Monday, May 10, 2010

Help Fight HPV

PGH doctors on a mission against HPV
by Eric Michael Santos

Started in December 2008, a group of obstetrician-gynecologists-infectious disease specialists at the University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) is implementing an advocacy program to make human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination accessible to more Filipinos. The program headed by Dr. Ricardo Manalastas, Jr., chief, UP-PGH Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Section of Infectious Diseases (OB-IDS), initially focused their program on socio-civic organizations, private schools, and corporations.
“We explain to members of these groups the benefits and cost of HPV prevention through vaccination and that through our advocacy program, we no longer charge a certain professional fee for the vaccination.”
Increasing incidence rate of cervical cancer and other HPV diseases
“From 1980 to 1995, the incidence rate of cervical cancer in the country has remained a relatively high 22 per 100,000 women. Almost 7 out of 10 of cases are diagnosed in the advanced stage when the chance of dying from the disease is high. About 6 out of 10 Filipino women with cervical cancer will die within 5 years,” Dr. Manalastas said.

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We need your old glasses

I saw this in the National Museum's yocard stand. This is the first time I have heard of recycling eyeglasses for other people's use. See below details of this advocacy of George Optical. I'm an eyeglasses user myself. I've got really bad eyes. And I understand completely how it is like to live in blur. Unfortunately, due to rampant poverty a lot of people in the country who've got eye problems can't afford to buy a pair of eyeglasses. [Well, I've been using the frame I'm wearing for about 4 years now. I only upgrade the lenses not the frame because it's expensive.]
I believe in the cause, so I'll visit the shop one of these days to donate my glasses. If you intend to help, too, see details below.
The G.O. Green Campaign, which officially kicks off April 1, 2010, encourages eyeglass wearers to support the environment and aid the less fortunate by helping recycle old frames. In light of this, recycling efforts will benefit the Missionaries of Charity (Home of Joy), the charity patients of the Ophthalmology Division of the Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Ophthalmology Division of the University of Santo Tomas Hospital, and UNTV.

Customers can drop off their old frames (no purchase required) at any George Optical branch, where they will also be recycled for the use of the George Co Sr. Foundation. The Foundation will also cover the costs of the lens and actual repairs.

Yes, I am that girl!

After my treatment at the derma, I proceeded to National Bookstore to check a copy of Dawkin's The God Delusion. I gave my copy to a friend back in the province when i went home for the christmas holiday. Unfortunately, the bookstore doesn't have stock yet, again. To compensate with my disappointment, I checked out in the corner where they display their bookmarks to see what's new. And i found these... :D

It's another Hannah Montana BMs. And they're just simply lovely. :D

Sunday, May 9, 2010


"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes." - Erasmus

I have heard of Erasmus Mundus first before i learned about this Dutch Philosopher. When I got this BM, I thought this must be the same genius which the student exchange programme is named after. And yes it is. The Erasmus Programme (European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students)for European students and Erasmus Mundus is for non-Europeans, and in fact open for Filipino students.

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Erasmus was a classical scholar who wrote in a "pure" Latin style and enjoyed the sobriquet "Prince of the Humanists." He has been called "the crowning glory of the Christian humanists." Using humanist techniques for working on texts, he prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament. These raised questions that would be influential in the Protestant Reformation and Catholic Counter-Reformation. He also wrote The Praise of Folly, Handbook of a Christian Knight, On Civility in Children, Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style, Julius Exclusus, and many other works.

Erasmus lived through the Reformation period and he consistently criticized some contemporary popular Christian beliefs. In relation to clerical abuses in the Church, Erasmus remained committed to reforming the Church from within. He also held to Catholic doctrines such as that of free will, which some Protestant Reformers rejected in favor of the doctrine of predestination. His middle road approach disappointed and even angered many Protestants, such as Martin Luther, as well as conservative Catholics. He died in Basel in 1536 and was buried in the formerly Catholic cathedral there, recently converted to a Reformed church.

Mr. Nobody and Somebody

As far as i can remember, these are original works - graphic art - from my swap partner's friend. It's nice to receive something like an original work from swapping. :)

Death Note

I got addicted watching Death Note sometime last year. A bit late from the craze, actually. I fell for the character named L, which made me use his picture as my profile pic in Facebook for quite some time. And it was only this year, when I was browsing my bookmark album, that I found out about having a Death Note bookmark with his picture on it. I could get a little clumsy at times that I miss or forget details like this. It's normal. I completely didn't remember seeing this Japanese Anime in my bookmark collection when I was staying up late series-marathoning. :p
Death Note (デスノート, Desu Nōto?) is a Japanese manga series created by writer Tsugumi Ohba and manga artist Takeshi Obata. The series centers on Light Yagami, a high school student who discovers a supernatural notebook, the "Death Note", dropped on Earth by a shinigami (death god) named Ryuk. The Death Note grants its user the ability to kill anyone whose face they have seen, by writing the victim's name in the notebook. The story follows Light's attempt to create and rule a world cleansed of evil using the notebook, and the complex conflict between him, his opponents and a mysterious detective known to the world only as L.

Death Note was first serialized in 108 chapters by Shueisha in the Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 2003 to May 2006. The series was also published in tankōbon format in Japan starting in May 2004 and ending in October 2006 with a total of twelve volumes. The series was adapted into live-action films released in Japan on June 17, 2006, on November 3, 2006, and on February 2, 2008. The anime series aired in Japan from October 3, 2006, to June 26, 2007. Composed of 37 episodes, the anime was developed by Madhouse and directed by Tetsuro Araki. A light novel based on the series, written by Nisio Isin, was released in Japan.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Palacio de Mineria

A bookmark from Mexico featuring another historical structure - Palacio de Mineria. Every year the Palace of Mines is used as temporary home office of one of the most important world-wide known publishing events in the country: The International Book Fair.
Palace of Mines, masterpiece of Latin American neoclassicism, is situated in Mexico City, at the end of Tacuba Street, facing the plaza named after Manuel Tolsá, where the equestrian statue of Charles IV, better known as “El Caballito”, creation of the same artist, is located. The most important civil building, made up by this Valencian sculptor and architect, was built to house the Royal Seminar of Mines in order to give academic instruction to miners since 1813.

The majestic monument of elegant forms and exact proportions where light, space and functionality merge, is one of the most outstanding constructions within Mexican architecture. It is part of the artistic and cultural patrimony of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which, at present time, is under the custody of the School of Engineering.


Bookmarks are not only tools or accessories that mark our page in a book, but also they are information materials which contain literary quotations, works of art, films, famous authors and books, historical events and places and many others.

Honestly, I know nothing about Teotihuacan before I got this bookmark and wondered what this word means or what it is. Now I know.

Bookmarks can widen our knowledge about history and other countries' culture. We just have to take the initiative to research if we encounter something we haven't heard of. We only need that curiosity and passion of learning more going. *winks*
Teotihuacan – also written Teotihuacán, with an orthographic accent on the last syllable, following the conventions of Spanish orthography – is an enormous archaeological site in the Basin of Mexico, containing some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Apart from the pyramidal structures, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colorful, well-preserved murals.

The city was thought to have been established around 200 BCE, lasting until its fall sometime between the 7th and 8th centuries CE At its zenith in the first half of the 1st millennium CE, Teotihuacan was the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas. At this time it may have had more than 200,000 inhabitants, placing it among the largest cities of the world in this period. The civilization and cultural complex associated with the site is also referred to as Teotihuacan or Teotihuacano.

Haruki Murakami

Any bookworms has heard of him and/or read his pieces. I'm glad i got BMs featuring Haruki Murakami from different exchanges i had. This one is from Portugal.

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Legend has it that on a warm day in Spring 1974 while watching a baseball game Murakami-san had the inspiration to write his first novel, later called Hear the Wind sing.

It won him his first Literary award and is part of The Trilogy of the Rat together with Pinball 1973 and A Wild Sheep Chase .

His career as an writer took off fast and a steady flow of Novels, Short Stories, Articles and Documentaries followed.

The fact that he spent a good part of his life outside Japan, mainly in the US and southern Europe, is maybe the key factor of his growing worldwide success.

The stories and settings are familiar to Westerners and yet there is a distinctive Japanese touch.

Puzzle bookmarks

I'm back. :) I got sooo many stuff going, especially with the summer hanging around: going back to my second home - Bohol - after 14 long years, my grandma's birthday, volunteer work at the National Museum, another certificate course - graphic and web design -, full-time work and a lot more. Well, still busy actually, but at least I have find time to post another entry in this blog.

This is my first complete 6-pc. puzzle bookmark. I didn't have any idea about puzzle bookmarks when my swap partner from Portugal sent me this. I was so surprised and excited. After then I started looking more of the puzzle types of bookmarks.