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  • lv on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

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  • lv on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Father’s Day
    June 18, 2017 

    Happy Father’s Day
    especially to all our kababayans
    out there.

  • lv on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Saint Augustine’s School Alumni Association
    10th Year Anniversary
    Grand Reunion III 

    To all Tagudinians and Alumni of St. Augustine’s School and their families and friends,
    You are all invited to the SAS Grand Reunion III (10th Anniversary Edition) in Las Vegas which will be held at The Orleans Hotel and Casino on August 4, 5, and 6.
    See you all in Las Vegas.
    Thank you.

    Posted by the blog administrator for Jim Paredes- President of SASAA

    • lv on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Manong Jim. This is a great location. It is close to the strip and parking here I believe is still free unlike the other hotel casinos on the strip where you now have to pay for parking. Get togethers like this one are always fun and we get to see our fellow kababayans. Have a great reunion. Enjoy.

    • Atty. Romeo J. Somera, Esq.,CPA on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Will there be additional details to be posted on this MB? Thank you.

      • lv on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve mentioned to Manong Jim that this MB is more that happy to host postings regarding the reunion so I’m sure that the SASAA organization will give us more details regarding the reunion (contact persons, deadlines, etc.). in this MB and if not here, I am sure you would see more details on Facebook and in some other sites. Happy reunion everyone.

  • lv on April 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Good Friday in Tagudin 

    Just a few snapshots I took on Good Friday afternoon in Tagudin when I went for the “suknal”. There was a mass followed by a procession or “libot” that went through the town proper later in the afternoon. The town was getting ready for the town fiesta and as always there were already vendors at the town plaza but without the peryahan this year. The local government is no longer allowing any kind of gambling. It is much quitter this time at the plaza.

  • lv on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Expressway to Ilocos (TPLEX) Update 

    The Expressway System of Northern Luzon (NLEX, SCTEX, and TPLEX) is the fastest route going to Ilocos from Manila and vice versa and I am glad that the last segment of TPLEX will be completed soon. I still prefer to take the expressways because it is safer and faster. Also, I think the scenery you see while going through the expressways is much more beautiful than the scenery you see at the crowded National Highway. You would see marshlands, and endless rice and sugarcane fields particularly in Pampanga and Tarlac. It is worth paying the toll especially if you are vacationing in the Philippines and you don’t have much time.

    TPLEX completion to spur regional economic growth
    (The Philippine Star) | Updated April 4, 2017 – 12:00am

    MANILA, Philippines – The forthcoming completion of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) is bound to boost domestic tourism and travel to Northern Luzon and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to unprecedented levels, according to the Department of Tourism and its marketing arm, Tourism Promotions Board.

    Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo said TPLEX as an extension of the North Luzon Expressway could spawn the rise of eastward and westward road networks to make various destinations in the Ilocos region accessible while shortening the travel time to Baguio City and the rest of the CAR.

    Citing a report from the Department of Public Works and Highways, Teo said the recent opening of the exits in Pangasinan (Rosales, Urdaneta and Binalonan) from Tarlac City showed at least 20,000 vehicles benefitting daily from TPLEX.

    “That means the completion of the northernmost terminal in Rosario, La Union by yearend or early 2018 will open up to the access routes to Ilocos Norte and Sur, shorten the travel time to heritage sites and other attractions along the northern segment of our western coast and up the mountains of the Cordilleras, and increase visitor traffic for the entire north Philippines altogether,” Teo said, citing the Duterte administration’s vigorous infrastructure buildup to push national economic growth and expansion.

    Teo noted that the public-private partnership projects for infrastructure approved by President Duterte in his first three months amounted to P223.5 billion compared with the measly P43.4 billion in all of the first three years of the previous administration.

    Pointing out the massive infrastructure buildup nationwide, Teo said: “We can expect a similar uptrend in domestic tourism as travel now becomes a part of the Filipino lifestyle, especially among the millennials in the BPO (business process outsourcing) industry.”

    She said an emerging convergence could be observed in the country’s three dollar-generating industries – tourism, BPOs and exports.

    “The BPOs are becoming a catalyst of domestic tourism because of their digital access and critical mass, while our export enterprises at the communities are becoming travel attractions themselves,” Teo said

  • lv on April 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Easter 

  • lv on April 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Kristine and Jerome’s Wedding 

    At Jerome and Kristine’s Wedding
    March 28, 2017


    Kristine and Jerome’s wedding was held on March 28 at the Tagudin Parish and had their reception at Seaside Park in Barangay Dardarat. Jerome is from the Decano Family while Kristine is from the Valbuena Family . Both the Decanos and Valbuenas are from Barangay Dardarat. Kristine and Jerome are both professionals and work as OFWs. They both came home to have their wedding in the Philippines.

  • lv on April 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Tagudin Farm For Sale 

    Attention Farm Lovers: a 22,329 sq. m. farm land is up for sale located in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. Inclusive with 1 residential house, 3 bunkhouses, 3 eqpt. houses, 1 stack house, 1 goat house, 1 fishpond, 65 full grown mangoes, 3,000 Mahogany trees, 8 Sagat trees, 11 Narra trees, and various fruit bearing trees.

    Any interested buyers who want to retire/live in Philippines or anyone out there who wants to own this farm property in in Tagudin should give their email address and phone numbers to the Administrator of this site – . The farm owner will contact you personally.

    Naimbag nga aldaw.

    Thank you.

  • lv on March 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Barangay Becquez Fiesta 2017 

    Becquez, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur
    March 18, 2017


    Becquez had a very successful fiesta this year. It was well attended. Present that night were balikbayans, the town’s officials and Mayor Verzosa, the officials of Becquez, some dignitaries and and of course the people of Becquez. It was held at the Becquez Auditorium which I think is even bigger than the town’s auditorium. Kudos to the people and the barangay officials of Becquez for building such a nice auditorium with cover.

  • lv on March 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply  


    A beautiful sunset in Sawat, Gosipeng and Jumping Salad

    When I was a little boy we go to Sawat and have picnics by the River or by the beach. Today, Sawat is still one of my favorite places in Tagudin for picnics especially during the summer months. With the advent of technology such as cell phones and internet and the sprouting of videoke joints all over the place, the place has not lost its charm. It remains rural and in most part unspoiled.

    Over the weekend I got invited by a group of workers from Sawat, Dardarat and Farola for their weekend get together and relaxation after working hard during the week. The guys prepared binurakan from the nearby river. We had the freshest jumping salad (shrimps), crabs, catfish, snails and others. Of course along with the binurakan, it would not be incomplete without the gin with calamansi which is abundant in Sawat. The event started at house in the morning then in the afternoon we transferred to a videoke place by the beach.

    Thumbs up to the jumping salad.

    Thanks guys.


  • lv on March 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    SAS Batch of 1978 Get Together Baguio City… 

    A few members of SAS Batch 1978 gathered together during the “Panagbenga Festival”

    Baguio City
    February 24-25, 2017


  • lv on February 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Peso hits 50 to a dollar 

    This could be the best time to go to the Philippines for a vacation. Your dollar would go a long way with the current exchange rate. However, this might not last long as exchange rates fluctuate daily.

    Article Source: The Manila Times

    Peso hits P50:$1, weakest in 10 yrs 0

    CORPORATE demand for dollars weighed on the Philippine peso on Friday, driving the local currency to close at P50:$1, its weakest in over 10 years.

    The local currency softened by 3 centavos from P49.97:$1 on Thursday. It opened at P49.94 to $1, before trading between P49.90 and P50.00 against US currency and lodged its weakest closing since it couched P50.12:$1 on November 16, 2006.

    “Importers appear to have had a more significant-than-usual demand while the regular sellers were not as active in today’s trading session,” Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI) Vice President and lead economist Emilio Neri Jr. said.

    “Demand for USD throughout the week had pressured PHP leaving some traders to cover shorts before the weekend. Philippine specific factors such as recent political developments may have contributed but it is not likely to have been quite significant,” ING Bank Manila senior economist Joey Cuyegkeng, on the other hand, said.

    The central bank noted that besides the prospects of an interest rate hike in the US next month, there was higher demand for dollars from corporates.

    Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo said the central bank continue to see negative market sentiment dominating the strong Philippine market fundamentals.

    “We should see market reacting to news that OFW [overseas Filipino workers]remittances remain resilient and growth prospects remain very positive at the back of strong consumption, investment and public expenditures,” he said in a text message to reporters.

    In real terms, the peso remains competitive and the BSP will continue to monitor pressure from a weak exchange rate even as the exchange rate pass through to domestic inflation has gone down in recent years, the BSP official noted.

    “There is no substitute to constant monitoring and surveillance for any possible risks in the horizon,” he said.
    ING’s Cuyegkeng said the peso could stay under pressure although seasonal inflows in March could lend a bit of strength.

    “Retaining the P50 resistance early next week would be important. A convincing break above this may push PHP to the next target of P50.60,” he said.

    “We are reviewing our forecast for end of the first quarter and for the rest of the year. We had expected PHP to trade around P49.70 and within the range of P49.50 to P50 in the first quarter,” he added.

    Cuyegkeng said a faster pace of US Fed tightening and reflation policies of the new US administration to be announced in the next 10 days or so would likely affect forecasts.

    For the year-end, ING expects the local currency to weaken to P51.50 to P51.80 per dollar.

  • lv on February 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  


    It is singkamas season again in Tagudin. You could see singkamas vendors lined up along the highway between Tallaoen and Bimmanga by the cemetery at this time of the year. Singkamas is locally grown in this part of Tagudin. Along with the locals, you could see travelers stopping by to buy singkamas along the highway. The Singkamas or Jicama season in tagudin usually starts from mid February to sometime in March. Singkamas is a good source of dietary fiber and certains vitamins such as vitamin C and B-complex. This edible root is also a good thirst quencher during the warmer months in the Philippines for it contains a lot of water.

  • lv on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    50th Anniversary Reunion of TGCHS Batch of 1967 

    TGCHS Batch of 1967 50th Anniversary
    Seaside Park, Dardarat, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur
    February 14, 2017


    • lv on February 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you TGCHS for inviting me to your reunion. Nice group of people and great food too catered by manang Vangie Acosta of Barangay Del Pilar. More power to you TGCHS Batch of 1967.

  • lv on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Santa Lucia Catholic School Sixth Grader’s Retreat, Seaside Park 

    I just want to share a photo of the Santa Lucia Catholic School sixth graders at their one day retreat in Tagudin at Seaside Park.

    Mass Service for the Santa Lucia Catholic School sixth graders one day retreat at Seaside Park in Dardarat, Tagudin with Father George Tabangcura, Sister Pura Camandono, Sister Marife Gonzales, Sir Emil Bunnol and Sir Andrew Joven.

    • lv on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you Sister Pura, Sister Marife, Father George, Sir Bunnol and Sir Joven for inviting me attend the mass service. It was also nice meeting you all.

  • lv on February 13, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Naragsak nga Aldaw ti Puso – Happy Valentine's Day 

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all our kababayans out there.
    Naragsak nga Aldaw iti Puso kadakayo amin nga kakaillian tayo sadino man a paset iti lubong iti ayan yo.

  • lv on February 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply  


    Just to share pics of a “tinubong” that was brought to me by a friend from Tagudin. It was a left over from the “panagtitinubong” they have this year in Tagudin. This has to be one of the best I had in awhile. It is a tradition for Tagudinians in Tagudin to make “tinubong” every January. It serves as an offering during the Thanksgiving Mass for good harvest. It actually tastes like “tikoy” a certain type of rice cake that the “Tsinoys” (Chinese-Filipino) in the Philippines make during Chinese New Year. The difference is tinubong has coconut in it.

  • lv on January 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Chinese New Year – Jan. 28, 2017 

    Happy Chinese New Year!

    Year of the Rooster
    Years of the Rooster include 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, and 2029.

  • lv on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  


    I was browsing the internet and I came across this article from the The Philippine Daily Inquirer regarding Capillaria or Capillaria Philippinensis by Ching D. Aunario. I am sure a lot of you remember this disease that afflicted many Tagudinians in the past. It was an unknown disease which claimed the lives of many people especially in the western part of Tagudin. People were dying left and right in Tagudin until Dr. Urbano Dauz and fellow researchers identified the parasite that was causing malabsorption in the guts of patients suffering from the disease. The research eventually led to the containment of the disease through certain medications specifically known to target the organism. The disease had its peak in the early 1970s. These days, the disease is now under control and nobody dies anymore due to Capillaria if treated early. The people of Tagudin are forever grateful to Dr. Urbano Dauz and his fellow researchers Dr. Benjamin Canlas Jr. and Dr. Benjamin D. Cabrera. Tagudinians are very proud of you. By the way Dr. Urbano Dauz or Banong as his friends and relatives which includes yours truly call him is an alumnus of Tagudin High School.
    Mabuhay po kayo.

    Pinoy physicians’ dedication led to discovery, cure of disease
    12:59 AM January 11, 2017

    It is with joy and gratitude that we congratulate the members of UP College of Medicine Class 1966 on the occasion of their golden anniversary. The people of Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, are very grateful to the class, especially to Dr. Urbano Azurin Dauz who helped save lives in our town from a then unknown disease.

    In 1967, Doctor Dauz, a fresh college graduate who newly passed the national board examination for physicians and a medical resident of UP-PGH, together with his former professors, Dr. Benjamin Canlas Jr., then chair of the Department of Pathology and Dr. Benjamin D. Cabrera of the Department of Parasitology, researched, discovered and published their joint work about an, until then, unnamed species. It would later be classified Capillariasis philippinensis (Acta Medica Philippina, 1967) and recognized as such by the Center of Tropical Diseases.

    It was then a mystery disease that had claimed many lives in Tagudin, characterized by a “debilitating illness with malabsorption symptom. Requests for our clinical abstracts came most notably from the Library of the Center for Tropical Diseases. It [discovery] also earned first place in the PMA [Philippine Medical Association] Research Awards in 1967.” (UPCM Class 1966 Golden Anniversary Yearbook).

    Eventual cure came after the parasite was identified. Today, Tagudin General Hospital and Capillariasis Center treat patients suffering from the disease, here and abroad.

    According to Wikipedia “Capillaria philippinensis is a parasitic nematode which causes intestinal capillariasis. This sometimes fatal disease was first discovered in Northern Luzon, Philippines in 1964.”

    The town of Tagudin will always be grateful for the timely research and eventual cure of the disease that is saving many lives.

    Born to a large family of humble parents who were public school teachers, Doctor Dauz is a graduate of Tagudin Provincial High School. He strived to be a university scholar to finish medicine. The pioneering and excellent work that he and his esteemed professors selflessly and perseveringly devoted to the research work on Capillariasis speaks well of UP College of Medicine’s high quality of education in upholding the sanctity, dignity and respect for life.


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    More information regarding Capillaria Philippinensis from Wikepedia. This is good reading for those of you who want to know more about the Capillaria disease.

    • Atty. Romeo J. Somera, Esq. CPA on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      One of the “firsts” Tagudinians who were cured from the disease were Atty. Renato Fernandez and his father, the late Marcelino Fernandez. Larry, you may want to interview Atty. Rening. He resides in Baguio, and the last info I have; he is a Professor at St. Louis University in Baguio. He goes to Tagudin for short vacations. You may be able to obtain additional information from his sister, Catalina Fernandez del Rosario who lives in Tagudin’s Magsaysay District.

      • lv on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you attorney. I will try to see if I can at least interview manang Catalina in Magsaysay. That could be a good photo opportunity with the relatives and friends of the people who got cured from the disease.

    • lv on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Isu nga dagitay mahilig iti kilaw, alwadan tayo laeng apo. Nasisiyaat sa no maluto laengen dagita nga kilawen.

      • Atty. Romeo J. Somera, Esq. CPA on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Ti laguip ko nga pakaalaam ti capillaria idi ket daguidiay kinilaw nga nakalapan ti tamnay aglalo daguidiay binantengan da nga karayan nga nagsardeng ti panagayus na. Species of fresh water nga makilaw would be the choros, bagsang, lagdaw ,ken pasayan nga maala sabangan, to name a few.

        • lv on January 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          Thank you attorney for that information. That makes sense. Fish has a greater chance of being contaminated from the other fish that are infected in a stagnant water than in a running water. Though there is now a cure, I wonder if they still have people in Tagudin who get infected with the parasite or has the parasite that causes capillaria just vanished from the face of the earth?? People don’t need to worry about it anymore?? Perhaps the Tagudin General Hospital and Capillariasis Center in Barangay Bio can answer those questions.

  • lv on January 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Why people gain weight? 

    Every beginning of the year a lot of us make a New Year’s resolution list and top of of our list is usually to lose weight. I think the main reason why we gain weight has something to do with our food intake – not watching what we eat, overeating and not having enough exercise. Avoid foods with high calories. You probably already know what these are I am sure – junk foods we buy at fast food restaurants, meat or anything with a lot of fats particularly saturated fats, heavy starch (complex carbohydrates such as rice, bread,pasta, etc. ) which not only causes you to gain weight but could also raise your blood sugar to dangerous levels. Of course, you can still eat any of these foods and include them in your diet because our body still needs some of these foods after all. However, we have to be more careful and I believe the key is moderation. Eat nutritiously so our body can get all the nutrients it needs in order for it to function properly. Each time we prepare our meal, think about the food pyramid comprising of the six basic food groups that we’ve learned in school when we were young because it is still important and relevant to this day if we want our body gets all the nourishing it needs in order for it to function properly. What is in the food pyramid makes up what they call a balance diet.

    Food Pyramid

    Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables because they are high in fiber which aids in digestion, loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, low in calories , and they do not raise blood sugar that much and as fast. Also, avoid too much sweets (sodas, fruit juices, cakes, candies, ice cream, etc.). Another culprit is drinking too much alcohol especially beer and hard liquor. Red wine can be okay for studies say that it might be good for the heart but like the others, don’t over do it. Isu nga dagitay lechon, sinanglao, pinapaitan, sisig ken dadduma pay, sagpaminsan laeng wenno saan nga ad-aduan tapno sigurado nga saan nga dumagsen iti timbang tayo ken tapno saan nga ngumato iti cholesterol tayo. Nasisiyaat payen tay dinegdeng nga adda bassit sagpaw na no saan la ketdi nga na-apgad unay ken datay tinuno nga kinamatisan. Just my opinion apo.

    There are also other things such as the ones mentioned in this article below from the The Philippine Daily Inquirer why people gain weight.

    Why do people gain weight?
    By: Rafael R. Castillo – @inquirerdotnetPhilippine Daily Inquirer / 03:23 AM January 10, 2017

    A few days after the new year, a middle-aged patient came back to our clinic for follow-up, around six months after her last. Based on her chart, her weight increased from 55 to 66 kg. Her body mass index (BMI), a measure to determine if one is overweight or not, increased from 24.8 to 28.9, a jump from just being marginally overweight to significantly overweight, bordering on obesity.

    She admitted having thrown caution to the winds during the holidays, and made a firm resolve to lose the extra pounds she gained. She thought ballroom and Zumba sessions would work, but apparently they didn’t.

    Probably one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. It can be truly challenging for many people to lose weight permanently. Some fall into the “yoyo” trap—they lose some pounds after strict dieting and exercise, then gain back more than what they lost after a few days of binge eating.

    Watching the numbers on the weighing scale gradually creep upwards can really dampen our spirits.

    In most instances, it’s a matter of supply and demand. We shouldn’t gain weight if we spend more calories than we’re taking in. But if we take in more calories (by over-eating) than we’re losing through exercise, then we have to make a more serious effort to address this problem.

    If we’re sure the problem is not over-intake of calories, then we have to look for other possible culprits:

    1. Unmanaged stress. Everyone is exposed to stress, but some people manage stressors more effectively than others. It’s not the stressor, but how one responds to it. When stress is not managed properly, our bodies shift to a survival mode, and release the stress hormone cortisol.

    An effect of cortisol is increased appetite, the reason some people instinctively resort to what they call “comfort food.” Usually, high-calorie food like chocolates, candies, ice cream and the like seem to offer more “comfort” than healthier options like fruits and vegetables. So, one shouldn’t wonder why one is gaining weight during stressful times.

    2. Sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep due to insomnia may come with stress, but in some instances, it may simply be because one does all sorts of things instead of going to bed early. Television, Facebook, gadgets are distractions of the modern world that make us stay up late without us realizing that we’re trading in good sleep for these distractions.

    Scientists tell us there are two reasons why sleep-deprived individuals gain weight. First is the release in hormones that increase hunger and decrease satiety, the feeling of fullness after eating. Second is that when we’re up late, we tend to take more snacks than we should. We don’t only lose track of time; we lose track of what we’re eating and drinking.

    3. Medicinal drugs. There may be drugs, including prescription drugs, that can make one gain weight. These include steroids, anti-arthritis drugs, antidiabetic medications, antidepressants and other drugs for mental problems.

    Steroids, anti-arthritis and some antidiabetic drugs can make one gain weight through salt and water retention. This side effect is aggravated if one eats salty food, including instant meals and canned and processed food while taking these medications.

    Antidepressant and other antipsychotic products may also cause hormonal changes which can increase one’s appetite, although it is also possible that improved emotional well-being can lead to better appetite. Depression, by itself, may also cause weight gain. So, it’s really best to increase physical activity and exercise, which will not only burn excess calories, but will also release feel-good hormones to improve mental and emotional conditions.

    How about contraceptive pills? Some are quick to blame them for any increase in weight. Combination estrogen-progestin pills may cause some weight gain initially due to salt and water retention, but studies have shown that this effect is only short-term and usually dissipates with time. If one continues to gain weight more than six months after taking contraceptive pills, she and her doctor should look elsewhere for a reason.

    4. Concomitant medical conditions. Medical conditions like hypothyroidism (or an inadequately functioning thyroid gland), Cushing’s syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome (Pcos) may cause weight gain ins some.

    Our thyroid is the butterfly-shaped glandular organ just below our Adam’s apple. When it’s hyperfunctioning, one loses weight despite increased appetite. When it’s hypofunctioning, one tends to gain weight despite a limited intake of calories.
    A hypothyroid individual also feels sluggish, tired, cold and weak. This is because the low levels of thyroid hormone slow down one’s metabolism, leading to weight gain and decreasing energy. This can be treated with medications, reversing the weight gain and other symptoms.

    Cushing’s syndrome is an abnormal condition which increases the level of the hormone cortisol. It may be due to a tumor of the adrenal glands, or it may be drug-induced, like in those taking steroids for bronchial asthma or allergies. It has a peculiar type of imbalanced weight gain, usually prominent around the face (moon faces), neck, upper back or waist.

    Pcos occurs in women during the child-bearing age, wherein multiple small cysts form in the ovaries. This also results in hormone imbalance, and one of the complications is resistance to insulin, so PCOS patients tend to develop diabetes. They gain weight, especially around the belly (visceral obesity), a cardiovascular risk factor, since hormones predisposing one to heart attack and stroke may also be released.

    Can menopause cause weight gain? This is a common belief, but it may not be due to the menopause per se, but the aging process and a decrease in the body’s metabolism. Some women also tend to be less active physically after menopause—hence, the tendency to gain weight.

    When one quits smoking, it may be true that some weight gain may be expected initially due to increase in the sensation of hunger, but this should not be a reason to resume smoking. The weight gain is only short-term, and may no longer be significant after a few months. Definitely, the hazards of smoking are more than a hundred-fold compared to the health risk of gaining a few pounds.

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  • lv on January 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Old Ilocano Love Songs 

    Available at the playlist

  • lv on January 9, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown S07E01 – Manila 

    Renowned Chef, author and TV personality, Anthony Bourdain covers the Philippines for his show on CNN, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown. He did a series on the Philippines before but went back to the country and did another series which I think is equally enjoyable to watch as the other one. In this series, he got to try Jollibee, halo-halo, sisig and mingle with the people and hear their stories about their lives and aspirations. The topic of OFW (Overseas Foreign Workers) was also mentioned here in great detail since it affects almost every Filipino family. Going overseas for work is the only way out of poverty for many families in the Philippines but sadly it also separates families. Someday somehow Filipinos would not need to go overseas for work anymore so Filipino families would stay intact. Regardless of any hardships and conditions that Filipinos are in, Filipinos are always happy as you see in this video. Thank you Mr. Bourdain and CNN for the wonderful series about the Philippines.

    Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown S07E01 – Manila

  • lv on December 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Holidays! 

    I want to wish everyone who come and visit this blog a
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Naimbag a Paskua ken Naragsak, Nagasat,ken Nasalun-at a Baro Tawen kadakayo amin apo.

    A Christmas Tree at NAIA I

    Enjoy the Christmas Music at the playlist.

    If you have anything to post regarding our community please feel free to post it here and if you need help in posting, you can contact me at

    Thank you.

    The Blog Administrator

    • Atty. Romeo J. Somera, Esq. CPA on December 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sapay coma Apo ta daguiti tarigagay yo datoy na[alabas nga Pascua ket pimmayso. Ket babaen ti asi ken saranay ni Apo Dios inkay to mabendicionan ti agnanayon ken masagrap yo ti ginawa ken salunat nga isangbay daytoy umay nga baro nga tawen.

  • lv on December 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    The Sawat Bridge 

    The Sawat Bridge After Typhoon Lawin

    I posted a nice photo a way back of the this bridge project in Sawat, it was a project with good intention by the administration of Barangay Sawat however after super typhoon Lawin which was probably one of the strongest and most devastating typhoons that hit this part of the country, this is how it looks now. The people around the area became very nervous because the flooding went through areas where it never usually flood. Aside from the flooding, a lot of houses were damaged due to the hurricane-like wind that passed through the area. It uprooted a lot of rooftops. Sawat became like a war zone after the typhoon.

    Going back to the bridge project, what went wrong? Obviously, the design of the bridge is not the right design for this kind of terrain. During heavy downpours especially during the typhoon seasons, debris and large volume of water coming from the mountains and everywhere cannot pass through the bridge’s small tunnels and as a result widespread flooding happens in Barangay Sawat and the neighboring barangays . I’ve heard that some people and the officials from the barangays have filed a complaint about how the bridge was built but I hope that they will work together along with the officials of the town to find a win-win solution to the bridge problem instead, and this has to be done as soon as possible because a strong typhoon can pass by our town at any time. We could lose a lot of precious lands if we do not do anything to resolve the problem in the area.

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