A Pink Christmas It Was!

Our family celebrated a pink Christmas last December 24 at my brother’s house in Imus, Cavite.

We shared a hearty potluck feast of Amber’s and Fish2Go specialties, plus a roasted Peking duck and some home-cooked favorites.

This annual family get-together was an opportune time for us to catch up on each other’s lives and to have a heart-to-heart talk with our dear Nanay who apparently is not in the pink of health.

Nanay underwent quadruple bypass surgery in 2010. Now she is a candidate for kidney dialysis. To lower her creatinine levels and to delay dialysis, she was instructed to follow a protein- and salt-restricted plus fiber-rich diet, something she detests but one she has to follow for her own good. Her being diabetic further complicates things. The whole family is now bracing for the worst but still hoping for the best.

Now that I think about it, I guess it was actually timely that we all wore pink for last year’s family Christmas gathering. Why? Bourn Creative says “pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others.” Pink reminds Nanay and all of us to love ourselves by taking care of our health. It also reminds us to look after the people we love because that’s what family is all about.

I hope you all had a happy Christmas, and may 2019 be a better year for us all!

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9-Year-Old Pinoy Drummer Named Cartoon Network Ultimate Pinoy Rockstar 2018

Nine-year-old drummer Ethan Skye was named Cartoon Network’s Ultimate Pinoy Rockstar during a very ‘beary’ Christmas event held at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium last December 10.

Ethan was awarded a plaque and certificate after besting a dozen finalists during the competition. He also won a 5-year talent management contract with Viva Artists Agency to jumpstart his career in the entertainment industry.

“I get really motivated to perform on stage just by seeing the audience enjoy what I do,” he shared. A fan of Chad Smith of the legendary rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ethan said he likes to perform because he wants to share his talent and passion with other kids. “I hope to encourage everyone to just be themselves and not to be afraid to go out and play,” he added.

Aside from the Ultimate Pinoy Rockstar competition, the Cartoon Network Very ‘Beary’ Christmas event also hosted onstage games for its delighted Filipino fans. Hundreds of kids and families got to enjoy activities that allowed them to be rock stars for a day, including a guitar battle, a drum arcade and a Rockaraoke. Participants received exciting prizes, including cool Cartoon Network merchandise and toys.

Throughout the event, attendees were treated to performances by the adorable bear brothers Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear, as well as Cartoon Network Rockstar guest judges Teacher Georcelle of G-Force, Andre Paras and Kim Molina.

Cartoon Network Rockstar is the culmination of a month-long talent search that brought together the most talented kids from all over the Philippines. Held annually during the Cartoon Network Christmas event, this gives a chance for kids to showcase their talents, have fun with their peers, and celebrate a very rockin’ Christmas with their loved ones.

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PISAY Main Campus 2018 Paskorus Music Festival

Grade 7-Emerald, my son’s section in Pisay, was the first automatic qualifier in the 2018 Paskorus Music Festival, garnering an average rating of 96% in the elimination round, which was held at the 4th Floor Auditorium of the Science and Humanities Building (SHB) earlier in December.

In the past, Paskorus used to be a competition among the different grade levels. The rules changed this year, however, as it now becomes a Music Festival, where all the qualified sections per grade level will showcase their talents for the entire PISAY community to see.

Four special awards were given to the most-deserving performers. Our section won Best in Costume, and we were also told that we placed second in Best in Technique. We were quite privileged to have our class adviser, Ma’am Herminigilda Salac (Ma’am Helen) join her students on stage while they perform “Magkasama Tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko.” I’m also one proud momma here as my son Justin played the beatbox.

Congratulations, Eme! We are so proud of you!

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Lazada’s ‘Shop with Heart’ Grants Wishes and Dreams This Christmas

How would you like to put a smile on people’s faces this Christmas? Or better yet, how you like to grant people’s wishes and dreams this Christmas? That’s exactly what Southeast Asia’s leading shopping and selling platform did to a few lucky individuals. Through its ‘Shop with Heart’ campaign, Lazada Philippines, together with celebrities, media and online shoppers, granted various wishes of the heart and made some people feel special and loved.

Lazada reunites families this Christmas

To celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, well-loved celebrities KC Concepcion, Karylle Tatlonghari-Yuzon, Iza Calzado, Cristabelle Belo-Pitt, Divine Lee, Tessa Prieto and Tim Yap shared the love on Instagram by asking their followers to post their Christmas wishes. The purpose was to grant wishes and spark hope in the hearts of select Pinoys from across the country. Lazada filled hearts with love by giving away basic supplies to those in need and by reuniting families.

The media also took part in the wish-granting spree. Lazada donated gifts to the CRIBS Foundation under the names of the media people present at the Thanksgiving Lunch held at The Mind Museum yesterday. Lazada’s Christmas gifts to the children at CRIBS consisted of boxes of powdered milk, packs of toys and first-aid kits.

Julie Anne San Jose serenading the guests

Mila Jimenez, Head of Marketing for Lazada Philippines, said, “Christmas has always been Filipino families’ favorite tradition. Sharing one’s blessings is what makes it most special and Lazada wants to be part of that tradition. Together with our brands and sellers, we offer items for one and all, through a shopping experience that is both fun and convenient, so every customer has more time to spend with their loved ones.”

Everyone can still join the bandwagon! With Lazada’s 12.12 Grand Year-End Sale happening from December 10 to 12, we can go all out shopping for family and friends. Know more about the exclusive deals, discounts and bestselling products this gifting season from Lazada’s Grand Year-End Sale by following Lazada’s official Facebook and Instagram pages or downloading the Lazada Mobile app for free.

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Mylan and the Hepatology Society of the Philippines Launch BEATHepC Campaign

The Department of Health (DoH) estimates that around 1% of the estimated 100 million Filipinos have chronic hepatitis C. However, not many Pinoys are knowledgeable about this disease. The fact is there is lack of awareness about hepatitis C and its transmission, prevention, screening, and management among patients, public, and healthcare providers in our country.

To address this concern, Mylan, one of the world’s leading global pharmaceutical companies, in partnership with Hepatology Society of the Philippines (HSP) recently launched an awareness campaign for Hepatitis C in the country. The BEATHepC (Become educated, aware, tested and treated) campaign aims to spread awareness about the disease by disseminating information through pamphlets and promoting screening among Filipinos at risk. Present at the event was Hep C survivor and avocate Michael de Mesa.

What Is Hepatitis C?
Hepatitis C is liver disease caused by the Hep C virus. Hep C is transmitted when blood from an infected person enters the body of another who is not infected. The disease progresses slowly, over the course of 10 to 40 years. It attacks and damages the liver, killing liver cells in the process. As a result, scar tissue forms, a process called fibrosis. For about 10 to 20 percent of people infected, Hep C can eventually lead to scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). Although some people will experience symptoms, about 80 percent of people with acute Hep C do not have any symptoms.

“Chronic Hepatitis C infection may lead to serious complications such as cirrhosis and/or liver cancer,” explained Dr. Jade Jamias, Liver Specialist and President of HSP. Patients with hepatitis C often do not show early symptoms and so it becomes very critical to educate the people about this infection. Early detection is key to treatment and prevention of liver disease progression. The positive news is that treatment for this disease is now easily accessible to all.”

Ms. Ester Tacanay, Country Manager of Mylan in Philippines, added, “Hepatitis C is a chronic public health concern in the Philippines. At Mylan Philippines, we are committed to providing access to medicine for treatment of hepatitis C with the objective of reducing the disease burden. Through the BEATHepC campaign, Mylan aims to create awareness around risks and misconceptions about the disease and encourage early screening and treatment to prevent the disease. We are happy to partner with HSP to drive this campaign across Philippines.”

Mylan’s BEATHepC campaign supports the mission of the National Viral Hepatitis Task Force (NVHTF) to eliminate or significantly decrease the prevalence of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in the Philippines.

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