Thursday, March 23, 2023

5 Diets Suitable for IBS Sufferers


Healthy Diet is important for those with IBS

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says that 15% of people in the UK suffer from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). This chronic medical condition wreaks havoc on the gastrointestinal tract, and the symptoms can be both painful and frustrating. The extent of IBS differs between cases, but people typically have constipation, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain, which are bought on by changes within the gut. Part of living with IBS is eating the correct foods, which we’ll cover throughout this article. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

3 health concerns that affect Filipinas today


Being a woman comes with its own set of health issues. The truth is that your biological makeup has an effect on your overall health and raises your chance of certain disorders such as breast cancer and reproductive health problems.

"It is critical for women to be aware of the conditions that commonly affect them so that they may comprehend and take the necessary precautions to prevent its occurrence and seek medical consultation. If they are sick, they should see the right doctor," says Martin P. Manahan, MD, of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department. Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed), is the top hospital in the Philippines.

GERD is a condition resulting from a recurrent backflow of gastric contents into the esophagus and adjacent structures causing troublesome symptoms and/or injury to the esophageal lining. It affects both men and women - but women experience its symptoms more frequently. Common symptoms more prominent in women include heartburn, regurgitation, or some of the extra-esophageal symptoms like cough and chest pain. Should one experience severe or frequent GERD symptoms, she should make an appointment with a gastroenterologist.

Monday, March 20, 2023



The Manila Hotel, in collaboration with the Manila Bulletin, will host an exhibit titled "Hatch" for the forthcoming Easter season in the Grand Lobby of The Manila Hotel. The Grand Dame surprises its guests throughout the month of April with the hotel lobby filled with brilliant Easter eggs.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

LRT 1 announces 2023 Holy Week LRT-1 schedule


Light Rail Manila Corporation, the private operator of LRT-1. LRT-1 will temporarily cease operations from April 6 (Holy Thursday) through April 9 (Easter Sunday) 2023 as part of the (LRMCannouncement )'s of its 2023 Holy Week schedule activities and system updates that are required.

From April 3 to April 5, 2023 (Easter Monday to Holy Wednesday), the LRT-1 will operate as usual, with the first trains leaving Baclaran and Roosevelt at 4:30am and the last trips departing at 10:15 p.m. from Roosevelt and 10:00 p.m. from Baclaran.

"From Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday, LRT-1 operations will be temporarily suspended to allow us to complete critical tasks, such as yearly preventative maintenance checks and enhancements to better serve our cherished passengers. This is a result of our dedication by offering LRT-1 travelers a safe, dependable, and convenient travel experience. We urge the general people to schedule their travel in advance," said Rolando J. Paulino III, the chief operating officer of LRMC.

On April 10, LRT-1 will begin regular service from Baclaran to Roosevelt Station (Monday).

For more updates and info on the LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at, Twitter at @officialLRT1, or download the ikotMNL mobile app for free on Google Play and App Store.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

A call for Cultural Center of the Philippines' Rehabilitation


CCP Main Grounds

Having limited government budget to cover the major repairs, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is actively seeking ways to raise funds for the rehabilitation of the Tanghalang Pambansa (CCP Main Building).

The CCP management organized a gala fund-raiser event, with an unforgettable night of cocktails, chamber music, and opera, featuring world-renowned Filipino tenor Arthur Espiritu, soprano Stefanie Quintin, and the PPO Chamber Ensemble, held on March 14 at The Manila Polo Club in Makati City.

“There is much to be done. We still need to upgrade our sounds and the acoustic system of our theaters. Our limited budget doesn’t include the refurbishment of the interiors. Our dressing rooms need to be revamped. We are also planning to convert some offices into public spaces. To make our vision of a globally competitive, sustainable, and future-ready CCP, we need funds. So, we appeal to everyone to be part of this worthwhile endeavor,” said CCP president Margie Moran-Floirendo.

The initial fund-raising effort kick-started during the Bulawan: The CCP 50th Anniversary Gala in 2019, with the BDO Unibank Inc. underwriting the gala concert and donating the first Php 1 million.

For the first phase of the private sector fund-raising campaign for 2023, the CCP rolls out various packages that government institutions, non-government organizations, business companies, and generous individuals can avail to be part of this worthwhile cause.

Launched during the fund-raiser event at The Manila Polo Club, there are two types of sponsorship packages that generous organizations and individuals can avail: the Institutional Sponsorship

Package 2023 and the CCP Anniversary Gala Sponsorship Package 2023. Under Institutional Package, there are four cash sponsorship categories – Platinum (priced at Php 10 million), Gold (priced at Php 8million), Silver (priced at Php 5 million, and Bronze (priced at Php 2million).

Each package category has corresponding inclusions and perks of partnerships. For sponsorship packages, contact Gemma Marco at or Vince Oliquiano at

“To reach our target, the management is looking at auctioning off the naming rights of our theaters and other venues. We have done this before with our Tanghalang Manuel Conde, which was named after the Dream Broadcasting Company. We are intensively appraising how to maximize this strategy,” said Moran-Floirendo.

But why should organizations and individuals support the CCP and its rehabilitation? “Over half a century since the curtain of the Main Theater rose with Gintong Salakot: Isang Dularawan, the CCP has enriched the lives of generations of Filipinos with virtuosos of our land and of the world. The CCP has brought in our midst the most renowned musicians and performers, discovered and burnished the talent of our most promising artists, and brought them up with pride to the world’s recognitions. Truly, the CCP has offered a glimpse of the soul of the Filipino people,” said CCP chairman Dr. Jaime C. Laya.

As the premiere art institution of the country, the Center strengthens the country's cultural branding and helps in national development by bringing diverse and accessible cultural experiences to the public in the Philippines and beyond.

“With this in mind, we are trying to do our part to address the calls of the modern time and keep our Main Building running for the next 50 more years,” enthused Moran-Floirendo. Averaging 900 shows a year pre-pandemic, the CCP is quite adamant to help deepen the Filipino identity and tell the social realities through thought-provoking and heart-warming stories within and beyond the Philippines shores that transcend on and off the stage.

The rehabilitation will last for three years. As an architectural icon, the management ensures to remain true to the design of National Artist Leandro Locsin, with no drastic changes to the architecture. The rehabilitation will address the wear and tear of the building accumulated through the years.

“We hope to complete the rehabilitation by 2025, so we can open our venues again to the public in 2026. When we reopen the CCP Main Building, the public can expect a globally competitive performance venue and tourist destination,” said Moran-Floirendo.

Even though the building is closed, CCP programs and projects continue, with performances, productions and shows happening at the newly-launched Tanghalang Ignacio B. Gimenez (CCP Blackbox Theater) and partner venues such as the Metropolitan Theater, the Samsung Theater, and the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

For more information, visit the website ( Follow the official CCP social media accounts in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok for the latest updates on CCP shows and programs.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Cardinal Santos Medical Center advises regular screening for colon cancer prevention this Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the Philippines, coming in third after cardiovascular and cerebrovascular illnesses. But did you know that colon cancer is the Philippines' second most common cancer?

"We're aware of all these cancers, breast cancer, of course, being the most prevalent, then we have lung cancer, reproductive cancers like cervical, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Unfortunately, colon cancer is more widespread than we realize," according to Cardinal Santos Medical Center's (CSMC) Dr. Kristine Monte is a resident oncologist.

As abnormal cell growths or polyps begin to multiply in the colon lining and rectum, colon cancer begins in the large intestine. Colon cancer, like most cancers, can spread to other regions of the body if left untreated.
"Colon cancer can strike anyone, of any gender or age," Monte stated. "Even if you have no family history of colon cancer, you may be at risk if you are prone to heavy drinking and smoking, eating too much-processed foods and red meat, being overweight or obese, or having Type 2 diabetes."

Monday, March 13, 2023

Upgrade to the UnionBank SSS UMID Pay Card


SSS Umid card with UnionBank

In case you missed it, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has collaborated with the Social Security System (SSS) to launch the new UnionBank SSS UMID ATM Pay Card, which serves as both a government-issued ID card and an ATM card linked to a UnionBank savings account.

Since its introduction, many qualified SSS members have upgraded to a UnionBank SSS UMID ATM Pay Card and are now reaping the benefits. "I tried to apply the same day I noticed the SSS post [about the card] on Facebook," Kenneth Sulmayor, a 32-year-old business owner, said. "I went to my My.SSS account, shared my consent, downloaded the UnionBank app and applied. After that, I received an email confirmation that my application was successful. “It’s very easy, since the instructions on how to get the Pay Card are clear on the app,” shared 38-year-old call center agent, Ryan Abouelo. “UnionBank’s app is also easy to navigate.”

SSS members should anticipate their upgraded UMID cards to arrive sooner. Sulmayor received his UnionBank SSS UMID ATM Pay Card about 15 banking days after applying on the UnionBank app, whereas Abouelo received his within two weeks. UnionBank also ensures that the cards are distributed in a safe and secure manner. "[The courier] is pretty stringent; they will not release the card if the owner is not present to receive it," Sulmayor explained. "Even then, they asked for my ID to check. There was not any hassle."

Holders can also use their UnionBank SSS UMID ATM Pay Card in a variety of ways. One SSS member, a 23-year-old HR officer, related her friend's upgrade experience. 

SSS members should anticipate their upgraded UMID cards to arrive sooner. Sulmayor received his UnionBank SSS UMID ATM Pay Card about 15 banking days after applying on the UnionBank app, whereas Abouelo received his within two weeks. Sulmayor, on the other hand, has already attempted to use the card for bank transactions. "It's just like a regular bank account; the transaction proceeded smoothly," he remarked. "I transferred monies from my other bank account to this [UnionBank Pay Card account]."

These users, and many more like them, have nothing but positive things to say about their new UnionBank SSS UMID ATM Pay Card, from the uncomplicated application process to the speedy processing.

"It's like opening a savings account. It's quick and simple, and you can get help from both SSS and UnionBank. It's a fantastic opportunity."

Interested? Right now, qualified SSS members can apply for or upgrade their card to the UnionBank SSS UMID Pay Card, which is connected to a regular savings account and does not require a minimum amount to be maintained. Members will be able to get their Social Security benefits.

Members will also be able to use the UnionBank mobile banking platform to check their balance, withdraw cash, transfer funds, pay bills, or deposit cash through UnionBank’s branches, self- service machines, and BancNet automated teller machines nationwide.

Upgrading to the UnionBank SSS UMID ATM Pay Card is FREE, and members who fund their account with a minimum of Php 1,000 are entitled to a free Jollibee eGC worth Php 200 and a chance to win a brand-new Mitsubishi Xpander GLS, or one of three iPhone 14 128GB units. This promo is extended to April 30, 2023 - so don’t miss out! To learn more about the UnionBank SSS UMID ATM Pay Card, visit

Thursday, March 9, 2023

The Rise of Empowered Lady Bossings: Women's League Improve Your Logistics Opportunities with Lalamove


Irene Rampola

Being a partner driver and a fleet owner has been made seemingly accessible for all by Lalamove, a leading on-demand delivery platform. This Women’s Month, meet the empowered “Lady Bossings” who empower other women in  Lalamove’s partner driver community. With its easy application process and fast approval, one can enjoy the luxury of working at their own pace while experiencing the perks of being a micro-entrepreneur.

Irene Rampola, a former employee of an automotive dealership company, decided to start her
fleet operations business after doing a thorough research and learning about Lalamove’s fleet
management program.

The ability to spend more time with her children is one of the benefits of starting a business for her. Her income from fleet management enabled her to provide for her family and begin the construction of their own home. They are able to do so with the assistance of the partner drivers under her supervision. Together, they are assisting one another in becoming "their own bosses" as micro-entrepreneurs.

After experiencing the numerous benefits of the fleet management program, she encourages other mothers to continue learning and to not be scared to try something new. "I'm not frightened to explore new things that were exclusively meant for males. I once drove my Lalamove truck. As well as get scheduled, so I can experience what it's like to be a partner driver. Lalamove empowers me to show people that gender will not define your success in life; it’s how you see things in life that matter,” Rampola added.

Partner driver twinning and winning in Lalamove

Joy Bell Jalandoni and Jovylyn Kabingue

Joy Bell Jalandoni and Jovylyn Kabingue, identical twins, earned a steady income with Lalamove as full-time motorbike partner drivers. Joy Bell was persuaded to join Lalamove and work as a microentrepreneur as a partner driver by her sister Jovylyn, who used to be an OFW in Qatar.
At the height of the pandemic.

The twins enjoy utilizing the platform since they can choose which orders to accept. And, like Rampola, they appreciate that Lalamove allows them to attend to their other responsibilities as moms to their children while still assisting their families financially. This is significant for Jovylyn, who is a single mom of an 11-year-old child.

Being a female partner driver has its benefits, but it also has its drawbacks. Joy Bell says she's lost count of the number of times she's faced discrimination for doing a job that most males are expected to do. Yet, with her chin up, she boldly informs skeptics, "Not all of them." Women should be confined to their homes. What matters is that you are able to assist your family and your husband. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Emirates recycles over 500,000 kg of plastic and glass


By 2023, Emirates will have recycled almost 500,000 kg of plastic.
Glass will be collected onboard for repurposing throughout the period of 2022. 500,000 kg is nearly the same weight as a fully loaded Emirates A380.

Emirates Cabin Crew work hard on every flight that lands in Dubai to quickly separate glass and plastic bottles before transporting them to a recycling factory in Dubai. Colored glass is separated and crushed. This 'cullet,' or recycled glass that is ready to be re-melted, is then delivered to a glass manufacturer. UAE manufacturers should incorporate in their batch mix for new bottles.

Plastic bottles are cleaned, chopped into flakes, melted into pellets, and shipped to manufacturers for use in the production of other plastic items. As a result, every year, Emirates and Emirates Flight Catering divert thousands of kilograms of glass and plastic from garbage.

Environmentally aware Emirates Cabin Crew proposed the glass and plastic recycling project onboard in 2019, as part of monthly webinars and events where they are given a forum to provide feedback and encouraged to submit creative ideas with relevant departments. The concept was favorably received and was put into action within a few weeks.

Emirates has a number of different projects that aim on reusing plastic and using sustainable materials whenever possible.

Monday, March 6, 2023

Celebrate the joys of summer with delicious Halo-halo from Mang Inasal


With its best-selling Extra Creamy Halo-Halo, Inasal, the country's Grill Specialist, ushers in the summer season. A TV advertisement featuring Mang Inasal brand ambassador Dimples Romana enjoying the Mang Inasal Extra Creamy Halo-Halo while dancing to the music kicks off the "Summer Sarap" campaign."Mas Macrema" track — a fun spin on the 90s smash song Macarena. The song stresses the additional creamy milk that enhances the flavor of the Mang Inasal dessert's ingredients.

"Halo-Halo is undoubtedly every Filipino's favorite, especially in the summer. This is why we're thrilled to celebrate summer by delivering our customers the Solid sa Sangkap, Extra Creamy Sarap Halo-Halo," said Mike V. Castro, business unit leader of Mang Inasal. "This is part of our 20th-anniversary celebration, which focuses on the commitment of Mang Inasal to continuously provide food superiority and the best value for money to our customers.”

Customers can enjoy Extra Creamy Halo-Halo and Crema de Leche Halo-Halo starting at P39 with the new 8 oz. add-on to complete their Ihaw-Sarap meals. Classic favorites Small and Regular Halo-Halo are also available for dessert and as snack treats. All Halo-Halo sizes can be ordered for dine-in, takeout, and delivery.

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Shangri-La Plaza hosts book launch and exhibit on stories and art in celebration of International Women's Day


Shangri-La Plaza spotlights Filipina creatives banding together and showcasing their experiences, stories, and creations with A Woman Unboxed at the East Atrium at 5PM in celebration of International Women's Day on March 8. 

The anticipated book launch and art exhibit are the result of a remarkable partnership between writer and publisher Gayle Certeza, who is launching her book, A Woman Unboxed and Other Tales of Growing Up, and a group of talented artists.

which explores the difficulties of motherhood, dreams, and ambitions via the techniques of assemblage and collage; and mixed media artist Mimi Tecson, whose own A Woman Unboxed pieces explore the complexities of motherhood, dreams, and aspirations through the mediums of assemblage and collage.

"This book is my ode to my ancestors. It honors my grandma, my dad, and my siblings—all of the sacrifices they took to get us this far. The novel travels through wounds and sufferings. The other side is propelled by hopes, dreams, and love," Certeza says.

"With my art, I hope to address the idea of feminine identity and the obstacles that come with being a mother, such as balancing career, family, and personal aspirations. Using a range of textures, colors, and patterns.  In terms of form, I want to create an environment that pushes viewers to reflect more thoroughly about women's responsibilities and expectations," Tecson says.

The event also features female writers Carissa Singson, Dina Pecaña, Edlyn Ng Cha, Gina Verdolaga, Kat Gomez-Limchoc, Maureen Sandejas, Rose Marie Yenko, Sonia Roco, and Tweet Sering who are leading talks about inspiration, creativity, and storytelling.

Discover the many ways women continue to positively impact lives with A Woman Unboxed at Shangri-La Plaza East Atrium on March 8, 5PM. For updates and inquiries, follow Shangri-La Plaza on Facebook at and on Instagram @shangrilaplazaofficial.

Sunday, March 5, 2023

You'll have more power in your hands with vivo Y02s’ upgraded 3GB+3GB Extended RAM and 64GB Storage


Vivo's compact yet powerful Y02s, which were released in December, have just gotten even more powerful with a storage increase. The vivo Y02s, one of the industry's thinnest smartphones today, now comes in a 3GB+3GB Extended RAM and 64GB storage configuration to provide vivo users with an even more powerful mobile phone experience.

Power for all

With its enhanced storage architecture, the vivo Y02s is poised to give unprecedented productivity and an uninterrupted experience. You can now keep all of your key programs, images, movies, and data in one place and access them whenever and wherever you choose. This big upgrade ensures that no interruptions, such as a slow interface or a sudden screen freeze, occur during multitasking for individuals who are continuously on the move.

Be like a Pro with the new Realme 10 Pro Series 5G, which is available at 0% interest with Home Credit


While we continue to face an increasingly fast-paced world, Filipinos are also adapting to the changes brought about by modern life's increased speed. With more options and chances around us, the necessity for a dependable and long-lasting equipment is critical to assisting Filipinos of various generations in balancing life and work.

Every Filipino Home Credit, in collaboration with the country's leading smartphone manufacturer realme Philippines, introduces a new era of smartphones - the realme 10 Pro Series 5G!

The realme 10 Pro 5G and realme 10 Pro+ 5G are poised to shock the midrange category with impressive specs and features, all at a reasonable price. Customers can also acquire these new devices through Home Credit with a customizable payment period and a 0% interest rate to make them more affordable.

Take on life like a pro! Here's how this new smartphone series can help you.

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