Friday, September 4, 2020

What you need to know about coronavirus

A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses aren't dangerous.

In early 2020, after a December 2019 outbreak in China, the World Health Organization identified SARS-CoV-2 as a new type of coronavirus. The outbreak quickly spread around the world.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by SARS-CoV-2 that can trigger what doctors call a respiratory tract infection. It can affect your upper respiratory tract (sinuses, nose, and throat) or lower respiratory tract (windpipe and lungs).

It spreads the same way other coronaviruses do, mainly through person-to-person contact. Infections range from mild to deadly.

What you need to know

Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

Watch for symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. This blog will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

When to seek emergency medical attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

    1. Trouble breathing
    2. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    3. New confusion
    4. Inability to wake or stay awake
    5. Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

2019 Southeast Asian Games

2019 Southeast Asian Games, officially known as the 30th Southeast Asian Games or 2019 SEA Games and commonly known as Philippines 2019, will be the 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games, a biennial regional multi-sport event which will be hosted by the Philippines from 30 November to 11 December 2019.

The country is all set to host the Southeast Asian Games, which organizers expect to be watched by one billion people around the world through television and social media.

Cayetano chairs the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee, which, together with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), is in charge of preparations.

The hosting rights were originally awarded to Brunei Darussalam, but the country pulled out days before the 2015 Southeast Asian Games due to "financial and logistical reasons.

The Philippines was set to host the games, after Brunei's withdrawal. However, the Philippines' hosting was left uncertain following the withdrawal of government support on July 2017 as it planned to use the funds intended for the games on the rehabilitation of Marawi after being occupied by ISIS supporters. Thai officials even offered to host the games if no other interested country announced interest. This also happened with Indonesia after a successful 2018 Asian Games. The Indonesian government was considering the possibility of Jakarta and Palembang to host the games.

The Speaker noted that the Metro Manila Development Authority has already submitted to Malacañang its recommendation on the closure of certain roads and suspension of classes in some venues.

Cayetano confirmed that boxing icon Sen. Manny Pacquiao would have a role in the opening ceremonies on Nov. 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

A third lawmaker that has to do with the SEA Games is Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero of 1-Pacman, who heads the Philippine polo team.

He and his team have just returned from a two-week practice in Argentina, where he injured himself in a fall.

The MMDA implemented a trial stop and go scheme on selected roads for the games.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Walking Street

The central nightlife scene of Angeles City in Balibago, known as The Walking Street and previously knows as Fields Avenue, features hundreds of girl-orientated bars as well as restaurants, hotels, and western-style nightclubs. Despite the closing of Clark Air Base, the area continues to thrive and host thousands of foreign tourists arriving on a daily basis.

Fields Avenue is the name of a major street running through Balibago area of Angeles in the Philippines. It is the center of the red light district and the bar scene of the biggest entertainment district of the Philippines.

Although home to thousands of nightlife-based establishments, there are some that stand out from the crowd. Be sure to visit some of the biggests bars such as Atlantis, Dollhouse, Stardust, Club Ra, and Dokkaebi Bar. For those who are into more traditional nightclub experience without the girls on stage, you can't miss Aqua Beach Club, the only pool club with daytime and nighttime parties. Also a must see are High Society as well as the longest-running disco, Sky Trax.

One of the biggest tourist draws in Angeles is its very own ‘Walking Street,’ Fields Avenue in Balibago. The Walking Street has an interesting history, drawing soldiers from the then-operational Clark Air Base for entertainment. Today, it is emerging as a food, entertainment and casino center for tourists from all over the world. it is also known for its rich nightlife, with many bars catering to local and foreign tourists alike.

Fields Avenue developed in the early 1960s as a street lined with bars to cater to the single American defense personnel who worked in the adjacent Clark Air Base. The street just outside the main gate of the base had just three bars in the 1940s and 1950s. However, as the American presence in the Vietnam war grew, more and more forces were deployed at Clark or routed through it. This led to a proliferation of bars, live bands and prostitution, the latter mostly by young Filipina women, most of them either teenagers or 18–25 years old. By the 1970s, there were more than 150 bars and prostitution joints along Fields Avenue. This led to a mushrooming of related ancillary industries in the vicinity, namely music bands, hotels, doctors, hairdressers and money exchange / transfer services. In its heyday, Fields Avenue provided direct or direct employment to nearly 20,000 Filipinos including plumbers, electricians and security guards. In the 1980s, though the American presence remained steady, the bars and prostitution shops continued to proliferate. Many bars and prostitution dens were owned by Americans as well as local politicians, thus leading to a nexus between the locals, politicians and American military and ex military personnel.

Walking Street or Fields Avenue can only be described as the melting pot of various cultures thus giving it the party atmosphere like no other. In a city that never sleeps, everyone is eager to show you a good time as Filipinos are well-known for their exceptional hospitality.

Praised for their tolerance to western culture, ladies are sure to entertain you regardless of your age, weight, physical appearance, interpersonal skills, wealth, or social class. Spend quality time with these fine young women in a bar scene that never closes and you will most certainly have a memorable experience.

With the withdrawal of American defense forces from Clark in 1993, many of these establishments changed hands but continued to do business. As Clark was turned into a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), these bars and prostitution joints changed their clientele to suit their new customers - Japanese and Korean businessmen. Restaurants serving food from these countries began to appear and signboards in these languages were put up. The period from 2000-2010 saw further expansion of these joints, as the area was relabeled as an "entertainment district". While prostitution was officially banned, girls working here were simply re designated as "Guest Relations Officers" (GRO) and prostitution continued in practice. Since then, bars and prostitution joints have continued to proliferate and expand, the extent of these establishments has continued further on both sides of Fields Avenue and many smaller streets off Fields Avenue also sport smaller such establishments.

Fields Avenue remains among the safest streets in the region, with a very low crime rate, exceptionally few robberies, fights or murders.

Further on, you reach the stage were you want to see this girl out of the workplace. Traditionally labelled as a bar-fine, the payment for six is illegal in the Philippines so don't feel offended if the bars hesitate. However you will find that every bar has its own procedure. All you can do is be polite and courteous to find out what the score is in the particular bar. Don’t be wandering up to any managers shouting about bar fine. Discuss this with your girl.

Although a large portion of tourists in the area enjoy gambling, the city only holds one major casino and several small poker rooms. Casino Filipino-Angeles is found down MacArthur Highway near the nightlife scene whilst several small poker rooms are actually inside The Walking Street. Tourists and locals alike are present is these types of entertainment.

For those looking to get away from the party lifestyle, the city does offer daytime activities. Despite having no beach, Aqua Beach Club is also a haven for relaxation with its roof-top infinity pool, in-house gym and spa, plus the best view of the sunset. Activities such as hiking, kart racing, and guided tour services are available with most travel agents. Filipinos love "malling" and SM City Clark Mall, Marquee Mall, and several other malls are nearby. For relaxation, ask about Puning Hotspring or drop by at any of the numerous massage parlors within vicinity.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Tigtigan-Terakan Keng Dalan 2019

Nagbabalik na ang street party of the year! Dalawang gabing siguradong hindi mo malilimutan kailanman! Sa dati pa ding oras at tagpuan. I-share mo na ang barkada at ikalat ang magandang balita dahil walang mawawala! Kitakits! 🔥🤘🔊🎶
#TTKD2019 #AngelesPH #JCIAngelescityCuliat

Tigtigan, Terakan Keng Dalan is an annual fiesta in Angeles City, as Pampangeños celebrate Fiestang Kuliat with singing and dancing in the streets. Converge ICT, having its roots in the culinary capital of the country, is the perfect partner for the massive street party event.

Tigtigan-Terakan King Dalan (Playing Music and Dancing on the Street) is one of the most popular events in Angeles City. It is the highlight of the Angeles City Fiesta or the Fiestang Culiat that happens during the last Sunday of the month of October.

The two-night event features dancing and singing in the street, drinking beers and feasting on various local cuisine served in food stalls on the street. The party is heighten with performances of celebrity bands and DJ’s that moved the crowd all night long. Many people even consider it as the local version of the German Oktoberfest.

Last year Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan (TTKD) commenced as seven stages dominated the one kilometer stretch of Macarthur Highway. Thousands of party goers danced and rocked the night away with some of the country’s most celebrated acts.

Considered as Rio de Janeiro’s ‘Mardi Gras’, and Germany’s ‘Oktoberfest’, the two day merriment consisted of unlimited beer drinking, sumptuous Kapampangan cuisine, and back to back concerts. OPM industry pioneers Gloc 9 and Moonstar 88 amped up the crowd on separate stages by performing their very own chart topping hits. Joining them are acts such as Gracenote, Rocksteddy, Jason Fernandez, and The Juans, among others.

Despite being a yearly challenge, TTKD 2018 surpassed its previous records making it the city’s most successful street party yet to date.

During the event, traffic enforcers from the Angeles City Traffic Development Office were also positioned in different points surrounding the event venue to manage and ease the flow of traffic.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Jansen Magpusao John Denver Trending

The movie is close to my heart (pounded to the core during the almost two-hour screening) for two reasons: First, the movie is in Kinaray-a, the language of my province- Antique. It has English subtitles for non-Antiqueños. Second, it’s about the scourge of online disinformation – the issue that our group, VERA Files, is actively helping to fight.

The movie is rich in local sound and color. One even hears in the background the” tiktik.” In our childhood days, we were told that was the sound of the “aswang.”

A clear strength of the film is its rural and “regional” world, with its culturally simultaneous reality being succinctly captured in the depiction of communal faith healers paradoxically coexisting with smart phones, thereby suggesting not so much rupture as continuity between the regime of memory and the regime of data, especially where the residual but entirely determinative power of orality is concerned.

The movie was shot in its entirety in Pandan, a town in the northern part of Antique ,where the family of the current representative, Loren Legarda, comes from. The Zaldivar family (the late Supreme Court Justice Calixto Zaldivar, former Governor Enrique Zaldivar, former Governor Sally Perez-Zaldivar) are also from Pandan.

The condemnation that falls squarely on the shoulders of the wrongly accused boy is enabled not only by the manipulability—and the selectivity—of video as a medium, but also by this unfortunate boy’s (class) identity, his unimportance and “dispensability” as a marginal person in this world.

The domination of Kinaray-a speaking film “John Denver Trending” during this year’s Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival made a strong statement: stop cyberbullying, which can be disastrous, or worse even fatal.

The film was shot entirely in Pandan, Antique, Condez’s home province. Only Meryll Soriano and Sunshine Teodoro are professional actors. The rest of the cast members led by neophyte child actor Jansen Magpusao are either Condez’s relatives or childhood friends. Magpusao’s family lives in a mountain resort in Pandan, Antique called Malumpati Cold Spring.

Also worth noting is Meryll Soriano, who enfleshes John Denver’s mother with the kind of quiet but forceful dignity and devotion that the role requires.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017


Marry a Kapampangan? Prepare for a bumpy ride! Here are tips to help you survive the company of this much-admired, much-reviled and much misunderstood people:

Kapampangans talk loud when they’re together. - They enjoy listening to themselves and to the sound of their language. They love their language with a child’s love for his mother, calling it amanung sisuan (“suckled word”). They’d navigate across a crowded room to find anyone speaking in Kapampangan, and when they do, they’d gush like long lost friends. They sound like they’re arguing, but they’re actually just tracing their six degrees of separation in search of a blood relation or a common acquaintance. You can’t blame them for savoring each other’s company. There are only two million of them left on Earth, compared with 22 million Tagalogs, 20 million Cebuanos and eight million Ilocanos.

Kapampangans are proud of their race. - Call them conceited, call them ethnocentric, but they sincerely believe that they’re the first, the best and the most in everything. Bravest soldiers? Check. First Jesuits? Check. Best cooks? Check. Prettiest women? Check. Longest literary work, first woman author, first vernacular zarzuela, first novel in English. Check, check, check, check! Kapampangans are fiercely patriotic — not to the Filipino nation, but to the Kapampangan Nation, which they claim (correctly) to be older by a thousand years. Other Filipinos deny their ethnicity, but Kapampangans will announce it even when no one’s asking! Their attachment to their land of birth compels them to stay, but if they leave at all, they always look to Mt. Arayat as a sentimental beacon guiding them on their way back.

Kapampangans are offended when they’re called dugong aso (dog-blooded). - They take it as an attack on their personal integrity and an affront on the memory of their ancestors. Generations of Kapampangans have endured humiliation from people carelessly and even maliciously calling them traitors. Who wouldn’t resent being told that treachery runs in your blood?

Kapampangans are notorious bashers. - You make one small mistake, you won’t hear the end of it. You cook caldereta (stew) that’s a tad bland, you’ll be the topic for days. State a contrary opinion and you’re dead. Kapampangans are highly opinionated and contentious, probably the result of pampering by their colonial masters who gave them access to exclusive schools in Manila and Madrid (while their compatriots could only attend parochial schools) which in turn made them feel intellectually superior.

Kapampangans can really cook, and Pampanga is really the food capital of the Philippines. - You can contest the other claims, but this one is universally accepted. Other regions are known for single dishes and desserts; Pampanga has a whole cornucopia of culinary delights, from colonial to folk to exotic. This gift can be traced back to their access to the friar’s kitchen, their land’s plentiful harvests and the episodes of floods and famine that have taught them to improvise. Everyone in Pampanga can cook, even the men; woe to the Kapampangan who can’t cook!

Kapampangans love the good life. - They can’t last a week without “malling,” movies and mahjong. A birthday, an anniversary, a promotion—there’s always an excuse to party and a justification for spending all their savings. This joie de vivre, this utter lack of proportion between work and play, has put them in stark contrast with the thrifty Ilocanos, whom God has only given a sliver of craggy land to work on while Kapampangans wallow in fertile fields and rivers teeming with fish. Kapampangans’ devil-may-care attitude is the reason hospitals, diagnostic clinics and dialysis centers thrive in Pampanga.

Kapampangans are deeply religious which, of course, is not the same as spiritual.- Their fetish for anitos (spirit idols) has morphed into an excessive, almost irrational, devotion to anything associated with their colonizers’ religion. Kapampangans have found their new idols on which to lavish their affections: the church temple for which they’d spend any amount to build, rebuild and renovate; the retablos and santos (altars and icons) which they over-decorate, over-dress, and over-process; and of course their priests whom they over-revere to the point of electing one as governor. Pampanga is home not only to the most devout Catholics in this country, but also to Eli Soriano’s Ang Dating Daan and the Kingdom of Jesus Christ’s Apollo Quiboloy plus a host of other churches, sects and cults.

Kapampangans have fine tastes — another offshoot from early exposure to their colonial masters’ lavish lifestyles. - The rise of feudal lords and wealthy families in the province also nurtured artists and turned bucolic towns like Bacolor and Guagua into thriving cultural and political centers. Kapampangan writers like Aurelio Tolentino, Crisostomo Soto, Amado Yuzon and Bienvenido Santos; Kapampangan artists like Fernando Ocampo Juan Flores, Vicente Manansala and Bencab; and Kapampangan performers like Rogelio de la Rosa, Cecile Licad, Lea Salonga and all raised the bar of Kapampangan aesthetics and refined Kapampangan tastes.

Kapampangans are risk-takers, almost to a fault. - When the “brave youth from Macabebe” unsheathed his sword to take on a whole Spanish armada in 1571, he began a tradition of brave and bold Kapampangans who’d fight in battle, see the world, or start a business enterprise with an almost reckless audacity. The landscape of history is littered with fallen Kapampangans who dared to cross swords with much bigger enemies, from Maniago’s rebels in the Kapampangan Revolt of 1660 and the Macabebes whose town was razed to the ground by the revolutionaries, to Taruc’s Huks who fought the Japanese and Dante’s NPAs who fought the government and even Ninoy Aquino who fought the dictatorship. So there.

The other side of the carefree nature of Kapampangans is their durability. - When Pinatubo erupted in 1991, even the proud scions of genteel families and descendants of poets and warriors had to suffer the indignity of staying in evacuation centers and the difficulty of starting over in resettlement areas. How the Kapampangans rose from a depth of despair this low to the economic peak this high is one of the most spectacular recoveries ever seen in this country. Kapampangans are a hardy people after all. It took a cataclysmic eruption, followed by four years of pounding by lahars, to bring out their hidden fortitude.

The list is by no means complete, and Kapampangans are certainly much more than the sum of these descriptions. But for starters you can use it as a roadmap to get into the conflicted, unpredictable heart and mind of Kapampangans. Kapampangans are hard to understand, and harder to live with. The contradictions that shaped their land and history — the cycle of feast and famine, the tension between loyalty and rebellion, feudalism and peasant unrest, Church tradition and folk Catholicism, and the presence of the largest US military base in the hotbed of Communist insurgency — have made Kapampangans truly unlike any other people in this country.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Foreign Couple Invited Girls From A Red-Light District To Their Wedding

Foreign couple Randall and Melissa spent three nights along the streets of a red-light district to invite strangers to their wedding. They held the very intimate ceremony at an unrestored building in Angeles City—an old church where Melissa lived in for a year.

Indeed, their wedding may be very different from the usual, but it is— without a doubt—beautiful, and it has touched the hearts of many people.

This 7-minute video by Filterpan Photography on love and faith will move you to tears.
“Before we were engaged, we talked about what our wedding would be like, and I asked her, ‘Melissa, if you could do anything for your wedding, what would you do? Who would you want to be there?‘, and she said, ‘If I could do anything…then I would have my Filipino girls be there— the girls I’ve helped rescue.”

Randall and Melissa are both full of God's love that they chose the most selfless way to celebrate the most important day of their lives. Because they were first loved by God, they chose to give love back to the people who never had it. This is the message of the cross. This is God's love through Jesus portrayed. Love that takes all the sins of the world. Love that restores. Love that chose to die on the cross so we may live.

"We love because He first loved us."- 1john4:19

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