Midnight Sun

What if you have a rare genetic condition, a life-threatening sensitivity to sunlight since childhood?

Does life ends?

Are you going to surrender?

My wife adores the movie, “A Walk to Remember” and she will surely loves this as well.

Pabebe teen mode on.

“Midnight Sun” is a romantic tearjerker about 17-year-old Katie Price (Bella Thorne). One night, her dreams come true when she’s noticed and asked out by her longtime crush Charlie (Patrick Schwarzenegger), whom she’s secretly watched from her bedroom window for years.

Midnight Sun

A 17-year-old girl suffers from a condition that prevents her from being out in the sunlight.

Ready your Kleenex and your feels, as we give you all the reasons why ‘Midnight Sun’ will be your next favorite romantic film:

1. The 2018 film is based on a timeless love story of a 2006 Japanese film ‘Song to the Sun’ (Taiyo no Uta).
In the Japanese film, the lead character is also a teenage girl who loves to sing but has a rare skin condition that makes exposure to sunlight life-threatening. The teen romantic film was such a moving experience that it has also been adapted into a Japanese television drama in 2006, and also became a manga (Japanese comics).

2. It depicts a real and difficult journey of a rare disease and its heartbreaking consequences, but it’s also a story of love and compassion.
In Midnight Sun, Katie suffers from a rare genetic condition called xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), an illness with no known cure. Exposure to sunlight is potentially fatal, so she lives her life indoors during the day, only getting to live the world outside when it is safe after sundown. Life in isolation especially as a teen is nothing you would wish on anyone, and the film depicts its harsh realities. Actress Bella Thorne has expressed that one of the reasons she wanted to take the role of Katie is to make more people aware of this rare disease and hopefully it leads to more research for a cure.

3. It’s a story about one’s first love and heartbreak.
Do you remember the first time you fell in love? There’s nothing quite like it, and the story of young love will always be relatable no matter how old you are. Katie has had a crush on Charlie since she was a little girl, pining away from her tinted windows since she is not allowed to go outside. But one night, she decides to play her guitar and sing at a train station, and as fate would have it, Charlie is there and they finally meet. This isn’t all rainbows and butterflies — the film strips away cute when needed and gives you the pains of high school heartbreak, when a sudden summer romance is now also about coping with illness.

4. You’ll root for this new love team — they are just adorable.
In Midnight Sun, the teen pair is portrayed by 20 year old Bella Thorne and 24 year old Patrick Schwarzenegger. As Katie and Charlie, the two meet one evening and begin their adventures and romance during the moonlight, and then facing the inevitable question — can Katie can life a normal life? While Thorne is no stranger to the limelight, having many film and television series under her belt, this film is Schwarzenegger’s (yup, Arnold’s son) very first leading role in the big screen. And basing on countless tweets about how these two have melted hearts and left audiences all cried out — the pair definitely make the perfect on-screen couple, and it won’t be a surprise if they’ll have more film together in the future.

5. You’ll fall in love with the original music.
What’s a great teen romance without an equally kilig soundtrack to set all the feels right? ‘Midnight Sun’ also revolves around Katie’s love for music — her guitar and singing — and for the film, Bella Thorne lends her voice for five songs. The soundtrack is now available to stream online. ‘Burn So Bright’ is a bright upbeat song that shows off the actress’ pop-like pipes, while ‘Reaching’ is a slow, melancholy track with nothing but a guitar and Thorne’s sweet voice. Hold on to your hearts and listen to the soundtrack below.

Source: ClickTheCity.com

Inasal

Tirador ka din ba ng unli rice sa Mang Inasal?

Piping hot unli rice smeared with toyo mansi with chicken oil. Rapsa!

Naka-kamay ka din ba?

Mas dama ang lasa ng manok.

Iba ang gana kumain. Napaparami ka ng kanin.

Naguunahan din ba kayo ng mga kaibigan mo sa unli rice?

Paramihan?

Pero hinay-hinay lang.

Ayaw ni Sen. Villar sa masyadong dupang sa kanin, tapos hindi uubusin.

Nagkakaubusan na nga ng NFA rice, magsasayang ka pa?

Mang Inasal

Mang Inasal is one of the nation’s biggest and most popular food chains, thanks to their take on the Negrense specialty that took the country by storm. Photo credits to the Mang Inasal official facebook page.

Where Did Mang Inasal start?

Establishing its first branch in a 3-year-old unoccupied space in Robinsons Mall Carpark, Iloilo on December 12, 2003, Mang Inasal quickly became a hit for the Ilonggos.

Of course, it would not be done without the efforts of its owner, Mr. Edgar Sia II. After conducting a research on what could be the common “taste” of the 16 regions in the Philippines, Sia figured out that “barbecue” (or simply, Inasal in Ilonggo) is the mass appeal—a feat that has been capturing the hearts and empty stomachs of the Filipino people.

Before enterprising his business to Luzon, specifically in Manila, Mang Inasal opened its second outlet in Roxas City, Sia’s hometown. With this, his business bloomed in the provinces to 26 branches; a proof that his Inasal has really caught the Filipino tastebuds.

In 2006, he finally opened his outlet in Manila, a venture that he referred to as the “make-or-break” city. It was during this year when the city was in the middle of rice shortage (and as we all know, rice is a primary food for the Filipinos). This was where he opened the “Unli Rice” promo, which was only supposed to run for two months. Seeing that it has attracted more customers, the promo became permanent and is now being simulated by other fast food chains.

Famous for its native-style and “nuot-sarap” Chicken Inasal with its pioneering “unlimited rice”, Mang Inasal quickly won the hearts of its customers with its distinctively Pinoy stamp-grilling and special marinade made out of local secret spices.

The primary reason for Mang Inasal’s success is its wide array of Filipino comfort food, especially Chicken Inasal – with its distinct taste that Pinoys have grown and continue to love.

Today, Mang Inasal is the leading Pinoy branded outlet in the country, with its strong portfolio of Chicken Inasal, Pork BBQ, Halo Halo, and Palabok. Variations in the menu are constantly being developed to meet the discriminating demands of its growing customer base.

Mang Inasal has steadily grown ever since its acquisition, making it one of the fastest growing quick service restaurants in the country. To date, Mang Inasal has over 450 stores nationwide and counting.

Trivia:

1) Did you know that Mang Inasal means “Mr. Barbecue?”

2) Mang Inasal is not only known for its delicious food, but with its affordable, permanent, rice-all-you-can promo, equipped with quick service.

3) Edgar Sia II is actually an architecture drop-out, but he was still able to establish a successful fast-food chain! How cool is that?

4) Also, Edgar Sia II gained 3Billion after selling Mang Inasal to Jollibee, a feat that proves how much of a successful businessman he is, and how high he has propelled Mang Inasal to success.

5) Mang Inasal’s success follows this formula: good business concept + quality of food + exceptional marketing strategy + affordable pricing and even expansion + the X Factor (blessing of God), which should be dealt with the right asal (behavior).

Source:
MoneyGizmo.net
MangInasal.com

Wendy

I met Ate Wendy Samonte after the closing program of SFC International Conference 2018.

She wore a facemask and thanked a group of brothers and sisters in the parking lot.

Bro. Cris Serdenia, a fellow servant leader in SFC Middle East introduced her to me.

Ate Wendy

Dear Lord, I come before You today in need of Your healing hand. In You all things are possible. Hold my heart within Yours, and renew my mind, body and soul. I am lost, but I come to You with grace. You gave us life, and You also give us the gift of infinite joy. Give me the strength to move forward on the path you’ve laid out for me. Guide me towards better health and give me the wisdom to identify those you’ve placed around me to help me get better. Amen. (Together with Ate Wendy & Bro. Cris.)

Ate Wendy was diagnosed with gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs), a rare type of cancer found in the digestive system, most often in the wall of the stomach.

She undergone surgery in 2016. She has no stomach anymore. Digesting food is a big challenge.

She shared her pains during chemo and CT scan sessions.

I felt her agony because I experienced the same.

Her optimism was a source of inspiration.

She went to the event as a victor and full of gratitude.

The SFC community was a source of hope.

Stories about Ate Wendy gave me a deeper understanding of God’s relentless love.

She was a living witness of God’s faithfulness.

Let us pray continuously for her complete healing.

Amidst her condition Ate Wendy remains steadfast in serving the Lord in whatever way possible, her gratitude prayer:

“Thank you God for being with me, inspiring me and using me to speak Your words to my brothers and sisters. Continue to use me Lord, allow me to see Jesus through the people around me and to experience Your great love.”

Third

Third day of February every year will never be the same again.

A memory of thanksgiving and overflowing graces.

“The biopsy result is out. It’s cancer.” Three (3) years ago, these words from my doctor crashed me into pieces. Looking back to where I am now, I am in awe of God. I could have easily given up but He has a better plan. Bigger than my vision.

The message of the gospel today reminded me to yield more in God’s embrace. (Payakap pa more Lord!) More years of loving and serving Him. Thank you for everything!

Third

God’s love in action. Three (3) years of healing grace. Thank you Bro. Rommel & Bro. Cris for sharing your time. More years of serving and loving the Lord!

Celebrating it with Bro. Rommel & Bro. Cris from SFC Middle East.

#nootherwaybutforward #loved #healed #serviceaboveall

Wind

Ututin ka ba?
(Are you passing wind more than the usual?)

As a cancer conqueror, passing wind is like a nuclear atomic bomb that rips off the nostrils of your neighbors?

More often than not, they have a life of their own.

Is it good or bad?

On average people pass wind about 15 to 25 times a day. But sometimes illness, what you eat, and stress can increase the amount of wind you pass.

Wind

Gone with the wind? How’s your gas today? (Photo credits to the owner.)

What passing wind is?
Passing wind (intestinal gas) is called flatus or flatulence and is normal for everyone. It is not usually a serious problem or a sign that your cancer is getting worse. But it can be embarrassing, worrying and uncomfortable.

Causes of flatulence
Sometimes cancer or its treatment causes too much gas in the digestive system, making you pass wind more often than usual. Several things can make flatulence worse. These include:

  • eating certain high fibre foods
  • swallowing too much air
  • drinking gassy drinks, including beer
  • smoking
  • lactose intolerance
  • not being able to absorb fat from the intestine

Tips to reduce wind
It isn’t possible to stop flatulence altogether but some things can help to control it.

Try some of the following:

  • avoiding foods that make it worse, such as cabbage, corn, brussel sprouts, onions, beans and cauliflower
  • eating slowly and chewing your food for longer – to reduce the amount of air you swallow and help to break food down
  • activated charcoal tablets or powders – these can also absorb smell
  • eating ginger – this is said to help digestion
  • drinking peppermint tea

You might also find it better to eat 6 small meals a day, rather than 3 large ones. Smaller meals are easier to digest and may produce less wind.

Some medicines can help to reduce wind. Speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about which one may be best for you.

Some processed foods contain ingredients that can cause wind: for example, sweeteners or preservatives.

You can help to reduce wind by cutting out:

  • any foods that contain artificial sweeteners
  • sugar free sweets and chewing gum
  • fizzy drinks

Talk to your specialist nurse or doctor if the wind continues. They may be able to prescribe medicines to help. They can also refer you to a dietitian who will be able to recommend other changes you can make to your diet.

Source: cancerresearchuk.org

Depression

Out of 8 people, one person suffers from depression without knowing it.

Depression can strike anyone.

I watched Magandang Buhay last Monday, January 8, the episode was about depression among teenagers.

They featured the veteran theatre actress Shamaine Buencamino and how she dealt with the suicide of her daughter Julia Buencamino, who died at age 15.

Learning from their experience, Shamaine asks parents to take their children seriously.

She shared that younger generation now are more prone to suicide because of social media.

The Buencaminos launched a suicide prevention advocacy hoping to reach out to teenagers who are suffering in the dark like their daughter did.

They started the Julia Buencamino Project, highlighted by the Julia Bench, a safe zone for teenagers to find company among peers stationed in different schools.

It was a white wooden bench with decal stickers featuring Julia’s drawings, mostly colorful portraits of girls with bright eyes and big hair.

She also campaigned for psychiatric help to be more affordable and accessible in the Philippines, where therapy is expensive and specialists are few.

Depression

Theatre thespians Nonie and Shamaine Buencamino shares the Julia Buencamino Project, highlighted by the Julia Bench. (Photo credits to the owner.)

On the other hand, Dr. Norieta Calma-Balderrama, chairperson of the Philippine Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, said cases of teenage depression in the country have increased by up to 75% in the last 25 years.

Among the signs of the teenage depression are as follows:

• Apathy
• Sadness, anxiety, a feeling of hopelessness
• Excessive or inappropriate guilt
• Irresponsible behavior
• Sudden drop in grades
• Difficulty in concentrating
• Difficulty in making decisions
• Memory loss
• Rebellious behavior
• Use of alcohol or drugs
• Promiscuous sexual activity
• Withdrawal from friends

Balderrama shared that while there are obvious signs of depression, some teenagers are able to mask it.

This is why, she said, it is important that parents always spend time to talk with their children.

Balderrama said devoting time to children is most important when they reach adolescence since this is the phase where they experience a lot of changes.

Good parenting, she stressed, decreases the possibility of depression, unless the source of the problem are the parents themselves.

What should parents do?

Understand the stage your teen is going through. The adolescence stage is a turbulent stage for any teenager. Your teen may be struggling through these times and you should understand what he or she is experiencing.

Observe your child’s behavior. Discern signs and symptoms of depression manifested by your teen. If you sense something unusual in your child’s behavior, verify this by asking your teen’s friends or teachers.

Communicate with your child. Talk to your teen and listen to him or her so you will be able to find out more about his or her feelings. Assure your child that you are there to offer support. If your child denies that he or she is depressed, just be gentle. Listen without being judgmental. Listen with your eyes, your ears and your heart. Show that you understand him/ her and you empathize with him/ her. You should be gentle to let your teen realize that he or she is in a state of depression. Though it is quite difficult for a person to be convinced that he or she is depressed, you need to persevere.

Consult a doctor or a specialist. If talking to your child doesn’t work, seek professional help. Go to a doctor, a psychologist or a psychiatrist who can help you and your teen diagnose depression. But first make sure you talk to your child before doing this so he or she is prepared and will cooperate with the doctor or specialist.

Consider treatment options. Discuss with the doctor or specialist the possibilities of treating depression. This could involve ‘talk’ therapy, group or family therapy and medication.

Support your teen through treatment. Be understanding and patient. If the child is depressed, he needs someone to rely on, to talk to, to listen to him and to have emphatic understanding for him or her during this difficult situation. Encourage your child to stay active, and to socialize with others. Be aware of the treatment he or she has to undergo and most of all learn more about depression.

As you help your child through depression, don’t forget to take of yourself and the other family members. Don’t just focus all of your time and energy to your depressed teen. It is also recommended that you open to other family members and ask help from them.

Source:
http://news.abs-cbn.com/
https://ph.theasianparent.com/

juices & healthy living

From baking soda treatment, daily alkaline water intake, carrot blended juice, ampalaya (bitter gourd) juice – name it, being a cancer patient you will be bombarded with different fool-proof solutions for healing from social media, family, friends, relatives, neighbors, etc.

You really have to sift through it and find what suits you. Food intake varies from one patient to the other depending on the advice of your doctor. So, you really have to consult your physician- before doing anything.

Being a PNet cancer patient – you actually can eat anything under the sun according to my doctor as long as it’s edible, healthy and rich with nutrients.

Moderation is the key- not so little or too much, just enough to sustain you during the day.

The digestion of fat or lipid is a major issue for me since the pancreas is affected by the tumor. As much as possible, I avoid eating fatty foods.

I have also a history of gouty arthritis and abnormal uric acid levels- so I need to avoid food with high purines because this will exacerbate the flare attack – a reddish inflammation of the joints in your feet or hands that is very painful.

Usually, a flare attack occurs when I eat meat – so I try to avoid it. But, who can resist the temptation of having a slab of lechon after working in Saudi Arabia for so many years where pork is prohibited? Right?

Below are my juice arsenal that I did myself, which is very easy to prepare. Even your kids can do it for you.

2015-11-05 08.47.03

Banana & papaya blitz blended juice

 

2015-10-29 16.39.46

Papaya, banana & mango blended smoothie!

 

2015-11-02 14.58.08

Fresh carrot juice

2015-10-29 09.41.10

Healthy ampalaya (bitter gourd) juice

2015-11-09 10.49.22

Papaya & honey combo – very refreshing!