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Posted in health, lifestyle, locales, people with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2010 by mijodo


If we can only be youngsters again.

Summertime should be fun for kids as there are no pressures of schoolwork to think about. For some, it is time to just hang around in neighboring houses or just laze around their own homes, watching tv or just be lost with their console games.

But for toddlers and prepubescent residents of Quezon City, there is much more for them if they visit Quezon Memorial Circle. In a significant portion, at the north section, (across Philippine Coconut Authority Building) of the area, park management has recently provided a safe haven for them to enjoy.

There, kids and their families will be delighted by the brand new, imported, and most importantly safe (all in durable plastic) playground sets. Each set is different from the other. Twisting slides, challenging jungle bars, thrilling swing sets, all in different vibrant colors and motifs, tempt such children to sample and actively participate in getting rugged without harming themselves.

It is a nice place just to past the time, and to take some nice pictures of the young, being carefree.

And the best thing about it – no admission charge.


bless the beasts and their patron

Posted in artifacts, events, health, locales, nature, people, travel with tags , , , , , , on July 10, 2009 by mijodo


mini horses grazing at the grass

A fifteen-month old Asian Tiger named Kiara by her loneself leisurely prances back and forth in the almost three hundred square foot cage in the midday heat. She occasionally  breaks from the walking motion and gives a yawn, signifying satisfaction of the hearty lunch of beef and chicken she just had.

Then a man gingerly approached the side section of the cage and gets the tiger’s attention. “Kiara,” he  hollers as he puts out his arm inside the enclosure, ordering the tiger to come near him. Without hesitation, the tiger slowly treads toward the man, and allows the person to pat her head. “This is Kiara,” he introduces. Next the tiger just sits the steel bar partition as if wanting more affection from the man who is just too happy to give her even more.

– “Tale of the Tiger Tamer,” Success Unlimited Magazine, 2002

It has been a long time since that encounter where I had witnessed and had written for the defunct magazine, Success Unlimited. And just recently, I have come to see again the love and devotion of Ex-Governor Chavit Singson with his menagarie of animals in his home province of Ilocos Sur, particularly in his mini-zoo in Baluarte, just 10 minute tricyle drive away from Vigan.

Somehow, unlike the sorry state of animal affairs in Manila Zoo, the tigers and his other collection of beasts and birds are heftier, more alive and alert. Perhaps, it can be said that these creatures are better taken care of, and healthier. In fact some of these animals have been tagged to electronically track their whereabouts. Thus it would be easier for veterinarians and staff  to give the proper nutrition and sustenance to each animal. 

The white deer, the camels, the cute miniature horses graze on the grass and herbage that grow on a significant portion of land, without the confining steel bars that are familiar in zoos. Thus there can be some fine interaction between such benign animals and the people who are just too eager to oblige some petting on such beings.

Visitors should enjoy the carriage ride, propelled by the mini-horses imported from Australia, around the circular track. Children would have a grand time watching scheduled mini-shows of tigers, lions, and talking parrots and parakeets. And, somehow people will get amazed by those dinosaur statues in a section of the zoo. It can be reminiscent of the scenes from the movie series, Jurassic Park. Best of all, everyone can enjoy such simple joys for free.

The animals of Baluarte, including Kiara, should give thanks to their patron, Chavit Singson, for making their existence happy. Visitors should thank Chavit Singson for making them happy too, particularly that admission is free. On the other hand, Chavit Singson should thank his collection and the people for making him happy as well – as all animals and visitors are truly happy and have appreciated his herculean effort for his project – Baluarte.


coco wonders

Posted in artifacts, food, health, lifestyle with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by mijodo

Somehow with the onrush of new therapeutic pills and herbs, many have grown skeptical about them. Either they have not made a difference in giving remedies or may just have created a placebo effect.

But among the newest hyped medicinal claims, the set of results from the virgin coconut oil, is most believable. I know there have been some debates on whether VCO is truly healthy because of its oils. But because many Filipino doctors have subscribed to its nutritious elements even without regard to the brands for as long the vco is prepared very well, virgin coconut oil’s acclaim may be more than just hype.

Even if the “mapakla” taste may be offputting, there is just an array of health problems which the vco can do good. From holistic health issues like weight problems to  specific antimicrobial effects like on candida yeast, from supposedly deadly diseases like HIV/AIDS to common cosmetic concerns like acne. Truly, virgin coconut oil is (almost) a panacea – veritably, a cure all.

And a new company prepares virgin coconut oil the right away. You may want to call up Aimee for distribution of Coco Cabana’s Virgin Coconut Oil and other products at 09228965556.