Born in a stable

By Penelope A. Domogo, MD Jesus is God becoming a person like us. He could have been born in the best of places. Being God, he had that power to choose where to be born. Wait, what is “best of places” to be born? A palace? A hospital? A clinic or any health facility? At home? Apparently, the stable is […]

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La Trinidad smoke-free ordinance takes effect Jan. 2017

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet (PIA) – – The Smoke-Free Ordinance of this town will finally take effect next month. Mayor Romeo Salda, the Municipal Tobacco Control Board (MTCB) chairperson, called for a meeting last December 13 to iron out some issues and concerns for the full blast implementation of said ordinance. Ordinance No. 8-2014 regulates smoking, selling, distribution and advertisement of […]

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Dialysis patient from Ifugao in need of help

By Aileen P. Refuerzo BAGUIO CITY – Another dialysis patient has sounded a SOS to afford his twice-a-week hemodialysis and extend his lease on life. Bonifacio Yackengon, a 53-year old former mine laborer from an indigent family in Hingyon, Ifugao aired his appeal to Samaritans through half-brother Julio Tumiguing Jr. Tumiguing said their family could hardly afford the P4,400 weekly cost […]

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Young man’s near-death underscores plight of dialysis patients

It’s truly expensive to be poor. This cold reality was borne again by the recent near-death experience of kidney patient Bryan Kelly Becaca. The young man was close to death for skipping two consecutive sessions of his thrice-a-week hemodialysis treatment due to fund lack. His close call has become a familiar occurrence for kidney patients who have to continuously contend […]

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Ibaloi lad is TOYM awardee

By Mary Cris P. Basilio, BSU Ryan Camado Guinaran, M.D. is the first Ibaloi and first Igorot from Benguet to receive the TOYM award. He won in the Social and Cultural Leadership category. He is an honoree of Indigenous Peoples Advocacy. He was adjudged last December 12, 2016 at the Kalayaan Hall, Malacanang Palace.as one of the 11 The Outstanding […]

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Entako menkape (Let’s have coffee)

By Penelope A. Domogo, MD “Entako menkape” (Kankanaey) or “Endaw mankape nen” (Ibaloi) must be the most popular invitation. At least for me. When I was a young mom, I loved inviting relatives and friends, young and old, over to the rectory for “kape”. “Entako menkape” is not only an invitation for a cup of coffee but an invitation for […]

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DSWD distributes emergency shelter cash aid in Tabuk City

CITY OF TABUK, Kalinga- – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now distributing emergency shelter cash aid to families whose houses were damaged by super typhoon ‘Lawin’ last October 20. City Social Welfare and Development Officer (CSWDO) Susana Daluping reported there are 6,744 families affected, 454 with totally damaged houses and 6290 partially damaged houses. Under the […]

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My cup of tea

By Penelope A. Domogo, MD What’s your drink? I don’t mean vodka or gin or Bloody Mary. I mean, aside from water, what do you drink often? Do you drink tea or coffee? Of course, I won’t ask if you are drinking milk or chocolate because that’s out of the question. Me? I drink tea more than coffee. I grew […]

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