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Nutritious and low glycemic index sugar made from coconuts

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Nutritious and low glycemic index sugar made from coconuts
By Walter Ang
June 29, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Natural alternatives to sugar are on the rise given rising costs and health consciousness. The newest kid on the block is sugar made from coconuts.

Coconut sap, if distilled, turns into wine. If fermented, it turns into vinegar. To derive sugar and syrup, the sap or sweet toddy is boiled in an open container, then allowed to cool and used as a syrup or allowed to solidify into granules. "It has a sweetness that brings to mind the fresh white flesh of a young coconut," says Jenery Lim, president of Benevelle, the company that manufactures Benevita Organic Cocosugar and Coconectar.

"You can use cocosugar or coconectar for your coffee, tea or juice. You can even use it for food preparation or baking. The fine brown granules of cocosugar have a sweet nutty flavor. Coconectar has a thick honey-like consistency and is perfect for baking and for breakfast meals like …

Positive in, positive out: Philips health and wellness gadgets and appliances

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Positive in, positive out: health and wellness gadgets and appliances
By Walter Ang
June 29, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

In computer programming, there is the concept of "garbage in, garbage out." This means if you input incorrect data into a program, obviously, the results won't be any good. This is an appropriate analogy for our own bodies and lives as well.

Of course, the opposite holds true. Philips launched several products in Boracay, in an event dubbed "Wellness in Paradise," to show how its diverse line of health and wellness electronic products can help Filipinos put more positive elements into their lives.

The line-up of products began with Philips Go Gear MP3 players. "It's important to have some time to yourself, either when you're relaxing at home or while going to work or when you're in a crowded area, if you're listening to your favorite music, it can give you a bit of an escape" said Victor Caindec, senior business de…

Red candle launch supports anti-AIDS campaign

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Red candle launch supports anti-AIDS campaign
By Walter Ang
June 25, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The simple act of buying a candle can let you help eliminate AIDS in Africa. Diptyque, known for its line of more than 50 scented candles, has teamed up with Product Red, a charity marketing movement that enables its partners to donate profits toward funds for stemming the spread of AIDs in Africa.

Rock musician Bono (who is also a Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur and a Knight of the British Empire) created Product Red together with Bobby Shriver, nephew of former US President John F. Kennedy and brother of California first lady Maria Shriver, in order to "make it easy for people in the shopping malls ? to get AIDS drugs to Africans who can't afford them."

Companies like Apple, Gap, Converse, Dell, Starbucks and Nike, among others, partner with Product Red to develop a specially co-branded product. A portion of the profits from these partner products are then donated to…

Wifibody Independent Contemporary Dance Festival returns to roots

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Wifibody Independent Contemporary Dance Festival returns to roots
By Walter Ang
June 21, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

For this year's Wifibody Independent Contemporary Dance Festival, "it's back to basics, back to remembering, finding the ground once again after the numerous outward flights," says festival director Myra Beltran.

The Wifibody festival features dance shows in various venues as well as photo and video exhibitions, plenaries and workshops that all focus on dance or choreography. The name of the festival was borne out of a desire to engage the public, especially younger audiences weaned in a digital age. "Wifibody allows everyone to access contemporary dance," she says.

This year's theme is "Body and Memory." "It is when the body remembers that one proceeds to create. And when the body remembers, there is dance," notes Beltran. "This festival allows us to `remember' how we grew, how we got to where we are, and t…

Painting by numbers with Marlon Magbanua

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Painting by numbers
By Walter Ang
June 21, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Marlon Magbanua will hold a painting exhibit with a video and sound installation at White Wall Gallery titled "Rooms" where he explores notions of how color, sound and movement can be quantified and then, turning the idea on its head, qualified into art.

The thirty-something artist almost sounds like a scientist or college professor when he explains the concept of his show. He has long held a theory wherein he believes "every color corresponds to a sound and vice-versa."

Magbanua points out that this idea is most apparent in computer software used to manipulate images and sounds. Musicians, DJs and recording engineers know there is math and numbers inherent in musical notes, pitch and octaves; they use numbers in mixing and editing sound. Advertising and publishing professionals are familiar with the number coding in control color hues and shades in computers and preparing colored inks for pri…

Hamilo Coast protects "Amazon of the Seas"

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Hamilo Coast protects "Amazon of the Seas"
By Walter Ang
June 30, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Last year, photographers Jürgen and Stella Freund embarked on an 18-month photojournalistic expedition throughout the Coral Triangle, six million square kilometers of ocean reputed to be the world's center of marine life, located from the Philippines through Malaysia, Indonesia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

The Coral Triangle is home to 600 out of 800 known corals and 2,700 types of fish, among other flora and fauna. The abundance of life is so high that the region has been called "the Amazon of the Seas."

Unfortunately, together with Indonesia, the Philippines hosts the world's most threatened coral reefs, with less than thirty percent in good condition. Overfishing, coral mining, sewage, chemical pollution, global warming and dynamite fishing continue to plague these marine ecosystems.

The Freunds took images with a variety of cameras …

Ten years of imaging instruction with Philippine Center for Creative Imaging

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Ten years of imaging instruction
By Walter Ang
June 14, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Digital technology has become so integrated into photography, videography and graphic design that it's difficult to imagine working with these mediums without the use of computers and gadgets. But beyond the availability of powerful hardware and the intricate software that make these machines or gadgets run, the knowledge or ability to use these tools is actually the key to unlocking results.

The Philippine Center for Creative Imaging has been teaching Pinoys and foreigners alike how to use creative applications for print, web and multimedia to further personal hobbies and professional careers for the past ten years.

PCCI tags itself as "the country's premier digital arts training center," but there is no hubris here. After all, it's run by industry-recognized practitioners, has a complement of 50 available courses taught by a pool of more than 20 industry-certified instructors,…

Audie Gemora-all set for "Equus"

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Audie Gemora-all set for "Equus"
By Walter Ang
May 31, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

The play "Equus" re-entered the public's awareness when it was revived on London's West End, and later on Broadway, a few years back with Daniel Radcliffe (otherwise known as The-actor-who-plays-Harry-Potter) as the lead character Alan Strang.

Also in the news was the fact that Radcliffe had to spend quite a bit of time onstage fully naked, as required by the role.

These are two major considerations that Audie Gemora is contending with as he prepares to direct this play for Repertory Philippines. He reckons that there will be people in Manila who will watch the show because of the Hollywood connection and of the nudity in it "but that's not what the play is about," he says.

The play, written by Peter Schaffer, is about a psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, who attempts to treat a young man, Strang, who has a pathological fascination with horses replete with religious…