Be Healthy with Philcare and Fly For Free with Get Go

From March 22 to May 31, 2016, get as much as 750 GetGo points for a minimum spend of P3,500 on selected PhilCare health cards. Use these points to redeem free flights with Cebu Pacific!
* Eligible Products GetGo Points


Offer is open to all customers who purchase PhilCare health cards from March 22 to May 31, 2016.

Get as much as 750 GetGo points per health card* for a minimum spend of P3,500 single receipt purchase made at www.philcare.com.ph

Qualified customers will be notified thru email once acknowledgement from GetGo of transfer of points has been received.

GetGo membership caard name and number must be specified in the notes portion upon checkout or email to order@philcare.com.ph indicating the order ID number and GetGo name and ID number.

Redemptioin is only until 60 days from end of the promo period.

Terms and Conditions:
Offer is valid only for purchases made at www.philcare.com.ph and cannot be used with any other ongoing promos.

GetGo points are non-convertible to cash.

No crediting of points to multiple accounts.

Philcare’s partnership with GetGo Rewards will give their members Get Go Rewards points when they purchase selected health card products, the points will allows the members to redeem FREE flights with Cebu Pacific flights.You can get as much as 750 GetGo points by purchasing any Philcare health card products.p

  All selected Philcare Health Card for a minimum spent of Php 3,500.00, the member can use it to redeem points or flights from Cebu Pacific. PhilCare prepaid health cards included in the promo include ER Vantage cards, Medical and Dental cards, Health Vantage cards and Health Vantage Elite cards. PhilCare members are automatically eligible for a GetGo cards upon purchase of any of the prepaid health cards mentioned above.

If you’re not a GetGo member yet Philcare will give a FREE membership when you purchase your health card and best thing about it they will deliver it to your doorstep…

PhilCare believes that the path to wellness goes beyond having an effective health care coverage or an immediate access to medical providers. To be truly healthy means taking the time to enjoy life’s little pleasures while ensuring that you are protected for medical emergencies at all time.

This is the vision behind PhilCare’s latest partnership with GetGo Rewards by Cebu Pacific, a lifestyle program that allows card holders to accumulate points on everyday spending and redeem these points for free flights. GetGo points can be earned from buying groceries, paying utility bills, refilling the car with gasoline, and now—even when taking care of your health.

“PhilCare has always advocated for a 360 degree view on health and wellness. We have addressed the need for affordable and accessible health care products by offering our prepaid cards, starting from the ER Vantage cards, with 40K, 60K and 80K maximum benefit limits which allows access to medical providers for emergency health concerns; and then we supplemented it with the introduction of the Health Vantage and Health Vantage Elite cards, which offers a more comprehensive and extensive one-year emergency health care coverage; and finally, to answer the clamor for an unlimited consultation card to complement ER Vantage, we introduced our Medical and Consultation cards for kids, adults and senior citizens early this year. The partnership with GetGo meanwhile addresses our belief for over-all wellness and health,” shared Noemi G. Azura, president and chief executive officer (CEO) for PhilCare.
By partnering with GetGo, Azura hopes that PhilCare members will be more inspired to travel discover new places and get much needed R&R.

(from L to R) Jhoan Gomez, Actuarial Head, PhilCare; Katryn Supapo; Head of Partnerships, Loyalty Division of GetGo; Allan Florendo; Director of Marketing, GetGo; Noemi G. Azura, President & CEO, PhilCare; Jaeger L. Tanco, Chairman, PhilCare; and Karen Sarte, OIC – Marketing

Buyer can no longer change GetGo ID number once submitted to PhilCare except if member ID is invalid.

For existing GetGo members, points will be credited within 10 working days.

For new GetGo members, points will be credited and new card will be delivered within 30 working days.

Enrollment in the GetGo program is required for qualified customers of PhilCare to avail in the promo.

Non-GetGo members who will meet qualified purchase shall be automatically enrolled to the GetGo program within 10 working days.

Per DTI FTEB SPD Permit No. 4633, Series of 2016

How to purchase online and avail of Get Healthy, Go Places Summer Online Promotion
Step 1. Visit philcare.com.ph and click SHOP NOW

Step 2. Purchase eligible products and ADD TO CART and proceed to CHECKOUT

Step 3. During checkout, complete all billing and shipping information and include the Getgo name and ID number in the NOTES portion.

You may also send in your Getgo details, to order@philcare.com.ph along with the following information: Getgo name, Getgo ID number, PhilCare order ID number.



Vote Wisely

The litany of whines goes perpetual. We run wild and berserk against what this government is not. Our growing dissatisfaction and unrealistic sense of entitlement fuel our drive for change. But in introspection, have we done enough as a people? Have we not realized that the government we want to change is the self we badly wanted to change? We say that the government is corrupt. But have we honestly declared our income and other business interests in paying our taxes? How many under the table negotiations we made to protect and serve our own interests? Doctors, lawyers, accountants, engineers most often than not undervalue their income and pay so little taxes. But they parade around town in their flashy Mercedes or SUVs. Save for some who are honest in their transactions.
 I am sad that the supporters are resorting to bullying those that are not supporting their candidates. I want to tell them if you you are just as passionate about your candidate, then I am just as passionate about my country. Being No to a particular candidate does not mean I am Pro to anyone . It just means being pro-country and thinking about the greater good. The hope lies not just choosing a candidate on election day . Yes, I not sure who I am supporting but I will certainly watch whoever wins. Our work does not end on Election Day.

Concerned with the plight of the filipinos and of my country, I appeal to my fellowmen to vote wisely.  

Vote with your reason and not with your emotions. 

Is your candidate:

– of good moral standing?

– capable of good governance?

– respectful of the fundamental human rights especially of the poor?

– give good example both in public and private?

– observant of all moral values?

– and above all, a god-fearing person?

It is about time that we, filipinos, should wake up and not be swayed away in our personal decision, rejecting whatever form of vote buying, of coercion from sectarian groups and of a mere consideration of the elections as a popularity contest.

Rather, in the moment of electing our government officials, filipinos should think about who could really contribute to the good of our country and our fellowmen, uplifting the living conditions of those who are victims of poverty, corruption and injustices. 

We say that the government is inefficient and corrupt. How many times did we attempt to pay the MMDA officer so that we won’t get a ticket? But how many times were we reprimanded by our boss for the usual tardiness at work? Sleeping on the job? Facebooking on official working hours? Quality and volume of work is compromised because we settled for mediocrity. Come to think of it, inefficiency is not actually exclusive to the government. It’s us in different forms.

We say that our government is unresponsive to the needs of its people. It is true but I would like to believe that the government does its best to serve us. There are just too many complex and pressing needs to attend to but have we becolme, as a people, responsive to the needs of our less fortunate brothers and sisters? 

PNOY is not the only man in the government. VP Binay is part of it. Mayor Duterte is also a part of it. Miriam, Chiz, Grace, Cayetano, BBM, Enrile, Estrada and many other rogues and scoundrels clothed in nice barongs are also part of it. We are so quick to point a finger at PNOY as the culprit of our undeserved misery. If I may surmise, it is not impossible to say that we also have parents, siblings, spouses, close friends who are part of the government bureaucracy. They, too, form part of the government we call corrupt, inefficient and unresponsive. For whatever misfortune this country is into, we have nothing but ourselves to blame to. 

We are exercising our constitutional right to vote in the days to come. We are still politically immature as a nation but immense power is already given to us people on the belief that we can ascertain for ourselves what is best for us. Immature as we are politically, we bank on the politics of personality not on politics based on policy and platform. We create and disband political parties based on politics of convenience. We sustain the patron-client relationship so typical of the feudal and elite system. The poor were syndicated to remain poor to depend on the behest of the rich and the powerful. 

As we exercise our right to vote, I ask for sobriety. As our ballots are cast, seal it with individual resolve towards transformational change. The government that we disdain must die at the moment we drop our ballot in the box. It must be our last ticket to a path forward and upward. Come out in that polling place like a new baby excited to acquire only the good skills but with the wisdom of an old man. Only by then that the government in us is transformed.  

I want our leaders to be accountable and hold them to their promises. That is why we need encourage all Filipinos to go beyond just voting wisely. We need to make them accountable on how they will fight corruption and they need to give us a plan on how they will do good governance. We must watch them.Who do we watch? All of those we elected in office, as well as the people appointed to head different government agencies. It is our civic duty to be participative in nation-building as well as in being a check and balance to those in power.

The hope lies in each one of us. Change is coming to each one of us.


Ara Vista Offers First Class Amenities

Ara Vista Clubhouse offers first-class amenities at affordable rates for residents and guests ??Ara Vista Village, Picar Development’s flagship real estate property in General Trias, Cavite is a gated, secured residential community that is also the first Telepolis or WiFi-abled township in the country. 

Beyond connecting homeowners 24/7 to the world wide web, Ara Vista is also an ideal summer getaway for those who live near the area.??Open to the public, non-members, or non-homeowners can use Ara Vista Clubhouse’s amenities, which include swimming pools, function rooms, and tennis and basketball courts at very affordable rates.

Homeowners’ swimming pool rates from Tuesday to Sunday is P50/pax for 12 years old and below and P75/pax for adults. Evening rates, from 6PM to 9PM, is P75/pax for kids and P100/pax for adults. Non-homeowners can also enjoy a dip in the pool at these rates: P75/pax for kids and P100/pax for adults (day rates) and P100/pax for kids and P125/pax for adults (evening rates).??Aside from the swimming pool, the basketball and tennis courts are perfect for those looking for a healthy and active summer activity for the whole family. 

 Ara Vista Clubhouse’s spacious and airy grand function hall also makes for an ideal event space for graduation or birthday parties, debut, wedding receptions, reunions, and other such events. The two function room had a floor area ranging from 200 to 250 square meters and is good to host 150-200 guests. The look and design of the hall can also be customized according to specifications. 

The Clubhouse also has three conference rooms that can be rented by homeowners and non-homeowners alike and at very affordable rates.??From the start, Ara Vista Village was masterplannned to have everything the residents and visitors alike would need– from the lush theme park and gym to the church and AMA Medical School that will be built soon inside the village. The Clubhouse’s facilities were put in place to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, which serves as the development’s centerpiece, where families can bond 1and celebrate important milestones together.

For more information on Ara Vista, visit www.aravista.com. Call at (632) 822.3443, 552.2825


The Final Stretch

This election is so divisive, combustible, bitter, and sensationalized. People have had fiery quarrels, many relationships have been severed and ended, characters have been questioned and doubted, and trust has become hard to find and give. We forget that after the elections we shall be faced with the monumental task of having to unite to support whoever wins; because as we clamor for change and revolt against our oppressors, we must also become the force that move these changes in the right direction. How are we to achieve this if we fight like rabid animals over who we want to vote for? We are the only real hope for change, and the task of our government leaders is to provide the vision and the will to enact these changes. But without our collective effort, whoever wins will just become another jaded, frustrated, and inevitably corrupted pseudo-leader who loses to the system just like everyone else who tried and failed before him.

The next president is not going to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor. He is not going to make the rich less richer, and the poor less poorer.

Instead, he will do away with justice and kill alleged criminals and drug addict without due process as he has so often declared. His avowed obsession is to wipe out criminality in 3 to 6 months.

Did you notice? Because of politics, there are Pinoys who now say nonsense like “32 percent income tax rate should not be cut” and “tax reforms are not good for the country”. It is okay to support your candidates but hopefully not by lying to ourselves and about ourselves. Taxes and other issues are not petty, trivial or partisan things for most people.

Here are 5 things that my presidential candidate needs to do:
1) One good proposal I’ve come across is to just increase VAT and reduce loopholes (like input-output pass through). While on the surface it looks like a regressive tax, in reality it taxes those who purchase more items, like the wealthy. Also, a for-profit government investment corporation may also work to reduce the tax burde. You either rely on taxes or you borrow to get the funds to run your government (the other options are even less appetising: make one-time assert selloffs or cut back on basic services or other programmes). If you choose to borrow, you pass on the responsibility of paying them off to your children and grandchildren.

2 )A radical and sweeping overhaul of the tax system might be possible, depending on the mood of voters and candidates. Might, with lots of requirements involved. The government proudly “saves” close to P1-trillion by “underspending” on services. And it also claims we are the second best economy. Those should compel government to lighten our tax burden.

3.) Our next president needs to fix the issue with the transportation. We need a better DOTC secretary who can do a better job than Secretary Abaya.

4.) Instead of re-allocating the tax burden to the top 0.01%, who can afford the higher tax rates, by closing tax loopholes, he insists on targeting the lower classes, because, y’know, low-hanging fruit.
5.) We also have to face the fact that we may have to engage in deficit spending over the next few years. Justifying the continued deterioration of public works is not cost-efficient. 

Considering, further, that we now have big data available to determine how best to help working people and the middle class, we ought to use those approaches. Data-driven policy making works, and continuous tax reform aimed at narrowing the Gini coefficient should be the goal.