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Vaccines in the Philippine Scene

by: Abigail Sabido | August 16, 2019 | Healthcare
The World Health Organization (WHO) hails immunization as one of modern medicine’s greatest success stories. Since it became a public health intervention, it has controlled -- if not eradicated -- killer diseases worldwide. In the Philippines, the government’s Expanded Immunization Program of 1976 gave people access to vaccines against prevalent vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2011, Republic…
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National Language Month: The Baybayin Rave

by: Abigail Sabido | August 9, 2019 | Culture
Twenty-two years ago, former President Fidel V. Ramos issued a decree dedicating the month of August in observing National Language Month. Being one with the celebration, this article highlights the country’s resurrected ancient writing called Baybayin. The Baybayin is a pre-colonial script writing system used mainly in Luzon and in several coastal areas in the…
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A Filipino Ideal Made Real: Doctors to the Barrios

by: Rey Palmares | August 8, 2019 | Culture ,Healthcare
Being in one of the poorer countries in South East Asia, many Filipinos see medical professions as a way out of financial distress. Health-related courses (i.e., pharmacy, nursing, medical technology) are annually flooded. Graduates who have the financial support or academic aptitude, pursue a degree in medicine.  There is a startling lack of doctors in…
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Philippine Pop Culture

by: Abigail Sabido | August 2, 2019 | Culture
Creative agency We Are Social and Hootsuite’s survey hailed Filipinos as the world’s top social media users for spending an average of 4 hours and 12 minutes per day. This comes as no surprise because social media’s influence is palpable. In fact, it has shaped the Filipino popular culture. While there are a lot of…
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Hurricane Season in the Philippines

by: Rey Palmares | July 23, 2019 | News and Tips
Located in the tropic of Cancer, the Philippines has only two seasons: the dry and the wet. While Americans are enjoying the summer, Filipinos are preparing for rains. More accurately, they brace for hurricanes. The Philippines survives an average of twenty to twenty-five hurricanes each year. These calamities come like clockwork with as many as…
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Humans of Xilium: Trisha, Actively De-Stressing

by: Abigail Sabido | July 12, 2019 | Culture ,Virtual Assistant Stories
Many wouldn’t want more physically-demanding activities just to get stress out of their systems. Taekwondo, marathons, and dragon boat racing don't sound leisurely either. But in Trisha’s case, joining sports competitions and undergoing strenuous crossfit training are her idea of de-stressing. An Athletic Duo Trisha and her husband went to Dubai in 2010 with hopes…
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Humans of Xilium: Kath, Becoming Who and What She Is Now

by: Abigail Sabido | July 6, 2019 | Culture ,Virtual Assistant Stories
The moment Filipinos finish school, they immediately take on supporting roles in their families. For nurses, hospitals aren’t the most lucrative workplaces in the country. That’s why Kathrina ventured into many professional fields before pursuing her nursing career. Different Jobs; Same Goal Kath's family was still recovering from the cost of the course and licensure…
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Iloilo City: From Textiles to BPO Services

by: Rey Palmares | June 28, 2019 | Business ,Company ,Culture
Iloilo City is quickly growing to be an industrial center in the Philippines. The Business Process Outsourcing industry has flourished over the years through proper governance, marketing, and private-public partnerships. Last 2016, Iloilo City was established as a hub for Information-Technology Business Process Management operations by the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department…
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Rainy Season Trivia: The Filipino Love for Kulambo

by: Abigail Sabido | June 15, 2019 | Culture
Countries in the northern hemisphere now enjoy warm days of summer. But in the Philippines, June is the onset of the wet season that lasts until October. Other than typhoons, flooded streets, and damp laundry, mosquitoes are major rainy-day woe. Dengue is a fatal disease and cases usually spike in the rainy months. The Department…
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The ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Medical Practitioners and its Impacts

by: Rey Palmares | June 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Since the Philippines was integrated into the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015, there have been significant improvements to its healthcare system. This is largely due to an important document entitled the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement on Medical Practitioners. The concord serves as a binding treaty among the members of the ASEAN. Ratified…