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Juan vs Juan

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

The 100 year cycle has been shortened because of climate change,

Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) General Manager Ed Manda imparted his insight on how Ondoy came to be.

The deadliest among the Philippine storms in 2009, Ondoy killed 240 people, affected 1,872,036 more and damaged P2 billion worth of farm goods and infrastructures as it devastated Metro Manila and surrounding areas. More than 3 million people were affected across Luzon and some areas in Visayas.

 

We don't want this to happen again.

 

312 millimeters. The typhoon poured more than a month’s worth of rain fall in just nine hours on the 26th of September last year. It dumped more amount of rainfall than USA’s Hurricane Katrina. It is indeed, the worst tropical storm that our country experienced for the past 90 years.

Internationally Megi. After almost more than a year since Ondoy left the country, another super typhoon is monitored by PAGASA. Typhoon Juan, internationally known as “Megi”, is feared to bring the same effects as that of Ondoy.

Having retained its 140kph sustained winds near its center and 170kph gustiness, Juan was last spotted moving 24kph at 820 kilometers east of Northern Luzon. It has increased its speed by 4kph (previous was 20kph). All the government offices are all prepared for the coming of the said super typhoon.

La Niña. Global warming inevitably takes its part now. The effect of man’s destruction to Mother Nature is palpable at present. One evidence is the change in the Philippine weather systems.

News said that we should expect more strong storms coming until December and Juan is the start of it.

In all fairness, the Filipinos are being more alert when it comes to changes in weather especially this rainy season. It is but sad to face the reality that we need an Ondoy just to wake up our senses to a reality. The reality that we have vastly altered our environment and that we are to take all the consequences for it.

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Proper STORAGE: Sauces, Seasonings and Spices.

October 16, 2010 Leave a comment

1380—The Philippines welcomed the Arab traders who brought with them lots of goods and one of these are the first spices. Filipinos are known for having sweet tooth and for a variety of delicacies found on the different parts of the country. We are fond of making the food that we serve as tasty as it can be.


For centuries, the original Filipino taste is influenced with other cultures, first was the above-mentioned Arabians, then there were the Spanish, the Americans, the Japanese and of course the Chinese. Chinese people have a great contribution in molding the history of the true Pinoy food. One is their sauces and spices.

Black bean, chili paste, chili sauce and hoisin sauce are just few of the Chinese seasonings that we Filipinos are using. But do all of these should be stored in the cupboard? Here are the storage instructions for the main types of sauces and seasonings.

Refrigerator. Sauces that should be put in the refrigerator are the black bean sauce or the tausi, chili paste, chili sauce, hoisin sauce, plum sauce, oyster sauce and the sweet and sour sauce. These should be refrigerated immediately after opening. If not, because of our tropical weather it will have bubbles and mold within two weeks (or less) time. In this case, it shouldn’t be consumed for it will be harmful for the health and bad for the stomach. If refrigerated, oyster sauce can last from 3 to 6 months.

Packed or canned tomato sauce should also be refrigerated or consumed once opened because it can only last for 5 short days. On the other hand, putting soy sauce in the ref helps it to maintain its original taste longer.

Cupboard. Hot chilli oil, rice vinegar, rice wine, dry sherry, sesame oil, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, fish sauce and vinegar can be stored in the cupboard and should be put away from direct sunlight.

Never stock canned sauces and goods may it be on the cupboard or on the ref. Chemicals in the can itself can mix up with the food and may be harmful to one’s health. Instead, transfer the contents to a container (without removing the liquid if it has any) and then put it inside the refrigerator.

So how to check if the seasoning is still good to use?

Aside from the expiration date, check if there are changes on its odor, if it is stronger or smelled like wine, became watery, there are lumps forming, has unpleasant smell and has bubbles or molds in the surface. If some of these signs are present, better not use it anymore.

Now that you have an idea on the proper storage of the given sauces and seasonings, better check your cupboard. You may have put there the oyster sauce a couple of weeks ago. Happy eating! ^_________^

GREEN for the GO.

October 16, 2010 Leave a comment

GREEN—the color of nature; the color of heterosexuals; and now, a new color for advocacy.


Milo® has always been a part of Filipinos’ breakfast table for almost 50 years. A product of Nestlé, this brand of chocolate drink has helped millions of children be healthy not only through the nutrients they get from drinking it but also for founding sports clinic and giving out free trainings to deserving kids all over the country.

One nationwide project is the Milo® Little Olympics held annually in chosen parts of the Philippines. Student athletes from different parts of the country take part to experience how it is to compete on big stage through Milo® Little-O. It is a clash of the best “Little Olympians” for elementary and high school champions to determine who deserve to be crowned as the Little O’s Most Outstanding Athletes. Cagayan De Oro is the host for the Milo® Little Olympics 2010.

Milo® Summer Sports Clinic is another annual Milo® project held nationwide. There are 37 clinics in Metro Manila and 26 more in the provinces. It consists of sub-areas that hold trainings and competitions to different sports like taekwondo, chess, volleyball, etc. Some of the clinics are Milo® BEST (Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training), a basketball training for children; Milo® Checkmate, an annual chess clinic for children and the Milo® Junior Tennis Cup and Workshop, a yearly competition the young people (18 years and below), which offers free clinics for beginners. Most of the programs are with corresponding fee but there are offers for discounts and free trainings for deserving kids.

But the highlight among Milo’s projects this year is the 34th National Milo® Marathon. Since 1974, this has become one of the most awaited big sports events in the country. Runners from all age groups are attracted to participate, even the children. This year, it is empowered with a greater cause.

 

Passing the dreams... and making it happen.

 

For every runner who will join, part of the fee for registration will be allotted for their new advocacy. Funds collected from the participants will be used to provide running shoes for children in the selected public schools across the country. The Department of Education will choose schools where the 2010 NMM will be held.

GREEN is again, on the GO. On the go for another cause—the cause to pass to the next generation their advocacy. This is an advocacy—an advocacy that as they provide children running shoes, with it is a hope. It is a hope—a hope that it is the first step to help them realize their true potentials and be the best person that they can be.

 

Dancing Philippines!

October 14, 2010 2 comments

Filipinos have always been getting in the world’s limelight for quite a time. And for almost four years now, the dancing Filipinos never got to fail in catching the attention of other races around the globe. Videos are flocking in the internet and these peculiar happenings have been part of the national and even across the sea news. We really get the hang of dancing…even at work. Let’s take a glimpse of the journey of our nation to the fame of dancing.

Not Your Ordinary Inmate

July 2007—The whole world was wowed with a new gimmick from the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center’s prisoners as they dance through the music “Thriller”. The video was uploaded to YouTube where now it has garnered more than 40 million hits. On the same year, December 19, Time Magazine placed the Cebu inmates’ Thriller as 5th in its Top 10 list for the “Most Popular Viral Videos”. Their fame then brought them to the name of “Cebu Dancing Inmates”.

That wasn’t the end of it. Starting April 2008, the dancing inmates performed open for visitors (including tourists) to a variety grooves that of Queen Medley, Grease Lighting and the most popular, Michael Jackson’s music. On the 27th of June 2009, they performed a nine minute and a half routine of choreographed dance moves to famous MJ’s songs. This is a tribute made in action just ten hours after the death of the King of Pop. The experimental exercise routine of the CPDRC has now undoubtedly reached is stardom worldwide.

From Service to Entertainment

October 2009—Amazed passengers continually watched the Negros Navigation Co. porters as they show off their moves in the port of Bacolod. Porters are those who carry your luggage for your convenience in going out of the ship. There is a corresponding fee in carrying your baggage but their dance number doesn’t require for such payment.

The dancing porters have made it to primetime news and blog sites with a very good remark. One said, “For those who would like to travel by ship, try to visit them and see how they perform, they really perform well.” (http://bacolodandbeyond.blogspot.com/2010/02/bacolod-dancing-porters.html)

Ready to Take Off…to the Dance Floor

October 2010—Tourists are star struck with the pretty Flight Attendants of the Cebu Pacific Air as they conduct the pre-flight seatbelt and life vest demonstration to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance” and Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.” Only a few days after another viral dance video, the male version of Cebu Pac’s FA’s demonstration was released. Even it gained less popularity than the Female version, it still gave equal entertainment for the passengers.

As the videos become popular, issues also arise with regards to the welfare of the female FAs. The PAL (Philippine Airlines) Union described the new gimmick as “sexist and gender insensitive”. But the Cebu Pacific Air management insisted that this is only a part of the experimental innovation for a more entertaining flight at airline.

In less than two days after it was uploaded in the internet on September 30, the FA’s video has reached over 700, 000 views. Positive reviews and comments from localities and foreigners are palpable in different social networking sites and blogs.

The Government Groove

Just this week, the national news is again contained with another dance video. Another pride from Cebu, they are the dancing tax collectors of the Cebu City treasurer’s office. To strengthen the collection strategy of the office, around 300 Treasury Office Personnel are said to dance to song numbers each day.

Citizens are encouraged to pay taxes on time and with this new strategy, it is expected that the office’s popularity will pull up their collections. It also serves as thanksgiving to those who pay on time.

Modern technology really helped to raise the popularity of the said “dance groups”. Our country that is known to have a variety of colorful traditions, from delicious foods to well-designed clothes, from scenic places to lively fiestas, we can now be called The Dancing Philippines.

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