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The new Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s record-breaking movie AVATAR, TORUK –  The First Flight, will premiere at The Mall of Asia Arena from June 23 to July 2 for the first time in Asia, as part of a global tour in arenas around the world. Tickets are now on sale.

Check out the photos during the Press Conference of Toruk: The First Flight

Toruk: The First Flight Press Conference

Inspired by James Cameron’s AVATAR, TORUK – The First Flight transports you to the world of Pandora in a visually stunning live setting. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.

Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world, and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.

Narrated by a “Na’vi Storyteller” and populated by unforgettable characters, TORUK – The First Flight is a mythical tale set thousands of years before the events depicted in the film AVATAR, and before any human ever set foot on Pandora.

When a natural catastrophe threatens to destroy the sacred Tree of Souls, Ralu and Entu, two Omaticaya boys on the brink of adulthood, fearlessly decide to take matters into their own hands. Upon learning that Toruk can help them save the Tree of Souls, they set out, together with their newfound  friend Tsyal, on a quest high up in the Floating Mountains to find the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

Since Fall 2015, TORUK – The First Flight has traveled through Canada, the United States and Mexico to bring James Cameron’s world of Pandora to life every week. Experience a storytelling odyssey through a new world of imagination, discovery, and possibility.

Through a riveting fusion of cutting-edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.

The Creative Team

TORUK – The First Flight comprises 13 creators under the artistic guidance of Guy Laliberté (Guide) and Jean-François Bouchard (Creative Guide) for Cirque du Soleil, and James Cameron, Jon Landau, Kathy Franklin and Richie Baneham for Lightstorm 

Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon Show Writers and Directors, Multimedia Directors
Neilson Vignola Director of Creation
Carl Fillion Set and Props Designer
           Kym Barrett    Costume and Makeup Designer
Tuan Le and Tan Loc Choreographers
Bob & Bill Composers and Musical Directors
Jacques Boucher Sound Designer
Alain Lortie Lighting Designer
Patrick Martel Puppet Designer
Germain Guillemot Acrobatic Performance Designer
Pierre Masse Rigging and Acrobatic Equipment Designer

 The show is being created through a licensing arrangement with 20th Century Fox. Make the experience more magical by downloading the app! An adventure awaits when you use the app during the show!

In an effort to bring audience members involvement to a whole new level, Cirque du Soleil will be launching a first-of-its-kind app for TORUK – The First Flight.  Working with long-time technology partner SAP, the app will enhance the overall show experience and enable audience members to be a part of the action before, during and after the performance! 

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TORUK – The First Flight is Cirque du Soleil’s 37th production since 1984. The company has brought wonder and delight to more than 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities on six continents. Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.

Sharing my photo with Entu, a Na'vi in Toruk: The First Flight

Tickets start at 1500PHP and are now on sale at
The times we live in make us want to escape into another world every so often, even if it's just for a few hours, to shut off from stress, everyday chores and pollution around us. This urgent need to 'get away', especially in the urban scenario, is understandable given that we also need a break sometimes to be more effective in what we do.

So what do you do? This is where a spa can be a blessing, a place that helps you indulge in some much-needed 'me' time, to switch off and relax, recharge, reflect, detox and beautify. Spas cater to a range of health-promoting services leaving you rejuvenated afterwards. The healing powers of touch therapy have been proven to give great wonders in our body for healing and relaxation. This is where my favorite spa Bluewater Day Spa comes in.

 Bluewater Day Spa is a haven for beauty and wellness in the Philippines. We offer a wide array of world-class pampering services ranging from Body Massages, Facial Treatments. Face & Body Machine Treatments, Hand and Foot Services and Waxing Treatments.  

Founded in 2005, Bluewater Day Spa continues to expand and lead the way in promoting a healthy lifestyle for people in the Philippines. Every year, we introduce new and unique treatments with health benefits for their clients.

Bluewater Day Spa has a modern style, always clean with scent that will prove that you will surely achieve that pure relaxation after your chosen service. They will even offer you snacks once you get there. I suggest you book an appointment to save time.  

Each guest will be given a locker key where you could keep your clothes and other belongings safe, while having the massage or treatment you avail.  The locker room is spacious enough.

Taken at the Locker Room before the massage. Photo credit @Nikole Maturan

Me and my Blogger friends didn't pass up the chance to also try their Sauna which is located inside the Ladies locker/shower Room. Saunas are proven to remove toxins in your body as you perspire. It will make your skin glow afterwards. 

Bluewater Day Spa is also known for its Movie Theater Massage Room.  Bluewater Day Spa is the first in the world to bring a movie theater massage experience to the people. 

With it’s Blueray quality projector, surround sound, amazing La-Z boy chairs and of course, your personal masseuse, you’re guaranteed to have the most luxurious and most relaxing movie-watching experience of your life!

Bluewater Day Spa offers different kinds of services which also includes Body Massage. The Women's Massage area gives an ambiance that will make you fall asleep. Each bed is provided with a clean blanket, a towel and hand towel to cover some parts of the body being massaged or scrubbed.  So you don't need to worry about being seen fully naked because definitely, some parts of your body will be covered during the process.
What I tried was the Cellulite Melter Massage. 

Cellulite Melter Massage
Take pleasure in a rigorous massage that eliminates fluid retention, detoxifies and burns fat and cellulite. The treatment is applied with a special anti-cellulite oil to reinforce fat breakdown, evidently felt during the treatment with a warm sensation.

This massage really gave me an extra boost since my muscles felt really relaxed afterwards. 
The therapist (Ms. Jam) massaged my back, my neck, my head, my face, my arms and my legs using gentle pressure and large strokes.

BlueWater Day Spa made me experience a relaxing Cellulite Melter Massage, that I dozed off a few minutes before we finished my one and a half hour massage.  The therapist was gentle and sure knows how to do a soft massage.  After the massage, my sore muscles were relieved especially my upper back, my neck, and my legs making me feel lighter and body-ache-free.

Bluewater Day Spa also offer the Traditional Filipino Hilot
Come home to the tender and healing massage strokes of traditional Filipino descent: the hilot. Enhanced with a 15-minute Ventusa(Chinese cupping) technique that uses indigenous herbs, this massage soothes tense muscles and eliminates nodules forming particularly on the back area.

Bluewater Day Spa also offer Body Scrubs

Intense Whitening
Tired of being in the shade? Get fairer skin all over with this skin treatment that uses state-of-the-art Swedish whitening products enhanced with Vitamin C. The 1-hour treatment involves cleansing, micro- exfoliation, application of an intensive whitening mask via body wrapping, and moisturizing. Expect progressively visible results afterwards!

Olive Scrub
Bring dull skin to life with a refreshing body scrub that moisturizes and helps skin remain soft and smooth while keeping it toned and firmed.

Green Tea Scrub
Get cleansing, gentle exfoliation and super moisturization in one easy treatment. Green tea is known to be an antioxidant powerhouse. It is said to help in slowing down the premature aging process, thus leaving your skin youthful. Green Tea is an excellent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent that protects the skin against free radical damage, increases the effectiveness of sunscreen and reduces inflammation caused by sun damage.

Pomegranate Scrub
It’s rumored that Eve’s forbidden fruit was a pomegranate, not an apple!The pomegranate originally comes from Iran, and its exotic taste is both sweet and sour. Its seeds are rich in both vitamins and minerals and are said to contain more antioxidants than green tea and also to have healthy levels of folic acid, iron, and potassium. The antioxidants in pomegranate juice are reported to stimulate collagen production when used both topically and consumed internally, which will then combat the ravages of free radicals, which are very much like rust.

Botanical Rice & Milk (NEW & IMPROVED)
Soften your skin with nature’s staples - rice and milk. This natural body mask, applied after a relaxing salt and oil body scrub, restores the skin’s pH level to make it soft, supple and nourished.

Other services includes Facial Treatments, Hand & Foot Treatments, Machine Treatments, Photo Theraphy Flash (IPL), Waxing, Wart Removal, Body Scrubs, and Spa Packages.  

Bluewater Day Spa
2/F BPI Greentop Condominium, Ortigas Avenue, North Greenhills, San Juan. 
Open daily from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm. 
For reservations or inquiries, you may call them at (02) 724 0426 or email them at

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Rockoustic Heartthrob Sam Milby finds his way back to the music scene with a brand new album under Star Music entitled “Sam: 12.”

This is Sam’s fourth solo album, his fifth overall, and his much-awaited return to recording since he last released “Be Mine” in 2011. The actor-singer is now on his 12th year in showbiz and the album is aptly called such signifying his successful years in the industry since he started as a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother Season 1 in 2005.

“The long wait is over now. I am back with my music. I hope you enjoy all the tracks,” shares the Filipino-American artist.

This latest album consists of nine original tracks including three songs written by Gabriel Tagadtad: “Virus,” “Balang Araw,” and “Who’s that Girl?”

“Balang Araw” is an exciting track, a hopeful, happy-sounding duet with KZ Tandingan, while “Game Over” is another collaboration with “The Voice of the Philippines” Season 1 alumna Moira dela Torre whom Sam has previously done covers with.

The album also includes Francis Kiko Salazar’s “’Di Kita Minahal” and the album’s carrier single, “Tunay na Pag-ibig.” Completing the track list are Nathan Concepcion’s composition “Bulag Sa Pag-ibig,” Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connoly, Jonathan Graham Quinn, Tom Simpson, and Paul Wilson’s “Chasing Cars,” and Jonathan Manalo’s “Last Goodbye.”

Sam, Malou Santos and Roxy Liquigan serve as executive producers of the album while Jonathan Manalo is the over-all album producer.

“Sam: 12” is out now in all digital stores worldwide. The album will soon be available at all record bars nationwide for only P299.

For more information, visit or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at, and
One of today’s hottest and most versatile singers, Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan, is back in recording and is now launching her highly anticipated second album “Soul Supremacy” under Star Music.

This new song compilation follows the success of KZ’s recent milestone – the first digital concert of the gifted artist which was also called “Soul Supremacy” held last April 23.

The “ASAP” Soul Sessionista’s new album features 11 songs with three additional tracks as bonus for her fans who have been eagerly waiting for her latest offering.

Just like in her debut compilation, the OPM soul singer has ventured into songwriting for this new album. She wrote and composed the song “Halik Na Lang” and also wrote the lyrics for the “Intro Lude” song.

Other songs in this much-awaited album of “The X Factor Philippines” season 1 winner are “Labo” by Jungee Marcelo, “Nag-iisa Na Naman” by Kiko Salazar, “Dapithapon” by Rox Santos and “Imposible” by Gabriel Tagadtad.

Also part of this collection are the tracks “Afraid” by KidWolf, “With You” by Shorya Sharma, “Siya’y Darating” by Edwin Marollano, “Sayang” by Arlen Mandangan and “Sa AKing Mga Kamay” by Aristotle Pollisco.

The album’s additional tracks include “Sayo” which is the Tagalog version of “With You” written by Jonathan Manalo and the hit song “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako” with words and music from Edwin Marollano, winner of “Himig Handog PPop Love Songs 2014.”

Completing the bonus tracks is the song “Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin,” the “We Love OPM” mentor’s duet with her boyfriend, singer-songwriter TJ Monterde, courtesy of Polyeast Records.

Malou Santos and Roxy Liquigan are the executive producers of the “Soul Supremacy” album and Jonathan Manalo serves as the over-all album producer.

KZ’s sophomore album is out now in all digital stores worldwide. The album will soon be available at all record bars nationwide for only P250.

For more information, visit or follow Star Music’s official social media accounts at, and
Bel-Air Village has been home to some of the most creative people from different persuasions – art, design, literature, interior design, and many more. 

And then there’s fashion – both couture and retail, specifically  Mang Ben Farrales, the Dean of Philippine Fashion, and Mr. Paolo Campos, the man behind the highly successful online fashion store

On the occasion of Bel-Air’s 60th anniversary set on May 26 to 28, the Bel-Air Village Association (BAVA) will present Pasinaya 2017, featuring one of the highlights – a Farrales and collab dubbed as “Retrospective”, set on May 27, at the Solar Street Park in Bel-Air 3.

Farrales has had an illustrious career in fashion since his beginnings in the late ‘50s, being the first Filipino designer to present a fashion show at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. in 1984. His timeless, classic designs have incorporated traditional Filipino materials such as inol, a traditional Muslim fabric found in Mindanao.

Zalora Philippines is one of the leading online fashion stores today, hosting hundreds of brands and products to make shopping online simpler and more convenient for busy Filipinos. 

Both Farrales and Campos have been living in Bel-Air for more than 20 years and have been active within the community. Farrales, in particular, has lent his artistic talent in designing decorations for Pasinaya, Christmas celebrations, and other village events. He is also part of Pasinaya history by taking a major part in the first celebrations.

“Mang Ben designed the costumes for the first Pasinaya in 1993. Amidst his very busy schedule, he always makes time for Bel-Air because he loves the community,” enthuses Malyne Lorayes, executive producer of Pasinaya 2017. “The village has this established sense of community with many long-held traditions, such as the community fashion show every Pasinaya, that everyone participates in. We’re very honored to have these two brilliant minds from Bel-Air be featured.’’

Meanwhile, Campos is a second generation Bel-Air resident who came to the village with his parents Buddy and Bing Campos. He has been particularly involved in the community feeding programs of the parish church.

To watch out for during the fashion show are the classic artistry of the Dean of Philippine Fashion which plays with rich fabrics and beautiful silhouettes and showcases the designer’s Mindanao roots. Meanwhile, the Zalora collection will show fun, summery looks for men and women that highlight the latest trends.

 “What unites these two fashion powerhouses, aside from the fact that they have considered Bel-Air their home for the past 20 years and more is the fact that they mix both innovation and classic elegance and style. Despite the different looks of the two names in fashion, both Farrales and Campos represent investment dressing,” states Ogee Atos, director of the “Retrospective” fashion show.

This year, the Pasinaya fashion show will feature young women from Bel-Air families such as Julia Javier, Sam Javier, and Anika Dy modeling the timeless creations of Farrales. Meanwhile, modeling some of Zalora’s coolest looks are faces such as Marco Abello, Ton Lichauco, and Daniel Cuajunco.

“For our 60 years, we wanted the fashion show to be a ‘homecoming’ of sorts, something that not only showcases fashion trends but also Bel-Air, so we thought why not feature two big names in fashion that call Bel-Air home,” states Lorayes.

The fashion show best highlights the theme of Bel-Air at 60, showing that what makes the village shine is the people that comprise the community.

 “What really makes Bel-Air special is the community we’ve built with one another. Unlike in many residential areas, we’ve kept our sense of wanting to get to know one another and getting involved. The fashion show is a great example of the Bel-Air spirit: all of us, no matter how famous we’ve become, coming together to put an incredible show,” explains Lorayes.
The moment everyone has been waiting for. The Pinoy version of My Love from the Star is ready to premiere this coming May 29 replacing Destined to be Yours via Kapuso Network GMA Jennylyn Mercado as Steffi Chavez and the newest Kapuso star Gil Cuerva
 as Matteo Domingo.

“My Love From the Star” revolves around an alien (played by Kim Soo-hyun in the original) who landed on Earth and is torn between his feelings for a famous actress (Steffi Cheon, portrayed by Jun Ji-hyun of “My Sassy Girl” fame) or returning to his own planet.
The said Filipino version will be directed by no less than Bb. Joyce Bernal.

During the grand press conference of My Love from the Star, the cast were presented to the media and everyone's really excited for this upcoming remake because most of the people really loved the Koreanovela. For the main cast, Jennlyn said thatthis added pressure to everyone since they know Filipinos loved Matteo and Steffi by heart5. They are one of the most celebrated characters and both of them (Gil Cuerva) truly gave their best so that they can portray the roles perfectly.

Gil Cuerva will be playing the role of Matteo Domingo, a very lukewarm and aloof being, he once loved a girl named Marcella who lived during the Spanish Era for liking him no matter his contrast is. After his beloved died from saving him, he waits to return home. Living a solitary and divergent life for years, he one day meets Steffi Chavez, a girl who looked exactly like the one he cared for 400 years ago back to her teenage years. He has also been Steffi's savior since then.

Gil Cuerva is a professional model who graduated from De La Salle University. Standing 5'11, Gil said that back in college he was also into basketball. Although at that time he wasn't thinking about showbiz. The opportunity knock when he was in Hong Kong and he got a message about an audition for the said role, trying his luck, he auditioned and bagged the role.The outcome was overwhelming for him because he was picked over talented and seasoned actors for the role. 

Since Gil is just starting out in the showbiz industry, he wasn't prepared for the outpour of support and even bashers along the way. To end the negativity, he deleted his twitter account and maintained only his Instagram. He doesn't mind people stalking and praising him but he hopes that people would not spread hate to people that he truly cares.

Gil mentioned that he is very comfortable working with Jennylyn, at first he said "medyo ilang pa ako sa kanya because she is jennylyn Mercado but she made me feel relaxed". He added that he also had a workshop to hone his acting skills so that he can showcase different emotions in front of the camera.  On what to expect from his Filipino version of Matteo, Gil answered: “Siguro po mas makaka-relate sila sa Matteo ng Filipino remake. Though nandu’n pa rin ’yung pagka-reserved ng character pero there are some nuances na mas relatable sa Pinoys versus sa original version.”

Check out Gil Cuerva's Message here:

Jennylyn Mercado will be playing the role of Steffi Chavez. A top Filipino superstar who is very stubby and believes that she is every man's dream, until she meets her stony condominium neighbor, Matteo Domingo. She has some cute rivalry with the latter and would eventually develops feelings for him.

Jennylyn said that although the remake will stay true to the original story, it will also have a Filipino touch on it since the setting is here in the Philippines but the audience should look forward on how she and Gil will they portray their roles. She added that she can somehow relate to the quirkiness of Steffi in real life plus she loves doing Rom-Com projects as well, light yet it will surely touch your heart while watching it.

Jennylyn mentioned that she is looking forward to give the audience a whole new viewing experience with her role as Steffi. “Dito, they will see another side of me—the one na nakita nila sa films ko. Kasi kung dati sa pelikula ko siya ginagawa ngayon dadalhin natin ‘yun dito sa GMA. And finally, dumating na si Matteo, and I saw na very willing siya na matuto and open siya sa lahat ng mga ideas at mabait. That’s why excited ako na mapanood na ito ng mga viewers natin.”

On working with Gil Cuerva, Jennylyn said that he is really giving is best. For a new comer, "nakaka-sabay sya, natural lang na may mga mali minsan but he listens and lahat namanb dumadaan sa ganung stage kahit ako." She added that she supports him all the way and for their tandem to work, they need to work hand in hand with full trust as well which is why they guide one another when it comes to doing their respective roles. 

Check out Jennylyn Mercado's message here:

Don't miss the premiere of MY LOVE FROM THE STAR on May 29 after Mulawin vs Ravena via GMA Network Telebabad.

Meet the whole cast of My Love from the Star and check out the official theme song:

Kris Bernal recently celebrated her 28th birthday with her loyal fans in a KTV in Quezon City. She shared how momentous her 28th birthday is because this is a fresh start of being a full grown woman ready to face more mature roles and projects. 

Kris said that she owes it a lot to her fans for being there for her through the years which is why she is celebrating it with them no matter what. 

This is the perfect moment to bond with them and she also prepared special gifts for everyone. According to Kris, they are the reason why she keeps on giving her best in everything she does because they believe in her capacity as an actress.

This 2017, Kris Bernal trended on social media as she cover the May 2017 issue of FHM Magazine. Kris truly made Summer of 2017 even more hotter as she graces it wearing sexy two piece bathing suits. According to Kris, this is very well thought decision and she asked the people around her if this is the right move to do so since she is already turning 28 years old and granting that FHM has been asking her to grace the magazine in the past years.

Kris said that this is the perfect timing and that she will not regret it infact she would treasure it because not everyone can be on the cover of FHM Magazine and she really worked hard to be fit and healthy as well. She received a lot of praises for her sexy figure but there are also bashers. 

Kris Bernal is getting noticed for her skinny bod. Is she anorexic? Her answer is "For those who are just sincerely concerned about me, I appreciate it but I eat normally, I am perfectly healthy bringing better nourishment to my body." Kris pointed out that she's getting tired of people who keeps on thinking negatively about her body and how she keeps track of her weight saying that she is anorexic and bulimic. She knows that some of them are just concerned but she added that she is perfectly fine and healthy. She eats most of the time and keeps track of the food she eat but working out as well. She even added her metabolism is really fast and she is really bony, her bone structure is really prominent, she can't do anything with that.

Kris Bernal's waistline right now is 22 inches. She even added that she has gained weight with that waistline because before she used to be 19 inches. She is thankful for her fans who keeps on fighting for her via social media and she just wishes people would just appreciate her for who and what she is.

Kris also feels blessed for having another big project this 2017 via GMA Network. She will be playing the lead role in the upcoming GMA Afternoon Prime series "Impostora" slated to take the slot of Legally Blind. This is a comeback project for Kris Bernal after signing a new contract with GMA Network. Her last teleserye was Little Nanay which was aired in 2015.

Playing both the protagonist and the antagonist in the show, Kris is ready for any challenge that may come with the role, including daring scenes, this why she prepared herself since she really wanted to prove everyone, also to herself that she can be a versatile actress too.

 Joining her in Impostora are Rafael Rosell, Ryan Eigenmann. It is loosely based on the 1994 film of the title Sa Isang Sulok ng mga Pangarap starring Alice Dixson, Tonton Gutierrez and Ariel Rivera with the same title of Impostora in 2007 starring Sunshine Dizon and
 Iza Calzado.

Kris admitted that one of her biggest dream and bucket list is to win an award, although she also admitted that she was sad and disappointed that her role as "Tinay" in Little Nanay didn't get any award, she said that she will still do her best to achieve that award in the near future. She always makes it a point that she gives her best in everything she does.
With her role in Impostora which is also challenging since she will be wearing prosthetic and the other character she will play is a kontrabida.

“I like Nimfa but Rosette is challenging because she’s the kontrabida. I’m not used to it. Rosette is very elegant, very sophisticated, a role that I rarely get. I usually play impoverished characters or I’m usually being maltreated. Since she is the antagonist, being her requires me to hurt others in the story (including my other character, Nimfa). Yun din yung di ko rin ginagawa dati and in most of my scenes, I’m also hurting myself (you know when Rosette fights with Nimfa). Mahirap umarte ng magkabilaan (It’s tough to act double). I’m doing the scenes without any body double (stand in). Hangin lang ang kausap ko; wala akong makuha na emosyon pabalik.  

Away from the limelight, Kris Bernal also talked about her business "MEAT KRIS". She is very hands on when it comes to her food venture which has a branch at Roces Avenue, Quezon City. She will open two more branches soon, in UST area and one in Ortigas. She makes it a point to check on the delivery, inventory and sales of her burger joint.

Kris wishes that her career will flourish more and hopefully she will win an award soon because this is really her biggest dream. Don't miss IMPOSTORA soon via GMA Afternoon Prime which will premiere on June 12.

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Twitter & IG: @ArtistCenter
The health maintenance organization, founded and run by doctors, celebrates three decades of industry leadership by encouraging more Filipinos to capitalize on good health so they can seize more opportunities, dare to make a difference and pursue a better future 
MediCard, a leading health maintenance organization (HMO) provider in the country, celebrates its 30th anniversary with a stronger commitment to provide more Filipinos access to quality health and medical care, amidst the fast-paced, technology-driven lifestyles of this generation. 

To make the celebration more meaningful, the country’s top HMO put forward the theme, “Brave the World,” to emphasize the company’s commitment to encourage each and every Filipino to capitalize on his health so that he can seize more opportunities, dare to make a difference and successfully pursue a better future. 

“The world has indeed become smaller, providing Filipinos more opportunities to excel and grow. However, many pass up these great opportunities as health issues sometimes stand in their way. As we celebrate our anniversary with this in mind, MediCard will continue to strive to provide more Filipinos access to quality health care through innovative products, and services and free-standing clinics in key locations that will make staying healthy possible for every Filipinos thus, allowing them to brave the world,” says MediCard president Dr. Nicky Montoya

Innovative and responsive products 
Along with its corporate packages, MediCard also highlights its new products as it celebrates 30 years of providing quality and accessible healthcare to Filipinos: MediCard Select, a breakthrough product that takes care of healthcare needs for minimal access fee, service fee and fixed fund and allows returns of unused fund. 

On top of these innovative health maintenance products, MediCard offers various health plans to fit each individual’s budget. For individuals and families who want coverage for hospitalization, outpatient procedures and preventive healthcare, among others, MediCard has the Family/Individual plans. For a more comprehensive healthcare coverage, MediCard also offers VIP plans; and Kabayan, created for overseas sponsors to provide quality healthcare for their loved ones in the Philippines; 

Other healthcare pre-paid plans offered by MediCard are: The RXER plan, which offers a specialized healthcare maintenance service that covers emergencies for trauma cases and preventive and outpatient care in MediCard free-standing clinics; Healthplus plan, where members can avail themselves of preventive and outpatient coverage in MediCard free-standing clinics for one year for only P1,100; and the MediCard Health Check Card, which gives your loved ones unlimited check-ups at MediCard free-standing clinics for only P500. 

Clinics across Metro Manila, Luzon and Cebu In addition to its 12 well-equipped clinics, MediCard also brings its top-notch medical services to more Filipinos by opening more free standing clinics outside Metro Manila. It recently opened clinics in Lipa City, Batangas and Cainta, Rizal, making their quality healthcare services accessible to everyone. 

Chief among them is the MediCard Lifestyle Center, a first of its kind wellness center in Makati, which has a breast clinic - an outpatient facility that offers breast exam, mammography and consultation with breast specialists before undergoing any diagnostic and therapeutic procedure. 
Furthermore, in 2012, MediCard maintained the lead on the realization of its founding chairman’s vision and created another symbolic milestone with the birth of MediCard Foundation, the  first charitable institution in the Philippine HMO setting. It develops and implements health-related programs and conducts outreach activities through funded CSR projects, fund-raising activities and donations from generous corporations, philanthropic individuals and other foundations. With all these developments, new product offerings and network of clinics, MediCard is truly the health partner to help members and patients achieve optimum health and be on their way to brave the world.