recent heart attack or stroke. Even though it can be used before surgery (to avoid coagulation), it shouldn’t be used during last five days before the procedure. The drug can be utilized with or without food and dosage depends on the particular case.


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PRESS RELEASE: Indulge your gastronomic cravings with QUEZON

After the success of their first concept buffet-Guevarras, Gruppo Guevarras Inc. (GGI) has opened its doors in Quezon City aptly named Quezon buffet.

Carrying GGI’s vision, Quezon Buffet undoubtedly exudes with large caliber dishes at very affordable rates. Quezon showcased a variety of gastronomic fares that will surely suit everyone’s palates. It merges the comforts of home and gourmet delicacies by catering our country’s cuisines.

Nestled in the heart of Quezon Avenue, Quezon buffet carries an ambiance of an old-world charm and rustic appeal.  GGI upholds their commitment in reminding the general public especially the younger generations about our county’s greatest heroes; as well as preserving our culture through local cuisines.

PRESS RELEASE: 2015 Best Ramen in Manila by a Japanese Reviewer

Gaku Nakamura is a self-styled Japanese Ramen Consultant living in Manila. Last year, he listed his top 10 ramen with Ramen Nagi topping the list. But with some new and authentic restaurants popping up, here are some of Gaku-san’s top ramen for 2015!


MUST TRY: Shoyu Tonkatsu

Gaku says: “Mendokoro has tonkotsu-based ramen with chashu. The restaurant looks just like a Japanese-style kitchen and it reminds me of a good ramen restaurant in Japan, Afuri. The taste of the broth and chasu is very nice.”

PRESS RELEASE: Gary V For Novuhair Campaign


Heads up! Gary V on Novuhair: putting energy into prevention

Nothing describes Gary Valenciano quite like his moniker “Mr. Pure Energy,” He is the very image of youthful vibrance, whether onstage or not. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he values the way he looks the same way that he values the core of who he is: a prayerful, faithful husband, dependable father, and an outstanding entertainer. 

​Part of what makes Gary stay young looking is his head of hair. What many people don’t know is that, like all other men his age, Gary once worried about hair thinning and hair loss. That’s why, at the first signs of the problem, Gary sought to find ways to prevent it from becoming worse. 
                           
​“I first noticed the hair loss in the shower, after I toweled my hair dry. Then one day, my team of hairstylists noticed that my hair was thinning, too. That’s when they told me to look for the product that Fanny Serrano was using, a product called NOVUHAIR,” remarked Gary on his journey to regaining control over his hair loss.
​NOVUHAIR is a topical scalp lotion that is a unique combination of 14 different natural ingredients and essential oils for a healthier hair and scalp. One of the factors of hair loss, according to studies, is stress, something that Gary experiences on almost a daily basis. Other factors include hereditary disorders, a persistent illness, major surgery, hormonal problems, childbirth & delivery, medications, infections, pollutants, and even excessive exposure to sunlight. And contrary to popular belief, hair loss is as much a problem for women as it is for men. In many cases, hair loss may be prevented or alleviated through early detection. In the case of Gary, his decision to try NOVUHAIR to prevent his symptoms from worsening made a big difference, and within a few months, he saw remarkable results.
​Gary shares his experience with NOVUHAIR as he tells the story of their family hair history: “Hair loss runs in our family, too, even if it sometimes skips a generation. My brother and grandfather both lost their hair, but my dad still has a full head of hair at 87. I just wanted to make sure I take control of my symptoms. Now, I use NOVUHAIR everyday, and I’ve noticed that I don’t shed as much hair as I did before, especially after toweling my hair dry. And my hairstylists noticed it, too. I love using NOVUHAIR because it has this minty, cool effect that makes me feel like my hair is always clean and fresh.”

​“In less than a month and half, I already saw results even if I was told to wait three to four months before I can see a difference. The effects on me were much faster. There were fewer strands on my white towel, which basically was within the normal boundaries of hair loss for an average person. Before using NOVUHAIR, I used to shed more.” This is due to the fact that NOVUHAIR penetrates deep to help rejuvenate, nourish, & maintain moisture in the scalp and hair. By improving the blood circulation in the scalp, NOVUHAIR helps stimulate hair growth and aid in preventing further, excessive hair fall, while also improving the overall appearance of the hair.

​“I never endorse a product that I did not experience first. I have to make sure it is really effective. With Novuhair, I can say that it has really contributed to my peace of mind and overall well-being. And, heads up, as Novuhair is now part of my daily routine, which includes prayer, diet, and medication. God has truly lived up to his promise in my life, and as he says in Psalm 92:14 ‘I will keep you fruitful even in old age. Fresh and green.’ I am very happy now that Novuhair is a part of that.”

NOVUHAIR, Nature’s Answer to Hair Loss is available in all Mercury Drug outlets, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drug & Manson Drug, Metro Gaisano Pharmacy, The Landmark (Makati & TriNoma), J Centre Mall (Cebu), KCC Malls (Gen. Santos City & Koronadal City), NCCC Malls (Palawan & Davao), Gaisano Malls (Davao & Gen. Santos City) and online at www.regaloservice.com and www.lazada.com.ph. For inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575

Join The Seafarer Investors’ Day 2015 FOR FREE!

 
AHOY! Come and join the Seafarer Investors’ Day 2015!

When: December 12, 2015 from 10 AM to 2PM
Where: Max's Restaurant, Orosa St. cor. UN Avenue.
Learn about the basics of the Real Estate Investment (How to own and build your dream home). There will be Freebies, Prizes and Complimentary Meal (LUNCH) for the attendees.

REGISTER NOW! ABSOLUTELY FREE FOR ALL SEAFARERS!
Just visit the link http://eventregistration.camella.com.ph/. Don't forget to put MY NAME (Arra Odeza) in the "referrer's field" 


For inquiries/reservations, call (0917) 502 2581 / (0998) 9681522.

Thanksgiving Essentials: You’ll Want to “Gobble” These Styles Up!

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From prepping the meal to welcoming friends and family, once Thanksgiving dinner is over you’ll need some “me” time. We’re here to help! These fabulous fall pieces will help keep you comfy and snug so you can be ready and relaxed for the holiday season! Shop Hips & Curves To Save Up to 25% on Plus Size Lingerie, Apparel And More!  Check out amazing pieces below: 

  

 



 

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PRESS RELEASE: TYPE KITA 3: PASS ON THE PASSION


EVENT DETAILS:
TYPE KITA 3: PASS ON THE PASSION
December 12-13, 2015, 11am to 8pm, 100 gate fee
1161 Pasong Tamo St., Makati City (formerly Bosch Building, in front of Ambers)
Proceeds will be for the benefit of Project Pearls

On December 12 and 13, type lovers and lettering enthusiasts will be in for a treat! The team behind Type Kita will be holding the 3rd installment of their annual typography exhibit! The previous Type Kita exhibits offered visitors with an incredible showcase of local typographic art pieces, on-the-spot workshops by some of the country’s well-known hand-letterers and calligraphers, and for the bargain hunters, a slew of handmade crafts and printed goods from local entrepreneurs.

The 3rd Type Kita exhibit promises to be even bigger than before, with over 60 participating exhibitors and artists sharing their talent for this event-for-a-cause.
Set during the holiday season, the Type Kita Exhibit will serve as a big Christmas gathering for type enthusiasts around the metro! With live art, demos, art trade and gift giving activities, it’s the perfect holiday feast for type lovers!

With the theme “Pass on the Passion,” the event aims to foster camaraderie and to strengthen the local type community during the Christmas season by focusing on the value of collaboration and sharing! With this event, type-enthusiasts can give back to the community and share their passion to others as well. Proceeds from the event will be for the benefit of PEARLS- a non-profit organization that aims to provide unprivileged kids with Peace, Education, Aspiration, Respect, Love & Smiles.

Activities for the event are as follows:

PASS ON THE PASSION EXHIBIT
For this leg, exhibitors are encouraged to work and collaborate with other artists to share their talent and trade skills as they develop their pieces, strengthening the idea of sharing one’s passion through art.

ART TRADE/ TOOL SWAP 
Art Trade Manila will lead an art-exchange activity where artists and guests can bring their works or writing tools and trade it with fellow type-enthusiasts. It’s like a massive exchange gift activity but more fun!
LIVE ART
Some of your favorite local letterers will also be invited to paint on wooden panels as part of the live art exhibit. Glass panels will also serve as a big doodle wall canvas!
INSTAGRAM EXCHANGE
And because the venue will be bigger, Zig Philippines will also be displaying large scale art murals as part of the exhibit.

INSTAGRAM EXCHANGE
Type Kita exhibits are also the best place to build your network with fellow type-geeks! To further promote camaraderie, participants will be given name tags for their IG handles so they can easily follow each other and keep connected even after the event!
GIFT AND CARD DRIVE
One portion of the event will allow guests to write Christmas cards, design covers of blank notebooks and leave behind hand-lettered pieces as part of gift kits for the kids of PROJECT PEARLS.
LIVE DEMOS AND ACTIVITIES
Pass on the passion for type with free demos such as lettering, calligraphy, watercolor lettering and many more! There will also be a scheduled film showing, some live art & for the hoarders, there will also be pop-up shops for tools and type merchandise.

CHRISTMAS POTLUCK
To keep the Christmas spirit alive, they will be holding a simple get-together/Christmas potluck to celebrate the community this holiday season. You may bring food and drinks too if you want to join in the feast!

Teqube: Responding to Filipinos’ Digital Needs


Teqube, a subsidiary of the Tao Group of Companies, continues to find ways to reach consumers and present offerings to answer their digital requirements. Housing leading handset brands like Lenovo, Nokia, LG, and even offers cellphone accessories, Teqube recently launched the its concept store and the first gadget store in the country that offers devices and accessories based on consumers’ lifestyle.
Located at the 3rd Level, Arcadia Building, Paseo de Sta. Rosa, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, this new addition is designed to be fun and welcoming. They can ask Teqube’s friendly gadget consultants to check out live units and devices that they can enjoy.
“Our new store in Laguna brings to life our mission of delivering the following to our customers: innovation, quality, and customer experience. Just like in any of our stores, we have our customers’ needs in mind when the store was conceptualized. We want to have a hub for them to fully experience the products and experience the lifestyle fit to their needs,” shares Angela Gutierrez, Business Head for Tao Tech Retail.
As part of its opening celebration, Teqube will be raffling off 10 Teqube Bluetooth speakers work P1,200 for 10 consecutive days starting on November 13, 2015. Just visit the store to join. For those who are purchasing a minimum of P7,000, a Lenovo A269i Smartphone is up for grabs for only P20.00. This offer is open to the first 20 customers of Teqube from November 13 to 15, 2015 only.
And, because we are the selfie capital, there should be a dedicated module for those who would want to vividly capture their favorite moments. They have Lenovo Vibe Shot, Lenovo S90, Lenovo Vibe X2, Nokia Lumia 930, and LG G4 to choose from. For those who are into games, Lenovo Phab Plus, Lenovo A5000, Lenovo P70, LG G4, and Oppo R7 Lite are featured in the Game On module. This is the venue for the top-of-the-line gadgets to get consumers’ senses in high gear.
Divided into different modules, the concept store captures the lifestyle of today’s consumers. The Power Play fits those who are looking for products that provide performance that they can rely on wherever they go. Huawei Y3c, Lenovo A328, Samsung J1, LG Leon, Microsoft Lumia 535 are featured in this section. For those who are looking for the perfect companion for the music loving Filipinos, they may check out the Sound Vibe module. This is where they can find Lenovo A319, Lenovo A7000, OPPO Mirror 5, Sony C4, and LG Magna. The new store has a free Wi-Fi and also offers a gadget on demand service, which means, if it’s not in their store, Teqube will purchase it for you. For those who are spending P15,000, they can check the units at the unboxing area so they can have a better appreciation before they purchase.
As part of its opening celebration, Teqube will be raffling off 10 Teqube Bluetooth speakers work P1,200 for 10 consecutive days starting on November 13, 2015. Just visit the store to join. For those who are purchasing a minimum of P7,000, a Lenovo A269i Smartphone is up for grabs for only P20.00. Hurry because this offer is open to the first 20 customers of Teqube from November 13 to 15, 2015 only.

Impressive and Tasty Birthday Cakes for Kids Available at NYC Birthday Cakes

My daughter has been asking me if she could have a pink castle like cake for her coming birthday this December. As a mom, it's my pleasure to give the best birthday experience to my child. And birthday party won't be complete without a cake. Thankfully, NYC Birthday Cake's website can offer a wide range of unique and impressive edible masterpieces. They will surely make our birthday cake the center of attention to our party. You can browse from their different categories (For Him, For Her, For Children and For Kids) that will suit your birthday theme or even send them your own design. The ordering of custom-made cakes that's fast and accurate is made possible by NYC Birthday Cake website. Imagine a mouth-watering and eye-catching cakes starting at only $50 that can be delivered straight to your home or you can choose to pick up at their store. With their "Get a Quote" form you can check how much you'll need to spend for the birthday cake you need. A customer representative could provide you a quote as soon as possible. Isn't great? A hassle and stress-free ordering of cake/s for our love ones. I'm thinking of getting the Candy Theme birthday cake for my daughter as she already approved the design. I can't wait to order my daughter's cake.

For Birthday Cakes for Kids visit their website to find the perfect birthday cake for your next birthday party!  Check out some of my favorite products below:

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Candy Themed Child’s Birthday Cake


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PRESS RELEASE: Free Exhibition Guest Pass at Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015


On November 25, 2015 at SMX Convention Center, Taguig from 8AM to 6PM, one of the much-awaited E- Commerce Show in Asia will happen. Asia E- Commerce Expo 2015 is expecting to draw crowds especially that big brands join the exhibition to promote their products and services that include Citibank, Zalora, Lamudi, Payoneer, Carmudi, Zoomanity Group, Elabram Systems Group, Tree Top Adventure and more. The exhibition viewing is free but still need to register on the actual event.

Another activity during the Asia E- Commerce Expo will be the conference where business leaders and entrepreneurs joins the event as speakers to discuss about E-Privacy, Digital Marketing, E- Logistics, StartUp Innovations, E- Commerce and E- Payment.
The Asia E-Commerce Expo is presented by TAG Media and Public Relations to promote the ASEAN region as a premier business destination. The conference serves as a hub for ideas to help executive managers overseeing enterprises across the Asia Pacific region.


For the full list of speakers and for more information, visit http://www.asiaecommerce.ph. For partnership/sponsorship and speaking opportunites, contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at maria@asiaecommerce.ph.

Up & Up Cream Now Available in the Philippines


Encouraged by the success of Up&Up Skin Lifting Serum by Yuyu Healthcare Inc., Riantique Global Inc. CEO Ria Castrillo brings yet another effective beauty treatment to the Philippines: Up&Up Cream.

According to Castrillo, “the demand for an effective beauty treatment that specifically to keep the wrinkles from showing is relatively high.”
She said Up&Up Cream, adds to Filipinas’ options for a non-surgical skincare solution “that is both safe and easy on the pocket. Up&Up Cream is one product that you can trust to enhance beauty and restore youthful glow in an instant without the need for surgery.”
“Up&Up Cream has been clinically proven safe to use on all skin types by Sae Myung Herbal Biology Industrial Clinic in Korea,” Castrillo said. “This high-potency skin-firming concentrate quickly penetrates the skin’s surface to improve its elasticity. It visibly lifts skin, smoothes its surface, fills up wrinkles, reduces pore size and regenerates skin collagen and elastin. After application, results become visible in seconds. With continued use, skin retains its youthful glow.”
“Some women peak early, while others blossom later,” Castrillo noted. “All in all, we should be on a journey of continued growth and exploration. We have in control of our lives at 40. Up&Up is there to keep us confident where most of us are at the peak of attaining our greatest achievements in most areas of our lives, and where we can definitely enjoy the fruits of our labor.”
Up&Up Cream “also contains arbutin and other healthy botanicals known to aid skin rejuvenation like adenosine, green tea extract, ade aluminum overrijissel sumip, trehalos, dynalift, chamomile extract, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera extract,” Castrillo said. “It is naturally made, to ensure that it is free from parabens, mineral oils, silicon, triethanolamine and artificial coloring.”
While several beauty products on the market do offer collagen and elastin among their ingredients, Up&Up Cream “is new and unique,” Castrillo said. “I haven't seen any in the market which instantly improves your skin at watching with your own eyes. It has a unique packaging, in the shape of a syringe without the needle.” Model Marina Benipayo has tried Up&Up Cream and said in an interview that it “definitely felt like Up&UP Cream was starting to treat my face to an avalanche of vitamins to improve it.”
“My skin is definitely not the same as it was 20, 10 and five years ago,” Benipayo added. “But I've always believed that proper diet, the right kind of exercise, lifestyle and outlook in life are big contributors to feeling and looking young. At 47, I almost never get too exposed to the sun, I sleep and rest as much as I can and reserve it for only the most important things like family and work. I don't take in alcohol and stay away from negative stresses. I've also been more picky with the products I use on my face.”
“During the second week, I noticed my face was clearer and younger-looking,” Benipayo said. “Now that I've been using Up&Up for a month straight, I noticed my skin is healthier and in much better condition.” Based on her experience with the product, Benipayo said: “I think Up&Up Cream will give its competitors a run for their money. It’s an effective product, very suitable for Asian skin, and has absolutely no downtime at all. I can use it any time of the day—in the morning, evening, before I put on makeup. It’s an instant vitamin treatment for the face.”
“I always knew that maintaining a level of beauty and confidence entails a lot of work and love for self,” she said. “Now that I have these Up&Up boosters, I know that my skincare regimen will be easier to maintain. I do not have to use other products like eye creams, skin-lifting serums and moisturizers: Up&Up can replace all of them now.”
Benipayo dispenses some sage advice, too. “Accept your age and take the best care of yourself that you can by following the basic needs of the skin and body: Proper skincare, diet and exercise.”


PRESS RELEASE: Filipinos who sit more than 6 hours every day at risk of acquiring chronic diseases


Studies have shown that up to 70 percent of people spend their working hours sitting more than six hours per day, unknowingly putting themselves at risk for developing chronic non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension. 


But lack of physical activity is not only occurring in the working population. According to Dr. Paul Quilino, Medical Affairs manager at Healthway Medical and wellness advocate, healthy sports and recreational activities are becoming less of the norm in our society regardless of gender and age.
It is widely accepted that physical activity plays a critical role in keeping one’s health and wellness in prime condition. In fact, Quilino stressed that an active lifestyle “promotes proper growth and development of the bones and muscles, helps burn stored energy, keeps cardiovascular system in tiptop condition, and helps improve overall physical endurance and agility.”

“This makes the shift to a more active lifestyle all the more important,” Quilino said. “Exercise and physical activity are probably two of the most cost-effective and significant factors that one can engage in, to help lessen the risk of developing chronic diseases. With this, Filipinos, regardless of their age, should keep a close watch on their sleep, diet, and exercise to meet in order to stay healthy.”

To ensure that Filipinos achieve the most desirable lifestyle, Healthway Medical—the most trusted and preferred mall-based clinics in the Philippines—promotes its Sleep, Eat Right, Exercise, and De-stress (S.E.E.D.) program to underpin the importance of an active and preventive healthcare especially to the working group.
According to Carmie de Leon, vice president for sales and marketing of Healthway Medical, exercise is always lauded as an effective tool in preventing all kinds of diseases. However, being active is not the sole factor that plays part in curbing a sedentary lifestyle.
De Leon said, “People who work eight hours or more daily have the responsibility take care of themselves in any way possible. Just like Dr. Quilino noted, taking the initiative to walk at least 20 minutes a couple of times within the week may help your body adapt to different physical activities. Eventually, you can slowly progress to brisk walking, then jogging, then running in greater lengths and frequency.”

When Filipinos adopt this routine, they may challenge themselves to add distance or intensify the workout until they finally get rid of such sedentary lifestyles, Quilino added.
Aside from moving a step closer to health and wellness, he said “the main goal in any ideal diet is to maximize intake of essential nutrients which are often found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and lessen intake of those which are known to increase our risk for chronic non-communicable disease.”

“Practically, the only way one will be able to follow such recommendations is by adapting and tailor-fitting these in their own socio-cultural preferences, as well as medical and physical needs,” Quilino added.

To further nurture one’s physicality, Quilino highlighted the importance of quality sleep in ensuring work productivity.

“In all ages, sleep induces secretion of certain chemicals in the brain, which in turn signals to the whole body to regenerate. And it’s not just the length of sleep we get butthe quality of sleep as well,” Quilino said.

Quilino added, “Some studies point to the benefits of early sleep (within the first 4 hours of sleep), deep sleep on the 5th to 7th hour and near waking. What we want to point out here is that to function normally awake, we also have to care about the amount and quality of sleep we get.”

Because of today’s generation’s affinity to digital gadgets, Quilino emphasized that these modern-day technologies play a greater role in affecting people in decreasing their time and interest in more physical recreational activities. Digital gadgets effectively decrease physical activity and also play a role in disrupting one’s sleep-awake cycle, reducing sleeping time, hence, a good way to achieve quality sleep is to “keep yourself from using your phone before you sleep.”

“Most mobile games aim to instantly gratify their users, and in effect, feed (and increase) their appetite to even play more,” Quilino said. “The unwanted contrast against playing outdoors becomes more magnified and feeds into the vicious cycle. Light stimulation (not necessarily the radiation) during the sleep phase of our natural sleep-wake cycle signals the brain to stay alert, and therefore, stay awake. With this, Filipinos should opt to minimize their gadget use especially when they’re hitting the bunk.”

De Leon, on the other hand, said that while sleeping, eating right, and exercising are important pillars in achieving wellness not only in terms of mental health but also physical and social well-being, it is also crucial to take a break once in a while to curb work-related stress.

“Work-related stress is the body’s common response when people are confronted with work demands that do not match their knowledge and abilities,” De Leon said. “Since it challenges their ability to cope, 75 percent of adults experience moderate to high levels of stress, which is quite alarming.”
She added, “People who work hard to give their families a more comfortable life also need to have that comfort for themselves. With this, they need to take a break from their daily routines and do something that de-stresses them,” De Leon said.

To know more about S.E.E.D., visit our Healthway Medical clinics at the Alabang Town Center, Edsa Shangri-la, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Healthway Manila, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5 to know more about the Healthy Heart Package.

For more details, please contact (02) 751-4929 or visit www.healthway.com.ph.

Protect Your Child with My Underpants RULE

Nowadays, there are many alarming inhumane acts everywhere. Sometimes we don't know how will we protect our own family from the bad people especially our children.

The estimates are that in most western countries, 1 in 5 kids will be sexually assaulted at some level before they are 18 years old. We have also been horrified by the recent media headlines involving high profile people and institutions. Sadly 90% of child sexual assault cases actually occurs when the offender has a close relationship to the child (even other children). However, we can significantly change these statistic and keep our kids safe...

As a parent, I want my child to be protected and well equipped with knowledge in protecting his/herself from harm. I highly recommend a book that's worth buying.

My Underpants RULE! (hardback and softback book) that is a fun, easy, empowering way to teach kids how to protect their private parts. It uses a catchy, repetitive rhyme - The Underpants RULE! coupled with bright, colourful illustrations, child friendly humour and a superhero theme to teach what is appropriate and inappropriate behaviour in relation to one's private parts and what to do if something should happen. This book is 'loved' by kids and is 'easy' for parents/carers and educators. Best suits 3 to 8 year olds.

My Underpants RULE! is on the NSPCC recommended reading list and they have also selected it to be the cornerstone of a behavioural study in Northern Ireland involving 40 schools in 2016. It has been recommended by leading child psychologists, survivors,  and a portion of each sale goes to Barnardos. 


Visit www.myunderpantsrule.com for more information and purchases.


Teaching kids to Protect themselves can be CHILD'S PLAY...

PRESS RELEASE: Elabram Systems Group: a Technology Company of the Year Finalist at Asia CEO Awards

Elabram Systems Group, the preferred engineering manpower service provider in the world with solutions from Talent Acquisition & Deployment (TAD), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) and Network Planning & Optimization (NPO) with offices in Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines and Malaysia is one of the finalists under Technology Company of the Year category at Asia CEO Awards where according to its organizer is the biggest gathering of business leaders in Asia.
Award winning entrepreneur from Malaysia and Indonesia, Mikel Yaw is the CEO of Elabram Systems Group. He won multiple awards already; Fast Moving Companies Award- Golden Bull, Entrepreneur of the Year- Enterprise Asia and Outstanding Award of the Year in Indonesia- Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship, and yet still overwhelmed of the distinction since aside from receiving citations in the Philippines from different award giving bodies, this is the first time that Elabram Systems Group is considered against different industries like BPO (Accenture, 24/7), Finance (CreditBPO Tech), Information Technology (Tata Consultancy) and Human Resources (Freelance.com).
According to Marketing and Branding Head of Elabram Systems, Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, "We are expanding our expertise from Telecommunications to FMCG, Mining, Information Technology and Digital. When KPMG sent a confirmation letter that were one of the finalists under "Technology Company of the Year" based on the financial capacity, impact in the global market and manpower skills, even with the multiple awards received already, were still excited because we always strive more to be known based on our skills and this platform will help us to reach more of our target clients since the awards night will be attended by leaders from different organizations on November 11, 2015 at Marriot Hotel, Manila. Our team of directors from the Finance Department and Talent Acquisition & Deployment will be with us to celebrate this momentous event at the Gala night."
Elabram Systems Group is 6000 strong globally. For more information, contact mariagracia.n@elabram.com or check the website at http://www.elabram.com. The company is hiring 200 manpower weekly for the biggest organizations in the world.
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