Public Urged: Undergo Early Screening to Prevent Colorectal Cancer

A Cebu-based cancer center urged the public to undergo early screening to fight colorectal cancer.


The Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) also advised the people to observe a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and maintenance of a well-balanced diet.

EJACC urged the public to take this counsel seriously as the country celebrates Colorectal Awareness Month in March.

Colorectal cancer, a disease in which cells in the colon or rectum become abnormal and divide without control, forming a mass called a tumor, is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths among Cebuanos, based on the Cancer Registry of EJACC.

The Metro Cebu Population-based Cancer Registry of EJACC recorded 653 cases in 1998-2002 and 364 reported who have died of it. In the year 2002-2007 the Cancer Registry recorded an increased number of reported cases in Metro Cebu—862 cases were reported and 489 cases died of the disease.

Individuals age 40 and above, who have a sedentary lifestyle, who are eating high fat and low fiber diet, who have family and medical history of the disease, and who have polyps and ulcerative colitis, face high risk of acquiring colorectal cancer.

“The most important thing to know about colorectal cancer is that it often exists without any symptoms. This is why regular screening is very important. Regular screening can detect polyps at an early state before cancer develops or when it is most curable,” Ronald delos Reyes, EJACC program coordinator, said.

He also pointed out that the colon and rectum, which comprise the large intestine, are vital in turning liquid stool into formed fecal matter.

Colorectal cancer is characterized by a change in bowel movements, blood in the stools, abdominal discomforts, unexplained appetite and weight loss, fatigue, and pelvic pain in the later stage.

Diagnostic procedures in detecting colorectal cancer include fecal occult blood test, rectosigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, irigography, virtual colonoscopy, fecal DNA test, and double contrast barium enema. The disease may be treated through surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

“The disease could be prevented by being health conscious and submitting to regular screenings,” Delos Reyes said.

For more information about colorectal cancer, please contact EJACC at 254-6351 and look for Gina Mariquit.

I Love to Read Project

Good morning, world! I woke up feeling so cranky today.  The good thing is it usually doesn’t last long–hey, I’m feeling better now.

Tomorrow, February 25, is going to be such a huge day for the Cebu City Public Library. The BASADOURS, the awesome volunteers, are launching their I Love to Read Project, a program that aims to improve literacy education in the city through non-conventional learning techniques such as storytelling or puppet shows. In the process, kids can spend more time with A LOT of books, understand stories better, and interact with the facilitators and with the other kids.

To know more about the event or EVEN let yourself be counted, visit their Event Page or check out Sinebuano.

Then after that we can troop to Ayala for Cebuano Literary Heritage.

SUPPORT, SUPPORT Cebu literacy programs.

Cebu Concerts That Will Drain Your Savings

I remember the time when Journey (with Arnel Pineda) staged a concert in the Philippines a couple of years ago. Bernard and I were itching to go–it’s one of his favorite bands–but we couldn’t because of limited funds. It then left us to question, “Why is Cebu not a usual choice for concerts anyway?”

I still carry that same question to this day, but I’m hoping things will change, considering we’ll actually have great acts in the coming weeks:

Brian McKnight on March 17

Anne Curtis for her Annebisyosa Concert on March 23

Hanson Shout It Out Tour on March 31

Vertical Horizon on April 29

So there you have it, a couple of concerts that will break your bank account. But who cares really, right? These don’t come by often.

It’s More Fun in CBSi: Cebu Bloggers Society’s 4th Anniversary Celebration

There is only one blogging group in Cebu that continues to thrive in reshaping online publishing in the city and introduce a new form of media, thereby bringing citizen journalism to the next level.  Cebu Bloggers Society, Incorporated empowers everyone in changing information dissemination and consumption.

Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. will be celebrating its fourth anniversary on February 11, 2012, at Azkals Sports Bar and Grill.  The dinner is a get-together for old members and new ones.

CBSi has grown from a mere bloggers’ group to a corporation headed by leaders who organized huge social media events like Visayas Blogging Summit and World Bloggers’ Day.

In its fourth year, CBSi is still true to its commitment to the Queen City of the South: promoting the Cebuano culture and the city’s diversities both offline and online.

With this year’s theme “It’s More Fun in CBSi,” the organization aims to bring entertainment, camaraderie, excitement, and delight to its members through events and activities that would benefit them as bloggers and as individuals.

The Bond through the Years

Since CBSi’s creation four years ago, there have been countless blog testimonials from members on how great and fun it was to spend time and work with the growing CBSi family.

From attending the US Election Watch on 2008 to being interviewed in radio and TV shows, organizing outreach activities through gift giving and mini-concertteaching students in mountainous areas on how to use a computer, and feeding the less fortunate and abandoned elders and children, it’s indeed always more fun and heartwarming being part of the CBSi family.

“Cebu Bloggers Society Inc. is more than an organization for me, it is a family of different kinds of people but of the same bloodline, blogging. In CBSi, we don’t see each other as competitors, instead as brothers and  sisters who might need help in their corresponding fields or who can help the family [organization] grow into a more organize and respectable blogging institution. As a founder, I am so blessed that CBSi has gained such name and is patronized by members who make working in the group more fun and enjoyable,” stated Mark M. Monta, founder of Cebu Bloggers Society.

Aside from outreach activities and fun-filled events by invitations, CBSi has also organized the Wild CBSi Camp Out in BusayWorld Bloggers’ Day Offline Celebration here in Cebuthe CBSi 2010 Election Coveragethe Filipino Blogosphere and Political Participation Forum, and the Second Visayas Blogging Summit, one of the largest social media summits in the country. All of these just tighten the bond of the members.

CBSi, along with its current set of leaders and active roster of new and old members, will be more visible in Cebu’s online scene, rocking 2012 and the blogosphere while enjoying one another’s company.

Cebu Bloggers Will be Checking In at Azkals Sports Bar and Grill

Azkals Sports Bar and Grill’s foursquare map on February 11 will surely be filled with black dots as members of CBSi would simultaneously check in for their fourth anniversary dinner celebration.  The whole CBSi gang would surely love to fill their foursquare page with fun photos and comments.

Visit Cebu’s newest and coolest hang-out at Treehouse Bldg., Ramon Aboitiz Street, Cebu City (right next to the back gate of St. Theresa’s College). They are open Mondays through Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., and Fridays to Saturdays at 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  For reservations, contact them through +639153433251 / +63 32 2391967, or email them at You can also visit their Facebook Fanpage.


cbsi press release

RAFI to Hold Sustainable City Dialogues 2012

The Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center (EADSC) of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) is organizing Sustainable City Dialogues 2012, a five-day learning event featuring two internationally renowned speakers, Archt. Senen A. Antonio, an urban design and planning expert based in the United States, and Dr. AbdouMaliq Simone, an urbanist and professor of sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London, on Feb. 6-10, 2012.

With a theme, “Creating Future Cities:  Where Do We Begin”, the event aims to provide avenues for dialogue among local stakeholders, where experiences are shared; new approaches are discussed; and capacities are strengthened in the area of urban development, planning and design.

It will bring together government officials, planners, architects, engineers, educators, business people, non-government leaders, community members, and students to engage in a constructive dialogue and strengthen the capacity of local planners on the possibilities of creating a smart and sustainable Metro Cebu.

Highlights of the event includes one-day training-seminar on “Sprawl Repair & Smart Growth 101” and “Charrette Methodology & Scenario Planning” on Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at College of Architecture and Fine Arts Theater, University of San Carlos (USC)-Talamban Campus;  roundtables on “Infrastructure Planning” and “New Urbanism” on Feb. 9, 8:30-11 a.m. at CAP Art Center and Pres. Osmeña Memorabilia, Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City and on Feb. 10, 9-11:30 a.m., Tandang Sora Hall at Cebu Normal University, respectively; and Understanding Choices Forum “Creating Future Cities:  People and Place-Making” on Feb. 9, 1-5 p.m. at CAP Theater, Osmeña Blvd., Cebu City.

The Understanding Choices Forum is open to the public.

To cap the week-long event, Architect Senen Antonio will present his observations and initial recommendations to the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB) on Feb. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the New Conference Room, Capitol Building.


press release from RAFI