#GerifiedPH: Safeguard Your Family this Flu Season

Rain, Rain – go away,
Come again another day.
ALL THE FAMILY wants to play.
Rain, rain – go away.

Rainy Season

The summer is already gone. We are now, unbelievably approaching the Ber months.  *gasps* Rainy season is finally here—and along with it, the flu season is marching on. I remember two years ago, it was the third week of the month of December, all of us are down with the flu including the kids. The only hyper (with cold but without the fever) is Kulayot because he’s the only one with a flu vaccine.

Some, including first time parents (me, back then) tend to think that maybe flu is just a passing sickness of the season. But lo and behold, flu season can struck down weak immunity to the bed or with serious, even life-threatening respiratory diseases along side gastro-digestive illnesses.

We’ve been unlucky for we have come down – the entire family with it, so aside from the religious annual flu vaccine, complete monthly check up and vacc  we safeguard ourselves with right knowledge to keep our family’s best defense system up and running against sickness like influenza and diarrhea.

Surprisingly, these deadly diseases and annoying nuisances like allergies and acne can be prevented and avoided just by proper washing of hands!

Flu Season

I love watching the rain pour down and I embrace the cooler weather with a hot cup of brew in my palm every stormy afternoon – and a movie or a book in mind. But let’s face it, living in the tropics means ushering in more fickle weather, tirik na init ng araw mula umaga hanggang tanghali (scorching heat from the sun from morning to noon) and malakas na buhos ng ulan sa hapon hanggang gabi (heavy downfall from noon to night). This is the perfect combination we need to create weak immunity and a ground for spreading common flu viruses and germs that we don’t usually know we’re sharing with our loves one with – especially the more vulnerable members to get sick – the kids and the seniors.

Ottoke? (What to do?)

Due to the uncontrollable weather outside, most people tend to stay inside their houses in the hopes of being safe, dry and protected from the season’s threats – especially those with toddlers in tow. We even sing “Rain, Rain Go Away!” whenever the kids are up for it.

However, staying indoors doesn’t necessarily mean that you are safe from all the germs and the illnesses that go with it. Did you know that many objects inside our home are actually germ infested? What’s worse, some germs find humid weather an ideal environment to grow even faster!

Did you know? Germs can cause flu and long-term nuisances like bacne and allergies.

DSC_9369.JPG#Dabibot ready than ever to debunk germ myths and handshake his lab partners!

Safeguard Philippines invited mommy bloggers and their chikitings for a fun science adventure at Ascott Hotel in BGC.

DSC_9404 gerifiedph#Kulayot armed and ready for a fun-filled afternoon of learning the science behind proper hand washing and bathing with Safeguard!

We wore laboratory gowns and safety googles before we enter the premises of live germs and bacteria. We were first introduce by having a presentation of Safeguard’s 50 years of history in the Philippines including its active socio-community programs to help people especially children to learn the habit and the benefits of proper frequent hand washing in partnership with different local government units and associations like – PAMET.

Dapat Itama Ang Maling Akala

PAMET Community Program includes reinforcement of the importance of handwashing with Safeguard through their community based POME program.

Maling Akala to debunk: It looks clean, therefore, it is clean.

Experiment Number 1: Quantifying an actively growing microorganisms through detection of Adenosine Triphothate or ATP, a universal energy molecule found on all living things. Using an ATP Measuring Device. Microbiologist and Researcher, Mr. Gabriel of PAMET swabbed the table top of the House of Safeguard and place the cotton bud upside down inside the device.

Basically, the higher the number in the ATP Device, the higher the contamination is present.

The Result: 130,000 on the table tops and 200,000 on the T&B door knob.

The Verdict: They looked clean but they have contamination. These is where we touch germs, and spread them. We need Safeguard!


Maling Akala: Mild soap is gentler than Safeguard.

Experiment Number 2: Gemologist, Ms. Ong test two clear marbles and washed one with Safeguard body wash and the other with “milder” Brand X.

The result? When rinsed, Safeguard marbles are clearer than Brand X.

The Verdict: Safeguard is effective in cleaning dirt but is more easily washed with water and hence will not linger in the skin – no to allergy and dry flaky skin! Safeguard wins!


Maling Akala: Safeguard is rough on germs and skin.

Experiment Number 3: Kulayot and I picked two petal roses and tore it to three pieces. Then we covered it with Safeguard, the other petal with Brand X.

The result? Few moments later, the edges of the Safeguard soaked petals are still white while the edges of the “gentle” Brand X darkened.

The Verdict: Safeguard is tough on germs but gentle on the skin. Safeguard wins!

Did you know? People susceptible to common diseases are:

Pregnant women.
Adults age 65 and older.
Children under 5, especially children under 2 years of age.
Residents of long term care facilities like foster homes, rehabilitation centers, and nursing
People who have pre-existing health conditions that are considered chronic i.e. asthma, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease, COPD, and others.

The first and one of the most important steps you can take to prevent the flu is for you, your family, and friends to get a yearly flu shot (vaccination). I’ve been a living testimony for this as mentioned above.

According to HealthNetwork.com, some additional precautions you can take to prevent getting or spreading the flu:

  1. Avoid contact with people who’re sick and if you’re sick try to keep your distance from others to avoid spreading your germs to them.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze.
  3. Stay home from work or school if you’re sick with the flu to prevent spreading it to others.
  4. Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes because your hands may contain flu germs you’ve picked up from touching surfaces in your home or in public that are contaminated with flu germs.
  5. Disinfect frequently touched areas and commonly used items in your home, school and workspace, in particular if someone is ill with flu or cold symptoms.
  6. Get proper rest and exercise.
  7. Eat a healthy balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.
  8. Try to minimize your stress level, especially if the flu is making its rounds in your home, school, or workplace.
  9. If you’re sick with the flu it’s not too late to get a flu shot, it may lessen the flu symptoms and shorten the duration of your illness.
  10. Wash your hands frequently with soap, water, and friction when rubbing them together while washing.

Wash Regularly with Safeguard

Rainy season always comes with germs because there’s flooding, hello fatal leptospirosis! Rain washes everything and carry along with it acid from the evaporated chemicals and smogs and lots of germs as well, hence, this can also means cough, colds and flu right on your footsteps, and door handles and table tops!

Did you know? 9 out of 10 Filipinos use Safeguard at least once every year.

Safeguard started in the US in 1966 and since then offers different variants bars, body wash, liquid hand soap, foaming hand soap in all kinds of scents and for 50 years, it became a Filipino family’s favorite shield against germs and infections.

These wrong assumptions or “maling akala” that you have may cause your family diseases that may worsen if not taken seriously. Your best bet is to make your family’s health a top priority during these months. So what’s your game plan to keep everyone protected from it?

  1. Be brave and get those flu shots

While it won’t be a hundred percent effective at blocking the flu virus, it can help boost your protection from it significantly. Studies have shown that it has helped lower hospitalization rates among children. Be sure to consult your physician to make sure that you don’t have any existing allergies to the shot before taking it.

  1. Say to NO to junk!

The rainy season takes a major toll on the body’s immune system. Load up on fruits and vegetables that are known for their ability to boost the immune system is essential. Adding more citrus and greens to your diet can help and is a simple, preventive measure that helps you maintain a stronger immune system.

  1. Catch more Zzz’s

Another culprit known for bringing your immune system down? Lack of sleep. Try to get at least 6 hours every night. Not only will your immune system thank you for it, you’ll also feel more energized.

  1. Make it a habit to keep those hands clean

“Typhoons and heavy rains may cause flooding which, in turn, can potentially increase the transmission of water-borne diseases, or diseases transmitted through water contaminated with human or animal waste. These include typhoid fever, leptospirosis, and hepatitis A.” mentioned by Department of Health in a recent statement. These diseases may be obtained by having close contact with person who is infected or being in a contaminated environment.  These illnesses may even be deadly but can be prevented with proper handwashing using the right antibacterial soap.

To lower your risk of infection, the solution is simple: wash your hands. Use warm water whenever possible, and use an antibacterial soap known for its ability to provide advanced and long lasting protection against germs, like Safeguard. Safeguard is equipped with GermShield+ technology which Fights against 3 types of germs-Gram+ bacteria, Gram- bacteria, and fungi and prevents microbial regrowth for up to 24 hours.

Scrub and lather well, washing the top and bottom of your hands, between fingers and even under your nails. Avoid drying your hands using a shared hand-towel. Instead, use paper towels or a hand dryer.



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Safeguard Pure White Liquid Hand Soap is available in 225ml (P 80.00)

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Safeguard Pure White Bar Soap is available in 90g (P 25.75), 135g (P 38), and 180 ml (P 48.00)

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Safeguard Pure White Body Wash is available in 720ml (PhP 219), 400ml (PhP 145) and 200ml (PhP 85)

Safeguard Germ Defense Lab on Wheels includes a TV for TVC Showing. A UV Light Box that shows microscopic germs and reminds that germs are everywhere. They can be a threat to your family but that you can fight back and win just by incorporating a good habit of washing your hands with Safeguard. The Safeguard Mobile Lab also has a handwashing sink. And a board that explains why only Safeguard, as the word itself, can safeguard you to his disease inducing germs, bacteria and viruses. Bakit nga ba?


Hugas hugas ating kamay. ‘Pag may Safeguard, germs bye bye!


Essilor Vision Foundation, Piolo Pascual launch Eye Can Succeed campaign

Program aims to help 10,000 Filipino students achieve their dreams through better vision

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Healthy eyesight is essential to learning and achieving success. It allows us to pick up skills and also enables us to achieve our tasks. Unfortunately, at least ten in every 100 Filipino students suffer from poor eyesight. This concern has led Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) to team up with leading actor and brand ambassador Piolo Pascual to launch Eye Can Succeed, a program geared at providing free eye check-ups and free prescription eyeglasses to help 10,000 senior high school students pursue higher education and achieve success.

` EVF kicked off the advocacy campaign at Rizal High School, which has been recognized by the Guinness World Records as the largest secondary school in the world, by having licensed eye health professionals discuss the importance of healthy vision, proper eye care, and optometry as a career option for Grades 11 and 12 students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) academic strand. With the assistance of volunteer optometrists, EVF examined the school’s 4,000-strong Grades 11 and 12 students and distributed free prescription glasses to students who are in need.

The campaign is focused on senior high school students who are vulnerable to vision problems due to long hours of reading and exposure to blue light from digital devices like laptops and computers. They are also at a critical stage in their lives, where the pressure of choosing a career path looms before them. EVF aims to ease some of their concerns by giving them free eye examinations and eyeglasses when needed, so they can have clear vision which is critical to pursuing their studies and achieving their dreams.

“Poor eyesight is a rampant issue among young Filipinos simply because very few are aware on the importance of having a regular eye check-up,” noted Essilor Philippines marketing manager Jinky Navo. “Through Eye Can Succeed, which we have initiated with our brand ambassador Piolo Pascual, we aim to highlight the importance of good vision in achieving one’s dreams and success.”

As Essilor’s brand ambassador, Piolo is a strong advocate of healthy eyesight for Filipinos. He believes that the campaign will not only help students succeed in the near future, it will also help them perform well in their daily tasks and see life clearly. He said, “Education plays a huge role in the future of these young Filipinos, and poor eyesight will only hinder their progress in learning. By giving them thorough eye check-ups and access to free prescription eyeglasses, they will no longer struggle with vision problems in their lessons, allowing their natural intelligence to shine through.”


This perspective is shared by Lauren Wyper, Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) associate director of communications. She said, “It is alarming to learn that many of our target public school students have never had their eyes checked up at all. Launching the Eye Can Succeed campaign here in the Philippines not only helps fulfill the foundation’s mission of enabling Filipinos to have better lives through better sight, but also enables us to spread awareness on the importance of proper eye care through an expanded network consisting of academic institutions, the media, and local campaign ambassador Piolo Pascual.”

Virginia Membrebe, Rizal High School principal, remarked, “We are very grateful and honored for being the first to benefit from EVF’S Eye Can Succeed school tour. Through the free eye check-ups and prescription glasses of the campaign, our students are given a great opportunity to have better vision which is vital for their education.”

The Essilor Vision Foundation is committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences, and to providing underprivileged people the opportunity to live a better life through better sight. For more information about EVF and the Eye Can Succeed advocacy campaign, please visit Essilor’s website at www.essilor.com.ph, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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About Essilor Vision Foundation

The Essilor Vision Foundation (EVF) is committed to eliminating poor vision and its lifelong consequences, and to providing underprivileged people the opportunity to live a better life through better sight. Its outreach programs aim to bring healthy vision to the most marginalized populations throughout the world, focusing in particular on children and women.

EVF Southeast Asia was incorporated on April 2014 in Singapore with Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister of Environment as its Guest Of Honour. Following the success of Singapore, it has also launched many charity events in neighboring Asian countries such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines. The foundation aims to improve vision needs for rural and under-served communities, and it continues to look for like-minded global, regional and/or local Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to partner with in its charity vision initiatives which will bring greater social and economic impact to these communities.

Tom Rodriguez explores his creativity with clear, protected vision

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Top actor, prolific artist, aspiring app designer, and certified heartthrob – all these define Tom Rodriguez. His multi-faceted personality and active lifestyle require him to spend long hours in front of either the camera or his laptop, which heightens his exposure to health risks, especially towards his vision. With growing awareness of these risks to his eyesight, he recently teamed up with Essilor, world leader in ophthalmic lenses, as the newest brand ambassador of Crizal® Prevencia™, a multi-coated lens featuring the brand’s most advanced protective technology.

Before entering showbiz, art has been Tom’s first love, and his passion is evident in many of his Instagram posts. Many of his artworks are inspired by Philippine folklore, superheroes and characters from anime, games, and comics. He sketches and sculpts in between takes during drama filming or photo shoots. With all these taking up his non-acting time, Tom can’t help but be exposed to harmful blue lights and this has affected his vision.

“Crizal® Prevencia™ is the perfect protection I have against exposure to harmful elements and blue light everywhere I am, at any time,” shares the 29-year old actor. “It makes me enjoy doing digital animation more, knowing that I am completely protected. As a result, I can create more artwork and perform better as an artist without having to worry about eye strain or blurry vision.”

As part of his campaign with Essilor, Tom stars in the brand’s latest TVC, which shows his daily struggle with over-exposure to harmful blue light. Crizal® Prevencia™ provides front and back protection as well as selective filtering of harmful blue light from devices and the sun that can cause long-term damage such as cataracts and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). At the same time, it lets in good light that regulates sleep and mood and boosts brain activity.

Learn more about Crizal® Prevencia™ by visiting your preferred eye care professional or leading optical shop, or by logging on to www.essilor.com.ph.



About Essilor

The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that meet his or her unique visual requirements. To support this vision, the Company allocates over €160 million to research and development every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Essilor’s flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions® and Crizal EyezenTM.

It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.

Essilor reported consolidated revenue of €4.9 billion in 2012 and employs around 50,700 people in some 100 countries. It operates 19 plants, a total of 390 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world.

Essilor was classified by Forbes magazine as being among the world’s 30 most innovative companies.

For more information, please visit http://www.essilor.com.ph.

GAOC opens in Filinvest City, Alabang


Southerners can now have access to the highest standards in dental care as Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), the leading dental clinic in the Philippines, and one of the best in South East Asia, opened its 8th branch in the central business district south of Metro Manila – Filinvest City, Alabang. With the clinic’s signature elegant and inviting ambience, patients of the Alabang branch will feel welcomed and relaxed in the new satellite clinic that offers two treatment rooms and one mini-operating room. For more details, go to www.gaocdental.com or follow GOAC on Facebook: www.facebook.com/gaocdental, Twitter: www.twitter.com/gaocdental, and Instagram: www.instagram.com/gaocdental. Or personally visit GAOC at the G/F Unit 106 to 107 2301 Civic Place Bldg., Civic Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City or book an appointment at 804-4262 or 0917-122-4262.

Herbalife Nutrition Philippines Renews Contracts with Fitness Ambassadors Chappy Callanta & Dwan Abantao


Global nutrition company Herbalife recently renewed its contracts with Fitness Ambassadors Chappy Callanta and Dwan Abantao.  Under the agreements, Chappy Callanta and Dwan Abantao will continue to play pivotal roles in inspiring Filipinos to embrace a healthy, active lifestyle and good nutrition in their daily lives. Here, they are pictured with Herbalife Nutrition Philippines general manager Rosalio T. Valenzuela, during the contract signing at Herbalife’s corporate office in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

“Chappy and Dwan have done a great job in their role as Herbalife Nutrition’s Fitness Ambassadors. They are excellent role models of the benefits of living a healthy, active life and practicing good eating habits,” Valenzuela said. “Together with Chappy, Dwan and our members, we will inspire more people to enjoy healthier, happier lives.”

About Herbalife

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition – changing people’s lives with great nutrition products & programs – since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent members, we are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, sky-rocketing public healthcare costs and a rise in entrepreneurs of all ages. We offer high-quality, science-backed products, most of which are produced in Company-operated facilities, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition independent member, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Our targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Nutrition members in more than 90 countries.

Through its corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. The Company is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy, and numerous Olympic teams.

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:HLF) with net sales of approximately US$4.5 billion in 2016. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com.

The company also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.

#GerifiedPH: Neonatal and Premature Infant Skincare

You’re preparing yourself to be patient in a waiting game called Pregnancy that usually take 40 weeks before meeting your new bundle-of-joy, but then, for whatever reason, the baby arrived too early.

Now you enter the world of preemie babies, you need all the support and guidance you can get while taking on this journey with your little baby. It’s overwhelming – an unknown water, so brace yourself – take a deep breath and exhale. Release everything that you’re holding in and plunge!preemies_still03.jpg

Read more to learn more about Preemie Care by Ms. Bambi Borneo, President of the Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc.  Continue reading “#GerifiedPH: Neonatal and Premature Infant Skincare”