the unilab spark: husay at malasakit

Monday, November 10, 2014

Seven years ago,  exactly a week after my mom’s funeral, my life imploded. 

One sunny Friday, just a week after my mom was laid to rest and I was finally accepting the fact that she was gone, my father was rushed to the hospital, barely breathing.

I was confronted with the thought that I might become  an orphan, losing both parents in a span of two weeks.

As I rushed to the ICU to see how he was doing, I was shocked to see him with all the tubes and medical equipment around him.  He was unconscious and his skin looked grey.  His blood oxygen level was below 75%.  He had pneumonia and respiratory distress, which he probably got during those sleepless nights during my mom’s wake.

The worst part?

I felt so alone.  

Until I saw Annie, a co-worker.

And I felt more alone.

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Her dad happened to be in the ICU, too, but she had siblings to share her worries with.  Me, I just had myself and my husband.  My brother, who was based in Japan, cannot come. If something happened to my dad, I would face it alone.

I was just starting to grieve for my mom and I was confronted with the fear that I could lose my dad, too.

I remember staying in the hospital chapel, praying that everything will be okay. 

There was a silver lining to my state of grief.  My dad pulled through, thanks to the excellence (husay) and compassion (malasakit) of the medical team that looked after him and of course, his unwavering struggle to get better. I was ashamed of myself for “feeling alone”, because overtime, as I was worrying and feeling bad for myself and secretly resenting my brother for not being with me as my dad fought for his life, this amazing medical team was working hard.

When my dad thanked the medical team, one of them said,

“We had nothing to do with it.  It was all you.”

And she was right.  We are all responsible for our own successes. 

But we can also benefit from a spark, a catalyst.

Sometimes, we are programmed to get on track and stay on track.  We forget that it is OK to redirect ourselves.  Often, though, we need something to push us into action.  For me, that weekend when everything fell apart was it.  As a nation, various calamities was the spark.  The tragedy we experienced as a nation strengthened our solidarity as we stood, hand in hand, determined to rise from the rubbles through excellence and compassion (husay at malasakit).


Unilab, the biggest pharmaceutical company in the Philippines, believes in the power of husay at malasakit.


In every product they produce, they make sure that their facilities and procedures are safe.


Their superior and affordable healthcare products are available all over the country, reaching out to everyone in need.

Advances in technology may have automated their processes, but the heart – the love and the concern-poured into the manufacturing of each of their healthcare products will always be present.


In every innovation they create and improve on, the health and safety of the Filipino people are always their concern.


Unilab is and will always be a company dedicated to improving the lives of the Filipino people.



And with Unilab’s new TV Commercial, may they become your SPARK, your catalyst, to show husay at malasakit in every facet of your life.

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“I’m Not Spending Enough Time With My Kids”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Who among you moms feel guilty about not spending enough time with your kids?

I can see some hands (including mine).

Not spending enough time with our kids always bothers us moms.  Time can never be enough!  But did you know that spending quality time is just fine with them?  I know!  You’re too busy, you still have to cook dinner, do the dishes, finish a load of laundry, watch the tele-serye, but can you take time to connect and know what’s going on in their lives?

Not Spending Enough Time with kids

Check in with them in small ways – talk about how she is getting along with her Math class. Ask her how she is getting along with her ibanez bass guitar lessons. Ask the little one what he had for lunch.  Watch the Kath-Niel movie together.

And never forget to tell them how much you love them.  Then remind yourself that you are a good mom. 


Saturday, October 18, 2014

What’s in a name?

A lot actually.Your name carries with it your reputation and all the things people know about you.  Up until now, you’ve lived with the name your parents chose (which you may love or hate), and you’ve calmly accepted the long list of nicknames you’ve earned through the years –some nicer than others.  But the only way to win the name game is by choosing your own name. 

If mistakes or mishaps have marred your name, go ahead and change it!  Your grade school friends may still joke about Klutzy Kitkat, but you can wow them now when you reintroduce yourself as the cool Katrina.

Me, Only Better

I was Paulie in high school, now V in college.  With a new name, a new style, a new smile, new music and an audio technica ath m50 glued to my ears, I am showing the world about the better me!


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