Tolak Angin supports community pantries during trying times

Despite the many challenges our country is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Filipinos continued to uphold the spirit of bayanihan through the launch of community pantries in different neighborhoods and localities.

These community pantries provided a space for those who have extra to share their blessings so that those in need can survive their day-to-day ordeal.

It inspired many individuals and families, as well as small to large companies to pool together resources to give ayuda to those in need.

Tolak Angin is among those that stepped up to do their part in helping these community pantries achieve their goal of alleviating some of the struggles of our fellow Filipinos.

Some of the community pantries that Tolak Angin has supported include the Taytay Community Pantry, Cogeo-Antipolo Community Pantry, Marikenya Community Pantry, Nagtahan Community Pantry, Divisoria Market Community Pantry, Winnarey Community Pantry, Nangka Community Pantry, Persons with Disabilities Community Pantry, and many more.

Tolak Angin, with the help of key influencers, will also donate Tolak Angin Anak to community pantries in their respective neighborhoods.

Tolak Angin Anak is suitable for children 2 years old and up. It contains Tolak Angin’s 12 signature herbal ingredients with added Cornu Bubali, which is a known natural fever reliever.

It helps boost children’s immune system and aid in relieving early signs of weakened immunity, such as colds, chills, dizziness, nausea and vomiting, stomachache, bloating, and reduced appetite.

With children now unable to go out and mingle with their friends and classmates like they used to, they need extra care when it comes to their health and overall wellness. 

Tolak Angin Anak is available in 7-Eleven, Southstar Drug, Watsons, Mercury Drug, and other leading drugstores nationwide.

For children 7 to 12 years old, the recommended dosage is one sachet three times a day, while kids 12 years and older can take up to two sachets three times per day.

Kids can take them directly from the sachet or added to half a glass of warm water.

Tolak Angin Anak has been specifically formulated to have a taste children will love.

For more information on Tolak Angin Anak and other Tolak Angin products, visitwww.tolakangin.com.ph

TECNO Mobile celebrates local community heroes

Premium smartphone brand, TECNO Mobile recently completed its first CSR campaign in the Philippines, as a way of giving back to the community.

Following the successful releases of its latest mobile phones in the country, namely the Spark 7 Series, Pova 2 gaming phone, and the CAMON 17 Series, TECNO Mobile aims to become part of the nation’s journey in rising up from life’s challenges by showing support to the community.

Three partner beneficiaries representing different pillars of the community were the recipients of donations made by TECNO Mobile for this CSR campaign.

These are Ina ng Lupang Pangako Parish, Project Malasakit, and the City of Manila through the Office of Mayor Isko Moreno.

Separate handover ceremonies were held for each of the beneficiaries, the first of which was held on July 13th, at the Ina ng Lupang Pangako Parish, located in the middle of Bgy. Payatas, an area deemed a hazardous place to live due to its proximity to an open area for solid waste disposal.

This church’s leaders and volunteers provide education and livelihood opportunities for the urban poor community living in Payatas, funded by donations from different entities.

For its own CSR campaign, TECNO Mobile, represented by TECNO Mobile Limited’s Brand Marketing Director for Philippines Jason Liang donated Php 100,000 to the parish, along with 10 smartphones to be shared with hardworking parish volunteers, who tirelessly organize and facilitate activities such as community pantries, counseling, webinars, and online masses.

The donations were received by Rev. Fr. Peter Hequillan,CM.

The second handover ceremony also took place on July 13th, at the Tikme Dine restaurant in Quezon City, this time with Project Malasakit as the beneficiary.

Project Malasakit is a scholarship program, which aims to bridge the gap between Filipinos who want to help and Filipino children who need the assistance.

Its goal is to provide these children with proper education, enabling them to change their own lives for a better future.

Thirty TECNO Mobile smartphones plus Php 100,000 were given to Project Malasakit by Mr. Liang and were graciously received by its founder, Kara David, together with two of her scholars, Lilian Ambrocio and Mauwe Liwanag. 

The final donation handover took place on August 6th at the Office of Manila City Mayor, Isko Moreno.

Mayor Isko is known for his service to the local community, aided by his team of volunteer workers who man community hotlines, respond to reports, handle coordination for projects such as the recent vaccine rollout, and work at local public schools for teachers.

For these community heroes, TECNO Mobile has donated 50 smartphones, and Php 200,000 through the mayor’s office. The donation was handed over by the TECNO Mobile Limited executives for the Philippines, headed by CEO Lindsay Guan, and received by Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno.

The selection of local heroes as beneficiaries for this campaign also aligns perfectly with the reel- and real-life heroism of TECNO Mobile’s CAMON 17 brand ambassador, Hollywood actor Chris Evans.

TECNO Mobile’s CSR campaign was kicked off with an online photo exhibit, which featured thought-provoking images that capture the beauty of life, taken by top local photographers using CAMON 17 smartphones.

A selfie advocacy campaign was also launched, encouraging the online community to get involved by sharing their own selfies for a cause.

Anyone can join by simply posting a selfie on Facebook, which features their advocacy. The photo must include a caption with a brief description of the advocacy, along with the hashtags #TECNOMobileCares, #CtheBestofYou, and #SelfieAdvocacy.

The best photo and caption will be selected by TECNO Mobile representatives, and the winner will be awarded a CAMON 17 smartphone. 

To stay updated on the latest news about the CAMON 17 series, as well as exclusive deals and promos from TECNO Mobile, be sure to like and follow TECNO Mobile Philippines. Visit www.tecno-mobile.com/ph to learn more about your favorite smartphones and gadgets.

Globe Telecom Gives Back to Frontliners through Shopee Bayanihan Program

It’s been more than a year into the global pandemic, and everyone’s lives have affected everyone tremendously. However, no group is more affected than frontliners who have been bravely leading the fight against the virus.

Since the onset of the virus outbreak, courageous frontliners have been tirelessly serving the country to treat the sick and try to contain the COVID-19 cases in the country. Recognizing their bravery and selfless acts as modern-day heroes, Globe Telecom partnered with Shopee Bayanihan to give back to frontliners in the country. 

Through Shopee’s Bayanihan Frontliner Package 2021, frontliners will be entitled to various discounts such as P150 off from Globe at Home Prepaid WiFi devices, P100 off for HomeSurf 199 and Go140 promos, P50 off for Surf4All99, topped with Free Shipping Vouchers and 20% discount vouchers valid from May 7 to June 7, 2021 with no minimum spend required. That means any frontliner registered in the Program can get themselves mobile load, data allowance and prepaid wifi with major discounts for a limited time only. 

Globe Telecom, as the leading telecommunication company in the Philippines, has been ushering the change to first-class connectivity within the nation. The company recognizes that its progress was made possible, despite the pandemic, through the valiant efforts of the frontliners. 

For Globe Telecom, giving back to the Filipinos’ invaluable service through the Shopee Bayanihan 2021 was the perfect opportunity. 

“Shopee is happy to partner with Globe to support all our frontliners who are sacrificing their time and effort to fight against the pandemic continuously. Through our platform, people can easily provide help to those in need, particularly our modern-day heroes and their families. We will continue to come up with initiatives like Shopee Bayanihan: Frontliner Package to uplift, encourage, and support the Filipino community,” shared Martin Yu, Shopee Philippines Director. 

Frontliner Package 2021 entitles registered participants to exciting and exclusive Shopee discount vouchers and partner brand vouchers, including Globe Telecom. Interested participants simply need to register in the promo microsite and sign up with their Shopee account. 

Aside from its partnership with Shopee Philippines, Globe Telecom has other ongoing initiatives to help the country fight against COVID-19. These include access to lifeline hotlines, better customer experience, and products to help businesses to remain afloat amid these challenging times. 

The battle against the ongoing pandemic may be far from over, but thanks to the courage and efforts of our modern-day heroes, everyday Filipinos get to stay safe and healthy wherever they are in the country. That’s why Globe Telecom encourages frontliners of the country to take advantage of this humble token of appreciation by registering for the Frontliner Package 2021 today. 

Buy 1 Havaianas and Give 1 to a frontliner hero

We have a lot to be thankful for our frontliner heroes who sacrifice their own health and lives in order to keep many of us safe and healthy.

From healthcare workers to farmers, soldiers, and delivery service workers, frontliners are risking it all every day for the greater good.

As a way of expressing gratitude to them, Havaianas is launching a one-off promo today, March 27, to donate pairs of Havaianas flip-flops to frontliners.

Through the “Buy 1 pair, Donate 1 pair” initiative, Havaianas shoppers who purchase 1 pair through the official Havaianas Store on Shopee can donate 1 pair of Havaianas to a frontliner hero.

Choose from a wide selection of different designs to suit every personality, mood, or occasion.

The designs and materials are perfectly suited for the tropical climate of the Philippines and its relaxed culture, which is greatly beneficial for frontliners as they get to relax their feet after a long tiring day of standing and walking about in constricting shoes and PPEs.

The flip-flops can be worn all day long without sacrificing comfort and quality and instantly brings good vibes to with its colorful prints and cool designs.

Join the initiative at https://shopee.ph/havaianas and be part of a cycle of kindness as #EmpathyLeadsToEmpathy.

LG Philippines revives “Laundry Love” and other aid campaigns for typhoon victims

Even as the storms have passed, a lot of Filipinos are still reeling from being ravaged by typhoon Rolly and Ulysses. Communities have been displaced with people losing their home, leaving them with no shelter and no place to go. In the spirit of makabayan, government agencies, together with private individuals, groups, and corporations, have stepped up to the plate to assist fellow countrymen in their time of need.

LG Philippines has remained steadfast in their resolves to always heed the call for help. The South Korean technology innovator has partnered with groups on the ground in order to hastily offer assistance.

For the typhoon victims from Rizal and Bulacan, LG PH closely collaborated with Walang Maiiwanan PH and JCI Ortigas Inc. to provide help with the community. Donations of shampoos, cleansing foams, toothpastes, and toothbrushes were given to over a thousand indigenous Dumagat families from Sitio Kabuoan Brgy Puray Rodriguez, Rizal, Sitio Suha Brgy San Mateo, and Norzaragay, Bulacan. 

LG Also partnered with Feed Hungry Minds to give assistance to two barangays in Guinobatan, Albay. Approximately 400 families were given the same personal care kits.

LG also visited different communities and evacuation centers in Marikina to help out. They staged their widely popular Laundry Love program in order to help residents and evacuees get access to clean clothing.

Over a span of 3 weeks, LG lent washing machines to the evacuation centers in Nangka Elementary School, Parang Elementary School, Bulelak Covered Court- Brgy Malanday, Homeowners drive Brgy Sto Nino, giving over 1,000 households access to washing machines to clean and sterilize their clothes. LG also gave free repair and check-up services to the affected households.

Speaking with regard to the company’s humanitarian initiatives, LGEPH Managing Director Inkwun Heo says, “We are in awe of Filipinos’ sense of community, especially in great adversity. There is always a natural inclination to want to help. As long as we’re here, we share the same sense of community. We’re always ready to lend a hand, wherever we’re needed.”

PLDT-Smart Foundation leads aid for stranded OFWs and locals

The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely turned our lives around — some for the better, while some (unfortunately) for the worse. Among those heavily affected are the OFWs and local workers whose workplaces are located outside the cities or provinces they live in. Due to quarantine restrictions, many of them have been stranded in places far from home.

Haira Aba, 29 years old, is the breadwinner of her family in Datu Paglas in Maguindanao. She applied for a job as a domestic helper in Qatar and travelled to Manila. But the COVID-19 pandemic came, overseas travel came to a halt, and as a result, she has been stuck in Manila for the past four months.

According to Aba, her situation is difficult since she is far away from her family. She said that what brought comfort during this difficult time was the help they have received from various organizations and individuals.

Kailangan kong magtiis. Nakikipagkuwentuhan na lang ako sa mga kasama ko dito para hindi ma-bored. Malaking tulong din ang cellphone at internet dahil na rin may YouTube, (I need to endure this. I just talk to some of the people that are also stranded here so that I won’t get bored. Having my cellphone with me and having Internet also helps a lot because there’s Youtube.)” Aba said.

54-year old Dennis Sebastian is a mechanical operator and harvester in Tuguegarao – a job he has been doing for six years now. He usually travels back to his hometown in Compra, Liloy in Zamboanga Del Norte three times a year. This year, he was scheduled to return home last April 6. But due to the pandemic, his flight was rescheduled to June 5 – and then was again cancelled.

Unable to fly home, Sebastian stayed for several weeks at a footbridge near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3. Last June 11, he was transferred to the Villamor Elementary School. In order to buy food, Sebastian said he had sold some of his personal belongings. This included his cellphone, which he sold for P300, a luggage for P500 and his shoes for P200.

According to Sebastian he lived like a nomad for weeks. “Palipat-lipat ako ng puwesto kapag sobrang init at umuulan. Sana hindi na maulit ito kasi apat na buwan na akong hindi nakakauwi. Wala na akong communication [sa aking pamilya]. Pero bago ko ibinenta ang cellphone ko, natawagan ko na sila at sinabi kong h’wag mag-alala, (I keep changing positions and places where to stay, especially when it is extremely hot or when it rains. I hope this never happens again because it’s been four months that I haven’t been home. I don’t have any communication with my family. But before I sold my cellphone, I was able to call them and tell them not to worry.)” Sebastian said.

Aba and Sebastian are two of the 350 returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and locally stranded individuals (LSI’s) at the Villamor Elementary School in Villamor Airbase, Pasay City. They received meals and other assistance from the PLDT-Smart Foundation (PSF) through employee-led fundraising initiatives such as the Fairness, Integrity, Transparency and Accountability (F.I.T.A.) Video Challenge and Kapit Kapatid Program.

The PSF also partnered with the Department of Interior and Local Government and Department of Social Welfare and Development in the National Capital Region.

“Our hearts are with our brothers and sisters who are struggling to be reunited with their families. We understand how important being with family is in order to cope better during this difficult time. We hope that our simple gesture brought them some joy, especially during these trying times,” said PLDT-Smart Foundation President Esther Santos.

On June 25, Sebastian is scheduled to finally come home.

To know more about the efforts of the PLDT Group in beating the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit http://beta.pldt.com/covid19/.

URC, GBF design face shields for essential workers

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) and the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) are currently producing much-needed face shields using URC’s available resources.

The Gokongwei-owned food firm has temporarily repurposed some parts of its production line to manufacture 100,000 reusable face shields vital to frontline health workers battling the coronavirus pandemic.

According to GBF Director Grace Colet, these will go to some of the hospitals that have been at the forefront of the country’s efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

GBF is targeting over 25 beneficiaries including: Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippine General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Philippine Heart Center, San Lazaro Hospital, Rizal Medical Center, East Avenue Medical Center, The Medical City and Chinese General Hospital.

“We (GBF) were experiencing problems securing our personal protective equipment (PPE) orders from suppliers,” related Colet “Sometimes they’ll back out a day or two even after placing the order. And prices were increasing. It was a struggle to secure the very valuable PPE that we needed for donation to our health workers.”

Colet related, “Being an engineer, David Lim of URC got inspired to study the design and make it more efficient in terms of using available resources. We consulted doctors and specialists from the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to ensure we are providing appropriate PPEs.”

URC senior vice-president for quality engineering, sustainability and technical services David Lim created the face shields, taking into consideration the urgency for these protective gears. “Some face shields are generally disposable. That’s why they had to make a lot. Our team decided to come up with a face shield design that can both be easily manufactured and is reusable,” he said.

For Dr. Maria Julieta Germar from PGH’s obstetrics and gynecology department, disinfecting URC’s face shield is easy because it doesn’t have foams. “The distance from the mask makes it easy for us to use goggles, loop and N95 masks underneath it. It is also not prone to fogging which is important when we do our surgeries,” she added.

According to Dr. Germar, the face shields are used by their medical personnel but later on, they intend to provide to patients who may need additional protection. URC’s face shields are made from just three basic materials, making mass production easier: a polypropylene (PP) strip that is 14mm thick and about a meter long; an 8-by-13-inch PET sheet; and some staples.

The company buys the PET sheets and staples, but it produces the PP strips in its facility in Calamba, Laguna. With minimal materials needed, URC is able to produce 3,500 face shields a day at two of its production facilities in Laguna. To date, it has delivered 40,000 to various hospitals and will complete deliveries by May.

According to Lim, the demand for the face shields is continuously growing. “This COVID fight is a battle for everyone. It is an honor for URC to be able to contribute and collaborate with GBF and hospitals, with safety, quality and sustainability in mind. That is the URC way.”

The Gokongwei Group’s URC is one of the largest food and beverage manufacturing companies in the country, producing Filipino favorites like C2, Great Taste and Jack ‘n Jill snacks. Also from the same parent company is GBF, a foundation dedicated to contributing to the country’s progress by helping educate its workforce in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Lung Center of the Philippines launches 155225 LCP-OPD hotline with PLDT

The Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) today launched its emergency OPD consultation number 155225 dedicated for COVID-19-related concerns and cases.

Through PLDT Enterprise, the Lung Center of the Philippines deployed the said emergency hotline to provide health assistance and consultations to Filipinos experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, Asthma, COPD, Bronchiectasis, and Tuberculosis without them needing to personally visit the hospital.

“With this partnership, we aim to support the initiatives of the Lung Center of the Philippines in battling the COVID-19 pandemic so they can efficiently provide timely medical assistance to our fellow countrymen,” said Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups.

The hotline was established in line with the designated COVID-19 referral center’s response initiatives against COVID-19. Recently, the Lung Center of the Philippines launched its own “COVID AskForce” which is its online portal for all inquiries regarding the novel coronavirus with over 600 volunteer doctors.

“By having an emergency hotline, we can quickly give out necessary health information to Filipinos needing medical attention if they suspect of having COVID-19 or know someone experiencing possible symptoms,” said Dr. Jessica Catalan-Legarda, Supervising Head of LCP OPD Hotline of the Lung Center of the Philippines. “This also helps us manage our frontlines in extending immediate health assistance and care to those who need it the most.”

The 155225 LCP-OPD hotline, which will operate from 8am to 5pm, is also a channel through which the Lung Center of the Philippines can accept donations such as personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies.

Maxi-Peel bridges frontliners and their loved in new video

With the many challenges we face everyday–especially now that there is a global health pandemic going on–a call for encouragement and a message of gratitude can go a long, long way.

Even though nothing can ever beat the comfort of being at home with their families, we can help boost the morale of our brave frontliners by continuously expressing our appreciation for their hard work and sacrifices.

Maxi-Peel has taken the initiative to become the bridge between our modern heroes and their loved ones who they might not have seen over the past weeks or maybe even months. Through the online video Gaganda Muli Ang Bukas, individuals whose moms, dads, relatives, and even friends are able to reach out to their loved ones who are continuously fighting for a better tomorrow.

The video offered an opportunity for these people to send our modern day heroes messages and reminders to take a rest when they can, to also look out for themselves, and to express how much they are missed.

Moreover, through a short speech, these loved ones were able to share the pride and happiness of knowing that their family member is able to help a significant amount of those who are in need.

Hope has always been something that Maxi-Peel believed in, and just like our brave frontliners and their families who remain strong as they keep fighting, Maxi-Peel also urges everyone to not give up with the hashtag #WagMongIsukoAngLaban.

The brand’s encouraging message of hope has always stood as an inspiration for women across the Philippines even before the pandemic happened. By bringing hope to consumers who may have felt bullied or dejected in the past because they lack the confidence to face the world, have found a partner in Maxi-Peel to give them a brighter outlook.

Now, Maxi-Peel is doing the same for the entire country as it pushes for encouragement in these trying times.

Watch the full video of Gaganda Muli Ang Bukas below:

The Body Shop joins Planet CORA for coastal cleanup

The Body Shop Philippines has always been at the forefront of sustainability. Not only in the development and production of its products, the company also constantly seeks for new projects to help make the world a much better place.

All over the world, piles of mismanaged wastes wind up on our shores. Non-biodegradable wastes–especially single-used plastics such as straws, bottles and bags–are big contributors to pollution. When left in the ocean, these wastes can end up killing marine life, which will inadvertently affect human life as well.

Because of this sad reality, The Body Shop Philippines partnered with Planet CORA, a non-profit organization dedicated in protecting the planet, in gathering almost 200 volunteers for a Coastal Cleanup in Las Piñas Parañaque Critical Habitat Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA).

Planet CORA was founded by actress-singer, environmentalist, and mental health advocate Antoinette Taus a while back. She named the organization after her late mother Corazon, which also stands for Communities Organized for Resource Allocation.

The cleanup drive held earlier this year helped in physically reducing wastes as well as creating awareness and inspiration for the volunteers to instill change in their lifestyles. Joining Antoinette and The Body Shop team are other celebrity advocates such as Yassi Pressman and Joey Mead-King.

A total of 2.29 tons of waste were collected in just a span of two hours. Majority of the collected wastes were plastic bottles.

The Ocean Cleanup with Planet CORA is just one of the many advocacies of The Body Shop Philippines. The company is also active in livelihood projects and supporting the marginalized sectors.

Guided by its brand expression “Beauty with Heart,” the company continues to be focused on five core values: Against Animal Testing, Support Community Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights, and Protect The Planet.

All of its products are created using the finest ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, which are not tested on animals and are 100% vegetarian. The Body Shop has been in the Philippine market for eighteen years with over 55 strategically located stores nationwide.