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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Join Dangwa Pag-ibig Promo!

Mga Kapuso! GMA’s show “Dangwa” is currently having a promo called “Dangwa Pag-Ibig Promo”! This promo will give you a chance to be part of the show!

All you have to do is post your very own cover of the song found in the link below ;

And you can now download the song ( Miss Misteryoso by Andrew Florentino) via iTunes, Amazon Music, Spotify, Google Play Store, Deezer, and Guvera. 

Bumper to Bumper XI to be held on Dec. 5-6 at the SM MOA Concert Grounds

Calling all car enthusiast!! Bumper to Bumper, the longest-running car show and automotive lifestyle event, is once again happening on December 5 and 6 at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds. Now on its 11th year, the multi-event happening features the biggest production setup in any car show in Asia. 

"Filipinos love car shows because we can relate to the cars we see. It is always a delight for us to see so many nice cars in one place. You can always see the excitement in people's eyes when they are in a car show and you also know deep inside that they feel inspiredthat one day, they will also have these upgrades or these kind of rides in their garage," muses Jonathan Chio, CEO of Ladder Events Production. 

Since 2005, Bumper to Bumper (B2B) has been bringing the car show not only to Manila but to 10 key cities, including Baguio, Batangas, Cebu, Davao, General Santos, Iloilo, Laguna, La Union, Pampanga, and Pangasinan. It is the only local car show known to do so, in its pursuit to bring the best of the best automotive mods across the Philippines. 

Chio furthers, "Bumper to Bumper Car Show is like a theme park of sorts, a theme park for car enthusiasts. We have a wide array of vehicles on display, we have full blown entertainment to fill in your time, and we have unique activities all the time during the event."

The event usually attracts a crowd of 70,000 car enthusiasts and spectators. This year promises to be bigger and better. Activities include a two-division (Pro and Street category) car show competition, off-road vehicle display competition, engine roar competition, drive-in movie, dance showdown, concert, and Sneaker Fever Manila for those who love kicks. 

"There are so many things B2B has done to our market. A lot of shops that does not have big budgets for bigger shows were known to have started in our car shows. We have given work opportunities to our car show models. Our event has served as a playground for aspiring photographers and bloggers. But more importantly, a lot of long lasting-friendships were born in our events," says Chio. 

Exciting events to look forward to in 2016 include the B2B Car Show Sinulog in January; "Hot Import Nights V Manila to be held at Metro Tent, Metrowalk on April 23 and 24; Hot Import Nights Davao to be held at The Peak in Davao City; and the first-ever Race Wars Unlimited Philippines.

Bumper to Bumper XI is presented by B2BCarshow.com, Total Excellium, PenserQ Multimedia Company, Repsol Motor Oils, No Fear Apparel, Task Us, SM Mall of Asia, and Chevrolet Philippines, among others. 

(For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/b2bcarshow/.)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Red Cross Haiyan assistance restored livelihoods, shelter, community facilities and services

Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, devastating portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines, in early-November 2013. It is the deadliest Philippine typhoon recorded in modern history, killing at least 6,300 people in that country alone. Haiyan is also the strongest storm recorded at landfall, and the second-strongest typhoon ever recorded in terms of one-minute sustained wind speed.

photo: credit to owner

Philippine Red Cross held a presscon for the commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda's 2nd year. Two years after Haiyan (local name Yolanda), the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has helped tens of thousands of affected families to get back their livelihoods, built safer, more disaster resilient homes and classrooms, and given people access to improved health and sanitation facilities and services.

As of end of October, 884,228 people have benefitted from PRC’s Haiyan Recovery Program which includes services ranging from shelter, livelihood, cash relief assistance, water and sanitation, hygiene promotion, and rehabilitation of classrooms.

According to Richard Gordon, PRC chairman, “The success of our Haiyan operations would not have been possible without the support of our partners in the Red Cross Red Crescent (RCRC) Movement and private partners who have generously contributed to help alleviate the suffering of those whose lives have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Because of the massive destruction caused by Haiyan, there was also a massive outpouring of support that came to us that helped restore people’s lives and dignity."

To date, PRC’s Haiyan Recovery program has built 66,011 homes out of the target 80,203 or 86 percent of the target number of houses to be built, amounting to around 2.2 billion pesos. The Red Cross Haiyan shelter program is spread across nine Haiyan-affected provinces: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Iloilo, Leyte, Palawan, and Western Samar.

From Right -- Ms. Gwendolyn Pang - Secretary General of The Philippine Red Cross
Sen. Richard Gordon - Chaiman of the Philippine Red Cross
Mr. Kari Isoma - Head of Country Delegation, IFRC
Mr. Wolde Saugeron - Communications Coordinator, ICRC

During the emergency phase, the Red Cross was able to provide emergency cash relief assistance to 90,779 families, the biggest ever cash transfer programming operations in the RCRC Movement history after an emergency or disaster. A total of PhP 281,529,400 or USD 6,256,208 was disbursed to affected families in a matter of four months from December 2013 to March 2014. Unconditional cash relief given per family ranged from PhP2,000 to PhP5,000.

Provision of shelter was augmented with livelihood assistance in the form of livelihood cash grants that beneficiaries used to start a new livelihood source or restart their lost livelihood. As of date, 59,218 families out of the target 62,289 households or 95 percent of the target number of beneficiaries, have been provided with livelihood assistance through conditional cash grants. The total amount of livelihood assistance to date is P592,180,000.

Aside from housing and livelihood, PRC also focused on health, sanitation and education. Through the Haiyan recovery operations, there are now 32 schools with improved access to water and sanitation facilities and 38 health facilities that have been repaired and reconstructed, which will cater to 222,618 individuals based on the population of the area.

The education sector was not left behind as the Red Cross also focused on restoring classrooms so students can go back to their classes. As of date, 410 classrooms have already been rehabilitated and reconstructed, of which 39,165 students have benefitted. There were also 5,083 students who have received school kits from the Red Cross.

Health Alert: Understanding Thyroid Cancer

Thyroid cancer may have a low incidence rate worldwide but here in the Philippines it is the 7th leading form of cancer among Filipinos with an estimated 3,024 new cases in 2012.

According to the World Health Organizations International Agency for Research, in 2012 the country has recorded at least 865 deaths due to thyroid cancer, which accounts for the 1.5 percent of cancer related deaths, and in five years new thyroid cancer cases will reach to 11,280 each year.

Though it can occur in any age group, thyroid cancer is most common among women between 20 to 44 years old. It is three times more common in females than in males and its aggressiveness significantly increases at age 30 and in older patients1.

Do you know that Thyroid cancer is a malignant growth of tumor in the thyroid gland? The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of the neck right below the throat. The thyroid gland secretes thyroxine, a hormone responsible for the regulation of metabolic rate, blood sugar, heartbeat and renal functions.

Members of the Philippine Thyroid Cancer Survivor Inc. pose for a photo op in one of the gatherings they usually hold to show its support to its members who are undergoing treatments for thyroid cancer or its symptoms.

According to the Thyroid Cancer Association, Inc., (TCAI), “Many patients, especially in the early stages of thyroid cancer, do not experience symptoms. However, as the cancer develops, symptoms can include a lump or nodule in the front of the neck, hoarseness or difficulty speaking, swollen lymph nodes, difficulty swallowing or breathing, and pain in the throat or neck.

Although thyroid cancer is generally slow-growing and curable,2,3 up to 30% of patients can still experience recurrence4. Together with early diagnosis and appropriate treatment, life-long compliance to follow-up is critical to detect persistent and recurrent disease.5

There are different types of thyroid cancer, the most common being the Papillary variant, which accounts for around 80% of cases. The other types are Follicular (around 10% of cases), Medullary (around 4%) and Anaplastic (2%).6

For the treatment of Thyroid cancer, the primary treatment is thyroidectomy, which is the surgical removal of the thyroid gland.

After the removal of the thyroid, to effectively wipe out remnants of cancer tissues and any other thyroid gland tissue, doctors usually advise radioactive iodine (RAI) treatment.
To effectively monitor for persistence and recurrence of disease, patients undergo follow-up using Thyroglogulin (Tg) blood tests, neck ultrasound tests and diagnostic RAI whole-body scans.6

It must be noted that since patients already have the thyroid gland removed, the body will no longer produce thyroid hormones, hence patients will need thyroid hormone replacement therapy with levothyroxine to prevent hypothyroidism for the rest of their lives, in order to compensate for the loss of thyroxine in their bodies.7
However, in preparation for procedures involving RAI (treatment and diagnostic whole-body scan), doctors require patients to undergo thyroid hormone withdrawal (THW), or the suspension of levothyroxine, in order to elevate levels of thyroid stimulating hormone or TSH. Elevated levels of TSH enables effective absorption of RAI in the thyroid bed. RAI destroys remnant tissues and is useful in monitoring for cancer tissue recurrence THW for patients usually takes 4-6 weeks.

With the absence of a national consensus across the different healthcare professionals involved in thyroid cancer management, approaches in the care of patients vary per institution and per clinic. Hence, standardized and optimized treatment8 might not be offered to all thyroid cancer patients.

Aside from health consequence, hypothyroidism may affect a patients life in different ways work performance, decision making, self-image, social activities, and the long term effect on the patients body.

Here's the most common symptoms to watch out for are:

Less energy, fatigue
Cold intolerance
Drier skin and coarser hair
Mild weight gain (5-20 lbs)
Puffiness around the face (especially the eyes), hands, ankles, due to fluid build up
Slower mental function, irritability
New or worsening depression
Slowing of heart rate
Slightly higher blood pressure
Higher cholesterol levels

Hypothyroidism does not just cause symptoms; it can make other health conditions worse.

To avoid the consequences of hypothyroidism, patients have the option to use synthetic TSH to keep them on levothyroxine thus preventing the symptoms and complications caused by hypothyroidism4,5,10.  The effect of synthetic TSH is the same as the natural elevation of TSH following THW.  It can stimulate remnant thyroid cells (whether normal or malignant) and to absorb iodine that is found in the blood stream, including RAI.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

#NowPH :One Million Filipino Youth voices for Climate Action

Do you know that the Philippines is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate and disaster risks? Philippines is ranked as the third most vulnerable country to extreme weather events in 2013, when Typhoon Haiyan wrought havoc in the Visayas region (Germanwatch, 2015). In addition, sea level rise threatens coastal communities and draft have been seriously affecting health and agricultural productivity.

This 2015, the #NowPH : One Million Filipino Youth Voices for Climate Action campaign of Climate Change Commission (COC) and the National Youth Commission (NYC), with the support of partners such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Building Low Emission Alternatives to Develop Economic Resilience and Sustainability (B-Leaders) Project, will unite the voice of the Filipino Youth for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference in the call to prevent global warming from reaching 2 degrees celsius. The #NowPh or Not on Our Watch campaign will empower young people to raise public consciousness on the science of climate change and ways to lead a climate-e
resilient and climate-smart lifestyle by promoting 15 Ways to Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS)  in schools and communities

Our favorite Kapuso actor, Dingdong Dantes is a proud supporter of this campaign. Last week, he joined representative from Dakila and Greenpeace to explain more of the #NowPH campaign.

According to Dingdong Dantes, to rally the Filipino youth for the 2015 Paris climate conference at least 1 million signatures and expressions of support will be gathered from different parts of the Philippines true online and offline platforms including, but not limited to, an online registration portal ( ww.nowph.org ) offline signature campaignd, media promotuons, and workshops. This will be the presented to the president of COP 21.

As part of the of the Filipino youth, we must sign up now in the part of the million voices for climate action. Your organization can also support this campaign and commit to;
  -- Promoter at least one of the 15 ways
  -- Volunteer your resources for the campaign,  and
  -- Cascade the campaign to your stakeholder and / or constituency.

Here's the 15 Ways to LEDS (Low Emission Development Strategies)

1. Grow a tree.
2. Switch off and unplug.
3. Good bye plastic.
4. Segregate.
5. Reduce, reuse and recycle
6. No to burning of wastes
7. Promote renewable energy
8. Bring your own tumbler
9. Use energy efficient appliances
10. Walk, bike or carpool.
11. Recycle electronics and batteries.
12. Familiarize yourself with environmental and energy laws.
13. Save water: use pail, dipper and cups.
14. Think before you print.
15. Support earth-friendly products.

Sign up now and be part of the #NowPh campaign!!!