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Santé launches new cappuccino infused with Sante Barley Coffee Mix

Each cup of Barliccino is a foamy, delicious, and comforting escape to the real cappuccino goodness. It’s the perfect blend of Santé Barley grass that balances the cappuccino’s sweetness with subtle earthy notes that is sure to be a pleasure to one’s tastebuds.

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The rainy days are here! While everyone would find these days cozy, the bed weather can be a little challenging, particularly on a workday. Admittedly, rainy days never fails to make you want to go back to sleep and forget about being productive.  

A warm hug, though, from a cup of coffee can help you make the day right, especially if it has that sweet, toasty taste that can make you feel like you are sipping the cappuccino you love from a coffee shop. Unfortunately, getting that same cup of embrace is not that convenient these days.  

With some areas still under lockdowns and community quarantines (CQ), access to coffee shops is currently limited and, sometimes, restricted. Everyone is also encouraged to stay at home amid the pandemic so, buying your favorite coffee, even from a nearby shop, might be a hassle and more pricey than usual due to added delivery fees.  

But what if you can get your cup of warm hugs right at home, or wherever you may be, anytime you want?  

So, what’s brewing? It’s the new Barliccino, a cappuccino plus Santé Barley Coffee Mix that offers a healthier and tastier choice than your usual pricey “coffee-shop” brew. As the latest coffee drink mix from Santé, a provider of premier organic health and wellness products and services, Barliccino brings the coffee-shop quality experience in an instant, wherever you are. 

Each cup of Barliccino is a foamy, delicious, and comforting escape to the real cappuccino goodness. It’s the perfect blend of Santé Barley grass that balances the cappuccino’s sweetness with subtle earthy notes that is sure to be a pleasure to one’s tastebuds. One cup of this goodness will surely perk you up to productivity. Let a cup of Barliccino hug you with comfort and warmth, especially on rainy days or whenever you are loaded with work. 

Barliccino is mostly sweetened using Stevia, a natural substitute for sugar, derived from the leaves of a small perennial green shrub. In every cup of Barliccino, there is only a minimal amount of sugar (1.63 grams), a lot lesser compared to a regular instant coffee’s sugar content, which is around 12 to 15 grams per serving. It also has low-calorie content (52 calories) and contains non-dairy creamer—truly,  a healthier alternative!   

What’s more is that Barliccino is infused with the goodness of organic pure barley grass from Santé, known to be certified by BioGro, New Zealand’s leading organic certification agency. It makes Barliccino a healthier choice since barley grass is an effective antioxidant and is rich in vitamins and minerals that can help detoxify the body and aid in keeping the digestive and immune system healthy. 

“Everybody deserves a coffee break. With our new Barliccino, we want to make your day, especially with the comfort and warmth you can get, with every cup. We made sure that Barliccino is handy and easy to prepare, so you can have your coffee-shop experience in an instant, anytime and anywhere,” said Joey Marcelo, CEO of Santé. 

Barliccino is just one of the many products offered by Santé, which aims to help everyone live more and do more. The company has been providing premier organic health and wellness products and services, including its flagship, Santé Barley.  

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Pru Life UK credit card launched

Consisting of two variants, the Classic and Platinum Matercard, the Pru Life UK credit card is exclusively available to Pru Life UK customers or policyholders to provide them ease in paying policy premiums.

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Life insurer Pru Life UK, in partnership with Robinsons Bank and Mastercard, launched the Pru Life UK credit card, a co-brand card which offers convenient payments and other benefits rooted in the financial stability of its partners.

Consisting of two variants, the Classic and Platinum Matercard, the Pru Life UK credit card is exclusively available to Pru Life UK customers or policyholders to provide them ease in paying policy premiums.

“We are excited with the launch of this card, which will now provide an enhanced experience to our customers with a more convenient payment solution, bundled with exclusive features and benefits, made even more rewarding for the customer with every transaction, said Eng Teng Wong, Pru Life UK president and chief executive officer. “The card is part of Robinsons Bank and Pru Life UK’s long-term bancassurance partnership, an alliance that continuously diversifies its offerings to utilize the strengths of each company while providing added value to our customers.”

“I’m very proud to officially introduce our latest credit card innovation with Pru Life UK. This unique credit card innovation will allow us to provide Pru Life’s diverse clientele with financial flexibility as they enjoy health and wellness benefits that are exclusive to the product,” said Elfren Antonio Sarte, president and chief executive officer at Robinsons Bank. He adds that the credit card is designed to provide policyholders with convenient and efficient way of paying their premiums.

The launch of the credit card is another milestone for Robinsons Bank and Pru Life UK as they continue to bring out products that are relevant to many Filipinos. According to Mastercard country manager Simon Calasanz, in the case of Pru Life UK co-brand card, Pru Life UK employees, agents and policyholders are provided with health and wellness benefits as well as payment options which make it easier for them to pay their policy claims. 

Calasanz also said cardholders need not worry about fraudulent transactions especially now that the growth in digital payment is accelerating. “As a standard and Platinum Mastercard, cardholders of a Pru Life UK co-brand card can pay with the card safely knowing that they are protected with Mastercard’s decipher and intelligent solutions including secure code to authenticate transactions.”  

The Pru Life UK credit card also provides cardholders with the following benefits:

  • Free annual membership fee for the first year. Succeeding annual membership fees are waived when the Pru Life UK policy premium is enrolled in auto-charge facility.
  • 0% installment for three months on drugstores and hospital bills with a minimum transaction of P3,000 and maximum of P50,000 per year.
  • Exclusive discounts and deals on active lifestyle and health & wellness products.
  • Earn Five (5) Rewards Points for every P50.00 spend on Pru Life UK transactions and one (1) Rewards Point for every P50.00 spend on non-Pru Life UK transactions.
  • All other existing features of Robinsons Bank credit cards shall also apply to this card; this includes: contactless payment, EMV-chip technology, electronic SOAs, and installment plans (Balance Transfer, Convert-to-Cash, Transaction Conversion, Balance Conversion).
  • Free airport lounge membership with access to more than 1,200 lounges globally on top of 900+ offers from Priority Pass partner merchants for Platinum Mastercard cardholders. 
  • Platinum Mastercard cardholders can also avail free travel insurance every time they use their Pru Life UK MasterCard in purchasing roundtrip international tickets.

Pru Life UK already received over 15,000 card applications coming from their employees, agents and customers. “We have already applied and some of them, like my staff, have already started using the card,” Wong said. 

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Allianz helps patients cover the real cost of COVID-19

Allianz PNB Life, one of the major life insurance companies in the Philippines, is helping patients cover the costs of COVID-19 via Allianz Well! It is a comprehensive health insurance plan that protects policyholders from the debilitating costs of COVID-19 from day one of a confirmed diagnosis.

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Marc lay in a makeshift bed at a public hospital in Manila, wearing a mask attached to an oxygen tank by his side. After testing positive for COVID-19 five days ago, he was now exhibiting fever, malaise, and shortness of breath due to a severe cough—telltale symptoms of the viral infection.

Beyond his worsening condition, Marc also dreaded the growing cost of his hospital bills. He had already racked up around PHP 750,000 the last time he checked, and it was only going to get larger by the hour.

The full toll of COVID-19

Marc is only one of the over 1.8 million confirmed COVID-19 patients in the Philippines, one of the countries most heavily hit by the pandemic in Asia. As cases continue to soar with the spread of the new Delta variant, more COVID-positive Filipinos, especially those with mild to no symptoms, are choosing to recover from home rather than get treated at a private healthcare facility. 

According to data from 2020, a patient with moderate COVID-19 should be prepared to shell out over Php 1 million for an 18-day stay at a private hospital in Metro Manila. The Philippine Healthcare Insurance System (PhilHealth) has helped members manage COVID-19-related costs so far, with coverage ranging from Php 42,997 to Php 786,384 depending on the severity of the case. It has also begun providing claims for patients isolating at home.

However, the costs do not end there.  For the families of patients that perish from the disease, cremation and burial costs may reach PHP 100,000.

These expenses emphasize the need for a healthcare package that can provide comprehensive coverage  in the event a person gets COVID-19. This is very practical at a time when recovering from the disease should be one’s top priority.

360-degree coverage from testing to treatment

Allianz PNB Life, one of the major life insurance companies in the Philippines, is helping patients cover the costs of COVID-19 via Allianz Well! It is a comprehensive health insurance plan that protects policyholders from the debilitating costs of COVID-19 from day one of a confirmed diagnosis. 

“It is Allianz PNB Life’s goal to address the varying needs of our customers across different life stages, including COVID-19. Now more than ever, we wish to give our clients the assurance, as well as the confidence, that they are adequately covered and taken care of so they can focus on the things that matter most, namely their health, recovery, and loved ones,” said Chief Marketing Officer Gino Riola.

Allianz Well! covers hospitalization costs, including accommodation, medication, diagnostic and laboratory exams, ambulance fees, and even doctors’ fees. The policy also covers hospital transfer expenses for emergency cases.

Aside from an annual plan limit of PHP 100 million, Allianz Well! offers coverage for expenses outside hospital care, from testing to repatriation services due to death from COVID-19. Additional perks include priority in executive check-ups, discounts for fitness and nutrition services, and reimbursements for over-the-counter multivitamins at up to Php 5,000. 

Since recovery from COVID-19 varies per person, Allianz Well! also includes a recovery package that covers flu and pneumonia vaccines and any follow-up medication and procedures that may be prescribed by a doctor.

Policyholders can be assured of a quick and simple claims process which can be done online and within a maximum of 10 working days.  Allianz PNB can also facilitate direct settlement of expenses incurred in an accredited medical facility. 

“As an organization that genuinely cares for its customers, Allianz PNB Life consistently provides clients with reliable and holistic COVID-19 protection apart from coverage for other critical illnesses. This is part of our commitment to serve as a trusted partner for Filipinos on their journey to better living,” Riola said. 

To know more about Allianz Well!, contact +6392-881-84357 or email yourhealthmatters@allianzpnblife.ph.

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African pet food manufacturer brings quality, afforable range to Phl

Pet Ideas will be distributing Montego Classic in the Philippines, Montego’s flagship pet food range, which will be available at veterinary clinics, pet shops, agri-supply stores and via online platforms from the end of September.

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Montego Pet Nutrition, the largest privately-owned pet food manufacturer in Africa, has announced its expansion into the Philippines through a partnership with local distributor,  Pet Ideas, which has been importing and distributing pet products locally since June 2015.

Jom Cadenas, Business Unit Manager at Pet Ideas, says: “This will be the first time that a pet nutrition company from South Africa will be launched in the Philippines. Filipinos are accustomed to US and European made products, so to be able to launch a new and innovative brand and a line of pet nutrition products manufactured in Africa is really exciting for us. We are proud to be able to offer Filipinos high quality products at a reasonable price, which are backed up by Montego’s own R&D and manufacturing facility.” 

Pet Ideas will be distributing Montego Classic in the Philippines, Montego’s flagship pet food range, which will be available at veterinary clinics, pet shops, agri-supply stores and via online platforms from the end of September. 

All products in the Classic range are made with real protein and include raw materials that are classified fit for human consumption, with added vitamins and minerals for sustained health. This ideal combination ensures consistently delicious flavour, digestibility and complete, balanced nutrition to satisfy the needs (and appetites) of both dogs and cats.

As the Classic range has grown over time, it has expanded to include nutrition for various breeds and ages of both dogs and cats. The formulations and production processes have been refined and perfected as well, the result of which can be found in each Classic product, and the wellbeing of pets around the world.

Sakkie Luther, International Business Developer for Montego Pet Nutrition, says: “We are very excited to bring our quality pet food to the Philippines in partnership with Pet Ideas. While we actively pursue and grow our business on the African continent, our dream has always been to expand our footprint to other continents as well. Being able to present our brands to a discerning market such as the Philippines, confirms that our brand reputation as high-quality products, at affordable price, is relatable to a wider market, and we are very proud of that.”

Montego is at the forefront of Africa’s growing pet food market, with a manufacturing capacity of almost 100 000 tons annually. It currently exports to 15 countries, of which 13 are on the African continent, and recently announced that they would be expanding into America. 

The company believes in sustainable manufacturing practices. Their state-of-the-art production facility and newly acquired manufacturing plant in South Africa, firmly positions Montego not only as the largest independent pet food manufacturer, but the largest brand owner and distributor in Africa.

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