March 28, 2022 2:49 p.m.
By Melissa Bagamasbad
In an effort to ensure women’s overall health and well-being during these challenging times, Connected Women partners with Infinit Care to provide comprehensive and customized mental health support to its community.
In celebration of International Women’s Month this March, Connected Women, a global community of women empowered by technology, has secured a partnership with Infinit Care to provide free access to a tech-based mental health platform for its community. Infinit Care is a mental health-tech company that works with businesses and organizations to provide their employees and community with comprehensive mental health support.
Through this initiative, the platform will provide access to potentially 75,000 women all over the Philippines. The Connected Women community will be given access to self-care tools and resources (content and daily check-in tracking), 24/7 chat support, and customized mental health education and training sessions delivered virtually through webinars.
Women’s mental health struggles
The pandemic has taken its toll on people’s mental health, especially on women. The World Health Organization found that mental illness is prevalent in the Philippines.
In fact, it is the third most common disability in the country. The National Center for Mental Health also recorded a 500% increase in monthly hotline calls due to depression during the pandemic.
“Our Connected Women members reach out to us every day as they struggle to navigate the impact of the pandemic on their work and personal lives,” shared Gina Romero, Co-Founder and CEO of Connected Women.
Romero also talked about how women are more prone to mental health challenges compared to men.
“According to CARE International’s Rapid Gender Analysis on the impact of the pandemic across 38 countries, the number of women who reported mental health challenges was three times more than men, with over a quarter of women reporting increased mental health struggles including stress and anxiety.”
Women helping one another
Infinit Care hopes to provide more comprehensive support to women through this partnership. “Everyone needs different kinds of care at different times. By partnering with Connected Women, we hope to offer accessible customized care that will help each and every community member better understand and take control of their mental wellbeing,” said Infinit Care CEO, Rudi Ramin.
“Our partnership with Infinit Care means the women in our community will have access to professional mental health first aid whenever they need someone to talk to. We are immensely grateful to Infinit Care for extending this generous and much needed support,” added Romero.
Infinit Care General Manager, Anne Ordona, shared how significant the program is to her, and how important it was that women support each other. “As a woman in business juggling many other roles and responsibilities such as daughter, sister, wife, mother, teacher, breadwinner,– I am intimately familiar with the mental load women carry on a daily basis,” she explained.
“The hope is that through this partnership, ConnectedWomen and Infinit Care can bring real support to the Connected Women community and help women overcome challenges like stress, anxiety, depression. It’s not about enabling women to do it all–it’s about leaning on each other and supporting one another so we can show up the best way we can.”
Join connected women to get updates about access to the app: www.connectedwomen.co/join
For more information on Infinit Care, visit https://www.infinitcare.co
NBA hosts 1st Iconic Shots Challenge in PH
July 4, 2022 1:41 p.m.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) hosted the first “NBA Iconic Shots Challenge” on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at the Mega Fashion Hall activity center, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, Philippines.
The NBA Iconic Shots Challenge is an immersive basketball experience for fans to attempt select signature shots from the league’s landmark 75th Anniversary Season, which concluded with the Golden State Warriors winning their fourth NBA championship in eight years and seventh championship overall.
Simulating an authentic NBA arena atmosphere, the challenge took place on a half-court in front of a virtual audience displayed on a curved LED panel.
Each player had 60 seconds to score from five different spots on the court, ranging from four feet to 24 feet, and complete the shooting challenge in the following order: layup, floater, midrange jump shot and three-pointers from the wing and the top of the arc.
Each made basket had a corresponding prize from a selection of premium partner items, NBA Store gift vouchers and official NBA merchandise.
The on-ground activation will also feature a pop-up NBA Store and interactive booths from partners.
The NBA Iconic Shots Challenge is supported by official partners AXA Philippines, Energen Champion and Gatorade and official media partners Cignal, Globe, Smart, and PLDT. Official NBA merchandise are available through the NBA Store and NBAStore.com.ph, the official online NBA Store in the Philippines.
MILO, DepEd celebrate kids’ success thru 1st-ever Palarong Pambahay virtual sports competition
Beloved nutritious beverage brand MILO® Philippines and the Department of Education (DepEd) celebrated the recent success of its inaugural MILO-DepEd Palarong Pambahay.
The joint effort was the first-of-its-kind inter-sport, inter-school virtual competition held on a nationwide scale.
The 2-day live broadcast saw more than 700 participating schools and featured over 2,000 aspiring student athletes who showcased their skills and competed with pride for themselves and their school in front of 1.5 million-plus online viewers.
“It is our great pleasure to partner with MILO® Philippines for the first-ever MILO-DepEd Palarong Pambahay competition. Even though the pandemic has hindered most of our on-ground activities, our organization, as well as coaches, teachers, and parents, have worked tremendously hard to make this event a reality. This is quite a milestone and integral proof that nothing can stop the Filipino champion spirit and our winning culture of Bayanihan,” said DepEd Undersecretary Tonisito M.C. Umali, Esq.
This groundbreaking online sports event opened doors for young athletes who showed their determination as they trained and competed from their homes, as well as their parent coaches who helped guide them along the way to overcome the many challenges of staying indoors.
“Nakita natin ang pagpupursige ng mga atleta at mga magulang na sumali sa Palarong Pambahay, dahil hindi nila hinayaang maging hadlang ang pandemya,” said Carlo Sampan, MILO® Sports Executive.
MILO-DepEd Palarong Pambahay is just the latest of many creative and innovative programs now available from MILO® Philippines designed to provide kids with an outlet to stay physically active and teach them the important values learned from sports such as discipline, respect, and determination.
“Taekwondo helps me build my self-confidence so that I can attain success through hard-work and determination,” said Justin Apura who hails from the University of San Agustin, Iloilo. Apura won gold in Taekwondo and has been competing in local and international competitions since he was 6 years old.
Jennie Villanueva, whose son Marvi Marcelo competed in Athletics, also shared: “Andun yung pag-strive niya na gawin niya yung best niya sa isang bagay para kahit hindi siya manalo, alam niyang nagawa niya yung best niya.”
Faced with a new reality and challenges, MILO® Philippines and DepEd has proven to parents across the country that there are opportunities to adapt and continue their child’s Champion journey at home.
As schools and sports venues start to open up again, MILO® Philippines is excited to welcome back kids to continue to their Champion journeys in the upcoming MILO® Summer Sports Clinics. For more details on how to join, please visit the official MILO® Philippines website.
Niantic, NBA, NBPA team up for NBA All-World
June 29, 2022 7:31 p.m.
NEW YORK — Niantic announced a partnership with the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association to create an original augmented reality mobile game: NBA All-World.
NBA All-World is a first-of-its-kind game that will place NBA fans into the real-world metaverse.
NBA All-World is a free-to-play officially licensed geolocation basketball game where players can find, challenge, and compete against today’s NBA ballers in their neighborhoods, then recruit them to their team before proving themselves on the court.
“NBA All-World represents an industry first in sports games, as an original, real-world AR game that will appeal to casual and core NBA fans alike,” said Marcus Matthews, Senior Producer at Niantic.
“We’re creating and designing a game that empowers players to represent where they’re from and showcase the culture of their neighborhood.”
“Through our partnership with Niantic, NBA All-World will provide fans across the globe the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into the energy and excitement of the NBA,” said Matt Holt, Head of Consumer Products at the NBA.
“Evident in the name of the game itself, we look forward to engaging with our fans around the world through this captivating experience.”
“NBA-All World gives us the opportunity to bring NBA players into Niantic’s real-world metaverse, opening up paths for fans to interact with them in a new way,” said Josh Goodstadt, EVP of Licensing for THINK450, the innovation engine of the NBPA.
“Niantic has proven experience building games that encourage engagement in local communities, and having our players integrated into NBA All-World adds to that immersion.”
Additionally, NBA All-World will embrace the fashion of the NBA, with users having the ability to outfit players in the game with custom apparel.
Players can sign-up to be notified when NBA All-World is available in their country by visiting NBAAll-World.com.
Those who sign up will be able to experience an exclusive All-World AR web experience and be the first to be notified about securing their codename for global launch.