New exclusive Wing for Maxicare at ManilaMed

Top executives of ManilaMed and Maxicare recently gathered together to inaugurate The Wing, the newest in-patient facility of  Maxicare Healthcare Corporation located at the 8th floor of ManilaMed in Ermita, Manila.

The new Maxicare Wing is designed to give Maxicare cardholders a fast, seamless admission and discharge process, as well as an easy access to ManilaMed’s medical practitioners and facilities.

A Maxicare Liaison Officer is available 24/7 to assist admitted members for any concerns during confinement at The Wing. The rooms are fully air-conditioned and are furnished with amenities such as utility cabinets, a Smart HD Television and fast WiFi connection so they can access movies and TV series.

Leading the inauguration were Maxicare president Sean Argos, medical vice president and medical director Erlinda Tiuseco, vice president for operations Sylvia Stolk, customer experience consultant Rihard Vanags, with ManilaMed president Bombit dela Cruz, medical director Susana Padilla-Campos, vice chairman of the board Danilo Dolor, and board of director Jose Paulo Campos.

Other Maxicare Wings are located at the 8th Floor Tower 1 of Makati Medical Center in Makati City, 12th Floor Medical Arts Tower of The Medical City in Ortigas, 8th Floor of Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center in Mandaluyong City, and 7th Floor of Metro Davao Medical & Research Center.

With convenience as one of its major thrust, Maxicare continuously exerts efforts and expands horizons to provide its members more efficient and seamless way to access their benefits.

The new Maxicare Wing is at the 8th Floor of ManilaMed, 850 UN Avenue, Ermita, City of Manila.

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Citi launches next generation mobile app in the Philippines

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Mobile Banking is now the top digital channel for Citi’s consumer banking clients

Manila – For Citi’s credit card customers in the Philippines, the next generation Citi Mobile®App will significantly change the way they manage their finances as Citi introduces a new and comprehensive set of mobile app features and experiences.

Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed and consumer banking head Manoj Varma presented the Citi Mobile®App experience to provide customers with the freedom to do more, thanks to innovative and new functionalities, such as credit card locking and unlocking.

With this launch, Citi’s credit card clients in the country can seamlessly manage transactions and other needs digitally from anywhere, any time.

“We are delighted to continue to introduce innovative digital solutions in the credit card industry,” said Ahmed.  “We are relentlessly focused on making it more convenient for our customers to transact with us. The Citi Mobile App will deliver a simple, fast and personalized experience to our valued card customers.”

Citi’s Consumer Banking business has focused on digital transformation, continuously enhancing capabilities to make the customer journey more seamless on desktop, mobile app or phone browser. More than 60 percent of Citi Philippines customers are already enrolled in digital channels, with even more customers already subscribed to electronic statements and notices. Today, the biggest growth in digital enrolments has been in mobile banking, which has surged 64% in the last 12 months.

“Mobile banking is Citi’s largest and fastest growing channel in the Philippines and we expect digital enrolments to continue to accelerate,” said Varma. “We are excited to continue our tradition of innovation by bringing new and upgraded mobile solutions to best serve our customers’ needs in the digital age.”

Citi is one of the first banks to launch an online presence and also one of the pioneers in attracting customers through its website. In recent years, the bank introduced numerous services including live chat, instant global fund transfers, and pioneering voice biometrics technology allowing customers to be identified through their unique voice print.

In Asia Pacific, mobile banking overtook other digital channels to become the preferred channel used by Citi’s Asia Pacific clients. Digital is also growing rapidly as a source of new business at Citi. Digital acquisition in Citi’s Credit Cards and Loans business grew 57% year-on-year, and digital lending now accounts for 40% of total consumer loans fulfilled by Citi in the region.

The next generation Citi Mobile® App provides a comprehensive suite of features to help customers track reward points and manage outstanding balances, available limits, transaction details and bill payments. Customers can quickly activate new or replacement cards and temporarily lock misplaced cards.

Security features includes biometric authentication (Face ID, Touch ID, and Android Fingerprint) and the Citi Mobile® Token, which instantly generates a One-Time PIN that authorizes online banking transactions.

The Citi Mobile® App has also been designed to ensure a seamless and intuitive navigation experience. Qualified customers can convert a portion of their latest credit card balance to installment by simply tapping a “Convert” button. With just a few taps, eligible cardholders can get cash from their credit cards, which can be repaid in monthly instalments.

Citi’s performance in the digital banking space has been recognized by the industry, winning several notable awards recently including:

  • Best Retail Mobile Banking Experience – Philippines (The Asset Triple A Digital Awards 2017)
  • Best Internet Banking Initiative (The Asian Banker Philippine Country Awards 2017)
  • Best Consumer Digital Bank – Philippines (Global Finance Best Digital Bank Awards 2017)

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: www.youtube.com/citi | Blog: http://blog.citigroup.com | Facebook: www.facebook.com/citi | LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/citi

Media Contacts:

Lisa M. Coory  |  632.739.5726  |   lisa.coory@citi.com

Dorski Granada  |  632.894.7734  |   rodora.granada@citi.com

Instagram and IGTV: What is it and how does the new video feature work?

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Instagram has come a hell of a long way since it first launched eight years ago. From pictures in chronological order to people being distraught when videos were first added. While we still don’t have chronological order back, we have IGTV.

With Instagram TV (IGTV) having come online this month, we thought it would be worth explaining what the hell it is and what Instagram is trying to do with it.

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Instagram vs YouTube: What is IGTV?

IGTV is a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favourite Instagram creators. Whether it’s DIY or a comedy skit, creators now can make videos up to an hour long.

Ok, so it’s a new app but still part of Instagram?

While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app. With over 1 billion people now using Instagram, Facebook, who owns the platform, seems to be pushing all of its focus in that direction.

IGTV is described as “different in a few ways”. First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical.

With vertical video seen as the future of video and content creation, the company seems to believe it has got it down to a tee.

“We’ve made it simple, too. Just like turning on the TV, IGTV starts playing as soon as you open the app. You don’t have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram and others you might like based on your interests. You can swipe up to discover more — switch between “For You,” “Following,” “Popular” and “Continue Watching.” You can also like, comment and send videos to friends in Direct.”

Similarly to TV, IGTV has channels. The difference? The content creators are the channels. As soon as you follow someone on Instagram, their IGTV channel will show up with their videos.

Is IGTV only for professional creators?

No, if you want to upload one hour of you singing to the camera, you can do so. Anyone can upload to IGTV via the app or even start their own channel on the web. Always wanted to be a daily vlogger but could never afford a camera? Cameras are useless on this platform, it’s all about your phone.

How to get IGTV?

Whether you’re on Android or iOS, you may have noticed that you have IGTV already. If your Instagram app has updated recently, you should see an IGTV button in the top right of your screen.

If you want to keep things separate, you can head over to the Google Play Store or App Store to download the IGTV app itself.

Will YouTube fight back?

With Facebook no longer that popular among young people, the push to brand more content with adds has played a big part in IGTV. With YouTube, people get paid some of the ad revenue for their videos, IGTV intends to follow the same method.

The longer a video is, Instagram will put a few second ad video in between. The promise of extra revenue has also appealed to creators who will now be more drawn to Instagram.

The truth about fad diets

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“Fast and easy” diet programs are appealing to many people trying to lose weight. That’s because they want to be able to eat what they want and still lose weight. But are those methods safe, healthy and effective?

Here are some facts about fad diets to help people make informed decisions:

Fad diets may not be healthy. Fad diets may have short- and long-term effects on the body. In the short term, you may lose pounds but drastic weight loss without proper nutrition may have serious long-term effects on the body. When the body loses weight, the vital organs such as the liver and kidney will be overworked, as they try to get rid of excess fat and toxins from the body. It is important to support the body with proper nutrition. Proper monitoring of the body is needed when losing weight.

Fad diets are not based on nutrition. You are what you eat. Even if you are on a diet, your body needs the right nutrition to keep energy levels high and to avoid adverse health effects in the long run. To get all the essential nutrients, the diet should include balanced nutrition with different food groups, such as lean protein, vegetables and controlled fat and sources of sugar, like healthy carbohydrates and fruits.

Fad diets may lead to health problems. Losing weight may put some stress on vital organs. It is important that a person is healthy to go on a diet. It is always advisable to see a doctor before starting any weight-loss program and to be closely guided throughout the process.

Fad diets results are short-term. Most fad diets will help you lose weight for a short period of time, but you will eventually gain more than what you lost.  When the body does not get balanced nutrition, it will try to preserve itself by slowing down metabolism, making burning fat harder. While there may be weight loss initially, the body will eventually need more food to compensate for the loss, which can lead to more weight gain.

Fad diets may not help get rid of the fats. When weight and muscle are lost initially, you may be led to believe that a diet is effective. However, most weight loss resulting from fasting or starvation comes from burning vital muscles and not the loss of fat. When the body is starving, metabolism causes it to store energy, which it gets from body fat. But when there is little fat or muscle left, the body will start to metabolize the organs that are made of lean tissue. This may lead to stroke, heart attack or liver and kidney failure.

To lose weight, increase vegetable consumption, drink more water, eat lean protein, reduce fats and sugar consumption, including refined carbohydrates. Healthy habits like sleeping well and exercising will also aid healthy weight loss.

While you feel the need to lose weight, remember that your health matters more than the numbers on the weighing scale. Do your research before trying any fad diets.

 

 

 

The Best Hairstyles for Long Hair (Men)

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There’s nothing wrong with having an abundance of hair, and while men with ponytails are often met with scorn, guys with long hair are able to create a range of stylish and versatile looks. Check out our complete guide on long hairstyles for men.

Man Bun

The sheer amount of man buns around have proven that this twisted knot isn’t just a phase or a passing trend, it’s definitely here to stay and it’s fast become a staple of a stylish guy. The man bun gets better because it’s not just one set hair style, there are multiple ways to rock it.

Being one of the easiest updos for long hair, the style can be adapted depending on how comfortable you want your hair to feel, how much time you’re willing to put in, and how far you’re willing to push the boundaries.

Ponytail

This is one of the most common styles for people with long hair – a simple male ponytail. This is really for everybody, male and female of all backgrounds and cultures. Rocking this style at some point is a must for anybody with lengthy hair. This might be the original way to manage long hair as it is so easy to achieve and it is really effective.

Perm Curl

Long curly hair for men is a style that’s ideal for men with thick locks, as you can pretty much let your hair do what it wants. This really is one of the best long hairstyles for men with thick hair, as the longer length will help to weigh down your curls, keeping them defined and less likely to turn frizzy. A little gel or wax can keep your curls in place, and a good moisturizing shampoo will maintain your hair’s health and keep it sleek and manageable.

Shoulder Length

Men’s shoulder length hairstyles don’t have to be tousled hipster manes or braided masterpieces that require constant styling. You can easily things relaxed with a simple side-swept look that allows your hair to fall naturally. With this style, it’s best to avoid anything that will take away from the natural look, so try not to go for anything like a middle parting, which will add a rigid, structured finish.

Extra Long Hair

So we’ve shown you some classic hairstyles for men with long hair, but sometimes nothing can beat just letting your hair grow out. Long hair can really make a statement, and, as long as it’s properly taken care of, won’t look messy or unkempt. However, it’s worth keeping in mind that men’s long hairstyles can look a little blunt if they’re dead straight, and it’s best to add some texture and waves to your locks if you’re going for this style. 

GAOC trains with the world’s best

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Expert dentists of the Gan Advanced Osseointegration Center (GAOC), one of the best dental clinics in Southeast Asia, participated in the prestigious 2018 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Osseointegration (AO) in Los Angeles, California.

World-renowned international speakers, specialists, leading general practitioners, lab technicians and dental hygienists attended the conference, sharing knowledge and latest information in the expanding field of osseointegration.

Each year, GAOC makes sure that their dentists undergo extensive training here and abroad, to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments in the field of dentistry.

GAOC, founded by CEO Dr. Steve Mark Gan, continuously strives to raise the standards of the dental practice in the Philippines. It cultivates a culture of excellence where patients are considered valued partners, and offers an extensive range of first class services from oral surgery and periodontics, orthodontics and pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics and general dentistry to cosmetic and laser dentistry.

For Dr. Gan, an active member of the American Society of Osseointegration and the American College of Oral Implantology; former chair and member of the Board of Dentistry, Philippine Regulation Commission, and a recognized trailblazer in dental implant surgery in the Philippines, participation in the AO annual meeting is part of GAOC’s commitment to continuous learning by keeping abreast of the latest global trends and technologies to raise the standards in local dental practice.

“At GAOC, we believe that the best way to enhance our dental services is by participating in international conferences such as the AO annual meeting”, says Dr. Gan. “By keeping up to date with current trends and international best practices and through interactions with colleagues from around the world, we aim to bring Philippine dentistry to world-class standards”.

GAOC has ten state-of-the-art clinics to date, run by a team of dental specialists and equipped with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment facilities available.

For more information and appointment, visit http://www.gaocdental.com, follow and like GAOC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @gaocdental.com.

Huawei P20 Pro: more than a smartphone. It’s a high-tech DSLR!

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Smartphones are getting increasingly smart.

And now they’re not just smart — they’re intelligent.

Combining hardware and AI

Released from April 2018, the P20 series from Huawei — which consists of the P20 and the P20 Pro — is taking the smartphone camera to the next stage by integrating Artificial Intelligence to broaden photography capabilities.

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By combining AI with point and shoot efficiency, Huawei is effectively promising to make professional-looking photos within the reach of amateurs (read: noobs) like us.

A bold claim, but we’ll test it out by pitting it against a DSLR with a P20 Huawei camera, using Paris and Frankfurt as our backdrop.

Photos from both devices will not be filtered or edited to improve their colour.

Starting with some architecture and street scenes:

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How about food? Let’s see:

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Here are photos of the same view, with one of them using the night shot function from the P20 Pro:

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To push the P20 to its maximum capability, we also tested out some other functions, like this macro shot that’s like the Lang Leav of photography:

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Random lamp in a restaurant taken against the back light:

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While this would mean a dimly lit silhouette in most shots by other cameras, the object in question is now clearly seen and surrounded by soft lighting.

This means you can finally take that act chio back lit selfie. Yay, technology.

Some P20 shots in Frankfurt, taken in low lighting conditions:

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And this was seriously impressive, considering that it was taken in such a dark tunnel that our eyes could barely make out what was going on:

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While the DSLR affords more creative freedom, the camera and editing skills are something an amateur needs to learn first.

Release date and prices:

The P20 and P20 Pro are available for preorder from now till April 4, from the three telcos, Lazada, and major electronic stores (Best Denki, Challenger, etc.).

Otherwise, they will be on shelves from April 7 (except for the P20 Pro Twilight, which will be available from end April).

Huawei P20 (Pink Gold, Midnight Blue, Black), 128GB ROM + 4GB RAM: S$898

Huawei P20 Pro (Twilight, Midnight Blue, Black), 128GB ROM + 6GB RAM: S$1,148

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