Filipino Obsession on White Skin

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Although most Filipinos are born with nut-brown skin, our society has taught us not to be proud of it. After all, our actions are shaped by the standards set by the society and here in the Philippines, white is synonymous to beauty. In Chinese culture, white skin was already associated with wealth. According to Prof. Margaret Hunter in her research work published in the journal Sociology Compass, Spanish colonizers brought with them the idea of skin color hierarchy. Dark skin was associated with poor laborers who had to work outside just to make ends meet. Those in the upper class, however, had lighter skin either because they’re mixed-race Filipinos or they’re wealthy enough to not work under the hot sun. But you know what, dear listeners? At the end of the day, it is our priorities that reflect and should stand out. It is not really practical because we can still perform our best regardless of our skin color. And as what I have been mentioning in our past episodes, I am an advocate for naturals. Natural beauty and natural health. If we are altering our skin cells artificially, it might affect our body’s homeostasis in the long run. Just be careful on your options.

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” – Ashley Smith

Disaster Management 2015: Crisis Response

What do I do to prepare for incoming natural calamities?


For Storm Surges:

A Storm Surge is an abnormal rise of water on the seashore caused by a low-pressure weather system.

Click here for reminders about Storm Surges

For Floods:

A flood is the rise of water in rivers, creeks, lakes, and other bodies of water which overflows to lower lying areas. This could result to destruction of property and loss of life.

 Click here for reminders about floods

Which government agencies do I turn to for information during natural calamities?

For weather updates and typhoon signal alerts:

Unified hashtag for storms: 

Follow the hashtag #(storm name)PH (e.g. #YolandaPH, Yolanda = storm name)

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)

PAGASA is an agency under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).  It provides real-time updates about the weather and typhoon alerts.

Contact details:

Public Storm Warning Signals:

Public Storm Warning Signals are raised to warn the public of incoming weather disturbances. Once a Storm Signal is raised, conditions are not yet necessarily felt in the given area.

Information about Public Storm Warning Signals: The Philippine Public Storm Warning Signals

Color-coded rainfall advisories:

Legend of PAGASA’s color-coded rainfall advisories, which may be issued through Twitter, the media, and coordination with the local government:{{3}}


For more information about the color-coded warning signal: How to make sense of PAGASA’s color-coded warning signals 



Project NOAH

The Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) is a program launched by the DOST to put in place a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation, using advanced technology to enhance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps.

  • The Project NOAH web portal is located at
  • To learn more about Project NOAH, click here.

For flood updates:

PAGASA-Flood Forecasting and Warning Section

A section on the PAGASA website that allows the public to monitor flood alerts and flood bulletins throughout the country.

For volcanic activities, earthquakes, and tsunami alerts:

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)

PHIVOLCS is a service institute of the DOST. The agency is tasked to mitigate disasters that may arise from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami and other related geotectonic phenomena.

Contact Details:

  • Website:
  • NDRRMC report an earthquake:
  • (02) 426-1468 to 79, local 124/125;
  • Text/call: 0905-3134077
  • Text only: 0918-9428354
    • Send: Name, date and time of earthquake, location at the time of earthquake, intensity rating

For damage assessment and consolidated reports on government action:

National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC)

The NDRRMC was established to pursue disaster prevention and risk reduction. It reports updates on the effects and preparedness measures of disaster situations such as typhoons, earthquakes, etc.

Contact details:

For announcements on transportation related concerns:

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC)

The DOTC is the national government agency in charge of public transportation throughout the country. It announces updates on the status of the mass transportation system throughout the country such as flights, sea travel, and land transportation.

Contact details:

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) is an agency under the Department of Transportation and Communications tasked to implement policies on civil aviation. It provides reports on air travel operations and concerns.

Contact Details:

Philippine Coast Guard

Philippine Coast Guard is an agency under the Department of Transportation and Communications that enforces maritime safety, security, and search and rescue operations. It provides sea travel advisories and updates on sea port operations.

Contact Details:

Philippine Information Agency

Issues updates on relief and rescue efforts in areas affected by a Natural Calamity

Contact Details:

Regional twitter accounts:

  • National Capital Region
  • Region I
    • PIA Region 1: @PIAregion1
  • Cordillera Region
    • PIA Cordillera: @PIA_Cordillera
  • Central Luzon (Region III)
    • PIA Central Luzon: @PIA_RIII
    • PIA Zambales: @piazambales
  • CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
    • PIA Rizal: @PIARizal
  • MIMAROPA (Region IV-B)
    • PIA MIMAROPA: @pia_mimaropa
    • PIA Palawan: @PiaPalawan
  • Bicol Region (Region V)
    • PIA Camarines Norte: @piacamnorte
  • Western Visayas (Region VI)
    • PIA Region6: @PIARegion6
    • PIA Iloilo: @iloiloinfocen
    • PIA Capiz: @PIACapiz
    • PIA Negros Occidental: @PIANegOcc
  • Central Visayas (Region VII)
    • PIA Central Visayas: @PIACentralViz
    • PIA Bohol: @PIABOHOL
    • PIA Cebu: @CebuInfocen
    • PIA Negros Oriental: @PIA7NegOr
    • PIA Siquijor: @PiaSiquijor
  • Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
    • PIA Eastern Visayas: @pia_ev
    • PIA Samar: @SamarPia
  • Western Mindanao (Region IX)
    • PIA Western Mindanao (@PIAIX)
  • Caraga (Region XIII)
    • PIA Caraga @PIACaraga
    • PIA Surigao del Sur @piasurigaosur

For announcements regarding power concerns:

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is an entity that ensures the delivery of safe and reliable electricity throughout the Philippine archipelago. It provides advisories on electricity supply.

For NCR traffic conditions updates:

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA)

Provides real-time reports on road travel conditions  in Metro Manila; aids in flood control in Metro Manila

Contact details:

  • Twitter: @MMDA
  • Website:
  • MMDA metrobase hotline: 136
  • Flooding control: 882-4151 to 77, 882-0925

Unified hashtag for rescue requests:


#RescuePH is the unified hashtag for rescue requests from citizens who need help during emergencies and natural calamities.

Tweet or post on Facebook with the name, location, and contact number of the person(s) needing help or rescue and include the hashtag #RescuePH.

If you or the person requesting help has been rescued or is OK, please update by using the unified hashtag#SafeNow, which helps those monitoring the situation, to know that person no longer needs assistance.

In partnership with citizens and civil society, the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (@pcdspo) monitors the unified hashtag #RescuePH  and #SafeNow and collates them in order to coordinate rescue requests with the NDRRMC.

Who do I contact to for relief efforts and possible donations?

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

The DSWD is the agency responsible for the distributing social services to the Filipino people. It spearheads government relief operations during incidents of calamities.

Contact details:

  • Website:
  • Twitter: @DSWDserves
  • Address: NAIA Chapel Road, Pasay City (beside Airport Police Department & back of Air Transportation Office)
  • Hotline: (02) 851-2681

Unified hashtag for relief requests:

#ReliefPH is the unified hashtag organizing relief operations for fellow citizens affected by emergencies and natural calamities. The DSWD will monitor Twitter and Facebook to help coordinate relief efforts in order to reach the maximum number of people in the most efficient manner.

What other agencies can I contact during times of mishaps?

National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) hotlines
(02) 911-1406, (02) 912-2665, (02) 912-5668, (02) 911-1873, (02) 912-3046, Trunkline: 911-5061 to 64

Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Patrol
117 or send TXT PNP to 2920

Bureau of Fire Protection (NCR)
117, (02) 729-5166, (02) 410-6319 (Regional Director, Information Desk)

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Central hotline
7890 or (02) 726-6255

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
136, 882-0925 (flood control)
Trunkline: (02) 882-4150-77 loc. 337 (rescue), 255 (Metrobase)
Metrobase: 882-0860

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)
(02) 304-3713, (02) 304-3904

Red Cross hotline
143, (02) 527-0000, (02) 527-8385 to 95

North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) hotlines
(02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910

North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) hotlines
(02) 3-5000 and (02) 580-8910

Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) hotlines
(0920) 96-SCTEX (72839) (traffic hotline) or (045) 459-0522

Skyway System Hotline
(02) 776-7777, 0917-539-8762 (globe)
0999-886-0893 (smart)
0932-854-6980 (sun)

South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) hotline
(049) 508-7509
(02) 584-4389
(02) 584-4605
(02) 584-4605
(02) 584-4654
(049) 502-8956 (Laguna)

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hotline
(02) 433-8526

For more hotlines, please access this page.

For an online LGU directory, please access this page.

What are the rules for suspension of classes or work in government offices?

Follow the hashtag #walangpasok on twitter.

For updates on school suspensions:

Department of Education

The Department of Education provides updates on announcements by Local Government Units on class suspensions in different areas of the country.

Contact details:

  • Website:
  • Twitter: @DepEd_PH
  • Address: DepEd Complex, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
  • DepEd Hotline: (632) 6361663, +(63)9194560027

Guidelines for automatic suspension of classes pursuant to Executive Order No. 66, s. 2012:

Signal No. 1:  pre-school level, in the affected area,

Signal No. 2: pre-school, elementary and secondary levels, in the affected area

Signal No. 3: pre-school, elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels, in the affected area

  • The PAGASA shall issue weather forecasts not later than 10:00 PM of the previous day and 4:30 AM of the day of the intended cancellation of classes and work.
  • In cases where there are classes and work in the morning and suspension of classes and work is only effective in the afternoon, PAGASA should issue the forecast not later than 11:00 AM of the said day.


Localized Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in Government Offices:

In the absence of typhoon signal warnings:

Localized cancellation or suspension of classes and work in government offices may be implemented by local chief executives, as chairmen of the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) concerned, in coordination with PAGASA and the NDRRMC, specifically in flood-prone or high risk areas.

*Announcements will be made not later than 4:30 a.m. of the day of the intended cancellation of classes and work, or not later than 11:00 a.m. for suspension of work and classes in the afternoon session.

Meanwhile, according to Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Memorandum Order No. 15, s. 2012, suspension of classes at the collegiate level, including graduate school, is automatic when authorities have declared storm signal no. 3. Otherwise, class suspension will be upon the digression of the heads of the concerned higher education institutions.

Cancellation or Suspension of Classes and Work in the Government During Other Calamities:

Classes in all levels in both public and private schools as well as work in the government offices may be cancelled or suspended in areas affected by disasters or calamities other than typhoons, such as but not limited to floods, earthquakes, tsunami and conflagration, upon the declaration by the President of a State of Calamity based on the recommendation of the NDRRMC.

The concerned Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO) headed by the local chief executive shall be responsible for announcing the suspension of classes and work in the government offices in the affected areas in


coordination with the NDRRMC, through all forms of mass media available under the circumstances.

8 Golden Rules in Taking Care of Your Kidneys

Kidneys are important organs in our body. They remove excess organic molecules from the blood, and it is by this action that their best-known function is performed: the removal of waste products of metabolism. Kidneys are also essential to the urinary system and also serve homeostatic functions such as the regulation of electrolytes, maintenance of acid–base balance, and regulation of blood pressure (via maintaining the salt and water balance). They also serve the body as a natural filter of the blood, and remove water-soluble wastes which are diverted to the bladder. In producing urine, the kidneys excrete wastes such as urea and ammonium. They are also responsible for the reabsorption of water, glucose, and amino acids. The kidneys also produce hormones including calcitriol, erythropoietin, and the enzyme renin, the last of which indirectly acts on the kidney in negative feedback.


Here are 8 Golden Rules in Taking Care of Your Kidneys, according to Dr. Maaliddin Biruar – Nephrology Consultant:

1. Keep fit and active. Exercise for 3 minutes around 3-5 times a week. Aerobic
2. Keep regular control of blood sugar level (for diabetics).
3. Monitor blood pressure.
4. Eat healthy and keep your weight in check.
5. Maintain healthy fluid intake especially in warm weather.
6. Don’t smoke.
7. Don’t take OTC pills, herbal supplements for kidneys. There’s no vitamin for kidneys.
8. Get kidney function checked. Be aware of risk factors. Have an annual regular check up.


Effects of Breastfeeding; How to Increase Breast Milk Supply

According to World Health Organization, breastfeeding is the normal way of providing young infants with the nutrients they need for healthy growth and development. Virtually, all mothers can breastfeed, provided they have accurate information, and the support of their family, the health care system, and society at large.

Here are some useful infographic tips:



Happy breastfeeding! 🙂

Benefits of Summer Workshops

Since it is already summer, a lot of activities are being arranged. From sports fests and company team buildings to individual or family vacations, name it, the perks and promos are all around. Oh, and don’t forget the summer classes and courses. They are there for a reason: to let us indulge and learn our respective hobbies and just stay active. Summer workshops are those organized for us to keep on learning and enjoying together with our kids or nephews and nieces while they have their own summer workshops. I’m not talking about the ones for children only, but those open for us adults to enjoy as well. Do we still need those? Actually, Camppage and Coachsmart say yes.

Why are Summer Classes Important?

Summer workshops foster new horizons. Being exposed to a new environment and a new set of people, they teach us to do things on our own and help us gain self confidence and autonomy, in a different way, I mean not the one that we are used to. I’m talking about not just autonomy at work but autonomy in doing fun, new stuff as well. Not only do summer workshops do this, they also help us improve socially, intellectually, emotionally, and emotionally. Here are the top five benefits of summer classes:

1.    Summer classes teach us to exercise and stay active. There is general body movement on a regular basis, preventing sedentary lifestyle. With obesity and chronic cardiovascular risks at an all-time high, it’s essential to give ourselves an alternative to spending long hours online or in front of electronic devices. It’s important to our overall health that we remain active. They will also keep us out of impending health issues out of sedentary lifestyle and genetic predispositions or those illnesses we are prone to because of heredity.

2.    Summer classes foster self discipline. In our careers, we will be faced with new challenges that seem insurmountable. Through the classes, we will improve our perseverance and problem solving skills that provide the confidence and strength of mind to help us deal with any challenge.

3.   Summer classes help us set goals and new hobbies. Many summer classes have superior programs and top notch facilities. Exposing ourselves to balanced, well-rounded programs with excellent facilities helps us gain more experience and expertise in our chosen hobbies.

4.   Summer classes offer valuable mentorship. The coaching staff is often the most advanced with the latest techniques and training styles. Exposing ourselves to this caliber of coaching helps to develop trust, self esteem and a possible leg up to be recruited into a fixed paid hobby.

5.    Summer classes are fun. The learning experiences are positive, which create powerful opportunities for acquiring and retaining knowledge and developing teamwork and the value of hard work. It’ll keep us out of depression as well.
Good news is, there are a number of different activities and sports summer camps for us to choose from.

Now let’s have those summer workshops that adults like us can enjoy and learn from:

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Locations in Metro Manila: Caloocan, Las Pinas, Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila, Muntinlupa, Paranaque, Pasay, Pasig, Quezon City, and Taguig
For adults, proper breathing techniques and stroke correction for adults with or without any background in swimming. They will teach you how to be comfortable and being in control in water. If you are afraid or not comfortable in water, and you’re usually relying on the bottom or side of the pool at all times for your safety, this program is perfect for you. This is of course aside the simple to complex techniques and swim strokes. For details, call them at 562-8041 or visit their site at
b. AKIKO THOMSON SWIM SCHOOL Colegio San Agustin, Dasmarinas Village Makati
Classes: Learn ToSwim 6 yo and up/Intermediate/Competitive/Guppies for 4-5 yo….. or 844-4195
2. ARCHERY, THE ARCHERY ACADEMY MANILA  Annapolis St., Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila
Full body strength, core and arm strength; Focus and concentration, aiming at the target; Includes own string, arm guard, finger tab and a shirt, which they will be using for the entirety of their Archery classes.
Age Requirement: At least 9 years old…… For details check out their Facebook page at or contact them at 09178037422.
3. THEATER ARTS – Integration of Body and Mind, handling emotions and perceptions, getting in touch with oneself.
VOICE and DANCE WORKSHOPS – Basic and Advanced classes  –  must be 6 years old and above   –  interested participants must prepare a song in a cappella for assessment (song) or a short dance routine for assessment (dance)… For inquiries, call 415-2272 local 5142 or 5243, Facebook:
b. TRUMPETS PLAYSHOP SUMMER 2015, Shangrila Plaza Ortigas
Courses Offered: Children’s Theater, Children’s Musical Theater, Musical Theater for Teens and Adults, Public Speaking & Hosting, Modelling, and Dance.
For more information, visit their website at or call them at 631-7252, 636-2842 or 0915-6645734.
Schedule: Workshops begin on May 4 Courses: Theater Arts (ages 17 & up). Basic Acting (ages 18 & up), Advanced Acting (ages 18 & up), Creative Musical Theater 1 (ages 16 & up), Creative Musical Theater 2 (ages 16 & up)….. For more information, visit their website at or contact Tina Sablayan at 725 6244 or 0905 369 6003.
4. Dance Classes
a. BALLET PHILIPPINES DANCE SCHOOL  Classes start April 7, 2015….. Adult elementary ballet, classical ballet…. For more information, visit their website at or call 833-3244 and 832-3689.
b. ACTS Academy: Dance…. Quezon City, Taguig, Mandaluyong, Baguio
All types of dance: contemporary, hiphop, kpop, breakdance, lyrical, ballet, etc.
Mobile Number: 0917-9237453   Landline: 719-4062   Website:
c. CENTER FOR POP MUSIC  Classes: Voice and Stage Performance…. For more information visit their website
Classes Offerings: Music Lessons, Modern dance/ Hip-Hop dance, Basic Yoga, Basketball, Arnis, Swimming, Taekwondo, Wushu, Aikido, Table Tennis
Educational, Cultural, Sports and Recreational Center. Tel Nos. (632)244-1995;2441977;244-1974;244-8279

Trending Illnesses This Summer, What We Can Do About It

Summer has finally arrived! Time to enjoy the sun and make the best of travel. Before you do that though, you need to be fully-prepared physically, economically, mentally, and emotionally. And did I mention, physically? Health is important above all enjoyment in summer. Due to increased heat, humidity, and dryness around, and considering we just came from cold season, our bodies are more likely to adapt in order to maintain homeostasis. During adaptation process however, there could be some imbalances in our body. As such, the following are the trending illnesses this summer, according to the Department of Health:

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  1. heat stroke/sunburn
  • increased body temperature due to heat and excessive sweating
  • stay indoors as much as possible 10am-2pm
  • “Make sure that when you are outdoors, bring your umbrella or any protection against the sun. Also, drink a lot of water for rehydration.”
    • according to Department of Health Secretary Janette Garin
  1. diarrhea/food poisoning/vomiting
  • food gets spoiled easily, warm months

  1. sore eyes/conjunctivitis
  • bacterial/viral infection, allergies
  • no sharing of towels and eyeglasses
  • wash hands thoroughly with soap and water and avoid touching the face and eyes
  1. Skin diseases like an-an and athlete’s foot
  • due to the humid and hot weather
  • keep skin and feet clean and dry to avoid infections
  1. cough and colds/asthma
  • spread of bacteria and virus, increased moisture and humidity
  1. dog bites
  • increased activity outdoors
  • no classes, children playing outside unsupervised

How to Stay Beautiful Under the Sun

The sun is a mighty element of nature. It provides vitamin D and natural daylight that aids in photosynthesis for plants. However, no matter how beneficial sun is, it still has some downsides, especially in our skin. As we already discussed previously, protection against the sun’s ultraviolet rays is a must nowadays. What we’ll feature now is how to actually stay beautiful under the sun. But before that, let’s get to know more about sun first:



  • 90% of fine lines, wrinkles, and brown spots on skin are caused by sun damage and could have been prevented.
  • UV radiation is part of the electromagnetic (light) spectrum that reaches the earth from the sun. It has wavelengths that are invisible to the naked eye. These wavelengths are classified as:
    • UVA – longest, main cause of sunburn
      • UVA I-340-400 nanometers
      • UVA II-320-340 nanometers
      • UVB –  290 to 320 nm
      • UVC – shortest, absorbed by the ozone layer and does not reach the earth

Now, how exactly do we protect ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun?

Sunscreen – To make sure you’re getting effective UVA as well as UVB coverage, look for a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. SPF, or sun protection factor, states a number to measure a sunscreen’s effect against UVB rays.

You may see the phrases multi spectrum, broad spectrum or UVA/UVB protection on sunscreen labels, and these all indicate that some UVA protection is provided.
All natural! An all-natural one that uses zinc oxide to reflect and scatter both UVA and UVB rays.

To figure out how long you can stay in the sun with a given SPF, use this equation:

Minutes to burn without sunscreen x SPF number = maximum sun exposure time
For example, if you burn after 10 minutes of sun exposure, an SPF of 15 will allow you to be in the sun for up to 150 minutes without burning. But before you grab your calculator and head for the beach, you should know that this equation is not always accurate. People usually use far less sunscreen than the amount used in testing. In the real world, the average outdoors person uses half the amount of sunscreen used in the laboratory, which could result in a sunburn in half the time.

Everyday, let the suncreen absorb for 15-20mins before going out. Some suncreens have labels that you don’t have to wait for 15 minutes anymore. It differs, but check your sunscreen’s labels to be sure.

WEBMD: Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours or more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
Wear sunglasses with total UV protection.
Wear wide-brimmed hats, and long-sleeved shirts and pants.

That’s it! A brief information about the sun and how we can get protected from its rays.

Here are some beauty regimen suggestions and makeup tips to stay beautiful under the sun. Beauty Regimen from Zinnia of StyleCraze suggests:

  • Splash cold water on the face after returning home to soothe the skin.
  • Apply cold aloe Vera gel on the skin in massaging motion so that it gets soaked into the skin.
  • Apply a cooling rose water or non-alcoholic ph balanced toner to give final relief to the skin.
  • Rose water is a flavoured water made by steeping rose petals in water. It is the hydrosol portion of the distillate of rose petals, a by-product of the production of rose oil for use in perfume.
  • Try not to go out in the direct sun for at least 24 hours.
  • Another effective tip on skin protection from sun is by applying some organic face packs such as cucumber, potato, and lemon juice, as well as scrubs.

For some makeup tips:
Rissa M. Trillo on her column, Style SOS in The Philippine Star’s Lifestyle: Fashion and Beauty section, suggests a bright lipstick to instantly brighten the face, paired with shades or trendy sunglasses to give off that celebrity or model off-duty vibe. Another tip from Congresswomen Ms. Lucy Torres-Gomez for getting a good coverage minus the flakes especially when face is peeling, is to cleanse, tone, and apply cream and sunscreen. According to her, the key to staying beautiful is moisturizing, because it will make for a smooth canvas.


Feature Special for April and May 2015: OHLAA 2015

Hello there! In view of the World Health Day 2015 celebrated last April 7 and of the recent opening of Department of Health for accepting nominees for the 2015 Outstanding Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy Awards (OHLAA), our feature for the months of April and May is all about health. Exciting, right?


OHLAA recognizes city and municipal government units, government, non-government and professional organizations, business/commercial establishments and academic institutions for their exemplary work in advocating preventive measures against non-communicable diseases (NCD).

The award is divided into five categories with specific target population segments:

  • City local government units targeting communities;
  • Municipality local government units targeting communities;
  • Government/public workplaces targeting employees;
  • Private workplaces targeting employees; and
  • Schools/colleges/universities targeting students.

Policies and programs must be focused on the:

  • Promotion of physical activity;
  • Promotion of healthy diet and nutrition;
  • Tobacco control; and
  • Control of harmful use of alcohol.

Evidences of successful implementation of policies and programs in the last two years (2013-2014 only) will be reviewed and evaluated for this award while accomplishments outside this time frame will not be considered.

Entries will be evaluated based on program design, impact, sustainability and innovativeness.

Documents must be submitted directly to the OHLAA 2015 Secretariat c/o Dr. Ivanhoe C. Escartin, OIC-Director IV, Health Promotion and Communication Service of the Department of Health at 2/F, Bldg. 18, San Lazaro Compound, Sta. Cruz, Manila, 1003.

The deadline of submission is on June 1, 2015.

Three finalists will be chosen per category for final judging. Top winners per category will receive P300,000 each while the rest of the finalists will get P50,000 each and a plaque of recognition.

Official DOH memorandum may be downloaded here.

How to be Professionally Trendy and Down-to-earth Classy

Fashion is just as important as hair care and skin care. Although it is not directly linked to health, it contributes a lot to looking your best wherever you may be, most especially in the workplace. Just like what a famous saying states, “First impression lasts.” It is true. What other people see in us, specifically with how respectable we look, impacts how they treat us and value our ideas (halo effect).

For guys, here are some practical fashion rules:


  • Never wear pants without a belt. A belt serves as the knot that ties your outfit together. It’s ok to not wear one if your shirt extends below your waist, but when you’re dressing up for a special occasion, belts are a must even if it is not very loose. In addition, not wearing a belt makes your outfit look less elegant.

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  • Get rid of waistline and belt accessories – They are a total distraction and people
    will tend to look at your waistline everytime and you don’t want that. Aside from that,
    piling up accessories on your waist only makes you look shorter and heavier.                                So get rid of those clippers, chains and  what everything that would make you look                                 like an undercover cop.

pant length

  • Pant length commandments – Jeans should not reach the ground and should be perpendicular  with your ankles. Nothing more, nothing less. For dress pants                        or office pants, it should cut off at the top of your heel and your socks should                          not show when you’re walking. If you’re buying new  pants but the length is not quite right but you love them, have them altered.                                          Never fold them inwards.

Of course we have something for the ladies too! Here are the Fashion Trends for 2015:


  • All-white – With an all White ensemble, you will effortlessly look fresh, sexy, and chic.                   White is the new Black this year and play it up and break the monotony by                           choosing tops and cover- ups with interesting textures and by  adding metallic touches through your footwear, bag, and accessories.


  • Gingham – /gingem/ (checkered)  Finally, Gingham is no longer exclusive to your                little niece’s dress. We’ll be seeing  more of this print this year in bustier dresses and button downs.

shirt dress

  • Shirt Dress – Long shirt.

kimono trench coat

  • Kimono- Style Trench Coats – very long and loose, wrap around like a robe


  • Anything Flat – Sandals, Ballerinas, sneakers-you name it. Anything flat will be in this year.

polo shirt

  • Polo Shirts – The good ol’ collared shirt will be a staple item, specifically this summer.                                                 Wear it with  A- line or pleated skirts for a feminine touch!


  • Anything loose and baggy – Boyfriend Jeans, Mom Jeans, and Cullotes-fashionistas are craving for more comfort so expect to see more of these this year.


The Science of Looking Young

Looking young plays a huge part in overall appeal and appearance, most importantly in the reputation of a person. When we were younger, most of us did not care much about how we look. However, as we become more and more mature in life, how people perceive us gets more and more important because it adds to the respect and politeness we get from the people around us. Therefore, looking good naturally becomes not just a luxury, but a serious consideration in order to make the best out of our chosen careers.

Source: Published November 21, 2014
Jim Carrey, 52 years old, less than a year ago

Why do we have to look young in order to look better?
To answer that, we need to answer the following questions:
1. What is it about youth that makes us look better?
According to Marisa Swanson of The Fashion Post, Our skin has 3 essential proteins:
1. collagen – 75% in our skin when young. Connective tissue that binds together vessels and cartilage, among other things. It’s part of your skin matrix that when strong, keeps skin firm and plump.
2. elastin – job is to keep skin resilient. Skin turgor (elasticity) test – If you’ve ever pinched skin on the top of
your hand, versus the hand of a senior citizen, you’ll see that young skin immediately snaps back whereas older skin does not. That’s due to the amount of elastin and its strength.
3. hyaluronic acid – also part of the skin matrix and works to lock in moisture, also aiding in skin plumpness.

2. How do we measure “looking older?”
Source: imgkid.comAccording to Changiz Geula, PhD, research professor of neurology at the Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, “With aging, we’ve always studied things that decline.” Science Daily also says aging body comes from aging cells, which become less resilient and able to weather the stress of everyday life. As a result, our skin especially tells the tale of what’s happening throughout our bodies. That’s why our body age. Dermatologists agree that most early signs of aging are due to overexposure to the sun. Sun’s rays destroy elastin and contributes to loss of moisture by evaporation. Thefore the signs are the opposite of the attributes I mentioned earlier:
1. wrinkles  2. skin discoloration  3. dry skin  4. saggy skin

3. How exactly do we look younger?
According to Marisa Swanson of The Fashion Post, there are 2 basic reasons why some people tend to look better with age while others do not:
1. genetics – how parents and grandparents have shown their signs of aging
2. skin care
a. starting in your mid to late twenties, you need to moisturize your skin daily with a moisturizer that has SPF protection. Dermatologists recommend applying SPF 15 (or greater) sunscreen every day, even when it’s cold. For maximum anti-aging benefits, make sure to apply sunscreen to your ears, neck, décolletage (shoulders and chest) and hands, too. As much as possible don’t stay directly under the sun for more than 10-15mins.
b. Exfoliating your face once per week gets rid of dead skin, helping new skin show on the surface, this alone will make skin look younger, more glowing and will reduce the look of lines, too.
c. cellular level – eating right. Nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, selenium and zinc are abundant in fresh produce, while vitamin E is found in healthy nuts and seeds. These antioxidants help increase cellular regeneration and the production of elastin and collagen, keeping your skin firm and wrinkle-free. Essential fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed and fatty fish, help your skin function properly and aid in tissue repair. Bottom line: If it’s a whole food, it’s good for both your body and your skin.avoid adding toxins. don’t smoke. minimize preservatives.
d. hydrate – drink right. moisture, promotes removal of waste products through perspiration. at least 8 glasses a day.

4. How can looking young help us in our careers and in everything we do in general?
1. Halo Effect. According to concept of psychology, the attractiveness of pretty people casts a ‘positive halo’ on their other characteristics.- habitual tendency of people to rate attractive individuals more favorably for their personality traits or characteristics than those who are less attractive.
2. Self-confidence. More energy. More productive. Feels good because of positive feedback from environment.
3. Better persuaders – Shelly Chaiken’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology “because they possess characteristics that dispose them to be more effective communicators”1. Halo Effect. According to concept of psychology, the attractiveness of pretty people casts a ‘positive halo’ on their other characteristics.- habitual tendency of people to rate attractive individuals more favorably for their personality traits or characteristics than those who are less attractive.
2. Self-confidence. More energy. More productive. Feels good because of positive feedback from environment.
3. Better persuaders – Shelly Chaiken’s Journal of Personality and Social Psychology “because they possess characteristics that dispose them to be more effective communicators”