Friday, December 27, 2019

Top 10 Sport Athletes of the Decades - Pine Advisors Financially and Physically Genius

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Floyd Mayweather state on his official Facebook account that he made his numbers with no sponsors.  "First I want to congratulate every other athlete on this list and second I am honored to have accomplished such record breaking numbers. 

No disrespect to anyone but I did these numbers really in 5 years due to a couple of layoffs and with NO endorsements. I never wanted an endorsement deal from anyone because my vision was always to be my own boss and have no obligations to anyone. 

So I started my own promotion company and own brand (TMT) in which we are continuing to grow and soon will be the endorsers. You can say what you want about Floyd Mayweather but the numbers and accolades don’t lie. This is truly about hard work and dedication and knowing your worth."

Which is I totally disagree, although I am a super TBE fan. Because I saw him endorsing a lot of Jewelry like in Japan, different cars, clubs, sports, business investments and also the Hublot famous watch brand. Although that is his style in accumulating his wealth to climb up at #1 in the Forbes list this week.

The Top 10 on forbes list for me is not realistic for instance, Lebron, Manny and Tiger several endorsements with Nike and other brands seems not very accurate. Also Hamilton's tax declaration, also because he travel a lot all the time and is based in Monaco which is a tax free haven.

We don't know exactly what happened behind the scenes. As they made profit share with the brand or business in any form. Some of them did gambling and re invest it in Politics and several business ventures. 

But one thing for sure is that they very good in making money. As they dominate the sports in the past decade. No matter what financial choices they made. Via investments or what ever form of protection they may made to protect their hard earned income - its up to them. 

I witnessed several ways of them doing it by choosing its country of choose. Some buy properties and business in Monaco which is a tax free heaven. Some  of them bought NBA, Football and local Basketball team.

And also some invest in a secret form. For sure the top 10 ranking varies everyday. Because Boxing happened only 1 or 2 times a year. While basketball and football performs in 2-3 times every week. Golfing tournaments was made every or other week. While f1 got 22 races all over the world this coming 2020. 

I heard and seen a lot of world champions problem when it comes to money management and retirement. Some or most of them are broke. Even facing a lot of real controversies. So why money management is essential? Because in this way you can invest and save or foresee what will happen on your money in the next years or decade. 

So you need an advice of financial experts like Pine Advisors. Dwayne Johnson of the Rock made a  movie series called "Ballers". As a ex NFL player he shows cager the importance of savings and money management among athletes. Because there's always the peak and lows of your career. 

When it comes to sports performance - that you cant be great all the time. You will never know when to retire may it be in 1, 5 or 10 years. So what you gonna do if you got injured or no longer profitable in sports business? 

Money management comes in many forms see Pine Advisors Money Management options. That provides various services and solutions. So you better look for an alternatives while you are still active in sports or event in corporate raider life. Just like sports the retirement is quite fast as early as 30's or even 20's.

Not the usual 60's in corporate or government of office life. So whether you agree on Top 10 Sport Athletes of the Decades made by Forbes. All I can say is that they are still the most successful when it comes to Financial matters because they are into show me sport business. 

Coco Unity Run: One Goal. One Run

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COCOLIFE, COCOGEN, UNITED COCONUT PLANTERS BANK (UCPB) will hold its first run-for-a-cause for the benefit COCOLIFE Foundation and Operation Smile. On February 9, 2020, we will organize the COCO Unity Run at CCP Complex, Pasay City.

COCO Unity Run main goal is to promote health and wellness, establish camaraderie, and raised funds to support worthwhile causes. The event will feature different race categories including 1KM, 3KM, 5KM and 10KM

Thursday, December 26, 2019

5 Types of Cut Flowers Widely Grown in the Philippines

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Cut flowers are blossoms that have been cut from the plant bearing it. They are removed from the plants for two purposes- decoration and gifting. The cut flowers are typically used in arrangements, wreaths, bouquets, baskets, flower stands, and garlands. There is a dedicated flower industry for cut flowers in the Philippines due to its ideal climate conditions to grow several tropical and subtropical floral varieties. The Philippines is also a big exporter of flowers to countries like Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, and Italy.

Here is a list of popular cut flowers widely grown in the Philippines.


Lilies are a group of flowering plants native to the temperate northern hemisphere. The lilies can be identified by their long, narrow leaves and scaly bulbs. Two popular kinds of lilies grown in the Philippines are- Oriental Lily & Asiatic Lily. Stargazer and Cordelia are two types of lilies commercially grown in the Philippines.

Meaning: Humility, Devotion, & Beauty

Occasion: Easter, Mother’s Day, Weddings, Birthday


Rose is the most loved flower in the world that comes in a variety of shades. Many roses have a strong, pleasant fragrance that are used across the world as a symbol of love and affection. The online florist shops are full of beautiful bouquets and luxurious arrangements of roses. You can place the order online for rose flower delivery in Philippines to woo your girlfriend on Valentine’s Day or express heartfelt love and gratitude for your wife on the first wedding anniversary. Mercedes, Golden Times, White Liberty, and Red Success are some of the types of roses commercially grown in the Philippines.

Meaning: Love, Romance, Passion, Gratitude, Appreciation, Admiration, Desire, & Enthusiasm

Occasion: Valentine’s Day, Anniversary, Wedding, Birthday


Orchid is a unique flower that creates an aura of beauty and elegance. Orchids are the large family of flowering plants with fragrant blossoms. These are long-lasting flowers and some species can survive up to 100 years. Singapore White, Jaquelyn Thomas, White Fairy, & Tuang Pink are some common types of orchids commercially grown in the Philippines.

Meaning: Love, Luxury, Beauty, & Strength

Occasion: Birthday, Housewarming party, Job Promotion, Holidays


Chrysanthemums are known as the most popular flowers after rose. They are believed to have originated from China. The name ‘chrysanthemum’ comes from the Greek word 'Chrys' meaning golden and 'anthemon’ meaning flower. Chrysanthemums are widely used in decorations and the preparation of different cuisines due to their medicinal properties. Whether you want to send flowers to Philippines on your sister’s baby shower or best friend’s birthday, a bouquet or arrangement of chrysanthemums would make a perfect choice. Regan Series, Fuji Series, Taiwan Yellow, & Puto Puto are the chrysanthemum types commercially grown in the Philippines.

Meaning: Joy, Friendship, Optimism, Longevity, Fidelity, & Honesty

Occasion: Birthday, Baby Shower, Funeral


Anthurium is a genus of more than 800 species found in the New World tropics from Mexico to northern Argentina and Uruguay. The Anthurium is also known as Painted Tongue, Flamingo flower, and Tail flower. These blooms are known for their brightly colored flowers and ornamental leaves. The Anthuriums are generally used to decorate sympathy flower stands for funerals. With very little attention, these flowers can be looking beautiful for a long time. Nitta, Kaumana, Chandler, Midori, Margaretha, Fantasia, & Tropical are the anthurium types commercially grown in the Philippines.

Meaning: Happiness, Abundance, & Hospitality

Occasion: Women’s Day, Holiday Season, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Araneta City Gives Back to Communities with “The All-New Grand China Acrobatic Circus”

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The Smart Araneta Coliseum opened anew its doors today to thousands of audiences from the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, members of the press, charities, children with disability, senior citizens and nearby communities to watch the much awaited All-New Grand China Acrobatic Circus.

A day before its debut, The Grand China Acrobatic Circus held a special performance at the Smart Araneta Coliseum giving tributes to Filipino heroes and families. More than a thousand uniformed men spent a day-off with their families at the Christmas show given by Araneta City.

Aside from these, the show was also enjoyed by a hundred children with disability from PEDYA Camp, more than 200 (two hundred) Senior Citizens from Brgy. E. Rodriguez Sr. Quezon City and the Little Sisters of the Abandoned and more than a hundred members of the Orthopedic Society.

The show was also opened to more than a thousand families from Brgy. Socorro, Quezon City, Baseco Compound, Channel of Hope, Villa Maria Chapel, Immaculate Concepcion Parish, St. Peter Parish and Saint Martin Parish.

Annually, the Smart Araneta Coliseum opens its doors to the public to witness a special run through performance of the Christmas show. As for this year, spectators were treated with the multi-awarded performances of the China National Acrobatic Troupe in a one-hour–thirty-minute show titled: The All-New Grand China Acrobatic Circus.

One of the acts performed at the special show is the multi-awarded Ninth Wave- Skills on Poles an interpretation of the famous Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky’s work depicting soldiers braving the angry ocean. Audiences were also enthralled by the majestic and hypnotizing performance of the Rose Bud Contortionist.
Founded in 1950, the China National Acrobatic Troupe was the first National performing arts group established by the Central Government of China. From its beginnings in Beijing where the troupe hone and perfected their craft, CNAT became one of the most decorated acrobatic troupe in Asia with 67 golden awards from local and international award-giving bodies.

CNAT brings to the Philippines its world-class acts recognized by prestigious award-giving bodies as the most spectacular, most enthralling, boldest, most daring and eye-pleasing acts in the world.
The All-new Grand China Acrobatic Circus is for the family and all ages. It will run from December 25, 2019 to January 4, 2020 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Buy your tickets at or thru the Araneta City Mobile app. Interested buyers may also call 8911-5555.

Taking Care of Your Pet : Loving and Caring for Them

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Pets are those animals that are very dear to us. Dogs, cats and birds are the common pets that people have. There are reptiles like snakes, lizards etc. that they consider as pet. I guess you have a dog or a cat or a bird in your house. These are pets. Taking care of pets is like taking care of a newborn baby. You must really take care of it to keep them healthy and alive. Like those newborn babies, these pets are also fragile and they acquire diseases easier and faster.

Who doesn't love pets? Some are feared of snakes, that's Ophidiophobia. Some are feared of monkeys, now that's called maimouphobia. There are lots of phobias to animals out there. Phobias occur maybe from accidents or events that something happened with that specific type of animal.

Hey, we're getting off-topic. Lots of people asks, "How to take care of pet". Remember, there's no perfect way in taking care of your pet. But here are some guidelines on how to take care of your pets. THESE MAY HELP YOU!

1. You should spend time taking care of them. We should consider our pets as members of our family. Spend quality time with them by feeding them, playing with them or just petting them.

2. Maintenance is the key. Feed, take them to bath, play with them on the RIGHT time.

3. Get them vaccinated annually. Even if Rabies vaccine lasts for 3 years approx., they must get vaccinated annually. Rabies is fatal once symptoms occurs and may lead to death. Do you want that to happen to you or to your family? Life threatening.

4. Don't spoil them. Many pet owners are spoiling their pets, I'm looking at you DOG OWNERS! Just don't spoil them because they might abuse you like spoiled rich kids out there.

5. Invest in a pet insurance: There are many reasons to buy pet insurance, but the best one should be to keep your pet safe from any danger. Investing in the best one will ensure you can safely play with your pet and enjoy some free time.

These are only SOME of the tips I can give you right now but there are many ways on how you would raise and take care of your pet. Good luck future pet owner!

Monday, December 23, 2019

10 Best Party Cities to Go Clubbing in the UK

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It is the holiday season in many places of work and schools. Whether you are a visitor looking for the best places to hang out or you want to have some fun before you resume classes or work, you deserve to find the best places of interest for partying within the UK.

This article details 10 of the best cities you should visit for partying. You will find the information you need to learn about each city as far as clubbing goes. By the end of the article, you will have made a concrete decision about the city you will visit before the end of the vacation.

These ten cities are the best choice destinations for partying needs.

1. Brighton

As a seaside city, Brighton is a must-visit destination for partying and beach entertainment. Along the beach, you will find many restaurants and bars where you can party all night.

Popular among students, you will find the best parties and events in the city during the holiday season. You can also visit Lola Lo or Coalition for the best party any season. Ensure that you carry your identification document because the bouncers are strict in Brighton. It is for your safety.

2. Manchester

For people interested in top partying experience, Manchester is an ideal alternative to London. You get the highest life experience in clubbing - except for a cheaper rate. Some clubs operate throughout the night until after sunrise.

For a complete fun and live music, drive down the Oxford road. Deaf Institute is one of the places you can try out in Studentville for live entertainment. Everything is so lively that you may end up spending everything on your night out.

3. Leeds

Are you traveling on a budget and want to try some night out in the UK? Leeds is a student partying destination, and anyone can join and enjoy the discounted services. It is easier to find free entry clubs in Leeds than any other party city in the entire UK.

For people who are into music, then you need to try out Leeds. Almost all the bars offer you a variety of it. You can move to the next one (bars are close to each other) when you feel the tune is not your taste. For live performances, try out Brudenell Social Club, which is in Hyde Park.

4. Edinburgh

A clubbing hotspot in Europe, Edinburgh is a must-visit party destination in England. The city is nicknamed "dusk till dawn" because of the sequence of activities throughout the night. Hogmanay (the New Year's Eve party) is around the corner, and you do not want to miss it.

The clubs in Edinburgh are not as close together as those in Leeds. For the best experience, you can share a cub with your friends and a bunch of your night-out accessories on the roof racks so that you can dance the whole night at The Caves. With live music performance, you do not need to move from one point to another to enjoy your night.

5. Cardiff

Wales' capital is the eleventh city in size in the entire UK. Recently, Cardiff has started to grow as one of the partying destinations in the UK. During the sporting weekends, you can experience the best clubbing you have wanted.

The Westgate makes an ultimate stop clubbing night. The people from Wales are used to drinking. When partying with them, you should try not to compete with them in emptying the bottles. You will get drunk long before you end your race.

6. Bristol

Bristol is another student hub for partying in the UK. The city is known for drums and bass, and you can expect a pleasing night out. Timbuk 2 is an ideal destination for Drum and Bass. You can also try out Park Row.

Syndicate offers the best house music performance. However, it is hard to make a concrete choice at any given time. Trying a variety of music performances can help you find your true taste. Try out Basement 45 for pleasing music or the Retro Venue for live performances.

7. Sheffield

The small city of South Yorkshire also makes it to the best clubbing destinations in the UK. Although it is a small city, you can experience memorable parties during your visit. You can tour the town in a small town, but the entertainment here seems to have no end.

Leopold Square is the place to be for your evening parties and experience. During Summer, you will find live performances and outdoor music at various bars and restaurants. West Street offers you vibrant and loud music as you party in the busiest part of the city.

8. Liverpool

Liverpool is already popular, and one of the biggest cities in the UK. Such a huge city will have plenty of places to choose from for a night out. Whether you are a student or a clubbing fan looking for the best places to hang out and enjoy your night, Liverpool has a place for you.

Heebie Jeebies is a considerable club for your partying needs. A highly-rated bar, Heebie Jeebies hosts electric DJ performances and live music. You can enjoy your evenings from 5 pm till 4.00 in the morning.

9. Glasgow

The Scottish port city is one of the best partying destinations. However, it may not be as popular as it should be. Hosting some of the world's most famous DJs, Glasgow is a must-visit clubbing destination for your festive vacation.

Glasgow also hosts the biggest underground dance club in the world, the Sub Club. Located on 22 Jamaica St, Sub Club also has excellent rating reviews on Google. As a music venue, you can dance off your night every Friday and Saturday, between 11 pm and 3 am.

10. Swansea

The City and County of Swansea, as its official name goes, is a city by the coast of Wales. You can expect clubbing here to be much like Cardiff - knowing that the Welsh are into drinking and partying all night.

Among the many clubs and bars in Swansea, users rate The Bunkhouse Bar and Music Venue best by experience. The bar is on 24 Park St and operates from Wednesday to Sunday.

As a music venue, you can start your party and dance to live performances as early as 7 pm and go on until 2 am when the club closes. The best alternative for budget travelers is Swansea Jazzland, located on 47 Uplands Cres.

Summing it Up

With uncountable cities in the UK, you can party in any region that you visit. This list of ten partying cities is a summary that shows you what to expect. And remember that we could not exhaust the various clubs in each city. You need to visit your favorite city to experience fun in full.

Make Magical Memories this Yuletide Season at Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA

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No need to travel far to experience staycation options, diverse views and enjoyable activities with the family as you celebrate the holidays. Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA is right here for you. Share the holiday cheer and experience “Christmas in the City” with our delightful dishes and refreshing room offers.

Gather up this Christmas season with your loved ones at Casa-Urban Table featuring food selections perfectly fit for Noche Buena priced at Php 1,500nett on December 24 and Media Noche at Php 1,800nett on December 31. Surprise your family and friends with a heartwarming lunch buffet on December 25 and dinner buffet on January 1.

Have fun with the season in a magical way. Set into a Christmas staycation featuring an overnight stay with buffet breakfast for 2 adults and 2 children (7 years old and below) at Casa Urban Table, Christmas welcome amenity, Php 300 Ginger bread house credit per stay, Php 1,000 Food & Dining Casa - Urban Table credits and 20% discount on regular spa service. Rates start at Php 5,300 nett inclusive of government taxes and service charge. Reserve your room and avail of the special rates applicable now until December 24, 2019.

Looking for freshly-baked Christmas goodies to give as presents to your family and friends? Choose from a selection of tasty and delicious treats from our Christmas displays found on the 7th level. Yuletide treats are available until the 6th of January.

Dance and celebrate with us for the New Year Countdown and welcome the coming of 2020 priced at Php 1,300nett. Dress up, revel and be in style as we bring you the night full of entertainment. The celebration is inclusive of light cocktails, one round choice of local beers, red of white wine, one round of soda or iced tea, one round of sparkling wine for toasting, party favors and live acoustic entertainment.

For reservations and more information, call (02) 7944-1888 or email

Tuklas Lunas for Accessible, Affordable and Reliable Drugs

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According to Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo of the Department of Health (DoH), the Philippines still pay higher prices for medicines than other countries. This high cost of medicine is a barrier to access reliable healthcare solutions, especially for low to middle income families. To address issues on access of drugs, the Department
of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and
Development (DOST-PCHRD) established the Tuklas Lunas™ Program which aims
to produce reliable and affordable medicine sourced from our very own biodiversity.

As part of our country’s tradition, communities have been using remedies sourced from our very own biodiversity as a relief from ailments. These learnings served as the foundation for the development of the Lagundi and Sambong products under the Council’s National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants (NIRPROMP).

The Tuklas Lunas Program builds on what had been started by NIRPROMP in
refining the DOST-PCHRD’s drug discovery and development program with two
tracks: the drug and herbal track. To implement the program, 28 Tuklas Lunas Centers (TLDCs) all over the country were established, each research institutions
working on the unique resources of each region. The 28 research implementing
institutions are distributed as follows: 17 TLDCs in Luzon, six in Visayas and five in

Some of the most advanced projects under the program include university-industry
partnerships. Pharmalytics Corporation working with the De La Salle University
Medical Health Sciences Institute (DLSU-HSI) is now undertaking clinical trials for the Dengue Herbal Drug to determine the safety combination of three plants identified to have effect against the dengue virus. Meanwhile, UP Manila, UP Diliman,
Pharmalytics Corporation, Herbanext Laboratories and the Pascual Lab focus on
formulating standardized dosage forms from 28 plants for possible anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-gout and anti-hypertensive applications.

Drug discovery and development is one of the priority areas for health research set
under the National Unified Health Research Agenda (NUHRA) and the Harmonized
National Health Research and Development Agenda (HNRDA).

2019 Oath Taking of the Newly Conferred and Upgraded Scientists

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The 2019 Oath Taking of the Newly Conferred and Upgraded Scientists was held on December 16, 2019 at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City.  The Oath Taking was hosted by the Scientific Career System (SCS) and the National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL).

The SCS is a system of recruitment, career progression, recognition, and reward of scientists in the public service as means of developing a pool of highly qualified and productive scientific personnel.  The system is an effort to uplift personnel in government institutions where the number of higher plantilla positions is limited.  Co-implemented by the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with the CSC Chairman and DOST Secretary serving as Co-chairs of the Scientific Career Council, the SCS program is now administered by the NAST PHL.

Conferred Scientists are ranked to and receive the corresponding salary grade as follows: Scientist I – SG 26; Scientist II –SG 27; Scientist III – SG 28; Scientist IV – SG 29, and Scientist V – SG 30.  Conferred Scientists are also entitled to receive the following support grants: Representation and Travel Allowance; Magna Carta Benefits; Membership in International Scientific Organization and/or subscription to Scientific Journals; Publication Assistance; and Foreign Travel Assistance for oral paper presentation of 3,000USD per SCS Scientist every two years.

Latest evaluation of candidates to the SCS program resolved to confer scientist rank on five researchers and upgrade the rank of two active scientists.  Three of the researchers and one upgraded scientist come from the Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) of the Department of Agriculture (DA); one, from the Ecosystems and Development Bureau (ERDB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); and two, from the Philippine nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) of DOST.

To take their oath under Agriculture Sciences Discipline are Mr. Edwin C. Martin, Dr. Jonathan M. Niones from Phil Rice, Mr. Sotero S. Resilva from PNRI, Dr. Jose Alan A. Castillo from ERDB; under Social Sciences Discipline is Dr. Jesusa C. Beltran from Philrice; under Engineering and Technology Discipline is Ricardo F. Orge from PhilRice, and Dr. Lucille V. Abad from PNRI under the Natural Sciences Discipline.

With this development, the roster of scientists conferred under the System brings the total number to 172 since the System was institutionalized in 1983 by the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

Blueberry Croquet Blueberry Croissant 2019 - Food - NC To Do

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I love making strata - these pans that consist of bread and fruit or layered vegetables with cheeses (or not) and an egg cream. You do them in advance, which make them perfect for entertainment, and when you're ready to eat, all you do is a cook and dig!

This recipe looks like a stratum, but it also reminds me of French toast. The Eggy cream soaks in bread, in this case, laminated croissants, and the sharp edges and the tender interior is very similar to French toast. I added blueberries and streusel to oats for more flavor and interest.

You can make this recipe with other fruits if you wish. Try to use blackberries, raspberries or even strawberries. Peaches or nectarines would be good too. Peel peaches - you do not need to peel the nectarines.

Serve this wonderful breakfast or brunch pan with crisp bacon and a fruit salad made with the best products you can find. Add a mimosa or orange juice and hot coffee for a fabulous meal that everyone will love.

What you will need

• 8 big croissants
• 1-1 / 2 cup blueberries, washed and drained
• 1 cup of milk
• 1/2 cup fresh cream <4 eggs
• 1/3 cup of sugar
• 2 teaspoons of vanilla
• 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 cup of brown sugar
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1/2 cup of regular or quick-cooking porridge
• 1/3 cup butter, softened

How to do it

Tear or cut croissants into 1 "pieces and place in 2-qt. Grilled casserole. You can use more or fewer croissants if you like, depending on Add blueberries to the dish and spread them evenly between crescent pieces, put aside

In a medium bowl, combine milk, cream, eggs, 1/3 cup sugar, and vanilla and mix well with a whisk until combined.

Pour the egg mixture slowly and evenly over the croissants and blueberries in the dish and gently squeeze your hands to coat the croissants. Cover the dish and refrigerate for at least four hours or overnight

In another medium bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and oatmeal and mix well. Cut softened butter until pea-sized particles form. In a bowl and refrigerate.

When you are ready to eat, preheat the oven to 375 ° F. fold evenly with the oat streusel.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until streusel are golden and croissants are slightly inflated. The temperature should be at least 160 ° F, measured with a food thermometer. Let cool 5 minutes, and then serve.

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He is currently based in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, He has worked in ten other countries—Italy, Maldives, Indonesia, the United States, Egypt, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Qatar, the Philippines, and Oman. He had the opportunity to work and cater att five-star hotels and resorts around the world including the Four Seasons, Waldorf Astoria, Conrad Hilton Dusit Thani, Ritz-Carlton, and Relais & Châteaux in France.

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Rotaractors Volunteer for the 7th Immersion & Outreach Activity of Books and Toys for Mangyan Children (BTMC) Project

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For Rotaract leaders, to live a fulfilling life is to learn something new everyday. They manifested this belief through service when clubs from different parts of the country came together to volunteer for the 7th Immersion & Outreach Activity of Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition's Books and Toys for Mangyan Children (BTMC) Project and by helping plant mangrove trees and propagate corals in Puerto Galera.

Inspired by a Hanoi-based NGO that was founded by a World Economic Forum fellow, BTMC Project aims to empower ethnic minorities such as the Tau-buid Mangyan Tribe by providing them opportunities for livelihood development, access to education, and other basic social services.

As the project evolves from a humble gift-giving activity into an annual project that aimed to improve the quality of life of the tribesmen, more Rotaract leaders gained interest to volunteer and lead in organizing its activities. 

The volunteers had the chance to know more about the tribe, the culture, their language, and their situation during the outreach and immersion activity in Gloria, Oriental Mindoro.

Together with their corporate partner, Uratex Foundation, the team provided materials that would help improve the tribe’s basic and functional literacy as well as improve their hygiene and sanitation condition. They also had a simple meal together where the volunteers prepared “Pancit na may maraming maraming sardinas”, as requested by one of the tribe leaders.

It should be noted that most Mangyans in the Tau-buid Tribe find it difficult understanding Tagalog since some of them only attained their education up to primary level, while most never had any formal education at all. They would have to travel long distances just to reach schools and some of them would rather just work to help their families. During the storytelling and coloring activity, one of the Mangyans, “Tatay Paner” was given a copy of a book. At first, he tried to refuse saying, “Hindi ako marunong magkulay o magbasa” (I do not know how to color or to read). He also mentioned that it was the first time that he held a book. When asked about his age, he answered saying “hindi ako sigurado, siguro mga nasa singkwenta na ako. Hindi rin ako sigurado kung anong araw ako ipinanganak.” (I’m not sure, but probably around 50 years old. I’m not sure either what day I was born).

One of volunteer-Rotaractors began reading the story to him and taught him how to color. In the end, Tatay Paner finished coloring the entire page and promised to finish the entire book and show it to the team on their succeeding visits.

According to a volunteer, talking with the tribesmen made them realize how hard their life is compared to that of the volunteers. They need to walk for hours to search for food, materials to use in creating Sabe (Mangyan handicraft), or to simply reach the town. This shows their adaptability and creativity in finding ways to survive, but just because they have the means to live does not mean that they do not need help. They still do not have access to basic necessities such as potable water, proper hygiene and sanitation facilities. There are still many aspects in their day-to-day life that needs improvement.

After the immersion, the BTMC Project team proceeded to Elizabeth's Hideaway Resort in Puerto Galera to stay for the night and for a Mangrove tree planting and coral propagation activity the day after. There they learned how essential mangroves are in restoring the balance of our ecosystem, in protecting our communities from storm surges, and in providing habitat for fishes and crustaceans.

To cap the day, the volunteers were given time to enjoy the beach through activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, and canoeing. They also had interactions with farm animals raised by the Resort's owner, who is also a Rotarian and an Assistant Governor of Rotary International District 3820, PP Carlos Garcia. AG Carlos together with Rotary Club of Puerto Galera Bay President, Noel Cataquis hosted the team in Puerto Galera. President Maricel "Icel" Dino of the Rotary Club of Pinamalayan Central also hosted the initial batch of organizers during the stay in Pinamalayan prior to the immersion..

There was also signing of friendship and sisterhood agreements among participating clubs. This year's BTMC Project is chaired by the Rotaract Club of Miraculous Medal - Sucat and hosted by the Rotaract Club of Fort Bonifacio Global City, Rotaract Club of Makati United, Rotaract Club of Puerto Galera Bay, and the Rotary Satellite Club of Fort BGC Titans.

The Sigaw ng Kabataan Coalition expresses its appreciation to this year's Project Chair, Rtr. Vincent Lorenzo Naval, his club, and all the following partner organizations for their invaluable support: Rotary Club of Muntinlupa Central, Rotary Club of Fort Bonifacio Global City, Rotary Club of San Pedro Magic, Rotary Club of San Pedro South, Rotary Club of Metro San Pedro, Rotary Club of Puerto Galera Bay, Rotary Club of Pinamalayan Central, Rotaract Club of San Pedro East, Rotaract Club of San Pedro, Rotaract Club of SISFU, Rotaract Club of Makati, Rotaract Club of San Pedro South, Rotaract Club of San Pascual, Rotaract Club of Nuvali, Rotaract Club of Downtown Batangas City, Rotaract Club of Metro Bacolod, Rotaract Club of Downtown Ibaan, Rotaract Club of Makati Uptown, Rotaract Club of Metro San Pedro, Rotaract Club of Las Piñas West - HAPPY, Rotaract Club of Quezon City Central, Rotaract Club of Downtown Lemery, Rotaract Club of Marapara, Rotaract Club of Balintawak, Rotaract Club of Lucena South, Rotaract Club of San Francisco Del Monte Malaya Achievers, and Rotaract Club of Iligan South.
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