Monday, February 28, 2022

Cebuana Lhuillier Pet Insurance: The Best Way to Protect Your Fur Babies' Lives


My first fur baby Fudge

I had the unfortunate experience of losing my very first fur baby whom I had named Fudge and whom I fondly called as Padjee. Fudge was the fulfillment of my childhood dream—growing up, I had always wanted to have a pet dog. But since I was then living with so many relatives, I wasn’t allowed to have one. Until Fudge came along. I was so happy when I became an official pet parent. I took care of him and pampered him the way I would a baby. I’d buy him treats, clothes, hygiene kits and so much more. I even made sure he would take a bath twice a week so that he won’t be smelling like a dog even if he’s actually one. Until such fateful day when he started refusing to eat and drink water and looked so sick. It were that fast. From a happy healthy dog, Fudge became so frail and weak. It was a bit too late when I've brought him for a checkup at a nearby veterinarian. He was positive and diagnosed to have the dreaded Parvo virus which had taken most puppies' lives. 

I grieved really hard when Fudge had left. At some point I even blamed myself for not being able to take good care of Fudge back then because I was too busy preparing for my wedding back in 2020. I thought I'd never be able to recover after losing my fur baby. I didn't want to take care of another pet for fear that I might not be there again for my pet when he needed me. Until Eezy whom I love calling Eezypot came along. 

Eezy, our miniature black poodle

Eezypot is actually Fudge's biological mother. Eezy was originally my husband's dog. And of course, after we got married, I also had to take care of Eezy being part of my husband's family. This time though, I've promised to always try to be by her side and to look after her whenever i can so as not to happen what had happened to Fudge. 

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Cardinal Santos Medical Center's Multidisciplinary Approach to Brain and Spine Tumor Management


Brain and Spine Tumor Management- Purple Plum Fairy
Diagnosis of a brain or spine tumor is devastating

What was it like to be diagnosed with a golf ball-sized brain tumor? Any patient diagnosed to have a brain tumor, cancer or any life-threatening disease would surely be devastated. I recently attended a webicon on a multidisciplinary approach to brain and spine tumor management organized by Cardinal Santos Medical Center Hospital. And I was glad to know more about the latest treatment innovation in medicine for brain and spine tumor management as well as certain cancers. 

According to a panel of doctors, a brain tumor is a mass or growth of abnormal cells in your brain. There are actually a lot of different types of brain tumors that exist. Some brain tumors are noncancerous (benign), and some brain tumors are cancerous (malignant). Brain tumors can begin in your brain (primary brain tumors), or cancer can begin in other parts of your body and spread to your brain as secondary (metastatic) brain tumors.

How quickly a brain tumor grows can vary greatly. The growth rate, as well as the location of a brain tumor, determines how it will affect the function of your nervous system.

Brain tumor treatment options depend on the type of brain tumor you have, as well as its size and location. 

What are the signs and symptoms of brain and spine tumors?




* Vision problems

*Speech difficulty

*Hearing difficulty

*Weakness in Arms and Legs


*Balance difficulty

But contrary to what most people believed, headaches are not necessarily caused by tumors. In fact, it is rarely caused by a brain tumor. It may be the presenting symptom in 25% of brain tumors. It arises from increased pressure from tumor growth and swelling. 

What headache symptoms require immediate medical care?

*Progressive headaches

*Headaches associated with neurologic symptoms

*Headaches that awaken you at night

*Headaches that worsen with exertion or physical activities

Nausea and vomiting are usually from increased intracranial pressure from an enlarging tumor. Involvement of structures near the vomiting center.

Blurring of vision or double vision: Can present as blurred or double vision, abnormal eye movements, and restricted field of view.  Causes may arise from increased pressure in the brain or compression of specific brain structures. 

Signs and Symptoms of Seizures: Uncontrolled jerking movements of the extremities, loss of consciousness/awareness, temporary confusion, cognitive or emotional symptoms, fear, anxiety, abnormal smell. 

FACTS: Most seizures are not caused by brain tumors. Seizures from brain tumors are usually focal in character. A late-onset seizure/epilepsy should raise suspicion for a possible anatomic cause (stroke, tumor)


From impingement of brain structures that control coordination. May be accompanied by dizziness and cranial nerve dysfunction (facial pain/numbness/weakness, hearing loss, swallowing, and speech pattern). 

Tumors in different parts of the brain or spinal cord can cause different symptoms. But these symptoms can be caused by any abnormality in that particular location — they do not always mean a person has a brain or spinal cord tumor.

Tumors in the parts of the cerebrum (the large, outer part of the brain) that control movement or sensation can cause weakness or numbness of part of the body, often on just one side.

Tumors in or near the parts of the cerebrum responsible for language can cause problems with speech or even understanding words.

Tumors in the front part of the cerebrum can sometimes affect thinking, personality, and language.

If the tumor is in the cerebellum (the lower, back part of the brain that controls coordination), a person might have trouble walking; trouble with precise movements of hands, arms, feet, and legs; problems swallowing or synchronizing eye movements; and changes in speech rhythm.

Tumors in the back part of the cerebrum, or around the pituitary gland, the optic nerve, or certain other cranial nerves can cause vision problems.

Tumors in or near other cranial nerves might lead to hearing loss (in one or both ears), balance problems, weakness of some facial muscles, facial numbness or pain, or trouble swallowing.

Spinal cord tumors can cause numbness, weakness, or lack of coordination in the arms and/or legs (usually on both sides of the body), as well as bladder or bowel problems.

The brain also controls functions of some other organs, including hormone production, so brain tumors can also cause many other symptoms not listed here.

Having one or more of the symptoms above does not necessarily mean that you have a brain or spinal cord tumor. All of these symptoms can have other causes. Still, if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they don’t go away or get worse over time, see your doctor so the cause can be found and treated, if needed.

Cardinal Santos Medical Center's Brain and Spine Institute is a leading force in the field of neurosciences in the Philippines. It provides a full spectrum of neurological services for adults and pediatric with disorders of the brain, spine and neurovascular abnormalities through its subspecialty centers: the Philippine Gamma Knife Center, the Brain and Spine Tumor Center, the Philippine Movement Disorder Surgery Center, the Cardinal Santos Spine Center, the CSMC Stroke Service, the Neurophysiology Center, and the Cardinal Santos Memory Center. It is a recognized referral center for neurological diseases in the country.

Aside from the services mentioned above, they also cater to  the following services as well: 
Adult and Pediatric Brain and Spine Tumors
Congenital, Traumatic, Infectious and Degenerative Spine Disorders
Neurovascular Disorders
Congenital Brain Disorders
Neuromuscular Disorders
Neuropathic Pain Diseases
Dementia and Memory Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Sleep Disorders

During the said webicon, Dr. Theodore S. Vesagas, MD, Director of Philippine Gamma Knife Center also discussed Gamma Knife Radiosurgery process and treatment. Gamma Knife surgery is a painless computer-guided treatment that delivers highly focused radiation to tumors and lesions in the brain. Gamma Knife surgery is used to treat brain tumors, arteriovenous malformations, trigeminal neuralgia, acoustic neuroma and tremors.

Friday, February 25, 2022

Coco Martin supports new partylist advocating for livelihood and the transport sector


Actor Coco Martin endorses AP PArtylist #AkoyPilipino

Television and movie actor Coco Martin, popularly known as Ricardo "Cardo" Dalisay on the hit television series, "Ang Probinsiyano", is making rounds all over as he debuts his endorsement not of the party list with the same name as his show, but of a new party-list – AP Partylist #AkoyPilipino on Friday, February 25.


“Anuman ang hirap na ating pinagdadaanan, may kakampi na tayo…” Martin introduced his new party-list group with first nominee Rep. Ronnie Ong in-action in the background in the partylist’s video now circulating online. He continues, “Ang AP Partylist ang tutulong magbigay ng trabaho at kabuhayan sa mga manggagawang Pilipino.”

Coco Martin gives AP Partylist a thumbs-up

Monday, February 21, 2022

Magnolia Chicken Timplados: Sarap ng Homestyle Goodness


Ready to cook Magnolia Chicken Timplados Fried Chicken

Craving for fried chicken? No need to call for delivery! You can do it right in the comfort of your own home with Magnolia Chicken Ready-to-Cook Timplados Fried Chicken! Sarap ng home-style goodness. It is sealed to ensure safety and quality. And knowing it comes from Magnolia, a trusted brand most Filipinos loved for years, you can be assured it's going to be delicious.

My husband and I recently tried their fried chicken and it's so easy to cook, in less than 30 minutes and voila! Your lunch or dinner is ready! So, it's time to level up your chicken with Magnolia Chicken Timplados. It's easy to do and it save you money and time as well. So there's practically no need for you to order online each time you crave for any chicken meal. Plus they have a variety of other options to choose from: Chicken BBQ, Chicken Tocino, Spicy Wings, Original Wings and Chicken Teriyaki--all guaranteed yummy and easy to prepare in less than 30 minutes! 

Saturday, February 19, 2022

Nutrihero Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies Product Review and its health benefits


You might think you've seen it all when it comes to apple cider vinegar. And that's fair enough, considering it appears on social media in everything from green salad dressings to "fat-burning elixirs." But these days, the substance is taking yet another form, for they are now also available in yummy and easy-to-swallow gummies. 

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for centuries as a natural remedy to treat a myriad of diseases and health problems. Despite the research-backed health benefits associated with apple cider vinegar, some remain skeptical. 

Studies show that taking Apple Cider Vinegar aids in weight loss and helps regulate blood sugar. There has also been some research made that suggests it helps improve heart health. The only downside is that taking apple cider vinegar has an awful taste that leaves on your mouth for hours. Some would dilute ACV in water or all-natural sweetener to somehow hide its taste but to no avail.  Even if you tried taking the flavored apple ciders, it still couldn't hide that distinctive apple cider vinegar taste. 

Apple Cider Vinegar has been popping up as an ingredient in detoxifying recipes. The common way folks consume ACV is by mixing it with apple juice and bacteria or yeast, which creates a probiotic drink that can help relieve stomach ailments such as indigestion and flatulence.

Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the most potent natural remedies out there, but some people find it too sour to drink on its own. Luckily for us, Nutrihero has found a way that helps take away this flavor so their ACV can be as beneficial and tasty. The gummies are, in theory, a more pleasant way to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet than, say, drinking the stuff raw or swallowing the supplements in pill form. Gone are the days of holding your nose while forcing down a shot of apple cider vinegar!

Monday, February 14, 2022

Request and Issuance of PSA Documents are just a click away


Wedding preparation isn't easy

I remember those days back in mid-2020 when my husband and I were just about to get married. We were in the middle of a COVID surge when my ex-boyfriend (now husband) Jason had popped in the question and we both decided it was time to walk down the aisle. But prior to the church preparation, we had to go through a lot (and by that, I really mean a LOT!)—prepare as many documents as required and attend seminars together to be able to secure papers for the wedding. And let me tell you, they weren’t easy to begin with. 

While people have been sending congratulatory messages on your engagement, your head is constantly besieged by images of you in a beautiful white dress with the man of your dreams waiting for you at the altar, you had to face the harsh reality too that such haze will fade away as you approach the date of your wedding. With the wedding preps going to stress the hell out of you, you need to brace yourself for the challenge that awaits you. 

Imagine having to get up early, make sure you allot a proper time schedule (in between working from home), prepare the needed vital documents, secure birth certificates, CENOMAR (for each of us), confirmation certificates, marriage banns, canonical interviews, pre-cana seminar, family life seminar, health seminar, etc. Then, not to mention, you have to stress traveling back & forth to the different offices where you’d have to take these necessary papers and having to endure really long queues. And on top of that, you had to endure being exposed to so many people (silently praying that no one in the area is positive for the COVID virus). So it’s really such a relief when you learn that there is an option for you not to go through such hassle. It is during times like these when you can rely on

It's just too bad that I wasn't familiar yet how convenient this site is during that time that my husband and I were processing our documents. But when we were in need of marriage certificate, it was when I had avail the services of Their service was so fast and easy. I had our documents in a few days. No sweat, no hellish traffic and I had them all done with just a few clicks on my mouse and a few taps of my mobile phone for instant payment. 

CENOMAR is a must for all who wanted to tie the knot

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Valentine Surprises at The Manila Hotel 2022

The Manila Hotel offers a grand evening for those who want to celebrate love and romance this Valentine’s Day. Guests can impress their loved ones with a selection of exceptional dining experiences especially made for the sweet occasion. 


For lovebirds who want to celebrate romance, the hotel presents The Champagne Room’s Valentine Surprise Set menu—an intimate set dinner in a romantic and dreamy ambiance. From February 13 to 15, 2022, diners may delve in an enticing fare of dishes ranging from selections of Australian Barramundi Fillet Scallop and Mussels or Beef Tenderloin and Pan-Seared Foie Gras to decadent Valentine macarons accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine. All this available starting from P5,500 nett per head. We also have a Special Dinner for four (4) persons at Php21,000 nett with a bottle of sparkling wine. To conclude the romantic dining experience, The Champagne Room will give away complimentary heart cookies especially made for the ladies of the evening.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Vitabears Chewable Flawless Glow Vitamins Product Review


Vitabears Chewable Flawless Glow Vitamins

I used to wonder why is everyone obsessed with these gummy bears from Vitabears? Their eye-catching feed is an amusing amalgamation of glowing reviews and raves from actual users and influencers. So I've decided, why shouldn't I give it a try? After all, I started noticing my hair thinning late last year. Cue to panic. Suddenly, I, too, was on the bandwagon, adding hair growth vitamins and hair gummies too. I mean, hello, if everyone swears by them, they gotta do something, right? 

Vitabears Health and Beauty Food Supplement

For one, Vitabears are chewable gummies so they are not difficult to swallow unlike other popular health and beauty supplements I've tries that actually give us a difficult time. My old beauty supplement pill was extremely hard to swallow and the smell was unbearable! With Vitabears, it is easier to take them and these are a better-tasting alternative. 

Thursday, February 10, 2022

5 Skincare Mistakes That You Should Avoid

In order for your skin to stay in excellent condition, following the proper routine is essential. With the right treatment, you can reduce acne and may even be able to slow down signs of aging. 

However, it can be challenging to know where to get started if you're not used to following a routine. Sometimes it's best to know what to avoid first so that you can correct your bad habits early on. 

Below we are going to take a look at five skincare mistakes that you should stay away from. Want to learn more? Then keep on reading. 

Sunday, February 6, 2022

The Coca-Cola Foundation and Coca-Cola Philippines contribute aid to victims of Super Typhoon Odette


Coca-Cola Philippines partners with Synergeia.

Bayanihan in the midst of a pandemic is still prevalent these days. This has been proven by the people behind The Coca-Cola Foundation, the global philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company. They had responded to the call for aid in devastated areas caused by Super Typhoon Odette in the Philippines last December 2021. The group has extended relief assistance to thousands of Filipinos across six provinces of the country. 

The Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded a grant of US$400,000 to CBCP Caritas Filipinas  Foundation to support the disaster relief efforts of nine dioceses in the Visayas and Mindanao.  The grant will provide food, shelter repair kits, solar lamps, and hygiene kits to 4,031 families affected by the typhoon in Bohol, Leyte, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Palawan, and  Surigao del Norte

Meanwhile, the local Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines has provided humanitarian aid to 5,420  families, donating P5.8 million for food packs, hygiene kits, shelter or roof repair kits, drinking water, and water filtration kits to help them cope in the aftermath of the typhoon. Coca-Cola  Foundation Philippines has channeled its assistance through its NGO partners Water and Life  Philippines, World Wildlife Fund-Philippines, Caritas-Manila, Philippine Business for Social  Progress, Gawad Kalinga, World Vision, Synergeia Foundation, and Waves 4 Water. 

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