June 13, 2022 1:30 p.m.
Launched on April 2, 2022, Valeria Doctors aims to redefine the landscape of Dentistry and Aesthetic Medicine in the Philippines.
Owned by three young and promising professionals, Dr. Patricia Diana Suiza, Dr. Lieth Momani and Dr. Brian Punzal, Valeria is set to leave footprints in the global industry as they venture not only in providing excellent and world class clinical practice but also in promoting Medical and Dental Tourism.
Dr. Suiza, President of Valeria Doctors always wants to be different and to make a difference. Valeria is her brainchild.
While her colleagues build multilocated practices, she embarks on learning the ins and outs of Aesthetic Medicine since her husband, Dr. Momani is a certified Aesthetic Doctor and Cosmetic Surgeon.
Together, they build an empire rooted on their skills and passion.
She hired business coaches and mentors and took up Entrepreneurial development courses to further her knowledge outside her dental profession. She is now being tagged as the Queen of Veneers by her growing number of patients and supporters. She also specializes in Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.
Dr. Momani is a rising superstar in the field of Cosmetic Surgery and is being known for his natural-looking and scarless techniques which he developed himself.
Dr.Punzal, a pride of Ilocos Norte, who is also a cosmetic dentist, wows the world with his superb skills in Oral Surgery and Endodontics.
Valeria Doctors boasts about providing patients a VIP experience apart from quality services.
“There are a lot of doctors who can do what we can. After all, we all go through rigorous studies and trainings so we don’t want to underestimate our colleagues. However, not everyone can do things the way we do. It is the “how” that sets us apart. While others aim to be known for what they do, we wish to be remembered for how we make people feel– The confidence that they gain after going through smile transformation or cosmetic enhancements, the feeling of being important and the total improvement on perception of oneself among a lot”. “Me, when I talk, I always say that we should treat every patient the way we would want our mother to be treated; or to be attended to”. (Dr. Suiza)
Valeria Doctors also vows to adapt to current trends by going into Digital Dentistry and investing on quality aesthetic machines and LASERs.
They also operate on a paperless system and even provide virtual consultations.
The owners believe that the key to survive a fast changing world to to not get tired of learning. “It is through continuous education that we sustain a high standard of practice and it is a commitment to our patients” (Dr. Suiza).
“In Dentistry and Aesthetic Medicine, even our minimum standard should be high—at the very least, a clinic should have licensed and well-trained doctors, doctors’ procedures should not be done by non doctors and an outstanding sterilization protocol is a must”.
Since Valeria Doctors is technically a baby, the people behind it are rabid game changers.
“The goal is to always be able to deliver the ultimate treatment for the patients and the cost should be a secondary consideration. At the end of the day, get what we pay for”. To exalt the practice, we need to keep pushing the needle and we have to keep raising the bar of excellence. We have to be the change that we wish to see in the industry and it starts with the willpower.
“It has always been my dream to be a household name in whatever path I choose to pursue. I have been very vocal about my ambition to be known for my advocacies and my skillset. Truth is, finding my passion has been difficult. In the beginning, I thought it was surgery; I thought it was blood; until I figured it’s in “beauty”. In the journey, I realized that the best way to emerge is by viewing my dreams from the perspective of help. I used to question myself about what I want but everything changed when I started to ask how I can help—how can I help the industry? How can I give more integrity to our profession? How can I best serve our patients? How can I make a significant change that will create an impact in a global state?”
In our current world where beauty is viewed differently and critically, Valeria Doctors finds a space to build and nurture. As doctors, Valeria focuses on three things in specific order of importance: HEALTH, FUNCTIONALITY and AESTHETICS.
For a list of their dental services and aesthetic procedures, visit valeriadoctors.com
To book an appointment: https://mm.mymedsph.com/dental/yoqtlCAA
Valeria Doctors is located at SB-01, 2nd Floor Bldg B, The Red Dot, C. Raymundo Avenue, Rosario, Pasig City.
SM Prime explores potential partnership with Japanese firm for waste-to-fuel solutions
September 25, 2023 12:39 p.m.
Shown here are (from left) SM Supermalls Vice President Liza Silerio, SM Prime Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans T. Sy, GUUN Chief Executive Officer Shinji Fujieda, GUUN Philippine Branch Senior Managing Director and General Manager Takeshi Konishi
Leading real estate developer in Southeast Asia, SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s GUUN Co. Ltd. to explore a potential partnership to implement waste management solutions by recycling waste paper and plastics as an alternative source of energy called ‘fluff fuel’.
Fluff Fuels are one type of RDF (Refuse Derived Fuel) which are produced from shredded and compressed plastics, papers, and fibers. These are used as fuels in cement manufacturing, paper mill companies, or power companies in Japan.
SM Prime Chairman of the Executive Committee Hans T. Sy is positive that a partnership with GUUN will contribute to the waste reduction goals of the country. “Today, Japan’s waste management and recycling technology is among the most advanced in the world,” he said. “There is no better partner for SM because we do not just talk about being big, we make sure we do it; we do not talk about being environment friendly but we do take bold steps to save the environment. I am looking forward to growing with GUUN as among leaders in solving environmental issues in the Philippines.”
GUUN Co., Ltd., founded in March 2001 and headquartered in Yokohama City, Japan, piloted the production of fluff fuel from plastic waste in Inayawan, Cebu in 2014 and recently inaugurated its P200-million, 2,400-square meter waste recycling plant in Tayud, Consolacion, Cebu.
Since then, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment has adopted GUUN’s waste-to-fuel technology as a model for advanced low-carbon technology innovation for further deployment in developing countries.
“This will be a milestone partnership for us,” GUNN Chief Executive Officer Shinji Fujieda said after the signing ceremony. “I understand very much how important waste management is for SM and for the Philippines and we look forward to more projects we can do with the properties of SM Prime.”
SM Prime’s initiatives for waste management include waste reduction and effective waste collection and segregation. Over the years, it has implemented programs such as Trash to Cash, Plastic Waste Collection, and E-Waste Collection that have contributed to reducing the total solid waste generation across its real estate portfolio.
Through its pioneering Trash to Cash recycling market, SM Prime has collected and recycled 1.4M kg of plastics, paper, metals, and others in 2022. “We have saved 16,766 trees from the 986,222 kg of paper recycled,” SM Prime disclosed in its 2022 Integrated Report to shareholders.
Meanwhile, SM’s Plastic Waste Collection program, a partnership with the Plastic Credit Exchange that was launched in February 2021, has accumulated 42,541kg of plastic waste from 14 mall sites. Also present in all its 83 SM Supermalls is the E-Waste Collection program for the responsible disposal of WEEE (Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment). This drive has helped process close to 7,000 kilograms of e-waste. (ENDS)
Satisfy your cravings with these best-selling Nanyang drinks
September 15, 2023 3:30 p.m.
Nanyang isn’t only known for its Laksa Prawn, Cheesy Chicken Chop Noodles and Singapore’s best selling Hainanese Chicken Rice and Kopi.
It also has several best-selling drinks to whet your appetite and satisfy your sweet tooth, such as Iced Teh Melaka, Kopi Jelly Milk Tea, Milo Dinosaur and Kopi O.
Head over to your nearest Nanyang branches nationwide.
USA back on top; Germany takes Top 3 spot in FIBA World Ranking
September 15, 2023 1:28 p.m.
MIES (Switzerland) – The recent completion of the prestigious FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 has produced some eye-catching positive climbs in the latest FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike.
USA reclaim pole position with 786.6 points after benefiting from their consistency at major tournaments over the last three summers. Finishing in fourth place at the FIBA Basketball World Cup where they outperformed former number one nation Spain, their run to the Semi-Finals came off the back of winning an Olympic title at Tokyo in 2021 and also taking bronze at the FIBA AmeriCup 2022.
Recently crowned FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 champions Germany have another slice of history to enjoy as they step into the top three of the rankings for the very first time after moving up a massive eight places and onto 759.7 points. Their stunning success made all the more incredible because of the fact they made the journey to the top step of the podium without tasting defeat.
Canada also have another reason to celebrate too, with their maiden FIBA Basketball World Cup medal fueling an even bigger rise of nine spots. They now occupy sixth position with 745.5 points.
Serbia performed in outstanding fashion to make the title game and their second-placed finish gave their fans something to be proud of. Those supporters can also now enjoy and reflect on their country being a top five nation again as they move up a place and into fifth position on 755.6 points.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the scale and impact of climbing the rankings in the upper echelon, nobody can match Latvia. They have rocketed up a staggering 22 places and into the top 10 after their heroic underdog displays which ensured they took fifth place at the FIBA Basketball World Cup. They now sit in 8th position on 743.7 points.
There were many other teams who impressed at the flagship event, including Brazil who recorded three wins in five games and moves up a place into 12th in the rankings on 660.5 points. The Americas region can also boast a nice move upwards of five places into 16th for Puerto Rico on 611.1 points, while Dominican Republic rise six spots into 18th place on 561.9 points.
There were also notable improvements for Georgia who move up 10 positions and into 23rd on 465.9 points, Japan jump 11 spots to 26th on 432.2 points and Lebanon claim an uplift of 16 places into 28th on 423.3.
One nation that truly made everyone sit up and take notice at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 were first-timers South Sudan. They made history by beating China to claim a first win at the event, then pushing on to beat the Philippines and Angola. This has resulted in a sensational climb of 32 spots in the rankings. They now find themselves in 31st place with 375.5 points.
For more information about the method used in the calculation of the FIBA World Ranking Men, please refer to the “How It Works” section.
Click here to view the full FIBA World Ranking Men, presented by Nike.