DANVIL'S (FORMERLY KNOWN AS FAMILY FIRST) New Contact Numbers as of May 2012

If you're reading this, then maybe you've been tracking down Danvil's (formerly known as Family First) whereabouts for sometime now.

I know, right?

I also can't believe that the company simply vanished into thin air just like that.

I know exactly what you're thinking.

You have your Certificate of Complete Payment with you but you're clueless on how to file claims for your insurance plan.

Okay. Let's skip the part where you were enticed by the staff members' warm and congenial behavior and the offer of overflowing iced tea just to lure you into their "trap!"

Oh wait, I'm talking about myself!





I'm really sorry about that.

I don't know where all this negativity is coming from!

Really, I'm not talking about myself... ;)

Okay, before a full-blown sour grapes syndrome erupts, please allow me to mention the new contact info of DANVIL (formerly known as Family First).

Tip: Since Danvil is understaffed, it might take a while for someone to take your call...

Danvil's (Formerly Known as Family First) New Contact Info as of April 2012)

Danvil (formerly known as Family First)
Address: 2nd Floor, Unit C & D, JJACCIS Bldg., Madrigal Business Park Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Hotline: 828-1612; 828-0468; 828-1483; 828-6184
Office Hours: 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM (Monday to Friday); 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Saturday)  
Email: mypolicy@danvil.com.ph    


Indulging In the New Magnum Mini!

Remember how smitten we were with Magnum Ice Cream when it debuted in the Philippines in February of 2012? The public's overwhelming interest translated to a reported 30% jump in net income in the first quarter alone for RFM Corp., parent company of Selecta--maker of Magnum, according to abs-cbnnews.com.

Now, Selecta hopes to replicate its past success with the newly introduced #MagnumMini!

The newly packaged 45 ml (36 gram) mini bars come in three flavors: Almond, Classic and Chocolate Brownie. They may be a lot tinier than their regular-sized siblings, but the mini versions boast of the same silky smooth ice cream with Belgian chocolate coating to boot!

See how tiny it is? It can actually pass up as a normal brownie minus the stick, of course. What's great about its size is that more figure-conscious consumers will be lured to take advantage of Magnum's signature taste for just 5 grams of fat and 100 calories apiece.

I guess I can live with that--as long as I don't reach out for the other five bars... :-)

Magnum Philippines
#MagnumMini - SRP Php 200
Available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide


When Raging Hormones "Attack"

Get solutions to your beauty problems during pregnancy. By Kaye Langit-Luistro

You're finally having a baby! What you have been wishing for all these years has finally come true. Congratulations! It's a delightfully new experience. Your body is changing and you love keeping track. But there's something you didn't count on- no matter how faithful you are to your beauty regimen, it doesn't seem to be working.

Freelance writer and mother of 3 Hazel Alviz says it felt like she was losing control of her own body. "I had pimples and falling hair when I was pregnant. I felt fat and ugly. So, I was depressed for a while."

All these conditions are hormone-related. Hormones are chemical secretions of a gland or tissue, triggering them into action. Estrogen, progesterone and prolactin shoot up during pregnancy. Reason: To support the baby's growing needs. Unfortunately, any major changes in hormone levels can create havoc on your skin.

Dark Skin

Darkening of the skin is probably one of the most common problems pregnant women experience. Dark brown patches on the face, known as chloasma or melasma are more pronounced if the skin type is darker. Sun exposure, and oral  contraceptives taken prior to pregnancy usually aggravate it. Joseph L. Ortiz, MD, consultant at the St. Luke's Medical Center, and fellow of Philippine Dermatological Society, however, assures "chloasma is only temporary and eventually disappears after pregnancy. Still, you may encounter darkish and blotchy skin on the neck, armpits and abdomen."

When Raging Hormones "Attack" by Kaye Langit-Luistro
Prevention Magazine, September 2001

Pigmentation Busters

Unfortunately, such conditions are inevitable during pregnancy. But, here are some suggestions to keep them at bay. Feed your skin with diet rich in fresh foods. Hazel recommends taking plenty of fruits and veggies. "Don't forget to drink lots of water," she adds. Healthy diet flushes toxins our of the body, making your skin clear, bright, and healthy-looking. You can also try applying skin creams and lotions with alpha hydroxy acid or AHA. "AHAs are derived from fruit acids, so they're much safer to use than other preparations. They are peeling agents, so they speed up exfoliation, uncovering the smooth skin beneath," Dr. Ortiz  says.

And if you are uncertain which products to use, or not to use, consult a dermatologist, who are accredited and have undergone 3 years residency program," Dr. Ortiz advises.


Pimples appear due to an increase in sebum (fat) production in the skin. Dr. Ortiz advises "against the use of tretinoin during pregnancy. Several studies show it may be harmful to the fetus' growth and development."


"Pregnant women can use simple cleansing agents, like soap and water to remove excess oils in the skin. But if you really want to put facial creams, you can use products with AHA derivatives," Dr. Ortiz says.

Hazel agrees "the best antidote is clean skin. I also tell my pregnant buddies, to just grin and bear them, all will return to normal, after birth."

When Raging Hormones "Attack" by Kaye Langit-Luistro
Prevention Magazine, September 2001

Skin Tags and Darkened Moles

Dr. Ortiz explains, "skin tags or kuntil and darkening of moles are also common among pregnant women." Of you are self-conscious  about them, opt for some make-up tricks. "use hypoallergenic and non-clog poring concealer that matches your skin tone, dabbing it on troubled spots. You can also mix concealer with foundation, then lightly dust some loose powder, Hazel advises.

Survival Secrets

Corazon Almirante, MD, head of the Perinatology Division at the Philippine Children's Medical Center, believes in prepping her patients' attitude. "Entertain happy thoughts because your baby can feel them, too. I also motivate husbands to be extra loving so their wives will feel beautiful."

Remember: It's best to face those raging hormones objectively. Know the what's and why's, work on the how to's in dealing with things you can, and cannot change, in your body.

When Raging Hormones "Attack" was first published on Prevention Magazine Philippines in its September 2001 issue. For more articles on childcare and parenting, please go to this link as well as this one.