Sitting is the New Smoking at the 49th PHA Annual Convention

 Sitting for around eight hours a day, having a sedentary lifestyle at the workplace increases the risk of contracting heart disease, cancer and diabetes by 40 percent. Actually, it can cause killer legs, too. 

This was one of the revelations presented by leading experts in the industry at the 49th PHA convention held at EDSA Shangrila Hotel .

The simplest guideline for all of us would have to be, “Sit less and move more, ”  according to close to 2,000-member Philippine Heart Association (PHA) and  the  husband and wife tandem of  fitness gurus,  Jim and Toni Saret.

Yes, there’s a direct relationship between time spent sitting and your risk of early mortality of any cause. As your total sitting time increases, so does your risk of an early death.

Health advocates and practitioners requires a person to have brisk walking at least 30 minutes to an hour everyday.

Majority of the world population is in the working age-group. This group are always on the computer.  Glued on their seats for eight hours, they lead sedentary lifestyles, while facing different kinds of stress which leads to unhealthy eating (stress eating) and lifestyle. Most of them are unable to engage in appropriate physical activities for their physical and mental well-being.  in worse cases, some do not have the means to cope with stress and maintain mental health.

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Eating healthy, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding vices like alcohol and cigarettes are ways of preventing major lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancers as well as other risk factors such as raise blood pressure, raise blood sugar level and  obesity. However, awareness and practices of these healthy benefits are still low among the working population.

The Philippine Heart Association (PHA), a non-stock, non-profit organization of 1,780 Filipino cardiologists is committed to foster exceptional cardiovascular education and primary care for everyone. Living up to its mission, the PHA aims to do its share on the awareness on preventive and management of heart diseases. The initiative encourages employees to improve their physical and mental well-being, and effectively address sedentary lifestyles by launching a campaign called “Sneakers Friday.”

“Sneakers Friday” capitalizes on promoting physical activity. It is meant to promote workplace health and wellness where personnel are encouraged to wear sneakers, casual top and pants every Friday as a “dress down day.”

In order to obtain a healthy lifestyle, it is important to incorporate wellness in all aspects of one’s life, including the workplace. Corporate wellness generates many positive outcomes for their employees as well as the company itself. Even a simple activity such as walking (or brisk walking, with100 steps per minute) has so many powerful health benefits. When done correctly and regularly, it can be the key to losing weight, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and boosting your memory as well as reducing your risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more. Walking could be done effortlessly without interrupting corporate work. One can also choose to take the stairs rather than ride the elevator or when one parks the car, choose the farthest end so you’d have more time to walk.

The “Sneakers Friday” initial campaign got off the ground spearheaded by medical professionals and cardiovascular experts themselves in November of 2017 with the Makati Medical Center as its launching site, followed by The Medical City where every last weekday was officially declared as “Sneakers Friday.”

 

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Highlights of the Selyo ng Pamana Exhibition

The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) in cooperation with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippine Philatelic Federation stamp club members opens the Stamp Exhibition in celebration of National Heritage Month held at the lobby of the historic Manila Central Post Office Building in Liwasang Bonifacio

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Photo shows (Left to Right) Rey Ong, President of the Philippine Philatelic Federation (PPF), Joel L. Otarra, PHLPost Postmaster General and CEO.  Rico S. Pableo, Jr., Executive Director, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and Dr. Jaime C, Laya, President and CEO, Philtrust Bank and  known cultural heritage proponent during the formal opening ceremony. 

The ceremony started with two ribbon cutting ceremony past 3:00 pm at the main lobby of the Philippine Postal Corporation in Manila. The exhibit runs until May 28 Monday . The PHLPOST main lobby operates from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm monday to friday and 8:00 am to 12:00 noon on saturday.

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There is also a live band from Manila Cityhall and representatives from National Museum, NCCA, Mama Sita Foundation, SM Foundation among others.

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This is open to the general public and there will be FREE guided tour of the stamp exhibition , operations and the PHLPOST post shop will be open this coming Saturday ( May 22)  from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon to serve stamp, postcard collectors who are expected to come and buy recent issues.

There are also plans to have a Philatelic Museum and Resource center at the left wing side of the main building. Symbolic donation of stamps from 1946 to early 2000’s was donated by Mr. Alfredo Roxas. A late afternoon snack was also catered by Bongolan’s catering services.

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L-R Mr. Robert Tan ( former Philippine Philatelic Federation president and Mr. Jaime Laya former IA, NCCA and Central Bank official) during the opening

Those interested with the FREE guided tour , Please register at this FB link , the event is hosted by Royal Postal Heritage Tour– This is an FB event page which is an NGO group created by stamp and postcard collectors to provide FREE information about stamp collecting and tour within post office.

 

5 Important Highlights of 5th Las Piñas Food Festival

Las Piñas city had some 20 barangays got together on May 18 held at  Villar SIPAG square in C5 Extension Road, Pulang Lupa Uno in Las Piñas City. showcase their best dishes and desserts for the annual cooking competition that kicked off the festivities for the city’s 2018 Food Festival.

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1.) There are 40 medium , small and micro businesses which had participated in the annual event.

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Malagos Chocolate from Davao

2.) 4th Urban Gardening competition- several schools and community participated in the competition.

The winners were the BF International/CAA for the Inter-Barangay category, the Las Pinas East National High School for the Inter-School category, and the Phase 3 West Talon 2 for the Inter-Homeowners Associations category. Each category winner received a trophy and a cash prize of P50, 000 each.

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Kalabasang Kalamay

3.) Home Cooked Dishes- Kalabasang Kalamay is a 3-time winner in the annual cook-off. Made from the original recipe of Kagawad Aida of Talon Dos. This is made from local squash and had a shelf life of between 3 to 5 days without refrigeration.

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Sen. Cynthia A. Villar welcomed the participants as she lauded them for going the extra mile in using modern techniques to make original and sumptuous culinary creations that display the Filipinos’ imaginative minds and innovative skills.

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4.)Celebrity guests- Among the special guests includes Senator Nancy Binay, Senator JV Ejercito and Governor Imee Marcos. The guests also gave away Php 2,000 to all of the participants of the cook -off as a token.

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Filipinos are popular for their ingenuity. We are known for our ability to replicate foreign dishes and changing their tastes by introducing local ingredients to give them the unique flavors of the Philippine islands. Through this cooking competition, residents of Las Piñas City become gastronomic witnesses to the creativity of our local cooking experts,’ said Villar, director of the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance (Villar SIPAG).

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5.) Barangay Talon 2 made the biggest impact and brought home P20,000 and a trophy for bagging the grand prize. Its entry Inadobong Lapu-Lapu sa Mantikilya and  Cala-Squash Soup. The competing participants were given a time table of about 1 hour to finish the challenge.

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Barangay Pilar won the 1st Runner-Up trophy and P15,000 cash prize for its Lapu-Lapu Carmalized Onion and Mixed Vegetable Sour Soup. On the other hand, Barangay Talon 3 won P10,000 and a trophy as the 2nd Runner-Up for its Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce and Potato Soup in Sampaloc Broth.

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Golden Oats- free taste

Golden Oats if one of the home grown enterprises located within the city.

The cooking competition entries were judged according to the following criteria: Overall impact and plating (30%); Taste (30%); Creativity and visual appeal (15%); Technique used (15%); and Hygiene and sanitation (10%).

For this year’s event festivities, the Villar SIPAG partnered with Silver Swan, Apicius, ELBA, Mushroomburger, Jollibee and Golden Oats to ensure the success of the gathering.

FREE postal heritage tour and special stamp exhibition

Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST) in partnership with National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and Philippine Philatelic Federation will be having a stamp exhibition entitled ” Selyong Pamana”  from May 21 to 28, 2018. In lieu with this stamp exhibition and national heritage month. Walkwithchan in partnership with PHLPOST will have a special FREE walking tour and a tour within the Manila Central Post Office will be held on May 26, 2018 Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:00nn

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Please try to confirm for a slot ( by typing GOING ) in this FREE heritage and stamp exhibition tour which will be led by Mr. Lawrence Chan, Ray Ong de Jesus ( Philippine Federation president) and Ms. Arlyn Labao of PHLPOST.

Please try to register at the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/165533514142413/
Advisory: Those planning to bring their cars, Parking space is beside the main post office .

Here are the Schedule Activities:

8:30 am to 9:00 am – on the spot registration and beriefing at the main lobby of the post office ( Liwasag bonifacio, ermita, Manila)

9:00 am to 9: 45 – brief talk and presentation by PHLPOST marketing and business line employees.

9:45 am to 10:30 am short tour on the stamp exhibition area

10:30 am to 11:30 am post office tour and operation tour like sorting of mails and other architectural details

11:30 am snacks and refreshments and freebies

For more information about this FREE guided tour , please call Mr. Ray Ong de Jesus ( 577-12-97 roving landline) and Mr. Lawrence ” Rence” Chan 0928-6604819 SMART for registration.

Highlights of the Cactus Fiesta Fair 3

Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines in cooperation with Quezon Memorial Circle Administration, Quezon City government and different sellers had a successful 3 -day bazaar and trade fair within the Runnex elevated garden within Quezon Memorial Circle.

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L-R Mr. Izaach Quinopez, Mr. Jackieri Tiboldec, M. Jefferson Tiboldec and Jhunjie Tiboldec

The golden barrel cactus is one of the cacti and succulents that the group is selling. This specimen sized cacti cost about Php 20,000 and had been sold before the end of the show. Cactus Village is a wholesaler of cactus and succulents for more than 10 years . They used to have stalls in the defunct Manila Seedling Bank.

Address: Cactus Village Stall #30 Farmers Garden, Cubao , Quezon City 

Operations: Everyday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm 

Contact: 09466459115

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ballpens being sold at the bazaar for as low as Php 20, Php 35 and Php 50.00 each

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Mr. Francis Karl B. Calica is a cacti and succulent hobbyist for about 4 years. He sells is excess propagation and special quirky stuffs like keychains, ballpens.

For those who wanted to buy some cacti and quirky stuffs –  Francis Karl B. Calica FB 

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Mr. Ray Ong

Among the highlights of the bazaar is the free lectures on basic cacti and succulent care and lectures of Mr. Ray Ong and Mr. Lino Rom were a big hit among visitors.

Photo credits: Ms. Amy Lastimosa, Mr. Karl Bernardo Calica

 

 

 

 

 

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CACTUS FIESTA FAIR 3 – Schedule of Lectures

The Cactus and Succulent Society of the Philippines, Inc. (CSSPI) invites all of you to its CACTUS FIESTA FAIR 3 happening on May 4 to 6, 2018 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Runnex Elevated Garden, Quezon Memorial Circle.

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Whether you are an expert grower or a novice – or are just thinking of starting up the hobby – there is something for you at this event. Learn the basics of growing and caring for your cactus and succulents from CSSPI President Lino Rom, and for the experts out there, learn how to propagate your plants by Mr. Ray Ong’s lecture on Tissue Culture.

The first 100 guests will get free plants when you attend Sir Lino’s lecture on Saturday afternoon.

Among the Sellers:

Lino Rom Collection
*Arid and Aroids
*Xerophile by Mark Spitzer
*Caudex Obsession by Amy Lastimosa
*Succulent Cottage by Aireen Bernal
*Cactus Village
*The Cactus Experiment by Ronald Panelo
*Lyhfra Garden
*Plantaholic Garden by Savanah Lamsen
*Camille Cactilents
*RJ Cactus & Succulents by Rubiejean Rimando
*Concrete Jungle by Botchie and Jayvee
*Nonoy Sionosa & Lily Tan
*Miguel Syyap & Yony Ysky
*Soysoy Palma
*Greenyields
*Mary Ann Pontanos

Meet and greet your favorite sellers and other enthusiasts! Ask questions, get your answers!

For more information about this event, Please visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/CSSPI2010/

Great Brand Summer Sale of Striptop Outlet Store at Tiendesitas

Striptop Outlet Store (SOS) will storm the new event center of Tiendesitas and hold
the The Great Brands Summer Sale on April 27 to May 06, 2018 from 11am -9pm.
Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Herschell,
Parkland, Hurley, Olukai, Fitflop, The North Face and many more. Customers will
also enjoy great finds on great selections of shoes, bags, accessories, men’s and
ladies fashion, just in time for the summer vacation.
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The event is free admission to the public and all major credit cards are accepted.
This event is organized by Striptop Outlet Store.
For more information about the event, call SOS Team at 239-3807 or 399-2935.
You may also follow them at their social media sites: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @striptopoutletstore

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