Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu is part of the coral triangle, the richest marine ecosystem in the world. (Whales & turtles are just some of its regular visitors!) And yet, it is constantly under threat from harmful fishing methods, coral degradation & water pollution. Continue reading
The Mind Museum, in partnership with JP Morgan Chase and Company, brings to the Filipino public The Roving Space Shell – a travelling inflatable dome that would bring the wonders of the universe within our reach. The 8-meter diameter Roving Space Shell is from Cosmodome Australia and is the choice of many universities and research institutions around the world, including NASA. This inflatable planetarium can sit up to 50 people comfortably with a 360- degree view of the shows through a high definition projector. This also provides the public a sneak preview of what The Mind Museum, our country’s first world class science museum, will be offering to the public when it opens late next year. Continue reading
The absolute best thing about taking down lots of handwritten notes and sketches for class or work is the excitement of having to type it all from beginning to end later on, just to get it into your computer.
Let’s face it, writing on pen and paper is a major drag if you’ll need digital copies. But typing into a computer has its limitations too, like when you need to make drawings, diagrams, and non-linear notes on the fly. Chances are you’d need a tablet—which isn’t portable, and can set you back some mean dough. Continue reading
Living in the US was probably the worst and best time of my life. I had to do everything which was something that I wasn’t used to. Name it I did it… I cooked, I did the laundry, dishes, cleaned the bathroom, took care of Joshwa and Philbert.
It was also the time where I actually missed talking to my mom and I called her almost everyday and when I don’t feel like picking up the phone. I could choose to simply not answer my calls and let the voice mail get it instead.
I was able to spend a lot of time with Grishan and Brox and with Rhanesa too. I missed bonding with my sisters. It broke my heart when Grishan was going through a lot of stuff and I couldn’t be there for her.
We also re-connected with Philbert’s brother Kuya Ariel and sister Ate Beth, Kuya JR and Angelo which was the very gift in itself. I wish we didn’t go home that soon. I wish we had more time with them.
We lived in a small studio type apartment that we called home in 650 W. 7th St in San Pedro California. I loved the fact that Pizza Hut and Jack in the Box were my next door neighbors. Payless Shoe Source was near and CVS was my favorite place. Joshwa was also lucky to get a slot at a great school. Our life was in place and we eventually had Adee. Life was not a bliss but it was great.We became solid as a family and we learned to lean on each other.
But suddenly Philbert was offered a job to go home to Manila. I felt like the rug was pulled under my feet. I had the life that I’ve always wanted. Peace and Quiet and Away from all the drama. I didn’t want to go home I wanted to stay there. In my heart I knew that as much as I didn’t understand his decision I submitted to my husband’s authority and dutifully went home to the Philippines.
T0 be honest everyone has adapted except me. I’m still half hearted and partly unsure about our stay here. Especially during the beginning I resented Philbert for dragging all of us here. Initially, I felt like I don’t belong anymore. Life has moved on without me and I felt a stanger in a land that is supposed to be familiar to me. My friends who used to invite me to scrapbook gatherings never bothered to invite me again. Marisa my BFF wasn’t here at that time that time.
Some days I’m okay and I’ve accepted the fact that we’re going to be staying here for a really long time. But I have my days where I tell God (this is especially true when Mama and I are having our differences) up to when am I going to be here?
I admit to cheating on my prayer sometimes when I tell myself Lord Thy will be done and then I make suggestions to God when I pray. Like can it be next year or 2012 or maybe Joshwa turns 14. In my heart I know the answer our place in the sun is where God leads us. As long as w e are together as a family then that is Our Place in the Sun
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I got a cute Mother’s Day gift from Adee.
Happy Mothers day to all the mothers and a special prayer for women who wish they could be mothers, who have been struggling to get pregnant, or have lost their children and have nothing physical to remind them of their journey through the changes of pregnancy and childbirth. I always you in my heart and said a little prayer, hoping that one day your dreams will come true.
LPGMA (Liquified Petroleum Gas Marketer’s Association) is a sectoral organization registered with the Comelec as a party list group, advocating lower-priced LPG for the masses, and the right of the consumers to purchase any brand.
Since 2002, LPGMA has represented the small and independent LPG players both in the Department of Energy and Congress. Its president Arnel Ty makes regular public announcements of the price level of his group’s 11 kg LPG cylinders which in turn became an unofficial guide which has kept LPG prices stable forcing the oil majors to follow.
The group LPGMA or the LPG Marketers’ Association, Inc. was founded so that independent LPG marketers and retailers could have a way to voice their opinions regarding issues the fuel industry faced, and as a venue for them to take action on said issues.
The Department of Energy itself had sometimes conferred with LPGMA to discuss its position on certain issues related to the industry. The group had since evolved into more than a marketers association, advocating lower, more accessible prices for Filipino consumers and the freedom to purchase the brands they prefer based on objective price and quality.
The recently proposed LPG Law deliberated in Congress is an attempt to eliminate small and independent players and threaten the existence of LPGMA which has kept LPG prices affordable.
As a party-list organization made up of the independent players in the industry, Liquified Petroleum Gas Marketer’s Association party list (LPGMA) is proud to be called the watchdogs for an industry. The potential should LPG-pricing go unchecked will affect so many Filipinos. The common goal of protecting the right of the ordinary consumer and to give them access to lower-priced LPG.
LPG-MA party-list #161 is a non-stock, non-profit, organization representing the independent players in the industry. The sectoral group is set to participate in the upcoming May 10, 2010 elections having as its special interest Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry and its allied concerns.
Therefore, every LPG consumer has an interest to vote to Congress so that LPG price adjustments are balanced and reasonable. To get more information about the group follow LPGMA 161 on Twitter or you can view the activities of LPGMA 161 on Facebook
Forward to people who care for the welfare of our country. Know more about the party lists before you vote.
1. *Ang Galing Pinoy* – supposed to represent security guards, tricycle drivers and vendors but its first eis Mikey Arroyo
2. *1-Utak* – Angelo Reyes is supposed to represent the transport sector but he has been the drivers’ nemesis when he headed the Department of Energy. He often gave the impression that he was the “spokesperson” of the oil cartel in justifying oil price hikes
3. *1st Kabagis* – an Ilocano party-list group that claims to advocate for “widening the segments of economic development.” Jose Singson, Jr., brother of National Security Adviser Chavit Singson, is its second nominee
4. *Aangat Tayo (AT)* – identified by Akbayan Rep. Loretta Ann Rosales as one of the front organizations for the Arroyo administration. President is Teddie Elson Rivera who is a PITC VP. PITC is a government-owned international trading company and was designated as the key agency in the implementation of GMA’s 10-point legacy, which includes the lowering of prices of essential medicines by 50% by 2010.
5. *Abono Partylist* – claims to represent the agricultural sector.Its first two nominees are Robert Raymund Estrella and Franciso Ortega III, both hailing from prominent political clans allied with the administration. Its third nominee is Jacky Rowena Lomibao, wife of former PNP chief Arturo Lomibao.
6. *Abot Tanaw* – first nominee is Gerwyn See, son-in-law of PAGCOR chair Efraim Genuino (see BIDA). Second nominee is Mario Cornista, chair of the board of directors of BIDA.
7. *Ahon Pinoy* – backed by Dante Ang, Sr (appointed by GMA as Chairman of the Commission on Filipinos Overseas and
CEO of Manila Times) and nominee is his son, Dante Ang, Jr.
8. *Akbay Pinoy* – member of Sigaw ng Bayan. Was legally charged by Makati residents together with Sigaw ng Bayan for manufacturing signatures for the GMA administration’ s People’s Initiative
9. *Alliance of People’s Organizations (APO)* – first nominee is Arroyo ally and former Ilocos representative Salacnib Baterina
10. *Anak Mindanao* – was suspected to be a part of the dagdag bawas scheme. It was discovered that some precincts had more votes for party list groups than the actual number of votes cast and Anak Mindanao was one of those that received the highest number of votes
11. *Ang Kasangga* – claims to represent micro-entrepreneurs . Current
representative is FG’s sister, Marilou Arroyo who withdrew her
but that only means some other Arroyo crony will replace her. Other nominees are Teodoro Haresco (PNOC board member) and Eugenio (ranked as one of the top 100 stockholders in Fidelity Stock Transfers, Inc) Lacson, both of which are multimillionaires with links to the Arroyo Administration
12. *APOI* – first nominee is Major General Melchor Rosales, the administrator of the Office of Civil Defense and also a DILG undersecretary
14. *Association of Labor and Employees (ALE)* – supposed to represent workers but first nominee is Arroyo ally and Pampanga provincial board member Catalina Bagasin who owns a cargo forwarding company and second nominee is Erlinda de Leon, GMA’s first cousin who served as special assistant to the President
15. *Babae Ka!* – too many ties to GMA. Was also a member of MELCHORA (Malayang Babae para sa Cha Cha at Reporma)
16. *BANTAY True Marcos Loyalists* – claims to represent security guards and barangay tanods but is led by Marcos supporter, Cherry Cobarrubias.Current representative is Ret. Gen. Jovito Palparan, accused of orchestrating numerous cases of extra-judicial killings during GMA’s reign and known as the “Butcher General” who, by the way, is running for Senator while nominee is his wife, Evangeline Palparan
17. *Batang Iwas Droga (BIDA)* – “brainchild” of Efraim Genuino, chair of PAGCOR. Nominees include his daughter, Sheryl Genuino-See and Special Prosecutor Dennis Villa-Ignacio, a nominee for the position of SC Chief Justice
18. *BIYAHENG PINOY* – An association of tricycle operators but is run by Arsenio Abalos, brother of former COMELEC chairman Benjamin Abalos
19. *Buhay* – nominees are father and son Mike and Rene Velarde. Supported GMA in the last elections
20. *Butil* – One of the winners in the last elections. Representative Benjamin Cruz co-authored House Bill 3339 which, if passed, “will
destroy the domestic rice industry by allowing unfair competition with countries with higher agricultural modernization and lower production costs – and displace some 2.4 million farmers”. This was recommended by a lobby group funded by USAID.
21. *KABAYAN* – claims to represent transport sector workers, farmers and fisherfolk, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, anticrime crusaders,and overseas Filipino workers, among others. Its nominees include Ron Salo,former subordinate of ex-Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita
22. *KAKUSA* – Chairman Emeritus is Romeo Jalosjos
23. *PACYAW* – claims to represent urban poor youth, has tourism assistant secretary Janet Rita Lazatin (member of LAKAS-CMD and hails from Pampanga) and former Los Angeles consul Reynaldo Pineda (based in Pampanga) as nominees
To find out more, google “bogus party lists”, “dubious party lists”, “Arroyo party lists”.
“Para naman silang mga autistic … may sariling mundo.”
This is what senatorial candidate Sonia Roco said in a TV interview in 2007, as she commented on Team Unity’s reaction to poll surveys on the Senate race. She followed her statement with a hearty laugh.It wasn’t funny and I couldn’t find the humor. She said this in 2007 and I still couldn’t let it go.
Yes she apologized but only because some sectors called her out. Had she been not called out because of it I doubt it if she’ll apologize. I’m disappointed because she is an educator.
I was angry by her statement, given in the context it was said. I read her apology and to be honest there is no sincerity on Sonia Roco’s apology for her remark on autism. She said she would work for the cause of autism — if elected. Since she wasn’t elected, I doubt that the she made any commitment to the cause of autism. If she did well I want to see it. As it is Roco’s apology was conditional. A sincere apology knows no condition.
We tend to use analogies when we want to express something. Sometimes it can be careless and can hurt some people who hear it. We all know what Mrs. Roco meant when she said that, but she could’ve left out that part alluding to the autism. This happened in 2007 and she lost because of it and I know that she’ll still lose this election because of that faux pax.
It’s now not enough that she’s a widow that has been pushed into the limelight with her bid for the Senate. She’s no Cory Aquino if I may say so myself. She should have chosen her words carefully. It’s also something that all the candidates should take into consideration. I’m not saying that they should twist the truth, but rather present it without having to offend anyone.
I often wonder what Adee’s future will be? I often think of that as I watch her sleep, at play or just by looking at her.Just as I am a parent I know that the members of The Dream Builders wishes the same things that I do. The best preventive care that I can afford. According to statistics the number one killer among children is pneumonia, while meningitis and sepsis are included in the The Top 10. All of these three are commonly caused by the pneumococcal bacteria.
Prevention it is still the best first line of defense.I’m not talking about vaccinations here. One of the most important aspects of leading a healthy life is the prevention of disease before it strikes. Prevention is always the preferred advice given by doctors and other health professionals that are active in treating pneumonia on a recurrent basis.
When contemplating the reason why the prevention of pneumonia is so important, one should realize how dangerous pneumonia really is: Pneumonia is responsible for a vast number of deaths around the globe. Pneumonia sometimes coincides with other deadly illnesses and is unfortunately the final chapter in many cases of terminal sickness. One of the most important aspects of leading a healthy life is the prevention of disease before it strikes. Prevention is always the preferred advice given by doctors and other health professionals that are active in treating pneumonia on a recurrent basis.
Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of pneumonia vary, depending on the age of the child and the cause of the pneumonia.
Common symptoms include:
- unusually rapid breathing
- breathing with grunting or wheezing sounds
- labored breathing that makes a child’s rib muscles retract (when muscles under the rib cage or between ribs draw inward with each breath)
- chest pain
- abdominal pain
- decreased activity
- loss of appetite (in older kids) or poor feeding (in infants)
- in extreme cases, bluish or gray color of the lips and fingernails
Sometimes a child’s only symptom is rapid breathing. Sometimes when the pneumonia is in the lower part of the lungs near the abdomen, there may be no breathing problems, but there may be fever and abdominal pain or vomiting.
When pneumonia is caused by bacteria, an infected child usually becomes sick relatively quickly and experiences the sudden onset of high fever and unusually rapid breathing. When pneumonia is caused by viruses, symptoms tend to appear more gradually and are often less severe than in bacterial pneumonia. Wheezing may be more common in viral pneumonia.
Some types of pneumonia cause symptoms that give important clues about which germ is causing the illness. For example, in older kids and adolescents, pneumonia due to Mycoplasma (also called walking pneumonia) is notorious for causing a sore throat and headache in addition to the usual symptoms of pneumonia.
In infants, pneumonia due to chlamydia may cause conjunctivitis (pinkeye) with only mild illness and no fever. When pneumonia is due to whooping cough (pertussis), the child may have long coughing spells, turn blue from lack of air, or make a classic “whoop” sound when trying to take a breath.
Avoid contact with people who are known to have a history of respiratory tract infections, that include (but are not limited to) influenza and the common cold. Pneumonia has been cited to occur following these infections.
It is also important to avoid contact with people who have had chickenpox or measles, particularly if you have not experienced these during childhood or any other stage in your life. Pneumonia is considered to be a complication of these diseases, so it’s better to avoid any contact with current victims.