What’s Up: September 28-30, 2012

This week, expect a lot of food, party, shopping and social good!

September 28, Friday

Tomorrow is your last chance to shop till you drop and enjoy fabulous prizes. There’s no way you can’t miss it since, hey, it’s payday and it all starts at 8:00 p.m., when you’re completely (hopefully) done with work.

Who will say no to good food? Better yet, you’ll surely give this Chinese feast a huge nod of approval. Dine on the sumptuous Chinese buffet prepared by no other than culinary geniuses Chefs Gene and Gino Gonzales.

Want unlimited roasted calf, lechon, and drinks the entire day? Then don’t miss the relaunching of Port Restaurant, one of the best buffet restaurants in the metro. Lunch (11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) is Php 229+, dinner (6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.) is Php 299+, and late-night fare (10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.) is Php 149+.


September 29, Saturday

Be a “professional chef” for a day. Attend the Open house of American International Culinary and Hospitality Institute this Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Make your Saturday night one that you’ll never forget. Party like it’s now or never with the hottest tunes, awesome DJs, and cool people. This is open to all BBM, Android, and iPhone users.

SM Consolacion will make your one-hour trip all worth it. Win the latest gadgets, be treated by awesome entertainment, and enjoy up to 50 percent off when you shop.


September 30, Sunday


All the ladies out there, learn how to love yourself more through early detection of breast cancer. Usher Pink October by having your breasts checked for free.



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.

RAFI Observes Sinug Tradition on Jan. 16

The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) invites the public to join in its activities in celebration of the Feast of the Señor Sto. Niño.

On. Jan. 16, at 10 a.m., a forum, “Sinug or Sinulog? A dance offering for Sto. Niño”, will be held at the Bryant George Plenary Hall, Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center, Lopez Jaena St., Cebu City.

The forum, which will feature Dr. Erlinda Alburo, aims to discuss and resolve the usage of the two popular linguistic references to the Cebuano dance and festival in honor of Señor Sto. Niño—the sinug and sinulog.

On the same day, at 3 p.m., the annual “Sinug sa Casa Gorordo” will be performed by Estelita “Nang Titang” Diola and her dancers.

Nang Titang, the keeper of the sinug dance and beat, has been doing the ritual since she was a child. It is believed that the sinug is the precursor of what may have been a remnant of an indigenous dance practiced by early Cebuanos.

The dancers will be wearing costumes that resemble the original outfits of the natives and the Spaniards.

Sinug sa Casa Gorordo is a house tradition of the Gorordo family that has been continued by RAFI as part of its commitment to preserve the house traditions in its original form.

These two activities on Jan. 16 intend to foster the awareness of Cebuano cultural heritage and history among the local and international community.

An exhibit of the sinug is also displayed at the prayer room of the Casa Gorordo Museum starting Jan. 10. The exhibit traces the rich history of the Sinulog before it became the huge festival it is today.

It will be open to the public until the end of January.

Culture & Heritage is a focus area of RAFI, believing that a confident community begins with a strong sense of identity. Its other focus areas are Integrated Development, Micro-finance & Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Citizenship, and Education.

For more information on the activities on Jan. 16, please contact 418-7234 loc. 703 and look for Karl Hegel Damayo, or visit http://www.rafi.org.ph or http://www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph.

RAFI, DOH Urge Observance of Healthy Lifestyle during the Holidays

Past records of the Department of Health show an increase of the number of patients at the local hospitals after a long Christmas vacation.

This prompted Dave Bargamento, National Nutrition Council 7 nutrition officer, and Ronald delos Reyes, program coordinator of the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center, to urge the public to observe a healthy lifestyle during the holidays.

During the Dec. 17 episode of Pagtuki, the weekly radio program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. aired every Saturday morning over dyLA, Bargamento and delos Reyes shared tips on how to stay healthy this yuletide season.

“People, especially those who are always attending parties, should eat moderately. They should avoid eating high fat and salt content foods. Too much of fat and salt will always have a negative effect on one’s body,” Bargamento explained.

Both Pagtuki guests promoted the eating of fruits and vegetables and lessening the use of seasonings.

“Since it would be a long holiday for everyone, it would be better to give time to exercising. Exercise would help burn excess calories. The sweat would help release toxins from our body,” delos Reyes said.

“Intake of water would also be helpful, especially when you drink alcoholic beverages. Water can help dilute alcoholic drinks,” Bargamento added.

They also advised partygoers to eat food that are rich in protein before going to their parties, saying that being very hungry before an event would trigger them to eat a lot.

“Eating ham on noche buena should also be minimized. Ham is processed meat and is high on salt. One or two slices of it would be enough,” Bargamento said.

He also urged parents to store the kids’ favorite, spaghetti, properly since it “perishes easily” compared to other food.

Both Pagtuki guests pointed out that excess intake of food would lead to obesity that increases the risk of other possible illnesses, such as colon cancer. (by Hannah Reoma/RAFI intern)

No-sodium Blue Marlin with Lemon Recipe

Do you know the ideal sodium intake is just a teaspoon? And when I say sodium, I’m not just talking about salt. It includes anything with sodium (or a dash of saltiness) such as cheese, butter, soy sauce, catsup, and all processed food and canned goods.

Ever since I learned about this, as well as the danger of having too much salt in the body, I decided to consume less of it by TRYING (yes, trying! I still need a lot of discipline with regards to food) a low to no-sodium diet.

But how do you do that?

You substitute salt with herbs and spices!

Here’s one recipe I just figured out a couple of hours ago:

  • 1 pc blue marlin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Spanish paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 lemon


1. Squeeze the lemon, making sure both sides of the fish are perfectly covered.

2. Add the herbs and spices.

3. Set the fish aside for at least an hour (I didn’t, though, because I wasn’t that patient, but I definitely feel it will taste a lot better when marinated for a bit).

4. Heat the pan and pour oil.

5. Slowly place the fish, wait for five minutes, and turn the other side. See to it both sides are cooked (it should turn a little brown), but don’t overcook it (or let it sit in the pan for so long). You want to keep the fish’s tenderness.

6. Then serve!

I would have loved to add some tomatoes, but I couldn’t find any.

How does it taste? It tastes good! 🙂 It has its hint of spiciness, the entire dish is fragrant, and the ingredients don’t overpower the real taste of the fish. I had a grand time cooking and eating it. I paired with a bowl of brown rice, and finished my lunch by downing Yakult.

Yup, it’s a healthy, healthy lunch for me.

My Main Priority

Let me begin my blog post by saying thank you to that one person who decided to nominate me in the upcoming Best Cebu Blogs. I am deeply thrilled, flattered, and honored. It warms my heart to know someone reads my own online nook. 🙂

Anyway, a while ago, over Sbarro’s baked zittis and pizzas, Bernard, my mom, my sister, and I were talking about plans. I can’t share what they are yet for fear they may not eventually come to fruition and I would have to bow my head down in shame.  But let me tell you, we’re all excited. At the very least, they motivated us to dream more and big. We’re an old bunch, actually, the youngest already twenty-one. However, I’d like to think we’re testaments motivations and inspirations are not bound by anything. They’re free, fun, engaging, and make life worth living for.

Needless to say, no matter how grand they are, they are not on top of my priorities. My number one concern is Chucks’s neuterization.

I know, we should have done this a long time ago, but we pitied him then. He was fragile and scared. Most of all, we hadn’t really thought we could come to this point, when our days are filled with his catty cries and pleas of “Let me out.” It’s already getting on my nerves.

So after reading and rereading other pet owners’ experiences, expert advice, and loads of cat-related articles, we decided the best recourse is to have him netured: it will make him less hostile against other animals, especially cats; he’ll be a lot calmer; his chances of getting serious diseases will reduce; and he’ll stop begging us day in and out.

We already have a vet clinic, but we might go back to the very first one who took great care of him. We’ve read a lot of negative reviews about the former. Neuterization isn’t a simple process, so we want to make sure he’s properly taken care of.

My only wish is he doesn’t suffer from any form of infection or illness during his recovery. It will ease our worries.

Crossing fingers, definitely.

It’s Almost November

Usually, November is an uneventful month for me. In fact, it’s one of the few months I want to skip (sorry!). I’m just looking forward to the holidays, cooler mornings, hopefully plenty of presents, great food, warm companies, and happy songs and movies.

But before that, I have to battle sluggishness–or perhaps the lack of self-discipline. I need better time management too if I want to stay committed to my so-called health and weight loss program. I should go to the gym as often as I can and burn at least 300 calories a day.

I also have to decide what I really want to do with my life. I’m turning 28 next year (well, three months from now), and I can’t afford to just settle for what’s in the present. I know I have no full control over my future, but it doesn’t mean I can’t plan or dream either.

Lastly, there’s Bernard’s birthday. I’m running out of ideas on what to do. Actually, I do have some, but I just don’t think they’ll work. If you have any suggestions, please do share.

I’ll go back to working now so I can get to visit my grandfather’s grave in the afternoon and perhaps catch Cosplay HD.