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Local brand challenges consumers to race to 2M single-use plastic bottles refused by end-2021

To show commitment in their advocacy to love and steward the environment, Human Nature has taken steps to reduce plastic pollution by offering personal and home care products that’s good for you, your family and the earth! Human Nature believes in genuine and solid goodness that’s not just kind for the self but even kinder to our environment.



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Single-use plastics have been a detriment to the environment for a long time and the Philippines is one of the countries with the highest share of plastic waste that is deemed inadequately mismanaged. According to a 2020 study, only 40% of packaging waste in the Philippines is collected, and only 9% of the plastic waste is recycled at the national level. As waste management continues to struggle in the country, other efforts to reduce plastic waste must be done to prevent plastics from reaching landfills, beaches, and the oceans. To reduce plastic footprint, a more radical change can be made when corporations and consumers work together to refuse single-use plastic. 

Chief Mermaid of Save Philippine Seas Anna Oposa began the e-vent by talking about sustainable household alternatives that are making waves in saving our oceans from plastic pollution. Her talk was followed by Executive Director of the Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Dave Albao who explained the effects of plastic waste on our marine environment and shared their virtual snorkelling session. Final speaker was Human Nature Co-Founder and President Anna Meloto-Wilk who shared about the brand’s road to sustainability (and the challenges behind it!)–from waterless formats and plastic bottle-free packaging to making refilling and recycling possible. 

To show commitment in their advocacy to love and steward the environment, Human Nature has taken steps to reduce plastic pollution by offering personal and home care products that’s good for you, your family and the earth! Human Nature believes in genuine and solid goodness that’s not just kind for the self but even kinder to our environment. 

Human Nature has prevented close to 1 Million plastic bottles (916,616 to be exact) from going to the oceans and landfills because of their consistent efforts through the past years. This year, they stepped up their drive for change through breakthrough waterless formulations: 

1) The H❤️N Natural Shampoo Bar has all the goodness that you love in a shampoo but saving you up to 98.59% plastic waste. One 70 gram bar is equivalent to two bottles of 180ml liquid shampoo; 

2) The H❤️N Natural Dishwashing Powder is the 1st locally-made, genuinely natural waterless wonder powder for your dishes! That’s 98.90% less plastic on your most important kitchen sink essential!

These are true innovations from Human❤️Nature’s Natural Care Labs scientists! By taking out the water from the formulation and keeping the concentrated power of these products, they were able to ditch the plastic bottle! 

  • Preventing less plastic from finding its way into landfills, our beaches and oceans – Lighter product so it costs less to transport 
  • Less overall cost means more savings to consumers

Human Nature has been battling the bottle since 2010 with their Balik Bote Recycling Program. Their “1 Liter, Less Litter” campaign that started in 2019 encouraged people to shift to bigger sizes and cut down plastic waste for their dishwashing liquid, shampoo, conditioner, and baby bottle cleanser. Human Nature also launched their Home Care Refilling Station in March 2019. Their refilling stations are available in SM North EDSA, SM Megamall, and in their flagship store in Commonwealth, Quezon City. 

If you are ready to take a simple but concrete step towards a better planet, join the fight to reduce plastic consumption and help get rid of 2 million plastic bottles by the end of the year before they end up going to landfills, beaches, and the ocean. #BreakFree from plastic and be a part of the solution. 


DQ’s launches Blizzard of the Month offer featuring M&M’s

Join the M&Ms Spokescandies as they liven up the holidays with their fun and vibrant personalities with the new DQ x M&Ms Collection, DQ’s latest Blizzard of the Month offer, which comes in six different creations!



This holiday season, DQ is adding more color to your celebrations with a new collection of cold treats featuring one of the most iconic sweets of all time—M&Ms!

Join the M&Ms Spokescandies as they liven up the holidays with their fun and vibrant personalities with the new DQ x M&Ms Collection, DQ’s latest Blizzard of the Month offer, which comes in six different creations!

First are three new Blizzards made with DQ’s creamy vanilla soft serve mixed with M&Ms candy pieces: the Nutty Blizzard, a dreamy dessert elevated by the interplay of chewy and crunchy; the Choco Fudge Blizzard, for those who seek the ultimate chocolatey treat; and the Caramel Brownie Blizzard, made with bite-seized brownies and caramel topping to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Joining these limited-edition Blizzards is the new M&Ms Parfait, made with layers of soft serve and chocolate topping and then topped with whipped cream and M&Ms. For those who want to enjoy ice cream cakes on the go, there’s the new M&Ms Tin Cake, which comes in a reusable tin can.

There’s also the new M&Ms Blizzard Cake, a 100-percent ice cream cake made with DQ’s signature soft serve, cake crunch, and chocolate fudge center mixed with M&Ms, garnished with cake frosting and then topped with even more M&Ms. It is available in 6-inch and 8-inch variants.

The Nutty, Choco Fudge, and Caramel Brownie M&Ms Blizzards are available in Mini, Regular, Medium, and Large starting at P99. The M&Ms Parfait is priced at P179, while the M&Ms Tin Cake is priced at P439 each. Lastly, the M&Ms Blizzard Cake is priced at P749 for the 6-inch cake and at P1,199 for the 8-inch cake.

Enjoy these offers anytime by visiting your nearest DQ store for dine-in and take out orders. You can also order for delivery by calling the 8911-1111 hotline or by logging on to DQ is also available through its official delivery partners GrabFood, foodpanda, and Pickaroo (prices may vary).

Stay updated with the latest promos and offers from DQ by following and giving the brand a like on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram or by visiting the official website at

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Women face greater risk of obesity in low- and middle-income countries



Women in low- and middle-income countries, especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, may be 10 times more likely to have obesity or heart health issues than their male counterparts, according to a large meta-analysis published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Obesity is a chronic disease characterized by an individual having an excess of body fat or abnormal fat accumulation. People who have obesity are at an increased risk for other serious diseases and health conditions.

Obesity kills at least 2.8 million people per year, yet the public still does not recognize it as a disease, and anti-obesity medications are still under prescribed and hard to access. Obesity is preventable, but according to the World Health Organization, the disease has nearly tripled since 1975. In 2016, 52% of adults and over 340 million children and teens were considered to have overweight or obesity.

“Our findings are important as they call for urgent actions targeting obesity awareness, prevention, treatment, and control in women in low- and middle-income countries,” said study author Thaís Rocha, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, U.K. 

The researchers included 3,916,276 people in the meta-analysis and found obesity does not manifest evenly across women and men in low- and middle-income countries, with women being 2-3 times more likely to be affected than men. They found the greatest disparity in the risk of obesity between women and men is in the Sub-Saharan region, where women are up to 10 times more likely to have obesity than men.

Senior study author Shakila Thangaratinam, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Birmingham said, “For the first time, we are able to assess the extent of poor metabolic health faced by women compared to men in low- and middle-income countries. Funders and policymakers need to implement woman- centered measures addressing the underlying social, cultural and behavioral factors to improve their long-term metabolic health.”

The authors shared a few examples of the factors contributing to the higher rate of obesity in these women including:

  • Weight gain during pregnancy and menopause. 
  • Beliefs that larger body types indicate high socioeconomic status, and fertility associated obesity in women as a sign of “wealth and health.”
  • Obesity risk seems to be positively and significantly associated with childhood deprivation in women but not men.
  • Women are also more likely to be influenced than men by other factors predisposing them to obesity, such as poor dietary habits, sedentary lifestyles and price inflation.  

The other authors of this study are Eka Melson of the University of Birmingham; Javier Zamora of the University of Birmingham, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS) and the CIBERESP Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Madrid, Spain; Borja Fernandez-Felix of the CIBERESP Instituto de Salud Carlos III; and Wiebke Arlt of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Medical Sciences and Imperial College London, U.K.

The manuscript,“Sex-Specific Obesity and Cardiometabolic Disease Risks in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Meta-Analysis Involving 3,916,276 Individuals,” was published online.

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Pru Life UK named International Life Insurer of the Year



Insurance Asia Awards, one of the prestigious recognition programs honoring the most outstanding insurance companies in Asia Pacific, cited Pru Life UK as the International Life Insurer of the Year – Philippines for the third year. The award-giving body recognized Pru Life UK’s innovations, new products, strategic partnerships, and community investment initiatives related to youth financial literacy, climate health risk management, and OFW protection.

“We are deeply honored to receive this coveted award for the third time in a row. Our heartfelt thanks to our employees, agency force, distribution partners, and more especially, our loyal customers for this remarkable feat,” said Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK Executive Vice President and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer.

Adding to its growing list of accolades, Pru Life UK was also conferred with a Bronze Stevie at the recent Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for the Innovation in Internal Corporate Events category. The Byaheng PRU Engagement Program, a project of its Employee Welfare Committee, has been instrumental in fostering collaboration among employees from various divisions and empowering over 900 full-time employees to lead their own company-wide initiatives for growth and success.

Empowering Filipinos through financial inclusion and affordable protection

Over the past years, Pru Life UK has championed financial awareness, literacy, and inclusion among Filipinos through innovative insurance products.

One such product, PRUHealth FamLove, is a pioneering critical illness protection plan that covers up to 4 family members in a single policy, including adopted families, cohabiting couples, and same-sex partners.

Furthermore, through strategic partnerships with popular e-commerce platforms GCash and Shopee, Pru Life UK has made bite-sized insurance products even more accessible to its customers.

“These recognitions inspire us to continue fulfilling our commitment to helping more Filipino families live healthier and wealthier. With our over 40,000 digitally empowered agency force, we remain dedicated to putting our customers at the heart of everything we do by providing inclusive and affordable products addressing their diverse needs,” said Tumbaga.

These awards mark another milestone for Pru Life UK as Prudential plc, its parent company, celebrates its 175th anniversary, including 100 years in Asia.

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