Friday, August 26, 2011

Prevent Dengue

Time and time again it has been proven, prevention is better than the cure. Stopping something before it occurs is the best. How to stop dengue? We stop the mosquitoes.

They are a force to reckon with. I tell you its no easy task. They've been here for millions of years, and they won't be slowing down. If they're gone for a while, they'll be back.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pinoys VS Dengue

It is very disturbing that a lot of children are succumbing to the deadly dengue. Year after year after year, the tropical illness continue to wreak havoc. The question is how to go against the disease and the carriers?

So you suspect you got dengue? Well, it really is a big deal. Dengue is violent and deadly. Better go to a doctor to make sure. At a critical stage of the sickness, organ dysfunction and severe internal bleeding can occur. Chances of survival are high with the proper medical attention, but it is surprising why too many still lose their lives to the virus. Actually, dengue virus is not that fearful. What is scary are the effects it causes to the body.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Gagamba Derby

We Filipinos love to see a fight. On some drunken summer nights in the suburbs, it isn't surprising that groups of intoxicated tambays begin shouting and hurling rocks or bottles at each other. It isn't also surprising as the fights happen, people will go out of their houses to watch. We love the drama and we somehow love the danger. But the biggest reason probably is to know who will prevail and if we guessed the winner correctly. Such is the mentality of a Filipino in a derby. But what about a spider derby?

I'm not sure how this started in the Philippines. Maybe one of our ancestors got bored making chickens fight and he noticed a lot of spiders in the house, got a stick and made 2 arachnids fight. Or maybe some foreign guy (as always) showed how it is being done. I just realized that the last sentence makes us look very stupid or very unoriginal, always some foreign guy introducing something to us. Oh well, that's life.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

First Time Mo?

Photo from Kristal
Firsts are very special. We Filipinos love to cherish the first time, most especially Filipinas. There's always a first for everything, and the experience is thought of as worth remembering. But then its not just about reminiscing in the Filipino Culture. It goes way deeper than memories or things that we may care about.

Has anyone told you when you visit a church for the first time and wish, it will come true? How about the first rain of summer can cure bungang araw or prickly heat? Old people say if you do good in the first day of the year, good things will happen all throughout. The same thing will happen if you do bad...its gonna be a bad year.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dragonboats and Gold

Tampa, Florida. The World Championships for the International Dragon Boat Federation. The Philippine Team are once again World Champions. But to many, they don't have a clue what it was all about.

There is a sad indifference in how we treat our athletes. They don't have support, the cheers and crowds. The Philippine Dragon Boat team is no exception. They won gold in Florida. They astounded the people there, they astounded the world. I'm not sure if that's the same case here in the Philippines, but hopefully they'd be given a heroes welcome back here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Flutes, Bieber and an Aeta Boy in Pampanga

We Pinoys are very talented. But somehow, some don't just make the break. Or maybe talent isn't just what everyone needs. I guess one would need luck and the right opportunity.

This kid has been selling flutes in Pampanga, and to sell flutes, he sings for people. It is common in the Philippines children helping out their parents in earning money to sustain the family. I don't know the whole story. I'm not even sure if he still goes to school or is he eating right every day. All I know is this kid got potential.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ramadan Begins

Ramadan in the Philippines began at the rise of the sun today. As of the moment and until 29 days later, each day from sun up till sun down, will be a day of denial of worldly pleasures. Such like food, water, alcohol and other things are avoided during daylight by the Islamic community as part of the practice of their religion.
Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Just like any other religion, fasting is important but none prescribe and implement widespread practice of such like Islam. Fasting is a way to train oneself to be in control of mind and body, pushing it to the limits.