Dino Island, Jojo A., hand painting, diet

Dinosaur islandThey're back! Ang mga dambuhala na naghari noon sa lupa... muling nagbalik at binigyang-buhay sa Dino Island. No need to go to Universal Studios dahil matatagpuan na natin sila sa Star City sa Pasay. Ito ang pasyalang nakakalibang at kapaki-pakinabang dahil matututunan ninyo ang iba't ibang uri at karakter ng mga dinosaur.It's Jurassic, it's fantastic. So what are you waiting for? Let's go see the dinosaurs!Susan meets Jojo A. Mula sa isla ng dinosaur, bibisitahin naman ni Kumareng Susan ang mundo ng ex-"Tiger" at ngayo'y kinaaliwang talk show host na si Jojo Alejar. Yes, folks, it's Jojo A! Ano nga ba ang sikreto niya at mula sa pagiging dancer, naging matinee idol at ngayo'y humahataw naman sa chikahan? Abangan ang pagtatagpo ng "Reyna ng Umaga" at "Hari ng Late Night" dahil tiyak na riot ito.Proper diet for common illnesses Diabetic na mahilig sa dessert... May gout na ganado sa pagkaing mabuto... High blood patient na pumapangas ng crispy pata... Aba, kumusta ka naman? Huwag mo nang palalain ang iyong kalagayan, alamin kung ano ang mga pagkain na akma para sa tulad mong may karamdaman. Pagsaluhan natin ang tips on how to eat right and healthy.Hand painting Isa, dalawa, tatlo, mag-painting na tayo! Hindi na kailangang bumili ng brush, dahil daliri, palad at kuko ninyo lang ang kailangan upang gawin ang inyong obra. Nakaka-intriga di ba? Join na kayo sa kakaibang art class na ito para sa inyong mga anak.

Study: Philippines' largest lake under threat

MANILA - Pollution, slums and an invasion of foreign fish species are threatening the Philippines' largest lake, one of the nation's major fish farming regions, according to a study published Tuesday.Laguna de Bay on the outskirts of eastern Manila covers more than 90,000 hectares (222,300 acres) but since 1965, fish pens and cages have been built out across some 15 percent of the lake.The study, by the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Centre, said the lake's ecosystem was also being threatened by pollution caused by residential, commercial and industrial development and the encroachment of squatters along its shores."The worsening water quality in Laguna de Bay, which is caused mainly by water pollution, leads to water algae that kill fish through oxygen depletion as well as taint the flesh of the surviving fish," the report said.Foreign fish species, such as the janitor fish, destroyed nets and competed for natural food and living space with the cultured species, it added.Fishermen are being hemmed into ever smaller fishing areas, while illegal construction of fish pens along navigational lanes is causing friction between them and farming industry operators, the report said.The study said the silting-up and pollution of the Pasig river connecting Laguna de Bay with the sea on Manila Bay also obstructed the natural backflow of saltwater to nourish aquatic life.

Noli: ‘From Day One I’m prepared, but not preparing to take over’

Vice-President Noli de Castro said Saturday he was "prepared" to assume the presidency, but was not "preparing" to take over from President Arroyo as he said he too was in search for the truth on the controversies facing the country.
De Castro clarification came after an exclusive abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak report on Friday, which said he was "all set" to assume the presidency.
"Iba yung naghahanda at handa, at alam ko ‘yong aking constitutional na tungkulin sa ilalim ng ating saligang batas bilang vice-president," he said in his radio program "Para sa Bayan," aired over dzMM.
(There's a difference between preparing and being prepared, and I know my constitutional role as vice president.)
The abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak report also said De Castro was in "close contact" with groups and personalities advocating "constitutional succession."
De Castro said describing his actions as "preparing" to take over would be like saying he already had a "shadow Cabinet," which he also denied having.
"Iba iyong handa, pagkat sabi ko nga Day One handa ako. Pero ‘yong sabihin, kulang na lang niyong sabihin na may shadow cabinet na ako eh, hindi naman ganoon, pangit naman ‘yong ganoon," de Castro said.
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(There’s a difference when you say you’re prepared, I’ve already said from Day One I’m prepared. But when you said that, short of saying that I already have a shadow cabinet, that’s not true, that’s not good.)
He repeated his previous statement that the Filipino people elected him to the vice-presidency and that the responsibility of the vice-president is to assume the leadership role in case of a vacancy.
"Ako ang constitutional successor ng Presidente at laging nasa isip ko na kaya nga may Vice President ay para, just in case na may vacancy at mangailangan, ay may Vice President na hahalili sa Presidente - kung may vacancy," he said.
(I’m the constitutional successor to the president and it’s always on my mind the reason we have a Vice President, just in case of a vacancy and the situation requires it, a Vice President would replace the President – if there is a vacancy.)
De Castro also said that he is "learning" the things needed for the leadership role - if ever there would be one - by actively participating in the government's day-to-day activities.
"Alam mo ako, siguro, simula noong ako'y maging Vice President, once or twice lang ako na um-absent sa Cabinet meeting and sa other meetings sa MalacaƱang, kasi gusto kong matuto. ‘Yon lang naman ang paraan para matuto ka. Hindi naman nababasa sa libro yan eh. Hindi naman tinuturo ‘yan sa Ateneo o La Salle eh," he said.
(When I started to assume as Vice President, it was only once or twice that I was absent from a Cabinet meeting and from all other meetings in MalacaƱang, because I want to learn. It is the only way to learn. You don’t get that from books. They don’t teach you that neither in Ateneo nor La Salle.)
Also searching for the truthDe Castro said he shared the sentiments of many Filipinos who want the truth to come out, but he said he has to consider all sides.
It is also important to assess the evidence being presented by parties to a controversy, he said.
"Being an elected official, I have to study, weigh both sides, not just one side," he said.
"I am also for ‘search for truth’ but you cannot find truth in rallies," De Castro.

Balitang Showbiz/La Greta sings her way through her troubles

La Greta sings her way through her troubles .
If there's one song that Gretchen Barretto ought to be singing when she celebrates birthday on March 17, it should be "Ako ang Nagwagi (I Am the Victor)", first popularized in 1979 by Dulce (that song went on to become a Filipino pop classic).
And why shouldn't La Greta be singing in triumph?
After weathering all the storms of controversies, after being portrayed in the media as an unfaithful partner to common-law husband and telecoms tycoon Antonio "Tonyboy Cojuangco"; after being slandered by best friend and former actress Nadia Montenegro, the actress-turned-recording artist has emerged all smiles, as sexy and glamorous as ever.
Gretchen’s album "Unexpected"—a project that started out as a hobby until it was picked up by Star Records—has no doubt benefitted from the publicity and will again be in the limelight once her music video comes out.
Gretchen promised her fans a sexy, slick yet still tasteful and classy music video of "Please Don’t Ask Me", a song by John Farnham that became a monster hit in the Philippines in the 1980s—and which she covers in her album.
"I just wanna sing"
Gretchen appeared on GMA-7’s "Startalk" but begged off any discussion regarding her ongoing rift with her best friend.
Since that undoubtedly put a damper on any further talk about what remains a simmering issue in local showbiz, Startalk host Lolit Solis put the focus on Gretchen, asking her what else she wants in this life.
Gretchen answered by singing "Fly Me to the Moon" one of the songs in her album.
This prompted Solis to point out that Gretchen’s tendency to answer questions with a song (as she did several times in previous press interviews) made her (Gretchen) look "luka-luka" (a Filipino term for "lunatic").
This apparent dig at Gretchen seemed not to affect the actress. She even kept on referring to Solis as "’Nay" (Filipino term of respect, meaning, "mother").
One can only admire Gretchen for foregoing any attempt at a comeback on her part—after all, she could have come up with one without much effort.
Solis and Gretchen were once on opposite camps when the 1994 Manila Film Festival scam was revealed: Gretchen was the star witness against Solis, who was later convicted for rigging the results of the Best Actress category.
Seemingly enraptured by her musical odyssey, Barretto could only tell the Startalk hosts: "I just wanna sing."
Unlocked heart
During the press conference that launched her album to the press, La Greta said that she laid herself bare through the songs especially chosen for "Unexpected".
"I feel that I need to share with everybody kung ano ang naramdaman ko this past year. Ang buhay ko, ang puso ko, nasa CD na ‘to. Wala na kayong puwedeng itanong kay Gretchen Barretto after you listen to this CD. You unlock my heart when you listen to this," she told reporters.
Perhaps then, listeners will find out the truth about Montenegro’s earlier statement, saying that Gretchen has "a black heart."
Montenegro has, in fact, apologized for her angry statements that were so offensive, Gretchen walked out of celebrity talk show "Entertainment Live" when the program aired a VTR that quoted Montenegro’s tirade.
E-Live later issued an official apology to Gretchen, saying that no offense was meant towards her when the VTR was aired as a backgrounder for viewers.
A week after that walkout, Gretchen agreed to another interview with "Entertainment Live" and said that she isn’t holding a grudge against the show.
"Maraming salamat. Kahit allergic ako sa flowers. Tintanggap ko hindi lang yung flowers, pati yung apology (Thank you. Even if I'm allergic to flowers I accept them as well as the apology)," Gretchen told the E-Live crew that caught up with her during the shoot for her music video.
Gretchen was asked whether she has any kissing scenes with her hunky co-stars in the video, male models turned actors Zanjoe Marudo and Jon Avila.
"Ayoko ng kissing scenes... ayoko ha, huwag niyo ako i-excite (I don't want any kissing scenes... no, don't get me excited)," she quipped, laughing along with the crew.
"Parati akong nachichismis na may kahalikan, eh mamaya pag meron eh di totoo na yan, hindi na chismis. May evidence, mahirap na 'yon," she added.
(I'm always rumored to be kissing other men. If we have kissing scenes then there would be some real kissing going on, not just rumors. There's evidence, which is risky.)
Claudine still "kuripot"
Gretchen said that she's happy about the support that her sister, actress and now Caloocan councilor Marjorie Barretto, has been giving her new album.
"Ilang libo ang binili niya, rich na si Marjorie! (She bought several thousand copies, she's rich now)," said Gretchen.
Younger sister Claudine however, has not been as enthusiastic.
"Si Claudine naman kuripot pa rin, hindi pa rin siya nagbabago. Sabi ko, 'Claudine, si Marjorie ilang libong CD ang binili. Ilang libong CD ang gusto mong bilhin?'
"[Sagot ni Claudine] 'I will buy 2.'
"'Two what? Two hundred? Two thousand?'
"'Two pieces.'," Gretchen said, laughing as she told the E-Live crew about her unsuccessful bid to have Claudine buy more CDs.
Gretchen is now in Boston in the United States, accompanying Tonyboy who is undergoing treatment for a throat condition.