#GerifiedPH: All about Acne, The Science of Gentle and 7 Days with Cetaphil

The expert in moisture, Cetaphil held a week’s session of fun learning about keeping our skin healthy and moisturized. Yours truly was honored to be part of this campaign against skin irritations and diseases and we welcome Dra. Peachy on the third day as she impart with us the Advanced Skin Care for Acne-Prone Skin.

Dra. Peachy is also Chair of Department of Dermatology, Section Head of DermLaser and Phototherapy Center in Makati Medical Center and Vice-President to Philippine Dermatological Society Acne is defined as the most common cutaneous disorder of the pilosebaceous units affecting adolescents and young adults. It is a near universal cutaneous inflammatory diseas affecting more than 85% of adolescents worldwide.

Did you know? 5.4 Million Filipino teens and young adults are affected by acne.

Acne Vulgaris is the psychological effects of embarrassment and anxiety can impact the social lives and employment of affected individuals overall affecting the quality of life.

Did you know? Eating chocolate will not induce acne.

However, eating chocolate when you already have acne will worsen it. Milk consumption of more than 3 portions per week and ingestion of highly glycemic loads could potentially induce acne. Hence, decreasing milk and high glydemic diet loads like pizza, burger and other oily western food reduces acne lesion counts.

Did you know? Stress can make you pop a zit.

And patients with acne are under increased cutaneous and systemic oxidative stress which led to higher levels of serum malondialdehyde. What’s more? Increasing BMI also means increasing risk of acne especially in females. Even if you happen to be a chocolate hater (which is a rare, almost non-existent in this world) and you hate pizza (which is also rare, almost non-existent in this world) and you also happen to have no stress (which is I’m sure non-existent in this world), you still had a chance of having acne due to your ancestors; hereditary factor also contributes to the inhibition of metalloproteinase genotype that could (starting adolescence) trigger and increase tendency to develop acne.

Did you know? Most employers hire non-acne applicants over their acne-prone counterparts.

Acne Vulgaris is the psychological effects of embarrassment and anxiety that can impact the social lives and employment of individuals overall affecting the quality of life.

Did you know? At age 16-17, 95-100% of adolescent boys and 83-85% of adolescent girls are affected by acne.

It continues to be one of the most common skin disease treated in routine dermatologic care.

Did you know? In the Philippines, 5.4 million Filipinos, teens and young adults are affected by acne.

What’s more is that it remains one of the top 10 leading causes for visiting dermatologists in the country and among PDS dermatologists, 50% of weekly dermatologic consultations are acne related.

There are actually four central factors involved to make a person acne-prone.

1 Follicular hyperkeratinization

2 Increased sebum production

3 Propionibacterium acne within the follicle

4 Inflammation

These acne and acne-probe patients usually tends to adhere to recommendations very poorly, other than lack of improvement, previous systematic therapy and lack of knowledge about the treatment, most common reason is the presence of side effects like peeling, dryness and photosensitivity. Basically, it’s skin irritation at the start of the treatment, lag time to effect and complex treatment regimens.

Good thing there is Cetaphil!

One of the most effective way in promoting adherence to dermatologist’s recommendations is by use of skin care and cosmetics such as Cetaphil moisturizer and Cetaphil cleanser as it minimizes the side effects of acne medications! Cetaphil products are effective in hydrating and repairing the skin barrier hence helping in reducing dryness and irritation. Now with Cetaphil sunscreen, Cetaphil line is now complete in protecting skin every day from environmental damages including harmful ultraviolet rays.

Cetaphil is non-comedogenic – Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which has a comedogenicity rating of 5/5 and Propylene Glycol with a rating of 4/5, although Propylene Glycol is not really comodogenic as it is often called as vehicle or carrier in comedogenicity tests, so how can Cetaphil be noncomedogenic? Grades 1-2 are non to mildly comedogenic, but 3 to 5 are significantly comedogenic. Cetaphil has an incredibly low concentration of Sdium Lauryl Sulfate hence the lack of foaming.  In short, it won’t clog your pores.

Cetaphil is non-irritating – Cetaphil with all its mild ingredients will not cause inflammation and painful reaction to the skin.

Cetaphil is non-acnegenic – Cetaphil is a skin care line for sensitive or dry skin. It is non-acnegenic in a sense that it is formulated to be less likely to cause acne or make the condition even worse. Non-acnegenic products like Cetaphil do not contain oils, fragrance-free with no harsh ingredients that will irritate skin.

Cetaphil is hypoallergenic – Designed to lessen or minimize the possibility of an allergic response, Cetaphil’s mild ingredients has a relatively few or no potentially irritating factors.

cetaphil #gerifiedph(L-R) Jade Silva-Netto Panoc, Galderma Business Unit Head-Consumer; Catherine Palma-Dilanco, Senior Brand Manager; Dr. Peachy Lau, Speaker and Jasper Poblete, Brand Manager

Cetaphil is gentler than water with its 5.5pH level, hence, its no wonder that it is the most prescribed brand by Dermatologists and Pediatricians! Try Cetaphil and see the wonder behind the science of gentle!

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You Can’t Miss This Pop-Up Interactive Digital Park in Manila!

Prepare to take off and see what the future beholds at the Future City – open for one weekend only!

The uncertainty of the future can be an overwhelming prospect—especially for parents concerned about their child’s future.

For one weekend only, discover and explore how you can reshape the future today, at the Future City: An Interactive Digital Park. Primed to offer an experiential and immersive way of giving you a glimpse of the future with the latest creative media technologies and innovative artistic experiences from all over the globe!

To be held at the SMX Convention Center on September 9-10, 2017, this pioneering interactive educational experience offers enriching sights and activities that gives kids and kids-at-heart a glimpse of the world of tomorrow with its spectacular 7 unique and engaging stations— from a dome that will take you to the far future in an instant, a sketch village that will make your visions come to life, to interactive games, 3D wall art installations and so much more— all are dedicated to promote self-directed learning and explorations that will surely open the mind.

Witness and experience the future now and catch it before it’s gone.

Future City: An Interactive Digital Park is an event by The Future Park, sponsored by Nestlé NANKID Optipro. Future City: An Interactive Digital Park will be open to public on September 9-10, 2017 (Saturday to Sunday), 10:00 am to 9:00 pm at the SMX Convention Center, SM Aura, Taguig City. To learn more about this exciting pop-up interactive park visit www.facebook.com/NANKIDOPTIPRO. Limited slots available so hurry and pre-register online at FUTURE CITY PRE-REGISTRATION WEBSITE..

 

Introducing Jolly U: Jollibee’s new web series taps into Gen Z

Jolly Hotdog takes the stage in “Extra Saya” teen-centric episodes

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This week, the Philippines’ #1 fast-food brand, Jollibee launched Jolly U, a series of online videos depicting comical ways of teens going the extra mile in even the most mundane of tasks and situations.

The Jolly U series brings together modern Pinoy teen archetypes that one will usually find in a university or college setting, but each of them offer an exciting twist to viewers’ typical expectations. In the video below, the jolliest university in the world introduces us to its Bee Happy mission and some of its top students including The MVP, The Pogeek, The Coolokoy and The Heartist.

Today’s Filipino teens are “harder to impress” than older generations, as shown by recent studies.1 Growing up with a wider range of opportunities thanks to the digital landscape, the trends and technologies that older generations used to think were amazing are now perceived as standard and ordinary by teens who get exposed to them on a regular basis. For this reason, young Pinoy digital natives look forward to going over and beyond or—in their own terms—“extra”, in all aspects.

“We took the time to get to know our teens and what makes them tick,” shares Francis Flores, Jollibee Global Chief Marketing Officer and Philippines Head of Marketing. “For Gen Z, being ‘extra’ is about going over-the-top and putting more fun into anything and everything.”

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Jolly U video compilation: Lab, Reaction Paper and 1×1 “inextrahan” stories

The best reward for such impressive feats of extra-ness is none other than the extra cheesy, extra beefy Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog, a classic Jolly favorite made extra delicious with a meaty, juicy beef hotdog; cheesy, tangy dressing; a drizzling of ketchup and real, grated cheese.

The “extra saya” Jolly U web series will be posted starting September 4 on the Jollibee Philippines Facebook page (facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines) and the official Jollibee YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/jollibeedigital1). You may also stay tuned for more “extra saya” updates by following @jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.

Don’t miss out on the extra cheesy and extra beefy goodness of the Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog, which is available for dine-in, take-out, delivery and drive-thru transactions in all Jollibee stores nationwide. Prices start at Php 50.00*.

 

*Prices may vary across different locations.

 

 

References:

 

1          Kantar Millward Brown – AdReaction. (2017). Millwardbrown.com. Retrieved 29 August 2017, fromhttp://www.millwardbrown.com/adreaction/genxyz/philippines/gen-x-y-and-z/the-generations

Authentic Tonkatsu experience at Katsu Sora

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Filipinos have a big appetite for Japanese food—including tonkatsu, a breaded and deep-fried pork cutlet. Taking this delectable dish to new heights is Katsu Sora, home of premium Tonkatsu and Japanese dishes, with its panache that promises authentic Japanese dining.

 

Derived from Japanese terms “Katsu,” which is short for tonkatsu and “Sora,” which means sky, Katsu Sora is dedicated to offering only the highest quality tonkatsu and a host of other Japanese dishes. This goes with a salad bar where diners can enjoy a wide range of healthy greens and fruits, among others, delivering a satisfactory experience in a class of its own.

 

Katsu Sora’s four kinds of world-class pork

 

Katsu Sora takes pride in four kinds of world-class pork. One of which is the Iberico Pork, a highly coveted pork imported from Spain and comes from the family of black Iberico pigs. With a meat that has butter-like texture and is rich in Oleic acid that raises good cholesterol and helps lower bad cholesterol, customers are in for an exceptional and healthy Japanese treat.

 

Katsu Sora also offers Shimofuri Pork, yet again originating from Spain and comes from a pure line of Duroc. Called the “Black Angus” of pork, it has a high percentage of marbling that results in a tender and flavorful meat.

 

Dubbed as the Wagyu of pork, Kurobuta pork is known for its melt-in-your-mouth goodness. Savor the taste of a meat that comes from a line of heritage pigs called Berkshire, which is bred in Kogoshima, Japan.

 

 

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Last but not the least, Katsu Sora serves Sakura Pork, a grain-fed pork from Canada specially bred for the distinct Japanese taste buds. Fed with barley, it has a lighter color and a firmer texture. Its meat is moist with a mild flavor and a clean finish that will surely excite the taste buds of Katsu Sora diners.

 

Salads, dressings, and a wide selection of good food

 

What makes Katsu Sora more unique is that it gives its customers free reign in choosing their rice, soup, and ingredients to create their own salad. Imagine the infinite number of combinations that you can make with each visit, making your dining experience more amazing.

 

With an unlimited refill at the salad buffet bar for all sets, you can choose from different kinds of greens and ingredients. This includes Romaine Lettuce, cucumbers, shredded cabbage, broccoli, fresh fruits in season, white onions, fresh tomatoes, corn and cherry tomatoes, to name a few. Katsu Sora’s delicious potato salad and tasty pumpkin salad are popular among patrons. As for the dressing, you can choose from up to 12 options such as Soy Sesame dressing, Grated Onion dressing and Wasabi Creamy Dressing.

 

Pair your favorite Katsu Sora set with a hearty serving of either Awase Miso or Shin-su Shiro Miso soup. Forget guilty pleasures as Katsu Sora serves brown rice for those who are health conscious.

 

If you’re not up for pork, though, try one of the chicken katsu or seafood sets. Light meals such as Katsu Sandwich, Menchi Katsu Burger, and Ebi Tempura are also served. Katsu Sora also offers a la carte dishes like kaarage, edamame, tempura, chahan and yakisoba.

 

Dine at Katsu Sora to satisfy your cravings for authentic and unique Japanese cuisine. Visit any of the Katsu Sora branches at SM City BF in Paranaque City, TriNoma Mall in Quezon City, Glorietta 4 in Makati, Promenade Greenhills in San Juan City, Eastwood Mall in Libis, Quezon City, Ayala Malls Serin, The District in Tagaytay City, Solenad in Nuvali, Sta. Rosa, Laguna, SM Clark in Pampanga or SM Pampanga. For more information, visit http://katsusora.com/.

Ashley Ortega seeks adventure

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Ashley Ortega is not your typical girl-next-door. Underneath her sweet exterior lies a tough young woman who constantly seeks new horizons and new experiences. Just scroll through her Instagram account and you’ll see her riding the ocean waves on a surf board, speeding through the sand dunes on an ATV, or suspended on a cable while she zip lines on air.

The 18-year old GMA artist and newest ambassador of Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc. admits, “I’m very adventurous. If I don’t have work, I don’t like staying at home and doing nothing. I like outdoor physical activities, but recently, I’ve been trying contact sports like Muay Thai and boxing.”

In a way, her preference for such extreme activities can also be owed to her early years as a professional figure skater where she represented the Philippines in various competitions in Asia. “I started skating when I was four, and then I stopped when I was twelve.” But while she’s finished doing it as a competitive sport she adds, “I still like to do it for fun, with friends or as cardio exercise.”

And like a true adventure-seeker, her showbiz career was also a risk that she gamely took: “I was doing modeling and commercial gigs when someone saw me and asked me to audition in GMA,” she fondly shares. “I tried it but I didn’t expect anything at all. Luckily I got in, and they gave me a drama to work on right away.” Her starring role was Marian “Julie” Dela Guardia in GMA’s now-defunct show Cielo de Angelina, which was then followed by roles in shows like Dormitoryo, Magpakailanman, Maynila, Dangwa, and Oh, My Mama! These days, you will find her as one of the regular co-hosts of the afternoon variety show Wowowin, showing her playful and sweet side.

But Ashley has a lot more to offer. Aside from her blossoming showbiz career, she’s also an interior design student at SoFA, and a self-confessed art and make-up enthusiast who enjoys experimenting with different make-up looks just like any other girl. “I love experiencing new things, and learning to apply make-up is one of them,” she says. “It’s part of my life. I feel like I can’t be an artista without make-up.”

On most days, she carries either Ever Bilena’s or Careline’s Cheek and Lip Tint in her bag, along with Blackwater Women Activ’s So In Love body spray to keep her feeling fresh and clean all the time. She shares, “I like that Ever Bilena, Careline and Blackwater offer dual-purpose, long-lasting products that I can always apply while working out or during tapings.” And just like her, she also recommends other girls to keep these products in their kits. “We should take care of our appearance, and maintaining a good hygiene is one of them. These products will not only help us feel fresh and clean but they’re also confidence boosters,” she advises.

With all that’s going on in her life, she says she still has more challenges to conquer. “I want something different – I want to play a superhero because I want to do action, or an ice princess so I can skate.”

Adventurous, fun, and girly – Ashley Ortega is indeed everything Ever Bilena, Careline, and Blackwater represent.

To learn more about Ever Bilena and its products, visit www.everbilena.com.ph, and follow their social media accounts, www.facebook.com/everbilenacosmetics and www.instagram.com/everbilenaofficial.

To know more about Careline Cosmetics, visit https://careline.com.ph/, and follow them at www.facebook.com/CarelineCosmetics and www.instagram.com/ebadvance.

To learn more about Blackwater and its products, visit http://blackwater.com.ph/, and follow them on social media at www.facebook.com/BlackwaterForMen/?fref=ts and www.instagram.com/BlackwaterElite.

Solane community service initiatives

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Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions provider, recently held its first basketball cup tournament at the Balabag basketball court in Boracay aptly named the Solane Boracay Cup. The event aimed to promote camaraderie and sportsmanship in a competitive and friendly game while encouraging a healthy lifestyle among its employees. The basketball tournament is also part of Solane’s corporate social responsibility program which seeks to help provide educational materials and school equipment to public schools. Winners in the tournament donated their prizes (which included audio visual equipment, school supplies package, and tables and chairs package) to schools within the community. Present during the event were (from left) Isla LPG Corporation or ILC account manager Kyle Yulo, ILC general manager for sales Tonito Gonzalez, Marianing and Sons president Marlon Julius Lao, ILC CEO Ruben Domingo, Marianing and Sons operations manager Jose Joaquin Mayor, ILC marketing manager Valeri Villano, and ILC regional sales manager for Visayas and Mindanao Rene Gamba.

AXA launches new insurance product for today’s ambitious market

Dream – contemplating the possibility of doing or being something

I don’t want to ride cars, I want to fly an airbus.

Curves are a hidden passion, I want to doodle and probably be a stenographer inside a court.

To be a biologist and a professional diver and name a unique deep sea creature would be more than a lifetime achievement.

Sign Language is a form or art and I want to share this passion by teach deaf and mute children. Be a gynecologist and a pediatrician, too.

What’s more, if you read my about me section you’ll know how desperate I am to travel to the moon, around the sun and check if Pluto is still there holding on to its orbit and if it really is a planet or just a huge asteroid as they claim. Mind you that’s 12 years from the shortest distance.

If I had all the time in the world, I would still travel, but this time to the controversial planet-or-not Pluto that is roughly 4.67 billion miles if it was on the opposite sides from the sun, which will take 9-12 years using the latest technology.

And lastly, ride a unicorn over a rainbow to end up lying on pots of shimmering gold.

In short, hindi man din ako kaliwete, ambisyosa ako. (I may not be ambidextrous, but oh boy, I’m ambitious.)

Reality – the state of things as they actually exist.

But alas! Humans only live once, life is not merely a measurement of time, and the ratio of one’s dreams is invertly proportional to his reality hence when you’re a big dreamer, you have to wake up at some point to make it a reality or snooze away eating clouds, drinking sunshine unless you want to ride unicorns until you rot on your debt if not death bed. #harshtruth

Today’s young professionals are ambitious and often on-the-go. They work hard and at the same time want to pursue their own passions. As they focus on their careers, they want to maintain a work-life balance, and ensure that they are also preparing for their ultimate ambitions.  Some would want to travel around the world, have their own business, or pursue a pricey hobby like golf or scuba diving.

Recognizing the need for investment and protection of today’s discerning consumers, AXA has launched MyAmbition, an affordable investment and life insurance plan that you can avail of online.  Designed with your busy lifestyle in mind, the convenience of availing of an investment product with just a few clicks gives you an attractive option to help fulfill your ambitions in life.

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MyAmbition can be availed of with a one-time investment that starts at only P50,000, a great opportunity to put that 13th month bonus or extra savings to better use.  You can also invest up to a maximum of P125,000.  The funds are professionally-managed by the AXA group to give you security and peace of mind.

MyAmbition gives you a range of options to suit your risk profile and financial goals.  There’s an investment fund for conservative investors, a balanced fund for those who have a moderate appetite for risk, and an aggressive growth fund for those who want to maximize the potential of their investments.

“Our innovative digital solutions address the unique demands of digital natives.  You can avail of MyAmbition through our e-commerce site.  You can also download MyAXA, the mobile app that allows our clients to access policy information anytime, anywhere.” says Rahul Hora, President and CEO of AXA Philippines.

On top of these benefits and conveniences, MyAmbition gives you life insurance coverage of 125% of the single premium or the Account Value, whichever is higher.  Should you choose to keep your funds longer, you can receive a Loyalty Bonus of 5% of the average account value to be paid on the 10th and 20th year.

“We understand the needs of today’s professionals. MyAmbition takes their lifestyle needs into consideration – it is affordable, available online, easy to purchase, can meet various investment considerations, and is payable via a credit card. MyAmbition’s combined offering of affordability, convenience, and flexibility will definitely help young and mature Filipino professionals achieve their financial goals and fulfill their ambitions,” adds AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer Amor Balagtas.

Application is easy. Just visit www.axa.com.ph, and click on MyAmbition.  You can assess your investment profile, pick an investment portfolio, and pay for the policy with your credit card. Debit card and other online payment options are also available.

I may not ride unicorns and sleep on pots of gold, but with AXA MyAmbition yuppies (young professionals) can have affordability, convenience, and flexibility will definitely help young and mature Filipino professionals achieve their financial goals and fulfill their ambitions