Diabetes: a deadly but controllable disease

Friday, July 30, 2021



As the COVID pandemic persists, another disease remains under the radar as one of the Philippines’ leading causes of death - diabetes.

Diabetes, a serious and chronic metabolic disease characterized by an increase in blood sugar levels, is one of the major causes of death in the Philippines. Based on recent data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (2021), diabetes has claimed 37,265 lives last year (2020) despite the unprecedented COVID- 19 pandemic.

“Diabetes is a deadly disease, but it can oftentimes be taken for granted,” said Dr. Aurora Macaballug, Board Member and Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (PSEDM). “What not a lot of people know is it can be controlled and managed as long as patients stick to the treatments prescribed by their doctors.”

MSD in the Philippines, Mercury Drug Corporation (MDC), Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (PSEDM), and Philippine Association of Diabetes Educators (PADE) recently hosted

“Mga Ano at Bakit ng Diabetes”, a press briefing aimed to raise awareness about diabetes and advocate for greater medication adherence to improve patient outcomes among Filipinos with diabetes, as part of MSD’s Kontrolado Ko, Diabetes Ko (KKDK) campaign.

Apat Dapat, Education, and Accessibility - Key to Diabetes Management


According to Dr. Macaballug, four elements have to be met to successfully manage diabetes. Dubbed as Apat Dapat, patients can take control of their condition through (1) exercise, (2) proper diet, (3) regular intake of diabetes medication/insulin, and (4) regular consultations with a physician.

Adherence, which means taking prescribed medication with the right dose and frequency, is one of the 4 pillars of PSEDM’s advocacy to managing diabetes. And while the patient is largely responsible in adhering to Apat Dapat, healthcare providers recognize the need for more proactive support.


“Managing one’s diabetes is not easy. That’s why we try to help people cope with the illness through more proactive support, beginning with education,” said diabetes nurse educator and PADE President Leyden Florido. “The more they know about their disease, the better they’re equipped to cope and manage it.”

Pharmacists have also expanded their support for diabetes patients during the pandemic, as they have become one of the more accessible healthcare professionals in the community. “We can help patients understand the dangers of chronic diseases like diabetes and the importance of prevention and adherence,” said Mercury Drug representative and pharmacist Nellie Calipjo. “Patient adherence requires a lifestyle change and will be better accepted if access to medicine, counseling, and other care items are readily available. This is the inspiration behind our Get Well Diabetes Care Hub, a one-stop-shop section in select Mercury Drug stores dedicated to the needs of patients with diabetes,” she added.

In the end, the best outcomes for people with diabetes will depend on the changes they make to their lifestyles to follow prescribed treatments.

Through the Kontrolado Ko, Diabetes Ko campaign, MSD continues to collaborate with medical societies and the health care industry to remind Filipinos about the importance of making impactful changes to one’s lifestyle to manage diabetes and promote better health outcomes.

Shopee Rolls Out New Features on Shopee Live to Help Sellers Boost Views and Increase Sales in time for the 8.8 Mega Flash Sale

Thursday, July 29, 2021

 


Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches Livestream Flash Sale and In-app Business Insights features to help sellers gain more viewers and boost their sales during streaming sessions on Shopee Live. 


Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is excited to launch two new in-app features that aim to help our online sellers grow on our platform. Our sellers are a big part of our business, and we will continue to support them by providing the necessary tools to help them engage with their customers more. Shopee will continue to offer Filipinos a fun and interactive experience.”


The new Livestream Flash Sale in-app feature lets sellers promote their discounted products, attract more views, and boost orders during a live stream. The Livestream Flash Sale also lets bargain hunters score the best possible deals and enjoy real-time discounts online just like how Filipinos used to hunt for bargains at bazaars and tiangges pre-pandemic.

In addition, sellers can now easily view their live stream data to acquire useful insights to help them strategize and further enhance their Shopee Live streams. With the new in-app Business Insights feature, live streamers can access the number of unique and total views, total likes, and confirmed orders from the live stream. This lets streamers gauge what their viewers like and what the best-selling products are, so sellers can cater their product selection to viewers’ preferences and achieve better sales. 


Shopee Live has enabled brands and sellers to better reach and engage Shopee users across the region. More consumers and businesses are adopting Shopee Live to entertain themselves and connect with one another, with 450 million views on Shopee Live during the year-end 12.12 Birthday Sale in 2020. 


These newly launched features are just two of the many things users can look forward to this coming 8.8 Mega Flash Sale. Until August 8, they can get free shipping vouchers, enjoy daily flash promos, and exclusive deals when checking out using ShopeePay. To learn more about the 8.8 Mega Flash Sale, visit  https://shopee.ph/m/8-8


Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play. 

Good Vibes Tayo DITO: Get exclusive premium items from Viber when you purchase your DITO sim with a friend!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

 


Newest telecommunications player DITO Telecommunity has teamed up with Viber, one of the most popular messaging apps in the country, for Good Vibes Tayo DITO - an exclusive promo from July 23 to August 31, 2021, where consumers can avail of exciting Viber Premium items when they purchase their DITO SIM cards in pairs.


"At DITO, our goal is to empower Filipinos through stronger connectivity with our fast, reliable, and value-for-money data services. By partnering with Viber Philippines, we are hoping to provide a seamless and enjoyable experience of the country's most preferred messaging app to more subscribers all over the country" said Jasper Evangelista, DITO's Brand Marketing Director.


The Good Vibes Tayo DITO promo is just one of the many programs DITO and Viber have in store for Filipino subscribers. Now, Viber users can enjoy connecting with their family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones non-stop using DITO's reliable and affordable data promo offers.

"Viber is looking forward to expanding its calling and messaging services to more Filipinos all over the country with this exciting partnership with DITO, a new and dynamic telecom company," said David Tse, Senior Director, Asia Pacific at Rakuten Viber."We are focused on our shared goal of providing services and programs that enable people to keep stronger, more secure and seamless personal and professional connections that impact their daily lives."


The Good Vibes Tayo DITO promo will be available in select DITO stores and partner stores. To join the promo, customers must purchase two (2) DITO SIM cards from participating DITO stores, activate the SIM cards, and register their DITO numbers using the Viber app. Once registration Is complete, the pair will be entitled to join a lucky draw and win exclusive Viber premium items such as plush toys, notebooks, tumblers, and other exciting prizes!


Check out the official social media pages and websites of DITO (www.dito.ph) and Rakuten Viber (https://www.viber.com/en/) for the full list of participating stores and more details on the promo mechanics.

Best Cities in Canada for Young Professionals

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

 

Many young professionals are flocking to live in Canada, and for good reason. The economy is booming, crime is low, beautiful scenery every season, education is top-notch and affordable, and universal healthcare. Below are some of the most popular cities in Canada for millennials to choose from. 

Calgary

Calgary is home to both university students and young professionals and is one of Canada's largest cities. Calgary is a more affordable city to live in, compared to Vancouver or Toronto. It is one of the cleanest cities in the world, has a great public transportation system, has a wonderful healthcare system, and affordable housing. Calgary homes for sale are so manageable that if you want to become a homeowner, you will be able to do that sooner than later. 


Ottawa

Ottawa is home to University of Ottawa students and many government workers - Ottawa offers an eclectic mix of old-world charm and new urban development. Much of the housing was built in the 1990s, including plenty of condos, which is perfect for college students. Whether you want to dance the night away or enjoy a relaxing evening with a glass of wine, there are a plethora of things that you can do once the sun is down in Ottawa. Ottawa housing can be a bit more costly the closer you are to downtown, but you can still get a better house for less than you’ll pay in Canada’s other major cities.


Montreal 

Living in Montreal is cheaper than living in Toronto or Vancouver, rent is also significantly lower. 

It's very difficult to single out any particular neighborhood of Montreal, as most will agree that living in pretty much any region of the city is awesome. The skyline of Montreal surrounded by the colors of the leaves in summer and autumn or the glistening shine of the snow in the winter make Montreal a magical sight to see. With so much to do and see, you will never run out of things to do in Montreal.


Toronto 

Toronto offers some of the best unique neighborhoods, vintage stores, and ethnic shops. Toronto is known as the most multicultural city in the world! You will never be bored in this city as there is plenty to do. From adventure-seeking activities to low-key concerts, there is something for everyone. Since Toronto is the largest city in Canada, the job opportunities are endless.

Shopee Offers Users #FullyVaxxed Package to Encourage Filipinos to Get Vaccinated

Monday, July 26, 2021

 


Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the #FullyVaxxed Package under Shopee Bayanihan, to provide fully vaccinated Filipinos a special bundle they can use for personal needs and encourage others to complete both doses. Starting today until September 26, 2021, fully vaccinated Filipinos can qualify for the exclusive package that includes free shipping and discount vouchers from Shopee and discount vouchers from brands such as Hygienix, Maxi-Peel, SkinWhite, Splash Personal Care, and Johnson & Johnson. 


Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is here to support the country’s goal of inoculating as many Filipinos as possible through various initiatives such as our Vaccine Education Campaign, Vaccine Center Support, and now, our #FullyVaxxed Package. This is made possible through our partnerships with leading brands and with the participation of our marketplace sellers who have joined us in this cause to encourage citizens to get vaccinated. We are committed to doing what we can to help the nation stay safe and the Filipino people protected.”


The COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases Resolutions reports that there are more than 15 million doses administered, more than ten million getting their first dose, and 4.7 million Filipinos completing both doses as of mid-July 2021. Although many are open to getting both doses, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey reveals that vaccine hesitancy is still an issue as most are uncertain of its efficacy and side effects. To encourage Filipinos to get vaccinated, Shopee also partnered with the Department of Health to promote education about COVID-19 vaccines through in-app and social media initiatives.


The #FullyVaxxed Package shows Shopee’s commitment in supporting the nation’s goal of fully vaccinating the Filipino population. Aside from vouchers from leading brands, verified users can also enjoy vouchers from Shopee’s marketplace sellers. Starting today, fully vaccinated Filipinos can avail of the package by signing up on the Shopee Bayanihan: #FullyVaxxed Package microsite in the Shopee App through this link: https://shopee.ph/m/fullyvaxxed-package



Steps on how to register and get verified:

  1. Sign up on the Shopee Bayanihan: #FullyVaxxed Package microsite (https://shopee.ph/m/fullyvaxxed-package

  2. Submit a photo of the vaccination card to verify the completion of two doses and a valid ID

  3. Wait for the verification from Shopee 


Shop, load, and pay bills with ShopeePay. Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play. 

5 Easy Tips to Help You Shop Wisely at the Shopee 8.8 Mega Flash Sale

 

If you’re an online shopping newbie, or maybe an occasional shopper who struggles to navigate e-commerce platforms, then you’re probably wondering what flash deals are. On Shopee, flash deals are limited-time price drops, available in limited quantities. In fact, you get some of the biggest discounts when you shop flash deals. A lot of these flash deals can go for as low as ₱8!

At Shopee 8.8 Mega Flash Sale, which runs until August 8, you can enjoy not just flash deals, but also free shipping, themed sales, cashback, and more. Before you start shopping, check out the tips below so you can maximize and enjoy your shopping experience without having to worry about missing out on limited-time offers:

1. Keep tabs on Daily Flash Deals

Click the Flash Deals tab on your Shopee homepage and scroll through the products to find the best deals of the day. On this page, you can also see the items scheduled for flash deals. Press “Remind Me” to receive a notification once your desired flash deal goes live. You can check out Mall Flash Deals for deals from your favorite brands. Alternatively, you can check your preferred sellers or brands’ pages to check which items are up for flash sales soon. Wait for bigger flash deals to drop daily from midnight to 2:00 AM as well.

2. Add to cart in advance

Before any big sale, make it a habit to add the items you want to buy to your shopping cart. This saves you precious time, and helps you avoid running out of that item you’ve had on your wishlist for weeks! Once the clock strikes midnight, check out your items, hassle-free.

3. Check for free shipping

Admit it: free shipping makes online shopping so much more enjoyable! To get your money’s worth, don’t forget to claim your free shipping vouchers before you check out. Head on over to Free Shipping on your Shopee homepage to check when new free shipping vouchers drop.

4. Schedule your shopping sprees accordingly

Set reminders for themed sales such as Shopee Mall Sale on July 26; Sports and Motors Sale on July 27; Shopee Beauty Day on July 28; Electronics Sale on July 29; ShopeePay Day on July 30; Home and Outdoors Sale on July 31; Shoes and Bags Sale on August 1; Toys, Kids, and Babies Sale on August 2; Groceries and Pet Care Sale on August 3; Fashion Sale on August 4; and Mobile and Laptops Sale on August 5. Indeed, there are flash deals for all kinds of shoppers to enjoy. Make sure you’re ready to add to cart so you don’t miss out!

5. Use ShopeePay for more deals

Top up your ShopeePay wallet through your debit card and other convenient channels to enjoy more exclusive deals such as free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱199, 15% cashback, ShopeePay ₱1 Deals, ₱10 worth of data for only ₱1, and up to 25% cashback on Bills Payment. You can also get 20% cashback when you Scan to Pay with ShopeePay for your cash-on-delivery (COD) orders with your ShopeeXpress rider.

For a chance to win more ShopeePay credits, join the #BudolFinds challenge on Tiktok from July 26 to August 8. Just buy products from the Fashion, Food & Beverages, Electronics, Beauty/Personal Care, and Home categories on Shopee. Then shoot a creative 30-second review and include the hashtag #BudolFinds in the caption. Participants can win up to ₱5,000 worth of ShopeePay credits. For more details about the #BudolFinds challenge, visit https://snssdk1180.onelink.me/BAuo/BudolFinds.

To discover more about flash deals, visit https://shopee.ph/m/8-8.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Shopee Rises Up the Ranks in YouGov’s Most Recommended Brands for 2021

Friday, July 23, 2021

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, ranks 5th on market research firm YouGov’s Most Recommended Brands 2021 List in the Philippines. The rankings are based on YouGov BrandIndex’s positive recommendation score, which measures the percentage of a brand’s customers who recommend it to a friend or colleague. The latest rankings show the brands with the highest average recommended score from June 2020 to May 2021. Shopee also takes the top spot in the YouGov Recommend Top Improvers 2021 in the Philippines, going up from 71.9 in the previous year to 79.5. 


Germaine Reyes, President, and CEO of Synergy Market Research + Strategic Consultancy, YouGov’s affiliate partner in the Philippines, said, “Retail and fast-moving brands are showing their domination in this year’s YouGov Recommend Rankings in the Philippines. Notably, three out of the top ten are e-commerce platforms, most likely due to the current pandemic. Online shopping habits continue to surge during the restrictions and lockdowns all over the world, and Filipinos are right on the trend.” 


Shopee also secured the 7th spot in YouGov’s Best Brands 2020 List in the Philippine, and was named the top improver going up from 32.0 points in 2019 to 39.9 points the following year.


This year, Shopee launched different initiatives for customers, brands, and sellers on the platform to support their online growth and enhance their overall shopping experience. To equip and support its sellers, Shopee launched Tatak Pinoy and Shopee University Summit to support community-based businesses and taught aspiring digital entrepreneurs everything they need to know about e-commerce, respectively. In addition, Shopee also launched programs for its ever-growing customer base. One is the Shopee Loyalty Program, a brand new in-app program that delivers a more rewarding shopping experience for users last February, and the Shopee Mall Brand Memberships Program, an initiative that helps brands grow customer loyalty and retention. 


Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is proud to be included in YouGov’s list of the most recommended and improved brands this 2021. As times and circumstances change, we will continue to pursue excellence and improve our services to better cater to the needs and wants of our customers, brand partners, and sellers. This recognition is a product of our various initiatives and is a testament to the growing level of trust and confidence people have in Shopee. E-commerce has become an integral part of the lives of Filipinos, and we aim to continuously step up to provide our users with an easy, secure, and engaging shopping experience.”


For more information about Shopee’s YouGov ranking, visit https://ph.yougov.com/en-ph/news/2021/07/14/yougov-recommend-rankings-2021-philippines/


Shop, load, and pay bills with ShopeePay. Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.