Saturday, September 29, 2012

Diyandi Festival of Iligan City

Iligan's DIYANDI FESTIVAL is the city's month long cultural celebration. "Diyandi" is a local term which means "celebration." The festival concludes in the feast day of Saint Michael the Archangel every September 29. This Iligan's extended celebration of traditions and culture was simply known before as "Pista sa Iligan" (Fiesta in Iligan). It is the busiest and most culturally gratifying experience second to Christmas in Iligan.

The festival is highlighted with various activities such as dance contest, Trisikad racing contest, ballroom dancing, cooking contest, cultural shows, Miss Iligan Beauty Contest, trade fairs, sports competition, concerts, street parties, clean-up drives and more.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Bullying @ Colegio San Agustin

Bullying is a serious problem among both private and public schools. Recent news about bullying in Colegio San Agustin opened up the eyes of school authorities and government agencies on the seriousness of this issue among students, especially if not properly attended by.

What shocked me in the news was the accusation that a father pointed a gun to a student. First, how come the gun passed the school security? Such negligence, if proven true, must be acted upon by DepEd and CHED because such incident may result to a deeper problem. Although there are different accusations and denials on both sides, the very recent update in this issue showed that a father attesting to an old bullying issue in the same school and claiming that the school did nothing about it.

Bullying is a serious problem. This issue must be properly attended and resolved by government agencies, schools and parents as well.

PNP revokes gun permits of Bantiles, Carabuena
Gun-poking dad in Colegio San Agustin faces raps
Colegio San Agustin bans gun-poking dad
Colegio San Agustin bans gun-poking parent

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tawi-Tawi's Agal-Agal (Seaweeds) Festival

The industry of Agal-Agal gave birth to Agal-Agal (Seaweeds) Festival in Tawi-Tawi. It highlights the annual celebration of the province's "Kamahardikaan." Celebrated every September 25, these festivities were unique because of the inclusion of seaweeds as materials for costumes and props. Agal-Agal seedlings were displayed while food products made with seaweeds like leche flan were a hit. Add to this a Knotting contest that used agal-agal as props highlighting the prominence of seaweeds as a major source of livelihood in the province. Seaweeds are "pot of gold at the end of a rainbow" for the locals.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Los Baños Laguna: Bañamos Festival

BAÑAMOS FESTIVAL is an annual commemoration of a colorful history and culture of Los Baños, Laguna. It is being held every September 17-23. Bañamos is Spanish for 'we bathe'. The word appropriately traces the founding of the town during the Spanish period. The Franciscan Friars who were captivated by the abundance of hot springs and steam vents in the small settlement of Mainit set up public bathing places with spring water believed to be holy and have curative effects.

Los Baños, bounded by two natural geologic wonders: Mount Makiling and Laguna de Bay, enables landforms to be fertile soil, with clean air and potable water that influence and sustain the livelihood and lifestyle of residents. These gave rise to popular indigenous products – buko pie, ornamental plants, souvenir items and various homemade foodstuffs. Bañamos is a recognition of immense scientific talents.

This Science and Nature City hosts educational and research institutions that offer opportunities for study visits or science appreciation and discovery tours to visitors. Bañamos is a festivity of community spirit and pride of place.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Burdang Lumban Festival

Celebration of BURDANG LUMBAN FESTIVAL was adapted because of the continuing success of its embroidery industry. The town of Lumban is considered as the Embroidery Capital of the Philippines. The exquisite designs are embroidered on authentic Filipino formal wears, barong Tagalog and saya. Embroiderers use piña and jusi cloth in coming up with their finished products which are later sold locally and internationally.

The festival begins with a Thanksgiving Mass at San Sebastian Parish Church, followed by Trade Fair and Exhibit. In here, local producers displayed a collection of intricately embroidered and hand-painted items like Barong Tagalog, Baro't Saya, tableclothes, handkerchiefs, bridal accessories and more. It is being held during the third week of September.

It is during this week-long festivity that the people of Lumban proudly showcase the finest in embroidered products and cultural presentations. There are also street dancing with colorful and extravagant costumes, fashon show, competitions, talent shows and other fun-filled activities.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Miracle Appetite Suppressant: Satiereal Saffron Extract

Are you familiar with Saffron? It comes and being harvested from the fall-flowering plant Crocus sativus, a member of the Iris family. Saffron has been cultivated for thousands of years to be used in medicines, perfumes, dyes, and as a wonderful flavoring for foods and beverages. Since there are only few stigmas in the flower, Saffron is considered to be the most expensive spice in the world. Medicinally, it is use to reduce fevers, cramps and enlarged livers, and to calm nerves. Others used it externally for bruises, rheumatism, and neuralgia.
But are you aware also about the latest breakthrough on the new “Miracle Appetite Suppressant Satiereal Saffron Extract?” Satiereal is a clinically approved extract from Saffron with essentially concluded potential health benefits after continued used such as:
  • Decrease in inches and weight loss
  • Decrease in frequency of feeling hungry
  • Decrease in fat-forming sugar cravings and snacking
  • Promotes a healthy lifestyle and mood to avoid overeating
Satiereal Saffron increases satisfaction in one’s appetite quicker mean while also decreasing the stress hormones and improving health for more long term results and stability. It has been said that the surprising science behind Saffron Extract and weight loss came down to the cellular level benefits of Saffron acting as a neurotransmitter of the feel good hormones serotonin.
Satiereal Saffron Extract Study Review:
  • Saffron Decreases Snacking Average: 55% compared to 28% placebo
  • Satiereal Decreases Appetite of Feelings of Hunger Between Meals: 84% compared to 52% placebo
  • Satiereal Saffron decreases desire for Sugary Snacks: 78% compared to 46% placebo
Despite this breakthrough, it is still better to consult your doctor for proper dosage, side effects if any, contradictions with other drugs currently being used and where to buy saffron.

DILG USec Rico Puno visits Robredo's condo & office

DILG Undersecretary Rico Puno has been reported visiting the condominium unit of the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo. Also, a visit was made in Robredo's office at the NAPOLCOM. In both visits, the undersecretary was unsuccessful to enter the condominium unit and the office.

But why USec Puno did this? Reports says that Sec. Robredo has many confidential and important documents in his possession regarding various investigations being conducted by his office and USec Puno is said to be one of the personalities being investigated too.

Such a mysterious act only USec Puno can explain...

Monday, September 3, 2012

Herbal Plant: Sambong

SAMBONG has a scientific name of Blumea balsamifera L. DC. It is also known as: Alibum,Lakad-bulan, Alimon, Lalakdan. Sambong (Tag.), Dalapot, Sob-sob, Gabuen. Subusub, Blumea camphor (Engl.), Kambibon, Ngai camphor (Engl.). This plant is considered to be herbal with the following health benefits:

  • Sambong roots and leaves are used as herbal treatment for fevers, sambong leaves and roots are pounded then dissolved in cold water. Applied with a soft cloth over the nape, forehead, uderarms and other body parts to bring down the body temperature.
  • Sambong roots and leaves are also used as herbal medicine treatment for rheumatism. Sambong roots and leaves are pounded and applied as poultice on the affected body part. Sambong roots and leaves may also be boiled and are applied as warm compress onto affected area.
  • Sambong is also used to treat headache, sambong leaves are pounded and applied as a poultice over the forehead.
  • Sambong tea are also used as herbal medicine for colds and coughs. Sambong tea are also used for herbal treatment of diarrhea and stomach spasms.
  • Sambong juice are also used for treatment of cuts and wounds.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sarakiki-Hadang Festival of Calbayog City

SARAKIKI-HADANG FESTIVAL is being celebrated in Calbayog City, Western Samar on the first week of September. The festivity is being held in honor of Our Lady of Nativity. The festival is being highlighted with the presentation of street dancers dressed like chickens.

Origin of the festival's name. From the local term ‘Sarakiki’ which describes the frenzied movements of a cockerel as it tries to charm a hen or provoke a fight with another cockerel. “Handang” means ritual dance and is used to court good favour with the gods to cure the sick and bring a good harvest.

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