Thursday, April 30, 2009

GSK Offers 30-50% Price Reduction

Early last month, Glaxo-SmithKline (GSK) announced a price reduction on its most major brands. This is to expands Filipino access to its globally-trusted medicines. It has dropped the prices of most of its major medicines by 30 to 50 percent in a bid to make quality medicines affordable.

This is the first time the company embarked in this wide-ranging reduction not only in the country, but in other countries as well.

“GSK recognizes the need to improve patient access to the best quality medicines and have worked to help address this,”
said Roberto Taboada, GSK Philippines president and managing director.

Some of the medicines are for acute diseases including pneumonia, ulcer, bronchitis, hospital acquired infection, nausea and vomiting. Its cervical cancer vaccine continues to be available at a more affordable price, after it was reduced by as much as 60 percent in November 2008.

"...up to 40% of our people live on less than 2 dollars per day and are unable to afford essential drugs and medicines that they need in order to fight disease."
according to Secretary Francisco T. Duque III, MD, MSc. During the Launch of the Corporate Initiatives of Glaxo-SmithKline (GSK)

This is somehow a more expanded ValueHealth program. Value Health was a program initiated in 2004 by GSK, which offered significant price reductions for the company’s most widely prescribed treatments for cough, asthma and bacterial infections.
Other plans of Glaxo-SmithKline (GSK) global chief executive officer Andrew Witty includes drastically reducing prices in the 50 Least Developed Countries such as the Philippines.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Revenge & Betrayal - An X-Men Origins Wolverine Movie Review

The origin of the X-Men saga revolved around Wolverine's story, his supernatural healing powers, and how he acquired his adamantium claws. Hugh Jackman once again reprises the leading role of Wolverine, this time not yet as an X-Men, but as the independent mutant.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine tried to stay true to the general tone of the X-Men comic books but made it as its own by injecting minor twists and turns to make the story more interesting and being successful at that.

Together with brother Victor Creed (Sabretooth), Agent Zero (Daniel Henney), Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds), Bradley (Dominic Monaghan) and other mutants, they formed Team X led by William Stryker (Danny Houston).
Moreover, the story played with the emotions of the different characters from the basic familial instincts between Logan and his brother as played by Liev Schreiber. In more than enough scenes, it showcased how the two complemented and contradicted each other. Needless to say, the fighting scenes were complicated and technically praiseworthy.

The first bite of betrayal came when death met schoolteacher Kayla Silverfox, played by Lynn Collins. She was Wolverine's love interest. The incident begotten revenge that led to the answers of many of Logan's questions.

But the most essential emotional circus is that of his own. Logan, who eventually became Wolverine, was not really resolved as to who he is or who/what he should be. It was an internal battle of his own animal or his human side.

Many a mutants were also introduced from the sidelines such as the eye-blasting Cyclops, Quciksilver, Iceman, and the Gambit (Taylor Kitsch).

There was one technical glitch though towards the end. In a scene where the mutants were running away from the 'island' and was about to load a helicopter, the CGI rendition was a failure. I can't believe it passed through production because for such an untrained eye such as mine, I was able to see it; much more by them.
The movie can be considered a not-too-distant prequel from the past three X-Men movies. It was able to give more justice and somehow explain Wolverine's nature and attitude in the three X-Men movies. On the other hand, the upcoming sequel is something to be looked forward to as how things would further develop and complicate.
Aside from the heart pounding action scenes, the movie is a great watch with visually stunning effects, awesome stunts and interesting story twists. Directed by Gavid Hood and produced by Ralph Winter, it is not only for the comic-book or X-Men fans created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby but for the action-loving genre altogether.

A film brought to you by Twentieth Century Fox, watch X-Men Origins Wolverine in the big screen, opening May 1, 2009 in Philippine Theaters.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

The Second TV5 Live Shake Mo TV Mo Caravan!

TV5 invites everyone to shake with them in their Hot Summer Fiesta at the second TV5 Live Shake Mo TV Mo Caravan on May 1, 2009 (Friday) at SM Mall of Asia from 10am to 12mn.

After the successful first caravan, this second installment would specifically be held at the Music Hall with TV5 celebrities. Jam at the same time with Moonstar 88 and Parokya ni Edgar at this year's hot summer gig! Have fun with games and surprises! "Maki-Shake it sa Tag-Init!"

Free Admission!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day's The Green Generation

A movement that begun 39 years ago, Earth Day is again commemorated today to promote awareness and remind us to appreciate this place we live in called Earth. It aims to forward campaigns and movements toward preserving what we have left in the environment.

This year, the Earth Day Network also starts The Green Revolution campaign. It is a two-year campaign that proceed until the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day in 2010. The Green Generation is about people, ordinary or otherwise, willing to make a stand for the global issues or even as simple as improving one's own natural environment. It is open to everyone, whatever age or nationality.

Its core principles are:

  • A carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal.
  • An individual’s commitment to responsible, sustainable consumption.
  • Creation of a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one.
Read more about it here.

Locally in the Philippines, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is celebrating this year's Earth Day themed as "Sibol: Earth Day 2009: Nurturing a Green Generation" through various activities including tree planting, an edu-tainment show, film showing, and art design competition, among others.

Check the details of the activities here.

Even some private companies gave their share in supporting the environmental campaign through their own promotions like what Starbucks did .


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Monday, April 20, 2009

Urban Time's Women Icons Revealed

Urban Time IconsLate last month, Urban Time announced the five winners of its search for new icons which represents the ideal youth for Urban Time.

The new women icons came from different universities and schools from Metro Manila. They were Miki Hahn from La Salle College International, Rachel Rustia and Stephanie Sol, both from University of Asia and the Pacific, Portia Silva of Ateneo De Manila University, and Anna Monica Villaverde from Trinity University of Asia.

Urban Time Icons Website“Urban Time's Brand Ambassadors ... besides being beautiful and smart, ... have a passion for life, excellence, and making a difference in everything they do”, says Linfred Yap, Marketing Manager for Urban Time.

Online voting at started two months ago until March 22, of which each school's respective organization coordinated with Urban Time to facilitate the voting on campus. The judges of the competition were fashion and lifestyle blogger AJ Matela, fashion stylist Rachelle So, and Urban Time’s Marketing Manager, Linfred Yap.

Here are the new women icon's brief profiles:

Portia SilvaPortia Silva (ADMU)

A 19-year-old Communications Major at the Ateneo De Manila University, Portia has never wasted a bit of time going for her goals—she has been a consistent dean’s lister and has been awarded “Model Atenean” in 2008.

She has been active both inside and outside school—a UAAP courtside reporter in 2008 and a host for numerous events, including “Helix 2009: Lights Out” in Fiamma, and “I Am Ninoy Symposium on Heroism” in Ateneo. She has published articles for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sunday Inquirer Magazine, Candy Magazine, and Bounce Magazine.

Rachel RustiaRachel Rustia (UA&P)

One of Racehl's interest is being able to help those in need. And indeed, despite her busy schedule, she still found time to be involved in countless charity and community work, including Make-a-Wish Foundation and Tulong Sa Kapwa Kapatid, a non-government agency aiming to educate children in Payatas.

She is also keenly involved in school activities as an Industrial Economics major. She was President of their Student Executive Board in 2008 and was part of UA&P’s student-based theater Dulaang Rock Opera Company.

Miki HahnMiki Hahn (La Salle International)

Miki simply loves singing and she has done this since she discovered her voice. At 18 years old, Miki already has a debut album, “That Vibe”, with Viva Records and has had several event performances, including those at the Baga Berde, Peninsula Hotel, and the Shangri-La Mall.

With focus in pop and RnB music, she received training from coaches of the UP College of Music, Ryan Cayabyab School of Music, and Myrna Cruz/Annie Quintos of the Company.

At present, she is finishing Fashion Design at the La Salle International and is involved in helping cancer patients at the Philippine Children’s Hospital. Moreover, she plays a regular kontrabida role in the local channel TV5’s show 'Lipgloss'.

Anna Monica VillaverdeAnna Monica Villaverde (TUA)

Anna Monica “Nice” Villaverde is one of the few students who are able to outstandingly balance both academics and extra-curricular activities.

While being a nursing student, Nice has gotten her hands on pretty much every school activity there is. She is also part of a number of school organizations including the Students Legislative Assembly, Debate Society, and the Student Nurses Association.

She was also crowned as Ms. Nursing and Ms. Trinity University of Asia in the past year and has modeled for the ads of Candy Magazine, Haagen-Dazs, Globe, Coke, Microsoft, Castrol, Stone Works, and MCX Motorcycle, among others.


Last ut not the least, Stephanie has won various beauty contests including Miss Teen Philippines (2004) and “The Face of Ponds: The Most Beautiful Face in Mindanao” (2005).

Urban TimeShe is also involved in many socio-civic organizations that are geared towards saving the environment. Currently, she is a member of the Youth Empowerment to Save the Environment and the ASEAN Youth for the Environment. And just recently, she has been awarded the Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources’ (DENR) Youth Environmental Advocacy Award and for her notable environmental initiatives and was appointed as the spokesperson for Region 10's DENR.

And that is Urban Time's new women icons.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Rockwell's Free Yoga & Pilates Weekend at Powerplant Mall

Rockwell presents "A Weekend of Fitness" as part of its Summer Series. Come and join the Free Yoga & Pilates classes at Powerplant Mall this April 25 & 26, 2009 at Plaza Drive, Power Plant Mall.

The open-air yoga and pilates classes shall be conducted by Manila's top yoga and pilates studios including Bikram Yoga, Pulse Yoga & B+B Studio Philippines (Pilates)!. Classes are free of charge but have limited slots. So hurry! Register and sign up!

April 25 (Saturday)

  • B+B Studio Philippines (Pilates): 10-11am (5 slots left)
  • Pulse Yoga: 3-4pm (14 slots left)
  • Bikram Yoga: 5-6pm (2 slots left)

April 26 (Sunday)
  • B+B Studio Philippines (Pilates): 10-11am (5 slots left)
  • Pulse Yoga: 3-4pm (11 slots left)
  • Bikram Yoga: 5-6pm (all slots taken)

*Slots available in this site is as of April 17 - 9pm. Slots may run out. Check updated slots at the link below.

But wait! There's more! :) Receive a Havaianas Pair of flipflops in joining! That's one hell of a deal! (You will provide your foot size upon registration.)

How to Register:

*Send us a PRIVATE MESSAGE HERE with the following info:
1 Full Name
2 Mobile Number
3 Schedule/Class that you would like to join
4 Havaianas Size (So we can give you your exact size!)

Aside from the yoga and pilates classes, there will also be a mini wellness fair on health, organic, beauty products and more.

Check more details for your extreme summer at or contact 8981702 and look for Lisa for inquiries about Rockwell's free yoga & pilates classes at PowerPlant Mall.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Eastwood City's Easter Wonderland!

Come and celebrate Easter with the whole Family at Eastwood City for the Easter Wonderland happening on April 12, 2009 1pm-9pm at Eastwood City. Experience 5 fantastic worlds all in one day and in one place.

This day is for the kids. With five uniquely-themed "worlds" set up around Eastwood City, kids can choose how to celebrate this special day for a fun-filled Easter Sunday. The 5 fantastic worlds are Main Wonderland, Animal Kingdom, Empire of the Inflatables, Gaming Zone, and World of Circus & Magic.
"Instead of the usual Easter egg hunting, we came up with the Easter Wonderland to make kids experience a different kind of Easter," mentioned Kevin L. Tan, Megaworld Corporation's commercial division head. "As a child, we all had fantasies of a perfect day out, and this one we prepared at Eastwood City for Easter is something near its realization," he added.

Registration starts 1pm with a 2 to 3pm parade of acrobats, magicians, stilts, Cosplayers and others. The Easter parade starting from the Main Wonderland will open the programme. All performers and participants, mascots, and drum and bugle corps will go around the activity areas. Street magicians will be at the World of Circus and Magic's area. To give a twist to the Easter egg, master painter Fernando Sena will be holding out free egg painting sessions.

3pm starts the opening of activities and booths including Egg Painting session and DENR-PAWB & My Zoo Foundation Animal showcase and talk. See image for detailed program.
Get a chance to win Nintendo Wii and toys from ToyTown, and win a Sony PS3! Check the Easter Wonderland Map below.
The Wonderland event passports are at P350.00 each and this already entitles the kid a one-time access to all booths and activities inside plus two adults to accompany the kid. In excess, adults will only have to pay P50.00 per head to enter the fair. Early registrations are also welcome at the Eastwood Mall concierge starting April 1, 2009.

For inquiries, call 657-6770 to 74, 657-5499, 09178-EWCITY, 0918-8-EWCITY.

The Easter Wonderland event is brought to you by Eastwood Mall, and Eastwood City Walk. Check the website HERE.

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Russ Swift in Action at Manila International Auto Show (MIAS)

On its second day today, the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) brought to us by Worldbex Services International hits it big once again by flying in
3-time Guiness World Record Holder for Precision Driving - Russ Swift.

He is the world’s number one display driver set to showcase his unique brand of precision stunt driving in the 5th Manila Auto Show which will is being held at the World Trade Center from April 2-5, 2009. Top photo shows media personnel Azrael Coladilla joining Russ Swift in the ride of his life yesterday (1st day). [More photos click here].

With the theme 'Passion for Performance', the 2009 MIAS is set to provide a preview of the latest vehicles in almost every automobile segment, with several significant debuts breaking cover.

Aside from exclusively flying in Russ Swift, the Manila Auto Show will provide a preview of the latest vehicles in most automobile segment, including the debuts of the Philippines’ electric car model for the mass-market.

With growing concerns over fuel and economy, 5 value car brands is also being launched.

Visit the 5th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) with 3 more showcase dates including today.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Today is World Autism Day

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. And one organization in the Philippines which provides support for families in the provincial areas is Autism Society of the Philippines (ASP).

I only knew about this and their cause through Ria, a friend-blogger who is supporting their advocacy by making it her own as well as part of her simple birthday celebration.

Autism is a developmental disorder that is characterized by speech/communication and social impairments in individuals with the disorder. It is a lifelong disorder that affects not just the individual with autism, but their families as well. Estimates show that approximately 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism. Although more prevalent in males than females, autism can affect anyone: it knows no gender, age, no race, nationality, and socioeconomic status.

I realized that as a preschool teacher and a psychologist, this would be something I can actually get involved in and be a part of, and not just in name or by word: but because I can actually DO something ...

If you think this is a worthy cause, please do check her article from which the quotes and images were referenced and possibly support her campaign by ordering limited edition Angel Baller Bands (I have) :) whose proceeds will benefit the chapters of ASP. This would assist the awareness campaign and the children with autism and their families.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Shake Mo TV Mo: Slumdog Millionaire Premiere

Philippine TV Network TV5 is giving away Slumdog Millionaire Premiere movie passes for April 6 through their TV promotions. Simply stay tuned to TV5 everyday from March 28, 2009 and wait for the 5Max Movies "Isang Tanong" (One Question) promo.

Then log on to the TV5 promo site and answer the question for a chance to win VIP passes for the special cinema screening of the Oscar award-winning SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE at SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City on April 6, 2009!

Read more about Slumdog Millionaire review.

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