Monday, January 19, 2009

Wellness gym for Capitol heavygats

• The storm is not yet over for the two brothers (they’re evangelists in a popular local church in Tagbilaran City) who have a “rift” on the stewardship (ownership?) of the church they’ve inherited. The “rift” started last year when a certain deacon (elder) asked some members to have their kids enrolled in a new school the deacon’s managing. The younger brother reacted (perhaps, he felt betrayed because he has a school) and some members made the situation “confusing” to the extent of establishing his own church. The younger brother had his petition — that he rightfully owns the church at the SEC—and only to be told to smoke pipe with his brother, well for reconciliation. The members are still “fighting” for their “rights”—but until when? In the first place, the younger brother and his members were not “forced” by the elder brother and members to leave the church. We hope the Lord God will enlighten them and the two brothers could iron things out so the members can sing Joyful, Joyful and have peace of mind while singing Sweet Hours of Prayers. The Lord has tested your faith and your doctrine.

• A very popular socialite and her equally very popular boyfriend dined in a resto. Everytime the lady went to the lavatory, she didn’t have any inkling that her boyfriend would get money from her bag. Oh well, with the huge amount of money she carries around, she could feel she is losing money!

• A former politician always has a “medical” alibi when she doesn’t want to see her supporters and bank personnel (they came to see her for solicitations and advices and to ask payments for the loan she made for the 2007 elections to the tune of P400,000 a month!). She would call in “sick” while enumerating the symptoms of an ailment from a medical book. When the bank personnel had talked with the helpers to check the politician’s health, the helpers told the personnel that their boss is well. Very original, very imaginative, very resourceful, isn’t she?
(Enough, let us attend the church service, folks!)


It was a running joke in Capitol that startled some employees to reality. It’s about their, well, getting heavier and heavier you know. For a while, they shrugged off co-employees picking on them being a fatso because making fun of each other has become part and parcel of everyday’s life. But the mirror doesn’t tell a lie. Looking at themselves, many (and more!) are ballooned to more than 210 pounds!

Last year, there was a request (appeal?) from the employees, staff and casuals to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to allocate an area, room or place within the Capitol Building as a fitness center. But it didn’t happen. The request says, “where equipments such as but not limited to treadmills, barbells, dumbbells, stools, benches, bars and free weights could be placed for the use of all employees and workers within the Sanggunian or for those who work within the capitol compound if so desired.”

A minimal fee could be charged for the upkeep and maintenance of the equipments.

What prompt them to value wellness (knowing that they can’t resist fiestas and birthdays)? Here are their reasons:

• A sedentary lifestyle such as a desk bound job leads to increased weight, which in turn gives way to hypertension, circulatory and cholesterol problems, diabetics, arthritis, rheumatism and a host of other illnesses not usually found in a lean and fit individual.

• Studies have shown that the production of “serotonin,” a brain chemical that induces good mood and productivity is stimulated by regular exercise.

• The availability of exercise equipment may encourage personnel to adopt an exercise routine and to come early for their daily exercises.

• The availability and proximity of exercise equipment may allow employees to exercise during lunch breaks and after office hours.

• A lean and fit workplace would mean better productivity which in turn would rebound to better service to the populace and progress to the province of Bohol.
Can we guarantee the employees to serve the public effectively and efficiently if ever, that is a big if, the SP will allocate a room for the gym? We don’t want to sickly employees and we just hope that this will benefit everyone and not just for some.

Paging board members Aster Piollo and Jane Censorial Cajes!


I just watched The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (and other movies like Bedtime Stories and Slumdog Millionaire). I don’t want to preempt the film (the movie is still to be shown at Bohol’s modern cinema, the Island City Mall on Jan. 21, be there to experience the Pitt mania to boil! ) but everyone is talking about it since last year. It's a visually well constructed film that is constantly entertaining.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 American film, very loosely based on the 1921 short story of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film was directed by David Fincher, written by Eric Roth, and stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The film was released on December 25, 2008.

Brad Pitt’s performance is so gracefully convincing, that you can’t help but be
wowed over and over again.

The film allows us to take two journeys simultaneously -- one physical, and the other psychological. At its core, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is an inventive and involving mortality fantasy that isn't as much about the eponymous protagonist as it is about the people he meets along the way in life, and the profound effect they can have on his existence and world view -- even if their names tend to escape him from time to time. Benjamin Button came into this world with the body of an old man, but the spirit of a newborn child.

The story begins with the birth of the protagonist, Benjamin in 1860. Benjamin is born with the physical appearance of a seventy-year-old man, and when his father first visits him mere hours after his birth he is already able to speak. To avoid embarrassment, Benjamin's father forces him to shave his beard and dye his hair in order to look younger. He also forces Benjamin to play with the other neighborhood boys, and buys him toys and orders him throughout the day to play with them.

Benjamin obediently plays with them, but only to please his father as Benjamin has more joy in smoking his father's cigars, reading encyclopedias, and talking to his grandfather. He is even sent to kindergarten at the age of five, but is quickly withdrawn from the class after repeated instances of falling asleep during kid-oriented activities.

As the story progresses it soon becomes apparent to the Button family that Benjamin is aging backwards which astounds them beyond belief. At the age of eighteen he enrolls in Yale University. However, having run out of hair-dye on the day that he is supposed to register for classes, the officials at Yale send him away believing that he is a fifty-year-old lunatic.

Several years later, while attending a party with his father (who now looks to be the same age as Benjamin), Benjamin meets the young Hildegarde Moncrief, the daughter of a respected Civil War general. Hildegarde tells Benjamin that she would rather be with an older man because they treat women better. He dances with her, and they quickly fall in love and marry. Benjamin soon takes over his father's hardware business, and he proves to be highly adept at the job, while growing fabulously rich.

As Benjamin "grows younger," he begins to feel healthier and happier, as Fitzgerald says, "the blood flowed with new vigour through his veins." However, his wife ceases to attract him as she ages, and he soon decides to fight in the Spanish-American War. He serves with great distinction and receives a medal for a wound he received at the Battle of San Juan Hill. When he returns home his relationship with his wife deteriorates further, and he becomes more detached from her. He often leaves the house and goes to lavish parties and dances, while his wife is more settled in her ways.

In 1910 Benjamin turns over control of his company to his son, Roscoe, and enrolls at Harvard, with the appearance of a 20-year-old. His first year at Harvard is a great success, and he dominates on the football field. However, by the time Benjamin reaches his senior year he is a frail sixteen-year-old too weak to play football and barely able to cope with the academic load.

Benjamin returns home, and as the years progress he goes from being a moody teenager to being a young boy and is reluctantly cared for by his son. Eventually, he looks to be the same age as his own grandson, and even attends kindergarten with him. As his body grows younger, Button slowly begins to lose his memory of his earlier life.

The toys and games that he spurned as a newborn begin to interest him. As he reaches the end of his life he becomes a baby, and his nurse Nana takes him for walks and teaches him to say words. His memory deteriorates to the point where he can't remember anything except the immediate present, and eventually, all goes dark.

Homereach scholars

I’m very sure you’re familiar with Balik Medical Mission. It is one of the many projects initiated by the HomeReach Foundation to provide healthcare and surgical services, medications, surgical supplies and equipment for use at local hospitals.

HomeReach is composed of group of volunteers who often come together some evenings after work, even weekends into nights, sorting-and-packing materials for distribution to healthcare, education, livelihood and patrimony (Help) sites, or sharing ideas and experiences.
Another noble project of HomeReach is the Foster Parents Scholarship Program (FPSP). The FPSP was first organized, developed and created with love and prayer of the Bohol Circle of Eastern USA to provide high school and college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students. HomeReach was among the staunch supporter of the scholarship program to build and sustain public understanding of the need for higher levels of educational attainment and lifelong learning.

The scholarship program is headed by Dr. Pepe Recitas and chaired by US- based computer analyst Manny Cempron. Roy Mondragon is the local coordinator and the “father” to the growing scholars.

The scholars who came from different towns of Bohol and other provinces have endless potentials. Last Christmas, one notable deed they had was spending time and giving joy to kids with disabilities at the Breaking Barriers for Children and Youth at K of C, this city.

To know more about HomeReach and the Foster Parents Scholarship Program, you can visit

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Tagna-Tagna 2009

I greet our readers, tigmo- tigmo agukoy aron kita mag-asoy! Or I say, tagna-tagna agukoy aron kita mag-enjoy!

A lot of readers (who are diehard believers in the horoscope no doubt) have been asking what’s in store for them in the Year of the Earth Ox (actually the Chinese will celebrate it on January 26, 2009, or the year 4707 in the Chinese calendar).

Is the year 2009, the year of the Ox, oks na oks for all?

The Ox symbolizes diligence, reliability, sincerity, strength and sound judgment. But, don't expect these lumbering souls to have a sparkling sense of humor or be style's not part of their precious package!

Astrologers say, on the whole, this will be a happier year than most: free from explosive events and wars and with far less catastrophes than, say, the years of the Tiger or the Dragon. Nonetheless, it will be spicy. It promises a lot of bickering, bargaining and petty arguments that will do little harm. A congenial time that will find most of us socializing and enjoying ourselves.

Oxens are also known in North America as water buffalos. They are the “cousin” animal of the carabao and cow. In Bohol, we love to eat carabeef during fiestas (in the town of Loboc, oh my God, I love kabaw chicaron and dinuguan, and, in Ubujan, Tagbilaran City and Sikatuna, they offer kabaw soup which is good for the stomach!). In Catigbian town, they have carabao for fashion and beauty pageant in the celebration of the Katigbawan festival.

My annual tagna-tagna, as usual and as expected, 90 percent of them came true. And to think that I don’t need Madam Auring or Sylvia Browne (there’s James Randi) to read the future for Bohol’s who’s who and newsmakers! Thanks to the power of radio, newspaper and the never-ending chika from the circle of friends.

Without much ado, here is Tagna-Tagna 2009.

Drum roll, please….

First, the wake-upper items:
• SK National President Jane Censorias Cajes and her politician boyfriend will bare headed for splitsville because of a pretty third party. She has lots of projects (and another international conference to attend to)!
• Titon Torralba (popularly known as Inday Rufing) will become an even bigger (more shows) “star” but his (?) love life will remain, sigh, zero.
• The “war” between Mayor Dan Neri Lim and others will get worse, and, before it gets worse some of the mayor’s friends will “abandon” him as the election is almost nearer!
• DyRD will axe programs (one of them topbilled by a popular commentator) and a station will be “discipline” by an organization. The popularity of radio programs will continue; paid programs will wane and will have less and less followers because they have nothing new to offer. However, Inyong Alagad will become remain popular.
• Ms Tagbilaran 2002 Twinkle Besas and Carl Ryan Du Lim (the apo of the Dui Ek Sam empire) will tie the knot anytime this year.
• Sorry, but no wedding bells for: Rey Boom Boom Bautista and her new girlfriend (not Miss CVRAA Carolyn Ronillo)
• But Atty. Doi Magdoza and Dra. Aileen Tan are seriously planning to march down the aisle (with the “blessings” of their parents). Love will find a way!
• Despite rumors to the contrary, Teddy Ramasola and his girlfriend (the real love of his life since they were in high school) romance will even grow stronger (Oops! The crystal ball suddenly becomes blurred. Hehehe!). But, sorry na lang for Ron Tan, RG Ong, Mayors Tom Gonzaga, Jono Jumamoy, who will have no choice but to remain singles (lovelife remain barren)!
• Baba Yap will reveal the identity of his girlfriend (if he has any) to the public. He will (probably) not going to settle down this year, if, and that is a big if, as he wants to enjoy single blessedness. The apple of his eyes can’t wait no more!
• Eric Ngo and his beauty queen girlfriend (if he has any) won’t be tying the knot this year (there is a shocking revelation about him)... and neither will Toyee Ramos and Mayor Rey Niño Boniel who want to remain illusive bachelors!
• Former Panglao Mayor Doloreich Dumaluan will continue to be hounded by controversy from which he’ll emerge unscathed, his popularity intact (and will even increase). Oppss, the cards changed colors!
• Brownbuds will release their second album after the phenomenal success of their first album (containing the song Byaheng Bohol and Iro!). Suitcases101 will have a new member and more gigs somewhere in Luzon.
• KatKat Schoof will get married to her boyfriend anytime this year after she will relinquish her crown, if, his bf can wait.
• Malou Cempron will remain “loveless,” (come on, get me, get me!) and so will broadcaster Chito Visarra (but not for long) and Eden Descallar (baby, am yours!)
• Joy Maglajos will admit that she’s going steady with her boyfriend and has a plan to settle down after she will relinquish the crown.
• Glenn Mark Blasquez will finally — finally! — meet the “woman of his dreams” whom he won’t marry.
• TBTK will be livelier this year but too far for the people to say. Moreover, controversies will continue.
• Maximiel will be in the limelight, you now, in a real-to-life story. (Oops! The crystal ball suddenly becomes blurred. Hehehe!)
• Miss TBTK 2006 Loida Lagonoy will find a rich man this year to color her barren lovelife (bless her!).

And now, for the "blind item" tagna-tagna:
• The next high-ranking officials in Bohol will have the song Constant Change (CC)!
• Two gay marriages will happen in Bohol by known personalities. It’s a Californication!
• A sexy socialite will split from her foreigner-boyfriend after she discovers his "true color."
• A young and wholesome young model might get pregnant (if she isn’t careful).
• A youth leader who’s not renewed for the job he applied will give hint he will run for a higher post. He will face ordeal of the “crime” he committed.
• New batch of wholesome beauties (in their teens) will be introduced to the people, more beautiful and sexy than other beauty pageants in Bohol! Another Boholana will be included in a national beauty pageant.
• Another high-ranking official in the province will find himself enmeshed in a controversy due to immorality
• The second highest official in the province will discover that he’s taking care of “snakes” inside his office.
• A couple will remain “childless” because of the wife’s temperament and temperament. Pray to the Lord, dear.
• Children of prominent businessmen (one male and one female) will be confined in the hospital for drug rehab.
• Several other businessmen and yuppies will be as "ecstatic" as ever and it’s not because of shabu.
• A business couple, married not very long ago, will break up amidst an ugly controversy wherein they’ll swap unsavory charges against each other, thus exposing their true colors. Ouch!
• A lawyer and businessman will continue to be hounded by intrigue but he and his wife and children will, as usual, survive it. Maayo lang gyud!
• A heavyweight newscaster/host will resign from the station and make an earth-shaking exposé
• A couple will definitely migrate to the States for the sake of their children.
• Couples (not married, only going steady) will break up like porcelain jars despite their public pronouncement of undying, endless love.
• More singers will follow in the footsteps of Jesat Cathy Duce and Hugo Cuabo.
• A new band will rise with popularity in May.
• A Boholano will star in an Indie/digital films and will win awards both here and in international film festivals.
• A board member and prodigal son will have a tearful reconciliation after the son left the house in favor of the girl (who’s pregnant). All’s well that ends well?
• A “potato queen” will accidentally kill the man he loves after he will find out that the man has another relationship with another “potato queen.”
• More scandals will rock Capitol. The department heads will try to get media mileage.
• Two best friends will wage an ugly word war against each other on — where else! — in radio and newspapers.
• A popular lawyer and his nurse wife (who’s from a neighboring town but working in Tagbilaran City) might just might have a talk about reconciliation but that’s the farthest it will go just talk.
• A daughter of a prominent businessman who left the house when she found her dad’s philandering activities will reconcile. Happy together!
• Two popular priests (knock on the wood!), high-ranking politicians (knock, knock on the wood!), department heads in Capitol (knock, knock, knock on the wood!) will say goodbye and join our Creator.
• A popular hairdresser/make up artist will get a girl pregnant! Shocking teh?!
• A newspaper might change hands (ownership, I mean) to the tune of ... P30 billion?
• A lawyer and his wife whom he has accused of having another man will finally let bygones be bygones and start life anew — together!
• A handsome and young politician will regret having broken up with a sweet young male model.
• Workers in an establishment will stage a labor-related action (strike?).
• A high-ranking official will be in a car accident (knock on the wood!) three days after his birthday. Cuidao!
• More and more Boholanos are becoming “out from the closet!” Show your true colors!

What’s up---------------------------------------------------

• Feliz compleaños to City Councilor Oscar Glovasa, Jan. 8; SK president Jane Cajes, Jan. 10; Emerson Pinos, Jan. 11; and AJ Wincielou “Cielo” Gabin, Jan. 14.
• From the official website of Miss Cebu Tourism: Somewhere in the mad dash between being a quiet beach town and a highly urbanized conference city, Cebu took on a charming face...a different one every year. But nevertheless, a face the city and the world became familiar with. She is Miss Cebu. Let us support 19-year-old Nadia Claire Orimaco Urbino (who’s a Boholana), Miss USJR 2007 who joins this year’s silver edition of Miss Cebu Tourism on Jan. 14. To help Claire, just text to 2278 the sms command: VOTE FOR MSCEBU .