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Consumer Info: HIV and Sexuality

When one hears of the term HIV, what does normally come to mind? AIDS? Well yes, obviously, since it is the precursor of the dreaded disease. And now, with the continued rise of such cases in the Philippines as in 1,013 new cases as of June 2017 — where 969 of which comes from sexual contact – maybe it is time to especially check on society’s sexual behavior.

But first, a few facts about HIV.

  • HIV was believed to have originated from SIV-infected monkeys in Congo back in the 1920s. It was transferred to humans through ‘hunting’, like, as a result of monkeys being eaten or their blood getting into cuts or wounds of people hunting them.
  • Symptoms which normally appear between 1-2 months include: fever, fatigue, head ache, swollen lymph nodes, achy muscles, joint pains, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, dry cough, and night sweats. Yes, while these symptoms may sound ordinary, notice that they do appear in many other illnesses as well — since these are signs that one’s immune system is being attacked. Thus, if you are unusually experiencing any such sign, make sure to have yourself checked by a physician.
  • At risk groups include partners of people with AIDS, or those who inject drugs, or hemophiliacs (one with serious disease that causes a person who has been cut or injured to keep bleeding for a very long time) as well as homosexuals.
How HIV/AIDS is spread

Now, sexual behavior. Okay, more than a means to procreate — sex as we may put it is a biological need, thus, even the Bible suggests that one gets married so as not to commit sins of the flesh such as fornication and orgies. However, man would only listen to his urges and those who shares his views. Yet they even pride themselves of having a personal relationship with God?? Worse, ’cause of people’s desire to be appreciated, “in”, or trendy in their styles — they even accuse others of perversion when they are the ones who actually instigate their so-called perversion. Talk of sticking more mud.

Example. If a girl wears kind of revealing clothes (plunging necklines, high slits, short shorts, et cetera) or even doing something that could show more skin than usual, men would generally look at her. Is that being a pervert? No. Why? It’s human nature. Men would always be men. And it is by no means shielding the folly of man. Because you should not have worn such clothing in the first place if you do not want to be stared at. Hey, even the Bible suggests to dress modestly, 1 Timothy 2:9. If you do not follow the Word, you sin. Simple.

Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are. Better be with a few who are righteous.

So see, society’s adamance and misguided beliefs has simply caused even more sexual harassment and rape cases these days.

Still, more than other influences like drugs and alcohol – being with ungodly people (or those who do not really try to follow the Word) only encourages the weaker souls to fall for just about every kind of sin there is, 2 Corinthians 6:14 – my, what with technology being a vehicle of lust and materialism?! And so, powerful, scheming men then just capitalized on this worldliness.

While technology offers convenience and entertainment, it’s also a vehicle of worldliness.

In the end, don’t you think HIV was simply God’s mysterious way of bringing wrath to immorality? And don’t say you use protection or there’s a cure – ’cause God has a million ways to get to offenders.

Consumer Info: All About Brain Aneurysm

Brain Aneurysm. Heard of it? Understandably so, it must be foreign to many — yet because of the recent showbiz news that shocked many in the country, the ordinary Juan Dela Cruz became even more curious about this.

Aneurysm is the ballooning of a blood vessel particularly in the arteries resulting from the weakening of the vessel wall. Now, if you add “brain” to this then it would be self-explanatory that this is a medical case that pertains to the head. And so, let’s proceed.

Brain aneurysm can be ruptured or unruptured — so, imagine the danger it presents if such a bulge inside one’s head would just burst?! Coma. Brain damage. Even death.


Illnesses such as Marfan’s syndrome, some traumatic brain injuries, serious systemic infections, and autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease contribute to brain aneurysm. Moreover, the chances of rupturing increases through smoking, drug abuse, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.


If any of the risks or symptoms apply, have a check up

While brain aneurysm can develop in anyone at any age — women over 40 years old are at a higher risk for developing this condition especially if she has a family history of it. Yes, not to mention those who are dealing with diabetes, obesity and copper deficiency could be at risk as well.


Signs of a ruptured brain aneurysm includes: Severe headache, stiff neck, blurred or double vision, sensitivity to light, drooping eyelids, numbness, seizures, fainting, confusion, nausea and vomiting.

Now, while approximately 40 percent of those with ruptured brain aneurysm results in death, 50 to 80 percent actually do not rupture. Take note though that some unruptured brain aneurysm can cause pressure on the brain and lead to headaches, blurred vision, neck pain and speech changes. Thus, so long as one gets screened sooner than later, more so regularly, then something could still be done.


Many times, surgery may be risky so listen to your doctor
  • The suspected patient should undergo a CT scan or MRI to verify the condition.
  • Treatment depends on the size, location and severity of the aneurysm.
  • Pain medications are prescribed to treat head and eye pain. Prescribed medication is also used to prevent blood vessel blockages or to relieve cranial pressure.
  • Surgery is also an option and this is to cut off blood flow to where the brain aneurysm is or to make repairs — that is, only if the aneurysm is accessible.


  • Understand that an unruptured brain aneurysm is hard to detect, thus, especially if there were at least 2 in your family that has had aneurysm — it would be good if you have yourself checked every 5 years once you reach the age of 40.
  • A change in lifestyle would be necessary to minimize the risk of developing brain aneurysm, therefore, quit smoking, eat healthy, exercise regularly, use drugs the right way, have enough rest and if you drink, just drink moderately.
  • Monitor your overall health particularly your weight, cholesterol, blood glucose and blood pressure levels.
  • Manage stress levels. Don’t push too hard but take time to relax — life should be a blessing not a burden.


Lifestyle change is necessary for managing health

Take a low dose of aspirin daily to prevent the build up of arterial plaque that can weaken blood vessel walls — however, consult your doctor first if this kind of treatment would be right for you.

Recovery After Treatment. If the brain aneurysm was ruptured then at least a 3-week rest would be necessary before one could resume daily activities. Otherwise, if it was not ruptured, a full week of good rest would be sufficient.

Remember, to be healthy — live healthy.

TODAY: Top 10 Mall Games in Cebu City

It’s the Halloween, and what timing! Longer holidays and sure, people just enjoying their vacation. Well, while many may have gone to their hometowns, else, beaches and other interesting places. Malls still do offer some unique fun, not just movies but in games as well — yes, whether for children or adults!

But before we proceed, here’s an interesting trivia. Did you know that most of these mall games have various names depending on the mall that you’re in? This could be confusing, thus, we just decided to give them our own descriptive name instead — so, just take a careful look at the pictures for you to recognize these games.

Here goes..


Shooting Hoops


Kiddie Fun Ride


Combat Video Game


Stuffed Toy Grabber


Car Driving Simulator


Deep Sea Board Shooting


Coin Treasure


Videoke Box


Gun Shooting Video Game


2K Basketball Video Game

If some of your favorite mall games are ranked lower, or are not even on this list — then it means they are not found in most malls but are only seen in selected or larger malls in Cebu City. And so if they are not around, how could they be played with, right?

Anyway, there’s just so much more to add or improve in terms of mall games in this part of the world — no worry, we’ll get there.

TODAY: Top 10 Food Kiosks in Cebu City

Okay, let’s now get into kiosks — not those big, fast food chains or restaurants that we instinctively think of but the more popular, little ones that we usually see in the malls of Cebu City.

Yes, while a couple of them may have already found their way out of food carts and onto resto-type spots with a few tables and chairs — they still could not be categorized as a full-fledged food store as they still don’t have enough of such franchises instead many still thrives on kiosks that we know of.

And so, we bring you today’s Top 10 Food Kiosks in Cebu City which we categorized as follows: Current Craze, Fast Rising, and Old Favorites.


  • LEYLAM. Now, who doesn’t like beef? Well most everyone does except, understandably, for those bounded by religious beliefs as well as some vegans out there. And with options for rice, noodles or wrap, Leylam has become the biggest hit in Cebu City as you could have them for either a dreamy snack or a delightful meal.
  • POTATO CORNER. Fries. And more fries. Guess, it’s more than just those flavorings but it’s simply the love for these delectable slices of deep-fried potatoes that even with just plain salt would do.
Potato Corner
  • HOTDOG ON STICKS. Cheesedog. Bacondog. Save for a real dog, hotdogs have been a favorite practically since time immemorial — that other similar kiosks have sprouted all over town!
Hotdog On Sticks
  • PEDRO PEDRICO’S. For pizza fans, this store must be heaven. While they don’t really have as many flavors as those big players, their options for slices and solo packs gives them that edge on affordability.
Pedro Pedrico’s


  • TURKS. Here’s more meat and all wrapped for you in Turks — where the only disadvantage could in fact be its classy image and therefore its price, yeah, as we are speaking of the general public.
  • SANTINO’S SUPREME SLICES. Speaking of class and just like Turks, it’s the layout of Santino’s is what makes it classier than other pizza kiosks. Then again, with mainly just four common flavors, the only advantage it has compared to those bigger pizza chains is that it could be bought per slice — while against other kiosks is of course its size.
Santino’s Supreme Slices
  • LUGAW NI BOSSING. Clearly, many just liked the idea of bringing mother’s arroz caldo out of the kitchen and onto the public through Lugaw ni Bossing as we could see in its reception. But while there may be some differences with mom’s delicious home-cooked delicacy, this is the closest that you can get.
Lugaw ni Bossing


  • CEBU’S ORIGINAL LECHON BELLY. The simple yet not so simple lechon has been the pride of Filipino cuisine. Yet even with its crispy skin, how could we just forget its succulent belly?
Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly
  • MASTER SIOMAI. Another of Cebu’s pride is the siomai — or the dumpling as known by many other than locals is just as tasty as it could be. And probably the only fix here could be its consistency with the sauce.
Master Siomai
  • WAFFLE TIME. Nope, it’s not really tiring to have especially if it’s cheap and still tasty as pancakes but only with a hotdog or some filling inside. Waffles are simply a good choice for those on a budget.
Waffle Time

Notice that most of these kiosks are just about in every mall in Cebu City?

Consumer Info: All About Japanese Encephalitis

UPDATE as of 2017 Sep 30: Since the 9 reported deaths and 149 cases of Japanese Encephalitis in the country, there has been no reported new cases regarding the deadly virus which has been basically isolated in Pampanga, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.

While it’s good news, wouldn’t it be great if we were better informed about this seemingly strange disease and so, protect ourselves?


  • Japanese Encephalitis or the JE virus is commonly found in South to Southeast Asia, although as the name suggests, it actually started in Japan when it was first spotted in 1871.
  • It generally occurs in agricultural regions where it’s associated with rice production and flood irrigation; however, it could also appear in urban areas. In the Philippines, the last recorded case was back in 1982.
  • The JE virus is a viral disease (and transmitted via mosquitoes, not human to human) that is characterized by the inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) and currently has NO CURE but only prevention, else, total care if already infected.
  • The JE virus may not really be able to penetrate one’s body if a person has a strong immune system; otherwise, symptoms would usually appear between 5 to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.


  • INITIAL: headache, fever, nausea, vomiting and weakness.
  • SEVERE: stiff neck, seizures, convulsion, confusion, motor paralysis, behavioural changes and swelling around the brain.
  • LATER STAGE: coma or death.


Salt solution
  • Since Japanese Encephalitis has no specific cure or treatment yet, supportive care and close observation is even more crucial here.
  • Take paracetamol during fever.
  • Hydrate with lots of fluid and salt solution.
  • Have good nutrition.
  • Get proper rest.
  • Intensive care if necessary.


  • Have yourself vaccinated. JE vaccines costs less than P2,000 but then, you should get vaccinated twice within 28 days.
  • Be extra watchful during the rainy season — especially between May and October as these are the mosquito’s high activity period.
  • Control mosquito breeding by keeping your surroundings clean and not letting water stagnate.
  • Mechanize the growing of rice if possible.
  • Use insect repellents.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Reduce exposure to mosquitoes during its peak ‘biting hours’ which is actually when it’s cooler.

    Where JE mosquitoes normally breed

REMINDER: If you live within a reported JE area, once you are bitten by an infected mosquito — avoid scratching instead apply hydrocortisone or calamine lotion to reduce itchiness. Then consult your physician. For severe cases, you would have to submit to a CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) — this is getting fluid samples from your spine for testing.

Remember, while Japanese Encephalitis has no cure yet, it is a preventable disease. Thus, take the necessary precautions.

Consumer Info: All About Honey

Yes, we have all heard of how healthy honey is; after all, it is the elixir of life. Not surprisingly, not many knows the exact benefits of honey, much more how to distinguish pure honey from adulterated honey. So, here goes..

First. We understand that you already know that honey could even come in many varieties, right? Like floral, fruity, smokey, woody, spicy or earthy — all depending on the source of its nectar. Also, that honey could be clear to as dark as molasses in its appearance — yet with all these, don’t be surprised if some of them smells fresh while others are even pungent! Bottom line is, you could only get the full benefits of honey if it’s pure. Thus, if the supermarket is your only access to honey, at least make sure to examine its physical qualities before buying them. How?

  1. Real honey has some small particles suspended within it while the fake ones do not.
  2. Real honey is thick and dense while fake honey is thin and runny.
  3. Check the label. Real honey contains only one ingredient — honey.
Especially if no ingredient is listed on the label then think twice before buying the honey

NUTRIENTS. Raw honey contains 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium and selenium while the vitamins in honey include vitamin B6, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.

BENEFITS. Boosts energy. Reduces muscle fatigue. Regulates blood sugar. Treats cough and sore throat. Heals (surgical) wounds, cuts, minor burns and ulcers. Protects from infection, odor and pus. Reduces acid production in the mouth for better oral health. Helps with insomnia. Good moisturizer and treats skin fungus. Reduces and controls weight. Improves appetite and digestion. Relieves constipation, diarrhea and dysentery. Helps kidneys function better. Aids in blood cleansing as well as in its regulation and circulation.

DOSAGE: 1 tbsp a day if only  for maintenance purposes

STORAGE. Not in cans but glass jars or plastic containers. Do not expose to sunlight, near heat or inside the fridge but in a cool, dry place where temperature is stable.

EXPIRY. Because of its unique composition and chemical properties, honey could be preserved long term — like, decades or even centuries. The key to preservation is limiting its access to humidity; if honey is exposed to moist air, fermentation could begin and eventually ‘damage’ the honey.

Store and carefully seal honey in glass jars or plastic containers

AUTHENTICITY. It is but common sense that if we really want pure honey, it would be best if we just get it straight from a bee farm — then again, how many actually has the time and proximity to do that? And so, this would leave us with almost no choice but to buy from the sidewalk or just blindly trust supermarket displays wherein most are not really concerned about our health but only our money.

TESTING. Now while we could physically examine honey in supermarkets, such scrutiny only gives us a clue to its purity — nothing else. Especially in cases like this, facts could only be verified through actual testing. Unfortunately, many times that testing would not be possible in supermarkets since honey here is sealed or totally wrapped — and determining prices does not mean anything to its purity! Therefore, you would only know about its authenticity once you have bought the honey and tested it at home.

Prices does not really have anything to do with the purity of honey
  • Water Test. Fill a glass with water. Add a tablespoon of honey. Pure honey settles at the bottom of your glass while adulterated honey will dissolve in water because of its sugar content.
  • Flame Test. Dab some honey on a piece of cotton. Light it up with a matchstick. Pure honey would burn while adulterated honey would not light up because of its water content.
  • Finger Test. Put a small drop of honey on your fingernail. Pure honey stays put longer while adulterated honey would easily drip down your finger.
  • Bread Test. Apply some honey on a slice of bread. Pure honey hardens the bread in minutes while adulterated honey would make the bread ‘soggy’ because of its moisture content.
  • Stickiness Test. Rub some honey between your fingers. Pure honey is not sticky while adulterated honey would be sticky because of its added sweeteners.
  • Absorption Test. Pour a few drops of honey on blotting paper. Pure honey does not get absorbed in blotting paper which has the opposite effect on adulterated honey. Also, if you pour pure honey on a white cloth, it would not leave stains — unlike adulterated honey.
  • Egg Yolk Test. When poured into a container with yolk alone and then mixed, the yolk would appear cooked if the honey is pure — while it does not have any effect if the honey is adulterated.
BEWARE: Honey can give botulism to children under 1-year-old  (Photo: Getty)

REMINDER: Honey should never be given to pregnant women or children under 1 year old. Heating honey at high temperatures would not only reduce its potency but could even produce carcinogenic effects.

TODAY: Top 10 Things in Cebu City

As the world turns, times change and so do trends. Still, not all ‘hot’ stuff is new — others have been around since civilization could remember that we sort of ignore them.

So in no particular order, here are the current ‘trends’ in Cebu City.


With greater emphasis on health and beauty nowadays, Zumba has become a way of life — that one could normally see (and join for free) these workouts in malls, whether at the top floor or at the car park.

Lotto I Swertres

Games of chance sort of gives the masses some hope in trying times that it has brought about an unusual ‘brotherhood’ especially in swertres where numbers are shared to help each other out.

Regular Mall Bargains

With mall bargains and ‘ukay-ukay’ stores everywhere, locals are just not yet ready to embrace the convenience of online shopping.

Massage Kiosks

Saunas and spas have been feeling stiff competition from electronic massage chairs to massages offered by the blind that they have to do promos to stay relevant against these ‘on-the-go’ alternatives.

Fresh Avocado Juice

Haven’t really noticed this even last year (have you?) in the streets of Colon, so avocado juice is definitely one of those new hot stuffs out there — and could be a seasonal thing from now on. After all, it’s healthy and delicious — and affordable, too!

Ice Skating

There may not be snow in the Philippines but ever since locals have been introduced to ice skating, we have seen enthusiasts grow immensely. Would we see more Michael Martinez’ someday?

Short shorts

While ‘ukay-ukay’ has now been a fixture, here’s one clothing line that seems to get more and more fans from such stores — the short shorts — that it has become part of the new everyday attire.

Street food: Seafood

The famed ‘pongko pongko’ has recently expanded! Though this tasty seafood in BBQ sticks isn’t sold alongside puso (hanging rice), it’s still addicting. Haven’t you tried it?

Self-service car wash (above) | Coin-operated laundry (below)

We already know about the existence of self-service restaurants but self-service car washes and self-operating laundries are on the rise. Tho car washes are for those on the road, these laundry shops are especially good if you’re not so busy. And they’re pocket-friendly!


Do not be surprised if you see more than just cars and motorbikes on the road these days, skateboarding has become increasingly popular among youngsters that it has hit the streets and has even been restricted in many schools.