#GerifiedPH: Share Love, Not Germs with Safeguard

27913405_1665199066856680_2329641491253362854_o.jpgDabibot with his Safeguard’s Blue Heart Defense against germs!

Did you know? There are different kinds of love. For one, there is Eros. Eros is the most famed kind of love, it is passion and desire. Eros is what comes in between two couples.

But what about other kinds of love? Love of different kinds also exists and should be celebrated everyday.

Philia – this kind of love rooted for deep friendship, best friends forever. This love is for someone we could really count on.

Agape – This is love for everyone. If you see someone who needs help, and you help out, you are showing Agape.

There are more kinds of love with different kind of perspective. With that said, it only follows that love isn’t just about your typical romantic antics! It’s time to change the notion that love is for couples only. This time, why not share the love to as much people as possible? Family, friends, and even to strangers and animals, too.

Philippine’s no.1 soap for family skin germ protection, Safeguard, shares tips you wish you’ve done before. Who said that the season of love is exclusive to romantic couples? Let’s change the game this year. After all, we learned how to love at home with family and friends. There’s no better way to celebrate love than to give love to people close to our hearts and even to strangers. Spread positive vibes in ways you’ve never tried before! Here are simple yet meaningful ideas to share the love all day er’day!

! 1. Bake cupcakes for bae instead of buying flowers and chocolates Dark chocolates and red roses are so overrated. This time, be different and bake cupcakes for your loved one. Don’t know how? No problem. The Internet has tons of baking recipes for first-timers. Believe us, whether you perfect it or not, your bae would be so ‘kilig’ with those cupcakes you baked from your heart.

2. Treat mom and dad to a relaxing massage and salon service The ultimate superheroes in your life deserve a break from all the headaches you may give them. Give mom a new haircut and treat dad to a foot spa. Spoil them further with a relaxing full body massage to cap it off.

3. Call the nearest charity institution to ask how you can help` Love grows in the family, so it makes sense to share it as one. Join outreach programs with the whole family (or even your friends!) to extend the love at home to those who need it the most. It’s a different yet meaningful kind of bonding experience. In the same way, donate your excess essentials to less fortunate individuals. This is a perfect way to give back and share the love this season, even to strangers!

4. Create new memories with a spontaneous trip It’s a fact– the most hard-to-forget memories are created on the spur of the moment. So skip planning and pack your bags! It’s time to unleash the adventurous spirit in you! Take a random trip with bae, friends or family. Drive to a place you have always wanted to explore. Or, book a flight to the destination you have never been. Celebrate love with adventure.

5. Practice proper hygiene habits (aka. don’t cause the spread of germs!) Yes, you’ve read it right. Spreading love can be also lead to spreading germs. Avoid this by simply practicing proper hygiene and washing your hands regularly. Love is in the air, and so are germs! When you touch, hug or kiss your loved ones, there’s a big chance that you are spreading germs that could cause sickness.

Here’s an alarming fact from the first Philippines Handwashing Index (PHI); 7 out of 10 Filipinos say that they wash their hands after using the toilet but in reality, only 2 out of 10 really do. PHI is a breakthrough study recently commissioned by Safeguard. Keeping your loved ones safe from germs is a healthy way of showing how much you care.


When you express your affection, be sure that you are spreading love and not germs. Wash your hands with Safeguard and water to keep it clean. Your first line of defense against sickness-causing germs, Safeguard is clinically proven to provide up to 24 hours of germ protection.

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

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

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


International football super star Cristiano Ronaldo, an Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored athlete since 2013, was recently named “The Best FIFA Men’s Player” for the second consecutive year.

The award was determined through a combined voting process that included the votes of team captains and managers from national teams all around the globe, an online public ballot of football fans, and votes by a select group of global media representatives.

“Cristiano proves once again that his dedication on the field and commitment to nutrition has elevated him to the top of his game, earning him one of FIFA’s top honors, The Best Men’s Player Award,” said Rich Goudis, CEO of Herbalife Nutrition.

Ronaldo, named the most famous athlete in the world by ESPN, adds to other major awards and accomplishments in 2017. He won the 2016/17 UEFA Men’s Player of the year for the second consecutive year, after once again leading Real Madrid to the UEFA Champions League title and finishing as the top goal scorer, as well as helping his team win the Spanish La Liga cup. In 2017, he also became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA Champions League and European competitions.  He currently holds four Ballon d’ Or titles, the annual football award presented by France Football, and is in the running this year for his fifth.

Herbalife Nutrition-sponsored athletes use Herbalife® products before, during and after training and games. As part of its ongoing commitment to improving sports nutrition and performance, Herbalife Nutrition launched Herbalife24® CR7 Drive in collaboration with Cristiano Ronaldo, a sports drink designed specifically to meet the nutritional needs of the global soccer legend and benefit athletes of all levels.

Herbalife Nutrition supports more than 190 athletes worldwide. To learn more about Herbalife Nutrition sponsored athletes, visit http://iamherbalife.com/blog/athletes. To receive the latest company updates from Herbalife Nutrition, follow @HerbalifeNews.

About Herbalife:

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. We have been on a mission for nutrition – changing people’s lives with great nutrition products & programs – since 1980. Together with our Herbalife Nutrition independent distributors, we are committed to providing solutions to the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity, an aging population, skyrocketing 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 distributor, and a supportive community approach that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Our targeted nutrition, weight management, energy, fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Nutrition distributors in more than 90 countries. Through our corporate social responsibility efforts, Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and our Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We are 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.

Herbalife Nutrition has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of approximately $4.5 billion in 2016. To learn more, visit Herbalife.com or IAmHerbalife.com. Financial information is available on ir.herbalife.com.

#gerilenmbf: Different Trimesters of Pregnancy

Congratulations! You just found out you are pregnant! You are about to embark on one interesting journey. Expect to experience joys, as well as challenges, and discomfort throughout your pregnancy. The pregnancy journey is divided into three distinct trimesters.  Each one represents different joys and challenges. LIsted below are the three trimesters of pregnancy, and the descriptions of what to expect with your own body, and the development of the fetus in each one.

The First Trimester

The first trimester spans weeks 1-12, and is the shortest of the three trimesters of pregnancy. In fact during weeks 1 and 2, a woman is not technically pregnant. Week 1 starts the day of the woman’s last menstrual period. Around day 14 of the cycle, or later depending on the woman’s cycle, fertilization happens when the sperm meets the egg. And then the fertilized egg ends up finding its place in the uterus, and implants itself in the lining. Sometimes light bleeding can happen as a result, and at times women may mistaken this kind of light bleeding as a mild and short period.

During this time, the fertilized egg has split into a ball of cells called the blastocyst. The blastocyst splits into 3 sections that later on becomes the mesoderm, ectoderm, and endoderm. The mesoderm creates the  connective tissues, skeletal system, and blood system. The ectoderm will be forming the nervous system, the skin, and your baby’s hair. The endoderm will become the liver, kidneys, thyroid, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract as well as other organs. The placenta is being created as well which will be at work making maternal blood to feed the baby.

The fact of the matter is, a woman usually has no clue that she is pregnant until at least she is 4 weeks along. If she suspects it, she may buy a home pregnancy test from the drugstore which can find the pregnancy hormone in urine.That is what gives the test a positive. What may make her suspect that she is pregnant is the symptoms that are already starting. These symptoms are fatigue, dizziness, nausea and vomiting which is referred to as “morning sickness” (but the sickness can last through the day), and either no period or an incredibly light one.

She may also be experiencing painful and tender breasts which are worse than experiencing sore breasts during PMS. Another common first trimester symptom is increase in urination which will pretty much last throughout the pregnancy.

At this point, the baby is an embryo and it is approximately 1/16th of an inch long. It cannot be seen well by the naked eye, and the spinal cord and heart have started to develop at this point.

However, by week 6, the baby’s heart starts beating and you can have a vaginal ultrasound done at this point to confirm at heartbeat, but most doctors don’t feel it is necessary for pregnant women to go for an ultrasound this soon. That is unless the baby was conceived via IVF or you have had a history of miscarriages. The size of the embryo is ½ of an inch at this point, and is also growing little nubs where the arms and limbs will develop later on. The digestive system also develops at this point, as well as facial features, and the brain and bloodstream do as well. The creation is at its peak right now.

Symptoms are going to be experienced by the mother a lot more. The fatigue may be severe, as well as the nausea and vomiting. If that is out of control, then she must report the severity of her sickness to her doctor. She may require hospitalization if she can’t hold even water down. The reason these symptoms may be worse right now is because the pregnancy hormone levels are extremely high.

As the first trimester comes to an end, after 9 weeks, the baby’s facial features are quite present as the nose and ears form. Nail and teeth buds have started to form. The baby is moving even though it can’t be felt this early, and he or she is swallowing amniotic fluid. All internal organs start to form by the end of the 12th week which marks the end of the 1st trimester.

The Second Trimester

The second trimester which starts from week 13 and ends at week 27. For the majority of women, this trimester is referred to as “the honeymoon phase”, because the dreadful first trimester symptoms such as nausea and fatigue begin to ease off by now. Unfortunately some women still experience these symptoms if they are extreme. But the reason that symptoms die down for the majority of women is because the hormones have leveled off.

By week 13,  your baby has developed the vocal chords. The organs are functioning, and the baby’s bone marrow is developing red blood cells, and even the hair is starting to grow. The uterus is about the size of a grapefruit and will continue to grow. Your breasts will develop colostrum as well, and our areolas begin to darken, and you will experience other skin changes. Beware that blood pressure will increase, and sometimes varicose veins can form.

Your baby’s heartbeat can be heard on the Doppler device, but between 17 and 20 weeks, the heartbeat can be detected by a stethoscope, and the baby will be sucking his or her thumb a lot now. Other changes that are happening is that movements are stronger and are felt, finger and toe-nails are forming, the hair keeps growing and the baby responds to light and noise, heartbeat can be heard with a stethoscope.

Your OBGYN will want to arrange an ultrasound to be done at this time too to make sure the baby is developing well, and you can also find out the sex if you choose.

By 21-24 weeks, the baby’s eyes are open, a creamy substance covers the skin called vernix, and skin is wrinkled making the fetus appear very thin, because he or she is!

Your appetite may be high at this point, but be careful to eat within limits, as you could end up developing complications such as gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia if you gain too much weight. You will either way be getting large and uncomfortable as you near the third trimester, the last one before you meet your baby!

The Third Trimester

The third trimester starts from week 28 until week 40 (or birth as many babies are born before 40 weeks) and this is a hard period. The baby at this point is really bulking up, as a result you are as well. So getting around may become a challenge. Sleeping is hard because you are constantly being interrupted by having to urinate. You will experience more backache, heartburn, shortness of breath and leg cramps. And around this time you may have false contractions called The Braxton-Hicks contractions, which are light but they prepare you for the real thing.

The fetus will keep getting fatter in the meantimes, the body stores iron and the bones are no longer cartilage.

This is the time to have a baby shower, if you choose, start getting the nursery ready and you will be feeling a mix of excitement and worry as the time to meet your new little one comes closer. You may be taking lamaze classes to help you prepare for labor and delivery.

You will be so uncomfortable at this point that you will feel like this pregnancy will go on forever. Especially if you are having twins, then all of the above symptoms will be felt ten-fold. However, there is one promise and guarantee. The pregnancy never lasts forever! Once it ends, you will meet your new baby (or babies) for the first time, and then a whole new journey of parenthood begins!

Mommy Bloggers Shared The Love To Kids In Marawi Through Nutri10Plus Syrup Vitamin Blog Campaign

One of the outstanding qualities of mothers is their devotion to providing quality nutrition to their children. This is primarily done by preparing healthy foods and giving effective supplements to sustain and nourish their growing family needs. Nutri10Plus Syrup, a multivitamins packed with Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), Taurine, Lysine, Zinc and Vitamins C, A, D3 B1 and more, had been assisting mothers all around the Philippines in developing children with strong bodies, active brains and healthy appetite.

During the moving up ceremony where Kaye Koo of SinagTala Foundation helped in disseminating the Nutri10Plus and DayCee vitamin pouches to the kidsFigure 1During the moving up ceremony where Kaye Koo of SinagTala Foundation helped in disseminating the Nutri10Plus and DayCee vitamin pouches to the kids

In the effort to help our co-mommies and their children in the war-stricken village in Marawi, 100 Mommy bloggers from Mommy Bloggers Philippines community had collaborated to bring boxes of Nutri10Plus Syrup,  DayCee Vitamin C Syrup and several toys, to a hundred kids in Marawi through SinagTala, a non-profit organization headed by Ms. Kaye Koo. SinagTala had been sending help to villages in Marawi since the war erupted and it had sheltered hundreds of children inside the Playroom which served as the mini-school and play area of the children.

Through the Nutri10Plus Syrup, DAYZINC vitamins and toys, we wish to help uplift the children’s spirits and restore their health as they start on picking up the pieces of their lives as families.

Each pouch contains 2 bottles of Nutri10PlusSyrup, 2 bottles of DayCee Vitamin C and Daycee chewables.JPGEach pouch contains 2 bottles of Nutri10PlusSyrup, 2 bottles of DayCee Vitamin C and Daycee chewables

 We all thank WERT for this campaign, Kaye Koo of SinagTala and all the staff who have helped in sending the vitamins to Marawi.

More photos of the event here.

To learn more about the benefits of Nutri10Plus Syrup, check through their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Nutri10Plus/

 We are grateful to the mommy bloggers who participated in campaign using their blogs to bring hundreds of pouches of Nutri10Plus Vitamins full of nutrition for the children in Marawi. Find out more about our lovely mommy bloggers and their experiences as they document their life journeys in their mommy blogs.

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acigirl.com iwaydiaries.com mommyafterwork.com lallysreflections.com  
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#GerifiedPH: Chocolate for Vitamins?

Seeing me getting a spoon and the bottles of multivitamins, both Dabibot and Kulayot will run as fast as they can to get away. They will hide in the nooks and crannies of the house, and usually end up hiding their faces behind their dad – which is a very wrong move.

With arms and legs trapped by dad, mom will push the syrup down their throats. The trick is you have to slowly remove the spoon so they will not have time to spit it out, and will instead gulp down faster to not make the weird taste linger in their mouths longer. Albeit their sour faces, our daily mission is a struggle that could break a (parent’s) sweat and (child’s) tear but always complete – to drink multivitamins.


Even a little rubbing of candy wrapper creases could make the sleepy toddlers and children alert like pack of wolves. The rustling sound of a crumpled candy wrapper could make a can’t-hear-my-name toddler’s eyes wide; it’s a proven head-turner!

And believe me, they could hunt down the treats just by the motivating image of finally adoring the surprise of colourful packaging and themselves finally munching the sweets. The delightful whiff of sweetness and the mouth-watering reward when they lastly find it could tear their cheeks from smiling while chewing. Always make sure to have water around as this could also lead to anticipated choking.


See the difference?

How many children love to drink vitamins? Hardly…

How many children love chocolates? A lot!

How ironic for children to take vitamins daily and avoid chocolates as much as possible! (Of course very dark bitter chocolates are healthy but how many kids actually love it?) And every parents primary concern is the total health of his/her children, physical, mental, socio-emotional and even spiritual health Good thing, some genius bloke from Iberica-Verheilen Pharmaceuticals Group, a German company, thought of turning chocolate into a multivitamins to solve the dilemma of both parents – on how to make kids drink multivitamins without the risk of spilling the precious fluid and children – on how to eat chocolate as often as possible. It’s like these lads are the fairy godmother turning chocolates into an elixir of health.

Introducing ChocoVit Syrup Multivitamins with Zinc.

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The delicious benefits of ChocoVit includes:

B-Complex – One of the ChocoVit’s strongest suit is its B-Complex formulation. ChocoVit’s unique formulation contribute to a wide range of crucial functions which include among others:

•a healthy nervous system

•proper focus

•supports memory

•emotional calmness and sleep

•promotes growth and strong bones

•strong heart for growing children

•increase oxygen uptake and production of red blood cells

•supports of the immune system

•maintaining healthy skin

Zinc – is one of the most important trace elements our body needs. It supports a healthy immune system and hence prevents colds among others. Even when one has colds it helps shorten the period and increases recovery time. Zinc is also given during diarrhea and aids in creating a healthy digestive environment.

Fatigue? Recovery? Zinc plays a critical role on both. Of course it goes without saying that zinc is an important antioxidant. In fact, there are studies that suggests zinc can help prevent cancer.

Vitamin D3 – also known as the “Sunshine Vitamin”, Vitamin D is for overall good health including a robust immune system, anti-oxidant, strong heart, strong bones, balance hormones, nerve health, strong muscles and supportive growth for teenage kids.

Truly, growing children need a supplement of Vitamin D3 even those living in the tropical countries like the Philippines!

Vitamin A – Healthy eyes, strong lungs, immune support and lovely skin, these are the key phrases and imagery Vitamin A conjures. Indeed, Vitamin A is one of the truly important Vitamins one can have. Unless your child loves to eat half a cup of carrots which is the best source of Vitamin A, better supplement him with ChocoVit!

15626219_1503985906281431_3404314513249935418_oDabibot, the carrot baby.

Vitamin E – A powerful anti-oxidant, Vitamin E is touted to fight free-radicals in a very potent manner. It is good for the heart, skin, hair, immune system, brain and even lowers cancer risks.

Last week, October 27, ChocoVit Philippines invited mommy bloggers and kids to a fun-filled afternoon of exciting games and scrumptious meals at the La Marapili Restaurant at the Ayala 30th Mall. Inside there were areas for coloring their favorite anime characters and a face painting booth, too!

chocovit gerifiedph kulayot.jpgKulayot with his arms full of stars!

This was our first time to try ChocoVit and Kulayot’s first reaction… “I want more!”

Mary Poppins flew down from London to give a live performance, and ChocoVit’s very own Teddy Bear gave children fun selfie time! While hosts Mr. KG Magtoto and Ms. Jen introduced us to ChocoVit, its Philippine Manager, Mr. Edward Isaac and held several giveway raffles and on-the-spot contests to the audience.

More photos of the event here.”

The best time to give ChocoVit is before bedtime to make the goodness of ChocoVit work inside the body, replenishing and repairing while at sleep. It is also best to incorporate ChocoVit during sickness like flu and fever. What’s more? You could use ChocoVit as a chaser for bitter-tasting medicines like antibiotics!

There is no overdosing in ChocoVit, so aside from giving it before brush time at night, you could also turn ChocoVit into syrup on their pancakes! ChocoVit will not stain your toddler’s teeth, so why not make it as a reward for a job well done be it on school or after helping in the household chores!

You can let them adore the yummy packaging of ChocoVit without the worry of breaking the bottle because ChocoVit is in a child-proof PET bottle!

The chocolate flavour in ChocoVit is hypoallergenic hence doesn’t cause coughing and is generally safe for children with allergies and kids with G6PD.

chocovit gerifiedph dabibot.jpgDabibot with ChocoVit smudges on his face giving a thumbs up!

Ending this post with a cute video on how ChocoVit is the best chocolate:

For more details and amazing ChocoVit Syrup promos, visit their Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/chocovitforkids.

#GerifiedPH: Alay Sining’s Art with a Heart

2008 was the start of my second life. I was diagnosed with PDA, in layman’s term, a literal broken heart. With a hole in my heart, doctors said I have only three months to live. I need an immediate open heart surgery.

With a three-month deadline, my dad danced day and night to complete my operation fund. This is also the time where I learned that what goes around, comes around. My cardiologist learned that he’s the structural engineer who volunteered to design a public school in his local province. His charity work of designing structurally sound school buildings for the youth came back with the group of doctors waiving their professional fees on my surgery. Now, albeit my six-inch scar across my back, I am a professional engineer, and the cherries on top of my cake, my two kids. I  am blessed.

But not all may encounter luck on their way after stumbling upon the fact that their loved ones, or they themselves have congenital heart diseases.

According to Wiki, A congenital heart defect (CHD), also known as a congenital heart anomaly or congenital heart disease, is a problem in the structure of the heart that is present at birth. Signs and symptoms depend on the specific type of problem. Symptoms can vary from none to life-threatening.

Last week, October 26, after an early round of site inspection, I went straight to the media launch of this year’s Alay Sining event and in an instant I am happy to learn that humanity still have hope – through united effort of RCMW (Rotary Club of Makati West), Gift of Life and philanthropies in the form of artists sharing their talents and skills to help raise fund in saving kids from the deadly anomaly of the heart.

One living sample of how Alay Sining works is Mr. Christian Juluis Manabat who was just nine years old when he became an RCMW ward. He underwent Tetralogy of Fallot Correction; a surgical procedure to repair a complex heart defect that occurs in five out of every 10,000 babies, on June 6, 2006, at the Philippine Heart Center.

alay sining gerifiedph.jpgFrom left to right: Dave Caldwell, President of Rotary Club of Makati West; Paolo Delgado, Chairman of Alay Sining 10; Lou Del Rosario, Gift of Life Head; and Rany Rono, Member Marketing Head of Alay Sining 10.

Now a 20 year old, Christian eraned his Business Economics degree at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in April 2017 and now works full-time as bank associate.

Asked why he left the need to join the workforce immediately upon graduating from college, Christian’s mother, Cely, quoted his son as saying, “it was time to pay back,” referring to the protective shelter his family provided him through the years as an enfeebled young dependant. Just like Christian, I also want to payback and hence, continued my studies three months after my heart surgery. This is also a validation to our benefactors that the kindness that allowed our recovery and numerous other children’s – is worth their effort, the RCMW for him, and my doctors for me.

Gift of Life

It was in New York, the year was 1975 when Gift of Life was made by operating a child from Uganda. More than 30,000 children and 13 years ago, one heart surgery has been made in the Philippines. Today, Gift of Life is present at 79 countries worldwide to help CHD patients.

10 years ago, 2007 the first launch of art sculptures were launch and sold to support the cause. As in years past, Alay Sining will be themed “Art with A Heart”, alluding to how a majority of the charity it raises goes directly to fund heart surgeries. RC Makati West adopted this advocacy after being introduced to US-based Gift of Life International (GOL), an organization that promotes awareness of the disease in 80 countries and works tirelessly to connect needy children with CHD with organizations that can provide free medical treatment.

Did you know? A CHD operation can cost around PHP750,000.00 to a million.

About 5.5 million children around the world are born with congenital heart defects each year. Sadly, 94 percent come from families who can least afford necessary medical treatment.

In the Philippines, GOL charities are spearheaded by the RC Makati West and is affiliated with four of the countries major hospitals – Philippine General Hospital (PGH), Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), National Children’s Hospital (NCH) and National Heart Center (NHC) Philippines.

The Alay Sining provides money for the congenital heart anomaly operation for childrens and teens 18 years old and below. Talented artists make pieces for auction or sale and will hence circulate for the provision of surgery fund and maintenance thereafter under the program Guardian Angel Support.

Guardian Angel Support

After the surgery, the financial support still continue as every child is entitled to have a guardian angel support to finance their post-surgery check ups and maintenance including medicines and routine tests. The Guardian Angel Support can be from a rotary, clubs or personalities who wants to join in to fund.

It’s basically sales from fantastic artists and donations from several clubs, rotaries and individuals that will provide the necessary fund for a child’s Congenital Heart Disease operation. Previous number of kids operated before were 50 children yearly. This year, they are aiming to help at least 250 children! As of July this year, there had been 100 children with a successful CHD operations hence the aim for the end of this year is very attainable.

Did you know? There are 17,000 children in the Philippines with CHD (Congenital Heart Disease)

Club President David Caldwell acknowledges the success of the Gift of Life Program. The 10th anniversary of the exhibit-sale will feature paintings and sculptures from renowned names like Glenn Cagandahan, Sam Penaso, Jaime Nepomuceno, Jojit Nagamos, Adel Agubang, Jinggoy Buensuceso, Kenneth Cobunpue, and many more.

More photos of the event here.

“As of today, 557 Filipino children have received free, life-saving heart surgeries due to the dedication of many Makati West Rotarians, the strength of the Alay Sining fundraising and contributions from Rotarians around the world,” Caldwell said. “We acknowledge the support of the many talented doctors and nurses of our local medical partners: Philippine General Hospital, National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Children’s Medical Center and National Heart Center.”

The Alay Sining 10 exhibit will be held on November 9-12, 2017, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5, Makati City.

The charity perfectly dovetails for the children who gravely depend on CHD medical procedures, as well as the artists who likewise naturally need to support themselves.

“We hope to go at a faster pace and provide operations and post-surgery care and support for 250 children during this rotary year. These children need our help. Your purchase will make a difference,” said Caldwell.

Constant programs and awareness for Heart Surgery and procedures can improve chances of children’s lives to be saved and survive. Truly, an art with a heart, supporting Alay Sining is a very good way of giving back to the community, saving lives, and giving hope for the future.

Come buy art and multiply them to save children’s lives!


For inquiries and donations, please call RCMW at 753-3098 and look for Kai or email rcmakatiwest2016@gmail.com.

#GerifiedPH: Merck Philippines’ Fertility Awareness 2017

You being conceived and born, enters toddlerhood, start schooling, graduate, work, marry and have children – that’s the usual cycle of human life.

Newly married couples are always asked when they will have babies. Some do not plan of having any, but couples who are trying to conceive but fail every time may feel the pressure specially when couples are trying for years on end.

Infertility is the inability to achieve pregnancy after one year of adequate cohabitation.

Among women below 35 years conception is achieved in 60% after 6 months and 85% in one year.

After 35, only 60% in one year and 85% in two years and occurs in about 9% of married couples.

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Last Saturday, October 12, Merck Philippines held a Fertility Awareness Event at the Garden Grand Ballroom, Edsa Shangrila Hotel in Mandaluyong.

Did you know? After age 30, a woman’s fertility decreases rapidly every year until menopause, usually around age 50. In the decade before menopause, her fertility is also greatly reduced. Male fertility also declines with age, but more gradually.

The event was pre-started with guests watching a video presentation about infertility facts in the Philippines. After the viewing, each guest will answer a Fertility Quiz in an iPad after. This will help guest to evaluate their actual condition and hence will yield to a more suitable fertility method later.

Dr. Raymond Tapang, Medical Doctor of Merck Biopharma held the Opening Remarks featuring Merck’s 250th year in assisting individuals in procreating to prolonging life. In the Philippines, 2017 is 5th year of celebrating Fertility Awareness and this year’s theme was Bridging Baby Steps.


First speaker, Dr. Mark Anthony V. Ancheta, MD, FPOGS, FPSAM, talked about Treatment Options for Fertility

Ovulation Induction + Follicle Monitoring + Timed Intercourse

Pre-requisite for this method is there should be at least one good quality egg, fallopian tubes are open and there should also be adequate number of rapidly swimming and good-looking sperms. This method has 25% chance of success for 20-30 y/o females and <10% for above 35.

Ovulation Induction + Follicle Monitoring + Intrauterine Insemination

There should be good quality egg, at least one of the fallopian tube is open and a total of 5 million motile sperms inseminated. For this cycle, 15-20% of chances occur per cycle.

IVF – In Vitro Fertilization

The eggs are retrieved, fertilized outside the womb and transffered to the womb. This procedure required a minimum number of developing follicles but fallopian tubes are not required. Still, there should be a minimum number of good-looking sperms. IVF has 41 percent of success for women <35y/o and <12% for 41 age and higher.

kulayot newborn.jpgFirst son, Kulayot via Natural Spontaneous Delivery

Dr. Gia Pastorfide, the second speaker, tackled the advantages of Egg Freezing.

Egg Freezing – is a procedure done to preserve a woman’s eggs or oocytes. The oocytes are extracted, frozen and stored. Women who undergoes egg freezing are because due either for medical purposes – those who undergo chemotherapy or radiotherapy and patients with history of early menopausal or premature ovarian insufficiency and is requred to remove ovaries early on, or social reasons -like focusing on career or scholling or has not been in a long-term relationship but wishes to preserve future fertility as early as now. Remember, your age is your egg’s age, hence, the early you freeze your egg, the better quality your oocytes will be. With advancing age, chromosomal abnormalities, risk of miscarriage and even conceiving will becomre more difficult as a woman ages, hence, egg freezing is basically the procedure that will stop the woman’s biological clock.

Read more about Merck’s Fertility Commitment campaign here.

The last speaker was Dr. Leonardo Almeda who debunked myths about Fertility.

Top 10 Myths About Fertility

  1. Spicy Food will Induce Fertility – Don’t mistake a raised blood pressure and pulst rate for increased sexual potency. It’ll only leave a sting on your tongue and make you sweat more!
  2. Having Sex in the Morning will not Increase Fertility – Many think that sperm levels are often highest in the morning, having had a chance to “replenish
  3. A man’s testicles should be cool if you want a daughter and warm for a son – the baby’s gender cannot be determined by this!
  4. You’re most fertile the day you ovulate – For the best chance of conceiving, couples should have sex before and during ovulation. Sperm can live within the reproductive tract for up to three days.
  5. Eating yams while trying to conceive will help you get twins – there are studies linking yam and fertility, however, this has not been proven yet.
  6. Gulping cough syrup will help you conceive – this false notion has long been thought to help make sperm travel to the cervix easier. Please drink cough syrup only if you have a cough!
  7. If you work at it and want it enough, you’ll get pregnant – unlike many parts of our lives, infertility may be beyond your control. However, newer treatments available have improved couples’ chance of having a baby.
  8. Special diets can boost your chances of getting pregnant  there is no evidence that specific diet (be it eating pineapple every day or never eating gluten) will increase your chances of success. That said, it’s never harmful to eat healthily!
  9. Going to headstand will help sperm find their way – Sperm cells are chemically programmed to travel in the right direction no matter where your pelvis is pointing.
  10. The size of a man’s penis will determine how fertile he is – as long as it is done right, bigger does not guarantee a higher chance of being impregnated. Your partner’s soldiers still swim upstream, regardless of how big or small it is.

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right method, hence, it is best to seek medical help the soonest. Learn more about the event via graphics and more photos of the event here.

dabibot.jpgDabibot, second and last baby.

I had to go ligation, because although my reproductive can push thru a third pregnancy, my heart won’t make it. I am still blessed, and as for those who is trying to conceive. Throw all your burdens to God and with the advancing technology we have to day, I can tell, there still is hope! Get informed and learn the risk factors for infertility and ask your health care provider any questions you have about your ability to conceive and the natural course of fertility through your lifespan. Make a plan today for it’s never too late to start to improve your overall health and eliminate risk factors so that your body is ready to conceive when you are.

To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, visit www.facebook.com/fertilityawarenessphilippines.