Friday, August 10, 2018


The GMA News TV launched the Me and my Town, the newest Magazine and Travel show will hit Philippines TV and exploring the Philippines one town at a time. That aims to promote the unique charm of cities and towns in the country by featuring its tourist attractions, food, culture and the arts.

The show will highlights the beauty of the Philippines with a different twist. Aside from the experiences and perspective of our host, we’ll be featuring a prominent personality who is a native of the place to tour us around and take us on a different adventure and discovery. Expect every episode to be packed with insider travel tips and valuable information to entice every traveler to come and visit. Also to empower Filipinos as love for one’s town takes center stage, providing information and learnings that can be replicated and aspired with amicable disposition and appreciation.

Me and  My Town’s pilot episode features the modern and historic city of Imus, in the province of Cavite. Witness the remarkable fusion of history and modernization of Imus the historical sites, culture and food. Imus is also known for its thriving businesses that create jobs for fellow Imuseno. so watch out the modern plants and factories that depicts the growing city. Congressman Alex Advincula will be the one to tour around Imus and expect that he’ll be taking us to a different kind of trip and discover unique places that only a local can offer. From the historic site of "Battle of lmus" to the newly constructed hospital and schools - Gong. AA will show us how his vision of the city has come to life with his projects and infrastructure programs. Witness a different kind of Imus beyond its modern places and busy streets. Explore Imus like you've never seen it before.

Kathy San Gabriel
 Let's explore the Philippines, one town at a time! Hosted by veteran broadcast journalist. Kathy San Gabriel. Me and My Town airs every Sunday. 9:30 am on GMA News TV channel 11.On the first episode of Me and My Town on August 12, Sunday,

For more information of Me and My Town just follow their facebook, twitter and Instagram @meandmytown.


Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento 

Last August 9, 2018, Premier health Institute. The Medical City (TMC) launched its Augusto P. Sarmiento Cancer Institute (APSCI) – new home of hope for cancer patients and named after its Chairman of the Board and one of the country’s top surgical oncologists. The Institute has its own way to treat and diagnose the cancer patients.
Dr. Beatrice Tiango, APSCI Deputy Director; Dr. Daniel Malonzo, APSCI Director; TMC President and CEO Dr. Alfredo R. Bengzon; Chairman of the Board Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento; Dr. Manuel Francisco Roxas, APSCI Deputy Director and Senior Vice President for the Medical Services Group Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos.
APSCI Director Dr. Daniel M Alonzo, APSCI Deputy Director Dr. Beatrice Tiangco, SVP for the Medical Services Group Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, President and CEO Dr. Alfredo R. Bengzon, Chairman of the Board Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jose Xavier B. Gonzales and APSCI Deputy Director Dr. Manuel Francisco Roxas.
APSCI exhibit at the main lobby of The Medical City Main, Ortigas, Pasig City.
During the launch one of the highlights was the unveiling of the APSCI signage and historical marker at the 8th Floor Nursing Tower, TMC in Ortigas, Pasig City. A short program followed at the main lobby where a grand exhibit is mounted featuring the institute’s brand of cancer care.

It was graced by TMC President and CEO Dr. Alfredo R. A. Bengzon, Senior Vice President for the Medical Services Group Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Jose Xavier B. Gonzales, APSCI Director Dr. Daniel M. Alonzo and Deputy Directors Drs. Beatrice Tiangco and Manuel Francisco Roxas, TMC doctors, managers, and staff, patient partners, and the honoree, Dr. Augusto P. Sarmiento.


Dr. Sarmiento graduated from the University of the Philippines in April 1948. From September to March 1949, he worked as a Junior Parasitologist under the Schistomiasis Control Program of the Department of Health. 

He then became a first year resident at the UP-Philippine General Hospital, Department of Obstetrics. Dr. Sarmiento used his Obstetrics residency training as his gateway to get into the Department of Surgery where he started his surgical residency in early 1950s.
Upon completion of his surgical residency training in 1954, like many other graduates of various medical specialties, he flew to the USA to pursue more advanced surgical training.

In 1955, an opportunity came to Dr. Sarmiento to be trained as one of the first Filipino surgical residents at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the Valhalla of Cancer Surgery in New York City. He stayed for four years, completing his training under the American surgeon widely regarded as the Father of Head and Neck Surgery, Dr. Hayes Martin. He worked for a time as an associate of Dr. Martin, but decided to return to Manila in 1958.

In Manila, he taught and practiced general and cancer surgery at the PGH and at two other hospitals. In 1967, he moved his practice along with several overseas trained UP doctors to join Dr. Agerico B. M. Sison in a small hospital in Mandaluyong City. It was named the ABM Sison Hospital, in honor of their mentor. The ABM Sison was later renamed The Medical City and the rest is history. TMC celebrated its 50th year anniversary last year.

“I am pleased and humbled to have the Cancer Institute of The Medical City named after me and I am accepting this honor for and on behalf of the people who have gone ahead of us, who had given great ideas and a lot of their time to help us get to where we are now. What we are doing now is just add-ons to the great work they had already started,” said Dr. Sarmiento. 


“At the APSCI, we believe in healthcare that nurtures a partnership – one that gives strength, advanced services, and most especially, hope,” says Dr. Alonzo.

The APSCI, according to Dr. Alonzo, is gifted with the inspiration of Dr. Sarmiento and the organizational strength of the TMC institution.

“Thank you for the inspiration Dr. Sarmiento and for being a role model for all of us as we, at APSCI, continue to save lives and improve the quality of life of our patients,” said Dr. Alonzo.
Cancer care at APSCI can be described by 8Cs − compassionate, cost-effective, coordinated, collaborative, comprehensive, customized, centered around the patient, and committed.

The APSCI leadership, composed of Dr. Alonzo and deputy directors Drs. Tiangco and Roxas, has started doctor-initiated researches.  They are beefing up their cancer registry, based on patients’ records to find better ways of treatment. Dr. Alonzo is also looking at training programs for the next generation of cancer specialists. 

He admitted there’s still a lot of work to be done at the APSCI but all these quality improvements and innovations are aimed at giving cancer patients the brand of TMC care that they deserve.
“With our personalized programs and treatments, we will engage and support our patients throughout their cancer journey - from nutrition therapy, to pain management, and to palliative care.

For more information about APSCI, you may call 9881000 ext. 6214. Or follow their Facebook page: The Medical City Augusto P. Sarmiento Cancer Institute.

Thursday, August 9, 2018


Before the Christmas shopping rush begin try to shop early for your Christmas gifts to your loves ones. This is the best time to shop at more relaxed pace and most especially you can get the best deals. Compared when you have the last minute shopping you have the tendency to just settle for pricier items.

In this regard, come and visit Instaglam Art Fair at Ali Mall Cubao, QC. from August 6-12, 2018. Where you can buy your favorite items from fashionable sandals, bags & wallets, accessories, jewelries, toys, perfumes, socks, make-ups and many more.

Here are the names of the stalls: Pink Project, Daniellas Footwear, EJ Collection, Belle Shoppe, UPD, Bag Buffet, Marilex, Stitch Manila, Aleo, Rheines Collections, Bratinhella, Leonade Bar, Nutribullet, John Ryqn, Jinh Ryqn Sandals, Emily Juice, Daniella Wallet, Dorramichan Toys, and Beauty and Balm Ph.

This was organized by HY Events and watch out for their next bazaar to other malls.

Saturday, August 4, 2018


Melai Cantiveros and Alex Gonzaga

Last July 31, 2018, I was excited to attend the Tide hosted “Bagong Bili o Bagong Laba” Fashion Walk-off, Where they solve this great mystery once and for all. Since for the past few days, the social media & consumers were confused with Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros, it’s bumping into each other, wearing exactly the same outfit and wondering who actually wore it better. But since these two ladies are not going to settle the score just like that, they both asked the bigger, more interesting question—are the outfits bagong bili or bagong laba?

This was going viral on social media as fellow momshies weighed in and confused the minds of everyone. Also argued whether their idol’s outfits was bagong bili or bagong laba. But even as the arguments rocked social media, no one could figure out the answer as both the outfits of Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros looked like new.

It was solved thru an interactive fashion and excited guests including me took part in a game that proved how brand new whites look no different from clothes washed with Tide. The fashion show were led by Luis Manzano and the Solomon brothers, and celebrity kids, and Mela Francisco. After all the models strutted to confuse the crowd even more. Alex and Melai graced the stage with a grand walk off and cheered on the audience to make their best guess --  “Bagong Bili or Bagong Laba?”.

Because of the guest participation, the show become more livelier until the ending where a grand reveal of the models removing their tags to see who wore the bagong laba and the bagong bili outfits – astounding everyone in the audience because there was no difference in the whiteness of the clothes that the models wore!
“Sobrang nagulat ako sa fact na ako pala may suot ng bagong laba! As in wow, nakakagulat talaga kasi for me, feeling ko bagong bili suot ko! Totoo talaga na sa isang laba, mukhang bago, kapag Tide,” said Alex, whose bagong laba clothes definitely look brand new. While Melai, who turns out to have been wearing the brand new outfit, added that “Amazing ang whitening powers ng Tide. From now on, hindi na talaga kailangan bumili parati ng bagong damit para mag mukhang bongga ang outfits mo. With Tide, para ka na ring nakasuot ng bago.” Just like me, everyone in the audience, it’s hard to tell the difference between bagong bili and bagong laba with Tide.  

“We know how important it is for Filipinos to have the best-looking uniforms and everyday wear, but we also know that with repeated use, clothes usually look dingy. That’s why we’re delighted to present Tide, which in one wash, keeps clothes looking like new.” ends Procter & Gamble’s Country Marketing Manager for Laundry, Jonn Terence Dy.

With its great cleaning power that removes dirt while brightening whites, your OOTDs can still have that “looks like new” look even after repeated usage, getting that surprising wow from everyone.

Sa Tide, sa isang laba, mukhang bago! For the latest news and information, please visit The official event highlights from the recently concluded Tide Fashion Walk Off event, you can watch this video: