March 25, 2018

FWD sends off sole Filipino runner to North Pole Marathon

Pan-Asian insurer FWD Life Insurance, one of the fastest-growing insurance companies in the Philippines, is sending off the country’s lone representative to the FWD North Pole Marathon.

Multi-sport athlete and cancer survivor Luisito “Louie” Sangalang is set to fly to the northernmost point on Earth to represent the Philippines in the Marathon, which will be held on April 9. He will join ten (10) other FWD-sponsored runners from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan in the grueling marathon. Collectively, the 11 runners are dubbed “FWD Team Asia”.

The FWD North Pole Marathon runners, hailing from all over the globe, will be running on ice sheet measuring 6 to 12 feet thick which is above 12,000 feet of Arctic Ocean, literally on top of the world. They will be traversing a 42-kilometer path with an average temperature of negative 30 degrees centigrade, even going as low as negative 40 degrees centigrade at times. The marathon is unique because it is run on a small 4.22-kilometer (2.62-mile) loop about 10 times, over hard snow or ice. The FWD North Pole Marathon is recognized by the Association of International Marathons & Distance Races (AIMS) and is the only certified marathon that is run entirely on the frozen water of the Arctic Ocean.

FWD Life Insurance prepares Louie Sangalang for 
this once-in-a-lifetime experience

To prepare for the race of a lifetime, Sangalang has joined various local marathons to keep his body in top physical shape. To enable his body to adjust to the extreme cold weather, he has continuously trained inside an industrial freezer with a temperature that mimics that of the negative 30-degree centigrade temperature in the North Pole.

Sangalang says the support given by “The FWD Squad” helped him in preparing for the FWD North Pole Marathon. Triathlon coach Ani De Leon-Brown as well as Sangalang’s running coach Ige Lopez provided the athletic training and guidance. Romi Garduce, the first and only Filipino to have completed the Seven Summits in 2012, gave valuable advice on how to survive the extreme cold.

Other members of the Squad include celebrity mom Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan and son Benjamin, who gave motivational support for Sangalang, and radio DJ and host Sam YG, who joined Sangalang in his rigorous training sessions.

From overcoming life challenges to conquering 
the world’s summit

According to FWD Life Philippines President and Chief Executive Peter Grimes, Sangalang’s resilience in overcoming different challenges is one trait that resonates well in Filipinos and this made him the perfect choice to represent the Philippines in the marathon.

“Louie's inspiring story of being a cancer survivor and his passion for fitness, which he uses to inspire Filipinos to live an active lifestyle, also best represent what FWD stands for: embracing the opportunities in your life without hesitation,” said Grimes.Apart from Louie, FWD is also sponsoring runners who have their own life challenges but are pursuing the FWD North Pole Marathon experience nonetheless. Representing Singapore and Hong Kong, respectively, are para-athlete Shariff Abdullah, dubbed as Singapore Blade Runner, and the visually impaired Leung Siu Wai.

Louie’s send-off party was held on March 22 at the Bonifacio Technology Center, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The FWD-sponsored send-off event was attended by FWD executives and team members, North Pole Marathon campaign collaborators, Louie’s friends and relatives, and his support squad.

This is the second year that FWD has sponsored 
the North Pole Marathon.

FWD Life Philippines Head of Marketing, Roche Vandenberghe shared, “FWD saw the North Pole Marathon as a unique and important platform to communicate the idea that everyone should live life to the fullest, stay true to their passion, and not give up their goals, because FWD will always have their back!”

About FWD Philippines
FWD Life Insurance Corporation (“FWD Life”) is the first life insurance company licensed by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines under the new Insurance Code. FWD launched its commercial operations in September 2014. After its second full year of operations in 2016, FWD ranked #12 in total premium income, up one notch from previous year, according to the Insurance Commission’s report.1 By March 2017, FWD Life is the highest-capitalized life insurer in the Philippines with PhP 2.3 billion in paid-up capitalization.2

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, and employee benefits across a number of its markets. Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business arm of investment group, Pacific Century Group. In the Philippines, FWD has nine business hubs located in key cities nationwide with its headquarters in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance. For more information please visit

Shopee launches Xiaomi Official Store

Now, around 11 million Shopee users in the Philippines can now access a wide variety of Xiaomi official products, including the company's popular range of smartphones and ecosystem products at very competitive prices. 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, has signed an official partnership with global technology leader, Xiaomi to launch the Xiaomi Official Store. 

Redmi 5 16GB will be available at a special price of 5,990 PHP through anexclusive Shopee flash sale on 4 April

With this partnership, around 11 million Shopee users in the Philippines can now access a wide variety of Xiaomi official products, including the company's popular range of smartphones and ecosystem products at very competitive prices. 

To celebrate the launch of the Xiaomi Official Store, the popular 16GB model Redmi 5 will be exclusively sold online on Shopee at a special price of 5,990 PHP, with 10% Shopee coins cashback, through an exclusive flash sale on 4 April. Additionally, users who pre-register their interest from 23 to 31 March will receive a 250 PHP Xiaomi voucher, which can be used to “offset the purchase of all accessories and ecosystem products on the Xiaomi Official Store.
Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer, Shopee said, “In the past few years we have witnessed tremendous growth in the number of Filipino consumers purchasing electronics, and in particular, smartphones, online. In the Philippines, electronics is one of the leading product categories sold online with a total market volume of USD 543 million in January 2018; and is also one of the top performing categories on Shopee. We are delighted to partner with Xiaomi, a global technology leader, to provide a greater variety of choices for consumers and to strengthen our position in the electronics category.”

“We are excited to partner with Shopee, one of the leading e-commerce platforms in the region that has steady growth and potential. The Philippines’ e-commerce market is expected to see high growth this year, and we are confident with the strategic partnership with Shopee, it will extend our reach and highlight our commitment to continue to bring more innovative products into the market and provide greater access to technology for more Filipinos,” said John Chen, Regional Director (SEA Region), Xiaomi.

Redmi 5 is powered by octa-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 450. The smartphone comes with Dual Micro-SIM, with 5.7-inch Full Screen display at an 18:9 aspect ratio which further equipped with high capacity battery at 3300 mAh. The 12MP rear camera has a 1.25-micron pixel size and phase detection autofocus, and the front-facing 5MP comes with an LED Selfie light that will enable you to take great selfies even better in low-light conditions.

Download Shopee for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.
Visit Xiaomi’s Official Store on Shopee, 
More about Xiaomi Philippines can be found via 

March 24, 2018

Globe Business, GCash ink partnership with Shakey’s Philippines - Enables toll-free hotline #77777 and scan-to-pay feature

Shakey’s Philippines, one of the biggest and most iconic pizza store chains in the country, has tapped Globe Telecom and GCash to allow its customers to order and pay for their pizza, pasta, chicken, and other favorite food and drinks with just their mobile phones.

From L-R: Anthony Thomas, Mynt President and CEO; Albert de Larrazabal, Globe Chief Commercial Officer; Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO; Vicente Gregorio, SPAVI President and CEO; Jorge Concepcion, SPAVI General Manager; and Peter Maquera, Globe SVP for Enterprise Group
Together with Globe Business, the information and communication technology arm of Globe Telecom, Shakey’s Philippines has expanded its order and delivery operations through number #77777 which will allow over 60 million Globe customers nationwide to order toll-free via their mobile phones and landlines. 

With the growing demand for delivery services, this mobile solution ensures greater reach and easier access for guests even those in hard-to-reach provincial areas. That is why a growing number of the country’s top fast food chains have and are partnering with Globe Business to avail of the #Hashtag service.

At the same time, Shakey’s Philippines is also adopting GCash Scan to Pay service to pilot initially in 11 branches. The Scan-to-Pay feature provides a hassle-free payment system that comes with special promos and discounts for guests.

“Our partnership with Globe Telecom maximizes our opportunities to offer a full range of order and delivery services to our guests. Through Globe Business and GCash, both industry leaders for business solutions and e-finance services, Shakey’s Philippines is confident that this partnership will flourish to serve more guests with quality food and excellent delivery service,” says Vicente Gregorio, President and CEO of Shakey’s Pizza Asia Venture Inc.

Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO, also expressed that the collaboration will primarily benefit the customers of Globe, GCash, and Shakey’s.

“Both the #Hashtag and GCash Scan to Pay feature give guests of Shakey’s Philippines the power to use their mobile phones as a tool to make transactions easier and more convenient. Globe continuously strives to improve and create solutions that bridge business gaps and provide companies with the technology that will allow them to empower and connect their customers,” Cu said.

With over 200 stores nationwide, Shakey’s Philippines intends to roll out GCash Scan-to-Pay within the year. The rollout is piloted in the following Shakey’s branches: BGC Stopover, Market Market, Venice Grand Canal Mall, Loyola (Katipunan), Buendia, Valero, Glorietta, Park Square Makati, Makati Avenue, UPS (Shakey's WOW Center) and Magallanes.

With this added partnership with Shakey’s Philippines, every GCash Scan to Pay user is entitled to its promos. A 10 percent cashback capped at Php500 will be rewarded to GCash users when customers pay through the feature until March 31, 2018.

To use GCash Scan to Pay, customers just need to download the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account and fund their GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide. Once funds are loaded in the GCash wallet, a customer can then swipe to the left or choose Pay QR then Scan QR and point the smartphone’s camera to the merchant’s QR code to scan. They can also pay bills and send money through the GCash App.

RCBC Bankard launches new Platinum card with JCB

Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan March. 22, 2018 –: JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., announced the launch and issuance this month of a new Platinum card in the Philippines issued by Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), one of the top Universal Banks in the Philippines, through its Card Servicing entity, RCBC Bankard Services Corporation (RCBC Bankard). 

JCB Cards are currently issued in 23 countries and territories with over 100 million cardmembers around the globe. RCBC Bankard started issuing Classic and Gold JCB Cards in the market in 1997. The launch of this latest product in the Platinum card market marks a milestone in the long-standing partnership between RCBC Bankard and JCB. 

The RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum card is packed with prestige and privileges, providing its cardholders with world-class benefits, including free Airport Lounge Service, discounted car rental services worldwide, 24/7 Concierge Desk, and access to JCB Plaza Lounges located in major cities. In addition, they can also benefit from a generous rewards program with non-expiring rewards points, cash rebates, or airmiles. Cardholders also get to double their rewards even faster when they use their RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum card in Japan. 

JCB provides various services to cardmembers which the new RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum cardholders can avail of. In the Philippines, JCB has many privilege merchants for dining, hotel, wellness, and e-commerce. 

“We would like to provide our premium clients with more options. The launch of the RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum card will definitely appeal to accomplished individuals who frequently travel abroad for both business and pleasure. Noting the increase in Filipinos visiting Japan and the issuance of multiple Visa entry, we anticipate that our premium cardholders will be going to Japan more often. Hence, we doubled the points/airmiles that they can earn using the RCBC Bankard JCB Platinum card for spending made in Japan. The partnership with JCB enhances the privileges even more since they offer worldwide benefits to the JCB cardbase which our cardholders can take advantage of” states Simon Calasanz, President and CEO of RCBC Bankard. 

For his part, Senior Vice President of JCBI Yuichiro Kadowaki, has expressed, “We are pleased that RCBC Bankard, an expanding credit company showing the strongest growth in the Philippines, has launched this new Platinum card. Our partnership has been strong for more than 20 years, and we are now stepping up to the next stage with the new product. Both of us are keen to provide a good product and services to customers of RCBC who are interested in Japanese culture and those who travel to Japan. Filipino tourists going to Japan exceeded 400,000 in 2017 and there will be more in 2018. We provide lounge services at 28 airports in Japan and 29 airport lounges in other countries, mainly in Asia. Other than this, Platinum JCB Cardmembers get exclusive access to Universal Studios Japan JCB Lounge. We hope RCBC Bankard customers will enjoy our services.”

RCBC Bankard Services Corporation (RBSC) is the Card Servicing entity of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), one of the Philippines largest private universal banks. RCBC and RCBC Bankard Services Corporation are members of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC). RCBC Bankard provides unique and world-class cashless transactions, versatile add-on services, and an innovative rewards program to its cardholders. For more information on RCBC Bankard, visit .


JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide.

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March 23, 2018

Health Talks: New observational, non-interventional clinical study-a giant leap for taking care of peripheral neuropathy sufferers

Clinical study shows benefits on symptoms of peripheral neuropathy 

Manila, Philippines, March 2018 - Merck, a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials hosted NENOIN Symposium, a new clinical study shows benefits on symptoms of peripheral neuropathy with Dr. Rizaldy Pinzon last March 21, 2018 held at Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas, Manila.

Peripheral neuropathy sufferers treated with a combination of three neurotropic B vitamins have experienced improvement on all neuropathy symptoms observed in the study independently from the cause of their neuropathy.


The nervous system allows us to perceive, comprehend, and respond to the world around us. It coordinates voluntary actions like walking and involuntary actions like breathing and swallowing, Nerves, the components of the nervous tissue, enable impulses sensation and motion between the brain, spinal cord and other parts of the body.

Dr. Rizaldy Pinzon and host Gelli Victor 


Peripheral Neuropathy is a disorder affecting nerves, impairing them in their function of transmitting information and potentially affecting millions of people worldwide. Peripheral Neuropathy can cause various body discomforts, such as tingling, increased or decreased sensitivity to vibration, hot or cold, numbness, muscle weakness and even burning pain. Peripheral Neuropathy can cause "typical symptoms" which appear more often and "atypical symptoms, which are less frequent and can be overlooked or misinterpreted.

Example of symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy: 

 Dr. Rizaldy Pinzon

Symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can seem innocuous but have an impact of the patients' well-being and their quality of life. Early detection and treatment are crucial as well as effective treatment options, which relieve patients from their symptoms without having to suffer from significant side effects.


A new clinical study (Asian Journal of Medical Sciences, lan 2018) has brought a major step forward for nerve health: it has demonstrated that an effective treatment helps relieve all neuropathy symptoms (observed in the study), regardless of the cause of peripheral neuropathy. 

Whether the patients were suffering from numbness, pain or paraesthesia (usually painless sensation like tingling or itching, often felt in the arms and feet, they experienced relief on all these symptoms. It was also observed that the longer they used the treatment, the more relief the patients felt from these symptoms. 

Finally it is also very reassuring to see that the treatment has shown a good tolerance profile over the whole duration (3 months).


Neurobion is a B complex vitamin supplement that containing vitamin B1, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12

Neurobion contribute to nerve health and help provide relief for people who suffer from: -peripheral nerve problems -anyone at risk of vitamin B deficiency ( eg over-55 years old, vegetarians, diabetics and pre-diabetics and others.) 

Neurobion helps to enhance and prolong quality of life when people start experiencing the signs of an impaired nervous system – numbness, tingling or even a sensation of pins and needles can be some of the first external signs. The risk for this condition can increased with age.

Neurobion is highly recommended by Doctors because the effectiveness of the Neurobion is clinically proven to help nerve fibers work well and to relieve the symptoms of damage to the nervous system (neuropathy).


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