Illness can come regardless of age. It ruins carefully laid out plans and makes the future uncertain especially those with unhealthy family histories.
Investing in one’s well-being — whether now or for the future — should therefore becomes a habit among Filipinos, for what can one accomplish without being healthy?
This in mind, Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) launched a game-changing program called AIA Critical Protect 100.
Powered by the Vitality wellness app, the program offers benefits and coverage for everyone 0-100 years old, as well as the major and minor illnesses, in contrast to other insurance plans that only cover ages 65 and younger can track their physical and mental health on Vitality, where they are challenged and encouraged to meet health goals. In the end, users are given rewards at famous food and travel establishments among others.
Support beyond insurance
Insurance is a generally intimidating topic, which is something that Philam Life hopes to change.
A sterling example of why investing on health is important is lifestyle vlogger Wil Dasovich. When he was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer two years ago, fans immediately expressed their concern and prayers.
“Right away after I was diagnosed, I went straight into the treatments. I did six months roughly of chemotherapy. After that, I had surgery where they removed around nine inches of my intestine,” recalled Dasovich at the AIA Critical Protect 100 launch.
“I’m still here. It’s been a year and a half since my recovery and it’s been really good. I went through a lot and I learned a lot, and I think that’s the most important thing that came out of everything,” he said.
Dasovich retained his positive energy despite the challenge, which he still showcased on social media and encouraged his fans that there is still hope to solve the problem through his vlogs.
“One of the most positive things from it all is the emphasis on the purpose in life and I think that’s something that not just people with a critical illness have to realize. As hard as everything was for me to open up and talk about it, the thing that pushed me more than anything is knowing that I could make a difference in someone’s life.”
Even when he was battling the big C, it did not stop Dasovich from living his best life. He has gotten more appreciative of the little things like his mother’s home cooking, spending time with his sister and going on hikes.
Apart from the help received from insurance, it was definitely the support from his family, friends, and fans that motivated him. These small yet valuable experiences allowed Dasovich to value each moment so much more, knowing that anything can happen anytime to anyone —whether young, old or at the prime of their lives.
“It was such a wake-up call for me to start thinking and preparing for my future, now that I’ve been given a second lease on life. I did everything in my power to make sure I can get through that, and it was to maintain my physical health and my mental health. That is why it is so important to be protected and that is why Philam Life is there to really protect everyone and (so we can) just have peace of mind.”