Get updates on Taal Volcano activity with the TaALERT app

The Taal Volcano is once again on Alert Level 2 after a number of low-frequency earthquakes have been recorded.

While there is no imminent danger for now, residents of the well-loved tourist destination are on high alert, following last year’s eruption that resulted in massive emergency evacuations.

Now more than ever, it is important that we remain alert on any volcanic activity to make sure that the residents are safe, and the place remains safe from any disasters.

To keep up-to-date with the latest information and news about the Taal Volcano, Teralogix’s app TaALERT compiles news and bulletins from credible sources, making it convenient for users to know what is happening in real-time.

Scientific data and news from Phivolcs are posted without editing, ensuring that information is credible.

For LGUs, TaALERT provides a way to easily monitor residents, and to communicate with them through alert messages and evacuation advisories.

For non-residents, TaALERT will provide you with the necessary information to plan out any trips.

In the event of a disaster, you will also be able to check the safety status of your friends and relatives who live near the area through Community Groups.

You may also aid in any evacuation efforts through this feature.

“We try to keep the bayanihan spirit alive through TaALERT. During disasters, it’s important that we know what is happening, not just for our own well-being, but for our kababayans as well,” shares Ms. Drizela Sicat, CEO of Terlogix.

TaALERT is currently available for android users via the Google Play Store and Apple Store.

For more information, follow facebook.com/TaALERTph on Facebook, @TaALERT.ph on Instagram and @TaALERT1 on Twitter for updates.

#SagotKitaMa: a Mother’s Day weekend treat from Globe At Home

Mother’s Day weekend is here and while we still have to strip down our celebrations into just family members at home, and extended families and friends attending only via video conferencing, that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this special day.

Globe At Home helps with fun ideas and activities that the entire family can enjoy this Mother’s Day weekend.

For all the hard-working moms and mother figures in our lives, Globe At Home says #SagotKitaMa and calls on the rest of the family members to band together and give mom the rest and relaxation she deserves this Mother’s Day weekend!

Starting today, May 7, the World At Home portal will open its doors for select Globe At Home customers and reveal different rooms that will house exclusive content and all sorts of fun ideas and activities that the entire family can do together.

Give mom a break from the kitchen this weekend and take some tips from Globe At Home as they’ll be providing a variety of restaurant-inspired recipes you can prepare and cook for mom from the Learn Room.

Since all moms are lovingly unique, it may be heard to get her a gift that fits her personality best.

Is she a certified plantita? Maybe she’s a certified foodie? Or perhaps she’s into crafts? Globe At Home helps you pick out a gift for your mom just by answering a few questions at the Earn Room!

Completing the short quiz reveals a selection of gift ideas from local online shops run by mompreneurs selected by Globe At Home as a way to show support, promote, and celebrate today’s wais moms.

Register through this link to gain exclusive access to the World At Home platform starting May 7: https://www.globe.com.ph/broadband/world-at-home/register.html

More surprises are in store from Globe At Home to the first 200 Globe At Home customers who will stay and participate throughout the 3-day celebration such as vouchers for GInsure and KonsultaMD because the best gift ever that we can give to mom is the security and care she needs.

Globe At Home offers 3 months coverage for COVID-19 and Dengue worth up to P140,500 via GInsure, plus access to medical consultations via KonsultaMD when they complete the tasks at the World At Home portal.

Stay updated on #SagotKitaMa: A Mother’s Day Special At Home by bookmarking this page: https://www.facebook.com/events/905925510186442

TECNO Spark 6 Go drops price from P5,490 to P4,999!

Now’s your chance to own a feature-packed smartphone that serves as your essential link to the outside world, for work, entertainment, and staying in touch with loved ones.

TECNO Mobile’s sleek TECNO Spark 6 Go AI-powered smartphone launched in the Philippines last year and has been able to provide affordability, durability, and reliability, meeting the evolving needs of its consumers.

Now, in order to become accessible to even more Filipinos, TECNO Mobile drops the price of TECNO Spark 6 Go, from P5,490 to P4,999!

TECNO Spark 6 Go comes with a large 6.52” HD resolution screen that allows users to watch movies, browse the internet, and play games in full detail, on a convenient, compact device.

Its Audio Share function allows up to 3 Bluetooth speakers or 2 Bluetooth headphones to connect at the same time. This makes it possible for you to share your music and other audio with friends, or enjoy it privately with your special someone, whenever you want to.

TECNO Spark 6 Go’s camera is fitted with AI Beauty Mode and 18 AI Scene Detection features that allow you to shoot outstanding images.

Take great selfies anytime, and anywhere with its 6-layer AI beauty image processing capability, and shoot rich and vibrant photos using the rear camera’s all-new 18 AI scene detection software.

The smartphone is also equipped with a built-in AI Dual to Unlock feature, which can be used for both face unlock and fingerprint scanning.

This has been meticulously tested to ensure that all files on your device remain private and secure at all times.

Its 5000 mAh battery allows for up to 36 days of standby time.

It is also capable of up to 24 hours of calling, 19 hours of web browsing, 25 hours of video playback, 125 hours of music, or 15 hours of gaming, all on a single charge.

TECNO Spark 6 Go comes in two models, Spark 6 Go (KE5) with 2GB+32GB memory priced at P3,990, and Spark 6 Go (KE5K) with 4GB+64GB memory now priced at P4,990.

You can also choose between three attractive Spark 6 Go color options – Aqua Blue, Ice Jadeite, and Mystery White.

TECNO Spark 6 Go is available nationwide at TECNO Mobile’s partner retail stores and soon at TECNO Mobile’s Official Store in Shopee.

Another must-see smartphone from TECNO Mobile is CAMON 16 for only P7,990. CAMON 16 is equipped with a 48MP Ultra Quad Camera, with a four-camera lens combination – A Bokeh Depth of Field Lens, an AI Lens, a Macro Lens, and a 48MP Main Lens with 79-degree wide- angle view.

It has an Ultra Night Lens with 1-second image processing, anti-over exposure, and AI portrait segment features for improved photography in low light conditions.

CAMON 16 has a large RAM and ROM capacity of 128GB+6GB, allowing users to store thousands of photos and music files, or several HD movies and apps for entertainment on the go.

It supports 18W fast charging, with advanced protection technology that ensures automatic regulation of charging inputs to protect and prolong the hardware and software of the device.

For more updates, visit www.tecno-mobile.com/ph, and follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook.

Keep your home virus-free with Unilever Hygiene 101

Cleanliness is next to good health, so better keep those pesky viruses at bay by maintaining good hygiene both on your body and your home.

Unilever’s Hygiene 101 campaign is part of the company’s commitment to protect communities by educating and encouraging good hygiene habits.

While COVID-19 is still persistent, it’s important to stay vigilant and mindful of our actions.

Simple habits such as bringing a hand sanitizer when going out, washing clothes worn outside immediately, and disinfecting homes regularly can make a difference in our family’s health.

Unilever Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Public Health Association, aims to remind Filipinos of the hygiene habits we’ve built over the year and to incorporate them into our new normal lifestyles.

Join the Hygiene 101 Sale from March 27 – 29 on Shopee!

Add these hygiene products to your Shopee cart:

Get Unilever must-have hygiene products UP TO 50% OFF – plus, discounted bundles, free gifts, discount vouchers and more!

Start building the habit of proper hygiene and keep your family safe and healthy.

Protect your kids from infectious diseases through vaccination

For quite some time now, debates about whether or not it is safe to have our children vaccinated have divided the parenting community.

Anti-vaxxers have recently come forward with supposed evidence linking vaccines to complications in children’s growth and development.

Meanwhile, medical experts have stood by their scientific research and findings that vaccines are indeed effective in protecting them against infectious diseases.

Your Call as a Parent

Every parent wants to keep his or her child protected, especially against serious, sometimes deadly diseases. We always can’t keep an eye on what our children might get from the environment. 

According to World Health Organization (WHO), twenty-seven out of 1,000 Filipino children do not get past their fifth birthday and the leading cause of children’s death under 5 years old are mostly infectious diseases, which include pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria- diseases that can be prevented through proper nutrition, care, and vaccination. (Read More: Under-5 mortality rate)

Immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) is recommended for your child, especially on the first 1000 days of life. This is to keep them protected against infectious diseases that may harm them.

Vaccines use weakened germs to keep your child’s natural immune response working and provide long-term protection against the disease the vaccine is made for. It is like preparing the immune system of your child for “real” diseases.

The Fatal Consequence of Delaying your Choice

A number of parents right now are choosing to delay their routine immunization schedule due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). But, is there really no other choice?

According to an online press briefing by Dr. Maria Wilda Silva, the Department of Health (DOH) National Immunization Program observed that in May 2020, the rate of Filipino children getting their shots has slowly gone down.

It is an alarming rate as it hit an all-time low of seven percent in the first quarter of the year due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) brought about by the pandemic.

Prior to ECQ, vaccination rates were recorded to be at a 16 percent average immunization rate per quarter — a far cry from the ideal target of 23 to 24 percent per quarter, with a cumulative target of a 95 percent vaccination rate per year to achieve herd immunity.

In 2019, the country has already experienced a measles outbreak which the DOH traced to vaccine hesitancy or a delay or refusal in accepting recommended vaccination services despite availability.

If this rate will continue to downgrade in the coming months or years, we might be facing another disease outbreak and this is the first thing we want to prevent.

Don’t worry — the government and other associated agencies have kept the implementation of immunization services as one of their top priorities and all health care services are ready to observe proper infection control measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19. The Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc. (PPS) and Pediatric Infectious Disease Society Of The Philippines (PIDSP) also drafted guidelines on immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ MORE: About the Guidelines by PPS and PIDSP)

As parents, we should also be responsible when we bring our child outside for their vaccination schedule.

  1. Before scheduling for vaccination, ensure that your child is well
  2. If your child is suffering from fever, cough, colds, diarrhea, and influenza-like illness, seek help or advice from a doctor first.
  3. Make sure that your child has had no significant exposure to a positive or suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14 days
  4. Know if you and your child are residents in an area with localized transmission or local community under enhanced quarantine. Check DOH updates to confirm if the child’s community is classified as such. 
  5. Take note of any contraindications or any reason to withhold the vaccination. 
  6. Follow the recommended schedule and administration of vaccines included in the Childhood Immunization Schedule.
  7. Schedule ahead and assess the clinic’s condition and guidelines 

It’s Now your Call 

Pediatric vaccinations aren’t given in a one-time visit. Each shot is given on a different timeline usually throughout the first 24 months of your child’s life and even until they are 18 years old.

As a parent, you should be the first one to keep track of the vaccinations your child is getting. Some children may need a different schedule based on their health conditions, while others might have to catch up dosage from their previous.

With all these stages and difficult names, you don’t have to worry about remembering everything all by yourself. Your child’s pediatrician will guide you through the process.

Vaccination is part of keeping a child safe and healthy, but it might also be too complicated for us. That’s why it is okay to ask a lot of questions about vaccines, the vaccine schedule, or how to “catch up” especially if your child hasn’t gotten any shots since birth. But we should ask the right person about it – our pediatrician. 

It is important for parents to consult pediatricians so they can make the best possible decisions for the health and well-being of their children. Go to the nearest clinic or talk to your doctor to know more about the schedule for your kid’s shot.

Reduce the effects of GERD with HDI Clover Honey

We’ve all heard about the many benefits of honey. Not only is it a healthier alternative for common sweeteners like sugar, but it also has anti-bacterial properties and can be used for dressing wounds and burns to keep them sterile and promote healing.

For people with GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, honey can help reduce its effects and tame its symptoms.

Thanks to the natural anti-bacterial properties and natural acidity of honey, it can inhibit many disease-causing pathogens while enhancing the growth of good bacteria.

These good bacteria, such as the bifidobacteria can fight off bad bacteria that causes stomach upsets.

Regular consumption of recommended amounts of honey is also effective in maintaining the balance of bifidobacteria in the body.

Aside from gastro-protective properties, which can lower the effects of GERD, honey also inhibits the growth of more harmful bacteria like helicobacter pylori, which causes stomach cancer.

It is also effective in treating more common illnesses like diarrhea. Honey helps to shorten the duration of diarrhea in patients by helping in the absorption of electrolytes and uptake of water.

Honey also promotes bowel movement and can relieve constipation.

Overall, honey can help increase nutrient content in the body and boost the absorption of nutrients like calcium.

Honey is also a great antioxidant as it also contains vitamin C, organic acids, enzymes, phenols and flavonoids.

Honey is also a great source of energy-giving carbohydrate and a safe sugar substitute for diabetics.

Of course, honey is best taken when it’s pure and comes only from natural sources.

HDI Clover Honey comes from the flowers of the white clover and is regarded by beekeepers worldwide to be the best type of honey.

It is a healthy source of good nutrition, which is extremely crucial especially at this time.

Known for its great taste and smooth texture, the enzymes and nutrients found naturally in HDI Clover Honey have been shown to help the body maintain a healthy digestive tract, improving digestion and bowel movement.

To learn more, visit ph.hdi.com of facebook.com/HDINetwork.PH/.

Globe expands 5G Roaming services to more countries in Asia, Middle East

Good news for everyone with family and friends living abroad.

Globe accelerates its 5G Roaming rollout to more countries in Asia and the Middle East as part of its commitment to bring #1stWorldNetwork to its customers. 

In the first quarter of the year, Globe introduced its 5G roaming service in Thailand and in the United Arab Emirates. In the coming weeks, the telco is set to launch 5G in more parts of  Asia and the Middle East to help customers traveling abroad, Filipinos working overseas, as well as, foreign visitors visiting the Philippines.

Globe is set to open its 5G service to visiting customers of CSL Hong Kong, Singtel of Singapore and Ooredoo of Kuwait. While for Globe subscribers who will be traveling abroad, the 5G roaming service will be made available in South Korea through SK Telecom, Qatar and Kuwait via Ooredoo.

“Apart from ensuring that our customers are able to rely on a service to keep them connected during these challenging times, our goal in getting the 5G service up in more countries is to make certain that when travel becomes more safe and less restricted, our Globe customers will be able to enjoy 5G in more countries worldwide,”  said Coco Domingo, Globe’s Vice President for Postpaid and International Business. 

Globe is a pioneer in 5G technology in the Philippines with 1,200 areas across the country with this latest generation in wireless technology.  Its sustained network builds and modernization efforts resulted in higher 5G footprint for Globe.

Globe has set its sights on making its 5G roaming services accessible soon in more countries in the Middle East, North America, Asia and Europe through its roaming partners.

For more information on 5G Roaming, go to glbe.co/5GRoaming

To learn more about Roam Surf 399 and Globe’s other roaming offers which are best experienced with 5G, visit glbe.co/roam.

Jolina Magdangal makes healthy snacks with Jolly Corn

To say that being a mother is the most rewarding role any woman can have is an understatement. Nothing compares to the sheer joy of watching your child grow up into a jolly, healthy youngster.

However, one cannot deny the fact that being a mom is not without its challenges. And any mom will tell you that one of the biggest challenges is what snack to serve especially these days when kids are at home 24/7.

For Jolina Magdangal, pop icon, singer, actress, TV host, wife, and more importantly, mother to Pele (7 years old) and Vika (2 years old), preparing the right kind of snack has always been a bit of an issue, especially with the busy schedule that she keeps.

“It’s difficult sometimes,” Jolina discloses. “There were instances when I didn’t know what to serve Pele anymore. And you know how kids are, they don’t like having the same thing. It’s a good thing there’s Jolly Corn!”

As the newest face of Jolly Corn, Jolina did not only discover a new jolly way to snacking but also afforded her the opportunity to give Pele a quick and easy, healthy fun snack that they can both enjoy.

“The quick to open Jolly Corn is the perfect merienda treat: just open the tab, get a spoon, and MAISnack ka na!,” Jolina says.

The sweet, crunch, sarap Jolly Corn is not just enjoyed straight from the can, which Pele absolutely likes, but it can also be prepared in many ways: as dessert, part of a salad, or with your main dishes.

Some of the more popular recipes with Jolly Corn include Cheesy Corn, where cheese powder is sprinkled on warm Jolly Corn and eaten as snack.

Mais Con Yelo, a cold dessert using shaved ice and condensed milk; and Maja Blanca, a favorite Filipino dessert with coconut milk.

Buko salad and vegetable salad are also best prepared with Jolly Corn, and buttered corn with carrots is
the perfect side dish with main dishes.

Jolina, who has 1.7M Instagram followers and is also a popular talk show host, is grateful for being the new endorser of Jolly Corn. “Thank you to my new family, the Jolly Family. Enjoy na enjoy ang buong family namin dahil laging #MAISnack na kami! Sweet, crunchy, sarap!” she quips.

Jolly Corn is available in all supermarkets, groceries, public markets, and convenience stores nationwide and on Lazada, Shopee, and Acemarket. Follow Jolly Eats Facebook Page for more information and recipes.

The uHoo Indoor Air Quality Monitor: life changing decisions come in small packages

In these unprecedented times, wearing a mask outdoors has been scientifically proven to help lessen the odds for contracting harmful viruses that can lead to sickness. However, once you return to the safety of your own home and remove that mask, you want to ensure that your indoor air is also safe.

We are not just talking about bacteria and viruses you may be bringing home – but the actual circulating indoor air can be a potential hotspot for bacteria and viruses to propagate. Add carbon monoxide from old leaky pipes, carcinogens from cooking indoors, mold that forms from damp towels left alone, and more. The traditional solution would be to buy a number of sensors scattered across the home, but as we have entered the age of the Internet of Things, there is, as what many will say, an app for that.

Resembling an insulated tumbler for hot drinks, the uHoo indoor air quality monitor is an interesting little device that measures the air quality of an enclosed space. The sleek device connects to your WiFi network and transmits data to a companion app (both iOS and Android compatible) to give real-time reporting on 9 different air quality parameters that include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), fine dust particles (PM2.5), ozone, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) as well as other more traditional measurements for temperature, air pressure, and humidity.

Out of the box, uHoo wins the minimalist packaging award for being really tight – all it contains is a small welcome card, the actual device and a USB cable with a wall plug. Setting the device to sync with the local WiFi is done via the app, which you have to download from the Google Play Store or App Store. Once it connects to your WiFi, all you really need to do is wait for about a minute as it gathers data and that’s pretty much it!

As the device measures your air quality it also makes concrete recommendations to improve your air quality. The uHoo app comes with a patent-pending virus index that lists down acceptable thresholds for indoor air quality that helps you to minimize virus risk. For instance, the more people are inside a small space, CO2 levels increase as this is the air expelled by people. High CO2 levels indicate a lack of fresh air and also contribute to fatigue and migraine. Thus, it is important to introduce ventilation so that air can be circulated properly. This can be done by adjusting your home’s HVAC or by simply opening your windows or doors to let fresh air in.

It is important to note that the uHoo indoor air quality monitor is a tool to help you monitor, identify and alert you of any issues so that you can take the appropriate action. This information always keeps you informed so that you can make good decisions that have lasting effects on your overall quality of life.

uHoo is a Singapore-based leading global environmental health platform. It was founded in 2014 and has been growing rapidly since, tackling a $180B global air quality market. uHoo is present in over 40 countries, with strong demand from private homes, governments, schools, hospitals, hotels, malls, kitchens, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Improve reproductive health and have a healthy sex life, too

We’ll never get tired of saying that Health is Wealth. For us women, that includes our reproductive health and a healthy sex life, too.

One of the things we should look out for is bacterial vaginosis. Mayoclinic.org describes bacterial vaginosis as “a type of vaginal inflammation caused by the overgrowth of bacteria naturally found in the vagina, which upsets the natural balance. Bacterial vaginosis results from [an] overgrowth of one of several bacteria naturally found in your vagina. Usually, ‘good’ bacteria (lactobacilli) outnumber ‘bad’ bacteria (anaerobes). But if there are too many anaerobic bacteria, they upset the natural balance of microorganisms in your vagina and cause bacterial vaginosis.”

This imbalance causes symptoms such as unusual vaginal discharge, foul-smelling “fishy” vaginal odor, vaginal itching, and burning sensation during urination to manifest. And frankly, you don’t want to have any of these for your health and peace of mind in general, but also if you want to keep your relationship with your husband or partner healthy and happy.

To eliminate the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, an antibacterial product called Ecovag may be able to help. It is a lactobacillus capsule that claims can significantly reduce the risk of bacterial vaginosis and effectively treat symptoms of vaginal discomfort.

The capsule is inserted deep into the vagina, kind of like a suppository, ideally right before bedtime to allow it to dissolve in the vagina as you sleep. It is taken for 6 to 8 consecutive days and promises to eliminate the symptoms of vaginosis.

Ecovag is a product imported from Denmark by Zeus Resources, Inc., a resource management company that provides marketing, operational and financial expertise to start-up businesses like Compact Pharmaceuticals, Corp., a local manufacturer that developed the sodium ascorbate brand Jewel-Cee and the new sildenafil citrate brand Hydenex.

Sildenafil, of course, is the medication that is most commonly known under the brand Viagra, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and also erectile dysfunction as one of its side effects is to increase blood flow into the penis during sexual stimulation.

Hydenex helps foster a stronger relationship between couples through an improved and healthier sex life.

Both Hydenex and Ecovag are now available in select drugstores in the country. Consult your doctor before buying Hydenex or Ecovag.