Weekend Tienda to offer organic, fresh, local products


Bazaars are a buzz in Iloilo City these days. The weekend market are becoming regular events. In the horizon the past months were the Weekend Market Iloilo held at the Molo Mansion and Produkto Lokal recently held at the Iloilo Convention Center.

There is another one – the “Weekend Tienda sa Iloilo”, a two-day bazaar that will bring organically grown food stuff, homegrown food products, handcrafted gift items, local art works, fruits, fishery and aquaculture products, and many more to the public and customers who will come and visit Casa Real, the newly-restored Iloilo Provincial Capitol Bldg.

It is being organized by the Regional Development Council of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA-VI) in order to provide venue for local micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to present their products to the public.

Expected to attend at the opening program are government officials from the Dept. of Trade and Industry, Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Science and Technology and the Dept. of Tourism.

Joey Ma. Concepcion III, the Presidential Consultant for Entrepreneurship is also expected to grace the occasion together with partners from the private sector and officials from the provincial and local governments.


Ro-Ann Bacal, regional director of NEDA-VI said that “The Weekend Tienda” is envisioned to continue and become a self-sustaining enterprise with year-round activities and to evolve into a model of public and private partnership and cooperation.”

The “Weekend Tienda sa Iloilo” will also offer side sessions on business registration, product development, design improvement, packaging, market matching, financial management, compliance with environmental laws and other sessions as well as events that will feature the cultural and musical performances of local artists and groups to showcase their talents.

The Weekend Tienda will run from December 10 to 11, 2016 in Iloilo City.


Filipinos worry about grave illness; Sun Life offers line of health solutions


Life events that worry most Filipinos revolve mainly around health. This is demonstrated from the survey result conducted by the Social Weather Station for Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc.

The SWS survey revealed that 93 percent of Filipinos worry about suffering a grave illness.

This also reflects in their financial anxiety, with 88 percent saying they are worried about their family’s financial situation should they pass away.

Many respondents admit to be financially unprepared should an illness strike. The top two sources of funds to finance treatment in case of illness would be their businesses (34 percent) and financial support from their children (32 percent), both of which are also often utilized for daily expenses as well.

These burden to Filipinos is something that Sun Life aims to address. Treatment of critical illness may cause financial burden to many Filipinos, hence, Sun Life created innovative health solutions that will serve their different needs: SUN Healthier Life and SUN Fit and Well.

SUN Healthier Life is the first Critical Illness (CI) life insurance product that covers five of the top critical illnesses in the Philippines. With its hassle-free application process, clients no longer need to undergo a medical examination, provided he is able to answer the health questions favorably.

Moreover, SUN Healthier Life offers coverage for minor (early stage) CI and Angioplasty to help clients secure the medical treatment they need and focus more on their recovery.

Meanwhile, SUN Fit and Well, a new generation wellness product that covers more than 100 CIs, offers the most comprehensive life and health protection, from prevention to rehabilitation. It was designed to help a client care for his health through wellness programs, and also have access to the best care should an illness strike. The product’s “life stage protection” feature will also enable one to address his evolving health protection needs from childhood all the way to the golden years.

With SUN Healthier Life and SUN Fit and Well, Sun Life aims to help Filipinos address both their health and wealth needs.

After all, these two go hand-in-hand, as health concerns could potentially affect one’s financial objectives. Sun Life’s innovative health solutions will give Filipinos the confidence to pursue his journey for a brighter future by being ready to face even the unexpected.

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Design your health and enjoy life to the fullest

“Health is wealth” is an old yet an enduring adage that maintains its relevance at every stage of our life. Being healthy definitely makes us happier and allow us to enjoy a fuller life.



If being fit is a challenge, then this is an opportunity for you to take on the challenge. Do you want to discover things you can do to be fit, one day at a time? Do you want to define steps towards a more productive lifestyle? Do you want to design a happier, fuller, healthier life for yourself?

Join Design Your Health 2016, a two-day health and wellness fair, from October 8 to 9, 2016, at Mandala Park, Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City, Manila.

Design Your Health: A Holistic Health and Wellness Fair showcases the importance of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual activities, and how they affect your overall health and well-being. The Fair is packed with exciting workshops, talks, activities, and bazaar focused on health.

Visit the all-Filipino bazaar, and support local ingenuity and health advocacies. Sign up for any of the 32 workshops, covering fitness, nutrition, arts and crafts, mindfulness, leadership, personality development, and many more. Learn tips and trends from health and wellness experts. Attend the art auction, featuring paintings of Persons with Autism.

Admission fee is Php150 per head, per day, inclusive of freebies and access to the bazaar, talks, and art auction. Register now at http://bit.ly/DYH2016-registration.

Sign up now for the holistic health workshops at http://bit.ly/DYH2016-workshops.

Proceeds of the fair will support ULF’s health programs for children, students, youth, healthcare professionals, and Persons with Disability (PWD).

Design Your Health 2016 is organized by Unilab Foundation (ULF), co-presented by Myra and McCormick Philippines. Special thanks to Mandala Park, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), and White Space Mind and Body Wellness Studio.

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Fun way of learning health science through ULF’s Health Science On the Go


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Ribbon-Cutting at Cauayan, Isabela for Health Science On the Go Traveling Science Centrum. At the event are DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena; May Pagsinohin, Executive Director, Philippines Foundation for Science and Technology; Urdujah Tejada, DOST Assistant Secretary; and Dr. Christian Gomez, Program Manager for Health Science On the Go. 

The Unilab Foundation, Inc. (ULF) has partnered with the Philippine Foundation for Science and Technology (PFST) to address the country’s health literacy gap through Health Science On the Go (HSOTG)–Traveling Science Centrum.

The intervention is a unique educational platform that stimulates curiosity through hands-on learning among students. It aims to be a meaningful and fun way to educate them on the health sciences, and develop a generation that is more equipped to live healthier lifestyles.

Interactive exhibits for health literacy

The US Centers for Disease Control defines health literacy as “the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.”

In 2014, the Philippine College of Physicians reported a low health literacy rate among Filipinos. This gap is reflected in the Philippines’ top leading causes of morbidity and mortality, which feature mostly preventable infectious diseases such as respiratory infections, diarrhea and tuberculosis. These diseases are virtually eradicated in most developed countries.

In line with Unilab Foundation’s mission to build a healthier Philippines, HSOTG aims to promote and demonstrate how personal choices affect health. Its thirty-one (31) engaging and interactive exhibits are grouped into five (5) main clusters: physical fitness, nutrition, hygiene, sleep/rest and medicines. It will also feature popular interactive exhibits for general science.

The exhibits complement the K-12 competencies in Health and Science, in support of Department of Education’s (DepEd) Reformed Basic Education Curriculum.

Since its launch in September 2015, the exhibit has reached over 31,000 students from 184 schools in Davao City and Rizal Province.

HSOTG Isabela

HSOTG–Traveling Science Centrum will have its third run in cooperation with the DOST Region II, DepEd Division of Isabela, DepEd Division of City School Cauayan, and the local government of Cauayan, Isabela. The venue will be at the Isabela State University – Cauayan Campus from August 8 to September 9, 2016.

Highlights of the exhibition include: Kelly, the Skeleton (skeletal movement); Dance to be Healthy (cardiovascular health); Platong Makulay for Healthy Eating (balanced diet and the food pyramid); Brush Your Teeth the Right Way (oral health care); What happens when you sleep? (stages and effects of sleep); Bacteria 101 (exponential growth of bacteria); How vaccines work in the body (immunization); Van de Graaff generator (hair-raising activity); and more.

At the HSOTG run in Isabela, ULF and PFST will launch five (5) new exhibits on healthcare professionals bearing educational information on the job descriptions of a physician, registered nurse, pharmacist, nutritionist, and physical therapist. Each exhibit aims to increase the student’s level of awareness on the functions, responsibilities, and common tools used by the profession.

A healthier Philippines, one student at a time

From August 8 to September 9, 2016, the HSOTG–Traveling Science Centrum aims to attract over 10,000 students and teachers both from public and private schools in the region. This “science beyond the classroom” approach encourages visitors to better understand and appreciate the value of health.

Unilab Foundation and PFST join forces for this noble initiative, envisioning that every visitor be equipped with the right information, get involved in its dissemination, and become an active advocate in the creation of a healthy environment for future generations – contributing to a healthier and more health literate Philippines, one student at a time.

Learn more about Health Science On the Go by visiting: www.unilabfoundation.org and www.science-centrum.ph.


Zambarrano 2nd solo show Unhindered at Casa Real Gallery

Unhindered is Arel Zambarrano’s second solo show, and his first at Casa Real Gallery. It opens on 20 August 2016, on view until 16 Septemer 2016. It features eight artworks including a large 8×12 painting and an installation.


Arel Distor Zambarrano is a native of Banate, Iloilo. He is a full-time artist and architect who graduated from Western Visayas College of Science and Technology (now ISAT-University). He has received numerous awards including Juror’s Choice Award of Merit at the Philippine Art Awards National Finals in 2012 and Grand Prize Winner at the 9th Art Petron National Student Art Competition – Oil Painting Category.

Zambarrano believes in the dictum that “there is no beautiful style, no beautiful design, and no beautiful color; there is just one beauty in art, the truth that is being revealed.” He is known to produce artworks with wide range of expressions, but with consistent theme based on his personal struggles.


Unhindered is one of the series of exhibitions leading to Visayas Visual Artists Exhibition and Conference on 17-21 November 2016.  ViVa ExCon is the largest and longest running art biennial in the country.

Casa Real Gallery is managed by Iloilo Visual Arts Collective and VIVA ExCon Organization Iloilo Inc. with the help of the Office of the Provincial Governor of Iloilo. It is open from 10 AM to 6PM from Tuesday to Saturday.


For more images and information, contact: Casa Real Gallery @ contact number: 0912-071-5601 or 0999-8821-667 / Email: viva.excon.iloilo@gmail.com

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Bring your concept to the marketplace, join #SW2

You are holding on to that business concept for so long, but Startup Weekend offers you a place wherein you can test your idea and make it work. Startup Weekend 2 might be your break.

Let go of your business concept in paper and bring it #SW2, a marketplace for would be entrepreneurs this September 2 to 4, 2016 at the University of the Philippines Visayas, Iloilo City Campus.

SWI Poster

The #SW2 is an event aimed at creating an environment for Ilonggos to network and build new ideas. “We want to help inspire Ilonggos to build creative, and innovative solutions to local problems,” said Kyra Ann Dianon, co-organizer of SW2.

“This is one of the many steps to build a great startup scene locally.”

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, technopreneurs, and venture capitalists come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startup businesses.

Startup Weekend is a part of US based Techstars company, and the event is a non-profit organization sponsored by Google, Coca-Cola, and Eventbrite.

There were 2900 events been held in 150 countries around the world. In the Philippines, it has been held in Manila, Cebu, Bohol, and Davao.

In 2015, 40 participants pitched seven business ideas. The top three teams also participated in the 2016 Global Startup Battle. Participants received mentorship from business owners and pitched their ideas to a panel of five judges.

Startup Weekend Iloilo 2

As part of the overall efforts to promote the growth of the Philippine startup ecosystem, Startup Weekend Iloilo is partnering with Cebu-based TechTalks organization. Among the people who will be assisting the organizers is Ashley Uy, event facilitator of last year’s event and organizer of Startup Weekend Bohol.

“Participants were eager and ready to learn, and were fully able to apply their mentors’ suggestions during their final presentation on Sunday night. The quality of work produced at the end by the seven teams were concise, well thought out, and had a lot of spirit and passion despite the challenges they faced throughout the event,” Uy said about last year’s event.

This year, the organizing team aims to continue to find those within the province who have ideas that could turn into a business.

“The upcoming September event follows Iloilo’s pioneering Startup Weekend held at the UP Visayas last November supported by the local Iloilo startup community and sponsors.” Uy said.

“We want to extend an invite to anyone within the community with a great idea. The event is open to professionals and students.” Dianon said.

Dianon also added that the organizers are also open to partnering with local businesses. “It takes a community to build a great startup scene, and we welcome any interested local partners to turn the dreams of Ilonggos to reality.”

The other members of the organizing team includes Jeffrey Teruel and John Lorenz Belanio.

Registration fees are Php 1,000 for general admission and Php 700. for students. Interested participants can register at Dojo 8 Coworking Space along General Luna Street.

For more information contact the organizers or you may visit the Startup Weekend Iloilo Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/startupweekendiloilo or visit our official website at goo.gl/4eQj1M.

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Play It Forward-On The Move builds resilience among children in Tacloban

Twenty-five volunteers give the power of play to 100 children in four communities in Tacloban to help them build their resilience to face disasters.

For four days, volunteers shared their time and talent to become Play It Forward-On The Move play facilitators during a Training of Trainers seminar held Tacloban City last July.

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The first batch of Play It Forward-On The Move facilitators. The Play It Forward Training of Trainers workshop was attended by 25 volunteers last July 26-29, 2016 in Tacloban City. 

Play It Forward (PIF) is the therapeutic play intervention of Unilab Foundation. It is a science- and evidence-based program that employs the use of a play space and a curriculum to facilitate recovery among children in post-disaster areas.

Play It Forward-On The Move (PIF-OTM) was created as a mobile play kit for faster deployment to communities in need. Designed as a bag with a waterproof hood and cape, the kit contains traditional Filipino games and art materials, as well as activity books developed by the Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychology Services to provide adaptive coping strategies and build resiliency among children in disaster-prone areas. The bag is designed in partnership with Taclob, a Tacloban City-based social enterprise that produces disaster-preparedness gear made by Typhoon Yolanda survivors themselves.

The volunteers who attended the PIF-OTM training came from all walks of life. There were young volunteers from Football for Life, who helped children heal from trauma through the power of sports. There were healers of physical ills, like the barangay nutrition and health officers. And there were those who had no background in providing psychosocial support at all, such as community leaders, parents, even a 70-year-old grandmother; survivors who had witnessed firsthand how calamities can paralyze children and plant seeds of fear in them, long after the storms have left.

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A child enjoys playing her sepak takraw, a component of the PLay It Forward-On The Move mobile play kit. It comes with other toys such as sip and Chinese garter.

After four days of dedicated training, these volunteers were equipped to provide the needed psychosocial support to children. They learned the basics of psychosocial support and went through therapeutic play modules themselves, in preparation of conducting sessions with children.

Moreover, they learned how to conduct the training workshops, so that they could bring therapeutic play to other vulnerable areas in Tacloban City and in the country.

Building resilience among the children of Tacloban 

Tacloban City has always received a significant amount of rainfall, ranging from 1,853mm in 1998 to 4,768mm in 2011*.

One of the most devastating typhoons to ever hit Tacloban was Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013.

With Eastern Visayas geographically vulnerable to typhoons and the La Niňa phenomenon threatening to bring more rain, children stand to be the most affected.

Through the new PIF-OTM facilitators, 100 children were given access to therapeutic play.

These kids, aged six to 10 years old, came from relocation sites and poor communities in Tacloban City: GMA-Kapuso Foundation Village, Habitat for Humanity Village, Ridge View Park Village, and Barangay 70 Anibong. Barangay 70 Anibong was heavily devastated during Typhoon Yolanda, when huge cargo ships swept the shores and dismantled houses.

The children and the volunteer facilitators gathered together in a Play Day last July 30.

The children learned how to express their feelings, how to seek help from their parents, and how to be in control when disaster strikes. They also heard the story of Ufie, a dog who survives many challenges, that they, too, can be heroes. During the Play Day, 17 Tacloban parents also underwent a parallel seminar, in order to reinforce the importance of play even in their homes.

The power of play

Experts have proven that children use play not only to cope with difficult emotions, but also as a way for them to accelerate healing and recovery from trauma. Unilab Foundation launched PIF in 2012 after Typhoon Sendong, to help children in post-disaster areas recover from trauma. It is a child-focused, community-based resiliency program that empowers local communities to provide their children with the necessary emotional and psychosocial support.

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Jomar jumps for joy after the Play It Forward-On The Move Play Day in Tacloban City.

The first PIF play space in Brgy. Canitoan in Cagayan de Oro City was fully turned over to the community in 2016. From the physical play space, PIF developed mobile play spaces in several designs: one design features a backpack and a chair, while another contains both a bag and a cape. Both versions were designed to be able to provide a child with space to play under any circumstance. The backpack and chair design was pilot-tested to over 200 children from Tacloban who were relocated in Metro Manila, Navotas and Bulacan.

Unilab Foundation Executive Director Rhodora Palomar-Fresnedi asserts, “A healthier Philippines can only be achieved when every child is healthy, where every child has a sacred space to play, when every child can bravely face disasters and cope with it.”

You can be a hero

Resilience can’t be built overnight. That’s why Play It Forward takes on a holistic approach, involving the parents, community, and the local government.

With more than twenty typhoons entering the country every year, therapeutic play is even more important, and play champions are needed nationwide. If you are a parent, give your child at least an hour of play every day. If you are a teacher, incorporate play in your lessons. If you are part of an organization that can help make play happen, you can work with Unilab Foundation (Visit: www.unilabfoundation.org) in building a healthier Philippines, one community, one child at a time.

Twenty-first century heroes don’t have capes, but they can give capes to children, true heroes who are capable of overcoming any disaster that comes their way.

(Source: http://www.wwf.org.ph/sites/default/files/BPI_BRAM_CC.pdf)