“Fighting Lupus, Saving Lives”, an Exhibit Tour of the Hope for Lupus Foundation for Lupus Awareness

Hope for Lupus Foundation (HFL), in partnership with SM Shopping Center Management Corporation, launched its Exhibit Tour for Lupus Awareness entitled “ Fighting Lupus, Saving Lives” last Sunday, February 26, 2017 at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City.
(L-R) Mrs. Marinette Aglipay, SM Management Corp President Annie Garcia, 1st District Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman, DIWA Rep. Em Aglipay-Villar, Emma Therese Villar, DPWH Sec. Mark Villar, Asst. VP Operations Mr. Perkin So
The exhibit displays information on lupus that answers some of the frequent questions regarding the disease, such as “What is Lupus?”, “What is the Butterfly rash?”, and “What are the symptoms of Lupus?”. The Exhibit tour is a project of Hope for Lupus Foundation which aims to inform more people about the disease and its symptoms and the exhibit will be placed in malls in order to reach more people and help in raising awareness about lupus.
HFL Founder and DIWA Party-list Representative Emmeline Aglipay-Villar, who was diagnosed with Lupus in 2007, gave emphasis on how early diagnosis can prevent worsening of lupus and can even prevent deaths resulting from lupus. “Many people with lupus die because they were diagnosed when it was too late to do something about it, and more people die undiagnosed. If they had known about the symptoms of lupus and received the proper treatment early on, their lives could have been saved.” Rep. Aglipay-Villar said. “By having this exhibit more people will know about lupus and its symptoms and this will aid in the early identification of the illness in people who have viewed the exhibit or those they know.”, Rep. Aglipay-Villar added.
HFL Vice President and Rheumatologist Dr. Geraldine Zamora calls for the people to join the campaign by simply reposting and sharing information on lupus. “There is hope in Lupus but we need your help to disseminate information about it”, Dr. Zamora emphasizes.
As guest of honour and speaker, 1st District of Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman shared that her late sister who had lupus succumbed to the disease in 2014. She pledged to support the cause of the Hope for Lupus Foundation. Shopping Center Management Corporation President Annie Garcia also expressed her support for the advocacy and encouraged people to join the campaign, spread awareness, and help save lives.
DPWH Sec. Mark Villar who is the husband of HLF President Em Aglipay-Villar said that his wife is one example of someone who could have benefited from higher awareness about lupus. “My wife had been experiencing joint pains for a long time and she had gone to a physical therapist not knowing that what she had was already lupus. If there was a higher awareness about lupus, she could have gone to a rheumatologist and been treated right away. The disease did not have to affect her kidneys.”, said Sec. Villar.
Other attendees of the event were PDGen. Edgar Aglipay (ret.) and Mrs. Mawie Aglipay, Senior Vice President for Marketing Mr. Joaquin San Agustin, and Asst. Vice President Operations Mr. Perkin So
You may visit the exhibit for free at the 2nd Flr., South Pavilion, SM Mall of Asia from February 27 to March 4, 2017. The exhibit will then be transferred to SM Mega Mall on March 20-26, SM City Bicutan on April 3 to 9, SM City San Jose Del Monte on May 1-7, SM City Novaliches on May 29- June 4 SM City Sta.Mesa on July 3 – 9, SM City Manila on July 31 to August 6, SM City East Ortigas on September 4- 10, SM City Marikina on September 18-24, SM Center Angono on October 2-8.
For more information, you may visit HFL website at hopeforlupus.org.ph