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Smile Train Celebrates Women’s Month with Smile Makers

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 Smile Train Celebrates Women’s Month with Smile Makers

Championing women who empower others, Smile Train Ambassadors Catriona Gray, Barbie Forteza, and Marian Rivera share messages for (NWMC) National Women’s Month Celebration. 

From the day-to-day work of Smile Train and that of its partners and volunteers, women have been undeniably the backbone of the organization’s cause. As we close National Women’s Month this March, join us in celebrating the women who have helped make Smile Train what it is today.

To commemorate this year’s National Women’s Month as well as International Women’s Day with the theme #BreaktheBias, Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft-focused organization, celebrates women who empower others to go against bias and stigma brought about by physical differences, and promotes a more welcoming and inclusive society for all individuals born with a cleft.

Individuals born with a cleft lip and/or palate often experience bullying and are subjected to stigma based on their physical differences. They face these difficulties on top of other challenges such as difficulties in eating, breathing, and speaking.  

“Creating an environment that is welcoming and non-judgmental underpins our advocacy of helping those born with a cleft lip and/or palate. Our goal is not only to provide them with the proper cleft care treatment and services, but also to join others to help eliminate the bias and stigma they face,’’ shared Kimmy Coseteng-Flaviano, Vice President, Smile Train South East Asia. 


Woman to woman: Smile Makers share messages for NWMC

Celebrity Smile Makers

In time for the National Women’s Month Celebration (NWMC), Smile Train Global Ambassador Catriona Gray shared how Smile Train in the Philippines has supported over 65,000 free life-changing cleft surgeries. She shared, “We want to [deliver] treatment to girls and women, to give them the confidence and opportunities they need to pursue their dreams. Together we can all create a world where difference is valued and celebrated.”

Long time Smile Maker Marian Rivera expressed that all the women who have created an impact on one's life should be celebrated since they have given care and guidance especially to those who are struggling with cleft. “This Women’s Month, we should continue to fight for our rights as women,” shared Rivera. Barbie Forteza also wished to bring the spotlight on all the women in the cleft community, such as doctors, nurses, social workers, dentists, and other medical professionals who have impacted the lives of children with clefts as well as their families. 

Smile Train Partners

Smile Train partner and anesthesiologist Dr. Ny Arizala

Smile Train supporter and endurance runner Marge Camacho

Smile Train partner and anesthesiologist Dr. Ny Arizala said, “The role of women in today’s world can never be undermined. Let’s recognize and celebrate the outstanding contributions of women in improving access to cleft care here and around the world.” Smile Train supporter and Endurance runner Marge Camacho also expressed, “In today’s world where women have overwhelmingly shown we can do anything we put our minds to, there is no room for bias and discrimination. Let’s work together to empower and enable girls born with a cleft who continue to face stigma and difficulties.”

Smile Train Patients

Smile Train Volunteer and real estate professional, Cris Magallanes

rom once being a Smile Train patient and beneficiary, and now a real estate professional and Smile Train supporter, Cris Magallanes shared “Sa Buwan ng Kababaihan, isulong natin ang isang mundong malaya sa diskriminasyon, kung saan lahat ay tinatanggap nang walang panghuhusga. Kasama ng Smile Train, tuloy kong susuportahan ang mga tao at mga babaeng may cleft upang maranasan nila ang mapagtanggap na buhay at marating ang kanilang mga pangarap.”

(For Women’s Month, let us advance a world free of discrimination, where everyone is accepted without judgment. With Smile Train, I will continue to support people and women with clefts so that they can experience a welcoming life and reach their dreams.)

Smile Train patient, baby Lexine with mommy Noelyn Solano

While a mother of Smile Train patient baby Lexine, Noelyn Solano, shared a message to fellow moms, “Saludo ako sa lahat ng kababaihan, lalo na sa mga nanay ng mga batang may cleft, na patuloy na nagsisikap at nagsasakripisyo para mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang kanilang mga anak. Nagpapasalamat ako sa Smile Train at sa lahat ng mga partners nito sa pagtulong sa amin na makamit ang pangarap na iyon para sa aming mga anak.”  

(I salute all the women, especially the mothers of children with clefts, who continue to work hard and sacrifice to provide a better future for their children. I am grateful to Smile Train and all its partners for helping us achieve that dream for our children.)

“We are thankful for the women in our organization, especially the mothers of those with clefts, who continue to encourage and support us and of course their children. It is through their encouragement that we can create an environment that is welcoming and accepting. It is our Smile Makers — women volunteers, mothers, and ambassadors, who help normalize cleft as a medical concern that can be treated through surgery, rather than it being a source of stigma and bias,” said Flaviano. 

While it is a continuous journey to fight the stigma brought about by cleft, Smile Train wishes to create life-changing experiences that can empower women through positive changes in their body. Through their cleft treatment and services, Smile Train works toward a more inclusive and welcoming community for women in the Philippines. 


To know more about Smile Train’s global efforts and ways to donate, please visit To learn more about Smile Train’s local programs in the Philippines or to refer a patient in need, please visit Follow Smile Train Philippines on Instagram @SmileTrainPh, and like us on Facebook at @SmileTrainPhilippines.

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6:38 AM

Cleene CLIO makes Clean Teeth possible for Families this World Oral Health Day 2022

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 Cleene CLIO makes Clean Teeth possible for Families this World Oral Health Day 2022

Manila, Philippines - On World Oral Health Day, Cleene CLIO invites everyone to celebrate by practicing proper oral healthcare with their families.

A product of proudly Filipino company PHILUSA Corporation, Cleene CLIO has been an ardent supporter of this global oral health initiative, especially with oral care given less priority during the pandemic when accessibility to dentists and visits to oral health facilities were challenging at the height of the lockdowns.

To emphasize the importance of good oral health practices at home, Cleene CLIO has partnered with Manila Water Foundation and Philippine Dental Association to provide oral health kits to various barangays and schools as part of this year’s World Oral Health Day activities. Over 2,000 health kits containing Cleene CLIO toothbrushes and Dental Floss Premium from Cleene CLIO and PHILUSA were distributed to 12 barangays and to the chosen hygiene facility in Dinalaonan Elementary School in Pangasinan.

And as a special treat for World Oral Health Day, selected Cleene CLIO products will be sold at 20% off exclusively in Mercury Drug stores nationwide until April 15, 2022.

Cleene CLIO continues to be the partner of every Filipino family in promoting good oral hygiene by offering a wide range of affordable and quality toothbrushes.

Cleene CLIO toothbrushes are made with MicroFine Soft Bristles that help penetrate and clean hard to reach areas for better interdental cleaning and a gentle brushing experience. The tapered bristles penetrate between teeth and gums for thorough cleaning, while the rounded shape of the bristles remove plaque and prevent teeth and gum damage.

There is a Cleene CLIO toothbrush for every member of the family that is affordable and has world-class quality. For those wanting extra care and protection for your teeth, Cleene CLIO offers its Refreshing Green Tea and Ultimax Charcoal under their Special care line. While for those needing specialized care, Cleene CLIO has its Kiddie and Junior as well as 40+ for sensitive gum and teeth. It also has its economy toothbrushes for general oral health care for any age.

Cleene CLIO is available at Mercury Drug, leading supermarkets, drugstores and other retail stores nationwide as well as on all leading ecommerce websites: Shopee, Lazada, and the PHILUSA Online Store.


About Philusa Corporation

Established in 1957, Philusa Corporation remains as one of the country’s leading marketers of high quality and competitively priced personal care, household care, baby care and selected pharmaceutical products, making it the source of pride for its customers, business partners, employees and shareholders.

Now with 10 branches in key cities nationwide, Philusa Corporation is a market leader or major player in different categories like cotton (Cleene), cotton buds (Babyflo Gentle Buds), wound care management (MEDIPLAST), bathroom deodorizer and air care (ALBATROSS), home care and muriatic acid (Gleam and Apollo), home remedies (RHEA Alcohol, RHEA Aceite de Manzanilla and RHEA Hydrogen Peroxide), and uni-branded generic medicines (RHEA Generics).

Philusa Corporation continues its operations, guided by the core values it lives by — championing sustainability; placing its customers’ needs first; achieving the best possible results through innovation, continuous quality improvement, and teamwork; taking proactive steps in delivering its commitments on time; acting with integrity by doing what is right; and having genuine concern for its customers, employees, and the company itself though taking initiatives in helping one another.

9:45 PM

Converge doubles net income in 2021, books P7.2 billion

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 Converge doubles net income in 2021, books P7.2 billion


Leading fiber internet provider Converge ICT Solutions Inc. (PSE: CNVRG) more than doubled its net income to P7.2 billion in 2021 from P3.4 billion the previous year, growing by 111% on the back of record number of port rollouts, continued strong expansion of its residential subscriber base, and recovery of the enterprise business. 


Converge reported on Thursday that it sustained its robust growth with total consolidated revenues reaching P26.5 billion last year, 69.2% higher than the P15.7 billion revenues posted in 2020.


“Our entry into Visayas and Mindanao contributed to our aggressive port rollout, and continued turn-in of subscribers in Luzon and existing markets pushed up our residential business revenues up by 83.2%. Our network has now passed 10.9 million homes and we’re covering around 42.5% of Philippine households. We’re confident of meeting our accelerated goal of reaching 55% of all households by 2023,” said Dennis Anthony Uy, CEO and Co-Founder of Converge.


The fiber internet company rolled out more than 650,000 ports in the fourth quarter, bringing its total port deployment to 2.4 million in 2021. It also reported quarterly net adds of 115,000 bringing its total residential subscriber count to 1.7 million by year-end, hitting the high end of management guidance.


“We sustained our industry-leading trifecta with another record financial performance in 2021,” said Converge President and Co-Founder Maria Grace Y. Uy, referring to the company’s 69.2% year-on-year revenue growth, 55.9% EBITDA margin, and 20.9% return on invested capital (ROIC), much higher than the average of broadband players in the Asia-Pacific region.


Uy noted that Converge also maintained its strong credit profile as reflected in the PRS AAA credit rating with Stable Outlook given by PhilRatings for its upcoming maiden bond issue. The proceeds of the bond issue will be used to partly fund its capital outlay requirements this year.


Converge announced that it has earmarked higher capital expenditures of P26 billion to P28 billion this year, with bulk allotted to fund the expansion of its access network nationwide and further extension of its fiber backbone. The company spent P25 billion for capex last year.


As of end-2021, the Converge fiber backbone reached 103,000 kilometers, passing through 495 cities and municipalities across the country. ###


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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6:43 PM

Make it Sweet but Healthy Treat your special someone with Sweet Via recipes

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 Make it Sweet but Healthy 

Treat your special someone with Sweet Via recipes 

Pasig City, Philippines – [March 11, 2022] – There is no denying that most people love eating sweets or foods with high carbohydrates. For Filipinos, it has been a part of our daily lives. That is why we are more prone to have diabetes mellitus. 


According to recent data by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), diabetes is the fifth leading cause of death in the country. And while we try to avoid or reduce our consumption of such foods and drinks to live a healthier and better life, there are times when we miss or crave the treats we once loved. 


So, fear not because Santé, a premier natural and organic health and wellness product and services provider, brings you its healthy sweetener Sweet Via for a perfect partner with your daily coffee and other treats. 


A healthier sweetener 

Sweet Via is made of stevia, a natural substitute for sugar, obtained from the leaves of a small perennial green shrub. This plant has shown medicinal properties that are anti-diarrheal, anti-tumor, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and immunomodulatory actions. Stevia helps to reduce high blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. 


Sweet Via also contains inulin, a natural soluble dietary fiber from a chicory plant, for digestive health. It assists in easing constipation, is good for weight loss, and aids in controlling blood sugar levels. 


“Sweet Via is an all-natural, plant-based sweetener, which is why it is your healthier kind of sweet. We hope that as Filipinos exchange their usual sweeteners with Sweet Via, we can help them not worry about compromising their health to enjoy the foods and beverages they love,” said Joey Marcelo, chief executive officer of Santé. 


To start treating yourself and your loved ones without guilt, try these three healthy, sweet recipes from Santé using Sweet Via. 


Skinny Toasted Coconut Frappuccino 

If you are missing your usual store-bought, blended iced coffee drinks as your daily energy booster, then this drink is something for you to try. 


What you need to prepare: 

2 cups of ice cubes 

1 cup of coconut milk (canned) 

½ cup of brewed coffee 

Whipped cream 

Toasted coconut (for garnish) 

1 packet of Sweet Via 


Steps to follow: 

  1. Prepare a blender to mix all the ingredients. 
  2. Put two cups of ice cubes into the blending machine. 
  3. Pour ½ cup of brewed coffee. 
  4. Mix one cup of coconut milk. 
  5. Use one packet of Sweet Via to sweeten. 
  6. Blend until smooth and creamy. 
  7. Garnish with whipped cream and toasted coconut. 


Skinny Peanut Butter Mocha 

Well, yes, when you hear the word "peanut butter," the first thing that comes to your mind is that it is a staple spread to partner with your morning bread. However, if you are a peanut butter lover, and seeking something new for your palate, then it is time to treat yourself to this unorthodox drink. 


What you need to prepare: 

1 cup of brewed coffee 

¼ cup of skimmed milk 

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder 

1 and ½  tablespoon of natural peanut butter 

1 packet of Sweet Via 


Steps to follow: 

  1. Pour one tablespoon of cocoa powder into a cup. 
  2. Mix one and a half of natural peanut butter. 
  3. Pour one cup of brewed coffee. 
  4. Use one packet of Sweet Via to sweeten. 
  5. Add ¼ cup of skimmed milk for a creamy touch. 


Skinny Vanilla Iced Coffee 

Nothing truly beats one of the classic coffee drinks we fell in love with. Make yourself and your loved ones this good ole drink and enjoy the perfect blend of vanilla and coffee. 


What you need to prepare: 

 1 cup of ice 

1 cup of brewed coffee 

½ cup of vanilla almond milk 

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 

1 packet of Sweet Via 


Steps to follow: 

  1. Prepare a cup of brewed coffee. 
  2. Use one packet of Sweet Via to sweeten. 
  3. Mix ½ cup of vanilla almond milk. 
  4. Add one tablespoon of vanilla extract. 
  5. Pour caffeine mix into a cup of ice. 


Indeed, the tagline “Sincerely, A Treat Without the Guilt” means that Sweet Via can be the perfect partner for your coffee and other treats every day. Enjoy the delight of sweetness without the worry of getting your health at risk. Sweet Via is ideal for weight management as it does not increase sugar levels, making it a sweet exchange for your usual sweeteners. 


Switching to Sweet Via may feel like a simple step in changing your diet. But it is usually the small but attainable efforts to change your lifestyle that yield incredible and consistent results. Coupled with good eating habits and ample exercise, choosing Sweet Via can kickstart great change for your overall health. 


Sweet Via and other Santé products are organic health and wellness products offered by Santé, known for developing a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. They are designed to improve people's quality of life to live more and do more. 


Santé is one of the leading global manufacturers of certified barley grass grown and harvested from New Zealand. With its mission to help people live better lives, the company promotes, produces, and distributes premier natural health and wellness products and services. Today, Santé has expanded its offerings, including a fitness and rehabilitation center with Santé Fitness Lab, staying true to its thrust in promoting a healthy lifestyle. 


To learn more about Sweet Via and other Santé products, visit its website at 





About Santé 

Santé is one of the leading global manufacturers of certified barley grass grown and harvested from New Zealand. With its mission to help people live better lives, the company promotes, produces, and distributes premier natural health and wellness products and services. With Santé Barley as its flagship brand, the company has dominated the local market with its barley grass certified organic by BioGro, New Zealand’s largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and products. With the proven health benefits of Santé Barley, Santé has developed a comprehensive selection of everyday barley-based products. Today, Santé has expanded its offerings, including a fitness and physical rehabilitation center with Santé Fitness Lab, staying true to its thrust in promoting a healthy lifestyle. Headquartered in the Philippines, Santé has offices worldwide in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, Singapore, UAE, Qatar, Nigeria, and Cyprus. 

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1:47 AM

Dimples Romana enjoys the power of natural with Santé Barley Max

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 SANTé International continues to advocate the transformative power of all things natural in improving the lives of countless people as it opens the first quarter of 2022 introducing Dimples Romana as the newest endorser of its Retail and Wholesale division’s flagship brand, Santé Barley Max. 

As the world around us becomes more and more modernized, everything around us becomes more and more artificial, most especially in the food and beverage industry. Now we have brands of fast foods, instant coffee, instant noodles, and junk foods mushrooming one after the other. When consumed regularly, these products will eventually damage our health and cut our lifespans shorter. So now it’s time to tap on the power of natural — it's time to counter the effects of the artificial with the all-natural Santé Barley Max to protect our health, improve the quality of our life for us and for our families.

An all-natural, nutritional powerhouse, and worry-free superfood supplement that is trusted by millions of families and individuals, Santé Barley Max is barley grass harvested at a young age and produced in powder and capsule forms. It uses barley grass powder that is certified organic by BioGro — New Zealand’s largest and best-known certifier for organic produce and products that promote the highest levels of organic quality. Being rich in vitamins and minerals for the daily diet needed by the human body, Santé Barley Max helps middle-aged, health-conscious individuals enjoy a good quality of life. It helps in enhancing the immune system and provides protection from illnesses and diseases. Santé Barley Max also contains stevia, which is a natural plant-based sweetener, low in calories and does not raise blood sugar levels.


Like all Pinoy moms, Dimples Romana juggles her time as an actress and as a mother while ensuring the safety of her family in these trying times due to the pandemic. 


An awarding-winning and internationally acclaimed dramatic actress who has starred in a steady string of blockbuster films and top-rating TV series such as One More ChanceThe Mall, The MerrierBlock ZBagani, and Kadenang Ginto as well as her current primetime hit Viral Scandal, Dimples is also a mother of two kids whom she considers as her top priorities despite her hectic schedule as one of today’s most in-demand and bankable dramatic actresses in the industry. 


“I am so grateful for being able to work and have endorsement deals because these are really very uncertain times,” says Dimples. “I believe that everything could be balanced with the right blend of time management. Work is essential but my family is the most important in my life. We need to stay healthy and active not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well. This is the reason why I am so ecstatic now that I am officially a part of the Santé Barley Max family because the brand is really effective in strengthening the immune system and providing the vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need every day. One sachet per day or a single capsule before a meal of Santé Barley Max really makes a world of difference.”


Santé International, on the other hand, is equally thrilled to have Dimples on board as the brand promotes the healing power of nature this 2022. “We know that Dimples Romana is the perfect artist to represent Santé Barley Max because her values and personality align well with the brand,” says Santé International CEO Joey Marcelo. “Looking at her, you know that she is someone who lives to serve. She’s also very nurturing not only to her family but also to her colleagues, friends, and followers. We also see her as a catalyst who could influence people to change for the better; and people admire her because of her genuine love, care, and sincerity. And that, exactly, is what Santé Barley Max is all about.” 


Dimples reveals that through Santé Barley Max, she has discovered the amazing health benefits that nature could do for a person’s body, soul, and mind. “Nature has the ability to do wonders for one’s health and overall wellbeing. So, bring more nature into your home,” says Dimples. “We can now connect to the power of nature with Santé Barley Max which we should take every day for that added protection and vitality that we need.” 


Santé Barley Max is available in all leading drugstores, supermarkets, and convenience stores nationwide as well as on @SanteOfficial Shopee and Lazada.  


For more information and exciting updates on Santé Barley Max and Dimples Romana, like Barley Max Official on Facebook, follow @santebarleymax on Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to Barley Max on YouTube. 

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