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Absolute worst gifts to give this Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a holiday where couples reenter the honeymoon stage of their relationship by spending the whole day showering each other in love and gifts.

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The most romantic day of the year is coming up next month, so Dating.com, part of the Dating Group and the company behind numerous online dating sites, released tips for celebrating Valentine’s Day from home this year as well as the absolute worst gifts to get your valentine. 

Just like recent holidays that passed, Valentine’s Day is going to look a little different this year. A majority of couples will be spending the day at home rather than in a public place such as the movies or a favorite restaurant, but that doesn’t mean the holiday day will not be special.

Dating.com has shared below some fun and romantic at home date ideas to celebrate with your love.

  • Spa and Massage: Who doesn’t love to be pampered? This year, it is a fun idea to set up an at home spa and massage. Couples can take turns giving each other romantic massages and spa treatments of their choice. Pick out your favorite face mask and beverage and have a relaxing and romantic evening.  
  • Home-made Movie Theater: Going to the movies or a live show is always a popular event for Valentine’s Day. This year, couples can make their own movie theater right in their living room! Pick out a new movie that you and your partner have been wanting to see, grab your favorite candy, snacks and drinks and press play. The best part of this at home date is that you don’t have to get dressed up, sweatpants and your favorite oversized sweater is the perfect attire.
  • Take-out Dinner: Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with your partner. Instead of cooking a time-consuming dinner and having to clean it all up, pick a couple of your favorite restaurants and order a smorgasbord of food to go! To make it more fun, don’t tell your partner what you got and surprise each other with delicious food.

“Valentine’s Day is a holiday where couples reenter the honeymoon stage of their relationship by spending the whole day showering each other in love and gifts,” says Maria Sullivan, Dating Expert and Vice President of Dating.com. “However, because this year everyone will be celebrating a little different, we wanted to make sure that we shared some fun date ideas that couples can do from the comfort and safety of their homes. Additionally, with most activities off the table, fun gifts are more important than ever, so it is crucial to put a lot of thought into what you are getting your partner to show them how much you care for them. It is also important to remember that no matter where you are celebrating the holiday, the best part is who you are spending it with.”

Last Valentine’s Day, Dating.com reported the worst gifts their users were ever given which included a used candle and a card themed for the wrong holiday. With an entire year gone by, Dating.com resurveyed its users to discover 78% have received gifts that they didn’t really enjoy. Surprising presents include:

  1. Wilted Flowers
  2. A picture frame with no picture in it
  3. A pet hamster
  4. A bag of unopen assorted Halloween candy
  5. Valentine’s Day themed socks
  6. An online workout subscription
  7. An Ashtray
  8. A used gift card
  9. An open bottle of wine / liquor
  10. An old VHS movie

Although the previously mentioned gifts aren’t the best, there are some gifts that one should avoid entirely when thinking about what to get their significant other this Valentine’s Day. Those gifts are as following:

  • Engagement Style Ring: The only time you should get your partner a ring that looks like an engagement ring is when you are proposing. An engagement ring is a really special piece of jewelry that represents love and commitment. It should only be given when you are ready to take that next step with your significant other.
  • Perfume/Cologne that Your Ex Used to Wear: Scent is a very personal thing. Everyone has they own identifying smell. If you are thinking about getting your partner a perfume or cologne for Valentine’s Day, make sure to pick out one that you really think will suit them. Picking a scent that your ex used to wear is something to avoid when shopping.
  • A Pet: Even though they are very cute, pets are a huge 10-20-year commitment. When choosing a gift for your partner, you want to make it something that they can enjoy but don’t need to tend to everyday. However, if you are thinking about getting your partner a pet, make sure it isn’t a surprise and they are onboard with the idea.

To join Dating.com’s extensive, international network of singles and find your Valentine, please visit www.dating.com.

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Fight against smoking continues with Nicorette

Over the years, the Philippine government in partnership with private organizations have been working together to reduce tobacco use through awareness and education programs.

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According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, twenty eight percent (28%) or 17.3 million Filipinos are smokers. Today, the Philippines still has one of the highest per capita levels of tobacco consumption among the ASEAN countries, and this poses a major public health problem in the country.

Over the years, the Philippine government in partnership with private organizations have been working together to reduce tobacco use through awareness and education programs.

Ending the Habit

At Johnson & Johnson Philippines, we walk the talk when it comes to enforcing good, healthy habits, in order to quit smoking. Through a series of posters strategically displayed around the J&J Philippines campus, employees are reminded how Nicorette can help them break free from smoking. Nicorette is Nicotine Polacrilex, a type of nicotine replacement therapy that can help quitters reduce their cravings in as fast as 15 minutes. Quit smoking for a week with the help of Nicorette and be 9x more likely to quit for good.

“As part of our J&J credo, it is our responsibility to give our employees a healthier and safer environment in the office and at home. This is just one of our initiatives in making sure we help put a stop to smoking. Our work does not just start and end with promoting Nicorette to our consumers, but we would also like our employees to be reminded of the threats of smoking”, says Patricia Rodriguez, brand manager for self-care, Johnson & Johnson Philippines.

Quit Smoking with Nicorette

Apart from activities within the Johnson & Johnson Philippines campus, we are also making strides in advancing our goal in reducing tobacco usage in the country. Last year, in celebration of World No Tobacco Day, Johnson & Johnson Philippines introduced Nicorette to encourage more Filipino smokers to #JoinTheQuitters. Nicorette held an online event anchored on the World Health Organization’s campaign “Commit to Quit” to motivate Filipinos to permanently quit for good.  The event was streamed through Facebook live and was attended by over 700 people nationwide. Some participants were “quitters” who shared their quitting journeys and smokers who pledged to a healthier lifestyle.

  • Since then, Nicorette has worked non-stop in advocating to end smoking in the Philippines. We continued to raise awareness of the difficulties in quitting smoking with the help of our ‘quit ambassadors’. This year, in commemoration of No Smoking Month, Nicorette invited the media to participate in a roundtable discussion on the hazards of smoking. The event was attended by John Matthew Uy, a Nicorette user and successful quitter, and pulmonologist Dr. Leni Fernandez ho enlightened guests about the threats of smoking.  Apart from that, we also sought the help of “quitters” to share their quitting journey online. Our ambassadors talked about the challenges of quitting, the importance of having a strong support system in their journey and having an effective and trusted product like Nicorette that can help them through withdrawals and in stopping their cravings.

The Answer to Quit Smoking for Good

There is no excuse in being unable to quit smoking now that Nicorette is available in leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide. Nicorette is available in your nearest drugstores like Mercury Drug, Watsons, Southstar Drug, and more, and is also available on both Shopee and Lazada for your convenience.

​​For more information about Nicorette, visit www.nicorette.com.ph or  follow our social media accounts at www.facebook.com/NicorettePH/ and @nicoretteph on Instagram. Get special deals and promos to finally break that habit by purchasing Nicorette on official Johnson & Johnson Philippines accounts, both on Shopee and Lazada.

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Manulife makes its insurance products more accessible through Kwik.insure partnership

Manulife has partnered with Kwik.insure, an online insurance marketplace that serves thousands of customers, to make insurance accessible to more Filipinos through its HealthFlex, FutureBoost and Horizons plans, helping them financially secure their future.

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Manulife has partnered with Kwik.insure, an online insurance marketplace that serves thousands of customers, to make insurance accessible to more Filipinos through its HealthFlex, FutureBoost and Horizons plans, helping them financially secure their future.

In a recent Manulife study, “The Modern Filipino Family: Exploring family dynamics and digitalization in the new normal,” 41% of Filipino Gen Zs surveyed intend to buy life insurance online in the next 12 months. In addition, 33% of Filipino millennials and 25% of Gen Xs actually bought insurance in the last 12 months, among those surveyed. Manulife aims to address Filipinos’ increased appetite for digitally enabled insurance and investments by making protection more accessible online.

“As the first global life insurance brand on Kwik.insure, and the only insurer to offer variable-linked insurance products that rewards you with bonuses like FutureBoost on the platform to secure every stage of your life, we are focused on making our products more digitally accessible to meet their evolving priorities and expectations,” said Neil Bowyer, Chief Partnership Distribution Officer, Manulife Philippines. “This is just one more way we’re delivering on our mission to make decisions easier and lives better through digital, customer-centric experiences for Filipinos across the country.

Hamilton Angluben, Chief Executive Officer, Kwik.insure, added: “By working with Manulife, one of the leading and most trusted insurance brands in the country, we look forward to leveraging our most valuable technologies so Filipinos can get access to best-in-class and relevant insurance solutions that can help them better prepare for the future. This, in turn, can help us achieve our goal of bridging the insurance gap in the country, and make getting insured easy and reliable for all Filipinos.”

Manulife’s products that will be available on Kwik.insure offer customers access to customizable insurance plans that give them life and health protection coverage based on their needs, priorities, and budget, and enjoy various add-on benefits like investments.

  • Manulife FutureBoost, an affordable life insurance plan with no premium charges, gives Filipinos potential income from bonuses ranging from 0.5% to 5%, plus access to expertly managed global and local investment funds.
  • Manulife HealthFlex, a health insurance plan that allows customers to pay only for the health coverage they need, has four base plans covering up to 112 critical illnesses at any age until 100.
  • Manulife Horizons, one of insurer’s most affordable investment-linked insurance plans, provides comprehensive coverage for their families, and offers investment opportunities that allow them to grow their funds.

FutureBoost, HealthFlex, and Horizons are now available on Kwik.insure’s online marketplace. Interested customers may inquire via Kwik.insure live chat or set an appointment with a Kwik.insure financial advisor. Enrolled customers may sign up and transact via Manulife Online so they can manage their policies digitally. Premium payments can also be completed via credit card or e-wallets.

For more information about Manulife’s products and services, visit www.manulife.com.ph to learn more.

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Keep loved ones ready and protected with MediCard’s RxER

MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) in the Philippines, brings you MediCard RxER so you can ensure that your loved ones are prepared for any unexpected situations while savoring the joy of the festive season.

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The holidays are here! Finally, it is the time of the year to relax, unwind, and enjoy all the festive activities with your family and friends. And perhaps, you are now busy listing all the possible gifts that would spark joy in your loved ones, regardless of whether they have been naughty or nice.  

As everyone is eager to celebrate this season, keep in mind that it can be a risky time as well. The holidays frequently attract unwanted guests, such as illnesses and accidents ranging from road accidents to fireworks injuries. 

A January 2022 report by the Department of Health (DOH) revealed there were 85 cases of fireworks-related injuries as the country celebrated the 2022 New Year. While the numbers continue to decrease each year, it pays off to be ready always for unforeseen emergencies that can steal your holiday celebrations. 

MediCard RxER: The best gift you can give this season 

To help you put one of the best gifts under the Christmas tree, MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) in the Philippines, brings you MediCard RxER so you can ensure that your loved ones are prepared for any unexpected situations while savoring the joy of the festive season. 

The RxER provides a brand-new, specialized healthcare maintenance service that includes emergency, preventative, and outpatient treatment and is created to give members of all ages the maximum value and convenience. 

In hospitals recognized by MediCard, the overall cap for patients requiring emergency trauma care is PhP20,000. ER costs, professional fees, and urgent drugs connected to the condition of accidents, burns, animal bites, and accidental chemical poisoning are also included in emergency care charges if it is within six hours from the time of the incident.  

Emergency diagnostic procedures and lab tests up to PhP5,000, including MRI, CT scan, and ultrasound, are also covered. Additionally, coverage will be provided for tetanus toxoid, anti-tetanus serum, and current rabies vaccination. Regular casting and splint are also included. 

Is it a one-time-use thing? No. Members may use emergency services more than once for the said circumstances if the limit has not yet been reached. 

The gift that keeps on giving 

Members of the RxER card are also entitled to an annual physical exam in any MediCard free-standing clinic and Uro Industrial Clinic (UROIC). This includes a complete blood count, a chest X-ray, a urinalysis, a fecalysis, and a general check-up for the entire year. 

In addition, members get unlimited access to outpatient consultations with primary care physicians, including general practitioners, general surgeons on a clinic-to-clinic basis, obstetricians for non-maternity-related check-ups, pediatricians, family medicine physicians, and medical internists. For other specialists and sub-specialists, on the other hand, the RxER covers a flat rate of PhP350 for consultations. 

Other benefits of RxER include a 30% discount on outpatient laboratory and diagnostic tests, outpatient surgeries and other services, and procedures at the Skin & Body Clinic. It also gives its members dental services, such as one-time oral prophylaxis, dental consultations, and a 30% discount on dental procedures. 

All these may be availed of at any MediCard free-standing clinic in key cities nationwide https://fsc.medicardphils.com/Home/Contact.  

There is no time to lose! Gift your loved ones these wonderful benefits now for only PhP1,998 with no age limit and no medical check-up required, available on MediCard’s websiteShopeeLazada, Medicard free-standing clinics, Maria Health, and more. 

MediCard is a leading HMO founded and managed by doctors. Over the years, it has provided the most comprehensive and innovative healthcare programs and fitness activities to help people achieve healthier lives.  

To learn more about MediCard Philippines, visit its website at https://www.medicardphils.com/.  

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