Author: Liza Rico

SEARCH FOR THE VIDEOKE KING & QUEEN

In conjunction with the National Time Consciousness Week, PAGASA held a Press Presentation featuring its Major Accomplishments for 2014 and its Priority Plans for 2015. Welcome Remarks were delivered by PAGASA Acting Administrator Dr. Vicente B. Malano, while the Closing Remarks were led by Dr. Flaviana D. Hilario, Acting Deputy Administrator for Research and Development, PAGASA . Ms. Venus R. Valdemoro was the Master of Ceremonies. Towards the end of the program was the most awaited Search for the Videoke King and Queen.  Champions for the Search were Mr. Raffy R. Rico of noonbreakbalita.com for the Men’s division, and...

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HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR DIABETICS THIS CHRISTMAS

Diabetes Mellitus is a disease that leads to high blood sugar level due to the abnormal handling of food and nutrients by the body. It could be Type 1 or Type 2. You (or your doctor) will be able to know you have it if you thirst a lot, pee a lot, lose weight but always hungry, and itch a lot. These are some of the symptoms of Diabetes Mellitus. A specific blood test will be required to confirm. Risk factors of Diabetes includes lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, being overweight, and  family history of the disease. Now that...

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YOU CAN’T GET EBOLA FROM SYMPTOMLESS INDIVIDUALS

Humans cannot infect other people until symptoms of Ebola appear. A person must have symptoms to spread the disease to others. This is the assurance given as a public advisory by the PSMID (Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases), who works hand in hand with WHO and DOH in safeguarding the public against the deadly EVD, or Ebola Virus Disease. This advice comes to allay fears looming among local citizens in the wake of the returning Peacekeepers who were quarantined and visited. EVD is contagious, has a fast onset, and is often fatal if untreated. The present outbreak is located in West Africa and has spread between countries starting in Guinea, then to Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Mali. The Philippines remains Ebola-free and to date no case has been identified or confirmed in the country. How does Ebola Spread? Ebola can only be spread from one person to another by direct contact to broken skin, or unprotected mucous membranes like the eyes, ears, and nose. Direct contact includes body fluids and objects from a person who has Ebola and has symptoms. Examples of body fluids are: blood, urine, saliva, vomit, feces, sweat, breast milk, and semen. Objects contaminated with such body fluids may be syringes, needles, beddings, or clothings. The time interval from the point when the virus enters the body to the time when the person develops...

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Alfredo Verzosa: A Saint in our Own Time

After the canonizations of Saints Lorenzo Ruiz and Pedro Calungsod, we have another one due for beatification. This time, he belongs to our era, someone who have rubbed elbows with the contemporaries of our parents and grandparents. Bishop Alfredo Verzosa (born 1877, died 1954) has experienced the atrocities of World War II, and witnessed the miraculous manifestations of the rose petals of Lipa. But that is getting ahead of the story. Alfredo Verzosa was born in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, on December 9, 1877 from the well-to-do Verzosa clan. The family, being a seedbed for his sanctity, was deeply religious....

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