Find Out Your Risk For Diseases

As we go through the various life stages, there is an increased consciousness of our mortality and predisposition for certain illnesses. The Harvard Center for Cancer has developed a easy to use metrix to help people find out their risk for developing five of the most important diseases in the United States. What is your risk for Cancer? Diabetes? Heart Disease? Osteoporosis? Stroke? Go to , find out and most importantly, get personalized tips for preventing them.

Retail Therapy

It’s month-end and I have already run out of breakdown prevention leaves. =( A massage was out of the question. Eating was also out of the question. That left shopping….

This lunch break, I skipped the gym and broke my resolution not to go anywhere near a bookstore during the grand annual sale held each August/September. As I entered National Bookstore at Greenbelt, it was all I could do not to break into song and dance. It was like I was channelling Becky Bloomwood: any item used for self improvement or bought on sale is not really worth counting and is in fact saving money!

I walked out of the store 30 minutes later with the following gems:

Both the Complete Craft and The Between the Lions books were hardbound. The books were being sold at bargain prices: Complete Craft – P539; Between the Lions – P209; Photo Crafts Sourcebook – P419.

I feel much better now.

Directory Manila: Maps for the Directionally Challenged

I am still amazed at the rate in which the names of our streets change. It seems as if whoever’s waiting in the wings of pwoer is just itching to name a street/highway/airport after his/her mother/father/lolo/lola etc. Every 3 years, you can be sure that at least one street name that you know will be revised. And you wonder why we are always late and confused.It’s an exercise in futility to buy a map guide. Thank goodness for the internet. I came across Directory Manila, a godsend for those, like me, who are abysmal with directions. The maps are even color-coded. =) As an added bonus, the commercial and directory give the yellow pages a run for its money.

Gee Chiz, A Whiz You Definitely Are Not….

….but I never thought of you as a Dunce… until yesterday that is. I must admit that political views aside, I used to have a high opinion of Francis Escudero. I remember listening to him speak at the commencement exercises of St. Joseph Academy about 4-5 years ago and thinking to myself that not only will this man surpass the achievements of his father, Kiko Escudero, he will have a big positive impact on the way this country is run. I was right about the first part but am now re-thinking my position on the second.

I ran across an entry in micketymoc’s blog which made me see red. Apparently, the congressman from Sorsogon advocated a revision of the public school curriculum which would reduce the number of regular subjects such as trigonometry, calculus, geometry, and algebra “since these are not relevant to the everyday life of Filipinos.” “May mga paksa na hindi naman talaga konektado sa paghahanap ng trabaho. Bakit natin pinahihirapan ang mga estudyante?” (“Some subjects aren’t really connected to finding work. Why do we need to burden our students?”)

I (almost) have no words to describe how I feel about this. To say that these particular soundbites are ill-thought and highly irresponsible are understatements. The backbone of any thriving economy is the quality of scientists and mathematicians it produces. Leader from Europe and the United States are increasingly concerned that the next generation is not interested in the sciences, which will impact research and innovation.

The ludicrous proposition from Cong. Escudero, if implemented, will merely widen the economic and social gap as public school students are not given the tools they will need to get higher paying jobs both here and abroad. It is a stop-gap solution offered by near-sighted politicians pandering to their electorate so that they may be re-elected.

What type of students does Chiz want the Philippine public educational system to produce? The argument that these subjects are not really connected to finding work misses the point. While it true that we may not use trig or geometry in our everyday lives, the discipline and logical/critical thinking skills attained are invaluable side effects. That is actually one of my main grips with the DLSU educational system. By concentrating on major subjects at the expense of literature and philosophy, they are churning out two-dimensional graduates who lack communication skills and critical thinking.

Our esteemed leaders mouth platitudes about the state of education in this country while their actions say something very different. Travel around the Philippines and you will find districts which are focusing on building arches and athletic facilities (basketball courts) over upgrading the overall quality of classrooms and educational equipment.

Congressman Escudero, if what was reported in the media is this truly what you believe, then I do NOT wish you the best in your political career. You are a wolf in sheep’s clothing who does not have the best interest of your constituents or our countrymen in mind. You are not the visionary you perceive yourself to be.

1. Philippine Daily Inquirer
2. Journal Group of Companies
3. Micketymoc
4. Missing Points

If you would like to help, there a number of NGOs which are helping equip public schools with much needed equipment:
1. Project Gilas

LPG Car Conversions: Good for the Pocket and the Environment Too

With oil prices reaching the stratosphere, consumers everywhere are looking for new ways and means to tighten their belts. Our cities are slowly being smothered with smog, the price we pay for the large number of cars which ply the roads each day. Is there a solution to the problems affecting our health and wealth?

One viable alternative which many fleet operators and taxis have embraced is LPG conversion. Consider these bits of trivia:

  • LPG is practically half the price of diesel and fuel.
  • The chemical nature of the fuel (over a 100 octane rating) ensures a cleaner burn, producing less pollution. It also reduces engine wear.
  • Modern LPG conversions suffer no noticeable loss of performance. Engines will run smoother and be slightly quieter.

There are already a number of LPG filling stations in the metropolis. Among them is Petron’s Xtend Autogas which is available in Barangay Ugong, Pasig City, Sen. and Makati City.

Interested? What to know more?

AmbiEnergy Enterprises, Inc. is one of the pioneers in the distribution, sale, installation and service of high quality LPG kits for automobiles. It has become the standard by which all LPG kit suppliers in the Philippines follow.

Its list of clients include Basic Taxi (Basic Transport Management Corp), Dollar Taxi, Ninestar, Sturdy, Pilipinas Shell, Petronas Energy Phils., Eastern Petroleum, Nissan Gallery Ortigas, Nissan Gallery Quezon Ave and Ford Global City. Aside from corporate clients, the company also entertains individuals.

To get more information on LPG Conversion, contact Kuki Buencamino or Jere Fregil at
AmbiEnergy Enterprises, Inc.

Mobile: +63917 898AMBI
Mobile: +63920 9275988
Telefax: +632 4127100

Breastfeeding Week: August 1-7

What is Children for Breastfeeding?The organization aims to….
· Preserve the Filipino indigenous way of nurturing our children guided by a deep respect for life and the environment.
· Mobilize parent and children advocates and other sectors of the society to promote, support and protect breastfeeding through the *Seven Acts of Kindness to Support Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers.*
· Revive indigenous healthcare and nurturing practices like cooperative or shared nursing and the use of baby slings, strengthen family and community support and other traditional practices that sustained breastfeeding in the past.
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· Initiated the Presidential Proclamation of the annual celebration of World Breastfeeding Week from August 1-7, 2006 in Malacanang, the official residence of the Philippine President last August 2005.
· Established the First Breastfeeding-friendly Mall in the Philippines with SM SuperMalls that will put up Breastfeeding Stations in all SM Malls throughout the country within this year.
· Official Guinness World Record on Simultaneous Breastfeeding that mobilized 3,541mothers with the City of Manila.
· Established the first Breastfeeding Clinic in a Private Hospital in the Philippines
· Conducted trainings on Infant and Young Child Feeding and Care

Our organization, seeks to mobilize children to promote earth-friendly parenting through the Seven Acts of Kindness to Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers.

The Seven Acts of Kindness:
1. Represents the issues that breastfeeding addresses.
2. Develops respect for life in the womb and instill in children the value of breastfeeding.
3. Revives indigenous healthcare and nurturing practices that sustained breastfeeding in the past.
4. Provides support and inspiration all women need in these crucial stages of motherhood.
5. Develops social consciousness and social responsibility by guiding children on how they can help in their own little way.

Download: The Seven Acts of Kindness:
A PowerPoint Presentation

Suggestion: Please attach a native lullaby while you are playing the presentation.

The Seven Acts of Kindness was conceptualized by two breastfeeding advocates Elvira L. Henares-Esguerra, MD, FPDS, RPh, IBCLC and Director, Children for Breastfeeding and Nona D. Andaya-Castillo, IBCLC and Director, Nurturers of the Earth, two of the only three Filipinos who are International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). They have observed that parents are unaware of the risks of bottle-feeding and even if they are made aware of it, many will resort to mixed feeding and consequently, full bottle-feeding.

Alarmed by the realization that the bottle-feeding culture is so deeply ingrained, they saw the need to educate children, the future generation of parents on the superiority of breastfeeding. The exposure of children to mothers who breastfeed will help them internalize that breastfeeding is the norm. A concrete example is when children breastfeed their dolls when they see their mothers breastfeed. Hopefully, this will instill in their young minds that breastfeeding is the most natural and beautiful way of nurturing, when they become parents themselves.

For more information on breastfeeding and the hazards of cow’s milk, visit the following websites:

For more information on WBW activities and downloadable materials, please visit: