Smoking and Covid-19: The smoker’s paradox

Recent studies have already confirmed that cigarette smoking can aggravate Covid-19 symptoms in patients and can lead to deaths due to health complications. But still, anti-smoking efforts and the threat of coronavirus fail to change people’s behavior. In fact, some smokers even switched to vaping thinking that it is healthier and safer. Four patients sharedContinue reading “Smoking and Covid-19: The smoker’s paradox”

Simbang Gabi: Will it really grant our wishes?

Two church servers share their 9-day dawn mass’ journey It’s that time of year when Filipino Catholics are gearing up to start the nine-day dawn masses, believing, hoping, and praying that God will grant their wish. But will completing the nine-day dawn or anticipated masses really grant our wishes? Two church servers share their SimbangContinue reading “Simbang Gabi: Will it really grant our wishes?”

Experts offer advice on how to better manage diabetes

Revisit our lifestyle, nutrition, exercise, and way of living Food is an important part of any celebration in all countries of the world regardless of culture and religion. For sure, trying to keep up with our healthy eating, diet, and maintaining our blood sugars will be no easy feat this Christmas. Some people will evenContinue reading “Experts offer advice on how to better manage diabetes”

‘Plant lola’ shares how gardening brought her joy upon retirement

With gardening, Leonida has something to look forward to every day! Last year, many Filipinos turned to plants to cope with the new coronavirus. Even now, more and more people are still picking up the hobby. And why not? Plants not only beautified our homes and purify our air, but they also helped in maintainingContinue reading “‘Plant lola’ shares how gardening brought her joy upon retirement”

Six lessons I learned at 41

One thing’s for sure, it is only through positive thinking that I was able to see good in everything Today, I am celebrating my 41st birthday. Like everyone else, this is my second birthday on ECQ/GCQ, but I couldn’t complain. I am blessed beyond blessed today because I’m living, breathing, and surviving despite this pandemic.Continue reading “Six lessons I learned at 41”

Ramil Sumangil beats all odds with ‘Books for a Cause’

For 10 years, Ramil has been working with companies and NGOs in bringing books to children in far-flung corners of the country It all started with an invitation to speak during the commencement exercises of his alma mater in Baloy Elementary School, Nueva Ecija on April 1, 2011. Ramil Sumangil didn’t want to go empty-handedContinue reading “Ramil Sumangil beats all odds with ‘Books for a Cause’”

A year into quarantine: 6 Filipinos share their best realizations

As we officially mark a year of being in quarantine, we asked six Filipinos about their key learnings from the pandemic. It has been a year now since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the world. Thinking it was only a simple virus, many people fell victim to the illness that changed the ways we relate toContinue reading “A year into quarantine: 6 Filipinos share their best realizations”

Some days I’m okay, some days I’m not

But I don’t feel guilty, it’s okay not to be okay sometimes When a good friend and former colleague suggested that I enter this contest, I was hesitant. Up until the last hours before the deadline, I couldn’t write anything. What could I possibly tell my readers about moving on and surviving when I’m stillContinue reading “Some days I’m okay, some days I’m not”

‘How my family coped with unexpected pregnancy amid pandemic’

She kept asking God why now when there’s a global pandemic. Her answer came in the most unusual way. Jiji-Anna Orillo-Pango never thought she’ll get pregnant for the second time. She’s been married for 10 years, but she and her husband had to wait three years in to their marriage to conceive their first baby,Continue reading “‘How my family coped with unexpected pregnancy amid pandemic’”

How biking helped Nerissa Manuel cope with loss

“Life is like biking. At first, it’s hard, but if you’ll learn how to balance and pedal properly, it will be easy.” At first, 37-year-old bank teller Nerissa “Rhiz” Reynosa-Manuel only biked whenever she goes to a friend’s house or buys something from a nearby store. But when the pandemic hit, she tried getting seriousContinue reading “How biking helped Nerissa Manuel cope with loss”