Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Excited for ToyCon 2013!

Get ready for TOYCON 2013!

Worlds will collide as HERO TV partners w/ TOYCON PHILIPPINES in this year's Hero Face Off 2013!

Take note of our event schedule for 3 days:

June 14 - Retailer's Day, Toy Bazaar, Comics Market and Collectibles Sale ONLY

June 15 - Retailer's Day, ToyCon Cosplay Contest, Bands, ACtion Figures Custom Contest, Komiks booth, Man of Steel and Pacific Rim Exhibit, Toy group gallery, gaming and more!

June 16 - HERO Face Off 2013 Cosplay Contest, Retailer's Day, Exhibit, Displays and etc.


Reports shows that the shoes we wear have a substantial impact on the load on the knee joints which can impair the quality of one’s life. A small abnormality in foot function can be the cause of and have a large impact on knee and other joints higher up in the body, causing pain and discomfort.

Most of us are blessed with healthy feet from the day we are born, but problems often arise with the development and abuse which we subject these feet to later in life by wearing inappropriate footwear. Statistic has shown that between 75% to 80% of the adult population has some form of foot problem and unfortunately, most people do not seek advice on it.

It is thus clear that footcare in the early formative years is vital to ensure that children grow with healthy feet, which may otherwise result in foot problems like flatfoot and rearfoot valgus (a condition in which the rear of foot tends to curve outwards at the ankle joint) as they move towards adulthood.

As we age, mobility is a major contributor to a satisfying life but foot ailments can be a contributor in making it difficult; if not impossible to work or participate in daily activities that can keep us active and healthy. Foot problem can lead to knee, hip and lower back pain that can also limit mobility. Most foot ailments stem from the cumulative effects of years of wear, tear and ‘abuse’ which we subject our feet to. Women have four times as many foot problems as men because they have a long history of wearing high heels and/or pointy toe shoes. In some cases foot ailments can be an early signal of more serious medical problems like arthritis or diabetes.

Remember if you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your ankles, knees or hip joints. . . . . the direct cause may be the result of ill-fitting shoes.

Mr Raymond Ng founded Dr. Kong Footcare in 1999, with a mission to educate the public on the importance of foot health. Since its inception, it has grown rapidly; having expanded to 62 retail outlets in Hong Kong, 70 retail outlets in China and now arrive on Philippines shores .

Apart from the range of ready-to-wear shoes for the entire family, which are ultra comfortable, Dr. Kong Footcare also provides the unique “Check & Fit” foot examination service at no extra cost, to help educate customers about their feet condition, recommending and fitting their feet with the selection of suitable Dr. Kong’s standard insoles (applicable for most of the shoe designs) to fit into their choice of footwear.

The outlet is also stocked with a range of ready-to-wear shoes that are ultra comfortable for the entire family and professions related to the hospitality industry, airline crews & nursing:

  • The Baby Basic Steps 1,2,3 to aid the young ones to develop healthy feet as they progress through the three different stages which have different shoe requirements;
  • Children’s Casual and Sports Shoes for children between the ages of 4 to 14 yrs. ;
  • Back to School Shoes;
  • Men and Women Casual Shoes;
  • Adult Sport Shoes;
  • Nursing Shoes;
  • Sandals;
  • Accessories ranging from orthotic insoles for support and comfort;
  • Foot & shoe care products.

All Dr. Kong’s insole products have fulfilled the international safety standards having undergone tests from SGS, LFGB, TUB and SATRA. The products do not contain heavy metal and harmful chemicals; is safe to the skin and does not cause allergic reactions.

Introducing Dr. Kong


Children of this generation have everything from their doting parents who may fail to address their children's needs of development for healthy foot among their many concerns. Study shows most parents overlook the importance of their children's foot problems and suitable shoe types. This may lead to foot problems such as flatfoot and rearfoot valgus, affecting an otherwise healthy and normal development. Over 60% of school children have foot problems and 70% of parents lack foot health knowledge. Dr. Kong conducted a survey to investigate parents' awareness and concern levels of foot health. Questionnaires were used to interview 1700 parents whose children ranged from 4 to 14 years of age. The survey shows that over 60% of school children have foot problems, among which 70% are of flatfoot, 30% are of rearfoot valgus. Nonetheless, nearly 40% of school children were ignorant of these problems and 70% of parents had insufficient knowledge in flatfoot and rearfoot valgus. The survey also shows that over 70% of parents expressed great concern for the foot health of their children, but only 35% of them had brought their children for foot health check. It shows the ignorance of foot health among parents and children is significant.

In walking tests, they successfully reduced the eversion by 2.5 to 3.0 degrees in cases of target school children, and showed a trend to bring their over-pronated feet back to the normal eversion range. In running tests, health shoes and insoles significantly reduced eversion angle by 3.1 to 3.6 degrees and successfully restored normal eversion in 84% of the pronators. With the rising of foot care concept, Dr. Kong pioneers the “check & fit” service Parents’ desire for a healthy development of their children spurs a large variety of products designed to benefit children’s health.

The implication of the trend is that shoes are chosen not only by fashion attributes, but also by health merits that tailored to children’s needs. In this respect, health shoes specialty store, Dr. Kong initiates a comprehensive individual service at a competitive price – by combining the professional health check and sales services with a mission to promote family education and awareness of foot care to achieve “Health Family Healthy Foot. Their original “check & fit” service ensures that products are fit-to-a-tee for customers’ health protection.

In addition, Dr. Kong provides free regular in-store checks for school children through “Foot care Program” comprising insole molding, foot care seminars, referral for specialist treatment, etc. Dr. Kong answers to the needs of the health shoes market, fostering a trend of “Check first for fitness”. Dr. Kong dedicates to the promotion of a foot care culture around the world ensuring a comprehensive and individual service to customers is Dr. Kong’s key to achieve rapid growth and high standing in the business in a few years of time.

Apart from sales services, Dr. Kong organizes education activities and seminars in schools, hospitals and elderly homes, such as talks by orthotists and physiatrists to enhance foot care awareness. A “Foot/Spine Care Education Group” is set up to host seminars and health checks in schools to disseminate foot/spine care concept among parents and school children. As people pay more and more attention to healthcare, the market for health shoes keeps expanding. 

Dr. Kong Comfort and Healthy Shoes is available in the Philippines at the following branches: 3rd Level, The Gallery of Robinson Galleria, 2nd Level Robinsons Magnolia, 3rd Robinsons Place Manila, GF Sekai Center Building Greenhills, San Juan and 3rd Level SM Aura Premiere.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

So long, Easy Pha-max Philippines, Hello Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc.!

for the three months that i seemed to have lived off the wheatgrass radar, so much has changed in the World of Wheatgrass. Easy Phamax is now renamed Wheatgrass C. A. N. Inc. and a new logo to go with the change.

let me share with you the official news release:

11 June 2013

Wheatgrass leader announces company name change
The country’s leader in wheatgrass-powder distribution, Easy Pha-max Philippines, is now called Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc. (WCI).

This was announced by Edward Ling, chair and chief executive officer of the six-year old company that was established in July 2007 and incorporated in November of the same year.

The old name no longer fits, Ling said. The abbreviations C.A.N. in the new name stand for cleanses, alkalizes and nourishes which reflect more what their products do in improving body health. 

The name change will unify the company's existing product line with new wheatgrass-enhanced and probiotics products that will soon be introduced in the local market under new brands, each preventive in nature addressing specific organs of the body. 

Current products under the Easy Pha-max brand will remain the same and continue to be promoted as the flagship brands. The office and contact details remain unchanged.  

"Right from the start, we have focused on fact-based product information, what each of our products do for the body at the cellular level. Our staff of registered nurses and dietitians provide telephone and face-to-face counseling to our customers and our info is backed up by scientific research and testimonials from those who have benefited from our products," he said.

"There are other wheatgrass brands in the market, but with the aggressive selling of some 100 active Bio-Preneurs, our products are now available in 2,936 retail establishments nationwide that include supermarkets, drugstores and Easy Pha-max kiosks in the leading malls," he added. The Bio-Preneurs are the company's authorized distributors.

Among the retail outlets are Mercury Drug, Watsons, 7-Eleven, Generics Pharmacy, Rose Pharmacy, South Star Drug,  S&R, Manson Drug, SM, Robinson’s Supermarket, Landmark Supermarket, Puregold, Shopwise, Rustan’s Supermarket, Festival Mall, Cebu Park Mall, Gaisano, CDO Limketkai.  

Since January this year, Metro Manila restaurants have included the wheatgrass  beverage in their drinks menu, among them Claw Daddy (Quezon City, Taguig, Mandaluyong), Makati Sports Club, Slice High Street, Relish at Ponte, Sugarleaf, Celadon, Simply Thai, Kopi Roti, Berjaya Hotel, and ADB Commissary.

Ling said WCI's business direction will remain focused on diversifying its revenue sources and delivering total customer satisfaction by bringing better health to every Filipino doorstep.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Universal Records artists reign supreme at the 2013 Awit Awards

Universal Records continues to be the home of the best, most respected local musical acts. At this year’s Awit Awards, the label’s artists headline the list of nominees – Gloc-9, Noel Cabangon, Gary Valenciano, Sam Concepcion, Sponge Cola, Kamikazee, Parokya Ni Edgar, Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bautista, and She’s Only Sixteen.

Gloc-9 leads with five nominations Album of the Year for MKNM: Mga Kuwento Ng Makata, and for Sirena ­– Song of the Year, Best Rap, Best Collaboration and Best Music Video. The song also features Ebe Dancel.

Noel Cabangon takes home for four nominations: Album of the Year for Tuloy Ang Byahe, Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist and Best Ballad for Tuwing Umuulan At Kapiling Ka, and Best Regional Recording for Usahay.

Gary Valenciano also bags four nominations: Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist, Best Musical Arrangement and Best Engineered Recording for Send In The Clown, and Best Vocal Arangement for Overjoyed.

Sam Concepcion is nominated for Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist for Kontrabida, while Sponge Cola is included in the list of nominees for Best Performance by a Group for Pick Your Poison and Best Collaboration for XGF with Chito Miranda.

Kamikazee has two nominations: Best Rock/Alternative and Best Music Video for Halik. Parokya Ni Edgar is nominated for Best Rap for Bagsakan featuring Frank Magalona, and Gloc-9.

New band She’s Only Sixteen is nominated for the debut single Dying To Meet You for Best Performance by a new group, while their Roll The Dice is nominated as Best Engineered Recording.

Christian Bautista’s First Class album is nominated for Best Album Design and Ogie Alcasid’s Kape Ka Ba is one of the nominees for Best Novelty.