Homemade Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Citronella Insect Repellent

Citronella Mosquito RepellentWe recently moved to a new house in the mountains. While the fresh air is lovely and the view serene, the large mosquitos are a constant trial. Since we'll be living there for good, I didn't relish using chemically-formulated products for the rest of my life just to keep the mosquitos at bay.  First, I believe in their harmful effects to the body.  Second, I am pro-ecology and I much prefer going organic and natural as much as possible.

I remembered using an organic citronella-based mosquito repellent or insect repellent before and it worked. Since I couldn't find that product anymore, I decided to hit the internet for some simple do-it-yourself recipes. Here's what I found:

In Memory Of Cherry Legaspi-Justalero

Cherry-Legaspi-Justalero-charityI just logged in to my Facebook account after a couple of weeks being out of touch with the Facebook community.  One of my notifications shocked me and I had to read it twice before I could accept it.  One of my college classmates had been gunned down and killed in Mandaue City.

From Wall Vandalism to Artwork

Growing up in Cebu City, Philippines, I got so used to seeing vandalized walls in our local neighborhoods and commercial districts. I'm sure a lot of Filipinos feel the same way. We hardly notice them anymore.  Ever since I can remember, wherever there was a big span of wall, local kids with spray cans seemed to be able to find them fast.

Testimonials From Beneficiaries Of Asilo de la Milagrosa

I was browsing the internet just now and came across a reference site that listed Asilo de la Milagrosa as one of the non-profit charity organizations in the Philippines. 

Asilo de la Milagrosa commits itself to the integral development of the abandoned, surrendered, neglected children, youth and their families, unemployed adults, women, older persons, migrants, persons living with HIV and their families, and those persons in crisis through sustainable programs and services where resource-sharing and participative-involvement is a way of life.

September 16, 2011 is International Ozone Day

International Ozone DayHurray for environmental awareness!  We are looking forward to yet another International Ozone Day and hope this will help increase everyone’s awareness of the plight of our earth and do their part to help.

Updates On the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program Of the Philippines

Philippines Conditional Cash Transfer ProgramWhat is the CCT Program?

Also knowns as the “Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program” (4Ps), the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) Program of the Philippines provides cash grants to indigent families on the condition that they send their children to school, have infants immunized from diseases, and that mothers visit community health centers.

Why Do Filipinos Have Many Children?

Jomar's income goes to his parentsIn the Philippines, the middle-class and rich have only a few children (4 is already considered many) while those living below poverty-line have as many as a dozen children.  This is one of the challenges we face in the Philippines.

If you go around our slum areas and ask the people there why they have many children, one of the common answers will be, “So that when we grow old, our many children will take care of us.”

That is a Filipino mentality that has been around long before I was born.  And it continues to be the mentality among our Filipino poor today.

Obviously, the big loophole to this mentality is, what about the present while the parents are still young and the children even younger?  How can a couple living on P100.-P300. a day (US$2.-6.) support 8-12 children?

Empathy For the Victims Of Juaning And Kabayan

Typhoon Juaning In the PhilippinesAlong with many other Filipinos, I have been following the news regarding storms Juaning and Kabayan (international names Nock-ten and Muifa) as they hit the Philippines.  It hasn't been easy seeing so many people practically floating or swimming on murky waters in the flooded streets of Luzon.

Water levels rose to as high as chest-deep for adults and some people held on to whatever debris was available to stay afloat.

Nature Versus Nurture...Again

Two Little Girls At An Age Of InnocenceThe case of nature versus nurture continues to be a debatable issue.  Yet, having recently seen street children in their own homes and neighborhoods in Mambaling, Cebu, I am now leaning towards nurture.

The Life Of An Underprivileged Filipino

The word "underprivileged" is thrown about so much these days. So much so that while the mind grasps what it means, the imagery that goes with it is no longer there. So for the next 2 minutes, let’s re-learn exactly what the life of an underprivileged Filipino is.