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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Fil-Am Receives U.S. Army Medical School Scholarship

NORTH MIAMI, Florida, 30 November 2018 — The United States Army through the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) announced today the awarding of a full scholarship to Marc-Eli Medina Faldas, a resident of Miami Shores, Florida. As a recipient of the scholarship, Marc is eligible to be promoted to the rank of Captain in the Army after he graduates as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), a professional doctoral degree for physicians and surgeons. He will be officially commissioned into the U.S. Army on December 26, 2018.

Marc is currently a first-year medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ( ), a private non-profit graduate medical college founded in 1899. One of the nation’s most respected osteopathic medical schools, PCOM has been committed to the advancement of knowledge and intellectual growth through teaching and research, and has been training highly competent, caring physicians who practice a wholistic (“whole person”) approach to medical treatment and patient care.

In the United States as well as in more than 60 other countries around the world, D.O. degree holders are licensed to practice the full scope of medicine and surgery; they have equal rights, privileges, and responsibilities as M.D. degree holders. Notably, D.O. physicians, also known as osteopathic physicians, have specialized training in osteopathic manual medicine (OMM […/ osteopathic-manipulat…/about-omm.html ]), which is a hands-on, noninvasive set of skills utilized in the evaluation and treatment of nerves, muscles, and bones.

A computer scientist by training, Marc joined the clinical trials staff at South Florida’s Segal Institute for Clinical Research ( ) after earning his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Harvard University in 2016. While in South Florida, he also continued his housing, homelessness, and civic engagement volunteer work to help the elderly, low-income families, homeless veterans, and released offenders with the National Alliance to Nurture the Aged and the Youth ( ) and with Drewmarc Mulligan Ministries ( ).

A charter member of The South Florida Filipino-American Fellowship ( ), Marc, who is fluent in Spanish, Japanese and 3 major indigenous Philippine languages (Tagalog, Hiligaynon [Ilonggo], and Cebuano), is the oldest son of Dr. Marion G. Lagora-Faldas of Surallah, South Cotabato and Elinor Sedgiente Medina of Tandang Sora, Quezon City. He is the grandson of Rev. Romeo Gumalando Faldas of Bag-Ong Barrio, Tapaz, Capiz & Bingawan, Iloilo; Miriam Trompeta Lagora of Bagongbong, Dueñas, Iloilo; Paterno Agtarap Medina of San Narciso, La Union; and, Consorcia Quimson Sedgiente of Iba, Zambales. Marc has a younger brother, Matt-Andrew.

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Monday, November 12, 2018

Eastern Communications Expands Footprint in Mactan

Businesses can say cheers to Eastern Communications’ Strong Connection as it unveils new services

Mactan businesses can now experience more of Eastern Communications’ strong connection as it expands its resilient and reliable connection to Mactan.

At the festive Toastugan at Mactan event, Eastern Communications introduced its exciting line-up of connectivity solutions, all designed to help businesses and companies continue to prosper in the digital era. They shared that it is not only expanding its Mactan footprint, but also its aggregate bandwidth capacity to supplement the increasing demand for telecommunications services in the area.

Eastern Communications Expands Footprint in Mactan Toastogan sa Mactan
From left: Eastern Communications Product and Innovation Head Edsel Paglinawan, Marketing Division Head Catherine Muynila, Regional Sales Head Anthony Co Head, Cebu Sales Head Mark Pepino, Sales Division Head Michael Castañeda, with account managers for Cebu as they raise their glasses and toast for Eastern Communications’ expansion in Mactan. 

High Tech and High Touch Solutions

In an era where connectivity brings rich opportunities for growth, Eastern Communications is committed to not only bringing its portfolio of dependable and affordable internet, data, and voice products, and relevant business-centric managed offerings to companies in Mactan but also highlighting the importance of human connections through its unique brand of “high tech and high touch” service.

“This is our two-pronged approach to our new brand – high tech means that we offer products and services that are at par with other telecommunication companies but we are also high touch as we offer personalized customer service to our clients,” shared Eastern Communications Marketing Division Head Catherine Muynila.

Eastern Communications’ dedicated Internet services and Leased Line Data solutions for Cebu customers are now available for companies operating in Mactan. With its fully redundant network, Eastern Communications offers a connection that it both resilient and reliable.

Aside from strong and reliable connectivity, Eastern Communications also offers cybersecurity solutions to help companies protect their digital assets from cyberattacks.

DDoS attacks or Distributed Denial of Service attacks are one of the fastest growing threats in the cyber-attack landscape. A Denial of Service attack is when a server is deliberately targeted with very large numbers of requests, in order to block or crash the server. DDoS attacks are even more difficult to protect from as it aims to make online services unavailable through overwhelming traffic from multiple sources.

Eastern Communications offers the solution to this challenge by offering businesses protection that encompasses different DDOS attacks helping to prevent costly downtime for websites and applications. They have partnered with markets leaders in security to offer a comprehensive approach to DDoS mitigation.

Eastern Communications also recently received its MEF CE 2.0 Certification, assuring its customers of world class high-tech connectivity solutions.
When it comes to customer service, Eastern Communications announced that it is also ISO 2009:2015 certified, a global quality standard for its provisioning and after sales processes that affirms their “high touch” approach to addressing their customers’ needs.

Eastern Communications also shared that it has a dedicated Cebu Sales and After Sales team so that customers can enjoy quicker response times to inquiries.
Eastern Communications is committed to being the partner of Mactan’s enterprises and emerging businesses as the area continues to flourish economically.

“Mactan has already emerged as one of the top business centers of Central Visayas, with its successful tourism and hospitality industry and IT-BPO business hubs with township communities being developed by real estate giants. It has also been a favorite destination for manufacturing companies, especially those that operate in the Mactan Economic Zones and at Cebu Light Industrial Park which employs many Cebuanos and Visayans from nearbv cities,”said Catherine Muynila, Marketing Division Head of Eastern Communications.

“To help these businesses continue their growth, Eastern Communications is going beyond connectivity. Aside from our core products, we are also known for our customer service. So we are adding more and more Managed Services-based products to complement our Internet, Data, and Voice, so that companies receive end to end solutions and unwavering customer support at every step of their journey,” explained Muynila.

For more information about Eastern Communications products and services, visit

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

New Book on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Now Available!

Miami, Florida, U.S.A., 14 September 2018 —A new book entitled “Memory Loss and Aging” is coming out at just the right time. The publication coincides with World Alzheimer's Month that was launched in 2012 by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. World Alzheimer’s Day is held on September 21 each year.

“The stigmatization and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem that requires global action,” as mentioned in the Alzheimer’s Disease International website.

“Age-related memory loss is not the same as dementia, and dementia is not synonymous with Alzheimer’s disease,” explains Dr. Joy Bruce, who is the author of “Memory Loss and Aging”. Dr. Bruce, a graduate of University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, is a neuropathologist and retired professor in Pathology at the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine. She was Principal Investigator for an NIH-NCI Program Project Grant and State of Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Project.

The book provides critical information about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. It discusses the different types of dementia, and explains how they can be distinguished from each other. Examples of famous persons with dementia are also incorporated in the book.

Contributing to the book is Marc-Eli Medina Faldas who wrote the chapter, “The Stress of Caregiving”. Marc, whose father and mother come from Surallah, South Cotabato and Quezon City, respectively, is currently a first year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“Memory Loss and Aging” in printed and kindle formats are now available at Amazon. For more information, please visit:

Monday, September 18, 2017

OPPO Strengthens Presence in Cebu with 4th Concept Store

Philippines’ Top 2 International Smartphone Brand is set to expand with more stores nationwidePhilippines’ Top 2 International Smartphone Brand is set to expand with more stores nationwide

Right to Left: OPPO Influencer Rocco Nacino, Junrex Cellphone and Accessories owner Mr. Jun Yap and OPPO Philippines Chief Operating Officer Mr. Ananda Pan

Cebu, Philippines (September 16, 2017) — OPPO Philippines continues to expand its strong presence in the country with more concept stores nationwide. With Cebu being a valuable market for the brand, it opened its latest concept store in Ayala Center Cebu along with OPPO influencer Rocco Nacino. 

Customers now have more options to choose from OPPO’s wide range of selfie-centric smartphones such as the OPPO F3 series (F3 and F3 Plus) and the OPPO A series (A57, A71 and A37) that are sure to match anyone’s lifestyle and preference. Leading the impressive lineup is the OPPO F3, a definite trendsetter with its dual-selfie camera that allows wider selfie shots. It is also perfect for taking a groufie as it can accommodate more people in one frame.   

“You won’t ever have to worry about taking a group shot with the OPPO F3,” said Rocco Nacino. “I bring it with me when I travel with my family and friends, knowing that I can perfectly capture every special moment with them.”

The OPPO F3 is encased in sleek metal and features a 5.5” full HD display protected by Coming Gorilla Glass 5. It also has 4GB of RAM and the 64GB of storage is suitable for keeping numerous photos, videos and applications. A wide range of phone accessories is available for purchase in all OPPO concept stores nationwide.    

 “Cebu is a valuable market for OPPO and we will continue to provide the best customer experience to Cebuanos through our growing number of concept stores. Our selfie-centric smartphones are definitely relevant in the 9th city for most selfies in the world,” said Eason de Guzman, Public Relations Manager of OPPO Philippines.

OPPO continues to expand nationwide with more concept stores opening in the remaining quarter of 2017. Customers may visit the Ayala Center Cebu concept store at the 3rd level near the activity area. 
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