Thursday, April 23, 2015

Central Visayas' Carmela Therese Dublin: The Fast and the Furious and the Brainy

Carmela Therese Dublin

Watching this 15-year old incoming Grade 10 (4th year high school) student of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu display her perfect running form, one could tell she's a champion athlete. Standing at 5 feet 4 inches, furiously running with long strides and acquiring a dark complexion due to constant sun exposure in the open track field, Carmela Therese Dublin or "Miss Kenya" as she is fondly called by her mom, is already a multi-awarded athlete at her young age. Among her recent awards - National PRISAA 2015 meet: gold 200 meters, and silver 100 meters (losing by a hairline). She's also Central Visayas' fastest female runner, winning the CVIRAA 2015 100 meter gold, 200 meter gold, 4 x 100 meter gold and 4 x 400 meter silver. All of these is a product of years of hard work and determination. Back in CVIRAA 2014, she was not expected to win gold in the 100 meters but won.

It was in Grade 4 that she first took interest in athletics during PE class. However, it was only in Grade 6 that she joined the athletics varsity team. From there, training hard for the school qualifiers or time trials, trying initially high jump and the 400 meters, she slowly rose ranks to become one of the lead runners of their school in the 100 meters and 200 meters (her favorite event). There was a time she believed her past excellent performances were tied to her "lucky shorts". When she won an event in CVIRAA where she was not favored to win wearing another pair of shorts as she left her lucky shorts behind, she began to truly believe it was indeed her hard work that brought the win.

Life as an athlete is not easy.The school is unable to fully shoulder the expenses especially for events outside Cebu. But thanks to her supportive family, Carmela is able to compete in these big sporting events. Another challenge is time management. Constant training (stretching, jogging, drills, sprints) is required in the midst of academic challenges undergone by a typical student. More than 3 failed subjects would mean a break from the athletics team. But how did Carmela respond?

In the latest grading period, she got Second Honors.This despite having to take special exams and one-on-one sessions with the teacher to catch up especially when there are sporting events where she would compete. With practices done daily, Carmela remains conscientious with her studies reviewing lessons at home straight after practice. Imagine how she would adjust and manage her schedules to make way for studying with events such as the Milo Nationals, CESAFI, Mandaue Meet and CVIRAA to name some. But manage well she did, perhaps taking cue from her doctor parents, as she is not only a winner in the track but she is doing well in academics.

Carmela is also an ordinary teenager who enjoys house hopping and strolling with teammates in Ayala or IT Park showing a very good balance of work and play.

Prompted for tips she could give for young runners, Carmela gave these words, "I think to always have a fighting spirit lang gyud."Do not give up lang gyud. Don't be scared..."

Showing already the right attitude young athletes should possess, with more support, Carmela will continue to bring more honor not only to her parents or school but also to the region as well.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Pacquiao-Mayweather Livestream can be viewed in your phones with Smart

This is it! The fight everyone's waiting for. Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. I think a lot are wishing Manny will put a stop to Mayweather. And now is the time to pour in all the support for the Pacman. #SugodManny !

I am sure no one wants to miss this fight. There are many options to watch this fight and it's not just cable TV.

Do you have a Viewstream app on your device? I just learned Smart is actually offering a livestream of this fight thru this app. The livestream will be commercial-free. For a limited time, the price for this is 499 Php. And there is no credit card needed because it can be simply charged to your postpaid bill or deducted from your prepaid load. Well, it's not just for Smart subscribers. It's also for Sun and talk 'N' Text subscribers. And there's a bonus! You can watch exclusive training footage in the US and videos of previous fights. Cool!

I also learned other exclusive videos and contents can also be accessed in the following Smart channels:

  • Youtube:
  • Facebook:
  • Instagram: @SmartCares
  • Viber Public Chat:
Looking for exclusive PacMan Chat stickers to use while chatting in relation to this fight? Head to Pico Candy, Viber, Line and WeChat to incorporate their Manny Pacquiao chat stickers.
Camera 360 app also has also exclusive Manny Pacquiao-themed camera templates.

Ibuhos na natin ang suporta. #SugodManny

Sunday, March 22, 2015

New Things to Look Forward to in Singapore this 2015

Many healthcare professionals go to Singapore to work, train or enjoy their vacation. It's amazing that Singapore never runs out of attractions. And you thought you have seen it all there. But Singapore is not just Night Safaris or Universal Studios. Here are some new spectacular adventures you can experience there:

  1. The Great Egg-Venture at Sentosa HarbourFront
    • This Easter, hunt for 100 giant eggs through the nooks and crannies of Sentosa HarbourFront to win egg-citing prizes.
  2. 2015 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix
    • Witness the world's only street night race in a backdrop of heritage sites, modern architecture and breathtaking skyline combining a nice mix of sounds, festivities and sights, Coming this September 18 to 20. For entertainment, how about a line-up of Pharrell Williams and Maroon 5 at the Padang Stage; and Spandau Ballet at the Village Stage.
  3. TrickEye Museum
    • Be amazed at 2D paintings on the museum walls, floors and ceilings which appear to pop out of the surface and come to life. Step inside the paintings and take pictures to post in Facebook and Instagram then witness the optical illusions do the trick.
  4. Madame Tussauds Singapore
    • Pose with your favorite celebrities "in the flesh". Well, not really in person but in a realistix wax version of themselves. Meet Michael Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Bradd Pitt, Johnny Depp and most recently, the iconic Singapore Girl. Madame Tussauds Singapore is located at Imbish Lookout on Sentosa sitting alongside images of Singapore LIVE which introduces an entirely new element with live actors telling Singapore's history.
  5. Alive Museum
    • It is one of the new entertainment destinations suitable for all ages modernizing the concept of art into fun and entertainment. More than 80 artwork exhibits are brought alive with 3D painting, shading and drawing techniques that create visual illusions and visitors will be able to be part of the masterpiece. At this museum, visitors may get up close and see interactive pieces on exhibit.
  6. Gardens by the Bay's Tulipmania
    • Tulipmania is a highly anticipated  display and it returns at the Gardens by the Bay from March 20 to May 10 - this time in the midst of a colorful setting of magical fairy tales, an even wider selection of tulips in a myriad of hues and forms. 
These are just some. New hotels, restaurants and many more attractions are sprouting in Singapore so those who have gone to Singapore last year can still come back to Singapore to try something new.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cebu City Marriott Hotel supports celebration of CBSi's 7th year

Happy #CBSi7 anniversary my beloved Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc. (CBSi)!

The evening after the Day of Hearts, CBSi, (as the number 7 suggests) is lucky to have Cebu City Marriott Hotel as the venue for their 7th year celebration, a fitting venue for such an accomplishment. 7 years says a lot about CBSi, the original and premier blogging organization originating in Cebu with a current roster of bloggers who are among the most respected in social media and their respective blogging niches in the country from its humble beginnings within a Yahoo group. The longevity is a testament to CBSi's professionalism and good reputation which allows it and its members to be continually tapped by the community of food makers, tourism, businessmen and social advocates for its various campaigns and causes. For example, CBSi is among the first partners for the 1st Healthcare Social Media Summit in the Philippines.

CBSi remains committed to help especially in the promotion of Cebu to the world as well as other advocacies without expecting anything in return. And of course CBSi keeps the fire burning in blogging not for monetary gain but for genuinely sharing information that will benefit their respective readers during their next travel destination, next book, next food trip, etc.

Like the Marriott Hotel, it continues to stand tall as a symbol of Cebuano pride in this part of the globe.

Monday, July 7, 2014

10 Things to Love about the Smartphone LG G3 now available in Cebu

I was fortunate to see for myself the latest smartphone from LG, the LG G3 and I fell in love with it already. here are 10 reasons why.

  1. Very high quality display - With the stunning Quad HD supporting 538 ppi, the LG G3 delivers ultra sharp images in your phone. A good combination with the 5.5 inch screen it possesses.
  2. Laser Auto Focus - Never miss a moment with its quick focus adjustment. With the laser auto focus, blurring and shaking effects are reduced and the 13 MP pics really appear perfect.
  3. Touch and Shoot - Oftentimes, when you want to capture a moment in the smartphone camera, you want to touch the target area for a quick shot instead of the camera icon. This is possible with LG G3 as you simply get a focus and the shot with just one touch of the screen.
  4. Evolved Front camera - It only takes a simple hand gesture to signal the smartphone camera with the help of the image sensor to take a selfie image. Selfies made easy, cleaner and sharper!
  5. Smart Keyboard - Big hands? No problem. You can adjust the size of the keyboard to personalize your texting and typing experience. This plus word completion feature makes for reduced typing mistakes.
  6. Smart Notice - LG G3 makes call reminders for calls you missed or makes suggestions on apps to erase after a time of inactivity and many more.
  7. Wireless charging - How cool is that? LG G3 by the way has 3,000 mAh removable batteries. thus you can opt to have a spare battery on standby.
  8. Knock Code - One can create a pattern or combination to unlock or wake your phone adding to the level of security in a fun way.
  9. 1-Watt Speaker with Boost Amp - no need for additional speakers when playing music.
  10. Quick Circle - This Circle Window displays the 6 most often used apps by you making it easier to access them while your phone is protected by its own case.
Other specs:
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 2g/3g?LTE (4G)
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, HDMI SlimPort, NFC, A-GPS, Glonass
  • Memory: 3 GB AM/32 GB Internal Memory or 2 GB RAM/16 GB Internal memory; External Micro SD up to 128 GB
  • Ultra HD video recording, 3840 x 2160
I was told the LG G3 is available already in Cebu cellphone stores especially those in SM. I think it costs around the 30,000 peso plus range.

For more info visit the LG G3 website and LG G3 Youtube channel.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Glucerna 1-2-3 Challenge: Empowering the patient to manage their diabetes with the help of technology

Diabetes is no joke. It is said to be a growing health problem in the country and also a growing worldwide epidemic. As of 2011 DOH figures, it is the 8th leading cause of mortality in the Philippines. Along with high blood pressure, it is a leading cause of kidney failure and hemodialysis. (You wouldn't want to have kidney failure.) With diabetes, you may also have other complications like heart diseases, stroke, eye complications, nerve damage, skin complications, hypertension and even erectile dysfunction common among diabetic men. Preventive measures you have to do especially if you are obese and have a family history of diabetes include the following:

  • Take plenty of fiber from veggies, fruits, beans, nuts and whole grains.
  • Increased physical activity or exercise, watch your weight and lose extra pounds.
Now if you happen to have diabetes already, follow your doctor's advice, take your medications and do your end of the bargain especially regards with your lifestyle.

It is nice to know that with the help of technology, patients are now empowered to take control of the management of their diabetes. Such is the case with the Glucerna 1-2-3 challenge from Abbott.

The Glucerna 1-2-3 challenge is a 12-week program specifically made for diabetics to learn simple techniques to help them manage their diabetes with a healthy lifestyle. This is done with the help of a set of online tools found in the website http://www.glucerna123challenge, and the corresponding mobile app which is available for Iphone and Android smartphones. The online tools provide tracking tools to monitor blood sugar levels as well as progress reports, easy meal plans and recipes, daily exercise plans and step-by-step instructional videos and guidance as to how to incorporate Glucerna  into the healthy diet.

By the way, Glucerna is a specialized nutrition product for diabetes patients to slow their progression as well as prediabetics to help delay or prevent the onset of diabetes for use in conjunction with overall diabetes management plan. The latest formulation of Glucerna is the Triple Care Specialized Nutrition with benefits which coincides with the 1-2-3 challenge of:
  • managing blood sugar or glucose levels
  • support heart health
  • manage well your weight

Glucerna triple care
Glucerna chocolate flavor (The other is vanilla)

According to Abbott, Glucerna  provides

  • an advanced, slowly-digested, low glycemic index carbohydrate system to avoid sudden peaks of sugar levels and manage blood sugar response.
  • a unique heart-friendly lipid blend rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) and omega-3 fatty acids to help support heart health
  • key ingredients to help reduce waistline as well as weight
  • 225 calories per serving
  • 32 vitamins and minerals
In other words, Glucerna's advantage is you know exactly what you are taking in, very vital for patients monitoring calories and blood sugar levels.

I say let us take advantage of this technology and take control of our health. So, you want to respond to the Glucerna 1-2-3 challenge?