Thursday, July 18, 2024

Generika Drugstore Partners with Healthway Medical Network to Offer Exclusive Discounts to GeneriKard Loyalty Program Cardholde

Generika Drugstore loyalty card called GeneriKard can now avail special discounts at Healthway Medical Network

Generika Drugstore, the Philippines' leading drugstore chain known for its affordable and high-quality generic medicines, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Healthway Medical Network (HMN) to provide even more rewards to its loyal GeneriKard Loyalty Program cardholders.

Through this partnership, GeneriKard cardholders can now enjoy a special 5% discount on select healthcare services offered at Healthway Clinics, Healthway-QualiMed Hospitals, and the Healthway Cancer Care Hospital – the first comprehensive and dedicated cancer care facility in the Philippines.

This program builds upon Generika Drugstore's commitment to providing its customers with ginhawa (relief) by offering not just affordable generic medicines but also making basic healthcare services more accessible. This aligns with their existing Plus Services which include Libreng Konsulta program with partner doctors and free blood pressure monitoring.

Under the partnership with HMN, GeneriKard cardholders can avail of the 5% discount on the following services:

  • Room and board in all HMN hospitals
  • Imaging Services (CT scan, X-ray, General ultrasound, MRI)
  • Laboratory Services (Blood tests, Biopsies, Antigen/Antibody tests, Microbial tests, Semen tests, Stool tests, Urine tests)

GeneriKard Loyalty Program members only need to present their physical card, their name and signature, and a valid ID at the HMN clinic or hospital to avail of the discount.  This special discount cannot be availed with other HMN promotions and government mandatory discounts.  The program runs until December 31, 2024.

GeneriKard is Generika Drugstore’s loyalty and rewards program where customers earn points for every purchase with no minimum amount required. Registration is free, while the physical card can be availed for only thirty pesos (P30.00) at any Generika Drugstore nationwide.

Generika Drugstore and Healthway Medical Network are part of Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (AC Health), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ayala Corporation, that aims to provide Filipinos access to affordable and quality healthcare. 


Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Manila Bridal Fair by Manila Prince Hotel: A Premier Wedding Showcase


The much-anticipated Manila Bridal Fair by Manila Prince Hotel is set to grace the Grand Ballroom on July 26 and 27, 2024. This prestigious event aims to bring together a curated selection of industry experts, offering soon-to-wed couples an unparalleled experience. Admission is free on both dates.

The line-up of over 20 exhibitors is set to impress, from Angeline Cakes, Audiolex Interactive Photobooth, Babaylan Coffee, Big Day by Charles and Co., Cakecologist, Cocktails Manila, Events by Thoffy, FYI Events, Flowers by Alvin, Lawrence Tapalla, MTC Events, Music Podium Entertainment, Myra Lorenzo, Myrtle Salvador, Paper Flowers Manila, Photoculture, Purple Mix Lights & Sounds, Sentimental Groove Music, The Artisan Cellar Door, and Winvih Mobile Bar – all dedicated to making each wedding truly memorable. Couples can consult with these professionals and book their services during the fair.

On July 26, the fair will open its doors at 12:00 noon and will run until 7:00 pm. In the evening, there will be a bridal fashion show putting the spotlight on ready-to-wear gowns and suits by partner designers Carina Canlas, Fatima Beltran, Ryan ChrisBaylen, plus members of Designers Circle Philippines.

On the second day, July 27, the fair will be open to attendees from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Additionally, partner designers will hold a trunk show at the presidential suites of Manila Prince Hotel. Couples can view the designers’ gown and suit ready-to-wear collection, try them on, and make purchases on the spot, ensuring a personalized and exclusive shopping experience. Moreover, Benz Co-Rana, the founder of Weddings at Work, will present a talk, offering her personal insights to couples and wedding suppliers.

During the 2-day bridal fair, Manila Prince Hotel will be transformed by the creative talents of none other than Amante Fleurs and Joyce Aguilar, at both the hotel lobby and the Grand Ballroom. Manila Prince Hotel will also showcase its signature themes: Classic, Opulent, and Oriental, providing attendees with a glimpse of the stunning settings that can make their special day unforgettable.

For more information about the event, call +63285256228,, or visit.

Special thanks to event partners: Manila Bulletin, Wedding Essentials,The Manila Times,, Department of Tourism, Culture and Arts of Manila, Mixcraft Lights and Sounds, Weddings at Work, and SM Store Manila.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Are you losing your balance?


Have you ever ridden a rollercoaster, had a bit too much to drink, or sailed over rough and choppy seas? Then you may have experienced a temporary loss of balance, that woozy, room-is-spinning feeling that leaves you staggering and holding on to support until you’ve regained your steadiness.

A loss of balance and its accompanying symptoms can also be the result of a medical issue. “Your ability to sit, stand, and walk without falling or swaying from side to side involves more than your muscles and bones,” says Franco Louie L.B. Abes, MD, of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of top hospital in the Philippines, Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed). “These actions also involve your eyes, inner ear, nerves, heart, brain, muscles, and blood vessels. Once one of these key organs doesn’t function as it should, it can impact your balance.”

According to MakatiMed, health-related balance problems can stem from one of three sources:

The vestibular system “is usually related to the inner ear. Certain medications, ear infections, calcium crystals that move to the wrong side of the inner ear, too much fluid in the inner ear (Meniere’s disease), or a benign tumor in the ear (acoustic neuroma) can affect your balance,” says Dr. Abes. “Common symptoms to look out for are dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness, blurred vision, and even falling.”

The vascular system “controls the flow of blood to the brain. Poor circulation, standing up or sitting down too quickly (orthostatic hypotension), and stroke can manifest in the form of dizziness, lightheadedness, and the feeling of fainting,” Dr. Abes explains.

The nervous system, “which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and other nerves, can also be the cause of your imbalance issues,” Dr. Abes points out. “Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cervical spondylosis, multiple sclerosis, as well as the presence of an infarct or a concussion are conditions that can result in a loss of balance.”

A thorough clinical examination and further diagnostic tests aid a physician in getting to the bottom of your balance problem. “You should likely see an otolaryngologist, who specializes in diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, neck, and throat,” says Dr. Abes. “If your loss of balance is due to dislodged crystals in your inner ear, then the doctor may do the Epley maneuver, which moves the calcium crystals back into their proper place. Steroids and vestibular rehabilitation therapy can address an inner ear infection and Meniere’s disease.”

Proper vestibular evaluation and imaging tests of your head and brain are recommended if initial examinations and treatments do not resolve the problem.

“The point is not to delay a consultation,” advises Dr. Abes. “An unsteady gait doesn’t just interfere with your daily activities. It could lead to more problems like falls that could result in fractures or head trauma. By addressing your loss of balance issue early, you save yourself from complications that could be more detrimental to your health.”

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.88888 999, email, or visit Follow @IamMakatiMed on Facebook and

Monday, July 15, 2024

Philippine Marketing Association Announces 2024 Agora Youth Awards Finalists, Empowering the Next Generation of Filipino Marketers


PMA Executives and partners

The Philippine Marketing Association (PMA), in cooperation with the Philippine Junior Marketing Association (PJMA), co-presented with AGC Power Holdings Corp., have announced the finalists for the 32nd Agora Youth Awards. Honoring the next generation of Filipino marketers, the awards feature two categories: individual students and junior marketing associations or school organizations involved in marketing.

The Agora Youth Awards is an annual search for the country’s top marketing students, recognizing excellence in academic performance, extracurricular achievements, and performance in the marketing plan competition.

This year's finalists from various colleges and universities nationwide have demonstrated significant marketing skills through diverse initiatives that highlight their ability to adapt to the ever-evolving landscape of the industry. These initiatives showcase their creativity, strategic thinking and their commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional marketing practices.

The finalists for the individual category came from Luzon, NCR, and Mindanao, namely Kristalyn Agustin from Central Luzon State University; Franco Gabrielle Delatina from Our Lady of Fatima University - Antipolo Campus; Ma. Alexandria Ogalinola from Bulacan State University-Main Campus; Kaye Liwag from Batangas State University - TNEU - Pablo Borbon; Xyrill Baltazar from National University-Fairview; Sharmaine Allen Bea, Mariel Flores, Raymart Mariano Jr. and Maica Stephamae Orenda from Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Manila &Taguig; Prince Olie Cacho from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila; Jarmila Cansancio from Colegio De San Juan De Letran- Manila; Mark Enriquez Cruz from San Beda University; Madelene Abapo from La Salle University - Ozamiz; Rayan Camid from Xavier University- Ateneo De Cagayan and Mike Ivan Siga from Mindanao State University - Main Campus, Marawi City.

Signing photo of PMA with Aseana City and Sequoia Hotel

The awards program, in cooperation with the PJMA also spotlights top student marketing associations with their programs and contributions to the advancement of their student marketing members.

In the Junior Marketing Association category, the finalists came from Luzon, NCR, Visayas, and Mindanao, including Cavite State University Junior Marketing Association; Central Luzon State University Junior Marketing Association; Bulacan State University Chamber of Young Business Leaders; Mariano Marcos State University Junior Marketing Advocates; De LaSalle University Manila Junior Entrepreneurs & Marketing Association; Polytechnic University of the Philippines Junior Marketing Executives; Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Taguig Junior Marketing Association; San Beda University Junior Marketing Association; Siliman University Junior Marketing Association and Xavier University Junior Marketing Association.

Leah Marie Ayeng, Director of Youth Academe at PMA, emphasized the broader impact of the awards. The Agora Youth Awards is a platform that looks at community impact beyond competence because that is what it takes to be a changemaker. Now in its 32nd year, PMA’s youth and academe initiatives will take on a new approach with more innovative and practical programs that will enrich our young marketers' experience and expose them to the pivotal changes in the industry.

The selection process involves multiple stages of assessment, including application reviews, academic record assessments, and evaluations of nominees; marketing plans and impacts. The judges for the individual category are Lea Aquino, Mikaela Manuel, Loise Jan Alvarado, and Bianca Cerdenia. For the JMA category, the judges are Donna Donato, Lloyd Genesiran, and Queen Dy Manly. All judges are past recipients of the Agora Youth Awards.

 The program focuses on five key areas: academic performance, extracurricular achievement, marketing acumen, values, and personality. Students demonstrate their capabilities by crafting real marketing plans that study real-life business cases, allowing them to apply marketing concepts and practices learned during their academic years. This thorough screening ensures transparency and fairness, subjecting each candidate to a comprehensive analysis to verify their accomplishments and assess their potential for future contributions.
Archie Carrasco, the CEO of AGC Power Holdings Corp. and a former recipient of the Agora Youth Award (formerly TOMAS Award) expressed his pride in being part of the awards again, this time as co-presenter and judge. "Being a part of the Agora Youth Awards is a full-circle moment for me. I was once a finalist in 2001, and now, two decades later, I have the honor of serving as a judge. This award has been a significant part of my career journey, and I’m honored to give back to this platform.”

The 32nd Agora Youth Awards is presented in partnership with Aseana Holdings Inc., Sequoia Hotel, AQAdvertising, and AIC Group of Companies Holdings Corporation. The Business Manual serves as the official media partner. Additionally, Shoppertainment Live, Zoe Broadcasting, Prestige Paper Products, Philippine Business Coalition for Women Empowerment, and Uniquecorn Strategies PR are supporting the event as creatives and PR partners. The awards ceremony will take place on July 31, 2024, at Sequoia Hotel Manila Bay in Parañaque City. During the press conference, the StratMark Student Conference was also announced, with representatives from the University of Santo Tomas, the venue partner, and Our Lady of Fatima University, the youth and academe partner, in attendance. StratMark is the annual convergence of marketing students, educators, and professionals, and is one of the flagship programs of the PMA.

Saturday, July 13, 2024



Twenty years into navigating the cinematic imagination, the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival sets sail once more from August 2 to 11, guided by the Filipino people’s inner constellation, imagery, and creativity.

Embracing the theme “Cinemalaya Bente: Loob Lalim Lakas,” the pioneering independent film
festival returns with 10 compelling full-length and 10 captivating short films in competition. For its 20th edition, Cinemalaya promises top-tier visual storytelling that ignites imaginations while amplifying diverse voices in cinema.

Competing for the Best Film Balanghai Trophy in the Full-Length Category are: ALIPATO AT MUOG by JL Burgos; AN ERRAND by Dominic Bekaert and Sarge Lacuesta; TUMANDOK by Arlie Sweet Sumagaysay and Richard Jeroui Salvadico; BALOTA by Kip Oebanda; GULAY LANG MANONG (NO MORE THAN VEGGIES) by BC Amparado; KANTIL (TRENCH) by Joshua Caesar Medroso; KONO BASHO by Jaime Pacena II; LOVE CHILD by Jonathan Jurilla; THE HEARING by Lawrence Fajardo and Honee Alipio; and THE WEDDING DANCE by Julius Lumiqued.

Short Feature films in competition include: ABOGBAYBAY by P.R. Monencillo Patindol; ALL THIS WASTED SPACE by Cris Bringas; AMBOT WALA KO KABALO UNSAY I-TITLE INI by Rey Anthony Villaverde; CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO DIE by Sam Manasca; I WAS WALKING ON THE STREETS OF CHINATOWN by Ryan Capili; MAMA by Alexandra Brizuela; MARIPOSA by Melanie Faye Tampos; PAMALANDONG SA DANOW (REFLECTION IN THE MARSH) by Breech Asher Harani; PRIMETIME MOTHER by Sonny Calvento; and THE RED TRAILS (AN BAGA SA DALAN) by Mariel Ritchie Jolejole and Roniño Dolim.

Amidst ongoing rehabilitation of the CCP Main Building, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. proudly bring this cinematic feast to Ayala Malls Manila Bay. For over two decades, Ayala Malls has steadfastly supported CCP and Cinemalaya as a valued partner.

During its 10-day run, Cinemalaya films in competition and exhibitions will be screened at Cinema 2, Cinema 8, Cinema 9, and Cinema 10. These screenings secure a safe space for independent filmmakers to tell their stories and share perspectives on issues shaping the nation, while propelling the Philippine cinema industry to new heights.

Festival fans and film enthusiasts continue to enjoy mainstays like: Retrospective, which brings back previous Cinemalaya winning films; Best of the Festivals, showcasing the best films from local festivals; Visions of Asia, featuring award-winning Asian and NETPAC films; Premieres, with never- before-screened films; Dokyu, showing award-winning documentaries; and Digital Classics, featuring newly-restored Filipino classic films.

Running concurrently is the 36th Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, the longest- running independent film competition of its kind in Southeast Asia. Films compete in categories such as Short Feature/Narrative, Experimental, Documentary, and Animation. Pre-selected entries will be screened on August 3-6, 2024 at Ayala Malls Manila Bay, with the awards ceremony on August 10 at Cinema 2.

Now in its 20th year of unfettered exploration of truthful storytelling and imagery, Cinemalaya continues to discover, encourage, and support the cinematic works of upcoming and veteran Filipino filmmakers who boldly articulate and freely interpret the Philippine experience with fresh insight and artistic integrity.

Since 2005, Cinemalaya has supported and promoted the production of Filipino full-feature independent films and short films, many of which have won awards in local and I competitions and festivals. Through the annual festival, Cinemalaya has showcased over 1,000 works by independent filmmakers, including full-feature films, shorts, documentaries, Filipino film classics, and art films.

For more information, visit the CCP website ( and the Cinemalaya
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