The Philippines is one of the world’s emerging diabetes hotspots, being in the Top 15 list for diabetes prevalence all over the world. An estimated four million Filipinos have the disease, with an alarming number unaware they have the disease.
To spread awareness, the Philippine Center for Diabetes Education Foundation (Diabetes Center Philippines) will hold “Beat Diabetes with a Knockout Punch,’’ an information campaign set on July 24, at Festival Mall Alabang’s second level Carousel Court.
Founded in 1990 by a group of physicians, the Diabetes Center Philippines is one of the leading diabetes education organizations that educates the public about the disease and teach diabetics how to live with it using the team approach to diabetes care.
At ‘’Beat Diabetes with a Knockout Punch,’’ the group will offer free diabetes screening for mallgoers from 8 to 10 a.m; as well as free consultations with endocrinologists and work-out sessions at 10:15 am and 1:30 pm.
There will also be talks and demos on diabetes facts, exercise, diet, and medication from endocrinologists and other experts in the field of diabetes care and prevention. Speakers include Dr. Augusto Litonjua, president of Diabetes Center Philippines; Dr. Juan Carlos Miranda, president of the Philippine chapter of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists; Dr. Nemensio Nicodemus of the Philippine Society of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism; and Dr. Rima Tan, president of Diabetes Philippines.
Also sponsored by the Philippine Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Diabetes Philippines, and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, ‘’Beat Diabetes with a Knockout Punch is part of Festival Mall’s health care and wellness advocacy that also includes the Anvil award-winning “Go Pink” breast cancer awareness campaign. Festival Mall is a Filinvest Lifemall. It is the center of attraction within Filinvest City. It is the heart of the city. The Filinvest mall group is also ensuring that its upcoming mall developments in other locations such as Il Corso in City de Mare, SRP Cebu, FORA in Tagaytay among others will constantly resonate the same value of a Filinvest Lifemall. And as its new branding and tagline goes, “It’s where the City’s heart beats”. It is a premier development in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. It is the only mall with five anchor stores: Shopwise Supercenter, SaveMore, Robinsons Department Store, Ace Hardware and Handyman. It has over 700 shops, a total of 2,300 multilevel parking slots, various food outlets, and indoor amusement rides.