Traditional Filipino Games Series #05: Tumbang Preso

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Tumbang Preso is not just a physical activity. It’s also a fun outdoor game that helps develop strategic planning and agility in children. Tumbang Preso or tumba lata (Tagalog), or Bato Lata (Bisaya) literally means “Knock Down the Prisoner” or “Knock Down the Can” in English. This game is usually played in backyards, open fields, …


"Just don't expect those close to you to appreciate your drive, your talent, or even your hard work." The above quote is taken from the book, Tears and Trombones: Based on a True Story, by Nanci Lee Woody. You must admit, sometimes the people who are supposed to support you the most - like family …

Tears and Trombones – Book Review


Chasing a dream against the odds Book Review Tears and Trombones: Based on a True Story by Nanci Lee Woody Tears and Trombones: Based on a True Story follows the life journey of Joey Woodman, the “fruit-picking boy who could not possibly afford to go to a concert”. Written by Nanci Lee Woody and set …

Traditional Filipino Games Series #04: Kadang-kadang

Social media is one of the most important things that happened in this generation. Ironically, even as we get more globally connected through it, we also become more alienated from the people in our immediate surroundings.  After reading those news stories about people getting obese, blind or acquiring mental disorder due to their excessive use …

Traditional Filipino Games Series #03: Luksong Baka

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Here I am again with another traditional Filipino game. Today, let me introduce to you, Luksong Baka, which literally means “Jump Over the Cow” in English. Luksong Baka originated from the province of Bulacan, in the Central Luzon Region of the Philippines. This game involves a minimum of 3 individual boys and a maximum of 10. …


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"For a parent, nothing’s more painful than sending her child to the grave... But, if you continue feeding your children with processed foods and fast foods, you might outlive them sooner or later." We must be aware that eating nutrient-deficient foods is the root cause of multifarious diseases. Dr. Joel Fuhrman, M.D.  (author of the …

Traditional Filipino Games Series #02: Bahay-Bahayan

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Feeding my nostalgia for my childhood, again! The Philippines is known for its rich and diverse cultural heritage and traditions. Despite having been colonized by the Spaniards (for 333 years), Japanese, and Americans, Filipinos keep a culture uniquely distinct from the rest of humanity. And, one thing I am proud of is our resilience. Didn’t …

Nature’s Wrath

When is enough really be enough? How long shall we abuse Mother Earth?

Dead Poets Society

The pain which lies in the God’s reign
The kiss of love in in heartbreaking vain
The lashes of terror which turn insane
The callus on feet of nature’s trail

I’ve seen too good this nature’s boon
Now it’s time we suffer it’s deadly vain
We’ve given it enough unjust love
We taken his closest precious friends

Now it’s time we pay it off
it’s time we go through the similar fate
We choked it with toxins, Soo forth saith

It’s time too choke on similar fate.

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Traditional Filipino Games Series #01: Luksong Tinik

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Before the internet age and electronic games, there were traditional Filipino activities and home-made toys. Our games involved socialization and team building. We never knew the internet games you have today. Neither did we know Mario Brothers, Game Boy, nor Tetris. What we had instead were local household materials or whatever there was in our …

Fun Facts About Rice

DID YOU KNOW? The scientific name of rice is Oryza sativa. As a cereal grain, it is the most widely consumed staple food for a large part of the world's human population, especially in Asia. It is the grain with second-highest worldwide production, after corn. Rice is the staple food for us Filipinos and for …

Quote of the Day: Don’t Judge Others

That's picture perfect...! Until we make an opinion out of it. You see, sometimes it's easy for us to judge a person based on the visual appearance of the subject. And most often than not, we succumb to the temptation of making a statement [usually negative] about what we just saw at a glance and …

Quote of the Day: REACH OUT


"For someone suffering from anxiety or depression, saying 'I'm fine' is just deflecting the question of how they really are doing." Depression is real! But oftentimes, we could not detect when a person is suffering from such a condition, and they would never readily tell their story.  When asked how he or she is doing, …