Friday, July 10, 2020

Just Wandaring: Top 5 Places for First Dates with AJ Barcena

By LoveYourself Communications

In a time where we need to maintain physical distance, we can feel a longing to have an intimate date with someone special. While we do our part in flattening the curve, the Wandaring Trio reminisce to the time when we can plan a date and get to know our maybe future partner. What could be in Miss Wanda's mystery box tonight? What did special guest AJ Barcena do for the naughty challenge? Find out below!


Top 5: Weekend Market
Amid a busy work week, sometimes weekends are the only times when we can spend some quality time with a person that has peeked our interest. With the variety of food and drink options available, you won't have a problem with choosing a particular kind of cuisine! You can have fun look at the different stalls and get to know them through their relationship with different food - and maybe snag a relationship with them after! Though seating can be hard to find.

Top 4: Museum
Ever since the National Museum opened free entrance to its collections of art, natural history, and anthropology, museum dates have been grown quite popular. There's something enamoring whenever a person can talk with such passion and insight about the things they see in front of them. May it be a portrait, a fossil, or an artifact, it's always interesting to see how your date takes things in, and form opinions.

Top 3: Coffee Shop
When you're unsure about a guy, a quick meet up at a coffee shop can be a good start for a first date. When the two of you finish your drink, and feel a little off by your date, you can easily get out of it, or if you find yourselves enjoying, you can move onto other activities. Coffee, tea? Or maybe they'll choose me!

Top 2: At Home!
If you're living alone, and your date is nearby, why not ask him over and talk? Inviting someone over can be a good option when you want to be in control of a situation, or are a little conscious about going out for a date. If you're comfortable, you can certainly make them feel comfortable in creative ways! Maybe you can even impress them with your cooking. After all, a way to a person's heart can be through their stomach!

Top 1: Theater/Cinema
Now that we're spending more time in our homes, we spend a lot of time streaming content with our various subscriptions. Though convenient, there's something about going to the theater or cinema to catch a showing of the latest offerings of the creative minds of the world. When both of you share the anticipation to watch the show, you've definitely caught a good one there. 


There's definitely a lot to look forward to when the pandemic is over. If you missed this episode of Just Wandaring, you can watch it again on Youtube at LoveYourselfTV. Don't forget to like, comment, subscribe, and hit the notification bell so you won't miss a beat of Just Wandaring. Live every Friday at 8pm PH time.


Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Just Wandaring: Favorite Adult Toys with Manuel Schuster

By Tino Largado

Our Wandaring Trio turned the kink meter three notches up as Mikoy, Makoy, and Miss Wanda talked about the love for love toys! We know our favorite teasing triad are more than game with just about anything, and game they indeed were in asking and exploring questions and tips on how to purchase and maximize different sexual gadgets and other pleasure props to seduce and spice up the sex with a partner, or even just to satisfy one’s sensual urge. Joining in on the fun is Lauvette co-founder Manuel Schuster and a revealing the most common or favorite types of love toys in an erotic and educational show-and-tell.



Item 1: Fleshlights and Masturbators
Every master, er, batur must have a handy tool to help “spank the monkey”, in case the hands have simply gone boring and the monkey wants more. Compact designs can be easily packed for travel, but if you’re willing to go with something that’s a little bulky, you surely wouldn’t mind one that even moans in pleasure in every slide, do you? 

Item 2: Vibrators
If Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch spoke to you in a certain way, the sweet sensation of that good vibration is what you’re after. Thankfully, Manuel and Lauvette understand and willfully deliver (literally, within 5 business days) your preferred vibrator. From veiny and life-like, to durable and waterproof, the choice for a shaking shaft is yours to make.

Item 3: Prostate Massager
These toys just put the “pro” in prostate glands, as in that part built-in for maximum male pleasure, with the right stimulation, of course. If you’re yet to explore the sensation (not to mention the health benefits) of massaging the prostate, this one is what you should definitely add to cart.

Item 4: Anal Toys
Anal toys take sex to a hole whole other level of a pleasurable and satisfying experience, and that is why they come in different shapes and forms, and have transformed in looks over time. Plain butt plugs now come in sexy fox and bunny tails, while anal beads now look like curvy hearts and smoother balls. They even come in bling or remote control-operated, for easier use.

Item 5:Clit and Vaginal Toys
Loving her means finding ways to give her more satisfaction where it matters. Clit massagers and eggs would definitely help you get “there.” With shapes and concentrated vibrations designed to fit the lady parts, every lover surely won’t go wrong with using these toys. Forget remote controls–this one even operates with the help of a mobile app!


This playfully refreshing discussion surely hits the spot when it comes to promoting sex positivity and sexual health. If you missed it, watch the video above and catch what Miss Wanda kept in her mystery box, what other “sneak peek” Manuel gave, and more! Be sure to like, comment, subscribe, and hit the notification bell so you won't miss an episode of Just Wandaring live every Friday at 8 pm!

Monday, July 06, 2020

The Universe Speaks: The Pride in Our Millennials with Catriona Gray

By LoveYourself Communications

What a June it has been. Pride Month certainly went by so fast, but the celebration doesn't stop just yet. On June 30, 2020, Miss Universe 2018 and community ally Catriona Gray hosts a special episode of The Universe Speaks featuring sensational guests including Gretchen Ho, Nicole Cordovez, Zephanie, and many more!



Naniniwala akong hindi ako nag-iisa sa karanasang ito. Lahat tayo, ano man ang pinagdaanan natin ay may matatanggap sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay. - Catriona Gray

Catriona shared her experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the act of giving has been a way for her to not only mediate the healing of others, but herself as well. She reflects on how we find meaning in life when our individual pursuits intersects with the needs of others. She further on exclaims that we need to continuously close the gap between ourselves and the "othering" of people different from us so we can become a united community.

Following Zephanie's outstanding performance of Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's Rain on Me, Catriona introduces how important living one's truth is as a community of LGBTQIA people and as an ally. She's later on joined by fellow allies, Dr. KC Halili, Masanori Takamoto, and Nicole Cordovez to discuss how fighting for equal rights does not only include people directly affected by the movement, but includes the people who share their values.



After a heartwarming message from our amazing drag performers, Catriona talks with the community on what Pride means to them. Together with Vinas Deluxe, Macoy Arevilla, AJ Dela Paz, and Rod Marmol, they discuss how they use their influence outside of the  community to continually advocate for different LGBTQIA issues.

Catriona later discusses how leadership is important in mobilizing the country to be more accepting and safe for its LGBTQIA citizens. Young bright minds Carl Uba, Riyan Portuguez, and Gretchen Ho share their experiences in creating organized positive change in their individual fields and communities.

Finally, LoveYourself Executive Director Ronivin Pagtakhan joins Catriona in talking about the HIV advocacy in the context of the pandemic.


Want to know more how our millennials join together to fight for a safer and more accpeting country? Watch the video above, and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe to LoveYourselfTV. Hit the notification bell so you won't miss an episode of The Universe Speaks!


Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Usapang ATBPride: Intersex, Asexual, Queer, and Non-Binary

By Tino Largado

We reach the home stretch of this year’s Pride Month, but LoveYourself’s Usapang ATBPride just won’t leave anyone behind, making sure each color of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, and more (LGBTQIA+) rainbow shines vibrant. The last two installments of the virtual discussion highlighted the community’s queer and non-gender conforming individuals, as well the intersexuals and asexuals.



“The Queer and I” is the penultimate Usapang ATBPride episode which aired on June 23rd, 2020, hosted by Joma Ragrario. Artist and writer Henrie Diosa, artist, writer, DAKILA Partnerships Manager Floyd Tiogangco, and TV and movie creative manager and head writer Jay Fernando readily answered questions about what it means and how it feels to be breaking the confines of binary gender. They also shared experiences about work, dating, and social relationships and how being queer or non-binary enjoys the freeing sense of fluidity, but may also present challenges especially to people who may not be as informed or open-minded.



The virtual talk series ended with the June 25th, 2020 episode entitled “The Best of Both Worlds.” Guests Gabriel Hopkins, an Arizona-based debate speaker, writer, and global change advocate, and Jeff Cagandahan, a former educator whose landmark Supreme Court win made him the first intersex individual allowed to change his gender marker, joined host Asha Gutierrez in discussing crucial topics affecting asexual and intersex people. They walked the viewers through their journeys of discovery and acceptance. Particularly, Gabriel shared how he carefully explained his sexuality to family members and friends, and while Jeff emphasized the factors for him to decide that legal actions must be done to serve not only himself, but other intersex individuals who, until winning the case in 2008, seem invisible in the country.



Both episodes highlighted the innate defiance of every individual, and how one must not be limited to standards the society has set. Mirroring the previous week’s theme, it is important that we assert our own identity, and this week’s discussions further stressed the importance of visibility, acknowledging that while each person is different, and we vary in terms of knowledge and awareness, the bottomline of respect and love fills these gaps and helps embrace the diversity.



LoveYourself is grateful to everyone who made Usapang ATBPride possible, most especially the support of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Pilipinas Shell Foundtion, Inc., PhilHealth, Macare, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Cove Manila, Camber - a subsidiary of Hetero, Frontrow Cares, Victoria Court, and Lauvette. All six episodes of Usapang ATBPride are available on LoveYourselfTV. Catch them and all other fabulous content, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Monday, June 29, 2020

#JustWandaring: Top 5 Pinoy Teleserye with Dr. Gerard Delos Santos

By LoveYourself Communications

It's lights, camera, action for the Wandaring Trio, this Friday. Mikoy, Macoy, and Ms. Wanda discuss the top five Pinoy Teleseryes of all time, voted by our viewers! These shows have been so iconic for our viewers that even years later, they still callback to it. Special Guest Dr. Gerard Delos Santos also dives into the discussion with his Wild Confessions while viewers guess what's inside Ms. Wanda's mystery box.


Top 5: Mula sa Puso (1997)
Mula sa Puso is a memorable piece of Filipino television. From its melodramatic romance scenes with its love triangle to the soundtrack, thousands of Filipinos who have followed its two year run through thick and thin. Even its rivalry with Esparanza was unforgettable sprouting a film and a soundtrack entitled Mula sa Puso ni Esparanza.

Top 4: Mara Clara (1992)
The longest running weekday drama in Philippine television comes number four in our list of top Pinoy Teleseryes. MaraClara released a film adaptation produced by Star Cinema in 1996. Its five year run has gone unmatched, even its reboot in 2010 only lasted a year. Truly, the original cast of Mara Clara will be remembered  for generations.

Top 3: Pangako Sa 'Yo (2002)
Taking number three in our list of top five Pinoy Teleseryes is Pangako Sa'Yo. Starring Kristine Hermosa and Jericho Rosales, the show was live on the air for almost two years! Thousands of Filipinos definitely found themselves kilig with the story of Yna and Angelo, as they followed each episode religiously. The show also received a reboot in 2015, lasting one year.

Top 2: Encantadia (2005)
One mention of this iconic series, and you can hear folk singer Bayang Barrios' chants and hymns as the brilyantes enter the screen. The story of the kingdoms of Adamya and Sapiro will forever be remembered in the hearts of Filipinos. This series is so iconic, that it received a cross over film with Mulawin in the Metro Manila Film Festival. In 2016, the show was rebooted, and received so much love.

Top 1: My Husband's Lover (2013)
A Kapuso show has taken our number one spot of top Pinoy Teleseryes. Starring Dennis Trillo, Tom Rodriguez, and Carla Abellana, My Husband's Lover tells the story of a family man's affair with his former lover. Through this affair, family man Vincent Soriano (played by Tom Rodriguez) rediscovers his sexuality as a gay man. In 2014, the show won Best Ensemble Performance (TV Series in the 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards, and Outstanding Original Drama Program in the 5th Golden Screen TV Awards.

Curious about what the adorable Dr. Gerard Delos Santos revealed in his Wild Confessions? Are you itching to find out what's inside Ms. Wanda's mystery box? Watch the video above, and don't forget to like, comment, subscribe, and hit the notification bell so you won't miss an episode of Just Wandaring live every Friday at 8pm!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Usapang ATBPride: Bisexuals, Pansexuals, and the Transgender Community

By Tino Largado

LoveYourself Inc. continues its celebration of Pride Month with two new installments of Usapang ATBPride, shining light on the different rays of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, and more (LGBTQIA+) spectrum. This week, we took the viewers on a peek of different issues affecting bisexuals, pansexuals, and the transgender community.


Episode 3, “Love EveryJUAN, Love Everyone” aired on June 16th, 2020, and featured bisexual and pansexual individuals in a virtual discussion hosted by entrepreneur Ann Rodrigues, and joined by writer, sex educator, Now Open community co-founder and Burlesque PH performer, Trisha O'Bannon (sex educator, writer, co-founder of Brlesque PH, and a performer), CASTRO Communications PR Director Janlee Dungca, and bartender Cholo Mall. The hour centered on breaking stereotypes on bisexuals and pansexuals by acknowledging their similarities, and telling apart the differences: mainly that pansexuals are attracted to all genders, whereas bisexuals are drawn to the same gender as themselves, as well as the opposite gender. They also tackled the issue on the dangers of bisexual erasure and how dangerous it is that it happens even within the LGBTQIA+ community, and how the simple virtue of respect and a strong sense of self-identity can help eliminate this alienating concept.


The importance of respect and self-confidence carried onto Episode 4 which happened on June 18th, 2020. Miss Wanda facilitated Transition Talks with guests YanYan AraƱa, Center Coordinator of Victoria by LoveYourself, Mela Habijan, freelance writer, actress, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and school directress at Gentle Angels School who’s also affiliated with The Society of Transsexual Women of the Philippines (STRAP), and AJ De La Paz, a Canada-based pharmacy assistant, mixed martial artist, kickboxer and trainer, and a member of TransMan Pilipinas. The discussion let viewers in on the intricacies and of transitioning, and how it goes beyond the changes in the physical body. Everyone chimed in on how equally crucial it is for one to be mentally and psychologically prepared and determined to undergo drastic changes, which is why counseling comes into play. The dangers of self-medication and lack of readiness were also highlighted.


Both sessions left audiences with an important takeaway: each and everyone’s identity and preference is the sole discretion and responsibility of oneself, and no one is obligated to explain and expose themselves to the public. It is a strong message at a time when labels tend to restrict and the public feels entitled to judge and reduce one person based on perception. Self-assurance and confidence allows the individual to fully understand their identity, get a good grasp of who they are and what they want, and fully function in the society regardless of who they decide to be.


Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe to LoveYourselfTV, and hit the notification bell so you won’t miss more episodes on our Usapang ATBPride live every Tuesday and Thursday of June!

Fruitful discussions from Usapang ATBPride is supported by Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Pilipinas Shell Foundtion, Inc., PhilHealth, Macare, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Cove Manila, Camber - a subsidiary of Hetero, Frontrow Cares, Victoria Court, and Lauvette.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Just Wandaring: Top 5 Gay Icons with Bench Ortiz

By LoveYourself Communications

What a way for Just Wandaring to celebrate Pride Month! The Wandaring Trio, Mikoy, Macoy, and Ms. Wanda discuss the top five gay icons of our viewers! These women have been such an influential part of the development so many members of the LGBT community. As inspirations with their glamorous looks, and powerful morals that stands in solidarity with the community. Special Guest Bench Ortiz also dives into the discussion with his Wild Confessions while viewers guess what's inside Ms. Wanda's mystery box.


Top 5: Sarah Geronimo
Singer, dancer, actress, and record producer, Sarah Geronimo secured herself the fifth spot of Just Wandaring's top five gay  icons. Sarah jump-started her singing career when she won the ABS-CBN singing competition show - Star of the Night in 2002. Since then popsters have lived as she put out hit after hit with powerful balads such as Forever's Not Enough to dance hits like Sa Iyo, Ikot-Ikot, Kilometro, and of course Tala

Top 4: Mariah Carey
The lambs have it, coming into the number four spot is The Elusive Chanteuse herself, Mariah Carey. She has cemented herself in the hearts of so many of us in the community with her effortless whistle tone that blew us away every time. Her performances have also been a favorite among entertainers to emulate. 

Top 3: Regine Velasquez-Alcasid
Asia's songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid rose to number three on our top five list of gay icons. Ever since she won the RPN singing competition show Ang Bagong Kampeon in 1984, Regine has been a household name among Filipinos across the globe. Almost ten years into the game, Regine broke through charts in Southeast and East Asia with her albums Listen Without Prejudice and My Love Emotion in the mid-90s. To this day, Regine is unbeaten as the Philippines' best selling recording artist of all time.

Top 2: Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter
Queen Bey just misses our number one spot of top gay icons among Just Wandaring viewers. Starting out as the lead singer of one of the best selling girl groups of all time, Destiny's Child, Beyonce has made a name for herself with her powerful presence, amazing voice, and impressive choreography. She has enamored us all with every album era serving look after look.

Top 1: Lady Gaga
Little Monsters rejoice, Mother Monster is the number one gay icon on our list! Lady Gaga has represented so much for the gay community, from her eccentric looks and entrancing music. She has made such an impact on how we express ourselves today. Through her emotional song writing, and attending political events that defend and support the LGBT community, Lady Gaga definitely deserves the number one spot on this list. Yaaaas Gaga!


Curious about what the breathtaking Bench Ortiz revealed in his Wild Confessions? Are you itching to find out what's inside Ms. Wanda's mystery box? Watch the video above, and don't forget to like, comment, subscribe, and hit the notification bell so you won't miss an episode of Just Wandaring live every Friday at 8pm!

Monday, June 15, 2020

The Universe Speaks: How to be an Ally

By LoveYourself Communications

Whenever the universe speaks to us, we feel a sense of serenity and contentment. During Pride Month on June 13, 2020 Miss Universe 2015 and UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for Asia and the Pacific Pia Wurtzbach shared her voice in becoming an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, hosted by the Phikippines' King of Talk, Boy Abunda on The Universe Speaks by LoveYourselfTV.


I think the universe is telling us to press pause. It's telling us to realign ourselves and really think what's most important to me. - Pia Wurtzbach

Tito Boy and Pia first talk about how in the time of COVID-19, Pride Month can be celebrated by simply loving ourselves first. This comes with knowing more about and appreciating the history of the people where you belong. Finding meaning in the celebration of Pride Month can be very personal, and require reflection in these trying times. 

As a non-LGBTQIA+ person, Pia has been called babaeng bakla, which Boy described as a woman who is cool, confident, creative, and unafraid to express herself and she feels like it's a compliment to her ability to keep things fun despite her hectic work schedule while being outspoken about what she thinks and feels. However, Pia as a friend takes things seriously, pouring out her trust, support, and loyalty to the people who she sees as friends. And although she doesn't expect the same level of loyalty from her friends, she ensures that trust should be mutual, especially for when someone would come out to her.


The concept of a safe space was emphasized by Pia and Boy when talking about issues surround coming out. Pre-conceived pressures of society take such a toll on how people see the world, that people can forget that self discovery is a journey that can change over time. Thus it is not only important for people who identify as LGBTQIA+ to cultivate this safe space, but to everyone as well.

Want to know more about how to be an ally? Watch the video above, and don't forget to like, comment, subscribe to LoveYourself TV, and hit the notification bell so you won't miss an episode of The Universe Speaks!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Usapang ATBPride: Lesbians and Gays

By Brian Barretto

In celebration of Pride Month, LoveYourself Inc. launched Usapang ATBPride, an online discussion series highlighting the different facets of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, and more (LGBTQIA+) Community. This week, we delved deeper into issues faced by people who identify as lesbian and gay.



The first episode, entitled BLT: Byaning, Lesbian, Tomboy, explored the experiences of lesbian women with regards to their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE), their experiences of coming out, and the challenges they faced living in oftentimes discriminatory environments. Hosted by Ging Cristobal, the Project Coordinator at OutRight Action International and Feminist Activist, the show interviewed guests Angel Romero, a Partner and Director for Creative and Directing at Digital Marketer, Irish Inoceto, the Chairperson of Iloilo Pride Network, and EO Cendeno, the Founder and Manager of Pag-Amuma, a dog and cat care sanctuary.


Ging opened the conversation by asking each guest about their SOGIE and how they defined themselves. What emerged was a common identity as lesbian women, but each had individual ways of expressing their gender through the way they behaved, dressed, and groomed themselves. Angel was more feminine in appearance, while EO and Irish were drawn to more masculine ways of expression. This emphasized the variety within the Lesbian community, beyond the prevalent stereotype in media. Various experiences were also shared by the guests who came from different age groups spanning from young to late adulthood, and how this affected their actions in advocacy work.


The second episode, “The Beki Agenda” focused on the unique lives, coming-out stories, and challenges of individuals from the gay community. This was hosted by Bryan Galvez, with guests Macoy Dubs aka Macoy Averilla, Angelo Camaya of Accenture, and Danvic Rosadino from LoveYourself.

As with the previous episode, Bryan asked each of the guests how they defined themselves in the context of SOGIE. While all identified as cisgender gay men, their behavior, interests, and mannerisms oftentimes skewed towards what society labeled as “feminine”. Macoy would play with his mom’s makeup as a child, Angelo was drawn to ballet, and Danvic was drawn to feminine clothing and accessories. It also seemed that the adults around them were the first to notice and identify their gender nonconformity as kids, with quite different reactions and responses.



Each of the guests also shared the challenges they faced as gay men in their different fields and careers. Macoy, as an online content creator, saw the devaluing of the voices of gay public figures, Angelo perceived societal pressure on gays to achieve more than average just to be seen as equal, and Danvic has had to debunk myths about HIV as an advocate and educator.

Don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe to LoveYourselfTV, and hit the notification bell so you won’t miss more episodes on our Usapang ATBPride live every Tuesday and Thursday of June!


Fruitful discussions from Usapang ATBPride is supported by Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Pilipinas Shell Foundtion, Inc., PhilHealth, Macare, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Cove Manila, Camber - a subsidiary of Hetero, Frontrow Cares, Victoria Court, and Lauvette.

Images by Sergio Pizzaro

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Just Wandaring: Top 5 Childhood Celebrity Crushes with Paolo Amores

By LoveYourself Communications

Just Wandaring is looking back with #FlashbackFriday as viewers revealed their top five childhood celebrity crushes. This time around, the Wandaring Trio, Mikoy, Macoy, and Wanda share how innocent little crushes have made an impact in their lives, especially in exploring and discovering their sexual orientation. Special Guest Paolo Amores also dives into the discussion with his Wild Confessions while viewers guess what's inside Ms. Wanda's mystery box.


Top 5: Jay Manalo
Starting as an action movie actor, Jay Manalo made a switch to starring in sexy films such as Gayuma with Amanda Page. Macoy describes his appeal as your typical Pinoy charm with his masculine presence and fit body. Mikoy on the other hand shares how Jay Manalo represented a "daddy" type of appeal when he first saw the actor in high school which wasn't very popular back then.

Top 4: Christian Vasquez
Former Celebrity Pinoy Big Brother housemate Christian Vasquez places fourth in our list of childhood celebrity crushes. Mikoy fondly remembers Vasquez's performance in the Filipino camp movie Manay Po, admiring him for his comedic styles and acting. However Ms. Wanda adores his height and lean body most of all. 

Top 3: Wendell Ramos
Kapuso actor Wendell Ramos is well known for his comedic roles in the show Bubble Gang and modelling stint for the clothing line Bench. Mikoy recalls Ramos' shower scene in the Filipino horror film Sukob. When Ramos was taken by the sukob in the movie, Mikoy had mixed feelings whether he was scared or aroused at the time. 

Top 2:Brent Javier
The youngest in the top five list, Brent Javier breaks into the number two spot. As a ramp and commercial model, Macoy recalls his lean body and Pinoy college student appeal. Ms. Wanda also wondered if Brent Javier was also an underwear model as she recalls seeing him in a boxer shorts brochure 

Top 1:Diether Ocampo
Kapamilya actor turned Lieutenant Commander, Diether Ocampo takes the top spot in our viewer's top childhood celebrity crush. Macoy remembers Ocampo as the leader The Hunks admiring him the most for his muscular body on ABS-CBN's ASAP. Ms. Wanda shares how Ocampo's roles in movies always involved him being fought over, or having come from an affluent family. Mikoy however fondly remembers Ocampo on the television show Rubi Ocampo truly looked his best.


Curious about what the sultry Paolo Amores revealed in his Wild Confessions? Are you itching to find out what's inside Ms. Wanda's mystery box? Watch the video above, and don't forget to like, comment, subscribe, and hit the notification bell so you won't miss an episode of Just Wandaring live every Friday at 8pm!

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The ABCs of ARV - An Antiretroviral Drug Primer

By Ronald Bugarin


(From ART First Dose Chronicles, Illustration by TJ Gellada Monzon)

For newly diagnosed Persons Living with HIV (PLHIV), among their top concerns are the possible side effects that might come once they start treatment. These side effects may have an impact on their way of life, especially at work and their studies. In this article, we will try to tackle the different antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, their possible side effects, and how to handle these side effects so as not to affect the PLHIVs way of life.

Antiviral Drugs

Antiretroviral or ARV is an inhibitor drug that blocks HIV from attaching to cells of immunity specifically the CD4 cell (also known as T-cell or T helper cells) and prevents it from multiplying. It has to be taken daily to suppress HIV and prevent the decline of the body's natural defense caused by the virus .

Below are the various ARV drugs and the possible side effects that may occur upon taking said component:

ARV DRUG
FOR MONITORING
Abacavir (ABC)
Liver and renal function
Rashes

Nausea

Hyperacidity
Increase fluid intake; Drink antihistamine
Take ARV after eating; eat menthol candy
Drink ARV after eating
Efavirenz (EFV)
Total Cholesterol; Liver function
Nausea

Dizziness
Vivid dreams

Hot feeling
Muscle degeneration / Fat accumulation

Mood swings / Depressive disorders
Take ARV after eating; eat menthol candy
Increase fluid intake
ARV should be taken before going to sleep
Take a bath
Exercise and balanced diet


Consult Doctor right away
Lamivudine (3TC)
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Hyperacidity
Neuropathy
Drink ARV after eating
Take Vitamin B complex
Lopinavir/Ritonavir (LPV/r) 
Total Cholesterol
Loose bowel movement
Muscle degeneration / Fat accumulation
Take loperamide
Exercise and balanced diet
Nevirapine (NVP)
Liver function
Rashes

Fever / Flu-like symptoms
Increase fluid intake; Drink antihistamine
Take a sponge bath and increase fluid intake
Rilpivirine (RPV)
Liver function
Rashes

Drug interactions with other medications (e.g. for GERD, TB) 
Increase fluid intake; Drink antihistamine
Consult Doctor right away
Tenofovir (TDF)
Creatinine
Kidney problems
Decreased bone mineral density
Hyperacidity
Increase fluid intake
Increase calcium / vitamin D intake
Drink ARV after eating
Zidovudine (AZT)
Complete Blood Count (CBC)
Anaemia
Nausea

Headache

Muscle degeneration / Fat accumulation
Take B12 Vitamins
Take ARV after eating; eat menthol candy
Increase fluid intake; Drink paracetamol
Exercise and balanced diet

ARV Combinations 

The recommended regimen of ARVs consists of three (3) component drugs as it is proven to be more effective compared to single or dual therapy.

Currently, the following are the ARV combinations being provided by our treatment centers:

COMBINATIONS
SCHEDULE
SPECIAL CONDITIONS
Lamivudine+Tenofovir+
Efavirenz 
(3TC+TDF+EFV)
LTE 
Once day at bedtime (every 24 hours) 
Tenofovir component not advisable if with kidney problems
Lamivudine/Zidovudine+
Efavirenz
(3TC/AZT+EFV)
LZ+E
Lamivudine & Zidovudine - twice a day (every 12 hours) 
Efavirenz - once a day at bedtime (every 24 hours)

Lamivudine/Zidovudine+
Nevirapine
(3TC/AZT+NVP)
LZ+N
Twice a day
(every 12 hours) 
If rashes and fever occur for the first 14 days upon taking, stop drinking Nevirapine and immediately do a follow-up consult
Lamivudine/Tenofovir+
Nevirapine
(3TC/TDF+NVP)
LT+N
Lamivudine & Tenofovir - once a day (every 24 hours) 
Nevirapine - twice a day
(every 12 hours) 
  • Tenofovir component not advisable if with kidney problems
  • If rashes and fever occur for the first 14 days upon taking, stop drinking Nevirapine and immediately do a follow-up consult
Lamivudine+Tenofovir+
Rilpivirine
(3TC+TDF+RPV)
LTR
Once a day (every 24 hours)

Lamivudine+Abacavir+
Efavirenz
(3TC+ABC+EFV)
L+A+E
Lamivudine & Efavirenz - once a day (every 24 hours)
Abacavir - twice a day
(every 12 hours) 
Abacavir component not recommended for those with pre-existing heart problems
Lamivudine+Abacavir+
Rilpivirine
(3TC+ABC+RPV)
L+ABC+R
Lamivudine & Rilpivirine - once a day
Abacavir - twice a day (every 12 hours) 
Abacavir component not recommended for those with pre-existing heart problems
Lamivudine/Tenofovir+
Lopinavir/Ritonavir 
(3TC/TDF+LPV/r)
LT+Alluvia
Lamivudine & Tenofovir - once a day (every 24 hours) 
Lopinavir/Ritonavir - twice a day
(every 12 hours) 

Lamivudine/Zidovudine+
Lopinavir/Ritonavir 
(3TC/AZT+LPV/r)
LZ+Alluvia
Twice a day
(every 12 hours) 


Managing ARV Treatment

The purpose of having ARV treatment for PLHIV is for them to achieve being Undetectable and eventually have a normal life despite their status. But this can only be achieved by consistent and adherent intake of their ARV.

It is important that the set schedule in taking the ARV should strictly be followed to ensure: 1) efficacy of the treatment, and 2) minimize its side effects. Change in the schedule of drinking ARV should be consulted with the medical team. It is recommended that an alarm be set preferably in the Client's mobile device to remind him daily of his time for drinking his ARV. Also, relating the time in drinking his ARV for something he does daily (e.g. sleeping at night, eating dinner, etc.) can help in reminding him of this schedule in drinking his ARV.

Any recurring side effects despite performing the suggested intervention should immediately be consulted with the treatment doctor. Scheduled follow-ups to the treatment center especially for viral load testing should be routinely done to ensure monitoring of the efficacy of the treatment.

And most important, PLHIV should monitor his ARV supply if he has enough for at least three (3) months. It is advised to have a refill if ARV supply is less than two (2) weeks worth. Despite the community quarantine in place, clients enrolled in LoveYourself Treatment Centers can now request for ARV refill at the convenience of their home via Xpress Refill. To sign up, just click this link: go.loveyourself.ph/xpressrefill.

For more information on HIV Treatment as well as Life Coaching Services, you may also visit LoveYourself Anglo, Welcome, Victoria by LoveYourself, LoveYourself White House, Lily by LoveYourself, and Hero by LoveYourself by setting an appointment via Booking.

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