Saturday, September 30, 2017

Discover Why Chemical-Based Products for Hair Loss Might not work for You

Desperate times call for desperate measures. When you’re losing tufts of hair or seeing bald patches on your scalp, it’s but natural to feel the need to do something about it. 

Will you tell a friend or go immediately to a doctor? Will you hide the “shame” under the guise of a wig? While it’s quite hard to decide, there’s no way but people still find themselves falling in line over-the-counter (O.T.C.). And what’s on their hands? Chemical-based hair loss products. Here are some of the reasons why they impulsively buy these items:

a.)   They claim to be effective.
b.)   They say the healing effects are felt quickly.
c.)   They are widely available.
d.)   They appear to be cheaper.
e.)   They claim to be safe.

Sounds tempting, though, be wary enough that once you delve into the nitty-gritty of these products available to allegedly promote hair growth, you’ll see why they may not exactly be a perfect fit. These are some of the negative possibilities when you use chemical treatments:

1.    Serious side effects like tightness in the chest, difficulty in breathing, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), and swelling of the hands and feet. These are actually some of the possible side effects of the hair loss drug Minoxidil, which is said to cease hair loss and promote hair growth.

2.    Most chemical products say they can “treat” alopecia, but reading the fine print will lead you to discover that it actually just slows the progress of hair loss. Little is said as well about these chemical treatments actually promoting hair growth.

3.    These products or “treatments” usually contain a variety of chemicals that may or may not cause allergic reactions. It pays to check the labels. Some chemical-based products may actually be presenting the side effects as the main effects. Let the internet help you on your personal research.

There may be safer and effective alternatives out there, but NOVUHAIR is a stand out among the rest. It has 19 natural ingredients—standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients that work in synergy and have been clinically proven to help stop the progression of hair loss, aid in stimulating hair growth, and reduce excessive hair shedding. 

NOVUHAIR is available in the Philippines at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide, Seafood City supermarkets and other Filipino/Asian stores in the USA and online at and at BeeOrganic in Kuwait. International online orders are also possible through For more information, you may visit or contact hotlines 4136570 and 09228830575.

Don’t make yourself fall as the next victim of the trap. Be smart; choose natural. 

*This is Press Release

This October, Get the Latest Anime on Animax Express from Japan!

This October, anime fans will have the time of their lives with two same-day-as-Japan eXpress titles and an a-laugh-a-minute slice of life comedy!  

Tota Konoe leads a tranquil but mundane life in a village and dreams of making a name for himself in the city one day. To achieve his goal, he must defeat his guardian, the magician Yukihime, in combat, but despite challenging her daily, his attempts have thus far only ended in his defeat. On one such day, their usual fight is disrupted by the sudden appearance of a bounty hunter. Tota is heavily wounded by the bounty hunter but is saved when he is granted immortality by Yukihime, who reveals her true identity to be a vampire!
UQ HOLDER! premieres 3 October, every Tuesday at 10pm, same day as Japan, first and exclusively on Animax.

Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series
Follow along the travels of Kino, a young adventurer who rides a talking motorcycle named Hermes. Together, they’ll explore various places and meet different people throughout their adventures, spending only three days at each location. Embark on a magical journey with them and experience stories and emotions that transcend mere words.
Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- the Animated Series premieres 7 October, every Saturday at 8.30pm, same day as Japan, first and exclusively on Animax.

Magic of Stella
On her first day in high school, Tamaki Honda comes across a game-making club known as the SNS club. Alongside three other students – the programmer Shiina, writer Ayame, and composer Kayo – Tamaki embarks on an all-new adventure as an illustrator for the club’s next game!
Magic of Stella premieres 4 October, every Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm, with 2 episodes back to back, first and exclusively on Animax.

Animax is available on SKYCable Channel 46, Cignal Channel 73, Dream Satellite TV Channel 07, Destiny Digital Channel 46 and G Sat Channel 24.

About Animax Asia
Launched on 1 January 2004, Animax is Asia’s first channel brand specializing in Japanese animation – anime. Animax offers a wide variety of anime programs from across the most popular genres including action, romance, horror, supernatural, sci-fi, comedy and slice-of-life.
Animax is home to some of the biggest anime titles in the world that enjoy great following across the region. In addition, the channel created TV history in April 2009 by becoming the world’s first regional broadcaster to air an anime series at the same time as Japan and followed that with six other simulcast anime series. Currently reaching 58 million homes across 17 markets in Asia, Animax aims to offer anime programming for everyone.

Beyond television screens, Animax also actively engages its audiences at local events, including its signature Animax Carnival that has rolled out in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. See for more.
*This is Press Release

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sec Lopez to Franchisers: Create and Innovate

Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez encouraged franchisers to be innovative and creative in their businesses during the 16th Business and Franchise Expo of the Association of Filipino Franchisers Inc. (AFFI) on 29 September.
“Through innovation and creativity, we are confident to see more local franchisers expand across the country’s borders”, said Secretary Lopez.    
The franchising industry accelerated by 20% in 2016 from Php16B total sales registered in 2015 and is expected to sustain the expansion in the next two years.
Meanwhile, the trade chief recognized the role of franchising as a tool in economic development and nation-building, particularly the opportunities it provides to the micro, small, and medium, enterprises (MSMEs).    
Secretary Lopez further shared that apart from the increasing number of large Filipino firms expanding in ASEAN, household-based micro-enterprises have now the capacity to penetrate the ASEAN market through the programs of the government.
The trade chief highlighted that the government continues to place the MSMEs at the front and centre of trade agenda and at the forefront of regional development to enable those at the bottom of the pyramid, achieve inclusive growth and shared prosperity for all.
He also cited DTI’s efforts to empower and provide opportunities to MSMEs through its 7Ms Framework (Mindset, Mastery, Mentoring, Money, Machine, Market Access, and Models).
Among the ASEAN Member States, the Philippines currently has 1,500 franchises where 65% are Philippine brands. Moreover, there are 140,000 franchise outlets with the Philippine franchise sector generating more than a million jobs.   
Secretary Lopez encouraged the members of AFFI to be entrepreneurs for others and be part of the continuing growth story of the franchising sector and Philippine economy.
“We are driven to empower local entrepreneurs and we will continue to work to meet the challenges of the market,“ Sec. Lopez said.
Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Cynthia Villar, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, and Go Negosyo Advisor Meryl Cruz were also present during the event.

Help find the next Blackwater Persona

Do you know a guy who has what it takes to be a social media ambassador? He may be “The Gentleman,” a woman’s “ideal guy” who is calm and unflappable; “The Jock” who is into sports and sporting culture; “The Heartthrob,” the campus sweetheart or the boy-next-door; or “The Artist,” unconventional and unique.

If you think he fits any of these, nominate him for Blackwater Persona, the online ambassador search of Blackwater, the fragrance and grooming line of leading homegrown brand Ever Bilena.

The lucky four personas will each get a P10,000 cash prize, a contract with Blackwater as a social media ambassador, the full Blackwater fragrance product line, plus “The Morning After” grooming service from contest partner The Urban Barber, which provides a complete “MANpering” experience and well-curated items to young urbanites. Nominators of the winners will take home P5,000 worth of gift checks and Blackwater or Blackwater Woman products.

Nomination is easy! Simply like Blackwater’s official Facebook page,, and upload a photo (filters of any sort are highly discouraged) of your friend in the comments section of whichever persona you think he qualifies for in “The Search for the next Blackwater Persona” album. Leave a short explanation why you think he embodies the persona. Use the hashtag #BWPersona at the end of every entry. Entries are due by October 9, 2017.

Shortlisted contestants – five for each persona – will qualify for the photo face-off round, where they must upload a creative shot of themselves as the persona for which they were nominated along with any Blackwater fragrance. Contestants with the most number of likes and shares per category will be named the Blackwater Persona.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime chance! Nominate a friend now and help him become the next face of Blackwater on social media.

To learn more about Blackwater and its products, visit, and follow its social media accounts, and  

LBC Ensures Customers’ Welfare by Adhering to Data Protection Act

The value LBC gives to customers goes beyond the simple act of sending and receiving their precious “padala.” It also means making sure that their customers’ personal data is protected, especially from cyber threats.

In a recent forum with LBC’s top officials, Atty. Raul Cortez, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs Director of Microsoft Philippines, shares that due to the 4th Industrial Revolution, technology has become ingrained in our lives and shape the way we live, work and interact. An established company, such as LBC, should be able to put systems in place so that they serve the needs of their customers while making sure that it is compliant with the requirements of the Data Privacy Act of 2012. This law protects the privacy of individual’s personal data while ensuring the free flow of information and growth of businesses, including the exchange of information via live and online transactions.
Atty. Cortez emphasizes that under the provisions of the law, an individual has the right to be protected whenever s/he decides to share personal information with any entity. This encompasses sensitive information such as an individual’s race, health information, education, religion, ethnic background, marital status, and even political affiliation.
For its part, the country’s leading name in remittance and cargo, underlined their efforts to combat cybercrime; guard themselves fully from breaches in cybersecurity and ensure that they are complying strictly to ensure the privacy of their customers’ data.  LBC is committed and more than ready in its journey of compliance to implement appropriate organizational, physical, and technical measures - as required by the Data Privacy Act.
Mr. Dale Jose, Modern Workplace Solutions Lead of Microsoft Philippines, adds that the security perimeter in the workplace has now been changed. He said that data breach can often be a result of weak or stolen passwords, or when sensitive data is accidentally shared to the wrong person. Given these risks, Jose adds that customers who do online transactions have the right to be informed, to object, to access, to correct or rectify, to block or remove data, to have data portability, to file a complaint, and to be indemnified.
Given this scenario, LBC has begun adopting measures to conform to the Data Privacy Act. In working closely with Microsoft, LBC’s IT and Compliance team has already adopted Microsoft 0ffice 365 for productivity and Azure. Microsoft designed Azure and Office 365 with industry-leading security measures and privacy policies to safeguard data in the cloud and can help on the journey to reducing risks and equiping companies with the necessary tools to help them comply with the Data Privacy Act.

LBC assures that while they are just in the infant stages en route to full compliance,  the measures they have begun implementing is a testament to the way they do business—and  the way they care for customers  who have entrusted them with vital information and transactions.

LBC is the Philippines’ market leader in retail and corporate courier & cargo, money remittance, and logistics services. With a growing network of over 6,400 branches, hubs & warehouses, partners, and agents in over 30 countries, LBC is committed to moving lives, businesses, and communities and delivering smiles around the world. Listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange through LBC Express Holdings, Inc., LBC aims to deliver value to all of its stakeholders, as it has for over 60 years.  Founded in 1945 as a brokerage and air cargo agent, LBC pioneered time-sensitive cargo delivery and 24-hour door-to- door delivery in the Philippines. Today, it is the most trusted logistics brand of the Global Filipino. LBC can move it for you: visit, or call telephone +632 858599 (Metro Manila), 1 800 10 8585 999 (Provincial), +632 9086 522 (Solutions) and follow LBCExpress (Facebook and Twitter).

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Philippines joins Project Inclusion

Armed with its mission of improving lives through better careers and the advocacy of a job for every Filipino,, the country’s number 1 job site, takes part in Project Inclusion. A program of Unilab Foundation, Project Inclusion champions the employment of persons with disabilities (PWDs). Joining the contingent headed by Country Manager Philip Gioca (far left) are representatives of Unilab Foundation headed by Grant Javier (middle, in white), Project Inclusion’s Program Manager.       

Vaccination Myths and Facts


You may have completed your vaccinations when you were a child, but do you know that vaccines are not only for kids but for adults, too? Vaccines are among the most cost-effective health interventions available. They help ensure optimum health.

“Vaccines provide heightened protection against diseases, disabilities and even death. They prepare the body to fight diseases without exposing the person to the symptoms. Many believe immunizations are for children only. But you are never too old to get vaccinated. Newer vaccines are being developed and booster shots may be necessary to maintain the efficacy of certain vaccines. Vaccination is important especially if you have a chronic disease, are pregnant, sexually active, or if your work requires you to travel to places where you can be exposed to different diseases,” says MediCard president and CEO Dr. Nicky Montoya.

MediCard, a leading HMO provider in the country, debunks some myths on vaccinations:

Myth: Vaccines are for children only.
Fact: Vaccines don’t offer lifetime immunity to diseases; they stimulate antibody production. Almost all vaccines wear off after 5-10 years. Getting vaccinated as an adult is just as important as getting it when you are young because you might be at risk for a new or different disease. The vaccinations you need are determined by factors such as age, lifestyle, health conditions, travel, and previous immunizations. To find out what vaccines you need, consult your doctor.

Myth: Vaccines are ineffective and harmful.
Fact: Vaccines are effective and safe. They go through comprehensive testing before they are approved for general use. They are also continuously monitored for safety and effectiveness. For those who worry that vaccines will cause serious side effects, Dr. Montoya says such cases are very rare. Normal reactions to vaccination include redness, pain, and swelling in the body part where the shot was given.

Myth: Vaccines weaken the immune system.
Fact: Vaccines actually strengthen the immune system and help fight diseases. Vaccines strengthen the immune system by safely introducing an antigen, a substance that triggers the production of antibodies needed to neutralize viruses and bacteria. Vaccines also stimulate defense mechanisms that provide protection against specific diseases. Fears that vaccines can overload the immune system are unfounded because a healthy person’s immune system can recognize and handle thousands of organisms at once.
Myth: Vaccinations are not needed if you live a healthy lifestyle.
Fact: Good hygiene, a balanced diet and an active lifestyle can help prevent the spread of diseases, but you are still exposed to germs and viruses. This is why getting vaccinated is encouraged, even if you live a healthy lifestyle, as it provides a significant level of protection from diseases.
Learn more about vaccinations. MediCard has several free-standing clinics located in key cities nationwide that offer consultations, tests and vaccinations. Visit a MediCard clinic near you or check out their website at for more information.

Unravelling Myths About Vision Changes

As we age, our senses tend to become less sharp. Our vision, in particular, undergoes significant changes. The eyes gradually lose the ability to adapt and change focus quickly. This naturally developing condition is called “presbyopia.”

Presbyopia usually starts around the age of 40 and affects even those without a history of vision problems. Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, estimates that those with presbyopia number more than 500 million worldwide

    “People with presbyopia have a hard time reading fine print and need to hold reading materials farther than arm’s length,” says Essilor Philippines general manager Dr. Emelita Roleda. “At the same time, they have problems seeing objects at close range. We recommend to those suffering from this condition to use progressive lenses to correct near and distance vision.”

    Although presbyopia is a natural age-related condition, there are misconceptions about it. As previously stated, one myth about it is that it is preventable. It is not a disease but a natural part of aging, thus unavoidable even for those with 20/20 vision. Some people also believe that correcting presbyopia can worsen the condition. But if untreated, presbyopia will only lead to eye fatigue and make daily tasks harder to do.
Another mistaken notion is that few solutions for presbyopia are available. But in this day and age, near vision blurriness is easily manageable. One can use reading glasses which basically aids in seeing print clearly. Eyeglasses with bifocal or progressive lenses are also available. A bifocal lens features two areas of vision correction, near and far, which are divided by a distinct line that sits horizontally across the lens. Progressive lenses are a more sophisticated solution because not only do they eliminate the visible lines found on bifocals, but they also provide a more natural correction of presbyopia.

Using advanced research and technology, Essilor offers an effective way to seamlessly correct presbyopia while at the same time providing updated aesthetics, giving the wearer a more youthful appearance. Varilux®, the world leader in progressive lenses, gives dynamic clarity and greater comfort in any distance. It’s perfect to use whether you read a book, use a computer, or look into the horizon while traveling.

    “Varilux® progressive lenses are specifically designed to give the wearer sharper, clearer and effortless vision every day,” says Dr. Roleda. “The lenses are sophisticated, bespoke creations designed with the most advanced technology to be a perfect fit according to the optical and facial profile of the wearer.”

    Correct presbyopia with proper lenses. Ask an eye care professional about the Varilux® progressive lenses suited to your needs. For more information, visit, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Win Up to P100,000 Cash in the PadamihAnne sa CityMall Raffle!

Have you seen the newest TVC of Anne Curtis where she’s joyfully, ecstatically, and energetically enjoying the many fun things to see and do at CityMall? Well, we have some great news for you! You can win up to P 100,000.00 cash when you watch and take part in the exciting PadamihAnne sa CityMall raffle promo!

And joining has never been this easy. All you have to do is watch CityMall’s newest commercial featuring Anne Curtis and answer the question: “In the video, how many Anne Curtises can you see around the CityMall logo?” Once you have the answer, simply register at  to join! Sobrang saya at dali, diba?

Share this with your friends and make sure to use the hashtag #PadamihAnneSaCityMall. Who knows, you just might be the next big winner courtesy of CityMall, your everyday mall.

Per DTI FTEB permit #14417. Series of 2017.

*This is Press Release

Saturday, September 23, 2017

More Surprising Twists and Shocking Revelations Unfold in New Season of Crime Thriller “The Blacklist” this October on AXN

Revenge has become a family affair as the father-and-daughter tandem of criminal mastermind Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) and FBI profiler Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone) team up to rebuild his criminal empire in the all new season of the action-packed crime thriller The Blacklist, which premieres on AXN this October.
The last season finally revealed that Red is Liz’s real father. After he rescues her from his longtime nemesis, Red is plagued with an adversary more determined to bring him down than any archenemy he has ever known – his former protégé Mr. Kaplan.

With ferocious tenacity, Mr. Kaplan launches her final assault on Red and lays siege on his criminal organization. She unleashes her most potent weapon to discredit him – a suitcase with skeletal remains. What will Liz do when she finds out about the mysterious suitcase?

In the season premiere, Liz faces the reality of working alongside her father as the Task Force reels from her latest precarious situation. Betrayed by those closest to him, Red’s moral code demands that he would stop at nothing to obtain justice, all the while battling an army of new and more dangerous blacklisters.
The Blacklist Season 5 premieres on October 4, every Wednesday at 10:40 pm, same week as the U. S. telecast. First & Exclusive on AXN.

AXN is available on SKYCable Channel 49, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Cignal Channel 121, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and Cablelink Channel 38. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

About AXN
AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and ground-breaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to U.S telecasts. From The Blacklist and Quantico, to MacGyver and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

The Selfie and Wefie that Makes Everyone Smile

There’s no argument that the Philippines is widely-considered as one of the happiest places in the world. And we’re not only talking about the breath-taking tourist spots or the multicultural experiences that this wonderful country has to offer. It’s also because of the signature Filipino hospitality — that renowned enthusiasm and excitement whenever we meet new people, coupled with warm welcomes and wide smiles that we wear on our faces, regardless of what’s happening in our lives.

This is why when the act of taking selfies took the entire world by storm, it especially became such a hit among Filipinos from all walks of life. Whoever we are and where ever we may be, a memorable experience would never be complete without it immortalized with a selfie or, now, a wefie – that captures everyone’s shared experience in one frame. It’s how we identify ourselves and is the best way to capture our world-renowned smiles. 
Transforming lives, one smile at a time
But admittedly, some people need a little help in sharing those beautiful smiles with the world. The non-profit medical service organization of Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) says it is estimated that in every 3 minutes, a child is born with a cleft – a split or opening in the roof of the mouth which affects their speech, hearing, and other day-to-day functions.

Since 1982, Operation Smile Philippines started working their magic in the Philippines through various medical missions and programs for children with this condition, beginning with gathering donations and volunteers and in the process, creating significant changes in these kids’ lives. Its medical volunteers have shared how participating in this cause has made quite an impact in their own lives as well. The foundation has officially been around for 35 years as a non-stock, non-profit later, since its registry in 1988.

The Face of a Thousand Smiles
Last August, ASUS Philippines recently announced its partnership with Operation Smile Philippines at the much-anticipated launch of the ZenFone 4 Series in the local market. In line with its hero tagline, "We Love Selfie & Wefie," , ASUS Philippines’ 10th year anniversary, and together with 35 years of the Operation Smile Philippines, the global tech giant introduced #4theSmile campaign. The said campaign wishes to bring smiles to the 4,500 Filipino children who are born with cleft lips and palates each year, by inviting everyone to contribute and help create smiles.

By joining #4theSmile, each participant will help push further the advocacy that Operation Smile Philippines has been supporting across different countries in the world. With each selfie and wefie taken by any of the ZenFone 4 series that is posted on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #4theSmile, ASUS Philippines will donate and P1.00 to support a medical mission. ASUS Philippines aims to get roughly around the magnanimous number of 1,300,000 selfies and wefies combined before the year ends.

“There is a relationship that exists even between strangers. ASUS Philippines is here to prove just that by turning selfies and wefies into shared moments that go beyond the people within the frame and actually touch other people’s lives for the better,” shares ASUS Philippines Country Manager, George Su, as he echoes their newest campaign philosophy – From ME to WE. “Through this new partnership, we want our selfie-loving audience to take their selfies and wefies to another level by sharing their smiles to brighten the lives of thousands of children with cleft lips and palates, and help bring these children’s smiles to the world,”
For more information on the Zenfone 4 series and the #4TheSmile campaign, visit the official website, and follow ASUS Philippines’ Official Facebook Page and ASUS ZenTalk Forum.
The ZenFone 4 Selfie is available on 0% interest for credit card transactions! Click here to see the where to buy list!


About ASUS
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.

Operation Smile
Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Operation Smile Philippines (OSP) is part of a federation of organizations under the umbrella of Operation Smile. OSP was incorporated in 1988 and has provided surgical care to more than 31,000 children and adults with cleft lip and palate in the Philippines.  The international organization has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers. For more information, visit