Thursday, April 25, 2013

A Collaboration of Sun IMessenger with Cantina Sicilianita






It was a hot Thursday afternoon when we arrived at Cantina Cicilianita located at Shaw Blvd Mandaluyong , An Italian kind of food that was being brought to by one of the third generation family of Rex Bookstore Mr. Eric Buhain  in which they really used the said store and covert it to an Italian resto with the books they are selling in their shelves and display areas.


And with Ms. Louie Oviedo which is the PR of the said Sun IMessenger through their  company Greetings Limited. Inc. , she guide me through my Sun number to register it and enable my Facebook account to message it to my cell phone and  for the phone to received messages from my FB account and  to reply it just through txt messages too.


Yes you can chat with your friends and most especially your love one’s online through SUN IM with facebook, twitter and other social networking  accounts. Even though  if you are using the most oldest and vintage cell phone you ever had now we can participate in FB messages whenever , wherever we are.


Just Register and go to and enter your friends  Sun Cellular number and you can start chatting away. What’s great about it is your friends don’t pay anything to receive your messages. But when they reply, they must use Sun iMessenger. Sun iMessenger is FREE for the first 24 hours for test drive and  after that, they pay P0.50/reply or P20 for an unlimited 24-hour subscription.

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After doing such registration, as for Cantina Secilanita  we have tasted some of their favorites and top of  the line pastas such as Pesto Ceciliano and sidings Polpette el Sugo which is the sauchy  and mouthwatering meatballs and  Panini a fried rice cake balls, and most of all their dessert which is CANNOLI a handmade wrapped with Cream cheese .An Authentic Italian Cicilian taste which you cannot find on any food chains because they don’t sacrifice the taste by having an alternative seasoning  and which you will not resist to have cause of its healthy and  with regards to pricing and  its affordability .And can be considered a wise choice  as well.

18 Women of Beauty And Substance Vie For Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2013 Crown


18 Women of Beauty And Substance Vie For Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2013 Crown

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April 25, 2013, Mrs. Globe Philippines 20133 had a Press Launch at Sofitel Manila and it was a very exciting moment especially when the ladies steps up the stage and do their fashion parade with their fashioned bikini outfits. 

Eighteen Filipinas who possess the rare combination of beauty and substance are set to showcase their grace and confidence and give their all to be hailed as Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2013.

After the success of its first-ever search last year, Mrs. Philippines-Globe returns with a bigger and better pageant as it opened its doors not only to married women but also to single mothers.

“The first year of Mrs. Philippines-Globe received blessings of success and recognition we never expected in spite of the pageant being in the infancy stage. That is why we are invigorated to continue delivering the deeper meaning of this competition. For 2013, the pageant is bigger and better as we prepared more exciting activities that will further empower married women, and starting this year, the single mothers as well,” said Mrs. Philippines-Globe national pageant director Morena Carla Cabrera-Quimpo.

One of the biggest international beauty pageants of its kind, Mrs. Philippines-Globe recognizes Filipino women of substance who play an important role in the society. It salutes women who do not let age and civil status get in the way of fulfilling their dreams, and whose achievements, charitable acts and life stories serve as inspiration to others.

For its second search, the Mrs. Philippines - Globe has explored further and held screening in key cities and provinces in the country before coming up with 18 exceptional finalists. They are Soraya Borbe, Nanette Ballono, Michelle Garcia, Jane Lorraine Dimaunahan, Lubesly Tellidua, Mary Charlotte Fresco, Arah Margarita Ty, Jessica Eribal, Charina Clarin, Ruby Jane Lehmann, Jennylyn Isherwood, Marilou Villanueva, Mildred Buazon, Jessie Lou Lucero, Maria Rizza Padilla Singson, Ruby Salazar Papio, Maria Adelaida Paltu-ob, and Rachel Ann Felix.

The eighteen finalists will take on the stage and compete for the coveted title during the pageant night happening on May 25, 2013 at the Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel Manila. The most remarkable and elegant contender will be crowned Mrs. Philippines-Globe 2013. She will also take home Php 300,000.00 worth of prizes, and more importantly, will represent the Philippines in the Mrs. Globe 2013 World Finals on September 19 to 29, 2013 at Shenzhen, China.

The candidates will also get a chance to receive special awards such as People's Choice Award, Mrs. Talent, Mrs. Friendship, Make-Up Factory Most Beautiful Face, Mrs. Body Beautiful, Most Elegant Woman / Designer of the Year, Wacoal Career Woman of the Year, Life Story Award, and Solane Mother of the Year.

Making this year’s pageant even grander, Mrs. Philippines-Globe teamed up with Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions company, and opened a search for smart and talented kids and teens. Dubbed as Little Miss Solane, the competition acts as a venue for young girls to unleash their potential, improve their talents and skills, and develop a good sense of accomplishment.

More than just a celebration of beauty, Mrs. Globe in the US is affiliated with The Women In Need Foundation which aims to help abused women and children recover their self-esteem. The pageant emphasizes that women have the right to be heard, loved and respected.

Mrs. Philippines-Globe is presented by Make Up Factory Maquillage Professionnel School of Make Up Artistry and Solane. It is also supported by Working Mom Magazine, Wacoal and 96.3 Easy Rock.

Special thanks also to Transcom, Joylong Van and Coaster, Yamaha School of Music, Galderma, Restylane, Energen, Slimmers World, Venice Piazza. The show is organized and produced by Event Visions Incorporated.

For more pictures for the event pls. click this link,

Little Miss Solane Presents Country’s Smartest, Most Promising Kids and Teens


Little Miss Solane Presents Country’s Smartest, Most Promising Kids and Teens


A back to back presentation of Ms. Globe Philippines with Little Miss Solane 2013 was launched last April 25, 2013 at Sofitel Hotel Manila in preparation for their grand  national pageant set on May 25, 2013 at Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel. Judges will choose one winner for each category and will crown them as Little Miss Solane 2013 Cuties and Little Miss Solane 2013 Teenies. 

Get ready to meet the country’s wittiest, most talented kids and teens as Little Miss Solane 2013, a pageant that empowers your child’s potential, presents this year’s official candidates.

Not your ordinary child beauty pageant, Little Miss Solane 2013 is an avenue where young misses can meet new friends, learn new things about themselves, and more importantly, improve their talents, skills, and well-being.

Made possible by Solane, the country’s leading LPG solutions company, Little Miss Solane was actually known in the ‘60s as Little Miss Shellane. A popular pageant for children, it has generated a lot of interest in the past and has in fact produced a number of winners who are now established and distinguished women in their own fields.

This year, Solane decided to bring back the then-popular pageant and continue its legacy to enable young misses to realize their dreams. Unlike other children’s competitions that focus merely on physical attributes, Little Miss Solane 2013 endeavors to enhance talent and potential and build character and personality. By giving them a good sense of accomplishment this early, the pageant aims to mold these young misses into successful women who create positive change in the society.

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After a long yet exciting search throughout the country, Little Miss Solane 2013 has finally found the 23 young ladies who showed the most promising wits and abilities. This year’s finalists for the Cuties category (8-12 years old) are Angel Arcilla Aviles, Freshe Arda, Mareeya Akira Sapla, Caryl Brianne Codina, Shane Colleen Palongpalong, Maria Yna Uy, Marielle Jhoy Tubig, Queennie Charmay Sulit, Sommi Khail Camacho, Jeena Vince Balbona, and Angelica Ysabelle Mabuting.

The contenders for the Teenies category (13-16 years old) are Jannene Anne Nidoy, Mary Noriel Olaco, Eloiza Loryn Invento, Charisse Lanchinebre, Nica Nabua, Monica Nazari, Nina Ricci Manangan, Gabriella Louise Lopez, Jamille Anne Ricafrente, Jobelle Danna Logarta, Ellie Karyll Vidad, and Honey Pearl Geroso.

All of these young ladies will represent their respective regions and compete during the national pageant set on May 25, 2013 at Sunset Pavilion, Sofitel. Judges will choose one winner for each category and will crown them as Little Miss Solane 2013 Cuties and Little Miss Solane 2013 Teenies. As grand winners, they will each bring home P50,000 cash plus P50,000 worth of scholarships and developmental programs.

Meanwhile, the 1st and 2nd runners-up will take home P30,000 and P20,000 cash, respectively. Aside from these titles, finalists also stand a chance to get a sash and P5,000 cash prize for the following special awards: Best in National Costume, Most Elegant, Most Beautiful Child and Most Beautiful Teen, Little Miss Talent, Little Miss Sporty and Healthy, Little Miss Intelligence, Little Miss Bestfriend, Child of the Year and Teen of the Year, and Solane Mom and Daughter of the Year.

For more information about Little Miss Solane 2013, you may visit the pageant’s official Facebook page at

For more pictures on the said press launch pls. click this link ,

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Miss Philippines-Earth 2013 makes a big splash in saving the environment



The 13th edition of Miss Philippines-Earth ushers another year of caring for and saving the environment with a new batch of outstanding young ladies from all over the nation and Filipino communities abroad vying for the prestigious crown that symbolizes beauty and responsibility.

Fourty Eight (48) captivating candidates were presented to the members of the media at the poolside of F1 Hotel Manila in the heart of The Fort BGC, Taguig City, and each one proudly representing her hometown and expressing her environmental advocacy. The official candidates were fielded from screenings held in SM Malls in Metro Manila and key provincial cities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

In keeping with the tradition of adopting the environment movement, this year’s pageant theme celebrates the United Nation’s declaration 2013 as the International Year of Water Cooperation, Carousel Productions, Inc. CPI President Ramon S. Monzon stated that this year’s theme is very  relevant to the country, where issues concerning water management are often neglected.

“ We have seen all the ill effects of water shortage in other countries and we don’t want that to happen in the Philippines”, said Mr. Monzon. “For 2013, The Ms. Philippines-Earth Candidates will focus their campaign on promoting ways to make clean water accessible to more people and on how we can preserve our water resources for a sustainable future.”

As the competition heat’s up the candidates are expected to showcase their best at all times as they will once again rewarded with points from different challenges that are part of their activities. In addition, the candidates will also be supporting the campaign for clean elections since the day leading the coronation nights coincides with the local election campaign period. They will encourage voters to consider electing leaders who will take measures to ensure a cleaner environment.

The most awaited grand coronation will bake place on May 19, Sunday , at the SM Mall of Asia Arena and will be telecast live on ABS-CBN at 10:30 pm . Ms. Lorraine E. Schuck- CPI Executive Vice President, who also oversees the TV production aspect of the pageant, hinted that this year’s presentation will be something to look forward to.

““This year’s pageant night will be another first in history of Miss Philippines-Earth,”Ms. Schuck enthused.  Audiences will be treated to a visual treat and , of course the excitement of finding out who the next environmental ambassadress will be”.

The new Ms. Philippines Earth will inherit the crown from outgoing queen and Miss Earth-Air 2012 Stephany Stefanowifz, and will represent the country in the prestigious Ms. Earth pageant later this year.

Miss Philippines-Earth is supported by F1 Hotel Manila, Creamsilk, Sm Food Group and Miss Earth Foudation.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013




Moments for the New Queens - Marvin Gonzales (44)


I was on Bb Pilipinas Gold press presentation at Gateway Cineplex 4 when each candidates boldly answers all the most coveted questions ever asked by the press and media people on each winners of every categories mentioned in the pageant. 

Binibining Pilipinas Gold presented its newly proclaimed winners at the Gateway Cineplex more than a week after a magnificent coronation night staged at the Smart Araneta Coliseum which was made even more meaningful with the special appearance of almost 70 former Binibining Pilipinas beauty queens.

The winners have been busy in several television guest appearances and are about to indulge in a rigorous training program that will include personality development, beauty sessions, and the like to be conducted by seasoned beauty and television experts. Being the newest celebrities of the country, the new queens’ schedules are also replete with sponsors visits and tourism activities that usually abound during the summer.

On May 18, the Golden Batch as they are called will be the main stars in the traditional Araneta Center Grand Santacruzan that will traverse the roads of the shopping complex.  Other past contestants and queens are expected to grace this glittering event. The ladies will be wearing gowns done by leading Filipino and international designers.

Binibining Pilipinas 2013 is presented by the Araneta Center, ABS-CBN, CreamSilk with major sponsors San Miguel Brewery, Petron Corporation, San Miguel Power, Ginebra San Miguel and San Miguel Food. Other sponsors are Casino Filipino, PAGCOR, Avon, Lactacyd, Philippine Airlines, Jag Jeans, and Manhattan Garden City. Service sponsors are EDSA Shangri-La Hotel, Manila Bulletin, Pizza Hut, David’s Salon, Gold’s Gym, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Joylong Van, Picture City, Dale Carnegie Training Center, Entrepreneur School of Asia, Charter, Ping An Insurance Corporation, Raymond Saldana Photography and Rightspot Electronic Media.

Here is the complete roster of the Binibining Pilipinas Gold winners:

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Ariella Arida, 24

Miss Universe Philippines 2013, Best in Swimsuit

Alaminos, Laguna native Ariella graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of the Philippines – Los Baños. She is a keen sportswoman, having tried swimming, volleyball, and now running. She recently ran a 21K. She also did ramp modeling after graduating from college.

Her beauty queen idol is Venus Raj. She likes watching Venus’s pageant videos because she wants to emulate the way she moves and speaks.

Apart from bagging the Miss Universe Philippines title, Ariella also won the Best in Swimsuit award. Ariella will be one of the candidates in the 62nd edition of the Miss Universe pageant this year. Miss Universe is one of the biggest and most prestigious beauty pageants held annually.

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Bea Rose Santiago, 23

Binibining Pilipinas-International 2013, Miss Avon

A Communications student majoring in Public Relations at the York University in Toronto, Canada, Bea was born in the Philippines, but she and her family moved to Toronto when she was 14.

Bea moved back to the Philippines to try her luck in the Binibining Pilipinas pageant. She now lives on her own here in the Philippines. She is a Gawad Kalinga Ambassador who plays the banduria and would like to promote her province, Masbate, through joining the pageant.

Apart from winning the Binibining Pilipinas-International title, Bea also won the Miss Avon special award. Bea will be representing the country in this year’s edition of the Miss International pageant. The Miss International pageant aims to promote world peace, goodwill, and understanding.

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Joanna Cindy Miranda, 20

Binibining Pilipinas-Tourism 2013,Miss CreamSilk, Miss Petron

Cindy used to be a noontime show co-host. She decided to resign from the show because she really wanted to join Binibining Pilipinas. She used to be very shy in person even when she was already working as a TV host.

Despite her achievements, Cindy wants to maintain her simplicity.

Cindy also won the Miss CreamSilk Beyond Beautiful and Miss Petron special awards. She will be the Philippines’ representative in the Miss Tourism Queen International pageant, an annual international beauty pageant held in China.

Mutya Johanna Datul, 21

Binibining Pilipinas-Supranational 2013, Miss Photogenic, Best in Long Gown

Mutya describes herself as a “simpleng probinsyana na may matayog na pangarap.” As a young girl in Isabela, she helps catch salagubang in the fields, which they make into a delicacy. She says Binibining Pilipinas is her “ultimate dream.” She has watched the pageant since she was a little girl, and has since wanted to be one of the queens.

In her spare time, Mutya likes to listen to music and sing. Her beauty queen idol is Venus Raj, because “nakikita ko ang buhay ko sa kanya, na nabuhay sa hirap, pero nagsikap. Sa kanya ko nakita na hindi imposible na makamit mo yung pangarap mo.”

Mutya turned 21 a few days after winning one of the crowns. Apart from winning the new Binibining Pilipinas-Supranational title, Mutya also bagged the Best in Long Gown and Miss Photogenic awards. Mutya hopes to do well in this year’s Miss Supranational pageant slated on September 6 at Belarus. The Miss Supranational pageant is a fairly new international pageant established in Poland in 2009.

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Pia Wurtzbach, 23

Binibining Pilipinas 1st Runner Up, Miss San Mig Zero Fit and Sexy Body

Half-German Pia is from Cagayan de Oro. A former ABS-CBN talent under the screen name Pia Romero, Pia believes being a beauty queen is different from being an actress. She believes being a beauty queen requires one to be herself and presentable at the same time.

One thing that most people don’t know about her is that she’s approachable and can get along with anybody.

Apart from landing the first runner up honors, Pia also won the Miss San Mig Zero Fit and Sexy Body award.

Sponsors/Special Awards

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NICOLE DONESA. Miss Philippine Airlines

A talented singer who used to perform in various Fil-Am events in the United States, eighteen year old Nicole will certainly be busy promoting a good image for the country and its official carrier as Miss Philippine Airlines.

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This twenty-two year old educator from Taytay wowed the audience during the Talent Competition held at the Gateway Suites with her world class dancing skills, a gift that has brought her to performances abroad.

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Despite the pressures and rigors of the competition, this twenty-five year old Iligan City lass has managed to maintain cordial relations with the rest of the candidates, proving that the journey is just as important as the crown.

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ELLORE NOELLE PUNZALAN. Manila Bulletin’s Readers Choice

A veritable jill of all trades, Ellore Noelle was named as Manila Bulletin’s Readers Choice for this year. As a person who dabbles in musical theater, painting, taekwondo, basketball and volleyball, she will certainly be very interesting for the readers of Manila Bulletin.

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MA. TERESITA ALAINE BACCAY. Best in National Costume

The grace by which she carried her Filipiniana costume simply took the judges’ breath away. Even as a child, she used to fashion “gowns” out of her curtains and practice her walk, a practice that certainly augured well for her to bag the Best in National Costume award.

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Imelda Schweighart from Puerto Princesa will certainly be a good ambassador for PAGCOR’s charitable projects, especially that which espouses more schoolrooms for the country’s poor children.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Foursquare Day Celebrated in the Philippines @ SM Mega Atrium


Foursquare Day is a special event celebrated around the globe to acknowledge Foursquare’s growing number of active users.

The Philippine leg of Foursquare Day was held at The Mega Atrium of SM Megamall last April 16 where guests showed their Foursquare Day 2013 badge to register. It was considered a success as a good number of bloggers, digital marketing groups and Foursquare enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the occasion.

It was a fun-filled event headed by Foursquare Philippines and SM Cinema’s e-PLUS—your most convenient access to the movies. The affair commenced with a few welcoming remarks from Mr. Allan Florendo, Business Unit Head of e-PLUS Digital and CJ de Leon, Foursquare Philippines Ambassador; a special greeting from Foursquare New York was also played. Papa John’s provided sumptuous pizza treats to guests.
e-PLUS gave away two GE Cameras to lucky individuals who signed up for an e-PLUS membership on the spot. Moreover, as Foursquare trivia game prizes, SM Cinema gave away shirts and caps along with Papa John’s cute notebook giveaways. Starmobile, on the other hand, gave out a mobile phone via a Twitter hash tag game.
For updates on e-PLUS events and activities, please visit

Friday, April 19, 2013




President Benigno S. Aquino III inspects the Laguindingan Airport Development Project (LADP) in Laguindingan, during his visit to Misamis Oriental on Tuesday (February 26, 2013). The Php7.9 billion project aims to establish an international-standard airport to replace Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro and Balo-I Airport in Iligan. The airport has a projected passenger capacity of 1.6 million for the year 2020. Once operational, the airport is seen to boost economic activities not only in Misamis Oriental but also the neighboring areas of Iligan and Lanao del Norte. (Photo by:Rolando Mailo/ Malacañang Photo Bureau).

Manila, Philippines – The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) today announced that it has decided to push back the transfer of the gateway to Northern Mindanao from the old Lumbia Airport in Cagayan de Oro City to the new P 7.8-Billion Laguindingan Airport by one-and-a-half months to June 15, 2013, in order to avoid disrupting passengers’ travel plans over the summer.

The Transport Department has conducted a walk-through at the Laguindingan Airport and was very pleased with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines’ (CAAP) preparations for the intended April 30 opening. However, CAAP has received requests from airline companies to postpone the transfer until after the summer peak season, because the April 30 opening would require the cancellation of several daily trips.

According to the airline companies, their representatives were encountering difficulties in reaching a substantial number of passengers who had already purchased tickets for flights in April and May, to inform them of changes in their flight itineraries.

“It is in the best interest of the government and of the airlines to deliver safe and convenient services to the public,” said the DOTC. “As we took stock of the assessment of both CAAP and the airline companies that the Laguindingan Airport is already a safer alternative to the Lumbia Airport, we again listen to their inputs saying that postponing the transfer will be better for passenger convenience.”

“The postponement will give the airlines ample time to inform their customers of their new flight schedules at Laguindingan Airport. This will lessen the possibility of disrupting travel plans and causing inconvenience to the riding public,” added the DOTC.

The airlines which operate at Cagayan de Oro are Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, and Zest Air. They serve a combined total average of over 2,000 passengers daily.

The Laguindingan Airport is a key infrastructure project which is crucial to unlocking the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor to more tourism- and agriculture-oriented activities.

The government has previously announced that it will be temporarily operated by CAAP using Visual Flight Rules (VFR) until its air navigation equipment is fully in place by May 2014.

Thursday, April 18, 2013



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Would we like to see one of our Children to talk in a sign language like this one?  The one who was born very normal but because of lack of information regarding on AOM or Acute Otitis Media , or maybe just those group of Agencies in the Health sector or even in the private sector who ignores that this kind of disease affects 1 out of 2 Filipino children not only here but almost around the globe .

Ano daw? is a very common Filipino clarificatory phrase used when one didn’t hear whats being said. The person being asked will usually respond to the question by repeating what was said by the speaker then usually it is jokingly followed by, “Bingi” or Deaf.

Although this is usually said in jest, very seldom do we realize that for a lot calling the person asking “Ano daw”? bingi might be accurate. This is because you don’t have to be totally deaf to be considered suffering from hearing loss. But is hearing loss a serious problem?

Chances are you’ve never heard of the term Acute Otitis Media or AOM, but you’ll be surprise to know that 3 out of 4 children worldwide will suffer from Otitis Media before they reach the age of 3 and that  Otitis Media ranks as 8th leading cause of ailments amongst Filipino children, but the real unheard truth bout this diseased is that AOM is the leading cause of ailments amongst Filipino children, but the real unheard truth about this disease is that AOM is the leading cause of hearing loss, delayed speech and other sequelae such as impaired mental development that likewise imposes a significant medical,social, educational, and economic burden.

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The chance of a layperson hearing about AOM is really low because it is usually an under diagnosed disease. But it is a highly preventable and manageable disease. That is why every time I hear about people especially children, asking Ano daw? ,” my resolved to addressed this inconvenient truth about the question is strengthened ‘ says Dr. Gretchen Locsin, Assistant Professor  at the College of Medicine, St. Lukes Medical Center QC  and Vice Chair of the Philippine Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. However, aside from the fact that 3 out our 4 children worldwide will have AOM before the age of 3 clinical studies shows that 1 out of 2 Filipino children with rhinitis are also suffering from otitis media.

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It is because of this that the Otitis media group , headed by Dr. Generoso “Gene” Abes, Director – Philippine National Ear Institute, National Institute of Health, Manila and a Professor College of Medicine , University of the Philippines, Manila, decided to come up with a medical handbook, that’s a first of its kind , entitled- ACCUTE OTITIS MEDIA IN CHILDREN: CURRENT EVIDENCED- BASED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS 2013.

The book is designed to help primary care physicians to further understand AOM, and subsequently to properly diagnose and treat the said disease. If left untreated, it can lead to hearing loss, or in some cases serious complications like facial nerve paralysis, meningitis and a brain abscess, among others adds Dr. Gene Abes. Furthermore, as stated in the handbook, AOM often affects the child’s development, academic performance, social interaction and general health. For the family, the onset of complications necessitates medical and/ or surgical interventions that result in substantial economic burden.

The launching of the book was applauded by pediatric infectious disease  experts of the Philippines like Dr. Lulu Bravo of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination and Dr. Sally Gatchalian, who is also the Medical Director for Vaccines of GlaxoSmithKline Philippines. “Vaccines can also protect children from Acute Otitis Media and prevent needless suffering and developmental delays. GSK is committed to fighting child Accute Otitis Media and is continuously delivering and researching ways to prevent the disease. I believe that the handbook released by the Otitis Media Group is going to b an important tool to fight Acute Otitis Media , I think we are step to closer in hearing lesser “Ano Daw” ? syndrome.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

From the slums of Brazil and the isolated jungles of the Amazon to the bright lights of Manila


From the slums of Brazil and the isolated jungles of the Amazon to the bright lights of Manila

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As ONE FC star and top Bantamweight Bibiano Fernandes gears up for his May 31st bout, he recalls his arduous journey to finally get to where he is today.

Fernandes grew up in the slums of Manaus, Brazil. Left to fend for himself after the passing of his mother, a young Fernandes scavenged for food in the Northern Brazilian city, living on leftovers and begging for food. He even spent several years living off the land in the Amazon Jungle. Fernandes revealed that he does not think about those young times, although when pressed, he added that his childhood probably developed his never-say-die attitude.

He returned to Manaus after a few years. Without a home and with nobody to turn to, a teenage Bibiano began cleaning houses and wash cars in exchange for food.  There was a Jiu-Jitsu school in the neighborhood and he was mesmerized by what he saw. One of the students at the school became his friend and volunteered to pay a month’s fee for him to train. “He asked me if I wanted to train and I immediately said yes.” A month after rolling and tapping out veterans with years of experience, the coach asked him if he will like to compete in an upcoming tournament. Bibiano explained he had no money to pay neither the monthly fees nor the entry fee for the competition. Bibiano explained, “The coach simply said ‘Bibiano you come everyday and clean the gym’” and allowed him to train for free.

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That began a whirlwind career for Fernandes which has seen him win gold in both Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA multiple times. Now with an impressive record of 13-3, he will look to add to his list of accolades by becoming interim ONE FC Bantamweight World Champion when he takes on Japanese veteran Koetsu Okazaki.

Having fought in Japanese promotions for most of his career, Fernandes is very aware of the skills of his opponent Okazaki. When quizzed about what he makes of his opponent, Bibiano simply replied “A fight is a fight. I respect all my opponents and take each fight seriously. But I don’t have to prepare a special way for any opponent. If I fight my fight, I am confident that I will win.”

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ocean’s Harvest @ Mariott Hotel Manila


Ocean’s Harvest at Marriott Hotel Manila


How can you resist a fresh from the oceans food  such as this one from fish such as tuna , marlins and to crabs such as lobsters and curacha crabs , tiger prawns and even shells of different kinds.


I personally love seafood so much because we as a family have meats more every dinner but with  Mariotts Cafe its just like that you are near the shores and just have every catch being treated as food for the table for the day.

There’s nothing more delightful to see than hauling a net and see it brimming with the freshest catch of seafood! This experience is mirrored in a seafood station and has become a perennial favorite in restaurant buffets at hotels.

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Just give to the Chef the choices of Seafoods that you want and what kind of cook and ingridients you want your dish to be and hola you’re wish is your command. I do enjoy their Seafood Lasagna that has a different kind of twist and for all the food I try , you  will surely ask for more.

Marriot Café, a fast-rising choice of metropolis diners because of its ingenuity in offering modern all-day dining that successfully marries the best of local and continental cuisine, magnifies this delightful experience through an engaging seafood buffet held every Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aptly named Ocean’s Harvest, diners can choose from its numerous fresh seafood, request the chefs to have it cooked the way they want it, and indulge in the glorious taste of the bounty of the sea for only P2300.

Perusing the Ocean Surf Market Style Buffet Menu, one discovers the “Catch of the Day” which includes fresh salmon, tuna loin, local tanigue, pompano, talakitok, lapu-lapu, maya-maya, shellfish, jumbo prawns, half shell local scallop, local clams, jumbo squid, suahe shrimps, blue marlin, and local gindara―all proudly displayed on ice. Likewise, the slippers lobster, local blue sea crab, curacha crab, prawns, mussels, and white shells are chilled seafood that are ready to be had.

Of course, as vast as the seafood variety are the endless ways of cooking it.

One can have piping hot soups like the Shrimp Gumbo Soup or Local Clam Soup in Lemon Grass cooked Tinola-style. There’s also a Steaming Hot Pot of Sinigang either in local miso or tamarind fruits alongside talakitok, maya–maya, head prawn local clams, salmon fillet, or lapu–lapu cutlet. Each goes perfectly well with mustasa leaves, kangkong leaves, eggplant, okra, stringbeans, fresh tomatoes, and finger chili. Make it more Filipino by drizzling it with well-loved condiments like fish sauce, calamasi, soy sauce, and fresh chili. Another way of enjoying the steamed seafood is ordering the Wok-fried Shrimp with Cashew Nuts and Celery or the Steamed Maya-Maya with Spicy Garlic Sauce. On the other hand, those who want it fried can have the Fried Whole Lapu-Lapu with Black Beans Sauce or Sweet & Sour Sauce, or, the Crispy Fried Baby Shrimp marinated in rum.

Diners can also opt to have their seafood grilled for a more flavorful Salmon Steak, Prawns, Tuna Steak, Local Tanigue Steak, pompano, local talakitok, and kitang. These can be paired with succulent sauces like lemon butter, café de Paris butter, chili vinegar, calamansi soy sauce, and Thai chili sauce.

For those who favor the blend of fresh seafood and fresh vegetables, the salad station with its selection of greens and dressings are made special with options such as lobster and pomelo, brocolli and blue crab, seafood with mushroom and mango salad in honey mustard, lapu lapu ceviche, and local scallop asparagus and orange salad. A seriously show stopping first course, these should be the most refreshing seafood salad spread that takes off in its cool and crisp quality.

Marriott Café also offers Fisherman’s Special Paella, Seafood Lasagna, and Spicy Thai Shrimp Fried Rice.

At the Japanese Station where assorted sushi such as Tuna Sashimi and Snapper Sashimi are available, diners are also challenged to go beyond the usual by creating their own Japanese food using seafood ingredients at the Teppanyaki. The Batter Station further makes the seafood experience more tantalizing as the shrimps, fish fillets, osohos, and lobster fillet are placed on ice bowls―all ready to be paired with plain batter, beer batter, or tempura style.

And, if these aren’t enough to provide the ultimate pleasure of the bounty of the sea, Ocean’s Harvest also offers the Chef’s Creation. Some of Marriott Hotel Manila’s professional chefs are available to recommend and create a special dish, according to the guest’s liking.

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While a lavish seafood buffet is enthralling, a sweet experience in the dessert station is another must try especially when it’s paired with a tea or coffee. Featuring samba mousse, chocolate pistachio mousse, blueberry cheesecake, sugar free cheesecake, assorted homemade gelato ice cream and sorbet bar that are worth saving up the space for.

Get ready to be captivated by this five-star seafood buffet experience only at Marriott Hotel Manila’s Marriott Café. For inquiries or reservations, call (02) 988-9999.


An inviting beacon set in the world-class casino entertainment complex of Resorts World Manila, Marriott Hotel Manila is the place to work and play. Ideally located in Newport City across Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3, it is a convenient 15 minute drive from Makati Business District and Bonifacio Global City. Affording a splendid view of the adjoining 18-hole Villamor Golf Course, it boasts 342 exquisite guest accommodations that offers luxurious bedding, in-room safe, mini-bar, high-speed Internet, air conditioning, 40" full high definition LCDs with IPTV, videos on demand and jack pack plug-and-play system. The hotel features excellent dining options such as Marriott Cafe, Cru Steakhouse, Java+ and Lobby Lounge. Leisure facilities include Quan Spa, Health Club, Salon and Newport Mall. With a Grand Ballroom and several meeting rooms, Marriott Hotel Manila is also the ultimate destination for meetings and events, from wedding to gala dinner celebrations.