Thursday, December 22, 2011

Phone scanning to help Cebu visitors during Sinulog and even APMC convention

Thanks to Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and Cebu-based website, tourists and other visitors to heritage sites will not find difficulty finding information regarding a certain tourist spot or heritage site as they are visiting it. That is because information on tourism and heritage sites will be delivered to mobile phones and tablets through quick response or QR code scanning.

QR codes by the way, turns text or URLs for example into a mix of pixels within a square that can be scanned by a smartphone. In this manner, all the tourist needs to do is to scan the QR code placed prominently in a heritage site like the one below and voila! information regarding the site will be projected into his smartphone or gadget.

We went to the San Juan Bautista Chapel and there is also a QR code there.

After scanning the code, a picture as well as information regarding the church that used to stand there was seen in the gadget.

This project in partnership with the Department of Tourism Central Visayas was launched last December 20, 2011 at the historic Barangay Pari-an in Cebu City.

I am sure this will be very useful for visitors both from within and outside Cebu during the Sinulog festivities.

It can also be recalled that the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges will have the annual convention held here in Cebu this early February hosted by the Cebu Institute of Medicine.

If the planned mini-heritage tour resembling the Gabii sa Kabilin will push through to accomodate APMC delegates, these QR codes will come in handy. The medical students and teachers who have smartphones will just have to scan these codes and no more looking for somebody else to ask about a heritage site.

Going back to Sinulog,  Smart and also launched "A Guide to Cebu 2012", an electronic guidebook on Cebu as well as announced the immediate availability of a free electronic guidebook to the Sinulog for the iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Android tablets and phones and other smartphones and ereader brands. The guidebooks will be offered for free download at the airport, Ayala Cennter, hotels and other locations frequented by tourists.
Marlen Limpag, editor showing the Sinulog Guidebook
While the Sinulog guidebook is available for download already, "A Guide to Cebu 2012" will be made available for download in January.

Again these guidebooks particularly the Cebu electronic guidebook will be useful for APMC delegates once they are made available.

It was stressed however by editor, Marlen Limpag that the project isn't purely historical. "Tourists can also get tips on how to get the most of their stay right at the tourist spot they are visiting.

The articles loaded in the system are also linked to Facebook, Google+, Twitter and even FourSquare so one can be a "mayor" of a certain heritage site.

Cebu is lucky as this is the country's first as the project will be later expanded nationwide.

Congrats to SMART, the Department of Tourism and!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Long Wait is Over: HTC Concept Kiosk Now in Cebu

Ahem! This post is not about the beautiful ladies in the above photo but about the smartphones they are holding.

If you search for the best smartphones list, chances are the list includes an HTC product.

Finally, the HTC products are now available in Cebu. They can be viewed at the 1st HTC Concept Store (which is actually more of an open kiosk) found in SM City Cebu Cyberzone. Below is how the kiosk looks like which also acts as a Support Center.

Take your pick...

How I wish I have one because of the good reviews I read about HTC Sensation for exmple. Anyway, if you want to buy one, you can avail of a zero percent interest in 6 months  payment scheme using your credit card....and you need not go far.

HTC Concept Kiosk is found near the Aerophone store in SM City Cebu Cyberzone.

Below are the men behind bringing HTC in Cebu....

 Don't expect though to still have these ladies below when you visit the store next time.

Friday, December 9, 2011

12 Days of SurPRIZES when you buy a Sony Ericsson Xperia in Cebu

If I could change the lyrics of the "12 Days of Christmas" song and make them a reality, I would certainly ask either one type of Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphone each day or realistically speaking, one Cebuano brand product to enjoy each of these days.

You cannot blame me once you see this yourself...
Imagine a smartphone that is still ok even when wet? This the Xperia Active which is dust-proof and water-resistant. Perfect for those sporty adventurous people.

For businessman, doctors or even bloggers who are always on the go and who write or read emails often, the Xperia Pro should be perfect.

Then there's the Xperia Play which is like a Playstation phone. Heck any Xperia phone will do because it's believed to have good graphics, can be connected to a HD TV and it has the nice features and technology of the different Sony products in a smart phone.

Actually there will be an upcoming promo for those buying a Sony Ericsson Xperia unit in Cebu from December 12 to December 23, 2011.

Dubbed as Sony Ericsson's 12 Days of Christmas, a customer who buysa Xperia handset from Sony Ericsson Experience Shops and participating dealer shops in Cebu is entitled to win 12 months worth of products or services from the following awesome Cebuano brands:

  • CnT Lechon
  • Body and Sole Spa (wow, feeling like a celebrity!)
  • Chika-an Restaurant (Family eat out, yupee!)
  • Coffee Dream Cafe
  • Dimsum Break Restaurant
  • ForMo Resto-bar (Chill each month)
  • Home Bakers Bakeshop
  • Island Souveneir Shop
  • JCA Pizza
  • La Marea Pastry Shop
  • Salon de Rose
  • Thirsty Juices and Shakes
Yes, one can experience either one of these brands from January until December 2012. One can enjoy P1,000 worth of Gift Certificates of a brand every month for the next 12 months! 

Inquire from the participating shop about this promo when you buy your Xperia Unit.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

CIM Founder's Day Activities this 2011

December 1-8 is a busy week for the Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM) as it celebrates Founder's Day. below is the schedule of activities:

  • December 1 and 2 (Thursday and Friday) 8-5PM: CIM Medical World Congress Day 1 and 2 at the Waterfront Hotel Cebu
  • December 3, 9 AM: Alumni Day with Mass, Meeting, Lunch and Raffles at the Amphi 3 and CIM Social Hall
  • December 4, 5-12 NN: Well baby Contest at the CIM Lobby
  • December 5 (Monday) 8:30 AM Bioethics Presentation/ 6 PM: Students' Night
  • December 6
    • 8:30 AM Mass in Honor of Dr. Jacinto Velez Sr.
    • 9:30 AM UTOKAY/Floral Offering for Drs. Jacinto Velez Jr, and Sr., Mrs. Epifania Velez
    • 2:00 PM Dr. Jacinto Velez Sr. Memorial Lecture with Dr. Edgar Gamboa as Speaker
  • December 7, 1:30 PM - Research Contest (Amphi 3)
  • December 8, 8:30 AM - Recognition ceremonies (CIM Social Hall)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Peek at the Upcoming SM Seaside City at the SRP Cebu

A major new landmark is about to rise at the Cebu South Road Properties (SRP) site. Behold, SM Supermalls bring you....
External view (Photo from SM)
...the SM Seaside City..designed by Arquitectonica, an international architecture, interior design and planning firm from Miami Florida.

Notice the Nautilus-inspired design very apt for the location.

Among the the first structures to be built here is a large church.

There will be a 4-level circular-shaped world class retail mall with a two-storey SM Department Store and SM Hypermart. There will also be a 5-theatre Cineplex IMAX Theatre!

There will also be an 18-lane SM Bowling and Amusement Center and a foodcourt flanking an ice skating rink. 800 food and retail shops are estimated to be in this mall. Cool!

There's more.
Aerial view (Photo from SM)

There will be a covered event area for concerts and shows at the fourth floor as well as a roof garden with trees and ponds surrounding the restaurants. Can you imagine that?

Wait till you see this. There will be an Iconic Viewing Tower which will give visitors a panoramic view of the entire city of Cebu.

Can't wait to go to this place soon. I am sure this will be a hit not only in Cebu.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

VirtualStaffFinder partners with CBS for Visayas Blogging Summit 2011 in Cebu

Cebu Bloggers' Society(CBS), the host of this year's Visayas Blogging Summit is happy to be partners with led by its founder Chris C. Ducker (2nd from left in the above picture). Mr. Ducker, in behalf of signed the Memorandum of Understanding and Support with CBS Vice President Ruben Licera (2nd from right). is an online professional placement agency matching local online professionals to prospective clients overseas. Visit for more information about them. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blogging and Beyond: CBS hosting VBS Cebu 2011 this November

Attention please. Students, bloggers, businesses:

Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) will host the 2nd Visayas Blogging Summit (VBS) this November 2011 at the SM City Cebu from 7:30-5:00 PM with the theme "Blogging and Beyond".

This summit will not just discuss the basics of blogging for there is something in store for those who are starting to blog, those who aspire to blog professionally, those companies or entrepreneurs who want to use social media for their business and those who want to give back to the community through blogger social responsibility.

Topics include:

  • Getting Steady with Blogging (for Personal Blogging)
  • From Blog to Business (for Business blogging)
  • Basic Tips in Using Social Media for Business (Social Media Marketing for Business)
  • Social Media Responsibility: A Perspective - how blog is used to change communities and improve lives
Speakers: Vernon, Joseph Go, Chris Ducker, Ms. Joanne Apat and Janette Toral.

Go here to register. It is for free. First 100 gets the chance to receive gift packs.

For more details about the program, vist the VBS website.

This event is co-organized by SM City Cebu and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.

Diamond sponsors: Virtual Staff Finder, Watsons, Geiser Maclang
Gold sponsors:, Cebu Directories and Maribago Bluewater
Media partners: Cebu daily News, Sunstar, Freeman, ABS-CBN, GMA.

Monday, October 10, 2011

People Get Ready for Bob Marlin

Bob is here complete with reggae music in the backgroundand good food. Nope. It's not Bob Marley. I am talking about Bob Marlin, the latest restaurant to hit Park Mall Cebu.

Photo by Jervie David Mondejar

Bob Marlin is named in honor of Bob Marley since the owner is an avid fan of his. They offer native Filipino dishes and a selection of deliciously-grilled delights.

A must-taste is the Crispy Pata which is crunchy and tasty. It is not hard to chew and is very pleasant to the palate and friendly to the teeth. Other must-try is the sinigang na hipon (which had a natural sampaloc taste and does NOT taste like commercial sinigang mix) and of course the various grilled Marlin fish as well as the Kare Kare. It is perfect for family and barkadas.

I myself had the chance to taste the various selections in their menu and I could say Bob Marlin captured the taste of what Filipino homemade dishes should be.

So people, get up, standup and visit Bob Marlin at Park Mall ground floor along the other restaurants located outside it. Promos are upcoming as well as occasional live performances from Bob Marley music-playing bands in the future.

Friday, September 23, 2011

CIM Received Special Award

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) released the results of the August 2011 Physician Licensure Examination last August 17. All of the 50 examinees of the Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM) and the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila’s 144 examinees passed the said exam.

A special award from the PRC was given to the Cebu Institute of Medicine (CIM), through its Dean, Dr. Thelma La Rosa-Fernandez, as the number one medical school in the country, along with the University of the Philippines Manila, in the 2011 Physician Licensure Examination's top performing schools. 

The said awarding took place during the oath-taking ceremony of new physicians which was held at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel last September 19 with the presence of the six members of the Board of Medicine who flew in to Cebu to grace and witness the occasion. 

The Board is composed of Dr. Miguel L. Noche Jr., chairman; Dr. Florentino C. Doble, Dr. Restituto C. De Ocampo, Dr. Edgardo T. Fernando, Dr. Mildred N. Pareja and Dr. Jose Y. Cueto Jr., members. Present also was Atty. Dan Malayang, PRC Region 7 Director.

Post Author: Dr. Henry Yu

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Mga Bayani sa Sugbo Exhibit: Get to Know your Cebuano Heroes

Cebuanos are familiar with Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, Emilio Aguinaldo and Tandang Sora. But are we familiar with our own heroes here in Cebu?

Our heroes are actually the names we find in our streets. Do we even know they are heroes? Ever wondered who Gen, Maxilom , J. Climaco, Don Pedro Cui, Leon Kilat and V. Rama are?

Arcadio Maxilom figured imminently in the Revolution against Spain and the resistance against the Americans in the past. Juan Climaco was a well-known figure when the Spaniards departed. Leon Kilat was a charismatic figure that was believed to have supernatural powers. Don Pedro Cui along with his sister who were generous philanthropists. Vicente Rama was a distinguished figure in Cebuano literature, journalism and politics.

Know more about them in Mga Bayani sa Sugbo: Cebu's Contribution to Nation-Building Exhibit launched last August 26 which will run until October 21 at the Casa Gorordo Museum, Cebu City brought to you by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Incorporated (RAFI) through its Culture and Heritage Unit in partnership with the Cebu City Government and Cebuano Studies Center.

For more information about this exhibit, you may contact telephone number 418-7234 local 703 and look for Florencio Moreno and Karl Hegel Damayo.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

MCCI's Search for W.I.N.N.E.Rs Coronation this August 24

In connection with the 2011 Mandaue Business Month, the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) has announced that the coronation for their search for W.I.N.N.E.Rs (Women In Need, Now Entrepreneurs and Role Models) will be on the 24th of August at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC). To recall, the MCCI has already made known its Top 23 micro-entrepreneurs for its Search  held at St. Theresa's College last month, July 23, 2011.

The Search for W.I.N.N.E.Rs is a search for model women micro-entrepreneurs from Mandaue City who are struggling to rise from poverty through their business ventures inspiring other women to be empowered in the process.

Judging is based on their inspirational stories of courage, perseverance and creativity (50%), response to the Q&A (20%) and comprehensiveness of the information presented on their business plan (30%). Judges were composed of MCCI Trustees, event sponsors and media partners.

The contestants also have a line of activities comparable to a beauty pageant like sponsors tour, personality development seminar, livelihood trainings and other seminars.

Among the media partners for this event is the Cebu Bloggers' Society.

Truly this is a unique contest woth supporting.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Free Showing of Brillante Mendoza's Award-Winning Films at SM Cebu

Tired of watching hastily-made movies with poor story plots that only showcase actors, actresses with good looks but poor acting chops? Want to see award-winning movies by an award-winning director for a change? and FOR FREE?

One need not go far...

SM City Cebu through SM Cinemas and Brillante Mendoza brings you the Brillante Mendoza Film Festival at SM City Cebu this coming August 4 to August 5, 2011 at SM Cinema 2.

The movie line-up with corresponding schedule includes:

  1. MANORO (The Aeta Teacher, 2006) - August 4 - 11 AM
  2. LOLA (Grandmother, 2009) - August 4 - 5 PM
  1. KALELDO (Summer Heat, 2007) - August 5 - 11 AM
  2. FOSTER CHILD (2007) - August 5 - 2 PM
The above films were entered in various film festivals all managing to get awards for either the film itself, the director or the artists involved.

Brillante Mendoza is the Filipino film director who won Best Director at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival for Kinatay. His films were likewise award-winners along with some of his films' cast members who under his direction gave award-winning performances.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Breastfeeding highlighted this Nutrition Month

July is Nutrition Month in the Philippines and last July 1, 2011. In Cebu, it was launched by several groups led by the National Nutrition Council VII at the Event Center, SM City Cebu. The theme for this year is "Isulong ang Breastfeeding, Tama, Sapat at Eksklusibo" which promotes breastfeeding.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding from birth to the first 4-6 months of life and likewise recommends continuation of breastfeeding with complementary foods up to 2 years of age or beyond.

Unfortunately, some mothers make many excuses and others even give artificial drinks before 4 months. When I was still a medical technologist, I even saw an infant being given coffee. They probably do not know that if a baby stops suckling from a breast, that breast stops making milk which could explain why some mothers claim they are not producing milk and make it a reason why they stop breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding therefore stimulates milk production. Mothers who don't produce milk probably give up right away  in breastfeeding their babies.

Mother's milk and breastfeeding have many benefits.
  • Breastfeeding promotes mother-baby bonding.
  • Studies suggests it may help to dvelop the child intellectually.
  • Breastmilk is easily digested and protects against infection.
  • Breastmilk provides proper nutrition with the perfect nutrients.
  • It is a natural way of delaying a new pregnancy for mothers.
  • Mother's milk is free and does not cost a cent.
So the next time you have new mothers in the family, encourage them to breastfeed and in your own little way, you are promoting the message of this year's nutrition month.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Santiago Restaurant, a taste of Latin America in Mactan, Cebu

If you have the craving for Latin American food, you do not have to go all the way to the airport to fly abroad. Along the way to Mactan Cebu International Airport, is Santiago restaurant, probably the first Latin American restaurant in Cebu found in Days Hotel, Mactan.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Running Event Alert: LiveRun in Cebu this August

Want to exercise, run  for a good cause while promoting Hepatitis awareness at the same time getting a chance to win cool raffle prizes such as a GPS Enabled Sports Watch?

Join the Liverun on August 7, 2011 organized by the Cebu GI Group, a group of gastroenterologists in Cebu to commemorate World Hepatitis Day in Cebu City.  As mentioned, it is for Hepatitis awareness and also to help fund future projects of the group like Hepatitis B immunization in certain communities among other projects.

Students are also welcome to join with a lower registration fee of P200.

Registration sites are at the Endoscopy Units of Chong Hua, Cebu Doctors and Perpetual Succour Hospitals. In Velez Hospital, you may contact Dr. Karen Batoctoy at the 2nd Floor Doctor's Clinic of the said hospital. Others may also register at RUNNR, Ayala Center Cebu. You may also text 09227281677.

Assembly time for the running event is at 4 AM at the Chong Hua Medical Arts Parking Lot.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Floods not the only problem but Leptospirosis also

In recent weeks, different parts of the country experienced floods. It may be safe to say that sadly, floods are a common sight in Manila especially when there is rain....ordinary rain...not just during typhoons.

I was a witness to this in my days in UP Manila. When it really rains, flood waters start to form and establishments in Taft become "floating" buildings. Then one will see "padyak" or pedicab drivers braving the floods to take advantage of the chance to earn higher take home cash for that day. One will also observe people making a make-shift "bridge" for people to cross charging a good amount of money.

Waters may even reach knee-high but both pedicab drivers and people who put make-shift "bridges" ignore the possible free Leptospirosis that may come with their "jobs".

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

My Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011

I am participating for the first time in the writing project initiated by Influential Blogger which is made possible with the help of Cyber Monday Deals,TRIbeca Private ResidencesHow To Videos, Palawan Beaches for Sale, Green and Natural Lubes  PhilippinesPhilippine data centerPhilippine online shoppingSingapore JobsPinoy Party FoodApartment for rent, and Best deals tips.

You have never heard of any of my blogs in previous years, right? It is because I am a new blogger with all of his blogs starting just last year. I may be an officer of the Cebu Blogger's Society but really, my blogger friends and fellow members just heard of my blogs late last year.

Allow me to share to you my partial list for Top Ten Emerging Influential Blogs for 2011 (in no particular order) with some explanations on the choice.
  1. Libotero (by Sinjin Pineda). Created last May 2010, Libotero is a Page Rank 2 Travel Photo Blog by a genuine well-traveled person, a "libotero" in the truest sense of the word. His travel blog brings you to many different places and helps you imagine how it would be like being there. 
  2. Foodiecraft (by Mary Angeli Bas). I remember that Angeli started this just this year and in that relatively short time span, she has gain many followers for her reviews on "food, eating and everything in between." Last time I heard, she has started to get invites for food reviews.
  3. Even with PKD Life Goes On (by Dr. Narciso Tapia). This blog is perhaps the only Filipino-made blog that primarily promotes awareness on polycystic kidney disease (PKD) including its management. Made by a physician himself who has the disease, readers (who are most likely polycystic kidney disease patients themselves or their relatives and friends) find tips and information regarding things their doctors usually forget to address nor bother to explain. Some blog visitors find the blog posts useful and even inspirational. Indeed there is still life even with PKD. 
  4. Cebu MD Blog. (by Dr. Narciso Tapia). There are not too many physicians who are into serious blogging. This blog provides a refreshing break for readers especially in the medical field who maybe already tired of reading blogs that talk about life in the hospital and the medical life. It connects the medical field and its readers mostly in the medical field to society, to real life, to the world outside the hospital. Being Cebu-based and part of the Cebu Bloggers Society, it also talks and promotes anything Cebu. It still has health-related content geared towards educating the public to show that the medical profession still boils down to serving the community and connecting with them. Recently joining the Filipino-initiated "Blog Rounds", it is helping to show the way to fellow physician bloggers that blogging can be a powerful tool for patient or community health education.
  5. RizalPark.Org (by Jhong Medina). Very timely especially with Rizal at 150 coming up. It brings back Rizal, our country's national hero to our national consciousness.
  6. I-Swallow (by Rabsin). A rising food blog giving honest food reviews from an ordinary food-lover's point of view.
  7. The Teacher's Notebook (by Ariel). Educational. I am a teacher myself and I think with today's Net Generation, teachers should use online tools such as blogs to educate as well as increase interest on Education.
  8. (by JLAquino). Nicely made. PR3. High Alexa rank. Good mix of Entertainment, Fashion, Music and Technology. The blog speaks for itself.
  9.  A blog that is a sight for sore eyes with nice shots.
  10.  A nice mix of guides and tips and everything else.

There are really a lot of other blogs out there that really deserve nomination but the list is just limited to 10. Below are other blogs worth reading. 
I would like to point out that the intent of the writing project as pointed out in the Influential Blogger's FAQ is to introduce new blogs/bloggers giving them the chance to "shine and grow".

So do you think both of this genuinely NEW blogger's new blogs have the potential to become an influential blog? Do you want to support my advocacy on using blogs to educate people on health, the reality of polycystic kidney disease and awareness to society? Then you might consider joining this writing project and nominate this blog along with the other awesome blogs out there.

It will really serve as an inspiration for new bloggers like me.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gabii sa Kabilin last May 27, 2011

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.(RAFI) once again led the Gabii sa Kabilin even held last May 27, 2011. Eleven (11) museums and seven heritage sites participated this year, opening their doors to the public from 6pm to midnight. Hundreds braved the rains to visit these sites and learn Cebu's cultural heritage. The event showcased Cebu's past. It was indeed a very educational trip for many.

Scenes from the Night of Heritage are shown in the slideshow below:

I have one suggestion for the participating museums and heritage sites though. I suggest that they play the appropriate music next time to match the environment of each museum. Like in the Cathedral Museum, it would be better if they play Church music. In the Museo Parian, music that will reflect Chinese influence or Visayan songs. No rock music for any museum please.

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Blog Rounds Season 2: What If I Had Unlimited Time, Unlimited Wealth

Gold Bar Bullion Coin BankIt was just this year that I stumbled upon Blog Rounds, a blog carnival participated in by a good number of Filipino doctors who blog. Blog Rounds is now in Season 2 and going on its second edition. Blog Rounds is still open to physician-bloggers out there.

For this edition of blog rounds, my student, Doc Ligaya in her blog, An adventure called life was asking doctor bloggers to list 10 things they would do if "they had more of both (gold and time)".

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Why my mom's picture is not my Facebook profile pic on Mother's Day

I look at my Facebook wall and my Facebook friends' profile pictures and I see either their respective mom's solo picture or a photo of these persons beside their moms.

Yes, it is Mother's day but I decided NOT to put any picture of my mom in my Facebook profile. Why?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

NBA 2011 Playoffs: Getting to be More Interesting

It is the Playoffs of the NBA 2011 and many are glued to their cable TV sets to cheer for their favorite NBA team. Well, some who do not have cable TV but have internet connection wish are currently looking for live NBA streaming. Coming into the playoffs by the way, I have my Yahoo Fantasy basketball team winning my league. My fantasy team is composed of players who are mostly still playing in the playoffs like Serge Ibaka and Tyson Chandler as well as Zach Randolph. ( A clap for me please...Thank you.)

Now back to the playoff picture. This particular year is a very interesting one. Why? Because of the NBA Playoff standings.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Hand Hygiene, AIDS updates in PSMID Cebu's 1st Biennial Postgrad Course

Hand hygiene is probably a neglected tool in preventing the spread of superbugs and nosocomial infections. Nurses who are most often in contact with patients and instruments in the wards (more often than the physicians even) should be the target of continuing education efforts on infection control and hand washing since they play a bigger role in preventing nosocomial diseases and spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ways to Celebrate World Bloggers' Day

Yes, there is indeed a World Bloggers' Day. May 2 is World Bloggers' Day, an event initiated by Filipino bloggers, the Cebu Bloggers Society, Incorporated last year and is now truly going global. The day will be highlighted by both offline and online celebrations also in countries like Australia and Singapore.

Why celebrate? Why not? Isn't being a blogger worth celebrating?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

St. Luke's Neurology Postgraduate Lectures in Cebu this May 7, 2011

Medical students, Residents, Nurses and Physicians out there.

Nothing to do this summer? Why not do something cerebral in Cebu?

St. Luke's Medical Center International Institute for Neuroscience Section of Adult Neurology invites you to a Postgraduate Lecture Series dubbed as Take the Extra Step: Reviews and Updates on Selected Topics in Neurology.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Team Building Activities for CBSi members

As part of Cebu Bloggers Society Incorporated's (CBSi) development strategy for its members, a series of team-building or group development sessions are scheduled for the coming months starting this Saturday, March 19 from 6:30-9:30 PM at the Techbar Ground Floor i1 Building, Asiatown IT Park, Lahug Cebu City.  This undertaking is in partnership with Exist Global.

The other schedules are March 26, April 16 and April 23 also at 6:30-9:30 PM on the same venue.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

LDS Seagulls to the Rescue in Cebu

Heaven forbid if something like an Ondoy or an earthquake like that recent one in New Zealand happens in Cebu, who do we definitely need?

Trained rescuers, of course (with emphasis on trained). Because an attempt of rescue without training can have dire consequences. And we may need plenty of these trained rescue teams.

Good thing we have the LDS Seagull Rescue International Incorporated, Cebu Chapter.

Annual Cebu Medical Society and PMA Elections 2011

Election [Blu-ray]
The stars in the picture above are not exactly the candidates. It was just to catch the attention of Cebu doctors of an upcoming election.

This annual election of officers of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) and Cebu Medical Society (CMS) will be this coming March 13, 2011, a Sunday at the Cebu Medical Society, Inc. Building, Governor Cuenco Avenue, Banilad Cebu City from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

CBSi Three Years and Counting...

Cebu MD was filled with excitement yesterday to finally meet his Cebu Bloggers Society family. It was like Phil Younghusband finally meeting up with Angel Locsin. (char!)

Well, his fellow CBSi colleagues did not disappoint.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Yipee! CBSi @ 3

February 19 is one day I will never forget.

Aside from my dad's birthday, it is also the day when my new family will celebrate its 3rd birthday this year. Happy 3rd Birthday Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc.(CBSi) !

Actually, CBSi inspired me to start blogging. It was a year ago when I chanced upon the CBS website and the blogs of its members...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Acute Kidney Injury Has a New Biomarker

Acute Kidney Injury (Contributions to Nephrology)Good day Doctors:

There is a new acute kidney injury biomarker which has just been launched abroad and will perhaps be on its way to Philippine shores in the near future.

It is NGAL or neutrophil gelatinase associated lipocalin (an ubiquitous 25 kDa protein), a new early marker for acute kidney injury which levels rise rapidly after renal injury (rises earlier than creatinine) and one test is an ELISA for the determination of human NGAL in urine, plasma or serum. There is another that can be used with a laboratory's chemistry analyzer.

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Beware: HIV is on the Rise

As Valentine's Day nears, perhaps this is the most appropriate time to give an update of the local HIV situation.

Incidence of HIV in the Philippines cases has been described as slow but sure. Look again.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On the Recent Taxi and Jeep Fare Increase

Yesterday, I finally was in a taxi using the new flagdown rate of P40 with P3.50 increments travel in a certain distance. And I realized, I will never ride a taxi whenever possible. Why?

Monday, January 31, 2011

Velez College Medtech graduates unite!

When I opened my Facebook account, I was surprised to know that a Facebook group has been put up and I was added to its members. (I am thankful that I was added). The group is "Velez College BSMT grads". The FB Group account was set up by Nanette Jabonero Robles of Batch '73 according to the Organization Notes. Thank you Ma'am Nanette.

It is about time!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sinulog Through the Lens of Cebu Physicians

If you watch the Sinulog festivities in the streets, chances are you will also see physicians bringing their DSLRs taking photos of the contingents. Here are some of the pics they have taken during the Sinulog. Enjoy!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

GM Mosquitoes: The Future Solution for Dengue?

I just read last night an interesting article about a field trial wherein genetically-modified male Aedes mosquitoes were released in an uninhabited forest somewhere in Malaysia to mate with mild female Aedes to produce larvae that eventually will die early without reaching its normal life span and therefore not reach adulthood. In effect, this will expect to decrease the Aedes population and cut down the incidence of dengue.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

2011 Baguio City Tour in One Day: Part 2

This is a continuation of my blog post which is part 1 of same title at in my PKD Blog.

I know this blog is not exactly a travel blog. But for the meantime allow me to write about Baguio for this post since Baguio may be one of possible favorite destinations for conventions and vacations of physicians and non-physicians alike.

In part 1 of this post in my PKD Personal blog, I mentioned that I am doing this to help travelers who plan to go to Baguio without their own transport vehicle and are visiting Baguio overnight or for a day.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

This March 31: PSMID Cebu 1st Biennial Postgraduate Course

Announcing the upcoming Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Disease (PSMID) - Cebu Chapter 1st Biennial Postgraduate Course on March 31 to April 1, 2011 at the Cebu Grand Convention Center, Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City.