Blogging : Fifth year

by Anna Katharina on July 22, 2013

in Blogging,Journal


My blog on its 5th year

I thank my children for encouraging me to blog. Though I have failed to blog as I used to, I still get emails from my readers  local and abroad thanking me for the content of my blog  which has been helpful for them.  They have even cited some of the blogs as a reference for their research and as tool in teaching other students.

A lot of things have happen since I have this blog.  Aside from getting older and at the same time getting into a new world (that of the internet), this will be part of me as I go through life in my 50’s and 60’s.

I noticed that I spent an average of 2 hours a day with the internet, checking my email, reading Facebook, knowing what’s the latest news, browsing my friend’s status and photos and reading my children’s latest blogs, report, Twitter and Instagram aacounts.

My podcast show Online Doktora is still up. From time to time I get to receive (local and abroad) medical  inquiries through emails. Its heartening to note that through this medium, I am of service to others.

Another online podcast that I was involved with is Awit at Papuri, a pastoral undertaking by our family to spread the word of God in Filipino.

Once in a while I do field reporting for Jeric Pena Reports, where I helped my son to interview people for his news report. He gets amazed on how I blend with the crowd and the spontaneous questions that come out of me. It goes with my training as a doctor and nurse.

My readers, colleagues, students .. thank you.

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Come May 13, 2013 I have to be at my voting precinct by 8 AM to avoid the long queue, heat of the sun and to accompany my youngest daughter as a first time voter. One of the legacies of my Dad passed on to us was to exercise our right to vote.

The choices for me are as follows:
Member, House Of Representatives – First District
Echiverri, Enrico (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Guanzon, Bobby (Independent)
Malapitan, Along (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)

Candidates For Mayor
Asistio, Macario Jr. (Independent)
Echiverri, Rj (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Malapitan, Oca (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)

Candidates For Vice-Mayor
Asistio, Maca (Pmp) (Pwersa Ng Masang Pilipino)
Malonzo, Rey (Independent)
Varela, Tito (Lp) (Liberal Party)

Councilor – First District (** Incumbent Councilors District 1, the six candidates with the highest amount of votes wins the seats per district.)

Africa, Jay (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Aguilar, Tiffany (Independent)
Alonzo, Cielo (Independent)
Asistio, Andrew (Nup) (National Unity Party)
Asistio, Dean (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Bacolod, Gualberto (Independent)
Cammayo, Henry (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Corpuz, Lolit (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
De Leon, Tyrone Driving (Independent)
Engaño, Josue (Independent)
Gatchalian, Ruben (Independent)
Guino-O, Tina (Independent)
Henson, Onet (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Ling, Jun (Rcp) (Reform Caloocan Party)
**Mabagos, Andy (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Mayor, Cenon (Independent)
**Nubla, Alou (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Padilla, Leonardo (Pmp) (Pwersa Ng Masang Pilipino)
Prado, Patrick (Lp) (Liberal Party)
**Punzalan, Susana (Lp) (Liberal Party)
Quizon, Obet (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Roll, Princess Nathalie (Independent)
Teh, Karina (Una) (United Nationalist Alliance)
Trillanes, Jay (Independent)
Vallega, Cherry Sarmiento (Np) (Nacionalista Party)
Note : Incumbent City Councilors In District 1

For the mayoralty race, it’s a toss between Congressman Oca Malapitan (UNA) and Councilor RJ Echiverri (Liberal).

In one of their interviews at DZMM last February 2013, Congressman Malapitan a 3 timed lawmaker in congress boasts of his accomplishments in education (National Science high School) ,health ( Dr Rodriquez Hospital as a tertiary hospital) and establishment of the 4 branches of the trial court.

On he other hand, Councilor RJ Echiverri, has the advantage of being dynamic and energetic because of his age. He is the youngest Liga ng mga Barangay president. His advocacies include violence against women, disaster risk management, alternative learning, and values formation.

It’s been 3 years after the last elections; my request in my blog then was to have a clean Monumento area, free from dirt and sidewalk vendors. It is still the same, the Grand Central area is still in chaos between 6 to 8 pm. So many people are at this area as they alight the LRT trains. Garbage, trash , sidewalk vendors are all over the place,

To the next mayor, can you please command the barangay captains of these areas, to make it a clean and better place?

May I also remind all candidates that a lot of people are still asleep in the mornings due to the work schedule at night e.g call center agents, nurses and those working in BPO’s. Please your loud campaigns jingles are not effective. They are a lot of times, a nuisance. Sabi nga “Serbisyo Hindi Perwisyo”.

My 10 Christmas thoughts

by Anna Katharina on December 23, 2012

in Blogging,Journal,Traditions

1. Gift giving / Wrapping gifts – practical and useful gifts

2. Christmas parties with Costumes – Gangnam dancing

3. Shopping – Great finds at Divisoria and Baclaran

4. Food galore -New dishes to try this season

5. Fatigue -Too many parties, late nights

6. Families- Skype

7. Simbang Gabi-

8. Vacation – 2 weeks of waking up late

9. Traffic – at EDSA

10. Sad face!- sad memories

Merry Christmas everybody !

Cord Blood Banking in PH

by Anna Katharina on February 1, 2012

in Blogging,Health Concerns,Nurse Quad

Cord blood banking is available at CordLife, the Philippines’ first world-class cord blood processing and storage facility which is located at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub Diliman, Q.C.

In February 2010, CordLife Medical Philippines, Inc. officially opened the country’s first and only cord blood processing and storage facility located in Metro Manila, to better serve the cord blood banking needs of the Philippine market. It is the first local stem cell processing and storage facility in the Philippines.

What is the importance of preserving your child’s cord blood?

Cord blood has stem cells which are agent responsible for replenishing the blood and immune system  The stem cells have the ability to develop into new and healthy red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

Stem cells have been proven to successfully treat diseases including cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, neuroblastoma, blood disorders such as thalassaemia as well as immune deficiencies and metabolic disorders

Researchers say stem cells from cord blood may be used to treat diseases of the family members since the chance of locating a cord blood match within the family is 60 percent higher than a bone marrow match, includes fewer complications, and has improved medical outcomes.

Cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord immediately after birth.

For more information on CordLife and cord blood banking, visit 
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