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Another school year has started, and parents are more than ever concerned about their child’s welfare, especially their health. Since they won’t be around to look after them all the time, they are naturally wary.

Their kids interact with other kids and do activities that will most likely get their hands dirty and make them prone to certain skin infections. With their fragile skin at their young age, parents will necessarily do everything to protect their children from contracting skin infections.

Dr. Maria Lourdes Palmero, FPDS, explained that there are three forms of skin infections that parents should watch out for in their kids: bacterial, fungal and viral. She said the infections are based on etiology or the kind of organisms that cause it.

Bacterial infection is the most common, she said, caused mainly by Staphylococcus aureus, with minor skin infections such as impetigo or “mamaso” that usually has noticeable golden-yellow crusting that multiplies over time. There can also be folliculitis or small deposits of pus, usually in the hair follicles; then there’s furunculosis or “pigsa” in the vernacular, plus carbunculosis.

For fungal infections, there’s ringworm that is common to children; on the feet, it is called “alipunga” or tinea pedis; on the hands, tinea manum; on the face, tinea faciale; and on the groin, tinea cruris or “hadhad.” In terms of viral infections, it’s the common warts or verruca vulgaris, known in the vernacular as “kulugo” that may be seen more often in children.

Dr. Palmero explained the most common mode of transmission is through contact with an infected person but of course there are other factors. “Food is not a factor, but the environment, specifically the heat or moisture, may be associated to development of fungal infections. A child’s immune status can also be a factor; or if a child has skin barrier issues, like eczema or extremely dry skin, infection may be more easily acquired. These factors make the child prone to infections since organisms can easily enter the skin. Infectious agents may also come from other sources such as animal or pet fur, or even from soil.”

As interactions among kids happen mostly in school, Dr. Palmero said awareness and hygiene are key. “Kids in school who touch things everywhere should have a habit of frequent hand washing to lessen transmission of skin infection. Moisturization also helps to guarantee the skin’s barrier function so they don’t get infected easily.”

To know if their child has bacterial skin infection, parents can look for blisters with golden-yellow crusting that’s slightly moist. If there are small deposits of pus in the skin, that may be folliculitis; or if with nodules, child may have boils. For fungal skin infection, there’s usually a round patch with central clearing (ringworm). For viral warts, there’s usually rough lesions  on the hands or feet.

“These are the common presentations to watch out for; but if there’s increasing severity, parents may notice symptoms like loss of appetite, fever, or body malaise, where the child feels tired or weak. This means the infection is progressing. Fever is the most important sign of worsening infection” Dr. Palmero continues.

She emphasized that parents should have basic ideas on the form of treatment for skin infections. For superficial bacterial skin infections), best options are topical medications that contain mupirocin. But if the infection comes with fever or if it prolongs, Dr. Palmero said it’s best to see a doctor. “Depending on the severity, seek doctor’s advice for systemic treatment, which can be oral or through IV (intravenous) that is administered directly through the bloodstream.”

Fungal infections merit a different medication, mostly the antifungals, such as clotrimazoles or the allylamines. For viral warts, salicylic acid may be used. Again, the treatment depends on the severity of the infection.

Dr. Palmero stresses one piece of advice for parents, though. Aside from teaching their kids proper hygiene, she said there are pediatric dermatologists in the Philippines that they can consult and rely on for advice to keep their kids infection-free. She said for the most effective and safe medical, surgical and cosmetic treatments for the skin, hair and nails, it is better to consult a dermatologist, preferably a member of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), the country’s dermatology authority.

“The problem is many parents resort to self-diagnosis and self-medication. They give drugs that’s most of the time not really warranted. What’s scary is that what they’re doing may worsen the situation and prolong the child’s suffering from infection,” Dra. Palmero stated.

For more about First Aid for Kids follow them on  Instagram (@firstaidforkidsph) or www.facebook.com/firstaidforkidsph.   For topical medications that contain mupirocin, visit Foskina at www.glenmarkpharma.com.

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As a mom of 3, singlehandedly raising them is no joke. Taking care of the financial needs is part of my role. Ever since I became a mom, I never rely on my parents when it comes to my kids’ needs; this became a more challenging on my part when the youngest arrived. And things got ever more interesting when I needed to move to a new home where only my kids and I live. I may have not blessed with someone whom I can rely in all means, I am still glad that I have a reliable job that help me a lot with all our financial needs. But just like how life works, I am a little bit skeptical about the idea of my job as online freelancing doesn’t provide the reliability one can get from working local.

Being financially secured is really essential especially if you have a growing family. This, on the other hand, means more to us, single parents. As I grow older, I learn that I should be financially prepared in all means knowing that kids have only me as their parent, and provider. And I am thankful for Sun Life for being part of my venture as a mom.

So without further ado, when I get the chance to join Sun Life’s event about Financial Literacy talk, I then didn’t hesitate to attend.

Live a Brighter Life

Before anything else, let’s talk about Sun Life and how they started.

Sun Life have started around 1865  and throughout those years, they have been standing still and among one of the largest insurance companies in the world. Yes, for more than a century, the company had survived 2 world wars already and talking about reliability, that explains, I guess. They’ve been the top insurance company for six (6) years and have helped a lot of clients already in achieving financial security. And to help more individuals achieve their financial security, Sun Life opens up about how becoming a financial advisor can be a beneficial to one’s life.

The forum had opened an opportunity to most of the attendees. This was an opportunity on how each of us can a brighter life. The speakers shared to the attendees on how to manage their finances better, taught us what inflation is and most importantly, help us understand the importance of financial literacy.

Photo grabbed from Sassy Cebuana

The first speaker was presenting about Sun Life. It discusses about the history and how have they survived that long. Their mission? Simple! It is to help their clients achieve lifetime financial security. They want to help in addressing the problem of mismanaging money so people will have a brighter life like owning what they want with ease like having a car, owning a house, send children to better schools, retirement & can travel abroad. And this is where financial advisors take their role. They can initially make the dreams of clients come true. Being a Sun Life financial advisor gives you the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.

The second speaker was Mr.Churchill Bejemino. He tackled about how he became a financial advisor. He shares how Sun Life had changed his life. The steps & experiences he had that helped him to improve in the business and speaking to many people, especially in the crowd.

Photo grabbed from Sassy Cebuana

He also shared on how he conditioned himself to have a positive mindset always. To wake up early & talk to people & share to them about the importance of financial education.

Become a Sun Life Financial Advisor

Interested to become one? Here’s how! 5 Steps to #LiveBrighter as Sun Life Advisor

  1. Join a #LiveBrighter Forum
  2. Attend the interviews/take the POP(Personality Orientation Profile) Screen Test
  3. Take the Licensing Exam at the Insurance Commission
  4. Finish the Sun Life Training Course
  5. Complete the Contracting and Coding process

For more details, follow Sun Life Financial-Philippines at Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit their site at http://sunlife.com.ph/.

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Boosting its efforts to make financial literacy accessible to Filipinos, Sun Life offers three free online resources to help many learn and plan for their future. Together, they provide a three-step push for individuals and families towards achieving their dreams. And these are: attend the Brighter Life Institute, begin their journey with the My Future Fund Calculator, and connect with the #SINAG online journalism contest.

Being financially prepared is really essential to life. We hold no assurance to what could happen tomorrow, thus, being financially prepared is the least we can do. To make things easier for every Filipino, Sun Life launched this 3 digital financial literacy initiatives.

“Nowadays, Filipinos are more empowered in taking charge of their finances. They are turning to online resources to help them understand financial concepts and manage their money. Given our expertise and experience, we want to be their go-to partner as they progress in their financial journey,” declared Sun Life of Canada (Philippines), Inc. Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa.

Attend the Brighter Life Institute

Open for enrollment since 2014, the award-winning Brighter Life Institute or BLI is an organized learning program inspired by MOOCs (massive online open courses). For this year, BLI rolls out the Moving Up module – a set of lessons which aim to teach families basic financial planning practices and the value of honest conversations about money, even to one’s children.

This program aims to help all those Filipinos to achieve the financial goal they need.

The Moving Up module takes its cue from Sun Life’s ‘Money For Life’ philosophy, which shows a holistic journey through four different life stages. With lessons spanning from creating a household budget to preparing for future milestones such as a college education, BLI’s latest offering can now be accessed via http://brighterlife.com.ph/bli-moving-up/.

Begin your journey with the My Future Fund Calculator

For a glimpse of how an insurance-with-savings product can help in reaching one’s dreams on time, the My Future Fund Calculator is available via bit.ly/myfuturecalculator. Just set a target date, choose a My Future Fund nearest the target date, and pair it with a suitable Sun Life variable life insurance product.

My Future Fund is perfect for families who are preparing for a specific purpose, like a college education or owning their own home.

What’s more, users of the My Future Calculator can get a chance to win P25,000 cash when they share it on Facebook and subscribe to Brighter Life Institute through the Plan 4 Your Fam, Win a Future Fund promo. Full mechanics here.

If you are looking to be financially prepared for the future and at the same time, want to put something an investment that is growing, this literacy initiative is something that each of us should check. It doesn’t just provide us knowledge on how to be financially open minded but it also helps us to be practical about life, in general.

Connect with #SINAG online journalism contest

Now on its fourth year, #SINAG invites Filipino bloggers and online journalists to be part of Sun Life’s financial literacy advocacy by sharing and posting about their insights and experiences on money management.

From securing their future to learning about financial instruments, #SINAG is a valuable compilation of life stories and advice from writers who also believe in the benefit of being financially prepared.

Interested writers can send a link to their entry to editor@brighterlife.com.ph. Full contest mechanics can be found here. Clueless on where to start? The Brighter Life Institute and the My Future Fund Calculator are good jump-off points to select a #SINAG-worthy entry.

For updates on Brighter Life Institute, My Future Fund Calculator, and #SINAG, follow us on social media via @sunlifeph.

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As Shopwise celebrates another year of success, it also shares its blessings to its loyal consumers. Hence, the B19Time Anniversary Treats made possible!

The most exciting offers are here and these are what you can find in their B19Time Anniversary Treats!

This promotion is available in all Shopwise branches nationwide. Spread the news and don’t forget to visit them today!

Check their FB page for latest updates and more!

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The highly-anticipated annual fun run organized by Sun Life Financial Philippines will soon cater to both running and cycling enthusiasts, as it evolves into a two-fold event dubbed Sunpiology Duo.

#SunpiologyDUO will come in two parts which will be from Sun Life Cycle PH @BGC and Sun Life Resolution Run.




Sun Life Cycle PH will take place on November 18, 2017 at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

Sun Life will be mounting the event in partnership with Sunrise Events, Inc., which is known for its flagship projects that focus on race organization and sports tourism. The contract signing between the two companies was held recently in Shangri-La Mactan in Cebu, with Sun Life CEO and Country Head Riza Mantaring, Sun Life brand ambassador Piolo Pascual, Sunrise Founder Wilfred Uytengsu, and Sunrise General Manager Princess Galura in attendance.

“We recognize cycling’s growing popularity in the Philippines, and this is our share in helping encourage more people to get into the sport,” Sun Life Chief Marketing Officer Mylene Lopa shared. “Just as it is in our fun run, Sun Life Cycle PH will cater to different ages and will offer different categories.”

Sun Life Cycle PH will have a total of seven categories:




  • Tricycle Ride (100 meters for 2-3 year olds),
  • Kids’ Ride (500 meters for 4-5 year olds),
  • Family Ride (30 minutes for 6-15 year olds with adult companion),
  • Solo Ride (30 minutes for 6-15 years old),
  • Short Distance Ride (20km for 10 years old and above), and
  • Long Distance Ride (40km for 10 years old and above).

A charity category called Bid2Bike will allow the fans of Piolo Pascual, Matteo Guidicelli, Inigo Pascual, Gerald Anderson, and other Star Magic celebrities, bid for a chance to bike alongside their idols, get an exclusive photo souvenir, and have their jersey signed! For cycling enthusiasts, bid to ride with legend Robbie McEwen is offered.


Meanwhile, the Sun Life Resolution Run will happen on January 20, next year. As with the previous years, Sun Life will once again mount the event with Run Rio and will offer 3k, 5k, and 10k categories. It features an obstacle course that illustrates the steps to prevent diabetes, like watching what you eat and why exercise is important. More details will be revealed in the coming months, which includes an expanded payment facility like PayPal and DragonPay.

For those interested to participate, sign up for Sun Life CyclePH @BGC and get P100 off Sun Life Resolution Run registration fees. Registration for both races is now open at www.sunpiology.com.

Promoting physical fitness, supporting worthwhile causes

Sunpiology Duo will likewise retain its charitable components, where it will continue to raise funds for the different causes it has been supporting for the past seven years. These include the education of scholars from Hebreo 12:1 Foundation and Star Magic’s chosen charities.

Moreover, Sunpiology Duo will continue to be a star-studded happening, with Star Magic celebrities, as well as ambassadors of Sun Life’s wellness community GoWell, expected to participate.

The Sunpiology list of sponsors are also growing every year, staring with the following partners for Sun Life Cycleph @BGC: F2P, Powerade, Rudy Project, Cignal, Philippine Star, 2Go, Alcopllus, and Garmin.

“With Sunpiology Duo, we can now cater to even more Filipinos who are eager to get a boost in their fitness journey and contribute to worthwhile causes while at it,” Lopa said. “It’s surely going to be an exciting event. We look forward to seeing our Sunpiology regulars, and we’re also eager to welcome those who will be joining us for the first time.”




For updates on Sunpiology Duo, follow @sunlifeph on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter. Visit www.sunpiology.com for registration details.

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