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KAGAY-ANON PBA STAR ‘POY’ ERRAM TO FEATURE IN ‘IDOL TALK’ ON SEPT 19

September 17, 2020

Here's your chance to know rising Kagay-anon PBA Star John Paul 'Poy' Erram who is now making waves in the country's premier basketball league. The 6-foot-8 center is a homegrown talent who studied high school at Pilgrim Christian College, and became a stalwart of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in Cagayan de Oro City, where his impressive performance caught the eye of Ateneo de Manila University during his college days. He is a 2-time PBA All Star, 3-time PBA Block Champion, PBA Mythical Second Team selection, PBA Defensive Player of the Year and 3-time UAAP Champion. Poy's  illustrious PBA career got him the chance to play in several PBA ball clubs such as Blackwater Elite, NLEX Road Warriors, TNT Katropa, and eventually as a member of the Gilas Pilipinas national squad. Learn more bout Kagay-anon PBA star John Paul ‘Poy’ Erram live in the interactive webcast  ‘Idol Talk’ this coming Saturday, September 19 at 4:30 pm on the following Facebook pages: MVP Sports Foundation, Inc., MVPSF Youth League – Cagayan de Oro, and MVPSF Youth League – Cebu. ‘Idol Talk’ interactive webcast showcases homegrown PBA and Gilas Pilipinas players’ journey, struggles and successes of their careers. Players, coaches and his fans get the chance to ask questions during the live webcast, and win prizes such as Gilas Pilipinas T-shirts and jackets. (IAF/CIO)

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AIA Philam Life introduces product for children

September 16, 2020

FOR most parents, getting medical insurance for their child rarely crosses their minds. The more pressing matter, especially for first time parents, are immediate physical needs. But the truth is, a child’s medical needs can be costly, and with 54% of health expenses coming from the household budget, this can be a burden to many.    As a company committed to developing innovative products that address the needs of its customers, AIA Philam Life recently introduced AIA Med-Assist for children, its variable life insurance plan with medical benefit rider designed to address medical expenses due to hospitalization of 0-17-year olds. Tennyson Paras, AIA Philam Life Head of Products shares the reason behind the development of this product: “We wanted a product that can give parents peace of mind in case of hospitalization. As a parent myself, I understand the additional burden that these unexpected medical expenses have on families. With AIA Med-Assist, they can simply focus on taking care of their children and recovery.”    AIA Med-Assist for children is based on the same product launched early this year, but this time with benefits available to 0-17-year olds which helps parents be one step ahead and protect their children and finances against health-related risks. It covers 90% of in-patient hospitalization and other medical expenses. “Most parents will agree that the first five years is the most vulnerable age of children. As parents, we do everything we can to ensure they are healthy and provide their needs during this critical period in their lives. But no matter how prepared we are, we can’t avoid the trips to the Emergency Room and the hospital,” Paras added. Aside from hospitalization, the product also has a life insurance benefit and an investment fund that can help parents build their own medical fund in the future.   Getting Real With New Parents   To introduce the availability of AIA Med-Assist to children, AIA Philam Life sought the help of its Brand Ambassadors Nico Bolzico and Solenn Heussaff, joined by Cebu-based influencers Kryz and Slater Young, in a wacky live online talk show called Tea Time with the Bolzicos. Both couples are months-old parents who are now experiencing hands-on parenting during the pandemic. In the course of their discussion on the changes in their priorities and discovering the joys of parenthood, they talked about the importance of protecting their children against risks, especially during this time when health risks abound.   Reaffirming the AIA Philam Life Mission and Promise   “Making AIA Med-Assist available for children is another indication of our commitment to fulfill our mission of racing against risk to protect Filipino families from life’s uncertainties. We are one of the few insurance companies who make insurance products available to children, an age group whose protection needs are not given much attention. Through this product, parents are able to show their love and responsibility for their children. For us, it’s a way to bring to life our brand promise of helping Filipinos live Healthier, Longer and Better Lives,” said AIA Philam Life Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Ang.    Know more about AIA Med-Assist for children by visiting the AIA Philam Life website at philamlife.com, Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AIAPhilamLife.

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AIA Philam Life introduces product for children

September 16, 2020

FOR most parents, getting medical insurance for their child rarely crosses their minds. The more pressing matter, especially for first time parents, are immediate physical needs. But the truth is, a child’s medical needs can be costly, and with 54% of health expenses coming from the household budget, this can be a burden to many.    As a company committed to developing innovative products that address the needs of its customers, AIA Philam Life recently introduced AIA Med-Assist for children, its variable life insurance plan with medical benefit rider designed to address medical expenses due to hospitalization of 0-17-year olds. Tennyson Paras, AIA Philam Life Head of Products shares the reason behind the development of this product: “We wanted a product that can give parents peace of mind in case of hospitalization. As a parent myself, I understand the additional burden that these unexpected medical expenses have on families. With AIA Med-Assist, they can simply focus on taking care of their children and recovery.”    AIA Med-Assist for children is based on the same product launched early this year, but this time with benefits available to 0-17-year olds which helps parents be one step ahead and protect their children and finances against health-related risks. It covers 90% of in-patient hospitalization and other medical expenses. “Most parents will agree that the first five years is the most vulnerable age of children. As parents, we do everything we can to ensure they are healthy and provide their needs during this critical period in their lives. But no matter how prepared we are, we can’t avoid the trips to the Emergency Room and the hospital,” Paras added. Aside from hospitalization, the product also has a life insurance benefit and an investment fund that can help parents build their own medical fund in the future.   Getting Real With New Parents   To introduce the availability of AIA Med-Assist to children, AIA Philam Life sought the help of its Brand Ambassadors Nico Bolzico and Solenn Heussaff, joined by Cebu-based influencers Kryz and Slater Young, in a wacky live online talk show called Tea Time with the Bolzicos. Both couples are months-old parents who are now experiencing hands-on parenting during the pandemic. In the course of their discussion on the changes in their priorities and discovering the joys of parenthood, they talked about the importance of protecting their children against risks, especially during this time when health risks abound.   Reaffirming the AIA Philam Life Mission and Promise   “Making AIA Med-Assist available for children is another indication of our commitment to fulfill our mission of racing against risk to protect Filipino families from life’s uncertainties. We are one of the few insurance companies who make insurance products available to children, an age group whose protection needs are not given much attention. Through this product, parents are able to show their love and responsibility for their children. For us, it’s a way to bring to life our brand promise of helping Filipinos live Healthier, Longer and Better Lives,” said AIA Philam Life Chief Executive Officer Kelvin Ang.    Know more about AIA Med-Assist for children by visiting the AIA Philam Life website at philamlife.com, Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AIAPhilamLife.

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RICE OF LIFE | An Advocacy and Livelihood Program

August 13, 2020

RED Farms in cooperation with Dialysis PH Support Group Inc. thru its Founder and President Reynaldo Segarra Abacan Jr. Launches "RICE OF LIFE", an Advocacy and Livelihood Program. The "Rice of Life" Program encourages and enable Dialysis PH members to be entrepreneurs thru an investment free program that will help ease the burden brought about by the Covid Pandemic which continuously affects us Filipinos and the country's economy and livelihoods. Thru this project, we hope to assist the organisations members and work together on a mutually beneficial partnership in these times of crisis. Furthermore, parts of the proceeds shall go directly to the Dialysis PH Support Group Inc. organisations fundraising efforts. Thank you RED Farms "We make a living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give." #RiceOfLife #REDFarmsPH #DialysisPH #EatWellLifeWell

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Herbalife nutrition survey reveals Filipinos need to close nutrition knowledge gap

July 27, 2020

ONLY 19 percent of Filipino consumers got 50 percent of the answers correct in a general nutrition knowledge quiz conducted by premiere global nutrition company Herbalife Nutrition.  The Philippines’ score was lower than the Asia Pacific (APAC) average of 23 percent.   The quiz was administered as part of Herbalife Nutrition’s Asia Pacific Nutrition Myths Survey 2020, which was conducted in March with 5,500 respondents from Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. To test the nutrition knowledge of the survey participants, the quiz included a total of 48 “True or False” questions spanning nine nutrition areas - general nutrition, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, caffeine, weight management and breakfast.   “The results of the quiz and the survey show that there is a significant nutrition knowledge gap among Filipinos. We hope to help close the gap to empower them with the nutrition knowledge they need to make better nutrition choices,” said Sridhar Rajagopalan, Senior Director, Sub-Region Head, and General Manager of Herbalife Nutrition Philippines.   Only 7% among those surveyed said that they were extremely confident about their nutrition knowledge. Fifty-four percent claimed that they were only somewhat well-informed.   Filipino consumers, however, expressed that they believe in the importance of balanced nutrition. It is among the top three nutrition advice that they were most interested in along with how to improve ailment/condition through nutrition and managing weight through nutrition.   “This is a good sign, so the next step is helping them achieve this,” Rajagopalan said.   What Filipinos Got Right and Wrong About Nutrition Knowledge   Majority of the Filipino respondents (85%) falsely believe that one needs sufficient calcium intake at any age to optimize peak bone mass for bone health.   “Our peak bone mass (max bone size and strength) is dependent on calcium intake and reaches its peak by age 30. However, sufficient calcium intake throughout life can reduce the risk of osteoporosis,” Rajagopalan said.   When it comes to fats, 68% got it right that fats provide the body with energy but only 42% correctly believed that it helps the body absorb vitamins.   80% correctly said that exercise helps the body rebuild muscles and increase lean muscles. However, 51% falsely believe that protein powder is not a healthy source of protein as compared to protein found in natural foods.   “Protein powder can be as good as protein from natural foods if derived from high-quality sources. For instance, soy protein from soybeans is a complete protein, providing a full range of nine essential amino acids for the body’s nutrition requirements,” Rajagopalan added.   94% of the Filipino consumers were right in their belief that fruits and Vitamin C supplements can help boost immunity and resistance to infection. Among the APAC respondents, they were the highest in this belief.     Online Myths and Misinformation: Top Barrier to Gaining Accurate Nutrition Knowledge While 47 percent of Filipino consumers believed that it is extremely important to be educated with proper and accurate nutrition knowledge, they also said that too much misinformation and myths online prevent them from gaining accurate nutrition knowledge (39 percent).   The other top barriers were lack of information from government websites and health authorities (22 percent) and the lack of information from healthcare professionals (17 percent).

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Somebody told me

July 25, 2020

Patag: Is it term for a Plain or an Acronym for Philippine Auxiliary Tactical Air Group? That is the question this article hope to settle.   Perhaps many are not aware of the persistent marathon  debate, going 9 years, in Facebook over the definition of Patag.   As we know, Patag is the name of a particular barangay in Cagayan de Oro where Camp Edilberto Evangilista is located - the headquarters of 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.   What was known as name for a plain by generations of Kagay-anons is now being challenged by majority of respondents in Facebook page survey of Kagay-an Kaniadto. Contrary to its geographical meaning, Patag is an acronym, they insist.   A week ago I posted an online survey in Kagayan Kaniadto, asking  members what they believed to be the origin of the name Patag.The survey was one way of knowing the pulse of the respondents. The results will tell us either the new normal has taken the lead or the old norms has held firm.   I am presenting my research on the history of Patag because I believe every citizen must be knowledgeable of history, especially of their own place. Ignorance of history is like a house built with a weak foundation. It will crumble even at the slightest tremor.   On the other hand, knowledge of history would make one stand firm like a formidable castle built with a strong foundation. It may shake but not crumble even if bombarded with overwhelming popular opinion.   Kagayan Kaniadto is a closed-membership Facebook page with over 25,000 members exclusive to Kagay-anons.   The FB page was started in February 2011 by Nixon Baban. True to its name, posting must be all about old Cagayan only. Political, religious and commercial post is disapproved outright. Some members posted photos dating back to the time of Cagayan de Misamis. The trending posts were mostly Cagayan de Oro contemporary history with members exchanging lively comments and memories reminiscing a not so distant past.   The survey results show the  overwhelming majority of respondents believed Patag stands for Philippine Auxiliary Tactical Air Group. Out 190 respondents only 35 said plain. 155 for the acronym or 82% - a landslide for the Acronym proponents.   But the Patag issue, unlike election, can not be decided merely in favor of the majority. Unfortunately, the survey shows the overwhelming majority were misled from the truth. To prove my point, I will present evidence found in old photos and other primary sources. In other words, history is key. Let us take for example the case of USAFFE. It was an acronym of U.S. forces in the Philippines during world war two. Many, including myself, thought the acronym stand for United States Armed Forces in the Far East. We were wrong.   Photo A shows the correct meaning was United States "Army" ( not Armed ) Forces in the Far East. Without the photo, I could still be misleading people reading my WW2 posting.   The following old photos show unrefutable proof why the place was indeed Patag the plain.   Photo B dated May 2, 1935, an aerial survey of a proposed Landing Field in Patag. From above, you will understand why the place was called Patag the plain. The topography was a flat terrain. Also visible were evidence of our agricultural past, the vast rice fields and coconut plantations of Kauswagan and Carmen, now bustling urban areas. This is the earliest photo of the soon to be the only Airfield built by the Americans in Cagayan during the Commonwealth period.   Photo C. A year after, September 18, 1936, airfield development started to show with two huge building structures, no visible signs of an airstrip yet.   Finally on January 9, 1939, Photo D, shows a functional  airfield with additional buildings that look like a barracks and possibly two civilian residences at the highway junction. A large circle in the middle of the field marked the airstrip. The photo was captioned Landing Field, Cagayan, Mindanao.   Photo E, taken October 11, 1944, with Cagayan Airfield and Town Heading was a reconnaissance aerial photo. It shows two landing strips and town landmarks list. Few days after the photo was taken, several military targets were bombed by U.S. forces in preparation of MacArthur return in Leyte on October 20, 1944.   Here is an excerpt the book of Fr. Haggerty, The Guerrilla Padre about the American bombing of Cagayan, as follows:   " The big convento was smouldering, and the cathedral was a pyre of flames from explosion after explosion from its sacristy rocking the city. The Japs had stored their ammunition in the cathedral,  the convento and bishops house. "   Comments for his beloved Ateneo de Cagayan where he was a rector:   " They dived from all directions, and as the thick smoke rolled up they flash in and out of it - one of the most beautiful sights, it seemed, I have ever seen. A little to the right, I knew,  was the college, and the big gymnasium that the students themselves had helped to build. It was our pride; the only one outside Manila. From that direction the smoke was the thickest,  and I felt not even a pang of regret - it was the Japanese stronghold. "   Photo F was a Japanese map of all airfields during the occupation. The Japanese built an airfield at Lumbia. Cagayan now had two airfields. The Japanese called it Cagayan South and the Cagayan Airfield of the Americans was called Cagayan West by the Japanese.   The Airfield details and other military info were shown in guerrilla hand-drawn wartime maps and declassified documents.   A portion of the airfield was donated by Don Apolinar Velez, probably in 1928 when he was the Mayor of Cagayan, Misamis. He was a Fil-Am war hero, a patriot and philanthropist. As a fitting tribute, our City's main thoroughfare was named after him. Being a man with a military background, he knew the importance of military installation to the security of the town.   In passing, I would like to mention that during the American period, Cagayan de Misamis ceased to exist . The Americans dropped the " de ". Our town was simply called Cagayan, Misamis. Kagay-an to the Cebuanos in the Visayas. Cagayan, Misamis Oriental, when Misamis was divided into two provinces. Eventually, Cagayan de Oro when it became a chartered city on June 15, 1950.   (To be continued)

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