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United by Blood: Support One Another and Shine a Light on Blood Cancer Awareness Month

It might be claimed that, similar to the original adage “It takes a village to raise a child,” it takes a village to fight and defeat cancer. Even though just one body is engaged in physical conflict, the encouragement of friends and family matters greatly on the emotional and mental fronts.

This year’s World Lymphoma and Blood Cancer Awareness Month sees the community join together to commemorate the survivors, fighters, and their families.

The most prevalent types of blood cancers include lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma. Blood cancers are caused by DNA abnormalities in blood cells. The World Health Organization’s Global Cancer Observatory estimates that every year in the Philippines, 5,000 cases of lymphoma, 6,000 cases of leukemia, and 800 cases of myeloma are diagnosed. That amounts to about 12,000 Filipinos a year receiving a blood cancer diagnosis. It is more than simply a number; it also represents 12,000 affected families, 12,000 interrupted lives, and 12,000 struggles for a better tomorrow.

Unknown to many, Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in the immune system’s infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes. The lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, bone marrow, and other areas of the body contain these cells, and Lymphoma leads lymphocytes to change and increase out of control. Common symptoms include enlarged lymph nodes, chills, weight loss, fatigue– all of which are more likely to be caused by, or confused with other conditions, which is why getting checked by a doctor is important for proper diagnosis, and education about blood cancers needs to be reinforced. Lymphoma Philippines aims to make this happen.

Lymphoma Philippines is a non-profit organization for Lymphoma patients, survivors, and caregivers aiming to spread awareness and education on Lymphoma, and connect the community through medically-approved Lymphoma-related campaigns in the country. The lack of information is what inspired cancer survivor Jheric Delos Angeles, after his recovery from Stage 4 Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, and his wife Anna Tapel-Delos Angeles to create a community of Filipino patients and their family members in order to educate more people and provide much needed support to those in need, including fighting for better healthcare.

As part of these efforts, Jheric and Anna unveil The LymphomaQR Project, an initiative that aims to make information accessible to the general public through an easy-to-use and familiar tool. With the goal of helping Filipinos have access to relevant information all throughout their Lymphoma journey, the LymphomaQR chatbot hopes to lessen the burden that they face. With LymphomaQR, anyone can:

  • Know more about Lymphoma, its symptoms
  • Possible treatment options
  • Available financial assistance programs

“We looked back at our personal journey in the fight against Lymphoma, and saw the gaps to be filled– one of which is quick access to reliable information. With LymphomaQR, we’re simply taking queues from technological trends readily accepted by people to be able to make the experience easier for them, lessening the burden in whatever way we can,” says Lymphoma Philippines co-founder Jheric Delos Angeles.

Jheric and Anna also recognize that there is a bigger battle to be fought and more people willing to support the cause, all united by blood. In line with this, Lymphoma Philippines officially launches the Blood Cancer Alliance of the Philippines this World Lymphoma Awareness Month. Joining forces with EPCALM Adult Leukemia Foundation of the Philippines, Kanser sa Adolescents and Young Adults Community / KAYA Community, The Carewell Community Foundation, Touched by Max Inc, Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations, UST Hospital Hematology Department, Philippine College of Hematology and Transfusion Medicine, and Takeda Healthcare Philippines Inc., the alliance aims to shed light on the issues faced by Filipino blood cancer patients, increase efficiency to access information and support, and overall improve the experience and outcomes of all those living with blood cancer.

“We can never truly know the gravity of the battle of our survivors, warriors, and their families. Nevertheless, let us continue offering our support even by simply clicking the share button. It only takes a second. A nugget of vital information when shared with many can make a difference. Let’s make it happen with the help of Lymphoma Philippines and the Blood Cancer Alliance of the Philippines,” urges Dr. Clarito Cairo, Department of Health, Disease Prevention and Control Management Bureau, Cancer Control Division, Program Manager. “We at the Department of Health thank you for this, and lend our full support.”

Visit Lymphoma Philippines’ website at or its Facebook page at for additional information.

Health and Wellness, Lifestyle

A Fresh Look for Tired, Aging Eyes with Restylane® Bright Eyes

Photo shows (L-R): Galderma Aesthetics Marketing and CET Manager Christine Legaspi, Galderma Philippines General Manager Ferdinand Roxas, Founder and Medical Director of the Asian Stem Cell Institute, Inc., Ma. Cristina Puyat, MD, FPDS, FPADSFI, World Renowned Dermatologist and Dermatological Surgeon Jason Li Chien-Nien, MD, Head Dermatologist of Aesthetic Institute of the Philippines Karen Gavino-Dionisio, MD, FPDS, and Galderma Aesthetics Business Unit Head Michelle de Jesus.

Concerns about tired eyes are common and transcend age and gender. Even after a restful night’s sleep, loss of volume and under-eye shadow can create the appearance of ongoing weariness.

Everyone might experience the effects of fatigued eyes, which is why Restylane® Bright Eyes is the solution. Restylane® Bright Eyes is a personalized treatment plan that reduces wrinkles and tears through distortion around the eyes. It is one of the brand’s cutting-edge Holistic personalized Treatment (HITTM) techniques.

For a brighter appearance, Restylane® Bright Eyes HITTM recommends using Restylane in conjunction with Lidocaine and Restylane® VOLYMETM in the periorbital region.

Restylane with Lidocaine emerges as the revolutionary answer to rejuvenate and brighten up those captivating eyes backed by extensive clinical journals. Dark shadows, under-eye hollows, and a fatigued appearance are no longer a challenge thanks to the groundbreaking filler, Restylane with Lidocaine.

Meanwhile, Restylane® VOLYME ™ is an aesthetic innovation that addresses mid-face volume loss, offering a non-surgical solution that restores natural-looking, youthful fullness. Through state-of-the-art technology, Restylane® VOLYME™ empowers individuals to regain their vitality and self-assured glow.

Restylane® Bright Eyes HIT™ emerges as a game-changer in the field of aesthetics, designed to address the concerns of those seeking to brighten up their eyes and achieve a more youthful, vibrant look.

“Restylane® Bright Eyes HIT™ represents a significant advancement in the world of aesthetic enhancements,” says Dr. Jason Li Chien-Nien MD., a renowned expert in dermatology from Taiwan, “Its unique formulation allows for precise and controlled volume restoration, resulting in a balanced appearance. The results are truly remarkable, and I’m thrilled to be part of an era where such innovative solutions are accessible to individuals seeking a refreshed and rejuvenated look”

The effectiveness of Restylane® Bright Eyes HIT™ is underscored by its ability to deliver results that go beyond expectations and its longevity, reducing the need for frequent maintenance sessions.

“Restylane® Bright Eyes HIT™ exemplifies our commitment to pushing the boundaries of beauty innovation. We believe that everyone deserves to look and feel their best, with the diverse portfolio of Restylane®, we are providing a transformative solution that empowers individuals to embrace the ageless natural look they deserve,” says Christine Legaspi, Marketing and CET Manager of Galderma.

This extraordinary filler targets the tear trough region, delivering the ideal touch of volume where it counts most thanks to its cutting-edge formulation and professional precision. has been the subject of extensive study and clinical testing, making it a dependable and secure solution for improving the under-eye region.

Food, Health and Wellness


Throughout its 45 years in the country, Yakult Philippines, Inc., has exercised its muscles to reach as many customers as possible and promote good health through probiotic products built in 1978. Indeed, it has become entrenched as part of the Filipino consumers daily health regimen.

After several decades, the Shirota-ism movement, which got its start in Japan, has spread throughout the world. As its flagship product, Yakult’s Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) has attracted a loyal following as a significant development in preventive medicine, promoting the significant health benefits of Probiotics globally. The foundation of this movement is the idea that “a healthy intestinal tract leads to a long life”. The intestines, where nutrients are absorbed into the body, are strengthened with Yakult Probiotics. The result is that Yakult’s devoted customers live long, healthy lives.

The Shirota-ism movement has become such a far reaching breakthrough. The father of Shirota-ism himself, Dr. Minoru Shirota of Japan, has long perfected the product that promotes disease prevention the “Probiotics way’, reach the intestine alive, safe, affordable price, produce a reliable effect and can be ingested as food. The probiotic product carrying the Yakult brand is made up to 8 billion beneficial bacteria of Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) alive and fresh in every bottle, ready to fight bacteria that trigger intestine-bred diseases. This health drink, taken in adequate amounts, maintains intestinal health and helps to prevent disease. The Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) suppresses harmful bacteria in the intestines and improves the immune system of the individual.  Affordably priced so every consumer whatever of age and income bracket can afford to partake at least a bottle a day.

Probiotics are live microorganisms, which when administered in adequate amounts, confer great health benefits to the consumers.  This is why, one bottle of Yakult taken every day at any given time will help improve one’s immunity and digestive system. They are safe at any age, preferably from the onset of the pre-school age.  They can actually be ingested as food or wholesome tasting drink with reliable effects on health.

A third party conducted and assessed several studies and research projects on Yakult and the theories that went into its development in Japan and other nations across the world. In reality, numerous research was carried out to demonstrate Yakult’s effectiveness as a probiotic and to confirm the soundness of the foundation upon which Yakult’s R&D endeavors were based. There have been over 1,005 research studies on Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS), in addition to 129 studies on Yakult’s “intestinal function,” 177 on “immunomodulation,” and 107 on “defense mechanism against infection.”

Products from Yakult are sold in 40 nations and areas, including Japan and 27 factories abroad. Each Yakult bottle sold in the Philippines contains exactly the same amount of probiotics as bottles packaged and sold in other nations.

Health and Wellness

The SM Foundation introduces rainwater collection for long-term benefit

SMFI Health and Medical Programs Senior Project Manager Albert Uy inspects the water catchment to ensure it reliability.

The SM group, through the SM Foundation, recently installed a rainwater collection system at the Brgy in keeping with the SM Green Movement. Palawan’s Puerto Princesa City is home to the Irawan Birthing Facility. The project strives to strengthen their mission of safeguarding future generations’ health and well-being while protecting the environment.

The system collects rainwater from the roof and gutter and passes it through vinyl-coated mesh filters to assure water purity in order to improve water conservation and management in the building. The facility uses the gathered water for non-potable purposes including toilet flushing, cleaning, and watering plants. It has an 800-liter storage capacity.

Faucets connected to the rainwater catchment are duly marked to help guide the community.

The equipment for collecting rainwater runs without electricity and has faucets with labels for simple recycling of water.

The facility will enable them to lessen their dependency on the city’s water supply systems, according to the institution’s midwife Narcisa Jagmis.

Midwife Narcisa Jagmis observes as the system collects rainwater from the gutters.

“Mahalagang hindi kami nawawalan ng tubig sa center, lalo na po pag nagsimula kaming magoperate bilang birthing clinic. Ngunit minsan po, walang dumadaloy na tubig at wala kaming mapagkukunan,” Jagmis shared.  

“Kaya napaka laking tulog po ng natural na tubig mula sa rainwater catchment system na. Madali namin itong naaccess upang gamiting panglinis o pandilig dahil konektado ito sa mga gripo. Ang tubig naman mula sa main line ay maitatabi namin para sa aming sterile operations,” she said.

Health and Wellness, Lifestyle

Diabetes, obesity, and the tax on sweetened beverages are discussed in a media forum

Pandesal Forum on Diabetes Prevention, (L-R) UP Prof. Hercules Callanta, AIM Dr. John Paul Rivera, DOST FNRI Senior Science Research Specialist Chona Patalen, Pandesal Forum moderator Wilson Lee Flores. Photo by Nilo Odiaman

The idea to raise the excise tax on sweetened beverages was debated at a media roundtable hosted in Quezon City’s 84-year-old Kamuning Bakery. The symposium, dubbed the “Pandesal Forum,” invited health and economic specialists to analyze the problem, citing as sources the most recent statistics on the prevalence of diabetes and obesity in the Philippines. The forum’s goal was to learn why, despite efforts to lower consumption of sweetened beverages through the excise tax, diabetes and obesity rates in the nation were rising.

Chona Patalen, Senior Science Research Specialist at the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), was one of the experts invited to the event. The per capita consumption of sweetened beverages has dramatically declined between 2015 and 2019, according to statistics from the FNRI. Urban homes showed the most obvious signs of this reduction. Added pure sugar, non-caloric sweeteners like aspartame, or both were subject to a P6.00 tax per liter under the Sweetened Beverage Tax, which went into effect in 2018. Beverages containing high fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, were subject to a P10.00 per liter levy.

Obesity and Diabetes Rates Continue to Rise

In addition, consumption of sweetened beverages has decreased across all age groups in the Philippines, with adolescents and adults showing the sharpest decline. In contrast, Ms. Patalen shared obesity rates among Filipinos have only increased from 2015 to 2018, and even up to 2021. Among those aged 20 and above in the country, 38.6% are overweight and obese. This data translates to 17.8 million Filipinos who are overweight, and 5.6 million who are obese.

The data for Diabetes rates in the Philippines shows the same story. From 2013 to 2019, the number of Filipinos with borderline diabetes has more than doubled, translating to about 17.6 million people. In 2018 when the Sweetened Beverage tax was proposed, the reasons cited for the tax included helping curb obesity and diabetes rates. As the data shows, the number of Filipinos with obesity and diabetes continues to rise, despite the imposition of the excise tax on sweetened beverages. The FNRI is currently conducting the 2023 National Nutrition Survey, which is held every 5 years, which will reflect more updated obesity and diabetes rates, among other health measures.  

An Increase in Excise Tax will Impact Middle- and Lower-Income Classes

Another member of the media forum panel was Dr. John Paulo Rivera, Executive Director of the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Andrew Tan Tourism Center. Dr. Rivera is also the Chief Economist of Oikonomia Advisory & Research, Inc. In his discussion he noted that it is important to discuss the proposal to increase excise taxes on sweetened beverages because of the impact it may have on inflation, particularly on food. “As of the moment, inflation rates continue to be high, but we see this declining by the end of 2023 up to 2024,” explains Dr. Rivera. “However, if the excise tax on sweetened beverages is pursued, it will have an impact on consumption among middle and lower classes of consumers. This is because of the role that sweetened beverages play in their daily lives. If additional taxes are imposed on sweetened beverages, the prices of these will increase and will make purchasing them harder for consumers to purchase. While we understand that the goal of the excise tax is to limit consumption of sweetened beverages, we should also ask the question if these consumers have alternatives to these sweetened beverages.”

Dr. Rivera goes on to explain that while upper income classes may find alternatives easily, those in the lower brackets may not be able to do so, and as such the excise tax will impact their daily lives. If a tax is imposed, prices will similarly increase and consumers will bear the brunt of the impact. He adds that perhaps the government can find other ways to increase revenues other than an excise tax. In addition, he proposes that if the government would like to limit consumption of sweetened beverages, projects to help improve physical activity like public open spaces to counter diseases can be given focus.

Exercise is Medicine: Physical Activity and a Balanced Diet against Obesity and Diabetes

“We promote exercise because it serves as a hub to change lifestyles,” shares 3rd panel member Prof. Hercules Callanta, National Coordinator for “Exercise is Medicine” of the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO). Prof Callanta is also a faculty member of the College of Human Kinetics of the University of Philippines Diliman. He relates that when people start doing exercise, they start to notice other aspects of their health, like the need to diet and even to sleep better. While it is common knowledge that having a balanced diet and being physically active are the keys to avoiding illnesses, Filipinos do not always practice both.

He clarifies however that while workouts are great for keeping fit, everyone should just start moving every day to be healthy. “We should all just start moving, start looking at our plates, adapting the “mind over plate,” he adds. He also supports the idea of walking more or even biking, taking the stairs, and avoiding using transportation if possible.

Professor Callanta says that more low-cost nutritious food is necessary to combat obesity and diabetes. In particular for the poorer segments of the general population, we want to see healthy food become more accessible, he says. He continues by saying that the government should prioritize encouraging more walkable areas in communities in order to increase the percentage of Filipinos who engage in physical exercise.

The group came to the conclusion that appropriate diet and exercise are more important than taxation in order to lower obesity and diabetes rates, as evidenced by the data.

Health and Wellness

The Natural Secret to Vibrant Living: Unleash Your Potential with a Potent Immune Booster

In the rush of our everyday lives, it’s simple to forget about our health and wellbeing. Hasn’t it been true for you that “Health isn’t valued until sickness comes,” as the proverb goes?

What if, however, there were a secret weapon that could boost your immune system and revitalize your general vitality, enabling you to live life to the fullest? Be prepared to be astounded by a remarkable effervescent tablet that is loaded with the goodness of amla berries and a variety of powerful phytonutrients and minerals, including the powerful Vitamin C.

Discover the secret to realizing your full potential as you embark on a wellness journey with LifeFood Amla-C + Zinc, your natural vitamins in a fizz.

Elevate your immune system naturally

This exceptional health companion combines the power of amla berries, also known as Indian gooseberries, with a secret ingredient to provide a natural boost to your immune system. Deeply rooted in Ayurvedic practices, amla is renowned for its immune-boosting properties. Laden with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds, it acts as a shield, protecting your body from harmful pathogens. And there’s more! The secret ingredient, carefully crafted, plays a pivotal role in fortifying your immune system’s ability to combat invading bacteria and viruses.

Experience the wonder of antioxidant support

Prepare to be mesmerized by the remarkable benefits of amla berries—a true nutritional powerhouse bursting with antioxidants. These extraordinary berries can potentially reduce the risk of chronic health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. Each LifeFood Amla-C + Zinc tablet, containing 1000mg of amla powder extract, unlocks a comprehensive range of antioxidant support. Embrace the harmonious synergy of Vitamin C, working hand in hand with LifeFood Amla-C + Zinc, shielding your precious cells from the ravages of harmful free radicals.

Empower your lipid levels

Did you know that our lipid profile plays a huge role in our overall health? When we have our annual examinations or blood chemistry, we are tasked to check our lipid levels like cholesterol, BUN, and others to ensure we are not on our way to chronic illnesses like hypertension and diabetes.

Therefore, embark on a transformative journey toward better lipid levels, courtesy of the remarkable amla berries. Packed with soluble fiber, these berries work wonders by curbing cholesterol absorption from your gut. Witness the decline in your total and LDL cholesterol blood levels as you embrace the essence of LifeFood Amla-C + Zinc in your lifestyle. Take control of your well-being and proactively nurture a healthier you.

Ignite your mind, nurture your brain

A life well-lived is a life that cherishes cognitive health. Prepare to embark on an enchanting voyage with LifeFood Amla-C + Zinc, igniting your brain’s potential. The concentration of antioxidants found in amla berries acts as a shield, protecting your brain from the perils of oxidative stress. By incorporating LifeFood Amla-C + Zinc into your daily routine, you seize the opportunity to preserve your memory and cognitive abilities as you gracefully age.

Prioritize your health, embrace life’s wonders

It’s critical to put your health first, even in the midst of a busy life’s stress. You may unleash the potential of your immune system and embrace vibrant well-being with the help of this exceptional immune-supporting companion, LifeFood Amla-C + Zinc. It’s time to start a transformational path where every chance is taken advantage of and every moment is appreciated.

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Health and Wellness

Throzz lozenges let you feel the power of myrrh

With Throzz lozenges, you can now benefit from myrrh’s therapeutic properties! Myrrh has been used historically as an analgesic and an antibacterial. It is one of the gifts that the wise men gave to Jesus at his birth. Throzz has tapped into this knowledge of the ages to ease throat irritation.

Throzz lozenges are your all-natural sore throat remedy because they are made with myrrh oil. Effective anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antibacterial effects can be found in this plant extract. Throzz lozenges will give you the much-needed pain relief you require for a sore throat while cleaning your throat of unwanted bacteria and fungi. This helps stop infections from getting worse, which could cause more dangerous illnesses.

These delicious blackcurrant-flavored lozenges are the ideal method to soothe throat soreness and prevent further infections from entering your system because they are completely sugar-free. It’s advisable to always have a pack of Throzz lozenges on hand at home or in your daily bag. It’s a really practical technique to treat a sore throat when it first appears.

Throzz lozenges can be purchased at some Robinsons and Shopwise locations, as well as Mercury Drug and Landers Superstore stores.

Food, Health and Wellness

Go On Probiotics in Yakult (WHO and FAO on Probiotics and More)

Why include probiotics in your quest for greater health?

No less than these two United Nations-affiliated organizations gave such a statement on the ability of probiotics to improve people’s health, the The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) define probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”

Leading microbiology researcher and probiotics inventor, Dr. Minoru Shirota is a doctor of medicine at Kyoto University (formerly Kyoto Imperial University) and the creator of Yakult. The hypothesis that “Lactic Acid can Prolong Life”—expressed by Russian Noble Prize winner for Medicine Ilya Metchnikoff—plays a role in the probiotics’ historical development. Additionally, he is recognized for his “Optimistic Studies” on “The Prolongation of Life.”

The Number One requirement for probiotics is that it must reach the intestines alive. And so, for Yakult to be dubbed as one, it must meet such Number One requirement. Yakult does all of 8 billion live Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) microorganisms.

Dr. Minoru Shirota’s long years developing the LcS is either supported or corroborated by research/studies from various institutions: a school of medicine (Juntendo University School of Medicine Department of Immunology), a hospital (Takane Hospital), among these. The Yakult Central Institute for Microbiological Research keeps records of elaborate R&D initiatives.

In 2016, Kazuyoshi Takeda of Juntendo University, Graduate School of Medicine Biomedical Research Center (Division of Cell Biology) presented his study titled “Role of NK Cells in Immunity: NK Cell Activation by Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS). Time and again, “natural immunity” boosting has been proven to be the choice over expensive and taxing “acquired immunity”.

Different researches and studies  related to Yakult and the premises behind its formulation were done and evaluated by a third party in Japan and other countries worldwide. There were in fact, so many studies conducted which proved Yakult efficacy as a probiotic and corroborated the soundness of the foundation upon which Yakult’s R&D initiatives were based.   As many as 129 research studies conducted were on Yakult’s “intestinal function, “177 on “immunomodulation,” and 107 on “defense mechanism against infection, “ On top of these, over 1,005 researches on Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) were also done.

Yakult “is a fermented milk drink which provides functional benefits for promoting better health by delivering Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota (LcS) to the intestines alive” (emphasis on the word “alive” since Yakult’s owes its potency to the dynamic activity of the LcS microorganisms being alive and kicking, so to speak).  Yakult ensures that a person’s good bacteria will not be outnumbered by bad bacteria— its live LcS suppressing virulent cells such as cancer cells to keep the intestinal flora and the host healthy.

The five (5) main health advantages of taking in Yakult are as follows: (1) it helps maintain the balance of intestinal flora; (2) it normalizes the peristaltic movement of our intestines; (3) it prevents diarrhea and constipation; (4) it aids in proper food digestion and nutrient absorption; and (5) it strengthens our immune system. These are sufficient justifications in and of themselves to include probiotics in your quest for greater health. Do you not concur? Additionally, the proprietor of this tried-and-true probiotic brand has a great reputation for integrity, and his product is reasonably priced, so there is no reason not to use it if one wants to improve their health. It makes sense that the management of Yakult Philippines has stated that they are unable to fully satisfy the market’s demand for Yakult. But since nothing should prevent more and more individuals from having the opportunity to experience greater health, their manufacturing volume may always be changed to meet the demand.

Health and Wellness

Marketstrat International Optimum Inc. The Kingsley All-Natural 13-in-1 Turmeric and Ginger Tea: A Blend of Wellness in Every Cup is introduced

Kingsley All-Natural 13-in-1 Turmeric and Ginger Tea is the newest addition to the health portfolio from Optimum Marketstrat International Inc., a top professional distribution firm in the Philippines. With its strong and comprehensive effects, this tea—a tasty mix of herbal remedies—is ready to redefine wellness regimes.

Traditional medicine has adored turmeric and ginger for their powerful health benefits for ages. Curcumin, a bioactive molecule with significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, is added to turmeric, a spice renowned for its brilliant color and distinctive flavor. Meanwhile, ginger is praised for its health advantages, which include easing stomach discomfort and increasing immunity.

The Kingsley All-Natural 13-in-1 Turmeric and Ginger Tea combines these two tried-and-true ingredients to deliver a potent punch of health benefits in every cup. Kingsley All-Natural 13-in-1 Turmeric and Ginger Tea is more than just a tasty beverage; when combined with the curative properties of its other ingredients – Black Pepper, Peppermint, Banaba, Pandan, Lagundi, Ashitaba, Honey, Sambong, Lemon Grass, Malunggay, and Red Chili Pepper – it’s a daily wellness routine that holistically promotes better health.

“Here at Optimum Marketstrat International Inc., we believe that nature has the perfect recipe for our health and wellness. Our Kingsley Tea epitomizes this belief, offering a potent blend of turmeric and ginger – two ingredients recognized worldwide for their health-enhancing properties. With the addition of eleven other beneficial ingredients, we’re confident that this tea will be an integral part of everyone’s wellness journey,” said Mayette Acuña Managing Director at Optimum Marketstrat International Inc.

In addition to its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, Kingsley All-Natural 13-in-1 Turmeric and Ginger Tea works wonders for overall blood circulation, boosting the immune system, and soothing stomach pains. The meticulous combination of ingredients provides a comprehensive health solution that not only enhances physical wellness but also nurtures mental wellbeing by offering a calming, enjoyable ritual.

Optimum Marketstrat International Inc. emphasizes the simplicity of incorporating Kingsley Tea into daily routines. Just add one or two tablespoons in hot or cold water and enjoy the rich, flavors that accompany a wellness boost. As an all-natural product free from harmful additives, it is safe and beneficial for regular consumption. Can enjoy with a slice of lemon.

“We wanted to offer a product that makes holistic health attainable and enjoyable. Kingsley Tea does just that – it’s more than a beverage; it’s an invitation to take a proactive step towards better health,” added Acuña.

Kingsley All-Natural 13-in-1 Turmeric and Ginger Tea is now available in selected Mercury Drugstores. For those who value the power of natural remedies and are committed to maintaining their health, this product offers the perfect solution.

Optimum Marketstrat International Inc. was founded in 2009 and has remained persistent in its pursuit of excellence in the marketing and supply of health and wellness products. The business has developed and nurtured enduring relationships with its network of workers, customers, suppliers, and stakeholders while assisting in the distribution of high-quality goods to communities all over the nation.

From introducing Kingsley All-Natural 13-in-1 Turmeric and Ginger Tea to launching Calcium Cee, acquiring Barley Max Jeunesse anion napkin, Health Fusion children’s gummy vitamins, Lunguard, kissme baby diaper and wipes, and Throzz throat lozenges, Optimum Marketstrat International Inc. continues to demonstrate its dedication to health and wellness, pushing boundaries and offering exceptional products that meet the needs of its clientele’s health.

Visit or call 09175642233 for more information on Kingsley All-Natural 13-in-1 Turmeric and Ginger Tea and other goods.

Health and Wellness

Rising Aesthetic and Wellness Brand Celebrates Another Milestone in 2023 with the Debut of New Set of Brand Ambassadors and the Three Year Anniversary

“Overwhelmed, happy, and proud!”

When asked how she felt following the anniversary and contract signing event, Ms. Krystal Tecson-Garalde, CEO and Founder of Dear Self Aesthetic and Wellness Center, responded as follows.

“As I always say, we at Dear Self aspire for greatness in the field of beauty and wellness, that’s why when I see things unfold and as we reach our goals, kahit paunti-unti, napakasaya sa feeling, this is unbelievable,” Ms. Tecson- Garalde continued.

The RENEW event intended to inspire love for others that starts with love from within and to appreciate individuality.

“Dear Self Aesthetics and Wellness Center believes in taking action to love oneself. The inner voice that reminds us to accept flaws and imperfections while advocating self-improvement keeps us grounded and near to our goals,” Mr. Kenneth Tecson, the brand’s VP for Marketing said in his message.

This was also their first year of being independent and making a name for themselves in the health and beauty field.

“This Renew event, as a core message this year, denotes more than just renewing contracts, as the brand starts operating independently- introducing Dear Self as everyone’s Dear Brand to the market,” Mr. Ric Abasola, the event host, brand ambassador, and Marketing and PR consultant pointed out as he opened the event.

The intimate small meeting took place at Limbaga 77 Restaurant in Quezon City and was attended by brand executives, administrative officers, media professionals, and the new batch of brand ambassadors.

I’m so honored to witness this event, as it implies that we should love and embrace our flaws and imperfections, but moreover, how we can help ourselves to even love our bodies more by taking care of it. I’m so excited to explore their products and use them, as I am also an enthusiast for products that would help me take care of my skin. They gave us a glimpse of what their product has to offer and how effective it is. We’re also glad to meet the new ambassadors and to know their secrets to having fair and glowing skin.

The new set of brand ambassadors was introduced one by one. They were asked to give their short message to Dear Self and also the experiences of the services provided to them.

“Sobrang thankful ako sa Dear Self, kasi sobrang big opputunity to sa akin, sa amin, sa buhay ko. Hindi lang dahil sa body ko, para din sa confidence na na-boost while inaalagaan ako ng Dear Self,” Boom Boom Neri emotionally mentioned when asked about her experience with the center and as she celebrates her second year with the brand.

Gusto kong magpasalamat kay ma’am Krystal, sa Tecson family na lagi pong and’yan, iniintindi po yunng schedule namin dalawa ni Neri. Sa ikalawang taon po namin sa Dear Self marami pong nabago sa buhay namin, of course mas dumami po yung oppurtunities, as in,” Grace Abina, a Showtime Dancer mainstay said as she give her heartfelt message to the brand.

Furthermore, the media people were also given a chance to raise their questions to the executives of Dear Self and the new brand ambassadors.

Meanwhile, Coach Lucky Robles, Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 1 contender, and now one of the brand ambassadors of Dear Self Aesthetic and Wellness Center serenaded the audience while they munch on their sumptuous early dinner treat.

Lastly, Mr. Christian Tecson stressed how the company values its people, their actions to create their own brand identity and other future goals which left everyone curious and excited at the same time.

“We will be having our mini anniversary concert and I would like to invite all of you there. As for the new clinics, marami kaming plano this year, kung saan, secret muna,” Mr. Tecson added.

Ms. Clarice Vivien Tecson- Cadavida, the brand COO also mentioned the three main goals of the company that include (1)  investing further to employees, (2) redefining the beauty and wellness industry with love, harmonious relationship and peace of mind when inside the clinic, and (3) nourish the culture that mainly focuses on self love.

“We would like to thank all of you for coming here today as we celebrate our contract signing with beautiful brand ambassadors Ms. Neri and Ms. Grace. They have been the trustworthy faces of dear self since day one and to Ms. Amina, and Mr. Nonong and the rest of the new members of the family, welcome po and thank you so much po sa inyo,” Ms. Tecson- Cadavida ended.

The Dear Self Locations

Building a place of comfort for communities across the NCR, we started the Manila Branch in 2020 at the height of the pandemic, paving the way for Manilenos to take a step towards nurturing self-esteem and self-confidence.

This was followed by Makati, Camarin, Taguig, Congressional, Las Piñas, Monumento, Novaliches, and Cainta-  9 branches and counting. It is our utmost dream to further reach the ends of the Philippines to bring joy in beauty at its best.

The New Brand Ambassadors

As we cater to the growing community of Dear Self, it is with great honor to present the personalities who embody Dear Self as Dearly, Energetic, Aspiring, Radiant, Sophisticated, Empowered, Loveable, and Friendly.

  • Nerijay ‘Boom Boom Neri’ Lopera and Mary Grace Abina Energizing everyone with their talent as Showtime Dancers
  • Amina Magat, with her pleasantry, is PBA’s half-time court dancer and a former Showtime dancer.
  • Coach Lucky Robles, the voice that relaxes and also sizzles, is a TNT Season 1 finalist, TNT duet, and singer. He is also the amazing vocal coach of TNT Boys, Idol Philippines, and a member of Dad’s Circle.
  • Direk Allan Dale Alojipan is a regular entertainment live streamer on Tiktok, captivating audiences nightly. He started as a passionate home cook, creating an online business under #LutoNiDAD. Prior to that, he excelled as an events director and worked with top celebrities. With international exposure, he showcased his talents in musical theater, collaborating with renowned production outfits.
  • Yzabel Reonal, ramping its way with grace and sophistication; a freelance model; a dentistry student; Ms. Posture Philippines 2022; Showtime Sexy Babe Weekly Finalist 2022; Runway Queen 2022, among others
  • Walter Mark “Nonong” Ballinan, known as the “Kanto Komikero ng Novaliches,” has captivated audiences with his hilarious stand-up comedy routines. With his usual comedic antics, he effortlessly charms the crowd. Moreover, Nonong Ballinan is also a proud member of Koolpals, further solidifying his presence in the comedy scene.
  • Jean Claude Catacutan, also known as Bogs Cy, is a Tiktok Beauty Content Creator with 175,000 followers and an advocate of self-care.

As the faces of Dear Self, they uphold the same principles that the business hopes its customers will respect and trust—to promote our purpose by offering strategies for embracing the significance of self-love and self-care.

In order to create a future where everyone can experience the transformative power of a warm and nurturing environment where beauty and well-being are the priorities, Dear Self Aesthetic and Wellness Center wishes to expand its reach, guarantee affordable quality self-care practices for all, and embrace diversity.

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