Protect Your Precious Memories 


They say that memories are the fuel that people burn in order to stay alive. Without the power of remembrance, our existence would be dull and flat. How else can we learn from our mistakes and triumphs? With the lessons from the past, those good and bad, we are enabled to keep on enduring and living despite the innumerable challenges in life. We strive to move forward and reach greater heights as the pain of past failures makes the possible attainment of victory even sweeter. We can’t afford to lose this vital mental capability.

Good thing is that there is a herbal plant like ginkgo biloba which makes our minds replenished through time. Keep your memory sharp with ATC Ginkgo Biloba, the brain enhancer you need to 

ATC Ginkgo Biloba is a food supplement mainly made up of gingko biloba and maiden tree extracts. These two extracts help sharpen the memory and have been used since the early periods of history as food and a traditional medicine. 

Ginkgo Biloba, a major ingredient of ATC Ginkgo Biloba, is believed to be one of the most effective herbal plants that is used for the management of memory loss and improvement of cognitive functions and primary senses. Gingko Biloba also aids in regulating blood flow to the brain thus lowering the risks of stroke. It also protects and heals damaged cells that are caused by age-related diseases such as Alzhiemer’s and Glaucoma. Even so, this is not a medicinal drug and should not be used to treat the symptoms of any disease.

ATC Ginkgo Biloba, also supports alleviating mental depression and mood disorders. 

For just SRP P6.00 per capsule, retain the power of your mind with ATC Gingko Biloba. Take ATC Ginkgo Biloba every day and take the world by storm through the innate gift of knowledge that you possess. ATC Ginkgo Biloba is available at Mercury Drug and other leading drugstores nationwide.


Decide to be Heart Healthy

People are catching on to the fact that one must cut down on bad cholesterol at all costs. There is no more question to this as several Countries’ governments have already initiated and successfully banned and/or regulated the availability of bad fat from food sources. And the results have been amazing! Deaths due to heart-related diseases have significantly been reduced. 

 Don’t wait for this to happen here. The decision to be heart healthy can be made for us. But it is our responsibility to make it a personal decision. Inform yourselves on how to remove bad cholesterol from your diets and get assistance from ATC Garlic Oil.

ATC Garlic Oil helps prevent hypertension and heart disease by regulating cholesterol levels and blood pressure in the body. This also stops blood clots from forming which effectively lowers the blood pressure and reduces the risks of stroke and heart attack. ATC Garlic Oil also contains Soybean Oil which provides essential nutrients such as protein, fiber and healthy fats while offering protection against heart disease. Moreover, this is not a medicinal drug and should not be used to treat the symptoms of any disease.

ATC Garlic Oil is recommended to be taken one capsule every day. ATC Garlic Oil is available at Mercury Drug and leading drugstores nationwide for SRP P4.50 per piece. ATC Garlic Oil, ang mabisang aksyon kontra altapresyon!


Keep skin healthy and moisturized with Premium HyC150

It is said that travel is one of the most educational pastimes one can indulge in. Going to new places, discovering foreign cultures, meeting the locals and trying their food are some of the rewards of going abroad. 

 However, travel also has its downsides. Issues such as security, flight delays, and the language barrier can be minimized with careful preparation.

The same is true when it comes to our health and well-being. We can take precautions while abroad, but there are some issues that are constant. When we go to the beach or trek up a mountain, exposure to sea, sun and wind can cause sunburn and windburn, which are damaging to the skin. In fact, the mere act of riding an airplane can already pose problems to some. The controlled environment inside can actually make dry skin drier and oily skin oilier. Likewise, being confined inside a plane exposes you to germs that may be carried by fellow passengers.

All these issues can be addressed by a suitable nutritional supplement that not only boosts your sense of well-being, but also does wonders in keeping your skin radiant and youthful looking, as well as providing needed antioxidants to the body.

Women around the world have discovered the benefits of Premium HyC150, a collagen drink that has been described as a modern-day fountain of youth. Manufactured by Fine Japan Co. Ltd., it is a woman’s secret weapon to staying healthy, and possessing of a vibrant and radiant lasting beauty. It helps women stay beautiful inside and out, while providing them with strength and vitality to meet the challenges of their trip abroad. By making them feel good about themselves, they can face head on whatever challenges the day might bring them.

Premium HyC150 comes in ready-to-mix sachets that easily fit into your purse or handbag, making it is easy to bring along on your trip. Even if you are far away from home, you can be sure of its lasting benefits with your daily dose in the morning. You benefits from the results of its continued use, including the disappearance of wrinkles, fairer and brighter skin, improved vision, and better muscle and bone strength.

Premium HyC150 combines three youth-inducing elements for a more potent supplement drink: collagen, hyaluronic acid, and ubiquinol. These elements are also aided by other active ingredients, like vitamin C, biotin, elastin and pearl coix.

Collagen is one of the most abundant groups of proteins in the human body and is the major component of connective tissue. It provides structural support throughout the body where it is found in the skin, muscle, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bones. It is important to remember that 70 percent of the skin is composed of collagen.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is nature’s moisturizer, a gel-like water-holding molecule that acts as a space filler and cushioning agent in the body. Approximately 50 percent of HA in our body resides in skin tissues, since it nourishes and hydrates the skin to make it look young. Aside from making the skin look younger, HA lubricates the joints and eye tissues helping prevent dry eyes. It helps regenerate healthy gums. It also supports, nourishes, and hydrates the deep layers of the scalp for healthy, lustrous hair. It promotes better nutrient absorption and helps regulate protein to promote wound healing.

Ubiquinol is a substance naturally produced by the body to protect it from environmental toxins that enter it, damage its cells, and injure its systems. It also slows down any weakening of vessel walls, nerve tissue, and organ linings brought about by physical harm, pollution, poor diet, and the normal wear and tear that comes with age.

The combination of these three active ingredients in Premium HyC150 assures women of effectively enjoying its benefits on a daily basis. Based on clinical studies done in Japan, North America, and Europe, about 93 percent of users reported improved hair, nails, and skin with continued use. Although results vary per individual, it only takes one to two weeks to see the positive changes.

Premium HyC150 is available at selected Watsons stores nationwide, as well on Lazada Philippines at www.lazada.com.ph.

For more information, visit its website at www.HyC150.com; like its Facebook page @www.facebook.com/HyC150; follow on Twitter @HyC150 or Instagram @HyC150; or call (02) 5467297, 09177750779.
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Exploring Quezon City

I have never thought of Quezon City as a tourism destination. It is mostly known as a shopping and dining capital, not to mention the location of most government agencies and educational institutions.

Then, not too long ago, I read a newspaper piece quoting a Quezon City government official announcing that the city was targeting to become the “main tourist destination” in Metro Manila.  So, of course, I couldn’t help but take a closer look at the resources Quezon City has that would entice tourists to come and visit it. And true enough, when viewed from a sightseer’s perspective, Quezon City does have a lot of interesting places and fun-filled activities that would surely delight any out-of-towner.
Quezon City has history, art, health and wellness spaces, as well as areas to commune with nature—or with other people if you wish, in hip, modern gathering places. Great thing that I was invited to participate in a Blogventure where we can take a tour to discover what Quezon City had to offer.

For our first stop we went to The Sanctuario de San Pedro Bautista (69 San Pedro Bautista Street, San Francisco del Monte) which was founded in 1599 by Fray Pedro Bautista, superior of all Franciscans in the Philippines, as a retreat house and novitiate in what was then a secluded part of town

The first church and convent was built as a chapel cum resting house in 1590. Then into wooden structure in 1593, then rebuilt into adobe in 1599. The Chapel was destroyed during Limahong-led uprising in 1639 and completely destroyed by an earthquake in 1645.

In 1699 the church and convent made of stone  was restructured. This was dedicated to the newly beatified Blessed Pedro Bautista and his companion martyrs.  This church has now become the sanctuary with the Baroque altar still preserved religious significance. 


The shrine belongs to the Diocese of Cubao under the Vicariate of Saint Pedro Bautista. It is also under the administration of the Franciscans or the Order of Friars Minor (OFM), from the Franciscan Province of Saint Pedro Bautista



The church additions was built in the Spanish Mission architecture. In the facade are four niches with statues of the four writers of the Gospel – Saint Mark, Saint Luke, Saint Matthewand Saint John.


The church is also connected to the church convent. On the second floor are the residence rooms of the priests stationed at the parish. There are a few gardens located in the convent area. The church convent has a courtyard located at the back of the sanctuary that would remind people of the age of the church.

This is one of the oldest still-surviving church in the country. The original wood and nipa structure was is dedicated to Our Lady of Montecelli. This became the Provincial House of the Franciscan Order in the Philippines after the destruction of the San Francisco Church in Intramuros during the 1945 Battle of Manila.

 Large stones were used to build the area with a garden in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. A statue of St. Francis with his arms crossed on his chest in prayer stands in the middle of the garden.


10 Years of ATC

ATC Healthcare International Corporation firmly believes in the value of health. It is their mission to empower all Filipinos to live life to the fullest by being their trusted life ally in all things health-related. And it seems the public appreciates their efforts as they continue to support ATC’s tenth year of providing products such as Robust, FatOut, Vita-E, Strike and many others.  

  Through the campaign, BrighTEN Years, ATC Healthcare wishes to acknowledge and welcome the support and patronage of all those involved in making it the Pinoy’s trusted life ally. In recognition of past accomplishments and in anticipation of more years to serve the Filipino people, ATC Healthcare is elated to share this milestone with everyone on October 10, 2015 at the Isabela Ballroom, Makati Shangri-La.

Starting modestly in 2005, ATC Healthcare has grown to become one of the leading healthcare providers in the country. Today, ATC Healthcare continues to progress with their unfailing will to provide safe, effective and innovative products to their Life Ally, the Filipino people.


Where is Taal Volcano ?

I resisted for so long to post this but I am kinda getting tired & embarrassed of “Manilenos” pointing to “Binintiang Malaki” & telling foreign tourists that that’s the Volcano…. NO NO NO that is not Taal Volcano, the Volcano is on Volcano Island, over & behind the hill. Take the time & take a boat across the lake, get to the island, trek by horse or hike up the hill & see the live Taal Volcano. BTW, don’t get too close specially when it is spewing sulfur, no it is not good for the skin ( it is not Sulfur that is used to make soap… it is Sulfur Dioxide) & deadly for your lungs! 
This the aerial view of Taal Volcano note Binintiang Malaki at top right (2 o clock) Binintiang Malaki is just one of the 47 cones and craters of Taal Volcano. It is undoubtedly the prettiest, most photographed, most painted and most volcano-looking part of Taal Volcano Island & many think it is Taal Volcano.

Beyond Mt. Maculot is actually Mindoro and the the Ridge is actually the main Caldera.Taal Volcano is an island within a lake, on an island within a lake, on an island ! & lies between 2 fault lines…. scary huh !


Exploring the Quezon Heritage House

The Quezon House, formerly located in Gilmore Street in New Manila, has been transferred to the Quezon Memorial Circle. During the Commonwealth period, it was where President Manuel Quezon occasionally recuperated from tuberculosis, at a time when the New Manila District was a rustic and idyllic countryside.

The house had gone through many changes and accretions over the years. And with the pressure of urbanization, the house gradually lost its context, use and meaning. When the family decided to sell the property, and while in the process of development, the heirs decided to donate the residence to the QC Local Government for the latter to develop it into a museum. The transfer to its new location will provide the house a new future as it will be interpreted in better perspective by the Filipino people. 

 The Quezon House is historically significant because it is associated to the lifestyle and health of the Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon. The only residence in the city he founded. Although the house is not architecturally outstanding, the original structure, divested of its accretions, reflects the country /rehabilitation house architecture of the American period and the family life of the former President.

The Quezon Heritage House is believed to be the only existing house that is associated with President Quezon and his family.

It was offered to the president in 1927 just after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The family used it as a weekend house until they were forced to flee to Corregidor in 1941 and later to the United States in 1942 because of the war.

Quezon died in the US on Aug. 1, 1944, with the family returning to the Philippines the next year. Upon their return, the family purchased the Gilmore house on installment, and was later able to acquire three adjacent properties in the area.

Constructed in the 1920s, the two-story beige and white house was constructed at the northeast portion of the 166-hectare property now known as the New Manila.

  The house is neoclassic in style, a theme common in the country during the American colonial period. It borrows and re-interprets elements from Roman and Greek architecture – for instance the use of Roman arches and the Greek post-and-lintel style edged with embellishments.

This is very evident in the design of the adjacent social hall, which was used as a venue of various important social events in the lives of both the former president and the first lady.

The structure itself is neo-classical. But when you get inside, there are sculptures that are very classical.”

The single-story rectangular structure has round columns in its front and rear. It features Fu dog sculptures and a pair of Caryatids, which are sculpted females used during the classical period as a supporting column. 

 Between the social hall and the house is a rectangular pool which, in the reconstructed heritage house, was transformed into a fountain.

The house itself, however, was not strict in following the neo-classical theme. Over the years, changes were made by the Quezon family to the house that had been their home for more than five decades.

For instance, the main entrance of the house features glass doors etched with bamboo and designed with iron-wrought leaves. Malacura says this may have been a manifestation of Aurora’s interest in Japanese culture.

“We have to take into consideration that the former president lived here only for a short time,” says Malacura, noting that the house mainly gives visitors an idea on how the family lived after Quezon died.

The main attraction of the house is the second floor, which features the original narra beds used by the former president and his wife. These were in the two bedrooms connected by a

The couple had to sleep separately due to the president’s illness. A bed for his nurse, as well as the chests where he kept his personal items, is also displayed in the president’s room.

In the main room on the second floor was a plant box given to the first lady prior to their escape to Corregidor. It also features the original spiral staircase from the Gilmore house.

Other original muebles displayed in the house are cabinets and mirrors of the former presidential couple, including one given by his colleagues from the Senate. The doors, grills, and some of the stained glass panels were also from the original Gilmore property.

The ground floor speaks more of the Quezon family, particularly Aurora. The main room, which was used by the former first lady as her office when she was forming the Philippine Red Cross, features furniture custom-made to fit the period. 

 The ground floor also features the room used by Aurora when she was older, as well as a guest room and an extension dining room constructed during the time of the Avanceñas. The house also has two kitchens – one on each floor – which showcases the family’s food tradition, including a recipe for the president’s favorite dish, Cocido .

Sixty percent of the materials from the original house were used in the recreated one at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

The Quezon family was said to have spent their weekends at the Quezon Heritage House to seek respite from the fast-paced life in the city. Later on, it was used by the family of Quezon-Avanceña until she decided to move to Alabang for health considerations.

The place was conducive to the president’s condition as it offered a fresh and clean environment, which also reminded him of the forested surroundings in his hometown in Tayabas..”

Avanceña, who was teary-eyed during the inauguration, says she has a lot of memories in the house – not all of them good ones.

I also heard the sad story of Donya Aurora,Baby, and Nini’s First husband Felipe Buencamino III)p were killed in that ambush in Nueva Ecija in April 28, 1949 incident allegedly perpetrated by Hukbalahap members. Aurora left the house that day to inaugurate the Quezon Memorial Hospital in her home town of Baler, now a part of the province named after her.

You will definitely forgot that the house is now in the middle of the Quezon Memorial Circle

They want to show the public that Quezon and his family lived a life similar to the rest of us.The goal of transferring the house was to put a face to the family life and the personal side of the former president.

I think this house, when we see it, we can say that it’s a home that every person can relate to.It was where he recuperated when he was ailing. I feel that sometimes we really need these tangible manifestations and not base our knowledge on concepts or on books. We have to see things to be able to identify with the place, with the person.

The Quezon Heritage House shows us that this couple had a good family life and this is their home. This is where their children lived. It makes us closer to him as the president (who founded the city.

The local government spent almost P10 million for the transfer of the Gilmore property. The plan to preserve the house started during the administration of Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Mayor Bautista also instructed the city planning and development office to request information from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on how the local government could acquire the old house and have it registered as a heritage site.

However, the NHCP said the house falls short of the requirements that could merit its declaration as the local government felt the need to preserve the legacy and heritage of the Quezon family. Tours will be scheduled to disseminate information about the heritage house. 

The local government may introduce fees in the future, or even rent the space at the social hall for events and functions to generate revenue. For the meantime, admission to the heritage house is free.

The transfer of the house is part of the local government’s efforts to development the Quezon Memorial Circle.

If you want to know about Quezon as a politician, visit the Quezon Museum. If you want to know about his personal life, visit the heritage house. I was told that the city will also open its social history museum and transfer the public library to the circle next year to provide the public with information about the city, its people, and the country.

Incidentally, as Quezon City celebrates its 75th anniversary, the local government has cooked up a series of festivities (listed above). Each of which are scheduled on October 10 and 11, 2015 and has been crafted to leave a mark on the city’s 75 years of cityhood. Happy 75th anniversary, Quezon City

Quezon City’s 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Festivities
October 10: 4-7PM Diamond Jubilee Mardi Gras at Tomas Morato Area
October 10: 7-11PM QC Grand Parade of Lights (Day 1)
October 10: 8AM-3PM Blogathon
October 11: 7-11PM QC Grand Parade of Lights (Day 2)
October 11: 7-12MN QCROCKS@75 at Quezon Memorial Circle