Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Peanut Butter Scare, Celebrities and Wellness Businesses here and there

After the melamine scare we have naman a peanut butter scare. Naku lagi pa naman akong bumibili noon ng Ludy's but switched brands more than two years ago. Salmonella Typhimurium ang na recover sa mga peanut butter ng Texas and since then it spread also like wild fire sa ating mga products na meron din palang Salmonella. Ewwww....sad...sad...sad....

Ang Salmonella typhimurium ay isang klase ng bacteria na mabilis mag multiply sa gastrointestinal tract ng maraming animal species where it usually causes no disease, but sa humans its growth causes gastroenteritis. Six to 48 hours after ingestion of contaminated water or food (usually poultry or beef) and in this case mga peanut butter, Maguumpisa ito sa nausea and vomiting (pagsusuka), often followed by diarrhea (pagdumi ng madalas). Sa mga healthy adults the disease is usually self-limiting with good medical care, but it is more serious sa younger generations, the old, and those with underlying medical conditions; the case-fatality ratio can be as high as 5-10% in nurseries and nursing homes. Isolations of Salmonella causing gastroenteritis in humans have increased in recent years in developed countries, primarily because modern methods of animal husbandry, food preparation, and distribution encourage the spread of Salmonella.

So be safe......refrain muna tayo from eating peanut butters anyway I think na pull out na sa market yung mga suspected peanut butters so fasting muna sa mga peanut butter and instead coconut jam muna tayo.......

On to more cheerful things.....Ang dami palang celebrities that are into the wellness business? I found out about the following:
Tessa Prieto-Valdes is into franchising Urban Spa
The former Zamboanga del Norte lawmaker Jalosjos who was recetly freed has a spa and wellness center inside the National Bilibid Prison compound

Some famous Filipino celebrities are also into the salon industry and these includes:
Fanny Serrano- Fanny Serrano Salon; Rev'lation
Drew Arellano- Grupo Barbero
Arnel Ignacio- Creative Hair Systems
Vina Morales- Ystilo

The Beauty Industry is also another business ventures that celebrities are getting into:
Cristalle Henares- Belo Essentials
Vicki Belo- Belo Medical Group and Belo Essentials
Joyce Jimenez- Private Joyce

Plus there are a lot of Philippine celebrities endorsing wellness including Marianne Rivera and Piolo Pascual are endorsing Blue Water Spa. Manny Pacquiao was also at the recent unveiling of the Philippine Oncology Center Corporation (POCC), The Philippine Oncology Center Corporation (POCC) aims to provide the highest quality and affordable health care services in the spirit of equality to promote wellness and relieve suffering. POCC is located at the Basement, Marian Medical Arts Building, Dahlia St. West Fairview, Quezon City with tel. nos. 935-8946 to 49. KC Concepcion who was recetly featured as the cover girl for Women's Health magazine advocating wellness.

Sabi nga nila na ang business of health and wellness will not be much affected by the economic turmoil, if you know what and how to do things in this industry of course. The Department of Tourism (DOT) endorsed more than P20 million worth of tourism-related investments for 2009 that are expected to generate some 3,000 jobs for Filipinos.
Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said these investments will also create more than 2,000 rooms, boosting efforts to promote tourism.
The tourism projects include nine resorts, six hotels, two theme parts and one condotel or condominium-hotel.
Durano added that for the first quarter, the establishments that opened were Park Bed & Breakfast Hotel and Restaurant (48 rooms) in Pasay; Sugihara Villa Resort, Vauban Villa Resort, Salamanca Villa Resort, Almonavides Villa Resort, La Galice Villa Resort, Kapangyarihan Villa Resort, and La Pucelle Villa Resort-Amanpulo group in Pamalican Island, Palawan (28 cluster villas); Oakwood Serviced Residences (232 rooms) in Pasig; Imperial Palace Water Park Resort and Spa (616 rooms) in Cebu; and Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa (217 rooms).
To open in the coming months are Discovery Bay Misibis, Manila Ocean Park (additional facilities), Picasso Serviced Residences, Newport Marriot Hotel, Maxim’s Hotel, Microtel Inns and Suite Puerto Princesa, and Silang Wakeboard Park.
At present, the DOT is processing the investment of Bella Roca Island Resort and Spa in Marinduque. You should see this place, its a Moroccan inspired place, napaka ganda.
According to DOT Undersecretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions Eduardo Jarque Jr., the jobs that will be generated from the projects is seen to augment the rise in unemployment in these challenging times. As a policy, tourism-related businesses can apply for income tax holiday for four to six years and duty-free importation of selected capital equipment needed for the operation upon registration with the Bureau of Investments. With this being said, there is a lot of money pouring in huh?

I believe that this is just a bump in the road and that things will get better. Just observe malls and shopping areas especially during a sale, who says the Philippines is a third world country and that we are experiencing hard times? Well, jokingly, as some say about this economic hardships, "sorry, we are not participating". Truly, we are an optimistic and resilient breed.

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