Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bridging the Fertility Gap

Do you know that 1 in 10 couples suffer from infertility issues? I received this information and I know that it is worth sharing.

Read to know more about Fertility Awareness Hope for Starting Families campaign.

[Press Release]
Forming new life brings unfamiliar excitement and challenge to couples that seek to build a family. However, the decline of fertility rates brings forth a rising concern that couples in Asia are increasingly having difficulty in conceiving. Among the many pressing factors that contribute to infertility are the personal and social issues, and inadequate knowledge about the condition and treatments options.

Aimed at extending knowledge on infertility and its treatments in the Philippines and encouraging couples to seek medical help, the Hope for Starting Families campaign of the local medical community and leading biopharmaceutical company Merck Serono recently led a session that featured expert insights on the common causes of the condition and various methods that couples can take to improve chances of conception.

The Roots of Infertility

During the forum, fertility specialist Dr. Anthony Ancheta, FPOGS (Fellow, Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society), FPSREI (Fellow, Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility, Inc.) shared that men and women are faced with a variety of biological and non-biological factors that contribute to infertility. There are male and female characteristics that separately influence the likelihood of conceiving a child as well as undetermined causes that prevent couples from achieving their goal of parenthood.

Female factors that affect infertility, which include ovulation problems, blocked fallopian tubes, uterine factors, and poor egg quality because of age contribute 35-40 percent to the inability of a couple to conceive. Another 35-40 percent account for the male factors that result to infertility include the sperm count, activity and quality, and male tube blockage.

The other 25 percent makes for multiple facets of unexplained fertility. In some cases, men and women undergo necessary tests to determine the cause of their inability to bear a child but results suggest that male and female factors are normal. This prompts a closer look at other sources of the problem such as medical illnesses, family history of infertility, previous surgery, sexual dysfunction, lifestyle factors, and work stress.

Hope for Starting Families campaign

In line with its Hope for Starting Families campaign, Merck Serono and the medical community joined hands to provide the online platform The website aims to serve as a vehicle for information on infertility, its causes, and treatment options for Filipino couples.

From August 25 to 31, will host a microsite for the region wide effort Fertility Awareness Week 2013. The weeklong event will feature a series of web congresses on the nature of infertility, barriers to understanding the condition, and treatment options available in the Philippines for Filipino couples seeking to conceive. With Asia holding one of the lowest fertility rates in the world, each session ultimately aims to address infertility and create a path for couples in the region to openly talk about their difficulties with conceiving. Fertility Awareness Week 2013 is endorsed by the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE) and the Philippine Society of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (PSREI) in partnership with Merck Serono.

For more information on Fertility Awareness Week 2013, visit the official Hope for Starting Families website

Monday, August 19, 2013

Class Suspension August 19, 2013

As of 11:15 pm, Tropical Storm Maring has further intensified! Most schools have already declared suspension of classes tomorrow, August 19, 2003 due to heavy rains and floods.

( SOURCE : DZMM TeleRadyo Facebook Page )

I frequently check these sites for updates:

GMA News
DZMM TeleRadyo
Pasig Info (my kid's school is in Pasig)

Dost_pagasa Recommendation for SUSPENSION of CLASSES

Tropical Storm Maring continues to enhance the southwest monsoon which affects Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan, La Union, Benguet, Bataan, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro and Metro Manila. These areas will continue to experience heavy rainfall and most likely to prevail until tomorrow morning.

With this development, suspension of classes tomorrow (August 19) in Pre-school and Elementary levels in these areas is recommended. Suspension of classes in Secondary and Tertiary levels is left to the discretion of Local Chief Executives or School Administrators. (SOURCE: DOST_Pagasa Facebook post)

Stay safe everyone!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

See What They Learn Promo: Extended!

My kids can't wait to open these Disney Art Attack Learning Kits from Enfakid A+.

I know that my daughter would choose the Glitter Garden Kits while my son would pick the Color Your World Learning Kits. And I was right!

They got busy creating their own masterpieces. These kits really make a great addition to their art materials.

If you're wondering where to get these Disney Art Attack kits, you can get it for FREE with every pack of Enfakid A+.

Now, if you haven't joined the Enfakid A+ See What They Learn promo, you can still submit your entries.

The promo is EXTENDED until August 31.

Join now and win amazing prizes for your family!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Enfakid A+ See What They Learn

My children's art materials are filled with all these - drawing books, sketch pads, pencils, crayons, colored pencils, colored pens, clay, paint, etc. It's always fun to see their doodles and creations that they can call their own masterpieces. They were able to express their thoughts, feelings, dreams and wants through art and crafts. The best is, seeing them create and tell stories in whatever possible way.

Here's a good news!'

You can get Disney Art Attack kits FREE with every pack of Enfakid A+. I know my children would love to have these kits too!

There's more!

Enfakid A+ and Disney’s Art Attack present See What They Learn

Enfalearn Philippines (official Facebook fan page of Enfakid A+) launched this photo upload app where proud parents can showcase their child’s amazing feats of learning.

Here's how to join:

Get a chance to win amazing prizes! You and your family can win a learning trip to Japan! You can also win 4 iPad minis and hundreds of Enfakid A+ products.

Join now and unlock your child’s amazing power to learn!

Submission of entries: July 21 – August 17, 2013.
To learn more, visit

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Storms of Life

While browsing my Facebook feed. This image caught my attention:

Photo Source: Life is Positively Beautiful Facebook Page

There are times when everything is smooth sailing.
Times when the sun shines brightly and sky remains blue.
There are moments when the wind blows gently.

But, life is not without hardships.
When this happens, how do you deal, overcome and survive the storms of life?

Keeping this in mind...

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain."