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Holcim launches new blended cement product

Holcim Philippines, Inc. (Philippine Stock Exchange: HLCM) is one of the leading building solution companies in the country. The Company has a deep portfolio of innovative solutions fostered by a full range of products from structuring to finishing applications that can help local builders execute with high performance and efficiency a wide range of projects from massive infrastructure to simple home repairs. With cement manufacturing facilities in La Union, Bulacan, Batangas, Misamis Oriental and Davao, as well as aggregates and dry mix business and technical support facilities for building solutions, Holcim Philippines is a reliable partner of builders in the country. Holcim Philippines is also committed to the highest standards of sustainable operations and manufacturing excellence with its plants certified under ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System) and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System). Holcim Philippines is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the world leader in the building materials industry present in 80 countries with over 80,000 employees. ******

To better support the construction boom in the country, leading building solutions provider Holcim Philippines, Inc. has launched a new special blended cement product formulated to perform better and have a lower impact on the environment than Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC). Ram Maganti, Senior Vice President for Marketing and Innovation of Holcim Philippines, said the new product called Solido has clear advantages over OPC that makes it a better choice in building infrastructures in the country. In terms of performance, Solido-made concrete is more durable as it is less prone to water and chemical seepage that causes deterioration from within. This is due to Solido’s mineral additives that make concrete less permeable and lower heat that causes thermal cracks in the structure, Maganti said. Solido also exceeds the construction industry’s compressive strength standards for the 28-day mark and continues to grow stronger beyond that compared with OPC. Furthermore, Solido concrete is easier to mix and place that can help complete work faster, he added. Part of the offering to Solido users are technical trainings and tests, and field support to provide packaging format options that are suitable to their projects. Beyond product performance, Solido is more environment friendly than OPC due to its lower clinker content, the intermediate product responsible for a significant amount of carbon dioxide emissions during cement production. “These are the seven-star advantages of Solido that makes it the best in class in blended cement. This new product is further proof of Holcim Philippines’ determination to be a partner for progress of the country anchored on our strengths in innovation and sustainability. As the construction boom in the country continues, Solido will help our customers in building high quality and sustainable structures,” he said. Holcim Philippines formally launched Solido to key customers in Davao on March 1, with road shows scheduled nationwide for other important business partners in the first half. **********

Holcim Philippines Senior Vice President for Marketing and Innovation Ram Maganti explains the seven-star advantages of its new blended cement offering Solido for building infrastructure during the product launch at the SMX Convention Center Davao on March 1.

Contact: Cara Ramirez Vice President of Communications 09175219397 annclaire.ramirez@lafargeholcim.com Don Gil Carreon Communications Manager 09178142589 dongil.carreon@lafargeholcim.com Alvin Marayan Media Relations Director, PRC, Inc. 09989613729 alvin.marayan@teamprcinc.com.ph

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Tips to survive the Flu Season: Prevention is always better than cure

Influenza or flu is a seasonal virus that commonly occurs in tropical countries such as the Philippines. Influenza cases rise during the wet season but also thrived during the dry season when humidity and temperature are unusually high. In the Philippines, flu is felt all year round by Filipinos regardless of gender or age.

People frequenting public areas such as transportation hubs, markets, entertainment centers, and amusement parks to include schools and offices are at risk of acquiring the virus. The virus is transmitted or spread in several ways such as; direct contact with infected individuals and direct contact with contaminated objects. Flu can also be transmitted when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, spewing nasal and throat secretions into the air.

The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) recently warned the general public with the possibility of another “influenza pandemic” in the country. WHO studies reveal the shortages of influenza vaccines which may post serious concerns both to the Philippine government and to the public.

Health experts therefore reiterated the need to broaden the information campaign on the importance of prevention of the spread of this virus, citing further that everyone is at risk of acquiring the virus anytime and anywhere.

People with low immune system ran more risks in acquiring the virus. Low immune system is associated with lack of vitamins, which is further aggravated by stress brought about by someone’s work environment as well as the tropical weather. Hence, taking the following tips will immensely reduce the risk of acquiring the influenza virus:

  1. Avoid crowds during flu season
  2. Disinfect contaminated surfaces
  3. Wash hands with soap and water regularly
  4. Exercise
  5. Eat healthy and avoid intake of junk foods
  6. Taking Flu shots
  7. Intake vitamin and mineral supplements

In summary, it is important for you to have a strong immune system in order for you to combat the virus. Along with following the tips as mentioned above, an immune system boosted by intake of Vitamin C can reduce your risk from acquiring the flu. BEWELL-C Sodium Ascorbate can provide the necessary vitamins and minerals to protect you from Influenza.  BEWELL-C Sodium Ascorbate is non-acidic and safe to ingest in large quantities without upsetting your stomach. It is available in all Mercury Drug nationwide. For more healthy tips, follow Facebook page: @bewellcsodiumascorbate

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Indulge in Unlimited Pasta and Wings at Pan Pacific Manila

Satisfy cravings and indulge in a bottomless fill of Chicken Wings and Pasta for only Php 399 per per person available every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Sunset Lounge & Bar.

Spice up your chicken wings with buffalo, smoky cajun, blue cheese, and provenacleflavors and pair it with infinite helpings of gourmet Penne, Linguini, or Tortellini pastaavailable in your choiceCarbonara, Pommodoro, Pesto, and Arabiatta sauce. Complement your evening indulgence with our Happy Hour 50% discount on beers and selected drinks.

Sunset Lounge & Bar isan al fresco bar located at the 7th floor of Pan Pacific Manila Hotel and open daily from 5:30am to 9:00pm serving delectable selection of Pika-pikas, beers and cocktails and offering a stunning view of the famed Manila Bay Sunset.

For reservations, please contact (02) 318 0788 or email dining.ppmnl@panpacific.com.Price is subject to change without prior notice.

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