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Filipino Migrant Worker in New Zealand With No Insurance Owes $24,000 Medical Bill

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Migrant worker Renato Tolog from the Philippines was left with a $24,000 medical bill after he fell ill while on a one year working visa. Tolog,55, is a carpenter from central Philippines who arrived in Christchurch on a one year work visa in March. His plan was to work hard in Christchurch to support his wife, three children and two grandchildren back home.

In September he became ill, was diagnosed with appendicitis and had his appendix removed at Christchurch Hospital. Following the surgery he was discharged with a bill for $14,619.72. Two weeks later he developed an infection and was hospitalized for treatment with IV antibiotics. He went home with another bill, this time for $9497.

Migrant workers are not eligible for publicly funded healthcare unless they have a minimum two-year work visa.

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The Music Run™ by PhilAm Vitality is the Ultimate Music-themed 5k Fun Run

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How can you mix running and music together? Simple! Bring your portable music device during your run. Apple started the trend with the iPod Mini. But what about an entire music fest of rock, pop, old school, hip hop, and dance, intertwined as part of the run’s staged music performances during the entire running event?

Let us introduce you to The Music Run™ by PhilAm Vitality, an entire new breed of fun runs that combines music with the fitness craze of running plus a music festival. Obviously, The Music Run’s major partner here is PhilAm Life, with its PhilAm Vitality, a unique science-backed wellness program that rewards members when they take steps to be healthy. With close to 20 years of success spanning several continents, the PhilAm Vitality is now available for Filipinos who would like to go beyond traditional insurance products.

The Music Run™ by PhilAm Vitality happens on December 3, 2016 at McKinley West in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

But going back to The Music Run by PhilAm Vitality, how does it work?

First, go to to register. By November 1, 2016, registration fees are as follows:

  • Standard Pack = ₱950
  • Rock Star Pack = ₱1,600

The Music Run by PhilAm Vitality Standard Pack comes with a T-shirt, bag, beat band, sticker, and temporary tattoo. The Rock Star Pack comes with everything the Standard Pack gets plus a towel, water bottle, and cap.

Last call for registrations start on November 21st and the Standard and Rock Star packs will cost ₱1,050 and ₱1,800, respectively.

You can collect your event packs at Glorietta 5 in Makati from November 26th to the 28th. You need to bring or show the confirmation e-mail and a government-issued ID.

Next, start “Voting” for your favorite soundtracks. Here’s the thing: the entire 5k run will be divided into five interactive and themed music zones – rock, pop, old school, hip hop, and dance. The distances between zones is 1k. Hence, the 5k run. All these zones are lined up with over 120 speakers pumping out the songs you voted. Yes, Victoria, you don’t need an iPod.

Use the live Spotify Music Voting App on You can (actually, you should) also ask the help of your friends to vote the playlist you’d like in each music zone. The more votes your playlist gets, the high the chance it makes it to official playlists of each music zone.

Listen. Vote. Share.

And during the 5k run, you will now be called a Music Runner™.

At the end of the 5k run is the music festival featuring Australian radio house DJ Sam Withers.

Run. Dance. Party.

Official hashtags: #livethebeat #TMRbyPhilam

With every step of the way, running will never sound so good. I mean, there’s a pre-run concert performance by Sud, a local alternative band. When the 5k fun run starts, you have awesome playlists blasting out of more than 120 speakers in five genres or music zones. At the end of the 5k run, the fun doesn’t stop as a dance music fest by a renowned DJ mixes it up.

Kats Cajucom, Deputy Head of Philam Vitality: “This is the second time that The Music Run has agreed to partner with Philam Life. We want to send a strong message that being healthy can also be fun and engaging. One of our company’s main thrusts is healthy living through our Philam Vitality program, which is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is a full-scale wellness program where members get rewarded for making healthy choices. Through Philam Vitality, we are taking active steps to positively transform the lives of Filipinos by helping them live longer, healthier, and better lives.”

Martin Capstick, Co-founder and CEO of Exceed Sports and Entertainment (the organizer): “While most fun runs originate from the US, The Music Run™ started in Asia and expanded throughout the region before crossing over to Europe and the US in the last two years. The reason for its massive success is its winning formula that combines music with the ever-growing fitness craze into the ultimate running and music festival that also puts control of the run’s soundtrack in the hands of our Music Runners™.”

The Music Run™ first took place in Kuala Lumpur in 2014. Since then, it has drawn more than 100,000 runners across 12 events and nine countries.

Don’t forget – The Music Run™ by Philam Vitality happens on December 3, 2016, at McKinley West, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Gates open at 2:30PM.

For more information on The Music Run™ by Philam Vitality, visit the official website, Facebook page, and YouTube Channel.


Sources: Press release by M2.0 Communications | | | Wikipedia

Photos and images: M2.0 Communications |


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October 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

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Health, Fitness and Wellness at #LoveYourBody Fair 2016

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Isn’t it ironic that we all want to go to travel fairs and food fairs, but when it comes to health and fitness, especially one with a lot of activities involved, we shy away? Why is that? Have we read too much Garfield comic strips that we idolize that cat, funny and lovable yet so much of a wrong icon to personify?

Enter, a go-to resource for doable exercise, healthy recipes, and happy lifestyle tips exclusively run by Tonette Nicolas, blogger extraordinaire and (well, it’s obvious) a health and wellness junkie. I met Tonette like two years ago in a health and wellness seminar the The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City. Through the years, she’s slowly held on to her interest and advocacy – teaching us (yeah… you and I) – how to be fit and how to be happy. In less than a week’s time, she and PMCM Events Management will be running a unique sports and fitness camp.

Dubbed #LoveYourBody (with a hashtag, please), it’s a one-day health and wellness activity camp that starts at 6:00AM on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Central Park of Greenfield District (formerly EDSA Central) along the block of EDSA, United St., Mayflower St., and Shaw Blvd.

  • #LoveYourBody means doable exercises, allowing everyone to participate no matter what figure you are in.
  • #LoveYourBody means healthy recipes, because apart from the activities, there are talks about diets and healthy recipes.
  • #LoveYourBody means happy lifestyle tips, because everyone needs a makeover in lifestyle every now and then.
  • #LoveYourBody means a healthy lifestyle, because being happy isn’t enough; we all have to be healthy for ourselves, our loved ones, our employers or clients, our friends and most everyone else that we are significant to.
  • #LoveYourBody is about fitness activities, because aside from health tip talks and booths, there are also activities like Zumba, yoga, running clinic, and so on.
  • #LoveYourBody is a wellness bazaar, and did I mention booths and the bazaar? You won’t see crispy chicken skin and fatty liempo being sold here. What are they selling? There’s only one way to find out – come visit them this Saturday (and please, wake up early for once!) LOL!
  • #LoveYourBody means you value your health, because a few hours on Saturday won’t really screw your weekend. C’mon, give your brain and body a chance, and forgo going up to Tagaytay or the beach for once.

Though the Wellness Bazaar is open to the public, the Zumba, sports and fitness camp activities are not.

An ALL-ACCESS pass is only worth 450 Pesos allowing you join Zumba, Sports + Fitness Camp (Yoga and Running Clinic), raffle stub, health and fitness talks, and bazaar entrance.

Separately, a ZUMBA ACCESS only pass costs 350 Pesos, while a SPORTS + FITNESS CAMP ACCESS only pass is also 350 Pesos.

The #LoveYourBody Fair 2016: Sports and Fitness Camp + Wellness Bazaar is co-presented by Greenfield District, Gelattto by Gelateria Italiana, and Zalora Philippines. This event is co-organized with PMCM Events Management. One of the media partners is The Philippine Bloggers Network – our association of professional bloggers covering various brands, activities and events.

Please go online to register, at

FREEBIES! The first 200 people to register online gets freebies and goodie bags from our sponsors! Register by going to this link:

Reference: Press release from

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Introducing the Sharp Plasmacluster Ion Technology for a Healthy Home

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The Plasmacluster Ion technology is an original Sharp sanitizing technology that purifies the air by emitting positive and negative ions. Applying a plasma discharge to the moisture and oxygen in the air generates these two opposite ions. The Plasmacluster Ion technology deactivates suspended airborne mold, viruses, dust mite allergens and bacteria. The layer of water molecules that form around each ion ensures that they are long-living. As of December 2008, the number of Plasmacluster generating devices has reached 50 million.

Note: Although it does all of the above, the Plasmacluster Ion technology does not create a sterile state and thus provides no guaranteed protection against infection. The actual antibacterial and purification effects vary depending on the conditions in the room and how the product is used.

In 1998, then Sharp researcher Kazuo Nishikawa was investigating the technology of air purification at the time. He realized that the methods being used had reached the limits of their effectiveness. Thus, he began to study air purification techniques with the intention of making indoor air safer to breathe, especially for children.

Nishikawa and his team tried a few options but found a lot of them lacking the intended results. After trying more, they finally developed the Plasmacluster Ion Technology or PCI technology. The way it works, stated in the press release of Ardent Communications, is that it suppresses the effects of airborne viruses, bacteria, microbes, allergens, and other threats. When the ions come in contact with the airborne threats in the air, chemical reactions happen on their surfaces to form OH radicals. The purpose of these OH radicals is to decompose the proteins on the surface membrane of the airborne threats by taking the hydrogen. Without protein, the airborne threats are disabled and in effect, deactivated. The hydrogen then combines with OH radicals, and together they transform into water which is released into the air.

Today, Nishikawa is Team Chief for Health and Environmental Systems, Air Purification Division.

In the meantime, researchers from the University of Tokyo Hospital have found that respiratory symptoms are significantly reduced for children with atopic asthma, including lessening the respiratory tract inflammation in patients with infantile atopic-type asthma.

Did you know that the ratio of people suffering from asthma in the Philippines is one out of ten? That’s almost 11 million asthma sufferers in the country! From dust, dust mite allergens, mold and other airborne allergens, the Plasmacluster Ion technology helps suppress all these.

Now, there’s a breath of fresh, clean air using the Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier UV+ because generic air purifiers cannot completely eliminate airborne viruses and bacteria, asthma-inducing allergens, and mosquitoes. Worse, some really just provide a false sense of security. Powered by the PCI technology of Sharp, this air purifier deactivates up to 99 percent of airborne allergens, viruses and bacteria while reducing unwanted odors. The Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier UV+ is also equipped with a True HEPA Filter, which can capture 99.97 percent of particles as tiny as 0.03 microns such as smoke particles, dust, pet dander, and pollen. What’s more important for a tropical country such as the Philippines, this air purifier has a 5-step mosquito-catching mechanism, something everyone in the country truly needs.

Talking about dust mites, I remember buying a very expensive water-based vacuum cleaner that also markets itself as a dust mite eliminator. These microscopic insects have a lifespan of two to three months. They live, eat, breed and die on your bedsheets and pillows, carpets and upholstery, and especially in and on your bed mattress! I just learned that vacuuming doesn’t really remove these insects from fabric surfaces, where they live, eat, breed, and die. Their remains and excrement, resulting from eating your dead skin cells, are known allergens, which can cause itchiness, rashes, and respiratory symptoms in people with asthma and dust mite allergies.

Enter the Sharp Plasmacluster Mite Catcher, the real dust mite eliminator. This wonder machine releases up to 60°C heat to weaken the hold of dust mites on the fibers of your beddings while sanitizing the mattress and reducing bad odor. Because this device uses the PCI technology, you reap all its benefits for a healthy home environment, particularly irritating dust mites.

Photo above shows (from left to right) Mr. Satoshi Chujo, Vice President for Marketing and Sales Operations, Mr. Takahiro Tanaka, President and General Manager, and Mr. Emmanuel Valencia, Senior Vice President for Sales – Sharp Philippines Corporation.

The Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier UV+ and Sharp Plasmacluster Mite Catcher will be available at Anson’s, Abenson, and SM Appliance Centers in the Greater Manila Area starting November 2015.

For more information about Plasmacluster Ion Technology, and other products of Sharp Philippines Corporation, visit or follow them on and

Source: Press release from Ardent Communications.

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It’s Like the Viagra® Pill for Women

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I know Viagra® (sildenafil citrate) is a registered product of Pfizer Inc. and it is not the brand name of the pill for women. But I thought it more descriptive in seven words to use that in the title than go ballistic on hifalutin terms. LOL!

Forbes Business entitles their story as “FDA Approves Addyi (Flibanserin), ‘A Milestone Moment’ In Women’s Health.” The drug sponsor is Sprout Pharmaceuticals and they will begin marketing the drug as Addyi (pronounced add-ee).

Forbes Business writes that the drug is directed towards women with “low sexual desire that causes marked distress or interpersonal difficulty and is NOT due to a co-existing medical or psychiatric condition; problems within the relationship, or the effects of a medication or other drug substance.”

Associated Press put out a Q&A page about the new drug, outlining their article as such. I’m giving a one-phrase answer to each question but please go to the AP story for a more detailed answer.

How does it work? Acts on brain chemicals associated with mood and appetite.

Who will take this drug? Premenopausal women with hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

I’ve heard this decision was controversial, why? The drug followed a long, contentious path to approval.

Does the drug work? Experts usually describe Addyi’s effect as “modest.”

What are the side effects? About 10 percent of patients experienced the most common problems: dizziness, fatigue and nausea.

How much will it cost? Between $30 and $75 for a month’s supply.

Why did the FDA approve Addyi this time around? Sprout conducted several safety studies to more clearly define the drug’s risks.

When will the drug be available? Mid-October.

Sources: Forbes Business | Associated Press

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Ginger is the Root of Antioxidants

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In April, I was introduced to Turcumin, the herbal food supplement that uses the ginger root as a source of antioxidants. Is ginger good for our body? Of course, it is. I wrote about it a month later – see The Fuss About Ginger, Turmeric and Turcumin. What is Turcumin? It is the brand of the herbal food supplement by Health Rich Pharma Corp. group. Every 500mg capsule contains Rhizome of Turmeric that helps in digestion and removes the free-radicals in our bodies. These free-radicals damage our cell membranes, tampers our DNA and may even cause death.

What is Turmeric? Is Turmeric good for our body? In my previous blog, I did a little research about Turmeric and the wonders it does. “In India, turmeric has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments, as well as topically to heal sores, basically for its supposed antimicrobial property. Turmeric was a medicine for a range of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. A fresh juice is commonly used in many skin conditions, including eczema, chicken pox, shingles, allergy, and scabies. The active compound curcumin is believed to have a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumour, antibacterial, and antiviral activities, which indicate potential in clinical medicine.”

Since the time I wrote about it, I’ve taken one or two capsules after a hefty meal. Well, not religiously but if I remember to bring some or I remember at all. There’s a warm sensation a few minutes after taking it, which means those capsules are working inside your system. My term was “warm and fuzzy.” I’d always feel a little recharged or more. The Health Rich Pharma group says the turmeric, the rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, is working properly.

Turcumin comes in a box of 100 capsules that retails for 1,500 Pesos (or 15 Pesos per capsule). Not bad if you take two capsules per day or a P30 daily expense for better health.

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The Fuss About Ginger, Tumeric and Turcumin

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The mere mention of ginger brings memories of my glee club days wherein I was always made to drink a glass of ginger juice or popularly known in Filipino as “salabat” (and definitely not called “luya juice” – LOL!) right before every major performance. “Yes, Victoria! I was a singer!” From then on, the idea of ginger making you sing better got nailed in the neurons of my brain. In my adult life, I’d probably relate ginger to dipping Japanese Tempura into it and my favorite airline drink – ginger ale.

Last month, I was invited to dinner by my friend at Hap Chan restaurant at the CCP Complex area, Manila Bay. I was introduced to Turcumin, the herbal food supplement that uses the ginger root as a source of antioxidants. During the dinner table discussion by the friends of my friend, Health Rich Pharma Corp. group, who gave me the Turcumin Herbal Food Supplement, I learned about Rhizome of Tumeric and the 500mg capsule it contained. The bottom line is to take one to two capsules daily after every meal (or as recommended by a health practitioner) so that it helps you not only digest properly but primarily removes the free-radicals in our bodies. These free-radicals, according to the group, damage our cell membranes, tampers our DNA and may even cause death.

Okay, ’nuff said with the nosebleed stuff. My friend treated me to Chinese food for which the average Filipino consumes in hasty bulk (in short, “boodle fight!”). I also had beer to go along with all the sugar, salt and carbohydrate binge fest. And so, after I told myself I was full, I took two capsules and gulped with the help of my beer. “Here’s to my health!”

Hmm… I felt warmer during the first five minutes. Was that psychological because I was waiting for something to happen? According to one of the Health Rich guys, that’s exactly how one feels every time you take a capsule or two and that effect means it’s already working inside your system. “Warm and fuzzy.” Hmm… I like warm and fuzzy.

I did a little of my own research about tumeric cure. In India, turmeric has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments, as well as topically to heal sores, basically for its supposed antimicrobial property. Turmeric was a medicine for a range of diseases and conditions, including those of the skin, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal systems, aches, pains, wounds, sprains, and liver disorders. A fresh juice is commonly used in many skin conditions, including eczema, chicken pox, shingles, allergy, and scabies. The active compound curcumin is believed to have a wide range of biological effects including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antitumour, antibacterial, and antiviral activities, which indicate potential in clinical medicine.

I actually felt a little recharged although I’m also considering my weird self anticipating a change. In any case, I guess taking something that’s not mixed with other stuff but rather tumeric, the rhizomatous herbaceous perennial plant of the ginger family, is a whole lot better than those fat power capsules that almost tell you you can fly once you take them. Shazam!

Turcumin comes in a box of 100 capsules that retails for 1,500 Pesos (or 15 Pesos per capsule). Thirty bucks per day at thirty days equals 900 Pesos per month. Not bad. That’s about the equivalent of six Grande Starbucks Frappuccino, eh?

Turcumin is available over the counter at Mercury Drug, St. Joseph Drug and Seven Stars Pharmacy.

For more information, visit their website at or Like their Facebook Page at

Disclaimer for the naysayers of pharma companies and government watchdogs: This is not a paid blog or article nor am I a paid endorser of Turcumin. I was invited to dinner by my friend at Hap Chan who is not connected to Health Rich Pharma Corp.. I was given a box of Turcumin during dinner and being the curious experimentalist that I always am, I opted (out of my own free will) to take two capsules right after dinner. Better safe than sorry. LOL!

Photos of the author by Edel Santiago of The Kitchen Goddess.


Study Shows Philippine Paper Money Lowest in Toxic Chemical

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Philippine paper money bills

The Philippines is in the top three countries where its paper money or bills have the lowest toxic chemical called bisphenol A (BPA). This was reported in an article published at the U.S. News Health.

According to the report, “BPA is used to make some plastics and consumer products such as water bottles, household electronics and sports equipment. Research suggests that BPA is an endocrine disruptor, which means that it acts like the hormone estrogen, and may be linked to a number of health problems.”

“Researchers analyzed 156 pieces of paper money from 21 countries and found that all of the bills contained traces of BPA. Paper money from Brazil, the Czech Republic and Australia had the highest BPA levels, while bills from the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam had the lowest levels. U.S. notes had average levels, the study authors said in a news release from the American Chemical Society.”

Read more of the article at U.S. News Health

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“Pinoy PhilHealth Day” Benefits 4.7 Million Poor Families

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4.7 million Filipino families are set to benefit from the “Pnoy PhilHealth day” that aims to provide health insurance coverage to “true” indigents in the country after they were evaluated and identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). “The truly poor will be sponsored by the government,” Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Enrique T. Ona said in a press briefing at the DoH compound in Manila on Tuesday.

The monthly contribution for PhilHealth amounts to 100 Pesos. For the indigents, 50 Pesos will be provided by the national government and the remaining 50 Pesos will be paid for by the local government. “In keeping with President Aquino’s promise to give each and every Filipino access to quality healthcare in three years time,” Ona said.

Source: Yahoo! News

P1.1 Billion for Trust Fund of OFW and Dependents Hospitalization

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To cover the hospitalization of ailing overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents, Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo has proposed to set aside some P1.1 billion, to be allocated out of a state-managed trust fund. A similar bill was earlier filed in both houses of the last Congress, but never saw the light of day. The bill is seeking to require every public hospital to establish a separate and exclusive ward for OFWs and their dependents that need medical care. It also mandates all government hospitals to increase their existing bed capacity by five percent, or by five beds for every 100 beds.

Read more at All Voices

Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 27, 2010 at 6:51 pm