Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pfizer Launches Pneumococcal Vaccine for Adults

Don't let the sun out fool you, today's hot weather is different from the pleasant, sunny day we used to know. Some may call it sunny day for the kiddies but as my grandma would say, it's a sneak-up-on-ya-pneumonia weather for the oldies. This is why we have to be more careful because we could catch pneumonia or an annoying cold from this kind of weather. Besides, you'll never know when you'll catch Pneumonia.

That said, a cold isn't serious enough to stop someone from doing something. Pneumonia is.

As they say, health is wealth. As for me, health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.

I attended the Pfizer press conference held at the Crown Plaza Hotel last week wherein Pfizer Inc. has officially launched in the Philippines its pneumococcal vaccine for adults. The new pneumococcal vaccine is now available in the Philippines for the prevention of pneumococcal disease caused by S.pneumoniae for adults aged 50 years and older.

 I've learned that pneumonia, the most common type of pneumococcal disease, is still the leading cause of morbidity and the 5th leading cause of mortality in the country.

“This is particularly important for adults 50 and above whose immune systems have weakened leaving the body susceptible to more diseases,” says Dr. Joe Schmitt, Senior Director for Scientific Affairs (Vaccines) of Pfizer, and a speaker at the press conference.

Currently a single dose of this vaccine, designed to prevent serious infection like pneumonia caused by the pneumococcus bacteria, is recommended routinely for all adults 50 years and older, and for younger persons at risk of this infection because of underlying conditions like chronic heart or lung disease.

Dr. Julio Alberto Ramirez, currently a physician in several hospitals in the Kentucky area, specializing in infectious disease. He also stressed out that elderly and infants/young children are at greatest risk of pneumococcal disease.

The most common form of pneumococcal disease in adults is pneumococcal pneumonia.Pneumococcal pneumonia commonly presents as community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) caused by the bacterium S. pneumoniae. In many regions of the world, S. pneumoniae is the most commonly identified cause of CAP – resulting in approximately 30 percent of cases worldwide.

Dr. Rontgene M. Solante, president of the Philippine Society of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (PSMID)saidthat Filipinos aged 50 and above accounted for 88% of deaths due to pneumonia. “Often, pneumococcal disease attacks individuals with compromised immune systems and these are usually adults who are already suffering from other conditions,” he added.

Dr. Solante added that individuals who suffer from Pneumonia and other pneumococcal diseases experience a decreased quality of life as it could also lead to paralysis, mental retardation, seizures, learning disabilities and hearing loss.He noted it is often the individual’s disregard for symptoms of the pneumonia, most often due to lack of knowledge of the disease, which leads to death.

“We highly encourage individuals, especially those who are 50 years old and above, to visit their doctors and learn and understand more about pneumococcal disease. Understanding is the first step to fighting the disease,” shared Dr. Solante. “Once individuals understand the disease, they will also learn that pneumonia is actually a vaccine-preventable disease.”

“This is particularly important for adults 50 and above whose immune systems have weakened leaving the body susceptible to more diseases,” says Dr. Joe Schmitt, Senior Director for Scientific Affairs (Vaccines) of Pfizer, and a speaker at the press conference.

The pneumococcal vaccine of Pfizer has been available in the country since 2010 for use in children ages 2 to 5 years old andis now approved for adults 50 years old and above in the Philippines since November 2011. The adult indication was approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) last October 2011 and the US. Food and Drug Administration last December 2011.

“In the pharmaceutical industry, constant scientific breakthroughs are vital in discovering more efficient and effective medicine to save lives. That’s why in Pfizer, we are fully committed to the continuous search of modern-day miracles – to develop and provide for such cures or vaccines,” shares Patricia Pascual, Pfizer Public Affairs Director. “This is of great priority – we are dedicated to staying true to the enduring values of the global brand.”

Dr. Solante noted that here in the Philippines, it is important to make vaccination a family concern, especially since pneumonia can be acquired by anyone in the family. “Filipinos are very close to their families so we encourage everyone to make vaccination, especially against pneumonia, a family initiative. Encourage your family members to visit their doctors.”

In order to protect oneself against pneumococcal disease, adults who are older than 50 years old should discuss PD vaccination and how best to be protected with their doctors.

It's just sad to know that so many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health. Many focus on financial wealth but we have to remember that without physical health, we have nothing. Health is our greatest wealth and spending money for vaccines can never be ill spent.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Marriott Manila Appoints New General Manager

From Marriott USA , Canada , UAE, South Korea , to the Philippines , Marriott Manila is proud to announce the appointment of a seasoned general manager to take over Manila , Mr. Scott Sibley.
With his almost six years of stay at Marriott Guam Resort and Spa , American native Scott is now ready to assume leadership to one of the most progressive Marriott properties in the world, “I am deeply honored and excited to be working with Filipinos where the best of the industry can be found. Marriott Manila has taken leadership in the market by storm and we aim to be at the same spot for the many years to come”, announces Scott.

An industry veteran, Scott takes pride that he started his career in the kitchen. Boasting a strong background in food & beverage, Scott won an executive chef of the year award in 1990. He also published a cooking tour book with his stellar recipes, entitled “Tour Southeast Asia with Scott”.

Born and raised in the USA , Scott graduated Hotel Apprenticeship at The Culinary Garden & Inn and took up a special course in accounting in 2009 at Universal Class Accounting 101. His passion in the kitchen and unique culinary talent gave Scott a passport to Marriott and paved way in jumpstarting a dynamic hospitality career. For fourteen years, he was the hotel operations manager and executive chef before the opportunity came in to become a general manager at the Renaissance Dubai Hotel, his first property to hold the highest position. After more than two years, he was assigned at Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Center where he received his first most coveted Mustang award. Came 2004, he was transferred to Renaissance Seoul Hotel Korea where it houses fourteen famous F&B outlets. During his term, the hotel amazingly garnered $51 million total of sales, commended as the 4th highest rated guest satisfaction for the Renaissance brand.

A man of talent, creativity, and hospitality, Scott is most admired for his ability to develop same skills to his staffs. He is also gaining applause for his knack in executive team building, exceptional customer service, and opening hotels and restaurants. His several achievements under his belt which include working for Marriott’s thirteen different properties around the world—Florida, California, Hawaii, Dubai, Canada and was also task force and opened hotels in Singapore, Vietnam, Australia, UAE, USA, including Philippines (Marriott Cebu). His strong experience in working for three of the Marriott brands from Marriott Hotels Downtown, Renaissance Hotels, and Marriott Resorts and Spa makes Scott a trained and steady general manager.

Happily married to a Filipina and has been a father to almost 96% Filipino associates (staffs) at Marriott Guam Resort and Spa, it’s no wonder why Philippines has a special spot in his heart. “I’ve found love here ( Philippines )—from people, culture, to the feel of a beautiful tropical country”, he muses.

Now that he is officially manning Marriott Manila, Scott adds “I realized that great leaders are those who value teamwork and worth of his people while he takes time to hone his expertise.” I’m glad that this company instills this kind of culture so I am confident that Marriott Manila associates are not just anyone else. Staffs are service-oriented, food and beverage offerings continue to become more exciting, and guests simply realize that there’s more to experience at Marriott Manila. I am confident that our property will soar higher and better this year,” Scott concludes.

An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City . Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from weddings to gala dinner celebrations.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kyle Imao, First Pinoy Junior Masterchef to Grace The PIFBEX

Are you a big fan of Pinoy Junior Masterchef? Join the first Pinoy Junior Masterchef winner, Kyle Imao, this March 1 (Thursday), 10 am at the PICC. He will be in the midst of major players in the food and beverage industry.
The 12-year old champ will do the ribbon cutting for Tradecon as it launches its 5th annual Food and Beverage Expo and HORECA (Hotel, Restaurant and Caterers Expo) which will run until March 4.

Over 300 exhibitors will be present at the expo, including both local and international suppliers, distributors, and manufacturers. International exhibitors from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Korea and the United States will also showcase their products .

"Mangarap kayo ng malaki. Huwag kayong titigil mag-work hard para maabot niyo ang pangarap niyo." - Kyle Imao, First Junior MasterChef Winner

For more information, log on to or call 395-5009.

Feel the Love and Laughter with Christian and Karylle

Today is a very special day, because it happens only every 4 years. February 29, the leap year :) Extra days like this don't come often so better make your love month extra memorable by watching this lovely concert out with your lovey or your honey (just choose one though ;p ). Haha. Great way to make the most out of this Leap Day!

The Asiansations Christian Bautista and Karylle will close the Valentine Season with their Love & Laughter concert tonight, 8p.m., at the Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World. 

 The concert is produced by Resorts World, in cooperation with Ultimate Entertainment and Stages Talents.

Christian and Karylle, who exhibited undeniable chemistry in the musical West Side Story and international series The Kitchen Musical, is set to bring their magic in the concert stage.

They will dish out memorable love songs of different themes in the show- from falling in love to heartbreak to reconciliation and moving on.

An elaborate The Kitchen Musical medley was also prepared for the show.

“Christian and I are so alike in so many ways,” admits Karylle. “We have always been good friends and I am excited to do this show with him and the other talented artists who will join us.”

Comedienne Nanette Inventor, known for her hilarious skits,will give this show a funny dimension.

“Leap year only happens once every four years,” says Nanette. “So the concept of this concert is also a rarity. With the immense talent of Christian and Karylle, I am sure viewers will fall in love and travel back in time with such beautiful love songs that they will perform.”

Oh and Opera Belles and Primo are also guests of the show.

Tickets are available at the Resorts World Manila Box Office and all TicketWorld outlets.

Call the Resorts World Manila Tourist/Visitor Hotline at 836-6333, 908-8833
or TicketWorld at 891-9999 for more information.

Enjoy the 29th of February and make the most of it lovelies! Seize the day! :)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

@Home: Where Greatness Starts

I would like to share a short story about my child's greatest moment of achievement and where it all started.

Being a mommy blogger, I use internet a lot that is why we are Tattoo-powered and we got Globe Tattoo Broadband at home. While I'm busy blogging, my four-year-old daughter is busy downloading apps like fancy art drawing and stuff from my iPhone. One day, she asked for crayons, colored pens and paper because she said she would like to draw the cat she saw on my phone. I gave her what she asked for and after a few hours, she gave me the paper with a big, silly grin on her face shouting, "Mommy, I'm done!". At first, I thought it was just a crude drawing of a cat. But I'm quite amazed and I was deeply touched when I saw that it was a drawing of a heart with a stickman that looks a bit like me, her dad and of course her, as SuperMaia.

I believe it's one of the prettiest piece of art I have ever seen. Priceless.

In her drawing, she said she's a superhero and she always tells me that she's going to save Mommy and Daddy from the bad guys and the monsters too. :) Of course, I honestly believe she's a superhero. She's so awesome I can't help but to believe her! I'm just waiting for her to turn into a Super Saiyan though. :)

Seriously, she has the power. The power to make me smile, to make me happy & proud and most of all, to inspire me to become a better mommy.

Believe it or not, I also used to think I was a superhero when I was a child. And I'm glad I am where I am today because I had someone who believed in me. I guess every mom or dad should know and do that as well 'cause every child deserves that chance.  I can imagine myself having a faith so strong to genuinely believe her in becoming a superhero. So I just let her act and think like one. Simply because a superhero is not afraid to fail, to help and to inspire people. I know it could be her stepping stone to achieving greater things in life.

Like Tattoo@Home, I also believe that nurturing a child’s potential can lead to achieving greatness. And the best place to start the road to greatness is at home!

Remember, my dear, great achievement equals superpower. There's a great power behind everyone. Everyone is destined for greatness. Some fall short due to lack of faith or by simply being complacent, and even a little child who wants to be a superhero has the potential to achieve great things in life.

As parents, we just need the determination and will power to go that extra mile in nurturing our children to achieve great actions, as well as to see some unseen potential to shape his or her destiny. Not all great things are created by power... it has to be felt by the heart. That is common sense at its finest. Although, I'm guessing common sense is so rare these days, it should be classified as a superpower. I wonder when they'll have their own action figures. LOL Seriously, all parents have a superpower. It's called '"supermom's super instinct" or "superdad's extreme vision" to see their own child's talents a.k.a. superpowers. Let's use it to save the planet from those lacking the ability to see the greatness of their own children. At home, we'll be the voices encouraging them to continue to do what they love to do and to never stop cheering them on until they reach the heights of greatness. Needless to say, the seed of greatness in a child begins to blossom when the parents is there to nurture and water it. All it takes is 1 degree of extra effort to let our child cross over into greatness.

As for me, I won't dare, for one more second, surround her with people who are not aware of the greatness that she has! And if ever someone says that my baby girl is not capable of greatness, I'll tell him/her to have a seat at our sofa because we have several seats _/ _/ _/ _/ (even the best seat in the house) where I can show them why I'm such a proud momma. Hah! That said, I will never give my trust to anyone who is undeserving of all the greatness that my daughter has. 'Cause settling for anything less and any ounce of negative thinking is not cute.

Now, here's my SuperMaia. See her in action. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink... you might miss it! *wink*

Did you see that? :)

Ok, I'm thinking of a cute caption for this one but I guess no caption can describe the greatness of this vid. Can't blame me eh? B'cause I'm her mom! :)

As a mom, I always try to motivate and teach her to take joy in every little things that she achieves, as well as appreciate her efforts for achieving the small things that she's doing at home. It's the little things that make a BIG difference, and those things, however small, makes her closer to achieving her goals. Also, it makes me one heck of a proud momma so let me brag about her for a moment here. I think my kid is pretty awesome because she's really good in memory games that she downloaded all by herself on my phone, as well as in drawing and a lot of artsy, fancy stuff. She also likes reading books and learning new things. Would you believe cleaning our house, washing the dishes or folding the clothes are some of our bonding time at home? More than that, she has a nice personality. She's very friendly, cheerful and she NEVER try to bully or fight with other kids. She also knows how to say "I'm sorry, mommy." when she knows she has done something wrong. I seriously think that those things are worth bragging about and with how she imbibes these values in such a tender age, I see a lot of potential in her.

I believe that God has blessed me with so many great things and great people. That definitely includes my daughter. There's no rush to her journey to greatness though, I just gotta let her take one small step at a time.

Now, here's how my superhero goes back to being my little, sweet girl, Maia. :)

Indeed, home is where greatness begins. Also, every child is created to be more than average. At home, there's a room full of potential, and there's nothing, but greatness of epic proportions. God gives us home for us to measure our greatness in terms of the quantity and quality of love we are able to show our children. Discover their gifts and talents. Unlock their potential. Tap into their greatness! Just look closely to whatever they enjoy doing at home, depending on which elemental "superpower" he/she is currently channeling at the moment. ;)

I truly believe naming your child with a unique but powerful name sets the pace for them to be exceptional. That is why, at home, I call her SuperMaia. She is Tattoo-powered, an artist and a superhero at heart. :) True story.

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