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Enjoy summer without the burn!

Summer just arrived and it can be scorching hot not only outside but inside your home.

If you’re like me who easily gets dehydrated during the summer, fear not! There are ways to cope despite the excruciatingly hot weeks to follow.

Drink more water during the summer. Since sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body, drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.

Stay indoors from 10AM to 4PM. The sun’s rays are strongest during these hours. If you can’t stay indoors during that block of time, at least stick to shady spots.

Hats are in vogue! When you have to be outdoors, wear sun-protective clothing, such as a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt and pants. This includes wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Take frequent showers to help relieve the pain. Make sure to gently pat yourself dry after a cold shower and apply moisturizer to trap the water in your skin.

The heat can be bearable if approached with caution. Aside from the above, make sure to bring a camera with you and safely make the most of the sunnier days we have in this tropical paradise we call the Philippines!

Beating the Heat
In image left to right: No. 1 – Drink lots of water to avoid dehydration, No. 2 – Avoid the Sun from 10AM to 4PM, No. 3 – Wear wide brimmed hats for protection, and No. 4 – Take cold showers to combat the pain of sunburn.


“This Summer keep Sunburn at Bay”. 17 April 2017. Yahoo! News.

Violent Rain Couds

It comes in waves. It hits like lethargic nonsense.

You feel out of focus. There is no drive and purpose. You have difficulty in concentrating. You are just sapped of energy. You begin to doubt yourself.

Getting out of bed is difficult. It overshadows everything good: a good family, a steady professional life, good health, good city, good life, good weather. You should be fucking grateful!

But alas, the sun doesn’t shine here, not this time.

Nothing tastes, smells, or feels right and you are unable to think or make decisions–yet you still have to carry on doing all those things. And so much of the time you just don’t have the energy or the desire. But you still carry on anyway.

Then you refuse to answer phone calls. You refuse to answer emails and messages. You just want time out. Away from everything and away from people. There is this loss of desire to partake in life.

You’ve fixed the bed for the nth time and now your attention is on the sink. Hoping someone would cook and let you wash the dishes just so to keep your hands busy. You hate looking at your shaking hands. Since all you do is watch walls, mindless repetitive work sounds good right now.

You can’t eat. You barely sleep. You can’t really put into words what’s bothering you because you don’t have the slightest clue what it is to begin with.

Worst is, people watch you when you eat, saying you’ve lost so much weight. In your head, you tell them to mind their own goddamn business.

It’s all in your head you tell yourself. Get out of this funk you tell yourself. But all you feel is this deep melancholy. Maybe you just need a change of scenery? The beach or a trail hike will do you good. A swim, a little bit of writing? Perhaps.

Being down this road before, you know that somehow you’ll get passed this. Take your time, there’s no rush love.

Smiling maybe painful right now but I have long embraced my violent rain clouds.

I have long embraced my violent rain clouds
I have long embraced my violent rain clouds

World Blood Donor Day: Safe Blood for Saving Mothers

Blood transfusion is a life-saving measure, and millions of lives around the world have been saved each year because of access to safe blood transfusion. In many developing countries however, people still die due to inadequate supply of safe blood and blood products.

This has particular impact on women as a consequence of pregnancy-related complications like hemorrhage viz-a-viz the scarce supply of safe blood. To complicate the issue, the testing process may either be non-existent or sporadic and the storage method inadequate. The result is a national blood supply that contributes to the alarming rise in disease related to blood transfusion.

Every day, an estimated 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality. That’s why the focus of this year’s World Blood Donor Day is; “ Give blood for those who give life “. The goal of this campaign is to increase awareness why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential for all countries to prevent maternal deaths. was privileged to be part of this campaign.

Hosted by Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center, in partnership with Unilab, PTV4, Kredin Events Engineer, WCU, Terumo, BMAY and Air Gurus this event is also in partnership with Pasig Catholic College Alumni Association (HS Batch 1972).

Join us as we appreciate why each and everyone of us should be part of this advocacy:

This year’s World Blood Donor Day Campaign,held at Fisher Mall, Quezon City, was hosted by Miss World 2013 2nd Princess, Zahra Bianca Saldua.

One of the strong advocates of this momentous event was Col. Joel Torregoza. At the age of 66, the Col. has already donated 185 times. He started donating blood at the age of 19. Col. Torregoza’s passion for this advocacy was all thanks to an encounter with a 7 year old boy who happened to have hemophilia. Col. Torregoza was so moved by the boy that he committed himself to donating blood regularly. It also ignited a hidden passion for writing. Here, the Col. shares with readers a piece of one of his many works:

I could feel numbness, my hands, my feet are weak.
My arms are feeble, my back pains, my body trembling and aches;
My perspiration is cold; there is shortness in my breath,
I am a bit nervous for I can sense death lurking in my bed.

Now I surrender to God and accept whatever He dictates,
Whom I pity are my parents who don’t want to see me dead;
It’s them who inspired me to struggle day-by-day to live,
I can do no less but wholeheartedly accept whatever is my fate!
I wish I could live for another day.
Stroll the beach, breathe some fresh air, and sip a cup of tea;
I just wish to console my parents for thinking so much of me,
I gladly accept whatever comes to me, for God is my destiny.

Several times in my life I experienced smaller deaths,
Many instances the shadow of death haunts me in my sleep;
I thank God, there are still people, who would give blood for free,
Dugong Pinoy and Blood Galloners whom I owe every bit in me!

I wish I could live for another day.
A day which is much longer than months of April and May,
Every second that passed is counted, leaving no void to see,
Refuse to close my eyes, afraid that life will fade away.

“I wish I could live another day” – Col. Torregoza

He also stated that donating blood is a heart issue: All we need is to have love for others. Being a blood donor is such a noble thing to do. The donor does not know to whom his/her blood will be given and the donee does not know where the blood came from.

World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) Poster
World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) : Give Blood for those who give life campaign poster.
Beauty-Queen Approved. Miss World 2013 2nd Princess and head organizer, Bianca Saldua gives her "thumbs-up" to donating blood and giving life at World Blood Donor Day.
Beauty-Queen Approved. Miss World 2013 2nd Princess and head organizer, Bianca Saldua gives her “thumbs-up” to donating blood and giving life at World Blood Donor Day.
WWBD Guest Speakers Group Photo
(L-R) Miss World Philippines 2013 2nd Princess and Head Organizer, Bianca Saldua together with Ramonito Martin, Dra. Ma. Victoria Abesamis, Col. Joel Terragoza, Moleen Ailenette Del Rosario, Marissa Del Mar, Marianito Dabalos, Rodel Martinez, Dr. Melvin Jude Katapang, and Ob Del Rosario.
WWBD Campaign Poster
Col. Teragoza at the WBDD Campaign Poster
Introducing Blood Donor Advocate, Col. Joel Terragoza
A photo cadets signing their application for blood donation
Cadets registering for the blood donation drive at Fishermall
A top view of the preparation for World Blood Donor Day
A glimpse of the blood donation drive at Fishermall.
WBDD Blood Donor's Registration Booth
WBDD Blood Donor’s Registration Booth
World Blood Donor Day's ongoing blood donation
World Blood Donor Day’s ongoing blood donation

The Eight H’s of Blood Donation

Blood donation extends Help
Blood donation promotes Health
Blood donation facilitates Healing
Blood donation shares Happiness
Blood donation inculcates Humility
Blood donation builds Hope
Blood donation perpetuates Harmony
Blood donation preserves Humanity

WHO encourages all countries and national and international partners working on blood transfusion and maternal health to develop an activity plan to highlight the need for timely access to safe blood and blood products in the prevention of maternal deaths. In line with this, the Department of Health (DOH) is encouraging the public to voluntarily donate blood to improve the quality and boost the supply of blood and blood products for emergencies through the Philippine Blood Disease and Transfusion Center. Its vision? Safe blood for all.

To the organizers particularly Bianca, Louie and Gian thank you for having become part of this event.

How Pilates Improves Posture

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to try out Pilates. I always thought I had good posture. I did ballet eons ago and thought, pilates would be a walk in the park. Later did I know that my posture was all wrong. I demonstrated to a friend my natural walking and sitting  posture — chin up, chest out, straight back. And after trying out pilates, I guess I know see myself as that similar to a hen with its tush being left behind.

At a pilates studio in Makati, I got first hand information from Vivian Zapanta herself what good posture is all about. It’s embarrassing to note as well, she seemed much stronger and fitter than yours truly. I felt like a bag of flab standing next to her.

Pilates 101. Vivian teaches me the importance of a strong core.
Pilates 101. Vivian teaches me the importance of a strong core. As you can see, I am trying to muzzle my nervousness through giggling. I haven’t had a workout in a long, long time and I am in danger of being found out. Ssshhh…


Vivian explains the connection of having a strong core to arm strength.
Vivian explains the connection of having a strong core to arm strength.


“A stronger and firmer core means stronger arms and legs.”

Vivian Zapanta, Vivian Zapanta Pilates Studio


Guess, I’ll have to say au revoir to my wine, cheese and chocolate parties. It’s truly a sad day for Paula-Land ;-(


The Benefits of Pilates

Alleviates pain and tension
Balances muscular strength with joint flexibility
Builds core abdominal and back strength
Can be customized for everyone from post-rehab patients to elite athletes
Complements other methods of exercise
Develops strength, flexibility & endurance
Enhances functional fitness and ease of movement
Flattens abdominals and restores natural posture
Great for special population (senior citizens, pregnant women, post-rehab patients, etc.)
Great stress relieving exercise
Heightens body awareness
Helps prevent injury
Improves athletic performance (golf, tennis, badminton, skiing, skating, ballet, ballroom dancing, etc.)
Improves balance, coordination and circulation
Isolates, activates and conditions deep muscles
No-impact and easy on the joints
Normalizes blood pressure
Tones & elongates muscles without adding bulk

Do you want to know more about the history of Pilates and its inventor, Joseph? Make sure to click on
A Brief History of Pilates

Special thanks to Vivian Zapanta & Anna Lu for hosting this event. You put women half your age to shame! 😉



Summer Is Officially On: Are You Prepared?

I feel a heat stroke coming on. Bad.

My body has always been resilient to Philippine weather, especially during the summer. As a matter of fact, I would usually say to friends, I prefer the heat than the cold and rain.

Lately, I have been eating my words. I am unable to work due to this heat. I seriously cannot function.

Just today, I closed my laptop, brought down the curtains and hoped that I pass out. I kid you not!

I wanted to pass out just so I be rid of my misery. Funny huh?

Well, anyway, heat stroke is common given the present circumstances. But are we prepared for it? Mind if I check in your purse?


Essentials to beating the summer heat:

  1. An umbrella (Didn’t think I’d bring out my purple pocket umbrella but it sure has helped me a lot.)
  2. A cap/wide brimmed hat (I have this blue hat that makes me look like I’m going to war. Seriously awesome. I bought it in Corregidor a couple of months back. It has been quite useful especially when I’m covering events outdoors.)
  3. Shades (Because its the perfect time to look cool! Nah, just kidding. Protect your eyes from the glare of the sun.)
  4. A bottle of water (Keep hydrated. Enough said.)
  5. Facial mist (Do you use this? A friend of mine recommended this to me. I don’t usually buy this, but considering of giving it a  go this summer.)
  6. Sunblock (Sun spots are quite apparent during the summer so apply liberally. Personally, I really don’t like sunblock because most of the products in the market feel so greasy. Do you know any good brands that are not as oily? Let me know please!)
  7. Wear light, cotton clothing.


Did I forget anything? Feel free to add your suggestions in the comments section.

(I think ice cream sounds good right about now.)

Ways to Beat Summer Heat

Thanks to RoranStronghammer for the fantastic infographics.