May 20, 2018

Stephen Bishop to perform May 22 at Resorts World Manila

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop is resuming his round of successful concert tours in the US and the international scene, including the Philippines. Bishop who popularized such unforgettable songs as “Separate Lives, It Might Be You, Something New In My Life, On and On and Save It for a Rainy Day” will return to entertain Filipino audiences on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 in “Love Rocks”. 

This is a one-night concert at the Newport Performing Arts Theater of Resorts World Manila.

It promises to be a night of fun and sweet memories, “I am very excited about going back to Manila where I have so many friends” says Bishop. He will sing the blues, pop, rock and light rock in his inimitable way that has charmed his millions of fans of all ages.

Joining him are Grammy-nominee Bobby Wilson, who sang “Your Love Has Lifted Me Higher, Get the Sweetest Feeling, Lonely Teardrops” and J Michaels who recorded “Wildflower, Smoke from a Distant Fire, and I Just Can’t Help Believing”.

OPM artists also performing in the concert include “Prince of Jazz” Richard Merk, Milet Abrenica and Janis Cagara.

“Love Rocks” is an MGM Global Entertainment Productions offering to be directed by Maestro Danny Favis. Tickets are available through and

May 18, 2018

Globe brings bigger-than-ever GoSURF and GoSAKTO promos with free 2GB data

Enjoy more videos and games starting May 18

Starting May 18, 2018, Globe Prepaid customers who subscribe to GoSURF50 and up, GOTSCOMBODD70 and 90, or GoSAKTO120 and 140 will enjoy the additional 2GB for free to access their favorite video streaming and gaming apps and sites.

“The digital Filipino youth has various passions and obsessions. As purveyor of the Filipino's digital lifestyle, Globe knows that they need access to a wide breadth of content in order to pursue these passions. Because of this, we're proud to offer additional GBs for customers to GoWATCH AND PLAY for free on top their favorite Globe surfing promos. More than the sizable data allocation of 2GB they get for free, customers can enjoy access to a wide array of video and gaming apps and sites. Along with our powerful LTE network, only Globe gives you unstoppable access to enjoy all the things you love,” said Issa Cabreira, Senior Vice President-Head of Consumer Mobile Marketing.

With this freebie, Globe customers can immerse in thrilling movies, award-winning shows, and fun videos from Netflix, YouTube, HOOQ, NBA, Cartoon Network, and Disney; plus, they can step into the exciting worlds of Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends, Clash of Clans, Pokemon Go, and Clash Royale! Stream and play away without worrying about consuming your GoSURF or GoSAKTO MBs or getting charged regular browsing rates.

Let Globe power your passions and obsessions for all the things you love. Register to the bigger-than-ever GoSURF50 with free 2GB for videos and games. Just dial *143# and choose GoSURF50. For other promos with free videos & games and more information, text WNP INFO to 8080.

Speed up productivity with the new Volvo EC200D

The new Volvo EC200D Excavator was launch on May 15, 2018 at ABS-CBN Tent, Ayala Vertis North., Volvo EC200D is a solid performer overall that offers excellent fuel efficiency and productivity in general construction applications such as road construction, building, landscaping and utility work .

The combination of a powerful engine, compatible hydraulics and precise controls in an exceptionally well-balanced machine makes the EC200D capable of lifting heavier loads. 

Volvo EC200D is the fastest 20-tonne class excavator on the market. With shorter cycle times and outstanding lifting capabilities it delivers significant productivity improvements for all types of general construction work.

World-class fuel efficiency, productivity, quality, safety and service availability are always included when you buy a Volvo excavator.

The new EC200D has all these premium Volvo features – and more. The EC200D offers exceptionally high swing torque and unique lifting capabilities which makes it the natural choice for general construction earthmoving work.

The excavator cycle time includes digging, swinging loaded, unloading and swinging empty. The faster the cycle can be finished, the higher the productivity for the machine. With the powerful Volvo D5E Tier 3 engine (with an output of 123 kW at 2,000 rpm), and compatible hydraulics, the EC200D is designed to operate fast and with short cycle times.

In addition, the EC200D is extremely well balanced which gives the machine outstanding loading and lifting capabilities at any boom and arm position.

“The combination of a powerful engine, compatible hydraulics and precise controls in an exceptionally well-balanced machine makes the EC200D capable of lifting heavier loads. All this translates into higher productivity,” says AM Muralidharan, VP Sales Support and Dealer Development in Volvo CE, Sales Region APAC.

The operators feel right at home in the cab too as it features the ergonomic design, comfort and visibility that are synonymous with Volvo machines. The EC200D is extremely easy to control and the superior stability secures smooth and efficient operation of the machine.

The Volvo EC200D is a solid performer overall that offers excellent fuel efficiency and productivity in general construction applications such as road construction, building, landscaping and utility work. It is configured with a 5.7 m boom, 2.9 m arm and 0.8 m3 bucket, while maximum breakout force is 116 kN.

The EC200D is available in all markets in Southeast Asia and India.

Take charge of your family's health, understand your DNA through PlumCare DNA Advisor

Cordlife, introduces PlumCare DNA Advisor - provides you and your family personalized insights from genetic advisors about your DNA so you can best manage your family's well-being across generations.

Serving the Filipino families for the last 8 years, Cordlife, the first and only DOH-registered, ISO certified and AABB-accredited cord blood banking facility in the Philippines, brings now the Genscreen – the testing service arm.

Understanding your family's DNA gives you a deeper knowledge of your health, and can help us provide insights to your family's health in the future.

PlumCare, DNA Advisor, to help Filipinos families to detect potentially disease-causing genetic variants made possible through a thorough analysis of the DNA of each family member.

PlumCare DNA Advisor specializes in providing genetic testing by DNA sequencing to help us make better life choices. To gather high quality and reliable genetic testing capabilities and through the testing services provided, Genscreen® empowers individuals to take control of their health destiny for disease prevention and early detection. 

PlumCare DNA Advisor was developed for by two eminent clinical geneticists, Dr. Paul Billings and Dr. Petros Tsipouras. 

PlumCare DNA Advisor provides access to the progress in genetics through DNA testing, analysis, insights, and learnings from world-class research. The service combines the simplicity of saliva-based whole exome DNA testing, data from all participating family members (family trios or more), family medical history, external research and analysis. 

At the PlumCare DNA Advisor media presentation held on May 17 at the Shangri-La Hotel, celebrity guest Chito Miranda, (Songwriter, Lead Singer for Parokya ni Edgar) shared us how they tried the DNA process.

Iya Villana-Arellano, event host and Chito Miranda 

"When Neri, Miggy, and I were offered PlumCareTM DNA Advisor, a genetic screening service that can sequence approximately 20,000 genes, and accurately detect hundreds of medical conditions including cancer, we did not think twice about grabbing the opportunity. 
The process was easy. All we had to do was to provide our saliva sample which a laboratory in the US will screen. The horror story when it comes to cancer is it gets detected late into its progression, when they can't do anything about it anymore. What PlumCareTM DNA Advisor does is it gives you an advantage or power to take action even before the problem starts so you can manage, delay, or even prevent whatever tragedy cancer or other medical condition may bring. My family's health is my responsibility so I take it very seriously. If it's something that will keep my family safe and give them a fighting chance against anything that we might need to deal with in the future, I will never hesitate about investing in it."

This is a powerful new approach to lifetime health, we learn more about how genetics impacts our health. This means one DNA sample can give you actionable insight today and years from now - through further scientific advancements.

Take charge of your family's health. Find out more PlumCare DNA Advisor at or call (02) 4701735 and (02) 3321888 or +639988486064.

May 17, 2018

Eight Advocacy Groups Come Together for a Nationwide HIV Testing Day on 26 May

LoveYourself, Inc. and its seven partner organizations come together to provide the first-ever multi-site community-led free and confidential HIV test on 26 May 2018 (Saturday) from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. entailing ten sites in Metro Manila, Luzon and even as far as Mindanao.

Dubbed as “This Is Me: Brave and Free,” LoveYourself invites individuals of various shapes and sizes to avail of the free and confidential HIV test by signing up at, and to live their lives free from fear – fear of rejection, getting tested and stigma.

In Metro Manila, LoveYourself will hold testing in LoveYourself Anglo clinic along Shaw Blvd., in Mandaluyong City, and LoveYourself Uni near Gil Puyat LRT and Victoria by LoveYourself at 2/F Torres Bldg., 2442 Park Avenue, both in Pasay City; the Decent Image of South Signal Association (DIOSSA) at the 10th floor of SM Aura in Taguig City; and the HIV & AIDS Support House (HASH) at the National Council of Churches in the Philippines building along EDSA in Quezon City.

For Luzon sites, the Cavite Positive Action Group (CPAG)-JCH Advocacy, Inc. will provide free and confidential testing at 804 Gonzales St., Barangay 11 Sta. Cruz in Cavite City; the Juan Posi+ive Movement at 104-B Roxas Street, Brgy. Lakandula in Mabalacat City, Pampanga; the GAYON at #32 Galang Compound, Sampaguita Street, Old Albay Legazpi City, Albay; and the Project H4 (Health, Help, Hope, Happiness) at Amos Tara Community Center, #41 Abad Santos St., Brgy. Masipag, Puerto Princesa City.

On its Mindanao-leg, the Kagay-an PLUS (Preserving Life, Uniting Society) will set up at Pearlmont Hotel, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City; and the Olympus Society of Davao at #36 Loyola St., Bo. Obrero, Poblacion District, Davao City.

Department of Health (DOH) records showed that 912 persons tested positive for HIV in March alone. About 94% of which are males and 32% of the total came from the National Capital Region (NCR) followed by the rising cases in CALABARZON at 17% and Central Visayas at 7%. The DOH records also showed that 99 percent of the newly-diagnosed individuals got the virus through sexual contact, in which 86 percent were among men who have sex with men (MSMs). The 1% of the cases was contracted through needle sharing among injecting drug users.

“With the increasing number of people acquiring human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), LoveYourself endeavors to gather fellow warriors in the advocacy for a stronger and resounding voice to promote self-empowerment in taking care of one’s sexual health, as a prelude to curbing the HIV epidemic in the country,” said LoveYourself Executive Director Ronivin G. Pagtakhan.

Apart from its primary goal of instilling awareness and action towards ending HIV, “This Is Me: Brave and Free” empowers one’s self-worth that inspires unity in diversity, and brings the message of love, acceptance and finding strength and courage to overcome fear, which are often associated with HIV and AIDS.

The first-ever multi-site community-led HIV testing day is also supported by the DOH through the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine and its NCR-Office, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc., Save the Children, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Philippines, Philippine NGO Council on Population Health and Welfare, Inc. (PNGOC), AusAID Australian Aid Program and HIVOS Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation. 

For more details on the “This Is Me: Brave and Free,” one may visit the

LoveYourself is a non-government organization and widely volunteer-led organization that advocates for HIV awareness, testing and treatment. It also the impetus for the first-ever Love Gala, a charity and awards event for HIV-AIDS awareness in Asia by gathering private and public institutions and youth-oriented organizations into the advocacy, and the creator of pioneer Ripple Awards that honors individuals who have had a significant impact in the HIV-AIDS landscape in Asia and the Philippines.


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