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The following  presentation explains in a series of slides. When the time the eagles reaches at the age of 30 or more, its physical condition has deteriorated to the point that survival is difficult. Its talon will lose their flexibility and cannot properly grip its prey, its beaks become dull and bent, and its wing feathers will grow thick and heavy, sticking to its chest and impairing its flight. The bird then retreats to a mountaintop, where over a five-month period it sequentially knocks off its beak by banging it against rock , plucks its talons,  and then plucks out its feather, each stage producing a regrowth  of the removed body  parts that renews the eagle and allows it to live for another 30-40 years.

Filed under: Encouragement, Inspiration


[KC Concepcion collaborates with Swatch in a new project]

MANILA, NOVEMBER 19, 2009 (STAR) As KC Concepcion was growing up, she had no idea what poverty meant. She was not aware that there were children who were lucky to have a meal a day. Or that, when they did eat, their meal consisted of only rice.

Now, KC is aware of the poverty and hunger that prevails in our society. KC, in her heart, promised to help them. “Maski, ang makakain lang sila,” she vowed to herself. And she knew she was in a position to be able to help by asking help from other friends.

That’s why KC feels grateful to her Tita Virgie Ramos, the lady behind the Swatch brand in the Philippines. The collaboration between KC and Ramos gave birth to the project KC Cares. SWATCH Shares.

KC Cares. SWATCH Shares celebrates the 20th year of SWATCH in the country.

According to KC, it only costs P10 to feed a hungry child for a day.

The year 2010 means 20 successful years of SWATCH in the Philippines and 10 is a nutritious meal for a hungry child.

Each SWATCH watch bought from the Fall/Winter 2009 Collection will feed a child for an entire month.

KC says, “People always ask me what’s more important for me. My humanitarian work or my life in fashion, movies, music or TV, and I always say – why choose one if they can all work together, hand in hand? I am thankful to Tita Virgie and SWATCH for being real troopers in helping us fight child hunger in our country. Every six seconds a child dies of hunger, but with the help of SWATCH, each second is a chance for us to feed and save a child.”

Experience an early Christmas by giving yourself and your loved ones a SWATCH watch. It’s time to enjoy your Swiss made SWATCH and share your good fortune with the needy kids.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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Filed under: Community Service Group, Encouragement, Inspiration, Touching Heart, Touching Lives, We will make you SHINE!, ,


MANILA, Philippines, November 19, 2009 (STAR) President Arroyo signed on Tuesday night Republic Act 9775, otherwise known as the Anti-Child Pornography Law, Tarlac Rep. Monica Teodoro, its principal author in the House, announced yesterday.
“The passage of this landmark bill is very timely since we are going to commemorate the 20th year of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on Nov. 20,” Teodoro said.

“Now that we already have a stringent law against child pornography, we can efficiently prosecute perpetrators who produce, use and distribute child pornography, ” she said.

“We used to be a haven for child pornography proliferators and foreign pedophiles. Now, our country is going to be a safe haven for children,” she added.

Under the law, child pornography is defined as any representation, be it visual, audio or written form or combination thereof, by electronic, mechanical, digital, optical, magnetic or other means, of a child engaged in real or simulated explicit sexual activities.

Any person who produces, distributes, publishes or commits other related acts will face stiff penalties. Violators may include Internet service providers and Internet content hosts.

Violators face fines ranging from P50,000 to P5 million and prison terms, including the maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

A child who is victimized shall be recognized as a victim of a violent crime and may claim compensation and protection under the law, which also provides mandatory services for the victim, including counseling and legal assistance.

Teodoro said Filipino children as young as seven years had fallen victim to child pornography syndicates operating cyber sex dens.

Modern technology and equipment such as digital cameras and cellular phones have made child pornography easier to commit and more difficult for authorities to stop and for perpetrators to be apprehended and prosecuted, she said.

Teodoro, on her first term in Congress, chairs the House committee on the welfare of children.

She is reportedly not seeking a second term so she could devote her time helping her husband, former Defense secretary Gilbert Teodoro Jr., in his quest for the presidency. –

By: Jess Diaz

Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates


We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting ’em up,
and popping ’em into our mouths. But it’s not as easy as you think.
It’s important to know how and when to eat fruit.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

We should NOT EAT fruits AFTER meals!


If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your
system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and
other life activities.


Let’s say you eat two slices of bread, then a slice of fruit. The
fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines,
but it’s prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid.
The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach
and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil….

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals!
You have heard people complaining – every time I eat watermelon I
burp, and then my stomach bloats up; when I eat a banana I feel like
running to the toilet, etc, etc. Actually all this will not occur if
you eat fruit on an empty stomach. Fruit mixes with the putrefying
other food, and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, dark circles under the eyes, nervous
outbursts… all of these may NOT happen if you take in fruits on an
empty stomach.

Some are concerned that certain fruits are acidic, like oranges and
lemons, but all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr.
Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter.

If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the
SECRET of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness – and normal

When you drink fruit juice – drink only fresh fruit juice, NEVER from
cans. Don’t drink juice that has been heated, and don’t eat cooked
fruits either, because you don’t get the nutrients… you only get the

Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

Eating a whole fruit is always better than drinking the juice. When
you do drink juice, drink it slowly, mouthful by mouthful, because you
should let it mix with your saliva (for partial digestion) before
swallowing it.


You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits
and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised
when your friends tell you how radiant and healthy you look – with a
bonus… you can drop a few pounds as well!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium,
vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a
low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavenoids which enhance
the activity of vitamin C, thereby helping to lower the risks of colon
cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total
antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from
cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep
colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as
well as lessen the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher… composed of 92% water; it is
packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune
system; but it has a very high glycemic index.

It is a key source of lycopene, a cancer fighting oxidant.

Other important nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium…

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners
for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which
helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene, which is good
for your eyes.


“Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer”

Can u believe this??

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is important for
you. It is nice to have a glass of cold drink after a meal, but the
cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed,
and it will slow down digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the
acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than
the solid food, but then it will line the intestine.

Very soon, this turns into fats and ~can lead to cancer. So it is
better to drink hot soup or warm tea,
or just tepid water after a meal.

Now a serious note about heart attacks……..

The symptoms of a heart attack in men are well known and are often
described and discussed.

For women, NOT every heart attack will show typical symptoms of chest
pain or the left arm hurting.

Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line, e.g. Nausea and intense
sweating are also symptoms, along with back pain or vertigo.

Women may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.

Sadly, sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they are
asleep do not wake up…

But pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep! So let’s be
careful – and be aware…
The more we know the better chance we can survive!

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10
people, we can be sure that we’ll save at least one life! Read
this….It could save your life!!


By: Mellany Dulpina

Filed under: Food and Drinks, Healthy Living,

More Filipino ‘au pairs’ going to Europe

OSLO – Filipino au pairs from Denmark and Norway are set to arrive here in Oslo this week for a conference to discuss their situation and come up with recommendations for problems they confront as au pairs.
More and more Filipinas are coming to Scandinavia and Europe to work as au pairs, a cultural exchange arrangement that allows cultural visits of young people from all over the world in host families in exchange for light work such as babysitting and some housework.  
In Norway, the number of au pairs that have entered the country has jumped from 78 in 2000 to 2,090 in 2008 according to reports from the Norwegian Immigration Department (UDI).  This means that 7 out of 10 au pair permits issued by the department are given to Filipinos despite the ban on au pair deployment by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) since 1997.
In her 2009 FAFO research study, “On Equal terms? An evaluation of the Norwegian au pair scheme”, Cecile Oeien attributed the high demand for Filipino au pairs in Norway to the global reputation of Filipinos as professional, hardworking houseworkers.
However, the au pair arrangement has been widely criticized in Norwegian media as exploitative of young people who are being made to work as underpaid and overworked househelps in Norwegian households. Au pairs in Norway generally receive up to 4000 kroners a month (about P32,000) in allowance instead of a salary. The host usually shoulders travel and lodging costs, and language course tuition.
In another study, “Global workers in the Norwegian Welfare State”, Ragnhild Sollund of the Norwegian Social Science Center (NOVA) found that Filipino au pairs in the country are generally contented with their situation but the arrangement, as it exists today, leaves room for exploitation and compares the au pair’s situation to that of a “lottery” where one can either end up either with a good or bad employer.  
This situation, Sollund says, is due to the unclear rules in the au pair scheme in Norway that does not allow compensation for more work done over that is stipulated in the scheme. The UDI rules specify that the au pair should only do light work, babysitting and care of animals but cannot perform work of a househelp or a full-time nanny.  The distinction lies in the number of hours worked and not of the type of work performed.           

Au pair protection
The FAFO study also shared Sollund’s findings and recommended that the present structural framework of the au pair arrangement be redefined to reflect the changes in the actual work performed by the au pair, their relations to their employers in order to prevent possible exploitation. It also called for an establishment of an independent organization to protect the au pairs from exploitation by providing help to navigate the Norwegian bureaucracy, information on au pair regulations and the different public services that can be availed of.  
Filipino au pairs who have encountered problems with their employers have often turned to social networks such as the church, Filipino organizations and even families and friends to seek help.  There is, however, a growing need for a support mechanism for the au pairs such that initiatives to bring them together culminated in the holding of a conference.  
The conference to be held on November 20, dubbed “Daughters of Globalization: A Conference about Filipino Au pairs in Denmark and Norway”, is being organized by the Babaylan-Denmark, the Philippine Women’s Network in Europe in cooperation with local Filipino organizations in Norway


By Macel Ingles, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau |

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, Overseas Jobs, , , ,

Mayor De Castro attends Sorsogon State CollegeBulan Campus

Mayor De Castro attends Sorsogon State CollegeBulan Campus
Bulan Sorsogon November 11 2009 The Sorsogon State CollegeBulan Campus Administrative Council through Campus Director Oscar Carinola called to a convention

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