July 3, 2015

Cancer cases expected to rise among Filipinos

Cancer, regarded as one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, can also be significantly lessened if it is detected and treated at the earliest time possible.

To improve and transform cancer care and management here in the Philippines, the Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) will launch the Asian Cancer Institute (ACI) this July 23, 2015. ACI was created with the aim of providing modern services and advancing the rate of world-class scientific solutions, research and treatment for cancer patients.

Cancer is affecting more and more Filipinos everyday. Here in the country at least 98,200 patients are diagnosed with this affliction every year. Of this number, over 59,000 individuals eventually die because of the disease, according to the Philippine Cancer Society.
From L-R: Asian Hospital and Medical Center - Asian Cancer Institute (AHMC-ACI) Team Leads --- Surgical Oncologist Dr. Karl Morales; PR & Communications Head Mr. Noli Garcia; Senior Manager for Corporate Communications Ms. Pinky Demaisip; Coordinator for Conquer C Center Dr. Johanna Cañal; President & CEO Mr. Andres Licaros, Jr.; Clinical Director Dr. Corazon Ngelangel; Occupational Medicine Specialist Dr. Rumalie Corvera; Senior Manager Clinical Operations Ms. Judy Tonolete; Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Manager Dr. Nelsen Guanzon; Corporate Affairs Director Ms. Hennesy Lou Miranda.

This number is still expected to rise dramatically as the World Health Organization (WHO) forecasts that cancer diagnosis will rise by 70 percent in the next two decades. This translates to more deaths related to cancer in the coming years.

What is more alarming is that the WHO says that over 60% of the world’s total new cases come from the continents of Africa, South America, and Asia, home of some of the world’s poorest populations. Patients from these geographic locations also account for 70 percent of the global deaths because of cancer.

Here in the Philippines, WHO estimates that 28,700 males and 27,900 females died of cancer last year. For men, lung cancer (24.3%), liver cancer (14.7%), and colorectal cancer (12.8%) were the deadliest. While breast cancer (27.7%), colorectal cancer (10.4%), and lung cancer (9.9%) are the most fatal types of cancer. In Asia, the Philippines has the highest case of breast cancer according to the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology.

Several factors can also heighten the chances of getting cancer. These include, tobacco use, alcohol use, unhealthy diet, and lack of physical activity. Cigarette smoking is the most dangerous of these risk factors and accounts for about 20 percent of the total cancer deaths worldwide. But if one leads a healthy lifestyle, WHO says that cancer deaths can be lessened by 30 percent.

Cancer and mortality can also be significantly lessened if it is detected and treated at the earliest time possible. The most common types of cancer such as breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, and prostate can be cured when detected early and treated according to globally-accepted best practices.

Changing the way we tackle cancer through integrated and multidisciplinary care.

To improve and transform cancer care and management here in the Philippines, the Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) will launch the Asian Cancer Institute (ACI) this July 23, 2015. ACI was created with the aim of providing modern services and advancing the rate of world-class scientific solutions, research and treatment for cancer patients.

“It is an integrated and multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care….given that all the disciplines and the services are housed in Tower Two of the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. In this center we’re putting everything together in one place. It’s from preventive oncology to end-of-life care,” Dr. Corazon Ngelangel, Director of ACI said.

This multidisciplinary approach to cancer treatment and care is the most important facet of ACI. From day one of consultation with ACI, a team of experts coming from different fields sit and discuss every patient’s case, saving the patient from skipping from one doctor to another to make sure that their diagnosis is correct. This novel approach is also advantageous because all possible modes of treatment are laid out to a patient.

Apart from its mission to improve the way we treat and manage cancer, ACI also provides compassionate care to every cancer patient and a healing environment that comforts and heals the body as well as the spirit. The patient is assisted in every way possible with support groups, psychosocial support, and even spiritual advice. These are offered to both the patients and their family members.

“For multidisciplinary team approach to cancer care, you’re not only talking to one doctor with one specialty but you are talking to many doctors with different specialties who need to be caring for you. Cancer is multi-faceted in its treatment. You need surgery, you need drugs, you need support. So everything should be there at first diagnosis,” Ngelangel said.

ACI boasts of four different but integrated centers of excellence. These are the Emmanuel Center which provides screening, diagnosis, and surgical care to patients with different malignancies; Conquer C Center mainly includes oncologists with specialized expertise in radiation therapy, nuclear oncology and interventional oncology; Chrys Center 1 provides Medical-Hematology-Pediatric oncology services, the area of cancer dedicated to treating adult and pediatric patients, by using medications taken by mouth, injection, or infusion, including internal medicine and pediatric medicine interventions; and Chrys Center 2 which is dedicated to providing the highest quality Integrative, Supportive and Palliative Care Services.

Dr. Ngelangel said that these centers house everything that may be needed by the patient. This facility will be home to unparalleled medical expertise coming from some of the best medical professionals in the country. This is further enhanced with the promise of compassionate care for every cancer patient and their family. Because as Ngelangel puts it, “in cancer you often comfort and you sometimes really cure. That’s how oncology is, that’s how cancer management is.”


Asian Hospital and Medical Center (AHMC) is a tertiary hospital accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the world’s most prestigious accrediting body for health care organizations.
AHMC is a part of the Metro Pacific Hospital Group, the largest private hospital group in the Philippines managed by the Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), the local unit of the First Pacific Group headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan.
Opened on May 11, 2002, the hospital with 289-bed capacity stands on a 17,250-square meter campus, carefully planned and specially designed to provide a healing environment, care and comfort, and ensure the safety of the patients, guests, and staff. There are also over 900 expert doctors from the different specialties who have been trained in top institutions worldwide and more than 300 nurses whose specializations include hemodialysis for patients requiring routine and intensive care; diagnostic procedures for breast lesions; supportive home care, pain management, and palliative medicine; cardiovascular surgery; and intensive care for cardiovascular and neurosurgical patients. Asian Hospital also has over 1,000 highly skilled employees and staff who provide high quality and compassionate patient care.
The Asian Cancer Institute (ACI) is a one-stop, integrated, multi-disciplinary cancer prevention and management facility. It provides state-of-the-art, innovative, and evidence-based treatment by a group of expert medical and allied cancer specialists. The facility has four 4 Centers that offer easy access to screening and diagnostic procedures as well as individualized yet comprehensive cancer therapy and management. It focuses on compassionate care where every patient is totally cared for in a healing environment that comforts and heals the body as well as the spirit.

DepEd urges family engagement in disaster preparedness

In its continuing efforts to ensure safety and readiness of learners and teachers, the Department of Education (DepEd) in partnership with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and Coordinating Council of Private Educational Associations (COCOPEA) held a joint workshop on earthquake preparedness, highlighting the importance of school preparedness and family involvement in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) efforts.
"We strongly believe that disaster preparedness should be anchored on family preparedness not just individual readiness. We want families to imagine scenarios and prepare with their communities,” said DepEd Assistant Secretary Reynaldo Laguda in a statement. 
DepEd has issued DO 27, s. 2015 promoting family earthquake preparedness through school activities. The activities involve the following: (a) learners answering a series of questions highlighting family preparedness in the form of a homework to be done with their families; (b) all advisory teachers are expected to discuss the results and cull out the learnings appropriate for their respective communities; and (c) principals are required to discuss the summary of their findings with the parents-teachers associations and barangay officials for consideration in the school and community preparedness planning.
Laguda said, “Families should engage and should prepare for emergencies, such as a major earthquake.
DO 27, s. 2015 supports previous DepEd orders on school-based preparedness measures such as the conduct of drills, identification of risks, among others.
“DepEd will also be meeting with public school principals from NCR and surrounding provinces affected by the Valley Fault System in the coming week to ensure that this is fully complied with,” Laguda added.
DepEd is coordinating with local government units and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to prepare for the July 30 Metro Manila earthquake drill. “We already issued a memorandum requiring teachers and students to participate in the metro-wide earthquake drill on July 30,” Laguda added.
PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr. emphasized the importance of imagination in disaster preparedness, saying, 
“We need to imagine these different hazards and what can happen to us. In your school or classroom building, you need to imagine your environment after the earthquake.”
COCOPEA Executive Director Rene San Andres underscored the importance of sharing the best practices among schools to further strengthen each institution’s programs for school safety. In this light, Miriam College presented their “Think Safe” program for DRRM to address the different natural and human-induced risks in their school.
“We hope that everyone continues to seek the right information and to act appropriately and proactively to increase the level of preparedness not just for earthquakes but for other risks as well,” Laguda said.
Over 180 participants from different private schools, with some coming from as far as Baguio City, attended the joint workshop on earthquake preparedness.

Lenovo Yoga 300 and Lenovo Yoga 500- Advanced Yoga, Lenovo Z51 and Lenovo ideapad 100

Lenovo officialy released the Lenovo Yoga 500, Lenovo Yoga 300 and presented to the media and guests last June 30 held at the Discovery Primea, Ayala Avenue, Makati City. 

Known for their versatility, functionality, and innovative design, the Lenovo Yoga 500 and Lenovo Yoga 300 redefine the essential laptop with a unique 360° hinge that allows the touch screen to rotate full circle and adapt to all computing needs.

Lenovo shows how to flex one’s way to productivity with Lenovo Yoga 500 and Lenovo Yoga 300.

They also announced the two other next-generation consumer laptops, after making headlines in the US and other Asian countries.  Lenovo Z51 and Lenovo ideapad 100 for discerning Filipino millenials . 

The Lenovo Z51 is the ultimate multimedia workstation for music and video lovers, while Lenovo ideapad 100 delivers style, mobility, and efficiency for today’s on-the-go millennials.
“Lenovo is committed to innovating great PCs that are beautifully-crafted as much as they are feature-packed. Our latest consumer lineup, which includes Lenovo Yoga 500, Lenovo Yoga 300, Lenovo Z51, and Lenovo ideapad 100, offers a delicate balance between style, portability, and performance, giving Filipino millennials the productivity boost they need to complete day-to-day tasks,” said Michael Ngan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines. 
Lenovo Yoga 300 and Lenovo Yoga 500- Advanced Yoga moves for non-traditional computing 

Lenovo Yoga 500 and Lenovo Yoga 300 offer a breath of fresh air for consumers bored with conventional laptop designs. Their 360o hinge design gives users the flexibility to do more with apps that adapt to suit each mode, whether they are watching the latest hit drama in Tent mode, viewing family photos in Stand mode, reading a novel in Tablet mode, or working on documents in Laptop mode. 

Media experiences are further enriched by the 11-inch Lenovo Yoga 300 and 14 or 15-inch Lenovo Yoga 500’s FHD (for Lenovo Yoga 500)/ HD (for Lenovo Yoga 300) 10-point multi-touch display, stereo speakers, and Dolby Home Theatre software. These deliver compelling audio and visual performances for enjoying any kind of multimedia content, bringing movies, videos, music and images to life. Offering a full Windows 8.1 computing experience, the convertibles also offer superb processing power and storage capacity, with up to Intel® Pentium N3540 processor and 500GB storage for the Lenovo Yoga 300, and up to 5th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processors and up to 1TB storage for Lenovo Yoga 500. These allow users to handle daily tasks with virtually zero lag and are powerful enough to support photo and home movie editing. Lenovo Yoga 300 comes in black, while Lenovo Yoga 500 is available in two color options—Black and Red-- to best match users’ personality and style

The new 15-inch Lenovo Z51 laptop is both a home-entertainment center and a powerful workstation. 
Featuring a stunning FHD display, AMD Radeon graphics and immersive Dolby DS 1.0 Home Theater Surround Sound for crisp sound and sharp visuals, the Lenovo Z51 is ideal for streaming videos, downloading music and gaming. It also comes with advanced 802.11 a/c WiFi technology for up to three times the Internet speed of regular laptops for faster web surfing, streaming and downloading content. Engineered for productivity, it is powered by up to the latest Intel CoreTM i7 processor with up to 1 TB of storage. It comes in ebony black and chalk white. 

Packed with the most essential features for surfing the web, creating content and managing lists, the Lenovo ideapad 100 is far from being an ordinary entry-level laptop. It features up to Intel® BayTrail-M N3540 processor, up to 500 GB HDD storage and integrated Intel Graphics, giving users a fast processor, ample storage and solid display. The new Lenovo ideapad 100 runs up to 4 hours without plugging in so users can work, browse online, watch videos and do more with minimal interruption. Measuring at just 20.2 mm for the 14-inch and 22.6 mm for the 15-inch laptop, the thin and sleek Lenovo ideapad 100 ups the standard in entry level laptops, with its classic ebony black finish. 

Pricing for Lenovo Yoga 300, Lenovo Yoga 500, Lenovo Z51, and Lenovo ideapad 100 starts at Php22,995, Php28,495, Php42,995, and Php14,495 respectively. All products are available in Lenovo Exclusive Stores and Lenovo resellers nationwide. 

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Animax Asia to air Charlotte on the same day as Japan

An original anime production by prolific writer Jun Maeda is premiering first and exclusively on Animax – Asia’s first 24-hour Japanese anime channel.

Reunion of the visual novel maestros

Renowned Japanese visual studio Key has come together with Progressive Animation (P.A.) Works for Charlotte, which will air on the same day as its Japan telecast on Animax Asia, in July. Boasting local subtitles including English, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin and Thai, the anime was written by Key’s co-founder Jun Maeda, who is also contributing to the musical score. The anime will also feature character designs by fellow Key colleague Na-Ge. The two had worked with the same producers on popular 2010 anime Angel Beats! and together, the dream team promises to conjure up the same magic in Charlotte. 

Charlotte, rumoured to have been based on Maeda’s own early life, is set in an alternate world where a few children come into unusual superpowers upon puberty. One of the colouful characters is Jōjirō Takajyō, who can move so fast he appears to be teleporting. There’s also student singer Yusa Nishimori, who can communicate with the dead. The children are enrolled into Houshinomi Academy, which has its own student council for guiding those who encounter problems with their newfound abilities. 

The protagonist? Yū Otosaka, an ill-mannered first-year transfer who uses his ability to possess another person’s body for five seconds in order to cheat in his exams. When Yū meets school council president Nao Tomori, the fate of these extraordinary children begins to unravel. Will the youthful duo be strong enough to fight their destiny? 

Charlotte premieres on 4 July 2015, airing every Saturday night at 12.30am with an encore the next day at 8pm, first and exclusively on Animax Asia.

Animax is seen on SKYCable Channel 46, Cignal Digital TV Channel 34 and Dream Channel 07.

About Animax Asia

Launched on 1 January 2004, Animax is Asia’s first channel brand specializing in Japanese animation – anime. Animax offers a wide variety of anime programs from across the most popular genres including action, romance, horror, supernatural, sci-fi, comedy and slice-of-life.

Animax is home to some of the biggest anime titles in the world that enjoy great following across the region. In addition, the channel created TV history in April 2009 by becoming the world’s first regional broadcaster to air an anime series at the same time as Japan and followed that with six other simulcast anime series. Currently reaching 40 million viewers in 46 million homes across 17 markets in Asia, Animax aims to offer anime programming for everyone.

Beyond television screens, Animax also actively engages its audiences at local events, including its signature Animax Carnival that has rolled out in Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. See www.animax-asia.com for more.

July 2, 2015

Marian Rivera - Dantes, Beautiful at her Most Natural

Primetime Queen Marian Rivera comes back, more beautiful than ever, in Shokubutsu Hana Shampoo’s new TVC.

Now Mrs. Marian Rivera Dantes, the pregnant 30-year-old was beaming with natural glow in the recent Hana Press Conference held at Makati Diamond Residences, Legaspi, Makati CIty, where she renewed her ties with the hair care brand that advocates natural beauty, an easy feat for the actress whose beauty supersedes any artificial modification or filters.
Marian Rivera renewing /signing contract with Shokubutso Hana during the press conference , July 25, 2015 , Makati Diamond Residences. (Photo: http://instagram.com/msmyrnz)
When it comes to Marian, the entire entertainment industry knows that what you see is what you get. There is no filter to how she communicates with every person she meets.

Her actions unguarded, you can expect her to always act her natural self. And with her hair cared for by Hana Shampoo, she remains effortlessly beautiful as she goes about her daily life.

A decade since she first appeared on TV, the Spanish-Filipina beauty remains to be among the most in demand actresses in the country – talk about standing the test of time. With millions of very passionate fans all over the country, her influence has helped propel the brand in the past year.

Without a doubt, Marian is the epitome of natural beauty. Her mix of fierceness and sincerity shine through her passion for every project she makes, making her and Hana the perfect fit.

Hana Shampoo, which entered the country in 2013, believes that hair is most beautiful in its natural form. Free from unnecessary layers and artificial filters, Hana brings hair to life by adding vitality and nutrition to your hair, using 100% natural cleansing ingredients.

Hana Shampoo for hair that is full of life and naturally beautiful.


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