March 2009

Havaianas… Original Pair Of Flip-Flops

by Anna Katharina on March 15, 2009

in Journal

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In 1962, Havaianas was made to fit the beach-loving, easy-going and confident mindset of a tropical culture.

Over three billion pairs of Havaianas Flip-Flops have been sold all over the world.

Havaianas Flip-Flops is Made of 100% secret rubber formula, Havaianas distinguished itself from other flip-flops which used EVA and PVC.

With its secret rubber formula, Havaianas Flip-Flops boasted extreme comfort, reliable durability and the ability to retain its original shape.

Havaianas Flip-Flops Symbolize the ease and comfort of fashion; authenticity, anchored on its heritage of comfort and durability,

Havaianas Flip-Flops Classic and basic or bright and bold, has struck a chord among the fashionable set that cannot erased.

Havaianas Supports Rock Ed

As a service to the community Havaianas is supporting Rock Ed, a youth oriented, non-profit organization that encourages and supports alternative education, Rock Ed’s Original Grant—a project designed to encourage socio-civic support from the youth.

Havaianas was interested in Rock Ed’s particular initiative that basically gives kids a blank canvas to think of unique and original ways on how to make a difference.

Parties interested in receiving the Original Grant can send their original project ideas to on or before April 4, 2009.

Pledge your support for all things original: original thought, original works, and original creations at

PINOY Native Tsinelas

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Once you are home, the first thing to do is to take off ones shoes and wear the tsinelas. For Filipino families its sometimes a form of welcome especially for a father to have his tsinelas taken to him by his son or daughter upon reaching home.

Our parents used to wear some native tsinelas made of abaca and cloth with beads. My mom says its called a “cocho,”, my sister really took time out to search where she can buy this cloth type tsinelas, because my mom has some form of allergy to sysnthetic tsinelas. Luckily it’s still available in Quiapo.

The new generation would go for the Havainas type flipflops. However these native tsinelas are now worn as part of costumes during school presentations when performing native dances.

Filipina International Women’s Day

by Anna Katharina on March 8, 2009

in Blogging,Family

  • Of the total estimated 96 Million Filipino population , *49.64 percent were Filipina (female Filipino).
  • Filipina (Females) outnumbered males in voting population : females (50.11 percent) outpacing slightly the males with 49.89 percent.
  • More than half of the Filipina (female population) belonged to the reproductive age group :women in childbearing ages (15-49 years) was recorded at 51.04 percent. in the 15 to 19 years age group 10.53 percent.
  • Filipina (Females) dominated higher levels of education : Among academic degree holders, there were more females (57.89 percent) than males (42.11 percent). The same is true for post baccalaureate courses, the proportion was higher for females (58.27 percent) than for males (41.73 percent).
  • Filipina legislators and senior officials: Four out of 24 Senators are women and, 54 of the 239 members of the House of Representatives. Five of 15 Supreme Court Justices are women. Filipina assume the Philippine top leadership to a woman twice within 15 years.

Filipina deserves to celebrate the International Women’s Day. Withstanding the different roles, she has to play to her family, community and the global world, makes her a hero in her own right. Her key responsibility of taking care of her children attending to their needs at the same time having a career of her own makes her even more a superwoman!
“Filipina , Ikaw ang Nagbibigay Buhay Para Sa Nakakarami”

*Statistical Source: National Statistic Office 2005

Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders, Inc.

by Anna Katharina on March 1, 2009

in Blogging,Events

Pompe Disease, Gaucher Disease, Methymalonic Acidemia (MMA), Maple Syrup Urine Disease(MSUD), Fabry Disease, Galactosemia, , and Mucopolysaccharidosis. These are some of the sixteen RARE or ORPHAN metabolic disorders, which afflict Filipino children. There are about 165 documented cases of these RARE or ORPHAN disorders in the Philippines.

Several agencies are involved in helping and providing the support to these children such as UP National Institute of Health, headed by Dr Lulu Bravo ; Institute of Human Genetics , Dr Carmencita D. Padilla , Director and founding chjairman of PSOD;, and Genzyme a biotech company spearheaded by Dr Margarita Jimenez and Dr Patrick Granjard and Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders , Ms Cynthia K. Magdaraog as President.

Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders, Inc. was organized in 2006 whose vision is to be the central network for the advocacy and effective coordination of all viable efforts to sustain a better quality of life for individuals with orphan or rare disorders in the Philippines.

Senator Edgardo Angara, also lend his support to this endeavor by filing Senate Bill 3087, the “Rare Disorder Act of the Philippines”. This bill intends to promote greater awareness about these rare disorders and to determine ways of funding for research and medical training.

A welcome support also came from celebrity Carmina Villaroel who endorsed the Philippine Society for Orphan Disorders, and she encouraged others to support the cause of the PSOD

Let us support this worthwhile cause by promoting public awareness about these rare diseases.
To contact PSOD Inc:
Telephone: 636-46-76

PS: I thought these disorders are only for our medical books. I never thought that there are so many cases of these rare metabolic disorders here in the Philippines. I laud the efforts of the people behind the agencies in providing care to these patients. The physicians, parents, other health care providers deserves recognition for their efforts.