Give Life to Dreams: Fertility Awareness Month 2016

Oct 19, 2016
In a country as populated as ours, Philippines now has reached about hundred million population, it would still surprise us that one in every ten couples would struggle with infertility issues.
So with all the talks about family planning and birth control,we must not also forget the other side of the story wherein there are still loving couples who are responsible and have dreams of starting a family but are finding it hard to do so. 
That is why infertility must also be talked about. 
There's so much stigma that is surrounding this topic and there's so much embarrasment and mis-information which only means even more difficult for a family or even couples to  address this concern. 
Because in many cases, there's something that can be done about infertility. It can be addressed and the dreams of couples and even families could build their own family and be realized. 

But of course the first step is understanding, so people must be reached by the message. That is why Merck Philippines continues its advocacy to raise fertility awareness among people Nationwide.

Merck Philippines, the local arm of the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company, joined forces with IVF Davao, Inc. (In-Vitro Fertilization Davao) making it Mindanao's first IVF facility, for  a public information project promoting awareness on infertility and it's medical solutions.

They have conducted a media forum at Marco Polo Hotel Davao. They've discussed the sciences of ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology), which is an umbrella term that refers to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and its variants.

In-vitro fertilization is a procedure that involves removing eggs from the woman's ovaries and fertilizing them outside the body. Once the egg is fertilized with the sperm and turned into a good embryo they are gently pushed in to the uterus through catheter.

Infertility is defined as not being able to conceive a child after 12 months or more of unprotected intercourse. It is a significant life crisis faced by a lot of couples worldwide . It is not only with the physical problem but also mentally, socially, psychologically affecting the couples.

Causes of infertility among men are:
  1. Abnormal sperm production and delivery
  2. Lifestyle: smoking, alcohol, marijuana
  3. Environment: frequent heat exposure
  4. Medical Problems: Hypertension and Diabetes

Causes of Infertility among women are:
  1. Polycystic ovary syndrome
  2. Premature ovarian failure
  3. Increasing age ( 35 years old and above)
  4. Excess body fat or too little body fat can affect ovulation
  • IVF procedure is safe and not invasive.
  • For packages it starts at P285,000.00 which is a good offer 
  • National sucess rate for IVF babies are 50%. This number is set to increase with the abundance of IVF Davao's specialty group, gov't, and corporate partners.
  • Biggest challenges according to the testimonials of the couples are Patience and Financial Support, Time and Effort.
  • Biggest Challenge for the  medical team is Spreading the awareness of such helpful technology in giving life to dreams for Filipino couples to have a child and the maintenance of their facility in order to keep the embryos in good environment.
  • IVF Davao have also catered same sex couples. Its very open to all gender and ages.

Dr, Ma, Lourdes Cabling, President of the IVF davao, said that " The process is easy, it's simple, the technology is available and most of all, we made it much more affordable for our fellow Filipino."

To know more about infertility and IVF in the Philippines, Merck Philippines will be holding a Patient's Forum to learn more about fertility and discover treatments that are available to us here in the Philippines on October 29, 2016, 8am at Ballroom B, Marco Polo Hotel Davao. Free admission and doctor's consultation.

PRESS RELEASE:Discover a new world of learning with SMART DIGITAL CAMPUS

Oct 12, 2016
Take a peek into the school of the future powered by superb business solutions
with PLDT SME Nation’s Smart Digital Campus

Davao, 2016 – PLDT SME Nation, the market leader in providing the most innovative business solutions tailor-fit to every entrepreneur’s need, introduces Filipinos to a new and more integrated way of learning with Smart Digital Campus.

Specifically built for educational institutions, PLDT’s newest suite of wireless solutions redefines the learning experience for students, teachers and even parents with the most advanced digital platforms and Internet connectivity available today. Smart Digital Campus promises an affordable package equipped with monitoring and e-learning systems: Smart Gatekeeper, Smart Tracker and Smart E-Learning.

These three smart steps assure parents and teachers that students’ activities are secured and made more efficient from the moment they step in the campus until they get home. Smart Gatekeeper is an automated attendance monitoring solution that monitors students’ entry and exit in real-time. It also enhances student safety by automatically updating the parents via SMS whenever the student enters or leaves the school premises. Complementing this is an all-in-one solution designed for 24/7 tracking of all school transportation vehicles called Smart Tracker which utilizes GPS technology to enable schools to monitor the location of their school buses in real time.

Smart E-Learning is a fully digitized and integrated learning management platform. The mobile app is equipped with social, gamification features that make teachers and students more engaged in learning. These include e-textbooks, online grade books, and chatting programs that aim to foster a more collaborative study environment.

“Smart Digital Campus is PLDT’s contribution to improving the local educational system as it permits ease and quality of information access between educators, students, and guardians. With a more streamlined and integrated way of learning, Smart Digital Campus pushes for more collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and productive communication within a learning community,” shares Omni Amisola-Larrosa, PLDT SME Nation’s Product Lead for Smart Business Solutions. “This is in line with PLDT SME Nation’s vision of empowering future Filipino leaders through providing them technologies to fulfill their potential and contribute to nation-building,” adds Amisola-Larrosa.

Smart Digital Campus will be available starting October 2016.To know more about PLDT SME Nation, more of its products and activities, and what it has in store for the nation’s MSMEs, please visit or

PRESS RELEASE: Globe launches free eLibrary to benefit over 15M public school students nationwide

Sep 29, 2016
Globe Telecom launches the Global Filipino School (GFS) Library coinciding with the National Teachers Day celebration.

Over a thousand educational e-books appropriate for K-12 learning will be made available to over 15 million public elementary and high school students and some 500,000 public school teachers nationwide beginning September 30 as part of the Global Filipino School (GFS) program of leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom.

The GFS Library launch coincides with the National Teachers Day celebration of the Department of Education (DepEd) at Ateneo de Manila University in Davao City where Globe is one of the participants.

“With the expansion of the Global Filipino Schools Program and awareness of the GFS Library around the country, public schools can more effectively make use of reading resources and promote digital learning to more students and teachers nationwide, particularly in schools where access to quality books is limited and usage of technology for learning is not maximized,” said Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship. is a web-based platform that provides free and quick access to digital story books for children and young adults as well as textbooks on core subjects such as Math, Science, English, Filipino, Music, Arts, among others. The ebooks may be opened via their desktop, laptop or mobile device using any basic ebook reader.
A HI-TECH CLASSROOM. At least 80 schools are expected to be part of the Global Filipino Schools program this year. Image courtesy of Globe

The website is a component of the GFS program, a long-term Globe educational initiative that seeks to transform public schools into centers of Information and Communications Technology excellence and innovative teaching methods in order to set the stage for 21st Century Learning.

At the same time, Globe announces its partnership with schools in three Davao schools which will carry the GFS program. They are Catalunan Paqueno National High School in Davao City, Davao del Sur; Carmen National High School in Carmen, Davao del Norte; and Matti National High School in Digos City, Davao del Sur. This is in line with Globe Telecom’s ongoing activity to expand GFS to all 221 school divisions of the Department of Education (DepEd) nationwide within a five-year period.

Under GFS, schools are provided with unparalleled online connectivity to give homeroom teachers access to limitless teaching and learning engagements available on the internet that will help further improve their craft and make learning fun and interesting for the students.

The schools are also given a Globe Digital Laboratory package containing netbooks/tablets, wifi devices, and a mobile cart with a built-in projector screen and workstation while teachers are trained on ICT education and project-based learning through the GFS Master Teachers Workshop and Online Coaching Course.

All schools under GFS are intended to become teacher training hubs and training partners of the DepEd Division Offices in conducting teaching workshops for neighboring schools of each division. The workshops include lessons on Digital Thumbprint Program cyberwellness advocacy. DTP offers three exciting modules designed to increase students’ knowledge of digital citizenship and cyber safety by taking a critical look at their online behavior and helping them develop insights into the influences of the online world and the choices they are making.

Likewise, teachers in select schools are also trained in science through Globe and Mind Museum’s Science Wonder Workshop that is guaranteed to make classroom learning more fun, interactive, and interesting. The one-day workshop emphasizes the essential role of student participation, especially through experiments in teaching science. The teachers get a chance to practice doing hands-on science demonstrations which can be performed with readily available materials.
Image Courtesy of Philippine Daily Inquirer

The activities are aided by The Mind Museum mobile app which contains guides to all experiments in the workshop as well as daily cool science thoughts to encourage curiosity. The app, which is open to all education technology platform, also gives teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning, access to over 250 museum exhibits anytime and anywhere. It deals with a wide array of topics and questions especially relevant to those who do not have the time, means, or opportunity to visit the museum. It is the first educational museum app in the country and promises a rich multimedia experience to anyone who downloads it.

Press Release: Starbucks Unveils New Modern Tea Experience with Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets in Asia

Sep 14, 2016
Innovative iced beverages with bold, layered flavors now handcrafted at Starbucks® stores

Launch further strengthens Starbucks commitment to transform and rapidly grow the $125 billion global tea category

MANILA, September  – Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ:SBUX) today announced the launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages and Full Leaf Tea Sachets as a core offering in more than 6,200 Starbucks stores across the China / Asia Pacific region, including the Philippines. This modern tea experience gives customers the opportunity to enjoy a range of unique iced and hot tea beverages with bold, layered flavors, handcrafted the way only Starbucks can, for the first time.

“The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ brings an entirely new tea occasion specifically developed for our customers in Asia, who increasingly want new and different tastes and experiences,” said John Culver, group president, Starbucks Global Retail. ”With Starbucks® Teavana™, we see a tremendous opportunity to leverage the company’s expertise in creating best-in-class retail experiences, handcrafting customized beverages, and sourcing the finest ingredients, to create a new, premium tea experience. Just as we’ve done for coffee, this is tea reimagined at Starbucks.

Fueled by innovation, the new individually handcrafted beverages are the result of an in-depth, creative exploration of flavor, culinary trends and premium ingredients by Starbucks industry-leading beverage innovation team, with the goal of bringing something new and unexpected to customers. These ingredients come to life as skilled baristas craft each beverage by hand and unleash a sophisticated, delicious flavor profile.

Tea is a $125 billion global category and is the second most consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Starbucks is leveraging all of the company’s internal expertise, including knowledge in creating best-in-class retail experiences and handcrafted beverages, to create a new premium tea experience for customers. The launch of Starbucks® Teavana™ is the first time Starbucks has launched a brand on this scale since 2008 with the launch of Starbucks VIA® Ready Brew, and represents an important growth opportunity for the business.

Beginning today, Starbucks Philippines is offering three new Starbucks® Teavana™ Handcrafted Beverages:

Iced Shaken Hibiscus Tea with Pomegranate Pearls
This refreshing beverage combines Starbucks® Teavana™ hibiscus tea and bursting pearls of real pomegranate juice for a tart kick of flavor.

Iced Shaken Black Tea with Ruby Grapefruit and Honey
Combines a traditional western black tea experience with a creative twist that is delicious iced with bites of pomelo fruit, grapefruit and honey for a touch of added sweetness.

Matcha & Espresso Fusion
Our fine Matcha powder layered with milk and Starbucks signature Espresso Roast creates a beautiful layered beverage and is an inventive combination of coffee and tea, to be enjoyed hot or iced.

With Starbucks® Teavana™, Starbucks also draws on its long heritage of commitment to using only the most premium, high-quality ingredients. Leveraging deep relationships with tea growers, Teavana sources the world’s highest-quality teas and botanicals. Starbucks sourcing and blending experts cup (taste) hundreds of teas daily to select only the finest teas for Starbucks® Teavana™.

In addition to handcrafted beverages, Starbucks is also introducing Starbucks® Teavana™ Full Leaf Tea Sachets. Through a curated selection of packaged full leaf tea sachets, customers now can now enjoy a new tea experience in our stores or in the comfort of their own home through a contemporary at-home experience.

The six (6) new, delicious and vibrant Starbucks® Teavana™ hot teas available beginning this September 14 include:

Black Tea

English Breakfast – A handcrafted blend of Indian Assam, Sri Lankan Ceylon and Chinese black tea. This tastes great with or without milk.

White Tea

Youthberry™ – Inspired by super fruits, acai fruit is blended with tropical pineapple and mango flavors with high quality white tea, balanced by rosehips and tart green apple.

Green Tea

Emperor’s Clouds and Mist™Exclusively harvested during the month of April and grown on the steep, windy slopes of Huangshan Mountain at 3,500 feet above sea level, this tea has a rich body and a naturally sweet flavor.

Caffeine-Free Herbal Teas

Hibiscus – Bright, juicy papaya and mango combined with citrus lemongrass for a naturally caffeine-free blend. Hibiscus flowers lend the tea a slight tartness and extraordinary deep fuchsia color.

Mint Blend – This tea’s spearmint base is rounded out with cool peppermint notes and undertones of spicy-sweet lemon verbena. The mint leaves come from the highly sought after and prized Pacific Northwest mint known for its high amount of mint oil.

Chamomile – The Chamomile used for this tea is sourced from Croatia. It provides the overarching flavor for this soft, soothing floral blend.

Teavana continues to be a strategic priority for Starbucks. Starbucks acquired Teavana Holdings, Inc. in December 2012, and together provide unparalleled expertise in the super premium tea category, bringing exotic blends, great flavors, wellness and innovation to customers globally.


Monday morning with Lotus Biscoff

Sep 5, 2016

Today’s supposed to be grocery day.

I forgot again.
I’ve been so busy with work I often forget the other things I’m supposed to be doing. I need to start work early to do other necessities, groceries included.

I wear my eyeglasses as my laptop starts to boot up. I get up and start to make myself a hot cup of coffee. I then turn to the cupboards with little hope of finding anything left. 

I reach out farther, not able to see what I was even reaching out for because of the cupboard’s height compared to mine. I reach out a little more until I feel something wrapped in plastic. I take it out. I read the label as I walked back into the counter where I had placed my coffee. Lotus.

It was the biscuit I’ve received from last Saturdays event but never tasted. I sit back down, opened a pack and tasted it. I smiled as I heard a crunching sound and when the flavor dissolved into my taste buds. 

It was the perfect pair! Its sweetness complimented the bitterness of my coffee. 

I comfortably leaned back into my chair as I enjoy my food some more. 

Today’s just another busy Monday and yet a little unique at a point. Because unlike the past ones, this time, it was a Monday I could enjoy.

Thank you #LotusBiscoff


Davao Digital Influencers Grand Launch and Acquaintance Party 2016

#DavaoDigitalInfluencers is now official. The Grand Launch of our organization of #TeamDDI #DDIBarkada last Saturday, September 3, 2016 was a shining example of just how strong the bond of our group of social media influencers in Davao. More than 40 Bloggers, vloggers, microbloggers, and print media practitioners from the Davao Region came together for a meaningful night of meeting ang getting to know fellow members of the organization. The event was held at Polo Bistro Marco Polo Davao.

Here's a photo diary on what went down during the party:
First off, we offered a solemn prayer for the victims of Davao City bombing.

Induction of the first set of officers
Winners of Kai Artisan Chocolates
 Four #beshies microbloggers & Bloggers of Davao

Beauty(ful) bloggers/vloggers

Thank you to our generous sponsors for supporting Davao Digital Influencers, Inc

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Smartbro unveils the best deal ever of Ipad Mini 2 in Davao

Aug 8, 2016

Who wants to own an iPad mini? 

Well, Davaoenos are lucky because Smart Bro is giving us the easiest and most affordable way to own an iPad mini powered by Smart's fast and reliable LTE technology.

This is an exclusive package, you get an iPad Mini 2 for only P599 per month which will let you enjoy 1.7GB monthly data and a bonus offer of free 1.1GB of video streaming on Youtube, iFlix, Dailymotion and Vimeo for the first three months. This is just an additional P300 to the monthly service fee of Smart Bro Plan 299.

Smart Bro's best iPad Mini 2 deal is in time for the celebration of the Kadayawan Festival, Smart Bro, the country's leading mobile broadband under Smart Communications, has the best iPad Mini 2 deal and is part of with the brand's ongoing Brokada road trip across the country with our favorite Smart Brokada celebrities including beauty queens Bb. Pilipinas-Universe MJ Lastimosa and singer Michael Pangilinan.

The Smart Brokadas MJ Lastimosa (center) and Michael Pangilinan (second from left) with PLDT and Smart Bro Execs. 

The Brokada road trip has conquered Manila, Baguio, Bohol, CDO, Cebu and Ilocos, and is set to invade more major cities nationwide. This time, the Brokada road trip goes o Ologapo, Zamboanga, Bulacan and Iloilo.

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