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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Addressing Infertility Issues in The New Millennia

I've been hearing a lot of stories about couples who have a hard time conceiving and stories of couples who have undergone medical procedures just to have a baby/babies. There are also relatives and friends who also encountered difficulty in conceiving and sought medical help. And for married couples who doesn't have a child, it can bring emotional turmoil and create a wound in the relationship. Even our society is not sympathetic to the plight of childless couples and is wont to make tasteless remarks or jokes about it.

Dennis and Maureen Basilio with their children.


Luckily, there are now a lot medical solutions and choices such as IVF which is getting quite popular because of its success rate. And one such story about IVF is that of Dennis and Maureen Basilio.

The couple had a hard time conceiving for more than a decade since they got married and the pressure of having a child was so great that they entertained the idea of IVF after 14 years. It was not an easy path for them because they have to raise funds for the procedure and being a business tandem, it means that Maureen will have to take a complete rest. The first time was not a success since she insisted that she join her husband at work so that she can help raise of the IVF funds. After that incident, Dennis really made sure that she rested. They were blessed with two adorable kids who are amongst the numerous children borne via IVF. 

Thru IVF, Merck Philippines has been continuously advocating IVF and other medical research that will help couples achieve their dreams of having a conplete family. 

Aside from IVF, Merck Philippines is also giving support to the Egg Freezing research which was by the way already available in the Philippines. This Egg Freezing option is for young women who has visions of enjoying their careers first before settling down for family life. The eggs of a female person are then harvested and frozen and kept in specialized laboratories in the metro. It was explained that as a woman age, the quality and number of eggs diminishes. 



Merck Philippines recently had an interesting afternoon wherein IVF and Egg Freezing was discussed and explained by medical experts. Also in attendance are interested couples and women. Stay tuned for more details. 






Lost In Hong Kong: Exploring Wan Chai District

Wan Chai district in Hong Kong is a commercial area with lots of offices, hotels, parks, and of course, the famous Hong Kong International Convention and Exhibition Centre and Central Plaza.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Avida Hosts 2nd Grand Neighbors Day to Foster Camaraderie Values

Avida Land, one of the leading mid-market real estate developers is set to host the second Grand Neighbor Day on October 28, 2017. This is in line with the company's dedication to bridge connection and foster camaraderie among its community.

The afternoon festivities will highlight the importance of being a good neighbor to build better and inspired communities. And to make things more exciting, Avida will go further and, go beyond the distance and bridge the communities in Metro Manila to the communities in Batangas, and all the way to Cagayan de Oro encompassing both condominium and house and lot communities.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Power Mac's Sync Sessions 2017

A night of music featuring Sync Sessions, an audio-digital crossover music fest. And this year's Power Mac Center's Sync Sessions features 12 bands and artists that will showcase their music style using Apple devices and accessories.


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Philippine hotels vie for coveted Condé Nast Johansens Awards 2018


The Discovery Leisure Company is thrilled to announce that its two signature hotels, Discovery Shores Boracay and Discovery Primea Makati, made it to the shortlist of the Condé Nast Johansens 2018 Awards for Excellence. Fans of the two well-loved hotels have one last chance to vote until Thursday, 19 October 2017.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Its A Pink October! Breast Cancer Awareness Month at ManilaMed

Everything turns pink every October as it is known as the Breast Cancer Awareness month. Research shows that breast cancer is one of the top health concerns of women in the country. However, breast cancer can easily be prevented thru proper check-ups.


Cebu Pacific Introduces The CEB Customer Command Center to the Media

Cebu Pacific recently unveils its Customer Command Center and invited some media guests for a quick tour of the CEB Customer Command Center. CEB is also among the first airlines in Asia to invest in an integrated facility and technology for social intelligence and customer engagement.


BlueWater Day Spa Celebrates Wellness with Its Latest Lineup of Ambassadors

Every one is very busy nowadays, from kids to adults. There are so many different responsibilities that people have to do every day so it is of prime importance not to neglect one’s self in the process. We must find time to relax, and be kind to ourselves no matter how generous we work for others because at the end of the day, health is more important than wealth.


Combating Infertility in The 21st Century

For some married couples, the pain of not having children can really take a toll on the relationship. I've known some couples who have been childless for decades (unless they have strong faith) that they eventually lived their own lives even if they stayed married. And our family and friends also doesn't really help much especially with remarks of "Bakit wala pa kayong anak?" (Why don't you have children yet?)


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Men Do The Laundry With Ariel #JuanWash

In the Philippines, or I guess it most countries as well, household chores is usually relegated to the womenfolk. However, as the years go by, men are now also keen to do the laundry. Of course, technology plays a big role in this mindset shift especially if you own a state-of-art washing machine.

Ariel recognizes this new manly chore by rolling out the #JuanWash campaign that is specifically intended for men to help their wives when it comes to doing household chores, and of course- the laundry.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Globe At Home: A Game Changer In Redefining Digital Experience

Research shows that more than 80% of households in the Philippines still has no access to a home broadband. Aside from that, there are still some places wherein internet access is next to impossible. But Globe At Home is going to change that because having an internet at home is now more accessible for everyone, and it is affordable as well.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Hubby and I just marked a milestone in our relationship by celebrating our anniversary as a couple yesterday. Reminiscing about "how it all began" makes me feel like a teenager again, all lovey-dovey! Hahaha


Visa's Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog: An Interactive Play About Financial Literacy

Visa Philippines, in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), and the Tanghalang Pilipino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), has recently launched Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog, an interactive play about financial literacy that is specially intended for teens.

The play is about the challenges faced by Gwyneth, a teenager who is torn between "want" and "need." She is challenged to make decisions when it comes to handling her finances.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Power Mac Center's Cinemansanas 2017 Awards

Power Mac Center recently awarded "Cinemansanas" to brilliant filmmakers who showed their digital prowess using iPhone as a digital tool to create short films.

This year's competition has two categories: (1) "Do you have a minute," open to everyone who can create a 60-second film; and (2) Masterclass with Brillante Mendoza, exclusive to attendees of international award-winner director Brillante Mendoza's training sessions.

"Cinemansanas is Power Mac Center's way of showcasing the brilliance of Filipino filmmakers. We want to show through technology, they can create a new way of presenting ideas and making their voices heard. We hope it will open doors for them to pursue their passion and push the industry further," said Power Mac Center Marketing Director Joey Alvarez.

A total of 12 films made it to the finals of "Do you have a minute?" category and all 21 finalists of Brillante Mendoza's masterclass were screened at the movie premiere held at the SM Mall of Asia cinema.

Judges for the Cinemansanas Awards are: Brillante Mendoza, Yam Laranas, Ricky Lee, and J. E. Tiglao who helped determine the films deserving for Cinemansanas Gold, Platinum, and Diamond awards.

Following is the full list of winners for Cinemansanas 2017:
“Do you have a minute?”
  • Gold Award
Prize: Php 10,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + THE COOP IDEA 9000mAh Power Bank and Nifteen backpack

  • Platinum Award
Prize: Php 20,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + THE COOP IDEA 9000mAh Power Bank and Nifteen backpack


  • Diamond Award
Prize: iPad Pro 12.9” + THE COOP IDEA 9000mAh Power Bank and Nifteen backpack


Masterclass with Brillante Mendoza
  • Brillante Mendoza Citation Award


  • Power Mac Center Citation Award


  • Gold Award
Prize: Php 30,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + Wacom Intuos Draw Medium


  • Platinum Award
Prize: Php 40,000 worth of Power Mac Center gift cards + BOSE Soundlink Color II


  • Diamond Award
Prize: MacBook Pro 13” Retina + 4TB SEAGATE Back Up Plus


Apart from the awarding ceremony, the Cinemansanas Movie Premiere also screened the winning film of Rebelde Film Camp Year 4, “Paparating Na Ang Bagyo” by Ephraim Kawit. Part of Kawit’s prizes is a scholarship to Mendoza’s Masterclass.
Completing the event was the much-awaited premiere of the Power Mac Center short film directed by Brillante Mendoza titled “Bitbit,” in celebration of the premier Apple reseller’s 23 glorious years in business.
Cinemansanas is part of the Pixelworx campaign, Power Mac Center’s advocacy of recognizing artists who break the standards of the art scene. It is celebrated with a series of workshops by industry experts, trainings on creative apps, and an ultimate art challenge.

Cinemansanas 2017 was co-presented by Lacie, The Coop Idea, Philips, Bose, Panzer Glass, Zerotech, and Wacom. To view all the films, visit Power Mac Center on Facebook and Youtube.

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