Monday, May 20, 2024




As we continue to strive for gender equality and women's empowerment, it is essential to prioritize women's health and well-being. One crucial aspect of women's health that often goes overlooked is cervical screening. Cervical cancer is a leading cause of death among women worldwide, but it is also one of the most preventable cancers through regular screenings.

Therefore, Manila Medical Center is pleased to invite all women in our community to a free cervical screening event. This event aims to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and prevention of cervical cancer. By attending this screening, you can take proactive steps towards safeguarding your health and well-being.

In celebration of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, ManilaMed's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology offers a 𝐅𝐑𝐄𝐄 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠, from May 20, 2024, to May 24, 2024 at ManilaMed OB-Gyne Service OPD, Mezzanine Floor.
For appointment scheduling, contact (02) 8523 8131 local 2355

Their dedicated team of healthcare professionals will provide confidential and compassionate care during the screening process. We understand that discussing reproductive health can be sensitive, but rest assured that your privacy and comfort are our top priorities.

Don't miss this opportunity to prioritize your health and well-being. Join us at our free cervical screening event and take control of your reproductive health. Together, we can work towards a healthier future for all women in our community.

Your Korean Dream Team: W Express & KVAC – Say Goodbye to Visa Hassles!


W Express Executive Vice President Emelita Alcid, W Express Chairman and President Dawn Feliciano, KVAC Managing Director Ahn Kyu Suk, KVAC General Manager Choi Yong Won

Press Release:

W Express is excited to announce its exclusive partnership with the Korean Visa Application Center (KVAC). This makes W Express the sole accredited courier service partner of KVAC for Korean tourist visa application processing and delivery services.

“This partnership marks an exciting new chapter for W Express. With our network of over 100 branches nationwide, we are thrilled to be of service to more Filipinos. By making this dream destination more accessible and convenient to reach, we are helping aspiring travelers and Korean culture enthusiasts turn their travel aspirations into reality. We are proud to play a part in enabling more Filipinos to experience the rich culture and beauty of Korea,” said Dawn Feliciano, Chairman/President of W Express.

Ahn Kyu Suk, KVAC Managing Director, expressed, “Partnering with W Express brings us immense delight as we work towards enhancing the visa application experience for Filipino travelers. This collaboration perfectly aligns with our mission to simplify and streamline the process, allowing applicants to concentrate on planning their trips rather than the logistics of visa application. We couldn't think of a better partner for this endeavor."

Earlier this year, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea unveiled initiatives to streamline the visa application process. Through this collaboration, Filipino applicants can now conveniently submit their Tourist Visa (C 3-9) applications at any W Express branch, eliminating the requirement for in-person submissions. Meanwhile, non-Filipino applicants and those applying for different visa types are still required to submit their applications in person.

The application and delivery fee of P1,900 per person is payable on-site; delivery fee is subject to change depending on location. The entire process, from the submission of your application to W Express to the delivery of your passport, usually spans 14-16 working days.

With W Express, obtaining a Korean Tourist Visa is now easier than ever. Let our dedicated team at W Express assist you in simplifying your travel preparations - visit us today!

For more information, visit our website at or contact us at (02) 8879-8888. To get the latest updates on promotions and latest offerings, follow our Facebook and Instagram official pages.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Discover Amazing Deals with Camella HomeDASH Program


A Foundation to Rise From and a Future to Soar Towards with Camella

Imagine the pride and satisfaction as you unlock the door to your forever home, a space that culminates your aspirations and hard work for yourself and your loved ones.

Homeownership is a tangible symbol of accomplishment, a foundation for a secure future, and a testament to a person’s ability to build something of lasting value. This goes even deeper for Filipinos: a birthplace and the places where one create memories hold a special spot in their hearts. It is where we create irreplaceable childhood memories, develop a sense of community, and forge lifelong connections. Owning a home in one’s town, or even close by, allows them to reconnect with those roots, continue traditions, and create a space for future generations to shape their own memories.

Forever Takes Place in Camella

Camella developments are themed neighborhoods inspired by the most beautiful places in the world

Camella understands the deep significance of owning a home in Filipino culture. More than bricks and mortar, homes are a place to build lasting memories, raise a family, celebrate life's milestones, and a place one holds dear no matter where life takes them. 

Camella communities are built with amenities that foster an environment for family festivities, friendly competitions, and lifelong connections. 

For those looking to return to their roots or establish a base close to their loved ones, Camella HomeDASH program makes achieving this dream easier than ever. Camella offers various home financing options and special deals to fit your needs, whether for a Ready for Occupancy (RFO) home, a Non-Ready for Occupancy (NRFO) development, or a lot-only property. 

HomeDASH: Discover Amazing Specials for Homebuyers

The HomeDASH program is an all-in platform to easily navigate the homeownership journey. Whether eager to move in or have time to plan your dream home, Camella offers a variety of options that meet your aspirations:

Ready-for-Occupancy (RFO) Homes

Camella RFO homes are ideal for those who want to move in right away. Skipping the wait and construction time frame, these homes are move-in ready, allowing you to settle in as soon as the paperwork and payments are finalized. RFO homes are also a great option for investors, as they can start generating rental income quickly with minimal vacancy periods. 

The most beautiful thing Camella has created through the decades are the endearing memories in the hearts of Camella families.

Purchase a Camella RFO home and design your space with amazing appliances as much as 

PHP 200,000 from AllHome! With your Camella RFO home purchase, your appliances will be ready for delivery and setup, allowing you to immediately settle in with everything you need. Decorating your new home will be an exciting experience as everything you will need await to elevate your living space. 

Non-Ready for Occupancy (NRFO) Developments and Lot Only Properties

Camella has built homes that realize the dream of ownership for every Filipino family.

Perfect for those who enjoy planning ahead, Camella NRFO developments and lot-only properties allow buyers to secure their forever home at their own pace.  This is ideal for those not rushing to move in and taking time to visualize their dream space. NRFO properties offer the benefit of flexible financing plans that spread out the monthly down payment, making homeownership more manageable.

Moreover, lot-only purchases grant complete freedom to choose the perfect location within a Camella community and build the dream home from the ground up at a later date.  Both options come with the added advantage of the HomeDASH, offering attractive financing options and as much as PHP 500,000 discount on the total contract price

Maximize your savings and enhance your new home:

Building a dream home or securing a future lot to build your property in Camella comes with even greater rewards! The HomeDASH program offers an exciting post-dates cheque (PDC) incentives exclusively for NRFO properties and lot-only purchases.

Here is how it works:

  1. Eligible properties: This incentive applies to both NRFO homes and Lot Only purchases.

  2. Maximizing incentives: To enjoy the full benefit of the incentive, buyer is required to issue post-dated cheques (PDCs) covering your entire down payment term.

  3. Time-bound offer: Please note that to be eligible for the PDC incentive, the buyer must issue their PDCs within the first three (3) months of their down payment term.

  4. Gift certificate rewards: By utilizing the PDC option for monthly down payment, buyer may qualify for as much as PHP 50,000 AllHome gift certificates to furnish and decorate their forever homes in style. 

Financing Options, Construction, and House Turnover

The exact timeline for construction will vary depending on your chosen property and financing options. Here is a general overview to help you plan ahead:

  1. Financing Your NRFO Home

  • Bank financing: Construction begins after full down payment to the developer is paid for. 

  • Deferred cash: Construction commences after 70 percent of the down payment has been paid for. 

  1. Lot-Only Purchases: Home construction begins after full payment for the lot is paid for.

With Camella NRFO properties and lot-only options, buyers can secure their forever home and transform it into a space that reflects their unique style. They can personalize every corner, transforming the new property into a home that reflects their personality, and relish in making your space truly their own.

Do not miss a chance to avail these special deals! 

Do not miss out on this exciting opportunity! Visit your nearest Camella office today. Our representatives can guide you through the HomeDASH program information and financing options and help you find your forever home. 

Terms and conditions apply. Promo is valid until May 31, 2024. 

Learn more about Camella here:

Thursday, May 16, 2024

The Wolf Returns to Manila: The Big Bad Wolf Conquers Parqal!


Big Bad Wolf Books Philippine Managing Partner Carol Chuaying; Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines Dato Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino; DSWD Undersecretary of Legislative Affairs Fatima Aliah Dimaporo; and Big Bad Wolf Books co-founder Jacqueline Ng.

Press release:

Attention, book lovers! The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, the world's biggest book sale, continues “changing the world one book at a time” as it sets off on a nationwide tour. The “Big Bad Tour: Mission 1 New Million Readers” will kick off at Parqal, Aseana City from May 24 to June 2, 2024. 

This historical endeavor is dedicated to nurturing literacy, enhancing reading comprehension, and instilling a love of reading among Filipinos of all ages. The book sale is set to tour across the country, visiting bustling urban hubs and secluded rural communities. Featuring a diverse array of books at budget-friendly prices, the tour spotlights educational titles, children’s stories, and Filipino literature, championing inclusivity in reading accessibility.

Big Bad Wolf Books Philippine Managing Partner Carol Chuaying and Big Bad Wolf Books co-founder Jacqueline Ng

"Reading opens doors to new worlds and opportunities," said Big Bad Wolf Co-founder Jacqueline Ng. "With 'Mission 1 New Million Readers,' we are taking concrete steps towards changing lives through books. Our goal is not just to promote literacy but also to ignite a lifelong passion for reading across the Philippines."

The Ambassador of Malaysia to the Philippines Datu Abdul Malik Melvin Castelino spoke at the event emphasizing the importance of empowering younger generations to help bring the country to greater heights. “What we are doing today is to inspire the younger generation to build a better Philippines,” said the Malaysian ambassador.

Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary of Legislative Affairs Fatima Aliah Dimaporo

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Undersecretary of Legislative Affairs Fatima Aliah Dimaporo presented the DSWD’s data on poverty and literacy in the Philippines. She reported on the correlation of poverty and literacy in the Philippines, thus the government agency has implemented programs to aid the members of underprivileged communities through education. Dimaporo also highlighted the efforts being done by the DSWD, in collaboration with Big Bad Wolf Books and the Malaysian embassy, to help address the need for improved literacy in these communities.

Also present at the event were Carol Chuaying, Big Bad Wolf Philippines Managing Partner; Emily Koa, Metrobank Credit Card General Usage Head; Patrick Marcelo, IKEA Marketing and PR Manager; Jasmin Cruz, Country Inspiration & Communication Manager, IKEA Philippines; Francis Anne Alonzo Babar, 2GO Business Unit Head for 2GO Forwarding; and Michael Sy, General Manager, Parqal.

Monica (center) with her parents

7-year-old Monica Bautista, an early reader who was also at the event, talked about her love for reading. Bautista started reading signs and symbols at the age of 2. A year later, she was reading on her own. “I think children should read more books because it can help boost our imagination, and books help us learn new stuff,” she expressed. 

The tour promises an unparalleled experience, featuring meet-and-greets with beloved authors, storytelling sessions, and interactive events crafted to make reading a joyous and enlightening pursuit. These festivities are open to schools, families, and readers of all ages, contributing to the movement to reshape the country’s reading landscape.

The book sale also marks the enduring collaboration between Big Bad Wolf and  Metrobank, extending a 0% 3-month installment promo for purchases worth at least P3,000 to Metrobank cardholders. That’s not all! Swedish home furnishings brand, IKEA, will also grace the Parqal leg of the book tour with a special treat for visitors.

Mark your calendars for the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, running from May 24 to June 2, 2024 at Parqal, Aseana City. Doors open from 10 a.m. to 12 m.n., and admission is free! Catch the “Big Bad Tour: 1 New Million Readers” in Manila. An amazing reading adventure awaits! 

For more information regarding Big Bad Wolf’s current and upcoming Book Sales, you can visit their website or check out their social media accounts (Facebook | Instagram)  

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

The Joyful Connection: How Food Keeps Us Happy

Food serves as more than just sustenance; it embodies a joyful connection that nourishes bodies, minds, and souls. This post explores the profound impact of food on well-being and happiness. From the sensory pleasure of eating to the nutritional impact on mood and mental health, food plays a multifaceted role in shaping emotional experiences. Also uncovering food's cultural and social significance, the comforting embrace of comfort foods, and the mindfulness practices that enhance the relationship with what is eaten. Join in celebrating the transformative power of food to bring joy, connection, and nourishment to every aspect of life.

1. The Pleasure of Eating: A Sensorial Experience

Food transcends basic sustenance; it's an immersive experience that captivates every sense. The smell of freshly baked bread, the vibrant hues of a salad, the enticing sizzle of food on a grill, and the burst of flavors on your taste buds collectively enrich the act of eating. These sensory encounters trigger neurotransmitters in the brain, like dopamine and serotonin, renowned for eliciting feelings of pleasure and joy. This is why care home like put so much effort into their meal plans – understanding that their residents need something that will put a smile on their face as well as be suitably nutritious.

2. Nutritional Impact on Mood and Mental Health

Dietary choices wield significant influence over your emotional well-being and mental health. Nutrient-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins furnish essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants crucial for sustaining brain function and stabilizing mood. Conversely, diets abundant in processed foods, sugar, and unhealthy fats have been correlated with heightened susceptibility to depression and anxiety.

3. Cultural and Social Significance of Food

Cuisine intricately weaves through culture, tradition, and communal gatherings. The act of sharing meals with loved ones nurtures a profound sense of belonging and fortifies social ties. Food often forms the centerpiece of cultural festivities and customs, emblematic of unity, plenty, and jubilation. Embracing diverse culinary traditions enables you to embrace the diversity of cultures and forge deeper connections with others.

4. Comfort Food: Nourishing the Soul

Comfort food holds a special place in your heart, offering solace during times of stress or sadness. Whether it's a warm bowl of soup on a cold day or a slice of homemade pie reminiscent of childhood, comfort foods evoke feelings of nostalgia and security. These familiar flavors and textures provide a sense of comfort and reassurance, soothing both the body and the soul.

5. Mindful Eating and Emotional Well-being

Engaging in mindful eating entails immersing oneself in the present moment, relishing each morsel without criticism. This conscientious approach not only enriches the dining experience but also nurtures emotional equilibrium. By fully immersing yourself in mealtime, you sharpen your awareness of hunger and satiety signals, ward off overindulgence, and cultivate a deeper gratitude for the nourishment before you.

In essence, food is more than just fuel for the body; it's a source of joy, connection, and nourishment for the mind, body, and soul. By embracing the sensory pleasures of eating, prioritizing nutrient-rich foods, celebrating cultural traditions, indulging in comfort foods in moderation, and practicing mindful eating, you can harness the transformative power of food to enhance your overall happiness and well-being.

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