Saturday, September 30, 2017

Discover Why Chemical-Based Products For Hair Loss Might Not Work For You

9/30/2017 11:49:00 PM 1 Comments

Desperate times call for desperate measures. When you’re losing tufts of hair or seeing bald patches on your scalp, it’s but natural to feel the need to do something about it. 

Will you tell a friend or go immediately to a doctor? Will you hide the “shame” under the guise of a wig? While it’s quite hard to decide, there’s no way but people still find themselves falling in line over-the-counter (O.T.C.). And what’s on their hands? Chemical-based hair loss products. Here are some of the reasons why they impulsively buy these items:

a.)   They claim to be effective.
b.)   They say the healing effects are felt quickly.
c.)   They are widely available.
d.)   They appear to be cheaper.
e.)   They claim to be safe.

Sounds tempting, though, be wary enough that once you delve into the nitty-gritty of these products available to allegedly promote hair growth, you’ll see why they may not exactly be a perfect fit. These are some of the negative possibilities when you use chemical treatments:

1.    Serious side effects like tightness in the chest, difficulty in breathing, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), and swelling of the hands and feet. These are actually some of the possible side effects of the hair loss drug Minoxidil, which is said to cease hair loss and promote hair growth.

2.    Most chemical products say they can “treat” alopecia, but reading the fine print will lead you to discover that it actually just slows the progress of hair loss. Little is said as well about these chemical treatments actually promoting hair growth.

3.    These products or “treatments” usually contain a variety of chemicals that may or may not cause allergic reactions. It pays to check the labels. Some chemical-based products may actually be presenting the side effects as the main effects. Let the internet help you in your personal research.

There may be safer and effective alternatives out there, but NOVUHAIR is a stand out among the rest. It has 19 natural ingredients—standardized herbal extracts, essential oils and co-factor nutrients that work in synergy and has been clinically proven to help stop the progression of hair loss, aid in stimulating hair growth and reduce excessive hair shedding. 

NOVUHAIR is available in the Philippines at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide, Seafood City supermarkets and other Filipino/Asian stores in the USA and online at and at BeeOrganic in Kuwait. International online orders are also possible through For more information, you may visit or contact hotlines 4136570 and 09228830575.

Don’t make yourself fall as the next victim of the trap. Be smart; choose natural. 

New Culture of Work in PH Needed to Succeed in Digital Transformation

9/30/2017 11:32:00 PM 0 Comments

 Microsoft Study finds that 1 in 2 Filipino workers expect their organizations to invest in cultural development and 47% expect leaders to close the digital skills gap

Philippines, September 29, 2017 -  The changing face of the workforce in the Philippines has resulted in a need for organizations to foster a new culture of work to achieve digital transformation success, a Microsoft Study[1] has concluded. In fact, half of the respondents polled felt that more can be done by their organizations to invest in cultural development.
The Study found the following factors influencing the culture of work in the Philippines today:  

1. Increasingly mobile workforce and exposure to new security risks: The rise of mobility and proliferation of mobile and cloud technologies have resulted in individuals working across multiple locations and devices. In fact, the Study found that only 21% of respondents are spending all of their work hours in the office, and 81% of respondents are working off personal smartphones. The latter raises new security challenges for organizations.

2. The rise of diverse teams: The Study found that 29% of workers in the Philippines are already working in more than 10 teams at any one point in time. With the BPO industry being significant in the country, more workers are working with different and even virtual teams from different locations. This makes the availability of real-time insights and collaboration tools crucial to get work done.

3. Gaps in employees’ digital skills even as leaders are in the motion of embracing digital transformation: As the bar is raised with new technologies adopted across industries, deployment is uneven. In fact, 47% of respondents feel that more can be done to bridge the digital skills gap among workers.

Microsoft COO/CMM Cian O’Neil presenting the new culture of work in the Philippine during the Microsoft 365 launch.

Said Cian O’Neill, Microsoft Philippines COO, and CMO: “The rise of digital technologies, along with a new generation of millennials entering the workforce, has brought about a need to address changing workers’ expectations, knowledge, and skills, as well as the tools they use. And with more than half of the world’s millennials residing in Asia, the workplace will need to transform to adapt to the technology habits of these digital natives. In addition, due to the deployment of advanced and emerging technologies, organizations need to relook at reskilling its workforce to develop creative and strategic skills for the future.”

Addressing a new culture of work for digital transformation success

Even as 86% of business leaders in the Philippines acknowledge the need to transform into a digital business in order to succeed, people are ultimately the main drivers of digital transformation.
“People are at the heart of digital transformation. Their expectations, knowledge, and skills, as well as the tools they use for work, are determining factors in the level of transformation that any organization can achieve. The challenge that they face now is how to implement new ways to foster a modern culture of work to better empower Asia’s workers, especially those at the frontline. By estimates, there are two billion first-line workers globally, and makeup majority of our workforce today,” said Bertand Launay, Microsoft Philippines Managing Director.
Today, first-line workers serve as the first point of contact between companies and the rest of the world - first to engage customers, represent the brand, and see products and services in action.
To unlock the potential of employees, organizations need to address and elevate their workforce, especially first-line workers, through addressing the core values of the new culture of work:

1. Unlocking employees’ creativity
Collaboration fuels innovation through sharing of ideas and enables flexibility in how people work through a connected experience while working seamlessly across devices. However, the Study found that majority of respondents feel restricted in the way they work today, with 64% highlighting that they needed to be physically present in office as equipment or tools used for their line of work is only available in the workplace.

2. Fuelling teamwork
By equipping all workers with a universal toolkit for collaboration, organizations offer its people choice and ownership as to how they work together and collaborate in real-time. In fact, the Study found that one in two workers highlighted that access to technology for collaboration such that they can respond in a timely manner to internal and external requests was important in their line of work.

3. Strengthening Security
Today, 74% of respondents are working on employer-issued PCs, but 81% are also working on personal smartphones, which underscores potential security risks. In fact, 76% of respondents admitted to checking personal emails on company-issued devices, and are doing so for convenience sake. Therefore, leaders need to strengthen their security not to put organization’s confidential data at risk to address the need for workers to work without barriers and without impeding productivity.

4. Bringing Simplicity
With the rise of apps, devices, services and security risks in the workplace, there is a need to streamline the IT management, breakdown service siloes so that disparate data can be combined and reasoned in new ways and reduce complexity. In fact, a Microsoft Asia Pacific IT leaders study[2] found that 61% of ITDMs from the market agreed that there is a need to reduce the complexity of managing their existing IT security portfolio.

Technology is key for first-line workers to become an integral part of digital transformation success

“We believe that every worker – from the factory floor to the front desk, to the executive boardroom – can contribute to an organization’s collective endeavors. It is our view that involving first-line workers in digital transformation will drive unprecedented opportunity – for workers, the organizations that they work for, and the industries and society at large,” added O’Neill.  “At Microsoft, we see the opportunities that can be unlocked with technology by equipping first-line workers with the right tools, such as Microsoft 365. Ultimately, digital transformation projects can only succeed if the right tools are in place for workers to leverage and maximize upon.”

Microsoft Philippines STU Ryan Manalastas giving a demo on the five important Microsoft 365 Security and Productivity Features. 

Microsoft has announced the expansion of Microsoft 365, including Microsoft 365 F1, which provides purpose-built capabilities that help foster first line culture and community, train and upskill employees, digitize business process, deliver real-time expertise, and minimize risk and cost. New intelligent search capabilities, a vision for intelligent communications centering on Microsoft Teams, and security and IT management enhancements to help customers stay secure and compliant were also introduced at Ignite:

  • Microsoft 365 F1 brings together Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security to empower the more than two billion first-line workers worldwide, who serves as the first point of contact between a company and its customers, or who are directly involved in making products.
  • Introducing a new vision for intelligent communications, including plans to bring Skype for Business Online capabilities into Microsoft Teams, along with cognitive and data services, making Teams the true hub for teamwork in Office 365, including persistent chat, voice, and video.
  • Intelligent search experiences use AI and machine learning to deliver more relevant search results everywhere you search across Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft 365 is delivering improved Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) features like enhanced anti-phishing capabilities, expanded protection to SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, and Microsoft Teams and integration between cloud and on-premises identity threat detection capabilities.

Modernizing first line workforce with Microsoft Cloud

For organizations still, on Office 2007, end of support will happen on 11 October. Customers who are still using Office 2007 products and services are encouraged to move to Office 365 or Microsoft 365 to stay supported and ensure uninterrupted support from Microsoft.

O’Neill said: “With cloud-based productivity tools being a key pick among Asia’s mobile workers to drive greater collaboration among teams, we urge organizations to take the opportunity to evaluate Microsoft 365 as an option to modernize their workforce.”

To learn more about Microsoft 365, visit

[1] Microsoft Asia Workplace 2020 Study, conducted between February and March 2017 involving 4.175 respondents in 14 Asia markets. The 14 markets include Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. All respondents were pre-qualified as at least spending 30 hours per week in a full-time role, or spending at least 20 hours per week in a part-time role. This includes 312 respondents from the Philippines.

[2] Microsoft Asia Pacific survey of 1,200 IT leaders across 12 markets, including Australia, China, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. 41% of respondents are working in organizations with 250 to 499 PCs; 59% work in organizations with 500 and more PCs.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Ultimate Survival Tips For New Nurses

9/29/2017 11:06:00 PM 0 Comments

Choosing a career path within the medical profession can be a rewarding and quite frankly amazing thing. You'll be the first line of medical support for people around the country, and you could one day be responsible for saving another person's life.

If becoming a doctor isn't for you, and you prefer to be able to mix medical examinations with bonding and making patients feel comfortable; nursing could be the perfect option for you. Nurses are the ones who patients will talk to about how they feel, and you can put them at ease if they are nervous of being in the hospital. Nursing is not an easy profession; it takes years of training and experience to become confident in the role, which is why we've compiled a list of survival tips for new nurses working in the field.

Find A Mentor

It is much easier to learn and progress if you have someone to mentor and coach you through your shifts. You may feel nervous as a new nurse and need some guidance in familiarising yourself with the hospital and procedures involved in the job. Some hospitals offer a mentorship program, which means that you will be able to ask a senior nurse and get yourself some regular sessions with an experienced member of the team.

Don't Be Afraid To Ask Questions

Don't be that kid who always struggled in class because they were too afraid to ask the teacher for help. Asking questions is the best way to gain an understanding of the subject because you will be answered with an in-depth explanation. Particularly in the medical profession, it is better to ask a question than making a mistake.

Wear Sensible Shoes

Nursing shoes are an essential for anyone working on the wards. As a nursing professional you will be on your feet all day, and you will only get a small amount of time to sit down. This is why having practical and comfortable footwear is crucial. Otherwise, you could end up with sore feet and blisters, making it hard for you to concentrate on your day.

Lean Stress-Busting Techniques

One of the most annoying effects of working in a hospital is stressful. Being under too much stress can cause illnesses such as fatigue, anxiety and in extreme cases, depression. It is important to balance your work and home life in order to prevent this from happening. It is also advisable to try and perform relaxation techniques regularly. Try downloading a meditation app to your phone and practicing for 10 minutes each day. It has been proven to clear your mind and allow you to feel refreshed for the day ahead.

Jot Important Things Down

Always carry a small notebook around with you. As someone who is still learning, you will have a lot of new things to note down throughout your first months working at a hospital. It could be that you need to jot down the steps in a medical procedure, note down the effects of certain drugs or just use it for general notes. Writing things down can help you to retain information for longer, as well as allowing you to refer back to the information at a later date when you may need it.

Plan Ahead

You will have a lot of different tasks to complete each day, which is why it is so important that you learn how to prioritize and order you jobs depending on your deadlines and urgency. Having a plan to hand will make things much easier and ensure that you don't forget anything crucial during your shift.

Meal Prep

Working long hours and nights can mean that you eating routine can be somewhat odd. But instead of reaching for a bowl of ramen at 3 am, instead try to incorporate meal prep into your routine. Spending 1 hour each week to cook off a bulk amount of rice, veggies, and meat can save you a tonne of work during the week and allow you to eat nutritious foods for a healthier body still. Consider also investing in a smoothie maker for those days when you need a quick breakfast or lunch.

Make Time For Me Time

Finally, working in the medical profession can take a huge chunk of your time, so don't forget to dedicate a little time for yourself each week. An hour or two to allow you to run a relaxing bath, read your favorite book and sip a glass of wine is good for your physical and mental health.

Herbalife Nutrition Launches New Tastes of Formula 1 Shake Cookies and Cream, Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin in The Philippines

9/29/2017 12:37:00 PM 0 Comments

PHILIPPINES, September 04, 2017 – Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company, has recently launched two new exciting additions to its product line-up in the country: a new flavor of Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix - Cookies and Cream, and Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin. 

Mr. Rosalio T. Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Philippines, announces the new products under Herbalife Nutrition – Herbalife Formula 1 Shake Cookies and Cream and Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin flavor.

"Formula 1 Nutritional Shake Mix is our flagship product and the new Cookies and Cream flavor will surely capture the taste buds of our Filipino consumers. We’re equally excited for Herbal Aloe Concentrate Mandarin, with its refreshing taste and nutritional benefits," said Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager of Herbalife Nutrition Philippines. "As a purpose-driven company aimed at making the world we live in healthier and happier, we will continue to offer great tasting, high-quality nutrition products to help people get the right balance of healthy nutrition every day.”

From left: Dang Gilera-Davis, National Sales Manager; Ghie De Leon, HR Manager; Rosalio T. Valenzuela, General Manager; Elise Santor, FDA Regulatory Consultant; Dwan Abantao, Herbalife Nutrition Fitness Coach; Marie Segismundo, Marketing Manager; Barbette Atienza-Soliven, Corporate Communications Manager

The launch event was held at the Herbalife Nutrition Philippines Corporate Office in Bonifacio Global City Taguig. It features an exercise routine led by Herbalife Fitness Coach Dwan Abantao, a wellness evaluation, a live demonstration on how to prepare Herbalife Formula 1 Shake, and a sharing of the results of the 2017 Balanced Nutrition Survey – spanning 15 Asia Pacific countries including the Philippines.

Herbalife Formula 1 Shake provides balanced nutrition through an optimum mix of high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals, and fibers. It is recommended for people seeking an easy-to-prepare healthy, balanced meal to support their daily nutrition, and is also available in Dutch Chocolate, Wild Berry, and French Vanilla flavors in the Philippines. 

Herbal Aloe Concentrate (HAC) Mandarin flavor is made from aloe vera concentrate with natural mandarin flavor. It complements the established Herbal Aloe Concentrate mango flavor and likewise prioritizes healthy digestion. 

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, 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 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 or

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

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Reasons You're Neglecting Exercise And How To Change It

9/28/2017 10:06:00 PM 0 Comments

It's a common knowledge that exercise combined with a healthy diet is the best way of keeping fit and healthy. There may be many reasons why a person can’t exercise but often, these reasons are more like excuses. In this article is going to be some reasons that you might be neglecting exercise and how you can change it to lead a healthier lifestyle.

No Time

A popular excuse for not wanting to exercise is that you have no time to do so. While we are all busy with work, children, loved ones and more, that shouldn’t be a reason not to do any exercise. Of course, you’re entitled to rest after a long day, but setting aside time once you are at home to do some exercise should be something you’re doing.

If you can’t see that happening, why not change your lifestyle up slightly by walking to work instead of driving or taking public transport. You will notice the difference in how you feel in just a few short weeks of doing so. You will even find that you’re sleeping better than you used to.


Painful Joints

While there are many conditions that people have that affect their joints, some people use it as an excuse not to exercise. Did you know that exercise will improve the way that your joints feel in the long run? To get yourself moving initially, consider taking joint active so that you won’t be in as much pain when you first get going.

You will thank yourself once you have begun to exercise because the pain in your joints will ease slightly, if not completely. Remember to exercise gently to prevent injury to your joints.

Too Unfit

Many people think that they have passed a point of being able to be fit again. You might not be able to do much exercise at first, but try and think of it this way: every step you take, you’re lapping someone that’s sat on their sofa doing nothing about their fitness.

If you’re too unfit because of weight issues then exercising will certainly help this issue too. You will soon begin to notice a drop on the scales, and you will have more energy too. Remember to eat healthily and drink enough water to reap the full benefits.

Can’t Afford To Go To The Gym

Another popular excuse not to exercise. The solution here is to use the world around you to exercise. You don’t have to join a gym to become fit or exercise, you can simply take long walks, go running, do yoga or fitness videos at home, join a free exercise class, and the list goes on.

If you’ve found yourself relating to any of these excuses, then try improving your lifestyle by heading out to exercise. You will feel better faster than you think! Remember that exercise is best paired with a healthy diet and enough water too.

Leveling Up Our Games

9/28/2017 10:42:00 AM 0 Comments

Leveling Up Our Games
Malaysia and the Philippines will be building better digital economies together, starting with Games.
Southeast Asia’s population brew of 620 million brings about the hottest global game revenue growth as it has doubled its total market size from 2014 to $2.2B spell casted for 2017. Contributing to this affinity are Malaysia and the Philippines, both having a keen understanding and already encouraging throngs of its gamers into proper content creators. To-date, the two have dedicated educational programs for their respective games and animation sectors. At the same time, they also have engaged with a range of emerging flagship studios that feature great leadership, young talents, and long-term digital ambition.

For the longest time, they have continued to raise awareness for this industry with flagship events like LEVEL UP KL for Malaysia and E-Sport & Gaming Summit (ESGS) for the Philippines.  In cooperation with the Games Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), ESGS (Oct. 27-29) is putting together its GameFest event on October 26, 2017, featuring headline industry professionals such as:

·         Brian Recktenwald – Environment Artist from Naughty Dog, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End & Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
·         Ian Lang – Senior Animator from Blizzard Entertainment
·         Josh Axner – Technical Artist from Blizzard Entertainment
·         Ryan Torrey – Senior Animator from House of Moves, Injustice, Mortal Combat X
·         Jia Shen – VP of Product for Blackstorm Labs, makers of Everwing
Yi Fei Boon – former Lead Programmer of Sparkjumpers, now Field Engineer at Unity
·         *Jeff Agala – Creative Director of Klei Entertainment, makers of Shank, Mark of the Ninja and Don’t Starve.


Adding fuel to this ambitious pursuit is the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) partnership with GDAP as both have come together to form a partnership for the first-event cross-promotion process in the region.

Enabling this partnership to bear fruit is Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, VP of Creative Content & Technologies Division at MDEC. He shared: “This MOU shows a commitment from both sides that, as a region, we believe the best way to grow is to do it together. Since 2014, Malaysia, and MDEC, has always pushed for closer collaboration among friends from South East Asia. This signifies the formalization of a partnership between MDEC and GDAP that, we hope, will benefit both our game development communities in Malaysia and Philippines. This is indeed exciting times for all of us."

Also critical to this promotional partnership is the curators /advisors for GDAP – the famed Art Director of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Naughty Dog LLC, Erick Pangilinan, and Animation Vertigo’s Utah-based CEO Marla Rausch.

“This partnership is not just based on common goals, but on shared paths. We Filipinos have found no better neighbors than Hasnul Samsudin and Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operations Officer of MDEC, on this digital road,” added Alvin Juban, President of GDAP.

MDEC and GDAP are keen to pursue three key actions with this partnership: raise capability building through experts influence, talks, and workshops; conduct cross-regional events promotion for respective flagship events – GDAP’s GameFest and MDEC’s LEVEL UP KL; and build a stronger Southeast Asian games community via this progressive framework of cooperation.


About Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.), an agency incorporated 20 years ago under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, spearheads the development of Malaysia’s Digital Economy. Its mission is centred on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalysing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.

MDEC is also responsible for ensuring that Malaysia continues to develop digital innovation and nurture local information, communications and technology (ICT) talent, while attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest and develop cutting edge digital and creative solutions in the country. To know more about MDEC’s efforts and initiatives in driving Digital economy, please visit or follow us on:
Facebook:, Twitter: @mymdec

About Games Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP)
GDAP is the Trade Association for the Philippine Video Game industry, which was established in 2007. It has a collective of over 50 members composed by Content Developers, Support/Management Studios, Creative Technology enablers, and Educational Institutions. It draws support from agencies such as the Department of Trade & Industry and the Department of Information & Communications Technology and the IT Business Process Association of the Philippines (iBPAP).

Gamefest @ ESGS
October 26, 2017
Function Room 1 SMX MOA, Manila
ESGS Convention
October 27-29, 2017
Halls 2-4 SMX MOA, Manila

Level Up KL
Game Jam
Nov. 4-5, 2017
Connexion Conference & Event Centre - CCECNo 7 Jalan Kerinchi Bangsar South City, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Technical Workshop
Nov. 6, 2017
Connexion Conference & Event Centre - CCECNo 7 Jalan Kerinchi Bangsar South City, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Nov. 7-8, 2017
Connexion Conference & Event Centre - CCECNo 7 Jalan Kerinchi Bangsar South City, Wilayah Persekutuan KL

For questions, clarification or high praise please contact:

Alvin Juban
GDAP President