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2 dengue victims and 1 cure – tawa-tawa

September 16, 2012 16 comments

this dengue story happened three years ago and I wrote this to share the experience with members of a yahoogroup composed of parents of my son’s batch when he was in grade 7. I wrote and shared it so that other parents in the batch of my son could be warned and perhaps learn and benefit from my experience with dengue.

there was a palpable dengue scare in the country at the time I wrote this with many dengue cases and dengue related deaths reported. the infection rate at that time was high and rising.

the write up is mostly intact from the original with a few things added for clarity and more details.

please read:

it’s important to note that I am writing this just as a regular parent of children who got dengue. I am not a doctor and my profession and background is not even related to any medical field. the information contained here are the things that I knew then and remember now and may or may not be correct from a medical standpoint.

this narration is purely anecdotal, without any scientific or medical basis or proof.  if dengue infects you or members of your family, you must consult a doctor immediately.  you must discuss, consult and get the agreement of the dengue patient’s attending physician for any action you will take as a result of reading this blog entry.

this is my dengue story:

the nightmare called dengue is done and over with for my family, thank God!  i just want to share a few things.

my son has fully recovered from dengue after being in the hospital for a week. but it was a double whammy for us as my daughter, my eldest and “ate” to my son had dengue too and was hospitalized just 2 days after my son was confined. both are already out of the hospital and fully recovered. thank God twice.

my whole family are now full converts of  tawa-tawa,  the “rumored” herbal cure for dengue. based on our twin experiences, tawa-tawa as

tawa-tawa plant

a cure for dengue is for real.

this is our dengue experience:

one  week-end, my son at night complained of very high fever. i needed to stay on a bed that was beside his to watch over him. even though it was the first night of high fever, he was unable to sleep and kept on complaining of feeling very hot. there was nothing I could do to relieve him of the fever with the medicine given to him does not seem to be working.  he had terrible chills and was shaking almost the whole night and gave a low moan because of the fever.

the next day, a Monday, we decided to take him to the hospital as we thought the high fever was very unusual. after two hours at the emergency room, we were shocked to find out that he had dengue. we immediately had him confined at the hospital.

as soon as I had the time,  i did internet research and read through those sent to the yahoogroup by other parents on the cure for dengue.  i found a lot of anecdotal evidence, mostly testimonies on how tawa-tawa has cured dengue from the internet and the philippine press. I thought that was worth a try.

anticipating that i might eventually use tawa-tawa,  i had the plant bought from the Manila Seedling Bank in quezon city. we bought the actual plant itself as we wanted to make sure we get the real thing.

a group of nuns and priests took it upon themselves to plant and propagate tawa-tawa at the Manila Seedling Bank so that residents of metro manila may be able to have them when needed. the tawa-tawa plant came with preparation instructions on how to make a tawa-tawa tea drink and placed the concoction  in the refrigerator.

i discussed it with my wife but she was not convinced on it. i printed the stuff i got from the internet and left it in the hospital room for her to read.

we also talked to my son’s doctor about it. the doctor, being a woman of science and medicine of course was not for it. her main concern for not agreeing to it was the lack of scientific or formal studies on its efficacy and more importantly the zero knowledge on its side effects. i understood that to her side effects are key issues as being my son’s doctor she will need to face these if they occur.

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pinay group 4th Impact moves on at X Factor UK

November 22, 2015 Leave a comment


PH groups 4th Impact rocks Christina Aguilera hit on ‘X-Factor UK’

MANILA, Philippines – Despite battling a bout of homesickness, Filipino group 4th Impact knocked it out of the park with a cover of Christina Aguilera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” for their 4th live performance on X-Factor UK, Saturday, November 21 (November 22 in Manila).

The ladies performed the song in line with this week’s theme of “Love and Heartbreak.”

Simon Cowell said their performance was “brilliant, professional, sassy,” but had one quibble:

“Here’s my only thing which I would be doing now if I was only your mentor. You have to bring out your individual personalities much more now. At the moment, it’s so tight, the 4 of you, I kind of want to get to know you as individuals. And I don’t think quite you’ve been given the song yet to get that over,” he said, adding that he still loves the group.

“But I really like you,” he continued, stressing that fans must get to know them individually. “Apart from that, thought it was great.”

Rita Ora meanwhile said: “I thought it was tight, it was professional, it was rehearsed…I liked it.”

Nick Grimshaw called it “proper entertainment from beginning to end.”

Their mentor Cheryl Fernandez-Versini also praised the performance.

““Honestly, that wasn’t rehearsed. We had really tough week. They only got it yesterday. And I think because they are so professional and they are so tight always, sometimes it’s really easy to overlook the fact that they’ve come from halfway across the world, they are all the way from the Philippines, they are missing home…I have so much respect for you girls,” she said.

Before the performance, a clip showing the ladies’ call with their family back home in the Philippines was aired. “We’re doing this for our family to give them a better life. And I believe that this is the perfect time for us, 4th Impact,” they said.

Meanwhile, Mason Noise was eliminated from the competition. Another elimination is scheduled on Sunday, November 22 (Monday November 23, Manila). This leaves the show with 6 acts.


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article: 12 books on every aspect of launching and running a business

September 2, 2015 Leave a comment

list of the 12 books:

  1. “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success” by Shane Snow
  2. “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” by Nir Eyal
  4. “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  5. “Trust Me, I’m Lying” by Ryan Holiday
  6. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss
  7. “Freakanomics” by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
  8. “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” by Jim Collins & Jerry I. Porras
  9. “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
  10. “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr
  11. “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg
  12. “The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story” by Michael Lewis

i already had 3 of the 12 books – numbers 2, 4 and 8. but unfortunately ondoy ate all of them.

the worst is losing no. 8, “Built To Last” by collins. the book had the autograph of collins.

ondoy has much to answer to me,


source :http://fortune.com/2015/08/29/books-launching-and-running-a-business/

12 books on every aspect of launching and running a business

Finding time to read is finding time to succeed.

This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at entrepreneur.com.

By Firas Kittaneh, Entrepreneur

To expand my knowledge and skills, I read. To source inspiration for innovative ideas and to develop a better understanding of the ever-changing world that we live in, I carefully absorb information from books. Over the years, I’ve read dozens of amazing works but for busy entrepreneurs, here are 12 leadership, marketing and technology books that I would highly recommend. As a whole, they offer valuable life guidance, contemporary approaches to work and unconventional world views that will motivate you to approach things in a new, refreshing way.

1. “Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success” by Shane Snow

Shane Snow, co-founder of Contently and journalist for WIRED, The New Yorker and Fast Company, investigates the fast rise of successful individuals and companies to pinpoint the habits and strategies that led to their achievements. In doing so, he debunks the conventional wisdom of reaping success from hard work and instead promotes the use of ‘smartcuts’—smart shortcuts—to reach goals quickly.

2. “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell

Using real-life examples, sociologist Malcolm Gladwell examines the tipping point at which little known ideas turn into social epidemics. What he discovers are three major factors that converge to generate rapid, dramatic changes in society: people with unique and powerful social talents, the stickiness of ideas and contextual circumstances.

3. “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” by Nir Eyal

Educator and entrepreneur Nir Eyal delivers the ‘Hook Model,’ a practical framework for fostering user engagement and building customer habits. This book is a must read for anyone looking to start a company or develop a product because it provides four actionable steps to attract users and to ensure that they continue to come back.

4. “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert T. Kiyosaki

Drawing from his own personal experiences with his dad and a second father figure, businessman Robert Kiyosaki imparts his philosophy on money management. In particular, he advocates the idea that money should work for people and not the other way around, and offers practical guidance on investing in assets that generate income.

5. “Trust Me, I’m Lying” by Ryan Holiday

Media strategist Ryan Holiday reveals how people like him manipulate the media to meet their purposes. He does this by explaining how blogs drive mainstream news and effectively control what kinds of information are presented to the public. At the same time, he also provides useful tactics on how to run a marketing campaign on a budget.

6. “The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss

If you are looking for a better work-life balance, lifestyle design expert Tim Ferriss shares a number of personal strategies to work less and live more while also increasing your wealth. His approach includes defining what you want in life, eliminating habits that waste time and outsourcing many tasks to virtual assistants. He also provides guidelines on how to generate a sustainable source of income.

7. “Freakanomics” by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner apply economic theory to uncover the fundamental causes and motivations for a diverse number of topics that are not typically studied in economics. Case studies include crime, parenting, cheating, and information control. What they find are results that counter established credence and paint a more complicated picture of reality.

8. “Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies” by Jim Collins & Jerry I. Porras

Comparing 18 ‘visionary’ companies with their top competitors, business consultant Jim Collins and Stanford professor Jerry Porras reveal the characteristics that produce today’s leading corporations. Their research results also refute a number of commonly held business principles, including the notion that it takes a great idea to start a company. Instead, extraordinary companies are flexible and they experiment with new ideas to figure out what works.

9. “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves

TalentSmart co-founders Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves divulge the company’s step-by-step program for increasing your emotional intelligence and improving your life. It measures your emotional intelligence skills in four areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. Then, strategies are provided for improving your skills.

10. “The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr

Author Nicholas Carr explores how the Internet has stunted our intellectual development, specifically how the Internet does not lead to greater knowledge nor deeper thinking despite providing greater access to information. Drawing on historical and scientific evidence, he finds that the Internet encourages skimming, altering how we read and process information.

11. “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

This book discloses how the authors helped build Google GOOG -3.31% when they were recruited over a decade ago as CEO (Eric Schmidt) and Senior Vice President of Products (Jonathan Rosenberg). They take on many topics, including innovation, corporate culture and strategy. The lessons they learned along the way are pertinent to any business.

12. “The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story” by Michael Lewis

Writer Michael Lewis narrates the life of Jim Clark, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur who launched three billion-dollar businesses. In doing so, the book provides insights into the process of turning an idea into a reality as well as a window into the people and culture of Silicon Valley.

4 pinays travel to UK, join X Factor & blew the judges & audience off, Simon Cowell included

August 30, 2015 Leave a comment

i have lost count how many times i have watched this video, maybe more than a dozen times as of this writing and i feel i still can’ t get enough of it. this is one of the best reality singing contest TV show auditions i have seen.

what makes it even more special is that this is the audition of 4 pinays, mylene, aireen, elmira and celina, all sisters from the philippines who flew to London to join the X Factor UK auditions.

and boy, did these 4 pinays, have one hell of an audition!

the video shows the 4 judges of UK X Factor, Simon Cowell one of them together with the audience giving the 4 pinays, calling themselves the 4th Power, a huge standing ovation.

these were the comments of the judges:

  • “you took Wembley’s roof off”
  •  “you’re so demure, the music kicks in and you all turned into little bad girls and it blew my mind”
  • “you’re like monsters, minute monsters. the passion, the voices and the attitude”
  • “this is gonna blow up all over the world”
  • “in terms of first auditions, this is probably one of the best I have ever seen”
  • “you’re sick”
  • “your are bad ass”
  • “the biggest 4 yeses we have ever given”
  • “this audition just changed your life”

there is an amusing bit in the interview in the end. Simon Cowell asked the girls why they chose to audition in the X Factor UK. one of the girls answered “to see you” (referring to Simon). Simon asked asked aside from him what other reasons do they have, the same girl answered “to see Queen Elizabeth”.

yes, i hope they win the X Factor UK and as part of their prize they get to meet the Queen.


3 news outlets, same story but different pictures – the art and smarts of choosing a picture

July 16, 2015 Leave a comment

today 3 news outlets – 2 newspapers, the philippine daily inquirer and the philippine star and the internet news outlet rapper.com carried the same news story about the assets of janet napoles in the US on their respective websites.

the story content is the same – a los angeles california official has started court proceedings to seize the assets of janet napoles in the united states worth $12.5 Million.

all three had the same news story and all three almost had the same headline with two nearly identical but each one had a different picture that accompanied the articles.

philippine daily inquirer headline : “US moves to seize Janet Lim Naples assets worth $12.5M

philippine star headline : “US wants to seize $12.5M Naples assets

rappler.com headline : “US wants to seize Napoles assets worth $12.5M

aside from the very similar headlines, the interesting part are the pictures each chose to accompany the articles. the pictures they used are not exclusive, each news outlet could have used the other pictures or versions of them.

but we think the specific news outlet chose the picture they published based on the personalities of the news outlets. you can actually draw a personality sketch of the news outlets based on the picture they chose to accompany the same article.

rappler.com is the more conservative news outlet. it chose a picture of what appears to be a document that lists the assets. it is to the point but it is boring. the picture will not elicit interest and make the reader want to read the article.

read here: http://www.rappler.com/nation/99381-us-seizure-complaint-napoles-assets

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the philippine star has the picture of a covered up janet napoles on her way to the court for one of the early hearings on the case. this would be more interesting than a picture of the document that rapper.com went with. this choice is factual since the article talks about the assets of janet napoles.

read here :http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2015/07/15/1477242/us-seize-12.5-m-napoles-assets

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philippine daily inquirer goes for the readership gold on their choice of picture for the article – a posture of Janet Napoles’ young daughter Jeanne with her long legs in full display as she sits inside a car wearing a mini skirt. a picture of the long legs of a mini skirted woman is a much more interesting picture than a portion of a document, the most boring and a hooded janet napoles.

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read here :http://globalnation.inquirer.net/126095/us-moves-to-seize-janet-lim-napoles-assets-worth-12-5m

rappler.com and the philippine star’s pictures are directly related to the news story while that of PDI was not directly but related to it. these assets are registered under the name of Jeanne but they came from the mother Janet. Jeanne does not have a job for her to be able to afford all those assets but mother Janet has her PDAF scam business to take it from.

the picture of Jeanne with her long legs shown prominently is a picture that was posted by Jeanne in her Facebook account. it could have been used by the other two news outlets.

how did PDI end choosing the sexy picture? PDI has the mentality of a tabloid. it knows how to get readership. it will use pictures that will help it get readers to  go to them. not only does PDI use provocative  pictures, they also use provocative headlines. it knows how to sell newspapers. and i must say they are very good at it.


the power of social media – violent man in Makati’s mono bloc incident identified

July 2, 2015 Leave a comment

as many have been, we watched the videos of Mayor Junjun Binay supporters “defending” and assaulting policemen in horror. it was a very violent video of Binay supporters throwing mono bloc chairs at the policemen who stood firm and just covered themselves with their shields from the assault.

there was one man who stood out in that video footage. this man went at it over and over again, picking up the plastic chairs and with all his might struck the police behind their shields. if the policemen did not put up their shields, this man would have inflicted serious injuries to the policemen.

we wondered about two things – who was this man was and when will he get arrested. there were many more men who did what he did, but this man stood out.

to answer those questions, we posted this over twitter.

we did not know who he was. all we got were the pictures that were being posted on social media. traditional media and social media as far as we knew were not asking the question we were asking.

we were surprised that after awhile, this post was made :

as far as we can tell, the man in the pictures i posted is Jose “Monoy” Lazaro. we were shocked that in just a short period of time an unidentified man in a random picture can be identified by name at twitter.

other pictures of Lazaro surfaced. he apparently has a Facebook account and voraciously posts pictures on it.  he seem to be a barangay official of Barangay Olympia.


from this experience, we made a few conclusions:

  • social media, twitter in particular is very powerful – it has the ability to identify, get the actual name of people in pictures. we do not how it was done, but the experience has clearly shown it.
  • being active in social media makes it easier for you to be identified by others. lazaro by the looks of it is very active in Facebook, his numerous posts in Facebook has made it easy for others to get his name and even the things he does.
  • we sometimes think the internet is anonymous, it is not entirely correct in this case.
  • a  public misbehavior can be attached to all your previous good behavior. for sure lazaro has been posting in Facebook to herald his good deeds. but this one misbehavior with the mono block chairs puts the rest in question.

we do not know what the action is of the police authorities on lazaro. but to us it is clear they need to take action on lazaro. letting him get away with this without any consequences will embolden others to take similar actions against the police. the police needs to assert their authority.

if the arrest is made, has social media helped the police?



new UP Fighting Maroons logo’s retrogressive design

June 19, 2015 Leave a comment

the UP Fighting Maroons, University Of The Philippines’ senior basketball team in the UAAP recently announced a new logo.

when i saw it, i fell off my chair.




LOOK: UP Fighting Maroons unveil new logo in time for UAAP S78

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UP as a university is known for it’s fine arts and design (and architecture) graduates. if you are into fine arts or design, UP is the school for you to go to. it is popular for these courses. in other words UP is known for good taste.

but not this new logo of the UP Fighting Maroons – it is ugly. and yes, i call the design “retrogressive”.

we are guessing this is how the design process went and how it was sold to the UP officials.

the old logo they had was the image of the oblation. and we suppose the direction for the new logo was to have something more active and aggressive, to be more in keeping with the idea behind a “fighting maroon”. the old logo was not “fighting”, it was just standing, not to mention it is naked except for the fig leaf. the last one though is a digression.

the new logo is supposed to embody the “fighting” spirit – a native warrior holding a spear and a long shield. the spear is the “fighting” part but we think the long shield and the stance of the native can be argued as really more of defensive rather than offensive. it is not really as aggressive as you want it to be.

the added plus is that the man with the spear and shield is the most basic component of basketball – offense and defense. the spear is the offense and the shield the defense. it’s logical and it’s also cute. but for us being cute does not count much.

the other part of the logo that we really do not understand is the giant maroon shield with green lining behind the native. what is that for? a warrior with a spear and a shield in front of  a giant shield? really? we think the logo would have worked anyway if they removed the giant shield behind the native and let the native just stand on the “fighting maroon” text.  we even think the logo would be nicer and more manly without the giant shield behind the native. it will also give better focus on the native, which is the major change in the logo.

this can be minor, but why is the warrior wearing a bandana on his head? we do not see that in the oblation. we think this was an unnecessary component of the design.

the main changes in the new UP fighting maroon logo are : a maroon colored  warrior in a “fighting” (or defensive) stance  with a spear and a shield.

that leads us to the UE Red Warriors logo. oh yes, UE calls itself “warriors”. although we are very sure when the new UP logo was presented, the presenters were very careful not to use the term “warrior” but used “native” instead. never mind that the UP “native” is also wearing a bandana just like the UE warrior is. and let’s not even mention the color red of UE is very close to the maroon of UP.

the actual images may be different – UE has just  a head of the warrior while UP has the full body of the native but we think they are just too close for comfort. the new UP logo is like he full version of the UE logo which is just an abbreviation. it’s like if the UE warrior was shown with a full body, it will look like the UP native with or without the spear and shield.


the logo is the main identity of what they represent. it is best to be unique, to be unlike any other. that is the most basic. the other basic component of a logo is its meaning or meanings. the new UP logo is an obvious attempt to fill it up with meanings but it has forgotten the other component of uniqueness. we think the logo being too close to the UE Red Warriors is its biggest sin.

aside from those, the design elements do not make sense. the design appears to have been some kind of high school project where shapes and symmetry were put without a view for good aesthetics.

one key component of a new design is it is supposed to be better than the old one. this one does not do that. it looks bad versus the old one, a retrogression.

bring back the oblation, please.

this is a WAWAM!









Ateneo, De La Salle and UP – why the college you choose matters – Part 8

April 21, 2015 Leave a comment


University rankings: Find out how your school does!

MANILA, Philippines – Wondering which universities in the country have the most number of centers of excellence (COE) and centers of development (COD) awarded by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED)?

We compiled CHED’s memorandum orders on COEs and CODs released from 2012 to 2013, came up with an unofficial tally and ranked schools according to the combined number of their COEs and CODs. In this unofficial ranking, we assigned a point for each university’s COD, and two points for a COE.

COEs and CODs are higher education institutions with the highest degree or level of standards in the areas of instruction, research and extension. The COEs and CODs used in this unofficial ranking will all have their designations expired on May 31 according to CHED.

The University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman came with a commanding lead over other universities with 22 COEs or 44 points. The university has centers of excellence in biology, chemistry, geology, information technology, marine science, mathematics, molecular biology, physics, statistics, broadcasting, journalism, communication, music, foreign language, English, Filipino, Filipino and English literature, political science, psychology, anthropology and linguistics. UP Diliman has no COD.

Completing the top 10 are the following universities:

2. De La Salle University (25)

COE (9): biology, chemistry, information technology, mathematics, physics, teacher education, literature, Filipino, psychology
COD (7): chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electronics and communications engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, political science

3. University of Santo Tomas (24)

COE (7): biology, chemistry, medicine, nursing, teacher education, music, philosophy
COD (10): chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, electronics and communications engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, physical therapy, journalism, literature, psychology


4. Ateneo de Manila University (23)

COE (10): business administration, chemistry, entrepreneurship education, information technology, mathematics, physics, philosophy, literature (English), psychology, sociology
COD (3): biology, environmental science, literature (Filipino)



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