Truths and Untruths Behind Hair Fall

 Aside from old age, what’s one thing we enjoy noticing in others but wholly deny when it happens to ourselves? Old age’s sister: hair loss.

That’s right: that patch of space somewhere on your scalp, usually characterized by an unwelcome sheen and the threat of more of it to come.

Yet fear not, for every problem – perceived or otherwise – comes with it a solution. Before jumping over to that however, let us understand a couple of things about hair loss – the myths, truths, and how our proposed solution busts all the untruths, as detailed by  a hair and scalp medical expert in one of the leading hospitals in the Philippines.

 Myth No. 1: Wearing hats can cause hair loss

This is untrue, unless the hats you wear – ever so often, and every day – are so tight, they cut off blood circulation to your scalp.

 Myth No. 2: I suffer from hair loss – my hair falls out every day!

It’s natural to have your hair fall out every day. While it differs for everyone, a person loses an average of 50-100 hairs a day. Such only becomes a problem when the hair loss is frequent and in great volumes: upon waking from bed and noticing a handful of hair on your pillow, and during baths and showers when your tub gets clogged, for instance.

 Myth No. 3: Shampooing every day causes hair loss

Again, each person differs when it comes to hair care and maintenance, so some may require everyday washing, while for others, once every two days is enough. Generally however, there is nothing about shampoos that may make it a cause for going bald.

 Myth No. 4: Balding genes primarily come from the mother’s side of the family

Hair loss is genetic. Theoretically, you have an equal chance of getting it from your father’s side just as much as your mother’s side, even if science suggests a generally stronger inheritance of traits from the mother’s side.

Myth No. 5: There is no solution to hair loss

This may have been true in the past, but such is no longer the case today. Take it from beauty icon and hair care expert Fanny Serrano, who’s had the privilege not of suffering the problem himself, but of discovering the solution during a time when nothing seemed to be working.

Having built a name for himself in the beauty industry, losing hair was the last thing Fanny wanted to endure. Trying out every treatment at his disposable, then, was the most natural thing to do. When none of them worked, going to all the trouble of commissioning a wig was the next most sensible step to maintaining his image as an image doctor.

Fortunately for him, though, it was only a matter of time before fate revealed itself to be on his side. Stumbling upon Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion one day, Fanny thought it worth another try. After all, by that point, the only thing he had to lose was his wig.

And sure enough, that was all he lost. Novuhair worked.

Made with natural, herbal ingredients including biotin, panax ginseng, moringa oleifera, and lavender, rosemary, peppermint, lemon grass, and virgin coconut oils, Novuhair contains chemically compatible properties that detoxify the scalp, limit hair fall, and stimulate hair growth by improving blood circulation to the scalp and increasing nutrition to hair follicles. All these ingredients are the real thing, effectively combined to remedy the true causes of hair fall. Studies have shown 100% of the respondents revealed no adverse side effects with continuous use. The lotion is clinically safe to use for 12-year-olds up.

Today, the myths and misconceptions have been busted. And yet they remain secondary. After all, what’s important is what everyone wants, and needs: a solution to their problem. And for a year now, that solution has been around for them to find: Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, nature’s answer to hair loss.

Novuhair is available at all Mercury Drug, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, South Star, Manson and Cory Quirino World of Wellness stores, and online on Visit or call 413-6570 or 0922-883-0575 for more details.

Say No To Mining in Palawan

“We jail people for killing one or two persons. How about institutions or people that ravage the environment and cause the death of hundreds or thousands? The floods of Palawan are absolutely due to mining – due to the denudation of forests.”

These were the words of Gerry Ortega, radio broadcaster and environmentalist. He was shot in cold blood on January 24, 2011, in a public market in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, just a few kilometers from his hometown of Aborlan. Doc Gerry Ortega was a passionate crusader for the environment. He understood the evils of mining. He railed against the greed and corruption that allowed mining to proliferate. He explained to people that if mining in Palawan were allowed to continue, there would be a real danger that the island could collapse and sink into the sea. If the Philippines were to lose Palawan, the country would lose a valuable and irreplaceable treasure.

He dedicated his life to protecting the environment. He died working for his cause.

Doc Gerry Ortega had a dream. That dream was to have a Palawan unspoiled by the devastation wrought by mining. It was his dream to put a stop to the destruction of forests, mangroves, and coral reefs. It was his dream for native Palaweños and for all Filipinos to take part in preserving the natural beauty that is Palawan. It was his dream for the preservation of Palawan to become our legacy to the next generation.

Now we could sit still and do nothing. Or we could take the time to understand and consider where we stand on the issue of mining in Palawan. Let us not throw away our children’s future for a couple of baubles like gemstone beads.

The 3rd Umami Challenge

AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION welcomes 2012 with a culinary competition to showcase the creativeness, innovativeness, culinary skill and mastery of over 300 aspiring Filipino chefs. The event is dubbed as the Ajinomoto 3rd Umami Culinary Challenge (3rd UCC): The Battle for the Umami Bowl and will be held on January 20, 2012 at the SMX Convention Center. “Ajinomoto is very excited because on its 3rd year, UCC has more schools competing from Metro Manila and nearby provinces.” says Chef Russell Bautista, Project Head of the 3rd UCC. Continue reading »

Feng Shui Master Joseph Chau Launches 2012 Lunar Calendar

Welcome a prosperous year of the Dragon and get THE ultimate guide to enhance everyone’s luck for this year – the 2012 Lunar Calendar which has all of Master Joseph Chau’s readings for the year for all the different signs, and other very useful tools such as – the fertility calendar, the feng shui chart of 2012, and of course your complete guide to 2012 on lucky days for your sign.

Get a copy before the Chinese New Year – available at all Fully Booked branches!


I never did get what Refinance means since we never had to use it. I often heard those words when we visited my sister in law and they would openly discuss mortgage and refinancing. I try to watch CNN so that I may understand why Americans panicked when Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac went under.

Refinancing may refer to the replacement of an existing debt obligation with a debt obligation under different terms. The terms and conditions of refinancing may vary widely by country, province, or state, based on several economic factors such as, inherent risk, projected risk, political stability of a nation, currency stability, banking regulations, borrower’s credit worthiness, and credit rating of a nation. In many industrialized nations, a common form of refinancing is for a place of primary residency mortgage. To learn more about it click here

If the replacement of debt occurs under financial distress, refinancing might be referred to as debt restructuring. FHA refinance is also a popular term that some openly do. Hopefully after you refinance you might get some cash that will enable you to purchase a couple of washburn guitars

Top 10 Best Baby Shower Gifts


A baby shower can be a simple gathering of a few friends. But no matter what the characteristics of the shower, the basic motivation behind it is the same: Pregnant women deserve a chance to celebrate and some presents to help them get ready for parenthood.  One of the best gifts different kinds of camcorders 

1. Bouncy seat

1 Keep a newborn and his parents happy with a bouncy seat — the baby can wiggle and jiggle to his heart’s content, and his parents can squeeze in a chore or two knowing he’s safe and entertained. This versatile, portable piece of baby gear features cheerful fabric stretched across a metal or plastic frame, with straps to ensure safety. Some models are battery powered for a rhythmic and more soothing bounce.

2. Baby monitor

Nervous first-time moms and dads will appreciate the reassuring presence of a portable baby monitor receiver on their bedside table. These gadgets have become more and more sophisticated — some models can pick up a baby’s faintest breaths within a range of 600 feet or more. They’re particularly comforting for parents whose baby is sleeping in another room. Newer options include motion sensors that sound an alarm if the baby hasn’t moved in a certain period time, and video monitors, which let parents see as well as hear their baby.

3. Bedding

Pastel sheets covered in teddy bears, lambs, ducks, and other friendly crittersare a perfect addition to any nursery, and soft fuzzy throws will help keep the baby warm. (They should be saved for out-of-the-crib cuddling, though, as soft bedding is a potential SIDS risk.) And you can be sure that any new mom or mom-to-be will be grateful to have extra linens come laundry day!

4. Baby sling or front carrier

One of the handiest ways a new mother can tote her baby around is in a sling or front carrier. Babies love the feeling of being snuggled up close to a parent’s warmth, and the ingeniously simple design leaves a mom’s arms free to do housework or errands while her little one sits protected in a makeshift pouch. Some experts, including pediatrician William Sears, swear that the close contact encouraged by slings and front carriers helps strengthen the parent-child bond.

5. Activity gym

Babies are enthralled by their environment in general, but you can make it even more fascinating with an activity gym — a contraption that typically includes a cloth mat and toys suspended from soft bars or arches. Colorful mirrors, noisemakers, and other objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors dangle within the baby’s grasp, encouraging his developing eyesight and growing physical skills. Portable and lightweight, activity gyms are travel-friendly, whether you’re shuttling between rooms or across the country.

6. Bath kit

For a gift that’s both fun and practical, grab a baby tub and fill it with all the essentials a new mother will need to keep her child squeaky clean. Be sure to include baby shampoo, a mild soap that won’t irritate a newborn’s sensitive skin, a soft washcloth (or sponge) and hooded towel, and a bright yellow rubber ducky for good measure. A baby comb and brush are nice additions, as are a couple of simple bath toys, even though infants won’t be able to really play with them for several more months. Toss in a bottle of bubble bath for Mom to use when her baby’s asleep, and you’re done.

7. Starter library

A shelf full of classic children’s books is a gift sure to win any mom-to-be’s heart. Reading them to her child will strengthen their bond, and the baby will begin to learn to appreciate the beauty of the written word. Some of the best are Goodnight MoonRunaway Bunny, and Guess How Much I Love You?. If you love the idea of giving books, consider making it the theme of the shower: Have everyone bring their favorite with a note to the baby tucked inside. Be sure to mix some baby-friendly board books in with the traditional hardcover variety — that way newborns will be able to truly appreciate the sound and the taste of your gift.

8. Out-and-about

If you’re a parent — or even if you aren’t — you know it’s virtually impossible to get out of the house without leaving something essential behind. Help the happy new parents avoid mishaps with an assembled out-and-about kit. Start with a diaper bag; add a couple of diapers, some wipes, an extra outfit (or two) for the baby, a bottle of ready-to-feed formula (if she’s formula feeding), a couple of small toys (rattles and chew toys are perfect), and a pacifier; toss in an extra T-shirt for mom; and finish it off with a pencil, a pad of paper, an extra set of keys (if you can get her originals to make copies), and a packet of safety pins. Now she’ll be prepared for anything.

9. Sleep kit

Why do newborns cry at night? This question may be unanswerable, but a basket full of things that make the nursery more soothing after dark can help a new parent survive those first few sleep-deprived months. Fill your sleep kit with a comforting nightlight,  swaddle blankets (for out-of-the-crib cuddling only, as soft bedding is a potential SIDS risk), and some soothing music made just for babies (For Crying Out Loud and Lullaby: A Collection are great examples).

10. Set up a group of dinner providers

When the beds are still unmade at 5 in the afternoon and the baby’s having a good end-of-the-day cry, the last thing a new mom or dad wants to do is make a meal. So give new parents what they really want — dinner on someone else. Before you go to the shower, organize a group of the mom-to-be’s friends to volunteer to make dinner for the new family after the baby’s born. Depending on the number of people involved, you can plan to have hot meals dropped off either nightly or every few days for the first couple of weeks postpartum.

Future Plans

I just came from a wonderful family vacation it was so much fun and it was a great time. We bonded and we laughed and we ate. We went to so many places and we definitely enjoyed all the places that we went to.  It was also a great time to reunite with family and friends that we haven’t seen in a long time.  Continue reading »

Climate-Proofing Tomorrow’s Cities, Today

On a hellish September week two years ago, millions of Filipinos were literally up to their necks in climate change. Typhoon Ondoy took the lives of 246 people but taught survivors and spectators alike a crucial lesson – that climate change is real, and that it does not choose its victims.

“Climate change shall continue even if we stop all our carbon emissions tomorrow. It takes 40 years for its momentum to grind to a halt. Given this, what should we do?” asks WWF-Philippines Climate Change Director Gia Ibay. “The solution lies in Climate Adaptation – preparing for pronounced climate change effects by adjusting the way we run our businesses and live our lives.” Continue reading »