Stay fit and healthy on your way to P2.5 million with Pru Life UK’s raffle draw

Taking care of one’s health by carefully watching food intake, diet, and exercise has become a top priority especially as Filipinos continue to live in the middle of the pandemic and with stricter quarantine protocols being implemented again.

For some, making sure that the body and mind are at their healthiest state at all times can be a challenge. Thankfully with Pulse, an all-in-one AI-powered health monitoring app by leading life insurer Pru Life UK, staying in tip-top shape gets easier and even rewarding. Users can even earn a chance to win exciting weekly prizes such as e-gift certificates worth 2,500 pesos and iPhone 12 mini 64GB, and 2.5 million pesos in the grand raffle this September as the company culminates their 25th anniversary in the Philippines.

“Now more than ever, it is important to put greater importance on health and wellness. This inspires us at Pru Life UK to boost our Pulse app with helpful features and a rewarding user experience, as a way to support Filipinos to live a healthier and more active lifestyle. We continue to motivate them to maintain a healthy lifestyle as they use the app and join the ongoing We DO Health and Wealth: 25th Anniversary Free Raffle Celebration,” says Pru Life UK SVP and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

Among Pulse’ primary features is Healthcheck, an AI-driven health assessment powered by Babylon, a healthcare technology and services company based in the United Kingdom. Healthcheck gives users insight on their wellness including a look at risks of developing diseases and how to prevent or postpone them.

For those who actively engage in daily exercises, Pulse also enables users to connect their fitness device and use the Fitness Tracker feature to monitor their body’s activities including the amount of calories burned, steps and distance taken, heart rate, and sleep.

Equally important to people having regular exercise is making sure that the routines they do are correct. The Exercise Buddy feature of Pulse Fit is the perfect companion to ensure that the right posture and movement is implemented to avoid any injuries and that the workout is optimized.

People who are keen on taking their fitness to another level can keep track of their daily calorie intake with My Food Journal and My Meal Planner which recommends recipes, provides detailed nutritional values, and curates meal plans based on their food preferences.

Users also have an unlimited chat access and one video-call consultation with a licensed dietitian through Pulse Gold, a full-suite subscription program which gives subscribers 24/7 access to exclusive AI-powered features of the app.

Pulse’s user-friendly features help people monitor the level of their fitness and nutrition every day, anywhere, and allow them to understand what is needed to further improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

For more information on how you can join the raffle and check if you are one of the lucky winners, visit here.

About Pru Life UK

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 190 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of about 35,000 licensed agents.

The company ranked first (1st) among the country’s life insurers based on the Insurance Commission’s Full Year 2020 rankings in terms of new business annual premium equivalent. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. of the United States, Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.

For more information: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

About Pulse

Pulse is an all-in-one digital health app and the first of its kind in the region to offer holistic health management to consumers. Using AI-powered self-help tools and real-time information, the app serves as a 24/7 health and wellness partner to users, helping them prevent, postpone, and protect against the onset of diseases. Pulse is part of Prudential’s region-wide strategy to provide affordable and accessible healthcare to everyone across Asia by leveraging digital technologies and best-in-class partnerships.

Following the regional launch of Pulse in Malaysia in August 2019, Pulse is now available in a total of 11 markets in Asia and includes a growing suite of value-add services, such as a symptom checker and health assessment, personal wellness services, and video consultations with certified doctors and specialists.

Since its launch, Pulse has been downloaded more than 26 million times* in Asia. Pulse is currently available on the Apple/Google Play stores in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

For more information, and to download Pulse, log onto www.wedopulse.com

World Vision concerned by trending Covid-19 cases among children

With latest health reports of increasing number of COVID-19 infection among children, World Vision urges family members especially the parents and adult caregivers to be mindful of the prescribed minimum health standards even while at home to also protect children and prevent viral transmission amidst the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
World Vision, an international child-focused NGO, also expressed its support to all stakeholders in upholding everyone’s welfare especially of children amidst the ECQ and heightened restrictions in selected areas threatened by the more contagious Delta variant.
World Vision National Director Rommel V. Fuerte raised the need for adults to take this development seriously and be aware of children’s risks if they remain complacent.
As of August 12, the Department of Health (DOH) records 87,663 active COVID-19 cases, making the overall total number of cases in the Philippines since last year to 1,700,363. Infected children nine years old and below comprise 4% or 65,558 cases while those between 10 to 19 years old represent 7% or 116,035.
Nationwide, the top six most affected regions are the National Capital Region, Region II Cagayan Valley, Region III Central Luzon, Region IV-A CALABARZON, Region VI Western VIsayas and Region VII Central Visayas.
“While there is urgency for adults to be vaccinated, we also call for the government to hasten the testing and immediate availability of safe and effective vaccines for children,” he added.
“Together with our partners, we pray that the global milestones in fighting this pandemic can be realized here in our country as well,” hopes Fuerte, who is also a Board Member of the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Recently, a study by World Vision revealed that during lockdowns, children and their households suffer from a significant lack of access to basic health care services, increasing the risk of maternal and child morbidity.
During this pandemic, the child development agency also stressed the need to ensure babies’ proper nutrition. World Vision technical program manager for health and nutrition Carleneth San Valentin, underscores the need to promote, protect and uphold the exclusive breastfeeding among mothers, as a practical defense for infants zero to six months old against dreaded and preventable diseases
“The Implementing Rules and Regulations of laws that support breastfeeding are clearly provided in Executive Order No. 51 or the Philippine Milk Code and Republic Act 11148 or the “Kalusugan at Nutrisyon ng Mag-nanay Act”, the Health and Nutrition expert said while warning that breastmilk substitutes that undermine breastfeeding should not be included in the general distribution of emergency food packs.
San Valentin also added that everyone comply with guidelines from DOH Nutrition Cluster Advisory No. 1, Series 2020 which states that family food packs should contain age-and culturally-appropriate, clean and nutritious food items to promote proper nutrition of children.
As stricter community quarantine protocols are implemented, children, based on the same Rapid Assessment, have expressed negative emotions such as sadness, fear and worry. It stated that almost half of the respondent parents and caregivers admitted that they have used physical or psychological punishment to children.
“A number of children are unaware or unsure about child protection services in their communities,” shared World Vision Technical Program Manager for Child Protection Jezreel Domingo, “so we urge the government to activate and ensure the functionality of Violence against Women and Children Desks and Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children, as stated in the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Advisory of April 2020.”
She also said that ensuring the continued functioning of child-friendly reporting mechanisms such as SOS hotlines allow concerned citizens to report any incident of abuse or exploitation.
The Child Protection Expert also reminded community stakeholders to enforce and monitor the DILG-CWC Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-001, which provides for the reiteration of protocols on reaching out to children in street situations, in need of special protection, at risk, and in conflict with the law during the Enhanced Community Quarantine.
One of the recommendations of the said study is to also assist families in ensuring children are “in school”, which, for World Vision Technical Program Manager of Education Geomel Jetonzo, is crucial to all Filipino learners’ safe, impactful and sustained education. As most school-aged children and students are now adapting to distance learning mode, it remains imperative that parents and children are made aware of the risks and measures to protect themselves from Covid-19 even while studying at home.
To know more about World Vision and its other initiatives, you may visit www.worldvision.org.ph or follow World Vision’s official social media pages /worldvisionph on Facebook, @worldvisionphl on Instagram, and @worldvisionph on Twitter.
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol launches official Shopee and Lazada stores so you can Be Safe Now

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol brings safety right to your doorstep as they launch their new Shopee and Lazada flagship stores.
More than a year in quarantine has made Filipinos anxious to go out, meet up with family and friends, and once again do their favorite recreational activities and hobbies.

As the country continues to roll out its vaccination program, experts continue to remind us of the importance of following health protocols to keep yourself and the people around you safe.

From regular washing of hands, maintaining physical distancing to always disinfecting with at least 70% alcohol solution, proper sanitation remains key to helping us prevent the spread of the virus – and that includes choosing the right rubbing alcohol to keep your hands free from germs, viruses, and bacteria.

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol is recommended by the Philippine Society for Microbiology (PSM) as it kills 99.9% of germs and starts to kill them on contact, so you can be protected while doing your regular activities even amid the pandemic. It also provides you and your loved ones up to 12 hours of protection with constant use. Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol is now available in its online stores in 60 mL, 250 mL, 350mL, 500 mL, 1L, and 3.7 L or 1 GaL bottles.

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol brand ambassadors, Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati, who are parents to two boys, Zion and Kai, shared how getting Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol online has been a big help to them.
“Right now, we do most of our shopping online for food, clothes, toys, and a lot more as we really think it’s safer and minimizes risks, not just for us but for our kids as well. That’s why we got excited when we heard that Defensil has launched an online store. It has been such a big help as it allows us to safely and conveniently purchase isopropyl alcohol anytime, especially since we use it a lot even when we’re just at home,” shared Sarah.
Sarah also loves how the alcohol is hypo-allergenic and has moisturizing properties to keep her and her family’s hands from getting dry.

Be Safe Now and visit Defensil’s Shopee and Lazada flagship stores for all your isopropyl alcohol needs. For more information on how to stay protected, you may visit the Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol’s Facebook page at facebook.com/defensil.philippines.

*Defensil 70% Isopropyl Alcohol was tested against Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli or E. coli and Candida albicans

“Bakuna now na” PAPO kicks off Unity Statement to increase vaccination uptake.

The Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO), representing 38 patient groups in the country, today launches the “Bakuna, Now Na” campaign in a bid to increase vaccination uptake and decrease hesitancy to help curb the pandemic. The campaign is also in partnership with the Department of Health and is supported by the Department of Science and Technology and the Philippine Medical Association.

The Bakuna, Now Na campaign, an information and education advocacy to increase vaccine acceptance, also kicks off with a Unity Statement with partner groups urging Filipinos to get vaccinated against CoVID-19.

The patient-led campaign also aims to support efforts towards vaccine equity through various initiatives and collaborations with governments, manufacturers and the COVAX facility among other platforms.

“The pandemic has made Filipino patients more vulnerable to sickness and hardships. We urge all Filipinos, including patients and their families, to get vaccinated against CoVID-19 to protect ourselves and others from this potentially life-threatening illness. We also support initiatives to urgently address vaccine inequity and secure vaccine access for Filipinos, including those belonging to priority sectors like patients,” said PAPO President Ms Ma. Fatima Lorenzo.

“The Bakuna, Now Na is a campaign for Filipino patients and by Filipino patients. We aspire that through this campaign, we would help in informing the patients and the public that vaccines are safe and effective having gone through regulatory approvals and scientific research. We are stronger and healthier together, which is why we are calling on everyone to get vaccinated,” said Ms Karen Alparce-Villanueva, PAPO Treasurer and Campaign Project Lead.

A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey found that only three out of 10 Filipinos are willing to be vaccinated even if they were free and approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Efforts are also underway to identify barriers for the non-vaccination of a number of senior citizens and persons with comorbidities, belonging to the A2 and A3 priority sectors.

Seeing the vast number of Filipinos who are hesitant to get vaccinated, PAPO recognizes the necessity to address the people’s concerns through the Bakuna, Now Na advocacy. The campaign will center on frequently asked questions about CoVID-19 vaccines and dispel myths with verified medical facts. The Bakuna, Now Na is an effort to translate complicated medical terms into easy-to-digest content that will help educate the public.

“The Department of Health is pleased to partner with the Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations in our effort to increase vaccine confidence and vaccinate more people as soon as possible. We continue to call on patients and our senior citizens to get themselves vaccinated because vaccines are one of the proven ways by which we could prevent this pandemic. Vaccines along with the wearing of face masks, hand washing, and physical distancing will help us move forward safely from this pandemic. Vaccines are safe and effective kaya Bakuna, Now Na,” said Department of Health – Health Promotions Bureau Director Dr. Beverly Lorraine Ho.

Dr. Nina Gloriani, chairman of the Department of Science and Technology – Vaccine Expert Panel, is also present during the campaign launch as the advocacy will feature verified information coming from the country’s medical and vaccines experts.

The Bakuna, Now Na campaign is being led by PAPO in partnership with the Department of Health, the Department of Science and Technology, the Philippine Medical Association, the Philippine Pharmacists Association and former Health Secretaries Carmencita Reodica, MD, Esperanza Cabral, MD, Manuel Dayrit, MD, and Janette Garin, MD and 50 other organizations and growing.

According to Rey Sarmenta, the former Chairman of HAPLOS, the Hemophilia Foundation, he got vaccinated because he wanted to protect his family, and getting vaccinated is his chance to enjoy his life with his loved ones.

For Ara Lanorio, President of the Neurofibromatosis Friends Philippines, proper education about vaccines should take priority. She shared her initial concerns about the vaccine and how knowing the facts helped her decide to get vaccinated.

For more information about the campaign or to sign the PAPO Unity Statement, please visit www.papo.ph and PAPO’s FB page.

Shopee’s 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites everyone to enjoy exciting deals, prizes, and performances at the Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale TV Special, Shopee’s biggest TV Show to date. Filipinos can watch the fiesta themed-celebration, broadcast live from Araneta Coliseum, by tuning in to GMA-7 and Shopee Live on June 6, 2:00-3:30 PM. Until July 7, users can also enjoy free shipping, daily ₱1 deals, up to 20% cashback, and more at Shopee’s 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee welcomes the second half of the year with a bang as we launch the Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale. We’re proud of all the milestones we’ve achieved in the first half of the year, and starting with this campaign, we look forward to reaching new ones. With our supersized 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale and TV Special, Shopee aims to spread joy to Filipinos, cater to their needs, and remain a valued partner to our brands and sellers.”

Here are the highlights of the Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale TV Special:

Over ₱15 million worth of prizes
During the TV Special, viewers can catch three Shopee Shake sessions, where they can win either ₱300,000 and a Chery Tiggo 2; ₱500,000 and a Chery Tiggo 2; or a BMW X3. One lucky Shopee Milyonaryo winner can also claim the ₱1,000,000 jackpot prize, plus a house and lot sponsored by Frontrow. Aside from cash prizes and giveaways, viewers can claim over ₱7,000,000 worth of vouchers from Shopee.

Exciting appearances from local and international celebrities
K-Pop fans can tune in to the star-studded TV Special to watch Korea’s hottest rising boy group, Treasure, as they perform hits such as “I Love You,” “MMM,” and “My Treasure.” Viewers can also catch local celebrities such as Shopee brand ambassador Willie Revillame, who will also be hosting the show; Jennylyn Mercado; Rhian Ramos; Michele Gumabao; Glaiza de Castro; Mikael Daez; Mark Herras; Gloc-9; Sef Cadayona; Skusta Clee; Flow G; Mark Maglasang; and finally John Lloyd Cruz, who is set to make his TV comeback since his hiatus in 2017.

Big promotions from leading brands
Shoppers should stay tuned during the show to enjoy exclusive flash deals from go-to household, food, and tech brands such as Huawei, Reckitt, GSK, Pampers, Domino’s, Bonchon, Century, SC Johnson, OPPO, Potato Corner, Globe, Smart, and Moonleaf.

Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale

Users can enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, daily ₱1 deals, and 20% cashback on several categories at Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale, which runs until July 7.

Shoppers can look forward to discounts up to 90% off on brands such as:
P&G Beauty
Olay
NIVEA Philippines
Abbott Philippines
Equal Philippines
Maybelline
Akari Lighting Philippines
Del Monte
Mentos and Chupa Chups
Colgate-Palmolive
Havaianas Philippines
Unilever Beauty
OPPO
vivo
Enfagrow
GSK
Deerma Official Store
Eufy
Soundcore
Tough Mama Appliances
INSPI
Shigetsu
Mikana
Organic Skin
Silver Kingdom
Lucky Silver
Crown Jewelry
Colourette
Revlon
Kleenfant
INSPI Kids
Organic
Crown
The SM Store
Ida Wallpaper
Nestle
Xiaomi

Shoppers can also easily top up their ShopeePay wallets through their debit cards and other convenient channels to enjoy more promotions such as:

A chance to win ₱20,000 by topping up a minimum of ₱300 on June 5
Free shipping with no minimum spend and up to 66% coins cashback on June 6
₱10 worth of data for only ₱1 on June 6
Up to 25% cashback on bills payment
₱1 Deals from brands such as McDonald’s, Jollibee, Chowking, and more

For more information on the Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale, visit https://shopee.ph/m/6-6.

About Shopee
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee connects shoppers, brands, and sellers across Asia and other fast-growing markets, empowering anyone to buy and sell anywhere and at any time.
Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. It offers a wide product assortment, supported by integrated payments and logistics, as well as popular entertainment features tailored for each market. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.
Shopee is a part of Sea Limited (NYSE:SE), a leading global consumer internet company. In addition to Shopee, Sea’s other core businesses include its digital entertainment arm, Garena, and digital financial services arm, SeaMoney. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology.
About Shopee Mall
Shopee Mall is the region’s leading online mall offering one-stop access to a wide range of international and local brands and retailers. Shoppers can enjoy three guarantees delivered by Shopee Mall — 100% authentic products, free returns and free shipping. With always-on deals, entertainment and a robust loyalty programme, Shopee Mall offers an unparalleled online shopping experience and best value all year round.
About ShopeePay
ShopeePay is an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services. Launched in the Philippines in 2019, ShopeePay enables a seamless shopping experience by allowing users to make online payments on Shopee, top-up their wallets, and transfer and withdraw funds.

ShopeePay makes it easier to shop and do business. It provides users with a convenient, secure, and rewarding payment option; it empowers businesses and helps them capture new opportunities.

ShopeePay is part of SeaMoney, the digital financial services arm of Sea Group. A leading digital payments and financial services provider in Southeast Asia, SeaMoney’s mission is to better the lives of individuals and businesses in the region with financial services through technology.

ComCo Southeast Asia kicks off 5th anniversary celebration with brand evolution, new metals and pitch wins

ComCo Southeast Asia is in “Blazing Sapphire” as it enters its 5th year with renewed energy through a brand refresh, awards from esteemed local and regional communications and marketing organizations, and major account wins.

Among the many milestones it is celebrating is a refreshed brand story chronicling the company’s journey from a kick-start-up to a premier multi-awarded regional boutique communications agency serving enterprises and organizations in the Philippines and across the Southeast Asian region, continued recognition for its communications and marketing campaigns, and new client partners.

Trailblazing. Transformative. Limitless.
United as a coalition of brand architects, inspired storytellers and communication trailblazers, ComCo SEA is kicking off its anniversary celebration with the Agency’s brand evolution – the transformation of its symbol and promise, and the retelling of its brand identity and story. ComCo Southeast Asia unveils its icon – a mothership housing the company’s great works and individuals with immense talent, meaning, passion and dreams, and taking off to conquer new horizons. The mothership is a vessel, a second home, a safe zone, a creativity playground, and a jumping board that empowers the ComCo Squadron to do more groundbreaking projects and make a difference along the way.

ComCo’s logo transforms from speech bubble into a digital screen, which beams the image of the mothership, and reflects the more modern, more complete and more integrated way of communicating in a world that has evolved. It shows the advancement, digital and multi-touchpoint integration, and completeness of the emerging global disciplines the Agency champions – New PR and Smart Social. It represents the company’s outlook of being a global independent communications agency working with a network of independents in Southeast Asia and across the regional centers of the world, in providing integrated communications solutions and services to brands, companies and organizations of all shapes and sizes.

Whether online or on-site, ComCo SEA is ready to soar higher with its unique brand of #MeaningfulStorytelling, which is also the Agency’s new mantra, to ignite brand love, social change, talent growth and regional alliance.

The company’s focus remains to Ignite Brand Love, Ignite Social Change, Ignite Talent and Ignite Regional Collaboration, while ComCo’s corporate culture is now reinforced through the four Camp ComCo mentorship houses lifted from the team’s spirit animals which are valuable but endangered species inhabiting Southeast Asia and the Pacific, showing the Agency’s love for the environment. ComCo Southeast Asia upholds Unity Drawn by Individual Stories and Team Journey as represented by Hawksbill, Rebellion Against the Status Quo and Monotony to Pursue Excellence as symbolized by Bearcat, Commitment to Advocacies that Matter and taken to Heart as signified by Flying Fox, and Equal Access and Opportunity for All as reflected by Whaleshark.

Wins in Awards and Accounts
In its 5 years, ComCo Southeast Asia has reaped over 76 awards and is celebrating more wins in 2021 from both local and international award-giving bodies such as IABC Quill Awards, MarCom Awards in USA, Mumbrella Awards, Marketing Event Awards in Singapore, Campaign Asia Pacific’s PR Awards Asia in Hong Kong, Spikes Asia, Anvil Awards, Asia Pacific Stevie Awards, Kidlat and ARAW Advertising Values Awards. The company recently received 13 metals from the prestigious IABC Quill Awards along with brand partners Eastern Communications, Jobstreet, World Vision and WWF-Philippines, including the recognition of Agency of the Year 2nd Runner-up. Recently, ComCo Southeast Asia also emerged as regional finalist in the Marketing PR Awards in Singapore for Best Use of Micro / Niche Influencers for its Write to Ignite Blogging Project.

More than the awards, ComCo SEA also continued to strengthen its client portfolio, winning major accounts in recent agency pitches such as Xiaomi, Unilab Foundation, Defensil isopropyl alcohol, Sunlife ASC, and Lamoiyan Corporation’s Gumtect toothpaste.

Blazing Sapphire 5-Part Celebration
To mark its 5th year in the business, ComCo SEA is inviting its friends and stakeholders to join its year-long 5-part celebration dubbed as “Blazing Sapphire”. First in the 5-part series is the kick-off which included the virtual townhall and digital unveiling of ComCo SEA’s brand evolution, while the summer would mark the inauguration of the Camp ComCo Alumni Society “Unity Games”, where the graduates of the company’s mentorship program from House Bearcat, Flying Fox, Hawksbill and Whaleshark will get reunited, which also serves as the celebration of the company’s strong alumni culture. Meanwhile, bloggers, micro-influencers and content creators can sharpen their storytelling skills anew as ComCo SEA opens season 2 of the award-winning and much talked about “Write to Ignite Blogging Project”.

In “5 Gifts to the Community” of Citizen ComCo, the Agency’s advocacy program, ComCo SEA aims to give back and pay forward to different sectors – children, youth and education; heritage, culture and tourism; wildlife, biodiversity and environmental conservation; micro, small and social enterprises; and Southeast Asian integration. Afterwards, stakeholders and partners can look forward to the culmination of the celebration through the “Blazing Sapphire” anniversary main event.

ComCo Southeast Asia’s Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director and Co-Founder Ferdinand Bondoy shared, “We did not expect to grow this fast as we are just enjoying the journey of working together again (founders are former teammates who did landmark projects together) and growing the team with a unique, non-conformist and progressive agency culture that we’ve always dreamed of.

Then we just realized that there are so many milestones to celebrate and to be thankful for already. In 5 years, we’ve already taken care of 61 brands or accounts; 76 local, regional and international awards from real, authentic and impactful campaigns in collaboration with existing and actual clients; mentored 65 apprentices from 14 cycles of the Camp ComCo Mentorship Program; and established a network of independents in Southeast Asia primarily in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.”

Mr. Bondoy added, “While the team, or ComCo Squadron as we fondly call it, has accomplished many things in a short period of time, we believe that there is a lot more to do. And as we kick-start our 5-part 5th anniversary celebration, we are also jumpstarting our 10-year masterplan which is set to even revolutionize the game and do more for our society, as we work on projects and initiatives with people, brands and organizations that share the same vision.”

Watch ComCo SEA’s Blazing Sapphire anniversary video here: https://fb.watch/56kB9j1xeW/
To know more about ComCo Southeast Asia, visit www.comcosea.com. Follow them on social media: facebook.com/comco.southeastasia on Facebook, linkedin.com/company/comco-hq and @comco_sea on both Instagram and Twitter.

About ComCo Southeast Asia
ComCo Southeast Asia is a trailblazing and globally award-winning integrated communications agency powered by the coalition of premier brand architects and communication trailblazers in the region. Based in the Philippines and dedicated to the Southeast Asia market, ComCo SEA takes the lead in the innovation of premier brands and growth of up-and-coming businesses through the emerging global disciplines of New PR – a strategy based, content-driven, and channel-agnostic way of doing PR, and Smart Social – a holistic, authentic and integrated approach in the maximization of digital and social channels, to effectively reach and engage audiences and help influence change.

Uratex Group launches #GetUProtected vaccination program

The RGC/Uratex Group of Companies launched #GetUProtected, a corporate-wide COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign, ensuring enough vaccines to cover all its workforce.

The campaign is led by the Uratex Pandemic Response Team (PRT) formed to create and implement adaptive measures and programs to assure the safety and wellness of the employees. Headed by Uratex COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Engr. Heminigildo “Bong” Ducusin, the team will launch synchronized massive vaccine awareness communication activities and will facilitate the immunization program.

“Our employees’ welfare is our top priority. The campaign is in line with the company’s value of protecting its people and improving their wellbeing. We want to give them the best options to stay protected from COVID-19,” said Ducusin.

Vaccination is not mandatory but the company has enough doses to cover employees from Uratex Foam Group, Uratex Monoblock, Uratex Automotive Seating, Roberts Automotive and Industrial Parts Manufacturing Corporation (Roberts AIPMC), Inoac Philippines Corporation (IPC), RGC Textile Manufacturing Corporation, and Uratex Ready-wrap Containers.

The company will be supporting the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Philippine National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 through delivering messages on vaccine safety and efficacy to its employees. The PRT will coordinate with the assigned Implementing/Reporting Unit mandated by the COVID-19 Vaccination Operations Center for the vaccination proper.

World Vision empowers children to change their future through Chosen™ campaign

World Vision, an international Christian NGO, has been instrumental in changing children’s lives, and their communities, in the Philippines for more than 60 years. Through holistic programs, innovative and child-focused campaigns, and strategic partnerships, thousands of children continue to receive the opportunity to live their lives to the full, most especially as the world goes through a health crisis.

Last year, the Chosen™ campaign was launched in various World Vision offices changing lives around the world. Though the pandemic has affected the launch last January 2020, World Vision in the Philippines was still able to have 263 children sponsored.

Through World Vision’s Chosen™ campaign, children are empowered to contribute in changing their future by giving them the power to choose their sponsors. This new and effective way in child sponsorship is also transforming the lives of the sponsors and supporters.

Nikki Gil supports Chosen™ Relaunch

Though the pandemic has tremendously impacted individuals, corporations, institutions and even the government, World Vision stays committed to ensuring that the most vulnerable Filipino children are healthy, educated, safe, and protected.

This year, as World Vision relaunches Chosen™ with Celebrity Nikki Gil, the organization is hopeful that through this partnership, more individuals with hearts for children will know about the campaign and be willing to sign up to be chosen.

“The fact that I got to where I am today is a series of moments of being chosen first and foremost by God. I think that’s such a beautiful display of how powerful God’s love is for us. There are times in our lives where you are in a situation where you have limited choices in life. For you to be given this to choose who will journey with you to a brighter future, that’s such a big deal,” shared Nikki Gil.

Protecting the most vulnerable children from the coronavirus is World Vision’s priority today. With the support of local partners, preventive health measures have always been a vital part of its child sponsorship programs.

“When you sign up to be #Chosen, you are empowering kids to take the first step in changing their future. Together with thousands of individual and organizational partners, World Vision welcomes you to this ministry that looks after the welfare of the most vulnerable children. Thank you for being a channel of God’s blessing today”, said World Vision National Director Rommel Fuerte.

To know how you can change a child’s life by signing up to be Chosen™, you may visit https://www.worldvision.org.ph/chosen/.

To know more about World Vision and its other initiatives, you may visit www.worldvision.org.ph or follow World Vision’s official social media pages /worldvisionph on Facebook, @worldvisionphl on Instagram, and @worldvisionph on Twitter.

About World Vision

World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Significance of family well-being discussed in first-ever Filipino Family WellBeing Virtual Conference

In true bayanihan spirit, the first-ever Filipino Family WellBeing Virtual Conference was convened to steer a multidisciplinary and multisectoral discussion of family wellbeing as the central component of mental health and psychosocial services to build stronger Filipino families.
The two-day Conference placed emphasis on the urgent and most pressing needs of Filipino families in the face of C0VID-19 pandemic. Attended by more than 2000 families and reaching more than 190,000 individuals, the event became their safe space to express their questions and concerns, while receiving practical solutions from a multidisciplinary panel of experts with the goal of co-creating a better normal for all.
Organized by the Bayanihan for WellBeing (BWB) collaborative, the conference tackled financial, economic, psychological, and social challenges faced by Filipino families. As defined by the National Center on Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (NCPFCE) in 2013, family well-being refers to the “safety, health, and financial security of the whole family”, which encompasses both physical and mental health.
On Marital Struggles & Family Dynamics
The pandemic significantly altered how we live our lives and this includes our life at home. Department of Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Luzviminda Ilagan shared, “The declaration of community quarantine and physical distancing restricted the mobility of people. Business operations were suspended, establishments closed, alternative work arrangements, classes transformed into online systems, public transportation stopped, and unnecessary travel was banned. All these and other impositions intended to stop the spread of the virus wreaked havoc on the lives of people, especially families.”

With families confined to the home during the lockdown, conflicts between couples have become much more common. Shiena Base from Educo Philippines advised couples that disagreements are a part of married life and that communication is key. “Listen. Appreciate little things. Minsan dahil confined tayo sa isang bahay, hindi na natin nakikita ang mga simpleng ginagawa ng ating ka-partner. (Sometimes, because we’re confined in our homes, we stop noticing the simple things our partner does for us.),” Base said.

Dr. Aida Gines, President of the Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association also stressed the importance of proper communication between parents and their children especially if children have been exposed to their parents’ arguments. There is a need to explain the conflict to children once they have calmed down but as much as possible, parents are advised to keep and further resolve arguments in closed quarters. “Minsan, hindi maiiwasan ‘yan, dala na rin siguro ng pag-aalala ng ating mga magulang. Pero kung maiiwasan ng ating mga magulang ang pag-aaway, gawin na lang sa kwarto na hindi naririnig ng ating mga anak (Sometimes, arguments cannot be helped possibly due to anxieties of parents. But if it can be helped, keep arguments inside the room where the children will be unable to hear),” shared Dr. Gines.

Base also reminded parents, teachers, and all adults to never disregard the voices of children: “Sa konteksto ng wellbeing, tingnan din natin ang boses ng mga kabataan and take their opinions into account. The collective family wellbeing should also include the voices of children.” This was seconded by Dr. Carolina Uno-Rayco, National Executive Director of the Philippine Mental Health Association, who shared, “Let’s maintain a positive, loving, and respectful family atmosphere where family members can open up about their concerns without fear of being ridiculed.”

On the Shift to Digital Learning
With classes moving online, the conference offered tips on how families can support online learners. Dr. Rhea Concepcion, President of the Philippine Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, advised parents to ask help from all members of the family like asking ates or kuyas to teach the younger siblings. “It’s a matter of delegating roles and responsibilities among children and members of the family lalo na kung abala sa paghahanap ng ikabubuhay ang ating mga magulang (especially if the parents are busy finding sources of livelihood)”, says Dr. Rhea.
For parents worried about children spending too much screen time or being exposed to excessive use of gadgets, Dr. Kenneth Javate shared that bringing the outdoors in by caring for plants or by trying fun workout routines are some ways to help kids become active inside the home while turning these into fun family bonding activities at the same time.
Collaboration is Key
Finally, the conference reminded everyone that in order for the Filipino family to progress, collaboration in the community is important. “Ang trabaho ng pagsulong ng pamilyang Pilipino, lalong lalo na ngayon sa panahon ng pagbabago ay hindi gawain ng isang tao lang or isang pamilya lang, rather it’s a collaborative effort of an entire community (The job of progressing the Filipino family, especially during the pandemic, lies not just on one person or one family but rather relies on the collaborative effort of an entire community),” shared Unilab Foundation Heads Up PH Program Director Dr. Shake Hocson.
Putting a premium on collaboration and bayanihan, Unilab Foundation convened BWB as an initiative of its mental health program, Heads Up PH. It aims to continuously provide a multidisciplinary, multisectoral and all systems level approach in the provision and delivery of mental health and psychosocial services in the Philippines for prevention, intervention and postvention.

The program was made possible through its partners who are represented by experts from the Philippine Psychiatric Association, Psychological Association of the Philippines, Philippine Guidance and Counseling Association, Philippine Pediatric Society, and Philippine Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Holding the first-ever Filipino Family WellBeing Virtual Conference last February 12-13, 2021, BWB envisioned mental health and family wellbeing to be holistic, inclusive, and empowering as it encouraged economically-challenged families to join the discussion.
Executive Director of Unilab Foundation Lilibeth Aristorenas then emphasized, “It is in uncertain times like this that mental health and wellbeing must be put at the forefront to address these stresses. Forming healthy familial relationships do not only help the youth cope with the effects of crisis but are also essential in helping them feel loved and secured, which impacts their brain development and sense of self, and helps them grow up to become confident and resilient individuals.” Adding to this, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo quotes, “The path to healing and acceptance among Filipino families begins with openness and empathy.”
BWB has indeed displayed foresight in bringing to the public eye current and relevant issues on the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on Filipino families. The two-day conference kicked-off with a session entitled “Mga Hamon at Lakas ng Pamilyang Pilipino sa Panahon ng Pandemya” which referred from a strength-based model relevant in overcoming the different challenges of Filipino families in the time of COVID-19 pandemic. On the other hand, the second session entitled “Kaya Kung Sama-sama: Pagpapatibay ng Filipino Family Wellbeing” tackled the different levels of care involved in establishing family wellbeing, such as in terms of Handling Family Conflicts, Building A Healthy Family Culture, Parenting During The Pandemic, and Youth Formation and Leadership. Lastly, the conference ended with the third session entitled “Kwento ng Pamilyang Pilipino” focused on sharing inspiring stories of the Filipino families and how they overcame the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

What’s Next?

The conference may be over but the fight for a healthier Philippines continues. Those who missed the event can still watch the sessions at the Bayanihan for WellBeing Facebook page.
The said conference was also held for the benefit of the Resiliency Play Bags Donation Drive in partnership with the Department of Education – DRRMS.

These play bags aim to spark hope, harness creativity, and develop resilience and coping skills among Filipino children, who were not only strained by the presence of the pandemic, but were also victims of the calamities that struck our nation in the previous year.

Each resiliency play bag is composed of toys and arts and crafts materials such as (1) sipa and kickball which are intended to help children release tension and stress, (2) plain cape and mask which children can incorporate their designs, allowing them to identify their strengths and make them feel like superheroes, and (3) writing and coloring sheet to encourage their creativity and help them express their emotions. The resiliency play bags are made to complement the Remote Psychosocial Support Through Play, A Teacher’s Activity Guide/Module authored by ULF, in partnership with the Department of Education. As of December 2020, 1000 resiliency play bags were already distributed. With your support, we can help build resilience in thousands of children who will not only be able to survive but also be able to thrive and reach their full potential in life.

For further donation details and inquiries on partnership and sponsorship opportunities you may visit the Bayanihan for Wellbeing Facebook page at facebook.com/BayanihanForWellBeing. You may also contact Jefferson Hilario, Project Officer of Heads Up PH, at 0917-326-2092 or at headsup@unilabfoundation.org

Through the Bayanihan For WellBeing, we are encouraged to reflect that if one can, we can and that together, we can cope and thrive in the spirit of Bayanihan.

World Vision former sponsored child leads outreach activity in Aeta community in Zambales

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), led by Commodore Armand Balilo and actor/ Lieutenant Commander Gerald Anderson of the PCG Auxiliary, recently conducted an outreach activity in Zambales, reaching out to about 300 families living in an Aeta community also known as the Lupang Pangako Resettlement Area in Barangay San Agustin.
Lupang Pangako used to be a massive project assisted by child-focused agency World Vision through its relief, child sponsorship and community-based programs in the aftermath of the devastating Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991 which displaced over 20,000 Aeta highlanders in the Central Luzon province.
“Even though it has been three decades since the volcano erupted, its impact to those permanently displaced remains until today. But what is good is that blessings continue to pour,” shared Commo Balilo, also the spokesperson for PCG.
Commo Balilo also said that many institutions like PCG Public Affairs, PCG Logistics Systems Command, PCG Station Subic, and World Vision Development Foundation Inc., and supportive individuals such as Lt. Cmdr Anderson who generously spent his birthday for the activity and contributed to the initiative.
The visited Aeta families who have been challenged by the current Covid-19 pandemic, received basic food and non-food commodities such as rice, canned goods, and hygiene supplies among others. The visited Aeta community was also prayed over by World Vision team which also distributed Christian literatures including Bibles and other faith-based materials for spiritual nurture.
A heart for the most vulnerable children
Balilo, a former sponsored child of World Vision, shared that children especially the most vulnerable have a soft spot in his heart.
“I remember years back when I learned that a family was willing to support me as a child. It was a gift that made a lot of difference both for myself and for my whole family,” said Commo Balilo.
“Now that I am able to pay it forward, I make sure that others can also experience the joy of serving children in whatever way they can,” he added.
World Vision National Director Rommel V. Fuerte said the organization is proud of what former sponsored children like Commo Balilo have done to give back and help many other children.
“It is amazing how God uses each of us to become instruments in transforming lives of children,” Fuerte shared.
World Vision, for almost 65 years, has been promoting child sponsorship and implementing community-based programs to promote sustainability, empower communities, and help improve lives of children and families for the better.
In 2020, World Vision has directly served over 254,000 children in 31 Area Programs (APs) in the Philippines through various interventions and advocacies promoting education, health and nutrition, WASH, child protection, emergency response, disaster resilience, and livelihood development.
To also experience the joy of making a difference in child’s life, visit https://www.worldvision.org.ph/sponsor-child
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About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, their families, and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Inspired by its Christian faith and values, it is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. It serves and collaborates with all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.