Lack of education drives continued rise in HIV cases in PH

HIV is a serious global problem. More so in the Philippines where HIV incidents continue to rise yearly while the rest of the world is seeing a downward trend. Education is key to manage this. Sadly, this is halted by the very institutions that are supposed to inform and care for the well-being of the citizenry.

A UNAIDS Philippines study shows that only 15% of young adults aged 15 to 24 years old have knowledge about HIV prevention due to the absence of an extensive sex education program in the curriculum.

In a country where talking about sex is still frowned upon, discussions about the human immunodeficiency virus have always been done in extremes – either it is too technical and clinical or it is peppered with myths and falsehoods – creating a large disconnect with young adults, the audience who matter the most.

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Starbucks unveils PH exclusive Island Series Collection for Independence Day

In time for the 120th Independence Day of the Philippines, Starbucks unveils its Island Series collection featuring the colors and symbols of the three island groups of the country.

Luzon shows off the night scenes of the urban business districts. Visayas features a debossed artwork of Sampaguita flowers and palm trees representing the world-famous beaches in the area. Mindanao has the iconic Vintas with multi-colored sails representing the colorful history of the region.

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CAMP, Inc. to hold “Art for Healing” fundraising exhibit on June 13, 2018

The Culture and Arts Managers of the Philippines, Incorporated (CAMP, Inc.) unites the arts and HIV advocacy for an “art for healing” exhibit on June 13, 2018 (4PM-11PM) at the Casa Real, Acacia Estates in Taguig City where 30 phenomenal artists and art patrons will donate about 50 artworks for auction.

CAMP, Inc. Executive Director Ian Felix Alquiros underscored, “We’ve seen in the previous years that arts have been pivotal in bridging people to take bold action, especially in turning the table of HIV epidemic in the country.” Latest data from the Department of Health showed that 871 individuals were diagnosed with HIV in February 2018 alone, bringing the total cases to 52, 280 since 1984.

According to Alquiros, “The launching of CAMP, Inc. excites the Filipino arts and HIV advocacy communities in the effort to formally merge culture and the HIV cause into a singular functioning organization to utilize the arts as a tool for personal and societal journey of healing.”

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Starbucks PH launches mobile app

Starbucks Philippines goes digital with the release of the Starbucks PH App, a mobile app providing a fast and convenient payment method for customers at more than 300 stores across the country.

Shake to Pay, redeem rewards, track your transactions, reload your Starbucks Card balance straight from your mobile, and get the latest buzz about new product offerings and promos, receive special offers and exclusive event invites.

The Starbucks PH App helps Starbucks lovers enjoy their favorite beverages anytime, anywhere with its store locator feature. The app also includes a menu of beverages, food options, packaged whole bean coffee, seasonal offers, and a newsfeed with the latest merchandise that Starbucks customers can easily explore.

The Starbucks PH App is now available on the App Store or Google Play.

Boracay 2018

Boracay is a paradise. One of the most popular in the country and one that has fallen victim to its own success.

The island has been our retreat of choice for the last xx years during holy week and one inescapable change that you notice is the over-crowding and over-development year after year.

Don’t get me wrong, I like development and I like progress. I love Boracay precisely because it is developed. I am not a fan of virginal beaches where you would have to take several rides just to get to a restaurant or a decent place to stay. By decent I mean an air-conditioned bedroom with a private bathroom and a bidet at the very least. A Starbucks nearby is also a nice bonus. I like the comforts that come with Boracay’s development but it doesn’t take a genius to see that it has gone  overboard in that department.

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