May 26, 2015

MediCard opens new clinic in SM City Clark

MediCard Philippines, a leading HMO provider in the country, brings health and wellness closer to the Kapampangans with the opening of its free-standing clinic at SM City Clark in Angeles City, Pampanga. 
Photo shows (L-R) Analiza C. Pulido senior executive vice president, Bank of Florida, Inc. (A Rural Bank); Dr. Honorato C. Salazar III, MediCard Clark clinic manager; and Dra. Concepcion S. Montoya, MediCard chairman.

Situated inside the mall’s Wellness Zone, the clinic’s convenient location helps many locals gain access to prompt, attentive and affordable medical care. The MediCard Clark clinic offers comprehensive out-patient services for all ages, including consultation on various medical concerns; imaging, laboratory and ancillary diagnostics; health check-up and physical examinations; immunization; and minor surgery. It also provides dental services, like oral prophylaxis, light cure filling, tooth extraction, and gum treatment. 

Essilor brand ambassador Piolo Pascual shares tips for healthy eyes

Essilor brand ambassador Piolo Pascual always wears his lenses when using his mobile device

Of all the good-looking men in the entertainment industry, Piolo Pascual is known to stand out from the rest. With just one look from those dreamy and mesmerizing eyes, he can make any girl swoon. But Piolo himself is quick to point out: Having beautiful eyes is not enough. One must have healthy vision as well because this will help you perform tasks and achieve your daily goals. 

“In my line of work as an actor, it is very important to read your co-actor’s facial cues properly in a dialogue, and you can only accomplish it with good eyesight.  That is why eye care is a serious matter for me. Without good vision, we can only do so much, and this limitation can stand in the way of achieving our goals.” 

That’s what Piolo shared with media friends during the launch of “Seeing the World Better,” a public awareness campaign on the importance of good vision organized by Essilor, the world leader in vision solutions.

Here, Essilor’s brand ambassador Piolo Pascual shares some important tips for healthy eyes: 

Keep your eyeglasses on. 

“I am fond of surfing the internet through my mobile device, but I have learned that the blue light from electronic devices can harm our eyesight, so I always wear my eye lenses on,” Piolo shared. Harmful blue light is a risk factor for the onset of age-related macular degeneration, a deterioration of the part of the retina responsible for sharp, central vision. To prevent its damaging effect, eye doctors recommend wearing lenses that effectively blocks the harmful blue light. Reading in a dark room should also be avoided. With only your mobile device as your main light, the glare on the screen can cause eye strain. 

Follow a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. 

Eating a healthy, nutritious diet is beneficial to our eyes. Vitamins C, A and E, folic acid, selenium and zinc, which are present in fruits and vegetables, can make your eyes healthy. Have a daily dose of fruits and vegetables like grapes carrots, spinach, kale, or collard greens, for a clearer, better vision. 

Keeping a healthy lifestyle can also be helpful to your eyes, and your overall health. Piolo, who is a known triathlete, maintains a healthy lifestyle by engaging in sports like swimming, biking and running. By maintaining healthy weight, it reduces the chance of getting eye diseases. According to National Eye Institute, being overweight or obese increases your risk of developing diabetes and other systemic conditions, which can lead to vision loss, such as diabetic eye disease or glaucoma.

Visit your optometrist regularly 

Piolo shared that he has 20/20 vision, but despite having perfect eyesight, he regularly sees an eye doctor to make sure his eyes are in good condition. Regular visits to an eye doctor are very important because it can pick up early signs of eye conditions. You need not wait for symptoms like headaches, dizziness, nausea and cloudy vision before visiting your optometrist. At the same time, eye check-ups may also detect most diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, heart diseases, and even certain cancers, and can help cure or prevent these diseases from worsening over time. Make an appointment with your eye doctor once a year to keep your eyes and whole body healthy. 

There you have it -- Straight from the man whose expressive, healthy eyes have captivated legions of admirers. By simply keeping these tips in mind, we can keep our precious peepers looking good and healthy and be able to perform our daily activities the best way we can. 

PLDT HOME Fibr presents the most prestigious league

The International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) is poised to return for a second spectacular season on December 2015. 

Over thirty of the most iconic names in tennis invade the country from December 6-8 as PLDT HOME Fibr—Home’s most powerful broadband—in cooperation with Smart Communications, brings the newly renamed Philippine Mavericks in the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL)’s final leg in Manila.

At the recent press conference at the SM Mall of Asia Arena (L-R): Smart Sports Marketing’s Christopher John Quimpo, PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Head Gary Dujali, SM Lifestyle Entertainment President Edgar Tejerero, IPTL VP for Operations Abhishek Ponia and the Philippine Mavericks co-owners Jean Henri Lhuillier, Kevin Belmonte and Haresh Hiranand.
The IPTL, led by its Vice President for Operations Abhishek Ponia, formally bared the 2015 edition of this prestigious undertaking which stars the top Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) players as well as s few legendary names in one is deemed as one of the most popular sports on the planet.

The former Manila Mavericks squad has been renamed the Philippine Mavericks to make a larger scope and not just central Manila.

This was the explanation of Mavericks team co-own Jean Henri Lhuillier on the rebranding of the contingent composed of eight powerhouse names in the sport.

“If you notice all the other teams are focused on their countries,” Lhuillier said. “So we wanted to pick up that semblance for the Philippine side so we decided to change it to the Philippine Mavericks.”

Lhuiller, who is also the Team Manager, is joined by fellow owners Hans Sy, Kevin Belmonte and Haresh Hiranand at the helm of the Philippine Mavericks.

Joining the Mavericks in the league are defending champions Indian Aces, Singapore Slammers, UAE Royals and newcomers, the Japan Warriors. The IPTL kicks off in September.

This one-of-a-kind “team” tennis event commenced last year with its inaugural leg held here. Despite the apprehension that tennis—not among the mainstream spectator sports in the archipelago—may not draw a big enough crowd, the MOA Arena was a virtual sellout for the three days of competition.

In 2014, the endeavor had little time to prepare and yet succeeded beyond expectations. This year, with more time, the organizers and sponsors have plenty of opportunities to iron out what little kinks there was in the initial staging and that makes for a bigger event.

“Last year was a great experience for everybody, seeing the best tennis athletes in the world in one venue playing right before your eyes is indeed a spectacle,” said Gary Dujali PLDT Vice President and Head for HOME Marketing. “We are very proud to once again make PLDT HOME Fibr a presenter of this very prestigious event.”

PLDT HOME Fibr has been synonymous to bringing world class international sports and entertainment to the country for years and having the opportunity to partner up again with the IPTL—this time with sister company Smart—only reaffirms its mission to be at the forefront of bringing only the best to the Filipinos.

The 2015 Philippine Mavericks are made up of returning members Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Mark Philippousis and former Philippine national team member Treat Huey along with new recruits Serena Williams (formerly of the UAE Royals), Richard Gasquet (a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist), Sabine Lisicki (she of the 131km/h serve and a former Wimbledon quarterfinalist), and up-and-coming stars Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia and Croatian Borna Coric.

“I had a really great time playing in Manila last year,” Williams, the reigning number one female tennis player in the world during a video message played at the press conference. “I look forward to playing for the Mavericks this year.”

Other big names that have confirmed their participation this year are Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and former Manila Mavericks main attraction Maria Sharapova—who will now be seeing action for the Japan Warriors.

Tickets for the 2015 IPTL Manila leg are available starting July 15th.

PLDT Home Fibr will be giving selected subscribers a chance to be part of this amazing experience for free. For more information log on to

Epson Corporation marks 40 years

On June 12, 2015, Seiko Epson Corporation (SEC) will mark the 40th anniversary of the Epson brand the company uses on many of its products and services. 

To commemorate the 40th anniversary,  Epson aim to show appreciation to the stakeholders who have supported the brand over the years. Epson also will take a retrospective look at the meaning of the brand and reaffirm the commitment to continuing to provide the customers with products that surprise and delight

Epson Philippines Corporation (EPC) capped off another successful fiscal year with the achievement of market leadership in the categories of Projectors, Inkjet, Dot Matrix, and POS printers. 

EPC President & Country Manager Toshimitsu Tanaka as the company shared the achievement with the media during the annual media thanksgiving event, Epson Fusion Six held at the Huma Island Resort and Spa, Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines.

As the leading brand in Projectors, Inkjet, Dot Matrix, and POS printers, Epson is now poised to create more opportunities for growth with the innovative products that we offer. We are eager to demonstrate the latest Epson advances that we believe will drive our momentum, as we continue to be the brand of choice among Filipinos," stated EPC President & Country Manager Toshimitsu Tanaka. 

The 40-year story of Epson began in a small Japanese town called Nagano. It started the joumey into the printing business by making the world's first compact, lightweight digital printer - the EP-101. 

Epson (then Daiwa Kogyo) was founded in 1942. Originally a developer and manufacturer of watches, Epson later leveraged its core technologies -- which enable products that are compact, energy saving and high-precision -- to enter and gradually expand in other business areas. As a vertically integrated enterprise with capabilities ranging from product development and manufacture to sales and marketing, Epson began moving into the information equipment business in 1968 with the release of the EP-101 , the world's first compact, lightweight digital printer, and followed this in the 1970s with a succession of computer peripheral products. As the company went on to develop new markets and provide customers around the world with satisfying products and services in a broad range of categories, we decided to develop a unique, original brand. 

Now, Epson is one of the leading digital imaging brands with nearly 70,000 employees in 94 companies around the world. The proprietary core technologies and customer-focused innovation helped make us the brand of choice in the markets serve. 

The Epson brand name comes from the EP-1 01 , the product that kicked off the company's expansion into the information equipment business. The "EP" stands for "electronic printer" and the "SON" represents our desire to follow the original electronic printer with many worthwhile descendants (products and services). 

The "Exceed Your Vision" global tagline that accompanies the Epson brand concisely states our promise to customers that Epson will continue to exceed their expectations. 

"We use Epson's unique core technologies to transform our businesses as customer and societal needs change. Under our current corporate vision, SE15, we are continuing to develop unique products and services in an effort to drive change in four areas: printing, visual communications, quality of life, and manufacturing. Going forward, we will refine these core technologies and will continue to pursue our corporate ethos of creativity and challenge in an effort to provide products an services that bring positive change to the lives of our customers around the world,"  said EPC President & Country Manager Toshimitsu Tanaka, who will concurrently become Managing Director of Epson's Regional office (Epson Singapore Pte. Ltd.), President Director of Epson Thailand, and Director of Epson Indonesia starting June 2015, 

RTL CBS Entertainment to hold Summer Fair in BGC, Massive Celebration For the Entire Family

RTL CBS Entertainment is marching into Bonifacio Global City with a full-blown Summer Fair in BGC’s High Street Activity Center this May 29-30. The event is open to the public and set to include carnival-themed festivities and activities directly inspired by some of the network’s hottest shows.

Special screenings for several series will run throughout the event, giving guests a special look at RTL CBS’ rich and diverse catalog with shows like Scorpion, Extant, The Odd Couple, and Under the Dome to name a few. The network is also home to a number of prestigious award shows, including Critics’ Choice Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and the Golden Globes on their roster, among others.

Prizes and other premium freebies will be raffled off to the general public, while guests could also enjoy decked-out mini studios for The X Factor UK and Britain’s Got Talent-themed faux-ditions that come with a glam photo and souvenir CD of their performance.

RTL CBS is available on Sky Cable (Ch.53), Destiny Cable (Ch.53), Cable Link (Ch.37), and Dream Satellite (Ch.17).


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