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Philippine Orthopedic Center


I had my medical check up last August 26,2011. The doctor called me up to inform me that I have scoliosis and asked me if I am aware of it, I said no. I was never aware of it because I have never been hospitalized or undergone any major medical check up or x-ray examination. The doctor advised me to visit the Philippine Orthopedic Center which specializes musculoskeletal disorder and related conditions.

Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) is located at Maria Clara Cor. Banawe St., Santa Mesa Heights, Quezon City. If you’re going there from the south/Alabang, I suggest you take the train (PNR) and get off at Espana (espanya) station, from there, take a jeep going to Banawe Ave./Project 8/Project 6 and tell the driver to drop you off at Banawe Ave. Then take the MMDA overpass to cross the other street (landmark: Mcdo) From there, take a jeep going to retiro/e.rodriguez and just inform the driver to drop you off at the Orthopedic Center.

POC offers free medical check ups and other services. Membership require patients to pay 30pesos to have a blue card which contains your personal information and the designated/assigned room and doctor for you depending on your illness. The queuing  in registering new members are usually long so you have to be early to avoid long hours of waiting.

I was assigned in room 2 which handles spine problems. The doctor asked me several questions about my scoliosis and asked what is the degree of curve in my spine but since I don’t have the x-ray result with me and I still don’t know the degree of my curve, he gave me a slip to take an x-ray examination and bring back the result to him. The x-ray is not free, I paid 800 pesos for it which is actually cheaper than the usual considering that I had two x-rays (Front and Side). I had to wait more than 4 hours just to have an x-ray examination because of the long lines and emergency cases. The result is that I have a 24 degrees curve which is a mild case of scoliosis and since I’ve reached adult age, there is just a small chance of  increase curvature of the spine.

The doctors there are really professional and they will treat you accordingly so no need to be afraid. I just want to share with you guys my experience in Philippine Orthopedic Center.. 🙂


St. Bartolomew Parish Church in Nagcarlan Laguna


This church is one of the oldest church we have in the country. It was done in Baroque-style which is created by the Franciscans in the year 1500-1700. The famous T.V series “Kampanerang Kuba”  used this place as one of their main setting/location. It was reconstructed last 1845 after the massive fire that partly destroyed its facade last 1781. The church is well maintained and many devoted can be seen here every Sunday. It also have a mini park and comfort rooms for men and women to use. It is just right after Nagcarlan Market where fresh and low price vegetables and fruits can be brought.

*I always visit the church every month because my dentist’s clinic is located near the place. 🙂

Manny Pacquio VS. Dela Hoya

Manny Pacquio VS. Oscar Dela hoya

Manny Pacquio VS. Oscar Dela hoya

Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao defied all the odds – bookmakers, height, weight class, experience and popularity — but one thing’s for sure, he brought with him to this fight — a fighting heart and the support of 90 million Filipinos, in upsetting Oscar “Golden Boy” De La Hoya in their welterweight Dream Match (Dream Mismatch) at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

The victory validated Pacman’s status as the world’s top pound-for-pound fighter.

There was no knockdown but a relentless Pacquiao gave De La Hoya all that he could handle, before the “Golden Boy” called it quits at the end of the eighth round, prompting referee Tony Weeks to declare the Filipino the winner by technical knockout.

It was only the second time in De La Hoya’s 16-year pro career that he was stopped in a fight, and it was made even more shocking because it came at the hands of a fighter who fought at just 129 pounds months earlier.

“You’re still my idol,” Pacquiao told him.

“No, you’re my idol,” De La Hoya said.

The jampacked MGM Grand Garden Arena was littered with celebrities from both sports and entertainment.

Among the athletic greats past and present who were part of the audience were NBA greats Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson and boxing superstars Juan Diaz, Israel Vazquez, brothers Juan Manuel and Rafael Vasquez, Winky Wright, Monty Barret, “Iron Mike” Tyson, Thomas “The Hitman” hearns, Vernon Forrest, Shane Mosely, Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Margarito and Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton.

From the entertainment world were singer Marc Anthony and wife, singer-actress Jennifer Lopez, Usher, two-time Oscar winner Russel Crowe, Desperate Housewife co-stars Jesse Metcalf and Eva Longoria, Mario Lopez, comedian George Lopez and actor Mark Wahlberg, who had previously been stopped by the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles to watch Pacquiao train.

Two of the three ringside judges scored all eight rounds for Pacquiao, while a third gave De La Hoya only the first round. The Associated Press scored every round for the winner.

The stoppage came after a late flurry from Pacquiao in the eighth round, where De La Hoya started to show some signs of life after getting overwhelmed in the first eight rounds.

Pacquiao (48-3-2, 36 knockouts) came up two weight classes to fight for his biggest purse ever, while De La Hoya dropped down to meet him at 147 pounds.

The four-division champion and current WBC lightweight king is expected to earn close to $15 million for this fight, which includes a guaranteed purse — reportedly $6 million — and his share of the pay-per-view pie.

“I think I did well tonight,” Pacquiao said. “I controlled [the] fight. We worked on my speed in the gym and I think that was the key in this fight.”

“Thank you God for giving me the strength. I don’t think he would last long. I was still careful even though I was in control,” he said.

“We knew we had him after the first round,” Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach said. “He had no legs, he was hesitant and he was shot.”

The 29-year-old Filipino, who won his ninth fight in a row, has improved to 20-1 since 1999, his lone loss a 2005 decision to Mexican Erik Morales. He raised his record to 48 wins, including 35 knockouts, three losses and two draws.

“He’s just a great fighter,” the 35-year-old De La Hoya conceded. “He fought a tremendous fight. He was the better fighter and he deserves this win. I give him all the credit all the world.”

Source: http://goodnewspilipinas.com/wp/?p=3613

Filipino students access to free software


Filipino students access to free software

By Lynda B. Valencia

To unlock the country’s college students their creative potential and set them on the path to academic and career success, Microsoft Philippines today launched a software giveaway that provides them access to the latest Microsoft developer and designer tools at no charge.

The Microsoft DreamSpark student program (http://channel8.msdn.com) makes available a broad range of development and design software for download. “Looking at the kind of technology that we have today, we expect to see bigger and better innovation to come, and our students today will play a major role in this,” said Tim Vergel de Dios, Academic Developer Evangelist, Microsoft Philippines. “Microsoft DreamSpark is our way of equipping the next generation of technology leaders with tools that will not only help them improve their skill, but also enable them to make use of technology in life-changing ways that will benefit the community and spur economic growth,” he said.

The program was initially offered to more than 35 million college students in Belgium, China, Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S. earlier this year. Now, Microsoft DreamSpark is also available to all Filipino student members of the Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS), the only national student Information Technology (IT) organization in the country. JPCS is open to all college students who are interested in IT and developing their technical and leadership skills.

The organization currently has over 4,000 members coming from universities and colleges around the country. According to Vergel de Dios, Microsoft partnered with JPCS to ensure that they can reach out to students focusing on technology, design, math, science and engineering. “Expansion of the program to include all tertiary students will continue throughout the coming years,” he said.

The following cutting-edge software will be available to empower students to unlock their ingenuity by building critical skills — Microsoft developer tools, designer tools, and platform resources. “Students today are very technical, and this can be seen in our lifestyle and interests, as well as in what is expected of us when we enter the workplace. Here is an opportunity for students like me to be familiar with the same professional tools that we will be using when we graduate and enter the industry,” said John Paul Sibug, President, Junior Philippine Computer Society (JPCS).

He added,”This gives us a real advantage as we start our careers. Microsoft DreamSpark lets us apply what we’re learning inside the classroom to gain new insights into software design and development. According to an International Data Corporation (IDC) study of the economic impact of IT across 82 countries and regions, technological innovation is a critical economic growth engine and is expected to generate 7.1 million new jobs in the global economy over the next four years. The IT employment base is also expected to grow to 42.5 million people.

On the other hand, John Gantz, chief research officer of IDC, said, “Technology is the ignition key for job growth, economic development and creating sustainable solutions to global problems.” “The emerging economies are forecast to drive over 25 percent of the new IT jobs over the next four years. These jobs will be driven by an evolving, highly skilled labor force,” he said.

Microsoft is working with academic institutions, governments and student associations around the world to ensure the necessary local identity-verification technology infrastructure exists to bring Microsoft DreamSpark to all students.

Story courtesy of PNA

The Witch


The Witch

By Edilberto K. Tiempo

When I was twelve years old, I used to go to Libas, about nine kilometers from the town, to visit my favorite uncle, Tio Sabelo, the head teacher of the barrio school there. I like going to Libas because of the many things to eat at my uncle’s house: cane sugar syrup, candied meat of young coconut, corn and rice cakes, ripe jackfruit, guavas from trees growing wild on a hill not far from Tio Sabelo’s
house. It was through these visits that I heard many strange stories about Minggay Awok. Awok is the word for witch in southern Leyte. Minggay was known as a witch even beyond Libas, in five outlying sitios, and considering that not uncommonly a man’s nearest neighbor was two or three hills away, her notoriety was wide. Minggay lived in a small, low hut as the back of the creek separating the barrios of Libas and Sinit-an. It squatted like a soaked hen on a steep incline and below it, six or seven meters away, two trails forked, one going to Libas and the other to Mahangin, a mountain sitio. The hut leaned dangerously to the side where the creek water ate away large chunks of earth during the rainy season. It had two small openings, a small door through which Minggay probably had to stoop to pass, and a window about two feet square facing the creek. The window was screened by a frayed jute sacking which fluttered eerily even in the daytime.

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Barong Tagalog


Q. What is a Barong?

A. Barong is actually short for Barong Tagalog, which describes the formal men’s wear of the Philippines. It is properly referred to as the ‘Baro ng Tagalog’ (dress of the Tagalog). Contracting the first two words

Barong Tagalog sa Pilipinas

Barong Tagalog sa Pilipinas

produces ‘Barong,’ which literally means ‘dress of.’ So, if we want to be correct, we wouldn’t say just ‘Barong.’ But, the slang way of referring to one of the beautiful formal shirts is simply Barong. Yes, the Barong Tagalog is a dress, a garment, a coat in itself. It is not merely a ‘shirt’. If it were, then it would need a coat or a jacket over it to qualify as formal wear and would have to be worn tucked inside the trousers.

‘Baro’ = Word for ‘dress’ in the Philippines, Tagalog dialect
‘Baro ng Tagalog’ = ‘dress of the Tagalog’ describes the formal ‘dress’ or upper garment for men in the Philippines
‘Barong Tagalog’ = contracted form of the above
‘Barong’ = literally means ‘dress of’ – but commonly used to refer to the formal men’s wear in the Philippines

Q. How the Barong Tagalog Evolved In History?

A. As the Philippines’ national dress, the Barong Tagalog enjoys a distinction all its own. Its fine needlework or hand-painted designs in cool cotton or handwoven pina or jusi have given it a flair that has won international recognition and acceptance.

President Ferdinand E. Marcos, who has worn the Barong Tagalog with such impeccable grace and searing devotion, underscored its prestige when he issued in 1975 a decree proclaiming Barong Tagalog Week (June 5-11) and more significantly, officially designating the Barong Tagalog as “the national attire”. The presidential act was meant to focus nation-wide attention on the Filipino national dress to wider use and enhance its export potential. As it is, both the wide use and export potential of the Barong Tagalog have been explored , its full impact just a matter of time.

What deserves another look is the manner the Filipino national costume has evolved and grown, picking up and shedding features fashion-related or otherwise in its journey from pre-Hispanic native wear to national dress. But first, a few things have to be straightened out. Barong Tagalog is properly referred to as the “Baro ng Tagalog” (dress of the Tagalog) and it cannot be contracted to simply “Barong” since that would be equivalent in English to saying “He is wearing a dress of”. The word “Barong”, one realizes, means “dress of”. If one wishes to shorten the phrase, then it would be “Baro” or “dress”. Yes, the Barong Tagalog is a dress, a garment, a coat in itself. It is not a “shirt”. If it were, then it would need a coat or a jacket over it to qualify as formal wear and would have to be worn tucked inside the trousers. The Earliest Baro The earliest known fact on the “Baro ng Tagalog” discloses that the natives of Ma-I (the Philippines as it was called before the Spaniards re-discovered the archipelago), and in particular, the Tagalogs, who lived in the island of Luzon, wore baro.


November Events

November 00 | Davao-Davao del Sur-Davao Oriental
Adventure challenge for adventure crossing the various destinations of Davao del Sur and Davao Province and Davao Oriental

November 00 | Mayoyao, Ifugao
An ethnic celebration featuring traditional songs, dances, arts & crafts

November 00 | Makati City
A “harana” competition participated in by different highschool corale group from public and private school of Makati.

November 00 | Provincial Capital, Surigao del Norte
A guided familiarization tour of elementary pupils to the different buildings and facilities in the provincial Capitol Compound.

November 00 | Mandaluyong City
Features street dancing which is a tribute to the good laundrymen and women of Mandaluyong. Exciting activities/sideshows are held by the banks of the famed and legendary Pasig River.

November 00 | Manila
Trade exhibit showcasing the Cordillera’s crafts, special skills, resources, and attractions

November 1 | Anilao, Iloilo
A dance-drama competition using light and all its forms as a medium . This “dance of lights” is the first of its kind in the region.

November 1- January 2 | Center Island of the National Highway, Kidapawan City
Light-A-Tree Contest, a pine tree decorated with 100”s of Christmas lights.

November 1 | Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental
This event adds color to the All Saints Day celebration. There is a contest on the most macabre costume participated in by children. After the contest, the children can disperse and visit houses for the “tricks or treats” games.

November 1 | Pulupandan, Negros Occidental
“Iwag Kalag sa Tigkalalag” is an Ilonggo tongue of the celebration held at the Municipal Cemetery.

November 2 | Isabela, Negros Occidental
The most peculiar festival of Neg. Occidental . . .

November 2- December 31 | Pulupandan, Negros Occidental
A contest using indigenous and recyclable materials participated by the twenty barangays of the municipality.

November 4 | San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
A religious festivity honoring the patron saint, San Carlos Borromeo, featuring fluvial parade, processions, sports exhibitions, body painting contest, concerts and various activities.

November 4 | San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
A three-day religious festivity honoring the patron saint, San Carlos Borromeo, featuring Pintaflores Festival, fluvial parade, processions, sports exhibitions, body painting contest and concerts.

November 5 | Negros Occidental
A historical festival that commemorates the victory of the Negrenses’ bloodless revolt against the Spaniards in 1898.

November 5 | San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
The emerging festival of San Carlos City, highlighs the traditional fiesta celebration in honor of its patron Saint San Carlos Borromeo on the first week of November. It features street dancing by “tribes” dressed in colorful ethnic-inspired costumes, their bodies painted with flower designs reminiscent of the tattoed Visayans of the Pre Spanish Negros

November 5 | Bago City, Negros Occidental
November 5, 1898 will be remembered by the Negrenses as a day of bloodless revolts against the Spanish colonizers. This patriotic event is celebrated with an annual cultural festival.

November 5- November 25 | Angono, Rizal
The festival aims at creating awareness and appreciation of Philippine Art and Culture; and promoting arts and culture as vital attraction for local and foreign tourists. Rizal has the potential of becoming a tourist destination particularly in the field of arts and crafts. It is known as the home of various national artists, musicians, and other equally creative artists.

November 6- November 7 | Pulupandan, Negros Occidental
Annual fiesta of Brgy. Zone-7.

November 8 | Murcia, Negros Occidental
A 9-day religious-cultural folk festival depicting the town’s market day and highlighting its agricultural products

November 11 17 | Lake Sebu, South Cotabato
One of the prettiest places in the Philippines becomes even more attractive this month, as its native residents celebrate a week-long cultural fiesta.See the T”Boli culture in its colorful best through the natives” traditional songs, dances and crafts.

November 11 17 | Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Derived from the Visayan “pakig-sandurot” for the offering and enjoyment of hospitality. Begins with a beach ceremony welcoming the various cultural stains that enriched the city’s character. Street dancing follows.

November 11 15 | Calapan City, Mindoro Oriental
Re-enactment of the first historical, cultural contact between the natives of Ma-I (Mindoro) and traders from the ancient kingdom of China.

November 11 17 | Mindanao Area / Cagayan de Oro City
Drum and bugle competition from different schools / civic organizations from the Visayas and Mindanao.

November 11 | Dumalag, Capiz
A cultural and fiesta celebration.

November 11 17 | Opol, Misamis Oriental
An open competition on skimboarding and kayaking (open sea category) to increase awareness of tourism aqua sports in the area

November 12 | Poblacion, Valenzuela City
Celebration of the feast of the oldest church in Valenzuela City, which includes annual boat racing, street dancing and different fabulous activities of the festival.

November 12 | Polo, Valenzuela, Metro Manila
As part of the San Diego de Alcala Feast Day, it is one of the unique food festival in the country which features the famous Putong Polo, the small but classy “kaka in” which was originally created in the town of Polo, Valenzuela.

November 13 | Silay City
The day opens with a concelebrated mass with the bishop as the main-celebrant at San Diego Pro-Cathedral

November 16- December 24 | Surigao City
A display of Surigaonon native delicacies at the Rizal Park for Mass goers during the Misa de Gallo.

November 16 17 | Anini-y, Antique
It is inspired by a local custom whereby a wedding feast is observed no matter how poor or humble the bride and groom are in this celebration.

November 17 19 | Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union
An all Filipino managed surfing competition. A community based tourism activity where surfers from around the Philippines are invited to compete and have fun at one of the best surfing destinations in the country

November 17 25 | Maragusan, Compostela Valley
The municipality of Maragusan, Compostela Valley celebrates its foundation day with a trip to the outdoors—quite literally—as its residents highlight their hometown’s ecotourism potential.

November 17 | Sta. Barbara, Iloilo
Anchored upon the Cry of Santa Barbara Celebration, Kahilwayan Festival is a cultural festival in a dance-drama form which is a reenactment of sort of the struggle for freedom by our very own local folks led by the heroic Gen. Martin G. Delgado. Aptly dubbed as Kahilwayan Festival, Kahilwayan being an Ilonggo/Hiligaynon word which means Freedom or Liberty, it highlights the quest of the Ilonggos to attain freedom through their fierce independent spirit.

November 18 | Baguio City
An exhibit of the different artworks and art pieces of the various Cordillera artists in different art media.

November 18 | Barangay Ugong, Pasig City
A fluvial parade and streetdancing in celebration of the “Pista ng Ugong.”

November 18 24 | Maragusan, Compostela Valley Province
An adventure tourism activity designed to showcase the various eco-adventure potentials of the province through mountain biking.

November 19- December 11 | Baguio City
Exhibit of Cordillera Fashion and Cordillera Tourist Attractions including the selection of Best Cordillera Photos.

November 19 27 | Baguio City
A showcase of the best Cordillera festivals featuring ethnic songs, dances, arts & crafts and trade fair

November 20 26 | Surallah, South Cotabato
Annual celebration of the foundation anniversary of the Municipality of Surallah. Activities are street dancing, agricultural trade fair.

November 20- November 25 | Mambusao, Capiz
A cultural and fiesta celebration

November 21- November 22 | Lapu-lapu City, Cebu
Join in colorful rites to honor the Virgin of the Rule, patron of Lapu-lapu City.

November 21 22 | Isulan, Sultan Kudarat
It is another tribal fiesta down in Mindanao, with just about every major ethnic group joining in the fun. Cultural sharing is the theme here, its message clearly displayed in the timeless songs and dances of these native folks. One need not be a Manobo, Tiruray or T’boli to take part in the fun—all you need are the right clothes, the right moves, and a genuine desire to go totally tribal!

November 22- November 27 | Morong, Bataan
Pawikan Festival in Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong was organized to intensify the information campaign and generate public awareness on the importance of endangered baby Olive Ridley turtles (Lepidochelys Olivacea are the smallest in the world) in our eco-system

November 23 | Gattaran, Cagayan
The local government unit of Gattaran and the local parish worked together to highlight the culture of Gattaran town by featuring the Djanggo Festival.

November 23 | Angono, Rizal
Angono’s joyous fiesta in honor of San Clemente whose image, resplendent in papal vestment

November 23 | Benguet
The Ethnic Igorots make their presence felt once again in Benguet as they hold a grand canao (the local word for “party”) at the Benguet provincial capital grounds. Ritual sacrifices are made, followed by a series of chants and prayers made in the native language. Tribal performances come next. No touristy stuff here, just a healthy dose of of traditional Cordillera culture.

November 24- December 3 | Baguio City
A grand Cordillera cultural Festival featuring a myriad of Cordilleras best to include chants, songs, ethnic dances, sports competitions, cultural performances, arts and crafts, trade & agri-exhibits

November 25 30 | Lanuza, Surigao del Sur
An annual surfing festival participated by different surfers around the country.

November 25- December 8 | Baguio City
The 55th biggest amateur golf tournament played in the fairways of Camp John Hay and Baguio Country Club.

November 25 30 | Silay City
The best Ilonggo sarsuela scripts written by Silaynon playwrights are produced by independent theater groups, school-based drama clubs, and barangay cultural ensemble.

November 25 | Cebu
More fun and funky than Olympic in effort. Runners from all
over the world join the 13-kilometer marathon. A $1000 prize awaits the first to cross the finish line.

November 25 30 | Carcar, Cebu
The festival is not just a religious fanfare in honor of the town’s patroness, St. Catherine of Alexandria, but a cuLtural catalogue of the town’s historical periods and industry like shoemaking, as well as their arts that is showcased through street dancing and parade

November 25 30 | Amlan, Negros Oriental
A seaside folk ritual invoking good fortune on fishermen, followed by fluvial procession of elaborately decorated sea crafts and street dancing

November 26- December 8 | Entertainment Plaza, SM City, Cebu City
Choir competition participated by the different barangays in Cebu.

November 26 | Mansalay, Mindoro, Oriental
Palarong Lahi, an array of games very native to Mindoreños and Filipino, joined in by all games enthusiasts.

November 26 28 | Baguio City
A record breaking attempt to showcase the heaviest tossed salad and served to the public

November 27- December 2 | Dagupan City
Panangedayew, Pangasinan word meaning to uplift. Acitvites include garden show beside the Dagupan Astrodome, trade fair of Pangasinan’s pride like Bonuan bangus, bagoong, peanut brittle, quilted products housewares and locally made Christmas decors.

November 30 | Bgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac
An annual event to commemorate the world-famous eruption of Mt. Pinatubo heralded the world over as the biggest geologic upheaval of the 20th century.

November 30 | Kidapawan City
Live band competition featuring local and regional artists.

November 30 | San Carlos City, Negros Occidental
A program to pay tribute to Gat Andres Bonifacio, which usually culminates with a flower offering at the foot of his monument.