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Tickle my funny bone

This writer would like to share a funny story from the book “Lord, Tickle My Funny Bone, Please...Short Stories and Anecdotes (Praying with a Smile)” by Rev. Fr. Nene Sinoy III and Erwin “Chico Banana” Premiro. Entitled “Sharing Your Talents”, the inspiring joke goes:

“We need to share our talents and help build the church in this world. That is why if we have any of these: A smiling face – you can be a good usherette; a good voice – a good member of the choir; and ‘matapang na mukha’ – a good collector. Tingnan natin kung hindi yan maghulog sa collection plate kung tinititigan ng dagger look!)”

“Lord, you have given each of us a talent to make us enjoy life. Make us realize that these talents are not only for our own enjoyment but also needed to be shared to others. Amen.”

Funny and inspiring, indeed.

If you’re an artist, do you make it a point to teach the younger generation or your colleagues about what you know? If you’re a sales executive, do you share secrets of your trade to yo…

Maya Fashion

Hand woven textiles in the Philippines were popular in the 1950’s. But at the onset of the 1980’s when machine-woven cloths are more sought after, the traditional art of weaving gradually declined.

But, before it could experience demise, lifestyle and fashion designers and entrepreneurs came to the rescue. After all, they found that these hand woven textiles can be fused with modern materials and in the process, save the livelihood of old folks.

Supporters of this no-longer-dying industry continue to sprout. One of them is Maya, a new fashion house that provides clothing and accessories to the public by using a combination of new and traditional raw materials.

“Maya patronizes the traditionally hand woven cloth by women from various villages and community groups in South Cotabato, Sarangani, Marawi, Bicol, Benguet, Mountain Province and Aklan,” according to Joyce Jardeleza, one of the personalities behind Iloilo-based Maya.

“Our designer is Marvin Banaag of the Young Designers Guild o…

Body Massage: A Lifestyle

Sitting at work for 10 hours a day with little breaks for six days a week cause this writer upper back discomfort sometimes. When this happens, I go to Spa Riviera on a Saturday to have a body massage and to experience serenity because of the smell of essential oils and the soothing music everywhere.

The massage therapist spends a long time kneading the upper back muscles. There is discomfort at first, caused by what we commonly call as “hangin” which goes away when the affected area is constantly kneaded. After that, the affected muscles feel relaxed again.

A body massage is a relaxing experience. It also improves one’s mood, lowers blood pressure, produces a slower heart rate, and lessens one’s anxiety, depression and pain.

During an interview several months ago with Ms. Lisa, a supervisor at Skinetics, she explained that massage also has a detoxification effect. That’s why during massage, the therapist uses essential oils or herbs because these materials, coupled with light pres…

Young humanitarian workers

“The ultimate expression of generosity is not in giving of what you have, but in the giving of who you are.”

  During World War II, the Filipino youth played a significant role in the community. They volunteered in sewing, making surgical dressings for victims of war, planting of vegetables in the school garden and assisting in dental work.

They were called the Junior Red Cross then.

Now, under the Red Cross Youth banner, young volunteers continue to show leadership and idealism in humanitarian work.

There are 97 Red Cross Youth chapters in the Philippines. One of them is RCY-Iloilo.

Lorraine Chavez, president of RCY-Iloilo; Kymberlyne Sanor, secretary; and Anje Lyn Javier, public relations officer, reveal what it’s like to be of service to others.

SACRIFICES. Being a student and a volunteer at the same time isn’t easy. Kymberlyne has to wake up earlier than she has to so she’ll have time for both studies and RCY. “Trying to balance school, like having good grades, my family, my fri…

Creepy happenings in an old building

The Rotary Club of Midtown Iloilo beat everybody to being the first group in Iloilo that celebrated Halloween as early as the second week of October.
The party was held at the multi-purpose pavilion of the Garden of the Ascension Memorial Park. The guests, dressed in their scariest costumes, felt like they were visiting a wake starting with having to sign on a guestbook and being greeted by a Lincoln hearse inside a room lighted with funeral lights. Surrounding the pavilion were black and orange flagpoles apart from the real tombs not so far from the site.
The program started with an invocation by Spouse Arlene Chu (a Rotarian’s wife has ‘spouse’ indicated before her name), followed by Spouse Weendyle Asuncion, the singing of the Rotary song and four-way test headed by Past President Noel Gumayao and a welcome address by club President Jaresh Ng. Rotarian Caroline Javellana provided a history of Halloween as guests enjoyed the dinner catered by Grillers.
Angel Squad Dancers, an all-g…

Save the Philippine Eagle

Eagles are by nature monogamous. So, once its mate dies, it would be difficult for it to find another partner.
This is one reason why eagles are becoming extinct, apart from the other cause which is degradation of its habitat – the forest.
But, breeders at the Philippine Eagle Foundation know how to deal with these monogamous eagles. They provide a ‘husband’ with whom these huge birds can identify with.
This ‘husband’ is Mang Poroy.
When a Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is ready to breed, Mang Poroy injects the female with a male eagle’s semen. Since the female thinks Mang Poroy is her mate, she readily agrees. Otherwise, she’ll strike at him.
Through this method called “in vitro fertilization”, more and more eagles are being bred at the foundation.

It was in 1987 when the project to boost the eagle population started. Finally, in 1992, the first two Philippine Eagles were hatched and bred in captivity.
The birth of Pag-asa and Pagkakaisa led to an outpouring of support to …

Faron Mijares shares tips in winning a dance competition

Those interested to go into dancing and eventually compete should be dedicated, willing to give one’s time and full support to the endeavour.
This is the advice of Faron Mirajes, dancer for 11 years and choreographer for 10 years.
“There is no such thing as a perfect dancer. But, you should have the passion and soul for music and dancing if you want to succeed,” he added.
Once a dancer becomes popular, the offers to become a choreographer will eventually come.
However, what makes a choreographer successful is his or her creativity and open-mindedness. “Always strive to be original and be creative. Also, be open-minded and be prepared to learn from your students and other people,” Mijares advised.
Mijares is an expert in Latin American dances like Chacha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble and Jive. He also dances and teaches standards like Slow Waltz, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Quickstep. Ask him to belt out a jazz or folk dance, and he’ll give it to you, too.
His excellence in varied …