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How Cynthia Llantada conquered cancer without using drugs

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How a woman conquered cancer without using drugs
By Walter Ang
February 16, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cynthia Llantada recovered from breast cancer without chemotherapy and radiation treatments in just 14 months. Numerous requests for her to recount how she did it spurred her to write "Healthy by Choice," a book where she inventories the different alternative healing practices that she underwent.

This personal account is careful and consistent in reminding readers that it is not meant to replace the advice of experts. Llantada points out that it is important for readers to consult qualified professionals: medical doctors who practice both conventional and alternative medicine, as well as naturopathic doctors and nutritional therapists, among others.

Nonetheless, she advocates taking one's health into one's own hands. "My doctors didn't make my decisions for me," she proclaims. Llantada engaged doctors as consultants and made her own choices.

Finding …

With Easy Pha-max' Green Ribbon campaign, green is the color of health

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Green is the color of health
By Walter Ang
February 9, 2010
Manila Bulletin

Powdered wheatgrass drink manufacturer Easy Pha-max has launched a "Green Ribbon" campaign to generate awareness of the importance and benefits of preventive health.

"It's somehow modeled after the `clean and green' campaigns that promote environmentalism," says Edward Ling, Easy Pha-max CEO. "But this campaign focuses on encouraging all Filipinos to be proactive in taking care of their health and to strive for a balanced, quality life."

The company is promoting green as the color of optimum health and all that it stands for, such as eating organically grown food in a balanced diet; devoting ample time for exercise, stress-reduction, and spiritual needs; and even caring for the environment. "Wearing a green ribbon serves as a visual reminder to yourself and to everyone who sees it that we should all take care of our health," he says.

The Green Ribbon campaign will…

Rep stages Valentine musical comedy

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Rep stages Valentine musical comedy
By Walter Ang
February 2, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Couples who want to do something more than the usual dinner-movie combo for their Valentine's date this year can consider catching Repertory Philippines' staging of "Romeo & Bernadette," a modern comedic twist on the Shakespeare classic "Romeo and Juliet."

"There's romance, it has kilig moments, it's a comedy, there's singing and dancing?all the stuff that we Filipinos love in a show," says Rep associate artistic director Joy Virata. "There will be a four-piece band that will play the musical's songs that are actually popular Italian tunes with adapted English lyrics and modern arrangements. Audiences may recognize the melodies since they've heard them used in many movies and television shows."

Audiences who usually stay away from Shakespeare needn't fear. There won't be any complicated old English words, Elizabetha…

Move that body with chiropractor Martin Camara

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Move that body
By Walter Ang
February-March 2010 issue
Garage Magazine

Anyone can suffer from bone and muscle problems: young or old, physically fit or not. From athletes to people who sit behind desks at work, no one is immune to stress, tension, overexertion and other factors that can cause misalignments in the spine. These displacements may cause irritation to the nerves surrounding the spine, resulting in various malfunctions in the body like slip disc, scoliosis, back or shoulder pain, etc.

Through chiropractic treatment, conditions that affect our bones and muscles, ligaments and cartilage, and even the nerves, can be dealt with. "Chiropractic emphasizes diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine," says chiropractor Dr. Martin Camara.

Camara studied chiropractic at Palmer College of Chiropractic-West, California and graduated Cum Laude. He has served as part of a chiropractic expert panel for the World…

For Frank Hoefsmit, the visual's the thing

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The visual's the thing
By Walter Ang
February-March 2010 issue
Garage Magazine

When sought-after fashion photographer Frank Hoefsmit moved from Mandaluyong to Bonifacio Global City, he felt it made sense to transfer his photo studio as well. His clients used to have to walk up three flights of stairs and were greeted by a dark studio. "My lighting method used to be addition of light, so I worked with a dark background using mostly black and some gray," say Hoefsmit. Not everyone felt comfortable in the space and would even occasionally request to not shoot in the studio.

These were considerations that Hoefsmit kept in mind when he shopped for his new studio called ".be visual." "I found a place that had an elevator and I made all the walls white. I now subtract light when I take photos since white reflects and bounces light," he says with a grin.

If Hoefsmit has had to subtract elements in his lighting technique, he's gained a brand new working spa…

Arts Month 2010 features campus theater groups

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Arts Month features campus theater groups
By Walter Ang
February 1, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Seven university-based theater groups have been chosen to perform in this year's Tanghal! National University and College Theater Festival organized by the National Commission of the Culture and Arts' National Committee on Dramatic Arts

Selected from more than 20 entries, the seven schools will stage the following works:

Ateneo De Manila University "Baha-bahang Buhay: Mga Kwentong Ondoy," De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde "Doc Resureccion: Gagamutin ang Bayan," and De La Salle University-Manila "Rizal is My President" for NCR;

Saint Louis University "Kabsat (Brother)," and University of the Philippines-Los BaƱos "Sa Sinapupunan ng Laot" for Luzon;

University of the Saint Augstin-Iloilo "Tarangban" for Visayas

and Mindanao State University-Iligan "SugaTula" for Mindanao.

"The festival runs from Feb. 1 to …