PhilCare Wellness Index 2019: Davaoeños said they are “unprepared for medical needs”

There is more to health than just the absence of disease.

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When asked about their medical wellness, Davaoeños said they either did not have enough monetary resources for medical-related expenses or did not have regular check-ups compared to most other Filipinos. Davaoeños scored a “somewhat bad” 4.88 rating compared to the nationwide average of 4.02, which means “neither good nor bad.” MORE FINDINGS BELOW.

Data from the 2019 nationwide study by PhilCare, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) showed that residents of Metro Davao lack preparedness for medical emergencies. A worrisome result considering that most of the survey’s respondents are services and sales employees hired by private companies. It seems that “Health is Wealth” and “Prevention is better than cure” are empty reminders to both capable-to-save hard workers and thoughtful business owners. 

“There is more to health than just the absence of disease. Our vision is to help promote a brand of health that is holistic and inclusive. The PhilCare Wellness Index gives us a clear picture on where we are when it comes to wellness and, more importantly, it charts a clear path on how far we can go to promote health among Filipinos,” – Jaeger L. Tanco, PhilCare President and CEO

What should you do?

Numbers do not lie. Whenever you are not one of those who are not prepared when medical needs come, you are smart. But I am sure you have that friend who is not yet passionately informed how “wealthy” it is when he is in his best health. And more importantly, how helpful being cautious for future health emergencies really is. Let him know how smart you are when it comes to your health. Now.


A Responsive Study

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PhilCare Wellness Index 2019 lead researcher and University of the Philippines associate professor Dr. Fernando Paragas

First done in 2014, the PhilCare Wellness Index allowed the HMO company to develop affordable and responsive medical insurance plans that provided coverage to thousands of uninsured Filipinos.

PhilCare introduced the very first prepaid health plans in the country.  From prepaid to comprehensive coverage, PhilCare’s extensive line of products covers hospitalization, out-patient and emergency healthcare needs across a nationwide network of hospitals, clinics, and physicians.

The PhilCare Wellness Index is composed of several wellness statements which cover the aspects of psychological, physical, medical, nutritional, and lifestyle. For the 2019 edition,  the financial element was added. The index also asked respondents to rate their stress levels and satisfaction from sex, among others.

This year’s respondents included 1,350 Filipinos nationwide – 300 of the respondents came from Mindanao, 150 of which are from Davao City and from Tagum City, Davao Del Norte. Respondents were asked to rate themselves from a seven-point scale, with the score of one as “very good;” two as “good;” three and four as “somewhat good” range; five and six as “somewhat bad;” and a score of seven, which is “very bad.”.

The PhilCare Wellness Index is the only study in the country that measures the level of perceived health and wellness among Filipinos.

PhilCare Wellness Index 2019 – Davao Findings

Overall, Davaoeños rated themselves as better in terms of health and wellness compared to most other Filipinos, with a “good” score of 2.46, compared to the “somewhat good” nationwide self-rating of 2.84.

However, they fared the opposite when it came to their overall composite score for wellness. Davaoeños scored 3.66, which is classified as “neither good nor bad,” compared to the “somewhat good” nationwide rating of 3.24. 

The average rating of the respondents’ overall composite score is based on six wellness domains: psychological, physical, lifestyle, financial, medical, and nutritional wellness.

When it came to their rest and relaxation spending, however, Davaoeños spent a lot more than most other Filipinos, shelling out an average of at least Php4,800. That is around 60% higher than the nationwide average of at least Php3,000.

When asked about how well their finances are, Davaoeños said they are in a worse shape compared to most other Filipinos. They scored 4.38, which means “neither good nor bad” on the Wellness Index scale, but means worse compared to the “somewhat good” nationwide score of 3.42. 

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 “PhilCare will also forge partnerships with the government sector so they could use this proprietary study of PhilCare to craft relevant policies. We have findings in this study that may be very useful in the goal of the government to attain truly universal health care,” – Former Health Secretary and Chairman of the 2019 PhilCare Wellness Index, Dr. Enrique T. Ona

This means that Davaoenos said they do not earn that much as others and are in less of a position to save and invest. They are also relatively not comfortable with their debt situation.

Davaoeños also fared worse than most other Filipinos in terms of lifestyle wellness, scoring 3.72, which is classified as “neither good nor bad” compared to the “somewhat good” nationwide average of 3.12.

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WELLNESS SUMMARY, Metro Davao

PhilCare Wellness Index 2019 – Mindanao Findings 

Mindanaoans, in general, also said that they feel positive about their health despite being financially ill-prepared for medical-related emergencies and not being in a good state of health compared to the rest of the Filipinos.

Our countrymen down south rated themselves as having “good” health, scoring 2.67 compared to 2.84 “somewhat good” nationwide rating. But when it comes to the actual determinants of wellness, Mindanaoans scored 3.66, which may be “neither good nor bad,” but is worse than the “somewhat good” 3.24 nationwide rating. 

Mindanaoans also said that they do not have the capability to pay for their medical-related expenses and do not get to have regular check-ups, scoring 4.82, which is “somewhat bad” compared to the 4.02 nationwide score, which is “neither good nor bad.” But when it comes to rest and relaxation, Mindanaoans also spend at least Php4,800, much higher than the Php3,000 national average.

Other key wellness factors wherein Mindanaoans performed worse are financial wellness and lifestyle wellness. For financial wellness, they scored 4.41, which is “neither good nor bad,” but is worse than the 3.42 “somewhat good” nationwide score. For lifestyle wellness, meanwhile, Mindanaoans scored 3.73, which is also “neither good nor bad,” but is also worse than the 3.12 “somewhat good” nationwide rating.

Of the 150 respondents in Metro Davao, 81 are male and 69 are female. Among the 81 male respondents, 65 (or 80%) said they smoke. Among female respondents, only five (or 7%) smoke. On average, male smokers said they consume about ten sticks of cigarettes per day.

Sex Life

More Davaoeños and Mindanaoans, percentage-wise, have sex compared to the rest of the country, both at 77% (116 respondents for Metro Davao, 232 respondents for Mindanao) compared to 61% (821 respondents) nationwide.

Davaoeños and Mindanaoans are also more satisfied with their sex life compared to most Filipinos, rating it as “good” (2.05 for Metro Davao, 2.10 for Mindanao) as against other Filipinos, who describe it as “somewhat good” (2.74).

Also, Davaoeños and Mindanaoans who said they have sex said they do it thrice a week compared to the nationwide average of twice a week.

In Metro Davao, specifically, more males (92.5% or 75 respondents) have said they have sex compared to females (61% or 42 respondents). 

Dr. Paragas said this year’s PhilCare Wellness Index involved not just a survey, but also a series of focus group discussions, where participants from different sectors delved on problems and solutions relevant to the goal of inclusive health care.

PhilCare Wellness Index 2019 – Nationwide Results

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WELLNESS SUMMARY: Nationwide

Despite Filipinos’ “somewhat good” sense of optimism about their health, they admit lacking the confidence to address their medical needs. About 40% are unsure if they can pay for their medical bills, while 35% are also unsure they could afford regular medical checkups.            

The inability to finance their medical needs was also evident in the findings of the survey, which said that more than 60% of respondents have incurred up to P30,000 in medical bills. 

About 37% managed to pay their bills using their savings, while 25% ended up seeking help from friends and relatives to pay what they owe. Only 15% were able to settle their bills using health insurance. 

Among the respondents that were hospitalized in the previous year, the survey also revealed that only 63% of them managed to use their PhilHealth benefits to ease the burden of their medical expenses.  

Apart from the self-evaluations of physical, nutritional, medical, psychological, lifestyle, and financial well-being, the study also measured stress, sex, vices, and health practices.

Dr. Paragas said this year’s PhilCare Wellness Index involved not just a survey, but also a series of focus group discussions, where participants from different sectors delved on problems and solutions relevant to the goal of inclusive health care.

PhilCare President and CEO Jaeger L. Tanco said the results of the survey are very useful in helping the health sector come up with programs that address the needs of Filipinos, helping them attain a better state of wellness.

“There is more to health than just the absence of disease. Our vision is to help promote a brand of health that is holistic and inclusive. The PhilCare Wellness Index gives us a clear picture on where we are when it comes to wellness and, more importantly, it charts a clear path on how far we can go to promote health among Filipinos,” he said.

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The study was inspired by wellness and health indices in New Zealand (The Sovereign Wellbeing Index of 2015), Canada (The Canadian Index of Wellbeing), and the United States (The State of American Well-Being of 2017).


PhilhealthCare, Inc. (PhilCare) is among the top two most preferred HMOs in the country today. It distinguishes itself from other health maintenance organizations (HMO) in the Philippines by advocating wellness as a more holistic approach to health.

This is achieved through PhilCare’s sustainable health plans, PhilCare 360, and its technology-enabled customer experience. PhilCare offers a wide range of health care plans to serve the different requirements of individuals, group, and enterprise accounts.

PhilCare pioneered the country’s first Wellness Index in 2014.  Based on the findings of that study, PhilCare introduced the very first prepaid health plans in the country.  From prepaid to comprehensive coverage, PhilCare’s extensive line of products covers hospitalization, out-patient and emergency healthcare needs across a nationwide network of hospitals, clinics, and physicians.

PhilCare 360, on the other hand, provides members with updates about health information, preventive measures against diseases and illnesses, and lifestyle trends that promote health and wellness. Meanwhile, PhilCare’s tech-enabled customer service efforts involve their accessible website and e-commerce, their call center that’s available 24/7, and its HeyPhil App where members can ask queries and request for a Letter of Authorization (LOA).

PhilCare’s commitment to promote wellness among Filipinos makes it an essential pillar of Maestro Holdings, a grand concord of four of the biggest and respected financial companies in the Philippines. Under the Maestro’s baton, PhilCare joins four of the most recognizable names in their respective industries: PhilsFirst, the first domestic non-life insurance company in the country; PhilLife, one of the most trusted insurance providers in the Philippines; PhilPlans, one of the leading financial solutions companies providing pension, education, and memorial programs.

STYLE PICKS : Habi Kadayawan 2019

Among the three editions, the 2019 run was thus far with the most entries for men.

A convertible scarf from the Bagobo tribe and a Kimono suit jacket detailed with Ovu-Manuvo bead works were just two of the ethnic-contemporary menswear pieces which competed for this year’s Habi Kadayawan. Among the three editions, the 2019 run was thus far with the most entries for men.

Read also : Fashion Weekend Davao 2017

 

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Habi Kadayawan is a fashion accessories design competition held every August as part of Davao city’s celebration of Kadayawan Festival. It is a collaborated project of the City Government and the Davao Fashion and Design Council. Design entries are inspired by the rich and diverse 11 tribes of the City. (Photos are from the Davao City Government Facebook Page)

Apart from the usual categories for Fashion Accessories namely professional, hobbyist and student, a Luxe Apparel for professional designers category was added to this year’s competition. Parameters for the competing designers and their tribal inspirations were not limited anymore within the Davao Region. Starting this year, wearable articulations from any ethno-linguistic tribe found in Mindanao were qualified to compete.

Menswear Picks : Habi Kadayawan 2019

SCARF-TO-SLING BAG CONVERTIBLE ACCESSORY by Bae Arlene
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Tagged as Pangulabe, this convertible scarf is worn as Tangkulo, a headpiece of male tribal elders that symbolizes royalty and bravery. It can also be worn as San Ning, a woven and beaded sling bag worn by the Bagobo tribe as part of their traditional attire. The convertible feature from the usual scarf to a functional sling bag is such an ethnic styling treasure. Can you imagine if the designer would add pieces with neutral colors of brown or olive green? I would love to own two more!
PINK SUIT WITH TNALAK SEWN SLEEVES by Noga Vesorio
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A formal wear from the three-piece collection entry of Vesorio’s “Sleek Symmetry”. Behold how stylishly cut strips of T’nalak fiber on a dandy colored suit highlight a man’s torso, shoulders and arms even when he is so wrapped in a suit. The inner shirt, with T’nalak strips on its chest pocket (not photographed) exudes its own sleekness even without the jacket.
KIMONO SUIT JACKET WITH OVU-MANUVO BEAD WORKS by Jun Artajo
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Bagging this year’s third spot in the Luxe Apparel category, this blue formal menswear with an Asian kick is from the three-piece collection entry of Artajo’s “Dez Vouz”. It features geometries with Ovu-Manuvo tribe bead works.
SCULPTURED COPPER WIRE NECKLACE by Dennis Almoroto
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Won this year’s Grand Price for the Hobbyist category, “Macodee” is a neck piece made from electrical copper wire accented with pears. Created by Almoroto, a waste-to-art advocate jewelry designer, the human wire sculpture holding hand in hand embodies unity and wisdom of the 11 tribes in Davao. Looking  forward how this necklace could be expanded with a version for men. It looks minimalist and downright stylish.
T’NALAK-MADE ACCESSORIES

T’nalak is made from weaved Abaca fibers. It is a traditional craft of the T’boli tribe from South Cotabato. Seeing these accessories made from it is truly a style statement with functional features.

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Harness Bag by Untamed Kulture is streetwear made from Tnalak fiber, accented with polymer clay and high quality harness straps. Baseball cap by Mei Medalla is made from a T’boli woven fabric of Abaca, Tnalak. A high fashion belt bag as part of this year’s winning Luxe Apparel collection of Mark Pabon tagged as Living the Dream inspired from the Dream weavers of South Cotabato.

Honorable Mentions

Props also to the finalists behind these menswear.

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A green Kimono suit with Inaul sleeves inspired by the Moro ethnic group of the Maguindanaon by Gelmar John Buyan. A brown suit from “Kapa de Garbo” of Bonnie Adaza that complements the traditional blazers of the Tagakalo Tribe.

There were definitely two reasons that made this year’s “Habi” such a prelude to a promising tribe-inspired fashion spectacle to look forward every August.

First, the competition is now pan-Mindanao. This southern Philippine island is truly an ethnic bliss adorned with rich tribal artistry that the fashion world deserves to see.

Second, is the influx of Menswear entries. The participation of these style pieces for men proposes that a “Clothing Collection” is complementary. There are pieces for him and pieces for her. Thus, inviting more male audience (and designers) in the coming Habi seasons. See you then!


“Clothing pieces may be stiff as for him and for her. But, we should be reminded though that “Dressing up” on the other hand is fluid, its freestyle. For him, for her, for him who wants to look like her or for her who wants to look like him. “


Winners: Habi Kadayawan 2019

Luxe Apparel Design Category, judged by fashion designers Ito Curata and JC Buendia and former Preview Magazine editor-in-chief and Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (CITEM) Executive Director, Pauline Suaco-Juan.

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GRAND PRICE: Mark Pabon’s “Living the Dream” collection speaks confidence and an adventurous spirit that’s out to make a statement. It is inspired from the Dream weavers of South Cotabato.
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Pabon’s entry for the Fashion Accessory category bagged the Philippine Airlines Colors of Kadayawan special awardee.
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FIRST RUNNER-UP: Shine Casiño’s “Diversity of Culture” from Cagayan de Oro City is a collection of modified Islamic kaftans and tunics accentuated with cuts inspired by the decorative carvings of the torogan houses of the Maranao’s ruling datu class.
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SECOND RUNNER-UP: Jun Artajo’s “Dez Vouz” of Davao City featured the artistry of the Obo-Manobo tribe with triangles and shimmering beads.

Pabon, Casiño and Artajo’s went home with P150,000 in cash, P75,000 and P50,000, respectively.

Fashion Accessory Design Categories, deliberated by accessory designers Adante Leyesa and Ann Ong and lifestyle writer Mons Romulo.

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Grand Winner – Student, a handbag by Stephen Azarcon of Surigao del Sur , Grand Winner – Professional, a shoulder bag byPatrick Gabutina of Cagayan de Oro City

The grand winner for the Hobbyist category is a sculptured copper wire necklace by Dennis Almoroto of Davao City. Each are awarded with a cash prize of P100,000.

All four Grand Winners get the opportunity to showcase in Manila FAME in October along with the Davao Fashion Design Council.

HOBO CODES | Circus-like Sky Rides at Eden Adventure Park Davao

Eden is also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground.

Life’s unicycle where we simultaneously juggle work, personal affairs and sanity, causes us to faint sometimes. If you happen to be in that part of your routine where you are losing balance, startle more that adventurous soul and try daring your circus skills. Get out from the unicycle for a while and treat yourself to face-warping rides.

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CIRCUS SKILLS: Physical comedy (face), contortion (left leg) and flying trapeze (the Skyswing!). My first Skywing, July 2018. *I am comparing my extreme sky experience to several circus acts to let the readers feel more how every ride feels. This does not necessarily mean that you have to try these like a circus performer. Dangle safely.

How about teasing your circus skills of balance, agility, motor coordination as well as showmanship and physical comedy? Yes, you can not control those funny facial grimaces from the extreme stimuli when suspended at a 60 feet high cable, from a tower in an elevation 3,000 feet above sea level. All these in a day at one of the most popular and most visited mountain resorts in the Philippines today!


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Eden Nature Park and Resort, or more commonly known as Eden, is a member of the JVA Group of Companies based in the Davao Region. It is located in Barangay Eden, Toril, Davao City, about 30 kilometers from the city proper and is situated at around 3,000 feet above sea level. A superb tourist attraction that offers tons of activities and amenities for all ages.


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Reservations Office is at 2nd floor, Matina Town Square, MacArthur Highway, Matina, Davao City |(+6382) 229-1020 | 296-0791|info@edennaturepark.com.ph | www.edennaturepark.com.ph | The resort offers day tour packages and also caters to live-in corporate seminars and events, retreats, weddings and wedding receptions.

The moment you enter the Eden Adventure Park, the topography and the horizon you behold add to the thrill, where the sky rides are seem theatrically arranged. It is like a natural amphitheater where the towers of the rides are constructed at the lower part of the property. When someone is trying any of the extreme sky rides, a majestic horizon is on the backdrop while the spectators from the higher part of the park watch the rider at eye level.

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Other day tour goers scream with you especially when the 90-degree Skywing is released.

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It is like entering a outdoor circus venue where you can be one of the performers of the daring acts at some part of the show or just one of the contagiously thrilled audience watching the other day tour goers trying the rides. The spectators scream with you especially when the 90-degree Skywing is released.

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Extreme Sky Ride Experience is open 1-5PM Mon-Thu, 8-5PM Fri-Sun. Skywheel rate: 200p/ person.

Extreme Sky Experience Rides

Safety is Eden’s paramount concern. Trained attendants and operators ensure your safety. Your safety is significantly enhanced by securing you a body harness and safety gears especially ordered in France.

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Waiver, signed. Gears, worn. Ready for the extreme rides!

SKYWHEEL : The “German wheel”-like ride you see from the circus.

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SKYWHEEL: Day tour goers can walk inside the wheel while it is up 60 feet high treading a 200 meter distance in approximately 15 minutes.

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You should be atleast 50 kilos. Three wheels are available to travel at the same time.

SKYSWING: It is like flying trapeze, only with harness because you are not a pro.

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A first of its kind in the Davao Region, opened in 2015. Which would you try, 45 or 90 degree swing? Solo or with a swing mate? Screaaaaaam! Second Skyswing, May 2019.

“After Eco-tourism and Agri-tourism, a third leg – what we call as Adventure Tourism – was added to the resort’s activities. This was to make Eden also cater to the younger and more adventurous generation.” -Brenda Ocampo, Director of Sales and Marketing

SKYCYCLE : Artistic cycling and Slackwire balancing acts combined!

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The only of its kind in Davao where riders pedal the bike to cross the 200 meter cable.

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With 6 more lines from 2 when it opened in 2013, this ride is obviously a hit where artistic cycling and slackwire balancing skills are combined.

SKYRIDER: An aerial straps act without the acrobatics.

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Eden’s  version of Zipline. Opened in 2008 which lets you feel how to perform in an aerial silk or straps.

Since it started operations in October 1997, Eden has evolved from a simple nature park to a Davao destination offering a spectrum of relaxing things to do to heart pumping rides to overcome. It is definitely not just a nature lover’s paradise but also now an adventure seeker’s natural playground or contextually, an aspiring circus performer’s safely harnessed theater. Dangle safely before going back to life’s unicycle!  

I am comparing my extreme sky experience to several circus acts to let the readers feel more how every ride feels. This does not necessarily mean that you have to try these like a circus performer. Dangle safely.

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It is like a natural amphitheater where the towers of the rides are constructed at the lower part of the property. When someone is trying any of the extreme sky rides, a majestic horizon is on the backdrop while the spectators from the higher part of the park watch the rider at eye level.

Menswear and Beautiful Beginnings | Easy Wedding Outfits You Can Steal From Your Salesman Friend

High schoolers have a prom night. Millennials have wedding invitations.

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Wedding wardrobes from Love and Styles: https://www.facebook.com/love.n.styles/

A wedding, regardless of the dress code written in the invitation letter, is a formal event. Treat it this way: High schoolers have a prom night. Millennials have wedding invitations.

Dressing up properly is the most thoughtful effort you can show to the just-married. That you are there to celebrate with them and it “shows”. Just for the record, the entire wedding ceremony costs a lot. When you are invited, you are indeed an important person to the love birds. Give them a favor, Bud. Dress up! Try Spezzato.

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SPEZZATO LOOK 1: This mix works on green and gray or even white wedding motif.

“Beautiful Beginnings at the Waterfront” is a wedding and celebrations fair held every last weekend of May. To help couples prepare for their big day, the fair brings together Davao City’s most sought after wedding and event providers. More about it below.

You do not need to spend much though. When you run out of time hopping around rental shops, or when you are simply trying to be thrifty as a responsible adult,  Your Sales Professional friend got your back. Look for them on your friend list. Try to browse through their photos and identify some pieces you might want to borrow. Then, ask for it just like what friends are for.

Spezzato The Italian art of mixing and matching your suit jackets and trousers to come up with a new, mismatched suit.

Closers invest in their clothes. They update their closet up to 3 times in a year. They realize how important dressing up well is and that is exactly just one of the reasons why a Salesman is worth keeping as a friend.

 

 

 

READ ALSO: Menswear and Socials 

Now, what are the pieces to borrow?

  1. Well-fitting suit jacket. The color may either be the motif of the wedding or complements to the shade of the motif. Light brown and gray are easy to mix and match. Never button the bottom button. Unbutton all when seated.
  2. Handkerchief as a pocket square. This transforms the usual office blazer to a stylish jacket that jives with the wedding colors. Just fold it the way you want for as long as it does not look messy. Coordinate its color to that of your pants or your dress shirt. Choose one.
  3. The office dress shirt. Light blue is a safe color. White is versatile.
  4. The tailored smart pants. Color should blend with the pocket square’s.
  5. Leather pieces: The shoes and the belt should have the same colors.

Treat it this way: High schoolers have a prom night. Millennials have wedding invitations.

READ ALSO: Menswear and Estate

Note that, when you are really that “close”, your Sales friend has those pieces which he hoards in the closet for very special socials. Dig your way to it. Steal these too:

  1. The neat, brushed up hair style and the tweezed and threaded eyebrows as well as the well shaved facial hair. Just see to it that the style fits your facial profile too. Remember to have all the necessary hair to be cut, 1 to 2 days before a special occasion just like a wedding day.
  2. Fortify the look with at least three sprays of a luxe scent. Not his daily work perfume. Ask for that special musk he keeps for socials.
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SPEZZATO LOOK 2: This mix works on a blue or gray wedding motif.

It is not just of his vineyard of business connections. Your Sales friend helps you a lot on nuptials or any other special dressing up events too. Such is through the handsome work wardrobes in his closet,  which you can steal whenever you are invited at a friend’s wedding or even if that is on his own wedding. You are friends!

READ ALSO: Touchdown to Takeoff Outfits, South Cebu 


Beautiful Beginnings at the Waterfront

The three-day, admission-free exhibition features the latest trends in the wedding and events scene from bridal floristry to destination wear, banquet themes and concept details. It also gives away exclusive hotel perks for the whole duration of the fair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For inquiries about Beautiful Beginnings at the Waterfront, call (082) 300 8881 or visit http://www.facebook.com/waterfront.davao.

Holcim Solidifies Partnerships with Davao Constructors, DSWD and TESDA

“These partnerships are a reflection of our commitment to support the development of our communities and the rest of Davao.” -Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy

With the aim to support Davao city’s development through various industrial and construction-related skills training, livelihood, and employment, the leading building solutions provider, Holcim collaborates with the Region XI offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA). Holcim also partners with the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI).

“These partnerships are a reflection of our commitment to support the development of our communities and the rest of Davao. These programs provide our partners with a steady supply of cement and equip members of the community with needed skills to participate in the city’s healthy growth,” -Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy

Holcim Philippines Sponsors Skilled Workers’ Training with TESDA

Holcim Philippines signed a partnership on April 23 with DSWD and TESDA Region XI offices for training on forklift operations, masonry, carpentry, welding and plumbing for the community members of its Davao plant.

Holcim Davao will provide funding assistance and host the training to be administered by TESDA for 25 beneficiaries, who will be certified as skilled workers. DSWD will select the trainees from barangays near Holcim Davao and provide assistance in mentoring and processing support for the employment of the beneficiaries.

Holcim Davao Plant Manager Xavier Kennedy said the recent partnerships are timely and relevant especially as the city’s construction industry is expected to sustain its healthy rise over the medium term.

“The partnership is truly helpful to people. This was made possible in order to enhance and upgrade the skills and living standards of beneficiaries from the identified neighboring barangays. This will also increase their employability while strongly supporting the government’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ program,” said Ernesto S. Nadera, the acting chief of the Korea-Philippines Vocational Training Center of TESDA.

Holcim Philippines Strengthens Bond with Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI)

Holcim Philippines will provide up to 400,000 metric tons of cement to the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. (DCACI), one of the leading building groups in southern Mindanao with 179 members. Holcim Philippines and DCACI signed the partnership on April 24, renewing their supply engagement in 2018 which involved 320,000 tons of cement.

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Officials of Holcim Philippines and the Davao Constructors Association Center, Inc. sign a supply agreement on April 24 to provide reliable cement supply to builders in Davao. In the middle are Holcim Philippines President and CEO John Stull and DCACI President Antonio Uy, who led the signing ceremony.

 

DCACI President Antonio Y. Uy thanked Holcim Philippines for the partnership and lauded the Company for introducing its new high-performance blended cement Solido as a better alternative to ordinary portland cement for infrastructure projects.

“The continued partnership of Holcim and DCACI is like Solido, which gets stronger over time. It is a great innovation because of its environmental and cost advantage over Portland cement which helps us take care of nature while having savings,” he added.

Holcim Philippines

Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs.

With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country.

Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).

Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees.

https://www.holcim.ph/

LG Electronics Gives Priceless Hope in Mindanao

These brave children serve as our inspiration. We hope that through our small gesture, we are able to enhance their quality of life” -Inkwun Heo, LG Electronics Philippines Managing Director

After a series of medical missions for families in Koronadal, Digos, and Butuan in early March, LG Electronics keeps its tradition of giving back to the community with PhP 3,000,000 worth of  LG products donated to the House of Hope in Davao during their visit, March 28, 2019.

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“These brave children serve as our inspiration. We hope that through our small gesture, we are able to enhance their quality of life.” – Inkwun Heo, LG Electronics Philippines Managing Director

“LG remains committed in creating social impact and being agents for change. These brave children serve as our inspiration. We hope that through our small gesture, we are able to enhance their quality of life” LG Electronics Philippines Managing Director Inkwun Heo said.

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Giving back to the community has always been the heart of LG’s core values

 

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LG Electronics Philippines managing director Mr. Inkwun Heo officially handed over to Dr. Mae Concepcion Dolendo, program director of House of Hope Foundation the 3 Million worth of LG products. (Top Right) A giant LG inflatable was also installed in the vicinity for the kids to enjoy.

The 3 Million worth donation is expected to help make the shelter more conducive to every child’s recovery. This includes:
(1) over 27,000 various personal care products such as body wash, soap and toothpaste items
(2) 5 43” Full HD TVs
(3) 28 Dual Inverter Airconditioning units
(4) 2 Top Load Washing Machines
(5) 2 Side by Side Refrigerators.

The House of Hope Foundation, located inside the Southern Philippines Medical Center compound (SPMC), is a charitable group that provides temporary shelter to children with cancer. SPMC is the only hospital in the whole of Mindanao that offers free cancer treatment to children. Since a large majority of its patients are indigent families with no place to stay while they are undergoing treatment, the House of Hope provides a sanctuary for them.

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A gift from House of Hope
During Mr Heo’s tour inside the shelter, he was attracted to this art piece which was posted in one of the walls in the ground floor. Dr. Dolendo and the staff of House of Hope Foundation gave it to Mr Heo as a Thank You souvenir from Davao.

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LG remains committed in creating social impact and being agents for change.

The simple turnover ceremony ended with a heartfelt chorus of Yeng Constantino’s “Salamat” (means “Thank You” in Filipino) by the child-residents of the shelter dedicated to the entire LG team. Dr. Mae Concepcion Dolendo, program director of House of Hope Foundation also gave an artwork by Kublai Millan (a famous artist from Mindanao), to Mr Heo as a Thank You souvenir from Davao.


About LG Electronics

Life’s about more than having the latest technology, rather, it’s about the experiences technology creates that impact our lives. LG Electronics Philippines delivers consumer electronics through top-of-the-line home entertainment, home appliances, and air solution products, that prepare Filipinos for their greatest moments. LG promises to bring “Innovation for a Better Life” nationwide – from Luzon, to Visayas, and Mindanao. For more details, log on to lg.com/ph, like @LGPhilippines on Facebook and follow @LGPhilippines on Instagram.

Taiwan Excellence Invites Dabawenyos to Try Award-Winning Lifestyle Brands for Free

“Taiwan Excellence” products are manufactured or developed in Taiwan, that provide innovative value to users worldwide.

For the first time in Davao, at People’s Park, March 10, “Taiwan Excellence” will proudly display and allow Davao residents to try the quality of Taiwanese brands for free, simultaneous with this year’s Davao International Marathon (DIM) Race (Register for the 2019 race here.).

TAIWAN EXCELLENCE PRODUCTS

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The symbol of Taiwan Excellence is recognized in 102 countries.

Every year, Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs recognizes products which are manufactured or developed in Taiwan, “that provide innovative value to users worldwide”. These products are awarded with the “Taiwan Excellence” symbol and are included in various promotional events to cultivate the international market.

Awardees are selected for a specific Taiwan Excellence Award based on their superiority in categories of design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D, and manufacturing.

Davao boasts a teeming natural ecosystem and a vibrant population, much like Taiwan. I believe these factors make it an optimal place to promote the many innovations coming out of Taiwan,” Tony Lin, Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Deputy Director of the Strategic Marketing Department responded when asked on why they chose Davao.

PRODUCTS TO EXPERIENCE

The Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone will showcase more than 30 top-notch products from cutting-edge brands.

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Superb brands which have been awarded the Taiwan Excellence accolade.

ASUS : ASUS is bringing its expertise in mobile and computer technology, including gaming beast ROG STRIX GL504 SCAR II, which is packed with supreme power.

COMEUP : For outdoor driving enthusiasts, COMEUP has designed award-winning winches that can outlast the test of nature. A highlight in their roster is the INTELLIGENCE DASHBOARD (IDB) AUTOMOTIVE WINCH, which comes with a cutout switch that prevents battery drain, an on-board rocker switch, and is also equipped with an LED fan-shaped battery life indicator.

TERN : Helping you navigate the urban jungle in style, bicycle company TERN provides some of their best products to date. With Tern’s LINK A7, you can enjoy the utility of a fold-up bike at an affordable price. It folds up quickly and simply to facilitate easy storage and transportation, creating a smooth and stable ride.

 

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A number of lifestyle brands are also joining the showcase, enriching homes and hobbies.

ALYA : ALYA is bringing its line of smart and portable filtration systems to help you protect your loved ones. Offering ease and convenience, the INTELLIGENT REVERSE OSMOSIS SYSTEM seamlessly provides households with clean drinking water.

JOHNSON : Fitness company JOHNSON also has created a machine to help you achieve your #fitnessgoals. The HORIZON CITTA UPRIGHT BIKE is integral element of their display. Whether you want a performance workout or a casual leisurely ride, the Horizon Citta Upright Bike handle everything in its path with style.

DEYA : DEYA will be showing off its quality backpacks, including the Ocean Recycling Roll Function Backpack. This bag is made from recycled ocean waste creating eco-friendly, fashionable, and functional backpacks for customers around the world.

MORE REASONS TO VISIT THE EXPERIENCE ZONE

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Four raffle winners each bring home a ZENFONE MAX PRO M2.
  1. Local artist Kyle Echarri will take part in an exclusive interactive session at the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone.
  2. Games and prizes await attendees.
  3. Four (4) raffle winners each bring home a ZENFONE MAX PRO M2.

MORE 2019 TAIWAN EXCELLENCE EVENTS

Taiwan Excellence has several other events lined up for the rest of the year that Filipinos should watch for.

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The much-coveted Taiwan Excellence Award, honors Taiwan’s most innovative products “that provide innovative value to users worldwide”. 

June 29-30 : Taiwan Excellence is launching the Taiwan Excellence 3-on-3 Hoop Challenge at SM Megamall.

October 4-6 : Taiwan Excellence E-sports Cup in Manila.

July 24-25 : Internet-of-Things Business Platform at Marriott Manila.

November : Taiwan Expo in Davao.

For the past six years, we have built a strong and loyal following in Manila. During this time, we received an outpouring of support for our brands,” says Lin “This is why we have decided to broaden our reach this year and introduce much-needed innovation to more people.

The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) invites Dabawenyos to the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone to experience how Taiwan Excellence products can enrich their lives.

For more information about Taiwan Excellence, kindly visit their website at
https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/ph or like their FB page at
https://www.facebook.com/TaiwanExcellence.ph.