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Vaccines in the Philippines (Part 2): Looming Threat of Polio Resurgence

by: xilium | September 13, 2019 | Culture
Three years after the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy, the public remains doubtful of the government’s immunization programs. In just two years, two major outbreaks occurred in the country. Records show that in 2018 only 66% of the 95% target vaccine coverage was successfully immunized.  Now, PH’s Department of Health Secretary warns the public of a possible…

The History of Labor Day in the Philippines as Influenced by Americans

by: Rey Palmares | September 2, 2019 | Culture
The worldwide practice of Labor Day is believed to have originated in the US. This came about in the late 19th century in which Americans were working 10- to 16-hour work days in bleak and dangerous conditions. Only business owners were making a profit while the employees were kept under oppressive contracts. These circumstances eventually…

August Rush: Holidays and Events in the Month of August

by: Abigail Sabido | August 23, 2019 | Culture
August is among the most eventful months of the year in the Philippine calendar. Other than packed with national holidays, August also highlights many of the country’s unique traditions.  Buwan ng Wika (National Language Month) and History Month  The country celebrates National Language Month and History Month annually to strengthen national identity and love for…

Batchoy: Iloilo’s Most Famous Dish

by: Rey Palmares | August 22, 2019 | Culture
Filipino food culture is a combination of Southeast Asian influences, influenced with a bit of Indian cuisine, and some Japanese here and there. In Iloilo City, we take pride in the diversity and quality of our food. Iloilo is popularly known in the Philippines for its great seafood but we also have a few other…

Vaccines in the Philippine Scene

by: Abigail Sabido | August 16, 2019 | Culture
The World Health Organization (WHO) hails immunization as one of modern medicine’s greatest success stories. Since it became a public health intervention, it has controlled -- if not eradicated -- killer diseases worldwide. In the Philippines, the government’s Expanded Immunization Program of 1976 gave people access to vaccines against prevalent vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2011, Republic…

National Language Month: The Baybayin Rave

by: Abigail Sabido | August 9, 2019 | Culture
Twenty-two years ago, former President Fidel V. Ramos issued a decree dedicating the month of August in observing National Language Month. Being one with the celebration, this article highlights the country’s resurrected ancient writing called Baybayin. The Baybayin is a pre-colonial script writing system used mainly in Luzon and in several coastal areas in the…

A Filipino Ideal Made Real: Doctors to the Barrios

by: Rey Palmares | August 8, 2019 | Culture
Being in one of the poorer countries in South East Asia, many Filipinos see medical professions as a way out of financial distress. Health-related courses (i.e., pharmacy, nursing, medical technology) are annually flooded. Graduates who have the financial support or academic aptitude, pursue a degree in medicine.  There is a startling lack of doctors in…

Philippine Pop Culture

by: Abigail Sabido | August 2, 2019 | Culture
Creative agency We Are Social and Hootsuite’s survey hailed Filipinos as the world’s top social media users for spending an average of 4 hours and 12 minutes per day. This comes as no surprise because social media’s influence is palpable. In fact, it has shaped the Filipino popular culture. While there are a lot of…

Hurricane Season in the Philippines

by: Rey Palmares | July 23, 2019 | Culture
Located in the tropic of Cancer, the Philippines has only two seasons: the dry and the wet. While Americans are enjoying the summer, Filipinos are preparing for rains. More accurately, they brace for hurricanes. The Philippines survives an average of twenty to twenty-five hurricanes each year. These calamities come like clockwork with as many as…

Meet Your VMA: Trisha, Actively De-Stressing

by: Abigail Sabido | July 12, 2019 | VA Stories
Many wouldn’t want more physically-demanding activities just to get stress out of their systems. Taekwondo, marathons, and dragon boat racing don't sound leisurely either. But in Trisha’s case, joining sports competitions and undergoing strenuous crossfit training are her idea of de-stressing. An Athletic Duo Trisha and her husband went to Dubai in 2010 with hopes…