Thursday, September 16, 2021

2021 Hybrid National Food Fair: 10 Days of Activities and Learning Opportunities

 



As part of the year-long series of events for the 2021 Hybrid National Food Fair, the Department of Trade and Industry - Bureau od Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP), in cooperation with the DTI-Regional Operations Group is formally opening the National Food Fair Digital Mall hosted on the UnionBank GlobalLinker e-commerce platform. The virtual opening ceremony is to be streamed on the BDTP Facebook page on September 17 at 9:00 AM.

This will then be followed by a 10-day program of activities and learning opportunities. Food enthusiasts, culinary artists, wine connoisseurs, and entrepreneurs will surely find something of interest in the line-up of online events which will be live-streamed daily from September 17 to 26, beginning at 10:00 AM. Registration is free and open to the general public. Simply visit the BDTP Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DTI.BDTP) to join any of the events.

Among the highlights of the cooking demos are featured halal recipes by Chef Shamil Kandang from the Center for Culinary Arts, as well as the regional halal delicacies prepared by featured chefs from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). These include a Tausug dish from Sulu, a Yakan dish from Basilan, a Maranao dish from Lanao, and favorite Maguindanao dishes. A Philippine wine mixing show will also spice up the daily activities.

For MSMEs who want to level up their business, there are topics on how to leverage their social media presence as well as the latest technologies in food packaging and sustainable materials. Government agencies such as the Philippine Trade Training Center and the Design Center of the Philippines, among others, will also offer business talks on various subjects. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

DTI Launches 2021 Hybrid National Food Fair with Digital Mall Opening

 


Combining the reach and flexibility of digital market platforms with the excitement of a traditional physical event, the Department of Trade & Industry-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (DTI-BDTP). It has conceptualized a year-long program of activities that would promote micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) engaged in the food industry.  This is the 2021 Hybrid National Food Fair, which consists of virtual components such as the series of online events culminating in a physical food fair towards the end of this year. 

To formally launch the 2021 Hybrid National Food Fair, a virtual ceremony will be held on September 17 via the BDTP Facebook page. This will also mark the official opening of the National Food Fair Digital Mall hosted on UnionBank GlobalLinker, which will serve as the permanent e-commerce platform for food entrepreneurs from the country's 16 regions. For starters, 836 food products from 108 MSMEs will be showcased in the National Food Fair Digital Mall.

The official opening ceremony will be led by Director Marievic Bonoan of the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion, Undersecretary  Abdulgani Macatoman of the DTI Trade Promotions Group, and Undersecretary Blesila Lantayona of the DTI Regional Operations Group. Representing UnionBank GlobalLinker at the event is Jose Paulo Soliman, Vice President, and SME Segments Head, Customer Experience Group. The event is open to the public and will be live-streamed on the BDTP Facebook page on Friday, September 17, at 9:00 am. 

The formal opening kicks off a 10-day program which will include business talks and webinars, cooking demos, a wine mixing show, product showcases, daily raffle draws, and many others. From September 17 to 26, the public can join the online events by signing up through Zoom or on Facebook. 

The year-long 2021 Hybrid National Food Fair has been an on-going series of activities, all geared to nurture and sustain food entrepreneurs by expanding their market presence. Some of the activities held earlier this year include:

  • MSME Webinar Series to help the participants prepare for the 2021 Hybrid National Food Fair and equip them with skills to hurdle new challenges in growing their business. The webinar series was conducted by the Philippine Trade Training Center via Zoom and Facebook Live last May 5 to 7, 2021, and reached 24,200 views on social media. 

  • Shopee hosted its Online National Food Fair last May, featuring thousands of products from MSME Stores and the Go Lokal Official Store. 

  • Last August, the Lazada Love Local 8.8 Sale included participating MSMEs from 13 regions nationwide and promoted Philippine cuisine with Livestream cooking demos from Chef Oliver John Gomez, through the Center for Culinary Arts. 

  • Meanwhile, Mayani.ph, a farm-to-table e-commerce platform is another venue for the Online National Food Fair, featuring fresh vegetables, fruits, and upland crops of the Cordillera Administrative Region. 

Contingent on community safety guidelines, a physical National Food Fair to be held in a mall setting is also part of the 2021 program, to bring back the hustle and bustle of face-to-face buying and selling. Participating exhibitors will offer a variety of food products, including processed food and beverages, fresh produce and organic products, fresh and dried seafood, cooked food, halal products, and cuisine, condiments and other cooking ingredients, dairy products, health and wellness products, food supplements, traditional cooking tools/equipment, food packaging materials and allied products, baskets and bayongs, labeling and food processing equipment, and even label and packaging design services.

The 2021 Hybrid National Food Fair is organized by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion (BDTP) and with support from the DTI-Regional Operations Group (ROG).

For more information about the DTI-Bureau of Domestic Trade Promotion, please follow their social media accounts @BDTP on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You may also email bdtp@dti.gov.ph.


Saturday, September 11, 2021

Skin White Solutions Introduces 3-Step Skincare Routine for Every Pinay to Get Glowing, Brighter Skin


Skin White Solutions Latest products: (l to r:) Talented Toner, Wonder Wash and Happy Crush

I have always been very particular when it comes to using products that would touch my sensitive skin.  I have tried a lot of products too. Some were too harsh on my skin and produced red itchy rashes. So each time I'd encounter a brand that I can trust and what they call in the vernacular as "hiyang" with my skin (a product that goes well with my skin), I make sure to use them religiously. 

From what I understand, our skin is one of the largest organs our body has. It works hard every single day to protect our bodies from harmful elements and free radicals. So in essence, taking care of our skin and developing a skincare routine is extremely important and should be given utmost priority because it can help this organ do its better job longer and better. 

I recently stumbled upon this local brand called Skin White Solutions. They were not exactly a new company because they have been in existence for the past decade. But they are launching new products to help provide Filipina beauty a chance to experience that natural bright and glowing skin. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Should You Get Anti-Covid19 Vaccines even if You have Allergies?

 



COVID-19 has changed the way we work, study, travel, and interact with people. As businesses gradually reopen across the country, employers double down their efforts to keep everyone safe.

Have you been vaccinated against Covid-19? According to reports, fully vaccinated people were 11 times less likely to die of COVID-19 and 10 times less likely to be hospitalized compared to the unvaccinated since highly contagious Delta became the most common variant.

I have a confession to make...as I write this, I have just recovered from Covid-19 virus. My husband is working as a frontliner as part of a team that works for a home laboratory. Anyway, to make the long story short, I got the virus from him and so did the rest of our household. We were home quarantined for two weeks and we were quiet about it for fear that we might be whisked off to an isolation facility and we didn't want that to happen.

Luckily, we were all completely vaccinated so we were able to survive Covid-19 by resting at home, taking in as much Vitamin C as we can, and eating nutritious vegetables and fruits. Having experienced COvid-19 virus wasn't exactly a walk in the park, it wasn't easy. COVID is REAL. We lost our sense of taste and our olfactory nerves weren't functioning well too. Food tasted so bad that I didn't have an appetite for days. I survived eating soda flakes and Pocari Sweat. I also experienced diarrhea, colds and coughs. There were times when I also had difficulty in breathing too. But glad it was all over now.

As I watched this new episode of Usapang Puso sa Puso entitled: "Pangamba sa Bakuna: Ang Puso sa Gitna ng Pandemya version 2.0", a live Zoom and FB stream lecture/talk about the Covid Virus and the effects of its anti-vaccines spearheaded by the Philippine Heart Association and hosted by expert cardiologists Dr. Luigi Pierre Segundo and Dr. Ricky Tiongco. They have guest panelists and experts such as Dr. Razel Nikka Hao, OIC-Director, DOH Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, Dr. Regina Berba, Infectious Disease Specialist, and Dr. Marysia Stella Recto, Allergy & Immunology Specialist.

Usapang Puso sa Puso hosts Dr. Luigi Pierre Segundo and Dr. Ricky Tiongson


It was discussed during the program that If you get a COVID-19 vaccine and you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction after leaving the vaccination provider site, you need to seek immediate medical care. But even if you have certain allergies, you can still get vaccinated. 

According to experts, the immediate allergic reaction from vaccines happens within 4 hours after getting vaccinated and could include symptoms such as hives, swelling, and wheezing (respiratory distress). 

Even though there is a risk of anaphylaxis (an allergic reaction to antigen) it’s still very small — and the potential benefit from the COVID-19 vaccination clearly exceeds the potential for harm,” says Dr. Recto. “The situation is evolving, however, and we’ll learn more as we gain more experience with these vaccines.”




It's understandable that hearing about allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines can make people slightly uneasy. Dr. Berba believes educating patients on the infrequency of adverse reactions and the truth about common vaccination myths can help put more people at ease. 

"Most patients claim they got sick from a vaccine when they're really referring to a natural immune response from the vaccine. Fever, chills, and muscle aches can occur within 36 hours of vaccination because a patient's immune system is responding appropriately in developing immunity after receiving the vaccine, it's not an allergic reaction," explains Dr. Berba. 




She also adds that delayed reactions are due to immune response, as well as fatigue, soreness at the injection site and vasovagal reactions(drop in blood pressure, fainting episodes), are not cause for avoiding COVID-19 vaccines. This is especially important to keep in mind if a reaction occurs after the first dose of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccination.

Only those with a known allergy from vaccine ingredients should consider not getting vaccinated for COVID-19. And if you have an allergic reaction after the first shot, you shouldn't get the second shot. Anaphylaxis commonly occurs within 30 minutes of exposure nd would be unusual after 60 minutes. 

Patients with allergies to other medications, foods or inhalants can receive the COVID-19 vaccine with normal precautions. This typically includes a 15-minute observation period after the injection based on DOH guidelines. Again, it's always advisable that if you have questions about COVID-19  vaccines, or aren't quite sure about what you should do, talk to your doctor.

Dr. Berba adds: "Normal ang lagnat at pakiramdam na t trangkasuhin sa 24-48 hours. If MORE THAN 72 HOURS NA LAGNAT, TIGNAN ANG VACCINATED PAPERS, may mga phone numbers na nakasaad doon kung saan pwede pong mag-report. Expected na may side effects...pero very minimal lang."

Now, if you didn't feel anything, it doesn't necessarily mean that the vaccine isn't doing its job or it isn't effective. Dr. Berba says, "For me nga parang maswerte ka pa. Sa ibang tao lang, stronger ang immune response kaya wala kang mga ganitong side effects."

Dr. Segundo says as of now, only 67% of the population has received their vaccination. For those who happen to have maintenance medicines, it's okay to get yourselves vaccinated but you still have to take all your maintenance medicines along with the vaccines. 

"Sa may mga chronic illnesses, 2 months after the start of treatment, pwede napumunta sa vaccine center. Finish niyo po muna ang antibiotics. Yan po and general guide. If you have other worries, consult with your doctor. Ang vaccination sites, may quality assurance po ito. May qualifiers, criteria, a checklist to make sure ang lahat po ay safe sa sites… Pero bilang tayo pupunta dun, make sure din po na wala tayong symptoms. Walang lagnat, walang sore throat… at proper po ang face shield and mask at practice social distancing."

"Bale sa mask po, by now dapat ma figure out nyo na yung mask na bagay sa inyo."There are lots of choices for  masks now. Get something that's snugly fit. The kind that's not too loose nor too tight. Something that's just right. "

What most people don't realize these days is that vaccines no matter what brand helps save lives. Vaccines efficacy to protect you against severe disease or complications from COVID virus is what's most important. And not because you're fully vaccinated means you won't get infected anymore. You might still get infected. But it will save you from mortality, you would only get something mild and might not cause you death or hospitalization.

I myself have been fully vaccinated with Sinovac and so did my husband and nephew who were both vaccinated with Pfizer brand. But we've all had Covid too. But it wasn't the life-threatening one. Thank God for the protection we've received from our respective vaccines. 

What is the most effective brand of anti-COVID vaccine? It depends on the person's immunity. Huwag matakot magpabakuna. Walang specific brand to a specific comorbidity. Ang mga naka immuno suppressant, relatively mahina nga lang protection nila against virus. If ever may chance sila na mabakunahan, we advise them ung mga hindi live or whole virus vaccine. At ITO YUNG BIHIRA sa country natin. Kaunti lang itong group na ito. Even those patients undergoing chemo, they can get vaccinated too. 

For more information about heart health and other COVID-related topics, learn and join the discussion from Usapang Puso sa Puso episodes on Facebook. Follow the Philippine Heart Association Facebook Page.  


Mixed Martial Arts Celebrity Brandon Vera endorses Petron Rev-X Diesel Engine Oil

 


Brandon Vera trusts only Petron Rev-X Diesel Engine Oil

Leading oil company Petron Corporation is honored to have gained the partnership of former ONE Heavyweight Mixed Martial Arts World Champion Brandon Vera, known to only work with world-class brands when he agreed to represent Petron Rev-X diesel engine oils. An athlete who has ruled the cage through the mastery of various combat disciplines, Vera's outstanding performance and versatility parallel the world-class specifications and class-leading benefits of Petron Rev-X.

Diesel engines are typically seen as tough and strong, powered by diesel fuel that is a heavy fuel with high energy density. Previously, diesel was perceived to be a "dirty" fuel, producing smoke-belchers on our roads. However, recent technology trends have produced more sophisticated, more energy-efficient, and more environment-friendly diesel engines, resulting in wider market acceptance for diesel-powered vehicles.

Specially formulated to get the best out of diesel engines, Petron Rev-X engine oils perform the primary functions of (1) reducing friction, (2) protecting metal parts from corrosion, (3) preventing wear on moving engine parts, (4) keeping the engine clean from engine deposits, and (5) acting as a coolant.

The Dynamic Cleaning Technology (DC Tech) additive package of Petron Rev-X sustains engine cleanliness for a more responsive, smoother driving experience as well as longer engine life.  

Petron Rev-X ranges from mineral to fully synthetic and is offered in different SAE viscosity grades and quality levels to cater to different types of diesel engines operating under diverse conditions. These include: 

  • Petron Rev-X RX 800 Fully Synthetic SAE 5W-40  — a top-tier product specially formulated for heavy-duty and, high-speed 4-stroke diesel engines to provide excellent protection under extreme driving conditions.  It is approved and certified according to specifications of API CJ-4/SM and it has the performance profile of ACEA E7, E9.

  • Petron Rev-X Fully Synthetic SAE 5W-30 — a high-performance fully synthetic engine oil formulated to deliver superior benefits for turbocharged or supercharged high-performance heavy-duty diesel engines and light-duty trucks.  It has the performance profile of API CJ-4/SN, ACEA E9, Cummins CES 20081, DFS 93K218, MAN M 3575, MB-Approval 228.31, MTU Oil Category 2.1, Volvo VDS-4, Mack EO-O Premium Plus and Renault RLD-3.

  • Petron Rev-X RX600 Synthetic Blend SAE 10W-40 — a high-performance engine oil designed to provide exceptional performance on heavy-duty engines. It is suitable for turbocharged or supercharged high-performance diesel engines operating under both low-speed-high load and high-speed-low load conditions.  It has the performance profile of API CI-4/SL, Cummins CES 20076/20077, Mack EO-N, MAN M3275-1, MB Approval 228.3, MTU Oil Category 2, Volvo VDS-3, Renault RLD-2.

  • Petron Rev-X Premium Multi-Grade HD4X SAE 15W-40 — a high-performance multi-grade engine oil designed to provide ultimate protection.  This is suitable for FX, trucks, buses, off-road vehicles as well as agricultural tractors and equipment.  It has the performance profile of API CF/SF and MB Approval 227.1.

  • Petron Rev-X RX400 Premium Multi-Grade SAE 15W-40— a premium engine oil designed to surpass the demanding performance requirements of heavy duty diesel engines including off-road vehicles. It is suitable for engines with EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) and other emissions control systems.  It is approved and certified according to specifications of API CI-4/SL, Mack EO-N, Volvo VDS-3, Renault VI RLD-2, MB-Approval 228.3 and MTU Oil Category 2 and it has the performance profile of ACEA E7, Cummins 20077/20076, MAN M 3275, and Detroit Diesel 93K215.

  • Petron Rev-X HD  (Available in SAE 10W/30/40/50) — a heavy-duty, high-quality diesel engine oil recommended for use in engines operating under severe operating conditions and is suitable for jeepneys, buses, AUVs, and mixed commercial fleets, particularly those requiring short drain intervals.  It has the performance profile of API/CF.

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