Flaunt Your Pride with Pantene

The freedom to fully express one’s identity without fear of judgement is the fruit of years of fighting for equal rights and representation, and every June, we celebrate how far we’ve come with LGBTQIA+Pride month.

It takes courage to embrace your truth and tell your story to the world. That’s why it’s important to put the spotlight on those who have already found the courage and confidence to flaunt their pride, so that they can inspire others to do the same —  just like these strong women.

Mela’s journey to womanhood began with her hair. After years of wearing synthetic wigs or putting a bath towel over her head, she finally let her hair grow long.“At first, I tried to joke about it, “Ma, pagbigyan mo na ako! Rocker na ako ngayon!” She shared on her Instagram post.As time went by, she realized that having straight, smooth, and jet black hair felt right.“I was meant to rock my hair with confidence.”

She found pride in her crowning glory and made sure to give it the proper care it needed.“… Everytime people complimented my hair, my honest, consistent, and confident reply has always been, “Alagang Pantene yan!”, Mela proudly shared in her Instagram post. “I have always flaunted my hair with pride because [it] reflects my journey to being the free and authentic Mela that I am today. As a proud trans woman with feminine expression, my hair has been my source of power. And that’s definitely Salontastic!”

As a member and supporter of the LGBTQIA+ community, I, too have my own journey in raising my voice for my happiness and myself.” Chezka shared on her Instagram.

Chezka, like many others, was afraid of how her family and friends would react to her identity. So, she joined predominantly female activities like modelling and beauty pageants as she tried to figure out how she wanted to present herself.Later on she realized that she wanted to express herself physically as a woman, “…and that’s why I started growing my long straight hair with Pantene. Because Pantene has always been there in helping me feel stronger and Salontastic!Flaunt your #Pride with Pantene. I’m truly thankful for my community in helping me understand them and myself. Know that you are not alone and that we are heard.”

Allies also play a role in helping make the LGBTQIA+ community a safe space by fostering a culture of acceptance and respect, and advocating for equal rights and opportunities.

Gabbi, an ally,shows her full support for the LGBTQIA+ community in her Instagram post. “I’ve always been a proud supporter ever since I was young. I believe that everyone should be treated with love and respect. There is definitely no room for hate in this world!Everyone can be Salontastic regardless of gender!”

Let your hair take pride and flaunt it with Pantene Miracle Conditioners. With Pantene Keratin Straight Miracle Conditioner you canhelp reduce frizz for that sleek, straight look. While with Pantene Collagen Miracle Conditioner, you canturn dry, frizzy hair into shiny, Salontastic hair.*

Both conditioners are formulated with a blend of Pro-Vitamin B5, with special ingredients like Miracle Serum, real Collagen, and Keratin straighteners that moisturize hair and help strengthen hair against damage*to give you everyday #Salontastic results.

Take pride in your hair and get that #SalontasticTransformation with Pantene. Explore more from Pantene’s wide range ofhaircare products through theP&G Shopee Mall store.

Medical Depot sets to open branches in malls nationwide; launches own YouTube channel

Medical Depot sets out to reach a new milestone for the company by stepping out of its main store in Bambang, Manila to install branches in other communities nationwide.

Medical Depot President and Chief Executive Officer, Rodolfo Medina Jr., said the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic had become an eye-opener to the company as it realized its importance in the medical sector and the community, as well.

Medina said providing quality and affordable medical supplies and equipment has always been Medical Depot’s mission since its conception, and in this pandemic, the company gears up to make these medical products even more available and easily accessible to the market through the opening of at least 35 stores in malls and commercial establishments.

Medical Depot targets to open 40 outlets nationwide by the end of 2021, and 100 by the end of 2023, he added.

Aside from physical stores to be opened around the country, Medical Depot also sets to make its presence felt in the online platform.

“With our continuous efforts in bringing affordable and high-quality medical supplies and equipment to every Filipino, our team launched different web and mobile applications to provide the most convenient way of online shopping with easy access to our products,” said Melvin Torrefiel, SVP for Digital Operations.

Torrefiel said the company aims to provide the public and the medical community a one-stop shop for medical supplies and equipment through e-commerce.

“Our one-stop medical shop brand is now available in digital spaces such as YouTube, Lazada, Shoppee and Facebook. Our extensive experience in digital space will bring Medical Depot nationwide and reach more Filipinos in the country,” he said.

Medical Depot takes pride in its ability to provide quality medical products and equipment at affordable prices.

Medical Depot Vice President Jeffrey Kua said that aside from the over-the-counter purchases that can be made in Medical Depot’s physical stores, clients will be shown the list of its products and equipment through its online menu in case certain medicines, medical supplies or equipment is not physically available in stores.

All the customer has to do is select the products they need and Medical Depot will deliver them right at their doorstep, Kua added. Kua also shared that the company plans to partner with third-party applications such as Grab Mart and Pick-a-roo for its continuous expansion in the e-commerce platform.

PCPPI bolsters food safety standards, eyes to complete FSSC for all plants

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Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI)—the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages in the country—aims to secure Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) from Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), one of the world’s leading audit and certification companies.

PCPPI bagged FSSC for its Muntinlupa, Santo Tomas, Rosario, Davao and Bacolod plants. It is working towards certifying its other six plants in Cebu City, Naga City, Zamboanga City, Cagayan de Oro City, Iloilo City, and Tanauan within the year.

“It is imperative to strengthen our food safety practices and standards which we have always valued in PCCPI. We always aim to produce quality products that do not just comply with regulatory requirements but exceed customer expectations, as well,” said PCPPI President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Ong.

The company’s certification aligns with World Health Organization’s goals as it marks this month’s World Food Safety Day. This year’s theme is “Safe food now for a healthy tomorrow.”

The company follows stringent measures on food safety and quality. Its policy requires high food safety targets, regular process reviews, and strong food safety culture across all levels in the organization. 

To further ensure quality production, PCPPI aligns with PepsiCo global practices. These include random trade sampling to verify food safety compliance and increasing food hygiene awareness among stakeholders.

Owing to its strict food safety practices, PCPPI’s Zamboanga plant was recently given the PepsiCo Caleb Bradham Award. The distinction is presented to Pepsi manufacturing plants which exhibit exemplary food safety and quality assurance practices.

“PCPPI believes that a strong food safety culture helps us promote food hygiene outside our operations. Our consumers will remain confident in our brands and in our ability to refresh them with clean and safe drinks,” Ong added.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) is the exclusive manufacturer of PepsiCo beverages & snacks in the Philippines, with a relationship spanning 70 years. PCPPI is a listed company in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE: PIP) with Lotte Corporation which is a holding company of Lotte Chilsung Beverage, one of the biggest beverage companies in South Korea as the lead shareholder co-managing with PepsiCo. PCPPI manufactures and sells well-known food and beverage brands: Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, Mug, Gatorade, Tropicana, Lipton, Sting, Premier, Sips, Milkis, Let’s Be and Aquafina. It has established 14 manufacturing facilities across the country, serving more than 700,000 outlets and providing employment through its extensive distribution network.

PCPPI is committed to create a positive impact on society with programs focused on environmental sustainability, nutrition, education, and livelihood. For more information, visit www.pepsiphilippines.com.

Introducing the Spring 2021 GUESS x FriendsWithYou Capsule Collection

Los Angeles, CA – This Spring 2021, GUESS is collaborating with FriendsWithYou on an expansive collection of colorful silhouettes and fabrications.  The capsule launched last May 26, 2021 at select GUESS retail stores and online at guess.com.ph  GUESS has teamed up with global music superstar, J Balvin, to star in the GUESS x FriendsWithYou campaign.

FriendsWithYou is the fine art collective of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, in partnership since 2002 with the sole purpose of spreading the positive message of Magic, Luck, and Friendship™.  Influenced by the simple perspective that happiness is found in everyday life, FriendsWithYou’s work is designed to be accessible to all. During the last eighteen years, FriendsWithYou has gained international recognition as a pioneer in the field of experiential art, actively working to spread the message of connectivity around the world, with a simple mission to become Friends-With-You.

“GUESS has joined forces with FriendsWithYou to spark a movement — an opportunity to shape our world to be a happy place, a place where everything is Friends-With-You,” says FriendsWithYou founders, Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. “We believe that together we can create a peaceful and joyful world by celebrating our diversities and commonalities.”

GUESS admires the FriendsWithYou message of spreading positivity and happiness through its artwork and shares a like-minded approach by creative exploration through color and having fun with collections.  FriendWithYou’s anime aesthetic from the lens of a high-end artist puts a unique twist on this capsule collection.

“At GUESS, we’re always looking to inspire our customers,” says Brand Partnerships Director, Nicolai Marciano. “We want our clothes to provoke a sense of celebration. We aim to get people excited not just about the product, but about their own creative expression and the fresh new perspectives of artists worldwide. This collection is a celebration of FriendsWithYou and the art they bring to the world.”

The capsule features an assortment of statement pieces for men and women, crafted with cool embellishments including embroidery and logos in vibrant colors.  Cloud graphics are splashed throughout the collection and are a nod to light and serenity. The collection has a big emphasis on diversifying techniques and was designed to provide each piece a unique feel. 

The women’s assortment features a selection of tees, a polo shirt and short sets with a textured terry cloth and cloud print as well as cropped hooded sweatshirts, puffer jackets with cloud hoods, tracksuits and a matching denim set.  The color palette consists of rainbow colors in the form of red, orange, yellow, green and blue.  The men’s collection mirrors the women’s bright color palette and features shirts, logo tees, hoodies and a matching denim set.  Accessories including watches and backpacks are also part of the collection.  The brand is excited to announce that it will also offer this limited-edition capsule collection to kids.

Discover the Advanced Way to Relieve Cough in Just 3 Days!

With the threat of the pandemic still very much present in the country, a simple cough is enough to cause heightened anxiety these days because it is one of the most common symptoms of COVID-19. Unlike before where this matter was usually taken lightly by most, the current situation has people rushing to find a solution when the first signs of a cough arise.

Coughs are our bodies’ natural response to expel unwanted organisms from our lungs caused by allergies, irritants, asthma, and the most common of all, viruses. Although coughs caused by common viruses go away in time, it’s better to treat them as soon as possible and equip our bodies with added immunity for faster recovery.

In the Philippines, only one cough medicine combines the trusted formulation of Solmux with an essential mineral for faster recovery: Solmux Advance, the only one with Zinc! This unique and powerful combination of Carbocisteine and Zinc is proven effective to reduce cough bouts in as fast as 3 days, compared to the usual 10 to 14 days of recovery. The addition of Zinc to Carbocisteine not only liquifies sticky phlegm, but also improves the body’s immunity for faster recovery from cough.

Carbocisteine is scientifically proven to treat cough with phlegm and other respiratory tract disorders, and have properties that inhibit viruses and bacteria, making it more difficult for microorganisms to cause infections. The right levels of Zinc, on the other hand, can help speed up recovery from infections like the common cold through its action on immunity. It also activates white blood cells to help the body fight off viruses including coronaviruses.

Given the continued increase in COVID-19 cases every day plus the occurrence of other viral respiratory infections, Filipinos can protect themselves and their loved ones with a more advanced 2-in-1 solution for faster cough relief.

ZILINGO PHILIPPINES PARTNERS WITH MARIKINA SHOE EXCHANGE (MSE) TO MAKE SHOPPING EASIER AND MORE REWARDING

With an aim to provide customers and entrepreneurs new ways to become more profitable and revenue-driven, Zilingo Trade Philippines partners with MSE which aims to provide business solutions to those who want to expand their businesses online and explore the digital space.

Marikina Shoe Exchange is a wholesale company dedicated to serving customers with a wide range of products. With over 21 years in the business, MSE has instituted itself in the industry and takes pride in its growing number of customers and members.

“Alongside offering our customers affordable price points on our products, this partnership represents a step forward in strengthening the e-commerce industry in the country through partnerships with companies like MSE to elevate the experience and profitability of our local customers.” says Shiela Mauricio, Country Manager, Zilingo Philippines.

Recognizing the continuous growth and potential of the online retail market and the need to constantly provide its users with new and exciting options, Zilingo aims  to provide a unique shopping experience to its customers and enable them to expand their reach to customers across the region and profitability through digitization and enabling them to push their businesses online.“MSE recognizes that Zilingo iis a unique channel that complements existing businesses that link customers to merchants and vice versa. Through this partnership, we not only incentivize the customers of Zilingo and MSE, but also expand the profitability and reach of Zilingo merchants,” says Alejandro Jardiolin, MSE,Digital Marketing Manager

Currently, Zilingo and MSE areputting forward a reseller programme to sellers who intend to buy and offer their products on their online shop. With instant tiered discounts, customers are able to enjoy up to 40% discount on their bulk purchases.

PanzerGlass Launches Limited Artist Edition Clear Case

The clear case features the work of Mikael B, and for each unit sold worldwide, PanzerGlass will plant a tree

PanzerGlass, one of the leading screen protection brands in the world, announces the launch of its Limited Artist Edition ClearCase™.  The company has partnered with Los Angeles-based Danish artist and philanthropist Mikael Brandrup (a.k.a. Mikael B), an ambassador for the Perfect World Foundation, a non-profit organisation that raises awareness and supports efforts to prevent the global ecological crisis.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with street artist Mikael B. for our first-ever limited artist edition clear case. For each unit sold, we will plant a tree in the Sir David Attenborough Forest. This collaboration bridges smartphone protection, abstract street style art, and forest restoration to create small changes for a better world,” announces Head of Global Marketing Michael Broend.

The Limited Artist Edition ClearCase™ available for iPhone 11 and 12 models features Mikael B’s original artwork, adapted from a mural he painted in Sta. Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California specifically for the initiative. It has a signature antibacterial coating proven to kill up to 99.99% of most common surface bacteria, a 100% recycled TPU frame, and an extra-strong honeycomb pattern to enhance shock absorption providing 25% improved scratch resistance.

Limited Artist Edition ClearCase™ will appeal to customers who wish to express art and color while protecting their investment and those looking to make a difference in the world in their small way. Buying the unit allows device users to make the world a better place.

Mikael B is an urban contemporary artist who developed his own identity and unique signature, deeply rooted in his early years as a graffiti artist. He has always had a desire to give back and use his art to make a difference. For this reason, the artist founded the Mikael B Foundation in 2017, where all charity projects come together. It started with a school in Cambodia but has since spread to projects to save the world seas, planting trees to reduce CO2 in collaboration with The Perfect World Foundation.

On this collaboration, Mikael B commented: “The collaboration has been built on a shared passion for changing the world for the better. To kick off the collaboration, I created a mural called “Moment of Clarity” in Los Angeles (Santa Monica Blvd and Orange Grove Ave). I used the composition of the mural to design a ClearCase to protect your phone that bridges the PanzerGlass heritage and my art style.”

“PanzerGlass is in business to protect both screens and the planet. As a global business, we believe we have a responsibility to find sustainable solutions in everything we do. The fewer devices we throw away due to broken screens, the fewer resources are needed to make new ones. Thus, the negative environmental impact is limited. So, by adding screen protection to your devices, you are also taking responsibility for our planet. Our journey for a greener planet started years ago – Let’s continue this journey and take responsibility together,” adds Michael Broend.

The Limited Artist Edition ClearCase will be made available for purchase at the leading Smartphone Electronics Accessories Retailers soon.

For more information about PanzerGlass™, visit https://panzerglass.com/.

Dr. Juan Paolo Bellosillo is an international Fellow of Integrative Medicine and International Diplomate of Whole Medical Systems of the American Association of Integrative Medicine.

A man does not need to have children to be considered a father. Take the case of Dr. Paolo Bellosillo, one of the most respected doctors in the country and you will know why he is considered a Father to many. A father is someone who gives guidance in life. He is someone that you can count on. He is someone that you can run to in times of need to give you wisdom on how to go about life. All these and more are what Doc Pao, as he is fondly called, does for his patients.

Doc Pao’s areas of continuing education and certification are in nutritional medicine, sports nutrition, preventive cardiology, environmental medicine, regenerative medicine, pandemics and cause of human diseases from prestigious schools such as the University of Bridgeport School of medicine, Harvard Medicine, University of Arizona Integrative Medicine, University of Bath, Leeds, St. George London, IAH Germany.

Much of his practice involved healing of chronic and degenerative diseases. In his latest passion project, Doc Pao will be introducing an eBook containing recipes of dishes that will greatly boost one’s immune system. Through this, you will see that Doc Pao goes above and beyond what other doctors do for their patients because he sees them as if they were his own child.

Doc Pao may not yet have his own offspring but to many, he is the epitome of what a Father truly is. We can definitely say that when Doc Pao has his own kids, they will be truly blessed to have Dr. Paolo Bellosillo as their Dad.

Are You Living in a Covid-Free Home?

nanoe™ X Technology: The Added Protection You Need in the Global Pandemic

Read on to learn how to keep your family cared for and protected 24/7!

Cleanliness is one of every family’s top priorities–especially in this new normal. Aside from having clean hands, clean gadgets, and a clean home, we also need to be sure that the air we breathe is clean and healthy. By maintaining a safe environment in our own spaces, we also contribute to the prevention of the novel coronavirus from spreading.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), poor air quality puts people with underlying medical conditions at a higher risk of developing severe diseases from COVID infection.[1] Hence, we see the importance of clean air for our health and well-being, especially during the current global health crisis.

Building a COVID-Free Home with Panasonic nanoe™ X Technology

More than a year into this pandemic and the world is still trying to search for more ways to keep everyone safe from contracting the disease. Both the public and private sectors are always on the lookout for more ways to protect our families. Panasonic, a trusted brand that provides #JapanQuality products, dug even deeper to find more solutions that would cater to people in the next and better normal.

Panasonic helps you protect yourself and your family through nanoe™ X Technology, which are nano-sized atomized water particles released by Panasonic products, such as its Premium Inverter Split Type and Deluxe Inverter Split Type Air Conditioners. nanoe™ X has been certified by Texcell, a French global contract research organization, to inhibit 99.7% of the novel coronavirus in a 6.7m3 space in just 24 hours.[2] It deodorizes foul odors, inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses, provides moisture to the skin and hair, and is effective in eliminating dust, allergens, and pollens for a fresher, cleaner indoor environment—keeping your living space fresh and clean for you and your family.

nanoe™ X Technology: The Added Protection You Need in the Global Pandemic

Read on to learn how to keep your family cared for and protected 24/7!

Cleanliness is one of every family’s top priorities–especially in this new normal. Aside from having clean hands, clean gadgets, and a clean home, we also need to be sure that the air we breathe is clean and healthy. By maintaining a safe environment in our own spaces, we also contribute to the prevention of the novel coronavirus from spreading.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), poor air quality puts people with underlying medical conditions at a higher risk of developing severe diseases from COVID infection.[1] Hence, we see the importance of clean air for our health and well-being, especially during the current global health crisis.

Building a COVID-Free Home with Panasonic nanoe™ X Technology

More than a year into this pandemic and the world is still trying to search for more ways to keep everyone safe from contracting the disease. Both the public and private sectors are always on the lookout for more ways to protect our families. Panasonic, a trusted brand that provides #JapanQuality products, dug even deeper to find more solutions that would cater to people in the next and better normal.

Panasonic helps you protect yourself and your family through nanoe™ X Technology, which are nano-sized atomized water particles released by Panasonic products, such as its Premium Inverter Split Type and Deluxe Inverter Split Type Air Conditioners. nanoe™ X has been certified by Texcell, a French global contract research organization, to inhibit 99.7% of the novel coronavirus in a 6.7m3 space in just 24 hours.[2] It deodorizes foul odors, inhibits the growth of bacteria and viruses, provides moisture to the skin and hair, and is effective in eliminating dust, allergens, and pollens for a fresher, cleaner indoor environment—keeping your living space fresh and clean for you and your family.

Keeping the Family Safe and Worry-Free

In need of 24-hour superior virus protection to-go? Panasonic Portable nanoe™ X Generator helps you stay protected anywhere. Lightweight and compact, it is the perfect must-have for outdoor errands and activities such as a trip to the grocery store or when you go to the bank. Whether inside your car or in your working space at home or in the office, you can ensure that viruses and bacteria are eliminated.

The portable device is powered by the same nanoe™ X Technology in Panasonic Air Conditioners that is certified by Texcell to inhibit the novel coronavirus by 99.7% in a 6.7m3 space in just 24 hours.[3]

Create a safer environment at home and make sure your family breathes clean air with the help of Panasonic nanoe™ X Technology. Get your Panasonic Air Conditioner with nanoe™ X and Panasonic Portable nanoe™ X Generator now and start building a COVID-free home—for fresher and cleaner days ahead.

Click here to learn more on the latest about Panasonic nanoe™ X Technology. Follow Panasonic Philippines and Panasonic Business Solutions Philippines on Facebook, and @panasonic_ph on Instagram to stay updated with their latest innovations—built to help you create a safer home.

References:

[1] https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/environment-and-health/air-quality/news/news/2020/9/a-new-international-day-to-celebrate-clean-air-and-a-sustainable-recovery-from-covid-19

[2] https://www.panasonic.com/ph/corporate/news/articles/covid-update-panasonic-air-conditioners-with-nanoe-x-confirmed-to-inhibit-the-novel-coronavirus.html

PH’s 1st Stevia grower-manufacturer bullish on financial outlook despite the pandemic

Glorious, popularly known as the country’s first Stevia company, is positive on its outlook despite almost 2-years in the pandemic as more and more people turn to healthier alternatives, sales of stevia products continue to grow. According to agribusiness finance giant Rabobank, Stevia’s sales are expected to hit $700 million worldwide in the next few years. Consumers in the Philippines can now get their calorie-free sugar needs from natural alternatives.

Before, stevia was restricted to the health food market without any FDA approval. Recently, it is now widely used as a natural substitute for artificial sweeteners in many products. “Stevia has been touted as a safe and healthy sugar substitute with proven health benefits. It can sweeten foods, and it has several health benefits, including decreased calorie intake, lower blood sugar levels, and less risk of cavities,” said Maura De Leon, the woman behind Glorious, the country’s first stevia grower and manufacturer.

While it has zero calories, stevia is 200 times sweeter than refined sugar and does not affect blood sugar. It is a popular option for people looking to lose weight but who want to reduce their sugar intake. Stevia is an herb that has been grown in tropical climates for centuries. It is a small bushy plant that belongs to the sunflower family and grows in Paraguay and Brazil, but it can be quickly grown elsewhere. For centuries, the people of Paraguay add them to their foods as sweeteners, and countries like Korea, Brazil, China, Japan, and South America, have long used stevia. Stevia products such as teas, juices, healthy coffees, chocolate beverages and natural sweeteners, manufactured by Glorious, are approved safe by the Food and Drug Association (FDA) even for people who have diabetes.

“Stevia is much sweeter than sugar, so you don’t have to add much. It’s good to note that the Philippines is also catching up on the use of this natural sweetener in various food preparations,” added De Leon. Stevia is a natural sweetener taken from the leaves of a bushy shrub. The Stevia plant or (Stevia rebaudiana) has 150 species known to have originated from North and South America. Currently, it is produced by lots of countries, with China as the number one exporter of stevia products, and can be purchased at garden centers for home growing. People who have diabetes can benefit from stevia. Choosing pure stevia extract can help maintain normal blood sugar levels and should be used in moderation.

Stevia can also help cut down added sugar consumption, which can be beneficial for children. High sugar intake in children could lead to heart disease due to reconstructing triglyceride and cholesterol levels, contributing to children’s weight gain. Substituting added sugar for stevia can minimize these risks. At the same time, moderate consumption of foods with stevia and other sweeteners can prevent adverse side effects and promote overall health. What’s even better is that you can add Stevia to make healthy desserts which are diabetic and keto friendly. This is great for people who have a sweet tooth but can’t indulge because of health restrictions. Incidentally, all Glorious Blend beverages— from the 3-in-1, 5-in-1, 7-in-1 mixes, use Stevia which has no calories, no carbohydrates, and zero glycemic index. All of their instant drinks will keep you alert and energized throughout the day. For more information about Glorious, the Stevia Company, check out https://gidc.com.ph/.