Myths in February month

This year is considered as leap year, or in ordinary words this year is when the month of February had an additional day which made it to have 29 days instead of having only 28 days. Maybe you are wondering why this is so? This article was made to answer the questions regarding this month of February.

Why February has only 28 days in month, the least day of all months in a year?
According to the Roman legend, it was King Pompilius who added the months of January and February to the first calendar that was used by the Romans which was very similar to the calendar that we used today except that it only had 10 months in a year. With the addition of the two months however did not work out because it only made the year to have 355 days, still not fitting the solar year. So what the king did was to add additional month which was Mercedinus. However, this likewise did not fit with the lunar cycle. When Julius Caesar succeeded as the new king of Roman, he removed the month of Mercedinus and instead made the days of February to be 28 days and added additional one day every fourth year.
Another theory was the legend which tells about the jealousy of Augustus Caesar to Julius Caesar. The birth month of Juilius Caesar was July which had 31 days, so Augustus Caesar got one day from February and added that to his birth month August to equalize with the month of July.

Why do we add one day to February every four year or leap year?
According to some scientist, we need to add additional one day every four year or leap year in order for our time to be synchronized with the solar year. It is a fact in Science that it takes 365.25 days for our planet to complete the revolution around the sun but in our calendar, we only have 365 days in a regular year. To offset the excess 6 hours every year, which made it equivalent to one day combined altogether after four years, is the main reason why we add additional one day every four year or leap year. So why is it on February? The answer is perhaps because February had the least number of days of all months but this is likewise a theory for there was no record as to why it became this way.

Gioachino Antonio Rossini in Google Doodle

Featured today in Google Doodle is Gioachino Antonio Rossini. In honor of 220th birthday of this man this February 29, 2012; Google displays in its website an image depicting one of the famous work of this Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces. His best-known operas include the Italian comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell (William Tell). A tendency for inspired, song-like melodies is evident throughout his scores, which led to the nickname "The Italian Mozart." According to Wikipedia, until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history.

The Universal Kindergarten Law

The Universal Kindergarten Bill was just passed into law as RA 10157. This law is part of the commitment of the Philippines to Millennium Development Goal and Education for all to be targeted by 2015. The Department of Education has welcomed the passage of this law which means that beginning this coming school year, the kindergarten will now be an integral part of the basic education. With this new law, all incoming grade one pupil throughout the country are required to undergo first the kindergarten program and this is free just like the elementary. According to President Aquino, this law will prevent the early drop out among students. What is not clear to me is how the government will address the new problems with this implementation? It has been a common knowledge to everyone that the public sector of education in the country is full of problems. Currently, there are problems with regard to teachers and facilities. These problems have not been solved and with the implementation of this new law, I am sure that another problem will surface. It seems that the present administration is not really aware of the problems in our education system. Instead of creating solutions to the problems, they are making another problem. The counting begins with one and not by two, but seemingly the government in haste to solve those problems wants to begin counting with three. This is a big problem that all of us will bear for so many years until someone who is brilliant and good enough will eventually lead the Philippine government. The Universal Kindergarten Bill just like any law enacted in the country is good only as law, but not in reality especially when it comes to implementation.

"Neutrino: A particle Faster than light, experiment-void"

Last year, the world of Physics was half-amazed by the new development presented by the group of scientists working at CERN claiming to have discovered a particle that is believed to be faster than light. This announcement is considered to be a major breakthrough in Science because as we all knew, Albert Einstein-the father of modern Physics- has established a theory known as the General Theory of Relativity which states that there would be no more particle faster than light. This assumption of Albert Einstein is the basic theory and pillar of knowledge in the modern physics and so with the teaching in academic institutions.

I will no longer elaborate how they had come up with the result because it was in the internet already several months ago and even become the subject of discussion among Science-enthusiast. A certain Antonio Ereditato- Physicist at the University of Bern and spokesperson- claimed that they have checked and rechecked many times the finding for possible error in measurement but said they have found nothing. He further stressed that it is now up to their colleague to recheck their findings. That's how confident they were to publicize the result of their finding last year, but now apparently and it is over in the news again that a mistake regarding "cable loose" could be the reason of the wrong data which disputed the light as the fastest moving particle in the universe.

According to the report such as in Forbes Magazine, the loose in data connection cable affects the time travel of the neutrinos particles. This discovery of error in the experiment needs to be clarified again through another experiment. However, this event is disappointing as far as the enthusiasm to the earlier claimed.

Things to do when you lose your job

Job is very important thing in life. It is where we get our salary that we need in daily expenses in foods, house rental, allowances and other necessary things. As important as it is but just like anything else here on Earth, this is likewise temporary. Job is not a lifetime partner in life. Right now you maybe enjoying your career and full of enthusiasm but as I have said you will go to lose it, if not now, soon and in the future maybe. There are several reasons why you are going to lose your job. It could be retirement, but oftentimes it is due to some reasons beyond our control. So what are you going to do if right now you lose your job? Here are the tips I am going to share you from the good article I have read from the Reader's Digest- one of my favorite magazines online.

1. Figure out your next step. According to the author, loosing job you have spent for many years is shocking. It is somewhat loosing something or someone you have loved so much. Get yourself free time to think on what's the next option you are going to take in life after loosing your job. Do not force yourself to go back into workforce immediately. This could be the time also to think other options in life that you maybe considering before but don't have time to do like going into other field of job, doing business or perhaps going back to school.
2. Your next job is transitional. Don't be choosy in getting some job. Every job is a worth experience so do not think of feeling low morale just because your new job is not the fit one you are thinking. Whether it is a full time or not, your new job is still a job which you badly needed to have some cash flow.
3. Look for Job Opportunities. Be unique in applying Job. There are thousands out there who are jobless like you so you must be unique the way you apply for the job. Your resume' should contain skills and knowledge you have that will make you stand out. Choose also the companies that have values which you can easily get along with.
4. Celebrate. When you are still on the job, you probably did not have the time to spend for a vacation. Now use your time for the vacation and do all things you cannot do while you were on the job before. This is one of the few times in your life that you have unloaded yourself from work so you have to enjoy. This could likewise bring positive energy towards your life.
5. Stay Healthy. If you still have yourself with health insurance then this is the best time to have complete physical check up. Remember that your next job maybe require you to have full energy and physically fit body. Do also regular exercise and eat balanced diet.
6. Think that something good will come from losing your job. Think positive toward this unwanted event. You have to realize that there is a good reason behind why you lose your job. Think of the positive effects in your life that will be brought to you by losing your job.
7. Accept it Whole-heartedly. Do not blame anybody for losing your job. Everything is bound to happen. Do not recall your story why you lose job. Likewise don't feel ashamed or embarrassed. Every successful person has lost also their job once in their lifetime. This event in your life can make you even stronger.
8. Keep thinking positive. Instead of thinking that you were fired from your job then why not think that you are now back into market job where in you can choose your love job. Keeping things in positive aspect will help you even do in life.
9. Let go of losing job. Accept that you are no longer connected with the company you have served for so many years. Resisting from the feeling of longing to be part of the company again is painful. Try to figure out things in your present life. Avoid illusioning by thinking that you will never get another job. The fact is you don't have job anymore so you have to get another one.
10. Looking for a new job is your job now. Looking for a new job may require you many months or even years. Do not be discouraged if you cannot find new one. You just have to remember that plenty of opportunities wait to those good people like you.

Heinrich Hertz in Google Doodle

Today February 22, is the birthday of Sir Heinrich Hertz- a very famous German physicist who has clarified and expanded the study of Electromagnetic Theory of Light pioneered by Maxwell. He was the first to extensively prove the existence of electromagnetic waves by building apparatus that produce and detect Radio Waves. In connection with his achievement and discovery in the field of Physics which is very vital in today’s study and technological advancement, Google immortalized him through the famous Google Doodle, an oscillating sine waves which depict the Electromagnetic Waves is currently in the homepage of Google.

EDSA People Power I: 26 Years after, where are we now?

Time flies fast. Some historic event in our country is now only a memory and seemed to have been forgotten by many. This is the attitude of some Filipinos, easily forgotten the significant events that shaped the nation and the tendency is to repeat the same kind of happening. I am specifically referring to the EDSA People Power I, which now turns into 26th years of anniversary. After the EDSA People Power I, where are we now as a country? Actually the sad fact is that Filipinos have not learned from the peaceful People Power I. Several years ago, the EDSA People Power is the name itself. It has no numerical subscript. Today the said historical event has version already as denoted by the name itself. History repeat itself when forgotten and that was EDSA People Power. It was repeated not just once because we forgot the real spirit and meaning of the said event. The sad truth is that only few benefited from the said celebrated historic event. And those beneficiaries are actually more savage than the administration of Ferdinand Marcos. They had surpassed the greediness in power and love for money of the said family while the majority of the Filipino is experiencing hunger, humiliation from the other race of the people by working abroad, and hoping for betterment of life in the country despite the deafening reality that it was impossible. The family of the ousted President Marcos is again in power posing for political power without apologizing for the agony and wrath they had given to the Filipino people yesterday, today and the future. I cannot really understand the mentally of the Filipinos like me. Perhaps it is enough for complain and history. We are suffering these things because we allow. We are wishing for changes in the system and betterment for the country but we are putting the same brand of politician and leaders. Love for money, greediness in power and authority, twisting the truth and adoring popularity; these are the characters of majority of the people in the government, both elected and appointed and even those employed. If we want change for betterment of our country, it is a must to scrapped those politician with the character mentioned. We should be able to know the truth and fight against the well established machineries of bad politician. We should remember the spirit of EDSA: People Power I. After all we got respect from people all over the world by showing them the best example of fighting tyrant in most peaceful mean.

Jeremy Lin: New NBA Superstar

NBA Star Jeremy Lin
Jeremy Lin is the newest NBA Sensation. Since being tapped as starter in his team New York Knicks, he's been making name in the headlines after superb performance against tough teams in the National Basketball Association.

According to Wikipedia, Jeremy Shu-How Lin (born August 23, 1988) is an American professional basketball player. He is currently a rooster member of the  New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After receiving no athletic scholarship offers out of high school and being undrafted out of college, the 2010 Harvard University graduate reached a partially guaranteed contract deal later that year with his hometown Golden State Warriors. After his first year, he was waived by the Warriors and the Houston Rockets in the preseason before joining the Knicks early in the 2011–12 seasons. Lin is one of the few Asian Americans in NBA history, and the first American player in the league to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent.

Pedro Calungsod: The Next Filipino Saint

St. Pedro Calungso
The Philippines will now have its second saint in the name of Pedro Calungsod after San Lorenzo Ruiz. The canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod will take place in October this year together with other candidates. Blessed Pedro Calungsod was a 17-year old Roman CatholicFilipino migrant, sacristan and missionary catechist, who along with Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, suffered religious persecution and martyrdom on Guam for their missionary work in 1672. Through Calungsod and San Vitores' missionary efforts, many native Chamorros convertedto Roman Catholicism. Calungsod was beatified on 5 March 2000 by Blessed Pope John Paul II. On 18 February 2012, Pope Benedict XVI officially announced at Saint Peter's Basilica that Calungsod will be canonized on 21 October 2012To be declared as a saint, person must be first declared as blessed in the process called beatification. The canonization will then follow after three miracles were proven to be associated with the candidate.

The following are the process of how a person is beatified or canonized according to

1. Canon norms regarding the procedure to be followed for causes of saints are contained in the Apostolic Constitution Divinus Perfectionis Magister, promulgated by John Paul II on January 25, 1983.
2. To begin a cause it is necessary for at least 5 years to have passed since the death of the candidate. This is to allow greater balance and objectivity in evaluating the case and to let the emotions of the moment dissipate.
3. The bishop of the diocese in which the person whose beatification is being requested died is responsible for beginning the investigation. The promoter group: diocese, parish, religious congregation, association, asks the bishop through the postulator for the opening of the investigation. The bishop, once the nulla osta(no impediment) of the Holy See is obtained, forms a diocesan tribunal for this purpose.
Witnesses are called before the tribunal to recount concrete facts on the exercise of Christian virtues considered heroic, that is, the theological virtues: faith, hope and charity, and the cardinal virtues: prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude, and others specific to his/her state in life. In addition, all documents regarding the candidate must be gathered. At this point he/she is entitled to the title of Servant of God.
4. Once the diocesan investigation is finished, the acts and documentation are passed on to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The public copy used for further work is put together here. The postulator, resident in Rome, follows the preparation of the summary of the documentation that proves the heroic exercise of virtue, under the direction of a relator of the Congregation. The Positio undergoes an examination (theological) by nine theologians who give their vote. If the majority of the theologians are in favor, the cause is passed on for examination by cardinals and bishops who are members of the congregation. They hold meetings twice a month. If their judgment is favorable, the prefect of the congregation presents the results of the entire course of the cause to the Holy Father, who gives his approval and authorizes the congregation to draft the relative decree. The public reading and promulgation of the decree follows.
5. For the beatification of a confessor a miracle attributed to the Servant of God, verified after his/her death, is necessary. The required miracle must be proven through the appropriate canonical investigation, following a procedure analogous to that for heroic virtues. This one too is concluded with the relative decree. Once the two decrees are promulgated (regarding the heroic virtues and the miracle) the Holy Father decides on beatification, which is the concession of public honor, limited to a particular sphere. With beatification the candidate receives the title of Blessed.
6. For canonization another miracle is needed, attributed to the intercession of the Blessed and having occurred after his/her beatification. The methods for ascertainment of the affirmed miracle are the same as those followed for beatification. Canonization is understood as the concession of public worship in the Universal Church. Pontifical infallibility is involved. With canonization, the Blessed acquires the title of Saint.

EDSA Motorcycle Lane

EDSA motorcycle lane
How many times have you heard or watched news about tragic accidents connected to motorcycles? I am sure many times already. In connection with this, the Metro Manila Development Authority has implemented the so called motorcycle lane in Epifanio De los Santos Avenue or more popularly known as the EDSA Motorcycle lane. With the problem in heavy flow of traffic, many people in Metro Manila are resorting to motorcycle as alternative way of transportation. But with the increase in motorcycle riders, the motorcycle accidents are likewise rising and in fact according to data from the MMDA there are about four motorcycle accidents in Metro Manila daily. Car accident is the fourth major cause of death among Filipinos and motorcycle accident is among the contributors to this statistics. According to the data every day, 6,559 and 5,173 motorcycles traverse the northbound and southbound lanes of EDSA, respectively. The avenues 4th lane from the right was the one designated and this program aims safety for the riders. The formal implementation will start today February 20, and those who will be caught violating this will be fined Php 500.

Panatang Makabayan: The Old and Revised Version

Philippine flag
When we were still in elementary schooling years, we are accustomed to daily flag ceremony. In this flag ceremony, we sung the Philippine National Anthem, recited the Panatang Makabayan and the "Panunumpa sa Watawat" was likewise added. When watching television program, before the station goes on and off air, the national anthem is likewise being played but lately I have noticed that the Panatang Makabayan which one TV station aired is different from the one I have learned when I was still in elementary. So I made a research about this and I was surprised that it has been changed since year 2001 and today it was 2012 already. That’s how long it was been. But what is the essence of changing the old version in favor of the new ones? Honestly it only makes our education learning system complicated. Changing the old version makes the old graduates ignorant of the basic things supposed to be learned about our country. Below are the old and new versions of Panatang Makabayan.

Revised Panatang Makabayan

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas,
aking lupang sinilangan,
tahanan ng aking lahi,
kinukupkop ako at tinutulungang
maging malakas, masipag at marangal.

Dahil mahal ko ang Pilipinas,
diringgin ko ang payo ng aking magulang,
susundin ko ang tuntunin ng paaralan,
tutuparin ko ang tungkulin
ng mamamayang makabayan:
naglilingkod, nag-aaral at nagdarasal
ng buong katapatan.

Iaalay ko ang aking buhay,
pangarap, pagsisikap
sa bansang Pilipinas.

OLD version

Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas.
Ito ang aking lupang sinilangan.
Ito ang tahanan ng aking lahi.
y kanyang kinukupkop at tinutulungan,
upang maging malakas, maligaya at kapaki-pakinabang.

Bilang ganti ay diringgin ko ang payo ng aking mga magulang.

Susundin ko ang tuntunin ng aking paaralan.

Tutuparin ko ang tungkulin ng isang mamamayang makabayan at masunurin sa batas.
Paglilingkuran ko ang aking bayan nang walang pag-iimbot at nang buong katapatan.
Sisikapin kong maging isang tunay na Pilipino,
sa isip, sa salita at sa gawa.

Ash Wednesday: "Memento mori"

ash wednesday
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lenten Season which is the 40-day season for Catholic to sacrifice, pray ardently and offer some penance in preparation for the Easter, the liturgical commemoration of the rising of Christ. On the Ash Wednesday, almost all of the faithful Catholics have to attend mass for the cross-marking in their foreheads with the charcoal. The charcoal was made from the burnt palm during last year's Palm Sunday mixed with incense and holy water. According to Catholic dogmas, this act not just to signify the beginning of the Season of Lent but to remind also the people with their death that people are made from ashes and into ashes they shall return. 

This year, the Ash Wednesday is set to celebrate this coming February 22, 2012. Annually, there is no fixed date on the calendar when the Ash Wednesday is celebrated. It only follows from the tradition that it has to be celebrated forty six days before Easter which always fell during Sundays. So it goes that to be able to know when to celebrate Ash Wednesday is to determine first the date of Easter. When to celebrate the Easter of every year? According to, The Council of Nicaea during 325 A.D. set the date of Easter following the paschal full moon that fell on or after the vernal equinox. The reason why it was based on paschal full moon was because in the Jewish calendar, the Passover happened during that date. Likewise the Last Supper occurred during Passover so therefore the succeeding Sunday is considered as the Easter day. This system being used by the Catholic Church is just a mere approximation because as we all knew people around the world live in different time zones. Another question that you may be asking is why the Ash Wednesday which is the beginning of the forty-day Lent Season starts forty six days before the Easter? This was because the Sundays during this season was not included in the counting. According to, this logical calculation can be traced from the early history of the church. In the Old Testament it was clearly stated that God rested on the seventh day of the week which is Saturday. However in the New Testament Christ was raised on Sunday which was the first day of the week and His disciples seen it as new creation that's why the Sabbath day was transferred to Sunday. And since then, every Sunday is considered a celebration of Christ’s resurrection so it was inappropriate for Christians to do penance and sacrifice during this time of rejoicing. When the church expanded the Lent Season into forty days to observe penance and sacrifice, the Sundays were not included in counting.

Ash Wednesday is a very important Catholic celebration because it marks the way toward the beginning of repentance. As a human, we are bound to commit mistakes and thus it is important to correct these through repentance. The Season of Lent is vital in Catholic life because it is the season of life reflection, that life is temporary so it must be lived meaningfully.

Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was found dead at Beverly Hilton hotel as reported in various website entertainment portals. The music industry is mourning for her untimely death. The following are the greatest hits and performance of Whitney Houston as I have searched in YouTube.

One Moment in Time

I Have Nothing

Greatest Love of All

I Will Always Love You

RIP #Whitney Houston

Foreign Currency Deposit Act of the Philippines

The Foreign Currency Deposit Act of the Philippines or R.A. 6426 is an enacted law in the Philippines which states in Section 8. “That All foreign currency deposits authorized under this Act, as amended by PD No. 1035, as well as foreign currency deposits authorized under PD No. 1034, are hereby declared as and considered of an absolutely confidential nature and, except upon the written permission of the depositor, in no instance shall foreign currency deposits be examined, inquired or looked into by any person, government official, bureau or office whether judicial or administrative or legislative, or any other entity whether public or private; Provided, however, That said foreign currency deposits shall be exempt from attachment, garnishment, or any other order or process of any court, legislative body, government agency or any administrative body whatsoever. (As amended by PD No. 1035, and further amended by PD No. 1246, prom. Nov. 21, 1977.)”

It is now the subject among the legal expert in the country after the Supreme Court has issued Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in favor of the Philippine Savings Bank. This was a reaction after the bank itself asked protection after the Senate Impeachment Court subpoena the said bank to divulge the Dollar Account of the embattled Chief Justice Renato Corona. The members of the Supreme Court voted 8-5-2 in favor of the TRO which meant that the Impeachment Court cannot force the bank to open the dollar account of Renato Corona. Those who voted favoring the non-disclosure were Associate Justices Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Arturo Brion, Roberto Abad, Jose Perez, Lucas Bersamin, Martin Villarama, Bienvenido Reyes, and Jose Mendoza. While those who voted for the disclosure was Justices Carpio, Mariano Del Castillo, Diosdado Peralta, Maria Lourdes Sereno, and Estela Perlas-Bernabe. Justices Corona and Presbitero Velasco took no part.

This further complicated the issue because the Senate Impeachment Court is now barred from digging the truth. However, the Senate Impeachment Court upheld the ruling of the highest court of the land. Those who voted upholding the Supreme Court TRO were Voting to respect the TRO were Senators Joker Arroyo, Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Manuel Villar, Ralph Recto, Francis Escudero, Aquilino Pimentel III, Loren Legarda, Gregorio Honasan, Ramon Revilla Jr., Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III, Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile. While those who voted to defy the order of the high court were Minority Leader Alan Peter Cayetano and Senators Franklin Drilon, Sergio Osmeña III, Edgardo Angara, Panfilo Lacson, Pia Cayetano, Francis Pangilinan, Antonio Trillanes IV, Manuel Lapid and Teofisto Guingona III 

The issue regarding the Foreign Currency Deposit Act did not end in this development. According to some senators, the decision might lead to the impression that officials may practice corruption and can escape the scrutiny by hiding the ill-gotten wealth in the foreign currency deposit. I personally believed that the law itself must be amended. There is something wrong with the law but for the mean time it must be obeyed as Sen. Miriam Defensor- Santiago said “Lawmaker cannot be Lawbreaker”

K+12 Education Program: Solution to the Problem or another Problem?


The K+12 Education Program is the flagship of the current administration of President Benigno C. Aquino in education. Accordingly this program aims to uplift the degrading quality of education in the Philippines. In this program, the pupil who will enter grade one is required to have undertaken the kindergarten program while those graduating in high school will be compelled to take another two years in what they call as senior high school. As of now, the current program K+12 is now underway although the guideline is seemed to be dim and there are oppositions with regards to the implementation.

Presently, the education sector in the country especially in the public is experiencing burden of problems. You can see the shortage of classrooms, textbooks and teachers. These are the main problems which have been passed through different administrations. Actually there are still several problems that linger, such as the issues with regard to salary of the teachers, wrong context ideas with regard to textbook, the eye-popping corruption in the purchase of different materials in the department, the policy with regard to administration of the schools and even the pension of the retirees. This is how the Department of Education is loaded with myriad of problems and we are just talking in here within the urban area of Metro Manila. Far from the southernmost and northernmost part of the country is the fact that education is almost valued with the same to life. Students from far flung areas have to walk several miles just to go to school. Documentaries in national television reveal that some are forced to swim the sea, crossed rivers and even forest putting their lives in danger. Unfortunately for some, they did not even finish the elementary years. Currently, the dropout rate in the country is very high. From the statistics from the department will tell that only few students in the nation finished elementary and with these few, again only few were able to finish high school and so on. What is the main reason? It is due to poverty! While it is free to study in elementary and high school, parents are still shouldering financial matters such as daily allowance, miscellaneous fees and among others. The Department of Education is telling the public that some miscellaneous fees are not compulsory but voluntary. Come on! Then why not remove that policy of voluntary contribution. After all the parent of students in the public schools are poor enough that they are not really willing to cut their budget of food for those voluntary contributions. Going back to the topic; the K+12 Program of the current administration is nothing but another problem and burden to the department, students and parents. While the intention is really good I believe that in order to solve the problems, we must first solve what is the urgent one as counting begins with one and not by two. In fact there are still Filipino students who excel with regards to the conventional system of education.

The K+12 must be stopped. It must be put on hold. It is not the proper solution to the degrading quality of education in Philippines. The government must put priority first on problems that have been passed through generations of Filipino people and administration.

Leprosy Prevention and Control Week in Philippines

The 3rd week of February is considered as the Leprosy Prevention and Control week in the Philippines. According to World Health Organization Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a bacillus, Mycobacterium leprae. Leprosy is transmitted by air through droplets from the nose and mouth, during close and frequent contacts with untreated cases. However it is one of the least infectious diseases.

According to Philippine Dermatological Society "The stigma against leprosy has been one of the most persistent and pervasive forms of social injustice that society has forced upon its fellow human. The psychological impact to the affected person gives a much more crippling disability than the disease itself. Despite the existence of a cure, the stigma attached to the disease remains deep-rooted, forcing the inflicted individual to hide, to deny that they have the disease and some to even end their lives.

There are several beliefs regarding this disease especially among Filipinos. The observance of this occasion is very necessary because of the stigma that this cause to Filipinos. This disease is known to be very scaring to the people because of the skin appearance of the victim. There are places actually in the country which were designated exclusive for the people with this rare disease like the one in Palawan. There are several organizations that are helping the victims of this disease. What is important is for the public to be educated and informed of what is the real score of this disease. Although this is curable, the psychological effect of this is more traumatic than the disease itself for the patient. With this celebration, the Filipinos are expected to be more aware of the disease.

Free SEO E-books, Really?

I am interested in optimizing my blog search engine ranking result so I really want to study the basic of Search Engine Optimization which according to Wikipedia is the natural way of increasing rank in the search result in search engine. By searching in the internet you will actually find several blogs or website offering free download of SEO E-books. I have tried several of them but it was disgusting to find out that all of them were just email collectors. It seems to me that false offering free stuffs like eBooks is their way of getting plenty of email subscribers. This act is a good technique for some especially in improving traffic for blog but for me it was annoying. 

DLSU Lady Spikers sweep the UAAP Women's Volleyball

De La Salle University Lady Spikers sweep the elimination of the UAAP Women's Volleyball after beating the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles aired over Studio 23. The win gives DLSU the incentive by going into top of the step ladder format which the seeded number four and three will have a knockout game, the winner will then face the number two with twice to beat advantage then the winner of this will need to beat the DLSU Lady Spikers three times.

Whitney Houston is dead at 48

whitney houston
Whitney Houston was found dead at Beverly Hilton hotel as reported in various website entertainment portals. According to report, her body was found by her entourage in fourth floor of her room, then called hotel police security who then called 911 but unfortunately the victim was unresponsive to the CPR done by the paramedics. The website further reported that there was no obvious signs of foul play but the police is now undergoing full investigation which even the daughter of Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina was denied to see the body. The latest investigation said that the body of the victim was found in her bathroom and believed to have been drowned but accordingly it would take for an autopsy to determine the real cause of death. Further, no drugs were found inside the room but prescriptive medicine was present in her room. Whitney Houston was lately been struggling with drugs. She was married to Bobby Brown, a famous rhythm and blues singer during 80's and 90's, and have a child but their marriage was divorced last 2007. Houston was a Grammy Award winning singer who also appeared in several movies. Whitney Houston songs like "The Greatest Love of All", "Saving All my love for you" and "I will always love you" are among the favorites of her Filipino fans. She was among the greatest singer in the industry and for sure she has left huge shoes to fill in the industry. Rest in Peace! Whitney Houston

Sony Music Philippines close down, was it due to Piracy alone?

Sony MusicSony Music Philippines was the latest company to raise white flag against piracy as it closed down its office in the country. Likewise it was also cutting off the ties with its recording artist both old and new as reported in various entertainment web portals. Accordingly, the decision was due to the sluggish sales of music CDs in the country due to piracy. But was it really due to piracy alone? Come to think of it. It was not just because of online piracy but partly because of the changing trends in technology and economy. Nowadays, music gadget and player like Ipod and MP3 players dominate the music scene and thwarted the popularity of conventional CDs and DVDs. This case of Sony Music Philippines was another type of case wherein a company was left behind by the fast changing trend in digital world. While piracy is a serious threat to every company, it can be noted that no company has ever shut down due to piracy alone. The truth behind Sony Music Philippines' closing was because their product and service was already outdated and old fashioned type which the buying public have left behind

5 Inventions that made Big Impact to the World

1. Computer/Internet

2. Telephone/Mobile Phone

3. Airplane

4. Refrigerator

5. Medicine

National Rare Disease Week

When I browsed the website of the Department of Health, I found out that this 4th week of February is the National Rare Disease Week. So what's all about this celebration and its importance? What diseases are considered rare?

According to Wikipedia, a rare disease, also referred to as an orphan disease, is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population. Most rare diseases are genetic, and thus are present throughout the person's entire life, even if symptoms do not immediately appear. Many rare diseases appear early in life, and about 30 percent of children with rare diseases will die before reaching their fifth birthday.With a single diagnosed patient only, ribose-5-phosphate isomerase deficiency is presently considered the rarest genetic disease. No single cutoff number has been agreed upon for which a disease is considered rare. A disease may be considered rare in one part of the world, or in a particular group of people, but still be common in another. The first Rare Disease Day was held in Europe and Canada in February 2008 to raise awareness for rare diseases. It is intended to be observed on the last day of February every year.In the Philippines, this is being celebrated with the same purpose to campaign the awareness of the rare disease in the country.

National Health Insurance Month

February is also National Health Insurance Month and this occasion is primarily spearheaded by Philhealth Corporation. It is a common knowledge to all Filipinos how difficult life is when it comes to hospitalization because of high cost of service and medicine. This celebration reminds every Filipinos of the significance of getting Health Insurance coverage among others because getting illness is the least thing every family can avoid.

How Rich is Manny Pacquiao?

Manny PAcquiao
Manny Pacquiao is undisputedly the most popular Filipino nowadays not just in the country but in the world as well. Who does not know Manny Pacquiao? He was featured several times in famous magazines, television shows both local and in US and have been in the news in print, radio and television. If still you are not convinced, then try typing the name Manny Pacquiao in Google search bar and you will find out that there are currently BILLION web pages featuring this boxing icon much more than Jose Rizal, Ninoy Aquino and other well known Filipinos.  With his success in boxing, lot of commercial endorsement, showbiz and business, many of you might be asking HOW MUCH MONEY does Manny Pacquiao have in his pocket right now? Does Manny Pacquiao belong to the richest people in the Philippines? I have done research in the internet and basing from the reliable website, 

According to January 1, 2011 documents from the House of Representatives, Manny Pacquiao Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth is currently at Php1.134 billion or $26 million.
Basing from the richest Filipinos, Manny Pacuiao is not yet included in the list to be included in the top. According to the Forbes Magazine, the following are the top 5 richest Filipinos for 2011

Henry Sy                            $ 7.2B
Lucio Tan                           $ 2.8B
John Gokongwei Jr.         $ 2.4B
Andrew Tan                      $ 2.0B
David Consunji                  $ 1.9B

Manny Pacquaio maybe the richest congressman but he is far behind to be included in the list of the richest Filipinos dominated mainly by businessman.