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RUPTURED BRAIN ANEURYSM: Living with a Broken Brain

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Friday, December 7, 2012

HONDA: Donates Php 1 Million to Victims of Typhoon Pablo in Mindanao

Honda donates Php 1 Million to victims of Typhoon “Pablo” in Mindanao

Hundreds of our fellow Filipinos in Mindanao suffered the wrath of typhoon Pablo ( International codename- Bopha) the other day. It is as if my heart got twisted and stomped on when I saw on TV, hundreds of people lost not only their homes but also their lives.   
You see, I grew up in Bicol the so called eye of the storm, so you might think I am immune seeing dead bodies on the street by now. Human as I am,  I get affected whenever I see victims of typhoon. Luckily since 2011, Bicol region had been spared from typhoon, thank God. Environmentalist advocates said it is because of the effect of climate change to our environment. I remember talking to the good people of Mindanao during my visit in the year 2010, they told me that they don't know how it is to have a flooded streets or the wrath of a typhoon because Mindanao is not a typhoon prone area. So I can imagine the surprise on their faces when they got hit by several typhoons since 2011. Typhoon Pablo left 353 dead with hundreds still missing. Statistics as of  December 7, 2012: Injured- 714; Missing- 517; Rescued- 155 persons
  This particular photo is from Minda news.

With the news of widespread devastation, loss of lives, and displacement of families and communities caused by typhoon Pablo in Mindanao, it is good to note that Honda Foundation Inc. (“HFI” for brevity) lost no time in reaching out to its partner institution, ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., and donated Php 1million to sustain rescue and relief efforts to severely affected areas. On behalf of the Filipino people "Arigato gusaimasu Honda".

HFI is the corporate social responsibility arm of the subsidiaries of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Japan) in the Philippines.  The subsidiaries of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Japan) in the Philippines are comprised of Honda Philippines, Inc., Honda Cars Phils., Inc., Honda Parts Manufacturing Corp., and Honda Trading Phils., Ecozone Corp.  

HFI had also donated to victims of strong typhoons such as Ondoy, Sendong, and Habagat.       

Honda Foundation, Inc.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

SANSO: A New Beginning Exhibit

SANSO: A New Beginning Exhibit
I received an invitation to Sanso's 83rd birthday celebration and newest exhibit at Galleria Joaquin at the 4th floor of SM Megamall Bldg A  entitled "Paintings of a New Day".
This is the third time this year that I got invited to Sanso's exhibit. He is really amazing! Imagine at his age, he still paints and makes other people appreciate arts and culture.
Flamingo Dance during Sanso's exhibit.
The invited guests were entertained by these amazing flamingo dancers!

I was awed! They're superb! How I wish I could dance also with such grace! By the way, here are some of Sanso's newest paintings.
SANSO: A New Beginning Exhibit
 Hurry see these paintings before they are sold out.
SANSO: A New Beginning Exhibit
 Depending on the size, price ranges from Php 300,000 and up.
SANSO: A New Beginning Exhibit
 I also saw some artists and familiar faces in the art scene such as Hans Sy.
SANSO: A New Beginning Exhibit
 A guest who bought one of Sanso's paintings had it autographed by Sanso.
 SANSO: A New Beginning Exhibit 
Sanso is so cowboy! So pinoy. He practically grew up in the Philippines. He came here for a vacation when he was 4 years old. His parents like it here. They even planted camote during the war. Possessing a caucasian skin, he was tortured by the Japanese during the war, that's why his right ear couldn't hear.  With his hands tied, he luckily escaped death by rolling and letting himself fall into the water of Pasig river.
          SANSO: A New Beginning Exhibit, Sanso and I, Sanso and travelonshoestring
Wacky shot with the one and only- SANSO! He is so pinoy! Sanso is well-versed in Tagalog.
SANSO: A New Beginning Exhibit, Sanso and Cha Sy
We're looking forward to his future exhibit.

Monday, December 3, 2012

KASAMBAHAY BILL: Domestic Workers Act

KASAMBAHAY BILL: Domestic Workers Act

Finally after 15 years, the Senate finally ratified on Tuesday the “Kasambahay” bill which sets the following benefits for household workers:
  • A monthly minimum wage of domestic workers at Php 2,500 for those working in the National Capital Region. Please note that househelpers working in chartered cities and first-class municipalities will receive a minimum wage of Php 2,000 and for those in other municipalities, Php 1,500.

  • Overtime pay after 8 hours of work a day
  • At least 8 hours of rest per day
  • 24 hrs. break once a week
  • Total cost of Php 368.00 per month must be paid by the employer for the domestic worker's SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth, if salary is less than Php 5,000
  • The domestic worker is entitled to 13th month pay.
The following requirements are needed to be submitted by the household workers to DOLE
  • Birth Certificate
  • Baptismal Certificate
  • Baranggay Clearance
  • NBI Clearance
A contract must be signed by the employer and the household worker. Said contract should be in a language or dialect understood by both parties. The contract is renewable every year.

The Kasambahay bill will give dignity and respect to some 2 million domestic household workers.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

GINA GIL LACUNA: New Guinness World Record Holder for the Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles in any Size, Shape or Form

GINA GIL LACUNA: New Guinness World Record Holder for the Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles in any Size, Shape or Form

I personally witnessed the awarding ceremony of the Guinness World Record to a Filipina at the Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay City last November 29, 2012.  

Guinness World Record adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici of Turkey officially certified Gina Gil Lacuna on Thursday as the new Guinness World Record holder for the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles. The 1,028 jigsaw puzzles at the Puzzle Mansion was adjudicated in the presence of two official witnesses, Sister Angeline Ilagan and UP College of Fine Arts Professor Monette Narciso.

Yes, folks! Be proud! A Filipina was officially hailed by the representative of Guinness World Record as the holder of the biggest jigsaw puzzle collection in the world. 

Gina Gil Lacuna (left) is officially awarded the Guinness World Record for the largest puzzle collection by adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici of Turkey. 


Gina Gil Lacuna, a Filipina retiree from Tagaytay City, has officially surpassed the record previously held by Brazil's Luiza Figueiredo, who reigned for two years. Mrs. Gina Gil Lacuna, a retired businesswoman, eclipsed the old record five times over.

View of the facade of the building that houses the Puzzle Mansion Museum.

Present during the awarding ceremony are Tagaytay mayor Abraham Tolentino, DOT Calabarzon Director Luella Jurilla, relatives, family friends, media and bloggers. 

"I'm 47 years old,"Gina Gil-Lacuna jokingly said, when asked about her age. The proud new Guinness Record-holder is so bubbly that she actually glows when she talks about her puzzle collections. Mrs. Gina Gil-Lacuna started collecting and solving jigsaw puzzles at age 35, and has been pursuing her hobby for 26 years now.  "It was just a hobby at first. It takes away my stress," Gina Gil Lacuna, 61, told everyone after she was awarded her certificate of recognition by Guinness World Records. The hobby, which she took up some 26 years ago, turned into an obsession that has seen her collect a total of 1,028 different puzzles framed on the walls of the first floor of her two-story bed and breakfast inn. 


Mrs. Lacuna's puzzle collections comes in various forms and sizes from pictures of Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Picasso works, comic book characters, architectural replicas, religious figures, landmarks, animals, landscapes, Disney characters even mural-sized classic paintings and custom-made photos to toy-like wooden figures and miniature replicas of cities even puzzles that are 14 feet long and 5 feet tall to smaller globes and crystal puzzles. The largest puzzle in her collection contains over 18,000 pieces.

Who would have thought that solving and collecting jigsaw puzzles is the kind that bags you a Guinness World Record? Good for Mrs. Lacuna she was able to achieve such an astonishing feat.


"When the record of 238 puzzles was set in 2010, I already had more in my collection," Lacuna told everyone on Thursday at the Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay City. "But I didn't know that such a record existed."

The former clothing businesswoman didn't start small with her jigsaw collection. Her first jigsaw was a 5,000-piece puzzle of Disney characters. “I started doing puzzles when I got to Hong Kong 26 years ago,” said Mrs.Lacuna, who solved a 5000-piece Disney set for her son, Gino. “Doing puzzles is easy, that’s why I don’t get any help!”


Mrs. Gina Gil Lacuna wants to encourage everyone to try her hobby, especially the youth because according to doctors, working on difficult jigsaw puzzles exercises the brain. The more you work your brain, the better off your mind will be.

An upcoming addition to her collection is an almost 32,000-piece puzzle measuring 17 feet tall and 6 feet wide: a Keith Haring Double Retrospect set, believed to be the biggest in existence today. “I want to finish that by February next year,” Lacuna told visitors at the awarding ceremony at the Puzzle Mansion.


Mrs.Lacuna’s self-imposed discipline has impressed Guinness World Records Adjudicator Seyda Subasi Gemici of Turkey. She allots three to four hours each day to work on her puzzles, finishing one to five of them at a time. “She is strict in following her own rules, and I like people like her,” said Gemici, who is on her fifth assignment for Guinness in the Philippines. Tagaytay City Mayor Tolentino assured Mrs. Gina Gil Lacuna that Puzzle Mansion will now be included and will be highly recommended as one of the places to see in Tagaytay.


The UP Singing Ambassadors serenade us with wonderful songs while we were eating.

The night was capped by a magical fireworks in Tagaytay's night sky.


All  of Mrs Gina Gil Lacuna's collections are housed at the Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay City which you can access just by dropping by and paying an entrance fee of Php 100.00 per person. It is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Sunday. For more information visit here.

VIRAL PHOTOS: Maja Salvador Kissing Piolo Pascual Inside a Car

VIRAL PHOTOS: Maja Salvador Kissing Piolo Pascual Inside a Car

Have you heard about the latest buzz about Papa Piolo? 
Piolo Pascual aka Papa P and Maja Salvador were allegedly caught kissing inside a car in a parking lot in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. ( kaloka, ha ha ha!) A video (showing photos) of the two had gone viral after youtube user Habibi Abi posted it on YouTube last November 25, 2012 but the video was no longer available as of today.
The video description said:

"My car was parked near the celebrities entrance/exit area. The show was finished & was about to get in my car & saw Maja stopped a sports car... I thought 'twas Matteo Gudicelli but found out 'twas Piolo & captured this pics thru my iPhone."

Maja Salvador bids goodbye to Piolo w/ a romantic kiss on last nights event (Star Magic Concert)..... November 24, 2012.. after the SunPiologyRun in Venice Piazza, McKinley Hills, Fort Bonifacio.


Friday, November 30, 2012

TAGAYTAY CITY: Puzzle Mansion

TAGAYTAY CITY: Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion in Tagaytay City houses Gina Gil Lacuna's jigsaw collections. New Guinness World Record Holder for the Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles in any Size, Shape or Form is Gina Gil Lacuna of Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Gina Gil Lacuna (left) during the awarding ceremony wherein she was officially recognized as the record holder with the largest collection of jigsaw puzzle. 

Here are some of Gina Gil Lacuna's collections:

Marvel Heroes Puzzle. Obviously it was for her unico hijo! Oh, Gino, you're so lucky!  Your mom obviously has you in her mind always!

The nativity scene in Nazareth where Jesus was born and was visited by the three kings.

See these jigsaw collections in person for Php 100.00 entrance fee only.

Puzzle Mansion is located at Tagaytay City in the Philippines.



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