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2:26 PM

Providing Smiles All-Year-Round: Smile Train Elevates Comprehensive Cleft Care for Filipinos in Need

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 Providing Smiles All-Year-Round: Smile Train Elevates Comprehensive Cleft Care for Filipinos in Need



MANILA, PHILIPPINES — As the global pandemic approaches its third year, there is no denying that COVID-19 has been everyone’s paramount health concern. However, as many continue to live with the pandemic, Smile Train recognizes that children born with a cleft lip and/or palate still face serious health implications from this condition. 


The challenges posed by the pandemic have pushed Smile Train to become even more focused and persistent in its work. It was able to provide 2,500 cleft surgeries in 2021 -- 750 more than in the previous year. By leveraging technology to ensure access to much-needed services, Smile Train also enabled more medical professionals to offer telehealth consultations and speech therapy sessions.  


“Throughout last year, we wanted our beneficiaries to know that Smile Train services are ongoing and have never stopped. We want our patients to know that hope is not lost. While we stay at home for everyone’s safety, Smile Train worked hard to innovate and create programs to reach more Filipinos in need,” said Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Smile Train Vice President, South East Asia. 


For many Filipinos, the pandemic caused a temporary disruption to their lives due to mobility restrictions. However, through the first Filipino Speech Therapy App by developed by Smile Train and its Speech Telehealth Program, patients can continue to receive their treatment and guidance from healthcare professionals in the comfort and safety of their homes. 


The Speech Therapy App is a free mobile application, designed to help patients who have received surgery for their cleft palate. Since its launch in 2021, the application has reached an audience of 50,053 Filipinos for continued treatment and services. The app also features a wide array of educational videos and speech therapy sessions in Filipino, with features and content for young patients. The application is available for download on the App Store and Google Play.


On the other hand, Smile Train’s Telehealth program connects patients and guardians to healthcare practitioners for consultations, health education, and assessments via WhatsApp, Skype, and Zoom, on any device. This program has provided patients with more than 2,000 cleft care-related sessions, covering speech therapy, nutritional support, breastfeeding guidance for mothers of babies with clefts, pre-surgical consultations, and psychosocial care.


Aside from continued treatment for current patients, Smile Train endeavors to reach more cleft-affected individuals and their families in need. In the first quarter of 2021, the charity launched Cleft Con Philippines, the first-of-its-kind conference, streamed through Smile Train Philippines’ official Facebook page. Cleft Con was a  series of discussions from experts who discussed various aspects of cleft care, such as breastfeeding babies with a cleft, oral hygiene tips, surgery, the importance of speech therapy and building one’s self-confidence.  


With the successful launch of Cleft Con Philippines, the charity, in partnership with RMN Foundation and Radio Mindanao Network, launched Cleft Con Radio, a series of discussions covering comprehensive cleft care that aired in Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Cagayan de Oro. 


Another milestone for Smile Train is the launch of its first Comprehensive Cleft Center in Cebu. Located at ARC Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City, the center aims to make cleft care services more accessible to individuals and families in the region. 


While the charity organization expanded its reach and services, Smile Train Philippines also continues to support medical professionals involved in providing cleft care by offering them education and training opportunities for developing their skills further and exchanging best practices with other experts around the world. By supporting cleft professionals, cleft-affected individuals and their families can ultimately receive safe, high-quality, and timely care throughout the year. 


“We’re coming into 2022 with the determination to help more people in need. Despite the challenges of the current times, Smile Train continues to innovate and improve access to comprehensive cleft care for the tens and thousands of Filipinos depending on us,” said Flaviano.


Smile Train has proven its steadfast commitment to a vision of a world where Filipinos have access to free comprehensive cleft care and can live a healthy life. As the pandemic continues to worry Filipinos, receiving comprehensive cleft care can be one less worry with Smile Train Philippines. 


For more information about Smile Train’s global efforts and to donate, please visit smiletrain.org. To learn more about Smile Train’s local programs in the Philippines, please visit smiletrain.ph, follow Smile Train Philippines on Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines



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5:04 AM

Converge takes home outstanding company award at the global Pacific Telecommunications Council Awards 2022

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 Converge takes home outstanding company award at the global Pacific Telecommunications Council Awards 2022


Leading Philippine fiber broadband operator Converge ICT Solutions Inc. brings honor to the country as it was named the Outstanding Wireline and/or Wireless Company during the Pacific Telecommunications Council Awards 2022 for its efforts to improve the quality of Filipinos’ digital life.


The Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) which groups ICT companies from over 45 countries in the Pacific Rim is the foremost global non-profit organization promoting the advancement of information and communications technology in the region. 


"With the Outstanding Wireline and/or Wireless Company award, we have bested both wireline and mobile operators in providing the fastest and most reliable connectivity. This stands as testament to our commitment to bring world-class connectivity to more areas in the Philippines,"  said Converge CEO Dennis Anthony Uy.


During the virtual awards ceremony, Converge Chief Operations Officer Jesus Romero thanked the PTC for the recognition. 


"This award is not only significant to Converge, but to our country, as this means that the world now recognizes our efforts to reach more unserved and underserved Filipinos and provide them access to world-class connectivity. We will continue to innovate to bring superior and differentiated products as well as exceptional service at the best value in the market,” said Mr. Romero in his acceptance remarks.


The PTC Awards honor international carriers and technology companies pushing the envelope in the ICT field and bringing fresh innovation in telecommunications. 


The awards evaluate nominees on both qualitative (bridging the digital divide, community impact) and quantitative (revenues, profitability, subscriber reach) measures.  


In 2021, Converge’s subscriber base reached 1.5 million and its network passed over 9.6 million homes as of end Q32021. This translates to 37.6 % household coverage nationwide, placing Converge on track to reach the Company’s accelerated target to cover approximately 55% of households in the Philippines by 2023.


The Pacific Telecommunications Council is the latest award-giving body to recognize Converge’s transformative innovation and technological excellence, others being Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards, the Asia CEO Awards, and the Asia Pacific Enterprise Awards, to name a few.

 



For 2022, Converge is pursuing its Go Deep strategy, eyeing to expand its provincial backbone in Visayas and Mindanao. 


In the last quarter of 2021, Converge finished its much-talked about digital highway, completing both the in-land, and the subsea segments of the project. 


With the 1,800-km subsea cable project connected to the 90,000-km+ domestic fiber backbone, Converge can now serve more underserved and unserved areas in the country.Converge Chief Operations Officer Jesus C. Romero receives the Outstanding Wireline and/or Wireless ompany wrd on behalf of Converge, stating it is not just acompany ament but a source of national pride as more underserved and unserved Filipinos now have access to superior broadband service.


About Converge ICT Solutions, Inc.

 Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions, Inc. (PSE:CNVRG) is the leading pure fiber data network and internet service provider in the country. It is the first to run a pure end-to-end fiber internet network, providing Filipinos simple, fast, and reliable internet connection. Converge is ISO 9001 and CE2.0 Certified.


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3:44 AM

Live Safe with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol

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Live Safe with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol



Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol encourages Filipinos to live safe with many establishments slowly re-opening and allowing people to resume their pre-pandemic lifestyles.


With the nationwide vaccination program in full force, Filipinos can slowly enjoy various activities such as more dining options as well as doing physical activities by going to the gym. However, health experts continue to remind everyone to not let their guards down even as we gradually go back to normal. 


As there are reports of new and potentially more contagious variants, everyone must remain vigilant through following established health protocols and getting vaccinated so we can all continue to live safe and prevent the cases from surging again.


That’s why when we do essential errands such as buying groceries, exercising outdoors, or simply going outside, disinfecting your hands and any surface you interact with goes a long way to ensure living safely for you and your family.


One way to prevent the spread of the virus is by always carrying a trusted rubbing alcohol brand that contains at least 70& alcohol solution whenever you go outdoors. 


Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol, the alcohol recommended by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM), can kill 99.9% of common germs and bacteria starts to kill them on contact so that you can safely do the activities you love wherever you are. Defensil also provides up to 12 hours of protection upon constant use so that you are protected and do activities with ease.


Skin dryness from too frequent sanitizing will also not be a worry as Defensil has moisturizing properties and is hypoallergenic, giving you one less thing to worry about when going indoors. 


"We are 100% behind the government in their efforts to prevent further spread of the virus. Defensil encourages everyone to remain vigilant now more than ever and do our part in this fight towards eventually resuming our normal way of life by adhering to social Distancing and sanitation protocols, especially when doing essential errands outdoors," shared Nikko Cruz, Brand Manager of Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol.


For more information on how to stay protected, you may visit the Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol’s Facebook page at facebook.com/defensil.philippines.


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*Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli or E. coli and Candida albicans






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8:10 AM

Filinvest provides free potable water to Typhoon Odette victims in Cebu

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 Filinvest provides free potable water to Typhoon Odette victims in Cebu


Filinvest Land, through its Pusong Filinvest disaster relief program, distributed free potable water to families affected by TY Odette in Cebu. The distribution was done in coordination with the local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices of Lapu Lapu City, Talisay City, and Cebu City. 



The heavy rainfall and strong winds carried by Typhoon Odette brought severe devastation to Cebu cutting off access to water and power. Filinvest Land, one of the country’s leading real estate developers and a primary business player in Cebu, heeded the call for aid, particularly the need for clean and drinkable water. Filinvest Land partnered with its sister company FDC Water Utilities, to source potable water from its Water Desalination and Treatment Plants in Mactan and provided this for free to affected families in Cebu. 



“We are grateful to Filinvest for helping Lapu Lapu City during these challenging times. Water is essential, and we are relieved that our people were given potable water for free. Daghang Salamat Pusong FIlinvest,” said Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Ahong Chan. 


Talisay City Mayor Gerald Gullas adds, “Filinvest has always been a good partner of Talisay City. Time and again, they have shown that they care and are ready to help, especially during crisis. Filinvest gave us free vaccines early this year, and now they are back to help us with free water. Thank you, Pusong Filinvest, for being there in our time of need.”


Over 5,000 families are estimated to benefit from the distribution of a total of 200,000 liters of clean and drinkable water that began December 23. 


“Filinvest is Cebuano, and our hearts go out to our fellow Cebuanos who were affected by Typhoon Odette. As soon as we found out that the typhoon damaged water distribution lines, we knew we had to quickly help with the clean water supply. We have water desalination plants in Mactan servicing our resorts and subdivisions, and once reports were in that these plants were operational, we immediately mobilized our Pusong Filinvest relief teams to distribute clean and drinkable water to as many Cebuano families as we can reach, free of charge. We are just happy to help.” said Filinvest Land Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Tristan Las Marias.







About Filinvest Land, Inc. 


Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI), is one of the country’s leading full-range property developers. 


In Cebu, FLI is a joint venture partner of Cebu City for the City Di Mare township project in SRP. It is also a joint venture partner of the Province of Cebu for the Filinvest Cyberzone Cebu projects near IT Park, Cebu City. 


FLI has residential condominium projects In Cebu like Grand Cenia Residences along Arch. Reyes Avenue, Cebu City,  One Oasis Cebu in Kasambagan, Cebu City, and San Remo Oasis and Amalfi Oasis in SRP. FLI also has residential subdivision projects  like Corona Del Mar, in Talisay City, and Futura Homes Mactan, Aldea Del Sol, Sunrise Place, and Seascapes Resort Town in Lapu Lapu City.


FLI’s sister company Chroma Hospitality also operates Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan and Quest Hotel and Conference Center Cebu. 


For almost 50 years, the company has built a diverse project portfolio spanning the archipelago including large-scale townships: Havila (306 hectares), Timberland Heights (677 hectares) and Manna East (60 hectares) in Rizal, Ciudad de Calamba (350 hectares), City di Mare in Cebu (50 hectares) and Palm Estates in Talisay City (51 hectares). FLI has since built more than 200 residential developments across the country.



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9:50 AM

After Odette hits Lapu-Lapu Cebu

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 This video was taken before and after #odetteph hits our place Lapu-Lapu Cebu, its a bit heart breaking since my whole filming area and mini office was destroyed but still thankful and blessed because me and my family we're safe. 


The video below was taken a few days after the typhoon.

 
 A little update as of December 29,2021, still no electricity in our area. Though some part of Lapu-Lapu had already. Long line in purchasing everything. Still hoping for the best soon, signal is a bit challenging too, just so happy to be able to write this early dawn, because I noticed yesterday that Internet signal is quite good in these hours 1am till 2am 😊.

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January 1 to 5, 2021
 


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11:11 PM

Landers Superstore members get special deals on CCLEX tie-up

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Landers Superstore members get special deals on  CCLEX tie-up



Great deals await members as Landers Superstore Cebu offers various festive deals for the month of December.


Those who have signed up for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) installation on vehicles can get perks from Landers following their partnership with the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX).


The entire month of December, Landers Cebu offers the special Express Deals to those who sign up or renew their Landers membership from December 1 to 31, 2021 using their CCLEX RFID.


These include Free P200 Landers Gift Certificate and 25% off on membership fees or P600 instead of P800. 


They will also get a free Fuel Discount Coupon, which will mean savings of P9 off per liter of Platinum and Silver, and P4 off per liter on diesel.


CCLEX is now installing RFID on vehicles to be able to pass through the 8.9-kilometer expressway. RFID installation is being done in several locations, including Landers Cebu.


Aside from the Landers-CCLEX partnership Express Deals, more surprises await members.


For its Holiday Specials, Landers is offering its members a lot of promo items. The special offers include B1T1, 50% off on selected items and great deals this holiday season.


For members who have busy schedules, they can have the convenience of shopping online.


Shop now and be among the first to enjoy all the great deals from Landers Superstore.



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3:14 PM

mWell, PH’s fastest-growing health app launches a first

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mWell, PH’s fastest-growing health app launches a first

Introducing the mWellness Score, a daily in-app health tracker – for FREE!                                                                             

Since its launch in July 2021, mWell PH, by Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (PSE: MPI), continues to be at the forefront of telemedicine providing doctor consultations to Filipinos nationwide as a fully integrated health and wellness mobile app. mWell PH announces another milestone: the mWellness Score-- a personal in-app health tracker.

This breakthrough feature offers users a guide to developing a healthy physical lifestyle for long-term health, without having to spend on extra gadgets or fitness wearables! mWell users can easily generate their daily mWellness Score by simply clicking on the Wellness icon on the app, making it a simple and easy way to help keep fitness and wellness goals attainable.


Once activated, the mWellness score measures exercise, light activity, sedentary behavior and sleep every day using data-driven methods. Scoring consistently above 80 indicates a healthy physical lifestyle and lowers the risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.


Actress and host Roxanne Montealegre, who is an mWell PH app user, expressed excitement upon discovering this new feature, “Instead of staying seated when working from home, I can do simple stretches even in front of the laptop. I can also take regular breaks and play with my baby, walk around the garden or create fun dance videos! Taking these simple steps will definitely give me a good mWellness Score!”

No need for a drastic lifestyle change. All it takes are a few tweaks to make space for physical activity and adequate sleep regularly. To make the path to fitness more exciting, mWell users can set personalized goals, or interact with others on the app, making wellness organically part of their lifestyle. They can join the Steps Challenge, take more brisk steps as they increase their daily physical activity and move up the leaderboard. Ranking is based on daily average step count.

Chaye Cabal-Revilla, Chief Finance & Sustainability Officer of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation said mWell is here to provide easy and convenient ways to improve overall health. Cabal-Revilla adds, “Through the mWellness Score, mWell shall empower more people to reduce disease risk and live their best life.”

The mWellness Score was developed in partnership with an award-winning team of doctors and data scientists from Aktivolabs.

Gourab Mukherjee, CEO & Co-Founder of Aktivolabs says, “We at Aktivolabs are committed to support mWell’s mission to transform healthcare delivery in the Philippines. Powered by Aktivolabs, the mWellness Score is a great start to this partnership! Now every Filipino using just a smartphone can make informed lifestyle choices daily to prevent chronic disease and live longer and healthier lives.”


Aside from the mWellness Score, mWell has also made available customized fitness and nutrition programs developed by Olympians and exercise physiologists as well as calorie-controlled recipes created by dietitians and nutritionists.


With the growth of mWell, MPIC Chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan expressed confidence in MPIC group’s newest foray in digital healthcare, “mWell continues to respond to the needs of Filipinos in restoring their health guided by our partner-doctors and improving their overall wellness with help from fitness and nutrition experts.”


“The fully-integrated experience empowers mWell users to be in full control of their health and well-being with just a few clicks, in the comfort of their own home. mWell will be their partner in every stage of their wellness journey,” said MPIC President and CEO Joey Lim.

As it strengthens its wellness offers, mWell continues its mission to restore health through telemedicine. mWell’s growing line-up of partner-doctors includes those from top hospitals such as Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos, Asian Hospital and Medical Center De Los Santos Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital and Marikina Valley Medical Center.

It is supported by industry and technology stalwarts, including CareSpan, Telus, LotusFlare, Aktivolabs and active8me and runs on fast secure payments via PayMaya

As part of the MPIC Group, mWell is committed to work towards the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being. It also supports the MVP Group’s Gabay Kalusugan advocacy focusing on quality and affordable healthcare.

Download the mWell PH app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Follow mWell on Facebook and mwellph on Instagram for more updates.




ABOUT mWell

mWell, is the health technology platform developed by Metro Pacific Health Tech Corporation that offers telemedicine, e-pharmacy, health and wellness programs, e-commerce, among others, in an integrated, tech-based healthcare digital ecosystem. Metro Pacific Health Tech Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, the leading infrastructure investment company in the Philippines with investments in various infrastructure assets including healthcare.



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