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
website ( Follow the official CCP and

Friday, July 12, 2024

Pizza Hut's Melt & Mix Combos: Solo Dining, Elevated


Sometimes, the best company you can keep is yourself. There’s something undeniably refreshing about spending quality time alone. It's a chance to recharge, reflect, and indulge in your own little world. And what better way to enhance your solo escapade than with a flavorful feast? Enter Pizza Hut's new Melts & Mix combos!

A Flavorful Solo Adventure

Pizza Hut has just leveled up solo dining with its exciting new Melts & Mix combos. Imagine this: crispy, cheesy Melts paired with your favorite Pizza Hut sides, all in one satisfying package. Starting at only P179, these combos are the perfect companions for your "me time."

Choose from four irresistible Melt flavors: Double Bacon, Meat Lovers, Hawaiian Supreme, or Four Cheese and Mushroom. Then, pick your preferred side from a tempting lineup: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Spaghetti Bolognese, Tater Tots, Regular Fries, Caesar Salad, Crab Salad Rolls, or WingStreet wings. And to quench your thirst, a refreshing glass of ice-cold Pepsi completes the combo.

Pizza Hut's Melts are a game-changer. With their perfectly thin and crispy outer crust and generous filling of cheese and toppings, they're a solo-snacking dream. Dip them in the provided marinara sauce for an extra burst of flavor.

Indulge Solo, Every Day

Treat yourself to a Melts & Mix combo anytime, anywhere! These delectable offerings are available for dine-in all day, every day at Pizza Hut branches nationwide. So, the next time you crave some quality alone time, head to your nearest Pizza Hut and savor the perfect blend of flavor and solitude.

What's your favorite way to enjoy a solo dining experience? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Kublai Millan Presents "Land of Premise" at The Art Gallery of The Manila Hotel


Acclaimed Filipino painter and sculptor Kublai Millan is set to unveil his latest exhibit, Land of Premise, at The Manila Hotel’s Art Gallery from August 1 to 31, 2024.

Born Rey Mudjahid Ponce Millan, Kublai Millan is a third-generation descendant of settlers from Ilocos, who grapples with this legacy through his art. Land of Premise seeks to reclaim the original promise of Mindanao—a land of peace, prosperity, and unity—while exploring the complex history and unfulfilled potential of the southernmost island of the Philippines.

"This exhibit is a call to action," says Kublai. "We must remember the premise on which Mindanao was built—its strengths, its unique identity, and its people. Words alone cannot build a future. Action and shared resources are what's needed."

Kublai Millan

Kublai emphasizes that this exhibit is about the entire Mindanao island and its unrealized potential. Land of Premise serves as a bridge, inviting viewers to learn about Mindanao, connect with its stories, and envision a future where the island lives up to its original promise. “I’m taking this chance as an artist to visualize Mindanao as a truly land of promise fulfilled. Inviting other people to learn, identify, connect, and commune with this blessed land. Words cannot build a future, only actions and resources can. Know the premise so we can conceive a fulfillable promise,” he added.

Land of Premise 1

Land of Premise, comprising a total of 14 paintings, promises to be a feast for the senses, featuring Millan’s signature blend of vibrant colors and intricate details that have captivated art enthusiasts worldwide. Known for his unique style that combines traditional Filipino motifs with contemporary techniques, Kublai 's work is a reflection of his deep connection to his cultural heritage and his relentless pursuit of artistic excellence. His paintings are not only visually stunning but also carry profound messages about identity, history, and social issues.

The exhibit will transport viewers to a captivating realm where imagination and reality converge. By delving into the sources of inspiration for his paintings, viewers can gain insight into the creative process that drives his work and the underlying messages he seeks to convey through his art.

Land of Premise 2

The Manila Hotel's Art Gallery provides the perfect backdrop for Kublai 's exhibit, offering a sophisticated and elegant setting that complements the beauty of his masterpieces. This collaboration between The Manila Hotel and Kublai Millan is sure to attract art enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Land of Premise will be showcased at the Art Gallery from August 1 to 31, 2024. Admission is free.

Private previews for collectors are available by appointment until July 30, 2024. To arrange, call Richard Lo at +632 8527 0011 or +632 5301 5500, or email

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 and National Bookstore: A Perfect Match for Your Convenience!


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Getting your hands on those important PSA certificates just got a whole lot easier! No more worries about missed deliveries or long queues at government offices. With National Bookstore as a pick-up point, you can grab your documents at your own pace while enjoying a leisurely shopping spree.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Enjoy Back-to-School Gadgets with Home Credit’s Sulit-Skwela Offers


As students increasingly rely on technology for their studies, old devices can hinder their learning if they struggle to keep up with new and required school-related applications and requirements this academic season. 

To address this need, Home Credit, the country’s leading consumer finance company, officially introduces its Sulit-Skwela deals, making it easier to provide students with up-to-date gadgets, ensuring that they are well-prepared for the upcoming school year.

With Sulit-Skwela offers, Home Credit users can enjoy a wide range of back-to-school essentials with 0% interest deals until September 30, 2024. This promo covers laptops, allowing students to upgrade their learning tools for their schoolwork, such as crafting documents and presentations, editing videos, and much more.

It also extends to smartphones and tablets, which students can use for communication, note-taking, and research. Additionally, the 0% interest deals can help customers update their home printers this back-to-school season for the young ones, which is essential for creating study materials or submitting printed documents whenever teachers require.

Buyers can take advantage of the incredible 0% interest offer with various installment plans, ranging from six to 18 months. This way, the back-to-school season will not cause strain in their finance

The Sulit-Skwela offer is available at over 15,000 Home Credit partner stores across more than 75 provinces nationwide. For easy transactions, download the My Home Credit Loan App for pre-approval of product installments, or approach a Home Credit representative at any of its partner stores.

Check Home Credit back-to-school deals by visiting and browsing through a broad range selection of laptops, tablets, smartphones, and other essential devices for learning.

Seize this wonderful opportunity now with Home Credit’s Sulit-Skwela promo! Upgrade student gadgets—be it laptops, tablets, and smartphones—until September 30, 2024, ensuring a smooth and productive academic year ahead!

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, You may also follow its official FacebookInstagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in 

Get your device repaired or replaced for damages for no extra cost! It even extends your device’s warranty for one year after the manufacturer’s warranty period has expired. Just add the Home Credit Protect Device Protection plan to your installments so you can enjoy peace of mind for up to two years for as low as P3 per day.


Monday, July 8, 2024


The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), in collaboration with the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY), celebrates the National Children’s Book Day (NCBD) this July. This celebration is to embrace the transformative power of literature to fuel curiosity and ignite imagination among children.

Central to this celebration are the prestigious PBBY-Salanga and PBBY-Alcala Prizes, which recognize exemplary works in writing and illustration. This year, the PBBY-Salanga Prize, paying homage to esteemed journalist and writer Alfredo Navarro Salanga, lauds exceptional story writing that captivates young audiences. The distinguished PBBY-Salanga Prize recognizes the literary brilliance of Eric R. Roxas for his captivating narrative entitled “Monina’s Many Moles” transcends boundaries and inspires young minds Illustrator Marcus Vito Z. Nada receives the illustrious PBBY-Alcala Prize for his artistic prowess in enriching the world of children’s literature with captivating visuals. The coveted PBBY-Alcala Prize, named in honor of National Artist Larry Alcala, celebrates the mastery of visual story writing, awarded to illustrators who skillfully bring children’s stories to life.

The NCBD celebration and awarding ceremony is scheduled for July 16, starting at 9:30am, at the Tanghalang Ignacio Gimenez (CCP’s Blackbox Theater), featuring a musical performance by Ginger Karganilla and Billy Joel del Rosario, composed by Greg Zuniega; an enchanting story-telling by Philippine Information Agency (PIA) puppeteer; and the unveiling of exciting new children’s books. Following the theme "Payapa ang Puso ng Batang Nagbabasa," NCBD endeavors to foster a love for reading among children while championing the vibrant artistry of Filipino children's literature.

Payapa book fair will be at the basement level of the venue from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Books from Aklat Alamid, Aklat Mirasol, Southern Voices Printing Press, Street Tales and Supermaya will be sold at this event.

To join the festivities, a children’s book has to be donated to the registration desk on the day of the event. Registration starts at 9:00am. For the afternoon program, kindly register through this email

Inspire the Children of Cavite and Balay-aralan of Muntinlupa will be the recipients of the books donated by the attendees of the event. The gifting will be during the program. Observed every third Tuesday of July, the book day commemorates the pioneering publication of "Un Mono y Una Tortuga (The Monkey and The Turtle) written by Philippine hero Dr. Jose Rizal. In the story, the monkey and the turtle found a banana tree eloating in the river. Wanting to have the tree for themselves, the two friends decided to cut it in half. The monkey took the top part with the branches, while the turtle got the lower half with the roots. The two planted their parts. But soon the tree of the monkey died, while the turtle's tree grew and bore fruits.

Seeing the ripe banana fruits, the monkey volunteered to climb the tree and harvest the fruits. Contrary to his promise to give the fruits to the turtle, the monkey started eating and willing his tummy. The turtle got angry and nailed thorns and susong-paitan (a kind of thorny snail) on the trunk. As the monkey came down the tree, the thorns caused him much pain. He soon caught the turtle and decided to punish him. He asked the turtle what punishment he wanted - to crush him in the mortar or throw him in the river. Armed with wit, the turtle replied that he was afraid of the river because he might die from drowning. Noting the fear of the turtle, the monkey threw his rival into the river. The turtle swam away happily.

A timeless narrative that continues to inspire generations, the children's story has been told and retold through generations to teach about Filipino values and life lessons. There are numerous psychology studies that report the importance of stories to children in experiencing life events and processing their emotions. Human brains, studies showed, are programmed to see patterns and perceive sequences, and eventually store these patterns in long-term memory. These long-term memories eventually become the fundamentals of human existence. This is the reason children's books are effective teaching tools for children.

For other details and updates, please visit the CCP’s Intertextual Division Facebook Page, CCP’s and PBBY’s ofeicial websites, and their social media platforms on Facebook, X, TikTok, and Instagram.


Sunday, July 7, 2024

What to do after hitting your head?


When British actor Natasha Richardson fell and hit her head during a beginner’s skiing lesson in Quebec, Canada in 2009, she didn’t give the mishap a second thought. After reportedly refusing medical attention twice, she gave in when she developed a headache and other worrisome symptoms. Transported to a hospital in Montreal, she was placed in the intensive care unit and pronounced brain dead. With not much left to do for her, her husband, fellow actor Liam Neeson flew her home to New York to be with family and friends. She passed away soon after.

Like Richardson, most of us would probably forgo a trip to the hospital when we accidentally bang our head in a fall or get hit by a hard object. “When we injure our arm or leg, we can see it through a bruise, wound, bump, or fracture,” says Cymbeline B. Perez-Santiago, MD, Chief of the Section of Neurology of the top hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed). “But traumatic brain injury (TBI), or a sudden external force strong enough to move the brain within the skull, isn’t always visible.”

TBI can range from a mild and temporary bruise, wound, or tender bump on the head, to more serious and life-threatening conditions. “A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that leaves you feeling dazed and with a headache, neck pain, or changes in vision,” explains Dr. Perez-Santiago. “A contusion refers to bleeding in the brain substance or parenchyma, like a bruise of the brai8 tissue. A skull fracture means you cracked your skull bone, and the sharp broken bones could cut into your brain or an artery, resulting in a pooling of blood that presses against your brain.”

This pooling of blood is known as hematoma, and it can happen instantly upon impact to the head, or after several days and even weeks. Active bleeding can put pressure on the brain. “This puts you at risk for potential brain damage and even death,” adds Dr. Perez-Santiago.

For MakatiMed, no head injury is too minor or insignificant to take to a specialist. “Because some damage caused by a head injury happens over time, it’s still recommended that you see your doctor within a week of the accident. That way, they can request for follow-up imaging tests, check for new symptoms, or gauge whether existing symptoms have worsened or improved,” highlights Dr. Perez-Santiago.

If the head injury is minor

“Sit or lie comfortably with the head slightly elevated. Apply an ice pack on the injured site, and clean any surface wound with water and a wound disinfectant. Give an over-the- counter pain reliever in case of a headache,” says Dr. Perez-Santiago. “A person with a head injury doesn’t necessarily have to stay awake at all times, but make sure he or she can be woken up gently and respond in a normal way.”

If the head injury includes the following symptoms

 “Vomiting, headaches and dizziness, double vision, confusion, memory loss, difficulty keeping awake, balance problems, trouble hearing and speaking, and pain that doesn’t go away even after taking a pain reliever are signs of a more serious injury,” notes Dr. Perez-Santiago. “Time is of the essence. Go to the nearest emergency room immediately.”

If the head injury presents symptoms days or weeks after the accident

 “See your doctor as soon as possible for persistent headaches and nausea, memory and balance issues, one-sided weakness, disorientation, contusions, and increase in drowsiness,” asserts Dr. Perez-Santiago. “These are red flags that strongly indicate complications following the head injury.”

“Again, after you hit your head, it’s best to see a neurologist who can assess your condition and avert any problems that may arise from what you assumed was a minor accident,” reminds Dr. Perez-Santiago.

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