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8:50 AM

mWell PH and PhilCare team up for affordable healthcare to fight against COVID

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 Makati, Philippines, 23rd October 2021 – Responding to the need for quality and affordable healthcare especially during the pandemic brought about by COVID-19, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (PSE: MPI)’s mWell PHthe fastest growing fully integrated health and wellness mobile app in the country has pulled out all the stops to increase the number of partner-doctors nationwide via its partnership with PhilCare, a pioneer in healthcare made smarter.



The collaboration between mWell and PhilCare allows users to consult doctors 24/7 or book an appointment at a convenient time—all in a few taps, without having to leave home! Primary care and specialized doctors, are available for video consultations on the mWell PH app.

 


MPIC Chairman, Manny V. Pangilinan is excited about the growth of MPIC group’s newest foray in digital healthcare, “mWell continues to evolve as it provides innovative healthcare solutions.  Every step is anchored on its mission of bringing healthcare closer to every Filipino through a wide and sustainable network of medical experts and services. 

 

Joey Lim, MPIC’s President and CEO said mWell shall further optimize its tools and features to empower more Filipinos to be in control of their health. He vows, “mWell will be their partner in every stage of their wellness journey.”

 


Further strengthening the partnership with PhilCare, mWell now offers savings on PhilCare health plans as part of its Gift of mWellness campaign for Christmas. This effort aims to help mWell PH app users avoid stress from unexpected medical expenses and have access to quality medical care. PhilCare ER Vantage and Health Vantage health plans provide up to P80,000 worth of emergency, hospital coverage and COVID-19 coverage for as low as P966.  mWell users can avail of up to 10% off on various PhilCare health plans on the mWell PH app e-shop until November 15.

 

PhilCare’s CEO and President Jaeger Tanco said the partnership with mWell is rooted on a common mission to make healthcare accessible to Filipinos. “HMOs must utilize technology to meet customers’ needs in the most convenient way possible. With help from mWell, we can bring affordable healthcare to more people,” he pointed out.

 

Chaye Cabal-Revilla, Chief Finance & Sustainability Officer of Metro Pacific Investments Corp says, “This holiday season, mWell continues on its mission to respond to the healthcare needs of every Filipino. Our partnership with PhilCare is part of the group’s efforts to become an even stronger health ally for our countrymen. mWell’s goal is to build a healthier nation and a more sustainable future, fueled by the power of technology.”

 

This is in line with the MPIC Group’s commitment to contribute to 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 to bring quality and affordable healthcare to Filipinos by providing convenient access to doctors. Using the mWell PH app ensures that patients, wherever they may be in the country, can easily reach experts and receive essential medical advice.

 

mWell’s constantly growing ecosystem gives patients easy access to doctors from top hospitals including Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos, Asian Hospital and Medical Center De Los Santos Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital and Marikina Valley Medical Center.

 

Aside from telemedicine services, mWell provides fitness and nutrition programs developed by experts and an e-shop for health items. It is supported by industry and technology stalwarts, including CareSpan, Telus, LotusFlare, Aktivo and active8me and runs on fast secure payments via PayMaya.

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.

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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.


6:53 AM

QURE is here: A teleconsultation and wellness website made by Filipinos for Filipinos

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QURE is here: A teleconsultation and wellness website made by Filipinos for Filipinos

 


A teleconsult website that promises to make medical consultations easy and convenient for many Filipinos was finally launched today, October 20.

 

QURE.ph, an all-Filipino-made website, provides a platform for online video consultations, connects doctors and patients for easy scheduling of appointments, and makes available a directory of pharmacies and other health and wellness providers.

 


QURE.ph offers a free platform for doctors who want to expand their services via teleconsult amid increasing demand for virtual consultation.

 


“We created this platform with the Filipino patient in mind. It’s a simple website and it does not complicate the teleconsultation process. Even those not comfortable with technology will find these consultations easy to do. This is our new normal and QURE is here to help you navigate the future of healthcare,” said Gary Libby, QURE Chief Technology Officer.

 


A trip to the hospital may also be burdensome these days, as the COVID pandemic persists. QURE will help Filipinos find their way through this public health crisis while keeping their health in check.

 


“This will definitely benefit doctors and patients. No more overbooking for doctors, and no more long lines for patients waiting for their turn at clinics. Whether via teleconsult or face-to-face check-ups, the scheduling system of QURE helps both patients and doctors,” Libby added.

 


Andrea Trinidad, Chief Executive Officer of QURE, said the idea of the teleconsult platform started last year when the lockdowns extended and it became difficult for patients to see their doctors.

 

Trinidad, who has a life-long disorder called hemophilia and is the president Hemophilia Advocates-Philippines, said the pandemic really affected patients.

 

“When I was approached by my friends last year and they shared with me their idea of a telemedicine platform, I told it was brilliant.  We envision QURE to be an e-mall of health services where you can book consults, buy medicines, book laboratory appointments and even book a consult with the veterinarian for your fur babies,” she added.

 

More to know about QURE:

 

  1. The platform is data-safe, both for patients and doctors. Registering is FREE for patients and doctors. Consultation fees range from P500 to P1,500, depending on doctor’s specialization. But for its introductory price, QURE is offering a 50 percent discount for consultations.

 

  1. Registered users can look for doctors for their tele-consult. Specialists have expertise on:

 

Cardiology; General Surgery; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Integrative General Medicine; Internal Medicine, Dermatology; Otolaryngology (ENT); ENT Specialist Head & Neck Surgery; Psychiatry-Adult; Physical Medicine/Rehab; Pediatrics; Allergy & Asthma, Immunologist; Urology; Sleep Medicine/Insomnia; Ophthalmology; Family & Occupational Medicine; Cardiology; Pediatrics-Pulmonology; Family Medicine; Lifestyle Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and Hematology/Oncology.

 

Also in QURE’s pool of experts: Nutritionist Dietician; General Dentistry/Orthodontics; Dentistry/Prosthetic and Esthetic;

 

  1. The website lets you know who is online.

 

Is the doctor in? No need to guess or call the doctor’s secretary. Through the QURE website, you can easily see if the doctor is available to take consultations. [embed screenshot of https://qure.ph/search-doctor ]

 

  1. Find doctors in your area or teleconsult with a specialist anywhere in the Philippines

 

QURE has a growing number of specialists from all over the country. The drop-down menu on the website shows that many doctors have already signed up. Many more are joining QURE in the following weeks.

 

  1. It’s a growing health and wellness community.

 

In the coming months, expect more health and wellness features. You will also soon see reviews of doctors done by patients themselves.

 

For more information about QURE, you may contact us at support@qure.ph or 0991.398.8781.  To check our pool of specialists, visit  https://qure.ph/search-doctor] 




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7:13 PM

PH can become a true creative producing hub in Asia

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 PH can become a true creative producing hub in Asia

 


The Philippines should grab the opportunity to penetrate the global creative entertainment market.

 

“We want to establish the Philippines as a true creative producing hub in Asia. We have that capacity. We have that opportunity. The time is now. The window of the world is looking at us (Southeast Asia, including the Philippines) but that window won’t be there forever,” said Magoo Del Mundo, President of Creative Content Creators' Association of the Philippines (SIKAP).

 













SIKAP is an association specifically for copyright owners / holders whether they be individuals or studios, not only in Manila but also in Visayas and Mindanao, who create original content with the vision of global consumption in the creative sectors of animation, games, music, comics and character.

 

“Let’s co-create a sustainable industry for the Filipino creators like you and me,” Del Mundo said.

 

He was among the speakers of the Cebu Creative Entertainment Week (CEW) Original Content Forum held on Thursday, October 7, through Zoom and aired live on the Facebook page of the Cebu Business Month (CBM). The CBM is an annual event of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI).

 

“Our stories and narratives are breaking into a global audience,” Del Mundo said. “We are looking at a very big industry that is untapped in the Philippines. We have the foot in the door, we’re not just getting through.”

 

He added that the country has a lot of folklore, a lot of stories that could be translated into different mediums of narrative.

 

Marla Rausch, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Animation Vertigo and Animation Vertigo Asia and the Managing Partner of Kampilan Productions, also stressed the importance of creating content that showcases Philippine culture.

 

“The Philippines has been part of the creative supply chain for decades but our development of our own content has not grown as fast – and we have a lot of  unique stories that the world is waiting for,” Rausch noted.

 

She also highlighted that IP, if done correctly, can provide returns for a lifetime through various mediums, each of which has value. This is in contrast to the mind-set that IP only generates earnings just once, like, say, a fee for service.

 

As of 2020, Rausch disclosed that the US market alone for intellectual property authorship focused activities reached US$6.6 trillion. This does not include other big markets like China, Asia, and Europe, which means this is even higher.

 

On financing, Gin Kai Chan, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer of Silver Media Group, explained that grants from film commissions and tourism agencies in the Philippines and other countries can provide funds for projects.

 

Other funding sources include loans, equity and sweat investments as well as presales, Chan said. However, he warned that there could be potential pitfalls.

 

In the Philippines, the Film Development Council of the Philippines also provide various financing assistance for various creative entertainment projects, said Undersecretary Mary Liza Diño, FDCP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

 

Diño noted that the creative industry in our country is a massive growth sector that contributes considerably to the national economy.

 

“With services aspects or original IP continually on the rise, we Filipinos are gaining ground and recognition in what our content creators are achieving and how far we can go with talent and industry connections,” she said.

 

Diño then stressed the importance of sustainability of the country’s arts by treating these as business. “And I am confident that with partnerships like yours with the CCCI that route will be shorter, faster and definitely more meaningful,” she added.

 

FDCP officials discussed various funding assistance for projects. Grace Paulino, Administrative Manager for FDCP Film Philippine Office, discussed CreatePH Films funding program while Mil Alcain, Unit Manager for FDCP Incentive Unit- Film Philippine Office, focused on Film Location Engagement Desk (Flex).

 

Sophia Laurenne Agunat, Senior Program Officer of FDCP National Registry and Film Philippine Office also discussed the benefits of inclusion in the national registry.

 

After the FDCP presentations, Ms. Rausch, Lawrence Panganiban, Chairman of Enigma Kai, and novelist David Chan introduced their productions. These are The Kampilan by Ms. Rausch, Panganiban’s Solemn Vow and Chan’s Kindred Chronicles. 

 

Meanwhile, CCCI signed a memorandum of understanding with SIKAP represented by Del Mundo and the Cebu International Film Festival represented by its President Mel Allego to strengthen alliances for the promotion of the creative industry.

 

In another forum on Comics held Wednesday, October 6, 2021, Hugo ‘Boboy’ Yonzon, Executive Creative Director of Yonzon Associates Inc., disclosed that country’s comics began on a high note with national hero Jose Rizal had created a comics entitled The Monkey and the Turtle included in Trubner’s Oriental Record.

 

The golden age of the Comics industry occurred in the late 1940s when legendary comics creator Mars Ravelo came up with a super heroine called Varga, which is believed to be the forerunner of popular heroine Darna.

 

However, comics creators have to contend with high printing costs so the comics industry faced difficulties, recalled the multi-talented Yonzon, who is publisher, writer, director, photographer, graphic designer and cartoonist.

 

There were efforts to help revive the comics industry. Yonzon spearheaded the Philippine International Cartoon, Comics, & Animation (PICCA) festival to create and increase awareness of the Philippine comics sector. They held the festival in various venues like shopping malls and schools.

 

He then noted that the country’s comics industry has bright prospects. “Mahusay tayo sa story-telling. Marami tayong maikuwento. Marami tayong pwedeng ibato,” Yonzon said.

 

He suggested that cartoon content creators veer away from superheroes. “Daanin nalang natin sa iba’t-ibang paraan,” he added.

 

Yonzon noted that during recent competitions, there were no cartoon entries with superheroes as main characters.

 



For his part, Jeff Velayo, Co-Founder of Jump Jet Comics, said that he and other enthusiastic comics lovers were inspired to create a group in Cebu to give a chance to aspiring comics creators.

 

While they drew their inspiration mostly from western and Japanese manga, Velayo explained that they wanted to create comics that feature Cebuano culture and mythology.

 

They wanted to introduce to the new generation local mythology such as the Bakunawa, he said. Bakunawa is a serpent-like dragon in Philippine mythology.

 

“Maraming talented comics creators here in Cebu who are shy so we give them inspiration so they would not hide their talent in comics,” Velayo added.

 

He also noted that while comics in print form are almost non-existent, social media can still provide the platform for comics artists. “I hope the future of comics will be the same as in Japan.”

 

Comics artists are also given the chance to showcase their talents through the Philippine Komiks Convention (Komikon).

 

John Zamar, Creative Head of Komikon, and Sherry Zamar, Komikon Program Head, explained that the event aims to provide a venue for different comics creators and publishers.

 

The event focuses on Filipino comics, made by Filipino comics creators that are published independently or through a publisher using various styles of drawing and encompassing numerous genres.

 

“We would also like to bring to people’s awareness the current state of the Philippine comics industry,” they added.

 

The two forums are part of the CEW, an activity of the 2021 Cebu Business Month (CBM). The CBM is an annual activity of CCCI.


The CEW is in partnership with the Animation Council of the Philippines Inc. (ACPI), Cebu Creative Hub, and Creative Content Creators Association of the Philippines (SIKAP) and the Game Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP).

Omnibus Platinum Sponsors are the following: Cebu Pacific Air, Converge ICT Solutions Inc., PLDT Enterprise and Ride Hero. 

 

Omnibus Gold Sponsors include Eastern Communications, Qualfon Philippines and Vivant Energy Corporation. 

 

Omnibus Silver Sponsors are Ayala Land Inc., Cebu Holdings Inc., Lazada Philippines, Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. and Security Bank Corporation.

 

The Event Sponsors are Payoneer Philippines Branch, Inc., Wacom Philippines, Allego Media, Emottoons Animation Studio, IIFBA (International Institute Film and Broadcast Arts), Lilu Advertising & Marketing Solutions and Marie Ernestine School.

 

Special thanks to RMA News as the Media Partner.

 

For more informationvisit the CBM Facebook page or email jovito@cebuchamber.org.




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3:55 AM

Good Things Come in mWell Gift Packages mWell launches Gift Of mWellness for Christmas

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 Good Things Come in mWell Gift Packages

mWell launches Gift Of mWellness for Christmas


 

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (PSE: MPI)’s mWell PHthe fastest growing fully integrated health and wellness mobile app in the country, now caring for thousands of patients online is fast becoming the go-to-app among celebrity moms who value health and put a premium on wellness.

Beauty queen, model, actress, TV host and new mom Miriam Quiambao-Roberto says she has become an avid mWell PH app user. She says, “From doctor consultations to wellness tips, I’m amazed at the many features this app offers”.  She uses the mWell PH app for her family’s healthcare and wellness needs, easing the strain and anxiety of being a new parent with 24/7 access to doctors and parenting tips and articles.

Other celebrity moms who make their family’s health top priority have discovered the mWell PH app. Nina Corpuz, Ara Mina, Sunshine Cruz, Geneva Cruz, Nikki Valdes, and Empress Shuck, enjoy mWell’s many features that benefit every member of the family.

After being launched last July, mWell now offers a holiday season Gift of mWellness by giving away prizes to new users via Flex your mWell PH app on Facebook. New users who download and register on the app and showcase their photo along with their mWell homepage have a chance to win health and wellness gift items like air purifiers, UV-C lamps, e-vouchers from Southstar Drug and PhilCare.

 The Gift of mWellness keeps giving with the mWellness Subscription Package: Get 3 doctor video consultations for only P249; with mWell’s Best Value Package, save as much as P1,500. Available only from October 16 to November 30.



 mWell gives patients easy access to an impressive roster of partner-doctors from Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings Inc. (Makati Medical Center, Cardinal Santos, Asian Hospital and Medical Center De Los Santos Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital and Marikina Valley Medical Center), CareSpan, PhilCare, and Keralty Clinic. Its digital health ecosystem is supported by a powerhouse of top names in technology including CareSpan, Telus, Ping An and LotusFlare.

Doctors and data scientists from Aktivo as well as Olympians, dietitians, nutritionists, fitness experts, and doctors from multi-awarded app active8me, back mWell’s wellness programs.  Users get daily fitness and nutrition plans, workout videos, and calorie-controlled recipes. Soon, users will have their own personal health tracker in the mWell app. They will get personal daily mWellness Score based on analysis of their physical activities and sleep-- a meaningful indicator of health and longevity. Thousands of health and wellness products are also available for mWell app users at the online health shop managed by Adobomall.

mWell’s goal of promoting the well-being of the Filipinos is aligned with the MPIC Group’s commitment to contribute to 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 to bring quality and affordable healthcare to Filipinos by providing convenient access to doctors without having to leave home to go to a clinic or hospital. Using the mWell PH app ensures that patients, wherever they may be in the country, can easily reach experts and receive essential medical advice.

Get your Gift of mWellness by downloading 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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3:05 AM

Christmas starts early at Robinsons Galleria Cebu

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 Christmas starts early at Robinsons Galleria Cebu

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Robinsons Galleria as a Giant Christmas tree stands majestically in its Mall Atrium.  With the theme “Starry Christmas”, Robinsons Galleria Cebu reminds its shoppers and mallers that spirit lives in the heart of every Cebuano and the Mall is one in sharing this heartwarming experience. 




 

The Christmas attractions at Robinsons Galleria Cebu is predominantly in Red and Gold, an elegant and classic ensemble that perfectly blends with the Mall’s beautiful interiors.  The Christmas Tree is complemented with mini trees, golden deers and sleigh, sparkly stars and life-size cabana – a perfect backdrop for selfies and family groupies.

 

To kick-off the annual Christmas celebration, a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is set on Friday, 08 October 2021, 4:30 pm at the Mall Atrium.  Shoppers will be serenaded with Christmas Carols played in the Grand Piano and will witness the turnover of donations to Mall’s official beneficiary, the residents of Barangay Tejero. Catch more Holiday offerings and updates in RobinsonsGalleriaCebuOfficial and IG @robgalleriacebu.



 

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