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MARCH 2010

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WHO WILL SAVE THE PHILIPPINES? The worst of El

Niño may come in March...p2

Over 3,000 illegal firearms held by Ampatuan

“Toxic” plastic slippers; infertility for men?...p2 Boozing Jesus image outrages India’s Christians...p7

It was reported that the latest survey shows that the presidential candidates who win the trust of the Philippine people are Senator Manny Villar Jr. and Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

among voters, including former President Joseph Estrada (33%), former Defense Secretary Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro (32%), Sen. Richard Gordon (26%), JIL founder Bro. Eddie Villanueva (15%), Sen. Jamby Madrigal (14%), financial consultant Vetallano It showed that Villar win the trust Acosta (5%), Olongapo councilor JC of 70% of Filipinos compared to de los Reyes (4%) and environmen64% for Aquino. talist Nicanor Perlas (4%). They both tied in the last presiden- Among the vice-presidential canditial survey conducted by Pulse Asia dates, only Senators Manuel Roxas last January 22 -26. II and Loren Legarda are trusted by All the other presidential candimost Filipinos. dates registered lower trust ratings

El Niño hits 14 provinces Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP) party-list Rep. Nicanor Briones identified these provinces as Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Mindoro Occidental, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblom, Masbate, Antique, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental.

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The worst of El Niño may come in March The worst of El Niño is not over because the drop in the water levels in Luzon dams may surpass that during the 1997-98 drought if it does not rain soon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astrological Services Administration (Pagasa) said Friday.

A fishing ban that will take for two years in the Pacific Ocean has taken effect last January 1. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that the tuna fishing ban in the Pacific

El Niño is the abnormal warming of sea surface temperatures in the Susan Espinueva, officer in charge Pacific that leads to droughts and of Pagasa’s Hydrometeorological other extreme weather conditions. Division, said dams in Luzon could Espinueva said the phenomenon reach critical levels by March and had reached its April. At peak in the these levels, country but that the dams conditions could would be normalize only afunable ter several months. to supply water for “That is good irrigation news in a way but and power we would still feel generation. the effects. There “For Magat is always a lag Dam in time between imIsabela, proving conditions the most in the Pacific and severely conditions in our affected country. The worst dam in the is not yet over,” country, the she said. water could Espinueva also drop below said that without record rain, upland and levels in low-lying areas as [short a around Magat time] as a Dam would get no couple of The Pantabangan Dam in Nueva Ecija, whose water elevation is down to water for irrigadays,” she 204.95 meters on Friday, has not reached critical levels which is 177.5 m for tion in one week warned. power generation and 171 m for irrigation, says official. and by March 15, respectively. Magat Dam “If there are no rains, massive cloud in Angat as of 6 a.m. on Friday was provides irrigation and hydroseeding is the only alternative,” she 195.75 m, down from its normal electric power to Nueva Vizcaya, said. level of 199.61 m. Quirino and large parts of Isabela. But Pagasa noted a rise in the water Angat provides irrigation to farmEspinueva said that in 1998, the lands in Bulacan and Pampanga and levels of Ipo, La Mesa and San average water level of Magat was Roque Dams on Friday, Espinueva 160.5 meters as opposed to its nor- water to Metro Manila’s 15 million said. She attributed this developmal level of 185.51 m. As of Friday, residents. ment to “localized rain showers” in Phenomenon has peaked she said, the water level was the past few days. 161.7 m.

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SNCC) found “disturbing concentrations” of harmful chemicals in a variety of plasticbased flip-flops, sandals, clogs, and other shoes a report says. According to their study by an international environmental group, Consumers who wear plastic shoes may be at risk for long-term health problems. The group tested 27 shoes sent by partner groups from the Philippines, India, Indonesia, South Africa, Tanzania, Sweden, and Uganda; and they found high levels of phthalates in 17 shoes. The SNCC report said 3 out of 4 of

of the male reproductive system. The China-made flip-flop Chaya slippers were found to contain 8.6% DEHP. World Balance men’s slippers were found to contain 9.6% dibutyl phthalate (DBP), the highest amount registered among plastic shoe samples from various countries. Phthalates (pronounced “thalates”) are chemicals used to soften polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. The chemicals are widely believed to cause health complications like infertility and testicular problems among men, endocrine disorders, birth problems, and even cancer.

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Tuna fish ban to affect local industry

“The average decrease is .5 m a day, so we can reach levels below the 1998 average in just a couple of days if conditions don’t change. That is very severe. Definitely, records will be broken,” she said. She added that water levels in the Angat, Binga and Pantabangan Dams were also dropping. Nathaniel Santos, officer in charge of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), said the water level

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can to help the country’s fishermen by providing employment facilitation services to local and overseas jobs, skills survey, training and scholarships. Meanwhile, Taiwan is asking the

A fisherman at General Santos City sorts tuna, which is exported to Japan, US and Europe. Ocean will directly affect some 500 workers in the country’s local fishing industry. It was also reported that the fishing ban will also affect about 50 local fishing companies in Saranggani and General Santos, 13 of which have licenses to fish in the high seas. During the recent Fishing Industry meeting, DOLE assured to give and contribute in whatever ways they

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to send displaced fishermen from General Santos City to the island country, which is now in need of workers for its fishing industry. “The fishermen of General Santos have excellent skills in catching tuna and other species of fish. However, their main drawback in applying for overseas jobs is the lack of finances,’’ a report said.

Gov’t bans 9 freckles cures, skin whiteners Agence France-Presse / abs cbn MANILA, Philippines - Philippine health regulators said Wednesday they had banned 9 more apparently Chinese-made cosmetic products because they were found to contain dangerous levels of mercury.

allowable limit of one part per million,” the advisory said. The FDA issued a similar warning two weeks ago for three other creams, all bearing the Jiao Li brand.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tests of the facial creams, 7 advertised as cure for freckles and 2 others as “skin-whitening,” prompted the latest advisory.

Bureau director Nazarita Tacandong said on Wednesday 4 of the 9 other creams bore the same Jiao Li brand. The others were Xin Jiao Li, Jiao Liang, Xin Jiao Liang, Jiao Mei, and Jiao Yan. They were imported without government authority, she said, and ordered them seized. She also

“Collected on separate occasions at various establishments, (they) contain heavy metal (mercury) exceeding the

warned shops stocking these products that they faced criminal prosecution. Tacandong previously said the Jiao Li creams were apparently manufactured in China. She could not be reached for comment Wednesday, and the bureau did not say where the other brands were manufactured. Many Filipinos go to great lengths to make their skin appear lighter than its natural brown, believing this would make them more attractive.

RP to host Robotics Olympiad

the Philippine samples contained one or two phthalate types. The locally-made Adorable Dora slipper for children contained 6.9% of diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP), which is listed by the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) as a substance “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen” and which may affect the development

“The problem really will be the chronic exposure of people to environmental pollutants. Wearing shoes that contain harmful toxins increases the chances of contamination, and even the factory workers who make [them] are affected,” said Manny Calonzo, president of the Eco-Waste Coalition, a partner organization of the SNCC.

The World Robotics Olympiad (WRO), slated on Nov. 6-7, will be hosted by the Philippines this year. More than 1,000 elementary and high school students from 30 different countries will gather to compete in this event. With the theme “Robots Promote Tourism,” the competition is divided into two categories. The regular category focuses on the technical skills of the students, while the open category centers on the creative side of the students. Participants

It’s a very good time for the Philippines to have privilege to host the World Robot Olympiad in 2010. They are ready!

may express their creativity by using Lego products in the open category. “The Philippine government is very excited in hosting this year’s WRO as it showcases the scientific prowess of Filipino students especially in the field of robotics,” said Department of Science and TechnologyScience Education Institute Director Dr. Ester B. Ogena.

“This will bring closer to the Filipinos the need to build a Some of the brightest students from over 300 public culture of science and private schools nationwide that joined the 8th and technology in the country through Philippine Robotics Olympiad. this competition,” she The students have been able to bring a lot of creative elements into their work the President and added. CEO of FELTA Multimedia Mylene Abiva said.


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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is pushing for the planting of rubber trees in idle rolling hills of Tabuk, Kalinga in the hopes of turning barren lands into forests that could become sources of high value forest trees. It is expected to start a new revolution of sustained reforestation.

FORT DEL Pilar, Baguio City The top cadet of the Philippine Military Academy Masidlak (Mandirigmang Sibol ng Dakilang Lahing Kayumanggi) Class of 2010 is a son of a tricycle driver from Negros Occidental.

The “green revolution” being initiated by the DENR is part of a watershed rehabilitation and management program being advocated by the Regional Development Council in the Cordillera in order to sustain the region’s name as the watershed cradle of Northern Luzon.

Ricardo Dang-Iw, officer in charge of the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, said sites were already selected last December and clearing of one site in Ileb, Nambaran town already began. Other identified locations include 25 hectares in Spring and 25 hectares in Pinukpuk. “Its work and financial plan was approved and the project will be fully implemented this year,” Dang-iw

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Rubber tree propagation in Kalinga

Gmelina and mahogany tree species earlier planted on hundreds of hectares of reforestation lands failed to turn into forests because the trees were wiped out by fire or unscrupulous people cut them down for swidden farming and fuel.

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Cordero and the lone woman, Karen Padayao. Class 2010 has 16 women and 106 men. Of the batch, 42 will go to the Army, 52 to the Air Force and the rest to the Navy. Receiving distinguished cadet awardees are Gonzales, Pinay-an and Jose Ramon Mallare. President Arroyo will be the guest of honor on graduation rites on March 1.

Erano Belen, who leads the 222-man strong 2010 class, recalls the hard life in his home province. “There were times we ate only once a day and if we were going to be able to eat, we would only have salt as viand,” he said.

A washed out road from Sagada to Tabuk. said, adding that his office is coordinating with the barangays to look for family partners that will plant, maintain and own the plantation. Senior Forester Noel Barrientos said the scheme will follow the Upland Development Program where individuals contract with DENR to plant and maintain a hectare of land with a P32,000 government assistance. Rubber tree can produce latex for the production of rubber.

The second in the class, Froilan Pinay-an of Hungduan, Ifugao, said his achievement “is for my parents.” He said he wanted to become a soldier after witnessing an encounter involving the New People’s Army when he was five years old. “At an early age I have experienced and have seen how insurgency affects the lives of innocent civilians, that is why I wanted to become a soldier,” he said. The third in the class, Nolito Ong Ebal from Misamis Oriental, said he has long dreamed of becoming a soldier. He said his father was a member of the 26th Infantry Battal-

Senior citizens exempted from 12% VAT? The Philippine President Gloria M. Arroyo signed a law bill exempting at least 4.6 million senior citizens from paying 12-percent value-added tax (VAT) on goods and services. Arroyo signed the Expanded Senior Citizens Benefits Act of 2010 or Republic Act 9994 on February 16. “With the signing of the Expanded Senior Citizens Benefits Act, our elderly can now expect additional financial assistance to help them weather the uncertainties of old age in an uncertain global economy,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Gary Olivar said He also said the President inked the law despite potential revenue losses amounting to P1.68 billion every year from such tax relief measure for elderly. Under the Republic Act 9257, the original law, senior citizens only get to enjoy an 8-percent discount because of the imposition of the 12-percent VAT, but with the pas-

sage of the expanded law, they would enjoy the full 20-percent discount when buying medicines and other products. Ratified by both Houses of Congress on Jan. 8, the law also entitles indigent or non-pensioner senior citizens to a monthly pension of P500; free medical insurance and disability assistance through PhilHealth, including free anti-flu and anti-pneumonia vaccines; and a P2,000 burial assistance.

may also enjoy a five-percent discount on their water and electric bills, on condition that the utilities are in the name of senior citizen and that the consumption is below 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity and 30 cubic meters water a month. Those establishments found violating any provision of law will be slapped with a penalty of between P10,000 and P50,000, or imprisonment of at least one month but not more than six months.

The discount also applies in hotels, restaurants and similar establishments; cinemas, theaters and other places of culture, leisure and amusement; and funeral homes. Under the new law, senior citizens

However, there are mixed reactions among senior citizens to RA 9994. Some welcomed the new law, a few were not aware of its benefits, others are skeptical on whether it could be implemented at all.

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Boozing Jesus Whales are considered sacred image outrages India’s Christians in Vietnam’s fishing culture Thousands of Vietnamese fishermen are giving a royal send-off to a 15-ton dead whale, gathering at a southern Vietnamese village to pay homage at a funeral for the creature they call “Your Excellency.”

Cung River. In Vietnam’s fishing culture, whales are considered sacred.

Boozing Jesus image outrages India’s Christians A picture showing Jesus Christ holding a beer can and a cigarette was discovered in primary

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The Roman Catholic Church in India has banned all textbooks by Skyline, while Protestant

New blood test will show women’s egg level A news report says that Australian researchers said that women will soon be able to tell how many eggs

They are referred to by the title “ngai,” the same honorific used for kings, emperors and other esteemed leaders. Nearly 10,000 people have Whenever whales arrive, joined in Bac Lieu province dead or alive, local fishermen to bid farewell to the 52 believe they bring luck and

Outraged Christians shout slogans during a protest in Amritsar on February 21 after a picture showing Jesus Christ holding a beer can and a cigarette was discovered in primary school textbooks.

foot (16-meter) whale since safety. he was dragged ashore on February 22. The dead whale was spotted 26 miles (42 kilometers) off They burned incense in his the coast and several dozen honor and planned to build fishermen on 10 boats spent a a temple at the site of his day hauling it ashore, a report burial. Nearly 3,000 people said. attend the whale’s last rites at the mouth of the Cai

school textbooks in India. The image appeared in a handwriting book for children in church-run schools in the Christianmajority state of Meghalaya, where it was used to illustrate the letter “I” for the word “Idol”. According to a news report, Christians around the area are deeply shocked and hurt at the objectionable portrayal of Jesus Christ in the school book. Police said they were hunting for the owner of the New Delhi-based publisher, Skyline Publications, who faces charges of offending religious

leaders called for a public apology. The state government also denounced the publication. A news report also said that skyline had apologized for “hurting people’s religious sentiments”, but had offered no explanation as to how the error occurred. Efforts are underway to recall all copies of the book; the publisher was quoted as saying. In 2008, anti-Christian riots in Orissa left more than 100 people dead, according to Christian groups, after missionaries were accused of killing a Hindu holy man.

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It was also said that the test will identify those younger women who may well be at serious risk of not having children easily when they’re older. “It will identify women who are at risk of having a premature menopause for example and allow women to plan how active they should be about fertility treatment.” Women who had undergone treatment for cancer or endometriosis or had ovarian surgery would particularly benefit from the anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) test which would cost just 65 dollars.

A man steal shoes A man identified only as Park, 59, in South Korea was caught stealing three pairs of shoes while posing as a mourner at one funeral home. The shoes worth a total of two million won ($1,750) when new. He took off his own shoes before entering mourning rooms and wore more expensive footwear when

he left. Koreans normally remove outdoor footwear when indoors, especially at funeral homes. He intended to sell them through his own second-hand shoe business, a news report said. Police raided his warehouse and found 1,200 pairs stored according to size in preparation for resale.


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Australia will have its first Roman Catholic Saint Mary MacKillop will be canonized along with a monk from Quebec, who will be the Canadian province’s first male saint, a Pole, a Spaniard and two Italian nuns, he said. MacKillop, a nun revered for her work with needy children as much as for her rebellious streak, is already a national icon. She will be the first Australian saint. Melbourne-born MacKillop established her first school in a disused and founded an order of nuns at the age of 24. She spent her life educating the poor, taking learning to the harsh outback. MacKillop told all the sisters she trained that they had to care for children as if they were their own. Her canonization is considered a terrific salute to an outstanding Australian, a giant leader in education and many other fields. Mackillop died in 1909, passed the first stage to sainthood when Pope John Paul II beatified her in 1995 after recognizing a first miracle attributed to her, in which a woman was said to have been cured of terminal leukemia. In December, Benedict recognized a miracle in which she apparently cured a woman of cancer, paving the way for her canonization.

hands and the use of an “inner power.” The faithful say he could simply say in his gruff voice, “Leave your crutches and walk,” to cure a crippled person.

Australia have five million Catholics making up about onequarter of the population. The Pope also announced that Brother Andre, revered for his gifts as a healer, would become Quebec’s first male saint. Brother Andre lived from 1845 to 1937 and his admirers built and dedicated Montreal’s imposing St. Joseph’s Oratory to him. He has been credited with thousands of reported miraculous healings. Diminutive, shy and with little education, he hardly seemed destined to become Quebec’s first Catholic saint. But he reputedly could heal the sick through the laying on of

In the nave of St. Joseph’s Oratory dozens of canes are testimony to the cures attributed to Brother Andre, who was born Alfred Bessette. When he died on January 6, 1937, at the age of 91, nearly a million mourners filed past his coffin. Andre was beatified in 1978 by John Paul II, and a miracle healing was officially recognized by the Vatican on December 19, 2009, marking the two steps towards his canonization. Pope Benedict said the other saints to be created were Poland’s Stanislas Soltys (1433-1489), Spain’s Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola (1845-1912) and Italian nuns Giulia Salzano (1846-1929) and Camilla Battista Varanno (1458-1524).

Archaeologist sees proof for Bible in ancient wall In a news report an Israeli archaeologist told reporters that ancient fortifications recently excavated in Jerusalem date back 3,000 years to the time of King Solomon and support the biblical narrative about the era. If the age of the wall is correct, the finding would be an indication that Jerusalem was home to a strong central government that had the resources and manpower needed to build massive fortifications in the 10th century B.C.

believe that David’s monarchy was largely mythical and that there was no strong government in that era. The fortifications, including a monumental gatehouse and a 77-yard (70-meter) long section of an ancient wall, are

Testament, it was Solomon who built the first Jewish Temple on the site. That temple was destroyed by Babylonians, rebuilt, renovated by King Herod 2,000 years ago and then destroyed again by Roman legions in 70 A.D. The compound now houses two important Islamic buildings, the golden-capped Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque.

Archaeologists have excavated the fortifications in the past, first That’s a key point in the 1860s and of dispute among most recently in scholars, because the 1980s. The Archeologist Eilat Mazar, in red, led the excavation of latest arcchaeit would match newly discovered fortifications the Bible’s acologist claimed her count that the Hedig was the first brew kings David and Solomon located just outside the pres- complete excavation and ruled from Jerusalem around ent-day walls of Jerusalem’s the first to turn up strong that time. Old City, next to the holy evidence for the wall’s age: While some Holy Land archaecompound known to Jews a large number of pottery ologists support that version of as the Temple Mount and to shards, which archaeologists history including the archaeMuslims as the Noble Sanctu- often use to figure out the ologist behind the dig, others ary. According to the Old age of findings. Danny Bascal Jr., 42 years old Driver for 14 years in Hong Kong

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Healthy Habits How a Psyllium Easy Ways to Add Fiber Diet Fiber to Your Diet Benefits Your Heart Mr. Anthony Wu founder of RICA International, holding Chinese Medicine in The University of Hong Kong.

Have the whole thing.

Instead of eating processed white bread, white pasta, or white rice, opt for whole-wheat or wholegrain bread, whole-wheat pasta, and brown rice. “Whole” products are not only high in fiber, but they also keep you feeling full.

Keep it skinny.

When eating fruits and vegetables, keep the skin intact. The skin of fruits and vegetables contains extra fiber, so keep it on and eat it up to gain the most nutritional benefit. To get even more nutrients from your favorite fruits and veggies, eat them raw. Cooking fruits and vegetables sacrifices some of their fiber and nutrient content, so savor them in their crunchy, au natural form.

Boost your breakfast and your fiber.

Start every morning with a healthy serving of fiber to fill you up and energize you for the day. Stock your cabinet with high-fiber breakfast options such as bran cereal and steelcut oatmeal. Add even more fiber to these healthy diet choices by topping them with fiber-rich fruit. Add fresh blueberries, raspberries, or sliced bananas to your cold cereal. When you don’t have fresh fruit on hand, don’t panic—you can add frozen fruit to oatmeal just before cooking it.

ultimate high-fiber snack, make a customized fiber-filled trail mix using raw nuts, flavorful seeds, dried fruit, and a few extra ingredients of your own.

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Increase your H2O.

As you increase your fiber intake, don’t forget to drink 8-10 glasses of water daily, too. Like fiber, water is an important regulator of the digestive system. Wash your fiber down with a is also known as ispaghula and refreshing glass of water, and you’ll be isapgol. Plantago ovata is an annual well on your way to digestive health. herb native to Asia, the Mediterranean region, and North Africa. Bring on the beans. Psyllium grows in sandy Dry beans and lentils are great sourcand silty soils. General Guidelines es of soluble fiber to add to your diet. They are protein-packed and Psyllium is extensively for patients who have For people who have delicious, and they can be selected cultivated in India and undergone colorectal developed hemoras a meat replacement. Spice up Pakistan. India provides surgery. rhoids, fissures, or your favorite foods by adding black, about 85 percent of the Nevertheless, the goal fistulae, benign anal garbanzo, kidney, or navy beans. psyllium available in conditions associated remains the same. the world market. The Only the steps to with straining, hard Color your menu. United States is the achieve it, or the final stool and chronic Ensure that your family is getting a amounts of fiber for constipation, the full spectrum of nutrients in their each person, may above information is daily diet by including a variety of differ. intended to help you colors in each meal. Because many understand the impornutrients are also pigments, addGood luck with your tant of taking RICA ing colorful fruits and vegetables to Ecolon – Sweet Fiber, lifelong adventure to entrees means you—’re also increasnormal bowel functhe dietary requireing your intake of powerful, diseasetion. ments that you will fighting antioxidants. need for your lifetime. For patients who have If after reading this inSnack smart. experienced complica- formation and workKeep high-fiber, nutritious snacks ing on your own you tions of chronic fiber handy at all times. Choose wholestill have questions, shortage, such as grain pretzels, low-fat air-popped please bring your condiverticulitis, getting popcorn, or raw nuts when you started with a normal cerns to the attention are craving something salty. Wash of RICA Customer fiber intake can be pieces of fruit each day so they will Service by calling the more difficult, and be easy to grab when your sweet hotline : 8208-8847 may have to be very tooth beckons. Wash and cut carrots, and we will look into gradual. peppers, and raw sweet potatoes for The same may be true your concerns. a crunchy, guilt-free snack. For the Come and try RICA Ecolon – Sweet Fiber (The Best Choice for your Health)…Just 2 sticks of Ecolon – Sweet Fiber a day and keep your colon healthy and relieve your body from toxins and causing the development of hernias, varicose veins, hemorrhoids and …etc. For more information, please call RICA Customer Hotline : 8208-8847

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 Erlinda Descargar, Wan Chai Twenty seven years na sa Hong Kong na nagtatrabaho. Last year, nagsimula na kanyang naramdaman ang paghirap ng kanyang pagbabawas hanggang naging irregular ito. May mga pagkakataon na nakakapagbawas lang siya after 4 – 5 days. Nabasa niya sa Kabayan STAR newspaper ang mga disadvantages ng hindi regular na pagbabawas at kung ano ang dapat na inuming food supplement kaya siya bumisita sa shop ng RICA sa World Wide House at bumili siya ng Ecolon sweet fiber. After ng kanyang paginom ng RICA ecolon, nakaramdam siya ng magandang pagbabago sa kanyang pagbabawas at naging tuluyang mabuti ang kanyang pagbabawas.

In the U.S., psyllium husk is most often used as a bulk-fiber laxative, in foods or in various fiber supplements. In fact, psyllium is a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the use of a health claim in the labeling of foods and dietary supplements containing psyllium husk.

contents and decreasing transit time.

Good News for Your Heart Whether you are 35 or 65, it is never too early or too late to start to reduce the risk of heart disease.

There are several risk factors associated with coronary heart disease, including lack of exercise, obesity, family history, smoking, and elevated The health claim states that diets cholesterol levels. Some of these low in saturated fat and cholester- factors can be modified by lifestyle ol that include 7 grams of soluble changes. For example, scientific evidence shows that diets low in satufiber per day from psyllium, as rated fat and cholesterol may reduce found in RICA Ecolon – Sweet Fiber, may reduce the risk of heart the risk of heart disease. disease by lowering cholesterol. RICA Ecolon – Sweet Fiber provides an easy and convenient way to Psyllium is a bulk-forming fiber. take positive steps toward reducing Other fibers that belong to the your risk of heart disease by adding class of bulk-forming fibers soluble fiber from psyllium to your are cellulose, methylcellulose, heart-healthy diet. carboxymethylcellulose sodium, karaya, malt soup extract, Talk to your doctor now to underpolycarbophil, and wheat bran. stand how RICA Ecolon – Sweet Bulk-forming fibers are laxatives Fiber, along with lifestyle changes because of their water-holding properties. They exert their action such as exercise and a low-fat, lowcholesterol diet, may help reduce primarily through mechanical your risk of heart disease by lowering effects by bulking the colonic cholesterol.


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A MUST FOR THE HEALTH OF YOUR Facial Masks for Your Skin Type BLOOD CIRCULATION – GINKGO Poor blood circulation or Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) is caused by cholesterol plaque deposits in the lining of the artery wall. Symptoms of bad blood circulation include leg pains, aching feet and low temperatures in the extremities. If left medically untreated, it can cause strokes, loss of limbs, heart attacks and even death.

among the best-selling herbal medications. It consistently ranks as a top medicine prescribed in France and Germany.

Antioxidant Ginkgo biloba extract is a powerful antioxidant. Acting as free-radical scavengers, Ginkgo’s flavonglysosides help prevent damaging peroxidation of cell membrane lipid components.

Usage of Ginkgo Ginkgo has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat circulatory disorders and Maintain free blood flow enhance memory. Scientific By maintaining blood flow in studies throughout the years the extremities, Ginkgo biloba have found strong evidence extract supports oxygen delivAerobic exercise and a change to support these uses, ery to tissues and of diet plan can help blood especially effective promotes ability circulation and prevent in preventing stroke, to walk without Peripheral Vascular Disease treating dementia discomfort. (PVD). It is also possible to (including Alzheimer’s Side effect improve blood circulation by disease) and interGinkgo biloba taking health supplements, mittent claudication extract is nonsuch as gingko biloba cap(poor circulation in toxic, free of side sules. A combination of the the legs). It also shows effects, and safe for above can significantly assist promise for enhanccontinuous use at circulation of the blood. ing memory in older the recommended Professor Vasco, adults. Laboratory intake level. When Japan HaemoA lot of people think stroke studies have shown buying ginkgo over dynamics (HK) is only limited to seniors. It that ginkgo improves Research Institute the counter, be is partially true that stroke is blood circulation by sure to select the predominantly a disease of dilating blood vessels brand with low the senescence, its occurrence and reducing the stickiness of level of ginkgo acid (<1ppm) in younger age groups is blood platelets. since ginkgo acid is the only not rare (Thorvaldsen et al., substance that cause allergic 1995). Stroke in the young is Active ingredients effect and should be removed particularly tragic because of The Ginkgo biloba leaf is rich in the manufacturing process. the potential to create a long in phytonutrients, chiefly flaAccording to the EGB761 stanterm burden for the victims, vonglycosides and terpene dard, the ginkgo acid content their families and the comlactones (ginkgolides.) In the should be <5ppm. But if posmunity (You et al., extract, sible, select the lowest. 1997). these bioflavoWho should take ginkgo Ginkgo Biloba noid-like People who’s 35 and above, Thriving on Earth active in- or having a family history of for more than gredients stroke, dermentia, or people 200 million years, are highly tends to forget things should the Ginkgo tree concentake ginkgo. Usually 120mg to is the world’s trated. 240mg (1 to 2 capsules) per oldest living plant Fifty day, one in the morning and and its leaves are pounds one before bad. among the most of Ginkgo Best Ginkgo Extract should extensively studied leaves are be taken for four weeks or botanicals in use used to more before results can be today.. In Europe yield one expected. and the United pound of States, ginkgo extract. Possible Interactions: supplements are Ginkgo may alter the me-

tabolism and effectiveness of some prescription and non-prescription medications. If you are being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use ginkgo without first talking to your health care provider: Anticonvulsant medications -- High doses of ginkgo could make drugs to control seizures, such as carbamazepine (Tegretol) or valproic acid (Depakote), less effective. Antidepressants -- Taking ginkgo along with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) antidepressants may increase the risk of serotonin syndrome, a potentially fatal condition. Blood-thinning medications -- Ginkgo has blood-thinning properties and should not be used if you are taking anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications. There has been bleeding in the brain reported when using a ginkgo product and ibuprofen (Advil), a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Blood-thinners include: * Aspirin * Clopidogrel (Plavix) * Heparin * Warfarin (Coumadin) Medications to lower blood sugar -- Ginkgo may increase insulin levels in healthy subjects and decrease insulin levels in people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, you should not use gingko without first talking to your doctor. It is available now at RICA International – The Best Choice for Your Health, for enquiry, please call Customer Hotline : 8208-8847.

Malambot sa mukha ang facial mask na black soybean. Matagal na akong member ng RICA, marami na akong nasubukan at ginagamit na food supplements nila. Dahil alam kong RICA could be trusted, nag try din ako ng kanilang bagong product na facial mask. Marami silang ibat-ibang facial mask at ang ne recommend nila sa akin ay ang black soybean dahil maganda daw ito for skin metabolism at nagbibigay ng nutrients sa ating mukha. So, bumili ako ng isa at ginamit ko ng gabing iyon. Masarap gamitin dahil malamig siya sa mukha kaya narelax ang aking mukha. 20 minutes ko itong ginamit habang nakahiga at 5 minutes after kong tinanggal ang mask naramdaman kong malambot ang aking pisngi. Hindi natutuloy ang pimples ng dahil sa Q10 face mask ng RICA. Usually, pag may tumutubong pimples sa aking mukha tumatagal siya ng mga 3 days. Pero one time na pumasyal ako sa RICA may nakasabay akong isang customer nila na bumili ng kanilang face mask. Narinig kong kinukuwento nya sa kanyang kasama na second time na daw niyang bili at maganda daw ito at nag dry ang kanyang mga pimples. Dahil may tumutubong pimples sa aking pisngi noong araw na iyon bumili ako ng isang face mask at ginamit ko bago ako matulog. Hindi lang nya pinadry ang pimples sa aking pisngi kundi na feel kong na relax din ang aking mukha. Kaya gumagamit na ako ng 2 mask every week!


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Omega-3 and Omega-6 & 9 Fatty Acids The potential benefit of omega-3 fatty acids was first documented by several researchers studying the Inuit Eskimos in the 1970s. Despite their high fat diets and resulting obesity, the Inuits had a low rate of death from heart disease. Given that the Inuits’ diet consisted primarily of cold-water fish, the researchers concluded that this type of fat—omega-3 fatty acids—mattered more than how much fat was eaten.1 Since then, thousands of studies have made similar conclusions: omega-3 fatty acids provide considerable health benefits for the gastrointestinal, neurological, cardiovascular, circulatory, and other systems. But what are fatty acids? Essential Fatty Acids The essential fatty acids—called essential because the body cannot make them on its own— are omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These essential fats must come from the diet. And they must come from the diet in a balanced ratio. When the ratio of the essential fatty acids becomes imbalanced—that is, when the omega-6s overwhelm the omega-3s or vice versa—the body experiences inflammation which can result in serious chronic inflammatory conditions. It’s precisely an imbalance between the essential fats that’s wreaking havoc on our health today. Americans get substantially more omega-6 fats than omega3s. And the more omega-6 fats are consumed, the more the body is unable to

utilize the powerfully healthy The healthiest type of omega6 fats contains linoleic acid omega-3s when it does get which, inside the body, them. converts to gamma lineolic In fact, before trans fats and acid or GLA. GLA converts to processed foods were added hormone-like substances that can either block or promote to our diets, the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats was inflammation in the cardiovasabout 4:1—a ratio associated cular, circulatory, neurological, with a 70% decrease in total and gastrointestinal systems. mortality rate in the secondary prevention of cardiovas- Good dietary sources of omega6 fatty acids can be found in cecular disease.1 reals, eggs, poultry, whole-grain breads, and some vegetable and Today, one study found seed oils. that the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats consumed However, as was discussed prewas closer to 16:1.1 Other researchers say that the typi- viously, Americans consume 1130 times MORE omega-6 fatty cal American diet contains acids than omega-3s—mostly 11-30 times more omega-6 than omega-3 fats.2 And in a in the form of vegetable oils study of asthmatic patients, a (corn, safflower, etc.) that have 10:1 ratio was associated with been partially hydrogenated. Consuming high quantities adverse consequences.1 put the body at risk for some of today’s most life-threatenSo it’s clear that, to stay healthy, we need to balance ing conditions: heart disease, our consumption of omega-3 cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and omega-6 fatty acids. One arthritis, and some autoimmune expert suggests a 1:1 ratio— disorders. and never more than 2:1.3 Unfortunately, these partially So therefore, intake of pure Omega-3 is highly preferable. hydrogenated oils are all too often “hidden” in highly proOmega-9 Fatty Acids cessed, packaged convenience Omega 9 is the most abunfoods like cookies, cakes, dant fatty acid in nature, crackers, fried foods, fast foods, and is not in short supply in our diets. Two important chips, granola bars, candy bars, and more. polyunsaturated fatty acids are linoleic acid and alphalinolenic acid. Linoleic acid Clearly, avoiding processed, is used to build omega 6 fatty convenience, and fast foods not acids and alpha-linolenic acid only promotes better health, is used to build omega 3 fatty but it allows the body to get the acids. Omega 9 fatty acid is most benefit from the hearthealthy omega-3s. a monounsaturated fat that is also known as, oleic acid. Omega 9 is not technically an Omega-3 Fatty Acids There are three major types of essential fatty acid because omega-3 fats used by the body: the body can produce a limited amount, provided the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), essential fatty acids, omega 3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and omega 6, are present so and docosahexaenoic acid it does not need to be supple- (DHA). mented. ALA. While ALA comes from plants and plays a different role Omega-6 Fatty Acids

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in the body than do EPA and DHA, enzymes in the body can convert ALA to EPA if needed. Dark green leafy vegetables— and flax, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, soybeans, and their oils—are all excellent sources of ALA. Adults should get about 1.6 grams of ALA each day. If a pregnant woman or a breastfeeding mother has enough ALA, her fetus or infant should have enough. For infants who are not breast-fed, look for formulas with 1.5% ALA.2 EPA and DHA. The animalbased EPA and DHA fatty acids have reaped the most attention, particularly for their hearthealthy benefits. Unfortunately, because the richest sources of EPA and DHA fatty acids are generally unavailable, they’re not often found in the American diet. Oily cold-water, wild-caught fish (salmon, herring, tuna, mackerel, sardines, anchovy, halibut) and wild game (particularly, venison and buffalo) are excellent sources of EPA and DHA fats. And because of its powerful health benefits, some farmers are now feeding their chickens plants instead of grain in order to produce omega-3 enriched eggs. For those who don’t eat wild fish and game, though, there are some healthy alternatives. Daily doses of fish oil have been shown to provide the equivalent of 2-3 or more servings—as recommended by the American Heart Association—of wild fish or game each week. Most fish oils come in a concentrated liquid or capsule form such as RICA Omega-3, and adults should take at least 3,000-4,000 mg per day (a 1,000 mg fish oil capsule contains 180 mg EPA and 120 mg DHA).2 Pregnant women need lots of omega-3s to nourish the developing brains of the fetus. If the mother does not get enough omega-3s, the growing fetus will take all that’s available, depleting the mother and leaving her susceptible to depression.4 A breast-feeding mother also needs an adequate supply of omega-3s to continue nourishing her child’s brain. If breastfeeding is not possible, then look for infant formulas containing 0.35% DHA, 1.5% ALA, and less than 0.1% EPA.2 Clearly, a balance of the essential fatty acids—omega3 and omega-6—is critical to fighting the invisible inflammation that occurs inside the body and leads to more serious conditions. While omega-6 can block or promote inflammation, it only does so in response to the amount of omega-3 received by the body. So let’s take a look at how omega-3s positively affect inflammation in the body. The Role of Omega-3s in Inflammatory Conditions Inflammation used to be considered a sign of infection. The body’s normal defense system would turn “on” to fend off everything from cuts to colds to cancer, then turn “off” when the threat had passed. Now, it appears to be more complicated than that. Conditions that once seemed to defy reason have now become leading killers—and it appears chronic inflammation is to blame. Coronary Heart Disease In systematic reviews of the available evidence, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reported that eating fish or taking a fish oil supplement high in omega-3 fatty acids offers powerful benefits for

heart health by reducing: • Heart attack and other issues related to heart and blood vessel disease in those who already have the disease. • The risk of death in those with heart and blood vessel diseases. • The level of triglycerides, a fat in the blood that may contribute to heart disease. • Blood pressure. • The risk of coronary artery re-blockage after angioplasty. • The risk of irregular heart beats or arrhythmia.5 Clearly, the evidence for using omega-3s for controlling inflammation and having better heart health is compelling!

known to fight depression, and made brain cell membranes more effective.3 • A study at the Centre for Mental Health Research in Australia found that high levels of omega-6 fats coupled with low levels of omega-3 fats led to more severe depression.3 • The University of Sheffield linked low omega-3 levels in red blood cell membranes to depression.3 • A study in the Archives of Psychology indicated that bipolar patients on a high omega-3 fat diet remained symptom-less longer than those on conventional diets.3 Clearly, there’s an epidemic. Diabetes Those born before 1945— Diabetes affects more than 18 when diets contained more million people—and 90% of those omega-3 fats in the form of suffer from the preventable type wild fish and game—were less 2 diabetes. Diabetic adults are likely to suffer from major two to four times more likely to depression than those born die from heart disease. But with a after 1945.3 combination of dietary changes, supplements, and exercise, those Autoimmune Disorders with diabetes are can learn to Autoimmune disorders—like manage their condition.6 rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, psoriasis, and lupus—have Omega-3 fatty acids found in cold- also responded favorably to water, oily fish and fish oil supple- increased levels of omega-3 ments may help manage diabetes. essential fats. In one trial of overweight individ- • Animals that are uals with insulin resistance, 50% genetically prone to autoimof participants showed a clinically mune diseases are less suscepsignificant change in insulin-retible when they get plenty of lated function after taking DHA. omega-3 fats.3 Another study found that diabetic • More than 13 studies women who regularly ate fish of rheumatoid arthritis sufferreduced their risk of heart disease ers have shown that increasing by as much as 64%.6 the consumption of omega-3 fats or fish oil supplements Inflammatory Bowel Disease significantly improved joint (IBD) pain and stiffness.3 Inflammatory Bowel Disease is Therefore, including more an umbrella term for ulcerative omega-3 fats and decreascolitis—an inflammation of the ing the level of omega-6s can colon—and Crohn’s Disease, an help those with autoimmune inflammation of the small intesdisorders better manage their tine. conditions. IBD affects many people and genetics, infectious agents, and nutrition all appear to play a role. In fact, nutritional deficiencies often account for the majority of Crohn’s sufferers.

Cancer Researchers believe that omega-3s can help reduce the risk for breast, prostrate, and colon cancers. Some recent studies suggest that even small amounts of fish (as part of Considerable research has been the diet) can reduce the risk done using omega-3 fatty acids to for these and may, in its early reduce the inflammation and ease stages, help prevent the spread the symptoms associated with of them.2 IBD. Some examples: • A Japanese epidemioThe evidence is so persuasive logical study found a correlation that in 2004, the American between a higher than normal Heart Association advocated ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty a special diet for women that acids in the body and incidence of would help fight breast cancer. Crohn’s Disease.7 Eating two to three servings of • Another Japanese study fish—a rich source of omega-3 showed that an omega-3 enriched fats—each week was at the top diet resulted in a decrease in CRR, of the list. a measurement of inflammation.7 Balance the Essentials for Bet• Another study found that ter Health fish oil supplements decreased in- In conclusion, eating rich flammation of the colonic mucosa sources of omega-3 fats like in IBD patients.7 wild fish (salmon, tuna, • Fish oil capsules proved sardines, mackerel, anchovy), to have positive, anti-inflammafish oil, flax, and walnuts tory effects in Crohn’s disease offers powerful heart-healthy patients according to a study in benefits. It’s essential! So the New England Journal of Medi- come and try RICA Omega-3 cine.7 – Pure and High Potency with Based on the evidence above, it a formulation of long lastappears that omega-3 fatty acids ing effect! RICA – The Best have a beneficial effect on those Choice for Your Health. with IBD. Sources: Depression Perhaps the most compelling evi- 1) Rindfleisch, A., “Inflammation: nutritional, botanical, and dence for omega-3 fatty acids in mind-body influences,” Southern treating depression can be found Medical Journal, 3/1/2005. in the widely-acclaimed book, 2) “Omega-3 Fatty Acids,” ADAM The Omega-3 Connection: The http://www.adam.com/demoGroundbreaking Omega-3 Antide- content/IMCAccess/ConsSupplepression Diet and Brain Program ments/Omega3FattyAcidscs.html Accessed September 2005 written by Harvard faculty member Andrew L. Stoll, MD. 3) “Omega-3: Nature’s Miracle In his book, Stoll referred to a 45-year-old bipolar patient who had difficulty with personal and professional relationships and, in her most depressed state, had a tendency toward angry outbursts. Numerous attempts to control the condition with anti-psychotic medication over 23 years resulted in the patient feeling worse than the disorder itself. Desperate, she entered Dr. Stoll’s study where he used omega-3 fatty acids as the primary treatment. Within two weeks, all of her symptoms disappeared.8 But this is not an isolated case. Numerous studies offer similar conclusions. For example: • One study found that eating more omega-3 fats actually boosted the levels of serotonin,

Panacea,” Blaylock Wellness Report, Vol. 2, No. 4, 4/1/2005.

4) “Omega-3 Fatty Acids,” Whole Health MD http://www.wholehealthmd.com/refshelf/substances_view/1,1525,992,00.html Accessed September 5) “AHRQ Evidence Reports Confirm that Fish Oil Helps Fight Heart Disease,” Press release, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 4/22/2004. 6) Lovelady, S., “Diabetes: the allAmerican disease,” Nutraceuticals World, 10/1/2004. 7) Jurenka, J., “Inflammatory bowel disease part II: Crohn’s disease—pathophysiology and conventional and alternative treatment options,” Alternative Medicine Review, 12/1/2004. 8) Stoll, A. MD, The Omega-3 Connection: The Groundbreaking Omega-3 Antidepression Diet and Brain Program, Fireside/Simon & Schuster, 2001


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John Lloyd and Bea Jake Cuenca: New A new Jolina remain only a love team playboy in town? Magdangal this 2010 If there’s a love team in showbiz that movie fanatics would like to become real life lovers or couple, that would be John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen at the moment unless cupid fires love arrows and bind them together, or if fate intervenes. Despite their love team remaining only as a love team, John and Bea admitted that they missed each other’s company since working together in the series “I Love Betty La Fea.” And their latest movie under Star Cinema entitled “Miss You Like Crazy” was a welcome movie project for their tandem’s comeback. “Personally I missed working with John Lloyd because it’s been a long time,” Bea related in Filipino. “It was nice to be working with him again and I learned a lot again from him. It’s a new experience once again working with Lloydie!” John Lloyd agreed with Bea. He expressed, “I’ve waited a long time for our movie together. You know when a love team stops working, their closeness diminishes. Because of this film our closeness was renewed and we’re both happy.”

“Miss You Like Crazy” is the story of John Lloyd and Bea meeting and falling in love with each other unexpectedly.

“Wala, wala,” he said, laughing. Jake recently signed up for a two-year exclusive contract with ABS-CBN. The signing up was attended by ABS-CBN’s Channel Head Cory Vidanes, Entertainment Head Linggit Tan, Business Unit Head Deo Endrinal and Jake’s manager Neil de Guia. “Sila ang nagbigay sa akin ng big breaks ko. I’m really proud to be signing here today,” Jake said.

The problem is that John Lloyd is already in a relationship with Maricar Reyes when he met Bea. In the movie directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, moviegoers will find out who John Lloyd will choose between the two, Maricar or Bea “A love story is universal and in the film we tried something new. We hope that moviegoers will like it. A love story becomes different on how you tell it, the characters and the way the story is told,” described Cathy Garcia of the latest John Lloyd/Bea movie. What to expect too is the kissing scenes of John Lloyd and Bea which the director described to be at a “higher level” than their past films. The kissing scenes according to the director was shot in two days! The director also admitted that she had qualms asking her actors to do the kissing scenes because she may be asking too much from them and it has been a long time since they worked with each other.

There are also incessant rumors that Jake Is Jake Cuenca slowly buildis romancing young ing himself up as showbiz’s star Melissa Ricks. newest playboy? For months now, reports of The list of women being their being in a more-thanromantically linked to him is friendly relationship continues. ever-growing and if rumors But they have denied all alare to be believed, his latest legations. What they did admit “conquest” is said to be is occasional dating, the most John Lloyd’s ex-girlfriend recent of which was at a mall in stylist Liz Uy. Alabang. The two were recently spotted at a party. The sweetness they displayed all through the night had showbiz observers concluding there’s more to their friendship than meets the eye. But Jake is quick to douse the rumor. The actor clarified that Liz is just among his lady friends, no more, no less. “Birthday party niya. I just dropped by kasi Liz, along with sina Anne, Georgina… they’re all my friends,” he said. Is he courting Liz?

When “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Sam Pinto was interviewed, she dished out that she once dated Jake. But the actor, for reasons unknown to her, stopped seeing her. They met during a commercial shoot. Last year, Jake’s name was also linked to Bea Alonzo after her break-up with actor Miko Palanca.

AN EDGIER and bolder Jolina Magdangal braved the stage Sunday afternoon as she was re-launched as the latest multi-media artist. Jolina, who was sporting a new look, promises big changes this year in terms of her looks and career matters.

store for her supporters is a movie this year. The singer said she believes the time has come and she’s ready to take on a new role.

With re-inventing her looks and offering something new to her public, negative issues were thrown at her. The latest was the reported “Ngayong 2010 mas feud between her and maraming exciting na mangyayari sa makikita her father, then manager, Jun Magdangal. nilang Jolina sa TV. In a television interMaraming daring ang makikita nyo sa 2010,” view with Jolina, the singer/ actress cleared all rumors surfacing the showbiz circle. According to Jolina, her father was replaced as her manager because he needs to focus his attention to the upcoming business they she said. are planning to build in One of the many Tagaytay. surprises Jolina has in

Gary to take a break in showbiz I will come back and continue again,” Valenciano said. He said he is taking a break to re-assess his plans for the next 3 to 5 years. He is spending his vacation in the country with his friends and family, he added.

For the first time in his 27year career, Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano is taking a one-month break from work. “This coming May kasi I’m going to go on leave… siguro naman I can take that break. It’s only for one month then

Valenciano, a diabetic, also shot down speculations that he is taking a leave because of his health. “No, no, my health is okay. I’m okay. I’m back in shape. Siguro from scale of 1 to 10, siguro nasa bandang 7 or 8 na ako. And when I’m in number 10, when I’m

already doon sa 10, health wise, that’s when I will start doing concert again sa Music Museum,” he said. “On Monday I will be gone with Martin [Nievera]. March and April. Then May, I will take a break and then after that we will see again. Kahit sabihin natin na I will take a break maybe I will be working on with other things. Doon sa bahay. Doon naman ang office ko,” he said. Meanwhile, Valenciano revealed that after his vacation he might do small and intimate shows first rather than major concerts. “Pagdating sa malalaking concert like Araneta Coliseum type, I’m really keeping away from that right now. I’m really focusing on other projects that for me will just be as fulfilling, if not mas fulfilling, pa kaysa sa paggawa ng isang malaking concert,” he said.


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Judy Ann Santos on having kids: ‘We’re just taking our time’ naman namin kaya lang hindi talaga mabuo-buo.” Kung after ng Europe trip nila wala pa ring mabuo, maga-adopt na lang ba sila ulit? “Uhm, ngayon hindi pa. Bata pa kasi kami pareho. Marami pa’ng posibilidad na pwedeng gawin. Maybe hindi pa lang talaga ito ang tamang panahon. Maybe gusto ng Diyos na enjoyin muna namin ang time namin as a newly married couple. Maybe gusto rin ng Diyos na enjoyin ko muna ang katawan ko, hehehe. Wala, mas maraming possibilities kung bakit hindi pa nakakabuo. Pero we’re Plano nina Judai at Ryan na just taking our time. Kung magbakasyon sa Europe mid-April nu’ng una napre-pressure at babalik sila ng last ka ngayon mas relax na ako. week ng May. “Travel Wala nang pressure. Kasi CANTONESE CLASS lang talaga. Plano namin ganu’n talaga, e. Okay lang Island Evangelical Community Europe kasi ‘yung mga naman.” Church places na hindi namin 8/F 633 King’s Road napuntahan nu’ng last Nao-offend pa rin ba si THUNDERBOLT ARNIS Quarry Bay time na nag-Europe trip Ryan kapag natatanong ang MARTIAL ARTS Every Saturday (except for 3rd Satkami, maga-ano lang, tungkol sa ‘di pa nila pagkaOffers classes every Sunday at Happy urday) from 10.00am-11.30am mamasyal, sight-seeing, karoon ng anak? “Ha? Hindi turista.” Made in Europe naman siya na-offend kahit Valley. Plesae call Eman - 93465813 For details, ba ang first biological Nene - 94516494 / 98472561 kailan. Natatawa na nga lang call Riza Guevarra at 2864 9337 baby nila ni Ryan? “Sinu- siya kasi at least totoong mas mulan na naman namin, marami ang gustong magkaAGUS HK SOCIETY e, hahaha! Sinumulan na baby kami kaysa mga taong To all Filipino Drivers Offers Classes On: Food & Meat We are inviting you all to join the Processing, Soap Carving Filipino Driver’s Society All Interested Party Pls. Contact: Interested parties may call Lyn at 67323021 / 67323096 (Eugene or Liza) 6229 1444 and Dante at 6173 7393 Blooming pa rin ang Reyna ng Soap Opera na si Judy Ann Santos nu’ng humarap sa press launch ng dati na niyang ini-endorse na feminine wash na Lactacyd. Kamusta na nga ba ang pagbuo nila ng baby ni Ryan? “Ah, ganu’n pa rin. Dahan-dahan lang ‘yung trabaho, taking our time. Ah, kung mangyayari, mangyayari kasi parang feeling ko the more na iniisip, the more na hindi natutuloy. So, dasal na lang dasal. Basta ine-enjoy ko na lang muna ang ganitong sistema ng pangangatawan ko at saka ko na pro-problemahin kapag 40 na ako ‘pag wala pa ako’ng baby, Teka muna, mag-iisip na ako.”

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young man knows the rules, but THOUGHTS FOR TODAY The the old man knows the exceptions. We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. - Stephen Vincent Benet

- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives You can learn something new about human nature you courage. - Lao Tzu each day. Observe your interactions with others and their interactions with you. The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes “They who forgive most shall be most forgiven.” without speaking confess the secrets of the heart. - Bailey - Saint Jerome

nagsasabi na tigilan na namin ang pagbuo ‘di ba? So, mas naniniwala kami na marami palang tao na gustong makabuo kami ng magandang pamilya.” May lumabas na balita na ang-undergo siya ng isang treatment para mabutis. Totoo ba? “Hindi naman po nagundergo ng treatment. Work-up lang. I guess, sa mga bagong kasal na mga couple ‘yung babae

lalo na kapag nasa 30’s na may work-up lang na pinagdadaanan. It’s not really a treatment na talagang kailangan mo’ng gawin para magka-baby ka na. It’s just to prepare your system. Para pag nabuo na ‘yung baby settled na ‘yung sistema mo at magiging maayos ‘yung baby sa loob ng tiyan mo.”

Kristine and Oyo to tie the knot in US? Diether Ocampo and Angel Locsin are happy for rumored sweethearts Kristine Hermosa and Oyo Boy Sotto, who are purportedly planning to tie the knot in the United States. Ocampo used to be married to Hermosa, while Locsin is Sotto’s former girlfriend. Ocampo said: “I can wish only the best for people like them, hindi ba? Siyempre ako, as much as possible, I’d rather not say anything. [Kristine and I are okay] and may dahilan ang lahat ng bagay kung bakit nangyayari.”

“Si Oyo ang tagal ko ng kakilala. Very responsible na tao, hindi siya showbiz na tao at sa tamang panahon ay magsasalita din ‘yon.

For Locsin’s part, meanwhile, the actress said she is happy to learn that Sotto has finally found his “happiness.”

At least happy ako na nakita na niya ang happiness niya,” Locsin said. Hermosa and Sotto met on the set of “Enteng Kabisote.”

Although they never admitted the real status of their relationship, rumor has it that the 2 were inseparable.

Jericho Rosales does not mind playing second lead in his next film project Jericho Rosales does not mind playing second lead in the first movie team-up of real-life father and daughter Gabby Concepcion and KC. The talented actor justifies that it is already a privilege to be working with the fatherdaughter tandem in a quality movie. “I’m cool with that as long as may (substance) ‘yung movie. May saysay siya, eh,” Echo stressed. “I think it’s a good project also, it’s about second chances. It’s a Father’s Day presentation (from Star Cinema).” Jericho plays the love interest of KC’s character in the movie but admitted that the focus of the film revolves around the father and daughter relationship. Echo says that he welcomes different characters and that the real challenge for him is pulling off even a simple role convincingly. “I’m praying to be given different and unusual roles. I always

look for challenges.” Echo says that he has not yet started shooting for the movie but is already preparing for it. “I think they’re revis-

ing the script and by March ang (start ng) shooting,” he explains. This is Jericho’s first film project with the celebrity father and daughter, but he has worked with Gabby previously in the teleserye Dahil May Isang Ikaw and with KC in Katy, a stage play.

Considered to be one of today’s most brilliant actors, Echo adds that he prefers not to compete with his contemporaries, such as John Lloyd Cruz. “I’ve never competed with anybody ever since I’ve started,” he reveals. “This is what I can do and I do my best all the time whatever task I’m given, that’s what I focus on,” He also gives credit to his costars in every powerful performance he does. “For me, it’s always good to be acting with good actors. You’re as good as your co-actors. Kung magaling siya, magbibigayan kayo and you come up with a good product.”


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a + b = 3 Ltd Financial Literacy - Because money is more than adding up figures

FINANCIAL LITERACY Cheap or Expensive? This article is the seventh in our business series: you are ready to start your business: you have researched what you could sell, to whom and how; you have listed your future expenses – the one-offs to start with, and the recurring expenses that you will keep having to run your business on a daily basis. You have listed your income. Thanks to your lists, you have evaluated how much profit you would make and how much cash should go out (the payments you do) and come in (the money you will receive). Great – but there is one thing you need to think carefully of: and not just before starting your business; you will have to review it often when running your business: your prices! This is probably the most difficult thing to set for a business person: if your prices are too high, customers will be put off and won’t buy your products. But if set too low, you will miss the opportunity to make more money. Or maybe, you will sell your products at a loss (at a lower price than they really cost you to buy or make). So, what’s the right balance? There are several ways to set prices. Let’s go through them one by one. First way: you calculate how much your product costs you. If you are in a retail business, this is easy: it is the price you buy your products from the manufacturer or the

wholesaler, plus any additional costs (delivery for example). If you make your own products, you just add up the costs of raw material that you use to make them, your time, and divide by the numbers of products you make: you will get the cost for one product. You are working in services? Try to time how many hours or minutes you take to deliver your service, and value it at how much you would pay an employee for these tasks. Once you know how much your products cost you, you can add a mark-up and decide this is the price at which you are going to sell them. For example, you have found out that an hour of babysitting costs you $50 (your time, plus a share of the books, toys, etc… you need, plus some food and a nappy, for example), you decide to take a 50% mark-up: your selling price is $50 x 50% = $75. This way, you are sure to make money (you cover your costs and have a mark-up) BUT you may be completely out of the market, either too low or too high. The second method is to find out what competitors do. You should have gathered this information already when researching your market: make a spreadsheet, and keep updating – all your business life long! You can write your customer name, their products, a quick description and the price they sell it. Is it hard to get the information? You can always ask friends or family members to be one-time customers of your competitors and gather the information. Then you decide whether you want your prices to be in the same range as your competitors, or lower, or higher. This is called

“positioning”: some branded products (try to think of examples!) sell at a higher price and keep having customers because they sell their product plus the image of wearing such brand’s clothes or the promise of eating or drinking a quality branded product. But what happens if your competitors are wrong? The third method is to find out what price your customers are really ready to pay for your products or services. This is the best to make sure you don’t sell too high or too low. How? You ask friends or people: you test several prices with sample products. If you end up with very different answers, you can split your products or services in two or three different ones: a cheap basic one, an average price standard one and an expensive “VIP” one. This way, you can get the most of your markets. Even though this method is the best to maximise your prices, keep calculating your costs to see how much money you make by product (and reduce your costs if needed) and keep an eye on what competitors do! Finally, be clear on how you communicate your prices and don’t change too often, once you have decided. Prices are a big part of a company’s image! Enrich, our not-for-profit partner in Hong Kong, regularly runs courses on personal finance and business in English, Tagalog and Bahasa. Contact Enrich at http://www.enrichhk.org/ T: 6258 5265, email: info@enrichhk.org

Pope calls on faithful to use Lent as opportunity for spiritual renewal Pope Benedict XVI marked the start of the solemn Lenten season on February 17, 2010 by sprinkling ashes on the bowed heads of faithful in a Roman Catholic tradition. Ash Wednesday services for Roman Catholics worldwide usher in a period of penitence and reflection that leads up to Easter Sunday, this year being celebrated on April 4. Benedict pinched a bit of ash from a silver-colored bowl held out to him by an aide, and then distributed the ashes to prelates, other clergy and lay people, including children, who approached him one by one in St. Sabina’s Basilica on Rome’s ancient Aventine Hill. The Pope in his homily said that humanity needs to hope in a world that is more just, and he invited every faithful to use Lent as an opportunity for spiritual renewal.

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. Anna Marie Acosta, 40 Occidental Mindoro Last year, may isang buwan na hindi ako nakakatulog sa gabi. Dahil sa may nabasa akong advertisement sa isang newspaper tungkol sa isang food supplement sinubukan ko ito kaya lang hindi pa rin ako nakakatulog. Then one time nakakuha ako ng KabayanSTAR newspaper sa World Wide House. Nabasa kong maganda ang RICA Royal Jelly sa insomnia kaya tumawag ako sa kanilang hotline at nasabi ko rin sa nakausap kong sumasakit ang aking mga paa kapag nakatayo ako ng buong araw kaya RICA Royal Jelly ang inadvice niya sa akin at pinasubok niya ako ng RICA Chlorella AI for body cleansing. After mahigit isang buwan kong pag-inom talagang sumarap na ang tulog ko, unti-unting bumalik ang aking sigla at hindi na laging sumasakit ang aking katawan. Naibahagi ko rin sa aking mga kaibigan kaya may mga nagtry na sa kanila.

Helen, 61 years old, 31 years na sa Hong Kong Dating napakataas ang kanyang blood pressure kaya siya gumamit ng mga food supplements ng RICA International Ltd. “Mataas ang aking blood pressure noon at madali akong mapagod kaya noong sinabihan ako ng aking kaibigan na e try ang food supplements ng RICA International hindi ako nagdalawang isip na pumasyal sa kanilang shop at nirecommend sa akin ang Omega 3 and Chlorella Ai para sa aking high blood pressure at Royal Jelly naman para hindi ako madaling mapagod.” Sa pitong taon na niyang pag-inom ng food supplements ng RICA natutuwa sya dahil malakas at energetic pa rin siyang nagtatrabaho kahit na 31 years na syang nagtatrababo bilang domestic helper. “Kahit na 61 years old na ako kaya ko pa rin ang trabaho ko”, she said. Noong hindi pa siya gumagamit ng food supplements madaling mapagod ang kanyang mga paa sa pagtayo. Victoria Leguerra 51, Iloilo Noong 2007, may mga naramdaman akong discomfort sa aking katawan. Pumunta ako sa Duktor at nalaman kong may myoma ako kaya hindi ako nagdalawang isip noong nasabi ng kaibigan ko ang tungkol sa RICA food supplements. Lagi din akong may ubo noon at lagi akong nanghihina siguro dahil na rin sa klase ng trabaho natin dito sa Hong Kong. Pero after na gumamit ako ng Chlorella Ai at RICA Omega 3 marami akong napansing pagbabago sa aking health una, hindi naging madalas ang aking pag-ubo, malakas na ang aking katawan kahit mahigit 50 na ako at kagagaling ko lang sa duktor at confirm na totally wala na ang myoma ko kaya lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa RICA.


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Destiny... Sa Likod Ng Mga Pangarap 3 “Si nanay, malapit lang ho iyon . Dalawang oras nga lang ho ang biyahe sa eroplano galing Maynila. Huwag na ho kayong magalala at pag sinuwerte po tayo ay susunod tayo don,” sabi pa ng kuya niya sa kanilang ina.

pabayaan ang sarili mo. Pag hindi mo kaya ang trabaho umuwi ka nalang dito.” “Sige po, last call na para sa mga pasahero.” Kahit na anong pigil ni Jonna ng kanyang luha kusa pa rin itong dumaloy. Alam niyang mahirap talaga ang mapalayo sa sariling pamilya ngunit Hindi sumama sa kanila pinapalakas nalang niya ang ang tatay niya dahil kanyang loob. kailangan nitong Ayaw niyang umuwi ng maaga ipakita sa mga dahil walang magito ang kanyang aasikaso sa mga kahinaan. alaga nitong hayop. “Here I come Hong Ang kuya Jon naman Kong” usal ni niya at si April ay Jonna sa sarili. Sa nag-extend pa ng hapon pa ang flight kanilang honeymoon niya kinabukasan sa Baguio. Tumawag kaya may time pa NOVEL wRITER na lamang ang mga siyang pumunta Erna Velado ito sa kanya bago sa simbahan sila umalis kanina sa ng Baclaran bahay ng kuya Vincent niya. pagkatapos ng kanyang Hindi rin ganon kadali para medical since sa Pasay lang kay Jonna ang kanyang pagnaman siya manggagaling. alis. Siyempre, kahit papaano Ayon sa pinirmahan ay kinakabahan din siya sa niyang contract mag-aalaga maaari niyang kasasapitan siya ng two years old na pagdating niya sa Hong batang lalaki. Ang kanyang Kong ngunit ayaw niyang magiging amo ay parehong ipahalata sa mga kaanak nagtatatrabaho. dahil makadagdag lang iyon Parang hindi pa rin sa mga dahilan upang lalo makapaniwala si Jonna siyang pigilan ng mga ito sa na nasa Hong Kong na kanyang pag-alis. siya. Kasalukuyan siyang naghihintay ng taong “Di naman na mahirap ang magsusundo sa kanya sa komunikasyon ngayon ‘nay, airport. Ayon sa kanyang kahit anong oras puwede ko agency matutulog siya for kayong tawagan. Kaya hindi one night sa kanila bago rin ninyo ako mamimiss.” siya pumunta sa kanyang Niyakap ni Jonna ang ina ng employer dahil kailangan mahigpit . Parating na sila niya munang magpamedical sa Roxas City airport ng mga at sasamahan din siyang sandaling iyon. magpagawa ng kanyang HK “Paano kuya, kayo na ang ID sa Immigration. bahala sa lahat ha? Hayaan niyo, pagdating na pagdating Pasado ala-sais na ngunit ko doon, tatawagan ko agad wala pa rin ang sundo niya, kayo. Aalis na po ako inay, kaya kabado na siya. mag-ingat kayo palagi.” “Ano ba naman ‘to. Akala ko “Ingat ka din doon anak alam nila kung anong oras at huwag na huwag mong ang dating ko rito, pero bakit

hanggang ngayon wala pa sila?” Matagal na kasing nag-alisan ang mga kasabay niyang matagal ng namamasukan sa Hong Kong. Pagkalipas ng kalahating oras ay saka pa lamang dumating ang kanyang sundo. Pautal-utal pa itong mag-english kaya hindi niya masyadong maintindihan lalo pa’t hinahaluan nito ng Cantonese. Meron na rin siyang alam na konting Cantonese ngunit basic lang. Sumakay sila sa bus na may nakasulat na number E11 sa harapan at sa likod nito. Panay ang dasal ni Jonna na sana ay mapunta siya sa mababait na employer. Dalawang beses na rin niyang nakausap sa telepono ang magiging amo niyang babae. Una ay noong interview niya at noong bago dumating ang kanyang visa. Hindi naman naging kainipinip para kay Jonna ang biyahe dahil abala siya sa pagmamasid sa labas ng bintana at sa kanilang dinadaanan kaya lang parang nalulula siya sa mga nagtataasang building na kanyang nakikita. “Wow! Totoo pala talaga ang nakikita ko sa pictures at telebisyon. Talaga palang matataas ang mga gusali rito. Mas mataas pa sa Ayala Tower sa Makati,” usal ni Jonna sa sarili. Maya-maya ay tumigil na ang bus at kinalabit siya ng Intsik na kasama niya. Sa tantiya niya ay nasa eda na limampu pataas. “Huh! Napaka ungentleman naman nito. Hindi man lang ako tinulungang ibaba ang bagahe ko. Kung sabagay, ano nga naman paki niya sa akin eh papasok lang naman akong katulong dito sa bansa nila.”

OFW of the MONTH “I love my children and they are my inspiration everyday.” Our OFW of the month is 50 years old and she has been working in one employer for 14 years. Ms. Milagros Matis is from Paykek Kapangan Benguet. Her husband is also from Kapangan Benguet who also worked overseas for 20 years before he decided to go home for good and he is now taking care of their last son who is a special child because of his late development. They are blessed of 5 children, 3 daughters and 2 sons. Their first 2 daughters have experienced working with their mom in the same house since ate Mila’s employer needs 2 maids. Does it mean she has a good life as domestic helper? Well, her employers are good employers but it didn’t mean she has an easy job. “Noong first time ko sa kanila kasama namin yong kapatid nilang disabled. Hindi makalakad kaya siya naka wheelchair so kailangan namin siyang buhatin, paliguan at e assist sa lahat niyang gagawin,” ate Mila said. The lady has bad temper which is usually normal to people who are disabled

so ate Mila did her best to do her job with patience. She bear in mind that her employer’s sister is one of the reason why she is in Hong Kong. She also put in mind the reason why she came to Hong Kong that is to earn money and be able to send her children to school so she loved her work as she love her children. “Masayang-masaya ako every time na may magtatapos sa kanila lalo na ngayong na reach ng dalawang anak ko ang dream nilang makapunta sa Canada. I love my children and they are my inspiration.” “Noong kinuha ko yong unang anak kong naging kasama ko sa bahay mangiyak-ngiyak siya pero sinabihan ko siya at yong sumunod na parte ng trabaho ang hirap. Wala silang magandang future kung di nila dadanasin ang hirap.” Ate Ma. Teresa, 48

Mila have seen how her two daughters worked hard para makamit ang kanilang mga pangarap. Both of them are now working in Canada. “Pinapauwi nila ako para mag rest na raw pero ayokong iasa sa kanila ang mga dalawa kong anak na nagaaral pa. Habang malakas pa ako magtatrabaho pa ako dito.” But she also said she is considering her daughters’ suggestion that is to go home for good.

“Medyo mataas ang aking BP kaya ako umiinom ng pang maintenance na gamot galing sa Duktor. Pero hindi pa rin nagiging normal ang aking BP kaya ako bumisita sa RICA noong nabasa ko ang tungkol sa kanilang products sa newspaper. Dahil madali akong mapagod at mataas pati ang aking pulse nirecommend nila sa akin na etry ang RICA Royal Jelly. Maganda rin ito sa stress at tulog kaya bumili ako. After few days ng aking pag-inom ng Royal Jelly napansin kong nakakapagtrabaho ako ng buong araw na di ko naramdaman ang sobrang pagod. Bumisita ako ulit sa RICA shop ng sumunod na linggo at natuwa talaga ako dahil bumaba ang aking BP kaya sabi nila sa akin na stress ako at nakatulong sa akin ang Royal Jelly. Kaya nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa RICA Intl

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Filipinos Around the Globe Filipinos in Hawaii

1. Antarctica is the only continent without reptiles or snakes. 2. The youngest pope was 11 years old. 3. Proportional to their weight, men are stronger than horses. 4. They have square watermelons in Japan - they stack better. 5. Ants stretch when they wake up in the morning. 6. It’s against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland. 7. A company in Taiwan makes dinnerware out of wheat, so you can eat your plate. 8. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue. 9. In England, in the 1880’s, “Pants” was considered a dirty word. 10. As you age, your eye color gets lighter. 11. The longest living cells in the body are brain cells which can live an entire lifetime. 12. Marilyn Monroe had six toes on one foot. 13. The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as a substitute for blood plasma. 14.Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear better. 15. Your nose and ears never stop growing. 16. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 17. A snail can have about 25,000 teeth. 18. A snail can also sleep for three years. 19. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out. 20. If you were to spell out numbers, you would you have to go until 1,000 until you would find the letter “A”. 21. The province of Alberta, Canada is completely free of rats. 22. Hawaii is moving toward Japan 4 inches every year.

In 1906, the very first group of Filipinos arrived in Hawaii. However, the major migration to this American territory occurred a couple decades later. The first known native from the Philippines landing in Honolulu were a band of musician just before the end the 18th century. During those years Filipino men left their wives and children at home in the hope that they could earn money and return home or send back for their families. This has given difficulty to the men that caused them depression. In the 1920’s, these Filipinos were considered a lonely bunch of men. They entertained themselves with things like cockfighting, gambling, and traveling brothels. They appeared to be gentle and affectionate men, but other immigrants still looked at them with distrust. In one part of Hawaii, a rumor got started that Filipinos would attack any girl walking alone on the road. Therefore girls would panic when they saw a Filipino approach. In 1928, a group of newly arrived Filipinos were sent back when it was discovered they were literate. Those who came with degrees or professions had to fake stupidity to remain in the American territory. In the 1950s, things were different. The Filipino bachelor was no longer a norm in Hawaii. On the other hand, more Filipinos were there with whole families and were taking pride in their heritage. The rise of the multiracial middle class in the 1950s included the Filipinos, who were making upwardly mobile status in jobs and professions. According to a story the word “blackball” was applied to a lot of Filipinos in the Philippines and Hawaii because of heavy strike and labor activity. The word was later corrupted to our language “bulakbul” meaning lazy and later to a kid who did not want to study or work. These are the “bulakbul” of different kind.

23. Chimps are the only animals that can recognize themselves in a mirror. 24.If you keep a goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.

31. Some dogs can predict when a child will have an epileptic seizure, and even protect the child from injury. They’re not trained to do this, they simply learn to respond after observing at least one attack. 32. For every person on earth, there are an estimated 200 million insects.

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WARNING TO THOSE WHO OPPRESS THE POOR This issue is an encouragement to everyone who suffers maltreatment, injustice, oppression, harassment, neglect and abuse from others. I want to let you know that God sees your condition and calls you to cry out to him in prayer. He hears you and longs to help you in your time of need. God calls you to turn to him. I also write to warn people who oppress the poor, abuse the weak, unjustly treat their workers. God has a clear word for you - judgment is coming. I make a special call to employers who abuse their helpers, such as demand long hours of work without just pay, deprive their workers of sleep and food, and verbally abuse their helpers. I warn employment agencies who connive with employers for monetary benefit. Government and consulate workers who fail to protect the poor, be warned. You are now under judgment, and more will come unless you turn to God in humility and repentance. You will soon be brought to justice either by the law or by God to face his wrath against workers of injustice.

God’s Care for the Poor To the weak and poor read this: God cares for you and calls you to call on him, to trust and rely on him. Jesus reveals his heart for the poor when he begun his public ministry by announcing, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19 (NIV). God is saying, “I came for you - the poor, the blind, the oppressed. The OT further reveals God’s

care for the poor. God says the poor will always be around. He then set laws to protect and provide for them. Deuteronomy 16:11-14 contains this beautiful command. The people were to tithe twice. The first tithe was for the support of the Levites, those who work full time in the temple. He second tithe was specifically designed for his temple servants and the poor. God wants the poor to be able to feast on good and choice food for free! And here’s one more: on the third year, the second tithe was to be used at home, in entertaining the Levite and the poor. They were to hold parties and invite the Levites and the poor, as Moses said, “that they may eat within in thy gates, and be filled.” Deut. 26:12. See, Deut. 15:7-37; 24:19-22; Lev. 19:9-10; 25:5-23; Exo. 23:10,11. Let me clarify the Word here. God does not see poverty as a blessing or riches as a curse. The poor are not blessed because they are poor. Gustav Gutierrez, a well known liberation theologian warns about taking “poor” in Luke 6:20 as referring to the “materially poor.” He reminds us that the poor are poor not by any choice on their part but by a socio-economic situation which had been imposed on them.” (Gutierrez, p 297). Mr. Rodriguez sees this passage correctly, of course. Taken out of context Luke 6:20-22 might read as a blessing of poverty. But to do so would be wrong for it misrepresents Jesus’ words.

helper, separated from her family, abused by employers, unserved by her government, weak and helpless be considered blessed?

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Church of God Community

Pastor Dan and Emma serve the Church of God Community Hong Kong. This church family is part of the churches of warn of God’s judgment on God in the world, including the Philippines. For prayer and those who enrich themselves more information please call us at 24097445; 66200709. at the expense of the poor. God mentions here one specific sin: You may also call the church office, 25456808, or visit our website: www.cogchk.org unfair wages. The warning is grotesque: “You have fattened Also we are starting an outreach in Shatin on Sundays. yourselves in the day of slaughter.” Please call Vi at 92099751 or Eugene - 61100716.

The answer lies with God’s invitation to pray, to call on him. In their desperate need God calls the poor and oppressed to turn to him, to trust him, to seek him and become a follower of Jesus. Listen to the loving voice of Jesus who now calls you to turn to him, trust him for strength, provisions, grace, and mercy.

God hates injustice and Please note the following box for Schedule of Worship so I write to warn corrupt Meetings: government officials who use their seat to steal from the people. The worms in Church of God Community Hong Kong hell awaits you. Employers Room 834, Willy Commercial Building who abuse their helpers, demanding long hours of 28-36 Wing Kut St. Central work without paying them Phone: 25456808; fairly, depriving them of sleep and fail to provide food to Email: coghk@biznetvigator.com sustain them. God’s wrath Website: www.cogchk.org is on its way. Employment agencies who connive with Schedule of Worship Meetings God’s Warning to employers, charging unlawful Oppressors of the fees from poor workers and then terminate them once the Poor SUNDAY: fees are collected, so you can collect more - you are bound Shatin Outreach God loves justice and hates injustice. for the fiery hell. 10:00 - 12:00 am Proverbs 20:23 God’s Word today calls you to reveals God’s feelings towards SUNDAY: repentance. Wail and weep for differing scales: “The LORD the evil that you have done; detests differing weights, and 10 am at the church office beg God to be merciful to you; dishonest scales do not please 2 pm - 17F, Jubilee Centre, then, return what you have him.” Sino Cheer Plaza, Jordan Rd, Near Exit A, Jordan MTR stolen, stop exploiting the poor, practice fair business, James 5:1-5 contain these pay just wages and turn to TUESDAY: terrifying warning to rich God (see Luke 19:1-10). oppressors: 2 pm - Church Office “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and selfindulgence. You have fattened yourselves

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Taken in context these words are encouragement to his followers then and today, those who have given up all to follow in the day of slaughter. You him - poor by choice (Luke have condemned and murdered 18:28-30). innocent men, who were not opposing you.” (NIV) So how are the poor blessed? How can a struggling domestic The pictures depicted here all

--> Cheerful members of COGCHK having their outreach mission at Shatin. below - How wonderful to see that young generation like Patrick can participate in Worship during their young age.

Above - Melay is exhorting the members --> Members are practising praying and Fasting on CNY.

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Aries Mar 21-Apr 20 You are certainly regaining your confidence this month. While the changes may not be dramatic, they are definitely indicating that you are moving forward and coming out of your shell. You have been more introspective recently and you are building towards a rather exciting and action-packed spring and summer. Decisions are coming to you more clearly, plans are straightening out, and your romantic life is less confused. You know your position. Excellent days for good favor, partnering, and personal appeal are the 7-31, but especially the 7-8, 16-17, and 20-21.

Taurus Apr 21-MAY 21 Friendships are especially dear to you this month. You are meeting new people and enjoying making contact. For some of you, your romantic life could involve some sacrifices from the 7th forward. Others are keeping your love life secret just for the time being and enjoying your privacy. Home life is becoming more and more straightforward. In the next few months you will be pouring a lot of energy into your home and family, seeing to it that any complicated or confusing matters at home are straightened out.

Gemini May 22-Jun 21 Your career is on the upswing in March. The 7-8 and 15-17 are especially strong periods for material and professional success. Pleasantly surprising events are happening in your career mid-month. The 7-8 is also good for positive energy in love and partnership. In general, people in your life are becoming more accommodating from the 10th forward. March should be quite prosperous for you. A friendship is becoming clearer and less complicated. You are ironing out your differences. Wonderful conversations with friends and lovers this month help to lift your spirits.

Cancer Jun 22-Jul 22 Practical matters, including finances and career, are beginning to clear up for you this month. You are putting confusing situations and insecurities about your earning power or career path behind you, particularly after the 10th. Some of you might even enjoy a promotion or other type of honor in your career. Others are appreciating your knowledge and breadth of vision. You are making beneficial connections and finding it easy to take problems in stride. Some of you are considering taking courses that will boost your professional appeal.

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After some months of introspection and perhaps hesitancy, you are regaining confidence. You are figuring out what it is you want, personal plans are beginning to move forward, and your decision-making ability is now back on track. It� s easier to find support from others, and for some of you to obtain or manage loans, particularly from the 14-16, when you are pleasantly surprised by the help you receive. The people in your life are generous with their time and energy, and their happiness ricochets back to you.

Virgo Aug 23- Sep 23 Strong energy for love is with you this month. Whether it� s about reconciliation, fixing problems, enhancing a partnership, or attracting a new relationship, the cosmos are lending a helping hand. The 14-17 brings pleasant surprises in love. Complications in your intimate life or with shared finances begin to disappear this month, and you are beginning to see some real progress. While March is not the most energetic period of the year for you, many of you will be feeling revitalized through the support and generosity of others.

Libra Sep 24- Oct 23 You continue to work hard and get your practical affairs into order in March. Many of you are living up to your New Year� s resolutions and paying more attention to health and fitness routines. Changes are in the air for your personal relationships this month, and you will be thoroughly enjoying the increased clarity. After some months of not really knowing where you stand in a friendship or partnership, matters become clearer and the people in your life more straightforward. The 7-8 and 21-22 are stronger days for opportunities.

Scorpio Oct 24- Nov 22 Work and career matters are starting to move forward for you in March. After some months of delays, stalled plans, and perhaps lack of enthusiasm, you are starting to regain confidence, passion, and interest in your work. You can prepare yourself for a busy and active professional life in the next few months. For the first half of the month, however, you are able to take a break from the rigors of competition and pressure, finding more time for recreation. The 15-17 brings pleasurable surprises and attention your way.

Sagittarius Nov 23-Dec 21 A very pleasing and heart-warming month is in store for you. After months of confusing signals in the romance department, love becomes clearer and you are rebuilding your faith and confidence in people around you. From the 7th forward, in fact, your personal charisma skyrockets. Travel and educational plans are beginning to show movement forward. Some of you are meeting romantic interests from a different cultural background than yours. Home life is rewarding and supportive, especially since you are giving back and taking the time to make family feel special.

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Ferocious Bear

Paul and Peter come across a ferocious bear while hiking in the forest. Paul quickly takes off his boots and starts to run away. Peter followed behind him. Peter - (catching his breath) You think you can out-run the bear by taking-off your boots? Paul - (looking back at Peter) No, but I can out-run you!

Makikilimos po sana...

Nakadungaw si Jim sa 2nd floor ng apartment nang mapansin ang matandang lalaki na kumakaway sa kanya. Bumaba si Jim at nilapitan ang matanda sa pag-aakalang siya ay dating kakilala. Mario - Bakit po? Matanda - Makikilimos po sana... Mario - Halina kayong sumama sa itaas (Sumama ang matanda, pagdating sa 2nd floor...) Mario- Patatawarin po, wala akong pera.

Husband and Wife

Husband: Hon, may malaki akong problema... Wife: Ngayong kasal na tayo, ang problema mo ay problema na natin. Husband: Ganun ba yun? Wife: Oo, dahil iisa na tayo ngayon. Ano bang problema natin? Husband: Kase nabuntis natin si Inday at tayo ang ama. (ngeek!)

Bus pass

Bus conductor: Why are taking two tickets? Passenger: Because if i lose one that second ticket will save me. Conductor: what if you lose both? Passenger: Listen, I am not a fool. I already have my Pass with me.!!!

Apple and Love

Once a man & a doctor were in love with same girl. Man got and idea and started giving an Apple to his love daily. When that girl asked why this apple daily? Man replied: An apple a day keeps the doctor away...!!!

Cheating

Husband: Have you ever cheated on me? Wife: Yes, two times. Husband yelled: when? Wife: In 1995, when you needed leg plaster and we didn’t have insurance. and i had a doctor treated for you free. second time: when you stood in election and you were behind 150 votes.!!!

behind a big woman at church. When we stood up to sing hymns, I noticed that her dress was caught in her butt crack, so I was trying to be nice and I pulled it out for her. Then, she turned around and punched me in the eye.” The boss asked, “Okay, so where did you get the other shiner?” “Well,” the man said, “I figured she didn’t want it out, so I pushed it back in.”

Homesick

A trucker who has been out on the road for two months stops at a brothel outside Atlanta.

she jumped into the river (being so terrified of swimming) said “AY TA-E!”

GMA kidnapped by terrorist demanding 5 million ransom or will set her on fire. Any donations appreciated. So far, 200 liters of gasoline received.

Mr. Bean Got it all

Mr.Bean felt ill so the doctor gave him a tablet. He started cutting the sides of the tablet.... Doc: Why are you cutting the sides? Mr.Bean: To avoid the side effects!:)

Historical tuwing nag-aaway

Ang mag-kumpare ay nagkukuwentuhan... He walks straight up to the Madam, drops down $500 and says: “I want your ugliest woman and a grilled cheese Bentong: Pare,may problema ako sa kumare mo. Masyadong historical sandwich!” tuwing nag-aaway kami. The Madam is astonished. “But sir, for that kind of money you could have one Pedro: Baka hysterical ang gusto of my prettiest ladies and a three-course mong sabihin. meal.” Bentong: Hindi, historical talaga, The trucker replies: “Listen darlin’, I’m pare. Kasi pag kami nag-aaway, lagi na lang niyang inuungkat ‘yung not horny – I’m just homesick.” nakaraan.

Family

A guy came into a bar one day and said to the bartender, “Give me six double vodka.” The barman says, “Wow! you must have had very bad day.” “Yes, I’ve just found out my older brother is gay.” The next day the same guy came into the bar and asked for the same drinks. When the bartender asked what the problem was today the answer came back, “I’ve just found out that my younger brother is gay too!” On the third day the guy came into the bar and ordered another six double vodkas. The bartender said, “What the hell? Doesn’t anybody in your family like women?” “Yes, my wife…”

On/Off Switch

“Do you turn on your computer with your left hand or your right hand?”” My right hand.”” Amazing!Most people have to use the on/off switch.”

Concentrate

Mrs. Estrada caught her husband Erap Estrada staring at the orange juice container. Mrs. Estrada, curious on what was going on, asked Erap Estrada what the hell he was doing. Mrs. Estrada: Erap, what are you doing in front of the orange juice box? Erap: The OJ box says: concentrate!

Three Ugly Women

There were these 3 Filipino girls, and they were the ugliest Filipino girls ever! They finally got so tired of being ugly A Horse goes into a bar and the that they decide to go to the doctor’s for bartender says help. The doctor looks at them and says, “Hey buddy, Why the Long Face” “Well, this is a tough one, but this is what you have to do; jump into a river Talking Muffins and say the name of someone you think Two muffins are in the oven. One says to the other “God it’s hot in is beautiful and you will look exactly like that person.” here” The other one replies “Oh no... It’s a So the first one goes and says “Britney Spears” and when she gets out of talking muffin” the water she looked just like Britney Spears. Black Eyes Then the second one went and she said A man came to work on Monday “Alyssa Milano” and became Alyssa morning with two black eyes. His boss asked what happened.The man Milano. Then came the third one... When replied, “On Sunday, I was sitting

Horse goes into a bar

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HOMELESS

INTERVIEWER: Ano ang plano nyo sa mga homeless? ERAP: Marami, kaso may problema. INTERVIEWER: Ano po yun? ERAP: ang hirap nilang hanapin, kasi wala silang address.

Pilipinas NOON At NGAYON.

NOON kapag nakakita ang mga tao ng magnanakaw, ganito ang sigaw ng mga tao, Tao: Tumawag kayo ng Pulis, may magnanakaw!!.. NGAYON kapag nakakita ang mga tao ng Pulis, ganito ang sigaw, Tao: Magnanakaw!!.., magnanakaw!!, ingat kayo. NOON kapag panahon ng Election, ganito ang sigaw ng mga tao, Tao: Election nanaman, pumili tayo ng karapat dapat para sa bayan. NGAYON kapag panahon ng Election, ganito ang sigaw ng mga tao, Tao: Election nanaman, pipili nanaman tayo ng mga bagong magnanakaw. NOON: Buti ka pa ang Tatay mo ay sa Goberyerno nagtatrabaho. NGAYON: Buti ka pa ang Tatay mo ay malakas makanakaw sa Gobyerno. NOON: Pulis ang tatay ko kaya hindi kami kumakain ng galing sa pagnanakaw. NGAYON: Pulis pala ang tatay mo kaya puro delihensya at pinagnakawan kinakain nyo. NOON: Holdaper ito, ibigay mo sa akin ang lahat ng pera mo. NGAYON: Holdaper ka, Pulis naman ako kaya hati tayo sa lahat ng perang na hold up mo! NOON: Mga kababayan,iboto natin si Juan Dela Cruz dahil siya ay isang mahusay na Abogado at Pulitiko. NGAYON: Mga kababayan,iboto natin si Juan Dela Cruz dahil siya ay isang mahusay na Artista at pogi pa. NOON: Bayang magiliw perlas ng Silangan. NGAYON: Bayang pinagnanakawan ng mga Pulitiko sa Silangan.

Capricorn Dec 22- Jan 20 You are feeling empowered and productive this month, with energy to spare. Family and domestic conditions improve this month, as do finances, especially money and property shared with a partner or coming from outside sources other than your personal income. You begin March with a lot of � little things� to do� errands, returning phone calls and emails, appointments, and paperwork. The 15-17 brings surprising but pleasant news. As the month advances, much pleasure is derived from family and home life, even if the pressures of work still call you!

Aquarius Jan 21- Feb 19 Focus continues to be on finances, possessions, comfort, and practical matters this month. Pleasant financial surprises may be in store on the 15-17. March is a strong month for taking charge of your finances and for monetizing creative projects or hobbies. Studies, learning, communication, and transportation matters are moving forward after the 10th, when you will be feeling more mobile, cheerful in attitude, and communicative. After a few months of some confusion or lack of clarity in your love life, relationships begin to regain momentum.

Pisces Feb 20- Mar 20 March is an energizing month for you. Others are paying special attention to you and the feedback is good! You are beginning to feel more confidence about money making abilities and your work, and this confidence will only increase in the next few months. You are getting into a more practical routine that helps you to feel grounded and enthusiastic about the future. New Moon energy from the 15-17 gives you a boost. You feel that you can easily shed the unproductive or unhealthy attitudes that have been weighing you down.

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