Monday, January 19, 2009

Eat healthy, Eat clean

I was so worried when the news came out about salmonella in some US produce peanut butter. I live with two ilonga's who were married to US citizens. Thier husband always send them goods and that includes my favorite peanut butter. I heard about the news about food having salmonella last December but i did not believe it. Lately, as TV patrol world reported, there are other products too that contains the bacteria.

So whatis salmonella?
Salmonella is a gram-negative, rod-shaped bacilli that can cause diarrheal illness in humans. They are microscopic living creatures that pass from the feces of people or animals to other people or other animals.

The Salmonella family includes over 2,300 serotypes of bacteria which are one-celled organisms too small to be seen without a microscope. Two types, Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium are the most common in the United States and account for half of all human infections. Strains that cause no symptoms in animals can make people sick, and vice versa. If present in food, it does not usually affect the taste, smell, or appearance of the food. The bacteria live in the intestinal tracts of infected animals and humans.
Salmonella lives in the intestinal track of humans and other animals, including birds. Salmonella is usually transmitted to humans by eating foods contaminated with animal feces. Salmonella present on raw meat and poultry could survive if the product is not cooked to a safe minimum internal temperature, as measured with a food thermometer.

Salmonella can also cause foodborne illness (salmonellosis) through cross-contamination, e.g., when juices from raw meat or poultry come in contact with ready-to-eat foods, such as salads.

Food may also become contaminated by the unwashed hands of an infected food handler. Salmonella can also be found in the feces of some pets, especially those with diarrhea. People can become infected if they do not wash their hands after contact with these feces.

I consulted my dactor yesterday and he said some humans are already immune to the bacteria. But, as the sayong goes, prevention is better than cure. Its always advised to wash hands before eating to avoid contamination.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Pit Senior

I thought the festivities are over. I thought the mardigras is just in Cebu today. I was wrong. I was sent to SIR Pahse 2, Matina this morning to cover their fiesta. Originally, the fiesta here is on January 16, but later the chapel leaders decided to hold it every third sunday of January.
So i went there with team. My cameraman, Jur-el Balasico is a residente here so i am confident we all get an easy access to the activites. As soon as we arrived, we noticed a throng of greasy kids shouting in the street. One was holding a replica of Sto. Nino. I opened the window of our crew cab to listen to what they were shouting. 'Pit Senior, pit senior," they shouted in chorus. So i thought this is it. I instructed my cameraman to shoot. As soon as my cameraman stepped out of our cab, the children went gaga over the camera. They forgot they were dancing for the Nino. So i told my cameraman to stay on the side not to get the attention of the kids. And so they moved on.
I was amazed. I thought this place is too urban that neighbors don't know each other. But i was wrong, kids here spearheaded the mardigras.
Each year, the Sto. Nino Youth Organization prepares the parade of the Nino, with faith to bring blessings and good fortune to every household they visit. With their drums and cymbals, kids danced through the streets, wearing a rag like dress and covered with black grease from coal. This is their version of ati-atihan.
Parents were supportive of their children that made their fiesta a very lively one. Before i left, a gal said hello to me and greeted me "pit senior." I knoded and replied. But before i could get in my car, the girl just spread a black grease on my face. Oh, I belong...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pantat Day

I love Saturday. It's my day off. I usually hibernate during my day off. But this morning, i was awakened by a text from my boss, asking me to work. Our team on duty was sent to Compostella Valley Province to cover the rescue operation after flood and landslide hit the area. I was hesitant at first. I got colds after my coverage in Malita the other day. But since i love the job, i agreed to do an extra gratis amores.
We were tracking down the family of one of the kidnap victim in Sulu. We've been to many places but to no avail. Then my boss decided to go to Tugbok as our last resort to get permission from the family. When we arrived at Tugbok, my boss tried to get contacts from a priest. I and the rest of the team were in the car waiting. It's past twelve and we felt so hungry that we culd munch anything edible.
After acquiring cintact numbers, my boss, Waway, decided the team should take a break and take our lunch. We are in Tugbok and pantat is the best recipe in the area. He directed us to this place named Retskie somewhere in Tugbo highway.

The place is nice. In the outside, it looks like a simple nipa hut. Although cola banners are hanged in front.
Inside, simple but neat. The floor is made of bamboo but the tables and chairs are made of hard wood. The view at the back is also homey. The fresh scent of upland rice add up to the rural ambiance of the place.
My boss ordered a kilo of depp fried african hito and half a kilo of tinolang native chicken.
While waiting, i stood at the porch, enjoying the fresh air when i noticed something was in the pond, which i thought a canal. Gigantic carpas, left in th pond to breed.
Then the waitress signaled the food is ready. We positioned ourselves in the table. The hita came first, crisp and golden brown. Then the tinolang manok. since high school, i don't eat hito because of its aftertaste. Before today, my friend che-che brought us here and had my first taste of hito and i loved it. The tinolang manok was also sumptous. It has chili leaves, papaya, and lots of garlic. Loved it. We were all so silent while eating.
After eating, we decided to head straight to davao. But before we could leave the place, my boss noticed, he lost the number he got from a priest. The only contact we got for the important news we are tracking that day. Haaaaay! Back to zero again. Whatever, as long as i enjoyed my lunch, i'm ready to work again.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Waves ravaged Malita

Big waves due to bad weather destroyed at least seven houses in baranggay poblacion, Malita, Davao del Sur Wednesday night. Three coastal baranggays are presently under close monitoring due to continous rains.
More than thirty meters of concrete road at Musa compound is presently unpassable after waves destroyed the foundation.
Two fishermen were also saved after two days of being stranded at sea.
The protection dike at the back of municipal gym was also destroyed.
Its might not be a good start for 2009 for malitenos, as bad as the last quater in 2008. Flashflood hit the poblacion area due to bad weather too.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I am nobody...

I never know what wen't wrong, but i was mocked.
It strucked me hard that it left a scar.
The bawl was too harsh that it hit me through.
Bitter tongue swallowed me, almost.

Today, i lost a confidant,
And it pains me to see it all drift into oblivion.
But i won't allow myself to stoop as low as dirt in my shoe,
For it only makes me same as you.

I am nobody, but nobody has the right to subdue me.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

No pyro on new year

I went to the Philippine Academy of Sakya last sunday to cover some of their activities. what struck me the most was two dragons dancing in tune with drum beats. Dancers were so synchronized that you'd thought they were real.
It's my first time to see real monks too. While they were walking down the pathway, they were humming. Some has leaves on their hands while a glass of water on the other. A tsinoy by my side told me that was the equivalent of holy water among catholics. Their aura seemed very peaceful and calm. Although i don't understad what they were singing, i just joined them in humming.

It reminded me, Chinese celebrates their new year every January. In the year of the fox, 2009, it falls on the 25 to 26. In Davao City, the chinese community officially opened the celebration last tuesday. One of the highlights lined up in the activites is the fireworks display.
I was so happy to hear it amidst the firecracker ban in the city. Since i moved here, i've only seen fireworks outside davao. Last year, i intentionally joined my friend rodrey salas at tagum just to witness the public fireworks display spearheded by the LGU.

Yes there will be fireworks, but only on a wide screen tv, live from Hongkong. Hmmmmmph!
After new year, suggestions like revising the firecracker ban in davao popo out. But Mayor Rodrigo Duterte did not budge. Any form of fireworks and firecrackers are still banned in Davao. So i guess we'll have to settle with the virtual fireworks display then.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Cold and Dangerous

I was hesitant to leave my bed this morning. I switched the aircon at warmer temperature before i went to bed last night. In the morning, it felt more colder than the usual. I crawled to the corner of my bed to reach for the remote but it was so far that i fell off. I was forced to leave my bed to check the weather outside. It's almost five in the morning yet it looked like its still midnight. my driver was already outside waiting to fetch me to work.
I was forced to go to the bathroom. Before going taking a bath, i turned on the tv for early news. I stood in front of my tv for a moment. the news said, people in Baguio City are getting sick because of too much cold. Then i thought, "that is why i felt lazy to go to work today.

According to Pagasa, the country is experiencing tail-end of a cold front affecting the Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. And northeast monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon. Luck no tropical cyclone existing is sighted within the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Authorities are encouraging the residents especiallin places with low temperature, to be extra careful so as not to catch colds.

If you catch a cold, you can expect to be sick for about a week. But that doesn't mean you have to be miserable. These remedies may help:

  • Water and other fluids. You can't flush a cold out of your system, but drinking plenty of liquids can help. Water, juice, clear broth or warm lemon water with honey helps loosen congestion and prevents dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which make dehydration worse.
  • Salt water. A saltwater gargle — 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an unce glass of warm water — can temporarily relieve a sore or scratchy throat.
  • Saline nasal sprays. Over-the-counter saline nasal sprays combat stuffiness and congestion. Unlike nasal decongestants, saline sprays don't lead to a rebound effect — a worsening of symptoms when the medication is discontinued — and most are safe and nonirritating, even for children.
  • Chicken soup. Generations of parents have spooned chicken soup into their sick children. Now scientists have put chicken soup to the test, discovering that it does have effects that might help relieve cold and flu symptoms in two ways. First, it acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the movement of neutrophils — immune system cells that participate in the body's inflammatory response. Second, it temporarily speeds up the movement of mucus through the nose, helping relieve congestion and limiting the amount of time viruses are in contact with the nose lining. So which is better, homemade or canned? Researchers at the University of Nebraska compared homemade chicken soup with canned versions and found that many, though not all, canned chicken soups worked just as well as soups made from scratch.
  • Over-the-counter cold medications. Nonprescription decongestants and pain relievers offer some symptom relief, but they won't prevent a cold or shorten its duration, and most have some side effects. If used for more than a few days, they can actually make symptoms worse. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that parents avoid such cold medicines for children younger than age 2. And they are evaluating the safety of these medications in older children.

    Keep in mind that acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) can cause serious liver damage or liver failure if taken in high doses. It's common for people to take Tylenol in addition to flu medications that also contain acetaminophen, which can lead to drug overdoses. Read the labels of any cold medication carefully to make sure you're not overdosing.

  • Humidity. Cold viruses thrive in dry conditions — another reason why colds are more common in winter. Dry air also dries the mucous membranes, causing a stuffy nose and scratchy throat. A humidifier can add moisture to your home, but it can also add mold, fungi and bacteria if not cleaned properly. Change the water in your humidifier daily, and clean the unit at least once every three days.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Jeepney slams into post in Davao City, 2 die, 22 injured

A jeepney full of passengers reported to be going to a burial of a dead relative slammed into a post Sunday killing its driver and a passenger and injuring 22 others. The accident occurred at Shrine Hills, Matina in Davao City Sunday morning. Reports said that jeepney was loaded with more than 30 passengers. They were reportedly going to Matanao in Davao del Sur to attend the burial of a dead kin. A traffic investigator said he suspects that the jeepney may have lost its brakes due to its full load at the top of Shrine Hills. He said that when it went down the driver may have lost control until it slammed into the post. Killed were Alejandro Jatico and sibling Leodigario who was seated beside him at the front. Seven of the 22 injured were reported to be children. Two were brought to an intensive care unit of a hospital after sustaining severe injuries on the head. With a report from Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Flab Watch

I wonder how many calories i gained during the holiday season. When i went home, i was not able to work out, too busy with reunions and parties. For just a week without sweating at the gym, i felt my flabs bulged bigger. I was careful with what i ate, and i thought it was ok to eat anything as long as i take it in small amounts. I was wrong, little or too much, its all calories and fats.

Here's how to Start a Low Calorie Diet. I got this from
1. Equip yourself with a calorie counter. Nowadays there are many books and publications with information on the calories contained in all kinds of food, both natural and ready meals. There is also extensive information online.
2. Work out how many calories you are going to eat each day. Usually this is around 1500 to 1800 for a woman per day with a sedentary lifestyle, a similarly inactive man would probably need around 2000-2200. If you are a very active person, though, you would need to increase your calorie intake by as much as 600 to 800 calories per day.
3. Get into the habit of reading the labels on food. Many include the number of calories. Check whether the figure quoted is per pack, or by weight, or per portion.
4. Work out which foods you can enjoy on your diet. Read your calorie counter and and stay within your calorie limits. It might help to work out a menu for the first week or two.
5. Keep a food diary. It is so easy to say "Low calorie diets don't work for me" or "I can't lose weight, it must be my metabolism (or glands)" when the simple truth is that you forget to count the doughnut you had for elevenses or the icecream you ate to cool down and maybe the bar of chocolate you had because you were feeling a bit depressed. Take your food diary around with you and write down every single thing you eat, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant. Then, at the end of the first week, examine it carefully. Remember YOU are the one who wants or needs to lose weight so, if you cheat, you are only cheating yourself.
6. Use a smaller plate than usual. It will make you feel less deprived and stop you putting too much food on your plate when serving out meals.
7. Don't feel guilty if you don't 'clean your plate'. There are worse crimes than not eating everything you are served.

Saturday, January 10, 2009


Friendship is based on forgiveness.
Today if your friend has done something wrong,
you have to forgive her immediately by thinking that you could have made the same mistake.
If she has been nasty to you today, you have to forgive her immediately.
Tomorrow you may be in the same position - you could be nasty to her.
So if you forgive her when she is nasty, then if a day comes when you are equally nasty, she will forgive you.
Good qualities eventually come for ward. Good qualities will not remain dormant forever and forever.

by Sri Chinmoy

Friday, January 9, 2009

Sidewalk Residents

I was on my way home from a party last December. On our way to matina,the driver decided to pass by san pedro street. We were all so silent inside the crew cab. Tired of the "every night media party," and drowsy after eating too much at the party. I gazed upon the sidewalk. I saw a man, trying to cover his companion with a blanket. They were sleeping on the sidewalk. What came first to my mind is that, maybe this man did not work hard to land where they sleep right now. Or maybe not so lucky enough to improve their quality of life.

(Photo by: Shiela Cabusao / Sidewalk sleepers at San Pedro Street)

According to the SWS Survey last December 2008, the number of Filipino families which consider themselves oor has increased to around nine million. This means that 59% poverty rating was recorded last year and considered as the peak for the Arroyo administration.
I believe in surveys. But how will you consider yourself poor? It might be subjective. I would say i'm poor because i don't have money. Others would say they are poor because they don't have jobs. How about this people sleeping in the sidewalk? What's could be their reasons too?
A chinese proverbs read, "give a aman a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man how to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life." Maybe we are not trying enough to hel ourselves. Being poor i think is how you wanted your life to be. If you don't work hard enough, you will definitely sleep in the sidewalk.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Three cops die, five hurt in Davao road crash

Three policemen died after a patrol car carrying a team of police operatives slammed into a truck in Sta. Cruz town, Davao del Sur, before dawn Friday.

Initial investigations showed that the team of Inspector Jerome de Leon, 14th Police Regional Mobile Group based in Butuan City, was on board a speeding patrol car along a highway in Barangay Bato, when they rammed a prime mover truck around 2 a.m.

De Leon and two of his men died because of the collision's strong impact. Five policemen, meanwhile, have been rushed to the provincial hospital of Davao del Sur.

The police team came from Butuan City and were on their way to Pikit town, North Cotabato to fetch other members of the regional mobile group that have been assigned to the province.

The truck driver, Francisco Casinto, has surrendered to the police, but claimed the accident was the patrol car driver's fault.

He said the patrol car took his lane and slammed into his truck.

Police were investigating the incident. With a report from Elric Ayop, ABS-CBN Davao
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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Goodbye Dear Minica

Dabawenyo's afternoon radio habits will soon be changed as one of the most listened DJ is leaving the country. I myself is a fan of Dear Monica. For three years now, every afternoon as my team head home, we tune in to Dj Monica for interesting stories sent by her listeners. Back in the eighties, my my mom and nighbors were hooked to "handumanan sa usa ka awit." It gained wide audience becuase it touched the lives of its listners. i thought the fever was over. When i moved to davao, i found out most of those at work and at home in the afternoon listen to monica. I even saw the piles of letters sent to MOR for dear monica. Too many stories to tell, most of them are life stories which, i think, is very interesting to listen. Monica's voice is perfect as she reads the letters with convviction.

(DJ Monica with celebrity guests @ MOR)

Just yesterday, i learned she's going abroad. i was saddened by her news. She's a good friend and i don't want her to go. But hey, ce ezt la vie. She needs to fulfill her dreams in the big apple. I know she will achieve her goals knowing she's a fighter.
Last night, during her despidida party, her friends at MOR prepared a short program. During her last program at MOR, monica read her own story. She was emotional as she bid goodbye to her fans.

Next week, a new program will be introduced in MOR in the afternoon. DJ Maya said it is a surprise but it wil surely entertain its audiences.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Eight baranggays in Sta. maria, Davao Del sur affect with unknown hog desease






(Justine Macaganda, Municipal Agriculturist shows medicines for surveillance and treatment activity.)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Got a neo

It's not that sleek nor designer brand. But its functional and practical. I used to have an old neo laptop but i felt i need to upgrade. Last weekend, as i arrive from vacation, i decided to roam around the mall for a while. I came across this tech store. Even before i entered the store, my eyes were directed to this black laptop on the rack. So i checked it out and thought it was cool.
I bought this:

Model name Basic B2180 N
Technology Intel® Celeron® processor technology
Processor Intel® Celeron® M Processor 560
Processor details 1 MB L2 cache, 2.13 GHz, 533 MHz FSB
Operating System FreeDOS
Chipset SiS M672 + SiS 968
Memory 1 GB DDR2
Graphics SiS Mirage 3+
Display 14.1" WXGA LCD
Hard Disk Drive 120 GB SATA
Optical Disc Drive DVDRW SuperMulti
Networking 10/100 Mbps LAN
Wireless 802.11 b/g
Card Reader 4-in-1 Card Reader
Webcam 1.3 MegaPixels
Battery 6-cell Lithium-ion Battery
Weight ~ 2.4 kg

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Hogs in Davao del Sur town die of unknown cause

Residents of Sta. Maria town in Davao del Sur are worried after many of the pigs that they were raising have died mysteriously. In Sitio Sala-Sala in Barangay Pongpong, 40 pigs have reportedly died since December. Residents said that their pigs suddenly appeared weak, bleeding from the nose then died.
The town’s agriculture office said that a veterinarian would be sent to the area to investigate the mysterious swine deaths. The town’s agriculture office meanwhile advised residents to immediately bury their dead hogs and to refrain from butchering the dead swine for food while the investigation is ongoing on the cause.

(Francis Magbanua, ABS-CBN News Southern Mindanao)

Saturday, January 3, 2009

father jerome

On my way back to DAvao, i met an old friend who i havn't seen for almost a decade. As i entered the bus bound for Maramag, Jerome and I stared for a while and burst in laughter later. Jerome was a good friend in high school. Although im one year ahead of them, i hang out with them most of the time. Who can forget our naughty deeds during our columbian squire days. We were considered altar boys before. We sleep in the convent and when the priest is away, we sneak inside the church and eat whatever is in the altar. Even the ceremonial wine (forvie us father for we have sinned,).
So anyways, i was so glad to see him again. He introduced me to his wife and his two siblings, C-J, four years old, and J-3rd, four months old. They look a lot like their father. While the parents were not looking i secretly checked at the kids hand to see if they got the father's genes. Thank God they did not, they have fair beautiful hands. I used to know their father to have a purple nails (patay ang kuko). Nutrient difficiency they say.

(J-3rd, i don't know the spelling of the name,)

I saw a different Jerome that day. Responsible and focused father. Too far from how i knew him in high school. Maybe because of his gifts of life. I noticed that to every man i know who becomes a father. My brother before was noted for his small addictions but was tranformed when Koby and Kieth came to their life. At work, archie was also a little happy go lucky at first, but when his baby came along, he became more focused on his job and family.

"Nothing is more overpowering and profound than watching a baby being born! A baby's first cry is the most beautiful sound to the baby�s parents as the newborn baby is brought into this world..."

Life may be harsh, but struggles in life cannot overcome the joy a child brings to the family. While looking at jerome's baby, a tear fell from my eye. I remember someone i used to own eight years ago. The only thing i thought that ime was...
I wish i had time with mine too.

Friday, January 2, 2009

same old pipz

You might wonder where i've been. You'll even ask where i was when i say i'm from Wao. Wao is a remote town of Lanao del Sur. It used to be a resettlement area for evacuees from visayas during Magsaysay days. Muslim dominated the area in the late 60s and 70s but later ruled mostly by christians. Its not thatbeautiful but it isn't that bad to live too. My family moved to Wao in the late seventies. My dad owned the first machine shop in town. Life is simple here, mostly are farmers. Simple life for simple yet good people. People i grew up with.
I went home for a short vacation. I was so surprised to see few people i knew. In fact most of them are my classmates. We had a gathering to reminisceour time together back in high school. Why is it always helarious to remember the old days.
I was taking my afternoon nap when Mary Ann texted me inviting me for the gathering. I was so excited so i said i'll be there. As soon as i arrived at Bliss, i saw the gang at Ivan's house. Wilson pablico, Ivan, Eugene and Ronnie were quite intoxicated but was able to notice i'm loosing my hair. Damn! Glen was there too. Probably the most successful among our batch, i thought glen never grew up. He looks as if we were still in high school still. I was shocked to see maureen in the crowd. She grew huge. Mary ann was huge too as she was in high school. Few good laughs and some booze, we had fun.

The next day, Mary ann, glen and i decided to walk around town. On our way, we dropped by the workplace of our batchmates and encouraged them to sneak out of work to have fun. We roamed around the town like the old times, from central school, to town plaza, to municpal hall, to hannah's place at wao hospital and back to bliss. Oh, i forgot about viframer, she offered us good food and good laughs too. Christobel, Imelda, Naomi, Jessie John and Juvellyn was there too. Best part of all, most of them are happily married with lovely kids.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

My New year

Hey guys! I went home to Wao, Lanao del Sur for a short vacation. Luckily my bosses allowed me inspite that we lack manpower for the holidays.
Anyways, so i went home. I arrived about four hours before the new year. My mom and my brother was so busy that they did not notice i arrived. My nephews were so surprised that they jumped on me. A little later, they were looking for their gifts.
First hour of 2009 was a little silent in our place. Because aside from few who lit some firecrackers, the whole town ran out of power. It was so dark that only few sky borne pyrotechniques were in sight. But it did not hinder us to celebrate the new year. I baught a few firecracker on my way home so we had a little fun outside and headed inside for the media noche.
I had a rather big bonus last December so i gave about seventy percent to my mom. She prepared a lot of my favorite dishes so ate the whole dawn that i forgot my diet. Who would disagree if i'd say mom always cook the best food.

At 1:00 o'clock, the electricy turned on and we sang all the way till morning.
I've been away for so long and little time spent with my family was always a treasure to cherish!