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EXECUTIVE CHECK-UP: Health Tips ni Dr. Willie T. Ong

KUNG ikaw ay edad 40 pataas, kailangan mo ng check-up. Kung wala ka pang 40, pero may lahi ka ng sakit sa puso, diabetes o kanser, kailangan mo din magpacheck up ng maaga.

Heto ang mga dapat tandaan:

Magpa-blood test bawat taon – Heto ang mga tests na dapat gawin. Complete blood count (para mala man  ang dami ng dugo), creatinine (para sa kidneys), uric acid (para sa arthritis), cholesterol (para sa puso), fasting blood sugar (para sa diabetes), at SGPT (para sa atay).

Urinalysis – Para masuri ang kidneys at malaman kung may impeksyon sa ihi.

Chest X-ray – Para makita ang baga at puso. Kaila ngan ito kapag naninigarilyo ka o laging may ubo.

ECG – Para malaman kung may sakit sa puso.

Bantayan ang prostate – Kapag nagkakaedad ang lalaki, lumalaki ang prostate. Minsan ay nagiging kanser pa ito. Ipa-check ang iyong PSA test para malaman kung may diperensiya o wala.

Bantayan ang colon cancer – Para makaiwas sa colon cancer, kumain ng maraming gulay at prutas. Pag lampas ng edad 50, kailangan magpasilip sa puwit (sigmoidoscopy o colonoscopy). Ipa-check din ang dumi (stool exam with occult blood) para makasiguro na walang dugo sa dumi.

Ihinto ang paninigarilyo – Halos 60% ng kalala kihan ay naninigarilyo. Ang sigarilyo ay nagdudulot ng kanser sa bibig, lalamunan, baga at prostate. Mag-ingat.

Limitahan ang pag-inom ng alak – Huwag mani wala sa mga sabi-sabi na mabuti ang red wine para sa iyo. Kapag nasobrahan ka sa alak ay masisira ang iyong atay, bituka at utak.

Mag-ehersisyo – Ang tamang pag-e-ehersisyo ay 30 minutos hanggang 1 oras, at gawin ito ng 3-5 beses sa isang linggo. Huwag din magpataba.

Alamin ang BP –Ang normal na blood pressure ay 120 over 80. Kapag lu mampas ka sa 140 over 90, ang ibig sabihin ay may altapresyon ka na. Magpa tingin sa doktor.

Magbawas ng stress – Masama ang stress sa ating katawan dahil nagla labas ito ng cortisol. Ang cortisol ay nakasisira sa ating mga organo.

Magpabakuna – Para sa mga edad 50 pataas, kailangan ninyo magpa ba kuna laban sa Pulmonya at Trangkaso. Ang tawag dito ay pneumonia vaccine at flu vaccine. Sa mga kaba taan, magpacheck din kung kailangan ninyo ng Hepatitis B vaccine.

Hindi mahal ang magpa-check up. Sa katunayan ay mas hahaba pa ang iyong buhay. Sana ay makum binsi natin ang mga lalaki na alagaan ang kanilang sarili. Good luck po!
Executive check-up: Sa lalaki
DOC WILLIE Ni Dr. Willie T. Ong (Pilipino Star Ngayon) Updated December 24, 2009 12:00 AM

Filed under: Health Tips, Healthy Living


The ‘Star’ of hope

SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star)

Mang Senen Masagca was at The Philippine STAR office last Tuesday to claim his first prize in our Christmas contest. The 57-year-old tricycle driver had a dazed look in his eyes, like he couldn’t believe his luck. He wore a white T-shirt that could use some serious washing. Mang Senen was obviously a man of meager means but among the 25 winners, he stood 10-feet tall.

Mang Senen said he sent nine entries to the contest, hoping one of them would be picked for a prize. He had submitted entries to our last three Christmas contests but never got lucky – until now.

Here’s the bundle that Mang Senen took home as the first prize winner – P10,000 cash from the Herma Group, P10,000 cash from Harbour Centre, P5,000 cash from Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines vice president Manny Lopez, SM gift certificates worth P5,000 from Philippine Taekwondo Association president Robert Aventajado, Burger King gift certificates worth P3,000 from PBA chairman Lito Alvarez, a Samsung B2100 cellphone from Games and Amusements Board chairman Eric Buhain, a Shell trolley traveling bag and Shell Cross pen from Shell vice president Bobby Kanapi, a Blackwater men’s watch and Ever Bilena ladies’ watch from DSS Productmakers chairman Dioceldo Sy, a Nike media pouch and tumbler from Mae Dichupa, an Adidas inflatable, a Chris Sports gift pack from Arleen Lindo, a PLDT Smart jacket and a DVD of “Tropa Ng Tagumpay” from Smart Sports executive director Patrick Gregorio, a Philippine team travel bag by Everlast from Philippine Sports Commission chairman Harry Angping, cheese and wine from international boxing matchmaker Jun Sarreal, Ever Bilena silkening body spray, Blackwater body spray, Magnolia Purewater, Magnolia fruit drink, Magnolia Healthtea, Alaska E-Cow stuffed toy, Alaska autographed basketball, a Disney stationery set from Larc and Assets PR, an umbrella from North Harbour Center, a PLDT Smart mobile charger, a Molten basketball from Sonia Trading (Anil Buxani), Spalding Never-Flat basketball from Philippine Basketball League commissioner Chino Trinidad, an Air21 notebook, a Shell organizer, a Metro Pacific key holder, an NBA on BTV luggage tag from Solar Sports, magazines from Emerald Headway, PBA annuals from commissioner Sonny Barrios and T-shirts from the PBA, Northern Cement, Alaska, Rain Or Shine, Barako Bull and San Miguel Beer.

Mang Senen lives in a rented room on Sinagtala Street, Project 8, Quezon City, with his wife Maria Cristina, 44, and their six-year-old daughter Cristine Shane, a Grade 1 student of Ramon Magsaysay Elementary School in Bago Bantay. He pays a rent of P1,800 a month for the room.

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In 1991, Mang Senen decided to give up taking odd jobs as a cook in clubs and restaurants to become a full-time tricycle driver. A year later, he got married. Mang Senen paid a down of P21,000 for the tricycle and a monthly amortization of P4,000 for 1 1/2 years. He has plied the SM North EDSA-Bago Bantay route for nearly 20 years.

The only appliances in the Masagca family’s rented room are a TV set, a DVD and an electric fan – nothing else. To augment their income, Mang Senen’s wife cooks for neighbors and passers-by.

Mang Senen finished only up to Grade 5 while his wife reached second year of college. They’re both from Gubat, Sorsogon.

“It was my wife who encouraged me to join the contest,” said Mang Senen in Pilipino. “I’d never won a contest before. We buy The Philippine STAR twice or thrice a week depending on how much we earn. We usually just borrow the newspaper from our neighbor Mang Mariano. I found out I won when I got a call from Mr. Henson’s office. I couldn’t believe it.”

With his cash prize of P25,000, Mang Senen said he’d like to open up a small sari-sari store or put a down for another tricycle or start an e-load wallet.

“All I want for Christmas is a comfortable life for my family and a good future for our daughter who’s an honor student and very intelligent,” said Mang Senen whose parents have passed away – his mother died of natural causes at 72 and his father of a heart attack at 42. He is one of six children. His three brothers work as a mason, bartender and appliance technician.

Of course, the Masagcas are sports fans and avid readers of the STAR’s sports section.

“I like basketball and boxing,” said Mang Senen. “Manny Pacquiao is my idol – he’s the best in boxing. My wife is a fan of Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA and her PBA favorite is James Yap of Purefoods.”

For the Masagcas, this Christmas will be brighter than ever before, thanks to their “Star” of hope.


Filed under: Sorsogon News Updates

Processing of returning OFW extended

MANILA, Philippines—To accommodate the many returning overseas Filipino workers who need to process their overseas employment certificates during the holidays, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has extended this service.

Administrator Jennifer Jardin-Manalili said the POEA Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center in the POEA main office in Ortigas shall be open on December 26 (Saturday) and December 30 (Rizal Day) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in anticipation of the influx of OFWs after Christmas Day.
Manalili said returning OFWs who are in the provinces may also have their exit clearance processed at the POEA regional offices but only during regular work days.

The POEA regional offices are located in San Fernando City, La Union; Baguio City; Clark Field, Pampanga; Calamba City; Legaspi City; Tacloban City; Cebu City; Iloilo City; Bacolod City; Davao City; Cagayan De Oro City; and Zamboanga City.

Manalili said OFWs should present their valid passports, working permits, and other relevant employment documents for verification by POEA officers.

The Balik-Manggagawa program is for OFWs on vacation or on leave, and are returning to the same employer. The term also refers to OFWs who will join/return to the same employer who has transferred to another jobsite; who have partially served their present employer; and undocumented OFWs (tourists, dependents, students, and businessman) who became OFWs and have partially served the same employer.

First Posted 09:26:00 12/24/2009

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner, POEA-Advisory

Free shuttle rides to malls offered to arriving OFWs

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino overseas workers arriving during the height of the Christmas season have the option to meet their welcoming relatives at nearby SM malls instead of slugging it out at congested parking areas of international airports in Manila, Pampanga and Cebu.

Sy-led SM malls, in partnership with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), are offering free shuttle rides to OFWs arriving via 3 international gateways: Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, and Cebu International Airport.

OFWs can opt to meet up with their relatives in SM malls–Mall of Asia in Pasay City, SM Clark and SM Cebu–to avoid heavy traffic at these airports. Baggage handling is free. OWWA Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon said welfare officers abroad have sent flyers and e-mail messages to OFWs coming home through these airports to register and avail of the free service dubbed “Pamaskong Salubong Program 2009.”

The Manila-bound flights selected are arriving from Taipei (China Airlines, Eva Air and Cebu Pacific); Singapore (Singapore Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific); Hongkong (Cathay Pacific, PAL, and Cebu Pacific); Inchon (PAL, Gulf Air, Qatar Airways); Dubai (Emirates); and Kuwait (Kuwait Airways).

The Salubong program started on December 18 and will end on January 15, 2010.

Source: | 12/23/2009 7:43 PM

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

3 OFWs win P200,000 each from OWWA raffle

MANILA, Philippines – Two engineers and a household service worker who arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) got lucky this Christmas season as they each won P200,000 from a raffle program.

The winners of the 15th Pamaskong Handog Program for OFWs of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) were Berlin Garcia Cruz, 48, Clodita Mortilla, 50, and Rexson Genetiano, 30.

“The Pamaskong Handog Program is the country’s way of making our OFWs feel that we, their countrymen, are inspired by them and that we acknowledge their sacrifices. This is why OWWA is strongly committed to this program which is now on its 15th year,” said OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon.

Garcia is an engineer in Saudi Arabia who arived on board Gulf Air GF 154 from Bahrain. Mortilla is employed as a household service worker in Italy and was on board a Cathay Pacific CX 907 flight from Hong Kong while Genetiano is an engineer in Singapore who arrive on board Jetstar 3K561 from Singapore.

Garcia, of Morong, Rizal, won a savings account of P200,000 from Banco de Oro. He said he plans to spend most of his prize money for the education of 3 of his 5 children.

Mortilla won P100,000 in gift certificates from Land Bank of the Philippines, and another P100,000 in a savings account from the Development Bank of the Philippines.

The native of San Pascual, Batangas said she will make plans on how to spend the money. Mortilla has been working for 23 years in Italy. She has a 17-year old twin. She came home with her husband to visit her ailing father-in-law.

Genetiano won P100,000 from Globe Telecoms in G-Cash, and another P100,000 in gift certificates from Duty Free Philippines. He has been working in Singapore for 3 years. He and his wife Evangeline plan to save the prize he won.

The lucky winners were chosen through raffles from among OFW arrivals at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and the Mactan-Cebu International airport.

Aside from Dimzon, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque, Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Alfonso Cusi and executives of the corporate sponsors of the program congratulated and presented the prizes to the lucky winners.

source: | 12/23/2009 7:51 PM

Filed under: Kwentong OFW, OFW Corner,

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