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HK OFWs claim initial victory on OEC debacle Foods That Feed POLO chief declares moratorium on OWWA fee for OEC “This is an initial victory brought about by the quick response of OFW organizations in Hong Kong to confront the labour office on this practice. Collection of OWWA fee in HK is voluntary and should not be wrongly put as conditionality to get an OEC.” This was stated by Dolores Balladares, chairperson of the United Filipinos in Hong Kong (UNIFIL-MIGRANTE-HK), as Labour Attache Romy Salud declared a moratorium until December 30 on the mandatory collection of OWWA fee as requisite to getting an Overseas Employment Certificate. Labatt Salud verbally issued the moratorium after the UNIFIL and a staff of the Mission for Migrant Workers (MFMW) engaged him in a dialogue after getting refused to be given an OEC. “In this period when OFWs will take their vacation in droves, this is a relief from the financial burdens we already carry. There really is no basis for forcing
us to pay the OWWA fee first before we can be given an OEC and such should be upheld even after December 30,” Balladares added. The collection, exposed by the group in the past few weeks, was hit by Balladares as another financial burden for OFWs who are going home for the holidays and require an OEC for their travel back to Hong Kong. “The OEC ensures our exemption from paying the travel tax and airport fee. To forcibly make us pay another fee is but another unjust money-making scheme especially now that many of us have to contend with the impacts of the recent calamities to our families back home,” Balladares added. UNIFIL yesterday circulated a letter dated February 2002 to the group by former labour attaché in Hong Kong, Bernardino Julve, which affirmed their claim that OWWA fee in HK is voluntary. Said letter further stated that any change will be done only after sufficient consul-
tation with organizations of migrant workers, NGOs and other stakeholders. Balladares urged Labatt Salud and the POLO-HK to make the announcement official and post public notices in the PCG-HK. “OFWs in HK should be properly informed of this policy. We further urge Labatt Salud and the POLO-HK to go beyond the moratorium and abandon the mandatory OWWA fee collection,” Balladares added. Balladares reported that they will continue with their plan to call for a dialogue with the PCG-HK and Philippine labour officials on this issue. “OFWs in HK have been clear from the start in our position to maintain membership to OWWA as voluntary and OEC should be issued without other fees attached. This is still our stance and we shall be watchful of any policy or practice that will circumvent this victory of our campaign,” she concluded
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More than 100 thousand Filipino overseas workers in Hong Kong are expecting for the “voluntary OWWA Fee” be finalized. Everyday, Filipino maids are going home for vacation hoping they could have a good bonding with their families though most of them are only given few days leave. It is very disappointing that coming back for work will still require them to shoulder another burden that is to line up for an OEC and pay more dollars before availing the said passes. This coming Christmas season hundreds of DH workers are expected to go home for vacation every day.
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FILIPINO-HONG KONG RESIDENTS ARE HAVING A HARD TIME FINDING A SCHOOL FOR THEIR CHILDREN?… Subukan ang maaasahang paaralan para sa inyong mga anak na may katumbas na pagsaalang-alang sa inyong oras. Ang aming misyon Ang “Li Sing Tai Hang School” ay mababang paaralan na sinusuportahan ng gobyerno ng Hong Kong. Ito ay pinapamahalaan ng “Tai Hang Welfare Association”. Sinisigurado ng mga namamahala ng eskwelahan na mabigyan ang mga kabataan ng pagkakataong makamit ang kanilang mithiin sa pamamagitan ng pormal na edukasyon at kanila ring maranasan ang mga iba’t-ibang oportunidad na inaalay ng paaralang “Li Sing Tai Hang School”. Bilang paaralang nagbibigay halaga sa lahat ng kabataan, kanilang tinatanggap ang mga kaibahan ng kanilang magaaral batay sa kanilang abilidad at sariling pinagdaanan, at nais nilang maibigay ang angkop na pagtuturo na makakatulong sa lubos na pag-unlad ng bawat mag-aaral. Ang aming pinakatampok A) Ang kaibahan ng aming pagtuturo 1. Ang salitang English bilang aming pangunahing pagtuturo. 2. Ang aming kakayanang magkaloob ng mas maliit na grupo ng mag-aaral sa bawat klase na mayroong proporsyong 1:14 sa mga mag-aaral at mga guro. 3. Ang paggamit namin ng “Secondary One English Syllabus” sa aming P6 upang mabigyan sila ng paunang paglago. B) Ang karaniwang paggawa ng araling-pambahay. Ang klase ay nagsisimula sa 8:20 ng umaga at ang normal na pagtatapos ng klase ay 3:30 ng hapon subalit aming isinaalang-alang ang oras ng pagkayari ng trabaho ng mga magulang kung kaya kami ay nagbibigay ng oras na tapusin ng mga mag-aaral ang kanilang araling-pambahay hanggang 5:30 ng hapon sa ilalim ng pag-akay at pagsisiyasat ng mga guro. Pagkatapos nilang gawin ang kanilang mga aralingpambahay malaya na silang sumali sa iba’t-ibang aktibidad ng paaralan katulad ng: orchestra, sayaw, taekwondo, pagkanta, pagtakbo, table tennis, computer at iba pa. K) Ang pagtuturo ng Chinese na salita at pagsulat Ang antas ng aming itinuturong Chinese na salita ay angkop sa mga mag-aaral na “non-Chinese speaking”.
Soldiers retrieve more bodies from a shallow grave at the site of a massacre of a political clan that included several journalists in the outskirts of Ampatuan, Maguindanao in southern Philippines.
Arroyo vowed justice for the victims? The clan of the suspect is said to have helped deliver votes for the Arroyo administration in 2004 elections. Though, the President has vowed to give justice for the victims the Human Rights Watch expressed concern that the administration’s relationship with the family would hinder an impartial investigation. Many throughout the Philippines expressed doubt if this promise to 11 more bodies which were found at the site of the attack on an election motorcade in the south that brought the death toll to 57 be granted. Six of the bodies in southern Maguindanao province were discovered in a large pit buried alongside three vehicles, and five were found in a mass grave a few kilometers off the main highway. The massacre included the wife and two sisters of gubernatorial candidate Ismael Mangudadatu and 18 Filipino journalists accompanying the motorcade. It is said to be the largest number of reporters killed in a single attack anywhere in the world. According to a report Police identified the prime suspect as Andal Ampatuan Jr., a scion of the powerful Ampatuan clan led by the former provincial governor. The clan, which has ruled the province unopposed for eight years, helped President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her allies win the 2004 presidential and 2007 senatorial elections by delivering crucial votes. Mangudadatu, after receiving death threats, had sent his wife and relatives to submit his candidacy. He wanted to challenge Andal Ampatuan Jr., who serves as a town mayor and whose family has ruled the province with an iron fist backed up by private armies and legions of bodyguards. Mangudadatu said four people whom he refused to identify told him the convoy was stopped by dozens of gunmen loyal to Ampatuan. Police are investigating reports that Ampatuan, four police commanders, and dozens of police and pro-government militiamen were among the gunmen who blocked the convoy.
(above) Police investigators tag a body found in a shallow grave at the massacre site of a political clan that included several journalists in the outskirts of Ampatuan, Maguindanao in southern Philippines November 25, 2009. The latest death toll in the massacre is 52, police said on Wednesday.
The hand of one of dead victims lies across a police line at a hillside in Datu Ampatuan, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009. Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo placed two southern provinces under a state of emergency, giving security forces free hand to pursue gunmen who killed at least 24 people in one of the country’s worst election massacres. AP
“This is a supreme act of inhumanity that is a blight on our nation,” she said in a statement. “The perpetrators will not escape justice. The law will haunt them until they are caught.”
Dead bodies lie on the ground near their vehicles at the crime scene of a massacre of a political clan that included several journalists in the outskirts of Ampatuan. The Philippines sacked the provincial police chief and sent hundreds of extra troops to a southern region on Tuesday where gunmen killed people in the worst-ever election related violence in the country. On Monday, about 100 gunmen abducted a group of people going to file a nomination for the provincial governor’s post in Maguindanao. A group of about 40 people, including women and local journalists, were taken away by gunmen who opened fire on them, investigators said. A local leader said four survivors were in hiding.
Students light candles during a rally in Koronadal, South Cotabato November 25, 2009 against the massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao in southern Philippines
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Efren Peñaflorida the new 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Embodying the spirit of Filipino volunteerism that bloomed in this stormy year, Efren Peñaflorida Jr. was named CNN Hero of the Year. The Cavite City native pioneered a brand of mobile education, or the “pushcart classroom,” for urban poor youth. Peñaflorida, fondly called “Kuya F,” was named 2009 CNN Hero of the Year. In his acceptance speech, he said: “Each person has a hidden hero within; you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need. The 28-year-old Peñaflorida will receive $100,000 from CNN. The network’s top anchor Anderson Cooper announced the winner at the conclusion of the annual awards ceremony. Peñaflorida said that if he wins, he would pledge the prize money to the children that his group, the Dynamic Teen Company, is helping. In his acceptance speech at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CNN quoted him as saying: “Serve, serve well, serve others above yourself and be happy to serve. As I always tell my co-volunteers... you are the change that you dream as I am the change that I dream and collectively we are the change that this world needs to be.” Peñaflorida won over nine other “CNN heroes,” seven of who were American. One of them, 20-year-old Jordan Thomas, lost both his legs in a boating accident and set up a foundation that provides prosthetics to poor children who have also lost limbs. Last October, CNN opened the online voting for its Top 10 Heroes. Peñaflorida said that being included in the top 10 alone was already an honor. Still, he refused to take credit for the recognition. “If the people vote for me, they are actually voting for the poor kids DTC is teaching and the dedicated volunteers behind this work,” he earlier said. CNN said more than 2.75 million votes were cast during the seven-week online voting. The network, however, did not indicate how many votes Peñaflorida got.
Dynamic Teen Company in 1997. His group used “Kariton Klassrooms” or mobile pushcarts to reach out and teach underprivileged children. The DTC has now over 2,000 members teaching basic reading and writing, and even personal hygiene to marginalized children in slum areas in Cavite using pushcarts filled with books, pens, tables and chairs.
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Hayden’s license cancelled due to sex scandal The license of Doctor Hayden Kho Jr. was canceled by the government after the immorality complaints filed against him by his ex-lover, actress Katrina Halili. Nicolas Lapeña, chairman of the Professional Regulation Commission, said Kho’s license has been withdrawn following the investigation conducted by the commission’s board of medicine. In its 44-page decision, the Board of Medicine said that while Kho’s videos has nothing to do with his profession, it was expected of him “to act, behave and conduct himself as a professional in dealing with other people especially women.”
The Board declares that Dr. Kho Jr., violated the right of privacy of Ms. Halili when he The top 10 CNN Heroes, chosen by videotaped their most intimate moments a blue-ribbon panel from an initial without the express consent and knowledge pool of more than 9,000 viewer nom- of the complainant. He was also slammed inations, were each honored with a for having a doctor-patient relationship with documentary tribute and introduced Halili and for not refusing the use of illegal by a celebrity presenter. Each of the drugs. top 10 Heroes receives $25,000. “With the recognition they receive “Katrina is happy with the decision because on our stage,” said Cooper, who it has been their objective to have Hayden’s hosted the tribute, “they’ll be able licensed revoked,” Halili’s lawyer Raymund to help thousands and thousands of Palad said. people. Through their efforts, lives While Kho’s camp said they would appeal will be changed and lives will be the decision in 15 days. saved.” Halili filed the complaints against Kho after a video of their sexual trysts spread on the Internet. She said the video was taken by Kho without her knowledge and consent. Kho, for his part, admitted filming his sexual encounters but denied uploading the videos. He also apologized to Halili, saying the videos were part of his personal collection and accused his friends of posting them. Halili also filed a complaint before the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) seeking the agency’s help in curbing the rampant selling of their sex video in the underground markets.
Peñaflorida, who hails from Cavite City in Cavite province Philippines, started the
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Global health alliance targets chronic illnesses
People killed for fat to make cosmetics A gang in the remote Peruvian jungle has been killing people for their fat, draining it from their corpses and offering it on the black market for use in cosmetics. Three suspects were reported to have confessed to killing five people for their fat. Police of Peru said that 2 the suspects were arrested carrying bottles of liquid fat which they claim worth $60,000 a gallon (NZ$21,000 a liter). They also told the police that the fat was sold to intermediaries in Lima, the Peruvian capital but police suspect the fat was sold to cosmetic companies in Europe.
A police officer holds the remains of one of the alleged victims discovered in the Peruvian jungle
But medical experts expressed doubt that a major market for fat might exist. Yale University dermatology professor Dr Lisa Donofrio speculated that a small market may exist for “human fat extracts” to keep skin supple, though she said scientifically such treatments are “pure baloney.” Police showed reporters two bottles of fat recovered from the suspects and a photo of the rotting head of a 27-year-old male victim. A 29 year old suspect led police to the head, recovered in a coca-growing valley. Mejia, Peru’s chief of police said that suspect name Castillejos confessed the gang would cut off its victims’ heads, arms and legs, remove the organs, then suspend the torsos from hooks above candles that warmed the flesh as the fat dripped into tubs below. He also told police that the band’s fugitive leader, 56year-old Hilario Cudena, has been killing to extract fat from victims for more than three decades At least 60 people are listed as missing in Huanuco province, where the gang allegedly operated, this year alone, though the province is also home to drug-trafficking leftist rebels. “We received a tip four months ago that human fat from the jungle was being sold in Lima. In August, he said, police infiltrated the band and later obtained some of the amber fluid, which a police lab confirmed as human fat,” the chief of police said. The suspects are charged with homicide, criminal conspiracy, illegal firearms possession and drug trafficking, according to a statement from Lima Superior Court. Police are now searching for the alleged buyer.
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A police officer displays two bottles containing human fat while another sets down seized sticks of dynamite during a news conference in Lima, Peru. Authorities said they arrested members of a gang that killed people for their body fat.
combat poverty,” the group said in a statement. The three issues targeted by the alliance are believed to be responsible for some 11.5 million deaths per year, almost a third of all deaths associated with CNCDs, the group said. The unregulated sale of cigarettes in countries like India could kill a billion people over the course of this century if nothing is done, and the number of people suffering from hypertension could rise to 1.5 billion by 2025 without action.
A global health alliance including US, Indian and Chinese organizations have “The epidemic of chronic disease in pledged to coordinate efforts against “chronic non-communicable diseases” the world has accelerated. We urgently need to understand how to reverse that kill millions globally each year. the trend, not just in small trials, but in all world communities. This new The Global Alliance for Chronic initiative will provide urgently needed Disease, which brings together inresources to find and implement solustitutions managing an estimated 80 tions,” said David Matthews, a profespercent of all public health research funding worldwide, announced its first sor at Oxford University and acting executive director of the alliance. targets for action. The alliance said it would seek to reduce hypertension, tobacco use and For Elizabeth Nabel, director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Inthe indoor pollution caused by the stitute at the US National Institutes of types of cooking stoves used in many Health, the alliance presents a unique developing countries. opportunity to coordinate proposals, peer reviews, data gathering and The group, founded last year by evaluation. organizations from the United States, China, India, Canada, Britain and Australia, said the three priorities were “The alliance represents an important chosen because they contribute to one new vehicle for making optimal use of limited global resources available in five deaths worldwide each year. to reduce the enormous toll of these The targets were selected during the largely-preventable diseases,” she said organization’s inaugural scientific in a statement. summit, held in November in New Delhi, India. According to the World Health Organization, which belongs to the group’s board, chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) were responsible for some 60 percent of the 58 million deaths worldwide recorded in 2006. The number of deaths caused by CNCDs is twice the combined total of deaths from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and peri-natal conditions and nutritional deficiencies, according to the alliance. “The health impact and socio-economic cost of CNCDs is enormous and rising, upending efforts to
Over 100 icebergs seen around N.Zealand Hundreds of Antarctic icebergs were sighted floating towards New Zealand in a rare event which has encouraged a shipping warning. An Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist said the ice chunks, spotted by satellite photography, had passed the Auckland Islands heading towards the main South Island. Scientist Neal Young said more than 100 icebergs; some measuring more than 200 meters (650 feet) across were seen in just one cluster and there could be hundreds more. “They were the remains of a massive ice floe which split from the Antarctic as sea and air temperatures rise due to global warming,” he said. It’s done a long circuit around Antarctica and now the bigger parts of it are breaking up and producing smaller ones. He said large numbers of icebergs had not floated this close to New Zealand since 2006.
New Zealand has already issued coastal navigation warnings for the area in the Southern Ocean where the icebergs have been seen. “It’s really just a general warning for shipping in that area to be on the alert for icebergs,” said Maritime New Zealand spokesman Ross Henderson. The icebergs are smaller remnants of the giant chunks seen off Australia’s Macquarie Island this month, including one estimated at two kilometers (1.2 miles) and another twice the size of Beijing’s “Bird’s Nest” Olympic Stadium. Young earlier told AFP he expected to see more icebergs in the area if the Earth’s temperature continues to increase. He also mentioned that if the current trends in global warming were to continue I would anticipate seeing more icebergs and the large ice shelves breaking up.
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Trapped in his own body for 23 years - the coma victim who screamed unheard Kate Connolly in Berlin For 23 years Rom Houben was imprisoned in his own body. He saw his doctors and nurses as they visited him during their daily rounds; he listened to the conversations of his carers; he heard his mother deliver the news to him that his father had died. But he could do nothing. He was unable to communicate with his doctors or family. He could not move his head or weep, he could only listen. Doctors presumed he was in a vegetative state following a nearfatal car crash in 1983. They believed he could feel nothing and hear nothing. For 23 years.
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state, said Houben, was like being born again. “I’ll never forget the day that they discovered me,” he said. “It was my second birth”. Experts say Laureys’ findings are likely to reopen the debate over when the decision should be made to terminate the lives of those in comas who appear to be unconscious but may have almost fully-functioning brains. Belgian doctors used an internationally-accepted scale to monitor Houben’s state over the years. Known as the Glasgow Coma Scale, it requires assessment of the eyes, verbal and motor responses. But they failed to assess him correctly and missed signs that his brain was still functioning. Last night his mother, Fina, said in an interview with Belgian RTBF that they had taken him to the US five times for reexamination. The breakthrough came when it became clear that Houben could indicate yes and no
Rom Houben, 46, was diagnosed as being in a vegetative state after an accident in his 20s but can now communicate by computer keyboard. Photograph: VTM Belgium
Then a neurologist, Steven Laureys, who decided to take a radical look at the state of diagnosed coma patients, released him from his torture. Using a state-of-the-art scanning system, Laureys found to his amazement that his brain was functioning almost normally. “I had dreamed myself away,” said Houben, now 46, whose real “state” was discovered three years ago, according to a report in the German magazine Der Spiegel this week. Laureys, a neurologist at the University of Liege in Belgium, published a study in BMC Neurology earlier this year saying Houben could be one of many cases of falsely diagnosed comas around the world. He discovered that although Houben was completely paralysed, he was also completely conscious — it was just that he was unable to communicate the fact. Houben now communicates with one finger and a special touchscreen on his wheelchair – he has developed some movement with the help of intense physiotherapy over the last three years. He realised when he came round after his accident, which had caused his heart to stop and his brain to be starved of oxygen for several minutes, that his body was paralysed. Although he could hear every word his doctors spoke, he could not communicate with them. “I screamed, but there was nothing to hear,” he said, via his keyboard. The Belgian former engineering student, who speaks four languages, said he coped with being effectively trapped in his own body by meditating. He told doctors he had “travelled with my thoughts into the past, or into another existence altogether”. Sometimes, he said, “I was only my consciousness and nothing else”. The moment it was discovered he was not in a vegetative
with his foot. “Powerlessness. Utter powerlessness. At first I was angry, then I learned to live with it,” he tapped out on to the screen during an interview with the Belgian network last night, AP reported. Laureys, who is head of the Coma Science Group and department of neurology at Liege University hospital, has advised on several prominent coma cases, such as the American Terri Schiavo, whose life support was withdrawn in 2005 after 15 years in a coma. Laureys concluded that coma patients are misdiagnosed “on a disturbingly regular basis”. He examined 44 patients believed to be in a vegetative state, and found that 18 of them responded to communication. “Once someone is labelled as being without consciousness, it is very hard to get rid of that,” he told Der Spiegel. He said patients suspected of being in a non-reversible coma should be “tested 10 times” and that comas, like sleep, have different stages and need to be monitored. Houben hopes to write a book detailing his trauma and his “rebirth”.
Jackson’s doctor returns to his Houston clinic
While attending services at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Houston, Murray stood before parishioners and told them he returned to serve his community.
Murray, who was with Jackson when the 50-year-old singer died, has not been charged with a crime. “I am taking my life back step by step. I “He’s a good doctor, he’s a kind man,” wanted to come home,” Murray said in video Ransom Craddock, 81, said as he sat outside shot by Houston television station KPRC. the clinic, a nondescript brown brick building next to a supermarket in a lower-income area
Noong 1998 naoperahan ako ng myoma at magmula noon tatlong beses lang akong nagbabawas sa isang lingo. Alam kong hindi ito mabuti sa aking katawan kaya nagtry ako ng iba’t ibang laxative drinks katulad ng mga tea. Marami na rin akong natry na iba’t ibang food supplements kaya lang medyo may nararamdaman akong sakit sa aking dibdib. Natutuwa talaga ako noong nabasa ko ang tungkol sa “Ecolon” food supplement ng RICA International sa Kabayan Star newspaper dahil pagkatapos kong inumin ang pangalawang box na ininom ko araw-araw na akong nagbabawas at hindi na sumasakit ang aking tiyan. Emma, 51
“I can’t tell you the joy. We were proud to see him,” Mosley, 80, said of the visit she and a group of patients had with Murray at the clinic on Friday. “I see him as a physician and a friend.”
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Patients later praised Murray’s work as a cardiologist and called him a community role model, saying they have no concerns about being treated by the man under investigation in Jackson’s June 25 death.
Ruby Mosley praised Murray for providing care to low-income patients and said she believes very little about what the media has reported about his possible role in Jackson’s death.
Dr. Conrad Murray was greeted by several patients and the pastor of his church when he arrived at the Armstrong Medical Clinic. One church member held up a handwritten sign that read “Welcome Back.”
of north Houston. “We all in this community welcome him back. We need him in this community.”
Michael Jackson’s doctor returned to work at his Houston medical clinic on Monday for the first time since the pop star’s death and his patients welcomed him back without reservation.
poisoning-related illnesses and lung infections · Klebsiella -- associated with Sapkota and microbial ecolomany kinds of lung, blood, and gists at the Ecole Centrale de other infections Lyon in France examined the bacteria content in four major · Pseudomonas aeruginosa -- a specific type of bacteria that is cigarette brands: Camel, Kool Filter Kings, Lucky Strike Origi- responsible for 10% of hospinal Red, and Marlboro Red and tal-acquired infections found similar types of bacteria “If these organisms can survive in each one. the smoking process -- and Health.
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Previous research has watched for bacterial growth in lab dishes containing small tobacco samples, but this study is the first to scrutinize a cigarette’s bacterial genetic makeup.
The testing revealed that cigarettes contain a wide variety of bacteria that are linked to lung, blood, and food-borne-related infections. Among those present were: “The commercially available · Acinetobacter -- associated cigarettes that we tested were with certain blood and lung chock full of bacteria, as we had infections hypothesized, but we didn’t think · Bacillus -- some types are aswe’d find so many that are infec- sociated with anthrax and food tious in humans,” says researcher poisoning Amy R. Sapkota, an assistant · Burkholderia -- some strains professor in the University of can cause respiratory infections Maryland’s School of Public · Clostridium -- linked to food
10 Instant Ways to Get More Energy Feeling fatigued? Here are 10 simple energy solutions. 1. Go for a walk. “Less than 25 percent of my female patients get enough exercise to feel energized,” says Ann Kulze, M.D., author of Dr. Ann’s 10 Step Diet. Aim for 30 minutes of activity, five days a week.
Foods That Feed Your Muscles Your muscles are constantly working for you, so feed them well. Recent news indicates that muscle mass, especially in the lower of half of the body, is essential for good health. Muscle mass helps keep blood sugar levels even, thus fighting type 2 diabetes. Plus, muscle requires more energy to simply exist than fat, so more muscle means you burn more calories. The added strength is a bonus too. Here are five foods to put on your plate to help you maximize your muscle power. 1. Lean Cuts of Red Meat When eaten in moderation, red meat is not bad for your health. In fact, it is a great source for vitamin B12, and if you eat grass-fed beef it will provide some omega-3 fats too. Be sure to select the leaner cuts like sirloin and tenderloin to keep your intake of unhealthy saturated fats to a minimum. 2. Eggs Eggs are considered to be a high-quality protein source. Egg protein helps preserve muscle mass and provides steady and sustained energy. The study recommends eggs as a protein source for endurance athletes since eggs are high in the amino acid leucine, which helps muscles, utilize the fuel glucose.
Cigarettes are massive germ factories that may expose users and passersby to a swarm of disease-causing bacteria, a study shows. It’s well known that cigarette smoke harbors hundreds of toxic chemicals that are bad for your health. But a University of Maryland environmental health researcher says that’s not the only danger. DNA examination of four cigarette brands shows, for the first time, that cigarettes are “widely contaminated” with hundreds of different types of bacteria. In fact, there appears to be as many bacteria in cigarettes as there are chemicals.
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we believe they can -- then they could possibly go on to contribute to both infectious and chronic illnesses in both smokers and individuals who are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke,” Sapkota says. Although the public health implications of these findings are unclear at present, scientists plan to continue their research to determine if the bacteria can be implicated in tobacco-related diseases. A big question is whether or not cigaretteborne bacteria can survive the burning process and enter the lungs of smokers and grow. Some evidence suggests that some bacteria can spread this way. The bacteria may also be present on, or in, the filter.
3. Quinoa Quinoa is chock-full of protein, making it a healthy carbohydrate that fills you up, provides energy, and is full of all the essential acids your muscles need to grow. This whole grain is also full of iron and potassium.
4. Cottage Cheese Cottage cheese, like other low fat dairy products, is loaded with protein, potassium, calcium, and vitamin D — all the things necessary for proper muscle function. Cottage cheese just happens to contain more protein than yogurt. To keep your fat intake down, make sure to opt for the low fat version.
acupuncture points for a quick mental boost. 5. Have a banana. Bananas provide potassium, a mineral key to converting blood sugar into energy, says ob/gyn Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom. 6. Sip green tea. It contains caffeine (a stimulant) and theanine, which calms you while leaving your mind clear. 7. Take a hike. Observing nature’s beauty can relieve energy-zapping stress. Studies suggest that workers who have views of nature have fewer stress-related symptoms.
Nabasa ko ang tungkol sa mga food supplements ng RICA sa KabayanSTAR newspaper, nagkaroon ako ng interest kaya hinanap ko ang shop nila sa World Wide House. Noong nagpa consulta ako sa kanila nadiskubre kong mayroon pala akong high blood pagkatapos kong na BP. Palagi ding masakit ang aking buong katawan na nakakaapekto sa aking pagtatrabaho kaya tinanong ko kung ano ang magandang food supplement mayron sila na puwede kong gamitin. Ang nirekumenda sa akin ay Arginine, binigyan ako ng flyers tungkol dito at pagkatapos kong binasa ang mga benefits nito ay nagdesisyon akong bumili. Habang iniinom ko ang unang bote ng Arginine na binili ko, nararamdaman ko ang maraming pagbabago ng aking pakiramdam. Isang buwan palang akong nakakainom pero masigla ako, may improvement na rin ang mataas kong BP noon at malakas ang aking pakiramdam kahit maghapon akong nagtatrabaho.
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8. Avoid “energy vampires.” 2. Snack on nuts, not You know, like that friend who sweets. calls twice a day just to grumSugary snacks cause ble? “These people wear you out blood sugar levels to with their constant complainspike, then crash, leaving ing,” says Judith Orloff, M.D. So you wiped out, says Jaset limits. For instance, tell your cob Teitelbaum, M.D., medical director of the friend you can talk for only five minutes, Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers. But the pro- then end the call when her time is up. tein in nuts digests slowly for lasting energy. 9. Take a power nap. 3. Pop a mint. A Harvard study found that a 30-minute The smell of mint ups alertness by stimulating midday nap prevented energy from flagyour trigeminal nerve, “the same nerve that’s ging further, while an hour-long nap actuactivated by smelling salts,” says Alan Hirsch, ally boosted energy and performance. M.D., director of Chicago’s Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation. 10. Do a mini-meditation. Sit in a quiet place, take slow, deep 4. Give yourself a massage. breaths, and concentrate on a pleasMassage your ears for 15 to 30 seconds, suging memory. Within three minutes, you gests Teitelbaum. This stimulates energizing should feel calmer and more energized.
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Why do I or members of my family need to see an eye doctor? Sooner or later almost everyone will need to use eyeglasses. Vision problems are generally divided into two categories: nearsightedness (being able to see clearly only when things are close up or nearby), or farsightedness (being able to see things far away, while small nearby objects, such as printed words, appear blurred). People with nearsightedness normally need eyeglasses throughout their life. When most people reach age 40 or older, their eyes gradually become more farsighted -- a condition called presbyopia, which requires corrective glasses for reading or doing detailed work. This is a perfectly natural consequence of the aging process. Other eye conditions and diseases—including cataracts, glaucoma, astigmatism, lazy eye (amblyopia), retinal disorders, and the side effects of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease -- also require an eye doctor’s ongoing monitoring and care. Eye care professionals stress that caught early on, all these eye diseases can be treated. Without treatment, some of them can cause permanent blindness. Some adults are only motivated to see an eye doctor “when they can’t see,” says Ringo, an optometrist in Ligo Optical, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Yet adults should have regular eye exams even if their vision is good because an exam can detect early-stage diseases –even if you’re not having symptoms. In one dramatic example, eye tests can sometimes detect brain tumors. They can also reveal eye damage due to diabetes, which is a leading cause of blindness.
Gusto kong gumaling pero hindi ko akalaing ganun kabilis!! Meron akong nerve problem at dahil dito hindi ko makontrol ang paggalaw ng aking ulo. Mahirap dahil talagang kapansin pansin ang paggalaw nito. Naalala ko agn aking kakilala sa palengke na may katulad na karamdaman sa akin at nang nagkita kami sa palengke ay kaagad ko siyang tinanong kung ano ang ginamit niyang gamot o ano ang ginawa niya at gumaling siya. Nasabi niya sa akin ang RICA kaya hindi na rin ako nag aksaya ng panahon ko nang mag day off ako. Marami ang nakakita sa akin at nagtatanong kung paano ako nagkaganun at parang pasmado. Nang ako’y nakapagpa konsulta, nerve problem nga at pinayuhan ako ng Bio Young Amino Acid Complex. May kamahalan pero sinubukan ko pa rin. Isang linggo ang makalipas, bumalik ako sa RICA para magtanong kung totoo ba ang nakikita kong pagbabago dahil parang di rin ako makapaniwala. 2 Linggo akong nag Bio Young at talaga namang malaki ang improvement. Sabi ng marami mas naging maaliwalas ang mukha ko, halos wala nang mapapansing paggalaw ng aking ulo at medyo nabanit din daw ang aking balat. Gusto kong ishare kaagad ito sa lahat ng kapwa ko OFW lalong lalo na sa mga may karamdamang katulad ko. - Rina
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Pacquiao welcomed as a “hero” ished Philippines, the Roman Catholic Church broke with custom and allowed him to deliver a speech at a Manila church before the parade. “I live my life like every day is the last. I am proud for having attained this record,” the devout Catholic told the other churchgoers, mostly ordinary Filipinos who had waited for hours to catch a glimpse of their hero.
Despite of the latest intrigue about our “hero” linking to a sexy actress a bruised but smiling Manny Pacquiao enjoyed a hero’s welcome as he returned home to the Philippines with masses of people taking to the streets and hailing him as the best boxer of all time.
splint and a dark shadow under on of his eyes. But he wore his bandages with pride.
“It is because of God and your prayers that I succeeded in my fights. I believe in the power of God, 100 percent.” He has already parlayed his boxing fame into a successful show business career, playing starring roles in top-rating movies and a television sitcom, while earning tens of millions of dollars in endorsements.
However his fame has also brought him personal trouble, amid persistent rumors about extra-marital “I did not remove them so the affairs. This week he was forced to people would know how hard this admonish the press for focusing on job is,” he said. the unproven rumors. After the parade, Pacquiao was officially Even the nation’s highest rankdistinguished at a central ing officials joined the poorest of Manila park, where slum dwellers in paying homage to Pacquiao after he demolished Puerto President Gloria Arroyo conferred on him the Rican Miguel Cotto to become the ceremonial “Sikatuna only man in history to win seven Award”. titles in as many weight classes. Normally reserved for foreign heads of state, “If Muhammad Ali was one in a the award cited the 30million during his time, and everyyear-old “for achieving body said he was one in a million, Manny is one in 6.7 billion. No one a feat unprecedented in can compare,” gushed Environment boxing history”. Secretary Joselito Atienza. Pacquiao’s victory over Cotto cemented his repuPacquiao was initially greeted with tation as the world’s best an airport banner that read: “Welpound-for-pound fighter, come home, the world’s best boxer of all time.” Those sentiments were a title disputed by American Floyd Mayweather, expressed by tens of thousands of the previous holder of fans who gathered in Manila later the mythical tag and pofor a street parade. tential next opponent. Pacquiao returned from last In another honour that weekend’s fight against Cotto in highlighted his imporLas Vegas with his right ear still tance to the 92 million bandaged his right hand in a black people of the impover-
Krista breaks silence on her ‘affair’ with Pacman Inamin ni Krista na batid niya ang kumakalat na tsismis tungkol sa umano’y romantikong ugnayan niya kay Pacquiao na kasama niya sa pelikulang “Wapakman.” “Yeah, heard about it already… we’re still discussing when and how to speak” tugon ni Krista sa tanong tungkol sa umano’y relasyon nito kay Manny. Mariin din pinabulaanan ng aktres ang isa pang kumakalat na tsismis na nagdadalang-tao siya. Tungkol naman sa pinagpipistahang video sa Internet tungkol sa kuha ni Manny na nagmamaneho ng kotse sa US at may sakay na babae na nagtakip ng mukha, sinabi ni Krista na hindi pa niya ito napapanood. Sa kabila ng pagkakaugnay niya kay Manny, sinabi ni Krista na sila pa rin ng kanyang nobyo na si Direk Dominic Zapata.
Bakit nga ba umiyak si Jinkee sa thanksgiving mass? Nagsalita na ang maybahay ni Manny Pacquiao na si Jinkee sa pag-iyak niya at tila pagtabig sa kamay ng asawa sa Thanksgiving Mass sa Las Vegas, USA.
Rosalio and Dionisia Pacquiao are holding the title belts of their son Manny. Manny Pacquiao now holds three in three different weight class and three boxing organizations, the first Asian to have such a achievement.
Kasama ni Manny na dumating sa Pilipinas nitong Biyernes si Jinkee sa kabila ng mga espekulasyon na may namumuong problema sa kanilang pagsasama. Nag-ugat ang kontrobersiya dahil sa umano’y relasyon ng tinaguriang “pambansang kamao” sa isang sexy actress. Nagpaliwanag si Jinkee kung bakit siya napaiyak sa sermon ng pari sa misa na ginanap sa Las Vegas matapos talunin ni Manny ang Puerto Rican boxer na si Miguel Cotto noong Linggo. “Oo na-touch lang ako, tsaka meaningful kasi ‘yong homily dun so yun lang yun. Saka namiss ko yung mga anak ko,” pahayag ni Jingkee na ayon sa ulat ay maaliwas ang mukha at halata ang pagiging seksi. Nang kamustahin si Manny na katabi si Jinkee tungkol sa lagay ng kanyang pamilya, sagot ng bagong World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, “Ok naman masaya naman kami.”
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Pac-man linked with sexyactress Krista Ranillo? While some groups were celebrating the thanksgiving mass for another championship of Manny Pacquiao versus Miguel Cotto some groups were also intrigue if Pac-man is really linked with sexy-actress Krista Ranillo.
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Angel Locsin happy for Anne and Sam Ikinuwento ni Angel Locsin na sa pagiging close nila ni Anne Curtis dahil sa proyektong Shop and Share ay napag-uusapan nila ang mga personal na aspeto sa buhay, kabilang na rin ang usaping may kinalaman sa puso. Pero nilinaw ni Angel na hindi nila pinag-uusapan ni Anne ang mga isyung di dapat kinukuwento.
According to our source, Jinkee Pacquiao who was already emotional fell into tears when the priest started speaking about the importance of love and family in his sermon. Jinkee was said to have leaned to her friend’s arms and didn’t look back at her husband who was trying to calm her when she was crying intensely. According to some viewers Jinkee has turned to be emotional because of the latest intrigue that Pac-man is related to Ranillo.
Johnny Delgado laid to rest
And what was the answer of our bida? “No comment ako about that issue. Bahala na sila magkwento. Siguro, kaya hindi tayo umaasenso dahil pinakikialaman natin ang buhay ng iba... I-honor na lang nila ang nagawa kong achievement para sa mga Pilipino... Iwasan na muna natin kaugalian nating crab mentality.”
Veteran actor Johnny Delgado was laid to rest on 24th of November at Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina. Delgado, or Juan Marasigan Feleo, in real life was brought to his resting place after a mass at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine in New Manila, Quezon City. Families and friends of Delgado attended the mass and paid their final respects to the actor. The 61-year-old veteran actor passed away on November 19 after a long battle with lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes. Delgado is survived by his wife, director Laurice Guillen, and two daughters, actress Ina Feleo and theater actress Ana Feleo. Aside from being a great actor, Delgado was a noted actor and writer. He appeared in numerous films including “Tanging Yaman,” “Kailangan Kita,” “La Visa Loca,” and “Ligalig.” He was nominated several times in different award giving bodies. Among his acting awards were best supporting actor for “Ligalig” in 2006 and best actor for “Tanging Yaman” in 2000. The actor last appeared in Star Cinema’s “You Got Me” opposite Toni Gonzaga and Sam Milby. His recent television roles were GMA 7’s “Kamandag” and ABS-CBN’s “Maria Flordeluna” and “May Bukas Pa.”
And I’m happy na nakikita ko sila na okay okay na,” paliwanag ni Angel. Gumagawa ngayon ng pelikula si Anne at si Sam para sa susunod na taon. At nilinaw rin ni Angel ang pagtanggi niya sa regalong cell phone sa kanya ng Fil-Am actor nang magkatambal pa sila sa teleseryeng Only You. Aniya, hindi ito dapat bigyan ng malisya dahil mapagbigay daw umano talaga ang aktor. “Si Sam kasi mahilig lang magbigay. Kahit sa mga crew minsan darating ‘yan may kape o pagkain walang chorva. Ganun lang talaga ‘yon.”
Ikinuwento rin nyang “’Yung telepono ko kasi (during that time) ay bigay ni Luis (Manzano, dating boyfriend), parang weird naman na kung papalitan ko ‘yon sa bigay ni Sam.” Si Luis na dating boyfriend ni Angel ay very close friend ni Anne at ang dating boyfriend ni Anne na si Sam ay very close din kay Angel.
Gov Vilma takes her oath as LP’s new recruit Sa oath-taking nina Batangas Governor Vilma Santos at asawa nitong Ralph Recto bilang bagong miyembro ng Liberal Party (LP) ay dumating sina Star Sharon Cuneta, at actress-TV host na si Kris Aquino-Yap. Dahil na rin sa kanilang pagdalo nasabing dumagsa ang tao sa open ground ng kapitolyo ng Batangas. At ayon sa ulat, hindi natinag ang mga taong sumaksi sa paglipat sa LP ng mag-asawa kahit bumuhos ang malakas na ulan.
Mismong sina Sen Aquino at Sen Mar Roxas ang namahala sa panunumpa ng mga bagong kasapi ng partido. Lumipat din sa LP mula sa Lakas-CMD si vice governor Mark Leviste at ilang lokal na opisyal bukod sa mag-asawang Vilma at Recto. Nabanggit ni Kris na kasama ang kanyang mga kapatid na babae niligawan nila si Gov Vilma na lumipat sa LP. Aniya, hindi naging madali ang paghikayat nila sa tinaguriang “Star for All Season” para suportahan ang kanilang kuya Noynoy. Inihayag naman ni Gov Vilma na marami siyang tinanggihan na alok ng ibang partido na tumakbong bise presidente. “Maraming salamat sa tiwala dahil ang puso (ko) sa lalawigan ng Batangas. (Sa) Liberal party dahil si Noynoy ay nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa tao, tama?,” ayon sa actresspolitician. Inihayag naman ni Sen Aquino ang kanyang plataporma sa kampanya. Kasama umano rito ang pagsusulong ng edukasyon para sa mahirap, dagdag na trabaho at matatag na hustisya, ayon sa ulat.
Naging kontrobersiyal ang paglipat ng mag-asawang Vilma at Recto sa LP dahil naging dahilan ito para kumalas sa partido ni Noynoy si dating Sen Serge Osmena. Sinabi ni Osmena na hindi niya nais makasama sa senatorial line-up ng LP si Recto dahil kilala itong kaalyado ni Pangulong Gloria Arroyo at nagsulong para maisabatas ang 12 percent expanded Value Added Tax .
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The Kapamilya trade event in Subic Almost all Kapamilya stars traveled to Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center for the last trade event of ABS-CBN network for the year 2009. The production number of the ASAP’s full force was very successful. All the Kapamilya stars that joined the event had their chance for bonding after a long time that they haven’t met together. Early morning of November 19 the stars arrived at White Rock Beach Resort where they check in.
Diether’s cool chopper ride Winner grand entrance ni Diether Ocampo dahil siya lang ang kaisa-isang artistang dumating sa resort sakay ng helicopter para lang makahabol sa rehearsal ng trade event. Noong maglanding ang chopper sa tabing-dagat ay maraming napaisip kung sino kaya ang lulan nito. Ang sabi ni Diether “Ako’y nakiusap lang sa aking kaibigan na si Darius Hizon. Yung pamilya kasi nila ang mayari ng Pampanga’s Best. Biniro ko lang siya, sabi ko, ‘O Darius baka meron kang delivery ng tocino sa Subic. Makikisabay na ako dahil kailangan ko magpunta dun ng rehearsal ng maaga e.’ Tapos tinotohanan naman niya so yun. Galing din kasi akong taping kaya medyo gahol sa oras.”
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Kim Chiu and Gerald wowed audience in Subic The audience at the Kapamilya trade event in Subic last November 19 was impressed by Kim Chiu and Gerald Anderson’s sexy dance number, which was similar to what they did during the recent Star Magic concert at Araneta. In an interview with ABS-CBN.com, the young actress was glad that she and Gerald were able to pull it off without a glitch. “Ako na yung ‘Tapon Queen’ ngayon, charing! Natutunan ko yung steps kay teacher (Georcelle Dapat). Una kinakabahan talaga kami lalo na sa backstage, sigaw ako ng sigaw para hindi ako matense. Si Gerald nanginginig-nginig pa siya ng konti. Sabi ko, ‘Oh no! ’Wag ka manginginig, mahuhulog ako.’ Natuwa naman yung audience kasi tapon kung tapon at buhat kung buhat ako ni Gerald,” she beamed. Abs cbn
Albert Martinez says ‘Yung pagpanaw ni Johnny Delgado is not good for my wife, emotionally’ Martinez said that he is saddened by the death of Johnny Delgado, whom Albert had previously worked with before. He said that years back, when they worked together in a project, Johnny gave him helpful tips on how to improve his acting. Albert also admitted that Johnny’s death due to cancer made a big impact on his family because Albert’s wife, Liezl Martinez, is also battling cancer. “Yung pagpanaw ni Johnny Delgado is not good for my wife, emotionally,” revealed Albert, but quickly added his family is keeping optimistic that they can overcome this trial. “Very optimistic (kami) na kaya naming labanan ‘to and so far, so good.
Angelica to act as Rubi Angelica Panganiban considers it a big challenge to portray the title role in Rubi, an ABS-CBN’s offerings in 2010 which is adapted from the Mexicanovela hit. With the tagline “ang kontrabidang bida,” Angelica explained that her character lies between being a protagonist and an antagonist. Having watched some episodes of the original Mexican TV series, Angelica said that she initially got worried about the possibility that viewers might react negatively to her role, since Filipino values are different from Mexican values. Many have noted that Angelica is the perfect actress to play Rubi, noting that she effectively portrayed a role with the same nature, Scarlet de la Rhea, in the teleserye Iisa Pa lamang, which was top-billed by Claudine Barretto, Gabby Concepcion and Diether.
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The value of money and money values! The holiday season is getting near so let’s take a break from our business series and talk about values. Have you ever noticed how money is everywhere in our lives? So many words we use also have a money meaning: “dear” can be someone who is near to our heart, but also something expensive. We “spend” time and money. “Value” can be the principles that are important to us… and the price of something. Many of the moral values also have a money implication: take for example: trust, generosity, integrity, honesty, fairness, confidence. They all can have a money side. Can “values” help us managing our money? Yes, they can! Most of our decisions and actions imply money one way or the other. And how do we decide? We take decisions according to what seems the best to us: we think of different possibilities, gather information, think of what each decision implies (including what happens if we don’t do anything) in terms of benefit (what it brings us) and what it costs: money is one factor in our decision but not the only one. For example, you may decide to go back to your family for Christmas. How are you going to decide? First step, enquiry: can you take days off? How many? What is your family planning to do? When was the last time you saw them? How much does
(and us!) last Sunday. But well, maybe we have other stronger values than being admired. And if we had thought of what we really want to do with our money, we would not have bought theses shoes. So to really make the most of your money, and value it, take a moment to list your top five values: trust, care, generosity, integrity, openness, respect, honesty, happiness, tolerance, fairness, confidence, just to name a few. Then, have a look at all that you spend (and you earn!): if you have read this column for a long time, you know that the very first step to controlling money is to note down every dollar earned and spent: so look at your list and see if what you do with your money is consistent with your values: is it really the way you want to spend your money. Some expenses are survival (housing or food, for example). But others are not. You can re-work on your priorities, your goals and your Your inner values and beliefs impact many of your budget according to your values… and be ready to decisions … even when improve how you manyou go and buy a new age your money in 2010! pair of shoes; most of the Happy Holidays! time, when we go shopping, we don’t only buy In our next column, we’ll the item itself, but also all go back to the business that goes with it: we want series and calculate the to look more pretty, to feel second statement: the good, to be liked by our cash flow. In the meanfriends, etc… And that’s time, happy holidays! If why knowing our values you want to share you can help us… manage our stories or questions: send money! We can be very me an email: Sophie@ contradictory and end up aandbmake3.com or read taking decisions which we www.aandbmake3.com. regret. Why? Because they Enrich, our not-for-profit don’t really fit our values. partner in Hong Kong, Okay, we feel good with gives courses on money this new pair of shoes and matters (T: 2817.8928) our friends admired them the plane ticket cost? How can you pay for it (saving, borrowing…)? Second step, you assess each possibility: going or… not going (or maybe going to your in-laws who live in another place, or to see friends, instead): what are the pros (advantages) and the cons (drawbacks)? Your list of pros and cons will include some financials (plane ticket costs, local transportation, presents, cost of a loan if you have to borrow money…) but it will also take into account other considerations: happiness to be with your family, … or stress to see them, spending Christmas alone in Hong Kong versus being in your home country, kindness to see your parents, or your mother’s duty to see your children, etc. After gathering the factual pieces of information and listing the pros and cons, you can decide more easily: or at least (there is often no ideal decision), you choose the solution which fits you best.
OFW of the MONTH Since I started working in Hong Kong I have heard so many complaints and problems of our fellow OFWs about their job because of having a stay in “Popo” (grand mother). Most of the time when I hear stories related to “Popo” problem it was hard for me to understand because I don’t have any experience with grandparents. Today, I was talking to a friend who has been working in Hong Kong for over 16 years. I was so impressed that her story is very much different from many other OFWs who have been working with a grandmother. I am then inspired to write her story and publish in this paper. Ms. Leonila Gutoman is a native of Bisao, Mt. Province but relocated to Quirino Hill, Baguio City where her family builds their house. She is married and they have 1 son studying in college. Leonila started working in Hong Kong in 1993. She has worked to few employers before she settled in her present employer. In her present employer she has been working for them for more than 10 years. Like those who have bad experiences
with their “popo”, Ms. Gutoman also said that it was not easy working with a stay in grandmother. “Nong bago palang ako sa kanila laging nagsusumbong ang lola ko sa mga amo ko kaya medyo may kaba-kaba ako sa unang taon ko sa kanila.” So according to Leonila, she multiplied her patience not only for the grandmother but most especially towards her employers. “Ginawa ko ang lahat para makuha ang kanilang tiwala. And I was successful after I have been very honest with them and every time I find cash from their pockets in my laundry I gave it back to them. With all those acts I have shown them I was able to earn their full trust. So kahit na lagi akong isinusumbong ng matanda hindi nila siya pinapansin.” After few years, Leonila also shared that she was able to earn the “Popo’s” trust because she was very watchful every time her “Popo” pay bills. “May mga times na sobra ang kanyang ibinabayad sa mga tindera kaya I watch her carefully. If it happens she is very happy. At this point mabait na siya sa akin and most of the time she listens to me more than to my employers,” Gutoman said.
Rafael is 8 years old, umiinom siya ng Chlorella Ai na best seller ng RICA International Food Supplements. His mom, Ms. Rowena Madayag has been working in Hong Kong and just like any mothers in Hong Kong dahil malayo sa pamilya worried siya sa anak na si Rafael na lagging matamlay at ayaw magaral. Bilang ina nag search siya kung ano ang best na bibilhin niyang para sa anak. Nabasa niya ang tungkol sa Chlorella Ai food supplement at ang bisa nito kaya bumisita siya sa RICA Shop 107 WWH. Pagkatapos inumin ni Rafael ang unang dalawang boxes na ipinadala ng mommy niya ibinalita naman ng kanyang papa na lumakas kumain ito at sumigla, hindi lang poi yon. Dahil tamad mag-aral mababa lagi ang score sa test, ngunit lately mataas ang resulta ng kanyang exams at pinagalitan ng kanyang papa noong nakita ang result ng kanyang test dahil pinagbintangan niya itong nangopya. Subalit na confirm naman ng kanyang teacher na it was his own effort.
Rafael Madayag, Chlorella Ai
Bituin Ganigan, 46, Fanling N.T. Mahilig akong gumamit ng food supplements dahil kailangan natin ito lalo na sa klase ng trabaho natin. Ngunit noong tumubo uli ang cyst sa aking kamay na pinaopera ko naghanap ako ng magandang food supplement na maganda para dito. Nabasa ko sa Kabayan STAR na may mga gumamit ng RICA Chlorella AI na natanggal ang kanilang cyst, mayroon namang lumiit at hindi na sumasakit pagkatapos nilang uminom ng Chlorella AI kaya tumawag ako sa hotline nila. Ang nirekomenda nga sa akin ay Chlorella AI at Omega 3. Pagkasahod ko pumasyal na ako sa kanilang shop at nagpamiembro agad ako. Pagkatapos ng 1 linggo kong pag-inom ng kanilang food supplements bumisita ako uli sa RICA shop at tinanong ko sila kong bakit hindi pa naman lumiliit although maganda at magaan ang pakiramdam ko. Natanggal ang pananakit ng aking buto-buto. Sinabihan akong at least 4-6 months ang healing process, gusto ko talagang matanggal kaya bumili uli ako. Laking tuwa ko nang 1 araw napansin kong wala na ang bukol sa aking kamay kaya tumawag ako sa hotline at binalitaan ko sila. Masaya ako dahil sa 1 buwan natunaw na ang cyst sa kamay ko. Liberty M. Antazo, 59 Ate Liberty has 4 grown up sons, two of them are in Canada and she is waiting for her visa to join them. She has been working in Hong Kong for 28 years. At her age she looks younger and she feels energetic. “Kahit na pagod ako sa maghapong trabaho ay malakas pa rin ang pakiramdam ko kaya masaya ako”, she said. Three years na akong gumagamit ng RICA Royal Jelly at Omega 3 kaya siguro hindi ako madaling dapuan ng sakit, matagal na rin akong hindi nagpapaduktor. I also introduce Chlorella AI to my sister who has mayoma, dati daw sumasakit pero okay na sya pagkatapos mag RICA. Pinagamit ko rin ang manugang at kapatid kong bunso na may goiter ng Chlorella AI. Gumamit ako ng RICA Food supplements na walang karamdaman kundi panlaban sa puyat at pagod. Para sa akin hanggang maaga ay dapat kong alagaan ang aking sarili at makakatulong sa aking immune system. “Prevention is better than cure” ika nga.
Miralona Coates,54 Tita Miralona is a chief cook in of the eatery in Hong Kong. She started her career since she arrived the territory. In the 2004, she was diagnosed to have mayoma that attracted her to use the RICA Food Supplement Chlorella AI. She heard that this Food Supplement is a very effective Body Cleanser. “Health conscious talaga ako kaya pag may narinig akong maganda na connected sa nararamdaman ko sinusubukan ko,” she said. For her you will never know the effectiveness of a medicine or food supplement if you don’t try. She used Chlorella Ai for more than a year before she decided to be operated. “Hindi na sana ako ooperahan ng doctor ko dahil after more than 1 year na gumamit ako ng RICA Chlorella Ai sinabihan ako na lumiit na ang aking mayoma at hindi ko na kailangan ma-operahan although pwede ko pa ring ipatanggal,” Miralona said. She was operated and her doctor was amazed because she was very strong and she had only 3 days healing. “Kinumpare ako sa mga ibang pasyente kasi ang bilis na heal ang mga sugat ko sa loob at labas.” Ludivina Lumbera, 40 Nagsimula akong gumamit ng RICA Chlorella Ai noong taong 2004 dahil sa aking high blood at palpitation. Ang amo kong lalaki ng taong iyon ay Australian. Sa pangatlong taon ko sa kanila nakita ng amo kong lalaki ang box ng Chlorella AI na ginagamit ko at sinuri nya ang mga sangkap nito. Nakita nyang mas puro ito kaysa ginagamit nyang ibang chlorella. Magmula noon ay sinimulan na rin nyang gamitin at pinapadalhan na rin nya ang kanyang pamilya sa Australia. Umalis ako sa kanila noong 2007 at lumipat ng bagong amo ngunit hanggang ngayon ay tumatawag pa rin sya sa akin para ipaalam na bibili sya ng RICA Chlorella Ai under sa pangalan ko.
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Ang Kalayaan...Sa Likod Ng Mga Pangarap talaga nating mamili.” “Tama ka Rosana at hindi kita masisisi. H’wag mong iyakan pa ang nangyari. Siguro nga talagang sadyang hindi tayo nagkatuluyan dahil may inilaan siya na karapat-dapat para sa pag-ibig ko. Paalam Rosana.” Iyon ang huling sinambit ni Jonnathan sabay talikod at walang lingon na nilisan na ang mala mansion na bahay nina Rosana.
“Pasensiya na kayo kung nakaalala ako sa inyo. Gusto ko lang kasing makasiguro sa sarili ko kaya ako pumarito. Sa palagay ko naman masaya ka na sa buhay na pinili mo kaya wala na siguro akong dapat gawin kundi patawarin ka na sa mga nagawa mo sa akin. Gusto ko na rin kasing makapag-umpisa nang bagong buhay. Matagal na rin akong nakulong sa pag-alaala at paggunita sa ating masayang kahapon.”
Naiwan si Rosana na patuloy ang pag-agos ng luha. “Jon sorry at salamat Kung alam lang din. Siguro naman sana ni Jonnathan alam mo na kayak na walang ibang o nagawa ito. Hindi minahal si Rosana para sa sarili ko kundi siya... ang lahat kundi NOVEL wRITER ngunit wala na para sa pamilya Erna Velado siyang karapatan ko. Napakabait ng para ipaalam asawa ko sa akin at pa rito dahil alam niyang natutuhan ko na rin siyang hindi na dapat. Kailangan mahalin. Patawarin mo ako niyang panindigan ang kung naging marupok at pagkakamaling nagawa niya, mahina ako. Dalangin ko n isa pa magkakaanak na sila asana ay makatagpo ka na ni Salem at ayaw niyang rin ng babaeng mas higit na karapat-dapat sa pagmamahal pagsisihan ang lahat dahil batid niyang nakapagdulot mo.” iyon ng kaginhawaan sa buhay ng kanyang pamilya. “Tama ka Rosana. Kaya ako nandito ay upang tuldukan Tama ang naisip ni na ang ating nakaraan at Jonnathan, closure lang pala palayain ko na ang aking ang kulang sa relasyon nila puso sa kulungang hindi naman dapat nito kinalagyan. ni Rosana upang magkaroon At gusto ko lang ipaalam sayo na siya ng tunay na kalayaan. Kalayaan na ipagpatuloy ang na may natagpuan na akong mga pangarap nais matupad babaeng karapat-dapat kong at kalayaang muling umibig alayan ng tapat at wagas na at magmahal ng isang pagmamahal.” babaeng nararapat para sa kanya at iyon ay walang iba “Jon.” Tanging nasambit ni Rosana kasabay ng pagpatak kundi si April. Hindi na siya makapaghintay na makabalik ng luha sa kanyang mga mata. “Maraming salamat sa agad sa Boracay. Kinuha niya pagmamahal na inukol mo sa agad ang cellphone sa bulsa. akin. Hangad ko ang iyong “Hello Jonna, pwede bang kaligayahan. Alam ng Diyos makausap si April…..” kung gaano kita minahal ngunit dumarating ang mga Makalipas ang isang taon pagkakataon na kailangan
“Mabuhay ang mga bagong kasal!” “Congratulations and best wishes to both of you!” “Thanks sis! O, ano? Di ka na ba talaga papipigil sa pag-alis mo? “I have decided already kuya. For pick-up nalang ang VISA ko sa agency. Baka next week lilipad na rin ako patungong Hong Kong. Hoy! Hwag kayong magtatagal sa honeymoon ninyo sa Baguio ha…gusto ko, pag-alis ko ay nandito kayo. Alam mo naman si nanay, baka lalo siyang malulungkot sa pagalis ko kapag wala kayo. ‘Di bale si tatay dahil nakukulitan na ‘yon sa akin.” “One week lang naman kami Jonna, marami pa kasing dapat asikasuhin sa restaurant ng kuya mo kaya hindi kami dapat magtagal.” “Kaya nga eh, lalo na’t mawawalan kayo ng magandang cashier. Ang suwerte rin ng utol ko dito di ba? Napaka sipag niya at higit sa lahat labs na labs ka. O sige na, exit na muna ako at nangangati na ako sa gown ko.” “Natatawa na lamang na nagkatinginan ang bagong kasal. One year pagkatapos ng kasal ng kuya Vincent ni Jonnathan ay saka pa lamang sila nagpakasal dahil naniniwala sila sa kasabihang na masama dawn a ikasal ang magkapatid sa loob ng isang taon. Ngayon ay Malaya na silang maipadama sa isa’t-isa ang kanilang pagmamahalan na pinagbuklod ng Poong Maykapal. WAKAS
Tita Lita in yellow shirt with Shirley in purple shirt
Ang mag Tita na lalong pinasigla ng RICA Royal Jelly” Ang Tita Lita ko ang unang gumamit ng RICA Food supplements. Matagal na siya dito sa Hong Kong kaya mas malusog at masigla siya sa akin. Minsang isinama nya ako sa shop ng RICA sa World Wide House, napansin ng kanyang mga kakilala ang aking katamlayan at lungkot sa aking mukha. Makikita sa aking katawan ang aking kapaguran kaya pinayuhan nila akong gumamit ng RICA Royal Jelly. Ito daw ang ginagamit ng mga hindi nakakatulog, stressed, over fatigue, may mga problema sa menstruation at marami pang karamdaman na bumabalakid sa pagtratrabaho sa malayo. Dahil wala pa akong budget nag-aalangan ako ngunit dahil sa support at pag-aalala ng Tita ko nag try ako. Malaki din ang tiwala ko sa aking Tita na talagang gumagamit din ng RICA Food supplements at kita rin naman sa kanyang kasiglahan. Pagkatapos lang ng isang linggo kong pag-inom ng RICA Royal Jelly marami nang nakapansin sa pagsigla ng aking mukha dahil naramdaman ko talaga ang bagong lakas ng aking katawan. Hindi na ako madaling mapagod kaya ako’y nagpapasalamat sa aking Tita Lita at syempre sa RICA International!
Nagkababy din sa tulong ng RICA Food Supplements
gumamit ng RICA Products bago ako umuwi para magbakasyon at ganun din ang aking asawa.
6 years na ako dito sa Hong kong at palagi kong minimithing magkaroon na sani kami ng anak ng aking asawa. Sa Pilipinas, bago ako magtrabaho sa abroad, dalawang beses na akong nakunan at sa hindi ko nalamang kadahilanan.
18 days lang ang aking bakasyon at balik uli sa trabaho, ngunit makalipas ang isang buwan ay nagpa check up ako at nabigyan ng napakagandang balita na ako ay isang buwan nang nagdadalantao.
Sa pagbisita ko sa RICA Worldwide shop ay nakapagtanong ako at nakapagsabing gusto kong magkaanak. Pinayuhan akong gumamit ng RICA Royal Jelly at Chlorella Ai, sa Asawa ko naman ang RICA Omega 3. Naging maganda ang pakiramdam ko at higit sa lahat, malaking blessing ang nairegalo sa amin dahil, nabuntis ako. May 7 buwan din akong
Tumigil muna ako sa Pilipinas hanggang sa makapanganak at sa awa ng Diyos ay naipanganak ko an gaming anak na babae na walang problema. Siya ay si Dianne Pascua at kahit ang mga Doktor ay natutuwang ibinalita sa akin na maganda ang kanyang kalusugan. Kaya bumalik ako sa Hong Kong na panatag ang kalooban kahit maliit pa siya, para naman mag-ipon
para sa kaniyang kinabukasan. Maraming salamat sa tulong ng RICA food supplements at ngayon ay buo na ang aking inspirasyon. Herminia Pascua
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Filipinos Around the Globe 12. In some eastern European countries shaking your head means “yes”. Whereas nodding your head means “no” 13. A shrimp’s heart is in its head. 14. Cat’s urine GLOWS under a blacklight? 15. A cockroach will live nine days without it’s head before it starves to death. 16. The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people ! 17. Human birth control pills work on gorillas. 18. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain. 19. The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world. 20. All polar bears are left-handed. 21. A snail can sleep for three years. 22. Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump. 23. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. 24. It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs ... but not downstairs. 25. Butterflies taste with their feet. 26. The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue. 27. Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than left-handed people. 28. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself. 29. If someone places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. 30. Cats and dogs can only see the colors blue and yellow.
Did you know that the Oxford Dictionary updated the definition of the following words?
* Divorce: Future tense of marriage. * Cigarette: A pinch of tobacco rolled in paper with fire at one end & a fool on the other. * Lecture: An art of transferring information from the notes of the lecturer to the notes of the students without passing through “the minds of either” * Compromise: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest Piece. * Tears: The hydraulic force by which masculine willpower is defeated by feminine water power. * Dictionary: A place where success comes before work. * Conference Room: A place where everybody talks, nobody listens and everybody disagrees later on. * Classic: A book which people praise, but does not read. * Smile: A curve that can set a lot of things straight. * Office: A place where you can relax after your strenuous home life. * Yawn: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth. * Etc.: A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do. * Committee: Individuals who can do nothing individually and sit to decide that nothing can be done together. * Experience: The name men give to their mistakes. * Atom Bomb: An invention to end all inventions. * Philosopher: A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead. * Diplomat: A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. * Opportunist: A person who starts taking a bath if he accidentally falls into a river. * Optimist: A person who while falling from Eiffel tower says in midway, “See I am not injured yet.” * Miser: A person who lives poor so that he can die rich. * Father: A banker provided by nature. * Criminal: A guy no different from the rest….except that he got caught. * Boss: Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.
Filipino Australians are Australians who are either migrants or descended from migrants from the Philippines. According to the 2006 census, there are over 160,374 Filipino Australians. In Sydney, people born in the Philippines comprise 5.9% of the population in the City of Blacktown, and it is the largest directly-born ethnic group in Blacktown Currently Filipinos are the third largest Asian Australian immigrant group behind Vietnamese Australians and Chinese Australians, Females accounted for 65.5% of the Philippine community while males represented 34.5% of the Filipino Australian population.
“Pinoy kids in Australia retracing their roots”
As our revered national hero Jose Rizal said: “Ang hindi marunong magmahal ng sariling wika ay higit pa ang amoy sa malansang isda.” this bunch of Aussie-Pinoy kids would have made old Pepe proud. These children are gathered on Saturday morning to learn many things about Filipino. They are taught of pinoy games, stories, singing, dancing and cooking. The kids attending the class are enjoying because the school provides a lot of activities. Most of the children who enrolled were either born in Australia or have spent most of their lives in Australia and yet, they see relevance of learning the Filipino language. The students want to break down the language barrier that separates them from their countrymen.
According to census data, 50.2 per cent of the Philippines-born were resident in New South Wales, followed by 21.6 per cent in Victoria , 14.9 per cent in Queensland, and 5.2 per cent in Western Australia.
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Filipinos were excluded from entering Australia under the White Australia Policy. As a consequence, their numbers in Australia remained minimal — confined to descendants of those few Filipinos who had migrated to the north west pearling areas of Western Australia and the sugar cane plantations of Queensland prior to 1901 — until the abolition of racially selective immigration policies in 1966. The 1901 census had recorded 700 Filipinos in Australia.
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Martial law in the Philippines — declared in 1972 — and the renunciation of the White Australia Policy made Australia an attractive destination for Filipino emigrants, particularly skilled workers. Many Filipinas also settled in Australia from the 1970s onward as the spouses of Australian citizens. Marriages of brides born in the Philippines to long-time Australians rose very sharply from 1978, peaked in 1986, and remained high as at 2000, despite a dip in the early 1990s. The 1980s were the period of the greatest Filipino immigration, with 1987-1988 being the peak year.
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KEEP THE WONDER OF CHRISTMAS This month Emma and I want to encourage you to keep the wonder of Christmas. Lose the wonder of this event and you lose its meaning. Forget the supernatural and the miraculous of Christmas and this season becomes ordinary, not worth celebrating. Regain its wonder and you will humbly and joyfully celebrate your best Christmas ever. So what is the wonder of Christmas? Some would think of “Christmas shows and decors.” Of course we miss “parols” and the Christmas lights, but not the wonder of Christmas. Others might say, “gifts and bonuses”. Being generous is a good thing, but exchange gifts, bonuses, 13th month pays are not the Christmas wonder. What about being with family? Family reunions are great, but this is not what makes Christmas a wonder to remember. The wonder of Christmas is this: God became human— what a miracle! Grudem expresses the wonder of Christmas this way: “It is by far the most amazing miracle of the entire Bible.... The fact that the infinite, omnipotent, eternal Son of God could become man and join himself to a human nature ... will remain for eternity the most profound miracle and the most profound mystery in all the universe” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, Zondervan, 1994, p. 563). Let me share a few elements of wonder that we celebrate during Christmas: The first and clearly, the focal wonder of Christmas, is the
person who came. We’re used to calling him Jesus, his earthly name (Matthew 1:21), or see him as the “baby or nino in the manger”, and forget that he is more than human. He is God Himself, the eternal Son of God. The New Testament identifies Jesus as God’s Son. The Father, no less, calls him, his beloved Son (Matthew 3:17; 17:5). The “I am’s” so emphatically claimed by Jesus, all express Jesus selfidentification as God. We should also mention here that John identifies the eternal Word (John 1:1-3) to Jesus (1:14). The apostle Paul speaks of the Son as the “image of God” both in his incarnate and pre-incarnate state. Hebrews 1:3 also calls Jesus, “the radiance of God’s glory, and the exact representation of his (God’s) being.” Christmas is indeed a time of wonder: God Himself came! The second wonder that should grip our hearts this Christmas is: when the Son of God was incarnated, his deity was not abandoned, reduced, contracted, or diminished. Instead, and here’s the wonder, he acquired another nature, manhood, making him the perfect God-Man. When the Son was incarnated he truly became a human being, with a human soul and body. This is why the apostle calls Jesus, “the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). And read this: his manhood is permanent. Though now exalted, he remains to be God and man in two distinct nature, and one person forever. The writer of Hebrews points to this capacity as reason to come to God boldly
George Carlin (Absolutely Brilliant)
to receive mercy and find grace birth from a human mother shows his humanity, while to help us in our time of need the supernatural conception (Hebrews 4:12-16). Wow! would show his deity. Third, The third wonder of Christmas the virgin birth made the true humanity of Christ without answers the question, how the inherited sin did God manage to (Luke 1:35). Sadly, have a person who the Catholic church is perfect God and deviates from sound perfect man? The biblical teaching. answer and wonder Instead of attributing is the amazing truth the sinlessness of of virgin birth. Christ to his deity, Scripture clearly they attribute it to asserts that Jesus Mary. was conceived in the womb of his The final wonder mother Mary by a of Christmas is miraculous work of the Purpose of the Holy Spirit and his coming. God without a human became the Man Jesus that he father. Matthew records, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ might save us from our sins (Matthew 1:21). Galatians took place in this way. When 4:4-5 says Jesus was born his mother Mary had been to redeem us and make us betrothed to Joseph, before children of God. Grudem lists they came together she was 7 reasons why the humanity of found to be with child of the Jesus was important: Holy Spirit” (Matt. 1:18). Shortly after that an angel of For Representative the Lord said to Joseph, who was engaged to Mary, “Joseph, Obedience: Jesus was our representative and obeyed for son of David, do not fear to us where Adam had failed and take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of disobeyed. See (Luke 4:1–13; Romans 5:18-19). the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 1:20). To Be a Substitute Sacrifice: Then we read that Joseph If Jesus had not been a man, “did as the angel of the Lord he could not have died in our commanded him; he took his place and paid the penalty wife, but knew her not until that was due to us (Hebrews she had borne a son; and he 2:16–17). called his name Jesus” (Matt. To Be the One Mediator 1:24–25, see also Luke 1:35). Between God and Men: Because sin separated us from The virgin birth shows God’s God, we needed a mediator wisdom and grace in three who could represent us to God ways. First, it clearly shows and who could represent God that salvation ultimately must to us (1 Tim. 2:5). come from the Lord. Man has To Fulfill God’s Original no way of saving himself. Purpose for Man to Rule Only God can rescue us Over Creation (Heb. 2:8-9; (Galatians 4:4-5). Second, the virgin birth made possible the Eph. 1:22; Rev. 3:21). To Be Our Example and uniting of full deity and full Pattern in Life (1 John 2:16; humanity in one person. His
think you would! So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.
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Romans 8:29; 1 Peter 2:21; 3:17-18; 4:1) To Be the Pattern for Our Redeemed Bodies (1 Cor. 15:42-44, 49; Col. 1:18). To Sympathize As High Priest: The author of Hebrews reminds us that “because he himself has suffered and been tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:18). Now ponder on these awesome truths to truly celebrate Christmas! Merry Christmas to all!
Pastor Dan and Emma serve the Church of God Community Hong Kong. This church family is part of the churches of God in the world, including the Philippines. For prayer and more information please call us at 24097445; 66200709. You may also call the church office, 25456808, or visit our website: www.cogchk.org Please note the following box for Schedule of Worship Meetings:
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6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. you HIT Wednesday! Your home is your refuge. Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re You get into your 80’s and every day is 8. Cherish your health: If it is good, kids? If you’re less than 10 years old, you’re a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. so excited about aging that you think in doesn’t end there. Into the 90’s, you start If it is beyond what you can improve, fractions. get help. going backwards; “I Was JUST 92.” “How old are you?” “I’m four and a half!” 9 Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to Then a strange thing happens. If you You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re make it over 100, you become a little kid the mall, even to the next county; to a four and a half, going on five! That’s the foreign country but NOT to where the again. “I’m 100 and a half!” key. guilt is. May you all make it to a healthy 100 and You get into your teens, now they can’t 10. Tell the people you love that you hold you back. You jump to the next num- a half!! love them, at every opportunity. ber, or even a few ahead. “How old are you?” “I’m gonna be 16!” HOW TO STAY YOUNG AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: You could be 13, but hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . 1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This You become 21. Even the words sound like includes age, weight and height. Let the Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, a ceremony . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!! doctors worry about them. That is why but by the moyou pay “them!” ments that take But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad 2 Keep only cheerful friends. The grouch- our breath away. milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him es pull you down. And if you don’t out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a send this to at sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s 3. Keep learning. Learn more about the least 8 people changed? The Philippines has always been computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. known to have a joyous and colorful Never let the brain idle. “An idle mind is - who cares? But do share this You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re the devil’s workshop.” And the devil’s Christmas celebration. Aside from with someone PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s name is Alzheimer’s. the way we Filipinos celebrate the We all need to live all slipping away. Before you know it, you season we also observe Christmas for life to its REACH 50 months before and even after Christ4. Enjoy the simple things. fullest each day!! mas day. As early as September, you And your dreams are gone. will start to see signs that people 5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh Have a wonderful are getting ready for Christmas. The until you gasp for breath. day! But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t Christmas season is definitely one of the happiest days of the year even though people are having financial one ever bothered to ask.” - Billy Graham problems countrywide it won’t stop the celebration of Christmas with “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our family and friends. “Our little time of suffering is not worthy of our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His first night’s welcome home to Heaven.” - Samuel megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” - C. S. Lewis In fact, shopping malls and departRutherford ment stores are already selling Christ“I have held many things in my hands, and I have mas decors in the month of August “I have been driven many times to my knees by lost them all, but whatever I have placed in God’s that also drive people start to talk the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere hands, that I still possess.” - Martin Luther about Christmas and so when Sepelse to go.” - Abraham Lincoln tember arrives, the Christmas season “I never knew how to worship until I knew how to in the Philippines starts. This is what “The next time you are called to suffer, pay love.” -Henry Ward Beecher is often called the “ber” months. attention. It may be the closest you’ll ever get to God.” - Max Lucado “The remarkable thing about fearing God is that Some people avoid the Christmas when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas rush so they start buying gifts as “If you were going to die soon and had only one if you do not fear God you fear everything else.” early as they can wherein they are phone call you could make, who would you call -Oswald Chambers still cheap. These include toys, and what would you say? And why are you clothes, electronics, and more. By the waiting?” - Stephen Levine “It’s not what you did, but what you could have first week of December Christmas done if you allowed the Lord to work His will in rush begins and people start to take “Heaven is full of answers to prayers for which no your life.” -A. W. Tozer George Carlin’s View on Aging
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shopping very seriously looking for on-sale items as gifts for family and friends. This is usually when a lot of people are on vacation so they take this chance to shop. As a preparation for the special season people also like to observe the Philippine tradition of the Simbang Gabi (Night mass). It starts on the dawn of December 16 until dawn of December 24 and the midnight takes place in the evening. After a very long way since Christmas was first celebrated, the way it has been have changed so obviously. The true spirit of the Christmas Season is not transparent, it has become more commercialized. Although gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity among both Christians and nonChristians, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses. The economic impact of Christmas is a factor that has grown steadily over the past few centuries in many regions of the world.
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Aries Mar 21-Apr 20 Those born under Aries sun sign may be very busy at the job front. This is not the correct time to sign new contracts on company’s behalf. It is also not the right time for a job change. December is a good month for money matters but those born under Aries sun sign may tend to spend lavishly. This could slightly disturb the fiscal balance. Substantial financial gains are predicted in between 15th and 21st of December. Singles willing to propose someone can take a chance after first week of December. Those already in a relationship will experience intense love. Married couples may be in a nice and romantic mood in this month.
Taurus Apr 21-MAY 21 This is going to be an average month at the job front. Those born under Taurus sun sign may be overloaded with work. Colleagues may not be supportive. Relations with superiors may be good. Despite all the expenses incurred during December, financial strength will be maintained. Those born under Taurus sun sign will be spending money on traveling, shopping, vehicles and communication For singles born under Taurus sun sign, this is a perfect time to propose someone. Those already in a relationship may spend quality time with their beloved. This is going to be a tough period for married couples.
Gemini May 22-Jun 21
Those born under Cancer sun sign will be dealing with technical aspects related to job. Good opportunities will surface in this month. The busy schedule will not just involve professional responsibilities but also domestic responsibilities. Financial strength may increase in this month. This is the best time for those born under Cancer Sun sign to invest money in the stock market. This is the right time to pay off pending bills, specifically credit card bills and loans, if any. Those who are single and ready to mingle may start seeing someone; however, the relationship may take some time to build up. Those in love may experience passionate love. Married people may go through some stress but all disagreements will fizzle out over time.
Jul 23-Aug 22
Those born under Leo sun sign may now start thinking about changing their job. Relations with superiors and peers may be good. Multitasking will be easy as a pie in this month. Those born under Leo sun sign may wish to spend lavishly during the month of December. Long term investments may need to be re-evaluated. Money may be spent on leisure activities and luxurious items. Those who are single and looking may start liking someone in this month. Those already in a relationship will experience a comparatively smooth and hassle free month. Married people may have to be careful and understanding in their relationship.
Virgo Aug 23- Sep 23 December will be a busy month at work. Despite busy work schedule, personal and professional life will be well balanced. Those planning to change job are advised to wait for some time. Those born under Virgo sun sign may face financial constraints in this month. In December, Virgos will be spending more on others rather than themselves. Those who are single and looking may start getting attracted to someone. Those already in love with someone will experience a better level of understanding with their partner. For married couples born under Virgo sun sign, this is a favorable month for planning a child.
Libra Sep 24- Oct 23 This is the right time to focus on the weak areas. Those born under Libra sun sign should take advice from superiors and experienced people, when decisions are to be taken. This month, focus should be only on the target. An average month for money matters. Income and expenses will be balanced. Those born under Libra sun sign may want to invest in real estate but this is not the time to spend on something that may cost too much. Investment in gold will prove beneficial. For those who are single and searching for a soul mate, this month is favorable. Those already in a relationship may encounter some problems. Barring some temperamental issues, married couples will experience a balanced month.
Scorpio Oct 24- Nov 22
Aquarius Jan 21- Feb 19
Pisces Feb 20- Mar 20 Those born under Pisces sun sign might have to fight for their rights at work. Avoid getting into a direct argument with the management. There are chances of getting involved in major projects of the company. Those born under Pisces sun sign will be spending money on those close to them rather than themselves. This is a favorable time to earn more money through freelancing. Savings will also be more than satisfactory. For those who are single, this is a lucky month for love. Those who are already in a relationship will be expecting more from their beloved. For married couples born under Pisces sun sign, this is going to be a romantic period.
Those born under Sagittarius sun sign may wish to be independent in terms of thinking and action at work. A tight schedule will be followed wherein everything will be properly planned. Those born under Sagittarius sun sign may be earning quite a sum in this month. Life insurance policies or some other sources will fill their pockets. Spendthrift nature needs to be controlled. For those who are searching for a partner, this is a good time to develop friendship with the opposite sex. Those in a relationship will have to stop fiddling around with someone else. In married life, couples will learn that giving each other space is more important than anything else.
Capricorn Dec 22- Jan 20 Instead of working on too many projects at a time, a step by step approach will be taken. Those born under Capricorn sun sign will find out shortcuts, which will help them finish their tasks faster. A rise in income is a strong possibility. Sufficient balance will be on hand. Importance will be given to the brand and quality of the items purchased. For those who are single and looking for a partner, this is the right time to start a relationship. Those in love will be enjoying a great time with their beloved in this month. In marriage, spouse may be very demanding and may also be highly emotional throughout the month.
Dentist: Walang problema yan. Eto ang botelyang whiskey, uminom ka. Uminom si Isko ng whiskey at halos maubos ang laman nito... Dentist: O, ngayon siguro matapang ka na! Isko: Oo, Doc, pag may gumalaw ng ngipin ko, gugulpihin ko!
Nagbabasa ng diyaryo yung isang Juan: Anong maipaglilingkod ko sau? bilanggo na naka-life sentence nang makita nyang may nangangailangan ng Bisita: Wala Sir! kakabitan ko lang ng kidney. Tinawag nya yung pulis para sabihing linya ung telepono nyo.. gusto nyang i-donate ang isang kidney niya. Bubblegum Natuwa naman syempre yung pulis kaya Bata: Tao po, pabili ng balumgam.. inoperahan yung bilanggo. Tindero: Walang bubblegum.. After 1 month: Habang nagbabasa ulit siya ng diyaryo NXTDAY... may nabasa siyang nangangailangan ng eye donor. Bata: Tao po, pabili ng balumgam.. Tinawag nya ulit yung pulis para Tindero: Wala ngang bubblegum d2, sabihing gusto nyang i-donate ang isang mata niya. babalik ka pa bukas barilin na kita!
NXTDAY.. Bata: Tao po! Tindero: Ano na naman?! Bata: Meron kayo baril? Tindero: WALA! Bata: Ah! Bili ako ng balumgam...
Nagkasala c juan,pedro at pekto,at parurusahan sila ng hari. HARI: Bilang parusa kumuha kau ng tig 10 prutas.Nauna c juan may dalang 10 santol at c pedro lansones. HARI: cge ang nakuha nyo ay ipapasok s pwet nyo bwal umaray at tumawa kundi pupugutan kayo.C juan una. JUAN: aray!.. Pinugutan agad.. C pedro nman pang sampu n sana ng biglang...PEDRO:hahahaha!!... Pugot din c pedro..Nagkita cla sa langit..JUAN:bakit k tumawa nakalaya k n sana..? PEDRO: panong d ako mtatawa? E nkita ko c pekto may dalang langka
Birthday ni Erap...
FVR: Erap, may gift ako para sa’yo, galing pa ng India! It’s a 10 ft. Snake... Erap: Niloloko mo ba ako?!...10 ft.?, Hoy di ako ganon ka tanga!. Ang Snake walang FEET!
Those born under Scorpio sun sign will be able to strike good deals in this Matapang month. This is the best time to establish professional connections abroad. Expect Isko: Doc, duwag ako pag mag pabunot ng ngipin... some extra work pressure in this month. Finances will have to be planned properly. The time is favorable for investing money in life insurance policies. Those born under Scorpio sun sign will be satisfied with the money they have on hand. December is not at all favorable for getting into a new relationship. For those in love, there is a possibility of complications in relationship. Married couples born under Scorpio sun sign will have a great time in this month.
Sagittarius Nov 23-Dec 21
Those born under Aquarius sun sign will remain very busy at work. This is the right time to establish new professional contacts. Those handling a team will be focusing on how the potential of each member in the team can be used. This is the right time to start thinking about saving money in whichever way possible. This is not a good time to speculate, so stay away from stock markets and commodity. For those who are single and ready to mingle, this is going to be an opportune month. Lovers should let their heart rule their mind this December.
First day sa office ni Juan bilang Those born under Gemini sun sign will handle technical problems wisely. Good terms with superiors are envisaged. Those hoping for a salary hike abogado may have to wait for a while. SECRETARY: Sir, may bisita po kayo.. This is going to be an average month for money matters. Those born under Gemini sun sign need to curb expenses, or they may end up borrowing money. kinuha agad ni Juan ang telepono. pa Money kept as savings will also be spent. Expenses need to be controlled in bilib, kunwari may kausap cia.. order to avoid debts. naghihintay lang ung bisita, nakikinig kay Juan..
Cancer Jun 22-Jul 22
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After 1 month ulit: Habang nagbabasa ulit siya ng diyaryo (may isang mata pa syang natira) may nabasa naman siyang nangangailangan ng kaliwang kamay. Tinawag nya ulit yung pulis para magdonate ulit, pero nagduda na yung pulis. Pulis: teka teka...parang nakakahalata na ako ah...unti-unti ka nang tumatakas!!!
never moved, indicating that she never told a lie. Incredible, said the man. And whose clock is that one? St. Peter responded, That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life. Where’s Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s clock? asked the man. The Philippine President’s clock is in Jesus office. He’s using it as a CEILING FAN...
Pare, tumulay ka nga…
Isang Gabi Nag Uusap ang Dalawang Lasing... Teban: Pare Tumulay ka nga sa sinag ng Flashlight! Isko: Ayoko ko nga! Eh kung pinatay mo, eh di Nahulog ako?!!! Hehehehe...
GMA sa mental
Dumalaw si GMA sa Mental Hospital. Doc: (Sigaw sa mga pasyente) Let’s welcome President Arroyo! Pumalakpak lahat ang mga pasyente maliban sa isa na nasa sulok. GMA: Doc: bakit ‘yung isa, hindi pumalakpak? Doc: Magaling na po siya!
Nay, bakit po VICTORIA ang name ni Ate? Kasi anak, duon namin sya ginawa ng tatay mo... Eh bakit po si Magaling sa math Mommy: baby, your good in math. Now Kuya, ANITO? Heh, tumigil ka na nga dyan LUNETA at baka mapalo kita! I’m going to ask you a question. Tawagin mo na lang ang Kuya FX mo!Muntik maging number 1 Baby: okay mommy! Boy: Nay, muntik na ako maging number one sa class namin! Mommy: if your daddy gives you 3 apples and I give you 4 apples, what’s Nanay: Bakit mo naman nasabi ‘yun. your answer? Baby: thank you po!!!
Clock in heaven
A man died and went to heaven... As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him.
Boy: Nag announced kasi kasi ang Teacher kanina doon sa mga Top sa Klase. Ang tinoro ni Ma’am ay ‘yung katabi ko! Muntik na po ako!!! Kung lahing pinoy kung ang lahi nila eva at adam ay pinoy,
He asked, What are all those clocks? St. hindi sana nahulog sa kasalanan ang Peter answered, Those are Lie-Clocks. unang mga tao... Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clocks. Every time you lie the hands on your bakit naman???? hindi nila kakainin clock will move. Oh, said the man, ung bunga, Whose clock is that? That’s Mother Teresa’s. The hands have kundi yung ahasssss....NGeKKKK
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