Archive | March 2016

The social media and the 2016 Philippine national elections

The social media has made a lot of Filipinos looking boldly assertive about their opinions. So bold in fact that some (if not most) have crossed the borderline of being rude.

Especially in the hotly contested presidential post in the upcoming May 2016 national elections, the Filipinos, in a brazen display of divisiveness, has brought their dissensions ever so boldly in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

The most insulted group of presidential supporters no doubt, are the supporters of Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the Visayan-Mindanaoan 2016 Presidential aspirant, the well-loved Mayor of Davao City who transformed the city from a “no-man’s land” to one of the safest cities in the world based on the rankings sometime in mid of 2015.  I say this so because in fact, this is the only group of supporters given a unique label.

The supporters of the mayor are called “Dutertards”.

The word comes from Rodrigo’s last name, “Duterte”” and from the word “retard” which is a direct insult to the intelligence of his supporters (retard defined as: mentally handicapped and often used as a verbal abuse).

PHOTO 03: LEGITIMATE OPERATION -- Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (left) stressed in a press briefing on Monday, July 15 that his shoot-to-kill order and the police operation against the kidnap for ransom group last week was legitimate and that he would protect and assist all his policemen involved in the operations. Beside Duterte is criminal lawyer Salvador Panelo who said that the reaction of CHR chief Loretta Ann Rosales to the video footage was cenimatic. (Alexander D. Lopez) FILE PHOTO

Rodrigo Roa Duterter, Mayor of Davao, PDP-Laban Presidential bet for 2016

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The supporters of the Mayor, are perhaps the most passionate of all the supporters of the Presidential aspirants in this election. Say anything not so flattering about the mayor and they will get back to you with a huge list of the Mayor’s accomplishments in Davao and of course, this comes with not so flattering words against the person who made the dissension.

Just recently, a freshman UP student got the ire of the supporters of Duterte.  The video of the UPLB student made the rounds in Facebook and of course, the young man was called so many ugly names for being supposedly rude when he interrupted the mayor who was answering his question in a UPLB forum.  The supporters strongly believe that the manner in which the student interrupted the mayor was uncalled for, or simply put: rude.

The most common word being used against someone who dissents against the other in terms of political support is “bobotante”. This is directly translated as “dumb / stupid voter”, another insult of the intelligence of the one with the dissenting opinion.

The word “bobotante” is being hurled against the supporters of Rodrigo Duterte, Miriam Santiago, Jojo Binay, Grace Poe, and Mar Roxas. Make a mistake of saying your opinion about any of them, and their social media warriors are quick to defend their bets with utmost passion and ugly name calling.

The social media has projected a different persona of the Filipino. Bold, aggressive, argumentative, and quick to rebuke anyone who shows a different opinion than his own.

But outside the social media scene, the typical Filipino is different. He is typically timid and afraid to say his thoughts because he doesn’t want to hurt the other. He is non-confrontational and would rather keep his own opinion than start a debate. He is polite and conciliatory.  For him, the person is more important than his opinion. For him, being at peace with everyone is more important than asserting his thoughts.

What could have caused the Filipinos to be aggressive in the social media scene?

  • Could it be the supposed anonymity? I do not know you, you do not know me?
  • Could it be the supposed physical distance? We won’t even see each other physically.
  • Could it be the anger of the blatant corruption in our country? Even some of the presidential aspirants are accused of making dirty money out of their government posts.

Whatever the case may be, one universal truth remains certain. “A person buys from the salesman he likes. And no one likes a rude salesman”.

In the case of the presidential election, it can simply mean that convincing someone to vote for your presidential bet by calling them ugly names is definitely not the best method to win their votes.

All the best to our presidential bets.

In the coming elections this May, let’s all go out and vote!


The 3 best tropical fruits that will melt those fats, fast!

It’s all about calories!

Calories are the units of energy that the body needs to fuel your bodily function. Excess calories are stored by your body as fats. You wouldn’t want excess calories if you want to slim down or if you want to maintain your current weight.

If you want to lose weight, you take in less calories than what your body needs for the day. Your body automatically uses stored calories from your body fat to fuel your bodily function when it cannot access free calories from other source. This in effect causes your body to burn those fats! Too easy.

But who wants to starve? That pain in the stomach when you are starving? That stomach ulcer that happens when starving happens too often. Ugh. Certainly not I. Starving doesn’t feel too good.

So don’t starve. Eat a lot. Eat right.

Those Yummy Tropical Fruits

Fruits is the best food to indulge when you want to lose those unwanted flabs. You can eat a lot to your heart’s content without having to worry about getting fat. Fruits are high in fiber, high in micronutrients, and low in calorie. Oh, that’s heaven for me who likes eating a lot but who doesn’t want to grow too fat again.

Yes, I was obese at 180 lbs packed in my petite 5ft and 3in frame. But not anymore. I am now happy with my 125 to 127 lbs weight range. I lost all those 55 lbs without starving!

Today, I am going to share to you the 3 best tropical fruits that I eat a lot which helped me in my 55 lbs healthy weight loss journey.

1. Pineapples

This sweet high-fiber fruit consisting of multiple coalesced berries is absolutely heaven for those who wants to eat a lot without the guilt.  1 cup of fresh ripe pineapples is only 82 calories. Heck. I can eat 2 cups of ripe pineapples in one seating and be totally stuffed. Yet, I am only consuming 164 calories for that.


This tropical queen-of-a-fruit is uber delicious. Yummy! I love it for breakfast together with a cup of coffee and a piece of boiled egg.

Pineapples is not just good for your diet because of its high-fiber and low calorie content. This is also loaded with a ridiculous amount of micronutrients. It’s high in manganese, a micronutrient needed by bodily enzymes to work their wonders. It helps your body absorbs calcium and helps it form connective tissues and bones. And it also helps your body form sex hormones.

Pineapples also contains good amount of Vitamin B6 which counters skin problems and anemia; has high amount of Vitamins C, an antioxidant that helps your body fights off infections and diseases as well as protects the cells from damage. It also contains high amount of Vitamin B1 which fights off beri-beri.

2. Papaya

Some claims that Papaya is the world’s healthiest food. It is difficult to refute this claim as Papaya is packed with a lot of vitamins and minerals. It contains high amount of dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, panthothenic acid, and copper. It also contains good amount of Vitamin E.

The papaya’s dietary fiber is known to be able to bind colon cancer-causing toxins and flushes them out from the body. The papaya’s Vitamin A and Vitamin C contents help the body fights off common diseases such as colds, flu, and ear diseases.  Also, being rich in Vitamin C, papaya is fantastic in fighting off Rheumatic Diseases.

Papaya has high water content and dietary fiber content. This fruit stays in your digestive system longer causing you to fill full longer too. Consequently, you do not get hungry too easily and your craving for food is cut down.



This fruit contains even lower calories than Pineapples. It only has 62 calories per cup of ripe papaya cubes. Eat 2 cups of papaya for your afternoon snacks and you are only consuming 124 calories.

Compare that with 1 piece of Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut which has 160 calories. That piece of doughnut will make you crave for another piece. And if you give in you are practically eating more than double the calories of 2 cups of papaya.

So have a cup of papaya daily (even two!) and melt those flabs away!

3. Banana

A medium-sized ripe banana which is about 118 g only contains 105 calories. Omaygulay! That is a total caloric bargain for a fruit packed with a lot of vitamins and minerals.

Eat 1 piece of banana for breakfast and 1 piece of boiled egg (100 g only contains about 155 calories) and drink a cup of coffee with 10g unsalted butter (74 calories) on it. Whoa! Your breakfast is a healthy 329 calories only. If you are on a 1300 calorie per day diet, you still have 971 calories left for the day. What a caloric treat!

The banana berry is high in potassium, a mineral that is necessary for the body to carry many of its metabolic functions. Potassium drop can cause your muscles to contract. And calling it bad doesn’t make it better.



But one banana a day, keeps the doctor away.

A few years ago while I was training a group of bakery staff in one of the franchise bakeshops of the bakery company I worked for years ago my leg muscles cramped and I dropped to the floor. I couldn’t stand up. Everything happened so quickly right there in front of my trainees.

I dialed our company nurse and I explained to her the situation. She told me to have someone bring me a banana. She explained that what I may be experiencing that time could be a potassium drop. True enough, a few minutes after I ate that piece of ripe banana, I felt fine again and back on my feet. Ah! The wonder that which is banana!

The banana is also high in Vitamin B6 which aids in liver detoxification, Vitamin C, Biotin, Copper, Manganese, and dietary fiber. Need I say more?


In Summary

If you are planning to load your grocery baskets with fruits, head over to the tropical fruits section. Fill your basket with the 3 best tropical fruits that will not only help you melt your fats fast but will also give you lots of those necessary micronutrients that will keep you fit and healthy.

And remember, one banana a day keeps the doctor away!

But if the doctor is McDreamy? Uh hum.



And hey. If you are interested to shed off your unwanted fats without starving and stretching yourself a bit too far, I wrote a book exactly just that.

It’s a book that will show the secrets of how I changed from 180 lbs to 125 lbs healthy woman. It’s The Asian Diet Secret. Visit me here.