Gary V on Novuhair: Putting energy into prevention

Nothing describes Gary Valenciano quite like his moniker “Mr. Pure Energy,” He is the very image of youthful vibrance, whether onstage or not. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he values the way he looks the same way that he values the core of who he is: a prayerful, faithful husband, dependable father, and an outstanding entertainer.

​Part of what makes Gary stay young looking is his head of hair. What many people don’t know is that, like all other men his age, Gary once worried about hair thinning and hair loss. That’s why, at the first signs of the problem, Gary sought to find ways to prevent it from becoming worse.

Gary V on Novuhair: putting energy into prevention

​“I first noticed the hair loss in the shower, after I toweled my hair dry. Then one day, my team of hairstylists noticed that my hair was thinning, too. That’s when they told me to look for the product that Fanny Serrano was using, a product called NOVUHAIR,” remarked Gary on his journey to regaining control over his hair loss.

​NOVUHAIR is a topical scalp lotion that is a unique combination of 14 different natural ingredients and essential oils for a healthier hair and scalp. One of the factors of hair loss, according to studies, is stress, something that Gary experiences on almost a daily basis. Other factors include hereditary disorders, a persistent illness, major surgery, hormonal problems, childbirth & delivery, medications, infections, pollutants, and even excessive exposure to sunlight. And contrary to popular belief, hair loss is as much a problem for women as it is for men. In many cases, hair loss may be prevented or alleviated through early detection. In the case of Gary, his decision to try NOVUHAIR to prevent his symptoms from worsening made a big difference, and within a few months, he saw remarkable results.​

​Gary shares his experience with NOVUHAIR as he tells the story of their family hair history: “Hair loss runs in our family, too, even if it sometimes skips a generation. My brother and grandfather both lost their hair, but my dad still has a full head of hair at 87. I just wanted to make sure I take control of my symptoms. Now, I use NOVUHAIR everyday, and I’ve noticed that I don’t shed as much hair as I did before, especially after toweling my hair dry. And my hairstylists noticed it, too. I love using NOVUHAIR because it has this minty, cool effect that makes me feel like my hair is always clean and fresh.”

​“In less than a month and half, I already saw results even if I was told to wait three to four months before I can see a difference. The effects on me were much faster. There were fewer strands on my white towel, which basically was within the normal boundaries of hair loss for an average person. Before using NOVUHAIR, I used to shed more.” This is due to the fact that NOVUHAIR penetrates deep to help rejuvenate, nourish, & maintain moisture in the scalp and hair. By improving the blood circulation in the scalp, NOVUHAIR helps stimulate hair growth and aid in preventing further, excessive hair fall, while also improving the overall appearance of the hair.

​“I never endorse a product that I did not experience first. I have to make sure it is really effective. With Novuhair, I can say that it has really contributed to my peace of mind and overall well-being. And, heads up, as Novuhair is now part of my daily routine, which includes prayer, diet, and medication. God has truly lived up to his promise in my life, and as he says in Psalm 92:14 ‘I will keep you fruitful even in old age. Fresh and green.’ I am very happy now that Novuhair is a part of that.”

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NOVUHAIR, Nature’s Answer to Hair Loss is available in all Mercury Drug outlets, Watsons, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drug & Manson Drug, Metro Gaisano Pharmacy, The Landmark (Makati & TriNoma), J Centre Mall (Cebu), KCC Malls (Gen. Santos City & Koronadal City), NCCC Malls (Palawan & Davao), Gaisano Malls (Davao & Gen. Santos City) and online at For inquiries, call 413-6570 or 0922-8830575.






Cotton Council International launches new brand identity

MANILA, Philippines – Cotton Council International (CCI), the marketing and promotions arm of the United States cotton industry, has formally re-launched its 26-year old flagship brand, COTTON USA, in the Philippines.

Since 1989, over 50,000 product lines and three billion products have proudly carried the name COTTON USA. This translates into about 100 million bales of cotton spun, woven, cut, sewn, and enjoyed by people all over the world.

“Our brand has been highly successful,” CCI President Dahlen Hancock said. “However, the global marketplace has changed dramatically and has become more competitive because petroleum-based fibers are often cheaper. The new generation of consumers needs to hear why cotton is such a wonderful product and why U.S. cotton is the premier cotton for textile and garment manufacturers and consumers, especially families.”

In the Philippines, the COTTON USA Mark was introduced to garment manufacturers and consumers in 1994.  The Mark, often displayed on garments and merchandizing shelves, has been a symbol that assured Filipinos that the items being purchased were 100 percent cotton, 50 percent of which was cotton sourced from the United States of America. To date, CCI has 19 licensees divided into six categories – women’s wear, men’s wear, men’s innerwear, children’s wear, home textiles and personal care – in the country.


The benefits of cotton on skin

Cotton is a common fabric that makes up our everyday wear and clothing needs from innerwear, shirts, jeans, towels, and bed sheets. It is a natural fiber preferred especially for babies because it rarely causes allergic reactions to the skin, preventing irritation and excessive sweating.

Dermatologist Dr. Anna Palabyab-Rufino echoed the importance of using natural fibers like cotton to help prevent more complex skin conditions like textile contact dermatitis. “When choosing clothes, one should not just consider the aesthetic aspect. You should feel comfortable and pleasant when the fabric touches your skin,” she said. Dr. Rufino added that choosing non-irritant, absorbent, breathable, easy-to-wash, and natural fabrics is one way of preventing or treating these skin manifestations. In comparison, synthetic fabrics may contain formaldehyde finishing resins, dyes, glues, chemical additives and tanning agents that can be harmful to the skin.

Cotton USA

U.S. Cotton – purity, quality and responsibility

In addition to a new logo, the re-launch includes a revitalized brand vision emphasizing three key attributes that set U.S. cotton apart from others – purity, quality and responsibility.  Further, new promotional and merchandising tools will be rolled out in stages globally over the next year.

Purity: U.S. cotton is shipped pure from the field. It’s clean, non-irritating, and safe.  It is the standard by which all other fibers are measured. 

Quality: U.S. cotton producers take meticulous care to produce high quality U.S. cotton. Cotton grown with care is soft and white, but it takes hard work, sophisticated technology, and true craftsmanship to bring out the very best in nature. COTTON USA licensees use U.S. cotton to manufacture high quality apparels and home textiles.

Responsibility: From U.S. cotton producers to manufacturers, they are dedicated to creating a better world. Since 1980 to 2011, as result of continuous improvement, U.S. cotton producers significantly reduced five resources to produce cotton fiber.  Land use has been reduced by 30 percent, soil erosion by 68 percent, irrigation water applied by 75 percent, energy use by 31 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent.  And, at the end of its journey, U.S. cotton is biodegradable and can be safely returned to earth.

In conjunction with the National Cotton Council, CCI works to promote U.S. cotton exports through COTTON USA in more than 50 countries globally, including the Philippines. With offices in Washington, Memphis, London, Hong Kong, Seoul, and Shanghai and dedicated representatives in numerous other countries, CCI plays the lead role in educating and strengthening the market for U.S. cotton and U.S. cotton products around the world.

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Schneider Electric Galaxy VM: Up to 99% Energy Efficiency and Reliable Power Protection

In the age of big data, data centers and industrial applications always need to be up and running to service the most demanding operations in the country’s growing industries (e.g. telecoms, BPO, semi-conductor, and healthcare sectors). Even one minute of downtime could lead to losses worth hundreds of thousands of pesos, hence the need for critical power systems support for data centers.

Critical power systems are even more relevant for companies operating in the Philippines, whose operations are vulnerable to power outages and fluctuations. Aside from the country’s problems in energy production and distribution, the Philippines is often struck by super typhoons and earthquakes that could lead to power interruptions.

Amid all these it is a necessity for data centers to have an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) to ensure round-the-clock operations and business continuity.

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, recently unveiled the new Galaxy VM, a new three-phase UPS that provides power protection as well as maximum energy efficiency.

“Data Centers are especially vulnerable here in the Philippines because of the increased possibility of fluctuations and outages,” said Doy Santos, Country IT Business Unit Head of Schneider Electric Philippines. “Schneider Electric’s extensive experience in reliable power protection design is ingrained and culminated in the Galaxy VM. It solves major concerns in the IT area by ensuring uninterrupted and efficient power, as well as reducing energy consumption and its related costs,” he enthused.

“Throughout Schneider Electric’s 45 year tenure in the power protection industry, it has continued to develop and evolve its technologies and applied all of that expertise to the Galaxy VM,” Santos continues to say. “Aside from designing and implementing high-tech energy management technologies for the [Galaxy VM], we also made sure that will be easy to install and maintain,” he continued.

Schneider Electric Galaxy VMS

Schneider Electric Galaxy VMS Country IT Business Unit Head

The Galaxy VM UPS uses innovative, patent pending power topology that improves reliability by reducing stress on active components. Additionally, the Galaxy VM reduces energy costs through its innovative 99 percent efficiency ECOnversion™ mode, which comes with input harmonic correction while combining the advantages of double conversion on-line and advanced ECO mode technologies to operate at the greatest efficiency without putting data center and non-data center critical loads at risk. This is particularly important as data center operators and managers as well as critical facilities managers must balance the need for optimal energy efficiency with maximum uptime and availability.

Additionally, the Galaxy VM offers flexible energy storage solutions with swappable modular battery modules and fans that can be replaced without the need to go through maintenance bypass, thus increasing availability and load protection.

Designed to integrate into existing electrical, physical and monitoring environments, Galaxy VM works with Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare® data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software applications, building management systems (BMS) and Modbus protocol.

The Galaxy VM is also designed in full compliance to international seismic standards of the International Building Code of 2012 and the California Building Code of 2013, which means that the UPS will continue to work before and after shocks.

Aside from the technical features of the system, Santos also highlighted the financial advantages that the system can provide to businesses. “We can talk all day about the technical specifications of the product, but we do understand that businesses are more interested about its impact to the bottomline, especially with our country having one of the highest electricity rates in Asia,” Santos said. “With up to 99% efficiency of the Galaxy VM, this translates to bigger savings in electrical and installation costs. It also provides reliable uninterrupted power that ensures your operations will not suffer from outages that will lead to financial and reputational losses,” he concluded.

According to Santos, the system has a projected two-to-three year return on investment if the power rates don’t fluctuate too wildly from the average cost of PhP10 per kilowatt hour.

Guide Questions for Schneider Electric: Galaxy VM

  1. Which specific industries in the Philippines will benefit most from the Galaxy VM?
    It serves all industries, and today, highly relevant for:

    • Data Centers
    • Telecoms
    • BPO
    • Semi-conductor
    • Healthcare
  2. You mentioned about the potential losses that these industries could incur from power outages, how much do they actually lose?

According to studies, one minute of downtime will cost more than hundred thousand pesos. In a country wherein power outages could last for more than an hour, those costs could easily go up to the millions. Aside from the financial costs, the damage to the reputation of the company is potentially irreparable.

  1. In case of a power outage, how long can the Galaxy VM provide back-up power to an average sized data center?

Depending on the load requirements per business, its back-up time is between 15 minutes up to two hours (or longer depending on number of batteries.)

  1. How much room does a standard set up of the Galaxy VM require?

Less than 1 sq m minimum space

  1. With the sprouting of many newly established business districts, most BPO and IT industries right now are constantly transferring operations, how easy is it to move the Galaxy VM around? Does Schneider Electric assist in migration if needed?

Galaxy VM has removable I/O cabinets and caster wheels thus transferring the UPS around is easier. Schneider Electric can assist in migration with the help of our certified Field Service Engineers.

  1. You mentioned the seismic readiness of the system and how it is compliant with international seismic standards, how strong of an earthquake can the Galaxy VM withstand?

The Galaxy VM meets full compliance to international seismic standards of the International Building Code of 2012 and the California Building Code of 2013 (This is chosen since this is where the San Andreas fault is located.)  The all-steel enclosures meet IBC Zone 2 seismic rating, which means that within typical buildings, the Galaxy VM would function before and after seismic activity.

  1. How well does it integrate with existing power management systems? What about those that are not from Schneider Electric?
    Designed to integrate into existing electrical, physical and monitoring environments, Galaxy VM works with Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare® data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software applications, building management systems (BMS) and Modbus protocol
  1. How different is the Galaxy VM from other UPS systems?

Firstly, it is definitely the best of its class when it comes to efficiency and mobility. In typical double conversion mode, the Galaxy VM can operate up to 96.5% efficiency. But once it enters ECOnversion mode, that efficiency goes up to 99% even at low load levels. It also has a best-in-class footprint—it’s highly compact, saves a lot of space, and can be easily moved.

  1. The UPS brand APC is now under Schneider Electric, how much of APC’s technology was used to bolster the Galaxy VM system?

APC by Schneider Electric is known to be the leading UPS system for retail and businesses.  The Galaxy VM is the solely under the Schneider Electric brand which combines the strengths of APC for UPS and Schneider Electric for power management and energy efficiency.

  1. Up to how much savings can the Galaxy VM provide?

Galaxy VM reduces energy costs through its innovative 99 percent efficiency ECOnversion™ mode, which comes with input harmonic correction while combining the advantages of double conversion on-line and advanced ECO mode technologies to operate at the greatest efficiency without putting data center and non data center critical loads at risk.

For more information about the Galaxy VM, please visit the Power Management Systems product website ( and Schneider Electric TV ( for product showcase videos.

About Schneider Electric

As a global specialist in energy management and automation with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Non-residential & Residential Buildings, Industries & Machines Manufacturers, Utilities & Infrastructure and Data Centers & Networks. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 170,000 employees achieved revenues of 25 billion euros in 2014, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.




Endless fun under the Philippine Sun via Dermplus

Who doesn’t love a little fun in the sun? The beach can be a perfect way to spend the day and get some summer moments with your loved ones. Summer means sun, shorts, sandals, bathing suits, and bronzed skin. But with beach hair and shorter hemlines comes the dangers that aren’t only instigating the probability of skin cancer, but the aging process as well. Sun exposure is, essentially, subjecting yourself to sun damage – but in the same note, avoiding the outdoors altogether is both impractical and nearly impossible.

Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is the answer to your skin problems this summer. It is formulated with unbeatable UVA and UVB filters to protect your skin in the harsh ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Dermplus sunblock physically blocks and reflects light and it also helps heal skin damage caused by over-exposure to the sun.  Dermplus Sunblock is available in different SPFs like SPF 24 that is recommended for morena skin and for indoor use, SPF 35 for fair skin and SPF 80 and 130 for extreme outdoor activities. Use Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock and worry no more about the harmful Ultra Violet A (UVA) and Ultra Violet B (UVB) rays. Whether you will be spending your summer in Boracay, Cebu, Palawan or in Bohol, never forget your number one sun defense partner. Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is also trusted by Emilio “Chieffy” Caligdong, a professional football player and the former team captain of the National Football Team.

Dermplus Moisturizing Sunblock is available in all leading drugstores, supermarkets and department stores nationwide. For more information, call 817 33 03 or like us on Facebook.



Premium HyC 150: Japan’s Best-Kept Longevity Secret

All of the nutrients that you need to be energetic and driven with a constant flow of youthfulness is in one health drink–Premium HyC 150, also known as Japan’s best-kept longevity secret.  Developed by FINE Japan Co., Ltd. and now available in the Philippines.  Premium HyC 150 just might be the answer of modern nutritional technology to the concerns of the 21st century metrosexual male or female who want an extra source of youthfulness to deliver peak performance on the job, while living the lifestyle they want.

My Home Event features Uratex new products

The family who sleeps and takes a good sleep is happier, healthier, and does more bonding activities.  Uratex, the leader in foam manufacturing in the Philippines and the designer and producer of premium mattresses, emphasizes this point in its My Home Event slated on September 04, 2014 at SM Megamall.  In partnership with SM Home, SM Store, and SM Megamall, Uratex will be showcasing its newest and elegand and comfortable beds, their different kinds, and how they service the needs of each family member.  A quality good night’s sleep on one of Uratex’s mattresses or its variations can help dad become more motivated, mom more energetic, and the kids less stressed and yet still unthused and excited about life.

This is because good sleep is the one key to maintaining good health and ensuring energy, mental sharpness, and emotional calm the next day. It also spells the difference between a happy disposition, mood swings, and a grumpy day.

Sleep is essential for all peoples, regardless of age, and a good rest is vital especially for a family. Dad and mom need to be productive for their workplaces and nurturing to their kids. The children, meanwhile, have to deal with school challenges, peer pressure, changes in perspective, and their own emotional and inner growth. Their older brothers and sisters who are working will have to confront work deadlines, demanding bosses, and romantic relationships where they have to give more of themselves.

Sometimes, every family member just might find himself or herself hard-pressed to keep up with the challenges they are facing. An average of six to eight hours a day is the requirement, according to physicians and other medical experts. Now, if each family member were not to get his required rest that night, tensions just might arise within the family, inadvertently causing them to get on each other’s nerves.

Uratex Philippines, which has grown immensely in 46 years from a modest company to the foam leader in the country, has always kept the family’s welfare in mind. Perhaps being a family-owned company is one of the reasons behind this. Another is the company’s constant research and development who sees to it that all its clients receive the excellent foam that they deserve and enjoy the quality sleep that they need.

A big king-sized bed is ideal for the family. While helping to ensure the intimate bond between the father and mother, it can on occasions transform to become the ‘happy healthy playground’ of the kids. Stories can be read, the events of the days can be recapped, or a favorite DVD marathon with a late midnight snack can bring the family even closer together.

Uninterrupted sleep and quality foam that can provide rest in the body is part of the service that Uratex provides, thanks to its passion for excellence that characterizes its products. Innovations such as the   “Quali-5 Cellular Technology” make sure that the Urartex foams produced by the company are of high and world-class quality. The Quali-5 Cellular Technology shows the company’s strong adherence to quality; its quality assurance through its ISO-9001 certified facilities; world-class equipment; superior formulation and process engineering technology; and usage of best raw materials.

The Airlite is best for family members who want a cooler sleeping environment. The more flexible and portable sofa beds are recommended for those who prefer a little more me-time, watching their videos or chatting with friends and colleagues while lying down on their leisure time. Sofa beds also come in handy when visitors visit the home; these guests can stretch out on the sofa beds, enjoying meals and the conversation.

Dad and Mom enjoy their own special ‘couple time’ with the Hamptons Collection, with its trademark plush comfort that encourages a more leisurely demeanor, can help create a more romantic mood in private. The Hamptons Collection comes in five models: Royale, Prestige, Mystique, Premiere, Elite.

Regardless of the model they choose, each family member can find the Uratex mattress that fits him or her-and with it, enjoy a luxurious sleep that will recharge them the next day and probably adds a rosier outlook.

Uratex’s other products help induce this high-quality of sleep for the customers. Uratex pillows have different types, sizes and functions that will suit your need and preferences to help you achieve a great sleep. Meanwhile, the hyper-soft mattress enhancer adds the extra comfort to every bed, enhancing the relaxation for each family member who uses it, inviting him or her to unwind by sleeping in a cradling position. Mattress and pillow protectors help keep the mattress and pillow clean and fresh.

Uratex is always sensitive to the needs of its customers and alert to provide the personalized kind of sleep solution that they need. This is one reason why it has been winning the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brands awards the past six consecutive years. Winners like Uratex are chosen based on their trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of customer needs, innovation, and corporate social responsibility.