December 10, 2018

CMSHS GPTA 2018-2019 Luau Christmas Party

The recently concluded CMSHS GPTA 2018-2019 Luau Christmas Party was a fun and funny night as the Proud Parents of mga Batang MandSci took time off from their busy schedules as they danced and laughed the night away.

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, 
and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." 
-Norman Vincent Peale

December 6, 2018

Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr.

An afternoon of buffet lunch and a getting-to-know session with Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr. happened this afternoon at Dad's West Ave.

Representative Haresco is a proud Ilonggo. He is popularly called  Nonong Haresco and he is from Aklan who has authored thirty three (33) House Measures and co-authored thirty one (31) House Measures. He is running again for the next election for the same position.

About Congressman Teodorico Haresco Jr.:

He finished Engineering and Accounting in Dela Salle University with honors.  Completed his M.A. in International Economics at the McGill University in Canada. He participated in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development- International Trade Center in Switzerland. He is the only Visayan and Aklanon to receive the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Businessman of The Year in 2007 and the Deutch Bank Banker of the Year in 2005. He was People Asia's Person of the Year in 2008 and one of the Modern Day Heroes in 2008. He was cited in the book celebratig 347 years of Philippine-British Relations. His company WINSOURCE Solutions Inc. has been a five-time recipient of the Queens Awards for Entreprise. He conceptualized President's Bridge Programme (PBP). PBP is a very successful reengineering model in the Philippines being duplicated in Sri Lanka, Papa New Guinea, Cambodia, Siberia and other Asian countries. He is the principal developer of a nationwide scholarship fund for the slain journalists and has put 34 young scholars through school since 2007.

About Aklan Legislative Districts:

The Legislative Districts of Aklan is the representation of the Province of Aklan in the Philippine House of Representatives. The province is currently represented in the lower house of the Congress of the Philippines through its first and second districts. Prior to electing its own representative for the first time in 1957, the province was represented as part of the second and third districts of Capiz. From 1978 to 1984 it was part of the representation of Region VI. Aklan has 2 legislative districts signed by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

December 3, 2018

Christmas Shines at Bayview Park Hotel

Standing proud and strong for 75 years, Bayview Park Hotel Manila is one of the most famous and most sought-after destination for travelers here and abroad. 

Earlier this morning John and I witnessed third annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony headed by Bayview General Manager, Mr. Eugene T. Yap

The lobby of the hotel is filled with guests (both young and old), decorative gifts, toys, candies, and of course, a huge Christmas Tree.  

As celebration, Mr. Eugene Yap, has invited the Shepherdine Children’s Choir. They serenaded the crowd with their angelic voices, sung carols that surely brought back wonderful memories of the audience consisting of hotel guests, bloggers and media personnel.

They introduced the 13 lovely candidates for their first ever Ms. Bayview Park Hotel consisting of selected employees. They will be competing for a “Best in Gown” and a “Popularity Award”, through Facebook-likes voting.

Bayview Park Hotel
1118 Roxas Boulevard, cor United Nations Avenue, 
Ermita, Manila, 1000 Metro Manila
Phone: (02) 526 1555

#ChristmasShinesatBayview   #ILoveBayview #BayviewChristmasTree 
#BayviewParkHotel #ILoveBayviewParkHotel   #YourHomeByTheBay 

November 30, 2018

SDO Mandaluyong Stakeholders Convergence 2018

The recently concluded SDO Mandaluyong Stakeholders Convergence  2018 was a success with the participation of all the people involved from SDO-Manduyong with Dr. Nanette L. Losaria, our OIC-SDS, to all SDO employees, principals, teachers, school staff, students and parents.

I am happy to have graced this event, along with Sir Erick Mendiola (Mandsci Principal) Sir Jun Medrano (MandSci Adopt-a-School Coordinator), Ma’am Elizabeth Panganiban, (Mandsci GPTA President), and my hubby John (Mandsci GPTA Vice President)

Seeing our beloved teachers, Ma'am Winnie Lopez-Cruz and Sir Mac Kakalikasan, hosting the event made me so proud. Ma'am Winnie and Sir Mac are two of the nicest teachers in Mandsci.

What made the day even more amazing is meeting the three former principals of MandSci, Sir Henry Sabidong, Dr. Teresita Evangelista and Dr. Corazon Regino.

November 28, 2018

The Need for Hospitals to Deliver Quality Healthcare

I was in my teens when I used to see Gov. Obet Pagdanganan in Bulacan. My late brother-in-law Jesus Punzalan is somewhat related to him so I get to si Gov, Obet mostly in wakes if Punzalan Clan.

Early today in Makati I got to see him again as he was one of the speakers for HealthCore event. The main focus of this event is the need for hospitals to deliver quality healthcare to meet global standards.

There is no denying that Filipino healthcare professionals stand out globally – thousands of doctors, nurses, and other workers in the industry continue to be in demand across the world each year.

Back home, however, local medical facilities still play catch-up in order to make the Philippines an international hub for healthcare. While the country landed on the 5th spot in the most competitive economy in Southeast Asia in the recent Global Competitiveness Report released by the World Economic Forum, it still lags in three pillars, including health. To date, there are 14 internationally accredited healthcare facilities in the Philippines.  

As hospitals and clinics continuously step up to upgrade their facilities and services, one organization is helping them shape up to achieve world-class status.

HealthCore, the center for international quality accreditation for healthcare and medical tourism in the Philippines, has been breathing life into the country’s goal to become globally competitive in the healthcare arena. Since its establishment in 2010, HealthCore has been pushing the industry improve the quality of the hospitals and medical facilities in the country. 

“As the ASEAN representative of various international certification organizations, we promote the globalization of healthcare,” HealthCore president and CEO Joyce Socao-Alumno said. “From day one, our advocacy is to help bring the quality of our medical facilities’ services at par with the international/global standards.”

She explained that they assist various stakeholders involved in international healthcare management, medical and wellness tourism, and retirement services to achieve global competitiveness, excellent patient service and outcomes, and enhanced bottom line through education, international accreditation, and strategic approaches. 

“In a bid to make the Philippines and the ASEAN become a global healthcare destination, HealthCore has committed itself to become part of the medical facilities’ journey to deliver world-class healthcare, particularly in the areas of: academy, accreditation, consultancy, and trading,” Alumno said. 

Recognizing the challenges that hospitals and clinics face in trying to be globally competitive, HealthCore organizes workshops, seminars and on-site trainings that provide insights on how they can acquire international accreditation from International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Temos and International Society for Quality Healthcare (ISQUA), accrediting bodies like JCI and National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers (NABH). 

Part of its recent initiatives include the training of healthcare professionals on the revised version of the ISO 9001:2015 BS EN 15224: 2016. Supported by the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Hospital Association, and the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines, HealthCore, as the ASEAN representative of Swiss Approval, discussed the Implementation Guidelines and Best Practices for the Audit and Certification of Quality Management Systems (QMS) and Patient Safety in Healthcare Services. 

HealthCore also offers consultancy services in the areas of operational efficiency, patient care, facility management and safety, infection control, continuous quality improvement, and quality audit tools as prescribed by international accreditation standards. It has recently concluded a talk on reinventing healthcare through patient-centered hospital designs. The event brought experts from across the globe to discuss about design and technology that change the way hospitals and clinics are operated with the patient at the center of all considerations.

In addition, HealthCore Hospi-tel furniture that give luxurious comfort to patients that are affordable, yet with excellent quality

All these, Alumno said, are geared towards helping the Philippines push its huge potential in the area of medical tourism, a market that is estimated to be worth $22 billion. Currently, the country ranks 19th in the overall global ranking according to the Medical Tourism Index. As hospitals and clinics work toward that goal, with support from the government, HealthCore is relentlessly working behind the scenes to push for global competitiveness. “In terms of international standards, the Philippines is well on its way to get a clean bill of health,” Alumno said. “As we have in the beginning, we at HealthCore will continue to play our role to reach this goal – one medical facility at a time.”


HealthCore International Consultancy, Inc. was founded in 2010 with the aim to assist the various stakeholders involved in international healthcare management, medical and wellness tourism, and retirement services–to achieve global competitiveness, excellent patient service and outcomes, and enhanced bottom line–through education, international quality accreditation, and strategic approaches. Health Core’s businesses are divided into four: Training & Education, Quality Accreditation, Consultancy, and Trading.

It represents and works with the following accreditation agencies: Accreditation Canada, Joint Commission International, NABH International, Swiss Approval, Temos, and Quality and Accreditation Institute.  It is a member of Asian Society for Quality in Healthcare (ASQUA). (