Friday, August 12, 2022

The Complication of Measles and how can we protect our children's lives with vaccination


When the five-month-old son of Marissa Santos had recovered from measles, more commonly known as “tigdas,” Santos thought that that would be her son’s last encounter with the measles virus. Six years later, Santos’ son started to show symptoms of a rare and serious complication caused by measles—subacute sclerosing panencephalitis or SSPE. Santos says she hopes parents can take advantage of vaccination to help prevent measles and SSPE among their children.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral respiratory disease. The symptoms of measles include high-grade fever, rashes, and the three C’s—namely cough, conjunctivitis, and coryza. Measles can result in serious complications even among previously healthy children. The virus that causes measles can mutate and cause fatal complications.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in 2018, more than 140,000 people—most of them children under five years old—died of measles. This was despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine against the disease. According to the WHO, before the measles vaccine became widely used, major measles epidemics happened around every two to three years. Measles led to an estimated 2.6 million deaths per year.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

How Flexible Learning Can Help Your Child Reach Their Full Potential


The Filipino school system has been the same for 100 years, with children boxed into traditional classrooms and rigid class schedules. But as we’ve observed since the beginning of the pandemic, learning does not have to be restricted to the boundaries of a classroom.


Each child is unique. They differ in how much time they need to learn something, what sparks their interest, and what tools and resources work best for them. So why pigeonhole all students into one outdated learning setup? For many children, flexibility is key to helping them reach their full potential. This is exactly what APEC Schools’ SmartClass offers. An innovative e-homeschooling program, SmartClass is designed for independent, curiosity-driven learners.


Monday, August 1, 2022

Score great deals on gadgets at Home Credit’s Back to School, Back to Sulit Big-time Sale


 This school year marks a new beginning for students as they gradually return to school to see their schoolmates, teachers, and friends in person after more than two years. While other schools will remain online, one thing remains the same — a reliable device is essential for schoolwork in both face-to-face and learn-from-home setups.


For those who have been wanting to purchase the learning tool of their dreams or eyeing to do a gadget upgrade, Home Credit Philippines (HCPH), the country’s leading buy now, pay later (BNPL) provider, is ringing the class bells with a big-time sale on must-have gadgets and supplies with its Back to School, Back to Sulit campaign.


Sunday, July 31, 2022

UBX partners with WomenBizPH, SeedIn to boost women-led enterprises in PH


UBX, the leading open finance platform in the Philippines, cemented its role in empowering women in business by signing a groundbreaking partnership agreement with Women’s Business Council Philippines (WomenBizPH), the leading voice of women in Commerce, and mobile financing powerhouse SeedIn.

Under the memorandum of agreement, the three groups will collaborate to build a Women-to-Women (W2W) Investment and Lending Portfolio, a basket of financial assets that will help empower Filipino women to become successful entrepreneurs. The W2W Investment and Lending Portfolio will provide beneficiaries with financial tools such as investment products and credit lines to empower them in their journey to become entrepreneurs.

Women in SME businesses will have the opportunity to borrow using AI credit scoring fintech platforms starting with Seedin Philippines Inc. Qualified borrowers can be chosen by women investors. The network of top women business leaders and entrepreneurs of WomenbizPH will have priority to choose and act as investors for their chosen portfolio.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Viva Films releases controversial film "Maid in Malacañang" by director Daryll Yap


Cesar Montano and Ruffa Guttierez play former president Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and its first lady, Imelda Marcos respectively.

Before I get bashed here (just in case I'd get any), let me just say that I was just doing my job. The grand media press conference for the latest Viva Film entitled "Maid in Malacañang" was held at the Maynila Ballroom of the hotel I am working at. So it was normal that I had to cover the said starstudded press conference attended by the celebrity cast themselves along with invited media and online entertainment sites. This is not the first time I had encountered Sen. Imee Marcos. Back in 2018, I had the privilege of meeting her in Ilocos where I was able to write about the Palace Guard Brotherhood Association. 

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