Cebu-based NGO to hold free screening for breast, cervical cancer

by Hazel Gloria
CEBU CITY, January 31 (PIA) -- The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc (RAFI), a Cebu-based NGO and the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical center will hold a cervical and breast cancer screening activity for free on Feb. 4 at the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC) Conference Room located within the compound of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Cebu City.
According to RAFI, this is part of its advocacy to undergo early detection measures to prevent breast and cervical cancer.
"An opportunity for women to detect pre-cancerous growth or any malignancy for cervical and breast cancer and the screening, which has limited slots, is open to the public at a first come, first serve basis," EJACC executive director Ronald delos Reyes revealed.
Delos Reyes added that the screening encourages women to undergo early detection measures and maintaining a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, exercise, proper hygiene, and avoiding stresses and vices to prevent breast and cervical cancer.
For more information about the screening activity, please contact EJACC at 254-6351 or 256-3287 and look for Gina Mariquit.(mbcn/hfg/PIA-7 & RAFI)

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TV: Alphas and Gary Bell

So, guys. I'm not really in a blogging mood right now, but let me talk to you about Alphas. Alphas is frakking A. I feel sorry for those people who didn't stick with it 'til the end coz the finale was pretty solid and set up a great second season.

When I was taking up Remote Sensing as an elective in college, I learned in greater detail about the Electromagnetic Spectrum and how waves are everywhere and how we only see a measly portion of it in the visible spectrum. I've always wanted to know what all other waves would look like and thought it'd be a pretty amazing (and chaotic) power to actually see them when you want to. Well, guess what! Someone behind the Alphas thought the same and they came up with my favorite Alpha:

Gary Bell. He can see and control all the waves in the EMS. He's autistic which makes him more adorable. He's like the team's baby.

Gary's awesome and he's powerful and he can multitask like it's nobody's business. The US Government lost a critical asset when they alienated Gary with that stupid move in the finale (no spoilers!). A lot of Alpha abilities were pretty common/expected and even silly, but I'm all for Gary and I don't think I'm ever gonna stop watching Alphas because of him.

So please watch Alphas, America! I don't want it to be canceled. 
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Link Loves!

Here's another round-up of favorite links this week.


6 Makeup Ideas for Perfect Red Pout - Beauty and the Budget
7 Deadly Beauty Sins - Kiss and Tell
Flawless Foundation Routine - Forever Yours Beauty
What's in Your Eye Cream? - Beautylish
Which Brow Shape Is Most Flattering? - Beautylish

Homehacks and Workhacks

Make Your Own Gel Air Freshener - Lifehacker
How to Ask for a Raise 101 - WorkAwesome
Microproductivity: Get More Done and Lower Your Work Stress Without a Second Wasted - Lifehacker

Working Out

Wake Up Early and Get Motivated to Move - Fitsugar
5 Low-Impact Exercises to Jump-Start Your Day - Fitsugar
The Top 6 Ways I Motivate Myself to Work-out - HelloGiggles
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Update RE:CashCashPinoy and Dermclinic Nu Light Promo



I was contacted by Jhing of Dermclinic this morning (Oct. 6, 2011). She actually contacted me way back Saturday, October 1, 2011 but I was not able to take the call and she texted me an e-mail address instead. This week is really hellish for me work-wise so I wasn't able to follow up my complaint using the referred e-mail address.

Anyhoo, Jhing asked me what my problem about the deal was and I explained to her what I mostly described here. She told me that 30 shots per UA is ridiculous since that's way too many for the skin to handle. My boyfriend (and some random blogs and a commenter) also noted that 60 shots for one session is uber.

Well, that's cool but what I still don't understand is how two separate people from Dermclinic SM City Cebu told me in two separate occasions that per session can use up to 60 shots per arm. And remember how the person with a white coat and whom I assume is a dermatologist told me to bring ALL of my vouchers on the next visit? Well, if 60 shots per arm is too much then why tell me that. Ugh, so inconsistent/ridiculous/dangerously misleading.

Anyway, Jhing said that the 60 shots may be a per-package thing and they might have misunderstood my question. While I totally disagree since the doctor asked me to use 6-7 vouchers in one visit, I just let that comment slide by because I'm tired and I was late for work.

The cool thing though is Jhing offered me a deal that is hard to refuse. She told me that I can..
use one voucher for one session just to see how things would go. If I am not satisfied with the service, I can always inform her and she'll give me all of my money back. Including the first "test" session.
Well, that's very nice and I was really pleased with how things went. She also facilitated the reservation by forwarding my number to the Dermclinic SM City Cebu staff who called me a few hours later. I have an appointment next week!

A few more hours after the call with Jhing, Catherine (I think) from Cashcashpinoy also called me to follow-up on the Dermclinic issue and asked me how things went. So I told her that everything's good, for now.

All in all, my complaint was addressed in a little over a week (9 days, or 7 working days to be exact), and even faster if I had answered the call last Saturday. hrhr. That's a pretty speedy resolution with which I am very pleased. However, this really isn't fully resolved yet in case I opt for a refund so we'll see how this adventure goes!

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Manic Monday: Some Pictures from the Weekend

The weekend was pretty fun! It started early on a Friday with volunteering at a Gawad Kalinga site and then spent the whole afternoon at Kishanta for a team party. It was crazy in a fun (but totally tiring) way. I capped the night with a massage, a lovely dinner with my boyfriend (it was our 29th month!), then a facial which "awakened" all the monsters in my face.

Granny's Chicken or something something. Bigby's

Rack-a-Bye-Baby (baby back ribs). Bigby's
Saturday was spent at UP Cebu for the 2nd Cebu Comics Convention. It was okay.

My dog.
Uhm, my face.
My hair in its new cut. This is the only part of my body that I like right now. lol
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Weekly LinkLoves - 4th week of September 2011

I bring you some of my favorite links posted this week. These were collected around the first half of the week since the second half was all sorts of hell for me, work-wise and personal-wise (mostly face-related).


Choosing the Right Make Up Brushes for a Flawless Finished Face - The Beauty Files
Beginner's Makeup Kit Essentials - Beautylish
Get a Chic, Easy Monochromatic Makeup Look With Just 4 Products - Bellasugar
5 Foolproof Steps to Covering Up a Breakout - Bellasugar

Lifehacks aka Go Fix Yo'self!

DIY Rubber Band Travel Clothesline - Lifehacker
The Stupid Things You Do at Work (and How to Fix Them) - Lifehacker
How to get over your post-vacation blues - HelloGiggles


Game of Thrones Season 2 Teaser - Winter is Coming
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A Rebel Just Coz.. Celebrating Banned Books Week

It's banned books week this week, and the week is almost ending but that doesn't mean the quest for hunting, reading and enjoying banned books will end on Saturday!

I find it weird how books can be banned. To quote my personal hero, Kurt Vonnegut..
Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
Word, son.

And because I'm running out of things to say that won't make me sound like a ten-year old, here's a list of frequently banned/challenged books that belong to the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. How many have you read so far?
  1. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. The Catcher in the Rye, by JD Salinger
  3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
  7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  9. 1984, by George Orwell
  10. Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
  11. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  12. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
  13. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  14. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
  15. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
  16. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
  17. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
  18. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
  19. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
  20. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
  21. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
  22. Native Son, by Richard Wright
  23. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
  24. Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  25. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
  26. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
  27. Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
  28. All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
  29. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
  30. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
  31. Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
  32. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
  33. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
  34. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
  35. Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
  36. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
  37. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
  38. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
  39. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
  40. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
  41. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
  42. Women in Love, by DH Lawrence
  43. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
  44. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
  45. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
  46. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
I have not read a lot which is kind of embarrassing (lulz) but that's gonna change! I'm gonna bucketlist this bitch. Enjoy!


If you're from Cebu, you can check out La Belle Aurore (my favorite bookshop in the world) this week. The shop's featuring Banned Books for viewing and reading.

Everyone should definitely check the shop out, and not just this week. The place is gorgeous.
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