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Tag: December 13, 2006

Have your self a healthy little Christmas!

CHRISTMAS, a time for celebration and long holidays. It has irresistibly been a season for indulging like Father Santa. People stuff themselves with succulent Christmas ham, mouth-watering queso de bola, sweet chocolates, candies, and ice cream. With the variety of tempting food to choose from, no wonder many students find it hard to fit back into their uniforms once classes resume after the Christmas break.

But Christmas need not mean piling on pounds and suffering the “heavy” consequences. There are many ways to stay fit and healthy while enjoying the holidays.

The 2007 techie wish list

COMBINATION gadgets are sure to top next year’s consumer list, as maximum-usability features dominate handsets, like camera phones with image editor plus music and video players. These gadgets are more convenient, having everything in a single handset, and convergent, having evolved from multiple products of singular purposes.

Uncomfortable laziness

HOLIDAYS are coming. Expect people to lie lazily before the television or the computer, or just lounge around the living room. That is normal. But people doing these most of the year may be suffering from a mental disorder.

The habit of “laziness” has caught the attention of medical experts when the British Medical Journal (BMJ) reported a condition called Motivational Deficiency Disorder (MDD), an overwhelming and debilitating fatal state of apathy.

Heeding the summons of poetry

EVEN poetic license has rules to keep.

Poetry giants Ophelia Dimalanta, Cirilo Bautista and Michael Coroza discussed guidelines on the art of poetry with literature professors in the University in a two-day seminar-workshop titled “A Call for Creativity” last Nov. 23 and 24 at the Faculty of Arts and Letters.

“Poetry is the half-constructed fabric of the imagination,” said Dimalanta, director of the Center for Creative Writing and Studies (CCWS). ”It is a therapy, a release of the writer’s emotions.”

A zestful life despite Alzheimer’s

GLORIA Ramirez, 78 years old, sits quietly at the dinner table surrounded by her children and grandchildren when she suddenly turns to her eldest daughter and shouts, “Who are you? What are you doing here?” Ramirez is not experiencing a momentary memory lapse, she is in the severe stage of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Christmas coins and carols

The sky was turning into a deep blue shade when Noel and the other boys of the Sto. Niño Orphanage set out to sing Christmas carols. It had been their tradition to carol around the neighborhood during Christmas Eve. Armed with bottle-cap tambourines and milk-can drums covered with plastic, the six and seven-year old boys visited homes adorned with bright lights and shimmering lanterns.

The PEN is mightier than the sword

MODERN technology, freedom of speech and political repression were the three compelling issues discussed during the national conference of the Philippine Center of the International PEN with the theme “The Ethics of Novel Writing.”

The PEN Conference held last Nov. 25 at the Thomas Aquinas Research Complex Auditorium was attended by prominent writers such as 2006 Ramon Magsaysay laurete Eugenia Duran-Apostol and National Artists Bienvenido Lumbera and F. Sionil Jose, who founded the Philippine chapter of PEN.

Population officials form league

SOME 70 government officials from 25 provinces in the Philippines have formed an alliance that will promote “reproductive health” and population control.

The Local Legislators’ League for Population, Health, Environment and Development (3LPHED) aims to create policies at the municipal level that will support pro-choice bills filed at the Senate and the House of Representatives. The league was formed by the Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD), the congressional counterpart of 3LPHED.

Pope authorizes Latin Mass

CHURCHGOERS may soon hear Latin Masses celebrated in their parishes regularly.

The British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported on Oct. 12 Pope Benedict XVI’s plan to allow priests to celebrate the old Tridentine Mass, where the presiding priest says the Mass in Latin while facing the altar, the choir sings Gregorian chants, and the congregation is in total silence.

The Eucharist was celebrated only in Latin until the Second Vatican Council ruled in 1965 that Masses be said in local languages to encourage active participation of the congregation.

Home for Christmas

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” --Burton Hillis

LIVING away from home is but a hard situation one can ever endure.