Friday, November 26, 2010

I'm proud to be a Dasmarineño! - Dasmariñas City is my Home

Dasmariñas is a First Class City



The City of Dasmariñas is a first class city in the province of Cavite, Philippines. It is located approximately 30 kilometers south of Manila. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 556,330 people, making it before the most populous municipality in the Philippines before it was converted into a city. Dasmariñas is now the 11th largest city in the country in terms of population. It has a land area of 90.1 square kilometers (34.8 square miles). We have the first ever city in Cavite to have a foot bridge with elevator . Dasmariñas is the wealthiest local government unit in the province of Cavite according to the 2006 Commission on Audit report. On November 26, 2010, we will be celebrating our first year as a First Class City of Cavite.



Our Dasmariñas Park


One of the attraction of our city is the Dasmariñas City Park. The Dasmariñas City Park is located at Congressional Rd. near Kadiwa Market. It showcases (2) two hanging bridges near Dela Salle University, Human Made Waterfalls, Life-sized prehistoric dinosaurs, Life-sized Animals and the latest is the Santa Clause Life-size figures. IT'S FREE FOR ALL.








143rd Feast of Immaculate Conception (Announcement)


Starting tomorrow, there will be a series of event for every Dasmarineño in celebration for the Feast of Immaculate Conception and First Anniversary of City of Dasmariñas. Our Honorable Mayor Jenny Barzaga invites every Dasmarineño to participate to any of the following activities:

November 26, 2010

Launching of New Logo - City Saya
One Day Mega Jobs Fair
Cosplay Parade
City Concert

November 27, 2010

Mobile Passport Service
Oath taking of Newly Elected Barangay Officials
Tiangge Opening


November 28, 2010

Little Mr. and Ms. Dasmariñas Grand Finals


November 29, 2010

Priest Basketball Games


November 30, 2010
Bingo ng Bayan

December 1, 2010
City Idol Group A & C Grand Finals

December 2, 2010
Body Language Show Girls - Grand Finals

December 3, 2010
City Idol Group B Grand Finals

December 4, 2010 
Dasmariñas Got Talent Grand Finals


December 5, 2010
Ginoo at Binibining Dasmariñas Coronation Nights

December 6, 2010
SM Night

December 7, 2010
Enchanted Kingdom Pamaskong Handog
Robinsons Night
La Torre Parade


December 8, 2010
Misa ng Obispo
Marcha Banda Competition
Artista sa Plaza and Fireworks Display



Hope to see you there!



 
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Pacquaio Vs. Margarito Fight Date Experience

Thanks to Alaxan FR



Although It’s kind of late but, I would like to thank Alaxan FR for the Free Ticket we’ve won from their fan page. My wife and I had a great time and enjoyed watching the fight in a big screen without the annoying commercial break.

Krispy Kreme for Breakfast 


We left Dasmariñas City, at around 6:30pm and arrived at the SM Mall of Asia past 8 in the morning. We knew the fight will not exactly starts as indicated in the ticket, we took  the time to have breakfast at Krispy Kreme near the theater. We ordered the  new “Pull Aparts” pastries from Krispy Kreme, my wife order for a mocha tall size coffee and a “Pull Aparts – Saugsage and Cheese” while I order for a coffee and Bacon & Cheese Pull.

Prefight Tour at the Mall of Asia



We order for a take-out and decided  toeat it inside the cinema. Before we went inside the cinema we were able to take photos of models from the fight sponsors. Some of the prominent sponsors endorse by Manny Pacquiao were Rexona, Master, and Motolite outside the cinema’s lobby. We went inside at around 5 minutes before 9AM, yet they still showing some prefight interview from Manny’s and Margarito’s camp. I remember hearing Anthonio Margarito’s calling Pacman’s a “B!TCH” (forgive the word) during an interview in front of his kid, in which the crowd got disappointed and angry , "BOO!" Margarito. The exhibition fight started with one of our contender Juan Martin "Bai" Elorde lost his first international fight in three of the undercard bouts featured in the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito 12-round title showdown at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. But the other two undercard fighter, Dennis Laurente and Richie Mepranum defeated their respective American opponents in this event.

The Prefight Matches


In the event, it was also featured Brandon Rios vs. Omri Lowther fight which won by Rios by TKO at round 5. Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Ricardo Cordoba fight was won by Guillermo Rigondeaux by split decision. Afterwards, the Mike Jones vs. Jesus Soto Karass heated the right at round 2 after Jones lands at least 50 power shots while Karass does his best to keep just busy enough to keep the fight from stopping. Jones tires with 30 seconds left and Karass swings the momentum back in his favor to keep the round from being 10-8. Karass is cut over his right eye. The fight ended with Mike Jones by majority decision.

The Main Event Pacquaio vs. Margarito



The Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight started at around 12 noon, and the crowd goes frenzy inside the cinema everytime Manny Pacquiao showup in the screen prior the main event introduction it was like he was all their inside the cinema. At the start of each event 2 models or sexy round girls also heated the event from the fight sponsors. It was clearly a fight favored Manny, from the first 6 rounds. Although, at round 6, Margarito chases and Manny is picking him off. Margarito is now lumbering in and Manny is too accurate for Margarito to avoid. Pacquiao is giving Margarito no rest period. When Margarito pauses to regroup, Manny plants three shots to the head. Great finish to the round when Margarito rips off two clean body punches. Pacquiao retreats to the corner and Margarito starts off a thrilling exchange. Pacquiao looked to be in trouble for a second but he made it out. The crowd was a bit silence during this rounds, but Pacquiao recovers and end the fight with 119-109 score winning the fight on a unanimous decision.



We ate lunch at around 2pm already, and arrived back home 4pm still feeling the chill from the Pacquiao Vs. Margarito fight. Before I end this post can you share your experience on how did you watch the fight? Thanks.

Monday, November 15, 2010

A Dad's Tips in Treating your Children’s Cough, Colds & Flu


Last week my children have been suffering from cold, cough and flu for almost a week now. It started with Sam (Summer) having fever for two days, then my eldest daughter Thea, and lately my eldest son and youngest daughter Gelo and Anaya. Ever since, I’m often the first one they (people from my home) call to deal with this kind of problems.

I’ve learned these simple remedies from my sister-in-law when I’m sick or someone in the household is ill. I stayed with my brother’s house for almost the whole of my childhood years. In which, I became independent and learned a lot of things from them like cooking, household chores, and nursing with these kind of illnesses in which what I’m today. Anyways, here’re some simple tips and remedies I wish to share in handling this common household illnesses:

Colds


The common cold is one of the most commonly household occurring illnesses at home. The common cold produces mild symptoms usually lasting only 5-10 days. For this common illnesses I usually do the following remedies before I seek for medical help.

Care & Treatment Tips


1. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to help break up the nasal congestion and prevent dehydration.

2. Fluids might include water, sports drinks, fruit drinks, or ginger tea. My sister-in-law used to cook us “sopas” or macaroni soup when we have these symptoms. It really can help rehydrate those lost fluids from mucus secretion rather preparing fried chicken or dried dishes.
3. Inhaled steam may also ease your congestion and drippy nose.
4. Most of all take plenty of rest.

Don’ts


1. Avoid strenuous activities.
2. Stay away from places with high temperatures such beaches or your kitchen.

Fever & Flu


If common colds will not be contain immediately it may lead to fever or flu. I take extra precaution in managing fever because this may lead to convulsion if not monitored or managed properly. Because normal body temperature is only between 35.5–37.0 °C, if my children’s temperatures reaches 40°C or above, I seek for medical help right away. I would suggest to have a clinical thermometer handy at home.

Care & Treatment Tips


1. Same with colds, make sure to drink plenty of water to rehydrate the lost fluid from the body heat.
2. I often take oral medicine such as paracetamol to manage the temperature. Tablets for adults and drops or syrups for my children.
3. Manage body temperature by giving cold compress to head .Sponge or towel bath will help lower the temperature, emphasizing on armpits, bikini and head.
4. Make sure to change into fresh clothes after your sponge or towel bath.
5. Bed rest is a must.

Cough


Cough for adults I often or suggest to take herbal medicines. The two common herbal medicines that I often use for cough are Lagundi and Oregano.

Lagundi is one of the ten herbal medicines endorsed by the Philippine Department of Health as an effective herbal medicine with proven therapeutic value. It’s good for relief of asthma & pharyngitis. It is also a good treatment of cough, colds, fever and flu and other bronchopulmonary disorders.

Oregano is another herbal alternative. The most useful parts of this plant are its leaves. The extracts and juices of the leaves are used for asthma, dyspepsia, chronic coughs, bronchitis, and rheumatism. I usually used its leaves for treatment of my asthma when I was in elementary and high school.



I would say that although herbs are generally safer than chemical, but one really should also be careful when putting herbs and herbal supplements to medicinal use. Herbal medicines are ideal for preventive and home care remedies, but we can’t just ignore or disregard the effectiveness of synthetic medicines when taken properly.



For my children, I tried giving them Oregano but often became a tag-o-war between me and my children. If you don’t have any trouble with children taking herbal medicine I would suggest you continue to do so. Otherwise if you intend to give cough syrups or chemical medicine to your children I would advise to take extreme caution on these kinds of  medicines.I would suggest you ask for a prescription first before giving it to them even though is available over the counter. Chemical medicine may have side effects on your children. Don’t just rely on others advised or what you see on TV. Advertisement today can be deceiving and exaggerating, regarding of its effectiveness, and safety of its medicine.So if you gonna asked me what to give my children for cough... herbal or synthetic? I would suggest to consult your doctor before you give them cough medicine. But if you will have no trouble giving them herbal medicine go with the herbal medicine.

I hope the above home treatment tips will help you in dealing with these kinds of problem. These are only first aid tips and should symptoms persist please consult your doctor. Thanks for reading my tips and If you have something to not listed above don’t hesitate to join the discussion.

RELATED READS:


Politics of Cough Medicine: Synthetic versus Herbal Cough Medicine

Ascof and Solmux: A Comparison of Two Cough Remedies

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Won a Free Ticket to Pacquiao VS Margarito Fight Live

Won a Free Ticket to Pacquiao VS Margarito Fight Live


Last Monday November 8, 2010, I found a thread on Facebook about Alaxan FR’s giving away T-Shirt with Manny Pacquiao’s Print. It’s free if you buy 20 tablets of Alaxan FR on any Watson Drugstore. That’s why I rush out that day on my lunchbreak and look for a Watson Drugstore near to my office. It took me 3 branches to locate a branch that still giving away the Pacquiao’s shirt. On the third drugstore, I was able to get one but not exactly my size, because the largest size is LARGE. Since, I really wanted to have this limited edition tshirt of the PACMAN, I bought the tablets even I don’t have any body aches.



Alaxan FR’s Pacquiao Vs Margarito Free Fight Ticket Contest


Another reason why I wanted the shirt it’s because I also found out that If you bought a shirt and take your picture wearing it, then add it to facebook as your profile photo, you’ll have chance to win a Free Ticket to Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito’s Fight on Sunday November 14, 2010 (Philippine Time). I was really excited that’s why I change my FB profile pictures right away and post a comment to the fan page on that instance.






Won a Free Pacquiao Vs. Margarito Live Fight ticket in SM Mall of Asia.

I shouted for joy when they announced on the Alaxan FR Fan Page that I’ve won a free ticket to the Pacquiao vs Margarito Fight. I was one of the first who join the contest that’s why I’ve won. After that, I also asked my wife to join too so that I have someone to come with me at the event. Luckily last Thursday, it was announced that she also won the ticket to the fight. That’s why Friday I rushed thru Tordesillas Rd. in Makati to pick-up the tickets. That’s why this coming Sunday morning we will go out for a date to watch Pacquiao Vs. Margarito Fight.


So guys where are you planning to watch the fight?


Congratulations to Jhong Medina for winning a pay-per-view ticket for the upcoming Pacquiao vs. Margarito fight ...



The Ticket to Pacquiao vs Margarito Fight

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Other Side of the Story - Hubert Webb



The Visconde Massacre Recall


If you could recall, the Vizconde Massacre was the multiple murder of members of the Vizconde family; Estrellita, Carmela and Anna Marie Jennifer, on June 30, 1991 at their house in BF Homes, Parañaque City, in the Philippines. Carmela Vizconde was gang raped before she was murdered on their own home. Mr. Lauro Vizconde, the father, was in the United States back then when the murders took place. The Vizconde Murder case became one of the most sensational case in the country mostly because the accused were children of rich and influential families, including Hubert Webb, the son of  former PBA basketball player and Senator Freddie Webb. The case remained unsolved for almost four years until the witness Jessica Alfaro testified that she knew the suspects and was at the Vizconde house when the crime was committed.

Jessica Alfaro submitted an affidavit of her accounts and attested that she was a former drug addict. It was also evident in several footage of the trial that Alfaro identified all the defendants by their names.

Among other critical pieces of evidence that was not admitted by Judge Amelita Tolentino, was the suspicious "note verbale" from the United States Embassy claiming that Hubert Webb was in the United States at the time of the massacre (Please view the video). Judge Tolentino would accept this evidence only if then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright would testify as to validate the note verbale's contents. But Judge Tolentino did not.

Furthermore, Judge Tolentino also denied Webb's request to subject semen samples to DNA testing on the belief that the Philippines has no capabilities and facilities to extract such physical evidence.

During that period, three (3) movies pop-up related to the Vizconde Massacre in which generates a lot of speculation and sensationalized the story further. In addition the different Media theory, boils the accused more to the case.


The (3) three movies were:

The Vizconde Massacre Story (God Help Us!) - 1993  (  Kris Aquino )
The Vizconde Massacre Story II (May the Lord Be with Us) – 1994 ( Vina Morales )
Jessica Alfaro Story - 1995 ( by Alice Dixon )

On January 6, 2000, the presiding judge in the case rendered her decision, sentencing Hubert Webb, Peter Estrada, Hospicio Fernandez, Michael Gatchalian, Antonio Lejano II and Miguel Rodriguez to life imprisonment. The presiding dismissed a lot of evidences in which it should have proved that Hubert Webb was 6000 miles from the incident.

Parañaque RTC and NBI Pointing Fingers on Each Other, Major... Major... Booh! booh!


According to news last April 2010, the Philippine Supreme court approved DNA testing to be performed on the semen specimen obtained during autopsy from the victims. This has resulted in the revelation by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that they no longer had the specimens as these were remanded to the Parañaque courts. The NBI informed the Court on April 27, 2010 that the semen specimen/vaginal smears and all original documents including autopsy and laboratory reports, and photographs are no longer in the custody of the NBI as these were submitted as evidence to the Parañaque City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 274.

Hubert Webb's Family Filed Motion for Acquittal (Justice for Hubert Webb)


Last October 28, 2010, Hubert Webb's Family filed an urgent motion for acquittal because NBI loosing a majory physical, that would have proved Hubert Webb's innocent. “We are going to ask the Supreme Court to finally decide on that case but considering our position that because of the denial of due process, resulting from the state losing the evidence, it should result to the acquittal of Mr. Hubert Webb,” according to Atty. Demi Custodio as noted in an interview from a TV network.

Due Process Denied


I understand what happened to Mr. Vizconde's Family was devastating. But after doing some research and seeing Che Che Lazaro's documentary I was bit surprised. Before, I view Hubert Webb as a drug addict, killer and should be sentence to jail even though I don't know who he really is. Based on my research a lot of evidences were disregarded in which will actually proves the Hubert Webb is INNOCENT! I guess if there's no media and movies that sensationalized the case I would look at it differently. I believe in "due process", a person is not guilty until proven guilty.


But I think Mr. Lauro Vizconde should not be happy about this. Not because Hubert will be acquitted, but because the real killer is still on the loose. Well.... this is my own opinion, this is what I've seen on the other side of the story of Hubert Webb. This is me who's talking, tell me what you thinks guys?


Related Links and Reads:


Preparing to Meet and Interview Hubert Webb

NBI insists: We don't have Vizconde specimen

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's Clear, I switched! The Clear Swap Challenge

My Dandruff Problem

Last week, I was invited by a friend to join "The Clear Swap Challenge at Market! Market! Activity Center". At first, I was having second thoughts because I'm living in Dasmarinas City, Cavite and it will take 2 - 3 hrs to reach Market! Market! Bonifacio, Global City. Since I've been having problem with my itchy scalp and I wanted to end it once and for all, I gave it a try. She told me to bring an empty bottle of my old shampoo so that I can avail the freebies in the event. Then she told me to visit the clear website for the mechanics and for more details.

Since I only have  one sachet of my old shampoo, I transferred the remaining sachet I have to an empty bottle so that I can make it to the 6 sachet requirements.I've been having problem with flakes and itchy scalp that's why I'm willing to get rid of my old anti-dandruff shampoo, just to resolve this itchy problem.


The Travel to The Clear Swap Challenge - Market! Market!

October 30, 2010, I went to Market! Market! to join the Clear Swap Challenge. I left Dasmarinas City, Cavite.at around 10:30 AM in the morning to be able to arrived on or before 1PM. When I reached Ayala Mrt Station, I took the The Fort Bus across the shell station in Ayala,which dropped me off at the Market! Market! Parking Area. I arrived 5 minutes before one o'clock and the registration was just getting started.



I was warmly welcomed by Ms. Booboo Atayde (and the gang), who showed me around and presented me the activity booths. These cool guys were very accommodating so if you gonna be joining the next event, go look for them.



The Scalp Pod and the Interactive Games.



Before I went to the Scalp Pod, Ms. Boo Boo line up for me so that I can see the Game booth which showcases a sensor activated LCD screen for their two hightech games. The Game Booth offers two (2) fun activities which is Dandruff Buster and Dandruff Rain. Dandruff Buster also has an online version in which you can play with it under facebook application.



The Scalp Pod


On my turn to the Scalp Pod, the Dermatologist let me answers some question in the laptop provided to help in evaluation. Then diagnose my hair using the "Scalp Scanner". The scalp scanner is an electronic imaging device that is attached to a computer to evaluate and diagnose your hair and scalp.



According to Clear Scalp Consultant, we should know the right dandruff shampoo before using it, because wrong type of dandruff shampoo may lead to scalp damages or even hair losses.

Then after the evaluation and diagnosis, the computer recommended Clear Xtreme for my type of hair. It cuts grease & removes build up for long-lasting clean feel. Then before I redeemed my Clear, I asked the Dermatologist, "What is the proper way to apply shampoo?" She discussed the step by step procedure below:

Proper way to wash your hair


First, Soak your hair. She said that it's important that the hair is damped thoroughly and evenly.

Second, Massage your scalp. Massaging your hair stimulate blood-flow to the scalp encouraging healthy hair and scalp.

Then, shampoo your hair using the right type of shampoo for your hair type. Hair usually only needs one application of shampoo. More than this can lead to static or fly-away results and leave the hair unprotected from pollution and the environment. If the first shampoo application doesn't lather, rinse, then shampoo a second time. Massage your hair again with your finger tips not with your nails, concentrating on the itchy areas.

Lastly, Rinse your hair thoroughly. It's important to ensure that no shampoo residue remains as this can dry the scalp out and create a flaky itchy scalp.


Yes, I switched to Clear.


The first pocket show ended at around 3:00 pm and I said goodbye and thank you to Ms. Boo boo and the cool groups for giving me a such fun experience. I made the switch now I challenged you, Its your turn!


Related Links:

Clear Swap Challenge: http://clear.com.ph/swapchallenge/
Facebook Fan Page: http://apps.facebook.com/clearswapchallenge/
It's Clear, I switched! The Clear Swap Challenge
The Clear Swap Challenge at Market! Market!

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