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How Jackielou Blanco detoxifies her colon

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How Jackielou Blanco detoxifies her colon
By Walter Ang
September 21, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Jackielou Blanco keeps fit and trim by making conscious efforts at exercising, eating healthy, getting enough rest and having a positive attitude. She also cleanses and detoxifies her colon on a regular basis.

At a forum that discussed ways to maintain colon health organized by wheatgrass-based powdered drinks manufacturer Easy Pha-max, Blanco said, ""I take So Easy Colon Cleanse, a three day meal replacement program, as a safe and effective way to 'let it all out.'"

Oncologist Dr. Anthony Abad said that the colon is the catch basin of all the toxins and waste products from the food we eat. Beyond fatty and oily foods, there are also processed foods, artificial ingredients, and preservatives?all harmful substances that can cause not only colon diseases but other problems such as migraines, weakened immunity, high blood pressure, liver and kidney problems. These ca…

Marco Polo Plaza whips up treats

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Marco Polo Plaza whips up treats
By Walter Ang
September 16, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Cebu City's Marco Polo Plaza hosted a week-long Swiss Alpine Food Festival at its Café Marco buffet restaurant. Frankfurters, bratwursts, schubligs and, of course, cheeses like emmenthal, gouda, gruyere, and tilsit were added to the restaurant's usual array of Asian and Western sections.

The Swiss festival is part of Café Marco's "Culinary Journeys" program that highlights particular cuisines at certain times of the year. The festivities culminated in a celebration of Swiss National Day via an al fresco buffet party at the hotel's Garden Terrace hosted by hotel general manager Johannes "Hans" Hauri.

Hauri, who is Swiss himself, started the annual party with the traditional ringing of a Swiss cow bell and jokingly introduced the audience to a cow replica that was standing guard onstage. He welcomed the Swiss nationals in attendance, which made up almost half of…

REVIEW: Orosman at Zafira is rousing and (who knew?) fun

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Orosman at Zafira is rousing and (who knew?) fun
By Walter Ang
September 13, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Brilliantly directed and choreographed by Dexter Santos, Dulaang UP's Orosman at Zafira (which closed yesterday) is an exhilarating show that makes the Francisco Baltazar's komedya not just accessible to contemporary audiences, but also engaging, not to mention, fun.

This particular theater form, not to be mistaken as comedy (the Tagalog term komedya is derived from comedia, a Spanish generic term for drama), was brought over by colonizers as an evangelizing tool, usually has plots about saints or warring kindgoms, and uses staging conventions like structured choreographed entrances and exits.

This production is definitely not your great-grandparents' komedya.

Sound and movement
Santos clearly directed the piece with an audience in mind, selecting staging devices that successfully render both the theatre form and Baltazar's work for today's sensibilities. With …

Sigwada Gallery: thinking about art

Sigwada Gallery: thinking about art
By Walter Ang
September 13, 2010
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Sigwada Gallery considers itself as a "gallery-in-progress," says its owners, Fabian and Cecile Pagaduan.

Progress, for this particular month, is marked by celebrating its second anniversary with a group exhibit titled "Theses on Philosophy" curated by Joseph Crisanto Martinez. Emerging artists will showcase works inspired by philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, among others.

"They will tackle either their favorite philosopher's thought or questions related to man's existence, man's freedom, and God or morality," says Fabian, who has a masters in philosophy himself and is the deciding entity behind the gallery's artistic directions.

He dispels the possibility that the subject matter will make the artworks too high brow. "We live philosophy everyday! As long as we think about what it is to l…

Big boys play with their fast toys: Stephen Lloyd's motorcycles

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Big boys play with their fast toys
By Walter Ang
September-October 2010 issue
Asian Dragon Magazine

There is a unique sense of fraternity, Walter Ang finds out, when
Big boys play with their fast toys

With a background in geology, Stephen Lloyd moved to the Philippines from the USA more than a decade ago to focus on gemology. He owns a jewelry store, Vie Nouvelle Jewelry, in Peninsula Manila Hotel. From handling metal to produce intricate designs for precious stones, Lloyd spends his down time tinkering with the same materials, only on a larger scale.

A hobbyist builder and collector of motorcycles, the passion for these machines began when he was ten years old. His father had gotten him a Honda Cub motorcycle and issued a challenge, "If you can build it, you can have it."

His collection in Manila includes a Ducati, a Yamaha, a Buelle and a few others that he's built himself. Of course, he rides them as well. And the riding is what it's all about. Lloyd rides a Harley …