Thursday, October 15, 2009

What Email Function Are You?

You Are Send

You are confident, assertive, and a real go-getter. You like to take action.
You know that things won't get done unless you do them, and you're always willing to take the first step.

You're the type of person who applies for jobs you may not get and initiates friendships with strangers.
You believe that life can be full of wasted opportunities if you're not careful. You rather do too much than do too little.

Sunday, October 11, 2009


The power of a hug

It has been proved that showing affection strengthens growth and positive development in people. We all need physical contact to feel good, and one of the most important ways of physical contact between two people is hugging. Who does not need cuddles in this society that is becoming ever colder, more competitive, that compels us to be more individualistic, more personal-goal oriented...? When we hug, we receive an energy feedback. We bring life to our senses and reaffirm the trust in our senses. Sometimes we CANNOT find the right words to express how we feel, and then hugs are the best way to say it. We need four hugs a day to survive, eight to preserve ourselves, and twelve to grow. A hug makes you feel good. The skin is the biggest organ we have and it needs a lot of love. A hug can cover an extensive part of the skin and provides the massage you need. It is also a way to communicate. It can convey messages for which you have no words. We can always resort to the universal language of hugs. The Power of Hugs
Hugging achieves many things that you might never have imagined. For example:
  • It feels good
  • It dissolves solitude
  • It defeats fear
  • It opens the door to sensations
  • It improves self-esteem (wow, he or she wants to hug me!)
  • It encourages altruism (I can't believe it, but I want to hug that person)
  • It delays aging (those who hug age more slowly)
  • It helps reduce appetite (we eat less when we are nourished with hugs and when our arms are wrapped around others)
More benefits from hugs:
  • It is environmentally friendly (it does not damage the environment)
  • It preserves energy
  • It is portable and requires no additional machinery
  • It does not require a special place to do it (an adequate place to hug)
  • In any place such as a conference room, a church or a football field
  • It makes happy days even happier
  • It gives us a sense of belonging
  • It fills the void in our lives
  • It is still effective even after the hugging has finished
  • It strengthens and increases our ability to share
  • It harmonizes the hearts of friends
Hugging creates some form of addiction to tenderness, to altruism, to happiness...

Just as laughter, it is highly contagious! Whatever your hug may be, let it always come from the heart, not from the mind.
Come up with new ways of hugging.
Give your hugs interesting or funny names.
Become a full-time "hug therapist."
Be always ready to offer a hug to someone.
Observe the other person and always be careful of his or her personal space.
Do not try to impose your vision or philosophy on others.
A hug does and says very much.

Hug your friend, your loved one, your kids, your parents, your pet...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Where Do You Think Best?

You Think Best While You're Driving

In order to be able to think, you need to be able to have time to think. Problem is, there isn't a lot of time for that in your life.
When you are driving, you are finally able to let your mind wander. And it wanders to some pretty interesting places.

Depending on the conditions, driving can make you feel elated, relaxed, or even frustrated. All of these varying emotions spark a lot of revelations.
While the thoughts you have while driving may have a lot of noise in them, there's definitely some insight to be found.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

What Length Hair Should You Have?

You Should Have Long Hair

You are assertive and bold. You lead when others follow, and you're not afraid to go after what you want in life.
Your hair tells people that you are powerful and even a little vain. You want to be respected and admired.

You can be a bit self-absorbed at times. You can't help it... you're in love with yourself!
You are good at getting your way. All it usually takes is a well practiced flip of the hair.

Monday, September 28, 2009

What's Your Primary Mood Color?

Your Primary Mood Color is Blue

You are a sensitive and reflective person. You have a good intuition for emotions.
You can sense what people are feeling and even sometimes what they are thinking.

You communicate well, and you're also a good listener. You cherish your friends, and every word they say is important to you.
You are always there for the people you love, and you expect the same in return. You crave deep connection and understanding.

Sunday, September 27, 2009


You Are South
Like an islander, you are friendly, easy-going and welcoming. You are always looking for good times and new friends.
People admire that you are so caring and hospitable. The world would be a much better place if more folks were like you.

Sometimes you come across as a little too complacent. You tend to avoid conflict at any cost, even if it makes you uncomfortable in the process.
You make an ideal diplomat. You know how to put people at ease and how to promote peace.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


In an extraordinary world described by Imelda Marcos, the end of the Cold War began with an adoring Chinese leader's kiss of her hand.

Her famous extravagance was actually a sacrifice to inspire the poor masses of the Philippines.

And her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, was definitely no dictator.

"I have been so misunderstood," Marcos declared during a wide-ranging interview inside her two-storey penthouse apartment overlooking one of Manila's wealthiest suburbs.

Indeed, the former beauty queen's recounting of her life sounds more like a wonderful fairytale than the one tarnished by greed, corruption and power-lust that many outsiders associate with her.

"My dreams were small and puny with the realities that my dreams became," Marcos said as she sat in her main living room surrounded by a stunning array of jade statues and photos of her meeting world leaders.

But at age 80 and with Monday next week marking 20 years since her husband died, the former first lady is acutely aware that not everyone believes in her fairytale, and for many the Marcos story is more akin to a horror movie.

"I don't want to be remembered as a criminal," she said candidly while discussing her legacy.

Indeed, she admitted to remaining driven in the twilight years of her life by her desire to clear the muddied Marcos name.

Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines from 1965 to 1986, holding on to power for nearly half of those years thanks to the use of martial law, a compliant military and powerful backing from the United States.

During that time, the woman famous for her shoe collection allegedly conspired with her husband to steal billions of dollars from the people they governed and preside over widespread human rights abuses.

Their rule finally ended after millions of people took to the streets of Manila, key military chiefs joined the masses and the US government helped them escape the angry hordes by flying the disgraced couple to Hawaii.

While Marcos stated that the fact she had never been convicted of any crime should prove she did nothing wrong, she revealed that the endless barbs about her supposed greed continued to cut deeply.

"Every time they put out a biography on Mrs Marcos (they say): 'Oh! She's beautiful!, Oh! Extravagant! Oh! Jewellery. Oh! Shoes," she said.

"What a pity to talk about the superficiality of all this and not the soul."

Sitting with a Picasso hanging on her living room wall, Marcos insisted that her penchant for the finest things in life was aimed at setting an example for the poor.

"My role as first lady was to be a star and a slave. To set the standard because mass follows class. And so I had to enslave myself so that everyone becomes a star," she said.

Marcos insisted she appreciated the poor masses of the Philippines.

"I envy almost everybody, I even envy the beggars in the street because they don't steal, they humiliate themselves to be beggars," she said.

Marcos also defended her phenomenal travels around the world when she was first lady, during which time she undoubtedly was an influential woman, but perhaps not as powerful as she remembered.

One of her proudest moments was her meeting with communist China's revolutionary leader, Mao Zedong, at the height of the Cultural Revolution and Cold War in 1974.

She said that despite big differences between the pair -- with Mao an ageing warrior and her a beautiful representative of a US-backed Asian government -- she paid respects by offering her hand.

"He took my hand and kissed it... And that was the beginning of the end of the Cold War. Because the Philippines was America junior... do you see how serious that was?"

While Marcos's critics may accuse her of self-delusion, a recurring theme during the interview was her complete certainty that she did no wrong and that all criticisms against her were baseless.

"I knew I was on the side of the right and truth. And if you are on the side of the truth, and you are peace with the truth, you are at peace with God," she said.

To the critics of Former first lady Imelda Marcos, let us give Imelda Marcos a chance. She is old enough for the criticisms that she received. She suffered so much.

Let God decide for all that she had done.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Thanks to PMA for recommends Kho suspension !

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has suspended celebrity doctor Hayden Kho Jr. for 2 years in connection with his sex video scandal.

PMA Ethics Commission head Dr. Santiago del Rosario said the suspension was originally for 3 years, but since Kho was not the one who distributed the sex videos, and that the women consented to the sexual acts, the suspension was shortened to 2 years.

The PMA will submit its recommendation on Kho to the Professional Regulation Commission.

Kho was among those accused by actress-model Katrina Halili for uploading on the Internet the racy videos of their sexual encounters.

Kho admitted filming the sexual encounter but denied uploading the videos, accusing mutual friends of allegedly making copies from his laptop computer.

Halili had charged Kho with psychological violence under the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004.

Kho also voluntarily suspended his medical practice after Halili filed a separate complaint against him before the PRC.

Thank you PMA for giving justice to all the victims of Kho. Hope this will serve a lesson to those who also do what Kho did.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Are You a Good Kisser?

Your Kissing Technique Is: Perfect
Your kissing technique is mind blowing - and you know it.
You have the confidence to make the first move.
And you always seem to know what kissing style is going to work best.
Sometimes you're passionate, sometimes you're a tease. And you're always amazing!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

What Color Is Your Name?

Your Name is Blue
Your name tells people that you are friendly and caring. You have a strong sense of empathy, and you aren't afraid to wear your heart for all to see.
You can often be found in quiet reflection. You rather think about something than act on it.

People see you as insightful and intuitive. You usually have a wise take on what's going on.
You try to rise above your instincts. You believe that it's important to live as good of a life as possible.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


A new report by global market research firm Synovate has found that Filipinos lead the way in the use of many mobile features among 11 countries covered by the survey.

Aside from being the world's heaviest senders of SMS or text messages, Filipinos can now claim another title in the mobile space: Most savvy users of a mobile phone.

In the study, 87 percent of the local population use the phone's alarm clock as against the global average of 67 percent. There were 8,000 total respondents.

Sixty-three percent of Filipinos also play games regularly, 48 percent listen to or download music, 44 percent watch video clips, and 13 percent even watch TV (versus an overall 5 percent).

Carole Sarthou, Synovate's managing director for the Philippines, said in a statement that the high numbers of the country can be attributed to ''cultural'' and ''circumstantial'' factors.

''It's part of the national psyche to love social connections, music and entertainment. How the Filipino love affair with the mobile is different compared to developing nations is that, in many cases, a mobile is all people have,'' she said.

''It's the only way they can listen to music, the only way they can play games and the only way they can communicate from afar. Many Filipinos use this instead of the Internet and computers and it's not surprising that it has become such a multi-purpose, multi-tasking tool,'' Sarthou added.

The survey also found that the Philippines was the closest market to being split on the issue when asked, ''If lost, which would be harder to replace... your mobile phone or wallet/purse?''

Respondents from the Philippines said 47 percent of them said their mobile phone would be harder to replace while 52 percent chose the wallet/purse.

Synovate's Sarthou said this result shows Filipinos would find the mobile difficult, or even impossible, to replace.

''The connection to other people stops when the phone is lost. It's a storehouse for photos and videos, but most vital are contact details. Filipinos seek constant connection,'' she said.

The survey also showed the Philippines coming out on top in using text in conveying potentially bad news:

• 12 percent have broken up with someone via text, led by 23 percent of Filipinos and 22 percent of both Malaysians and Russians.
• 35 percent agreed that they have hidden behind text to say no or send a difficult message, led by 49 percent of Filipinos, 48 percent of Malaysians and 47 percent of Singaporeans. Least likely to hide behind SMS are Canadians (79 percent disagree) and Americans (71 percent).
• 31 percent agreed they have lied about why they were running late or where they are, led by 57 percent of Filipinos and 44 percent of Singaporeans.

Least likely to lie via text (or so they say) are the Dutch (84 percent disagree) and the Americans (79 percent).

Synovate's global head of media, Steve Garton, said mobile phones have become so ubiquitous that by last year, more human beings owned one than did not.

''In the Philippines and Africa,'' millions of dollars have been transacted via mobile. The telco has effectively become a bank, allowing even those in rural areas to send and receive mobile money.

This is just one of the huge benefits which are changing lives in developing nations,'' he said.

Monday, September 21, 2009

What Part of Fall Are You?

You Are Warm Nights by the Fire
Peaceful and romantic. The best part of fall.

Sunday, September 20, 2009


In God We Trust Just rest for a moment. It's OK. Yes, things are crazy, yes, the world is going nuts. Yet, deep underneath the stormy waves, there, in the core of your being, there is pure silence, pure love. And ... it's ... just ... OK.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

What Color Is Your Birthday?

Your Birthday is Cream
You are the competitive type. You aren't a sore loser, but you do find winning exhilarating.
You are cheerful and tenacious. Not only do you believe in hard work... you love it.

You are the type of person who makes friends easily, but it's harder for you to fall in love.
You are looking for the best partner possible. You won't settle, but you also won't let go once you've found the perfect match.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Are You Protein, Carbs, or Fat?

You Are Protein
You are a strong person who can be relied on in times of trouble. You are a rock.
You seem to get through life with less problem than most people. You have a lot of power and and energy.

You are happy, healthy, and balanced. You don't have a lot of mood swings or outstanding issues in your life.
You are driven, successful, and always on the go. Whenever you feel tapped out, you can dig deeper and carry on.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


We have 20 typhoons in a year. This amount of rainfall, it generates about an average annual precipitation in Manila is 2,080 mm (82 inches) while average temperature ranges are from 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) to 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit) all year.

The sudden and erratic changes in heat and weather are horrible for one’s health. Pollution, stress, and other factors take their toll on one’s immune system. Among all illnesses, the flu is among the leading causes for absences at the work place or school.

This airborne virus is at its most prevalent during the rainy season with the weather being so unpredictable. What can you do? Well, along with the proper diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle, getting your annual flu vaccine is also a must to get the complete protection against the flu virus.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Lakas execs pick Teodoro as 2010 standard bearer

Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. was selected on Wednesday to be the standard bearer in 2010 of the ruling Lakas-Kampi (Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino)-CMD party.

Teodoro won by a landslide against Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chair Bayani Fernando, who walked out of the party’s national executive committee meeting after his motion to defer the voting was rejected.

In announcing the decision, presidential political adviser and party secretary-general Gabriel Claudio noted that Teodoro and Fernando were both worthy presidential aspirants.

"In the end, however, one man alone had to be chosen and the standard bearer to lead the party in the election for 2010…The candidate of Lakas-Kampi-CMD for the 2010 presidential elections, as endorsed by the party national executive committee is the honorable Gilberto Teodoro Jr.," Claudio said.

Claudio said Teodoro’s selection is subject to the ratification by the party’s national convention.

Radio dzBB’s Denver Trinidad quoted a party official member as saying that the voting results were 44-5 in favor of Teodoro. The official declined to be named.

House Speaker and party executive vice chairman Prospero Nograles said Teodoro “has the support of the biggest political party with about 3,000 elected officials nationwide."

Sought for comment, Fernando’s camp remained mum. “I’m sorry, we have no statement at this time," said Gina Virtusio, Fernando’s close aide.

Party vice president for membership and recruitment Prospero Pichay Jr. said Teodoro selected by the committee through secret voting.

Pichay told to the reporters that they agreed that they will conduct secret balloting.

Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno is also poised to become the administration party’s vice presidential bet as he is the only one who has expressed desire to run for the post, Claudio said.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

What Does Your Least Favorite School Subject Say About You?

Disliking History Says You Are Unpredictable
You are unpredictable, unusual, and challenging.
For you, history is too irrelevant and set in stone. You rather look toward the future.

You don't like to commit to anything. You're a dynamic person who is always growing and changing.
You are very interested in new ideas and technology. You like to keep up with the latest trends.

Monday, September 14, 2009


You have lived 12494 days, 15 hours, 55 minutes and 55 seconds in this life.

I do not know how you feel about JEANNETH HERNANDEZ PADILLA, but it seems that you were female in your last incarnation.

You were born somewhere in the territory of modern Iran, around the year 1200.

Your profession was that of a philosopher and thinker

Your brief psychological profile in your past life: Artistic personality, always transforming the ugly into the beautiful, gray into bright colors. You would find an opportunity of creative self-expression in any situation.

The lesson that your last past life brought to your present incarnation: Your main lesson is to develop magnanimity and a feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to take only as much, as you can give back.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

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As a stay at home mommy, I tend to look for different kinds of money making opportunity online. I joined different pay to review and pay to click sites. I admit that I am now earning online but my earnings are not enough for my family's needs.
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Saturday, September 12, 2009

What Beatles Song Are You?

You Are "Good Day Sunshine"
You are optimistic, cheery, and open hearted. You believe every day is a new start.
You could have the worst night of your life, and you'd still wake up with a smile on your face.

You are able to appreciate life's sweetest moments, and time often stands still for you.
You are a truly joyful person. Your life is full of life, laughter, and sunshine.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Where Should You Go on Your Honeymoon?

You Should Honeymoon in Europe!
You are a traditional romantic at heart... You crave a honeymoon that will keep you swept off your feet.
You likely have a taste for fine wine, museums and beautiful walks. If not, it's about time you develop one.

You're the type of person who can sit for hours in a cafe, sipping wine and staring into your sweetie's eyes.
Europe is the perfect spot for you to discover why you fell for each other in the first place.

Burloloy Giveaway


I've been wanting to join this contest and finally after my super busy sked, I found time to join and blog about this wonderful contest of Hopeful on Walk with Me.

In celebration of her kid's birthday, she is currently holding a Burloloy Giveaway contest which started last August and will end this coming September 15th. Winners will be announced the following day, 16th of September. If you guys want to join this contest head on now to Walk with Me It is so easy to join! just follow her simple instructions and you are in.

Anyway, check out Hopeful's beautiful burloloy collections. I love this one! it is simple yet very elegant.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Militant teachers condemn CCP’s Imelda tribute

According to Andreo C. Calonzo of GMANews. TV. The Members of a militant teachers’ organization criticized on Wednesday the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP)’s planned gala tribute for former First Lady Imelda Marcos, saying it is an “utter disrespect" for the Filipino people.

The Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) vowed to stage a protest rally on Friday during the invitational gala event in honor of Marcos, the founding chairperson of the CCP.

“The CCP’s decision to pay tribute to Marcos as part of (its) 40th anniversary celebration shows utter disrespect for the Filipino people, who are all victims of Martial Law," ACT national chairperson Antonio Tinio said.

Marcos is the wife of late Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos, who placed the country under Martial Law during his presidency on Sept. 21, 1972.

Tinio questioned the CCP’s decision to hold “Seven Arts, One Imelda," a gala tribute to Mrs. Marcos on September 11, the birth anniversary of the late dictator.

Tinio also criticized the CCP for using government funds to honor Mrs. Marcos, who is currently facing 10 graft charges on allegations that she held financial interests in secret foundations and private enterprises during her husband’s term.

“Why is this government using public funds and mobilizing resources to honor the surviving member of the conjugal dictatorship that robbed the Filipino people of their democratic rights and stands accused of plundering billions from the public treasury?" he said.

GMANews.TV tried to contact officials of the CCP to get their side, but personnel from the CCP’s public relations division said the artistic director in-charge of the event was unavailable for comments until Thursday afternoon.

Do You See the Glass as Half Full or Half Empty?

You See the Glass as Half Full
No matter what's going on in your life, you can always find something to be thankful for.
You try to remain positive and focus on the good. It's not as easy as it seems, but it's always rewarding.

Your optimism and joy inspire the people around you. You make the world a happier place.
By seeing the glass as half full, you're sure to have more peace and contentment in your life. You might life longer too!


Now that Sen. Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III has crossed the Rubicon, can he untie the Gordian knot?

This is the major question of leaders of civil society as they threw their support to Aquino’s presidential bid in May 2010.

Viewed as a reluctant candidate, which is supposedly one quality that makes him suitable for the presidential post, Aquino now faces the challenge of proving he is worthy of, or better than, his parent’s legacy.

As the candidate currently in the spotlight, activist priest Fr. Robert Reyes said Aquino is on the cusp of reforming the country’s “present elitist democracy to one that is participatory.”

Reyes, who was present in Aquino’s formal announcement at Club Filipino on Wednesday, said he is supporting the Aquino scion’s candidacy, like most civil society groups.

He is among the convenors of the new movement, “Noynoy Para sa Pilipinas” or “Noypi,” which is supporting Aquino's bid.

Reyes said Aquino is different from the other aspirants since he was able to inspire civil society groups to once again be hopeful that change is possible.

Noynoy's democracy challenge

The prelate noted that the late President Corazon Aquino, while she restored democracy, was hampered in demolishing “elitist democracy” during her administration.

President Arroyo, on the other hand, only paid lip service to her vow to bring wider participation of civil society groups in governance. Arroyo came into power in January 2001 following a series of corruption scandals involving then President Joseph Estrada.

While Arroyo may have tapped civil society leaders like former Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman and former presidential adviser on the peace process Teresita Deles in her official Cabinet, they were eventually “co-opted by Arroyo.”

Reyes said “it was a good thing that they bolted out of her Cabinet before it was too late.”

Aquino, he said, has the chance of undoing what Arroyo did by really giving “all sectors in society a voice in governance.”

Deles, who was also present in Aquino’s formal declaration, said she expects him “to bring back governance and to strengthen democracy” in case he wins as President.

Black and White movement spokesperson Leah Navarro said she is hopeful that Aquino, if he becomes president, will uphold “good governance and institutional reform” by “opening accountability and engaging in consultations with stakeholders."

Reforming Hacienda Luisita

The party-list Akbayan, which is supporting Aquino, said that it would engage Aquino on the agrarian reform case surrounding Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac owned by the Aquino and Cojuangco clans.

The fate of 6,400 hectare property has been one of the major criticisms thrown at then-President Aquino's "democratic" restoration. While land reform was one of the pillars of her administration, her own family's agricultural estate was spared of actual agrarian reform. And in 2004, 14 workers died in a violent dispersal of striking sugar plantation workers in the hacienda.

Deles acknowledged Hacienda Luisita's land reform would be one of major issues that Aquino would have to confront. “But we trust him that he will do what needs to be done” when the right time comes, she said.

Reyes said Aquino should also be prepared to handle issues concerning his uncle, businessman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco Jr., especially the coco-levy fund controversies. Cojuangco is accused of misusing the levy imposed by on coconut farmers to enrich himself.

Recently, a case against a move by Cojuangco-led conglomerate San Miguel Corporation has reached the Supreme Court. San Miguel wanted to convert company shares that coconut farmers have been claiming as illegally acquired by Cojuangco into non-voting shares.

This move had been criticized by farmer groups and civil society organizations as a way for Aquino’s uncle to set aside the farmer claimants in how the company is ran.

Reyes said Aquino should address these issues not only when he becomes President, but also even during the election campaign.

In his formal announcement on Wednesday, Aquino provided a glimpse into his administration in case he gets to Malacañang.

He said he would provide access of justice “not only for the well-connected but for everybody.”

He cited, for instance, the ill-gotten wealth cases of the Marcoses. More than 20 years after the fall of the Marcos regime, he said there is no closure yet.

How Do You Travel Through Life?

You Walk Through Life
Your journey through life is steady, conventional, and calm.
You're likely to stop and smell the roses every chance you get. Your life is simple but bountiful.

You believe that it's important to have good morals. You always do your duty, and work comes before play.
You value stability at home and at work. You do your part to smooth things over the best you can.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Court issues gag order on Singson row with ex-partner

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court last Tuesday enjoined the media against writing or discussing the quarrel between deputy national security adviser Luis "Chavit" Singson and his ex-partner Rachel "Che" Tiongson.

According to GMA’s Flash Report, the QCRTC also told the two camps not to talk to the media about the alleged beating as it was a "family matter."

The court issued the statement before the hearing of Tiongson’s petition for a temporary protection order from Singson that was filed last week.

Singson did not attend the first hearing called by Judge Angelene Mary Quimpo Sale of the QCRTC Branch 26 last Tuesday, even though he had been busy giving interviews with TV, radio and print journalists during the past few days.

Tiongson attended the hearing, escorted by members of the women's advocacy group Gabriela.

In previous interviews, Singson repeatedly talked about how he assaulted Tiongson after he supposedly found her in bed with another man inside their Quezon City apartment. Tiongson has denied his story.

But as the clamor by women advocates for the Palace to suspend Singson mounted, he later backtracked, claiming that he in fact saved Tiongson and her male companion from being killed by the private detectives he had hired to stalk the pair.

Tiongson is still reportedly shaken by the incident and always becomes emotional when asked about their children. Her 17-year-old relationship with the former Ilocos Sur governor bore five children.

Singson has refused to take a leave of absence from work and said that he will leave his fate in the hands of his immediate superior, National Security Adviser Norberto Gonzales

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


I'm quite big and I'm still in my quest of finding the right weight loss products. Today my friend told me about this product " Solo Slim", a diet pill that will make you feel less hungry once you take it 30 minutes before your meal. So, it will make you eat less.

I'm going to try it but not saying that you also do what I'm going to do because we all have different body and I don't say that if this product is good to me, may not be good to you.

So I always suggest that you do your own research and see for yourself which one really suits your need. All I'm doing here is sharing with you the products and ideas I found.

I hope it's clear. Good luck to your weight loss product search

Monday, September 7, 2009

Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), has passed away last Aug. 31 ,2009 at 3:53 in the afternoon. He was 84 yrs. old. He was going to laid down today ( Sept. 7, 2009 ) at the Iglesia Ni Cristo Tabernacle. To you Ka Erdy paalam na po sa inyo.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

US rejects benefits claims of 1,000 Pinoys

The United States government has rejected the applications of 1,000 Filipino World War II veterans seeking benefits under the US stimulus package law, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. said Thursday.

Teodoro said the applications were rejected because the applicants had failed to show sufficient proof that they fought with US troops in the last World War.

“One thousand (applications) were denied…Their affiliation or proof of service was unsubstantiated, you know you need some proof,” the defense chief said at the sidelines of an assembly of World War II veterans in Camp Aguinaldo.

The US Veterans Affairs Office began accepting application of Filipino World War II veterans, including those who are already US citizens, in February following the passage of the US Stimulus Package Law that provide benefits for the veterans.

The law provides a compensation of $15,000 for veterans who are US citizens and $9,000 for non-US citizens. Veterans have until February next year to file their applications.

At the same time, Teodoro revealed that the US has also approved the applications of about 4,000 veterans, both based in US and in the Philippines. He said the veterans have already received their checks.

Also, he said that the US is still in the process of evaluating 7,000 other applications. “There is 7,000 more in the pipeline…Its being processed at the time we were there,” said Teodoro, referring to last month’s visit of President Arroyo to US.

Teodoro said about 34,000 had so far filed their claim and they expect about 20,000 or so applications until February next year.

The defense chief is scheduled to fly to the US next week to meet with US veterans affairs secretary Eric Shinseki and check on the processing of the applications.

During his visit, Teodoro will also meet with his US counterpart, US defense secretary Robert Gates, “to discuss our counter- terrorism cooperation.” Gates paid Teodoro a visit at Camp Aguinaldo last June.

What will happen to our 1,000 Filipino veterans rejected their application to claim their benefits? Hope our Defense Secretary will help our veterans and hope the American goverment will hear the voices of the Filipino veterans.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

It's official: Panlilio opts out of 2010 race

We have another brave politician who officially declare withdrawal from 2010 presidential race for the love for his country.

Its Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio has formally declared his withdrawal. Panlilio made the announcement yesterday (Sept. 4) at the historic Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan City, saying he has abandoned his presidential ambition to give way to Liberal Party’s Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino.

He decided not to push through with his plan to run as president in the coming elections but he offered his full support and trust to Sen. Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III as his presidential candidate.

With the declaration, Panlilio, a priest on leave, became the second presidential aspirant to give up his bid.

Liberal Party president Sen. Mar Roxas made the same announcement last Tuesday.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Michael Jackson funeral touching, emotional

GLENDALE, Calif. – Paris Jackson wept as she stepped into the mausoleum where her father, Michael, was to be entombed. Katherine Jackson, overcome by sorrow, turned back when she was faced with her son's final resting place.

On a sultry Thursday evening, amid a sea of white flowers and with a bejeweled crown placed atop his casket by his children, the King of Pop was given an intimate, private version of the lavish public memorial held shortly after his death in June.

The funeral at Glendale Memorial Park was simple but touching, according to one guest. The person, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the day, said Gladys Knight's performance of the hymn "Our Father" (The Lord's Prayer) was soared in the vast mausoleum and moved many to tears.

When it was over, many of the the 200 mourners hugged each other. Among them were Elizabeth Taylor, Jackson's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Barry Bonds and Macaulay Culkin.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, who gave a eulogy at the public event and at Thursday's service, also extolled Knight's earlier performance of "His Eye is on the Sparrow."

"Gladys Knight sang her heart out. Now we prepare to lay him to rest," Sharpton posted on his Twitter account during the service that was held outside and then within the marble mausoleum.

The mourners followed the crowned, lushly flower-draped casket as Jackson's five brothers _ each wearing a bright red tie and a single crystal-studded glove _ carried it into the mausoleum. The 11-year-old Paris cried as the group entered the imposing building and was comforted by her aunt, LaToya.

Paris and brothers Prince Michael, 12, and Prince Michael II, 7, known as Blanket, began the service by placing the crown on their father's golden casket. They were composed through most of the hour-and-a-half ceremony.

As it ended, Katherine Jackson appeared extremely weary and had to be helped to her car, according to the guest. Earlier, she had a difficult time going into the mausoleum; she was overcome, turned back, and it wasn't clear if she went in at all, the guest said.

The Jackson family's tardy arrival delayed the service for nearly two hours; no explanation was given to mourners. The invitation notice indicated the service would begin promptly at 7 p.m.; it began closer to 8:30.

The 77-year-old Taylor and others were left waiting in the late summer heat, with the temperature stuck at 90 degrees just before sunset, and some mourners fanned themselves with programs for the service. As darkness fell, police escorted the family's motorcade of 31 cars, including Rolls-Royces and Cadillacs, from their compound in Encino to Forest Lawn, about a 20-minute journey, with the hearse bearing Jackson's body at the end.

About 250 seats were arranged for mourners over artificial turf laid roadside at the mausoleum, and a vivid orange moon, a mark of the devastating wildfire about 10 miles distant, hung over the cemetery.

There were two oversized portraits of a youthful, vibrant Jackson mounted next to the casket amid displays of white lilies and roses. At Jackson's lavish public memorial, red roses covered his casket.

A large, blimp-like inflated light, the type used in film and television production, and a boom camera hovered over the seating area placed in front of the elaborate marble mausoleum. The equipment raised the possibility that the footage would be used for the Jackson concert documentary "This Is It," or perhaps the Jackson brothers' upcoming reality show.

More than 400 media credentials were issued to reporters and film crews who remained at a distance from the service and behind barricades. The few clusters of fans who gathered around the secure perimeter that encircled the cemetery entrance struggled to see.

Maria Martinez, 25, a fan from Riverside, Calif., who was joined by a dozen other Jackson admirers at a gas station near the security perimeter, gave a handful of pink flowers she had picked at a nearby park to a man with an invitation driving into the funeral.

"Can you please put these flowers on his grave?" she told him. "They were small and ugly, but I did that with my heart. I'm not going to be able to get close, so this is as close as I could get to him."

The man consented, adding, "God bless."

Glendale police said all went smoothly and there were no arrests.

Jackson will share eternity at Forest Lawn with the likes of Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and W.C. Fields, entombed alongside them in the mausoleum that will be all but off-limits to adoring fans who might otherwise turn the pop star's grave into a shrine.

The closest the public will be able to get to Jackson's vault is a portion of the mausoleum that displays "The Last Supper Window," a life-size stained-glass re-creation of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece. Several 10-minute presentations about the window are held regularly 365 days a year, but most of the building is restricted.

The Jackson family had booked an Italian restaurant in Pasadena for a gathering Thursday night, and family members and guests were seen coming and going late into the night.

"I feel like I watched Michael finally given some peace and I made a commitment to make sure his legacy and what he stood for lives on," Sharpton said outside the restaurant around midnight. "So at one level we're relieved; another level we're obligated."

The ceremony ends months of speculation that the singer's body would be buried at Neverland Ranch, in part to make the property a Graceland-style attraction. An amended copy of Jackson's death certificate was filed Thursday in Los Angeles County to reflect Forest Lawn as his final resting place.

In court on Wednesday, it was disclosed that 12 burial spaces were being purchased by Jackson's estate at Forest Lawn Glendale, about eight miles north of downtown Los Angeles, but no details were offered on how they would be used.

The King of Pop died a drug-induced death June 25 at age 50 as he was about to embark on a comeback attempt. The coroner's office has labeled the death a homicide, and Jackson's death certificate lists "injection by another" as the cause.

Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, told detectives he gave the singer a series of sedatives and the powerful anesthetic propofol to help him sleep. But prosecutors are still investigating, and no charges have been filed.

Friday Fill-ins


And here we go…

1. I feel refreshed and ready to make drops.

2. Bloghopping is always fun.

3. Right now, I can hear these things: raindrops and music softly playing in the background .

4. It was raining the whole morning and I’m glad it didn’t turn into a storm.

5. The last time I went on vacation was 7 months ago.

6. I hope to finish a lot of things this coming saturday morning.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a dvd marathon with the kids, tomorrow my plans include grocery shopping and Sunday, I want to just laze around and read!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

What Planet Does Your Name Come From?

Your Name Comes From Mercury
You have the gift of gab, and nothing energizes you like good conversation.
And it's likely that when you're not talking, you're writing. You love communicating your thoughts.

You are also quite studious. You find learning to be both easy and rewarding.
You are good at understanding what is being communicated to you. You also know what questions to ask to better clarify things.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

J'Adore Tien Blog Award

J'Adore Tien Blog Award
here are the rules:

* Copy the award image above.
* Pass it to the bloggers whom you think are deserving for this award.
* Leave a message to them.
* Pass as many as you want.
* Leave a comment to the person who give this award.

And now I am passing this award to.....

Jane - The Dance Of Life

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Roxas gives way to Noynoy Aquino

Presidential aspirant Senator Manuel Roxas II gives way to Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.

Saying he believed in “country above self,” Roxas stressed he would be supporting Aquino in the 2010 elections although it was not immediately clear whether Aquino would seek the presidency.

“Today, I’m announcing my support for the candidacy of Noynoy Aquino for president for 2010,” Roxas said in a televised press conference at the Club Filipino in San Juan, Metro Manila.

“Sa madaling salita, Noynoy has made it clear to me he wants to carry the torch of leadership,” he added.

However, Aquino, who was also at the press conference, did not deliver a speech.

Roxas said that after several talks with Aquino, they came up with a decision that would help them pursue their “common dream” for change.


"This is the biggest decision I've made in my life,” said Roxas who already released several political advertisements ahead of the 2010 polls. He is also set to marry broadcaster Korina Sanchez in October.

“I do this for unity in support for change…if that means somebody has to make a sacrifice, ako na,” he said.

The senator’s late father, former Senator Gerry Roxas, was a close friend and political ally of Aquino’s assassinated father, former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. The older Roxas and Aquino almost went against each other for the 1972 presidential elections, which did not push through when then president Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law.

I salute Senator Mar Roxas for being a good politician who think his country first before his pocket. Hope other politician will follow the braveness of Senator Mar Roxas.

About The Death Of Erano Manalo

MANILA, Philippines
– Eraño Manalo, the Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), has passed away yesterday (Aug. 31) afternoon. He was 84.

According to a radio report, Manalo died at 3:53 p.m. yesterday in his home in Quezon City. The report quoted INC spokesman Bienvenido Santiago as saying that the religious leader succumbed to cardiopulmonary arrest.

He took over the administration of the church after the death of his father, INC founder Felix Manalo, in 1963.

Manalo’s remains will be interred at the Templo Sentral of the INC in Quezon City, the report added. They say that there is no definite date when the late Ka Erdy will be buried. To the family of Ka Erdy my condolences.

Head of largest Philippine indigenous church dies

Erano Manalo, leader of the Philippines' largest indigenous religious sect, has died yesterday (Aug. 31,2009) around 3:53pm at the age of 84.

Manalo took over Iglesia ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, after the death of his father and the church's founder, Felix Manalo, in 1963. The church is believed to have millions of members but does not disclose the figure.

Manalo died of a heart attack in his Manila home on Monday, the church's spokesman Bienvenido Santiago said.

The church was founded in 1914 when Felix Manalo resigned as minister of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church after questioning the observance of Sabbath on Saturdays. He experienced what he claimed to be a call similar to those of ancient prophets.

Iglesia ni Cristo rejects the Christian doctrine of trinity and believes Christ is one of several prophets.

It is considered the largest indigenous church that originated from the Philippines and the largest independent church in Asia.

To the family of late Ka Erdy Manalo our condolences and also to the Iglesia Ni Cristo family our condolences. May he rest in peace.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Are You Right Brained or Left Brained in Love?

You Are Right Brained in Love
When it comes to love, you go with your gut not with your head.
You have an open heart. You fall in love easily and get hurt just as easily.

You are spontaneous with relationships. You go with the flow and don't worry about the future.
You are romantic, empathetic, and caring. More than most people, you really love being in love.



I want to thank to all my top card droppers of Entrecard for the month of August.A big "THANK YOU" to all of you who took time to visit my blogs.
Dropper # of drops
Proud Mommy 30
All Stace, All the Time 29
Computer Aid 29
Rambling stuff 28
Traders' Hub 28
Business Sphere 27 T-Shirts 27
Art By Paul Baines 26
Hello Kitty Gifts 24
My Online Journey 23

Sunday, August 30, 2009

I Love You Lucy

I'd like to thank Jane of The Dance of Life for giving me this wonderful award.

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

What's Your Gift?

I took a quiz on what is your gift and the answer is Sensitivity and I think the result is right because I'm too emotional and I value everything that happens to me. So if you feel bored and restless try to take some quiz on Blogthings in Facebook. It will help you to relax yourself and discovered something new about yourself.

Your Gift is Sensitivity
You are easily moved, and you have a strong emotional reaction to almost everything.
Your sensitivity helps you get a lot out of life. You appreciate every moment more.

It's hard for you to divorce yourself from your feelings. You notice every little thing around you.
You're the type of person who finds empathy and compassion easy.

Friday, August 28, 2009


Today is my daughter's birthday. Her name's Daphne. She's turning 12 years old today. We're preparing a surprise party for her. She says she doesn't want to have a party, instead she wants to get a brand new cellphone as our gift for her. Hubby is going to give her this gift because she's a good daughter and she deserves to have it. Still we'll also give her a party. Its not really a big party but more of a family gathering. We're hoping she would like everything that we prepared for her. To my daughter, I wish her all the best in life and may she stay sweet and loving as she has always been.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

What Kind of Book Are You?

You Are Realistic Fiction
You are an outgoing person and very interested in others. You have many relationships that are important to you.
You are always willing to lend an ear to a friend with a problem. And you're even pretty good at giving advice!

Some may accuse you of loving drama, but you just seem to find yourself in the middle of it.
You are a true people person. You find the lives of others to be fascinating. You're up for hearing anyone's life story.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009


Found this post on Fort Thompson while I was doing my regular visits last night. I was kinda curious on how am I going to answer such questions posted.


1. You can ONLY answer Yes or No.
2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone comments and asks!


Kissed any one of your Facebook friends? yes

Been arrested? yes

Been in a fight? no

Fallen fast for someone? yes

Regretted a relationship? yes

Been in a tornado? no

Fallen asleep at work/school? yes

Ran a red light? yes

Experienced love at first sight? yes

Totaled your car/motorbike in an accident? yes

Been fired from a job? no

Fired somebody? no

Sang karaoke? yes

Pointed a gun at someone? no

Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? yes

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your nose? no

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? no

Kissed in the rain? yes

Swam in the ocean? yes

Been to a concert? yes

Laughed till you cried? yes

Sang in the shower? yes

Smoked a cigar? yes

Sat on a rooftop? yes

Smuggled something into another country? no

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes? yes

Broken a bone? yes

Skipped school? yes

Got a speeding ticket? no

Eaten a bug? yes

Sleepwalked? yes

Walked a moonlit beach? yes

Rode a motorcycle / dirt bike? yes

Dumped someone? yes

Seen a baby born? yes

Lied to avoid a ticket? yes

Ridden in a helicopter? no

Shaved your head? no

Played a prank on someone? yes

Hit a home run? yes

Felt like killing someone? yes

Cross dressed? no

Been falling down drunk? yes

Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? yes

Marched/Protested? yes

Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? no

Puked on an amusement ride? no

Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? yes

Been in a band? no

Knitted or crocheted? yes

Been on TV? yes

Shot a gun? yes

Skinny dipped? no

Gave someone stitches? yes

Eaten whole jalapeno pepper? no

Ridden a surfboard? no

Had surgery? yes

Streaked? no

Taken by ambulance to hospital? no

Tripped on mushrooms? no

Passed out when not drinking? yes

Peed outside? yes

Donated blood? no

Grabbed electric fence? no

Eaten alligator meat? no

Eaten cheesecake? yes

Eaten a kids' Halloween candy? yes

Killed an animal when not hunting? no

Peed your pants in public? no

Snuck into a movie without paying? no

Written graffiti? yes

Still love someone you shouldn't? no

Think about the future? yes

Been in handcuffs? no

Believe in love? yes

Sleep on a certain side of the bed? yes

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


You Are Confident and Dominant
You are a very independent, do it yourself kind of person. You've had to rely on yourself.
You know how to be strong for yourself and the people you love. You have a protective streak.

You sometimes come off as a little assertive. You know what you want, and you're not afraid to go get it.
The only thing you require from people is that they're straight with you. You are ready for the truth.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Loyal Friend And Visitor Award 2009

Loyal Friend And Visitor Award 2009I ( Jeanneth's Online Journal blog directory owner) was greatly honored of having Proud Mommy and Dance of life as a loyal friend and visitor of my blog, Jeanneth's Online Journal.

I'm giving them a award which is called Loyal Friend And Visitor Award. Thanks to you Proud Mommy and Dance of life. More power to your blogs.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


I have a serious problem in accessing our internet connection.We usually don't have internet connection.I can't write blogs and make drop on my entrecard.

Can you imagine this making my life very difficult. I can access most sites at work (where I am now), but even here it seems very slow it is usually network timeout.

The only solution that I can do is to get another internet to other network because in other network they don't experience the problem that we encounter.

So to the other people who want to get their internet make a survey first before you avail.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Are You Joyful?

You Are Very Joyful
You may not be happy all of the time, but you experience frequent moments of joy in your life.
There are moments so perfect that time has stood still and you wish you could freeze it forever.

You are so joyful because you appreciate the small things in life. You know joy is more about who you are than what you have.
You are thankful to be alive, and you know that things could be a lot worse. You are content with your life.

Friday, August 21, 2009

How Open Are You?

There is a quiz asking me on how open I am? The answer is I'm a 63% open to the other people because I think we should be balance in dealing with other people.

You Are 63% Open
You're a pretty open person - and you don't mind sharing the good, bad, and sometimes ugly.
And while you do catch yourself blabbing on from time to time, you usually exhibit restraint.
You're openness is quite refreshing, and it encourages other people to be open with you!

Thursday, August 20, 2009



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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What Does Your Favorite Social Networking Site Say About You?

You Are a Family and Friends Centric Facebook User
As far as you're concerned, Facebook has almost everything you need. When it comes to social networking, you demand the best.
You love to connect with friends and family members online. Staying in touch is important to you.

You are likely to be more educated and more affluent than the average internet user. You are picky about advertising, spam, and aesthetics.
You are likely to use the Internet for everything, including leisure and business. Except that for you, Facebook pretty much is the Internet.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

What Does Your Walk Say About You?

Your Walk Says You're Approachable
You are outgoing, funny, and friendly. You love attention, and you make sure everyone knows when you enter a room.

Other people see you as humble and down to earth. You don't put on airs.

You are cooperative, easy going, and liberal minded. You are accepting of new ideas, and you truly believe that you can learn from people.

You tend to be all work and very little play. You are too responsible to let loose.

Monday, August 17, 2009


12. Influenza A-H1N1 (Swine Flu)

The CDC explains, “on June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) signaled that a global pandemic of novel influenza A (H1N1) was underway. At the time of the WHO’s announcement, more than 70 countries had reported cases of novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and there were ongoing community level outbreaks of novel H1N1 in multiple parts of the world.

Since the WHO declaration of a pandemic, the new H1N1 virus has continued to spread, with the number of countries reporting cases of novel H1N1 nearly doubling. In the United States, significant novel H1N1 illness has continued into the summer, with localized and in some cases intense outbreaks occurring.

The United States continues to report the largest number of novel H1N1 cases of any country worldwide.” In good news, you aren’t likely to get swine flu, and if you do get it, you are even less likely to die from it. As of July 2009, 40,000 people had contracted swine flu in the U.S. and 263 people have died from it. This means you have a .000131 chance of already catching it, and a .0000000864 of dying from it at current levels.

13. Bubonic Plague

The most famous outbreak of the bacterial disease known as “plague” is caused by Yersinia pestis. It is an infection that travels through the lymphatic system and spreads through fleas carried by rats. Bubonic plague kills 50% of victims within a week if untreated, it was known as the Black Death when it decimated millions of Europeans during the Middle Ages (1300s). This most famous of pandemics killed more than 25 million people, or ¼ of the European continent’s total population.

The plague is thought to have originated in the Egyptian desert and then spread through trade routes by rats stowing away in merchant’s caravans and boats. Other researches contend that the plague began in the East and spread throughout Europe from Asia. The plague kills after swelling lymph glands into buboes found in the armpits, groin, and throat regions. The nursery rhyme “Ring Around the Rosy,” alludes to the plague’s rose-colored soars that painfully made everybody “all fall down.”

These are all the deadliest diseases that we should aware.

Sunday, August 16, 2009


10. Influenza

The CDC explains that “Influenza, (aka the flu), is a contagious and viral respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.”

Unfortunately, the flu can mutate into new diseases such as bird flu and swine flu. According to the WHO, “Influenza affects mainly the nose, throat, bronchi and, occasionally, lungs. Infection usually lasts for about a week, and is characterized by sudden onset of high fever, aching muscles, headache and severe malaise, non-productive cough, sore throat and rhinitis.”

11. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

The CDC: “Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. These influenza viruses occur naturally among birds. Wild birds worldwide carry the viruses in their intestines, but usually do not get sick from them. However, avian influenza is very contagious among birds and can make some domesticated birds, including chickens, ducks, and turkeys, very sick and kill them. Infected birds shed influenza virus in their saliva, nasal secretions, and feces.

“Human influenza virus” usually refers to those subtypes that spread widely among humans. Symptoms of avian influenza in humans have ranged from typical human influenza-like symptoms to eye infections, pneumonia, severe respiratory diseases and other severe and life-threatening complications. “ The WHO estimates 421 cases and 257 deaths have occurred since the outbreak started in 2003. Indonesia was the country hardest hit by the disease with 115 deaths.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


8. Malaria

The CDC tells us “malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. People with malaria often experience fever, chills, and flu-like illness. Left untreated, they may develop severe complications and die. Each year 350-500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide, and over one million people die.” Most of the deaths are the most vulnerable amongst us; nearly 90% of deaths occur in young children living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The disease is vector-borne, (transmitted by mosquitoes) and Americans are generally exposed only while traveling to exotic locales. Malaria medication, insecticides, and fresh bed nets can reduce the risk of infection significantly.

9. SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

The CDC describes SARS as a feverishly “viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was first reported in China in February 2003. Over the next few months, the illness spread to more than two-dozen countries in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. According to the WHO, “a total of 8,098 people worldwide became sick with SARS during the 2003 outbreak. Of these, 774 died.

In the United States, only eight people had laboratory evidence of SARS-CoV infection. All of the infected people had traveled to other parts of the world affected by SARS. Chinese scientists believe that the disease-jumped species from the civet cat to humans after the “cats” were eaten as food. The civet cat is a carnivorous mammalian animal similar to a cat but with a pointed muzzle not unlike a mongoose or otter.

Friday, August 14, 2009




Leprosy is a Greek word that means, “scales on a fish,” an obvious description for anyone who has seen pictures of a leprosy victim’s misshapen body. The chronic disease is caused by the Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis. The disease attacks the upper respiratory track and the mucous membranes and causes external skin lesions.

An ancient sickness, leprosy has plagued peoples from Egypt to China, and, because of the crippling physical signs of the disease, has often left people outcast and quarantined in lonely leper colonies. Today, with modern treatment, there have only been several thousand deaths from leprosy, mostly in Asia, South East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Thursday, August 13, 2009



Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The bacteria is famous for attacking the lungs, remember how Doc Holiday (Val Kilmer) kept wheezing those bloody coughs into his handkerchief in the cowboy classic Tombstone? While the lungs are a usual target, Mycobacterium tuberculosis can also invade the brain, spine, and kidneys.

Without proper treatment the disease can be fatal which is why it used to be the leading cause of death in the United States. Today, according to the WHO, someone in the world is newly infected with TB bacilli every second. Overall, one-third of the world’s population is currently infected with the TB bacillus. The WHO explains, “people infected with TB bacilli will not necessarily become sick with the disease.

The immune system ‘walls off’ the TB bacilli which, protected by a thick waxy coat, can lie dormant for years. When someone’s immune system is weakened, the chances of becoming sick are greater which is why it is so dangerous to patients infected with HIV/Aids. The “White Death” has claimed untold lives in its long history, easily killing many millions of victims.


According to the CDC, “Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Approximately one in 20 infected persons has severe disease characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps. In these persons, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.”

Because of modern American sanitation and sewage infrastructures, the risk for contamination in the United States is low, but travelers to Sub-Saharan Africa and India should be aware of the risks presented by the disease. Since cholera kills through severe dehydration, getting more and more people access to clean drinking water will continue to decrease incidents of infection.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009



3. Yellow Fever

Your hatred of mosquitoes is well founded; these little annoyances can kill you. Yellow Fever, a flavivirus is transmitted to humans through infected mosquitoes. The illness can range from a strong fever to severe hepatitis and hemorrhagic fever. The disease has been around for at least 400 years and gets the “yellow” part of its name from the yellowish jaundice symptoms exhibited by some of its victims.

Today, the disease is most prevalent in South America and Africa. Over the last 400 years, millions of people have been infected by yellow fever. Many, but not all of these victims have perished. The WHO estimates that there are around 200,000 new cases a year with around 30,000 deaths resulting from the infection.