A vacation reminds you of all the lazy days doing practically nothing, with towels spread on the sand with you sprawled on it, either getting a tan, reading a favorite romance novel, sipping some of that green mango shake you so loved or simply enjoying the cool and windy summer breeze, taking in the majestic scenery of the waves and beach and sun unfolding right before your eyes, swaying to the silent beat along with the palms and the coconuts. Continue reading »

Different Types of Gas Tanks

Compressed gas cylinders are necessary in many campus operations and research. Compressed gases expose users to both chemical and physical hazards. Gases contained within compressed gas cylinders can be toxic, flammable, oxidizing, corrosive, inert, or some combination thereof. Because the chemical is in gaseous form and pressurized, it can quickly contaminate a large area in the event of a leak in the cylinder, the regulator, or any part of the system after the regulator; therefore, familiarity with the chemical hazards of the gas is necessary.  Continue reading »

New maritime museum opens to public; collections to change world history

A “Filipino” seafarer may have well been the first person to circumnavigate the world. This is one of the key messages of a new maritime museum in Pasay City which showcases the journey of Enrique de Malacca, the personal interpreter of Ferdinand Magellan and largely believed to hail from the island of Cebu. Museo Maritimo, located at the 6th floor of the Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) in Pasay City, is said to have the most comprehensive collection of maritime artifacts. The museum seeks to retell the Philippines’ rich maritime history and how it has shaped the country through the centuries.
Gina Barte, president of Hiniraya Foundation and lead curator of the museum said the museum is a product of cooperation among Philippine maritime history experts, key pillars of the maritime industry and museum professionals, artists, and museum volunteers and enthusiasts.
“This museum is really a long overdue project considering that we are a seafaring nation and we provide a significant number of seafarers to the global shipping industry,” she said.
Filipino seafarers are preferred by the global shipping  industry,  making the Philippines the no.1 supplier, deploying more than 4 million seafarers annually to the world’s  shipping fleets.   Likewise, according to Barte, Philippine history is basically determined by maritime events. “We have made an eloquent statement in this museum,  that if we are to understand history better, we have to expand our perpectives beyond the confines of our islands and seas  and  understand how  maritime exploration and trading  from the earliest periods of our history to the present have  evolved  the nation  that we now call the Philippines,” she said.

A pair of doors with portholes—like those on ships—leads visitors to Museo Maritimo which took almost a year to build, although the research done by foremost Philippine maritime scholar, Antonio Araneta  entailed years and years of painstaking research here and abroad of  information in any language  available to deepen the knowledge. This research is still ongoing. The museum opens its doors on October 11  to the students of the school, the seafarers and the general public to discover  this relatively unknown world that our seafarers have lived through centuries but  is now our privilege to discover and experience vicariously in the museum.

A statue of a Franciscan priest, known only in history as Blessed  Odorico, welcomes visitors with outstretched hands. Blessed Odorico is said to have celebrated the first Holy Mass in the country in Bolinao, Pangasinan, in 1324, together with Chinese traders, Arabs  and other Catholic  missionaries. This opens vistas to discovery of  earlier contacts predating   the more popularly known first Mass  held in Limasawa (now part of Southern Leyte) in 1521.

Also on display are detailed models of Spanish galleons that plied the Manila-Acapulco trade route, along with reproductions of navigation maps that cover the Philippines from that era. Another section shows interesting objects of ancient ship artifacts like binoculars, beacons and sextants, morse code equipment, now phased out  in ships and many more objects that visitors can discover. Simulated environments where children can experience the work of a sea captain on a sectional replica of a navy boat and interactive audio visual aids have expanded the space for learning and discovery that appeals to students of every age group, teachers, families looking for places to spend productive time and bond with each other. There are special places for seafarers and their families  and interactive kiosks for the visitors to leave their imprint in the museum.

But the museum’s spotlight is aimed on a local hero, a man called Enrique de Malacca, who entered history books as the companion of Ferdinand Magellan when he made the voyage to the Philippines in search of the Spice Islands in 1521. A statue of Enrique based on descriptions given by Magellan’s chronicler Antonio Pigafetta stands amid panels piecing together his story as the man who may have been the first to circumnavigate the world. Some accounts pointed out that Enrique originated from Cebu but was captured by the Moros and later sold as a slave in Malacca (now a city in Malaysia). When Magellan invaded Malacca almost a decade before reaching the islands that would become known as the Philippines, he took Enrique with him to Europe.

‘Language Geiger counter’ 
According to Antonio Araneta, a history scholar, Magellan brought Enrique to serve as his ‘language Geiger counter,’ a linguist, to find his way back to the islands. Magellan paid Enrique the same salary as Pigafetta’s and used him to communicate with the natives when they arrived in Guam, Sulu and Homonhon Island. But his dialect, which is a variant of Cebuano mixed with Ilonggo, was not understood there, Araneta added.“It was only in an area called Masawa in the Butuan area, a Cebuano-speaking region, where Enrique was understood for the first time. This was when Magellan realized he was near the islands he was looking for,” he said.

After Magellan was killed in a battle with Lapu-lapu in Cebu in 1521, his men turned against Enrique. “The ship’s crew ordered him to tell local leaders to give the treasures they have promised, but Enrique allied himself with the locals and invited the remaining Spanish leaders to a banquet where they would supposedly receive the gifts. Enrique and the locals used the banquet to ambush the leaders,” Araneta said.

The remaining members of the expedition team then hurriedly left, found their way to the Spice Islands, before returning to Spain. As for Enrique, Araneta said, he settled in Cebu.

“To rally the support and have the trust and confidence of the locals just like that would be very hard if you were not understood,” Araneta said to back up the theory that Enrique was most likely a native of Cebu. Good news is most of the displays were sourced here in the Philippines and not from the US. There was no need to figure out the logistics of using moving companies glendale az

Enrique’s story resonates on the great journeys taken by today’s overseas Filipinos, he said. “He is not only the first to circumnavigate the globe but he also could be the first overseas Filipino worker. He could have returned to Spain and enjoyed an inheritance from Magellan but he decided to work for the benefit of his fellow natives and he eventually returned to Cebu,” he said. “I hope this story and this museum will put us in the right perspective globally,” Araneta said.

Preventing Constipation

I know this can be an unpleasant subject to talk about, but let’s face it, when the bowels flow good, life flows good.When you are constipated there are things that can limit you. You can’t go with your friends to karaoke store. There are many things you can do that may naturally help prevent constipation. Eating right, drinking plenty of water, and getting plenty of exercise are just some of the healthy lifestyle choices you can make.

Constipation is a condition where one passes stool less frequently than usual, has difficulty passing stool, or has a sensation of incomplete passing of the stool. For some people, this may lead to a feeling of heaviness, bloating or abdominal discomfort. Apart from the physical symptoms, it also affects people emotionally as the discomfort may result to the feeling of stress lack of patience and irritability.

While there is no definite way to avoid constipation, there are many things you can do that may help prevent it. Making healthy lifestyle choices may not only help you prevent constipation, but can also help you stay healthy and feeling good, so you aren’t slowed down by life’s little interruptions.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle that includes a well-balanced diet, daily exercise, and drinking plenty of water is a great first step in helping to prevent constipation.

Constipation means having painful or difficult bowel movements. It is a common problem for older adults. Continue reading »

Moms On The Floor

Mommy Mundo- the country’s go-to resource for active, modern moms is inviting moms to get on the floor this October 13, 2012, Saturday at The LOFT, Manansala Tower, Rockwell, Makati.  Getting “ON THE FLOOR” means fitness, bonding and fun! Moms on the Floor is a floor-based learning and bonding event for expectant moms and dads, and moms with infants and kids .

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She Will Always Be My Baby

Having a child is both a blessing and an adventure. From the moment she opens her eyes to her precious firsts up to when she grows big and strong. Every milestone, every experience, is a memory we would want to keep forever.

It began with an ultrasound. It’s the first tangible memory you can keep and treasure for as long as you can. And then, on THE day, your husband brought the camera. You weren’t at your best but nobody cared. And that was your first family portrait. Continue reading »

Philips Avent: From Pregnancy to Playground

Philips AVENT, the number one brand recommended by moms, will treat mothers and their babies to a one-of-a-kind interactive exhibit, Philips Avent: From Pregnancy to Playground, on October 6, 2012 at the Shangri-La Mall. Featuring a variety of activities celebrating the different stages of motherhood, the exhibit will have three areas: Baby Bump for pregnant moms, New Baby for moms with young children up to 18 months, and Growing Baby for mothers with toddlers. Continue reading »

Filing of Certificates of Candidacy For May 2013 Elections

FOR the next five days, those who will be running in the May 13, 2013 elections will no longer be a guessing game.

From October 1 to 5, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) is open to accept the certificates of candidacy (COCs) of candidates for all national,

Expected COCs are for the 12 senators; 229 district members of the House of Representatives; 80 governors; 80 vice-governors; 766 members of the Provincial Board; 138 city mayors; 138 city vice mayors; 1,532 members of the City Council; 1,496 municipal mayors; 1,496 municipal vice mayors; and 11,972 members of the Municipal Council. Continue reading »

Senate slate of the administration’s senatorial party

This is the kind of campaign the Liberal Party (LP) promises to launch against other coalitions, as they announced their complete line-up for the 2013 senatorial polls. Continue reading »