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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Moringa Oleifera: World's most nutritious plant

What was once called as the "poor man's vegetable" is now considered as the world's most nutritious plant. Moringa oleifera
 or what is locally known as the "malunggay" is a complete source of nutrients needed to nourish the body and boost health. It has also a healing effect for certain kinds of diseases. With its more than 90 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants, it is, without doubt, the most nutritious plant on earth. Each gram of moringa leaves has a nutritional value equivalent to four times the calcium in milk, seven times the vitamin C in oranges, three times the iron in spinach, four times the vitamin A in carrots, two times the protein in milk, and three times the potassium in bananas.

It has been said that a simple Filipino dish of what is a chicken (most preferably a native chicken) stew cannot be without the malunggay  leaves included in its ingredients. Moringa is best to combat malnutrition and it is also good for lactating/breastfeeding mothers to boost of their milk production. Back home when I was a lot younger, I could still remember how my grandmother has introduced pounded malunggay leaves to treat wounds or cuts. The wound or cut must be cleansed first with soap and water then wipe it with a clean, dry towel. The extracted nectar of the pounded malunggay leaves must be then applied directly to the wound or cut. You will notice that the bleeding (if there's any) will stop and the wound or cut heals faster than the normal. Malunggay being a multipurpose plant has, indeed, lived up to its other name which is called the "miracle tree".

God has truly blessed us with everything to sustain a life, heal, and to live healthy through nature. The choice is ours. Nature is our life; we must, therefore, save and protect it from all of the destruction that this world and existence may have caused with. Moringa oleifera is nature's gift to us; to take care of that gift is our gift to nature.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Philippine chief justice Renato Corona impeached

The Philippine senate convicts the highest magistrate of the highest court of the Republic of the Philippines chief justice Renato Corona after 44 days of trial.  So what? This impeachment trial convicting a chief justice MUST be the beginning of the best that we could do for the betterment of our country IF and ONLY IF it is not intended, in one way or another, or as a product of a political process aimed to persecute or put down political enemies. I respect the decision of the impeachment court headed by the presiding officer and veteran lawyer himself senate president Juan Ponce Enrile. But whether or not chief justice Corona, from day one of the trial to the final judgement, should be convicted deserves the right to a due process of law by which, in my humble opinion after closely monitoring and following the whole impeachment trial proceedings, he must enjoy and exercise, was, in some occasions in one way or another, deprived of. It was in that impeachment trial that all the answers could be found from questioning why this country of ours still can't make it forward and progressively; it mirrors the intellectual bankruptcy that a Philippine society has. It's, after all, a political process to divide a nation in the guise of a campaign for good governance with or without ourselves knowing it. And these are some of the answers:

  • We're putting people in the significant positions in the government who, if not corrupt, are incompetent or may be competent enough, but most corrupt.

  • Hypocrites. We have a lot of these type of people holding important positions in the government. They are best at deceiving and poisoning the minds of the general public in their favor.

  • TRAPO (Traditional Politician) is perhaps the most appropriate term for a Philippine-style politics that some of our elected or appointed officials are practicing. They are the ones who are likely to break promises, manipulate, and cut corners.

  • The good ones are a minority. But I admire those who stand by principle to protect and fight for the individual rights of every person, freedom, and justice. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, to quote from Edmund Burke, is for good men to do nothing.

    I hope this impeachment trial has served us a lot of lessons and as an eye-opener. Enough for the fragmentation we ourselves are making. Our nation needs to heal and move on for the better. Let us unite as one people with one goal in mind, and one voice. The impeachment trial should not only be for chief justice Corona (if these administration is truly sincere in its campaign for good governance and to eradicate graft and corruption), but for every elected or appointed official in the government including those in the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, and so on and so forth with dark intentions. I am sure we have a lot of them to be impeached or convicted of any crime in their respective fields while in service. Still, as I kneel down to pray, I believe that God will give us men. Men who will rule over this poor nation of ours. Men who are exactly what was described in Josiah Gilbert Holland's beautiful poem, which said: 

    • God, give us men! A time like this demands
      Strong minds, great hearts, true faith and ready hands;
      Men whom the lust of office does not kill;
      Men whom the spoils of office can not buy;
      Men who possess opinions and a will;
      Men who have honor; men who will not lie;
      Men who can stand before a demagogue
      And damn his treacherous flatteries without winking!
      Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog
      In public duty, and in private thinking;
      For while the rabble, with their thumb-worn creeds,
      Their large professions and their little deeds,
      Mingle in selfish strife, lo! Freedom weeps,
      Wrong rules the land and waiting Justice sleeps

    Thursday, May 24, 2012

    5 reasons why Jessica Sanchez can't be the next American Idol

    American Idol season 11 has just  crowned Phillip Phillips as the grand winner in a very tight competition with Filipina-Mexican-American Jessica Sanchez. Some 130 million votes have been cast and has unified two minority groups in the U.S., the Filipino and Mexicans, to root for Jessica. It's a sight you can not see in boxing where Filipinos and Mexicans are best known to be rivals. Jessica had, without question, a very powerful voice. It's in that aspect that Jessica has a notch higher advantage over Phillip. It reminds me of our very own Charice Pempengco and Sam Concepcion in a singing contest long ago. Charice is a pure talent while Sam, on the other hand, though never had that so powerful a voice that Charice possesses, is a crowd favorite. He performs like he can make up in performance for what he lacked in a powerful voice and add to it the charismatic self that he has had making him the darling of the crowd. Charice then lacked that "charisma" thing to win the hearts of the majority but most especially the judges. Sam won as the grand champion while Charice settled for the 2nd place. Charice must have realized the importance of a charismatic persona to add to her already beautiful voice. And by doing so she would have gotten a new name: Charice "charism" Pempengco. And that counts a lot.

    Now back to Jessica Sanchez (in my heart she won), she will become a new big name in the music industry. Her voice is just as fantastic as it is powerful. But why she can't be the next American Idol? The following are just five of the reasons why Jessica Sanchez can't be the next American Idol:

    1. She's a minority.  Whether you agree or not, it contributes a lot for her not winning the American Idol crown.

    2. Discrimination. One can not discount the fact that discrimination may have played a very important role to put Jessica down especially in the Grand Finale portion. It must be known that it was the American Idol organizers who will choose for what songs Jessica and Phillip must be singing. The song "Change nothing", although Jessica had sing it well, is not the type of song to really show of her beautiful voice. Phillip's performance, on the other hand, and as charismatic as he can be, was so impressive. The production was so grand and great. Which could lead us to think and asked why they (the American Idol organizers) never also did to Jessica.

    3. Jessica deserves more than just an American Idol crown. She's the best.

    4. She would break records. If she won, she would be the youngest to be crowned American Idol at 16. She would also be the first one to have won the crown who has a Filipino blood in her veins.

    5. American Idol are for the Americans only especially the white-skinned ones. Jessica represents something more, not just the Americans, Filipinos, and Mexicans, but all of those who believe in her talent.

    Congratulations to Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez! You're both wonderful and you made all that you represent about so proud!

    Friday, May 18, 2012

    Are you in favor of a same-sex marriage?

    8 division world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao's stance against same-sex marriage may sound a closed-minded view to many but such has gained him respect for those who still believe in the moral obligation each one of us must need to establish and maintain. The world has changed a lot and we're now living in a very different time. O tempora! O mores! (Oh the times! Oh the manners!) But no matter how much we have changed for a lot of reasons, we're still living in the same world. We're still human beings who feel the same need for love, acceptance, and belongingness. The more that a thing changes, the more it will lead us to the truth of what it is. We must, therefore, do all things for the glory of God. Marriage should only be the union of a man and woman and not between two persons of the same sexes.

    I have a great respect for the people in the third sex category and I encourage them to learn to live together in peace and harmony with everyone. It's not their fault, neither ours nor anybody else's. We need to respect each other and help promote the individual rights and freedom of every person. BUT one thing I would like everyone to remind about though: the world needs a moral standard by which we can all adhere upon, despite all our differences, to save it from corruption. Same-sex marriage? It should not be.

    Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    5 things to remember about love: Should love be understood the way we like it to be?

    Yesterday, I was caught in a discussion that started in the way I commented to a friend of mine's blog shared on Facebook talking about love and the many hurdles and problems to overcome out of such an experience. It was, to me, actually just a natural reaction by which I had to explain that love should be something that lightens up the burdens instead of something that makes all our lives harder. Should love be understood the way we like it to be?

    It inspires me to think that some people are, in fact, in love. But love should be simple and plain. When you truly love someone it must be unconditional, undemanding, and never expecting anything in return at all. Love more, and expect less. It requires that you give of yourself 100%, anything less than that is not love. Of course, there times when relationships fail but at least you've given everything you had for love and that's just part of the process. In the end, it's better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

    I gained some positive responses from my personal opinions and there's one lady who even asked me if she could just call me Leo instead of my first name Napoleon. "Sure", I said. "You may call me Leo, short for Love Eternally Overwhelms." There's nothing I enjoy more than a good conversation and most especially if "love", the most powerful of emotions, is the topic. The following are just 5 of the things I want people to remember about love:

    1. Love comes from God. God is love. The Holy Bible clearly tells us in John 3:16 about the greatest love He has for mankind: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life."

    2. Love never ends. It is one of the characteristics of love: endless. Anything that is going to end isn't love.

    3. Love possessess all the good qualities and more. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 best described love as being "patient, kind. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."

    4. Love is the most potent weapon to conquer evil. If love reigns in the heart of everyone, there would be complete joy, peace, prosperity, and harmony in all the world.

    5. Love, just like time, heals. But love heals completely and restores like new what has been totally broken

    Sunday, May 6, 2012

    Should transgenders be allowed to compete in the all-male or all-female contests?

    This year's Miss Canada Universe hopeful was found out to be a transgender. Jenna Talackova is a 23-year-old stunning beauty who made it as one of the 65 finalists of Miss Canada Universe 2012. She was rejected from the contest but then somehow reinstated and even the Miss Universe governing body has agreed with in allowing transgenders now to compete. The decision earned both the negative and positive reactions from the different level of the society. But should we really allow transgenders to compete in the Miss Universe pageant?

    The world has become more liberal than ever and yet we somehow forgot what liberty, in its truest sense and form, is all about. We have become too sensitive when it comes to our own freedom and rights without knowing that freedom along with our rights, are not all the time absolute. In every freedom comes a great responsibility and one that conforms with the moral standard. I'm not saying that these individuals in the third sex category have no place in the society at all and to live a normal life like anyone else does but to rather put them and their interests in the right place. Yes, we are now in the 21st century but that shouldn't mean we should as well think like we're an altered species all in the name of rights and freedom. Some things are best left alone and transgenders, in such a case as this one, should not interfere with a contest only intended for women. For though transgenders may be as beautiful or more beautiful and intelligent than a real woman, yet nothing can replace or twist the truth about the fact that a real woman can become. As a suggestion, why don't we have Miss Transgender Universe pageant instead?

    Transgenders are, just like anyone of us, people who deserve our respect, love, attention, and acceptance. We must, therefore, have a broad-minded approach so as we could understand about them all the best and more. Of course, we as well expect of them to cooperate.

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