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Lantus is low-cost diabetes medication for low-income Filipinos

Low-cost diabetes medication for low-income Filipinos
By Walter Ang
June 30, 2009
Manila Bulletin

A new program that aims to deliver diabetes medication at a lower cost to low-income Filipinos was launched by pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis with the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation (ISDF) of the University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (UERMMMC).

Titled "Innovation for Life," the program created by Sanofi-Aventis specifically for patients in developing countries to allow increased access to Lantus, an injectible insulin glargine medication that helps control blood sugar levels in the body. The Philippines is the first country in the world where the program will be implemented.

Diabetes is one of the ten leading causes of death for millions of Filipinos. Estimates reveal that by 2025, about eight percent of the total Philippine population will be afflicted by the disease. Globally, diabetes is estimated to be the cause of six percent of …

The Medical City's live broadcasted spinal surgeries highlight medical convention

Live broadcasted spinal surgeries highlight medical convention 
By Walter Ang
June 30, 2009
Manila Bulletin

Spinal surgical procedures were performed simultaneously in The Medical City (TMC)'s operating rooms for this year's Operative Course in Spinal Surgery and broadcast live via streaming video to at least 150 Filipino and foreign participating orthopedic and spinal surgeons.

The procedures performed were used as teaching demonstrations of different techniques in spinal surgery involved in the treatment of traumatic, degenerative, infectious, neo-plastic spinal ailments, and spinal deformities. Co-organized by the Asia Pacific Orthopedic Association (APOA) and the Philippine Spine Society (PSS), the convention was moderated by a panel of the best spinal surgeons in the Asia Pacific region.

"This convention showcases TMC's world-class facilities and demonstrates our medical and technological expertise in providing advanced surgical solutions in handling complex ortho…

Bikers raise awareness for the fight against cervical cancer

Bikers raise awareness for the fight against cervical cancer
By Walter Ang
June 16, 2009
Manila Bulletin

More than forty bikers completed a 500 kilometer tour that started in Alabang, Muntinlupa City and ended in Camarines Sur to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cervical cancer. The tour, titled "The Tour of Hope 2009: XXX Dare to Be Bold!" is on its second year and was able to raise over half a million pesos. All proceeds benefit the Cervical Cancer Prevention Network Program (Cecap).

Pledges were gathered for every kilometer ridden by bikers that included volunteers from David's Salon (the Philippine's first all-women multi-sport team), Polo Tri, and Candon. Noted personalities included interior designer Tessa Prieto-Valdez and husband-and-wife sports enthusiasts Ernie and Geena Lopez, who is a champion wakeboarder. The first Tour of Hope in the Philippines was held last year with a route that started in Vigan and ended in Subic with more than P300,00…

Filipinos win online Martha Graham dance video contest

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Pinoys win online Martha Graham dance video contest
By Walter Ang
June 8, 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Paul Morales and Myra Beltran recently won third place in the "Clytemnestra ReMash Challenge" organized by the Martha Graham Dance Company. The worldwide contest involved downloading any out of five solos featured in Graham's 1958 masterwork, Clytemnestra, and "in any way imaginable, create a radically re-conceived, re-mashed short video." The video clips available online were from the company's 2008 production of the 50th anniversary of Graham's work based on the Trojan War.

The pair submitted a black-and-white entry titled "Clytemnestra-Manila '58," described as "a cinematic adaptation that delves into the motives and pre-meditation of a woman on the verge of committing a heinous crime ? in a Manila closer to Graham's time." The video (which can be viewed at www.clytemnestraproject.com) was shot, directed and edited by Mo…

Virgin Labfest marks 5th year, launches book

Virgin Labfest marks 5th year, launches book
By Walter Ang
June 8, 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Five years ago, playwright Rody Vera conceived the Virgin Labfest as "a venue for playwrights, directors and actors to bring to life `untried, untested, unpublished and unstaged' one-act plays." This year, it celebrates its longevity and opens its fifth year with the launch of an anthology of fifteen plays culled from the past four fests.

Vera selected and edited the plays for the book in consultation with former Tanghalang Pilipino artistic director Dennis Marasigan. Playwrights featured in the book include established names such as F. Sionil Jose, Liza Magtoto, Nicolas Pichay and Floy Quintos together with a younger generation of playwrights such as Dennis Teodisio, Glenn Mas Sevilla, Layeta Bucoy, and Allan Lopez.

To be launched on June 24, the book is an appropriate and logical output for the festival as the labfest was created as a way to present the works of the Writers…

Wifibody dance festival 2009 explores evolving body

Wifibody dance festival explores evolving body
By Walter Ang
June 8, 2009
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The evolving body is the theme of this year's Wifibody, an independent contemporary dance festival now on its fourth year held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Festival director Paul Morales says, "The festival asks dancers and choreographers where we can go and where do we go; how do we use our bodies differently and how we want to push our bodies further."

Morales succeeds Myra Beltran who was festival director for Wifibody's first three years. Both are proponents of the local contemporary dance scene with Beltran as the Artistic Director of Dance Forum and Morales as Artistic Director of Airdance.

"The arching premise of Wifibody was to question where the human body lies in this increasingly technological and wireless world, how contemporary dance groups and dancers are linked together throughout the country, and to allow the public to `access' con…

Carlos 'Botong' Francisco's 'The Pageant of Commerce' gets freshly scrubbed

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Freshly scrubbed
By Walter Ang
June-August 2009 issue
Metro Home and Entertaining Magazine

Twelve feet high and 24 feet across, Carlos Francisco's "The Pageant of Commerce" provides a dramatic panorama for visitors to one of the lobbies of the Eugenio Lopez, Jr. Building. Known also as "Pag-iimpok" or "Thrift," this oil on canvas created in 1956 is on loan from the Lopez Memorial Museum and was mounted at its current location in 2000.

The painter, popularly known as Botong, was a muralist from Angono, Rizal and was one of the first Filipino modernists along with Galo Ocampo and Victorio C. Edades who broke away from Fernando Amorsolo's romanticism of Philippine scenes. He was declared a National Artist for Visual Arts posthumously in 1973.

Commissioned by the Ramon Cojuangco family, the mural was intended for the Bank of Commerce and was initially displayed at the bank's Sta. Ana branch. In the mid 70s, the family had the mural put up for sale …

Homebuying as easy as plug-and-play at Ayala Westgrove Heights

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Homebuying as easy as plug-and-play
By Walter Ang
June-August 2009 issue
Metro Home and Entertaining Magazine

With its Mediterranean-inspired homes, Ayala Westgrove Heights is situated amidst the rolling hills of Sta. Rosa, Laguna. This 400-hectare residential community features panoramic views of Mt. Makiling, Tagaytay Ridge, and Laguna Bay, providing homeowners with lush scenery in every turn.

Immersion in nature is a major component. The development includes a six-hectare park with man-made fishing lagoons and a 26-hectare orchard park filled with mango trees. It's less than an hour drive from Makati and accessible through the expansion of the South Luzon Expressway through three exits: Mamplasan, Sta. Rosa, and Malitlit.

Young families will appreciate Westgrove Heights' proximity to schools such as St. Scholastica-Westgrove, De La Salle Canlubang and Don Bosco School; retail centers such as Paseo de Santa Rosa and Alabang Town Center; and the currently in construction St. B…