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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”


– Albert Einstein


Throughout history, human beings have been guilty of solving problems by enforcing all-encompassing strategies that produce collateral damage.  Sovereign nations defeat their detractors by going to war, killing and destroying innocent victims in the process.  Dictatorial leaders are ousted through force by the masses, unmindful of the constitutional crisis that an unlawful ouster creates.  Rebel groups are dismantled by keeping them in isolation, making the children of these rebels incapable of living a decent life with adequate education and making these children grow up as rebels themselves.  Such is the level of creativity that is fostered when anger and greed take over one’s thinking – decisions are made at the spur of the moment without adequate introspection and discernment of the possible consequences.




In the treatment of cancer, collateral damage to healthy cells occur as a consequence of the killing action of drugs and radiation.  In an attempt to eliminate the non-compliant cancer cells that divide unimpeded, something akin to a nuclear bomb is detonated into the affected area of the body.  Unfortunately, this aggressive treatment leads to the well-known side effects of cancer management – loss of appetite and vomiting due to the destruction of fast-dividing gastrointestinal cells, falling hair secondary to the inhibition of cell division in the hair follicles, and anemia secondary to lysis of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.  Yes, we eliminate the problem, but we have to address the resulting complications.




The cybercrime bill, recently enacted into law,  is no different.  To curtail the freedom of information that is inherent in the far-reaching platform of the worldwide web, governments are hard-pressed to impose limitations on the erring few.  As an aftermath, responsible writers and information seekers are stymied in their attempt to maximize the internet’s benefits.  This situation is not something new or unexpected.  How many times have lives been risked in order to corner a hostage taker?  Who were the true victims of the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the world trade center?  What has happened to Libya after it ousted its oppressive leader?  Every attempt to correct a problem or a wrongdoing is linked to a repercussion that presents new, more challenging difficulties.




Must we fight the cybercrime law?  Must be continually rant, rally, and raise hell about it so that the powers-that-be would listen and recant their perceived misdeeds?  Maybe we need to approach the problem differently.  A more creative and in-depth strategy to defeat cybercriminals and cyberbullies must be presented by those who believe that the cybercrime law limits freedom of expression.  It is up to the netizens to start thinking rationally to make valid suggestions that will pinpoint the wrongdoers and spare the innocent.  But it must be done with the kind of thinking that is free of angst and hate.  History has taught us the mistakes of acting based on emotions.  It is time for everyone to pull together and work for a more positive and constructive internet content.




We owe it to our children and for the future of the human race.






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English: left to right: Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha, Kendrick Perkins, and Kevin Durant (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you experience setbacks, change your strategy, then move on.

This week, a young NBA team is going to the NBA finals for the first time.  The Oklahoma City Thunder, deemed to be inexperienced underdogs, overcame the odds to emerge as the best team in the tough Western Conference.  With its low-profile superstar Kevin Durant and a host of key role players in tow, OKC is now four games away from basketball’s biggest prize.

To appreciate how this team has improved and how we can apply what they learned in our everyday lives, let’s take a look at their story.

The team started off as the worst team in the NBA in 2008, coming off a bitter lawsuit between its owners and the city it used to play in.  With no star players, untested young players in Durant and Russell Westbrook, and dwindling revenues, the future looked bleak for OKC.  However, after a coaching change, hope started to surface.  After starting out with just 3 wins in 32 games, they ended up winning 20 of their next 50 games.

The next year, they improved markedly, reaching the playoffs.  But they still lost in the first round to the reigning NBA champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.  In that year, management decided to improve the team step by step, not by adding superstars, but by building from its core of young talent.  In addition to youngsters Durant and Westbrook, they drafted James Harden, who eventually became the NBA’s best sixth man.

Last year, OKC became a team to be reckoned with.  They won their first playoff series by eliminating the Denver Nuggets, then reached the Western Conference finals with a hard-fought 7-game victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.  Although they lost to the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks in five games, it was clear that OKC was destined to win an NBA title in the near future – maybe 3 to 4 years.   Last year, OKC decided to plug its “soft” center spot and traded for Kendrick Perkins, another young and rugged no-nonsense defender who had won a championship with the Boston Celtics.

Finally this year, OKC’s script has been something like a fairy tale.  First, they avenged last year’s loss by sweeping the defending champion Dallas Mavericks.  Next up for the team was the Los Angeles Lakers starring Kobe Bryant,  the NBA Champions 2 years before.  They eliminated the favored Lakers in five games, but they still were not getting noticed as potential title contenders because of their perceived immaturity.  For their next opponent, the Thunder came face to face with the mighty San Antonio Spurs, who have the best record in the NBA this year.  San Antonio boasts of a lot of championship experience with tested veterans in four-time NBA Champion Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and 2012 Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich.  Durant, Westbrook, Harden, and another young defensive menace Serge Ibaka showed maturity beyond their years, booting out the Spurs in six games after losing the first 2 games.  This year, OKC also added veteran Derek Fisher, a heady point guard armed with five NBA titles won with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Let’s list down the steps OKC took to reach new heights in such a short span:

1.  Resolve leadership problems.  They started out in management turmoil with a lawsuit in tow.  But they resolved this first.  They also fired their coach, and elevated assistant Scott Brooks to the top bench post.  Two years ago, Brooks was adjudged the NBA’s Coach of the Year.  Lesson: Iron out any leadership concerns as a priority in order to carry out improvements.

2.  Build with young talent.  Train the young guys and guide them through the process.  Today, OKC’s young starting five of Perkins, Ibaka, Durant, Harden, and Westbrook are deemed a powerhouse.  This was not the case a few years ago, when other teams were counting wins the moment they saw the name OKC on their schedule.  Lesson: If the old guard is not giving you results, give the hungry young turks your trust and confidence.  They may be the ones who could turn your organization around.

3.  Sprinkle some winning experience into the mix.  The addition of previous championship winners in Perkins and Fisher no doubt had an impact in the OKC locker room.  They presented actual experiences of winning, and this rubbed off on the young guns.  Perkins learned defense from former Defensive Player of the Year Kevin Garnett, his teammate at Boston, and his defensive toughness has rubbed off on the young Serge Ibaka, now the league’s best shot-blocker.  Fisher has knocked in a lot of sense to young Westbrook, and Westbrook has responded with less turnovers and better decision-making.  Lesson: When hiring from outside the organization, look for people with proven track records of success.

4.  Get social support and give back.  OKC fans are some of the most rabid and loyal fans in the league.  Players visit youth camps, and the owners have dedicated their success to the fans.  The Thunder have united the City and given them hope.  Lesson:  Never forget to give back to the community when aiming for success.

Are you looking for sustained improvement in a short period of time?  Just think of the OKC.  They have laid out the template for all of us to emulate.




May is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.  What must one know about this disease?

C – The affected organ in cervical cancer is the cervix.  This is not located in the cervical area of the spine (the neck area), but the lower third portion of the uterus that opens into the vagina. The narrow opening referred to as the cervical os closes to help keep the fetus in the uterus until birth.

E – Epithelium.  This is the thin layer of cells on the surface of the cervix.  The changes in these cells are monitored when one undergoes a Pap smear.  It is important to detect early changes to the cervical cells which may lead to cancer, so a Pap smear is a very important diagnostic tool.

R – Rich less affected.  Most people who die of the disease come from the lower income classes.  This is because those from affluent societies have better access to screening tests.

V – Virus.  The causative agent of cervical cancer, called the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), is one of the most common sexually transmitted viruses in the world.

I – Intercourse.  During unprotected intercourse, the virus may be transmitted.  Thus, sexual promiscuity is a risk factor for the development of cervical cancer.

C – Common.  Cervical cancer is second most common cancer in women.  It affects about 16 per 100,000 women per year and kills about 9 per 100,000 per year.  Approximately 80% of cervical cancers occur in developing countries.

A – Acetic acid.  Visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid allows doctors to directly see lesions and other changes in the cervix.  The health practitioner simply swabs acetic acid, the active ingredient in vinegar, on the cervix and looks for areas that change color.  This is a very important procedure for screening among those who have limited access to a Pap smear.

L – Lugol’s iodine.  Although this reagent, together with acetic acid, is less specific than Pap smear in the detection of cervical cancer, it is more sensitive.  This means that more false positive results may come out which can lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.  Public health workers, however, believe that the risk for overtreatment is acceptable, considering the greater risk of dying from the disease.

C -Colposcopy.  If the Pap smear result is found to be abnormal, a physician may order this test for better visualization of the cervix.  He or she may also do a biopsy for suspicious lesions.

A – Anemia.   Iron deficiency and tumor bleeding are common causes of anemia in cervical cancer. The presence of anemia is a negative prognostic factor, and its control and treatment improves disease prognosis.

N – Nutrition.  Although some studies on cervical disease and diet suggest that intake of dark green and yellow vegetables, beta-carotene, and vitamins C, D, and E can prevent cervical cancer, these studies are still inconclusive.  The best way to prevent cervical cancer is immunization with human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The bivalent HPV vaccine (Cervarix) prevents the two HPV types, 16 and 18, which cause 70% of cervical cancers.  The quadrivalent HPV vaccine (Gardasil) prevents HPV 16, 18, 6, and 11.  Gardasil prevents genital warts and also protects against cancers of the anus, vagina and vulva.  Both vaccines are administered in 3 doses.

C – Chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is used to reduce tumor growth during the later stages of cervical cancer.  Chemotherapy medicines may be taken by mouth (orally) or injected into a vein (intravenous, or IV).

E – Eva Peron.  The second wife of former Argentina President Juan Peron died of cervical cancer.  Evita, as she is more popularly known, was the first Argentine to undergo chemotherapy for the illness.

R – Radiation therapy.  Radiation treatment is given during the early stages of cervical cancer.  It is given as external beam radiotherapy to the pelvis, or via internal radiation or brachytherapy.


It’s summertime!  April is the best time to see the Philippines, when rainfall is minimal, the beaches are in party mode, and the guys and gals are on vacation.  There are many reasons to visit this country at this time, and I have summarized it for you to remember – just think of the P.H.I.L.I.P.P.I.N.E.S.

P – People

People make it more fun in the Philippines.    Filipinos are naturally humorous and playful.  Just watch a group of friends or relatives – at whatever age – and see how they jockey for position in wacky photo shoots.  A non-Filipino may find it unusual, but even in the face of calamity, you can see smiles on the faces of Pinoys.  Why?  Because Filipinos are very positive individuals who always see the bright side of things.  There are a lot of beautiful places around the world, but being in a beautiful place with happy people doubles the fun.

H – Health Care

Competence is an important trait, but being a compassionate healer is the so-called “X-Factor” that leads to accelerated healing.  This is why most of our overseas Filipino immigrants to other countries are plenty  because of economic reasons.  But most of them come back to the Philippines from time to time to have a vacation and a medical check-up done by a Filipino physician.  What our hospitals may lack in technology is more than made up for by the empathy of our nurses and caregivers.  And don’t underestimate our facilities.  We now have hospitals that are at par – if not even better equipped – than most hospitals in developed coutries.  Yes, the Philippines is also a good choice for medical tourism, at a much lower cost.

I – Intramuros

Intramuros was the seat of government during the Spanish colonial period.  You can learn so much about Philippine history and culture in this walled city.   Intramuros was built as a fortress, much like the Great Wall of China – in the 16th century.  It was eventually  destroyed at the end of World War II, but it has since been restored.  You must try to have a walk on  parts of the restored walls, which is surrounded by a golf course that you can play in at night. Inside the  walls are many attractions such as Fort Santiago, Rizal’s Shrine, San Agustin  Church and museum, and the Manila Cathedral. Try taking a horse carriage (Kalesa) for a more unique experience.

L – Language

Do you speak English?  If you do, you’ll have no problem going around the Philippines.  Filipinos have a very good command of the English language.  They may not pronounce it correctly, and they may not always be grammatically correct, but it’s surely going to be a conversation – not a monologue – when you speak to a Filipina.

I – Ifugao

The Rice Terraces in Banaue, Ifugao is considered the Eight Wonder of the World.  At about 30 A.D., during the ministry of Jesus Christ on earth, Ifugaos conceptualized and created the rice terraces on the Banaue mountain slopes using only their bare hands. The terraces were carved  to plant rice, the staple food of most Filipinos. The rainforests above the mountain act as a natural irrigation system.  Very creative indeed!

P – Purchasing

Glorietta 5 in Makati

Welcome to the unofficial shopping capital of Asia!  A lot has been said about Hong Kong, but I’d say the Philippines is a better place to shop.  Comparable to Hong Kong’s prices, the fact that there are so many malls in the metropolis gives one the freedom of choice.  From the high-end shops in Makati to the extreme bargains in Divisoria and Greenhills, the options are a multitude.

P – Palawan

Entry point to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is one of the world’s longest underground river. The Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to diverse species of plants and animals.  It has recently been declared one of the new 7 wonders of nature.

Aside from the Subterranean River, Palawan has some of the best beaches in the country.  Boracay in Aklan may be the most famous, but if you’d like a little more peace and quiet, try Honda Bay.  It is made up of several white sand beaches, some of the loveliest white sands in the Philippines. Other attractions include numerous islets that are diving sanctuaries. With colorful fishes you can feed and coral reefs you can view by snorkeling, Honda Bay is a water lover’s heaven.

Coron Island is also a great site.  The third largest of the Calamian Group of Islands in Northern Palawan, Coron is known for its beautiful white sand beaches.  Dive sites around Coron include many different reef sites.  Cathedral Cave is also a must see, where at a certain time of the day, the sun throws a beam of light through a hole in the cave ceiling, illuminating the cave’s interior.

I – Island hopping

Puerto Galera

Being an archipelago, the best way to see the country is by island hopping.  While you ride a simple fishing vessel , you can let the sea breeze and the sights wash your blues away.  Two popular island hopping destinations include the Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan and Puerto Galera in Mindoro.

N – Nightlife

It was called disco in the 80’s and early 90’s.  Now it’s called bar hopping.  The hippest and trendiest gather in Eastwood City Libis, Bonifacio Global City, or Newport City to party the night away.  It’s the place to see, and to be seen.  With the proliferation of call centers in the metro, you can even find all-night dining sites housed in simple tents, at affordable prices.  Food, fun, and booze are always within reach.

E – Eating

Hungry?  Why not try luxurious but affordable buffets?  For a measly Php 1,000, you can stay for hours near the buffet table to you heart’s desire and savor unlimited international cusine and drinks – including beer!  You don’t have to check in and spend a fortune in a 5-star hotel for this.  For a sampling, check out the daily buffets at the seaside buffet restaurants of Pasay City’s reclamation area.

S – Sulu Sea

In the Sulu Sea, 98 Nautical Miles southeast of Puerto Princesa Palawan, the Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park showcases over 1000 species of marine creatures and birds. The Reef is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the most popular Philippine diving site for tourists.

Whether you want to shop, take care of your health and well-being, climb a mountain, enjoy nature’s wonders, walk through history, dive, swim, party the night away, eat all you can, or just enjoy talking to people, you’ll find it all in this beautiful country.



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Mount Everest North Face as seen from the path to the base camp, Tibet. Español: Cara norte del Monte Everest vista desde el sendero que lleva al campo base en el Tibet (China). Français : Face nord du Mont Everest vue du chemin menant au camp de base. Tibet. Italiano: Faccia Nord del monte Everest vista dal sentiero che porta al campo base in Tibet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”

John C. Maxwell

S – Strategies don’t always work

There is no way for us to tell what the future holds.  Some people make a living out of making bold predictions, but the truth is no one can be on target all the time. Therefore, concentrate on the present.  I remember my Internal Medicine professor and mentor, Dr. Aristeo Eslava, telling his students this:  First year students must become second year, second year must become third year, third year students must move on to clerkship, clerks must graduate to internship, and interns must take the board exams and pass.  Don’t focus too far into the future.  Focus on the tasks today and let tomorrow’s worries be tomorrow’s worries.

Another reason for not planning too far out is because today’s world is changing fast.  Ten years ago, mobile technology was just about mobile phones and texting.  Today, we can form social networks using our phones or tablet computers.  The development has implications on marketing (you no longer have to spend too much on TV ads to introduce a product or service), medicine (non-physicians can now have access to medical information without going to a medical clinic), and education (a student can quickly check out your sources from the internet while delivering a lecture).  We all have to make quick adjustments, depending on what happens to our environment.

The key strategy, however is to follow your interests.  Select a career which will motivate you to excel for the rest of your life, instead of making a choice based on the promise of high income or prestige.  Ask yourself what you find meaningful and enjoyable, and stick to it no matter how the tide turns.  Who knows, you may discover a hidden talent that distinguishes you as a cut above the rest.

(If you need help on how to form a strategy for success, John C. Maxwell’s book, “Your Road Map to Success”, may be of help.)

U – Unselfishness is key

Success is about providing value to others, not just for yourself.  Most successful people improve their own lives by improving other people’s lives.  As Zig Ziglar likes to say, “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

Stop focusing on yourself and start focusing on others.  The great entrepreneurs know this, constantly churning out products and services that solve other people’s problems.  Bill gates gave us the Windows operating system, Steve Jobs created the iPad and iPhone, and Mark Zuckerberg keeps us all connected through Facebook.  They found ways to address our problems and desires, and it made them successful.  If you are a physician, instead of thinking of ways to get more patients and referrals, find ways to become more accessible and accommodating to your patients.   If you are a businessman, instead of looking for ways to monopolize the market, try to help the less fortunate people who really need your product service.  Wealth and happiness comes to those who lose themselves in the service of others.

(If you need help on the unselfishness aspect, read chapter 14 of Zig Ziglar’s book “Better than Good”.)

C – Core competence is the focus

Back when I was in high school and college, I found myself studying things which I felt were useless.  In an effort to make all students learn all that there is to learn, professors try to smother students with an overload of information, and hope students retain this information.  The result: students fail to develop their strengths, but they learn to cover their weaknesses in order to pass.

Instead of working on your weaknesses, discover what your talents and skills are and focus on them. The best way to excel is to use your time in honing your strengths.  What do you do consistently well?  What gives you energy?  What sorts of activities seem natural for you?  Successful people capitalize on what they are good at.

However, you can only do this once you have already proven your competence as a generalist.  Show diligence and discipline first in simple things, and eventually, people will trust you with more challenging assignments that maximize your abilities.  If you are a physician with a goal to become the best neurosurgeon in the world, be a good general physician first who does an adequate history and physical examination.  It is best to master the basics first, then to move on to more specialized functions later on.

(If you need help on being more focused on your career, read “The Power of Focus” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Heswitt.)

C – Continuous craving for greatness is required

Do you really want to be rich?  Is being a professional basketball player your ultimate dream?  Is it your desire to conquer Mount Everest?  These cravings and desires need lots of motivation to be realized, but most likely, the motivation must come from within.  According to Daniel Pink, autonomy, mastery, and purpose are needed in order to stay hungry.  Autonomy means that one is given the leeway to pursue the means to complete one’s work.  Mastery is about desire, and this desire can be fueled by working on something that is challenging.  Purpose means having a deeper meaning for doing something – and it often involves doing it for others.

Bill Gates wanted the personal computer to be maximized and utilized by everyone so they could be more productive, and it has made him rich.  Michael Jordan wanted to increase basketball’s popularity worldwide, and it was this thought that made him play exceptional basketball, because he wanted to become a global ambassador for the sport.  Romy Garduce wanted to become the first Filipino to conquer Mount Everest, and he did it at a time when the country was craving for success in whatever field due to the country’s recent disasters and calamities.  Craving for something intrinsically is ultimately the best way to succeed.

(If you want to know the keys to motivation, get your hands on Daniel Pink’s “Drive”.)

E – Endurance is a must

You might be able to name someone with lots of talent.  These talented individuals may not achieve greatness because they have no desire to invest time to practice and get better. When there are obstacles, they easily give up.  Talented people get upstaged by people with less talent but with more determination.

According to Irving Berlin, “Talent is only a starting point…you need to keep working on that talent.”  The choices one makes will create the difference between average and excellence.  Do things not to get an external reward like cash, praise, or a promotion – do things because you love doing it.  The more intrinsically motivated you are, the more likely you are to persist in times of trouble.

(Perseverance is needed to sustain talent.  Read on it from chapter 7 of John C. Maxwell’s “Talent is Never Enough“.)

S- Slip-ups are bumps, not road blocks

Too many people spend their time avoiding mistakes. They are so concerned about being told that they are wrong. In the medical profession, for instance, the focus is often to avoid failure for fear of ridicule.  But most successful people make mistakes, because they are trying to move out of their comfort zones. Each time they fail, they get better and move closer to excellence.

In today’s world, it is extremely risky not to take risks.  We need to do things that no one else has done in order to set us apart from the crowd.  Think of what could have happened if Michael Jordan passed on those game-winning shots, the Wright brothers packed their bags when their flying instrument did not get off the ground, or if John Pemberton never accidentally blended carbonated water instead of plain water to his syrup concoction to make Coca-cola.

(There is no better way to learn how to turn mistakes into learning opportunities than John C. Maxwell’s “Failing Forward”)

S – Stamp your signature in your final sentence

What do you like people to remember you for?  Think about your sentence and use it to navigate your life.  Make a difference.

Manny Pacquiao is probably the best boxer in history.  He has riches beyond his wildest dreams, and is on his way up in his political career.  Yet today, he has realized his limitations, and he does not just want to be remembered as a boxer and politician.  He is now into studying the Bible, because he says he wants to plant seeds in heaven this time, which will last for eternity.

Manny is right.  When you have everything, you tend to go back to that One True Thing – satisfying your Creator.  It does not matter how much you earn, but more importantly, it is essential to know how much you learn, and how you are able to translate that learning to benefit your fellowmen.  The Lord has provided us a “leakage” as to what he will ask us during the “Final Exam” when we reach the end of our days (See Matthew 25:31-40).

(The book “Halftime” by Bob Buford is a great read on how to move from success to significance.)


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“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 18:3-4

While listening to today’s homily on the Feast of the Sto. Nino, I was reminded by the Parish Priest of a very important principle: be childlike, but not childish.  One is positive and one is negative.  A childlike demeanor is manifested as innocence, while a childish attitude shows immaturity.  And the truth is age is not a good predictor for having a childish attitude.

As a tribute to children, here is a mnemonic of their characteristics that we adults must have:

C – Courageousness.  Notice how a child not not seem to fear getting hurt while at play.  A child throws caution to the wind and exhibits a gung-ho attitude towards tasks.  And once a child falls, he or she cries momentarily, but soon forgets about the pain and tries again.  That’s childlike courage.

H – Happiness.  Be content with small things.  In today’s mass, the priest gave away lollipops to children.  How happy they were!  They were so grateful, and you could see wide  smiles on their faces.  Can we still find happiness in the little blessings we receive everyday?

I – Inquisitiveness.  A child is naturally curious about the world.  They are so eager to learn, in ways that are unique.  It may not always be classroom learning that they enjoy, but they love to pursue knowledge through trial and error.  They ask questions, which lead to even more questions needing simple answers.  Perhaps this is the reason why Albert Einstein, the most prolific intellectual in modern history, loves children.  So remain inquisitive.  Keep learning.  And share knowledge with others.

L – Liveliness.  They just seem to move on and on, never stopping.  Their energy seems limitless.  Just give them time to rest, and when they recharge, watch out!  It’s a joy to be with children because of their infectious liveliness.  If only adults can sustain this kind of energy to fuel their work, relationships, and pursuits.  The human race would accomplish more if only they do not lose the desire to live life to the fullest.

D – Devotedness.  They love their parents and guardians – those who provide them with their everyday needs.  Children are extremely loyal to those who love them unconditionally.  And this unconditional love is the reason why Jesus Christ loves children.  Their uncorrupted minds do not harbor any hidden agendas.  So devote yourself to your faith, and blessings will come.

May we adults learn from children.  And may we remain childlike in the eyes of our Creator.


This Impeachment Stuff Is Fun, Dad!

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I – Indictment.  An accusation of wrongdoing that remains to be proven.

M – Motion.  A parliamentary procedure initiated to effect change.

P – Political Process.  Being a numbers game, it is not a legal process.

E – Estrada.  He will forever be remembered as the first Philippine President to undergo the impeachment process.

A – Aquino.  Whether he admits it or not, he cannot deny the fact that he has a hand in the impeachment of the Chief Justice.

C – Corona.  The embattled Chief Justice faces a big challenge to defend himself.  He is the first Philippine Chief Justice to be impeached.

H – House of Representatives.  The chamber that starts the ball rolling for the impeachment procedure.

M – Macapagal-Arroyo.  She is the reason why the Chief Justice is in hot water.

E – England.  This was where the first recorded impeachment process was made in the 1300s.

N – Nineteen Eighty-Seven.  The year when the current Philippine constitution was ratified, where the grounds for impeachment include  culpable violation of the Constitution, bribery, graft and corruption, and betrayal of public trust.  Incidentally, the constitution was ratified during the time of President Corazon Aquino, the current President’s mother.

T – Truth.  We all want to trust this impeachment process.  Let the truth come out.


It’s hard to be honest.  In politics, business, and in everyday life, we are always challenged to tell it as it is.  The medical profession is no different.  Sometimes we are tempted to lie to avoid conflict.  We hide the truth to avoid complications.  Or, even worse, we lie because we have our own selfish interests in mind.

However, we can derive a lot of benefits from honesty.  Here is why we should be HONEST:

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H – Helps lift a person up.  A word of encouragement from a trustworthy person enables someone to rise from adversity and face his fears.

O – Observation is aided – When you are honest, you enable someone temporarily blinded by emotion or circumstance to see the situation clearly.  After that, he or she can now find solutions to the problem.

N – Nurtures.  Honesty nurtures relationships and makes the bond stronger.

E – Edifies.  An honest person encourages others morally, spiritually, and intellectually to be the best person they can be.

S – Sustains.  Honesty sustains confidence in the other person.  It nourishes the soul and uplifts the spirit, knowing that someone can truly be trusted and relied upon.

T – Triumphs.  A person who has low morale tends to see the world as negative.  But when he or she sees an honest deed, it enhances the belief that good always triumphs over evil in the end.  This person then sees the environment and the people around in a different light.

In short, honesty HELPS us OBSERVE the world around us and makes us see a NURTURING and EDIFYING universe, SUSTAINING us until we reach our moment of TRIUMPH.

That’s the truth.


Jazz Has a Sense of Humor

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Laughter, along with an active sense of humor, may help protect you against a heart attack.

–   Cardiologists at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore


Here are a few doses of medical humor for you this Halloween.

1.  Our patient has had no previous history of suicide.

2.  Patient is unresponsive but not in medical distress.

3.  Patient is unconscious.  No other symptoms were reported.

4.  Our patient has a history of asthma with no report of previous INCUBATION.  (Instead of intubation)

5.  In case of cessation of breathing or heartbeat, patient refuses artificial insemination.

6.  Patient is 6 months on the family way.  Her sexual history reveals that she last had sex one year ago.

7.  Distinct heart sounds, normal rate, regular rhythm, with holy systolic murmur

8.  Patient was found to be febrile.  Husband reports that she was very hot in bed last night.

9.  Advised autopsy.  Patient refused.

10.  Mini mental exam is normal.  She could not remember the date today.

11.  Patient came in with a chief complaint of diarrhea.  She last defecated 2 days ago.

12.  Patient’s genitalia was examined.  Otherwise, no other abnormalities were noted.

13.  Upon arrival at the ward, our patient was x-rated.

14.  Female patient’s chest exam: Equally reactive to light

15.   Upon placing the stethoscope on patient’s chest, increased heart rate was noted.

16.  Prostatic massage done.  No other complaints noted.

17.  Our patient initially complained of scrotal pain.  On the second day, it  was better.  On the third day, it completely disappeared.

18.  Ophthalmic examination revealed dry eyes.  Tearing was noted.

19.   Patient’s sputum was colored with TB.

20.  Patient denies oral drug intake.  He just injects them.

Enjoy your vacation!