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Happy New Year!

It has been a tradition of ours to welcome the new year at home completely surrounded with the whole family and our neighbors. 🙂 As always, my sister Mariah and I dress up for the celebration. For this year, I chose to wear a yellow, grey, white, and black mini dress with rectangular designs (for bills! Haha!). Graduate na kami sa polka dots.

Welcoming the New Year Outfit

Welcoming the New Year Outfit

I bought the dress more than 5 years ago and this is not the first time I wore this. But I love this dress to bits and couldn’t let it go. 🙂 My black peep toe pumps are from Zara, which I bought during the Blogger’s United 4 event from Camille Co. The pair of silver earrings I wore is a gift from an aunt in the USA. The silver bling bling bracelet is a gift from my mom. And the hearts necklace is from Silverworks, it’s part of the package I won from their online blog giveaway care of Camille Co.

Wearing the necklace I won from the Silverworks giveaway

Wearing the necklace I won from the Silverworks giveaway

Loving the hearts necklace from Silverworks

Loving the hearts necklace from Silverworks

Did my own makeup :)

Did my own makeup 🙂

I’ll be posting a tutorial and a list of the products I used for this look in my next blog post. 🙂

Here’s what my sister wore:

Mariah's New Year's Eve Outfit

Mariah’s New Year’s Eve Outfit

The shoes are bought from Laureen Uy.

Here are some pictures taken during our celebration.

With Mariah, Papa, Patrick, and Mama

With Mariah, Papa, Patrick, and Mama

With Mariah, Mama, Mommy, and Tita Angie

With Mariah, Mama, Mommy, and Tita Angie

With the Haise St. neighbors

With the Haise St. neighbors

With Mama and Mariah

With Mama and Mariah

Beautiful Shot with Trisha and Mariah

Beautiful Shot with Trisha and Mariah

Goofiness with Sisters

Goofiness with Sisters

With Papa, Mikey, Mama, and Mariah

With Papa, Mikey, Mama, and Mariah

And let’s not forget the food. Mama was sooo busy preparing everything. 🙂 She’s totally the best cook in world! ♥ My sister Mariah prepared the graham cake. She does that every year. And I was the one cooked and prepared the pesto pasta. 🙂 It’s one of my specialties and I’ve had a lot of requests for that ever since I started preparing it 5 years ago.

For lunch, we had this buttered shrimp. Sooo yummy!

Buttered Shrimp

Buttered Shrimp

This is so good that I think I ate 1/4 kilo of this! LOL! And then for the celebration, here’s what we have:

Fried Rice c/o Papa

Fried Rice c/o Papa

Meatballs

Meatballs

Roasted Chicken

Roasted Chicken

Pork Cordon Bleu

Pork Cordon Bleu

This is the first time that Mama served this pork cordon bleu at home… Bestseller! 🙂

Gising gising - similar to Bicol Epress (for pulutan)

Gising gising – similar to Bicol Epress (for pulutan)

Pesto Sauce for the pasta

Pesto Sauce for the pasta

Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta

Buko Salad

Buko Salad

Krispy Kreme donuts from Trisha's friend

Krispy Kreme donuts from Trisha’s friend

And the whole table was covered with food!

New's Year Eve Feast

New’s Year Eve Feast

And to start the year, I’d like to thank the people who’ve made my 2012 so special.

  • To my family, for always being there for me… and for supporting and encouraging me to do the things that I want to do.
  • To my boyfriend, for always loving me no matter what. 🙂 For always making me happy and finding ways to make me smile when I feel down. For always making an effort to plan all our celebrations. For getting me to places I’ve never been before. For always treating me like a princess. And for letting me feel that I am the luckiest girl in the world for having such a wonderful boyfriend!
  • To my high school and college friends, including friends from The Manila Collegian and PROPharm, for the great company and for the always biglaan get-togethers. Though we see each other rarely, it always feels like just a few days since we last met. 🙂 Let’s see each other more this 2013!
  • To my friends and colleagues at Generika and to the owners, thank you for the opportunity to work with you. It’s really more fun at Generika. 🙂
  • To Tito Raff and Tita Wilma, for the unending support, love, encouragement, and words of wisdom.
  • To all the customers of Anthea and Sophya Libris, thank you for your continued patronage. Because of all your purchases, we were able to donate to 2 organizations and various charities. Oh diba, gumanda ka na, nakatulong ka pa. 🙂 Hehe!
  • And to all the readers of this blog, thank you for all your support! We’re currently at the top 174 of fashion and beauty blogs in the Philippines. By the end of this year, I hope that we’ll be able to be included in the top 100. 🙂 And I promise to blog more often! 🙂

Cheers! Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

xoxo,

♥ Monique ♥

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Health Talk Series: Health Financing and Universal Health Care

Ganch, Sacki, and I at the Health Talk Series

Ganch, Sacki, and I at the Health Talk Series

Ganch, Sacki, and I attended a forum on “Health Talk Series: Health Financing and Universal Health Care,” an event which is part of The Secretary’s Cup by the Department of Health. The event was held on October 18 at the Asian Institute of Management. Actually, we were the only pharmacists there when in fact medicines go hand in hand when it comes to health. Medical products are also an essential component of the 6 building blocks of health systems. Pharmacists are so underrepresented in essential programs and policy development talks such as this! 😦

Dr. Ernesto Domingo

Dr. Ernesto Domingo

Moving on, one of the speakers was National Scientist Dr. Ernesto Domingo and one of the important things that he said was, “equity in our country can only be addressed with the universal health care system.”

Dr. Francisco Duque III

Dr. Francisco Duque III

But the main speaker of the event was former DOH Secretary and now Chairman of the Civil Service Commission Dr. Francisco Duque III. He delivered the talk very well. Afterwards, there was even time for question and answer.

Here’s a copy of the Universal Health Care from the DOH website:

UHC to Address Inequity in the Health System

Universal Health Care and Its Aim

Universal Health Care (UHC), also referred to as Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP), is the “provision to every Filipino of the highest possible quality of health care that is accessible, efficient, equitably distributed, adequately funded, fairly financed, and appropriately used by an informed and empowered public”.1 The Aquino administration puts it as the availability and accessibility of health services and necessities for all Filipinos.

It is a government mandate aiming to ensure that every Filipino shall receive affordable and quality health benefits.This involves providing adequate resources – health human resources, health facilities, and health financing.

UHC’s Three Thrusts

To attain UHC, three strategic thrusts are to be pursued, namely: 1) Financial risk protection through expansion in enrollment and benefit delivery of the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP); 2) Improved access to quality hospitals and health care facilities; and 3) Attainment of health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Financial Risk Protection

Protection from the financial impacts of health care is attained by making any Filipino eligible to enroll, to know their entitlements and responsibilities, to avail of health services, and to be reimbursed by PhilHealth with regard to health care expenditures.

PhilHealth operations are to be redirected towards enhancing national and regional health insurance system. The NHIP enrollment shall be rapidly expanded to improve population coverage. The availment of outpatient and inpatient services shall be intensively promoted. Moreover, the use of information technology shall be maximized to speed up PhilHealth claims processing.

Improved Access to Quality Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Improved access to quality hospitals and health facilities shall be achieved in a number of creative approaches. First, the quality of government-owned and operated hospitals and health facilities is to be upgraded to accommodate larger capacity, to attend to all types of emergencies, and to handle non-communicable diseases. The Health Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) shall provide funds to improve facility preparedness for trauma and other emergencies. The aim of HFEP was to upgrade 20% of DOH-retained hospitals, 46% of provincial hospitals, 46% of district hospitals, and 51% of rural health units (RHUs) by end of 2011.

Financial efforts shall be provided to allow immediate rehabilitation and construction of critical health facilities. In addition to that, treatment packs for hypertension and diabetes shall be obtained and distributed to RHUs.

The DOH licensure and PhilHealth accreditation for hospitals and health facilities shall be streamlined and unified.

Attainment of Health-related MDGs

Further efforts and additional resources are to be applied on public health programs to reduce maternal and child mortality, morbidity and mortality from Tuberculosis and Malaria, and incidence of HIV/AIDS. Localities shall be prepared for the emerging disease trends, as well as the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

The organization of Community Health Teams (CHTs) in each priority population area is one way to achieve health-related MDGs. CHTs are groups of volunteers, who will assist families with their health needs, provide health information, and facilitate communication with other health providers. RNheals nurses will be trained to become trainers and supervisors to coordinate with community-level workers and CHTs. By the end of 2011, it is targeted that there will be 20,000 CHTs and 10,000 RNheals.

Another effort will be the provision of necessary services using the life cycle approach. These services include family planning, ante-natal care, delivery in health facilities, newborn care, and the Garantisadong Pambata package.

Better coordination among government agencies, such as DOH, DepEd, DSWD, and DILG, would also be essential for the achievement of these MDGs.

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1Executive Summary. (2010, October-December). Acta Medica Philippina, 44 (4), 9.

 

Actually, the Universal Health Care program has been part of the agenda under several presidential terms already although under various names. Now, under Aquino’s term, the program is called Kalusugan Pangkalahatan. There are so many aspects of the Universal Health Care program that still needs to be studied and addressed. One of the areas that we could focus on is the improvement of our primary care system. Nowadays, people go to a tertiary hospital for the simplest of emergency cases. This is the ideal scenario: initially, patients should be addressed, assessed, and diagnosed first by a primary care physician. And then if a specialist is needed, the patient will be referred to a secondary care provider called polyclinics where specialists can be found and where diagnostic tests are also performed. And then, the  more important and severe emergency cases will be directed to the hospital. This will then limit the number of people directly going to hospital.

But then, health financing is, first and foremost, a big issue. It is good to know that President Noynoy Aquino has set aside a bigger budget for health during his term. Thus, there are means for a lot of national health programs to be pursued, developed, and implemented.

Another thing, a successful taxation system should be set up that places the burden of cost on the people who can afford to pay allows every citizen to receive free, quality health care without having to turn the entire nation upside down searching for a way to finance such a system.

Do you know that Cuba has universal health care? If Cuba can do it, why can’t we? Here’s a map of the countries that provide universal health care.

Someday, the Philippines will have a modern medical system in which every citizen is able to have quality care at no cost to themselves. Just believe and let us all help and continue our efforts to support such causes. 🙂

More pictures at Photobucket.

Other Links:

Administrative Order 2010-0036 (Aquino Health Agenda – Universal Health Care)

Department Order 2011-0188 (Kalusugan Pangkalahatan)

Reaching out to our IP Brothers (Draft Indigenous Peoples Plan for UHC)

Belle de Jour Fair 2012

The BDJ Fair is less than 2 weeks away!  See you at the SM MOA Music Hall on October 14, from 10am to 10pm!

BDJ Fair 2012

BDJ Fair 2012

 Aside from their interesting line-up of guest speakers and fun activities, I’m super excited to check out the latest editions of the BDJ Power Planner, Navi: Your Lifestyle Navigator, and their newest babies – the everything is possible planner and newest edition of the BDJ FMN notebooks! The best part is: They will all be available at the fair for 20% off! 😀

BDJ Power Planner

BDJ Power Planner

Belle de Jour Power Planner

The Belle de Jour (BDJ) Power Planner is especially made for the Pinay fashionista achiever. The term Belle de Jour (bel duh zhoor’) is French fashion lingo for “It” girl, and we have redefined it to mean the modern day renaissance woman who dares to achieve her goals, lives her dream life, makes a difference in her community, all while doing everything in great style.

All pages reflect the uniqueness of the BDJ Girl.  The BDJ Power Planner includes time-management principles to help BDJ Girls manage their life better, articles and affirmatioc ns to inspire them to live life to the fullest and over Php20,000 worth of coupons – to remind them of work-life balance.

NAVI: Your Life Navigator

NAVI: Your Life Navigator

NAVI: Your Life Navigator

Who wouldn’t want to see the world? Inspired by the traveler who embraces uncertainty, NAVI: Your Life Navigator, reminds us about the importance of going places and belonging in those places. On their fourth year, NAVI 2013 encourages us to ask the important questions and to be patient with getting answers, while still keeping our life goals in check. With its low-key travel-themed design, inspiring travel articles, and plenty of space for notes every week, NAVI 2013 is the must-have planner for men and women who want to keep moving forward in life.

Everything Is Possible

Everything Is Possible

EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE

Imagine what you would do every day if you tell yourself that everything is possible? everything is possible is about simplifying life by creating concrete goals and breaking them down into achievable steps. Pick from our inspiring quotes to use as your mantra, and maximize our much-loved time management-based layout to help you be mindful of anything, big or small, as a real possibility. With its minimalist clean design, everything is possible is the planner for anyone itching for a fresh start.

FORGET-ME NOT

Our BDJ Forget-Me-Not line is the ultimate companion to the BDJ Planner. Purchase one or all of these handy pads separately, for the endless things you need to write down.

Create/Inspire

Create/Inspire

CREATE/INSPIRE

Take a moment to write things down and never let a brilliant idea go to waste. CREATE/INSPIRE is your perfect idea pad.

Dare/Achieve

Dare/Achieve

DARE/ACHIEVE

Start with a clear agenda, organize your thoughts and assign tasks easily with DARE/ACHIEVE, your go-to pad for meetings.

Save/Do

Save/Do

SAVE/DO

Keep your cash in control and be on top of your tasks with SAVE/DO, your dual-purpose pad for tracking cash and to-dos.

 

Check out the newest releases of the Belle de Jour team at the 2012 BDJ Fair: Limitless! at the SM MOA Music Hall on October 14 with their discounted Fair Prices!  Are you Bellas excited?  I sure am! 🙂

 

Know more about the different BDJ Fair activities and sign up details here: http://on.fb.me/SNFueP

Like them on Facebook: facebook.com/BelledeJourPlanner

Follow them on Twitter: @BDJBuzz

Visit their website: www.belledejourpowerplanner.com

Invitation to Join Eng’g Run For Life

Good morning everyone!

We would like to invite you to join “Eng’g Run For Life” on June 2, 2012 (Saturday), 4:00am at the Pavilion Mall, City of Binan, Laguna.

Here are the categories: 1K, 3K, 5K, and 10K. Registration is 300 pesos for 1K and 3K and 500 pesos for 5K and 10K categories.

Proceeds of the registration will go to the fund for the kidney transplant of Mr. Erwin Digo, brother of my friend Ms. Annie Marie Cruz.

Registration period is until June 1, 2012 (Friday).

A runner must run with dreams in his heart.” – Emil Zatopek

 

Rules and Regulations:

Rules and Regulations (click image to zoom)

Rules and Regulations (click image to zoom)

Registration Form and Waiver:

Registration Form & Waiver (click image to zoom)

Registration Form & Waiver (click image to zoom)

Map:

Map (click image to zoom)

Map (click image to zoom)

Thank you and God bless! 🙂

 

Happy Birthday to Tito Raff! :)

Happy Birthday Tito Raff!

Happy Birthday Tito Raff!

Happy birthday to our dearest Tito Raff! 🙂

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and Tita Wilma for being so kind, loving, and generous to us. 🙂 Thank you for all the lessons that you taught us. Thank you for always being there for us and for guiding us every moment of our life.

We treasure all the moments that we spent together… and even those apart. (Thanks to technology, we can continue to keep in touch with each other through email and Facebook.)

Here are some pictures of Tito Raff through the years. You can click the images to zoom. 🙂

Tito Raff and Mariah

Tito Raff and Mariah

Buenaobra Family

Buenaobra Family

Tita Wilma, Ate Trixie, Kuya Dodi, and Lola

Tita Wilma, Ate Trixie, Kuya Dodi, and Lola

Ate Trixie and Kuya Edoardo

Ate Trixie and Kuya Edoardo

Tito Raff with Ate Trixie and Kuya Dodi

Tito Raff with Ate Trixie and Kuya Dodi

Next are pictures taken during Tito Raff’s visit here in the Philippines in 2006.

With Sanchez Kids

With Sanchez Kids

With Sisters and Tito Rommel

With Sisters and Tito Rommel

These are taken during their 2007 vacation in the Philippines. 🙂

With Sanchez Kids

With Sanchez Kids

The Buenaobras

The Buenaobras

With the boys

With the boys

With Dave, Joey, and Sophie

With Dave, Joey, and Sophie

With Sophie

With Sophie

With Jacq

With Jacq

With Andy

With Andy

These were taken in 2009. These were mostly pics taken during trips to different malls with family and relatives. Plus some pics taken during our visit to Tagaytay.

With Sanchez Family

With Sanchez Family

With the Buenaobras

With the Buenaobras

At Mangan

At Mangan

At Villa Pura, Tagaytay

At Villa Pura, Tagaytay

Near Taal Volcano

Near Taal Volcano

I was very touched when Tito Raff came to the Philippines in 2010 in time to witness and be part of my graduation from University of the Philippines Manila. 🙂 I dedicate my achievements to Tito Raff, Tita Wilma, Ninong Jerry, and to my dear family who supported me all throughout my studies.

My Graduation

My Graduation

Graduation Dinner at KKK, SM Mall of Asia

Graduation Dinner at KKK, SM Mall of Asia

Tito Raff and Tita Wilma

Tito Raff and Tita Wilma

With Sisters during Birthday Party at Easton Place

With Sisters during Birthday Party at Easton Place

With Sanchez Girls at SM Sucat

With Sanchez Girls at SM Sucat

And these were taken just last year. I know I wasn’t able to spend much time with Tito Raff during his last visit because of work but I will cherish those moments that we got to share like my birthday party and the Christmas party at Asilo de San Vicente de Paul hosted by Rhalph’s family and friends.

My 24th Birthday

My 24th Birthday

At Asilo in Manila

At Asilo in Manila

Tito Raff, May God continue to shower you with blessings… Your presence and the love that you’ve given to us are one of the most remarkable blessings that we have ever received. Tito Raff, I also wish for you to have many more birthdays to come. I wish that, when it is time for us to have our own children, you’ll be able to see them and get to be with them as well in the same way that you were always there for us. 🙂 Someday, when I have my own children, I will truly tell them about your kindness, your selflessness, your generosity, and your extreme love and care for us. Without your guidance, I will not be where I am today. Thank you for being like a father to us. 🙂

We love you so much! Happy happy birthday! 🙂

xoxo,

♥ Monique ♥

P.S. More pictures can be seen at my Photobucket album.