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New brand of appliances promote health and wellness at home

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While it’s important to have a calm and peaceful home environment, our abodes should also be a place where a healthy lifestyle begins—because when you’re healthy, you’re happy. And to make a healthier lifestyle more accessible to Filipino families, Multi-Mach International, Inc. has launched OHome, a new brand of home and kitchen products that support a lifestyle anchored on health and wellness.

“We are ecstatic to finally introduce OHome to the Philippines under the wing of Multi-Mach, a company trusted by five-star hotels to provide world-class kitchen equipment. We at OHome believe that good health is every family’s priority. With this in mind, we can’t wait for Filipino families to experience OHome’s innovations,” said Oliver Kaw, Chief Executive Officer of Multi-Mach International.

Incorporated in 1992, Multi-Mach is known for providing world-class food service and kitchen equipment for five star hotels, restaurants and private residences. The company has brought to the Philippines over 48 global brands such as Hobart (USA), Revent (Sweden), Rational and Liebherr (Germany) and Barazza and Falmec (Italy), to name a few.

OHome’s initial line of products consists of the HydroGen Plus hydrogen water generator, the Zen 4-in-1 Air Purifier and the O-Range 360 exhaust-integrated gas range. These products were designed and created by OHome specifically for the Philippine market utilizing technology and parts from Japan and Italy.  

Providing more than just water

The regular intake of hydrogen-rich water is highly beneficial to one’s health. Reynaldo J. Echavez, M.D. FPCC, a cardiologist and researcher of molecular medicine, says hydrogen is a powerful anti-oxidant that minimizes damages by scavenging free radicals before they come in contact with the healthy cells in our body. Hydrogen, he adds, is the safest of all antioxidants and, thus, will not burden the liver. Dr. Echavez adds that hydrogen prevents inflammation, cell damage, oxidative stress, cancer, and the formation of tumors. 

Hydrogen-rich water also provides antioxidants that protect the body against many illnesses such as Type 2 Diabetes, Asthma, Rheumatism, Neurological diseases and help prevent premature ageing, according to Dr. Echavez.

Utilizing a platinum electrode which is made in Japan, the HydroGen Plus is a portable device that individuals and families can take with them for easy access to hydrogen-rich water.

This is the inspiration behind OHome’s HydroGen Plus, a hydrogen water generator that converts regular drinking water into hydrogen-rich water. Utilizing a platinum electrode which is made in Japan, the HydroGen Plus is a portable device that individuals and families can take with them for easy access to hydrogen-rich water. The HydroGen Plus, now available for PHP8,250, can also be a source of recovery drink after a workout or for hydrating in school or at work. Its compact design means anyone can have hydrogen-rich water anytime, anywhere.

Breathing clean air at home

Polluted indoor air can be a threat to the health of the family. Allergens may trigger asthma or other allergic symptoms. Prolonged exposure to unclean air may cause serious illnesses in the long term. In Manila, the average amount of both indoor and outdoor air pollutants is 70% higher than the recommended safe level, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) study.

Staying healthy and preventing illness, therefore, is a topmost priority in every Filipino household. Using an air purifier is one sure-fire way of reducing air contamination at home. The Zen 4-in-1 Air Purifier, which lists at PHP7,995, is equipped with not just one, but four features that address this concern. 

As it purifies indoor air, the Zen 4-in-1 Air Purifier also diffuses the air with aromatic scent. Complementing these features is a bladeless cooling system and its remote-operated LED mood lamp with 16 colors to choose from making indoor family time more relaxing.

It improves indoor air quality by eliminating hazardous allergens. As it purifies indoor air, the Zen 4-in-1 Air Purifier also diffuses the air with aromatic scent. Complementing these features is a bladeless cooling system and its remote-operated LED mood lamp with 16 colors to choose from making indoor family time more relaxing.

All-around kitchen must-have

As the hub for preparing heart-warming and nutritious dishes for the family, the kitchen must be equipped with the right tools and equipment. OHome banks on the decades of expertise of its mother company Multi-Mach to deliver a kitchen appliance that definitely ups the ante in terms of cooking and keeping the kitchen safe and healthy for the entire family.

The O-Range 360 is an exhaust-integrated gas range designed for easy and healthy cooking. It has a built-in cooker hood that absorbs the harmful smoke produced by cooking, eliminating up to 99% of pollutants, thus making the air clean and odorless.  

The O-Range 360 is an exhaust-integrated gas range designed for easy and healthy cooking. It has a built-in cooker hood that absorbs the harmful smoke produced by cooking, eliminating up to 99% of pollutants, thus making the air clean and odorless.

O-Range 360 also has two gas burners with a higher British Thermal Unit (BTU), which generates high heat for faster cooking. Academy of Nutrition and Diuretics cited that one technique to create a better tasting food is by intensifying the flavors of meat, poultry, and fish with high-heat to help add flavor. This can be achieved through the O-Range 360 gas burners. What this means for the family is the dishes still have high nutritional value because they are not overcooked and the cooking time is shortened substantially.

Lastly, the O-Range 360 comes in three different variants that features either a UV sterilizer cabinet, a heated cabinet or a steam oven. This added benefit enables every Filipino family to enjoy a year-round of festivities, from simple gatherings and birthdays to reunions, with easy, healthy, well prepared meals good food and relaxing ambiance – definitely a must for any Filipino household. 

The O-Range 360 with heated cabinet is priced at PHP82,000, O-Range 360 with UV sterilizer is at PHP 93,000 and O-Range 360 with steam oven is priced at PHP 156,000. 

Where you can purchase the new OHome products:

  1. HydroGen Plus is available in Rustan’s Department Stores, Lazada, Shopee and OHome’s showroom in 1012, Buma BLDG, 9599 Metropolitan Ave, San Antonio Village, Makati City.
  2. Zen 4-in-1 Air Purifier is available in Lazada, Shopee , and OHome’s Makati showroom.
  3. O-Range 360 is available in Shopee and OHome’s Makati showroom.

MELBA V. BERNAD started her career as an IT journalist with Computerworld Philippines which she joined in December 1993. She was Editor of the publication when she left in March 2013. Melba is currently Manila-based Editor of Networks Asia (Singapore), SMBWorld Asia (Singapore), and CFO Innovation Asia (Hong Kong). She is a two-time awardee of the Catholic Mass Media Awards (Best News Coverage in 2003 and Best News Coverage (Print) in 2004). She was also an awardee of the first Philippine Cyberpress Journalism Award. Melba is a co-publisher and concurrent Editor in Chief of Zest Magazine.

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Eating late increases hunger, decreases calories burned, and changes fat tissue

Eating later had profound effects on hunger and appetite-regulating hormones leptin and ghrelin, which influence our drive to eat. Specifically, levels of the hormone leptin, which signals satiety, were decreased across the 24 hours in the late eating condition compared to the early eating conditions.

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Obesity afflicts approximately 42 percent of the adult population and contributes to the onset of chronic diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and other conditions. While popular healthy diet mantras advise against midnight snacking, few studies have comprehensively investigated the simultaneous effects of late eating on the three main players in body weight regulation and thus obesity risk: regulation of calorie intake, the number of calories you burn, and molecular changes in fat tissue. A new study by investigators from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a founding member of the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, found that when we eat significantly impacts our energy expenditure, appetite, and molecular pathways in adipose tissue. Their results are published in Cell Metabolism.

“We wanted to test the mechanisms that may explain why late eating increases obesity risk,” explained senior author Frank A. J. L. Scheer, PhD, Director of the Medical Chronobiology Program in the Brigham’s Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders. “Previous research by us and others had shown that late eating is associated with increased obesity risk, increased body fat, and impaired weight loss success. We wanted to understand why.”

“In this study, we asked, ‘Does the time that we eat matter when everything else is kept consistent?’” said first author Nina Vujović, PhD, a researcher in the Medical Chronobiology Program in the Brigham’s Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders. “And we found that eating four hours later makes a significant difference for our hunger levels, the way we burn calories after we eat, and the way we store fat.”

Vujović, Scheer and their team studied 16 patients with a body mass index (BMI) in the overweight or obese range. Each participant completed two laboratory protocols: one with a strictly scheduled early meal schedule, and the other with the exact same meals, each scheduled about four hours later in the day. In the last two to three weeks before starting each of the in-laboratory protocols, participants maintained fixed sleep and wake schedules, and in the final three days before entering the laboratory, they strictly followed identical diets and meal schedules at home.

In the lab, participants regularly documented their hunger and appetite, provided frequent small blood samples throughout the day, and had their body temperature and energy expenditure measured. To measure how eating time affected molecular pathways involved in adipogenesis, or how the body stores fat, investigators collected biopsies of adipose tissue from a subset of participants during laboratory testing in both the early and late eating protocols, to enable comparison of gene expression patterns/levels between these two eating conditions.

Results revealed that eating later had profound effects on hunger and appetite-regulating hormones leptin and ghrelin, which influence our drive to eat. Specifically, levels of the hormone leptin, which signals satiety, were decreased across the 24 hours in the late eating condition compared to the early eating conditions. When participants ate later, they also burned calories at a slower rate and exhibited adipose tissue gene expression towards increased adipogenesis and decreased lipolysis, which promote fat growth. Notably, these findings convey converging physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying the correlation between late eating and increased obesity risk.

Vujović explains that these findings are not only consistent with a large body of research suggesting that eating later may increase one’s likelihood of developing obesity, but they shed new light on how this might occur. By using a randomized crossover study, and tightly controlling for behavioral and environmental factors such as physical activity, posture, sleep, and light exposure, investigators were able to detect changes the different control systems involved in energy balance, a marker of how our bodies use the food we consume.

In future studies, Scheer’s team aims to recruit more women to increase the generalizability of their findings to a broader population. While this study cohort included only five female participants, the study was set up to control for menstrual phase, reducing confounding but making recruiting women more difficult. Going forward, Scheer and Vujović are also interested in better understanding the effects of the relationship between meal time and bedtime on energy balance.

“This study shows the impact of late versus early eating. Here, we isolated these effects by controlling for confounding variables like caloric intake, physical activity, sleep, and light exposure, but in real life, many of these factors may themselves be influenced by meal timing,” said Scheer. “In larger scale studies, where tight control of all these factors is not feasible, we must at least consider how other behavioral and environmental variables alter these biological pathways underlying obesity risk. ”

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DKSH, LEO Pharma partner to deliver products, solutions to people with skin conditions, thrombosis

DKSH Business Unit Healthcare, a leading partner for healthcare companies seeking to grow their business in Asia and beyond, has partnered with LEO Pharma to bring high-quality therapeutic products for dermatology and thrombosis to patients across Asia.

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DKSH Business Unit Healthcare, a leading partner for healthcare companies seeking to grow their business in Asia and beyond, has partnered with LEO Pharma to bring high-quality therapeutic products for dermatology and thrombosis to patients across Asia.

Partnering in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, the two companies seek to solidify brand presence, grow market share, and ultimately improve patient health outcomes in the region. Skin diseases can cause serious physical and social discomfort for millions of patients around the world whereas thrombosis can affect anyone regardless of their age, race, gender, and ethnicity.

DKSH will support LEO Pharma by building dedicated sales and marketing teams on the ground in Asia and managing logistics and product distribution in these markets. The firm’s experienced teams and broad distribution network will ensure LEO Pharma products reach modern trade, traditional trade, hospitals, clinics, and other medical channels, as well as patients in need across the region.

LEO Pharma is a global company dedicated to advancing the standard of care for the benefit of people with skin conditions, their families and society. With decades of research and development to advance the science of dermatology, LEO Pharma now offers a wide range of innovative treatments and therapies for all skin disease severities as well as thrombosis.

Khalid Aouidat, Vice President, responsible for commercial activities in Southeast Asia at LEO Pharma commented: “At LEO Pharma, we are dedicated to changing the standards of care for people with skin diseases by bringing new innovative treatments forward and making them easily accessible. Supporting this ambition, we are delighted to be partnering with DKSH. Their experience and strong regional footprint in Asia, as well as their marketing and sales expertise will help to further strengthen LEO Pharma’s brand and its continued growth.”

Bijay Singh, Head of Business Unit Healthcare at DKSH, said: “We are committed to enriching people’s lives and improving healthcare for all. The partnership with LEO Pharma strengthens our ambition to become the preferred partner for clients to help patients in Asia to have better access to high-quality and innovative products and solutions. While we drive their growth across the region, LEO Pharma can focus on researching and developing products and solutions for people with skin conditions.”

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Epson partners with WWF, launches mangrove restoration project in Palawan

Epson, which has previously supported the development of WWF-Philippines’ virtual museum Museo Kalikasan, is now supporting the Mangrove Restoration Project in the municipalities of Balabac and Bataraza, Southern Palawan.

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Epson Philippines’ partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines for marine ecosystem restoration has officially kickstarted with a ceremonial launch in Balabac, Palawan. Supported by project stakeholders such as the European Union delegation to the Philippines and local government officials, the project launch highlights the importance of rehabilitating mangrove sites, recognizing their critical role in marine biodiversity and protecting coasts from erosion and storm surges.

Epson, which has previously supported the development of WWF-Philippines’ virtual museum Museo Kalikasan, is now supporting the Mangrove Restoration Project in the municipalities of Balabac and Bataraza, Southern Palawan. As part of the wider European Union-funded Ocean Governance Project—an initiative focused on strengthening habitat resilience through restoration in the Sulu Sulawesi Seascape that covers the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia—the joint mission in Palawan aims to boost local capacity in taking care of the mangroves, as well as address other critical issues such as plastic waste management. With Epson as a key partner, the Mangrove Restoration Project was able to expand beyond Balabac and into the neighboring municipality of Bataraza. In addition, the growing relationship between Epson Philippines and WWF-Philippines only further drives Epson Philippines’ commitment to support sustainable innovations and initiatives to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

“Corporations have a shared responsibility in sustainable development,” said Eduardo Bonoan, Epson Philippines’ General Manager for Marketing Division, who shared his remarks virtually during the project launch. “As Epson continues its commitment to sustainable innovation and environmental responsibility, we believe in forming critical partnerships with organizations that are aligned with our values—such as WWF-Philippines.”

To further the goals of the Mangrove Restoration Project, WWF-Philippines will continue to work with local government and key stakeholders such as Epson Philippines to establish a ‘Community Learning and Innovation Hub’ that aims to bridge knowledge gaps and strengthen coastal communities’ experience in resource management, thereby helping to build local capacity.

“It is important that we continue to protect and manage Balabac’s valued mangrove forests to boost our efforts in keeping a healthy environment and supporting local livelihoods,” said Balabac Mayor Shuiab J. Astami, who officially launched the project in Balabac Island.

“We are excited to be part of this multi-stakeholder effort that will restore critical mangroves in Balabac, Palawan and improve the way their coastal resources are managed for the long haul. We strongly hope that this project will succeed and serve as an example for many other communities,” said Executive Director of WWF-Philippines, Katherine Custodio.

Moving forward, Epson aims to continue setting a more sustainable example for corporations across the region.

“Working alongside governments, local champions and conservation organizations, we are proud to be part of this public-private partnership that is aligned with our renewed Epson 25 Corporate Vision—which aims to enrich communities and help realize a sustainable society,” concludes Bonoan. ”We hope that this opens up a path for more sustainable partnerships in the future.”

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