RICE OF LIFE | An Advocacy and Livelihood Program

August 13, 2020

RED Farms in cooperation with Dialysis PH Support Group Inc. thru its Founder and President Reynaldo Segarra Abacan Jr. Launches "RICE OF LIFE", an Advocacy and Livelihood Program. The "Rice of Life" Program encourages and enable Dialysis PH members to be entrepreneurs thru an investment free program that will help ease the burden brought about by the Covid Pandemic which continuously affects us Filipinos and the country's economy and livelihoods. Thru this project, we hope to assist the organisations members and work together on a mutually beneficial partnership in these times of crisis. Furthermore, parts of the proceeds shall go directly to the Dialysis PH Support Group Inc. organisations fundraising efforts. Thank you RED Farms "We make a living by what we get, We make a Life by what we give." #RiceOfLife #REDFarmsPH #DialysisPH #EatWellLifeWell

Herbalife nutrition survey reveals Filipinos need to close nutrition knowledge gap

July 27, 2020

ONLY 19 percent of Filipino consumers got 50 percent of the answers correct in a general nutrition knowledge quiz conducted by premiere global nutrition company Herbalife Nutrition.  The Philippines’ score was lower than the Asia Pacific (APAC) average of 23 percent.   The quiz was administered as part of Herbalife Nutrition’s Asia Pacific Nutrition Myths Survey 2020, which was conducted in March with 5,500 respondents from Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. To test the nutrition knowledge of the survey participants, the quiz included a total of 48 “True or False” questions spanning nine nutrition areas - general nutrition, protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, caffeine, weight management and breakfast.   “The results of the quiz and the survey show that there is a significant nutrition knowledge gap among Filipinos. We hope to help close the gap to empower them with the nutrition knowledge they need to make better nutrition choices,” said Sridhar Rajagopalan, Senior Director, Sub-Region Head, and General Manager of Herbalife Nutrition Philippines.   Only 7% among those surveyed said that they were extremely confident about their nutrition knowledge. Fifty-four percent claimed that they were only somewhat well-informed.   Filipino consumers, however, expressed that they believe in the importance of balanced nutrition. It is among the top three nutrition advice that they were most interested in along with how to improve ailment/condition through nutrition and managing weight through nutrition.   “This is a good sign, so the next step is helping them achieve this,” Rajagopalan said.   What Filipinos Got Right and Wrong About Nutrition Knowledge   Majority of the Filipino respondents (85%) falsely believe that one needs sufficient calcium intake at any age to optimize peak bone mass for bone health.   “Our peak bone mass (max bone size and strength) is dependent on calcium intake and reaches its peak by age 30. However, sufficient calcium intake throughout life can reduce the risk of osteoporosis,” Rajagopalan said.   When it comes to fats, 68% got it right that fats provide the body with energy but only 42% correctly believed that it helps the body absorb vitamins.   80% correctly said that exercise helps the body rebuild muscles and increase lean muscles. However, 51% falsely believe that protein powder is not a healthy source of protein as compared to protein found in natural foods.   “Protein powder can be as good as protein from natural foods if derived from high-quality sources. For instance, soy protein from soybeans is a complete protein, providing a full range of nine essential amino acids for the body’s nutrition requirements,” Rajagopalan added.   94% of the Filipino consumers were right in their belief that fruits and Vitamin C supplements can help boost immunity and resistance to infection. Among the APAC respondents, they were the highest in this belief.     Online Myths and Misinformation: Top Barrier to Gaining Accurate Nutrition Knowledge While 47 percent of Filipino consumers believed that it is extremely important to be educated with proper and accurate nutrition knowledge, they also said that too much misinformation and myths online prevent them from gaining accurate nutrition knowledge (39 percent).   The other top barriers were lack of information from government websites and health authorities (22 percent) and the lack of information from healthcare professionals (17 percent).

Somebody told me

July 25, 2020

Patag: Is it term for a Plain or an Acronym for Philippine Auxiliary Tactical Air Group? That is the question this article hope to settle.   Perhaps many are not aware of the persistent marathon  debate, going 9 years, in Facebook over the definition of Patag.   As we know, Patag is the name of a particular barangay in Cagayan de Oro where Camp Edilberto Evangilista is located - the headquarters of 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.   What was known as name for a plain by generations of Kagay-anons is now being challenged by majority of respondents in Facebook page survey of Kagay-an Kaniadto. Contrary to its geographical meaning, Patag is an acronym, they insist.   A week ago I posted an online survey in Kagayan Kaniadto, asking  members what they believed to be the origin of the name Patag.The survey was one way of knowing the pulse of the respondents. The results will tell us either the new normal has taken the lead or the old norms has held firm.   I am presenting my research on the history of Patag because I believe every citizen must be knowledgeable of history, especially of their own place. Ignorance of history is like a house built with a weak foundation. It will crumble even at the slightest tremor.   On the other hand, knowledge of history would make one stand firm like a formidable castle built with a strong foundation. It may shake but not crumble even if bombarded with overwhelming popular opinion.   Kagayan Kaniadto is a closed-membership Facebook page with over 25,000 members exclusive to Kagay-anons.   The FB page was started in February 2011 by Nixon Baban. True to its name, posting must be all about old Cagayan only. Political, religious and commercial post is disapproved outright. Some members posted photos dating back to the time of Cagayan de Misamis. The trending posts were mostly Cagayan de Oro contemporary history with members exchanging lively comments and memories reminiscing a not so distant past.   The survey results show the  overwhelming majority of respondents believed Patag stands for Philippine Auxiliary Tactical Air Group. Out 190 respondents only 35 said plain. 155 for the acronym or 82% - a landslide for the Acronym proponents.   But the Patag issue, unlike election, can not be decided merely in favor of the majority. Unfortunately, the survey shows the overwhelming majority were misled from the truth. To prove my point, I will present evidence found in old photos and other primary sources. In other words, history is key. Let us take for example the case of USAFFE. It was an acronym of U.S. forces in the Philippines during world war two. Many, including myself, thought the acronym stand for United States Armed Forces in the Far East. We were wrong.   Photo A shows the correct meaning was United States "Army" ( not Armed ) Forces in the Far East. Without the photo, I could still be misleading people reading my WW2 posting.   The following old photos show unrefutable proof why the place was indeed Patag the plain.   Photo B dated May 2, 1935, an aerial survey of a proposed Landing Field in Patag. From above, you will understand why the place was called Patag the plain. The topography was a flat terrain. Also visible were evidence of our agricultural past, the vast rice fields and coconut plantations of Kauswagan and Carmen, now bustling urban areas. This is the earliest photo of the soon to be the only Airfield built by the Americans in Cagayan during the Commonwealth period.   Photo C. A year after, September 18, 1936, airfield development started to show with two huge building structures, no visible signs of an airstrip yet.   Finally on January 9, 1939, Photo D, shows a functional  airfield with additional buildings that look like a barracks and possibly two civilian residences at the highway junction. A large circle in the middle of the field marked the airstrip. The photo was captioned Landing Field, Cagayan, Mindanao.   Photo E, taken October 11, 1944, with Cagayan Airfield and Town Heading was a reconnaissance aerial photo. It shows two landing strips and town landmarks list. Few days after the photo was taken, several military targets were bombed by U.S. forces in preparation of MacArthur return in Leyte on October 20, 1944.   Here is an excerpt the book of Fr. Haggerty, The Guerrilla Padre about the American bombing of Cagayan, as follows:   " The big convento was smouldering, and the cathedral was a pyre of flames from explosion after explosion from its sacristy rocking the city. The Japs had stored their ammunition in the cathedral,  the convento and bishops house. "   Comments for his beloved Ateneo de Cagayan where he was a rector:   " They dived from all directions, and as the thick smoke rolled up they flash in and out of it - one of the most beautiful sights, it seemed, I have ever seen. A little to the right, I knew,  was the college, and the big gymnasium that the students themselves had helped to build. It was our pride; the only one outside Manila. From that direction the smoke was the thickest,  and I felt not even a pang of regret - it was the Japanese stronghold. "   Photo F was a Japanese map of all airfields during the occupation. The Japanese built an airfield at Lumbia. Cagayan now had two airfields. The Japanese called it Cagayan South and the Cagayan Airfield of the Americans was called Cagayan West by the Japanese.   The Airfield details and other military info were shown in guerrilla hand-drawn wartime maps and declassified documents.   A portion of the airfield was donated by Don Apolinar Velez, probably in 1928 when he was the Mayor of Cagayan, Misamis. He was a Fil-Am war hero, a patriot and philanthropist. As a fitting tribute, our City's main thoroughfare was named after him. Being a man with a military background, he knew the importance of military installation to the security of the town.   In passing, I would like to mention that during the American period, Cagayan de Misamis ceased to exist . The Americans dropped the " de ". Our town was simply called Cagayan, Misamis. Kagay-an to the Cebuanos in the Visayas. Cagayan, Misamis Oriental, when Misamis was divided into two provinces. Eventually, Cagayan de Oro when it became a chartered city on June 15, 1950.   (To be continued)

Vice Ganda Network to launch July 24

July 20, 2020

HE already conquered Television, the Movies and even the world of Cosmetics. Now, he’s ready to conquer the universe and be on the same level as Oprah Winfrey as one of the country’s funniest comedians, Vice Ganda opens his own network!   Be the first to have an exclusive access of anything and everything Vice Ganda in the new and fabulous VICE GANDA NETWORK!   Just visit the official VICE GANDA NETWORK website, and be the first to catch the good vibes that Vice Ganda sends out everyday. Know the latest Vice News, get some Vice Beauty tips, get a chance to win some Vice giveaways, join the fun Vice Games and get to watch the latest Vice videos. All of these, first and exclusive on VICE GANDA NETWORK.   One of the most exciting things to hit VICE GANDA NETWORK is the latest hit online show GABING GABI NA VICE! And starting July 17, you get to watch it first and exclusive on VICE GANDA NETWORK. Now, you have a new late night gimmick every Friday and you get a VIP treatment, as you are with the one and only Vice Ganda.   You get front row seat of the laugh trip that Vice Ganda brings every week with his guests who are all still fun and games even if it’s already late at night. Vice Ganda has sexy guests, hot guests, and wacky guests. You name it, Gabing Gabi na Vice surely has something for everybody.   Vice Ganda has millions of followers on his Social Network accounts, that’s why he is surely to bring laughter and happiness to more millions of people through VICE GANDA NETWORK. So if you want nothing but laughter and good vibes, just log on to

Filipino Composer featured in German Cultural Radio Channel

July 19, 2020

From the airwaves of a German public radio station, WDR 3, to the Philippines, and all over the world, we hear the remarkable piece "Phantasie für Ludwig" of Mr Nino Tiro.  Last year, two Liceo U composers namely, Prof. Horst-Hans Bäcker, Associate Dean of Liceo de Cagayan University Conservatory of Music, Theater, and Dance, and his then student, Mr Tiro gathered accolades in Volume 9 of the "250 piano pieces for Beethoven" with their pieces "Fantasie über Ludwig van Beethoven," and  "Phantasie für Ludwig", respectively. Ms Susanne Kessel launched this international composition project circa 2013 to 2020 to commemorate the monumental composer Ludwig Van Beethoven's 250th birthday this year.  The entirety of the said project denotes that Mr Nino Tiro is the only Filipino among the 250 composers. His piece, as mentioned earlier, is one of the most often played throughout the promotional tours and concerts. The eclectic composer is a recent Composition graduate whose several musical works and arrangements premiered in the Rodelsa Hall of Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro City. Nino Tiro's calm and calculated attitude urged his mentor, Prof. Bäcker, to receive the award Magna Cum Laude in the same university.    Latterly, Philippine pride's "Phantasie für Ludwig" is making waves in WDR 3, a 1:54:00 hours long, live performance of the concert pianist Sussane Kessel in a radio promotion. The carefully handpicked program features a diverse selection of pieces from the other composers and two famous opuses by Beethoven. Ms Susanne Kessel, has nonetheless, cultured and kindled the listeners about how they see - or rather hear - the composer Ludwig van Beethoven, in light of this present modern times.  On the final note, Mr Nino Tiro is an awe-inspiring neo-classical, neo-romantic composer of his generation. His promise and potential vastly contributed to music, culture, and the arts worldwide. Thus, waving the Philippine flag, and continually giving honour to the City of Cagayan de Oro and Liceo de Cagayan University community as a budding composer. You may hear the live concert recording of Ms Susanne Kessel's whole program at WDR 3 for 30 days and follow 250 pieces for Beethoven ONLINE-MARATHON 2020 on Facebook.

Oro's Nic Aca joins GO ON Int'l Performance Art Festival

July 10, 2020

As the separation between public and private changes, the space of the alleyway begins to take on new meanings and serve new functions. The laneway; or side street, alley, back street, or byway comes to represent that transitional space between the home and the street, between the crowded main routes and the safety of isolation off the beaten path. As cities grow, laneways are being considered as spaces for housing, business and public space, utilizing all areas of the city and blurring the line between the main arteries and the alternative routes. The Laneway is a private space in public, it is exclusive; only a local can navigate these back routes and move through the city with ease. The buildings are often adorned with street art, murals and graffiti, showing the local flavour of the neighbourhood, geared for the neighbourhood’s enjoyment. These paths can be a place of connection, weaving through the city creating parallel and alternative connections in cities that are increasingly commercial and impersonal. Taking inspiration from the Happenings of the 50’s and The Fluxus movement of the 60’s and 70’s, GO ON looks to approach performance as accessible, improvisational and process focused. As we find new solutions to present live performance when it is not safe to gather in large groups, the impromptu smartphone-recorded performance offers an opportunity to create and distribute performance art online. Participating Artists Aokid | Tokyo, Japan website | instagram | youtube Based in Tokyo,While having breakdance as root,I work on various methods such as drawing,dance works, and events. The project “Aokid cIty”started in 2012,and the guerrilla perfomance event”Doubutsuen/Zoo”started in 2016. Nicolas Aca | Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines website  Nic Aca is a visual artist from Cagayan de Oro City. He has participated in a number of national and international performance art festivals, including DJAMOE 6 in 2017 at Bandong, Indonesia, LATENT ACTION ASEAN VILLAGE PROJECT in 2016 at Xian, China, and 18th ASIAN ART BIENNALE 2018 in Bangladesh. Recently, his work, "Self Portrait: The Artist as Performance" was a Finalist for the Philippine Art Awards 2019. Maya Bendavid | Toronto, Canada website | twitter | instagram Maya Ben David (MBD) is a Toronto-based Jewish-Iranian Anthropomorphic Airplane. Working in video, installation and performance, she creates worlds and characters that aid her ongoing exploration of anthropomorphism, cosplay and performative personas. Racquel de Loyola | Gapab City Nueva Ecija, Philippines website | twitter Raquel de Loyola is an artist based in the Philippines whose works primarily addresses women’s issue, identity, colonization, migration, displacement, capitalism, globalization and the present state of affairs. She actively engaged and presented works locally and abroad. De Loyola continue explorations with crossing established disciplines and other possibilities. She is currently working with soft fabric sculptures and cloth based expositions. Daisuke Takeya | Toronto, Canada website | Multi layered Surfaces | Field Trip Project | Fukushima NO ALICE Daisuke Takeya is a Toronto-Tokyo based interdisciplinary artist and independent curator. His praxis is comprised of the exploration of nature and plausibility in contemporary society, and hinges on all kinds of double meanings. He is the executive director of Responding: International Performance Art Festival and Meeting erected in 2018. Holly Timpener | Toronto, Canada website | instagram Holly Timpener has performed at Month of Performance Berlin, Stride Gallery, Nuit Blanche (Calgary & Toronto), The Art Gallery of Ontario, and at the Venice International Performance Art Week. Timpener established a queer performance event entitled Pi*llOry that shows three times a year in Toronto.   James Knott | Markham, Canada website | twitter | instagram James Knott is an emerging, Toronto-based artist, graduated from OCAD University. Their performance-based practice combines media to create immersive, emotionally resonant experiences for the viewer; housing personal narratives and queer experience through poeticism, self mythologizing, and auto-iconographic aestheticism. Johannes Zits | Toronto, Canada website | #johanneszits on social media Toronto based artist Johannes Zits has presented work across Canada and internationally. His exhibitions, performances and research projects have taken him to Havana, Vienna, Shanghai, Mexico City and elsewhere. This year Johannes is artist-in-residency at the McIntosh Gallery in London, Ontario, where he also exhibited Listening to Trees.


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