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How To Get Away With Murder premieres on Sony Channel

By on October 15, 2014

It’s your first day in law school and your classroom is buzzing with excitement and anxiety. Your professor then walks in with a speech that will change your life. Welcome.

“I don’t know what terrible things you’ve done in your life up to this point, but clearly your karma’s out of balance to get assigned my class. I’m Professor Annalise Keating and this is Criminal Law 100, or as I prefer to call it, How to Get Away with Murder.”


Attention Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal fans! Get ready for the most anticipated new US legal drama coming at your TV screens! Academy-Award nominee Viola Davis stars as a badass litigator and criminal law professor. Her teaching method is on a practical level, where she brings the students along on crime scenes to courtrooms. The best ones  get the chance to join her firm, alongside two associates. If there’s anything that I can say at this point, Keating’s character is reminiscent of Grey’s Dr. Miranda Bailey. And oh, they will do everything to prove their clients are not guilty. Everything.

Did you catch the double episode premiere of “How To Get Away With Murder” last October 15, 9:05pm on Sony Channel? Make it your new TV obsession every Wednesday night!

Sony Channel is seen on SKYCable Channel 35, Cignal Digital TV Channel 60, Destiny Cable Channel 62, Cable Link Channel 39.


About Sony Channel
Sony Channel is the premier destination for female-skewing entertainment with the biggest and best of Hollywood. Designed for the socially connected viewer, Sony Channel features some of the most captivating and talked-about drama, comedy, lifestyle and reality programs on TV, all airing close to the U.S. telecasts, together with popular feel-good movies.
Fresh, confident and stylish, with a dash of clever wit, Sony Channel is visually stunning with a brand identity that perfectly complements its line-up of high calibre programming.  Sony Channel appeals to a female-skewed, male-inclusive audience who loves to escape, engage and lose themselves in premium content. Viewers are modern, social, stylish and aspirational.
Sony Channel is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates pay-TV channels AXN, beTV, Sony Entertainment Television, Animax, ONE and GEM. See, Facebook and Twitter for more.

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Playtime, Funtime: The Top 5 Benefits of Playing

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Maybe you thought it was just for fun, or just to keep your little ones busy, but no, never underestimate child’s play. Playing with toys may look like for mere leisure only, or even just wasting time, but actually when children are playing house or fighting imaginary villains, they’re essentially developing crucial life skills. Yes, those little moments with their robots and dolls are actually preparing them for the challenges that they will face once they reach adulthood.

But with the advent of tablets, mobile phones, and other devices, traditional playtime has been shrinking. So before it’s too late, take the plug off, turn that gadget off, and check out these five scientific benefits of play. Yes, you’re welcome.

  • Better Behavior – According to a 2009 study in the journal Pediatrics, kids behave better in the classroom when they have the chance to play on the playground during the day. Comparing teachers’ ratings of 8 and 9-year-olds’ behavior in schools with and without recess periods, kids who had more than 15 minutes a day of breaks behaved better during academic time. So let your child take that much-needed break in between study time. Let them run, jump, tinker with their toys; break time serves as a refresh button for them to restart with enthusiasm and energy.
  • All For One, One For All – Playing teaches kids to interact, and yes, play nice. According to a research published in the Early Childhood Education Journal in 2007, playing with others help kids learn awareness of other people’s feelings. Playing also teaches kids to handle their own emotions, a skill that is definitely needed as they move through with life. Socializing, interacting, reacting, yes, those are some skills that playing with dolls, playing on the playground, and more, brings.
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Source: Flickr
  • Let’s Get Physical – Obviously, unlike watching television and playing computer games, playing with toys get your kids moving. It is recommended that children (as well as adults) engage in at least an hour a day of physical activity. The American Heart Association says that active children grow into active adults, thus decreasing their risk of having heart diseases or any other diseases for that matter. Playing gets their blood pumping, their muscles burning, their unwanted fat burning, their mind moving—making them a healthier kid, and definitely, a healthier adult in the future.
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Source: Flickr
  • Achievement Unlocked Through Experiences– A 2009 Journal of School Health Study found that the more physical activity tests children pass, the more they do well on the academic tests. Yes, indeed, kids learn to count by playing hopscotch, they learn balance and all through building blocks, they learn their nurturing skills through playing dolls, they learn the good and the bad when playing with their superhero figurines.
  • Endorphins Educates – Who would want to work, and work, and work all the time? All work and no play will make your little ones sad and stressed. Moving releases endorphins, which are also known as happy hormones, bringing your kids into that good, happy mood. Let your little ones dance under the rain, play dress up along with their dolls, pretend to be a race car driver with their toy cars, spend an afternoon on the playground, and so much more! Their joyful mood will brighten up everyone’s day for sure!

Yes, experience really is the best teacher. Do not box your child and stop them from exploring the world—let them play, let them meet new playmates, let their imaginations run wild with their toys. When they don’t feel tied up, they are more likely to develop skills that are essential as they grow up—curiosity, creativity, and so much more! Let them discover the world, let them get dirty and let them learn on their own. Don’t let them get wired to gadgets and computers—push them into the real world where they’ll learn to respond and react real!

If you have any other ideas, just drop a comment about it and let’s start the conversation. Now, who’s up for playtime?

About the author
Gilbert Bermudez is a blogger for CashCashPinoy, an online deal shopping portal of authentic products and cost-saving services in the Philippines. During his past time he enjoys reading and watching movies. You can catch his activities at his Google+ account.

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LG unveils newest additions to its budget-friendly L series to PH

By on October 14, 2014

LG Electronics (LG) has just introduced in the Philippines the L Fino and the L60 smartphones, the latest additions to its budget-friendly mid-range L series mobile devices.

A compelling alternative to higher-priced smartphones, the L ‘Fino’, the Spanish word for ‘fine,’ is made more powerful and now boasts of a more premium look and feel that are sure to attract teenagers and first-time smartphone users.

According to Jay Won, vice president for LG Mobile Philippines, “L Fino represents LG’s commitment to strengthen its smartphones portfolio by focusing on creating a more premium user experience at the entry and mid-priced segments.”

The L Fino features the blazing fast 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor and a 4.5-inch display, while its 1,900mAh battery allows users to enjoy long-lasting multimedia from the device.

With its “Designed for Funtography” philosophy, the L Fino combines fun with smartphone photography as it gives users quality, blur-free images with premium features that can once be seen only in the high-tier LG G series. These include Touch & Shoot, the selfie Gesture Shot and a front camera light which allows users to take a clear snap of themselves even in the dark.

It is also the first L series model to sport LG’s trademark rear key button, as well as the brand’s signature Knock Code and adjustable Smart Keyboard, and an 8 MP camera and true IPS display.

Available in white and black, the L Fino allows buyers to choose between these two classic colors with LG’s signature sleek body.


Newest family member

Another addition to the mid-range L series is the L60 smartphone, a member of the well-loved L Series III family.

The LG L60 smartphone employs a modern “slimmed” design and has a woven back texture that gives users a comfortable grip while giving the handset a modern look.

Although with a sleek body, one can still enjoy a 4.3” display, while its 1,540mAh battery will allow you to maximize the phones’ functionalities and its 1.3GHz dual core CPU will ensure a heightened user experience.

It also has a dual SIM to provide utmost convenience to users. Set different ringtones, vibrations, or alert sounds for each SIM for further customization.LG-L60-specs

“With smartphone users becoming savvier, we believe that the L Fino and the L 60 models will enjoy a strong following among customers who are seeking performance and feature-rich smart phones at affordable prices,” Won said.


Extended promo

What’s more, LG is giving more Filipinos the chance to own the earlier released L Series III smartphones and other LG Mobile handsets with as much as Php5,000 off on their respective selling prices.

“We are giving our consumers an early merry surprise this ber-month with our extended early Christmas promo, where they can get their favorite LG smartphones at lower prices,” Won said.

Consumers can get the other L Series III models like LG L80 for only Php9,990; the LG L70 for Php7,490; and the LG L40 for P4,490 until October 31, 2014 only.

The early Christmas sale will also give customers Php5,000 off on the LG G Pro 2, now for Php27,990; the LG G2 for Php25,990 (32 GB) and Php21,990 (16GB); the LG G2 mini for Php12,490; and the LG G Pro for Php11,990.

For more information about the new L series models, visit,, or; like LG Mobile’s official Facebook page “LG Mobile Philippines”; or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.


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About LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company
The LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company is a global leader and innovator in mobile communications. With its breakthrough technologies and innovative designs, LG continues to establish a number of benchmarks in the smartphone market, while also helping create a better lifestyle for consumers by delivering a wholly enhanced smartphone experience. As a leader in 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, LG continues its commitment to developing groundbreaking LTE technologies and fulfilling consumer demands with differentiated LTE devices of the highest quality, all of which are based on the company’s wealth of LTE patents and technical knowledge. For more information, please visit

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HISTORY HD on CIGNAL launches “Photo Face-off”

By on October 13, 2014

Calling all photography enthusiasts! HISTORY™ launches its first original reality competition series, Photo Face-off. This exciting 6-part reality series features professional lensman Justin Mott pitted against five amateur photographers. Their goal is to make use of the story-telling power of high-impact photos to revisit and explore the rich history of key destinations across Asia. See the show in high definition as it premieres on September 23, Tuesday at 10:30PM on Cignal Channel 118.


In Photo Face-Off, Mott embarks on a journey around the region, learning through the different lenses and unique perspectives of the amateur photographers he’s pitted against. Challenging him are Tan Jia Jun, an events company intern from Singapore; Singyuin Christy, a humanitarian and documentary photojournalist from Malaysia; and Hoang Thi Lan, fashion and retail maven from Vietnam. Completing the group are Willy Lesmana from Indonesia and Richard Silaraks from Thailand, both of whose works have won and been awarded at photography contests.

From camera techniques and equipment, to knowledge of the local places, Mott and the amateur team battle it out in three challenges (Speed, Theme, and Extreme), with the final round set in Kenting, Taiwan – an unfamiliar place to all five contenders, and where Mott sits as one of the judges. Joining Mott in the judging panel are resident judge Kevin Ou, together with Singapore’s celebrity photographer Russel Wong, Malaysia’s Teoh Peng Kee and tech blogger and photographer Brian Chong, Indonesia’s Rodrigo Ordonez and Dewandra Djelantik, Thailand’s creative director Joey Aung, and Vietnam’s film producer Kathy Nguyen and photographer Olaf Mueller.

The winning lensman will win the ultimate amateur photographer’s dream: an all-expenses paid trip to glamorous New York City to photograph some of the world’s biggest stars, and a trip to Japan’s Canon Photoclinic.

Viewers of the show can also show off their photography skills for a chance to win amazing prizes from History HD and Cignal! To join, participants must send in their most creative photography shot and a short write-up about their photo inspiration to together with their complete name, home address, age, contact number and Cignal account number. The top 10 most creative entries will win a cool digital camera from History HD. Special premium items from Cignal and History HD will also be given away as consolation prizes. The promo will run from September 23,2014  to October 28, 2014.


HISTORY™ and HISTORY HD™ are the leading destinations for entertaining hit series and revealing, award-winning event specials that connect history with viewers in an informative, immersive and fascinating manner across multiple platforms. Programming covers a diverse variety of genres ranging from real-life characters who bring history to life every day, to natural history, contemporary history, technology and science, as well as archaeology and pop culture. Hit series include Kings of Restoration, Pawn Stars, Ancient Aliens, , Vikings, Counting Cars, Hidden Cities Extreme and Ride N’ Seek. Watch History HD on CignalTV Channel 118.

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The Medical City brings technology and expertise closer to local healthcare industry

By on September 30, 2014

I’m a fan of American medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. Most of the time I do not understand the jargon thrown here and there but their actions make me understand what they’re about to do. I supposed it’s not a direct reflection of what happens in a hospital but to see the characters recognized for their skills and research.. do our medial practitioners also get the same exposure to advanced technologies and mentorship?

Through our friends at AMPR, my question was answered. I was able to be part of the launch of a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary training center by premier health institution, The Medical City (TMC). The Center for Advanced Skills, Simulation and Training Innovation, otherwise known as CASSTI, provides a controlled and safe environment for skills acquisition. It is headed by Dr. Deogracias Alberto G. Reyes, TMC surgeon and associate professor at the Ateneo School of Medical. According to him,

“CASSTI was brought about by the need to effect a change in medical and surgical training. The traditional Halsteadian mindset of ‘see one, do one, teach one’ is not ideal as it does not give the trainee the opportunity to achieve mastery before patient contact.”

TMC President and CEO Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon adds that “this offers physicians and trainees the ability to assess and achieve proficiency through simulation and an ideal learning environment that is pace appropriate and structured with expert supervision.”

The main feature of CASSTI is simulation training, where technical errors do not have clinical consequences and do not involve morbidity or mortality. The ability to repeat and train in the skills laboratory makes training pace appropriate, responsive to the individual’s learning aptitudes and schedule limitations.


Ribbon cutting, blessing and tour of the CASSTI facility was followed by a short program at the Augusto M. Barcelon Auditorium.



Dr. Salud (Head, Department of Surgery) gave the welcome remarks, Dr. Sarmiento (Chairman of the Board, PSI-The Medical City) gave his prefatory remarks, followed by a messaged from the President & CEO Dr. Bengzon, a message from the CASSTI Consultant Director Dr. Reyes, a message from the Guest of Honor Prof. Sir Alfred Cuschieri and closing remarks by Dr. Ramos.

L-R: Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon | Dr. Deogracias Alberto G. Reyes | Prof, Sir Alfred Cuschieri | Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos | Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento | Dr. Jose Antonio M. Salud


CASSTI’s facilities include endoscopic stations, virtual reality, roo, simulation room, teleconference ability for live surgery transmission to CASSTI and remote locations, animal laboratory, lecture rooms, video editing stations, and a research room.

Courses Offered

Healthcare professionals who desire to strengthen and refine their clinical and surgical skills are welcome to enroll in CASSTI courses. List of short 1 to 5-days clinical courses:

  • General Surgery – Minimal Access Surgery: Fundamental Knowledge and Skills, Mastery of Laparoscopic Suturing Course, Essentials of Laparoscopic Hernia Repair Course, Laparoscopic Appendectomy Course, Laparoscopic IOC and Choledochoscopy Course, Simbionix – LapMentor VR Simulator Course
  • Colorectal Surgery – Stapling Workshop in Colorectal Surgery, Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery, Total Mesorectal Excision (TME) for Rectal Cancer, Hemorrhoidal Master Class
  • Head and Neck Surgery – Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) Course, Phonosurgery (Laryngology) Course, Basic Facial Plastic Course, Pediatric Airway Endoscopy Course (Pediatric Otolaryngology), Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAB) of the Head and Neck, Temporal Bone Dissection Course
  • Breast Surgery – Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy Workshop
  • Orthopedics – Basic Knee Arthroscopy, Therapeutic Arthroscopy of the Knee, Surgical Approaches to the Hip
  • Urology – Intensive Laparoscopic Nephrectomy Course
  • Gynecology – Hysteroscopy Course
  • Airway Management – Critical Airway Management: In a Training Institution
  • Critical Care – Basic Assessment and Support in Intensive Care (BASIC), Basic Clinical Skills

The facility also offers short technical courses in Instrument Reprocessing and Maintenance (1 day) and Operative Nursing in Minimal Access Surgery (1.5 days). Plans to offer a Certificate / Diploma course and Masters Degree in Minimal Access Surgery are underway as of this writing.

I believe trainings like these are worth the investment, especially in the field of health care where one’s life is on the line.

CASSTI is located at the lower ground of The Medical City in Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City. For inquiries, you may call 998-1000 or 988-700 ext. 6801 or email at or visit Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


About The Medical City
The Medical City is a tertiary care hospital with over 40 years of experience in hospital operation and administration. Its world-class health care complex serves some 40,000 in-patients and 400,000 out-patients annually. TMC has a medical staff of over 1,000 physicians who are established experts in their various fields of specialization. This core of professionals is complemented by a 2,00-strong human resource complement, engaged in allied medical, administrative and support services. TMC is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the world’s most prestigious accrediting body for international healthy care organizations.

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Filipino investors optimistic on pensions, but based on some risky assumptions – Manulife Survey

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The majority of Filipino investors are satisfied with their government pension – but that sentiment is based on specific assumptions and a cash-dominant approach to retirement working out, according to the latest Manulife Investor Sentiment Index.*

Two-thirds of respondents said that they are confident that their government pension would be enough to meet their needs upon retirement – the highest level of all surveyed markets. In contrast, across all surveyed markets the proportion of confident investors was less than 40 percent, and as low as one-in-ten in some markets.

While such optimism seems positive, the survey shows it is based on some risky assumptions. First, investors expect their retirement income to be relatively high, at 92% of their current income – the highest estimate among all surveyed markets (Asia average 69%). Second, they expect their retirement expenses to be relatively low, at just 61 percent of their current income, at the lower end of surveyed markets (Asia average 66%). Third, nearly all (95%) said that in retirement they expect to rely on private healthcare – by contrast, in every other market only a minority expected to rely on private healthcare (Asia average 38%).

“Filipino investors have high estimates of their retirement income. Even if these turn out to be right, they may not be enough to cover their actual costs,” said Ryan Charland, CEO of Manulife Philippines. “Today, people generally expect their retirement to be active, and that means expenses will likely be much higher than what many realize. In addition, healthcare tends to cost a lot more than people expect. In Asia healthcare costs have risen about twice the rate of inflation over the past 10 years. Of course, it’s even more expensive if you go private.”

The survey highlights that Filipino investors have a high degree of reliance on their government pension, with only one in five owning an additional, private pension plan. Instead, many expect to fall back on other, less assured, largely cash-forms of income, notably savings (which they expect to make up 37% of their retirement income) and inheritance (12% of their retirement income) – in both cases the highest reliance of any surveyed markets. This cash-dominant approach to retirement is reinforced by the finding that, on receiving their pension, Philippine investors plan to deposit nearly half into the bank, the second-highest level of all markets (Asia average 35%).

“We know that Filipino investors like to hold cash and are among the most cash-heavy investors in Asia. The latest survey shows us they also plan to be Asia’s most cash-reliant investors when retired,” said Mr. Charland. “Keeping cash in the bank provides minimal returns, which may not even keep up with inflation. Their retirement optimism would have a sounder basis with a more balanced portfolio, especially given that retirement today can last 30 years or more.”

*About Manulife Investor Sentiment Index in Asia
Manulife’s Investor Sentiment Index in Asia is a quarterly, proprietary survey measuring and tracking investors’ views across eight markets in the region on their attitudes towards key asset classes and related issues. The Index is calculated as a net score (% of “Very good time” and “Good time” minus % of “Bad time” and “Very bad time”) for each asset class. The overall index is calculated as an average of the index figures of asset classes. A positive number means a positive sentiment, zero means a neutral sentiment, and a negative number means negative sentiment.

The Manulife ISI is based on 500 online interviews in each market of Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Japan, and Singapore; in Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines it is conducted face-to-face. Respondents are middle class to affluent investors, aged 25 years and above who are the primary decision maker of financial matters in the household and currently have investment products.

The Manulife ISI is a long-established research series in North America. The Manulife ISI has been measuring investor sentiment in Canada for the past 15 years, and extended this to its John Hancock operation in the U.S. in 2011. Asset classes taken into Manulife ISI Asia calculations are stocks/equities, real estate (primary residence and other investment properties), mutual funds/unit trusts, fixed income investment and cash.

About Manulife
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to Manulife for strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$637 billion (US$597 billion) as at June 30, 2014. We operate as John Hancock in the U.S. and as Manulife in other parts of the world.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at

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By on September 23, 2014




SINGAPORE, August 27, 2014 – On October 6, BIO™ Channel will rebrand to FYI™, a contemporary lifestyle network reflecting how people live their lives today, across Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan. The announcement was made today by Alan Hodges, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, A+E Networks.

BIO was also rebranded to FYI in the US on July 8th.

For your inspiration, for your imagination or for your innovation, FYI will be a personalized experience for each viewer. The network embraces the way audiences really live their lives – proudly-hyphenated and not constrained by one passion or interest. Never an instruction manual and always an inspiration engine, FYI offers viewers a more adventurous, personalized and non-prescriptive approach to programming with a range of stories that reflect how people actually live their lives today, not defined by just one passion or interest.

“FYI’s mission is to inspire personal creativity that emphasizes improvised living, while reflecting our authentic slate of programming,” says Michele Schofield, Senior VP, Programming & Marketing at A+E Networks Asia. “And with its rich mix of inspirational content, the new channel’s Asian premiere is sure to bring its viewers a season of quality entertainment.”

FYI will feature over 300 hours of original content each year across four programming genres – taste, space, look, and journey. FYI will include locally-commissioned productions and local acquisitions.

FYI’s primetime premiere line-up in Asia includes:

In Tiny House Nation, renovation experts and hosts, John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin, travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them. They also help families design, construct and prepare to downsize into their own mini-dream homes no larger than 300 square feet!


Rowhouse Showdown featuring renovation expert, Carter Oosterhouse as he leads three teams who battle it out to transform dilapidated homes. The team that increases the appeal of their home the most, wins the grand prize of $50,000.


Destination Flavour: Japan: From the frozen ponds of Hokkaido in the north to the southern multicultural island of Okinawa, we savour the cuisine from local legends and master chefs while watching Adam Liaw immerse himself in a vibrant food culture that embraces innovation and cherishes tradition.

Destination Flavour: Down Under: Host Adam Liaw continues to unearth hidden flavours, this time those nestled in the Australian and New Zealand landscapes.


Travels with the Bondi Vet features Dr. Chris Brown, a charismatic vet who leaves his practice in Sydney to begin his exploration of the world’s most beautiful and bizarre places, cultures and animals!



About A+E Networks Asia
A+E Networks™ Asia is owned by the award-winning, global media content company, A+E Networks™, which is dedicated to offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, to home videos/DVDs to gaming and educational software. A+E Networks Asia is comprised of Lifetime®, HISTORY®, FYI™ (formerly bio.®), H2™ and Crime & Investigation™. A+E Networks Asia operates and distributes its portfolio in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Fiji, Macau, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. Globally, A+E Networks’ channels and branded programming reach more than 330 million households in over 160 countries.

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GSK takes action against dengue with (Paracetamol) Calpol®

By on September 18, 2014
  • GlaxoSmithKline, makers of doctor-recommended (Paracetamol) Calpol®, partners with the Department of Health and the Philippine Pediatric Society for effective dengue fever management with “Aksyon Laban sa Dengue”.
  • Paracetamol is recommended by the World Health Organization as first-line treatment for dengue fever.
  • Doctor-recommended (Paracetamol) Calpol®, is a mom’s trusted and caring partner in providing effective fever relief for children and well-tolerated when used as directed.
  • “Aksyon Laban sa Dengue” caravan is set to visit barangays within Metro Manila identified with high cases of dengue incidence.

Manila, 29 August 2014 -Do you know that the most dangerous animal bite in the world is also the most common and often go unnoticed?

Caused by the deadliest insect in the world, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, dengue is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne disease in the world and is more rampant in countries with tropical climates like the Philippines.

Dengue affects more children than adults, with kids one to nine years old as the most vulnerable victims because of their predilection to mosquito bites. In some regions, dengue has reached epidemic proportions.

Unite Against Dengue

GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies and maker of doctor-recommended Paracetamol Calpol, joins forces with the Department of Health and the Philippine Pediatric Society in spearheading a campaign called “Aksyon Laban sa Dengue: A Dengue Fever Awareness and Education Program” as well as a Barangay Caravan that will bring dengue fever awareness efforts to the grassroots level.

The World Health Organization has recommended Paracetamol as the preferred and only recommended analgesic treatment for Dengue Fever. Aspirin or ibuprofen is not advised as these drugs may aggravate bleeding.

Calpol®, a product of GSK, contains Paracetamol specially designed to offer effective relief from the discomforts of pain and fever among children. Calpol® also has the broad suitability associated with standard paracetamol so you can be assured that it won’t harm your child when used as directed.


“Dengue is a worldwide health issue. Based on WHO records, there have been 100 million dengue cases recorded and 5 percent resulted in death,” points out Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Eric Tayag.

“Last year, the DOH recorded 204,906 dengue cases resulting in 660 deaths while in 2014, there have been 24,900 cases which have resulted in 100 deaths,” Dr. Tayag added.

Dengue continues to spread due to globalization, urbanization, climate change, increasing population, pollution problems, inadequate mosquito control and lack of community support to fight this disease.

“But the truth is, dengue can be prevented and stopped. The important thing is to know the facts about the disease,” said Dr. Tayag.

Managing Dengue

Dengue is serious and potentially fatal. Quick and accurate detection is needed to arrest this disease.

“Dengue is a clever and cunning disease,” declares Dr. Sally Gatchalian, secretary of the Philippine Pediatric Society. “It can disguise itself as other diseases. So, during the rainy season, which is when we usually see an increase of dengue cases, it is important to be on the lookout for fever that is at least of two days duration”.

Aside from fever, other signs and symptoms of dengue include headaches, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, muscle and joint aches, rashes, and bleeding manifestations. If any of these symptoms are present, the patient must seek their doctor’s advice immediately.

“While there is no specific medicine to cure Dengue, we can, however, alleviate the pain felt by the child by at least managing their fever, like giving them Paracetamol Calpol which provides soothing fever relief you can rely on, ” says Jeofrey Yulo, GM of GSK consumer health care. “When a child has fever, they feel weaker and lack the energy to enjoy life. So when fever strikes, it’s like they are putting their life on hold. In these times, you need a reliable partner to help provide a feeling of ginhawa that your sick child needs.”

Dr Sally Gatchalian PPS Secretary, Jeoffrey Yulo GSK Consumer Health GM and Evelyn Perez of DOH

Engaging the Barangays

Eliminating dengue must be a community effort. One such remarkable initiative is the partnership of the DOH, the PPS and GlaxoSmithKline, maker of doctor-recommended Paracetamol Calpol which targets selected barangays within Metro Manila with identified high cases of dengue incidence.

The DOH will initially be facilitating the training of health practitioners to discuss new dengue incidence and disease trends as well as updates on its prevention and treatment guidelines. The PPS health committee will then cascade these dengue modules based on DOH guidelines with the selected barangays. On its part, GSK will be bringing doctors to these areas to lead the Dengue information campaign to help Filipinos protect their families and loved ones from this deadly menace.

Moms taking their commitment against dengue. Ms. Suzi Entrata hosted the launch.

“You can protect your loved ones by knowing more about this debilitating disease, its prevention and management. At the onset of dengue-related symptoms immediately seek the advice of your family physician. In cases of fever, (paracetamol) Calpol®  is the Filipino mom’s partner in providing effective , soothing fever relief that is suitable for children.” adds Yulo.  “And because nothing works faster on fever than the Paracetamol in Calpol®, you are assured of your child going back to his normal, playful self again”.

If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.  For more information about (Paracetamol) Calpol®, and its Dengue campaign, visit  or like on Facebook at

About GSK
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information please visit

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