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July 3, 2021

Up Your Family’s Blood Health & Immunity with These 3 Summertime Activities

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The sun is out, and the school break is here, which means that it’s finally the season for family vacations & beach trips. But since the current situation calls for more family time spent at home, the young & active kids might have to spend their extra time getting busy on activities within the confines of your household. And while this calls for activities that require participation and creativity of the adults, the scorching heat presents a significant barrier to stay active. 

Low intensity physical activities like long walks are much more convenient but having to spend hours outside these days isn’t the most ideal either. However, physical activity is an important part of building up one’s health, as it can help reduce stress, improve sleep quality, strengthen immunity, and improve blood health.  It’s never too late to keep your family moving. 

Here are 3 fun activities you and your family can bond over at home despite the dry season:

1. Explore Virtual Fun Run Events

Running and building up your cardio doesn’t always require exploration of the outside world. Since the shift to a new normal lifestyle, brands and events that previously held fun run events have adapted to a safer alternative of previous marathons that were held outside. Now, you can register your whole family for virtual races, choose an appropriate distance everyone is able to accomplish, and flash a video on screen while running in place or around your home. Not only is this exciting but it also helps keep everyone in the family active. And the best part is everyone gets rewarded with a medal for finishing the race! 

2. Groove and Move with a Dance Party 

Running around in one place might not be as enjoyable for everyone in the family. If that’s the case, a dance party is also a great way to have the family bond in movement, learning, and connection, while doing physical activity. Music can make any age naturally move and groove to the beat.  Just set a playlist of at least an hour with different genres of music that all ages of the family can enjoy, set the lighting according to the mood and get the dance party started, any time of the day! You can also upgrade the dance party by incorporating a theme where you dress up, use props like glowsticks, ribbons, face paint, and color-changing LED lights. The creative possibilities are endless to keep your loved ones active for a boosted immunity and healthy blood.

3. Peaceful Staycation at Home 

Relaxation also strengthens our health just as much as rigorous physical activity. Stress can weaken the body’s immune system leading to people getting sick at stressful and unsure times.  While a dance party and an at-home marathon might seem enjoyable to some, for families who prefer activities that don’t require feeling exhausted, or loved ones who have conditions that prevent them to dance or run; a peaceful staycation at home can still help boost their immunity and keep their blood healthy.

A staycation at home can start off with a nutritious breakfast meal with fruits & vegetables, and relaxing music playing in the background. While others prepare for the next meal, the children can be entertained with a short animation film or through a book reading session. Lunch can be setup as a picnic on your backyard, veranda, or terrace. Taking a siesta can help refresh the mind as well.   After dinner, a soothing bath can cap off the whole day of relaxation at home. 

These 3 summertime activities may help your family moving while reducing stress and building their immunity during the dry season. Yet with age and lifestyle differences of your loved ones, some may need external help to keep their blood healthy that physical activities and relaxation may not be able to provide sufficiently. 


Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) is Your Family’s Blood Health Ally 

Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) is an iron supplement with vitamins and minerals that helps to replenish iron stores and increases red blood cell levels in the body. It has ferrous gluconate, a type of iron salt which allows better absorption of iron in the body, Folic acid, and vitamin B12 which are vital for production of red blood cells and during pregnancy. It also contains Vitamin C which helps improve iron absorption, and Copper sulphate and manganese sulphate that helps in the metabolic processes of blood cell production.  

Recommended intake is one to two capsules daily, during or after meals, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) helps to treat iron deficiency anemia that can lead to weakened immunity and increased susceptibility to infection. Iron deficiency anemia happens when the blood has a lower amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin than normal. This can cause the body to feel weak, tired, dizzy, look pale, and experience headaches.  

This year’s summertime activities with the family may be spent at home but the situation can’t stop the fun and relaxation. With a nutritious diet, physical activity, proper sleep, and by taking Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+), you and your family can stay blood healthy all throughout the different Philippine seasons. 

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.





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June 25, 2021

BPI Foundation reopens Pagpupugay scholarship program

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BPI Foundation has officially reopened its “Pagpupugay” scholarship program to support the next of kin of medical front liners who contracted COVID-19 or passed away in the line of duty during the pandemic. 

The Pagpupugay scholarship program aims to help create a better future for the children and close relatives of our COVID-19 heroes.


“The fight against COVID-19 is far from over and our medical front liners continue to be at the forefront, highly exposed to the deadly virus while taking care of our fellow Filipinos,” said BPI Foundation Executive Director Owen Cammayo.

“The Pagpupugay scholarship program is a recognition for their heroic efforts. The program aims to help create a better future for the next of kin of medical front liners who were casualties of the COVID-19 war.”

“Pagpupugay” is a five-year scholarship program with an initial P1-million fund per school year. Five (5) scholars were chosen in 2020, to be evaluated for renewal annually. For the Academic Year 2021-2022, five (5) additional scholars will be selected. Each scholar will be provided a maximum of P100,000 scholarship fund per academic year to cover tuition fees and miscellaneous expenses.

The eligible applicants are the next of kin of the following medical front liners who contracted COVID-19 or passed away in the line of duty during the pandemic:

Doctors 

Nurses

Medical technologists

Community health workers

Administrative, utility, and support services personnel in health care facilities

If the deceased is married, the priority beneficiary will be one of his or her children. If single, the beneficiary can be next of kin up to the 3rd degree of consanguinity.

To qualify, students must be enrolled or applying to any college or university nationwide. They must have and maintain a General Weighted Average (GWA) of 85% or its equivalent and/or prevailing University standards for the previous school year (for incoming 1st year) or semester (for incoming 2nd year to 5th year).

Interested students may apply directly to BPI Foundation’s partner schools below.

Ateneo de Manila University     

Cebu Institute of Technology University     

Christ the King College – Gingoog City     

De La Salle University (Manila)     

Far Eastern University (Manila)    

Holy Angel University (Pampanga)     

Lorma Colleges (La Union)

Mapua University (Manila and Makati)     

Malayan Colleges Laguna     

Malayan Colleges Mindanao     

Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology

Miriam College     

National Teachers College     

Philippine Women’s University

PHINMA Republican College     

PHINMA St. Jude College     

Polytechnic University of the Philippines     

Saint Louis University – Baguio     

Silliman University     

Southville International School and Colleges     

St. Mary’s College of Baliuag (Bulacan)     

Technological Institute of the Philippines     

University of Batangas     

University of Northern Philippines      

University of Nueva Caceres     

University of Santo Tomas (Manila)     

University of San Carlos

University of the Immaculate Concepcion (Davao)

University of the Philippines (Diliman)     

University of the Philippines (Manila)     

Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan     


If the college or university is not included in the list, the applicant may coordinate directly with BPI Foundation through their emails: bpifoundation@bpi.com.ph or bpifoundationinc@gmail.com.


The deadline of application is extended until July 31, 2020, and successful applicants will be contacted by the end of August. To know more about BPI Foundation and its programs, visit www.bpifoundation.org.



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June 11, 2021

4 Creative Ways to Strengthen Your Loved Ones’ Immunity & Blood Health

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The past year has been tough for many — all the while adapting to the new routines to stay healthy and safe, relationships were altered in unimaginable ways. Being around your loved ones 24/7 can cause a strain in the relationship.1 The idea of being under one roof with them might seem enjoyable but not until the boredom sets in, followed by conflict. Meanwhile, those who are in an LDR situation have limited to no assurance of being able to visit each other. These situations can lead to stress which then affects your immune system and blood health.


But all hope is not lost. Whether you spend most of your time with your loved ones or are miles apart, here are four ideas on how to express TLC — because they deserve to feel cared for, especially for their well-being.


1. For those who appreciate words than actions.


This gift is maybe for that friend who saves your most meaningful conversations or your parent whose face brightens up when you send them a thank you message. This is for those who think that words speak louder than actions. Writing a heartfelt letter to a loved one who’s fond of affirmation, is already enough for them. But you can always go beyond. Include friends, family, and loved ones to write a short letter for them and compile it as a notecard or as notes in a bottle. This way they are reminded that they are loved even at times that they feel the most need to.


2. When they would rather spend time with you.


Not everyone is able to appreciate the usual V-day staple gifts. Sometimes, material things aren’t always ideal for those who just want to spend time with you — all they need is time with you. Your full presence and attention are greatly appreciated by people who enjoy spending quality time. Also, being with your loved one knows no distance. A video call for them matters so much more than you may imagine, especially when you’re miles apart. So, whether if it’s just a movie marathon night, a virtual game night, or a weekend spa day at home, they’ll definitely feel cared for and grateful for your time and attention.


3. Be there when they need your help.


Helping your loved ones in need of extra help is also another way of making them feel loved through actions. This is for those who are always swamped with work, chores, and daily tasks that they would feel most taken care of when others are able to notice that they also need help. This can be expressed through doing their chores for them, serving them breakfast in bed in the morning, or running an errand that they may have mentioned before. Doing deeds is how they may show their affection and that’s how they best receive it too.


4. Gift them a healthy blood for strong immunity when they most need it.


Attentiveness to your loved ones’ needs is one of the many ways to make them feel special and appreciated. Paying attention to their lifestyle, and health condition should be of top priority given the current situation. When you notice and feel that they’re having little to no sleep, looking paler, and easily gets tired — they might be experiencing Iron deficiency anemia. This occurs when the blood has a lower amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin than normal. Iron deficiency anemia can cause the body to feel weak, tired, dizzy, look pale, and experience headaches. 

Offer your loved ones the help they need by cooking them nutritious meals, encouraging regular exercise, getting proper sleep, and taking Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) to help maintain their blood health.


Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) is an iron supplement with vitamins and minerals that helps to replenish iron stores and increases red blood cell levels in the body. It has ferrous gluconate, a type of iron salt which allows better absorption of iron in the body, Folic acid, and vitamin B12 which are vital for production of red blood cells and during pregnancy. It also contains Vitamin C which helps improve iron absorption, and Copper sulphate and manganese sulphate that helps in the metabolic processes of blood cell production.


Recommended intake is one to two capsules daily, during or after meals, or as prescribed by your doctor.


Love knows no bounds, just as much as stress knows no limits. Keep your loved one’s blood healthy through maintaining a healthy diet, encouraging physical activity, and taking with Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+) that treats iron deficiency anemia that can lead to weakened immunity and increased susceptibility to infection.

When you feel like you’ve ran out of ideas on how to express your affection to someone, you can always try these four recommendations. In these times, grand or not, what matters most is your loved ones maintain strengthened immunity and a heathy blood with the help of Multivitamins + Minerals (Sangobion IRON+).


If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.


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 https://www.sangobion.sg/about-sangobion



1 “Pandemic Relationships: Does Love REALLY Conquer All?” Homes.com, https://www.homes.com/blog/2021/02/pandemic-relationships-does-love-really-conquer-all/


2 “Iron-Deficiency Anemia.” National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/iron-deficiency-anemia.




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June 8, 2021

PH’s 1st Stevia grower-manufacturer bullish on financial outlook despite the pandemic

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Glorious, popularly known as the country’s first Stevia company, is positive on its outlook despite almost 2-years in the pandemic as more and more people turn to healthier alternatives, sales of stevia products continue to grow. 

According to agribusiness finance giant Rabobank, Stevia's sales are expected to hit $700 million worldwide in the next few years.

Consumers in the Philippines can now get their calorie-free sugar needs from natural alternatives. Before, stevia was restricted to the health food market without any FDA approval. Recently, it is now widely used as a natural substitute for artificial sweeteners in many products. 



“Stevia has been touted as a safe and healthy sugar substitute with proven health benefits. It can sweeten foods, and it has several health benefits, including decreased calorie intake, lower blood sugar levels, and less risk of cavities,” said Maura De Leon, the woman behind Glorious, the country’s first stevia grower and manufacturer. 


While it has zero calories, stevia is 200 times sweeter than refined sugar and does not affect blood sugar. It is a popular option for people looking to lose weight but who want to reduce their sugar intake. 


Stevia is an herb that has been grown in tropical climates for centuries. It is a small bushy plant that belongs to the sunflower family and grows in Paraguay and Brazil, but it can be quickly grown elsewhere. For centuries, the people of Paraguay add them to their foods as sweeteners, and countries like Korea, Brazil, China, Japan, and South America, have long used stevia.


Stevia products such as teas, juices, healthy coffees, chocolate beverages and natural sweeteners, manufactured by Glorious, are approved safe by the Food and Drug Association (FDA) even for people who have diabetes. 


“Stevia is much sweeter than sugar, so you don't have to add much. It’s good to note that the Philippines is also catching up on the use of this natural sweetener in various food preparations,” added De Leon.


Stevia is a natural sweetener taken from the leaves of a bushy shrub. The Stevia plant or (Stevia rebaudiana) has 150 species known to have originated from North and South America. Currently, it is produced by lots of countries, with China as the number one exporter of stevia products, and can be purchased at garden centers for home growing.


People who have diabetes can benefit from stevia. Choosing pure stevia extract can help maintain normal blood sugar levels and should be used in moderation. Stevia can also help cut down added sugar consumption, which can be beneficial for children. High sugar intake in children could lead to heart disease due to reconstructing triglyceride and cholesterol levels, contributing to children's weight gain. Substituting added sugar for stevia can minimize these risks. At the same time, moderate consumption of foods with stevia and other sweeteners can prevent adverse side effects and promote overall health.



What’s even better is that you can add Stevia to make healthy desserts which are diabetic and keto friendly. This is great for people who have a sweet tooth but can’t indulge because of health restrictions.


Incidentally, all Glorious Blend beverages— from the 3-in-1, 5-in-1, 7-in-1 mixes, use Stevia which has no calories, no carbohydrates, and zero glycemic index. All of their instant drinks will keep you alert and energized throughout the day. 


For more information about Glorious, the Stevia Company, check out https://gidc.com.ph/


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June 1, 2021

Spa day at home with Speaks G

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Spa day at home? Here’s how you can make it extra special with Speaks G

Spa and wellness treatments might not be a part of your necessities at the moment, but we could all use a relaxing escape from the stress of pandemic. Now, more than ever, it's essential for us to indulge in pampering ourselves on a regular basis. Not only it is pleasurable, it is also extremely beneficial to your well-being especially now that we spend most of our time at home or indoors.


It may be an impression that spa is a type of luxury and that it may be expensive to squeeze in your weekly budget, but you don’t need to splash out a large amount of cash to treat yourself into a fancy self-care time—and you can totally DIY within the comforts of your own home.


As a skincare brand that makes every user experience the power of healthy and flawless skin, Speaks G is the perfect partner to recreate an at-home spa day session you long deserve to have.


Here’s how you can have a simple, stress-relieving spa day at home with Speaks G:

Jump in the shower and give yourself a good rejuvenating scrub.

Dead cells can sometimes accumulate on the surface of your skin and lead to dull and dry skin. That’s why regular exfoliation is important to nourish the skin. Speaks G’sWhipp Relief Soap helps in eliminating dead cells and deeply cleanses the skin. You will

feel instantly refreshed and lighter after scrubbing away those skin impurities.

Speaks G Whipp Relief Soap

Remove breakouts with a face peel Acnes can be caused by many factors including stress, lifestyle, the food you eat, and having dry skin. Treat breakouts with facial peels that slough off the top layers of your skin, leaving the surface smooth and clear. Speaks G’s Ultra Peel Soap revives your skin’s elasticity and can take off dark spots, whiteheads, blackheads, and other facial blemishes. Face peels will surely tighten your pores while keeping them soft and

supple.

Speaks G’s Ultra Peel Soap


Let your nails breathe with moisturizing gel. Manicure is not the only spa treatment you can have for your nails, give them extra TLC by keeping your cuticles healthy and hydrated for good nail growth. Speaks G’s Aloe Vera Gel is a versatile product that can be used not only on your hair, face, and body; it also has moisturizing and nourishing properties to strengthen your nails, prevent brittleness, and helps in the regeneration of damaged nails. Just apply a proper amount of gel to your hands, gently massaging your fingers and nails until the gel is completely

absorbed.


Speaks G's Aloe Vera Gel

Level up your skincare routine with a gentle cream.

Keep dry skin and acne growth at bay by applying lotion or cream right after your shower routine. Speaks G’s Opulent Tawas Cream is an all-in-one cream that whitens dark spots, eliminates body odor, and minimizes pores—great with quick body massage and an easy way to add gentle care to your skin. Aside from its beneficial nutrients, it is also an antioxidant that protects your skin and calms skin inflammations. Creams can condition your skin and will surely give you a moist and bouncy look.

Try new beauty products and find the best one for your skin

There are so many products available in the market and often times we lean on products that are popular or those that you already tried. But as the world around us keeps on changing, so our skincare should, too. Speaks G’s newly launched product, the Sunflower Beauty Oil, can be considered as a beauty breakthrough and a holy grail for skincare that you deserve to try. This beauty oil can intensely moisturize your skin and address every skin problem with a single drop. With a gentle application of Speaks G Sunflower Beauty Oil, it can soften and soothe dry and irritated skin. Include it in your routine and experience youthful and glowing skin!

Speaks G Sunflower Beauty Oil


And there you have it, an easy spa day at home tips we hope you’d try! Give yourself

some ‘me’ time to be refreshed, recharged, and revitalized. To order Speaks G products,

send them a message through their Facebook page www.facebook.com/speaksg.main

or you may reach them at 0917 118 5363.



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