A business with a heart, Skin Magical Shares!

Filipinos are truly resilient. For the start of this 2020, we experience a lot; Earthquakes’s and Taal Volcano Eruptions and now surviving a pandemic health crisis.
After helping out residents from Batangas during the Taal volcano eruption, Skin Magical once again extended their helping hand this time of Covid19 pandemic, by donating anti-bacterial soaps, sacks of rice, masks and Vitamin-C.

Skin Magical, the leading online and direct selling company is headed by Jerry and Ghie Pangilinan.
According to Ghie Pangilinan, COO of Skin Magical.

“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” – Ghie Pangilinan

“Lahat po tayo ay may kanya kanyang paraan ng pagtulong at alam po natin ang sarap sa pakiramdam na kapag naririnig ang pasasalamat ng mga tao. Malaki ang nagagawa ng social media para magbigay ng inspirasyon sa iba na tumulong din. 

Pero ang pagkumpara sa pagtulong ng iba ay di po maganda pakinggan. Para sa akin ang pagtulong ay di kinakailangan ipost palagi sa social media. At di rin po yata tama na ikumpara ang mga naibigay na tulong sa iba. Dahil ang mahalaga may naiabot n tulong sa atin maliit man o malaki. 

Ninais ko po na magbigay sa mga Staff at Brgy ng mga bagay katulad ng #mask na pangunahin nating kailangan #bigas, #vitamins, at #safeguardantibac na ipapamahagi ko po sa mga #barangay at sila na po ang bahala magdistribute nito. Hindi po ganun kadali maghanap ng mask dahil nagkakaubusan na po kaya naghanap pa po ako ng supplier na mabilisang tatahi ng mga mask. Hindi ko po pwede ibgay ang sabon n ginagawa namin dahil ang sabon po namin ay hindi Anti-bacterial maliban lang po sa aming Apple Cider Vinegar Soap.

Hindi lang trabahador ang nawalan ng income kami din n mga negosyante ay nwalan. Sa totoo lang mahirap lang din magsalita ng di maganda pero bakit parati na lang pag di ka nakikitaan ng pagtulong ay hahanapan ka at kapag nauna ang isa…ikukumpara ka agad at aabangan ang ibibigay. Sa totoo lang po sa pagtulong ay walang kumpetensya masaya kami na nakakatulong at di kinakailangan bigyan ng kulay.  Hindi po kasi magandang pakinggan, maraming usap usapan na nakararating sa amin. Hirap isipin na nabigyan man sila ay may masasabi din. Ipaubaya na po natin sa walang source of income o hindi handa sa panahong ito ang dapat iprioritize bigyan ng tulong.

Ang nais ko lang po ay tumulong sa abot ng aking makakaya at mas masarap po yata pakinggan ang pasasalamat kaysa pagkukumpara.

Magingat po tayong lahat. Magkaisa po tau sa pagharap sa problemang dulot ng COVID19. Nawa po ang simpleng pagtulong namin ay maging inspirasyon ng bawat isa na tumulong ito man ay maliit o malaki.”

SETUP SUCCESS STORY: BIG dreams do come true for RL Bigbite

From an ordinary Burger Shoppe to RL Bigbite Burger and Restaurant today.

RL Bigbite Burger is owned by Roland and Charlotte Loyola. The burger business started by Charlotte’s cousin who left it to her after leaving the country for good.   Charlotte, at that time working as an optometrist, grabbed the opportunity and continued the business. Back then, it was purely a retailing business in an outdoor setup.

When Roland and Charlotte got married, they started a grocery store but they did not enjoy it so they decided to focus on the burger business. They used to purchase their burger patties at  SLERS and sold it as burgers in Don Carlos.   The business was known as “Burgeran” and was later on named as RL Bigbite Burger specifically located at J. Rizal St, P-7, Poblacion, Don Carlos, Bukidnon.    As time flies, the couple was determined to make their own formulation so his wife studied meat processing at Monster Kitchen to help her carry out their plan. She succeeded and added Siomai as their product.

Luckily in 2012, Roland and Charlotte heard about DOST and qualified as beneficiary of the Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (SETUP).  DOST enabled them to acquire the technology they need to meet the demands of their growing customers.

Through DOST’s technology assistance, RL Bigbite was able to standardize the quality of their meat without preservatives, increase their production, improve the quality of their product, and improve packaging and labeling. With increased income, Roland and Charlotte stabilized the management of both the main and the Maramag branch and expanded the business to serve not only snacks but also lunch meals.

Roland believes that if you’re honest with your products then it is certain that you deserve good feedback from customers which will likely invite more customers from other places.  He also believes that all our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.    You can have anything in life if you sacrifice everything else for it. A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

To date, RL Bigbite has fully refunded its SETUP project with DOST and is enjoying the benefits of improved productivity and product competitiveness. (Ritchie Mae L. Guno, DOST-X)

About DOST-X

The Department of Science and Technology – Region X (DOST-X) envisions to be an effective and competent catalyst of inclusive development by providing world class and innovative Science & Technology services in Region X.

Contact: Ms. Julie Anne H. Baculio, Science Research Specialist I (stpromotions@region10.dost.gov.ph, 0917-709-3706) #

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Statement of Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III on assistance to workers amid COVID-19

Statement
Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III
March 17, 2020

This is to echo the call of President Rodrigo Duterte for big businesses to give their share in these trying times.

I particularly make this appeal to the owners and managements of Filipino conglomerates like SM, Ayala, Yuchengco, Aboitiz, Metro Pacific, SMC, Summit, Villar and similar groups of companies who can very well take care of their workers and employees for the duration of the enhanced community quarantine.

In this manner, the Department of Labor and Employment may be able to address the pressing needs of the rest of the affected workers in the quarantined areas.

Effective immediately, we are rolling out a P180-million emergency employment program under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) for some 18,000 informal sector workers and the P1.3-billion COVID Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP) to benefit about 250,000 workers.

The initial allocation for TUPAD will pay for barangay works to disinfect the communities, while the AMP represents financial assistance to the quarantine displaced workers.

We shall undertake other such measures that may be necessary to help mitigate the impact of the current global health emergency.

There is no denying that COVID-19 has considerably changed the normal lives we have and the regular work we do. In this extraordinary difficult situation under these extraordinary times, our long-enduring partnership and cooperation is more crucial than in any other similar exigencies in the past.

Again, we earnestly request the big employers to financially help their employees to tide them over during this public emergency.

We also reiterate our appeal to all employees to cooperate with the Government and their employers to implement the necessary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.

We trust that, together, we will once again get through this very trying episode of our lives. In His time, this too shall pass. –###

COVID-19 alert: Confirmed cases in PH soar to 380, death toll climbs to 25

By: Frances Mangosing – Reporter / @FMangosingINQINQUIRER.net / 10:42 AM March 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines leaped to 380 after 73 new cases were confirmed, along with 25 deaths and 15 recoveries on Sunday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. 

The latest data was announced by Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in an interview on dzBB.

On Saturday, there were 307 confirmed COVID-19 cases,  including 17 deaths and 13 recoveries.

Vergeire said the number of COVID-19 cases is expected to increase in the coming days because of continuous testing.

“Ang ating mga laboratoryo ay nag-iistabilize na ang capacity. Ibig sabihin nito ay nakakahabol na tayo sa backlogs before. Na-extend na natin ang kapasidad sa ibang laboratories,” she said.

(The capacity of our laboratories is now stabilizing.  We’re now catching up with our backlogs. This is because we also have extended the capacity of other laboratories.)

Vergeire added that the expected rise of confirmed cases in the coming days may be “artificial” because of the test results that had been delayed in the past.

Previously, it was only the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City which had the capacity to test patients for COVID-19. Test results were released within 24 to 48 hours.

On Friday, the Department of Health activated four other laboratories capable of testing for COVID-19: San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

The DOH will also put up testing centers in Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City and Bicol Public Health Laboratory in Legazpi City.

MANILA, Philippines — The confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines leaped to 380 after 73 new cases were confirmed, along with 25 deaths and 15 recoveries on Sunday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire. 

The latest data was announced by Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire in an interview on dzBB.ADVERTISEMENT

On Saturday, there were 307 confirmed COVID-19 cases,  including 17 deaths and 13 recoveries.

Vergeire said the number of COVID-19 cases is expected to increase in the coming days because of continuous testing.

“Ang ating mga laboratoryo ay nag-iistabilize na ang capacity. Ibig sabihin nito ay nakakahabol na tayo sa backlogs before. Na-extend na natin ang kapasidad sa ibang laboratories,” she said.

(The capacity of our laboratories is now stabilizing.  We’re now catching up with our backlogs. This is because we also have extended the capacity of other laboratories.)

Vergeire added that the expected rise of confirmed cases in the coming days may be “artificial” because of the test results that had been delayed in the past.

Previously, it was only the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City which had the capacity to test patients for COVID-19. Test results were released within 24 to 48 hours.

On Friday, the Department of Health activated four other laboratories capable of testing for COVID-19: San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

The DOH will also put up testing centers in Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City and Bicol Public Health Laboratory in Legazpi City.

Five private laboratories are also being considered as testing centers: Makati Medical Center, St. Luke’s Medical Center – Quezon City, St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, The Medical City in Pasig City and Chinese General Hospital in Manila.

15 Foods That Boost the Immune System Against COVID19 and other diseases!


Take note :

Dr Oyie Balburias – – General Internal Mediacine ( http://www.gotohealth.ph)

70% of our immune system is in our stomach

30% – of our immune system is located in our nose, lungs, throat etc that spread to other parts of our body..


Feeding your body certain foods may help keep your immune system strong. If you’re looking for ways to prevent winter colds and the flu, your first step should be a visit to your local grocery store.

Plan your meals to include these 15 powerful immune system boosters.

1)Citrus fruitsMost people turn to vitamin C after they’ve caught a cold. That’s because it helps build up your immune system. Vitamin C is thought to increase the production of white blood cells. These are key to fighting infections.

Popular citrus fruits includes —

grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, lemons, limes, clementines

Because your body doesn’t produce or store it, you need daily vitamin C for continued health. Almost all citrus fruits are high in vitamin C. With such a variety to choose from, it’s easy to add a squeeze of this vitamin to any meal.

2. Red bell peppers-if you think citrus fruits have the most vitamin C of any fruit or vegetable, think again. Ounce for ounce, red bell peppers contain twice as much vitamin C as citrus. They’re also a rich source of beta carotene. Besides boosting your immune system, vitamin C may help maintain healthy skin. Beta carotene helps keep your eyes and skin healthy.

3. Broccoli – Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as many other antioxidants and fiber, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your table. The key to keeping its power intact is to cook it as little as possible — or better yet, not at all.

4. Garlic – Garlic is found in almost every cuisine in the world. It adds a little zing to food and it’s a must-have for your health. Early civilizations recognized its value in fighting infections. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative HealthTrusted Source, garlic may also help lower blood pressure and slow down hardening of the arteries. Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, such as allicin.

5. Ginger – Ginger is another ingredient many turn to after getting sick. Ginger may help decrease inflammation, which can help reduce a sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses. Ginger may also help decrease nausea.While it’s used in many sweet desserts, ginger packs some heat in the form of gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. Ginger may help decrease chronic pain and may possess cholesterol-lowering properties, according to recent animal researchTrusted Source.

6. Spinach – Spinach made our list not just because it’s rich in vitamin C. It’s also packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. Similar to broccoli, spinach is healthiest when it’s cooked as little as possible so that it retains its nutrients. However, light cooking enhances its vitamin A and allows other nutrients to be released from oxalic acid.

7. Yogurt – Look for yogurts that have “live and active cultures” printed on the label, like Greek yogurt. These cultures may stimulate your immune system to help fight diseases. Try to get plain yogurts rather than the kinds that are preflavored and loaded with sugar. You can sweeten plain yogurt yourself with healthy fruits and a drizzle of honey instead.Yogurt can also be a great source of vitamin D, so try to select brands fortified with vitamin D. Vitamin D helps regulate the immune system and is thought to boost our body’s natural defenses against diseases.

8. Almonds – When it comes to preventing and fighting off colds, vitamin E tends to take a backseat to vitamin C. However, vitamin E is key to a healthy immune system. It’s a fat-soluble vitamin, meaning it requires the presence of fat to be absorbed properly. Nuts, such as almonds, are packed with the vitamin and also have healthy fats. A half-cup serving, which is about 46 whole, shelled almonds, provides nearly 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin E.

9. Turmeric – You may know turmeric as a key ingredient in many curries. But this bright yellow, bitter spice has also been used for years as an anti-inflammatory in treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Also, researchTrusted Source shows that high concentrations of curcumin, which gives turmeric its distinctive color, can help decrease exercise-induced muscle damage.

10. Green tea – Both green and black teas are packed with flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. Where green tea really excels is in its levels of epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, another powerful antioxidant. EGCG has been shown to enhance immune function. The fermentation process black tea goes through destroys a lot of the EGCG. Green tea, on the other hand, is steamed and not fermented, so the EGCG is preserved.Green tea is also a good source of the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine may aid in the production of germ-fighting compounds in your T-cells.

11. Papaya – Papaya is another fruit loaded with vitamin C. You can find 224 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C in a single papaya. Papayas also have a digestive enzyme called papain that has anti-inflammatory effects.Papayas have decent amounts of potassium, B vitamins, and folate, all of which are beneficial to your overall health.

12. Kiwi – Like papayas, kiwis are naturally full of a ton of essential nutrients, including folate, potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Vitamin C boosts white blood cells to fight infection, while kiwi’s other nutrients keep the rest of your body functioning properly.

13. Poultry – When you’re sick, chicken soup is more than just a feel-good food with a placebo effect. It helps improve symptoms of a cold and also helps protect you from getting sick in the first place. Poultry, such as chicken and turkey, is high in vitamin B-6. About 3 ounces of light turkey or chicken meat contains 40 to 50 percent of your daily recommended amount of B-6.Vitamin B-6 is an important player in many of the chemical reactions that happen in the body. It’s also vital to the formation of new and healthy red blood cells. Stock or broth made by boiling chicken bones contains gelatin, chondroitin, and other nutrients helpful for gut healing and immunity.

14. Sunflower seeds – Sunflower seeds are full of nutrients, including phosphorous, magnesium, and vitamin B-6. They’re also incredibly high in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.Vitamin E is important in regulating and maintaining immune system function. Other foods with high amounts of vitamin E include avocados and dark leafy greens.

15. Shellfish – Shellfish isn’t what jumps to mind for many who are trying to boost their immune system, but some types of shellfish are packed with zinc.Zinc doesn’t get as much attention as many other vitamins and minerals, but our bodies need it so that our immune cells can function as intended.

Varieties of shellfish that are high in zinc includes crab, clams, lobster, mussels. Keep in mind that you don’t want to have more than the daily recommended amount of zinc in your diet. For adult men, it’s 11 milligrams (mg), and for women, it’s 8 mg. Too much zinc can actually inhibit immune system function.