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Travel and Tours / Make Money and Visit Costa Rica Scam
« on: November 13, 2010, 07:43:22 AM »
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General Topic / Re: The World's Largest Yachts
« on: November 13, 2010, 07:32:41 AM »
Okay na ko if my yacht (dreaming) can accommodate two persons. Pero bisag baroto lang, okay lang gihapon para magamit ug pamasol.

General Topic / More Babies Good for the Philippines, says Bill Clinton
« on: November 13, 2010, 07:22:49 AM »
By Michael Lim Umbac

Former US President Bill Clinton sees more babies as an advantage for the Philippines, whose exploding population is projected to reach 94 million by the end of the year.

That cheerful note was sounded Friday by Parañaque Representative Roilo Golez, quoting Clinton who spoke on “the challenge of globalization” on Wednesday at the Manila Hotel.

As highly industrialized nations grapple with the economic and social costs of an aging population, Clinton noted that “you [Filipinos] have a huge population, which is [something] positive, and you have massive natural resources.”

Golez capitalized on that statement to hit back at his colleagues advocating the passage of the long-pending reproductive health (RH) bill that upholds maternal health and seeks to provide couples an informed choice on various methods of family planning.

“Obviously, Clinton can see and understand what procontraceptives people refuse to see—that our people, our children and our babies, present and future, are assets and not liabilities,” Golez said in a text message.

The Population Commission says that some two million Filipino babies are born annually, representing a population growth rate of 2.04 percent.

Travel and Tours / Cheap Flights to Mindanao: Cebu Pacific Promo
« on: November 13, 2010, 07:14:11 AM »
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Boxing and Boxers / Margarito is Sure He Would Defeat Pacquiao
« on: November 12, 2010, 09:17:06 PM »
Either Antonio Margarito is a braggart or he genuinely believes he’s due for another world crown.

Addressing World Boxing Council president Dr. Jose Sulaiman during Wednesday’s prefight press conference, the three-time world champion guaranteed a victory over Manny Pacquiao in their battle for the 154-pound super welterweight title on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

“I want to tell Mr. Sulaiman that there will be a new Mexican champion on Nov. 13,” said Margarito.

The 79-year-old Sulaiman apparently pricked Margarito’s ego when he noted that Pacquiao was responsible for 12 of the Filipinos’ 24 victories over Mexicans in 61 previous WBC title duels.

Among Pacquiao’s victims were Jorge Solis, Hector Velasquez, David Diaz and Oscar Larios. - Associated Press

USA and Canada / Re: LA to Ban Smoking in All Public Places
« on: November 12, 2010, 02:34:14 PM »
Wolfpack, Davao City had long adopted it almost a decade now. A fine of P10,000 will be slapped on anyone who violates the smoking ban. Many people love Davao City because no one smokes in all bars, restaurants, or in any public places.

USA and Canada / Russian Intelligence Agent is also an American Spy
« on: November 12, 2010, 01:58:41 PM »
By Steve Rosenberg BBC News, Moscow

A newspaper in Moscow has named the Russian intelligence agent it claims helped America break up a Russian spy ring last summer.

The paper, Kommersant, says a Col Shcherbakov of the Russian foreign intelligence agency had been working for the Americans.

Ten Russian sleeper agents were arrested and sent back home, in the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.

It was the biggest US-Russian spy scandal since the end of the Cold War.

Col Shcherbakov had a senior role in Russia's foreign intelligence agency, Kommersant says; his job: to plant moles in the United States, secret agents deep under cover.

But at some point the colonel changed sides.

Quoting intelligence sources, the newspaper says Col Shcherbakov fled to America in June, just three days before President Dmitry Medvedev's official visit to the US.

A few days after that, once the Russian president was back in the Kremlin, the Russian agents were seized.

Kommersant cited sources who claimed Col Shcherbakov visited one of the arrested spies, Mikhail Vasenkov, in prison to try to convince him to confess.

But the spy, who went by the alias Juan Lazaro, insisted he was not Russian.

Col Shcherbakov then presented Mr Vasenkov's dossier to US officials, according to the newspaper.
'Major blow'

A year before the spy scandal, Col Shcherbakov had reportedly been offered a promotion at work, but had turned it down, to avoid having to take a lie detector test.

The newspaper claims Col Shcherbakov's bosses had overlooked the fact his daughter had been living in America for years.

Kommersant quotes an unidentified Kremlin official as suggesting that a Russian hit squad was already planning to kill the colonel.

The Kremlin source predicted Col Shcherbakov would spend the rest of his life fearing retribution.

A spokesman for Russia's foreign intelligence agency refused to comment on the newspaper report.

But Gennady Gudkov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament's security committee, confirmed that Kommersant's report was correct.

"Shcherbakov turned over our agents in the USA - I knew of this long before the publication today in Kommersant," Mr Gudkov said.

"It is a major blow to the image of the Russian intelligence services," he told Reuters news agency.

By Jerry E. Esplanada
Philippine Daily Inquirer

He has a reputation as some sort of “Rambotito,” (Read: mini Rambo) but he’s in no mood to pick a fight this time and would rather forgive and forget.

On Wednesday, while cooling his heels at the Manila Hotel lobby for Bill Clinton’s lecture on “Embracing Our Common Humanity,” Vice President Jejomar Binay was asked by the staff of the former US leader to leave the VIP holding area, according to his media officer, Joey Salgado.

“Everybody out!” an American woman yelled, Salgado said.

Binay, looking smart in a barong tagalog, was then in the company of Fidel Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo but the two former Presidents were allowed to remain in the area and wait for Clinton’s arrival, Salgado said.

Binay dutifully complied and walked away.

As Makati mayor, Binay volunteered to fight coup plotters throughout the Corazon Aquino administration and came to be called, by some wags, a local Rambo.

But Salgado said the Vice President was “not making a big fuss about it” and quoted him as saying he would rather “forgive and forget.”

Clarification sought

Binay instead would ask for clarification from the Clinton Foundation, US Embassy and Department of Foreign Affairs.

“The presence of the Vice President at the forum was pre-cleared with the US Secret Service,” Salgado said. “We’re waiting for a report from protocol.”

US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry K. Thomas Jr., interviewed at the annual Veterans Day rites at Manila American Cemetery, said he was unaware of the faux pas.

“I walked with him to his seat. I took a photograph with him. I sat beside him. And I was pleased to hear former President Clinton recognize him, recognize President Arroyo and former President Ramos,” Thomas said.

Estrada’s experience

It wasn’t the first time a Philippine vice president had a run-in with Clinton’s people.

During the 1996 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit hosted by the Philippines, then Vice President Joseph Estrada blew his top at the US Secret Service agents in charge of security for then US President Clinton.

Estrada led the group who welcomed Clinton at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on the night of Nov. 23, 1996. Security was very tight.

The US agents, carrying metal detectors, frisked everyone who was allowed on the tarmac, including members of the host country’s Presidential Security Group.

Estrada was then told by a Clinton aide not to tail him too closely. Estrada reportedly blurted out: “I’m the Vice President of this country. Nobody tells me what to do in my own country!” With a report from Inquirer Research

By Daxim Lucas, Julie M. Aurelio
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Catholic Archbishop Oscar Cruz, the Church’s well-known crusader against the illegal numbers racket “jueteng,” said ranking government officials should stop betting in the lotto and just leave the game to the masses.

Cruz made the statement after several senators admitted they themselves had been placing lotto bets.

“It is not in accord with proper values that these honorable gentlemen would still play lotto,” Cruz said. “They already have more than enough. They should leave it up to the ordinary citizens and not meddle with it anymore.”

Lotto is also gambling

Cruz said these officials should be reminded of delicadeza (sense of propriety) and the dignity of the office they occupy. He added that the senators also could not claim that they were betting in order to help the poor.

“If they want to help the poor, then why is it that they don’t bet if the jackpot price is small?” Cruz said.

Even lotto has “that element of gambling because they buy tickets in order to win money that belonged to others,” he added.

“That is the essence of gambling. In gambling, when they put a bet, (they think) ‘the money has to be mine (while) everybody else wants my money to be theirs.’”

Dream on

Sen. Joker Arroyo said he didn’t know anything about lotto but that people were free to dream.

In an interview on dwIZ radio, Arroyo said: “I don’t know the game, I’m ignorant of that kind of gambling. P20 for P380 million? That is for the greedy.”

Arroyo said the only game of chance he played was Black Jack.

When told that six of his colleagues were regular lotto bettors like many Filipinos, Arroyo said: “They are praying to win just like everyone else. I’m just joking. But if they like to, they can dream.” With reports from Philip C. Tubeza and Gil Cabacungan Jr.

Philippine Provinces / One Strike Policy Against Illegal Gambling
« on: November 12, 2010, 06:04:34 AM »
Chief Supt. Samuel D. Pagdialao Jr, CALABARZON (comprising the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) police director, on Monday reminded his provincial police directors that the PNP’s “One –Strike Policy” against illegal gambling is not exclusive only to jueteng (illegal numbers game), and directed them to run after operators of all forms of illegal gambling, including ‘sugal-lupa”.

Pagdilao warned he will make it his personal policy to implement the ‘One Strike Policy” in response to news reports regionwide about the rampant activities of illegal gambling operators involved in “color games”, “drop balls” and other “sugal lupa” in CALABARZON.

The PNP regional director particularly directed the provincial police director of Cavite and Rizal to crackdown on the gambling operations in Imus, Dasmariñas City and Cavite City and General Mariano Alvarez in Cavite and in Angono, Cainta and Rodriguez in Rizal. Pagdilao also ordered his commanders to strike hard at illegal gambling activities of certain Emily of Imus, Egay Lumagui of Cavite City, a certain Jayson of GMA and Jessica of Dasmariñas City as well as the operations of a certain Toyang of Angono, Nelma of Cainta and Josie of Rodriguez, Rizal.

Pagdilao directed his provincial commanders to strictly account and monitor the compliance of chiefs-of-police of the said cities and municipalities regarding illegal gambling activities. - PNA

Philippine Provinces / NPA Rebels Surrender to Philippine Government Troops
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:46:57 AM »
Forty-nine communist New People’s Army (NPA) members, including seven leaders, yielded to the government troops from Oct. 1 to date following intensified military operations and nation-building activities all over the country.

Army spokesman Col. Antonio Parlade said on Wednesday the most recent was the surrender of an NPA leader identified as Ronald Balko Pundong, alias Brian, a former medical and team leader of Team Abe, Squad Premira, Platoon Mazda, Guerrilla Front 71, Far Southern Mindanao Regional Committee, in Sarangani province on Oct. 23.

Reports reaching the Philippine Army headquarters revealed that Pundong, plagued by his conscience, opted to surrender upon realizing that the organization he considered as enemy is the same one that helped his wife recovered from illness.

Last Oct. 7, the Peace and Development Team of the 73rd Infantry Battalion conducted a medical and dental civic action program (MEDCAP) in Sarangani province which helped civilians in the area, including Pundong’s wife.

Meanwhile, another surrenderee further exposed the NPA’s continued recruitment of minors in the organization. A certain Kitkity Suyam y Laos, alias Ronnie, 24, a regular member of the Kometing Larangan Gerilya (KLG) Marko, Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee (ICRC), revealed that he was recruited by the group of communist leader Lupito Wigit Dawala, alias Tangkib, way back in 2003. Laos was only 17 years old then. - PNA

Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog is currently is seeking support from Ilonggo community based in the United States to donate for a shallow well project in various relocation sites.

Earlier, the city government here admitted that various relocation sites intended for displaced indigents lack water sources.

Mabilog said most household does not have easy access to water which is essential for daily use.

The mayor admitted that the water pipes from the city’s only water service provider, the Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD), has not reach most relocation sites.

He said connections are also limited since some relocation sites are far from the nearest pipeline.

Iloilo City has more than three relocation sites where displaced families are being accommodated. These are families affected by major projects such as the Iloilo Flood Control and those living in danger zones like creeks.

These relocation sites also includes those in Barangays Sooc in Arevalo district, San Isidro in Lapaz and Balantang in Jaro district.

Mabilog said he hoped to generate support from Ilonggos abroad for the noble project.

Each shallow well project cost around US $ 565 only, said the mayor.

Mayor Mabilog is on official travel to the US this week. He is set to meet Ilonggo communities in the states of Chicago and Maryland and lobby for support to various city projects. (PNA)

Business and Economy / One Town One Product (OTOP) Program in Iloilo
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:34:56 AM »
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here said that the One Town One Product (OTOP) program has definitely boosted tourism revenue in the countryside.

DTI information officer Ruby Melliza said that towns with OTOP have significantly increased their annual revenue since the program started last 2005.

She said that that towns with fully developed OTOP are earning more through product exports, while the countryside economy has provided livelihood to local talents.

Melliza said that town products have found its way to national markets through the OTOP. She cited the loom weaving industry in Brgy. Aparicio in the town of Ibajay and in the municipality of Numancia, Aklan.

She stressed that the fiber and piña clothes from these areas are now being sought after for its quality, after it was chosen as the OTOP of the region. Likewise, some bulk buyers have pre-ordered large quantities of piña cloth for their annual fashion show.

Melliza also cited the Floriculture industry as one of the OTOPs of the province of Capiz that has experienced a boost on income. She said that since it was identified as OTOP, some tourist and floriculture enthusiasts have started visiting the various flower gardens in Capiz.

Some floriculturist have received orders and reservations of flowers for weddings. The flower industry has also enjoyed increasing number of local workers in the past months especially that the November and December holidays near.

The DTI said that some flower buyers in the region have started buying flowers in Capiz, instead of ordering them in Baguio and Davao.

Melliza also said that OTOP allows the growth of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) using indigenous materials.

Still, the DTI said that some towns have yet to realize the importance of OTOP. Most of the 117 towns in the region have yet to properly identify their OTOP, said Melliza. (PNA)

Robotics & Wireless Tech / Worldwide Smartphone Sales Almost Doubled
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:23:50 AM »
Worldwide smartphone sales almost doubled in the third quarter this year, in part driven by strong demands for Apple's iPhone and handsets running on Google's Android mobile operating system, research firm Gartner said on Wednesday.

A new report from Gartner showed that global smartphone sales surged to a record of 81 million units in the quarter, accounting for 19.3 percent of overall mobile phone sales and representing an increase of 96 percent from the same period a year ago.

"This quarter saw Apple and Android drive record smartphone sales," Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, said in a statement.

Apple's share of the smartphone market surpassed BlackBarry maker Research In Motion (RIM) in North America to put it second behind Android, while sales of Android phones also grew rapidly, making Android the No. 2 mobile operating system worldwide after Symbian which runs on many of Nokia's handsets.

Nokia, Samsung and LG remained the world's top three mobile device manufacturers but with reduced market share. Apple rose into the top five for the first time in the quarter, surpassing RIM for fourth place.

Overall, worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 417 million units in the third quarter, up 35 percent from the year-ago period, according to Gartner.

"This is the third consecutive double-digit increase in sales year-on-year, indicating that consumer demand is healthy," Milanesi said.

Gartner analysts said they now expect overall mobile phone sales worldwide to grow over 30 percent in 2010 from the previous year. (PNA/Xinhua)

Travel and Tours / Visit the Philippines: Tourists Ignore Travel Advisory
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:16:58 AM »
The Department of Tourism (DOT) here said that foreign nationals are still visiting the country, especially the world-famous Boracay Island despite travel advisories from their home countries.

DOT said that tourists coming from United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) are still visiting despite travel warnings issued by their respective countries recently.

DOT also said that tourists from Australia, Canada and New Zealand are also coming and setting aside warnings from their embassies.

Since January up to October, DOT said that Boracay had 5,441 visitors from Australia, 3,497 from Canada, 398 from New Zealand, UK with 5, 231, and 11, 982 American visitors.

Likewise, Boracay had more than 20 thousand foreign tourist coming from European countries such as France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

DOT said that this is a good indication that tourists feel safe in visiting the country and that the region experiences peace and security.

DOT is also glad that Asian tourists are still flying in recently. DOT has recorded some 9,164 Koreans, 2271 Chinese, and 4,492 Taiwanese who were in the island for the month of October alone. - PNA

Philippine Provinces / Proposed Division of Bacolod City Into Two Districts
« on: November 11, 2010, 09:42:52 PM »
Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Anthony M. Golez said the proposed division of Bacolod City into two districts means more fund coming from the national government.

“Two districts would mean more social services for Bacolod and more funding coming from the national government,” Golez in a statement released to the local media stated.

Golez explained that his proposal for dividing the city into two legislative districts has no political motive.

The first termer solon is expected to file the bill titled “An Act Providing for the Apportionment of the Lone Legislative District of the City of Bacolod” within the week or as soon as all the documentary requirements have been completed. (PNA)

Philippine Daily News / Panama Cargo Ship Sinks Off Batanes Island
« on: November 11, 2010, 09:31:30 PM »
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has joined search and rescue operations on a Panamanian cargo vessel, with 25 Chinese crews on board, that sank off Itbayat island in Batanes on Wednesday morning.

The Manila-based PCG , citing alert message from Chinese Defense Attache Senior Colonel Chen Fangming, identified the Panamanian cargo vessel as “Masco Diamond,” which was heading towards Indonesia from Lian Yungang, China.

Lieutenant Commander Armando Balilo, PCG spokesman, quoted the alert message as saying that Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) lost contact with the cargo vessel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The PLA recorded the vessel's last location around 21° North, 123° East of Itbayat, Batanes.

"We hope that the Philippine Navy and Coast Guard can send some ships to search and rescue them," the PCG quoted the message as saying.

PCG has also approved the request of the 11th Regional Japan Coast Guard Operations Center to allow the entry of a Japanese P-3C Orion plane into the Philippine area of responsibility for the aerial search.

It also said that it was continuously monitoring for possible responses in connection with the Notice to Marines it has issued.

The PCG immediately sent vessels BRP EDSA-Dos (SARV-002) and BRP-Nueva Vizcaya (SARV-3502) to conduct SAR operations upon receiving the the alert message.

The Coast Guard Aviation Group (CGAC) also deployed one of its twin engine islander plane (PCG-251) to conduct regular aerial survey in the waters of Batanes.

By Eddie O Barrita

A senior executive of a Cebu-based shipbuilding company said the Philippines is now the fourth largest shipbuilder in the world.

Jon Erramon Aboitiz, Tsuneishi president and chief executive officer (CEO), said that with the combined output of the Balamban, Cebu shipyard of Tsuneishi and Hanjin in Subic, “the Philippines has become the fourth largest shipbuilding in the world.”

Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Cebu Inc. (THICI) is a joint venture between Japan’s Tsuneishi Group and the Aboitiz Group, of which Aboitiz is also chairman of the board.

The company, established in 1994, builds bulk carriers, as well as car and truck carriers for international clients.

Aboitiz said the company started with less than 2,000 workers, but now employs 11,000 workers with an annual payroll of about P2 billion.

On Wednesday, President Benigno Aquino III went to the company’s sprawling shipyard in Balamban town, some 50 kilometers west of Cebu City, and commended the Filipino and Japanese joint venture for completing the largest ship ever built in the country, the mv Tenshu Maru.

The mv Tenshu Maru, a 180,000-DWT bulk carrier, stretches 286.9 meters long and 45 meters wide, with a gross tonnage of about 92,400.

In his speech after the ceremony of naming the mv Tenshu Maru, the president thanked Tsuneishi Heavy Industries Cebu, Inc. “for the jobs you have provided for our people, for the trust and confidence in our nation, and for expressing your solidarity with our agenda of hope.” - pna

Nearly 100 Filipino athletes and team officials entered the imposing Hai Xin Sha stadium here on Friday along with counterparts from 44 other nations as the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) gathers the continent’s finest in the world of sports to articulate its contributions to the growth of the revered international Olympic movement.

At the forefront of the Philippine delegation, which will march 29th in the order of the OCA protocol, is flag-bearer Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, whose story book triumph as an 11th hour entry in show jumping of equestrian at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, boosted the nation’s spirit at a time when hearts were torn after the loss in the Filipino passion that is basketball.

“We were moved by her message in the send-off First Friday mass for the Asian Games. She provided us with so much inspiration,” noted athletes from different disciplines.

Cojuangco-Jaworski arrived Thursday along with athletes from billiards, swimming and taekwondo and the President of the Philippine Olympic Committee, Jose Cojuangco Jr., who will join the dignitaries, members of royal families and heads of states at the grandstand of the “Island in the middle of the Sea,” the more popular English translation for Hai Xin Sha.

In an hour-and-a-half pre-parade show, China will put poetry in motion with songs that speak of the purity in children’s hearts and dance numbers that personify Hongmian, a flower well-loved by the fishermen who gave rise to the city nestled by the Pearl River.

Pearl’s wharf will host 45 boats, representing all member countries, for the Hai Xin Sha gallery to marvel at while a fireworks show commences from around the stadium and the grandiose Hai Xin television tower, now a tourist attraction because of its height and colors.

Just before the torch arrives for the lighting of the Games cauldron, symbolizing the ongoing games, acrobatic shows, a puppet show and the melodrama characterizing the former life of Guangzhou are unveiled for hundreds of thousands expected to attend the debut of the city in this once every four years gathering of sports greats.

The event becomes solemn when People’s Republic of China President Hu Jintao declares the Games open and OCA President Sheikh Ahamad Al Fahad Al-Sabah delivers his remarks.

Guangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee Chairman Liu Peng, the country’s Minister of the General Administration of Sports, will be the first to rise to welcome the athletes and delegates soon after China’s national anthem Yi Yong Jun Jin Xing Qu is played. - PNA

General Topic / Can You Rely on Herbal Medicines?
« on: November 11, 2010, 05:48:00 PM »
These days when Western medicines have become too expensive and scarce, it is good to note that Filipinos can rely on herbal medicines which are available in abundance, locally.

Available in commercial quantities and at much cheaper price, in Tacloban City, Leyte, are herbal medicines that are used as traditional and alternative medicines in the Philippines.

This was learned from Ms. Evelina Juaban, the Manager of the Herbal Processing Plant in Tacloban City, of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Health Care of the Department of Health.

Ms. Juaban who was guest of the Philippine Information Agency, at the cable television program called Panindugan, said that there are many plants, about 400 of them in the Philippines, which have medicinal or therapeutic values.

However, the Department of Health through its Traditional Health Program has endorsed 10 medicinal plants, which have been thoroughly tested and have been clinically proven to have medicinal value in the relief and treatment of various ailments.

Today, the Tacloban Herbal Plant of PTAHC has come up with the Lagundi tablets made from natural Lagundi (Vitex negundo), which is known in English as the "5-leaved chaste tree". Its main use is for the relief of coughs and asthma. The tablets are available in 300 mg.

There is the 250 mg. Sambong tablet made from sambong leaves (Blumea balsamifera), known in English as Blumea camphora, a diuretic that helps in the excretion of urinary stones and can also be used as an edema.

Both the Lagundi and Sambong tablets are sold wholesale at a price of P150 per box of 100 tablets. This means that each tablet costs only P1.50 whole or P2.00 each at retail price.

Another is the Tsaang Gubat 250mg tablet. Known with the scientific name Ehretia microphylla Lam., this herbal medicine is effective in treating intestinal motility and also used as a mouth wash since the leaves of this shrub has high fluoride content.

The fourth is Akapulco (Cassia alata) which is also known as "bayabas-bayabasan" and "ringworm bush" in English. This herbal medicine is used to treat ringworms and skin fungal infections.

The Ampalaya (Momordica charantia), known as "bitter gourd" or "bitter melon" in English, is most known as a treatment of diabetes (diabetes mellitus) for the non-insulin dependent patients. Ms. Juaban said it is the leaves of the Ampalaya which is used.

Bawang (Allium sativum), popularly known as garlic, mainly reduces cholesterol in the blood and hence, helps control blood pressure. Ms. Juaban cautioned the public, however, that the potent substance in bawang is only soluble in oil, thus, for those who are using bawang to reduce their cholesterol, they should sauté the bawang in healthy vegetable oil. Eating the bawang raw will only give one a heart burn.

Bayabas (Psidium guajava) or "guava" in English, is primarily used as an antiseptic, to disinfect wounds. Also, it can be used as a mouth wash to treat tooth decay and gum infection.

Niyog-Niyogan (Quisqualis indica L.) is a vine known as "Chinese honey suckle". It is effective in the elimination of intestinal worms, particularly the Ascaris and Trichina. Only the dried matured seeds are medicinal. One should crack and ingest the dried seeds two hours after eating (5 to 7 seeds for children & 8 to 10 seeds for adults). If one dose does not eliminate the worms, wait a week before repeating the dose.

Ulasimang Bato (Peperomia pellucida) is also known as "pansit-pansitan." It is effective in fighting arthritis and gout. The leaves can be eaten fresh (about a cupful) as salad or like tea. For the decoction, boil a cup of clean chopped leaves in 2 cups of water. Boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain, let cool and drink a cup after meals (3 times per day). Decoctions must be made just for one day use only.

Yerba Buena (Clinopodium douglasii) is commonly known as Peppermint, this vine is used as an analgesic to relive body aches and pain. It can be taken internally as a decoction or externally by pounding the leaves and applied directly on the afflicted area.

There are other herbs and herbal remedies like banaba, virgin coconut oil, mangosteen, gumamela, luyang dilaw, silymarin, countless of them.

Long, before the introduction of modern medicines and Western curative methods, herbal medicines had been widely used in the Philippines.

The curative effects of the herbs were tested by traditional healers on their patient on try-and-error basis. The knowledge and skills on the curative application of any give herbal medicine has been handed down from generation to generation.

Apart from prescribing herbs medicines, the traditional healers were known to give psychological comfort and moral support to their patients. In the old days, they were well respected and enjoy high social status. - PIA

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