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Avida Land wins two Myproperty.ph Real Estate Awards

Avida Land, an Ayala Land company and one of the country’s most trusted property developers, emerged victorious with two awards from the 2012 Myproperty.ph Real Estate Awards. These awards include: “Development of the Year” for Avida Towers Centera along Edsa in Mandaluyong; and “Best Lifestyle Community” for Avida Towers Riala in Cebu.

Awarding took place last November 15 at the Oakwood Premiere Joy-Nostalg Center in Manila. The panel of judges consisted of Ms. Marissa del Mar, National President of the National Real Estate Association; Mr. Christopher de la Cruz, President of the Green Building Council; and Mr. Noel Cariño, Executive Vice President of the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association, Inc.

2nd Avida 3D Street Painting Festival

How could I not remember? It was the very first event I attended and it was the Avida’s 3D Street Painting Festival. My excitement the moment I saw the pavement comes alive was compared to a kid excited with her first Christmas present. Avida made that event so special that it turned a lot of dreams to realities. And up until now the effect on the lives of the many young artist spreads epidemically that they take another chance to join the 2nd Avida 3D Street Painting Festival held at Reliance St Corner Mayflower St Mandaluyong City.

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Get big time satisfaction with the new Wendy’s BBQnator

My cravings for burger hit its maximum level the minute I was invited to the Wendy’s BBQnator Sandwich food tasting. It happened last Friday at Wendy’s Greenbelt 1. We (a number of bloggers) were introduced to the new product called BBQnator; brother of the old Baconator if you happen to stumble upon this one. Actually it was my first time to have a look and munch on this sandwich. And in fairness to Wendy’s; they satisfied my cravings, big time!

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Ms Marizzu, marketing manager of Wendy’s, shared to us a brief yet tempting description for this new Wendy’s BBQnator before they finally reveal what it looked like. And boy, I feel like my tummy was already full after her talk.

Celebrating the BGC lifestyle: Avida joins BGC PassionFest 2012

Avida Land affirms its commitment to providing families and young couples a balanced life through its support of the Bonifacio Global City PassionFest to be held on November 23 to 25.

BGC is a community that thrives on the different passions pursued by its members. In fact, one can say that the BGC lifestyle encourages the expression and celebration of these passions.

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Green Cross School Crashers: A Double Defense against Dengue Lamok

Dengue Infection is very alarming! Surveys shown that it is now the leading cause of childhood hospitalization in our country. Even the Department of Health declares that children are at greater risk of dengue infection. Imagine that? Your sweet-innocent children can be the next victim of these day and night monsters (aka Dengue Lamok). Poor kids if we don’t give them the protection they need to fight against these double threat.

Good thing, Green Cross is on our side fighting to level up our family protection. They have this latest campaign, the Green Cross School Crashers, where they go to various schools in Metro Manila to empower school children by teaching them proper habits that will protect them from dengue lamok or dengue-carrying mosquitoes. With this, kids can easily understand this new scientific discovery and other concepts about dengue and dengue lamok in a  fun way.

The latest school visited by the Green Cross School Crashers campaign is Paco Catholic School, where elementary school kids learned about the two “school crashers” that they need to watch out for: Daytime Dengue Lamok, and Nighttime Dengue Lamok.

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The kids were very participative as the Green Cross Crashers team taught them using games, songs, dances, story-telling sessions and interaction with the Green Cross Ambassador, Ms. Green, and the two mascots: Daytime Dengue Lamok and Nighttime Dengue Lamok.

Jim Paredes’ secret to being at his best every day

Fans and critics alike celebrated the film “I Do Bidoo”, a movie musical that featured some of the classic OPM hits of the Apo Hiking Society. The response of the audience to the film and to the Apo’s music proved that the musical trio’s legacy is timeless. Moviegoers, both young and old, enjoyed the Apo’s music even in today’s era of hip hop and Korean Pop.

School kids learn dengue self-defense in “Green Cross School Crashers”

 

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Through the School Crashers program, Green Cross educates both kids and parents about ways to prevent dengue both at school and at home, through a fun and interactive school activity.

CHILDREN ARE AT GREATER RISK of dengue infection, according to the Department of Health. Kids of ages 10 years and below need to level up their protection against this serious, potentially deadly disease—whether they are at home or in school.

Wild Encounter at Power Plant Mall, Rockwell

After long hours walking in the 8th Global Bazaar, we dropped by at the nearest Power Plant Mall to freshen up a bit and grab a meal before going home. I never thought our sudden stop-by turned out to be the highlight of my day where mom was the mastermind! She brought us to encounter the Wild in the City! Wild creatures such as panda bear, polar bear, a white tiger and a (not so wild) penguin. Oh! but don’t panic, these adorable wild animals are harmless.

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Global Pinoy Bazaar at Rockwell Tent

Truly I can say, It’s worth buying for! Pinoy products deserve a big big round of applause in the 8th Global Bazaar 2012 held at Rockwell Tent last November 10-11, 2012. So far I can say it’s the best I attended for the month of November, thanks to Mark for the free passes, I don’t have to go shopping alone.

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Exciting 5K Run with the Red Crab

In line with my 2012 plans to be healthy, I decided to join sister on her first run with the Red Crab on November 25, 2012.

This Red Crab 5K Run will be the first running and eating event in the country, so we didn’t hesitate to register. Not because of the eating part but the running, as this will be our first run together. Woot woot! And we are very very much excited to finish and grab the 5K medal of success!haha Smile

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For the love of swimming

Swimming, compared to all the other sports, is my ever favorite! When I’m swimming, I seem to enter into a different dimension. I feel at peace when swimming, excited when water starts to run through my skin and overwhelmed as I glide. They say chocolate is my comfort food, then I can say pool is my comfort place. Makati Aquatic Sports Arena (MASA) in particular is my playground. It’s where I feel comfortable the most. I am not promoting here but you can see yourself or through my pictures how cool the place is.

MASA has 2 pools. The one near the entrance is 4ft deep, I guessed. This is those who are not used to doing laps. The larger pool found on the other side is 5-6ft deep.
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This is the pool for your kiddos and the kids at heart. Sister used to undergo training here but now shifted to the larger pool. Yey!
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That’s the larger pool. That’s 50 meters in length. Swimmers here must wear proper swimwear and a cap (for maintenance purposes). Fret not if you miss to bring one, they have rentals for only 10 pesos.
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That’s the waiting shed in front of the pool. People leave their belongings there where they could see it all the time. Mom used to sit there those days when she’s still accompanying me. Now I can go there and swim on my own. Thanks to her confidence haha!
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Worry not because stairs is provided every 25 meters. Smile Plus a lifeguard on duty! So no means of drowning, I guessed. 
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That’s sister doing her freestyle.
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And I exhausted, after the 1000m swim. Oh by the way, special thanks to daddy Gords (one of mom’s good friends) for sharing his wonderful Speedo goggles that so fit my eyes. See below.
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MASA is open Tuesdays to Sundays up to 8pm
Entrance is  P50 for Makati Residents &
P150 for Non Makati Residents

Shopping Galore at Bel Air Flea Market

Christmas is just around the corner! Bazaars are everywhere. People are switching to the panic buying mode. And I, along with mom and sis, went shopping affordably! Oh! Did I just mentioned affordably? Of course, with everything going on in our economy, who wouldn’t want to buy affordable stuff? So let me share you my shopping galore at Bel Air Flea Market last September 29, 2012.

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Shopping that day was actually not in the plan but mom (the mastermind and the tempter) gave us a ring. And after 30 minutes, we found ourselves picking stuff. 

Romi Garduce talks about the Cold Truth at ROX BGC

It was not part of the the plan really. But when it’s mom who asked me if I wanted to join her extreme activities, then I have no choice. But don’t give mom a bad impression here. Mom is not the very strict kontrabida type you’re thinking. In fact, she’s the coolest mom ever! And I love her. That is why even though I wasn’t feeling so good yesterday, I accompany her to go to the ROX at BGC for the Romi Garduce’s talk about “The Cold Truth”. 

Romi Garduce is the first and only Filipino who has climbed all of the 'Seven Summits’. Mountain climbers, like mom, know what I’m talking about here.
I never thought Garduce was that kind of man. I'm referring to those who are  expert at climbing mountains and not really used to talking in front of many people. But he was totally cool! He’s very funny, smart, he talks English fast (with the proper accent) and he’s a good speaker. Plus to mention, his slide presentation which was really interesting. He showed few texts and a whole lot of pictures. I took some of them. Check out:

Villards Cup 2012: A game for a cause

If there’s one sport aside from boxing that is closest to the heart of the many Filipinos, it has to be billiards. Well that of course is my opinion. I mean, billiards is a game for all. It’s a sport that can be played by anyone. Men, women, kids and adults can play it. And I’m glad and honored to witnessed 16 amateur pool players in our country execute their shots in the Villards Cup 2012 last September 23-24, 2012.

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What is Beauty if you’re not Buffed and Polished

After so many days of contemplating, finally came up with this title, What is Beauty if you’re not Buffed and Polished? Smile What do you think? Oh please! no no, I don’t mean to sound harsh here. My point is everyone can be beautiful but not everyone can maintain their body toned and their nails polished. I mean, I’ve encountered a lot of successful people with very beautiful faces but still feel insecure. Why? Because they got arms and thighs like amazonas.  But we can’t blame them for the love of food.  Another encounter was the too-busy-for-nail polished people and I admit I’m guilty of this. Good thing, I got to visit a spa that covered both. Buffed and Polished Nail Lounge, thank you big time!
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New pairs of affordable footwear from Reva

I am not a big fan of shoes really. If I have a thousand bucks, there is no way I’m spending it on shoes, only when I badly need one. I remember when mom accompanied me to the mall to buy a replacement for my old old foot wear,  she would always tell me “ang kuripot mo naman anak”. Eh I just can’t afford to buy pair of shoes at a costly price. Above five hundred worth for me is too much. I know what you’re thinking. And that’s how kuripot I am. And by the way I have one confession here, I hate high heels. I hate how it makes my feet sick after a long walk. But I can carry it. I can dance with it, walk for a day and run with heels. But not for forever. Good thing, last week I went to the Market Market, and saw a big SALE on the activity center. So I dropped by and found my type of shoes: new pairs of  affordable footwear from Reva. 
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That one, above, cost 300 pesos (7 dollars). I just love its color and style. Plus its affordable, not harsh on the feet and can fit in any occasions. Check out the other pair of Reva I bought for only 360 pesos (11 dollars). Same with the first, I love how it blends in anything I wear. Smile Just the perfect shoes for my taste.

My Cherry Amor

Last week, God allowed the window of heaven poured out its blessings on me. I’ll be needing more space if I detail it here but here’s one slice: Someone special  just gave me a Samsung galaxy note. Oye! And I wasn’t expecting it. So imagine my joy! It was like fireworks around me, and everyone’s clapping. My heart was dancing, shalalalala. But suddenly I remember my Cherry amor; the old cherry mobile I bought 2 years ago.
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My Q3i Cherry Mobile has been very good to me. It has a real loud speaker like a subwoofer, my churchmates and friends can testify to this. And it’s shock proof (in my experience huh). Plus its like a cat, once lost it can find its way home. haha! I mentioned that because many times I lost this phone, but the good thing was it always goes to those in good hands then return it back to me. How gracious God is! :) Aside rom those features, the reason I love this Cherry is, it’s the fruit of my first job- a remembrance. I know my Cherry is not the expensive one, but I value it highly. 

Pinoy Blogfest 3.0

Last year was a hit. Their goal to equip bloggers was accomplished. And this years’ Pinoy_Blogfest 3.0 aims just to do that again. See below details: 


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Laong Laan Musical Play Review

When my brother asked me to watch their musical play entitled Laong Laan, I didn’t have any second thoughts.  Well, It’s been a while since I last saw a musical play. I can still remember, it was also their show. And just like the previous, my brother did not fail me again.

It was last Friday, September 17 at UMAK Grand Theatre. I was with pop and ate together with her boyfie. We arrived there 6:50PM (quite late). Good thing the show started after about 10 minutes. We first sang the National anthem, the coolest part is, it was played in Spanish version. :) I just thought I could also learn to sing Lupang Hinirang in spanish as addition to my bucket list.  Smile with tongue out 

Okay, Back to Laong Laan. Well, I am not so good at making reviews, specially when my brother (or anyone I knew) is part of the show. I usually get biased eh. (Lol) Though I have a few favorite scenes which really awaken my Filipino blood ,  check out below:

Preserving Mankind with Kojie.san Men

It was another day at the office. I was sitting in my chair trying to finish something and like the usual, singing loudly. Suddenly, a young handsome prince-like man approached me, knelt on the floor and asked me, “Will you spend eternity with me”. I know! I mean, I don’t actually remember him but who can resist the manly charm? So  without a second thought, I grabbed the moment  and said “YES!”. It’s crazy that I don’t remember him nor the day we first met but I did say yes to him.

And the next scene was, we got married! Yay! Then something popped in my mind, “No way, I haven’t told mom about the marriage yet!”. Boom! Snap back to reality. I was JUST dreaming.

So much for the intro. But really, that dream made me re-evaluate my understanding about men and the qualities I should be looking for a guy I will marry. And just in time  Nuffnang have this  contest that requires those who will join to answer this question: How can one preserve the concept of manliness in this modern age of liberal views and cultural influences?

watch out for Laong Laan, a musical play about our country’s national hero

“LAONG LAAN” a musical about the life, love and passion of the greatest Filipino who ever lived. The play takes us to a journey within the heart of the man who sparked the revolution and brought an empire to its knees. Jose P. Rizal the son, the lover, the friend, the martyr, the hero.

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Performance starts on September 11, 2012 and ends on the 15th, at the University of Makati Grand Theater. For inquiries, email laonglaan2012@yahoo.com

Power comes in small packages, too!

Small is the new big. Think cameras, mobile phones, tablets and other gadgets. As digital technology moves fast forward in this millennial age, more and more people will be on the go; the “one-touch”, “all-in-one” system will touch more lives, making small become even smaller.

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Yes, size matters. And with highly mobile people getting more health-conscious nowadays, they need to be assured that the health benefits they get should be substantial yet easily realizable.

And specifically when it comes to oral health, carrying the small and compact Lotte Xylitol Neo Dental Health Gum becomes a big advantage.What if on certain occasions and days you are in the midst of doing an event, participating in a grueling seminar or just stuck in a whirlwind of work, and brushing or flossing is impossible to squeeze in to your tight schedule?

School is cool with Gardenia

Getting kids excited to go school everyday probably is one of the toughest task for any parent. Students may be feeling bored in taking their lessons seriously or getting challenged with the numerous activities they have to accomplish. Once in school, everything will be almost entirely different: grade level, difficult subjects, strict teachers, closed up in a classroom the whole day, or sometimes sweet or annoying seatmates. Unlike at home where they can relax, everything at school is different, different, different!

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Daunting, you say, but for any child, why wouldn’t it be? Come to think of it, it’s not just the child who worries; parents, too, especially for their kids’ baon. Parents will definitely want to take charge in preparing their kids’ snacks, as they want only nutritious and safe food for them.

Good news to all the parents! Gardenia, the bread brand known for its delicious taste, freshness, softness, freshly baked aroma and nutritive value, will help you start the school year right with these delightfully delectable bread treats that every kid will surely love—and be proud to bring to school.

VISIONS: Rockwell Power Plant Mall’s Eye-Opening Art Masterpieces

 

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Rockwell regularly puts the spotlight on creativity and skill with its annual event Focus on the Arts, this year presenting VISIONS: A series of eye-opening displays for art enthusiasts. From July 9 to 31, artists are able to showcase their talent to the stylish crowd of the Power Plant Mall.

Both traditional and modern themes are in harmony as Rockwell focuses on the visual arts. The North Court features contemporary doodle artists in action. The works drawn live by Rosseler Velez, Luis Sevilla Hernandez, Mark Dizon, Allyn Martin, Winnie Wong, Beejay Esber on back-to-back panels stand as fresh and lively as when they were hand-drawn from June 9-11.

What to wear during the oath

I understand your dilemma (sorry guys, I am particular to ladies here). You want to look beautiful, elegant and one of a kind on the day of your oath. Now you’re looking for what to wear during the ceremony. You went to the mall and finally found your dream dress. Unfortunately the budget is tight. And all you can do is sigh and go home frustrated. Okay, first, don’t worry. You’re not alone. I’ve been through this. And I can share you how God can turn ugly things to a beautiful masterpiece. Also, I’m going to show you how to dress elegantly without getting your pockets empty.

June 2012 New Architects’ Oath taking Ceremony

This is it! The big day. The moment where the new architects who passed the June  2012 Architect Licensure Examination dress up professionally (yeah that’s the word! hahaha) for the most awaited Oath taking Ceremony, held at the Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel.
As part of the many oath takers, one word that best describes the event was this: E-P-I-C!  Call me mushy but truly it was memorable. I thought it will be cancelled due to really heavy rains , the flooded area and the mood swing. But it went  through successfully! I’m sure of the 987 who passed, almost half prayed to God to stop the rain. Smile Okay, okay no more talks, just see below photos.

My Choice of Dress

I was looking for a formal dress for my upcoming oath taking this July 21.  And I am in a panic mode now since I only have few days. I searched over the net and found these glamorous dresses. I am not sure if they look good on me (hope so). But, check em out, maybe you could help me where I can find dresses similar to these with a low budget:

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I like ALL of them since I am not very picky on the clothes I wear. But what I think would suit me is the red dress on the left. It’s simple yet classy. Good for my petite built.  Plus, I think department store have that kind. Well, hope I could find one within the week. Yiii so excited! Smile

Create your own living space with Avida home

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Are you excited to make that living space truly your own—but don’t know where to start? Then visit Avida’s “My Life. My Own Space. My Avida” event, an Open House, Home, Design, and Appliance Fair on July 15th at various Avida sites.

Roses from the BFF

I never thought receiving flowers can actually make a person feel great after I got a rose from the bff. It’s just a simple rose in a plastic cover like the one you can buy at the sidewalk of FEU but well, it’s the thought that really counts right?



He gave it after the three of us (BFF)passed the board. We were at the tapsilogan in front of PRC and surprisingly handed me the flower. That was awesome treat! Since we were not really bestfriend, though he always insist we are, now maybe I can consider him one. hahaha Of course I’m kidding.
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JCI Philippines, Universal Harvester launch The Outstanding Farmers Awards 2012

JCI Philippines and Universal Harvester, Inc. (UHI) today launched the search and awards for TOFARM 2012 -- The Outstanding Farmers of the Philippines recognition program -- for the most noteworthy achievers and achievements in the agriculture sector of 2012.

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The nationwide awards program cites the achievements of both public and private entities engaged in farming and includes traditional and modern farmers, fisherfolk, animal raisers, cooperatives, farm communities, organizations, scientists, the academe, LGUs and public employees, as well as business entities in rural and urban areas.

Early Halloween Night with Sister

It was last night that sister and I had the chance to finally apply mud pack on the face (after the long plans and attempt). And, it turned out to be an early Halloween night. haha!

The mud pack, sponsored by sister, cost P77 ONLY and it’s buy 1 take 1 at the Market Market, Department Store. Why sister bought this is because she noticed my very haggard face, so she thought we could make this a routine. It was my first time to try the chocolate flavored deep pore cleansing mudpack and I so can’t resist the sweet- tempting scent of it. Whew! That was close to me licking it. haha! Check photos below on how we did it.

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Yahoo! We made it!

Claaaa pasado tau 3 ang saya ang galing talaga ni Lord sobra”- these are the magical words that highlight my  whole month of June. You asked what is it all about, well lets get you back to details few months ago.
Here’s a picture of us reviewing for the June 2012 board exam in Architecture:
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(From L-R) Earleen, Chuading and yours truly
It was actually not in our plans to enroll in a review center, since we thought it was way too expensive and conflicts our work schedule. But then as I was on my way home riding the MRT (last February), I met my classmates in college. Conversation went from simpleng reminiscing, to the part  they’ve shared to me that they’re already reviewing for the board exam.  They told me that UAPCCD  is offering a review in a much lower price. What a blessing!!! I was actually looking for that!!! But, my mind is still in doubt till I arrived home and asked my sister. She told me that it’s a good thing to enroll in a review center so I can be pushed to study. The gullible me, agreed quickly. Then, I phone my best friend Earleen and voila, we were sitting in a room full of soon to be Architects.

The review was awesome,  I must say. We were like preschoolers. We bring baon, meet new friends. We learned things that are not taught in school. And we were trained to manage our time, since most of us are working while reviewing. Only, the other side of the coin is, we got empty pockets every sahod. haha! Well, it’s a part. And, for us to grow we got to invest. Smile 

The Architect’s Speech

Since I wont be able to give my speech at the oath taking, still, I am so blessed with the available resources we have. Thanks to Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau for inventing the World Wide Web. Now I have the chance to compose my own speech and deliver it through this blog post entitled “The Architect’s Speech”. So please bear with me If I sound so melodramatic here.

Let me thank the people who made a difference before, during and after my epic board exam.

Love affair with San Marino

While doing some stuff at the office, sister called telling me that I got a package from an unknown sender. The package was about 3” width, 12” height and approximately 1 kg. I told them to open it, they said, they’ll just wait for me. I insisted, so they opened it and found out these 4 tins from my love, San Marino.  

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San Marino Corned Tuna (2 Spanish and 2 Classic)

Excited as always, I hurried home to check the limited edition gift set, the Yellowfin Tuna fillet in Olive Oil. And, again San Marino did not fail me. Smile Aside from the delicious taste and the fact that it has less oil that keeps the heart healthy, what I also love about it is the easy to open lid. I remember when I was opening a can using a knife, I accidentally cut myself which made my mom panic. And the last thing I remember that night was the anti-tetanus shot and the needle.  So, from that experience, I told myself not to open tins ever, good thing San Marino has this friendly can that even children can open.

Freeway x Celerio National Artist Collectors’ Series Fall 2012

Now on its 7th installment, Freeway continues to pay tribute to our National Artists through its National Artist Collectors’ Series. This June, Freeway honors its first ever National Artist for Music featured in the well-loved series.

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In the past years, the series featured National Artists Nick Joaquin (Literature), Ang Kiukok (Visual Arts), Jose Garcia Villa (Literature), Ramon Valera (Fashion Design), F. Sionil José (Literature) and Vicente Manansala (Visual Arts). For Fall 2012 Collection of the National Artist Collectors’ Series, Freeway features the works of National Artist for Music, Levi Celerio.

1st Filipino Bloggers Hub Party of the year

 

In the cyber world where all bloggers are moving-in has become more challenging due to different trends that have been born from time to time in every click and tick of their finger on the mouse. As the blogger pursue their passion, they tend to produce more effective write-ups that are based on their experiences, observation and even with their own opinion.

Heart Disease: No. 1 Cause of Death among Filipinos

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For more than 10 years, heart disease has been the leading cause of death in the country. Almost 300 Filipinos die of heart disease every day based on the most recent data of the National Statistics Office (NSO). This number of deaths from heart ailments represents a high 21 percent of the total registered deaths in the country.

“What makes it heartbreaking is the fact that the prevalence rate is on the rise,” National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) noted. From 77,060 deaths from heart disease in 2005, the number rose to 100,908 in 2009. This is equivalent to 31 percent increase in just a span of 4 years.