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.

Acculab MNL Opens to Offer ACES Swabbing Services

While a period of COVID-19 uncertainty lingers as we wait for the development of a working vaccine, Acculab MNL, a privately-owned and DOH-accredited swabbing facility for personal and occupational testing and certification opens to offer Accessible, Consistent, and Efficient swabbing services.

This addresses the general publics clamor for greater testing capacity to help them combat the spread of the new coronavirus in their communities.

AccuLab MNL is a team of industry leading experts that operate at the highest standards and are committed to the expedited execution of duties pertinent to patient needs.

By providing smarter, faster, more efficient services, they can and will provide the lowest costs at the highest levels of quality at the times we need it most.

They are offering a PCR swab test which detects the active presence of the virus, i.e., shows that you currently have COVID-19. These are the tests currently used by the IATF-NTF and approved by the Department of Health (DOH) and are fully compliant with government guidelines.

In Acculab MNL, we also support the Manila government’s action plan, dubbed as CODE-COVID-19 (Contain and Delay).

Thus, 200 testing kits were donated to Mayor Isko Moreno during the grand launch on which the honorable City of Manila Mayor personally received the gift vouchers.

AccuLab MNL performs COVID-19 antigen testing and PCR swab test to diagnose patients who have mild to severe symptoms of this deadly infection.

The test is conducted at an accredited laboratory where they have been working for years and offer more accurate results.

Their medical team ensures to deliver the results to us with the help of their own courier partner services.

They also provide a home and office swabbing services to patients so that coronavirus swab testing can be done to those who need to travel or work.

For more details, Contact Anne Vicente and/or visit their Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/acculabmnl/ or their office at 580 P. Ocampo St. 1004 Malate, Philippines with phone number 0995 654 2223.

Three Months On: World Vision assisted 64,000 people affected by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses

Three months since typhoons Rolly (international name Goni) and Ulysses (international name Vamco) ravaged Luzon, World Vision in the Philippines continues its emergency response in partnership with the local government and like-minded agencies to help families bounce back from the succeeding calamities. To date, World Vision has reached over 64,000 people, including 23,000 children.
“Our timely intervention in the Bicol Region, Metro Manila, Isabela and Cagayan provinces has helped children, who are at the heart of what we do, to cope from the impact of typhoons Rolly and Ulysses,” shared Rommel V. Fuerte, World Vision national director who recently visited and witnessed the situation of affected families in Albay.
Emergency essentials provided to affected families include food, hygiene kits, water containers, kitchen sets, emergency shelter kits and other non-food items for protection like blanket, mosquito nets and plastic mats.
Recognizing the need of the most vulnerable especially mothers and babies, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund in the Philippines and World Vision provided for the needs of pregnant and lactating mothers through cash assistance, maternity and dignity kits. In Catanduanes, where the typhoon damaged a number of rural health units (RHU), an emergency maternity treatment facility (EMTF) which serves as a temporary birthing clinic, and tents for women-friendly spaces were set up. Generator sets were also provided.
“We are thankful for your prompt support. You were there right after the typhoon. There is a huge need not only because of COVID-19. Our basic emergency obstetric and newborn care (bEmONC) was badly affected [by the typhoon] so the EMTF and generator sets will help us continue our services for pregnant women. This also boosts the morale of the community, knowing that they are not left behind,” said Dr. Elva M. Joson, health officer of Virac, Catanduanes.
Early Recovery
Meanwhile, World Vision now shifts from relief to early recovery interventions. With funding from the European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO), teams on ground commenced distribution of shelter repair kits containing GI sheets, marine plywood, hammer, saw, sets of two kinds of nails and metal wire. Cash-based programs have also been implemented for families who lost their homes and families hosting them. Embedded in this initiative is the Build Back Better and Disaster Risk Reduction Principle orientation for families.
Young couple Joseph and Maricris are among the families who received shelter assistance in Albay. Their family was left with just a cement flooring and a wooden column. Joseph built a makeshift house but was still afraid for their safety, especially his one-year-old child, Ella Joyce.
“We will use these shelter materials to build a stronger home. This will keep us safe and it will help our children cope,” Maricris said. 
World Vision is grateful for the generous support of the following partners: 1590 Energy Corp, Adarna House Publishing, Agusan NHS Student Government, American Wire & Cable Co, Bank of America, Atlassian, Cebu Pacific Air, Civicom, Colgate-Palmolive, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, Delta P, Inc., DTCC, Emerson, GCash, Insular Foundation, Isla LPG Corporation, Jesus Christ the Cornerstone Ministries – Caloocan, Johnson & Johnson, Living Word – Masbate Placer, Living Word CCCII, Living Word Metro North, Living Word Silverdale, McKinsey & Co. (Phils.), Merck, Mileage Asia Corp., Momee PH. Nexus Technologies, PayMaya, Phoenix Publishing, Procter & Gamble, Royal Christian Church, SFUC Group of Companies, Singapore School Cebu, Viber, Victory Fort, Visa, WeWork, Willis Towers Watson, and Word for the World Mandaluyong.
To know more about World Vision, visit www.worldvision.org.ph. For updates, follow /worldvisionph on Facebook and @worldvisionphl on Instagram.

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.

Encourage Your Loved Ones to Achieve Their Fitness Goals for theNew Year!

From December 21 to 27, Shopee is offering discounts up to 61% off on the best workout giftsfor anyone who wants to amp their fitness game.

The quarantine definitely can’t stop most of us from indulging inour favorite holiday treats, from the classic bibingka and puto bumbong to the much-awaitedNoche Buena feast. And we all know what comes after the holiday feasts: our #BalikAlindogresolutions! Kickstart your loved ones’ fitness journeys ahead of the New Year with these tipsfeaturing awesome deals.From December 21 to 27,

Shopee is offering discounts up to 61% off on the best gifts thatencourage your friends and family to stay fit and healthy!Upgrade their workout wardrobeThe right gear can make each workout routine a whole lot easier.

Trade in their well-wornsneakers for a sturdy pair of ANTA Men Running Shoes. You can also check out the SkechersMen Go Run Mojo – Pep Shape-Ups Footwear, which features a lightweight and responsive

A Healthy Holiday Season for our Family Dogs

Dogs are not just pets for fur-parents. They are part of the family and are involved in activities and household decisions. This is especially true for the Christmas season when everyone gets together and spends time with their loved ones. If you’re looking for ways to treat your doggos for the holidays, here are five simple things you can do so they can also have a jolly Christmas:

 

 

  • Take them out to admire the holiday decor. Dogs will love the colorful explosion of Christmas lights and decor, so try to schedule your walks in the evening. Let them explore this new version of the neighborhood, but always keep them on a leash so they don’t get too close and damage the decor or hurt themselves.

 

 

 

  • Snap holiday photos. Cap off 2020 with a cute photoshoot with your furbaby. The year may have been tough but you can snap some holiday photos to have fond memories amid uncertain times. The photos can be shot anywhere, but you can make it more “extra” by having your dogs wear costumes. Matching Christmas sweaters will always be a hit and guaranteed likes and tons of “awww” when you post photos on social media.

 

 

 

  • Get them a gift. Part of the Christmas tradition is to give gifts and there’s no reason why your dog shouldn’t get one too. Maybe it’s time to get a new set of toys or a more comfortable bed? You can also get them more of their favorite treats so they have something to look forward to every day. 

 

 

 

  • Extend cuddle time. They say some of the best gifts aren’t material things and the same could be applied to dogs. Make their Christmas more special by giving them more cuddles. The cold weather is the perfect time to snuggle up under a blanket while watching a movie. 

 

 

 

  • Upgrade to a healthier diet. Take their mealtime experience to the next level by improving their food. Ideally, their diet should consist of delicious yet nutritious dishes so they stay healthy. Tasty dog food will make them think there’s a special occasion every day.

 

 

Make mealtimes more exciting with Maxime, a premium dog food brand by Pilmico, which has over 20 years of experience in producing quality animal feeds. Maxime contains all the vitamins and nutrients so doggos stay happy, active, tough, and smart. It comes with prebiotics and probiotics for better immunity, DHA for a sharper mind, and Omega 3 and 6 for a healthy heart, and a shinier coat and fur.

 

Maxime is the newest brand in Pilmico’s long-standing history of providing quality animal

nutrition products, it comes in two variants created for puppies and adult dogs. Maxime Prime Dog Diet is made with the best ingredients for a complete and balanced diet. The adult variant is enhanced with probiotics, while both adult and puppy variants are specially formulated with prebiotics to better absorb nutrients; strengthen their hearts, bones, and teeth; and have a healthier tummy.

 

The Maxime Elite Prime Dog Diet is packed with high levels of prebiotics, antioxidants, and optimized omega 3 and 6. The Maxime Elite Puppy variant is enriched with DHA to promote brain development and a healthier immune system, while Maxime Elite Adult is fortified with omega 3 & 6 for a healthy heart and shinier fur and coat. Both variants contain added yucca extract to control stool odor and multi-animal proteins to reduce possible food allergies.

 

The best way fur-parents can show their love for their doggos is by giving them the best care possible. These five simple tips will give doggos everywhere a merry Christmas!

 

For more information about Maxime, visit @MaximePhilippines on Facebook.

 

About Pilmico 

 

Pilmico Foods Corporation & Gold Coin Management Holdings are the integrated agribusiness and food companies of Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV). Gold Coin is now fully-managed and owned by Pilmico International and to date, it is the largest investment in the Asia-Pacific region in their shared history. 

 

Pilmico comprises four divisions: Flour, Feeds, Farms, and Trading; enabling growth to its partners through its consistent quality products and unparalleled supporting services. Meanwhile, Gold Coin is a pioneer in animal nutrition and the manufacturing of scientifically-balanced animal feed in Asia.

 

Pilmico and Gold Coin represent one of the largest privately-owned agribusinesses in the region, with over 2,900 partners throughout the multitude of production facilities across 11 countries in Asia. Armed with the mission of feeding humanity, they aim to take a leadership position in innovating the food value chain in the Asia Pacific.

 

Know more about Pilmico at https://pilmico.com/.

 

About Maxime

 

As pioneers and experts in animal nutrition, Pilmico and Gold Coin launches its pet food brand, Maxime.

 

The integrated food and agribusiness company, with a longstanding history of providing scientifically-balanced animal feed, understands the strong bond between pet parent and their dogs. This is why Maxime is formulated with high levels of prebiotics for better absorption of nutrients and DHA for brain development. It is also fortified with omega 3 & 6 for a healthy heart and shinier fur and coat.

 

Using only high-quality ingredients and nutrients, Maxime ensures that pets maximize their full potential and help them become happy, active, tough, and smart (HATS).

 

A strong finish: Nursing student and fitness coach hailed as Century Tuna Everybod Superbod 2020 winners

In a landmark event hailed as a strong and successful finish amid the pandemic, Century Tuna Superbods 2020 named nursing student and ESL instructor Samantha Ashley Lo and fitness coach and professional model Sam Ajdani as the Century Tuna Everybod Superbod title holders. The most anticipated health and fitness event of the year was also a momentous occasion as it set the standards for future online events in the new normal.

Held at the Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan in Quezon City, the finals event followed strict adherence to the FDCP-DOH-DOLE safety protocols for film and audio-visual shoots.

“We needed to rise up to the challenge. We knew it was going to be tough but we stayed focused and if we’re able to pull this off successfully then at least we are able to provide a template for the industry to learn from and use. We soldiered on despite the challenges to show that it can be done,” said Century Pacific Food Inc. EVP & COO Greg Banzon. He also added, “It’s important to stage the event to provide inspiration and a good benchmark for the country to put health, wellness and fitness as the top priority.”

The success of the event amid the pandemic made their victory even more memorable for both Samantha (27) and Sam (30). Sam, who is a professional commercial model, admitted that one of the most challenging part of the competition was trying to stay healthy given the restrictions of the pandemic. Meanwhile, Samantha, who is a former Miss Grand International Philippines winner, had to strengthen her focus and remain creative in her home workouts, even when she could not go the gym. Their persistence and commitment to stay strong and focused paid off when they were proclaimed winners of the biggest health and fitness competition in the country.

Samantha and Sam bested 25 other Superbods candidates and will each take home Php 500,000 tax-free cash and other amazing prizes. Both winners passed rigorous digital challenges required during the competition to emerge as the new ambassadors of Century Tuna Superbods 2020—health and fitness advocates who are passionate in promoting health and wellness as an everyday commitment especially during these trying times. They are also exceptional individuals who remain optimistic and believe in getting back up again even after falling so many times.

Meanwhile, the runners-up were Superbod 2020 Stunner Candice Ramos and Superbod 2020 Ageless Erie Matic. Other candidates who took home special awards were Shirley Garcia, Zai Ebido, Enzo Bonoan, Samantha Purvor, Philippe Magalona, Nelson Banzuela, Key Trajano, Albert Lorenzo, and Grace Del Rosario.

The 25 finalists were all strong contenders, showcasing inspiring traits and skills to encourage themselves and their fellow Filipinos to keep going, and remain healthy and strong during these trying times.

The finalists were judged by a distinguished panel of judges. Joining Century Pacific Food Inc. EVP & COO Greg Banzon, Century Tuna marketing director Carlo Endaya, triathlete and SEA Games gold medalist Nikko Huelgas, GMA Network senior assistant vice president for alternative productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, Isabelle Daza, Alice Dixson, Sarah Lahbati, Ina Raymundo, and DJ Toni Tony.

The health and fitness competition was relaunched last July 25 with a more inclusive and relevant #StayStrongPilipinas theme. To signal its resumption, Century Tuna released a rousing video via its official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/centurytuna), featuring Century Tuna celebrity ambassadors Nadine Lustre and Alden Richards with the Superbods finalists urging everyone to stay strong and to continue pursuing their dreams of a healthier future through proper diet and exercise.

To relive the “Century Tuna EverybodSuperbod 2020” finals, visit and follow
Century Tuna’s Facebook page, @centurytuna or Instagram @centurytunasuperbods.

World Cycling Day: Pru Life UK shares beginner cycling tips in the new normal

Recognizing the value of cycling both as a hobby and a sport, leading life insurer Pru Life UK joins various global organizations in celebrating World Cycling Day which is commemorated in September, with activities like the annual PRURide PH and the inaugural My Prudential RideLondon (My PRL), the virtual version of the world’s largest cycling festival.

World Cycling Day is celebrated to promote sustainable transportation, reduction in traffic congestion and air pollution, and renewed harmony with cities as better places to live in.

“The extraordinary times we live in now highlight the massive role cycling plays in the new normal. It is an ideal mode of transportation as we are encouraged to practice social distancing guidelines. Additionally, it helps us maintain a healthy and active lifestyle,” says Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Marketing Officer.

Cyclists enjoy a multitude of physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Riding a bike is an aerobic workout and is good for the heart, brain, and blood vessels. It also releases endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals, while decreasing cortisol, a stress hormone. Moreover, it helps maintain thinking, learning, and judgment as riders age.

Filipino cyclists share their tips and tricks
To further encourage Filipinos to try the sport, participants of the recent My PRL share insightful beginner tips on cycling.

Returning Prudential RideLondon participant and journalist Bim Santos is a casual cyclist who enjoys exploring the challenging climbs and lush pastoral areas in his hometown, Rizal. What he describes as a pastime became an integral part of his life especially when public transportation ground to a halt.

He stresses the importance of researching the kind of bike suited for you. He says, “There are as many bikes to ride as there are as many personalities imaginable. Narrow down the main reasons why you want to hop on the saddle, then do a cursory due diligence by researching what bike type will conform to your objective.”

Santos also recommends easing into cycling instead of rushing into it. “Be confident at whatever leisurely pace you will have at the beginning. Don’t be pressured if an athletic cyclist with an expensive-looking road bike zips past you. Just relax, ease your grip on the handlebar, pace yourself, and enjoy the ride,” he adds.

Meanwhile, sales manager and PRURide PH 2019 participant James Orlanda, treats cycling as his form of exercise and stress relief. According to him, it helps reduce anxiety especially when he is feeling overworked or exhausted.

To fully enjoy the sport, he advises aspiring cyclists to condition their body, enhance their mental alertness, and combine it with a healthy diet. Orlanda also highlights the importance of wearing the proper gear, such as a helmet, a cycling jersey, socks, appropriate shoes, sunglasses, and reflectorized lights.

Both Santos and Orlanda completed their MyPRL races last month. They were joined by Pru Life UK employees Ryan Benguelo, Nelsi Rabe, Ryan Lamayo, and Marvin Pacis, all previous PRURide PH and Prudential RideLondon race finishers.

For Benguelo, he says planning one’s route is a must, especially amid the pandemic where travel restrictions are in place for most areas. He suggests visiting places less travelled by people like mountain trails, barrios, or barangay roads that are far from the city.

On the other hand, Rabe gives importance to having both the right gear, and mental and physical mindset when cycling. “Conditioning both the mind and body is essential in cycling. This includes doing the right pre-cycling exercise, eating the right diet, and hydrating yourself,” she says. Moreover, she promotes finding cycling buddies to make the ride more enjoyable even while practicing social distancing.

Continuing its commitment to health
“We will never get tired promoting the invaluable contributions of cycling to our mind and body. It is part of our We DO Health promise to help Filipinos achieve holistic health and improved well-being. There is no better time to consider cycling than now, or more significantly, during the World Cycling Day,” Tumbaga adds.

After its participation in MyPRL, the life insurer will be hosting the Virtual PRURide PH in November where beginner, recreational, and professional cyclists can experience the thrill of racing in the comfort of their homes and around their hometowns.

Meanwhile, cyclists and the public can also download PULSE, Pru Life UK’s all-in-one health management app, where they can register and join the Cycling – PRURider Community. It allows users to connect with other cyclists and share their experiences, knowledge, and tips on the sport, as well as to get further announcements and updates on PRURide PH.

For more information and updates, visit facebook.com/prulifeukofficial.

Sarah G gets new and trusted partner for boosting her Immunity

She is known as the country’s Popstar Royalty with a very large and loyal fan base. Even if she is busy with her showbiz commitments, Sarah Geronimo-Gudicelli makes sure that she closely monitors her health and that she takes her Vitamin C every day.

Now that Sarah has settled down and is ready to start her own family, she knows that she has to prioritize her and her family’s immunity in these unprecedented times. Sarah has found a new partner in strengthening her immunity as she is the new celebrity endorser of Fern C.

“Inferness, Fern C is a big help for me because most of the time, I leave the house without eating breakfast,” Sarah related. “Fern C is sodium ascorbate, so I can take it even on an empty stomach without having to worry about getting the acidic side effect.”

Fern C is the number one sodium ascorbate brand that can up our immunity without the acidity caused by certain Vitamin C brands. It is an immune system booster, an anti-oxidant and increases resistance to infectious diseases without the acidic side effect. This non-acidic form of Vitamin C also means that more people can take Fern-C anytime even on an empty stomach.

“Sarah is the perfect celebrity endorser of Fern-C because she is the embodiment of a successful and busy person who wants to always boost her immunity by taking Fern-C,” said Sharmaine Abarientos, the General Manager of STADA. “Both Sarah and Fern-C are the best in their fields because they are both established and have the desire to help more people improve their health and well-being.”

In addition to having a new celebrity endorser, Fern-C is now being manufactured by STADA. STADA, a German pharmaceutical company, is a trusted and reliable partner in Europe for more than 120 years. It is a leading manufacturer of high-quality pharmaceuticals with a long-standing heritage rooted in pharmacies. Its goal is to offer quality medicines at reasonable prices across all segments of healthcare – specialty, generics and consumer health.

As part of their aggressive expansion, the group acquired Fern-C, one of the leading brands in the local Vitamin C market. Worldwide, the STADA Group is represented in more than 30 countries in about 50 subsidiaries. In the Philippines, it is a strong player in the field of Ophthalmology and is poised to expand its footprint in the generics and consumer health business with brands like Oilatum and Zerochol.

“Fern-C will be better than ever under STADA because we will really give the brand the boost it needs in terms of heavier campaign support and greater brand accessibility,” Abarientos said. “Fern C has an established brand heritage and we will be able to develop a strong consumer healthcare platform to launch other quality product as well as to provide better health for all Filipinos.”

Teleperformance’s COTW volunteers practice Bayanihan in face of COVID-19

Employee-volunteers of Teleperformance Philippines from across the company’s 21 business sites were together in their mission to extend bayanihan to communities needing help. Through Citizen of the World (COTW) Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of Teleperformance, volunteers pooled their efforts and were able to distribute over P1 million worth of assistance to various beneficiaries.

TP employees’ bayanihan donations enabled the Foundation to purchase PPEs and other supplies amounting to over P500,000 donated to three major health institutions, namely, Philippine General Hospital (Luzon), Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (Visayas), and Southern Philippines Medical Center (Mindanao).

Meanwhile, each family residing in the Teleperformance-Gawad Kalinga Village in Tanay, Rizal received one month’s worth of assorted grocery items. The grocery fundraising was supported by the entire Philippines leadership team with both their volunteer time and funds raised by leadership.

All in all, over P500,000 worth of grocery items were given to help alleviate the situation for the one hundred families in the village that was also built by COTW volunteers for the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

COTW volunteers also responded to the call of its program partner-beneficiary Kythe Foundation, which cares for cancer-stricken kids and their families. Kythe hoped to alleviate some of the anxieties of their beneficiaries during this tough situation and COTW sponsored meals for 100 pediatric patients in different Kythe-affiliated hospitals.

Meanwhile, as a member of the Contact Center Association of the Philippines (CCAP), Teleperformance Philippines supported the association’s industry-wide donation drive to support Caritas Manila’s “Protect the Poor from COVID-19” program, which aims to assist poor families by providing them health and personal hygiene essentials, as well as food packs. TP sponsored 50 families with its donation.

“Nobody has had an easy time during this unprecedented crisis. But as Teleperformance Citizen of the World volunteers, we know that wherever we are, we can still do something to help someone in need,” Jeffrey Johnson, Senior Vice President of Human Capital Resource Management said.

The continuous outpouring of donations from volunteers is expected to reach another P1 million in the following weeks, and these will also be distributed immediately to communities in need.

“I can see that the concept of bayanihan is deeply rooted in the Teleperformance culture, so it is really easy for our volunteers to step up and help others. I am very proud to be part of this caring and generous team,” he said.

To learn more about Teleperformance Philippines and their various programs, you may visit their website at www.teleperformance.ph/en-us or their Facebook page at /teleperformance.philippines.

ABOUT TELEPERFORMANCE

Teleperformance (TEP – ISIN: FR0000051807 – Reuters: ROCH.PA – Bloomberg: TEP FP), the global leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management, serves as a strategic partner to the world’s largest companies in a wide variety of industries. Its customer care, technical support, customer acquisition, consulting and analytics, digital integrated business service solutions, and other high-value specialized services ensure consistently positive customer interactions that are reliable, flexible and intelligent. The company has established the highest security and quality standards in the industry and uses proprietary deep learning technology to optimize flexibility on a global scale.

The Group’s 300,000 employees, spread across 80 countries, support billions of connections annually in 265 languages and enhance the customer experience with every interaction. In 2019, Teleperformance reported consolidated revenue of €5,355 million (US$6 billion, based on €1 = $1.12).

Teleperformance began operations in the Philippines in 1996 and has grown to become a preferred offshore contact center outsourcing option. The company employs over 47,000 people in the country and operates over 30,000 workstations in 21 business sites located across Metro Manila, Antipolo, Baguio, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.

From 2012 to 2018, Teleperformance received the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Contact Center Outsourcing Service Provider of the Year Award for its significant performance in revenue management, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the contact center industry. In addition, Teleperformance Philippines was awarded in 2017 as Outstanding Employer and Outstanding Community Project of the Year by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the Top Employer of the Year at the Asia CEO Awards, and the Outstanding Volunteer by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).

This 2020, Teleperformance Philippines was again certified as a Great Place to Work® and is the only organization in the country to receive this certification from the Great Place to Work® Institute for three years in a row. This year, Teleperformance celebrates its 24th year of continued excellence and leadership in the country. This milestone highlights the company’s commitment to steadily provide the best employment experience for Filipinos, proactively support the nation’s ICT-BPO sector, and uphold its socio-civic engagements to create a difference in the lives of the Philippine community.

For further information, please visit the Teleperformance website at teleperformance.ph.