Jason: The Warrior Inside an Autist

My eldest son Jason graduated AB English from TIP in 2015. Most families with special children patted me in the back and congratulated, saying. “You did well, Mommy, but this is it, this is where to draw the line..” They said it like a death sentence and perhaps they meant well; autists, even high-functioning ones are not well-known to be part of the working class.

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Jason with younger sibling Aimee and Me
Jason running his favorite 10k distance at Camp Aguinaldo QC

Frankly, I was at a loss for a while. Being in school for many years, there was a certain contentment and complacency that all parents like me thrive on, because it certainly gave a direction and purpose to our children’s extraordinary lives. My hubby once half-kidded me that we can keep Jason in school, one course after another, until our dying days. Back then, and even now, I’m not sure if we played that denial stage not so much because we didn’t exactly know what to do with Jason after college — or, if that we were just plain scared of what the world might NOT offer him.

Trusting my instincts and with the necessary support of Mona Veluz of ASP, we placed Jason on a soft program of developing and instilling both soft (socialization, communication, decision-making, problem-solving) and hard skills (detailed work, computer proficiency) for over a year, post-college. For the first time, Jason interfaced with fellow adult autists and I saw how inward-looking my son became even after 15 years of formal classroom education.

I still get weepy when I recall how much of a man he transformed right before my eyes. Yes, he took a little from our family life but he placed those emotional deposits into another “family” of fellow-autists and primary supporters who knew and encouraged that part of him yearning to break out. This was the WARRIOR inside that had been aching and fighting for release.

When the stint at SM Mezza Savemore came. my warrior was more than ready.  Except for a few adjustments here and there, Jason started making personal decisions on how he would be conducting his work, from the moment he woke up, commuted via LRT, walked almost 1 kilometer to and from our place everyday, the manner by which he would comply with tasks given to him, and most especially, what he would do with his salary.  I did not mind taking the backseat and taking his bull-headedness at times, after all, this was also teaching him life-skills more than anything else.

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Thank you ASP, ILLC and SM SaveMore for this experience!
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with friends and co-workers Brainard and Rhav!

I specifically remember that stormy day in late September that we got a text message from him – “SOS, LRT is closed. What to do?” Trying not to sound worried, I texted him back with a message that an Uber driver was on his way to get him. It didn’t take long for him to get home after that, but I ‘m still proud of that fact that my warrior had become less dependent on me and more dependent on his own man.

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Jason and the ASP boys of Mona Veluz!

As sure as Jason is looking forward to more work experience, I will be happy to have him home more often in the meantime, being helpful at some chores and running errands. In fact, we know he will hit the roads and pick up his running more regularly now; all part of being the warrior that he will continue to be.

“See you again someday, SM Mezza Savemore

Autism is NOT a limitation; it is a beautiful beginning waiting to unfold!

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Formula for Immunity + The Looks = CONZACE

Even the best of our TV and movie stars can fade away fast, prematurely, if they do not take care of their health and complete well-being.  Because like it or not, acting is such a demanding job that requires long hours in unfavorable weather conditions and thriving in stressful situations – than the average guy.

Take veteran actor Ian Veneracion, now 42. We can’t get enough of this hunk and that only means sleepless days and nights under the klieg lights as when he portrayed Engineer Antonio “Anton” Noble IV as the he dashing, separated with three kids guy who falls in love with another broken soul. And of course before, as Eduardo Buenavista in the 2015 remake of ‘Pangako Sa Yo,’ the role that regained Veneracion’s fame and his career to leading man stature.

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And then there’s that totally different side of Veneracion that is separate from showbusiness. Apart from being an actor, he is also a painter, an athlete, a pilot, a chef, and a family man—the last being his favorite role to play.

But to be all that and MORE, Veneracion needs a multivitamins-and-minerals regimen that will help him cope, not just with his busy schedule, but with the different roles that he has to play in life. “I need strong immunity as well as healthy skin and hair, I cannot afford to get sick, and look stressed.”

Ogilvy Unilab Conzace x Ian Veneracion17570_02.pngWhen United Laboratories, Inc. (UNILAB) chose Ian Veneracion  to be the face of its premier multivitamins-and-minerals Conzace, logically he had to be put on the daily Conzace regimen to support his active lifestyle. Hence, Veneracion, by advocating for Conzace, also promotes good health from within (immunity) and out (good looks).

I believe that if you are healthy inside, it just comes out. It reflects physically—in your hair and in your skin. And in the line of job that I am in, it is quite important that I don’t just don’t look good but really be healthy,” Veneracion concludes.

Invest in good health with Conzace

Decades ago, our parents forced carrots on us for a good dose of Vitamin A and only Vitamin C was the supplement-standard long term protection against many diseases. In more recent years, Zinc became such a popular option because of similar therapeutic results in terms of immunity and wound-healing. And then also came trending of Vitamin E as tops in anti-oxidant properties.

We live in the times when, perhaps, no single medicine or food supplement can address building one’s defense against illnesses, hence CONZACE was developed to remove the guesswork and start re-building a better body.

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  • Conzace is the only Multivitamin Brand in the country that has the unique formulation of 25mg Zinc, 5,000 IU Vitamins A, 500mg Vitamin C and 100IU E. This combined formulation provides the highest levels over other multivitamins brand.
  • Conzace’s unique formulation creates a synergistic effect that is clinically proven to provide top Immunity through the following:
    • ZACE help in the production and multiplication of white blood cells, strengthening one’s immunity
    • ZACE helps white blood cells eliminate foreign  microbes including viruses, germs and bacteria which cause sicknesses
    • Each of the ZACE molecules in Conzace contributes in providing healthy skin and hair.
      • Zinc: Assists in proper structure of proteins and cell membranes, improves wound healing
      • Vit A: Maintains normal skin health by reducing bacterial numbers in both the ducts and skin surface
      • Vit C: Helps in Collagen production to improve Skin Regeneration
      • Vit E: Protects tissue from free radicals through its Antioxidant properties

All these attributes result in Conzace being the number 1 prescribed Multivitamins + Mineral brand by General Practitioners and Dermatologists.

So get your immunity and good looks in a single take, as Ian Veneracion does. There is NO OTHER. Conzace.

Conzace Capsule

for more information, please visit the following sites:

website:                              http://conzace.com.ph/

facebook:                            https://www.facebook.com/Conzace/

 

Crave Healthy: Cravings Satisfied!

A distinct common experience in pregnancy is an unmistakable craving for certain foods, which may or may not be supportive of the condition of both expectant mom and/or the baby.  In fact, snacking in general is considered unhealthy but preggies do lament that hormones make craving for snacks so unmanageable and stressful!

Thank the heavens we now have Crave Healthy.

Crave Healthy is the first snack product in the Philippines that is specifically designed for the pregnant woman by doctors and nutritionists.

It’s NUTRITIOUS because it contains essential nutrients – Folic Acid, Iron, and Calcium that are critical for both the mom and her growing baby. It also has reduced salt and just the right amount of calories that give the pregnant woman that extra energy she needs daily.

It’s DELICIOUS because it tastes just like her regular snack. Crave Healthy is currently available in Sweet Corn flavor and does not have any aftertaste of nutrient fortifications. It helps support the nutritional needs of pregnant women and their developing fetus.

Hence, preggies can NOW UNITE and have their ultimate food cravings and hunger pangs satisfied, without comprising on their health and the growing life within – with nutritious and delicious Crave Healthy!

It’s available online at http://www.cravehealthysnacks.com, select Med Express branches, and select Robinsons Supermarket outlets.

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Crave Healthy 30g SRP P25.00

Athena Builds Strong, Beautiful and Intelligent Women

We’ve come a long way, WOMAN, and we want it all.

The XY-gene has definitely evolved into the human being that we have always wanted to be – strong, intelligent and responsible. Almost gone are the days when we were referred to as the ‘weaker sex” because we seek the same achievements as men, and we go after our life goals with a steely determination that envelopes a soft side we call wisdom.

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Women have become the greatest juggler of our time. Some by necessity, others by sheer will and purpose. But with increasing roles and responsibilities, the essential woman of today needs a solid nutritional base to strike a balance between work, family and other passions – and be able to enjoy life to the fullest. We have to stay fit and attractive, to look good and feel good whenever we can.

Even Athena, the Greek patroness of wisdom and war, directed Wonder Woman to a especially-formulated nutritional concoction that can fully enhance the the very same gifts and attributes that make them superior beings.

Introducing Athena, the milk especially formulated to meet OUR special nutritional needs.

High Calcium essential for optimum bone health. It is also a source of Vitamins D and K, Magnesium and Phosphorus – nutrients to help maintain strong bones

Low in Fat so you can enjoy this beverage without the risk of high caloric intake

Source of Anti-oxidants such as Vitamins A & E and Zinc to help maintain healthy skin and promote optimum immune function.

Two glasses daily of Athena is a delicious beverage to start and end the day!

Drink Athena today!

Athena is available online at www.athena.com.ph and in-store at Mercury Drugstore, Watsons, and Southstar drugstores.

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Athena Milk 180g SRP 180.00

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Athena Milk 400g SRP 273.00

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Athena Choco SRP P130.00

 

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Garmin® Announces the fēnix® 5 series in the Philippines – Multisport GPS Watches for Fitness, Adventure and Style

Multisports, lifetyle and adventure just got rolled into ONE and it’s a Garmin!

Garmin Philippines recently launched the fēnix 5, fēnix 5S and fēnix 5X, adding three watches designed for athletes and adventurers of all shapes, sizes and competencies, to complement its popular and already well-entrenched line of multisport GPS wearables.

The fēnix 5S is lighter, sleeker and smaller than previous models – perfect for small wrists without sacrificing multisport functionality. The fēnix 5X boasts preloaded wrist-based mapping; and the compact fēnix 5, like other fēnix watches, is feature-packed and ready to take on any adventure with an all-new industrial design.

Common to all of the fēnix 5 models are unbelievably great features to keep the lifestyle as active as your sports or adventure, in Garmin-style:

  • 24/7 wearable with extended battery life

The fēnix 5 can get up to two weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5X can get up to 12 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and 20 hours in GPS mode. The fēnix 5S can get up to eight days in smartwartch mode and up to 13 hours in GPS mode.4 Users can also take advantage of the UltraTrac™ power saver mode to extend battery life even more.

  • daily activity tracking ¹
  • Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate technology
  • QuickFit™ bands (switch between stylish leather and metal watch straps to sporty silicone, in seconds and without tools)
  • all 5 models come in a variety of cool colored bands to choose from!
  • Built-in navigation features include a 3-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter, as well as GPS and GLONASS support to track in more challenging environments than with GPS alone
  • When paired with a compatible smartphone, users can get call, text and email smart notifications right on their wrist. Compatibility with Connect IQ is enhanced so that users can customize their watch with apps, widgets, data fields and watch faces

*To take watch faces one step further, fēnix 5 watches are compatible with the Face It app, so users can set their favorite photo as their watch face. Sapphire models are Wi-Fi® Enabled, so users can connect their watch to their home network for automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ when within range.

  • water rated to 100 meters ², and is built to withstand the elements with a stainless-steel bezel, buttons and rear case
  • preloaded with the full multisport toolset for running, hiking, swimming, biking and more
  • More apps and connected features using Garmin Connect

The perfect-fit and advanced fēnix 5S, measuring  a compact 47mm , has a brand new industrial design and has been named a CES 2017 Innovation Awards Honoree in the wearable technologies category in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA upon its global reveal this year. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 28 product categories.

“After years in the wearables market, Garmin knows that athletes and adventurers come in all sizes, which is why we have designed the new line of fēnix 5 watches to fit every wrist and every workout,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “This is the first time Garmin has created a variety of sizes for one product so now users don’t have to choose between getting the features they want and wearing a watch that fits.

But make no mistake that power just comes with size, as Garmin also innovated on the first fenix designed with the female adventurers in mind. The fēnix 5S is a sleek, smaller sized watch that packs so much power-punch! At 42mm, fēnix 5S is small yet comfortable for petite wrists, without compromising any multisport features. Both stylish and functional, fēnix 5S is available in silver with either a white, turquoise or black silicone band with a mineral glass lens.

The fēnix 5S Sapphire has a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and is available in black with a black band, or champagne with a water resistant gray suede band or champagne with a metal band. The fēnix 5S Sapphire units also come with an extra silicone QuickFit band.

The Fenix 5X and the ULTIMATE outdoor experience!

Preloaded with TOPO Asia Pacific mapping, routable cycling maps and other navigation features like Round Trip Run and Round Trip Ride, the ruggedly elegant fēnix 5X measures at only 51mm. With these features, users can enter how far they’d like to run or ride, and their watch will suggest appropriate courses to choose from. Users can also get at-a-glance guidance from their fēnix 5X. During an activity, easy-to-read guidance cues for upcoming turns are displayed as banners on the watch so users are always aware of their route. Additionally, fēnix 5X users can use the Around Me map mode to see different points of interest, waypoints and other map objects within the user’s range to help users be more aware of their surroundings. Users can configure their fēnix 5X to see data overlays on mapping screens, and to see highlight key information without having to switch screens during an activity. The pre- loaded TOPO Asia Pacific maps include detailed maps of the Philippines and other countries in the Asia Pacific region plus over 40,000 golf courses.

Product Availability

Upon launch, the fēnix 5 and fēnix 5S will have a suggested retail price of Php 36,950; the fēnix 5 Sapphire, fēnix 5S Sapphire at Php 39,950 and the fēnix 5X will have a suggested retail price of Php 42,950.

The fenix 5 is already currently available in all Garmin Stores and selected dealers. For those who are interested in fenix 5S or fenix 5X, next month (May) is the target date for its distribution, so better hang on to your pockets — or better yet, pre-order NOW!

Only watches purchased from authorized dealers in the Philippines will include the exclusive 2-Year Garmin Protect Warranty and invite-only programs ran by Garmin Connect Coaches plus 20% discounts from partner institutions like the PACE Pre-hab & Recovery Center.

“Garmin devices are well known to be tough, rugged and of the best quality – but as an added commitment to our customers, we are offering the exclusive 2-Year Garmin Protect Warranty for those who purchased their devices from official resellers in the Philippines. By June this year, Garmin will open its first ever local service and repair facility to be ran and managed by NAVCO so that servicing can be done locally. We hope this will be a good news to many loyal Garmin fans”, said NAVCO president, Ryan Tan.

You know that Garmin’s research and development is rooted from customer needs and feedback. This can be manifested with the availability of the fēnix 5 range as Garmin’s answer to the expanding outdoor segment. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels, making the adventure a much personal experience than ever before.

 

References:

1 See Garmin.com/ataccuracy for more details.

2 See Garmin.com/waterrating for more details.

For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, you may call 0917-8LEADER or (02)-632-9513.  You may also coordinate with our Marketing and Media Relations Head, Nikko Soria at 0917-877-7240, or follow us at facebook.com/garmincenter.

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About Garmin

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN). Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin and fēnix are registered trademarks, and Garmin Elevate, QuickFit, UltraTrac and Garmin Connect are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries. Wi-Fi is a registered trademark of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation.

About NAVCO

NAVCO is the official distributor and the official marketing and service partner of Garmin International Inc. in the Philippines. NAVCO distributes Garmin products to retail partners, operates Garmin Center stores, and will operate the first Garmin service and repair center in the country. It maintains offices in Ortigas Center, Pasig City and in Cebu City.

NOVUHAIR Salutes the Changed Woman

This year’s celebration of International Women’s Month is a bold step towards encouraging women to be effective leaders and influencers by harnessing on their inner strengths and capabilities. Under the banner, “Be Bold for Change”, this calls for women to step up and take active roles for a more inclusive, gender-equal world.

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NutraMedica’s CEO and President Sheila Mae Velilla

In the local setting, NutraMedica is a healthcare company that supports women and advocates gender equality. In fact, the CEO and President of Nutramedica is a formidable woman herself. Sheila Mae Velilla built the company from scratch, exerting much effort in product development and exemplary business & marketing acumen. We do need MORE women like her in the world!

Such was the background and philosophy of CONTRIBUTING to women empowerment by making NOVUHAIR available in the market. It has consistently been awarded by Watson’s as the leading Medicated Hair Care Brand in the country for five consecutive years.

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NOVUHAIR is a BFAD-registered topical scalp lotion that helps prevent our “crowning glory” from falling out.

Novuhair is made with 19 natural ingredients that include moringa oleifera, panax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint and other natural ingredients.

Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching. It also penetrates deep to rejuvenate the hair follicles, provides optimum nutrition to help combat hair loss and/or thinning of hair, improves blood circulation in the scalp which contributes to the stimulation of hair growth.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide.

Nutramedica’s Novuhair empowers the Pinay by improving their appearance thru self-help ideas on social media. This results in confidence that translates to women finding ways and meaning to CONTRIBUTE in nation-building.

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For more information visit www.novuhair.com, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and regaloservice.com.

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Founded in 2004, Nutramedica was one of the first companies to market virgin coconut oil (VCO) in the Philippines. Today it is known for its comprehensive range of oral and injectable pharmaceutical lines, food supplements and cosmetic products.