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“When You’re With Filipinos, You’re With Family!” This was the marketing slogan that was shown as a commercial during the Miss Universe pageant. For many Filipinos, this statement is true. It does not matter what social status they may be in, at the moment, Filipinos are one of the most hospitable people in the world. This has to do with how their parents, grand-parents, and great grand-parents raised them as children. Growing up as a young kid, in a family of five, we did not have much, but my parents always provided and made sure that us kids always had things to eat. I oftenRead More →

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I’m ecstatic about this challenge! It gives me a goal and I want to complete this goal as quickly as possible! As my husband and I fold clean clothes, we’ve been setting aside the clothes which are too small for our 22 month old daughter and 6 year old son. We have friends with a daughter and son younger than ours, so we’ve been fortunate we can pass these clothes on to others who can use them.  Other friends and my brother had passed most of these clothes onto us, so we’ve barely bought any new clothes for both kids. Most of the new clothes they’veRead More →

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Growing up as a poor Filipino, whose parents were trying to make ends meet in the United States of America, we ate almost anything and everything.  Rice with soy sauce, rice with bagoong, rice with banana, rice with Spam or Corned Beef, was a daily choice for me and my siblings. Sure almost any type of food gives some energy, just as long as it has calories. The difference is that there are certain foods that gives the best energy to your body. By eating the following eight energy-giving foods, your body will perform like a top-of-line sports car. Bananas are rich in Vitamin ARead More →

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I’ve decided to challenge myself to see how quickly I can get rid of 1,000 items from my home that I no longer need or want. I either have to donate to charity, give away to friends, or throw it away. Unfortunately for me, I had already given away 8 garbage bags full of clothes to charity, which would’ve ensured I would be done with this challenge fairly quickly. Fate has a way of making it a little more difficult! Day 1:  Since I had already donated 8 garbage bag full of clothes, which were mostly mine and my husband’s, we also ended up withRead More →

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Our master bathroom was a mess. When we bought our house a year and a half ago, we changed the linoleum tile to a ceramic tile, and left some tools there since then. 19 months of tools in the master bathroom. I hate to admit it, but I also used the bathtub as storage. Yes, I did that. In the 19 months we’ve lived in this house, we’ve never used the master bathtub. That’s because I had a ton of things in there that shouldn’t be in a bathroom, much less a bathtub. Why? I probably had people coming over and needed a place to hideRead More →

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1933 – Former President Corazon C. Aquino is born in Tarlac, as Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco. Corazon Aquino was the 11th President of the Philippines.Read More →

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As a family of six, the amount of stuff we have is unreasonable.  I can take the blame for most of the things that come into our home, as my kids are still very little. I came to America, “The Land of the Free,” as a five year old from an impoverished country. We did not have much when my parents and three older siblings arrived here legally. My father worked in construction for years, before he was able to petition the rest of us. As soon as we arrived, my mother was hired as a maid in a five-star hotel. We lived paycheck to paycheck.Read More →

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·       1984 – Celebrity Celestine Cruz Gonzaga, aka Toni Gonzaga, is born in Taytay, Rizal, Calabarzon.  Toni Gonzaga is an actress, television host, singer and model. Read More →

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As I journey to decluttering my home, I find I’m decluttering my life as well. Revelations have come to fruition as I sort through our belongings. Last night, as I was pairing up clean socks, I realized the discolored, blue and broken plastic laundry basket we throw all the laundered, single socks, is older than my marriage. My husband has had this laundry basket long before he and I started dating. He actually can’t remember how old it is. We’re going to guess it’s about 20 years old and was, at one point, the only laundry basket we ever owned. We had less stuff back then.Read More →

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For as long as my husband and I have had the kids, we’ve traveled with bulky car seats and boosters wherever we go. I mean everywhere! We brought a car seat and two boosters to Hawai’I, Nevada, and even to the Philippines! Can you imagine checking those in, along with your luggage and balikbayan boxes? As a parent of 4 little kids aging from 11 years  to 21 months old, I haven’t been this excited about an item I saw in a magazine in a long time!  It’s portable, foldable and small. It’s small enough to fit in a backpack and carry-on luggage. It’s forRead More →

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Oh no, a list with at least one thing you didn’t want to see! That’s because you’ve probably been eating it regularly, and now you know it’s the culprit to your lack of energy.   Bagels – Most bagels are made with refined white flour, and all those carbohydrates can make you feel drained. Although it causes a quick burst in blood sugar, the calories in a bagel can equal to about five slices of bread which in turn causes the drain.  Candy – When sugar is consumed, insulin is released in your body, which causes the release of tryptophan, the amino acid that makesRead More →

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2017     On Tuesday the Vatican announced the appointment of Filipino-born Bishop Oscar A. Solis, currently an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as the new head of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. Source: First Filipino to lead a US diocese will take reins in Salt Lake City :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)Read More →

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Living in America, I tend to notice each Filipino or who I think may be Filipino. Some are harder to spot than others, as our facial features often resemble other groups such Vietnamese, Chinese, Indonesian… You name the person, we likely have a Filipino who looks just like them! My father reminds me of Charles Barkley, the retired basketball player. A few other people have remarked on the resemblance, as well. There is one thing I notice that reminds me 100% of the time of Filipinos. If I’m driving by a house and they have certain vegetables growing in their front yard, my brain quicklyRead More →

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· 1977 – Celebrity Piolo Jose Nonato Pascual is born, aka Piolo Pascual, to parents Amelia Nonato and Philip (Herzig) Pascual. Piolo Pascual is an actor, singer, producer and model.Read More →

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Have you read the Vanity Fair article in the January 2017 issue on American actor Chris Pratt? He was the cover story and discussed the crucial events that lead him to where he is today. Pratt discussed how he was living on a beach in Maui, Hawaii. He was barely 20, living with friends in a van and tent, basically broke and miserable. One day, he was outside a grocery store waiting for a person to buy beer for him and his friends. However, an Asian guy in his 40s, a stranger at the time named Henry, came up and asked if he was goingRead More →

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· 2016 – Television host and talent manager German Molina Moreno died at the age of 82 at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City, Metro Manila.Read More →

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After migrating to California from the Philippines, I decided to immerse myself on the rental laws regarding renting a place to live. I have found out that the law that was once a paragraph has grown to several pages throughout the years. The particular California Civil Code that explains this law is Code 1950.5 – Security Deposits. It defines security deposits as money that the landlord holds to protect his or her property in case the tenant breaks the rental agreement by not paying rent, causing damage to the property or leaving the place dirtier than when the tenant received it. If the property isRead More →

MANILA, Philippines  –  A Muslim man has been hailed a hero for saving the lives of more than 60 Christians who hid in his home from being executed by the terrorists at the height of [Read More] <iframe width=”500″ height=”281″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/sFb7mEB9eVo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Source: Brave Muslim man saves 64 Christians from being executed by Maute in Marawi – Kicker Daily NewsRead More →

MANILA, Philippines  –  Another fallen hero, another heartbreaking story. It has been more than two weeks since the violence in Marawi City erupted. More than a hundred were killed including dozens of civilians and at least 38 soldiers. Private First Class (PFC) Dhan Ryan Bayot, 24, was one of those who died early in the ensuing gun battle. He was killed on May 24, the second day of the Marawi siege. But it was only lately that his own story of gallantry amid adversity had been shared on social media. According to the Facebook page Sa Ngalan ng Gobyerno, Bayot was dispatched to a detachmentRead More →

By Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz | Jun 5, 2017 QUEZON City – Sometimes, it’s a given that people love and serve those closest to them through their gifts and talents, this is why there’s a need to go out and serve total strangers. This is what Manila Archbishop Cardinal Tagle told some 6,000 people at Jesuit Communication (JesCom)’s annual Pentecost recollection on Sunday, which carried the theme “One Body in Christ” at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in this city. Expounding on why gifted people should “make sure that [their] gifts will be used by the common good,” the prelate called on the faithful, for example, whoRead More →

STRONG EARTHQUAKE FELT IN PHILIPPINES CAPITAL MANILA – REUTERS WITNESSES Source: Earthquake strikes Philippines, agency says major damage unlikelyRead More →

Remember what Jesus’ cross stands for, and don’t misuse the Bible to justify the death penalty, the Philippines’ Catholic bishops have said. Source: Don’t misuse Bible to push death penalty, Philippines bishops say :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)Read More →

In the most recent clash between the government and the Catholic Church in the Philippines, authorities have banned hanging rosaries and religious icons in vehicles, citing safety concerns. Source: Ban on religious icons in cars sparks Catholic outcry in Philippines :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)Read More →

Philippines squad named for Asia Rugby Championships 5/5/2017 Terry Javier Carroll will return for the 2017 ARC. Photo credit: Creativeimage Sports Network and Owee Ah Chun Seapac Philippines (SPI) – Proud headline sponsors of the Men’s National 15s Team – The SPI Philippine Volcanoes The Philippine Rugby Football Union, (PRFU) has announced its 28 man Seapac (SPI) Philippine Volcanoes squad for the upcoming division 1 Asia Rugby Championships. (ARC). After a recent successful outing against an experienced Singapore national team on April 22, where the Philippine Residents XV defeated Singapore 29 to 17, nine players earned selection into the SPI Philippine Volcanoes National Men’s 15sRead More →