Posted in Health, Lifestyle

How to Seize More Opportunities and Pursue a Better Future


The health maintenance organization, founded and run by doctors, celebrates three decades of industry leadership by encouraging more Filipinos to capitalize on good health so they can seize more opportunities, dare to make a difference and pursue a better future.

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider in the country, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a stronger commitment to provide more Filipinos access to quality health and medical care.

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider in the country, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a stronger commitment to provide more Filipinos access to quality health and medical care, amidst the fast-paced, technology-driven lifestyles of this generation.

To make the celebration more meaningful, the country’s top HMO put forward the theme, “Brave the World,” to emphasize the company’s commitment to encourage each and every Filipino to capitalize on his health so that he can seize more opportunities, dare to make a difference and successfully pursue a better future.

“The world has indeed become smaller, providing Filipinos more opportunities to excel and grow. However, many pass up these great opportunities as health issues sometimes stand in their way. As we celebrate our anniversary with this in mind, MediCard will continue to strive to provide more Filipinos access to quality health care through innovative products, and  services and free-standing clinics in key locations that will make staying healthy possible for every Filipinos thus, allowing them to brave the world,” says MediCard president Dr. Nicky Montoya.

MediCard president Dr. Nicky Montoya

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Posted in Fashion, Health, Lifestyle

Press Release | Essilor brings Bolon Eyewear to the Philippines

Italian-designed leading affordable luxury eyewear is now in the Philippines! Introduced by Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Bolon® premium eyewear, known for its elegance, high quality and functionality, has been launched in Metro Manila and is now available in select optical shops.


Bolon® is recognized for its unique and stylish designs as well as its ingenuity in protecting the eyes against harmful rays of the sun. The Bolon® brand redefines the modern aesthetic to meet the standards of today’s chic consumers, at the same time maintaining its functionality and elegance.


Bolon eyewear, endorsed by Hollywood icon Anne Hathaway, now available in the Philippines


“We are pleased and enthusiastic to launch Bolon® in the Philippines,” remarks Dr. Emelita Roleda, Essilor Philippines general manager. “With Bolon®, Filipinos now have access to premium, affordable luxury sunglasses and eyewear.”

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Posted in Beauty, Family & Parenting, Health, Lifestyle

The Gift of Healthy ‘Crowning Glory’ Fit for the Queen this Mother’s Day

CLICHE it may be, but there’s indeed a woman behind the person we are today. And that’s no less than her—our mother. We used to call her nanayinay‘naymama, mommy or simply mom. Needless to say, she deserves more than that given the pivotal role she fulfills in rearing us from childhood to adulthood and possibly for the rest of our lives.

Motherhood is a tough 24-hour job, no pay, no day off, sometimes it is unappreciated, but yet resignation is impossible. A mother is a woman created by God to bring love, joy, happiness and care to this world, to every families. I am so glad God has created a woman to be a mother, even though motherhood is a full time job, a mother’s work is never done.

There may be opposing beliefs whether that greater maternal instinct is biologically predetermined or socially imposed, but everyone would agree that a mother is hardwired to love and care about the whole family, especially the children, all the time. For better or worse, it’s always the welfare of everyone at home on top of her priority. No wonder she’s an epitome of a doting human being that touches everybody’s life. So, it’s but right to honor and return all the favors she has done for us. And what a better way to do this than this Mother’s Day.

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Posted in Health, Lifestyle, Promos

Enjoy Relaxation on Demand with Citi Credit Cards and Zennya

There’s a of benefits when having a good massage. Some of which are the following:

  • It improves muscle tone.
  • It reduces cramps.
  • It improves bones’ mobility.
  • It improves posture.
  • It helps in circulation of blood.
  • It improves breathing.
  • It relaxes our body.
  • Reduces stress.

These are not all of the advantages of receiving a good massage, but those are the top that you can get from it. And who doesn’t love to have a massage???

And here’s a good news:

Get a much-needed respite from stress and make health and wellness a habit by availing of the first digitized spa-on-demand service in the world with your Citi credit card!

Enjoy low rates on Zennya massage services: that’s 50% off for first-time users and 30% off for existing users when you pay with a Citi Credit Card.  You can book a massage through Zennya’s mobile apps, which can be found at the App Store or Google Play, or on its website at  Zennya sends therapists to clients’ homes, hotels, or condominium units in 30 minutes or less at the click of a button.

Availing of a luxurious, personalized massage session at your convenience has never been so simple.  When transacting on the Zennya mobile app or through the website, click on “Book a massage.”  Indicate your session type, massage type, therapist gender, service duration and location in the required fields.

To avail of the promotion, use the following codes: CITI50OFF for new Citi cardholders and CITI30OFF for existing Citi card users.  Note that your discount will be deducted from the subtotal and that promo codes are for one-time use only.  To complete the transaction, be sure to input and save your Citi credit card details, then click on “Book.”

So get a well-deserved break by availing of a treatment from Zennya. Ease your stress and worries away via massage from now until May 31, 2017.

For more information about this irresistible promotion and other privileges, log on to or call the 24-hour CitiPhone Hotline at 995 9999.

Posted in Facts & Random Thoughts, Health, Lifestyle, Tips & Ideas

Signs that You are Stressed

There are some things that we don’t have control. Problems and trials come constantly. And sometimes, we find them overwhelming.

Here are some signs that you are really stressed…

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Stress affects our health. It also makes us feel really tired, over-burdened, and very depressed. And when we experience this, it’s either we over eat or we lose appetite. Hence, makes us feel sick and uneasy.

Yes, we may not be able to control stress, but let’s try to help ourselves to manage it. After all, we just wanted to be happy and have a peaceful life.

I’m not an expert at this but here are some tips that could possibly help you manage stress.

  1. Take some time to relax. Watch a good movie, have a massage, enroll in a yoga class, or travel! Things that would really make you feel relaxed and release that feeling of stress and anxiety.
  2. Connect with people. Share how you feel with people close to you (family or closest friend maybe). Seek some advice on your situation. Let someone know what is happening and how you feel about your situation.
  3. Keep a positive and realistic attitude towards your problems. Make an effort to maintain positive thoughts instead of being too depressed, angry or negative about it. Instead of dwelling being “down”, try to clear your mind and think of something that you could “somehow” do over it or try to find good books or readings online that may help you. Bible is of great help.
  4. Welcome humor. Laughter is always the best medicine! It also helps your mind to relax and to avoid over-thinking.
  5. Sleep and get enough rest. If you are stressed, your body needs extra time to rest and your mind to relax and be at peace. And when you wake up, you’ll feel more refreshed, body and mind, to think of what to do next and act positively.

Life is so short. Let’s all aim to be happy…ALWAYS.


Posted in Health, Lifestyle, Sports/Activities

Mother’s Day Pampering Treats at Araneta Center

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This Mother’s Day, make your mom feel extra special by treating her to an all-around experience of beauty, pampering and relaxation at the Araneta Center.

Join Araneta Center’s World of Wellness for Moms (W.O.W. Moms!), a special Mother’s Day celebration featuring health and wellness activities sure to make her feel renewed and more inspired.

The fun begins with the Mother’s Day Wellness Fair at Gateway Food Park on May 8. Join hundreds of other moms as they dance their way to fitness. A highlight of the fair is a half-day exercise marathon that includes jazz funk and belly dancing sessions with Jill Ngo, and Zumba with Regine Tolentino.

Free registration starts at 5:30 a.m. at the Gateway Food Park, so come early. All Novotel guests and SMART Araneta Coliseum and KIA Theatre ticket holders are also entitled to free entrance to the event.

After sweating it out, visit the Rustan’s Gourmet Food Fair at the Gateway Mall Activity Area for healthy and sumptuous treats. Also check out the Health and Wellness Talk at Ali Mall Activity Area, 3 p.m., where PhilHealth representatives will discuss and answer questions regarding women’s health issues and reproductive health.

Then, surprise mom with a refreshing hair makeover at Menage Salon, and a manicure and pedicure session at Nail-a-holics, both conveniently located at 4/F Gateway Mall. With her fresh haircut and newly-done nails, your mom will surely look younger and more radiant.

Of course, the pampering is not complete without a beauty makeover. Let your mom enjoy a rejuvenating facial and other skincare services at Dermcare Luxe; or have her experience body waxing treatments at Lay Bare, also located at 4/F Gateway Mall.

Shoppers at New Farmers Plaza, meanwhile, can add to mom’s delight by giving her a rose they can get for free with every P300 receipt!

End your mom’s special day with another treat by letting her indulge in her choice of spa services at Menage Salon and Mont Albo Massage Hut at Manhattan Parkway, as well as Fashion and Beyond Nail Spa at Manhattan Parkview. Located within the Araneta Center complex, the comforting ambiance of these establishments will surely make your mom feel like a queen.

Mother’s Day happens only once a year so it’s the best time to show her your appreciation. Make her feel loved not just on her special day but all year round with a variety of beauty and wellness services at Araneta Center, the perfect place to indulge and unwind.

For more event updates and promos from Araneta Center, visit its official website at or follow it on Facebook at, Twitter (@AranetaCenter) and Instagram (@theAranetaCenter).


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Could Your Back Pain Be SCIATICA?

Customarily, back pain is more likely experienced at the age of 30 and above. And recently, I have been experiencing back pains especially at the lower back. As the term itself, it’s really painful and uncomfortable.




But what are the factors that gives a higher risk of developing back pain? (Well, other than being pregnant, if you are.)

1- stressful job/strenuous physical work
2- inactive/sluggish lifestyle
3- depression/anxiety
4- obesity/overweight
5- unproper, strenuous physical exercise
6- poor posture


Among these, I can possibly relate mine to numbers 2, 3, 4 and 6. Hmm… Maybe the 2nd and 6th are on top of the reasons why I have back pains. Yeah, I have a sedentary lifestyle. I do not exercise as before. I usually lay in bed and rest on my free time. And with that, I feel more tired always. And 6th, yes, because I usually adopt hunched sitting position when using computers which really can result in increased back and shoulder problems.


The BIG question is, could your back pain be SCIATICA? So, what is SCIATICA?


sciatica meaning
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Symptoms (from

  • lower back pain that extends through the hip and buttock and down one leg
  • pain usually affects only one leg and may get worse when you sit, cough, or sneeze
  • leg may also feel numb, weak, or tingly at times
  • symptoms of tend to appear suddenly and can last for days or weeks


Causes of Sciatica (from

  • Herniated Disc – sometimes referred to as a slipped disc; occurs when the soft inner core of the disc leaks out, or herniates, through the fibrous outer core and irritates the contiguous nerve root
  • Degenerative Disc Disease – occurs with aging; weakened disc
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis – occurs when a small stress fracture allows one vertebral body to slip forward on another
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis – narrowing of the spinal canal; again, this is relative to aging (common in adults over age 60)
  • Piriformis syndrome – The sciatic nerve can get irritated as it runs under the piriformis muscle in the buttock. If the piriformis muscle irritates or pinches a nerve root that comprises the sciatic nerve, it can cause sciatica-type pain.
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction – Irritation of the sacroiliac joint—located at the bottom of the spine—can also irritate the L5 nerve, which lies on top of the sacroiliac joint, causing sciatica-type pain.


The terms could be very technical, yet, the explanations are easy to understand.


It’s scary that we might think of our back pains are  just simple cases, but unknowingly, these could be advanced cases such as this sciatica. I have been addicted recently to watching chiropractic in YouTube that is where I encountered knowing sciatica.


A week from now, I’ll be having our company’s annual physical exam. I hope there’s nothing serious with this back pain. Well, honestly, I am afraid and praying that I don’t have it.


So, as of now, what I can do and I can advice to you guys is to exercise regularly but remember not to overly do it or make it too exhausting. Maybe stretching and some jogging will do. There are also some easy-to-follow exercises or dance / Zumba in YouTube that you may use as guide. And of course, even we are living in the computer era, let us always remember to have a good posture.


If you have an extra budget, you can also have a good massage. It also soothes back pain somehow. It helps increase blood circulation and muscle relaxation.


Let’s all be mindful of our health. Remember, WE ARE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER. 🙂



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When Allergy Attacks on a Maundy Thursday

I know most of the families and friends are on a vacation today, and probably they spent it swimming in beaches or out of town. With me, I planned to spend this day preparing all the decorations for my son’s birthday on Sunday.

And since my grandmother is here in Cavite for the Holy Week vacation, my sister and I decided to do all these birthday projects at my mom’s house where she stays. When we arrived there, my dad showed us a live native chicken at their backyard which he said was bought from a neighbor the other day. My kids were excited to watch the chicken and at the same time afraid to go near.

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Petition to Lower the Price of Pneumonia Vaccine

Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are the only two producers of the life-saving pneumonia vaccine. A lot have been saved by this vaccine, however, pneumonia still kills nearly 1 million children yearly (according to the A FAIR SHOT team).


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I recently have signed a petition, together with the members of Mommy Bloggers Philippines, to help get these two pharmaceutical giants to reduce the price of a life-saving vaccine that currently remained priced out of reach for millions of children in developing counties, like ours.


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photo credits: Mommy Bloggers Philippines


If you want to stand up and take action to push for a more affordable pneumonia vaccine, help us reach the goal of half a million signatures by signing in this PETITION.


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