Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Give More Smiles This Christmas with eco-friendly wellness and beauty gifts from Watsons


Watsons kicks off the most wonderful time of the year and the longest season in the Philippines—Christmas—by reaffirming its commitment to provide customers with sustainable health, wellness, and beauty products.


To help the public with choosing sustainable products to give as holiday gifts and bring with them on vacations, Watsons is holding a sustainable holiday gifting event from November 15-20 at The Podium. The event spotlights Watsons Sustainable Choices, the retailers’ selection of products that are safe and nourishing for the skin and free from harmful ingredients that could harm you and the planet; those that can be refilled so plastic waste is reduced; those that contain ethically sourced and sustainably processed ingredients; and have better and more eco-friendly packaging.


The event will also be informational and educational. Watsons will have resource speakers talk about its role as a responsible retailer and how important it is for consumers to make more sustainable choices.


“When shopping for Christmas gifts, we hope our customers consider the planet and choose sustainability. Watsons is glad to offer them eco-friendly products, which are sustainable from the materials and the manufacturing process, to the packaging, and ultimately to the disposal of the product,” said Viki Encarnacion, Watsons PR and Sustainability.


The special guest during the event on November 15 is author, environment advocate, and philanthropist Brian Poe Llamanzares, who recently co-published a book titled “A Sustainable Future” with Manila Bulletin


Encarnacion will be one of the keynote speakers during the opening of the event. She will discuss how Watsons practices the three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle). Zyra Tinio, Watsons Senior Category Manager for Beauty, will talk about giving customers access to Sustainable Choices products.


There will also be an open panel discussion with P&G, Unilever, and a Watsons Club member on sustainability. The two multinational companies will give updates on how their sustainability efforts are going at this point.


The event will help make shopping for holiday gifts more fun and sustainable, from the gift itself to the packaging as Watsons asks its customers to “Give More Smiles This Christmas.” For the event, Watsons supplier-partners will showcase their most sustainable and practical products.


The brands that will showcase their Sustainable Choices products during the event are Watsons, Quick FX, GarnierL’Oreal, Aveeno, Neutrogena, Palmolive, Herbal Essences, DoveBioten, St. IvesZenutrients and CurlsMoringanaGluta C, The Body Shop, and Sekaya.


There will also be an information wall in the Watsons activation in The Podium so shoppers could see how they could effectively Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle to help mitigate the effects of consumerism on the planet and its resources.


During the event, shoppers can also get Watsons Do Good canvas bags, which they can decorate with different accents. The bags are free with purchase.


There will be suggestions for stocking stuffers and gift sets from brands like Fresh and Pretty Secret.


Shop for Php12,000 and get a free luggage during the event. If you shop for Php10,000, you will receive a free bear or mermaid stuffed toy!


Share the joy of the season and Give More Smiles This Christmas. For the best wellness and beauty gifts, Sa Watsons Ako!


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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Start your holiday shopping early this 11.11 Lazada’s Biggest Sale with PLDT Home Rewards!


November is finally here and that means you can score the best deals on 11.11 Lazada’s Biggest Sale! With the infinite selection of stuff that you can get from the leading ecommerce platform, there’s no shortage of gifts for your family and friends—and rewards for yourself, too. After all, getting into the Christmas spirit of giving and sharing is the best way to kick off the holiday season. 


Luckily for PLDT Home Rewards membersfive P100,000 Lazada gift cards are up for grabs in this month’s Grand Giveaway promo, and joining the raffle is fast and easy. 


If you are a PLDT Home subscriber but not yet a member of the loyalty program, you can simply enroll your account to PLDT Home Rewards and start earning Crystals and raffle entries. If you are an existing member, just pay your PLDT bill in full and on time, upgrade your plan, apply for paperless and auto-charge payment, or pay via digital channels to start earning Crystals and raffle entries. 


You can also exchange 10 Crystals for a Lazada voucher that gives you P100 off for a minimum spend of P1,000 during Lazada’s Biggest sale from today until November 13— for which you’ll also automatically get two raffle entries to the PLDT Home Rewards Grand Giveaway this month.


Here are some of the awesome finds that you can get with your P100,000 Lazada gift cards on the most awaited sale: 


  1. Fashion

Update your wardrobe or give your family and friends some stylish clothes that you can get at a discount this 11.11. From fashion essentials like jeans and shorts, stylish and colorful tops, to the most trending sneakers, you can express yourself creatively without breaking the bank.


For those looking for great deals on fashion essentials, a cute pair of Levi’s denim shorts or these elegant and chic ZANZEA khaki chinos look good in your OOTDs. You’ll also want to look good in stylish tops and dresses, which is why getting a dress like a pretty Crissa woven dress or a fashionable Plains and Prints vintage top gives you great style options for parties and reunions this holiday season. If you want something sporty, get a pair of the Fila Lite Matrix Run or the timeless Adidas Stan Smith


  1. Home essentials

Looking to level up your house? There’s a whole range of home improvement choices available online, such as furniture, accessories, decorations, and other unique pieces. If you saw it on social media like Facebook and TikTok, you’ll most likely find it on Lazada. 


You can give your living room an upgrade by getting a piece like a new BAIERDI luxury sofa bed set perfect for a cozy holiday movie night with the family. Try something new for your dining room at home like the 16-piece Corelle dinnerware set that can add more flair to your Noche Buena. If you want a comfier holiday sleeping experience over the break, then getting a new Uratex foam mattress is definitely the perfect choice.  



  1. Games, consoles, and accessories

Holidays mean long breaks and more quality time to spend with family and loved ones.  Bond over action-packed and fun video games. 


Playing the hottest games of 2022 on a brand-new Sony PlayStation 5 will surely be the highlight of your family’s holiday season. Don’t forget to add one or more extra PS5 controllers to your cart for fun multiplayer sessions with more family members. For solo players, you can get a copy of Elden Ring, one of the best PS5 games right now. You can also buy other gaming accessories and peripherals during the 11.11 sale, like the HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard, which is a great gift idea for PC gamers who are also keyboard enthusiasts.


  1. Work and study at home essentials

Grab productivity essentials like office and study tools, gadgets, electronics, and more at great deals in the 11.11 sale. 


For the hardworking go-getter in your life, the Infinix INbook X1 is one of the best value-for-money laptops available right now. If they prefer to work or study on a device that’s more portable, another good option is a reliable tablet like the Huawei MatePad T10. Meanwhile, you can also upgrade your home workstation with the HP Deskjet Ink Advantage 2337 3 in 1 Printer, which gives you and the family an easier and more hassle-free time in printing important documents for school or work.


  1. Beauty must-haves

Feel great, beautiful, and confident this holiday season without breaking the bank. Lazada also offers a wide variety of health and beauty products from makeup to skincare.


Score nice deals on effective skincare products like the Garnier Sakura All Star Kit, which can give you dazzling glass skin in one week. A set of RP Frozen Collagen Face Masks can also keep your face clean, cool, and healthy all the time. For gift ideas to give your friends or family, you can’t go wrong with something like the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser bundle.  


There’s an infinite number of deals to score in this year’s Lazada 11.11 sale! So, don’t forget to register to PLDT Home Rewards, pay your PLDT bill in full and on time, upgrade your plan, apply for paperless and auto charge payment, or pay via digital channels to get a chance to win a Lazada gift card in PLDT Home Rewards’ Grand Giveaway Promo this month. 


It doesn’t stop there—your raffle entries serve as your tickets to win the grand prize: a whopping P5 million pesos! Make the most of PLDT Home Rewards and join the Grand Giveaway Promo today. Visit to find out more.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

CSMC partners with OCTA and Go Negosyo for webicon on PH’s COVID-19 exit strategy

Cardinal Santos Medical Center
(CSMC), together with the OCTA Research Group and GO
Negosyo, recently facilitated a relevant and pressing discussion on the country’s progress
through the COVID-19 pandemic in its latest webicon entitled “COVID-19: From Pandemic to
Endemic". The webicon was held via Zoom and Facebook Livestream last July 28, Thursday.

Present as speakers were OCTA Research fellows Prof. Ranjit Singh Rye and Dr. Guido David, GO Negosyo Founder Mr. Jose Maria “Joey” Concepcion, National Task Force Against COVID-19 Special Adviser Dr. Teodoro “Teddy” Herbosa, Health Reform Advocate Dr. Anthony “Tony” Leachon, and Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Rontgene Solante. CSMC’s very own Dr. Paul Salandanan joined in as a reactor, and the event was facilitated by CSMC’s Vice President and Head of Human Resources, Ms. Lucky Diaz-Tiozon.

The webicon opened with a discussion from Rye and Concepcion, taking points from the recent
State of the Nation Address (SONA) given by Pres. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. Rye and
Concepcion talked about what strategies will help the country move forward from an economic standpoint, and how clear, effective, and relevant policies can mitigate COVID-19 and sustain
economic recovery.

David presented a scientific, research-based analysis on recent COVID-19 trends, comparing the Philippines’ current COVID-related statistics to numbers during previous surges. Solante, on the other hand, provided a look into the various strains of the virus, what differentiates them from each other, and the on-ground experiences of clinicians in handling it.

Herbosa touched on the challenges faced by various sectors because of the pandemic, and gave his recommendations on potential exit strategies that can be explored in order to better prepare for potential threats in the future. Leachon followed this up by tackling what measures ought to be observed in order to move forward from the pandemic, while Salandanan offered his own insights as CSMC’s resident Infectious Disease Specialist.

The webicon was concluded through an open forum session with all the panelists and speakers, where they stamped out any misconceptions regarding vaccines and COVID-19 testing, and stressed the importance of working together in safeguarding the health and well-being of the
Filipino people.

“What is important is capacity building,” said Herbosa. “We need to build up our capacity in terms of policy formulations in vaccines, emergencies and pandemics.”

“As we move from pandemic to endemic, one of the key elements of any national exit strategy [is to] really ensure access to quality testing,” added Rye. “Apart from expanding treatment facilities [and making them accessible], we really need to deal with testing. The state has to [find ways to] provide quality antigen testing and [improve the] reporting of these results.”

“Getting the first and second booster will protect our healthcare utilization because we are [preventing] people [from] developing the more severe form of COVID, especially if [they] have comorbidities,” said 

“The way forward is really informing our public more so that [they] can make better decisions. It is important for us to come up with a holistic and comprehensive plan for everything, whether it is expanded testing and treatment, information campaigns, [or] even just sustaining our booster and vaccine programs,” stressed Rye. “We need to come up with a comprehensive national COVID strategy. That is the challenge for this new administration.”

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

Naval Air Wing - Philippine Fleet Gets an LG UltraGear Upgrade


Global tech innovator LG recently donated top-of-the-line UltraGear monitors worth over PhP 600,000 to the Philippine Navy to help modernize its display solutions. Thirty LG UltraGear 32GN500 monitor units were given to the Naval Air Wing of the Philippine Fleet, which will be used in their flight simulation rooms to display lectures, flight deck videos, flight monitoring for Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance, Airborne ISR and Humanitarian and Disaster Response missions, and so on.

In a recent aviation-themed event, the South Korean tech company introduced its newest line of monitors to the Philippine market. This includes the massive 48'' UltraGear UHD OLED and the 32” UltraGear UHD 4K, the versatile LG Dual Up 28MQ780-B with Ergo stand, and others. One of the monitors featured was the LG UltraGear 32GN500, which was used together with a flight simulation rig. The monitor donation to the Philippine Navy was announced during the event.

LG Managing Director Sungjae Kim was elated with the new partnership, saying “It is a great opportunity for us to partner with the Naval Air Wing of the Philippine Fleet. We wholeheartedly support those in service of the country. We hope our small donation goes a long way in providing real-world applications for their training”.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Cutting Edge Therapy: Buela Physical Therapy Clinic Opens Another Branch

, one of the most advanced physical therapy clinics in the country, has opened another
branch in the Metro East Area at the Garden Walk Mall in Cainta, Rizal. Buela boasts of cutting
edge technology in their clinics using the latest machines in physiotherapy. Coupled with well-
trained physiotherapists and in-house medical doctors, Buela offers a complete and holistic
approach to physical therapy.

There is a notion that physical therapy is only for post-stroke patients or those recovering from
accidents, but physical therapy can benefit everyone. This is pain management that aims to fix
the root of the problem, dealing with every muscle, sinew, nerve, and bone that causes the
major or minor aches that plague daily life, such as back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome,
scoliosis, to name just a few. Some patients think this is something you have to live with, but
relief is possible with physiotherapy. Athletes of all levels can also look to Buela to boost their
performance and be more resilient to injuries and to treat muscles that are overused in relation
to their sport.


Gerald Buela, CEO of Buela Physical Therapy Clinic and a licensed physiotherapist himself, has
a personal mission to raise the level of the profession. “That's my advocacy, to elevate and
push the boundaries of what this practice can achieve through technology and physiotherapy.”
Buela is elevating the PT (Physical Therapy) industry, by bringing in top of the line machines
from abroad. “It's the latest technology so the Philippines doesn’t fall far behind,” he says. ”Most
of the Physical Therapy clinics in the Philippines are quite traditional. I want to transform the
industry into one of the most advanced in the region.”

All the machines at the Buela clinics are the latest models. The clinic touts an advanced
approach using these machines that aid in various therapies: Myofascial Dry Needling,
Microcurrent/Macrocurrent Therapy, Deep Radiofrequency Heat Therapy, Vibration Therapy,
Manual Therapy (joint mobilization and spinal manipulation), Postural Correction Program, High-
Intensity Laser Therapy, Focused Shockwave, Traction Therapy, Tecartherapy. Patients
undergo a thorough screening and medical assessment by doctors and therapists to determine
which treatment is most beneficial for their areas of concern.

There is a misconception that physical therapists are similar to massage therapists, but physical
therapists or physiotherapists are licensed medical professionals whose field of study takes five
years. While massage deals with the muscles, physical therapy can go deeper dealing with
muscles, bones, and nerves, affecting the totality of the body. “Our promise is to fix your
problems one posture at a time,” explains Buela. When you don’t fix the posture, the muscles
aren’t activated properly, the pain and discomfort will return. The machines also target tissue at
a deeper level that a simple massage cannot reach. “Massages are good for relaxation, but you
need physical therapy for pain and discomfort.”

Cost is also something that precludes people from getting the physical therapy that they need,
often choosing to pop a pill for the pain. But that solution is temporary, especially for those with
chronic pain. People don’t often realize that their health card coverage includes physical
therapy, and a visit to the Buela clinic can bring them more lasting relief.

Buela’s sleek and industrial chic interiors of blue gray, wood and steel is aimed at trying to do
away with the cold and antiseptic feel of physical rehabilitation clinics, treating it more like going
to a spa, gym or an aesthetician, while still getting the level of treatment you would get at the
most advanced physical rehabilitation center. “Some of our patients don't do well in hospital
settings. Their progress is very minimal, and they don't find the level of pain relief they desire,”
explains Buela. Hospitals also don't do certain treatments, like dry needling, a practice whose
roots trace back to acupuncture but have now combined with Western research.

Buela has not only invested in machines, he also invested in people. The Buela clinic makes it a
special point to design the staff area of the physical therapists to be as nice as the rest of the
clinic. This does a lot for staff morale, as the staff room is usually the most neglected part of any
establishment. Buela, who worked as a physiotherapist himself, knows the ins and outs of the
industry and champions that therapists be treated as professionals. It’s only logical that happier
staff can give better service. “I pay them a premium, twice as much as the average. I want
physiotherapists to feel ownership of the space and to be comfortably working in that space.
Compared to other clinics, we pay them double. I really value our people.”

During the pandemic a lot of lifestyles have become sedentary. The work from home setup,
which continues even through a hybrid setup, has resulted in a lot less time for moving and
socializing, often just remaining at your desk for the whole day. This has resulted in a lot of
posture problems that result in or compound all manner of bodily aches and pains. “What we
want to give to them is freedom from pain,” declares Buela. ”That way you can work more
efficiently, have better relationships, and live your best life.”

Buela Physical Therapy Clinic is located at Unit 2R, The Garden Walk, 105 Felix Avenue,
Cainta, Rizal.

Alabang Branch: Unit 2504 Entrata Urban Complex, Civic Drive, Filinvest, Alabang, Muntinlupa

Monday, July 4, 2022

LG Takes Flight With Its New Line of Monitors

LG Philippines unveiled its new lineup of monitors and showcased its newest, powerful and most technologically advanced monitors yet, in a Top Gun-themed event hosted by Andrei “Dreister” Felix

According to Sungjae “Airboss” Kim, managing director for LG Philippines, the company remains committed to innovating and enhancing its monitor line-up to adapt to the needs of its consumers. He added, “We’ve made great strides to elevate the user-experience of our monitors–from adapting to flexible workstations and upgrading our systems with new generation gaming standards.”

Meanwhile, the country’s most influential gamers, creatives and content creators attest to the power, image quality and versatility of LG’s latest monitor line-up. 

Actor, TV host and #FitGamer, Eric “Eruption” Tai enjoyed the immersive race car gaming set-up during the event featuring the 32GQ950 OLED Monitor. He said, “The contrast is just amazing with the bright whites and the deep, dark blacks. It provides a truly immersive experience whether you’re gaming for hours on end or just relaxing and bingeing on series and movies. And, it’s also equipped with HDMI 2.1”. Eric was joined on stage by Jane Pactoranan - business development manager and she further explained that the LG UltraGear 32GQ950 boasts a 4K resolution on a 32-inch Nano IPS display alongside a rapid 144Hz refresh rate (O/C 160Hz) and swift 1ms (GtG) response time. It also has a VESA certified DisplayHDR 1,000 which means this display should offer a dynamic contrast with brighter whites and deeper blacks and up to 1,000 nits of peak brightness


Just the same, “PBA Ironman” LA Tenorio was impressed with LG’s marquee monitor, the 48GQ900 OLED, due to its size and impressive image quality. Equipped with the award-winning OLED technology with self-lit pixels, the 48GQ900 OLED monitor boasts of its immersive display and quick response time, ensuring its compatibility with next-gen consoles. The self-lit pixels also help keep response time incredibly fast according to Janille Umali, B2B marketing communications officer. The massive display of the monitor is designed to provide a better viewing experience like no other. It has anti-glare and low reflection technology built-in, ensuring that there are no distractions and you only focus on your game. This, of course, also helps reduce eye strain when used for long periods of time. Just like LA himself as one of the country’s formidable basketball pointguard, this monitor is as fast as they come. It has a 0.1 ms response time and 120hz speed. It can even be overclocked to 138Hz if you really want to push the envelope. This high speed reduces ghosting in games and helps objects render clearly and makes everything smooth and fluid. It has an ultra slim design that you can wall mount, or display in your living room, game room, or anywhere else. It also comes with its own remote control. When it comes to sound, this is no slouch either. It comes with two 20w speakers built-in. LA can chat with his teammates and gaming friends with 4-pole headphone outs and you can even be more immersive with the use of virtual 3D surround sound with DTS:Headphone X.

Music and lifestyle photographer Magic” Liwanag, couldn’t help but agree with the product’s versatility, claiming that the LG Dual Up 28MQ780-B is a godsend for creatives like him. “The 16:18 aspect ratio and the freedom to swivel [the monitor] allows me to multitask in a completely different way,” he adds. Greg de Jesus, marketing communications officer for home entertainment expounded that the LG’s Ergo line is designed for these kind of users with this in mind as they get to work the way they want to. You can adjust the monitor by moving it forward or backwards, swiveling, rotating, tilting and more. Configure the setup any way you want to increase your productivity and immerse yourself in your work. It also offers DCI-P3 98%**—an elevated color spectrum that brings brilliant color to life and doesn’t hurt your eyes because of the ambient light sensor.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Millions of Small Businesses Get Free Online Store from SME Superapp Enstack

SME superapp Enstack is offering a new sales channel to its merchants in a bid to expand their customer reach online. All verified superapp merchants will have a free, ready-to-use Web Store with integrated payment options including COD and shipping.

This rounds off Enstack’s sales channels as merchants can now sell online via Web Store and Chat Store and offline via its Cashier miniapp. Merchants have the ability to fulfill orders on the superapp’s “All Orders" page while inventory is synced real time.

According to DTI, only 34% of SMEs in the Philippines are online due to lack of knowledge and high costs. One of these SMEs, Wok’s Tapsihan, found setting up an online shop complex and commission fees too costly. Owner Abigail Gondra explored different options, but it was Enstack’s free, no-code Web Store that made it possible to open an online storefront, increase sales, and improve operations. “Opening an online store and reaching more customers used to be just a dream. Now, by just uploading our inventory onto Enstack, we can venture into ecommerce for the first time and are very happy to see new sukis enjoy our tapsilog,” shares Gondra.

Since launching in February, Enstack has helped tens of thousands of underserved MSMEs through its free, easy-to-use superapp that brings together all the tools they need to run their business from their mobile phone. By transforming offline tasks such as managing orders, invoicing, shipping packages, and tracking businesses’ performance, SMEs can keep up with today’s highly digital business landscape.

“At Enstack, finding the right digital tools can be difficult for any business. Frequent and regular dialogues with our SME community allow us to add and improve features to our simple but powerful app that helps solve unique problems faced by small businesses. Our no-code, ready-to-use Web Store fits very well with our overall mission of serving our merchants so they can become fully digital and see their businesses take off,” Macy Castillo, Managing Director of Enstack.

Enstack's free Web Store does not require any coding skills and integrates all Enstack tools and services such as payments and logistics, reducing barriers MSMEs face when starting an ecommerce business. As soon as merchants upload inventory data, their Web Stores are generated and they can share their personalized URL to customers or social media pages to drive traffic and conversion. Merchants can also turn on “Vacation Mode” if they choose to go offline to optimize or take a break. Enstack is available to download free from Google Play and the App Store.