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April 21, 2007

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Etag and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

April 17, 2007

Will eating too much etag (smoked pork) cause lung damage? Well’ I’m not sure about that, but

A study has found that the preservatives in bacon, ham and salami could harm the lungs in the same way as emphysema.

Lead researcher Dr Rui Jiang, of Columbia University in New York, said: “Cured meats are high in nitrites, which are added to meat products as a preservative, an anti-microbial agent and a colour fixative. Nitrites may cause damage to the lungs.”

The chemicals are thought to generate reactive molecules that produce structural damage to lung tissue.

The researchers found that high consumers of cured meats were likely to be male, of lower socio-economic status, to smoke and to have a low intakes of fruit, vegetables and vitamins.

Dr Jiang said further studies of the link between dietary nitrite and COPD were needed.

So do alnus (Japanese alder) twigs and leaves have high nitrate content? In Sagada, they usually smoke the pork that becomes etag usually by letting the sweet smell of fresh alnus twigs and leaves permeate the meat and fat the whole day.

The last thing I read was that nitrates or whatever preservatives in hotdogs cause headaches so if you are migraine prone like me, do something with your breakfast choices.

It’s not funny (or the The Rules of Humor with Ugly Stereotypes)

April 16, 2007


If comedians or talk-show hosts are funny enough, in any of the hard-to-define ways that can be determined, they often earn a pass when offensive material is used.

Of course, it’s not a universal pass; many people will never find humor that flirts with racism or sexism or homophobia funny and will continue to be offended and hurt by it. But the pass often works even if the humor is what comedy experts sometimes call “outsider to insider” joking — a white comedian wielding minority stereotypes; a straight woman making fun of lesbians — a much trickier proposition than insider humor.

And more:

“Things like this require you to make a quality distinction, which is so hard to do,” said Mr. Kelly, who is white.

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Bernadette Dominguez Sembrano, Igorot

April 1, 2007

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Name: Bernadette Dominguez Sembrano
Birthdate: February 18, 1976

Worked with GMA-7 then moved to ABS-CBN.

Her mom worked in Manila as a PNB employee (check here) so most likely city girl etong si Bernadette.

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  • Bernadette’s mom is now a councilor of Baguio City.
  • After getting married with an Aguinaldo scion, she and her husband went to Baguio and and held a wedding ceremony/celebration at the Baguio Convention center. Her gown was partly made of an Igorot weave.

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    “Igorota” auctions self to raise funds for Santy John Tuyan

    April 1, 2007

    The winner chickened out. But anyway —

    Last month a woman who goes by the chat nickname “Igorota” auctioned herself off online for a date. The winning bidder ultimately stood her up, but she made P2,050 for her trouble.

    Another woman who calls herself “Jimili” offered her services online as a one-day maid-and drew a bigger amount of P5,000.

    The two Baguio-based women continued to hide behind their chat-room names even when the money they earned became part of a donation to finance the operation of 9-year-old Santy John Tuyan, who is afflicted with a heart ailment.

    To the wonders of Internet, add fundraiser for sick kids
    published April 30, 2006
    Philippine Daily Inquirer article by Vincent Cabreza

    Read the rest of the article at here.

    Why are they calling Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ‘Igorota?’

    April 1, 2007

    The term Igorota has been dragged into a scandal involving the First Gentleman.

    Maria Celia Virginia Suarez, the woman who claimed to have had an illicit affair with the First Gentleman, revealed that Atty. Mike Arroyo fondly called her “Favorita” and referred to Mrs. Arroyo as “Igorota.” Which was very appropriate since Attorney Arroyo resembles that ‘barrel man’ from Baguio. [Source: The Professional Heckler]

    The Philippines Star published an article that goes:

    [Suarez] said Mr. Arroyo, in their drinking sprees, would often refer to her as “favorita” and Mrs. Arroyo as “Igorota.”

    ‘Favorita’ and ‘Figaro’: Another scandal hits FG
    The Philippine Star
    March 13, 2007
    not archived online

    The paper got its information from here . All posts in the said blog have been deleted.

    Now a number of bloggers are calling Gloria Igorota as if it were the worst name in the world.

    Who is Alfredo Gayagay Lamen, Sr.?

    March 9, 2007

    Alfredo Gayagay Lamen

    • 5th Congress Representative, First District of the old Mountain Province (1961–1965)
    • First Provincial Governor, appointed and inducted by then President Ferdinand E. Marcos (1967)
    • 7th Congress Representative of the lone District of the present Mountain Province (1969–1972)

    * On June 18, 1966, Republic Act 4695 divided Mt. Province into four distinct provinces, namely: Benguet, Mountain Province, Kalinga-Apayao and Ifugao.

    Who is Carlos Pena Romulo?

    March 9, 2007

    Carlos Pena Romulo (1899-1985)

    Carlos Pena Romulo

    • Philippine general, journalist and diplomat. He supported the Allies during WW II during Japanese invasion and occupation
    • president of the United Nations General Assembly (1949-50)
    • chairman of the UN Security Council; recipient of Pulitzer Prize in journalism (1942).

    ‘Di ako Igorot. Parents ko lang — Manila born Igorot

    March 8, 2007

    ‘Di ako Igorot, parents ko lang.

    — Manila born Igorot

    child of an Igorot who resides at the St. Andrew’s Theological Seminary
    (just behind St. Luke’s Medical Center)

    Logic: I was born in Manila and grew up in Manila (Quezon City to be exact). Since igorot means from the mountains, and since I am a lowlander since birth, then only my parents are Igorot. I am not.

    The Igorot urinates everywhere. — Baguio ex-Mayor Ramon Labo, Jr.

    March 8, 2007

    We will not lose (the elections) to those Igorots. They urinate anywhere . . . that is why we club them. . . . The Igorots are traitors. They are civil in front of you, but once you turn your back they stab you.

    — Baguio ex-Mayor Ramon ‘Jun’ Labo, Jr.
    as quoted in a Manila Chronicle column (September 4, 1988)

    This, in part, is the reason why Mauricio Domogan kept on winning in the local elections. Backlash.

    And why some don’t see the value of this artwork.

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