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Pioneer Foundation’s WRAP fosters environmental responsibility to the youth

  The successful launch of WRAP at Majada In Elementary School in Laguna serves as a jump start for the young children to live a sustainable lifestyle   "The youth are the hope of the nation." This may sound as cliché but the sentiment remains as true as ever. When the Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal said this more than a hundred years ago, he emphasized the critical role that young people play in shaping the future of their communities and their countries. That’s why Pioneer Adhesives Foundation Inc ( PAFI) acknowledges the crucial role of educational institutions in shaping our youth of today. In a meaningful move, PAFI introduced the Waste Reduction Action Program (WRAP) to its first external audience, Majada In Elementary School in Calamba, Laguna. WRAP is designed to educate and inspire elementary students and teachers to engage in waste segregation, raise environmental consciousness, and diminish their plastic waste impact. On December 4, 2023, the

Health Experts Collaborate to Help Women Navigate Menopause Confidently

  "Biyaheng Menopause ng Pusong Pinay" was part of Women’s Heart Month 2024 celebrations in the country. the online forum on March 21, shed light on the inevitable transition of menopause and its profound implications for women's heart health. Why are menopausal women at risk of cardiovascular diseases? “During menopause, estrogen levels decline, reducing a woman’s natural protection against heart, brain, and bone disease,” Dr. Louella Santos  pointed out during the online forum, Usapang Puso sa Puso hosted by the Philippine Heart Association (PHA). Dr. Santos, PHA Director III and Advocacy Committee Chair, underscored the link between menopause and adverse changes in cholesterol levels and blood pressure, which significantly elevate the risk of CVD. “The decline in estrogen can lead to higher bad (LDL) cholesterol and lower good (HDL) cholesterol. This imbalance increases the risk of plaque buildup in arteries, which can restrict blood flow and increase the risk of heart

Experience vibrant Hong Kong with VFC Travel & Tours

  Ms. Vivien Chan (left) with supporters and consultants Harley, Aflie and Leony at VFC Travel and Tours headquarters in Quezon City PROMOTING friendship and camaraderie, Regal Hotels International recently hosted representatives from Philippine media and celebrity influencer Ashley Ortega at their renowned properties in Hong Kong. VFC Travel & Tours treated the PH media group to a sumptuous Chinese cuisine in Hong Kong on top of touring City Gates and nearby attractions VFC Travel & Tours, the official RSO, of Regal Hotels in the Philippines, made sure our group truly explored vibrant Hong Kong by creating a seamless, fun itinerary for us. Our group stayed at Regala Skycity Hotel in Lantau Island and at Regal Hong Kong Hotel in Causeway Bay. Actress Ashley Ortega enjoying her fashion finds and bargains at City Gates in Lantau Island, which is just 10 minutes bus ride from Regala SKYCITY Hotel. With her are Ruby, Cheska, and this writer. Regala Skycity Hotel, the latest add

Enjoy Pampanga's comfort foods at My Lola Nor’s Greenfield District

  After 12 years of serving Pampanga the best local cuisine and 3 branches -- Mabalacat, San Fernando, and Lakeshore -- plus a kiosk at Clark International Airport, My Lola Nor’s opens in Manila Manila, at the Greenfield District. Husband and wife Reymond and Elsa Jocson-Yabut, and business partner Dr. Raul Lapitan, happily announce the soft opening of Lola Nor's this March to delight the Manilenos of true Kapampangan cuisine and goodies. This writer, along with a select group of media representatives, were privileged to be the first to enjoy the sumptuous meals and the finest comfort food which Elsa, Nanay Leonora's daughter, has kept serving through the years from the original  recipes of Lola Nor. “Kapampangan cooking takes a lot of patience and effort because every recipe is a long process. Moreover, we don't scrimp on ingredients. That's the secret, Reymond said. My Lola Nor’s traces it humble beginnings as a meryendahan in Mabalacat City and eventually evolv

Filipino Musician Luis Villanueva Makes Waves as Filmmaker on the Global Film Industry

      Luis Villanueva is a winner in the 2023 NFFTY, the world’s largest film festival for young directors.  He is currently working on the unreleased short Filipino documentary film, KAPWA, his first venture into the narrative and documentary space. Luis Villanueva is a Filipino filmmaker based in New York and is currently making his imprint  on the global film industry . He recently graduated from Columbia University with dual degrees in Film Studies and Business Management. Hailing from Manila, this young Filipino filmmaker and musician stands out for his innovative work as a creative. By the time he arrived at Columbia, he already had a major label record deal as an artist signed to Warner Music Group in the Philippines. He was signed at the age of 17 as an artist-producer and has worked with a network of creative collaborators since, accumulating over 2 million streams on his releases. Eventually, he developed his passion for filmmaking by creating music videos for his own m

Diseases of the heart: “Prevention is always better than cure”

  According to the Philippine Heart Association (PHA), the number of cardiovascular deaths due to complications has been on the rise among Filipinos. To date CVDs are the major cause of mortality globally, a scourge that has continued to spread stealthily across all genders, races and socio-economic status.  In the Philippines, many Filipinos do not go to the doctor to have themselves checked. And even if they feel something different or unusual with their body, they take it casually like the symptoms were just due to fatigue or stress. Worst, those who were diagnosed to have heart problems are non-compliant and sometimes would resort to self-medication rather than listening to their attending physicians and following the right prescriptions. The PHA, a group of over 2000 cardiologists from all over the country, who have been in the forefront of mending the Filipino heart for 70 years now, has also taken the cudgels to educate the citizenry on caring for their hearts as the best way ei


February isn’t just the LOVE Month which is commercially celebrated in many parts of the world especially on Valentine’s Day. More importantly, February is officially the Heart Month, the month of the year to promote heart health care as well as to educate the public on the various heart diseases and the growing health concerns among Filipinos. It was in January 1973, by virtue of Proclamation No. 1096, when February every year was declared as Heart Month. The same proclamation stipulates that the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) is the lead agency of the annual celebration, with the Department of Health as partner. This year’s DOH’s Heart Month 2024 theme is: “Piliin ang Puso”. The PHA, together with PHA-Zamboanga Peninsula Chapter, commemorated Heart Month's 51st year in the Philippines with various activities in the city. With the theme, “Strengthening the Community: One Heart @ a Time,” a festive Heart Fair at the KCC Mall was held on February 16, 2024, featuring various acti