The fairest one of all

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

ONCE every year, the whole world has their eyes glued to TV screens to witness the crowning of the most beautiful woman on earth – nay – the Universe.

The annual Miss Universe is one of the biggest beauty pageants in the world; the other three are Miss World, Miss Earth, and Miss International.

A most glamorous national pastime

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 02:58 p.m.

WHILE Germany becomes one big beer pub house every October and Americans gobble up tons of hotdogs and nachos during baseball games, Filipinos have found a different pastime to while their time away.

Sure, cockfighting will forever remain in Filipinos’ psyche; its cultural status pretty much secure. And while Manny Pacquiao boxing matches will always be enough reason for the rebels to call for a ceasefire, Filipinos have cemented another event in their almanac of pastimes.

My experience of God's faithfulness

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 02:57 p.m.

GOD is a progressive educator. He teaches through experience, making sure we learn with our multi-sensory functions so that our learning is meaningful and memorable. Last week, He plucked me out of my busy routine to teach me some very valuable lessons.

Early Tuesday morning, I read the first message on my phone, which jolted me. It was from one of my best friends who was going through a very difficult trial in Singapore. The news made me react in what seemed like lightning speed because before I knew it, I was booked to fly to Singapore three days later with three of my other childhood friends.

Cream of the crop

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 01:57 p.m.

EVERYONE is already a winner. To be nominated in the prestigious The Outstanding Students (THOS) Awards is already an honor.

The competition is stiff. More than 300 schools all over Negros Occidental are invited yearly to participate. The school heads screen their nominations from the very beginning before deciding to send nominees to the search. Anyone fortunate enough to be considered as the school representative to this province-wide search already has the salute of his or her entire institution.

Inspect that used car before buying

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 01:57 p.m.

DESPITE the helpful hints on the Internet as to what to look for when buying a secondhand car, there is no substitute for having either a trusted friend, who is a mechanic, or simply paying a mechanic to do a complete inspection.

Better still, it pays to spend a few thousand pesos to have the dealership's trained mechanics give a car a stem-to-stem check.

The goodness of brown rice

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 01:56 p.m.

AS A country where rice is a staple, eating brown rice is healthier.

What is brown rice? How is it different from the more commonly available and consumed white rice? Brown rice is also called “unpolished” rice. It is actually how all rice looks like before it is polished.

Mental Health: Myths and Facts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 02:36 p.m.

MENTAL health is a term often misunderstood. Many people tend to equate mental health with having mental disorders. When people we know have a mental disorder, we tend to be ashamed about it (and keep it a secret) and look at it as something bad. Some don’t want to talk about it.

The World Health Organization defines mental health as how a person thinks, acts or feels when faced with life’s situations. It is not just the absence of a mental disorder but how one feels about self, about others and how one copes with everyday problems.

Shifting to organic lifestyle

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 02:34 p.m.

LEADING a healthier life is beyond consuming more fruits and vegetables. It is also further than getting a good heart rate or practically maintaining a well-balanced sugar intake. A healthy life significantly means being committed to eat naturally grown and untreated food.

Past the question of what you eat, one should also ask a rather equally relevant issue: “Is the food you take safely nurtured for consumption?”

Eating for victory

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 01:21 a.m.

EXACTLY 75 years ago, the British government introduced food rationing which lasted throughout World War II and for nine years after hostilities ceased.

To try and make the British weak, the Germans attempted to cut off supplies of food and other goods. German submarines attacked many of the ships that brought food to Britain.

Slow Food featured in Organic Weekend Market

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 01:21 a.m.

THE Slow Food movement is gaining ground in Negros, according to Ramon "Chinchin" Uy Jr., one of the founding members of Slow Food Negros Island.

Slow Food Negros Island is now composed of 30 chefs, farmers, and restaurateurs, he said.

The wind beneath my wings

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 12:27 a.m.

EVER wonder how birds, soaring even higher, continue to glide without flapping their wings? Apparently, the trade winds have much to do with it. Birds often rely on these helpful drafts to keep them steady and afloat.

Much like these drafts, I felt the need to offer my take on how my own brand of trade winds have helped me stay centered, grateful and thankful for much of everything both in my professional and personal life.

A dentist becomes an artist

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 12:26 a.m.

ADRIAN Torres' collection of 38 pencil-on-paper artworks is now on display at the Phinma Gallery of the Negros Museum. A study of these artworks will draw one into a world filled with colors -- the kind that will make one think of candy and marshmallows -- fluffy pastels that belie the theme of the artist.

"Suroy-suroy sa Kadadalman sang Panimuot (Wandering in my Subconscious)" warns you that Adrian's art is not a walk through the chocolate-strewn avenues of candyland but the descending into his artist's mind.

Thank you, Pope Francis!

Saturday, January 24, 2015 - 12:26 a.m.

FOR a few days, the whole nation paused. Paused in our discourteous ways, paused in petty and hard crimes (the crime rate was down, paused from habitual little and favorite sins to the more deadly ones just to be one.

United in communal purpose, the nation paused in patience, in prayer, in excited anticipation. Pope Francis' pastoral and state visit did that for us Filipinos. We were "Christified" and there is much to be grateful for.

Extend your cellphone battery

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 03:24 p.m.

SMARTPHONES are a gift to today's modern mankind. Not too long ago, we started off with the first tablets, the first iPhones, the first cellphones with wide screens and multiple features. Today, the number of activities you can do on a smartphone is endless - there seems to be an application for everything! Every time one leaves the house, he can afford to forget to bring anything, just not the phone.

Everyone wants a smartphone because it offers something to everybody. Internet browser, social networking apps, photo-sharing apps, games, music and video players, the works! When you're bored, you can play a game. When you have work to catch up on, documents can be made and edited on the smartphone. When you're at a special event - say, in the presence of the Pope, you have a front-facing camera ready to take your selfie. And, of course, if you have a data plan, you can stay connected to the Internet and to all the websites online.

After the Sinulog fashion show

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 03:24 p.m.

I WAS so glad to see again my good friend, Dr. Jundad Legislador, the owner and president of the Southern Negros Doctors' Hospital in Kabankalan City over the weekend.

Dr. Jundad specializes in surgery. I am grateful to him because when I was councilor and later vice mayor of Ilog town, I would invite him to help in our medical mission. He would always say yes to my invitation.

Organic Weekend Market opens at The District-Ayala tomorrow

Friday, January 23, 2015 - 03:23 p.m.

THE Organik na Negros! Organic Producers and Retailers Association (ONOPRA) will open its 1st Organic Weekend Market tomorrow until Sunday, Jan. 24-25, at The District North Point- Ayala Mall.

“We want our organic products to be more available to the consumers. In this way, more Negrenses will have direct access to organic, healthy and local products,” ONOPRA president Ramon “Chinchin” Uy Jr. said.

Personal encounters with Pope Francis

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 03:23 p.m.

“POPE Francis’ visit was an experience of faith. An experience of seeing, hearing, touching and feeling the unending search of people for God. The sight of the crowd speaks of two things: the flock dying to experience a good shepherd and the Good Shepherd wanting to be with his flock in all that life has to offer even literally amidst storms and difficulties. God was simply there!”

-Fr. Roy Gesulgun

Why John Arceo is our greatest actor

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 03:21 p.m.

IT’S often said that poets and prophets are never appreciated in their own hometown. In my previous capacity as festival director of Cinema Rehiyon, a nationwide film festival of the best films and filmmakers from across the country, I have found this to be a sad but persistent truth.

I started this article wanting to write about why Mark Gil was this generation’s greatest actor and then remembered that oft-repeated adage and decided writing about someone closer to home would be more appropriate.

Allow God to love us

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 03:20 p.m.

LAST week, the Philippines was taken by storm (literally and figuratively) by our beloved Pope Francis' visit. People flocked to wherever the Pope was - in Manila and in Tacloban. Friends and family flew to Manila to join the pilgrimage and were very blessed even as they endured very difficult conditions. They braved the traffic and hours of waiting under rain showers amidst thousands of people who were all in the same plight.

The shape of things to come?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:32 p.m.

MERCEDES took a giant leap into the future earlier this month when it unveiled its futuristic, self-driving Mercedes-Benz F015 concept car at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

This cocktail lounge on wheels, dubbed by Mercedes as "Luxury in Motion," can be operated autonomously or manually. When it's in fully driverless mode, the four motorized lounge chairs can be rotated to allow face-to-face conversations. Passengers enter the vehicle via rear-hinged doors that open to 90-degrees.

What is your cash flow pattern?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 12:31 p.m.

“THE rich get richer and the poor get poorer!” How many times have we heard this lamentation? And yet it’s not entirely true.

There are so many cases when someone we knew who had been born with a golden spoon ends up in a financial gutter, so to speak. And we have heard of so many rags-to-riches stories, of tycoons coming from poverty, and self-made billionaires.

A universe of happiness

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:38 a.m.

WITH the increasing number of terror attacks, feuds between and among nations, and lack of jobs among the many peoples of the world, it has become more obvious that people lack happiness. This is the core reason why a lifestyle organization has set up a "happiness campaign" to inspire and encourage people to look at the brighter side of life.

No name-calling, please

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:37 a.m.

WORDS can hurt. We have to be careful with what we say. We need to think twice before we say anything bad. Name-calling is a form of verbal bullying.

A city in the garden, 2

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:37 a.m.

SUSTAINABLE agriculture was proven as a dynamic and profitable way of farming basing upon what Ramon Uy Foundry (RUF) has now become.

Pope Francis and the street children

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 12:35 a.m.

AS THE historic visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines comes to an end, one of the most emotional moments for the Pontiff must surely have been his encounter with Manila street children.

Sippable bone broth

Monday, January 19, 2015 - 03:59 p.m.

Last week I wrote about 'sippable' bone broths - something which seems to be the latest food fad, especially in the US among the trendy folk.

I normally don't take food fads that seriously - here today and gone tomorrow. But the more I looked into the health benefits of bone broths, the more this particular fad seems to make sense.

Sinulog Fashion Weekend

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 03:33 p.m.

THIS weekend, all roads lead to the queen city of southern Negros Occidental as Kabankalanons celebrate the highlights of the 39th Sinulog sa Kabankalan in honor of Señor Sto. Niño.

Kabankalan City is considered next to Bacolod City in terms of economic progress and development. Commerce and tourism are two of its strongest industries. Kabankalan is one of the cleanest cities in the Philippines.

Welcome, Pope Francis!

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 03:33 p.m.

AT AROUND 5:30 p.m. Thursday, the Sri Lankan aircraft carrying the much-awaited Pope Francis touched down at Villamor Air Base.

It has been 20 years since the last time a pope had visited the Philippines. As the plane positioned itself for disembarkation, every Filipino watching the momentous event got the first glimpses of a smiling Pope peeking out of the window. The representative of Christ in our worldly realm has the most friendly and kind face.

Celebrating Ruby anniversary

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 04:03 p.m.

ON DECEMBER 28, 40 years ago, Eduardo Ledesma Jr. and Rosa Isabel Teodoro, were wed in Mary the Queen Church in Greenhills Manila by Rev. Father Toto Suplido.

A chaotic city calms for Pope Francis

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 04:02 p.m.

IT'S Jan. 13 as I write this – my first article for the year. I have been in Manila since the holidays began; spending time with loved ones who’ve flown from all parts of the globe, only to be met by the jarring jumble of jangled jeepneys, traffic tied in untidy knots, gridlocked gateways to the great and gigantic malls. There is a cacophony of cantankerous chaos one of the hallmarks of the Christmas season in Metro Manila.

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