Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts: Spreading Autism Awareness, 1 Shirt at a Time



Even though the word Autism is commonly heard, still there are several speculations about Autism and of the people affected by it. In the Philippines, it is estimated that there are around 1 million people living with Autism, yet not everybody can understand what it it’s like. The Autism spectrum Disorder is a condition where a person who is diagnosed with it will not have the same experiences but are noticed by the core symptoms. 

Meet Calel, he is a 6-year old who was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) at the age of four. A year ago, he discovered his love for animals and drawing and once he starts on a sketch pad he just cannot stop – his mother Marie, started posting his artwork on Facebook, when a friend commented that if in the case the drawing is produced to be printed on a t-shirt – he definitely would buy.
 

After a few months, Marie launched Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts for 3 reasons: to help with Calel’s therapy needs, to develop the business to eventually be taken over by Calel (when he gets older) and to spread Autism awareness. 

Anybody would know that Occupational aned Speech therapy is costly, plus there are limited specialists in the Philippines. Kids with ASD need to attend SPED (Special Education) classes which can cost up to 60,000Php a year. For every shirt purchased, this will help Calel’s parents to make sure he gets the special treatments that he needs. 

Calel’s future is still unclear at the age of 6, he shows signs of progress but it is hard to tell if he will be able to live a normal life or yet alone become employed, if this becomes a success, Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts may become his own business to handle. 

With the first batch of t-shirts printed and distributed, people that order have started to ask about Calel and his condition – this helps Marie to talk about Autism and educate them on what Calel and their parents experience day-to-day including the highs and low.

 
There are so many designs to choose from and each is unique which you will surely love. T-shirt’s come in kids, men and women’s sizes. 

Calel’s Wacky Art Shirts are being offered at introductory prizes for the first 100 customers. 

Please visit their Instagram account for updates and designs: Instagram.com/calelswackyartshirts 

You may help calel by purchasing a shirt through their shoppee account: https://shopee.ph/mamaneesshop

Monday, March 26, 2018

Imagine life’s possibilities with SAMSUNG Digital Appliances


Appliances have been an integral component of households for many years. We rely on them to meet our everyday needs, from keeping our living spaces comfortable and clean to ensuring we have tidy clothes to wear and fresh food on our tables. Now, Samsung Digital Appliances, a world leader in technology and innovation, goes beyond the basics and introduces a whole new dimension of function and care from these trusted devices. 



“At Samsung, our goal is to provide not just tools that help homemakers carry out chores but home partners that elevate their quality of life,” says Ann Dy, Marketing Manager for Samsung Digital Appliances. “We want to offer meaningful solutions to the evolving needs of our consumers and their families.”

This insight is evident in the tech giant’s portfolio of home appliances. Equipped with superior technologies and state-of-the-art features, Samsung Digital Appliances deliver more than just a great user experience; they make room for life experiences.

“Beyond fulfilling your household duties, it’s about having time for moments that truly matter,” says Dy. “You can certainly express your love for your family by cooking for them and washing their clothes, but nothing can replace quality family time. Samsung Digital Appliances are engineered to help you do all that and more.”

The brand invites consumers to imagine these possibilities through a series of ads that depict the wonderful moments enabled by its products, as seen through the eyes of a child.

“Children have a natural sense of wonder. They look at you and believe there’s nothing you can’t do,” says Dy. “We at Samsung want to empower consumers to believe this is possible, too. Samsung Digital Appliances are here to help them achieve a more balanced life, so they can do more for their loved ones.”

The smart devices are designed to address common challenges faced by homemakers—like having to run multiple wash cycles for different clothes items and taking back-and-forth trips to the supermarket to get fresh ingredients—without compromising quality.

They are built to perform with maximum efficiency, so users can focus less on the house work and more on creating meaningful moments with their families. With Samsung Digital Appliances, no amount of chores will come between you and your loved ones, especially the kids, ever again. You can prepare delicious and nutritious meals every day, keep their favorite toys perpetually clean, their clothes ready to wear, and still have time to play with them without breaking a sweat.

To get a preview of these possibilities, check out the brand’s latest ad at https://www.facebook.com/SamsungPH/videos/1907807079306228/. And to create these special moments in your own home, find out how and where to get your very own Samsung Digital Appliances at http://www.samsung.com/ph/home-appliances

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Monday, March 12, 2018

The Search is on "Bantog" the Science for the People Media Awards



BANTOG AWARDS

The Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII), the information arm of the Department of Science and Technology, aims to strengthen its partnership with the media through the recognition of the media's contributions in the promotion of science and technology information either as an individual or as an institution, whether public or private sector. DOST-STII also acknowledges the significant role of DOST regional information officers in helping achieve the Department's thrust of promoting S&T information and bringing science for the people.

Bantog: The Science for the People Media Awards is given in recognition for the important role of media practitioners (print, radio, TV, and online), in government and private practice, who made significant contributions to the promotion of science and technology information.


CATEGORIES

Bantog has four categories. The Institutional Media Award is given to an institution or organization that has served as a vital link between the science and technology (S&T) sectors and its clients through informative advocacy. Meanwhile, the Outstanding S&T Journalist Award is given to an individual media practitioner who has been an ardent advocate of science and technology whether in print, broadcast or online. Further, the Outstanding Regional Media Practitioner Awardis given to an enthusiastic regional media personality who has shown strong support in promoting science and technology information. Finally, the Outstanding Information Officer Award is given to exemplary information officers in DOST working in the area of communication production and dissemination.

GUIDELINES

Nominees should be Filipinos or Filipino-owned media companies which have broadcast and published S&T information in January 2017-March 2018. Nominees for individual practitioners from print, broadcast, and online media shall be judged according to substance, form, style, relevance of works and additional requirements by the board of judges. Meanwhile, nominees for institutional awards shall be judged according to innovativeness, relevance, and commitment to S&T reportage. The DOST Information Officer Award shall be based on his/her accomplishments in print, broadcast, online media, and public relations.

PRIZES

All Bantog awardees shall receive trophies while the individual category winners shall receive additional cash prizes. The Outstanding S&T Journalists for online, print, radio, and TV will all take home P100,000; P50,000; and P25,000 for the first, second, and third prizes respectively. The sole winner of Outstanding Regional Media Practitioner will receive P50,000 and the Outstanding DOST Information Officers will get P30,000; P20,000; and P10,000.

NOMINATION PROCESS
Candidates can either apply or be nominated with the following requirements to Public Affairs Unit, CRPD, STII Building, DOST Complex, Bicutan, Taguig, Metro Manila, on or before April 30, 2018:

1. Fully accomplished nomination form

2. Comprehensive bio-data

3. Copies of published write-ups, articles or programs on S&T.

Please submit seven (7) copies of the said requirements for each entry.

For queries and further information on Bantog Awards, please contact STII Public Affairs Unit at doststiipr@gmail.com or call (02) 837-2071 local 2146 or mobile no. 09493039998 and look for Ms. Ma. Lilibeth P. Padilla.

Source: http://www.stii.dost.gov.ph/786-the-search-is-on-bantog-the-science-for-the-people-media-awards

Friday, March 9, 2018

DOST-SEI extends scholarship aid to Marawi's STEM students


Helping Marawi rebuild. DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña leads in the signing of the memorandum of agreement with MSU System President, Dr. Habib W. Macaayong (second to right), and MSU-IIT Chancellor, Dr. Sukarno D. Tanggo (leftmost), for the implementation of the DOST Bangon Marawi Program in Science and Technology Human Resource Development, which will provide scholarships to students enrolled in STEM courses who were affected by the Marawi siege. The ceremony was held last January 26 in Iligan City.
When Nestor Acala decided to head back home to Marawi after completing his Doctorate in Mathematics as a scholar of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), he was full of hope for his would-be students at the Mindanao State University (MSU) – Marawi Campus.

However, the siege that began in May of 2017 and lasted five months left severe damages that have taken aback thousands of lives in the area. Acala and his students, for one, had to put their respective growths on hold at the onset of the war. What was supposed to be a time for moving up turned into chaos in an instant.

The war is over and the rebuilding begins for Acala and his people. Thankfully, the government's Bangon Marawi Comprehensive Recovery, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Program is going full swing to help rehabilitate infrastructures and restore peace and order in the city. In support of this national program, DOST through the Science Education Institute (SEI) is initiating DOST Bangon Marawi Program in Science and Technology Human Resource Development (STHRD) as an educational assistance strategy for students affected by the conflict.

Seen as a "long-term and sustainable solution" to uplift the lives of Marawi residents, the specialized program seeks to assist displaced students enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses at MSU Marawi as well as open opportunities for local S&T professionals to pursue advance degrees.

"With the heightened need to help rebuild Marawi and the greater Mindanao area, we shall provide opportunities for our children to continue their tertiary studies in STEM and achieve a future that is far removed from the effects of the war," said DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Peña before officials and students of MSU Marawi and Iligan campuses during the program launch held last 26 January.

He said the project is designed to help restore and rehabilitate the city's human and social infrastructures, especially in the S&T sector.

The DOST Bangon Marawi Program in STHRD has two scholarship components, namely, Sagip Mag-aaral, which is meant for third, fourth, or fifth year students enrolled in STEM courses at MSU Marawi; and Graduate Scholarships, which shall offer full-time and part-time programs for Master's and Doctorate studies. The Program assigns 225 slots for the undergraduate courses and 30—20 for MS and 10 Ph.D.—for graduate degrees.

SEI Director, Dr. Josette Biyo, said the slots would follow the same list of priority degrees for its regular undergraduate scholarship programs as well as the same financial benefits.

"We feel that helping students get back to the university to pursue the dreams they had before the war will provide a more lasting impact to their lives and to the whole city—much like what Nestor had experienced when he was our scholar from his bachelor's to his doctorate degrees," Biyo said.

Other key components of the DOST-SEI's initiative include the implementation of the Patriot Project, which, according to Biyo is, designed to "inculcate a deeper love for the country among the scholars," and the S&T Learning Assistance Program (STLAP) that focuses on capability development trainings and establishment of a Learning Resource Center at MSU Marawi.

"This is a comprehensive program that can help Marawi Cty bounce back, but the DOST correspondingly looks at this as concrete way to boost the S&T human resources of the whole archipelago. We hope that this sparks the rebuilding of Marawi and of the nation as a whole," de la Peña disclosed. (30)


Monday, February 26, 2018

Achieve a Healthier Body and Soul this Lent


Researches support and confirm that certain diets could offer genuine health benefits. As we celebrate the start of Lent, let us look at the health benefits that comes with the different practices we have in observing Lenten traditions.


Fasting

The practice of refraining or limiting the consumption of food or drink for a period of time is observed during Lenten season. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting, but unknown to many, the digestion process has its disadvantages for the human health. According to the Harvard Medical School, the practice of fasting provides our body a rest from taking in toxins found in food and helps in significant weight loss if practiced properly.

Fasting has two common types. Regular, also called full fast, wherein only liquids are consumed, and partial fast, wherein consumption of solids is limited. The norm during this season is the partial fasting wherein an individual decreases food intake by eating one full meal or two smaller meals that are not equal to a full meal in a day.

A word of caution from doctors, if you consider fasting this Lent, make sure that you have no preexisting conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure, as fasting causes electrolyte abnormalities.

Abstinence from meat

Abstinence from eating meat such as beef, pork, and chicken is observed during Fridays and Saturdays of Lent. Instead, fish and vegetables are chosen as substitutes. Fish such as salmon and tuna, is a good source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids that promote heart health.

Research proves that eating 1-2 servings of fish per week could help cut the risk of dying from heart diseases by 36%. By cutting down the consumption of red meat and processed meat, the risk of taking in less-beneficial fats and high sodium meat is also lessened.

Another popular substitute for meat is egg. An egg contains vitamins A, B, and D and a little saturated fat, which is about 1.5 grams . Nutrients found in the egg such as lutein is good for the eyes and choline good for the brain and nerve health.

According to Harvard Medical school, consuming an egg a day is safe for people without preexisting conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. When eating scrambled eggs or omelets, opt for healthier choices to add to your eggs such as spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Always remember that the saturated fat in butter, cheese, bacon, sausage, and bread could raise your blood cholesterol much more than the cholesterol present in your eggs.

Other protein sources, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds could lack one or more fatty acids, so maintaining a proper balance and variety of alternative sources of protein is recommended.

Lenten season is not only a perfect time to take care of our spiritual health, this is also a perfect opportunity to focus on our physical health. With a positive attitude towards sacrifice and devotion, a healthier body and healthier relationship with the Almighty is within reach.