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10.20.2021

QURE is here: A teleconsultation and wellness website made by Filipinos for Filipinos.

A teleconsult website that promises to make medical consultations easy and convenient for many Filipinos was finally launched today, October 20.

QURE.ph, an all-Filipino-made website, provides a platform for online video consultations, connects doctors and patients for easy scheduling of appointments, and makes available a directory of pharmacies and other health and wellness providers. QURE.ph offers a free platform for doctors who want to expand their services via teleconsult amid increasing demand for virtual consultation.

Earlier today at the Qure Press Launch.

“We created this platform with the Filipino patient in mind. It’s a simple website and it does not complicate the teleconsultation process. Even those not comfortable with technology will find these consultations easy to do. This is our new normal and QURE is here to help you navigate the future of healthcare,” said Gary Libby, QURE Chief Technology Officer.

A trip to the hospital may also be burdensome these days, as the COVID pandemic persists. QURE will help Filipinos find their way through this public health crisis while keeping their health in check.

“This will definitely benefit doctors and patients. No more overbooking for doctors, and no more long lines for patients waiting for their turn at clinics. Whether via teleconsult or face-to-face check-ups, the scheduling system of QURE helps both patients and doctors,” Libby added.

Andrea Trinidad, Chief Executive Officer of QURE, said the idea of the teleconsult platform started last year when the lockdowns extended and it became difficult for patients to see their doctors. Trinidad, who has a life-long disorder called hemophilia and is the president Hemophilia Advocates-Philippines, said the pandemic really affected patients.

“When I was approached by my friends last year and they shared with me their idea of a telemedicine platform, I told them it was brilliant. We envision QURE to be an e-mall of health services where you can book consults, buy medicines, book laboratory appointments and even book a consult with the veterinarian for your fur babies,” she added.

QURE is here!


More to know about QURE:
1. The platform is data-safe, both for patients and doctors.
Registering is FREE for patients and doctors. Consultation fees range from P500 to P1,500, depending on doctor’s specialization. But for its introductory price, QURE is offering a 50 percent discount for consultations.

2. Registered users can look for doctors for their tele-consult.
Specialists have expertise on: Cardiology; General Surgery; Obstetrics and Gynecology; Integrative General Medicine; Internal Medicine, Dermatology; Otolaryngology (ENT); ENT Specialist Head & Neck Surgery; Psychiatry-Adult; Physical Medicine/Rehab; Pediatrics; Allergy & Asthma, Immunologist; Urology; Sleep Medicine/Insomnia; Ophthalmology; Family & Occupational Medicine; Cardiology; Pediatrics-Pulmonology; Family Medicine; Lifestyle Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and Hematology/Oncology.

Also in QURE’s pool of experts: Nutritionist Dietician; General Dentistry/Orthodontics; Dentistry/Prosthetic and Esthetic.

3. The website lets you know who is online.
Is the doctor in? No need to guess or call the doctor’s secretary. Through the QURE website, you can easily see if the doctor is available to take consultations. 

Dr. Dex Macalintal is in!

4. Find doctors in your area or teleconsult with a specialist anywhere in the Philippines
QURE has a growing number of specialists from all over the country. The drop-down menu on the website shows that many doctors have already signed up. Many more are joining QURE in the following weeks.

5. It’s a growing health and wellness community.
In the coming months, expect more health and wellness features. You will also soon see reviews of doctors done by patients themselves.

For more information about QURE, you may contact us at support@qure.ph or 0991.398.8781. To check our pool of specialists, visit https://qure.ph/search-doctor]


10.17.2021

It’s all treats, no tricks in McDonald’s month-long Monsters and Mysteries Halloween celebration!

Ghostly Greetings from McDonald’s! 
It’s the spookiest time of the year again, and McDonald’s is here to celebrate Halloween, all month long! Starting October 8 until October 28, get a FREE surprise treat with every purchase of a McDonald’s Happy Meal via Dine-in, Drive-Thru, Take-out, or Delivery. Every Happy Meal can elicit nervous giggles or fits of laughter!

A surprise treat comes with every McDonald's Happy Meal!

If the little ones have a knack for thrilling mysteries, the Mystery Monster Boxes will surely pique their curiosity. Experience the excitement of the Mystery Monster Box in person when you stop in for a spell and drop by on your brooms via Dine-in and Ride-Thru!

Monsters & Mysteries at every McDonald's store!

The Halloween surprises won’t end there — a spooktacular Halloween is incomplete without trick-or-treating. McDonald’s is here to help kids get into the Halloween spirit while staying safe through the Monsters and Mysteries Ride-Thru! Let the kids have a fang-tastic celebration by giving them a chance to go trick-or-treating safely.

Drive-Thru at McDonald’s from October 29-31 to get an exciting Halloween item from the Mystery Monster Box for a minimum purchase of Php 250. To remember the ghoul old times, feel free to capture and immortalize the special family moment by taking a picture with the Monsters and Mysteries Photo Frame.


All dressed up for Halloween!

Want to feel the Halloween hype even more? Enjoy the Halloween decorations in select branches that will be “dressing-up” their Drive-Thru lanes!

No tricks—only treats await this Halloween season at McDonald’s! Delve into the unknown and claim surprise treats to fully experience the spooktacular Halloween spirit.

For more information and updates on this offering, visit McDonald’s Philippines Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.


10.12.2021

Cards, Tiles, Words | Fun Games at Solitaire.Org.

It's been a little over a month since the academic year started, and just like last year, we're still in online distance learning mode. And now that my son's school works and projects keep pouring in, day after day after day, this household has become a tad busier, noisier, and well, crazier than the usual. 

Surprisingly, amidst the busy-ness of guiding Yue with his projects and school activities, doing household chores, and beating writing deadlines, I still find the time to watch Korean dramas and play online games. Not exactly the hardcore games like Valorant, Sekiro, or Devil May Cry, but more like casual games to help me unwind, de-stress, or just keep my mind off of things. I've recently discovered Solitaire.org, and this website has become my go-to whenever I need to take a quick break from writing, ease my anxiety, or simply chill out after a long and busy day.

Solitaire.org.

Solitaire.org, simply put, is a cornucopia of free online games. The site has an extensive collection of card games - from the classic Klondike solitaire to more challenging ones like Russian solitaire, Spider solitaire, and Taj Mahal. I really don't get the hang of the other versions of solitaire, so I usually stick with the classic Klondike whenever I feel like playing cards. 

Klondike solitaire - classic never goes out of style.

Aside from card games, Solitaire.org also has an interesting collection of mahjong tile games, including Cooking Mahjong where you 'cook' dishes by matching recipe ingredients. I'm a greenhorn when it comes to mahjong, but this game has really got me hooked!

Cooking Mahjong.

But wait, the fun doesn't end with just card games and tile games! Solitaire.org also has a selection of hidden objects games to stimulate your brain, improve your visual perception, and boost your awareness to details. I easily breezed through all ten levels of the Garden Secrets Hidden Objects, but Hidden Kitchen drove me to my wits' end because the objects were way too small, haha! I had to ask Yue for help in finding some of the hidden items, and eventually we both gave up after the fourth stage, lol.

Garden Secrets Hidden Objects.

Hidden Kitchen.

Of all the games in this website, it's with the word games that I had the most fun. The geek in me loves stuff like these, and I totally enjoy the Daily Word Search and Letter Scramble every single time. 

Daily Word Search.

Daily Word Search, as the name implies, is a puzzle where you search for words. There's a new puzzle everyday, and you can choose between 12x12, 14x14, or 16x16 puzzle sizes.

Letter Scramble.

Letter Scramble, on the other hand, is a Scrabble-styled game where you spell as many words as you can before the time runs out. If I were to pick my most favorite game in the website, this is it because I'm a Scrabble nerd ever since I learned how to spell and write. Even my son loves this game because he's a Scrabble champion himself, haha!

Another thing to love about this website is that you don't have to download or sign-up for anything to play. All the games are browser-based so you simply visit the website, choose from their wide variety of games, and play. The site is ad-free too, so you don't have to worry about annoying pop-ups that might appear in the middle of your game. 

If you're into card games, tile games, or word games, then you'll definitely have a blast with the games at Solitaire.org. I bet your kids will love this website, too!


10.10.2021

Freebies await vaccinated customers when they dine-in at McDonald’s!

Part of the private sector-led campaign ‘Ingat Angat Bakuna Lahat’ that aims to restart the Philippine economy by promoting and educating about the COVID-19 vaccine, McDonald’s invites fully vaccinated customers to experience the happiness of dining-in and sharing meals with loved ones. For every minimum purchase worth Php 150, fully vaccinated customers can enjoy a FREE Apple Pie, valid until November 30, 2021. The iconic McDonald's snack is the perfect sweet treat to go with your McDonald’s favorites— whether you’re in the mood for the Crispy Chicken Fillet or the tender and juicy Chicken McDo paired with rice or McSpaghetti.

Free Apple Pie!

Benefits await vaccinated customers!

Aside from the sweet treat from McDonald’s, customers can continue to expect a safe dine-in experience all throughout. As McDonald’s believes that keeping its customers safe starts with protecting their own, the company’s M Safe protocols remain in place, with its crew, managers, and customers all required to follow the set of stringent health and safety guidelines.

“The future may be uncertain because of the ever-evolving pandemic, but one thing is for sure: we at McDonald’s will continue to do our part in working towards a safer normal. Vaccination has an integral role in the country’s comeback, so by taking part in the Smart Bakuna Benefits program, we hope to encourage more Filipinos to get vaccinated— not only for their own safety, but for the country’s as well,” said Kenneth S. Yang, McDonald’s Philippines President & CEO.

To know more about M Safe and the protocols in place to ensure your safety, visit https://bit.ly/SarapPagMSafe. For more details about how McDonald’s, the private sector, and you can take part in the #IngatAngatBakunaLahat movement, visit the Ingat Angat website or Ingat Angat Smart Bakuna Benefits promo page, and follow McDonald’s Philippines on Facebook.


10.03.2021

Lumina Cabanatuan | Property Investment Made Easy for Every Juan.

I've always associated Cabanatuan with longganisa, mostly because of veteran actress Gina Pareno. In the 2006 hit movie "Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo" which starred Judy Ann Santos and Ryan Agoncillo, Gina Pareno took the role of Nanay Belita, Judy Ann's mother, who is a "politicians" (a barangay councilor, to be exact) and a "businesswoman" (she makes and sells homemade butotay, aka Cabanatuan longganisa). This is one of the few Filipino movies that I truly enjoyed watching, and the terms "politicians", "Bronson", and "butotay" have been etched in my memory ever since.

Photo credit: Ang Sarap.

Cabanatuan is located in the province of Nueva Ecija, and is known as the "Gateway to the North" because it is strategically placed along the Cagayan Valley Road that connects Central Luzon to Cagayan Valley and the Ilocos Region. The city has also earned the moniker of "Tricycle Capital of the Philippines" because of the presence of more than 30,000 motorized tricycles, aka the taxi of the masses. 

A first class and highly urbanized city, Cabanatuan takes pride in being the economic heart of Nueva Ecija. It is home to a number of banks and financial institutions, including a branch of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Investors from different industries - motor vehicles, retail, food (this probably includes butotay!) energy, IT and business services, to name a few - have been flocking to Cabanatuan even before the pandemic started, making it one of the most competitive cities in the Philippines in terms of doing business. As such, real estate has also been booming in Cabanatuan, with Lumina as one of the key players in the industry. 

If living in the metro no longer seems appealing to you, and countryside living seems like an alluring, more lucrative, perhaps an even more practical option for you and your family, you might want to consider investing in a property in Cabanatuan City. Lumina Cabanatuan is your best bet when it comes to property investment in Cabanatuan City, and there are several reasons why. Here are some of them:

Convenient

Strategically located in the heart of Cabanatuan City, Lumina Cabanatuan is a mere 6-minute drive from the city proper.  This 15 hectare subdivision is also easily accessible to major establishments such as schools, hospitals, banks, malls, public markets, supermarkets, and transport terminals. Some of these are Waltermart and SM City Cabanatuan, Sangitan Public Market, Cabanatuan High School, and Weslayan University and Weslayan University Hospital. 

Cabanatuan Freedom Park.
Photo credit: Marc7travels

Tourist attractions are also in close proximity to Lumina Cabanatuan. Popular travel and leisure destinations in the city include Gabaldon Falls, Minalungao National Park, Camp Pangatian War Memorial Shrine, Cabanatuan Freedom Park, and Khaliblu Palace - a quirky Persian and Egyptian-inspired hotel.

Economical

Lumina takes pride being the most affordable housing developers in the Philippines today. With over 51 developments in key locations across the country, Lumina has made the dream of owning his/her own home a reality for every Juan.

Lumina homes are built of high-quality materials and cost from Php 500,000 to Php 1,700,000. If qualified by Pag-IBIG Fund as a “low-income earner,” a buyer can pay for as little as Php 1,898 a month at 3% interest for a brand new home in a safe and secure Lumina community.

Take a look at what could be your new home in Lumina Cabanatuan.

Lumina Aimee Rowhouse

Inside the Aimee unit.

The Aimee Rowhouse is a good unit to start with if you're living solo or perhaps a newlywed couple. This 26 meter home has one bedroom and one bath, and sits on a regular 36 meter lot. 

Lumina Angelique Townhouse.

Inside the Angelique unit.

For a family of three or four, the Angelique Townhouse fits the bill. This 35 square meter home sits on a regular 36 meter lot, and has two bedrooms, one bath, and a carport provision.

Armina Single Firewall.

Inside the Armina unit.

Bigger families will find the Armina Single Firewall spacious and more to their liking, as this 42 square meter home has three bedrooms, one toilet and bath, a carport provision, and a service area as well.

Subsistent

Aside from the property itself, you also get to enjoy several amenities in the Lumina Cabanatuan community. Lumina developments are part of masterplanned communities that come complete with amenities like a community hall, basketball court, mini gardens and playground, and commercial areas.

Playground.

Basketball court.

Security.

Lumina believes that by building in accessible locations close to major thoroughfares, transport hubs, schools, hospitals, and business and leisure centers, it not just builds a self-sustaining community, it also provides every Juan the pride of homeownership.

Is Lumina Cabanatuan the one for you and your family? Get in touch with Lumina through their official website or their social media pages.